MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
NASCAR PLAYOFFS MEDIA DAY
LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
SEPT. 13, 2018
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S FOR PROS CAMARO ZL1, met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day. Select quotes:
OBVIOUSLY, YOU WANT TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. IF YOU DON’T, HOW WILL YOU VIEW THE 2018 SEASON?
“It would be a disappointing year if we didn’t win a race. I’ve set a high bar to win since my rookie year, so winning a race seems like something we should be able to do. If that doesn’t happen, I’d certainly be disappointed. I do know that we have not left anything on the table and poured everything we can into it. Not that it would be satisfying on every level, but making sure we acknowledge the effort that went into it and not beat ourselves too hard on it. But I certainly hope that doesn’t happen.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Las Vegas–Jimmie Johnson
Menards/Aquafina Team Hoping To Build On Recent Success At Vegas
September 13, 2018
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Aquafina team won’t be a part of the Monster Energy Cup Series playoffs as they had planned. But that doesn’t mean they won’t be racing just as hard over the final 10 events of the 2018 season.
Menard finished the 26-race regular season in 18th place in the points standings, which left him two spots shy of being among the 16 drivers who will start the playoffs this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which statistically is Menard’s best track.
It’s also been a good one lately for his Wood Brothers team, which has an average finish of 7.3 over the past three races including a ninth-place run by Menard back in March in the third race of the season.
Eddie Wood said he and his teammates are ready to show the team’s potential over the final 10 races, and Sunday’s 400-miler at Las Vegas offers them a good chance to shine.
“We ran well at Vegas in the spring, and we’re looking forward to going back,” he said.
Wood remains positive about his team’s prospects despite missing the cut for the playoffs.
“Although a lot of unfortunate circumstances kept us from making the playoffs, we’re going to go at these final 10 races as hard as we can,” he said. “Our goal is to win a race, and winning races is what this sport is all about.”
Qualifying for the South Point 400 is set for Friday at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time, and the race is expected to start just after 3 p.m. on Sunday with TV coverage for both events on NBCSN.
ROBERT HIGHT READY TO START BATTLE FOR FUNNY CAR CHAMPIONSHIP
READING, Pa. (Sept. 12, 2018) — After a convincing regular season that saw Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car team finish No. 3 in the Mello Yello point standings, the defending Funny Car champion is ready to begin the fight for his third world championship. The first test will come this weekend at the Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pennsylvania where Hight will be focusing on the track and also highlighting a growing problem off the track. Continue reading ROBERT HIGHT READY TO START BATTLE FOR FUNNY CAR CHAMPIONSHIP
TEAM CHEVY ADVANCE
SOUTH POINT 400
LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
September 16, 2018
CHEVY’S FAB FIVE:
Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman make up Chevrolet’s ‘fab five’ drivers that will pilot Camaro ZL1’s in this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship run. Only the elder statesman, Johnson, has ever won a Cup Series title, and is the only driver in the field who has competed for a championship in every single Playoff since the format was adopted in 2004 to determine the year-end champion. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Las Vegas Advance
RED WING SHOE COMPANY JOINS JOHN FORCE RACING FOR
REMAINING SIX RACES
YORBA LINDA, Calif. (Sept. 13, 2018) — For the remainder of 2018, John Force Racing will add Red Wing Shoe Company as a sponsor to their fleet of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series hot rods, it was announced today. With a 113-year history of creating purpose-built footwear that protects workers in some of the harshest conditions, Red Wing Shoe Company was built by years of hard work and endurance, making them a perfect partner for John Force Racing.
Today, the global company has a network of distributers and retail locations across 110 countries, an accomplishment built by years of hard work, endurance, and the promise to never compromise on quality. Continue reading RED WING SHOE COMPANY JOINS JOHN FORCE RACING FOR REMAINING SIX RACES
CHEVROLET AT READING
What: Dodge NHRA Nationals
When: Friday, Sept. 14-Sunday, Sept. 16
Where: Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania
TV: FS1 taped qualifications, 7 p.m. ET Sept. 14
FS1 taped eliminations and finals, 7:30 p.m. ET Sept. 16
Chevrolet Seeks Quick Start in Countdown to the Championship
Courtney Force in Funny Car, Tanner Gray in Pro Stock enter as No. 1 seeds
DETROIT (Sept. 12, 2018) – A quick start is crucial to Chevrolet drivers – on the dragstrip and in the initial round of the six-race National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship. Continue reading NHRA–CHEVROLET AT READING
Giovanni Scelzi Racing Family Car During World of Outlaws Event at Calistoga
Inside Line Promotions – PORT ROYAL, Pa. (Sept. 12, 2018) – Giovanni Scelzi will return to his family team this weekend for a World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series doubleheader.
Scelzi is scheduled to drive the No. 41s on Friday and Saturday at Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga, Calif., during the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown. He earned a fifth-place finish at the half-mile oval during his debut there last year. Continue reading Giovanni Scelzi Racing Family Car During World of Outlaws Event at Calistoga
F4 DRIVER CALLED UP TO CHALLENGE GLOBAL RACING GROUP IN TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Global Racing Group leads F3 Americas team championship; Abel Motorsports adds Jacob Abel to roster
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 12, 2018)- After a set of back-to-back triple header weekends last month, the F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda teams return to action at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey, Sept. 14-16. Continue reading F4 DRIVER CALLED UP TO CHALLENGE GLOBAL RACING GROUP IN TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Richard Childress Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series History at Las Vegas Motor Speedway … In 62 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing Chevrolets have earned 10 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes with eight different drivers – Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Austin Dillon, Dale Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Paul Menard and Mike Skinner. Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Las Vegas Advance
BRITTANY FORCE GLAD TO START COUNTDOWN AT MAPLE GROVE RACEWAY
READING, Pa (September 12, 2018) — Brittany Force will be jumping back into her Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster to begin the defense of her 2017 Mello Yello NHRA Top Fuel championship this weekend at the Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. The Countdown, NHRA’s six race playoff dash, will begin and Force will have an added level of comfort starting the playoffs at an event where she has had the most success in her young career.
In five races the Top Fuel champion has raced to three final rounds including a win last year over championship runner-up Steve Torrence. A win/loss record of 12-4 gives Force confidence and a level of comfort she can use to her advantage as she looks to reel in Torrence again for the championship. Force hasn’t had this much success at any other track beside Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park where she has three runner-up finishes. Continue reading BRITTANY FORCE GLAD TO START COUNTDOWN AT MAPLE GROVE RACEWAY
Season is over and it didnt end as we had expected, but still not too bad. We missed nr 2 spot with 1 point or 0.005 sec.
We needed to qualify nr 2 and we was after first day but got clutchproblem Saturday when track got better and lost that spot to Ernryd ( nr 2 overall) with 0.005 sec and that was the 1 point we needed to claim nr 2 spot.
We really never had a shot at nr 1 after our failer at Tierp first round.
We beat Ernryd in semi and if we would win finals that would also put us at nr 2 , But we tryed to hard against Ljungdahl and shook. He run 6,66, but qualifyed at 6,61 compare to our 6,64.
We really never made a good run this weekend.
Good side is that we now have a lot of data at all tracks with our new Gray power under the hood, way diffrent to drive/ tune then our old Bob Ingles engine.
But hey we have been in finals twice this year, fastest car at many races, so we have for sure made a good move closer to the top.
Now we need to go over our clutches totally, service engine, see where we did fail and make sure it aint gone happen again.
Again concider the competition nr 3 is OK but we had set our goal higher, and we just need to work harder next year
Hope for your support off course also in 2019 and I hope to be abel to see you all at PRI
Drift Masters Rd5
Germany – Hockenheimring
This past weekend saw the world famous Hockenheimring F1 circuit in Germany, taken over by Round 5 of the Drift Masters GP Championship. It promised to be the fastest track on the DMGP calendar, and it did not disappoint. With over a million online views and the prestigious Mercedes Benz Tribune full with spectators, it was a must watch for any drift fan. Continue reading Baggsy Drift Masters Rd5 Germany – Hockenheimring
JOHN FORCE CARRIES ON AT MAPLE GROVE IN SEARCH OF WIN 150
READING, Pa. (September 12, 2018) — Few drivers have had more success at Maple Grove Raceway, site of this week’s Dodge NHRA Nationals, than drag racing legends John Force and Kenny Bernstein.
Between them, the two appeared in 21 finals. They won 10 races. Bernstein is the only driver to have won in both Top Fuel and Funny Car while Force has hoisted more Wally trophies at The Grove than any driver in history (seven). From the first event in 1985 until 1999, a stretch of 14 seasons, one or the other raced for the title every year but, ironically, never in the same year. Continue reading JOHN FORCE CARRIES ON AT MAPLE GROVE IN SEARCH OF WIN 150
Chevrolet Aims for Strong Finish at Sonoma Raceway
· Will Power, Josef Newgarden remain mathematically in title hunt
ᴏ Championship to be decided in double-points finale
· ‘Ironman’ of Indy car racing reaches another milestone
ᴏ Tony Kanaan seeks to make 300th consecutive start
· A driver powered by the Chevrolet 2.2 liter V6 IndyCar engine has won every season finale at Sonoma since 2012
· Indy Lights drivers to make Verizon IndyCar Series debuts
ᴏ Champion O’Ward, runner-up Herta ready for challenge
· Chevrolet has earned six wins, nine poles this season Continue reading Chevrolet Aims for Strong Finish at Sonoma Raceway
Dominic Scelzi Hopeful to Return to Racing by Early October Following Fractured Femur
Inside Line Promotions – FRESNO, Calif. (Sept. 11, 2018) – Dominic Scelzi will be sidelined for approximately another month as he recovers from a broken bone in his right leg.
Continue reading Dominic Scelzi Hopeful to Return to Racing by Early October Following Fractured Femur
Team JEGS racers Jeg Coughlin Jr., Troy Coughlin Jr. begin championship charges
READING, Pa. (Sept. 11) — The championship dreams of Pro Stock pilot Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Top Alcohol Dragster driver Troy Coughlin Jr. begin in earnest this weekend with the 34th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. Continue reading Team JEGS racers Jeg Coughlin Jr., Troy Coughlin Jr. begin championship charges
NHRA® Team Report
NHRA Nationals – Reading, PA
Cruz Pedregon took some time after Indy to hit the dirt track, and now he and the team are prepping the Snap-on Funny Car to take on Reading. “Reading has been a winner for us before, so we know with our current setup, we can make it happen again,” Cruz says. “Tommy (DeLago), the team and I have taken a good hard look at the runs we had in Indy, and we collectively have a positive outlook heading into the fall races of the NHRA season.” Continue reading Cruz Pedregon–Reading Advance
Permatex/Follow A Dream TA/FC Team says Goodbye to Tom Howell
MARSTONS MILLS, Massachusetts (September 11, 2018) – It was beautiful and memorable weekend for the Permatex/Follow A Dream Top Alcohol Funny Car Team at the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional event at New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire.
Although the team did not get to close in on the Divisional title they were hoping for, they still had an unforgettable weekend at their home track. In a memorial qualifing run, Burkart carried the ashes of the team’s original tuner, Tom Howell to the finish line. Tommy passed away in early July after a long and courageous battle with ALS. Continue reading Permatex/Follow A Dream TA/FC Team says Goodbye to Tom Howell
FORD PERFORMANCE & KESELOWSKI WIN THE BRICKYARD 400!
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – September 11, 2018 – Brad Keselowski won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Brickyard 400, Monday afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Keselowski made it an Indianapolis sweep for Roger Penske, winning the Indianapolis 500 earlier in the year with Will Power. This marked the first MENCS Brickyard win for Ford Performance since 1999 with Dale Jarrett and Robert Yates Racing. Continue reading FORD PERFORMANCE & KESELOWSKI WIN THE BRICKYARD 400!
Team JEGS Pre-race Notes
Dodge NHRA Nationals – Maple Grove Raceway
Team JEGS Pre-race Notes
Dodge NHRA Nationals – Maple Grove Raceway
Reading, Pa. (September 14-16)
The JEGS Mail Order team will be represented at this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Nationals by Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Troy Coughlin Jr.
Jeg Coughlin Jr. is once again racing as a teammate to two-time world champ Erica Enders. The Elite team also includes Pro Stock racers Vincent Nobile and Alex Laughlin. Jeg Jr.’s crew chief is multi-talented Rickie Jones, who has extensive experience as a driver, chassis builder, and tuner. The Elite team also includes crew chiefs Rick Jones, Mark Ingersoll and Brian “Lump” Self, who regularly
share data. Continue reading The JEGS Mail Order team will be represented at this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Nationals by Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Troy Coughlin Jr.