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ROBERT YATES CLASS OF 2018 NASCAR HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE!

ROBERT YATES
CLASS OF 2018 NASCAR HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE!

CHARLOTTE, NC, May 24, 2017 – CONGRATULATIONS, Robert Yates class of 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee. What a special and well deserved moment for Robert and the entire Yates’ family. This prestigious award was announced tonight at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Building engines and cars has been in Robert’s blood since the beginning. His legacy reads like the American Dream, starting out at Holman Moody Racing, working his way to become one of the most legendary and respected engine builders and NASCAR team owners that the sport has ever known.

Robert has proven that hard work, dedication and passion was the perfect formula for success and a legendary career.
Achieving 77 wins as NASCAR’s premier engine builder
57 overall wins, 48 Poles as NASCAR Team Owner
Three Daytona 500
Two Brickyard 400
One Championship

“Our family is so honored and humbled this evening to be acknowledged by the NASCAR Hall of Fame,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “We would like to thank Ford Motor Company, NASCAR, Team Members and everyone that has been part of my Dad’s career as well as the many fans for their continued support!”

The Roush Yates Engines’ family celebrates with Robert and the Yates’ family on this milestone achievement. Congratulations Robert and all the inductees!

Scelzi Advances to Earn Eighth-Place Result at Thunderbowl Raceway

Scelzi Advances to Earn Eighth-Place Result at Thunderbowl Raceway

Inside Line Promotions – TULARE, Calif. (May 24, 2017) – Dominic Scelzi recorded his fourth top-10 finish of the season last Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway during a King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series event.

“We improved on our qualifying and that was a big key,” he said. “We went back to what I was doing last year and it worked.”

Scelzi timed in fifth quickest during qualifying in his Roth Motorsports supported, family owned sprint car. That lined him up on the inside of the second row for a heat race.

“We’re thinking a dirt clod got under the hood in the heat race because the engine would only idle at 5,000 RPMs,” he said. “It wouldn’t go low enough when I lifted for the engine to slow down so that was tough.”

Scelzi placed fourth in the heat race to lock into the 11th starting position for the main event.

“They reworked the race track, which was unfortunate,” he said. “It ended up being really fast and hooked up so passing was really tough. We were able to get by a couple of guys, but it was so tough to pass. You really had to have a good run going or they’d have to make a mistake to get by them.”

Scelzi posted an eighth-place result.

“It’s a big step in the right direction,” he said. “I’ve got my comfort back. We’ve got speed. This is the way it needs to be. I think we’re only going to get better.”

Scelzi will drive for Nick McColloch this Saturday at Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif., with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour.

“I’m really excited to get there,” Scelzi said. “I was fast in Nick’s car there during the season finale last year. I think it’s a good weekend to knock off our first win.”

He has earned two career 410ci winged sprint car wins at the track and has scored three top fives during 360 competition.

Shawn Valenti Wins 1st Career Engine Pro SOD by ARP Feature @ Baer Field Motorsports Park

ERIE, MI (May 22, 2017) – Fostoria, Ohio driver, Shawn Valenti would led all 30 laps of the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge Race #1 at Baer Field Motorsports Park to score his first career SOD victory.

The first race on the Baer Field Motorsports Park new ¼ mile track was originally scheduled for Saturday. Unfortunately very heavy rains turned the track into something referred to as “Baer Lake,” but promoter Dave Muzzillo didn’t give up and surprisingly was able to get the track in shape for the Sunday rain date. Continue reading Shawn Valenti Wins 1st Career Engine Pro SOD by ARP Feature @ Baer Field Motorsports Park

Quick Facts about Historic Baer Field Motorsports Park SOD Race

ERIE, MI (May 23, 2017) – After being rained out Saturday, Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP headlined the first-ever race on Fort Wayne, Indian’s Baer Field Motorsports Park new dirt track on Sunday night for the first race of SOD’s MAHLE/Clevite Beyond KLimits Challenge five-race series. Numerous facts about the event make it a truly historical event for both Baer Field Motorsports Park and Sprints On Dirt.

New ¼ mile track
The track crew put out a massive effort to make sure the Sunday race could take place. Several inches of rain resulted in the track being referred to as “Baer Lake” Sunday morning, then more rain came. The infield was pumped out and against all odds, the track was prepped for racing. Promoter Dave Muzzillo could have easily thrown in the towel, but was determined to get the race in.

Andrew Scheid
Thirteen-year-old Andrew Scheid, a SOD sprint car rookie of the year contender, raced a full-size sprint for the first time and drew many compliments. After qualifying seventh in his heat group, Scheid finished last in his heat. He then grabbed a fourth in the B Main to advance to the feature where he finished eighteenth, dropping out early in consideration of the fast field. Andrew dodged a few incidents that developed in front of him. He even executed a successful 360 degree spin to avoid a car that had spun to a stop in front of him.

Scheid has extensive racing experience and numerous wins in karts and lightning sprints.

Diverse field
The SOD “beyond limits” format continues to have broad appeal for race teams from many segments of sprint car racing.

Winner Valenti and Dan McCarron are currently regulars in the 410 class at Attica Raceway Park and Fremont Speedway. Valenti has has had great success in thunderstocks and dirt trucks in Ohio and Indiana.

2nd-place finisher Joe Swanson, 5th place Steve Irwin, and 6th place Brad Wyatt have had success in winged sprint pavement racing. Irwin has won pavement championships and #71H car owner Steve Smith has also won pavement championships as an owner.

3rd place Landon Simon is a successful USAC competitor who ran his first winged sprint race Sunday. Irwin and Wyatt also have extensive non-wing experience.

4th place Thomas Schinderle previously raced modifieds, then was a regular in the Attica/Fremont FAST 305 class.

Matt Prieur
Matt Prieur & Shawn ValentiSOD rookie announcer Matt Prieur got his first SOD race in Sunday. The former World of Outlaws late model announcer is also the announcer for the American Ethanol Late Model Tour, the American Ethanol Modified Tour, and occasional pavement races.

Prieur has been a hockey referee for 24 years. He has also been the color commentator for an Ontario Hockey League game.

Prieur has been announcing since 1989.

MCRP/SOD Safety Crew

SOD competitors got their first look at the MCRP safety crew. They were quick to assist in any on-track incidents.

For more information about Engine Pro go to www.enginepro.com. For more information about ARP, go to www.arp-bolts.com. The full 2017 Sprints on Dirt schedule, rules, current news, and other information are available at www.sprintsondirt.com.

Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP is brought to you in 2017 by many important sponsor partners including: Engine Pro (Title Sponsor), ARP (Title Sponsor), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official SOD Tire), MAHLE/Clevite (Beyond Limits Challenge Sponsor), Driven Racing Oil (Battlegrounds Bash Sponsor), King Engine Bearings (King of Michigan Sponsor), Lane Automotive/MSD Ignition (Fast Masters Sponsor), Engler Machine & Tool (Heat Race Sponsor), COMP Cams (Heat Race Sponsor), RockAuto.com (Heat Race Sponsor), The Perfit Corporation (Lucky Dog Sponsor), KSE Racing Products, and XYZ Machining. In addition, SOD contingency sponsors include: Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, BR Motorsports, Diversified Machine Inc. (DMI), K2W Precision/Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Kistler Racing Products, Maxim Racing, Motor City Racing Promotions, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson Racing Products, Walker Performance Filtration.

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Miss Geico Starts the 2017 Season

We unveiled the newly painted Miss GEICO Race boat this past weekend in Point Pleasant, NJ. We had a street party on Friday evening, a great test session followed by a street parade (we had the Mayor and several commissioners on the race boat) on Saturday.

This weekend we are participating in the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show in Miami Beach. They are expecting over 500,000 people.

Our next real test with the race boat is in Sarasota June 30-July 2, 2017. We will see how our engines hold up in the hot and humid weather.

Rookie Rachel Meyer Drives to Final Round Appearance at NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals

Rookie Rachel Meyer Drives to Final Round Appearance at NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals

May 24, 2017 | Featured, Race Results, Rachel Meyer
Rookie Rachel Meyer Drives to Final Round Appearance at NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals

Daughters of drag racing sportsman legend Randy Meyer, Megan and Rachel Meyer, made their “Meyer Sisters Racing: Double Trouble” national debut at the 2017 NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals presented by Minties Dog Treats. Megan and Rachel were supported by Weld Wheels for the event, a company that is based out of the Kansas City area and maker of the lightest and strongest drag racing wheels. Continue reading Rookie Rachel Meyer Drives to Final Round Appearance at NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals

Beech Bend Raceway set to host historic JEGS SPORTSnationals

Beech Bend Raceway set to host historic
JEGS SPORTSnationals
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (May 26) – Following a triumphant return in 2016, the JEGS SPORTSnationals presented by Quick Fuel Technologies will once again take center stage this weekend at scenic Beech Bend Raceway Park.

The highly-anticipated event, long been considered one of the crown jewels of Sportsman drag racing, is expected to attract more than 500 of the best drag racers from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag
Racing Series. Continue reading Beech Bend Raceway set to host historic JEGS SPORTSnationals

A 600 To Remember

A 600 To Remember

May 24, 2017

For automobile racing fans, Memorial Day weekend is about as good as it gets. From the Formula One circuit’s Monaco Grand Prix early Sunday morning to the Indianapolis 500 at noon followed by the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte in the evening, auto racing is center stage in the sports world.

But Memorial Day weekend also is a somber time, as the nation honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving their country in the armed forces. Continue reading A 600 To Remember

New Honda Civic Si Scores First Touring Car Class Win For Shea Racing at CTMP

New Honda Civic Si Scores First Touring Car Class Win For Shea Racing at CTMP
• Tom O’Gorman earns Touring Car A victory on Sunday after starting from pole
• O’Gorman’s Civic Si runs fastest lap of Saturday’s event in TCA
• Shea Holbrook has top-10 hopes dashed by tire buildup on brakes

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario. (May 23, 2017) – Shea Racing’s four-car Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car program earned the first victory of the season for the new Honda Civic Si, as Tom O’Gorman rolled from pole to win Sunday’s PWC Touring Car A race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Continue reading New Honda Civic Si Scores First Touring Car Class Win For Shea Racing at CTMP

Team Jegs Preview Bowling Green

TEAM JEGS Prerace Notes
JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals
TEAM JEGS Prerace Notes
JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals
Beech Bend Raceway Park, Bowling Green, Ky.
May 26-28

The JEGS SPORTSnationals presented by Quick Fuel Technology will once again return to Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky., this weekend. This will be the second year that the event has returned to its birthplace. The original SPORTSnationals was held in Bowling Green from 1974-81 and 1985-86. Continue reading Team Jegs Preview Bowling Green

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Coca Cola 600 Advance

TEAM CHEVY ADVANCE
COCA-COLA 600
CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA
MAY 28, 2017

BOWTIE BULLETS
CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE:
Chevrolet leads all other manufacturers with 23 victories in the annual Coca-Cola 600, one of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series crown jewel races.

CHEVY HISTORY MINUTE:
Did you know Joe Lee Johnson, driving a Chevrolet Impala, won the inaugural World 600 on June 19, 1960? Chevrolet has won the NASCAR Cup Series’ longest race with multiple models including Monte Carlo, Lumina, Monte Carlo SS, and most recently the Chevy SS. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Coca Cola 600 Advance

THE GREATEST THE GREATEST SPECTACLE IN RACING HOSTS F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE HONDA FAN ZONESPECTACLE IN RACING HOSTS F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE HONDA FAN ZONE

THE GREATEST SPECTACLE IN RACING HOSTS F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE HONDA FAN ZONE

INDIANAPOLIS (May 23, 2017) – For the second consecutive year, the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda car will be on display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during Indianapolis 500 weekend.

Starting on Carb Day, the freshly wrapped, red, black and metallic blue No. 14 Jay Howard Motorsports Driver Development F4 U.S. Championship car will be on exhibit in the Honda Fan Zone, located in the Fan Midway inside IMS.
Continue reading THE GREATEST THE GREATEST SPECTACLE IN RACING HOSTS F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE HONDA FAN ZONESPECTACLE IN RACING HOSTS F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE HONDA FAN ZONE

RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Earns SprintX Top 10

RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Earns SprintX Top 10
• Mark Wilkins and Peter Kox place ninth in Saturday’s event
• Tom Dyer and Ryan Eversley just miss top-10 berth with 11th-place run
• Weather washes away Sunday race, make-up date to be announced

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (May 20, 2017) – The Acura NSX GT3s of RealTime Racing continued their early-season progression in Pirelli World Challenge competition, earning their first top-10 result in SprintX competition.

The team of Peter Kox and Mark Wilkins made up six positions in a tightly-packed field to place ninth in what was supposed to have been the first of two PWC SprintX races at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park this weekend. Wilkins took the #93 Acura NSX GT3 from the 15th spot on the grid and made up three places before handing off to Kox. The Dutchman did the rest of the work, gaining three positions to claim a ninth-place result. Continue reading RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Earns SprintX Top 10

Richard Childress Racing–Charlotte Preview

Richard Childress Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Charlotte Motor Speedway … In 157 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing teams have earned seven points-paying victories (four wins with Dale Earnhardt, one with Jeff Burton and two with Kevin Harvick) and four All-Star race victories (three with Earnhardt and one with Harvick), giving RCR 11 total Cup Series checkered flags at the Concord, N.C.-based track. RCR boasts 22 top-five and 50 top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile track. Childress, a former driver on NASCAR’s senior circuit, contributed two of those top-10 finishes from 1978 to 1979. The Welcome, N.C. organization has led a combined 1,149 laps at the Charlotte facility.
Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Charlotte Preview

Top Fuel rookie Troy Coughlin Jr. to drive Super Comp at JEGS SPORTSnationals

Top Fuel rookie Troy Coughlin Jr. to drive
Super Comp at JEGS SPORTSnationals
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (May 22) — Top Fuel rookie pilot Troy Coughlin Jr. is taking a few days off from driving the 10,000-horsepower Kalitta Motorsports SealMaster/Toyota nitro-powered dragster to pilot little sister Paige’s brand-new JEGS.com Super Comp rail at this weekend’s JEGS SPORTSnationals.

“Any time I have the chance to race at Beech Bend Raceway Park, I’m taking it,” Coughlin said. “It’s one of the most historic drag strips in the world, especially for Sportsman racing, and it’s also pretty much a second home to everyone in my family. Continue reading Top Fuel rookie Troy Coughlin Jr. to drive Super Comp at JEGS SPORTSnationals

Races coming in fast succession for JEGS.com Top Dragster pilot Mike Coughlin

Races coming in fast succession for
JEGS.com Top Dragster pilot Mike Coughlin
DELAWARE, Ohio (May 22) — Two-time Division 3 champion Mike Coughlin hadn’t even made it home from the Cavalcade of Stars event in Norwalk, Ohio, when his mind became filled with this coming weekend’s JEGS SPORTSnationals at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Kentucky.

“This is a busy time for us,” Coughlin admitted. “Actually, we’re running three weekends in a row, so we’re not even at the halfway point of this particular stretch, but we’re having a blast, for sure.” Continue reading Races coming in fast succession for JEGS.com Top Dragster pilot Mike Coughlin

Giovanni Scelzi Contends for Top Five Before Enduring Shoulder Injury

Giovanni Scelzi Contends for Top Five Before Enduring Shoulder Injury

Inside Line Promotions – TULARE, Calif. (May 22, 2017) – Giovanni Scelzi is recovering after a freak incident ended his night early last Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway.

Scelzi was running fifth in a Roth Motorsports entry late in the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series event when his left shoulder popped out of its socket. Continue reading Giovanni Scelzi Contends for Top Five Before Enduring Shoulder Injury

Honda Continues To Set the Pace at Indianapolis

Honda Continues To Set the Pace at Indianapolis
• Max Chilton heads Honda 1-2-3 in penultimate practice prior to the Indy 500
• Honda drivers post seven of 10 fastest speeds as race preparation continues
• Ed Jones paces rookies, runs second overall

SPEEDWAY, Ind., (May 22, 2017) – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton led a Honda 1-2-3 Monday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as – with qualifying competed – drivers and teams began their final preparations for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

Rookie Ed Jones continued his impressive run at Indianapolis this month, leading the four-driver rookie contingent and finishing second-fastest overall in his Dale Coyne Racing Honda on a sunny, near-perfect day at the historic “Brickyard”. Scott Dixon, star of this weekend’s qualifying runs with a blistering run of 232.164 mph to secure the pole for Honda and Chip Ganassi Racing, rounded out the top three today. Continue reading Honda Continues To Set the Pace at Indianapolis

Wood Brothers Choose Kyle Petty’s 1987 Ford Thunderbird For Darlington Throwback Paint Scheme

Wood Brothers Choose Kyle Petty’s 1987 Ford Thunderbird For Darlington Throwback Paint Scheme

May 22, 2017

The throwback paint scheme that Ryan Blaney’s No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion will sport in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway gives team owners Eddie and Len Wood a chance to recognize some of the most fun times of their decades in NASCAR.

The No. 21 Ford Fusion will carry a red, white and blue paint scheme reminiscent of the 1987 season when Kyle Petty was their driver and the team’s Ford Thunderbird carried the colors of Citgo and 7-Eleven.

“That was a really special time for Len and me,” Eddie Wood recalled. Continue reading Wood Brothers Choose Kyle Petty’s 1987 Ford Thunderbird For Darlington Throwback Paint Scheme

Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Indy 500-Practice 8 Recap

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
101ST RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY PRACTICE 8 RECAP
MAY 22, 2017

Following two days of time trials for the 101st Indianapolis 500, Chevrolet teams turned their attention to fine-tuning their Chevrolet Aero Kits with the 2.2-liter V6 Chevrolet engine for the 200-lap race May 28.

All 15 Chevrolet drivers qualified for the field Sunday displayed additional speed in the 3½ hours of available track time as they continue to hone in on the optimal aerodynamic set-up of their race car. Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud led Team Chevy drivers with a quick lap of 226.998 mph (39.6479 seconds) on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval to place fourth overall. Pagenaud qualified 23rd in the No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet. Continue reading Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Indy 500-Practice 8 Recap