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Giovanni Scelzi Picks Up Pair of Top 10s During First Half of Ohio Sprint Speedweek

Giovanni Scelzi Picks Up Pair of Top 10s During First Half of Ohio Sprint Speedweek

Inside Line Promotions – ORRVILLE, Ohio (June 19, 2018) – Giovanni Scelzi is turning heads during the first half of Ohio Sprint Speedweek.

The 16-year-old has earned two heat race wins, a dash victory and a pair of top-10 feature finishes during the first four rounds of the nine-race Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions spectacle. He currently ranks seventh in the Speedweek standings.

“I think it’s been pretty good,” he said. “I’ve made a few mistakes, but that’s how it goes. We’ve been fast everywhere so it’s been good.” Continue reading Giovanni Scelzi Picks Up Pair of Top 10s During First Half of Ohio Sprint Speedweek

Dominic Scelzi Produces Two Top 10s in North Dakota With World of Outlaws

Dominic Scelzi Produces Two Top 10s in North Dakota With World of Outlaws

Inside Line Promotions – MINOT, N.D. (June 19, 2018) – Dominic Scelzi captured a pair of top-10 finishes last weekend in North Dakota with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.

The action began on Friday at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks during the Northern Tour. Scelzi went out late to qualify and ended up with the 18 th quickest time in his family owned, Roth Motorsports supported No. 41s.

“We were buried in the pill draw,” he said. “We went out third to last and it really hurt us. I think Brad Sweet was the only one who put down a great lap after going out late.” Continue reading Dominic Scelzi Produces Two Top 10s in North Dakota With World of Outlaws

SOD takes on Tri-City Motor Speedway this Friday

ERIE, MI (June 19, 2018) – Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP returns to Tri-City Motor Speedway, Auburn, Michigan, on Friday, June 22 for the first time since 2015.

The race will be the second of five SOD MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge races. The first BLC race was at Crystal Motor Speedway on April 28 where recent high school graduate Zane DeVault drove his 360 cubic inch sprinter to a narrow victory over Chad Blonde.

Tri-City is a slightly banked 3/8-mile track that is a fan favorite. It is recognized for its emphasis on family-focused entertainment, fan involvement, and efficiently run race programs.

Sprints On Dirt last raced at TCMS twice in 2015. Ryan Ruhl won his third SOD feature of the season on June 4. Floridian Kyle Pitts, now a Polk County, Florida, deputy sheriff, picked up his only SOD win on July 17.

Chad Blonde (Litchfield, Michigan) currently leads SOD Championship points over Shawn Valenti (Fostoria, Ohio) and Josh Turner (Osseo, Michigan). Zane DeVault (Plymouth, Indiana) leads MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge points. Blonde is in second and Matt Foos (Fremont, Ohio) is in third.

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Sonoma Advance

TEAM CHEVY ADVANCE
TOYOTA/SAVE MART 350
SONOMA RACEWAY
SONOMA, CALIFORNIA
JUNE 24, 2018

BOWTIE BULLETS
SONOMA SUCCESS:
No other manufacturer has visited Victory Lane at Sonoma Raceway more often than Chevrolet. The Bowtie Brand has been in Winner’s Circle 11 times at the 11-turn, 1.99-mile venue.

CHEVY HISTORY MINUTE:
Ernie Irvan took Chevrolet to Victory Lane for the first time at Sonoma Raceway in 1992. Since then, Chevrolet has powered five different drivers and four (Lumina, Monte Carlo, Impala and SS) different nameplates to Winner’s Circle at the Northern California track. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Sonoma Advance

Cruz Pedregon–Norwalk Advance

NHRA® Team Report
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals – Norwalk, OH
Pre-Race Report

Cruz Pedregon and team made time to stop in their Brownsburg, Indiana shop this week before heading to Norwalk. The team is revved and ready for the fourth consecutive weekend race. “Jumping to eighth in the points has really bolstered this young team’s confidence as we get on the road to Norwalk,” says Cruz. “It feels good to have qualified in the top five in four of the last five races, and we’re confident we’ll do well Friday and Saturday and go rounds Sunday.” Continue reading Cruz Pedregon–Norwalk Advance

Flying high on a three-race win streak, Jeg Coughlin Jr. soars into home state of Ohio

Flying high on a three-race win streak,
Jeg Coughlin Jr. soars into home state of Ohio
DELAWARE, Ohio (June 19) — Six-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. soars into his home state on a three-race winning streak that has lifted his JEGS.com/Elite Performance team in the world rankings and breathed new life into the 79-time national event winner.

Coughlin pushed his career
win total to 79 in Bristol.
“When you’ve gone as long as we had without winning, you reach a point where you take whatever you can get,” Coughlin said, referring to a career-long, four-year winless stretch he snapped three weeks ago. “The last couple years were a little tiring at times and although we had our chances here and there, we never capitalized on them. Continue reading Flying high on a three-race win streak, Jeg Coughlin Jr. soars into home state of Ohio

Stotz Racing–6.19.18 Update

Another Race – Another Final
Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis has always been a favorite of Stotz Racing. Not only have we won many races but we’ve also set many records there. The Summer heat has always made the track tough to get down quickly. With track temps nearing 140 degrees this year, I was glad to have had so many successful seasons there. It did take us Friday’s test session and into Saturday’s qualifying to get a hold of the track, but Frankie qualified well with the #2 spot.
Continue reading Stotz Racing–6.19.18 Update

RCR Event Preview – Sonoma Raceway

Richard Childress Racing in Wine Country … In 69 starts at the 10-turn stadium course, Richard Childress Racing owns two wins, with Dale Earnhardt in the 1995 Save Mart Supermarkets 300 and with Robby Gordon in the Save Mart 350 in 2003, one pole award (Earnhardt, 1995), 14 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes. The Welcome, North Carolina,-based team has led 140 laps at Sonoma, completed 7,224 of the 7,270 laps contested (99.4 percent) and recorded just one DNF (Did Not Finish) over that stretch (1989-2017). Continue reading RCR Event Preview – Sonoma Raceway

NHRA–Bristol Results

Top Fuel — Tony Schumacher, 3.946 seconds, 313.58 mph def. Mike Salinas, 5.251 seconds, 152.18 mph.

Funny Car — Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 4.234, 296.37 def. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 4.300, 286.98.

Pro Stock — Jeg Coughlin, Chevy Camaro, 6.709, 205.10 def. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.741, 205.07.

Pro Modified — Khalid alBalooshi, Chevy Camaro, 5.924, 247.38 def. Todd Tutterow, Camaro, 5.948, 242.10.

Top Fuel Harley — Tii Tharpe, Dixie, 6.491, 220.33 def. Doug Vancil, Weekend, Foul – Red Light.

Factory Stock Showdown — Joseph Welch, Dodge Dodge Challenger, 8.275, 164.67 def. Arthur Kohn, Chevy Camaro, Foul – Red Light.

Super Stock — Scott Stillings, Pontiac Grand Am, 8.854, 148.72 def. Ed Longhany Sr., Plymouth Duster, 10.690, 121.79.

Stock Eliminator — Eddie Longhany Jr, Chevy Camaro, 10.698, 118.70 def. Joe Santangelo, Camaro, 10.686, 113.69.

Super Comp — Tyler Caheely, Dragster, 8.928, 170.71 def. Jacob Elrod, Dragster, 8.930, 165.01.

Super Gas — Steve Furr, Chevy Camaro, 9.917, 160.81 def. Ray Miller III, Chevy Camaro, 9.927, 164.21.

Top Sportsman presented by RacingRVs.com — Jeff Brooks, Henry J, 6.720, 206.29 def. Royce Freeman, Chevy Camaro, 6.933, 202.18.

Top Dragster presented by RacingRVs.com — Aaron Stanfield, Dragster, 6.320, 217.84 def. Joe Fisher, Dragster, 6.498, 197.54.

JEGS.com driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. takes Pro Stock title in Bristol to extend streak to three

JEGS.com driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. takes
Pro Stock title in Bristol to extend streak to three
BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 17) – JEGS.com driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. has been on plenty of hot streaks during his legendary career, but not many like this one.

With a victory in the Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals on Sunday at Bristol Dragway, Coughlin has scored three wins in the last three weekends. He won in Pro Stock in Chicago, followed that up with a Super Comp win in Richmond and extended the streak to three with the Pro Stock victory here.

“That has a nice ring to it,” Coughlin said of winning three weekends in a row. “Without question, since we’ve made some transitions within the (Elite Motorsports) team, we’ve been really fast – Erica (Enders) and I both. It feels great. Getting a Super Comp win in Virginia was really rewarding as well, and I’m very proud of that because it’s some tough racing.

“To win here at Thunder Valley is fantastic.” Continue reading JEGS.com driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. takes Pro Stock title in Bristol to extend streak to three

Capps, Schumacher Score NHRA Bristol Wins, Double Up for Mopar Dodge//SRT

Capps, Schumacher Score NHRA Bristol Wins, Double Up for Mopar Dodge//SRT

· Ron Capps rumbles to second consecutive NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals win in his Mopar-powered NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
· Capps’ victory is fifth consecutive win for a Mopar Dodge Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Funny Car at Bristol Dragway
· Mopar-powered U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher scores record sixth career win at Bristol
· Victories by Capps and Schumacher are fifth of 2018 for Mopar Dodge//SRT in NHRA Nitro classes
· Randy Parker, Ed Longhaney claim back-to-back Dodge Top Finisher awards
· More info on Mopar in NHRA available at http://blog.mopar.com
· Dodge Garage (http://www.dodgegarage.com/), a digital content hub for muscle car and race enthusiasts launches, features highlights from NHRA season Continue reading Capps, Schumacher Score NHRA Bristol Wins, Double Up for Mopar Dodge//SRT

RCR Post Race Report – Iowa 250 presented by Enogen

Matt Tifft Records Seventh Top-10 Finish of the Season at Iowa Speedway in No. 2 Wastebits Chevrolet

“We were all over the field today. We had the challenge of starting from the rear of the field after NASCAR didn’t approve the look of our side skirts. I was able to get up to 15th before the end of Stage 1 with a pretty loose No. 2 Wastebits Camaro. After pitting for four fresh tires and air pressure adjustments, my new left front tire was killed from a lug nut that got stuck in it before we even got off pit road, which forced us to pit for a second time during the stage break for a replacement tire. That shuffled us back in the lineup for the start of Stage 2. From there I was able to battle back up and stay in the top 10 for the majority of the remaining laps. We had great long run speed but just needed a little more out of our car to fire off with. Overall, we were able to get a top-10 finish out of the day, so we’ll take it and learn from it during the off week.”
-Matt Tifft Continue reading RCR Post Race Report – Iowa 250 presented by Enogen

Josh Turner SOD Master in Butler WWIII

ERIE, MI (June 17, 2018) – Josh Turner drove to a spectacular Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP win at Butler Speedway’s WWIII, the second Hog Creek Showdown race Saturday night.

Top Shelf Turner utilized his Gressman Powersports engine and J&J Auto Racing chassis and the track’s top ridge, often slipping over it, blasting by Chad Blonde to the delight of the huge crowd for the win. Former multi-time Butler champion car owner Tom Dale, turned the wrenches to fine tune Turner’s machine.

Turner started on the pole for the feature with Shawn Valenti. Valenti took the early lead as Turner was down to third by the end of the first lap and eventually fell to fifth place. On lap seven, Chad Blonde blasted by Valenti who dropped to fourth by lap 13.

While there was plenty of action up front, all eyes were on Ryan Ruhl. Ruhl, forced to start twentieth due to a heat race issue, made an impressive charge to fifth by lap twelve before a cut right front tire ended his race early. It was deja vu with a flat tire taking Ruhl out of contention at the Butler SOD race on May 19.

Meanwhile, back up front, Turner was searching for a way to correct his backslide. In fifth place on lap nine, Turner moved to fourth on lap ten, third on lap 13, and second on lap 16. On lap twenty-two, Turner charged past Chad Blonde and withheld cautions and Blonde’s attempts to retake the lead, driving off to a three-car length win.

Chevrolet Claims Pro Stock Victory on Father’s Day at Bristol

CHEVROLET RACING IN NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
FITZGERALD USA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS
BRISTOL DRAGWAY IN BRISTOL, TENNESSEE
SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018

Chevrolet Claims Pro Stock Victory on Father’s Day at Bristol

• Jeg Coughlin Jr. earns 60th Pro Stock victory of career, second of season
• No. 1 Funny Car qualifier Courtney Force retains class points lead
• Arthur Kohn is runner-up in Chevy COPO Camaro in SAM Tech Showdown
• Jeff Strickland advances to Stock Eliminator semis in Chevy COPO Camaro

BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 17, 2018) – The Chevrolet-powered Pro Stock finalists in the Fitzgerald USA Thunder Valley Nationals have combined for 150 class victories, have faced off 93 times – including 20 times in the final round – and were the Nos. 1 and 2 qualifiers.

Jeg Coughlin Jr., the No. 2 qualifier in the JEGS.com/Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro SS, prevailed over Greg Anderson on a 136-degree Bristol Dragway in the 11th round of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Continue reading Chevrolet Claims Pro Stock Victory on Father’s Day at Bristol

Chevy Racing–NHRA–Bristol

CHEVROLET RACING IN NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
FITZGERALD USA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS
BRISTOL DRAGWAY IN BRISTOL, TENNESSEE
TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE DRIVER QUOTES
SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018

An interview with Pro Stock winner JEG COUGHLIN JR., ELITE MOTORSPORTS, JEGS.COM/ELITE PERFORMANCE CHEVROLET CAMARO SS (No. 2 qualifier; 60th Pro Stock win and 79th national event win in seven classes; also beat Greg Anderson at Chicago two weeks earlier; cut an .023 light and ran 6.709 seconds at 205.10):
YOU’RE ON A ROLL
“It feels great and it’s a testament to our team. We showed our way right to the checkers in Chicago and then came back here in Bristol with another win. It felt fantastic from behind the wheel.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NHRA–Bristol

CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: Halfway Report

CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: Halfway Report
Garcia/Magnussen/Rockenfeller fighting in top-five; No. 64 Corvette still going strong

LE MANS, France (June 17, 2018) – Corvette Racing’s No. 63 entry remained among the lead six cars in a hotly contested GTE Pro category as the 24 Hours of Le Mans entered its second half.

Antonio Garcia had just gotten back in the No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R prior to the 12-hour mark as the team’s highest-running entry continued to press its attack on the Circuit de la Sarthe and the rest of the 17-car GTE Pro field.

Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller were on the cusp of the led lap into Hour 13 as Le Mans began to claim a handful of contenders in the dark of night. The Corvette was on the brink of the top-five and less than a minute for fourth place in what has been the toughest GTE Pro fight the team has faced. Continue reading CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: Halfway Report

COURTNEY FORCE TALLIES HER SEVENTH NO. 1 QUALIFIER OF THE SEASON AT BRISTOL DRAGWAY

COURTNEY FORCE TALLIES HER SEVENTH NO. 1 QUALIFIER OF THE SEASON AT BRISTOL DRAGWAY
BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 16, 2018) — Courtney Force powered her way to her 24th career No. 1 qualifier Saturday at the Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Robert Hight will start race day from the No. 3 position, John Force will start form No. 6 and, in Top Fuel, Brittany Force is heading into eliminations in the No. 5 position at Bristol Dragway.

To say Courtney Force is dominating the Funny Car category is becoming an understatement. The driver of the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS has now tallied seven No. 1 qualifiers just 11 races into the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. With a 3.993-second pass at 325.92 mph from Friday night, Force continued her streak of qualifying inside the top four and picked up her second consecutive No. 1 qualifier. Continue reading COURTNEY FORCE TALLIES HER SEVENTH NO. 1 QUALIFIER OF THE SEASON AT BRISTOL DRAGWAY

Chevrolet Claims Funny Car, Pro Stock No. 1 Qualifier Honors

CHEVROLET RACING IN NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
FITZGERALD USA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS
BRISTOL DRAGWAY IN BRISTOL, TENNESSEE
POST-QUALIFYING RECAP
SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018

Chevrolet Claims Funny Car, Pro Stock No. 1 Qualifier Honors

• Courtney Force is Funny Car low qualifier for seventh time of season
• Reigning Funny Car champion Robert Hight is the No. 3 qualifier
• Greg Anderson records seventh Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier, 100th of career
• David Barton is SAM Tech Showdown low qualifier in Chevy COPO Camaro

BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 16, 2018) – Consistently fast and Courtney Force have been synonymous through 11 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series races.

The driver of the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS recorded her fifth Funny Car No. 1 qualifier honor in the past six races and class-leading seventh overall at the Fitzgerald USA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.
Continue reading Chevrolet Claims Funny Car, Pro Stock No. 1 Qualifier Honors

CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: Six-Hour Report

CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: Six-Hour Report
No. 63 Corvette in thick of tough GTE Pro battle; No. 64 C7.R fighting back after early trouble

LE MANS, France (June 16, 2018) – Corvette Racing found itself in the expected fight among GTE Pro cars in the opening six hours of the 86th 24 Hours of Le Mans on Saturday. The action in the category – featuring 17 cars and six manufacturers – was fast and furious with one of the team’s Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs in the thick of things.

Antonio Garcia was back at the wheel of the No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette one-quarter into the race and in eighth position. All three drivers – Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller – put in double-stints to open the race, which saw the Corvette run anywhere from fifth to 11th after starting from the ninth position. Continue reading CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: Six-Hour Report

COURTNEY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS CURRENTLY NO. 1 AT BRISTOL DRAGWAY

COURTNEY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS CURRENTLY NO. 1 AT
BRISTOL DRAGWAY
BRISTOL, Va. (June 15, 2018) — After day one of qualifying at the Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Courtney Force shows no signs of letting up on her domination of the Funny Car class. Force, along with her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car team, raced to the top of the field Friday night at Bristol Dragway. Robert Hight currently holds the No. 3 spot with John Force at No. 6. Brittany Force, in Top Fuel, ended the day No. 5.

Courtney Force has yet to qualify, even preliminarily, outside of the top four in 2018 and, at the 11th race of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season, it doesn’t look like the Funny Car points leader has any intention of ending that streak. Force, who ran a 4.277-second pass during the first qualifying session, good enough for fourth, came out under the lights with a cool track and blasted to a 3.933-second pass at 325.92 mph to take over the top spot. It was the only Funny Car three-second pass of the day and earned her three bonus points. Continue reading COURTNEY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS CURRENTLY NO. 1 AT BRISTOL DRAGWAY