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Dyson Racing–Powered By Mazda Qualifying

Reigning American Le Mans Series champions Dyson Racing qualified third and fourth for the season-ending 15th Annual Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda. The 1,000 mile/ten-hour race will decide the championship with Chris Dyson and Guy Smith thirteen points out of first. Dyson drivers occupy second through sixth in the championship tally.

Guy Smith qualified in third place in the #16 Mazda-powered ModSpace/Thetford entry, one second off pole. “We knew that we would not have the ultimate pace in qualifying but we have done enough ten-hour races to know that anything can happen,” said Smith. “All three of us, Chris Dyson, Steven Kane and myself, have been comfortably fast in the car and are confident of a good race tomorrow. We have a good race car and will focus on what is in our control, our own performance, and the results will come.”

Mark Patterson qualified the #20 Dyson Racing entry fourth. Sharing the car with veteran drivers Tony Burgess and Chris McMurry, he joked “that between us, we have 164 years of driving experience in this car! Seriously, it was a very satisfying qualifying session. Vince Wood, our race engineer, said we would break into the 12’s and we did. He deserves all the credit. He made simple little changes one at a time and he gave us a great car.”

New to Dyson Racing this weekend is Chris McMurry. He noted that “to be perfectly honest, this is the easiest car I have driven. It is so responsive. Things that I have had to diligently think about in the past, such as doing turn twelve flat, is just a no brainer in this car. The Dyson team has done an amazing job with this car. I think the “geriatric trio” will do very well tomorrow.  “This is my first time driving for Dyson Racing and it is different than what I thought. The difference is the hospitality, the character of the people and the friendliness. They embrace you with open arms and are supportive and encouraging and focused on helping everyone get the result we want. I have not experienced that with any team at this level.”

Commenting on the championship battle, Dyson said, “If this year has taught us anything, it is until the checkered flag drops, it is not over. We will execute as we have been doing all year. Both cars have been immaculately prepared and are ready for the second longest race of the year. Besides, we have Steven Kane with us, who drove with us for our first win of the year at the 12 Hours of Sebring. We think of him as our Irish good luck charm! It has been an amazing year with good competition the whole way with some great races. We will close out the season as we started by pushing the Muscle Milk guys and showing the fans what top-level prototype racing is all about.”

Chevy Racing–Kasey Kahne Pole Position

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
HOLLYWOOD CASINO 400
KANSAS SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
OCTOBER 19, 2012
 
 
KASEY KAHNE TAKES POLE POSITION FOR SUNDAY’S HOLLYWOOD CASINO 400
NEW TRACK RECORD AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY
 
KANSAS CITY, KS – October 19, 2012 – Kasey Kahne earned the pole position for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 by posting a new track record on the newly repaved and reconfigured Kansas Speedway with his No. 5 Farmer’s Insurance Chevrolet of 28.219 seconds, 191.360 mph.  This marked Kahne’s 26th NASCAR Sprint Cup career pole and moved him into a tie for 26th on the all-time series poles list with Bobby Labonte. His lap around the 1.5-mile oval was Kahne’s fourth pole of the 2012 season and third in 11 races at Kansas Speedway.

All 46 drivers in today’s qualifying session turned a faster lap than the previous track record of 180.856 mph set by Matt Kenseth (Ford) in 2005.
 
Three other Team Chevy drivers will start the 400-mile race in the top ten.  Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 Code 3 Associates Chevy will start sixth, five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson will roll off seventh in his No. 48 Lowe’s Chevy, and Kevin Harvick will start 10th in his No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet.  All four Chevy drivers in the top-10 starting line-up are contenders in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
 
Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 DuPont Chevy who is also in the Chase, will start 19th, and Tony Stewart, defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and a Chase contender will start from the 33rd position in his No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet.
 
The field of 16 Chevy drivers includes Regan Smith, substitute driver for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 National Guard/Mountain Dew Chevrolet, qualified 39th; and Danica Patrick, competing in the No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevy rolls off 40th.
 
The Hollywood Casino 400, Round 32 on the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tour, gets underway on Sunday, October 21st at 1:00 p.m. ET and will air live on ESPN-TV.
 
KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET – POLE WINNER
POST-QUALIFYING DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT:
 
TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN OUT THERE TODAY: 
“It was a good lap.  Our car felt really good.  I came to the green as fast as I had throughout the practices.  I got through (turns) one and two pretty good.  In (turn) three I got in and then off of turn four I had to lift just a little bit, kind of lost the front tires, but still was able to run a quick lap there and get the pole.  I was really happy.  Our team has done a nice job this week.  We have been here for a few days it’s been cold.  The track is great I feel like the guys did a really nice job here at Kansas Speedway repaving making the track what it is.  It is going to be tough this weekend, but from here out I think it is going to be one of the best tracks we go.  I feel like you can look at it and tell the lines, the grooves that will come in as the track gets some wear into it and some age.  I think it will be a lot of fun to race on.  It’s smooth and all the transitions are really nice.” 
 
EVERYBODY IS TALKING ABOUT THIS IS A NEW TRACK, BUT THIS IS YOUR THIRD POLE NOW HOW NEW IS IT TO YOU?  WHAT IS YOUR SECRET HERE?
“Well someone had to get it today (laughs) and it worked out for us.  It was close.  I didn’t see what Clint (Bowyer) ran but I know that myself and Mark (Martin) were really close together.  It’s fast, it’s smooth, and it’s a great track.  We have run pretty well here in the past so I’ve kind of always liked Kansas.  I’ve liked how you have been able to move around and run a lot of different lines and things.  I feel like this track will go there eventually.  We will be able to move all over.  It doesn’t really feel anything like the old track, but we just had a really good balance today and we were able to put down a good lap.”
 
YOU ARE STARTING FIRST, FIRST PIT STALL AND ALL THAT.  BRAD (KESELOWSKI) IS STARTING 25TH CONSIDERING THAT THE SECOND GROOVE HASN’T WORKED IN YET HOW BIG OF AN OPPORTUNITY DO YOU THINK THIS IS TO MAKE UP SOME GROUND IN TERMS OF THE CHASE?
“Well I think it could be a pretty big one.  I think those guys will really figure out how to go fast in race trim.  That is what they have done all season long.  They haven’t qualified great really this whole year, but they know how to race.  With strategy and however they will figure out how to get to the front if they are fast enough to stay up there.  You know you will see the No. 2 car at some point.  They have shown that all season long, but for ourselves we have a great starting spot, we have a great pit stall a lot of things from today will help us throughout the entire race not just the start of the race.  I feel really good about where we are at and if we can capitalize and make the right decisions, get the right balance of the car hopefully we can gain some points.”
 
MARK MARTIN AND CLINT BOWYER TALKED ABOUT HOW TOMORROW’S RACE IS GOING TO BE EXTREMELY CRITICAL TO HOW WELL THE TRACK IS ON SUNDAY HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT SAME SITUATION?
“I feel the exact same way.  I think the rubber from tomorrows race, the rubber from our practices tomorrow we will have two hours of practices, all that will help the track.  If it gets a little warmer around here, gets some sun out, I think all that will help the track also.  To just get a better base to run on and hopefully move off that white line a little bit to where we can open up the entries and exits and have a better shot to pass if you are a good bit quicker than the car in front of you.  Either way it’s going to be tough to pass regardless, but with all that rubber and the heat and things hopefully it will help some.  That is really all we can ask for after a repave.”
 
COMING INTO A RACE TRACK WHERE NOBODY HAS ANY REAL EXPERIENCE RACING ON IT DO YOU SEE IT AS A REAL GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO MAYBE MAKE THE GAINS? WHAT DOES IT DO TO THE CHASE TO HAVE THIS KIND OF A THING THROWN INTO THE MIDDLE WITH ONLY FIVE RACES TO GO?
“I think it’s a bit of a wild card.  It’s not a Talladega wild card, but it’s a bit of a wild card because you have to pick up on the surface.  The only thing to me is it is pretty similar to Michigan.  The size of the track isn’t but the surface, the corners for whatever reason I think it feels really similar to Michigan.  The guys that are running well right now ran pretty well at Michigan.  I would say they will figure it out.  We had a great run today but everybody will figure it out for Sunday.  We just need to try to stay ahead of them if we can.”
 
YOU TALK ABOUT EVERYBODY UP FRONT WILL GET BETTER AND THAT MEANS YOU ARE GOING TO CATCH SOME OF THE CARS IN THE BACK WHO AREN’T AT THE SAME LEVEL AS THE REST OF THE TEAMS.  HOW TOUGH IS PASSING GOING TO BE WHEN YOU GET UP TO A SLOWER CAR LIKE THAT?
“Some of it you will be able to set up and you will be able to get by, but once you get to a car you can go back to Michigan for example.  Mark Martin caught the No. 47 and No. 42 and they ran side-by-side and Mark just rode behind them.  I caught them and I went to pass Mark next thing you know we are all crashing.  It was just the No. 47 and No. 42 screwed up then we are all crashing.  He (Mark Martin) didn’t go anywhere once he caught cars I think they were probably in 30th or 35th I don’t know how far back they were.  Mark was at a dead stop.  It makes it difficult for sure.  This track is a little different than that track so hopefully we will have a better shot at passing and the longer those races went at Michigan the better the racing got and the more it opened up.  The first race run there (Michig
an) it was tough.  You could hardly pass a car that you’d just reeled in that you were running five tenths a lap faster you couldn’t pass them when you got to him.”

Chevy Racing–Kansas Post Qualifying

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
HOLLYWOOD CASINO 400
KANSAS SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY POST QUALIFYING NOTES AND QUOTES
OCTOBER 19, 2012
 
KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET, POLE WINNER:
ON HIS QUALIFYING LAP:
“Our Farmers Insurance Chevrolet was awesome right there. It was great. I tried to get a little…I went into (turn) three, and felt like I could go wide open. So I went back to wide open, and then I started just chattering a little bit. So, I eased off the throttle and back down. I definitely gave up a little time doing that. So far so good though.”
 
RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 CODE 3 ASSOCIATES CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED SIXTH
ON HIS QUALIFYING LAP:
“It was a good lap for our Code 3 Associates Chevrolet. The guys did a good job making it better. I don’t think we made it good enough; that is the problem. I think a couple other guys are going to be really fast, probably pushing the 27 second bracket.”
 
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED SEVENTH
ON HIS QUALIFYING LAP: DID YOU SEE ELVIS ON THAT RUN?
“I did, I saw him again.  There is an old saying, drive it in the corner and don’t hit the brakes until you see, and there’s a few names that come about, and Elvis is the one I grew up hearing about. So, I saw Elvis again, and went a little further yet. I had a great lap. The car is very fast. It’s awfully close up there at the top. It’s hard to look back at the lap and see where I could have been faster because you are just driving your guts out, and really doing all that you can all the way around the track. You know it is fast; you just don’t know if it is fast enough. We had a very solid lap with my Lowe’s Chevrolet. I think we are going to be strong on Sunday. We’ve been here so many days, I can’t figure out what day we are on, but we’re on Friday, so come Sunday we’ll be great.”
 
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 10TH
HOW MUCH OF YOUR NOTES CAN YOU USE GETTING AROUND RACE TRACKS LIKE THIS ONE THAT ARE NEWLY REPAVED?
“Well you never really know exactly what you need as far as travels and what the speeds are going to be.  So you have to kind of get here.  You have a basic plan and it’s like a lot of places we go to that are really smooth.  We have had a lot of experience with repaves this year so we take that same kind of approach and go from there.”
 
WHEN IT COMES TO THE RACE ON SUNDAY WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU ANTICIPATE FACING UNDER GREEN FLAG CONDITIONS?
“I think the hardest thing is just going to be passing.  Hopefully, in the Nationwide race and the ARCA race the groove gets spread out.  The bottom lane is still the fastest right now and that is going to be the way around.”
 
AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 51 PHOENIX CONSTRUCTION CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 13TH
HOW WAS YOUR QUALIFYING LAP?
“It was pretty good.  This place is really fast right now so when you kind of are in practice you get that rhythm of going out there.  We have been fighting just a little bit tight in practice. I got down into (turns) one and two and got right along the (white) line and it just got me a little free so I had to pedal it just for a second.  When the speeds are this high if you pedal it just a little bit you lose a little bit of time.  I’m happy overall so far the whole week has been really good.  As a driver you always want a little bit more, but that should I think keep us right inside the top-15 which will be good for us and we will try to get it good for 400 miles.”
 
HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAR IS GOING TO BE FOR SUNDAY?
“I think it’s got out right speed so far the whole weekend.  I think the speed is there, but the biggest thing is the fact that as you keep going out there on tires you keep getting quicker.  Nobody has really gone out there on new tires and just run a ton.  I think we will be alright.  We definitely have good speed and track position is going to be everything so it’s the way that is going to play out.  All of us have to be smart and not make any mistakes.  I think if we can do that we can have a solid top 15 if not better on Sunday.”
 
DANICA PATRICK, NO. 7 GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 41ST
HOW WAS YOUR QUALIFYING LAP?
“I feel like anytime I’m not last it just feels good (laughs).  For me the big indicator of how comfortable I am is how I can qualify the car.  I definitely feel like we were making a little bit of progress today.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get to do as many qualifying runs as I would have wanted to in practice because I came across the line after my second run and lifted, popped it out of gear, but when I popped it out of gear it ran into third gear.  So, they had to change the engine and we weren’t able to do anymore qualifying runs.  Shortchanged myself there, but I will definitely push the clutch in every time I take it out of gear from now on.  We are steadily making progress and that is what this is for.  I’m sure that the race will be even more as it seems to do every other time.  I know it’s going to be tough to pass and I know we are not going to start in a great spot, but we will make the most of it and we will be better off next year that is what I keep saying.  That is why we are doing this.”

Chevy Racing–Jimmie Johnson/ Kansas Speedway

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
HOLLYWOOD CASINO 400
KANSAS SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
OCTOBER 19, 2012
 
 
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET, met with media and discussed his time at Kansas, what he expects to see during Sunday’s race, his qualifying effort, and going to Martinsville next weekend. Full Transcript:
 
ON HIS QUALIFYING LAP:
“I was as brave as I could be. We ran a decent lap, but it’s real tight from where I am up to the top. Looking back on it, I don’t know what to really ask for because it was a very strong lap. The last two days have been good for our Lowe’s Chevy. Good speed in race trim and qualifying trim. I think that the conversation has been about the track and the resurface and I think they’ve done a nice job with the track and I’m hopeful, like everyone else, that we get some warmer temperatures so we start moving up the race track and widen out the lane. We know there’s more up grip up there with that extra banking. We just haven’t had a need to go there yet and I think a race plus a race under sunny conditions will allow us to do that.”
 
THE CONDITIONS ARE GOING TO BE MUCH DIFFERENT ON SUNDAY. HOW DO YOU THINK THAT WILL PLAY OUT WITH THE REPAVING AND RECONFIGURATION OF THE TRACK?
“It’s going to be a big guessing game. Tire wear isn’t all that high. When the track was green, we did see some tire wear so maybe as we’re starting to work in the top lane we’ll need to put four on for the first half of the race, but I would have to assume that two tires and good fuel mileage are going to be awfully important.”
 
YOU ARE GOING FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH SO MANY UNKNOWNS AT THIS TRACK, IS THIS KIND OF LIKE A LITTLE BIT OF A WILD CARD AS WELL? THERE ARE SO MANY UNKNOWNS PLUS THE WEATHER AND THINGS LIKE THAT
“Yeah, it is tough to work on a plan, but I think that the No. 48 has always adjusted well and I think our experience under pressure situations and at different race tracks helps us. So we welcome the change and the excitement. It’s been a fun couple of days and I’m looking forward to tomorrow and Sunday as well. I’m having a lot of fun in this championship battle. This has been a very competitive chase. I’m enjoying racing with the No. 11 (Denny Hamlin) and the No. 2 (Brad Keselowski) week in and week out, and I’m looking forward to pouring the pressure on now.”
 
ON GOING TO MARTINSVILLE
“I feel good. I really do. The track in practice and qualifying; the track isn’t what we race. If anything, we get a little frustrated through practice and then our qualifying effort usually isn’t what we want. But when they drop the green flag, and we are racing, we usually go the right direction and I know it’s been a good track for us. It’s also good for the No. 24 (Jeff Gordon) and the No. 11 (Denny Hamlin); the No. 29 (Kevin Harvick) should be strong there too, but he’s a bit back in points and I guess the No. 24 is too; but there’s maybe a chance to pick some (points) up on the No. 2 (Brad Keselowski). I’m not sure what his record is there but I don’t remember seeing him up front a lot so there might be a good opportunity, but at the same time I don’t want to count those guys out. They’ve shown up each and every weekend and shown a lot of speed in a lot of situations. I’m excited for it, but I know a couple of other guys are too.”

Chris Escobar’s True Street Masterpiece Nearing Completion

Chris Escobar’s True Street Masterpiece Nearing Completion

Chris Escobar is an avid True Street racer and one of the class’ biggest fans as he has hauled his 1986 Mustang SVO to many races on the NMRA schedule. A LaMotta Performance Four-Valve modular engine with a pair of turbochargers powered the SVO to mid 8-second runs. Escobar would take home the Overall event win many times from Bradenton to New Jersey and everywhere in between. Two years ago, however, he made the decision to rip apart his True Street flier and rebuild it bigger, stronger, and faster.
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A fully-built Coyote 5.0L engine now sits in the Fox-body chassis and Quality Chassis Shop built a gorgeous twin turbo system for it. They added Garrett turbochargers and a massive air-to-air intercooler to the system. A custom sheetmetal intake is also used to top the latest Ford engine. Controlling it all is a FAST XFI fuel injection system as it is one of the few aftermarket ECUs capable of running a Coyote 5.0L. The suspension and chassis are also fully done up with a 25.5 certified cage, parachute, mini-tubs, and coil-over shocks. We will be bringing you full results once the crew at LaMotta Performance gets it fired up, on the dyno, and down the track.

Chevy Racin–Still More From Kansas

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
HOLLYWOOD CASINO 400
KANSAS SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
OCTOBER 19, 2012
 
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET, met with members of the media at Kansas Speedway and discussed the first practice session, a potential second groove coming in on the newly repaved surface and other topics.  Full Transcript:
 
TELL US ABOUT PRACTICE:
“We were moving along there pretty good making progress and we made one adjustment to try to make the car go a little faster and unfortunately it went the wrong way on us.  We couldn’t get that out of it before that practice was over.  I feel like we had good speed in the car up until that point.  Every time you go out everybody is going faster and faster.  I find it hard to believe that we are going to run quite that fast in qualifying, but you never know with repaves and cold tires what it is going to do.  I feel pretty confident that we can be a lot better than what we were right there.  The track is fast there is no doubt about that.”
 
IS THE SECOND GROOVE COMING IN?
“Not yet.  Not enough of one to go out there.  I think that it’s going to get wider as the races go through the weekend with double file restarts and all those things.  I still think the preferred lane is going to be around the bottom.”
 
YOU KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO HAVE THAT VERY SPECIAL CHEMISTRY WITH A CREW CHIEF.  WHAT DO YOU SEE BETWEEN BRAD KESELOWSKI AND PAUL WOLFE?
“I don’t have to see it.  I don’t really know Paul (Wolfe) all that well.  I probably don’t pay attention to some of the things that maybe you guys pay attention to. But, I know what it takes to be a good team and to win races and be a threat for the championship or win championships.  You’ve got to communicate well and you’ve got to have confidence in one another.  That is obvious what they have.”
 
IS THAT THE TYPE OF THING THAT HELPS YOU GET THROUGH SOME TOUGH TIMES THEY HAD A BIT OF A STUMBLE LAST WEEK?
“Absolutely, one moment doesn’t define your relationship as crew chief and driver.  You build that up throughout the year and you build up the confidence and you go through times where you are going to struggle or you’re going to have difficulties.  How you make it through those times is what makes you stronger.  Alan (Gustafson, crew chief) and I have gone through that this year.  However, when you’re committed to one another and you have a close driver/crew chief relationship or friendship and you believe in one another then you prevail, you get stronger, when things do go well it only makes you that much better.”  
 
AT MARTINSVILLE NEXT WEEK YOU WILL BE IN TRAFFIC ALMOST ALL DAY LONG.  WHAT KIND OF A DEMAND IS THAT MENTALLY TO TRY TO AVOID POTENTIAL TROUBLE THERE?
“Gosh, you’ve got me thinking about Martinsville.  I can’t wait to get there I’m already dreaming about it.  It all comes down to preparation.  Hendrick (Motorsports) gives me such great race cars it allows me to just go focus on my line and my entry speed.  Just how we can make the car go faster get back to the throttle sooner and make the tires last over long runs.  To me Martinsville is just that kind of place that you get into a rhythm and it’s important when you get into traffic to maintain that rhythm or get back into it as fast as you possibly can.  I think there is no other track that demands that kind of rhythm more than Martinsville.  It’s very easy to over drive the corners there.  When you are around other cars you have to change your line and change what you are doing in order to make a pass.  It’s about jumping right back into that rhythm that you had.  It’s a part of the challenge that comes with Martinsville.”
 
IS THAT YOUR FAVORITE TRACK?
“It’s certainly one of them.  I like to go wherever we run good.  For whatever reason things have changed the least amount when you think of aerodynamics and the things that we are doing to these cars, tires, track conditions have changed the least there.  So it allows what I can do as a driver there to be consistent and still give good feedback and we just get to fine tune which is a nice thing.  The difference is we go to all these other tracks and they were showing it there during practice.  These guys skewing the rear-ends and doing all these crazy things.  You are constantly pushing the limits for aerodynamics at these other tracks and doing some pretty crazy things.  Sometimes those changes you feel as a driver.  At Martinsville we don’t do near as much of that.  That allows an old school guy like me to still be able to go to a place like Martinsville and have success and do the things that 10 years ago worked for me and still work for me now.”
 
WE ARE ALL TRYING TO LEARN MORE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE ABOUT THIS CONCUSSION SITUATION.  LAST WEEK YOU SAID SOMETHING TO THE EFFECT OF IF THE CHAMPIONSHIP WERE IN THE BALANCE MAYBE YOU WOULDN’T BE AS HONEST WITH THE MEDICAL PEOPLE.  YESTERDAY WE SAW DENNY HAMLIN, A CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDER, HIT PRETTY HARD.  HE ADMITTED HE WAS DIZZY DID THAT SURPRISE YOU AT ALL THAT HE WAS SO FORTHCOMING?
“Yes and no, I think that is kind of normal if you take a big hit like that to have a little bit of dizziness.  It doesn’t necessarily mean you have a concussion.  I think that where I would question any forthcoming information is a day later, two days later if he had headaches or still had dizziness would he be forthcoming.  I’m not judging Denny (Hamlin) or anybody else.  It’s just that is a very difficult position to be in.  Here is a guy that is in the championship battle with five races to go. It only makes it that much more difficult to make the right decision.”
 
ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT THE NEW SURFACE HERE THAT AFTER MORE CARS HAVE BEEN ON THE TRACK OR YOU HAVE JUST BECOME MORE COMFORTABLE WITH IT WITH MORE TIME ON THE TRACK?
“It’s just got a lot of grip and is really fast especially in today’s conditions cool, the wind is not as bad as it has been.  It’s going to change on Sunday, it’s going to be warmer the sun will possibly be out.  Things are going to be a lot different on Sunday than they are today.  Today we have seen some extremely fast speeds, qualifying is going to be ridiculously fast.  We are definitely finding the limits of the tire, the grips level, aerodynamics.  From inside the car you’ve got to be extremely committed.  It is as fast of a track as I can imagine us being at this year.  It kind of reminds me a little bit of Michigan but maybe even more demanding than that.”
 
HOW SO?
“Just the grip level the track has so much grip and a track like this you are actually putting more wheel into the center of the corner because it’s a tighter radius than say at Michigan.  The amount of throttle and wheel that you are putting into the car in the middle of the corner you are putting a huge demand on the tires, the car, the aerodynamics, the engine and the driver.  We started reaching speeds there in that practice that were pretty darn demanding and impressive at the same time.” 
 
OBVIOUSLY THE EXPECTATION COME SUNDAY REALISTICALLY IS THAT THIS RACE IS GOING TO BE A STRATEGY RACE…
“Not necessarily because I think what you are going to see is, yeah tire wear typical pretty hard tire, new surface you don’t typically see a lot of tire wear and so tire strategy come into effect. But it doesn’t mean there are not going to be accidents and cautions and necessarily be fuel mileage race.  It’s just going to come down to whether you take tires, two tires, four tires, and then whether or not we don’t see a lot of cautions, but we don’t really know that until Sunday.”
 
WHAT IS YOUR ROLE IN HELPING ALAN
(GUSTAFSON, CREW CHIEF) WITH THE STRATEGY BEFORE AND DURING A RACE?  HOW HARD IS IT TO RELINQUISH CONTROL AND LET HIM MAKE THE CALLS?
“It’s tough as a driver because if you are let’s say 15th-place you are going ‘oh the car is doing this, this, or this.’ A lot of times that is just aerodynamics you are just not getting the downforce because you are behind on the cars.  You have to be very careful and the crew chief has to be careful too taking that information and taking it too literally.  Because sometimes a driver is frustrated out there and you can take that exact same car doing those things and put it right up there in the front in clean air and that seems to fix three quarters of your problems.  I think there becomes a certain point where you work on the car, try to make it better and then there becomes a point that you go ‘okay now is when we have to start working on track position.’ That is the crew chief’s job, but the driver helps contribute to that as well by the feedback and information he is giving.”

Chevy Racing–More from Kansas

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
HOLLYWOOD CASINO 400
KANSAS SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
OCTOBER 19, 2012
 
TONY STEWART, NO. 14 OFFICE DEPOT/MOBIL 1 CHEVROLET and RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 CODE 3 ASSOCIATES CHEVROLET met with media following the press conference to announce Code 3 Associates’ role with Stewart-Haas Racing, The non-profit organization specializes in animal rescue and recovery in disaster areas and has partnered with the Ryan Newman Foundation and the Tony Stewart Foundation, both of which specialize in animal welfare.  Among the topics discussed with media were the new track surface at Kansas Speedway, their expectations for the race on Sunday, Danica Patrick running full time in the NASCAR Sprint Series in 2013, their outlook for the balance of the season, and more.  TRANSCRIPT:
 
RACING HAS ALWAYS BEEN IMPORTANT IN YOUR LIFE. WHEN DID OTHER THINGS LIKE CODE 3 ASSOCIATES BECOME AS IMPORTANT AS JUST MAKING A LAP AROUND THE TRACK?
 
STEWART:
“I think for me it was about three or four years after I was established in the Cup Series and you sit around one day and just in casual conversation you talk to somebody about what it was like six or eight years before that; and you realize that there isn’t anybody, unless they have a wealthy family, that bought their way up here. There are a lot of people, at least in my case, that helped out. Whether it was somebody who gave me an extra $20 at the end of the night so I had gas money to go to the race track; or had a kid that was off to college that had a room that and knew I was traveling to a track and couldn’t afford a hotel room, that gave me a place to sleep. It was scenarios like that that made it to where we finally were at the level where we could finally pay it back. It’s a very gratifying feeling in knowing that having some of these partnerships with some of these associations is sometimes more gratifying than a win because you realize that it’s more than just what’s happening in the moment. It’s got lifetime affects that help out. That’s when it was big to me.”
 
NEWMAN:
“Same here. It’s the two or three years after you built the confidence in yourself to know that you have the potential to make a difference in other people’s lives for the greater good. With our foundation, the Ryan Newman Foundation, we chose animals and animal rescue and helping to reduce the overpopulation through spaying and neutering and pet adoption and things like that. You get to a point where it’s just like Code 3. You want to do it your way. And that’s why we’re starting our own rescue ranch, which will be a rescue shelter at some point. It’s starting out with an education building for an education side. We feel it’s important to connect with the kids through school systems and school programs and things like that. We want to make a difference in our local community as well as up and down the entire eastern seaboard. That’s why we’re starting Rescue Ranch as a separate part of our foundation and the desire is just the same as like Tony said, it’s heartwarming to know that you can make a difference. And together we’re stronger as a team and why we appreciate Code 3’s support.”
 
TALK ABOUT THE IMPACT THAT THE REPAVE AND THE RECONFIGURATION OF THE TRACK IS GOING TO HAVE ON THE RACE THIS WEEKEND AT KANSAS:
 
NEWMAN:
“It’s faster. That’s the no-brainer. There’s a lot of grip with the tire combination, which is as equally an important part of the repave as it is the actual asphalt that they use. But in the two half-days we’ve had in testing, it’s very influential, as it was in Michigan, when the sun comes out, what it does to the race track and allows us to lay some more rubber down and move around. And from what I’ve seen and with the weather this weekend, it’s going to keep getting warmer and warmer and the sun is going to start beating down on the race track. I’ve seen the race track changing quite a bit; not just from what we’ve tested the last two days, but much more so in the next three days. You have Hoosier rubber as well as Goodyear rubber and multiple laps put on the race track, which are not going to really age it, but they are going to change it. So, the racing, I really can’t say until we get to that point where the track gets a little bit wider and we’re the last people to get to race it and it’s always better the later laps when the track has widened out.”
 
STEWART:
“Yeah, what still amazes me is how technology is and how they pave race tracks. To put banking in and have it so smooth; the transitions are smooth. It’s smoother than most highways that you go down. From that side it’s nice to see how nice it really is right now. It’s like Ryan said. It will be easier to get more rubber on the race track as it gets more heat. The cool temperatures like today, it’s a lot harder to get rubber transferred into the race track. But the more rubber that gets transferred down, the better it will be. So, like Ryan said, the temperature is supposed to keep getting warmer each day, so with that, it should keep making it better and better.”
 
THE PRELUDE TO THE DREAM IS GOING ON HIATUS IN 2013 IF YOU COULD TALK ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THAT AND ALSO TALKS ABOUT MAYBE A TRUCK SERIES RACE THERE?  AT 50 POINTS OUT NINTH IN THE STANDINGS AT THE HALFWAY POINT OF THE CHASE WHAT DO YOU THINK THE FINAL FIVE RACES HOLDS FOR YOU, WHAT YOU CAN DO AND WHERE YOU MIGHT END UP?

STEWART:
“Last year we had a really good stretch about this time of the year, but we are in a little different scenario this year than we were last year we are a little bit further back. You never say never and this track obviously it’s new for everybody this weekend so that gives us the opportunity to try to take advantage of it on a track that is new.  As far as where we think we will end up I have no idea.  The hard thing with trying to predict something like that is there are just so many variables that are out of your control.  We really missed on an opportunity at Talladega.  I mean I had an opportunity to gain 20 some odd points and that would have put us in a very similar situation where we were last year.  That was an opportunity that got away because of a mistake that I made.  We have learned that until they mathematically tell you you’re out you still have just a good of shot as anybody.  We will keep plugging away.  We are only half way through this now so we are going to stay focused.  We are racing like we are still racing to win the championship right now.
 
“The Prelude on hiatus it takes a ton of work to put the Prelude on.  We are changing our format for how we run the Dream that weekend making it a three day weekend with that series.  We are trying to focus on that a little bit more and some changes that we think are going to be better for our late model race.  We just needed to take a year off while we focus on that and make sure that we don’t get overloaded for that.  The rumor about the Trucks, trust me I would be ecstatic if we could get any NASCAR race at Eldora that would be great.  I have talked to NASCAR they have been looking at all kinds of different tracks.  It has been brought up in conversation but that is about as far as it has come right now.”
 
WILL THE PRELUDE BE BACK?

STEWART:
“We have intentions of bringing it back.  Like I said we are just changing the format with the Dream this year so we want to make sure that we have enough resources to focus on that.  It made it a little bit harder to try to put the Prelude on the same weekend so we needed to take a year off with that to focus on the dream.”
 
WHY DOES A RACE TEAM NEED SOMEBODY IN THE COMPETITION DIRECTOR POSITION?  WHAT WOULD THEY BE AT A LOSS IF THEY DIDN’T HAVE THAT GUY THERE?

STEWART:
“I think for where the casual fan doesn’t understand is t
hat not every car owner can be at the shop every day and can be down on the floor every day and handling financials all the way down to the people that sweep the floor at the end of the day.  The competition director is very crucial in that connection between what is going on down on the floor and what is going on in the upper office.  He is managing the crew chiefs, managing the teams, managing the different departments at the race shop. He is that connection between downstairs and upstairs.  Especially on a race weekend, if we have any kind of a problem that is the guy, and in our case with Greg Zipadelli, he is the acting role as the car owner from my side.  He is very crucial in that role and having the right person in that role if very important to each organization.”
 
WHEN THINGS LIKE THE GODADDY DANICA (PATRICK) REPORTS THAT CAME OUT THIS WEEK DO YOU HAVE TO GET INVOLVED AT ALL WITH THAT OR DO YOU LET MIKE (ARNING) AND HIS PEOPLE HANDLE IT?  DO YOU EVER WORRY THAT ALL THE CRAZINESS THAT SURROUNDS HER WILL IMPACT HER ON THE TRACK?
 
STEWART:
“I never worry about how it is going to impact her on the track because when she started last year in the Nationwide Series everywhere she went it was crazy, but she is able to get in the car and focus on what she is doing.  As far as what came out yesterday it hasn’t even been to our department yet and our side.  We don’t really have anything to do with that at this point.  I think whatever happens it will be interesting to see when it comes Super Bowl Sunday for sure.  As far as what she is doing with the race team and the commitment there it is all the same. For us we read everything yesterday and laughed about it and going on.”
 
REGARDING YOUR OUTLAW TEAM: THE TIRE DEAL THAT IS UP RIGHT NOW, GOODYEAR IS OUT, SPECULATION IS WHAT TIRE THEY ARE GOING TO GO TO TALK ABOUT THAT, YOUR DRIVER ROSTER NEXT YEAR AND ARE YOU GOING ANY OF THE NATIONAL TOUR RACES (AMERICAN SPRINT CAR SERIES) TOWARD THE END OF THE YEAR?
 
STEWART:
“I’m a little disappointed in World Racing Group to be honest.  I don’t think that their decision was what they thought was good for all of Sprint Car racing.  I think they made a decision what was good for them only.  I think the tracks are finally speaking out and speaking back and saying hey you are not going to dictate how we run our races.  I personally think Hoosier is the perfect option.  It has been for years.  I’m kind of surprised that World Racing Group when American Racer brought them into the lawsuit years ago and then all of a sudden they are trying to partner up with them.  I find that kind of ironic.  I think World Racing Group has kind of lost focus on caring about its racers.  I think they are starting to show pretty clearly now that they are more worried about themselves.”
 
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STEWART:
“It makes it tough for everybody.  It’s really going to make it hard to get cars to show up at Outlaw races when they are not running that tire.  A lot of tracks around the country have already announced that they are going with Hoosier tires next year.  Hopefully, at some point World Racing Group takes a step back and realizes that they have to have partners around the country with race tracks and teams to do what they do and not just trying to make a quick buck by signing a tire deal.”
 
OUTLAW ROSTER FOR NEXT YEAR?

STEWART:
“Still got Donny (Schatz) and Steve (Kinser) on board for next year and real excited about that.  I’m really proud of both of them.  We had a one-two finish a couple of weeks ago with Steve (Kinser) winning.  I’m really excited to have our same lineup back next year.”
 
DANICA PATRICK WAS IN EARLIER TALKING ABOUT HOW SHE FELT SHE DID HERE YESTERDAY IN THE TEST AND AT CHARLOTTE.  SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE RACES THAT YOU PICKED WERE PRETTY TOUGH.  YOU HAVE TALKED A LOT ABOUT THAT BEING THE INTENT AND THAT SHE WOULD THANK YOU NEXT YEAR.  DO YOU INDEED THINK THAT SHE WILL THANK YOU NEXT YEAR?

STEWART:
“Yes.  I do.  I really do think she will thank me next year.”
 
WHY?
 
STEWART:
“Just like we said we picked races that were going to be hard.  They are not supposed to be easy.  Her scenario is a little different than a lot of other drivers.  She has been very eager to get to the Cup series and I still think more so than some people do that she has the ability to be successful at this level.  The learning curve that she is going through has been a lot shorter than what it probably should have been. But with that, that is why Ryan (Newman) and I are here as a support system to her, why Greg (Zipadelli) was chosen as her crew chief for this year.  I believe she can do it, but it wasn’t going to be easy.  There wasn’t anything to learn by going to easy tracks this year on a partial schedule.  The schedule she is going to have next year she is going to have to go to these hard tracks.  Being able to just have the experience of going the year before even if it’s a rough experience you at least learn and get a base of that track anytime you do something for the first time it’s tough.  The second time is always easier.  I don’t care what it is.  Next year she will see the benefits of that.  It is hard because she is running against top notch guys, top notch teams.  There is not enough time to allow her to get caught up at this point, but she is still learning.  She will realize that next year and she is a confident person and part of my job as a car owner is to say ‘hey I know it’s frustrating at times, but trust me there is a benefit to what we are doing.  I’ve been there before I know’.  Though she may not see the benefit of it right now she will next year.”
 
HOW DO YOU BALANCE GIVING HER THE TOUGH LESSONS WITH KEEPING HER CONFIDENT ENOUGH THAT SHE FEELS GOOD ABOUT THINGS?
 
STEWART:
“Because we have all done it, Ryan (Newman) came from totally different types of cars to this level.  I came from totally different types of cars to this level.  There is always that part at the beginning where you wonder if you can do it if it was easy at the beginning then you would have that confidence right away.  Anytime you move to a top tier series it’s going to be hard to be competitive right off the bat.  Having us having gone through those lessons and going through those experiences that is where we can help keep her confidence up and reminder her that hey there is a reason that we brought you into this program.  We can handle that side and help her out with that.”

Chevy Racing–NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES HOLLYWOOD CASINO 400

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
HOLLYWOOD CASINO 400
KANSAS SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
OCTOBER 19, 2012
 
DANICA PATRICK, NO. 10 GODADDY RACING CHEVROLET, met with members of the media at Kansas Speedway and discussed how her season has gone and what she has learned, working with several crew chiefs, her expectations for next year and what she needs to do before the season starts and much more. Full transcript.
 
TALK ABOUT HOW THINGS HAVE GONE FOR YOU SO FAR HERE AT KANSAS.
“Yeah, we started practice a little late on Wednesday but we got some good laps for an hour and a half at the end of the day which was nice. Getting out on Thursday, I’ve struggled in the Cup car. I don’t really feel very comfortable. After I’m done with this I’ll be going over to figure out how I can feel more comfortable or what I’m doing wrong because I’m sure there is a lot for me to learn. I think in the Nationwide car we were pretty good actually. I felt like we had good speed. I actually expected to come and be relatively good on speed. I feel like JR Motorsports cars are very fast and they do well at big, fast tracks. Especially with how well we ran at Michigan I think we can take what we learned there and apply that really well here this weekend being a newly paved track like Michigan was. I was thinking I always tend to go pretty fast in the Tissot car when I drive it. It’s kind of weird. Each time it always seems to be a good weekend for me. Hopefully that keeps going.”
 
IT’S FOUR TO GO IN THE NATIONWIDE SERIES, AS YOU LOOK BACK OVER THE SEASON HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT HOW IT’S GONE?
“I feel like we’ve been overall much faster than what our results have showed and performed better in the race than what our results have showed. We definitely had a pretty long stretch of bad luck through the summer, and I feel like that was maybe where we had the most speed. Everything from Elkhart to Daytona to Iowa, there were a bunch of races that things happened that were not completely out of my control but definitely not always in my control fully. I feel like with that in mind it’s been an okay season. We recognize as a team that we need to find speed and that’s why you’ve seen the changes happen in the team that have happened. We all want to get faster. We all want to be more competitive and I feel like we’ve been inching a little bit closer here at the end of the year. I don’t know if we’ll get all the way by the end of this season but making progress is key. For me, ultimately because I’m moving on, it’s about learning and understand cars, understanding changes, and just getting a better grasp of all of the elements for the weekend. Ultimately I am disappointed with the results. I wish they were better. I wish there were better things on the record books. I would imagine a lot of drivers can say that at the end of the year.”
 
IS THIS A GOOD WEEKEND TO DOUBLE DIP, WHEN YOU HAVE A NEW TRACK?
“I don’t know if you are asking about other drivers or not, but for me the reason why this was picked was because there was this much more track time to do a Cup race, to get more comfortable. So, yeah it is a good choice.”
 
IS IT ADVANTAGEOUS TO RUN BOTH SERIES THIS WEEKEND?
“I don’t know. It depends on what everyone’s motives are. I don’t know why they drive the car. Do they do it for sponsorship? Do they do it for their team? Do they do it for track time? Why do they do it? That’s the question that needs an answer to decide whether or not it’s a good weekend for it. If they just do it for track time, you’re already getting a lot of it. So, that’s probably different between driver to driver.”
 
WITH ALL THE TALK ABOUT THE GODADDY SPONSORSHIP AND THE SUPER BOWL COMMERCIALS THIS WEEK, DOES THAT STUFF BOTHER YOU OR IMPACT YOUR FOCUS?
“It’s more work for the general Danica racing team than anything as they are working on my behalf to make sure that everything is going the way it should. It’s just how it goes. It’s really not a problem. I know they were saying sorry for the drama, but I just drive the car.”
 
WITH THIS NEW TRACK, WHEN YOU CONSIDER DALE (EARNHARDT, JR.) CRASHING BACK IN AUGUST AND DENNY (HAMLIN) CRASHING YESTERDAY, ARE THERE ANY CONCERNS ON YOUR END?
“Any time you have a really wide track, I feel like the accidents can be bigger because you have further to go. When you’re running a narrow track and you bump the wall coming out of the corner or you lose it in the middle, you don’t travel very far and your trajectory is a lot less t-boning the wall. I think accidents can be pretty big at a place like this where not only is it fast from the re-pave, fast because it’s a 1.5-mile track, but because it’s wide. I remember my dad telling me that at Indy (Indianapolis Motor Speedway).
 
“It’s a fast track sure, but you’re running along the wall a lot of the time and the accidents can be big but at least you’re clipping as opposed to having so far to travel. I think that new tracks need to come in, they need to grip up and you need to lay the rubber down. The grip level outside of that is not the same. It’s very different as opposed to tracks that are seasoned. When you get off line it’s going to be really tricky and dodgy for sure. I think the tire here is hard and it doesn’t feel like it’s got a ton of grip. You know there is a lot of track time so hopefully that helps, but I think it’s going to be really tough to pass. I mean I could see that in practice. The times at least in the Cup car, I’m not that fast at all and people could come up behind me and I would just let them go because it’s hard to pass. You take the air away from them because you’re running the same line. It could make it a little interesting in the race if there’s not two grooves.”
 
WHAT IS THE EXPECTATION FROM THE SPONSOR AS FAR AS RACING? ARE THEY GIVING YOU THE TIME TO DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO GET WHERE YOU NEED TO BE?
“Oh yeah. I think my sponsors and partners have always been great about that. They don’t just sponsor me and put the name on the side of a car. They go beyond that for sure. They use my platform and my reach with fans. I always believe that’s what makes the relationship really work. While they want me to do well, I want to do well and that’s my primary goal. The relationship has legs outside of that and that’s what I feel like makes them work really well and why I’ve been fortunate to have sponsors stick around for a long time.”
 
WE’RE ALL STILL TRYING TO LEARN AS MUCH AS WE CAN ABOUT CONCUSSIONS AND THE WAY DRIVERS DEAL WITH THEM, I KNOW YOU’VE DEALT WITH BASE-LINE TESTING IN INDY CAR, DO YOU SEE A PLACE FOR THAT HERE IN NASCAR?
“I guess in a simple word, yes. I don’t think additional precautions or testing or knowledge is a bad thing. I’ve been asked a lot about people sandbagging the tests and my answer is at first a foremost my competitiveness comes out so I just had to do as well as possible because of my personality. The other side of that is if you choose to sandbag and not perform as well on the original test so that you can do better later, it’s your own fault. It’s your life. If you choose to do that you can, but it’s only affecting you.
 
“I thought baseline testing was a good thing. I think a lot of sports do that. I know when I had a big accident in Homestead at my first Indy Car race in 2005, I was fortunate enough to have a weekend off between that one and the next race which was Phoenix, and I took the baseline and retested the baseline at ASU (Arizona State University). I think it’s a good thing. I don’t think it’s a lot of fun to have to take the time to do it, it takes a while being about a 30 minute test, but knowing more about your mental status and health is always good.”
 
YOU’VE DEALT WITH SEVERAL DIFFERENT CREW CHIEFS, HOW DO YOU SHIFT GEARS WHEN YOU ARE GETTING INFORMATION MOVING FROM CAR TO CAR?
“I think it’s
fine. I don’t mind having different crew chiefs. I think the hard part is them understanding how to take what I’m saying and apply that to a car. When I say the car is pushing three out of five, that’s not the same for me as someone else. That’s the learning process and that’s the tough part. I think if you can get in sync with one or with two, then I think you are fine.”
 
PREPARING FOR A FULL-TIME CUP SEASON, DO YOU FEEL LIKE GOING INTO IT NOW THAT YOU ARE GOOD TO GO AND FEEL LIKE YOU’VE ACCOMPLISHED ALL THE THINGS THAT MAYBE YOU HAD IN MIND? IF NOT, WHAT DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU NEED TO WORK ON A LITTLE BIT MORE AND WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST BENEFIT TO YOU HAVING RUN THESE CUP RACES BEFORE DOING A FULL SEASON?
“Just getting over the hurdle of running at difficult tracks and unique places. I think it’s going to be helpful to have some sort of baseline set-up going to these places next year. The new places are always challenging for me. It was the same in Nationwide. I get frustrated when I think about how I’m doing out there in Cup some times in practice.
 
“Then I remember back to Nationwide and I remember it didn’t go so great there either, and you end up figuring out how to drive the car and how to get it to the limit. You have to feel that out and be able to believe in that. I’m just not quite there, so each time I get to a new track it’s always the same. I’ve got to build up my confidence.
 
“I’m not the kind of driver that goes out there and goes past it to figure out where it is. I build up to it. Another thing I’m not very good at doing early on is take a car that’s not right and make it decent. I just don’t have the confidence to do that yet. When they make a change that’s right all of a sudden a bunch of time comes off. Plus the fact that I’m methodical, I was just talking to the team the other day about that, those are definitely characteristics of me.
 
“They’re not great, but they’re also not horrible. Being methodical is also what helps me be able to repeat it time and time again. I know that the team has been really encouraged in the races where a lot of times through the middle or the end of the race my pace is really good and they’re really happy with it. So, that’s the kind of stuff we need to focus on and keep in mind. Hopefully that will improve. I know that in Nationwide when I finally kind of figured out how to drive the 1.5-mile tracks at least, it helped on all of them. So I’ve just got to figure out those characteristics of the car and how to wrap my head around it.”
 
TONY (STEWART) HAS SAID MANY TIMES THIS YEAR THAT WHEN HE SET YOUR CUP SCHEDULE HE PICKED REALLY HARD TRACKS FOR YOU AND HE SAID YOU WOULD THANK HIM NEXT YEAR. NOW THAT IT’S ALMOST OVER, DO YOU EVER SEE YOURSELF THANKING HIM FOR WHAT HE PUT YOU THROUGH?
“I think the fact that I’m going to get to drive at his team is enough thank you for all of it. What doesn’t kill you makes your stronger right? I actually have had a lot of fun at some of the more challenging tracks. I really enjoyed Darlington. I really enjoyed Bristol. There have been some tracks that I didn’t expect to like. There are times that I go to places like for the Coke 600 at Charlotte and I thought I could do better there, and personally I thought I sucked. I think I surprise myself sometimes of what I catch on to and what I don’t. I’m sure it will help and just knocking 10 tracks off the list is one of the biggest things.”
 
WERE THEY TOUGH?
“All of them? Yeah, I feel like the toughest thing for me is I’m just so slow in practice. Guys are so fast. I feel like in the race when everything kind of evens out and there’s not new tires any more, all there is the beginning of a run which I still struggle with, once everything kind of settles in I’m better and I fix my car more throughout the race. There’s a lot more time to do it in the Cup race and by the end I feel pretty good, but practice is fast and furious. I just have to keep getting better.”

NHRDA World Finals Results

     Competitors and spectators traveled from all over the United States & Canada to converge upon the Texas Motorplex to see first hand who would be crowned NHRDA 2012 World Champion.
    The competition was fierce and between the raw carnage on the track and the  2 hour rain delay it looked as the World Finals would be in jepoardy of not finishing,  but the sun came back out and the Motorplex crew got the track dried and we finished the World Finals just in time for the next rain storm and night fall.

Marty Thacker

Top Diesel – World Champion
Marty Thacker pulled up in the final round against Jeff Dean in the Top Diesel class. Both drivers had been on their game all day and Thacker had already broken the world record in qualifying with his 6.69 at 216.27 mph.
Dean had the better light off the line but Thacker and the Hypermax team had the better car and he ran a 6.79 at 211.86 mph. With that run in the final he set the new Top Diesel World Record at 6.79 at 211.86 mph and Won his fist NHRDA World Champion Title.
Congrats to Marty and Team Hypermax !

Michael Pliska

Pro Stock – World Champion  
Michael Pliska is no stranger at both winning and driving the Dirty Max and he was up for the challenge this past weekend at the Motorplex. Brad owner of the Dirty Max stated he had made several changes to the truck and hoped it would break into the 7s.
Michael fought threw the field and the pro stock final was down to  Pliska and Steve Royalty. Pliska had a great reaction time and drove away with the win as Royalty had some issues and he slowed at half track while Team Dirty Max drove to their 1st World Champion Title.
Congrats to Michael , Brad and Team Dirty Max !

Philip Palmer

Pro Street – World Champion
Philip Palmer and Team Green came to Texas in hopes of being the first ever 2 Time World Champion!
Pro Street was shaping up to be one of the best final rounds of the day.  Philip Palmer had already run a 9.11 (quicker than the current record) and Payton Hugie had just clicked off a 9.20 in the semi-finals.  Hugie though had some mechanical issues on that run and had to tow the truck back to the pits and they were frantically trying to get it started for the Finals.
Philip Palmer and Team Green decided they did not want to win Worlds by default so they decided to wait for Hugie and Team H&S to get their truck running.  By a miracle the H&S truck fired up and as they sped down the staging lanes towards Philip Palmer , Mother Nature said sorry boys and dumped rain for the next 10 minutes as the sun went down upon the Motorplex. After looking at the radar and realizing another big storm was minutes away President Randy Cole was making plans to finish the race on Sunday , then Payton Hugie pulled him aside and said their motor was severally hurt and that they didn’t really have a chance to beat Team Green , Plus since Philip had been such a great competitor and gentleman to wait for him that he wanted to do the gentleman thing and return the favor and let Palmer stage the truck and win his Second Pro Street World Championship.
Congrats to Philip and Team Green !
 
Roger Smith

Super Street – World Champion
Roger Smith drove over 40 hours from Alberta Canada in hopes his Ford would be competitive in the most brutal class in the NHRDA Super Street.  The class had 2 former world champions and 4 previous national record holders.  This class had some many heavy hitters no one knew who to put their money on as we headed into eliminations.
In the Finals Roger faced off against one of the top racers and defending World Champion Idaho, Rob Coddens.  Coddens got off the line first with the better reaction time, but Smith had the better truck and he drove around Coddens to pick up the World Finals win and the title of Super Street World Champ.  Smith ran a 10.19 at 133 mph to Coddens 10.78 at 143.57 mph.  Congrats to Roger Smith and I bet that 40 hour drive home wont be so bad as you look at your World Champion Trophy!

Dave Bolwar

Super Diesel – World Champion
Dave Bolwar was another competitor that had to drive a long distance and had plenty of time to think while he drove all the way from Boise, ID on what his game plan was going to be at the World Finals.
Dave decided he was going to cut good lights and run the number and all day Saturday that is what he did as he took out the top competitors in the nation.
Then in the finals he came face to  face with  Ryan Milliken from Navarre, FL at the World Finals in Dallas, TX, that is meeting in the middle.  Their reaction times were almost identical off the starting line, but Bolwar ran closer to the 11.90 index with a 11.95 to Milliken’s 11.99.
Congrats to Dave Bolwar and your 1st World Championship Title !

Verlon Southwick

Sportsman – World Champion
Verlon Southwick looked like he was going to wrap up the National Points Championship in the sportsman category as he needed to win just 2 rounds to clinch the points championship while he was also trying to win the World Championship.
Thoughout the day you could see why Verlon was leading the National points chase as he was deadly on both his reaction and dial times as he won round after round and did secure the national title by 1/4 final round action.
The Sportsman World Championship came down to a final round appearance by the 2012 National Champion Verlon Southwick and George Peppard. Southwick had the advantage off the line and that is all he needed to take the win. Southwick becomes the first ever driver to win both the World Championship and the National Championship in the same season.
Congrats to Verlon Southwick !

Another Victory for Tech 9 at Mini Britannia

Following on from the fantastic win on “Tour Britannia” in June earlier this year, the Tech9 prepared and built 911 SCR entered the single day event “Mini-Britannia” on Saturday 13th October.

The Rally Tour/Circuit event based at the home of British Motorsport-Silverstone, saw the competitors face an early start and take in historic RAC Rally stages at Stoneleigh and Packington Hall near Coventry, before heading south to the Gaydon Motor Museum.  Back to Silverstone for the race event on the International circuit, and finally tackling 4 more stage events before the event finish back at the BRDC headquarters at Silverstone circuit.

The grueling schedule was a tough test for man and machinery, but we are very proud to report that the Tech 9 Porsche piloted by Tech 9 Motorsport MD Phil Hindley, and navigator CHris Williams claimed outright victory with a margin of just over 30 seconds to their nearest rivals.

Phil said, “Wow, what an event!  We have been preparing the car over the past 18 months with lots of innovative design features and products.  Our history and experience in the preparation of competition Porsche models has proved successful, and we have the proof that we have built a fast and reliable machine that can win events and look forward to building similar machinery for our clients in the future.  I extend my thanks to the wonderful Tech 9 pit crew Simon and Pete, plus our partners and suppliers in this project, namely ARP engine hardware, Ohlin suspension, Magnecor plug leads, Fuchs alloy and official Porsche Bodyshop Road and Race Bolton plus Swissvax detailing products to name a few.  Its important for us to prove the products that we sell, we have no better advert for the quality technical and engineering skills of Tech 9 and the quality of the components and suppliers that we retail to our clients through our website proscheparts.co.uk.”

Ultra Motors Grand Opening

Recently our friends at Ultra Motors opened up their spacious new facility.  Our European representative Nigel was there.  He’s sent back some photos of the fun.  Tomas and Christian- we wish you all the best in your new home.

A nice lineup of customer vehicles outside

Christian, Tomas, and Nigel under a familiar banner.

Checking out the shop floor.

Racers from up high

Nigel appears to be locked out.

They have a nice stock room, and a good amount of ARP on hand.



Tomas at his desk.

Christian at his desk.

Diesel Motorsports Update

What a great diesel event on a grey cold day! These Texans are tough people because we had a great crowd that was all diesel folks! Thanks goes to local companies that helped Classic Ram, Complete Performance, Vallair Clutch, Majestic Turbo, Zimmerman-Kubota and of course our normal lineup of National sponsors. Special thanks to Dan’s Diesel for bringing his great dyno!

This event is in support of a local organization that is the oldest diesel club in the US – ODRA. ODRA started before other groups and has been in Texas for over 9 years.

This was a “diesel only” event with drag racing, sled pulling, dyno and Show-N-Shine. This was our fourth year in October in Texas and the weather is always questionable being the end of the year.

Along with ODRA we run a Drag Series in Texas at the North Star Dragway during the year which will continue next year.

Winners:
ET
Adam Lesser 1st
90 Dodge
Matt Kubik 2nd
05 250 Ford

Quick Diesel
Brandon Carr 1st
72 Buick Rivera/Cummins
Josh Harris 2nd
06 Chevy

Unlimited
Chris Perales 1st
01 Dodge 2500
Jim Jones 2nd
02 Chevy

Sled Pulling
Work Stock
Paul Harris – 320.11
Josh Harris – 317.09
Cory Chupp – 275.07

2.6 Class
Jesse Knight – 325.02
Dan Vallance – 324.01
Leah Scott – 321.06
Dan Clarke – 321.03
Buck Hyndman – 311.04

3.0 Class
Dan Vallance – 324.08
Leah Scott -321.07
Buck Hyndman – 315.03

Show-n-Shine
Curtis Hichs – 2011 Dodge
Best of Show
Jerry Putman – 1975 International
Runnerup

Sides Captures First World of Outlaws Victory of Season at Spring Classic

Sides Captures First World of Outlaws Victory of Season at Spring Classic
Dollansky repeats as Federated Auto Parts Ironman 55 champion in afternoon event
 
PEVELY, Mo. – Oct. 13, 2012 – Jason Sides crawled from his sprint car with an exhausted – and thrilled – look on his face.
Reeling from the passing of a close friend earlier this week, Sides carried a heavy heart into Saturday’s World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series doubleheader at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 – the culmination of a pair of rainouts earlier this season.

And after a total 95 green-flag feature laps on the high-banked track on a humid and windy Midwest day, Sides captured the Spring Classic after recording a third-place finish in the Federated Auto Parts Ironman 55 presented by Summit Distributing/Coors Light in the afternoon.

“I had Mark Hardee riding with me,” Sides said. “It wasn’t his time to go, but the cancer got him and we hate that. He’ll be with us a lot in our hearts and everything, so hopefully we’ll get us a couple more wins with him riding with us.”

It was Sides’ first World of Outlaws feature win since July 2 of last season and extended his streak of at least one Outlaws victory in the each of the past four years.

“I think it was our given night to win and I’m glad we did,” he said. “We had a win the last few years and (I was) just trying to get us a win. I didn’t want to go winless, but it was coming down to the last couple of races.”

It was anything but a given for Sides, who started the 40-lap main event on the pole. He led the first eight laps before Lucas Wolfe drove around him for the top spot exiting turn four in thick traffic.

Sides eventually faded to sixth place with 10 laps remaining before he began to work his way toward the front. He passed Donny Schatz for fifth place on lap 31 and maneuvered around Kerry Madsen for fourth on lap 33. Sides restarted fourth with six laps remaining and quickly drove into the runner-up position.

“I had to learn to slow down to go faster and hit the bottom,” he said.

Sides and Chad Kemenah, who took the lead from Wolfe on lap 32, were side by side when a caution came out to set up the first of two green-white-checkered finishes. As the leader, Kemenah chose the inside line on the double-file restart and Sides drove by him as the duo exited turn four coming to the white flag.

With victory in sight, the seventh – and final – caution waved. This time Sides chose the inside line and as Kemenah appeared to have fuel issues on the restart, Sides escaped a hectic finish behind him.

With drivers sliding each other and racing wheel to wheel, Kemenah and Wolfe faded from their second and fourth restart positions as they apparently ran out of fuel.

Schatz rallied to record his second runner-up performance of the season and Brian Brown, who lined up sixth on the final restart, rounded out the podium.

“There were times I thought I was going to win it and there were times I thought I was going to run 10th,” Brown said. “Pevely is a really fun track.

“It’s a 120-mile-per-hour chess match. It just didn’t work out tonight, but we’re working really hard to get our first win on this Outlaws deal.”

Madsen finished fourth and Kraig Kinser drove from 13th to his second straight fifth-place result. Greg Wilson was sixth, Wolfe ended seventh and Brad Loyet earned the KSE Hard Charger Award for piloting from 20th to eighth. Kemenah placed ninth and Craig Dollansky rounded out the top 10.

Starworks, Honda Performance Development Clinch FIA World Endurance Championship in Japan

Starworks, Honda Performance Development Clinch FIA World Endurance Championship in Japan

Finishing second Sunday in the P2 category at a thrilling Six Hours of Fuji in Japan, the Florida-based Starworks team clinched the 2012 P2 teams title in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the first world championship in the 19-year history of Honda Performance Development.

Starworks drivers Ryan Dalziel, Enzo Potolicchio and Stephane Sarrazin enjoyed a trouble-free run to second place in P2, ninth overall. The Honda-powered HPD-03b crossed the finish line almost a minute ahead of the third-place finishing OAK Racing Morgan Nissan, but more important, three positions ahead of the Pecom Racing Oreca 03 Nissan, the closest competitor to Starworks for the P2 title. The result clinched the championship for Starworks with one race remaining, and caps a year that also saw the team win the P2 class at the 12 Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Six Hours of Sao Paulo in its first year of world championship competition. It also is the first world championship for engine and chassis supplier HPD of Santa Clarita, California, and the first FIA world championship for an American-based organization since the 1968, when Ford won the FIA International Championship for Manufacturers.

In the P1 category, the British-based JRM team had its strongest outing of 2012, finishing fifth overall and second in the privateer category for independent teams in its HPD ARX-03a. After six hours of intense competition, the JRM trio of David Brabham, Karun Chandhok and Peter Dumbreck finished just eight seconds ahead of fellow HPD-equipped private team of Strakka Racing and drivers Jonny Kane, Nick Leventis and Danny Watts.

Making its debut with Honda power in LMP1, the French OAK Racing team of Bertrand Baguette, Dominik Kraihamer and IZOD IndyCar Series regular Takuma Sato completed 210 laps for an eighth place finish.

RCR Post Race Report Charlotte 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

RCR Post Race Report 
Charlotte 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway  
 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Charlotte 500    
Charlotte Motor Speedway 
October 13, 2012
 
Race Highlights:
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished 11th (Kevin Harvick), 27th (Paul Menard) and 28th (Jeff Burton). 
According to NASCAR’s Post-Race Loop Data Statistics, Harvick completed the sixth-most Green Flag Passes (131) during the 334-lap event, with 76 coming while running in the top 15 (Quality Passes), positioning him third in the loop data category.
The RCR drivers collectively turned 14 of the Fastest Laps Run during the 334-lap race with Menard logging 10, and Burton and Harvick each turning in two.
Burton gained two positions and Menard improved one position in the final 10 percent (34 laps) of the Charlotte 500, ranking them sixth and seventh, respectively, in the category Closers.
Clint Bowyer captured his third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win of the 2012 season and was followed to the finish line by Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle and Kyle Busch.
The next scheduled Sprint Cup Series race is the Kansas 400 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 21. The race is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Sides Captures First World of Outlaws Victory of Season at Spring Classic

Sides Captures First World of Outlaws Victory of Season at Spring Classic
Dollansky repeats as Federated Auto Parts Ironman 55 champion in afternoon event
 
PEVELY, Mo. – Oct. 13, 2012 – Jason Sides crawled from his sprint car with an exhausted – and thrilled – look on his face.
Reeling from the passing of a close friend earlier this week, Sides carried a heavy heart into Saturday’s World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series doubleheader at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 – the culmination of a pair of rainouts earlier this season.

And after a total 95 green-flag feature laps on the high-banked track on a humid and windy Midwest day, Sides captured the Spring Classic after recording a third-place finish in the Federated Auto Parts Ironman 55 presented by Summit Distributing/Coors Light in the afternoon.

“I had Mark Hardee riding with me,” Sides said. “It wasn’t his time to go, but the cancer got him and we hate that. He’ll be with us a lot in our hearts and everything, so hopefully we’ll get us a couple more wins with him riding with us.”

It was Sides’ first World of Outlaws feature win since July 2 of last season and extended his streak of at least one Outlaws victory in the each of the past four years.

“I think it was our given night to win and I’m glad we did,” he said. “We had a win the last few years and (I was) just trying to get us a win. I didn’t want to go winless, but it was coming down to the last couple of races.”

It was anything but a given for Sides, who started the 40-lap main event on the pole. He led the first eight laps before Lucas Wolfe drove around him for the top spot exiting turn four in thick traffic.

Sides eventually faded to sixth place with 10 laps remaining before he began to work his way toward the front. He passed Donny Schatz for fifth place on lap 31 and maneuvered around Kerry Madsen for fourth on lap 33. Sides restarted fourth with six laps remaining and quickly drove into the runner-up position.

“I had to learn to slow down to go faster and hit the bottom,” he said.

Sides and Chad Kemenah, who took the lead from Wolfe on lap 32, were side by side when a caution came out to set up the first of two green-white-checkered finishes. As the leader, Kemenah chose the inside line on the double-file restart and Sides drove by him as the duo exited turn four coming to the white flag.

With victory in sight, the seventh – and final – caution waved. This time Sides chose the inside line and as Kemenah appeared to have fuel issues on the restart, Sides escaped a hectic finish behind him.

With drivers sliding each other and racing wheel to wheel, Kemenah and Wolfe faded from their second and fourth restart positions as they apparently ran out of fuel.

Schatz rallied to record his second runner-up performance of the season and Brian Brown, who lined up sixth on the final restart, rounded out the podium.

“There were times I thought I was going to win it and there were times I thought I was going to run 10th,” Brown said. “Pevely is a really fun track.

“It’s a 120-mile-per-hour chess match. It just didn’t work out tonight, but we’re working really hard to get our first win on this Outlaws deal.”

Madsen finished fourth and Kraig Kinser drove from 13th to his second straight fifth-place result. Greg Wilson was sixth, Wolfe ended seventh and Brad Loyet earned the KSE Hard Charger Award for piloting from 20th to eighth. Kemenah placed ninth and Craig Dollansky rounded out the top 10.

RCR Post Race Report NASCAR Nationwide Series

RCR Post Race Report
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Dollar General 300 
 
 
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Dollar General 300
Charlotte Motor Speedway
October 12, 2012

Race Highlights:
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished second (Kevin Harvick), third (Elliott Sadler) and sixth (Austin Dillon).
Sadler leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings by 13 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr., while Dillon ranks third in the standings, 29 markers behind his RCR teammate.
The No. 2 team ranks second in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, trailing the No. 18 team by 19 points, with the No. 3 team fourth in the standings and the No. 33 team fifth.
Dillon leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over Cole Whitt.
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Harvick led the field in Quality Passes (46), maintained a Driver Rating of 122.8, ranking him second, was the third-Fastest Driver Early in a Run, the third-Fastest Driver Late in a Run and had the third-fastest Green Flag Speed.
Sadler was Fastest on Restarts, had the fourth-best Average Running Position (3.935) and was the fourth-Fastest Driver Early in a Run.
Dillon was the sixth-Fastest Driver Early in a Run and made 31 Quality Passes, ranking him sixth.
Combined, the RCR drivers posted the Fastest Laps Run for 38 circuits.
Harvick and Sadler spent 100 percent of the race running in the top 15, while Dillon spent 99.5 percent of the race running in the top 15.
Joey Logano earned his eighth Nationwide Series win of 2012, crossing the finish line ahead of Harvick, Sadler, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin.
The next scheduled Nationwide Series race is the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 20. The 29th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network.

Race Winners Week Ending 10/8/12

Nascar
Sprint Cup- Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500- Matt Kenseth
Camping World Truck Series- fred’s 250- Parker Kligerman

Whelan All American- Mid Atlantic Shootout 150- Danny Bohn

World of Outlaws- Steve Kinser

NHRA
Top Fuel — Khalid alBaloosh
Funny Car — Mike Neff
Pro Stock — V. Gaines
Top Alcohol Funny Car — Frank Manzo
Top Alcohol Dragster — Bill Reichert
Competition Eliminator — Calvin Hill
Super Stock — Bryan Worner
Stock Eliminator — Craig Marshall
Super Comp — Jack Sepanek
Super Gas — Alan Kenny