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Blaney Qualifies A Cup-Career-High Second At Phoenix

Blaney Qualifies A Cup-Career-High Second At Phoenix

March 18, 2017

Ryan Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team turned in another strong qualifying performance on Friday at the Phoenix International Raceway as Blaney posted a career-high second-place effort to complete an all-Ford front row for the start of Sunday’s Camping World 500k.

Just a week after qualifying third at Las Vegas, Blaney took the second spot at Phoenix, which was the best starting spot for the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team since Trevor Bayne started on the outside pole at Daytona International Speedway in July, 2011. Continue reading Blaney Qualifies A Cup-Career-High Second At Phoenix

Provisional No. 1: Nothing lucky about career-best run for PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil driver John Force

Provisional No. 1: Nothing lucky about career-best run for
PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil driver John Force
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 17) – Sixteen-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car champion John Force found his pot of gold Friday at Gainesville Raceway, earning the provisional No. 1 qualifying spot for the 48th NHRA Gatornationals with a career-best elapsed time in his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car.

Force’s pass of 3.832 seconds (a track record) at 333.25 mph came a week after Force and John Force Racing teammate Robert Hight swapped crews. Crew chief Mike Neff and co-crew chiefs Jon Schaffer and Jason McCulloch moved from Hight’s team to Force’s, while crew chief Jimmy Prock and co-crew chief Chris Cunningham switched to Hight’s team. Continue reading Provisional No. 1: Nothing lucky about career-best run for PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil driver John Force

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Phoenix–Kyle Larson

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
CAMPING WORLD 500
PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
MARCH 17, 2017

KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 CREDIT ONE BANK CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Phoenix International Raceway and discussed the strong start to his season, the implications of the Joey Logano/Kyle Busch scuffle last week at Las Vegas, his thoughts on the new stage format and many other topics. Full Transcript: Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Phoenix–Kyle Larson

CORVETTE RACING AT SEBRING: Milner Leads Qualifying Effort Ahead of 12 Hours

CORVETTE RACING AT SEBRING: Milner Leads Qualifying Effort Ahead of 12 Hours
Third for defending GTLM co-winner, fifth for Garcia in pair of Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs

Encouraging results in chase for 11th Sebring class win
Gavin, Milner, Fässler enter as defending GTLM winners
Corvette Racing going for third straight 12 Hours victory

SEBRING, Fla. (March 17, 2017) – Corvette Racing will ride a pair of encouraging qualifying runs into Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. Tommy Milner qualified the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R third in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class as Corvette Racing goes for its 11th class victory at North America’s longest-running endurance race. Continue reading CORVETTE RACING AT SEBRING: Milner Leads Qualifying Effort Ahead of 12 Hours

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Atlanta Qualifying Notes

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
FOLDS OF HONOR QUIKTRIP 500
ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY QUALIFYING NOTES AND QUOTES
MARCH 3, 2017

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET SS – Qualified 2nd
WHEN WE’VE GOT DAYTONA BEHIND US AND YOU’VE GOT SPEED AT ATLANTA, HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL ABOUT THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS?
“’Well, it’s big. I’m just proud of everybody at RCR and ECR with this Caterpillar Chevrolet. We were so close. I really wanted to beat my old buddy, Buddy Baker’s record there. Been tied with him for a while so that was kind of rough. But I’m just proud of the guys and proud of the effort. It is the litmus test for us for a lot of the rest of the season. It was a good start for sure.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Atlanta Qualifying Notes

Mechanical woes end Todd’s Phoenix run

Mechanical woes end Todd’s Phoenix run
Race Recap: With his Funny Car debut in the rearview mirror, Todd was looking for more round wins in Phoenix.

The DHL Toyota team started strong with three solid passes; their best was Todd’s first career Funny Car pass in the 3.8 second range. The 3.889 second pass in the third qualifying session bumped Todd into the top half of the field. However, it would prove to be a intramural battle with Todd facing his Funny Car teammate, Alexis DeJoria for the first time.
Continue reading Mechanical woes end Todd’s Phoenix run

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona Media Day–AJ Allmendinger

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
DAYTONA 500 MEDIA DAY
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
FEBRUARY 22, 2017

AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 47 KROGER CLICK LIST CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at the annual Daytona 500 media day at Daytona International Speedway. Full Transcript:

WHAT IS IN YOUR HAIR?
“It’s Got to Be Glue.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona Media Day–AJ Allmendinger

Troy Coughlin Jr. set to begin pro career in SealMaster Top Fuel dragster

Troy Coughlin Jr. set to begin pro career
in SealMaster Top Fuel dragster
POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 6) — Troy Coughlin Jr. is ready for the ultimate test of his drag racing skills with his first national event in a Top Fuel dragster at this weekend’s 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. The third-generation driver has succeeded in every class he’s raced, but even he admits the challenges of piloting the 10,000-horsepower SealMaster rail are daunting.

“I’m completely humbled,” Coughlin said after three days of testing in the Arizona desert. “It’s just so fast. Everything comes at you so quickly in the seat. It’s much more intense than I ever imagined. This is one aggressive racecar, and it never stops accelerating during the run. It’s a beast, and it’s also very, very cool.”
Continue reading Troy Coughlin Jr. set to begin pro career in SealMaster Top Fuel dragster

Richard Childress Racing Announces 2017 Team Lineup

Richard Childress Racing Announces 2017 Team Lineup
RCR will field three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams and five NASCAR XFINITY Series entries

WELCOME, N.C. (December 21, 2016) – Richard Childress Racing (RCR) will return with three full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series entries and five full-time NASCAR XFINITY Series teams for the 2017 season. It will be the first time in team history that RCR will field five full-time XFINITY Series entries, and the first time since 2011 the team has fielded eight full-time teams. Continue reading Richard Childress Racing Announces 2017 Team Lineup

New Look for NHRA Pro Stock Camaro SS

New Look for NHRA Pro Stock Camaro SS
Gen Six bodywork takes to the drag strip in 2017, chasing repeat Pro Stock title

INDIANAPOLIS – The Gen Six Chevrolet Pro Stock Camaro SS makes its public debut at the Performance Racing Industry trade show in Indianapolis on Thursday, Dec. 8
The new model builds on the success of the championship-winning fifth-generation-based race car. It’s more athletic-looking and aerodynamically optimized bodywork draws its styling from the Gen Six Chevrolet Camaro SS. Continue reading New Look for NHRA Pro Stock Camaro SS

Team Kalitta completes off-season changes

Team Kalitta completes off-season changes

YPSILANTI, Mich. (December 5, 2016) – Kalitta Motorsports is pleased to announce that current Top Fuel driver J.R. Todd is moving to the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car seat vacated by Del Worsham. In turn, Troy Coughlin Jr. will move from the planned part-time sixth team to a full-time seat aboard the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster.

Todd is making his return to the Funny Car class, but for the first time as a driver. He worked on Bob Gilberston’s Funny Car during the 2003-2005 NHRA seasons with current Kalitta employees Nicky Boninfante and Tommy DeLago.

“Connie told Jim O the DHL Toyota is a special car and that I was the right guy for the job, which was a huge compliment to me,” said Todd, who will make his Funny Car debut at the Circle K Winternationals in February. “I am going to miss Del as a teammate as he has always been one of my heroes. I want to also say a huge thanks to SealMaster and their awesome franchisees. They are great people and it was an honor to represent them.”

Todd turns to the Funny Car class after a career season aboard the SealMaster Toyota Top Fuel dragster. In 152 Top Fuel events, Todd has earned nine victories, 19 final round appearances, nine No.1 qualifiers and 149 round wins. He was the 2006 AAA Road to the Future rookie winner and has placed in the top five in the point standings two times, including a fourth-place effort this year.

“Ever since I worked with Nicky and Tommy D on a Funny Car, driving one has been in the back of my mind and most people have known that. The DHL Toyota has quite the legacy and it is a huge honor to be picked to drive it.”

DHL will continue as the primary sponsor on Todd’s Toyota Camry Funny Car for the entire season.

Coughlin, Jr. will have an elite team to drive for during his rookie season. In 2016, Todd took the SealMaster machine to a race win in Sonoma, 37 round wins and a top five finish in the point standings.

“I am thrilled to be competing full-time for Kalitta Motorsports in 2017 with an incredible backer like SealMaster and their franchise owners,” said Coughlin, Jr. “The car is one of the best looking machines on the race track and it is awesome to be able to know I will have a car that can compete for the title.”

Coughlin, Jr. won the 2013 Super Gas title in division 3 and is a two-time NHRA U.S. Nationals winner. In, 2015, he drove in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod series and was named Rookie of the Year. In his career, the 26-year-old driver has driven Junior Dragsters, Super Comp, Super Gas, Top Dragster and Pro Mod machines. Earlier this year, he earned his Top Fuel license.

NHRA Lifetime Achievement award winner and drag racing legend Connie Kalitta will continue alongside Rob Flynn in their roles after their outstanding 2016 season. SealMaster remains as the primary sponsor on the machine for all 24 events.

“I am excited for the future of our team,” said Jim Oberhofer, Vice President of Operations, Kalitta Motorsports. “First, I want to thank our incredible partners, DHL and SealMaster, for helping make this transition seamless. Both J.R. and Troy are ready for the 2017 season. J.R. is a very motivated driver and continues to be a perfect fit at Kalitta Motorsports. I know he will be a great ambassador for DHL and Toyota and I look forward to see what the season holds. I am also thrilled to be able to get Troy into a full time seat. He proved to be a very precise driver during our test session in Las Vegas and I know he is going to do a great job in the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster.”

Finally, the Kalitta Motorsports Funny Cars will also see a reorganization of the team’s crew chiefs. Todd’s DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car will be led by Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith as co-crew chiefs. Smith comes from teammate Paul Lee’s Funny Car. Former DHL co-crew chief Nicky Boninfante will join Tommy DeLago on the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Alexis DeJoria and Glen Huszar will lead Lee’s McLeod Racing Funny Car. All five Funny Car crew chiefs are former NHRA champions.

Both Coughlin, Jr. and Todd will have solid teammates backing them up. Coughlin, Jr. will partner with 2016 championship runner-up Doug Kalitta in the Top Fuel ranks, while Todd will be joined by Alexis DeJoria and Paul Lee in the Funny Car ranks. Coughlin, Jr., DeJoria, Kalitta and Todd will all compete full-time with Lee planning a part-time run.

Giovanni Scelzi Earns Seven Top Fives and Championship During Rookie Sprint Car Season

Giovanni Scelzi Earns Seven Top Fives and Championship During Rookie Sprint Car Season

Inside Line Promotions – FRESNO, Calif. (Nov. 28, 2016) – Giovanni Scelzi powered to eight micro sprint feature victories and the California Speedweek title this season. However, the highlight of 2016 was the transition from micro sprint to sprint car, which Scelzi made as a 14-year-old.

“It was a big transition,” he said. “It was an eye opener on how difficult it is. I would say it was a learning year. I think my driving came a long way from the beginning of the year.” Continue reading Giovanni Scelzi Earns Seven Top Fives and Championship During Rookie Sprint Car Season

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Tony Stewart

CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP
SEASON FINALE
FORD 400
HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
NOVEMBER 18, 2016

TONY STEWART, NO. 14 ALWAYS A RACER/MOBIL 1 CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Homestead-Miami Speedway and discussed his final race as a full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitor, his future plans, his legacy and many other topics. Full Transcript:

WHEN DID YOU SEE THE CAR? WAS THERE ANYTHING YOU PARTICULARLY LIKED ABOUT THE SCHEME ON IT?
“I saw it on I guess it would have been Wednesday and loved it. The thing I liked the most about it is all the employees at Stewart-Haas Racing signatures are on it. That means a bunch to me. That was pretty cool to see and it’s going to be pretty fun to run that car this weekend.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Tony Stewart

Endurance Drivers Join 2017 Acura NSX GT3 Effort

Endurance Drivers Join 2017 Acura NSX GT3 Effort

• Tom Dyer, Mark Wilkins to take part endurance events
• Duo will take part in Tequila Patron North American Endurance Championship and Sprint-X races
• Both will participate in testing this week at Daytona International Speedway

SANTA CLARITA, CA (Nov. 14, 2016) – Veteran drivers Tom Dyer and Mark Wilkins will join the Michael Shank Racing (MSR) Acura NSX GT3 effort at four Tequila Patron North American Endurance Championship rounds of the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, starting with the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. Continue reading Endurance Drivers Join 2017 Acura NSX GT3 Effort

Scelzi Excited for Double Duty This Saturday at Stockton Dirt Track

Scelzi Excited for Double Duty This Saturday at Stockton Dirt Track

Inside Line Promotions – FRESNO, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2016) – Dominic Scelzi loves racing at Stockton Dirt Track.

Scelzi recorded his first career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series triumph at the oval in Stockton, Calif., in 2013. He returned to Victory Lane at the track last year and he also has a podium finish there during 360ci competition.
Continue reading Scelzi Excited for Double Duty This Saturday at Stockton Dirt Track

Chevy Racing–Martinsville Fast Facts

CHEVY FAST FACTS
GOODY’S FAST RELIEF 500
MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY
OCTOBER 30, 2016

A total of 21 Team Chevy drivers will start the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Martinsville Speedway. The 500-lap/263-mile race is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., ET Live coverage will be available on NBCSN, MRN Radio, Sirius NASCAR Radio Channel 90 and NASCAR.com.

CHEVROLET DRIVERS STARTING IN THE TOP-10:
ü Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS, will start third
ü AJ Allmendinger, No. 47 Kroger/Clorox Chevrolet SS, will start fourth
ü Chase Elliott, No. 24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet SS, will take the green flag from the fifth starting spot
ü Tony Stewart, No. 14 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, will make his final Martinsville Speedway start as a full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver today, rolling off the starting grid in the sixth spot
ü Jeff Gordon, interim driver, No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS, will start 10th

CHEVROLET CHASE DRIVER STARTING POSITIONS:
· Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS – 3rd
· Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Busch Light Chevrolet SS – 20th
· Kurt Busch, No. 41 State Water Heaters Chevrolet SS – 23rd

TEAM CHEVY IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES (NSCS) COMPETITION:
· Chevrolet has won 39 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer Championships
· Team Chevy drivers have scored 763 wins and 685 poles in NSCS competition

CHEVROLET ON THE TRACK—MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY:
Chevrolet drivers have won 55 of 135 races at Martinsville Speedway. Victories by current Team Chevy drivers are:
Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS, has eight victories at Martinsville Speedway (’04, ’06, ’07 – TWICE, ’08, ’09, ’12 & ‘13)
Tony Stewart, No. 14 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, has three wins at Martinsville Speedway (’00, ’06 & ’11)
Kurt Busch, No. 41 State Water Heaters Chevrolet SS, has two victories at Martinsville Speedway (’02 and ‘14)
Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Busch Light Chevrolet SS, has one win at Martinsville Speedway (’11)
Ryan Newman, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS, has visited Victory Lane at Martinsville Speedway once (’12)

The No. 21 Virginia Tech Ford Fusion Will Be The Home Team At Martinsville

The No. 21 Virginia Tech Ford Fusion Will Be The Home Team At Martinsville

October 27, 2016

For the Wood Brothers and their crew chief Jeremy Bullins, this week’s trip to Martinsville Speedway is like returning to the home place for a family reunion.

Both the Woods and Bullins consider Martinsville their home track, and their sponsor for the weekend, Virginia Tech, is from nearby Blacksburg.

This weekend’s race is a first at Martinsville for the Virginia Tech athletic program, but the Woods have been competing at Martinsville since the 1950s. Continue reading The No. 21 Virginia Tech Ford Fusion Will Be The Home Team At Martinsville

Reigning Pro Mod champion Troy Coughlin still has a chance to defend title

Reigning Pro Mod champion Troy
Coughlin still has a chance to defend title
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 24) — It seems every year about this time Troy Coughlin finds himself in an intense battle for the J&A Services Pro Mod world title. This season is no different as the reigning champ arrives at this weekend’s 16th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals with a chance to claim his third championship of the last five years.

One year ago, the task was much easier as Coughlin pulled into The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway trailing Mike Janis by just 28 points. With his JEGS.com twin-turbo Corvette in perfect running order, Coughlin was able to catch and pass Janis to snatch the title away. The final race in Vegas was the only time he led the points all year. Continue reading Reigning Pro Mod champion Troy Coughlin still has a chance to defend title