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Joe Swanson Tops SOD Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash at Butler Motor Speedway

ERIE, MI (July 23, 2017) – Joe Swanson won a hard fought battle with Jay Steinebach to win Saturday’s Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash at Butler Motor Speedway.
Swanson (Etna Green, Indiana) started from the pole, but a lap one red for a Shebly Bilton and Andy Chehowski crash on the back straightaway, and a quick caution for Tyler Bearden’s spin halted action quickly. Once back under green, Swanson took the lead over Tim Evilsizer. Boston Mead took 2nd on lap 7, then Steinebach took the spot on the next lap. Steinebach was getting faster as Swanson battled traffic and on lap 16 he shot by the leader and opened up a small lead. On lap 18 the caution flew for Tyler Rankin’s spin. Steinebach held the lead in spite of heavy pressure from Swanson through lap 22 when the caution came out for Doug Zimmerman’s spin. Swanson charged into 1st on lap 23 and led the final 2 laps to win the epic battle.

COMP Cams heat race winner Boston Mead suffered a broken rocker arm at the end of his heat race and SOD point leader suffered the same fate while leading the Engler Machine & Tool heat. While it looked like both drivers were done for the night, they borrowed the parts needed to run the feature and their perseverance paid off. Mead started 3rd and finished 4th. Irwin started 22nd and charged to a 6th place finish, easily winning the KSE Hard Charger Award.

Doug Zimmerman led the 27-car field in qualifying with a 13.272 lap.

The SOD program was completed with typical SOD efficiency through the combined efforts of SOD competitors and Butler Motor Speedway officials.

‘Run of the year’ in Saturday qualifying puts Auto Club driver Robert Hight No. 2 at Bristol

‘Run of the year’ in Saturday qualifying puts
Auto Club driver Robert Hight No. 2 at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 17) – Robert Hight turned in what he called the run of the year Saturday in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS, and will start No. 2 for Sunday’s NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Hight’s run in the third session, and first of two passes Saturday, was 4.023 seconds at 311.77 mph, in ambient temperatures in the mid-80s and on a track exceeding 130 degrees. While none of the drivers in the Funny Car field challenged Friday night’s qualification runs, Hight said it was the “run of the year” because of the weather and track conditions. Continue reading ‘Run of the year’ in Saturday qualifying puts Auto Club driver Robert Hight No. 2 at Bristol

Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Indy 500–Recap

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
101ST RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY RACE RECAP
MAY 28, 2017

Castroneves Leads Chevrolet with Runner-up Finish in Indianapolis 500

• Three-time race winner charges from the 19th starting position
• Four Team Chevy drivers place in the top 10 and seven in top 15
• Two-time Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya finishes sixth
• Gabby Chaves claims ninth place for first-time entrant Harding Racing

INDIANAPOLIS (May 28, 2017) – Helio Castroneves’ charge in the final 10 laps of the 101st Indianapolis 500 nearly earned the popular Brazilian driver a record-tying fourth victory. Continue reading Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Indy 500–Recap

Quick Facts about Historic Baer Field Motorsports Park SOD Race

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prieur has been announcing since 1989.

MCRP/SOD Safety Crew

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

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

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

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Miss Geico Starts the 2017 Season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A 600 To Remember

A 600 To Remember

May 24, 2017

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

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

Best pass of event not enough for two-time Pro Mod champ Troy Coughlin to advance

Best pass of event not enough for two-time
Pro Mod champ Troy Coughlin to advance
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 20) — Two-time Pro Mod champion Troy Coughlin posted his quickest pass of the weekend in the opening round of the 29th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties, but the pass wasn’t enough to turn on his win light in the always-tough J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

“I said earlier in the year that I was super happy we added two races to the Pro Mod schedule this year because it would afford us a little bit of breathing room,” Coughlin said. “When you’re racing at this level you can run really well and still lose. That’s what happened today, so I’m glad we have extra time to make up for this loss. Continue reading Best pass of event not enough for two-time Pro Mod champ Troy Coughlin to advance

April War Wizard News

April was a crazy month for the War Wizard Team.With two extra Monster Jam arena events addedto our schedule. Chattanooga, TN was the first onthe list and the War Wizard left its mark for thefans. Evansville, IN was the final stop for our teamand Monster Jam for 1st quarter. Steve Koehlerfilled in for this event for us and turned the heatup on the old girl. Three shows in 2 days wasintense but extremely fun. From the roll over onFriday night to the front wheelie which ended inthe Wizard on its roof. Evansville was one for thehistory books. And as we roll into the summer tourstay tuned for new things to come from the WarWizard team.

Brenda Grubbs Motorsports “The Time Slip”

Brenda Grubbs Motorsports “The Time Slip”
Volume 6, Issue 3 April 2017

Race Updates
At the Belle Rose NHRA Divisional we went to the third round in the Super Stocker and the final round in the Stocker. It was a rare AA/SA heads up final where we came up short. Interestingly enough, it was our second heads up in Stock at the event. Running two cars gets busy and thankfully our engine builder, Allen Sherman
was on hand to help get the car ready. We did what we could to prepare the car before having to head to the staging lanes to run Super Stock. When we got back to our pits, it looked like a NASCAR pit as we had 5 people working on the car. Thankfully, Brenda did her job on the starting line and won the round, beating her opponent in a big hole shot.

We didn’t have any luck at the Houston National event, loosing first round in
both cars. A nice picture of the Super Stocker was posted on Drag Race Central.
The Dallas Divisional was a break through race for the Super Stocker as we finally
got the tire spin under control. Eliminations brought a 30 degree temperature
change from qualifying. Taking air changes into account the car was dialed well.
However, the car really hooked and came out of the hole like a bullet. Even though
a huge amount of ET/MPH were scrubbed we still broke out more than our opponent. This was the first confirmation we had overcome the Super Stocker tire spin that had been plaguing us. We did
better in Stock, getting to the third round where we met another AA/SA. Brenda had the light and the performance however the car was set up a bit too aggressively with the tire pressure and spun at the launch.
April was a good month and in Stock we are currently #3 in Division 4.

National Dragster-Travels with Brenda
The column featuring Stock Eliminator driver Allison Smyth was published in the April 21, 2017 issue of National Dragster. One additional article has been submitted and two more are already in process. It’s been great to hear how much the racers enjoy the articles and appreciate the publicity for Sportsman drivers.

Hero Card and Pictures
Our new hero car should be ready any day now. You will receive one in the mail. We continue to make updates to our
website and now have both cars on the front page. Included with this Time Slip email is a high resolution picture of each car.
Upcoming Races
Atlanta National Event May 5-7, Topeka National Event May 19-21, Great Bend Divisional Event Jun 2-4

Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Indy 500 Practice Day 3

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
101ST RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DAY 3 PRACTICE RECAP
MAY 17, 2017

There’s something to learn from every practice session on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval in preparation for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. Even with a steady 30 mph headwind on the frontstretch and stiff crosswind in the turns, Chevrolet drivers benefitted from track time while others concentrated on pit stop practice.

Twenty-one competitors logged 408 laps, which was down significantly from the 2,404 laps recorded by 32 drivers a day earlier, as Chevrolet teams continued to work on race aerodynamic set-ups of the Chevrolet aerokit with V6 2.2-liter Chevrolet engines. Continue reading Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Indy 500 Practice Day 3

Scelzi Eyeing Success at Thunderbowl This Saturday During KWS-NARC Event

Scelzi Eyeing Success at Thunderbowl This Saturday During KWS-NARC Event

Inside Line Promotions – PLACERVILLE, Calif. (May 15, 2017) – Dominic Scelzi is looking forward to his lone race this weekend at one of his favorite tracks.

Scelzi and his Roth Motorsports backed, family owned team will compete on Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., with the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series.

“I love racing in Tulare,” he said. “It has always been one of my favorite tracks and I always look forward to any opportunity to compete there.” Continue reading Scelzi Eyeing Success at Thunderbowl This Saturday During KWS-NARC Event

Corvette Grand Sport to Pace 101st Indianapolis 500 Track-honed model advances legacy and is 14th Corvette to pace the iconic race

Corvette Grand Sport to Pace 101st Indianapolis 500
Track-honed model advances legacy and is 14th Corvette to pace the iconic race

INDIANAPOLIS — The Corvette Grand Sport is the official pace car for the 2017 Indianapolis 500 and will lead drivers to the green flag on May 28 for the 101st running of the legendary race.

It marks the 14th time a Corvette has served as the official pace car, starting in 1978, and the 28th time a Chevrolet has led the field, dating back to 1948. No other vehicle has served as the pace car more than the Corvette. Continue reading Corvette Grand Sport to Pace 101st Indianapolis 500 Track-honed model advances legacy and is 14th Corvette to pace the iconic race

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Richmond Preview

TEAM CHEVY ADVANCE
TOYOTA OWNER’S 400
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
APRIL 30, 2017

BOWTIE BULLETS
LEADER OF THE PACK:
Chevrolet leads all other manufacturers with 37 victories at the 0.75-mile, D-shaped, Richmond International Raceway.

CHEVY HISTORY MINUTE:
Did you know? Chevrolet’s Jeff Gordon set the track qualifying record of 130.599 mph in his Chevrolet SS on September 6, 2013.

MANUFACTURER STANDINGS:
Following the first eight races in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Chevrolet leads the manufacturer standings by eight markers over the competition. Chevrolet has 39 total MENCS Manufacturer championship titles and is looking for an unprecedented number 40 this season. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Richmond Preview

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