RCR Post Race Report – Homestead 300

Richard Childress Racing Caps off 50th Anniversary Celebration with NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver’s and Owner’s Championships

Tyler Reddick and the No. 2 Tame the Beast Chevrolet Team Win at Homestead-Miami Speedway En Route to RCR’s Series’ Leading Fifth Title

“It was just an incredible effort by all of the guys at Richard Childress Racing. Our Tame the Beast Chevrolet was really good in practice and qualifying. The car allowed me to move around on the race track early in the run. I have to give it to our competition. They caught up to us on the short run. At the end of the night, when push came to shove, we went to the fence and we got it done. We got around the No. 00 and the No. 20 at the end to pull out the championship. It’s my first championship with RCR and my second championship overall. It’s just an absolute blast to run in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and go back-to-back as series champion. Hat’s off to Team Chevy and all those guys for working on this Chevrolet, and all the guys at ECR for giving us great power. Richard Childress believed I could be a champion before I ever won my first championship, and it means a lot to be able to capture RCR’s fifth Driver’s Championship in the NASCAR Xfinity Series to cap off their 50th Anniversary Celebration.”

-Tyler Reddick

Chevy Racing–NHRA–Pomona–Qualifications

CHEVROLET RACING IN NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS
AUTO CLUB RACEWAY IN POMONA, CALIFORNIA
QUALIFICATIONS RECAP
NOVEMBER 16, 2019

Three Chevrolet Drivers Take Aim at Championships
Robert Hight, Brittany Force and Erica Enders primed for title runs
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 16, 2019) – As the three Chevrolet championship contenders predicted, their National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) title aspirations will be determined on the final day of the season.

Robert Hight (Funny Car), Brittany Force (Top Fuel) and Erica Enders (Pro Stock) will aim to add hardware to their trophy cases Nov. 17 in the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway.

Hight, the points leader after all but one of the 23 event, used a 3.895-second pass at 330.55 mph in the fourth qualifying session to move from 14th to the No. 5 qualifier spot. Hight takes a 38-point advantage into the final race of the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.

Hight, driver of the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS, will face teammate and 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force, who qualified 12th in the PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS, in the first round of eliminations. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NHRA–Pomona–Qualifications

Chevrolet Clinches 20th Bill France Performance Cup

Chevrolet Clinches 20th Bill France Performance Cup
Award Recognizes Manufacturer Championship in NASCAR Xfinity Series

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – (November 16, 2019) – With Tyler Reddick’s victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Chevrolet clinched the Bill France Performance Cup in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). The 2019 achievement marks the 20th time the Bowtie Brand has captured this prestigious honor, more than any other manufacturer.

The triumph also marks the fifth time Camaro SS has earned the award since becoming Chevrolet’s flagship in the Xfinity Series in 2013. The Camaro SS has earned 77 NXS victories since its debut.

“Chevrolet is honored to win the 2019 Bill France Performance Cup in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the 20th time,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President of Performance and Motorsports. “Every point matters during the season and this achievement is the result of a lot of dedication, hard work and persistence exhibited by all of the Chevy team owners, drivers, crew chiefs, engineers and team members.”

Capping off the regular season, Chevrolet placed more contenders in the Playoffs than any other manufacturer with seven drivers and teams in the running for this year’s title.

Five different Team Chevy drivers were victorious during the season: Tyler Reddick (6 wins), Justin Allgaier (1 win), Michael Annette (1 win), Ross Chastain (1 win), and AJ Allmendinger (1 win). A multitude of Team Chevy members contributed to this special award with valuable points throughout the 33-race season.

Menard To Make Final Cup Start From 19th Place

Menard To Make Final Cup Start From 19th Place

November 16, 2019

In his final practice session as a full-time Cup driver, Paul Menard wheeled the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang around Homestead-Miami Speedway with a best lap at 166.446 miles per hour.

That put him 12th on the speed chart for an abbreviated practice session, but he’ll start Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 from 19th place after qualifying was cancelled because of rain on Friday and the starting line-up set by car owner points.

Eddie Wood said he feels good about the speed of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang heading into Sunday’s season finale.

“Paul and [crew chief] Greg [Erwin] seemed happy with the car,” Wood said. “We’re all hoping for a good run for Paul’s last race as a full-time Cup driver.

“No matter how things work out in the race, it’ll be a bittersweet day for us all. Having a driver retire while driving our car is a rare thing for us.”

Sunday’s race will be Menard’s 471st in NASCAR’s elite division. Only nine drivers in Sunday’s line-up have more starts than Menard.

Menard has a chance to finish the season with the most laps completed and most miles run this season. His 9,951 laps are second only to Joey Logano’s 9,954, and his miles run, 13,315.79, also are second to Logano, who has 13,339.23.

CAMARO SS POWERS TYLER REDDICK TO CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY

CAMARO SS POWERS TYLER REDDICK TO CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY
Wins Second Consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (November 16, 2019) – Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 2 TAME the BEAST Chevrolet Camaro SS, claimed the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) championship with a victory in the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The title is the second consecutive for Reddick, and fifth in the division for Richard Childress Racing. It also marks Chevrolet’s 21st Driver’s Championship since the inception of the series in 1982. Continue reading CAMARO SS POWERS TYLER REDDICK TO CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Practice

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY
FORD ECOBOOST 400
TEAM CHEVY POST-PRACTICE NOTES
NOVEMBER 16, 2019

TOP TEAM CHEVY PRACTICE RESULTS:
7th CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1
8th KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 CREDIT ONE BANK CAMARO ZL1
14th ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 88 NATIONWIDE CAMARO ZL1
16th DANIEL HEMRIC, NO. 8 MYBLU CAMARO ZL1
17th CHRIS BUESCHER, NO. 37 HONEY NUT CHEERIOS CAMARO ZL1 Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Practice

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Jim Campbell

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY
FORD ECOBOOST 400
TEAM CHEVY OEM PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
NOVEMBER 16, 2019

JIM CAMPBELL, CHEVROLET U.S. VICE PRESIDENT OF PERFORMANCE AND MOTORSPORTS, met with members of the media as part of an OEM panel at Homestead-Miami Speedway to discuss the 2019 season, the anticipation of the debut of the Camaro ZL1 1LE in 2020, and more. Transcript: Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Jim Campbell

JOHN FORCE RACING BEGINS BATTLE FOR SECOND NHRA MELLO YELLO NITRO CHAMPIONSHIP SWEEP FRIDAY AT AUTO CLUB RACEWAY AT POMONA

JOHN FORCE RACING BEGINS BATTLE FOR SECOND NHRA MELLO YELLO NITRO CHAMPIONSHIP SWEEP FRIDAY AT AUTO CLUB RACEWAY AT POMONA
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 15, 2019) — Brittany Force and the Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster team lead John Force Racing from the No. 5 qualifying spot Friday at the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Her legendary father, John Force, and the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car team are currently No. 10, Robert Hight is sitting in the No. 12 spot with his Automobile Club of Southern California hot rod, and Austin Prock is 16th with the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist Top Fuel team.

Brittany Force, who entered the weekend trailing just 16 points behind first in her bid for a second Top Fuel crown this weekend, launched her Advance Auto Parts dragster to a 3.726-second pass at 331.69 mph in the first qualifying round to be third quickest of the group and pick up two bonus points. Force came into the evening session on a solo run where, like the majority of the Top Fuel class, struggled to make it down track when the smoked the tires and had to shut off early running only a 6.640-second pass at 97.64 mph. The Advance Auto Parts team will start day two of qualifying from the No. 5 spot.

“First day of the last race of the season and we’re fifth, not a bad place to be. We picked up two bonus points in round one. We’re in the hunt for a championship so (crew chief) David Grubnic and this entire Advance Auto Parts team, we’re all pushing,” Force said. “You can’t run the car safe. You’ve got to push it to the limits and that’s what we did on that last run and we lost but we’ll pick it back up tomorrow.”

In what proved to be a difficult start to qualifying for a majority of the Funny Car class, points leader Robert Hight hazed the tires in his first pass down Auto Club Raceway at Pomona to run his Auto Club Chevy Camaro to a 4.879-second pass at 158.59 mph. In the evening session, Hight was on a good-looking pass but shook the tires to light the scoreboard with a 4.354-second pass at 306.05 mph. He’ll head into the final two qualifying sessions sitting 12th.

“We are going to basically forget about today, it didn’t go the way we wanted. Tomorrow it’s going to be hotter, more like the way it’s going to be on Sunday. Really, we need to get our act together tomorrow and be ready,” Hight said. “Two more runs and I still think we can get this Auto Club Chevy up to the top and put ourselves in a good position for the championship.”

In his quest for a 17th Funny Car championship, John Force also struggled in the first qualifying round like teammate Robert Hight when he too hazed the tires to make a 4.185-second pass at 292.65 mph. In the second session, the 151-event winner found himself in similar trouble when he went up in smoke and had to pedal his 11,000-horsepower machine to the finish line to make a 6.264-second pass at 108.01 mph.

“Like Robert said, some of the guys got down the race track and we didn’t. But we will tomorrow. Not getting discouraged just moving forward,” said Force who will start Saturday’s qualifying sessions in 10th. “These PEAK boys, (crew chiefs) Brian Corradi, Danny Hood, (car chief) Tim Fabrisi, will work just as hard as they have all season long and I’ll do my job and we’ll be just fine.”

Rookie of the Year candidate Austin Prock and the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team had trouble during Friday’s qualifying when he lost traction and shut off early in both sessions. He first ran a 6.636-second pass at 91.89 mph, then a 6.995 at 90.07 to currently sit in the No. 16 spot.

“Not how we wanted to start it but we did have our quickest 60-foot on that last run. of my career on the last run in my career,” Prock said. “This place is just tricky it’s going to be completely different tomorrow. We’ll be just fine trying to run a mid-.70-second run first thing and then try to get after it Q4. If all goes to plan, we should be sitting pretty nice for Sunday morning.”

The conclusion of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will continue Saturday with nitro qualifying at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Eliminations are slated for 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. Television coverage will resume on Sunday with live finals coverage starting at 3 p.m. on FS1.

ROBERT HIGHT AND AUTO CLUB ON THE THRESHOLD OF SECURING THIRD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE AT AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS

ROBERT HIGHT AND AUTO CLUB ON THE THRESHOLD OF SECURING THIRD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE AT AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2019) — When regular season champion and points leader Robert Hight gets behind the wheel of his Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS this weekend for the season finale Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, he’ll be fighting for his third Funny Car championship title and with a 46-points lead. Continue reading ROBERT HIGHT AND AUTO CLUB ON THE THRESHOLD OF SECURING THIRD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE AT AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead Advance

TEAM CHEVY ADVANCE
FORD ECOBOOST 400
HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY
HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA
NOVEMBER 17, 2019

BOWTIE BULLETS:
AIMING FOR STRONG FINISHES
Chevrolet drivers will be seeking to complete the 36-race Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season with a strong finishing kick at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kyle Larson, No. 42 Credit One Bank Camaro ZL1, is 23 points out of fifth place in the standings. He has an average finish of 8.5 in six trips to the 1.5-mile racetrack, with a best start of seventh in 2017. Aiming for top-10 finishes in points are William Byron (ninth), Chase Elliott (11th), Alex Bowman (12th) and Kurt Busch (13th). Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead Advance

BRITTANY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS READY TO BATTLE FOR TOP FUEL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE AT THE AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS

BRITTANY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS READY TO BATTLE FOR TOP FUEL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE AT THE AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2019) — Two years ago, Brittany Force rode a wave of momentum into Auto Club Raceway at Pomona after winning two of the first five races in the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship and earning runner-up honors in a third. Entering the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals, she trailed Steve Torrence by a mere 20 points in her bid to become the first woman in 35 years to win the NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel championship. Continue reading BRITTANY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS READY TO BATTLE FOR TOP FUEL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE AT THE AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS

AUSTIN PROCK AND MONTANA BRAND / ROCKY MOUNTAIN TWIST FOCUSED ON STRONG FINISH AT AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS

AUSTIN PROCK AND MONTANA BRAND / ROCKY MOUNTAIN TWIST FOCUSED ON STRONG FINISH AT AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2019) — Nine months ago, Austin Prock made his NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing debut at the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Now, as he heads back to the track that launched his dream career this weekend for the season finale Auto Club NHRA Finals, he’s determined to take his Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist Top Fuel team to the winner’s circle for a second time. Continue reading AUSTIN PROCK AND MONTANA BRAND / ROCKY MOUNTAIN TWIST FOCUSED ON STRONG FINISH AT AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS

JOHN FORCE AND PEAK AUTO NOT BACKING DOWN FROM CLINCHING 17TH FUNNY CAR TITLE AS THEY ENTER THE AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS

JOHN FORCE AND PEAK AUTO NOT BACKING DOWN FROM CLINCHING 17TH FUNNY CAR TITLE AS THEY ENTER THE AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2019) — Sixteen-time Funny Car world champion John Force and the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS team may be trailing 72 points behind teammate and points leader, Robert Hight but that isn’t stopping the most decorated driver in NHRA history in his quest for an unparalleled 17th Funny Car title this weekend at the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Continue reading JOHN FORCE AND PEAK AUTO NOT BACKING DOWN FROM CLINCHING 17TH FUNNY CAR TITLE AS THEY ENTER THE AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS

DI DRIVER BLOG PRESENTED BY WELD RACING: Megan Meyer

DI DRIVER BLOG PRESENTED BY WELD RACING: Megan Meyer
By Drag Illustrated | November 12, 2019

“You can do anything once you stop trying to do everything” – Eric Barker

Looking back at my 2018 SEMA recap blog where we had turned my race car into a show car for the NGK Spark Plugs booth, it was a big learning experience for all of us. From my point of view, I learned that (most) males outside of drag racing are still old-school and think racing is only for boys, and they think that leaving sexual compliments on social media posts for the girls that do drive or work on cars is flattering. Thankfully, since I’ve gotten engaged, this type of activity has gone down, but there are still those keyboard creepers who like to send unnecessary comments and messages. I even got an email from a fan who told me to stop posting pictures of my fiancé and I because I’m hurting my fan base and Top Fuel drivers don’t do that. Continue reading DI DRIVER BLOG PRESENTED BY WELD RACING: Megan Meyer

Cruz Pedregon Pomona Advance

NHRA® Team Report
NHRA Finals – Pomona
Pre-Race Report

Cruz Pedregon and team are motivated by a quarterfinal showing and two 300+ mile per hour runs to prove the same consistency in the upcoming final NHRA race of 2019. “Overall I believe we’ve been plagued by mechanical issues in the piston department. Chasing scuffing problems for more than half of the races made us feel like we had an anchor around our ankle. These issues meant we weren’t really able to show what our car is capable of,” says Cruz. “We resolved that in the last few races, but later found a problem in the clutch area where the surface of the disks weren’t as they should be and that hampered our motor situation. Continue reading Cruz Pedregon Pomona Advance

Having fun in the warm California sun on the mind of second-place runner Jeg Coughlin Jr.

Having fun in the warm California sun on the mind of second-place runner Jeg Coughlin Jr.
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 12) — Five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. may be a lofty second in the Mello Yello points heading into the final race of the year but he’s not putting a lot of thought into finishing on top. The veteran racer knows a lot of things need to fall into place for him to erase the 92-point deficit he has to teammate Erica Enders, even knowing this race awards points and a half for each round win.
Continue reading Having fun in the warm California sun on the mind of second-place runner Jeg Coughlin Jr.

Giovanni Scelzi Hustles to Top-Five Outing During Sprint Car Season Finale

Giovanni Scelzi Hustles to Top-Five Outing During Sprint Car Season Finale

Inside Line Promotions – CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 11, 2019) – Giovanni Scelzi capped his winged sprint car season with a top-five finish last Saturday during the Can-Am World Finals for the second straight season. Continue reading Giovanni Scelzi Hustles to Top-Five Outing During Sprint Car Season Finale

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