Chevy Racing–NHRA–Heartland Park–Courtney Force

CHEVROLET RACING IN NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
MENARDS NHRA HEARTLAND NATIONALS PRESENTED BY MONTIES
HEARTLAND MOTORSPORTS PARK IN TOPEKA, KANSAS
POST-RACE DRIVER QUOTES
MONDAY, MAY 21, 2018

An interview with Funny Car winner COURTNEY FORCE, JOHN FORCE RACING, ADVANCE AUTO PARTS CHEVROLET CAMARO SS (third win of season; 11th win of career; surpassed 175 career round wins; stretches points lead):

TALK ABOUT THE TURNAROUND FROM NO WINS IN 2017 TO THREE IN 2018
“It’s been really insane. I’m proud to be part of this Advance Auto Parts team. To be completely honest, everyone’s talking about the fact that we had so many No. 1 qualifiers but didn’t seal the deal. To be honest, I had such a great team and pretty much the same team as I do this year. Ronnie Thompson and Dan Hood tuning my car and getting us all those No. 1 qualifiers last year, and we came close to a couple wins. This year, Brian Corradi coming on board joining with Danny and a couple guys who came on our Advance Auto Parts team and things kind of shifted and we were able to get these No. 1 qualifiers and seal it off with a win. It feels amazing. Being in the points lead, coming off of back to back wins, it’s just insane. I got on my radio and told my guys that they are just unbelievable. It’s so much fun driving this race car and it’s been a handful out here this weekend. Coming to a track where the conditions have changed drastically every single day I have to give a lot of credit to my crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Dan Hood and every single guy on my team. It was a Sunday morning race that turned into a Sunday 7 p.m. race, cooler track, we were able to get it done even with a lucky first-round win having to pedal it down there. Lost lane choice in the second round. Still were able to turn the win light on and get lane choice back and make it a little bit longer weekend. Having to run on a Monday makes for a long weekend, but it feels good to be in the winner’s circle with my team and celebrate for everyone at Chevy and all our partners.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NHRA–Heartland Park–Courtney Force

Chevy Racing–NHRA–Heartland Park–Post Race

CHEVROLET RACING IN NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
MENARDS NHRA HEARTLAND NATIONALS PRESENTED BY MONTIES
HEARTLAND MOTORSPORTS PARK IN TOPEKA, KANSAS
POST-RACE DRIVER QUOTES
MONDAY, MAY 21, 2018

An interview with Funny Car winner COURTNEY FORCE, JOHN FORCE RACING, ADVANCE AUTO PARTS CHEVROLET CAMARO SS (third win of season; 11th win of career; surpassed 175 career round wins; stretches points lead):

TALK ABOUT THE TURNAROUND FROM NO WINS IN 2017 TO THREE IN 2018
“It’s been really insane. I’m proud to be part of this Advance Auto Parts team. To be completely honest, everyone’s talking about the fact that we had so many No. 1 qualifiers but didn’t seal the deal. To be honest, I had such a great team and pretty much the same team as I do this year. Ronnie Thompson and Dan Hood tuning my car and getting us all those No. 1 qualifiers last year, and we came close to a couple wins. This year, Brian Corradi coming on board joining with Danny and a couple guys who came on our Advance Auto Parts team and things kind of shifted and we were able to get these No. 1 qualifiers and seal it off with a win. It feels amazing. Being in the points lead, coming off of back to back wins, it’s just insane. I got on my radio and told my guys that they are just unbelievable. It’s so much fun driving this race car and it’s been a handful out here this weekend. Coming to a track where the conditions have changed drastically every single day I have to give a lot of credit to my crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Dan Hood and every single guy on my team. It was a Sunday morning race that turned into a Sunday 7 p.m. race, cooler track, we were able to get it done even with a lucky first-round win having to pedal it down there. Lost lane choice in the second round. Still were able to turn the win light on and get lane choice back and make it a little bit longer weekend. Having to run on a Monday makes for a long weekend, but it feels good to be in the winner’s circle with my team and celebrate for everyone at Chevy and all our partners.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NHRA–Heartland Park–Post Race

ALL-STAR RACE WINNER KEVIN HARVICK!

ALL-STAR RACE WINNER KEVIN HARVICK!

CONCORD, NC – May 21, 2018 – Kevin Harvick makes it three wins in three weeks, as he won the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race in Charlotte, NC. This win marked Harvick’s sixth overall win of the season, while Stewart-Haas Racing celebrated their 50th NASCAR overall victory.

“These guys built a really, really fast Jimmy John’s Ford,” Harvick said in Victory Lane. “I just have to say thank you to the aero department, the fab shop, all the guys in the engineering CFD side of things and a special thanks to the Roush Yates Engine department. They put a lot of effort, they love restrictor plate racing and we won!” Continue reading ALL-STAR RACE WINNER KEVIN HARVICK!

COURTNEY FORCE AND ROBERT HIGHT ADVANCE TO SEMIFINALS AT POSTPONED MENARDS NHRA HEARTLAND NATIONALS

COURTNEY FORCE AND ROBERT HIGHT ADVANCE TO SEMIFINALS AT POSTPONED MENARDS NHRA HEARTLAND NATIONALS
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 20, 2018) — Eliminations at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals did not go on as scheduled. An extensive rain delay pushed the once slated 11 a.m. start to 7 p.m. and because of the late hour and weather conditions the nitro categories were only able to race through the quarterfinals. Semifinals and finals will be run on Monday morning beginning at 10 a.m. at Heartland Motorsports Park.

Courtney Force and Robert Hight will both be competing in the “Monday Nationals” after pedaling their ways out of the first round and then laying down impressive side-by-side runs in the quarterfinals. Brittany Force ran quickest of the weekend in the Top Fuel category but struggled to a quarterfinal exit and John Force, like Courtney and Hight, had to pedal it in round one but fell to Tommy Johnson Jr.
Continue reading COURTNEY FORCE AND ROBERT HIGHT ADVANCE TO SEMIFINALS AT POSTPONED MENARDS NHRA HEARTLAND NATIONALS

JEGS.com driver Troy Coughlin Jr. wins Cavalcade of Stars drag race in home state

JEGS.com driver Troy Coughlin Jr. wins Cavalcade of Stars drag race in home state
NORWALK, Ohio (May 20) — Only a few races into his Top Alcohol Dragster career, Troy Coughlin Jr. drove the JEGS.com McPhillips Racing rail to the winner’s circle by dominating the Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser Sunday in what was clearly the best car of the meet.

“Winning this race in this car with this team, right here in the great state of Ohio at this track, it just doesn’t get any better,” Coughlin said. “To be the No. 1 qualifier and convert that into a race win is very satisfying. I’ve known from the start this McPhillips Racing team was capable of winning and dominating like this and to have it come together after just a handful of starts says a lot about this tenacious crew.” Continue reading JEGS.com driver Troy Coughlin Jr. wins Cavalcade of Stars drag race in home state

Chase Ridenour takes Hog Creek Showdown for SOD at Butler

ERIE, MI (May 20, 2018) – “Kid Rocket” Chase Ridenour, from Perry, Michigan, used a lot of speed and a little luck to win the much-anticipated Hog Creek Showdown at Butler Motor Speedway Saturday night. The first appearance of the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP at Butler saw a huge crowd enjoy great racing while many other speedways suffered rain outs.

The youth movement led qualifying with Ridenour fastest overall, Quentin Blonde (Litchfield, Michigan) was fastest in his heat group and Onsted, Michigan’s Boston Mead was fastest in his heat group. Continue reading Chase Ridenour takes Hog Creek Showdown for SOD at Butler

Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Indianapolis Fast Nine

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER FAST NINE POST QUALIFYING QUOTES
MAY 20, 2018

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET – POLE WINNER
YOU ARE ON THE POLE POSITION AGAIN HERE AT INDY. WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS PLACE? DO YOU JUST GO HOME AT NIGHT AND DREAM ABOUT THIS PLACE BECAUSE YOU HAVE GOT IT COMPLETELY WIRED
“Most nights (laughs) to be honest. But, I’ve just got to thank my team. That first lap blew my mind. I figured we could run a 229 (mph) based on last night. My run last night actually wasn’t very good. The car wasn’t near as good as we’ve been. So, I knew had more left but I wasn’t expecting a 230 (mph), but the whole ECR team, especially the guys on my No. 20 car, they’ve put so much love into this car and it means everything to me to put us in a position like this. And to be able to share the top nine in this whole thing with Spencer (Pigot), his first time in the top nine with Preferred Freezer, and Danica (Patrick) with GoDaddy, we’re super happy to be here and obviously it couldn’t be possible without Fuzzy’s Vodka. Hopefully we can keep doing this a long time.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Indianapolis Fast Nine

Bourdais, Dixon Lead Honda Qualifiers for 102nd Indianapolis 500

Bourdais, Dixon Lead Honda Qualifiers for 102nd Indianapolis 500
• Sebastien Bourdais completes return from injury by qualifying fifth
• Scott Dixon to start ninth in search of his second “500” win
• Indy 500 field to feature 17 Honda drivers from five teams

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 20, 2018) – Sebastien Bourdais led the Honda-powered field in final qualifying today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and will start next Sunday’s Indy 500 from the middle of the second row, fifth.

For Bourdais, the run capped an impressive return from multiple fractures and other injuries sustained in a qualifying crash here last year. The Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan driver also won the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series opener in St. Petersburg, Florida, and currently is ranked third in the Drivers’ Championship point standings. Continue reading Bourdais, Dixon Lead Honda Qualifiers for 102nd Indianapolis 500

Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Indianapolis Pole Day

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY POLE DAY QUALIFICATIONS
MAY 20, 2018

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET – POLE WINNER
YOU ARE ON THE POLE POSITION AGAIN HERE AT INDY. WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS PLACE? DO YOU JUST GO HOME AT NIGHT AND DREAM ABOUT THIS PLACE BECAUSE YOU HAVE GOT IT COMPLETELY WIRED
“Most nights (laughs) to be honest. But, I’ve just got to thank my team. That first lap blew my mind. I figured we could run a 229 (mph) based on last night. My run last night actually wasn’t very good. The car wasn’t near as good as we’ve been. So, I knew had more left but I wasn’t expecting a 230 (mph), but the whole ECR team, especially the guys on my No. 20 car, they’ve put so much love into this car and it means everything to me to put us in a position like this. And to be able to share the top nine in this whole thing with Spencer (Pigot), his first time in the top nine with Preferred Freezer, and Danica (Patrick) with GoDaddy, we’re super happy to be here and obviously it couldn’t be possible without Fuzzy’s Vodka. Hopefully we can keep doing this a long time.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Indianapolis Pole Day

Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Indianapolis Qualification Day 2

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER POST QUALIFICATIONS DAY 2 QUOTES (STARTERS 10 THROUGH 27)
MAY 20, 2018

TONY KANAAN, NO. 14 ABC SUPPLY AJ FFOYT RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 10TH : “What a great effort as a team. A.J. (Foyt) and Larry (Foyt) put so much effort into this over the winter. They gave us everything I asked and they stepped up. I have a brand new car for this race, Matheus (Leist) has a brand new car. They spent every single dime to give us a good car. We’re a little team but we’re having a lot of fun. This is for them. I told them today our pole is going to be 10th. This is pole in my books.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Indianapolis Qualification Day 2

GOLOBIC STEALS PETER MURPHY CLASSIC AT TULARE

(5/19/18, Tulare, CA – Jim Allen) … Shane Golobic pulled off a dramatic late race pass of Kyle Hirst and Bud Kaeding to steal Saturday’s 30-lap Peter Murphy Classic in King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series action at the Thunderbowl Raceway.

Golobic, who started 12th in the grid aboard the Tarlton Motorsports Tachi-Palace KPC, methodically maneuvered his way through the field into third place on a “rubber-down” dirt track with only four laps remaining. However, it was a caution flag on the final lap that provided the opportunity to score the victory. On the green-white-checkered restart, Golobic proceeded to motor past both race leader Hirst and Kaeding going down the backchute to take the point. Continue reading GOLOBIC STEALS PETER MURPHY CLASSIC AT TULARE

Menard Finishes Fourth In Monster Energy Open

Menard Finishes Fourth In Monster Energy Open

May 20, 2018

Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Knauf team didn’t advance out of Saturday’s Monster Energy Open into the All-Star race, but they did do a commendable job of helping showcase a new set-up package for the Monster Energy Cup Series cars.

For the All-Star weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the cars were equipped with an aerodynamic package that significantly increased downforce. That was accompanied by restrictions on the engines that drastically reduced horsepower. Continue reading Menard Finishes Fourth In Monster Energy Open

Richard Childress Racing–All-Star Race

Austin Dillon and the Dow Racing Team Earn 12th-Place Finish in All-Star Race

“What a race! I had a blast out there tonight, and I hope it was as fun to watch as it was to drive. Throughout the race, we made quite a few adjustments to the Dow Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. With limited practice and this being the first time we have raced this package, we were a little off on the setup. We got it pretty close, though. At the end, we opted to pit. Looking back, it’s a toss up on whether that was the right call or not. But I’m excited to return next weekend and defend our Coca-Cola 600 win.”

-Austin Dillon Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–All-Star Race

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–All-Star Race Post Race

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
MONSTER ENERGY ALL-STAR RACE
CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY POST RACE NOTES & QUOTES
MAY 19, 2018

TOP TEAM CHEVY FINISHERS:
POS. DRIVER
5th CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 SUNENERGY1 CAMARO ZL1
6th JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S FOR PROS CAMARO ZL1
7th KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 CREDIT ONE BANK CAMARO ZL1
8th AJ ALLMENDINGER NO. 47 KROGER CLICKLIST CAMARO ZL1
10TH KASEY KAHNE, NO. 95 DUMONT JETS CAMARO ZL1

TOP FIVE FINISHERS:
POS. DRIVER
1ST Kevin Harvick (Ford)
2nd Daniel Suarez (Toyota)
3rd Joey Logano (Ford)
4th Denny Hamlin (Toyota)
5TH Chase Elliott (Chevrolet)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season continues at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 27 at 6:00 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–All-Star Race Post Race

Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Indianapolis–Qualification Day Recap

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY QUALIFICATIONS DAY 1 RECAP
MAY 19, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (May 19, 2018) – Seven Chevrolet drivers will aim to claim the pole position for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil during the Fast Nine Shootout May 20 on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.

All four Team Penske entries, including Helio Castroneves seeking a record-tying fourth Indy 500 victory, and all three Ed Carpenter Racing cars, including Danica Patrick seeking her first ‘500’ victory in the finale of her motorsports career, recorded four-lap average lap speeds on the first day of qualifications that secured spots in the nine-car segment. Continue reading Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Indianapolis–Qualification Day Recap

Johnson Qualifies Sixth, Leads Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car Drivers into Race Day at NHRA Heartland Nationals

ohnson Qualifies Sixth, Leads Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car Drivers into Race Day at NHRA Heartland Nationals

· Tommy Johnson Jr. quickest in qualifying of five Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car drivers to make the field at Heartland Motorsports Park
· Tony Schumacher will start No. 4 in his Mopar-powered U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster
· Atlanta Top Fuel race winner Leah Pritchett will begin race day from fifth spot in bid for back-to-back wins
· Defending Topeka event winner Ron Capps will start seventh in his Mopar Dodge Charger
· Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T pilot Matt Hagan earns berth in top-half of field
· More info on Mopar in NHRA available at http://blog.mopar.com
· New Dodge Garage (http://www.dodgegarage.com/), a digital content hub for muscle car and race enthusiasts launches; will include highlights from NHRA season Continue reading Johnson Qualifies Sixth, Leads Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car Drivers into Race Day at NHRA Heartland Nationals

Bourdais, Dixon Lead Honda First-Round Qualifiers at Indianapolis

Bourdais, Dixon Lead Honda First-Round Qualifiers at Indianapolis
• Sebastien Bourdais, Scott Dixon advance to Sunday pole shootout
• Final qualifying Sunday will set starting order for field of 33
• Mechanical issue prevents final qualifying attempt from James Hinchcliffe

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 19, 2018) – Sebastien Bourdais and Scott Dixon led the way for Honda today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a drama-filled “Bump Day” of first-round qualifying in preparation for next weekend’s Indianapolis 500. Continue reading Bourdais, Dixon Lead Honda First-Round Qualifiers at Indianapolis

COURTNEY FORCE EARNS FIFTH NO. 1 QUALIFIER OF THE SEASON AT MENARDS NHRA HEARTLAND NATIONALS

COURTNEY FORCE EARNS FIFTH NO. 1 QUALIFIER OF THE SEASON AT MENARDS NHRA HEARTLAND NATIONALS
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 19, 2018) — Courtney Force and her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car will start race day from the No. 1 position for the fifth time this season after holding on to the top spot through qualifying Saturday at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals at Heartland Motorsports Park. John Force will kick things off from the No. 11 spot, Robert Hight will be looking to shake things up from the No. 14 spot and in Top Fuel, Brittany Force will be looking to go rounds from the No. 7 spot.

Courtney Force collected her third consecutive No. 1 qualifier when her 3.911-second pass at 321.73 mph from Friday night held through two additional qualifying rounds on Saturday. Force had a 4.574 and a 4.453 during the two rounds on Saturday.
Continue reading COURTNEY FORCE EARNS FIFTH NO. 1 QUALIFIER OF THE SEASON AT MENARDS NHRA HEARTLAND NATIONALS

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–All-Star Race Open Notes

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
MONSTER ENERGY ALL-STAR RACE
CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY ALL-STAR OPEN NOTES AND QUOTES
MAY 19, 2018

ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 88 AXALTA CAMARO ZL1 – Winner of Stage 1 of the Monster Energy Open and will transfer to compete in tonight’s Monster Energy All-Star Race
IT TOOK YOU A LITTLE WHILE TO GET TO THE FRONT, BUT IT LOOKED LIKE YOU WERE ABLE TO USE THE HIGH GROOVE TO YOUR ADVANTAGE:
“Yeah, it looked like the 10 car there was pretty tight. He was either loose and getting it up off the bottom and then getting tight or just tight and couldn’t hold the bottom. I felt like we were just able to carry some momentum around the outside of them, but really cool for Axalta. William Sturgill that pretty much does the day-to-day stuff on this Axalta account for us got a promotion and this is kind of his last weekend with us. So, cool to get something neat for him with Axalta on the car, but just thankful to be here. It’s really cool to be in the All-Star race.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–All-Star Race Open Notes

Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Indianapolis Qualifications Quotes

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
QUALIFICATIONS DAY 1 TEAM CHEVY DRIVER QUOTES
MAY 19, 2018

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 1 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: “The guys that ran in the morning got a huge advantage. There’s nothing you can do about it; it’s the luck of the draw. You draw a late number, it cost us. It’s been a remarkable job by the team, putting two cars in the top 10 (before end of day 1) when people believed we couldn’t even start this race it’s pretty good so far. Continue reading Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Indianapolis Qualifications Quotes

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