Glen Wood’s 92nd Birthday Gathering Sets The Tone For Quick Lane Team’s Trip To Indy
July 20, 2017
Each year, when the Wood Brothers, their driver Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Quick Lane team roll into Indianapolis Motor Speedway to compete in the Brickyard 400, they find themselves in awe of that track and the people who have competed there over the years.
It’s especially true this year because on Tuesday, at team founder Glen Wood’s 92nd birthday celebration in Stuart, Va., there was Indy history all around.
There with Glen Wood were his brothers Leonard, Delano and Ray Lee, who worked the pits in 1965 as Jim Clark delivered Ford its first Indy 500 victory. Continue reading Glen Wood’s 92nd Birthday Gathering Sets The Tone For Quick Lane Team’s Trip To Indy
Hagan to Debut Mopar 80th Anniversary Funny Car Graphics at Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals
Leah Pritchett to Carry Mopar 80th Anniversary Logo on Top Fuel Dragster
Mopar continues brand’s 80th celebration in 2017 with special anniversary graphics for Matt Hagan’s Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car
Mopar has evolved from start in 1937 as name of a line of antifreeze products to represent excellence on the drag strip, as well as global service, parts and customer-care
Hagan to feature Mopar 80th/Express Lane as primary colors on his Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car in at least five events Continue reading Hagan to Debut Mopar 80th Anniversary Funny Car Graphics at Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals
ERIE, MI (July 20, 2017) – This Saturday, Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP racers head to Butler Motor Speedway for the second race of the Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash.
Litchfield’s Chad Blonde drove from 6th to win the first 2017 BB race, the Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash WW III presented by Jim Coffey & Son Plumbing & Heating, feature on June 17th over Ryan Ruhl and Thomas Schinderle.
Blonde has two Butler wins in 2017, winning a weekly feature as well as the BB race. Ruhl has two 2nd place finishes at Butler this season. Last Friday, Blonde won the King Engine Bearings King of Michigan race at Hartford Speedway and Ruhl finished 2nd.
All three races of the Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash three-race series are being contested at Butler Motor Speedway, the birthplace of dirt track sprint car racing in Michigan and where many SOD competitors started their careers. The BB will pay the points champion $1,000; the top five will each earn part of the point fund. The third and final race will be on August 12th.
A Bandimere prayer comforted, inspired
two-time Pro Stock champ Erica Enders
DENVER (July 19) — In the anxious moments just before Erica Enders clinched her first Pro Stock championship in Pomona, Calif., John Bandimere stopped in the staging lanes to wish her luck. Being a spiritual man, Bandimere, longtime owner of Bandimere Speedway in Denver, site of this weekend’s 38th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, said a quick prayer with Enders, an impactful moment that has stuck with the 22-time national event winner. Continue reading A Bandimere prayer comforted, inspired two-time Pro Stock champ Erica Enders
CHEVROLET AT DENVER
38th Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals
Friday, July 21-Sunday, July 23
Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado
FOX: Eliminations and finals live – 3 p.m. ET Sunday
FS1: Qualifications taped – 8 p.m. ET Friday
Chevrolet Teams Seek to Reach New Heights in Mile-High Country
Three-Race Western Swing Starts at Challenging Bandimere Speedway Continue reading Chevy Racing–NHRA–Denver Advancew
Scelzi Ends Only Three Positions Shy of Making the Kings Royal A Main
Inside Line Promotions – ROSSBURG, Ohio (July 18, 2017) – Dominic Scelzi is pleased with the speed his family owned, Roth Motorsports supported team showcased throughout a pair of premier World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series events in Ohio last week.
“I’m happy with our speed,” he said. “At the end of the day we did a good job.” Continue reading Scelzi Ends Only Three Positions Shy of Making the Kings Royal A Main
CORVETTE RACING AT LIME ROCK PARK: Anniversary of Victory No. 100
Team brings class championship lead to GT-only event
Lime Rock site of Corvette Racing’s 100th all-time victory
Gavin, Milner led 1-2 team finish in GTLM
Garcia, Magnussen enter as GTLM Championship leader
DETROIT (July 18, 2017) – Corvette Racing returns this week to the site of one of its biggest landmark achievements as it continues to race toward what would be another championship at the top level of sports car racing. The team scored its 100th all-time victory a year ago at Lime Rock Park, which plays host this weekend to the Northeast Grand Prix for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Continue reading CORVETTE RACING AT LIME ROCK PARK: Anniversary of Victory No. 100
Monster Energy driver Brittany Force seeks strong start
to Western Swing, strong end to regular season
DENVER (July 18) – The last big stretch of races before the Countdown to the Championship begins this weekend, with the Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway kicking off the annual three-race Western Swing.
For Brittany Force, driver of the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster, the Western Swing is vital as she looks ahead to the Countdown, the last six races that determine the NHRA Drag Racing Series championships. Force is currently No. 6 in the Top Fuel points standings, but she heads into Denver and the Western Swing with a significant amount of moment.
Force qualified No. 1 in the last race, the NHRA Route 66 Nationals, earlier this month in Joliet, Ill., and has won first-round matchups in six consecutive races, dating back to May. She won the NHRA New England Nationals in Epping, N.H., to start the last big segment of races, four consecutive races unofficially referred to as the Eastern Swing, and hopes to start the Western Swing in the same fashion. Continue reading Monster Energy driver Brittany Force seeks strong start to Western Swing, strong end to regular season
Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force heads
into Denver, Western Swing with confidence
Photo credit: Gary Nastase and Auto Imagery
DENVER (July 18) – Courtney Force remembers last year’s race at Bandimere Speedway all too well. She qualified No. 1 for the Mile-High Nationals, the start of the annual Western Swing, and raced to the finals before she was taken out by her boss – father John Force.
Of course, you never want to lose to your dad, even if he is a 16-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car champion, but it was a victory for John Force Racing nonetheless.
This time, however, Force is confident she and her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro team will wind up on the winning end. Continue reading Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force heads into Denver, Western Swing with confidence
Western Swing, which starts this weekend in Denver, is
Auto Club driver Robert Hight’s ‘favorite time of the year’
Photo credit: Gary Nastase and Auto Imagery
DENVER (July 18) – This weekend’s Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway kicks off the three-race “Western Swing” that takes the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series to Colorado, California and Washington.
And it’s a trip that puts a wide smile on the face of Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car driver Robert Hight.
Hight is a California native and currently lives and works in the southern part of the state.
“It’s the start of three in a row and my favorite time of the year,” Hight said. “The Western Swing is my favorite time of the year. I’m from the West Coast, so a lot of friends and family will be at all three races. We’re going to go into Denver and hit it hard, move to Sonoma and then Seattle.” Continue reading Western Swing, which starts this weekend in Denver, is Auto Club driver Robert Hight’s ‘favorite time of the year’
Defending Denver winner John Force gunning
for fourth consecutive final at Bandimere
Photo credit: Gary Nastase and Auto Imagery
DENVER (July 18) – PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil driver John Force hopes to keep an impressive streak going in the Mile-High Nationals this weekend at Bandimere Speedway.
The Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car driver has been to three consecutive final rounds in Denver, winning last year by beating daughter Courtney Force in the final. Continue reading Defending Denver winner John Force gunning for fourth consecutive final at Bandimere
Kasey Kahne Racing – Results Recap
Pittman Finishes Second at Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville
Brad Sweet has finished in the top-five in 20 out of the last 22 World of Outlaws Series races.
Daryn Pittman’s top-10 consistency has moved the No. 9 team back into the top-five in points.
The No. 9 Great Clips team is running a special Discovery Channel / Shark Week paint scheme for the month of July.
Pittman was a guest on the World of Outlaws “Open Red” podcast earlier in the week. A link to listen is below.
Team JEGS Prerace: Mopar Mile-High Nationals
Prerace: Mopar Mile-High Nationals (Denver)
July 21-23, 2017
The JEGS Mail Order team will be represented at this week’s Mopar Mile-High Nationals by six-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr., driver of the JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Camaro in Pro Stock, and his nephew, Troy Coughlin Jr., who will be driving the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster fielded by
Jeg Jr. will continue his pursuit of a sixth NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock title (and seventh overall) at this weekend’s event. Jeg Jr. will be driving a Rick Jones Race Cars-built Chevrolet Camaro as a member of the Elite Motorsports team. Continue reading Team JEGS Prerace: Mopar Mile-High Nationals
NHRA® Team Report
Route 66 NHRA Nationals – Denver, CO
The Funny Car race is on, and Cruz Pedregon and team are looking to advance from 10th place to an even higher spot in the 2017 National Championship Standings this weekend in Denver. “I’m a competitive guy, and so are my team members. We can’t wait for Denver. It’s one of the most difficult tracks on the NHRA circuit, but one of my favorites. Being live on FOX network is going to make it that much more fun,” Cruz says. “We’ve set a record in Denver before, and with the tuning on the car coming together the way we planned for it to, it should be a great weekend for the Snap-on Toyota.”
Crew Chief Aaron Brooks says, “We’re on the upward side of getting the car down the track the way we want, and our round-wins have come about the point in the season we expected them to. So, even with some lower temps and possible rain early in the weekend, we see Denver as the place we’ll move up in the Playoffs lead.”
On the side of Cruz’s car –
If you’ll check the side of Cruz’s car this week, you’ll see the name of Snap-on Nitro Franchisee Justin Aymond. Justin says every role model he’s had, including his dad, grandfather and uncle all used Snap-on tools, and Snap-on has been a part of his life…all of his life. He was a master mechanic prior to owning his Snap-on franchise and says “instead of buying the tools, I wanted to sell them” and help techs make their jobs easier. He held a contest for customers before this weekend’s race, and the 70-plus “giveaways” were tickets to see the Mile-High Nationals. To tell you how much he believes in the brand he represents, his cell-phone voice message is “Have a happy, Snappy day.”
TEAM CHEVY ADVANCE
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
JULY 23, 2017
MOST SUCCESSFUL AT THE BRICKYARD:
Chevrolet leads all other manufacturers with 16 NASCAR Cup Series wins at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Chevrolet is the only active manufacturer currently competing in both the NASCAR Cup Series and Verizon IndyCar Series. Chevrolet has not only won at the Brickyard in stock car races a record 16 times, but also has nine Indianapolis 500 wins to the brand’s credit. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Brickyard Advance
Allen Johnson: History at Bandimere Speedway
AJ is tied with Bob Glidden for most wins at Bandimere Speedway at the Mile High Nationals (7 wins)
The Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart qualified No. 10 in 2016 and overcame all odds to outperform the entire Pro Stock class and ink his 10th final round at the event in a row and the 11th of his career
AJ’s Bandimere Final Round History:
2002 Runner-Up to Mike Edwards
2007 Win over Ron Krisher
2008 Runner-Up to Greg Anderson
2009 Win over Jason Line
2010 Win over Jeg Coughlin Jr.
2011 Runner-Up to Mike Edwards
2012 Win over V. Gaines
2013 Win over V. Gaines
2014 Win over Jeg Coughlin Jr.
2015 Runner-Up to Larry Morgan
2016 Win over Vincent Nobile
Reigning King of the Mountain Allen Johnson Ready to Defend Title and Legacy at Mopar Mile High Nationals Continue reading Allen Johnson: History at Bandimere Speedway
Richard Childress Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway … In 64 previous Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has posted two pole awards (Kevin Harvick in 2003 and Jeff Burton in 2006), three wins (Dale Earnhardt in 1995, Harvick in 2003 and Paul Menard in 2011), 11 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes. RCR Chevrolets have also been atop the leaderboard for a total of 268 laps and with the exception of one, each entry has been running at the finish of every event at the Brickyard, dating back to the inaugural race in 1994.
Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Brickyard 400 Advance
Giovanni Scelzi Regains King of the West-NARC Points Lead After Career-Best Finish at Ocean Speedway
Inside Line Promotions – WATSONVILLE, Calif. (July 18, 2017) – Giovanni Scelzi recorded his career-best result at Ocean Speedway last Saturday to regain the lead in the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Series championship standings with only four races remaining this season.
Scelzi and the Roth Motorsports team opened the night by qualifying seventh quickest at the bullring. Scelzi then maneuvered from third to win a heat race and earn a spot in the dash. He finished where he started – sixth – in the dash to start the main event on the outside of the third row. Continue reading Giovanni Scelzi Regains King of the West-NARC Points Lead After Career-Best Finish at Ocean Speedway
Five-time Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin Jr.
laser-focused on NHRA’s Western Swing
DENVER (July 17) — With just five races remaining until the Countdown to the Championship playoffs, five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. says the upcoming Western Swing of consecutive races in Denver, Sonoma and Seattle could prove to be pivotal for the true championship contenders in the NHRA’s factory hot rod class.
Beginning with this weekend’s 38th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at picturesque Bandimere Speedway, Coughlin says zeroing in on a consistently fast setup is top priority for the JEGS.com/Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro race team. Continue reading Five-time Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. laser-focused on NHRA’s Western Swing
Mopar Drivers Look to Celebrate Brand’s 80th Anniversary in Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals Winner’s Circle
38th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals scheduled for July 21-23 at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado
16th annual Mopar Mile-High Block Party fan event July 20 in downtown Golden will kick start race weekend and serve as Mopar 80th birthday celebration
Mopar Mile-High Block Party to feature Mopar NHRA driver autograph session, live music, vendors, interactive displays, show cars and more
Mopar NHRA drivers Matt Hagan, Leah Pritchett to battle in first-ever match races featuring 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demons
Mopar HEMI® power currently holds four of top five points positions in NHRA Funny Car standings, Mopar Funny Cars have won 12 of 13 events this year Continue reading Mopar Drivers Look to Celebrate Brand’s 80th Anniversary in Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals Winner’s Circle