Season’s Best Finish for Subaru Road Racing Team

Aquilante, Spaude 6th in Road America GRAND-AM race
 
While an extraordinary number of their competitors made high-risk moves and paid a price for impatience, Subaru Road Racing Team co-drivers Andrew Aquilante and Bret Spaude raced their Subaru Impreza WRX STi with the checkered flag as their goal, and reaped their reward.
 
Aquilante, Chester Springs, Pa., and Spaude, Bushnell, Fla., finished the team’s season’s best sixth place in the two-hour, 30-minute GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series on the venerable 4.048 mile Road America circuit near Elkhart Lake, Wis.
 
The Subaru Road Racing Team (SRRT) prepares and races a 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4-door model in the series for Subaru of America, Inc.

Andrew Aquilante returned to the cockpit after a two-race absence. He relieved Spaude behind the wheel one-hour and six minutes into the race, in sixth place, temporarily picked up one position for laps 27- 35, settled into a safe run to the checkered flags while those around crashed with abandon.
 
“We worked all the full-course caution situations correctly, timed our one pit stop correctly, and got consistent race laps from Brett and AJ,” said Joe Aquilante, owner of Phoenix Performance Inc., in Phoenixville, Pa., where the SRRT cars are race-prepared.
 
“This was a very good result for the STI on a long horsepower track.  Both Bret and Andrew kept the car in the Top ten the entire race and the car ran flawlessly.  We are starting to see the results of the development effort and are looking forward to the last three races of the year!”
 
Added James Han, motorsports marketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc., “I’m very pleased with our team’s result at Road America.”  “After a top 5 qualifying spot, both our WRX STI race car and the team performed well to secure such an encouraging result on a track which emphasizes power and torque.  SRRT is looking forward to taking this momentum forward into the Laguna Seca round of the series.”

Race Winners Week Ending 6/26/11

NHRA
Top Fuel Del Worsham (Al-Anabi Dragster)            
Funny Car Mike Neff (Ford Drive One Mustang)         
Pro Stock Vincent Nobile (Mountainview Tire Avenger)  
Pro Stock Motorcycle Eddie Krawiec (Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines)
Pro Mod Mike Castellana (Al-Anabi ’69 Camaro) 
Top Alcohol Dragster Marty Thacker (Rapid Transit B/AD)        
Top Alcohol Funny Car Fred Hagen (Dark Horse Mustang)            
Comp Eliminator David Rampy            
Super Stock Bob Marshall          
Stock Edmond Richardson      
Super Comp Nick Folk              
Super Gas Mark Horton        
Top Sportsman Ryan Ondrejko           
Top Dragster Troy Stone 
     
NASCAR
Sprint Cup Infineon Raceway Toyota/Savemart 350 Kurt Busch
Nationwide Series Road America Bucyrus 200 Reed Sorenson

Indy Car
Iowa Corn Indy 250- Marco Andretti

Nice Work From Jerry Hopp

APBA Hi-Points June 24 01520 – GRAND PRIX
Rank Boat # Name City,State Races Total Points
1 15 JERRY HOPP [SNOHOMISH, WA] 3 370
2 12 BOB SCHELLHASE [RENTON, WA] 2 365
3 329 DAVID WARREN [LAKE STEVENS, WA] 2 345
4 17 RICK BRIDGEMAN [OLYMPIA, WA] 2 300
5 99 LARRY GARCIA [SNOHOMISH, WA] 2 170
6 19 TOM ECKENBERG [EVERETT, WA] 3 120

PRO DIesel World Record Set!

Press Release for Immediate use:
 
June 15, 2011
 
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DIESEL MOTORSPORTS
WWW.DIESELMOTORSPORTS.US
 
NEW RECORD SET:
 
Pro Diesel World Record set in the 1/8th Mile at National Trails Raceway!
 
A new record was set on June 4 at the National Trails Raceway in Hebron Ohio by Wade Moody’s S-10 Pro Diesel truck running 5.20 in the 1/8th mile, 125 mph, backed up by a 5.13, 126 mph.
 
Running clean with a no smoke Duramax, and Wade has set quite the accomplishment for such a young driver. We congratulate Wade Moody with his new record!
 
Moody’s truck is sponsored in part by Industrial Injection, AirWerks, PPE, Flo-Pro Performance Exhaust, Hughes Performance, Mickey Thompson, K&N, Lucas Oil and DIESEL Motorsports.US!
 
National Association of Diesel Motorsports is the only sanctioning body for Diesel Motorsports in the US holding over 12 National events along with 50 plus affiliate events Nationwide.
 
Congratulations on the runs!
 
Check out the run on the video below!
 
http://www.youtube.com/user/str8tq#p/a/u/2/Yfxa7rH1xWI

Thunder In Muncie

The original “Thunder in Muncie” is back after a 2 year leave of absence.

Diesel Motorsports started here in 2002 when this was the first organized diesel pickup truck event in the US.

Sled pulling was held at the Lion’s Club Park in Gaston Indiana, where this year’s sled pull will be held. Gates open at 3pm with pulling starting at 7pm. Bring your grills, coolers, spend time in Vendor Alley and watch some great sled pulling by local trucks from the 3 state area.

Over $7,000 in cash purses with over $3000 in prizes for NADM classes of ; WorkStock, 2.6, 3.0, Super Street and Semis.

A $1300 programmer will be given away to the winner of the WorkStock class.

Presented by Pure Diesel Power.com.

Tim Allison Update

This past weekend we raced at Limaland Motorsports Park on Friday night and again another 30 plus sprint cars on hand again.  It was nice all day and then we thought Mother Nature was going to win again as the skies got dark and we had a few sprinkles, but in the end we got the race in.

We lined up in the 6 position in the 4th and final heat race and finished in the 3rd position and as it was hard to pass and was pretty much follow the leader.  With the inversion of a 12 and that put us starting in the 12 position on very dry and super slick race track, so we had our work cut out for us for the feature.
The feature went non-stop all the way till lap 18 for a spin and the whole race nobody really did much passing as it was pretty much get in line and follow the leader. We ended up finishing 14th in the end. Not what we expected, but we had a right rear tire going down and came in with only 3lbs of air and that hurt us some.

Next race is july 1st at Limaland Motorsports Park on Friday night and July 3rd at Millstream Speedway on Sunday night.

Kathy Fisher Reports In

The team just returned from our NHRA National in Bristol late yesterday afternoon. Shortly before we were to leave, the person who had committed to be a part of our team as crew for the 2011 season……quit. Just didn’t show up at shop and we don’t feel he was going to tell us either. L!
 
Thanks to a whole lot of folks pitching in when they could, from friends who were there racing (some just there to watch) to neighbors at the track we just met…we were able to get done what we needed to…when we needed to. (gotta love drag racers…..a bunch of awesome folks!) They ran Super Comp and Top Dragster back to back….it was crazy.
 
We had terrible tire shake again first pass in the TD. Made some changes and got rid of most of it for the 2nd Q…but Kevin had to get out of it down track. After the 2nd session, we were just 8 thou shy of making the field. And thanks to rain…TD lost its 3rd Q session. We were #33 and lucky for us, were able to get in as the only alternate.
 
Not really knowing what we would run…we put a dial on it and went for it! Kevin did have the guy by a hundredth on the tree but just couldn’t quite run what we thought. Car, however (after a few more changes)….no tire shake….really nice launch! It was great that we were at least able to make another hit and got some pretty good results to take with us to Norwalk!

Over in Super Comp….well…I made it two rounds on Saturday (J!) before the plug was pulled on 3rd round Saturday night. The extensive rain delay on Sunday caused us to have to wait to run 3rd round until after 6:30p! L Crew Chief Pro was telling me two different extremes depending on what run I used as a base to get stop numbers. L! Ahhhhhhhhhh! I just wanted to make sure I could get there, so I guess I went off the wrong pass. I had a small 8 thou advantage off the line and while I knocked off about 17 mph (and nearly 5 hundredths after studying the pass)…I broke out — 8.889 and took way too much stripe. Flat messed up…and I just don’t dial my car to run that fast and was a little TOO worried about his MPH being so much higher than mine. All I can say is shame on me….and move on! lol
 
I was still pretty pleased with going farther at an NHRA National than I ever have before! Looking very much forward to building on that this week!
 

 
 
 

Kasey Kahne Racing Grand Forks Recap

The World of Outlaws Series competed on Friday and Saturday night at Grand Forks, ND. Joey, Paul and Cody posted top-10 finishes on Saturday night.

-Paul McMahan, driver of the #83 HR Cattle/Roth Motorsports Maxim

On Friday night, McMahan qualified sixth, finished fourth in his heat and 10th in the A main.

McMahan qualified 13th on Saturday night, finished first in his heat, ninth in the dash and fought his way to a sixth-place finish in the A Main. He is currently seventh in the point standings.

-Joey Saldana, driver of the #9 Red Bull/Sage Fruit/ASE Maxim

Saldana qualified 11th on Friday night, won his heat and finished second in the dash. In the A main, Saldana posted a fifth-place finish.

On Saturday, Saldana qualified 11th, won his heat and finished eighth in the dash. He finished fourth in the A main, posting his 13th top-five of the 2011 season. He is currently second in points, 10 markers behind Donny Schatz.

-Cody Darrah, driver of the #91 Great Clips/Sage Fruit/ASE Maxim

Trouble found Darrah on Friday night. After qualifying fourth and finishing fourth in his heat, engine trouble in the A main would relegate Darrah to a 20th-place finish.

On Saturday night, Darrah qualified second in the #91 Great Clips Maxim, finished fourth in his heat and sixth in the dash. He finished 10th in the A main and posted his 11th top-10 of the 2011 season. He is currently eighth in the point standings.

-Brad Sweet, driver of the #49 Ollie’s Bargain Outlet/Sage Fruit Maxim

Brad Sweet has been racing at Ohio Speedweeks. On Friday night at Attica Raceway Park, Sweet finished 15th. On Saturday night at KC Raceway Sweet finished 17th.  Rain has plagued most of Speedweeks. Sweet hopes to race at Sharon Speedway tonight.

Permatex/Follow A Dream Team Heads to Norwalk For the First of Three in a Row

Jay Blake’s Permatex/Follow A Dream team heads to Summit Raceway Park in Norwalk, Ohio this weekend for the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals, the first event in a back-to-back-to-back stretch of races that kicks off the second half of the season.

“It’s a home track for me and one of my favorite races of the season,” said driver Todd Veney, who reached the semifinals of this race last year before being knocked out by an ignition glitch. “We ran pretty good at Norwalk last year, and it really got us started on a great second half of our season.”

“We’ll be on the road for three straight weeks,” said Blake, the team owner and crew chief, who, with Eddie Parker driving the rig, will head straight from Ohio to a Lucas Oil Series Divisional event Lebanon Valley, N.Y., where last year the team won, and from there back to Route 66 Raceway just outside Chicago for the Route 66 Nationals and the JEGS Allstars race. “These back-to-back-to-back races take a lot of dedication from the crew, but racing so much in such a short period of time is a great way for all of us to stay in the groove.”

Ross Hoek Earns a 4th

After a solid 4th place finish at Red Bud, Ross Hoek and the Allstar Performance, Venom Energy sponsored PRO-Light Ford Ranger were prepared to battle to the podium in Crandon. The veteran off-road racer has logged hundreds of laps in his career at the track known as the “Big House” so experience was definitely on his side.
Friday afternoon saw blue skies and warm temperatures for the practice and qualifying session. Unfortunately, the team saw the #21 Ford Ranger experience a minor mechanical problem before practice.  With no time to spare the team skipped practice to repair the truck for qualifying.  With no practice on the famed track Ross ran some conservative laps qualifying 11th  “Starting eleventh in Crandon’s land rush start doesn’t penalize you as much as starting six rows back in a typical two wide rolling start,” explained Ross Hoek.
The third round of Pro light racing in the 2011 Traxxas TORC Series saw perfect weather conditions as the 1.25 mile “Big House” track was in the best shape that anyone could remember. Ross has “won” the hole shot at Crandon many times in his career but today he was not a contender as the Green flag flew.  With many new trucks and rookie drivers Ross quickly darted behind the pack to the safest spot along the inside wall where Ross watched the carnage unfold in front of him. Nearing the exit to the first turn the entire track was blocked by a mass of trucks, Ross jammed the brakes before entering the pile up then a gap opened and Ross breezed through with only minor body damage.   The multi truck wreck stopped the race and created a complete restart. This incident took several minutes to untangle, but amazingly 14 of the 15 trucks made it back for the green flag.
On the restart, the BFGoodrich Tires brought the #21 Ford right through much of the field and into fifth place; within a lap or 2 Ross was running third and making rapid advances on the 2nd place truck of Lovell.  The top three trucks, Caddell, Lovell, and Hoek, held their positions all the way to the half way mandatory yellow at lap five.
When green flag racing resumed, Ross saw Shawn Morris attempting a pass on the inside. Not wanting to risk contact with the less experienced driver making a risky pass attempt Ross ran wide giving up the spot.  Immediately, the Allstar Performance Ford was right on Morris’ bumper looking for a way back around. The remaining three laps were very entertaining as the two trucks ran side by side several times. When the checkered flag was waved, Ross Hoek finished fourth.
“The truck ran great today, I left the door open one time and Morris got by me,” noted Ross Hoek. “I was faster than he was the final couple of laps, but I couldn’t make a clean pass. Thanks goes out to Allstar Performance, Venom Energy, and especially BFGoodrich Tires. My BFGs hooked right up and got me up front, both times today. We will go back tonight, make a few changes, and we will be back on the podium tomorrow.”
Unfortunately Mother Nature had other plans for Sunday’s festivities at the Potawatomi Brush Run. Heavy rains throughout the night caused Parson’s Pond to overflow onto the front straightaway. After several discussions, TORC and Crandon officials cancelled the day of racing. The racing will be made up at a later date and the announcement of when and where will be released in the near future.
After three rounds of racing Ross Hoek currently stands in fifth place in the chase for the 2011 TORC PRO-Light Championship.

Subaru Road Racing Team Travels to Road America

As the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series starts its run to the season’s end with race seven of 10 Friday on the sprawling Road America circuit near Elkhart Lake, Wis., the Subaru Road Racing Team is banking on the improvements it has recently shown, and is looking forward to its first visit to the track.
The Subaru Road Racing Team (SRRT) prepares and races a 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4-door model in the series for Subaru of America, Inc.
 
At Road America, Andrew Aquilante, Chester Springs, Pa., returns to the cockpit after a two-race absence, joined by regular SRRT driver Bret Spaude, Bushnell, Fla.

“We have worked with Grand Am and as a team to extract all the performance we can from what is a top-shelf performance car to begin with,” said Joe Aquilante, owner of Phoenix Performance Inc., in Phoenixville, Pa., where the SRRT cars are race-prepared.
 
“Our results are showing those performance gains, too. We led seven laps of the Alabama race in April, we were in the top 10 at Virginia International, we qualified second quickest and set the fastest race lap at Lime Rock Park, and we used our backup car to battle back after having to forego our primary car at Watkins Glen.”

Race Results Week Ending 6/19/2011

IndyCar- The Milwaukee 225- Dario Franchitti

ARCA- RainEater Wiper Blades 200- Michigan- Ty DIllon

Nascar
Nationwide Series- Michigan- Alliance Truck Parts 250- Carl Edwards
Sprint Cup Series- Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400- Denny Hamlin

NHRA

NX DuraMax Dragster

Last weekend the NX DuraMax powered diesel dragster made its debut at the NHRDA FASS Nationals at the fabled home of the US Nationals in Indianapolis Indiana. With seventeen year old NHRA World Junior Dragster Champion Emily Herod at the wheel, the NX car rolled out of the trailer and set low ET of the meet on its first pass down the quarter mile racing surface!  The NHRDA World Record for the Top Diesel class is 7.67 seconds, the NX dragster ran a 7.82@172 MPH.  However a cracked exhaust header prevented us from trying to reset the existing record with a more aggressive tune-up, so we settled in satisfied to be the quickest and fastest car at the track.  As the day of racing wore on the final round pitted Emily against a Cummins powered Altered who had already eliminated John Robinson’s mighty Cummins powered Funny car.  Knowing the NX car was steadily losing performance from the damaged header Emily calmly did her burnout, staged the car and proceeded to put an excellent light on the Altered and she never looked back, taking the win with a decisive 7.96@170 MPH
 
The weekend was an unqualified success, low qualifier, top speed, and event winner, how much better could it get?  The NX team is already hard at work repairing the car and getting ready to attend the NADM event in Numidia, Pennsylvania.  We intend to be the quickest, fastest, most feared car on the diesel racing circuit.


 

Brianna wins Jr. Comp at Top Gun, Fallon NV

Brianna was back in “Bessie” for the Divisional on Sunday.  “Suzie’s” weight to horsepower and gearing ratio wasn’t good enough to run the number in the altitude at Top Gun.  Special “THANKS” to Tim Ruckman for bringing “Bessie” out for Evan Wilson to license in for Jr. Comp!
 
Brianna raced Ashlyn Rice in the Final.  Ashlyn was number 1 qualifier and Brianna was number 4 qualifier.  Both girls ran 6.969!  Ashlyn was -.021 red and Brianna was .036 green.  Great race!  
 
Brianna raced Ashlyn in the Saturday night Gambler Final.  Both girls broke out!  Ashlyn won with a lesser break out!
 

Cookie’s Getting Attention

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate release 10/06/2011
Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship

Jim Clark International Rally 27/28 May 2011

IRDC – BRC Driver Improvement Scheme positions after round four

It’s surprising how a four
week gap between rounds three and four of the Dulux Trade MSA British
Rally Championship sees a big change in the top ten positions of this
year’s keenly contested IRDC Driver Improvement Scheme.

Eight new names have now
appeared in the top ten after the first asphalt rally on this year’s
calendar, The Jim Clark International Rally which was round four of the
2011 Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship.

First place is now held by
19 year old Daniel O’Brien, the St Albans based Northern Irishman and
2008/9 Irish Rallycross Junior Champion, driving an independently run
Ford Fiesta in the closely fought R2 category.

Proving that Ireland is
well represented in this year’s championship is Martin McCormack from
Draperstown, currently holding second place in another independent R2
entry, this time a charismatic Citroën S3, displaying allegiance to
Citroën Racing France and the family run directional drilling company.

Currently a worthy third
and representing the female presence in this year’s championship is 24
year old Louise Cook from Maidstone who has striven hard to raise the
necessary money to compete in this year’s series and whose R2 Ford
Fiesta displays a plethora of small companies who Louise has persuaded
to support her and advertise on her independently run car.

The IRDC Driver
Improvement scheme is calculated after each round of the championship
and shows the greatest percentage improvement in driver’s stage times.
The results are worked out and facilitated by Tim Hobbs, international
co-driver and an acknowledged authority on international rally driver
seeding for many years.

Competitors now have more
than enough time to catch their breath before round five of the
championship, which is held on 19/20 August when the second asphalt
rally of the 2011 series; the 120 stage mile Toddsleap International
Rally runs out of Antrim Northern Ireland.

Race Results Week Ending 6/5/11

Nascar
Nationwide Series- Chicagoland Speedway- STP 300- Justin Allgaier
Camping World Truck Series- Kansas Speedway- O’Reilly Auto Parts 250- Clint Bowyer
Sprint Cup- Kansas Speedway STP 400- Brad Keselowski

Grand-Am
Watkins Glen- Angelilli/Taylor

NHRA

1320 News

st a quick update on our 2011 progress..

As I mentioned in the last email we were having some traction problems, it appears the majority of that problem was the 28″ tire we were running had a 1″ smaller tread patch than the 26″ tire we ran last year.  We switched back to that 26″ tire for the NSCRA race on May 22nd at Palm Beach Raceway.

Fixed all the ignition issues with a set of Super Spark coil packs and rewired all of the coil wiring on the engine harness.  Unfortunately we had a lot of rain here and did not have a clear day to test the car before we headed to Florida for the race.  We headed down to Florida on Friday, the evening of the 20th, arrived at Palm Beach Raceway around 8:30pm on Saturday the 21st to make a few test passes and see how the 26″ tires were behaving.  Only had time to make 2 runs, and only captured 1 useful data log from the 2 runs.

The first run was just a quick test to feel out the track on low boost.  The second run left soft out of the hole and feathered the throttle a bit due to track conditions, put down a 9.4@151 with only a 1.6 60ft and boost still not turned up all the way (had to adjust the controller for the weather differences).  The datalog from the second run revealed that the car had shifted into overdrive right at the end of the pass.

Sunday morning we were the first ones in the gate, began unloading the car around 7:30am.  When backing the car off the trailer we noticed the reverse gear was almost completely gone, this gear uses the over drive clutch in the transmission.  Quickly identified the problem as a burnt overdrive clutch from the test pass the night before.  Overdrive is the smallest clutch in the transmission and this is exactly why it should not be used on a high HP, wide open throttle 1/4 mile pass.

Attempted a quick fix by flushing a few fresh quarts of fluid through the transmission and planned to baby the car until the finals.  Unfortunately on the first pass Sunday, 1st gear let go right around the 60ft mark, backed off the throttle to make the car drop into 2nd, and ran a 12.8@149mph.   The 1/8th mile on this pass was a 9.3@96mph, thats picking up an astounding 53mph in the 2nd half of the 1/4.  While this number must be skewed, it still shows the car is pulling stronger than ever.

We made the best out of our time in Florida, stopped and talked with every sponsor in Florida, and at Goodridge on the way back up to NC.  We met all of the Florida media groups and have them paying close attention to the car now.  We also met with the guys who run NSCRA for an entire day, they took photos of the car and will be publishing an article on the NSCRA website about it (this site gets over 100,000 indivual views a month).

The problems in the ECU with regards to shift points have been resolved, the car will not shift to overdrive again.  A new transmission -and- a spare are on the way.  And we are aiming to have the car ready within the next few weeks.

The next race on the Schedule is NSCRA Round 3 back at PBIR on July 16th, however there is another race before that, June 25th at Englishtown Raceway, Sport Compact Summer Slam that we will be aiming for.

Edwards Plans To Continue Recent Fortunes At Fabled Englishtown

During the first 11 trips to Englishtown and Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Mike Edwards did not have any good fortunes on his side, scoring only three round wins, and those all coming in 1998 when he was runner-up.
 
But those misfortunes have swung the opposite direction the last three trips to New Jersey as the Penhall/K&N/Interstate Batteries-backed squad has compiled nine round wins. In 2008, Edwards reached the semifinals, to do it one better in 2009, and then topped that in 2010 with his first victory at the fabled facility.
 
“When you lay it out like that, this place did not like me for a long time, and then all of sudden it changed and I have been on its good side,” Edwards said. “That the track has been around for nearly as long as drag racing, maybe it forces all of us to pay our dues before it begins rewarding us with trophies. I just hope that since we opened that portion last year, the hardware keeps flowing our direction.”
 
Edwards and his Pontiac have started to build the momentum they have been hoping for heading into the summer months of the NHRA Full Throttle season. In the recent events, he has qualified No. 1 at a couple stops and reached the semifinals at a couple others. He knows now is the time to turn that consistency into something more – victories.
 
“It is all well and good to be fast in qualifying and then come Sunday be consistent, but not strong enough to get over the hump into the final and have a shot at the Wally,” Edwards said. “Since Topeka, that is what we have focused on, being faster when it comes to eliminations. We think we have fixed a few things and straightened out a couple other things that will allow us to reach that goal. Now we just need it to translate into a summer run.”
 
Edwards comes into the event in fourth place in the Pro Stock standing, trailing leader Jason Line by 105 points with nine races remaining in the regular season points battle.
 

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