RCR Post Race Report NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Smith’s 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

RCR Post Race Report 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Smith’s 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Smith’s 350
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
September 29, 2012
Race Highlights:
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished third (Joey Coulter), fourth (Brendan Gaughan) and 10th (Ty Dillon).
Dillon is the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship point leader by one marker; Coulter ranks fourth in the standings.
The No. 3 Chevrolet team is the Camping World Truck Series owner championship point leader, with the No. 22 team fourth in the standings and the No. 2 team 10th.
Dillon leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year point standings ahead of Cale Gale.
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Coulter earned the highest Driver Rating (136.2), Dillon earned a rating of 102.3 ranking him fifth amongst the competitors while Gaughan ranked 12th with a rating of 83.6.
Coulter led the most laps (40) during the Smith’s 350.
RCR drivers made a total of 149 Green Flag Passes during the 146-lap event with Gaughan earning 51 passes, Dillon with 50 and Coulter with 48 passes.
Coulter scored the highest Average Running Position of 2.850, while Dillon ranked fourth with a 6.741 and Gaughan was 11th with a 10.959.
Coulter was ranked the Fastest Driver Early in a Run, while Dillon was the ninth-quickest and Gaughan ranked 10th.
Combined, RCR teammates scored the Fastest Laps Run for 44 circuits at the 1.5-mile track, with Coulter lead the most for 31 laps, while Dillon tied for third (13 laps).
Coulter spent 100 percent of the event in the top 15 ranking him first amongst the rest of the field, while Dillon ranked eighth (93.8 percent) and Gaughan ranked ninth (90.4 percent).
Coulter was the Fastest Driver Late in a Run and the Maintained the Fastest Green Flag Speed. Dillon ranked fourth and Gaughan ranked 11th in both categories.
Nelson Piquet Jr. took the checkered flag at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his second career Camping World Truck Series win and was followed to the line by Matt Crafton, Coulter, Gaughan and Todd Bodine.
The next scheduled Camping World Truck Series race is the Coca-Cola 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, Oct. 6. The 18th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on SPEED beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on Motor Racing Network beginning at 3:45 p.m.    

RCR Post Race Report NASCAR Nationwide Series OneMain Financial 200

RCR Post Race Report
NASCAR Nationwide Series
OneMain Financial 200 
NASCAR Nationwide Series
OneMain Financial 200
Dover International Speedway
September 29, 2012

Race Highlights:
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished second (Paul Menard), fourth (Elliott Sadler) and 10th (Austin Dillon).
Sadler leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings by nine points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr., while Dillon ranks third in the standings, 25 markers behind his RCR teammate.
The No. 2 team ranks second in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, trailing the No. 18 team by 21 points, with the No. 3 team fourth in the standings and the No. 33 team fifth.
Dillon leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over Cole Whitt.
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, the RCR drivers ranked second (Menard), fifth (Sadler) and sixth (Dillon) in the category for Fastest Drivers Late in a Run.
Combined, the RCR drivers posted the Fastest Laps Run for 28 circuits.
Each of the RCR drivers spent 100 percent of the race running in the top 15.
Menard led the field in Green Flag Passes with 47 and was second-Fastest on Restarts, with an average restart speed of 144.825 mph.
Sadler ranked second in the Closers category, advancing four positions in the final 10 percent of the race, and ranked fifth in Quality Passes with 14.
Dillon ranked second in Green Flag Passes with 46 and ranked fifth in Average Running Position (6.460).
Joey Logano earned his seventh Nationwide Series win of 2012, crossing the finish line ahead of Menard, Michael Annett, Sadler and Kyle Busch.
The next scheduled Nationwide Series race is the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, Oct. 12. The 28th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on Performance Racing Network.

World of Outlaws–Schatz Snags Record Fifth National Open in 50th Edition

Schatz Snags Record Fifth National Open in 50th Edition
Dollansky crashes while leading with 16 laps remaining in the $50,000-to-win event
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – Sept. 29, 2012 – As he rolled down the frontstretch toward Victory Lane, his cockpit opening facing the packed grandstands, Donny Schatz issued a slight grin as a chorus of boos echoed around Williams Grove Speedway.
The smile widened on a chilly Saturday as he was showered in confetti for claiming his record fifth National Open in the 50th edition of the famed World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event, which paid $50,000 to win.

“This is huge,” he said. “Pretty awesome to be the only one with five National Open wins. It’s fun to be able to get to Victory Lane at this place.”

It was Schatz’s first World of Outlaws win at Williams Grove Speedway since 2008 and his 12th career Outlaws victory at the half-mile track. It also marked his second win this season in one of the three “big money” races.

While the victories and money are significant, Schatz now holds a 158-point advantage in the World of Outlaws championship race with only five features remaining this season.

“It says a lot about the team,” said Schatz, who also won his sixth $150,000-to-win Goodyear Knoxville Nationals in August. “Earlier in the summer we couldn’t see rock bottom from where we were. We picked ourselves up. We’ve done everything we’ve needed to do. We’ve won the races. We’ve finished second or third when we can’t win the races, and that’s what you’ve got to do to put yourself in a championship position and we’re in a good position right now.”

The title is all but wrapped up after tough luck once again struck Craig Dollansky, who is the runner up in the points race.

Dollansky, who started fifth, inherited the pole when two cars in front of him had issues on the opening lap, which were two of five cautions before the first lap was completed. Dale Blaney, who started on the inside of the second row, stopped on the frontstretch with mechanical issues. Polesitter Cody Darrah was then called for starting too early, moving Dollansky up one more row.

Once Dollansky and the field reached lap two, the race went 24 laps before the sixth – and final – caution. Unfortunately for Dollansky, he was involved when Alan Krimes got sideways in front of Dollansky as he was about to be lapped. While Dollansky was able to restart, he was sent to the back and finished 16th.

Schatz, who briefly led on lap 14 and raced in second for the first half of the event, moved up to the lead. He chose the inside line on the double-file restart and got the jump on Brian Leppo, who slid Schatz for the lead in turn two. Schatz regained the lead off the bottom groove as the drivers exited turn four and never looked back.

Leppo stayed within striking distance for the remainder of the feature before Darrah challenged for the runner-up position in the final two laps.

“It just seemed like when I needed to hit the perfect mark when he would have bobbled I just missed it a little bit,” Leppo said. “To run second at the National Open, it’s just a great feeling. It’s awesome.”

Darrah drove into second place in turn four as the drivers faced the white flag before Leppo regained the position on the frontstretch. Darrah finished third to record his 22nd top five of the season.

“This is a tough place to get around when you’re up behind somebody,” he said. “(I) had good starts, we had three or four of them and then (I) jumped the start trying to get every edge we could. If you don’t have a good start it’s really hard to make it and keep the lead through (turns) one and two here.”

Daryn Pittman earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after driving from 17th to fourth and Paul McMahan maneuvered from 13th to fifth. Stevie Smith was sixth, Lucas Wolfe seventh, Lance Dewease eighth, Sam Hafertepe Jr. ninth and Greg Hodnett rebounded from an opening-lap crash to round out the top 10.

Chevrolet Scores Double Win in GRAND-AM Rolex Series Season Finale at Lime Rock Park

Chevrolet Scores Double Win in GRAND-AM Rolex Series Season Finale at Lime Rock Park
SunTrust Racing Corvette DP Scored Race Victory; Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R Took the Win in GT; Corvette DP Fills the Podium
LAKEVILLE, Conn – September 29, 2012 – Chevrolet was a double winner in today’s GRAND-AM Rolex Series season finale at Lime Rock Park.  Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor took the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype to Victory Lane, and Robin Liddell and John Edwards driving the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R were with winners in the Grand Touring class.
It is the third victory of the 2012 season for Angelelli and Taylor, and their third consecutive win at Lime Rock Park where the pair has led an amazing 340 out of 524 possible laps. The duo jumped from ninth to fifth in the Rolex DP final team standings.
Today’s win also is the third victory of the season for Liddell and Edwards, which put them solidly second in the final GT team standings. It is the second consecutive Lime Rock win for Liddell and Stevenson Motorsports.
This is the eighth win of the season for the Corvette Daytona Prototype, and the fourth win for the Camaro GT.R in Rolex Series competition.
“Congratulations to No. 10 SunTrust Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype, and the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R on winning today’s GRAND-AM Rolex Series season finale at Lime Rock Park,” said Jim Lutz, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager, GRAND-AM Road Racing. “It was an exciting race with close action from the green flag to the checkered. Having an all-Corvette Daytona Prototype podium is a tremendous way to end the season and cap-off the Engine Manufacturers’ Championship.  It was a strong finish to the season for the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R as well to solidify their second place finish in the GT team standings. I am extremely proud of the dedication and determination of all of our teams this season.”
Taylor took the lead the final time on lap 118 of the 167-lap race. The SunTrust pair led 92 laps, and in total, Corvette Daytona Prototype drivers led 156 laps during the 2.75-hour race on the 1.5-mile, seven turn road course.
“The team worked so hard all year, said Taylor from Victory Lane. “They gave us great cars. At times I was doubting myself, but Max and the whole team stood behind me. This is an unbelievable feeling. And I can’t believe it.”
Angelelli added: “He (Taylor) did well; not just this weekend, but all season long. So it’s great. I’m very happy for him. I’m very happy for Wayne (Taylor) and for everybody.”
“It took me a stint to really get my head into it,” said Liddell. “And actually feel like I’d gained the confidence I could start pushing the car to proper pace. But it all worked out pretty well in the end, obviously. And another great result for the guys at Stevenson Motorsports and Chevrolet with the Camaro. It was an absolutely brilliant, flawless season for these guys. They’ve done such a great job.”
“Robin really did a great job today,” Edwards added. “This track, with as much green-running as we had, can really take its toll on you. It’s all about getting in a rhythm and staying there. And it’s easy to break that. He really did a great job. Stevenson (Motorsports) has been executing well all year and we won Lime Rock! The team has won it two years in a row, and I won it with Adam Christodoulou the year before. So, I’ve got a lot of good memories at this place and hopefully we’ll come back and repeat next year.”
Filling out the all-Corvette DP podium were the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Corvette DP driven by Antonio Garcia and Richard Westbrook followed by the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP with Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty handling the driving duties.
In the final Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race of the season, the Stevenson Motorsports No. 9 Camaro GS.R finished fourth, and moved to third in the final team standings. The finish moved driver Matt Bell to second in the final driver points, and co-driver John Edwards finished 10th after missing two races early in the season due to an injury.
Lutz concluded by saying: “Stevenson Motorsports also had a strong showing in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race today, with the No. 9 Camaro GS.R finishing fourth.  The finish moved them to third in the team standings, and move Matt Bell to second in the driver standings.  Congratulations to all our team owners, crews and drivers on a great season.”
Team Chevy in the GRAND-AM Road Racing Series will start the 2013 season at the January 26-27, 2013 running of the 51st Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona International Speedway.

Chevrolet Wins 2012 GRAND-AM Rolex Series Engine Manufacturers’ Championship

Chevrolet Wins 2012 GRAND-AM Rolex Series Engine Manufacturers’ Championship
LAKEVILLE, Conn – September 29, 2012 – Chevrolet has won the 2012 GRAND-AM Rolex Series Engine Manufacturers’ Championship. Today’s win by SunTrust Racing in the season finale at Lime Rock Park capped the championship-winning effort by the five Corvette Daytona Prototype teams.
“Chevrolet is honored to have won the 2012 Engine Manufacturers’ Championship in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series,” said Jim Campbell, US Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.  “This accomplishment, in the debut season of the Corvette Daytona Prototype, is the result of the dedication and hard work of our team owners, crews and drivers, along with that of our technical partners.”
On the way to winning the coveted title, Chevrolet’s Corvette Daytona Prototype teams and drivers won eight of the 13 races held during 2012 season.
“Our partners at Earnhardt-Childress Racing put forth an extraordinary effort building the engines for all of our Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype teams that culminated in this championship,” said Mark Kent, Director, Chevrolet Racing. “With the technical support Pratt and Miller provides, as well at the expertise and input from GM Racing Powertrains, Chevrolet Racing in the Rolex Series has accomplished a great deal this season.  We are very proud of this achievement, and thank everyone involved for their dedication.”
The Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype team and driver roster that contributed to Chevrolet capturing the Series’ Engine Manufacturers’ title are: Action Express Racing (two cars) – David Donahue, Terry Borcheller, Darren Law, Joao Barbosa and Paul Tracy; GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing – Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney; Spirit of Daytona Racing – Richard Westbrook, Antonio Garcia and Michael Valiante and SunTrust Racing – Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor.
“Congratulations to our Chevrolet teams and all of our technical partners on winning the 2012 GRAND-AM Rolex Series Engine Manufacturers’ Championship,” remarked Jim Lutz, Chevrolet Program Manager, GRAND-AM Road Racing. “The level of cooperation and dedication among our Corvette Daytona Prototype teams, in addition to the tremendous support from our technical partners were the key components of this championship-winning effort. I am very proud of the contributions made by everyone involved in this program, and celebrate this achievement for Team Chevy.”

McMahan Tops Opening Night of 50th annual National Open

McMahan Tops Opening Night of 50th annual National Open
Hodnett second for his fourth podium in as many Outlaws races at Williams Grove
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – Sept. 28, 2012 – Paul McMahan is not an Outlaw, nor is he Posse.
“I’m just a kid from California making a living,” he said.

McMahan did just that on a cool Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway, where he claimed the opening night of the 50th annual National Open. The victory was his second World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win of the season and sends him into Saturday’s $50,000-to-win event as a favorite.

“It’s just a phenomenal night for me,” he said. “To win at Williams Grove is the coolest thing ever.”

While McMahan was strong from the first lap, polesitter Kerry Madsen was the driver to beat. Madsen powered to the lead with McMahan working from fourth to second before the backstretch on lap two.

Stevie Smith passed McMahan for the runner-up position in turn four on lap seven before they entered traffic on lap 11. One lap later, McMahan returned the pass with a slide job for second place in turn four. Greg Hodnett maneuvered past Smith for third place on the ensuing lap.

With Madsen in control, McMahan and Hodnett appeared to touch as they exited turn two on lap 15 in a tight battle for second. McMahan maintained the position as Hodnett swerved toward the inside guard rail.

The only caution came on lap 17 as Doug Esh stopped in turn three, setting up a double-file restart with nine laps remaining. Madsen chose the inside lane and was soon engulfed by McMahan and Hodnett in a three-way battle for the lead.

As the trio exited turn two, the drivers were three-wide with McMahan’s momentum propelling him into the lead down the backstretch.

“I made a mistake,” Madsen said. “I was running a line in (turns) one and two and I should have adjusted the exit. I think if I would have adjusted the exit we might have had a chance.

“Paul was probably a better car there at the end anyway, but maybe if I’d done the right things we could have held on.”

Hodnett drove by Madsen for the runner-up position two laps later and set his sights on McMahan, who had built a sizeable advantage. Hodnett chipped away at the lead and McMahan encountered traffic in turns three and four on the final lap, which allowed Hodnett to close within a car length at the checkered flag.

“We just needed a little bit more or track position would have helped a great deal,” Hodnett said. “Lapped cars slowed him down so it made me look faster. It was nothing special. It might have looked good, but he got caught up in traffic is the only reason we caught him.”

Hodnett became the only driver to record a podium finish in each of the four World of Outlaws races at Williams Grove Speedway this season.

Tim Shaffer finished fourth and Lucas Wolfe ended fifth. Smith was sixth, Kraig Kinser seventh and World of Outlaws points leader Donny Schatz placed eighth, which snapped his top-five streak at 11 races. Steve Kinser charged from 20th to ninth and Jac Haudenschild rounded out the top 10.

Danny Dietrich, who started last – 26th – while utilizing a track provisional, earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after finishing 13th .

Chevy Racing–Chris Economaki

The motorsports world lost iconic racing journalist Chris Economaki today at the age of 91.  Below please find a statement to attribute to Jim Campbell, US Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.
“Chris Economaki made an impact in motorsports like no other. He was a trailblazer in journalism, and his passion and depth of knowledge across the spectrum of world-wide racing brought the sport to life for millions of fans. His contributions have been endless, and he will be deeply missed.  The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Chevrolet and Cadillac Racing are with his family and friends.”

National Points Championships heats up as competitors head to the Texas Motorplex for the NHRDA World Finals !

National Points Championships heats up as competitors head to the Texas Motorplex for the NHRDA World Finals !
2012 MBRP Performance Exhaust Diesel Drag Race Series
Top Diesel

John Robinson heads to the World Finals ranked #1 in the nation and holding onto a slim 40 point lead over Brad Ponci.  Robinson is  really is looking forward to the World Finals since it is in his home state of Texas and hoping to capture his first National Championship Title.
But since the World Finals is a double points event,  mathematically Brad Ponci, Jared Jones and Marty Thacker all have a shot at the Top Diesel points championship.  Stay tune … 
Pro Stock

Congratulations to Graydon Udelhoven and Team Dirty Max  as they seem to have wrapped up their 1st National Championship Title in Pro Stock category. Winning at Phoenix , Indianapolis and Brainerd has given the Dirty crew enough points that only Rob Coddens has a chance to catch him.  It is highly doubtful as Rob would have to win the World Finals , while Graydon would have to break in qualifying.  I guess in 2 weeks we will find out. 
Pro Street

Jarid “The Iron Man” Vollmer has been dominating the pro street category this year with back to back wins at both Redding Dragstrip and Mission Raceway.  Jarid heads to the World Finals with 60 point lead over Rob Coddens and says he is close to breaking into the 8s.
Vollmer drives the Bully Dog Pro Street Truck and says he is ready to win both his 1st National Points Championship and also bring home his 1st World Championship back to Idaho.
Super Street

National Record Holder , 2011 World Champion , 2011 Divisional Champion when you are talking about Super Street category one name seems to always come up and that is Rob Coddens and the Maxed out crew as they have dominated this category since its conception.
Rob heads to the Motorplex with a 150 point lead over Daryl Bruneau and has his sights set on his 1st National Points Championship but more importantly he wants to be the first ever 2  time World Champion.
Super Diesel

Back in March Verlon Southwick predicted that he would not only be the 2012 Super Diesel National Champion but that he would also repeat as Super Diesel World Champion.
With wins in Phoenix , Texas and Edmonton looks like Verlon is his way to making his statement come true by winning both titles and putting his name into the history books.

Verlon Southwick looked like he was going to wrap up the National Points Championship in the sportsman category as he continued his win streak at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton. But then he looked in his mirror and saw Rony Vandenberg coming out of no where and Rony has made up a ton of ground and pulled within 150 points heading to the World Finals so keep your eye on both of these guys.  If Verlon does pull this off he will be the 1st ever competitor to win Championships in 2 different categories.  Good Luck Verlon!

Showtime Racing- FIA Finals

FIA Euro Finals 2012

Santa Pod September 6th
– 9th


The Euro Finals brought down the curtain on what has been a
very challenging season for the Showtime FC. In common with all drag racers the
weather has been a major factor this year, so it was with great relief we were
greeted with blue skies and sunshine at Santa Pod raceway, with more of the
same forecast for the whole weekend.


With 4 FC’s entered it was to be 2 qualifying runs on
Saturday and semi-final and final on Sunday. The first run on Saturday was
scheduled between the FIA car and UEM bike classes. Having less than 6 runs on
the car this year, none of which were in similar weather and track conditions,
this would in effect be a “set up” run.


We were called forward around 1pm and fired up. There is
definitely a different sound to the motor as a result of all the changes from
the “old” car. John had the left lane with Shockwave in the right. John first
to 60 ft then tyre shake, a brief pedal then off it by the eighth, through the
top end in 7.84sec at 102mph, leaving us in 4th place after the
first round.


With a routine service done it was back down for the second
qualifier at 4.30. Right lane this time for John, Shockwave, again in the
other. Away first again, shake around 100 feet, John drove through it and at
the eighth in 3.52 secs at 227mph before lifting, finishing in 5.73secs at 181
mph to move up to second and putting us up against Shockwave yet again but this
time in Sunday’s semi final.


During the routine service some damage to the clutch pressure
plate was revealed. Once fixed the car was put away “ready to run”.


The semi final was scheduled after the first round of all
the FIA classes. We were on the line at 1.30, John taking the right lane. Away
first and running straight, not quite as quick to the eighth as yesterday, but
slightly faster 3.59 secs at 230mph, almost 240mph at 1000 feet before lifting
to go through the line at 5.53 secs at 209mph and into the final against Leif
in the Starkotter FC. This would be a tough one as Leif had been “Mr
Consistency” so far with 3 runs around 5.50 secs.


Servicing was straight forward, other than replacing a
liner. We lined up with Leif just after 5pm, John in the left lane. Leif away
first as John blew off the tyres at the hit, John tried to pedal the car but no
joy. Leif crossed the finish line first but was adjudged to have made contact
with the track boundary (scraped the headers on the wall) and so was DQ’d
giving Showtime the event wins. Not the way you would like to win but as they
say “a win is a win which ever way “


So the 2012 season came to an end. However we are
immediately looking forward to 2013 as Trakbak Racing (owners of Santa Pod) CEO
Keith Bartlett announced in the programme and during the meeting there will be
a European Fuel Funny Car Championship in 2013, provisionally with 3 rounds at
Santa Pod and 1 at Hockenheim with a major sponsor and TV coverage. So far 6
teams have expressed interest and more are expected before the first race.


Our thanks as always go to all the track crew, officials and
staff at Santa Pod, our sponsors and the race fans, not forgetting www.eurodragster.com  for all their time and effort in reporting
the on and off track action


Thank you all once again and we look forward to seeing you
all in 2013



Marstons Mills, MA –September 19, 2012-With a second consecutive semifinal finish in national event competition, Jay Blake’s Permatex/Follow A Dream team moved up another spot in the national Top Alcohol Funny Car rankings. Driver Todd Veney beat former national event champions Clint Thompson and Paul Gill at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Nationals in Charlotte before falling in the semifinals to eventual winner Frank Manzo, who ran low e.t. of the event, 5.54, against Veney’s 5.66.

The late-round finish elevated Veney to ninth in the national standings, and when no one at the penultimate regional event of the season, in Noble, Okla., passed him, it clinched the East Region championship, a first for the Permatex/Follow A Dream team.

“We qualified high and ran well for the second week in a row,” said Veney, who was fifth in the 16-car field with a 5.66 and ran in the 5.60s in two of three rounds of eliminations. “The best part was clinching the championship. Winning Cecil County and Bowling Green back to back last month put us in the driver’s seat, but it wasn’t official until now. I want to thank Jay, Permatex, and everybody at Follow A Dream for the best season I’ve ever had.”

            “That’s two wins in a row at regional events and two semifinals in a row at national events,” Blake said. “The whole team pulled together after we had a few bad races this summer, and here we are. It’s like I always say: a total team effort.”

Subaru Team Gears Up for GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Finale

Subaru Team Gears Up for GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Finale

-Drivers Aquilante, Spaude Ready to Tackle Round 10 hosted at Lime Rock Park-
Phoenixville, Pa. – Sept. 26, 2012 – After experiencing a near miss at the top step of the podium at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the Subaru Road Racing Team (SRRT) travels back eastward to contest the season finale of GRAND-AM’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Ct. Running as high as second at the previous round has added to the team’s motivation to complete this season with a strong finish.
SRRT including their race-winning drivers, A.J. Aquilante of Phoenixville, Pa., and teammate Bret Spaude of Bushnell, Fla., are very familiar with the characteristics and nuances of the tight and fast-paced racecourse at Lime Rock Park, having raced at the venue many times in the past.
To date, the team’s season has been highlighted by a win at New Jersey Motorsports Park, a third place finish at the Homestead-Miami Speedway round, and a strong run to second at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca by the final lap.  The team takes the rollercoaster season in stride while confident in the performance from their 4-door #35 Subaru Road Racing Team WRX STI.
“Though it’s unfortunate that the car’s outright performance, solid driving from our drivers, and clockwork car preparation and development plus pit work from our team isn’t accurately reflected in some of this season’s race results, we know our team and car represent a championship-contending package,” said SRRT Principal Joe Aquilante, whose Phoenix Performance outfit prepares the race cars for Subaru of America, Inc.
Added James Han, motorsports marketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc., “It’s been a frustrating season for our Subaru Road Racing Team at times, but I’m confident in the people and processes within our program that have worked to establish consistency, good practices, and helped tap the significant performance potential of our Subaru WRX STI.”  “As much as Lime Rock [Park] is a singularly challenging track with its relatively short single lap distance and truncated passing zones, I think our team will perform well here by applying shrewd pit stop strategy and some heads-up driving.”

Chevy Racing–Lime Rock Park

September 28-29, 2012
INSIDE THE GRAND-AM GARAGE – JIM LUTZ, CHEVROLET RACING PROGRAM MANAGER –  GRAND-AM ROAD RACING:  “It is hard to believe we are heading into the last GRAND-AM race of the season. Heading into Championship Weekend at Lime Rock Park, Chevrolet has a 25 point lead in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype Engine Manufacturer Championship standings. Winning that championship will be a tremendous accomplishment for Corvette Daytona Prototype in its the first year of competition in the Series.
“Lime Rock Park, the oldest, continuously operating road course in America, is a 1.5-mile up and downhill circuit that remains much the way it was when completed in the spring of 1957. The pavement has been replaced through the years, but the technical aspects of the track remain the same – something for everyone.  The track is a relative short distance per lap, and pitting under the green will put a team a lap down, so strategy will be a key in both the Continental Tire and Rolex races. And in the Continental Tire series there will be separate races for the ST and GS classes, so the GS race will be a flat out sprint with much less traffic for our Camaro GS.R drivers to contend with.
“We are looking forward to ending the season with strong showing from our Camaro teams in both GT and GS.  In both classes, our teams have been working hard to maximize the performance in their cars, and are anticipating a strong finish to the 2012 season.”

Casey Currie- Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Anaheim Hills, CA (September 25, 2012) – Back in the City of Lost Wages for more than just an elusive night on The Strip, Casey Currie and team roll in to Las Vegas Motor Speedway to continue their winning streak, and leave ahead of the House, with a 1st and 2nd all-out finish.

Thursday qualifying would be easy—1st place qualifier for both Saturday’s and Sunday’s races left plenty of play time for the evening. The Off-Road Champion met up with fellow Monster Energy athletes BJ Baldwin and Kyle Leduc at Pole Position Indoor Karting Raceway to do what they do best—destroy the competition. The three off-roaders brought their competition trucks for everyone to check out, while they welcomed any challengers who were willing to lay all cards on the table and try their luck against these guys on the go-kart track.

Casey and Hoonigan BJ Ballistic Baldwin never fail to deliver non-stop, quality Hoonage. Making the transition from dirt to tire slayers for the night, the two put on an impressively smoky burnout demo in their competition trucks after the battle of the karts.

Tires warmed up from the night before, Casey had his work cut out for him in Friday’s race, when the inversion would put the 1st place qualifier in 4th to start.

“Qualifying 1st was awesome but the inversion sucks!” Casey tells us. “We had some awesome battles with RJ and Deegan and on the first turn of the very last lap I put the pressure on Deegan because I knew I could take him as soon as he made the smallest mistake. He did, we passed him by, and we took the win! This team is working right now!”

Drawing an “8” for Saturday’s inversion placed our 1st place qualifier way back in 8th position from the starting line. This draw by Casey’s spotter Davíd Castillo was good reason to hassle the long-time team member all weekend, and maybe for the rest of the season—but all in good fun.

“The inversion bit us today—we started 8th,” said Casey. “I got through the pack pretty quickly and chased down (Ryan) Beat. Once I passed him I tried everything to catch RJ but had nothing. On the last caution I got close to RJ but not close enough to make it stick. Finishing 1-2 for the weekend is awesome and the truck is ready for Antelope Valley.”

Honda Racing–Honda, Acura Racers Claim Titles at SCCA Runoffs

Honda, Acura Racers Claim Titles at SCCA Runoff

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2012) – Honda and Acura racers won four Sports Car Clubof America national titles and claimed a 1-2 finish in the inaugural B-Spec category, run as aexhibition class, in last weekend’s SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America.

More than three dozen Honda and Acura racers traveled to the classic Road America road
course in Wisconsin for this year’s 49th annual Runoffs, September 17-23, taking part in 13 of the 30 competition classes. Five drivers used the Honda L15A7 engine in Formula F at this year’s Runoffs, a record for the manufacturer in this open-wheel, training-ground category. Tim Kautz made history on Friday as the first Honda-powered Formula F National Champion, after a race-long battle with defending class champion Lewis Cooper.
“I was hoping the two of us could [break away from the pack] and make it a two-car fight, and that’s what happened,” Kautz said. “On the last lap, it came down to whoever got the better run out of the last corner and, fortunately, we were able to pull it off. It was a great race. Thanks to Honda. They gave us a great engine. You just put it in and go. That reliability allowed me to focus my efforts on improving the chassis and my racecraft.”

Thursday’s opening event,resulted in a clean sweep for Honda and Acura drivers in the
combined race for Showroom Stock B, Showroom Stock C and the new B-Spec class. Luke
Wilwert started from the pole and went on to win SSB in his Honda Civic Si, while Michael
Crawford piloted his Acura Integra from third on the starting grid to the SSC national title.
“I think I was able to get through traffic a little bit better than [the competition]. Dealing with
traffic is part of the art, and I think I just got lucky,” Wilwert said. “This win means a lot. I feel truly blessed, in my second try, to win a National Championship. I didn’t expect it.”
Crawford also won an exciting event, avoiding last-lap contact taking place just in front of him to claim his SSC victory. “I saw [Charlie James and Brian Husting] get a little aggressive,” Crawford recounted. “I’m thinking ‘let’s just see what happens’ and they both went wide at the ‘kink.’ I was able to get by at that point, and just kept going!”

In the new, non-championship B-Spec category, Sage Marie came out of top of a wild three-car fight in his Honda Fit, which also earned him the Sunoco “Hard Charger” award for his efforts. Marie, fellow Honda driver Joel Lipperini, and Shawn Young in a Mazda2 ran within tenths of a second of one another throughout the 13-lap contest, frequently running three abreast on the long Road America straightaways, before Marie eked out a narrow victory over Lipperini

The fourth Honda championship of the weekend came in H Production, where Michael Moser won his first Runoffs title, with defending class champion Greg Gauper making it a 1-3 finish for Honda. Moser and Gauper were part of a four-car train that broke away from the field in the early laps, before Moser edged away to his first national championship.
“Mike Origer passed me, and I figured I’d let him lead for a bit, but then I got a really good run out of Turn Three and into Five,” Moser said. “I out-braked him, went to the inside, and was able to get ahead. He was still in my mirror for a couple of laps, but once I got a little distance, I settled down a bit and ran my race. It all turned out good.”

Honda Performance Development [HPD], through the Honda Racing Line, offered contingency awards of up to $2,500, along with additional support to help offset travel costs for the racers. HPD also hosted catered, trackside hospitality exclusively for Honda/Acura competitors and their team members, providing a buffet lunches September 18-22 and a television monitor showing a live feed of on-track activities.

Launched in July 2009, the Honda Racing Line is a program targeted at licensed participants in sanctioned amateur and entry-level professional racing. The Honda Racing Line was formed to provide its members with a direct connection to Honda Performance Development and its unparalleled record of success at the highest levels of motorsport. Competitors may register for the Honda Racing Line through HondaRacingLine.com.

Honda Performance Development (HPD) is the Honda racing company within North America. Located in Santa Clarita, Calif., HPD is the technical operations center for high-performance Honda racing cars and engines.

As one of three engine suppliers to the IZOD IndyCar Series, Honda won this year’s
Indianapolis 500 with driver Dario Franchitti; and competes in prototype sports-car racing under the HPD banner in the American Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship, where it again took a P2 class win at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. HPD offers a variety of race engines for track applications from prototype sports cars to karting; and showcases “fun-to drive” products for professional, amateur and entry-level racers.

RCR Post Race Report–Kentucky

RCR Post Race Report  
NSCS SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway   
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
September 23, 2012
Race Highlights:
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished 11th (Kevin Harvick), 12th (Paul Menard) and 15th (Jeff Burton).
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Harvick was the sixth-Fastest Driver Late In a Run (126.160 mph) and averaged a Green-Flag Speed of 126.706 mph, positioning him sixth amongst all competitors.
RCR teammates Kevin Harvick and Paul Menard collectively turned nine of the Fastest Laps Run, ranking seventh and 15th, respectively.
Harvick spent 298 Laps in the Top 15, while Menard ran in the top 15 for 267 laps, ranking them fourth and ninth respectively in the Post-Race Loop Data category.
Menard ranked sixth in the NASCAR Loop Data Statistics category Green Flag Passes (55) with 35 of those while running in the top 15, which ranked him sixth in Quality Passes.
Burton ranked first in the NASCAR Loop Data Statistics category of Closers by gaining three positions over the final 10 percent (30 laps) of the race.
Burton made 46 Green Flag Passes during the 300-mile race  
Denny Hamlin captured his third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win of the 2012 season and was followed to the finish line by Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer and Kasey Kahne.
The next scheduled Sprint Cup Series race is the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 30. The race is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.    

Quarter-Final Finish Has Anderson Looking for Strong Showing in St. Louis

Quarter-Final Finish Has Anderson Looking for Strong Showing in St. Louis 

Event:  27th annual AAA Texas Fall NHRA Nationals

Location: Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas

Day/Date: Sunday, September 23, 2012

Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro driver Greg Anderson came into Sunday’s final eliminations of the AAA Fall NHRA Nationals in Ennis, Tx. cautiously optimistic about his chances.  After all, Anderson had earned the fifth starting position with a 6.571-second elapsed time and a top speed of 211.06 mph, setting the stage for a first-round match-up against noted “leaver” Greg Stanfield.

Fortunately, Anderson proved up to the challenge, combining a .021 light and a 6.592-second, 210.37 mph run to eliminate Stanfield, who posted a .023 reaction time and 6.640-second elapsed time and 208.65 mph run in the losing effort.

However, the KB Racing team had little time to celebrate, as their second-round opponent would be one of the hottest drivers in the category, Vincent Nobile, whose team works in conjunction with current NHRA Championship points leader, Allen Johnson. Despite racing without the luxury of lane choice, Anderson was able to get a slight lead on his rival.  Unfortunately, his 6.603-second, 210.41 mph pass was not enough to hold his opponent’s charge, who used a 6.590-second, 210.21 mph run to edge Anderson by four thousandths of a second.

“As I said in an earlier interview, we are in a position where we’re out of mulligans, and we have to win out from here,” said Anderson. “It’s up to us – if we can be perfect the rest of the way, then I think we’ll have a chance, but if not, someone else may be the champion. We’ll give it all we’ve got and see where we stand.

“The good news is that we’re capable of it.  We’re getting very close on the performance of these new Summit Racing Camaros, but as we saw this weekend, we still have some things to work on, and we ended up on the wrong end of a very close drag race.  One important thing is that these were not the conditions we normally thrive in and we were still competitive.

“Hopefully next week, we’ll get back to conditions that are better suited to our tune-up, allowing us to finally show the performance we are capable of.”

Chevrolet claims two wins in US

Chevrolet claims two wins in US
One win each for Muller and Huff, now tied in Drivers’ championship
SONOMA, 23 September 2012: Chevrolet won both races in the first visit ever WTCC event in the USA. Yvan Muller and Rob Huff won a race each, and are now tied in points in the Drivers’ championship.
Muller and Huff completed a one-two success in Race 1 after Alain Menu was forced out of the lead by technical problems, sustained after contact with Gabriele Tarquini at the start of the race. Huff won Race 2 after a drive-through penalty dashed Muller’s hopes of a double. Alain Menu, who started Race 2 from 10th, finished in 4th position.
Today’s results mean Chevrolet is now very close to mathematically securing its third WTCC Constructors’ title. The RML-run Cruzes fell 10 points short from conquering the crown today, and the team will have to wait until the next round in Japan before opening the champagne bottles.
The fight for the Drivers’ title is more open than ever, with Muller and Huff now tied with 315 points. The Frenchman remains on top of the standings as he has won more races. Menu is 49 points behind but still in contention despite his misfortune at Sonoma.
Race 1 saw a great start for the Cruzes, which quickly took the first three positions. Poleman Menu was ahead of teammates Muller and Huff, but the Swiss had to lift off as he developed a steering issue on lap 4. Menu was forced to the pits for repairs, losing four laps in the process.
Despite starting from the middle of the grid in Race 2, Muller and Huff quickly progressed to
3rd and 4th position respectively after a couple of laps. With race leader Mehdi Bennani in a BMW spinning on lap 4, the duo gained a position, but on lap 5 contact between Muller and Franz Engstler, also in a BMW, paved the way for the Frenchman to take the lead.
The stewards, however, penalized Muller with a drive-through, effectively ending any hopes of a points finish and paving the way for Huff, who controlled BMW’s Norbert Michelisz’s attacks in the closing laps.
The WTCC now crosses the Pacific for the Asian tour that traditionally closes the season and includes stops in Japan, China and Macau.
·        QUOTES
Rob Huff (2nd / 1st): “It’s been a fantastic day here in Sonoma. I couldn’t have asked for more and the championship situation is now completely open again. There was little I could do against Yvan in Race 1. I was struggling to follow him, but 2nd was a good result.
“In Race 2, I was following Yvan again and then he was handed a drive through penalty, which was a lucky break for me. In the final laps, Michelisz was very close, I was very cautious not to damage my tires, even because I knew Norbert is a very fair driver and he wouldn’t do anything crazy. Interestingly, someone seems to have forgotten the chequered flag at the end of the race, so we all did an extra lap at race speed, I found that pretty entertaining.”
Yvan Muller (1st / 14th) : “Race 1 was tough, but I started well and then used every opportunity I had. When Alain had the problem with the steering, I took the lead and focused on controlling the race. It’s a very nice feeling to win in America, the home of Chevrolet.
“I had a very good start in Race 2, but then there was a very slight contact with Engstler which did not even leave a mark on my bumper. Despite this, I was still handed the drive through penalty. I do not want to comment on the stewards’ decision; what happened, happened. The result is that the championship is now completely open and everything will start from scratch in Japan.”
Alain Menu (17th / 4th): “I was very unlucky to have the steering problem in Race 1 when I was leading. Since the very start of the race, I noticed something was wrong with the steering wheel. It got harder and harder and was locking at times, so I decided to stop in the pits because the car was impossible to drive.
“It’s a pity because I lost a lot of important points. Race 2 was pretty uneventful, I didn’t start  well, but managed to climb to 4th position.”
Eric Nève: “It’s wonderful to win both races in the US and to be so close to the third Constructors’ title. Both races were very exciting and rich in emotions. The fight in the Drivers’ championship is now completely open again and that promises a thrilling end of the season. I’m sorry for what happened to Alain in Race 1, but that is racing.”
Ron Hartvelt, RML Project Manager: “We had a challenging weekend but the results were superb. It was great to claim two wins on home soil in our first trip to the States. The Drivers’ championship is still wide open and we are looking forward to the final three WTCC rounds in Asia.”

RCR Post Race Report–Kentucky

RCR Post Race Report
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Kentucky 300  
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Kentucky 300
Kentucky Speedway
September 22, 2012

Race Highlights:
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished first (Austin Dillon), third (Brendan Gaughan) and fifth (Elliott Sadler).
Sadler leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings by four points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr., while Dillon ranks third in the standings, 15 markers behind his RCR teammate.
The No. 2 team ranks second in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, trailing the No. 18 team by 13 points, with the No. 3 team fourth in the standings and the No. 33 team sixth.
Dillon leads the Rookie of the Year standings over Cole Whitt.
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, the RCR drivers ranked second (Dillon), third (Sadler) and fourth (Gaughan) in the category for Fastest Drivers Early in a Run.
Combined, the RCR drivers posted the Fastest Laps Run for 81 circuits.
Dillon led the field in Average Running Position (2.005), Driver Rating (139.5), Fastest Drivers Late in a Run (169.924 mph), Fastest Laps Run (40), Fastest on Restarts (165.775) and Green Flag Speed (170.404 mph).
Gaughan posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Kentucky Speedway.
Sadler (3.055) and Gaughan (7.210) maintained the third and fourth-best Average Running Position, respectively, throughout the race.
Sadler had the second-best Driver Rating (131.4).
Dillon earned his second Nationwide Series victory of his career and the 2012 season by 1.059 seconds over Sam Hornish Jr., Gaughan, Drew Herring and Sadler.
The next scheduled Nationwide Series race is the OneMain Financial 200 Dover International Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 29. The 27th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on Motor Racing Network beginning at 3:45 p.m.  

Blaney Survives Weather, Attrition to Claim Commonwealth Clash

Blaney Survives Weather, Attrition to Claim Commonwealth Clash
Schatz garners runner-up honors to extend Outlaws championship lead to 114 points
SARVER, Pa. – Sept. 22, 2012 – Patience was key on a late, chilly and wet Saturday night at Lernerville Speedway.
Following a lengthy delay to the Commonwealth Clash, in which the program had to restart after weather postponed the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event during qualifying, a patient Dale Blaney was credited with his first Outlaws victory of the season as attrition took its toll on the frontrunners.

“I knew it was going to be tough for them to get it in,” he said. “We just put ourselves in good position and were fortunate enough to win one.”

Blaney inherited the lead with three laps remaining when polesitter Craig Dollansky, who led the first 32 laps, slowed dramatically down the frontstretch as his engine began to expire. Dollansky then putted around the 4/10-mile track to finish 11th.

He wasn’t the only driver to sustain a problem down the stretch. Fast qualifier Paul McMahan exited the track with five laps remaining with apparent engines woes while he was only a couple of car lengths behind Dollansky for the race lead.

Those two issues moved Blaney from third place to the lead to earn his second career World of Outlaws victory at Lernerville Speedway and the seventh of his career.

“We were fortunate,” he said. “No doubt about it. (If) those two guys don’t break, they probably run first and second, and we run third.”

Runner-up Donny Schatz overcame a shaky start and a late error to record his 11th consecutive top five.

Schatz nearly collided with Joey Saldana and Jason Sides in the opening laps, which dropped the World of Outlaws championship points leader to sixth. After working his way back to podium contention, Schatz nearly drove off the track in turn two in the final laps. However, he got on the brakes and didn’t lose a position.

“There was a lot of things going on,” said Schatz, who increased his championship advantage to 114 points over Dollansky. “We had a decent finish. It was a very demanding race track, a very unforgiving night for everyone and I’m glad the fans stuck it out.”

Sides also benefitted from the late attrition to finish third – his 17th top five of the season.

“It’s one of those nights where you’re happy that you do what you do,” he said. “Sometimes when it gets like this, when you have to wait out the rain, it makes for a long night, but still it’s better than a real job. We get to come out here and race in front of these fans and have a good night and put on a good show.”

Saldana finished fourth and Jac Haudenschild charged from 15th to fifth. Sammy Swindell was sixth and Cody Darrah earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after maneuvering from 21st to seventh. Chris Bell drove from 18th to eighth, Kraig Kinser ended ninth and Kerry Madsen rounded out the top 10.

The event started off under bright sun only to be shadowed by severe weather. At approximately 7:25 p.m., a violent storm hit the track and halted qualifying while Sam Hafertepe Jr. – the 19th of 31 cars – was in his attempt.

While the strength of the storm ceased around 8:10 p.m., it rained off and on for more than an hour. The first car back on the track occurred at 10:28 p.m. with the first car out for qualifying at 11:30 p.m. The green flag for the feature was waved at 1:20 a.m.

Starting Third, Line Sets His Sights on a Long Day in Dallas

Starting Third, Line Sets His Sights on a Long Day in Dallas

Event:  27th annual AAA Texas Fall NHRA Nationals

Location: Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas

Day/Date: Saturday, September 22, 2012

After having an up-and-down day on Friday, Jason Line and the Summit Racing team looked for a more consistent performance during the second and final day of qualifying for the AAA Fall NHRA Nationals in Ennis, Tx.  In the early session, Line posted a 6.559-second elapsed time with a top speed of 210.64 mph, third-quickest for the round, earning him a valuable point, and eventually slotting the defending event champion in the third spot for Sunday’s final eliminations.

It was a similar situation in the final round, as Line covered the quarter-mile in the heat of the afternoon in 6.610-seconds with a top speed of 210.28 mph, claiming another bonus point and setting the stage for another solid day on Sunday, as he looks to successfully defend his win from a year ago.

“The numbers show that we made four decent runs, each one in the top half among all the cars attempting to qualify,” said Line. “But when we compare ourselves to the racers at the top of the chart, we see we still have work to do.  We’re certainly making progress with these Summit Racing Camaros – now it is just a matter of finding the consistency we need to win.

“The good news is that we showed last week that we have the ability to win, even against one of the toughest fields we have had in a long time.  We just need to make sure to do our jobs and avoid any mistakes.  If we do that, I believe we certainly have a car capable of winning the race.”

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