Starting Fifth, Anderson Anticipates a Tough Battle in Brainerd

 Starting Fifth, Anderson Anticipates a Tough Battle in Brainerd

Event:  31st annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Location: Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minn.

Day/Date: Saturday, August 18, 2012

On the strength of a 6.582-second, 210.54 mph pass made on his second attempt on Friday afternoon, Greg Anderson qualified his Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro in the fifth position for Sunday’s final eliminations of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn.  With Saturday’s slightly warmer temperatures preventing any changes among the top qualifiers, Anderson and the KB Racing crew renewed their efforts to learn as much as possible about their new race cars.

Although Anderson was able to record the fifth-quickest pass of the morning session at 6.601-seconds, and concluded his qualifying effort with a representative 6.625-second, 209.52 mph pass, as he prepared for his first-round encounter with No. 12 qualifier Mark Martino, he acknowledged the team was looking to have as productive a day as possible before heading home for some much-needed test sessions.

“There’s no question we were testing today,” said Anderson.  “We were fairly confident we wouldn’t get bumped down, so we tried to see what we could learn about our Summit Racing Camaro.  After all, the start of the Countdown is not that far off, and we need to find a way to make these race cars fast and consistent, so we’re going to keep digging until we get it right.

“For now, we’ll do as much damage as we can tomorrow, scratching, clawing and grinding our way as far into eliminations as we can, trying to come out of here with as good a result as possible.  After that we will beat feet back to North Carolina and spend every possible hour at a track testing before we head to Indy.”

Chevy Racing–Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

 
No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R Repeats as Montreal GT Winner
 
MONTREAL, Quebec (August 18, 2012) – Robin Liddell and John Edwards took the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R to GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Grand Touring (GT) Victory Lane today in the Montreal 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, making it back-to-back wins for the team at the Montreal, Quebec, Canada track.
 
Starting from the pole, Edwards took the green flag and settled into a solid pace at the front of the GT class. After a smooth driver exchange, Liddell held the point comfortably despite losing radio contact with the team and resorting to old fashioned pit board communication for a brief period until he was able to restore the radio.
 
But in the closing laps, the second place car made a final charge for the win. However, in typical style, Liddell continued his smooth maneuvering around the 2.709-mile, 15-turn road course to the checkered flag, and win by .569 seconds. It is the second victory of the season for the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R team, and the fourth career Montreal victory for Liddell.
 
“Congratulations to Robin Liddell and John Edwards on the hard-fought win for the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R in GT,” said Jim Lutz, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager, GRAND-AM Road Racing. “Both drove a very smart race, saving the tires and the equipment until the end.  Overcoming radio issues and a strong challenge on the closing laps, it was a great points day for the team.”
 
“Mentally, it was quite tough,” said Liddell. “With the Ferrari challenging at the end, we gave it everything we had, especially those last 10 laps. The rear tires were going off a bit, so when I had a gap, I looked after them as much as I could and saved them for the end. It was pretty nail-biting because he was running me down. But once again, Stevenson Motorsports and the Chevy Camaro come away with the win here. We’ve got such a good record here.
 
“I wasn’t aware of the radio issue at first; then I realized I had knocked the ear plugs out. I fumbled around, got them back in after I saw the sign board and knew they wanted to do something. I got the ear plugs back in, got back in radio communication and pitted when they told me come down. It was a good call on the team’s part getting that stop done in that window to the end.”
 
“Even when everything goes right, I hate sitting on the pit box at the end of the race,” said Edwards. “Because the pressure is on, but I can’t do anything about it. When I’m in the car, I’m a lot calmer and I see things coming up. But when I’m on the pit box, watching the Ferrari closing down.  Fortunately when the radio issue happened, they went out with a sign board and got Robin back in and got it repaired. Near the end, we were good on fuel, no issues there, but it was a nail biter!”
 
With the victory, Stevenson Motorsports in now just one point out of second place in the team points. Liddell is in the same scenario in the driver standings.  In addition, the win closed the gap from first to second for Chevrolet in the GT Manufacturers’ Championship standings.
 
In Daytona Prototype (DP), Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney brought home the runner-up finishing position in the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP. Starting from the pole, the pair was going for a second consecutive win at the Canadian venue. After losing valuable track position after a longer than usual stop for the driver change, Gurney fought his way back through the field, and with a fuel-only gamble on the final stop, the team was able to celebrate on the podium.
 
Finishing a close third place in DP was the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP piloted by David Donohue and local favorite Paul Tracy.
 
Lutz concluded by saying: “The No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP and the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP waged a great battle for the second and third podium positions in DP during the final laps of the race.  With track position very critical, the lack of cautions didn’t allow for the field to get bunched up so our Corvette DP teams could battle for the win, but it was a good points gathering day, and a solid day for Chevrolet in the battle for the Rolex DP engine manufacturers’ championship battle.”
 
The No. 9 Action Express Racing Corvette DP finished fourth, and the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Corvette DP finished fifth in the two-hour, 66-lap race.  The No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP suffered damage in a multi-car first-lap incident that resulted in a ninth place in-class finish.
 
GRAND-AM moves next to Laguna Seca Raceway, Salinas, California for the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival on September 7-9, 2012.
 
OTHER CHEVROLET DRIVER QUOTES:
 
GURNEY: “It was a tough race for sure. A lot of guys had a really good pace. We were a little off sequence there. Had a little trouble in the pits with the driver change and came out fifth. On the next stop, we changed our strategy and left the tires on, and in the end, it worked out. It is great to be on the podium here after a tough beginning to the day.”
 
FOGARTY:  “We’ve taken a little bit of a different approach to find the tire around here than a lot of the other competitors. We are slowest on the straights and faster everywhere else. This track poses a unique situation. The heavy braking areas can be aided by downforce, but the downforce detracts on the long straights. We emphasize the braking zone instead of the straights, and it seems to be working here – we’ve won here before doing that.”
 
DONOHUE:  “Action Express did a great job today. We chose to get some new Continentals there near the end. I think it was the right decision, but the other guys were able to cycle out ahead of us. Paul (Tracy) did a great job at the start. We got all bunched up in that start, and there was some contact. The guys were able to put the car back together, so we made something out of nothing.
 
TRACY: “David (Donohue) did a fantastic job. It’s been a long time for me to be in a competitive situation, and finish on the podium. It was a bit of a rough start. There was a lot of action at the beginning. A car spun in front of us. I was able to hang on and keep the car in good contention. Then David just drove like a pirate today with the knife between his teeth. He was just going for it, so that was just cool.”

After Opening Qualifying in Fifth, Anderson Hopes to Take Bigger Steps in Brainerd

After Opening Qualifying in Fifth, Anderson Hopes to Take Bigger Steps in Brainerd

Event:  31st annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Location: Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minn.

Day/Date: Friday, August 17, 2012

After spending the early part of the week visiting family and friends in the Duluth area, Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro driver Greg Anderson took to the track on Friday, opening his qualifying effort for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn.  In many ways, it was a productive day, as the four-time champion recorded a 6.593-second, 209.23 mph on his first attempt before improving to a 6.582-second time with a 210.54 mph top speed in the second session, placing him fifth midway through the qualifying procedure.   

“We didn’t make bad runs today, we just didn’t get the speed we were looking for,” said Anderson.  “We are in test mode trying to get these Summit Racing Camaros figured out, and will be until we do so.  We’re trying to do as much as we can at national events, but with only two runs a day, it’s a very slow learning curve, and you can only get so crazy because you still need to qualify for the event as well as trying to find a way to win the race.

“We’re looking forward to doing as well as we can this weekend, but from here we’ll be going home where we’ll be able to get some of that on track-time we haven’t had in over two months. We’ll go somewhere where we can make seven or eight runs a day and make some truly significant progress.  But before that, we have a race to win here at BIR.”

#20 Dyson to Start Second

#20 Dyson to Start Second

ELKHART LAKE, WI August 17, 2012 – Established in 1955 as the first permanent road course in the U.S., Road America is a driver’s favorite. “It is just a high speed fun track. For me, the high speed corners here are the kind I really enjoy,” said Eric Lux who qualified second today for the Road America Road Race Showcase. He and co-driver Michael Marsal share the #20 Dyson Racing entry and joining them for tomorrow’s four-hour race is Tony Burgess who had his inaugural run in the car at Mosport.

Lux commented that “we had a similar situation to what we had at Mid-Ohio two weeks ago where we did not have much track time and the track was very green. But we worked through a load of changes and it was a really good effort in the right direction. We found three seconds from this afternoon’s session to the qualifying run. I told the guys on the radio that the ‘car is great. Leave it as is for the race.’

The #16 Mazda-powered ModSpace entry of Chris Dyson and Guy Smith did not qualify and will start from the back of the grid. Dyson explained that, “we had a gearbox problem in the last practice session and we did not have time to turn the car around in time for qualifying. We have had nearly bullet-proof gearbox reliability and thankfully it happened in practice and not the race. This is a long race and where you start does not determine how you finish.”

Another reason drivers like this four-mile, 14-turn track is the way it produces close finishes. The average margin of victory for the last seven ALMS events is 1.358 seconds and last year Guy Smith set the record for the closest ALMS finish ever, finishing 0.112 behind Klaus Graf in the Muscle Milk car.

“Towards the end of the race, there was a safety car period which allowed me to get on the back of Klaus,” recounted Smith. “My car felt really good, but I could see that I was not going to be able to pass him on the straight. The only way I was going to do it was in traffic. Klaus was approaching three GTC cars in turn seven and I knew he was going to get balked. He chose to go to the right, but I knew the next corner was a left hander so I went to the left. I ended up mainly on the grass trying to make the pass and people told me it was quite spectacular. Unfortunately, there was not quite enough momentum to get past him and we both came out pretty much even. On the last lap, coming up the hill towards the start finish line he bobbled a bit and I was able to edge beside him and it got close – (0.112). It was a great finish for the ALMS and all the fans at Road America and hopefully we can put it right and beat them this year!”

Swindell Overcomes Kinser, Schatz to Claim Victory at River Cities

Swindell Overcomes Kinser, Schatz to Claim Victory at River Cities
He picks up his ninth Outlaws win this season in Round 2 of The Duel in the Dakotas
 
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Aug. 17, 2012 – It was a tale of two obstacles for Sammy Swindell on a perfect Friday evening at River Cities Speedway.
First, outduel 20-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Steve Kinser for the lead on the racy, action-packed track. Second, outlast the hottest driver of late – Donny Schatz – in challenging traffic.

Swindell successfully completed both tasks to record his series-leading ninth victory in Round 2 of The Duel at the Dakotas Presented by Gerdau and Sleep Inn & Suites.

“It seemed like the first part just took forever to get going and then we went on a pretty long run it seemed like,” he said. “We were able to get the win and hold everybody else off there.”

The 40-lap event began with Swindell darting to the lead before a violent crash between Kerry Madsen and Greg Nikitenko forced a red flag on lap two. Kinser, who drove from ninth to fifth place in the dash, charged to second on the restart and quickly challenged Swindell for the top spot.

After fifth-running Chad Kemenah spun in turn two on the third lap, Kinser rocketed into the lead on the restart. He then pushed his advantage to several car lengths before entering traffic on lap 10, which allowed Swindell to reel him back in.

Swindell executed a slide job in turn two on lap 13 to regain the lead amid thick traffic. The duo nearly touched wheels several times and Kinser took over the top spot on lap 16 only to end up off the track exiting turn two on the ensuing lap. Kinser spun around once and came to a stop to bring out the caution, forcing him to restart 21st.

That moved fast qualifier Schatz to the runner-up position and while Swindell pulled into the lead on the restart, Schatz stayed within striking distance. The final caution came on lap 33 when Chris Shirek sustained a blown tire in turn three, which bunched the cars together for a late-race shootout.

The restart was single file because of track conditions and Swindell powered to a sizeable advantage only to have that lead quickly erased when he reached the tail end of the field with four laps remaining.

Schatz closed to the rear bumper of Swindell with two laps remaining and pulled to the outside in turns one and two. However, Swindell was in the preferred line and maintained the lead. With Swindell struggling to get through traffic, Schatz had one last chance on the final lap when Swindell drove to the outside of a lapped car. But Swindell held off Schatz by a car length to earn his first victory since July 27.

“I had a chance at him there in lapped traffic,” said Schatz, who entered the event with two straight wins and five consecutive top-five finishes. “He got himself out of a bad situation pretty quick.”

World of Outlaws championship leader Craig Dollansky overcame a mechanical issue to finish third and maintain his points lead.

“(On the) first lap of the feature we developed a pretty serious fuel leak and then lost a cylinder,” he said. “Definitely concerned once that started happening. From the first lap on I was down a cylinder and getting drenched and just debating whether we come to the work area and try to fix it or what we do. We chose to try to stay out there and try to hang in there and try to get a finish out of it, and fortunately we did.”

Lucas Wolfe finished fourth and Cody Darrah ended fifth. Stevie Smith was sixth, Justin Henderson seventh, Joey Saldana eighth, 18th-starter Mark Dobmeier ninth and Jason Sides rounded out the top 10.

Greg Wilson earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after driving from 22nd to 11th and Kinser rebounded to place 12th.

Kemenah, Darrah, Kinser and Henderson each won a heat race, and Shirek picked up the Last Chance Showdown.

Chevy Racing–Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Qualifying

 
Double Poles for Chevrolet in Rolex Sports Car Series at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve; Jon Fogarty Grabs Daytona Prototype Pole and John Edwards Puts Camaro on Pole in Grand Touring for Montreal 200
 
MONTREAL, Quebec (August 17, 2012) – Chevrolet teams went to the top of the qualifying scoreboard in both GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype (DP) and Grand Touring (GT) for the Montreal 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The two winning teams if the 2011 race will lead the field to the green flag in 2012.
 
Jon Fogarty put the famed “Red Dragon”, No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP, on the pole for the two-hour race scheduled to take the green flag Saturday at 11:15 a.m. ET. It is his fourth pole of the season, and the 23rd of his GRAND-AM road racing career.
 
John Edwards was the fastest qualifier in GT behind the wheel of the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R.  It is his Edwards third pole of the 2012 season.
Today’s pole winning efforts mark the seventh time a Corvette Daytona Prototype will lead the field to the green flag in 2012, and the fifth time this season for a Camaro GT.R.
 
Other Team Chevy qualifiers include: No. 10 SunTrust Racing Corvette DP – fourth; No. 9 Action Express Racing Corvette DP – fifth; No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP – sixth; No. 5 Action Express Corvette DP – seventh and No. 31 Marsh Racing Corvette – third in GT.

Summit Racing Announces 2012 Troop Visit Schedule, Welcomes Harley-Davidson Riders to Lineup

Summit Racing Announces 2012 Troop Visit Schedule, Welcomes Harley-Davidson Riders to Lineup  

Norwalk, Ohio, August 17, 2012 – Officials from Summit Racing Equipment today announced that for the third consecutive year they would be sponsoring a trip to visit American troops stationed overseas.  However, after using Ramstein Air Base in Germany as their base of operations for the past two years, this year’s tour will branch out to include other countries, with stops in the United Kingdom, Bosnia and Kosovo. The 2012 tour runs from November 24 – December 1 and is being arranged through Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE),

Joining this year’s line-up of drivers will be Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec, who ride Pro Stock Motorcycles for the famed Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Racing team in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Hines and Krawiec will join fellow champions Greg Anderson and Jason Line, and Dan Runte, driver of the legendary BIGFOOT monster truck, during the week-long trip.

“We’re excited to be going back to visit the troops,” said Jim Greenleaf, Motorsports and Events Manager for Summit Racing Equipment.  “After two great years in Germany, we decided to change things up a bit, working with the people at Armed Forces Entertainment to devise a schedule that includes bases that might not see as many visitors.  We also moved the date of the trip back a week so we would not interfere with the Thanksgiving holiday, trying to maximize the number of soldiers we will get to see, hoping to bring them a little piece of home.

“We’re also thrilled to have Andrew and Eddie joining us on this year’s trip and want to thank Harley-Davidson and the Vance & Hines/Screamin’ Eagle team for making their participation possible.  Every racer on this year’s tour is a multi-time champion, and they represent a great cross-section of the very best in American motorsports.

“Even though we won’t leave until after the racing season is over, preparations are well underway. We’re calling this year’s tour “Operation Appreciation,” because that is our primary objective – to show our appreciation to the brave young men and women whose sacrifice allows us to enjoy our lives of freedom.  It is shaping up to be a great trip.”

Two-time Pro Stock champion Jason Line is the veteran of the group in all senses of the word, having served in the U.S. Air Force  making the trip for the last three years. Even so, he is excited by the prospects of this year’s trip, especially as it will include stops at new bases, like RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire, England, home to the 422nd Air Base Group.

“This trip is a really big deal, and I’m glad to be a part of it,” said Line.  “It’s important to give back to those who do so much for us and it’s an honor and a privilege to be able to do so. Without their sacrifice, we would not be able to do what we like to do.

“After going to Germany for the last few years, it’s going to be interesting to go to the different bases.  I’m not sure how much they are into drag racing in those countries, but it will be a lot of fun to spend some time with the troops and bring them a little taste of home.  I’m also looking forward to having the Harley guys join us this year – it’s going to be a fun trip.”

This year’s tour will be Line teammate Greg Anderson’s second, and following his experience of a year ago, he is more than ready for a return trip.

“Last year’s trip was a great thing to be a part of, and I kick myself for not begging to be on an earlier trip,” said Anderson.  “The cool thing is that I get to go back this year and experience it all again, and the fact that we’re going to different places makes it even better. I’m really looking forward to it.

“I could go on and on about the benefits of making this tour and what it seems to do for the troops, but it does just as much for us in that we can feel we helped out in some crazy way, which is a great feeling.  We can never repay all these guys and girls enough for what they do for us, and we wish we could do more, but making this trip at least it feels like we try to do something, which is a cool deal.  I am definitely signed up to go back for as long as they’ll let me go, and my only regret is that I didn’t ask for the chance to do it earlier.”

The Summit Racing-sponsored trips have included at least one tour rookie, and this  year the KB Racing teammates will be joined by their two-wheeled equivalents from the legendary Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Racing team..  For three-time champion Andrew Hines, the trip will be an opportunity to show his thanks.

“This trip will be a great way to give back to the military,” said Hines.  “We appreciate everything they do for us to give us the freedom to come out and do what we love to do.  To be able to go over there and talk with all the guys and gals one-on-one and let them tell us what they do will be something very special.

“I was in Junior ROTC throughout high school, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for everything they have done for us over the years.  I grew up learning about all the history my dad had in the military being in the Army back during the Vietnam War and it’s going to be very interesting to see some of the work the troops are doing now, and to give something back to them.

“Hopefully they will really enjoy seeing Harley-Davidson riders.  Harley-Davidson is an American icon, and I believe we have a tremendous following overseas, so we’re going to try to give the troops some great times to remember and put smiles on some very deserving faces.  This is something that is very special to be a part of, and something I’ll remember for a lifetime.”

Completing the roster of NHRA champions will be two-time and defending Pro Stock Motorcycle titlist Eddie Krawiec.  Much like his teammate, Krawiec appreciates the chance to give something back by bringing a small piece of home to the troops, representing a brand that is synonymous with the United States.

“This trip is something I’m really looking forward to,” said Krawiec.  “I think it will be a life-changing experience, getting to see everything the troops do to preserve our freedom and allow us to do what we want to do.  For us to be able to pay them back in some small way is a lifetime opportunity and something not many people are even asked to do, so I’m glad to be a part of this tour.

“I can’t wait to do something for the troops.  I know they get a lot of enjoyment from watching our Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Racing team, and in some of their eyes, we’re the heroes. But in reality, they are the ones to be looked up to, and this trip will be our chance to tell them that and thank them for their sacrifice.”

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Caterpillar Inc. and RCR Team Up to Thank First Response Team of America with Special Labor Day Ticket Program

Caterpillar Inc. and RCR Team Up to Thank First Response Team of America with Special Labor Day Ticket Program
 
WELCOME, N.C. (August 17, 2012) – Caterpillar Inc., primary sponsor on the Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with driver Jeff Burton has teamed up with RCR to show appreciation for the First Response Team of America by offering a special ticket discount for the Labor Day weekend race on Sunday, September 2, 2012
 
The ticket program consists of a $20 discount off any regularly-priced $99 Champions Grandstand seat for the AdvoCare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at the 1.54-mile facility located less than an hour from downtown Atlanta, Ga. For each ticket sold through this unique program, $29 will be donated to the First Response Team of America, a nonprofit emergency cleanup crew that provides immediate aid to areas hit by disasters.
 
“The First Response Team of America has helped disaster-stricken families in need throughout the United States including the recent tornadoes in Northern Georgia and Alabama,” said Jeff Burton, driver of the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet for RCR. “We are proud to be able to recognize and thank them for their hard work on Labor Day weekend for the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.”
 
Since May 2007, the First Response Team of America has helped thousands in need at disaster sites across the country including the recent devastation in Ringgold, Ga. and Tuscaloosa, Ala. The organization’s primary goal is to reduce the time it takes to reach victims in need. The First Response Team reopens critical roadways, provides temporary power solutions and light towers to restart and mobilize critical service centers such as hospitals and shelters and provides light towers, rescue gear and hovercrafts for search and rescue operations. With a fleet of more than $1 million in specialized disaster response equipment, donated by some of the world’s most respected companies including Caterpillar, the First Response Team of America’s trained workforce can remove obstacles, restore order and rebuild optimism.
 
“We’re honored that Caterpillar has put together this program to say thank you to the First Response Team of America for the important work they provide for our nation during times of disaster,” said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. “I personally met Tad Agoglia, the organization’s founder, a couple of years ago and was amazed by his vision to help our country in times of need and create and sustain his company without financial support from the government. Disasters can happen at anytime and anywhere so it’s important to raise awareness for the First Response Team of America to continue both public and corporate funding so they’re there to help pick up the pieces when it does.”
 
To donate directly to the First Response Team of America, please visit firstresponseteam.org/.
 
Night racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway on Labor Day weekend, August 31-September 2, 2012. To reserve your AdvoCare 500 tickets with this special discount, click here and use the password “response” or call the AMS ticket office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX, (770) 946-4211.
 
More information on today’s announcement, and all that’s happening at RCR, can be found at http://www.rcrracing.com.

Anderson Will Rely on Experience in Brainerd

Anderson Will Rely on Experience in Brainerd

Mooresville, N.C., August 16, 2012 – Although the record books will show that Summit Racing Camaro driver Greg Anderson has more wins at other tracks than he has at Brainerd International Raceway, site of this weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, it is hard to argue with his record of success in the North Star State.  After all, as a Duluth native, BIR is where the four-time champion cut his drag racing teeth, starting out as a spectator and crewman for his father, and evolving from a crew chief for fellow Minnesota legends John Hagan and Warren Johnson into a winning driver of his own, with three home state national event wins to his credit.

As he prepared to hopefully repeat his winning performance at this event from a year ago, Anderson credited his many successes to his years of experience on the venerable quarter-mile, which he believes gives him an added feel for the surface, and what it takes to master it.

“From standing on the starting line first a crew guy and then as a crew chief to then climbing behind the wheel as a driver, I have a lot of laps under my belt at Brainerd International Raceway, more, in fact than at any other one we race on,” said Anderson. “As a result, we know it well, and the more comfortable you are with a particular track, the better you seem to perform.  The Summit Racing Camaro crew is going back there this year hoping to duplicate our winning performance from a year ago.

“I’ll admit that we’re happy to be off the West Coast and racing somewhat closer to home.  We’ll be rolling into Brainerd looking for a big weekend and trying to gain some ground on (current points leader) Allen Johnson.  He’s had his way the last few races, and it’s time for us to make him realize he has some competition.  It’s up to us to get these Camaros up to speed and back in the game, which we hope will happen this weekend.”

Ironically, at the other end of the spectrum is the experience Anderson has with his race car.  The Brainerd race will mark the KB Racing team’s eighth with the legendary Chevrolet muscle, and although they have already been able to score one win in three final round appearances, they are still very early in the learning process.  As such, its true potential has yet to be reached, although every pass down the racetrack provides them with valuable information, getting them closer to having a solid handle on their ride’s performance envelope.

“This team could certainly use a win but even more than that, we need to find some extra performance in order to consistently contend for race wins every time we go out the door,” said Anderson.  “That’s not normal for us.  We know we need to get our cars ironed out, and with the Countdown rapidly approaching, it’s time to get in gear and start operating at full song.  We’ve been racing tough and finding ways to go rounds, grinding our way around a race track, but we need to do something spectacular, setting low elapsed times and keeping lane choice, doing all the things we need to score points and win races.  That’s what we’re looking to get back to.

“Getting a handle on a race car, especially in the middle of the season, is a lengthy process, but we learn a little more every week.  After each race, we come back and we study our notes. Due to some scheduling conflicts we weren’t able to get Jason’s or my cars out on the track, but we did make some test runs with Ronnie’s (Humphreys) Genuine Hotrod Hardware Pontiac that we believe can help us. Between the homework and the testing we hope to have picked up something valuable that we’ll be able to bring to Brainerd to make these Summit Racing Camaros even faster.  We’ll have a lot of family and friends on hand this weekend, and we certainly don’t want to disappoint them.”

Line Has New Approach for Brainerd Race

Line Has New Approach for Brainerd Race

Mooresville, N.C., August 16, 2012 – Coming off a successful stint on the Bonneville Salt Flats that saw him set a new land speed record for his class, Summit Racing driver Jason Line will return to his chosen form of motorsports competition this weekend, resuming the defense of his NHRA Pro Stock championship at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn.

As a native Minnesotan, this race has always held a special place for Line, who has often expressed he would rather win this event than any other on the Full Throttle Drag Racing Circuit.  This year, however, he has decided to employ a different approach, viewing it as just another event.  Even so, his desire for winning his home state race has certainly not diminished.

“Last weekend in Bonneville was tremendous, and I really want to thank everyone who made it possible,” said Line.  “However, it’s now time to get back to work.  There are only two races before the start of the Countdown championship playoff, and we need to get our Summit Racing Camaros completely dialed in.

“In the past, this was the one race I had to win.  Although I’ve come close with a couple runner-up finishes, the Wally has so far eluded me, so this year, I’m treating Brainerd like any of the other races.  Naturally, I still want to win it, just as I do every race, but in the big picture we have other work to do, and that is what I am going to concentrate on.”

The work Line refers to is the team’s continued familiarization with their race cars.  Even coming off a runner-up finish in Seattle two weeks ago, both he and his KB Racing crew know they will need to have a handle on their ride’s performance requirements when the championship playoff starts next month in Charlotte, N.C.

“We view these last two races as extended test sessions leading into the Countdown,” said Line.  “Looking at the standings, I believe both Greg and I are fairly secure where we are, barring any unforeseen circumstance, of course.  Although one of our goals will always remain winning every race we enter, we also realize the importance of getting these Summit Racing Camaros completely dialed in for the playoffs, so we are going to take advantage of every opportunity we get to test and learn more about them, including during qualifying this weekend.”

Finally, despite his claims of seeing this race like the other 22 on the schedule, when pressed the two-time champion admits that the North Star state event remains among his favorites, especially in light of the fact that virtually his entire family will be competing as well.  New attitude or not, a win on Sunday would be most special.

“I always look forward to racing in Brainerd, as it is the one time all year I get to share the racetrack with my family,” admitted Line.  “It reminds me of the old times when we did it for fun and we would all take our cars to BIR for the nationals, which was very cool.  Being able to go there and be a part of it once again is something I really enjoy, and when I’m not working on our Summit Racing Camaros, I know I will be up there watching all the Stock and Super Stock action, cheering for my family, as well as a lot of the friends I grew up with.  All in all, it promises to be a fun weekend, and if somehow we do make it to the winner’s circle, it will be a great and memorable time in the Line household.”

Schatz Shines in World of Outlaws Return to Junction Motor Speedway

Schatz Shines in World of Outlaws Return to Junction Motor Speedway
Dollansky earns the Kasey Kahne Challenge championship after another top-five finish
 
McCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. – Aug. 14, 2012 – Evidently, momentum is a big deal in sprint car racing.
Coming off his sixth Goodyear Knoxville Nationals title in the last seven years last weekend, Donny Schatz whooped most of the field on Tuesday night at Junction Motor Speedway during the fourth-and-final round of the NAPA Auto Parts Kasey Kahne Challenge Presented by Mid-Nebraska Land Developing, A&L Sales & Service and Friesen Chevrolet.

It was only the second World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event at the 3/8-mile oval, where Craig Dollansky earned the inaugural Kasey Kahne Challenge title. He received a unique trophy by Jay Simes of Simes Graphic Designs as well as a $3,000 bonus.

“The money can go pretty quick in this business, but (it’s) definitely one of the more unique trophies I’ve ever won,” said Dollansky, the only driver to record a top five in three of the four events. “It’s a great accomplishment for our team. To come out on top and to have this beautiful trophy, it’s pretty cool.”

However, the performance of the night belonged to Schatz, who lapped up to seventh place during the 30-lap, caution-free feature. After leading a majority of the Knoxville Nationals and outlasting a late bid from Brian Brown, the duo opened Tuesday’s feature with another close battle.

Brown, who started on the pole, led the first half of the opening lap before Schatz slid him for the top spot in turn four. Brown regained the lead in turns one and two on the ensuing lap before Schatz slid him back in turns three and four on lap three.

Schatz pulled away as Sammy Swindell passed Brown for the runner-up position exiting turn two on the fifth lap. Once the duo entered traffic around lap eight, it was a two-car race.

“The race track was awesome,” Schatz said. “There was guys that could move around. I think it was how good you had your car and how much speed you could make. I couldn’t ask for any better race car.”

Schatz began lapping cars at will and Swindell was the only car within striking distance. He was slowed a couple of times in traffic, but never faded beyond a dozen car lengths of Schatz.

“Those two lapped cars that we were going through that kind of held me up for just a bit, every time that gave him about six car lengths,” Swindell said. “We were able to gain it back. I think in the open we were a little bit quicker, but he just kept getting through the lapped cars. Just those two times I got stuck for a bit and had to wait, and that was the difference.”

Steve Kinser had a left rear tire explode as he entered turn three on the final lap in front of Schatz, who was forced to negotiate through the scene. Swindell closed to within a couple of car lengths, but Schatz held on for his second straight victory and his sixth of the season.

“Thirty laps non-stop, it was a fun race,” Schatz said. “I could get through traffic and just had a good time.”

Cody Darrah maneuvered around Brown for the final spot on the podium just after the halfway point.

“This is the time of year where it starts to get really grueling on guys and to have a podium finish like this really keeps us up and keeps us wanting it,” Darrah said.

Brown edged Dollansky for fourth place. Stevie Smith finished sixth, Kerry Madsen was seventh, Joey Saldana ended eighth and Kinser placed ninth. Sam Hafertepe Jr. charged from 15th to 10th, earning him the KSE Hard Charger Award.

Mission Accomplished: Line Shatters A/Modified Production Record, Enters Prestigious 200-MPH Club at Bonneville

Mission Accomplished: Line Shatters A/Modified Production Record, Enters Prestigious 200-MPH Club at Bonneville

Mooresville, N.C., August 14, 2012 – Jason Line and the Jesel Land Speed/Summit Racing Team had two specific goals heading into the 2012 Speed Week at the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats.  The first was to break the current A/Modified Production record of 191 mph, while the second was to get Line into the prestigious 200-mph Club.

With an average speed of 235 mph recorded on his second official attempt on the five-mile course on Monday morning, the reigning NHRA Pro Stock champion was able to accomplish both objectives, with his two-run average of 225.246 mph shattering the previous mark while also allowing him to join the very select group of racers who have eclipsed the double-century mark on the famed salt.

“It’s not very often that you make a plan in racing and actually have it go accordingly, but we did this past weekend in Bonneville,” said Line. “It’s nice that it did, and made for a very cool experience.

“It was like nothing I had ever done before.  I was able to meet a lot of neat people, and enjoyed the heck out of my time there.  The truck drove like a Cadillac, perfectly smooth through the entire distance, never putting a foot wrong, making it a pleasure to run down the salt, which helped us accomplish our goals.

“Of course, there are a lot of people I have to thank for making this all possible, starting with Wayne Jesel and his Jesel Land Speed Team, as well as everyone from Summit Racing Equipment.  I owe them all a debt of gratitude for letting me do this.”

After completing his first licensing pass on Saturday, Line returned to the salt on Sunday for his second run, recording an average speed of 214 mph after being instructed by the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) officials not to exceed 215 on this final licensing attempt.  As this eclipsed the previous class mark, under the rules of the event the truck was then impounded, setting the stage for Monday’s monster run.  Although everything went mostly according to plan throughout the entire weekend, Line did experience a slight hiccup during his maiden pass.

“On my first licensing run I wasn’t supposed to go over 175 mph,” explained Line.  “Unfortunately, the combination of our calculations being a bit off and my being a couple hundred rpms over what I was supposed to run resulted in my being 20 mph too fast, for which I justifiably got my hand slapped by the SCTA.  After all, they just want everyone to be safe, which I certainly appreciate.  My intent was certainly not to violate any rules, especially being my first time there, and I consider it a lesson learned.

“Looking back at the experience, my goals going into the weekend were to not do anything stupid, to have fun, to get in the 200-mph Club and help Wayne set a record with his truck, and we were able to accomplish all of them without any damage to the equipment and without any incidents other than my speeding ticket.  On top of that, some of my KB Racing teammates came out to watch me run, so it just turned out to be a good time.

“I am pretty sure this will not be my last stint on the salt.  Obviously with our schedule on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, it’s pretty tough, so it may be a few years down the road, but I promise you I will be back.  After all, it’s hot rodding at its purest form and I have nothing but good things to say about it.”

NHRA Champions Greg Anderson & Jason Line to Take Part in Wednesday’s ALS Association Fundraiser in Proctor

 NHRA Champions Greg Anderson & Jason Line to Take Part in Wednesday’s ALS Association Fundraiser in Proctor

Mooresville, NC, August 14, 2012 – The week leading up to the NHRA’s annual visit to Brainerd International Raceway is understandably a hectic one for multi-time Pro Stock champions Greg Anderson and Jason Line.  As Minnesota natives, there is a high demand for their time with the talented tandem balancing media requests and the demands of competition with visiting family and long-time friends.

However, there is one event that has quickly become a fixture in Summit Racing drivers’ yearly trip to the North Star State as they will once again be making an appearance on behalf of the Minnesota/North Dakota chapter of the ALS Association.

On Wednesday, August 15, Anderson & Line as well as their stunning new Summit Racing Pro Stock Chevrolet Camaros and team transporter will be at the Powerhouse Grill at 423 3rd Avenue in Proctor, MN from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. signing autographs and selling raffle tickets for two Polaris Ranger UTVs fully decorated with a Minnesota Twins-themed vinyl wrap, with all proceeds to benefit ALS patient services and research.

“This is my third year taking part in the ALS fundraiser in Proctor, and it’s a night I look forward to every year,” said Anderson. “It improved from the first year to the second, and we certainly expect it to get bigger and better again this year.  Not only is it a great event for a tremendous cause, but we also get to reconnect with family and friends, spending quality time with them without the pressures of the racetra

“It’s just a cool night with a lot of classic cars from all years on display, as well as our Summit Racing Camaros, and it gives us a chance to reminisce about things we did when we younger.  Best of all, we’re able to raise a lot of money to help fund the ALS Association and all the great work that they do.  When Jason and I first got involved, we really didn’t know that much about it, but now we do, and we understand just how tough it is. It is such a terrible disease that affects so many people, and we’re not going to give up trying to raise some money until we find a cure.

“That’s our game plan – to raise as much money as we can while everyone has a great time.  Last year was big, but we hope this one is even bigger.  It’s just a tremendous way to kick off our weekend in Minnesota.”

For reigning NHRA champion Line, this event rings very close to home.

“I lost a good friend, Donnie Sather, to ALS in 2009, and to this day I carry his coin inside my Summit Racing Camaro every time I race,” said Line.  “It’s a horrible disease, and whatever I can do to support the research they are doing to find a cure is time well spent. Obviously this event is to benefit a great cause as we try to defeat this very bad disease, but it’s also a fun deal for everyone involved.

“Last year was my first time taking part in the ALS event, and I really enjoyed myself.  It turned out to be this incredible car show that spread throughout the neighborhood, and we’re hoping that somehow it’s even bigger this year, allowing us to raise a tremendous amount of money for the ALS Association.”

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease that usually attacks both upper and lower motor neurons and causes degeneration throughout the brain and spinal cord.  Also known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease”, it strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70 with as many as 30,000 Americans having the disease at any given time. The ALS Association is the only not-for-profit voluntary health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS.  The Minnesota Chapter was incorporated in 1993 when patients, families and related professionals banded together to share in their struggle with this tragic disease and to provide patient services, community education and support of national research.  For more information, please visit www.alsmn.org .

“We know how important the Brainerd race is for Greg and Jason and the entire Summit Racing team, so it means a lot that they will once again be taking time to come out and join us in our Drive to a Cure,” said Dan Hartel, whose Hartel’s/DBJ Disposal is sponsoring the event in conjunction with the Powerhouse Grill and the ALS Association Minnesota/North Dakota Chapter.  “Last year’s event was a tremendous success with an amazing number of cars showing up, and we’re looking to make it even better this year.   Of course, we’ll have the team transporter and the two Summit Racing Camaros as our centerpiece, with Greg and Jason on hand to help raise awareness for our cause.  It promises to be a fun evening, so we invite everyone to come out, have a good time and help us raise some money for an extremely worthy cause.”

Long Beach Marine Stadium Sprint Nationals Aug 4-5

Subj: Press Release: Long Beach Marine Stadium Sprint Nationals Aug 4-5
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SCSC Lucas Oil Long Beach Sprint Nationals presented by ARP

A familiar and thunderous roar once again filled the air in and around Marine Stadium in Long Beach Calif. as the final notes of the Star Spangled Banner were gently released from the flute of Region 12’s own Olivia Knudson.  The 2012 Lucas Oil Long Beach Sprint Nationals presented by ARP were officially under way as the Super Stock Sprint Boats roared from the hot pits for their warm-up lap with welcoming waves from the drivers to all dedicated fans, some who traveled from across the country (and further) to see this legendary race event.

 Larry Ambrose with a voice more prominent than Michael Buffer called the match-ups, while the Southern Californian Speedboat Association (SCSC) officials were all in their places…. boat racers and bitter rivals, new and old, were getting ready to rumble.  Internet chatter and boastful forum posts were no longer a factor. Although conversely, boat, motor, drive, and prop preparation, as well as race strategy and execution were to once again be the determining factors. While many of the 10 classes of race boats may have changed from the original circle boat race held at Marine Stadium 1946, the heightened thrill of the competition certainly remained the same.

 

For fans, it was a picture-perfect August 4th and 5th weekend of great circle boat racing in sunny So.Cal. To others it was a weekend of utter disappointment, while winning racers and owners left with shiny trophies, others were left with only shredded metal, later to return to their shops to rethink and rebuild for better luck next year.

        

Race fans were on their feet from the 1st heat to when the last boat crossed the final checkered flag. Optimal viewing, at safe distances, calm water and legendary performances is what makes the Stadium a unique and well-suited place for boat racing. Racers and fans alike also appreciated the 75-degree weather as families enjoyed immense fests on the sandy beaches as well as water showers from the Long Beach Rescue Boats during the brief intermissions.

 

On behalf of SCSC, we send our deepest congratulations to Joey Cucci driving the #24 Grand National “The Body Snatcher” and boat owner Ted Kolby from Playa Del Rey Calif., the team that led an incredible wire-to-wire race in the 20 lap main event. In doing so, Joey captured the 2012 APBA National Championship and the Rudy Ramos Perpetual Trophy. A feat most appreciated by only those who have tried.

 

In the Super Stock class, it was none other than Ty Newton driving out of Mesa Ariz., who won for owner Dave Rankin from Hacienda Heights, Calif. in the well-prepared #80 boat, “Wild Child”. We wanted to note that “Wild Child” is the winningest APBA Super Stock Flatbottom of all-time. This win is Rankin’s 7th in a row at the Long Beach Sprint Nationals while he also took home the Dave Bryant Memorial Shield, which he has won 3 years in a row!

 

Moving from the inboards to the outboards, it was R.J. West, driving the #93 for Chuck Skelton out of Santa Clarita Calif., who took home the 2012 APBA North American Championships with his 25 lap main event win in the SST-45 tunnel boat class.  R.J. took command off the beach in the modified Le Mans start and never looked back on the specially prepared 7/8 of mile closed-course.

 

In her hotly colored hydro, it was fan favorite Nicole Knudson who took home the overall A Stock Hydroplane Championship for the weekend.  With this win, Nicole earned the honor of being the 1st name on the Tammy Dawe (who recently left us) Memorial Award. In respectful memory of Tammy, the perpetual award will be given out each year at Long Beach race to the driver with the highest points in the A Stock Hydroplane class.

 

Racing action was also hotly contested in the other classes including the Comp Jet, Pro Stock, K-Racing Runabout, Classical Outboard Runabout (COR) and Crackbox races where the side-by-side driving of Scott Schatz/Jeff Hansen in the #P-9 and Nick Granger/Scott Stump in the #P-69 took our breath away on numerous occasions.

 

The up and coming local Special Events class, Classical Outboard Runabout (COR), continues to gain interest and new drivers due to the low cost of entry, competitive racing, and safe speeds in the 80 mph range. Long Beach entries included a Stoker, Baker, STV, Rampage and three Sleekcrafts all running Mercury 2.0 Liter outboards.

 

Last but not least, a big thank you and congratulations to all the racers, rescue, owners, sponsors, crew, staff and family members that that helped make this great event happen. You know who you are and we know how hard you worked. Your support is greatly appreciated.

 

With the support from many, Southern California Speedboat Club has proudly been producing circle boat races at Marine Stadium in Long Beach since 1946. We look forward to seeing you out from behind your computer and at the circle boat races in Long Beach next year.

 

Overall Results:

 

AX Hydroplane

1st- Alex Bloomfield, #55U, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO

2nd- David Hale, #42C, Sunland, CA

3rd- Nicole Knudson, #29C, Chino, CA

4th- Brittney Schwarzenbach, #126C, Apple Valley, CA

5th- Gordon Jennings III, #70C, Foothill Ranch, CA

6th- Jared Wallach, #18C, Redondo Beach, CA

7th- Sarah Bloomfield, #55UX, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO

8th- Tim Herman, #118C, Tempe, AZ

 

A Stock Hydroplane Championship

1st- Nicole Knudson #29C, Chino, CA

2nd- Alex Bloomfield, #55U, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO

3rd- Jeff Conant, #1C, Glendale, AZ

4th- Brittney Schwarzenbach, #126C, Apple Valley, CA

5th- Sarah Bloomfield, #55UX, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO

6th- Tim Herman, #118C, Tempe, AZ

7th- David Hale #42C, Sunland, CA

8th- Jared Wallach #18C, Redondo Beach, CA

9th- Mike Wright #71C, Huntington Beach, CA

10th- Amanda Rich, #53C, Bullhead City, AZ

 

Classic Outboard Runabout (COR)

1st- Kevin Taylor #234, Henderson, NV

2nd- Greg Ronkainen, #128, Redondo Beach, CA

3rrd- Mike Quindazzi, #30, Huntington Beach, CA

4th- Tim/David Carranza, #45, Hawthorne, CA

5th- John Soares, #386, San Bernardino, CA

6th- Tony Scarlata, #9, Hacienda Heights, CA

 

SST-45 – APBA North American Championships

1st- R.J. West, #93, Manteca, CA

2nd- Kevin Curtis #19, Huntington Beach, CA

3rd- Jason Williams #10, Alta Loma, CA

4th- Dean Comer #37, Monrovia, CA

5th- Spencer Love, #24, Santa Rosa, CA

6th- Joe Brain, #33, Huntington Beach, CA (DNF- Crash)

 

Grand National- APBA National Championships

1st – Joey Cucci, # 24, Lake Havasu City, AZ

2nd- Robby Devine, #47, Costa Mesa, CA

3rd- Bill Wheeler, #7, Lake Havasu City, AZ

4th- Gary Garland, #27, Long Beach, CA

5th- Chris Kohles, #50, Hermosa Beach, CA

6th- Greg Gluck, #113, Sebring, FL

7th- Heath Hiebert #369, Bellflower, CA

8th- Dave Rankin, #44, Hacienda Heights, CA

 

Super Stock

1st- Ty Newton, #80, Mesa, AZ

2nd- Robby Devine, #36, Costa Mesa, CA

3rd- Ade Bloomfield, #55, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO

4th- Grady Lakamp, #43, Tempe, AZ

 

Pro Stock

1st- Ade Bloomfield, #55, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO

2nd- Mark Lopresti, #367, Parker, AZ

3rd- Jeff Wooton, #204, So. Pasadena, CA

4th- Shane Hall, #929, Torrance, CA

5th- Jerry Panagos, #113, Seal Beach, CA

 

K Racing Runabout

1st- Brian Twamley, #401-K, La Habra, CA

2nd- Terry Langford, #K-6, Mira Loma, CA

3rd
– Tony Scarlata, #K-69, Hacienda Heights, CA

4th- Chris Irick, # K-034, Lake Havasu City, Az

 

Crackerbox

1st- Scott Schatz/Jeff Hansen #P-9, Corona, CA

2nd- Nick Granger/Scott Stump, #P-69, Torrance, CA

3rd- Donald Doidge/Justin d’Allesandro #P-94, Lancaster, CA

4th- Mike Schatz/Bob Williams, #P-92, Lakewood, CA

 

Comp Jet

1st- Terry Valore owner /Harold Bruce driver #21

2nd- Rodger Finney owner/Toby Clark driver #288

3rd- John McClure owner/Tom Bandy, driver #123

4th- Mark Yunker owner/driver #169

5th- Terry Valore owner/Rick Maddox, driver #59

6th- Jim Rich owner/driver #72

7th- Shirl Dickey owner/driver #60

Craftsman Club Restoration

To celebrate 85 Years of Craftsman Tools- follow the restoration of a 1965 muscle car.

http://www.craftsman.com/shc/s/nb_10155_12602_NB_CraftsmanClub-restoration-rollout

Note- you’ll have to joing the craftsman club to be able to view the videos- but you only have the chance to view and WIN if you join.

RCR Post Race Report — Watkins Glen International– Sprint Cup


RCR Post Race Report — Watkins Glen International  
 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series   
RACE:      Finger Lakes 355            
TRACK:    Watkins Glen International     
DATE:       August 12, 2012  
 
Race Highlights:        
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished 12th (Paul Menard), 15th (Kevin Harvick) and 30th (Jeff Burton).
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Menard ranked eighth in the category Fastest Drivers Late in a Run (120.444 mph) and tied for fifth in category of Quality Passes with 20 made while running in the top 15 during the Finger Lakes 355.
Harvick ran within the top 15 for 44.4 percent (40 laps) of the 220.5-mile event and maintained an average speed of 121.304 mph ranking him fifth amongst his competitors in the category of Green Flag Speed.
Burton made 22 green-flag passes over the course of the 90-lap event.
Marcos Ambrose captured his first Sprint Cup Series win of the 2012 season and was followed to the finish line by Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer and Sam Hornish Jr.
The next scheduled Sprint Cup Series race is the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, August 19. The race is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at noon Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

RCR Post Race Report — Watkins Glen International–Nationwide Series

RCR Post Race Report — Watkins Glen International  
 
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Zippo 200 at the Glen
Watkins Glen International
August 11, 2012
 
Race Highlights:
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished eighth (Paul Menard), 12th (Elliott Sadler) and 23rd (Austin Dillon).
Sadler leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings over Ricky Stenhouse Jr., by 13 points. Sam Hornish ranks third, with Dillon fourth in the standings, trailing his teammate by 29 points.
The No. 2 Chevrolet team is second in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, nine points shy of the No. 18 team’s lead, with the No. 3 team fifth in the standings and the No. 33 team seventh.
Dillon leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over Cole Whitt.
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Menard ranked sixth in the Closers category, gaining two positions in the last 10 percent of the race, and was the sixth-Fastest Driver Late in a Run.
Sadler and Menard were the eighth and ninth-Fastest on Restarts, respectively.
Sadler’s Average Running Position of 9.793 ranked him ninth amongst his competitors.
Dillon made 40 Green Flag Passes.
Carl Edwards earned his 38th career Nationwide Series victory and was followed to the finish line by Brad Keselowski, Hornish, Stenhouse and Ron Fellows.
The next scheduled Nationwide Series race is the Napa 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Saturday, August 18. The 22nd race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Schatz Wins Sixth Knoxville Nationals Title in Last Seven Years

Schatz Wins Sixth Knoxville Nationals Title in Last Seven Years
Kinser, Swindell both fail to advance to the feature for the first time since 1975
 
KNOXVILLE, Iowa – Aug. 11, 2012 – Wow.
Simply put, the packed Knoxville Raceway grandstands were wowed before the 52nd annual Goodyear Knoxville Nationals feature hit the track on Saturday. Then, the near capacity crowd was on its feet at the checkered flag as Donny Schatz recorded his sixth Nationals victory in the last seven years after outlasting Brian Brown by 0.117 seconds to earn the $150,000 prize.

“There’s something about this place when we come here for the Nationals, it’s game on,” Schatz said. “It takes everything to be right. When you get on it and get it right, it’s something that you can keep bringing back here. That’s why we’ve been able to get this success because the baseline we have for coming here is an awesome baseline.”

History was made before the green flag waved as two of the sports’ biggest stars – Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell – failed to advance to the feature. It was the first time since 1975 that neither driver earned a spot in the prestigious event. For Kinser, it snapped a Knoxville Nationals best 34-year streak in the main event.

“There’s a lot of disappointment to not see those guys,” Schatz said. “Those guys paved the way. To see those guys not in the show, it’s really disheartening. That just goes to show how tough this week really is.”

There wasn’t much time for disbelief as the 50-lap feature was pushed off several minutes after the B Main ended because of the threat of an incoming storm. Once the green flag was waved, the focus turned to the side-by-side action on the famed half mile.

Schatz drove from his fifth starting position to third place on the opening lap and passed Jonathan Allard for the runner-up position as the duo exited turn four on the sixth lap. Schatz then chased down polesitter Stevie Smith, who led the first 13 laps before Schatz took over the top spot as the drivers exited turn four in traffic on the 14th lap.

The scheduled red flag for a fuel stop came on lap 27, erasing a solid lead for Schatz. However, once the race resumed, it took only three laps for him to build nearly a three-second advantage. Once he entered traffic on lap 35, Schatz led by more than four seconds.

Before the lap was completed, Kyle Larson brought out the second-and-final caution when he stopped in turn four. With the field bunched together, Brown slid Craig Dollansky for second place in turn four on the restart and set his sights on Schatz.

With 13 laps remaining, Schatz led by a little more than one second. However, as both drivers ran the cushion around the track, Brown cut the deficit to .440 seconds with 10 laps to go before he jumped the cushion in turn two.

Traffic began to play a role in the final seven laps and Brown reeled Schatz to within a couple of car lengths before the cushion in turn two slowed him once again with a handful of laps remaining. Schatz had all but sealed the victory on the final lap before he was slowed exiting turn four while trying to lap two cars.

Brown’s momentum sucked him to the back of Schatz’s car and the duo drag raced to the checkered flag, which Schatz reached first by approximately half a car length.

“It’s real just surreal to be up her with Donny Schatz and all these champions,” Brown said after his career-best finish in the event. “I never figured I’d be in the Knoxville Nationals, let alone run second.

“I feel like we’re a team that’s growing, trying to be like Donny Schatz one day.”

Dollansky tied his career-best result by rounding out the podium.

“My hat’s off to Donny,” he said. “Six of these things, that’s quite an accomplishment.”

Kraig Kinser drove from ninth to fourth and Jason Meyers finished fifth. Shane Stewart advanced from 13th to sixth, Smith placed seventh, Lance Dewease maneuvered from 15th to a career-best eighth, Tim Kaeding was ninth and Davey Heskin charged from 22nd to 10th to earn the Hard Charger Award.

Larson, who won a preliminary feature and finished 16th in Saturday’s main event, claimed the Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year.

Chevy Racing– Continental Tire 200 Recap


 
 
GRAND-AM ROAD RACING SERIES
CONTINENTAL TIRE 200  – ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES
WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL – SHORT COURSE
TEAM CHEVY POST RACE RECAP
AUGUST 11, 2012
 
WATKINS GLEN, New York (August 11, 2012) – Boris Said and Eric Curran, No. 31 Marsh Racing Corvette, brought home a solid runner-up finish today in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series GT class of the Continental Tire 200 at Watkins Glen International.
 
Starting from the pole, Said, who was the GT pole winner, jumped into the lead at the drop of the green flag. After the driver exchange and pit stops, Curran made a hard charge to get back to the point, but settled for the solid second place finish when the checkered flag flew.
 
The No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R driven by John Edwards and Robin Liddell came to The Glen with high hopes to keep their championship effort alive. But contact on the opening lap of the two-hour race sent them behind the wall for repairs that resulted in the pair being scored 14th in-class at the finish.
 
In the Rolex Daytona Prototype class, it was a difficult day for the five Corvette Daytona Prototype entries. Team Chevy’s top finishing team was the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Corvette DP driven by Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli in fourth position at the finish.  Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty brought the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP to the fifth finishing position with the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP piloted by David Donohue and Jordan Taylor in sixth at the checkered flag.
 
All three fought back from adversity throughout the race. The No 10 recovered from an extended pit stop for a wicker change.  The No. 99 was assessed a penalty for an on-track incident, and the No. 5 suffered late-race contact while battling for a podium position.
 
The No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP was also involved in a two-car incident that put them five laps down to the leader, and resulted in an eighth in-class finish. The No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP suffered a mechanical issue that put them on the trailer after lap one of the 91-lap race.
 
The No. 8 Starworks Motorsports Ford Riley was the DP and overall winner.  The No. 94 Turner Motorsports BMW M3 took the GT victory.

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