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Justin Boston wins pole for ARCA Kentucky race

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Friday, 19 September 2014 18:07

Venturini Motorsports driver Justin Boston made his race sponsor proud by winning the pole for Friday night’s ZLOOP 150.  Boston turned a lap of 30.904 (174. 735 mph) and was the quickest time through all the testing, practice and qualifying at Kentucky Speedway. 

Joining him alongside on the front row is points leader Mason Mitchell, who is coming off a runner-up finish at Salem Speedway last weekend.  Mitchell finished runner-up in last year’s Kentucky race and looks to make it one spot better on Friday night.  His closest chaser in the ARCA points, Grant Enfinger, qualified 12th for the ZLOOP 150.

All four Venturini cars qualified in the top eighth with Daniel Suarez (third), Cody Coughlin (sixth) and Brennan Poole (eighth) representing the stable.  All three drivers are making their first ARCA start on the 1.5 mile track.

Two Fords qualified in the top five, with Mitchell in second and Roulo Brothers Racing driver Kyle Weatherman in the fourth spot.  Weatherman, along with three of the four Venturini drives, is also making his Kentucky debut.  The 17-year-old is now old enough to run at tracks like Pocono Raceway and Kentucky.

Home-state favorite Ben Rhodes had the pole for awhile, before settling in the fifth spot.  Rhodes showed speed during Wednesday’s test and looks to bring the Bluegrass State crowd to their feet Friday night with a win in the ARCA race at Kentucky.  Will Kimmel was another driver showing speed and qualified seventh.  The younger Kimmel posted the quickest time during the test Wednesday and held the fastest speed, until Boston eclipsed his mark in qualifying Friday afternoon.

Last week’s winner at Salem, Tom Hessert qualified 15th, while his rookie teammate, Brandon Gdovic, qualified in the 11th spot.  Another rookie, Matt Tifft, slotted in the 10th spot.

The green flag for Friday’s night ZLOOP 150 drops shortly after 8 p.m. ET and will be shown live on FOX Sports 1.

ZLOOP 150 Starting Lineup Top 10

1. #25 Justin Boston

2. #98 Mason Mitchell

3. #66 Daniel Suarez

4. #60 Kyle Weatherman

5. #41 Ben Rhodes

6. #55 Cody Coughlin

7. #69 Will Kimmel

8. #15 Brennan Poole

9. #88 Justin Allison

10. #52 Matt Tifft

           

ARCA ZLOOP 150 Preview

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Friday, 19 September 2014 16:11

The ARCA Racing Series heads to the Kentucky Speedway for the ZLOOP 150 on Friday night.  The championship battle between Mason Mitchell and Grant Enfinger is only separated by 50 points coming into the Bluegrass State.

Mtichell dominated last weekend at Salem, before engaging in a late-race battle with Tom Hessert for the win.  The two beat and bang in the final laps, until coming to the final turn with Hessert hanging on for his third win at Salem and Mitchell crossing the finish line backwards in second.

The current ARCA points leader ran in last year’s race at Kentucky with Empire Motorsports and finished runner-up to Corey LaJoie.  The finish propelled Mitchell to another second-place finish the next week at Kansas and the momentum carried into the 2014 season. 

LaJoie won the race with the Roulo Brothers, who are entered this weekend with 17-year-old Kyle Weatherman.  The teenager has never raced at the 1.5 mile track and will make his superspeedway debut.  This is the first event for the Roulo team on a track 1.5 mile or larger since New Jersey Motorsports Park in June.

Another driver getting his feet wet at a bigger race track is Daniel Suarez.  The frequent NASCAR K&N East and Mexico Series competitor will run full-time for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and 2015 and Friday’s night race will allow Suarez to gain valuable experience with Venturini Motorsports, as he transitions into NASCAR’s top three series.

Suarez’s teammate, John Wes Townley, will not race at Kentucky, as he will run the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  Townley suffered a concussion after an ARCA qualifying accident at Pocono Raceway and forcing him to miss five ARCA races and out of championship contention.  Venturini driver coach and spotter Brennan Poole will take the reigns of the No. 15 Toyota at Kentucky.   Also, Justin Boston will run double-duty in the ARCA race with his No. 25 Venturini Toyota Friday night and run the No. 20 ZLOOP Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing in Saturday’s NNS race.

The ZLOOP 150 is a home game for Ben Rhodes, who hails from Kentucky.  Rhodes attended the Sprint Cup race at the track in June and announced in the last few weeks that the 2014 K&N Pro Series East champion would run at Kentucky in the No. 41 Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM).  Rhodes has won five times during his championship run with one more race to go at Dover next Friday.

Staying on the subject of current and former K&N East drivers, Cunningham Motorsports will field a third entry for 2013 winner Brandon Gdovic at the 1.5 mile track.  Gdovic doesn’t have experience on superspeedways and Friday night’s race will help expand his learning curve by making his ARCA debut.  The Cunningham team won the Kentucky race with Parker Kligerman in 2009.

Defending ARCA champ Frank Kimmel is still looking for his first win on the season with Win-Tron Racing.  Their Camping World Truck Series driver, Mason Mingus, announced this week that he would head to Billy Boat Motorsports for the rest of the 2014 season, starting at Las Vegas next weekend.  Their future is uncertain whether Win-Tron will either shut down the truck team and/or put more focus on the ARCA effort.  The team finished second last year with Mingus in the ARCA championship. 

34 cars were on the entry list for the ZLOOP 150.  Drivers such as Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, Chad Boat and Corey LaJoie were a few of the names who ran in last year’s race in ARCA’s return to Kentucky Speedway.  The race starts shortly after 8 p.m. ET Friday night and will be shown live on FOX Sports 1.

 

 

Justin Boston revs up to pull double duty at Kentucky

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Thursday, 18 September 2014 17:58

 

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Justin Boston [(“JBoss”) No. 25: ZLOOP Computer & Electronic Recycling Centers –Toyota Camry for Venturini Motorsports] is gearing up to pull double duty this weekend to compete in both the ARCA Racing Series (presented by Menards) and NASCARNationwide Series (NNS).

Nearing the close of the 2014 season, JBoss will sport his sponsor colors on Friday, September 19, 2014 at the ARCA ZLOOP 150 at Kentucky Speedway. Boston will drive his familiar white ARCA No.25 ZLOOP Toyota Camry for Venturini Motorsports.  On Saturday, JBoss will suit up to represent Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) in his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series start at the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 as the pro driver behind the No.20 ZLOOP NNS Toyota Camry.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to be welcomed into the NASCAR circuit,” said JBoss. “It’s weekend of thrills; this is our (ZLOOP) second year sponsoring the ZLOOP 150 (ARCA) race at Kentucky and we’re also making our NASCAR Nationwide debut. It’s going to be ‘career’ weekend for me--one that we hope will make the history books for the teams, sponsors and for all our fans and supporters.”
In his sophomore season, the 25-year-old rising star, JBoss, has two first-place wins to his credit in the 2014 ARCA racing season (in Madison, WI and Toledo, OH).  The wins complement Boston’s promising stats; he also has seven Top-5 and eleven Top-10 finishes to date.
JBoss also has realistic expectations in the step-up to NASCAR’s second-tier series. "Plain and simple, our goals are to compete and run all the laps in both of our Nationwide Series starts" he added. "I have confidence in everyone on the No. 20 team; it’s a strong team and that’s reassuring. I'm excited to see what we can do together.”

Also announced this week, JBoss will race at next weekend’s NASCAR nationwide series event with Joe Gibbs Racing at Dover International Speedway.
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Injury Sidelines Reid Wilson For Coastal Plains

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Thursday, 18 September 2014 10:25

Reid Wilson Racing (RWR) announced today that it will be necessary to sit out this weekend’s X-1R Pro Cup Series event at Coastal Plains Speedway, because of injuries sustained at Southern National (N.C.) Motorsports Park earlier this month.

Contact between Reid Wilson and another competitor in the Gold Leaf 200, sent Wilson’s No. 66 Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits Chevrolet hard into the outside wall and a trip to a local hospital for medical attention.

Since returning to his home in Huntersville, N.C., Wilson has remained under care from his personal physician and a sports injury specialist, who suggested that he sit out this weekend’s race in order to make a speedy, full recovery.

“It’s unfortunate that we won’t be able to contend for the championship, but we need to think safety first,” said Barry Wilson, Reid Wilson Racing team principal. “We had a well-positioned plan if Reid would have received clearance to compete this weekend. But, in the best interest of Reid’s healthy recovery, we will skip Coastal Plains and hope to be back for the second to last race.”

While the team is hopeful that they’ll return to contend for Wilson’s first career X-1R Pro Cup Series victory at Lonesome Pine next month, the Reid Wilson Racing team is extremely confident they’ll be able to compete with Wilson at the helm in the season-finale, The Bojangles’ 250 at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway, on October 18.

“It stinks, that’s putting it lightly,” said driver Reid Wilson. “I certainly don’t like being asked not to race, but I understand the reasoning. I hate that our championship hopes have all but evaporated, but we still have a couple opportunities to contend for wins, so we’ll put our focus on that and hope for the best.”

Wilson, who would have entered this weekend’s race tied for third in the championship standings, only 17 points out of first, added, “I want to thank my guys, my friends, family and most of all our sponsors for supporting us during this situation. No doubt I’m focused to getting back to 100 percent and putting our No. 66 Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits in victory lane. We have had so many opportunities this season, but each have slipped through our fingers.

“Getting myself healthy and to be able to compete at Hickory is my main focus right now. It’s an important race for us, because it’s in our sponsors’ backyard and we’ll have a lot of fan support at that race,” he concluded.

Further updates on Wilson’s medical clearance will be released as it becomes available.

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It was a tall order but someone had to do it. And that someone was Sellersburg, Indiana's Will Kimmel who topped the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards speed charts Wednesday in open testing at Kentucky Speedway.

 

It was no small feat either as 25 drivers posted time and speed in preparation for Friday night's ZLOOP 150 at Kentucky, live on FOX Sports 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

 

Kimmel, in the No. 69 Kimmel Racing Ford, shot to the top of the board in the final moments of testing, very near the 5 o'clock bell. The third-generation ARCA racer circled the 1.5-mile superspeedway in 31.044 seconds, an average speed of 173.947 mph.

 

"It was about five minutes to go when we put down that lap," Kimmel said.

 

"It was a qualifying run. If we would have put new tires on it, I think we would have been even better...the scuffs we had on it had cooled.

 

"That part was good, but we were chasing it a little bit in our race runs. We tried something early on and then went back to where we were. I think we were fighting the old tires we had on it, so we weren't sure how fast it will be in race trim. We'll see where we stand when we come back for the race Friday."

 

Kimmel not only put down the fastest lap of the session, he was also arguably the busiest driver of the bunch, showing up on the board in three places - his own No. 69 Messinas-Circle Track Ford and in the Kimmel Racing No. 68 Gary Yeomans Ford team car that Michael Lira will drive Friday during the race. Kimmel also assisted Ken Schrader Racing with the team's No 52 Chevrolet.

 

"Matt (Tifft) couldn't make it so Donnie (Richeson/Ken Schrader Racing Crew Chief) came down and asked if I'd give it a few runs, so I squeezed in there...got it fairly close for them. I think it'll give Matt something to work with."

 

Tifft, who drives the Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet when Schrader's not in it, could not attend the open test Wednesday because of school commitments. Tifft is in his first year at UNC Charlotte, and couldn't stay for Wednesday's test, which was originally scheduled the day before; however, wet track conditions from all night rains prevented any on-track racecar activity Tuesday.

 

Justin Boston was second quickest overall at 172.994 mph. Boston's already in the headlines this week, having announced that he'd also compete in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). ZLOOP, Boston's title sponsor for both his Venturini Motorsports Toyota and the JGR car, is also the title sponsor of Friday's ARCA Racing Series event.

 

"This is a big weekend for me and my sponsor ZLOOP," said Boston. "In addition to this being our (ZLOOP's) second year sponsoring the ZLOOP 150 (ARCA) race at Kentucky, we're also making our NASCAR Nationwide debut. Wow...so pumped for the weekend and excited for all our fans and supporters."

Boston is also scheduled to race for JGR in next weekend's Nationwide event at Dover Int'l Speedway.

Louisville, Kentucky native Ben Rhodes made his first-ever laps on a superspeedway in the Kentucky test for Turner Scott Motorsports, turning in the third fastest speed overall at 172.254 mph. Rhodes has already clinched the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship as well as the
Sunoco Rookie of the Year award. Rhodes will be making his superspeedway debut in Friday's ZLOOP 150.

 

Current ARCA Racing Series point leader Mason Mitchell was fourth quickest ahead of Monterrey, Mexico's Daniel Suarez in fifth. The ZLOOP 150 marks Suarez's debut with the ARCA Racing Series. JGR announced last week that the 22-year old Suarez would join the organization in 2015 to compete full time in the NASCAR Nationwide (XFINITY) Series with ARRIS as the primary sponsor.

"I'm excited to race with Venturini Motorsports at Kentucky in the ARCA Series as I continue to prepare for next season and running full time with Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series," said Suarez. "I'm looking forward to representing my new sponsor ARRIS and I'm thankful to ARRIS and everyone involved for giving me this opportunity as I make the next step in my career."

 

Kyle Weatherman, in a Roulo Brothers Racing Ford, was sixth fastest over Venturini Motorsports' Cody Coughlin in seventh.

 

"We had a good test session and I think we are in a good spot with our setup for this Friday," Coughlin said. "We picked up our speed throughout the day and were in the top-five most of the day...sometimes at the top of the chart. I'm looking forward to Friday night."    

 

Coughlin also took a quick liking to the 1.5-mile oval.  

   

"Kentucky Speedway is a pretty cool place. It has a unique character and pretty wild to drive around," Coughlin added. "It has some bumps around the track that could upset the nose of the car, but this will be a good learning experience for me and I hope to be a strong contender on Friday night."    

 

The 18-year-old from Delaware, Ohio is coming to Kentucky after recently recording a big Super Late Model win earlier this month at the renowned Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Indiana.   

   

"It felt great to get into victory lane at Winchester Speedway," Coughlin continued. "Things are really coming along well with both our ARCA Racing Series and Super Late Model program. Our goal is to end our year on a high note and we are going in the right direction."

 

Josh Williams, Justin Allison and Kimmel (52 car) completed the top-10 respectively.

 

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The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards (ARCA) season will visit Kentucky Speedway Friday, September 19th for the second to last event of the 2014 season.

With plenty of pre-race headlines to note, Justin Boston will not only carry his sponsor colors for the ARCA title race sponsored ZLOOP 150 but will also be making his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) in Saturday’s VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Boston will drive his familiar white ARCA No.25 ZLOOP backed car Friday night before fading to black under the lights the following day in his No.20 ZLOOP NNS Toyota Camry.

“This is a big weekend for me and my sponsor ZLOOP,” said Boston. “In addition to this being our (ZLOOP’s) second year sponsoring the ZLOOP 150 (ARCA) race at Kentucky we’re also making our NASCAR Nationwide debut. WOW, so pumped for the weekend and excited for all our fans and supporters.”

Announced yesterday, Boston will also race next weekend’s NNS event with JGR at Dover.

Boston also has realistic expectations on his opportunity to step up to NASCAR’s second-tier series. "Our goals are to compete and run all the laps in both of our Nationwide Series starts, plain and simple," he said. "As far as being anxious, it hasn't really hit me yet. If anything, knowing that I get to work with everyone on the No. 20 team is reassuring since they’re such a strong team and I'm excited to see what we can do together.”

The 25-year old Baltimore native is in his sophomore season with VMS in the ARCA Racing Series. Boston won Rookie of the Year honors in 2013 and has two victories this season to go along with (7) Top-5 and (11) top-10 finishes.

Brennan Poole will once again be subbing for driver John Wes Townley due to a scheduling conflict surrounding Friday’s ARCA Kentucky event and Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series New Hampshire event.

“I can’t thank Zaxby’s enough for the opportunities they’ve given me this year. I can’t wait to wheel it Friday night and hopefully bring home another strong finish for Venturini and Zaxby’s,” said Poole.

Friday’s ZLOOP 150 from Kentucky will mark the third time this season Poole will sub for Townley. During his time driving the No.15 Zaxby’s Toyota for Townley, Poole has earned a third place finish at Berlin Raceway and sixth place finish at Salem Speedway.

Townley who has been juggling a hectic schedule this year has split time behind the wheel between ARCA, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the Nationwide Series. He has missed five ARCA races (August-Pocono, Berlin, Springfield, Salem and now Kentucky) due to injuries sustained following a mid-summer incident at Pocono and as of late, conflicting ARCA and NASCAR schedules. BJ McLoud was a late substitution for Townley at Pocono and Kevin Swindell filled in for Townley last month, winning at Springfield.

Last month in a highly publicized announcement, JGR revealed the 22-year old Daniel Suarez would join the organization in 2015 to compete full time in the NASCAR Nationwide (XFINITY) Series with ARRIS as the primary sponsor. As part of that deal JGR has tapped VMS to field Suarez in Friday’s ZLOOP 150 as part of the process to prepare him for his next step in his career.

“I’m excited to race with Venturini Motorsports at Kentucky in the ARCA Series as I continue to prepare for next season and running full time with Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series, said Suarez. “I’m looking forward to representing my new sponsor ARRIS and I’m thankful to ARRIS and everyone involved for giving me this opportunity as I make the next step in my career.”

Suarez will drive the No.66 VMS-ARRIS Toyota in his debut ARCA event.

A native of Monterrey, Mexico, Suarez is currently competing full time for Escuderia TELMEX in the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series, where he leads that series, and competes in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Rev Racing Team in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

Continuing with the theme, JGR development driver Cody Coughlin will be making his 10th start of the season with VMS this weekend driving his No.55 JEGS Toyota. Coughlin who’s starting to hit his stride as of late has earned (1) top-5 and (6) top-10 finishes in limited ARCA action.

“This is my first time at Kentucky Speedway and we got used to the track very fast in the test session on Wednesday,” Coughlin said. “I am really looking forward to Friday’s race. I’m becoming more and more comfortable on these 1.5-mile ovals, which is good because you mostly race these sorts of tracks as you move up the ranks.”

Earlier this month Coughlin claimed his first career Super Late Model win by leading the ARCA/CRA Super Series Winchester 100 wire-to-wire. Just days after winning his CRA event the 18-year old Coughlin also topped the speed charts during an official ARCA testing session held on Kansas Speedway’s 1.5 mile oval in preparation for the series finale on October 3rd.

Practice for the ZLOOP 150 race event at Kentucky is Friday afternoon, September 19 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30, followed by Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 5:00. The ZLOOP 150 is scheduled to get the green flag just after 8.

In addition to Live Timing and Scoring at ARCAracing.com, the race is live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm eastern.

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Bickford Clinches Sunoco Rookie Of The Year

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014 18:03

James Bickford went from a 25th-place finish in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut to winning his first career race and now top rookie honors in the series.

The 16-year-old Napa, California, native has clinched the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title with two races remaining in the K&N West. Bickford holds a 32-point advantage over Rich DeLong III with events at All American Speedway in Roseville, California, and Phoenix International Raceway remaining in season.

Bickford, driving the No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Ford, began the 2014 season with a tough outing at Phoenix and a 15th-place finish at Califonia's Irwindale Speedway through the first two events. He finished 10th in the season's third event at California's Stockton 99 Speedway and from there would go on to post seven top fives and nine top 10s in his next 10 events, including his first career win at State Line Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho, on July 12.

Bickford is the third consecutive driver and fifth overall to earn the rookie title driving for car owner Bob Bruncati, who is known for providing an opportunity for young drivers to showcase their talent in the series. He joins current teammate Dylan Lupton (2013), Austin Dyne (2012), Luis Martinez Jr. (2010) Jason Bowles (2007) as drivers who have garnered the top rookie owners for Bruncati.

Past drivers to win the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honor in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West include Derrike Cope, Chad Little, Bill Sedgwick, Rick Carelli, David Gilliland and Dylan Kwasniewski.

Bickford will be honored for his Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award at the NASCAR Touring Series Awards on Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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Rhodes Clinches Sunoco Rookie Of The Year

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014 18:00

Ben Rhodes can add one more piece of hardware to his impressive 2014 season.

The Louiville, Kentucky, native, has clinched the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title by virtue of holding a 36-point lead headining into the final event of the season, the Drive Sober 150 at Dover (Delaware) International Speedway on Sept. 26. On Sept. 6 at Greenville Pickens Speedway in South Carolina, Rhodes wrapped up the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship for Turner Scott Motorsports,

The 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver is now among the company of Ricky Craven, Andy Santerre, Brad Leighton, Joey Logano, Ryan Truex and Kyle Larson – all K&N Pro Series East champions – who have won the prestigious Rookie of the Year Award, which has been handed out each year since 1988.

Rhodes is also one of four drivers to win the overall championship abd Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the same season, joining Logano (2007), Truex (2009) and Larson (2012).

Through the first 15 races of the 16-race season, Rhodes has five wins, six poles, 11 top-fives and 13 top-10 finishes, garnering the Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award 11 times in that span.

The 2014 season saw 39 different drivers earn Sunoco Rookie of the Year points in the K&N Pro Series East, including Rhodes' teammate Kaz Grala, who is currently third in the point standings behind Nick Drake.

Earning Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the K&N Pro Series East has gone a long way toward advancing driver’s careers in recent seasons. Starting with Logano in 2007, six of the last seven top rookies in the series have all gone on to compete full-time in NASCAR’s three national series, including 2012 honoree Larson, who is completing his first season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Logano, who qualified this year for his second straight Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Rhodes will be formally recognized for this accomplishment at the NASCAR Touring Series Awards on Saturday, Dec. 13 in the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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Rob Fuller Motorsports Seeks Redemption at Loudon

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014 17:54

In July, Rob Fuller Motorsports brought a contenting race car to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event.  Todd Szegedy, driver of the No. 15 15-50 Connection Chevrolet, led 15 laps of the race, but unfortunately the day ended with a DNF due to a mechanical failure.  This weekend, the RFM team is seeking to recapture the success of the day and finish it off with a win.

Szegedy has a knack for racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  He’s the defending race winner and has an average finish of 9.8 in 24 starts at this track.

“The way I look at it if we finish without having an issue, we are going to finish strong,” said Szegedy.  “Everywhere we’ve raced we’ve been a contender to win.  We’ve just had mechanical issues and some bad luck.  I won this race last year and I always wish we had more races there because I like it so much.”

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 3:30 p.m. EDT following the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.  Considering this fact, the team is preparing a different setup on the car.

“The truck race prior to the modified race is going to play a bit of a factor,” said Szegedy.  “Goodyear tire rubber affects the way our cars handle.  Generally, that’s what your first 50 laps are for anyways.  The way I approach it is the first 50 is when you adjust your car and get prepared.  The last 50 are what’s important.”

“We had a great car in July and unfortunately, the fuel pump went bad,” said Rob Fuller, team owner.  “We’re going back with a little different set up because we’re running after the Truck Series and it should be about 15 degrees cooler so we’ll see how it shakes out.  A win at Loudon would be huge for our sponsors and LFR Chassis.  We have to catch up to Burt (Myers) in the win column!”

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Fall is usually a time when short-track racing across the country winds down, but for Dalton Sargeant, it's a time to start a new chapter in his driving career.  Sargeant is pleased to announce that he has joined veteran crew chief and car owner Richie Wauters Motorsports for the remainder of 2014 Super Late Model schedule, and will compete in some of the biggest short-track racing events of the year.  Sargeant will make his Super Late Model debut in the Wauters Motorsports No. 5s on Friday, September 19 at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, followed by Saturday, September 20 at Mobile International Speedway in Mobile, Alabama.  The two events will be the final two events on the 2014 Southern Super Series schedule.

2014 marks the 16 year-old's first season in stock-car competition and he has already recorded one win (Virginia International Raceway), nine top-five finishes and 23 top-ten finishes at historic venues across the Southeast such as Hickory Motor Speedway, Motor Mile Speedway, Southern National Speedway, Langley Speedway, South Boston Speedway and Caraway Speedway.

Born, raised, and still residing in South Florida, Sargeant began his racingcareer in 2007 at the age of nine years old. Sargeant's career has already taken him around the world and has competed and visited victory lane in numerous different racing disciplines. From professional karting championships, to European Formula open-wheel cars, to NASCAR Whelen All-American Stock Cars, Sargeant has a long list of accomplishments in a short amount of time.  He has represented the United States in International Rotax Karting Championships and stood on the podium at internationally historic courses such as Brands Hatch, The Mugello Circuit, and Sebring International Raceway.

Richie Wauters is no stranger to the NASCAR garage and short tracks across the country.  Wauters began his career as a crew chief and has amassed 16 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins, 24 NASCAR Southeastern Elite Division wins, one NASCAR Southeastern Elite Division Championship in 2006, 6 ASA wins and has finished in second position in the Snowball Derby an astounding six times, with one Snowball Derby win in 2004.  Wauters has worked with a long list of NASCAR stars including Davey Allison, Alan Kulwicki, Bill Elliott, Dick Trickle, Mark Martin, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, Paul Menard, David Ragan, Elliott Sadler, Scott Hansen, Kenny Wallace and Steven Wallace.

Richie Wauters:

"I'm really looking forward to having a driver like Dalton Sargeant join Wauters Motorsports.  We've been keeping our eye on Dalton throughout this season as he's come from no stock car or oval experience, to running upfront in late model races which is impressive to say the least.  We were able to test with him last week at Caraway Speedway and what impressed me was he was very smooth with all his input, was always in control, and had instant speed when we unloaded off the transporter.  I see a lot of similarities between Dalton and when Kyle Busch was 16 years old, he has a ton of potential and has what it takes to be a star in this sport.  With that being said, he's still relatively new to stock cars so our goal for Pensacola is to complete every lap, and be in contention at the end for a good finish."

Dalton Sargeant:

"Wauters Motorsports is one of the most successful and historically relevant race teams in all of Super Late Model Racing, so it's an honor to join their long list of previous drivers.  I'm really looking forward to being under the tutelage of Richie Wauters and legendary driver and crew chief Bobby Gill for the next few months, at some really big events to close out the 2014 racing season.  I've always wanted to drive a Super Late Model, with the long races and increased horsepower it will prepare me for the next few steps in my racing career, and have always thought it was an important step to take.  Pensacola is a track I've heard a lot about and I'm really looking forward to the challenge.  It will definitely be a big learning curve for myself, with my first ever race in a Super Late Model coming at a track that wears tires quickly, in arguably one of the toughest short-track racing series in the country.  My primary goal right now is to get experience, run as many laps as possible and get comfortable with this car and these competitors."

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