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KBR Development is pleased to announce Brandon McReynolds will return to the seat of the #28 KBR Chevrolet SS, ARCA Menards Series car at Talladega Superspeedway. In addition, facilities maintenance and service provider ABM Industries will sponsor the McReynolds entry.
KBR Development is competing full time on the ARCA tour this season, after running select events in 2018. Team owner Mike Bursley acquired assets from defending championship team MDM Motorsports during the off-season, as well as formed a technical alliance with GMS Racing and Chevrolet.
Through the first three events of 2019, KBR Development cars have often been found up front. Brandon McReynolds battled for the win in the closing laps at Daytona Intl. Speedway, before getting collected in an accident. Raphael Lessard (#19) led much of the series’ second race of the year at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. Carson Hocevar qualified on the pole and led the first portion of last weekends race at Salem Speedway, before ultimately finishing third in the rain shortened event.
The ARCA Menards Series General Tire 200 is scheduled for green at 6:00 p.m. ET, Friday, April 26, and will be aired live on Fox Sports 1.
Quote – Brandon McReynolds:
“I’m pumped to be back racing for KBR Development in Talladega. This will be my first ARCA race back at Talladega since winning there in 2012. It is always cool to race in my dad’s home state of Alabama. Winning again there would mean the world to me. I can’t thank Ryan Brock and everyone at ABM Industries enough for partnering with us for this race.”
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There are names in racing that are instantly recognizable. Petty. Andretti. Foyt. Senna.
Those are the names that transcend the sport and have permeated popular culture worldwide. From success on the track to references in movies, television, and music, those names could be mentioned virtually anywhere on the globe and someone would recognize them.
Mario Andretti has long since been retired - his last laps in an Indy car coming in 1993. His son Michael retired in 2006. But there still is an Andretti racing actively in Indy car as Mario’s grandson Marco drives for Michael’s powerhouse organization.
Ayrton Senna, the three-time world champion, perished in 1994. But his nephew Bruno followed in his footsteps, racing in F1 briefly before settling into a role in Formula E and the World Endurance Championship.
Anthony Joseph Foyt, A.J., the first four-time Indianapolis 500 winner, is still active in Indy car as a team owner. His son Larry is also a former ARCA and NASCAR driver, and is now in charge of A.J. Foyt Racing’s day-to-day operations.
And of course, there is Richard Petty. The King. He has 200 NASCAR Cup Series wins. Seven Cup championships, and the son of another champion, Lee Petty. Brother to legendary engine builder Maurice Petty. Cousin to Dale Inman, the winningest crew chief in NASCAR history. Father of Kyle, an eight-time Cup Series winner. And grandfather to Adam Petty, who sadly lost his life before he could make his mark in the racing world.
Adam’s death in 2000 left a void in the racing world. He was, by all accounts, a wonderful young man with a great sense of humor, empathy for his fellow man, and an infectious smile. He was also very talented and was seen by many as the future of the Petty racing dynasty. Like his father Kyle before him, Adam was an ARCA winner in his first career start, at Charlotte. Despite Richard and Kyle staying actively involved in the sport, Adam’s loss seemed to be the end of the road for Petty fans.
Four months after Adam’s tragic accident, another Petty was born. He would grow up with that same infectious smile and the Petty personality that drew so many fans to his great grandfather, grandfather, uncle, and cousin.
“I may not have the last name ‘Petty,’ but I’m as Petty as they come,” Thad Moffitt said.
The one thing he didn’t share was the Petty last name. Moffitt (No. 46 Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet), son of Rebecca Petty Moffitt and her husband Brian, is the second fourth-generation Petty to ascend through the ranks of stock car racing. Now in his third partial season in the ARCA Menards Series, Moffitt qualified second fasted and started second in the season opener at the Daytona International Speedway before a punctured tire sent him into the wall and ended his day.
Moffitt had speed at Daytona. He ran up front throughout the early stages of the race before an unscheduled pit stop for a loose window net cost him a lap. He had raced his way back onto the lead lap and was ready to work back into the top ten when disaster struck. A punctured tire resulted in a spin and contact with the wall, leaving hm 27th at the finish.
After concentrating on the short tracks in 2018, Moffitt and the Empire Racing team will concentrate on the superspeedway races in 2019. The General Tire 200 at the Talladega Superspeedway will be his second start of the season, and with the track’s similarities to Daytona he’s looking for another strong performance.
“I am really excited about the opportunity to race at the Talladega Superspeedway for the first time,” the 18-year old said. “After the speed our Empire Racing team showed at the Daytona International Speedway in February, I feel we have a good shot at a top-five finish in the in General Tire 200. As a team, we have been working hard to prepare for this race, and to try and get some redemption. I have high expectations to perform at a very high level, and we hope to have a strong showing with no mistakes.”
While me may not share the Petty name, his racing exploits are conducted under the watchful eye of his grandfather. His father Brian, CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports, is there as well to offer advice as needed.
“Continuing the Petty legacy is a really cool, but tall order to a part of. I am proud to honor the heritage, and create my own name to be added to the family history,” Moffitt said.
Practice for the General Tire 200, the kickoff event of Talladega Superspeedway’s 50th Anniversary season, is scheduled for 9:30 am ET/8:30 am CT on Friday, April 26, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 3:35 pm ET/2:35 pm CT. The green flag will drop on the General Tire 200 at 6 pm ET/5 pm CT. The race will be shown live on FS1. ARCA for Me members will be able to follow live timing & scoring, live track updates, and live chat throughout all on-track activity for free at ARCARacing.com. New members can join for free by registering at ARCARacing.com/login.
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After speaking with local meteorologist and The Weather Bureau, we have decided to cancel our racing activities for Friday April 19th. Due to the heavy rains moving into the area tomorrow, we have postponed all activities until April 26. We hope everyone has a safe Easter weekend. We will see everyone back on Friday, April 26th.
The next race is scheduled for Friday, April 26. Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m. and racing at 8 p.m. Full race day schedule is coming soon. Adult grandstand admission Friday $12, with kids 12-and-under admitted FREE. Adult tier-parking admission $12 per person (plus a $12 vehicle parking spot fee), with kids 12-and-under admitted free.
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Are you a thrill seeker? Adrenaline junkie? Someone who needs to overcome your fear of heights? Then there is a once in a lifetime experience that you won’t want to miss on Saturday, June 8.
“Over the Edge” returns to The Last Great Colosseum after an exhilarating and successful 2018 edition, where members of the community participated to help raise money for the YWCA and the Bristol chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. BMS Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Caldwell even took the pledge and rappelled down the iconic 10-story Bristol elevator tower. This year, 2012 NHRA Pro Stock world champion and Greeneville resident Allen Johnson will go over the edge with the individual who raises the most amount of money to the cause.
On June 8th, the organizations are partnering up for the second annual “Over The Edge” event, a unique and adrenaline-inducing experience that will provide a new perspective of The World’s Fastest Half-Mile. Participants will have the chance to traverse the sides of buildings like Spider-Man, rappelling down the iconic Bristol elevator tower – and the best part? It’s all for a great cause.
All proceeds will benefit the two charitable organizations. Over the Edge, a professional rappelling organization that has raised over $70 million for charities since 2008, will lead the event. OTE will provide all the necessary equipment and expertise. All ages have successfully rappelled from early teens to guests in their 80’s.
“What we need most are brave hearts willing to go over the edge to help uplift others in our community,” said Kathy Waugh, chief executive officer for the Bristol YWCA. “This fundraiser will have a massive impact for the working parents and at-risk girls we serve every day.”
“It was an absolute thrill to see individuals brave the heights of the famed Bristol tower to help raise money for those in need,” said Claudia Byrd, executive director of the Bristol chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. “The support of this community to help send someone ‘over the edge’ for charity means more to us than they know. We’re looking forward to another great event in 2019.”
Over the Edge is open to the first 76 brave individuals who raise $1,500. Interested organizations can even raise funds to “toss the boss”. To register, to donate and to learn more about the event, please visit https://otecwe.com/bristol. Those who want to demonstrate their support for children, women and the mission to eliminate racism should consider becoming an edger.
For more information on the Bristol chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, please visit www.SpeedwayCharities.org/
In the 2000s at Talladega Superspeedway’s springtime classic Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, there was a new sheriff in town named Gordon, as well as another driver with the last name of Earnhardt, who dominated the world’s largest and greatest race track in the world that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
NASCAR’s Most Competitive track, which will host its tripleheader weekend featuring the GEICO 500 on April 26-28, gave way to two of the most popular drivers to ever strap into the cockpit - Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. The duo would win six of the first eight races in the decade with Gordon claiming four – 2000, 2004, 2005, 2007 – while Earnhardt won two straight in 2002-03, and then added triumphs in the track’s fall race (2001, 2002) for a Talladega record four straight.
Earnhardt added four more top-10 results, including a heart-breaking runner-up finish to Gordon in ’04, much to the chagrin of the fans in the grandstands. With just over four laps to go, Earnhardt, running second at the time, went to pass Gordon and nosed in front of his Chevrolet, but the caution for an accident behind them came out just inches before the pass. The field was frozen, and the race ended under caution. Gordon added two other top-10 efforts.
Other drivers to claim the top prize in the spring Monster Series event at ‘Dega included Bobby Hamilton, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski, who notched his first career triumph in NASCAR’s premier series. Nine different drivers captured pole positions at Bill France Sr.’s creation during the 10-year stretch with Jeremy Mayfield the lone driver with two.
Below are quick recaps of each springtime race at the 2.66-mile venue during the 2000s:
- 2000: Gordon, in his famous No. 24 for Hendrick Motorsports, holds off Mike Skinner by .189 second to claim his career milestone 50th win. Dale Earnhardt Sr. competes in his final Talladega race and finishes third.
- 2001: In a caution-free race, Hamilton, in his No. 55 Chevy for Andy Petree Racing, passes Tony Stewart in the tri-oval coming to the white flag and holds on by .163 second. The average speed of the race, which saw Kurt Busch, Mark Martin and Bobby Labonte complete the top five, was a sizzling 184.003 mph.
- 2002: Dale Jr. holds off a last-ditch effort for a pass through the tri-oval by teammate Michael Waltrip by just inches (0.060 second).
- 2003: Dale Jr. makes it two straight in the spring, and this time, the runner-up victim is Kevin Harvick, trailing the driver of the No. 8 Chevrolet by .125 second.
- 2004: In one of the most memorable events ever at Talladega, Dale Jr.’s pass on Gordon is one second too late before the caution comes out as the leaders are in Turn 4. Dale Jr. beats Gordon to the finish line, but when the caution comes out in the fourth turn, Gordon is inches ahead.
- 2005: It was Gordon’s turn at back-to-back victories, handing Tony Stewart his second bridesmaid result in the spring event by .193 second.
- 2006: Stewart is runner-up for the second straight year, this time to Johnson by .120 second with Brian Vickers third, followed by Jeff Burton and Jamie McMurray.
- 2007: Johnson’s bid in his No. 48 Chevrolet for another win comes up short to teammate Gordon, who puts an exclamation point on his fourth and final spring win of the decade.
- 2008: Kyle captures his first – and only to this point – Cup victory at Talladega. He fends off the challenge of Juan Pablo Montoya and Denny Hamlin. Busch, however, has had wins since in the other two NASCAR Series that compete at the 33-degree banked track – the NASCAR Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
- 2009: In a remarkable finish, Keselowski, driving for independent car owner James Finch, taps Carl Edwards out of the lead coming through the tri-oval to the checkered flag to notch his initial win in the premier series. Edwards, who crashed with his car coming up 100 yards short of the finish line, jumps out and runs across the line “Ricky Bobby” style to complete the race on foot. The victory helps Keselowski land a full-time ride with Team Penske in 2010. He is now the active Talladega win leader with five.
The upcoming GEICO 500 will be the track’s 100th race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The weekend kicks off a motorsports tripleheader with the General Tire 200 for the ARCA Menards Series (which has been a staple of Talladega Superspeedway since October of ’69) on Friday, April 26, and the MoneyLion 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday, April 27. The GEICO 500 gets a 1 p.m. CDT start on Sunday, April 28. For ticket information, log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223).
Ryan Newman has been a busy man in the media this off week and rightfully so. His two-straight top-10 finishes have created quite a buzz, a nice change the No. 6 team has enjoyed thus far in 2019.
Early on, the discussion was primarily about how Newman, in his 18th season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS), would adapt to a brand new situation. Given all the change – personnel, organization, rules packages and personalities – the results have begun to prove themselves.
Newman sits inside the playoff picture, currently 15th in the drivers’ standings and projected 16th in the playoffs. He’s finished ninth in two-straight races (Bristol, Richmond) improving his average finish to 15.2 overall through the first quarter. That number is nearly nine spots better than this time last year, and the team has already matched its top-10 total from 2018.
“It’s been a challenge for a lot of people, but me in particular,” Newman told NASCAR America Wednesday night. “This is the most change and most rookie I feel like I’ve been in my entire career outside my actual rookie season. It is interesting to see all the changes. Scott Graves and the team, and especially my pit crew, have done a great job making me feel comfortable and feel at home.”
As of late, Newman has found a home consistently battling inside the top-10. Much of that is in large part thanks to the over-the-wall crew, who Newman has praised recently. In Richmond alone the pit crew gained 17 spots on pit road, 11 of which came in the final stage alone.
“The guys did a really good job, not just in Richmond but Bristol as well,” Newman told Alan Cavanna Tuesday. “We see how important track position is and it seemed like there were a lot of cars that were running about equal speed. You need to be sometimes three or four tenths quicker than somebody to not only start the pass but also complete the pass and it is hard to be able to have that advantage anymore. The pit guys really made our biggest gains the last couple weeks.”
It is a small sample size, but in the past three races alone, Newman has an average finish of 9.7, just missing the top-10 at Texas with an 11th-place result. Overall in 2019, the Rocketman has completed all but four laps, but more impressively, ran nearly half (1476) of the 3041 laps inside the top-15.
But just is the thought process of any natural competitor, Newman knows there is more on the horizon for his new team, something he’s looking forward to moving into the second quarter of the season.
“I don’t feel like we’re at all where we want to be, but we’re showing progress and I know Jack (Roush) and everyone on the team like to see that, so it’s been humbling, and at the same time it’s been a lot of fun. Happy to be where we are at, but obviously not entirely happy and we want to keep moving forward. We can definitely do better and we see that, and we’ve proven that the last couple weeks.”
Following the off week for Easter, Newman and the No. 6 team look to continue their consistency at Talladega Superspeedway next weekend.
Defending ARCA Menards Series Champion Sheldon Creed to be Inducted into International Motorsports Hall of Fame ARCA Wall of Champions18 Apr 2019
Sheldon Creed, the 2018 ARCA Menards Series champion, will be inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame’s ARCA Wall of Champions on Thursday, April 25. Creed, who won four times on his way to the title, currently drives for GMS Racing’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series team. He has also maintained his presence in Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Truck Series, where he won both halves of a doubleheader at Texas Motor Speedway.
The induction ceremony at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame will kick off the ARCA Menards Series General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway scheduled for the following day, Friday, April 26. It will be the opening race of a three-race weekend that features the NASCAR XFINITY Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series that will open the famed track’s 50th Anniversary Season.
The Alpine, California native has made 37 career ARCA Menards Series starts. He earned his first career series win at Michigan International Speedway in June, and followed it with wins at Gateway Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, and the season finale at Kansas Speedway to put an exclamation point on his championship season. Creed has 21 career top-five finishes and 27 career top-ten finishes.
Additionally, Creed scored a win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West’s inaugural appearance on a dirt track when he took the checkered flag at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“It’s definitely a huge honor to be added to the ARCA Wall of Champions and join NASCAR stars like Chris Buescher, Ty Dillon, Justin Allgaier, and Chase Briscoe, along with ARCA legends such as Frank Kimmel, Tim Steele, Bob Keselowski and many others,” Creed said. “The 2018 ARCA Menards Series championship was my first one in stock cars and will always be special to me. Coming from an off-road racing background, when I decided to pursue a career in stock car racing, we did a lot of homework and decided that ARCA was the perfect training ground for me, and it was.”
Creed is still paying attention to what’s going on in the ARCA Menards Series. He also plans on competing in at least one series race this season, if not more. Currently, he has the General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway inked onto his calendar. But even if he doesn’t come back and do a lot of racing in the ARCA Menards Series, he will always appreciate the experience and memories he made on his march to the title.
“I hope to have a long career in NASCAR but I will always remember and appreciate my experience in the ARCA Menards Series,” he said. “And will look forward to seeing who joins the ARCA Wall of Champions next!”
Practice for the General Tire 200 is scheduled for 9:30 am ET/8:30 am CT on Friday, April 26, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 3:35 pm ET/2:35 pm CT. The green flag will drop on the General Tire 200 at 6 pm ET/5 pm CT. The race will be shown live on FS1. ARCA for Me members will be able to follow live timing & scoring, live track updates, and live chat throughout all on-track activity for free at ARCARacing.com. New members can join for free by registering at ARCARacing.com/login.
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Two weeks after the Late Model Stock dust up at South Boston Speedway it appears to be ‘business as usual’ for this Saturday night’s NASCAR Easter Bunny Late Model 100 with all drivers involved expected to be back on track.
“That’s all in the past. I’ve already won a race since then and I’m looking forward to winning a trophy this Saturday,” said Lee Pulliam, four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American National Champion who captured the $30,000 to-win CARS Tour race April 7.
“I’m just concerned about racing. That’s the way it is for me every week. If you’re a good race-car driver, that’s what you do.”
Pulliam and five-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion Philip Morris were at the heart of an altercation in the second 75-lap Late Model race at South Boston on March 30 that resulted in fines and suspensions from NASCAR and was the hot racing topic on social media for several days.
The pair were involved in several bumping incidents with Morris the big loser after contact from Pulliam caused him to spin into the turn-three wall, severely damaging his car. During the ensuing red-flag period, Forrest Reynolds, a Morris crew member, tried to crawl into the passenger window of Pulliam’s car and wound up tumbling to the track when Pulliam pulled away.
Morris was fined by NASCAR for his crew member’s involvement, Pulliam was fined and suspended until April 17 by NASCAR, and Reynolds was barred from the infield of any NASCAR track for the remainder of the year. South Boston Speedway has also banned Reynolds from the track in any capacity indefinitely.
Peyton Sellers, the third national champion in the field, went on to win the race. Sellers took advantage of the break in South Boston’s schedule to also win another big Late Model race, the Visit Hampton Grass Roots 200 at Langley Speedway.
“Last year me and Philip had a couple of wrecks on the track that were hard racing … just chalk it up to hard racing. I know if Philip gets under me and makes contact, it’s racing,” said Sellers, the defending Late Model track champion at South Boston. “Philip made contact with Lee a couple of times and then he just got turned. That crossed a whole different respect level. They have to live with that. I’m not saying Philip is going to retaliate or not, but when Lee sees that 01 (Morris) in the mirror, he has to think about it.”
The Late Model Stock division will highlight a fiver-race schedule Saturday night with a 100-lap event. The Limited Sportsman class will stage twin 25-lap races while the Budweiser Pure Stocks have a 30-lap race and the Budweiser Hornets have a 15-lap race.
Before the racing action kicks off, there will be an Easter egg hunt at 6:30 p.m. for youngsters 12-and-under.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with qualifying scheduled at 6 p.m. The first race will take the green flag at 7 p.m.
Tickets are just $10 for adults with children 12-and-under admitted free with a paying adult.
Talladega Freedom! Warrior Staff Sergeant Donald Jones (U.S. Army) of Wounded Warrior Project to Present Traditional Talladega Superspeedway Freedom Trophy to GEICO 500 Winner18 Apr 2019
Talladega Superspeedway’s Freedom Trophy has been a staple at the historic venue, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, since 2014. The patriotic trophy will be presented to the winner of the April 28 GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race by a warrior of the Wounded Warrior Project – U.S. Army, Staff Sergeant Donald Jones.
This distinctive piece of hardware, a part of the track’s Military Appreciation ticket program that offers excellent savings to military members, proudly displays the five branches of the United States military. It features five-sided silver aluminum panels, each engraved with a military member and logo from one of our nation’s five military branches, centered around a waterjet cut star. It has been presented to Talladega Superspeedway’s winners in NASCAR’s premier series by members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.
The Wounded Warrior Project, established in 2003, is a nonprofit organization that is committed to helping wounded veterans achieve their highest ambition. A warrior is a veteran and service member who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness or wound while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001. Warriors volunteer countless hours serving their local communities through multiple youth organizations, food banks, scholarship fundraising, fishing mentorship, and Widows of Veterans.
Staff Sergeant Jones has dedicated 25 years of service to his country. He will also be recognized in the official Drivers Meeting the morning of the GEICO 500, as well as be introduced to the fans as part of the pre-race festivities.
In addition to the Military Appreciation ticket program, Talladega Superspeedway is also proud to offer a special ticket program to first responders and their families as part of the First Responders presented by 1st Foundation offer. For more information or questions about Military & First Responders tickets, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.
For more information on the highly-anticipated tripleheader weekend, featuring the General Tire 200 for the ARCA Menards Series (April 26), the MoneyLion 300 (April 27) for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and GEICO 500, visit www.
Last weekend, in occasion of the 2019 Euro NASCAR season opener, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and the Circuit Ricardo Tormo signed a five-year contract extension that will bring the European NASCAR Series to Valencia, Spain until at least 2024.
This agreement with Circuit Ricardo Tormo is the latest of a series of contract extensions giving Euro NASCAR a unique long-term stability among European racing series. The partnerships with Brands Hatch – home of the hugely popular American SpeedFest – Zolder and Hockenheim were all prolonged and NWES extended its contract with main sponsor Whelen Engineering through 2024. New official tyre supplier General Tire is also signed through 2024.
“This is a great piece of news and such a natural fit! Circuit Ricardo Tormo is an amazing facility which provides a wonderful experience to race fans and a fantastic playground to our competitors,” said NWES President CEO Jerome Galpin. “The organization crew is extremely professional and it’s a true pleasure to work with them. Year after year the NASCAR GP Spain never stops to get bigger and better and we will all work to continue this way!”
The Valencia NASCAR Fest at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo has been the opening round of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series since 2014 and the event has steadily gained plenty of popularity among Spanish fans in its six editions.
“The event never ceased to improve and the organization made it grow with an increasing media coverage, technical parity, better teams and drivers… they just became the perfect partner and we want to have them at the Circuit for a long time,” said Gonzalo Gobert, General Manager of the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, who considers NASCAR as an “international benchmark in motorsports.”
An event with a unique American-themed atmosphere and an unmatch level of access for the fans, last weekend’s edition of the Valencia NASCAR Fest delighted thousands of Spanish enthusiasts with the debut of two much appreciated grid walks and a Victory Lane celebrated in the paddock among the fans.
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