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Mike Calinoff Management (MCM) is pleased to announce Ryan Partridge as our new client.
Partridge, a 25-year-old California native has spent the last twenty years of his life racing. Racing in everything from Quarter Midgets to Legends cars and Late Models he honed his driving skills throughout the Southwest. In January of 2011 Partridge grabbed the win in the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. The Showdown is one of the biggest televised races on the West Coast, and is often referred to as the "Daytona 500 of short-track racing."
With a renewed focus on the 2013 racing season, Partridge and his No. 48 Late Model will be competing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Irwindale Speedway. When schedules permit, he will also run the No. 48 Super Truck. Partridge also plans on heading to the new Kern County Speedway to run his Late Model in their Limited Late Model division.
"With a few of the local southern California tracks closing last season, it made it hard to run for any type of a championship," Partridge said. "Though we had a hand full of wins I am excited about the opening of two So Cal race tracks that will again put us in championship contention, which is where we need to be."
"I am thrilled to announce joining the Mike Calinoff Management and 140 BUZZ team. With their professionalism and Mike Calinoff's seasoned advice I believe we can catapult to the next level."
"Ryan successes speak for themselves and I'm happy to have him on board. He's gonna be a strong force in the Whelen All-American Series this year and I look forward to building on that for the future."

Stars of the upcoming film G.I. Joe: Retaliation, D.J. Cotrona and Adrianne Palicki, will serve as Grand Marshals for the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 24 at 12:00 p.m. PT.

As Grand Marshals, Cotrona and Palickiwill give the command “Drivers, start your engines” to the 43-car field of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Southern California’s premier motorsports facility. The event will be televised on FOX.

In G.I. Joe: Retaliation,set for release in theaters on March 28,Cotrona plays Flint, a beloved character of the G.I. Joe mythology and a solid and strong-willed soldier who has a bit of a rebellious streak. Palicki plays Lady Jaye, the only female in the squad and never one to back down or be intimidated.

A follow-up to the 2009 release “G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA,” which grossed more than $300 million worldwide, Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) and Skydance Productions, in association with Hasbro present “G.I. JOE: RETALIATION.”

In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra, they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum, with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Jon M. Chu and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner. Written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe® characters.

Cotrona was last seen starring opposite Michael Imperiloi on ABC's “Detroit 1-8-7” and in theaters starring opposite Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried in Screen Gems’ “Dear John,” based on Nicholas Sparks’ successful novel.

Palicki is best known for her critically acclaimed role as Tyra Collette on NBC’s “Friday Night Lights.” On the big screen, she was last seen in MGM’s remake of “Red Dawn” as Toni, a role originated by Jennifer Grey, and in Sony Pictures’ film “Legion” alongside Paul Bettany.


No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota, driver Mark Martin has more on his mind than just winning Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

The future Hall of Famer and fitness advocate is overseeing the construction of Michael Waltrip Racing’s new 7,500-square-foot training facility. The multi-level gym at the team’s Cornelius, N.C. shop will further the skills of pit crew members. The facility includes an inlaid car silhouette so crews can practice agility drills around a car, free weights, weight machines, Cross Fit elements, cardio equipment as well as locker rooms and offices. Construction should begin this week with completion expected within 90 days.

New MWR fitness facility:"I'm really enthused and excited about what we're working on getting at MWR. This has been a 10-month crusade to get the green light. It's fun. It's my second passion. I’ve been consulting with the strength staff and the coaching staff picking out equipment and designing the layout. We hope to have the nicest facility in the sport. You spend a lot of money on equipment in the sport and I think you are starting to see the teams invest even more in human performance."

Does physical fitness provide an advantage in this sport? “That’s a real tough question. I used to answer that question by saying, ‘I’m not sure,’ because there’s not a gauge on people’s forehead that says they’re doing 100 now and they were doing 50 before. I don’t know. I just believe that physical conditioning makes you better at any single thing you do, whether it’s going to the grocery store or what. Physical conditioning can make you better. It can make you better physically. It can make you better mentally. It can. Does it? I don’t know. It can though. I don’t know the science behind it and all that, but I just believe that it can make a difference. Certainly it makes a difference in other facets of your life, so why wouldn’t it make a difference if you were driving a race car?”

How did you become a fitness fanatic? “I always wanted to do it before I got started. I got started January 1988, but before January 1988 I had to work in the race shop on building my own cars and working with my guys. All through my career I had to work day and night and I didn’t have time to carve out to go to the gym. When I signed with Jack Roush, I didn’t have to spend as much time in the shop. I had time to carve that out, so I was able to pursue it. I had always wanted to do it anyway.”

What is your normal workout routine? “Right now, it’s five days a week -- five or four depending on what the schedule is, but usually five days a week. I only lift weights an hour and try not to let my weight lifting last beyond an hour because it’s incredibly intense and somewhat counterproductive to go beyond 60 minutes.”

California: “I’m very proud of how we’ve raced so far this season. We’re fourth in owner points so that shows that we have been doing a lot of things right. Brian (Vickers) and the guys struggled at Bristol but turned it into an eighth-place finish. That’s what good teams do. All of us believe we can run even better. Fontana is a great track. I love the room you have to race.”


Capitol Recording artist Adelitas Way, who’s current single “Alive” is approaching Top 5 at Active Rock will headline Auto Club Speedway’s FanZone main entertainment stage on Saturday, March 23 from Noon – 1pm prior the Royal Purple 300 NNS race.  In addition to seeing Adelitas Way perform live, fans will also have the opportunity to take part in all the fun in the FanZone surrounding race morning.

The rockers will perform hits from both their self titled debut album as well as their sophomore CD Home School Valedictorian which includes the hit songs “Sick” and “Criticize” - both number one singles on the active rock chart.

Rick DeJesus (vocals), Keith Wallen (guitar), Derek Johnston (bass) and Trevor Stafford (drums) make up the tight-knit Las Vegas quartet who have toured with the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Shinedown, Theory Of A Deadman, Creed and Puddle of Mudd.

While self-titled debut release Adelitas Way was described as “sizzling with rage, sex, and regret” the band kicks up enough noise to satisfy even the most dogmatic hard rock junkie,” Their latest release, Home School Valedictorian manages to be all that and more.  This CD is a massive step up. We didn’t say, ‘Oh, we did great on our first record, let’s redo it.’ We set the bar so high on this record, we really tried to outdo ourselves,” DeJesus explains. “Sure, we love bands like Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin, but I don’t want to sound like anyone else. I want people to hear us on the radio and say, ‘That’s Adelitas Way.’”

In keeping with their all-for-one-and-one-for-all outlook, Adelitas Way won’t leave a gig until every waiting AW fan has met the band or gotten autographs. “I mean, we’ve played at festivals for 75,000 people, our first single (“Invincible”) broke top five at active rock, and it’s all because of the people who listen to us,” says DeJesus. “We’ll never forget that. We’re blessed.”


Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) announced today that SEM Products, Inc. will sponsor the No. 32 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Miguel Paludo in the April NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Martinsville Speedway. SEM Products, which has been a partner of TSM for several seasons, provides adhesives, sealers and paint products to the organization's three full-time NCWTS and NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) teams. 

SEM Products is a leading manufacturer of innovative paint, adhesive and coating products. The company, which was founded in 1948, manufacturers a wide array of automotive products including repair materials such as adhesives, fillers and sealers; flexible coatings; color horizons; rust and corrosion prevention and treatment; trim paint and truck bed liners.


"The employees at SEM Products are excited to be on the No. 32 entry at Martinsville Speedway," said Brian Joyner, SEM Products Business Development Manager. "We value our relationship with Turner Scott Motorsports and Miguel is a great representative for us. We're looking forward to a great race."


Paludo, who finished 10th in the NCWTS point standings in 2012, earned a seventh-place finish at the 2013 season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway last month. The 29-year-old Brazilian is currently sixth in the NCWTS driver points.


"I'm very happy to be representing SEM Products when we get to Martinsville," said Paludo. "Turner Scott Motorsports has been extremely happy with SEM's adhesives, sealers and paint products, and they've been an asset to our team since our partnership began. My crew and I are very confident that we'll be able to get SEM into victory lane."



Reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (NKNPS) champion Dylan Kwasniewski, who headed East to compete for a championship with Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM), led a race high 96 laps en route to the season opening victory at Bristol Motor Speedway. In Kwasniewski's first ever start at the Bristol Motor Speedway, he quickly got used to the .533-mile high-banked oval with clean race track ahead of him and very little pressure from behind. After the leader got tangled up with another competitor, Kwasniewski took the top spot and went on to lead the rest of the 125-lap race. This win gives Kwasniewski and TSM their first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) victory.


The NKNPSE teams unloaded on Thursday for two practice sessions in preparation for the DRIVE4COPD 125, which would take place two days later. The No. 98 Royal Purple/Rockstar Energy Drink team brought a new TSM chassis to the opening event in their championship campaign. Right off the bat, Kwasniewski and the team seemed happy with the car as the team made only minor adjustments to fix the side skirts on the No. 98, as they were scraping the track. Kwasniewski, who seemed to pick up the line at Bristol Motor Speedway quickly, ended both practice sessions inside the top 10. The qualifying effort was no different for the Royal Purple/Rockstar Energy Drink team as Kwasniewski placed the No. 98 Chevy in the fifth position.


During the 125-lap event, Kwasniewski made quick work of the competitors in front of him and moved into the second position. A couple yellow flags early marred the event, one of them coming as the race leader that Kwasniewski was trying to chase down got tangled up with another competitor. After inheriting the lead on the restart, Kwasniewski was just trying to stay smooth and not abuse the Goodyear tires. During the NASCAR mandated "half time" break at lap 71, Kwasniewski and the Royal Purple/Rockstar Energy Drink team seemed content with the car as they only made minor adjustments and filled the car up with Sunoco fuel.


Over the remaining 75 laps of the DRIVE4COPD, a number of restarts were the closest that any of the other competitors got to the No. 98 Royal Purple/RockStar Energy Drink machine as Kwasniewski held off all charges en route to the season opening victory at Bristol Motor Speedway.


"This is a great day for me and all of Turner Scott Motorsports," Kwasniewski said. "I can't thank Royal Purple, Rockstar and Curb Records enough for the opportunity they gave me. This car drove amazing all day. This team worked hard all winter after starting with nothing two short months ago, to now winning the opening race at Bristol. I think we have a shot at winning every race if we can keep running like we did today."



After successfully qualifying in 25th position for Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300 in Bristol, TN. Hal and his crew of the No.44 American Custom Yachts Toyota Camry were excited for the race. Hal was able to quickly move forward from 25th position to 19th position during the first part of the 300 lap race. 
Half way through the race, Hal was involved in an accident which ended his day early. Although the car sustained significant damage, Martin walked away from the accident unharmed.
Hal Martin on Bristol Motor Speedway

This was your first time racing at Bristol Motor Speedway, what did you think of the track? 

Martin replied, "I had a lot of fun racing on this track. Bristol Motor Speedway is referred to as 'the last great colliseum' and I can definitely see why. This track packs a lot of intensity in its compressed half mile concrete oval racing surface. After making my first few laps in practice I was winded. I guess I had forgotten to breathe."

'Trebuchet MS',Verdana,Helvetica,sans-serif;">That looked like a hard hit, are you ok?

"I'm fine" replied Martin, "the fact that I was able to walk away from such a hard frontal impact like that is a testament to the technology behind NASCAR in their rigorous standards to keep us safe."
What did you learn from this race that you can take with you to other events?

"Although I am a rookie and I haven't seen many of the tracks I will be racing on this season, I've learned that my skills as a driver are improving. I am able to get on a track for the first time and learn the track as well as communicate effectively to my crew to help them get the car where it needs to be for race time. Even though this isn't the finish we had hoped for, I learned a lesson about patience and that I can't assume anything about other drivers preformances. I'm only in control of my race car and no one else's."
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Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) had a strong showing at Bristol Motor Speedway, in their first points race in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE). TSM had five entries for the DRIVE4COPD 125, with talented up-and-coming drivers piloting each one. It was Dylan Kwasniewski, reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (NKNPSW) champion, in the Royal Purple/Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet that dominated the 125-lap event en route to his and the team's first series victory . Ben Rhodes brought the No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions home just inside the top 10 in ninth, while Kenzie Ruston finished 11th, Austin Dyne in 23rd and Brandon Jones in 31st, respectively.


Dylan Kwasniewski, who will compete for the NKNPSE championship with TSM, led a race high 96 laps en route to the season-opening victory at Bristol Motor Speedway. In Kwasniewski's first ever start at Bristol Motor Speedway, he quickly got used to the .533-mile high-banked oval with clean race track ahead of him and very little pressure from behind. After the leader got tangled up with another competitor early in the race, Kwasniewski took the top spot and went on to lead the rest of the 125-lap race. This win gives Kwasniewski and TSM their first NKNPSE victory.


Ben Rhodes, who looked like he had the car to beat during Thursday's practice sessions, suffered a setback when he hit the outside retaining wall after running through oil that was left on the track by another competitor. Rhodes and the No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions team were forced to go to a backup car for the DRIVE4COPD 125. Starting in the 21st position, Rhodes masterfully picked his way through the 36-car field and earned a solid ninth-place finish.


Making her series debut was Kenzie Ruston in the AccuDoc Solutions No. 34. Ruston was forced to start deep in the pack after a conservative qualifying effort relegated her to a 29th-place starting spot. Carefully navigating her way through the field in a loose race car, Ruston had a successful race passing 18 cars on her way to an 11th-place finish.


Like Kwasniewski, 2012 NKNPSW Sunoco Rookie of the Year Austin Dyne came East to run for a championship with TSM in 2013. During the first practice session, Dyne found out how tough the .533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway oval can be as he spun around and made contact with the outside retaining wall. The No. 99 KMC Wheels team missed second practice, but they were able to repair the damage in time for the second practice session and qualify later that day. Dyne, who started the 125-lap event in the 26th starting position, spent most of the race working his way up through the field. Unfortunately in the closing laps of the DRIVE4COPD 125, Dyne came into contact with another competitor while running in the 11th position. With a damaged car and little time to make up the spots he lost, Dyne finished in 23rd.


Brandon Jones, also making his first start at Bristol Motor Speedway, spent most of Thursday's practice sessions inside the top 10. Jones posted a quick time during his qualifying laps, placing the Rheem Chevy in the 11th spot to start the race. During the DRIVE4COPD 125 main event, Jones spent most of the first half of the race battling for a top-10 position until he came into contact with another competitor. After making a pit stop to repair the damage and make a chassis adjustment, Jones went back out and started to work his way back through the field while receiving coaching from his crew chief Cale Gale. Just after the NASCAR mandated "half time" break, Jones brushed a car spinning ahead of him. This contact sheared the battery cables off the car, ending the day early for Jones and the Rheem team as they finished in the 31st position.



JJ Yeley certainly wins the award for most unique driver introduction at Bristol Motor Speedway after walking out to the Harlem Shake escorted by a dancing banana, a leprechaun, a gorilla and a pair of rabbits. Driver's were asked to pick out a song for introductions, and immediately Yeley had something up his sleeve. Gathering together crew members, friends, his wife, and daughter, Yeley's "Bristol Shake" was definitely the highlight to the start of the race.

Getting down to business, JJ Yeley and the No. 36 United Mining Equipment (UME) Chevy SS rolled off pit road 35th, for the start of the Food City 500. Dodging several accidents early in the race, Yeley was steadily climbing up the ranks during the first half. After 125 laps, Yeley had moved up to 14th position through great pit stops. The car seemed to be handling great.

Halfway through the race, the No. 36 UME Chevy SS started to get tight, causing Yeley to struggle with the handling of the car coming out of the turns. On lap 322, Yeley brushed the wall, leaving damage to the side of the car. Under caution, the team changed a track bar adjustment, four tires and gas. The car seemed to be handling a little better, but left Yeley several laps down.

Crew Chief Joe Lax, gave nothing but encouragement to Yeley all throughout the race. "We came in here with the big boys, let's go out with the big boys." Although luck was not on team No. 36's UME Chevy SS this weekend, Lax took time at the end of the race to thank the entire crew for their continued fight all day. "Thanks for all your help boys. You work hard all week. Tough break this weekend."


"That wasn't the weekend we hoped for but the Tommy Baldwin Racing team showed huge improvements and never gave up," Yeley said. "In the face of adversity, that's all we can ask for. There are better weeks ahead, I know that and the team knows that. We'll fight on!"

JJ Yeley finished the weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway's FoodCity 500 in 27th. He is currently 91 points behind leader Brad Keselowski in the race for the Sprint Cup Championship. Next week, the entire Tommy Baldwin Racing Team is off to California for the Auto Club 400. Hopefully luck will be on their side this time!



Hoping for a bit of lucky with the No. 7 SANY America Chevy SS, Dave Blaney cracked the top-15 before a blown right front tire sent him to the garage.

From the drop of the green flag, Blaney struggled with handling woes that challenged his ability to make forward progress in the early going. Crew Chief/Team Owner Tommy Baldwin made continual adjustments to dial in the No. 7 car to Blaney's comfort level.

Just past the halfway point of the Food City 500, Blaney hit his strides and was making steady gains and passing cars on his way to the front, Dave Blaney and the entire No. 7 team were pumped with energy seeing their hard work pay off when suddenly at lap 321 Blaney hit the wall as a result of a flat right front tire. Upon further review in the garage area, the damage was too extensive for a return to the track. Dave Blaney finished the day in 36th. 

"I am proud of my team, they worked so hard this weekend and the progress is really showing," Blaney said. "We just cracked the top-15 when our tire blew which was a huge disappointment for not just me but for SANY as well. This entire team is made of fighters, on to California!"
"We didn't get the results we wanted, but I continue to be encouraged by the direction of our program," Baldwin said. "Our guys worked really hard all weekend and I hate it for them; but we've got a really good car for Fontana, so we'll put Bristol behind us and forge ahead."

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