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Brazilian In Bristol...The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) heads to the mountains of Tennessee for the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Paludo has three previous starts at the 0.533-mile oval, earning his best finish in his 2010 debut. Paludo battled back from 23rd to finish ninth in what was his first career NCWTS start.


Parabéns...In addition to being the site of his first ever Truck Series race in 2010, Bristol Motor Speedway is home to another special milestone for Paludo and his family. Son Oliver was born on August 22, 2011, in time to make his at-track debut for the 2011 Bristol race. Oliver, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at only eight months old, turns two the day after this year's event.


This Week's Silverado...Paludo and the No. 32 AccuDoc Solutions team will unload chassis TSM-216 this week at Bristol. TSM-216 was the chassis Paludo raced to a 10th-place finish at Rockingham Speedway in April. The truck most recently hit the track at Dover International Speedway in May.


Watch And Listen...The UNOH 200 can be seen live on Wednesday, August 21 on FOX Sports 1. Coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.


Green Under The Lights...The No. 32 Chevrolet is once again going green, sporting the colors of AccuDoc Solutions this weekend. AccuDoc Solutions is based in Morrisville, N.C. and provides billing-statement printing and processing to hospitals and hospital-based physicians. In addition to paper-based billing statements, ADS enables patients to choose electronic statement delivery and make payments through secure online payment portals. Notable North Carolina based clients include Carolina's Healthcare System, the UNC Healthcare System, Sentara Healthcare, Baptist Health Care Pensacola, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Memorial Healthcare System and WakeMed. To learn more, visit www.AccuDocSolutions.com.


Previous Race Recap...Paludo was one of the best in the field as the NCWTS battled it out at Michigan International Speedway. Paludo earned a top-10 starting position for the Michigan National Guard 200 and led 20 laps on his way to a fifth-place finish, his second-consecutive top five and eighth top 10 of the season.


Miguel Paludo on driving at Bristol Motor Speedway

"Bristol is a really special place for me. It's where I made my first ever Truck Series start, and it's a place where we have celebrated having Oliver in our life. It's also just a special race because of the history, the setting, the short-track racing under the lights. The fans and the energy bring a higher level of excitement there. I'm looking forward to being able to carry the momentum of our last two finishes into Bristol, and I feel confident about the truck we're bringing. We all keep saying that our first win is coming, and Bristol would be a very special place for that."



The Last Great Coliseum...James Buescher and the entire Rheem team will head into Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) looking to ride the wave of momentum after last week's victory at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) and continue their climb up the series points standings in search of their second championship. Buescher has moved back into third in the points, just one point behind Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) teammate Jeb Burton for second place. In the last two races at BMS, Buescher has recorded two top-10s, finishing fourth and seventh, respectively.


Gotta Have a Rheem...After Buescher was able to give Rheem their first win of 2013 at MIS, he and the No. 31 TSM team aim to follow up that win with another at the UNOH 200 at BMS. Rheem Manufacturing Company (www.rheem.com) is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta. In its 87th year of operation, the company manufactures a full line of high-quality residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar, and heat pump water heaters; swimming pool heaters and commercial boilers throughout North America and world markets. The company's premium brands, including Raypak, Ruud and Rheem, have been recognized with countless industry and consumer awards for reliability, innovative design and high quality. Rheem, now in its seventh consecutive year as a NASCAR sponsor, is the official heating, cooling and water heating supplier to Turner Scott Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing. Rheem also sponsors RCR's No. 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car driven by Kevin Harvick and the No. 33 NASCAR Nationwide Series car driven by Paul Menard.


Chassis Info...The Rheem team will bring chassis TSM-228 with them to Bristol. This particular chassis was last raced at Martinsville Speedway earlier this year where it spent much of the race inside the top five before ultimately finishing 14th.


Previous Race Recap...Buescher came into the Michigan National Guard 200 at MIS looking to put the previous outing behind him and his Rheem team. Coming off solid practice sessions and a stellar qualifying effort, Buescher started the 100-lap race in the third position. After dropping back in the field for the first half of the race, Buescher worked his way up to the top five with under 10 laps remaining. Coming to three laps to go, Buescher made a great move on the first and second-place trucks in Turn 3 and vaulted himself to first. Buescher grabbed the lead and never looked back, earning his first victory of 2013.


Watch and Listen...The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns for another mid-week race with the UNOH 200 at BMS. The race can be seen live on Wednesday, August 21 on FOX Sports 1. Race coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.


James Buescher on Winning at Michigan International Speedway

"The win at Michigan was a huge momentum boost for my entire Rheem team. We hadn't been having the season we were hoping for, but I think this win will get us pointed in the right direction to go fight for that championship."


James Buescher on Returning to Bristol Motor Speedway

"Bristol is one of the most challenging tracks on the circuit; you just never know what is going to happen there. We have a great truck prepared to take with us, and I think we have a great shot of giving Rheem and everyone at Turner Scott Motorsports back-to-back wins."



It's Bristol Baby...Preparing to tackle what's known as Thunder Valley, The Bullring and The World's Fastest Half-Mile, Jeb Burton and the No. 4 Arrowhead team will make their NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut at the infamous Bristol Motor Speedway this week. Racing under the lights in Wednesday's UNOH 200, Burton will battle the field to keep his second-place spot in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings.     


This Week's Silverado...The No. 4 Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) team will unload chassis TSM-211 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This particular truck won the pole award and landed a top-10 finish at Rockingham Speedway earlier this year. Burton's teammate Kyle Larson also got a second-place finish in TSM-211 last year at Phoenix International Raceway.


Shooting for Charity...An avid outdoorsman who loves hunting and conservation, Jeb Burton will join the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities on Tuesday afternoon for the Shooting Stars Tournament Presented by the NRA. Attendees will have the opportunity to shoot with Burton with all proceeds going to charity.


Watch and Listen...As one of the most anticipated NCWTS races of the season, you won't want to miss any of the action. Coverage will be live from Thunder Valley on Wednesday, August 21 on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 7:30 p.m. EDT. The race can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.


Previous Race Recap...Jeb Burton put on an impressive show in his first visit to Michigan International Speedway, breaking the track's qualifying record en route to his fourth pole of the season. After dominating the first half of the Michigan National Guard 200 and leading the most laps of the race, Burton's went on to finish 10th, his seventh top-10 finish of 2013.


Jeb Burton on Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway

"I've been waiting for our Truck Series race at Bristol all season. It's the kind of track that you can prepare for all year and when you get there, everything goes out the window. After our performance at Michigan, we feel pretty confident about our strategy and approach. Our TSM team keeps putting in the hours to make sure we have the best truck on the track and I couldn't be happier with where we're at right now. Bristol's going to get interesting though. We're going to give it all we've got to stay in p2."



Johnny Sauter and ThorSport Racing crew chief Dennis Connor's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series relationship is barely two races old -- but it's easy to see their day's coming -- and it might be as soon as Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.


Saturday, for the third consecutive race -- and fourth in his last eight outings -- Sauter's No. 98 Carolina Nut Co. / Curb Records Toyota was wrecked by another competitor, which at Michigan International Speedway resulted in a resilient 20th-place finish.


Sauter had a brutal forecast of how his day was going to go when, after starting 11th, on only the third of 100 laps an errant competitor ran into the right front fender of Sauter's Tundra, forcing him to pit road.


"This was only my second race, so I'm not feeling too beat-up yet,"  said Connor, who was in his first official race leading Sauter's ThorSport Racing crew after joining the team, as an observer, at Pocono. "But the guys were devastated. To work their guts out and have a truck that, in the right circumstances could've won the race but it's all tore to hell again because of these young drivers that don't have respect for their fellow drivers, is almost too much to take."


Sauter proved his truck's potential was everything he, Connor and truck chief Jesse Saunders had expected in practice Friday when Sauter drove from the back of the field into the top 10 before lap 20. His crew gave him a cracking pit stop in that sequence and things seemed positive, for a change.


But Sauter once again ended up beside himself, in a manner of speaking, when a couple younger drivers made ill-timed errors.  


"I think (Max Gresham) got loose, I'm not exactly sure why or how," Sauter said of the lap 27 caution. "He spun and we were checked up and then the 54 (Darrell Wallace Jr.) -- I don't know if he didn't see anything coming or what..."


Wallace told a Toyota representative he was concentrating on making a pass and was unaware a wreck was occurring in front of him, and he just drove into Sauter's truck.


The outcome had the Wisconsin veteran Sauter, who won the season's first two races and was thrilled to be paired with the three-time champion crew chief Connor, just shaking his head.


"I just hate it for these guys on my team," Sauter said. "The truck was definitely capable of winning the race. That was (obvious, because) we pitted on that first caution -- came down and got fuel and drove right to the front."


But once again, Sauter had virtually nothing to show for all his and his teammates' efforts. After his crew rebuilt his truck, Sauter came back to finish 20th but in the process showed just what kind of piece he had.


"The truck was absolutely that good -- there was no question in Johnny's mind and very little question in my mind that the truck was going to win the race, without any problem," said a disgusted Connor. "When we first pitted he came from the back all the way back to third place, in three laps.


"On the third lap from the end of the race, with the truck tore all to hell, he was the sixth-quickest truck on the track, not even in the draft and not even trying to run fast. The truck was that good."


Sauter fell back to 10th in the drivers' standings, dropping to 95 points behind ThorSport teammate Matt Crafton heading to Wednesday night's race at Bristol Motor Speedway.


"I just hate it for my guys more than anybody," Sauter said. "They work their (butts) off and I just hate it. I don't know what the deal is, but I'm just proud of everybody at ThorSport, with this Carolina Nut / Curb Records Toyota -- everybody at TRD (Toyota Racing Development), (engine builder) Triad (Performance Technologies) -- the motor was good. It just wasn't meant to be."


"Me and Johnny are on a great wavelength right now and we're going to get along extremely well," Connor said. "We're going to win a lot of races whenever we get this darned thing turned around." 


Thorsport PR

Richard Childress Racing has partnered with D.G Yuengling & Son to be a primary sponsor on the No. 3 Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet with driver Ty Dillon during the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season.

As part of their 185th anniversary of brewing great lager, America's oldest operating brewery will be the primary sponsor on the RCR Chevrolet Camaro for eight races of the 2014 schedule. Yuengling Light Lager will be a key partner as Dillon moves full time to the Nationwide Series next season.


The announcement was made during the company's annual meetings at their Pennsylvania headquarters. This is Yuengling's first time partnering with a NASCAR team.


"The Yuengling Brewery is extremely proud to be partnered with a world-class organization like RCR for the 2014 Nationwide Season," said Lou Romano

Director of Marketing and Wholesaler Development for Yuengling. "Both organizations are true American success stories exemplifying hard work, family values and proven results.


"Ty Dillon is a perfect match for us to help introduce our Light Lager brand to loyal NASCAR fans wherever Yuengling is sold. He's not only a strong competitor on the track, but shares many of the same interests as Yuengling drinkers. Ty is an avid sports fan, outdoor enthusiast and holds close family ties.


"We also know and understand the legacy of the No. 3 to RCR and in NASCAR history, and are honored to have our brewery appear with that number on Ty's car in 2014."


Dillon is currently competing for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship and has one victory to his credit this season.


"I'm honored to be able to represent an iconic brand such as Yuengling," said Dillon, who has eight-career Nationwide Series starts to his credit, to date. "I'm excited to share my first full year in the Nationwide Series with them as they venture into the sport for the first time this season."


"They are family operated and America's Oldest Brewery, something which fits our heritage at RCR. We think their family culture will make for a great partnership with the RCR and Childress family cultures. To say I'm looking forward to racing the No. 3 Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet next year is an understatement."



Have your children got the back-to-school blues? Martinsville Speedway can help you put a smile back on their faces.

The anticipation of a trip to the Goody’s™ Headache Relief Shot™ 500 Powered by Kroger on October 27 may be all the incentive they need to get back into the school routine. It’s the perfect fall break for your student and should be reason enough for them to hit the books.

Martinsville Speedway offers special pricing for families with youth and teens for the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger on October 27, the seventh race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

  • $90 Family Four Pack: Clay Earles Tower, rows 6-14, includes two adult and two youth (12 and under) tickets.
  • $120 Family Four Pack: Sprint Tower, rows 6-12, includes two adult and two youth (12 and under) tickets.
  • Family Price in the Clay Earles Tower, rows 15-52: Adults, $57; Youth 12 and under, $10; Teen 13-17, $25.

Martinsville Speedway PR

Sixteen law enforcement officers representing eight jurisdictions will compete head-to-head in Richard Petty Driving Experience NASCAR stock cars on Kentucky Speedway's 1.5-mile tri-oval during the Top Cop Challenge Friday, Aug. 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Officers representing the City of Cincinnati, Butler Co., Ohio, Hamilton Co., Ohio, City of Florence, Ky., City of Lexington, Ky., Gallatin Co., Ky., Oldham Co. Ky., and the Kentucky State Police will open the challenge with a two-officer team competition that will ultimately determine three officers who will have the chance to become Top Cop.

The Top Cop will be the Honorary Starter for the speedway's Sept. 21 NASCAR Nationwide Series Kentucky 300 event. The second series race of the season at the speedway is part of a doubleheader weekend that begins with the ARCA Racing Series Zloop 150 on Sept. 20.

Each team member will race six timed laps around the speedway's 1.5-mile tri-oval. The team which generates the fastest average during its session will be the Top Cop Challenge Team Champion. The highest ranking officer from the three best teams will compete head-to-head for the individual championship.

Fans can view the competition from a designated area outside Turn 3 at the speedway for free.


Chicagoland Speedwaytoday reintroduced its Train-to-Track program, providing Chicago-area race fans an easy, direct and affordable route to the race track on Sunday, Sept. 15 for the GEICO 400.

The Train-to-Track service will provide shuttle transportation to those fans arriving to Joliet Union Station in downtown Joliet, from the Metra Rock Island Line departing Chicago’s LaSalle Street Station, and stations along the Route.  Tickets for the shuttle transportation between Joliet Union Station and Chicagoland Speedway are $3 per person each way ($6 round trip) and must be purchased in advance at www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com or by calling Chicagoland Speedway’s administrative offices at 815-722-550 (during regular business hours).  Train tickets must be purchased separately through Metra.

“This program allows us to provide a safe and enjoyable transportation service to the growing NASCAR fan base in downtown Chicago, many without personal vehicles or that just may prefer the convenience of public transportation” said Julynn Stiff, director of guest services at Chicagoland Speedway. “We’re bridging the gap and bringing that convenience a step further to Chicagoland Speedway by offering a service to and from Joliet Union Station.”

Guests utilizing the Train-to-Track program will be receive print-at-home tickets upon purchase and must reserve a specific time of departure to the race track. Upon arrival at Joliet Union Station, a Chicagoland Speedway ambassador will greet fans outside and direct fans to a shuttle transporting fans directly to the track.  The Chicagoland Speedway ambassador will be available to answer questions throughout the short trip to the track. Train and bus times are below.

The Chicagoland Speedway Train-to-Track Shuttle Service will service the following train schedule to/from Joliet Station:

Chicago (LaSalle Street Station) to Joliet (Metra – Rock Island Line)

Ø  To Joliet

  • 8:30am – 9:55am (to Joliet)  Bus Departs Joliet Station for Track: 10:15am
  • 10:30am – 11:55am (to Joliet) Bus Departs Joliet Station for Track: 12:15pm

Ø  To Chicago

  • 6:25pm – 7:29pm (from Joliet) Bus Departs CLS Bus Lot for Joliet Station: 5:30pm*
  • 8:25pm – 9:49pm (from Joliet) Bus Departs CLS Bus Lot for Joliet Station: 7:00pm*

*Due to set train schedule, return bus departures will not change regardless of any delays in on-track activity (weather delays, cautions, etc).  Due to bus capacities, passengers will only be allowed to return on the bus indicated in the original reservation.


Michael Waltrip Racing announced Monday that Brian Vickers will drive the team’s No. 55 Toyota in 12 of the 13 races remaining in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

The announcement follows the mutual decision by MWR and Aaron’s Inc. to grant Mark Martin an early release, enabling him to replace the injured Tony Stewart.

Vickers was originally scheduled to drive three of the remaining races in 2013. The announcement increases that schedule to 12. Michael Waltrip, MWR founder and co-owner, will race the No. 55 at Talladega on Oct. 20 as originally scheduled.

The move gives the 29-year-old Vickers an early start to his full-time role in the No. 55. Last week Aaron’s and MWR announced Vickers will drive the Aaron’s Dream Machine full-time beginning in 2014.

Waltrip said Martin achieved all of the goals both he and the team set when he began a 24-race schedule in the No. 55 in 2012.

“With Mark, we accomplished everything we hoped to when he came to this organization, which was bringing that winning confidence to the team, the experience to help elevate our program and ultimately find the full-time driver for the future who can race for a NASCAR Sprint Cup championship,” said Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 champion.

“Mark’s leadership the past two years has been so impactful that he has left a mark on this company that will be here as long as we race. This opportunity to help two Hall of Famers in Mark and Tony Stewart at the same time, while getting the opportunity to run the rest of the year with Brian makes sense for MWR. But nothing could happen without the support of Aaron’s, Toyota and the other MWR sponsors. Each of them saw the same benefits in such a move and helped make it happen. This is a truly win, win, win situation.”

In 2012 and 2013 with MWR, Martin earned five top-five finishes and five pole awards in 39 races. His work with teammates Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr. also played a role in MWR putting both drivers in NASCAR’s 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup as well as making both favorites to earn 2013 berths.

“I’m proud of the work we’ve done the last two seasons and I’m extremely thankful for the effort everyone on my team and at MWR put behind me,” said the 54-year-old Martin whose 870 Sprint Cup starts is the fifth most in NASCAR history. “I also want to thank Michael Waltrip and (co-owner) Rob Kauffman for giving me this opportunity. They are building a strong organization at MWR and one that’s going to be a force in NASCAR for years to come both on and off the track.”

Aaron’s thanked Martin for his work behind the wheel and with its customers and employees in the last two seasons. Aaron’s featured Waltrip and Martin in several national television commercials.

"Aaron's is supportive of the arrangement with Mark Martin agreeing to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing," said Ronald W. Allen, Aaron's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We're energized about Vickers' availability to drive the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine for the remainder of the season. MWR talked about how this move would better position our team for 2014 while helping Stewart-Haas Racing so we believe this is the best of all possible outcomes for everyone. We appreciate everything Mark Martin has done for Aaron's over the last two years and wish him the best of luck in the future."

Vickers joined MWR in 2012 with plans to run a five-race schedule. That schedule increased as the performance improved and the Thomasville, N.C. native grew more comfortable with the organization. He won the July race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and posted four top-five finishes in 14 races with MWR.

“No one wants to see Tony out of the 14, but I am appreciative of the opportunity to get more seat time in the 55 as a result,” said Vickers who is also seeking a second Nationwide championship in 2013.
“I didn’t think things could get any better than last week’s announcement with Aaron's, but having a chance to run the rest of the 2013 season creates a tremendous opportunity for our team and we're excited that all of this came together the way it did. Mark gets to help out Tony and we get to start our program early in the No. 55. We’ve proven we can win races in a part time capacity so far in 2013 and I'm confident that spending more time working with the 55 crew will only to help improve our already strong performance to date, giving us the momentum needed to start the 2014 season off strong in Daytona.”

Vickers will race the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Saturday night in Bristol.


NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart is out for the remainder of the 2013 season after suffering a broken right tibia and fibula in a sprint car crash Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Stewart, a three-time Sprint Cup champion, is expected to return to the seat of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in time for pre-season testing in January 2014.

In the interim, Mark Martin will drive the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Aug. 23-24 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and in 11 other races. Austin Dillon, the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion who filled in for Stewart this past weekend at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn and finished 14th in his 10th career Sprint Cup start, will drive the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Oct. 18-20 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

Martin is a NASCAR veteran with 40 wins, 56 poles, 271 top-fives, 452 top-10s and 12,879 laps led in 870 career Sprint Cup starts. Dillon has five Camping World Truck Series wins to go along with his 2011 title and is a two-time winner in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, where he is fourth in the championship standings, only 15 points out of first.

“After consulting with Tony’s doctors and speaking with Tony, we agreed it was best for him to focus on his recovery,” said Greg Zipadelli, competition director, SHR. “For the No. 14 team, our focus is on positioning them for a run at the owner championship. Mark Martin and Austin Dillon give us the best opportunity to do that, and we certainly appreciate Michael Waltrip Racing and Richard Childress Racing for making Mark and Austin available to us.”

In the 11 races where Martin will compete for SHR, he has 21 collective victories at those tracks (Bristol – 2; Atlanta – 2; Richmond – 1; Chicagoland – 1; New Hampshire – 1; Dover – 4; Kansas – 1; Charlotte – 4; Martinsville – 2; Texas – 1; Phoenix – 2). At Bristol, Martin has a series-best nine poles, 16 top-fives, 23 top-10s and 1,200 laps led in 46 Sprint Cup starts.

“Obviously, I’m disappointed to be out of the Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevy for so long, but the team is in very good hands with Mark Martin and Austin Dillon,” Stewart said. “Mark is someone I’ve looked up to my entire career and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. Austin is a great young talent, and he showed that Sunday at Michigan. Greg Zipadelli, Steve Addington (crew chief) and everybody at SHR supports them 100 percent. This isn’t a situation anyone wanted, but we’re going to make the best of it. In the meantime, my focus is on getting healthy and getting back into my Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevy.”

The No. 14 team is 13th in points, 10 out of the top-10 and 160 behind the series-leading No. 48 team of Hendrick Motorsports. The No. 14 team is first in line to grab one of the two wild-card positions for the 12-team Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, which begins Sept. 15 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. Only three races remain before the cutoff for the 10-race Chase. Following the Sept. 7 race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, the owner standings will be reset, with each team getting 2,000 points. With the exception of wild-card entrants (11th- and 12th-place teams), teams also receive three bonus points for each of their respective wins during the 26-race regular season. For teams starting the Chase with identical point totals, their seed is determined by the traditional tiebreaker of best finishes beyond race victories.



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