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The World’s Largest Hot Dog Chain® sponsors Pastrana at the Sept. 29 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race22 Jun 2017 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Taking its cue from the action sports star’s years of iconic “hot dog” moves, Wienerschnitzel is giving one lucky fan the opportunity to visit – and even learn tricks from -- professional racer and stunt performer Travis Pastrana at “Pastranaland”, his Davidsonville, Md., home and freestyle training center.
In addition to the Grand Prize of a hosted trip to “Pastranaland” the weekend before his return to NASCAR (Sept. 23-24), including airfare, hotel accommodations and some spending cash, fans can win the second prize of a trip for two to Las Vegas to see Pastrana compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race. The World Largest Hot Dog Chain® has launched the “#Pastranadog Sweepstakes” (www.wienershnitzel.com) as part of the company’s sponsorship of the eleven-time X-Games Champion appearance at the Sept. 29 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Las Vegas. Pastrana will be racing his No. 45 for Niece Motorsports.
“This is a partnership made in action sports heaven,” said J.R. Galardi,Wienerschnitzel executive vice president. “Travis loves hot dogs and Wienerschnitzel fans love Travis – so we knew we had to bring the two together. It was actually Travis’ idea to offer one lucky fan the chance to visit him in his one-of-a-kind backyard. Who knows – he may even throw in a riding lesson or two.”
June 22 Wienerschnitzel Takeover To celebrate the contest and his partnership with Wienerschnitzel, Pastrana will be serving the chain’s legendary Chili Dogs, Corn Dogs, Chicken Schnitzel Sandwiches, Tastee Freeze desserts and other menu favorites during a 1.5-hour restaurant takeover on June 22 at the Wienerschnitzel at 3145 West 3500 South in West Valley City, Utah, eight miles southwest of Salt Lake City.
According to Galardi, Travis will be in Salt Lake City for the June 24 Nitro World Games at Rice-Eccles Stadium and jumped at the chance to spend time with local customers while contributing to a larger cause. “In between his cooking and serving duties, he’ll be signing autographs, posing for pictures and hanging with his chili dog-loving fans.”
Wienerschnitzel will donate all proceeds generated during the takeover to the Road 2 Recovery Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing professional motocross/supercross athletes with financial assistance and motivational, emotional and spiritual support after they sustain career-ending injuries.
As an only-at-Wienerschnitzel bonus, fellow Nitro Circus Tour, X-Games and BMX athlete Andy Buckworth will help Travis behind the counter and perform a few bike tricks in the parking lot and on the restaurant’s iconic yellow A-frame roof.
To enter the “#Pastranadog Sweepstakes” participants must complete an entry form at www.wienerschnitzel.com through August 20. There is no purchase necessary to enter. See website for full sweepstakes rules.
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Scott Lagasse Jr.’s weekend schedule at Iowa Speedway just got busier.
The St. Augustine, Fla. native has been tapped to drive the No. 02 Young’s Building Systems / Randco Chevrolet Silverado in Friday night’s M&M’s 200 at Iowa Speedway.
Lagasse will make his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start of the season and the first since Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway where he produced a strong seventh-place finish.
While it may be more challenging to negotiate another top-10 finish at Iowa Speedway compared to the fundamentals of restrictor plate racing at Daytona, Lagasse is still up for the challenge and sees Young’s Motorsports as a viable outfit to contend for his fifth career top-10 run. Lagasse’s only other visit to Iowa Speedway was in 2009 in the XFINITY Series where he finished ninth.
“I’m really appreciative of the opportunity to drive for Young’s Motorsports this weekend,” said Lagasse. “I had the chance to drive for Tyler and his team last year at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Without question, there isn’t a harder working bunch in the garage. I’m looking forward to Friday night.”
Like Daytona, Lagasse will pull double-duty this weekend. On Saturday, he’ll pilot the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro and compete in the American Ethanol E15 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race, his third start of the year.
Juggling two teams, two different vehicles and two different crews may seem like a challenge, but Lagasse said working with two strong outlets loaded with talented and qualified personnel makes his job easier behind the wheel, especially at Young’s Motorsports where Chad Kendrick will call his second race for the Mooresville, N.C.-based team.
“Chad has a lot of experience and I think his input can only make our weekend stronger at Iowa,” said Lagasse. “It’s important for us to go out there in the truck and finish all the laps. Staying in the seat as much as possible this weekend will hopefully be beneficial with solid finishes on Friday and Saturday night.”
Tyler Young, Young’s Motorsports general manager and the team’s regular driver says he’s thankful for the chance to work with Lagasse again.
“We’re looking forward to Iowa,” Young added. “We’ve been working on the truck for a few weeks. Scott is an accomplished racer who brings a lot to the table as far as feedback and ideas. We’re eager to improve on our Homestead showing and hope maybe this will open the door for more opportunities later this year.”
Over six years of competition, Lagasse has 26 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts to his credit. From his debut at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway in 2006 driving for Bobby Hamilton Racing (BHR) to Daytona this year for GMS Racing, he has posted one top-five and four top-10s, including a career-best third driving for NTS Motorsports in 2015.
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This weekend at Iowa Speedway located in Newton, Iowa, Brandon Jones will return to the seat of the No. 99 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet for MDM Motorsports. Soleus Air, a trusted brand in HVAC and a leader in quality and innovation, will sponsor the effort.
North Carolina State University sophomore Trey Hutchens will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut on Friday, June 23, in the Iowa 200 at Iowa Speedway. Hutchens, the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Rookie of the Year, will pilot the No. 66 Bolen Motorsports entry.
The fourth-generation racer, majoring in engineering, is poised to make his debut in one of NASCAR’s three National Touring Series.
“Making my Truck Series debut has been what seems like a three-year process to get all the stars to align since I turned 16,” Hutchens said. “First, ‘thank you’ to Jeﬀ Bolen and everyone at Bolen Motor- sports for this great opportunity. I know what lies ahead isn’t going to be easy, but I wouldn’t want to do it with any other group of guys. Iowa is a place I have quite a few laps on in a K&N East car, so at least one thing is going to be familiar.”
Bolen Motorsports has shown promise this season with solid qualifying eﬀorts and finishes at the begin- ning of the year. The team will take the same truck to Iowa Speedway that finished seventh at Mar- tinsville Speedway earlier in the season.
“Glad that we could put things together with Trey and his dad for Iowa,” said team owner Jeﬀ Bolen. “They run a similar operation with their Modified and K&N eﬀorts and do more with less which matches up perfectly with Bolen Motorsports.”
While Hutchens may be a relatively new face to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the truck he will be driving will carry the familiar colors of Harry Gant’s 1996 ride.
“My Grandpa co-owned the truck Harry Gant drove during the 1996 season, so it’s awesome to have our truck look like his did 21 years ago,” Hutchens stated. “It means the world to me carry on my family’s legacy, and I’m excited to unload this beautiful Chevrolet Silverado on Friday.”
The two-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Most Popular Driver will continue his relationship with Chevrolet, a partnership that dates to the beginning of the 19-year-old's career.
“It’s a big deal for me to make the next step of my career with the Chevrolet Bowtie remaining on my uniform,” Hutchens added. “I can’t wait to make my first laps in a Silverado.”
The “Iowa 200” will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8:30 p.m. EST.
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Officials from Niece Motorsports and AM Racing jointly confirmed today that Austin, Texas native Austin Wayne Self will return to the team and drive the No. 45 Toyota Tundra in Friday night’s M&M’s® 200 presented by Casey General Store at Iowa Speedway.
Self, 21, made his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start with Niece Motorsports at Kansas Speedway in May where he qualified 21st before climbing to a respectable 15th place finish in the Toyota Tundra 250.
On the heels of back-to-back top-12 finishes at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway respectively, Self hopes momentum propels him towards his second top-10 finish of the year on Friday night.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to drive for Niece Motorsports again,” said Self who will make his fifth Truck Series start of the season. “We had some really good chemistry in our first race together at Kansas and I look forward to building off that at Iowa Speedway this weekend.”
In addition to one NCWTS start at Iowa Speedway last year in his rookie season at AM Racing, the 2014 ARCA SCOTT Rookie of the Year also has two starts in the developmental ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with a track-best of sixth in July 2015.
In addition to Niece Equipment serving as the primary marketing partner at Iowa, AM Racing partner B&D Industries will serve as a major associate partner for the 200-lap race.
B&D Industries Inc. offers specialized expertise in electrical, plumbing, technologies, and HVAC systems, including construction, operation, maintenance and repair services.
After serving clients for over 60 years, B&D is more than just a company – they are a service business. B&D’s vision is to differentiate themselves so significantly through excellent service delivery and exceptional customer experience that they are able to change the industry – one project and one relationship at a time.
With Iowa not on AM Racing’s initial schedule, Self is thankful for another opportunity to race, especially at a race track he thoroughly enjoys.
“Iowa Speedway is a lot of fun and the fan base is incredible,” added Self, a 25-time NCWTS competitor. “We had a solid 16th place finish there in the truck last year and I’ve always been fast in an ARCA car. It’s a unique short track where speed and finesse is important."
“Without a doubt, I think we can go to Iowa on Friday and contend for not only a top-15 finish, but maybe the cards will fall where we can contend for a top-10 finish.”
Niece Motorsports, which is owned by Marine Corps veteran Al Niece will compete in a partial schedule during the 2017 season, with plans of running full time moving into 2018 and beyond.
“Niece Motorsports is very excited to have Austin back with us at Iowa,” said team principal Al Niece. “He did an amazing job at Kansas. His on-track performances this year have been impressive and we look forward to seeing that continue under the lights on Friday night.”
Further information on Self’s upcoming NCWTS schedule at AM Racing is forthcoming.
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Austin Cindric Breakdown
After finishing Saturday morning’s practice sessions at Gateway Motorsports Park 14th-fastest in the first session and sixth-fastest in the second session, Kaz went on to qualify 10th for the Drivin’ For Linemen 200. Fighting to maintain track position as soon as the 160-lap race began, Kaz settled into the top 10 before ultimately slipping to 11th at the stage one break. The rookie reported that throughout the entire run he was fighting a “four tight” and was struggling to turn his No. 33 Kiklos Chevrolet Silverado like he needed to.
Coming to pit road for four tires, fuel and major adjustments to free him up under the break, the GMS Racing crew realized that Kaz had a right rear tire that was in the process of going flat, aiding in the handling issues Kaz had been experiencing. Unfortunately the adjustments made under the caution were then a step too far, causing Kaz to fight a loose Chevy throughout stage two, resulting in a 12th-place finish after 70 laps.
Kaz came to pit road under the caution for four tires and fuel but reported that as the sun was going down, his handling seemed to be getting better and to leave the Kiklos Chevy alone on the pit stop. However, as the race continued, the No. 33 swung back to the tight side impeding Kaz’s progress. Crew Chief Jerry Baxter made the call to bring the Boston-native down pit road, under green, on lap 130 for two right-side tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment to try to help with the handling issues. As pit stops cycled through, Kaz found himself battling to get back inside the top-10. As he put the pressure on the 10th-place driver, the caution flag was displayed on lap 149 for a stalled truck on pit road. With the final restart coming with eight laps to go, Kaz did his best to try make up some ground but his handling woes were still too much to overcome, relinquishing him to a 13th-place finish.
"This definitely isn’t the night we wanted at Gateway but there was nothing else that we could do. Jerry (Baxter, crew chief) and the guys worked hard to get the Kiklos Chevy handling right all day, but nothing seemed to help. Hopefully we can rebound next weekend in Iowa. That’s a track that I have a ton of laps at.”
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