|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series|
|3/17/2019 (post-race inspection)||Auto Club||No. 11||Safety||Sections 10.9.10.4: Tires and Wheels |
Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.
|Crew chief (Chris Gabehart) has been fined $10,000.|
In just over a week, short track racers from across North America will converge on Richmond Raceway for the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic. While a lot of the focus will be on the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models as they kick off the 2019 PASS National Championship season, that will be just a fraction of the nearly 400 laps of action fans will be able to see at Richmond next Saturday afternoon. In addition to the PASS Super Late Models, 40 ACT Late Models are currently entered, along with the return of the Tour-Type Modifieds to Richmond, and first-time trips for the MASS Street Stocks and NEMST Mini Stocks.
As of today, 50 Mini Stocks from up and down the Eastern Seaboard are set to try and qualify for their $1,000 to win, 25-lap race. And, like the ACT Late Models, the Mini Stocks will compete in heat races to set the starting lineup for the biggest field in NEMST history. While top southern runners like AJ Sanders, Shane Canipe, Michael Tucker, and Jesse Yopp look to defend their home turf, Rochester, NH's Josh Rheaume will be leading a strong contingent of New England 4-Cylinder racers.
"Being able to race at Richmond, as a Mini Stock racer, is unreal," says Rheaume. "When the news came out, we knew we had to make it happen. Last year we struggled a bit with a new engine and chassis package, but ended strong with a podium finish at the World Series. We are beyond grateful for PASS stepping up to put on the show, and NEMST for working with them to allow us Mini Stock racers from all over the country another 'once in a lifetime' chance to race at a facility like Richmond."
Like the Mini Stocks, a big field of nearly 40 MASS Street Stockers are currently entered for Richmond and the chance to win $2,000 at the end of their 40-lapper. Stantonsburg, NC's Greg Barnette has won numerous Street Stock races over his career and multiple track championships at Southern National and on dirt at County Line Raceway. Since 2016, Barnette has been a regular with the MASS Street Stocks and is honored to have the chance to compete at Richmond Raceway.
"To come from such humble and simple racing roots to racing at a Cup track is unbelievable," says Barnette, who will debut a new body and paint scheme on the BlackPearl Racing #8. "This is the big stage, this is where we want to shine bright as we battle the other stars of the Mid-Atlantic Street Stock series. It's a long road from the Carolina dirt tracks and junkyards to the big city lights of Richmond. I hope to see our #8 on that huge scoring pylon when we pull through the tunnel with this car we built in a barn."
The PASS Commonwealth Classic weekend will begin on Thursday, March 28 with optional hauler parking and safety inspection from 12 - 4 PM. On Friday, March 29, rotating practice for all competing divisions will be from 11 AM – 5 PM. And then on Saturday, March 30, pit gates at Richmond Raceway will open at 7 AM, with practice from 9 AM – 12 PM, qualifying at 1 PM, and racing set to start at around 4 PM
Entry forms and rules contacts for PASS Super Late Models, Tour-Type Modifieds, and MASS Street Stocks are also posted at ProAllStarsSeries.com. PASS Super Late Model entry forms and the complete weekend schedules the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com. Entry forms are also available for upcoming events at Thompson, Oxford Plains, Hickory, and the 46th Annual Oxford 250 at ProAllStarsSeries.com.
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Martinsville Speedway, the smallest track on NASCAR’s Cup circuit, holds a big place in the hearts of the Wood Brothers, whose home base is just 30 miles away in Stuart, Va.
For seven decades, the Woods have been competing in races at Martinsville, where the team’s current driver Paul Menard and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew will be competing in the STP 500 on Sunday.
The team’s founder, the late Glenn Wood, made his first start in the series now known as Monster Energy Cup on the half-mile at Martinsville in 1953, in a Lincoln numbered 21.
Although Wood never won a Cup race at Martinsville as a driver – he did have two victories as a car owner - it was one of his best tracks. He won four poles there including three in a row from the fall of 1959 through both races in 1960.
He finished second once, in 1959, and third twice, in 1960 and 1961. He led 615 laps in 14 career Cup starts on the famed paper-clip-shaped track which has been on the Cup schedule longer than any other venue.
Some of Wood’s best Martinsville runs came in one of his favorite cars - a blue 1958 Ford, which carried the number 16.
Wood did visit Victory Lane in Modified races at Martinsville. His son Eddie Wood, now 66, said the first races he can recall attending at Martinsville were in 1960.
“I remember watching my Dad win the 100-lap Modified race in the Backseater when I was eight years old,” Wood said, referring to the car his dad and uncle built which had the engine set back so far that Glen appeared to be sitting in the back seat when racing it. “And he finished third in the Cup race the next day behind Richard Petty and Jimmy Massey.”
Massey drove the No. 21 that day, while Wood ran a 1958 Ford numbered 24.
Eddie Wood has been a regular attendee at Martinsville races since that day, which means he’s been on hand for more than 100 Martinsville Cup race weekends.
For the Wood family, Martinsville race weekends back in the day were more like family reunions, with tables of food spread out at the track for friends, family and competitors.
Wood admits he often skipped the home-cooked meals in favor of a legendary treat from the track’s concession stand. “I usually ate Martinsville hot dogs,” he said, adding that he still eats plenty of Martinsville dogs every race weekend. Like most folks, he purchases two at a time. “They’re like eating potato chips,” he said. “Once you start it’s hard to stop.”
But for the Wood Brothers and their race team, there’s much more to Martinsville than hot dogs and memories from a bygone era.
There’s the desire to perform well, from the start of practice on Saturday to the checkered flag on Sunday.
“It’s an enhanced weekend, so Saturday is going to be really busy with two practices, a truck race and qualifying,” he said. “Then once the race starts on Sunday it’s important to stay on the lead lap and not get behind.
“Taking care of the brakes isn’t much of an issue any more because they’ve improved them so much, but you want to protect the front end and not risk damaging the grille, the radiator, the oil cooler or the brake ducts.
“If you can do all that, you can end up with a good finish.”
Qualifying for the STP 500 is set for 5:10 p.m. on Saturday, and the race is scheduled to start just after 2 p.m. on Sunday with TV coverage on Fox Sports 1.
Eight Young Drivers Invited to Compete for Spots in NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Driver Development Program20 Mar 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Eight drivers from across the United States have been invited to try out for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Driver Development Program during a two-day combine event Mar 23-34.
The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Driver Development Program, managed by Rev Racing, promotes and trains ethnically diverse and female drivers ages 12-16 to compete in INEX Legend Cars.
The combine, which will determine the 2019 youth driver lineup for Rev Racing, will include an on-track evaluation at GoPro Motorplex located in Mooresville, N.C. Selected drivers will become year-long members of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity team and compete in the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway, among other events, with Rev Racing.
“We are very enthused with the level of talent that we are seeing in our youth applicants,” said Max Siegel, owner of Rev Racing. “The talent pool continues to grow and connecting with these rising stars as early as possible is key. If we have the ability to engage drivers and their families early in their careers, we can prepare, train, and nurture their talents through every step of our program and beyond.”
In addition to the youth program, Rev Racing manages the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program, which offers racing opportunities in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The program provides selected drivers with equipment, mentoring, and competition experience. The mission of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program is to provide top diverse talent with a path for development through the ladder system, with the goal of being identified as a prospect by NASCAR’s national series teams, sponsors and manufacturers.
“We are pleased to welcome a talented group of young, diverse drivers to our first NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Driver Combine under the new program vision,” said Jusan Hamilton, NASCAR director of racing operations and event management. “We look forward to seeing members of this group rise up the ranks within Rev Racing and one day showcase their talent at the NASCAR touring series level.”
This year’s participants include a wide variety of driver backgrounds and competitive experiences. Isabella Robusto will have an opportunity to secure a third year with the program. In 2018, the Fort Mill, S.C. native finished third in the Young Lions Division at the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout and won the Battle at the Big Top race at Texas Motor Speedway, which was a U.S. Legends National Qualifier.
The invitees also include 15-year-old Lavar Scott from Carneys Point, N.J., who finished third in points at Airport Speedway in the 600cc Micro Sprint located in New Castle, Delaware and Rajah Caruth, a 16-year-old from Washington, D.C. who in just nine months earned more than 20 iRacing wins and 157 top 5s in 359 starts.
2019 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Driver Combine participants:
|DRIVER||HOMETOWN||2018 RACING EXPERIENCE|
|Rajah Caruth||Washington, D.C.||iRacing|
|Lacy Kuehl||Sarasota, Fla.||Dirt Oval Flat Kart|
|Blake Lothian||Wellesley, Mass.||World Formula Kart|
|Laci Minton||Beaver Dam, Ky.||U.S. Legend Cars|
|Sarah Napora||Pemberton, N.J.||125cc Micro Sprints|
|Isabella Robusto||Fort Mill, S.C.||U.S. Legend Cars|
|Lavar Scott||Carneys Point, N.J.||600cc Micro Sprints|
|Violet Townsend||Ravenna, Mich.||Cup Karts of North America|
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The 2019 Macon Speedway schedule has a new addition, as track officials have added the “Diane Bennett Memorial” to the August 10th “Eve Of Destruction” program. In addition to the craziness of the rollover contest, flagpole race, and race ‘em-wreck ‘em, a couple of the divisions will be running for some extra money and special trophies during the event.
The races will be in memory of Diane Bennett, who passed away in 2015. Bennett was a longtime scorekeeper at Macon Speedway and a friend to dirt track racing for more than 30 years. In addition to scoring for over 30 years at Macon Speedway, Bennett also scored for Track Enterprises and at Farmer City Raceway. She was also a promoter of Cerro Gordo Speedway with her husband Tom.
Diane’s daughter, Kellie, has spearheaded the effort to have a great event in her late mom’s name. In addition to extra prize money already put toward the overall purse for the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models and BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Kellie will be selling position sponsorships to add more bonuses for the drivers. Position sponsors are available for $10 and up and there is no limit on how much money can be put toward a certain finishing position.
“Diane was a wonderful lady, great racing official, and she is greatly missed in the racing community,” said Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent. “It will be nice to honor her with a race in her name.”
Macon Speedway’s 74th season opener will be held on Saturday, April 13. There will be driver autographs before the races plus CEFCU Kids Club on Millikin University Night. In action will be the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods, Archer’s Alley Street Stocks, Hornets, and Micros By Bailey Chassis.
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Spire Motorsports has reached an agreement with Go-Parts to sponsor the team’s No. 77 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway where D.J. Kennington will handle the driving assignment.
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Kennington is a two-time NASCAR Pinty’s Series Champion who has 15 previous MENCS starts on his resume. In two previous races in NASCAR’s premiere division at Martinsville’s famed paper-clip shaped half-mile oval, Kennington has completed 98.6 percent of the laps contested and finished in the top 30 on both occasions. The St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada native also has three Martinsville NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series starts to his credit with a best finish of 17th coming in March of 2010.
"We are thrilled to be back in the Cup Series and very excited to be teaming up with Spire Motorsports. The entire Go-Parts team is looking forward to collaborating with team ownership at multiple events both in 2019 and beyond. Martinsville is always an exciting and welcoming place, and we can't wait to cheer D.J. Kennington and the No. 77 Go-Parts Chevrolet Sunday afternoon."
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Spire Motorsports has competed all in all five MENCS races in 2019. The Mooresville, N.C. team has fielded an entry for four different drivers including Jamie McMurray, Garrett Smithley, Reed Sorenson and Quin Houff.
“We’re proud to have Go-Parts join the Spire Motorsports family and greatly appreciate their support,” commented Spire Motorsports co-owner Jeff Dickerson. “D.J. Kennington is a journeyman racer with some experience at Martinsville so we know he’ll do a good job for Spire Motorsports and Go-Parts this weekend.”
The STP 500 from Martinsville Speedway will be televised live on FS1 Sunday, March 24 beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The sixth of 36 races on the 2019 MENCS schedule will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
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