Out of the many race cars, more than 200, that will be on display during the PPB Motorsports 2019 Racecar and Trade Show, one that will get a huge amount of attention from attendees will be the two-tone brown No. 95 Terminal Transport 1971 Mercury Cyclone that NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip drove in his very first NASCAR Cup race.
The three day show, January 18-20, fills the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa with just about everything imaginable in motorsports.
And that first Cup race for Waltrip was the 500-miler at Talladega in 1972. He finished 38th after blowing the engine.
“It was a 1969 Mercury when I bought the car from Holman and Moody,” said Waltrip, a three time NASCAR Cup Series champion. The car had quite a history. The car had quite a history as it used the same chassis as the Holman and Moody 1967 Ford Fairlane that Mario Andretti drove to victory in the Daytona 500.
“It is a nice old restored car with a lot of history,”Waltrip stated. “It is actually race ready.”
Since that first start in Cup racing Waltrip became a standout performer as he was able to tally 84 victories of which 37 happened on Superspeedways. He earned 59 Cup poles. He is the only driver to win $500,000 in a season 18 times. And in 1990 he became the first Cup driver to win $10 million.
The 71-year-old was not only a big winner in Cup Series racing but also won in the NASCAR Busch Series, ASA, IROC, ARCA, NASCAR All-American Challenge Series, All Pro, USAC and ARTGO Challenge Series. He was also a top competitor on short tracks in the Tennessee area when first starting his career.
The popular FOX Sports TV personality, an analyst during the FOX coverage of NASCAR events, will be on center stage at the show on Saturday afternoon for two hours to talk about his racing career, TV work, books, movies, and so much more that has been part of his colorful career. Attendees will be free to ask the man named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers questions. And, of course, there will be autographs.
Headlining the show will be Waltrip and Ray Evernham along with Ryan Preece who will be looking to capture the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors.
There will be a large number of displays with speedways offering information on their 2019 seasons. Hardcore racing vendors will be a big part of the show and fans will have the opportunity to gain some bargains from vendors offering collectible items.
A number of free industry seminars will be offered.
One of the most popular events during the three day show has been, and will again be, the Ms. Motorsports Pageant sponsored by Aqua Duck Water Transport that will see one woman walk off with a $1,500 cash prize along with a poster deal.
Motorsports 2019 opens on Friday, January 18 at 2 p.m., then at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The show closes at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday. On Sunday, all children 12 and under are FREE with a parent.
Tickets are available daily at the door one hour before the show opens. To stay informed on the latest show news check in at www.motorsportstradeshow.com or call 609-888-3618
Procter & Gamble Joins ARCA Family of Corporate Partners; Bounty Becomes Title Sponsor of ARCA’s Rookie of the Year Program14 Jan 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
“Our entire Toyota family mourns the loss of a great partner and friend in J.D. Gibbs. Our thoughts are with the Gibbs family and the extended family that is Joe Gibbs Racing. J.D. was a special soul and beloved family man who was an integral part of establishing the heart of the race team. His incredible personality, laugh and infectious smile will continue to live on. Our deepest sympathies are with Joe, Pat, Coy, Melissa and his four sons.”
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joe Gibbs Racing Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, J.D. Gibbs, who passed away earlier tonight at the age of 49 from complications following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease.
Joe Gibbs Racing appreciates everyone’s respect for the privacy of the Gibbs family during this difficult time.
Additional information regarding details for a memorial service will be forthcoming at a future date.
“As all good businesses do, NASCAR is committed to strengthening its operation to ensure that resources are aligned to strategies that grow the sport and drive our business. We have a talented team at NASCAR and we’re confident that greater focus on the opportunities to drive fan interest and strong industry partnerships will help our sport achieve long-term growth.”
Since 1957, Hoosier Racing Tire has developed and manufactured racing tires for thousands of race cars. DIRTcar Northeast is proud to carry their name and logo throughout the Northeast and Canada on Big-Block Modifieds, 358 Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds, and Pro Stocks at dozens of race tracks. DIRTcar Northeast is proud to announce that in 2019, at the Racing Tire will hand out $36,750 to the top weekly racers at the end of the season.
The Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship takes into account each and every DIRTcar Northeast sanctioned weekly show and Series race for all four divisions of racing. The points standings are calculated by taking each driver’s top 16 finishes. Drivers do not need to do anything except race at DIRTcar sanctioned race tracks and Series races to be eligible. $36,750 will be awarded at the DIRTcar Northeast Banquet at the end of the year. The Big-Block Modified winner receives $5,000 while the top scoring 358 Modified pilot takes home $3,000. Meanwhile the Sportsman Modified and Pro Stock winners receive $1,000 each.
Six speedways are awarding points for the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship for DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds. Albany-Saratoga Speedway, host of the $11,111 to-win Big Show XI, returns to action with weekly racing, featuring the likes of Brett Hearn, Kenny Tremont Jr., and Ronnie and Marc Johnson. Meanwhile at Brewerton Speedway, Billy Decker returns to Gypsum Racing to compete weekly, as well as on the Super DIRTcar Series tour. In 2018, Land of Legends Raceway’s impressive Big-Block Modified field boasted the Super DIRTcar Series top two in points, Matt Sheppard and Erick Rudolph. Rudolph edged out Sheppard in points at the historic Canandaigua oval last season.
The massive temple of speed, Lebanon Valley Speedway, saw Brett Hearn, Kenny Tremont Jr., and Ronnie Johnson battle it out in the top three, and 2019 is expected to be another highly competitive race season. Rex King Jr. dominated the 2018 points at Lernerville Speedway over second place, 15-time Track Champion Brian Swartzlander, who was inducted into the DIRT Hall of Fame in 2018. The legendary Weedsport Speedway has six Big-Block Modified dates scheduled in 2019, including three Super DIRTcar Series clashes. The six races will be counted towards the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship points. All-in-all, $16,400 will be awarded to the top 15 drivers for their best 16 weekly finishes.
A healthy pipeline of talent has bolstered the already highly competitive 358 Modifieds across the Northeast and Canada. Twelve tracks are awarding Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship points in 2019. The competition will be fierce, as the top 10 drivers will have to fight over an $11,250 purse with their strongest 16 finishes. Last season, Steve Bernier topped Chris Raabe and Billy Dunn, but you could’ve thrown a blanket over them, as they were only separated by eight points. Every lap, every position, and every win is important at all DIRTcar sanctioned speedways.
Race fans can catch all the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship DIRTcar 358 Modified action at Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway, Brockville Ontario Speedway, Can-Am Speedway, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Autodrome Drummond, Fulton Speedway, Autodrome Granby, Le RPM Speedway, Merrittville Speedway, Mohawk Int’l Raceway, Ransomville Speedway, and Utica-Rome Speedway. Weekly schedules for all of the 2019 weekly racing action will be released soon.
DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds compete weekly at 21 race tracks. The division is perfect for young racers moving up the DIRTcar ladder, and for veterans racing within a budget. Safety and parity are paramount to the success of DIRTcar Sportsman Modified racing, and those factors have pushed the division to become the most popular form of auto racing in the Northeast. Quebec native Martin Pelletier finished on top of the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship points last season, ahead of Dave Marcucilli who is moving up to 358 and Big-Block Modifieds for 2019. The exceptional racing facilities hosting DIRTcar Sportsman in 2019 are: Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway, Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Bear Ridge Speedway, Brewerton Speedway, Brockville Ontario Speedway, Can-Am Speedway, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Autodrome Drummond, Freedom Speedway, Fulton Speedway, Autodrome Granby, Humberstone Speedway, Land of Legends Raceway, Le RPM Speedway, Merrittville Speedway, Mohawk Int’l Raceway, Outlaw Speedway (new for 2019), Ransomville Speedway, Utica-Rome Speedway, and Weedsport Speedway.
In weekly full-fender action, the DIRTcar Pro Stocks can be seen racing at seven tracks: Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Autodrome Granby, Le RPM, Lernerville Speedway, and Utica-Rome Speedway. Josh Coonradt took top honors in 2018 over C.D. Beauchamp and Chuck Dumblewski. Once again, the tight-knit family of Pro Stock racers will race door-to-door every week, in their chase for the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship.
Stay tuned for the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship schedules from all of our DIRTcar sanctioned tracks in the Northeast and Canada.
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Daytona Beach residents are familiar with the roar of engines being heard from Daytona International Speedway, especially this time of the year. On Friday however, it was the loud distinct noise of ARCA Racing Series’ stock cars testing the high banks of the speedway for February’s Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire that could be heard throughout the city.
Wheeling some of those cars were young and up-and-coming drivers with some names that many race fans may find familiar. Names that have made headlines in the motorsports world such as Burton, Parsons and McReynolds all are once again above the drivers’ windows.
But the faces have changed.
Harrison Burton, 18, is the son of 2000 Coke Zero Sugar 400 champion Jeff Burton, and will be making his first start at the “World Center of Racing” in this year’s Lucas Oil 200, driving the No. 20 DEX Imaging Toyota Camry for Venturini Motorsports.
“It’s so awesome,” said Harrison Burton. “I’ve been coming here since I was a little kid watching my dad and watching the cars go by. Now that I’m actually driving here, it’s really surreal. It’s a lifelong dream come true to race at Daytona.”
“There’s so much history here and so much heritage,” said father Jeff Burton. “As a parent, you hope for your kids to do what they love to do, and if you’re a NASCAR guy, this is it. This is the place you want to be. To be here with him his first day at Daytona is pretty special.”
The young Huntersville, N.C. native will also be racing in this year’s NextEra Energy 250 as he starts his first full-time NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season with Kyle Busch Motorsports in the No. 18 Toyota Tundra after finishing in the top 10 in six of the seven truck series starts he made in 2018.
On the other side of this weekend’s garage is another big name making his first start at Daytona International Speedway; Stefan Parsons, nephew of 1975 DAYTONA 500 Champion Benny Parsons and son of former NASCAR driver and analyst Phil Parsons.
Parsons will drive the No. 77 Chad Bryant Racing Ford Fusion in what will be not only his first Daytona start, but his first ARCA Series start as well.
“This place is a huge part of racing history – NASCAR and ARCA – and my own family history,” said Parsons. “I’m 20 years old and I’ve been coming down here for 19 years now. To be making laps around this place is something special for sure. My dad raced here for 20 years. He told me what to expect and to do what Chad Bryant and everyone at Chad Bryant Racing tell me to do. I’m trying to get everything right for the team.”
Not all of these drivers are unfamiliar with the hallowed grounds of Daytona, however, as Brandon McReynolds will be making a return to the speedway in the No. 35 KBR Development Chevrolet after making his first, and only, ARCA start on the high banks in 2012.
The 27-year-old son of the two-time DAYTONA 500 champion crew chief Larry McReynolds ran out fuel while leading on the last lap in his only Daytona start, but he still knows the feeling of success on a superspeedway, as his only ARCA Series win came in 2012 at Talladega Superspeedway.
In addition, there is another driver testing this weekend who shares the bloodline of NASCAR royalty – 18-year-old Thad Moffitt, grandson of seven-time DAYTONA 500 champion Richard Petty and the great-grandson of inaugural DAYTONA 500 champion Lee Petty.
Moffitt will be piloting the No. 46 Empire Racing Chevrolet in his first start at Daytona International Speedway in February’s ARCA season opener. Friday’s test marked the second time he has driven at DIS, as he also participated in ARCA testing at DIS in 2018.
While all of these drivers have relation to racing legends in one form or another, they will still have to compete against ARCA Series regulars. Defending Lucas Oil 200 champion Michael Self returns to Daytona for his first career full-time season with Venturini Motorsports in the No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota Camry and 2018 Lucas Oil 200 pole winner Natalie Decker will be behind the wheel of the No. 54 DGR-Crosley Racing Toyota Camry.
The ARCA Racing Series teams will be on track again on Saturday, from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. ARCARacing.com will have live timing and scoring, live chat and track updates throughout the weekend for “ARCA for Me” members. To enjoy all the benefits of being an ARCA For Me member, go to arcaracing.com/login to register.
The Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire is set for Saturday, Feb. 9 and will be televised live on FS1 starting at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Faster Horses Festival Rounds Toward Seventh Year With Toby Keith, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band Headlining11 Jan 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Faster Horses Festival announced the gigantic lineup for its seventh year during a special “Faster Horses Happy Hour” live online event this afternoon, kicking off the festivities at full speed. During the fan-interactive streaming event, it was revealed that Toby Keith, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band will headline the three-day camping festival taking place in Brooklyn, MI on July 19-21. Additional artists Brothers Osborne, Danielle Bradbery, Old Dominion, Lindsay Ell, Morgan Evans, Randy Houser, LANCO, Kip Moore, Maren Morris, Cassadee Pope, Michael Ray, Tyler Rich, Dylan Scott, Mitchell Tenpenny and Brett Young were also announced today to continue the “Michigan Tradition” (Detroit Free Press), assembling a matchless lineup, with more artists to join in the coming weeks. Pass will go on sale Friday, January 25 at 10am ET at www.fasterhorsesfestival.com.
Hosted by festival creator and President of Country Touring at Live Nation, Brian O’Connell, today’s announcement event also saw in-person cameos from Kip Moore, Cassadee Pope, Lindsay Ell and Dylan Scott as well as appearances via online from Toby Keith and Keith Urban available to watch here.
After a successful six years of what is now considered a summer staple, the three-day experience “continues to reinvent itself each year, morphing into a multidimensional entertainment event” (Toledo Blade) and continues to make effort in “tweaking aspects to the fan experience year-over-year” (MLive), enticing new fans and keeping current ones returning to the July festival. Each year, the festival makes its descent to Michigan International Speedway for the self-declared "three-day hillbilly sleepover," where audiences flock to witness star-studded performances and enjoy interactive activities such as the “Campsite Contest”, “Faster Humans Fun Run” and first-class vendors. More information on what fans can expect will be available leading up to the festival.
For more information on Faster Horses, visit www.fasterhorsesfestival.com, Twitter @faster_horses, Instagram @fasterhorsesfestival and join the conversation on Twitter, #FasterHorses.
Faster Horses is part of Live Nation’s premiere family of country music festivals spread across the country, including Watershed in George, WA; Country LakeShake in Chicago, IL, Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale. FL and Seven Peaks Music Festival in Denver, CO. Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Live Nation Concerts, Ticketmaster and Live Nation Media & Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.