Steven B. Wilson
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Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Omnicraft Auto Parts team will have to come from the rear of Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway after their third-place qualifying time was disallowed because the No. 21 Fusion failed a post-qualifying inspection.
Blaney, who enters the final race of the Monster Energy Cup playoff’s Round of 12 in seventh place, had been among the fastest drivers in practice and qualifying on Friday at Kansas.
Now he’ll need all that speed to work his way up from his 40th starting spot in Sunday’s 400 miler.
Team co-owner Eddie Wood said that in today’s competitive environment, teams tend to take chances when it comes to preparing their cars.
“The rules are pushed to the max in every area, and today the NASCAR officials found something they didn’t like about our car,” Wood said. “We’re not disputing their decision. We’ll own it and move on.
“We’ll work on our car in Saturday’s practice, line up in the back on Sunday and look forward to watching Ryan drive his way to the front.”
Blaney and his Wood Brothers team, participating in the NASCAR playoffs for the first time, enter the final race of the Round of 12 two points ahead of eighth-place Jimmie Johnson and nine ahead of ninth-place Kyle Busch.
The Hollywood Casino 400 is scheduled to start just after 2 p.m. (3 p.m. Eastern Time) with TV coverage on NBCSN.
NextGen Motorsports and March Networks Partner at October 21 NASCAR Xfinity Race to Support Hurricane, Earthquake Victims20 Oct 2017
In response to the devastation that has occurred in the United States, Mexico and many of the Caribbean islands following recent natural disasters, NextGen Motorsports, a NASCAR series team, and March Networks®, a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions, are joining forces to help support relief efforts.
March Networks is sponsoring NextGen Motorsports and driver Josh Berry, who will drive the Xfinity NextGen #55 in the NASCAR Kansas Lottery 300 on October 21 in Kansas City. One hundred percent of donations raised around the event at www.donations4disasters.com, will be provided via the Celia Cruz Foundation to established charities working on the ground to help families recover and rebuild following hurricanes Irma and Maria, and the devastating earthquake that hit Mexico September 19.
NextGen Motorsports will also donate 50 percent of any purse money won during the race to the cause, and is working with 22 Days Nutrition to provide food provisions of equivalent value to all funds raised through the website this weekend.
"NextGen Motorsports, along with our drivers Enrique Baca, Luis Rodriguez Jr. and Josh Berry, is committed to helping support victims of these tragic events, as are many people in the NASCAR community," said Carlos Crespo, Co-Owner, NextGen Motorsports. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the many families now struggling to put their lives back together."
"We have established routes into many of the communities affected by these disasters," said Peter Strom, President and CEO, March Networks. "We are honored by this opportunity to join NextGen Motorsports and contribute to ongoing relief efforts that are critically needed in these countries."
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Hours before the start of Friday’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season finale at Kansas Speedway, Venturini Motorsports announced that driver Natalie Decker will compete full time in the ARCA series in 2018.
Decker, a 20-year old native of Eagle River, WI, will pilot Venturini Motorsports’ No.25 Toyota Camry with veteran crew chief Dave Leiner at the controls.
“It’s an incredible feeling sitting here today making this announcement,” says Decker. “It’s really a dream come true! I can’t thank Venturini Motorsports, Toyota Racing and N29 Capital Partners enough for giving me this opportunity.”
The popular rookie driver has made six ARCA starts this season highlighted by two top-10 finishes and a career best seventh-place finish at Road America.
“This is obviously a big step in my career. I’m really fortunate – coming from the competitive Midwest and running short tracks most of my career. I’m confident and ready for this next move. After tonight my focus shifts to next season. We’ll be ready to go at Daytona,” added Decker.
Decker stands to become just the fifth female in modern day ARCA history to compete for a series driver championship, joining Shawna Robinson (’00), Christi Passmore (’03 and ’04), Milka Duno (’13) and Sarah Cornett-Ching (’15).
Already with support from N29 Capital Partners LLC., Decker is pursuing additional sponsorship for the 2018 season.
In preparation for Homestead-Miami Speedway’s Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on November 19, some of NASCAR’s biggest stars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be taking the track for a NASCAR test session. The testing will take place next Tuesday, October 24 on Homestead-Miami Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval, where one car from most of the major Monster Energy Series teams are slated to participate.
The testing session will run from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting. Fans who would like to witness this preview of the Ford EcoBoost 400, the crowning race of the Monster Energy Series Playoffs, are invited to watch the testing at the track. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to get an up-close look at the cars from the infield Pit Road Cabanas or enjoy a panoramic view of the track from the grandstands or the fourth floor Speedway Club.
Fans attending may park their vehicles in the parking lot on S.W. 336th Street and S.W. 137th Avenue. Entry to the facility is through Gate 4 where a tram will take fans to the infield. The tram will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Below is a list of drivers who are scheduled to participate in the testing session. Drivers and schedule are subject to change:
Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing
Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing
Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Brad Keselowski Team Penske
Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing
Alex Bowman Chevrolet R&D
Landon Cassill Ford R&D
Tickets to the 2017 Monster Energy Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race, in addition to the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 championship race Saturday, November 18, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 championship race Friday, November 17, are now available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com
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Evergreen Raceway is ready and set for their second annual “King of the Green” weekend event. With the largest crowd of the season expected to be on hand over the weekend for the popular October event, track management has decided to donate a portion of the track’s proceeds to Susan G. Komen, formerly known as Susan G. Komen for the Cure and originally as The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
“Being breast cancer awareness month, it’s only fitting”, noted speedway promoter, Jason Makarewicz.
“Nearly everyone knows someone that lost their life to breast cancer or is a fortunate breast cancer survivor. “I’m thrilled that our team is doing this.”
Makarewicz and his team have been busy prepping for the show that fans and drivers have been talking about for weeks. Aside from the usual maintenance, the team took time out to re-paint the lines on the racetrack in pink, for breast cancer awareness month.
The weekend will kick off at the 1/3-mile asphalt oval near Hazleton, PA on Friday, October 20 with open practice for all divisions. The evening practice time is slated to run from 2 PM to 7 PM and the pit admission is set at $20. One hour of Friday’s practice (from 6 PM to 7 PM will be for Tour Type and Evergreen Modifieds only). Grandstand admission for practice is free for all ages.
Saturday, October 21 will feature a 50-lap $1,500 to win main event for the Evergreen/Sport Modifieds. The Late Models, Four Cylinders and Strictly Stocks are also on the card for an exciting day of action. The pit gates will swing open at 8 AM and practice will kick off at 10:00 AM. Heat races will start at 12 PM. The grandstands will open at 10:00 AM. Free admission passes are for regular events only and will not be honored for Saturday’s King of the Green events.
The Modifieds will compete for the $4,000 prize on Sunday, October 22, plus the Street Stocks and Factory Stocks will also be in action for extended lap main events. The pit gates will swing open at 10 AM and practice will kick off at 12:30 PM. Qualifying will start at 2 PM. The grandstands will open at 12:30 PM. Free admission passes are for regular events only and will not be honored for Sunday’s King of the Green events.
All purses are based on a full field of 20 cars taking the green flag in the feature. If less than 20 cars take the green, the purse will be prorated.
Pit admission for Saturday or Sunday is $50.
Grandstand admission is $20 for Saturday and $25 for Sunday. Fans can purchase a special two day event grandstand pass for $40. As always, children 12 years of age and younger will be admitted into the grandstand area for free. Free admission passes are for regular events only and will not be honored for the speedway’s King of the Green events.
Evergreen Raceway is located minutes from Hazleton, PA, in between routes 93 and 309. For more information regarding Evergreen Raceway, including the entire season schedule, directions and divisional payouts, please visit www.evergreenracewaypark.com and don’t forget to like their Facebook page as well.
Evergreen Raceway is proud to be associated with Fairway Motors, Harry’s U Pull It, Penn’s Peak Radio, Sponenberg’s Exhaust, Wheel’s Bar & Grill, CK Auto Service & Race Fab, Himmer Graphics, Evan’s Roadhouse, Bob’s Subs & Pizza, American Rental Equipment, Barbush Automotive, Valve Tech Sales, Penn’s Peak, Printers Edge & RockAuto.com.
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More than 2,500 hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks through 1972 will motor into Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend for the Goodguys 24th Southeastern Nationals. This family-friendly event is sure to provide a sensory thrill for fans of all ages, as cars of every color take over the speedway’s infield.
The spectacular three-day show spans the spectrum of automotive history, including Model-A Fords stuffed with V-8 power to the radical Dodges and Chevrolets that ruled the streets during the late 1960s. While the leaves outside are just starting to show their vibrancy, there will be no shortage of color on the customs that cruise into Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend.
Here’s a look at some things fans can’t afford to miss when visiting the Goodguys 24th Southeastern Nationals:
Fans will judge the all-new burnout competition at the Southeastern Nationals. On Saturday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m., the crowd will select the winner of the best burnout as participants "burn 'em down" in a demonstration akin to a NASCAR-style victory celebration on the speedway's pit road. All vehicles entered in the Show & Shine portion of Southeastern Nationals are eligible to compete once they pass tech inspection.
Goodguys AutoCross returns to this year's show with a spectacular, tire-smoking exhibition of speed and raw power on a course inside the speedway's infield. Cars of all ages, shapes, sizes and colors will battle for the quickest time against a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro piloted by nine-time Pikes Peak Hill Climb winner and former Indy car star Robby Unser. Local Detroit Speed, Inc. business owner Kyle Tucker will compete in his 1970 Chevrolet Camaro.
The three-day event isn’t just for car enthusiasts. Kids are invited for arts and crafts, games, prizes, clowns and more in the kid’s zone on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The youngest of car builders are invited to construct their very own model hot rod courtesy of Revell on Saturday at 1 p.m. while supplies last. Take a break from the sounds of roaring engines with live music on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 pm. and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1:20 p.m.
Manufacturer and Vendor Displays
Looking for a part for your restoration project? Are you a collector of vintage automobile accessories? The manufacturer and vendor displays are the perfect place to find automotive products, advice and demonstrations. Buy products at special prices and consult manufacturer representatives on car questions.
Late model American-made and/or powered vehicles of all years are invited for K&N Filters All-American Sunday. K&N Filters All American Sunday participants are eligible for all show activities including the Show & Shine, Goodguys AutoCross racing competition and more. Stick around for the Sunday’s show-culminating awards program to see which of your favorite cars will take home the hardware. The ceremony begins at 2:22 p.m. on the entertainment stage.
Fans can buy tickets to the Goodguys Southeastern Nationals at the gates, online or by calling the speedway's ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267). The show is open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Single-day tickets are $20 at the gates, while kids 7-12 get in for just $6 per day and kids six and younger get in FREE. Three-day passes for adults are available for just $45.
Race fans flocking to Las Vegas for the 2018 Pennzoil 400 NASCAR Weekend once again will be able to travel to Las Vegas Motor Speedway in style thanks to the track’s Race Day Express shuttle service.
Fans staying at Las Vegas Strip corridor and Fremont Street-based properties can utilize a fleet of convenient and comfortable VIP shuttles to and from LVMS for affordable rates. Race Day Express passes for the March 2-4 Pennzoil 400 weekend go on sale Friday through the LVMS Ticket Office.
NASCAR fans can catch the shuttles from Planet Hollywood, Treasure Island, Stratosphere, Tropicana and Main Street Station hotels to LVMS, where they will be dropped off at a new paved bus depot outside Turn 2 close to the Richard Petty Terrace. From there, they can utilize a complimentary tram service to be taken to the admission gates. Fans can purchase a three-day round trip package for just $119, or get passes for Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 for $85.
NASCAR Weekend pickup times will be: Friday – 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.; Saturday – every hour from 8-11 a.m.; Sunday – every hour from 7-11 a.m. Round trips will be completed by 7 p.m. each night.
Fans can lock in their seats for the March LVMS event, which will begin with Stratosphere Pole Day and a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, March 2, continue with the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, March 3, and culminate with the Pennzoil 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, March 4.
Log on to LVMS.com or call 800-644-4444 to order tickets for any LVMS events.
SiriusXM and Formula 1 have entered into a multi-year agreement that makes SiriusXM the exclusive North American radio broadcaster of all Formula 1® (F1®) races, starting with this weekend’s United States Grand Prix.
SiriusXM‘s coverage of the 2017 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, TX will air live this Sunday, October 22 (3:00 pm ET/2:00 pm CT), exclusively on Sirius channel 132, XM channel 203 and channel 963 on the SiriusXM app. The channels will also carry qualifying on Saturday, October 21 (5:00 pm ET/4:00 pm CT). Listeners will hear the BBC 5 Live radio broadcast for each race.
The four remaining 2017 Formula 1® races will all air on SiriusXM, including the season-finale 2017 Formula 1 Etihad Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 26. Starting with the 2018 Formula 1 season and beyond SiriusXM will air every Grand Prix race on the calendar.
“Formula 1 races are sensational, world-class events, which showcase the most advanced automotive technology in the hands of exceptional drivers competing on very challenging circuits,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer. “We are very excited to deliver the excitement of these races to SiriusXM listeners across the country. As Formula 1 makes its way around the globe, we will bring its fans in North America to each international venue and enable them to follow the action live.”
“We are delighted to have Formula 1 back on SiriusXM,” said Sean Bratches, Managing Director, Commercial Operations at Formula 1. “Their ability to offer live coverage of all races throughout the Championship to their numerous fans and listeners provides tremendous additional exposure for F1 in the North American market.”
The FIA Formula One World Championship is the highest end of open wheeled motor racing. The season runs from March through November and this year consists of 20 Grand Prix races run on road course tracks, as well as some closed city streets circuits. The results of each race are combined to determine two titles, one for drivers and one for constructors (teams).
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain is the top points holder this season (306), ahead of Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (247) and Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland (234). Mercedes, the reigning constructor’s champion, holds the 2017 team points lead.
Formula 1® complements an extensive auto racing lineup on SiriusXM that includes every NASCAR race and every Indy Car Series race, and also expands the amount of European sports programming available to SiriusXM listeners, which already features English Premier League and Champions League soccer.
For more information visit www.SiriusXM.com.