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Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway more than 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

Adam spent several years covering motorsports for Examiner.com., where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of SpeedwayDigest.com.

Be sure to tune in for his sports talk program, Thursday Night Thunder, where he discusses the latest in motorsports news with drivers, crew members, and fans. The show takes place (almost) every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST on the Speedway Digest Radio Network. 

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In the first Summit Team Finals action of the year, Castrol Raceway opened the season with a victory in the Division 6 Border Bandits team competition at the Edmonton, Alberta track while three drivers punched their tickets to Memphis as the first qualifiers of 2014 for the Summit SuperSeries presented by AMSOIL World Championship in October.

Castrol Raceway Team C took the team crown with 20 points, holding off Northern Lights Raceway Team A by just one point. It was the third year in a row a Castrol Raceway team has taken the Division 6 Summit Team Finals crown. Castrol Raceway Team F was third with 14 points, followed by Castrol Raceway Team B with 13 points and Castrol Raceway Team D with 11 points. The rest of the Summit Team Finals standings included teams from Hi-Line Dragstrip, Alaska Raceway Park, Calgary Drag Racing Association, Interlake Dragway and Northern Lights Raceway.

In the Summit SuperSeries runoff, Nathan Thornsley, Dean Smith and Ethan Ochitwa won their respective classes at the Summit Team Finals opener in Edmonton, securing their tickets to the Summit World Finals at Memphis International Raceway in October. The trio will runoff against other Summit SuperSeries champions for an opportunity to win the 2014 Summit SuperSeries World Championship.

Thornsley, representing Alaska Raceway Park, won the Top ET championship at the Division 6 Team Finals for the second year in a row. Thornsley defeated Dean Smith, who was -.044 red on the tree. Despite the guaranteed win, Thornsley still took a near-perfect victory lap with a .002 reaction time and a 7.666-second elapsed time on a 7.67 dial.

While Dean Smith went red in his attempt to take the Top ET victory, he more than made up for that error in the Mod ET race with a redeeming victory over Kalem Menzel. Representing Interlake Dragway, Smith ran a 9.247 on a 9.23 dial at 140.53 mph in the final, besting Menzel's 10.482 on a 10.45 at 121.35. He added a .013 reaction time to put together a .03 package for the win.

Finally, in the Junior Dragster runoff, Castrol Raceway's own Ethan Ochitwa took the victory over Zack Jagnicke from Interlake Dragway. Jagnicke had a slight advantage on the line with a .047 to a .057 light, but Ochitwa battled back on the top end, running a 7.974 on a 7.96 at 81.86 to take the win. Jagnicke had a 9.116 on a 9.08 in the runner-up effort.

Other big winners from the Division 6 Summit Team Finals were Main Event winners George LeBlanc (Top ET) from Northern Lights Raceway, Corey Hewitt (Mod ET) from Castrol Raceway, Broderick Allison (Junior Dragster) from Castrol Raceway and Kevin Steenhart (Street) from Calgary Drag Racing Association.

The following are the final results from the Division 6 IHRA Summit Team Finals event at Castrol Raceway.



Division 6 Summit Team Finals Team Standings

1. Castrol Raceway Team C - 20
2. Northern Lights Raceway Team A - 19
3. Castrol Raceway Team F - 14
4. Castrol Raceway Team B - 13
5. Castrol Raceway Team D - 11
6. Castrol Raceway Team A - 9
7. Calgary Drag Racing Association Team A - 8
8. Hi-Line Dragstrip Team A - 6
9. Alaska Raceway Park Team A - 6
10. Northern Lights Raceway Team D - 5
11. Northern Lights Raceway Team B - 4
12. Castrol Raceway Team E - 4
13. Interlake Dragway Team A - 2
14. Hi-Line Dragstrip Team B - 2
15. Northern Lights Raceway Team C - 2

SUMMIT SUPERSERIES RESULTS

Summit SuperSeries Runoff Top ET - Nathan Thornsley, Alaska Raceway Park, (.002) 7.666 on 7.67, 175.47 def. Dean Smith, Interlake Dragway, (-.044) foul

Summit SuperSeries Runoff Mod ET - Dean Smith, Interlake Dragway, (.013) 9.247 on 9.23, 140.53 def. Kalem Menzel, Castrol Raceway, (.046) 10.482 on 10.45, 121.35

Summit SuperSeries Runoff Junior - Ethan Ochitwa, Castrol Raceway, (.057) 7.974 on 7.96, 81.86 def. Zack Jagnicke, Interlake Dragway, (.047) 9.116 on 9.08, 69.63

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

Main Event Top ET - George LeBlanc, Northern Lights Raceway, (.017) 9.53 on 9.52, 142.33 def. John Tiegen, Northern Lights Raceway, (n/a) 8.599 on 8.60, 152.85

Main Event Mod ET - Corey Hewitt, Castrol Raceway, (.013) 10.532 on 10.49, 126.10 def. Adolph Sabourin, Castrol Raceway, (.038) 10.458 on 10.44, 126.76

Main Event Street - Kevin Steenhart, Calgary Drag Racing Association, (.025) 14.698 on 14.64 def. 87.63 def. Shane Graw, Northern Lights Raceway, (.080) 15.034 on 14.79, 93.70

Main Event Juniors - Broderick Allison, Castrol Raceway, (.010) 7.998 on 7.98, 81.12 def. Ethan Ochitwa, Castrol Raceway, (.132) 7.992 on 7.97, 81.44

Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR) hosts Ford and Mopar fans of all ages during a special weekend of motorsports in September. Celebrating Mustang’s 50th Birthday, Fun Ford Weekend kicks off on September 12, 2014, while Mega Mopar Action on the Drag Strip returns on September 14, 2014.

From Ford-powered and Ford-bodied bracket racers looking to earn some “cred” on the Drag Strip to Blue Oval restoration experts showing off their finished masterpiece or searching for that hard-to-find part at the Swap Meet, Fun Ford Weekend at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Florida has something for everyone.

Fun Ford Weekend

On Saturday, September 13, from 8 am to 7 pm, Fun Ford Weekend presented by R.J.S. Racing Equipment features family-friendly entertainment and activities including:

 

  • Drag Racing on PBIR’s renowned 1/4-mile concrete Drag Strip
  • Ford Car and Truck Show
  • Mustang Triathlon on the Road Course and Drag Strip
  • MustangGuys Fastest 5.0 Shootout presented by S&W Race Cars on the Drag Strip
  • Pro Show
    • Tulsa County Heat Wave Jet Car with Driver Sammy Ives
    • Elvis Wheelstander with Driver Joel Harris
    • Southern Slingshots featuring Nostalgia Dragsters
  • Midway, Swap Meet and Car Corral
  • Revell Make ’n’ Take – kids are invited to build their very own model car to keep for free

For more details and to purchase discounted tickets for Fun Ford Weekend, visit www.tinyurl.com/pbirford2014.

 

 

Mega Mopar Action

Mopar fans are invited to celebrate everything that makes Mopar stand out in a crowd with Mopar Action magazine at the Mega Mopar Action event at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Florida. There’s something for all Pentastar enthusiasts, like watching HEMI-powered American muscle on the Drag Strip and admiring cars like Challengers, Javelins, Barracudas and Road Runners in the Car Show. Mega Mopar Action Series is the largest national series honoring the iconic brand.

On Sunday, September 14, from 8 am to 7 pm, the Mega Mopar Action event includes:

  • Drag Racing on PBIR’s impressive 1/4-mile concrete Drag Strip
  • Car and Truck Show
  • S&W Race Cars Challenger Shootout on the Drag Strip
  • Pro Show
    • Tulsa County Heat Wave Jet Car with Driver Sammy Ives
    • Elvis Wheelstander with Driver Joel Harris
    • Southern Slingshots featuring Nostalgia Dragsters
  • Midway, Swap Meet and Car Corral

For more details and to purchase discounted tickets for Mega Mopar Action at PBIR, visitwww.tinyurl.com/pbirmopar2014.

“While the iconic Ford Mustang celebrates its 50th birthday in 2014, we’re also turning 50 this year. Palm Beach International Raceway was founded in 1964, and we’re honored to share this milestone with America’s legendary pony car,” noted PBIR’s Vice President and General Manager Dale Gann.  

At the gate on the event days, tickets are $20 for a 1-day adult spectator admission on Saturday or Sunday. Tickets for a 2-day adult spectator, including both Saturday and Sunday, are $35. Tickets for children ages 6 to 12 are $5 per event day, while children ages 5 and under enter free. Parking at the facility is free for all racers and spectators. Discounted tickets are available online at www.RacePBIR.com.    

The weekend kicks off with Test & Tune on the Drag Strip on September 12, 2014. Test & Tune is an open track session for any make and model car, truck, dragster or motorcycle, during which racers can speed down the track for just $20. Gates open at 6 pm while racing continues until 11 pm. Spectator tickets are just $10 for adults; children 12 and younger enter free. Parking at the track is also free throughout the weekend.

Please note that Friday, September 12, 2014 features Test & Tune on the Drag Strip only. Complete event programming for Fun Ford Weekend occurs on Saturday, September 13, 2014 only.

Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR) is pleased to announce its partnership with the Great American Bracket Race (GABR) at Memphis International Raceway™ (MIR) on September 5 – 7, 2014. PBIR and GABR have joined forces to offer the points winner of the GABR a free entry to the Dick Moroso Memorial 5-Day Bracket Championship presented by Madaris Window & Insulation and The Screen Shop on November 21 – 25, 2014 at PBIR.

The Dick Moroso Memorial 5-Day Bracket Championship brings racers from all over the country to the Sunshine State to compete for a $10,000 prize to the winner each day on the 1/4-mile drag strip. With this new partnership, racers who participate in the Sixth Annual Moser Engineering Great American $50,000 Bracket Race at MIR on September 5 – 7, 2014 have a shot at winning a free entry to PBIR, valued at $875. The electronics overall points winner from the weekend at MIR’s GABR will receive a free five-day entry to PBIR’s 2014 Dick Moroso Memorial 5-Day Bracket Championship.

“Palm Beach International Raceway is proud to host the inaugural Dick Moroso Memorial 5-Day Bracket Championship this year,” stated Dale Gann, Vice President and General Manager of PBIR. “Being the host to a race with such rich history is both an honor and a pleasure.” 

“GABR has an impressive pedigree, and we are thrilled to be offering a free racer entry to the Dick Moroso Memorial 5-Day Bracket Championship during their event at Memphis International Raceway,” Gann continued. “This was a great opportunity for two sister tracks to work together and offer the participants more incentive. I’d also like to thank the organizers at GABR for all their hard work and dedication to the drag racing community.”

Tabbed as the best party in bracket racing, the Dick Moroso Memorial 5-Day Bracket Championship places the best drag racers up against each other in the electronics category. It’s door car versus door car and dragster versus dragster from Friday until Tuesday. In addition to competing for big bucks, racers receive an appreciation dinner Saturday night, a complimentary breakfast each morning and can participate in a golf cart race, cornhole tournament, and a chili cook-off.

The schedule for the Dick Moroso Memorial 5-Day Bracket Championship has gates opening at 8 a.m. ET and races begin at 1:30 p.m. every day. There is an open Test & Tune prior to each race, and the purse is guaranteed with 120 cars entered into the championship event. For a complete breakdown and schedule, visit www.tinyurl.com/pbir5day2014 or call 561-622-1400.

Entering each TUDOR United SportsCar Championship weekend, Bryan Sellers, driver of the No. 17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 RSR, has been outlining his favorite turns. This weekend, the Braselton, Georgia-resident and longtime teammate Wolf Henzler (Germany) travel to one of North America's truly classic tracks, VIRginia International Raceway (VIR).

The Alton, Virginia facility is nestled in the hills, valleys and woods of the Old Dominion and enjoys a history almost as deep as the country around it. For Sellers, the classic turn at a track of classic turns - including the event namesake corner for the Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIR - is Turn Three. The "NASCAR Bend", as it is nicknamed, is the linchpin of the 17-turn, 3.27-mile facility. The long lefthander is Sellers' favorite corner at the track which will play host to the only GT Le Mans (GTLM)/GT Daytona (GTD) stand-alone race of the season on Sunday, August 24.

"VIR is a very famous old-school racetrack. It's the kind of place that just feels 'natural' because it is natural! It's a classic American track with a number of corners that were laid organically through the terrain. Out of all the great corners, it is difficult to pick the best one. But, if forced to choose, my favorite corner of the 17 to drive the No. 17 Team Falken Tire Porsche is Turn Three. 

Turn Three is a challenging corner because the approach is so different to most others anywhere in the TUDOR Championship calendar. It is a third-gear corner with an approach that has a consistent bend making the braking difficult. The important thing about this turn is carrying the speed through the center of the corner and, with the approach being so difficult, it is easy to over-slow or overshoot the corner entry. The car has a lot of dynamic issues in this corner. You are braking and turning, which means you need a car with good platform and support. However you also use some curbing in this corner meaning you need compliance as well. It's a fine line between having a car that is too soft and a car that is too stiff. It is also very difficult to get a proper balance through the entire turn because, from a mechanical perspective, the car is doing so many different things. In my experience, when you have a car that is good in Turn Three, and a car that you can be aggressive with there, it means you will be fast at VIR. Get Three right and you get the lap right. Get it wrong and it will be a long weekend."

 The two-hour, 45-minute Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIR can be seen on FOX Sports 1 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, August 24. The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the race live on its network of stations beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET. The two-hour and 45-minute race for GTLM and GTD class cars will also have live timing and scoring available at IMSA.com. Streaming of qualifying is available on the IMSA web site beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 23.  

 

It was announced today that the NHRA has named JEGS, one of the largest mail order automotive performance equipment companies in the United States, as presenting sponsor for the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series event at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Aug. 27- Sept. 1 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. It is the seventh of 10 races in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. 

“The U.S. Nationals is the crown jewel,” said Troy Coughlin, vice president of JEGS. “To have the name JEGS associated with the most prestigious NHRA race on tour is something our family and the 350-plus associates at JEGS will take great pride in.” 

Featuring the world’s fastest and most unique doorslammer race cars, the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series offers something for every kind of hot-rodding enthusiast. The growing class is highlighted by historic muscle cars like ’67 Mustangs and ’68 Firebirds and ’69 Camaros, as well as a wide variety of late model American muscle cars. With more than 3,000 horsepower, the suspended door pro mod cars travel the quarter-mile in less than six seconds at speeds exceeding 250 mph. 

JEGS Mail Order and JEGS.com have been helping automobile enthusiasts for more than 50 years. Founded in 1960 by Jeg Coughlin Sr., a champion drag racer in his own right, the second generation company sends out 18 million catalogs a year, registers more than a million hits a day on JEGS.com and generates more than $250 million in sales annually worldwide. 

In addition, JEGS is very active in NHRA drag racing. JEGS and Team JEGS has produced three generations of Coughlins who have won some of drag racing’s most prestigious races and championships. Jeg Coughlin Jr. drives the JEGS.com Dodge Dart in Pro Stock and is a five-time Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock world champion. Troy Coughlin drives the JEGS.com Chevy Corvette in Pro Mod and is the 2012 Pro Mod world champion while Mike Coughlin drives the JEGS.com Chevy Camaro in the Top Sportsman category. Third generation driver Troy Coughlin Jr. competes in Super Comp and Super Gas and won the Indy event in 2010 in Super Comp. Meghan Coughlin races in Super Street and the family has a fleet of Jr. dragsters. 

The 2014 NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series competes during a 10-race schedule, with each event televised on the Velocity Channel. The season kicked off at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals with Mike Castellana taking the opening victory over 2013 series champion Rickie Smith. Mike Janis took the second race of the season at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals, defeating Castellana in the final. Rickie Smith defeated Von Smith to win the third race of the season at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals. 

Von Smith raced to victory in the fourth race of the season at the Toyota NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, N.J., beating Jason Hamstra. In the fifth race of the season at the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol, Tenn., Pete Farber defeated Steve Matusek. The sixth race of the season saw 2012 series champion Troy Coughlin beat Von Smith to take the Wally at the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. 

Each race will air in a half-hour show on the Velocity Channel, which launched in October and is owned by the Discovery Network. The shows, produced by Masters Entertainment Group, will air during 10 consecutive weeks in the fourth quarter of 2014. 

Mikhail Goikhberg and Brian Alder both can clinch season championships at the next Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazdaevent weekend, Aug. 22-24 at Virginia International Raceway. 

Goikhberg, from North Vancouver, British Columbia, leads the Lites 1 class by 55 points - 156-101 - over Christian Potolicchio this weekend entering Rounds 11 and 12 of the 14-round season. Goikhberg needs to lead by 60 points after Round 11 Saturday or 40 points after Round 12 Sunday to secure his first championship. 

Alder, from Marysville, Ohio, leads the Lites 2 class by 78 points over Jerome Mee and needs to start Round 11 to clinch his second consecutive L2 season title. 

The coronation of Goikhberg and Alder could take place during a unique event weekend for the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Development Series. This is the second time Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda will race concurrently on track with the Prototype Challenge (PC) class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, as the two championships first ran together in early June at Kansas Speedway. 

Both races for Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda will be 45 minutes this weekend, an increase of 15 minutes for the first race of the weekend compared to events in which Prototype Lites run alone. Round 11 is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. (ET) Saturday, Aug. 23, with Round 12 at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 24. 

Practice takes place Friday, Aug. 22, with qualifying at 10:50 a.m. Saturday on the 17-turn, 3.27-mile circuit at VIR. 

Prototype Challenge and Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda cars have similar top speeds, approximately 175 mph in PC and 170 mph for Prototype Lites. But PC cars and their ORECA FLM09 chassis are heavier, with a minimum weight of 1,990 pounds compared to the 1,175-pound Prototype Lites cars and their Élan DP02 chassis. PC cars also use a 6.2-liter, 430-horsepower Chevrolet LS3 V8 engine, while a 2-liter, 240-horsepower Mazda MZR four-cylinder engine powers the L1 division in Prototype Lites. 

Goikhberg steam-rolled his competition from March through June, winning five of the first six rounds in the No. 10 JDC Motorsports entry. But he has appeared mortal in the last four rounds, with a pair of non-scoring results bookending a runner-up finish at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in mid-July and victory two weeks ago at Road America. Still, Goikhberg has led the championship standings for the entire season in a tour de force since opening with two victories in March at Sebring International Raceway. 

Potolicchio, from Hallandale Beach, Florida, is the hottest driver in the series. He has 62 points combined in the last four rounds in the No. 2 8Star Motorsports entry, more than any other driver, including a second-place and two third-place finishes. He will seek his first victory of the season at VIR. 

Andrew Novich, from Novato, California, broke through for his first victory of the season Aug. 10 at Road America in the No. 61 Comprent Motor Sports car. That victory launched Novich into third in the standings, four points behind Potolicchio and three ahead of third-place Robert Alon. 

Alon, from Encino, California, is at the heart of a four-car race for second place in the standings. He has two runner-up finishes and has scored 94 points this season in the No. 9 Performance Tech Motorsports entry. 

His teammate, Craig Duerson, is fifth in the standings with 88 points in the No. 27 Performance Tech Motorsports entry. Masters (age 40 and older) standout Duerson, from Gulfport, Mississippi, opened the season with four consecutive overall podium finishes. 

Duerson also remains locked in a tight battle for the Masters championship with John Falbof ONE Motorsports. Falb leads Duerson, 143-126, with two victories and consistent finishes in the No. 77 entry. Duerson has five Masters victories this season but also has been hurt by four finishes scoring 10 points or less in the last six rounds due to a variety of misfortunes. 

Lamont Harris and Don Yount also remain contenders for the Masters title. Harris, from Palm Beach, Florida, is third with 122 points in the No. 65 8Star Motorsports entry. Yount, from Houston, is fourth with 120 points in the No. 28 Yount Motorsports car. 

Yount is surging toward the end of the season in his single-car team. He finished second and third in Masters two weeks ago at Road America, his first podium results since early June at Kansas Speedway. 

The Lites 1 Team Championship also remains tense and tight. JDC Motorsports leads with 182 points, 26 ahead of the tied second-place tandem of 8Star Motorsports and Performance Tech Motorsports. ONE Motorsports is fourth with 136 points, with Comprent Motor Sports fifth with 128. 

Brian Alder has finished first or second in Lites 2 in all 10 races this season in his No. 22 BAR1 Motorsports entry.

Alder and his BAR1 Motorsports team have dominated the Lites 2 class all season, with seven victories and three runner-up finishes in 10 rounds. But Todd Slusher earned his first career Lites 2 victory Aug. 9 at Road America in the No. 62 ONE Motorsports entry. 

For live updates on all the action, follow @IMSALive on Twitter. 

 

 The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today the addition of the Portland Vintage Festival for 2015. Continuing a long tradition of vintage racing at Portland International Raceway, the Portland Vintage Festival, a 4-day event, will take place July 9-12, 2015. With the prior addition of the Sonoma Historics, SVRA completes its' vision to become a true national sanctioning body for vintage racing. 

“We are excited to have added this event to our 2015 national schedule. The Portland Vintage Festival fills out the western event landscape for SVRA," said Tony Parella, President and CEO at SVRA. “We are excited for the opportunity to create a first class event at this first class race track. Our members are looking for a fun, challenging, destination track and Portland International Raceway fits that bill."

Opened in 1960, Portland International Raceway has long been a popular stop for National Championship race series including IMSA, Trans-Am, IndyCar, Indy Light and Championship Atlantic. The 12-turn, 1.97-mile road course is a favorite of vintage racers throughout the Pacific Northwest.

The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association is the premier vintage racing organization in the United States. Founded in 1981 by Ford Heacock III, the SVRA has 2,000 members. It sanctions 14 events at some of the finest racing venues in the United States, including Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sebring, Road America, Watkins Glen, Auto Club Speedway, Homestead- Miami Speedway, Pocono Raceway, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Virginia International Raceway. The rapidly growing organization hosted the first U.S. Vintage Racing National Championships in 2013 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

In some of the most challenging conditions the series has seen in recent memory, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, made its inaugural visit to the new Ironman Raceway on Saturday with the Thor Indiana National from Crawfordsville. The 11th stop of the 12-round season proved to be a fight against Mother Nature as much as a battle between riders, and following a pair of grueling motos in both the 450 Class and 250 Class, it was the Red Bull KTM duo of Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin who enjoyed the spoils of victory, while Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Jeremy Martin savored the clinching of his first career professional championship. All in all, the inclement weather produced a wild afternoon of competition in which a variety of riders held the spotlight at some point in time.

 

Through partnerships with series sponsors, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will recognize the riders who achieve the series' specialty awards all summer long. Each week, MX Sports Pro Racing will recognize the riders who are able to lay claim to the Oakley Bomb Fastest Lap Program, the MotoSport.com Holeshot Award in each moto, and the Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger Award throughout the 2014 season.

 

The Oakley Bomb Fastest Lap Program is designed to present a unique challenge for the 2014 season, providing a different twist by recognizing the rider who sets the fastest lap of practice in both the 250 and 450 Classes. Each rider will receive special Oakley Bomb trophy, specially designed by the brand.As the season wears on, the total number of Oakley Bomb awards a rider receives will be tallied into a final season total. The competitor with the most awards at season's end will be presented with an Elite Oakley Time Bomb II Swiss Automatic Watch.

 

Eli Tomac was all smiles after laying down the fastest time in qualifying.  

Tomac opted to sit out the second session due to the inclement weather.

Photo: Matt Rice / Alli Sports 

 

In the 450 Class, GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac captured his second Oakley Bomb Award of the 2014 season with an absolutely blistering lap. Tomac's lap of 3:02.241 in his lone session of practice was a full nine seconds faster than anyone else at the event, ahead of a surprise second-place time from privateer rider Austin Wagner. Tomac's success in Indiana proved to work in Roczen's favor from a big picture standpoint, as the KTM rider and current championship points leader is now guaranteed to win the Elite Oakley Time Bomb II Swiss Automatic Watch with the most fastest laps of the season in the 450 Class, which currently sits at four.

 

In the 250 Class, Martin got his championship-clinching day off to a fast start by earning his second Oakley Bomb Award over stalwart Christophe Pourcel and his Valli Motorsports Yamaha. Martin's time of 3:14.028 was nearly two seconds quicker than Pourcel's fastest lap, and proved to pay big dividends in his hopes of wrapping up the title.

 

Jeremy Martin earned his second Oakley Bomb Award of the season.

Photo: Matt Rice / Alli Sports 

 

The Motosport.com Holeshot Award is brand new to Lucas Oil Pro Motocross this season and it awards $500 to the rider who gets the holeshot of each moto - in both the 450 Class and 250 Class - at every round of the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. A total of $2,000 will be up for grabs at each event between the two classes, thanks to Motosport.com.

 

Coming into Indiana, the Motosport.com Holeshot Award had been a showcase of dominance by Yamaha in recent weeks, namely Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX's Justin Brayton and Pourcel, who each carried multi-event streaks into Ironman Raceway. Unfortunately, neither rider, nor Yamaha, would be a factor in being first to the line last Saturday.

 

The opening 450 Class moto saw Roczen emerge with the Motosport.com Holeshot Award, and the German rookie was able to parlay that into a dominant wire-to-wire effort by winning his first moto since RedBud over 4th of July weekend. That performance ultimately put Roczen in a position to claim his fifth overall victory of the season and take one step closer to his first career national title.

Ken Roczen got the MotoSport.com Holeshot when it counted the most,  

staying clean off the muddy start.

Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X 

 

In Moto 2, the momentum swung into Team Honda Muscle Milk rider Trey Canard's favor, with the Oklahoma native edging out Roczen at the line and proceeding to put forth a near-flawless performance out front to earn his second moto win in his last three attempts. The moto triumph landed Canard second overall for the second straight week.

 

The 250 Class was the sight of yet another sweep of the Motosport.com Holeshot Awards, but this time it was Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda's Jessy Nelson assumed the reigns from Pourcel. The California native was on point all afternoon at Indiana and was able to carry the momentum of his first moto holeshot into the inaugural moto win of his career. While he ultimately was unable to back up that effort with his second moto holeshot, Nelson still landed on the overall podium for the first time, finishing third overall and pocketing $1,000 in bonus money for his efforts.

Jessy Nelson used the MotoSport.com Holeshot Awards to springboard himself  

into a favorable position in both 250 Class motos.

Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X 

 

The RC Hard Charger Award is entering its sixth season in 2014. Named after Ricky Carmichael, the most winning motocross rider of all time, the award recognizes the one competitor at each of the 12 rounds of the championship who overtakes the highest number of his fellow racers in any of the four championship motos between the 250 and 450 Classes.The award is a testament to "The Greatest of All Time" or "The GOAT" and his never-give-up attitude over the span of a career that warranted 10 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross titles and 102 wins - two feats that will likely never be duplicated. All recipients of the RC Hard Charger Award are given a custom-designed trophy.

 

Despite missing out on the other awards that he's become familiar with this season, Pourcel still walked away from Indiana with some recognition for his achievements. While his fourth-place overall finish wasn't quite what the former World Champion was looking for, Pourcel showed why he's simply known as the "Crafty Frenchman" with an incredible come-from-behind effort in the opening 250 Class moto in what might have been the worst conditions of the day. When adversity struck Pourcel on the opening lap of the afternoon, he crossed the line all the way back in 31st position. Despite the hard luck, Pourcel made an impressive march through the field to pass 22 riders and break into the top 10 for a ninth-place finish. That effort was enough to earn him the RC Hard Charger Award and also gave him the distinction of being the only rider in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship to have earned each of the specialty awards available during the 2014 season.

  

Kellian Rusk's mechanic provided a little extra incentive to charge through the pack.  

It paid off with his first RC Hard Charger Award.

Photo: Davey Coombs / Racer X 

 

However, Pourcel wasn't the only rider to put forth a valiant effort in breaking through the pack, as two additional riders join the Frenchman this week as a co-recipient of the RC Hard Charger Award. Rusk Racing/M&R Trucking's Kellian Rusk earned his first RC Hard Charger Award of the season en route to a 14th place finish overall. The Colorado native began his day with a 37th-place start in moto one of the 450 Class but through heart, determination and a great deal of persistence, Rusk was able to claw his way up to 15th, where he ultimately finished in moto one. Perhaps the driving force behind Rusk's incredible come-from-behind performance was the pit board message from his mechanic, who wrote "Hard Charger" to remind Rusk to never give up. And he did just that, passing 22 riders in the first moto.

 

Trey Canard (41) captured the MotoSport.com Holeshot in Moto 2, while Josh Grant (33) rode on to a fifth place finish following a hard-charging effort in the first moto.

Photo: Christian Munoz / Racer X 

 

Toyota/Yamaha/N-FAB/JGRMX's Josh Grant, who raced for the first time since suffering an injury during practice at Washougal, also earned the RC Hard Charger Award this week with another impressive come-from-behind performance. Grant began his afternoon with a 34th-place start in the first 450 Class moto, but was able to fight his way forward in the muddy conditions to ultimately finish just outside the top 10 in 12th, also passing 22 riders. For Grant it was the third time in 2014 that he's earned the RC Hard Charger, the most of any rider in the series. While not a distinction Grant's necessarily would have hoped for, it's proven to be an indication of the veteran's incredible resiliency and ability to overcome virtually any obstacle, the true nature of what the award represents.

 

2014 Specialty Award Winners

 

Oakley Fastest Lap Program

 

450 Class

 

Glen Helen        - Ryan Dungey

Hangtown          - Ken Roczen

Thunder Valley    - Trey Canard

High Point         -  Ken Roczen

Muddy Creek     -  Eli Tomac

Red Bud            -  Ken Roczen

Budds Creek      -  James Stewart

Spring Creek      -  Ken Roczen

Washougal        -  Ryan Dungey

Unadilla            -  Trey Canard

Indiana              -  Eli Tomac

 

250 Class

 

Glen Helen        - Christophe Pourcel

Hangtown          - Christophe Pourcel

Thunder Valley   - Christophe Pourcel

High Point         -  Jeremy Martin

Muddy Creek     -  Christophe Pourcel           

Red Bud            -  Christophe Pourcel

Budds Creek      -  Christophe Pourcel

Spring Creek      -  Christophe Pourcel

Washougal        -  Marvin Musquin

Unadilla            -  Christophe Pourcel

Indiana              -  Jeremy Martin

 

Motosport.com Holeshot Award

 

450 Class

 

Glen Helen

Moto 1 - Josh Grant

Moto 2 - Ken Roczen

 

Hangtown

Moto 1 - Ryan Dungey

Moto 2 - Jake Weimer

 

Thunder Valley

Moto 1 - Josh Grant

Moto 2 - Trey Canard

 

High Point

Moto 1 - Chad Reed

Moto 2 - Chad Reed

 

Muddy Creek

Moto 1 - Eli Tomac

Moto 2 - Ryan Dungey

 

Red Bud

Moto 1 - Ryan Dungey

Moto 2 - Ken Roczen

 

Budds Creek

Moto 1 - Justin Brayton

Moto 2 - Ryan Dungey

 

Spring Creek

Moto 1 - Ryan Dungey

Moto 2 - Eli Tomac

 

Washougal

Moto 1 - Justin Brayton

Moto 2 - Justin Brayton

 

Unadilla

Moto 1 - Justin Brayton

Moto 2 - Justin Brayton

 

Indiana

Moto 1 - Ken Roczen

Moto 2 - Trey Canard

 

 

250 Class

 

Glen Helen

Moto 1 - Jeremy Martin

Moto 2 - Jeremy Martin

 

Hangtown

Moto 1 - Zach Bell

Moto 2 - Jeremy Martin

 

Thunder Valley

Moto 1 - Jessy Nelson

Moto 2 - Zach Bell

 

High Point

Moto 1 - Christophe Pourcel

Moto 2 - Christophe Pourcel

 

Muddy Creek

Moto 1 - Christophe Pourcel

Moto 2 - Justin Bogle

 

Red Bud

Moto 1 - Matt Biscegila

Moto 2 - Joey Savatgy

 

Budds Creek

Moto 1 - Justin Bogle

Moto 2 - Jeremy Martin

 

Spring Creek

Moto 1 - Christophe Pourcel

Moto 2 - Christophe Pourcel

 

Washougal

Moto 1 - Christophe Pourcel

Moto 2 - Christophe Pourcel

 

Unadilla

Moto 1 - Christophe Pourcel

Moto 2 - Christophe Pourcel

 

Indiana

Moto 1 - Jessy Nelson

Moto 2 - Jessy Nelson

 

RC Hard Charger Award

 

Glen Helen        - Josh Grant (+22)

Hangtown          - Andrew Short (+24)

Thunder Valley      -    Fredrik Noren (+21)

High Point         - Shane Sewell & Zack Williams (+14)

Muddy Creek     -  Josh Grant (+29)

Red Bud            -  Fredrick Noren & Joey Savatgy (+21)

Budds Creek      -  Dean Wilson (+21)

Spring Creek      -  Jason Anderson (+25)

Washougal        -  Tevin Tapia (+18)

Unadilla            -  Cade Clason & Luke Renzland (+17)

Indiana              -  Christophe Pourcel, Kellian Rusk & Josh Grant (+22)

 

The 12th and final round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship heads to Tooele, Utah, for the second annual Zions Bank Utah National on Saturday, August 23.

MX Sports Pro Racing

MX Sports Pro Racing manages and produces the world's most prestigious professional motocross series - the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. The industry leader in off road power sport event production and management, its mission is to showcase the sport of professional motocross competition at events throughout the United States. Through its various racing properties, partnerships and affiliates, MX Sports Pro Racing organizes events for thousands of action sports athletes each year and attracts millions of motorsports spectators. Visitwww.mxsportsproracing.com.

 

Alli Sports

Alli Sports is a media, event and branded content company that specializes in action, adventure, and adrenaline based sports. Alli Properties include the Dew Tour, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, the Red Bull Signature Series and World of Adventure Sports presented by Go Pro. Alli Sports is a division of the NBC Sports Group. More information can be found at www.Allisports.com.

 

AMA Pro Racing        

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines.  Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

 

Lucas Oil Products    

Based in Corona, Calif., Lucas Oil Products, Inc is the world leader of High Performance Lubricants and Problem Solving Additives and produces and markets 272 unique formulations in thirty four countries around the globe and is growing country by country, market by market every year. Through innovative product research and development, along with progressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top-selling additive line in the American truck-stop industry.  Lucas Oil is involved in an array of motorsports sponsorships, including the "Official Motor Oil of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship." Visit: www.lucasoil.com.

 

MAVTV

MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world.  With an unparalleled line-up of motorsports events and exclusive automotive reality shows, MAVTV is the answer for motor-heads from all walks of life.  But MAVTV is much more than a motorsports destination, with original action/adventure programming, live MMA and an unbelievable library of blockbuster movies - MAVTV is a network the whole family can enjoy.  A network by the people and for the people, made in America and American Real.  Visit: www.mavtv.com.

(Lucas Oil Pro Motocross PR)

 

When Hollywood scripts a racing movie, they tend to go overboard.  Having an injured U.S. Marine Staff Sargent winning a professional race, in only his second start, just miles from where he grew up, on the third anniversary of his ‘Alive Day’, after 50 surgeries since that injury, on Memorial Day weekend.  Who would believe that?  Believe it, as that’s exactly what happened to Liam Dwyer and his Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5 when he co-drove with Tom Long to the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge ST win in late May at Lime Rock Park.  

“When we first met Liam, we knew this was an opportunity to add a great driver to our team," stated John Doonan, Director of Motorsports for Mazda North American Operations.  "But more importantly, it’s led to us to making plans to open the door for more members of the Armed Forces to get involved in motorsports as crew members.  The Freedom Autosport partnership with the Semper Fi Fund has made this an ideal match for everyone.  These first three races in 2014 are hopefully a preview of a full season in 2015 with Liam.”

 

This weekend, at Virginia International Raceway, Liam will be back behind the wheel of the #27 Freedom Autosport Semper Fi Fund Mazda MX-5, this time teamed with Randy Pobst, who has already scored two wins this season.   

“VIR is one of a few balanced tracks the Continental Tire Series races on," added Dwyer. "There are long straightaways for the cars with power, but a lot of technical and heavy braking areas where the Mazda MX-5 will really shine.  For this race we tweaked the driver line-ups a bit where I will not be driving with Tom Long, instead I get the pleasure to drive with one of my racing heroes, Randy Pobst.  I am very excited for this opportunity as I've watched Randy as a child/teenager race.  Randy is extremely fast and already has two wins to his credit this season with Andrew Carbonell.  My plan is to get the car setup to where he will be comfortable in it, and give him the car hopefully up towards the front of the field where he can bring home another win.”

Liam Dwyer lost the lower portion of his left leg when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan in May of 2011.  After 50+ surgeries, and being told he would never drive a manual transmission car, Liam never gave up.  The Freedom Autosport  team devised a quick release mechanism such that Liam’s leg is directly connected to the clutch pedal, but can be disconnected for a driver change, or if he needs to escape quickly from the car.  For 2014, a three-race schedule was developed to get Liam up to speed with the car and the team. 

 The two-and-a-half hour race will start at 2:00 pm (Eastern) on Saturday, August 23.  Mazda will be broadcasting LIVE on-board footage from the Dwyer/Pobst car on the Mazda YouTube channel.  

“I'm very pleased to join with a man who has become a hero of mine for his positive can-do attitude and our shared love for motor racing," Randy Pobst added. "It is an honor to be teamed with a Marine as Freedom Autosport supports the Semper Fi Fund for injured Marines and their families.  Liam and I will provide Mazda with yet another shot at the VIR win, where the beginning and ending track segments will suit our MX-5 Miatas very well.”

Of course, the Freedom Autosport team is not just a one car team, and their other two machines will be driving just as hard toward the checkered flag at VIR, if not harder, than the team of Pobst and Dwyer. 

Freedom Autosport has every right to set high expectations for VIR: the team got their first ST class victory there in 2009 with co-drivers Tom Long and Derek Whitis. In 2011, Andrew Carbonell and Rhett O’Doski finished third at VIR. 

“Overall, it’s more of a racer’s track now because there are more opportunities,” says Carbonell of the recently repaved VIR. “VIR is an interesting track because it’s a mix of high speed and low speed handling, and it has been a good place for us. Now, with the wider pavement, I think it will be even better for an MX-5. We can find additional passing opportunities in the corners.”

Carbonell was also one half of the team responsible for Freedom Autosport’s third place at Road America two weeks ago – he and Randy Pobst had an outstanding day in the No. 26 Mazda MX-5. For VIR, Carbonell will have a new co-driver in Tom Long. In addition to being the site of Long’s first series win, VIR is also the home track for him and the team, which is based in nearby Raleigh, North Carolina. 

“It’s really exciting to be back in a Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5,” says Long. “I have been around those cars for so many years now that racing them is really second nature. I had a great race at Lime Rock in my last outing with the team, so I’m really excited for what’s to come at VIR. It’s my home track, so I’ll have a lot of family and friends there.”  

Long’s most recent outing in a Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5 was at Lime Rock in May, where he and U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Liam Dwyer claimed the ST victory. 

"Liam's determination to succeed, despite every obstacle he has faced, is an inspiration, especially to his fellow service members," stated  Karen Guenther, President and CEO of the Semper Fi Fund. "But what's also inspiring is his dedication to supporting those in need, by raising awareness for the Semper Fi Fund. We are thrilled to partner with Freedom Autosport for this upcoming race, and can't wait to see Liam's car sporting the Semper Fi Fund logo! We'll all be cheering him on as he crosses the finish line." 

Mark and Mat Pombo will co-drive the No. 25 Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5. They had a solid run at Road America before a mechanical setback, and they finished fourth in round eight at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mark Pombo has already helped Freedom Autosport earn a podium at VIR: he first drove with the team during the 2009 race there, finishing third along with co-driver Carbonell.

 Pobst sums up Freedom Autosport’s outlook for Saturday’s race, saying, “Our major goal is to get all of the cars on the podium, and I think it’s possible. The track should serve us well.”

The 2.5-hour Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race gets underway at VIR on Saturday, August 22, at 2:05 p.m. ET. It will also be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 at 10:00 a.m. on August 31.

Only one spot remains open in each of the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout fields for Top Fuel and Funny Car. Those two positions will be determined by NHRA fan votes and a pair of lottery-style drawings. 

Six drivers in both Top Fuel and Funny Car are eligible for the fan-vote/lottery positions in each class. Fan voting on NHRA’s Facebook page is now open and will remain open until noon (ET) on Tuesday, Aug. 26. You can vote for your favorite eligible driver in each category by clicking this link: http://bit.ly/Traxxas14.   

The fan-voting process will determine the number of lottery balls that each eligible driver will be assigned during the Traxxas Shootout lottery drawings. The Traxxas Shootout lottery drawings will be conducted during a press conference for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. The Traxxas Nitro Shootout will be contested during the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Aug. 27-Sept. 1, at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

The winners of the fan vote and lottery-style drawings will earn the opportunity to meet the Traxxas Nitro Shootout top seeds in the opening rounds of the special event. 

The six Top Fuel drivers who are eligible for the eighth position in the fan vote/lottery are Brittany Force, Terry McMillen, Clay Millican, J.R. Todd, Steve Torrence and Bob Vandergriff Jr. 

The six eligible Funny Car drivers are Jack Beckman, Matt Hagan, Tony Pedregon, Bob Tasca III, Tim Wilkerson and Del Worsham. 

Below are the drivers who have qualified for the Traxxas Nitro Shooutout and the first-round pairings (Top Fuel only) for the lucrative bonus races that will award the winning drivers $100,000 each.

TRAXXAS NITRO SHOOTOUT (TOP FUEL)

1. Doug Kalitta vs. No. 8 fan vote/lottery

2. Antron Brown vs. No. 7 Richie Crampton

3. Shawn Langdon vs. No. 6 Khalid alBalooshi

4. Tony Schumacher vs. No. 5 Spencer Massey

 TRAXXAS NITRO SHOOTOUT (FUNNY CAR)

Starting positions for Funny Car will be set when points standings become official following completion of the rain-delayed Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Indianapolis on Saturday, Aug. 30. The following drivers in alphabetical order have earned a starting spot in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout in Funny Car: Ron Capps, Alexis DeJoria, Courtney Force, John Force, Robert Hight, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Cruz Pedregon. 

 The Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel will be conducted Saturday, Aug. 30, with rounds at 4, 5:25, and 7:45 p.m. The Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Funny Car will be held Sunday, Aug. 31, with rounds at 12:30, 1:55, and 4:15 p.m.

 The Traxxas Nitro Shootout will be featured in ESPN2's race coverage of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.

 Tickets are available for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals by calling (800) 884-NHRA (6472), or online at www.NHRATIX.com.

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