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On Friday, Venturini Motorsports (VMS) driver Zane Smith began his race weekend with a special appearance at Salem, Indiana’s City Hall. The seventeen year-old Smith is in town competing in Sunday’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event at Salem Speedway.

Meeting with Salem’s Mayor along with members of the city’s Public Works department, the group discussed the importance of bringing Distracted Driving Awareness to the area in hopes of educating drivers and saving lives. Zane Smith, representing Musselman’s Apple Sauce and People Against Distracted Driving (PADD®) presented the city with street signage to serve as a community reminder to the importance of safe driving.

“The City of Salem is proud to get behind this important and timely initiative,” said Troy Merry, Mayor of Salem, Indiana. “Take notice the next time you’re driving - It’s almost impossible not to spot someone texting and driving behind the wheel. This is a major safety concern not only to our city but for all cities across America. Our efforts to raise distracted driving awareness will initially be focused in and around school zones throughout our community. Targeting these areas will deliver a repetitive message to future drivers (children) and a friendly reminder to the parents who have the ultimate responsibility behind the wheel.”

Earlier this year Musselman’s Apple Sauce and Venturini Motorsports (VMS) announced a partnership with safety advocate and charitable organization, ‘The Nikki Kellenyi Foundation - People Against Distracted Driving’ (PADD®) in effort to launch a multi-tiered, nationwide distracted driving awareness campaign.

The group has joined forces to unveil a year-long distracted driving educational campaign designed to create attention to this modern day epidemic. Using government, community involvement, social media, and the national reach of professional motorsports, the group’s combined efforts will target all demographic ages, but mostly adolescence, to promote safe and responsible driving.

PADD®, a nationally recognized non-profit organization, is one of the country’s leading authorities on distracted driving awareness advocacy providing education and support to thousands of families affected by injury or death as result of automobile accidents caused by distracted drivers. PADD®’s primary objective is to raise public awareness, offer 24/7 support to victims of inattentive driving and to influence legislation regarding distracted driving reform.

VMS PR

In search of a director to oversee filming for its latest NASCAR Acceleration Nation television creative, NASCAR® turned to a 14-year-old rising star in advertising.

Amelia Conway of Temecula, Calif., developed the treatment and directed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ driver Austin Dillon in the new spot promoting the sport’s national youth platform.

The 30-second ad, titled "Tutelage," debuted today online and will air beginning this weekend during the Richmond races on FOX and FS1.

"As a filmmaker, Amelia is a special talent and we loved her vision for this project," said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "She represents the youth audience that is important to our sport, so having that unique perspective guide the creative process for us was invaluable."

Born in California and raised in rural Texas, Conway began acting and performing at an early age and in 2014 was signed to Adolescent Content, a youth-focused production agency. She’s directed several music videos and short films, and recently shot commercials for Target, Toms Shoes and Beats Music.

Conway was introduced to NASCAR through 77 Ventures, its agency partner on the 2017 season launch campaign and, more recently, the NASCAR Acceleration Nation work.

"Tutelage" is set in a school classroom, where child teachers explain the aerodynamics principles of drag and drafting to a seated audience of students including Dillon, driver of the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet SS.

"I really appreciate how NASCAR is including kids like me in the sport," said Conway. "I've always liked working with kid actors, but working with Austin Dillion was an awesome experience. Being on the set and learning about how race teams use STEM technologies to help their drivers was fascinating, and I think NASCAR Acceleration Nation will inspire other young people like me to do what they love."

Launched in 2015, NASCAR Acceleration Nation engages the next generation of NASCAR fans by creating fun, entertaining and educational ways for kids to interact with the sport. Through a partnership with Scholastic, NASCAR-themed learning materials are taught in more than 10,000 schools across the country.

The learning materials are grounded in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) and include lessons and activities on energy and the NASCAR 3 D’s of Speed – Drag, Downforce and Drafting.

The NASCAR Acceleration Nation app is the sport’s first app experience created just for kids featuring racing-themed games, activities and fun ways to learn about NASCAR. Parents can download the app for their children at the App Store and Google Play.

AccelerationNation.com features games and activities inspired by various elements of the sport. Kids can test their math skills with Flash Cars and play RaceFlex, an interactive racing game.

NASCAR Acceleration Nation is one part of the industry’s ongoing commitment to young fans, and every race weekend there are fun and interactive activities for children including kids’ clubs, kids’ zones, driver autograph sessions and more. 

Beginning this year, kids ages 12 and under are admitted free for all NASCAR XFINITY Series™ and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ races.

Discounted youth tickets are also available for many Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events. Kids ticket information is available at NASCAR.com/kidstix.

Earlier this season, NASCAR and Disney announced that rising star drivers Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suárez and Darrell Wallace Jr. have joined legends Jeff Gordon and Richard Petty as character voices in Disney-Pixar’s "Cars 3" movie, opening in theaters nationwide on June 16. 

NASCAR Acceleration Nation is being featured as part of the "Cars 3" Road to the Races tour, currently traveling the country to celebrate the film.

The Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway will begin at 2 p.m. ET on April 30. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (channel 90) and MRN, with additional coverage on NASCAR.com.

NASCAR PR

Over 100 races, Salem Speedway has etched its mark in the heart of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards...and now Cunningham Motorsports drivers Shane Lee and Dalton Sargeant hope to add to that history. The two Big Tine drivers head to one of the most storied tracks on the tour this Sunday for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200. 

For Sargeant, Salem Speedway was where he made his debut in the ARCA Racing Series last spring. He finished third in what would end up leading to a highly successful season for the 2016 ARCA SCOTT Rookie of the Year. Now, one year later, Sargeant looks ahead to this weekend, taking what he’s learned 

“It’s hard to believe my first start in ARCA was one year ago at this track,” said Sargeant. “It’s fun to look back and see how far I’ve come and everything that I’ve accomplished over the past year. There’s so much rich tradition at Salem and to have this be the place where I made my debut in this series is really special. It would be really cool to be able to come back to the place where I started this part of my career and get a win one year later. I think we have a strong No. 77 Big Tine Ford Fusion and we’re set to be contenders for the checkered flag on Sunday.”  

Driving alongside Sargeant is teammate Shane Lee, who made one start on the historic track last season. Lee continues to build experience on short tracks and will transfer what he learned last spring as well as what he picked up from the test over to the race.  

“Salem is such a special track to be able to come and race at,” said Lee. “We were able to come and test here a few weeks ago in the No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion and it felt really good getting back out on the track and reacquainting myself with Salem. It’s such a unique track with the banking and different lines you take from turns one and two to turns three and four. There’s usually a good turnout for the Salem races and the fans here really love ARCA. We should be able to give them a good show with the car all the guys back at the shop have worked so hard on and hopefully we’ll make our way to victory lane and get Big Tine their first win of the 2017 season.” 

The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 kicks off with practice and General Tire Pole Qualifying on Saturday, April 29. Then the 101st ARCA race at Salem is slated to begin at 2:15 p.m. EDT. Keep up with Cunningham Motorsports on Facebook and Instagram (@CunninghamRace) and on Twitter (@Cunningham_Race). Head to www.cunninghamrace.com for more news. 

You can follow Shane and Dalton on social media as well. Follow Shane on Facebook and Twitter (@ShaneLeeRacing) and on Instagram (@Shane_Lee00). Follow Dalton on Facebook (@DaltonSargeantRacing) and Twitter and Instagram (@DaltonSargeant). 

Big Tine is manufactured in Rockville, IN and was introduced to the market in 2010. Big Tine is the only feed supplement on the market that utilizes the power of Whitetail InstitutesTM 30-06 mineral and vitamin supplement for year-round support management of a healthy, flourishing herd. For more information on Big Tine, products or where to buy visit us at www.bigtine.com on Facebook @BigTine and on Instagram @BigTineOfficial.

Cunningham Motorsports PR

Speedway Children's Charities Texas has a busy month of May with three major fundraising opportunities, all in an effort to help kids in North Texas.
 
The calendar includes the return of Speedway Children's Charities popular "Laps For Charity" event and its newest fundraising venture the "Roanoke Roundup," both of which are set for Saturday, May 13. The month culminates with the country western gala "Silver Dollar at the Ranch" on Saturday, May 20.
 
Here is a complete list of details for all three events:  
  • "Laps For Charity" - The general public gets their first chance to drive on Texas Motor Speedway's newly reconfigured and repaved 1.5-mile speedway during "Laps for Charity." The one-day event, set for Saturday, May 13, from 5-10 p.m., allows fans to take their personal car or motorcycle around the speedway for three laps and complete the experience with a visit to Sunoco Victory Lane for a commemorative individual photo. The three-lap experience and photo is $40 with an advance purchase or $50 the day of the event. "Laps for Charity" also will have live music and a car show, with admission at $10 per car for those not purchasing a lap package. To purchase your laps or for more event information, visit www.scctexas.org.
  • "Roanoke Roundup" - Speedway Children's Charities will serve as one of the two beneficiaries for the "Roanoke Roundup" scheduled for Saturday, May 13, on Historic Oak Street in the city's downtown restaurant area. The all-day steak cook-off, which runs from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., allows guests to enjoy a 10-ounce steak prepared by their favorite chef competing in the event. Guests also get a tour of "Restaurant Row" in the "Unique Dining Capital of Texas" where they can try an assortment of side dishes and desserts. Children's activities, a classic car show and live musical entertainment also are part of the day. Individual tickets range from $10-$25 depending on side dishes, desserts and steak dinners. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.roanokeroundup.com.
  • "Silver Dollar At The Ranch": The event, aimed at benefitting pediatric cancer research and initiatives, returns for its 10th year and will be held at the XO Ranch in Aubrey on Saturday, May 20. The country western event features a raucous and rowdy night of dancing, dinner, games and silent auction. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. and concludes with a concert by country music star Neal McCoy. Since its inception in 2008, "Silver Dollar at The Ranch" has raised more than $2.25 million for cancer research and programs on both the local and national level. PrimeLending is serving as title sponsor for this year's Silver Dollar at the Ranch. For tickets or more information, visit www.silverdollarattheranch.com
Speedway Children's Charities Texas has played a significant role in the lives of children in the four North Texas counties the organization serves - Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant. The organization has distributed more than $10.2 million in grants since its inception in 1997.

To learn more about the Texas chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, including upcoming events, please visit www.scctexas.org

SCC PR

Spring is in the air and that means one thing – the return of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards at Salem Speedway. A favorite among race fans and drivers alike, Salem’s legendary high-banked, half-mile track has been a mainstay on ARCA’s touring schedule for over sixty-years. On Sunday, engines will come alive marking the series’ 101st running of the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200.

Venturini Motorsports (VMS) enters the weekend’s event bidding for their third consecutive team victory and seventh overall at the Southern Indiana track. In 2016, Christopher Bell driving his VMS prepared Toyota, dominated Salem headlines winning back-to-back series events at Salem.

This season’s team effort will be led by a trio of highly touted teenage drivers – Christian Eckes, Raphael Lessard, and Zane Smith.

Coming off a career best third-place finish at Nashville, Christian Eckes will make his sixth series start driving VMS’ No.15 New York Bus Sales Toyota Camry. Looking for his first series victory, Eckes made his ARCA series debut in 2016. Eckes made headlines last December winning late model racing’s prestigious Snowball Derby. At 16-years old Eckes is among the country’s top young driver prospects.

Another young gun emerging out of VMS’ driver stable is 15-year old Raphael Lessard. A native of Quebec, Canada, Lessard will make his series debut at Salem driving the No.25 Musselman’s Big Cup Applesauce Toyota. Lessard, the latest Toyota driver to join the series, captured last season’s CARS Tour Late Model Championship driving for David Gilliland Racing.

Seventeen year-old Zane Smith rounds out the trio making his second start of the season and fourth overall series attempt since making his series debut with VMS at Salem last fall. Claiming his second career top-10 finish at Nashville, Smith hopes to break out at Salem while driving his No.55 Icon Vehicle Dynamics – LaPaz Toyota.

Prior to Sunday’s matinee, Smith will make an appearance Friday afternoon at Salem, Indiana’s City Hall. Smith, part of VMS’/Musselman’s Apple Sauce family of drivers, will meet with Salem’s Mayor, Troy Merry, representing Musselman’s and People Against Distracted Driving (PADD) ‘Distracting Driving Community Awareness’ envoy promoting safe and responsible driving.

Previously announced, Musselman’s, VMS and PADD® have joined forces to unveil a year-long distracted driving educational campaign designed to create attention to this modern day epidemic.

With six team victories at Salem Speedway, VMS has visited victory lane five-time since 2010. Winning team drivers include Christopher Bell (2016 x2), Kyle Benjamin (2013), Brennan Poole (2011), Steve Arpin (2010) and team co-owner, Billy Venturini, who captured his sole series victory at Salem in 2006.

Currently in its 35th year of ARCA competition, VMS is widely-known for their success developing young drivers in the ARCA Series, recording 43-team victories during their longstanding series involvement. Thirty of team’s series victories have come since 2008.

The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 will spread out over two days, Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30. Practice is Saturday afternoon starting at 12:00pm followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying for the ARCA Racing Series at 3:30pm. Raceday festivities get underway Sunday morning with the on-track autograph session from 11:30am. to 12:30pm. The Green Flag is scheduled to drop Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm est. Follow ARCARacing.com or @VenturiniMotor on Twitter for weekend updates.

The race will be taped delayed - airing May 20 at 9:00 pm EST on MAVTV.

VMS PR

NASCAR fans are watching Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott battle in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series week in and week out, and NBCSN will again be the showcase of the next crop of drivers following in their path.

NBC and NASCAR announced today the remainder of the 2017 broadcast schedule, which will capture the championship races for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, as well as the newly unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The next NBCSN broadcast will be Thursday, April 27, and will showcase Harrison Burton’s first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win at Bristol Motor Speedway from this past Saturday. Burton is the son of former NASCAR driver and current NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton, and is a member of the current NASCAR Next class.

The broadcasts will continue with the unique two 100-lap features from Virginia’s historic South Boston Speedway, which will take place on Saturday, May 6 and air in two one-hour shows on Thursday, May 11.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will return to the track at Washington’s Spokane County Raceway on Saturday, May 13, and NBCSN will air the race on Thursday, May 18.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour broadcast schedule starts with the New Hampshire Motor Speedway race weekend: the Whelen All-Star Shootout on Friday, July 14, and the Nor’easter 100 on Saturday, July 15. The races will air on Thursday, July 20 at 4:30 and 7 p.m. ET, respectively.

NBCSN will air the final eight races of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship season, culminating in the World Series of Asphalt Racing at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Sunday, Oct. 15. That season finale will air on Thursday, Oct. 19.

The championship for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will run at Dover International Speedway on Friday, Sept. 29 and air on Friday, Oct. 6. The West champion will be crowned at California's Kern County Raceway Park on Saturday, Nov. 4 and air on Friday, Nov. 10.

To date, NBCSN has aired the first four races of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races, as well as both NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events.

2017 NBCSN Broadcast Schedule

Race Date

Series

Track

Telecast Date

Time (ET)

Sat., April 22

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

Bristol

Thur., April 27

11 p.m.

 

Sat., May 6

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

South Boston

Thur., May 11

7 p.m.

 

Sat., May 6

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

South Boston

Thur., May 11

8 p.m.

 

Sat., May 13

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West

Spokane

Thur., May 18

1 a.m.

 

Wed., May 10

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West

Orange Show

Fri., May 26

8 p.m.

 

Sat., June 3

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

Memphis

Thur., June 8

8 p.m.

 

Sat., June 10

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West

Colorado

Thur., June 15

7 p.m.

 

Sat., June 24

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West

Sonoma

Thur., June 29

11 p.m.

 

Sat., July 1

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

Berlin

Fri., July 7

12:30 p.m.

 

Sat., July 8

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

Thompson

Thur., July 13

7 p.m.

 

Fri., July 14

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

New Hampshire

Thur., July 20

4:30 p.m.

 

Sat., July 15

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

New Hampshire

Thur., July 20

7 p.m.

 

Sat., July 15

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

New Hampshire

Fri., July 2

7 p.m.

 

Fri., July 28

NASCAR K&N Pro Series

Iowa

Thur., Aug. 3

7 p.m.

 

Fri., Aug. 4

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

Watkins Glen

Wed., Aug. 9

7 p.m.

 

Sat., Aug. 12

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West

Evergreen

Thur., Aug. 17

1 p.m.

 

Wed., Aug. 9

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Thompson

Thur., Aug. 17

7 p.m.

 

Wed., Aug. 16

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Bristol

Sat., Aug. 26

3 p.m.

 

Sat., Aug. 26

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West

Douglas

Sat., Sept. 2

8:30 p.m.

 

Sat., Aug. 26

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Seekonk

Sat., Sept. 2

9:30 p.m.

 

Sat., Sept. 2

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Oswego

Thur., Sept. 7

7 p.m.

 

Sat., Sept. 16

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Riverhead

Wed., Sept. 20

7 p.m.

 

Sat., Sept. 16

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

New Jersey

Thur., Sept. 21

7 p.m.

 

Sat., Sept. 23

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

New Hampshire

Thur., Sept. 28

7 p.m.

 

Fri., Sept. 29

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

Dover

Fri., Oct. 6

10:30 p.m.

 

Sat., Sept. 30

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West

Meridian

Sun., Oct. 8

11 p.m.

 

Sun., Oct. 1

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Stafford

Sat., Oct. 7

10 a.m.

 

Thu., Oct. 5

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Charlotte

Thur., Oct. 12

7 p.m.

 

Sat., Oct. 14

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West

All American

Thur., Oct. 19

4 p.m.

 

Sun., Oct. 15

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Thompson

Thur., Oct. 19

7 p.m.

 

Sat., Nov. 4

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West

Kern County

Fri., Nov. 10

3:30 p.m.

 

                 

RACES AIR ON TAPE DELAY AND ARE  SUBJECT TO CHANGE

NASCAR PR

Riding the wave of momentum from a strong weekend in Las Vegas competing in INEX Legends Car competition, Gus Dean (@gusdean) turns his attention towards Sunday’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race at Salem (Ind.) Speedway, site of the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200.

Despite an unexpectedly slow start to the season aboard the No. 32 GREE Heating and Cooling Toyota Camry, Dean’s Win-Tron Racing prepared cars have been fast in the opening two rounds at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville respectively, giving the Mooresville, N.C.-based team high hopes for the third race of the season.

“I can’t wait to get to Salem this weekend,” said Dean, a SCOTT Rookie of the Year candidate. “Yes, Daytona and Nashville haven’t turned out like we hoped, but we’ve have extremely fast GREE Toyotas and that’s been our motivation. Salem, I know will be no different this weekend.”

Even though Dean, 22, doesn’t have any prior experience at Salem’s historic half-mile bullring, he participated in a private test last week, where Dean quickly got up to speed with Salem’s unique characteristics in a hurry and turned some very competitive lap times.  

“We’re really happy with the way the test went,” Dean mentioned. “I wasn’t sure what to expect. I heard a lot about Salem from Todd (Myers, crew chief) and Kevin (Cywinski, team owner), but I couldn’t wait to experience it on my own. I quickly learned you have to have respect for the place, but once you accept that and get comfortable, it’s a lot of fun.

“We tested with our Nashville car. We know what happened with our rear track bar mount, so hopefully, that won’t happen again. The car was fast and responded well to changes – so I’m looking forward to finishing what we started at Nashville this weekend.”

Sunday’s race though is more than just about a good finish, Dean wants to put on a good finish for his marketing partner, GREE who is sponsoring his No. 32 Toyota for the full 2017 ARCA Racing Series season.

“We haven’t had that many cool finishes for GREE,” said Dean. “We’re going to change that. They’ve been our biggest supporter. They’re very proud to be a sponsor in the ARCA Racing Series and with Win-Tron Racing. They see that Todd and Kevin are putting cars capable of winning races on the track and they know that’s all they can ask for. We’re due for a good finish and hopefully that comes Sunday.”

In 1991, GREE set out to make the world a cooler place. To this end, they’ve become a global leader in air conditioners, developing some of the most advanced commercial and residential air conditioners in the world.

Based in Zhuhai, China, GREE is now the world’s largest specialized air conditioner company integrating R&D, manufacturing, sales and service. It’s our mission to innovate and create new ways to help people live well and stay comfortable no matter where they live, work or play.

GREE will be joined by its master distributor for the US market, Tradewinds Climate Systems, as well as a number of their regional wholesalers, salespeople, and most importantly, fellow race fans. The company, which ranked 385th in Forbes' Global 2000 possesses 18,000 active patents for products sold in 160 countries.

Through two races though Dean realizes that the ARCA field is filled with stout cars and fast drivers, but the avid Late Model racer embraces the competition.

“The better competition, the better of the show it is for the fans and the sponsors,” he said. “At Nashville, you had 12 to 15 cars that really had an opportunity to be competitive and put themselves in contention for the win. We’re proud to be a part of that group.

“I expect much of the same this weekend at Salem and marching on. It’s a great time to compete in the ARCA Racing Series right now and we look to add GREE’s name to the party.”

While gunning for the ARCA Racing Series driver’s championship this season, Dean has also registered to be a SCOTT Rookie of the Year candidate aboard the No. 32 GREE Toyota Camry.

In nine ARCA Racing Series starts, Dean captured his first career victory in his second career start at Talladega Superspeedway after starting second in Apr. 2016. Overall, Dean has one top-five and three top-10 finishes and has led 21 laps in ARCA competition.

The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 (200 laps / 111 miles) is the third of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat., Apr 29 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:30 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag the following day, Apr. 30 shortly after 2:15 p.m.  ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the weekend’s activities, while the race will be tape-delayed on MAVTV.  All times are local (Eastern).

For more on Gus Dean, please visit his all new website at GusDean.com or like him on Facebook. 

Dean tweets too. Follow him on Twitter @GusDean.

Gus Dean PR

A strong fifth place finish in Mason Mingus’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards return a couple weeks ago at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville has earned the Brentwood, Tennessee native another opportunity to pilot the No. 33 Toyota Camry for AM Racing’s development team Win-Tron Racing in Sunday’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway.

“I’m very thankful for this opportunity to get back in the ARCA car for Win-Tron Racing this weekend,” said Mingus. “We had a tremendous run in Nashville a couple weeks ago. The team made some great calls and we utilized strategy to our advantage and quietly earned a top-five finish.

“This weekend we want to be a little more loud and proud at one of my favorite race tracks on the ARCA circuit.”

Salem Speedway, although a very demanding race track is full of rich history and priceless moments has become a staple in ARCA’s 20-race schedule. Furthermore, it’s one of Mingus’s best short tracks statistically.

In six races at the historic southern Indiana race track, Mingus has earned five straight top-10 finishes bagged with a personal-best sixth place run in September 2012. Last fall, Mingus returned to Salem after a three-year hiatus and finished eighth.

This Sunday, the 22-year-old driver is looking for his first top-five run on the heels of a strong test there last week.

“I love Salem,” added Mingus. “Yep. It’s just that cool of a place. The track has changed a little bit since it was partially repaved, but it still hoists some of its familiar and yes even treacherous characteristics. That leads to a good race for the fans. That’s what is most important. Sunday should be a good show.

“The test went really good. We had speed right off the truck. The Win-Tron Racing guys bust their tails to get us even faster throughout the day. It never hurts to get some extra laps at one of your favorite places.”

For Sunday’s third ARCA race of the season, Mingus will boast his long-term relationship with Call 811 Before You Dig Kentucky  -- who will serve as the primary marketing partner for the 200-lap race this weekend.

Kentucky 811 was formed in 1987 under the name of Kentucky Underground Protection, Inc. by the owners and operators of underground facilities in the state of Kentucky as a means of reducing damage to those facilities and to promote public safety by reducing the number of incidents statewide.

Kentucky 811 is a free statewide computer operated communication system, designed to save time, money, costly lawsuits, and dramatically reduce accidental dig-ins. Kentucky 811 is a non-profit corporation made up of operators of underground facilities within the State of Kentucky.

“I’ve been fortunate to have a long-standing relationship with the 811 program and I’m thankful we’re able to continue that this weekend at Salem with the Kentucky 811 division,” Mingus added. “811 has such an instrumental program where it really makes a difference and I can’t thank them enough for sticking with me.”

Mingus continues to pitch-hit for driver Justin Fontaine who continues to recovery from injuries sustained at Daytona International Speedway in February. Earlier this month, the team announced that Fontaine’s recovery is progressing better than expected and he should return to competition by early June at the latest.

Kevin Cywinski, team principal at Win-Tron Racing says it feels like old times with Mingus at the helm.

“We had a lot of fun when Mason was a full-time competitor in ARCA,” said Cywinski. “He really worked hard to become a better driver – and a good team player. Things went very well at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville and I know everyone is focused on a duplicate performance, if not better this weekend.”

In addition to Kentucky 811, ProMATIC Automation will serve as an associate marketing partners for Mingus’s 37th career ARCA start. 

The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 (200 laps / 111 miles) is the third of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat., Apr 29 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:30 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag the following day, Apr. 30 shortly after 2:15 p.m.  ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the weekend’s activities, while the race will be tape-delayed on MAVTV.  All times are local (Eastern).

AM Racing/WinTron PR

Hunter Baize and the Martin-McClure Racing team competed in the Zombie Auto 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway this past weekend. The team was prepared and poised to defend last year's win. However, Mother Nature would have other plans. Throughout the entire race weekend, NASCAR officials as well as each race team had to make special accommodations and preparations for the forecasted torrential rain. 
 
Baize and the No. 13 Lightning Auto Sales / Morgan-McClure / Direct Paintless team, under the direction of crew chief Chirs Carrier,  posted the 7th quickest time during the only scheduled practice session. Baize completed his fastest lap around the half-mile, high banked Bristol Motor Speedway in 16.025 seconds at a speed of 119.738 MPH. 
 
Qualifying would later be canceled due to adverse weather conditions. As per the NASCAR rule book, teams were lined up according to last years point standings. Baize started the Zombie Auto 125 from the 5th position. 
 
As the green flag flew signaling the start of the race, teams knew that there was only a small window of time in which to complete the Zombie Auto 125 as thunderstorms moved toward the Bristol, TN area. At the conclusion of the half-way break, as cars were preparing to start the second half of the event, the rain began to fall necessitating NASCAR to cancel the remainder of the event. Baize finished the Zombie Auto 125 in the 4th position. 
 
Baize and the No. 13 team currently are second in driver points standings. 
 
T.V. Broadcast Info
 
The Zombie Auto 125 from Bristol Motor Speedway will air on NBCSN on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 11:00pm/EST. 
Eric McClure: 
 
"Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway is always a special time for me and for MMR. This is our 'home field advantage' track and the track where we secured our first team victory. I think we were all hoping to stand in victory lane again not to recapture the magic of last season's victory but to create new memories and continue this season's championship run.
 
Hunter's 4th place finish moved us into 2nd in the points race which is a great place to be moving into the double header at South Boston Speedway.
 
I can't thank Morgan McClure, Lightning Auto Sales, and Direct Paintless, enough for their support of our organization."
Hal Martin:
 
"We had high hopes about our return to Bristol Motor Speedway. We were confident that if we went the full distance that we would have both MMR cars up front competing for the win. However, Mother Nature had other plans. Although we didn't win the race, we achieved other notable things in Bristol. Mainly, we secured our first top-5 finish of the season and are now sitting 2nd in driver point standings. 

Hunter ran a strong race and showed speed on the track and our guys at the shop prepared a fast racecar. At the end of the day, that's all I, as an owner, can hope for. I look forward to South Boston and the WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100s since this will be an important points event and the first double event MMR will compete in as an organization." 


Hunter Baize: 
 
"I don't think the privilege of racing at Bristol Motor Speedway will ever truly sink in. With the weekend schedule basically thrown out the window due to rain, Chris, and my entire MMR crew worked so hard to get us a car that could compete within a hour practice. We had a stable racecar, and with the minor adjustment we made at the halfway point I think we could've potentially raced for the win in the second half. It's so cool to score a top-5 at the track where I grew up a fan in the stands. Thanks to Lighting Auto Sales, Morgan McClure, Direct Paintless, and all the men and women at MMR who make this possible."

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Chad Finchum rejoined the Martin-McClure Racing organization to compete in the Zombie Auto 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Finchum and the No. 39 Emory & Henry / WEHC 90.7 team, under direction of crew chief Rick Ren, was prepared to make every effort to defend their win from last season; however, Mother Nature had other plans. 
Throughout the entire weekend, teams closely watched the weather as it became increasingly obvious that rainy conditions would adversely effect both track conditions and the schedule of events. During the only scheduled practice session, Finchum was scored in 17th position after running his fastest lap around the high-banked, half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway in 16.239 seconds at a top speed of 118.16 MPH. With the addition of the VHT compound on the lower lines of Bristol Motor Speedway, Finchum chose focus his efforts practicing on the upper grooves around the track, believing it would be a crucial advantage during the race.
 
After qualifying was canceled due to rain, Finchum started the event in 11th position based on last year's point standings. 
 
Once the green flag flew, teams knew that they only had a small window of clear weather in which to complete the 125 lap event. Finchum quickly piloted his No. 39 through traffic and into the 5th position where he was scored after the race was marked as complete due to rain.  
T.V. Broadcast Info
 
The Zombie Auto 125 from Bristol Motor Speedway will air on NBCSN on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 11:00pm/EST. 
Eric McClure: 
 
"This was certainly not the race we had hoped for. We were prepared to go out, race hard and defend our win from last season. Despite the uncertainty regarding the weather, the eventual rain, and the cold, Chad maintained his focus and the team maintained the highest level of professionalism. I'm happy with the 5th place finish, but I wish we could have seen the race through to the end. 
 
Thank you to Dr. Teresa Keller,  Emory & Henry College, and WEHC 90.7 for allowing us the opportunity to partner with you all. I look forward to future partnerships that will benefit the college and the radio station for many years to come." 
Hal Martin:
 
"After our victory at Bristol Motor Speedway last season, we had high hopes coming into this weekend. As the race weekend approached, it became clear that we would have to compete with the weather and the weather would win.

Chad wheeled that car like a champ. Within the first 30 laps or so, he quickly moved up from 11th to 5th. I'm proud of his effort and of the effort our MMR team put forth this weekend."


Chad Finchum: 
 
" I had a super fast racecar for Bristol Motor Speedway. I was happy with everything in practice and I hated to see qualifying get rained out. I really felt like we could've qualified in the top-5 but we didn't get that chance. Due to the rain, we started the race based on points from last season which put us starting 11th. Not bad in a 125 lap race. Unfortunately, the rain cut the race short on lap 70 after we had moved up to 5th. 

All-in-all, a top-5 is awesome for the team! I was trying to defend that win from
last year but like I've always said, 'The variables in racing can always throw a curve ball'. Thanks to everyone in the whole organization for the efforts on the #39 Emory and Henry Toyota."

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Roush Yates Engines is pleased to announce a new partnership with industry leader in engine and vehicle simulation, Gamma Technologies. 

“Gamma Technologies is a global leader in multi-physics CAE simulation software,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Their continued passion for evolving simulation tools aligns well with our constant development and evolution of high performance race engines.”
Gamma Technologies’ GT-SUITE, is a Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) tool that provides efficiency, flexibility, and accuracy to time sensitive modeling analysis. What makes GT-SUITE so powerful is that high-fidelity 3D component models are seamlessly integrated into 1D/0D system-level models. This supplies accurate transient multi-physics boundary conditions and assures two-way interactions between all of the sub-systems. It offers engineers functionalities ranging from fast concept design to detailed system or sub-system/component analyses, design optimization, and root cause investigation.
 
Their team is dedicated to building the most advanced system simulation tools that provide major productivity improvements to their users, while providing premium one-on-one service to their customers. 

“We are looking forward to leveraging the tools Gamma Technologies provides to reduce development time to the track,” stated Jamie McNaughton, Roush Yates Engines Technical Director. “With the refinement levels in the development of our race powertrains at RYE, we will utilize GT-SUITE simulation tools to increase performance in all of our engine programs.”

“Gamma Technologies is pleased to partner with Roush Yates Engines, the world class race engine developer. We are very impressed by the history of innovation, performance and success of Roush Yates Engines, and are proud to be a part of their advanced engineering process,” said Tom Morel, Founder and President of Gamma Technologies.
 
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