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Mission accomplished for Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry). The 2017 Euro NASCAR Champion defended his crown with an impressive flag-to-flag win in the last race of the season at the iconic Circuit Zolder and put his hands on the 2018 title, his second consecutive. The CAAL Racing driver drove a perfect race under constant pressure by Stienes Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro) in the first half of the race, but he was able to fend off every attack brought by the Belgian driver before gaining some ground in the closing stages and taking the checkered flag 5.9 seconds ahead of his rivals.

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It was the 17th NWES career win for Alon Day and the 7th of his 2018 season, who tied Ander Vilarino’s record for the most wins in a single season.

Day crossed the finish line ahead of Loris Hezemans (#50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang), who grabbed the second place with a brilliant overtake on Longin in the last lap. Day, who raced two times in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the US, was joined by Frederic Gabillon (#3 Tepac RDV Competition Toyota Camry) and Lucas Lasserre (#33 Mavi Mishumotors Chevrolet SS) on the championship podium.

“It feels so amazing,” said the 26-year old Israeli driver. “This car never fails and never disappoints me. The car, the team, they are all unbelievable. I’m speechless. I came back from such a difficult time in the season, but I still managed to win so many races and kept bouncing back. Back-to-back: It’s just amazing.”

Gabillon, who finished fourth in the race, ended up second in the championship. The Frenchman got his third runner-up in the NWES ELITE 1 standings in six NWES seasons. RDV Competition won the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Teams Championship thanks to him and Ulysse Delsaux, who won the ELITE 2 title. Gabillon ended up 28 points behind  Day in the final standings.

“We had a lot of problems during this weekend,” said Gabillon after the podium ceremony. “We were simply not fast enough. We had a good race yesterday and the race today was quite good. Today I had a bad start and I was not able to make a move. Fighting for the second place was okay, Alon was too fast and too far away. Today was not the day I lost the championship for sure.”

Lasserre, who arrived at Zolder as the points leader but had to retire in the first Final losing his title chances, managed to finish third in the overall standings, an outstanding result for his MIshomotors team. It was an amazing season by Lasserre, who acted as team manager and his own crew chief, the mechanics and team owner Mirco Schultis, who drove the #70 Chevrolet SS at Hockenheim and Zolder.

“10 years after I entered the series I was back again,” said Lasserre, who was satisfied with being third in the 2018 ELITE 1 championship. “I’m back and I managed to finish third after a full season. We have such a little team that has done such a great job. I thank all my mechanics and team owner Mirco. We found very strong mechanics and now we are in a better position for next year. We want to race again next season and go for the championship again.”

Hezemans, who finished second after overtaking Longin in the last lap of the ELITE 1 Final 2, won the Junior Trophy and will get the opportunity to take part in a NASCAR race in the US next season. Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) took the second place in the Junior Trophy with the sixth place under the checkered flag. Gianmarco Ercoli (#9 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) completed the Junior Trophy podium.

Longin was third at the finish ahead of Gabillon and Lasserre with another strong performance in his home race weekend at the historic Zolder track. Christophe Bouchut (#66 Dexwet-DF1 Racing Chevrolet Camaro) was seventh behind Ferrando. Newcomer Dylan Derdaele (#78 Braxx Racing Ford Mustang), Wilfried Boucenna (#73 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) and Fabrizio Armetta (#41 The Club Motorsports Ford Mustang), who won the Challenger Trophy in this race, closed the top-10.

Kenko Miura (#2 Alex Caffi Motorsport Toyota Camry), who ended up 15th under the checkered flag, brought home the 2018 Challenger Trophy after an intense season-long battle. He had the better hand on Mauro Trione (#31 Race Art Technology / Blu Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro) and Dario Caso (#8 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang), who completed the Challenger Trophy top-3.

After another incredible season, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will now head to Charlotte, North Carolina for the traditional banquet at the NASCAR Hall Of Fame, where Day will put his name in the Whelen Hall Of Champions for the second year in a row

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The 2018 ELITE 2 season is in the books and Ulysse Delsaux (#3 Tepac RDV Competition Toyota Camry) is the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series ELITE 2 Division champion. The Frenchman finished third in the second Circuit Zolder Final, just behind his main opponent Florian Venturi (#32 Go Fas Racing Ford Mustang), who came just short in the championship battle but brought home the Rookie Cup.  Guillaume Dumarey (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro) won the race in dominant fashion in front of his home crowd.

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Entering the last race of the season, Delsaux had keep a close eye on Venturi, who was only 8 points behind him. Venturi overtook early but only managed to finish second, so the RDV Competition driver could control his own destiny and bring home the first title of his career.

The ELITE 2 championship represents a unique achievement for Delsaux, who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome early in his life and found in racing a way to express himself. The 21-year-old grew incredibly both as a driver and as a young man in his five years in Euro NASCAR and bringing RDV Competition their very first NASCAR drivers title further adds to Ulysse’s excitement.

“It’s unbelievable”, said Delsaux after winning the 2018 ELITE 2 championship. “Before the race I was really stressed. I tried to control my emotions and focus just on the race like always in this amazing season. Many, many thanks to my team: they were incredible, they all did a great job. Also thanks to my family and fans who are always supporting me. I really don’t have the words right now!”

Dumarey, who put up a dominant performance at his hometrack, was able to lead the race flag-to-flag, winning his second race of the season. The Belgian had a technical issue in the first Final but managed to come back to the track and post the fastest lap of the race to start from the pole in Final 2. That proved to be key in today’s strong performance.

“Yesterday was disappointing because of the problem we had,” said the Belgian, who turned 32 two days ago. “But we came back and grabbed the win today. I’m really happy. This weekend we were the quickest and we wanted the win so bad because of the bad luck we had during the whole season. My wife and my little kid are watching at home and cheering for me. The team did a great job and we are happy to win here in front of our home crowd.”

Venturi, who finished second in the race, came up short in the championship by just 6 points. But the 17-year old Frenchman won the Rookie Cup and will get a chance to race in NASCAR in the USA. He defeated Nicholas Risitano (#8 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) and Kenko Miura (#2 Alex Caffi Motorsport Toyota Camry), who completed the 2018 Rookie Cup podium.

Seventeenth under the checkered flag, Jerry De Weerdt (#78 Braxx Racing Ford Mustang) won the Legend Trophy for a record third consecutive time, setting a new record. There has never been a driver in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series to win any title or trophy three times in a row. He beat Francesco Parli (#31 Race Art Technology / Blu Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro) and Arianna Casoli (#54 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry), who closed the Legend Trophy top-3.

Carmen Boix Gil (#1 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang) won the close battle for the 2018 Lady Cup by finishing 21th, just ahead of Arianna Casoli. At the end of a tense, season-long battle, just 3 points separated the two contenders.

Coming from the very back of the field, Canadian driver Jean-François Dumoulin (#04 Spectra Premium - RDV Competition Toyota Camry) climbed up to 15th in his second ever NWES race as part of the first drivers exchange between two NASCAR International Series.

The ELITE 2 Division of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will return in 2019 and next season’s schedule will be revealed in the upcoming weeks. Delsaux will now head to Charlotte for the traditional prize giving ceremony at the NASCAR Hall Of Fame

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From the Runoffs to the Hoosier Racing Tire Super Tour, U.S. Majors Tour to regional weekends, SCCA road racing events are made possible thanks to the tremendous effort of SCCA workers. And each year a handful of workers are recognized for their enormous contribution. Those individuals are bestowed with Worker of the Year honors, presented by Mazda.
 
"More than 200 road racing events, both national and regional, are conducted by the SCCA each year across the United States," said Michael Cobb, SCCA President & CEO. "Such a Herculean task simply couldn't be achieved without the thousands of incredibly helpful and highly-skilled volunteers who are part of this Club. Worker of the Year awards recognize a handful of these dedicated volunteers. To the winners and everyone who helped pull off SCCA events in 2018, I wholeheartedly say 'thank you' for your passion and participation."
 
Award recipients have shown dedication throughout the season to their Specialty, events, Region, competitors, fellow workers and the SCCA; exhibited strong skills, good leadership, and a willingness to go above and beyond what is expected; and provide excellent customer service to everyone encountered. SCCA members submitted Worker of the Year nominations, and winners were then selected by the SCCA National staff with input from Division leadership.
 
Two members of SCCA's Chicago Region, Bev Heilicher and John Sutton, were honored with Worker of the Year awards. Heilicher was named Steward Worker of the Year because she travels extensively to work events hosted by different regions in different divisions. This allows her to not only share her knowledge and experience but also learn new ways of doing things. She has been the Chief Steward of many events, including the June Sprints. She has been the face of the Competitor Services Center at the Runoffs for years and is always the first to arrive to make sure the Stewards' offices are prepared for the event. She is one of the most committed SCCA members, works tirelessly behind the scenes and strives for excellence in event execution.
 
Meanwhile, Sutton was honored as Starter Worker of the Year as he has recruited a large group of starters over the years and provided on-the-job training. He is a leader and mentor, committed to providing encouragement to all and exemplifies the SCCA standard of excellence.
 
The Flagging & Communications Worker of the Year is Bonnie Aarseth of the Oregon Region. Professional, calm, heart of a teacher, sweet, funny and friendly are just some of the words used to describe her. A longtime Club member, she has trained many new workers across the country and continues to provide mentorship and counsel.
 
Lee Stanley, of the Buccaneer Region, is the Grid/Pit Worker of the Year. He serves as the Divisional Administrator for Pit & Grid in the Southeast Division and has been the Chief of Pit Lane for the Runoffs since 2015. For Stanley, a weekend at the race track is an escape from regular life and allows him to just focus on what's in front of him. He enjoys the face-to-face interaction with drivers and teams and his fellow workers, and has certainly been a valued member of the Club.
 
Sharon West, of Land O' Lakes Region, earned the Registration Worker of the Year award. An SCCA member for over 35 years, she worked her way to a National license in 2012 and has since served as Chief for many events in the Central Division. Her willingness to learn and seek out new information has made her an invaluable asset to the specialty.
 
Timing & Scoring Worker of the Year went to Carol Reber of the Washington D.C. Region. Not only does she work tirelessly for T&S, but she also provides help and support to many other specialties and competitors. For years, Reber has been a regular member of the Runoffs T&S Team and thoroughly plans and prepares months leading up to the event. Last year, on her own, she stepped up to assist the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour, traveling to events across the country. She is generous, kind, funny and an important part of SCCA.
 
Scrutineer Worker of the Year was received by Ann Bowling of the Arkansas Region. She has traveled all over the country working in tech at regional races, Conference Majors and Hoosier Super Tour events. Bowling always greets everyone with a Member Services attitude, is eager to learn, help and do whatever the specialty needs to deliver great tech service. Described as energetic and smart, she quickly adapts to new assignments and her technical versatility makes her an essential part of race weekends.
 
The Emergency Services Worker of the Year is Steven Hobbs of the Cal Club Region. A mechanic by trade, he cares for the Region's emergency services fleet. He works every Region event, serves on the Region Board and spends his spare time recruiting new members. He is quick to jump in and help, always has a positive attitude and supportive of everyone's ideas. He has a can-do attitude and embodies SCCA's new Welcoming Environment statement which supports the Club's mission of fueling a safe, fun and exciting motorsports experience for automotive enthusiasts.
 
Race Administration Worker of the Year is Mark Senior of the North Carolina Region. Cool, calm and collected, he is a quiet, hard-working guy capable of adapting to handle any situation. He is efficient, easy to work with, has a great can-do attitude and is a great example of how to execute Race Administration duties.
 
The Sports Car Club of America®, Inc., founded in 1944, is a 67,500-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both Club and professional levels. With headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, the SCCA annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 116 Regions and subsidiary divisions. Much of the SCCA's activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Chevrolet, the Official Truck of the SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Mobil 1, the Official Oil of SCCA; Sunoco, the Official Fuel of SCCA; and Tire Rack, the Official Tire Retailer of SCCA. To learn more, please visit www.scca.com.
MJP Promotions has launched GRC Europe, an all-European Rallycross Championship with lots of action, high calibre competition, but at affordable costs for teams and drivers, in Austria's capital Vienna Thursday.
 
"It is a very exciting moment for me and my team. Standing here with the series set up and the new car in front of us, is as breathtaking as standing on the grid, when the lights go green", Max J. Pucher, CEO of MJP Promotions and founder of GRC Europe said. Pucher is World Rallycross Championship starter and three-time Austrian champion himself.
 
The spectacle of head-to-head racing on short, mixed surface tracks with 500+ HP cars accelerating faster than Formula One challengers has enthralled fans all over the globe so much, making Rallycross the world's fastest growing motorsport.
 
"Rallycross is explosive, it's pure emotion. While driving, you are so focussed, you nearly forget to breathe", two-time LeMans winner Alex Wurz said. His father Franz won two European Rallycross titles and introduced the then young sport to Austria in the early 1970s. "I have grown up with Rallycross. Hence, I love the sport and fully support this project", the former F1 ace added.
 
For the debut season, MJP Promotions has also developed a brand-new Rallycross car, the Pantera RX6, which is faster than a Supercar and that at much lower cost. 15 Pantera RX6 cars will run in GRC Europe's GRC Titan championship category, while teams can enter top drivers in the second category, the GRC Supercars.
 
GRC Europe will host races in classic Rallycross countries like England, Italy, Hungary, France, Germany, Austria or Slovakia. The inaugural season will run from May to October 2019. All events will be televised live on Eurosport and streamed live on Eurosport Player.

Florian Venturi (#32 Go Fas Racing Ford Mustang) put himself straight back into the ELITE 2 championship game by winning the first ELITE 2 Final at the legendary Circuit Zolder. The French rookie impressed with a fast pace and survived a dramatic race at the 4km track in Belgium. Ulysse Delsaux (#3 Tepac RDV Competition Toyota Camry) took the points lead with a second place finish after recovering from an early accident while points leader Guillaume Deflandre (#77 Memphis Racing Chevrolet Camaro) was forced to retire.

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Venturi, who grabbed his first ever NWES win at Brands Hatch in the regular season, made no mistakes, took the lead on lap 4 and won the race with a margin of 2.9 seconds on Delsaux. The 17-year-old Go Fas Racing driver is now chasing Delsaux by only 8 points before the final race of the season and holds a big advantage in the Rookie Cup.

“I’m so happy, but the championship is not over yet,” said Venturi, who earned Go Fas Racing’s first Euro NASCAR win at Brands Hatch in June. “I am totally focused on tomorrow’s race, because the battle will be decided by that Final. I don’t know what to expect but I want to win it! My big goal is to win the championship.”

In the early stages of the race Wilfried Boucenna (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) took the lead after pole sitter Guillaume Dumarey (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro) was forced to the pits at the end of the first lap due to an issue to his #24 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro. Dumarey returned to the race five laps down and posted the fastest lap of the race, earning the pole position for Sunday’s ELITE 2 Final 2. Delsaux lost the control of his car in a battle with Venturi for second and was running eleventh after it, but fought his way back to the podium in spectacular fashion, also taking advantage of a caution.

“It was a very tough race, because of the battle with Venturi,” said the Frenchman. “He surprised me with his braking and so I spun when I was trying to overtake him. I don’t really know if we touched. After that I focused on recovering and to gain back as many positions as possible. I’m very happy for getting back on the podium after this accident and tomorrow I want to win the title.”

Kenko Miura (#2 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang) grabbed the first NASCAR Whelen Euro Series podium of his career by finishing third. The Japanese driver perfectly carved his way in a chaotic finish and crossed the finish line behind Delsaux.

“It was a really crazy race”, said the Alex Caffi Motorsport driver after stepping down from his first podium. “The car was very good, thanks to my team. I was always looking for a chance to overtake the driver ahead of me. It worked out and I’m really happy to be on the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series podium for the first time in my career!”

The finish was dramatic for championship leader Guillaume Deflandre (#77 Memphis Racing Chevrolet Camaro). The Belgian pulled off the the track due to an issue with the #77 Chevrolet Camaro while he was running second and saw his title aspirations evaporate in the blink of an eye. Deflandre has now to hope for a mistake by the drivers who are in front of him in the overall standings to have a shot at the 2018 NWES title.

Gil Linster (#44 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry) ended up fourth, recording his second top-5 of the year ahead of Wilfried Boucenna, who had to serve a drive through penalty for a starting procedure infringement while he was leading the race.

Massimiliano Lanza (#41 The Club Motorsports Ford Mustang) was sixth ahead of Pierluigi Veronesi (#27 BVR Motorsport Ford Mustang), Maxim Pampel (#7 Belgium Driver Academy Ford Mustang) and Jerry De Weerdt (#78 Braxx Racing Ford Mustang), who won the Legend Trophy. The Belgian edged Francesco Parli (#31 Race Art Tech - Blu Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro), who rounded out the top-10. Arianna Casoli (#54 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry) won the Lady Cup by finishing 13th, making Sunday’s race decisive for the Cup’s final classification.

After a contact with Maciej Dreszer (#56 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry) Felipe Rabello (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro) crashed hard into the tire barrier at the start-finish straight. The Brazilian was okay but the PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro suffered heavy damage and the team went straight to work to repair the car for the Sunday races.

The ELITE 2 Division will be back in action on Sunday at 11:10 am CET. The championship is on the line with Delsaux and Venturi fighting for the title. The last race of the ELITE 2 season will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tv, the Euro NASCAR Facebook page, Youtube channel and Twitter profile, on Motorsport.tv and on a vast network of websites and social media profiles.

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One race can change everything: Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry) jumped back on top of the ELITE 1 standings after winning the first Euro NASCAR Final at the iconic Circuit Zolder. The Israeli prevailed at the end of an intense battle against 2016 ELITE 2 Champion Stienes Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro), who finished second by 1.048 seconds.

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Frederic Gabillon (#3 Tepac RDV Competition Toyota Camry) kept his title run alive by finishing third while Lucas Lasserre (#33 Mavi Mishumotors Chevrolet SS) and Loris Hezemans (#50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang) both took a big hit by being forced to retire when running in the top-5.

Day overtook Longin 12 laps into the 16-lap race after surrendering the lead to the Belgian at the first corner. The Israeli had then to defend his first place from the return of Longin, who put a lot of pressure on the defending champion. Day was able to sustain the pressure and grabbed the checkered flag.

“I don’t have words,” said Day after the intense duel with Longin. “It’s crazy winning this race. It was the fairest fight I’ve ever had and it was so much fun to drive. I knew that I was in a good position for the championship as Stienes is not part of the battle, but he was so quick and drove so good. He’s definitely going to be a contender next year. It’s nice to see drivers coming from ELITE 2 stepping up this way. I hope to start the next race well and keep the lead. It’s not gonna be easy as Stienes will start next to me but I will do my best.”

Longin, who was ninth in the overall standings before the first Final, led his first laps in ELITE 1 in what was arguably his best race in the top division.

“It was an awesome race,” said Longin, who finished second in front of his home crowd. “I overtook Alon at the start on the outside and grabbed the lead. After that he was pushing really hard. Later on he was just a little bit stronger and faster than me. It was not much but he was better. I’m a really happy with the race.”

Gabillon finished third after climbing his way up the ranking from the 5th place on the grid. The Frenchman moved up to second after the DNFs of Lasserre and Hezemans. Gabillon have has now to gain 14 points on Day in the ELITE 1 Final on Sunday.

“Alon took 12 points, so I’m 14 points behind now,” said Gabillon, who is motivated to get his first ever NASCAR Whelen Euro Series title on Sunday. “I have to win tomorrow. We will see what will happen but today it was a tough day for me. Something broke with 10 laps to go. I was scared to have to retire, too. I’m sorry for Loris, who broke something on the back of his car, and Lucas. Everything can happen here. For us, it’s not too bad of course.”

Lucas Lasserre had to retire due to a problem with his brakes. “I’m so disappointed and I don’t know what to say,” said Lasserre after the race. “I tried to pump the pedal to get the pressure back, but there was nothing I could do. It’s a shame to lose our chances like this.”

Hezemans suffered a mechanical problem and had to come back to the pits on lap 9.

Alexander Graff (#77 Memphis Racing Chevrolet Camaro) ended up fourth, collecting his best result in his NWES debut season so far. Nicolò Rocca (#56 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry) won the Junior Trophy by rounding out the top-5 ahead of Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang).

Christophe Bouchut (#66 Dexwet-DF1 Racing Chevrolet Camaro) was seventh ahead of Gianmarco Ercoli (#9 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang), Francesco Sini (#12 Solaris Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro) and Wilfried Boucenna (#73 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang), who closed the top-10. Henri Tuomaala (#1 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang) won the Challenger Trophy ahead of Dario Caso (#8 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) and Fabrizio Armetta (#41 The Club Motorsports Ford Mustang) by finishing 16th.

The ELITE 1 will be back in action on Sunday at 3:10 pm CET. The championship is on the line with Day and Gabillon fighting for the title. The last race of the ELITE 1 season will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tv, the Euro NASCAR Facebook page, Youtube channel and Twitter profile, on Motorsport.tv and on a vast network of websites and social media profiles.

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Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry) smashed his own track record at Circuit Zolder on the way to his fourth pole position of the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season. The Israeli granted himself the best starting position among the four title contenders by clocking a lap of 1:38.086 around the 4-km Belgian track. Guillaume Dumarey (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro) grabbed the pole position in the ELITE 2 Division on his home track as four title contenders ended up inside the top-8.

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In the ELITE 1 Division, Day may have given himself a decisive advantage in the battle for the Euro NASCAR title as his rivals will start fourth, fifth and seventh in the ELITE 1 Final 1.

“It doesn’t matter that the other contenders are not at the top,” said Day, who scored his 4th consecutive pole position at Circuit Zolder and the 10th of his NASCAR career. “It only means that my team did a great job. We know that we are quick here at Zolder. The others have a chance to rebound so I have to focus on myself and get the job done. I will try to stay out of trouble and do the best I can.”

Stienes Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro) will start next to Day in front of his home crowd. Alexander Graff (#77 Memphis Racing Chevrolet Camaro) ended up third ahead of championship contenders Loris Hezemans (#50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang) and Frederic Gabillon (#3 Tepac RDV Competition Toyota Camry), who rounded out the top-5. Nicolo Rocca (#56 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry) was sixth overall and second in the Junior Trophy in his return to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

Championship leader Lucas Lasserre (#33 Mavi Mishumotors Chevrolet SS) will start from seventh position ahead of Junior Trophy driver and 2017 ELITE 2 champion Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang). Alex Sedgwick (#90 Braxx Racing Chevrolet Camaro) and Christophe Bouchut (#66 Dexwet-DF1 Racing Chevrolet Camaro) completed the top-10. In the Challenger Trophy Henri Tuomaala (#1 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang) held off his teammate Kenko Miura (#2 Alex Caffi Motorsport Toyota Camry) thanks to the 15th spot on the grid.

Dumarey fastest in front of his home crowd

In the ELITE 2 Division Dumarey was fastest by clocking his best lap in 1:39.227 during the Superpole session. The Belgian beat Maciej Dreszer (#56 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry) by 5 tenths of a second. Wilfried Boucenna (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) was third ahead of championship contender Florian Venturi (#32 Go Fas Racing Ford Mustang), who was the best Rookie Cup driver.

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“It’s great, after the battle we had in Tours and after I had to skip the race at Hockenheim,” said Dumarey, who turned 32 yesterday. “I wanted to prove that I’m a top driver in the ELITE 2. This is our home track and that is an extra motivation for me and the whole team. We had some troubles this year and we decided to make something nice out of this weekend here at Zolder. We are on the right track and now we just have to finish.”

Felipe Rabello (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro) rounded out the top-5 ahead of Ulysse Delsaux (#3 Tepac RDV Competition Toyota Camry), who sits second in the overall ELITE 2 standings. Championship leader Guillaume Deflandre (#77 Memphis Racing Chevrolet Camaro) will start eighth behind Justin Kunz (#46 Racing Total Ford Mustang). Gil Linster (#44 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry) and Pedro Bonnet (#90 Braxx Racing Chevrolet Camaro) closed the top-10.

Visiting Canadian NASCAR Pinty’s Series driver Jean-Francois Dumoulin (#04 Spectra Premium RDV Competition Toyota Camry) was 14th quickest in his NASCAR Whelen Euro Series debut. Francesco Parli (#31 Race Art Technology / Blu Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro) was the fastest in the Legend Trophy in 16th place. Carmen Boix Gil (#1 Alex Caffi Motorsport Toyota Camry) led the Lady Cup in qualifying by grabbing the 20th spot on the grid.

The great show of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will resume this afternoon with the Final 1 of both Divisions: the ELITE 1 will start at 2 pm while the green flag for the ELITE 2 will wave at 4:50 pm. The most anticipated races of the year at the iconic Circuit Zolder will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tv, the Euro NASCAR Facebook page, Youtube channel and Twitter profile, on Motorsport.tv and on a vast network of websites and social media profiles.

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Toyota driver Sheldon Creed captured the ARCA Racing Series championship at Kansas Speedway when he made his first lap in practice ahead of the season finale event on Friday, October 19. Creed went on to capture his fourth win in 2018, closing out a banner year in his first full-time season.

 

“I thought we were out of it there and then a couple of other fast cars fell out,” said Creed post-race. “I got a good restart there at the end that kind of gave us control and then the guys tightened up the car there when I got tires there at the end. What a rocket ship that was. That was really fast at the end.”

 

A native of Alpine, California, Creed tallied a season-high 18 top-10 finishes in 20 events and won four races this season. Creed becomes the third Toyota driver to capture a driver’s championship this season as CJ Greaves (Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League Pro 4) and Tyler Ankrum (NASCAR K&N Pro Series East) each captured their respective series titles.

 

“Sheldon is another talented young racer we’re fortunate to have racing with Toyota,” said Laura Pierce, motorsports general manager for Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). “After a year of strong finishes and multiple victories on the race track, we’re proud to add Sheldon’s name to a growing list of Toyota champions in 2018 and look forward to seeing what’s to come for this young man in the future.”

 

Earlier this year, Toyota clinched the ARCA manufacturer’s championship and finished the season with a combined 18 race wins.

 

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Sheldon Creed put a period on his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship season with a comeback win in Friday's ARCA Kansas 150 at Kansas Speedway.
 
Creed (No. 28 United Rentals Toyota) was leading on lap 46 when he was involved in an incident with a lapped car on lap 46. Creed's car was damaged on the driver's side, but quick work by crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz and the MDM Motorsports crew kept him on the lead lap and in contention.
 
Several late race cautions kept the field bunched, and Creed was able to pick up positions on restarts and on the short bursts of green flag racing.
 
Creed took the lead from defending race winner Michael Self (No. 15 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) on a lap 86 restart, and held off Harrison Burton (No. 12 DEX Imaging Toyota) after a final restart with a handful of laps remaining.
 
"The car seemed to drive the same after the crash as it did before," Creed said. "I don't know that I can put all of the blame on that lapped car. I was coming up on him pretty fast and I don't think he knew I was going to be out there. The team did a great job patching it up as quickly as they could."
 
Burton fought to second despite an engine problem that kept the RPMs at 5000 while under caution.
 
"The throttle was sticking and holding the RPMs at 5000 under yellow, and it make it really challenging on restarts," Burton said. 
 
Self held on for third despite losing a lot of track position in the final laps. Self was nearly collected in a couple of incidents throughout the night but was still a factor for the win late in the going.
 
"What I saw was just hard racing out there," Self said. "There were some close calls for us but we managed to make it through and were still up battling for the win. It's great that we were in a position to win twenty percent of the races we were entered in this year. We'd like to come back and do more of it next year."
 
The event was slowed eight times for various incidents, including one that involved series runner-up Zane Smith (No. 41 LaPaz Margarita Mix/ICON Vehicle Dynamics Toyota). He crashed in turn three along with Gus Dean (No. 32 GREE Cooling Products/Baker DIstributing Chevrolet) with 22 laps remaining. Smith unofficially finished 17th while Dean was unofficially 18th. Neither driver was injured. 
 
Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Healthcare Ford) was also involved in a crash in turn one with Joe Graf, Jr. (No. 77 Big Tine Ford). Both were evaluated and released from the infield care center.
 
Drew Herring made his first series start in nine years and started from the General Tire Pole, but was involved in a spin on lap 64. He was credited with eighth at the finish.
 
There were seven lead changes among six drivers. The average speed was 90.812 miles per hour, and the time of race was one hour, 39 minutes, and 35 seconds. Creed's margin of victory was 0.942 seconds.
 
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season is now complete. The 2019 schedule should be released in the coming weeks, while the series awards banquet is scheduled for December 9 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
 
ARCA Racing PR

Drew Herring will start on the pole at Kansas Speedway on Friday for the Kansas ARCA 150. Herring, driving the No. 19 NOS-ORCA Coolers Toyota, posted a 29.828, 181.038 mph. in the 20-minute group qualifying session.

 

Herring makes his first start in the series since 2009 at Rockingham Speedway and will start on his first career pole. In two career starts, Herring’s best finish was a 16th at Rockingham.

 

2018 ARCA Racing Series Champion Sheldon Creed will start second on the leaderboard. Creed, holding out to make a run late in the session, posted a 29.936, 180.385 mph. The driver led the abbreviated practice session earlier this morning at the 1.5-mile oval.

 

Harrison Burton rounded out the top three starters for the Kansas ARCA 150. Burton, piloting the No. 12 Dex Imaging Toyota on Friday, posted a 29.940, 180.361 mph. to earn the third place starting spot.

 

Codie Rohrbaugh and Riley Herbst round out the top five starters.

 

Todd Gilliland, Gus Dean, Michael Self, Zane Smith and Chase Purdy filled the top 10.

 

The Kansas ARCA 150 will go green at 8:30 p.m. ET. live on FOX Sports 2.

Sheldon Creed paced the one and only ARCA Racing Series practice on Friday at Kansas Speedway. Creed, driving the No. 28 United Rentals Toyota in the season finale, posted a 30.131, 179.217 mph. in the abbreviated practice session.

 

Codie Rohrbaugh sat runner-up in the one and only practice session at the 1.5-mile oval. Rohrbaugh posted a 30.241 seconds and enters Kansas Speedway making his eighth start of the year.

 

Drew Herring rounded out the top three in the practice session cut short for a heavy mist. Herring posted a 30.567, 176.661 mph in the No. 19 NOS-ORCA Coolers Toyota. The North Carolina native last ran an ARCA Racing Series event in 2009 at Rockingham Speedway where he finished 18th.

 

Harrison Burton and Zane Smith rounded out the top five.

 

Todd Gilliland, Riley Herbst, Chase Purdy, previous Kansas winner Michael Self and Anthony Alfredo rounded out the top 10.

 

The ARCA Racing Series will go qualifying at 6:05 p.m. ET. with the race at 8:30 p.m. ET. on FOX Sports 2.