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This weekend for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) Bobby Labonte and his JTG Daugherty Racing team will have BUSH’S Beans prominently displayed on the No. 47 Toyota Camry for the seventh time this season.
“BUSH’S Beans has been a proud supporter of JTG Daugherty Racing for many years,” Labonte said. “It’s hard to believe, but the company has been in business for over a century. They have been a household name in my home for as long as I can remember. We’re pleased to have their distinguished label back on the 47 Toyota Camry this weekend.”
In addition to BUSH’S Beans support, Hannaford Supermarkets also has presence. Hannaford is a leading grocer serving customers throughout Northern New England and New York. They are proud to be a part of so many great communities and contribute to the health, education and vitality of those communities.
One of their programs, The Hannaford Helps Schools Program, has raised over seven and a half million dollars for over 2,7600 New England and New York schools over the past thirteen years. This weekend JTG Daugherty Racing is presenting a check for $25,000 to Hannaford Helps Schools.
"We are very proud to have the Hannaford brand on the side of the No. 47 car this weekend for the third year in a row" said Shawn McBreairty, Category Manager for Hannaford. “JTG Daugherty Racing has been very supportive to help raise awareness of our Hannaford Helps Schools program. This rewarding program features some 700 items and runs from 9/9-12/1 for our local K-12 schools. The customers receive ‘school dollars’ from purchasing the participating brands that are the equivalent to cash for the schools. They put these ‘dollars’ in collection bins at our stores to support their specific school. The schools can then buy sports gear, computers, use for field trips, musical instruments, you name it. In 2011, we raised nearly $780,000 alone! (Additional information is available at www.hannaford.com/hhs).”
There has been 21 race winners at Loudon. Labonte came close during his 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship year posting a second-place finish (9/17/00) behind Jeff Burton after starting from pole position.
In 35 starts at NHMS, Labonte has five top-five, 11 top-10 finishes and has led 72 laps at the 1.058-mile oval. Earlier this season, Labonte was credited with a 23rd-place finish after starting 18th in the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 and he looks to improve upon that on Sunday.
“Loudon is a good track for me,” Labonte said. “I’ve been close to a win a few times. I’ve finished second there and third three times. It should be a good track for us. It would be nice to come away with a solid finish this weekend.”
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Marcos Ambrose will head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the second time this season in an attempt to regain some momentum. Ambrose is looking to repeat his performance of a month ago when the team rattled off four top-10 finishes in a row including a win at Watkins Glen. Ambrose has not had the results he had hoped in the last three races, but his new team led by Mike Ford will look for a fresh start at the one-mile Loudon track.
Ambrose is excited to get his second week under his belt with his new team and crew chief Mike Ford. Ford has an impressive resume at Loudon and hopes to add his knowledge to the teams' strategies this weekend. He has one win, one pole, six top fives and 10 top-10's to his credit.
The Australian native has seven starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His best finish (ninth) at Loudon came in last year's July race and his best start (12th) came in 2010. He has completed 2,071 of 2,076 laps attempted at the 1.058-mile track, leading six of them. Ambrose enters this weekend's 318-mile race in 17th place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings.
Don't forget to tune into Sirius XM Radio on Channel 90, Friday at 10 a.m. ET for the Morning Drive with Pete Pistone and Mike Bagley to listen to Marcos talk about this weekend's upcoming race in New Hampshire.
Ambrose on Racing at New Hampshire: "I'm ready to put last weekend behind us and get a fresh start in New Hampshire this weekend. It was unfortunate we struggled with mechanical issues the entire race and didn't get a chance to showcase our abilities with my new team. It's going to be a bit of a learning process until we all get to know each other a little better, but we'll get there eventually. I thought our communication was better than expected last weekend, and we'll look to improve that even more in New Hampshire. Mike Ford brings a wealth of knowledge to our team and his record at Loudon is stellar. I'm really looking forward to talking with Mike this weekend and hopefully improving in the areas where I've struggled in the past."
Comments from Crew Chief Mike Ford on Going to Loudon: "One of the biggest challenges at Loudon is the flat nature of the track. We really have to have a lot of left-side weight through the corners if we expect to run good. Loudon has long straightaways and really tight turns. It's very similar to racing at Martinsville. Brakes will be key and Marcos will have to be careful he doesn't overuse them this weekend. It's one of our shorter races, but one of the harder events on our racecar and equipment. It's going to be very important that our Stanley Ford turns in the middle of the corners and has good drive off.
"We are going to try some new things this weekend and have a fresh approach. We had some struggles at Loudon earlier in the year, and we are looking forward to improving this weekend and getting our Stanley Ford a great finish."
This coming Saturday, Ireland’s Ali Jackson will return to the seat of his #73 Celtic Waste Dodge Charger of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for the G-Oil 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Northeast event will mark Jackson’s third start of 2012 in the series all with Creation-Cope Racing out of North Carolina. The former Firestone Indy Lights and British Formula Three driver has done quite well adjusting the American oval track racing. Thus far the Irish star has an impressive average finish of 14.5 in the highly competitive Pro Series East division and as the leaves began to turn and air gets colder in Loudon, New Hampshire, the Belfast native looks to show his true ability, heart, determination and the luck of the Irish to the rest of the field.
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend’s race at Loudon” Jackson stated. “It has certainly been a long time coming since the last race was rained out. Being able to race on a bigger track with the talented competition of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East is going to not only progress me through my certification process with NASCAR but will allow me to hone in on my talents moving forward. I’ve been putting a great deal of work in on the simulator as well as training at the Crossfit Huntersville Gym so I can’t wait to get on track!”
The festivities at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway will begin on Friday, September 21st with practice sessions. Qualifying will be held at about 2:00PM ET on Friday, with green flag expected to drop around 2:30PM ET on Saturday, September 22nd. Coverage of the race will be aired on SPEED, September 27th at 3:00PM ET. Come on down Saturday afternoon as Jackson gets behind the wheel of his #73 Creation Cope Racing Celtic Waste Dodge Charger. Check http://hometracks.nascar.com/ for updates throughout the event.
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The journey continues for sports car driver turned NASCAR driver Tim Bell. Life has changed drastically over the last six months for Bell as he embarked on his NASCAR journey. The 23-year old moved from his hometown in California to North Carolina, found a home, job and a rejuvenated outlook on racing. These days, if you see Tim Bell at the race track, the smile doesn’t leave his face and the confidence he has within himself can be heard in his voice. That confidence and attitude will be on display this coming weekend as the highly talented field of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will enter the same gates as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the eleventh event on their 2012 schedule. The G-Oil100 marks the first event in which Bell will run a race circuit of one-mile in distance or greater as he looks to continue his certification process through the ranks of NASCAR. The momentum is certainly flowing positively in Bell’s direction and by his comments below; he understands the milestone and challenge that is before him.
“This weekend is yet again another milestone in my young racing career as I get the opportunity to race on a one-mile race track for the first time” Bell explained. “I can’t wait to get up to speed and see what it feels like to finally open up a 650-horespower NASCAR stock car! As long as the other drivers play nicely and we can stay out of trouble, this should be a very good weekend in my NASCAR career.”
The festivities at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway will begin on Friday, September 21st with practice sessions. Qualifying will be held at about 2:00PM ET on Friday, with green flag expected to drop around 2:30PM ET on Saturday, September 22nd. Coverage of the race will be aired on SPEED, September 27th at 3:00PM ET. Come on down Saturday afternoon as Bell gets behind the wheel of his #74 Creation Cope Racing MakeDirect Chevrolet Impala. Check http://hometracks.nascar.com/ for updates throughout the event.
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Three months ago Kurt Busch piloted the No. 54 Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) Toyota at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta making his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start on the 1.5-mile oval. He achieved a top-10 starting position and brought the black machine home in second place, one position shy of a second team victory with his brother's young team.
Similar to what team owner-driver Kyle Busch did at Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway in Joliet last week, returning to the second season event at a track where they had notes from an initial run, Busch will once again tackle the Kentucky track. Having learned from the first event and worked with the team since then, Busch hopes to improve one position on his last attempt, securing that first-place victory.
It was a different car from the KBM fleet, that weekend, one that saw success with top-five finishes for each of the Monster Energy drivers earlier in the year. This Saturday, however, Busch will attempt victory in KBM's newest chassis, first raced at Atlanta Motor Speedway with owner-driver Kyle Busch, who earned the team's first pole position and a seventh-place finish. This week's Camry has improved modifications designed for KBM's intermediate-track program, which has shown growth throughout the season.
Matt Crafton will support the No. 54 team by practicing and qualifying the car while Busch is in Loudon, NH preparing his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ride. Busch will travel to Kentucky Saturday afternoon to be present for the Kentucky 300 start, his 11th run this year in the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 54 Monster Energy entry. Despite having to start from the rear of the field due to the driver change, Busch is looking forward to the challenge of Kentucky Speedway once again. With four races under his belt in the "Bluegrass State," Busch is prepared to notch a win for himself, for Monster Energy and for his brother's Nationwide Series team.
If there truly are races Ryan Newman circles on his calendar at the beginning of each season as races where he and his No. 39 Aspen Dental team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) should be the class of the field, there’s no doubt one of those is this weekend.
After all, New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon has been the site of three (September 2002 and 2005 and July 2010) of Newman’s 16 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins and six of the Aspen Dental driver’s 49 career poles.
In fact, New Hampshire was the site of Newman’s first points-paying Sprint Cup victory during his rookie season in 2002. On that September afternoon, the South Bend, Ind., native started from the pole and dominated the rain-shortened race, leading 143 of 207 laps.
The second victory came three years later in September 2005. Newman, who had narrowly squeaked into the inaugural Chase for the Championship, used pit strategy to gain the lead late in the race after starting 13th. In the closing laps, he dueled with now-team owner and teammate Tony Stewart for the lead. Newman passed Stewart with two laps remaining and held on to take the win, renewing Newman’s hopes for a run at the championship.
Then, in July 2011, Newman went wire to wire – driving from his No. 1 starting spot to victory lane. Late in that July race, crew chief Tony Gibson made a gutsy call to keep Newman’s superfast No. 39 SHR Chevrolet out front rather than pit under caution. Only once during the 301-lap race did Gibson call for a four-tire change. In the end, after Newman pitted for the final time on lap 217, Gibson spent the final 84 laps urging his driver to save fuel at every opportunity.
The bold call paid off and landed Newman in victory lane for the first time in 47 races. Newman led six times for 119 laps in winning from the pole position for just the fourth time in his career.
And the win was all part of a banner weekend for SHR. Newman and Stewart, now his teammate and team owner, started 1-2 and finished 1-2. The last time a team started 1-2 and finished 1-2 was Hendrick Motorsports in the 1989 Daytona 500. However, the last time a team started 1-2 and finished 1-2 with the same drivers in the same order was back on April 7, 1957, at North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway, where DePaolo Engineering’s Fireball Roberts won from the pole while teammate Paul Goldsmith started second and finished second.
So, it makes sense that Newman would circle New Hampshire on his calendar each year. The 1.058-mile flat track commonly known as “The Magic Mile” has been the site of some magical moments and a lot of smiles in Newman’s 11-year Sprint Cup Series career.
And Newman and his No. 39 Aspen Dental Racing team hope to generate some more magic as they roll into New Hampshire for this Sunday’s Sylvania 300. There would be no better time to be smiling and showing off those pearly whites than in victory lane with Aspen Dental. The network of full-service dental practices providing quality, affordable care in 22 states is primary sponsor on the No. 39 Chevy for its second race of the season.
Despite failing to make this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, Newman and his team have been on a roll. In the last 10 races, Newman has finished 11th or better eight times.
And after a fifth-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., last weekend, Newman & Company are eager to continue building on that momentum and make a run for 13th place in the season-ending points – the best position for a non-Chase driver – in the final nine races of the season.
For Newman, coming “home” to New Hampshire always brings back great memories and big smiles thanks to his previous successes at the track. This weekend, a trip to victory lane in the No. 39 Aspen Dental Chevrolet would be just the ticket to add more memories and more big smiles as he and the team continue their quest to be “Best of the Rest.”
Sam Hornish Jr. says “looking forward to” this weekend’s return to New Hampshire Motor Speedway is an understatement. He “can’t wait” for this weekend’s Sylvania, 300 which will mark his 11th start behind the wheel of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge. For Hornish, it will be the first time he has revisited the same track to drive Penske Racing’s “Double-Deuce” Cup entry.
“It’ll be great to finally get to a track where we be racing on for the second time this season,” offered Hornish, who started 24th and finished 22nd in the July 15 LENOX Tools 301 at NHMS. “After getting called into duty at the very last moment for the race in Daytona, the race at Loudon was my very first race where I was able to practice, qualify and race the car.
“When I look back to that weekend, I realize just how far we’ve come. It was the real starting point for crew chief Todd Gordon and I to learn each other and get our communications going. When I think how well we have been able to mesh as a team, it’s pretty cool. And I mean not just the driver and crew chief, but with everyone who is part of our Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Team. We’ve made a lot of progress and I feel like the two Penske Cup teams are working as well together as any of the teams in the garage area.
“In the first Loudon race, we really didn’t know what we wanted or needed in the car going into the race,” Hornish offered. “It was really my first full-blown opportunity back in a Cup car in quite a while. The Nationwide cars and the Cup cars are different and I had not had the opportunity yet to get a good grasp on the transition. During that race, we struggled with the car being really free on entry and that plagued us the whole race.
“The biggest difference this time around will be the accumulation of what all we have learned since then. In that race, it just didn’t seem like we ever got the right adjustment to make it better. What we had at the beginning of the race was what we had at the end of the race. It’s totally different out there now. The communication we’ve developed since then is like night and day and continues to get even better every race we are together.
“Saying that I am really looking forward to our return visit to New Hampshire is really an understatement,” said Hornish. “I can’t wait to have another shot at it there in the Shell-Pennzoil Dodge.”
With Hornish enthralled in a “full court press effort” to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series title, he will be at the Kentucky Speedway through Saturday night’s race focusing solely on the Kentucky 300. He’ll make his way to New Hampshire after that race goes into the record book.
“We’ll have Dave Blaney helping us at Loudon from Friday on until Sam gets there,” said crew chief Todd Gordon. “Dave will be in the car from the first practice on Friday, through Friday afternoon’s qualifying and in both of Saturday’s practices, We are confident that Dave can help us get the car as prepared as possible for Sam to race on Sunday.
“It’ll be another ‘hop in the car and race’ situation for Sam,” said Gordon. “This is not anything new to us in that we called in Parker Kligerman to do the exact same thing for us at Michigan when Sam was up in Montreal concentrating on that Nationwide Series race. That weekend turned out really well as he finished second on the road course up there and finished 12th for us at MIS on Sunday.
“So, yes, it’s another race where Sam’s first time behind the wheel of the Shell-Pennzoil Dodge will be when he buckles in before the start of Sunday’s race,” offered Gordon. “We’re fine with it. We know he’ll have to start from the rear in the race and maybe Loudon is not the best place to be in that position, but we’re prepared for it.
“Sam has shown the knack to be as patient as any driver out there. He will definitely be called on to utilize those skills there on Sunday as he works his way up through the field. If we need to put a little pit road strategy into the equation in order to get up there, we’ll be prepared to execute in that manner, too.
“I am very optimistic heading back to Loudon,” Gordon added. “You have to remember that we came in there for the first race with Sam being a fill-in driver. We didn’t know what cards the future held. It’s not every trip to the table that you sit down with a winning hand. I’ll tell you this – I am certainly proud of the job Sam and our team have done with the cards we were dealt. I am proud of the progress we have made in such a short period of time.”
Hornish, Gordon and the Penske Racing No. 22 Team will be utilizing the “PRS-820” Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger this weekend at New Hampshire. This is the same car that Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski drove in the April 14 Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. In that race, the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge started eighth and saw a strong top-five run end because of fuel system issues. Keselowski’s team also utilized this Dodge Charger during a July test session at Michigan. The chassis has been sent back through the Penske Racing shop and updated with the latest components and adorned with the popular and dynamic No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil color scheme prior to its return to action this weekend at New Hampshire. The “807” chassis will serve as the backup this weekend. It was in the 22 team transporter serving as the backup at Phoenix; both Bristol races Martinsville and the second Richmond race, but has never seen any track time to date.
Rev Racing is excited to announce the new partnership between its driver Bryan Ortiz and the Puerto Rico Board of Tourism. Ortiz, a native of Puerto Rico, and driver of the No. 4 Rev Racing Toyota, will be displaying this new sponsor during the upcoming NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway.
Puerto Rico Board of Tourism is the official source of information for all those traveling to the island destination. “Puerto Rico Does It Better” will be displayed on the hood of Ortiz’s car for this weekend’s G-Oil 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“I am happy and proud to have the support of the Puerto Rico Board of Tourism on my car for the upcoming K&N races,” said Ortiz. “It will be the first time that they have been involved with NASCAR and I’m hoping for a good run in both of the upcoming races with them on board. Hopefully we can continue this partnership for years to come.”
“Through its athletes, Puerto Rico has gained a place of honor in the global sports panorama, with Bryan Ortiz being an outstanding example of the quality of our sportsmen and women. At the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, we fully support him and believe his participation in NASCAR will provide Puerto Rico with an opportunity to show car racing fans that Puerto Rico Does It Better”, said Luis Rivera-Marin, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.
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Tommy Baldwin Racing and J.J. Yeley Team Up with the Delaware Office of Highway Safety to Promote Safe Driving
The Delaware Office of Highway Safety (OHS) will team up with Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) at Dover International Speedway Sunday, September 30 to remind NASCAR fans to ‘Drive Sober’ with a special paint scheme and a full weekend of activities. J.J. Yeley will pilot the No. 36 Drive Sober. Arrive Alive DE Chevrolet in the AAA 400.
The OHS is committed to developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy aimed at saving lives and preventing injuries on Delaware highways. The advertising program at Dover International Speedway is part of their education and outreach activities in the community to promote safe driving. The OHS chose to promote the ‘Drive Sober’ campaign during the race weekend because data shows that 81% of impaired drivers causing fatal crashes in Delaware are males, 36% of alcohol-related fatal accidents occur on Fridays and Saturdays, and fatalities in September doubled between 2010 and 2011.
Delaware conducts DUI checkpoints every weekend from July to December as part of Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign. The goal of Checkpoint Strikeforce is to stop impaired driving throughout Delaware. The OHS wants everyone to drive safe and Arrive Alive. Visit www.DUIrealtime.com for public information on the campaign.
“We know that for many NASCAR fans having an alcohol beverage is part of the race day experience,” said Alison Kirk, Community Relations Officer for OHS. “We want fans to enjoy the race and plan ahead by designating a sober driver before the race starts or have a plan on how to get home safely after the race.”
Yeley will pilot the No. 36 Drive Sober. Arrive Alive DE Chevrolet for TBR. The Phoenix, Ariz., native made 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) and seven NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) starts at the mile track. He collected two top-10 finishes and two top-five starts in the NNS. He tallied a best NSCS start of 14th in the Spring 2006 event and a best NSCS finish of 24th in the Spring 2008 event. TBR made eight starts at Dover International Speedway. Dave Blaney posted the team’s best finish of 26th in the Spring 2011 event.
“We are happy to have the OHS on board for Dover and J.J. in the car,” said TBR Owner Tommy Baldwin. “The OHS is promoting a very important campaign in safe driving. They will have a good footprint at the track, including an exhibit where fans can drive tricycles while wearing impairment goggles. We love working with J.J. He is a good driver, and we are looking forward to what we can do together at Dover.”
Yeley will hit the track Friday, September 28 for practice. He will qualify the No. 36 Drive Sober. Arrive Alive DE Chevrolet on Saturday, September 29 for the AAA 400 on Sunday, September 30.
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Mike Wallace and the No. 01 Chevrolet team of JD Motorsports w/Gary Keller head to the Bluegrass State looking to keep the good rolling and going at Kentucky Speedway this Saturday for their NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
Wallace, who has two top-five and two top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile oval, wants to remain successful at the Sparta, Ky. track. His teammate, Danny Efland, is looking to add a good finish of his own to the team’s mix in the No. 4 Tradebank Chevrolet.
With seven races remaining in the 2012 season, Wallace and the Newt Moore-lead team are looking for every point and position they can garner. In their favor is the combined veteran experience the two bring to the track each weekend.
That means extra attention to detail, working harder and not letting up from green to checkers to get those favorable results. And, this weekend at Kentucky is one more race in that direction.
Mike Wallace Notes:
- · This will be Wallace’s 443rdcareer NASCAR Nationwide Series start
- · After 26 starts this year, the St. Louis native is 12th in points and trails 11th by 22 markers
- · To date, the team has earned eight top-20 finishes in the last 10 races to keep them in that points battle; one of which was a top-10 (Montreal)
- · And, Wallace has completed 4,377 of 4,628 laps contested (94.6 percent) and led five races for nine laps
- · In nine previous starts at Kentucky, he has achieved two top-five and two top-10 finishes
- · His best start was 17th, twice, in 2006 and 2011. His best finish was third in 2008
- · He’s completed 1,677 of 1,800 laps contested (93.2 percent) and led two races for 10 laps at Kentucky
Danny Efland Notes:
- · The Irmo, SC native will be making his 52ndNNS start of his career
- · This is his 13th start of 2012 where he’s completed 1,546 of 2,015 laps contested
- · He has two top-15 and three top-20 finishes, his best was 13th (twice, Daytona)
- · This will be his third start at Kentucky Speedway
- · In the two previous starts, he had a best finish of 27th place
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There are two practice sessions on Friday with the first being from 3 to 4:30 p.m. ET and again from 6 to 7 p.m., none of which are on TV. Qualifying is Saturday at 12:30 p.m. with race action at 4 p.m., which is on ESPN2, PRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90 for all 200 laps of action
Mike Wallace Quotes: “I have had some pretty good runs at Kentucky in the past and it’s always a good feeling when you’re going back to a track with that history on your side. It’s a track where you can’t let up and have to keep your wits about you on every lap, that’s for sure.
“We’ve been pretty steady with our finishes lately, so that helps when you have the confidence with the team like I do with our JD Motorsports crew. We’ve had some goofy things take place which robbed us of some of the finishes we should have had in some of our recent races.
“All we need to do is put a good solid run together, repeat it a few times in the next few races and show what we’re truly capable of doing. The fans at Kentucky get into their NASCAR racing, and we look forward to racing there for them. So, I’m looking for a great weekend.”
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