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Blade Hildebrand claimed his first SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks win in the opening round of the 2019 SST World Championship in thrilling fashion Saturday afternoon at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Starting from the first position Travis Pecoy of Yorba Linda, California driving the Security State Bank entry for Cole Potts would jump out to the early lead.

However, that would not last for long as Blade Hildebrand of Yucca Valley, California in the Empire Destructive truck would blast past to the lead in turn 4 from his third starting position. Hildebrand would lead the first lap followed by Pecoy, and fourth starting Gavin Harlien of Mesa, Arizona.

Lap 2 would see Pecoy slip back two more positions, as Robby Gordon of Orange, California and Harlien would muscle their way past into second and third positions respectively. The next two laps would see Hildebrand, Gordon and Harlien battle hard with one another gunning for the top spot with Hildebrand holding them off attempt after attempt.

Gordon would duck to the inside of Hildebrand in turn 1 on the fourth lap, but contact between the two would force him to spin out loosing multiple positions.

That would leave Hildebrand and Harlien battling hard with one another for the top position. Harlien would hit one of the ramps wide open, landing hard on the left front.

As the competition caution would fly over the field Harlien’s water pump belt would come off allowing the truck to over heat forcing him to the pull into pit lane for assistance from the SST crew and ending his chances at victory.

On the restart 2018 SST Champion Matt Brabham of Gold Coast, Australia whom was lurking in the back of the field letting things sort out before making his move would work his way into the second position quietly.

Hildebrand and Brabham would pull away as the battle for the third position would heat up, as Gordon and VP Racing Fuel & Lubricants driver Jeff Hoffman would begin a great battle with one another.

Lap 7 would see Brabham not hit a ramp squarely, and rip off the break line causing him to spin out and out of contention.

Hoffman would pass Gordon for the second position at the start of the final lap, but Gordon would work his way back past as Hoffman’s rear end housing would break causing him to come to a halt on the race track ending his day early.

Hildebrand would hold off a last lap charge by Gordon to capture his first SST victory followed by Ryan Beat driving in his first SST race would quietly avoid all of he wild race action to put the Continental Tire truck on the podium. 

History was made in more than one way at Circuit of The Americas this weekend. Not only was the INDYCAR Classic the first NTT IndyCar Series race conducted at the track, but Colton Herta became the youngest driver to win an Indy car event when he took the checkered flag on Sunday.

The beneficiary of an opportune full-course caution period, Herta led the final 15 laps and won by 2.7182 seconds over Josef Newgarden. At 18 years, 11 months, 25 days old, the second-generation driver became the youngest to ever win an Indy car race, breaking the mark previously held by Graham Rahal, who was 19 years, 3 months, 2 days when he won at St. Petersburg in 2008.

INDYCAR CLASSIC: Official results

Sunday's race was just the third in the NTT IndyCar Series for Herta, who finished second in the 2018 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires championship before moving up to Harding Steinbrenner Racing this year. Herta was humbled to join the list of Indy car race winners that includes his father, Bryan, who won four times in a 12-year Indy car career and is now co-owner and race strategist for the car driven by Marco Andretti.

"Just to be up with the names of people that have won (a) race, I'm going to live and die an Indy car winner, which is spectacular in itself," Herta said. "Yeah, it's a great record at a young age. To be standing up here kind of feels surreal.

"We were not expecting (to win). I think we were going to get a podium (top-three finish) - I think we had the pace for that - but holy crap, man! ... It's spectacular!"

Driving the No. 88 Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda, Colton Herta started the 60-lap race on the 20-turn, 3.41-mile permanent road course in fourth position. Pole sitter Will Power dominated the first three-quarters of the race, leading every lap under green-flag conditions until the only full-course yellow waved on Lap 44 after James Hinchcliffe and Felix Rosenqvist made contact, sending the latter's car careening into the barrier on the inside of Turn 19 at the entrance to pit lane.

Fortunately for Herta, he'd made his final scheduled pit stop a lap earlier under green. Race leader Power, second-place Alexander Rossi and third-place Scott Dixon were forced to make their final stops under yellow after the field packed up behind the pace car. Once that trio headed to the pits, Herta assumed the lead for the first time in his brief NTT IndyCar Series career.

Holding off Newgarden on the Lap 50 restart, Herta pulled away to the history-making victory.

"On the restart, we were quick," Herta said. "We kind of sprinted off. I know we got the quickest lap on that first lap, which was pretty crazy to have the tires up to temp and everything ready."

The win was also the first for the team co-owned by Mike Harding and George Michael Steinbrenner IV. After fielding a car for Herta in Indy Lights in 2017 and '18, Steinbrenner partnered this year with Harding to bring the driving phenom to the NTT IndyCar Series.

"He did a phenomenal job," the 22-year-old Steinbrenner said of Herta. "Colton hit all his marks, he did everything right, the crew did everything they needed to do to keep us out in front of (Newgarden's) car the whole time. Everything went pretty much perfectly. 

"I really can't believe we're sitting here. I'm shaking and it's a dream come true."

Newgarden was satisfied with a second-place finish coming on the heels of his win in the March 10 season opener, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The driver of the No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet holds an 18-point lead over Herta after two of 17 races.

"We had a little luck (with the late caution), and I thought that could play into our favor to race for another win," Newgarden said. "The PPG car looked good and felt good, it just wasn't enough there at the end.

"A second place is big for us. We talked about the fact that you need to have podium finishes if you aren't winning races, and this goes a long way to our championship run."

Power's misfortune of seeing the late caution period ruin his chance for a win was compounded during his pit stop. The drive shaft broke on his No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet as he attempted to leave the pit stall, relegating the reigning Indianapolis 500 winner to finish last in the 24-car field.

"I just released the clutch snap and I could kind of hear it grinding together," Power said. "I'm massively disappointed, man. You lead so many laps and work so hard all weekend to put yourself in position (to win). If the yellow didn't get us, the drive shaft did."

Ryan Hunter-Reay finished third in the No. 28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport. Graham Rahal wound up fourth in the No. 15 TOTAL Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, giving American drivers a sweep of the top four spots. 

Other notable finishes came from: Sebastien Bourdais, who moved up 12 spots from his starting position in the No. 18 SealMaster Honda for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan to place fifth; Marco Andretti, who advanced 14 positions to finish seventh in the No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda for Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco & Curb-Agajanian; and rookie Patricio O'Ward, the 2018 Indy Lights champion whose 2019 NTT IndyCar Series debut in the No. 31 Carlin Chevrolet ended in eighth place.

Rossi, last year's NTT IndyCar Series runner-up, recovered from the pit stop under caution to finish 10th in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda for Andretti Autosport. Dixon, the reigning and five-time series champion, worked his way back to 13th place in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

The next NTT IndyCar Series race is the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday, April 7. Live coverage begins at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

Askew completes sweep of Indy Lights COTA weekend

Oliver Askew completed the perfect Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires weekend Sunday at Circuit of The Americas, winning his second race from the pole position in as many days. The Andretti Autosport driver beat teammate Robert Megennis by 2.2256 seconds in the 20-lap race to collect the maximum weekend points available and take over the championship lead by four points over Rinus VeeKay (Juncos Racing).

Ask Jamie Eversley what her favorite moment is on any given IMSA race day and she will paint a picture.
 
“My favorite thing about race day is the smell after the whole field takes the green,” Eversley. “It’s just this perfect blend of rubber, hot asphalt and burnt fuel and that smell is so engrained in my memory. That’s one of my favorite moments of the entire event. That moment right there and being on pit lane getting to see that pack and that beautiful two-by-two formation come across the line, and then watching them scramble.”
 
Eversley has been a Truck Driver and Pit Lane Official with IMSA’s Logistics Department for three years, one of the few women to break barriers on the competition side of sports car racing.
 
But Eversley was meant for this, growing up on a horse ranch with a family that had “gasoline in their veins” and living less than an hour from Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. Her father was a longtime road racing car chief and her brother, Ryan, currently competes in the IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge.  
 
Eversley started young, changing her first engine before she was 10 years old and working for the family’s team not long after. In her teenage years, she worked for Panoz Racing just up the road in Atlanta before serving in the Marine Corps for three years fresh out of high school, ultimately climbing to the rank of Sergeant.
 
Returning to civilian life in Georgia, though, it was clear the racing industry was calling her name.
 
“The smell of octane just pulled me back in,” Eversley describes.
 
Following her first year as a full-time truck driver for Magnus Racing in 2015, Jamie held the same role with Freedom Autosport in 2016, a fitting connection given the team’s military background.
 
Not only did the team’s transporter – which Eversley described as “a rolling monument” – have bolded names of every United States soldier lost in combat since 9/11, but one of the team’s race car drivers was Liam Dwyer, a fellow Marine who lost his leg and suffered other life-threatening injuries after stepping on an explosive in Afghanistan in 2011.
 
“It didn’t blend in, let’s just put it that way,” Eversley said of the transporter. “That bright green camo covered with names and a giant eagle, globe and anchor on the side, it was a spectacle. You throw Liam Dwyer into that and it’s a party. It was a real privilege getting to work with Liam and the whole group of guys. That year was a lot of fun.”
 
But it’s not always been easy being a female in the racing industry.
 
“When you think about mechanics, pit lane crews, truck drivers, there aren’t many women,” she said. “Ford Chip Ganassi’s GTLM team had a female car chief who was also a tire changer. I loved seeing that because, except when I was on a pit crew, I don’t remember there being any other women over the wall with me.”
 
That realization has motivated Eversley to encourage and support other women in the IMSA paddock, no matter what role they’re in.
 
“If I see a female face in the paddock that I don’t know, I add it to my to-do list that I need to meet her because there aren’t that many of us,” said Eversley. “When you can make those kinds of connections and have each other’s backs, having that kind of network and getting to know each other is something I’ve always enjoyed connecting on.”
 
But Eversley’s influence within the paddock reaches further than she initially thought. She has learned that wearing an IMSA Official firesuit makes a quick first impression on female fans, particularly the younger generation.
 
“I have younger girls all the time pull me aside and they’re like ‘How did you get into this?’” said Eversley. “It’s like the lightbulb just went off in their head. I remember the day the lightbulb went off in my head that said, ‘Wait a second, I can do that too. This isn’t the NFL, I can do that too.’ I love seeing that moment in young girls because you can see it in their eyes. It’s like this spark gets lit and they just realized this isn’t just a boys’ sport. ‘I can do that if I want to.’
 
And for Eversley, that’s the bigger picture.
 
“Even if they never end up working in racing, the fact that light bulb came on and they realized it doesn’t matter if it’s a male-dominated industry, it doesn’t matter if most of the time it’s boys doing that job,” she said. “If you want to do it and you work hard enough and you have thick enough skin, you can do whatever you want.”

Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, showcased dominance once again, as the FTR750 swept the Atlanta Short Track podium. In his first year piloting the FTR750, Indian Motorcycle Privateer Brandon Robinson (Kennedy Racing/Armbruster Racing Indian FTR750) secured his first win since 2016. Alongside Robinson, Wrecking Crew Riders Jared Mees and Briar Bauman rounded out the podium, finishing second and third respectively.

 

Starting from the front row, Robinson battled near the front of the pack for most of the Main – remaining fast and picking off riders one by one. With four laps remaining, Robinson made an impressive move along the outside to surpass Mees for the lead. Robinson’s win in Atlanta and eighth-place finish in Daytona places him second on the championship leaderboard. 

 

“Brandon Robinson is an incredible competitor. It’s great to see him take to the FTR750 so quickly and secure a win in only his second race on the bike,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “On a night where the track got the best of a number of riders, it was great to see Mees and Briar battle it out and secure the FTR750 podium sweep.”

                                

After starting the Main on the pole, Bauman fell back as far as eighth place. As the race went on, Bauman found a line low on the track and was able to make several passes and secure back-to-back podium finishes to start the year. Mees, who was looking to bounce back after the Daytona TT, was running fast to start the Main. Though as the race went on, traction wore thin and Mees ultimately finished in second. Through the first two races of the season, Briar Bauman is atop the leaderboard with 42 points followed by Robinson and Henry Wiles (Bandit Industries, DPC Racing, Wilco Racing Indian FTR750) with 36 and 34 points respectively. Mees and fellow Wrecking Crew Rider Bronson Bauman are tied for fifth with 22 total points.

 

The season continues on April 20 with the Texas Half-Mile in Fort Worth, Texas. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

For more information Indian Motorcycle Racing’s sponsors, visit their websites: Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, S&S Cycle, Indian Motorcycle Oil, Parts Unlimited, Drag Specialties, Alpinestars, Bell Helmets and J&P Cycles.

Ten different drivers ended up as event winners at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular season-opener at Farmington (N.C.) Dragway. It was the largest IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular to date with over 300 entries each day.

 

Michael Paschal from Greensboro, N.C., won the Moser Engineering Saturday $5,000-to-win top prize for the Top division and Roger Robertson from Blowing Rock, N.C., took the Top division’s $5,000 top prize for Battle Born Batteries Sunday.

 

Paschal went down the track in 4.696 seconds at 147.01 mph against a 4.70 dial-in paired with a .019 reaction time to beat Chris Mancini of Allison Park, Pa., in the final round. Mancini had a .014 reaction time and then posted a 6.297 elapsed time at 108.28 mph against a 6.31 dial-in. Both drivers won additional prize money as part of IHRA member bonuses.

 

Corey Hawks from Winston-Salem, N.C., captured the $2,500-to-win Footbrake title when opponent Brandon White from Hillsville, Va., red-lighted in the final round. With the race in hand, Hawks eased down the track in 10.747 seconds against a 6.30 dial-in. White was just -.007 too quick at the starting line.

 

In the Junior Dragster class, Phillip Radford from Radford, Va., had a solid run of 9.056 seconds at 67.38 mph against a 9.03 dial-in after a .071 start. Runner-up Ben Gibson posted numbers of 8.013 seconds at 80.72 mph against a 7.97 dial-in. Gibson had a .059 reaction time.

 

Two other races at Farmington included the Street and Teen divisions.

 

Brad Carpenter from Galax, Va., won on a holeshot in Street .065 to .123 for runner-up Darrell Hobbs from Lexington, N.C. Carpenter’s final package included a 7.584-second run at 87.65 mph against a 7.56 dial-in. Hobbs finished in 8.07 seconds at 84.81 mph against an 8.05 dial-in.

 

In a teen final of North Carolina racers, Nick Smith from Lenoir was the victor with his .086 reaction time faster than the .188 start by Bryce Childress from Mocksville. Smith made it down the track in 11.034 seconds at 60.54 mph, while Childress made an 11.508-second pass at 61.97 mph.

 

More big money was on the line Sunday and Robertson claimed another $5,000-to-win top prize in the Top division. He was quick off the starting tree with a .023 reaction time and then motored down the track in 5.816 seconds at 115.98 mph against a 5.78 dial-in. Anthony Briggs from Lexington, N.C., finished in 5.995 seconds at 114.53 mph against 5.95 dial-in and claimed the runner-up spot.

 

Jamie Houston from Wytheville, Va., captured the $2,500-to-win Footbrake victory. He had a .029 reaction time and then ran 6.382 seconds at 103.26 against a 6.37 dial-in. Nick Lucas from Seymour, Tenn., finished runner-up with a 6.851-second run at 107.17 mph against a 6.59 dial-in, along with a .033 reaction time.

 

Ozell Brown from Renick, W. Va., denied Radford’s bid to sweep Junior Dragster victories. His quick .038 reaction time and an 8.216 elapsed time at 71.35 mph against an 8.15 dial-in outweighed Radford’s final run of 9.225 seconds at 67.38 mph against a 9.06 dial-in with a .073 reaction time.

 

In the Street division, Chris Gibson from Lexington, N.C., took the win over Bob Goss from Advance, N.C., who red-lighted in the final. With a .053 reaction time, Gibson cruised down the track at 11.798 seconds against an 11.86 dial-in. Goss came painstakingly close to a perfect start, going -.005 too quick at the tree. He was spot-on down the track, posting an 8.082-second run against an 8.08 dial-in.

 

The Teen final featured a rematch with this time Childress coming out on top with an 11.553-second run at 62 mph against an 11.50 dial-in. He had a .042 reaction time, while Smith fouled -.009 at the start. Smith’s final run was 11.050 seconds at 63.25 mph against a 10.94-second dial-in.

 

The IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular moves to State Capitol Raceway, Port Allen, La., on March 29-31. Click here to view event details for State Capitol Raceway. To become an IHRA member please call (561) 337-3015 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

On Thursday, March 28, NASCAR will be holding a pit crew combine for student-athletes at University of Miami. Approximately 10 student-athletes from the university will undergo a series of strength and conditioning tests in hopes of becoming a member of a NASCAR pit crew. The combine will be overseen by Phil Horton, who currently serves as the pit crew coach for NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program. From this combine, three participants will be selected to move on to the regional combine in Charlotte on May 24.

The pit crew combine comes to Miami as part of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, an initiative that aims to engage people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds in all facets of the sport, including pit crew, drivers and front office employees. The Drive for Diversity program already features two South Florida drivers, Southwest Ranches resident Ernie Francis Jr. and Homestead native Nick Sanchez.

Homestead Miami Speedway PR

Venturini Motorsports (VMS) and off-road racing specialist, Gavin Harlien, 19, announced today the signing of a three-race deal to compete in the ARCA Menards Series (ARCA).

Harlien, out of Phoenix, Arizona, will make his stock car driving debut in the ARCA series behind the wheel of VMS’ No.55 Toyota Camry at Gateway Motorsports Park on June 22. The former X-Games competitor will also make series’ starts at Iowa Speedway (July 19) and Salem Speedway (September 14). Sponsorship details for Harlien’s VMS prepared Toyota is forthcoming.

“I have been looking for an opportunity like this for a long time,” said Harlien. “Taking this next step in my career and moving up into ARCA with a top-notch team like Venturini Motorsports is a dream come true. Now I’m just eager to start the journey and learn as much as I can in my first few races.

“There might not be any metal ramps out on the front straightaway, but I’m just excited to go fast. Growing up racing off road and SST the last few years has made me a very aggressive yet, methodical driver. The trucks require a lot of throttle and car control so I think the most important thing for me will just be adapting to the car and finding speed anywhere I can.”

Rooted in the world of off-road truck racing since the age of 11, Harlien has gone onto achieve notoriety and success in the sport throughout his young career. Displaying talent behind the wheel early on, he captured rookie of the year honors in the Lucas Oil Off Road Series’ Modified Kart Class in 2012 and again after moving up in rank driving in the series’ Pro Lite Truck division in 2014. During his time driving on the Lucas Oil Off-Road tour he posted 10 victories and 42 podium finishes. 

Currently competing for a championship in Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Truck (SST) Series, Harlien’s career spans the globe - racing multiple disciplines, series’ and events on dirt including SST, Lucas Oil Off Road, The Off Road Championship, Red Bull Global Rally Cross, the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals and Sprint Cars.

Over the last two seasons, the racer with a flair for the extreme, has claimed seven victories, 22 podium finishes and two top qualifying awards competing in his off-road truck.

Following in the wake of last year’s ARCA Menards Series’ champion, Sheldon Creed, the fellow west coast driver will make the jump from off-road to stock car racing.  

“Watching Sheldon make the transition and win the ARCA Championship was awesome,” added Harlien. “Seeing the success he’s had the past couple years gives me confidence since we come from the same background and have been battling on the track for years. His (Creed’s) advice for me going in to this was all about being patient with the car and my progression. Now it’s my time to see if I can replicate that success and make a name for myself.”

Balancing life with sport, Harlien is currently studying Business at The University of Arizona. The honors student was awarded the Dean and Wildcat Scholarships in Academics and will graduate in 2021.

Harlien and the Stadium Super Trucks will join the NASCAR tour this weekend (March 29-31) at Texas Motor Speedway for round two of SST 2019 schedule.

 Follow Gavin Harlien on social media by visiting @Gavin_Harlien on Twitter and @Gavin_Harlien on Instagram.

VMS PR

Day to Day Coffee, Track Enterprises and the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) announced today that the Day to Day Coffee Company will sponsor ARCA’s return to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois this June. Madison is just across the Mississippi River from the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis.

The ARCA Menards Series “Day to Day Coffee 150” is set for Saturday evening, June 22 at 6:30p.m. local time. The “Day to Day Coffee 150” ARCA event will be run as the opening event of a motorsports doubleheader on Saturday night, and will be followed by the NASCAR Gander Mountain Truck Series event. ARCA practice and General Tire Pole Qualifying will precede the 150-mile race event, scheduled for broadcast coverage on MavTV.

“We are very excited about our ongoing partnership with the ARCA Racing Series and Menards.” Chris Papanicholas, president of Day to Day Coffee Company. “It gives us a chance to capture and connect with our own consumers in real way. It’s going to provide exciting in-store sales building opportunities at Menards as well.”

The “Day to Day Coffee 150” will also mark the return of the ARCA Menards Series to the 1.25-mile Gateway track for a second consecutive year. ARCA has raced at Gateway six times between 1997 and 2007, but then took an eleven-year hiatus from the metro St. Louis-area oval. Mark Gibson won the inaugural ARCA race at Gateway in 1997. Other winners in between include 10-time ARCA national champion Frank Kimmel in 2001, Ryan Hemphill in 2004, Joey Miller in 2005, and Cale Gale in 2006. The late Bryan Clauson earned his only series win at Gateway in 2007.

“We are proud to work with promoter Bob Sargent of Track Enterprises and ARCA’s management team to bring the ARCA Racing Series to the St. Louis region," said GMP Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Blair. "Our June NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event has been one of the most popular races on the schedule and the addition of another premier series allows us to continue the momentum we’ve been building since we purchased the track in 2012."

Day to Day Coffee has become hugely popular with Menards customers for its great taste and value. The decision to partner with the ARCA Series was an easy one, as it opens up the opportunity to increase brand awareness and connect to customers within their core market.

"We are excited to partner with “Day to Day Coffee Company to bring the ARCA Menards Series back to Gateway Motorsports Park, and the St. Louis market in 2019,” said Jeff Abbott, promotions manager and spokesperson for Menards. “St. Louis is a growing market for Menards, and Gateway is a great race track.”

The “Day to Day Coffee 150” is one of seven ARCA races promoted by Track Enterprises in 2018. Other ARCA Menards Series events promoted by Track Enterprises include races at Five Flags Speedway, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, Elko Speedway, the Illinois State Fairgrounds, the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, and Lucas Oil Raceway.

“Track Enterprises is looking forward to our expanded role with ARCA, in partnership with Gateway Motorsports Park,” said Bob Sargent, Track Enterprises president. “We have a great relationship with ARCA, and promote other exciting events in several markets. We are looking forward to helping bring the ARCA Menards Series back to Gateway, a great facility in the heartland of the country.”

For more information about the Day to Day Coffee 150 or where to buy discounted tickets, visit www.arcaracing.com, www.trackenterprises.com or http://www.gatewaymsp.com/.

ARCA Racing PR

A successful second race of the CARS TOUR season it was for Taylor Gray and Bubba Pollard on Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway. Wins did not come easy for either one of them. Both races were aggressive and put on quite a show for our fans.

 

LATE MODEL STOCK RECAP

The 07 of Bradley McCaskill started strong at the beginning of the race, leading 43 laps. A caution will lead the 74 of Ronald Hill into the pits. Luck was not on Hill’s side all weekend long, and the bad luck streak hit yet again early in the race.

Back to green, Taylor Gray takes the lead. Although not long after that we would be back under caution due to the aggressive 18 car of Ty Gibbs getting into the 77 of Trevor Ward. Gibbs received a one lap penalty and was sent to the rear.

Once again, barely making it to lap 52 we see another caution thrown. This wreck caused damage to the 99 of Layne Riggs. As if the race wasn’t interesting enough, we get a dose of irony. The tow truck needed a tow truck! As we get back under green, Gray will continue leading. McCaskill has dropped back to 6th place after a strong lead early in the race.

Mini Tyrrell and Leland Honeyman Jr, both running for rookie of the year, battle it out in the back. Caution after caution, we see these competitors are hungry for a win. Their aggressive racing came to an end when the red flag was thrown with only 23 laps to go. A pile up including Lemke, Matthews, and Hefner. After a long hard battle for everyone all day long, Taylor Gray finally brings home the checkered flag at lap 150 holding off Lemons and Berry.

 

SUPER LATE MODEL RECAP

Kodie Connor scored the Pole Award here at the MTP Tire 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway. Kodie has been fighting sickness all weekend long, but he managed to grab the pole and kick off the race. Bubba Pollard who entered the race on race day will start in the third position. Josh Berry will pull a double duty at Hickory this weekend. After completing the Late Model Stocks in his 88, he completed the Super Late Model race in the 97. We saw Wyatt Alexander started of the race strong as he led. The lead was taken from him by Setzer, who is very strong at this race track.

After the first 40 laps we see the supers start to get just as aggressive at the late model stocks. Damage to Hollis, Pope, and Bayne after a spin on the front stretch. Berry and Setzer battled for the lead with 40 laps remaining, but Berry spins in turn 4 causing him to lose the lead. Helmuth was disappointed with how Wyatt Alexander got into her and damaged her car. The 96 of Alexander was sent to the rear for his actions.

Pollard scores his second victory in a row with the CARS Tour Super Late Models. Pollard showed up to the race track on Saturday and entered the race. After the spur of the moment decision, he comes home with the victory. We’ve learned early that Pollard will be a tough one to beat this season. However, the talent we’ve seen in the field won’t be letting him take the checkered easily.

CARS PR

After not visiting one of the most famous half-mile short tracks on the West coast last season, the K&N Pro Series West makes its highly anticipated return to Irwindale Speedway this weekend for round two of the 2019 season and the 26th event in series history at the California half-mile.

IRWINDALE 150 AT IRWINDALE

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Bill McAnally Racing’s trio of Hailie Deegan, Derek Kraus and Brittney Zamora will be up front: you can bank on that. The organization tested at Irwindale on March 7.

Last time the circuit went to the California half-mile, BMR secured three of the top four finishers. The only driver from BMR who competed in that event who will also be racing Saturday night is Kraus. He’ll look to improve upon his fourth-place effort at Irwindale in 2017, and his sixth-place finish after leading 60 laps in the season opening race in Las Vegas.

Deegan will look to build upon her early season momentum following the win at Las Vegas and go back-to-back. She is currently the points leader, becoming the first female in NASCAR history to lead the standings. Although she’s never raced at Irwindale in a K&N Pro Series vehicle, she does have some track time.

Zamora said all three BMR cars were within two tenths of each other when they tested. Having never raced on dirt before Las Vegas, she also is excited to be back on asphalt at a track she knows pretty well.

RELATED: Brittney Zamora Ready to Kick Rookie K&N Campaign Into High Gear

The Sunrise Ford duo of Jagger Jones and Trevor Huddleston may have more experience at Irwindale than anybody else in the field combined. Huddleston has won three track championships at the track (2015-2017) in a late model, and knows it like the back of his hand. His father, Tim, has also operated and managed the track since late 2018.

Jones is no stranger to the half-mile, either. He’s won there once in a late model and specifically pointed out this event as one he was looking forward to most leading into his rookie campaign. However, he still is new to these K&N cars. Luckily, he has a driver coach and spotter who knows a thing or two about racing at Irwindale in Ryan Partridge, who has never finished outside the top 10 in his three races.

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Other drivers who competed in the 2017 event that will also be racing this weekend are Todd Souza (finished 10th), Matt Levin (finished 12th), Kody Vanderwal (finished 15th), Rich Delong III (finished 16th) and Takuma Koga (finished 19th). K&N East regular Tanner Gray will also make his first K&N West start, driving his No. 15 Toyota for DGR Crosley.

Fans who can’t make it to Irwindale on Saturday will get a chance to watch it live on FansChoice.TV. The race will air as a one-hour broadcast on NBCSN on Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. ET.

RACE FACTS

RACE

IRWINDALE 150

PLACE

Irwindale Speedway

DATE

Saturday, March 30

TIME

9:45 p.m. (approx.)

TELEVISION

FansChoice.TV (live), 7 p.m.; NBCSN – Wednesday, April 3, 6 p.m.

TRACK LAYOUT

Half-mile paved oval

2018 WINNER

N/A

2018 POLE

N/A

EVENT SCHEDULE

 Garage opens: 10:30 a.m.; First practice: 1:15-2 p.m.; Final practice: 2:15-3 p.m.; Group qualifying: 5 p.m.; Driver autograph session: 5:30 p.m.; Driver introductions: 6:30 p.m.; Irwindale 150: 7 p.m.

TWITTER

@TheEIC

HASHTAG

#Irwindale150, #KNWEST

RACE CENTER

CREW CHIEF HANDOUT:

The starting field for the Irwindale 150 is 22 starters, including provisional positions. The first 20 drivers will secure starting positions based on group qualifying for the Irwindale 150. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process

Each vehicle’s starting position will be determined by their fastest lap in qualifying.

The Irwindale 150 will be 150 laps (75 miles).

The Irwindale 150 is to be run in two (2) segments. There will be a five (5) minute break at or near the conclusion of lap 75. Once the yellow flag is displayed at the start/finish line, the caution vehicle will pick up the field. The “Free Pass” vehicle will be moved past the caution vehicle to the outside. Once pit road is open, vehicles electing to pit may enter pit road. No work is to be performed until authorized by NASCAR Officials. A maximum of four (4) uniformed crew members will be allowed in the vehicle servicing area. The time will start when the last vehicle stops on pit road and the NASCAR Official authorizes work to begin. At the three (3) minute mark, start moving your vehicle onto the track behind the caution vehicle. The caution vehicle will roll at the five (5) minute mark and any vehicle that is not on the track may be assessed a penalty. At the end of the breaks, vehicles will line up with lead lap vehicles to the front. Lead lap vehicles that elected to pit will line up behind the lead lap vehicles that elected not to pit in order of running. Lap down vehicles that elected to pit will line up behind the lap down vehicles that elected not to pit in order of running. Fuel may only be added during the breaks.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is: Four (4) tires for practice, four (4) tires for qualifying and heat races and to begin the feature, and two (2) additional tires to use during the break for a total over ten (10) tires.

NASCAR PR

Making just his second CARS Late Model Stock Tour start, Brody Pope drove through the field to earn a third-place finish Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway.

Pope started 16th in the 29-car field, but early in the race his No. 1 Lee Faulk Racing and Development entry began experiencing a motor issue.
 
“I messed up in qualifying on my last lap in (turns) three and four and that put us about mid-pack,” Pope said. “Early in the race we were just riding and something was happening with the motor, it kept shutting off under yellow. If you got out of the gas it would just die.”
 
His crew called him to pit road during one of the early caution periods, but they couldn’t find anything amiss. Pope returned to the track at the rear of the field and slowly began the climb back through the pack.
 
By lap 92 Pope had worked his way inside the top-10 and he was continuing to move forward. Just past lap 100 Pope found himself inside the top-five and battling race leaders Taylor Gray, Josh Berry and Tommy Lemons Jr. for position.
 
As the laps wound down Pope managed to work his way around Berry for third, but he wasn’t able to do anything with eventual race winner Gray or runner-up Lemons. Still, the third-place effort marked Pope’s best finish in a late model stock car and with the CARS Tour.
 
Pope explained that he took advantage of several late-race restarts to move up through the field.
 
“We honestly kept getting stuck on the outside for those restarts, which most people don’t like, but for the first two or three laps after a caution our car was really good on the outside,” Pope said. “We could just pinch them down just a little to where we could get the momentum around the top and shoot down in front of them.
 
“This is only my second or third race in a late model stock and my first time here at Hickory in one. I’m just really impressed with the car. Thanks to Lee Faulk Racing, MPM Marketing and everybody that helped me get here,” Pope added. “I want to thank my mom and dad, my grandpa and grandma, my uncle, everybody that helps us get here every week.”
MPM PR
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