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Hailie Deegan has been breaking barriers and setting records in stock car racing since joining the ranks of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in 2018.
In her past two seasons behind the wheel of Bill McAnally Racing’s No. 19 Toyota Camry, the 18-year-old from Temecula, California has established a significant list of accomplishments and garnered plenty of attention in the industry.
She wrapped up her 2019 season finishing third in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship standings – the highest ranking by a female driver in the final standings in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, East or West.
In opening up the year with a win in the K&N West season opener, she had become the first female driver to lead the championship standings of a series at the regional or national levels of NASCAR.
Deegan had captured the spotlight a year ago as a rookie, with a win at Idaho’s Meridian Speedway – becoming the first female driver to win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. In the race prior to that, she had become the first woman driver to win a pole award in the series – taking the honor in a race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.
She wrapped up her freshman year in K&N West competition by becoming the first female driver to win the Rookie of the Year Award in NASCAR K&N Pro Series.
Among the accolades she received going into her second season, Deegan was named to Forbes’ list of “Women In Sports To Watch In 2019.”
“We want to thank Hailie for letting BMR, Toyota, NAPA Power Premium Plus, NGK and NAPA Filters be part of all her amazing records,” said BMR President Bill McAnally. “It’s been great to be a part of her development these past two years.”
During the past two seasons, Deegan scored three wins, five poles, 13 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes in 28 K&N West starts. She also registered three top-10 finishes in 14 K&N East starts in 2018 and 2019.
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series keeps providing its drivers with the best opportunities to race in NASCAR all over the world and Loris Hezemans will collect the prize for his 2019 Euro NASCAR title this weekend in Mexico City. The Dutchman will compete in the NASCAR Mexico Series Final, the Gran Premio FedEx, at the prestigious Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez at the wheel of the #05 Ford Fusion.
“I am so happy about this opportunity and I want to thank the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and NASCAR for it. I can’t wait to get the weekend started in the NASCAR Peak Mexico Series,” said the 22-year-old Amsterdam native, who already made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Road America on August 24. “It’s great to race in NASCAR in so many different countries. I’m a competitive person, so I’ll do my best to learn as much as possible about the car, the track and the series as quickly as possible and be able to compete at the front. I think we have a good chance to bring home a good result and a top-5 would be awesome, so I’m really going to get the maximum out of myself. I definitely want to have fun and respect all the championship contenders but I will give them a good fight.”
Hezemans’ Mexican campaign will also represent the second leg of the International exchange that brought current Mexico Series points leader Ruben Garcia Jr. on the NWES grid in Valencia for the 2019 season opener. Garcia is currently leading the NPMS points standings and chasing his third Mexican title.
“It is the Euro NASCAR duty to offer our drivers the best possible opportunities all over the world and help them build their professional career,” said NWES President CEO Jerome Galpin “In 10 years, we have already over 25 drivers racing NASCAR in North America from Late Model to the Cup level! We are very happy to offer this race to Loris and we will push hard to continue to develop these programs for all our drivers to race at every level of NASCAR.”
The action at the 1,665 Km-long Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez will begin on Saturday, November 30, with two 50-minute practice sessions, followed by qualifying at 4:30 pm local time (21:30 CET). The 120-lap race is scheduled for Sunday, December 1st, at 1:30 pm local time, 20:30 European time in front of a huge crowd of passionate Mexican NASCAR fans.
Coming from all over Europe to celebrate the 2019 season, Euro NASCAR drivers, teams and officials had a unique night at the NASCAR Awards on November 23rd in the NASCAR Hall Of Fame.
After putting his name in the Whelen Hall Of Champions as the youngest ever Euro NASCAR Champion on Thursday, 22-year-old Loris Hezemans received his championship ring from NASCAR’s Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell at the NASCAR Awards on Saturday.
“It has been an incredible experience to be part of this ceremony,” said Hezemans. “There were probably more than 1000 attendees at the Awards who enjoyed a big and well organized event. Everything just flowed so smoothly. For me it was great to experience how open everybody is, from Xfinity Series drivers to the Late Model racers. Everybody is respecting each other. You really have the sense of being part of the big NASCAR family, which we truly are!”
Hendriks Motorsport was also honored for fielding the most successful car in the 2019 NWES season, the #50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang driven by Hezemans and Giorgio Maggi. Both drivers and team manager Roy Hendriks went on stage to collect their prize. Also making the trip to Charlotte, Lasse Soerensen got his reward for winning the 2019 EuroNASCAR 2 championship with DF1 Racing. The Dane also grabbed the Rookie Trophy win.
“It was a huge event and it was great to be a part of it,” said Soerensen, who received the EuroNASCAR 2 championship ring. “I had a wonderful time in Charlotte and realized how big NASCAR is. I want to thank all the people supporting me for making this possible and of course the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series organization for putting together such a great championship.”
Memphis Racing from Sweden also sent their champions to Charlotte: while Ian Eric Waden celebrated his win in the Legend Trophy, Henri Tuomaala was honoured for being the best Challenger Trophy driver in the 2019 EuroNASCAR PRO championship. Also part of the NASCAR Awards was Myatt Snider. The American was strong in his European NASCAR debut in 2019 and recently signed a contract with Richard Childress Racing for a program in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
The NASCAR Awards were the culmination of three days of celebrations for the Euro NASCAR delegation. The European group, made of drivers, team members and officials, had the unique opportunity to enjoy Rick Hendrick’s private car collection and his NASCAR workshop hosting mythic teams # 48 - 24 - 9 and 88. The delegation then visited the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the home of the popular Coca-Cola 600 and Roval races before enjoying a unique party at the NASCAR Hall Of Fame.
After the winter break, the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season will kick off on April 25-26 in Valencia, Spain. The new season will for sure provide another epic battle for all the Euro NASCAR titles and Trophies and the honour to be rewarded at the NASCAR Hall Of Fame.
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The best DIRTcar racers in the Northeast were honored Saturday night at the annual DIRTcar Night of Champions after a season where fans were treated to one of the closest Super DIRTcar Series championship battles of all time.
More than $212,000 in cash and awards was handed out to nearly 100 drivers across four series as well as the four divisions of DIRTcar Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship.
Mat Williamson outran Matt Sheppard in the final two races of the season to become the Super DIRTcar Series’ first Canadian champion. As Sheppard put it, it’s the consistency that wins championships.
Williamson — piloting the No. 88 Buzz Chew Bicknell chassis Big Block Modified and his family-owned No 6 — was up front all year, but it wasn’t until a Friday the 13th in the Duel at the Demon 100 at Brewerton Speedway when Williamson would finally break out. He went back-to-back with wins at Brewerton and Mohawk Int’l Raceway, and then one month later picked up his final and most memorable checkered flag of 2019. He cemented his place in Super DIRTcar Series history by picking up the victory at NAPA Super DIRT Week’s Billy Whittaker Cars 200.
Those late-season wins catapulted the 28-year-old St. Catharines, Ontario, driver to new heights. Williamson is a champion in every way, but while nothing could shake him up en route to winning the title, getting on stage in front of his team, crew, family and competitors made for too much emotion to hold back.
“First things first is that I am really nervous to be up here right now,” Williamson said. “This is my whole dream to be up here, but I didn’t think it would happen at this age. I looked up to Billy [Decker], Matt [Sheppard], and Brett [Hearn] and everyone who has done this, who I watched growing up.”
Williamson split his time between two cars. The Buzz Chew Racing No. 88 competed in the US races while the family-owned No. 6 took on a majority of the Canadian tracks.
“It says a lot about the super team that we have behind us,” Williamson said. “The guys work so hard and put in so much preparation going into it. Everybody that’s behind me elevates my level and make me better. The preparation of both cars was second to none. It also says a lot of Billy the Kid engines. It’s one hell of a motor to finish every race and every lap.”
Family is extremely important in racing and the Super DIRTcar Series is no exception.
“I have to thank my family,” Williamson said. “My Mom and Dad for getting me to this point in life, to build me into the man today and my girlfriend. She sticks by me.”
For the first time in four years, Sheppard was interviewed by Shane Andrews not as Series champion but as runner-up. It last happened in 2014 when Super Matt fell to Billy Decker.
“This feels a little weird,” Sheppard said with a smile on stage with Andrews. Sheppard congratulated Williamson and his team. Although the No. 9s fell short of another championship, Sheppard led the Series in wins with nine.
Decker, of Unadilla, NY, rounded out the top three. Decker bookended the season with a DIRTcar Nationals win at Volusia Speedway Park in the first race of the season, and then capped off 2019 by winning the finale at the Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Decker’s consistency was also key as he only finished outside of the top 10 on three occasions.
Ryan Godown, from Ringoes, NJ, was voted Rookie of the Year as the highest finishing rookie in the points standings. Godown’s best finish came at the Orange County Fair Speedway where he crossed the line in second place to pick up a guaranteed start at NAPA Super DIRT Week.
Fifth-place finisher Erick Rudolph was awarded the KSE Hard Charger of the Year Award. The No. 25R made up the most positions four times throughout the 2019 Super DIRTcar Series season.
Despite finishing fifth in Super DIRTcar Series points after his championship run in 2018, Rudolph still put together a tremendously successful year. Rudolph took his DIRTcar 358 Modified program to the highest reaches in 2019, scoring the overall DIRTcar 358 Modified Series title plus Track Championships at Ransomville Speedway and Utica-Rome Speedway.
“I can’t believe how blessed I am to be able to do what I do here,” Rudolph said. “I am extremely thankful for the opportunities that I have and hope to keep doing the same in the future. I gotta thank my car owners, my sponsors and everyone in my group. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to do what I am doing today.”
No one can deny how good Kevin Root is in his DIRTcar Sportsman Modified. For the second year in a row, Root scored the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series championship. After claiming the Central Region championship, Root went on to have a fantastic NAPA Super DIRT Week in five nights straight of competition cement his second crown.
At the banquet, Root noted that with his current resume he’s, “open to job offers.”
Root’s son, Nicholas, was awarded the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Crew Chief award and took home an eagle for himself. Hopefully, Dad will give him some room on the mantle.
C.D. Beauchamp has a new nickname. According to banquet host Shane Andrews, C.D. can only stand for one thing: Championship Driver. Beauchamp took his slick No. 88x to the top and brought the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series championship home to Quebec.
In addition to the four series champions, weekly racers were also honored. Matt Sheppard in the Big Block Modified class, Mat Williamson in the 358 Modified division, Brad Rouse in Sportsman and Josh Coonradt in Pro Stocks were all honored for their Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship titles.
“Amazing season. Amazing team,” said Beauchamp. “They do so much for me and everyone is just amazing. They give me a good car every race. I’m just the driver, they do all the hard work. This is a family operation.”
Stay tuned to SuperDIRTcarSeries.com and DIRTcar.com as the 2020 season comes together. As always, make plans to escape the winter by coming to the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford Feb. 4-15 at Volusia Speedway Park near Daytona Beach, FL.
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After Record-Breaking Year, De Angelis Hopes to Continue Trend of Previous Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Champions26 Nov 2019 Written by Adam Sinclair
Harley-Davidson announced today a major increase in their support of American Flat Track’s AFT Production Twins class. For the first time ever, authorized Harley-Davidson dealerships will now have the race-proven XG750R available for purchase, ensuring that more competitors will field these race-winning machines during the 2020 American Flat Track season. To support the racing efforts of Harley-Davidson-mounted riders in the class, the Milwaukee-based marque has also posted a $250,000 contingency package.
“As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Harley-Davidson XR750 next season, this expanded pledge of support shows our lasting commitment to the sport of flat track,” said Jon Bekefy, GM of Brand Marketing for Harley-Davidson. “Harley-Davidson dealerships fielding the XG750R will provide an opportunity for our community to rally behind this great American sport.”
Harley-Davidson has been synonymous with flat track racing since the inception of the sport. Throughout the golden era of pro flat track, powerhouse Harley-Davidson dealerships from around the country scored hundreds of wins aboard the legendary XR750. Moments of brilliance during the 2019 AFT Production Twins season hearkened back to that golden era, as Dalton Gauthier and James Rispoli made consistent podium appearances and scored two wins aboard a privateer XG750R backed by Black Hills Harley-Davidson.
With $7,500 awarded to XG750R riders for each AFT Production Twins race win plus a $25,000 championship bonus on the line, the contingency package offered by Harley-Davidson is sure to heat up the on-track action next season. A total of $15,000 will be up for grabs to XG750R riders at each AFT Production Twins round in 2020, broken down as follows:
As America's Original Extreme Sport continues its meteoric rise, the availability of the XG750R and Harley-Davidson's banner contingency offering will set the stage for a renaissance movement of dealer-backed privateers contesting for AFT championships in 2020.
"We are delighted with this latest initiative from Harley-Davidson," said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. "This represents the latest in a long line of Harley-Davidson's investment in our sport and it opens up a great opportunity for dealer teams and aspiring riders to challenge in our rapidly growing sport."
American Flat Track will kick off its highly-anticipated 2020 season with the first-ever Saturday of Speed featuring the DAYTONA 200 and DAYTONA TT Doubleheader at Daytona International Speedway. It all kicks off at the peak of Daytona Bike Week on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Tickets start at just $35 online and are available for purchase now at www.americanflattrack.com.
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The Western Conference 2020 SCCA® U.S. Majors Tour® competition calendar has been released. Six different venues will host Western Conference events this year for a total of 12 races. The season again opens in Southern California in January and travels up the Pacific Coast over five months to finish in Washington.
Half of the six events will be three-day weekends. Two events on the Western Conference schedule are Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour series dates, with those events being at Buttonwillow Raceway Park and Portland International Raceway. Competitors should be aware, however, that the annual Buttonwillow Raceway Park event has been moved up from April to February.
As always, the calendar below is subject to change, but the current 2020 U.S. Majors Tour Western Conference schedule is comprised of the following:
- January 24-26: Auto Club Speedway; Fontana, California
- February 21-23: Buttonwillow Raceway Park; Buttonwillow, California
- March 21-22: Willow Springs Raceway; Rosamond, California
- April 3-5: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca; Salinas, California
- May 16-17: Portland International Raceway; Portland, Oregon
- May 23-24: Pacific Raceways; Kent, Washington
Schedules for other SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Conferences will be published as they are finalized. Only SCCA Full Competition and SCCA Pro Racing License holders may register for U.S. Majors Tour or Hoosier Super Tour events. Again this year, both the U.S. Majors Tour and Hoosier Super Tour serve as pathways to the 2020 SCCA National Championship Runoffs® being held at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
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 115 Regions and subsidiary divisions. Much of the SCCA’s activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Hagerty, the Official Insurance Partner of SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products 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.
Photo: Portland International Raceway’s challenging circuit is part of the 2020 U.S. Majors Tour Western Conf. schedule.
Photo Credit: Doug Berger
Mercedes ace Dominik Hofmann took his second win of the season ahead of Roy Arnouts and Philip Wauters. “It was important to get well through the first stint on the softs. After the stop, Roy got a bit stuck in traffic, on which I could capitalize and pull away. Following the second pitstop, I controlled the field”, Hofmann analysed, who now leads the championship after two rounds with the points maximum. Behind the Austrian, Red Bull Racing driver Roy Arnouts came runner-up. “The pace was good, but Dominik was too quick today. Only in the final laps, I was lacking grip massively on the rear tires. And you always get a time penalty in Canada, no matter what you do, which makes winning really tough“, said the Dutchman, who had led until the first series of pitstops.
The battle for the final spot on the podium was extremely tight. Philip Wauters (Toro Rosso) and Sven Knöller (Williams) switched positions numerous times throughout the race and in the dying seconds also Tim Palm in the second Red Bull, who had lost a lot of time in the pits, joined the duo. Eventually, Wauters rather surprisingly secured third place and was thus delighted saying: “It was a close fight with Sven (Knöller), exciting, but always fair. This result gives me a boost for the next races.” Title c- favourite Palm was pretty unhappy about losing ground in the championship. “P5 is certainly not, what I had hoped for. That was simply a bad drive from my side and must not happen again.”
For Dani Alves, the weekend was a true rollercoaster ride. First, the Portugese booked Pole Position in the closest qualifying in eF1 Championship history by lapping the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 1:07.438 minutes, two thousands of a second faster than Arnouts. At the end, the Top 7 were less than five tenths apart. In the race, however, Alves was very unlucky suffering a bad pitstop and then kissing the concrete wall with his Williams. Jonathan Klose (Renault) was the best Rookie crossing the line on P6.
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Lucas Oil Products Inc., the American-based manufacturer and distributor of additives and lubricants, is helping Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) raise awareness for the annual Giving Tuesday global fundraiser. The fundraiser takes place on the National Day of Giving (December 3rd), and is centered around encouraging people to give back to important issues that better one’s local community.
Having grown up in the Loma Linda area, Lucas Oil employee Greg Cozzo is familiar with the quality health care LLUCH provides the community. Greg, a member of the Activation and Promotions team, often finds himself back at LLUCH to coordinate hospital visits with Lucas Off Road Drivers and the hospital’s younger patients. Thanks to these hospital visits, Greg was able to meet Emmanuel.
NASCAR announced today several leadership promotions across its Sales and Partnership Marketing operations. Frank Kelleher has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer. Additionally, Michelle Byron and Jeff Wohlschlaeger have both been promoted to Vice President, Partnership Marketing.
Kelleher will oversee a team responsible for business strategy and revenue generation across the sanctioning body and its 14 motorsports entertainment facilities. In his new role, he will lead a sales force comprised of two critical business areas, partnership and media sales. Kelleher, a 16-year veteran with International Speedway Corporation, will assume the role of NASCAR Chief Sales Officer, which was previously held by Jon Tuck, who has left the company to pursue other opportunities. Kelleher will continue to report into Daryl Wolfe, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations and Sales Officer and will be based in Daytona Beach, Fla.
“As collaboration becomes increasingly important across our sport, Kelleher’s industry knowledge and strength in creating lasting relationships has proven to be a valuable asset throughout his career,” said Wolfe. “Frank has taken a leading role in delivering strategic sponsorships across our entire ecosystem and we are excited to have him lead our sales operation during this important time for our sport.”
In their elevated roles, both Byron and Wohlschlaeger will oversee a team that is responsible for managing and delivering value to the wide-ranging number of brands invested across the sanctioning body and its track facilities. Byron has been with NASCAR for nearly 20 years and has been accountable for managing a team focused on driving value for Official Partners such as Axalta, Chevrolet and Mobil 1. She has been instrumental in developing key partner initiatives including retail programs, live fan events and national promotions. Wohlschlaeger has more than 25 years of sports industry experience spanning across the Chicago Bulls and NASCAR. Most recently, Wohlschlaeger was responsible for delivering value for entitlement partners Monster Energy, Xfinity and Gander Outdoors, implementing strategies that helped strengthen and differentiate each series. Both will report into Jill Gregory, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Byron will be based in Charlotte, NC and Wohlschlaeger will be based in Daytona Beach, Fla.
“Sponsorship is the lifeblood of our sport and delivering value to our partners will always be a primary area of focus for our organization,” said Gregory, “Michelle and Jeff bring a wealth of experience and established industry relationships that will help our partners navigate our ecosystem and maximize their return on investment.”