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Former NASCAR Cup Series Driver and long-time Rev Racing Crew Chief, Mark Green, was inducted into the 2018 Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction, on November 3. The 11th Annual Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took place at the Owensboro Science and History Museum’s Speedzeum, which serves as home to the Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame. Green was honored along side both his brothers, David and Jeff, as well as Nicky Haden, Micheal Waltrip, Neil Tyler, Bill Clary, Jack Boggs and Tim Banks.
 
“Being honored by your home town and state, is very exciting and humbling for me,” said Green. “What an honor to be mentioned with such influential people from my past and present.”
 
Green began his racing career in 1973, racing go-karts in the Southern Indiana Racing Association. During his tenure, he won six consecutive championships. He then moved on to the late model division at several local speedways. Tracks where he competed included Nashville Speedway USA, Beech Bend Raceway, and Kentucky Motor Speedway. From 1988 to 1991, he also competed in the All-American Challenge Series. In 1993, he won 16 of 20 races at Beech Bend and won the track championships there, from 1991 to 1993. Green ran over 318 races in the NASCAR Busch Series, the current NASCAR Xfinity Series, garnering over 15 top-10s. Green semi-retired in 2011, joining Rev Racing full-time in 2012.
 
Green has brought unmentionable impact to the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program and to the young drivers in development at Rev Racing over the last 7 years. Green has always served as a tremendous resource for the team, sharing his vast knowledge of tracks and driver handling. Owner of Rev Racing, Max Siegel, promoted Green to the Director of Driver Development in the beginning of November.
 
“The drive for Mark Green’s promotion, to head up our driver development bolsters Rev Racing’s program as the leader in driver and pit crew development,” said Max Siegel, owner of Rev Racing. “Rev Racing’s drivers and NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program are the beneficiaries of one of NASCAR’s most experienced and accomplished talents in the sport.”
 
Green will be leading the driver development of the selected NASCAR Drive for Diversity drivers, providing guidance, safety considerations, and track preparation, all while fostering an encouraging learning environment.
 
“Being named head of driver development takes me back to my passion, which is the driving part of the sport,” said Green. “I look forward to working with our drivers and stepping up our overall performance at Rev Racing.”
 
Rev Racing is set to announce their new driver class before the years-end, with Green preparing the team for the season-opener in February of 2019.
 

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The first session of the 2019 Drivers Recruitment Program took place at Fontenay Le Comte, France on November 8-9. In two days of testing, 13 new drivers from 6 different countries took the wheel of a Euro NASCAR car for the first time: Alvaro Bajo, Romain Boeckler, Ben Creanor, Callum Cripps, Alexandru Cascatău, Aidan Hills, Arne Hoffmeister, Scott Jeffs, Alain Mosqueron, Thijmen Nabuurs, Alex Nevill, Romain Tamburrino and Jon Watt.

The drivers selected for the French test worked under the guidance of the NWES organization and ELITE 1 competitors Alex Sedgwick and Lucas Lasserre, completing several runs both in wet and dry conditions. They all unanimously praised the unique character of the Euro NASCAR car and the support received from NWES.

“It has always been an ambition of mine to drive a NASCAR, so the Recruitment Day gave me a great chance to sample a childhood dream. The cars are brilliant, and admittedly better than I thought they would be,” said Alex Nevill, who recently won the MINI Challenge Cooper Am class in the UK. “The car brakes and turns a lot better than I expected, and I can honestly say it was one of the most enjoyable cars I’ve ever driven on track.”

“I had a very nice day being at the wheel of this car. It has a lot of power and grip in dry or wet conditions and it needs real driving skills to go fast. In one word, it’s pure racing. I want to thank Jérôme Galpin and his team for his presentation of the series with great shows at each meeting, Lucas Lasserre for the driving support and advice during the test and all technicians,” continued 16-year-old Romain Boeckler, who raced in the French F4 Championship in 2018.

“The car is amazing to drive, with a lot of power and torque available from a beautifully-sounding, old-school, V8 engine. However, I was most impressed by the chassis and the gearbox. Shifting is unfortunately no longer a dimension in modern racing and I really enjoyed having to heel-and-toe again in a racing car,” said Alexandru Cascatău, who drove in the BMW Clubsport Trophy 2018 in Belgium. “It felt like a pure racing car. I want to thank everyone at NWES for giving me this opportunity, I hope to see them all back on track soon!”

In addition to the new drivers experiencing Euro NASCAR for the first time, 3-time NWES Champion Ander Vilarino returned to a NASCAR cockpit for the first time since the end of 2015. The winningest driver in series history is working on a possible comeback and was extremely pleased with the car’s recent developments.

“I was thrilled to climb again in a Euro NASCAR. Some things have changed on a technical level in the car, making it faster than when I left the championship at the end of 2015, but the essence is the same: a robust car, fast and without any driver aid… pure driving. Euro NASCAR is one of the main options for next year. There’s interest in returning and the challenge would give me a lot of motivation,” said the Spaniard.

The best among the drivers taking part in the NWES Drivers Recruitment Program will receive financial support for their 2019 debut season in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. The next Drivers Recruitment Days will take place in Italy at the Autodromo di Franciacorta on December 13-14.

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For the second consecutive year, fourth time in the past five years and record-extending 23rd time, Chevrolet is the top manufacturer on the drag strip.
 
Chevy Racing was awarded the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Manufacturers Cup during the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Awards Ceremony Nov. 12 in Hollywood, California. Chevrolet first earned the award in 1966, and no other manufacturer has won it more times.
 
The Manufacturers Cup is awarded to the automobile manufacturer whose current-year models earn the most points for qualifying and category victories at NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national and Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional events. Points are awarded to entries in Funny Car, Pro Stock, Super Stock and Stock Eliminator classes, plus the School of Automotive Machinists and Technology (SAM Tech) NHRA Factory Stock Showdown series.
 
Points accumulated by Chevrolet Camaro SS and Chevrolet COPO Camaro drivers in the professional and Sportsman classes were more than triple the closest manufacturer’s total.
 
"Competition in the NHRA is fierce,” said Mark Kent, Chevrolet’s Director of Motorsports Competition. “At every NHRA event, drivers of Chevrolets in the Funny Car, Pro Stock, Super Stock and Stock classes compete for race wins and valuable manufacturer points. Chevrolet is very proud of their efforts and is truly honored to again receive the NHRA Manufacturer Cup.”
 
Overall, 14 different Chevrolet drivers amassed 34 victories in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock during the 24-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season that concluded Nov. 11 at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California. Drivers of the Chevrolet COPO Camaro contributed eight national event and nine divisional event wins in Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Stock Eliminator and Super Stock categories in addition to the SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown.
 
Tanner Gray followed up his 2017 NHRA rookie of the year season by claiming the Pro Stock title. Gray, 19, who won a class-high eight races driving the Gray Motorsports/Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro SS.
 
“Congratulations to Tanner Gray on becoming the youngest Pro Stock World Champion in NHRA history,” Kent added. “We are proud that he accomplished this behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Camaro SS.”
 
Pro Stock competitors driving the Chevrolet Camaro SS won all 24 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events. Since the integration of electronic fuel injection in the 2016 season, drivers of the Chevrolet Camaro SS have won 60 of the 62 national events. Gray (eight wins) was among 10 Chevrolet drivers – Jeg Coughlin Jr. (three), Vincent Nobile (three), Bo Butner (two), Deric Kramer (two), Chris McGaha (two), Greg Anderson (one), Jason Line (one), Erica Enders (one), Matt Hartford (one) -- who visited the winner’s circle.
 
Robert Hight, the 2017 NHRA Funny Car world champion, earned four victories in the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS and was runner-up in the standings. Courtney Force also won four races and registered a class-high 11 low-qualifier honors driving the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS.
 
Sixteen-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force, driving the PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS, added a victory to push his career total to 149. Chevrolet has amassed 133 Funny Car victories since 1967, including 53 with the Camaro body.
 
Though not contributing to Manufacturers Cup points, 2017 Top Fuel champion Brittany Force registered a victory at Houston and recorded two No. 1 qualifier honors in her Chevrolet dragster.
 
Chevrolet COPO Camaro drivers Justin Lamb, Jeff Taylor, Jeff Strickland and Thomas Fletcher posted national Stock Eliminator victories. Additionally, Stephen Bell and Arthur Kohn each won a race in the seven-event SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown in their Chevrolet COPO Camaros. Brandon Bakies recorded a Super Stock win in his COPO Camaro.
 
Lamb, driving his 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, claimed his second consecutive Super Stock championship. Brian McClanahan drove his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro to the Stock Eliminator title.
The 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series begins Feb. 8-10 with the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California.
 
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Racecars are meant to go fast. Generally, slowing down is thought to be a bad thing, but when racing on a short track like New Smyrna Speedway, brakes are essential to fast lap times and a maneuverable racecar. Cole Anderson did not have the luxury of brakes on Saturday night at the Flordia half-mile as a system failure caused him to lose brakes, but he still managed to take home the prestigious Governor's Cup win.
 
Anderson and the ATF & Gunslinger team unloaded with a quick machine for practice and proceeded to pace every session they ran, sometimes multiple tenths of a second ahead of the field. Qualifying yielded a similar result, placing the No. 97 Toyota on top of the scoring pylon once all drivers made an attempt to lay down a fast lap.
 
Traditionally, New Smyrna Speedway uses an invert in their pro late model events, and Saturday night's race was no exception. An eight-car invert was drawn, placing Cole on the outside of row four for the 100-lap contest. The setback was a quick exercise in patience for the young driver, but he patiently worked his way forward to the top three and ultimately took the lead before a quarter of the event was completed.
 
"Oh, man, the thing was was an absolute rocketship," Anderson exclaimed about his No. 97 car. "It was the best car I've ever driven at New Smyrna. We were fastest in every practice, sat on the pole, started eighth after the invert and was leading by lap 16. I was just coasting around taking it easy."
 
As Anderson strolled forward, suddenly the car's handling characteristics changed. The fastest car on the property began to falter and move around on the racetrack much to the shagrin of its driver who frantically tried to diagnose what was happening.
 
"Then the brakes went out on lap 20 and I had to limp it home the rest of the way," Cole explained with a tinge of worry still evident. "If I tried to run into the corner hard, I would've spun out instantly. Luckily, there weren't any yellows in the race which saved us. If we would've had a yellow it would've been game over for us. We think maybe a master cylinder went out because I had no front brakes, only rears."
 
Despite the ailing machine, Cole proceeded to lead the rest of the event and capture his first Governors Cup win at New Smyrna. The year-end success created a thick library of wins at the Florida half-mile, book-ended by both the World Series of Asphalt title in February and the Governor's Cup triumph this past weekend. The magnitude of the accomplishment was not lost on the Minnesota racer.
 
"Being so close last year, we really wanted to close this one out and I'm glad we did," Cole said after the race. "It's a good way to round out our season at New Smyrna considering we won so much there throughout the year. I also think we found something really good this weekend and it will only up our game for the Snowflake 100 at Pensacola in December. I can't thank Jamie and the ATF & Gunslinger guys enough for giving me such a great car every time we unloaded here this year."
 
The Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway will be Cole's final asphalt race of 2018. The race runs in conjunction with the Snowball Derby as the final prelminary event on Saturday night, December 1. For more information and the latest updates about Cole Anderson visit his website at ColeAndersonRacing.com. He can also be found on social media such as Facebook (@ColeAndersonRacing), Twitter (@Cole_Anderson97) and Instagram (@Cole_Anderson97).
 
Led by NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Mike Skinner and Andrew Franzone, Daytona Beach, Fla.-based ATF & Gunslinger participates in a variety of motorsports ventures, building unique cars, trucks and experiences while in pursuit of speed.
 
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 The ATF & Gunslinger team continued their dominance at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway on Saturday night, winning the Prelude to the Florida Governor's Cup with Cole Anderson behind the wheel. Marking the team's 12th victory of the 2018 season at their home track, the win was Anderson's ninth of the year at the half-mile oval. The team, led by NASCAR Truck Series Champion Mike Skinner and Andrew Franzone, had three additional victories at the Florida short track with Skinner visiting victory lane once and Jamie Skinner scoring an additional two wins for the team. 
 
"The ATF & Gunslinger team has had a great season, and we're proud to add to that success with another win during the prestigious Governor's Cup weekend here at New Smyrna Speedway," said Mike Skinner. "We have a talented group at ATF & Gunslinger with a proven ability to build winning racecars, and we receive such great support from Toyota in everything we do. To start out the year with a dominating performance during Speedweeks and then come back this fall to win during Governor's Cup weekend is really special. The boys have worked hard all year racing at tracks across the southeast, and we've had so much fun developing Cole [Anderson] and his skills on and off the track. He's a natural talent."
 
In a dominating performance, Anderson topped the leaderboard during practice before taking the pole position. After an eight-car invert on the start, Anderson took over the lead on lap 16 and guided the field to the checkered flag. 
 
The victory marked ATF & Gunslinger's 13th of the season, to include those by Anderson and both Skinners at New Smyrna Speedway, as well as Anderson's win at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway earlier this season. Additionally, the team has seven runner-up finishes and 31 top-five finishes in 42 starts. 
 
"It's really cool that Cole has gotten nine wins for us this year at New Smyrna Speedway, especially with it being our home track," said Franzone. "I've had fun driving in a lot of those races myself, and it's nice that I got to run with Mike and Jamie on those nights that they got their wins earlier this summer. The race cars that our team built for us have been very fast, and I'm happy with my five top-five finishes this season and finishing second in the regular season overall points battle. We've had a good run for the Drive For Hope program for Hope For The Warriors, and it's also been great to have our team qualify and race so well with all of our friends at FocusPoint Capital and those based locally here in Florida, like Dimension Capital."
 
ATF & Gunslinger will close out their 2018 race season next month, competing in the prestigious Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., with Cole Anderson behind the wheel. 
 
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For the eighth time in the last nine seasons, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will pay visit to Madison International Speedway in 2019. The 200-lap race will be held on Friday night, June 14.
 
Last year's event was the coming out party for 15-year-old Chandler Smith. The Venturini Motorsports driver started from the pole position after setting the fastest lap in qualifying, his fourth consecutive General Tire Pole Award in his first four series starts, then led 102 laps in a race that saw the lead change hands seven times on his way to his first career series victory. He won over a trio of MDM Motorsports teammates, including championship runner-up Zane Smith in second, series champion Sheldon Creed in third, and ARCA Midwest Tour Dixieland 250 winner Chase Purdy in fourth.
 
Chandler Smith's Venturini Motorsports teammate Natalie Decker, from Eagle River, Wisconsin, finished sixth, which at the time was her best career ARCA short track finish. Another VMS teammate, Toni Breidinger, finished tenth, making it the first time two female drivers finished in the top ten in an ARCA race since Talladega in 2005 when Erin Crocker and Christi Passmore finished fourth and ninth, respectively.
 
The series first visited the half-mile banked oval, located just outside of Madison, Wisconsin, in 1970. Ramo Stott scored the inaugural win, while Tom Bowsher won in 1971 and Bruce Gould scored the win in 1973. 
 
From then, the series took a 38-year hiatus from racing at the track once known as "Capital Super Speedway." The ARCA Racing Series returned to Madison for the first time since 1973 in 2011, and current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman scored the first of his six career series victories. Fellow Cup Series driver Chris Buescher won on his way to the 2012 championship, while 15-year-old Kyle Benjamin became, at the time, the series youngest winner when he won in 2013. 
 
Other winners include Justin Boston on 2014, Josh Williams in 2016, Austin Theriault won in 2017 on his way to the series championship, and Chandler Smith became the second 15-year-old to win when he scored his first career series victory in 2018.
 
Practice, qualifying and the 200-lap feature event will all be held on the same day at Madison. For complete event information, including times and ticket information, visit the track website at MISRacing.com. For complete information on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, including 2019 schedule information, visit ARCARacing.com.
 
The 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule to date (dates will be added as they are confirmed):
 
February 9: Daytona International Speedway
March 9: Five Flags Speedway
April 14: Salem Speedway
May 4: Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville
May 19: Toledo Speedway
May 31: Pocono Raceway
June 7: Michigan International Speedway
June 14: Madison International Speedway
June 22: Gateway Motorsports Park
July 13: Elko Speedway
July 19: Iowa Speedway
July 26: Pocono Raceway
August 18: Illinois State Fair
September 14: Salem Speedway 
 
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Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee, will host the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for the Music City 200 on May 4, 2019. The date is roughly a month later than previous seasons at Nashville. 

As has been the case in past years, the ARCA Racing Series race will run in conjunction with the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the Southern Super Series, and the CARS Tour which will combine to run a 100-lap super late model event on the 0.596-mile high-banked oval prior to the ARCA headliner on Saturday night. 

"We have had some really good races at Nashville over the last four years and with the move to May, we should have some warmer weather as well," said event promoter Bob Sargent of Track Enterprises. "It's one of the best doubleheader races in the country, as the best in ARCA and the top Super Late Model series all come together." 

The ARCA Racing Series has raced at Fairgrounds Speedway 27 previous times dating back to 1959 when three-time ARCA champion Nelson Stacy won. Other notable winners at the historic Fairgrounds venue include former series champions Jack Bowsher and Ramo Stott, the Alabama Gang's Red Farmer, Nashville area legend Coo Coo Marlin, and former NASCAR XFINITY Series champion David Green, who won in 1992. 

The series returned to Fairgrounds Speedway for the first time since that 1992 race in 2015 when Grant Enfinger won en route to the series championship. Other ARCA winners since the series returned include Josh Williams, Chad Finley, and last year's winner Zane Smith. 

ARCA's history in the Nashville area also includes 15 races at the now-defunct Nashville Superspeedway, a 1.3-mile concrete tri-oval that hosted races from 2001 through 2008. Notable winners at Nashville Superspeedway included two-time ARCA car owner champion Ken Schrader, ten-time series champion Frank Kimmel, former NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch, and former Formula 1 driver Scott Speed. 

The 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule to date (dates will be added as they are confirmed): 

February 9: Daytona International Speedway

March 9: Five Flags Speedway

April 14: Salem Speedway

May 4: Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville

May 19: Toledo Speedway

May 31: Pocono Raceway

June 7: Michigan International Speedway

July 19: Iowa Speedway

July 26: Pocono Raceway

August 18: Illinois State Fair

September 14: Salem Speedway

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All of Cole Anderson's yearly success at New Smyrna Speedway will be tested this weekend. The 2018 World Series of Asphalt Champion will take on the yearly Governors Cup event at New Smyrna where many of the nation's top pro late model teams and drivers gather to test their mettle and compete for the coveted prize.
 
While the Governors Cup is one of the two largest events on the track's schedule, Anderson and the ATF & Gunslinger team have tasted victory at the facility many times this season, including the season-opening World Series where the No. 97 won multiple races and claimed the overall title. The summer months were also kind to Anderson as he led the field to checkers during the hot, slick races on the half-mile. But this event is different and has the full focus of him and his team.
 
"It would be huge to win this race," Cole remarked when asked about his weekend. "Governors Cup weekend is where I had my first big race down south in 2015. This has been a bucket list event for me to win, and also for my team. To win this would mean so much to all of us and it would be a great way to end the season at New Smyrna Speedway."
 
For the No. 97 Toyota to visit victory lane, Cole will need to adapt to the changing weather conditions since the last time he raced at New Smyrna. Most racetracks tend to change handling characteristics and grip levels as the temperature, humidity and other factors vary in the atmosphere and while New Smyrna is no exception, the ATF & Gunslinger team seem to have found a magic combination no matter the circumstance.
 
"The track always seems to race the same," Anderson explained. "Everything about the racetrack doesn't seem to change for me. Maybe the speeds may slow down, but handling it all feels the same which I hope is in our favor. The only time I can really tell a major difference in the track is after tour mods have raced on it because they lay down a different type of rubber.
 
"I expect nothing less than a win," he boldly continued. "We've been really fortunate this year to have won ten out of 12 races at New Smyrna and I'd like to think we can carry that over and have a strong performance. I really believe we'll have a good shot at it."
 
Anderson's attempt will formally begin with the first practice on raceday at 1pm and qualifications at 6pm. The pro late model 100-lap feature is the third feature on track after racing begins at 7:30pm ET.
 
For more information and the latest updates about Cole Anderson visit his website at ColeAndersonRacing.com. He can also be found on social media such as Facebook (@ColeAndersonRacing), Twitter (@Cole_Anderson97) and Instagram (@Cole_Anderson97).
 
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The Bobby Labonte Foundation, founded by NASCAR champion racecar driver and High Point businessman Bobby Labonte, along with the 2018 Charity Bike Ride Title Sponsor Thomas Built Buses, donated $50,000 total to three local non-profit organizations Monday night. During a reception at the Briles House in High Point, N.C., Bobby and Kristin Labonte presented representatives from High Point LEAP, Millis Regional Health Education Center, and Ready for School, Ready for Life with their share of the proceeds from the annual Bobby Labonte Foundation Charity Bike Ride held in September.

The funds were raised through sponsorships, participant fundraising, registration fees, a VIP bike ride, cocktail party ticket sales, and a silent auction. It was a record-breaking year for the annual event, which hosted more than 250 cyclists and sold out tickets to its cocktail party and silent auction the evening before the Charity Bike Ride. The organizations receiving donations applied for grants through the Bobby Labonte Foundation earlier this year. All of the grant recipients benefit children and families in the Triad area.
 
"We are so proud of everyone involved in raising money for these organizations," said Bobby Labonte. "It was a community effort by the volunteers who organized everything, the sponsors who supported us, and the participants who fundraised and rode with us. Even the organizations receiving our grants volunteered the day of the Charity Bike Ride. Bringing everyone together to hand over the checks was the most amazing part, though."
 
Each charity has a specific project that will benefit from the grant. High Point LEAP's Boys2Men program will use the funds to address risky behaviors in boys six to 18 years old that can lead to gang involvement, low academic performance, and school suspensions. The program targets boys from fatherless homes and low-income communities, and combats those risk factors by helping participants achieve academically, develop character and leadership skills, and grow in integrity in preparation for their roles in society.
 
Millis Regional Health Education Center plans to purchase new exercise bicycles for the center's Wellness Discovery Room to help address childhood obesity and the health risks associated with obesity. Each year more than 8,000 students visit the Wellness Discovery Room to discover all the ways they can help keep their bodies healthy and strong. Future students will have a chance to try the new exercise bikes as part of an interactive lesson, teaching them how long they need to stay active every day to stay healthy.
 
Ready for School, Ready for Life will use the dollars provided by the Bobby Labonte Foundation to advance their early literacy strategy through Active Reading training, book distribution, and the expansion of the LENA Start program, which helps parents develop interactive talking habits with their children and provides parents with powerful resources. Ready for School, Ready for Life works with 60+ agencies/organizations across Guilford County to help ensure children arrive in Kindergarten ready for school.
 
This is the first year Thomas Built Buses partnered with the Bobby Labonte Foundation to become the title sponsor of the Charity Bike Ride. The company hosted a kid's bike build to kick off the week's events, where employees teamed up with Labonte and U.S. National Champion Cyclist Freddie Rodriguez to build more than 80 bikes for underprivileged children at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater High Point and the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of High Point.
 
"The outpouring of support from our community and from within Thomas Built Buses has exceeded our expectations," said Caley Edgerly, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses. "We are grateful to everyone who has given to this worthy cause and are humbled to be a part of it. We appreciate the Bobby Labonte Foundation for partnering with us and giving us an opportunity to make such a significant impact for these three organizations and within our own community."
 
During the grant presentation, both local Boys & Girls Clubs received a surprise donation of $2,500 each. For more information about the Bobby Labonte Foundation, or the Charity Bike Ride, visit bobbylabontefoundation.org.

Hundreds of International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit SuperSeries track champions, along with Summit Team Finals divisional champions from around the United States, Canada and Aruba, gathered at Memphis International Raceway Oct. 19-20 for the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals.


Representing nearly 100 IHRA-sanctioned tracks, drivers traveled from all over North America and Canada, coming from as far north as Palmer, Alaska making the nearly 4,000-mile trek and as far south as Oranjestad, Aruba, to the largest and most prestigious bracket racing championship in drag racing.
The IHRA Summit SuperSeries champions were crowned Saturday in Top (Box), Mod (No Box) and Junior Dragster. The $200,000 program is the championship competition for IHRA member Sportsman racers and more than 8,000 racers compete in the program annually.


Dale Scates from Center, Texas representing Pine Valley Dragway won the Top World Championship. Toby Daniels from Barbourville, Ky., representing London Dragway captured the Mod World Championship. Kyla Feit from Wisconsin Rapid, Wis. Representing Great Lakes Dragway won the Junior Dragster crown.


Scates defeated Dale Foss from Wickliffe, Ohio representing Dragway 42 in the Top finals with a .021-reaction time, 5.07-second run at 124.33 mph.


His championship package included $20,000 from Summit Racing Equipment, a seven-night/eight-day vacation for two on the island of Aruba courtesy of Around Aruba Tours, a world championship diamond ring, and a world championship Ironman Trophy.
Daniels, had a 6.843-second pass at 100.13 mph to claim the Mod World Championship. Aaron Brock from Pageland, S.C., representing Darlington Dragway was the runner-up.

 
Daniels also won $20,000 from Summit Racing Equipment, a seven-night/eight-day vacation for two on the island of Aruba, a world championship diamond ring, and of course, a world championship Ironman Trophy.
Feit went down the track in 7.897 seconds at 81.97 mph against a 7.90 dial-in.


With the World Championship, Feit won a custom-built IHRA Junior Dragster built by American Race Cars featuring a custom paint scheme from Imagine That Customs, Computech Data Maxx Jr. data logger, $3,000 from Summit Racing Equipment as well as the world championship Ironman Trophy and diamond ring.


Summit SuperSeries Final Eliminations Results – 1/8 mile:  
Summit SuperSeries Top (Box): Dale Scates, Center, Texas, 5.072 secs. at 124.35 mph (.021 rt) - defeated Dale Foss, Wickliffe, Ohio, 4.520 secs. at 150.23 mph (.023 rt)
Summit SuperSeries Modified (No Box): Toby Daniels, Barbourville, Ky., 6.843 secs. at 100.13 mph (.012 rt) - defeated Aaron Brock, Pageland, S.C., 6.918 secs. at 86.01 mph (.045 rt)
Summit SuperSeries Junior Dragster: Kyla Feit, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., 7.897 secs. at 81.97 mph (.23 rt) - defeated Chance Turman, Thorndale, Texas, 22.432 secs at 32.25 mph (-.096 rt)
 
Champions of the Summit SuperSeries Awards:
Top (Box) and Mod (No Box) Champion Awards:
$20,000 from Summit Racing Equipment
Aruba Vacation for Two: Seven-night/eight-day trip for two people; includes airfare, car rental, island tour, hotel and dinner/lunch packages courtesy of Around Aruba Tours, El Gaucho Restaurant, Tropicana Resorts, More 4 Less car rentals and the crew of Don Flip Racing Team.
IHRA Gold Card
World Champion Ironman Trophy
World Champion Diamond Ring

Junior Dragster Champion Awards:
Custom-built Junior Dragster by American Race Cars featuring custom paint scheme from Imagine That Customs, and Computech Data Maxx Jr. Data Logger
$3,000 from Summit Racing Equipment
IHRA Gold Card
World Champion Ironman Trophy
World Champion Diamond Ring

The United States Auto Club (USAC) announced its USAC.25 Series (quarter midgets) season-opening event will be held at Daytona International Speedway (DIS), Feb. 7-10, 2019.

This will be the second visit for the USAC.25 series at the historic and world-renowned motorsports facility. A 1/20th of a mile long tri-oval racetrack will once again be temporarily constructed on a paved section inside DIS. 

“For the second straight year, the USAC.25 national season will begin at the ‘World Center of Racing.’ The inaugural event was a huge hit for both competitors, their families and fans,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. “We’re excited to welcome them back and showcase quarter midget racers on motorsports’ biggest stage right alongside the stars of NASCAR.”

There are over 40 USAC.25 clubs located nationwide. Thousands of kids ages 5 and up and their families participate in the USAC-sanctioned quarter midget series. Some notable quarter midget graduates include NASCAR stars Jeff Gordon, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Alex Bowman along with IndyCar drivers Sarah Fisher, Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt.

“One of our primary goals for the USAC.25 series is that we offer the kids an experience unfound anywhere else in motorsports,” said Kevin Miller, President of USAC. “We want to assure that the investment in time and money the families are making will provide memories that last a lifetime. Our families and competitors talked about their time at Daytona all throughout our 2018 season and hoped for the opportunity to go back in 2019. We are thrilled to be able kick off our USAC.25 national season at Daytona International Speedway again and allow even more of our drivers, their families and friends the experience to visit and race where all the greatest drivers in motorsports have competed.”

Since 1956, United States Auto Club (USAC) has proven itself as being the most diversified motorsports sanctioning body in the world. It is the official sanctioning body of many of today’s largest racing series including its own suite of circle track series in Sprint, Silver Crown, Midget, Micro  and .25 Midget racing (quarter midgets), Pirelli World Challenge, American Rally Association, International Snowmobile Racing, Robby Gordon Stadium Trucks, Radical Racing, Ultra 4 Racing, Formula Race Promotions and Karting. USAC has over 15,000 competitors racing at more than 500 sanctioned events globally.

Tickets for DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth events – including the 61st annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 17 – can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

 

DIS offers a three-day infield/frontstretch seating/UNOH Fanzone ticket for $85 valid for the first weekend of activities on Feb. 8-10, which features the Advance Auto Parts Clash, DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger and the Lucas Oil 200 Driven By General Tire.

 

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on TwitterFacebookInstagramPinterestYouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.

 

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