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Mark Green, 2018 Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Famer, named Rev Racing; Director of Driver Development13 Nov 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
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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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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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.
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.
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