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Toni Breidinger’s quickly growing stock car schedule will include a full-time campaign in Madera Speedway’s MAVTV-televised Pro Late Models, the 19 year-old announced today. Breidinger will drive the #21 Chevrolet for Naake-Klauer Motorsports as USAC’s all-time winningest female continues to move up the stock car ranks.
Her 2019 season will see a combination of nine races on the West Coast for Naake-Klauer Motorsports and nearly a dozen races on the East Coast for GMS Racing. She is slated to be a 2020 member of Driver’s Edge Development as well. She will also compete in her family owned Midget for the POWRI/BCRA Series at Madera, also televised.
Breidinger holds her place in the USAC history books with 19 pavement victories. She was the runner-up in the 2014 and 2015 USAC Western US Midget Series pavement standings before winning the championship in 2016.
In 2018, she made three starts in the ARCA Menards Series with one top-ten finish. Breidinger added a mix of Midget, USAC Silver Crown, and Pro Late Model appearances on top of that. Her best Pro Late Model finish to date was a fourth place effort at Roseville’s All American Speedway in November. She was also a finalist for competition in the W Series as well.
Naake-Klauer Motorsports is one of the most successful programs in the Western United States, led by owner Mike Naake. Their resume includes two Jr. Late Model championships at Madera with nearly 10 Jr. Late Model wins. They also earned the Rookie of the Year in the Pro Late Model division in 2018.
“Competing with a championship-caliber team like Naake-Klauer Motorsports is a great opportunity for me,” Breidinger said. “Their preparation level is second to none and their success with working with young drivers is well documented. I feel like I have all the tools I need to improve and succeed this season.”
Major events at Madera include the $5,000 to win Summer Speed Fest in July and the $10,000 to Short Track Shootout in October. The series averages more than 30 entries per event with all nine races aired on a tape-delay basis on MAVTV.
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2019 Tentative Schedule:
4/6 Pro Late Model at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
4/13 PRA Tour at Orange County Speedway (Rougemont, NC)
4/27 Pro Late Model at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
5/4 Midget at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
5/11 PRA Tour Caraway Speedway (Sophia, NC)
5/18 CARS Tour at Motor Mile Speedway (Dublin, VA)
5/25 Pro Late Model at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
6/1 CARS Tour at Bristol Speedway (Bristol, TN)
6/29 Pro Late Model at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
7/13 Midget at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
7/27 Pro Late Model at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
8/3 CARS Tour at Hickory Speedway (Hickory, NC)
8/10 Midget at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
8/24 Pro Late Model at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
9/7 Speed 51 / USAC Silver Crown at Lucas Oil Raceway (Brownsburg, IN)
9/14 Midget at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
9/21 Pro Late Model at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
10/5 Pro Late Model at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
10/22 PRA Tour at Hickory Speedway (Hickory, NC)
11/2 CARS Tour at South Boston Speedway (Halifax County, VA)
11/9 North/South Shootout at Hickory Speedway (Hickory, NC)
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The award-winning Eberle Winery has been named the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame’s official vintner.
The Paso Robles, Calif. winery, which received the prestigious Robert Mondavi Hospitality Award in early March, will provide a selection of its finest vintages to dinner guests at the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame’s June 20 induction ceremonies, presented by Gateway Motorsports Park, at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif.
“The Hall is extremely pleased to welcome aboard Eberle, not only a fine vintner based in a beautiful part of California but wonderful people to partner with us as they become the Official Wine of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame,” said Ken Clapp, West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame chairman and CEO. “We look forward to a long and tasteful relationship with Eberle.”
“On our end,” says winery owner Gary Eberle, “this was a fantastic opportunity to get our wines in front of an audience that represents some of the best names in stock car racing. We strive to be the best in our industry and we know members of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame have that same passion as well.”
Eberle, established in 1979, is a family-owned business headed by Gary Eberle, a Pittsburgh-area native and onetime defensive football star at Penn State University. He holds degrees from Penn State and Louisiana State University, awards as a National Science Fellow and an enology doctorate from University of California Davis.
The Estrella River winery and tasting room was the first from San Luis Obispo County to distribute nationally. Eberle also was the first to produce a 100 percent Syrah in the United States. Wine Spectator magazine proclaimed him as the “Johnny Appleseed of Syrah” in the 1990s as virtually all of the Syrah grown in the U.S. come from Eberle’s cuttings.
Eberle offers an array of limited production wines including: Chardonnay, Viognier, Cotes-du-Robles Blanc, Muscat Canelli, Zinfandel, Syrah, Cotes-du-Robles Rouge and its flagship, Cabernet Sauvignon. Its tasting room located on Highway 46 east of Paso Robles, continues to offer no charge sampling to its guests.
The winery can be found on the Internet and at Instagram at eberlewinery.com. Follow on Twitter @EberleBoar. Eberle’s telephone number is 805-238-9607.
June’s West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame inductions are the 16th to be held since the organization’s creation in 2001. Its six announced enshrinees are NASCAR team owners Gary Bechtel and Bob Bruncati; Joe Gibbs Racing President J.D. Gibbs; four-time NASCAR premier series champion Jeff Gordon; NASCAR weekly series national champion Doug McCoun and NASCAR K&N Pro Series champion Eric Norris.
An additional five Heritage inductees – industry figures from the pre-1971 era – will be announced in early April. The induction ceremonies kick off the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West weekend at nearby Sonoma Raceway.
For additional information about the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, please visit WestCoastStockCarHallofFame.
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Tire selection, turns of fortune, traffic and treacherous weather all shaped the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli Round 2 into a plot-twisting tale of two races in the TA and SuperGT (SGT) class event at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on Sunday.
The 40-lap race ran under green flag conditions from start to finish, with the race featuring variable track conditions, three TA class lead changes, and four different SGT class leaders, including one who established a 30-second margin on the field early in the going as Road Atlanta played host to another dramatic chapter of Trans Am competition.
But after a dynamic race, it was a penultimate lap overtake that saw Lawrence Loshak capture the TA class win, driving his No. 3 Pennzoil/Elavon/GoShare Chevrolet Camaro to nearly a five second victory over his Burtin Racing teammate Tomy Drissi. Drissi, who led the race for 13 laps, recovered from a late off-track excursion to take second.
Three-time Road Atlanta winner Amy Ruman displayed her experience on the 2.54, 12-turn road course and crafted an advantage as she waited to make her move for a podium finish. Chris Dyson and Simon Gregg rounded out the TA top-five.
Due to the inclement weather and variable track conditions the opening TA/SGT races started with a rolling single-file start. Loshak started from pole and was immediately locked in battle with 2018 Trans Am champion Ernie Francis Jr. The duel was called off after Francis was forced to pit lane to sort out a malfunctioning taillight before returning to action two laps down.
With Francis pushed to the back of the field, the focus shifted to Loshak, Drissi and Dyson. Using lapped traffic to his advantage, Drissi stole position from Loshak, pulling away with a 1.21 second advantage. Meanwhile, Dyson in third, continued to set fast laps of the race, chopping away at Drissi and Loshak’s lead.
“This was the hardest race I’ve done in a long time,” said Loshak. “All I kept thinking was 100 miles, Lawrence, 100 miles. I used to do the rain dance and loved racing in the rain in other series, but I am a bit inexperienced in wet conditions with these Trans Am cars. We started on Pirelli slicks, looking for a rain line but with the Esses, the streams and the cold temperatures, we were having trouble getting grip. It was treacherous. But, as the track started drying, I had an incredible battle with my teammate. Traffic played a huge factor in us exchanging the lead back and forth. In the end though it was a one-two finish for Burtin Racing, and that’s all that matters.”
Loshak paid back Drissi, using the lapped traffic and a rear bump to his advantage to make an inside pass, seizing the lead back from the No. 8 XMEN: Dark Phoenix Chevrolet Camaro.
“Lawrence Loshak and I are so evenly matched, and we were just on each other the whole race,” Drissi said. “Going down the hill to the Esses, there was a Viper and we were coming so fast that I had to check up. I came back after him, and with two laps to go, I had another run on him but I was pushing so hard I went off. It’s tough coming down that hill in Turn 12, and it was still a little slippery, so he had to check up. If it weren’t for that, I know I would have gotten into him. I would have put both of us out, so I avoided him, went off, came back on and finished second. I didn’t have a good Sebring race, so I needed a good points today.”
With a broken axel, Dyson tried to hold onto third place, but just as the white flag dropped, he retired to the pits.
“I was taking it easy early in the race,” said Dyson. “Once I actually saw it start to dry up, I felt like I could start pushing, but I didn’t want to over pressure the Pirelli tires. I kept accelerating and braking gently so that I didn’t put a lot of side load into it. I started working the car harder and we started making big gains. But on two occasions when we were charging, we got held up in traffic. Then the axel broke, so we lost drive, and inevitably couldn’t finish the race.”
Hanging behind Dyson, Ruman saw her chance to claim the last step on the podium.
“I’m pretty pleased with our result today,” said Ruman. “We were a little far back, but at least we captured a third. Our game plan was not to make any mistakes at the beginning, because we knew it was going to dry out at the end, and hopefully, we would be there. I wish it could have been sunny so fans could see what everybody had, but we’ll take a solid third today for good points. I love Road Atlanta. I’ve had success here, three wins and lots of podiums. This track is busy but it’s challenging, and if you have a good car, it can be really fast. But if you have a bad car, it can be treacherous.”
The SGT class, which features a wide range of entries including several Porsche 911 Cup cars, a Dodge Viper, and Ford Mustangs, found itself at a significant advantage early in the race as the field made the most of the grip on offer from the rain-specification Pirelli tires.
But it was a choice of dry tires for fifth place starting Brian Kleeman that saw him secure his first win in the SGT class. Fall Line Racing’s Mark Boden finished the SGT round in second and Lee Saunders wrapped up the SGT podium as a pair of Porsche 991 GT3 drivers Milton Grant and Tom Herb completed the top-five.
Boden got an outstanding start to the race, moving the overall lead and creating a significant gap to the field with his Pirelli rain tire selection. On Lap 19, Aaron Pierce passed Boden for not only first place in the SGT race but for the overall lead. Boden continued to charge the way but as the track dried his tires began to fall off, losing the momentum he built up in the rain. Boden eventually pitted to change to Pirelli slicks.
“We don’t have the fastest car out there - and we know that - so we had to do it all on strategy today,” said Kleeman. “We threw the dice and I think we were the only ones out there on slicks. It was as absolutely a handful at the beginning and we fell way back. It was pretty treacherous, but once it started to dry out, we knew we had to click off the laps and close the gap, hoping those guys came in for tires - which they did. At that point, it was just a matter of staying in front and just holding on. By the end, it was pretty much a dry race. ”
“Everybody out there was pretty good, and at the end of the day, the TA guys had to brake so early,” said Boden. “More than the moisture, it was the track temperature. You mix that with cold weather, and that tire is not going to come up (to temp). Our error was we should have come in three laps earlier. We were hoping for the yellow so we could do a quick tire change and get out. Pitting under green really hurts you. It was fun, the Pirelli tires were just excellent and if we had a little more rain, we could have gotten the overall victory!”
The inside overtake on Drissi for the TA lead, yielded Loshak the CoolShirt ‘Cool Move of the Race.’ Kerry Hitt won the Masters award in the TA class following a ninth-place finish in the No. 19 Advanced Composite Products Inc. Cadillac CTSV. Milton Grant won the award in SGT, placing fourth in the No. 55 SentrySelfStorage/Fairfield Inn Porsche 991 GT3 Cup.
In what turned out to be a three-lap shootout to the checkered flag, defending TA2 powered by AEM champion Rafa Matos wheeled the No. 88 3Dimensional Services Group Chevrolet Camaro to his second consecutive victory at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli TA2 class on Sunday. The win marks the second for the Brazilian driver this season as the 2018 champion targets a second title.
Driving the No. 40 Prefix Stevens-Miller Racing Dodge Challenger, Marc Miller claimed his second runner up result of the season, with Dillon Machavern in the No. 77 Liqui-Moly Prefix Ford Mustang completing the podium in third.
All three (Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford) manufacturers were represented on the TA2 podium.
Matos took the lead early in the 100-mile, 40 lap TA2 race, edging out pole-sitter Misha Goikhberg by the fifth lap. Battling for a podium position, Goikhberg was shuffled off track in Turn 1, moving the Canadian driver back to mid-field. Matos produced faster times each lap as his Pirelli tires got up to temperature, building a sizeable 3.116-second gap over second. However, a yellow flag caused by a car off in Turn 4 grouped the field back together behind the safety car.
“It was crazy near the end with the restarts,” said Matos. “Every restart was a struggle and Marc (Miller) has a very fast car in a straight line. I held him off and I was able to build a gap. I could keep in front of him, but it was very difficult because of his straight-line speed. He had a really good jump going down the hill, and it was not easy to hold him off for the win. My 3Dimensional Services team did an amazing job again this weekend, this is for them!”
Miller challenged Matos on the restart, but his run ended prematurely when another yellow flag slowed the field. Fresh off the second restart, Machavern packed in behind Miller and Matos before a third full-course yellow was called to retrieve a stranded car.
“We were struggling a little bit with pace at the start of the race, but the car seemed to come to me after it cooled down during the first caution,” Machavern said. “Then I was in really good shape behind Marc (Miller) and Rafa (Matos), who did an awesome job. I’m really happy to be on the podium for the first time this year for our sponsors and team. The Stevens Miller guys really grinded this weekend, getting the Liqui-Moly Mustang up to speed. They put so much work into this program and deserve this podium.”
With three laps remaining, Matos and Miller battled for position. Ultimately, Matos bested Miller in the corners to take the checkered by about five tenths of a second over Miller.
“I thought I had a good start on the first two restarts, then Rafa got a great jump on me on the last one,” said Miller. “Those last two laps were the hardest I’ve ever driven. I was doing everything I could just to get back to Rafa’s bumper. I was able to track him down at the end, which was the first time the car was really closing on him. The guys standing beside me on the podium bring out the best in me on the track.The Prefix Hemi power on the straightaway was just incredible- that was the great equalizer for us.”
Doug Petersen won the Masters award following a seventh-place finish in the No. 87 3Dimensional Services Ford Mustang. Sixteen-year-old rookie Ty Gibbs won the CoolShirt ‘Cool Move of the Race’ after charging from a 14th place start to a sixth place finish.
“I am a circle track driver typically,” said Gibbs. “This is my first time on a road course and in a TA2 car. I logged more than a 1000 laps on the simulator to prepare for this race because I was so nervous! But this was a ton of fun in these cars with the power and downforce that they have. I had a blast out here. It’s a totally different world, but the seat time was great.”
The TA2 powered by AEM class action continues May 3-5 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, California. For more information on the classes and race results, visit GoTransAm.com or follow on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @gotransam.
About the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli:
The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli began igniting the passion of motorsports fans across the world in 1966 and has been home to some of the greatest names in road racing. Today, Trans Am continues to honor its legacy, while challenging the status quo in racing, through meaningful racing platforms and a driver-oriented focus. The Trans Am Series is operated by The Trans Am Race Company, LLC (TARC), and oversees the management and marketing of the Trans Am Series, presented by Pirelli. SCCA Pro Racing sanctions Trans Am events and provides operations services to the Series.
2018 Champions include: Ernie Francis, Jr. (TA), Rafa Matos (TA2), Alline Cipriani (SGT) and Warren Dexter (GT).
Monster Energy AMA Supercross returned to NRG Stadium Saturday night where the series featured Triple Crown action for the third and final time of the 2019 season. Triple Crown races feature a unique structure where riders compete in three main events and tally their combined effort into an overall score to determine the winner at night’s end.
GEICO Honda rider RJ Hampshire led the charge for the Wiseco-sponsored contingent and turned in an impressive 3-2-4 showing. Hampshire’s effort proved good enough for a second-place overall finish – his first podium of 2019 – and second since his 2015 rookie campaign. The solid effort also powered the rider of the No. 31 Honda CRF250R from fifth to fourth in the Western Regional 250SX Class points with two races remaining to determine a champion.
“My rookie year, I made pretty big strides forward and then I had an injury that set me back,” explained Hampshire. “Honestly, I just kind of felt like an outdoor guy, really. People just kind of wrote me off in Supercross. I felt like I was in a really good spot coming into this year. First couple of races were decent. I had good speed and then I fell in a slump. I don’t think I’ve had a top five in the last four weekends, so it was rough. We made some changes this week with the bike and, man, we made some huge improvements. I had good starts all night and that led to good finishes. I didn’t do anything special. I just kind of rode, so I’m stoked with the podium and to finish second.”
Hampshire’s GEICO Honda teammate and fellow Wiseco rider Cameron Mcadoo turned in a sturdy effort aboard his No. 44 Honda and jockeyed a 9-6-5 night into a his third sixth-place finish of the year. Mcadoo is currently tied for seventh in the standings, just one point behind sixth and 12 outside the top five.
“Houston had lots of positives again for me,” said McAdoo. “My starts were awesome but then something happened each time in the first two races. Unfortunately, the first main, I had the holeshot but then I hit a tuff block and went down, then in the second one I got pushed off the track into the wall. I had to come from last in the first two mains, but our speed was there and then the last race was solid. I ended up going 9-6-5 for sixth overall. Definitely seeing improvements every weekend!”
The Western Regional 250SX Class will take a short break before returning for the division’s penultimate race of the year in Denver in two weeks at Broncos Stadium at Mile High.
In 450SX action, Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely showed the way in the premier class for the Wiseco brand and picked up his best finish of the year. Seely, who spent much of 2018 on the sidelines with an injury, turned in a 4-4-11 effort to earn his best effort of the season and first top five of 2019.
“We had a good night,” said Seely. “I finally finished in the top five, which is where I feel like I should’ve been all year. The way things have been going so far have been frustrating, and it’s hard to explain; the toll the injury took on me last year was a lot more intense and in-depth than I thought it was. It’s been a long road to get back … but I feel like I’ve had speed all year, I just haven’t been able to put it all together.
It feels good to finally break into that top five and run up front with those guys in the first two mains, relatively easy, too. I know it’s not a traditional 20-minute main, but it felt like it was coming to me pretty easy, so that’s definitely a confidence booster heading into the final rounds. It’s a bummer it has taken this long to come around, but I’m happy it did and we’re going to keep working forward.”
Seely’s Team Honda HRC teammate Ken Roczen looked like he was in a class by himself in the first main event. Roczen grabbed the hole shot and rode away from the competition, eventually leading every lap and winning the first 450SX Class main event by nearly nine seconds.
Unfortunately, in the second main event, Roczen’s front wheel clipped another rider’s machine sending the 24-year-old German to the ground before he rounded the first corner, forcing him back to the pits before he was able to complete a lap. Despite being scored 21st after the second main event, the fan favorite returned to the starting gate for the third and finished eighth to record a 1-21-8 combined effort to notch his 13th top 10 of the year.
“The first main event was seriously so good,” commented Roczen. “We grabbed a great start and got out front right away. It was amazing to see the checkered flag before anyone else.
Unfortunately, it was only in one main. In the second one, I got tangled up with Dean’s (Wilson) rear wheel and went down pretty hard. I got checked out and it actually started to feel better, instead of worse, after 15 to 20 minutes. Luckily, I was able to just jump back on the bike and do what I could in the third main, salvaging an eighth-place and getting 10th overall. It’s not really how we wanted to end tonight, especially with how well the day and first race went, but again we’re healthy and moving on to the next one. At one point, it will come.”
Monster Energy AMA Supercross heads for Music City this weekend where the series takes its highenergy, high-flying action to Nissan Stadium in downtown Nashville. The 14th race on the 2019 Supercross schedule will be televised on NBCSN Sat., April 6 beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 5 p.m. Pacific.
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces the second-annual XTReme Terrain Challenge (XTR Challenge) for Yamaha owners and families will be held this October 4 through 6 at the famous Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
Designed for fun with formidable off-roading trails and obstacles, the XTR Challenge brings extreme drivers, riders, and weekend warriors together for great behind-the-wheel action and excitement. Drivers and spectators will experience a weekend of camping and entertainment with friends, family, and fellow Yamaha adventure-seekers.
“Last year’s XTR Challenge proved Yamaha Side-by-Sides are up to the task of attacking some serious trail challenges, and that Yamaha customers are some of the best folks to spend a weekend with,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s motorsports group marketing manager. “We’re looking forward to building on the excitement and momentum from last year by adding a new ATV class, some new features to the course, as well as even more fun and activities for everyone attending.”
The debut event in 2018 featured an off-road course with varying natural terrains and man-made obstacles specifically designed to put Yamaha’s Proven Off-Road YXZ1000R and Wolverine Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles and owners to the test. This year Yamaha plans to enhance the already exhilarating event, continuing the excitement for Yamaha SxS customers and even adding a brand-new Grizzly class to the lineup.
Entries for XTR Challenge participants is limited, with returning alumni from the inaugural event receiving guaranteed entry. More announcements, details and registration information will be released soon. In the meantime, stay up to date on the latest news at YamahaOutdoors.com, as well as by following Yamaha Outdoors on social media at Facebook.com/YamahaOutdoors, Twitter.com/YamahaOutdoors, and Instagram.com/YamahaOutdoors. Find Yamaha Outdoors on YouTube, or search the following hashtags on all platforms: #Yamaha #XTRChallenge #ProvenOffRoad #REALizeYourAdventure #WolverineX2 #WolverineX4 #YXZ1000R #YamahaGrizzly #AssembledInUSA