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Officials at Iowa Speedway announced today that Syngenta and its Enogen brand seed corn will be the presenting sponsor for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Newton track on Saturday, July 13.
Now titled ‘American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen’, the 200-lap, 175-mile event over Iowa Speedway’s fast 7/8-mile tri-oval will feature 36 NASCAR ‘truckers’ vying for championship points and prize money.
“We are thrilled to welcome Syngenta as the newest member in our family of promotional partners,” said Chuck Spicer, Iowa Speedway Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “We are especially proud that, given Enogen’s initial success in the Ethanol production marketplace, Syngenta has chosen our ‘American Ethanol’ event to promote their unique brand of seed corn.”
Enogen corn features the first corn output trait bio-engineered specifically for ethanol production. This breakthrough technology helps drive dramatic process improvements in dry grind ethanol production and is delivered through a high-value grain system that has the potential to greatly benefit growers, local communities and the renewable fuels industry.
“Syngenta is excited about this opportunity to come together with key partners and show our support of American Ethanol,” said David Witherspoon, head of renewable fuels at Syngenta. “We understand the significant role ethanol plays in driving economic growth and creating value for our nation and in our rural communities. We are truly honored to be a part of this race and are committed to the long-term success of the ethanol industry.”
Starting at $20, tickets for the ‘American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen’ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race are currently on sale through the Iowa Speedway Ticket Office in Newton, online at www.iowaspeedway.com, or through the track’s toll-free ticketing hotline, 866-RUSTY-GO (787-8946). Weekend passes starting at $30, and including the Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals on Friday, July 12, are also available.
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With hundreds of cars packed with excited race fans, the Drive for Disaster Relief held at Darlington Raceway last Friday, June 21 raised nearly $5,000 for the local Pee Dee chapter of the American Red Cross.
The event gave fans the opportunity to drive on the track Too Tough To Tame for a monetary donation.
“We can’t thank our fans enough for participating in the Drive for Disaster Relief and making donations to the local chapter of the American Red Cross,” track President Chris Browning said. “We had a steady stream of fans drive on the track throughout the day and it’s great to see a sizable donation made to the American Red Cross in a time when they need funds more than ever.”
Fans traveled from numerous locations throughout the Southeast to take advantage of the opportunity to drive on the track. Many fans were traveling to South Carolina for vacation and decided to stop at Darlington Raceway to participate in the event, including several from Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.
“We appreciate all the support we received from Darlington Raceway and its fans to make the Drive for Disaster Relief a success for the American Red Cross,” said Linda Boone-Smith, executive director, American Red Cross, Pee Dee Chapter. “People that require American Red Cross assistance in the future will benefit greatly from the generous donations that so many made throughout the day.”
Darlington Raceway is no stranger to opening its doors for charity fundraisers. Over the past several years, the track has traditionally hosted an annual Blood Drive on September 11 and a Toys for Tots Fundraiser & Toy Drive during the holiday seasons, among others. Over the years, the events have generated thousands of dollars worth of donations for various local charities.
Darlington has also partnered with the NASCAR Foundation to donate auctions items for national disaster relief efforts, including the recent tragedies with Hurricane Sandy and the Oklahoma tornados. Darlington’s track drive following Hurricane Katrina raised over $15,000 for the American Red Cross in 2005.
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Lucky in Kentucky...The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) heads to Kentucky Speedway for the eighth stop of the 2013 season. Miguel Paludo is hoping to get lucky in Kentucky with the first win of his NCWTS career in the Thursday-night show at the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval. Paludo led practice in his most recent visit to the Sparta, Ky. track in September before qualifying 12th and finishing eighth. The eighth-place finish bumped Paludo to 10th in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings, where he stayed for the remainder of the season.
Lean and Green...The No. 32 Chevrolet is once again going green, sporting the colors of AccuDoc Solutions this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. AccuDoc Solutions is based in Morrisville, N.C. and provides billing-statement printing and processing to hospitals and hospital-based physicians. In addition to paper-based billing statements, ADS enables patients to choose electronic statement delivery and make payments through secure online payment portals. Notable North Carolina based clients include Carolina's Healthcare System, the UNC Healthcare System, Sentara Healthcare, Baptist Health Care Pensacola, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Memorial Healthcare System and WakeMed. To learn more, visit www.AccuDocSolutions.com.
This Week's Silverado...Paludo and the No. 32 AccuDoc Solutions team will unload chassis TSM-600 this weekend. This chassis made its on-track debut in the last NCWTS event at Texas Motor Speedway. Paludo qualified in the top five before bringing home a 10th-place finish.
Watch and Listen...The UNOH 225 can be seen live on Thursday, June 27 on SPEED. Pre-race coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. EDT, and the event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.
Previous Race Recap...Paludo put on a solid performance at the first of the NCWTS' two visits to Texas Motor Speedway, earning a 10th-place finish in the WinStar World Casino 400. After strong practice and qualifying sessions, Paludo remained in the top 10 for a majority of the 167-lap event, leading two laps before bringing home his fourth top-10 finish of the season.
Miguel Paludo on driving at Kentucky Speedway
"I'm really looking forward to Kentucky Speedway this weekend. The No. 32 team has been fast everywhere we've gone this year, especially at the intermediate tracks, and we're able to say that we had a shot to win in a lot of races this year. Going into Kentucky, I feel like we have everything we need to win. We performed really well there last year, we've led practice sessions, qualified well and run up front, and I believe that the No. 32 team is a lot stronger than we were last year. I feel confident that we're going to win this race."
How Sweep It Is...James Buescher returns to the track where he swept both NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races last season. These two wins counted as number two and four en route to his the four wins he earned in his NCWTS championship season. Buescher comes into Kentucky fifth in points and looking for his first top-five finish of 2013.
The Eagle has Landed...Turner Scott Motorsports welcomes back Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E.) to the NCWTS. For the first time this season, F.O.E. will be featured on the No. 31 truck at Kentucky Speedway. The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international non-profit organization, which unites fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills, and by promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope. The F.O.E. was founded in 1898 by six theatre owners gathered in a Seattle shipyard to discuss a musician's strike. After addressing the matter, they agreed to "bury the hatchet" and form "The Order of Good Things." As numbers grew, members changed the name to "The Fraternal Order of Eagles." Presently, F.O.E. membership is almost one million strong, with more than 1,700 local aeries in the U.S. and Canada. Women's auxiliaries total more than 1,500, with more than 335,000 members. Among its many accomplishments, the F.O.E. counts the founding of Mother's Day and esteemed members include seven former U.S. Presidents.
Chassis Info...Turner Scott Motorsports will bring chassis TSM- 222 with them this weekend to Kentucky Speedway. This particular chassis last saw action last season at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with Kyle Larson behind the wheel, and at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where Nelson Piquet Jr. drove it to the victory.
Texas Recap...Coming from the back of the pack for the second week in a row, Buescher was looking like a dark horse that could steal the win at his home track of Texas Motor Speedway. Buescher was forced to start from the back of the 32-truck field after his team decided to be safe and change their carburetor after finding an issue following qualifying impound. Buescher and the Ruud team had their work cut out for them during the 167-lap event. Once the green flag fell, Buescher wasted no time in picking his way through the pack and found himself battling for a top-five running spot much of the event. After a late-race caution, the handling on the No. 31 Ruud Chevrolet went away, but Buescher hung on for his third top-ten finish of 2013, coming home in ninth.
Follow Me...Be sure to follow James on all social media platforms. You can find him on facebook at facebook.com/JamesBuescherRacing, on twitter at @JamesBuescher and on Instagram at JamesBuescher.
Watch and Listen...The UNOH 225 can be seen live on Thursday, June 27 on SPEED. Race coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.
James Buescher on returning to Kentucky Speedway
"Kentucky Speedway is one of my favorite tracks for obvious reasons. We had dominating runs there last year, and I hope we can come back and continue that trend this weekend and get our F.O.E. team back on track."
Another First...Jeb Burton and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) will make their way to Kentucky Speedway this week for the UNOH 225. Having only tested once at the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval track, Burton will make his debut on Thursday night as the most recent NCWTS winner.
This Week's Silverado...The No. 4 Arrowhead team will have a brand new truck for Thursday night's race at Kentucky Speedway, equipped with chassis TSM-602. Burton tested TSM-602 at Kentucky Speedway two weeks ago.
Stay In The Loop...Be sure to follow along as Burton brings you the latest information, race updates and behind-the-scenes looks on Twitter and Facebook: @JebBurtonRacing and JebBurtonRacing.
Watch and Listen...The UNOH 225 can be seen live on Thursday, June 27 on SPEED. Pre-race coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. EDT, and the event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.
Previous Race Recap...Burton continued his early-season success by capturing his first win at Texas Motor Speedway. The 20-year-old Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate started from the third position in the WinStar World Casino 400 and managed to climb his way to the top with 24 laps to go. Burton continues to stay strong and consistent, maintaining second place in the point standings with 15 races to go.
Jeb Burton on Racing at Kentucky Speedway
"I'm excited to get back to the track this week, especially after the success we had in Texas a few weeks ago. We had never raced at Texas Motor Speedway and pulled off a win, so I think we're more prepared than ever to tackle Kentucky Speedway. I'm hoping that with our new truck and the momentum from our last win, we can make back-to-back trips to victory lane. It's going to be a fun race and I'm ready."
Former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) winner Cale Gale will return to the driver's seat at Kentucky Speedway on June 27th driving the No. 30 Rheem Chevrolet Silverado for Turner Scott Motorsports.
Gale captured his first NCWTS win last November at the season finale in at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Gale has 32 previous NCWTS starts with a total of one win, three top fives and 10 top 10s. Gale will attempt to make his fourth career start at Kentucky Speedway.
"I can't thank everyone at Rheem and Turner Scott Motorsports enough for this wonderful opportunity to get back behind the wheel of a truck," said Gale. "Rheem has been a great supporter of mine through much of my career and to be able to carry their colors in my return is an honor. TSM has a great intermediate track program and I don't expect anything different from my team, I hope that we will be able to bring home a solid finish for everyone at Turner Scott Motorsports."
The UNOH 225 can be seen live on SPEED at 8:00 p.m. EDT on June 27th. The race can also be heard on SiriusXM channel 90 or MRN Radio.
RAB Racing and Alex Bowman came into their first road course race together with high hopes of a good finish at Road America in the Johnsonville Sausage 200. This The odds were stacked against the No. 99 team, but the rookie driver brought his "A-game" showing good speed, consistent lap times, and never getting off track in practice. The No. 99 Toyota Camry qualified in the 15th position, picking up 2.8 seconds from his fastest practice lap.
Strategy was played early as crew chief Chris Rice pitted for gas only on the first lap to get their Toyota Camry in clean air and avoid any trouble while racing in the middle of the pack. This strategy paid off as Bowman conserved his tires, equipment, and most importantly increased his miles per gallon, saving for the end of the race. Bowman was able to avoid the numerous on-track incidents and kept his nose clean through the multiple green white checkereds, battling all the way up to 13th place on the last lap with no damage. Rounding one of the last corners, Bowman was hit in the left rear and spun out by the No. 87 of Kyle Kelley, also making his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start of the season. The contact sent the No. 99 into the sand trap and relegated the team to a 24th place finish.
Alex Bowman: Well this is just our luck in this 2013 season, I had a really fast RAB Racing ToyotaCare Camry all day. I was able to really learn a lot behind the wheel from when we first unloaded to the end of the race, I feel like I'll be that much better when we go to our other two road course races later this season. The race played out just like we thought, it was a survival deal and it paid off to keep your nose clean and out of trouble. We did just that, avoided all kinds of trouble with no damage to our car, but just got taken out by a back marker on almost the last corner of the race. It's just our luck this season, but we learned a lot that we can take to the other road course races. We'll keep our heads up, and head to Kentucky where we've always run good, and the track I made my first start with RAB Racing in 2012.
Alex Bowman still maintained the 11th position in driver point standings and owner Robby Benton continues to hold down the 15th position in owner point standings. Next race for Bowman and RAB Racing will be at Kentucky Speedway on Friday, June 28th and will be televised live on ESPN2.
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It once was the final four, but now only Kentucky remains. For now.
In 2006, Jeff Gordon had victories at all venues on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule except four tracks: Chicagoland Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. In July of that year, he removed Chicagoland from that list.
The following year, Gordon posted his first victory at Phoenix and, in 2009, the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion secured that elusive victory at Texas. Only one remained - Homestead-Miami Speedway. That is until Kentucky Speedway was added to the calendar in 2011.
But, in the 2012 season finale, Gordon was victorious and was able to erase Homestead from that group leaving only one (again) for the driver of the No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS.
"I think it would be cool to win at Kentucky and knock it off the list," said Gordon in advance of Saturday night's Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts. "I'd love to win at every track - that would be a special accomplishment.
"And I need to win here before more tracks are added to the schedule!"
In two starts here, Gordon has a 10th-place finish in the inaugural event and a fifth-place finish last year. While he would not have considered it one of his "better" tracks, Gordon is buoyed by last year's effort.
"Prior to last year's race, I might have considered this to be one of my worst tracks," said Gordon, who moved up to 13th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings following his runner-up finish at Sonoma last weekend. "But we had a good car and a good run here last year - one that we want to improve upon.
"Of course, we have the Generation-6 car here for the first time. We're learning every single week with the new Chevrolet SS, and we're learning every single trip to Kentucky.
"Hopefully, we can put it all together so we can check this one off the list."
And be the only driver to have won at every track currently on the schedule. Until?
NASCAR Contenders Live Sponsored By Toyota Revs Up Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup For Second Straight Year
Back by popular demand,NASCAR Contenders LiveSM Sponsored by Toyota will make its return to Chicago on September 12 for the second-consecutive year, just days before the first race of the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ at Chicagoland Speedway.
Signaling the start of the most intense and competitive stretch of the NASCAR season, NASCAR Contenders Live features all 12 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers interacting on stage, providing fans an insider’s look at how the competitors plan to claim the ultimate prize: a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.
The event, which was sold out last year, will take place at the Grand Ballroom at Chicago’s famed Navy Pier from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CT. Fans can buy tickets beginning July 19 by visiting www.NASCAR.com/contenderslive.
NASCAR President Mike Helton will also be making his return to NASCAR Contenders Live, offering fans the rare opportunity to ask questions of him in an open forum, prior to the drivers taking the stage.
Additionally, Official NASCAR Partner Sprint will be supporting NASCAR Contenders Live by having Miss Sprint Cup at the event interacting with NASCAR fans and drivers.
“In collaboration with Toyota, a long standing Official NASCAR Partner, NASCAR Contenders Live was a rousing success with our fans last year,” said Norris Scott, NASCAR vice president of partnership marketing. “The event is unique because it showcases the competitive nature of the top stars in our sport and their passion to be a champion.”
In addition to attending the event, fans can enter the NASCAR Contenders Live Sweepstakes for the chance to win a number of compelling prizes at www.NASCAR.com/contenderslive. One grand prize winner will take home a 2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Limited, which is newly redesigned for 2014; two tickets to NASCAR Contenders Live; two tickets and VIP passes to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on September 15; and $500 travel cash.
Other prizes include: a 2013 NASCAR Contenders Live full-size helmet autographed by the 12 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers; five Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab® 2’s; four SiriusXM Satellite Radios; and four $50 SiriusXM Satellite Radio gift cards.
“We are pleased to partner with NASCAR on the fan favorite NASCAR Contenders Live event taking place on September 12 for the second year in a row in the Windy City,” said Keith Dahl Toyota National Manager of Motorsports and Engagement Marketing. “NASCAR Contenders Live gives Toyota a grand stage on which to connect with the fiercely loyal NASCAR fan base.”
For tickets to Chicagoland Speedway’s two summer weekends of NASCAR racing featuring the STP 300, July 19-21, and the GEICO 400, Sept. 13-15, visitwww.ChicagolandSpeedway.com or call 1-888-629-RACE (7223).
The next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET, broadcast on TNT, Performance Racing Network Radio, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, with additional coverage on NASCAR.com.
The Sonoma Valley is known for great scenery, great wine and great racing. This weekend marked the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ first road course race of the 2013 season and allowed the sport to enjoy all three. Mears and his GEICO team have enjoyed a string of good runs and looked to Sonoma as another opportunity to solidify Germain Racing’s consistency. They also received associate sponsorship from Caymus Vineyards, a prestigious California winery, which hosted a series of events for team personnel during the weekend.
Mears’ arrival at Sonoma Raceway was quickly evident when he unloaded off of the truck and ended up third fastest in the first practice session and 12th quickest in Happy Hour. Qualifying found his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion a bit loose amid the hot temperatures and he landed 21st on Sunday’s starting grid.
When Mears slid behind the wheel of his GEICO Ford on Sunday afternoon, gray skies prevailed and raindrops soon followed. The field would ultimately turn six laps prior to the green flag, which immediately called into question previously planned fuel strategies up and down pit road. Mears rolled off 21st and remained there until the event’s first caution of the day on lap 24. He visited pit road and took on tires and fuel and restarted the race in time for the next yellow flag to wave. Given that he just visited pit road, crew chief Bootie Barker ordered Mears to stay out and instead gain much coveted track position. Barker’s gamble paid off and, after restarting 9th on lap 33, Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion ran solidly in the top 10 for the next 15 laps.
On several occasion throughout the race, Barker advised Mears to save fuel, as the team found itself three laps short as the race began to wind down. A late-race caution allowed the GEICO team to top off fuel and let Mears go hard until the end. With just 20 laps remaining, he was faster than the leader and again turned a quicker time on lap 98. Taking the white flag in the 17th position, a hard charging Mears managed to hustle to a 16th place finish on the final lap. This is Germain Racing’s sixth top 20 finish of the 2013 season and helps to continue their streak of strong results.
“It was a good weekend for us and it was nice to get a decent finish for GEICO and Caymus Vineyards,” Mears said. “We needed a little more rear grip in the high-speed corners, but we ran strong in the top ten for a lot of the day and were able to continue our run of solid finishes. I’m proud of the guys on this Germain team and how hard they work each week. You’re seeing more consistency because of their efforts.”
Mears and the Germain team next descend upon the Bluegrass State.
Casey Mears and the #13 Valvoline Ford Fusion will hit the track at Kentucky Speedway for the weekend’s opening practice session on Friday, June 28th, at 11:30 AM (EDT). Qualifying will follow at 5:10 PM (EDT).