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Tennessee insurance agency Price & Ramey Group will join Front Row Motorsports for Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway as an associate sponsor.
The logo of the Kingsport-based company will be on the deck lid of Josh Wise's No. 35 Carson-Newman University Ford Fusion for the primetime night race at the half-mile oval. Price & Ramey is a multi-line independent insurance agency serving families, individuals and businesses throughout the East Tennessee region with five locations since 1914.
The Front Row car will also highlight area Carson-Newman supporters Ted Russell Automotive Group, Premier Building Maintenance Corporation and Aramark.
Hillman Racing today announced that Moon Shine, LP, a premium designer of Moon Shine Attitude Attire™, will engulf the No. 40 Chevrolet SS in its Wildfire-branded camouflage pattern this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway in a specially designed vehicle wrap. Landon Cassill, who has split time between the Nos. 33 and 40 Sprint Cup entries this season, will pilot the No. 40 Moon Shine Attitude Attire Chevrolet in Saturday night’s Irwin Tools Race Night.
“We wrapped a car earlier this season in the Wildfire Camo pattern and I couldn’t believe the amount of attention it received from the fans at the race track,” stated Hillman Racing team owner Mike Hillman, Sr. “With NASCAR’s new rules allowing full-pattern wraps, this will be the second time this season that we’ve worked with Moon Shine to help bring attention to their line of camouflage apparel that the NASCAR fans really seem to enjoy. We’ve had a lot of requests to run this scheme again, so we thought where better but under the lights at Bristol on Saturday night.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Race Night will be broadcast live on ABC from Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 24, with pre-race coverage beginning at 7:00 p.m. EDT.
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Justin Lofton returned to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in Wednesday night's UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. He climbed behind the wheel of Sharp-Gallaher Racing's No. 6 Lofton Cattle Chevrolet Silverado and quickly knocked the rust off after a three-month hiatus from NCWTS competition. His 15.493-second qualifying lap earned him a ninth-place starting position for the 200-lap battle under the lights of the Bristol, Tenn. short track. A spinning truck brought out the yellow flag on lap 70. As the field slowed, Lofton reported that the Chevrolet was loose in the corners of the high-banked track. Crew chief Bryan Berry called for a track-bar adjustment to alleviate the handling issue. The adjustment and the cooling track temperatures created a tight-handling condition on the No. 6 machine during the next 100 laps, leaving Lofton with his hands full as he slipped to the 16th position. The lap-177 caution period gave the No. 6 team the opportunity to work on the truck's handling. Berry instructed the Lofton Cattle team to make an air pressure adjustment and return the track bar to its original position. Trapped one lap down to the leader, Lofton was unable to make up any additional ground and crossed the finishing line in the 14th position. The Westmorland, Calif., native will return to the No. 6 Silverado at Iowa Speedway.
Justin Lofton Quote:
"It was great to be back in the No. 6 Lofton Cattle Chevrolet today. The team put together a great truck and we had a solid qualifying effort. Unfortunately, during our first pit stop we tightened the Lofton Cattle Silverado a little too much and we didn't get the chance to make another stop for almost 100 laps. By then we were already trapped a lap down and in the Lucky Dog position. We never got the last caution needed to get back on the lead lap, so 14th was as high as we could climb. We know we have a fast truck and we learned a lot in our first weekend together as a team. I am definitely looking forward to taking this Chevy to Iowa (Speedway) with the No. 6 team and continuing to build on what we started at Bristol (Motor Speedway)."
BRANDT, the professional agriculture company, is going to Brazil. And going big.
Today, BRANDT announced the formation of Brandt Brasil Serviços Profissionais em Agricultura Ltda. Known as BRANDT do Brasil and headquartered in Sao Paulo, the entity will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Brandt Consolidated, Inc. and the focal point for BRANDT's growth strategies in Brazil. To mark the announcement, BRANDT has teamed up with Turner Scott Motorsports and Brazilian driver Miguel Paludo for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2013.
In its 60th Anniversary year, BRANDT has established BRANDT do Brasil to build its business in the high-profile agriculture country.
"Over the last half-century, Brazil has become a global leader in agriculture production," said Rick Brandt, President and CEO of BRANDT. "Brazil, along with a handful of other countries, is a key growth area as we continue to focus on international expansion. Teaming up with Miguel is a perfect way to introduce BRANDT do Brasil as we tap into local passions for motorsports and connect with the agricultural community."
BRANDT is the primary sponsor of the No. 31 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro with Justin Allgaier in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and has also made an appearance in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Ryan Newman in 2011.
"Brazil plays an important role in global and U.S. agriculture," said Brandt. "Brazil is the third largest agricultural exporter in the world behind the U.S. and E.U. and serves as a growing market for U.S. agriculture exports. We can bring our proprietary products and knowledge into Brazil to help increase production. Our nutritional products are the perfect fit for the diverse ag markets of Brazil."
"I could not be more excited about the opportunity to run BRANDT do Brasil on the No. 32 truck in Chicagoland," said Paludo. "I have seen the passion and energy that BRANDT has put into its motorsports program with Turner Scott Motorsports and Justin Allgaier, and I know that I am very privileged to become a part of that. I'm very proud to be representing BRANDT do Brasil. A lot of people think of Brazil as beaches and big cities, but agriculture plays a huge role in many parts of the country, including in the south where I grew up. Chicagoland is BRANDT's home track and they always have a huge number of guests supporting our team at the racetrack. I don't think there would be anything more special than to go to victory lane in front of BRANDT while representing my home country."
The Victory Junction logo will don the hood of the No. 98 car...The No. 98 Phil Parsons Racing Ford driven by Michael McDowell will feature the Victory Junction colors this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway in celebration of the camp's 10th summer of enriching the lives of chronically ill children.
NASCAR teams visited every week during summer camp.... Each summer, campers look forward to the visits from pit crew members who are invited to display their talent (while wearing silly hats and boas) by performing pit stops and allowing campers the opportunity to man the air guns and change tires themselves. NASCARnival, a Victory Junction tradition, occurs every Tuesday through the summer and is an evening of fun as Victory Circle transforms into a carnival atmosphere filled with hot air balloon rides, dunk tanks, dance parties and cotton candy. This summer, 150 NASCAR team members and drivers came to spend time with the campers during NASCARnival including those from the following Sprint Cup, Nationwide, and Camping World Truck teams:
- Stewart-Haas Racing
- Hendrick Motorsports
- Richard Childress Racing
- Penske Racing
- Roush Fenway Racing
- Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
- Richard Petty Motorsports
- Turner Scott Motorsports
2013 Summer Camp by the numbers...
- 980 campers attended over the nine weekly summer sessions
- Over 200 campers were able to swim without their wheelchairs
- 300 dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts were enjoyed by campers, counselors, and staff
- 270 campers new to Victory Junction changed a tire for the first time
- 301 volunteers gave their time working over 34,860 hours
- Over 500 campers required specialized meals provided to them by Victory Junction's food service staff
- 980 campers made a new friends this summer
Since opening its gates in 2004... Victory Junction has enriched the lives of over 19,000 children and families.
RACE 101 will make its ARCA Racing Series debut this weekend with a most unlikely pairing. Mountain Man - of A&E smash reality show Duck Dynasty fame - is sponsoring the RACE 101 entry piloted by the Flying Farmer, Karl Weber, in Sunday's ARCA Racing Series event in Madison, Wisconsin.
The opportunity to go ARCA racing was unexpected, and RACE 101 founder Tony Blanchard and crew spent countless hours preparing the No. 3 Chevy Impala for Weber to race in the Herr's Live Life with Flavor 200.
"Opportunities like this are rare in racing," said Blanchard. "It's not every day we get the opportunity to leverage our RACE 101 brand in a series like ARCA with Mountain Man on board."
"We got the car together and tested at Hickory Motor Speedway this week. Karl did a good job, and the car performed well. Madison will be a different challenge, but we are ready."
Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, made his second career start at Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) during Wednesday night's UNOH 200.
Under the first caution of the night, crew chief, Doug Randolph, brought Blaney's Cooper Standard Ford to pit road for fuel, four tires, two up on the track bar and a wedge in the right rear. After coming in fourth, Blaney exited in the same position while not losing ground to his competitors.
Things got a bit testy on lap 138 when the driver of the No. 17 moved up the race track, preventing Blaney from taking over the second position even though Blaney was in place to do so. This caused Blaney to get loose in the marbles, scape the wall and eventually shuffled back to third position behind his teammate and owner, Brad Keselowski.
The final pit stop of the night for the Cooper Standard team came on lap 178, under caution. Randolph assured his crew to only take two tires and a small amount of fuel so they would retain track position. The execution was flawless, like it had been all night on pit road for the team. Blaney didn't lose one spot on pit road and restarted in the third position.
After fighting hard all night to get back up front, where Blaney had been before his run-in on lap 138 with the No. 17, he found himself holding the first position after a few Trucks ran out of gas during the second to last restart of the race.
Blaney restarted first with just a few laps to go, but was unable to hold position due to lack of grip and came home with a very solid third place finish.
The No. 29 BKR team currently sits seventh in the NCWTS driver points standings, 77 points back from first.
"I thought I had this one, but I couldn't find the grip I needed on the final restart to hold off the No. 51 and the No. 17. It's definitely refreshing to come to Bristol and run up front all day and ultimately put last weekend at Michigan to rest. I am looking forward to the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park race Labor Day weekend, because I know my team has been preparing very hard for that one and I'm ready to reward them." - Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski (@Keselowski), driver of the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150, made his third start of the season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway in the UNOH 200.
In only Keselowski's seventh career NCWTS start at Bristol Motor Speedway, he was able to maintain track position early by fighting hard for seventh place after a long green flag stretch from lap three to lap 68.
Under the second caution of the night, crew chief, Chad Kendrick, brought Keselowski's Draw-Tite machine in for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment before restarting him in the second position on lap 77. The stop was quick and efficient, propelling the No. 19 F-150 up five spots from where it had started the race.
With 50 laps to go, Keselowski radioed in saying he was really tight which was preventing him from getting around the No. 17 for the first position.
The break the Draw-Tite team had been waiting for came on lap 178, due to a wreck in turn four. Kendrick brought the BKR Ford down pit road for two tires and a splash of fuel restarting Keselowski in fifth spot once the field went back to green.
Unfortunately, for the Draw-Tite team, the No. 88 ran out of gas on the second to last restart and caused a pile-up behind him, which punted Keselowski to the bottom of the race track and brought out the final caution. After taking fresh tires under caution, the No. 19 F-150 was able to move from 11th position to a hard-fought ninth place finish.
"We had a fast Draw-Tite Ford F-150 tonight. I'm proud of this team for displaying yet again another crucial performance to salvage a top ten finish. We have come a long way from where we began, but we still have some work to do. I want a win in this Series. The effort and execution was there tonight, we were just missing some luck." - Brad Keselowski
Max Gresham did not look at the giant scoring pylon when he climbed out from his No. 8 Made in USA Brand (MIUSA) Chevrolet Wednesday night at the Bristol Motor Speedway.
He did not need to know where he finished in the UNOH 200 to leave the World's Fastest Half Mile with a sense of satisfaction, and everyone at Sharp-Gallaher Racing agreed with him.
"That was a great first race," Gresham said. "It being the first time I've ever raced here (Bristol Motor Speedway), I believe this race was a success. It was a solid, solid day for our No.8 Sharp-Gallaher Racing team. It might not be the finish we wanted, but it was a good first experience."
Officially, the 20-year-old driver was credited with a 15th-place finish.
"Well, we made progress," team co-owner Eddie Sharp Jr. said as he greeted Gresham. "They improved from one practice session to another, and they made more progress in qualifying. That team stepped it up again in the race."
While Gresham had been to the iconic short track several times before Wednesday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race, he did so as a race fan. The 200-lap event marked the first time he made a start on the 28-degree high-banked racetrack.
Gresham started 12th and stayed close to the top 10 most of the race. His team took a conservative approach to the race, making two four-tire pit stops.
"It was a learning experience for everyone," crew chief Chris Showalter said. "The good thing is Max finished the race and we took home our No. 8 Made In USA Brand truck in one piece. We wish the finishing position was a bit better but it was a solid effort all the way around by everyone at Sharp-Gallaher Racing."
Gresham was 28th quickest in the first practice session early Wednesday as he got used to the track. He was 26th quickest in the final practice session, but he improved to place 12th in qualifying.
"We had a plan to get me comfortable with the track," Gresham said. "Then we focused on finding a little more speed. Our plan worked perfectly. We got better with every session.
"And I know we got better in the race. We should be satisfied with a 15th-place finish, especially since this was my first race at Bristol. We're looking at the big picture, and we made a lot of progress from the moment we unloaded to the time we ran the last lap."
Gresham remains 16th in the Camping World Truck Series driver standings.
The Sharp-Gallaher Racing Made in USA Brand team will return to action with the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park road course at Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, on September 1.
It will mark Gresham's first NASCAR road course race.
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Ben Kennedy made his first start in one of NASCAR's top-three national series at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) on Wednesday night. The 21-year-old Daytona Beach, Fla. native spent Wednesday morning and afternoon practicing his No. 96 ModSpace Motorsports/Fresh from Florida Chevrolet Silverado. Kennedy worked with crew chief Chris Carrier to make changes to the truck during the two practice sessions at BMS. Kennedy was able to keep his truck clean throughout both session and qualified his No. 96 ModSpace Motorsports/Fresh from Florida Chevy 19th for the UNOH 200. The looming rain shower held off and Kennedy was able to gain experience in the Truck Series, bringing his No. 96 ModSpace Motorsports/Fresh from Florida Chevrolet Silverado home in the 20th position for Ben Kennedy Racing.
Kennedy took the green flag on Wednesday night under the lights at the 0.533-mile concrete oval. Shortly after the green flag waved the caution came out for a spin in Turn 4. It was too early in the 200-lap race for Kennedy to come down pit road. He stayed out on the track and restarted in the 22nd position. Following the restart, a long green flag run ensued for the 36-truck field. Kennedy was able to keep his No. 96 ModSpace Motorsports/Fresh from Florida Chevy in positions 24th thru 26th until the second caution came out at lap 71. Kennedy reported his Chevy Silverado was loose on entry and he needed a little more stability when turning in. After Kennedy went down one lap during the long green flag run, Carrier made the call for Kennedy to stay out on the track and take the wave around to put him back on the lead lap.
Kennedy restarted in the 25th position on lap 78 and quickly worked his way up to the 23rd position when the third caution of the race came out. The caution fell into the No. 96 team's pit strategy and Kennedy radioed in to Carrier that his Chevy Silverado was loose on entry. Carrier brought Kennedy down pit road for Sunoco fuel, four Goodyear tires and adjustments. Kennedy restarted in the 24th position on lap 90. After the adjustments and another long green flag run, Kennedy worked his up to the 18th position when the fourth caution came out. Kennedy radioed to Carrier that his truck was still a little free on entry, and Carrier made the call for Kennedy to come down pit road for fresh tires and adjustments. After the pit stop, Kennedy restarted 19th on lap 189, and when the caution came out on the next lap. On the final restart, Kennedy started in the 18th spot and maintained a top-20 position during the closing laps until the checkered flag flew. Kennedy brought his No. 96 ModSpace Motorsports/Fresh from Florida Chevrolet Silverado home in 20th-place. Kennedy's next NCWTS race attempt will be at Iowa Speedway on Sunday, September 8 with race coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. EDT on FOX Sports 1.
"I can't thank my team enough and everyone at Turner Scott Motorsports who supported us," said Kennedy. "I also have to thank my sponsors, ModSpace and Fresh from Florida for being on the truck and coming to the race to support me. It meant so much to me to have them at my first truck race. I learned a lot tonight at Bristol [Motor Speedway], which was my main goal. I was able to run consistent lap times and avoided all of the spins on the track, so overall I would consider it a successful race. I can't wait to get back in the truck in a few weeks at Iowa [Speedway]. I've run there a few times in the K&N Pro Series East, so I'm excited to get back there and get more seat time in the truck."
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