Thursday, August 16, 2018

Triple Header #NASCAR Schedule - It's Bristol Baby

Triple Header #NASCAR Schedule - It's Bristol Baby

The campfires, the laughs, the racing, the music, the sights, smells . . . . Fierce clashes and heart-stopping finishes are hallmarks of the most popular race in NASCAR.  If history’s any indication, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series' 'The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race' is guaranteed to entertain race fans on Saturday Evening.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races tonight (Thursday); followed by the XFINITY Series on Friday.  All three events are sure to put on yet another epic battle inside the Last Great Colosseum.  

THURSDAY, AUG. 16

  • 9:05-9:55 a.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series first practice, FS1
  • 10:05-10:55 a.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series first practice, NBC Sports App
  • 11:05-11:55 a.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FS1
  • 1:35-2:25 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series final practice, NBC Sports App
  • 4:10 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole qualifying, FS1
  • 8:30 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UHOH 200 (200 laps, 106.6 miles), FOX


FRIDAY, AUG. 17

  • 10:35-11:55 a.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series first practice, NBCSN/NBC Sports App
  • 12:40-1:50 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, NBCSN/NBC Sports App
  • 3:40 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series pole qualifying, NBCSN/ NBC Sports App
  • 5:40 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Qualifying, NBCSN/NBC Sports App
  • 7:30 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series Food City 300 (300 laps, 159.9 miles), NBCSN/NBC Sports App


SATURDAY, AUG. 18

  • 7:30 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (500 laps, 266.5 miles), NBCSN/NBC Sports App



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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

CMT's “Racing Wives” Coming to Your Television - Early 2019

CMT's “Racing Wives” Coming to Your Television - Early 2019

Female-Driven Docuseries “Racing Wives” to Feature Wives of Top #NASCAR Drivers Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon

CMT's “Racing Wives” Coming to Your Television -  Early 2019


Fresh off its best year since 2014, CMT today announced a series order for “Racing Wives”. The eight-episode, hour-long unscripted series from Executive Producer Jenny Daly and T Group Productions follows the never-before-seen private lives of captivating women who are married to world famous race car drivers.

A stone’s throw away from the high-octane race tracks where legends rise and sometimes fall, the “Racing Wives” offers a rare glimpse inside the opulent eye-popping mansions and private planes that regally decorate the banks of Lake Norman, North Carolina.

The cast features sisters-in-law Ashley and Samantha Busch, married to Kurt and Kyle Busch who are each balancing family life with their own ambitions. Looking to take her rightful spot in the wives’ club is Whitney Ward Dillon, former cheerleader and now wife of Austin Dillon, who is torn between fitting in with her fellow wives while staying true to her best friend and cheerleader ride-or-die Mariel Lane. 

Also featured is Amber Balcaen, an aspiring NASCAR driver who is new to the racing community and left everything, including her boyfriend, back home in Canada to come to North Carolina to pursue her dream. 


“Racing Wives” is produced by T Group with executive producers Jenny Daly, Rob Lobl, and Ben DeNoble.

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15-Year-Old Racecar Driver; Steven Aghakhani Scheduled To Receive Pro Racing License

15-Year-Old Racecar Driver; Steven Aghakhani Scheduled To Receive Pro Racing License

After Lamborghini allocated the first Huracan Super Trofeo Evo to young racing phenomenon Steven Aghakhani, Racing Series Division “IMSA” pulls back on promise to let him race in their 2018 Final

Steven Aghakhani
Steven Aghakhani
US Racetronics announced today its youngest driver, Steven Aghakhani, secured a FIA Pro license scheduled to be active for his 16th birthday next year (April 12 2019). The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) is the premier sanctioning body for sports car competition in North America. Since 2014, IMSA is the sanctioning body of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the premier series resulting from the merger of Grand-Am Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrΓ³n.

Early 2018 Steven was allocated the first Huracan Super Trofeo Evo with the request to compete in the IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series. From March - August 2018 Aghakhani blazed a trail as champion, securing first place title at the NASA and SCCA pro series southern region championship.

He also launched a charity; Race for a Cause, which raises money for programs in local schools while teaching kids the safety and fun of the racetrack. Aghakhani’s last accomplishment of the year was scheduled to be the US Final Race of Lamborghini Super Trofeo at Laguna Seca, governed by IMSA in September. Steven will not be allowed to participate in the final race this year due to his age (15). This news came as NASCAR, who governs IMSA’s legal department declared the driver too young to participate. However Aghakhani will be allowed to race on his 16th birthday next year.

“I can’t wait to have the opportunity to get on the track and face some great competition as well as showcase what I can do,” said Steven Aghakhani. “I’m disappointed in what happened this year with NASCAR’s legal team and know I’m ready to compete but I know this will only give me additional motivation to train even harder and allow me to grow as a driver. I look forward to seeing everyone on the track next year and I am grateful that Lamborghini was able to support me and help get clearance for next year race, I owe a lot to them and I am just so thankful to Lamborghini, they have played a huge role in my race career!”

15-Year-Old Racecar Driver; Steven Aghakhani Scheduled To Receive Pro Racing License

Steven Racing has added several title sponsors to its growing list, including Sada Systems, LPA Lighting, Shegerian & Associates, Magic Laundry Services, Payco Merchant Processing, Tax and Business Consulting Group, which will continue to help support its 15-year old driver win more races.

Steven Racing is also backed by numerous associate sponsors, US Logistics and US mail, CNC Motors, REV beauty, Paper & Diamond, Skyline Home Loans, Insignia Mortgage and Pro Automotive Repair and Services.

Aghakhani has been invited to compete at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) race track in Austin,Texas this September. Additionally he will be competing at the Intercontinental GT Challenge Race at WeatherTech Leguna Seca Raceway in October 2018.

Jeff Gordon is Steven’s favorite NASCAR Driver – even though Gordon is retired. Aghakhani watches NASCAR via the television when time allows and would consider the NASCAR path in the future. 

More information on Steven’s amazing journey can be found at: stevenracing.com.
Source: Aghakhani PR


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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

ARCA Returns to Dirt at Historic Springfield Mile

ARCA Returns to Dirt at Historic Springfield Mile

The Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds

The 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will run the first of its two dirt track races in this year's championship schedule on Sunday, August 19.

The MAVTV telecast will air "live" from the iconic Springfield Mile at Illinois State Fairgrounds.

MAVTV/ARCA programming will start at 2:30pm ET with the re-air at 5:30pm ET.

It will be the 36th time the series has visited the 1-mile oval for the annual Allen Crowe 100 and the 15th in this year's schedule. The change from pavement to dirt at Springfield will be an interesting challenge for the drivers and teams after 14 races on a variety of paved ovals.

Dean Roper won ARCA’s first visit to Springfield in 1983. Other notables to have won at Springfield include 1989 series champion Bob Keselowski, who scored four wins in 1987, 1888, 1989, and 1998. Keselowski is also the father of 2012 NASCAR Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski.

Former Cup Series winner Ken Schrader won in 1998, current NASCAR XFINITY Series star and Springfield native Justin Allgaier scored a popular hometown win in 2006, and ten-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel scored eight wins between 2000 and 2012.

There have been nine consecutive races without a repeat winner at Springfield, dating back to Kimmel’s win in 2008. With no previous winners entered, that streak is guaranteed to extend another year.

Southern California drivers Sheldon Creed and Zane Smith continue to lead the championship point standings, which got a little tighter after Smith won the series’ most recent event at Pocono, Pa., July 27. Currently point standings have Creed at 3540 points, Smith at 3375 and Riley Herbst at 3125.

The series will return to MAVTV http://www.mavtv.com for three races in a row starting with the 2nd dirt track of the season at DuQuoin, Illinois, September 3.


2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield IL, 8-19-18
Official Entry List, Allen Crowe 100


Car # Driver
0 Con Nicolopoulos
3 Joe Cooksey
03 Alex Clubb
8 Chase Purdy
10 Tommy Vigh Jr.
15 Christian Eckes
18 Riley Herbst
20 Logan Seavey
24 Ryan Unzicker
25 Natalie Decker
27 Travis Braden
28 Sheldon Creed
32 Gus Dean
34 Mike Basham
41 Zane Smith
48 Brad Smith
52 Bret Holmes
57 Bryan Dauzat
69 Will Kimmel
73 Dale Shearer
77 Joe Graf, Jr.


Schedule of events for the Allen Crowe 100
at the Illinois State Fairgrounds

 


Sunday, August 19th



5:00 AM
ARCA Racing Series Officials Meeting
5:30 AM 1:00 PM ARCA Racing Series Credentials
5:30 AM
ARCA Racing Series Haulers Enter (Truck Driver Only)
6:00 AM
ARCA Racing Series Garage Opens
6:00 AM 8:30 AM Approved Pit Support Vehicle Use in ARCA Garage
7:00 AM
Safety Communication Meeting
7:30 AM
Chapel Service
8:00 AM
Track Services Meeting
8:00 AM
ARCA Racing Series Driver, Crew Chief and Spotter Meeting and Draw for Qualifying Order


(Required Attendance)
8:15 AM
First Time ARS Driver Meeting in the ARCA Administration Trailer Office
9:00 AM 10:00 AM ARCA Racing Series Practice
10:00 AM 11:00 AM Approved Pit Support Vehicle Use in ARCA Garage
10:05 AM 11:00 AM Sportsman Practice / Last Chance Race
11:00 AM
General Tire Pole Qualifying (All Positions / 1 lap)
11:45 AM 12:15 PM Final Adjustments


POST QUALIFYING IMPOUND PROCEDURE IN EFFECT
12:00 N
Sportsman Feature (15 laps)
12:30 PM
ARCA Racing Series Driver Autograph Session
1:20 PM
ARCA Racing Series Driver Introduction
1:40 PM
Start of the Allen Crowe 100


(100 laps / 100 miles)



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BMS to recognize four Neighborhood Heroes at America's Night Race

BMS to recognize four Neighborhood Heroes at America's Night Race

Four Neighborhood Heroes representing first responder groups from cities throughout the region will be honored during pre-race ceremonies on Saturday, August 18 prior to the start of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The four honorees - Bristol Police Sgt. Matt Cousins, Tennessee Highway Patrol officer Russell Bernard from Nashville, Chattanooga City Fire Dept. Captain Steve Everett and Knoxville City Police Officer Jay Williams - will be introduced to the crowd at the main trackside stage during pre-race festivities, receive a commemorative plaque and take an official parade lap in a Chevy Silverado truck prior to NASCAR driver introductions, among other planned activities.

The four individuals were selected for the honor for going above and beyond the call of duty in their representative communities to make a difference in the lives of others. During the past two weeks BMS officials have traveled to each of the Neighborhood Heroes' respective neighborhoods to make the announcements.

"We're blessed to be able to enjoy what we do because of the efforts of our first responders and military who work tirelessly to protect our freedoms," said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager at Bristol Motor Speedway. "We can't thank them enough for their efforts and we felt it was appropriate to bring them onto the pre-race stage Saturday night at America's Night Race to allow everyone to honor them for what they do to keep America safe."

Each of the BMS Neighborhood Heroes has a compelling story.

Bristol PD's Sgt. Cousins was the second officer on the scene the morning of July 7, 2016, when an active shooter opened fire on passing cars near the Days Inn located on Volunteer Parkway in Bristol.

Once on the scene, Cousins ordered the gunman to drop his weapon multiple times. The suspect then began firing upon other officers and Cousins was also hit in the leg. Cousins returned fire immediately and seriously wounded the suspect, who continued to fire his weapon as he fell to the ground. One person was killed and another was injured during the incident. Cousins' swift actions brought an immediate resolution to the situation and saved many officers' lives and potentially many more in the community.

Last September, THP Officer Bernard was called to the scene of a terrible crash on a local Nashville highway. A large buck deer had been struck by a vehicle and sent flying through the air. Unfortunately the deer landed on another vehicle, smashing through the windshield. As it impacted the car, one of its antlers struck the female driver in the neck. Once on the scene, Trooper Bernard took swift action and applied pressure to the woman's wound until EMT officials arrived. His quick actions saved the woman's life.

Chattanooga FD's Captain Everett was off-duty and on his way home from a family gathering earlier this year when he came upon a major house fire in a nearby neighborhood. Captain Everett immediately stopped his vehicle and jumped in to help fight the blaze and assist with the rescue operation. He led the effort, along with assistance from several civilians, to rescue a woman inside the burning home. His quick action saved the woman's life.

Knoxville PD Officer Williams was wounded in the shoulder after being shot by one of the TBI's most wanted criminals during a traffic stop earlier this year. He made the decision to hold his return fire at the criminal's vehicle because there was a female passenger inside and Officer Williams wasn't sure of her status. Officer Williams' initial confrontation ultimately led to the criminal's capture by other members of his department along with other local, state and federal law enforcement partners.

Williams was awarded the Purple Heart by then Knoxville police Chief David Rausch, who said: "Jay is a perfect example of not over-reacting and staying in control even after being shot, which is a testament to his courage and his strength." Williams has also received other awards for his outstanding work, including stopping a string of burglaries in North Knoxville 2016 and assisting an elderly woman in need to food in 2015.



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Monday, August 13, 2018

Harvick Wins and Ford Sweeps Season At Michigan International Speedway

Harvick Wins and Ford Sweeps Season At Michigan International Speedway


Kevin Harvick, in the Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) No.4 Ford Fusion reached Victory Lane for the seventh time this year in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). Harvick swept the Consumer Energy 400 on Sunday with the flawless execution of the No. 4 team, to mark Ford’s 38th win at Michigan and 668 all-time Cup win.


“Congratulations to Kevin, Tony, Gene and the Stewart-Haas organization on the seventh points win of the season,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Kevin and the team ran an unbelievable race. It’s been a great week here in Michigan with the reveal of the 2019 NASCAR Ford Mustang and now to win the 400 and retain the Heritage trophy for Ford Motor Co., it’s just a special deal. Our team, back at Roush Yates Engines, is very proud to be part of this partnership and continue to push toward the Playoffs.”


Harvick started the Consumer Energy 400 in the second row, but it didn’t take long for him to make his charge to the front. After a mid-stage restart, Harvick seized the opportunity to take the lead and set himself up to win the first Stage of the race.


The No. 4 SHR team executed the game plan perfectly to help put Harvick in position to take the Stage 2 win, on his way to leading 108 out of the 200-lap race and take the checkered flag 3.233-second over Ford teammate Brad Keselowski.


Harvick made it back-to-back wins at Michigan International Speedway for SHR, following teammate Clint Bowyer’s win in the Spring.

“Keelan is saving me some work,” said Harvick in Victory Lane. “Usually when I get home the next day we have to mock up a victory lane celebration. For him to be here and able to do that and be a part of NASCAR and bring your son to work and do all the things that we get to do with our kids, I have had him with me by myself the last three weeks and we have had a ball. I couldn’t be happier to be a dad and be a part of NASCAR where they let your family come to the race track and be a part of it.”



Harvick now leads the driver Playoff points standings with 40 points, five points over Kyle Busch in second.

In total six Ford’s finished in the Top-10; Harvick (P1), Keselowski (P2), Ryan Blaney (P5), Kurt Busch (P6), Aric Almirola (P7), and Joey Logano (P10).


On Saturday, at the Mid-Ohio Sport Car Course, Austin Cindric in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang won his second pole of the year and 10th for Roush Yates Engines this season.

Cindric led a total of 59 out of the 75-lap race and finished second with Ford teammates Cole Custer from SHR finishing seventh and Ryan Reed from Roush Fenway Racing tenth.


This coming weekend, NASCAR heads back to Bristol, Tennessee for the second time this season, while the Ford Performance IMSA teams’ race for their fifth straight WeatherTech Sportscar Championship win at VIR and their WEC teammates get back to the track in the U.K for the Six Hours of Silverstone. Reference the full 2018 schedule on Roush Yates Engines.

Source: Roush Yates Engines PR


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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Kyle Larson Lurking

Kyle Larson Lurking

Larson to start the Consumers Energy 400 from seventeenth position

Kyle Larson may well feel he’s done everything BUT win in 2018. And with three of his five career wins coming at Michigan International Speedway, there may be no one more eager to get to the Irish Hills.

Kyle Larson Lurking - #NASCAR


Larson’s streak of three wins was snapped in the rain-shortened race earlier this summer when he finished 28th. He has led 141 of his career total (150 laps) at Michigan in the last four races there.

The driver of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet has only one top-10 finish (a sixth-place at Watkins Glen) since a ninth place at Kentucky Speedway four weeks ago and he hasn’t led a lap since his runner-up finish at Chicago, six races ago. 

Twice this year, he’s started on the pole (at Dover and Sonoma) and twice he’s led more than 100 laps but not gotten the trophy (200 at Bristol and 101 at Kansas).

He has 12 top-10 and six top-five finishes in 22 races this season.