Monday, June 26, 2017

RIP Michael Emil DeBello

RIP Michael Emil DeBello

Michael Emil DeBello
January 22, 1949 - June 24, 2017


s a NASCAR Official for 18 years at Riverhead Raceway
Michael Emil DeBello was born January 22, 1949 in Corona Queens, NY.

He was the only child of Angelo Carmine DeBello and Itala Clara Cianciulli DeBello.

Michael is survived by his loving wife, Janet Kay Johnson DeBello of 46 years on June 4, 2017. Mike and Janet have two daughters and three granddaughters.

Heather Kay DeBello Brunnhoelzl, Heather is married to George Brunnhoelzl III, and their daughter, Riley Morgan Brunnhoelzl. Emily Janelle DeBello Fischer, Emily is married to Brian Fischer, their daughters, McKayla Paige Fischer and Addison Grace Ann Fischer. Michael retired after 25 years of service from Pete’s Towing and Body Shop in Westbury, New York.

Mike was a NASCAR Official for 18 years at Riverhead Raceway in Riverhead, New York. Mike served as the Lieutenant of the Emergency Company of the Syosset Fire Department for 15 years. Mike was also an active member of the Syosset Fire Department Benevolent Association. Mike was also a member of the Nassau County Fire Riders Association for 5 years, a charitable fire fighters organization.

While NASCAR Race Mom did not know 'Big Mike' personally, it was evident that he made quite the impression and a difference in many a racer's lives. 


s a NASCAR Official for 18 years at Riverhead Raceway


From Derek Pernesiglio's Facebook page:

Michael Emil DeBello January 22, 1949-June 24, 2017

"Big Mike", "Tow Truck Mike", "Thunder", "The Boss" Where do I begin? A car owner, a friend, a second father. If there really is a racetrack in the sky, there's no doubt in my mind Big Bob O'Rourke has him working on the towing crew. We met when I was 15 years old. I worked on the track clean up crew and he headed up the tow truck and wrecker service at Riverhead Raceway. As a kid, we went go-kart racing together with his daughters Emily and Heather. Heather would one day marry another go-kart kid by the name of George Brunnhoelzl III who would eventually become a four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion. In 2004 he packed up the family to start a new home in North Carolina. Not long after moving down South a stroke took away his ability to drive, walk and other daily functions we take for granted. At the time I was already living down here and working for NASCAR. Seeing Mike and Jan at the modified races gave you a feeling of being far from home but still surrounded by family. In 2012 I began racing outlaw Karts at Millbridge Speedway. Mike, having an affection for the old days of go-kart racing thought they were neatest thing since sliced bread. He decided he wanted to go racing again, he even traded in one of his favorite guns to pay for half the first car. Keeping the car at his house put some skip in his step. No longer confined to the house he was able to wheel his way out to the garage and work on the car. He busted chops, we bickered, we bitched at each other like most Italians do but there was always love and respect for each other. We won some races and a Winter Series Championship together. When we won a race Mike would alway's say, "We took one from em." In the last five years his trips to the garage and the racetrack became less and less frequent. He wanted me to keep racing, He gave me a key to the house and said to come and go as I please. At night, Jan would yell into the garage to come inside to eat dinner together, like family. Last week in the hospice after telling him we finished third he scowled at me and wrinkled his face as if to say you couldn't you do any better? That was a Mike, busting chops until his final days. It's kind of fitting Mike passed just a few hours before the Modified Tour race at Riverhead tonight, we had a feeling you wanted to make it there to see the show. I love you like a father, thank you for coming into my life and accepting me as a son. Don't worry about Jan, she's in good hands. I promise you we'll take another one from them...and it'll all be for you.

Love, Your adopted son, Derek

Derek Pernesiglio has worked in racing for more than 20 years. Beginning as a short track announcer, he has also worked for NASCAR as a television producer and on-air talent for the major networks.

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Harvick's Participation In the K&N Pro Series Race Helpful

Harvick's Participation In the K&N Pro Series Race Helpful NASCAR Race Mom was very surprised at some people’s response to Kevin Harvick’s entry into and win of the K&N Pro Series race, the Carneros 200 at Sonoma Raceway. Harvick, a Bakersfield, California native, held off hard-charging Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender in Will Rodgers in a tight racing battle. 



Harvick, who won the 1998 K&N Pro Series West championship on his way up to NASCAR’s highest level related, "It always feels good to win no matter what it is," said Harvick. "The main objective was to come have fun, shine a little light on the series and shine a little light on how much talent is in the series. This particular series did a lot for me and to come back and be a part of it, see the health of it and see the young guys racing was the main objective.

However, negative comments were abound. One person commented, “not impressed.” Another, “suck away as much prize money as I can from these teams that depend on it". He has no business running at this level.”

Therefore, NRM just had to put her two cents worth in. I have experience in this series. My son raced it for five years. To me, having Mr. Harvick participate in a race would always be welcomed as long as he raced and related respectfully.

In my opinion Harvick went above and beyond to help bring notice and honor to a series that is oft times hidden in the background. Many of today’s NASCAR stars have had their start in the K&N Pro Series (West & East) and for the 2014 Sprint Cup Series Champion to acknowledge this rung in the NASCAR Ladder is huge.

After the race, Harvick went to twitter the same day to congratulate runner-up Will Rodgers:



Then Harvick invited the young racer to watch the cup race from his pits. Kevin Harvick went on to collect his first Sonoma Raceway Cup Victory Sunday!!! Harvick was the eleventh different driver to score a cup win in 2017 and earn a chase berth!

NASCAR Race Mom was thrilled for him, his family, and team. Only goes to show you - Good things happen to people who do good things.



Harvick knows how to take care of his sponsors as well!!!



Hoping the Harvick family chooses the K&N Pro Series West when son Keelan decides to go racing.



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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Harvick Wins the K&N Pro Series West Race in Sonoma

Harvick Wins the K&N Pro Series West Race in Sonoma
Kevin Harvick Wins the K&N Pro Series West Race in Sonoma #NASCAR

Kevin Harvick  won the trophy yesterday as he made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West return. However, that was not a surprise to most. In fact, Rookie Will Rodgers who won pole and record his best finish, (second) had a feeling.

"For some funny reason, I had a feeling as far back as four weeks ago that it was going to be me and Kevin coming into turn 11 on the last lap," Rodgers said.

"And sure enough, there we were. He ran a really good race, I learned a lot from him. We were able to lead some laps there in the beginning. It doesn't feel too bad to finish second today."



Harvick’s goal was not just to win this event:

"It always feels good to win no matter what it is," said Harvick. "The main objective was to come have fun, shine a little light on the series and shine a little light on how much talent is in the series. This particular series did a lot for me and to come back and be a part of it, see the health of it and see the young guys racing was the main objective.

Harvick, who emerged from Bakersfield, and Rodgers, who is a Murrieta boy, represented their state well in the sixty-four lap road race.

"It's always fun to race in front of your home state fans. It's been a long time since I raced in this particular series here, so it was a fun weekend."



Top-Ten Finisher

  • Kevin Harvick
  • Will Rodgers *
  • David Mayhew
  • Michael Self
  • Derek Kraus *
  • Todd Gilliland
  • Blaine Perkins
  • Todd Souza
  • Sheldon Creed *
  • Chris Eggleston

* - Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

Race Statistics

Fastest Qualifier: Will Rodgers *, Time: 77.949 Seconds, Speed: 91.906 mph
Time of Race: 2 hrs., 8 mins, 43 secs Average Speed: 59.368 mph Margin of Victory: .530 Seconds
Caution Flags: 
  1. 14-16 (#38 hit wall----Free Pass #11); 
  2. 18-21 (#14 stopped T2..No Free Pass); 
  3. 23-26 (#43 stopped T4 ---Free Pass #54); 
  4. 34-37 (Break----Free Pass #88); 
  5. 39-40 (#84 stopped T2----Free Pass #38); 
  6. 55-57 (#88 stopped T11----Free Pass #11).
                          6 for 20 laps.
Lap Leaders: Will Rodgers * 1-26, Michael Self 27-41, Kevin Harvick 42-64.
Total Laps Led: Will Rodgers * 26, Kevin Harvick 23, Michael Self 15. 2 changes involving 3 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points:
  1. Todd Gilliland 354
  2. Chris Eggleston 343
  3. Derek Kraus * 298
  4. Will Rodgers * 286
  5. Michael Self 272
  6. Kody Vanderwal * 272
  7. Todd Souza 266
  8. Blaine Perkins 261
  9. Nicole Behar 258
  10. Matt Levin 258


Kevin Harvick Wins the K&N Pro Series West Race in Sonoma #NASCAR



The Carneros 200 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, June 29 at 11 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will return to the track on July 28 for the annual combination race with the K&N Pro East at Iowa Speedway.


NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma
Sonoma Raceway opened as a 2.52-mile road course and drag strip in 1968. Did you know that the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race was held on June 11, 1989 – won by Ricky Rudd at an average speed of 76.088 mph?

Below is the starting lineup for Today's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (#MENCS) Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.


Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, and his son, Owen, pose with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, and his son, Owen,
pose with theCoors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the Monster
Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway
  1. Kyle Larson
  2. Jamie McMurray
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. AJ Allmendinger
  6. Danica Patrick
  7. Ryan Blaney
  8. Chase Elliott
  9. Chris Buescher
  10. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  11. Daniel Suarez
  12. Kevin Harvick
  13. Clint Bowyer
  14. Denny Hamlin
  15. Paul Menard
  16. Michael McDowell
  17. Kurt Busch
  18. Joey Logano
  19. Austin Dillon
  20. Ryan Newman
  21. Kasey Kahne
  22. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  23. Brad Keselowski
  24. Jimmie Johnson
  25. Trevor Bayne
  26. Billy Johnson
  27. Matt DiBenedetto
  28. David Ragan
  29. Cole Whitt
  30. Erik Jones
  31. Landon Cassill
  32. Alon Day
  33. Josh Bilicki
  34. Boris Said
  35. Ty Dillon
  36. Kevin O’Connell
  37. Tommy Regan
  38. Matt Kenseth

Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota, Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Axalta Chevrolet, drive during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 24, 2017 in Sonoma, California.
Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota,
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, and Dale
Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Axalta Chevrolet, in Sonoma, California.

Today's Schedule

Sunday, June 25

  • 7:00 AM 12:30 PM   MENCS Registration Open
  • 7:00 AM    MENCS Garage Opens
  • 7:00 AM 10:30 AM    MENCS Minors Permitted/Garage Area*
  • 7:40 AM 8:30 AM    NASCAR Pace Vehicle Rides
  • 8:00 AM    Starting Of Engines Is Permitted
  • 8:30 AM 9:30 AM    Pace Vehicle Rides (Sonoma Raceway)
  • 10:00 AM    Track Services Meeting (Conference Room)
  • 10:00 AM    MENCS Driver / Crew Chief Meeting (Turn Eleven)
  • 11:00 AM 4:30 PM    MENCS ** Hot Pass In Effect **
  • 11:20 AM    MENCS Driver Introductions
  • 12:00 PM (3:00 PM)    MENCS Race (110 Laps, 218.9 Miles)


Sonoma Raceway Data

  • Season Race #: 16 of 36 (06-25-17)
  • Track Size: 1.99-miles
  • Number of Turns: 12
  • Race Length: 110 laps / 219 miles / 350 Kilometers
  • Stage 1 and 2 Length: 25 laps (each)
  • Final Stage Length: 60 laps


Top 10 Driver Ratings at Sonoma

  • Kurt Busch............................... 107.8
  • Jimmie Johnson.......................... 99.9
  • Clint Bowyer............................... 90.2
  • Kyle Busch................................. 90.1
  • Kyle Larson................................ 90.0
  • Ryan Newman............................ 88.3
  • Kevin Harvick.............................. 87.9
  • AJ Allmendinger.......................... 87.5
  • Martin Truex Jr............................ 87.0
  • Kasey Kahne.............................. 86.9

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Local Racer, Eric Sunness, Seeking Assistance via 'Go Fund Me' Page

Local Racer, Eric Sunness Seeking Assistance via 'Go Fund Me' Page

On Saturday, June 17, Eric Sunness was involved in a crash while racing his Super Stock at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield. 


Local Racer, Eric Sunness, Seeking Assistance via 'Go Fund Me' Page
He had to be cut from the car after hitting the turn two wall drivers door first. He's been in the hospital, in the ICU ever since. He's still in the hospital in Bakersfield, and he has a tough road ahead of him.

Everyone who races in Southern California knows Eric. He's famous for his Hawaiian shirts and big smile, and he's hard to miss since he's so tall. More importantly, he's always there when you need him. He's been a great teammate and extended family member for years. He's a hard working, blue collar racer, who owns his own business and takes care of his family. And he's never said no to helping someone.

So let's help him. His wife, Nancy, remains with him in Bakersfield. His business, Sunness Automotive, in the valley, is without its leader right now, and we all know how expensive a prolonged hospital stay is.

Racers are a unique fraternity, and a family. Let's show Eric what we've proved time and time again: when one of us is down, we come together to pick that person and their family up.

Thank you all for any donation, no matter how small. God Bless.

The Sunness and DeLong Family 




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Don't Forget the K&N Pro Series Race At Sonoma Today

Don't Forget the K&N Pro Series Race At Sonoma Today

Michael Self Leads Sole #KNWest Session At Road Course





Michael Self was quickest in the only NASCAR K&N Pro Series West practice session Friday afternoon for the Carneros 200 at Sonoma Raceway. Self's No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs Lucas Oil/Braille Batteries Ford turned a lap of 1:18.524 seconds (91.233 mph) around the 12-turn road course.


The three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers schedule to participate in this event all recorded practice times within the top-ten.  Current Monster Energy Series rookie Daniel Suarez took runner-up position. Kevin Harvick, the 1998 K&N Pro Series West champion, was fifth on the practice sheet. While recent first-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner Ryan Blaney practiced in seventh place.


Practice Results

Pos No. Name Best Speed Laps
1 9 Michael Self 91.233 15
2 12 Daniel Suarez 90.718 15
3 7 Will Rodgers * 90.354 18
4 17 David Mayhew 89.818 14
5 4 Kevin Harvick 89.685 13
6 13 Todd Souza 89.522 14
7 88 Ryan Blaney 89.513 9
8 20 Jim Inglebright 89.386 5
9 99 Chris Eggleston 88.717 10
10 61 Johnny Borneman III 88.535 10
11 55 Sheldon Creed 88.226 17
12 6 Julia Landauer 88.201 21
13 43 Derek Thorn 88.118 11
14 16 Todd Gilliland 88.010 11
15 21 Blaine Perkins 87.643 16
16 19 Derek Kraus* 87.533 18
17 86 Tim Spurgeon 87.074 12
18 54 Will Gallaher 86.432 12
19 51 Carlos Vieira 86.356 15
20 32 Kody Vanderwal * 85.765 18
21 47 Scott Ivie 85.424 14
22 10 Matt Levin 84.843 21
23 38 Stafford Smith * 84.803 14
24 84 Rich DeLong III 84.453 21
25 11 Takuma Koga 84.199 22
26 33 Nicole Behar 84.036 18
27 40 Ron Norman 83.932 16
28 30 Dave Smith 82.604 3
29 77 Kevin O'Connell 82.490 1
30 68 Rodd Kneeland * 82.470 12
31 36 Jesse Iwuji 80.183 10
32 14 John Wood 77.782 2


 


Qualifying at 1:15 p.m. ET
Carneros 200 at 4:30 p.m. ET
Event Hashtag #carneros20



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Friday, June 23, 2017

Iowa Speedway Lands Sweet Deal with M&M’s

Iowa Speedway Lands Sweet Deal with M&M’s

Iowa Speedway announced the title sponsor for the June 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will be Mars Chocolate North America, makers of the iconic M&M’S® Brand. While M&M’S has had a presence in NASCAR for years, this marks the first time the brand has sponsored a race at The Fastest Short Track on the Planet.

Having been involved in the sport for almost three decades as a team sponsor, M&M’S is already a seasoned partner throughout NASCAR. The brand has been a sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing and Kyle Busch, a two-time Iowa Speedway race winner, since 2008. In 2000, Mars stepped up its sponsorship to become the “Official Chocolate of NASCAR” and has since built a significant presence at the track.

“We’re excited to welcome our new partner, Mars Chocolate, to Iowa Speedway, and are proud to promote M&M’S with one of our longstanding partners, Casey’s General Store,” said Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small. “This partnership is a wonderful example of the unrivaled promotional power and versatility of NASCAR and Iowa Speedway.”

“We are happy to partner with Casey’s General Store, NASCAR, and Iowa Speedway,” said William Clements, VP Sponsorships, Mars Chocolate North America. “M&M’S makes race day more fun, so fans should expect a sweet at-track experience during Iowa Speedway’s wide open weekend.”

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series M&M’S 200 presented by Casey’s General Store will run on June 23 at 7:30 p.m. CT on FS1. The M&M’S 200 will be the first race of Wide Opening Weekend which pairs the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series for the second consecutive year.


About Mars, Incorporated

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 85,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.

For more information about Mars, please visit www.mars.com. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

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