Monday, December 10, 2018

Chase Elliott and Jeff Gordon Visited the FBI Tactical Emergency Vehicle Operations Center

Chase Elliott and Jeff Gordon Visited the FBI Tactical Emergency Vehicle Operations Center

Who Took Home The Trophy?

Race car drivers often have fun and make interesting appearances. However, when the appearance involves a driving challenge, they take it seriously. 

Chase Elliott and Jeff Gordon Visited the FBI Tactical Emergency Vehicle Operations Center


Like racing, law enforcement can become a dangerous profession. The FBI is here to save lives and yet ensure that all of their agents go home every single night.

The final exam for new FBI agents is called the Precision Obstacle Course. Their goal at Tactical Emergency Vehicle Operations Center (TEVOC) is to produce safe drivers and to save lives.

Chase Elliott and Jeff Gordon got the opportunity to test their talents at the FBI's Tactical Emergency Vehicle Operations Center in Quantico, Va. last week, taking a competitive spin around the center's precision obstacle course.

Driving the Precision Obstacle Course (360-Degree Video)



From the looks on their faces, Jeff and Chase enjoyed their visit to TEVOC.


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  2. R Entertainment Taps Bryan R. Sperber as President
  3. NASCAR Silly Season Revving at Full Speed
  4. Adam Stevens, Crew Chief for Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing's #18 Toyota Camry, is MOOG® 'Go the Extra Mile' Crew Chief of the Year
  5. The NMPA Myers Brothers Awards were held on yesterday (11/28/18), at the Wynn Las Vegas



Friday, December 7, 2018

Joe Gibbs Racing Announces Crew Chief Hires For 2019 Season

Joe Gibbs Racing Announces Crew Chief Hires For 2019 Season

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today it’s crew chief lineup for the 2019 season.

  • Chris Gabehart Named Crew Chief and Eric Phillips Named Car Chief for No. 11 MENCS Toyota 
  • Jeff Meendering Named Crew Chief for the No. 19 Xfinity Series Toyota
  • Ben Beshore Named Crew Chief for No. 18 Xfinity Series Toyota
  • Mark McFarland Named Crew Chief for JGR’s ARCA Series Toyota

Chris Gabehart will serve as crew chief on the No. 11 MENCS Toyota. Gabehart spent the past three seasons as a crew chief in JGR’s Xfinity Series program, capturing a total of nine wins over that time. Eric Phillips will also make the move from the Xfinity Series to assume the role of car chief with the No. 11 team. He compiled eight wins over three seasons as crew chief on the No. 18 Xfinity Series team.

In addition, JGR announces the addition of two crew chiefs to its Xfinity Series program.

Jeff Meendering returns to the organization to fill the role vacated by Gabehart as crew chief on the No. 19 Xfinity Series with driver Brandon Jones. Meendering spent that past two seasons with Stewart-Haas Racing as crew chief on the No. 00 car.

Ben Beshore will move from his current role as engineer on JGR’s No. 18 MENCS team to replace the vacancy left by Phillips as crew chief for the No. 18 Xfinity Series Toyota.

JGR’s ARCA Series team will also have an addition for 2019 with the hire of crew chief Mark McFarland. He joins the organization from MDM Motorsports where he served as team manager and crew chief in the K&N Series as well as ARCA.

“With such a short offseason it’s important to start work toward the 2019 season immediately and we are proud with the teams we have assembled now, both in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and in the Xfinity Series,” said Joe Gibbs, Owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “With Chris Gabehart joining Adam Stevens, Chris Gayle, and Cole Pearn on the Cup side we believe we have the right leaders in place to benefit our entire organization.

“In addition, we take a tremendous amount of pride in our accomplishments in the Xfinity Series and are excited to have Jeff Meendering and Ben Beshore join Jason Ratcliff to lead our efforts there, as well as bolster our developmental program in ARCA with the addition of Mark McFarland.”



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  4. The NMPA Myers Brothers Awards were held on yesterday (11/28/18), at the Wynn Las Vegas
  5. Police Chase Coming to Las Vegas Motor Speedway


Thursday, December 6, 2018

R Entertainment Taps Bryan R. Sperber as President

R Entertainment Taps Bryan R. Sperber as President

Former Motor Sports Executive Joins National Experiential Marketing Leader


Former #NASCAR ISM Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber
Former ISM Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber

R Entertainment of Scottsdale, a special event, business development and concert entertainment company with projects nationwide, has tapped former ISM Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber, to serve as president.

Sperber is recognized as an innovative leader within the motor sports industry with a long tenure at International Speedway Corporation (ISCA), the publicly traded holding company of 12 NASCAR venues across the country, including the flagship Daytona International Speedway and ISM Raceway (formerly Phoenix International Raceway).

Sperber joined R Entertainment Dec 1.

Scottsdale, Ariz., based R Entertainment has a robust portfolio of lifestyle and concert events, and multi-day festivals with strategic partners across the country. Events include, for example, the 12-city USA TODAY Martha Stewart Wine & Food Experience culinary event series in partnership with Gannett, including MGM in Las Vegas; a national taco tour with COMCAST Spectacor, which manages more than 100 venues; a children’s festival series in conjunction with public television stations throughout the country; The Good Life Festival concert and lifestyle series with Shea Homes; and others.

“Experiential events like those by R Entertainment are gaining major attention, and this is an amazing time to join this remarkable team,” Sperber said. “The company is recognized for creating concert and culinary spectacles that mix interactive elements that patrons can make their own. R Entertainment is at the forefront of active entertainment experiences that are enjoyable, memorable and enriching for fans.”

Sperber began his 20-plus years in 1990, in a number of roles including serving as national sponsorship sales director of ISC and president of New York’s Watkins Glen.

For 16 years he led Phoenix International Raceway, now ISM Raceway, and concurrently served as chairman of the Los Angeles Auto Club Speedway for two years. At PIR, Sperber oversaw approximately $300 million in capital improvements that transformed the venue with a new grandstand, lighting for evening racing events, restaurants and bars, a state-of-the-art infield attraction and leading-edge technology.

A study of PIR by Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business found that the venue had an economic impact of nearly $400 million annually in Arizona, the result of the venue’s annual schedule of races and major events that draw visitors from across the country.

Kerry Dunne, partner & cofounder, R Entertainment, said: “Bryan’s track record of business development and creativity is a rare mix and a great fit for the next phase of R Entertainment. We’re excited to have his leadership, business acumen and longstanding relationships as we continue to grow our brand of entertainment experiences.”

Reed Glick, partner & cofounder, R Entertainment, “What a wonderful addition to the team. Under Bryan’s leadership, we are excited for the future of R Entertainment. We have so many opportunities to capitalize on and happy to have him onboard.”

Sperber was inducted into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, serves on the Fiesta Bowl Executive Committee, and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO Gold).



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  3. The NMPA Myers Brothers Awards were held on yesterday (11/28/18), at the Wynn Las Vegas
  4. Police Chase Coming to Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  5. Nutri Chomps Backing Chase Briscoe for Start of 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series Season


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

NASCAR Silly Season Revving at Full Speed

NASCAR Silly Season Revving at Full Speed

Every week, it seems like there’s a new development in Silly Season for 2019.



Just because the racing has passed, there is no shortage of NASCAR News. Below is some of the buzz via Twitter.

Kurt Busch and Monster Energy announced that Kurt will pilot the No. 1 for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2019. (No word where Jamie McMurray will land – however, Associated Press has reported that Chip Ganassi has offered McMurray driver a contract for just for the 2019 Daytona 500 and then a leadership position with the team.)



Noah Gragson won the prestigious 2018 Snowball Derby but not the heart of the trophy girl in victory lane. The driver attempted a kiss but was initially rejected. (It is rumored that the driver received his kiss and the model’s phone number later)



Carl Dakes won the 2018 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. Dakes is a longtime volunteer with the Maryland-based ‘Believe In Tomorrow’ Children’s Foundation.



DGR-Crosley announced that they have added Natalie Decker to their driver development program for the 2019 season. Decker will run a select number of NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races as well as a combination of NASCAR K&N Pro Series and ARCA Racing Series events.



NASCAR's Most Popular Driver Award is awarded to the most popular NASCAR driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and Camping World Truck Series every year since 1956.



Bob Pockrass announced this will be his last season – he will not be covering motorsports for ESPN in 2019.



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  4. Nutri Chomps Backing Chase Briscoe for Start of 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series Season
  5. Front Row Motorsports Adds Third Team for 2019, Signs Matt Tifft to Drive No. 36


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Adam Stevens, Crew Chief for Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing's #18 Toyota Camry, is MOOG® 'Go the Extra Mile' Crew Chief of the Year

Adam Stevens, Crew Chief for Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing's #18 Toyota Camry, is MOOG® 'Go the Extra Mile' Crew Chief of the Year

Stevens Earns MOOG Honor After Winning Five Weekly 'Go the Extra Mile' Awards in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ™ Competition


Adam Stevens, crew chief for Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing's MOOG®-equipped #18 Toyota Camry, is the 2018 MOOG "Go the Extra Mile" Crew Chief of the Year. The award, given to the crew chief with the best overall performance in advancing a team's competitive position during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ season, was presented to Stevens during the NMPA Myers Brothers awards ceremony in Las Vegas, Nev. MOOG is a premium brand from Federal-Mogul Motorparts and the Official Steering and Suspension of NASCAR.

Stevens won a season-high five weekly MOOG "Go the Extra Mile" Crew Chief awards, which are presented to the crew chief whose car delivers the greatest improvement in average lap time from the first to the second half of a race while finishing on the lead lap. A total of 17 different crew chiefs earned the weekly award over the 36-race season.

"Succeeding with this team was inevitable, as it was through Adam's initial success as Kyle Busch's crew chief in the NASCAR Xfinity Series™ that he was rewarded by moving up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, where they continued their winning ways and developed their chemistry," said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. "Adam's engineering skills and on-the-spot decision-making earned him eight wins in 2018 alone, and pushed the team to become regular season points champion, qualified for the Playoffs, and advanced to the Championship Four.

"We congratulate Adam on his 2018 MOOG Crew Chief of the Year Award."

As the MOOG brand's Crew Chief of the Year, Stevens received a handcrafted MOOG ball joint trophy and $100,000 check from Federal-Mogul Motorparts.

The MOOG brand is the preferred choice of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs. MOOG product engineers go the extra mile in developing innovative steering and suspension parts that provide superior performance, greater durability and easier installation. These benefits have helped drive the brand's unsurpassed success in NASCAR competition, with every NASCAR Cup Series champion for the past 53 seasons driving to victory with MOOG parts.

To learn more about MOOG parts, please visit www.MOOGparts.com contact your MOOG supplier. Like MOOG on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MOOGparts, follow MOOG on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/MOOGparts, or connect with the brand on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/MOOGparts.


About Tenneco

Headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois, Tenneco is one of the world's leading designers, manufacturers and marketers of Ride Performance and Clean Air products and technology solutions for diversified markets, including light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway equipment and the aftermarket, with 2017 revenues of $9.3 billion and approximately 32,000 employees worldwide.

On October 1, 2018, Tenneco completed the acquisition of Federal-Mogul, a leading global supplier to original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket with nearly 55,000 employees globally and 2017 revenues of $7.8 billion. Additionally, the company expects to separate its businesses to form two new, independent companies, an Aftermarket and Ride Performance company as well as a new Powertrain Technology company, in late 2019.

About the Future Aftermarket and Ride Performance Company

Following the separation, the aftermarket and ride performance company will be one of the largest global multi-line, multi-brand aftermarket companies, and one of the largest global OE ride performance and braking companies. The aftermarket and ride performance company's principal product brands will feature Monroe®, Walker®, Clevite® Elastomers, MOOG®, Fel-Pro®, Wagner®, Champion® and others. The Aftermarket and Ride Performance company would have 2017 pro-forma revenues of $6.4 billion, with 57% of those revenues from aftermarket and 43% from original equipment customers.

About the Future Powertrain Technology Company

Following the separation, the powertrain technology company will be one of the world's largest pure-play powertrain companies serving OE markets worldwide with engineered solutions addressing fuel economy, power output, and criteria pollution requirements for gasoline, diesel and electrified powertrains. The powertrain technology company would have 2017 pro-forma revenues of $10.7 billion, serving light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway and industrial markets.

Source: PR Newswire

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

The NMPA Myers Brothers Awards were held on yesterday (11/28/18), at the Wynn Las Vegas.

The NMPA Myers Brothers Awards were held on yesterday (11/28/18), at the Wynn Las Vegas.
A number of honors were handed out during the Champion’s Week mainstay, highlighted by the Champion Crew Chief Award, which was bestowed to Todd Gordon, crew chief for the championship winning No. 22 Ford with driver Joey Logano.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Joey Logano poses
with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship trophy in front
of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign during NASCAR Champion's Week

During his acceptance speech, Gordon detailed the team’s roller-coaster season, including the thrilling win at Martinsville Speedway that locked Logano into the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“This win allowed everyone at Team Penske to focus on Homestead for three weeks,” Gordon said. “It was awesome to see all 550 Mooresville Employees pulling in the same direction, getting us as prepared as we’d ever been for the Championship race.”

First-year Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron took Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but he was eager to put his status as a neophyte behind him.

“No more rookie meetings, and that’s a freedom I haven’t had in my short NASCAR career so far,” Byron said. “With that being said, I’m ready to have a little fun tomorrow when I turn 21 and take those rookie stripes off.”


Here is the complete list of Thursday’s award winners from the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon:

  • Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award: William Byron, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
  • Champion Buddy Shuman Award: Grant Lynch, Talladega Superspeedway Chairman
  • Busch Pole Award: Kurt Busch, No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
  • NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award: ExxonMobil’s Mobil 1 brand
  • Mechanix Wear Pit Crew of the Year: No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing pit crew
  • MOOG Go the Extra Mile Crew Chief of the Year Award: Adam Stevens, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
  • MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Year Award: Doug Yates, Roush Yates Engines for performance of No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
  • Mobil 1 Performance Award: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford
  • American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
  • Sunoco Diamond Performance Award: Joey Logano, No. 22 Team Penske Ford
  • Goodyear NASCAR Series Champion Award: Joey Logano, No. 22 Team Penske Ford
  • Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Sponsor Award: Shell-Pennzoil
  • Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Crew Crew Award: Todd Gordon, No. 22 Team Penske Ford
  • NMPA Myers Brothers Award: NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France

Myers Brothers Awards Photos

NASCAR driver William Byron accepts the Sunoco Rookie of the Year
Award during the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards at the Wynn
Crew Crew Award - Todd Gordon (No. 22 Team Penske Ford) accepts his
award during the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards at the Wynn
Las Vegas on November 28, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Kevin Harvick driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford accepts
the American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award
NASCAR driver Kurt Busch accepts the Busch Pole Award
Joey Logano poses for a photo in front of The Fountains of Bellagio
Joey Logano receives the Goodyear NASCAR Series Champion Award during
the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards at the Wynn Las Vegas
Grant Lynch, Talladega Superspeedway Chairman accepts the Champion Buddy
Shuman Award during the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards
Adam Stevens, crew chief of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team accepts the MOOG
Go the Extra Mile Crew Chief of the Year Award during the Myers Brothers Awards
Doug Yates accepts the MAHLE Engine Builder of the Year Award during the
NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards at the Wynn Las Vegas on 11/28/2018


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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Police Chase Coming to Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Police Chase Coming to Las Vegas Motor Speedway

New Experience Can Only Be Found In Las Vegas

In January, Police Chase Las Vegas will offer thrill seekers an opportunity so unique that it can't be replicated anywhere else in the United States. 

Police Chase Coming to Las Vegas Motor Speedway


Patrons will go behind the scenes and actually participate in a simulated police chase. Hearts will pound as lights flash and sirens blare when "suspects" attempt to outrun the guns as they are pursued by the "police."

In the end, participants will agree that getting "caught" is half the fun.

Participants play the role of either or both a police officer and a suspect.
Participants play the role of either or both a police officer and a suspect. Once initial roles have been assigned, participants will be placed into either a patrol car or suspect vehicle.

The excitement begins to build when, out of a dead silence, the police officer is contacted over the crackling patrol car radio by the command center, who informs them that felons are fleeing the scene of a crime and that suspects are in the area. Moments later, the suspect's car races by the patrol car.

The police officer then switches on the lights and sirens and the chase begins. Once the suspect has been "caught," drivers switch places, and the hunter becomes the hunted as the chase begins again.

"Police Chase Las Vegas is going to be a thrilling attraction for anyone who takes part," Las Vegas Motor Speedway President Chris Powell said. "Nowhere else in the world can a person take advantage of this type of automotive activity. Our speedway often has been called the world's most diverse motorsports facility, and the addition of Police Chase Las Vegas underscores that diversity.

"It will offer a unique experience that is certain to create many memorable moments for every customer. We're looking forward to this new and exciting partnership."



Police Chase Las Vegas will have a soft opening on Jan. 13, 2019, and the grand opening will take place on Jan. 19, 2019.

"We are very excited to make Las Vegas Motor Speedway the home of Police Chase Las Vegas," Police Chase Las Vegas partner Damian Sheets said. "We bring such a unique, one-of-a-kind, adrenaline-pumping experience, unlike anything anywhere in the country outside of Las Vegas, that people who try it, are absolutely blown away. Everyone at some point has dreamed of what it would be like to be a police officer, or to run from the cops without consequence. This is your chance."



Police Chase Las Vegas offers guests additional experiences beyospeedwaynd the original police and suspect chase. Other options include experiencing "PIT Maneuvers." Police Chase Las Vegas offerings are not otherwise available to the public anywhere else in the country (and are exclusive to law enforcement professionals).

Police Chase Las Vegas is not all fun and games. Participants are given classroom as well as hands-on safety training by police professionals with vast training in all areas of defensive driving.

The program offerings are primarily based on the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's "Emergency Vehicle Obstacle Course." The experience incorporates many parts of actual training programs used by the police in Las Vegas, as taught by former LVMPD law enforcement training staff.

About Police Chase Las Vegas

Police Chase Las Vegas is the only provider of police pursuit and intervention driving tactics available to the general public in the United States. The Company provides its adrenaline-pumping experiences at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 

Guests experience driving an actual police car in a lights-and-siren pursuit or driving a getaway car attempting to flee from a police car giving chase. Additionally, guests can attempt PIT maneuvers and other actual police techniques trained to and only used by real Law Enforcement Personnel. For more information about Police Chase Las Vegas, log on to www.policechaselv.com.


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