Thursday, January 24, 2019

Jersey Mike’s Subs Renews Partnership With Auto Club Speedway

Jersey Mike’s Subs Renews Partnership With Auto Club Speedway

Jersey Mike’s offers A Sub Above®

Jersey Mike’s Subs Renews Partnership With #NASCAR Auto Club Speedway

Jersey Mike’s Subs has extended its partnership through 2020 with Auto Club Speedway as the “Official Sub Sandwich” during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 race weekend – March 15-17, 2019.

“Jersey Mike’s is an amazing partner that embraces our fans and the sport,” said Dave Allen, President of Auto Club Speedway. “They are involved with race weekend from feeding our fans to STEM Day to the Walk of Fame ceremony.”

Ticket holders can purchase Jersey Mike’s fresh sliced and fresh grilled subs at their restaurant during race weekend located in the Apex building in the heart of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone. Jersey Mike’s will offer a limited sandwich menu as well as two hot cheesesteak locations in grandstand concourse levels.



“We are very excited to continue our partnership with the Auto Club Speedway, bringing the Jersey Mike’s brand to the fans of NASCAR!" said Jolene Leonard, Area Director / Franchisee, Jersey Mike’s.

During the Auto Club 400 race weekend, Jersey Mike’s will participate in the Speedway’s Walk of Fame Ceremony by presenting the 2018 Auto Club 400 winner, Martin Truex Jr., with a custom designed surfboard. Past Jersey Mike’s surfboard recipients include Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Larson. Ticket holders are invited to watch the Walk of Fame festivities on Friday, March 15 in the morning outside Gate B.

Jersey Mike’s will once again provide boxed lunches for over 500 middle school students during Auto Club Speedway’s STEM Day where they learn how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are extremely important to the motorsports industry.

In addition to the mouthwatering subs and other food options, NASCAR ticket holders have access to the O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone offering multiple concerts, NASCAR driver appearances, sponsor activations, Monster Energy Smoke Show, Lefty’s Fun Zone and other family fun.

NASCAR Auto Club 400 race tickets start at $45.00. To purchase tickets to the NASCAR Auto Club 400 Weekend at Auto Club Speedway, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or purchase tickets online at www.autoclubspeedway.com.


About Jersey Mike’s:

Jersey Mike’s, a fast-casual sub sandwich franchise with more than 2,000 locations open and under development nationwide, believes that making a sub sandwich and making a difference can be one and the same. Jersey Mike’s offers A Sub Above®, serving authentic fresh sliced subs on freshly baked bread – the same recipe it started with in 1956 – and is passionate about giving back to its local communities. 

Source: Track Release

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  3. 2018 Indianapolis 500 Winners - Will Power and Roger Penske receive the BorgWarner Championship Trophies
  4. Fans Can Celebrate in Gatorade Victory Lane At NASCAR Auto Club 400 With Special Ticket Package
  5. Rest In Peace J.D. Gibbs


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Rest in Peace - Glen Wood

Rest in Peace - Glen Wood UPDATE


Farewell “Master of the Madhouse”

Leonard and Glen wood with one of their early cars. #NASCAR
Leonard and Glen wood with one of their early cars.


Glen Wood (July 18, 1925 – January 18, 2019) was a NASCAR driver from Stuart, Virginia. He and brother Leonard Wood co-founded the legendary Wood Brothers Racing team, sixty-eight years ago in 1950 and entered the NASCAR Cup series in 1953.

Glen won four races over an eleven-year racing career. He scored all four of his triumphs in NASCAR’s top series at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His success at the tricky quarter-mile track helped to earn him the title of “Master of the Madhouse,” a nickname that also acknowledged his dominance there in the featured Modified Division.

Wood’s driving days ended in 1964 as the sport continued to grow away from his favored short tracks to larger speedways.

Notably, Wood Brothers Racing is credited with inventing the modern pit stop, which cut the time its cars were parked for tires and fuel in half.

Glen Wood drove for the team in its early years.  #nascar
Glen Wood drove for the team in its early years. (Getty Images)


In 1996, Wood was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. In 1998, He was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998. He was also inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2012.

Wood Brothers Racing is recognized as the longest active NASCAR team, and is sitting on a record of 99 wins over 1,459 NASCAR Cup races entering this season. Current driver Paul Menard finished 19th in 2018.

Glen Wood died on January 18, 2019 at the age of Ninety-Three (93) after a battle with illnesses.


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Friday, January 18, 2019

New NASCAR.com Homepage Features Fresh Looks, Easy-To-Find Essentials

New NASCAR.com Homepage Features Fresh Looks, Easy-To-Find Essentials
New NASCAR.com Homepage Features Fresh Looks, Easy-To-Find Essentials
Whether you’re following a race, planning a trip to the track or spending a few minutes catching up on your favorite sport, NASCAR.com’s redesigned homepage launched  this week and will make it easier to find what you’re looking for.

The Live Event Module (highlighted in red) quickly takes you to your favorite race-day products such as RaceView, Scanner, NASCAR Drive, NASCAR Fantasy Live and more.

The enhanced Race Center section offers live results at a glance and a link to dive deeper into the stats. Time and TV information for the race are featured here, and readers can navigate for information across NASCAR’s top three series.

Quick Links features more of the essentials you love with links to results, standings, the schedule, the latest news and videos.

For those who’d rather be at the track, Upcoming Events makes it easy to purchase tickets to a race in your area – or in a different part of the country if you’re going out for a road trip.

A new top headlines area makes it easy to find the latest news and features that readers like you are gravitating toward. And you are also able to stream the race day broadcast on MRN straight from the homepage.

The new NASCAR.com homepage is live, so you can send feedback at sitefeedback@nascar.com



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  3. Rest In Peace J.D. Gibbs
  4. Forbes’ ‘Women in Sports to Watch’ in 2019 - NASCAR's Hailie Deegan, Julie Giese
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

2018 Indianapolis 500 Winners - Will Power and Roger Penske receive the BorgWarner Championship Trophies

2018 Indianapolis 500 Winners - Will Power and Roger Penske receive the BorgWarner Championship Trophies
Will Power and Roger Penske receive the BorgWarner Championship Trophies

At the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit, BorgWarner President and Chief Executive Officer Frederic Lissalde presented IndyCar Series driver Will Power with his BorgWarner Championship Driver's Trophy®. Known as the "Baby Borg," it commemorates Power's 2018 Indianapolis 500 victory, the first ever by an Australian driver.

"The Indianapolis 500 is the greatest spectacle in racing and one of the most watched races each year," said Lissalde. "The presentation of these trophies to Will and Roger is the culmination of the celebrations for winning the iconic race and it is one of the events I look forward to most. To be able to recognize their accomplishment with individual trophies commemorating the win is truly an honor for BorgWarner."

The Borg-Warner Trophy® has a permanent home at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, so the Baby Borg was created as a keepsake trophy in 1988 and is presented to the Indy 500 winning driver and team owner(s). The likeness of the winning driver's face that is created in sterling silver and permanently fixed to the Borg-Warner Trophy also is included on the Baby Borg. This is Power's first Baby Borg trophy.

"Winning the Indy 500 was a surreal moment and an overwhelming accomplishment," said Power. "As a driver, winning that race is something you dream about every night. To be included on the Borg-Warner Trophy is an incredible honor. I'm so glad to accept this Baby Borg and it's something that my family and I will treasure forever." 


Power's 2018 Indianapolis 500 win was historic for Team Penske owner Roger Penske
Power's 2018 Indianapolis 500 win was historic for Team Penske owner Roger Penske as he added to his legacy as the winningest team owner in Indianapolis 500 history, now with 17 wins. Penske's longevity is unmatched with Indianapolis 500 wins in five consecutive decades spanning 1972 to 2018. Penske and his team's accomplishments are legendary in the motorsports world across a multitude of racing disciplines. Cars owned and prepared by Team Penske have earned 505 major race wins, 578 pole positions and 34 championships.

The Borg-Warner Trophy was created in 1936 as a symbol of technology and innovation in racing. As the oldest, most famous trophy tradition, the Borg-Warner Trophy is the most sought-after motorsports prize.

The BorgWarner Championship Driver's Trophy

A one-of-a-kind replica of the Borg-Warner Trophy, the BorgWarner Championship Driver's Trophy is awarded each year to the winner of the Indianapolis 500. The sterling silver trophy is 14 inches high, weighs 5 pounds and rests on a beveled black marble base. The base is inscribed with the winner's name and year of victory, and includes a hand-crafted, three-dimensional sterling silver image of the winner, a duplicate of the image affixed to the full-sized Borg-Warner Trophy. BorgWarner established the driver's trophy in 1988 to provide the driver with a personal keepsake of their victory.

The BorgWarner Championship Team Owner's Trophy

In 1998, the company established the BorgWarner Championship Team Owner's Trophy as a companion to the driver's trophy. The team owner's trophy is presented to the owner(s) of the winning Indianapolis 500 racing team. Like the driver's trophy, the team owner's trophy is a replica of the Borg-Warner Trophy but features a band of art deco racing cars accented in gold to symbolize the importance of teamwork in the automotive business.

The Borg-Warner Trophy

The Borg-Warner Trophy features the sterling silver image of every Indianapolis 500 winner dating back to Ray Harroun in 1911. Made of sterling silver, weighing 110 pounds and standing 5 feet, 4-3/4 inches tall, the trophy originally cost $10,000 and is currently valued at $3.5 million. The Borg-Warner Trophy stays on permanent display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. To give the winner and team owners a personal keepsake of their victory, BorgWarner established the BorgWarner Championship Driver's Trophy® (also known as the "Baby Borg") in 1988 and the BorgWarner Team Owner's Trophy® in 1998. Both are sterling silver replicas of the Borg-Warner Trophy.

About BorgWarner 

BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA) is a global product leader in clean and efficient technology solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles. With manufacturing and technical facilities in 66 locations in 18 countries, the company employs approximately 29,000 worldwide. For more information, please visit borgwarner.com.

The Borg-Warner Trophy, BorgWarner Championship Driver's Trophy, and BorgWarner Championship Team Owner's Trophy are trademarks of BorgWarner Inc.

IndyCar (and Design) are registered trademarks of Brickyard Trademarks, Inc., used with permission.

SOURCE: BorgWarner

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Fans Can Celebrate in Gatorade Victory Lane At NASCAR Auto Club 400 With Special Ticket Package

Fans Can Celebrate in Gatorade Victory Lane At NASCAR Auto Club 400 With Special Ticket Package

Auto Club 400 Ticket & A Gatorade Victory Lane Pass (Offer expires March 2, 2018 - #FastestSunday)


Fans Can Celebrate in Gatorade Victory Lane At #NASCAR  Auto Club 400 With Special Ticket Package

Want to be in Gatorade Victory Lane after the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 winner captures the checkered flag? Well, here’s your chance! Auto Club Speedway announces the return of the popular Victory Lane Ticket Package where race fans can access the winner’s circle to watch the 2019 Auto Club 400 winner and his team celebrate their victory with confetti, ring the famous “Mobell” and take photos with the Speedway’s iconic surfboard Auto Club 400 trophy.

The Victory Lane Ticket Package includes an Auto Club 400 ticket and pass to Gatorade Victory Lane for only $59.00 ($95.00 value).

If fans are looking for double the fun, the Double Deuce Ticket Package features a pair of pre-race pit passes and pair of reserved tickets to the Auto Club 400 for only $130.00 ($240 value).

Fans who purchase a ticket or package have access to the giant O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone for driver appearances, live music performances, Monster Energy Smoke Show, delicious food options, Lefty’s Fun Zone, Luche Libre Wrestling and other family fun. Plus, free parking and upgrades to premium parking are available.



Race Schedule:

Friday, March 15: NASCAR Qualifying Day

  • • Gates open at 9:30 am
  • • Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying at 2:40 p.m.

Fans Can Celebrate in Gatorade Victory Lane At #NASCAR  Auto Club 400 With Special Ticket Package Saturday, March 16: NASCAR XFINITY Series NXS 300 Race

  • • Gates open at 8:00 am
  • • NXS 300 starts at 2:00 pm

Sunday, March 17: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400

  • • Gates open at 7:00 am
  • • Auto Club 400 starts at 12:30 pm

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 race weekend is March 15-17, 2019.

To purchase NASCAR ticket specials and packages, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223), shop online at www.autoclubspeedway.com/specialoffers or stop by the Auto Club Speedway ticket office at 9300 Cherry Ave. in Fontana.

Follow @AutoClubSpeedway on Facebook / Instagram and @ACSUpdates on Twitter and tag photos using #FastestSunday

Fans Can Celebrate in Gatorade Victory Lane At #NASCAR  Auto Club 400 With Special Ticket Package

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Rest In Peace J.D. Gibbs

Rest In Peace J.D. Gibbs

Co-Founder of Joe Gibbs Racing, Dies at 49

 
Rest In Peace J.D. Gibbs - NASCAR

J.D. Gibbs, who followed his famous father’s path from football to stock-car racing, died Friday evening. He was 49.

Gibbs’ passing was announced by Joe Gibbs Racing, the family’s racing team, citing “complications following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease.” Gibbs had undergone treatment for symptoms impacting areas of brain function in recent years.

Gibbs served as president and later co-chairman of Joe Gibbs Racing. Before joining the organization’s senior management, Gibbs was an over-the-wall crewmember and a part-time driver, making 13 NASCAR national series starts from 1998-2002. 

Rest In Peace J.D. Gibbs - NASCAR


“We were privileged to watch J.D. Gibbs grow within the sport, displaying an endearing personality, a keen eye for talent and the strong business acumen that helped grow Joe Gibbs Racing into a pre-eminent NASCAR team,” NASCAR Chairman & CEO Jim France said in a statement. “The NASCAR family has lost a truly special member. On behalf of NASCAR and the France family, I extend my deepest condolences to Joe Gibbs, Pat, Melissa, Coy and the entire Gibbs family.”

“I wasn’t really stellar from an athletic standpoint,” J.D. Gibbs told the Richmond Times-Dispatch in 2006. “So for me to go into business, starting a family business with my dad, was really great. I’m glad we had a chance to do that together.” 

J.D. Gibbs’ competitive spirit translated into his management style, fueling a period of dramatic growth for Joe Gibbs Racing. The organization expanded to a two-car team in 1999 and quickly snared its first two championships — with Bobby Labonte in 2000 and Tony Stewart in 2002.

The younger Gibbs was also instrumental in forming the JGR Diversity Program in conjunction with his father and the late Reggie White, an NFL Hall of Famer. That initiative groomed Aric Almirola for a career in NASCAR’s big leagues and continued with the ascension of Mexican-born standout Daniel Suarez to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ranks.




During difficult times, one guy was flourishing and that was Stewart, who had his greatest season and arguably, the best summer stretch in NASCAR history with J.D. running day-to-day operations in 2005. Stewart scored five wins and had career-highs in top-fives (17) and top-10s (25), good enough to bring home his second Cup Series title. It was JGR’s third title in six years and J.D.’s first and only Cup title as a sole owner.



On J.D.’s 47th birthday in 2016, Hamlin eked out future teammate Martin Truex, Jr. by 0.010 seconds in the closest Daytona 500 finish in history. Known for crediting J.D. as the guy that gave him his big break in NASCAR, Hamlin dedicated the victory to him. “It’s the pinnacle of my career, for sure. I haven’t got a championship yet. This is obviously the biggest win for myself,” said Hamlin. “It’s just the circumstances, J.D. Gibbs, who found me about 12, 13 years ago, it’s his birthday today, he’s been so pivotal to myself and my team and supporting me for the past 11 years.”





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Friday, January 11, 2019

Forbes’ ‘Women in Sports to Watch’ in 2019 - NASCAR's Hailie Deegan, Julie Giese

Forbes’ ‘Women in Sports to Watch’ in 2019 - NASCAR's Hailie Deegan, Julie Giese

Julie Giese and Hailie Deegan earned their way onto the Forbes’ list of “Women In Sports To Watch” in 2019.

Julie Giese,  President of ISM Raceway (#NASCAR)

Ms. Giese

Julie Giese has been with the International Speedway Corporation (ISC) since 2001 when she joined Watkins Glen International as the director of public relations.

In October 2018, ISC announced that Julie Giese, Managing Director of Business Operations for ISC Design & Development, had been promoted to President of ISM Raceway.

Beginning in November 2018, Giese assumed oversight of promotion and operation of the all-new ISM Raceway. Giese’s first major event, the Can-Am 500, was part of the Raceway’s Opening Weekend on Nov. 9, 10 and 11 2018.

On what’s ahead in 2019: In 2019, we will look to showcase ISM Raceway as not only a motorsports venue, but as a world-class venue for entertainment as well. We look forward to working with organizations to host various types of new events at our newly modernized venue space that benefit the local Phoenix area. We’ll also continue to work on enhancing the guest experience at our NASCAR events to position ourselves as having the most immersive experience in all of motorsports.


Hailie Deegan, Maded History With #NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Win at Meridian.

Ms. Deegan

In 2018, seventeen-year-young, Hailie Rochelle Deegan competed full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and part-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, driving the No. 19 Toyota Camry for Bill McAnally Racing.



In her rookie year, Deegan’s K&N Pro Series West stats include one record-breaking win (Meridian Speedway), five top-fives and twelve top-tens on the fourteen-race schedule. If that were not enough; Hailie also captured two pole awards and finished an impressive fifth in the point standings.

Hailie Deegan topped her History-Making 2018 Season With K&N Pro Series West Sunoco Rookie Honors and received the Autoweek Rising Star Award.

On what’s ahead in 2019: I just announced I’ll be running again in the K&N Pro Series West next year. I’m looking forward to battling for a championship. That’s something that’s going to take a lot of work, but I think we’ve already accomplished winning races. I think winning a championship is something that we could potentially do next year.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Job Opportunity at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Job Opportunity at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Social Media Manager Needed


Job Opportunity at Charlotte Motor Speedway #NASCAR

Charlotte Motor Speedway is seeking an experienced, creative SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER to support marketing and publicity efforts for its aggressive schedule of events which includes three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race weekends, two NHRA race weekends, two national car shows, World of Outlaws race events and other secondary events throughout the year.

The ideal candidate will possess the ability to plan and execute engaging social media posts and campaigns, serve as a liaison between the speedway and key industry partners and adhere to brand standards across all social media platforms. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are a must, as is experience in photography/videography and editing. A familiarity with social media monitoring tools like SproutSocial and HootSuite is strongly desired. The ideal candidate will be a creative, self-starter with the ability to work independently and in a team environment, including management of department interns. A minimum of three years of experience in the corporate or sports social media field are also required.

Other requirements include Microsoft Office computer skills, the ability to work evenings and weekends, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations, marketing or a related field. The ideal candidate will also have an expert knowledge of AP Style and the abilities to work effectively and efficiently on deadline and in high-stress situations.

Charlotte Motor Speedway is searching for an efficient, productive and proactive self-starter who is passionate about his or her duties and willing to put forth the extra effort to achieve excellence and exceed expectations.

Duties will include but not be limited to: · Develop, plan and execute effective social media strategies and campaigns
  • · Generate creative and engaging social media content (written, photo, video) for all social media platforms covering Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte
  • · Monitor social media trends and create topical, relevant speedway-centric content
  • · Stay on top of the latest social media opportunities and make recommendations about new platforms
  • · Be responsive and engaged with fans asking questions or commenting on social media
  • · Manage social media needs of speedway partners, working with Corporate Sales department to plan and execute all deliverables within the scope of the speedway’s overall social media plans
  • · Track ROI on social media posts/campaigns and make suggestions to improve the overall effectiveness of the speedway’s social media
  • · Interview, hire and train social media interns throughout the year
  • · Cultivate strong relationships with social media contacts at NASCAR, race teams and news outlets to help coordinate shared efforts and extend the reach of speedway posts
  • · Work closely with speedway’s PR and marketing teams to amplify appropriate messages regarding announcements, news, updates, etc.
  • · Lead event-time social media team during race weekends




The fifth Paint Pit Wall Pink event featured a collection of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina employees helping an all-star cast of dignitaries and breast cancer survivors in adorning the speedway's wall with a bright shade of pink to salute breast cancer awareness.


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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Carnival Added to NASCAR Festival Weekend

Carnival Added to NASCAR Festival Weekend

Chicagoland Speedway announced today that a Carnival will be added to the growing line-up of fan enhancements during the NASCAR Festival Weekend June 27-30.  The carnival, a first at Chicagoland Speedway, will be set up in Champions Park, the ultimate pre-race fan experience in a park-like atmosphere with live entertainment and interactive displays, will be open Friday through Sunday. There will be family-friendly rides, multiple youth attractions and games including bumper cars, a Tilt-A-Whirl, Ferris wheel and more.


“This is the first of many exciting announcements which will significantly enhance the guest experience for our NASCAR Festival Weekend,” said Chicagoland Speedway President, Scott Paddock. “As we celebrate summer with our fans, we are excited to debut the carnival as part of the weekend’s festivities. We will showcase some of the staple components that come to mind as part of a quintessential summer festival.”

“Fantasy Amusements is excited to bring the very first carnival to Chicagoland Speedway’s NASCAR event. With the weekend’s family-friendly atmosphere, a carnival is a perfect addition,” said Bill Johnson, president, Fantasy Amusements. Starting today, unlimited, single-day $20 wristbands will be available for pre-sale through June 21.

Select sections at Chicagoland Speedway offer free kids tickets for the races held Thursday through Saturday. Log on to ChicagolandSpeedway.com for more information.

The complete 2019 NASCAR schedule at Chicagoland Speedway is as follows:

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Weekend

  • Thursday, June 27 ARCA Racing Series
  • Friday, June 28 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series
  • Saturday, June 29 NASCAR Xfinity Series
  • Sunday, June 30 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series


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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Rev Racing Names Matt Bucher as Director of Competition

Rev Racing Names Matt Bucher as Director of Competition

Rev Racing will appoint Matthew Bucher as the Director of Competition. Matt Bucher will replace his predecessor, Jefferson Hodges, who has served as the teams General Manager and Director of Competition under the direction of Max Siegel for the last nine years. Beginning mid-January 2019, Hodges will become the NASCAR Team Manager for Team Penske. 


As Rev Racing remains the competition arm of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program, and serves as the NASCAR-supported race team charged with developing female and minority drivers and pit crew members in the NASCAR development series for future competition at NASCAR’s highest levels, its main focus continues to be development and training. The program not only focuses on its crew members and drivers, but also prepares and trains its leaders for growth in the industry as well.

“Rev Racing has seen great accomplishment under the direction of Hodges,” said Max Siegel, owner of Rev Racing. “This is a perfect example of what our program stands for in regards to development. We are consistently focused on the future, grooming the next generation for advancement. We have a lot of faith in the foundation that we have built and know Matt Bucher is ready to lead this charge.”

Bucher has been a Rev Racing employee since 2014, successfully crew chiefing some of the top performing cars over the years. One of the biggest accomplishments he has brought to the team was his season finale win with rookie driver, Collin Cabre, at Dover International Raceway.

“Each year I have become more involved with both the competition and operational side of this race team,” said Bucher. “Working alongside the crew and leadership team over the last several years, I have never felt more ready to continue the successful culture we’ve established. I really appreciate the fact that leadership has put its faith in me leading the effort. Jefferson has been instrumental in the growth and stability of this organization and wish him nothing but success in his new role within the sport.”

With Hodges departure, long-time Rev Racing employees Phil Horton, Director of Athletic Performance and Mark Green, Director of Driver Development, will also assume expanded responsibilities in the organization.

“I’m very excited for the future of both organizations,” said Hodges. “I have been so fortunate to work with such great leaders and partners through the years that have been constant influencers in my development. I am thankful to Rev Racing and Max Siegel for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of something very meaningful in this sport. I have witnessed the growth and impact of this program first hand. I know the organization is in great hands as I prepare for this next step in my career.”

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener is set for February 10th at New Symrna Speedway. Rev Racing will field two cars the in 175 lap race with drivers, Chase Cabre and Ruben Garcia Jr.


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Jefferson Hodges Joins Penske As NASCAR Team Manager

Jefferson Hodges Joins Penske As NASCAR Team Manager
Jefferson Hodges Joins Penske As NASCAR Team Manager Team Penske announced today that Jefferson Hodges, who most recently served as General Manager and Director of Competition for Rev Racing, will join the organization as NASCAR Team Manager beginning with the 2019 season.

Hodges will report to Team Penske Competition Director Travis Geisler and help manage various administrative and competition-related duties for the team’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) and NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) programs.

Team Penske is coming off one of the most successful seasons it’s in 53-year history, which included seven MENCS and six NXS victories, culminating in the Cup Series Championship won by Joey Logano. In 2019, Team Penske will field three full-time MENCS teams with Logano, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney returning as drivers for the three teams. The organization will also field a full-season NXS team with driver Austin Cindric, as well as a second car for select series races.

“Joining an organization like Team Penske is a huge opportunity for me,” said Hodges, a native of Williamsburg, VA. “When you look at motorsports organizations, you always find Team Penske right at the top of the list, no matter what type of racing you are talking about. To get an opportunity to work for Roger Penske, Tim Cindric (Team Penske President), Mike Nelson (VP of Operations) and all of the accomplished drivers and crew chiefs is something I’m really looking forward to. I appreciate all the opportunities Rev Racing has provided me over the last eight years and I look forward to being even a small part of all the success that happens moving forward with Team Penske.”

Since 2011, Hodges oversaw Rev Racing’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model and Legend Car Series teams and stable of development drivers. In addition, he has served as crew chief in NXS, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA, K&N Pro Series East and Late Models. Hodges has also worked with Team Penske numerous times over the past few years, serving as a spotter for select races across its NASCAR programs, including wins with Sam Hornish Jr., in NXS, Cindric in ARCA and, most notably, with Keselowski during the 2018 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

JR Motorsports 2018 Memorable Moments

JR Motorsports 2018 Memorable Moments

JR Motorsports is ready for the New Year

JR Motorsports is ready for the New Year. #NASCAR

Now in its 18th year, JR Motorsports is the professional race team and management company for Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s 15-time Most Popular Driver and winner of 50 NASCAR-sanctioned races. The company is based in Mooresville, North Carolina, and operates out of a 66,000-square-foot facility that serves as the nucleus of Earnhardt Jr.’s racing, marketing and business interests.

JR Motorsports tours nationally in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, where it fields a full-time roster of four cars, and a fifth entry – the iconic No. 88 car – on a part-time basis. JR Motorsports is also active regionally with its late model program, upon which the company was founded.

JR Motorsports 2018 Memorable Moments Countdown

Reddick’s Wild Ride Gives JRM Two Straight NXS Championships

Reddick’s Wild Ride Gives JRM Two Straight NXS Championships #NASCAR

Tyler Reddick joined JR Motorsports in 2018 to take over the defending championship-winning No. 9 car driven by William Byron in 2017. A rookie himself, Reddick was fresh off an 18-race stint in the series in which he’d already won a race, and hopes were high that he could do the same for the team owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kelley Earnhardt Miller and Rick Hendrick.

As it turned out, Reddick won two races...and the second straight NASCAR Xfinity Series championship for JRM. It was also the third overall for the organization and the third won by a rookie driver. Chase Elliott (2014) and William Byron (2017) won their titles in conjunction with earning Rookie of the Year honors, as did Reddick.

Allgaier’s Summer Blitz Earns Regular-Season Title

Allgaier’s Summer Blitz Earns Regular-Season Title #NASCAR

Following Elliott Sadler’s initial capture of the inaugural regular-season championship in NXS competition in 2017, Justin Allgaier made it two straight for JRM in 2018. The award comes with a nice trophy, but the real prize is the bonus points that help the winner advance in the NXS Playoffs.

The actual clinching of the regular-season championship came at Las Vegas in September, when Allgaier finished a strong second to Ross Chastain in the regular-season finale. Allgaier’s journey toward the title began somewhat earlier...14 races earlier, to be exact.

Journey to 1,000 Starts

Journey to 1,000 Starts #NASCAR

One of the most memorable moments of 2018 happened to be a major milestone for JR Motorsports as a company.

JR Motorsports began life as a racing team in 2002, with street stock cars at Concord (N.C.) Speedway. Three years later, JR Motorsports made its debut in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 

Some perspective on JRM’s performance over its first 1,000 starts: 45 drivers combined to earn 40 victories, 261 top-five and 543 top-10 finishes with 17 poles. JRM cars have been running at the finish 911 times in that span and, combined, completed enough miles to circle the globe 9.5 times.

Dale Jr. Rides Again at Richmond

Dale Jr. Rides Again at Richmond #NASCAR

Though he retired as a full-time driver at the end of the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series season, Dale Earnhardt Jr. fully intended to race for his own team, JR Motorsports. When he reported for duty at Richmond in the fall of this year, there was a definite buzz in the air.

Dale Jr. was back on the grid.

“We didn’t have the car at the end,” he said after the race. “Restarting on the outside was kind of tough. Just didn’t have what we needed right there. I’m glad we got to lead a lot of laps and we ran real good for Hellmann’s and all the people that came out to watch us. We had fun. We’ll try and do another one next year. It’ll be with Hellmann’s again and I’m looking forward to figuring out what race that’s gonna be.”

That race will be announced at a later date. This race, with a fourth-place finish, was one of the more Memorable Moments for his namesake team in 2018.

Sadler’s Last Ride

Sadler’s Last Ride #NASCAR

Elliott Sadler’s quest for an elusive NASCAR Xfinity Series championship ended at Phoenix in the penultimate race of the 2018 season, and his 23-year career as a full-time racing driver came to an end one week later following a 14th-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

What a ride it was.

It encompassed 853 NASCAR national series starts, 395 of them in the NXS and the last 99 with JR Motorsports. Over those 99 starts, Sadler won three races, earned 40 top-five and 78 top-10 finishes and came a grand total of five points from winning two series championships (2016 and 2017). He was the first regular-season champion in series history in 2017, taking the point bonus that went with it to the Playoffs, only to have outrageous fortune keep him from winning a pair of titles he could honestly claim he deserved.


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Sunday, January 6, 2019

NASCAR 650 Ends Soggy Weekend with Manic Monday of Action

NASCAR 650 Ends Soggy Weekend with Manic Monday of Action

Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s #3 of the Top Moments of 2018

#NASCAR 650 Ends Soggy Weekend with Manic Monday of Action


The rain started Thursday of NASCAR race weekend last September at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On Friday, it kept coming. Same with Saturday. There also was no relief Sunday from the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon, which seemed to find a comfortable parking spot over the Racing Capital of the World.

It was believed to be the first time in NASCAR history that not a single race car tire touched the track during a scheduled race weekend due to weather. Chevy pickups and NASCAR’s Air Titan track-drying vehicles seemingly turned enough laps to circle the globe all three days, but the roar of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series cars were silent. The only sound was the persistent rain pitter-patting roofs around the giant facility, and perhaps the gnashing of teeth and deep exhales from race fans and NASCAR and IMS officials.

IMS officials were forced to postpone the Big Machine Vodka 400 Powered by Florida Georgia Line, scheduled for Sunday, for the first time in the race’s 25-year history. The Lilly Diabetes 250 also was washed out Saturday.

NASCAR policy states races will take place on the next available day, due to the hectic pace of the Cup and Xfinity schedules, which feature almost no off weekends all season. So 650 miles of racing were scheduled for Monday, Sept. 10 at IMS, with the Xfinity Series race set to take the green flag at 10 a.m. and the Cup Series race at 2 p.m.

No one knew how both races – combined playfully by a few Media Center observers as the Noah’s Ark 650 -- would unfold. Would teams and drivers weary of waiting around for three unfulfilling days simply get the show in and move to the next stop on the schedule, or would the racing be as intense as a regular NASCAR weekend? Would the final regular-season race of the Cup Series schedule feature the ferocity everyone expected when it was scheduled for Sunday?

Monday dawned dry, the first hopeful sign of the extended race weekend. And once the green flag dropped on the Lilly Diabetes 250 on Monday morning, the fans who remained in town to see the race weekend through and those watching on TV quickly discovered this would be a special day in IMS history, filled with memories.

Illinois native Justin Allgaier and Family celebrate his win - #NASCAR

Illinois native Justin Allgaier led 41 of 100 laps in the No. 7 Dove Men + Care Chevrolet and edged JR Motorsports teammate Tyler Reddick to the finish by a race-record .092 of a second in the Lilly Diabetes 250.

“I used to come here all the time,” Allgaier said. “I sat in the grandstands and watched the Indy 500. I sat for the first I don’t know how many Brickyard 400s right up there in Turn 1, so I wanted to do a burnout down there.

“To win at the Brickyard means so much and to put a Camaro into Victory Lane here and to see these bricks, this is special. To be able to kiss the bricks with my wife and daughter, that’s pretty special.”

Allgaier took the lead for good on Lap 84 on a restart. Xfinity Series title rival Christopher Bell was side by side with Allgaier in Turns 3 and 4 on the restart but couldn’t get past, and Reddick was able to slip past Bell for second before the end of the lap.

Reddick stalked Allgaier over the final 15 laps, waiting for the perfect chance to make a pass that never came. The teammates were separated by less than a tenth of a second, nose to tail, over 13 of the last 15 laps.  That action was a sign of similar excitement in the Cup Series race that afternoon, including a history-making finish.

Brad Keselowski and family at the Bricks - #NASCAR

Brad Keselowski passed Denny Hamlin with less than two laps to go to win the 25th Running of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line. It was the first win in the crown jewel NASCAR race for legendary team owner Roger Penske, who has won a record 17 Indianapolis 500s.

Keselowski’s victory also ensured Penske became just the second team owner to win the Indianapolis 500 and Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line in the same year, as Team Penske’s Will Power captured the 102nd Indianapolis 500 on May 27. Chip Ganassi was the first owner to achieve the feat in 2010, as Dario Franchitti won Indy for Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Jamie McMurray won the Brickyard for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.

Team Penske also completed a sweep of all three major auto racing events in one year at IMS, as Power also won the INDYCAR Grand Prix on the IMS road course to start the Month of May.

A crucial strategy call by crew chief Paul Wolfe paved the way for Keselowski’s victory. Keselowski led four-time Brickyard winner Jimmie Johnson by 2.426 seconds on Lap 140, but Wolfe called Keselowski to the pits for four tires and fuel on Lap 143, handing the lead to Hamlin.

One lap later, a large piece of sheet metal was spotted on the front stretch, triggering a caution period. Leaders Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, McMurray, Kevin Harvick and Erik Jones stayed on track during that caution on older tires than Keselowski and a cluster of drivers who pitted under caution on Lap 146.

The final caution period of the race, triggered by a hard crash between Landon Cassill and Jeffrey Earnhardt on Lap 155, also played into Keselowski’s hands and Wolfe’s strategy. Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suarez, Joey Logano and Johnson dove into the pits for their final stops on Lap 156, and Keselowski was third on the final restart, on Lap 158, behind Hamlin and Clint Bowyer.

Keselowski stayed glued to the rear bumper of Hamlin’s No. 11 FedEx Possibilities Toyota on the restart on Lap 158 and drove to second place in Turn 1, with Hamlin keeping the lead by .116 of a second at the end of the lap.

Hamlin kept the edge in Turns 1 and 2 on Lap 159, but Keselowski pulled inside Hamlin – with the two cars bumping side by side on the back straightaway. Hamlin kept the lead, but the two cars traded paint again in Turn 3.

Keselowski, on fresher tires, dove under Hamlin in Turn 4 and then powered toward the white flag. Jones drove his No. 20 buyatoyota.com Toyota past Hamlin for second on the final lap but couldn’t touch Keselowski, who won by .904 of a second.

“Check the box,” Keselowski said to his crew on the radio during his cool-down lap, referring to finally earning Penske’s first Brickyard victory in 25 tries.

Suddenly, any soggy memories of showers evaporated in the warmth of a history-making day at IMS. 

(This is the eighth of a series of 10 vignettes in which IMS Senior Communications Manager Paul Kelly picks his top 10 moments of 2018 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.)


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