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The event in 2015 will once again benefit Communities in Schools, Thomasville City and Randolph County Backpack Pals program, which provides nutritious meals for children who would not normally have food on the weekends. The event will also benefit programs designed to further cycling safety including Bicycling in Greensboro through People for Bikes.
The Foundation is proud to announce the addition of Nathan's Famous and Novant Health as presenting sponsors. Bank of North Carolina, Coca-Cola, Fleet Feet, Reese Explorer, Terry Labonte Chevrolet and Vie 13 are also additional supporters of the ride and its cause.
"We are very thankful to Archdale Drug and all our partners who continue to support the ride," said Labonte. "Our mission it to make a difference in the lives of children in our communities and to raise awareness of cycling safety. We could not do it without the support of our partners. We're looking forward to a fun and successful ride again to support some great causes."
As previously announced, professional racing cyclist and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Lauren Tamayo has committed to be the first entry of the ride, which is scheduled for Saturday, August 29, and offers three different courses of 12-, 35- and 64-mile routes through scenic Davidson and Randolph Counties.
The ride will originate in downtown Thomasville, at the Clock Tower parking lot located at 32 East Main Street and will include group leaders to keep participants riding at pace (20-, 18- and 16-mile-per-hour groups). In addition, SAG and lead vehicles will work with the local police and fire departments to ensure a professional and safe event. A light breakfast will be provided along with new and improved rest stops on the course. The ride will conclude with Nathan's Famous hot dogs and live music.
All pre-registered participants will receive a T-shirt and goody bag. Also, participants who raise $300 for the foundation ride will receive an official Bobby Labonte jersey and bib shorts.
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Over the next three years, SunEdison and NASCAR will embark on an effort to educate millions of NASCAR fans on the financial and environmental benefits of solar power use. SunEdison plans to work with NASCAR partners, tracks and teams on commercial-scale solar solutions. The White House cited this newly forged partnership as a prime example of making renewable energy accessible to all U.S. homeowners.
“Solar power is a proven and reliable form of renewable energy and the technology is already making a significant impact throughout our industry,” said Steve Phelps, NASCAR chief marketing officer. “Our strategic partnership with SunEdison will help NASCAR further reduce the sport’s environmental impact and help continue to educate our fans on renewable energy.”
“SunEdison is excited to be partnering with NASCAR to highlight the benefits of solar both at and away from the race track,” said Vikas Desai, SunEdison senior vice president of residential and small commercial. “We look forward to being a strategic NASCAR Green partner and helping fans, partners and the sport save money while reducing their carbon footprint.”
NASCAR has taken a holistic approach across its wide-ranging effort to help protect the environment and has been collaborating in earnest with teams, tracks, partners and fans to do that since 2008. NASCAR’s efforts to champion sustainable behavior align with NASCAR fan values.
According to a 2014 study commissioned by NASCAR and conducted by Research Now, four out of five NASCAR fans believe the earth is going through a period of climate change, and two out of three of these fans feel a personal responsibility to do something about it. The study shows approximately two out of three NASCAR fans who believe there is climate change support buying cost-effective solar panels for the home. For additional information on NASCAR Green, visit www.nascar.com/green.
Walker has made several important contributions that advanced INDYCAR as a sanctioning body. During his tenure, he greatly assisted in securing Boston as a new event on the 2016 schedule, successfully introduced the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis in 2014, spearheaded additional investment to improve technology in Race Control and led innovation of the new Indy car aero kits. His focus on continuous safety advancement resulted in changes to the Indy car underwing, making the cars more stable and strengthening sidepods, further protecting drivers.
"We have benefited from Derrick's extensive racing experience, his tireless effort and his passion for INDYCAR, and he will be missed," said Miles. "We appreciate the thoughtful way Derrick has planned his transition and wish him well in his future endeavors."
Commented Walker, "I have appreciated the opportunity to work closely with the team owners, drivers and the team at INDYCAR. After two and a half racing seasons, I believe the timing is right to move on to other opportunities."
Collin Cabre came to the track with all intentions of a top-10 and that’s exactly what he did. His focus and determination moved him nine spots from his 16th place qualifying position. Cabre raced steady at his qualifying position for the first 100 laps. After a few adjustments at the break before the next 100 laps, Cabre went right back out there and made major gains for track position. After a caution at lap 138, he found himself just inside the top-10 in 9th position. However, that wasn’t enough. Sixty-two laps later at the checkered flag, Cabre found himself in a seventh place position.
Cabre’s teammate, Natalie Decker, didn’t finish the race due to an accident involving her and the number 90 car at lap 48. Decker was definitely making big moves on the track before the crash, moving six positions from her 21st qualifying point.
Rev Racing returns to the track this Friday, July 31st in the NASCAR K & N Pro Series 150 at Iowa Speedway.
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Kimmel, who’s sharing driving duties this season in the No.25 Ansell-Menards Toyota with Brandon Jones, will compete in the next five series events - Pocono, Berlin, Springfield, DuQuoin and Salem.
“It will be great to be back in the car. Our Ansell-Menards team has been really strong and getting better with every race,” says Kimmel. “My last time out on the big tracks we finished strong at Michigan and Chicago – I’m expecting to carry that momentum into Pocono and the next bunch of races – and pick-up where Brandon (Jones) left off the last few weeks, he continues to impress with every outing.”
In five series starts driving the No.25 this season, Kimmel has three top-5 finishes – including a season best runner-up finish at Michigan Int’l Speedway and two fifth place finishes at Daytona and Chicago.
So far in 2015, the driver duo of Kimmel-Jones have combined for (8) top-5’s and (10) top-10 finishes – placing the No.25 Ansell-Menards Toyota second in the ARCA Racing Owner Championship Points Standings.
The ModSpace 125 event scheduled for Saturday, August 1st will mark Kimmel’s 46th start at the ‘Tricky Triangle’ – dating back to 1992. In his previous Pocono starts, Kimmel has notched three wins (’99, ’05, ’06) to go along with six Menards Pole awards, (21) top-5 and (31) top 10 finishes. He finished 11th at Pocono during the spring event.
Milestone Approaching: Kimmel’s 500th Career ARCA Start
Kimmel, the all-time ARCA series leader with 80 victories, is on-track to make his historic 500th career start at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds’ dirt “Magic Mile” for the Southern Illinois 100 on September 7th. Kimmel is second on ARCA’s all-time start list behind racing icon Iggy Katona – who has 630 recorded starts. Bobby Gerhart and Mark Gibson (retired) are next in line with over 300 starts each.
"We're looking forward to this weekend's start with Hattori Racing Enterprises and it's great to have 'Get to Know Newton' community outreach project continue their relationship with me for the race at Iowa Speedway. The Newton community is one of our favorite places to visit and bringing attention to race fans about this great area has always been one of my highlights when coming to Iowa.
"Jesse is a talented young driver and we're looking forward to have him drive our HRE No. 1 Yazaki Toyota Camry this weekend at Iowa Speedway," said Hattori
For this Friday night's race at Iowa Speedway, HRE has assembled a crew featuring six college students from Toyota Technical College in Japan. The students, who are from the campuses in Tokyo, Kobe and Nagoya, have been in North Carolina since last Monday (July 20) attending classes at the NASCAR Technical Institute, including pit crew training, and working at the HRE shop to prepare for this weekend's activities -- where they'll make all the adjustments during the halfway break in the race.
"This has been a great opportunity for the students to not only become immersed in NASCAR, but to visit the United States and experience a different culture" explained Hattori. "This is the fourth year of this program where we've had college students from Toyota Technical College come to North Carolina and I'm glad that we can provide these students with this unique opportunity and learning experience."
In addition to taking classes and working at the race shop, the students have visited the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Charlotte Motor Speedway, as well as a Saturday night race at Bowman Gray Stadium.
Little is excited to make his HRE debut at Iowa Speedway and has been helping the crew get more acclimated to NASCAR.
"We've been working together in the race shop all week getting this Yazaki Toyota Camry ready for Friday night's race," he said. "Even though we may not speak the same language, we've been able to work well together because we all have racing in common. They've been practicing pit stops and we've been talking strategy -- so looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish as a team this weekend."
"HRE has good equipment, and as a driver at Iowa Speedway I've had a lot of success. It will be an honor to work with veteran crew chief Jamie Jones this weekend to see if we can get our Camry to victory lane," Little said.
Little announced the continued partnership with the City of Newton and their 'Get to know Newton' promotional campaign tied into his racing endeavors on Friday night.
"To be part of the 'Get to Know Newton' brand is a great opportunity for our team," the 18-year old said. "Iowa Speedway, Newton and the whole area are one race weekend we look forward to each year. The Newton community has so many great amenities, excellent schools and unique entertainment venues such as Iowa Speedway."
Support from Performance Friction Brakes and NASCAR Technical Institute will continue this weekend as Little goes for the win with Hattori Racing Enterprises.
Stay informed of all the latest news regarding NASCAR Next driver Jesse Little by logging onto jesselittle.com and at hometracks.nascar.com
News and photos will also be available on Little's Twitter account @jesselittle97 or on the team's Facebook page, Jesse Little Racing.
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Iowa Speedway...The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) heads back to Iowa Speedway this weekend for the final time in 2015 for the #ThanksKenny150. This weekend's race also marks the final NKNPSE vs. NASCAR K&N Pro Series West showdown of the year. HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks looks to continue this year's success, after winning six of eight races so far this season. The team's most-recent victory was the last time out at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where William Byron captured his fourth win of 2015 with Scott Heckert finishing runner-up, and J.J. Haley, Rico Abreu and Dalton Sargeant all finishing in the top 12.
No. 5 J.J. Haley...Haley comes into the #ThanksKenny150 race at Iowa Speedway looking to build upon a good run at the track earlier this season, where the 16-year-old brought home a fourth-place finish. Haley is coming off a run at New Hampshire in which he finished eighth. This weekend marks the third time the Indiana native has visited the 0.875-mile facility. Haley enters the race currently sitting 10th in the NKNPSE Driver Point Standings.
J.J. Haley on returning to Iowa Speedway:
"I can't wait to get back to one of my favorite tracks this weekend in my No. 5 Braun Auto Chevrolet. My HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks crew and I had a solid run there earlier this year, and we are looking forward to building our momentum and still trying to get a win."
No. 9 William Byron...Byron enters the #ThanksKenny150 at Iowa Speedway looking to add to the current roll the No. 9 Liberty University team is on. The last time the NKNPSE was on track, Byron captured his fourth victory of the 2015 season. One of his four victories came earlier this year in May at Iowa Speedway, when Byron was the highest finishing NKNPSE driver, which gave the 17-year-old the East win. Byron looks to finish one position better overall and pick up his fifth victory of 2015 this weekend. The NASCAR Next driver enters the weekend leading the NKNPSE Driver Point Standings by 29 points.
William Byron on heading back to Iowa Speedway:
"Iowa is a great facility and race track for our series. I had so much fun the first time we raced there because of how fast it was, so I know the second race will be more of the same. In the first race we were able to get the East series win, so I feel confident about our chances heading into the second Iowa race to have a solid day in the Liberty University Chevy."
No. 34 Scott Heckert...Heckert enters the #ThanksKenny150 at Iowa Speedway looking to build upon a strong runner-up finish last time out at New Hampshire. The 21-year-old looks to continue his string of recent success at Iowa Speedway, bringing home three-straight top-five finishes in his last three starts at the 0.857-mile track. The Connecticut native looks to better his result and bring home his first Iowa Speedway victory this weekend. Heckert currently sits third in the NKNPSE Driver Point Standings.
Scott Heckert on racing at Iowa Speedway:
"As always, I'm really excited to go back to Iowa Speedway. HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks always brings great cars there, and it's one of my favorite tracks to race. Hopefully we can take some of the knowledge we learned to finish second at New Hampshire and apply it to the high banks of Iowa Speedway this weekend."
No. 51 Dalton Sargeant...Sargeant comes into this weekend's race looking to put forth a strong showing in the No. 51 GALT Chevrolet. Earlier this season in the 17-year-old's first trip to Iowa, a slow-leaking tire hindered the team's overall finish, even though Sargeant was running inside the top 10. The Florida native looks to bring home a solid finish in his second start at Iowa. Sargeant enter this weekend's race fifth in the NKNPSE Driver Point Standings.
Dalton Sargeant on running at Iowa Speedway:
"My No. 51 GALT HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks team is looking forward to going back to Iowa. We're looking for a little redemption after our last time there when, a cut tire left us with a tough finish. We know we've got a good car, so we just need to finish it out this time. I know I've learned a lot, and I know our team has learned a lot, since we last were at Iowa so we'll be looking to bring home a solid finish."
No. 98 Rico Abreu...Abreu comes into this weekend's race, the #ThanksKenny150 at Iowa Speedway, looking to continue his string of success as the 23-year-old enters Iowa with three-straight top-10 finishes to his credit. Earlier this season, Abreu got caught up in an incident that hindered his overall finish in his first start at Iowa. The California native hopes for better luck this time out and looks to bring home another solid finish in the No. 98 GoPro Motorplex/AccuDoc Solutions/Curb Records Chevrolet. Abreu enters this race sitting ninth in the NKNPSE Driver Point Standings.
Rico Abreu on returning to Iowa:
"I'm pretty pumped for Iowa. My HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks car had a lot of speed earlier this season at Iowa, so this time we just need better luck. I'm looking forward to getting back to a track we have raced at this year already and improving our overall finish."
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Theriault, in his only previous ARCA series start, drove to victory lane at Michigan International Speedway (2014) driving for Venturini Motorsports.
A native of Fort Kent, ME, Theriault is in the midst of a 13-race NCWTS schedule driving for Brad Keselowski Motorsports (No.29). Theriault earned a career best - fourth place finish earlier this year in the NCWTS season opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway. In five series starts he’s earned (2) top-5 and (3) top-10 finishes.
Home State Support at Pocono
The pride of Maine – Theriault will feature sponsorship backing from Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine (Lobster) on his No.55 VMS prepared car at Pocono. Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine (Lobster), a sustainability certified trap fishery, provides customers with fresh MAINE lobsters, guaranteed. The authentic Maine lobster is the sweetest and freshest available in the world, and Linda Bean’s is strictly “product USA.”
“It’s great to race again for Venturini Motorsports this weekend at Pocono. The only other ARCA Series race was last season at Michigan - and we won!” said Theriault. “I am also thrilled to carry the Maine colors again and have Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine (Lobster) join the team. Nothing says summer like racing and lobster.”