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Todd Gilliland took his No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota to victory lane at Iowa Speedway on Friday. Gilliland started the 150-lap race in the runner-up spot as Kyle Benjamin captured the pole. The North Carolina native, the son of part-time Sprint Cup Series driver David Gilliland, dominated the Casey General Stores 150.

Kyle Benjamin finished the Casey’s General Stores 150 in the second spot after starting the race on the pole. Benjamin, driving the No. 40 Ranier Racing Chevrolet, battled for the lead with race winner Todd Gilliland all evening long. The second-place finish marks his sixth top five and seventh top 10 finish this year.

Austin Theriault rounded out the top three when the race came to a close Friday. Theriault finished right where he started the Casey’s General Stores 150. The younger driver will leave the 0.875-mile oval with six top five and seven top 10 finishes.

Colin Cabre ran inside the top five throughout the night in his No. 2 Max Siegel Inc. Toyota. The 22-year old driver finished fourth after starting the evening in third. Cabre leaves Iowa Speedway with two top five and four top 10 finishes.

Top 10 results:

  1. Todd Gilliland
  2. Kyle Benjamin
  3. Austin Theriault
  4. Collin Cabre
  5. Ryan Partridge
  6. Riley Herbst
  7. Justin Haley
  8. Hunter Baize
  9. Gracin Raz
  10. John Holleman

The Casey General Stores 150 will air Tuesday, August 5 on NBCSN.

At only 24 years of age, Georgia's Cody Haskins has achieved some remarkable things in both his racing career and his professional life. By day, he serves as a Vice President at KRC Power Steering Pumps, consulting with some of NASCAR's finest engineers on a daily basis. By night, you will find Haskins in his race shop in Dawsonville. Just like his peers, he can be found testing shocks, working on the motor and cleaning parts, getting ready for the weekend's events at his three main race tracks; Anderson, Greenville-Pickens or Myrtle Beach.

But what distinguishes Haskins from other racers is that many nights he is all alone in the shop. In fact, even at the race track, aside from his spotter and sisters Madison and Blakely Sheriff, who take care of his social media and PR, Haskins is the only one that touches his two race cars. "Ever since I started, I've owned my cars, paid for them, and drove them,” said Haskins. “It's all my responsibility. Last year we ran great, so it was easy. But this year, it's been a struggle, so we're chasing right now. But it's going to turn around; we’re confident of that."

As a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car driver focused mainly on the state of South Carolina, Haskins saw great success in 2015, winning the big Rupert Porter Memorial 100 at Anderson last fall. "Last year, we had over 20 top-five finishes and this year we've had just a few,” Haskins said. “The competition is tough in South Carolina, but the bump stop and coil-binding rules passed in February put us behind in the game. We had gotten a few steps ahead over the winter and being named to the Kulwicki program really gave us an added boost, too. But after building a new car, freshening our motors and doing some testing, NASCAR opened up the rules on springs. We had to throw all our data out and start over. Being a small team in both budget and help, it's made 2016 a tough season.

“But, Alan never gave up and neither will we,” said Haskins. “I am so optimistic as we head into the second half of the season. We still have more than 20 races on our schedule. While this week off is giving us a chance to recharge, I can't wait to get back at it next weekend. All those hours in the shop will pay off soon and we are working with a new shock supplier that is really getting us headed in the right direction."

Haskins will hit the track again on Saturday, August 6 for the Twin 75s at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.

Like all the Kulwicki Driver Development Program drivers, Haskins is very engaged with his fans at the race track and in his hometown. Earlier this month, the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in Dawsonville hosted "Cody Haskins Day," allowing the hometown hero to showcase his race team, his trophies, and make some new fans. The HOF recently made Haskins' quarter midgets and trophies a permanent part of their displays.

"The people of Dawsonville are my biggest supporters,” Haskins offered. “There is such rich racing history in the area and we are proud to carry that torch forward. The hometown newspaper shares our results every week and we try to share our success with everyone.” Additionally, Haskins is proud to share the story of Alan Kulwicki with the kids participating in the Pinewood Derby at the Woodstock First Baptist Church. "Alan was a great man of faith and proved that through hard work and staying true to your faith, you can accomplish anything," said Haskins. "That's what I try to share with the kids all the time." Haskins has also had great success running his own driver development program, helping young Legends racers at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Despite the challenge, Haskins is looking to move up the racing ladder in 2017. "There are a few things in the works for next year, but I'm most looking forward to hopefully running super late models,” Haskins said. “I've worked on those cars a lot, but getting behind the wheel should be quite a thrill. Like so many young racers out there, we are hoping to move up even further and have been looking at some ARCA or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rides. But right now, our focus is on getting our LMSC program turned around.”

Through it all, Alan Kulwicki's story has proven to be both a revelation and an inspiration to Haskins. With emotion in his voice, Haskins noted, "I applied to the program the first year and didn't make it. But I never gave up. I knew that my story was Alan's and his was mine. Every dime I make, every spare minute I have, goes to racing. I understand his struggle and it drives me every single day."

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ARCA: Briscoe Wins Four In A Row

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Friday, 29 July 2016 19:55

Chase Briscoe dominated the ModSpace 150 at Pocono Raceway to win his fourth race in a row. John Wes Townley finished second, Dalton Sergeant, Shane Lee, and Kyle Weatherman rounded out the top-5. Briscoe is the first driver since Parker Kligerman in 2009 to win four consecutive races in a row in ARCA competition. This is the 20th consecutive different race winner at Pocono. 

 

“Cant believe this. You know it’s awesome to get big time, four wins in a row. General Tire brings us a great tire to where we can put on good racing like we do,” said Briscoe in a post-race victory lane interview with Fox Sports 1. 

 

Townley, who returned to competition this week after missing a couple weeks due to concussion-like symptoms, was impressed with his run at Pocono. “We, unfortunately, quite didn’t have a car for the 77. He was just really fast, but hopefully we can beat him next time.”

 

The caution flag flew for a grand total of four times. The first caution flew for debris from a side window from the 52 car of Matt Kurzejewski. The second caution flew for the stalled car of Josh Williams.  The third caution flew for Tom Berte, who stalled at the entrance of pit road. The final caution was also brought out by a piece of debris. 

 

The second caution of the day also featured an accident on pit road. The jack man and the tire changer for the 98 of Gus Dean were hit on pit road due to Dean’s brake failure. The tire changer was checked and released from the infield care center. However, the gas man was transported to an area hospital for further evaluation. 

 

Chase Briscoe extends his point lead over Williams, who is 400 points behind Briscoe. Kurzejewski is third, Tom Hessert, and Weatherman round out the top-five in points. 

 

The ARCA Racing Series returns to action on August 6 for the Berlin ARCA 200 at the Berlin Raceway in Michigan. The event will be 200 laps. Action from Berlin can be seen on the American Sports Network. 

 

Kyle Benjamin scored the pole for the Casey’s General Stores 150 at Iowa Speedway with a time and speed of 23.852, 132.064 mph. when the qualifying session ended. Unlike NASCAR’s top three series, K&N Pro Series continues to use the old-school qualifying system where a driver gets two laps.

Benjamin will start on the pole for the fourth time of the season. Despite starting on the pole three different times previously, the South Carolina native hasn’t been able to seal the deal. Can he score his second career win in the series on Friday? Stay tuned to SpeedwayDigest.com to find out!

Todd Gilliland will take the green flag right beside Benjamin in his No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota. Gilliland. son of part-time Sprint Cup Series driver David Gilliland, posted a 23.880, 131.910 mph. lap around the 0.875-mile Iowa Speedway. The young driver enters the Casey’s General Stores 150 looking to capture his sixth career win in the series.

Austin Theriault will round out the top three drivers when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series race gets going. Theriault posted a 29.958, 131.480 mph. around the small oval located in Newton, Iowa. The young driver enters the day looking to capture his first career win in the series. He holds five top five and six top 10 finishes through 10 career starts.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series combination race will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET. on Friday. NBCSN will have taped-delayed coverage on Tuesday, August 5. NASCARHomeTracks.com will have live lap by lap updates provided by Speed51.

Dominique Van Wieringen will return to action this weekend after undergoing a series of medical tests following a hard crash on July 16 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The crash occurred on lap 32 of the United Site Services 70 that shook the driver up pretty good. She then was asked by NASCAR for a follow-up and after being monitored by her doctors, she has been cleared to race at Iowa Speedway on Friday in the Casey’s General Stores 150.

Wieringen will pilot the No. 28 Durobyte/NTI-UTI Ford Fusion at Iowa Speedway. The weekend event at Iowa will mark her debut at the 0.875-mile oval.

 “I’m feeling great,” said Van Wieringen in a release. “I want to thank everyone for all the calls, text messages and emails wishing me well. It really means the world to me. I take my health very seriously and I followed my doctor’s instructions to help me heal and be ready for Friday night’s race.”

“We’ve been very fast this season, but we’ve been plagued by incredibly bad luck. I hope that’s over now and we can finish out the season with some great finishes.”

Van Wieringen holds one career top 10 finish through nine career starts. The rookie driver captured her best finish in her first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at New Smyrna Speedway in February.

NKNPS: Casey's General Stores 150 Race Preview

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Friday, 29 July 2016 13:56

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series strolls into Iowa Speedway for the Casey’s General Store 150. The race marks the only East and West combination race of the year at the 0.875-mile oval. The weekend marks the 10th race of the season for the East and the eighth for the West division.

The entry list features 34 drivers. Some of those include Austin Theriault, Collin Cabre, Will Rodgers, Noah Gragson, Ryan Partridge, Harrison Burton, Hunter Baize, Todd Gilliland, Blaine Perkins, Gracin Raz, Jesse Little, Kyle Benjamin, Chris Eggleston and Spencer Davis.

Justin Hayley enters Iowa leading the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East division standings by 40 points over Kyle Benjamin. Noah Gragson sits third looking 48 points behind Hayley. Spencer Davis and Austin Theriault round out the top five.

Ryan Partridge leads the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings by three points over Todd Gilliland. Gilliland is the son of part-time Sprint Cup Series driver David Gilliland. Chris Eggleston sits third looking 13 points behind the leader. Noah Gragson and Gracin Raz round out the top five.

Brandon McReynolds, who is not entered into the Casey General Stores 150, is the defending race winner at Iowa. In addition, McReynolds swept both K&N races there last season. This season, however, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series only makes one visit at the 0.875-mile oval. The young driver led 127 laps of the race to win by 0.696 seconds over Jesse Little.

Winning this race is special as some NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers won this event in the past. Joey Logano won the inaugural event in 2007 by leading 58 of the 200 laps. Kevin Harvick finished behind Logano in second when the checkered flag waved. Kyle Busch added his name to the win column at Iowa back in 2009. The Las Vegas native led 168 of 200 laps. David Mayhew, Brett Moffitt, Chase Elliott, Corey LaJoie, Cole Custer, Ben Rhodes and Brandon Jones all hold wins at Iowa.

The Casey’s General Stores 150 will air August 5th at 2:00 p.m. ET. on NBCSN. You can follow live coverage of the race by visiting NASCARHomeTracks.com. That live coverage is provided by Speed51.

NWES Enters Hot Summer Break

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Friday, 29 July 2016 12:12

Frederic Gabillon (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) will enter the Adria Raceway American Speed Weekend Semi Finals with a mere 1-point advantage on 2014 Champion Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS). The two NWES veterans won 3 races each in the regular season, with Gabillon building his championship lead by winning three of the season’s four oval races, while the Belgian won three of the first five races of the year. Gabillon finished second a whopping four times on road courses and it will be fundamental for him to find his way to Victory Lane in the playoffs to have the chance to finally win the NWES title in his fourth Euro NASCAR season. 

With the astounding parity level highlighting the ELITE 1 Division field in 2016, there are 13 more drivers within 100 points from the lead, the first two being Borja Garcia (#1 SPV Racing Ford Mustang) and Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS).  While the Spaniard has been blistering fast but still has to reach Victory Lane this year, the Israeli won two times and became the first NWES driver to be selected for the NASCAR Next program. Wilfried Boucenna (#73 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) sits fifth in points thanks to a very consistent regular season.

A record season for Stienes Longin in ELITE 2

With six wins in eight races and an astonishing average finish position of 1.25, Stienes Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) is one win shy of tying the NWES record for the most victories in a single season across the two divisions. The 25-year-old Leuven-native led a dominant 292 laps and 343.92 Kms in the first four events of 2016 and even overcame a difficult situation in Tours when he went to victory lane despite being forced to a spare car. 

The season is not over though, because eight drivers have less than 100 points to recover and the Belgian will enter the American Speed Weekend Semi Finals, awarding double points, with a 37-point advantage on Salvador Tineo Arroyo (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS), who won his second career race at Brands Hatch and finished out of the top-5 just once. The Spaniard seemed the only driver on track able to match Longin’s for the most part of the regular season, but two more strong contenders strongly emerged in Tours: Riccardo Geltrude (#7 Double-T by Nocentini Ford Mustang) and Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang). Fifth in points, Hugo Bec (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) showed good potential and will look to further improve his position in the deciding part of the season. 

A breed of new talents 

A new breed of young talents is strongly emerging in both the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series divisions. 21-year-old reigning ELITE 2 champion Gianmarco Ercoli (#9 Double-T by Nocentini Ford Mustang) went really close to his first ELITE 1 win two times and holds the eighth place in the standings and both Ferrando and Geltrude scored their first ELITE 1 podium at Tours. Both the Frenchman and the Italian are ELITE 2 title contenders, both are less than 20 year old and Geltrude also won his first career NASCAR race at Tours Speedway.

A strong increase in coverage

The first half of 2016 saw the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series further increase its fanbase thanks to its increased and improved coverage. All the races have been streamed live on Fanschoice.tv, with four hours of live coverage per event, the Inside NWES highlights magazine is being broadcasted in 190 countries and social media saw a 40% increase in number of followers between Twitter and Facebook, where NWES reached an average of 200.000 users per racing event with a strong 50% interaction rate and more than 350.000 video views. 

A hot summer preparing for Adria

Teams and drivers are already at work to prepare the September 17-18 Semi Finals at Adria Raceway with test sessions that will make the summer even hotter as anticipation builds for the decisive part of the 2016 season. The Adria Raceway American Speed Weekend will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tv (http://bit.ly/nweslive).

Continuing to be impressed with Gus Dean’s transition to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, GREE, the world’s largest world's largest manufacturer of specialized Cooling & Heating Products has brought additional support for Dean’s Pocono (Pa.) Raceway debut Friday afternoon.

Bosch will join GREE and serve as a major associate sponsor in the ModSpace 150, aboard Dean’s No. 98 Chevrolet SS for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM). 

Bosch home appliances is part of BSH Home Appliances Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, based in Munich, Germany. As part of the largest manufacturer of home appliances in Europe, and one of the leading companies in the sector worldwide, Bosch has been selling high performance German-engineered appliances in the United States since 1991.

Known nationwide for raising the standards in quietness, efficiency and design for appliances, Bosch frequently receives top ratings in leading consumer publications and received awards from ENERGY STAR for eight consecutive years, from 2007-2014. With U.S. headquarters in Irvine, Calif., the company also operates manufacturing facilities in La Follette, Tenn. and in New Bern, N.C., housing state-of-the-art factories for dishwashers, ranges, ovens and cooktops.

Together, GREE and Bosch turn to Dean, the Bluffton, South Carolina native hoping he can deliver his second career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory. In May, Dean scored his first career victory in just his second career start in a nail-biting finish.

“I’m very thankful to have the opportunity to represent GREE and Bosch this weekend at Pocono Raceway,” said Dean who finished ninth last weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway. “It’s because of GREE and Bosch that I have the opportunity to run at Pocono this weekend and I want to thank them with another visit to Victory Lane.” 

GREE will be joined by its master distributor for the US market, Tradewinds Climate Systems, as well as a number of their regional wholesalers, salespeople, and most importantly, fellow race fans. The company, which ranked 385th in Forbes' Global 2000 possesses 18,000 active patents for products sold in 160 countries. 

“We’re very happy to have our longtime partner Bosch join us this weekend at Pocono Raceway,” offered Tradewinds Climate Systems president Dave Pearson. “We are hoping that Bosch sees the same in Gus that we see not only as a tremendous role model and spokesperson for GREE, but a talented and gifted race car driver as well. We’re looking forward to enjoying our Pocono debut with success on the race track.”

2014 ARCA Racing Series champion Mason Mitchell will serve as crew chief for Dean Friday afternoon. Mitchell held the same role in the team’s triumph at Talladega in April. Veteran NASCAR Sprint Cup Series spotter Tyler Green will guide Dean in his Pocono debut. Green drafted Dean to his victory in the General Tire 200 at the 2.66-mile superspeedway on April 29.

Dean will carry the GREE on-board camera for the 60-lap event on Fri., July 29. The ModSpace 150 will be aired live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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ARCA: ModSpace 150 Preview

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Thursday, 28 July 2016 19:53

The ARCA Racing Series heads to the Pocono Mountains for the second trip of 2016 for the ModSpace 150 at the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway. This will be the 14th race in 2016 for ARCA, kicking off a triple-header weekend in Pocono. 28 drivers are currently scheduled to race in the Friday evening spectacular. John Wes Townley will be returning to competition after missing two weeks due to concussion-like symptoms faced in a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Gateway Motorsports Park in late June. 

 

Friday’s late afternoon race will be 50 miles shorter than the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 held at the beginning of June. The race will be a quick 60 lap shootout, where drivers will try to make it on one pit stop. 

 

This will be the 63rd ARCA race at Pocono. ARCA races at Pocono have a notorious list of winners, including, but not limited to, Ty Dillon, Chase Elliott, Ryan Newman, Trevor Bayne, Tim Steele, Mike Wallace, and Blaise Alexander.

 

Pocono Raceway is located in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Three distinct turns canvas the speedway. The first turn is banked at 14 degrees, and is designed after the Trenton Speedway. As they exit the turn, drivers will go down the Long Pond Straightaway gaining momentum as they enter what is known as the “Tunnel Turn”, turn two. The second turn is based on Indianapolis Motor Speedway at nine degrees of banking. After the exit of turn two, drivers will go down the shortshoot to set up for turn three. The third turn is only banked at six degrees, and is based off the Milwaukee Mile. Drivers must execute turn three to near perfection in an effort to gain more momentum down the longest straightaway on the circuit. 

 

According to weekly press releases, drivers are excited about returning to Pocono. 

 

Christopher Bell will be making his first start at Pocono for Venturini Motorsports, while performing double duty. “I’m really excited to make my first start at Pocono this weekend,” said Bell. “Pocono’s unique track configuration puts a lot of emphasis on the technical aspect behind the wheel. I’m looking forward to the challenge. Running back-to-back events will be a lot of fun and give me plenty of laps to adapt to a new track. I’ve had this weekend circled on my calendar for a while now.” 

 

Matt Kurzejewski, driver of the no. 52 Ansell-Menards Toyota for Ken Schrader Racing, will be racing in front of a hometown crowd on Friday. "I'm totally looking forward to going back. I love the three completely different turns. Turn one has some banking and you can really hustle it through there. Turn two is more high-speed and technical, similar to a road course...you have to hustle it yourself through there. Turn three is more flat...not a big fan of flat tracks, but it's high-speed and I like it. For me, it can be challenging to hold a rhythm because you have to repeat three complete different movements over each lap, which requires drivers to get on a different tempo. It's different to everywhere else we go, which is a big part of the appeal, at least for me.”

 

Chase Briscoe, current ARCA points leader, will be trying to make history by being the first driver to win four races in a row since Parker Kligerman in 2009. Briscoe hopes to contend for victory.

 

Practice for the ModSpace150 will be from 9:30 to 10:55 on Friday morning. Lenard’s Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell will be at 2:00 pm EST. The race will begin at 5:30 pm on Fox Sports 1. On track activity with live timing and scoring can be viewed at arcaracing.com.

East Meets West at Iowa Speedway this Weekend

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Thursday, 28 July 2016 18:15

Rev Racing gears up to take on “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet” this weekend at Iowa Speedway. The Casey’s General Store 150 will be the 10th of 14 races on the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule and will be the series’ 14th visit to Iowa Speedway. This weekend’s race will also welcome the NASCAR K&N Pro Series teams from both the East and the West, making this the only combination race of the 2016 season.

Coming off of a rough weekend in Loudon, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Rev Racing is ready for redemption with the 0.875-mile D-shaped oval track. With three of the four drivers having experience at or on this type of track, Rev aims to advance in the point standings.

Collin Cabre (No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota) – Collin Cabre will head into this weekend ranked 9th in points. This will mark the third trip to Iowa Speedway for Cabre. Cabre and team will aim for a top-5, after a frustrating finish in Loudon due to mechanical issues.

Ruben Garcia (No. 6 Special Smiles Toyota) – Ruben Garcia, ranked 11th in points, will head into the weekend with some related-track experience as well, although he has never run at Iowa Speedway. Garcia, who also drives in the Súper Copa TELCEL Series, runs on a track that is almost an exact match to Iowa Speedway in Aguascalientes, Mexico. With this track experience, he and his crew will take advantage of this related seat time as they prepare their strategy for race day.

"We are looking forward to Iowa with Ruben,” says Crew Chief Steve Plattenburger. “This track is a lot like Aguascalientes. It will be a little different in how he drives it, concerning the difference in horsepower. We worked on a few things for him; to get through the center of corner better and are hoping for a solid top-10 finish in his first East/West combination race."

J.A. Junior Avila (No. 42 L&M Ethanol Toyota) – Avila, currently 12th in points, hopes to also lock in a top finish at this weekend’s Casey’s General Store 150. Avila, who has run Iowa in the 2014 K&N West/East combination race, is excited to see what he and his team are capable of. Avila, with a 19th place finish in Loudon, is focused on communication and a successful race start position.

Ali Kern (No. 4  Max Siegel, Inc. Toyota) – Kern, driver of the Max Siegel, Inc. Toyota, is hoping to bounce back after a tough race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kern, who also faced mechanical issues, struggled to get her laps back after two additional pit stops. Kern is currently 14th in points.

Qualifying for the Casey’s General Store 150 will be on Friday, July 29th at 5:00 p.m., followed by the 150-lap race at 8:00 p.m. Follow @RevRacin on Twitter for live race updates.

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