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A packed house greeted a full field of NASCAR K&N Pro Series West competitors as they invaded Meridian Speedway for the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208. While the traveling professional series contested their penultimate race, the Pro Trucks, Project Filter Pro-4s, and College of Western Idaho High School Tuners crowned champions on a brisk Saturday night.

The Project Filter Pro-4s were first to the starting grid for their thirty lap championship feature. On the green Boise, Idaho’s Wes Summers bolted to the lead and pulled fellow Boise, Idaho competitors Brandon Shira and Jonathan Hull with him away from the pack. Hull didn’t waste this forward momentum and used the next six laps to work past both Shira and Summers entries to put his Diversified Carpet Cleaning, All American Towing machine in the lead.

Behind Hull, Nampa, Idaho racer Joe Barton picked his way through traffic to the runner up spot before going to work on the leader. Barton took the inside line and stuck to it, and after a tense ten lap battle Barton moved his Tyco Structural Enterprises racer to the top spot. This dropped Hull into the clutches of Kuna, Idaho’s Kenny Chandler, at the wheel of a backup car after a hard crash in practice. With fourteen circuits left Chandler muscled his Project Filter, Fairly Reliable Bob’s entry past Hull to take second and set to making his way to the lead.

Hull next came under fire from Meridian, Idaho runner Brendon Fries, who moved Hull out of the way to put his vertical-winged Chick-Fil-A, Urban Rifle Supply machine in the third spot. Fries wasn’t done there and with five laps to go he tried an outside move on Chandler. When that move didn’t work, Fries first bumped, then blasted Chandler, sending the multi-time champion for a spin in turn three.

With Fries and Chandler at the back of the pack, the restart put Payette, Idaho’s Travis Pavlacky to Barton’s outside. When the green flag flew Barton motored back to the lead. Pavlacky tried to mount a last lap charge in his Riparetti Cylinder Head machine, but it was no use as Barton claimed the win and the Project Filter Pro-4 championship.

“We were kind of excited to get to the finish line tonight,” Barton said.

A full field of College of Western Idaho High School Tuners wheeled their racers to green for their final 25 laps of 2016. On the break outside pole sitter Tayvia Morris raced her Northwest Auto Services entry to the top spot. On the move early was quick qualifier Riley Rogers, who had piloted his H&H Accounting, Goodwill Finance machine from last to fourth place by lap five.

An early caution reset the field and brought Alex Hibbert’s Team Construction, Paz Electric car to Morris’ outside, with Rogers and Connor Woog on the second row. Rogers wasted no time as he dispatched fellow Meridian, Idaho racer Hibbert, then worked his way beneath Nampa, Idaho’s Morris. Rogers led a contested lap seven, but held the lead outright by lap eight.

Further back Boise, Idaho driver Will Ostrum went to work on Woog for third, but just as Ostrum edged his Diversified Carpet Cleaning entry ahead, Morris spun from second place. Woog, Ostrum, Taylor Occhipinti, and Jordan Harris had nowhere to go, and piled into the Morris’ machine. Despite the hard hits every driver was okay, and only Woog’s Discount Tire, Les Schwab machine had to be towed from the track.

On the restart Rogers led Hibbert, Occhipinti, and Harris into turn one. While Occhipinti worked Hibbert over for second, Rogers cruised to his seventh win of the season and the 2016 College of Western Idaho High School Tuner championship.

“I don’t know if it’s sunk in yet,” Rogers admitted post race.

The Pro Trucks brought fifteen bare-knuckle competitors to their 75 lap championship race. On the green pole sitter John Wong of Parma, Idaho bolted ahead of Hooper, Utah’s Tim Fahrner to lead lap one. Side-by-side action ruled the race’s first ten laps before Fahrner established the outside line as the place to be. Finally clear of traffic Fahrner piloted his Park Insulation, Top Stop Automotive truck to Wong’s rear bumper.

On lap eighteen Fahrner made his move and dove inside Wong’s Champion Produce to take the lead. But Fahrner wasn’t safe up front as he came under fire from Twin Falls, Idaho’s Jason Quale, who moved his Quale Electronics, Dairy Queen racer to the inside line on lap 25. Fahrner fought back hard, and as the top two scuffled Meridian Idaho’s Riley Rogers, fresh off his College of Western Idaho High School Tuner victory, raced into the lead group.

Rogers wasn’t content to run third, and he motored around Quale to put his H&H Accounting, Wildside Wraps entry in the runner up post on lap 35. With thirty laps to go Rogers made his move as he dove below Fahrner in turn one. As Rogers drew abreast of Fahrner, a caution flag flew and reset the field.

On the green Rogers rocketed around the high side and took the lead from Fahrner. Johnny Pierre followed Rogers through and immediately planted his D.L. Evans Bank, Elite Heating and Cooling entry in Rogers’ rear view mirror. Pierre methodically worked low and, try as Rogers might, the Twin Falls, Idaho racer was able to motor ahead on lap fifty. Fellow Twin Falls, Idaho racer John Newhouse followed Pierre past Rogers and the top two point runners set to settling the season championship.

Pierre guarded the inside line, but that didn’t stop Newhouse from jabbing low. A late caution brought Newhouse to the leader’s outside for a final sixteen lap shootout. The tooth and nail battled started immediately as Pierre took Newhosue to the backstretch concrete. Newhouse’s truck reeled from the hit, and as it did Rogers pulled past and established his presence on Pierre’s bumper.

Rogers opened his winning bid with a square shot to Pierre’s bumper, but Pierre weathered the strike and held the lead. With five laps left Rogers turned up the pressure further, but didn’t have enough to overtake Pierre, who sped into the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.

“Everybody did a great job,” Pierre said.

Newhouse scored a fifth place finish, and with it the 2016 Pro Truck championship.

“That was the hardest earned fifth place,” Newhouse said as he collected championship honors.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West brought 21 of the best stock car racers in the country to bear on Meridian Speedway for the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208. On the green pole sitter Ryan Partridge piloted his Sunrise Ford, Eibach Springs Ford to lead lap one. As the leaders cleared the first wave of lapped traffic, Rancho Cucamonga, California’s Partridge held a better than one second advantage over Chris Eggleston’s NAPA Filters Toyota.

While the top two settled in, the battle for third heated up as Noah Gragson pulled his SpeedVegas, AlertID Ford to the rear bumper of Riley Herbst’s NAPA Power Premium Plus Alternators and Starters Toyota. The pressure proved too much for Herbst, and the young racer spun in turns one and two on lap 37.

The green flag flew again on lap 44 with Partridge and Eggleston on the front row. Eggleston pedaled his racer hard on the outside, but Partridge took the short way around the quarter-mile and motored back to the top spot. A flurry of early caution flags set up the same scenario, each ending with Partridge back up front. This all changed when the green flag flew on lap 61.

Eggleston laid into Partridge as the two raced across the start finish line and after two laps of repeated body blows Eggleston claimed the top spot on lap 63. Eggleston’s time up front was short-lived, however as a caution on lap 69 brought Partridge even with the leader and put Rouse, Partridge’s teammate, on Eggleston’s rear bumper. That seemed to be the winning formula as Partridge roared around Eggleston to take the lead back. Point leader Todd Gilliland followed Partridge past Eggleston to take second as the top three settled in at the race’s halfway point.

The caution flag again flew on lap 112, which erased Partridges second and a half lead and brought Gilliland even with the leader as the green flag waved on lap 119. Partridge shut the door hard on Gilliland, which condensed an already crowded pack. Something had to give, and on lap 125 Rouse and Eggleston tangled in turn two. Rouse went around, collecting fifth place runner Gragson. Both Rouse and Gragson drove away from the dust up, but were forced to the pit area for repairs.

Gilliland made the most of the following restart as he powered around Partridge to take the lead. But Partridge battled back, and on lap 164 moved his Ford back to the point. New York, New York racer Julia Landauer also made a move on 164 as she dispatched Eggleston to put her Curb Records Toyota third. Thirty laps ran off the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard until a late yellow bunched the field and set up a seven lap shootout for the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 trophy.

The green flag waved and Partridge shot to the lead. As the top five jockeyed for position Eggleston was shuffled out of fourth and spun into the turn one concrete. Eggleston would continue, but his bid for the victory was spoiled and the race entered Overtime.

Lap 214 saw Partridge and Gilliland lead the field to the first green-white-checkered attempt. Gilliland got on the gas pedal hard and raced ahead of Partridge on the back stretch. With a win slipping from his grasp Partridge slung his racer too hard into turn three, and he spun. By the time the caution flag waved Gilliland had taken the white flag and the race was deemed official by NASCAR Officials.

“I knew we were going to have to be smart coming into the night,” Gilliland said in the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle. “It’s really special to win this one.”

Meridian Speedway crowns six champions next Saturday, October 1 on TATES Rents Championship Night at the quarter-mile. The Pepsi Crate Cars, College of Western Idaho Super Street Stocks, Peterson Chevrolet Super Sixes, Domino’s Legends, and Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stocks close their 2016 campaigns, while the TATES Rents Hornets get one last test before their season-ending Trunk or Treat Halloween Enduro 250 on October 29. General admission to a full night of championship racing is just $10.50 for adults, and $6.50 for kids 7-11. Gates open at 4 p.m. with qualifying at 5 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m. We’ll see you Saturday, October 1 under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.

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During the drivers meeting prior to the start of the Saturday’s meet, Mahoning Valley Speedway race director Tim Santee indicated to all that there will be 100 show-up points awarded to all those who come to the season ending Octoberfast. And, although the final points race is listed as October 1, that incentive for the October 22 big stakes event could have major implications for both title hopefuls and throughout the finishing order of the top-10 rundown.

Eric Beers, however, may be the exception to all that as the season-long point leader racked up his seventh win of the year and easily extended his ranking at number one, so much so that he is virtually untouchable heading into those final two races.

Beers used a lap 23 restart to overtake John Markovic and then cruised over the final 11 tours for 18th top five in 21 starts.

“We got lucky on that restart. There was a little bit of speedy dry down in turn two and I knew Johnny (Markovic) was going to hit it first. He wiggled up the track and gave me just enough room,” said Beers, who registered his 52nd Mahoning Modified win.

The race was not just about Beers by no means. When the action got underway Terry Markovic, who was driving a second car for Earl Paules, darted quickly into the lead and was shadowed by his brother John and it was indeed a crowd pleasing showdown between the two class act drivers.

After several close laps of side-by-side, J. Markovic eased into the lead on lap 15 but T. Markovic was still flanking along. Also in on the action was Kris Graver while lucking not far back were Beers and Zane Zeiner.

“It brought back a lot of memories for me seeing the Markovic’s racing up front. Johnny was leading and Terry was second and I was thinking back to when I was a little kid watching them winning races down at Dorney Park and I was holding off for a couple minutes until I realized I had to get up front and see what we got,” said Beers.

Once Beers got focused he then made his charge and was running third by lap 20. Then when Nick Baer smacked the wall in turn one that brought out the caution on lap 23, it would be that restart were Beers would make the race winning move.

“Terry (Markovic) ran a great race and it was good to see him running up front and Johnny (Markovic) alongside battling for the lead made it a great show,” said Beers.

“It’s been a wonderful year and we want to finish out strong and keep it going. That Octoberfast race is my Achilles heel, I got to win that one.”

Beers has led in each of the past three Octoberfast races but ended in third place at the finish.

J. Markovic took second spot for his best effort of the year while Paules had a great late race dogfight with Graver to secure third. Rounding out the top five was Austin Kochenash.

13-year old Broc Brown drove like a seasoned veteran as he captured his career first Mahoning Late Model win and became the youngest winner with the class in doing so.

Brown was in a race-long battle with some heavy hitters as he clashed with the likes of stalwarts twice and even three times his age.

He started third but was running next to leader George Ramos once the race commenced. In the thick of the battle was Don Wagner who would maneuver into the front spot by lap nine. Paul Koehler Jr., also added himself to the mix but all the while the talented upstart showed no signs of being intimidated by the more accomplished drivers.

Brown raced with all out intent of reaching the front of the pack and gave Wagner a great duel in the process. Using the outside lane as his line of attack, he worked each lap with confidence and delivered a sterling performance in taking the lead with eight laps to go.

Brown had never led a feature lap at Mahoning Valley until then and wasn’t about to give it up either and despite a strong effort in the final laps by Frankie Althouse, the win was evident for the rising star.

Between 2000 and 2010 Mark Deysher dominated the Street Stocks with win after win and a pair of class titles to boot.

Deysher then took off the next few years before getting back in the saddle just a few weeks ago and his return to action came full circle as he scored his first win since 2008. Deysher jumped out front at the get-go and would then work tirelessly to fend off Dan Freundt for the verdict.

Billy Lasko outlasted Ricky Yetter for his fourth Dirt Mod win of the season and in doing so took over the point lead with one race to go. Lasko led every lap although Yetter was hovering all over him the entire time making for a very thrilling run to the checkers.

Pro 4 point leader Josh Scherer passed Kailyn Beers on lap three and then stayed the course the remaining distance en route to his sixth win of the season. The victory gives him a solid lead heading into the final point race next Saturday as Scherer looks to sew up his career first championship. Cody Kohler gave Scherer a nice run for his money in taking runner-up honors.

Austin Beers started out the night by winning his heat race. He then carried that momentum into the feature by leading all 20 laps and earned his career first stock car win in a hard fought battle over Ryan Berger.

Beers, who is the son of Modified kingpin Eric Beers, had a handful of Berger lap after lap but the young lion hit his marks perfectly each time by and held on for a the unforgettable victory. He also extended the record number of different winners to 14.

Devin Schmidt was the Small Car Enduro winner.

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Competition Drives Ebersole to Succeed in Modifieds

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Saturday, 24 September 2016 11:13

Second-generation NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver Kyle Ebersole was born with racing in his blood.

The Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, native grew up watching his father, Bob, and uncle, Jeff, compete at local dirt tracks throughout the Northeast. When the family had an off weekend, they’d travel the country to watch NASCAR races.

Ebersole realized that he wanted to be more than a fan, so he began racing go-karts as a nine-year-old. He thrived in the lower series as well as the World Karting Association, so Ebersole kicked off what has become a burgeoning asphalt modified racing career in 2007 when he began competing at Pennsylvania’s Evergreen Speedway in a car purchased from five-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Tony Hirschman. The rough, one-third-mile track taught Ebersole how to drive the car aggressively and how to win a championship.

His race team was comprised of just father and a few friends, but Ebersole decided after high school to continue chasing his dream. In college, Ebersole commuted 45 minutes each way to attend classes at York College of Pennsylvania. Ebersole kept working at his craft on the track as well.

“I ended up getting my mechanical engineering degree from York and during that time, we ran really well in the Race of Champions Tour, so that was a very busy year,” Ebersole said. “We would travel north to New York and south to North Carolina and all at the same time I was trying to get a college degree. It was definitely a lot of work, which paid off in the long run.”

He reached the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour in 2012 and he recorded seven top-10 finishes to end the year sixth in the championship standings. The following season, Ebersole finished second in points, losing the championship by just 31 points to George Brunnhoelzl III.

In 2014, Ebersole earned his second career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour win at South Boston Speedway in Virginia.

He finished fifth in points last year and continued his string of success this year when he prevailed in a North-South combination race on Aug. 17 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Winning, Ebersole said, isn’t easy when the depth of modified competition increases. It won’t be easy in the Bad Boy Off Road Southern Slam 150 on Oct. 6 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, either.

Still, Ebersole is up to the challenge.

“It’s crazy to see how the competition level in the tour has drastically increased over the past three years,” he said. “Back four or five years ago, there were probably four or five cars maximum that could win a race and now we’re looking at 10 cars that could win a race.”

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ValleyStar Credit Union 300 to Have New Format in 2016

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Friday, 23 September 2016 11:01

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway on October 16 will have a new format in 2016, Track President Clay Campbell announced today.

The 200 lap feature race will include two competition cautions, one at lap 100 and one at lap 175. During the first stop, cars will be lined up on pit road and allowed to take fuel only, no other adjustments to the cars are allowed. There will also be a blind-draw invert for the cars running in the top-10.

On the second stop, teams will be allowed to change four tires and make any adjustments needed to their cars.

“Ever since we started this race, we’ve been tweaking the format to improve the racing,” Campbell said. “By stopping at lap 100 we’re ensuring fuel doesn’t become an issue for teams and we’re getting back to a true halfway break.

“By allowing teams to take tires and make adjustments at lap 175, I think we’re setting up for a great finish. It should improve the racing throughout the race, as drivers won’t have to worry about saving tires for the end.”

When the field stops for the halfway break, the leader will be awarded the $2,000 Clarence’s Steakhouse Award.

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race. It pays $25,000 to win and regularly sees more than 75 teams show up to make the 40 car field. The winner also takes home an iconic grandfather clock trophy.

The day starts with three 25 lap heat races and a 25 lap “last chance race” to set the field, followed by the 200 lap feature.

Last year Tommy Lemons Jr. held off a furious charge from Timothy Peters on the final lap to win his second grandfather clock trophy.

General Admission grandstand seating is $30 for adults and $5 for youth 12-and-under.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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Talladega Superspeedway announced today that Nashville country star Jerrod Niemann will perform as the headliner for the traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert, Oct. 22, as part of the much anticipated Chase double elimination weekend.

Niemann is set to take the stage at NASCAR’s “Party Capital” just hours after the conclusion of the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race where the field of title contenders will be cut from eight to six, and the night before the Alabama 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event (Sunday Oct. 23) where only eight of 12 drivers will advance in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Admission to the concert is free with the purchase of a Sunday race ticket for the Alabama 500.

Niemann is currently on tour, and working on his new album. The recently released first single, titled “A Little More Love,” is a duet with friend and label mate Lee Brice. His most recent album, High Noon, featured the Platinum-certified hit “Drink to That All Night,” a two-week No. 1 smash. High Noon was a follow-up to his Free the Music album, which included the emotional “Only God Could Love You More” and “Shinin’ on Me.”

Niemann’s chart-topping debut album, Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, hit The New York Times’ Top 10 Albums of 2010, with featured hits “What Do You want” and Platinum No. 1 smash, “Lover, Lover.” His larger-than-life personality inspired the hilarious antics in his short-story voiceovers on the album, and he never ceases to amaze fans.

“Race fans expect our Saturday night infield concerts to be as electrifying as the racing action on the track,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “Jerrod Niemann is an impressive artist with a unique flavor of music that resonates with fans on so many levels. It will definitely be a show you don’t want to miss.”

A Kansas native, Niemann began studying music at a very young age. A month after his 21st birthday, he moved to the Music City, where he made a name for himself as an ingenious songwriter. He has co-written hits for country superstar Garth Brooks, as well as co-written eight of the 13 songs he recorded on his High Noon album.

Niemann continues the tradition of incredible musical talent that has performed the Saturday Night Infield Concert at Talladega, which takes place near the intersection of Eastaboga and Talladega Boulevards. Free tram transportation – both into the track prior to the concert and back outside the track after the concert – is provided for Sunday grandstand ticket holders.

Talladega Superspeedway’s action-packed weekend kicks off on Friday (Oct. 21) with practice sessions for both the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola and the Alabama 500. Saturday’s schedule includes Foodland/Food Giant qualifying for both NCWTS (9:30 a.m. CDT) and NSCS (3:00 p.m. CDT) while the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola gets the green flag at 12 Noon CDT. The Alabama 500 race is set for Sunday at 1:00 p.m. CDT.

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Darlington Raceway will serve as the host for quality barbeque, classic cars and great live music when the Speed & Feed BBQ Cook-off and Car Show returns to the track November 11-12.

The event will be FREE and open to the public from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday, November 11 and 10 a.m.4 p.m. on Saturday, November 12. Unlimited tastings will be available for $5 per person per day while supplies last.

“The Speed and Feed BBQ Cook-Off and Car Show is a terrific community festival that will host the region’s top BBQ teams and hundreds of classic cars. We’re proud to be hosting this event for the fourth consecutive year,” track President Kerry Tharp said.

The BBQ cook-off will again be sanctioned by the South Carolina BBQ Association, one of the premier BBQ organizations in the country, and feature some of the top cook teams in the region. The teams will be vying to win the coveted $2,500 first-place prize, while also earning a spot in the World Food Championships.

A chicken wing cook-off will take place on Friday night and will be judged by a local celebrity panel.

Additionally, the two day car show will feature an open show of cars and trucks on display for enthusiasts, along with a swap meet. Participants will have the opportunity to make a lap around the famous 1.366-mile raceway on Friday night under the lights.

Pre-registration for the car show is $25. Day of show registration will be $30. A commemorative dash plaque will be given to the first 500 car and truck registrations. Trophies will be given to the top 50 cars and trucks, plus other special awards.

The car show and swap meet are once again being organized by longtime enthusiasts, Fred and Nancy Turner, of Florence, S.C.

Darlington Raceway is also offering pace laps around the Lady in Black for a donation of $10 per ride or five non-perishable food items. All proceeds will benefit the track’s charitable arm Darlington Shares and The Lord Cares food bank in Darlington.

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2015-Arctic-Cat-All-Star-Circuit-of-Champions-LogoINDIANAPOLIS, IN. (September 20, 2016) – For the first time since 2007, the World’s Greatest Dirt Track will host four divisions during the Saturday night portion of the Four Crown Nationals program, adding more hype to a prestigious weekend of competition that will feature the best of the best with the wings, and without.
 
After the BeFour The Crowns Showdown on Friday night, September 23, featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, the stars and cars of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will have their turn at taming the highbanks of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio; joining all three national divisions, Midget, Sprint Car and Champ Car, of the United States Auto Club (USAC) for the Four Crown Nationals on Saturday, September 24. The Arctic Cat All Stars will battle for $5,000 during their visit to The Big E, also earning full points toward the 2016 championship.
 
As an added bonus, if a competitor can sweep the entire Four Crown Nationals program on Saturday, September 24, a mega-bonus of $100,000 will be awarded. If a competitor can earn three out of four victories on Saturday, a $25,000 bonus will be awarded.
 
Including the show-up points appearance in mid-July for the Kings Royal weekend, the Four Crown Nationals will act as the third of four Arctic Cat All Star visits to Eldora Speedway in 2016. “America’s Series” made their first visit to Eldora Speedway on June 25 for the Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket finale. The “Wild Child” Jac Haudenschild claimed the right to stand on the coveted victory lane stage, earning $10,000 for his efforts. Defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz was the $50,000 Kings Royal winner on July 16.
 
With only three point events remaining on the 2016 championship schedule, the Four Crown Nationals will highlight as a very important step in the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions title chase. Less than 30 markers separate the top-two championship contenders entering their visit to Rossburg, Ohio, with defending series champion Dale Blaney on top of the current series standings.
 
Dubbed the “Low Rider,” Dale Blaney, who owns seven victories on the season, as well as a series leading 23 top-five finishes, holds a 22-point cushion over Alvada, Ohio’s Chad Kemenah entering Four Crown Nationals weekend. Kemenah, also a former series champion, owns one victory on the season, as well as 22 top-five finishes. Blaney owns victories at Attica Raceway Park (OH), Port Royal Speedway (PA), Butler Speedway (MI), Millstream Speedway (OH), Eriez Speedway (PA), and Grandview Speedway (PA), with Kemenah owning one victory at the Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway in Bedford, Pennsylvania.
 
Despite the competitive battle at the top of the championship standings, Wooster, Ohio’s Sheldon Haudenschild is also in a mathematical position to contend for the title; currently third in the title chase and only 56 points behind Dale Blaney. Haudenschild has earned eight victories thus far in 2016, which leads all Arctic Cat All Star competitors, as well as 17 top-five finishes.
 
Cap Henry and “Downtown” Danny Holtgraver, earning a combined total of 22 top-five feature finishes and three victories, each acquired by Holtgraver, currently round out the top-five in the championship standings.
 
Four Crown Nationals festivities will officially begin with spectator gates opening at 12-noon on Saturday, September 24. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 4:30 pm, followed by racing at 8. Those seeking additional information regarding the Four Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway should visit the event page live on the Web at: http://www.eldoraspeedway.com/event/35th-annual-four-crown-nationals/

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In 2015, NASCAR witnessed one of the most remarkable comebacks in the sports’ history, as Kyle Busch collected his first career Sprint Cup Series championship by emerging victorious in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Regardless of which of the 16 Chase drivers are part of the Championship 4 at the 2016 Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday, November 20, there is guaranteed to be another comeback completed that day.

Hot off the release of their new single “Comeback Kid,” Grammy® Award-winning superstar sibling trio - The Band Perry - will make a special live performance prior to this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship race. The Band Perry will be featured in Homestead-Miami Speedway’s pre-race show, which airs on Countdown to Green on NBC that Sunday. The Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race, which is televised in 185 countries and territories, will be broadcast on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at 2:30 p.m. ET.

The Band Perry, which consists of siblings Kimberly Perry, Neil Perry and Reid Perry, are an unstoppable presence in music. The trio has released two studio albums, The Band Perry (2010) and Pioneer (2013). Their first album went certified platinum and included the sextuple-platinum chart-topper, “If I Die Young,” the platinum-selling “You Lie” and “All Your Life (a #1 single). Their second album Pioneer was certified gold and also featured two No. 1 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with the song “Better Dig Two” and “DONE.”, a first No. 1 for brothers Reid and Neil as songwriters. In February 2015, The Band Perry won their first Grammy® Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance and have also earned multiple awards from the likes of The Country Music Association, CMT Music Awards, the American Country Awards and the Academy of Country Music. Recently named ambassadors for Teen Cancer America (a charity founded by The Who's Roger Daltrey), The Band Perry recently launched a million-dollar fundraising campaign with the nonprofit to benefit Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital to expand the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer program in Nashville. They are currently putting the finishing touches on their third studio album.

“We are thrilled to have The Band Perry performing in what will be an exciting day at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which will be capped off with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. “The Band Perry has become a household name in country music, and having them kick off the Sprint Cup Series championship race with a pre-race concert will be an electrifying experience for NASCAR and all of our fans. We can’t wait to see the show they put on in November.”

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Technically, Martinsville Speedway isn’t considered one of NASCAR’s “Home Tracks.” That title is reserved for the weekly race tracks throughout the country that locals flock to to see their neighbors, friends and family members beat and bang on summer nights.

However, when the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 rolls around on October 16, the track transforms into the biggest “Home Track” of them all and for the 2016 Whelen All-American Series National Champion the term couldn’t be more appropriate.

Matt Bowling grew up in Ridgeway, just minutes from the famous half-mile speedway. After a year in which he won 14 races, his third track championship at South Boston Speedway, the Division I Virginia State Championship and the Division I National Championship, the 22-year-old only has one thing left to do; win a grandfather clock trophy.

“The last thing left on my checklist is to win Martinsville,” Bowling said. “For me personally, I grew up watching races there. It’s in my hometown. I’d really love to get that one.”

The driver of the No. 83 had a season most drivers dream of. He started well, kept the momentum going and finished strong.

“You never really start off the year thinking you are going for it,” Bowling said. “It just kind of works out.”

But after four wins at South Boston in the first two months of the season, the wheels started turning.

“Definitely, I’d say in May it was on our mind, and in July is when we really started chasing it pretty hard and really had a shot at it,” he said. “I was fortunate to start the year off good at South Boston and that really helped us to get things going.”

While Bowling led the standings the entire season, it was far from easy. As the season started to draw to a close, his lead shrank each week. At one point, only three points separated Bowling from New Englander Keith Rocco and Midwesterner Ty Majeski.

That’s when Bowling hit the road, crisscrossing Virginia, the Carolinas and Tennessee heading to any track he could find.

Bowling may be considered the home team at Martinsville, but the races at unfamiliar tracks were certainly away games.

“It’s tough anywhere you go,” he said. “It’s hard to beat people that have more experience at those places than we have. It feels pretty good; we always seemed to get a win when we needed it and it definitely paid off for us.”

Heading into the last week of the season, Bowling held a thirteen point lead over Rocco and Majeski was still very much in the running as well.

“I was pretty nervous,” Bowling said. “We’d been leading this thing from the start and it would really be something to lose it in the last week. We knew that we just had to keep doing what we’d been doing all year and we’d be fine.”

Fortunately, Bowling could turn to someone who has been down the same road, his car builder, teammate and 2005 National Champion Peyton Sellers.

“He was very optimistic about it for us,” Bowling said of Sellers. “We were all nervous about it last week and he was just telling us it’s all going to be fine.

“He definitely helped out a lot and he was right. He’s been there and was able to keep us upbeat about everything all year.”

While Matt was the one holding the wheel and Sellers provided the encouragement, it was his father Tim steering the ship.

“I couldn’t do it without him,” he said. “He pushes us pretty hard, but he’s my biggest backer and he just wants to see us run well and do well. He’s definitely hard on us sometimes, but he wants to see us do the best we can and he knows we can do it.

“I’m just glad I could bring it home for him.”

Bowling will be the sixth straight Whelen All-American Series National Champion to start the ValleyStar Credit Union 300. He will be joined in the race by past champions Sellers, Lee Pulliam and Philip Morris, along with past and current state and track champions from throughout the Southeast.

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 pays $25,000 to win and regularly sees more than 75 teams show up to make the 40 car field.

The day starts with three 25 lap heat races and a 25 lap “last chance race” to set the field, followed by the 200 lap feature.

Last year Tommy Lemons Jr. held off a furious charge from Timothy Peters on the final lap to win his second grandfather clock trophy.

General Admission grandstand seating is $30 for adults and $5 for youth 12-and-under.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

Martinsville Speedway PR

Phoenix Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced today that Jennifer Staton has been named Senior Director of Partnership Sales & Marketing. Staton has been with International Speedway Corporation (“ISC”), the parent company of PIR in Daytona Beach, Fla., since 2006.

“We are pleased to welcome Jennifer to our staff,” said Sperber. “Her years of experience and knowledge within the motorsports industry will be a tremendous asset for our team as we continue to elevate the PIR brand for our partners and fans alike.”

Most recently, Jennifer was responsible for managing and developing some of ISC’s top partners as Director of Partnership Marketing. Her many contributions included securing Toyota as the first founding partner at the newly-reimagined Daytona International Speedway. In her current role at Phoenix Raceway, she is responsible for identifying new marketing partnerships, managing current client relationships and leading PIR’s partner activation strategies.

“I am excited to join such a talented team and work alongside regional and national partners to help their brands achieve success at Phoenix Raceway,” said Staton. “We are thrilled about the new opportunities for partners and look forward to enhancing the fan experience beyond expectations!”

Jennifer earned her degree in marketing from Sheridan College in Toronto, Canada, where she was awarded the Sheridan Scholar designation. 

PIR PR

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