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Pro Wrestler turned Short Track Racer to Compete in Select 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series EAST Races for Team Stange Racing, Primary Sponsorship, Bell PlantationThursday, 18 December 2014 15:56
Mike Senica first sat behind the wheel of a racecar in 1991, and has been involved with the professional auto racing circuit for 20 years. His direct involvement began when Mike was a senior in college in Daytona Beach, Florida. He earned his SCCA regional license and competed in local races throughout central Florida.
In 1994, Mike became involved with Indycar racing, by assisting CART/Indycar Driver, Dennis Vitolo of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mike contacted journeyman driver Vitolo after the 1994 Indianapolis 500. Vitolo took Senica under his wing and educated Mike about the logistics of sports marketing and promotions. Mike started his own sports marketing company, Motorsport Concepts in 1995 and has been working diligently for the past twenty years to obtain corporate sponsorship for his racing efforts.
Motorsport Concepts has worked with companies such as Bell Plantation, Damn Good Jerky, Optimum Nutrition, XS Energy Drinks, CAM2 Motor Oil and Madi's Organic Water with their motorsports marketing programs by providing corporate consulting and B2B relationships in the racing industry.Mike began to assist other drivers with their marketing programs for their respective sponsors. “I was involved from running corporate days to driver appearances”, Senica said. It was all a part of his plan to run in bigger races down the road. Senica has been competing in the ARCA Racing Series for the past five years and drove for several teams before being introduced to John Stange in 2014.
“John Stange and I met for the first time through a mutual friend and started talking Indy Car racing “of the past” and what his team was going to be doing in NASCAR racing in 2015 I then said to myself this guy gets it and I need to work with him. My sponsors need to work with him”. “John understands what it takes to support and develop a relationship with a sponsor, as well as building a strong race team with great people starting from his marketing to his performance department.” Mike Senica
“What I like about Mike is that he is a promoter. He understands all the areas of racing from a driver perspective to marketing and promotion. He is determined, committed and never gives up. That says a lot about the driver you want in your car. Mike is the guy that is quietly building his racing career race by race strategically and carefully and making sure he is taking VERY GOOD care of the sponsors at the same time.” John Stange, Team Stange Racing Co-Owner
“We chose the NASCAR K&N Pro Series EAST championship for a few reasons, one reason was the series demographic made a lot of sense to Bell Plantation and the affiliation to NASCAR was huge for them. There are also a few ARCA races that Bell Plantation, Team Stange Racing and I will race and they will be announced at a later date.” Mike Senica
“This is cool, I get to work with a real wrestler, I told the boys that the 47 car uniforms are going to be tights and masks and that they are going to all have cool nick names. This is good for NASCAR, Team Stange Racing, Mike Senica and a great program for Bell Plantation. We look forward to working with Bell Plantation and his other sponsors and welcome them to NASCAR and to our great little team.” Rick Crawford, Team Stange Racing Competition Director and NASCAR Race Car Driver
Marshal Faust, a crew member in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s Substance Abuse Policy.
On Dec. 12, 2014, Faust was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy) of the 2014 NASCAR Rule Book.
Roush Fenway Racing has announced that Bubba Wallace will drive the No. 6 Ford Mustang for the team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) next season. The signing pairs NASCAR’s winningest NXS team with a young driver widely regarded as one of the most talented up-and-coming competitors in NASCAR. The 21-year-old Wallace has posted five wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, including four trips to victory lane in 2014.
“I’ve had a remarkable journey over the last few years thanks to people who have put me in a position to win the races that I have,” said Wallace. “When I first joined the sport, many said I would never compete with the real drivers. Now, as I join the winningest team in NASCAR history, I take that as a responsibility to add more wins to the team’s legacy and help tear down the barriers for the next generation of NASCAR drivers.”
“We are very excited to bring Bubba Wallace into the Roush Fenway fold,” said team president Steve Newmark. “He is viewed in industry circles as one of the brightest young drivers and I feel that we are very fortunate to be able to bring him on board. He has a charismatic personality and at the same time has exhibited the ability to win on the race track. We are looking forward to getting him in our race cars next season.”
In 2013 with his victory at Martinsville Speedway, Wallace became the first African American driver to win in one of NASCAR’s three national series since 1963. He has competed in six career NXS races, earning four top-10 finishes and a pole at Dover International Speedway.
“We are certainly pleased to have Bubba Wallace come on board,” said team co-owner Jack Roush. “He is certainly a great young talent and I feel it will be mutually beneficial for us to be able to put him into a team environment with a veteran driver like Elliott (Sadler) and the young guys Chris Buescher and Ryan Reed. We have had a great deal of history in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and we are happy to have Bubba as the latest piece of that rich legacy.”
“We’re thrilled to have Bubba Wallace be part of our Ford Mustang racing efforts,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. “His winning performances since becoming part of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program have certainly made him one of the drivers in the sport to watch in the future, and we think he can bring a lot to Roush Fenway and Ford, both on and off the track.”
Wallace’s racing career started in 2004 when he began competing in Jr. Sportsman Champ Karts. He finished his first season second overall in points at the Carolina Asphalt Racing Winter Series. He moved to Bandoleros in 2005 and won an amazing 35 of the 48 races and posted 40 top-five finishes. He became the first driver to win five races in a single week. In addition, he competed against much older competition in the Outlaw Division and won all but one race in 2005.
Wallace moved up to Legends in 2006 and completed a phenomenal rookie season with 11 wins, 27 top-five and 34 top-10 finishes in 38 total starts. He started racing Late Models in 2007, competing in the final five races of the UARA Touring series.
Born in Mobile, Ala., Wallace and his family moved to North Carolina for his father’s work when he was just two years old. He also played basketball, before fully concentrating his efforts on his racing career. Wallace also enjoys sharing his love for photography and life as a professional race car driver through his Twitter (@bubbawallace), Instagram (@bubbawallace) and Facebook (fb.com/bubbawallace) accounts.
Michigan International Speedway, on behalf of Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota, donated $40,000 to the Michigan Science Center in Detroit on Thursday as part of the speedway’s Michigan Heritage trophy.
The Michigan Heritage trophy is a recognition and celebration of the automobile and its importance to the race track and the manufacturers competing in NASCAR. As part of the Michigan Heritage, each contending manufacturer and MIS annually commit $10,000 to be given to a youth-focused and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related charity in Michigan.
The trophy is presented to the winning manufacturer in each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway.
At the end of the year, the winning manufacturer can select a charity of its choice to donate the $40,000.
Chevy won both NASCAR Sprint Cup events at MIS this summer and chose the Michigan Science Center (MiSci) as this year’s recipient. The Science Center received $40,000 to assist in its educational programs on Thursday.
Jimmie Johnson won the Quicken Loans 400 while Jeff Gordon was victorious in the Pure Michigan 400.
“We are thrilled to accept this generous donation from Michigan International Speedway, Chevrolet, Ford Motor Company and Toyota,” said Dr. Tonya Matthews, president and CEO, Michigan Science Center. “These are the kinds of partnerships that allow MiSci to expose and inspire young people with STEM throughout greater Detroit and Michigan. We are dedicated to driving the next generation of STEM professionals to their future. Support like this – from the makers and racers of fantastically engineered fast cars – helps us get them there faster!”
The Michigan Science Center features more than 250 hands-on exhibits that explore space, health, physical science, engineering and more. In addition, the Science Center has special exhibits in its Traveling Exhibits hall, a Kids Town gallery fun for children ages five and under, science demonstrations and programs, Traveling Science, day camps, scout workshops and home school programs. The donation will allow the Science Center to enhance its STEM-related programs and exhibits for guests, especially school children, to experience.
The Michigan Heritage, inspired by the iconic Stanley Cup, will recognize the winning manufacturer – Ford, Toyota or Chevrolet – after each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at MIS.
“We are proud to join with the three manufacturers in NASCAR – Chevy, Ford and Toyota – to present a check for $40,000 to the Michigan Science Center,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “The three manufactures compete on the track at Michigan International Speedway, but it is exciting to see them unite to enhance the STEM-program at a facility like the Michigan Science Center. We are proud of the manufacturers and their involvement in NASCAR and presence in Michigan and The Michigan Heritage is a great way to honor and celebrate them.”
The trophy was designed by Fortress Studios artists Steven Kuypers and Steven McShane, both graduates of Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. The Michigan Heritage trophy is three feet tall, weighs about 30 pounds and features an original sculpture similar to Greek goddess of victory Nike, also inspiration for classic cars hood ornaments from Cadillac, Rolls-Royce and Packard.
The original bronze artwork sits atop a wooden base similar to the architecture of Detroit landmarks such as the Fisher Building and Guardian Building.
Live timing & scoring from Daytona Friday & Saturday, Oldfield grandstands open to public, entries growThursday, 18 December 2014 11:25
We are now less than a day away from ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards open testing at Daytona Int’l Speedway, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, December 19-20.
Currently, 61 drivers are on the entry list in preparation for the 52nd annual Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real coming February 14, 2015.
Former Daytona polesitter Sean Corr is the latest to file an entry in the No. 48 Hylton Motorsports Ford Fusion.
A portion of the Oldfield grandstands off turn four will be open to the public during the test.
ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring of all on-track activities, scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 5 daily, with an hour break for lunch at noon.
|ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards|
|Daytona Int'l Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida|
|Open Testing (12-19/20-14)|
|1||2||Sarah Cornett-Ching/Summerland BC||Hixson Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|2||2||Kevin Powell/Winston-Salem NC||Hixson Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|3||3||Karl Weber/Ambia IN||Hixson Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|4||5||Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA||Bobby Gerhart Racing||Chevrolet|
|5||5||Scotty Hubler/Coplay PA||Bobby Gerhart Racing||Chevrolet|
|6||7||Willie Mullins/Fredericksburg VA||Mullins Racing||Ford|
|7||7||Kyle Lockrow/LaPlata MD||Mullins Racing||Ford|
|8||7||J.J. Pack/Bealeton WV||Mullins Racing||Ford|
|9||8||Austin Hill/China Grove NC||Empire Racing||Ford|
|10||12||Tyler Audie/Orlando FL||Audie Racing||Chevrolet|
|11||40||Donnie Neuenberger/Edgewater MD||Carter 2 Motorsports||Dodge|
|12||41||Robby Lyons/Seminole FL||MacDonald Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|13||41||Thomas Serwin/Hasselager Denmark||MacDonald Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|14||41||Daniel Graeff/Miami FL||MacDonald Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|15||41||Garrett Smithley/Peachtree City GA||MacDonald Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|16||42||Bo LeMastus/Louisville KY||Crosley Motorsports||Dodge|
|17||46||Christian Celaya/Caborca Mexico||Team Stange Racing||Ford|
|18||48||Sean Corr/Goshen NY||Hylton Motorsports||Ford|
|19||49||Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI||Hylton Motorsports||Ford|
|20||52||Clay Campbell/Martinsville VA||Ken Schrader Racing||Chevrolet|
|21||54||Dan Kurzejewski/Mansfield PA||Brian Keselowski Racing||Dodge|
|22||55||Cody Coughlin/Delaware OH||Venturini Motorsports||Toyota|
|23||57||Bryan Dauzat/Concord NC||Bryan Dauzat Racing||Chevrolet|
|24||66||Leilani Munter/Rochester MN||Venturini Motorsports||Toyota|
|25||68||Will Kimmel/Sellersburg IN||Kimmel Racing||Ford|
|26||68||David Levine/Highland Park IL||Kimmel Racing||Ford|
|27||69||Michael Lira/Port Orange FL||Kimmel Racing||Ford|
|28||69||Ty Majeski/Seymour WI||Kimmel Racing||Ford|
|29||69||Travis Braden/Wheeling WV||Kimmel Racing||Ford|
|30||75||Benny Chastain/Tallahassee FL||BS Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|31||75||Ginny Quinones/Charlotte NC||BS Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|32||77||Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ||Cunningham Motorsports||Dodge|
|33||77||Austin Cindric/Columbus OH||Cunningham Motorsports||Dodge|
|34||78||Mason Mitchell/W. Des Moines IA||Mason Mitchell Motorsports||Ford|
|35||82||Cody Erickson/Ulen MN||Empire Racing||Ford|
|36||88||John Lowinski-Loh/Milford MA||Team BCR||Ford|
|37||88||Mario Clauser/Auburn IL||Team BCR||Ford|
|38||95||Mark Meunier/Louisville KY||Carter 2 Motorsports||Dodge|
|39||95||Thomas Barrett Jr./Millis MA||Carter 2 Motorsports||Dodge|
|40||97||Josh Reeves/Bassett VA||Carter 2 Motorsports||Dodge|
|41||97||Cassie Gannis/Phoenix AZ||Carter 2 Motorsports||Dodge|
|42||97||Bobby Hamilton Jr./Nashville TN||Carter 2 Motorsports||Dodge|
|43||97||Emerson Newton-John/Los Angeles CA||Carter 2 Motorsports||Dodge|
|44||97||Jami Weimer/Cumming GA||Carter 2 Motorsports||Dodge|
|45||97||Cody Lane/Port Richey FL||Carter 2 Motorsports||Dodge|
|46||97||Roger Carter/Sunfield MI||Carter 2 Motorsports||Dodge|
|47||97||Greg Hutto/Grand Bay AL||Carter 2 Motorsports||Dodge|
|48||98||Austin Wayne Self/Austin TX||Mason Mitchell Motorsports||Ford|
|49||Robert French/Howell NJ||Andy Seuss Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|50||Andy Seuss/Hampstead NH||Andy Seuss Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|51||Justin Taylor/King NC||Andy Seuss Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|52||Matt Frahm/Hampstead NH||Andy Seuss Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|53||Mike Affarano/Shorewood IL||Affarano Racing||Chevrolet|
|54||Eric Caudell/Piedmont OK||Jeremy Petty Racing|
|56||Raul Orlandini/Lima Peru||Lira Motorsports||Ford|
|57||Kevin Hinckle/Mission KS||Carter 2 Motorsports||Dodge|
|58||Galen Hassler/Columbia MO||Carter 2 Motorsports||Dodge|
|59||Amber Balcaen/Winnipeg MB||Carter 2 Motorsports||Dodge|
|60||Gene Paul/Tarpon Springs FL||Carter 2 Motorsports||Dodge|
|61||Mark Montgomery/Daytona Beach FL||Carter 2 Motorsports||Dodge|
ARCA Racing PR
The 2014 Daytona winning team will be returning to the superspeedway this week for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards annual open test. Team BCR’s rookie drivers John Lowinski-Loh and Mario Clouser will be attending.
Veteran ARCA driver, Brennan Poole, who was scheduled to participate in this week’s open test, will now participate in the January ARCA open test driving the No. 90 Motor Honey Ford Fusion.
Trying to make a name for himself in the ARCA Racing Series, John Lowinski-Loh, will be making his first laps around Daytona Int’l Speedway on Thursday, with the goal to make his Daytona race debut in February. Lowinski-Loh made his ARCA Racing Series debut in 2014 at Kansas Speedway, where he earned a top-10 finish.
Lowinski-Loh said, “I learned a lot at Kansas, mainly how the ARCA cars handle compared to late models or modifieds. By the end of the race I was very comfortable in the car and I'm very excited and confident we are going to be good in Daytona. I can't thank Howard Bixman and the crew enough for this opportunity. My goals for Daytona is to just learn the track and tune in the car, so in February we will have a good piece to be competitive with.”
New to the ARCA Racing Series, but not to racing, is Mario Clouser. Clouser ran a partial schedule in the STARS midget series in 2014 with six races on schedule. Due to inclement weather, two of those races were cancelled but the four Mario was able to run, led him to top-5 finishes.
“I'm very excited to have this opportunity to drive at Daytona with a winning organization like Team BCR,” says Clouser. “Running full throttle around a 2.5-mile superspeedway is not something many people can say they have done and I'm ready to add my name to that list. This place has so much history and to know you’re out there where so many great drivers have been before is very exciting. Truly looking forward to learning more and gaining valuable seat time as I move forward with my career.”
Team BCR PR
Humpy Wheeler’s brainchild, Speedway Benefits, a marketing alliance and consortium of over 350 grassroots race tracks makes history again, just barely one year after its inception. Speedway Benefits held their inaugural Promoter’s Conference for short tracks on Friday, December 12, 2014 at the Performance Racing Industry Show at Indianapolis, IN. Keynote speaker, and Speedway Benefits’ Chairman, Humpy Wheeler, stated, “I could not be more pleased with the support and enthusiasm of the tracks in attendance. The atmosphere has changed; we are seeing a real shift in attitude of these promoters. It’s a resurgence in our industry that we’ve not seen, maybe ever.”
Coming off a fantastic reception at the WARPA (Western Auto Racing Promoters Association) meeting, the team was especially eager to be a part of the largest racing gathering in the country. "Between WARPA and PRI, the Speedway Benefits team has put on some of the best promoter’s sessions I’ve been to in years. Trip’s sponsorship presentation was very informative and taught us how to present our program to potential sponsors with a professional edge. I gained a deeper insight into the opportunities from social media and how it can truly bring dollars and fans to my tracks from Terri and Clint’s presentation. I look forward to using the new tools and information I learned as we move into the 2015 season,” said Skagit Speedway and Grays Harbor Raceway’s, Steve Beitler.
The one day conference featured experts from the Speedway Benefits team, special guests and industry leaders. Dave Despain of MAVTV explained that Speedway Benefit’s sole purpose is to serve its membership and grow the sport. By having a team dedicated to the grassroots and short track industry, promoters and track owners of all geography, skill level, promotional experience and track size can benefit from the savings, learning and support of this unique situation. “For the first time in years I feel good about my future as a track owner. I finally feel like someone is in our corner and together we can take back what we have lost,” said Tony Izzo of LaSalle Speedway.
Humpy Wheeler kicked off the conference followed by informative ‘how-to’ sessions on social media, concessions and selling sponsorships. "This conference was well worth everyone's time. In this day and age of change, and the need to communicate with others, this was a breath of fresh air. It was insightful and very well planned out. I would recommend the next one to everyone in the motorsports entertainment business," said long time promoter of multiple tracks, Bob Sargent.
The conference concluded with an all-star lineup of experts in a round table dubbed ‘Humpy’s Heroes’ which included Ken Schrader, David Stremme, Bob Sargent and CEO of dirtondirt.com, Michael Rigsby. A Speedway Benefits member summed up the roundtable with, "Motorsports will continue to move in the right direction as was seen this weekend with promoters from several states taking the time to share the good and bad as we did at the Speedway Benefits workshop.”
Steve Sinclair of Wilmot Raceway echoed many of the comments from the day with,“This was a watershed event for Speedway Benefits. I learned more today than any show I've ever been to. And I go to more shows than anyone."
Speedway Benefits PR
Menards will continue its partnership with Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, positioning the third-largest home improvement store in the United States as a primary sponsor for select races on RCR's No. 33 Chevrolet entry with drivers Paul Menard and Brandon Jones in 2015.
Menards has played a pivotal role in RCR's NXS campaign since 2012.
"Sponsoring the No. 33 RCR team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with drivers Paul Menard and Brandon Jones behind the wheel in 2015 is something we look forward to," said Jeff Abbott, Menards Promotions Manager. "This partnership is special to us and we are ready for another successful XFINITY Series campaign."
Menard will drive the No. 33 Menards Chevrolet Camaro for select events in 2015, while maintaining a full-time schedule in the No. 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry for RCR. The Eau Claire, Wis.-native is a two-time XFINITY Series race winner with five pole awards, 31 top-five and 81 top-10 finishes.
As previously announced, Jones, a 17-year-old driver hailing from Atlanta, Ga., joins the RCR stable for a number of NXS events.
"Menards has become a key supporter of our XFINITY Series program through the past few years and I look forward to an even better future with them," said Richard Childress, CEO and Chairman of Richard Childress Racing. "John Menard has vast experience in motorsports and business and I have leaned on him for advice during our partnership. I can't thank him enough for being there.
"John, Paul Menard, all of the Menards team members and their vendor-partners have been very supportive of the RCR program. Menards strong customer service values, combined with their family culture, fit well with our culture here at RCR. I look forward to Brandon joining Paul as drivers for the Menards' program in 2015."
Menards has a long, successful history as a racing sponsor dating back to the 1970's which includes one of NASCAR's crown jewels, the 2011 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with driver Paul Menard. A family-owned company started in 1960 and headquartered in Eau Claire, Wis., Menards has 287 retail store locations throughout the Midwest.
An open team test for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 will kick off four consecutive days of on-track NASCAR action at Atlanta Motor Speedway leading into the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend.
The open team test, the first of 13 on NASCAR's 2015 testing schedule, will take place from 1-5:30 p.m., with a 30-minute break from 3-3:30 p.m. and will be open to the public. General admission will be free for those who have purchased a ticket to the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, March 1 and $10 for anyone without a ticket to Sunday’s race. Tickets to Sunday’s race must be presented for free admission to the test session.
The open team test will be open to all teams entered to race in Sunday’s NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series race. NASCAR eliminated private team testing at the end of the 2014 season in an announcement earlier this year.
Following Thursday’s open team test, Sprint Cup Series qualifying will speed onto the AMS oval on Friday, before a rare Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series racing doubleheader on Saturday. The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race will headline the weekend on Sunday, March 1 to wrap up Atlanta’s 2015 NASCAR schedule.
Big Barrel Country Music Festival will take place in 2015 from June 26-28 at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway, where the annual Firefly Music Festival is held. Hosted the weekend following Firefly, the festival will provide a similar world-class experience featuring headliners Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. Additional artists include Jake Owen, Chris Young, Gary Allan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, and over 40 more. Three-day general admission passes are $99.
In addition to three days of country music’s top performers, attendees will be introduced to a wide variety of attractions within the festival and campgrounds. Highlights include, but are not limited to, a large-scale Dance Hall, BBQ area, Saloon, marketplace with a variety of western goods and products, as well as a family-friendly area.
“Firefly, combined with its home at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway, has established the East Coast’s standard when it comes to delivering a top-notch music festival, ” says Greg Bostrom, Director of Firefly and Big Barrel. "We’ll leverage the Firefly foundation and our collective backgrounds bringing preeminent music festivals to life to establish Big Barrel as the benchmark for country music experiences this side of the Mississippi River.”
Passes on sale for Big Barrel Country Music Festival today at Noon EST through BigBarrelFestival.com. Camping options include Corral Club, which includes a private air-conditioned tent, RV packages and tent camping. Payment plans available. Complete festival information at BigBarrelFestival.com.
Big Barrel Country Music Festival is a chance to kick back with friends and family for a rowdy summer weekend. Drop the tailgate, pop open a cold one and enjoy three days of America's favorite country artists.
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