Saturday, Jun 10
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Timmy Hill and his FAS Lane Racing team head to Dover International Speedway this weekend coming off a solid showing in the longest race of the year - the Coca-Cola 600. While the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season has been a learning process for the 20-year old rookie driver, he welcomes the challenge to improve each and every time he climbs behind the wheel of the team's No. 32 OXYwater Ford.


"With it being time to head to Dover, a smile gets put on my face," stated Timmy. "Dover is a home track for me. I get to spend a lot of time at home with my friends and family along with them coming to watch me race as well. I remember my first time racing at Dover I was a little nervous. Dover is a Monster of a race track which is why it has that name. The speeds are extremely high for a one mile race track and the way the track falls off into the corner makes it for one heck of a ride. I'm really looking forward to taking that ride to the next level by taking to it with our No. 32 OXYwater Ford. I've learned a lot in my previous starts at Dover and have been doing a ton of practice with online simulators. I feel very prepared for this weekend's race and what it may bring as I look to continue to improve each and every week."


Hill, the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year, has four previous NASCAR starts at the "Monster Mile" in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition.


"Timmy and this entire team did a great job hanging in there for a long race last week and he had a solid finish to show for it," said FAS Lane Racing owner Frank Stoddard. "Now we need to continue with improvements like this. Dover is a tough track but Timmy has shown he is dedicated to getting better each and every week."



Race fans are invited to join Sonoma Raceway and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Clint Bowyer in Sacramento on Monday, June 3, to kick off the countdown to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 (June 21-23).

Bowyer will trade his stock car for a high-speed shopping experience during a media and fan event at a Save Mart Supermarkets store in Sacramento (5600 Folsom Blvd.). The Michael Waltrip Racing driver will square off against Dennis Kurrell, a local fan who has attended all 25 Cup races in Sonoma, in a “Shop ‘Til You Drop”-style race through the store to secure the basic supplies for a fun-filled race weekend at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 in Sonoma.

Bowyer will also enjoy a lap around the parking lot in Save Mart’s popular “Big Red” motorized shopping cart and participate in a media/fan Q&A session. Fans are invited to enjoy the Q&A session inside the store beginning at approximately 12:45 p.m.

The Sonoma Raceway promotions team will also be on hand, and it’s a great chance to purchase tickets for the 25th Toyota/Save Mart 350, including the Save Mart Supermarkets 2-Pack for $99 or the all-new NASCAR Express train package.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the Sonoma Valley for the 25th consecutive year, June 21-23. This marks one of only two road-course races on the series’ schedule and it’s become one of the most hotly-contested events on the circuit. This year’s event will also mark the road-course debut of NASCAR’s new Gen-6 stock car.

Sonoma Raceway PR

WELCOME TO THE TEAM: This weekend beginning at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Darrell Wallace, Jr. will welcome Camping World and Good Sam to his No. 54 Toyota Tundra as the primary sponsor for 11 races this season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender will be making his sixth-career start in the Series and his fifth-career start at the one-mile oval track. He has three K&N Series starts (2010-2012), with one win in 2011, and one NASCAR Nationwide Series start (2012). His last three starts at the ‘Monster Mile’ have been from the pole position.

“Dover is my favorite track to go to and I’m looking forward to getting there with Camping World and Good Sam on board the No. 54 Toyota Tundra this weekend,” said Wallace. “It’s very exciting to know we have a sponsor on board to help us through the rest of the races this year and support our program. Now we have to continue to make our program better from behind the scenes and go out there ready to win.”

"We are very excited to be the primary sponsor of Darrell's team for the upcoming races," said Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam. "He is a great young driver and we look for continued success from him during the 2013 racing season."

Both founded in 1966, Camping World and Good Sam are the world’s largest retailer of recreational vehicles and the world’s largest RV owner’s organization. Camping World offers every outdoor enthusiasts with a one-stop-shop for all needs to support the RV lifestyle from tailgating at a local sporting event to camping in the great outdoors. To add to the camping experience, Good Sam members receive a variety of services including Roadside Assistance, Financing, Insurance, Discounts at parks, campgrounds and events, as well as 30 percent off at Camping World SuperCenters nationwide and online.

Taking the next step to reach sport and outdoor enthusiasts, Camping World joined NASCAR as the Truck Series title sponsor in 2009 and also became the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR. Race fans can also find Camping World mobile stores at select race tracks throughout the season for all their camping and tailgating needs.

Following this weekend’s Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway, Camping World and Good Sam will appear on the No. 54 Toyota Tundra for 10 additional races this season as the primary sponsor.

  • · MEETING THE FANS: Fans at Dover International Speedway this weekend may see a familiar face on Friday, May 31 as Darrell Wallace, Jr. visits the campgrounds to meet fans and give out Camping World swag. Be on the lookout between 12:30 and 1 p.m. on Friday for the driver of the No. 54 Camping World/Good Sam Toyota Tundra!
  • · FOUR THE POLE! This weekend Darrell Wallace, Jr. will look to score his fourth straight pole at Dover International Speedway. Last season in his fourth-career NASCAR Nationwide Series start, Wallace earned a 12th-place finish after starting from the pole position. His two previous poles came in 2011 and 2012, resulting in a win and a second-place finish, respectively. Wallace claims his ‘Miles the Monster’ trophy from his 2011 K&N Series win as his favorite to date.
  • · AUTOGRAPH SESSION: Darrell Wallace, Jr. will join fellow NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stars on Friday, May 31 from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. at the Lucas Oil display at Dover International Speedway for an autograph session. Stop by to meet Wallace and the drivers of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
  • · ROOKIE UPDATE: Following his 27th-Place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2013, Darrell Wallace, Jr. remains third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year Standings. Jeb Burton continues to lead the standings, 16 points in front of Wallace.
  • · ALONG FOR THE RIDE: As a new face in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) this season, follow Rookie of the Year Contender Darrell Wallace, Jr., better known as Bubba Wallace, as he chronicles his journey in the social media world. Follow Wallace on Twitter and Instagram: @BubbaWallace. Be prepared for an exciting year as Wallace makes his way around the NCWTS circuit, and looks to add many first to his growing racing resume.


After two consecutive weekends of contending performances at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kurt Busch and the Furniture Row Racing team will take their momentum to the challenging all-concrete Dover International Speedway, site of Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race – the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks.
Busch, who posted top-five finishes in the Sprint All-Star Race (5th) and Coca-Cola 600 (3rd) along with notching front row starting positions in the past three races, feels the Denver-based, single-car team is starting to hit a new stride as the NASCAR season heads into the summer months.
“We’re hitting on some sweet spots right now which has been evident with the speed in our Furniture Row/Sealy Chevrolet,” said Busch. “Though we’ve been running up front and leading laps we haven’t quite been able to put together that perfect race which is needed to take us to Victory Lane. We were in position the past two weekends in Charlotte but didn’t close the deal.”
With 14 races until the Chase playoff begins, Busch is a catchable 32 points out of the coveted 10th position.
“There are scenarios out there where we can make the Chase,” stated Busch. “The bottom line is that we need to continue the way we’ve been running and avoid mistakes and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. We’ve already had too many finishes in the 30s.”
Busch’s season to date includes three top-fives and four top-10s. The three top-fives is a season record for Furniture Row Racing and the third-place result last weekend in Charlotte was the team’s best finish of the season.
Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, has scored 24 career wins with the last one coming at the Dover Monster Mile in October 2011.
“Dover is a fun track to drive, you're always on that edge and when you're fast there it feels extra fast because of how close you have to cut it on corner exit and not hit the wall,” explained Busch. “It’s the Monster Mile for a reason – the track can chew up cars and spit them out. And it’s because of the tough transitions into the high-banked corners. It’s like you literally jump down into the corner and then jump back up out of the corner onto the straightaway. Those points of the track are the toughest part – the transition from straightaway to corner.”
In 25 career races at Dover, Busch has one win, six top-fives, eight top-10s and 418 laps led.

Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (EGR) announced today a partnership with Parade Media Group (Parade). Parade is completely rebranding its print and digital assets, which are set to debut June 2 on the magazine and its website. The program will include primary sponsorship on the No. 1 Chevrolet SS of former Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 champion Jamie McMurray in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) FedEx 400 Benefitting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway.

Through this integrated partnership, EGR offers an exclusive opportunity for Parade to capture the No. 1 motorsports television audience on a day that their new look is released in over 670 newspapers nationwide to more than 59 million readers in print and over 115 million across platforms. The No. 1 Parade Chevrolet SS will be shown on page two of the magazine with a tune-in for the race.

Notes of Interest:

  • · The cover on the Sunday, June 2 edition of the re-branded look for Parade will feature “America at its Best” with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, hosts of the Emmy-winning syndicated morning talk show "LIVE with Kelly and Michael."
  • · Parade began in 1941 as a small publication with a print run of only 125,000 copies and was sold on newsstands for a nickel. With 59 million readers, Parade is now the most widely read magazine in America. The Washington Post is Parade's oldest continuous newspaper partner.
  • · Jamie McMurray began his NSCS career with team owner Chip Ganassi in 2002 when he filled in for an injured Sterling Marlin and won his first NSCS race in just his second start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In 2010, the Joplin, MO, native became one of only three drivers to ever capture both Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same season. In his 11th full-time season driving in the NASCAR premier series, McMurray has six victories, eight poles, 41 top-five and 102 top-10 finishes. McMurray is currently 14th in the 2013 NSCS point standings.

Quote Board:

Maggie Murphy, Editorial Director of Parade:

"Parade jumped at the chance to sponsor the No. 1 car in the June 2 race benefiting Autism Speaks. Not just because it's a fantastic idea to team one of America's most popular sports and America's most widely read publication, but also because of the connection to Autism Speaks. Parade has done extensive reporting on issues surrounding autism, which are inspired, in part, by my own niece's struggle with autism. We can't wait to see Jamie McMurray put the Parade Chevrolet through its paces, give voice to Autism Speaks and drive to victory!"

Steve Lauletta, President, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates:

“We are pleased to announce this partnership opportunity. Parade is a longstanding and recognizable brand, so to partner the No. 1 magazine in America with the No. 1 Chevrolet on the massive stage of NASCAR just made sense. We are thrilled to be associated with Parade.”


Parker Kligerman and his No. 77 Toyota Racing team head northeast to Dover (Del.) International Speedway for Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race with Delaware-based All Metal Fabricators onboard as a one-race co-primary sponsor. The Connecticut native enters this weekend's event in his home region sixth in the Nationwide Series driver's point standings, having 'fabricated' 243 championship points over the last seven events, second to only points leader Regan Smith's 273 during that span.


Including his ninth-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway last week, the 22-year-old driver has produced consistent results in his first full-time season in the Nationwide Series. Since finishing 30th due to a parts failure at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway in March, he has finished 15th or better in each of the last seven races, including a career best fourth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.


The Northeasterner is hoping to continue his steadfast progression this season as he travels to Dover, a track where he has already proven to be capable of contending for wins in the Truck Series. In last June's event, Kligerman's truck sustained some front-end damage from an early accident, but the talented youngster was able to recover and drove back through the field and ended the day with a runner-up finish in the rain-shortened event. In his first start at the concrete track in NASCAR's third division, he was challenging Cole Whitt for the second position with eight laps remaining when he got loose, made contact with the wall and was relegated to a 21st-place finish.


Kligerman comes to Dover with a solid resume at the concrete track and increased confidence from a productive seven-race stretch. The talented youngster is hoping that he can continue 'fabricating' points at a steady pace as the battle for the 2013 Nationwide Series Championship begins to take shape.



JD Motorsports with Gary Keller and Landon Cassill are ready to do battle at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, June 1st, for the Five Hour Energy 200. The team will welcome back Flex Seal, as they transition back to their normal black and yellow paint scheme.

After another promising run at Charlotte, where the No.4 machine finished 21st, the team rides a wave of momentum into Dover. Over the past four weekends, the team has rocketed up the points standings, and is now a mere 28 points out of the top-20 in Owner’s Points.

The No. 4 Flex Seal team will utilize JDM Chassis 014. This Chevy has been used multiple times by the No. 4 Flex Seal team, and has one top-20 finish. In Cassill’s four previous starts at the track, he has one top-20 finish.

Landon Cassill Quotes: “Dover is a great race track. It is super fast, and this will be my fifth time racing here in a Nationwide car. I am glad to have Flex Seal back with us, and I like out car for this weekend. A couple more good runs and we will be knocking on the door to the top-20.

JD Motorsports PR

In his maiden start at Bowman Gray Stadium, Bryan Ortiz finished in third-place, earning what would become his best finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East division in 2012.


The 24-year-old Ortiz was a Stock Car rookie last season when he left "The Madhouse" with a podium finish. He returns this year with 20 K&N Pro Series starts under his belt, including another third-place finish at the similarly wild Daytona International Speedway short track.


Ortiz, piloting the No. 4 Toyota for Rev Racing, currently sits 12th in the K&N East point standings, three points out of 10th.


Bryan Ortiz, on racing at Bowman Gray... "Last year, this was my best finish, but the race was crazy - it had 10 cautions - so I know I can't expect that same amount of cautions and if there are, I can't expect to be lucky enough to get through them all. We have to find a winning combination during practice and put an emphasis on qualifying well. It will be a tough race for us and probably a lot of fun for the fans."


Last outing... Ortiz climbed from a 23rd-place starting spot to finish 15th last month at Richmond International Raceway.


New graduate... Ortiz recently completed his degree program from Walden University, where he majored in business.


Rising Star Management PR

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life event at Darlington Raceway will take place on Saturday, June 1, at the track Too Tough To Tame. The relay was rescheduled from its original April 19 date due to inclement weather.

The event will take place in the infield ofThe Lady in Black, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday and ending at approximately 11 p.m. The Relay for Life events are a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society every year.

With the event being held at a historic venue like Darlington Raceway, residents are encouraged to come out and participate in the fight against cancer.

“It was unfortunate that we had to reschedule the event from April due to the weather, but it’s shaping up to be great weather for our Relay this Saturday,” American Cancer Society Area Executive Director Kathy Stokes said. “The track provides a great backdrop for our event and it’s a great location in Darlington County, which teams participating are excited about.”

The Relay for Life event, which was held at Darlington Raceway several years ago, took place in Hartsville, S.C. for seven years before returning to the track in 2012. Darlington Raceway appreciates that community organizations view the track as a special venue to host their fundraising events.

“We are more than happy to host this event for the American Cancer Society,” Darlington President Chris Browning said back in April. “Darlington Raceway provides a good centralized and historic location to host an event like this and we encourage our local residents to attend and help raise money for a great cause in the fight against cancer.”

Thus far, 37 teams are scheduled to participate with a fundraising goal of $165,000 for the 2013 event.

“Relay is a unique opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember those we have lost, and fight back against the disease, Darlington County Relay for Life Event Chair, Sandy Jones said. “Many of the participants are cancer survivors, which serves as a reminder that Darlington County is not immune to this disease and that by participating in Relay, we are joining with the American Cancer Society’s efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”

Darlington Raceway PR

He may not be making a lot of noise doing so, but Ryan Newman is starting to gain some ground as the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season heads for the summer stretch.

Since finishing a disappointing 31st at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway April 7, Newman has been closing in on the 10th position in the point standings. With the exception of a DNF (did not finish) at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, he hasn’t recorded a finish worse than 15th, and has three top-10 finishes in the span of six races. The string of steady performances has Newman sitting 20 markers in arrears to 10th-place Brad Keselowski, the final guaranteed position to lock into NASCAR’s 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

Heading to Dover, Newman is looking to continue his steady climb. The high-banked, concrete mile oval is a favorite of the South Bend, Ind., native and, with an average finish of 12.1, it’s easy to understand why.

In 22 starts at Dover, Newman has four poles (June 2003 and 2006, September 2005 and 2007), three wins (June and September 2003, September 2004), six top-five finishes and 11 top-10s. Newman also has a NASCAR Nationwide Series win at the track (2005).

Newman’s September 2004 win at Dover was one of his most dominant performances in his 11-year Sprint Cup career.

He qualified on the outside pole for the 400-lap race but, by the end of lap one, he was shown as the leader. He showed no mercy to his other Sprint Cup competitors, leading an amazing 325 of 400 laps. In fact, Newman built a commanding eight-second lead en route to the win and claimed the first-ever “Monster Trophy” given out by the track known as the Monster Mile.

While Newman has had a rough go of it at the concrete oval the last two years, he does have reason to believe this weekend may put an end to that streak as his No. 39 team joined Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammates Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart for a two-day test at the facility two weeks ago.

This weekend, Newman hopes his steady climb in the point standings continues, and that another strong run at Dover will help solidify the No. 39 team’s chances of contending for a coveted spot in the Chase.



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