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Dover Preview- Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace and the No. 01 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team will head to Dover International Speedway ready to race 200 miles with the support of Iron Source. The team, coming off a top-25 finish in Charlotte, will look to race up front and move into the top-20 in Owner’s Points following the race.
Iron Source is a Delaware based equipment Sales, Rental, and Service Company, serving the entire DELMARVA Region, with branches in Georgetown and Smyrna. Iron Source serves the construction and farm industries as well as homeowners, while representing several equipment manufacturers such as Gehl, Manitou, Wacker Neuson, and Bandit.
The veteran Wallace will be racing at a track where he has experienced success in the past, including a victory in 1994. During his tenure of driving for team owner Johnny Davis, the No. 01 car with Mike Wallace has experienced three top-20s, including a 10th in 2011.
The team will unload Chassis JDM 007, last used at Darlington and Bristol. The time is right for Wallace and the team to put together a good run, as the car sits 9 points out of the top-20. Wallace also finds himself only two points out of 16th in the Driver’s Standings.
Mike Wallace Quotes: “I am excited to race at Dover with the support of Iron Horse. Dover is a track I have experienced success at in the past. We as a team can run strong here, and with a good finish hopefully we can continue to move up in points.”
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Bodine, SealMaster Tundra can defend Dover
Todd Bodine extended Toyota's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winning streak at Dover International Speedway to five consecutive years in last year's Lucas Oil 200.
"The potential to win is there every weekend with ThorSport," Bodine said. "They've proven how good they can be with the depth of their team and heck, Matt (Crafton, Truck Series point leader) and Johnny (Sauter, third ThorSport teammate) have already won this season."
Bodine's in concert with a lot of his fellow drivers that never met a racetrack they didn't like. But when it comes to Dover, where Bodine won a pole and three races in the former Busch Series -- including his career-first, in 1991 -- Dover's a cut above the norm.
"I like Dover because it's always seemed to suit my driving style -- even when it was asphalt," Bodine said of his Busch success, which was on the same banking but with the former asphalt pavement that was converted to concrete in 1995. "You've got to be aggressive on every lap, but you can't step over the edge because you'll wreck, or get wrecked, in a heartbeat."
Bodine agrees with his ThorSport teammate Crafton, who loves the variety of racing grooves that Dover presents its competitors. And Bodine isn't averse to hunting for the best one.
"That's something you have to do every single week, no matter the racetrack," Bodine said. "But that's definitely more the case at Dover. Believe it or not, with the concrete surface, it's more like a dirt track in the way it changes and the way you can find a faster way around it if you're persistent enough."
Bodine and Crafton have been adept at that, which is proven by the fact that, of all the 34 drivers entered this weekend, Crafton and Bodine are one-two on the chart of most Dover green-flag passes. Crafton, who has the best average finish of any entered driver with more than two series starts here, 9.9, has 231 green-flag passes and Bodine has 196. David Starr is third, with 179.
Bodine's proud of his win last season, but considering he's only making his sixth start with ThorSport and crew chief Jeriod Prince, Bodine knows this weekend is a totally new chapter in a career that includes 15 wins in the current Nationwide Series and a pair of Truck Series championships, in 2006 and 2010.
Coincidentally, Bodine's other top-five finishes at Dover came in his championship seasons, third in 2006 and fifth in 2010.
"Those are all great memories, particularly winning at Dover last year," Bodine said. "But it doesn't really mean anything because the slate's wiped clean as soon as you drive out of the racetrack and move on to the next event.
"You need to go out and earn the next win, just like you did the last one."
And as good as he's run at times with ThorSport, including his latest come-from-behind lead-lap finish at Charlotte that enabled him to draw back to within 15 points of the top 10 in the standings, tied for 14th with four-time series champion Ron Hornaday, Bodine believes that breakthrough could come this weekend.
"Jeriod and his guys are really working hard to be leading the ARCA championship with Frank Kimmel while at the same time giving me great trucks," Bodine said. "We can definitely make something happen at Dover."
The weekend opens up Thursday afternoon with a pair of Truck Series practices, from 2:30-3:45 p.m. ET and 4:15-5:30 p.m. Truck qualifying is at 10:05 a.m. Friday, with live coverage on the SPEED Channel.
The season's sixth of 22 races, the Lucas Oil 200 is 200 laps and 200 miles. It's scheduled for a 5 p.m. Friday start and for the second consecutive year SPEED will have live coverage preceded by The Setup pre-race show at 4:30. MRN Radio has live coverage, also beginning at 4:30.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Danica Patrick Highlight Fan-Driven, Driver Experiences at Pocono
Pocono Raceway announced today fan-driven driver experiences, including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Danica Patrick, for the Party in the Poconos 400 Presented by Walmartrace weekend June 7-9.
Earnhardt, Jr. will join Denny Hamlin, Mark Martin and David Ragan in a driver autograph session, located behind Victory Lane inside the Paddock area, from 2-2:30 pm ET on Friday, June 7. The first 150 people with wristbands can attend, due to time constraints. Wristbands will be distributed, on a first-come, first-serve basis, at the autograph session location starting at 10 am ET. A Pre-Race Pit/Paddock Pass is required, due to the location of the autograph session. Driver lineup and appearance time are subject to change without notice.
Sunday’s driver experience lineup includes the Jimmie Johnson Fan Experience, the Danica Patrick Fan Experience and Pocono Raceway’s Tricky Triangle Club featuring drivers Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex, Jr., as well as an appearance by Miss Sprint Cup.
Johnson, a two-time Pocono Raceway winner, will appear for his third annual Fan Experience. This ticket package includes Sunday Grandstand race ticket(s), exclusive access to Johnson’s pre-race, fan question-and-answer-session, Racing Electronics scanner rental(s) and Lowe’s “Build and Grow” car(s). Fans have two options for purchasing tickets, either the individual ticket package at $48 or the family-four pack at $148. Package are only available while supplies last. For more information or to purchase this ticket package, visit www.poconoraceway.com/jj48 or call 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).
The Danica Patrick Fan Experience includes two options, available for new and existing ticket purchasers. New ticket customers can purchase individual ticket packages for $110, which includes a Sunday Terrace Grandstand ticket and access to Patrick’s pre-race, fan question-and-answer session. Existing ticket customers can purchase access to Patrick’s appearance for $35. Offer is only available while supplies last. For more information or to purchase the Danica Fan Experience passes, visit www.poconoraceway.com or call 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).
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NAPA Racing/Martin Truex Jr. Preview - Dover
No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. goes home to Dover International Speedway this weekend on a roll that would earn the admiration of even the most jaded gambler at the track’s casino.
The Mayetta, N.J. native left Martinsville Speedway on April 7 mired in 25th place in the standings. His Michael Waltrip Racing team needed to turn the season around immediately if it hoped to earn a second consecutive berth in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Six races later guess who’s sitting ninth in points?
In the last six races, the No. 56 team has earned the fourth most points as Truex has turned in four top-10 finishes. The surge comes with second and fourth place finishes at Texas and Kansas and despite a 17th-place finish at Richmond that saw him spun by another driver while battling for the lead. Truex earned two more top-10 finishes compiling an average start of 7.5 and average finish of 8.5.
Truex should bolster these numbers at Dover — a track he’s won at three times — once in Cup (2007) and twice in the Nationwide Series(2004, 2005).
Martin Truex Jr. Thoughts Heading Into Dover: “We’ve run well in the last six races and our numbers show it. In fact, we’ve run well all year but just had one issue or another that messes us up. Our focus is on getting all the little things right so that we can be even better and better each week. We walked out of Charlotte disappointed because of finishing ninth. Ninth was about the worst we were all night because of the restarts we got. It was frustrating being in the low line. Chad gave me the best car I have ever had at Charlotte. I consider that place to be one of my toughest tracks and I had one of the best cars out there. I know I have a real chance to win this weekend in Dover. I cannot wait to get out on the track and see what all we can get done.”
What makes Dover a unique race track? “The banking, the speed — it’s narrow. Everything about it is different than anywhere we go. It’s really just an awesome race track. I mean, winning there twice in the Nationwide Series and then in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2007 makes Dover a special place to race for me and my family. I just look forward to going back and trying to win it all over again.”
Danica Patrick: Summer Stretch Begins
With the two weeks of Charlotte complete, the competitors in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now begin the summer stretch of races, the majority of which are conducted in the northern part of the country.
For Danica Patrick, it means a lot of races at tracks she is familiar with, just not in the Sprint Cup Series. Of the next eight races on the schedule, Patrick has raced at seven of them in one series or another, save for Pocono (Pa) Raceway, sight of next week’s Sprint Cup race.
Following Pocono, the series heads to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway and Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Patrick competed at all three tracks in the IZOD IndyCar Series and drove in NASCAR Nationwide Series events at Michigan and Kentucky.
From Kentucky, the schedule heads back to Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, where Patrick started on the pole, led five laps and finished eighth in February’s 55th Daytona 500. The eight-race summer stretch concludes with races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon and at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – two tracks Patrick has driven in both IndyCar and Nationwide Series competition.
In seven Indianapolis 500s, Patrick scored six top-10 finishes including a third-place result in 2009 – the best finish ever for a woman in the history of the race.
The summer stretch kicks off this week with the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), started 38th and finished 28th in September 2012 in her only Sprint Cup start at the concrete mile oval.
She’s made three Nationwide Series starts at Dover and finished 16th in September 2012. Patrick started 13th and finished sixth in a September 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Dover. She led three laps in the event to become the first female driver to ever lead laps in the series.
Tony Stewart: Racing at Dover with an Eye on Oklahoma
When a deadly EF5 tornado roared through Moore, Okla., May 20, lives were shattered and property was destroyed. Amid the chaos immediately surrounding the tornado, families searched for loved ones.
Some of those loved ones were of the four-legged variety, ranging from beloved family pets to valuable farm animals. More than a week after the tornado cut a two-mile wide swath of destruction across Moore, children are being reunited with their pets and farmers are able to reclaim lost livestock. Reuniting people with their animals is Code 3 Associates, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization specializing in animal rescue and recovery in disaster areas.
Longmont, Colo.-based Code 3 Associates has been a partner of Stewart-Haas Racing since 2012, where the collaboration has led to increased recognition for the efforts of Code 3 Associates and, in turn, increased donations to the national response team that at the request of local government officials provides animal rescue and recovery during any kind of disaster.
That collaboration takes center stage this weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway when Tony Stewart carries Code 3 Associates on his No. 14 Chevrolet throughout the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Just a day after the tornado struck Moore, Code 3 Associates dispatched BART, the mobile command center that stands for Big Animal Rescue Truck, to Oklahoma where it was staged outside Oklahoma City before getting deployment orders to move into Moore. Since entering the city of more than 55,000 people, Code 3 Associates has assisted local animal control officers who have been inundated with stray, injured and displaced animals, a massive effort that is being coordinated by the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
While human relief and recovery efforts always take precedence in a disaster, animal relief is also needed. Code 3 Associates has evolved from one unpaid volunteer to approximately 75 professional responders around the country, which includes animal welfare, law enforcement, fire, EMS and veterinary specialists from the United States and Canada. While its focus is animals and their owners, Code 3 Associates trains its responders to the standards of human rescue, and Code 3 Associates also provides training to conduct thorough investigations into animal welfare, all of which is accredited by Colorado State University (CSU) and the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Code 3 Associates’ logo and slogan, “Riders On The Storm Animal Rescue Team,” is a familiar one to many, particularly in the Midwest. When a devastating tornado struck Joplin, Mo., in 2011, Code 3 Associates arrived shortly thereafter. Code 3 Associates remained in Joplin before being called to Pierre, N.D., where severe flooding from the Missouri River necessitated the specialty work of Code 3 Associates for nearly two months. The organization’s recent work in Moore is another example the group’s commitment to animal welfare.
Those wanting to learn more about Code 3 Associates and what they can do to support its mission can do so by visiting www.Code3Associates.org.
As part of an all-new, multi-year partnership between ACME Markets and Dover International Speedway, the popular grocery store chain will bring a convenience tent store to the track as an amenity for fans beginning with the May 29-June 2, 2013 NASCAR race weekend.
The 2,500-square-foot tent store will provide fans coming to the Speedway for race weekend the convenience of not needing to pack or stock up on items prior to their trip, as just about anything they need or even forget to bring can be found in the convenience store. It will feature many items race fans could find in their local grocery store, including: meat, deli items, bakery items, fresh fruit and vegetables, chips, cookies, crackers, prepared foods, beverages, and more.
“ACME Markets is looking forward to offering fans the convenience of the great quality food that you find in our stores,” said Jim Perkins, ACME Markets president. “With the Acme Dover store next door to the Speedway, we can continue our commitment to be the full service supermarket and pharmacy for the Dover community and Speedway fans."
“With such a deep-rooted history in the area, ACME Markets is an ideal partner, and we’re excited to welcome them as the official grocery store of Dover International Speedway,” said Mike Tatoian, executive vice president and COO of the track. “This new tent store will be a major convenience that ACME will provide our fans on race weekend, enhancing their overall experience while at the track.”
The ACME Convenience Tent will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29 through Sunday, June 2, and is located just off the intersection of Leipsic Road and Persimmon Tree Lane, at the edge of RV Lot 10.
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Turner Scott Motorsports NKNPSE Previews: Bowman Gray Stadium
Richmond Recap...Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) went into Richmond with their full stable of cars looking to continue their consistent rookie season. Unfortunately the promising night hit some bad luck, as an engine issue sidelined rookie Brandon Jones early in the Blue Ox 100 and a cracked oil pan forced part-time entry Ben Rhodes to the garage before the end of the 100-lap event. Austin Dyne had a stellar run coming through the field after starting in the 30th spot to finish in the 12th position. Dylan Kwasniewski received damage early in the race but rebounded for a 13th-place finish. Kenzie Ruston was making her way through the field and was running near the top five when she was collected in a large pile up in turn one. Damage sent Ruston into the pits as the race wound down, relinquishing her to a 19th-place finish.
Short Track Racing...A track that is known as the "Mad House" is next on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) schedule. All of TSM's drivers will be making their first start at the flat .25-mile oval this coming weekend; however, TSM did take advantage of a test session just a few weeks ago, which gave the drivers some valuable seat time on the Bowman Gray Stadium track.
Big Milestones...Dylan Kwasniewski will be celebrating his 18th birthday on Friday, May 31. The following week, while Dylan's classmates are walking across the stage for their high school graduation, Dylan will receive his diploma while competing in the NKNPSE race at Iowa Speedway.
Austin Dyne...Coming off a great run at Richmond International Raceway last month, Dyne is looking forward to carrying the momentum with him into this weekend's race at Bowman Gray Stadium. Along with his teammates, Dyne took advantage of the recent test session that allowed for some very valuable seat time around the tight .25-mile track.
"I've heard some great things about Bowman Gray. Having tested a couple weeks ago definitely prepared our Turner Scott Motorsports team, and we'll come back with a good baseline setup. I hope we can stay out of the trouble and bring home another solid run for our KMC Wheels team."
Dylan Kwasniewski...Last time out at Richmond, Kwasniewski suffered minor damage to his Royal Purple/Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet early in the race. Kwasniewski battled back from deep in the pack to bring home a top-15 finish in his No. 98 machine. Much like his teammates, Kwasniewski will also make his first start at the "Mad House" this coming weekend.
"Bowman Gray is a very physical and right track. I have to constantly be on my toes and I need to be aggressive to get out front and out of trouble. The track has a ton of character to it, plus the intensity of the fans and the aggressive racing makes for a great show. I'm excited to race there and I'm confident we will be in contention for the win."
Kenzie Ruston...Despite looking like one of the cars to beat at Richmond, Ruston got caught up in the carnage on a late-race restart. Being forced to come to pit road to repair the damage, Ruston had to settle for a 19th-place finish. Ruston will head to Bowman Gray Stadium this coming weekend to make her first start at the .25-mile flat oval.
"I'm really looking forward to racing at the 'Mad House.' After testing there a couple weeks ago, I can see why it's got that nickname. I think I'll have to be a little more aggressive than normal. I'm very confident in my AccuDoc Solutions team after our test session here, and I think we will be able to escape with a solid finish, possibly a victory."
Marcos Ambrose Will Race for One Million Dollars at Dover
He may hail from the land down under, but this Sunday Marcos Ambrose, driver of the No. 9 DEWALT Racing Ford, will be racing to make special children feel on top of the world. As a part of the continued "Racing for a Miracle" program, if Ambrose takes his first oval checkered, Stanley and DEWALT will donate $1 million to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals through the Ace Hardware Foundation to benefit sick and injured children. New this year, if Ambrose and his Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) team finish second or third, Stanley and DEWALT, through the Ace Hardware Foundation, will donate $500,000 and $250,000 respectively.
The opportunity for Ambrose to race for an additional donation continues to prove the dedication that Stanley, DEWALT and the Ace Hardware Foundation have towards the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and the "Racing for a Miracle" program. As in years past, Stanley and DEWALT have already pledged $100,000 to the program this year. It brings the total to over half a million dollars since the program's inception.
Ambrose, who is eagerly awaiting his first oval win, feels that there is no better place to "Race for a Miracle" than the "Monster Mile." His at-track statistics show that he will again be a contender and can easily bring in an additional donation. He has a third-place finish along with two other top-10 finishes at the one-mile track. He knows there is no better time to break through to victory on an oval.
"There would be nothing more special than to win my first oval event and have $1 million donated to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals through Stanley, DEWALT and the Ace Hardware Foundation," said Marcos Ambrose. "I'm not sure who would be more excited, but I do know though it would mean more to me to help the kids of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. I am living my dream each week and we're hoping we can make some children's dreams come true at Dover. I can't thank Stanley, DEWALT and Ace enough for allowing our team to race for this opportunity."
Stanley, DEWALT, the Ace Hardware Foundation, Ambrose and the No. 9 RPM team will not only race for a miracle, but also take part in various activities leading into the race weekend. Thursday morning, the team will be guests of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the area's local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. While there, Ambrose and the team will visit the children and give them an inside look at the DEWALT race team, including pit stop demonstrations.
On Friday, Ambrose will join his teammate Aric Almirola and owner "The King" Richard Petty as they, along with representatives from Stanley and DEWALT present the $100,000 donation to the Ace Hardware Foundation and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Included in the check presentation, Ambrose, Almirola and Petty will unveil a special paint scheme that will run this weekend on the No. 9 Ford Fusion. The special scheme includes four very special children who will also serve as "Honorary Crew Members" of the No. 9 team throughout the weekend. Ambrose, Almirola and Petty will also sign autographs for fans by the car in front of "Miles the Monster" monument.
"We want to continue to grow the 'Racing for a Miracle' program each year," commented Tony Merritt, Director of Motorsports for Stanley Black and Decker. "These children really inspire all of us, and the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals are doing tremendous things on a daily basis. We hope that Marcos and his DEWALT race team can do something pretty special for them this weekend."
Mark Martin Dover Preview
Despite many asking, No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota driver Mark Martin doesn't have a favorite victory, car or racetrack. The 34-year veteran isn’t big on making lists, but if you push him a little he has trouble hiding his affection for Dover International Speedway where the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this weekend.
Martin makes his 54th start Sunday at the concrete mile oval. His first came May 16, 1982 when the 23-year-old rookie finished fifth, only four laps behind race winner Bobby Allison who won by three laps. Martin has logged four victories and 24 top-five finishes at the “Monster Mile” including a third-place finish in September.
Martin said the first step toward a good finish Sunday at Dover is getting in a good qualifying lap on Friday. He set the track record of 132.719 mph in September 1997 and he won the pole at this race last year by trusting in his crew chief Rodney Childers. Martin said Childers installed a chassis setup right before qualifying that might have made the driver shudder had he known the full details.
That’s when the driver/crew chief trust produces results on the track.
MARTIN ON WINNING POLE RUN LAST YEAR: “I would never try that again (laughter). I anticipated the car being loose, but I didn’t ask Rodney (Childers, crew chief) if he tightened it up. I knew the conditions were looser than they were in our mock qualifying run and I didn’t want to ask him because I didn’t want to get concerned. I knew that I only had to make it one mile without wrecking and I was going to drive to the limit and slightly beyond and I felt like I did that. I certainly wouldn’t cheat it again that far. That’s how much trust we put in our crew. They listen to my input and I trust their judgment.”
MARTIN ON DOVER:“Ever since I started racing there in 1982 I have loved Dover. It’s hard to put into words, but from the first moments it just felt good. In the 1980s it was asphalt and you slipped all over the place, but it was a blast to drive. They put concrete down in the mid-1990s and like most drivers I haven’t been a big fan of concrete. I understand why track owners do that but as a driver I wish they had left it asphalt. Despite all that, Dover is still a good place to race even with concrete. Anywhere you have a shot to win you are going to be pumped up to go to the track and this weekend we’re pumped up for Dover. We had a rocket ship there in September. We fell down two laps because of a caution flag and then made them up and finished third.”