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No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota driver Elliott Sadler tests at Homestead-Miami Speedway Tuesday and Wednesday before traveling to Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race. In 2004, Sadler won the second of his three career victories on the 1.5-mile Texas oval.
This weekend he and his Michael Waltrip Racing teammates race with the knowledge gained from testing at the Texas track Oct. 21-22.
Sadler led six laps Sunday and finished 25th at Martinsville in his first start in the No. 55 replacing Brian Vickers who will sit out the remainder of the season for medical reasons. Vickers joined Sadler on the grid before the race and on top of the team’s pit box during the race in Martinsville. Vickers vowed he’ll be ready for full-time competition in 2014.
ELLIOTT SADLER ON TESTING WITH NEW TEAM: “It’s hard to put in words how much it helped me to go to Texas and test with this team instead of being thrown right into the fire. I didn't really know Billy Scott (race engineer) and a lot of the guys on the team. I have worked with Scott Miller (crew chief) before at Diamond Ridge Motorsports, but not at this capacity. So, we got to go to the test at Texas and work through a lot of different things for two days. When they told me (about the Texas and Homestead tests) over the phone I was like, ‘Man, this is great.’ A lot of track time in the Cup car here in a 10-day period is definitely good for me. Track time, you can’t buy that!”
BRIAN VICKERS: “I feel like I could drive a race car, I just can’t. I feel great. Still training, still exercising -- I miss being here, I wish I was here today. All in all, I feel good. I’ve told many people this since everything happened. I can’t complain. I’ve got a great life and family and friends. I’m frustrated and I’ve been bummed since obviously all this happened again. I’m just kind of looking forward. Things happen in life -- that’s part of it. You just keep fighting and have faith. That’s all you can really do. I’m going to be out for three months and back in time for Daytona to race for a championship.”
Well respected career race track promoter H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler is offering the chance for one Speedway Benefits member race track owner/promoter and guest to accompany him to the famous Lucas Oil "Chili Bowl" Midget Nationals presented by General Tire event to showcase what he considers to be one of the most well-promoted events in grassroots racing.
Speedway Benefits founding members that submit their membership contracts no later than 5 p.m. EST on December 2, 2013, will automatically be entered to win an all-expense paid trip and full-access credentials for two, for three days and two nights to Tulsa, Okla. A winner will be randomly selected on December 3, 2013, for the January 14-18, 2014, event.
Recently founded by Wheeler, Speedway Benefits is a marketing alliance that consolidates the sponsorship negotiating rights and group buying power of the approximately 1,200 grassroots race tracks in the United States and Canada. The consolidated group represents approximately 50 million consumers and over $1 trillion in consumer spending. When consolidated, Speedway Benefits is the second largest sports property in the United States in attendance, larger than the NFL, NHL, NBA and NASCAR combined. Speedway Benefits also provides consulting services to its members, which include oval track, dragway and road course venues.
Organized by grassroots racing promoters Emmett Hahn and Lanny Edwards, the Chili Bowl plays host to more than 15,000 fans for the main event at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds and is widely regarded as racing's answer to the Super Bowl since its inception in 1987. World of Outlaws sensation Sammy Swindell has the most wins with five in the famed event, followed by Kevin Swindell who has won four of the last five including the last two. Tony Stewart is a two-time Chili Bowl champion.
"The Chili Bowl is a bucket list item for any short-track racing enthusiast who has never been," said Wheeler. "It is one of the most well -run events in all of racing and it's steeped in tradition. It's just a fun race event.
"Lanny Edwards was among the first promoters to sign on as a Speedway Benefits founding track member, and he gave us the opportunity to offer this trip to our other founding members. So we thought that as part of our consulting services, I would personally accompany one of our members to the event and explain the inner workings and why the event it is so successful. We can then share that experience with our other members."
More than 400 grassroots racetracks have given the thumbs up to Speedway Benefits membership, and with the "one click" membership contract submission system now live on www.speedwaybenefits.com, members who have not completed their paperwork can easily register online to be eligible for the Chili Bowl promotion.
Founding memberships are free and will be limited to the first 500 members. Memberships are risk-free, as members can choose to opt in or out of any vendor or sponsorship program offered by Speedway Benefits to customize a program that best fits each member track's needs. National sponsorship and vendor deals in at least four major categories are in progress and will be available to the first 500 member tracks.
Member tracks also have exclusive access to free weekly conference calls and webinars with Wheeler and other experts including today's call about how to utilize and maximize social media to attract fans, sponsors and media with social media expert Terri Marascio of Mint Marketing Solutions and ESPN's Ryan McGee.
For further information, photos and news conference video footage, please visit www.speedwaybenefits.com and Facebook, and follow us on twitter @SPDWYBenefits.
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Hold 'Em Or Fold 'Em...The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) heads to Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) for the second Texas showdown of 2013. Miguel Paludo has six previous starts at the 1.5-mile quad-oval, earning his best finish of eighth in the spring 2011 event. Paludo, who has three top-10 finishes at TMS, finished 10th when the series visited in the spring.
A Sweet New Paint Scheme...The No. 32 Chevrolet will carry a sweet new scheme when it unloads at Texas Motor Speedway with the Turner Scott Motorsports debut of Anderson's Maple Syrup and Brookshire's. In 1928, Paul Anderson first shared the distinct taste of Wisconsin's Northwoods, delicately sweet pure maple syrup. Three generations later, the Anderson family carries on its sugar-making heritage. They bottle pure maple syrup from the same sugarbush their grandfather tapped so many years ago. Authentic pure maple syrup is a nutritious and natural alternative to artificial maple-flavored syrups. From its roots in Cumberland, Wisconsin, Anderson's Maple Syrup can now be found in supermarkets and specialty shops across the country. For more information and to find more recipes and grilling ideas, visit www.AndersonsMapleSyrup.com.
Brookshire Grocery Company (BGC) is a Tyler, Texas-based regional food chain that has been providing families with quality foods since 1928. They are committed to outstanding service, knowing that the customer is their top priority. Their goal is to proactively live their corporate mission statement - to provide a great food and shopping experience - and hope you rely on them to meet the needs of your family. BGC currently operates more than 150 store locations under the banners of Brookshire's Food Stores, Super 1 Foods Stores, Olé Foods, and FRESH by Brookshire's. For more information, visit www.brookshires.com.
This Week's Silverado...Paludo and the No. 32 AccuDoc Solutions team will unload chassis TSM-600 this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. TSM-600 made its on-track debut at TMS in the spring, and was raced most recently at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where it earned a third-place finish. TSM-600 was the chassis of choice at six previous events this year and has not finished worse than 12th.
Pick Me...The polls are still open for the 2013 NCWTS Most Popular Driver fan vote. Fans can vote once a day from each device: laptop, desktop, tablet, smart phone, etc. Be sure to place your vote for Paludo every day from now until November 15 at www.nascar.com/ncwtsmpd.
Watch And Listen...The WinStar World Casino 350 can be seen live on Friday, November 1 with pre-race coverage beginning at 8:00 p.m. EDT on FOX Sports 1. Paludo will be carrying an on-board camera, so be sure to tune in for all the action. The race can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Previous Race Recap...Paludo made it through a wreck-filled race at Martinsville Speedway, ending the day with one of the few trucks to not sustain major damage. However, losing a lap early in the event and a mid-race spin hurt the No. 32 AccuDoc Solutions team, and by the time Paludo regained his lap, there were only enough laps remaining to salvage a 21st-place finish.
Miguel Paludo on driving at Texas Motor Speedway
"Texas is a place where I have a lot of experience and it's one of my favorite places that we visit all year. The mile-and-a-half tracks are races I feel really good going into; we've been so strong at them all season. The chassis we're bringing is one of our new-generation trucks, which are really good. This one has gotten me two top fives, and we're hoping to better that second-place finish we got with it at Pocono. I'm really excited to have Anderson's Maple Syrup and Brookshire's on board with us this weekend; I'd love to get them into victory lane in their first race with us."
Home Sweet Home...For the second time this season, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) returns to James Buescher's home track: Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). Buescher first got his start in racing on the grounds of TMS at the ripe old age of 12. Buescher has enjoyed much success at his home track, having won on all but one circuit at the TMS compound. Buescher and his No. 31 Rheem team will aim to make the Plano, Texas native the first driver to ever win a race on all the different circuits at TMS. Buescher comes into the weekend with four top-10 finishes, two career poles and 129 laps led at TMS.
Gotta Have a Rheem...The familiar Rheem colors are back on board the No. 31 this week. Rheem Manufacturing Company (www.rheem.com) is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta. In its 87th year of operation, the company manufactures a full line of high-quality residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar, and heat pump water heaters; swimming pool heaters and commercial boilers throughout North America and world markets. The company's premium brands, including Raypak, Ruud and Rheem, have been recognized with countless industry and consumer awards for reliability, innovative design and high quality. Rheem, now in its seventh consecutive year as a NASCAR sponsor, is the official heating, cooling and water heating supplier to Turner Scott Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing. Rheem also sponsors RCR's No. 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car driven by Kevin Harvick and the No. 33 NASCAR Nationwide Series car driven by Paul Menard.
Chassis Info...The Rheem team will bring back chassis TSM-217, otherwise known as "Stetson", for the WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. This particular chassis earned its nickname when Buescher's son Stetson made his track debut at Michigan International Speedway and the team visited victory lane for the first time in 2013.
Previous Race Recap...Buescher and his Rheem crew came into the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway last weekend with nothing to lose and looked to rebound after an accident at Talladega Superspeedway the week prior. Starting the 200-lap race from the seventh position, Buescher had an up-and-down day, running as high as fifth and as low as 18th. After a spin on lap 129 dropped them deep in the running order, Buescher and his No. 31 Rheem team battled back to come home with a 10th-place finish. In the process, Buescher was able to gain some valuable points and moved back into second place in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings.
Speeding to Read...On Thursday morning, Buescher will be the honored host to nearly 3,000 elementary school students for the "Speeding To Read" program. "Speeding To Read" is a reading program that was created by Texas Motor Speedway to encourage elementary school students to read more frequently during the school year. The program began during the 2011-12 school year with Clara Love Elementary School and its 600-plus students serving as the pilot school for the program.
Watch and Listen...The NCWTS returns to Buescher's home track for the WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, November 1 at 8:00 p.m. EDT on FOX Sports 1. The event can also be heard live on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90 and MRN Radio. Be sure to tune in on time as the Bueschers will be featured in a segment during the race's pre-race show.
James Buescher on Returning to Texas Motor Speedway
"There are no words to describe what it's like to return to your home track, especially returning on such a grand stage as a driver in one of the top series of NASCAR. My Rheem team has had some success at the track in the past; we're just missing the checkmark in the win column. I know my Rheem team will prepare a great truck to give us the opportunity to go out and get that win in front of my hometown crowd."
In It to Win It...Following a top-three finish at Martinsville Speedway, Jeb Burton and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) will head back to Texas Motor Speedway for a night of racing under the lights. Returning as the most recent race winner at the "No Limits" track, Burton and his No. 4 Arrowhead team hope to land back-to-back victories in the Lone Star State.
This Week's Silverado...The No. 4 Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) team will debut a new chassis this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. TSM-605 is fresh out of the wind tunnel and ready to take on the 1.5-mile oval track.
Come On By...Stop by and meet Burton, along with fellow NCWTS driver Ty Dillon, at the Chevrolet display on Friday, November 1 at 4:00 p.m. The two competitors will be there to take your questions and talk all things NASCAR.
Don't Forget to Vote...The polls have opened for the 2013 NCWTS Most Popular Driver award and Jeb needs your help! Vote once a day from now until November 15 at www.nascar.com/ncwtsmpd. #TeamBurton
Don't Miss the Action...The Winstar World Casino 350 can be seen live on Friday, November 1 beginning at 8:00 p.m. EDT on FOX Sports 1. The race can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Racing Roots...Tune in to FOX Sports 1 prior to the WinStar World Casino 350 to learn all about Burton's racing roots. The Grassroots Beat segment will air at 7:00 p.m. EDT.
Previous Race Recap...Returning to his hometown track for a second time in the 2013 NCWTS season, Burton fought hard to achieve a top-five finish in the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. The 21-year-old South Boston, Va. native was among the top-ten fastest trucks during both practice sessions, as well as qualifying, and was able to drive his No. 4 Arrowhead/Kangaroo Express Chevrolet across the finish line in third place.
Jeb Burton on Racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"I'm really excited about returning to Texas Motor Speedway as the defending race winner. Texas brought several 'firsts' for us. It was my first time at the track and we got our first win of the season. We're taking a brand-new truck this weekend, so we're putting it all out there to get another win. One of my favorite things about this track is running beside the wall. It makes it fun and more competitive. Hopefully we can make it a sweep and get our No. 4 Arrowhead truck into victory lane again. I want another cowboy hat!"
When Erik Jones, the 17-year-old NASCAR driving phenom, buckles into the Kyle Busch Motorsports #51 Toyota for the next couple of weekends of racing, his newest partner will be Wake Up Narcolepsy (http://www.wakeupnarcolepsy.org). WUN is a leading international nonprofit dedicated to speeding narcolepsy diagnosis through greater awareness and funding research for a cure to this devastating sleep disorder, which affects millions worldwide.
The #51 Toyota will prominently display the WUN logo at both the sold-out Nashville Fairgrounds All-American 400 Super Late Model event on November 2, and again in the Lucas 150, the November 8 stop of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Phoenix International Speedway.
"Riding alongside Erik is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness about narcolepsy, a devastating sleep disorder affecting 200,000 Americans, including many children and young adults," said Monica Gow, WUN Executive Director and Co-founder.
"Like our new awareness campaign, and like drivers everywhere, Erik needs to be fully 'Awake at the Wheel' as he pilots the #51. We couldn't be more pleased to be partnering with this up-and-coming star and the KBM garage," she added. "Erik is at the age at which narcolepsy often first strikes, making our partnership especially apropos."
Jones said, "I'm proud to be associated with Wake Up Narcolepsy and its mission to help the millions of people living with narcolepsy. When the green flag drops in Nashville and Phoenix, I'll be pulling out all the stops to get the #51 Toyota into the lead and be right there for the checkered flag. This is a huge opportunity for KBM and WUN!"
Narcolepsy is a neurological sleep disorder characterized by overwhelming daytime sleepiness, which usually first appears in adolescence or young adulthood. Most sufferers also experience episodes of cataplexy, brief but debilitating periods of muscle weakness or complete physical collapse, usually brought on by emotions like laughter or surprise.
The condition can impair virtually every facet of a person's life, from family and social interactions, to self-esteem and career choice. Though treatment is available, it is not uncommon for 6 or more years to pass before a proper diagnosis is made, robbing the sufferer - and loved ones - of an acceptable quality of life. Some sufferers are never diagnosed.
Shockingly, parents and teachers, as well as many in the medical community - the very people who may first observe symptoms - typically are poorly informed about the condition. So delayed or inaccurate diagnosis is the norm, leading to years of unnecessary suffering. Raising public awareness and building support for medical research helps bring greater understanding of the disorder and speeds treatment for millions.
Jones joined KBM in March 2013. He had made a name for himself a few months earlier when he raced side-by-side for several laps and eventually worked his way past KBM owner Kyle Busch in the closing laps to win the 45th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL. His victory came in a race widely recognized as the most prestigious late-model event in the country, with a field including NASCAR regulars.
The Michigan native has finished inside the top 10 in all four of his Truck Series starts this season, including a runner-up finish in the July event at Iowa Speedway. In his lone Super Late Model start for KBM, he led a race-high 131 laps en route to victory in the prestigious Winchester 400 at Winchester (IN) Speedway.
Radio Disney's "N.B.T." (Next Big Thing) and Epic Records' Fifth Harmonywill perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” live at Phoenix International Racewayprior to the ServiceMaster 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race (Saturday, Nov. 9, 2 p.m. MST), PIR President Bryan R. Sperber announced today. The group’s performance was arranged through a partnership between PIR, Radio Disney Phoenix and the NASCAR Entertainment Group.
“We are excited to have one of the most popular musical acts in America perform the national anthem before the ServiceMaster 200,” Sperber said. “The young ladies in Fifth Harmony are incredibly talented vocalists and I’m certain that our fans will love their performance.”
The teen pop female vocal group was put together by Simon Cowell and is comprised of individual "The X Factor" contestants Dinah Jane Hansen, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei and Camila Cabello. It was announced in July that Fifth Harmony would be the first act to be spotlighted in Radio Disney's newly revamped "N.B.T.," a year-round program to introduce young recently signed artists on the cusp of becoming music’s next big thing. The program takes place across multiple platforms including Disney Channel, Radio Disney, RadioDisney.com, Disney.com and social media sites, as well as at live Radio Disney events in local markets.
Fifth Harmony recently released their debut EP “Better Together," which skyrocketed to No. 2 on the iTunes’ album chart and features their first single, “Miss Movin’ On.” The members of Fifth Harmony co-wrote many of the songs on the album, which they say deals with the issues they face as teenage girls. “The songs are a direct reflection of us and what we go through,” Lauren said in the group’s official bio. “Because we’ve been able to co-write, we’ve been able to personalize our music and make it relatable.”
One of the group’s hallmarks is their strong connection to their fans, nicknamed “Harmonizers,” through social media. The group’s official Twitter account, @FifthHarmony, has more than 850,000 followers, and each member of the group has more than 350,000 followers on her personal account.
Previous collaborations between NASCAR and The Walt Disney Company include NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Trevor Bayne's appearance as presenter at the 2013 Radio Disney Music Awards and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano's guest starring role on a recent episode of Disney XD’s live-action comedy series "Lab Rats."
Fans attending the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway will be treated to hearing from some of NASCAR’s top drivers, including Danica Patrick and Clint Bowyer, prior to the action on the track.
Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet is scheduled to be at the ROLL-BAR Club on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 9:30 a.m. The Scottsdale resident is currently second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year race and began the season by becoming the first woman to start from the pole in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, doing so at the Daytona 500. The ROLL-BAR Club is located on the west side of the track behind the Bobby Allison Grandstand and features live entertainment, catered meals, silent auction items, preferred parking and much more.
Bowyer, driver of the No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota is scheduled to be at the Trackside Club on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 9:45 a.m. Bowyer, a fan favorite both on and off the track, never holds back with his fans. Bowyer is currently eighth in points in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The Trackside Club is all-inclusive fan hospitality located above Turn Four with terraced outdoor seating. Guests receive parking passes and infield pit passes, along with a souvenir gift. Admission includes catered food and beverages.
Tickets to both the Trackside Club and the ROLL-BAR, as well as all event tickets the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Phoenix International Raceway are available on PhoenixRaceway.com or by calling 1-866-480-RACE (7223).
David Reutimann and the No. 83 Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota Camry team finished 37th at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Sunday afternoon. After starting at the back of the field, Reutimann raced into the top-20 competitors before suffering a broken gear with less than 50 laps remaining in the race.
Reutimann rolled off 43rd for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. When the green flag waved at the historic speedway, Reutimann kept his left side tires tight against the inside line and immediately began climbing the leaderboard. Picking up 15 positions in the first 25 laps, it was obvious that Reutimann had the speed and skill needed to race through the field. With the No. 83 Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota Camry handling nearly perfect, the BK Racing team made one minor adjustment during their opening pit stop and otherwise left Reutimann to log laps at the track commonly referred to as the "paperclip."
Despite getting turned twice to spin on the track near the midway point of the race, the No. 83 Camry did not sustain any damage in either incident and was able to not only continue, but also gain ground in the event. With a series of caution periods and restarts, Reutimann was scored as high as the 12th position by lap 350. Within 100 laps, Reutimann's car began expelling smoke as it suffered a gear failure. NASCAR responded by displaying the black flag and ordering Reutimann to the garage. With less than 50 laps remaining and no "quick fix" available, the No. 83 Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota Camry team was forced to retire from the event. Reutimann was credited with a 37th-place finish.
"We had a really good racecar today with our No. 83 Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota Camry," commented Reutimann. "We didn't have the best qualifying run, but we were able to take off as soon as the green flag waved and ran competitive lap times all day. We had a couple of spins on the track, but we were able to rebound from those and it appeared as though we would easily finish inside the top 25. Historically speaking, Martinsville Speedway can be tough on gears, but you don't usually see them fail anymore. Our BK Racing team will evaluate the part when we get back to the shop this week to try to determine what caused the failure. It's unfortunate that we were not able to finish the race-we had a great car all day and the results don't reflect what our team was capable of this weekend. I'm excited to get to Texas Motor Speedway next weekend, and to put together the whole package for a great finish."
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Travis Kvapil and the No. 93 Dr Pepper Toyota Camry team finished 24th at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Sunday afternoon. In a caution-filled afternoon, Kvapil sustained some front-end damage early in the race, but with hard work from his BK Racing crew the driver was able to continue in the event to finish inside the top 25.
Kvapil rolled off 32nd for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500, which put him in a difficult position to gain ground while racing in the non-preferred upper groove throughout the early laps of the race. Kvapil spun twice coming off of turn four during the first half of the race to fall to the 34th position by lap 250. The incidents resulted in some minor body damage, which also tightened the balance of the No. 93 Dr Pepper Toyota Camry. The BK Racing team worked diligently throughout each pit stop to loosen the balance of their car and to apply BearBond to secure the fenders of Kvapil's machine. Despite the challenges, Kvapil did not slow on the track. In fact, the veteran driver continued to move through the field and expertly positioned himself to regain laps and track position. Throughout the second half of the event and with the help of two free passes during late caution periods, Kvapil picked up an additional 10 positions before ultimately crossing the finish line in 24th.
"I'm really proud of everyone on the No. 93 Dr Pepper Toyota Camry team today," commented Kvapil. "The beginning of the race didn't go the way we had hoped, but no one gave up. After going three laps down early in the race, we were able to regain those laps and that track position. We were able to race from deep in the field to earn a top-25 finish. By the end of the race, we were just as fast as anyone else on old tires and I think that says a lot about the determination of our team. We only have three races left in the 2013 race season and we're determined to finish it out strong."
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