Steven B. Wilson

Steven B. Wilson

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After running select races together in 2017, NASCAR driver Chase Dowling and team owner Rob Fuller have announced that they will partner to run for a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) championship in 2018.

“This is something Chase and I have discussed throughout the season,” said Fuller, President of LFR.  “With the success we had this season, it seemed like a good decision for both our sponsors and Chase to go after the championship.”

In just nine NWMT races in 2017, Dowling earned his first career pole, led 21 laps and earned a career-best five Top-5 finishes in one season.  It was one of his most productive seasons to date.

“After our accomplishments we had in 2017, I can’t wait to run a full season with Rob and the LFR car,” said Dowling.  “I feel we were a threat at every event this season and I look forward to carrying this momentum into the 2018 season.”

Dowling, a Roxbury, Conn. native, became the youngest Sunoco Rookie of the Year award winner in Whelen Modified Tour history in 2015 at the age of 17.  In his three years competing in the NWMT, he has a total of nine Top-5 finishes and 20 Top-10s.

S&S Asphalt Paving and 15-40 Connection will be the primary sponsors on the No. 15 LFR car.  Dowling has been supported by S&S Asphalt Paving since he began his racing career at the age of 7.  This will be the sixth year that 15-40 Connection will partner with LFR to share the message of early cancer detection with race fans this season making it one of the longest sponsor/ team relationships in the series.

Stephen Kopcik will serve as the crew chief and the LFR shop foreman running the day-to-day operations of the team.

LFR has secured the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship every year since its inception in 2014.  Fuller is a 30-year veteran racer with previous championships including 1998 and 1999 with Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

In addition to his full time NWMT schedule, Dowling will run a LFR SK modified for Glenn Johnson and run for the SK championship at Stafford Motor Speedway.

“With my everyday involvement at LFR, it just seemed like the right thing to do at this time in my career,” said Dowling.  “I have been extremely fortunate to have been with some of the best teams Stafford has to offer. Glenn is a great guy and has fielded a LFR car for two seasons and I look forward to working with Rob and all of Glenn’s guys to build a competitive SK team at Stafford.”

Glenn Johnson has fielded cars at the Connecticut short track for over 25 years and is looking forward to teaming up with his new driver in 2018.

“Chase is a young and very talented driver,” said Johnson.  “I feel we have great equipment and can be competitive week in and week out with the right driver in the seat and I now feel like we have that.”

LFR will begin its 2018 race season at New Smyrna Speedway in February and then start the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season at Myrtle Beach on March 17.

Race fans can follow LFR on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LFRChassisInc or online at www.LFRchassis.com.  

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Considered by many in the industry as one of the very best Crew Chiefs in the long history of NASCAR racing, Larry McReynolds will be appearing on Saturday, January 20th at the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2018 Racecar and Trade Show Presented by Sunoco and Fueled by Insinger Performance. McReynolds will be appearing at the Jeff Hammond Store display located at the front entrance to the show.

Now a popular FOX Sports personality McReynolds guided the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. to his only Daytona 500 victory back in 1998. His teams also finished in the Top 10 close to 50% of the races in which they competed. Included were 23 Cup victories with two Daytona 500 wins along with 21 poles.

Over the years Larry has worked with such standout Cup talents as Earnhardt, Sr., Davey Allison, and Ernie Irvan.

McReynolds will be able to share stories of his career accomplishments, answer questions from the audience and sign autographs.

With the 33rd edition of the popular race car and trade show set to take place January 19-21, 2018, less than two months away, there will be much happening in regards to show activities and the new website (www.motorsportstradeshow.com), designed for easy use will be jam packed with the latest information as the show dates come closer.

The show again takes place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA and all 250,000 square feet show display space will be filled with just about everything imaginable in motorsports including over 200 race cars of all kinds.

“Exhibitors are encouraged to share their show plans, specials, and announcements with us beforehand so we can build some buzz leading into the event,” said show promoter Len Sammons.

With the Tony Stewart announcement that the three time NASCAR Cup Series champion will be meeting with fans and signing autographs on January 20th (12 noon to 2 p.m.), and now McReynolds, interest is running high and will continue to grow during the weeks leading up to the show.

Many area speedways and sanctioning organizations will be exhibiting and will feature top drivers along with announcements regarding their 2018 season.

Exhibitors and those planning to be exhibitors have all the information they need on the new website to plan their participation.

"The show floor is more than 75% full,” said Sammons. “Companies looking to exhibit are encouraged to contact show manager Danny Sammons at 609-888-3618 for available show space before it's too late."

Information is also available by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. "Like" Motorsports Race Car and Trade Show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MotorsportsTradeShow.

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The following is an event recap from Wednesday's Chevrolet test session at Texas Motor Speedway's 1.5-mile oval for the Verizon IndyCar Series' new universal aero kit that will debut in the 2018 season.
 
Event Recap
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden of Team Penske (No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet) was joined by the Ed Carpenter Racing duo of Ed Carpenter (No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet) and Spencer Pigot (No. 21 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet) as Chevrolet-powered drivers had their opportunity to test the Verizon IndyCar Series' new universal aero kit at Texas Motor Speedway.
 
The full one-day test session was run with temperatures in the high 60s/low 70s with heavily overcast skies. The test, part of the preparation for drivers and teams to get accustomed to the new aero kits that will debut in 2018, was the second in less than a month at Texas Motor Speedway.
Four-time series champion Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing and James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports conducted a one-day test Oct. 23 on behalf of the Honda-powered drivers in the series. The Verizon IndyCar Series returns in the 2018 season to Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 9, for the Texas INDY 600. 
 
Highlight
Newgarden, a 26-year-old native of Hendersonville, Tenn., won the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series championship to become just the second American-born champ since 2007. Since American Sam Hornish Jr. won his last series crown in 2006, Ryan Hunter-Reay (2012) was the only one until Newgarden broke through this season on the strength of a series-high four victories.
 
Many have proclaimed Newgarden as the young, talented and charismatic U.S.-born champion that can single-handedly carry the Verizon IndyCar Series into a new era of success. While he can become a pivotal figure, he is well aware it will take more than just him.
"I can spread the message of what INDYCAR is all about and show people why INDYCAR is so cool, why it is some of the best racing on the planet and why you should check it out, but it's going to take all of us," Newgarden said. "It's going to take the series, it's going to take all the drivers, it's going to take the decisions that we make as far as the race car - this new car - that we are putting out.  All those things are going to make a difference. It's not just going to come down to one guy, in my opinion.
"I feel the responsibility of helping with that cause and pushing INDYCAR forward, but don't feel the pressure that it is all on me." 
 
What They Are Saying
"Racing's funny. You get like this - I guess if you want to call it this - 'temporary' fame. You come to the race track and race fans are there then, yeah, you kind of have that famous vibe. But if I'm at home in the grocery store, I don't get bothered that often. ... It's not like I'm Brad Pitt walking down the street, so it's not that level of difficulty." - Newgarden on his new-found "fame" after winning the Verizon IndyCar Series championship.
 
"I knew he was going to be a champion someday, so that's why we tried so hard to keep him. Josef and I - we're good friends. Obviously, I'm very happy for him. You're very happy for him, you're envious of him, you wish we could have done it together because I know that we could of, but mostly happy for him. I know how hard he worked for that. ... Happy for him, proud of him and jealous of him - all of the above." - Carpenter on his former driver Newgarden winning the series championship after moving to Team Penske this season.  
 
"It really makes me excited to get to work again this off-season and try to do it again. You feel like you deserve to be there with the team and working hard to do it again. That's kind of the feeling that has changed for me." - Newgarden on Team Penske preparing for the defense of that series title.
 
"I think it looks great. I like the fact that it's a little sleeker and faster looking again. Not to say I didn't like the way the previous car looked, but the biggest thing for me is I like the rear bumper. Pods are gone. Personally, I think being able to see the rear tires from behind these cars is one of the best angles." - Carpenter on the look of the new Indy cars.  
 
"Everything getting lower I think is preferred, the side pods getting pushed forward - those are the big aesthetic differences we really wanted. There is more crush structure in the way of the driver with the side pods coming forward, but it looks more like an open-wheel car. The shaping of the side pod looks like a proper open-wheel car. The engine coming lower, having a blow-through roll hoop signifying that's a turbocharged car. Those little things I think make it look really, really good." - Newgarden on the new look.
 
"It feels different; I wouldn't say drastically different from a feel standpoint. This type of an oval will be less change than some of the other tracks with aero configurations. There's a small difference just running alone." - Newgarden on the feel of this car vs. the 2017 package on Texas Motor Speedway's 1.5-mile oval.
 
"There is obviously a lot of change since we were here before (in June). Still figuring it out, to be honest. Compared to Phoenix, it's not as different but has a different feel. It makes downforce in a different way and you sense the feedback from the car for me is a little different." - Carpenter on the feel of this aero kit vs. this past season's car during testing at Phoenix Raceway and Texas.
 
"I'm excited to go oval racing again. It's been awhile since I've consistently driven on ovals. I think it will only help that I will be in the car throughout the whole season rather than here and there." - Pigot on moving from the team's road/street course specialist in the No. 20 entry to fulltime in the No. 21 entry for the organization in 2018.  
 
"It's been great. It's something I've never really been a part of before, developing somewhat of a new car with the team. On the road course side of things, it's been all my feedback. Hopefully, it is a good thing and not a bad thing when we get to the first race. It's a cool experience to step up into a full-season role and also step up in a development way as well. It's nice to be here on the ovals and have Ed driving the car a lot. He's got a ton of experience, someone I can ask questions to and relate to a lot more than when we've been doing road-course testing so far." - Pigot on his role in developing the new aero kit for Ed Carpenter Racing.  
 
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Ross Chastain and the No. 4 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team are excited to finish out the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series season with a good finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Chastain will once again have the Florida Watermelon Association as the primary sponsor of his No. 4 Chevrolet Camaro for Saturday’s Ford Eco Boost 300. KSDT and Company and Kettelle Roofing will also be on board as associate sponsors.

Chastain has finished 19th or better in the previous five races.

“It’s hard to believe that the season is almost over,” said Chastain. “It’s been a really great year for the No. 4 team. I’m proud of everything that my team and I have been able to accomplish this year, and I feel good about what we’re doing and how we’re running. We’re going to give this weekend’s race everything we have and then get ready to do it all over again in 2018.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (ET) Friday. Qualifying will start at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, and the Ford EcoBoost 300 will get the green flag at 3:30 p.m. on NBCSN.

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Joe Nemechek will be back behind the wheel of a NASCAR Xfinity Series racecar this Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Nemechek will pilot the No. 01 Chevrolet Camaro for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller in the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 300.

Fleetwing Corporation, a multi-branded petroleum jobber established in 1956, will adorn the sides and hood of the No. 01 Fleetwing Chevrolet driven by Nemechek as a primary sponsor. Based in Lakeland, Fla., Fleetwing Corporation is family-owned and operated. Nemechek will also have TBC Contractors and KSDT and Company on board as associate sponsors.

Nemechek has found success in the Xfinity Series in south Florida with three victories (1997, 1999, and 2001) credited to his name, in addition to five top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 17 starts. Nemechek has posted more wins at the Homestead-Miami Speedway then at any other track in the Xfinity Series. In 12 starts at the Homestead, Nemechek is credited with one top-five finish and one top-10 finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In addition, Nemechek has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the track with an average finish of seventh-place.

“I’m looking forward to going to Homestead in an Xfinity Series racecar driving for Johnny Davis,” said Nemechek. “Johnny and I have been friends for a long time, so I’m looking forward to the opportunity. We feel good about having Fleetwing come on board to help us out as they have been a sponsor of ours for the past three years. I’ve been fortunate enough to win a few races at Homestead, and I’m looking forward to having a competitive race on Saturday.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (ET) Friday. Qualifying will start at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, and the Ford EcoBoost 300 will get the green flag at 3:30 p.m. on NBCSN.

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After year of ups and downs, Garrett Smithley and the No. 0 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team are ready to end the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series season on high note. Entering the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Smithley sits 13 points away from 20th place in the driver standings.

New sponsor, KSDT and Company, will be on board the No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro for Saturday’s season finale race. Kettelle Roofing will also be on board as an associate sponsor.

“This is big weekend for us,” said Smithley. “We’ve got a new sponsor on board, and we’ve got a great chance of finishing in the top 20 of driver points for the second year in a row. I’ll have to race hard and bring home a good finish to make it happen. ‘Do or do not. There is no try.’ The Number Nuthin’ team is bringing their A-game to Miami, and we’re going to make it happen.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (ET) Friday. Qualifying will start at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, and the Ford EcoBoost 300 will get the green flag at 3:30 p.m. on NBCSN.

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Michael McDowell and Leavine Family Racing (LFR) will return to Homestead-Miami Speedway where they earned one of their best-ever finishes together.

This year alone, McDowell and LFR have recorded 15 Top-20 finishes, and one Top-5 finish, as they are on the cusp of completing both of their best seasons in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS).

With the finale of the team’s best MENCS season approaching, LFR and McDowell are looking to charge into Homestead and have a repeat of last year’s final race.

During the 2016 MENCS finale, McDowell and LFR qualified 26th but were able to match their best effort of the season. The team was able to quickly make up multiple spots and maintain position for the majority of the race to earn a 10th place finish at Homestead.

“This will be a bittersweet race weekend for a lot of reasons – probably more so this year than ever,” said McDowell. “Last year we finished Homestead so strong as a team with my first Top-10 there. It was a big weekend for us, and it was so cool to go into the off-season with our best result and that momentum. This is the last race, and we want to finish strong. It will be a special race for us.”

The 2017 MENCS season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway will take place on Sunday, November 19 at 3:00pm EST. Race coverage of the Ford Ecoboost 400 will be on NBC.

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Young’s Motorsports announced today that 10-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) winner Timothy Peters (@TimothyPeters_) will return to the team and compete in Friday night’s season finale Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway aboard the team’s flagship No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado.

Peters, 37, most recently competed in Trucks for the Mooresville, N.C.-based team at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway in late Sept, where he delivered an 11th place finish after starting 20th in the Las Vegas 350k.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to have Timothy (Peters) back behind the wheel for us this week,” said Young’s Motorsports team principal Tyler Young.

“Timothy took a chance on driving for us at Las Vegas and really helped strengthen our program with new and fresh ideas while also reuniting with his former crew chief Chad Kendrick. We’re trying to utilize some of those ideas in Friday night’s race and hopefully, we can close out the season with another strong finish.”

The Danville, Va. native will make his 11th start at the 1.5-mile track on Nov. 17. In his previous 10 starts, Peters has mounted three top-five and seven top-10 finishes, including six consecutive top-10 finishes at Homestead dating back to 2011.

“I’m very thankful again for the opportunity to represent Young’s Motorsports this weekend at Homestead,” offered Peters. “The team is working hard to get better with every race and I hope I can bring some more experience and ideas to the table that they can take into the offseason and prepare for a healthy and competitive 2018 Truck Series season.”

Peters credits his success at Homestead to a track that suits his driving style, plus good equipment. Set for his eighth Truck Series run of the year, he is optimistic he can tally an eighth consecutive top-10 run in Miami.

“Homestead has been very good to me,” added Peters. “May not have had the best starting spot, but always found myself at the front at the end of the race. Chad and I will do everything we can to stretch the streak to eight.”

Longtime Peters supporters Autos by Nelson will adorn the No. 02 Chevrolet for the 23rd NCWTS race of the season.

Autos by Nelson strives to meet customers’ needs by offering award-winning sales, service, rental, collision and wrecker service. They have seven rooftops that carry new Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Honda, Kia, Mazda, Subaru and Toyota vehicles. Those are complemented by a huge selection of nearly 500 pre-owned vehicles.

Overall, in 237 NCWTS starts, Peters has earned eight poles, 10 wins, 57 top-five and 121 top-10 finishes and has led over 1,500 laps in competition. In a span of 13 years, Peters has crafted an average start and finish of 12.7 respectively.

For more on Tyler Young and Young’s Motorsports, please visit YoungsMotorsports.com or click on his Facebook page. Young is also active on Twitter. You can follow and tweet with him @TylerYoung02.

The Ford EcoBoost 200 (134 laps / 201 miles) is the 23rd of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2017 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Nov. 17 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. A final practice has been etched in from 10:00 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 3:30 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are Eastern (ET).

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“It’s funny how life works and the things that happen that lead you to where you wind up. Growing up in Stokes County, less than 30 minutes away from the Wood Brothers’ shop, it was common for me to see cars in town with 21 stickers on the window, or license plates and such. I always thought how cool it would be to work there and racing was all I ever wanted to do anyhow.

“When I sat down with Eddie and Len Wood at the picnic table in the old “new” shop in Stuart, VA in 1999 I could only dream that one day I’d be the crew chief of the 21. Now there were a lot of stops along the way in between for me to arrive at that point, but it all started with me getting my foot in the door that night.

“So as 2017 draws to a close, it’s not the end of the season I’m thinking about, it’s the beginnings. When those guys offered me a job that night it was the beginning for me. It got me started on a path that led to my ultimate goal of being a crew chief and for that I’m forever grateful. It’s even more ironic that after Mr. Penske gave me the opportunity to be a crew chief at the XFINITY level, that my jump to the Cup series would again involve the Wood family. Again, a beginning for me. It was like I never left.  It was the perfect opportunity for me to make the next step in my career in an environment that felt like I’d been there forever.

“To Glen, Bernece, Leonard, Eddie & Carol, Len & Nancy, Kim & Terry, Jon, Jordan and Keven and the rest of the family, I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to be such a small part of the legacy of Wood Brothers Racing, not once but twice.

“There is no more humbling feeling than for Leonard Wood to tell you he’s proud of your team after a good run. Eric, Sherm, and Carl – thank you for all the work that goes unnoticed too easily. You made all our lives easier for three years without knowing it.  Andretti, Roger and Hall – you guys epitomize a team that becomes family. Thanks for allowing us all in for a little while.  Speaking of Hall – thanks Phil for calling Terry for me way back when. To Tim Hussey – the world would be a better place with more people like you in it.

“To every individual who played a role in the 21 car over the last three years, thank you for helping make our time together a success. Ryan and I have been very blessed to have the opportunity to begin our Cup careers in the shadows of such history. Thanks to everyone from Motorcraft, Quick Lane, Ford, and Ford Performance for the faith and support they’ve given to this team for so long and in the future.  As we all head for new beginnings, I wish continued success to everyone at Wood Brothers Racing and will always be thankful for the beginnings you all provided for me.”

  -- JB

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Their exciting day began with a ride to the racetrack in a luxury party bus from Diamond Resorts Scottsdale Links Resort. The group then met with Waltrip, who escorted them to the pit road for an exclusive tour. Members got up close with many of the NASCAR drivers and their cars before watching the race from premium, shaded seats that included personal screens with in-car camera streams.

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