Wednesday, Sep 28
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MAVTV, soon to be rebranded as American Real TV, has announced it will be the title sponsor of the Sept. 28, 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Dover International Speedway. The “American Real TV 150” is the second-to-last event of the season in the series and a pivotal race for those making a final push towards a championship.

This sponsorship is a key element in the rebranding process as MAVTV will be known as American Real TV starting in 2013. The network, which is owned by Lucas Oil Products, Inc., will continue offering content for an action-oriented family audience under its new name.

“The excitement and energy of a NASCAR weekend is the perfect atmosphere to roll out the new ‘American Real’ theme of MAVTV. And, nothing is more real American than a stock car race,” said Bob Patison, president of MAVTV American Real.

The race entitlement is another step in an already strong relationship between Dover International Speedway and Lucas Oil, as the lubricant company has been the title sponsor of the “Lucas Oil 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in the 2011 and 2012 spring race weekends at the Monster Mile.

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New Team, Same Goal: Dakoda Armstrong has just announced that he will be joining forces with Turner Motorsports for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kentucky 201 Race at Kentucky Speedway.

“I am excited that we have the opportunity to run for Turner in their 4 machine. They are a great team that always has good results. I am also excited to be back at Kentucky Speedway. It has been one of my favorite tracks, and I hope that with Turner force behind me, we can get a solid finish this weekend.”

 Armstrong hopes with the experience he has gained from his previous starts at Kentucky Speedway, he and his Mudd Advertising, Turner, Chevrolet Silverado team will be able to race their way to a strong finish. This will be Armstrong’s first time behind the wheel of a Turner Motorsports truck, and expectations run high for Armstrong.

“Turner has done really well at this track. I know that with my previous experience and their knowledge of the setup, we can form a really good team. I hope that we will be able to get the truck set up great in practice so that we can have a good qualifying run to get us up front for the drop of the green flag.”

Armstrong hopes that in returning to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series after a one-race hiatus, that he will be able to come back strong. After finding out he would not have enough sponsorship to finish out the year, Armstrong says he is relieved that Mudd Advertising was able to support him for the Kentucky 201, and he is thankful an opportunity arose to race for Turner.

“Every track we go to, week in and week out, Turner is competitive. I am glad that I am able to step into one of their trucks for this race. I am so thankful to Mudd Advertising for sponsoring us for this week. Both Turner and Mudd are the reason that I am able to do what I love, and I have to thank them for that.”

The Kentucky 201 is set to be a one-day event for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitors and teams. The day starts off with two practices. The first practice is from 10-11:00 am EST, and the second and final practice will take place from 11:30-1:00 pm EST. Qualifying for the race event will start at 4:30 pm EST. SPEED will begin airing the driver introductions at 7:00 pm EST followed by the Kentucky 201 set to begin at 7:30 pm EST.  

Stay Tuned: SPEED will be airing an Ethanol special on Dakoda Armstrong and his family farm during this weekend’s Setup. The special is scheduled to air on the SPEED NCWTS Setup at 7:00 pm EST. Also, follow Dakoda on Facebook and Twitter (@DakodaArmstrong) for race weekend updates.


A Look Back at Atlanta: Armstrong and his EverFi team had a disappointing night at Atlanta Motor Speedway a few weeks back. The day started off with two practices. Armstrong says they tried a lot of different fixes, but they just could never get the truck quite right. Qualifying was next, and things weren’t looking up for Armstrong and his EverFi Tundra. They would start in the 29th position for the beginning of the Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 200.

Early in the race, Armstrong came on the radio telling his crew chief Dan Stillman that his truck was extremely free. Armstrong and his crew would come in for a green flag pit stop, but their bad luck had not worn its course. Armstrong sped down pit road, and had to make another pass through pit road under green, which would set the team further back. In the end, Armstrong brought his No. 98 EverFi Toyota Tundra across the finish line in the 23rd position.

"It was a disappointing day for me and my team. My guys worked hard to prepare the truck, and it was my fault for speeding down pit road. It really set us back and put a damper on our night. The truck was just really free, and we didn’t have the track position from qualifying that I know my team was capable of. I feel like I say this a lot, but I really just want to thank my EverFi crew for working so hard to prepare a race truck for me, and it stinks we weren’t able to catch some breaks to get a good finish.”

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Regan Smith is looking to celebrate his birthday with a rebound weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, site of Sunday's Sylvania 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
 
Smith, who turns 29 on Sunday, would be the first to stand up and say the past two weekends -- at Richmond International Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway -- were sub-par results even though the Furniture Row Racing driver posted strong qualifying efforts of third and seventh, respectively.
 
Smith finished 24th in Richmond and 34th in Chicagoland. Handling was the culprit in Richmond and a mechanical problem forced him to retire from the race early at Chicagoland.
 
"We need to instill some fire into our team after mediocre outings the past two weeks," said Smith. "When you qualify in the top-10 you expect to bring home better finishes than what we had in Richmond and Chicago. Things just didn't go our way, but we know that New Hampshire can be a turnaround weekend for our Furniture Row/Farm American Chevrolet."
 
Smith notched his best result on New Hampshire's 1.058-mile oval in last year's fall race, posting a 10th-place finish.
 
"I always like going to New Hampshire," noted Smith. "This is a type of race track where most of us cut our teeth on. We had a pretty good run at New Hampshire last year with a top-10 finish."
 
With nine races remaining in the 2012 season and much of the focus on the Chase, Smith feels it's an important time of the year to make a move.
 
"If you can compete alongside of the Chase contenders that gives everyone a big lift," stated Smith. "We can do that, but we need to have a clean race in New Hampshire."
 
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A ceremonial tree planting took place at Williamson Park in Darlington, S.C. on Wednesday as part of a partnership with the City of Darlington, Darlington Raceway and the NASCAR Green Clean Air Tree Planting program.

Williamson Park received 81 trees as part of the program. NASCAR Green and Darlington Raceway donated 10 trees for every green flag that was flown during last May’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500.

Nine green flags occurred during the race resulting in a total of 90 trees being supplied courtesy of Triple R Landscape and Supply of Florence, S.C. The remaining nine trees will be planted around the racetrack property.

The tree planting program was developed to plant trees in various communities around NASCAR-sanctioned racing facilities to help offset the carbon emissions that occur during an event weekend.

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19 year old Harrison Rhodes will make his 4th career NASCAR K&N Pro Series start this weekend at the“Magic Mile” in Loudon, New Hampshire. Earlier this season driving for MacDonald Motorsports, Rhodes drove a very impressive race to bring home an 8th place finish for the team at CNB Bank Raceway Park in Pennsylvania.

“I am very excited to be back in the MacDonald Motorsports K&N car this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway,”explained Rhodes. “I believe we are going to have a great car and hopefully a great finish as well.”

Young Harrison Rhodes has had a very impressive career up to this point. Rhodes started racing Legends cars for Dan Snyder Racing in 2007, recording four wins and finishing seventh in the Summer Shootout points standings. The following season, Rhodes went on a tear, winning 33 races and the Concord Speedway Track Championship, as well as the North Carolina State Championship. Over the past few years, Harrison has run in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series, the CARS Pro Cup Series, and select PASS South Series races. In June of this year, Rhodes made his first start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, recording a solid fourth place finish at Bowman Gray Stadium.

“Harrison did a great job for us in his Chick Fil-a No. 49 earlier this season in Pennsylvania,” explained team owner Jeni MacDonald. “He had a top-5 run going but was still able to give us our best finish of the year thus far with an 8th. This being our second race together as a team, I think we will be even stronger this time out.”

Fans in the area for the Sprint Cup Series race this weekend can watch young Harrison Rhodes race the Chick-fil-a No. 49 at the “Magic Mile” this Saturday. The G-Oil 100 will take the green flag at approximately 2:30PM EST.

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Akinori Ogata will make his 4thcareer start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this Saturday at New Hampshire International Speedway. The G-Oil 100 will be arguably the biggest race of the season for the K&N Pro Series, running 100 laps on the “Magic Mile” in Loudon, NH.

“I am really happy to be back driving the ENEOS No. 49 for MacDonald Motorsports this weekend in New Hampshire,” explained Akinori. “This will be the biggest track that I have ran on thus far in my career so it will be a learning experience this weekend. I really have to thank ENEOS Motor Oil, Kajima, and Kubota for all of their support this season. I couldn’t do this without them.”

Ogata’s best finish this season in his three races has been a 15th place run at Gresham Motorsports Park in June. Another top-15 this weekend at New Hampshire would be a great result for Akinori and his ENEOS Motor Oil No. 49 team.

“I love working with Akinori and I’m happy to see him back racing for us this weekend in New Hampshire,” stated Jeni MacDonald, team owner. “It will be a lot of work this weekend running two cars but I know the guys will do whatever it takes to get us to the track and to be competitive.”

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Jason White on Kentucky:“I love that we get to go back to Kentucky for a second race. The track has a lot of character with the various bumps around it. It puts pressure on us to get a good set-up under the truck and then it is up to me to get the most out of it I can. All of the unique elements of the track really make it challenging but also fun at the same time.”

“I have always run pretty well at Kentucky. We battled some issues with a new truck we brought in the first race at Kentucky but still salvaged a decent finish. I know our GunBroker.com Ford will be fast this week and I anticipate a very strong run.”

Jason at Kentucky Speedway:This will mark Jason’s ninth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the Kentucky Speedway. His best finish was fourth during the 2010 season after starting in the 13th position. He also earned another top-five finish in the first of two races at the Kentucky track last year. Jason finished 11th in the race earlier this year at the Sparta, Kentucky track.

Race Rewind:Jason White and his GB Racing team once again battled the balance of their No. 23 GunBroker.com Ford as well as classic NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racing on Saturday night at Iowa Speedway. White started the 200-lap event from the 19th position as a result of his qualifying effort earlier on a beautiful day in the Heartland. The early portion of the 175-mile event would see the No. 23 GunBroker.com Ford maintain its track position. But it didn’t take long for things to get interesting as Jason encountered some early on track contact. The GB Racing team endured multiple trips down pit road for necessary repairs but remained on the lead lap and with some creative pit strategy was towards the front of the field late in the race. In the end, Jason came home with a battered No. 23 GunBroker.com Ford and a hard fought 12th-place finish.

The finish moved Jason up into the ninth position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers’ standings – only 44 points out of the eighth spot.

“BuckShot” Returns at Kentucky: The GunBroker.com team will be bringing the truck they nicknamed “BuckShot” to Kentucky Speedway this week. In honor of the team’s sponsor, GunBroker.com, the GB Racing team uses gun and shooting themed names for most of their trucks – thus the name “BuckShot”. Sporting a brand new body, this will be the second time this season that “BuckShot” has seen the track with the first outing coming early in the season where Jason piloted it to a 10th place finish at Martinsville Speedway.

Meet Jason: Jason White will join other NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers for an autograph session on Friday afternoon from 3:00-3:45 pm. Kentucky Speedway ticket holders can meet their favorite drivers and get an autograph in the fan concourse prior to qualifying for the Kentucky 201.

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There’s no doubt Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus make up one of the best driver-crew chief duos in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage. In fact, there are few combinations in any sport that come close to their success. However, New England gives them a run for their money with the duo behind the success of the National Football League’s New England Patriots.

In fact, there are more than just championship comparisons between Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, who have three championships together to Johnson’s and Knaus’ five. The demeanors of both seem to parallel, too. The intensity and meticulous nature Belichick is known for in the National Football League is matched by Knaus’ reputation as a tireless, attention-to-detail, task master in the Sprint Cup garage. Their teams are led by two men whose actions on the playing field have made them the best in their respective sports. Two-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Brady and four-time Driver of the Year Johnson are known for their calm demeanor in pressure situations, and their stats prove it.

Both duos have a big task at hand this weekend, the Patriots traveling to Baltimore after the first-ever loss in a home opener for Brady as a Patriot. Johnson’s No. 48 Lowe’s Racing team is trying to maintain its runner-up spot in the championship standings in Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at the mile oval in Loudon, N.H., after narrowly missing victory lane at last Sunday’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship opener at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

Johnson has had success at New Hampshire but he has been inconsistent there during the Chase. He won his first championship in 2006 after finishing 39th at New Hampshire. He finished 18th last season, the first time since 2005 that he failed to win the Sprint Cup title. More than half of the 21 races he has run at the flat oval have resulted in top-10 finishes, including three of his last five outings starting with his third career victory at the track in the June 2010 race.

In last September’s Chase race, Johnson had contact with Kyle Busch while running for 13th place with less than 25 laps to go. He nursed the car around the track in the closing laps for an 18th-place finish. In the race this past July, Johnson had a fast Lowe’s Chevy but an ill-timed caution hurt his shot at a win. His July 2010 ended a seven year win drought at the track.

For the No. 48 team, with Knaus calling the shots and Johnson at the wheel, the dynamic duo won’t necessarily need a superhero-type effort to make it to victory lane in New England, although it wouldn’t hurt. Odds are Belichick and Brady won’t need one, either.

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David Gilliland takes the No. 38 Taco Bell Ford to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend for the running of the Sylvania 300. Gilliland finished 27th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' visit to Loudon earlier this season. Gilliland has a career best finish of 25th at the track.

David Gilliland on New Hampshire

"We had a bit of a rough weekend at Chicagoland where we wrecked early in the practice and had to race a backup car we didn't have a lot of laps on. I'm looking forward to racing at New Hampshire this weekend and am hoping to earn a respectable finish for our No. 38 team.".

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The high-paced action at Michigan International Speedway, the fastest racetrack in NASCAR, will continue in 2013 with two weekends of racing, June 14-16 and Aug. 16-18.

MIS will be just one of 23 racetracks across the United State to host the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2013, with dates set for June 16 and August 18. The NASCAR Nationwide Series will appear with NASCAR’s top series on June 15 and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on August 17. The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will also make its 32nd appearance at MIS when the Temperance, Mich.-based group races on June 14.

“We are already preparing for 2013 at MIS. We truly cannot wait to be racing again at NASCAR’s fastest racetrack. It’s going to be a long off-season for all of us,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “The 2012 season featured high speeds, exciting racing and lots of happy fans and partners during both weekends in 2012.

In 2012, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Quicken Loans 400. His last two victories in the NASCAR Sprint Cup victory have come at MIS. Greg Biffle won the Pure Michigan 400 in August to give Roush Fenway Racing its 12th victory in the Irish Hills, the most of any organization at MIS. Both drivers are in contention to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.

All four racing series at MIS established new track qualifying records in 2013 as Marcos Ambrose won the pole for the June Sprint Cup race with a top speed of 203.241 mph, the 11th fastest pole speed in NASCAR history.

The track’s opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend in 2013 will be on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16. Nationwide Series racing will be at MIS on Saturday, June 15. The ARCA Racing Series will race on Friday, June 14.

Sprint Cup will wind up its summertime stint only eight weeks later at MIS on Sunday, August 18, with the Camping World Truck Series on Saturday, August 17. NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying returns to Fridays in 2013 at MIS.

The track will continue keeping ticket prices low for 2013. Race fans who renew will have the best prices and the best seats. Tickets for a NASCAR Sprint Cup race start at $25, with children 12 and under free in certain sections, ensuring families have a chance to see NASCAR at affordable prices.

The speedway will also continue its junior pricing program where kids 16 and under are half price in reserve seats.

Renewals for current ticket customers begins today at www.MISpeedway.com/renewals.

The Great Lakes Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson also returns in 2013 on May 18.

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