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Landon Cassill, driver of the No. 83 Burger King/Dr Pepper Toyota, is feeling good about this weekend's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His team has finished inside the top 25 in five of the last six events. Cassill aims to continue his team's hot streak this Sunday and close out the remaining races of 2012 with a bang.
Cassill has competed in four Sprint Cup Series races at New Hampshire. His best finish was 26th, which came in 2011. In his lone Nationwide Series start in 2008, he scored the pole, but was derailed by a crash for a 34th-place finish.
Doug Richert, crew chief of the No. 83 team, has called 18 races at New Hampshire. He's scored three top-five and four top-10 finishes.
Comments from BK Racing Driver Landon Cassill heading into New Hampshire:
"New Hampshire is a one-mile, flat oval. You don't have very much banking, so you've got to have your car set up to roll through the corners. It has to be free through the turns or it will be a long race for you. You need your car to feel kind of like it does at Richmond and Phoenix. Both of those tracks require a similar setup. Fortunately we've had good-handling cars at both of those tracks this year. We've had two top-20 finishes at Richmond. We ran well at Phoenix, but got caught up in an accident. We'll use our info from those tracks to prepare for this weekend. I feel like that will give us a good base to start with.
"You've got to be disciplined at New Hampshire and not use up your brakes. It's easy to drive really hard early in the race and not have anything left for the end of it. Of course it's a lot easier to manage your equipment when you're running well and you have a good-handling car. It seems like you're twice as hard on it when it's not handling the way you need it to and you're fighting to get it to turn.
"We have a lot of momentum on our side. We've finished in the top 25 in five of the last six races. I'm really excited about how we're looking for the final races of the season. We may not be in the Chase, but all of the remaining races are so important to us. We need to learn all we can and collect as much information as possible so we can come back stronger next season."
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The No. 93 BK Racing team has demonstrated a consistent pattern this season. The first time that the 2012 startup team shows up at a track, they start with a fresh notebook and search via trial and error to find the best setup for the Burger King/Dr Pepper Toyota. When they revisit a track for the next race, they show up armed and ready, and their results reflect a better-prepared team. Travis Kvapil seeks to continue the trend in this weekend's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Kvapil and the No. 93 team have shown improvement each time they've returned to a track in 2012. Kvapil finished 27th at Bristol in March. On his return trip in August, he finished 18th. When he traveled to Michigan in August, he finished 15th, an 11-position improvement over his June performance. He finished 30th at Richmond in April. At Richmond in September, he finished 27th. His performance at Pocono in August yielded a one-spot pickup on his June race results. Altogether it is an average pickup of six positions on his return trips. He hopes this weekend will yield similar results on the 30th-place run he had at New Hampshire in July.
Kvapil has nine Sprint Cup Series starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His best finish is 16th place, which he captured in 2008. He has one win in Truck Series competition, which came in 2004. All but one of his six Truck Series starts have resulted in a top-10.
Comments from BK Racing Driver Travis Kvapil heading into New Hampshire:
"Loudon can be really hard on your equipment. It's flat and has tight corners, so it's easy to abuse your brakes. Your drive train can take a beating, too. You've got to remind yourself not to be so hard on them, especially early in in the race. You'll want to be your best at the end and you can't do that if your equipment is all used up.
"It's tough to pass at Loudon. Track position is crucial. It's a short race, only 300 miles, and the field gets strung out pretty quickly. There isn't a lot of time to work your way to the front, so you can't waste any time when you're in position to pass. You see a lot of guys lose their patience at Loudon and it's because there isn't enough time to wait around. If someone's holding you up, you've got to find a way around them pretty quickly or you'll never make up any distance on the leaders.
"I love short-track racing. It's always a lot of fun at Loudon. I won a Truck race at New Hampshire a few years ago. It's always a place that I look forward to going to. We struggled a little bit in our last race there, but it was OK for our first time. I think we'll show some improvement this weekend and the Burger King/Dr Pepper Toyota team will have a solid day on Sunday."
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Charlotte Motor Speedway is set to get even louder when country rockers Big & Rich “crank it up to eleven” at the Bank of America 500 Pre-Race Show Presented by Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Saturday, Oct. 13, as part of a thrilling week of speed, danger and fun.
Fans will have an opportunity to jam with the guitar-slinging, country-singing, multi-platinum selling duo, Big & Rich, as they get the speedway rocking with songs of the past and present, including those from their new album Hillbilly Jedi, set for release on Sept. 18 on Warner Bros. Records.
The concert will take place on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13, on the main stage of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s frontstretch, just before the Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Along with the rocking performance by Big & Rich, the Bank of America 500 Pre-Race Show Presented by Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will include a dangerous stunt by Guinness World Record holding daredevil and high-wire artist Nik Wallenda, who will walk the high-wire from high above the grandstands to Victory Lane, and a performance by Victoria Justice of Nickelodeon’s hit series Victorious and the feature film Fun Size, in theaters Oct. 26.
Fans who want a front row seat for the entertainment and driver introductions can purchase a special driver introductions pass for $150, which includes a wristband for frontstretch stage access to see Big & Rich, cheer on your favorite drivers up-close at the driver introductions, and get the full NASCAR experience at the afternoon pit party, featuring appearances by Richard Petty, Denny Hamlin and other NASCAR personalities. For tickets and information call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Big & Rich Bring Big-Time Fun
Together as Big & Rich, Big Kenny and John Rich have sold in excess of five million albums and have charted some 10 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.
Kenny Alphin, known professionally as Big Kenny, is a singer, songwriter, humanitarian, farmer, lover of everybody, husband, father, brother, gardener, carpenter, head honcho of the University of Creativity, producer, Muzik Mafia Godfather, welder and one creative guy. As a solo artist, he has written top 10 hits for himself and others, including Tim McGraw’s “Last Dollar,” Gretchen Wilson’s “Here For The Party,” and Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown” and “Amarillo Sky.” He has also been named BMI’s Songwriter of the Year.
John Rich’s wide-ranging creativity has led to his great success. He is a three-time consecutive ASCAP Songwriter of the Year with more than 40 Top 40 hits under his belt, 14 of which are top 10 hits and five have topped the charts. His hits include Faith Hill’s “Mississippi Girl,” Faith and Tim McGraw’s “Like We Never Loved At All,” Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown,” Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman” and “Here for the Party” and Taylor Swift’s “The Way I Loved You.” Rich is a sought-after producer who has worked with legends like Randy Owen and John Anderson, pop stars like Jewel and a host of new artists.
The biggest infield party in NASCAR just got an extra helping of a little “Shake…and Bake”. The hit movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, will be shown in the infield of Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, October 6th. The movie will follow the Florida Georgia Line concert, and is just one of the many added attractions at this year’s Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 Weekend.
The movie, which stars Will Ferrell and John C. Riley, was filmed on location at Talladega Superspeedway in 2005. Cameos from real life NASCAR drivers and personalities abound in this hilarious film based on the racing career of fictional racecar driver Ricky Bobby.
“Talladega Nights is one of our favorite movies and it’ll be a blast playing it in the infield for all our fans,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “It adds even more entertainment to a weekend that’s going to be filled with big fun and non-stop racing action.”
To gain entry to the Saturday night movie, as well as the concert, fans must present a ticket for the Sunday race or have an infield admission. The Sprint Vision screen showing the film will be located near the intersection of Talladega and Eastaboga Boulevards in the infield. The concert will begin at 7:30, and the film will begin showing immediately following the conclusion of the concert.
JR Motorsports director of competition, Ryan Pemberton, will serve as interim crew chief for the No. 7 GoDaddy.com team and driver Danica Patrick this weekend in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway, general manager Kelley Earnhardt-Miller confirmed today. Earnhardt-Miller said a crew chief for the team beyond this weekend has not been determined.
Fast and Fun Facts...
- Ron Hornaday heads to Kentucky Speedway for this weekend's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) UNOH 225 as the defending race winner.
- Hornaday is the only repeat NCWTS winner at Kentucky Speedway and will be looking to keep his grasp on that record in Friday night's 150-lap, 225-mile Kentucky 201.
- In 14 NCWTS starts at Kentucky Speedway, Hornaday is one of only three active drivers that have been to victory lane.
- Flashback... Earlier this year (June), Hornaday overcame difficult pit strategy late in the race to bring home a top-10 finish in the NCWTS UNOH 225 by finishing ninth after starting the event from the 11th position.
Success in the Bluegrass State...
Hornaday has a stacked resume in the NCWTS at Kentucky Speedway. In nine starts at the 1.5-mile track, Hornaday has earned one pole and led 141 laps en route to three wins (2006, 2009 and 2011) and six top-10 finishes. The series all-time race winner has an average start of 9.7 coupled with an average finish of 11.3 and has completed 94 percent of laps attempted (1272 of 1353). In 2011, Hornaday started second and led 42 laps to en route to victory lane.
In The Loop...
According to NASCAR's loop data statistics, Hornaday has the following stats at Kentucky:
- A driver rating of 104.8, ranking him fourth overall and second among active drivers
- Ranked third in fastest drivers late in a run with an average speed of 168.667mph.
- Tied for fourth in fastest laps run with Todd Bodine with 58
- First in laps in the top-15 with 1144
- Third in laps led with 141
This Week's No. 9 Joe Denette Motorsports Chevrolet...
Hornaday will pilot chassis No. 11 from the Joe Denette Motorsports stables in the 16th event on the 2012 NCWTS schedule at Kentucky Speedway. Built new for the 2012 season, this is the same chassis Hornaday piloted to an eighth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in August.
It's Chevy Truck Month...
Everyone Rejoice - Truck month is finally here! As a proud owner of a Chevrolet Silverado and the driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet Silverado in the NCWTS, Hornaday is happy to help spread the word about one of Chevrolet's biggest promotions, Chevy Truck Month. Just in case you needed another reason to get behind the wheel of an award-winning Chevy truck or crossover, Chevrolet is offering 0% interest for 60 months on all Silverado's or up to $8,000 in value. For more information, please visit: Chevrolet.com
Get to the Point...
Following an early wreck and a disappointing 33rd-place finish at Iowa Speedway last weekend, Hornaday is down one position to tenth in the 2012 NCWTS driver point standings heading into this weekend's event at Kentucky Speedway, 71 points out of fifth and 114 points behind leader, Ty Dillon.
A Penny For Your Thoughts...
From the driver, Ron Hornaday... "We haven't had the results we've deserved the last few weeks and it's been tough on everyone at this Joe Denette Motorsports team, including me. It's honestly been one of the toughest seasons of my career but we aren't giving up. This is a team of young but driven guys and they are working hard and we aren't far off. We haven't unloaded where we need to be but we have figured it out and had a competitive truck for the race, we just need a little luck on our side. I'm looking forward to getting back to Kentucky this weekend because it's a track I've had success at in the past. In my book, there would be no better way to rebound from the past few weeks than to have a competitive run this weekend and contend for a win. I have to thank all of our partners this weekend; Chevrolet, AKL Insurance Group and Mudslingers Contracting and especially Joe. We couldn't be out here doing what we love to do without their support."
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The final finishing position in the box score didn’t nearly tell the story of Kyle Busch’s day the last time the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visited New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon this past July.
After scoring his ninth career Sprint Cup pole, the driver of the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) jumped out to an early lead. But a pit-road speeding ticket, coupled with pit-stop issues, put the team in a hole early. Despite the issues, Busch & Company rallied back into the lead by lap 197.
But just as Busch hit pit road for right-side tires and fuel under green, an untimely caution waved for the blown engine of David Reutimann, forcing Busch to take the wave-around and start at the tail end of the lead lap in 18th, virtually ending any opportunity at a high finish.
He managed to cross the strip 16th at the wave of the checkered flag, which didn’t nearly indicate that July performance, which was in stark contrast to several disappointing runs Busch has had at New Hampshire since joining JGR in 2008. Now in his fifth season with JGR, Busch has scored just two top-fives in nine races there in the No. 18 car. Even though his results don’t show it, Busch and crew chief Dave Rogers know they hit on something in July, and they have a feeling a New Hampshire win together could be just around the corner – in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300.
Busch had enjoyed plenty of success at the “Magic Mile” at the start of his career, having scored a Sprint Cup win in July 2006 to go along with six top-10 finishes in 15 starts overall. Outside the Sprint Cup ranks, Busch has scored three wins, one pole and four top-five results in seven NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Loudon to go along with three wins, one pole and six top-10 finishes in six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at the 1.058-mile oval.
Might this finally be the weekend Busch, Rogers, and the M&M’s team will have things fall into place for them in the form of a magical finish together at the “Magic Mile? If the last trip there is any indication, they could be the ones to watch come Sunday afternoon.
No. 55 Freightliner/Jet Edge Toyota driver Brian Vickers’ limited but amazingly successful NASCAR Sprint Cup season at Michael Waltrip Racing continues this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Sunday’s race marks the seventh of eight scheduled appearances for Vickers who has earned three top-five finishes in 2012. He finished fifth at Bristol in March and posted fourth-place finishes at Sonoma and at his most recent race in Bristol last month. Vickers shares the No. 55 with Mark Martin and Michael Waltrip. His only remaining Sprint Cup race is at Martinsville on Oct. 28.
Vickers has tested for MWR in 2012 and raced with team co-owner Rob Kauffman in sports car races in Belgium, Le Mans and will race Sept. 29 with Kauffman in Bahrain.
VICKERS ON NEW HAMPSHIRE: “It’s going to be great to get back to New Hampshire. We had a great car at the end of the race last time we were there. It will be a solid platform to start from. The energy level of the whole organization has been elevated now that the Chase has started. All of MWR should be proud of the accomplishments of this season. Having Clint and Martin in the Chase is a big feat. I know that feeling from when I made it in 2009. It shows how hard the entire team has worked. It's no different on the No. 55. (Crew Chief) Rodney (Childers) has had to work with three different drivers and each week puts awesome Toyotas on the track for myself, Mark, and Michael.
“We had an amazing run the second time back to Bristol, so I know we can build on our first race at New Hampshire and have a great showing for the people of Freightliner and Jet Edge who are on board this week. They are very loyal partners to the organization and we appreciate their support whether it's getting our cars to the track each week or helping to save time and money fabricating new parts in the shop.”
Rocktape, the world's strongest brand of kinesiology tape will be used by Turner Motorsports pit crew to help prevent injuries, promote recovery and provide muscle support. Worn by athletes all over the world, Rocktape will help Turner Motorsports drivers and pit crew team keep up with the intense physical demands of being on the racetrack.
Rocktape (www.rocktape.com) is a hi-tech athletic kinesiology tape that can be used to treat a wide variety of sports injuries or increase performance. When applied to an area of the body, Rocktape improves circulation. This increase in circulation helps reduce fatigue or can help accelerate the healing process. Rocktape can also be used to help prevent injuries by providing extra stability to a joint without reducing range of movement. With Rocktape, athletes are able to perform stronger, longer.
Pit crew team members are trained to respond quickly in the most extreme circumstances. In order to increase and maintain their stamina, Turner Motorsports pit crew team members are now encouraged to CrossFit®, a circuit method of rigorous exercise designed to build strength and endurance.
"Our crew will be in great physical condition this year, but muscle strain and injury can happen no matter how fit you are and it's important for the pit crew to recover faster," said Ted Bullard of Turner Motorsports. "Rocktape is simply amazing the way that it works -- gets them back on the race track quickly, healed faster."
Greg van den Dries, CEO of Rocktape agrees. "We are excited to partner with Turner Motorsports and support their crew with Rocktape. Injuries that heal faster not only improve physical performance but can boost confidence."
Rocktape will supply the Turner Motorsports pit crew with Rocktape, Rock Sauce®, a powerful pain relieving lotion, and pHast Legs a product that reduces muscle soreness and decreases recovery time. Combined or used separately, any athlete or sports enthusiast can benefit from the increased stamina, pain relief and endurance that these products provide.
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Texas Motor Speedway's recently unveiled "No Limits" Wild Asphalt Circus marketing theme will have a heavy influence on the "No Limits" Garage Party presented by WinStar World Casino for the upcoming AAA Texas 500 with death-defying performances, carnival rides and games, and even an intriguing sideshow.
The new theme will be fully integrated into the "No Limits" Garage Party presented by WinStar World Casino on Sunday, Nov. 4, prior to the AAA Texas 500 as the LiftMaster Garage will be transformed into a festive carnival highlighted by a 70-foot dive by seven-time, high-dive world-record holder Dana Kunze.
The LiftMaster Garage will include a 50,000 gallon-sized pool for a "No Limits"-themed high dive show. Diving performances include a fire dive with pyrotechnics, springboard diving, 10-meter tower diving and special comedy diving routine.
Kunze and his dive group will not be the only performers with death-defying acts as motorcycle riders will thrill fans as they spin around the 19x14 foot, 7,000-pound, fire-engulfed Globe of Death.
A full carnival setup with a fun house, bumper cars and drop tower ride will be on display. A sideshow tent will interest fans with its world of oddities, wonders and curiosities such as Professor Phineaus T. Barker, The Headless Woman, Contortionist Snake Lady, Paci The Snake Charming Princess, Siamese Twins Irene and I-Lean, Madame Gigi La Busch The Bearded Lady, Jo-Jo the Dog-Faced Boy, Jason The Clown and The Sword Swallower.
The Fort Worth-based group Vocal Trash will bring its unique sounds performed on recycled musical instruments to the "No Limits" Garage Party entertainment stage that also includes NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and VIP guest Q&A sessions.
The "No Limits" Garage Party presented by WinStar World Casino will begin at 9:30 a.m. CT prior to the AAA Texas 500, the eighth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup that begins at 2 p.m. The garage party event is exclusive to PSL, season-ticket and AAA Texas 500 Weekend 4-Pack holders.