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Bill McAnally Racing’s trio of drivers look to finish the season strong as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West heads into its final three events of the year.
The series heads to Idaho this week for the NAPA AUTO PARTS Idaho 208 at Meridian Speedway on Saturday.
BMR drivers Cole Rouse and Derek Kraus are third and fourth in the championship standings, respectively, and aim to gain points on their competition as the season winds down. Their BMR teammate, Hailie Deegan, is sixth in the standings and wants to build on her momentum to finish in the top five for the season and capture this year’s Rookie of the Year Award.
Rouse, who drives the No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota Camry, has turned in a very consistent performance this year – with five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 11 starts. The 21-year-old from Fort Smith, Arkansas is coming off a sixth-place finish on the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Rouse finished fourth at Meridian in 2016, in his only previous series start at the quarter-mile oval.
Kraus – a 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver who wheels the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry – leads the series in terms of most wins so far this year, with three victories, and also has the most pole awards, with four. The Stratford, Wisconsin teenager is seven points behind Rouse in the standings. Overall this season, Kraus has six top fives and eight top 10s. He finished fifth as a rookie last year at Meridian.
Deegan, also a 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver, heads to Idaho with momentum on her side as she prepares to make her 12th career start in the No. 19 Mobil 1 / NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry. At Las Vegas, she became the first female driver to win a pole award in the history of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, and then went on to win her heat race and finish second in the feature event. The Temecula, California resident – who transitioned from off-road racing to full-bodied stock cars – has registered four top-five and nine top-10 series finishes.
In advance of this week’s race, the BMR team will make a special appearance for the Dyson Group at a store front sales event at the NAPA AUTO PARTS Store in Meridian on Friday.
A large turnout of NAPA guests is expected for a VIP Hospitality at the track on Saturday. NAPA’s role as event sponsor, meanwhile, will provide the opportunity to be part of the pre-race and post-race ceremonies.
The Meridian event, the 12th of a 14-race schedule, is scheduled to be televised on NBCSN on Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. PT.
DGR-Crosley announced today that they have parted ways with Tyler Dippel ahead of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East finale at Dover International Speedway.
A replacement driver for the No. 54 Toyota Camry has yet to be named.
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Redemption for one, coronation for another.
After getting passed for the lead in the winding laps, Brandon McReynolds capitalized on a green-white-checkered finish to win the Apple Barrel 125 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday.
It is the first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory of McReynolds' career in his 24th attempt dating back to 2011.
Despite a 13th place finish, Tyler Ankrum clinched the 2018 K&N Pro East title with one race remaining. Ankrum, a 17-year-old native of San Bernardino, California had yet to finish outside of the top 10 prior to today's race, however, with teammate Tyler Dippel finishing just one spot ahead in 12th, Ankrum leads Dippel by 50 points; The maximum a driver can earn in an event is 48.
Ankrum has four wins with an average finish of 4.3 this season.
After winning the pole Friday and leading the field to green, Derek Kraus was able to pull out to the early lead before trading the top spot with McReynolds on a restart at Lap 29. The two would go back and forth for the lead several times throughout the race, including a late race pass on Lap 121 when Kraus dove under McReynolds to take over the lead with just four laps remaining.
A single car incident brought out the caution which set up NASCAR overtime, giving McReynolds another shot.
As the field rolled towards the green, Kraus spun his tires and McReynolds pounced. Two laps later he took his N0.74 Visconti Motorsports Chevrolet to New Hampshire Motor Speedway Victory Lane, something he has waited to do for a long, long time.
"It was pretty wild" said McReynolds. "I've always watched a lot of film on this place seeing races of my Dad when he won here so it's a pretty special place to me -- they call it the 'Magic Mile' which is pretty fitting."
"Every race is important but especially the ones that I've seen my Dad have success at is really important to me."
Brandon's father, Larry, is a 23-time NASCAR Cup Series winning crew chief including a 1996 win here at New Hampshire.
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While it was all smiles in one camp, it was heartbreak in another. Kraus came two laps from winning his fourth K&N Pro Series race of the season and was forced to settle for a runner-up result.
"We had a really good car today so I feel like we should have won that one" Kraus said. "I feel like overall we had a really good DGR-Crosley Toyota, we just didn't get it done."
The Apple Barrel 125 will air via tape delay on Thursday, Sept 27 at 6:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Toyota driver Tyler Ankrum added to his accolades in what has already been a standout rookie season, clinching the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) championship with a 13th-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon.
“It’s been a really fun weekend,” said Ankrum. “We fought the balance all day today, but overall it was an awesome race. I had a lot of fun out there knowing that every position mattered. My DGR-Crosley team helped keep me motivated and calm throughout the race. These guys work so hard, I just can’t say enough how proud I am of them and thankful for them. It was a hectic race and an issue about halfway through caused us to pit off schedule. We ended up 13th, but we were still able to clinch. I’ve just had a blast with this team all year. I still haven’t wrapped my head around it, but it’s an awesome feeling. We’ve got one more to go at Dover and I can’t wait to get there, contend for the win and celebrate this Championship with my guys.”
The 17-year-old, California-native clinched the championship behind the strength of four victories and 12 top-10 finishes in 13 races so far this season. Ankrum joined David Gilliland Racing at the start of 2018, contributing to Toyota’s almost perfect season sweep as the manufacturer has had a Camry in victory lane at all but two races thus far.
“What an incredible rookie year for Tyler,” said Laura Pierce, motorsports general manager for Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). “To watch him excel in K&N Pro Series competition and not only win four races, but also claim Toyota’s second-consecutive driver’s championship – all at just 17 years old – is a remarkable feat. We can’t wait to celebrate this accomplishment with him.”
With one race remaining in the NKNPSE season, Ankrum has become the fifth Toyota driver to capture a NKNPSE title, joining Ryan Truex (2009 and 2010), Max Gresham (2011), Kyle Larson (2012) and Harrison Burton (2017). Toyota drivers have now captured a combined 11 championships in the NKNPSE (six) and NKNPSW (five).
Ankrum and the NKNPSE will close the 2018 season at Dover International Speedway on Friday, Oct. 5.
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Stewart Friesen found himself in a familiar place on Friday, Victory Lane at Fonda Speedway. However, this win was a little different from any of the others. This time Stewart Friesen picked up his first career DIRTcar 358 Modified tour win. Friesen passed Bobby Varin midway through the race and successfully fended off Varin’s challenges. Varin finished second while veteran driver Pat Ward crossed the finish line in third place.
With a time-limit set by Mother Nature, DIRTcar officials and track workers propitiously sped the show along to beat the heavy storms rolling through New York. In Heat Race action, the Gypsum Racing team took both wins. Pat Ward drag-raced Stewart Friesen down the front stretch and into turn one to take the lead and win for Heat Race 1. In the second Heat Race, Larry Wight left the field behind for to complete the Gypsum sweep.
Bobby Varin and Stewart Friesen brought the field to the green flag for the 60-lap Feature event. Varin jumped out into an early lead and caught up to lapped traffic. Then it was 10 laps into the race and Friesen began closing in for the kill. Two laps in a row Friesen took runs at Varin but the no. 76 kept him at bay. On lap 17 the no. 44 got under Varin and completed the winning pass down the front stretch.
In Victory Lane Stewart Friesen commented, “It was hammer down. My Dad drew us a good pill to start us up front. Bobby got going there with a good lead and I kinda thought it was game over. He got bottled up by lapped traffic and we were able to slip by and hold him off.”
It was a fast, clean race with some heavy-hitters racing hard mid-pack. Matt Sheppard moved himself up to third and was pressuring second-place running Bobby Varin before pulling off with a mechanical failure. Heat Race winner Pat Ward benefited from the breakdown and finished third. Finally, Ransomville Speedway and Land of Legends Raceway Track Champion Erick Rudolph figured out the tricky Fonda Speedway oval well enough to take fourth.
The Southern Region DIRTcar 358 Modified season has concluded and the Northern Region finishes their schedule tomorrow before the combined events take over. The Northern Region goes for 100 laps at Autodrome Drummond on Saturday, September 22. The first combined race is at Utica-Rome Speedway to kick off NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week on Tuesday, October 2.
Feature (60 Laps)
1. 44-Stewart Friesen ; 2. 76-Bobby Varin ; 3. 42p-Pat Ward ; 4. 25-Erick Rudolph ; 5. 22J-Jeremy Wilder ; 6. 32r-Ronnie Davis ; 7. 111-Demetrios Drellos ; 8. 2RJ-Ronnie Johnson ; 9. 83x-Tim Sears ; 10. 98-Ryan Bartlett ; 11. 16-Aaron Jacobs ; 12. 121-Matt Sheppard ; 13. 55-Rich Ricci ; 14. 99L-Larry Wight ; 15. 1J-Rocky Warner ; 16. 19M-Jessey Mueller 
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The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway is supposed to be an “away game” for the more than 100 teams that will battle to win the richest, most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock race in the nation.
Don’t try to tell that to the five drivers racing out of the Nelson Motorsports’ shop that is based in Martinsville, also home to several of team owner Barry Nelson’s auto dealerships.
Defending race winner Timothy Peters heads up the of list of Nelson Motorsports’ drivers that also includes team regulars Bobby McCarty and Brandon Pierce. Matt Bowling, the 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion will be joining the team for the VSCU 300 on Saturday, September 29, after making several starts for the team this season.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Todd Gilliland will be driving a car owned by truck series crew chief Marcus Richmond that is housed and prepared in the Nelson shop.
“Barry does a lot of things for the community in Martinsville and the track is right there in the heart of Martinsville,” said McCarty. “It is a home race for us.”
“With Danville so close and my dad’s business (his sponsor, Thunder Road Harley-Davidson) there and with everything Barry does for the community, it has the feel of a home race,” said Pierce, noting that Peters lives a short drive from the historic Martinsville oval. “And I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t some pressure with all of the folks from Barry’s dealerships coming out and family and friends coming out and pulling for us.”
The Nelson Motorsports group of drivers come into Martinsville riding the wave of a strong season, producing seven wins between four different drivers. McCarty and Pierce have campaigned regularly on the CARS Response Energy Tour while Peters and Bowling have competed in select events.
A couple of the team’s wins came in marquee races. NASCAR Cup driver Denny Hamlin won his own charity event … the Denny Hamlin Short-Track Showdown in a Nelson owned-and-prepared Late Model while Peters won the prestigious season-opening Icebreaker at Myrtle Beach Speedway.
McCarty has put together a dominant rookie season on the CARS Tour with four wins in 11 starts to lead the season-long points battle with one race remaining.
Pierce captured one pole on the CARS Tour and picked up a win in a 75-lapper at South Boston Speedway, where he made a couple of starts when the CARS Tour was idle.
“We’ve had a phenomenal year,” said McCarty, whose wins came at Hickory Speedway, Carteret Speedway, Ace Speedway and Tri-Counties Speedway. “I’ve won races in CARS, which for me was big and racing and winning on different tracks.”
Hurricane Florence’s recent path through the heart of Late Model Stock country in Virginia and the Carolinas forced Martinsville Speedway management to shuffle the VSCU 300 schedule, postponing the traditional test day the week before the race and moving it into the race-week schedule on Thursday, September 27.
That schedule change should have little impact on the five Nelson entries, Peters said.
“It’s going to affect everybody some,” Peters said of the change. “You don’t have that extra week to fluff on the car. From experience, though, I don’t think it will affect any of the drivers out of this shop because of the notebook we have (on Martinsville) and the quality of our drivers.”
Gilliland, one the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series bright young stars, will be making his first start in a car prepared in the Nelson shop. The car is owned by Richmond, who is Gilliland’s truck series crew chief at Kyle Busch Motorsports. Richmond is also Peters’ best friend and served as his crew chief for many years.
“Marcus has been a big part of this. He brought it to Barry and I appreciate him doing that,” said Peters, noting Richmond was instrumental in attracting Busch to the team to drive in the Denny Hamlin Short-Track Showdown earlier in the year. “Marcus and I have had a lot of success together over the years.”
The Nelson drivers have experienced success at Martinsville. Peters had two wins in this event in addition to a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory. McCarty has led laps and won a heat race in the VSCU 300. Pierce finished ninth last year in his first Martinsville feature start.
“I really feel good about our program going into this race,” said Pierce. “I’ve always felt good there, but I feel really good this time.
“What makes Martinsville so special is it’s equal across the board, so when you have all the knowledge across the board like we have, and with the success like Timothy has had, it’s big.”
NELSON NOTES: It’s Gilliland’s first Martinsville start for Nelson Motorsports, but he led laps in this race several years ago in a family-owned car…Sponsors for the five-team effort will include Castrol, Solid Rock Carriers, Joe R. Pyle Complete Auction, Lawrence Heating and Cooling, Surrey Precision Tools, Liquid Performance, Blue Ridge Color Company, Honda Generators, AR Bodies, BST, Hopkins Lumber, Thunder Road Harley-Davidson, Daniels Glass, Clements Racing Engines, Charlie Long Racing Engines and Crosley. Autosbynelson.com will appear on all five cars…Open practice for the ValleyStar Credit Union is Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Qualifying is 8 p.m. Friday. The first of four 25-lap qualifying races begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday with the 200-lap feature scheduled for an 8 p.m. start.
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Thirteen-year-old Ryan Rackley completed a successful week by driving to victory lane on Friday night in Legends car competition at Anderson Motor Speedway.
The phenomenon that is the Trenton Indoor Dirt Nationals just keeps on getting bigger with over 100 of the 600cc wingless Micro Sprint entries already confirmed for the expanded three days of racing. The second annual event, sponsored by Oliver Communications Group, Hoosier Racing Tires, and VP Racing Fuels will again be held at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, N.J. with racing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night December 13th – 15th.
Tickets for the Thursday and Friday split nights of preliminary qualifying races and Saturday’s main-event night are now on sale one-line or at the stadium box office. Racing will start at 7 PM on Thursday and Friday, 5 PM on Saturday.
The massive Micro Sprint field will be split in half for Thursday and Friday evening programs. All cars will compete during Saturday’s main event program. The Thursday and Friday events will feature heat races and A-Qualifier main events. The top two finishers in each feature will go directly into Saturday, December 15th main event. Points earned throughout each night programs will be used to lineup alphabet mains for Saturday night’s main event program.
Promoter Len Sammons emphasized that the limit of 120 entries, due to the physical limitations of the arena, is absolute. A list of what drivers are presently competing each night is posted and will be updated as they are received at indoorautoracing.com.
The Thursday program will also feature Slingshot competition, consisting of two heats and a 20-lap main event. Friday’s support class will be the Champ Karts running a similar program. The top 20 drivers in the 2017 Indoor Auto Racing Series have been invited to the Slingshot and Champ Kart invitational event. Additional entries, if needed, will fill in the 20 spots.
A range of different price tickets are available for the three days. Thursday will feature $15 adult general admission with children under 12 just $5.
On Friday and Saturday lower and upper level reserve seats are offered. General admission upper-level seating, where children are admitted for just $5, is available as a less costly alternative without the guarantee of specific seats. Front row or suite tickets are available Friday and Saturday. A special pit area tour prior to the start of racing action is a bonus for those premium seats on Saturday.
Tickets are also on sale for the 2019 Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels opener on the concrete floor of Allentown’s PPL Center on Friday and Saturday January 4th and 5th. The series then stops in Atlantic City, N.J.’s Boardwalk Hall on January 25-26, 2019.
The NASCAR Foundation today announced that it has partnered with Feed the Children to provide aid and relief to the victims of Hurricane Florence. As a result, trucks filled with food, hygiene products and cleaning supplies are deployed in needed areas beginning with Belhaven, NC.
The NASCAR Foundation has also launched a Hurricane Disaster Relief donation page that provides NASCAR Nation with one place to band together and make donations to the many affected by Florence and its aftermath. One-hundred percent of the financial contributions made at www.nascarfoundation.org/hurricane will be used toward storm relief efforts.
“Many in the Carolinas are still suffering and our hearts go out to all of the victims of Hurricane Florence,” said NASCAR Vice Chairman and The NASCAR Foundation Board Chairman and President Mike Helton. “Feed the Children is a great organization that gets much-needed food and supplies to those impacted by natural disasters. "We encourage all of the NASCAR Family to lend a hand in any way they can. Whether it's by volunteering, donating or helping spread the word through social media…Every effort helps!”
“We are committed to helping those affected by the devastation of Hurricane Florence in their recovery efforts,” said John Ricketts, Director of Disaster Services at Feed the Children. “We continue to work with our partners, like NASCAR, to distribute much-needed food and supplies. We are calling on communities and partners across the U.S to help our neighbors in their time of need.”
SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90 to Host Special
On Wed., Sept. 26, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90 will dedicate the 10 a.m. ET hour during “The Morning Drive” to help encourage donations and raise awareness for the victims of the storm and highlight the efforts of the industry as well as The NASCAR Foundation. Hosts Mike Bagley and Pete Pistone will speak with an assortment of special guests.
Industry Also Joining Relief Effort
Today’s announcement complements work already underway across the NASCAR industry. For example, Brad and Paige Keselowski are collecting donations that will be used toward the purchase of fuel for first responders. Krissie Newman sent a fleet of trucks to help rescue and relocate pets. Brett Moffitt is hosting a fundraising campaign where one lucky donor will receive a trip for two to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finale in Miami.
In addition, several tracks in the southeast are opening campgrounds for those displaced by the storm including Charlotte Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.
As far north as the Granite State, NASCAR fans are pitching in to help. The touring series will be collecting supplies during the three races being held this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. These items will be combined with a collection of supplies from NASCAR and Roush Yates Engines employees in the Greater Charlotte area and Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) will be delivering them to Goldsboro, NC, to provide aid to the five surrounding counties. Additionally, MRO – along with the Waltrip Bros Charity Championship – will deliver trucks from Feed the Children to Jacksonville, N.C., Leland, N.C., and to Camp Lejeune.