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Leslie Donegan was named Ms. Motorsports 2018 Saturday at the PPB Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show. The 23-year old beauty from Macungie, Pa., won the competition over 19 others in the event sponsored by Oliver Construction.  The new Ms. Motorsports was crowned by Taylor Albert, the 2017 Ms. Motorsports.

 Taylor Fullin, 20, of Danielsville, Pa., was the first runner-up. Amanda Nance, 26, of Ronda, N.C., and Andrea Cap, 27, of York, Pa., were co-second runners-up.

 Roger Grover, 57 of Bordentown, N.J., was presented the Joe Pratt Memorial Dedication Award by Show Organizer Len Sammons prior to the beginning of the pageant. Grover has been a Show staff member for the last 33 consecutive Motorsports Show.

 “I learned a lot from Joe, who was a friend,” Grover said. “His people skills were amazing and his friendship meant a lot to me.”

 Matt Sheppard, David Gravel, Matt Hirschman and Mike Sweeney were presented plaques and cash awards by Area Auto Racing News as the 2018 season’s biggest winners in Dirt Modifieds, Open Cockpit, Asphalt Modified and Asphalt Late Model. Sheppard, additionally, was acknowledged as the biggest winner of 2018 overall among all classes.

 “It’s going to be difficult to have the same kind of year this year and I did last,” Sheppard admitted. “But that’s what I am going to try my best to achieve.”

 Three-time NASCAR Monster Cup driving champion Tony Stewart, 20-time World Of Outlaws Sprint Car champion Steve Kinser and past NASCAR Crew Chief and current on-air personality Larry McReynolds were kept busy for hours signing autographs and posing for pictures with adoring fans.

 Exhibitors were conducting a steady stream of business throughout the day and into the evening of the Show.

 “We always do well at this show. This year is one of the best since we have been coming here,” Keith Hoffman, owner of Hoffman Speed Supplies in New Tripoli, Pa. “Friday was good, today was really good.”

 ERK Wheel Repair, owned by Eric Kormann, was similarly impressed by the spending habits of the traffic flow.

 “I’ve been doing this show for five years as an exhibitor, Kormann offered. “Today has been non-stop people. Some are my customers, but a lot of them just learned about ERK today.”

 The third and final day of the PPB Motorsports 2018 Show will be given over to the younger race fans with Kids Big Wheel Racing and the Little Ms. Motorsports pageant. Ms. Motorsports 2018 will crown the Little Ms. winner.

 Tickets for Sunday, the final day of the Show, are $15.00 daily with children under 12 admitted free. 

 Dates for the 2019 Motorsports Show will be announced shortly.

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The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series raised the curtain on the first details of the Oval World Challenge, the brand new and exciting event taking place in France that will close the Euro NASCAR regular season on June 30 - July 1st, by presenting the official OWC logo. 

Highlighted by a dynamic and racy design, the Oval World Challenge logo will accompany fans and competitors in the build-up towards the biggest new entry in the Euro NASCAR calendar, a unique event designed to attract drivers from all over the world to battle lap after lap on the 650-meter banked short track built inside the Parc des Expositions of Tours.

The NASCAR GP of France will also feature a spectacular support program as the Legends Cars Cup and the Drift-GP will entertain the fans between the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series races to make the Oval World Challenge even more unforgettable for the fans.

Auto Hebdo, the most popular motorsport magazine in France, will dedicate its traditional racing calendar poster to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and the Oval World Challenge. The latest issue of Auto Hebdo will be available in print and digital format on Monday, January 22.

Event format and prize money of the Oval World Challenge will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

NASCAR Euro Series PR

Ken Squier, the name says it all. When you'd turn on the tv during the 80's and 90's, Ken Squier's voice would fill up your room giving you the sense he was talking to you.

Squier played a vital role on getting CBS to televise live coverage of the 1979 Daytona 500. The rest is history. The final lap of the race when Cale Yarbrough and Bobby Allison beat and bang which led to them ultimately wrecking and Richard Petty would go onto to win the race. But it was probably what happened after the race that got everyones attention. Those four famous words, "And there's a fight" would not only cornerstone Squier's career but also reel in audiences from around the world into NASCAR.

Squier spoke with NASCAR.com's Holly Cain on what it meat to finally have CBS in the motorsports world.

“Having them, CBS, take an interest in it. ... we did a group of races before we ever did the Daytona 500 and they did so well. It was like everything the network did in those days. They spent the time, spent the energy, forethought to really put together what it was about.

Squier would go onto announce for CBS and TBS until 1997 before going into Studio Hosts for NASCAR.

Squier continues to enlighten fans around the globe today and next time your'e at any Northern automobile race or NASCAR race and happen to hear a northern voice, it's more than likely Ken Squier.

 

One of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series elite drivers, Ron Hornaday Jr. will have a second residency now at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. 

Given his first opportunity on NASCAR's truck series by no other than the intimidator himself Dale Earnhardt Sr., Hornaday quickly became a force to be reckoned with on the track.

Ron Hornaday Jr. spoke with Holly Cain about how is journey in the truck series was more than just a couple year span.

“They [NASCAR] had a five-year plan for the trucks and I think the first year, we exceeded that five-year plan of what we thought it was going to do," said Hornaday, who also exceeded his own expectations, winning 51 races in a four-championship 17-year career competing in the truck series. Three of his four titles came after the age of 40. He won the 2009 championship at the age of 51.

Hornaday was not only dominate in the truck series but as-well at the Xfinity Series. Hornaday won four times in the Xfinity Series and finished a series high third in the championship standings.

Hornaday's laid back attitude made him a fan favorite around the garage. Hornaday was welcoming to all drivers off the track but when the green flag waved he showed his immortal ways of dominance on the track, often beating drivers double his age.

Hornaday played a vital role in the Camping World Truck Series, drawing in fans to see his combative ways on the track. 

Winning race after race sometimes, Hornaday proved why he belongs in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

 

 

The doors swung open in the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center Friday afternoon at 2:00 PM on Friday, January 19 and by the end of day one, PPB Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show exhibitors reported excellent sales and plenty of mingling with either existing business contacts or new ones.

 “We like to be right at the center of the show,” commented Bridgeport Speedway promoter Brian Ramey. “And our location is right the middle of the show. All of our officials are here, a lot of our fans are here and we’re meeting people who have never before been to our track.”

 At the Coastal 181 Booth, Lew Boyd and Cary Stratton had trouble keeping many of the books they were selling on their shelves.

 “It’s been crazy busy this afternoon,” Boyd said. “I can’t imagine what tomorrow is going to be like.”

 The main event of Day One was a racing themed rendition of ‘The Tonight Show’, featuring racing personalities Dino Oberto and Bob Marlow and produced by Gary Mondschein.  The production, which featured drivers who had raced at the Pine Brook Speedway, played to an enthusiastic ‘studio audience’.

 Day Two of the Motorsports Show will begin at 11:00 AM with the doors opening.  At 12:00 Noon, NASCAR Superstar Tony Stewart will be “in the house” to sign autographs until 2:00 PM.  NASCAR Crew Chief and on-air personality Larry McReynolds will be making an autograph signing appearance on Saturday afternoon starting at 1:30 PM while Steve Kinser, the winningest 410 Sprint Car driver of all time, will sign autographs and meet and greet fans from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

 Saturday’s events will reach its culmination with the crowning of Ms. Motorsports 2018, sponsored by Oliver Construction.  Ms. Motorsports 2017, Taylor Albert, will crown her successor at the end of the competition.

 The final day of Motorsports 2018, Sunday, Jan. 21, will be dedicated in large measure to the interests of the younger racing fans.  Show doors swing open at 11:00 AM. Kids Big Wheel races, a tradition of the Motorsports Show, will be conducted on a special track while the Little Ms. Motorsports pageant will be held for ‘future Ms. Motorsports contestants’.  One of the first official duties of Ms. Motorsports 2018 will be the crowning of Little Ms. Motorsports.

 The 34th Motorsports Show will continue until 4:00 PM Sunday afternoon.

 Dates for the 35th Motorsports Show will be announced shortly.

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Red Byron, the first NASCAR driver to see victory lane in both the Modified Series and the Monster Energy Cup Series.

In 1941, his world changed. on his 58th mission he injured his leg in an aircraft accident during his stance in World War II. Byron's team made for him a leg brace that would make it bearable to race while still battling the leg injury. His tough nature made him the sports 

Red Byron teamed up with Raymond Parks and those two together was a tremendous team. Winning the first modified championship in 1948 and NASCAR's first premier series champion, Byron started where all drivers hoped to follow "victory lane."

"In so many ways he was the perfect first champion," the late NASCAR Chairman Bill France Jr. once said of Byron. "A guy who loved racing so much, he refused to give it up. And he loved his country so much he gave it all he had."

Over his three years in NASCAR, Byron won two championships (Modified-1948, NASCAR-1949).

At the premier level, Byron scored two victories as-well as two poles.

His immense talent led him to success on the track and off as Byron becomes the newest member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. 

 

Ray Evernham, an accomplished crew-chief with Jeff Gordon for 3 of Gordon's 4 championships (1995, 97, and 98) will be welcomed into the 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame class. 

In just seven NASCAR seasons, Evernham amassed 47 premier series wins with Jeff Gordon and the N0.24 Rainbow Warriors team.

Ray Evernham spoke with NASCAR.com's Holly Cain on how his coaching experties led him to being a successful crew-chief.

“You know, there’s a big difference in what I call 'coaching' and 'managing,'" Evernham said. “I don’t like to be a manager. I don’t like to be a business-type manager where you’re just directing people. But I really enjoyed the coaching, working with people together, solving problems, being part of a team, that kind of environment.

“Whether I should try to think I deserve to be even mentioned in a Lombardi style or not, that’s kind of who I patterned after. Tough on people, drive them hard, but cared about them. You’ve got to be able to have that compassion along with determination.

“That part I enjoyed. I loved working down on the floor with the guys. I loved being at the race track.’’

Evernham left Hendrick Motorsports in 2001 to pursue a new venture in the sport as an owner. Opening Evernham Motorsports in 2001, Ray Evernham compiled 15 premier series wins as an owner.

Evernham says he's "blown away" with the fact that he's getting inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

Entering the Hall of Fame after a 20 plus year run in the sport, Evernham can now call himself a Hall of Famer.

 

Red Byron

Born: March 12, 1915

Died: Nov. 11, 1960 Hometown: Anniston, Ala.

Championships (2)

Premier – 1949RAY

Modified – 1948

Premier Series Stats

Competed: 1949-51

Starts: 15

Wins: 2

Poles: 2

RAY EVERNHAM

Born: Aug. 26, 1957

Hometown: Hazlet, N.J.

Championships (3)

Premier – 1995, ’97, ‘98 (crew chief)

Premier Series Crew Chief Stats

Competed: 1992-99

Starts: 213

Wins: 47

Poles: 30

RON HORNADAY JR.

Born: June 20, 1958

Hometown: Palmdale, Calif.

Championships (6)

Truck – 1996, ‘98, 2007, ‘09

Elite Division, Southwest – 1992, ‘93

Truck Series Stats Competed: 1995-99, 2002, 2004-14

Starts: 360

Wins: 51

Poles: 27

KEN SQUIER

Born: April 10, 1935

Hometown: Waterbury, Vt.

ROBERT YATES

Born: April 19, 1943

Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.

Championships (2)

Premier – 1999 (owner); 1983 (engine builder)

Premier Series Owner Stats Competed: 1989-2007

Starts: 1,155

Wins: 57

Poles: 48

GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the world's largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, is back to power Danica Patrick's historic racing finale with primary sponsorships in both the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500. The two marquee auto races, being dubbed the "Danica Double," mark an end to what is considered the most successful career of any woman in racing history – and the beginning of Danica's next chapter as an entrepreneur and business owner.

In addition to the high-profile race sponsorships, GoDaddy is supporting Danica's life-after-racing by powering the online presence for her business endeavors related to health, apparel and wine – all of which are enriched with her brand and GoDaddy's savvy in helping people turn their business dreams into reality.

"This is definitely the way I want to finish my racing career – at these two iconic races, backed by my iconic, long-time sponsor," said Patrick. "GoDaddy was there for me when my career was just really starting so it's exciting to be getting back in the GoDaddy 'green' for my final two races. Our brands have always been powerful together, and I think it's awesome to have them at my side when I go 'all in' with my businesses after racing."

Danica has been referred to as "the most recognizable female athlete on the planet," and "the woman who changed NASCAR forever." She's the only woman to have led laps at both the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500, a feat achieved by only 13 other drivers in the history of the sport.

Danica's history with GoDaddy dates back more than a decade. GoDaddy signed her in 2006, just after she launched her career and two years before she made history as the first woman to win an IndyCar race in 2008. Then, in 2010, GoDaddy ushered Danica into NASCAR as her primary sponsor before she made history as the first woman to win the pole position at the Daytona 500 in 2013.

"You could say, 'we're getting the band back together," said Chief Marketing Officer Barb Rechterman. "It makes sense in that our goals are so well-aligned – she's passionate, tenacious and creative just like so many of our customers who are also looking to leverage the power of the Internet and turn their 'side hustle' into a full-time business. Danica absolutely epitomizes the heart of our GoDaddy customers. We love it."

Danica has already forged into new career territory, having authored a fitness book, entitled Pretty Intense, released earlier this month, and launched her Warrior clothing line. She also owns a California vineyard, Somnium, which is Latin for the word "dream."

"Having business ideas outside of your primary career can be overwhelming. It takes guts to go after a side hustle full time," Patrick said. "Helping you get your ideas out of your head and making them a reality is what GoDaddy is all about – getting online with a domain name and website tells the world you are open for business and ready to go."                                                                       

Danica is one of TIME's Most Influential People, and in what is shaping up to be the 'Year of the Woman,' Danica is sure to soak in the spotlight for her final NASCAR event, the Daytona 500, one month from today, February 18. She's planning to unveil her special Daytona 500 GoDaddy car next month.

Danica's final race is the Indianapolis 500, where she made history as the first woman to lead the most laps, 19, in her 2005 rookie season. "I don't think I could have written a better ending to my racing career – driving my last laps on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway … although winning it with GoDaddy would obviously be the icing on the cake," said Patrick. She has driven some of her best open-wheel races at the Brickyard, including earning a podium spot in 2009 with a third-place finish.

Danica transcends racing, in large part because of her ability to compete in a male-dominated sport. Danica did more than drive for GoDaddy. Over the years, she has appeared in 13 GoDaddy Super Bowl commercials, earning her the distinction as the celebrity in the most "big game" ads ever.

"We have always believed in Danica – and how she is inspired to set big goals, even in the face of adversity. We invite everyone to join us in watching how this next chapter unfolds out on the track, and then stay tuned for how she reinvents herself post-racing," said Rechterman.

To find out how you can create your own website, or get coaching from our personalized customer service, visit: www.GoDaddy.com

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The PPB Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show, which officially opens on Friday, Jan. 19 inside the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa., is moving into the Center’s 250,000 square feet of exhibitor space.

 As of Thursday afternoon, a little over twenty hours before the Show’s doors open to the public at 2:00 PM Friday, an estimated 75% of the more than 150 commercial exhibitors and a like percentage of the 250 race cars registered for the Show were in the building.

 “The weather is good for move-in day and we’re seeing more and more of our exhibitors arriving earlier than usual,” Len Sammons, show organizer, said. “And with very nice weather forecast for the three days of the show, we are expecting very good crowds.”

 At the lavish Pioneer Pole Building Display, PPB staff was vacuuming the carpet in its booth, after having placed the Modifieds of Billy Pauch, Sr., and Craig VonDohren and several others.

 The Short Track Super Series and Georgetown Speedway booths were taking shape. Brick pavers and landscaping mulch featured the Georgetown Speedway featured car, the Super Late Model owned and driven by Ross Robinson.  Robinson himself was helping promoter Brett Deyo and Deyo’s wife Heather even out the decorative material.

 Preparations were in high gear at the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse booth were Jeff Behrent, Jeff Heotzler and others were pricing fire suits, helmets and related personal safety equipment.  Behrent’s is among many exhibitors that have been in all 33 previous Motorsports Shows.

 Booth building was also proceeding at a rapid pace Thursday afternoon at the Bridgeport Speedway display, the New Egypt booth, the Lincoln Speedway exhibit and dozens of others.

 The 34th PPB Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show officially opens Friday, January 19 at 2:00 PM.  Featured Friday, beginning at 7:00 PM, is a racing themed reprise of television’s The Tonight Show, starring Dino Oberto, and featuring reflections of the Pine Brook Speedway, which raced from 1962 through the late eighties before it closed.

 PPB Motorsports runs from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM Saturday, January 20.  The full day will be highlighted by the personal appearances of three time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart, who will sign autographs from 12:00 Noon through 2:00 PM. Also making an appearance will be former NASCAR Crew Chief and current on air personality Larry MacReynolds, and The King, Steve Kinser, the all-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion.

 Top northeastern race winners will appear throughout the day to sign autographs. And a gallery of former stars from Pine Brook Speedway will be on hand to swap stories with one another and with fans.

 The festivities heat up beginning at 7:30 PM with the staging of the annual Ms. Motorsports Pageant, sponsored by Oliver Construction.  Ms. Motorsports 2017, Taylor Albert will crown her successor at the end of the always well-attended event.

 The show’s third and final day, Sunday, January 21, is dedicated to the younger race fans, featuring the Little Ms. Motorsports pageant and Kids Big Wheel Races.  Doors on Sunday swing open at 11:00 AM.

 For more information about the 2018 PPB Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show, visit www.MOTORSPORTSTRADESHOW.com

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The 55th running of the Daytona ARCA 200 will kick off Speedweeks from Daytona International Speedway Saturday, Feb. 10, and FS1 will provide live, flag-to-flag coverage beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) and FOX Sports recently announced a three-year broadcast rights agreement with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

FS1 will drop the green flag on ARCA’s 66th season of competition from the World Center of Racing, with live coverage of the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire, officially kicking off the 2018 stock car racing season.

In addition to the ARCA season opener, FS1 will also provide live coverage of “The Clash,” NASCAR’s season-opening exhibition race Sunday, Feb. 11, and the "Duel at Daytona,” the twin qualifying races for the Daytona 500 Thursday, Feb. 15. Qualifying for the Daytona 500, and The Great American Race, the 60th Running of the Daytona 500 will both air on FOX network.

The Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire from Daytona will mark the first of 8 ARCA Racing Series events scheduled for live coverage on Fox Sports.

Additional events scheduled for broadcast include the Friday, April 27 General Tire 200 from Talladega Superspeedway (FS1); ARCA’s return to Charlotte Motor Speedway Thursday, May 24 (FS1); both the June 1 (FS2) and July 27 (FS1) events from Pocono Raceway; the Friday night, June 22 event from Gateway Motorsports Park (FS2); the Thursday night, June 28 event from Chicagoland Speedway (FS1); and the Oct. 19 season finale from Kansas Speedway (FS2). The first Pocono telecast will re-air on FS1 June 2 at 10 p.m. ET. The Gateway telecast will re-air on FS1 same-night at 11:30 p.m. ET and the following morning (June 23) at 11 a.m. ET. The telecast from Kansas could move to FS1, pending Major League Baseball playoffs and Women's World Cup qualifying.

ARCA Racing PR