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2018 IndyCar Series Rookie Standout Veach Is Featured Speaker at Oct. 26 “Fuel Up Fridays” for IMS Museum Members09 Oct 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
After sweeping the podium in the most recent NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race, Bill McAnally Racing’s trio of drivers aim to carry that momentum with them this week to All American Speedway.
The third-mile oval in Roseville, California will be the site Saturday of the NAPA AutoCare / Roseville Toyota 200 presented by TriCo Welding Supplies and the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.
The BMR drivers are coming off a 1-2-3 finish in which 17-year-old rookie Hailie Deegan led the way with a victory and in doing so made history by becoming the first female driver to win a NASCAR K&N Pro Series race.
Deegan and her teammates, Derek Kraus and Cole Rouse, will be joined in Roseville by Chris Eggleston – the 2015 series champion who will be back with BMR for the first time in 2018.
The four drivers have extra incentive to do well at All American Speedway. It’s the home track to BMR, which is based nearby. In addition, their primary sponsors – NAPA and Toyota – sponsor the event.
It’s also the track where team owner Bill McAnally launched his racing career as a driver and won a NASCAR track championship in 1990. More recently, Bill McAnally Racing Promotions has promoted the K&N West event at All American Speedway on an annual basis and earlier this year took over operations of all motorsports events at the track.
“It’s been great to see all of the sponsors, fans, friends and family who turn out to cheer on the BMR teams at this annual event,” McAnally said. “I worked my way up through the ranks racing at All American Speedway and I truly appreciate the support of everyone there. They are some of the best in the sport.”
Deegan is a NASCAR Next driver from Temecula, California who drives the No. 19 Mobil 1 / NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry. She leads the rookie points in the K&N West and is fifth in the overall championship standings – with one win, five top-five, and 10 top-10 finishes in 12 starts.
Rouse will be driving the No. 99 NAPA Belts & Hoses Toyota Camry. The 21-year-old from Fort Smith, Arkansas is tied for second in championship points. He has six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 12 starts this year. In his only series start at Roseville, he finished sixth as a rookie in 2016.
Kraus, a 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver, wheels the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry for BMR. The Stratford, Wisconsin teenager is fourth in the standings. He leads the series this year in terms of wins, with three, and pole awards, with five. Overall, he has seven top-five, and nine top-10 finishes. He finished fourth a year ago at Roseville in his rookie season.
Eggleston will be in the No. 50 NAPA Filters Toyota Camry at Roseville. In addition to winning the series title in 2015, he scored nine wins, 30 top-five, and 35 top-10 finishes in 44 series starts with BMR from 2014 to 2017. This season, he has competed in select NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events and raced local divisions near his home in Erie, Colorado.
BMR dominated series competition at All American Speedway for several years, winning six of eight races there from 2008 to 2011 – along with picking up a seventh win in 2014. BMR drivers finished second and third at Roseville in 2016; and second, third, and fourth there last year.
Saturday’s K&N West race is the featured event in the 11th Annual October Classic at All American Speedway. It has been recognized by Placer Valley Tourism as the largest single-day event of the year in Placer County.
A variety of activities are planned for the midway at the track on Saturday – including a classic car show, a live band, and numerous vendors. A large turnout is anticipated at the VIP Hospitality event, with NAPA and Toyota being well-represented. Their guests will be treated to a VIP experience that includes a pit tour.
The Roseville race, the 13th of a 14-event schedule, is scheduled to be televised on NBCSN on Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. PT.
NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham will be a big part of the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2019 Trade and Race Car show, the 34th annual edition, taking place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA January 18-20, 2019.
Evernham is best known for his work with Hendrick Motorsports and as crew chief for Jeff Gordon which led the team to three NASCAR Cup Series championships and 47 wins during their time together. However Evernham has also been a NASCAR Cup car owner, a race car driver, author, car builder, father, husband, TV and radio personality and an automotive genius.
During his participation in the show Evernham will take center stage on Friday night to talk about his career in the sport and answer questions from the audience. And there will be a special video that will honor Ray for his induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame earlier this year.
A fact often overlooked is that the media named Ray the greatest crew chief of all time.
Since age 15 Evernham has worked on race cars. He has designed, built and driven some of the most advance cars known to man.
Filling up a large display area of the show will be race cars that have had Ray’s handiwork during his career.
Jeff Gordon’s Dupont No. 24 rookie season car on which Evernham was the crew chief
Bill Elliott’s No. 9 which won the Brickyard 400 with Ray as the crew chief and owner.
Jim Bauma’s No. 19 asphalt Modified which Ray raced at Wall Stadium, New Egypt Speedway and a few other tracks during his race driving days.
And the Tom Park No. 2p dirt Modified which he won his last pavement race at Flemington Speedway with.
At present Ray is able to share his passion for auto racing and reveal the untold stories of the sport through his TV show titled Glory Road on Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
The Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2019 Race Car & Trade Show Fueled by Sunoco and Distributed by Insinger Performance, which fills 250,000 square feet of show space with just about everything imaginable in motorsports, includes free seminars, autograph opportunities, a large number of speedway and sanctioning organization displays plus the famous Ms. Motorsports Pageant.
Lawless Alan, driver of the AUTOParkit™ number twenty-five car and a Freshman at the University of Alabama, in only his second professional season won the 2018 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Championship at Irwindale Speedway Saturday September 22nd by finishing on the podium for his 22nd time this year. Lawless had to battle the entire race, finishing second, in order to maintain the top points position and secure the championship. Over the entire season, Lawless was on the podium 22 times including 7 first place finishes. The last two months of the season were particularly challenging as he had to commute from Tuscaloosa where he attends the University of Alabama and is studying mechanical engineering. Emerging from the car in Victory Circle right after winning the Championship he broke into a wide grin and yelled, "Roll Tide!".
There were plenty of high fives and champagne on a warm California night for the entire Dasher Lawless Racing Team which is sponsored by AUTOParkit. Mike Dunkleberger, Crew Chief of the number twenty-five car said, "We had the points lead coming into tonight, but knew we needed to run upfront if we wanted to control the championship. This is something the entire team has worked for these past two years. Lawless was diggin' the entire race and never let up. And on that last restart, even though he was in a comfortable points lead, he was going for the win, holy cow he can drive. He was down past the white line going into two trying to pass for the lead. But P2 put us on the podium again and we locked up the championship. I just can't say enough about this team and this young kid, wow, what a talent he is." Shawn Adams, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for AUTOParkit was equally as excited, "Tonight is a perfect illustration as to why AUTOParkit made the decision to have our brand represented by Lawless Alan. He exemplifies the hard work, dedication and drive that it takes to be the best which is in lock step with our philosophy at AUTOParkit. Our company and the people in it work tirelessly every day to continue to be the world leader in the design, manufacturing, construction and operation of fully automated parking systems. It's a fantastic accomplishment that we're able to share not just with the race team, but with our business partners like Siemens, Nord Gear, Vahle, and JD2. The competition of motorsports is no different than the inherent competition of business and at AUTOParkit, just like the race team we work every day to be the best."
The NASCAR Whelen Series ended on Saturday, however Lawless Alan will be running at Daytona International Speedway in the Trans Am Series November 9-11. The race will be broadcast on CBS Sports.
For more information on AUTOParkit, visit www.autoparkit.com.
Dasher Lawless Racing
Justin Bonsignore already clinched the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship, but he is heading to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park looking to complete the season sweep on the high-banks Sunday afternoon. He will be met by one of the largest fields of the season in the annual Sunoco World Series, a staple event in New England racing that includes three days of racing action.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West is back on the track on Saturday night in California at All American Speedway. Hailie Deegan will look to score her second straight win and time is running out for the field to catch championship points leader, Derek Thorn, as he chases his second series title.
NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR AT THOMPSON
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
Justin Bonsignore’s dream season, which produces his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship, concludes at the same place his success started earlier this season.
Bonsignore can become just the fifth driver in the modern era of the Whelen Modified Tour to sweep all of the events at Thompson in one season. Richie Evans (1985), Steve Park (1996), Mike Stefanik (1998) and Doug Coby (2015) are the four previous drivers to accomplish the feat. All except Park won the championship that season.
Bonsignore’s career at Thompson includes eight wins, a number that leads all active drivers, and 352 laps led in 32 starts.
Ryan Preece, who recently announced plans to compete full-time in the Monster Energy Cup Series next season, is returning to his modified roots Sunday. Preece will compete in the Sunoco World Series 150 for Ed Partridge and will also run his NASCAR Whelen All American Series Sunoco Modified. The Berlin, Connecticut, driver has won two of the last six races there.
Chase Dowling is heading to Thompson looking to score his second career win. Even though he isn’t still in contention for the championship, the rising modified star has had an impressive season and would love to end his season with another checkered flag.
Ron Silk, who has four top-10 finishes in eight starts this season driving for Kevin Stuart Motorsports, will drive No. 85 Stuart’s Automotive Chevrolet looking for his fifth Thompson win and his first Whelen Modified Tour win since early 2016.
The Sunoco World Series weekend is one of the most historic in New England racing and includes 17 different divisions of racing across three days, with action starting on Friday night. The Whelen Modified Tour race will wrap the entire weekend celebration on Sunday.
|RACE||Sunoco World Series 150|
|PLACE||Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Thompson, Connecticut|
|DATE||Sunday, October 14|
|TIME||3:30 p.m. (approx.)|
|TELEVISION||NBCSN, Thursday, October 18, 7 p.m.|
|TRACK LAYOUT||0.625-mile high-banked oval|
|2017 WINNER||Timmy Solomito|
|2017 POLE||Chase Dowling|
|EVENT SCHEDULE||Saturday: Garage Opens: 8 a.m., Practice: 11:15-12 p.m., Final Practice: 12:30-1:15 p.m., Group Qualifying: 4 p.m., Garage Closes: 5:30 p.m. |
Sunday: Garage Opens: 10 a.m., Sunoco World Series 150: 3:30 p.m.
CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the Sunoco World Series 150 is 36 starters, including provisional positions. The first 30 drivers will secure starting positions based on the qualifying session for the Sunoco World Series 150. The remaining six positions will be awarded through the provisional process.
NASCAR group qualifying is in place for this event. Qualifying order will be determined by each vehicle’s fastest single lap from the official practice session(s). The number of groups will be determined by NASCAR. Each session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine starting positions 1st through 30th. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Vehicles may not return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR official, or in the event of a caution.
The Sunoco World Series 150 will be 150 laps (93.75 miles).
The maximum tire allotment available for this event is eleven (11) tires per team. Four (4) tires must be used for qualifying and to begin the race. The tire change rule is four (4) tires, any position.
NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST AT ALL AMERICAN
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
Fresh off her first career win, Deegan will look to make it two straight at All American Speedway in the penultimate race of the season Saturday night.
Derek Thorn is also two races away from his second career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship, but his challengers are not going down without a fight. Thorn, who has two victories this season, hasn’t competed in an event at the third-mile since 2013 — a race where he started on the pole and finished second after leading 138 of 150 laps.
He leads the championship standings by 32 points entering Saturday night. There’s a logjam behind Thorn, with Ryan Partridge and Cole Rouse each 32 points back and Derek Kraus another seven points behind them.
Partridge, who is Thorn’s Bob Bruncati Racing teammate, won at All American in 2016. Michael Self drover Bruncati’s No. 9 to the win last season.
Chris Eggleston, who captured four wins last season in full-time action, is back in competition driving for Bill McAnally. Eggleston finished second in the championship standings last season, but moved on to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, where he has four starts for DGR-Crosley Racing.
NAPA AutoCare/Roseville Toyota 200 presented by TriCo Welding Supplies & the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame
|PLACE||All American Speedway, Roseville, California|
|DATE||Saturday, October 13|
|TIME||7 p.m. (approx.)|
|TELEVISION||NBCSN, Thursday, October 18, 6 p.m. ET|
|TRACK LAYOUT||Third-mile paved oval|
|2017 WINNER||Michael Self|
|2017 POLE||Michael Self|
|EVENT SCHEDULE||Saturday: Garage Opens: 10 a.m., Practice: 12:30-1:15 p.m., Final Practice: 1:45-2:30 p.m., Qualifying: 4:45 p.m., Driver Autograph Session: 5 p.m., NAPA AutoCare/Roseville Toyota 200 presented by TriCo Welding Supplies & the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame: 7 p.m.|
CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The maximum starting field for the NAPA AutoCare/Roseville Toyota 200 presented by TriCo Welding Supplies & the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame is 24 starters, including provisional positions. The first 20 drivers will secure starting positions based on the qualifying session. The remaining four positions will be awarded through the provisional process.
NASCAR group qualifying is in place for this event. Qualifying order will be determined by each vehicle’s fastest single lap from the official practice session(s). The number of qualifying groups will be determined by NASCAR. Each group qualifying session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine starting positions 1st through 20th. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying sessions. Vehicles may not return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official. If a vehicle returns to pit road, the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete. Once a vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete, the vehicle must proceed directly to the designated impound area once it enters pit road. Vehicles will be impounded after qualifying and must qualify on race set up. Only minor adjustments will be permitted following qualifying.
The NAPA AutoCare/Roseville Toyota 200 presented by TriCo Welding Supplies & the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame will be 200 laps (66.66 miles).
The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: Four (4) tires for practice, four (4) tires for qualifying and to begin the race for a total of eight (8) tires.
After a Sunoco Rookie of the Year campaign filled with checkered flags, Tyler Ankrum can call himself a champion.
The 17-year-old was officially crowned with the 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East title following the Crosley 125 at Dover International Speedway on Saturday morning.
The San Bernardino, California, driver posted four wins, nine top fives and finished inside the top 10 in all but two races. After clinching the title in the previous race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Ankrum finished 11th at Dover to end with an 84-point margin over runner-up Tyler Dippel.
NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series points leader Ruben Garcia Jr. earned his second K&N Pro East victory of the season in the Crosley 125.
To go along with Ankrum’s success, DGR-Crosley captured the championship in their first full season of K&N Pro Series action.
“Every single season you come with high expectations for yourself,” said Ankrum, who had an average finish of 4.8. “Sometimes they don’t come out the way you want, but everything that we dreamt of this year has exceeded more than our expectations. I’m ecstatic.”
Garcia Jr took the lead after a battle with Todd Gilliland ended with Gilliland making hard contact with the front-stretch wall. Form there, Garcia set sail around the Monster Mile, becoming the third Rev Racing driver to win at Dover — joining Bubba Wallace (2011) and Collin Cabre (2015).
Garcia became the seventh driver under the NASCAR Drive For Diversity banner to win a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race earlier this year when he went to Victory Lane in Memphis. Rev Racing, which has fielded the competition team for the program since 2010, has 19 victories.
Garcia joined NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series driver, Daniel Suarez, as the second Mexican-born driver to win multiple NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races. Ruben Pardo (2006) and Rogelio Lopez (2007) both have one win with the series, respectively.
The win vaulted Garcia into a third place finish in the championship standings. He edged Ronnie Bassett Jr by two points while falling short of Tyler Dippel by one point for second. Dippel did not compete in the Crosley 125 after parting ways with DGR-Crosley last week.
New Hampshire winner Brandon McReynolds challenged Garcia for several laps before settling for second.
Derek Kraus rallied for a third-place finish. Kraus sits fourth in the K&N Pro West championship battle, just seven points from second-place with two races remaining.
The top five was rounded out by 15-year-old Sam Mayer and defending series champion, Harrison Burton. Mayer was fasted in practice Friday and Burton won the pole later in the day, before weather pushed the race to Saturday.
Anthony Alfredo was sixth, followed by Ryan Vargas, Chase Cabre, Ronnie Bassett Jr and Dillon Bassett.
The Crosley 125 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. ET.
Ankrum and DGR-Crosley will be honored along with NASCAR K&N Pro Series East top finishers and special awards winners at the NASCAR Awards Charlotte on Friday, Dec. 7.
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At just 21 years of age, Loris Hezemans is the outsider in the battle for the Euro NASCAR championship that will take place on October 20-21 at Circuit Zolder in Belgium. The Dutch rookie sits fourth in points in the ELITE 1 Division, 12 marks behind leader Lucas Lasserre, 10 behind defending champion Alon Day and 8 behind perennial title contender Frederic Gabillon.
Among the four title contenders, Hezemans definitely is the least experienced, but is probably also the driver coming to Zolder with the biggest momentum following a huge Semi Finals weekend at Hockenheim in which he grabbed his first ever NASCAR Whelen Euro Series win.
The Uccle native is confident he can have his say in the fight for the Euro NASCAR ring.
“I honestly didn’t expect to find myself in this situation at the beginning of the season, but we’re back in title contention and we’re the ones chasing them down. There’s nothing to lose now, let’s see what we can get out of it,” said Hezemans, who is also leading the Junior Trophy classification. “I’m probably the one feeling less pressure, but it’s not going to be easy. If I have the opportunity to win the championship I will absolutely try to grab it and that will be my sole focus at Zolder. Things change really by the second in racing so I always try to keep an open mind and do my best.”
In his debut season, Hezemans already amassed one win, six top-5s and 7 top-10s. His potential remained unexpressed in the first three races, in which the talented rookie got tangled in a couple of accidents, one of which while he was leading in Valencia, his second NASCAR race ever. From the second Franciacorta race onwards, the progression was impressive both for the driver and the Hendriks Motorsport team and it took Hezemans him just 10 starts to put his name among the 18 drivers who won an ELITE 1 NASCAR race in Europe since 2012.
The first career win against the best NASCAR drivers in Europe in the Saturday race at Hockenheim was something special for the young Dutch driver.
“It was huge. We knew we had the speed because we led laps already in Valencia, but it took me and Hendriks Motorsport some time to learn and put everything together. I had to learn a lot about the car, the series and the drivers I’m racing against, but from Franciacorta onward we didn’t have a single DNF and we never finished outside the top-10.” said the Dutchman. “Finally we put all the pieces together in Hockenheim and we delivered. That shows not only my progress but also the team’s progress because everything was new for them too. It was a quick evolution towards being title contenders.”
The plan to become Euro NASCAR Champion is pretty straightforward for the Hendriks Motorsport driver.
“I think the strategy for the finals will involve trying to grab the pole position as first priority. In Euro NASCAR we have plenty of opportunities to pass, but starting out front is always a big help and that will be my first focus. We’ll focus on qualifying and scoring the best possible result in the first race and then we’ll see from there. I can’t wait,” Hezemans said.
With four contenders representing four different teams and three different countries, surrounded by a spectacular American-themed festival, Hezemans is sure that the Zolder Finals will be a huge event.
“There’s no doubt about it! I’d recommend everybody to go to Zolder for the Euro NASCAR Finals. Even though I wasn’t competing in the championship in the past I took the time to go to Zolder and it was great. Not a lot of championships bring so many attractions to the track and even if you’re not that much into racing, I’m sure you’ll be entertainment,” concluded Hezemans.
The Circuit Zolder Finals will be streamed live on will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tv, the EuroNASCAR Facebook page and Youtube Channel, the EuroNASCAR Twitter account, Motorsport.tv and a vast network of websites and social media profiles across the globe beginning on Saturday, October 20 with qualifying and two exciting NASCAR races.
NASCAR Euro Series PR
TravelCenters of America LLC (“TravelCenters”) (Nasdaq: TA) crowned Tom McCrimmon of the Joe Gibbs Racing, #20 team, Grand Champion of the 2018 TA Truck Service Challenge at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, September 30.
The Challenge, a competition for professional transport drivers affiliated with the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, began in February and included six competitions in 2018. In each competition, drivers earned a combined score for their maneuverability skills in a timed course and their knowledge of Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations on a written exam.
The driver with the highest score at each competition was named the winner and took home a $1,000 prize. Points earned by drivers at each competition throughout the Challenge were cumulative and determined the Grand Champion. Competition was exceptionally high during the 2018 season, which brought together the largest field of competitors in the 25-year history of the Challenge.
In addition to winning the Grand Champion trophy, Tom McCrimmon took home the grand prize of $25,000. Finishing in second place, Brendan Greene, Joe Gibbs Racing, #18, won $10,000 and placing third, Ken Pitcher, Joe Gibbs Racing, #19 won $5,000.
Individual 2018 Driver Challenge competition winners included:
- Atlanta Motor Speedway - Brendan Greene, Joe Gibbs Racing, #18 hauler driver
- Texas Motor Speedway - Eric Burgoyne, Champion Tire and Wheel hauler driver
- Sonoma Raceway - Jamie Price, Joe Gibbs Racing, #18 hauler driver
- Kentucky Speedway - Josh Collins, Joe Gibbs Racing, #11 hauler driver
- Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Brendan Greene, Joe Gibbs Racing, #18 hauler driver
- Charlotte Motor Speedway - Michael Hutton, Jeremy Clements Racing, #51 hauler driver
“The Driver Challenge is a wonderful forum to recognize the skills and dedication of the men and women who transport goods across the U.S.,” said Skip McGary, TA Executive Vice President. “We are proud to announce that we will continue to highlight their expertise and again sponsor the Challenge in 2019.”
For more information please see www.tatruckchallenge.com.