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Last month 17-Year-Old Blaine Perkins made his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut at the Kentucky Speedway driving for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) where he earned a ninth-place finish. The West Coast driver raced as high as second in his debut. Now he turns his attention to the 2018 season where he will run a five-race schedule with MMM. Perkins will make his 2018 debut at the Talladega Superspeedway. He will also race at Pocono Raceway (June), Michigan International Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and the Iowa Speedway. But first, he will participate in the ARCA composite body test in less than two weeks time on November 7-8.
“I am very excited to add five more races with MMM in 2018,” Perkins stated. “We liked what we saw at Kentucky and I believe that this will be an amazing opportunity to run some of the bigger tracks that NASCAR races at.”
Mason Mitchell Motorsports completed their fourth season in ARCA earning a win at the Pocono Raceway in 2017.
“I’m excited to finally announce our plans with Blaine, Owner Mason Mitchell stated. “Blaine and I have known each other for a few years and have always wanted to work together. After we worked together at Kentucky it was a no brainer that we wanted to have him be part of MMM in 2018.”
Perkins gained valuable seat time in his debut spending the majority of the evening racing among the leaders and gaining experience with the ARCA Racing Series.
“Kentucky was a great learning experience and a great way to get to know the series, drivers and cars. I was able to learn how drafting works and began to understand how the aerodynamics work at a speedway.”
Before the test at Talladega, Perkins will with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Kern County Raceway Park on November 4th. He finished eighth earlier this year at Kern in the second race of the season. He currently sits ninth in Pro Series West points heading into the final race.
“The Talladega test will be a great opportunity for me to learn how the cars handle on a superspeedway. I believe the biggest differences, will be the drafting and banking. I have never been on a track more banked than Kentucky, and have never experienced the drafting that comes along with restrictor plate racing. We selected tracks to race at next year by wanting to get more of the bigger track experience. I’m looking forward to all the races next year but Talladega is definitely one I will have highlighted on my calendar. I have grown up watching NASCAR and have been to Talladega before to watch, and to imagine I will be racing there is dream come true.”
In the last two seasons, Perkins has made 26 starts with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West earning one top-five and 14 top-ten finishes. His best finish came in his rookie season (16) where he finished fifth at Colorado National Speedway.
The Bakersfield, California native began racing with the SRL Legends Tour in 2012. During his first full-time season in 2013 he earned three-top five finishes and finished runner-up in championship points. From there he made several starts with the SRL Southwest Tour as well as the Lucas Oil Modifieds. In 2016, he made the jump up to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West tour earning one top-five and ten top-ten finishes and finishing tenth in points.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West concludes its 2017 season, and the battle for the championship, with the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150 presented by NAPA Auto Parts on Saturday, November 4, at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California.
Defending champion Todd Gilliland and his Bill McAnally Racing teammate Chris Eggleston have accounted for wins in 10 of the 13 races to date this season, with Gilliland holding an 11-point lead over Eggleston heading into the final race of the year. Gilliland can win his second consecutive championship by finishing seventh or better at Kern, regardless of where Eggleston finishes.
Eggleston, the 2015 K&N Pro Series West champion, has four wins this season and is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all 13 races to date. Gilliland, meanwhile, has six wins and has finished on the podium an impressive 10 times this year.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship will be decided between Bill McAnally Racing drivers Todd Gilliland and Chris Eggleston as the circuit closes out its season under the lights at Kern County Raceway Park near Bakersfield, California on Saturday.
Gilliland leads Eggleston by 11 points, with their BMR teammate Derek Kraus third in the championship standings, as the series visits the high-banked, half-mile track for the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame 150 presented by NAPA AUTO PARTS.
Gilliland, the defending champion, can clinch the title by finishing seventh or better. He and Eggleston, the 2015 champion, have combined to win 10 of 13 races so far this season. They’re in position to deliver BMR a third consecutive and record eighth overall series championship.
Gilliland has six wins, 10 top-five, and 12 top-10 finishes in 13 series starts this season behind the wheel of BMR’s No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry. The 17-year-old third-generation driver has scored two wins at KCRP, one last year and another earlier this season. A member of the NASCAR Next program, he is coming off a second-place finish at Roseville, California.
Born in the Golden State, Gilliland moved with his family to North Carolina when he was a youngster. In addition to racing in the West division of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series this year, he also ran the full schedule in the East division – where he finished second in the championship standings.
Eggleston – driver of the No. 99 NAPA Filters / H20 Fire Protection Toyota Camry – has four wins, along with a series-leading 11 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. The series veteran from Erie, Colorado has recorded three top-five finishes in three starts at the Kern County track, with his best being a fourth-place finish there earlier this year. He is coming off a third-place finish at Roseville.
Kraus – a 16-year-old series rookie from Stratford, Wisconsin who drives BMR’s No. 19 Carlyle Tools Toyota Camry – has eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes in the series. He’s registered three runner-up finishes this year, including one at KCRP in March. In addition to being third in the overall standings, he’s the leading contender for this year’s rookie title. Kraus is coming off a third-place finish at Roseville.
As the presenting sponsor of the championship race, NAPA AUTO PARTS will be well represented at Kern. NAPA guests will have the opportunity to view the race action from a VIP suite. BMR will provide NAPA guests with a special VIP pit tour, as well as a special meet-and-greet with the team’s drivers.
Saturday’s race is the season finale of a 14-race schedule. It’s scheduled to be televised on NBCSN on Nov. 10 at 12:30 p.m. PT.
With 28 cars and over 60 top level drivers to represent 21 different countries, racing on some of the best European tracks, the official European NASCAR Series is already one of the most successful touring car championships in motorsports, but is far from having reached its maximum potential.
To further build on the series popularity among fans and competitors and strong of its unparalleled mix of on-track action, international exposure and affordable costs, NWES is launching for 2018 a sequence of innovations and initiatives, starting with an unprecedented Drivers Recruitment Program aimed at offering racers from all over the world the best opportunity to race NASCAR in Europe.
With its 400 HP thunderous V8, absolutely no electronic aids and a driving experience that fascinated some of the brightest stars in motorsports from NWES events to the Race Of Champions, the Euro NASCAR car has quickly become an ultimate challenge and a must drive for any kind of driver coming from diverse disciplines and chasing different goals: competing in one of the best series in Europe, building themselves a professional career in the USA or simply enjoying the unfiltered Pure Racing experience of driving a NWES car in spectacular American-themed events in front of thousands of fans.
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and its partners will offer to selected prospects an invitation to participate in a free test during one of the recruitment test days that will be held in Europe between November and March. Following these tests, the best drivers will receive special help on budget to support their 2018 season in NWES.
The Program is open to every kind of driver:
- Top drivers ambitioning to make history and enter the NASCAR Hall Of Fame
- Young talents willing to build themselves a NASCAR career
- Female drivers eager to battle for the title and the Lady Cup
- Drivers wanting to compete at high level and have great fun at affordable cost
- Special development program for Karting drivers without car-racing experience
The first two recruitment test sessions will take place at the NWES Test Track in Fontenay Le Comte, France and at the Autodromo di Franciacorta, located near Milan in Italy, with the following schedule:
- November 29-30: Fontenay Le Comte, France
- December 4-5: Autodromo Franciacorta, Italy
More dates and countries will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
NASCAR Euro Series PR
Club Car®, a global leader in golf and utility vehicles and a brand of Ingersoll Rand®, teamed up with Ray Evernham, a three-time NASCAR Champion pit crew chief and 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, to design an Onward™ concept vehicle, the next generation in the small personal vehicle (SPV) category.
Ray Evernham, crew chief for NASCAR icon Jeff Gordon, put his passion for automotive design and performance to the test, working alongside Club Car engineers to integrate new technology, fun and functionality in SPVs. With his guidance, Club Car engineers went to work and imagined the next-generation SPV, a mobile front porch, back porch and recreation room all in one, with a full infotainment center and on-board grill and refrigeration capability for cruising the beach, campground or community.
“Last spring when I took Onward for a test drive, my racing and design mentality immediately kicked in and signaled to my brain Onward’s superior performance, controlled suspension, quality steering characteristics and turning radius, not to mention the customized features,” Evernham said. “I also recognized it was simple, enjoyable and secure personal transportation, and the ideal SPV for me and my family to enjoy around the race track and on the road and at home.”
From the advanced lithium-powered drive train and the digital interactive experience to the interior cabin and functional options and accessories, the Onward integrates an advanced user interface with digital functionality and established technology already in existence in this space.
“Whether using the Onward for recreation at the big game, on your next vacation, or just to cruise your community, the Onward Concept Vehicle will certainly exceed your expectations for what a SPV can be,” said Mark Messick, manager of consumer marketing at Club Car.
“The Onward is being displayed at SEMA to showcase what is already possible and what is in the near future in the small personal vehicle industry.”
SEMA visitors can experience in real-time what is possible with Onward through an online configurator (http://build.clubcar.com/build/) that displays customization as well as advanced technological capabilities of small wheeled, zero and low emission vehicles. Onward represents Club Car’s evolution from a major player in the golf and utility industry to the mainstream consumer sector and SPV category.
“Onward has become part of my daily life, both around the race track or traveling with my family, it provides simple, enjoyable and secure personal transportation,” Evernham said.
Since its introduction in March 2017, the Onward has answered consumer demand for an efficient mode of transportation. The stylish and practical design delivers comfort, connectivity, and customization making it the all-in-one SPV.
Club Car PR
Get your tickets now, don’t risk standing in line, the inaugural East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals Fueled By VP Racing Fuels is going to be huge! The event, the only indoor dirt oval track race in the northeast, will be held at CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, N.J., on Friday and Saturday, December 1st and 2nd and race fans can’t wait to see the action.
Rich black clay has been ordered and the track crew is preparing to make it banked, smooth, tacky and fast. Race teams have responded by entering their 600cc Micro Sprints for top drivers in big numbers making this a must see event.
Four ARDC Midget car driving championship: Alex Bright, Trevor Kobylarz, Steve and Tim Buckwalter all have eyes on contending for the $5,000 first place prize.
Bright, of Collegeville, PA., the 2016 ARDC driving champion, has entered as the driver for the No. 20 car owned by Greg Stevens of Phillipsburg, N.J. Bright wrapped up the 2017 season ranked second on ARDC series standings.
Kobylarz, of Birdsboro, PA., won the 2013 ARDC title. He will be driving a car owned by Ian Borden of Lakewood, N.J. Kobylarz was eighth in 2017 ARDC standings.
All four drivers bring a wealth of experience in 600 Micro racing, having refined their talents in Micros. Each could be expected to have an edge over the competitors who do not have their background.
Steve Buckwalter from Royersford, PA. is a full-time 410 Sprint Car driver with a winning background in both Midgets and Micro Sprints. The 2010 ARDC Midget Car series champion will be driving the Royalton Recycling / BDB Graphics No. 74 in Trenton.
Steve’s cousin, Tim is coming off an outstanding championship season at Pa.’s Kutztown Speedway in SpeedSTR and 600c Micro Sprint competition. Timmy, the 2012 ARDC champion, is one of racing’s more versatile drivers. He won a dirt Modified feature this season as well and is a regular competitor in TQ Midget competition on the Indoor Auto Racing series.
Tim will be competing at the dirt event and the three Indoor series races held in three states on concrete floors driving for Lou Cicconi, a three time ARDC Midget driver champion in 1991, 93, 94.
Entries have already been received from competitors in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Colorado, Connecticut, North Carolina, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
The field includes the best of Micro Sprint racing, plus top drivers from many other forms or racing that have landed rides for the event. The list includes three top Sprint Car drivers.
Ryan Smith of Kunkletown, Pa., who finished second in Tony Stewart’s All Star 410 Sprint Car series this year, has announced his attentions to compete. So has New York state 360 Sprint car drivers Scott Kreuetter and Joe Trenca.
In response to the all-new nature of the event and the wide array of drivers who have entered, Sammons has added a Thursday night practice session to the schedule. The session will take place on Thursday, November 30.
Though the East Coast Indoor Nationals is a brand new event, the CURE Insurance Arena (formerly Sun National Bank Center), has hosted TQ Midget racing for the past four years on the arena’s concrete floor.
The race, the first of its kind in New Jersey, is being produced by Len Sammons Motorsports Productions as one of four Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels events. It will be the only race of the events held being run on a clay surface and it will not count towards the overall series point championship.
The racing schedule will tentatively call for heat races with passing points and four A-qualifier feature races on Friday night. On Saturday it will be “alphabet mains,” with racers having the opportunity to advance from F, E, D, C and B-mains to the 40 lap “A” feature.
The agenda calls for racing to start at 7 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Saturday’s A-main will pay its winner $5,000 to win (for those enrolled in the Gamblers program). Fifth place pays $1,000. Twenty four starters will take the green flag in the A-main, with $200 offered to start the event.
Oliver Communication Group (OCG) of Bordentown, N.J. has signed on as an associate sponsor of the event. Other sponsorship packages remain.
Ryan Flores of Cornelius, N.C., who fought his way to the 2017 Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels championship, is among the top drivers who have filed entries for the 2018 Series events.
“I’m excited about coming back to race indoors,” Flores said. “The car was in great shape after last year. We’re trying to make the car lighter, stronger and get a little more power.” Flores will be in the field when the series opens for 2018 at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA., for the Ironton Telephone sponsored events on Friday and Saturday, January 5th and 6th. Flores swept both features races in Allentown last year.
Flores is then eager to return to the NAPA Auto Parts Indoor Auto Racing Weekend in Atlantic City, NJ, on January 26th and 27th.
“I want to win Atlantic City,” Flores said. “I grew up on the Boardwalk at the shore and that’s the race I want to win.”
Flores, now 30, has had an eventful year personally. In January, he and his longtime girlfriend Karissa were married. Two weeks ago, Karissa gave birth to a baby girl, Harper. Flores missed his crewman duties at the NASCAR Kansas race while welcoming Harper Brielle into the world. The New Jersey native works full time as a crew member on the Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford team driven by Ryan Blaney on the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series.
Flores’ TQ Midget is maintained in New Jersey by Jimmy Blewett, his lifelong friend and a fellow driver on the Indoor Auto Racing Series. Like Flores, Blewett, grew up along the Jersey shore and wants to win in Atlantic City. The Howell, N.J. resident won the 2017 Wall Stadium Modified driving champion this past year has been on the verge of winning an Indoor championship for the last six seasons.
You never can rule out Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY. An eight time winner and three time Indoor Racing Series champion, Rudolph was a close second to Flores in last year’s title chase. He will be coming off a career best outdoor season on dirt that produced 17 wins and the BRP Modified Tour championship.
Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT., who will be driving the TQ Midget now owned by his cousin Donny, will be taking over the mount the late Ted Christopher drove to seven past Indoor race wins.
Driving a TQ Midget on the Indoor Series is a perfect off-season workout for the drivers. The TQs are open wheel race cars, specifically adapted for racing in the tight indoor speedway confines. Powered by a 750cc motorcycle engine, the car and driver weigh only 825 pounds allowing them to ignite to speeds up to 75 mph. The unbelievable racing, with lap times under eight seconds, has produced huge fan attendance.
These are not cookie cutter race cars held in a box by a large rule book. The suspension and car design are open to the team, making it a throwback style of racing.
The Ironton Telephone Allentown event schedule calls for racing to start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Three Quarter (TQ) Midgets will run a full program of racing with feature events both nights. Champ Karts will be racing in a complete show on Friday night, with the Slingshots on Saturday night.
For choice tickets, contact the PPL Center Box Office by phone at 610-347-TIXX (8499), online at pplcenter.com. The 2016 event was a sell-out.
The series moves next to the NAPA Auto Parts Indoor Auto Racing Weekend in Atlantic City. For tickets, contact Ticketmaster, the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, or the Area Auto Racing News office at 609-888-3618.
The finale will be a first annual event in New York State, on February 9-10, 2018 in the Times Union Center in downtown Albany, N.Y. For choice tickets, contact the Times Union Center Box Office, charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000, or visit online at ticketmaster.com.
IMSA-Sanctioned Testing Planned For Daytona International Speedway In December; Sebring International Raceway In February26 Oct 2017 Written by Adam Sinclair
International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) officials today announced plans for a pair of sanctioned test sessions in late 2017 and early 2018 in addition to the previously announced traditional three-day Roar Before The Rolex 24 At Daytona test in early January.
Daytona International Speedway will be the site of a two-day sanctioned test on Dec. 5-6, 2017, while Sebring International Raceway will have four days of testing on Feb. 20-23, 2018.
The Daytona test will be open to all registered IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype (P) and GT Le Mans (GTLM) only. GT Daytona (GTD) cars will not participate. IMSA will require mandatory participation from entrants representing selected manufacturers and constructors. Each of four WeatherTech Championship sessions across the two-day test will be two-hours, 45-minutes in length.
In addition to the WeatherTech Championship race cars, the Daytona test will be open to all registered IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge GS and TCR race cars, with the same mandatory participation requirements for selected manufacturers. The test will not include ST race cars.
The IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda, which will open its 2018 season with its first race at Daytona International Speedway, also will participate in the December test. It is open to all participants in both LM P3 and MPC classes, with required participation from selected entrants.
IMSA Prototype Challenge will have two, one-hour sessions on Tuesday, Dec. 5. A pair of one-hour test sessions for the Continental Tire Challenge will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 6.
At Sebring, the first two days of testing on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 20-21, will include the Continental Tire Challenge, IMSA Prototype Challenge, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama. WeatherTech Championship testing will be held on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 22-23, with a night session planned for the evening of Feb. 22.
As announced with 2018 schedules in August, the Roar Before The Rolex 24 At Daytona will be held Jan. 5-7, 2018. The test is mandatory for all WeatherTech Championship Rolex 24 At Daytona participants and will be open to all three Continental Tire Challenge classes. The Roar also will include a one-hour, 45-minute IMSA Prototype Challenge race.