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ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards newcomer Max Tullman (@MaxTullman) has been anxiously awaiting Saturday afternoon’s Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 driven by General Tire at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
The sports car veteran will make his series debut with Mason Mitchell Motorsports and believes his alignment with one of the strongest organizations on the circuit will propel him forward and have the opportunity to contend for the win at the “World Center of Racing.”
“It’s getting harder and harder to sleep, because I’m so excited about Daytona this weekend,” said Tullman who joined Mason Mitchell Motorsports in late January.
“I had the opportunity to test at Daytona last month, but I made the choice to come and race with Mason Mitchell Motorsports because I feel they will give me a great opportunity to shine in my ARCA debut.”
Tullman, driver of the No. 78 Mason Mitchell Motorsports Chevrolet is right.
Over the past few seasons, Mason Mitchell Motorsports has emerged as a superspeedway powerhouse with fast cars and rising stars. From winning the ARCA race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in April 2016 to leading laps at Daytona last February and another stout performance at Talladega last year – the team led by 2014 ARCA champion Mason Mitchell has drawn the attention of its peers as a serious contender for Saturday afternoon’s 80-lap race.
“Mason brought three cars to the Daytona test and they were all quick,” added Tullman, a native of Chester Springs, Pa. “After signing on for Daytona, we went to Talladega and tested even more and the results there have me fired up for this weekend.”
Tullman will steer chassis No. 994 out of the MMM stable. The Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 will mark the eighth race for the chassis and its fifth at Daytona. The chassis’ best result occurred at Talladega during Mitchell’s ARCA championship season in 2014 when he wheeled the car to a fourth-place effort.
The transition from sports cars to ARCA certainly is a big adjustment for the 20-year-old Tullman, but the rookie driver is relying on his team and Cup spotter Tyler Green to help make his transition as smooth as possible.
“One of the things we did at Talladega was practice a simulated race start, restarts and even pit stops. I’ve never had to make a live action pit stop, but the team did a good job coaching me through it. After a few attempts, I feel like I got it down.
“As I’ve watched some prior ARCA races, these superspeedway races tend to be a little unpredictable – so the team has done a great job preparing me for almost any circumstance. At the end of the day though, we plan to go out there and do our best to bring back the checkered flag.”
Zoomi, a new marketing partner in ARCA competition will support Tullman in his debut.
Zoomi is the first and AI-informed learning analytics company that uses machine learning to rapidly individualize training pathways in real-time. Its artificial intelligence studies learner behaviors and patterns to understand what each employee knows, what still needs to be taught and how to best deliver that information automatically.
With more than 250 proprietary algorithms, Zoomi provides deep personalized learning, predicts learning and performance, optimizes learning content and links learning to business outcomes.
Myota, a superior data security management solution will serve as an associate marketing partner for the ARCA season opener.
“I’m lucky to have a lot of support from my marketing partners, friends and family this weekend at Daytona,” added Tullman. “I’ve been fortunate to have experienced a lot of blessings in my life at such a young age. This weekend though, I’m racing at Daytona. It doesn’t get much better than that.”
Veteran Motorsports crew chief Doug Richert, who led Dale Earnhardt Sr. to his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) championship in 1980 will call the shots for Tullman in the 80-lap event.
“Without the support of Zoomi, Myota, Doug and the Mason Mitchell Motorsports team, Daytona would not be possible,” sounded Tullman.
“Hopefully, we can bring some good exposure to Zoomi and Myota and it will help us in our plan to race a lot more this season.”
Tullman will be teammate to Quin Houff who returns to MMM for the second-consecutive season at Daytona in the No. 98 Chevrolet.
The Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 driven by General Tire (80 laps / 200 miles) is the first of 20 races on the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Thurs., Feb. 8 with a two-hour session from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. A final practice session has been etched in on Fri., Feb. 9 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:30 p.m. The season-opener for the 66th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag on Sat., Feb. 10 shortly after 4:30 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities.
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After a successful end to the mostrecent season in his first races with Anthony Campi Racing, Giovanni Bromante willbe hitting the track early and often in 2018 as he participates in the World Seriesof Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida between February8 – 17.
Much like the end of 2017, Bromante will be competing in a prolate model for Anthony Campi for the event championship. Over the course of tennights of on-track action, Bromante and the other pro late model drivers arescheduled to race seven times to determine a champion.
In the past, ACR has competed at New Smyrna with various driversand visited victory lane on multiple occasions in both pro and super late modelcompetition. Bromante was one of the drivers who drove a No. 81 Toyota tovictory lane when he won at the half-mile facility last fall in his second racewith the team.
"I'm super excited to get back into the car this week,” Bromanteexclaimed. “I know we've been good there the few times we raced together lastyear, and I've got the confidence in myself and the team that we have thepotential for great things. To be honest, if we aren't in contention for acouple of wins, I will likely be a little disappointed. The level ofcompetition coming to race has really made me work harder and want to succeedeven more."
The first on-track activity at New Smyrna is Thursday, February 8,when the track is open for practice, followed by the first night of racing onFriday, February 9. Giovanni’s scheduled race nights also include February 10,12, 14, 15, 16 and 17.
For more information about Giovanni Bromante, visit his website atGiovanniBromante.com, or follow him on Facebook (/GiovanniBromante), Twitter(@GBromante77) and Instagram (@GiovanniBromante77).
Veteran Tom Hessert returns to the high banks at Daytona for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season opening Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire on Saturday, February 10.
Making his 185th career ARCA start, Tom Hessert will buckle into Venturini Motorsports’ No.55 US Turf Equipment Toyota Camry hoping to capture his first win at the World Center of Racing.
Already a six-time ARCA winner on tour and one of only a handful of drivers with notable superspeedway experience making up this year’s 40-car field, Hessert is quick to talk about the dynamics of restrictor plate racing.
“Experience plays a big role in success at superspeedways like Daytona and Talladega,” says Hessert.
“Knowing how to work the draft can be the difference between winning or losing. Plate (restrictor plate) racing is the greatest equalizer. It’s also the greatest unknown – anything can happen and anyone can win. It takes a good car and sometimes a little luck.”
Working with crew chief, Billy Venturini, Hessert posted the fastest average lap speed (185.258) of 62 drivers participating in last month’s open test at Daytona.
Hessert, who’s driven for Venturini Motorsports since 2015, won the pole for the Daytona season opener last season and finished fifth in the event.
“Venturini Motorsports always brings a good package to Daytona. Our Toyota Camry was really strong at last month’s test. The car was hooked up and handled the same during the run, whether we were towards the front, in the middle, or out back. I’m really looking forward to this one.”
A popular driver since making his series debut in 2007, Hessert has posted 6 career victories, 54 top-5 and 109 top-10 finishes throughout his career. Already a restrictor-plate winner at Talladega in 2013, the 31-year old driver hopes to add a Daytona victory to his already impressive career history.
The Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire from Daytona, live on FS1 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Saturday, Feb. 10.
Officials from Rette Jones Racing (RJR) announced today that NASCAR Next alumnus Tyler Dippel (@tyler_dippel) will return to the organization for his third season of competition in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
Dippel, a native of Wallkill, New York will continue to pilot the No. 30 D and A Concrete Contractor / TYCAR Trenchless Technologies Ford Fusion.
He’ll make his 28th career start in the season-opening Jet Tools 150 at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway on Sunday night, Feb. 18.
“I’m looking forward to another season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with Rette Jones Racing,” said Dippel. “We had speed last year, unfortunately, we encountered some bad luck along the way that hindered our ability to produce better finishes.
“Hopefully, that’s behind us and we can start the new year on a positive with a strong finish for our partners and our Rette Jones Racing team at New Smyrna.”
In his sophomore season of competition at RJR, Dippel, 17, was able to carve weekly speed from his Mark Rette-led team which propelled the Mooresville, N.C.-based team to two top-five and four top-10 finishes along the way. The New Yorker earned a season-high third place finish in the season-finale at Dover (Del.) International Speedway this past October.
Despite a four-month hiatus since Dover, Dippel trusts his team will pick up right where they left off when the green flag waves on the 2018 season in less than two weeks. “We really came into our own during the summer stretch, especially at the end of the year,” added Dippel. “The team worked tremendously hard to bring the fastest Ford Fusions to the race track every weekend and that was clear by our race day performances, especially at Dover.
“I know we can go to New Smyrna in a few weeks and pick up right where we left off.” Before launching a career in the NASCAR Regional Touring Series in 2016, the teenager boasted a successful year of year of big block modified competition in 2015, where he became the youngest winner in the northeast area, while also earning Rookie of the Year honors in the DIRTcar Northeast Series.
Dippel began his racing career at the age of seven, racing slingshot race cars, considered scaled down versions of dirt modifieds.
Dippel made his first full-size stock car start on asphalt in 2014. In 2015, he held the PASS Super Late Model national points lead throughout the season until the season finale, when a mechanical failure ended his race early.
Additionally, he made three starts in the ARCA Racing Series, with a career-best of fourth at the tough Salem (Ind.) Speedway in Sept. driving for Lira Motorsports.
He returned to the ARCA Racing Series scene in 2017 where in three races he delivered a career-best third place finish on the dirt at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. This season, while a limited presence in ARCA competition is favorable, Dippel will also compete in select NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races also fielded by RJR.
“The Truck Series is one of the most competitive forms of NASCAR right now,” sounded Dippel.
“Rette Jones Racing has been able to produce some fast Trucks when they chose to compete in the series. I know I’ll have a learning curve ahead of me, but I feel like we can go out there, race and meet our expectations.”
For Rette, an ARCA championship winning crew chief is thrilled to have another year to develop Dippel’s talent and contend for the K&N East championship.
“We’re looking forward to 2018,” said Rette who co-owns RJR with Canadian entrepreneur and race car driver Terry Jones.
“We’ve taken the steps at the end of last season and during the break to tighten things up at the shop and really focus on making our K&N program even better than it has been the last two years.
“Tyler will continue to impress people and we’re dedicated to getting him back to Victory Lane. With those wins, we’re hoping it puts us in a prime spot to contend for our first K&N championship.”
In two seasons of K&N competition, Dippel has earned one win, three top-five and 12 top-10 finishes in 27 career starts.
For more information on Tyler Dippel, please check out TylerDippel.com, his Facebook page (Tyler Dippel Racing) or on Instagram @tylerdippel.
Dippel tweets too. Follow him @Tyler_Dippel.
The latest on Rette Jones Racing is available at RetteJonesRacing.com, the team’s Facebook page or Twitter @RetteJones30.
In what was the 8th consecutive selection for the world-famous Race Of Champions, the Euro NASCAR cars shined at the King Fahd Stadium of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, delivering fun and speed for the drivers and an exciting show for the fans.
All the champions taking part in the ROC had the chance to drive the NWES car, sliding and jumping around the unique stadium track with the thunderous V8 roaring under the hood and all of them praised the car’s unique character and performances.
“It was a fantastic Race Of Champions and we are very proud our NASCAR Whelen Euro Series cars were part of it !” said NWES President / CEO Jerome Galpin. “Watching some of the greatest champions driving and enjoying our Euro NASCAR is another confirmation of how unique these cars are. They have this ability to provide great fun to every kind of driver and to fit to every kind of track. I really don’t see any other race car able to do this. And if you add the financial dimension, then, there is no other car able to compete our performances / reliability / cost / fun ratio !”
On Saturday the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series car was featured in the Race Of Champions final between legendary David Coulthard and WRC and Rallycross World Champion Petter Solberg. Both pushed their Euro NASCAR to the limit, sparing no effort for the delight of the fans and putting up a fabulous race, from which Coulthard emerged the winner. The Scottish driver went on to grab his second Champion of Champions title after winning the traditional off-season competition in 2014.
On Friday it was the German team of Timo Bernhard and René Rast to defeat the Latin American team of Juan Pablo Montoya and Helio Castroneves in the Nations Cup. A rookie in the ROC, Rast pulled an upset in one the final rounds by beating last year’s overall winner Montoya in the NWES cars.
The list of motorsport icons that took the wheel of the European NASCAR car during the weekend and smiled talking about how effective and entertaining it is, is simply impressive: Word Rally and Rallycross champion Petter Solberg, Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, Indycar champions Ryan Hunter-Reay and Josef Newgarden, Formula 1 race winner David Coulthard, motorsport icon Juan Pablo Montoya, FIA World Endurance Champion Timo Bernhard, DTM Champion René Rast, FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson, European Le Mans Series Champion Memo Rojas, upcoming talents Lando Norris and Joel Eriksson, sim-racers Rudy Van Buren and Enzo Bonito – the Italian won the eROC race – plus Saudi racers Ahmed Bin Khanen and Yazeed Al-Rajhi.
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will now enter the rush of the pre-season, with teams and drivers working hard to prepare to become NASCAR Champion. The first event of the NWES season will take place in Valencia, Spain on April 14-15.
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Following a successful first season of stage racing, NASCAR® today announced a new fantasy game inspired by the competition format that has created closer, side-by-side racing and even more dramatic moments throughout races.
Accessible via NASCAR.com and the NASCAR Mobile app, the all-new NASCAR Fantasy Live follows the NASCAR official scoring system, allows players to make in-race driver substitutions and features incentives for correctly predicting stage wins, race wins and more.
Players can register at NASCAR.com/fantasy beginning today and set their driver rosters for the 2018 DAYTONA 500® next week when the race entry list is announced.
“In NASCAR, every lap matters,” said Tim Clark, managing director, NASCAR Digital Media. “The new NASCAR Fantasy Live game reflects the lap-by-lap intensity of modern NASCAR racing by giving fans the opportunity to strategize and adjust their driver lineups in real-time during races.”
In NASCAR Fantasy Live, players pick five drivers to start prior to each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ race. In addition, a sixth “garage” driver on the roster can be swapped in-race for any active driver before the final stage begins.
Game scoring follows NASCAR official scoring and rewards points based on race results and driver finishing position for all three stages. Only drivers in the “starting” position at the end of each race will earn fantasy points.
Individual drivers can be used a maximum of 10 times during the season. If a driver ends the race in the player’s garage, it will not count against the season limit.
During races, drivers running in the top 10 at the conclusion of Stage 1 and Stage 2 receive points, beginning with 10 points for the stage winner, nine points for second place, eight points for third place, and so on.
Mirroring how Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ races are scored, the race-winning driver earns 40 points, the second-place finisher 35 points, the third-place finisher 34 points, and so forth. The final four drivers to finish each race earn one point apiece.
Players can also score bonus points by correctly picking the pole winner (5 points), Stage 1 winner (10 points), Stage 2 winner (10 points), winning manufacturer (10 points) and race-winning driver (30 points).
NASCAR Fantasy Live will run throughout the 26-week Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ regular season and culminate with the Brickyard 400® at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 9, 2018. The overall points leader after the final race will be crowned 2018 champion and win $10,000.
The NASCAR Fantasy Live enhancements are aimed at providing players more opportunities to engage with the game during races, while honoring the nuances of NASCAR’s stage-based format.
“As our sport continues to evolve, it only made sense for our fantasy game to follow suit,” said Clark. “The new NASCAR Fantasy Live will engage fans more deeply than ever before, and we’re excited about that.”
For more information on NASCAR Fantasy Live, including rules and eligibility requirements, please visit NASCAR.com/fantasy.
The Belmont name will return to the high banks of Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 10 when Andrew Belmont competes in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season opener.
Eleven years after his father, former racer, team owner and crew chief Andy Belmont, competed at Daytona, the 25-year-old Andrew Belmont will make his first start at the 2.5-mile superspeedway during the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire thanks to a partnership with team owner Wayne Hixson.
“It’s kind of been a long time coming. I’ve been going there for years, working on cars, crew chiefing and changing tires,” said Andrew Belmont, who drive the No. 2 Ford at Daytona. “It’s nice to have a change of pace and get behind the wheel and really try to prove what I’m able to do. I’m really anxious and excited to get down there and give it a shot.”
The younger Belmont has made six previous ARCA Racing Series starts, but none since 2010. More recently the 25-year-old Pennsylvania native has been racing modifieds on dirt tracks around Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He got back behind the wheel of an ARCA car during the annual Daytona open test in January when he turned laps in a car prepared by Mullins Racing.
The chance to follow in his father’s footsteps by racing at Daytona means a great deal to Andrew Belmont, who is looking forward to the chance to show what he can do.
“It’s one thing to follow in my dad’s footsteps as far as driving race cars. I started a couple of ARCA races before and did pretty well, but it is totally different when you come to Daytona,” Andrew Belmont said. “A lot of people dream and hope to get here and never really get here at all. It really means a lot to me and I’m very fortunate to be in this position and I’m just looking forward to having a good time with my family being there and putting on a good show.”
For his father Andy Belmont, who will be working as crew chief for Mullins Racing and driver Willie Mullins during the Daytona ARCA Racing Series opener, the chance to watch his son compete at Daytona is a dream come true.
“I can’t even put it into words,” said Andy Belmont, who has raced in the former Goody’s Dash Series, ARCA and the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona. “I was blessed to be able to race Dash cars there, sit on the pole in a Dash car, race a Cup car and an ARCA car there. It’s a heck of a moment to race at Daytona, but to see your kid do it, I can’t even put into words what that means to me.”
The No. 2 Ford Andrew Belmont will drive will be carrying several familiar sponsors. ModSpace, which sponsored the Andy Belmont Racing when the team went to victory lane in 2011 during the Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill., will serve as primary sponsor for the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire.
“ We are thrilled to have ModSpace supporting Andrew for Daytona’s ARCA Race,” said William Mann, Vice President of Business Development for ModSpace. “We have a long history and they have been solid partners! Our B2B platform truly makes this win both on and off the track.”
In addition to ModSpace, the car Andrew Belmont will drive will also carry sponsorship from Deka Batteries, Spartan Cargo, ISC Racer Tape, KB Letterin’ Mechanix Wear, Continental Fire & Safety, G Force, LaJoie of Seating and PWD Lubricants.
“It’s really cool to have these relationships where they’ll just come back on a whim to help us out,” Andrew Belmont said. “There are just a list of people who we’ve worked with forever and it’s really awesome for everybody to come together for a deal like this with me driving.”
Andrew Belmont said the team, which will be lead by veteran crew chief Tommy Bear, would be happy with a top-15 finish, but the goal is to leave Daytona with the car in one piece.
“I hope to finish somewhere in the top-15. We do have a really good piece, but the problem is we’ve never taken it to a superspeedway before. It’s pretty much a guessing game as far as we’re going to be on the speed charts,” Andrew Belmont said. “There are always a bunch of wrecks and one or two big ones. With the amount of rookies starting I’m banking on a lot of cars being torn up. If we can survive past halfway and get down to 20 or 30 laps to go, then we’ll see what we’ve got to work with.”
The Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire is the season opening event of the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season. Action gets underway on Thursday, Feb. 8 with a two-hour practice session from 4 to 6 p.m. Final practice will take place on Friday, Feb. 9 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 3:30 p.m. The Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire is scheduled to begin at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 and will be televised live by FOX Sports 1. ARCARacing.com will provide live timing and scoring.
With a NASCAR career spanning over 30 years, including two driver championships and wins in all three of NASCAR's national touring series, Bobby Labonte has the experience and knowledge of a highly select group in the sport. Labonte is excited to announce he is returning to FS1 and will continue to contribute his expertise and insights on the network's popular television programs NASCAR RACE HUB and NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION.
As throughout last racing season, Labonte will frequently join Race Hub hosts, current and former drivers and crew chiefs to provide in-depth analysis of the Monster Energy Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series. Labonte is a former champion of both the Monster Energy Cup and Xfinity Series.
"Being part of FS1's Race Hub last season, I really enjoyed sharing my insight, analysis and perspective with the fans and viewers," said Labonte. "It's pretty cool to have the opportunity to continue with such a strong team at FS1 and 'RACE HUB'. To share my viewpoint about the sport I love is something I am very proud to be able to do and I look forward to it each time I am on the show."
FS1's NASCAR RACE HUB, NASCAR's most-watched daily news and update show, which enjoyed a 15% total viewership increase (166,000 vs. 144,000) in 2017 vs. 2016, airs Monday through Thursdays at 6:00 PM ET during the NASCAR season and is hosted by Adam Alexander and Shannon Spake. In addition to Labonte, returning analysts include Jeff Hammond, Jeff Gordon, Michael Waltrip, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Chad Knaus, Regan Smith, Todd Bodine, David Ragan, Drew Blickensderfer, Austin Dillon, AJ Allmendinger and Casey Mears. On the weekends, the show continues with NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION, hosted by John Roberts.
Labonte is not only a successful NASCAR driver, but also a successful businessman and philanthropist. He currently owns Breaking Limits, a full-service marketing, public relations, sponsorship and events agency, a co-owner of Longhorn Chassis, a successful dirt late model and modified chassis and fabrication business and leads the Bobby Labonte Foundation, working in partnership with the local community to empower parents, families and children to build a strong foundation for children's futures.
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