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Connecticut native Parker Kligerman returns to the New England area as the Nationwide Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon for Saturday's CNBC Prime's The Profit 200. Making his homecoming weekend more exciting, is the fact that Kligerman will be debuting a "powerful" new sponsor, North American Power -one of the fastest-growing energy suppliers in the country - on his No. 77 Toyota Camry. Not only would leading laps and bringing home a victory in the 200-lap event be a "profitable" endeavor for the 22-year-old driver, it would also help a worthy cause. Through a partnership with Speedway Children's Charities, North American Power will donate $1,000 for every lap their driver leads, up to 10, to CHaD - Children's Hospital at Dartmouth.
While Kligerman and his No. 77 team enter this weekend's event on the heels of a tough few weeks results-wise, the single-car operation has proven capable of being able to lead laps and compete for wins in NASCAR's second division. The upstart group led 13 laps at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn three weeks ago before surrendering the lead to come down pit road for fuel when an apparent rain storm never reached the track. They followed it up with their best overall weekend of the year - qualifying third, leading four laps and picking up a season-best third-place finish at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc. Last weekend at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, the prospering bunch sat fourth on the final restart and appeared to be in a prime position to collect their first win of the season before getting shuffled back in the closing laps and ending the night with a disappointing 18th-place finish.
This weekend's event will be Kligerman's second start at "The Magic Mile." This time around he is hoping for better results, as he qualified 19th and finished 18th in the 2011 Truck Series event in "The Granite State," which happened to be won by his current crew chief Eric Phillips.
While his result at New Hampshire wasn't what he had hoped for, the talented youngster has a crew chief that has been very successful at the flat track. The veteran signal caller has three wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including dominant victories in each of the last two events held at the 1.085-mile oval. With Kyle Busch Motorsports owner-driver Kyle Busch behind the wheel of a Phillips-prepared Tundra, the duo captured the pole for both the 2010 and 2011 Truck Series events and led 321 of the combined 350 laps en route to two victories. The Illinois native also won the 2004 event in NASCAR's third division with Mike Skinner.
Backed by a successful crew chief and a powerful new sponsor, Kligerman is hoping this will be the day he gets his first career Nationwide Series win and makes it a profitable homecoming.
It has been a long three years away from racing for Brett Butler but that all ends this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Brett returns to NASCAR competition behind the wheel of the No. 24 Toyota as he makes his Nationwide Series debut for the SR2 Motorsports team. The Georgia native will be supported by fellow Georgia companies - 5 Star Lodge and Stables and Taylor Brooks Salons.
"I am really excited to make my debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series," stated Butler. "This program we have put together with me and my brother is really cool but the hard part was I had to sit back and watch him race the first few races. But now it is my turn and I am more than ready. I got to test with the SR2 Motorsports team in preparing for this debut and I really took a liking to this Nationwide car. My brother (KB3) had some great runs his first few times out with the team and I look to follow that up with a solid run this weekend in New Hampshire."
Butler will be making his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut and his debut at the 1-mile flat oval of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The start on Saturday will be his 20th career start in the NASCAR ranks as he has 19 career starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with the last coming back in the 2010 season.
Joining 5 Star Lodge and Stables on the No. 24 Toyota is Taylor/Brooks Salon. Taylor/Brooks Salon offers the ultimate location for guest in Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Cumming, Roswell, Lawrenceville and Atlanta, Georgia areas. Taylor/Brooks Salon & Spa offers full salon and spa services to include haircuts, highlights, color, ombre, bayalage, children and men's services, custom airbrush tans, eyelash extensions, facials, body wraps, body polishes, cellulite solution therapy, microdermabrasion, and full body waxing. The salon offers the ultimate bridal experience with services accommodating the bride and her entire wedding party.
Brett will be joined in New Hampshire by SR2 Motorsports teammate Blake Koch as he will pilot the No. 00 Toyota for the team. This will be Blake's 14th start of the season and he currently sits 22nd in the series drivers' standings.
The running of the CNBC Prime's The Profit 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 13, 2013. The race can be viewed LIVE nationally on ESPN and heard on affiliated PRN radio stations and on Sirius NASCAR Radio 90.
Eldora Speedway officials and Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World and star of CNBC Prime’s “The Profit”, announced today that 1-800 CarCash will serve as title sponsor of the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race July 24 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
CarCash sells your vehicle at the highest possible price without any hassle. Immediate payment is guaranteed, and there is no obligation to purchase another vehicle. Learn more at www.CarCash.com.
The CarCash Mudsummer Classic presented by CNBC Prime’s “The Profit” will run under the lights on Wednesday, July 24, marking the return to a dirt track for a national NASCAR series for the first time in 42 years. The last dirt race was Sept. 30, 1970 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, N.C., where Richard Petty took the 117th of his record 200 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins. Like Eldora, it was on a Wednesday night and contested on a half-mile oval.
The partnership between CarCash and Eldora represents a unique combination of firsts. The CarCash Mudsummer Classic presented by CNBC Prime’s “The Profit” is the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race held on a dirt track. CarCash – The Fastest Way To Sell Your Car Since 1977 – is the first business being showcased in a groundbreaking new television reality series “The Profit”, which debuts July 30 at 10 p.m. EDT/PDT on CNBC. Information about the program is available at www.cnbc.com/the-profit.
The connection between the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, CarCash and CNBC Prime’s “The Profit” is Lemonis.
When Lemonis isn’t running Camping World, he goes on the hunt for unique businesses with untapped potential. In the past decade, he has successfully improved more than 100 companies. Now he’s bringing those skills to CNBC and putting his own money on the line.
In each episode, Lemonis makes an offer – his cash for a piece of the business and a percentage of the profits. And once inside these companies, he’ll do almost anything to continue his track record of success. Viewers will get to see his personal mantra ring true: “Business success is about the three Ps: People, Process and Product.”
“As CEO of Camping World, we’ve seen the value in motorsports marketing, and the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway provides an excellent opportunity for CarCash to promote its brand and for me to promote ‘The Profit’ on CNBC Prime,” Lemonis said. “The first dirt race in a national NASCAR series in 42 years is definitely unique, and what we’re doing on ‘The Profit’ is unique, too. It’s the perfect way to showcase CarCash and to spread the word about ‘The Profit’.”
“Being a small business in rural Ohio, we’re proud Marcus recognized Eldora as the ideal venue to showcase both CarCash and the premiere episode of ‘The Profit’,” said Tony Stewart, three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and owner of Eldora Speedway. “As one of the most anticipated sports events of 2013, having CarCash become the title sponsor of the Mudsummer Classic is an example of Marcus’ entrepreneurial spirit, and people can see more of it on ‘The Profit’, his new show on CNBC Prime.”
The CarCash Mudsummer Classic presented by CNBC Prime’s “The Profit” will feature six hours of live programming on SPEED. The network will broadcast practice sessions for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series from the July 23 “Tuesday Night Tailgate” at 7 p.m. EDT. The television schedule on Wednesday, July 24 includes coverage of the series’ first ever heat races at 7 p.m. EDT and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Setup pre-race show at 9 p.m. EDT. The green flag for the CarCash Mudsummer Classic presented by CNBC Prime’s “The Profit” is set for 9:30 p.m. EDT. SPEED and MRN Radio will broadcast the event live.
Big Machine Records artist Laura Bell Bundy has been added to the impressive list of country music stars who will perform during the Brickfest Music Festival on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The multifaceted entertainer will perform on the IMS infield stage Sunday morning, July 28 at the Brickfest Music Festival and also will sing "America the Beautiful" before the start of the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com.
The spunky starlet, who began writing songs at age 14, co-penned "Two Step," her first single on Big Machine Records. The punchy melody and playful lyrics, which are all about independence ... "I'm gonna do my two step ... watch where you step, you're two steps behind," quickly move from mundane to oh my. The energetic single is available digitally now and officially hits country radio playlists Aug. 5. Watch the video via http://vevo.ly/iSLMVr.
Bundy, a native of Lexington, Ky., sprung into the national spotlight after garnering prominent roles on Broadway ("Legally Blonde" and "Wicked," among others) and television shows ("Hart of Dixie" most recently), showcasing her vocal ability, acting skill and animated personality. She also scored a Tony Award nomination and a lead role in CMT's first original movie, "To The Mat," for her dynamic talents.
Currently, fans can see LBB "Two Step" across the country on Rascal Flatts LIVE & LOUD TOUR, performing as part of the DANCE YA'LL EXPERIENCE. For tour dates, dance moves and more, visit laurabellbundy.com.
Big Machine artists who will join Bundy in performing during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard include headliner Justin Moore, who will play Saturday, July 27 on the Pagoda Plaza Stage after the Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race with The Cadillac Three opening the show.
Moore also will play a pre-race mini concert Sunday, July 28 on the IMS main straightaway before the 1 p.m. start of the 20th Running of the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com.
Other stars on the Big Machine Label Group roster will perform Sunday at the Brickfest Music Festival beginning at 9 a.m. Season 3 winner of NBC's hit show, "The Voice," Cassadee Pope will sing the national anthem during pre-race ceremonies while Bundy, The Cadillac Three and Dustin Lynch will perform pre-race concerts. These performances will take place on the infield stage inside Turn 2, near the IMS Hall of Fame Museum.
All performances are free with admission to the track for each day.
Big Machine Label Group, led by President and CEO Scott Borchetta, includes Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., Republic Nashville and Big Machine Music.
The 20th running of the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com on Sunday, July 28 will be the climactic event of the second annual Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard.
The weekend schedule also features the NASCAR Nationwide Series racing in the Indiana 250 Saturday, July 27 on the IMS oval, and GRAND-AM Road Racing conducting separate races for its Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge on Friday, July 26 on the 13-turn IMS Grand Prix road course.
As is often the case in most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) restrictor-plate races, however, things rarely go according to the plan.
Speed started the night from the eighteenth row in 36th-place, surged through traffic at the green and was in 13th position by the first caution. Crew chief Wally Rogers brought the No. 95 to pit road for four tires, fuel and added tape to the front. The early caution was followed by a long green flag run, which led to green flag stops. Just before Speed came in for service the caution came out while he was in the 11th-spot.
"It seemed like people were being conservative and going to the back," Speed said.
Speed restarted 27th and shortly after decided to drop back due to the field getting dicey.
Just as the final lap was coming to a close in the green-white-checkered finish, Speed was caught in a six-car incident. The No.13 got into the No. 99 causing him to spin uncontrollably into Speed. Speed's car was sandwiched between the No.99 and the outside wall in Turn Two. As the No. 99 continued to spin he hit the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Ford in the left rear cutting a tire which sent the car down the track and into the grass. Speed quickly got back on track damaged attempting for a good finish, only to watch the caution flag wave freezing the field that resulted in a 28th-place finish.
"Restrictor-plate races are always crazy, but this one got really wild at the end," Speed said. "Everyone was pushing and shoving, so there were a bunch of us hanging out in the back to stay out of trouble. I ran with Tony Stewart for a big part of the race. So while he got through the traffic and finished second, the accidents found us."
Speed still finished on the lead lap, and is one of only 10 drivers to finish on the lead lap in all three restrictor plate races this year.
"Our Leavine Family Racing team had a good car and a good plan that just didn't work out," crew chief Wally Rogers said. "I am proud of Scott and all the LFR guys."
Speed and Leavine Family Racing will continue with its limited schedule. The team will concentrate on selected races, including the upcoming Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at The Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
NAPA 150...Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) will make their first trip to Columbus Motor Speedway with their three full-time drivers, Austin Dyne, Dylan Kwasniewski and Kenzie Ruston. Dyne, Kwasniewski and Ruston will all be making their NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) debut at Columbus Motor Speedway, but the trio of drivers did test at the 0.333-mile oval two weeks ago.
Langley Recap...TSM captured its third NKNPSE victory of the season, and second in a row, all coming with Dylan Kwasniewski behind the wheel of the No. 98 Royal Purple/Rockstar Energy Drink entry. Kwasniewski's teammates also had a good trip to Langley Speedway, with Dyne coming home with a top-10 finish after rebounding from an early race pit stop to finish in 8th. After finishing last in the previous race due to a tire failure, Ruston was able to work her way back through the field at Langley Speedway after a mid-race spin to finish in the 12th spot.
Test, Test...The TSM entries of Kwasniewski, Dyne and Ruston went to Columbus Speedway just two short weeks ago for a test session. The three drivers, all rookies at the 0.333-mile oval, used the one-day test session to gain valuable track time and information for the NAPA 150.
Follow Along...For in-race updates, be sure to follow @TSMotorsports on Twitter. You can also follow Dyne, Kwasniewski and Ruston at @AustinDyne, @DylanKRacing and @KenzieRuston
Watch the NAPA 150...Tune into SPEED on Thursday July 25th at 3 p.m. EDT to catch the NAPA 150 from Columbus Motor Speedway.
Austin Dyne...Coming off his first top-10 finish of the 2013 season, Dyne is looking forward to making his first start at the 0.333-mile oval of Columbus Motor Speedway. Dyne has cracked the top 15 in the point standings and now sits only 15 points out of 10th. Dyne comes out of the test session with experience and confidence that he can bring his KMC Wheels team their first top five of the year.
"It's always helpful when we can test at a track before we race there, especially when it's somewhere that I've never raced before. I feel like we've really started to hit our stride as a team, and I am looking forward to seeing what our KMC Wheels team can do at Columbus."
Dylan Kwasniewski...Coming off his third victory of the 2013 season at Langley Speedway, Kwasniewski returned to the top of the NKNPSE Driver Point Standings and heads into Columbus looking to extend his points lead and make it three victories in a row. Kwasniewski will be making his first start at Columbus Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
"We have had a couple of really good races in a row and we plan to keep it rolling this weekend at Columbus. We were really happy with our Royal Purple/Rockstar Energy Chevrolet when we tested there a few weeks ago, so I am really excited to make my debut at the track on Saturday night."
Kenzie Ruston...Coming off a recent string of bad luck, Ruston is looking forward to getting back to the track and getting her AccuDoc Solutions team back on track this weekend at Columbus Motor Speedway. Ruston currently sits 8th in the NKNPSE Driver Point Standings, just 16 points out of fifth. She is also currently one point out of first in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.
"Columbus is a lot like Langley, where you are consistently turning. We know what we struggled with at Langley, and I am very confident that we will have a very good racecar for Columbus. We also learned a lot when we tested there and we will be able to use that information for the race, so I can't wait to get back on track."
For the second straight race, SS Green Light Racing owner Bobby Dotter has called on a NASCAR K & N Pro Series East driver to fill the seat of the #81 Toyota Tundra. This week, in the American Ethanol 200 at the Iowa Speedway, Jimmy Weller will make his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with support from Grime Boss Heavy Duty Hand Wipes.
Weller is a second-generation driver from Ohio who has made 20 starts in the NASCAR K & N Pros Series East over the last couple seasons. Since beginning his driving career in 2002, Jimmy has run in several different divisions including modifieds and sprints on dirt and numerous late models on asphalt. Jimmy’s father is still active behind the wheel of a big-block dirt modified.
“My dad has run big-block dirt modifieds back home and he bought his first car from Lou Blaney, we have been good friends with the Blaney family ever since,” he continued. “I ran the modifieds for a couple years and then a sprint car for a year, but I got hurt pretty good in one of those and had to take a year off. The doctors told me I needed to race something that doesn’t leave the ground as much and that was when I started driving late models on pavement.”
“I moved up to the PASS Series and had some success their winning at South Boston and then to the K & N East Series. We have run good, but just haven’t had the finishes to show it. We had a good run a Bristol in the opener this year starting tenth and finished eighth.”
Veteran crew chief Brian Berry will oversee Weller’s debut in the NCWTS from atop the SS Green Light Racing pit box.
“This is all happened within the last two weeks,” Weller said. “Mr. Gaulding is the one who put this deal together with Grime Boss and they got Bobby (truck owner Bobby Dotter) involved and we worked it out for Iowa. It all happened very quickly.”
“Ever since we started and made my mind up to make a living driving race cars the goal has been to keep moving up,” Weller concluded. “This opportunity to run the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is my opportunity to make the next step. I’m very thankful for Bobby and Mr. Gaulding to give me the opportunity to go ahead and do this.”
Owner Bobby Dotter has had numerous inquiries about David Starr who ran the first seven races of the season for the SS Green Light Racing Team, “David Starr will be back in the No. 81 Toyota later in the year,” Dotter explained. “Right now David is working on some additional sponsorship which will allow us to run more competitively when he returns to the seat.”
The American Ethanol 200 is the 301st consecutive NCWTS start for the SS Green Light Racing team and the 1st career start for Weller in the Truck Series. The SS Green Light No. 07 will have another K & N Pro Series East driver making his debut in the NCWTS as Josh Reaume takes the wheel at Iowa.
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Although Max Gresham will take to the Iowa Speedway for the first time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), his successful history at the track provides a boost of confidence heading in to the American Ethanol 200 Presented by Enogen on Saturday.
Gresham expects some of his old tricks from his NASCAR K&N Pro Series and Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Racing Series performances at the 0.875-mile oval will transfer to truck competition.
He is quite familiar with the Iowa Speedway. Gresham will make his fifth career start at the track, including his first in the Trucks Series, with one start in the ARCA Racing Series and three in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. He placed third in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in his debut at the track in 2009. In the ARCA Racing Series he finished 10th after qualifying fifth in July of 2010.
In 2010, Gresham won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, leading 14 of those laps at the asphalt track just outside of Des Moines, Iowa. A year later he qualified 17th and finished second, eventually winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship in his third season on that tour.
He has accumulated many laps here - 701 of 701 laps completed. Gresham has finished in the top 10 in each race he has competed, including top three finishes in three of those events.
The NASCAR Camping World Series will make its first of two trips to "The Hawkeye State" this weekend. As Gresham finds it hard to accept anything less than the best, he will be focused on repeating a good performance at Iowa Speedway in the No. 8 Made in USA Brand (MIUSA) Chevrolet for the NCWTS American Ethanol 200 Presented by Enogen. The race starts at 8:30 PM. EDT on Saturday on SPEED. The weekend, which includes Frank Kimmel's Street Stock Series, starts with NCWTS practice Friday at 2 PM and qualifying Saturday afternoon at 6 PM EDT.
As Gresham and Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) head west to America's Heartland, Gresham aims to advance up the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings and hopes to get locked in the top-20 in owners' points entering the Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway, in order to have a guaranteed starting position.
The 20-year-old admits he has had a hard time avoiding trouble in recent races. Gresham finished third at the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 in May at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and at the time was 17th in the points standings. He has dropped to 20th overall in driver points and 22nd in owners' points.
"We're just trying to get over that hump," Gresham said. "So I'm looking forward to going back to Iowa and hopefully the same thing I have been able to do in the past will happen again."
The odds are in the Milner, Georgia, native's favor at Iowa Speedway.
In eight starts this season, Gresham has one top-three finish, one top-five finish, and one top-10 finish. So, if a perfect remedy to the recent troubles existed for Gresham, it would be found in the straights and turns at Iowa Speedway.
"I've got a good feeling about this weekend," Gresham said. "Just knowing the good runs and success that I've had here, I definitely have a lot of confidence in this event."
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Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, will make his second career start at Iowa Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) during Thursday night's American Ethanol 200 Presented by Enogen.
Last year, in Blaney's inaugural NCWTS start at Iowa Speedway during the American Ethanol 200, Blaney, started second and won after leading 50 laps. The first ever win in any of the NASCAR National Series for Blaney and also a first for Brad Keselowski Racing.
Blaney became the youngest ever Truck Series' winner at the age of 18, a record which still holds today.
The No. 29 BKR team currently sits sixth in the NCWTS driver points standings, 47 points back from first and 25 back from second.
"This date couldn't have come sooner, I've been waiting to get back to Iowa in the Truck Series ever since I left there last September victorious. Our team has really buckled down over the past month and my confidence is at an all-time high." - Ryan Blaney
Ross Chastain (@RossChastain), driver of the No. 19 Harper Brush Ford F-150, will make his sixth start for Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) during the American Ethanol 200 Presented by Enogen this Saturday night at Iowa Speedway.
Harper Brush, a Cequent Consumer Products brand, will serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 19 BKR (@TeamBKR) entry this week for the first and only time of the 2013 NCWTS season.
Harper Brush has been making brushes and brooms in America since 1900. Based in the heart of America, Harper's Fairfield facility in Iowa uses quality components to build products that stand the test of time, just like the Harper brand.
This Saturday will be Chastain's third career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at Iowa. Chastain's best finish came last September, when he started 22nd and finished 11th in the American Ethanol 200 Presented by Hy-Vee.
The No. 19 BKR team currently sits ninth in the NCWTS owner points standings, 67 points back from first and 45 back from second.
"I have been really excited about Iowa coming up since we have always gone there and made up from where we have started each race. I know my guys have been working hard to get us ready for Saturday night especially after the success they had in Kentucky." - Ross Chastain