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Slightly more than two and a half years after the dedication of Pocono Raceway’s solar farm, the total amount of electricity produced by the 25 acre facility reached the 10,000,000 kilowatt hour (kWh) mark this morning. The Pocono Raceway solar installation consists of 39,960 American made photovoltaic modules that will produce more than 72 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy over the next 20 years. The environmental attributes associated with the system will offset more than 3,104 Metric Tons of carbon dioxide annually and will generate enough power to provide the electricity needs for over 300 homes beyond the power needs of Pocono Raceway.
“This is another important milestone for Pocono Raceway,” said Brandon Igdalsky, President and CEO of Pocono Raceway. “Pocono Raceway strongly believes in the commitment to operate in a more environmentally responsible way and is proud to be the first race track to power our sport with clean, renewable sunlight with the world’s largest renewable energy project to –power a sports facility. This solar power system, built with timber, steel and solar panels made in the U.S., satisfies all our Raceway’s energy needs, while helping to power local homes. This project demonstrates real sustainability and proves that any business that truly wants to Go Green, can do it.”
The 10,000,000 (kWh) produced has already impacted the environment. The total energy generated equals the use of more than 57,000 - 60Watt light bulbs for one year at eight hours per day and represents a savings of more than 810,000 gallons of gasoline with a carbon dioxide (CO2) offset equaling that of 180,000 trees or 294,000 Propane BBQ Grills.
The Raceway has been awarded a number of environmental awards for its sustainable energy efforts including the Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards, Readers Choice Award presented by RenewableEnergyWorld.com and the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, presented each year by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. These awards highlight the best in environmental innovation and expertise
The Pocono Raceway Solar Farm is located along Long Pond Road adjacent Pocono Raceway’s storied 2.5 mile Super Speedway. Pocono Raceway will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends in 2013. The 32nd annual Fan Driven 400, June 7-9 and the 40th annual GoBowling.com 400, August 2-4.
After a 23 year absence, the July 6-7 Pocono INDYCAR 400 marks the return of Indy car racing to Pocono.
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Brandon Gdovic saved his best for last.
After starting in the ninth position, the 21-year-old out of Yorktown, Va., led the final 33 laps and won the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 presented by G-Clean in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East action on Saturday night at Greenville Pickens Speedway.
It was Gdovic’s first series career win in 27 starts. His previous best finish was third in this event a year ago.
Jeremy Burns finished second in his series debut followed by Kenzie Ruston in third. The effort by Ruston was the best finish for a female driver in K&N Pro Series East history. Local favorite Coleman Pressley finished fourth after leading 52 laps followed by pole sitter Brett Moffitt, who led a race-high 61 laps, in fifth. It was the ninth career pole win for Moffitt.
Sam Hunt, Daniel Suárez, Eddie MacDonald, Brandon McReynolds and Gray Gaulding completed the top 10.
The race slowed due to caution just three times for a total of 12 laps and there were three lead changes among four drivers.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East is right back on the track next week on April 13 for its inaugural visit to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. for the NAPA Auto Parts 150.
NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST-Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 presented by G-Clean Results
At Greenville Pickens Speedway
Lap length: 0.5 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (9) Brandon Gdovic, Yorktown, Va., Toyota, 150 laps, 72.058 mph.
2. (15) Jeremy Burns, Simpsonville, S.C., Toyota, 150.
3. (17) Kenzie Ruston, El Reno, Okla., Chevrolet, 150.
4. (5) Coleman Pressley, Asheville, N.C., Toyota, 150.
5. (1) Brett Moffitt, Grimes, Iowa, Toyota, 150.
6. (26) Sam Hunt, Midlothian, Va., Toyota, 150.
7. (8) Daniel Suarez, Monterrey, Mexico, Toyota, 150.
8. (12) Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, Mass., Toyota, 149.
9. (6) Brandon McReynolds, Mooresville, N.C., Chevrolet, 149.
10. (4) Gray Gaulding, Colonial Heights, Va., Toyota, 149.
11. (13) CJ Faison, Seaford, Del., Chevrolet, 149.
12. (20) Austin Dyne, Malibu, Calif., Chevrolet, 149.
13. (16) Ryan Gifford, Winchester, Tenn., Toyota, 149.
14. (14) Cale Conley, Vienna, W.V., Toyota, 149.
15. (11) Dylan Kwasniewski, Las Vegas, Nev., Chevrolet, 149.
16. (3) Jesse Little, Sherrills Ford, N.C., Chevrolet, 148.
17. (2) Ben Kennedy, Daytona Beach, Fla., Chevrolet, 148.
18. (7) Mackena Bell, Carson City, Ne., Toyota, 148.
19. (10) Cole Custer, Ladera Ranch, Calif., Chevrolet, 147.
20. (24) Scott Heckert, Ridgefield, Conn., Chevrolet, 147.
21. (23) Jimmy Weller, Hubbard, Ohio, Toyota, 146.
22. (18) Enrique Contreras, III, Mexico City, Mexico, Toyota, 146.
23. (19) Nate Caruth, Ames, Iowa, Chevrolet, 145.
24. (22) Bryan Ortiz, Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Toyota, 144.
25. (21) Jordan Anderson, Forest Acres, S.C., Toyota, 61, brakes.
26. (25) Matthew Tifft, Hinckley, Ohio, Chevrolet, 19, accident.
- Richard Childress Racing teammates finished 12th (Brendan Gaughan) and 18th (Ty Dillon).
- Dillon is eighth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 28 markers behind the leader; while Gaughan ranks 17th in the standings.
- The No. 3 Chevrolet team is ninth in the Camping World Truck Series owner championship point standings, and the No. 62 team 19th.
- According to NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics, Gaughan earned a ninth-place Driver Rating (89.5), while Dillon ranked 10th with a rating of 87.4.
- Gaughan made 67 green-flag passes ranking him first among the rest of the field, and Dillon made 50 green-flag passes ranking him eighth.
- Gaughan scored the eighth-highest Average Running Position of 11.076, while Dillon ranked ninth with an 11.104.
- Gaughan spent 91.2 percent of the 250-lap affair running in the top 15.
- Johnny Sauter took the checkered flag at Martinsville Speedway for his second-consecutive win of the season and was followed to the line by Matt Crafton, Jeb Burton, Timothy Peters and Darrell Wallace Jr.
- The next scheduled Camping World Truck Series race is the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Rockingham Speedway on Sunday, April. 14. The third race of the 2013 season is scheduled to be televised live on SPEED beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on Motor Racing Network.
Ty Dillon Finishes 18th at Martinsville Speedway
Ty Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team earned an 18th-place finish in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway after battling an ill-handling Chevrolet for the majority the 250-lap affair. Dillon took the green flag from the sixth position and was scored third on lap 65. As the track temperature began to rise, Dillon radioed to the Marcus Richmond-led crew his truck was too tight in the center of the corners. He fell to the eighth position before a caution flag slowed the field on lap 145. Richmond called the Richard Childress Racing driver to pit road for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment to combat the tight-handling machine. When Dillon was getting ready to leave the pit stall, the jack post broke delaying the team from returning to the racing surface as quickly as they would have desired. Dillon was forced to restart from the 23rd position on the ensuing restart. The 21-year-old driver maneuvered through the field and was scored ninth when another competitor spun in front of him and made contact with the No. 3 Chevrolet, causing slight damage to the right-rear fender. The RCR team pitted to repair the damage and sent Dillon back on track with new Goodyear dancing shoes. With only a few laps remaining in the race, he was unable to improve his position and crossed the finish line in the 18th position.
Start - 6 Finish - 18 Laps Led - 0 Points - 8
TY DILLON QUOTE:
"We had a fast truck, but didn't get the result we should have today. We will learn from today and use it the next time around. We'll put this behind us and head to Rockingham (Speedway) and work hard to get a good finish."
Brendan Gaughan Captures 12th-Place Finish at Martinsville Speedway
Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet team collected a 12th-place finish in the Kroger 250 Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway. The Las Vegas native rolled off the starting grid from the 11th position and became a fixture within, and near, the top 10 for the first 125 laps of the event. Following a four-tire pit stop on lap 146, the gold and black Chevrolet was scored in the 18th spot, positioning the truck in the outside line for the double-file restart. Forced to run a line where it was difficult to pass, Gaughan lost valuable track position and slipped back to 21st. As the race progressed, the 38-year-old driver methodically worked his way back toward the front settling into the top 10 by lap 181. Gaughan held on near the top 10 during the final laps and ultimately crossed the finish line 12th. The top-15 finish allowed Gaughan to gain 11 positions, moving up to 17th, in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings.
Start - 11 Finish - 12 Laps Led - 0 Points - 17
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:
"Man, that was an exciting race. We were stuck in the outside line for restarts a few times and I had some issues with the shifter, so that set us back a bit. Even with the few minor setbacks, we were able to keep the South Point Hotel & Casino near the front most of the day. I really had a lot of fun racing at Martinsville Speedway this weekend. The big thing is we were able to earn valuable points and gain 11 positions in the point standings."
After working their way up from a 20th-place starting position to race much of the Kroger 250 inside the top five, James Buescher and the No. 31 Rheem Chevy slipped back in the pack during a late race green-flag run. Buescher patiently picked his way through the field throughout the 250-lap race and looked like a threat for the victory on Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway. During a late race green-flag stretch, Buescher, who was on older tires than most of the field, got caught up on the outside groove and slipped back and finished in 14th place at Martinsville Speedway.
During the nearly two-hour practice session on Friday morning, the No. 31 Rheem team came in with a plan from their test session just a couple weeks prior. The Rheem team spent most of the practice session working on race setups and possible in-race adjustments for the No. 31 Chevrolet Silverado. Just before the practice session ended, Buescher was able to make a mock qualifying run, placing the No. 31 in the 16th position on the charts for final practice.
After a disappointing qualifying effort later Friday evening, Buescher was scheduled to roll off the grid for the Kroger 250 in the 20th position. When the green flag flew Saturday afternoon for the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway, Buescher stuck to his race strategy of staying patient and taking positions when they were available. On lap 25, Buescher radioed to his Rheem crew that he was lacking forward bite and was a little free in the center of the corner. On lap 60, while running in the 14th position, Buescher got the opportunity to bring his Rheem Silverado down to the attention of the crew for adjustments. Michael Shelton, Buescher's crew chief, called for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment on the No. 31. After a quick pit stop by the crew, Buescher exited in the 11th spot. Continuing his hunt for the leaders, Buescher worked his way up to the seventh running position by lap 86 and radioed to the crew, "I'm just riding around, saving what we have for later in the race; I think we have a pretty good truck and might have something for the leaders."
On lap 103 Buescher cracked the top five, a position where he stayed much of race. With different pit stop strategies up and down pit road, the No. 31 Rheem team decided to make their final stop on lap 144. Still fighting a slightly free race truck, Shelton called for four tires, fuel and reversed some of the changes from the previous pit stop. Buescher restarted the race back in the 12th spot.
After just logging laps to get to the latter half of the race, Buescher still continued his march back up to the top five. On the second-to-final restart of the race, Buescher got caught up on the outside line and slipped back to the 10th running position. During the final yellow flag period of the race, Buescher radioed to the crew that the truck was just too tight and was looking to see if they could pit to make adjustments. With only a few laps remaining, Buescher stayed on the track and continued to battle for a 14th-place finish at the short track.
"Coming into today we had our work cut out for us but I knew we had a great truck during practice so we just needed to stay patient throughout the day," said Turner Scott Motorsports driver James Buescher. "We were able to spend much of the day inside the top five, and I thought we really had a truck that could contend for the win. Unfortunately the last set of tires didn't take well to our setup. Overall, I felt the whole Rheem team had a great day; I'm looking forward to getting on to Rockingham where I know we can contend for the win."
Ryan Blaney and the No. 29 Cooper Standard Performance Products Ford F-Series started the race in the 14th position. Blaney battled and battled his Truck, but ended up falling off the lead lap on lap 40 due to serious vibrations and no side-bite.
As the first caution flag of the afternoon waved on lap 58, Blaney was instructed by crew chief Doug Randolph to bring the No. 29 F-Series to pit road for a major track bar adjustment, four tires and fuel. The laps to follow were testament to the pit strategy taken, as Blaney climbed closer and closer to gaining the lucky dog -- which he ended up achieving on lap 74.
Blaney made steady moves throughout the afternoon and made a push to third place for just a few laps before falling back to sixth position, as the caution waved once again on lap 195. Shortly after the green flag dropped on lap 202, the caution came out due to spin in turn three, which brought the No. 29 F-Series to pit road for four tires, one round on the track bar and fuel.
After starting in the 16th position on lap 216, Blaney maintained track position and wound up moving all the way up to the 10th position after the final caution flag waved on lap 228.
In the closing stages of the race, Blaney climbed from the 24th position to finish in 16th.
Blaney and the No. 29 Cooper Standard Performance Products team now sits 10th in NCWTS driver point standings, 64 points back from first.
"We tested at Little Rock a couple of weeks ago and felt really confident with our short track package. The new tires Goodyear brought set us back from the early stages of practice on Friday. My Cooper Standard Performance Products team stayed on it all day, but we left some out there on the table today." - Ryan Blaney
Ross Chastain and the No. 19 Checkered Flag Foundation team started the race from the 25th position after posting a qualifying lap of 19.992 seconds around the .533 mile oval
Chastain got off to a hot start moving all the way up to the 12th position on lap 58 The caution flag waved for the first time due to a spin in turn one. It was the kind of start, crew chief Chad Kendrick had envisioned as he brought the CFF F-Series down pit road for the first time, changing all four tires and topping it off with fuel.
Kendrick and Chastain continued to communicate constantly on their radios making gradual improvements to the No. 19 CFF F-Series as the day progressed.
The yellow flag waved for a second time on lap 70, as Chastain got caught up in an altercation, which ultimately damaged the front end of his Truck. Electing to stay on track under the caution period, Chastain secured the 12th position as the green flag fell again.
The No. 87 brought out the seventh caution flag of the afternoon on lap 143 for a spin, forcing Kendrick to reel Chastain from the 11th position down pit road for a second time replenishing him with fuel, four new tires and echoing a loud applause throughout the No. 19 pit stall due to efficient stop.
On lap 240, right after Chastain had already come to pit road for a third time for fuel and four tires, he had to make an unexpected stop, because his BKR Ford F-Series had a left rear cut down by the No. 81, forfeiting him a top 10 finish in the Kroger 250 and placing 20th.
As a result of Chastain's finish, the No. 19 team now sits 16th in owner point standings.
"Although we didn't qualify well yesterday, we had a strong Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation F-Series, as I moved to the front in a hurry. It's always a great time to be able and run here at Martinsville Speedway, especially when Brad's CFF is on the hood of the Truck. I can't thank my team (@TeamBKR) enough for supporting me throughout the up and down day as we look forward to Rockingham next weekend."- Ross Chastain
Johnny Sauter’s hot start to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season continued Saturday afternoon with a win in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway.
The win gave Sauter a sweep of the first two races of the season. He won the opener at Daytona five weeks ago and with Saturday’s win he became only the second driver in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history to win the first two races of the season. Mark Martin won the first two races of the 2006 season.
“We typically run well here, so our expectations are high. Yesterday (Friday practice) was no different. The truck was really fast off the hauler,” Sauter said after his second Martinsville Speedway victory. “We knew today was going to be about tire management, more so than I ever remember here. So the first part of the race we ran about 80 percent and tried not to lose too much track position.
“Later on after our first pit stop, we were around eighth and still riding. After the next pit stop with 100 to go we were 18th and I was wondering how I could be patient and aggressive. With 40 or 50 to go we put the hammer down and let her go. It was an amazing day.”
Sauter took the lead with 17 laps to go and really wasn’t challenged, taking a 1.888-second victory over ThorSport Racing teammate Matt Crafton.
Pole-sitter and rookie Jeb Burton finished third, followed by former Martinsville winner Timothy Peters and rookie Darrell Wallace Jr.
Burton, who set a track record in qualifying Friday, had the dominant truck for most of the day, leading 154 laps at the .526-mile track before losing the lead to Sauter.
“I really wanted to win and had them covered for half of the race,” said Burton. “I was really good at the beginning and we adjusted to the track at half way and we still had them covered. I just used up too much of the truck late. But we’ve got nothing to hang our head about. We had a good truck all day.”
The day finished much better than it began for Crafton. He started eighth, fell back through the field and was involved in a little beating and banging two or three times.
“I thought we were going to go down a lap on the first run. They dropped the green and I was good for about five laps and then I was about done,” said Crafton. “But this bunch of mine never gave up. They kept making adjustments. I can’t thank those guys behind the wall enough … they were using their heads and making methodical changes to the truck.”
Action returns to Martinsville Speedway Sunday with the running of the STP® Gas Booster™ 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
Excellent seats remain for Sunday’s STP® Gas Booster™ 500 at Martinsville Speedway and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com. Martinsville Speedway’s ticket office will open at 7 a.m. on Sunday.
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Get set for 45 days of heart-pounding philanthropic fun at participating Krispy Kreme US locations. Krispy Kreme has teamed up with former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and the Victory Junction Camp for the fifth annual Krispy Kreme Drive for 45 Campaign. For 45 consecutive days, April 5 through May 19, Krispy Kreme fans can help provide a chronically ill child a life-changing, week-long summer camping experience by making a donation at checkout, or onlineat KrispyKreme.com.
Founded and operated by Kyle and Pattie Petty in Randleman, North Carolina, the Victory Junction Camp is a non-profit organization that enriches the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing fun, unique and life-changing camping experiences in a safe and medically-sound environment. The number 45 is a tribute to their son Adam Petty, former NASCAR #45 car driver who lost his life during a tragic racing accident in 2000.
Here are a few easy ways to make a donation to the Krispy Kreme Drive for 45 Campaign, April 5 through May 19, at a participating Krispy Kreme location near you.
- At Checkout – Make a $1, $2, $5 or $45 donation at checkout. A paper Drive for 45 certificate will be displayed in-store, throughout the campaign, in recognition of your support.
- "Round Up" – Tell the cashier to 'Round Up' your purchase amount to the nearest dollar. The difference is your donation.
- Tire Banks – Make a pit stop and drop your donation inside a Drive for 45 Tire Bank at your nearest participating Krispy Kreme.
Learn more about Victory Junction, or make an online donation to the Krispy Kreme Drive for 45 Campaign at KrispyKreme.com/Drivefor45.
Connect with Krispy Kreme at KrispyKreme.com, Facebook.com/KrispyKreme, or Twitter @KrispyKreme.
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