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NAPA AUTO PARTS NASCAR Sprint Cup team co-owner Michael Waltrip will make a special delivery Saturday, July 28 in Colorado.

Waltrip and MWR driver Martin Truex Jr. are asking race fans to participate in the NAPA KNOWS HOW TO CARE campaign to benefit victims of the wildfires which swept across Colorado last month.

Fans may participate by making PayPal donations to the American Red Cross at www.michaelwaltripracing.com from now until Sunday, July 29.

Waltrip and NAPA management will deliver a check for $25,000 from NAPA AUTO PARTS during ceremonies before Saturday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Colorado National Speedway. An additional check will be presented with the proceeds raised by online, local NAPA store efforts and at-track fundraising. Waltrip will be driving the No. 55 NAPA KNOWS HOW TO CARE Toyota in the event to raise awareness for the NAPA KNOWS HOW TO CARE program.

“We are racing in Denver and have this opportunity to show the great people of that region what NASCAR is all about,” said Waltrip. “We will be collecting donations from fans and partners and can deliver a message of support. Those fires cost more than $60 million to fight and burned more than 225,000 acres of land and they need our help.

“I love racing in the K&N West series events and it is a big weekend for NAPA which will be hosting almost 700 guests there. We wanted to do more than race, we wanted to help heal.”

Truex said raising money for the wildfire victims fits with NAPA’s effort to assist people in need.

“NAPA has done some great things helping families with the NAPA KNOWS HOW TO CARE program and I’m really proud to be able to join in helping the people of Colorado,” said Truex. “We have race fans all over the country and I know some of our fans lost their homes and personal belongings. They will have to rebuild and this is our small way of helping out.”

Waltrip will sign autographs at a NAPA fundraiser for the disaster relief fund Friday from 5-8 p.m. MST at the NAPA Denver Distribution Center, 2101 Highway 224, Denver, CO. NAPA will provide free hamburgers and hotdogs to the public. All donations can either be made in person at the fundraiser event, Colorado National Speedway, or you can simply text "RED CROSS" to the number 90999 to make a $10.00 donation.

"The wildfires have had a big impact on our state. Many of our friends and customers lives have been changed by this tragedy. This event is NAPA AUTO PARTS way of helping those in need and saying thank you to those who have risked their lives fighting these fires," said Will Rogers, District Manager of NAPA AUTO PARTS Denver Distribution Center.

“When disaster strikes, it’s hard to determine how to help, so we just hope by hosting this event and utilizing our resources we can help make a difference,” said Scott Carlson,

General Manager of NAPA AUTO PARTS Denver Distribution Center.

MWR PR

Michigan International Speedway will host 28 teams on Monday, July 30 when Goodyear holds a one-day tire test for all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams.

The best drivers in NASCAR will once again descend on the Irish Hills to continue their preparations for the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, August 19. The star-studded list includes 28 drivers and teams who will take advantage of the added practice time.

“This test will help Goodyear select a tire that is more compatible with the fast Michigan racing surface, and improve an already competitive race weekend from start to finish,” NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said, “Goodyear invited a majority of teams to Michigan, and we’ll work together on all elements to put on the best show possible for our fans.”

The following drivers are scheduled to attend the test at MIS on July 30. The drive lineup is tentative and subject to change. Teams may not reflect full-time roster driver. 

·         # 1 Jamie McMurray

·         #2 Brad Keselowski

·         #5 Kasey Kahne

·         #9 Marcos Ambrose

·         #11 Denny Hamlin

·         #13 Casey Mears

·         #14 Danica Patrick for Tony Stewart

·         #15 Clint Bowyer

·         #16 Greg Biffle

·         #17 Matt Kenseth

·         #18 Kyle Busch

·         #20 Joey Logano

·         #21 Trevor Bayne

·         #24 Jeff Gordon

·         #27 Paul Menard

·         #29 Kevin Harvick

·         #30 David Stremme

·         #31 Jeff Burton

·         #39 Ryan Newman

·         #42 Juan Pablo Montoya

·         #43 Aric Almirola

·         #51 Kurt Busch

·         #55 Mark Martin

·         #56 Martin Truex, Jr.

·         #78 Regan Smith

·         #83 Landon Cassill

·         #93 Travis Kvapil

·         #99 Carl Edwards

 

The track will open the Turn 1 Grandstand from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 30 for fans to watch the test free of charge.

“This is a unique opportunity for fans to see the drivers again test the repaved racing surface,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “The 28 teams who will be here feature some of the best in the sport as they continue to prepare for the upcoming Pure Michigan 400. The test falls at a perfect time for our fans as they get a chance to see cars on track between our two races.”

Testing times, track schedule and drivers are subject to change due to weather or other circumstances.

Fans are asked to park in Lot 10 off US 12 and enter the grandstands through Gate 17, just behind the water tower. The restroom facilities will be open and concession stands will be available. Fans are also allowed to bring in coolers that meet the MIS grandstand gate policies for any race weekend.

MIS PR

The undefeated streaks for Shelby Stroebel and Lance Gatlin will continue for another week.  Both drivers won at their respective ASA Member Tracks on Saturday night, which could brew a classic East vs. West battle for the ASA Member Track National Championship.
 
Stroebel won the 50-lap ASA Modified feature event at Meridian Speedway, an ASA Member Track in Meridian, ID.  This is his 11th feature win in 11 starts this season, extending his winning streak to 13 going back to the end of the 2011 season. He will try to make it twelve in a row on Saturday, August 11.
 
Gatlin won his ninth straight feature event in the Limited Late Model feature at Lonesome Pine Raceway, an ASA Member Track in Coeburn, VA.  He started sixth in the 60-lap feature event and took over the lead on lap 24 from Kevin Wolfe and never looked back. 
 
Gatlin will try to extend his win streak to ten on Saturday, August 4.  LPR Promoter Harold Crook has already raised the bounty to $450 if anyone can beat Gatlin.
 
Here are the results from ASA Series and ASA Member Tracks.
 
ASA RACING RESULTS FOR JULY 19-21, 2012
 
ASA MIDWEST TOUR (Super Late Models & Trucks)
Grundy County Speedway (Morris, IL)
Friday, July 20, 2012
ASA Midwest Tour Super Late Models – Wayne Carter Classic 100
1. Eddie Hoffman
2. Jonathan Eilen
3. Erik Darnell
4. Dave Gentile
5. Chris Wimmer
 
ASA Midwest Truck Tour
1. Dann Barber
2. James Swan
3. John Wood
4. Jerry Wood
5. Camden Murphy
 
www.asamidwesttour.com  
 
ASA NSRA WINGED SPRINT CAR SERIES
Stateline Stadium & Speedway (Post Falls, ID)
Friday, July 20, 2012 & Saturday, July 21, 2012
Friday Night
1. Bryan Warf
2. Sierra Jackson
3. Andy Alberding
4. Rick Brown
5. Matt Hein
 
Saturday Night
1. Johnny Geisler
2. Bryan Warf
3. Andy Alberding
4. Sierra Jackson
5. Ron Larson
 
www.nsraracing.com           
 
ASA PRO TRUCK SERIES
Magic Valley Speedway (Twin Falls, ID)
Saturday, July 21, 2012
First Feature
1. Hannah Newhouse
2. Dan Doan
3. Jerry Rice
4. Alan Larson
5. Johnny Pierre
 
Second Feature
1. Dan Doan
2. Doug Dugger
3. Hannah Newhouse
4. Drew Reistma
5. Jerry Rice
 
www.asa-pro-trucks.com     
 
ACE SPEEDWAY (Altamahaw, NC)
Twitter: @AceSpeedway
Friday, July 20, 2012
Rained Out.
 
www.acespeedway.com       
 
DILLON MOTOR SPEEDWAY (Dillon, SC)
Twitter: @DillonSpeedway
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Late Models: Marty Griggs
Chargers: Bozie Lane
Street Stocks: Tommy Poole
4 Cylinders: Kevin Jackson
UCAR: Michael Neal
 
www.dillonmotorspeedway.com    
           
 
EAST BAY RACEWAY PARK (Tampa, FL)
Twitter: @EastBayRacePark
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Rained out.
 
www.eastbayracewaypark.com      
           
I-25 SPEEDWAY (Pueblo, CO)
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Late Models: Chad Stutzman
Mini Stocks: Joe Gant
Street Stocks: Bud Sopko
Hornets: Tea McComb
Charger Figure 8’s: Andrew Fisher
 
www.i25speedway.com       
 
ILLIANA MOTOR SPEEDWAY (Schererville, IN)
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Late Models: Eddie Hoffman
Turbo Stox: Bill Serviss
Legends: Alex Arelano
Pure Stocks: Ricky Wilson
Bandoleros: Stan Zolodz
 
www.illianaspeedway.com              
 
LEBANON I-44 SPEEDWAY (Lebanon, MO)
Twitter: @i44speedway
Saturday, July 21, 2012
ASA Late Models: Matt Wallace
Modifieds:Ricky Icenhower
Sportsman:Lil JC Newell
Road Warriors:Dustin Reeves
Chargers:Paul Jepsen
 
www.i44speedway.net        
 
LONESOME PINE RACEWAY (Coeburn, VA)
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Late Models: Lance Gatlin
Street Stocks: Freddie Taylor Jr.
Pure 4’s: John McClanahan
Mod 4’s: Brad Ball
Renegades: Iggy Greer
Iron Warriors: Rannie Breeding
 
www.thepineraceway.com  
 
MARSHFIELD MOTOR SPEEDWAY (Marshfield, WI)
Twitter: MarshfieldMS
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Limited Late Models: Cory Kemkes
Super Stocks: Phil Malouf
CWMSA 4-Cylinders: Charlie Nickel
Pure Stocks: Kevin Berg
Bandits: Randy Polansky
 
www.marshfieldspeedway.com      
 
MERIDIAN SPEEDWAY  (Meridian, ID)
Twitter: @MeridianSpeed
Saturday, July 21, 2012
ASA Modifieds: Shelby Stroebel
B-Modifieds: Josh Jackson
Legends: Chase Gilbertson
Hornets: Colton Nelson
Junior Stingers: Riley Rogers
 
www.meridianspeedway.com         
 
NEWPORT MOTOR SPEEDWAY (Newport, TN)
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Please visit their website for results.
 
www.newportmotorspeedway.com           
 
NORWAY SPEEDWAY (Norway, MI)
Friday, July 20, 2012
Late Models: Jamie Iverson
Super Stocks: Aron Novack
DQ Dogs: Cody Skog
 
www.norwayspeedway.com           
 
ROCKY MOUNTAIN RACEWAYS (West Valley City, UT)
Twitter: @RMRSLC
Saturday, July 21, 2012
SPEARS Southwest Tour: Derek Thorn
Maverik Modifieds: Dan McCoy
Super Stocks: Greg Young
Focus Midgets: Jim Waters
 
www.rmrracing.com            
 
SOUTHERN OREGON SPEEDWAY (Medford, OR)
Friday, July 20, 2012 & Saturday, July 21, 2012
Dwarf Pro: Shawn Jones
Dwarf Vet: Gilbert Toste
Dwarf Sportsman: Brock Peters
Street Stocks: Jorden Braaten
Mini Stocks: Bob Burkett
 
www.sospeedway.com         
 
STATE PARK SPEEDWAY (Wausau, WI)
Twitter: @SPSRaces
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Super Late Models: Kyle Genett
Super Stocks: Jeff Nowak
Pure Stocks: Mitch Stankowski
Mini Mods: John Lietz
Mini Stocks: Kelly Sankey
 
www.stateparkspeedway.com
 
VIRGINIA MOTOR SPEEDWAY (Jamaica, VA)
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Rained Out.
 
www.vamotorspeedway.com                      

ASA Racing PR
 

Race Highlights:

  • Richard Childress Racing teammates finished first (Elliott Sadler), sixth (Austin Dillon) and 28th (Brendan Gaughan).
  • Sadler leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings over Dillon by 11 points. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. ranks third, followed by Sam Hornish Jr. and Justin Allgaier.
  • The No. 2 Chevrolet team is second in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, 16 points shy of the No. 18 car's lead, with the No. 3 team third in the standings and the No. 33 team sixth.
  • Dillon leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over Cole Whitt.
  • Elliott Sadler won the $100,000 Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash bonus, defeating eligible drivers Stenhouse, Hornish and Dillon. Sadler qualified for the next Dash 4 Cash race and the chance to win an additional $100,000 bonus at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 28.
  • According to NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics, Sadler ranked second in the Driver Rating category (122.8) and posted the Fastest Lap of the Race for 23 circuits.
  • Dillon led the field in the Closers category, advancing four positions in the last 10 percent of the race, was the second-Fastest Driver Early in a Run (168.187 mph), third-Fastest on Restarts and maintained the third-best Average Running Position (4.786).
  • Dillon spent 100 percent of the laps running in the top 15.
  • Gaughan led the field in Green-Flag Passes (72) and Quality Passes (64).
  • Sadler earned his third Nationwide Series win of the season and was followed to the finish line by Stenhouse, Allgaier, Kenny Wallace and Michael Annett.
  • The next scheduled Nationwide Series race is the Indy 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 28. The 19th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Elliott Sadler Victorious at Chicagoland for Third Win of 2012, $100,000 Dash 4 Cash Bonus

 

Elliott Sadler and the No. 2 Hunt Brothers Pizza team brought home the win Sunday evening at Chicagoland Speedway, collecting the team's third NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of the 2012 season. After battling an illness leading into the race weekend and starting from the 15th position, Sadler worked his way around the 1.5-mile track and into the top 10 by lap 14. The Richard Childress Racing driver reported to the team that the No. 2 Chevrolet was lacking side-bite, and the condition worsened as the cloud cover dissipated and the track became slicker. At the halfway marker of the 200-lap event, Sadler moved into the fifth position, but reported that the Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet was too loose as he fell to the eighth spot. The driver continued to pick off positions until a one-car spin brought out the caution flag on lap 128. Lambert called the driver down pit road to alleviate the loose-handling condition with four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment, and the driver lined up to restart eighth. A quick restart catapulted Sadler into the third position, and Sadler moved into the top spot on lap 165, distancing himself from the field until a caution with seven laps remaining slowed the team's pace. Lambert and Sadler discussed strategy as the field prepared for a green-white-checkered finish. Sadler chose the bottom line for the restart and held onto the lead despite challenges from his competitors on the restart, earning his third checkered flag of the season. The win also earned Sadler the $100,000 Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash bonus, beating out Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Sam Hornish Jr. and RCR teammate Austin Dillon. Sadler qualifies for an additional $100,000 bonus at the next Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 28.

 

Start- 15                       Finish- 1                       Laps Led -35                Points - 1

 

ELLIOTT SADLER QUOTE:

"Man, what a day. I have been sick with a bug for the past three days, but this win makes me feel a lot better. It feels so good to be able to be in Victory Lane for the third time this season, and it is great to be able to get Hunt Brothers Pizza a win. We knew we had a good car on the long runs, but we knew we had work to do on the short runs. Luke [Lambert] made a great call at the end with adjustments, and at the end of the day, it was all about track position, and our car was really fast out front. I'm really proud of my guys, who stuck with me knowing that I wasn't feeling great all weekend. I'm a little worn out, but I'd rather be worn out in Victory Lane than anywhere else."

 

  

Austin Dillon Earns Sixth-Place Finish at Chicagoland Speedway

 

Austin Dillon and Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet team were strong contenders throughout Sunday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway, finishing in the sixth position in the STP 300. Dillon started the 200-lap race from the front row after posting the second-fastest time during qualifying on Sunday morning. The 22-year-old driver ran within the top two for the first 25 laps of the Sunday afternoon race before falling to fifth as he battled a tight-handling condition on his Chevrolet. Routine pit stops under yellow and green-flag conditions throughout the race did little to alleviate the car's handling issues, yet Dillon remained a position within the top five. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender was scored in the fourth position when he made his final green-flag pit stop of the race on lap 164, receiving four tires and fuel. However, the team was pinned one lap down to the race leader when the caution flag was displayed as Dillon left his pit box. Forced to take the wave around in order to rejoin the lead lap cars, Dillon restarted in the 12th position when green flag racing resumed at lap 171. He used the last 29 laps of the event to race his way to the sixth position for the race's finish. With his 14th top-10 finish of the 2012 season, Dillon remains second in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, 11 markers shy of teammate Elliott Sadler's lead.

 

 

Start - 2                   Finish - 6                  Laps Led - 1                        Points - 2

                                  

AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:  "Our car was just a little bit too tight today due to the heavy cloud cover at the track. We still had a top-three car. We just got pinned a lap down when the caution flag came out while we were on pit road. A sixth-place finish isn't a bad day. We'll take it. Congratulations to Elliott Sadler on winning the Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash bonus. I'm glad we were able to keep the bonus within the RCR family."

 

 

Brendan Gaughan Settles for a 28th-Place Finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Event at Chicagoland Speedway

 

Brendan Gaughan and the No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet team finished 28th in Sunday afternoon's STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway after a late-race incident ruined a promising run. Gaughan started the race from the 10th position and fell into the top15 during the early laps of the event after he informed the Ernie Cope-led team that the black and yellow Chevrolet was becoming increasingly loose during the early run. Cope instructed the Las Vegas native to pit road during the first round of green-flag pit stops, but another competitor drove in front of the No. 33 Chevrolet forcing him to stay on track for another lap. As Gaughan made his way around the track, the caution flag was displayed allowing the team the opportunity to pit under yellow-flag conditions. However, Gaughan pitted prior to pit road opening to avoid running out of fuel, incurring a penalty that positioned the team at the tail-end of the longest line in the 14th position for the ensuing restart. As the NASCAR Nationwide Series race continued, Gaughan maintained a position within the top15 while the team continued to work on the loose-handling condition through the course of three additional yellow-flag pit stops. During the team's final pit stop, NASCAR officials cited Gaughan for entering pit road too quickly and penalized the driver by having him restart the race on lap 138 from the tail-end of the longest line, in the 14th position. The 37-year-old driver had drove into the top 10 and was racing side-by-side with another competitor when the car on the bottom grove was spun from behind, pinning the Rheem/Menards Chevrolet against the outside wall. The late-race incident caused damage substantial damage that could not be repaired, leaving Gaughan to retire from the race five laps shy of the finish, relegating the team to a 28th-place finish.

 

 Start - 10                              Finish - 28                        Laps Led - 0                 Owner Points - 9

 

BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:

"This was not the finish I was hoping for this afternoon. The Rheem/Menards Chevrolet was really fast and we were on our way to a solid finish when we got caught up in that wreck. I'm really proud of all of the RCR guys. They stuck with me this afternoon as we bounced back from a few setbacks during the race. I'm grateful for the opportunity Richard (Childress) and the folks from Rheem and Menards have given me to drive such great equipment. We will move on from this and focus on our next Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway."

 

RCR

Riding the recent wave of momentum, Jason Bowles and his American Majority No. 81 Toyota team rolled into Chicagoland Speedway ready for another strong weekend.  After an excellent qualifying effort as always from Jason, the team would start the STP 300 in the 17th position.  It was a long afternoon however for the American Majority No. 81, as the team fought a tight condition throughout the race, and finishing in 23rd place.

“It was just a tough weekend getting the handle on the race car,” explained crew chief John Monsam.  “It was loose during practice and then tight during the race.  That’s racing though and the guys kept their heads high and we still recorded a decent finish.  I’m really proud of all of them.”

Bowles and his team continue to be strong in qualifying, as they have been all season.  The 17th place effort was the 5th top-20 start in the last six races for the American Majority No. 81.

Following the race, Jason Bowles remains 13th in the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Standings.  Jason sits just 39 points out the top-10 with 15 races remaining in the season.

Next up for the MacDonald Motorsports team is one of the biggest races on the schedule.  The NASCAR Nationwide Series will make their first trip to the most famous race track in the world, Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Fans can watch the Indy 250 live on ESPN this Saturday, July 28th at 4PM EST on ESPN.

MMPR

After experiencing a few weeks of disappointing finishes, the Kyle Busch Motorsports team was looking forward to a fresh start at Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway on Sunday, where the NASCAR Nationwide Series was the premier show of the race weekend. Early indications showed a fast No. 54 race car that topped the field at times during practice and yielded a fourth-place starting spot. Car conditions changed quickly, however, and the crew was unable to find their sweet spot. That coupled with a late-race accident, relinquished the young team to a 27th-place finish, eight laps down, their fourth DNF of the season.

 

It wasn't long after the black Monster Energy machine took the green flag when signs showed despair, as team owner-driver Kyle Busch communicated, "we are wrecking loose on exit," indicating his difficulty to maneuver track turns. Although Busch had gained one spot to third, under green-flag conditions the team pitted the ill-handling car to provide spring-rubber and tire changes to fix the car's handling. As Busch left his pit box, however, NASCAR officials clocked him speeding, therefore a penalty was accessed.

 

Before Busch returned to pit road to fulfill his drive-through penalty, a caution period waved on the 1.5-mile oval. The No. 54 team was in ninth place and Busch could tell the recently made pit stop changes were not the feel he wanted, thereby asking the team to reverse them. The team pitted under yellow, fulfilling their penalty obligation by coming to pit road, and making further changes to help the handling of Busch's car.

 

As the field went back to green on lap 59 of the 200-lap event, the Monster Energy team was in 13th position. For some reason, the car's handling just wasn't coming around the way Busch preferred. He could race aggressively for four or five laps and then felt like the car wouldn't advance. Busch was quiet on the radio and the team elected to make another green-flag pit stop around the race's halfway mark. These car changes put the No. 54 team two laps down to the field, but within seven laps after the balance of the field had pitted, Busch was once again running in the top-15 and on the lead lap.

 

In the second half of the race, the Nationwide Series field experienced two more caution periods, one of which provided time again for the No. 54 KBM team to visit pit road. Busch's remarks explained slight improvement in the car, "we are a two loose now instead of a 10." Within 20 laps, Busch maneuvered his car from 12th to eighth and then to third, when on lap 167 the fourth caution period occurred.

 

The team visited pit road, but due to a slow stop, Busch lost one position in the running order when he returned to the field. With 28 laps remaining in the event, Busch restarted from fourth place and battled amongst frontrunners within the top-five, until his car's handling again slipped away.

 

With fewer than ten laps remaining in the Sunday event, Busch battled his car and the field, in a final effort to salvage a top-ten finish for the day. Unfortunately, the team would endure one more challenge, when on lap 193 the No. 12 car of Sam Hornish, Jr. hit the rear bumper of the KBM machine, sending it into the No. 33 of Brendan Gaughan, both cars impacting the outside wall of the backstretch and heavily damaging their vehicles.

 

Busch drove the wrecked No. 54 machine to pit road where the team intended to replace the tires and send Busch back on track, however NASCAR officials wouldn't allow it to return to the race, due to the heavy amount of vehicle damage. For the second time in three weeks, a disappointed Busch exited the garage area early while the final event laps unfolded on track.

 

Post race, KBM general manager Rick Ren commented, "It was a really frustrating day. We thought we were pretty good in practice yesterday and trying to anticipate a hot, sunny race track today. We made some adjustments aimed at that direction and kind of went the wrong way. We just never could recover over what we had done. We're still scratching our head a little bit as to what happened because some of the things Kyle (Busch) was complaining about with the chassis today, it's very odd. Even Kyle said, 'I've never quite felt this before. We'll diagnose what we did today and try to correct that and go on and go forward. Mike Beam (crew chief) and I we just had a meeting here about Indianapolis next week and changing our focus a little bit around from where we're at. We have to go to Indianapolis and just put this behind us and go on. We have, if not the best driver that there is -- I don't know who else is up there and when we run this badly, it's not him."

 

The Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 54 NNS team dropped one position to 10th in the Series Owner's Points Standings, 118 points out of first place, through 18 races completed.

 

Elliott Sadler won his eighth career Nationwide Series event and third series win of 2012 in the Richard Childress owned Chevrolet machine, over second-place finisher Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Justin Allgaier, Kenny Wallace and Michael Annett completed the top-five finishers.

 

There were five caution periods for 25 laps of the race along with thirteen lead changes across eight drivers.

 

The next event on the NNS schedule is the Indy 250, Aug. 4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with the race television broadcast starting at 4 p.m. EST on ESPN.

 

KBM PR

Matt Crafton and the No. 88 Schrock Cabinetry/Menards Toyota Tundra finished in 4th in Saturdays American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. This is Crafton's first top-five finish at this track. Starting in 9th position, Matt kept his truck within the top ten during the race, finishing in fourth.

 

Continuing his top-ten streak in the past five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, Matt maintained 6th Position in the drivers points standings and is currently one point out of the 5th spot.

 

"We had a really good truck during the day and in the early evening it was good", said Crafton. "When it cooled down like this, we picked up speed, but we didn't pick up as much speed as some of the other guys out there. All in all, it was a great run for the Schrock Cabinetry/ Menards Toyota Tundra. We just needed a little bit more speed right there at the end, and track position."

 

ThorSport PR

Austin Hill made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut Saturday night, driving the A&D Welding/Overnight Wraps No. 49 Toyota for MacDonald Motorsports at Columbus Motor Speedway.  After recording a solid qualifying result of 13th, Austin was fast early on in the race before a flat tire put him a few laps down.  Hill and his MacDonald Motorsports team kept working and he was able to complete the race, finishing 18th.

“The car war really tight at the beginning of the race so we made a few adjustments during the first two pit stops,” explained Hill.  “The car was feeling pretty good after that until the right rear tire went down, which put us a few laps down.”

18 year old Austin Hill was showing experience beyond his years as the team made changes to the car during the early stages of the race.  Competing side-by-side with some of the biggest up-and-coming names in the sport, Hill proved he belongs racing in the K&N Pro Series.

“After we had the flat, I just tried to get as much experience as possible and make a few passes to get the feel for the car.  Overall it was a great experience and I really enjoyed running for MacDonald Motorsports.”

The MacDonald Motorsports No. 49 now sits 13th in the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Owner Standings.  The team will get a week off before heading back to Iowa Speedway August 3rd for the Pork Be Inspired 150.

Fans can keep up with everything on the MacDonald Motorsports K&N Pro Series team on facebook and twitter @mms81_pr.

MMPR

Cale Gale and the No. 33 Rheem team brought home their third top-10 finish of the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season on Saturday night at Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway.   Gale drove a very smart race and worked closely with the Rheem team to develop a strategy that would position them near the front of the field at the conclusion of the event.  The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender crossed the finish line in the sixth position making him the highest finishing rookie in the American Ethanol 225.

 

Gale rolled off sixth for the 150-lap race in the windy city.  With an extremely fast truck, Gale was able to hold on to a position inside the top eight despite being loose in the center of the corner during the opening run.  With only two sets of sticker tires and track position at a premium, the Rheem team knew they needed to carefully plan their strategy throughout the race. Crew chief Jerry Baxter made the decision to take the first set of sticker tires during a green-flag stop on lap 45.

 

Gale continued to battle a loose race truck throughout the opening 100 laps visiting pit road during the lap 72 caution and again during the lap 100 caution. The Rheem team put their final set of sticker tires on their Chevrolet during the pit stop on lap 100, and made a track bar and spring rubber adjustment to help tighten up their Silverado. The changes made Gale's Rheem Chevrolet race the way he needed and the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender began his march to the front.  Gale picked up six positions during the final 30 laps to cross the finish line in the sixth position.

 

"I'm really happy with our finish tonight; the Rheem team put in a lot of time to prepare our Chevrolet for Chicagoland Speedway and I drove a hard race tonight," commented Gale. "We battled with a loose truck early in the race, but we never gave up. Jerry made some good changes during that final pit stop, and we were able to drive through the field. It's really important to have momentum on your side with all the races coming up over the next few weeks; hopefully we'll be able to follow this up with another strong run in the Rheem Chevrolet at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway."

 

ESR PR

Justin Lofton continued his battle for the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Championship this weekend at Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway in the No. 6 Lofton Cattle Chevrolet Silverado.  In a career-best season, Lofton won his first Keystone Light Pole Award this weekend to bring the field to the green in the American Ethanol 225.  Lofton went on to lead the field for a total of 24 laps before losing the handling of his truck late in the race and making contact with the outside wall relegating him to a 21st-place finish.

 

Opening up a sizable lead early in the race, Lofton led the field for the first 12 laps of the 150-lap race at Chicagoland Speedway.  As the event progressed, Lofton's truck started to change its handling as the sun set and the track cooled.  The Lofton Cattle team worked to fine-tune their handling during pit stops while also managing their tires to ensure that they would have enough fresh Goodyear Wranglers to go the distance. 

 

Crew chief Dan Bormann made the call for four fresh tires during Lofton's green flag pit stop just before lap 50, but elected for a fuel-only stop while making a chassis adjustment during the lap 72 caution to maintain track position.  Lofton continued to put the heat on the front runners as he raced side-by-side and gained the top position by lap 106 to lead the field for the next 10 circuits. 

 

As the race progressed, Lofton began losing grip in the Lofton Cattle Chevrolet and was shuffled back through the top 10.  On lap 145, while racing sixth with just five laps remaining, Lofton got loose in the marbles in turn four and made contact with the outside wall.  With heavy damage to the right side of his Silverado, Lofton brought the No. 6 Lofton Cattle Chevrolet down pit road for repairs.  The crew worked quickly applying BearBond and got Lofton back on the track just in time for a green-white-checkered finish. Focusing on the championship with a "big picture" mindset, Lofton worked to finish the race with the injured Lofton Cattle Chevrolet.  As some trucks spun across the finish line, Lofton crossed the line clean in the 21st position.

 

"I'm so proud of the guys at the shop," commented Lofton.  "We got our first pole and had a really great chance at the win.  We were strong all night.  I knew that things were going to get racy at the end, and my truck simply started to lose grip on those tires.  I was battling for position when I got loose in the high groove and hit the wall.  It just wasn't our day.  We'll put our heads down and go back to work to get ready for Pocono and keep pushing to win the championship." 

 

Justin Lofton PR

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