Wednesday, Feb 08
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Green Smoke® announced today that it will return as primary sponsor of T.J. Bell's No. 32 Ford Fusion fielded by FAS Lane Racing in Sunday night's AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In addition, as the anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Green Smoke® is honoring the sacrifices of our nation's uniformed men and women by donating the 32 car's quarter panels and TV panel to the Travis Manion Foundation, an organization that assists our nation's veterans and the families of fallen heroes.

Green Smoke® will support the Travis Manion Foundation by advertising its 9/11 Heroes Run on Bell's quarter panels. The 9/11 Heroes Run is a national race series held annually on the weekend closest to September 11th. Proceeds from the run directly support and address the issues affecting the veteran community and also provide financial support to local veteran and first responder 501 (c) 3 charities. The 9/11 Heroes Run strives to honor the fallen and challenge people to take part in an event that recognizes the service and sacrifice of so many that serve our country every day. For more information on race dates and location, log onto Bell's TV panel will offer another way to support the foundation. It encourages everyone to donate $10 to the organization by texting "Heroes" to 27722.

"It's an honor to help special causes like the Travis Manion Foundation," Bell said. "Especially with the anniversary of 9/11 coming up, it's important to remember all that our service men and women contribute. I hope that everyone takes the time to thank them for all their sacrifices and dedication. We're excited to promote the 9/11 Heroes Run and hope that everyone can contribute to the cause."

Green Smoke® is a proud advocate of the HERO Organization and the 32 million Americans that put on a uniform every day to serve and protect us. It supports and assists the non-profit organizations that help firefighters, police officers, EMT's and members of the armed services, including their families, in their time of greatest need by providing products, services and money. The HERO organization is bringing four guests from the Travis Manion Foundation to be hosted by Green Smoke® at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday.

"This is a very special opportunity for us," said James Brobyn, executive director of the Travis Manion Foundation. "Green Smoke®, The HERO Organization and FAS Lane Racing have all been very gracious and we appreciate all of the support they've given the Travis Manion Foundation. We're looking forward to going to the track and seeing a race up close."

"I'm very excited about this weekend," Bell said. "Atlanta's a fun track. I've always enjoyed going there. The speeds are crazy and it makes for some exciting racing. On top of that, we have some special guests coming from the Travis Manion Foundation. It's always an inspiration to meet the men and women who bravely serve our country, which has me really looking forward to Sunday."

The AdvoCare 500 will mark Bell's first Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Bell has one Nationwide Series start at the 1.5-mile race track. He started 29th and finished 27th. In Camping World Truck Series competition, Bell has four starts. His best finish is ninth place, which he achieved in 2008.

FAS Lane Racing PR

Sam Hornish, Jr., driver of the Penske Racing No. 12 Detroit Genuine Parts Dodge Challenger in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS), brought home a top-10 finish in the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday evening. The result marks Hornish’s 11th consecutive top-10 finish this season.

Hornish started from the ninth position after he lapped the newly resurfaced high-banked half-mile oval in 15.905 seconds at an average speed of 96.649 miles per hour in the Friday afternoon qualifying session. The Detroit Genuine Parts Dodge started the race strong with Hornish working his way into the top-five by lap 13. Hornish reported early in the race that the tachometer was not working, which would present challenges during pit stops. The first of which occurred at lap 44, as NASCAR called the predetermined competition caution six laps early while under caution for an on track incident.

The Defiance, Ohio native reported that his Dodge Challenger was too free on corner entry, too tight in the center of the turn and that he lacked drive off of the corner. Crew chief Chad Walter called for air pressure and chassis adjustments during the first stop along with four tires and fuel. The four tire stop cost the Penske Dodge a little bit of track position as a few of the front runners took two tires.

When the green flag restarted the action at lap 53 the Detroit Genuine Parts Dodge was scored 11th. Hornish would stay in the top-12 until a lap 113 caution brought the opportunity for a pit stop, which occurred at lap 117. During this stop crew chief Chad Walter called for two tires, chassis and air pressure adjustments. The two tire strategy paid dividends as Hornish was scored seventh when the action resumed at lap 121.

Over the waning laps of the race Hornish continued to work with a car that was lacking rear grip and at lap 238, he went a bit high in Turn 4 and brushed the wall. He was able to continue on but the contact cost him a few spots. A late-race caution gave the Penske Racing driver the opportunity to make up a few spots, and he did so as he brought home a 10th place finish.

“We were just a little off on our set-up tonight,” said Hornish. “The Detroit Genuine Parts crew worked on it throughout the race, but we just didn’t get a handle on it. We gave it our best though and managed to bring home a top-10 finish. I was hoping to do a little better than that, but hopefully we learned something. We will regroup this week and head to Atlanta next weekend.”

With the result Hornish and the No. 12 Detroit Genuine Parts Dodge team slip one position – to third place in the championship standings.

Penske Racing teammate, Brad Keselowski finished 32nd in the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger.

Penske Racing PR

Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 22 Discount Tire/SKF Dodge Challenger in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS), finished 32nd in the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) on Friday night. The former BMS winner was involved in an incident at lap 26 that resulted in him losing multiple laps to the leaders while repairs were made to his damaged Dodge Challenger.

Keselowski began the 250-lap race from the eighth position, based on his lap of 15.903 seconds, or 120.656 miles per hour, around the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.” The start of the race was delayed for over an hour as rain showers moved through the area. When action eventually began, a caution flag fell over the field at lap 6. Keselowski noted to crew chief Jeremy Bullins that the track lacked rubber, which resulted in his Discount Tire Dodge having a loose-handling condition.

The race resumed at lap 11 with Keselowski scored in the seventh position. The new BMS surface resulted in close side-by-side racing all over the racing surface. While trying to avoid a lapped car, Keselowski made slight contact with the No. 11 of Brian Scott at lap 26. He received the worst end of the incident as he was forced to pit road for several repairs to the front-end of his Dodge.

While the incident made a victory impossible, Keselowski and the Discount Tire Dodge team continued to battle, in an effort to gain as many positions as possible before the checkered flag. They were able to do just that before crossing the finish line in the 32nd position.

Penske Racing teammate Sam Hornish finished 10th in the Food City 250 on Friday night.

Following Friday’s result, Keselowski and the No. 22 team remain sixth in the NNS owner point standings.

“Bristol is not the place to be driving a damaged car and the Discount Tire Dodge was definitely damaged,” said Keselowski. There’s not any place where you want to have that and this sure as hell isn’t one of them. It’s just one of those deals. I’ll have to go back and look at the tape to see what I could’ve done differently.”

Keselowski and the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge team will next compete at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 1, in the NRA American Warrior 300. Coverage will air live beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The race will also be broadcast on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90.

Penske Racing PR

There was some great ASA Racing action this past weekend all across the United States and Canada.  For many, these events are inching closer to determining their 2012 champions. 
Here are the results from this past weekend.
Western Speedway (Victoria, BC, Canada)
Friday, August 24, 2012 & Saturday, August 25, 2012
Canada 200
1. Dave Hemrich
2. Wade Bland
3. Jason Tarasenko
4. Korbin Thomas
5. Brent Morris 

Meridian Speedway (Meridian, ID)
Saturday, August 25, 2012
1. Doug Dugger
2. John Newhouse
3. Jeff Pohlman
4. Scott Luttmer
5. Dan Doan                 
South Sound Speedway (Tenino, WA)
Saturday, August 25, 2012
1. Chris Schmeizie
2. Matt Hein
3. Andy Alberding
4. Randy Dubois
5. Matt Mansell
ACE SPEEDWAY (Altamahaw, NC)
Twitter: @AceSpeedway
Friday, August 24, 2012
Limited Late Models: Jason Payne
Mini Stocks: Michael Tucker
X-Treme: Keith Brame
Street Stocks: Doug Wall       
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Legends: Kyle Ray
Mod 4: Ronnie Ripley
Warriors: Chris Rosentreter
Late Models: Tom Davis
Super Lite Trucks: Bill McClatchey           
Twitter: @DillonSpeedway
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Super Trucks: Archie Adams
Allison Legacy Series: John Hunter Nemechek
Street Stocks: AJ Hyatt
Mini Cup: Steve Chauncey (First Feature), Bill Willis (Second)    
Twitter: @HartfordMS
Friday, August 24, 2012
UMP Late Models: Steve Ausra
UMP Modifieds: Curt Spalding
UMP Pure Stocks: Jeff Morse
B-Mods: Tom Disterheft
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Late Models: Eddie Hoffman
Turbo Stox: Jacob McKown
Legends: Matt O’Leary
Pure Stocks: Ryan Lagestee
Bandoleros: Stan Zolodz              
Twitter: @i44speedway
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Rained out.                    
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Sprint Cars: Casey Tillman (Won Both Features)
Super Sixes: Bruce Gilogily
ASA Pro Trucks: Doug Dugger
B Modifieds: Josh Jackson
Hornets: DJ Everett                     
Friday, August 24, 2012
Late Models: Jay Baumler, Jr.
Super Stocks: Brett Bray
DQ Dogs: Cody Skog           
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Modifieds: Jimmy Zacharias
Sportsman: Jimmy Zacharias
Street Stocks: Chris Zacharias
4 Cylinders: Clayton Weaver          
Twitter: @SkagitSpeedway
Saturday, August 25, 2012
410 Sprints: Travis Jacobson
360 Sprints: Rod Perkins
Sportsman: Bill Rude
Outlaw Hornets: Freddie Vela  
Twitter: @RaceShasta
Saturday, August 25, 2012
ASA Modifieds: Kyle Borden
Shasta Late Models: Joe Bratolli
Mini Stocks: Paul Sabourin
Hornets: Trevor Harrison
Bombers: Chris Michael 
Twitter: @SPSRaces
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Late Models: Jesse Haase
Super Stocks: Natalie Decker
Pure Stocks: Duane Myszka
Mini Mods: Bradley Conant
Mini Stocks: Kelly Sankey                    
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Pure Stocks: Rob Allen
Mini Stocks: Jon Manka
Bump to Pass: Thomas Benscooter
Sportsman: Kyler Conduff
Hornets: Ken Mullins  

ASA Racing PR

Following Saturday night’s Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth crash and Stewart’s subsequent helmet toss at Kenseth’s car, Atlanta Motor Speedway has created a promotion giving fans the opportunity to take advantage of a special post-incident ticket price while choosing side in who was at fault in the tangle.

Through Sunday night’s AdvoCare 500, Stewart fans purchasing three Lower Champions Grandstand tickets will receive their fourth ticket for only $14 while Kenseth followers can receive their fourth ticket for only $17, representing savings of $85 and $82, respectively. The ticket prices reflect the car numbers for both drivers involved in the much talked-about crash while racing for the lead in Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol.

The special pricing is for start/finish line area seats in rows 1-23 of the Champions Grandstand. Tickets may be purchased online at, through the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX, at Ticketmaster outlets or in-person at the AMS ticket office or ticket windows this weekend.

“This is a fun tongue-in-cheek way of rewarding fans planning to attend this Sunday’s AdvoCare 500,” said AMS President and General Manager Ed Clark. “I expect Sunday night’s event to continue the on-track intensity we have seen the past several weeks as drivers fight to make their way into the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The conflicts that will come as a result aren’t over.”


Sliding into Atlanta: Two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Todd Bodine travels to Atlanta Motor Speedway this Saturday for the Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200 with a wealth of experience at the 1.5-mile oval, including one previous win. Prepared to muscle his way through slick track conditions with his Toyota Care Tundra,Bodine knows that in order to have a chance at a solid finish, he'll need a well-balanced truck, along with a little luck on his side.Despite another disappointing result for two-time champion Todd Bodine at Bristol last week, the No. 11 Red Horse Racing team went back to work to build another fast Toyota Care Tundra for this weekend's 200-mile event.


"You can't look at what's happened over the past few races if you want to move forward and do well," Bodine explained. "These Red Horse Racing guys haven't given up and have performed every week to bring fast Tundras to the race track and that's all we can do. I know they've got another great truck this weekend so hopefully we'll have luck too."


Racing for Awareness: Toyota Racing kicked off 'Racing For Awareness' last Friday, a friendly competition among women affiliated with the Toyota NASCAR program to design t-shirts that will support breast cancer awareness. Among the participants are two members of the Red Horse Racing family, Janet Bodine, wife of driver Todd Bodine, and Sara Peters, wife of driver Timothy Peters. The winning design will be selected from fan votes and produced during the Charlotte race weekend in October, and Toyota will donate $500 in the name of each participant to Carolina Breast Friends in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Vote at  now through Oct. 4, 2012 at 12 PM (ET).


Weekend Appearances: Two- Time NCWTS Champion and previous Atlanta Motor Speedway winner Todd Bodine will join teammates Parker Kligerman and Timothy Peters at the Atlanta Motor Speedway Fan Stage on Friday night at 6:45 pm. The drivers will be available to answer questions and greet fans in attendance.


Previous Race Recap:Starting the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 race day at Bristol Motor Speedway with a convincing practice and qualifying effort, Todd Bodine looked to have put his streak of misfortune in the rear view. After starting the night from the third position, Bodine kept his No. 11 Toyota Care Tundra within the top-five, waiting for the closing laps to make a run for the win. His chance contending for that victory was taken away by another competitor with less than 40 laps to go, as Bodine was sent spinning after contact. With irreparable damage, Bodine finished 31st.


Chassis History:Crew chief Rick Gay and the No. 11 Toyota Care Tundra team have prepared chassis number 85 for "The Onion" to pilot at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In its last on-track appearance, this particular Tundra battled solidly inside the top-10 at Chicagoland Speedway before brushing the wall due to contact from another competitor.



-John Wes Townley and the Zaxby's Racing team headed to Bristol Motor Speedway to compete under the lights in Friday night's Food City 250, where the RAB Racing team proved that they had a Toyota Camry capable of contending for a top-10 finish, but a late-race incident sidelined the team for a number of laps. The team's never-quit attitude was put on display as Townley was able to return to the track and salvage a 23rd-place finish.


Townley recorded the 14th-fastest time in Friday's lone practice session. Later that afternoon, the 22-year-old driver recorded a lap of 16.172 seconds, at an average speed of 118.650 mph, to earn the 20th starting position for the 250-lap feature.


From the drop of the green flag later that evening, Townley wasted no time advancing position, piloting his Toyota Camry into the top 10 by Lap 60.Townley maintained his position amongst the top 15 throughout the night, as he raced between 12th and 15th.  Unfortunately, on Lap 227, Townley hit the wall, which resulted in a broken wheel. Townley brought his Zaxby's machine to the attention of the Scott Zipadelli-led RAB Racing crew, where swift repairs saw him able to return to the track where he would take the checkered flag in the 23rd position.


Despite the less-than-desired result, RAB Racing advanced one position, to 18th, in the NASCAR Nationwide Series owner point standings. With 23 of 33 races complete, the No. 99 team trails 17th place by by 17 markers, and a spot in the top 15 by 42.


"All in all, we had a good weekend," said Townley. "I was able to hang on until the last 25 laps of the race. We got into the fence a little bit and broke a wheel. Our guys stayed on top of it so we could finish the race and I applaud them for that. It's unfortunate that after so much work, it's ending like this. But we'll hold our heads up and look forward to Atlanta."


RAB Racing PR

After a nearly two year hiatus NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner Billy Ballew is making a return to truck series competition this Friday night in the Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in a collective effort with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team Phoenix Racing. 2004NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch and current Phoenix Racing driver willpilot the No. 51 Bill Holt Chevrolet. Phoenix Racing's NSCS crew chief Nick Harrison will serve as Busch's truck crew chief and the Phoenix Racing over the wall crew will pit The No. 51 NCWTS entry.

"This is like going home for me,” said Ballew. “Atlanta Motor Speedway is a very special place for me. I grew up in the area and this was one of the first tracks that went to when I became involved in racing. To be honest with you, I have missed not being involved day to day with this sport and this series so to come back here and compete at Atlanta is very satisfying. Billy Ballew Motorsports has had some great success at this venue and we look to add to that Friday night. I can't thank James Finch, Phoenix Racing and Kurt Busch enough for helping me return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series."

Billy Ballew Motorsports has indeed had tremendous success at Atlanta's tricky, high-speed quad-oval. In 17races at the Hampton, GA venue Ballew's entries have posted four wins, 7top-five and 9 top-10 finishes. Kurt Busch's brother Kyle led a BBMS truck to victory lane at Atlanta in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Kurt Busch himself is no stranger to success in the NCWTS, he has four wins, 14 top-five and 18 top-10finishes in just 26 starts. The most recent truck series start for Kurt Busch came just two weeks ago at Michigan for Kyle Busch Motorsports where he dominated the race, leading 57 laps before being shuffled back in the finishing order due to pit strategy.

“The chance to drive Kyle’s truck at Michigan was a unique opportunity to help with the team and evaluate his program and the fun factor was definitely through the roof,” Kurt Busch said. "We led the most laps and it just came down to fuel mileage. At Atlanta it’s all about saving your tires so it’s going to be more of a tire management race. So just looking at everything from the broader perspective is these two races that I will have done so far in trucks we are talking about two polar opposite kind of tracks. With the race at Michigan and the race at Atlanta this weekend it’s just two different kind of tracks as far as the strategy used or needed to be successful in the No. 51 truck. James Finch and the group asked me to run Atlanta for Billy Ballew and his gang and it’s just another element of going out there and having fun.”

"After working for so long with Kyle and having the type of success we had together it is really kind of cool to have Kurt behind the wheel of this No. 51 Bill Holt Chevrolet," Ballew added. "So many people have helped me with this effort I can't possible thank them all. Bill Holt Chevrolet in Canton, GA, Bill and Steve Acor, Woodard Pools, Cardinal Waste Solutions and all pitched in to make sure we could put our best foot forward. Kurt is right; it is all about the fun factor with this deal."

Source: Billy Ballew Motorsports PR

Improvement on Intermediate: Nine days after covering the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series field and leading all 204 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway en route to victory, Timothy Peters and his Red Horse Racing crew will return to competition at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Though Red Horse Racing has not yet scored a victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) at any intermediate track in his eight year history, Peters is encouraged after the improvements he experienced at a similar track, Chicagoland Speedway, earlier this year. Crew chief Butch Hylton and the No. 17 Red Horse Racing crew have prepared the same Toyota Tundra chassis for Peters that he drove to a third place finish at Chicagoland.

"I can't wait to get to Atlanta, especially coming off a run like we had at Bristol. Since I've been at Red Horse, we've been able to cover wins at tracks from Daytona to Bristol, but we haven't gotten that mile and a half win. We had to start from the rear of the field at Chicago and I was able to drive all the way up to the lead and eventually finish third with the same Toyota Tundra we'll have at Atlanta," Peters explained. "I feel like we're ready to take it to the next level and get that win."                                                                                                          

Racing for Awareness: Toyota Racing kicked off 'Racing For Awareness' last Friday, a friendly competition among women affiliated with the Toyota NASCAR program to design t-shirts that will support breast cancer awareness. Among the participants are two members of the Red Horse Racing family, Sara Peters, wife of driver Timothy Peters, and Janet Bodine, wife of driver Todd Bodine. The winning design will be selected from fan votes and produced during the Charlotte race weekend in October, and Toyota will donate $500 in the name of each participant to Carolina Breast Friends in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Vote at  now through Oct. 4, 2012.

Weekend Appearances:NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship points leader Timothy Peters will join teammates Parker Kligerman and Todd Bodine at the Atlanta Motor Speedway Fan Stage on Friday night at 6:45 pm. The drivers will be available to answer questions and greet fans in attendance.

Previous Race Recap:For the first time since 1997, a driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series led all of the laps en route to the victory. Wednesday night, Timothy Peters was the driver who repeated history and made it happen in dominating style in the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Starting from the outside of the front row and leading all 204 laps, including a green-white-checkered finish, Peters nabbed his second victory of the year.

Chassis History:Chassis number 73 will make another appearance with Timothy Peters behind the wheel this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The last appearance for this Tundra was at Chicagoland Speedway in July, where Peters drove up to the lead within the last ten laps and finished third.


Emphasis on Intermediate: Settling into his new home at Red Horse Racing, Parker Kligerman will travel with his No. 7 Red Horse Racing team to Atlanta Motor Speedway this Friday for the Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200. Moving up yet another spot in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings after an impressive runner-up finish to teammate Timothy Peters at Bristol, Kligerman is motivated to keep the momentum rolling.

Still searching for his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory, Kligerman is optimistic about his chances at one of his favorite tracks on the circuit. Favoring the high speeds the Georgia-based track provides, Kligerman plans to put his successful intermediate track resume to good use.

"My record is probably the best on mile and half tracks," Kligerman noted. "I've put a lot of emphasis on these types of tracks just because it makes up a lot of the NASCAR schedules, no matter what series you run. I feel like I can really continue that success this weekend with the equipment Toyota and Red Horse Racing have put together. It's a great chance for us to go out and not only win, but I feel like we have a great chance to dominate too."

Weekend Appearances: Parker Kligerman will join his Red Horse Racing teammates Todd Bodine and Timothy Peters at the Atlanta Motor Speedway Fan Stage on Friday night at 6:45 pm. The drivers will be available to answer questions and greet fans in attendance.

Previous Race Recap:In just his second start driving under the Red Horse Racing banner in the No. 7 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Parker Kligerman made an impressive march through the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series field Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. From his ninth place starting position, Kligerman and crew chief Chad Kendrick improved on the handling conditions of his Tundra with just one pit stop in the UNOH 200. Keeping his equipment spotless, Kligerman maneuvered his way to his career best finish at the half-mile track, crossing the stripe in second place.

Chassis History: Reverting to the same Toyota Tundra that took Kligerman to a fourth place finish at Michigan International Speedway just two weeks ago, crew chief Chad Kendrick and the No. 7 Red Horse Racing crew have prepared chassis number 001 for battle this weekend at Atlanta.



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