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In preparation for Homestead-Miami Speedway’s Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on November 19, some of NASCAR’s biggest stars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be taking the track for a NASCAR test session. The testing will take place Tuesday, October 24 on Homestead-Miami Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval, where one car from most of the major Monster Energy Series teams are slated to participate.
The testing session will run from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting. Fans who would like to witness this preview of the Ford EcoBoost 400, the crowning race of the Monster Energy Series Playoffs, are invited to watch the testing at the track. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to get an up-close look at the cars from the infield Pit Road Cabanas or enjoy a panoramic view of the track from the grandstands or the fourth floor Speedway Club.
Fans attending may park their vehicles in the parking lot on S.W. 336th Street and S.W. 137th Avenue. Entry to the facility is through Gate 4 where a tram will take fans to the infield. The tram will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Below is a list of drivers who are scheduled to participate in the testing session. Drivers and schedule are subject to change:
Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing
Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing
Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Brad Keselowski Team Penske
Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing
Alex Bowman Chevrolet R&D
Landon Cassill Ford R&D
Tickets to the 2017 Monster Energy Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race, in addition to the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 championship race Saturday, November 18, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 championship race Friday, November 17, are now available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com
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Brian DeFebo wins feature and championship.Broc Brown's thrilling last lap pass earns him Late Model laurels15 Oct 2017 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Veteran crew chief Gary Slusser is known for his setups that have put numerous drivers in Victory Lane over the years. Many of them have also gone on to win championships including this year’s Mahoning Valley Speedway Modified kingpin Brian DeFebo.
Prior to the night’s 35-lap season point finale Slusser indicated to DeFebo that every one of his driver’s ended their championship year with a win. DeFebo in return delivered, capping off his season with a second straight victory and fifth on the year.
After working the outside of Joey Jarowicz for several laps while also dueling alongside Gene Bowers, DeFebo, who started ninth, picked up the lead with 11 laps remaining and then cruised steadily the rest of the way.
“Getting to the front was the tough part. Joey (Jarowicz) was running a smart line. He was taking away the outside and the inside and it was what he had to do,” explained DeFebo.
“I had no opportunity to get to the inside so I had to stay persistent. Once I was able to get up alongside of him I was able to then take a little bit of the line away. After getting in the lead I just ran my own pace and I knew if I kept the car straight we wouldn’t get passed.”
Jarowicz, Bowers and DeFebo provided much of the action. Jarowicz led from the onset and had Bowers giving him a great run. DeFebo joined them by lap seven and the trio then began a blanketed battle.
Jarowicz stepped out to the middle lane and in doing so kept his opponents in check through a stretch of 19 nonstop laps. Bowers was on the low side and looked to make a squeeze play several times but Jarowicz remained very protective. It was much the same for DeFebo in his attempts until finally getting the opportunity to pull alongside and eventually pass for the lead and win.
Bobby Jones used a restart with 10 laps to go and took over second spot but could not keep up with DeFebo. Bowers notched third with Lou Strohl and Jarowicz completing the top 5.
This was the first time that DeFebo ran a complete season at Mahoning Valley. He is a six time Evergreen champion which includes four titles in the Modifieds.
“It’s exciting to come here and win this championship. We never concentrated on a (full) season here,” said DeFebo.
“You don’t want to be cocky, you want to be confident and I knew that if we concentrated on running the whole year we could do well. It always worked that way when we ran for points at Evergreen and we were successful with that mindset,” he continued.
“These guys who race here are tough as nails. We’ve run the RoC, we’ve run other tracks but here at Mahoning Valley it is as good as it gets. Lap for lap you have to be thinking and planning and always on your game.”
In a dramatic last lap pass Broc Brown snuck by race long leader Dylan Osborn for top honors in the Late Model feature.
Looking to win for the first time with a full-bodied stock car, 13-year old Osborn was turning perfect laps from the get-go. Brown was settled into second and gradually making headway as the race was coming to a close but Osborn showed enough poise that he could pull off a victory.
However, when Jacob Kerstetter spun with two laps to go it set up the exciting showdown. As the action got back underway Osborn was feeling the pressure by Brown, himself just 14-years old.
When the pair crossed under the white flag Brown stayed glued to Osborn’s rear until entering turn two which at that point he power moved his way underneath. Moments later Brown was leading and winning while Osborn had to settle for an unfortunate but well-run second place.
“It was all I could do to win. In the beginning of the year I had the same move done to me and that taught me something,” said Brown afterwards on his race winning move.
“I learned so much this year racing here, how to pass people clean and if you give them respect they’ll give it back.”
With his fifth place tally Mike Sweeney retained his title as Late Model champion.
Shayne Geist capped off his rookie season with the Street Stocks by winning for a second time. He started pole and although able to lead all 30 laps, it was hard-fought as Mark Deysher and Corey Edelman made him work hard on each passing lap. In the end Geist was not to be denied as he drove a solid and defensive race in garnering the verdict.
Stacey Brown was crowned the Street Stock champion, the first title ever for the respected veteran.
In the dirt Mods Billy Lowden Jr., made a quick dash to the lead at the drop of the green and then proceeded to lead the distance for his first win in three years. Jeff Parker was closing on Lowden but time ran out before any serious challenge could be mounted.
Jake Kibler won for the second straight week and sixth time this season but it wasn’t enough to land him the Pro 4 championship as Kevin Stein’s runner-up finish earned him the 2017 class title.
The Hobby Stock feature was gripping in several ways. In the race Trisha Connolly was able to win for a third time but it came after a tough battle with strong-willed Samantha Osborn whom she passed with eight laps to go.
Heading into the race the championship battle was just one point between first and second. With a third place finish Austin Beers bested Devin Schmidt for the crown.
Donnie Allison to Lead the Field to Green in Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s No. 2 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the Alabama 50014 Oct 2017 Written by Steven B. Wilson
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. scored his first career MENCS victory when he took the checkered flag in the spring race at Talladega. Stenhouse Jr. has high hopes that he can make it a Talladega sweep, saying, “I think the biggest thing for me is you’ve got to have these things play out exactly right. I feel like the last two played out really well for us and we were able to capitalize on good fortune for us and cautions coming out at the right time and missing wrecks, so you’ve got to have a fast car and get a little lucky at the same time and get the job done when it comes time.”
- In advance of Saturday’s qualifying for the MENCS event, a pair of Chevrolet drivers – Kasey Kahne and Earnhardt Jr. – led the final practice. Kahne posted a speed of 191.222 mph, while Earnhardt Jr. went 191.069 mph. Kurt Busch was third with a top speed of 190.257 mph, whileTrevor Bayne positing a speed of 190.102 mph. Chase Elliott rounded out the top-five with a speed of 189.729 mph.
- The fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race is the cutoff race in the Round of Eight of the NCWTS playoffs. Two drivers – Christopher Bell and Ben Rhodes – have already locked themselves into the Round of Six, while the rest of the six playoff drivers will be jockeying for every position in hopes of advancing to the next round. Defending race winner and Fairhope, AL native Grant Enfinger hopes to play the role of spoiler and capture his second checkered flag at the iconic venue.
Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s No. 2 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Presented to Dale Earnhardt Jr. by Talladega Superspeedway13 Oct 2017 Written by Steven B. Wilson
The Earnhardt legacy at Talladega extends back nearly four decades. Perhaps, Earnhardt Jr. will add to the family history at NASCAR’s Biggest and Baddest track with a victory in Sunday’s Alabama 500 (1 p.m. CDT), the “Wildcard” second race in the Round of 12 of the MENCS playoffs.
Like many local sites that have been housing evacuees from the North Bay fires, Sonoma Raceway has been overwhelmed with generous donations from community members.
We now have more donated items than we have the capacity to use or distribute, and are no longer accepting material donations at the raceway.
In lieu of donating new or used items, we suggest you consider a financial contribution to one of these local non-profits doing incredible work in local communities:
- North Bay Fire Relief Fund: www.redwoodcu.org/northbayfirerelief
- Petaluma People Services: http://petalumapeople.org/
- Redwood Empire Food Bank: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=redempire&id=64
- Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano: https://www.foodbankccs.org/
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30 Years Later: We Remember Davey Allison’s Career That Was Set in Motion by Talladega Superspeedway Success13 Oct 2017 Written by Steven B. Wilson
The year was 1987, and when NASCAR roared into Talladega Superspeedway for the first time that season, a young, local kid from nearby Hueytown, Alabama – Davey Allison – had high hopes. He was looking for his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) checkered flag, and little did he know how special that day would become.
“I’d wanted to be a race car driver for as long as I could remember,” Allison said in the late 1980s. “I knew how to build a race car from the ground up. I worked in my dad’s (4-time Talladega winner and 1983 NASCAR Champion Bobby Allison) shop from the time I was 12 years old, but I still felt like my strong point was still driving the cars.”
And boy, drive the cars he did, especially at Talladega, which hosts the Alabama 500 MENCS and fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) playoff events, this Saturday and Sunday.
May 3, 1987 was a beautiful day in Talladega, Alabama. With temperatures reaching just above 80 degrees and no threat of rain (the same forecast as the upcoming weekend), Allison, a rookie, strapped into his No. 28 Havoline Ford owned by Harry Ranier. Coming into the race he had only 13 starts in NASCAR’s premier series covering three seasons, with a best finish of fifth. But, this was his initial season with a team that had produced wins in proven equipment.
He started on the inside of the second row and took the lead for the first time on lap 60. The rest was history as he wound up leading a race-high 101 laps, including the final 10 after passing Dale Earnhardt – the Talladega King – who today, leads all drivers with 10 MENCS victories at NASCAR’s Most Competitive track.
A memorable scene ensued after the race with Allison’s elated crew members riding in - and top of - the beautiful white, black and gold Ford down pit road before reaching victory lane.
“I’ll tell ya, this car here was just awesome all day,” Allison said in the winner’s circle. “These guys did a super job with this car, and I could do anything I wanted with it. I’m gonna tell you what, I’m just tickled to death.”
While he had won four ARCA Racing Series races years before, the ‘Dega triumph kick-started an unbelievable year. He was victorious again two weeks later at Dover to become the first rookie in NASCAR history to win twice in one season. Running a limited schedule, in just 22 starts, he won twice and finished in the top-10 an amazing 16 times enroute to winning the Rookie of the Year award.
“Unbelievable year for us,” said Allison at season’s end. “There’s no way to really describe how we feel because we just couldn’t have imagined in our wildest dreams that we’d have two wins, since it’s just something that doesn’t happen nowadays in the sport. I owe a lot of credit to my dad, too, for paving the way for me more or less and giving me a shop to operate in, and his knowledge to learn from.”
It’s safe to say that Davey’s NASCAR career began at Talladega – literally. Not only did his first victory come at the 2.66-mile facility, but he made his first official NASCAR laps in a Cup car at TSS, finishing 10th in 1985, driving for veteran owner Hoss Ellington.
Over a nine-year career that included 191 starts, Allison won 19 times in the MENCS. In addition to his ’87 victory, two more came at ‘Dega in ’89 and ’92, both of which came for owner Robert Yates, the 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, who passed away just last week. Allison also captured the 1992 International Race of Champions (IROC) event at Talladega, as well as four ARCA Racing Series events, giving him a total of eight at the track across three separate series. That total places him second amongst drivers in all series at Talladega, trailing only Earnhardt Sr. who has 14.
But, with all the success, his legacy will be remembered as a friend to the fans. Always sporting a smile on his face – even through the bad times when luck wasn’t on his side. He would always take the time to talk to the media, as well as fans, after some kind of incredible racing heartbreak.
He was just glad to be behind the wheel of a stock car. He loved Talladega Superspeedway, he loved NASCAR and he loved the multitude of Allison and Alabama Gang followers. He was tragically taken away from us in 1993, but we all remember him as a good person who had a brilliant career, and it started at his home track – Talladega.
Talladega Superspeedway’s fall race weekend gets into full swing in just two days with practice sessions for the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Alabama 500 MENCS race on Friday. Saturday’s NCWTS race, where the field of playoff contenders will be trimmed from eight to six at event’s end, is set for a 12 Noon (CDT) start. The weekend will conclude at 1 p.m. (CDT) Sunday with the Alabama 500, the “Wildcard” race in the Round of 12 of the NASCAR playoffs and six-time Talladega winner Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final start at the fabled facility.
To secure your tickets to Talladega’s memorable race weekend log on to www.talladegasuperspeedway.