Bond Auto Parts Launches Sponsorship Effort at Devil's Bowl Speedway

ATTACHED PHOTO: Jake Zakrzewski, Jr. (#34) is one of the top drivers who will compete in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division at Devil's Bowl Speedway.  (MemorEvents photo)

 Vermont auto parts dealer pledges support to West Haven track
 For Immediate Release                  DBS-030612-1
 WEST HAVEN, VT -- Bond Auto Parts has stepped up its commitment to support local stock car racing at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.  The Barre, VT-based auto parts retailer will present three season-long programs at the Devil’s Bowl half-mile as part of the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

The track’s headline open-wheel division will be known as the Bond Auto Parts Modifieds in 2012.  Drivers in the Bond Auto Parts Modified class not only race for the Devil’s Bowl Speedway track championship, the division’s top driver will also be crowned the NASCAR Vermont State Champion and honored at a post-season awards gala in Charlotte, NC.
Bond Auto Parts Modified drivers also earn points toward the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship and will be featured in several special events throughout the summer.  Top drivers include defending track champion Ron Proctor of Charlton, NY, veterans Vince Quenneville, Jr., and Don Scarborough of Brandon, VT, and young stars Jessey Mueller, Hunter Bates, Jake Zakrzewski, Jr., and Cody Sargen.
In addition to its support of the top class at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Bond Auto Parts will also present the weekly Bond Auto Parts Hard Charger Award in the Renegade and Bomber divisions.  Each week, the driver who gains the most positions in each division’s feature races will be rewarded with a $50 gift card to Bond Auto Parts.
“We here at Bond Auto Parts are excited about partnering with the new ownership of Devil's Bowl Speedway,” said Mark Mast, Vice President of Marketing for Bond Auto Parts.  “In our business we try to support as many tracks as we can and Devil's Bowl offered us some great opportunities.  By sponsoring local tracks we can really get our brand out in front of our customer base on all levels including the drivers, teams and the fans.”
Bond Auto Parts is Vermont’s largest aftermarket automotive dealer, with 42 stores serving Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.  For more information, visit www.bondauto.com.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway opens its 46th season of stock car racing on Sunday, May 6, with the Bond Auto Parts Modifieds, Renegades, Bombers, and the Spring Green 112 for the American-Canadian Tour Late Models.  For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or click www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com.

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Andy Belmont Racing; Mikey Kile Say Bring On Mobile

MOBILE, Alabama (March 6, 2012) - - With the season-opening Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 from Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in the rearview mirror, Andy Belmont Racing (ABR) driver Mikey Kile and the rest of the ABR team turn their attention towards round two, which in retrospect they consider the official start of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season when the green flag waives at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway (MIS) on Saturday March, 10.

While the ABR team in their familiar No. 1 ModSpace Ford Fusion had a strong machine at Daytona, many of the spectacles that surface with restrictor plate racing are now obsolete which means it’s time to get back to the grassroots of stock car racing.
This weekend however, it’s not the traditional short track venues of Salem (Ind.) Speedway or Toledo Speedway that the 60-year old series is trekking towards, but instead, it’s a return to the deep South to the state of Alabama for ARCA’s inaugural showing at Mobile.
“I’m so ready to get back to some real racing,” said Kile, whose poised to make his 30th career ARCA start this weekend. “Daytona is fun but you can never predict the outcome. This weekend though, we’re heading to a track this weekend where a driver can actually make a difference.”
The 29-year old continued, “Jeff (McClure) my crew chief is really excited about this race. He likes short track racing just as much as I do and with Andy Belmont Racing’s success rate last year on the short tracks, it’s definitely giving the team something to look forward to. No question about it, I think we have a shot at Victory Lane on Saturday afternoon.”
A trip to the winner’s circle would not only be a nice way to reward ModSpace with their second career victory in the ARCA Racing Series – but for Kile, a native of Westlake, Louisiana, Saturday’s anticipated thriller also means an enormous celebration from the stands.
“I consider Mobile a hometown race,” sounded Kile. “Since it’s close to home, I’m going to have a lot of support in the stands from family and friends, so while I want to get a win for everyone at ModSpace and the team, it would be nice to get a win for them too.”
Team principal Andy Belmont is all to-familiar with history in Motorsports and he would be more than obliged to see his veteran team be the first to soar to the checkered flag this weekend. 
“With the combination of Mikey and Jeff, how can we not be a favorite?” offered the long-time ARCA icon and Penndel, Pennsylvania native. “The guys have really been busting their tails to make sure that every car that we put on the track can be a contender. Mobile’s sure to have a lot of action, but we’re hoping to etch our name into the record books by winning the Mobile ARCA 200.”
An undeserving 16th place finish at Daytona has Kile occupying that position entering this weekend’s festivities in the championship standings, but with several competitors ahead of him opting out of partaking in Saturday’s contest, Kile will unofficially take the green flag inside the top-10 and look to make a massive dent towards the coveted top spot in the overall championship.
For the second consecutive event, Kile will have a teammate at ABR as rookie Thomas Praytor will steer the No. 5 ModSpace Ford Fusion in the first short track race of the season.
The Mobile ARCA 200 (200 laps / 100 miles) is the second of 20 events on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The first ARCA race held at MIS is a two-day show. Practice begins Friday, March 9 with a three and a half hour practice session planned from 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day at 7:00 p.m. An on-track autograph session has been etched in on race day, Saturday, March 10 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. The event will take the green flag shortly after 2:00 p.m. The race will not be televised on SPEED but additional race coverage including live timing and scoring will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com.  All times are local.
For more on Mikey Kile, please visit him online at MikeyKile.com and through Twitter @MikeyKile.
Additional information on Andy Belmont Racing is available by logging onto AndyBelmont.com.
PHOTO CAPTION: Mikey Kile, driver of the No. 1 ModSpace Ford Fusion in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for Andy Belmont Racing (ABR).
About ModSpace:
Modular Space Corporation (ModSpace), based in Berwyn, Pa., is a leading provider of modular buildings, portable storage and services for temporary and permanent space needs. With more than 40 years of experience, ModSpace serves a diverse set of customers and markets through a network of 80 branches throughout the United States and Canada. Further information is available by visiting http://www.modspace.com.

About Andy Belmont Racing (ABR):

Andy Belmont Racing (AndyBelmont.com) is a competitive and respected motorsports operation who fields race cars in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. ABR has been serving the motorsports community and winning for nearly 25 years. Currently, the team fields a full-time ARCA Racing Series program for series winner Mikey Kile in the No. 1 ModSpace Ford Fusion.

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High Expectations Surround Chase Elliott in ARCA Debut

For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

(TOLEDO, Ohio) - His name alone stirs attention. At 16 years old, Chase Elliott - the son of NASCAR champion Bill Elliott - is a fan favorite wherever he races.  

But young Elliott's position on the family tree isn't the only quality keeping him top of mind in motorsports circles these days. With a long list of major accomplishments and success in Hendrick Motorsports' development program, the Dawsonville, Ga. teen has proven a real ability to compete.

Elliott, driving a No. 9 Aaron's Chevrolet for Bill Elliott Racing, will make his first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start Saturday at Mobile International Speedway, which will host ARCA for the first time. Elliott believes he can contend in the second race of ARCA's 60th Anniversary Season.

"I don't really see why there'd be any reason we can't run in the top five or 10," he said last week. "I really feel like we're capable of doing that. Obviously, this will be my first race as a driver and things are going to be different, but I think if we adapt well, I don't see any reason why we can't run inside the top 10."

Elliott's accomplishments are numerous. Both this January and last, he won the pro late model feature at Speedfest, the season opener for the CRA Super Series. Last year, he added the super late model title at the same event.

In 2010, Elliott won another major CRA race, the Winchester 400. Late last season, he secured what he calls the biggest win of his racing career, the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. In 44 years of the prestigious late model race, Elliott is the youngest winner.

His trophy list extends far beyond those events. In addition, he was named last season's NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Most Popular Driver and earned a High School Player of the Week mention by none other than Sports Illustrated.

Elliott raced last weekend in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Phoenix International Raceway, finishing 17th. He drove a full schedule in the eastern division last year, ranking ninth in points with six top-10s in 12 races. He also finished third at Phoenix in the West finale.

His move to an ARCA car for five races this year is the result of his growth plan and, as is common in racing, sponsorship influence. Elliott will also compete in the ARCA Racing Series at New Jersey in July, Berlin (Mich.) and Madison (Wis.) in August, and at Salem (Ind.) in September, according to a Hendrick Motorsports representative.

"It's mostly a thought process between us and Aaron's, our sponsor," he said. "It was just that things worked out with my age, being 16 and not being able to run speedways. That pointed the finger toward short tracks and the road course. We're trying to get our feet wet in ARCA as well as get experience on road courses. We're just trying to do the best with the next step at the age I'm at right now."

One factor playing a role in Elliott's entry at Mobile, though, has to be his history at the race track. He won a late model championship at the track in 2010, earning two wins along the way.

Lance McGrew, a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief for Hendrick, will lead Elliott's effort at Mobile. McGrew notably led Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin at the Sprint Cup level, and also headed cars for Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon, among others, in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He now works in Hendrick's research and development wing and manages Elliott's driver development plan.

McGrew's support for Elliott at Mobile will consist of people from the Hendrick shop in Concord, N.C. and Elliott's shop in Dawsonville. Bill Elliott will attend the race, but Chase is uncertain whether or not his father will spot as he did last weekend in Phoenix.

Given his experience at Mobile, Elliott feels qualified to speak to the track's characteristics.

"I think it's going to be an interesting race, for sure," he said. "The cars that I've raced there are light cars, but these ARCA cars are heavy. It's a heavy stock car. We'll see how it goes. I kind of have a feel of what the race track is like. I'm sure there's going to be differences between driving a late model car and driving an ARCA car.

"It's a very unique place, obviously, with no walls except for on the front straightaway. It's different looking, and has a different feel. It's the kind of race track you're not used to seeing. Most places you go, you have the wall to kind of catch you. It's just different. All that plays into the feel of a race track. It's really smooth in (Turns) 3 and 4, and there are a few bumps in 1 and 2."

Whether Elliott earns that top-10 he wants or not is up to him and those around him, but the 16-year-old is confident that he'll be part of a memorable show in ARCA's first trip to the Alabama track.

"I think Rick Crawford's done a really great job promoting the race track and getting ARCA to come over. I think it's going to be a phenomenal race, one that the fans will enjoy."

Practice will begin at 1:30 p.m. Central on Friday, March 9, and will last for three and a half hours. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell will follow that, starting at 7 p.m.

The 200-lap, 100-mile Mobile ARCA 200 will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. ARCA Racing Series drivers will appear on the track for an autograph session just before the race, at noon.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 28 states since its inception. The series has tested the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course in its most recent season. This year, the series will visit Alabama's Mobile International Speedway and Minnesota's Elko Speedway for the first time; ARCA's first visit to Minnesota will give ARCA a race in a 29th state.

Founded by John and Mildred Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in three professional touring series and local weekly events.

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Communiqué de presse                                                   Pour diffusion immédiate
Québec, QC (5 mars 2012) – L’entreprise de Québec spécialisée dans la vente de produits promotionnels NASCAR et de sports motorisés, la Boutique NASCAR, est de retour à titre de commanditaire associé à la Série Sportsman Québec pour une 2e année.

« C’est un privilège pour nous de pouvoir être associé à la Série Sportsman » déclara Luc Grondin le propriétaire de la boutique qui a pignon sur rue sur la 1ère avenue à Québec dans l’arrondissement Bas Charlesbourg.  « C’est tout à fait naturel pour nous de poursuivre notre association pour une 2e année en commanditant le pool de la Série qui a connu un grand succès l’an dernier.  De plus, nous remettrons 2 vestons NASCAR dans la cagnotte de la loterie-campagne de financement » ajouta M.Grondin.
Selon M. André Poulin, président de la Série Sportsman Québec, il est possible de se procurer des billets de tirage de la loterie-campagne de financement auprès des différents pilotes et équipes.  Les sommes recueillies par la vente des billets seront redistribuées aux équipes ayant participé à la vente des billets et les nombreux prix totalisant 3500.00$ seront redistribué grâce à la participation des généreux commanditaires comme la Boutique NASCAR lors du tirage qui aura lieu le 26 mai 2012.
Les pilotes et propriétaires d’équipe de course qui souhaitent participer à une ou des épreuves de la Série en 2012 sont invités à assister à la réunion d’information qui aura lieu à la salle de réception de Méchoui International, au 264 St-Grégoire, St-Étienne, G6J 1E8, le dimanche 11 mars à compter de 13 h. 

La levée de rideau pour la série se fera avec une journée d’essai et d’inspection à l’autodrome Montmagny le 12 mai et la première compétition, une manche de 75 tours, qui aura lieu le 19 mai à l’Autodrome St-Eustache dans le cadre du festival sportsman qui mettra aussi en vedette les Sportsmans ANCA et la classe Sportsman de la piste américaine Airborne Speedway.
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Pour de plus amples informations, contactez:

André Poulin, Président Série Sportsman Québec, courriel: andre.poulin@sportsman.ca, 581-998-7388

Préparé par M.P. Roy, courriel: mproy@roy-motorsports.com, 514-907-1773 poste 35

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Mason Mingus Focused On Helping Win-Tron Racing Wrestle Mobile Field


LAKEVILLE, Minnesota (March 5, 2012) - - Brentwood, Tennessee native Mason Mingus may not be a familiar fixture on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards circuit - yet. Win-Tron Racing, considered by many, one of the most potent single-car operations in the series will hand the wheel of their No. 32 Toyota Camry to the rising phenom for Saturday’s Mobile ARCA 200 at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway

Win-Tron Racing known for grooming up and comers has tightened their reins around Mingus all with the intentions of putting the former MMRA Mini Cup Series driver into contention in ARCA’s historic first visit to MIS.

Not only is the teenager juggling the books of being a High School scholar, but the 17-year old is excelling in his post-curricular activities in wrestling. Last month while the Win-Tron Racing team was partaking to the high-banks of Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Mingus was tackling the mats with his team in the State championship rounds after his team won their division title, where he placed an impressive fifth overall in his individual class.

With the former ARCA CRA-Super Series standout continuing to make noise throughout the hallways of his school, Mingus is now prepped and ready to return to business at the racetrack when he climbs aboard the No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry for his second career start in the ARCA Racing Series.

Mingus, in all aspects is used to pressure, so the bonus announcement of Win-Tron Racing expanding their newest protégés presence to a minimum of eight races on the 60-year old tour sheds light that Mingus will find himself gunning for another type of trophy by season’s end.

“I’ve been ready to go racing for a while,” said Mingus, a former competitor in the MMRA Baby Grand Series. “I’m excited about our race schedule increasing in the ARCA Racing Series. I think it’s going to help me immensely develop as a driver. I know I have a lot to learn and I’m going to be racing against some really good drivers, but it’s a comforting feeling to me knowing that I have the experience and faith of the group at Win-Tron Racing behind me. As a rookie, that eases the comfort level quite a bit.”

Call 811 Before You Dig, which leaped aboard for Mingus’s inaugural ARCA Racing Series debut last September at Salem (Ind.) Speedway has returned for the 2012 season and will hoist the title as the primary marketing partners of the team’s entry beginning with Saturday afternoon’s 200-lap dash.
811 is the new number you should call before you begin any digging project. A new, federally-mandated national "Call Before You Dig" number, 811 was created to help protect you from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines while working on digging projects. People digging often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked due to concerns about project delays, costs and previous calls about other projects. These assumptions can be life-threatening.
Every digging job requires a call – even small projects like planting trees or shrubs. If you hit an underground utility line while digging, you can harm yourself or those around you, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood and potentially be responsible for fines and repair costs.
Call 811 Before You Dig is a great program and we want to increase their awareness and I feel that we’re going to make a major dent into that this season,” offered Mingus. “It’s really a great, informational service available and I’m extremely grateful to them for pairing up with me this season. Believe me, we’re going to do everything we can to spread their message and more importantly take them to Victory Lane!”
Nate Thiesse, co-car owner of Win-Tron Racing is eager to put his newest pupil behind the wheel of their Win-Tron Racing entries. He also admits that it won’t take long for the passion and devotion to set in for Mingus.
“We’ve worked with a lot of drivers, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a driver so passionate about winning and eager to dig right in with the team,” offered Thiesse. “There isn’t a question in my mind that he can climb into our No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota and become a contender. Mobile’s going to be a strong field, but one of Mason’s strongest suites is that he adapts quickly, so that has propelled the team’s morale a bunch heading into the weekend.”
In addition to Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway, Mingus has increased his ARCA Racing Series schedule from five races to eight races with the option of adding more races becoming likely. In addition to Mobile, Salem (Ind.) Speedway, Toledo Speedway, Elko (Minn.) Speedway, Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway and the traditional Fall Salem (Ind.) Speedway classic have all been laid out as Mingus’s ARCA Racing Series current short track blitz.
In addition to Call 811 Before You Dig, Diamond Equipment has leaped aboard the team as an associate marketing partner for Mingus’s foray into the development series.

The Mobile ARCA 200 (200 laps / 100 miles) is the second of 20 events on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The first ARCA race held at MIS is a two-day show. Practice begins Friday, March 9 with a three and a half hour practice session planned from 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day at 7:00 p.m. An on-track autograph session has been etched in on race day, Saturday, March 10 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. The event will take the green flag shortly after 2:00 p.m. The race will not be televised on SPEED but additional race coverage including live timing and scoring will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com.  All times are local.

Further information including driver opportunities with Win-Tron Racing is available by visiting win-tronracing.com or contacting Nate Thiesse at 612.306.1641

For more input on Call 811 Before You Dig, please connect to call811.com.

For more on Mason Mingus, please visit MasonMingusRacing.com.

About Win-Tron Racing:

Located in Lakeville, Minnesota, Win-Tron Racing is the home of one the most potent ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards single-car operations. Owned by former racers Kevin Cywinski and Nate Thiesse, the team since has acquired the assets of County Joe Racing has become a favorable fixture on the circuit. Since Win-Tron Racing’s inception in 2007, the team has hosted a variety of drivers including leading drivers James Buescher, Blake Bjorklund, Justin Marks and Matt Merrell to their first career ARCA victories. In 2012, the team will begin its sixth year of competition under the helm of veteran crew chief Mike Chaffee with current drivers Chris Windom and Mason Mingus.

PHOTO CAPTION: Mason Mingus with his No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for Win-Tron Racing.


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