2012-06-04

Statement From Kurt Busch Regarding His One-Week NASCAR Suspension

MOORESVILLE, N.C., (June 4, 2012) – Below is a statement from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch regarding his one-week suspension from all NASCAR-sanctioned events and the extension of his probation until Dec. 31.

 

“I accept NASCAR’s decision. I put them in a box, they had to take action and it’s my fault for putting them in this position. I apologize for the comments I made to Bob Pockrass.”

 

-SHR-

 


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ARCA Racing Series Returns to Winchester Speedway for All-ARCA Triple Header;

For Immediate Release:

Monday, June 4, 2012

 

Herr's Chase the Taste 200 Finale Set For June 24

 

(TOLEDO, Ohio) - The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will return to Winchester Speedway, the "World's Fastest Half-Mile," on Sunday, June 24, 2012 for the Herr's Chase the Taste 200, marking the series' 23rd appearance at the historic half-mile oval located near the Indiana-Ohio border, just northeast of Indianapolis.

 

The Herr's Chase the Taste 200 serves as the grand finale in an all-ARCA branded weekend during which the ARCA Truck Series will kick things off with a 50-lap feature followed by a 100-lap main event from the ARCA CRA Super Series Saturday, June 23. The big ARCA triple header race weekend will culminate with the Herr's Chase the Taste 200 finale Sunday afternoon.

 

The first ARCA Racing Series event at Winchester was held in 1957, just the fifth season of ARCA Racing Series competition.

 

"It's important for the ARCA Racing Series to race at Winchester Speedway. It's exactly the type of Midwestern facility where the ARCA brand is well-known and has the chance to be successful," said ARCA president Ron Drager. "Winchester is big enough and fast enough to play to the very nature of our cars."

 

Drager noted the important influence of Menards, the series' presenting sponsor, in scheduling the Winchester event.

 

"One of the strategic advantages of racing at Winchester is hosting an event inside the Menards footprint. As Menards emerges as our highest-profile marketing partner, racing inside that area has a lot of value."

 

Indiana native Frank Kimmel is the leading ARCA Racing Series winner at Winchester, with five victories (1996, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006) followed by three-time series champ Tim Steele, who won four times (1993, 1995, 1997, 2001). Billy Leslie won from the pole in 2007. Leslie's father and 1988 series champion Tracy Leslie was also a winner at Winchester, triumphing in 1988 and 1999. Dakoda Armstrong, in the Cunningham Motorsports Dodge, is the most recent winner at Winchester with his victory in June of 2011.

 

ARCA's tenure at Winchester reaches back to 1957 when Don O'Dell won the inaugural event in a Chevrolet. Other ARCA winners at Winchester over the years include Jack Bowsher (1964), Ralph Latham (1972), Bobby Watson (1972) and two-time series champion Marvin Smith, who won back-to-back races in 1982 and 1983. Other winners include Bob Keselowski (1990), Gary Bradberry (1994) and Bob Strait (1998).

 

One of the oldest speedways in America, Winchester debuted in 1914 as a flat half-mile dirt oval and remained that way through 1921. The high-banks were added in time for the 1922 season; however, the track would not be paved until 1952.

 

All three divisions will divide track time Saturday with back-to-back practice sessions beginning at 11:30 a.m. Menards Pole Award Qualifying presented by Ansell for the ARCA Racing Series is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., followed by the ARCA Truck Series race at 5:30 and the ARCA CRA Super Series race at 6:30.

 

The Herr's Chase the Taste 200 is slated to begin Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., preceded by pre-race ceremonies at 1:30.

 

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 26 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 0.375 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 visited Alabama's Mobile International Speedway and Minnesota's Elko Speedway for the first time.

 

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.

 

CONTACT:

Griffin Hickman, ARCA

Don Radebaugh, ARCA

 


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NASCAR Suspends Driver Kurt Busch Until June 13; Extends His Probation

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 4, 2012) – NASCAR has suspended driver Kurt Busch until June 13 of this year and extended his NASCAR probation until Dec. 31 for his actions following the NASCAR Nationwide Series race June 2 at Dover International Speedway.

 

Kurt Busch violated Section 12-1 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing; violation of probation; verbal abuse to a media member) of the 2012 NASCAR Rule Book. Kurt Busch had previously been placed on NASCAR probation May 15 for his actions during the May 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Darlington Raceway. That probation was originally scheduled to end July 25 but has now been extended through the end of this year.

 

Contact:

Kerry Tharp

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

 


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After Missed Opportunity in 2011, Poole Looks Forward to Pocono; News & Notes from ARCA's First Race at Elko Speedway

 

For Immediate Release:

Monday, June 4, 2012

 

(TOLEDO, Ohio) - Brennan Poole blitzed the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards field in Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell last June at Pocono Raceway. He appears to have momentum as he looks forward to the triangular track after winning Saturday's Akona 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Elko Speedway.

 

Poole, who qualified more than a half-second faster than fellow front row starter Ty Dillon at the 2.5-mile track last spring, talked in Victory Lane about his forecast for Saturday's race, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. and air on SPEED one hour later. This spring, Pocono Raceway completed a re-pavement project.

 

"I think it's going to be real fast," said Poole, who became the 145th driver with multiple wins in ARCA Racing Series history. "It'll be fun. We had a really good car last year, and I think the pavement's going to change it up some, so we'll just have to see when we get there. I think the tapered spacer's going to be in effect. That's really going to change how you get through the center of the corner. You'll be carrying a lot more momentum, trying to keep that momentum wound up."

 

Poole led the first seven and 23 total laps last June, but missed a chance to win when fog shortened the race and officials awarded leader Tim George Jr. with the victory. Poole finished fifth. Despite the new surface, he feels adjusting will be manageable.

 

"Fortunately, I think we'll have enough practice and we have a lot of experienced guys around to be pretty strong," he said. "It's going to be a good race and I think you're going to see the good guys right on top of each other all race long, and I think you're going to see that the following week at Michigan."

 

At Elko, Poole led the most laps and earned the Aaron's Lap Leader of the Race Award. Before Saturday, Poole had not led all season, but he is now second in the year-long Aaron's Lap Leader standings; he trails Alex Bowman, 252-148.

 

Poole's win also gave him the honors as the top Team Messina Rookie Challenge contender for the race. His 30-point score in that award's standings gave him a 14-point lead on Venturini Motorsports teammate Ryan Reed (No. 15 RaceHard.com Toyota), 154-140.

 

Poole Takes Back Points Lead: Tom Hessert (No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet) entered Elko Speedway with a slim 15-point lead, but Brennan Poole left with the advantage - albeit slightly narrower.

 

Poole leads Hessert by 10 points, 1410-1400, and the two are just ahead of Chris Buescher (No. 17 BeavEx/Reliance Tool Ford), who stands at 1395 points after a third-place finish.

 

Frank Kimmel (No. 44 Ansell/Menards Toyota) improved to fourth, 45 points behind Poole. He edged Chad Hackenbracht (No. 58 CGH Motorsports Chevrolet, -50) out of the spot.

 

Alex Bowman (No. 22 St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital Dodge) improved to sixth on the strength of 15 bonus points for qualifying and five for leading laps. With a 130-point deficit to Poole, he is five points ahead of Ryan Reed and up 20 on Matt Lofton (No. 16 Strutmasters.com Chevrolet). Mikey Kile did not race Saturday, but remains ninth, one step ahead of Jared Marks (No. 12 SRT Motorsports/UNOH Dodge). Marks is 405 points out of the lead. He turned 18 last Monday, and before this week has never appeared in the top 10 in points.

 

ARCA will release the official new driver standings Tuesday.

 

Lofton Turning Things Around: Matt Lofton struggled to open the 2012 season, finshing only as high as 14th in his first three races. Since then, Lofton has been second at Talladega, 11th at Toledo, and second in Saturday's Akona 200. He improved one position in the driver point standings after Saturday's race.

 

"I've got to thank everybody at Coulter Motorsports and Strutmasters.com," said Lofton. "It was an awesome car. We unloaded off the trailer good and to be able to rotate the center as well as we were without using the brake pedal and start up front like we did, we just had a great race."

 

"Wild Race Track," Says Buescher: After finishing third and escaping major damage while tied up in a final-lap dustup that primarily involved Tom Hessert and Larry Barford Jr., Chris Buescher dismissed some preconceived notions about Elko Speedway - in particular, that the track is too narrow for door-to-door racing.

 

"It's a pretty wild race track," Buescher said. "I'm glad we got to come up here. There are a lot of beat-up race cars, but we halfway expected that. We were hoping it wouldn't be the case, but you've got to kind of expect it coming to a place like this.

 

"I think we showed there's a passing groove," he said. "We raced two-wide a lot of the race; a lot of people did. I think it was a heck of a show, even from where I was sitting. I had a ball."

 

Kimmel Takes Third Top-Five: Frank Kimmel finished fourth in Saturday's Akona 200 and is one of just two drivers - with Tom Hessert - with three top-five finishes in six races this year.

 

He discussed his experience on a new track for the ARCA Racing Series.

 

"I really enjoyed it; what a great little race track," he said. "I knew it was going to be a lot of fun and it was, just good, tight, hard racing. We pitted quite a bit earlier than some of the other ones, and that kind of caught us in the end. We were pretty much out of tires."

 

Experiencing just four caution periods over 200 laps on a new, small track surprised the veteran.

 

"When the track is so slick, the drivers really have to pay attention, you know," he said. "Sometimes, when it's so easy to drive, you get complacent. Here, you had to stay on your toes every single turn and every single lap."

 

Bowman's Pole His Third: Alex Bowman used his Twitter account early Sunday morning to make a vow for the rest of his racing season. Bowman promised to "figure out what we're missing on these short tracks," a statement he felt necessary after winning his third Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell but finishing just 11th. Bowman led eight laps from the initial green flag before Matt Lofton passed him; Bowman did not lead again.

 

Poles at Mobile International Speedway, Salem Speedway, and Elko have Bowman two clear of any other driver in the field. In relation to recent successful qualifiers, Bowman has work to do to catch Ty Dillon's mark of seven poles last year, but he has already matched Craig Goess's series-high three from 2010.

 

Six Winners in Six Races: Six different drivers have won in the first six races this season: Bobby Gerhart (Daytona), Cale Gale (Mobile), Alex Bowman (Salem), Brandon McReynolds (Talladega), Chris Buescher (Toledo), and Brennan Poole (Elko).

 

Such variety was last present in ARCA at the start of the 2008 season, when Michael Annett, eventual champion Justin Allgaier, Matt Hawkins, Scott Speed, Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Matt Carter each won one of the year's first seven races.

 

Over in a Snap: The checkered flag in the Akona 200 presented by Federated Car Care just missed the one-hour mark, as the race finished in one hour and 44 seconds after only four caution flags.

 

The race, at 200 laps or 75 miles, ended with the shortest elapsed time since a 125-mile race at Pocono Raceway on July 31, 2010. Robb Brent won that race in 57 minutes and 32 seconds. The Akona 200 was the 34th race since that Pocono event.

 

Age No Issue for Hard Charger: James Hylton, who in just under three months will turn 78 years old, earned the CGS Imaging Hard Charger of the Race Award for improving more positions from start to finish than any other driver carrying a decal for CGS Imaging, ARCA's Official Wide Format Digital Printing Supplier.

 

Hylton (No. 48 Radon.com Ford) improved six positions, from 26th to 20th. Prior to Saturday at Elko, Hylton had not finished in the top 20 of a race since last September at Salem Speedway.

 

Four Drive to Career Highs, Two Others Tie Bests: Matt Lofton's second-place finish matched a career high that he achieved at Talladega Superspeedway in May, and four other drivers drove to the best finishes of their ARCA careers.

 

Mason Mingus (No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Chevrolet) finished ninth, his best. Additionally, Spencer Gallagher (No. 23 Allegiant Air Chevrolet) was 14th, Larry Barford Jr. (No. 04 First Mariner Bank/Trauma Doc Dodge) was 17th, and Dustin Hapka (No. 2 Sure Step Chevrolet) was 18th. Hapka's start was his first in the ARCA Racing Series, and he was the only driver making his debut at Elko.

 

Nelson Canache (No. 35 Venezuela Tourism Toyota) finished 16th, tying the career-best result he achieved at Toledo Speedway in May.

 

Newly-Paved Pocono Next, on Saturday: The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will visit Pocono Raceway for the first of two events this season on Saturday, June 9. SPEED will air the race at 2:30 p.m. on a same-day delay, one of 10 broadcasts for the series on the network this season. ARCARacing.com will feature live timing and scoring of all on-track events Friday and Saturday.

 

2012 is the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards' 60th Anniversary Season, featuring 20 races at 18 tracks. The complete 2012 event schedule is available at ARCARacing.com.

 

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 26 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 0.375 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 visited Alabama's Mobile International Speedway and Minnesota's Elko Speedway for the first time.

 

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.

 

CONTACT:

Griffin Hickman, ARCA

Don Radebaugh, ARCA

 


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MICKS POSTS DISAPPOINTNG 21ST PLACE FINISH AT CIRCUIT ICAR

 

 

   For Immediate Release

 

 

 

Montreal, Quebec, Sunday June 3, 2012:  Kerry Micks driver of the Leland Industries/Beyond Digital Imaging Ford Fusion lined up for the Lucas Oil Grand Prix in fourth and finished a disappointing 21st today at Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, Quebec.

 

In practice on Saturday, Micks took to the 16 turn, 2.113 mile Circuit ICAR track in the rain and after two sessions was posted third quickest.  Five of the 29 registered cars elected not to go on track for practice and elected to wait for qualifying later in the day.

 

Due to the continuing rain showers NASCAR elected to cancel qualifying and start the race based on the 2011 point standings.  Micks would line up for the 30 lap main event in the fourth starting position as a result of his fourth place finish in the 2011 standings.

 

Micks would quickly put the #02 Leland Industries/Beyond Digital Imaging Ford Fusion into the second spot.  On a restart at lap 7 Micks got tagged from behind and the ensuing spin would have several other cars piling into his #02 Ford Fusion.  Micks then had to bring his Ford to pit road for repairs.  Superficial damage was detected and after making several pit stops Micks was back on track and making passes to get him back to the front.  A lap 27 caution would give Micks the free pass moving him back onto the lead lap but it was too late to avoid a 21st place finish.

 


“We had one of the cars to beat today,” said Micks.  “We were definitely good enough to be on the podium.  I don’t know why we got tagged in the rear on the restart but it put an end to what could have been a great day for this Leland/BDI team.”

 

The ICAR Lucas Oil Grand Prix presented by Budweiser will be aired on TSN on Sat. June 16 at 12:30 p.m.

 

The next event for the Micks Motorsports team will be at the Speedway at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sat. June 16th where Mark Dilley will take over the reigns of the #02 Ford Fusion for the first of seven oval events.

 

For more information on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series please visit www.nascarlocalracing.com.

 

Kerry Micks is supported by the following sponsors: Beyond Digital Imaging, Leland Industries, PartSource, Johnsonville, Triad, Gaunt Collision Centres, STP, Armor All, Prostate Cancer Canada, Seguin Marina, Thor Motors, Samester, Castrol and Cathcart Trucking.

 

For more information please contact:

Linda Jones

Wide Open Motorsport Solutions

(705) 730-4044

Email: ljones@wideopensolutions.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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ON POURSUIT À L’AUTODROME CHAUDIÈRE, VENDREDI SOIR

Pour diffusion immédiate (04-06-12=09)

 

Deuxième manche de la série ACT-CASTROL

 

En raison du report de l'ACT 100 qui était prévu à l'Autodrome St-Eustache, samedi dernier, c'est à l'Autodrome Chaudière de Vallée-Jonction que sera courue la deuxième manche de la série ACT-Castrol, vendredi soir. L'ACT-Castrol 150 sera présenté par LKQ Pintendre Libre-service.

 

Depuis que l'ACT sanctionne les épreuves de la série Castrol au Québec, soit 2007, ce sont, Karl Allard de St-Félicien, Patrick Laperle de St-Denis-sur-Richelieu ainsi que Donald Theetge qui en ont profité tour à tour pour voler la vedette. Seul Alexandre Gingras de Québec a réussi à triompher en aout 2007.

 

C'est certain qu'à la veille de cette course de 150 tours, les véritables connaisseurs s'attendent à un autre intéressant duel entre les trois pilotes mentionnés. Pour les amants de statistiques, mentionnons que depuis 2007, Theetge a une fiche de trois victoires pour un total de six podiums. Pour sa part, Laperle compte deux triomphes et cinq présences sur le podium alors qu'Allard revendique trois succès pour un total de cinq podiums.

 

À la lueur de ces chiffres, il ne fait pas l'ombre d'un doute qu'ils sont favoris dès le départ, mais dans une course, tout peut de produire. Premier au cumulatif ACT-Castrol avec 106 points, deux de plus que Karl Allard, Jean-François Déry de Québec connaît un excellent début de saison. A Vallée-Jonction, il a déjà triomphé en 2005 et depuis 2007, il n'a pas réussi à prendre place sur le podium. Cette fois, il voudrait bien briser la glace.

 

Michaud pourrait surprendre

 

Toujours en quête d'une première visite dans le cercle des vainqueurs, David Michaud de Ste-Anne-des-Plaines pourrait bien déjouer les calculs des experts. En 2011, il a réussi deux podiums, soit une deuxième et une troisième. Sa voiture étant préparée par le talentueux  Éric Laperle, il est pratiquement assuré qu'il sera au plus fort de la lutte après une quatrième position à l'Autodrome Montmagny en mai dernier.

 

Également, on peut s'attendre à de solides prestations de la part de Patrick Hamel et Dany Trépanier de St-Édouard-de-Lotbinière, Patrick Cliche de St-Jean-Chrysostôme, Marc Beaudoin de La Pérade, Gaétan Lauzier de St-Pacôme ainsi que de nombreux autres qui n'attendent qu'un peu de chance pour s'illustrer. On pense à Jonathan Bouvrette de Blainville, Yannick Tremblay de Chicoutimi et Maxime Pelletier.

 

Également, il se pourrait fort bien que le talentueux Sylvain Lacombe de Terrebonne soit de la partie. Il était prêt pour St-Eustache alors c'est fort possible qu'il y soit pour mêler les cartes.

 

 

Les classes locales :

 

Trois catégories locales complèteront le programme. En Kamikaze Fm 101.3, Charles Harvey de Terrebonne a promis de revenir en force pour vaincre le rapide Ken Grondin de Vallée-Jonction.

 

En Sport Compacte Bestbuy Pièces d'Autos qui de Dominic Jacques, Frédéric Blanchette, Sylvain Carrier et Jacques Gaulin pourra freiner la poussée victorieuse de Steve Godbout de Québec au volant de sa Honda Accord?

 

En Limité Cool FM 103.5, Stéphane Lecours devra surveiller les Cloutier, Marcoux, Simoneau, Vachon et Cie qui vont tout mettre en œuvre pour le devancer à la ligne d'arrivée.

 

C'est donc un rendez-vous pour vendredi, 8 juin 19h30. Ouverture des puits et des spectateurs à 15H30.

Les prix d'admission sont de 25$/Adulte, 15$ de 13 à 17 ans et gratuit pour les 12 ans et moins. L'entrée aux puits est de 30$. Remis au lendemain samedi 9 juin à 18h00 en cas de mauvaise température.

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Pour informations : ACT

                                    www.acttour.com

                                    media@acttour.com

Collaboration : Yvon Larrivée

                                    acttour@gmail.com

                                    André Gagnon

                                    Autodrome Chaudière

 


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Dame nature force l'annulation de l'ouverture de l'Autodrome Drummond.

Lundi 11 juin 2012 – Dave Paryzo – Directeur des communications

 

Après une soirée «Découverte» haute en couleur toute l’équipe de l’Autodrome Drummond était gonflée à bloc pour présenter son 62e programme d’ouverture. Malheureusement, les pluies torrentielles qui ont commencé tôt samedi matin rendaient inévitable l’annulation du programme.

 

Le promoteur Yan Bussière vous invite en grand nombre au prochain rendez-vous de l’Autodrome Drummond samedi le 16 juin, où cette fois-ci 100 tours Modifié 358 est au programme, en plus des Sportsmans pour 50 tours et des Pro-Stocks pour 25 tours. Le gagnant de l’épreuve finale Modifié 358 se verra remettre la bourse de 3 000 $. Puis à ne pas manquer à l’intermission, une séance d’autographes est prévue sur la piste avec les pilotes de la classe Modifié 358.

 

Gagnants concours FACEBOOK

Les gagnants du concours «Gagne ta passe» sont: Sylvain Cusson, Isabelle Couture, Alain Lacouture, Denis Bergeron et Mario St-Pierre. Félicitation à tous les gagnants et merci à tous ceux qui ont participé au concours.

 

Nouveau concours FACEBOOK

L’Autodrome Drummond vous invite à visiter sa page facebook, afin de participer à son tout nouveau concours

«Gagne ta loge pour les WOO». En effet, courez la chance de remporter une loge V.I.P. pour la soirée du 28 juillet prochain lors de la visite de World of Outlaws Sprint Cars une valeur de 600 $

 

Venez poursuivre la tradition, en invitant parents et amis. N’oubliez pas c’est gratuit pour les adolescents de 13 à 17 ans.

 

L’Autodrome Drummond, la F1 de la terre battue !

 

Dave Paryzo

Directeur des communications

Autodrome Drummond

 

 


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Airborne takes a rainout

For immediate release – Airborne Speedway – Sunday, June 3, 2012

 

SOUTH PLATTSBURGH – Airborne Speedway returns to action Saturday, June 9 on Aarons/Taylor Rental after being rained out over the weekend. All five weekly divisions are scheduled and another large field of DIRTcar Modifieds is expected.

 

Airborne’s Ernie’s Discount Tools Modifieds are proving to be an evenly matched bunch so far in 2012. With five events in the books, fifteen different drivers have managed at least one top-5 finish and only one – George Foley of Vermontville – has managed more than a single win.

 

Third-place finishes have been working out for current point leader Pat McGrail of Candiac, QC. The driver of the Fastenal No. 10 has recorded three third-place runs as well as a 5th-place effort opening day. McGrail leads Todd Stone of Middlebury, VT by 10 points and two-time track champion Patrick Dupree of Saranac Lake by 12 points.

 

All three drivers have had to come from deep in the field to have successful nights, either because of the handicap system, tough luck or both. Airborne has started an average of 27 cars per Modified feature, one of the best turnouts in the Northeast.

 

Foley, the Memorial day weekend winner after blowing a motor the week before, has climbed back into picture. He is now 10 points behind fourth-place Greg Atkins of Clintonville.

 

The Modifieds have a special mid-week event – the opening round of the DIRTcar 358-Modified Asphalt Series – coming up Wednesday, June 20. Presented by Della Motorsports, Northline Utilities and Haley Lumber, the race will pay $3,000-to-win.

 

Contact: Tom Herzig

 


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STECKLY BATTLES BACK TO FINISH 3RD AT CIRCUIT ICAR

 

           

                                                                  

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, June 3, 2012: Scott Steckly driver of the 22 Racing/Canadian Tire Dodge started the Lucas Oil Grand Prix presented by Budweiser from the pole starting position and battled back from an early race penalty to finish 3rd.

Steckly was one of 24 drivers who elected to practice on Saturday on a wet track in preparation for a possible rainy race day on Sunday.  He would end the session with the fifth quickest time.  When it came time for qualifying later in the day, NASCAR elected to cancel the session due to the wet track.  According to the NASCAR rule book the starting order would be based on the 2011 season end championship points, giving Steckly the number one starting position as the series defending champion.

 

At the drop of the green flag, Steckly took the lead spot but NASCAR deemed there was contact on the first lap with another competitor and #22 driver was sent to pit road for a stop and go penalty for aggressive driving.  He would quickly return to the track and start the march back to the front.  By lap nine the Canadian Tire entry was in fifth place and a few laps later was on the back bumper of J.R. Fitzpatrick in third.

A caution on lap 27 of the 30 lap race would have the teams line up double file for a green, white, checkered finish and when they crossed the finish line the final time, Steckly posted his second third place finish in the first two events of 2012.

“We had a really good car today,” said Steckly after the race.  “I got that penalty early and we had to fight to get back to the front.  I thought we might have something for Fitzpatrick & Ranger but just couldn’t quite get it done and we settled for another 3rd place finish.”

The Lucas Oil Grand Prix presented by Budweiser will be broadcast on TSN on Saturday June 16 at 12:30 p.m.

Next up for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and Scott Steckly will be the first oval event of the 2012 season at the Speedway at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Saturday June 16th

For more information on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series please visit www.nascarlocalracing.com.

Scott Steckly is supported by the following sponsors: Canadian Tire, MotoMaster Eliminator, Sylvania, Erb, Mobil 1 and AW Millwrights.

For more information on Scott Steckly and 22 Racing please contact:
Linda Jones
Wide Open Motorsport Solutions
(705) 730-4044
Email:
ljones@wideopensolutions.ca

 


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Tyler Betts Gambles on a Strong Kawartha Speedway Season

By Jim Clarke, Kawartha Speedway PR/Clarke Motorsports Communications

 

The ironic twist of racing at Kawartha Speedway – where an OLG casino is a stone’s throw from the front stretch – hasn’t been lost on a NAPA Auto Parts ACT Late Model runner named ‘Betts’.  At 21 years of age, second generation speedster Tyler Betts – whose father Terry recorded top 10 point finishes in 2007 and 2008, running the track’s former limited late model division – says he’s ready to roll the dice at a chance of success in the 3/8th mile Fraserville, Ontario oval’s highly competitive headline class.

 

“I’m heading into my first year at Kawartha with 2 goals,” said the millwright industrial mechanic apprentice.  “I want to learn as much as I can and have fun.  As the weeks go by, I know I’ll get more out of the car but right now, I’m going in with an empty notebook.  It’s only my 3rd season of racing, so there’s no way anyone can expect me to know everything.  Some solid top 10 showings can’t help but make me a better racer.”

 

Hampton, Ontario’s Tyler Betts will go into battle wheeling a 2012 Chevrolet Impala from Howe Racing Enterprises of Beaverton, Michigan.  His Toreion/Pingle’s Farm Market/Farm Bro Racing/Pro Street Automotive machine carries the same number his father used during his career.  After turning wrenches and helping out behind the scenes on his Dad’s equipment, Tyler is excited about taking the next step in his motorsports development.

 

“Its a challenge to make the cars fast on a consistent basis and running with the late models at Kawartha puts me head-to-head with some of the best in business,” said Betts.  “I was able to pick-up a few solid skills in my 2 seasons at Mosport and finishing 5th in 2011 late model points there increased my confidence level and made me think about doing something new this year.”

 

A dedicated, family racing operation, Tyler Betts has his father Terry, mother Sue and sister Melissa cheering for him at the racetrack and helping to get the car ready for action.  Girlfriend Tennille Drysdale pitches-in as well, offering emotional support and a well-timed smile. The driver says having so many familiar faces around his team helps get him through even the toughest times.

 

“You don’t need to look too far to see the importance that family members can bring to a team,” said Tyler Betts.  “Many of the top runners – not just at Kawartha, but every track – have family involvement.  Some drivers are second generation runners like me and for others, it goes even deeper than that.  Youngsters used to get pumped-up about a particular driver while watching the races with their parents, but with the strength of karting and other driver development programs, they’re getting a fast start behind the wheel.  I’m just 21, but I’m still amazed at the talent level of these kids and how quickly they’re able to advance through the ranks.”

 

While he enjoys every aspect of the sport, Tyler Betts says he looks forward to leading laps and eventually, winning races.  Echoing the comments of many before him, the young racer is concerned about the cost of building and maintaining a competitive team but is looking forward to an exciting season at Kawartha.

 

Kawartha klips:  With the rainout Friday, June 1st the 2012 season opener at Kawartha Speedway has been delayed until Friday, June 15th.  A 100 lap invitational event for the NAPA Auto Parts ACT Late Models will headline a show that also features Thunder Cars and the Hasiuk Trailer and Container Rental Mini Stocks...Late Model racer Earl Ireland of Earl Ireland Auto Sales will supply trophies for feature event winners throughout the 2012 season...Kawartha Speedway welcomes Rice Lake Fuels as the official supplier of Klotz Racing Fuel for all 3 regular divisions.

 

Photo attachment:  Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications

Hampton, Ontario’s Tyler Betts will battle for rookie of the year honours in Kawartha Speedway’s NAPA Auto Parts ACT Late Model division during the 2012 season.

 

Prepared by:  Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications

 


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Ranger Collects Circuit ICAR Victory

For Immediate Release

(Added quotes and race details)

 

Adds Another Win To Road-Course Résumé

 

MIRABEL, Que. (June 3, 2012) – Andrew Ranger held off J.R. Fitzpatrick and Scott Steckly in a green-white-checker finish to pick up his first NASCAR Canadian Tire Series win of the season taking the ICAR Lucas Oil Grand Prix presented by Budweiser on Sunday at Circuit ICAR.

Ranger, a two-time series champion out of Roxton Pond, Que., took the lead in his No. 27 Dodge/GC Motorsports Dodge from D.J. Kennington on Lap 7 and remained out front the rest of the way to pick up his 17th career win in the series. It was his 12th on a road course with seven of those coming in his home province of Quebec. Ranger has three wins each at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and Circuit de Trois-Rivieres in Quebec while this is his first triumph at the Mirabel track.

 

It wasn’t a prototypical win for Ranger, though. In his previous 11 road-course wins, the 25-year-old had an average starting position of second. However, after weather forced the cancellation of qualifying on Saturday, the field was lined up per the series rule book which gave Ranger a start from the 16th position.

“This was a great win. We have a new team this year and to get the first win of the season is special,” said Ranger.

Battling Fitzpatrick for the win is nothing new for Ranger, but he was able to handle all of the challenges throughout the race.

“My car was really good and my times were consistent, but it took a couple of laps to get going on the restarts,” said Ranger, who is the series’ all-time leader in wins with 17. “(Fitzpatrick) always races hard and I knew he would make some runs on that last restart. He did, but I was able to hang on.”

Fitzpatrick, who trailed Ranger to the line by .507 seconds, followed his season-opening win two weeks ago with a runner-up finish after battling back from an early spin.

“I made a couple of mistakes early on that created some issues for a couple of other guys and for that I’m sorry,” said the 24-year-old Fitzpatrick. “Once I settled down we were able to work our way back up from 15th or something.”

Steckly rebounded from an early penalty for rough driving to finish third after getting the start from the pole position. He clearly disagreed with the penalty call, but was diplomatic afterward.

“We started first and finished third,” said the defending series champion. “It was a good day for the Canadian Tire car.”

Last season’s Rookie of the Year Louis-Philippe Dumoulin finished fourth for his second straight top-five finish while Kennington followed in fifth.

Alex Labbe finished an impressive sixth in his series debut trailed by Jean-Francois Dumoulin in seventh. Jeff Lapcevich, Ron Beauchamp Jr. and rookie Martin Roy completed the top 10.

The race was slowed due to caution four times for 10 laps and the lead change between Ranger and Kennington was the only one in the 31-lap race.

In the point standings, Fitzpatrick was able to retain his place at the top, but has just a one-point advantage over Ranger. Both Kennington and Steckly sit seven points back.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series takes on an oval track for the first time in 2012 in its next outing on Saturday, June 16 on the Speedway at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ont.

 

Contact:

Shon Sbarra

 

 

NASCAR CANDADIAN TIRE SERIES-ICAR Lucas Oil Grand Prix presented by Budweiser Results

Sunday

At Circuit ICAR

Mirabel, Que.

Lap length: 2.113 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (16) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 31 laps, 54.359 mph.

2. (3) JR Fitzpatrick, Cambridge, Ont., Chevrolet, 31.

3. (1) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 31.

4. (12) Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 31.

5. (2) DJ Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 31.

6. (25) Alex Labbe, St. Albert, Que., Dodge, 31.

7. (26) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 31.

8. (9) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 31.

9. (5) Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont., Dodge, 31.

10. (21) Martin Roy, Napierville, Que, Dodge, 31.

11. (13) Steve Cote, Ile Bizard, Que, Chevrolet, 31.

12. (20) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Dodge, 31.

13. (6) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Dodge, 31.

14. (19) Dave Coursol, St. Jerome, Que., Dodge, 31.

15. (24) Ray Courtemanche Jr., Montreal, Que., Dodge, 31.

16. (17) Howie Scannell Jr., Milton, Ont., Dodge, 31.

17. (14) Hugo Vannini, Repentigny, Que., Ford, 31.

18. (10) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 31.

19. (29) Michel Pilon, Blainville, Que., Chevrolet, 31.

20. (22) Jarrad Whissell, Calgary, Alta., Ford, 31.

21. (4) Kerry Micks, Mt. Albert, Ont., Ford, 30.

22. (23) Mike Scholz, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Chevrolet, 29, off track.

23. (7) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Dodge, 24.

24. (18) Derek White, Kahnawake, Que., Chevrolet, 23, off track.

25. (11) Isabelle Tremblay, St. Hippolyte, Que., Dodge, 15, rear end.

26. (15) Robin Buck, Campbellville, Ont., Dodge, 6, off track.

27. (8) Dexter Stacey, Kahnawake, Que., Dodge, 5, off track.

28. (27) Elie Arseneau, Laval, Que., Chevrolet, 4, suspension.

29. (28) Dave Connelly, Arnprior, Ont., Dodge, 1, suspension.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 12 minutes 18 seconds

Margin of Victory: .507 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: None (weather)

Caution Flags: 4 for 10 laps.

Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Kennington 1-6; A. Ranger 7-31.

Standings: 1. J. Fitzpatrick, 90; 2. A. Ranger, 89; 3. D. Kennington, 83; 4. S. Steckly, 83; 5. L. Dumoulin, 79; 6. J. Lapcevich, 72; 7. R. Beauchamp,Jr., 69; 8. J. White, 63; 9. K. Micks, 60; 10. M. Roy, 60.

 


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