Southern Super Series: Austin Theriault Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Race Preview


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FORT KENT, Maine – Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, and Brad Keselowski Racing head to the historic Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn., for the inaugural race of the Southern Super Series on Saturday, April 6. Theriault, who hasn't finished worse than sixth in any of his last three Super Late Model races this spring, will pilot the BKR No. 29 Checkered Flag Foundation Ford Fusion in the 125-lap event on the banked .596-mile oval. After winning at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., Theriault finished second the next week at Myrtle Beach Speedway to take over the PASS South Series points lead. This will mark Theriault's first career appearance at Fairgrounds Speedway, where he will return in November for the All-American 400.




WHO: Austin Theriault, Fort Kent, Maine
TEAM: Brad Keselowski Racing No. 29 Checkered Flag Foundation Ford Fusion
CREW CHIEF: Gary Crooks, Mooresville, N.C.
WHAT: Southern Super Series 125
WHERE: Fairgrounds Speedway, Nashville, Tenn. (.363-mile oval)
WHEN: Friday, April 5 – 3 p.m., practice; Saturday, April 6 – 11:15 a.m., practice; 1:55 p.m., qualifying; 8 p.m., race
Southern Super Series

NEXT RACE: April 27, Southern Super Series 125, Gresham Motorsports Park, Jefferson, Ga. (.500-mile banked oval)



·         Austin Theriault won the PASS South Series South Carolina Clash 150 at Dillon Motor Speedway on March 9 to become the first Brad Keselowski Racing development program driver to win a race since Landon Cling won at South Boston Speedway on June 9, 2012.

·         Austin Theriault hasn't finished worse than sixth in each of the last four PASS-sanctioned Super Late Model races he's entered. Prior to the South Carolina Clash 150 win, he was victorious in a family-owned car in the PASS North Series season finale at Oxford Plains Speedway in October of 2012.

·         Austin Theriault finished third in the prestigious Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in each of the last two seasons, becoming the youngest podium finisher in the 40-year history of the race in 2011.

·         Austin Theriault will team with former PASS North Series driver Lonnie Sommerville this weekend at the Fairground Speedway, marking Sommerville's first start for Brad Keselowski Racing.



AUSTIN THERIAULT, Driver of the Brad Keselowski Racing No. 29 Checkered Flag Foundation Ford Fusion, On what he knows about the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway: “I've heard a lot about it. Once again, it's a place where there's some history behind it. From what I've heard, it's a pretty fast track and it's going to be a bit different from what we've seen the last couple of races we've had on flatter tracks where tire management has been so important. It's going to be a shorter race, so there's going to be some more racing going on early in the race. Track position going to be more important early on.

“We've had some success being able to fall back early and make up ground later in the races, but that will be one of the changes we've got to make this weekend as far as how we execute the race and make decisions during it. We'll approach the weekend the same as we have been, because we know we'll be pretty decent when we unload. But we'll work on me being comfortable in the car and go from there.”

On the team's momentum after a string of strong runs heading into this weekend: “I think having confidence is important, no matter what you're doing. Having good runs like we've had always builds that confidence, and that's some of what we're dealing with right now. The more times you go to the track and run good and practice goes good and you have a good race, it's more of a confidence builder. That's more of what we're feeding on as a team right now.

“We know there's going to be things going on during the races that we can't control, and we saw some of that (last weekend with right side tire bleeder issues). But things like that can't take a lot away from how good the cars have been. Once again, this is a good opportunity for our race team.”

On having a teammate at the track again this weekend: “I think having more than one car at the race track is definitely a positive for any race team. I've been around Lonnie, and he and (crew chief Gary Crooks) have worked together in the past, so there's some chemistry there. It's good to have someone like Lonnie that Gary has worked with to base our car around. It's all about improving our two-car team and getting better. You've got both cars to look at for information.

“It's just always beneficial to have more than one car at the race track.”



Austin Theriault returns to Maine for the PASS North Series season opener at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine, on Sunday, April 21... Theriault will compete in his family-owned No. 57 Pelletier Ford Ford Fusion in the 150-lap event. He is the most recent PASS North Series race winner, having won the 2012 season finale at Oxford last October.



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Kimmel's outstanding Salem stats endure, but winless at home track since 2008

For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 

(TOLEDO, Ohio) - If nine national championships in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards aren't enough, Frank Kimmel's Salem Speedway stats we'll surely get your attention.


With the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 presented by Crosley Radio coming April 27-28, Kimmel will be making his 39th ARCA start on the historic southern Indiana short track, long considered his home track having grown up in nearby Clarksville, Indiana - bout a half hour down the road.



Kimmel, who drives the No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota for ThorSport Racing, is also the all-time winner at Salem with nine wins, including five consecutive from 2000 through 2002. He's also the all-time Salem lap leader with 1637 laps-led in 22 races. However, the Salem track master has not been to Victory Lane at Salem since September of 2008, which is also the last time he led laps at Salem.


"It bothers me; there's no doubt about it," Kimmel said.


"That tells me that our own competition level has fallen while many of the other competitors have risen.


"Unfortunately it doesn't look like we'll get the chance to test either."


With as many laps as Kimmel has around Salem, you'd think testing, or the lack of, would not be a big deal for the hometown favorite.


"Testing at Salem makes a big difference, no matter how many times we've circled the place. Hoosier has a great short track radial we run there, but they change the compound of the tire from time to time. It's still a very tough tire that doesn't wear out, but the point at which the tire's performance levels out, has changed, and that's where testing really makes a difference."


Kimmel finished second at Salem last spring, which has been his best performance there since he won back in '08.


"Last spring is as good as we've been at Salem in some time, so the best we can do is go off our notes from last spring, but that doesn't always work as things change. And we have to change with it."


Obviously, Kimmel is hungrier than ever to get back to Victory Lane at Salem. If he's able to snap his Salem winless streak, he would add career victory number 77 to his overall total. His current 76 career wins are just three away from Iggy Katona's all-time win mark of 79.


"We've got our eye on that all-time win mark, but we just want to get back to victory lane at Salem. We're tired of running sixth. We don't want to run second either. We're coming to win. But, however it comes out, it's just so cool to race at Salem. It's so close to home. That place will always have a special place in the Kimmel family. It's our home track, and we want to win on it."


Practice for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 is Saturday, April 27 from 12 noon - 12:45 p.m., with final practice from 1:15 - 2. Menards Pole Award Qualifying presented by Ansell is scheduled to follow at 3:30. Pre-race festivities and driver introductions get underway just before 2 on Sunday afternoon (April 28) with the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 slated to get the green flag at approximately 2:15.


Other Salem ARCA winners over the years reads like a who's who in motorsports, a list that includes Indy 500 winner Troy Ruttman, NASCAR champions Bobby Allison and Benny Parsons, ARCA champions Nelson Stacy, Jack Bowsher, Benny Parsons, Iggy Katona, Ramo Stott, Tim Steele, Justin Allgaier and Chris Buescher, as well as Bob Schacht, Ken Schrader, Brian Keselowski, and Alex Bowman. 



The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading and most diverse auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.



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Venturini Motorsports 'Wide Open' in Talladega ARCA open testing; Townley, Duno, Armstrong, Boston lead


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Wednesday, April 3, 2013 



(TALLADEGA, Ala.) - Wide open space. That's how New Castle, Indiana's Caleb Armstrong described Talladega Superspeedway Wednesday after taking his first laps around the 2.66-mile track during ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards open testing.



Known for its spectacular three- and four-wide 200 mph mad scrambles, Talladega is the widest among the superspeedways that ARCA races on, and at times, the wildest.


"What struck me most about Talladega, in comparison to Daytona, was the wide open space," said Armstrong, as if he were describing the 'wild west'.


"There is so much more room. Daytona is a lot narrower than it looks on TV. Talladega is one awesome track. We started out pretty quick, fell back a little, but I think we could have been faster had it not rained."


Persistent rain showers cut today's test session about three hours short of the intended mark, but not before 17 drivers posted time and speed.


And if Armstrong "fell back a little", it wasn't much. Armstrong, the cousin of Dakoda Armstrong (ARCA winner at Talladega in 2010), was third fastest overall (179.108 mph), and third among his Venturini Motorsports teammates, led by Daytona winner John Wes Townley.


"The test was great," Townley said.


"We unloaded, made a few changes - some things we wanted to try, and picked up right where we left off (at Daytona). Despite the rain, I think we got what we needed. This is the same car we won with at Daytona, and it's still fast."


Townley, of Watkinsville, Ga., agreed with Armstrong regarding the wide open space at Talladega.


"The biggest thing that stands out to me is the room you have to race at Talladega. It gets a little edgy at Daytona when you start going three wide, but here (Talladega), you can run three-wide comfortably, and squeeze in a fourth car when you need to."


Venturini Motorsports led the charts, taking the top-four spots with Townley, in the No. 15 Zaxby's Toyota, the quickest overall with an average speed of 180.264 mph.


Milka Duno, who qualified second at Daytona, leading the first 11 laps, was second fastest overall. The Caracas, Venezuela driver, in the No. 35 CANTV-Milka Way Toyota, circled the track Wednesday with an average speed of 179.625 mph.


Baltimore, Maryland rookie Justin Boston, in the No. 25 ZLOOP Toyota, was fourth fastest overall at 178.720 mph.


"I thought the test went really good," Boston said.


"Collectively, as a (Venturini Motorsports) group, it was awesome. For me, personally, it was a comfort thing - building my confidence for when we return. But today was really more important for us as a team, than for me as a driver.


"The track definitely feels a lot bigger (than Daytona) going down the straightaways. The other difference I noticed was the access roads - getting onto and exciting pit road is different."


Current ARCA Racing Series point leader Mason Mingus, also in a Toyota, was fifth fastest overall at 177.854 mph.

Former Talladega polesitter Tom Hessert was sixth on the charts with an average speed of 177.745 mph in the No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge.


Former Talladega winner and eight-time Daytona winner Bobby Gerhart was seventh overall in the No. 5 Lucas Oil Chevrolet.  


Gerhart tested two cars, a newer machine and an old reliable car he calls "Sweet Pea". Gerhart's Sweet Pea is the same car that he won in at Talladega in 2001. It's also the same car that got wrecked in a multi-car pile-up at Talladega during last year's race.


"Both of the cars we tested are former Daytona winners. In fact, there are four Daytona wins between these two cars - two apiece. One of our goals was to find out which car is the best, and leave it at that."


Hessert's Cunningham Motorsports teammate, rookie Korbin Forrister, was eighth fastest followed by fellow rookies Cody McMahan (Wes Gonder Racing) and Galen Hassler (Carter 2 Motorsports) to complete the top-10 respectively.


ARCA Racing Series open testing is scheduled to continue Thursday, barring no rain. ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring.


The two-day scheduled test is in preparation for the 51st annual Talladega ARCA 250, live on SPEED at 5:00 p.m. eastern Friday, May 3.


Former Talladega ARCA winners include Ramo Stott, Mark Martin, Davey Allison, Red Farmer, Grant Adcox, Charlie Glotzbach, Jimmy Horton, Tim Steele, Mike Wallace, Paul Menard, Frank Kimmel, Justin Allgaier and Ty Dillon to name a few.   



2013 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards




Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega Alabama




Open Test Results (4-3-13)


















John Wes Townley/Watkinsville GA






Milka Duno/Caracas Venezuela






Caleb Armstrong/New Castle IN






Justin Boston/Baltimore MD






Mason Mingus/Brentwood TN






Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ






Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA






Korbin Forrister/Cedartown GA






Cody McMahan/Chilhowie VA






Galen Hassler/Columbia MO






George Cushman/Waterville NY






Eric Meisner/Brighton CO






Grant Enfinger/Fairhope AL






Buster Graham/Lafayette LA






Dustin Knowles/Trussville AL






Mark Meunier






Barry Fitzgerald/Sykeston MD






Joel Willman/Fort Hood TX






Dominick Casola/Holmdel NJ






Cody Lane/Port Richey FL







The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading and most diverse auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.



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Racecars and drivers to line Rutland City streets before Spring Green opener

ATTACHED PHOTOS (all credit Devil's Bowl Speedway): The Downtown Rutland Partnership will host the second annual "Devil's Bowl Downtown Fan Festival" on Saturday, May 4 in Rutland City, VT.  The Devil's Bowl Speedway season opens with the "Spring Green" on Sunday, May 5 in nearby West Haven, VT.



Rutland to Host 2nd Annual Devil’s Bowl Downtown Fan Festival


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RUTLAND, VT – One of Vermont’s largest cities will rumble with the sound of stock car engines on Saturday, May 4 as the Downtown Rutland Partnership hosts the second annual “Devil’s Bowl Downtown Fan Festival.”  One day before Devil’s Bowl Speedway in nearby West Haven, VT opens for its 39th annual “Spring Green” event, as many as 50 sparkling new race machines will line Merchants Row – in the heart of the shopping, dining, and entertainment district of the city – beginning at 9:00am.  Admission is free.


Cars and drivers from the Bond Auto Parts Modified, Late Model, Renegade, and Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock divisions of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will be on hand, along with Late Model teams competing in the American-Canadian Tour championship.  Fans can meet the drivers, collect autographs, and enter to win a Devil’s Bowl Speedway 2013 Season Pass at the Fan Festival and are encouraged to support surrounding businesses including the Farmers Market on nearby West Street.

New features highlighting the work done by each race team’s crew members have been added to this year’s Fan Festival, including Best Appearing Car awards and a Pit Stop Competition.  Best Appearing Car awards will be decided by a panel of officials judging overall workmanship; winners will be announced at the Spring Green event at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, May 5.  The Pit Stop Competition, scheduled for 11:00am, will see race teams go head-to-head in a timed two-tire pit stop on Merchants Row.  The Fan Festival wraps up with a parade of racecars through the city streets at 12:00 noon.

In cooperation with the Downtown Rutland Partnership (DRP), the Fan Festival will also include a show-and-shine for vintage, classic, custom, and all other types of street vehicles.

“Last year nearly 1,000 fans attended [and] we thought it would be great for those enthusiasts to participate directly with their own cars,” DRP Marketing Coordinator Laura Conti said.  “It might be a vintage Mustang, a Model T, an antique truck … or if you have a great new car, you can enter that, too.”  For information on the street car show, call (802) 773-9380 or visit www.rutlanddowntown.com.

The 2nd annual Devil’s Bowl Downtown Fan Festival will be held 9:00am to 12:00 noon on Saturday, May 4, followed by a practice session at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.  The 39th annual Spring Green begins at 1:30pm on Sunday, May 5.  General admission is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors (62+), and free for children 12 and under.  Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT – a short 20-minute drive from Rutland – four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4.  For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or visit www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com.  Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter at @DevilsBowlSpeed.



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