Erik Jones Scores First NASCAR Cup Pole

August 18, 2017 --- Erik Jones captured the pole for Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race with a lap just three one-thousandths-of-a-second quicker than Kyle Larson.  It was the first career Cup pole for the 21-year-old rookie driver. Jones’ No. 77 5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength Toyota for Furniture Row Racing ran a fast lap during the pole round of 14.981 seconds at 128.082 mph on the 0.533-mile high banked oval. Larson’s lap was 14.984 at 128.057. “I wasn’t sure if that lap was going to hold out, but I knew it was a pretty good lap time for us,” said Jones. “I knew it was all I had so just cool to be coming off a good week at Michigan and then coming back here, started off right. Get the pole at Bristol nonetheless. Pretty cool place to get the first Cup pole. The 5-hour ENERGY Camry is fast, we just need to keep [...]

Hight, Pritchett Set NHRA Records

August 18, 2017 --- Brainerd International Speedway saw a record setting night of racing at the 36th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals on Friday. Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Robert Hight (Funny Car) ran national elapsed-time record runs in their respective categories during qualifying. Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also provisional qualifying leaders at the 17th of 24 events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Pritchett piloted her Papa John’s Pizza dragster to the quickest run in NHRA history with a pass of 3.640-seconds at 330.63 mph to close out the second qualifying session while Hight’s 3.793 pass at 338.00 in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS also landed him in the record books. Pritchett held the previous Top Fuel national record of 3.658 set in Phoenix at the beginning of the season. “We’ve looked forward to [...]

Castroneves Challenging for IndyCar Title

 August 18, 2017 -- Helio Castroneves clung to the frontstretch fencing at Iowa Speedway a few seconds longer than his grip advised, committing to memory the smiling faces of fans who flocked to the impromptu celebration of his 30th career Indy car victory. The moment instantly rekindled thoughts of his first win on June 18, 2000, at Belle Isle. “It still had the same feeling looking at everybody's face through the fence and everybody is excited for me. That's a feeling that nobody can take away from you, and that's what motivates me more to come back now and do what I just did,” Castroneves said after the 1-2 Chevrolet finish July 9 on the .894-mile, variably-banked oval. In his 20 years of Indy car competition – 15 of which have included at least one victory – Castroneves has strung together career statistics that place the longtime Team Penske driver [...]

NASCAR To Offer Cup Playoffs Live-Streaming

August 17, 2017 – For the first time in the sport’s history, NASCAR® will live-stream an in-car camera on Twitter for all 10 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ Playoffs races in 2017, NASCAR announced today. Beginning with the first race of the NASCAR Playoffs at Chicagoland Speedway®, NASCAR will provide fans a unique look from inside the race car with a live camera stream that can be accessed via its official Twitter handle, @NASCAR, and NASCAR.twitter.com. Fans can watch the full broadcast of the race at Chicagoland, Sunday, September 17 at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. On the same screen of the live stream, fans will find a real-time curated timeline of Tweets that capture the best of the NASCAR live conversation. “Through the in-car camera live stream on Twitter, our fans will have another compelling vantage point of the NASCAR Playoffs, where the energy and [...]

SilverHook Boat Sets Key West To Cuba Speed Record

 August 17, 2017 --  SilverHook, the 48-foot monohull Superboat Grand Prix race boat, set a new one-way speed record this morning from Key West to Cuba at an average speed of 79.23mph for the 101 mile Florida Straights run. With an Elapsed Time of: 1: 18 :3 SilverHook reached speeds of 127mph in the 5-7 foot waves. SilverHook is owned and captained by  Nigel Hook, who controlled the throttles on the record attempt. Hook is a 30-year veteran of international powerboat racing and has won three World Championships, set three World Speed Records and earned membership in the APBA Hall of Champions. He currently races the 77 Lucas Oil SilverHook 48GP in the Superboat International unlimited class. His co-pilot and driver is fellow APBA inductee and powerboat veteran Jay Johnson. SilverHook left Key West, USA at 08:43:31 - arriving Havana, CUBA at 10:01:34. SilverHook docking in Havana Harbor this morning after [...]

ACS Busch Lounge Offers NASCAR 400 Amenities

August 17, 2017 -- Located at the entrance of Pit Road at Turn 4, the Budweiser Lounge at Fontana's Auto Club Speedway has been re-branded to Busch Lounge where fans can enjoy the race in style in luxury suites with viewing locations and exclusive amenities during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 race weekend at Auto Club Speedway – March 17-18, 2018. “We have a long-standing partnership with Anheuser-Busch and are thrilled to have Busch on board to continue the tradition of providing our fans a festive atmosphere and destination during NASCAR weekend,” said Dave Allen, President of Auto Club Speedway. “Fans will notice the new signage and the iconic Busch blue-color scheme through the lounge.” The Busch Lounge is within footsteps of pit road, treating fans to two-days of racing action, all-inclusive food and beverage offerings including Garage and Pit Lane access. Plus, Busch Lounge ticket [...]

Andretti Autosports Launches New Veteran Program

Aug. 17, 2017 – Andretti Autosport announced today the launch of MilitaryToMotorsports.com, a unique hiring initiative to help U.S. Military Veterans transition into the civilian workforce upon retirement, specifically into the motorsport industry. The initiative, started with the help of retired U.S. Navy Seal Team Member and Deep Sea Diver and Andretti Autosport chassis owner, Chief David Tilton, seeks to give back to our nation’s Armed Service members by hiring the most qualified Military Veterans to join Andretti Autosport across its diverse family of race teams. Opportunities span across various positions and racing disciplines, including front office operations, transport drivers and pit crew members. “I’m extremely proud to be joining with David to launch the Military to Motorsports campaign and want to thank him for his service to our country and friendship over the years,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “I firmly believe that we’ve built crews of the best in [...]

Smith Racing Hard For Pro Stock Win

August 17, 2017 --- After not qualifying five races ago, two-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Matt Smith has come remarkably far in a short time. The only thing left for him is to break through for his first victory of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Since the low point of the season – not qualifying in Englishtown – Smith has been impressive on his Victory Magnum, advancing to three final rounds and grabbing two No. 1 qualifiers in the past four races. Smith appears to be setting up for a spectacular finish to his 2017 season and plans on continuing his red-hot pace at this weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, where he is also a two-time winner. “Our team is definitely going in the right direction and it’s a great feeling,” said Smith, who has jumped from 12th to fifth in [...]

Keselowski To Fold Truck Team

 August 17 - Today NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team owner Brad Keselowski announced that his team, Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR), will end operations at the conclusion of the 2017 season. "The Truck Series is truly special to me given my family's ties to the history of the sport, and this decision comes with much contemplation.  But, for a number of reasons, and as I plan for the long-term future, I've decided not to field a team in 2018," said Keselowski. BKR has fielded trucks in NASCAR competition dating back to 2008. Since that time, the organization has provided opportunities to more than a dozen up-and-coming drivers.  BKR has amassed nine Camping World Truck Series wins and the team has twice contended for the championship in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "My goal with BKR was to create a top-tier team which would allow me to give back to the [...]

Schatz To Challenge At River City

August 16, 2017 – Most everyone in the Sprint car racing world is experiencing a Knoxville Nationals hangover this week. The biggest race of the year has come and gone and, for Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz and his Arctic Cat/Ford Performance backed team, there isn’t time to sit around and try to recover from another epic performance. Schatz returns home for a three-race weekend in North Dakota with an eye on making a move in his quest for a ninth World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series championship. The driver of the TSR No. No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/ Curb J&J will lead the band of Outlaws back into action starting with Friday’s return to River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks where he’ll look to regain his post at the quarter-mile, high-banked dirt oval. Schatz followed David Gravel and Kerry Madsen to the finish line back [...]