NASCAR Inspection Tight at Atlanta

Feb. 23, 2018 – Issues during technical inspection prevented Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota from participating in qualifying for Sunday’s Folds of Honor/QuickTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Truex will line up 35th on the inside of Row 18 for Sunday’s 325-lap race on the 1.54-mile oval. The Mayetta, N.J., native started ninth and finished eighth in last year’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. “NASCAR’s new inspection process is just that … new,” said Joe Garone, president of Furniture Row Racing. “The tolerances are very tight, within thousandths of an inch. It’s difficult to push the limits where you feel you need to and still be within the tolerances of the new system. One thing we won’t do is leave anything on the table and expect to get poles and wins. We will always push for the maximum.” Kyle Busch won the pole. The balance [...]

Schumacher Sets National Speed Record

 February  23, 2018 - - The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season continued Friday as Tony Schumacher powered to the Top Fuel qualifying lead at the 34th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. Jack Beckman (Funny Car) and Alex Laughlin (Pro Stock) are also provisional qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the second of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Schumacher led the category with a run of 3.649-seconds at 334.65 mph in his US Army dragster posted during the first qualifying session to initially set the Top Fuel speed record. Clay Millican followed up with a record-breaking speed of 335.23 in his Great Clips/Parts Plus dragster early in the second round of qualifying, which would only hold up for six pairs on this record-setting day. Schumacher’s success continued in the second round as he reset the [...]

Brittany to Compete at Wild Horse Pass

  Feb. 21, 2018 – Twelve days after escaping serious injury in a crash at the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season opener, reigning Top Fuel champion Brittany Force is looking forward to competing in the Monster Energy Chevrolet dragster this weekend in the NHRA Arizona Nationals. Force, the No. 2 qualifier in the inaugural event of the 2018 season at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California, was competing in the first round of eliminations Feb. 11 when the dragster veered out of control early in the pass, made hard contact with both left and right retaining walls and slid upright through the finish line. She was responsive, speaking with medical personnel, and was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. Force was released the following day. “I flew into Phoenix early (Thursday) morning and headed straight out to racetrack to meet up with my team," [...]

The Cult to Entertain at Long Beach Grand Prix

Feb. 22, 2018 – Legendary rock band The Cult will headline the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach’s Rock-N-Roar Concert on Saturday night, April 14. Free to race ticket holders, the show will begin at 6 p.m. after the close of daytime racing activities. The Cult have recorded 10 albums comprising many hit songs including “She Sells Sanctuary,” “Wild Flower” and “Fire Woman,” and their latest album, “Hidden City,” was released in 2016. The band’s current lineup includes Ian Astbury (vocals) and Billy Duffy (lead guitar), as well as Grant Fitzpatrick (bass guitar), Damon Fox (keyboards) and John Tempesta (drums). “We are looking forward to playing for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach fans,” said Duffy, “performing at this historic street race is a real honor for The Cult.” The show will take place on the plaza in front of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center adjacent to the Long [...]

Tanner Gray Eager to Win

February 21, 2018 - -A tremendous rookie season has only pushed Pro Stock driver Tanner Gray to raise the bar even higher for the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, which is why a strong start to the year is important for the rising star. It didn’t happen at the season-opener in Pomona, where Gray fell in the first round to eventual winner and defending world champion Bo Butner. That hasn’t dampened Gray’s spirits heading to this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, where the 19-year-old talent looks to make an early-season impact in his Valvoline/Nova Services Chevrolet Camaro. “I feel very good going into Phoenix,” said Gray, who was named NHRA’s rookie 2017, earning the NHRA’s Auto Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award after winning five races. “We think we fixed our problem from Pomona, had some tune up issues. It's [...]

Tenecula Road to Perform at ACS Infinity Race

Feb. 21, 2018 – Local country artists, Temecula Road, will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the NASCAR NXS 300 on March 17, 2018 with pre-race activities starting at 1:30 p.m. at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. In addition, they will headline the pre-race concert at 12:00 p.m. in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone. The young stars are a perfect fit to kick-off the NXS 300 race which features young NASCAR drivers battling for the checkered flag on one of the fastest and oldest two-mile oval tracks on the NASCAR circuit. The country music trio is comprised of sisters Emma and Maddie Salute and longtime friend Dawson Anderson. With talent far beyond their teenage years, Temecula Road has an impressive online following with their series of song covers.  A mashup video of the trio singing portions of 2016’s top 20 country songs in a mere 3 minutes garnered them over 7 [...]

Bubba Wallace Jr Featored on Facebook Watch

February 21m 3018 - -A dramatic, runner-up finish in the 2018 DAYTONA 500 by the first full-time African-American driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since 1971 will be chronicled in the final two episodes of “Behind the Wall: Bubba Wallace,” the new docu-series on Facebook Watch. The final episodes in the original series will post at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 22, and can be viewed by following the Behind the Wall: Bubba Wallace show page. The first six episodes, which premiered last week, are available now on demand. In his first start in the Great American Race, Wallace edged out 2016 DAYTONA 500 champion Denny Hamlin to take second place in the sport’s most prestigious event, which was won by driver Austin Dillon. The result marks the best-ever finish by an African-American driver in the DAYTONA 500. Both the lead-up to Wallace’s debut in the Monster Energy [...]

Langdon Preps funny Car For Dragstrip

February 20, 2018  – Shawn Langdon has never been one to back down from a challenge and the former Top Fuel world champion remains thrilled at trying to tackle perhaps the biggest one in his racing career early in the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Langdon made the transition from Top Fuel to Funny Car this offseason, repeating a process Kalitta Motorsports teammate J.R. Todd did the previous year. After a first-round loss in his Funny Car debut in Pomona to open the year, Langdon is confident he’ll make big improvements in his 10,000-horsepower Global Electronics Technology Toyota Camry, starting at this weekend’s 34th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. “I knew what my mistakes were,” said Langdon, who has 14 career Top Fuel victories. “There was just so much going on in my first race out. I wasn’t patient enough with it. [...]

Construction Begins For Long Beach Grand Prtx

Feb. 20, 2018 – The “Roar by the Shore” is less than two months away! Construction has begun on the iconic Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race circuit in preparation for the April 13-15 race weekend. Over the next 53 days, more than 2,400 concrete blocks that anchor the safety system around the 1.97-mile, 11-turn racing circuit will be placed along with 14 large grandstands that line the race course. The schedule reflects a reduced construction time frame that was agreed to between the City of Long Beach and the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach in their new contract. “As construction begins, we are excited about this year’s event,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “With the addition of the Historic Trans Am on-track as well as our lineup of family activities off-track, our fans will enjoy non-stop action from [...]

\Truex Jr L ooks Forward To Atlanta

Feb. 20, 2018 – The good news for Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team is that they are going from their worst to their best type of racetrack in the NASCAR Cup Series. Truex, who finished 18th after being involved in a late-race multicar wreck in Sunday’s Daytona 500, has admitted that superspeedway racing such as Daytona has not been one of his strong suits. But the next type of track Truex will be competing on -- the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway – is one of the main reasons he is the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion. Seven of his eight wins last season came at a 1.5-mile track, including the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway where he captured his first Cup championship. Truex’s average finish last year in 11 races at 1.5-mile tracks was 2.4. In the last six 1.5-mile races [...]