Truex Jr Dominates Fontana Race

March 18, 2018 – It was a perfect weekend for Martin Truex Jr., who dominated and won Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in his No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota. Not only did the Furniture Row Racing driver dominate the 200-lap race with a 11.685-second margin of victory over Kyle Larson, he started from the pole, captured the first two stages, led the most laps (125) and moved into first place in the driver point standings. The reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion also became the first driver to start from the pole and sweep all the stages. The victory was Truex’s first of the season and 16th of his career (14 with Furniture Row Racing). The victory was also the 15th career win for the Denver, Colo.-based Furniture Row Racing. After five races of the current season Truex has accumulated one win and four consecutive [...]

NASCAR to Feature In-car Twitter Feeds

March 16, 2018 -- NASCAR® announced today it will live-stream one in-car camera on Twitter for 15 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ races during the second half of the 2018 racing season, including all 10 NASCAR Playoffs races. Beginning with five regular season races this summer, the experience will once again provide fans a unique look from inside the race car with a live camera stream that can be accessed via NASCAR’s official Twitter handle, @NASCAR. Fans can watch full broadcasts of these regular season and NASCAR Playoffs races on NBC or NBCSN, and the NBC Sports app (full schedule here). NASCAR debuted the in-car camera live stream on Twitter during last year’s NASCAR Playoffs, when four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship contenders drove the live audience on Twitter from the green flag all the way to Victory Lane. “We’ve created an experience that brings Twitter users inside the cars at speeds [...]

Moorespeed to Compete in IMSA GT-3

March 15, 2018 -   Moorespeed and team driver Will Hardeman will begin their fourth season together in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama this week at Sebring International Raceway where the team will launch an all-out bid for the 2018 Platinum Cup Championship in the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup. Moorespeed and Hardeman – both based in Austin, Texas – return after a successful 2017 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA season for Moorespeed that saw the team score runner-up honors in the top-tier Platinum Cup Team Championship. Hardeman’s 2017 highlights included second-place finishes at Barber Motorsports Park in April and Watkins Glen International in late June. “We feel confident this year heading to Sebring,” Hardeman said. “Our opportunities for this season will come from many small things we are doing with driving and setup. After the three previous seasons in IMSA Porsche GT3 cup, [...]

Truex Jr Likes Rough Fontana Track

March 13, 2018 -- Martin Truex Jr. has a strong opinion of what not to do about the rough track surface at the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway, site of Sunday’s Auto Club 400 in Fontana, Calif. “Fontana is such an awesome racetrack and to repave it would be a huge mistake,” Truex said. “I have a preference for worn-out track surfaces. The repave at Michigan (another 2-mile track) took a long time to come around. Repaves, in my opinion, don’t work out that well.” Before the three-race Western Swing started the Furniture Row Racing driver felt his best shot of winning was at Auto Club Speedway. He said top-five finishes at Las Vegas and Phoenix would work, but felt it would be at the Southern California track as his best chance of returning to Victory Lane. So far he is right on with his Western Swing goal. He finished fourth [...]

Garone Named to West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame

March 12, 2018– Joe Garone, president of 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Furniture Row Racing, was named to the 2018 six-member Class for induction into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. Joining Garone in the Hall of Fame's 15th class will be: Joe Gibbs Racing senior executive J.D. Gibbs; Southern California racing legend Oren Prosser; two-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Champion Greg Pursley and NASCAR and open-wheel car owner Richard “Dick” Woodland. The late Larry Albedi, a five-decade-long public-address announcer, will be inducted as a member of the media. “It is getting increasingly difficult to select the honorees because the West Coast, over 75 years, has produced so many eligible candidates – literally hundreds,” said Ken Clapp, Chairman of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. “I salute the tenacity of the voting board and the members of the nominating committee on making these [...]

Leist Tops St. Pete Speed Chart

March 10, 2018 -- Photos by Action Sports Photography As the Verizon IndyCar Series opened their 2018 season on the streets of St. Petersburg Friday morning, A.J. Foyt’s ABC Supply Racing team was in the top 10 when the checkered fell. In practice 1, Matheus ‘Matt’ Leist surprised everyone (including himself) when he emerged as quickest of the 24 starters. His teammate Tony Kanaan set the pace early and then elected not to put on new tires towards the end of the season. Rookie Leist was in the top 10 from the beginning of the session and then popped up to the top of the speed chart in the final minutes after putting on fresh tires, as did many of those behind him. In the second session, Kanaan showed the consistency expected of a veteran with another ninth place performance while Leist dipped to 12th in that session. Kanaan summarized [...]

Famed Inductees to be Entered Into Motorsports Hall of Fame

March 10, 2018 - An illustrious group of motorsports legends and leaders as famous and accomplished as the iconic Inductees they will honor will join together next Tuesday, March 13, to enshrine the Class of 2018 at the 30th Annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone at the Shores Resort and Spa Hotel in Daytona Beach. This year’s magnificent seven group of Inductees includes John Buttera (Drag Racing), Carl G. Fisher(Historic), Jeff Gordon (Stock Car), Howard Hughes (Aviation), Fred Merkel (Motorcycles), U.E. “Pat” Patrick(Open Wheel) and Bob Tullius (Sports Cars). The Inductees will be lauded and ushered into the Hall by a gathering of equally notable presenters that also has combined to leave an indelible mark on the motorsports industry, both on the track and in the board room. The lineup includes MSHFA Members Mario Andretti (Class of 1990), Emerson Fittipaldi (Class of 2001) andFreddie Spencer (Class of 2001), future Hall of Famer Don Schumacher, NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton, Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) President Doug [...]

Harvick Looks to Score Win Number Three

March 7, 2018 -- Kevin Harvick’s victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last Sunday was his second in three races to start off the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. And considering his track-record eight wins at this weekend’s venue, ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz., there’s no reason to believe that Harvick or his Stewart-Haas Racing team is slowing down as they head into Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM). In addition to his record trophy haul, statistically Harvick leads all drivers with 1,484 laps led and 782 “fastest laps” at the one-mile Phoenix oval. His driver rating of 110.2 is tops as well. Harvick is hoping to become only the ninth driver in NASCAR history to earn nine wins or more at a track. The only other active driver to have accomplished this is seven-time Monster Energy Series champion Jimmie Johnson, who has nine [...]

Larson to be Inducted into Walk of Fame

March 6, 2018 -- California native Kyle Larson, winner of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400, will be inducted into the Speedway’s Walk of Fame. Ticket holders are welcome to watch the Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony. It will be held on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Auto Club Speedway, outside the O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone at Gate B at 9300 Cherry Ave. Fontana, CA 92335. Larson swept the 2017 race weekend by winning the pole position for the race on Friday and winning Saturday’s XFINITY Series Service King 300 race. He is the first driver to win both races and the Cup Series qualifying run in one weekend at Auto Club Speedway. Auto Club Speedway began the Walk of Fame tradition in 1998 after Jeff Gordon took the checkered flag at the inaugural 1997 NASCAR Cup event at Auto Club Speedway. [...]

Harding Racing Ready for St. Pete

March 6, 2018 -- Harding Racing is eager to present their new team logo, their updated website, and the 2018 #88 Gabby Chaves livery for the IndyCar Series opener, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The updated branding is another step towards preparation for running its first full season in the Verizon IndyCar Series. This will be Harding Racing’s first street course race following a successful three-race stint with Chaves in the 2017 season which included a ninth-place finish in their racing debut at the 101st Indianapolis 500. The team will race under the Chevrolet banner with the Chevy V6 2.2 liter IndyCar engine through the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida on a 1.8 mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit along the waterfront. The new Harding Racing logo symbolizes tradition, movement, swiftness and strength. Inspired by the Harding family crest, the logo incorporates a swallow-like bird, representing perpetual movement and swift [...]