Steve Waid Honored With Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence

July 6, 2018 – NASCAR and the NASCAR Hall of Fame today announced legendary motorsports reporter Steve Waid as the eighth recipient of the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence. A familiar face in the NASCAR garage for nearly 50 years, Waid began covering motorsports in 1972 for the Martinsville Bulletin before a 10-year stint at the Roanoke Times & World News. In 1981, Waid moved to Grand National Scene, a weekly NASCAR publication – and the spot where Waid cemented his legacy as a NASCAR media giant. Waid would later become publisher of what became known as NASCAR Scene and the monthly magazine NASCAR Illustrated, remaining with the publications until his retirement from full-time reporting in 2010. “For decades, Steve Waid tirelessly worked the NASCAR garage, becoming a familiar, trusted and beloved voice to both competitors and the passionate fans alike,” said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO. “Waid’s [...]

Truex Jr. Looks for Daytona Luck

July 3, 2018 – No matter how many ways you analyze Martin Truex Jr.’s results in recent superspeedway races, the facts don’t change. Simply put, the big restrictor-plate tracks – Daytona and Talladega – have not been kind to the Furniture Row Racing driver. In his last eight superspeedway races – four at Daytona and four at Talladega – Truex suffered one engine failure and was collected in five accidents. His average finish in the last four races at Daytona International Speedway is 23.5, including an 18th-place result in February’s Daytona 500. Truex will be looking for a Daytona reversal of fortune in Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400. “It (bad luck) has to change eventually,” Truex said. “We tried some different strategies in the past but we still found trouble. Our mindset is to try and run up front, collect some stage points and hopefully end the race with [...]

Diversity Women on NASCAR Pit Crews at Daytona

July 3, 2018 – Less than two years after relocating to North Carolina to pursue careers as professional tire-changers, NASCAR Drive for Diversity pit crew members Brehanna Daniels and Breanna O’Leary will go over the wall together in Saturday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ race at Daytona International Speedway. The crew members will both pit for Rick Ware Racing and Ray Black Jr., driver of the No. 51 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 (7 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Daniels will be making her debut in the sport’s top series at the World Center of Racing on Saturday. Since early 2017, she has pitted in more than 25 NASCAR Xfinity Series™, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ and ARCA Series races. The former Norfolk State University women’s basketball player is believed to be the first female African-American crew member to compete in a [...]

Four US Racetronics Drivers Post Podium Finishes at The Glen

 June 29, 2018 -- For the second time this season all four of US RaceTronics' entries finished on the podium and all in the top 10. The No. 50 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills driven by Edoardo Piscopo and Taylor Proto finished second overall while taking the win in the PRO class. Parris Mullins and Mark Proto drove the No. 88 Lamborghini of La Jolla to the win in LB Cup. This was their third win of the season. Brian Thienes led the AM class for the entire race in the No. 17 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills but dropped to second in class as the result of time added for a pit-stop violation. Damien Ockey was holding onto second-place in the No. 09 Lamborghini of Calgary until the closing laps of the race before falling back a spot to finish P3 in the AM class. Edoardo Piscopo started the race fourth overall [...]

Hot Action at Six Hours at the Glen

June 28,  2018 -- Victory in America’s premier six-hour endurance race and points in a pair of IMSA Championships will be on the line for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams this weekend at Watkins Glen International raceway. Three Mercedes-AMG GT3 teams will compete in Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, which is the 5th round of Eleven GT Daytona (GTD) class races on the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule and Round three of this year’s Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup (NAEC), a four-race championship centered on the season’s long-distance races. \Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams and drivers are a factor in both championships heading into the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, which can be seen live in its entirety this Sunday, July 1, on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) at 9:30 a.m. EDT. Mercedes-AMG Team Riley and full-season No. 33 Mercedes-AMG GT3 co-drivers Ben Keating and Jeroen [...]

Truex Jr. Looks for Third Straight Pocono Win

June 26, 2018 – You can list Chicagoland Speedway as “my type of racetrack” for Martin Truex Jr., who will be seeking his third straight win at the 1.5-mile oval in Sunday’s Overton’s 400. Truex overcame adversity in both wins at Chicagoland Speedway when it was the opening race of the NASCAR playoffs. He managed to come back from a deflating tire in 2016 and a speeding penalty in 2017. “Yeah, I feel great about that -- going for three in a row at Chicago,” Truex said. “A little sad it’s not kicking off the playoffs anymore just because of our record there, but at the same time, great racetrack and excited to go there and see what we can do. We had to overcome some issues the past two years at Chicagoland and hopefully we will have a clean race on Sunday and be there at the end in [...]

IMS To Debut USAC Midget Championship

June 26, 2018 -- The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will add to its luster as the Racing Capital of the World with the construction of a quarter-mile dirt track inside its famous oval, hosting a United States Auto Club Midget National Championship event during Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line race week in early September. Race week for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line will feature an even wider variety of thrilling action with the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship competing in a two-night spectacular event, the Driven2SaveLives BC39, on Wednesday, Sept. 5 and Thursday, Sept. 6. The event honors late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increases awareness of Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives. The Driven2SaveLives BC39 will include a unique format ending with a 39-lap feature Sept. 6 in the richest [...]

Tasca Eager for New England Nats Competition

June 25, 2018 -- Everything is starting to go according to plan for Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III, and that could make for a memorable celebration when the Hope, R.I., native heads to New England Dragway for the sixth annual NHRA New England Nationals on July 6-8. Coming off his first final round of the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season at Bristol in his 10,000-horsepower Ford Performance Shelby Mustang, Tasca is thrilled with the progress his team has made in recent weeks. They have jumped into the top 10 in the loaded Funny Car class, and Tasca, who has returned to full-time competition for the first time since 2014, believes his team is building up to something big at a track where he made his first pass. “This is what I dreamed about,” said Tasca, who has four career wins. “I dreamed about being in a [...]

Hardeman Withdraws From IMSA GT3 Challenge

June 25, 2018 – Will Hardeman and the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup team will not compete in this weekend’s IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama races at Watkins Glen International due to a recent and unexpected family obligation that requires 100% of Hardeman’s focus. Moorespeed fully backs Hardeman’s decision and has shifted its attention from achieving success on the track with its team driver to doing everything possible to support Will and his family. Moorespeed has requested on their behalf that the team’s friends, fans and racing family keep the Hardemans in their thoughts and prayers and respect their privacy. No decision has been made regarding Hardeman’s competition plans beyond this weekend. In their fourth-year racing together in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup, Hardeman and Moorespeed were having their best season to date in 2018. Hardeman earned his first series win in the season-opening weekend of competition [...]

Alexander Scores First Top Fuel Victory

June 24, 2018 --  Blake Alexander became the 105th different Top Fuel winner in NHRA history Sunday afternoon at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park. Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners in their respective categories at the 12th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Alexander’s 4.011-second pass at 297.81 mph in his Pronto Auto Service dragster to take down Terry McMillen and secure his first Top Fuel career victory. “It felt really good,” Alexander stated. “I got a little emotional because I’ve tried to do this my whole life. I’ve come close but have lost sponsors, thought I was never going to drive the car again and basically we have gone through everything to climb back to the top.” Alexander qualified 12th for the event and defeated Antron [...]