The Stock Car Gazette e-zine for Thursday, 8/6/09
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Courtesy of Google Alerts
Busch running out of time to make Chase
The Associated Press
It’s championship or bust for Busch — who does lead the points in the second-tier Nationwide Series. Busch has nine consecutive top-two finishes in …
Sorenson recovering from carbon monoxide sickness
STATESVILLE, NC (AP) — NASCAR driver Reed Sorenson inhaled carbon monoxide during Monday’s Sprint Cup race at Pocono, and his team has asked former Formula …
What’s the best rivalry in NASCAR today? Is there one?
NASCAR is built on rivalries, on two guys going at each other week after week, track after track. You like one, you hate the other. It’s that simple. …
Courtesy of Insider Racing News
Talladega Offers Garage Tours
Talladega Superspeedway is offering race fans attending the Mountain Dew 250 fueled by Fred’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race the opportunity of a lifetime. A guided tour of the Truck Series garage, an infield grandstand seat overlooking pit road and catered breakfast, lunch and beverages (soda water & beer) are all included in the $125 Saturday Miller Lite Paddock Club offer. Sunday Paddock Club ticket buyers can buy Saturday passes at a discounted rate of $100 per package. “This is the first time we have opened the Miller Lite Paddock Club for a Camping World Truck Series race,” said Talladega Superspeedway President Rick Humphrey. “It’s an incredible opportunity for race fans to experience the excitement of the garage prior to the race and then watch the race action from pit road. The only way to get closer to the teams would be to join a pit crew.”
Pocono Hotpass Lineup
NASCAR Hotpass™ is free to all DIRECTV customers. Four dedicated driver channels offering viewers multiple camera angles, real-time statistics and audio of the network broadcast augmented by live communication between the drivers and their pit crews will be available for all 36 point-paying races during the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The NASCAR HOTPASS lineup for the Heluva Good! at The Glen road course race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International is as follows:
# DIRECTV Channel 795: Kyle Busch and the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota team of Joe Gibbs Racing
# DIRECTV Channel 796: Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet team of Hendrick Motorsports
# DIRECTV Channel 797: Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 Target Chevrolet team of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
# DIRECTV Channel 798: Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Aflac Ford team of Roush Fenway Racing.
Kahne’s Crew Best At Pocono
Kasey Kahne’s pit crew captured the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award in Monday’s rain-delayed Pennsylvania 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway. It was the first Tissot win of the season for the No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports crew, which became the 14th different winner of the weekly competition. Kahne’s Dodge Charger spent the least amount of time on pit road – 222.986 seconds — during the 200-lap, 500-mile race. The quick work by the No. 9 crew helped Kahne post a fifth-place finish.
Courtesy of Jayski
NEXT RACE: Watkins Glen Race Info/Rundown page including…….
The Entry List for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen at Watkins Glen International is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points:
#04-P.J, Jones (62/1)
#08-Terry Labonte [PC] or Boris Said (52/3)
#09-Ron Fellows (2009 Race Winner as owner)(38 in owners pts/21 attempts)
#13-Max Papis (44/10)
#36-Brian Simo (42/21)
#37-Tony Raines (49/13)
#66-Dave Blaney (41/21)
#70-David Gilliland (none/0)
#71-Andy Lally (37/21)
#82-Scott Speed (36/21)
#87-Joe Nemechek (39/11)
In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #’s 09,82,71,87,66,36,13
missing the race would be : #’s 08,04,70
See the full entry list at my Jayski’s Watkins Glen Entry List.(8-3-2009)
Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Watkins Glen:
No changes the spread between 35th and 36th dropped a tad to 171 points
34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 1672, +290
35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 1553, 171 points ahead of 36th
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1382, 171 points out of 35th
37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 1207, -346
The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
For the owners points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings.(8-3-2009)
Stewart can clinch chase spot: #14-Tony Stewart can clinch a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup this weekend, yet another accolade in his dream first season as a driver-owner. If Stewart leaves Watkins Glen with a 781-point lead on the 13th-place driver, he clinches. He currently has a 726-point lead on 13th-place #18-Kyle Busch.(NASCAR)(8-6-2009)
Reutimann still miffed at Hamlin over Pocono wreck: #00-David Reutimann doesn’t buy the explanation #11-Denny Hamlin gave for the wreck in Monday’s Sprint Cup race at Pocono that may also have wrecked his chances of making the Chase. Reutimann said he never brake-checked Hamlin, as the eventual race winner claimed occurred prior to the accident on Lap 174 that not only took out Reutimann but also Michael Waltrip Racing teammate #47-Marcos Ambrose. He said Hamlin basically ran over him in an effort to get position. “I was just trying to get away from him,” Reutimann said on Wednesday. “In the end, if you push a guy sideways enough he’s not going to be able to bring it back. I didn’t hear [his] explanation, but I can tell you it’s pretty inaccurate. I was in the throttle all the time to the point I was hung out so far I kind of had to do something.” Reutimann went on to say he was as “mad as heck” at Hamlin, even though the two have exchanged text messages in which Hamlin apologized. “If a guy says he’s sorry I tend to believe it,” Reutimann said. “Look back at Daytona at what I did to Ryan Newman. Everybody’s capable of making mistakes. I’m a forgiving guy if he sincerely apologizes or says he was in the wrong. In the end I’m still confused at why it happened. It wasn’t just one shot. It was multiple shots.” Reutimann entered the race in 13th place in points, 68 out of the top 12 who would qualify for the Chase. He was in position to possibly move into the top 12 with a solid finish after having run up front most of the day. The wreck left him 16th in points, 121 off the cutoff point, after finishing 29th.(ESPN)(8-6-2009)
Robby and P.J. schemes for Watkins Glen: #7-Robby Gordon will sport a black Jim Beam scheme on the #7 Toyota at Watkins Glen this weekend. Gordon will also field a car for P.J. Jones as he did at Infineon Raceway. Jones will drive the #04 Jim Beam / Menards Toyota with the same scheme he had at Infineon.(RGM), see images of the schemes on my #7 Team Schemes page and #04 Team Schemes page.(8-6-2009)
Ambrose running double duty at Watkins Glen: Last year, Marcos Ambrose became a first-time NASCAR race winner taking the checkered flag in the Nationwide Series Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International, driving for JTG-Daugherty Racing owned by Tad and Jodi Geschickter and Brad Daugherty. For his first Sprint Cup race at The Glen, he started 43rd and finished third in only his third start. Ambrose’s impressive run with Wood Brothers [#21 Ford] landed him his career-best finish by crossing the finish line in third-place. Now, Ambrose is pulling double duty again at the 2.45-mile road course. On Saturday, he climbs behind the wheel of the #47 STP Octane Booster Toyota fielded by JTG-Daugherty Racing and looks to repeat with support from his Sprint Cup Series crew chief Frank Kerr and his #47 Little Debbie Toyota Racing pit crew. Then on Sunday, Ambrose aims to supersede his career-best finish [3rd] matched at Sonoma (Infineon Raceway) this season. Following Pocono on Monday, Ambrose left Monday afternoon straight to Dover International Speedway for a two-day Goodyear tire test. In addition to Ambrose running the Nationwide and Cup Series events, he will be kicking up some dirt at Black Rock Speedway in Dundee, NY on Friday night.(MWR)(8-6-2009)
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Minter: The Drive To Diversify Began Many Years Ago – http://www.racintoday.com/archives/8574
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Race 2 Win Radio Welcomes Kings of the Road
Boris Said and Andy Lally to Appear on August 6th Episode
TAYLORS, SC (August 6, 2009) – When you think of road racing stars, chances are that Boris Said and Andy Lally are among the top names that will come to mind. As NASCAR’s top two series head to the twists and turns of the Watkins Glen International road course, Race 2 Win Radio welcomes Said and Lally to the Thursday, August 6th broadcast. The show will air live at 1:00 pm ET at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/race2win.
While Boris Said, ESPN analyst and driver of the No. 09 Zaxby’s Ford in the Nationwide event, and Andy Lally, driver of the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet for this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series race, are experts in the road-racing field, they are both fueled by the same dream… to run full-time in NASCAR. Both drivers are two-time winners of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona but, for now, the duo has dreams of winning the Daytona 500.
Also on the August 6th episode, Race 2 Win Radio co-host Blake Feese will be on hand to discuss his 12th-place finish in the No. 15 Phoenix Construction Toyota last week at Nashville Superspeedway. The 27-year-old Feese now has two top-15 finishes in two career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts.
Mike Calinoff, spotter for Matt Kenseth and Chief Executive Officer of Activ8 Communications – www.goactiv8.com, will check in with his “Keys to Winning” segment for the road course at The Glen and look back at the No. 17 team’s long, soggy weekend at Pocono.
Award-winning journalist Rick Minter, senior writer for RacinToday.com, is back to take his turn on the “Writer’s Block,” a weekly segment he shares with Kenny Bruce, assistant managing editor of NASCAR Scene, in which two of the top writers in the sport discuss the biggest stories in and around NASCAR.
Race 2 Win Radio features NASCAR veteran Jeff Holtzclaw as host with Heather Meyer of the Stock Car Gazette and professional racecar driver Blake Feese serving as co-hosts. The show airs live every Thursday afternoon from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET at www.blogtalkradio.com/race2win. Immediately following the live show, you can listen to, or download, any episode on-demand or on-the-go.
Listeners are always welcome to join in on the show. To comment on any topic or submit a question for any guests/hosts, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org anytime or call (646) 200-4485 during the live broadcast.
Fans also have the opportunity to chat with co-host Heather Meyer in the show’s chat room during the broadcast and submit questions or suggest topics with this feature. Users must sign up for an account at www.blogtalkradio.com before they can chat.
Race 2 Win Radio – NASCAR Radio at the Speed of Sound
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NEXT RACE: Zippo 200, 3:00 pm/et, Saturday, August 8, 2009 at Watkins Glen International
Entry List: There are 49 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday’s Zippo 300 at Watkins Glen Internationa. Some notes:
The #1 is TBA;
J.R. Fitzpatrick will be in the #4 for KHI;
Brad Baker is in the #05;
Kris Szekeres will be in the #07 for SK Motorsports;
Boris Said will drive the RAB #09;
Jeffrey Earnhardt will make his series debut in the #40 for Key Motorsports;
The #42 team is entered with a driver TBA;
Marcos Ambrose will drive the #47 in his frist race of the year;
Robby Gordon returns in his #55;
Sean Murphy returns to the Mac Donald Motorsports #81(8-3-2009)
Ryan Newman will be in the #1.(8-4-2009)
The #96 team has withdrawn and the #86 team with Antonio Perez has been added.(8-5-2009)
See the complete list on the Watkins Glen Race Page.(8-3-2009)
Nationwide Series Goes Road Racing at Watkins Glen: ESPN2 continues its season-long coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend as the series races on a road course for the first time this season at historic Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. The live, flag-to-flag telecast airs Saturday, Aug. 8, at 2:30 p.m. ET. ESPN2 is the home of the NASCAR Nationwide Series all season, with selected races on ESPN and ABC. Also on Saturday, live coverage of NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying airs at 10 a.m. on ESPN2, while coverage of final practice airs Friday, Aug. 7, at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Marty Reid will be lap-by-lap announcer for ESPN’s coverage, with analysis by Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Reporting from the pits will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Shannon Spake and Vince Welch, with Tim Brewer in the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage. Allen Bestwick will host the pre-race NASCAR Countdown program with analysis by Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty in the ESPN pit studio.(ESPN PR)(8-3-2009)
2010 Team Chart: Some 2010 team and driver plans are starting to take shape. Check out the 2010 Nationwide Series Team chart for all the details.
Busch not running full time in 2010: Kyle Busch joined members of the media on Tuesday night, Aug. 4, 2009 for dinner in Dover. During an interivew he was asked about Nationwide plans for next season. “The plan was last year when we were winning all the Nationwide races and running really well. The plan was initially to go full season and then I felt like our Cup stuff sort of stalled. We cut it back. I didn’t go to Milwaukee. I didn’t go to Nashville, and I didn’t go to a couple others…We thought about it and how our cars are really good and Joe and J.D. (Gibbs) said man wouldn’t it be cool to have a Nationwide championship solely JGR owner and driver points, and so I said I want to do it. I want to win a Nationwide championship. Anybody would so our cars have been strong enough and that’s why we have done it. We won six races this year. It’s been good and maybe it’s taken a little bit away from the Cup effort. I don’t think it has but were already talking about next year and cutting it back and getting our Cup efforts back up to where they need to be. Hopefully we can get it down to about 22 or 24 Nationwide Series races, just companion stuff not flying all over the place.”(Dover Speedway PR)(8-5-2009)
Imperial Bedding sponsorsing Herd Racing: Imperial Bedding Company will serve as primary sponsor of Herd Racing’s #75 entry in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International this weekend. Imperial, located in West Virginia, is family owned and operated and has been dedicated to manufacturing the highest quality sleep sets for over 39 years. Imperial currently manufactures more than 65 models. Associate sponsors on Brett Rowe’s #75 entry at The Glen include ECO-FIRST, an environmental services company; Doghouse Motorsports, a powersports retailer; and Short Chiropractic. (Herd Racing PR), see an image of the car on the #76 team paint schemes page.(8-5-2009)
Kenny Wayne Shepherd grand marshall at Michigan: American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Kenny Wayne Shepherd will perform a Miller Lite Rock N’ Racing post-race concert following the CARFAX 250 on Saturday, Aug. 15 at Michigan International Speedway. Shepherd will also serve as the grand marshal for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race earlier that day. (Michigan Speedway PR)(8-5-2009)
Kenseth competing in Memphis race: Add one more Cup superstar to the list of NASCAR Nationwide Series racers on their way to Memphis Motorsports Park this fall. Matt Kenseth, this year’s Daytona 500 winner and the 2003 Sprint Cup Series champion, will be behind the wheel of the #16 for Roush Fenway Racing on Oct. 24. Hometown hero Ricky Stenhouse Jr., from Olive Branch, Miss., will be here to practice and qualify the #16 car for Kenseth, who will be flying in to Memphis on race day from Martinsville and the coinciding Cup race. (Memphis Motorsports Park PR)(8-5-2009)
Iowa TV Ratings: ESPN’s live coverage of the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 2, earned a final national household coverage rating of 1.3. The telecast averaged 1,640,942 viewers.(ESPN PR)(8-5-2099)
Courtesy of The Hot Lap
No. 12 Crew chief Chad Walter spent his college years at Cornell University, located in Ithaca, N.Y. The Verizon Wireless Dodge pit boss played defensive end on the school’s football team, in addition to earning a degree in mechanical engineering. In his spare time, Walter worked on the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers race car design team at Cornell. Driver Justin Allgaier will visit the Verizon Wireless store in Elmira, New York on Friday, August 7 from 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ET. The Illinois native will meet with store employees and sign autographs for fans. The Verizon Wireless store is located at 830 County Road 64 in Elmira, N.Y., 14903. Allgaier will be the Corning Race Fest in Corning, New York on Thursday, August 6, from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. signing autographs and meeting with fans. The festival is located in downtown Corning.
NATIONAL STOCK CAR RACING COMMISSION STATEMENT:
On August 4, 2009, the National Stock Car Racing Commission heard and considered the appeal of a penalty issued by NASCAR to Randy Hood, crew chief for the #01 NASCAR Nationwide Series car of JD Motorsports
The penalty concerned Section 12-1 of the NASCAR Rule Book “Actions detrimental to stock car racing;” Section 12-4-I “Any determination by NASCAR Officials that the Race Equipment used in the Event does not conform to NASCAR rules;” Section 20A-10.4A “Transmission must be standard production design; gear width is not as manufactured;” and Section 20A-10.4D: “The complete transmission assembly, as raced, must weigh a minimum of 80 pounds. The minimum weight will include the shifter assembly, internal oil pump assembly (if used) and lubricant. This minimum will not include the shift level and the rear mount: transmission did not meet the minimum weight.”
This stemmed from post-qualifying inspection for a NASCAR Nationwide Series Event held at Daytona International Speedway on July 2, 2009.
The penalty assessed was a $2,500 fine.
The Appellant argued that the transmission and gear were a standard production design from an approved manufacturer, and that the method used to determine the minimum weight of the transmission assembly differed from the Rule Book. Upon reviewing the testimony presented during the hearing, the Commission concurred.
Therefore, it is the unanimous decision of the National Stock Car Racing Commission to rescind the penalty.
George Silbermann, Chairman
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Courtesy of Jayski
Images added: Some new images added from Nashville and ORP: #5-Mike Skinner, PC*Miler Navigator Toyota; #15-Blake Feese, Phoenix Construction Toyota; #81-Tayler Malsam, One Eighty Toyota; #1-Caitlin Shaw, Red Horse Racing Toyota; #48-Richard Harriman, CJ Lighting Services.com Chevy; #84-Chris Fontaine, Glenden Enterprises Chevy. To view images, visit the 2009 Paint Scheme Page.(8-5-2009)
Park returns to roots in hope of returning to top series: Veteran driver Steve Park hopes success in a NASCAR series designed to showcase up-and-coming talent will resurrect his racing career. The 41-year-old Park took a step in that direction Saturday night when he passed Jody Lavender for the lead with five laps remaining then pulled away from Ryan Truex. to win the NASCAR Camping World Series East Series 150 at Adirondack International Speedway in Beaver Falls, N.Y. His immediate focus is on winning upcoming Camping World East races at Lime Rock, Loudon and Dover. But he has his long-term sights set on a bigger prize. I’m working hard to get back into a Truck or the Nationwide Series,” Park said. “Look at what [51-year-old] Ron Hornaday Jr. has done. He’s quite a bit older than I am. “I’ve raced all my life and it’s in my blood. I still have the desire to win. “I’ve always had the confidence in my abilities to win races. It’s convincing everybody else that’s the hardest thing to do.”(RacinToday.com)(8-5-2009)
NASCAR May Be Reducing The 2010 Camping World Truck Series Schedule
by SM Napier (Senior Writer) The latest rumor floating around in the Camping World Truck Series garage is that NASCAR may reduce the schedule from 25 races …
NCWTS Ratings Up On SPEED From Nashville
Nielsen Household Ratings for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stand-alone race from Nashville were up 59 percent year-to-year, as three-time series …
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Kligerman Credits SPEED Channel with Sparking his Racing Passion
TOLEDO, Ohio (August 5, 2009)–Penske Development Driver Parker Kligerman, who is currently battling with Justin Lofton in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Point Standings, appeared on SPEED TV’s Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain on Sunday night to discuss his rookie year of ARCA competition in the No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge. Kligerman’s interview can be viewed by clicking here.
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Standings Leader Clay Rogers Faces Tough Challenge At South Boston
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (August 5, 2009) – With only two events remaining before USARacing’s Championship Series begins, Clay Rogers finds himself in the catbird seat with a 129-point lead over Bobby Gill heading into this weekend’s South Boston 250 at South Boston Speedway.
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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes – Mosport
Dilley Is In The Business Of Racing
A career, like racing, is about passion. Without a true love, it becomes a job.
Mark Dilley (No. 9 Dodge/Leland Industries Dodge) has unparalleled passion for racing, which just might explain why he made it his profession. A long-time competitor in Canadian stock-car racing and ambassador for the sport, Dilley joined forces last year with Linda Jones to form Wide Open Motorsports Solutions, a company with a primary purpose of procurement and promotion of drivers and sponsors. But, this year, the interest took off in a little different direction.
“In years past (Linda Jones) and I had separately done similar things, so we decided, last year, to join forces to double our efforts,” said Dilley.
Now moving in the same direction, Dilley and Jones combine knowledge and assets to provide even more service to both clients and sponsors.
“We are constantly on the lookout for sponsorship opportunities for our clients,” he said. “In this economy, we need to have a broader view and not just focus on the traditional cast of characters.”
As a firm believer of NASCAR as a marketing platform, Dilley is confident that interest is still high.
“I think the interest is out there, but it just may not be in the same places it has always been. The larger companies are stretched thin, but there are businesses out there looking to get involved.”
Earlier this year a group of investors looking to purchase Sunset Speedway in Innisfil, Ont., approached Wide Open about managing the track and shepherding it through several renovation projects. Running a track is not new to Dilley, a former owner of Barrie (Ont.) Speedway.
“The owners want to build a quality facility, to match some of the nicer places in the country, in central Ontario well within the bounds of the Toronto market,” Dilley stated.
The transformation of the 40-year-old .333-mile track will not come overnight, but a strategy is in place with the ultimate goal of hosting a NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 event in mind.
“We need to get a new track in there with a proper pit road. That’s the first step,” said Dilley. “We’ve already made some changes to many of the fan areas to make those better. Now, it’s a matter of working inside out; starting with the track.”
Not helping Dilley focus on his business interests this year is one of the worst slumps of his racing career. He has just three top-10 finishes in 2009.
“We just need a break. Whatever can go wrong has this year. It’s definitely frustrating,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve ever had a stretch like this in my career, but we’ll get it turned around this weekend.”
In his two previous series starts at Mosport Speedway, Dilley has a pair of runner-up finishes.
The Race: Mosport Speedway 200
The Place: Mosport Speedway, Bowmanville, Ont.
The Date: Saturday, Aug. 8
The Time: 7 p.m. ET
TV Schedule: TSN, Aug. 23, 4 p.m. ET
Track Layout: Half-mile oval
Race Purse: $78,523 CAD
2008 Winner: Kerry Micks
2008 Pole: None – Rain
Schedule: Practice 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Qualifying 5 p.m.
Track Contact: Lee Bailie, (905) 983-9141, email@example.com
NASCAR Contact: Shon Sbarra, (704) 309-5493, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rk Driver Points
1 Andrew Ranger 1,179
2 Scott Steckly 1,148
3 Ron Beauchamp Jr. 1,098
4 DJ Kennington 1,090
5 Anthony Simone 1,021
6 Dave Whitlock 1,005
7 Kerry Micks 1,000
8 Jason Hathaway 982
9 Don Thomson Jr. 964
10 Mark Dilley 916
11 Jason White 867
12 Kent Nuhn 850
Hathaway Looks To Heat Up In Second Half
The first half of the season sets the tone, but the second half holds the defining moments and cements the memories—good or bad.
For Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Snap-on Tools/Vortex Brake Pads Dodge), the first seven races of 2009 have been solid and consistent. With the exception of a 20th-place finish at Delaware (Ont.) Speedway due to engine troubles, he has six top-10 finishes including a season-best finish of fourth in the last outing in Saskatoon, Sask.
He has been remarkably consistent, so far, this season with four eighth-place and one seventh-place finish in seven races.
Last season, Hathaway closed the season in strong fashion with three top fives in the final five races of the year, which includes his first series career win in the season finale, a rain-shortened event at Kawartha Speedway before finishing ninth in the final standings and earning Most Improved Driver honors, an award selected by series officials, at the post-season awards ceremony.
The first half of 2008 was not particularly special putting Hathaway, with improved performance in 2009, in a much better position to cover ground in the standings this time around.
Racing out of Appin, Ont., Hathaway currently is eighth in the championship points standings, but is a mere 39 points out of fifth place.
Mosport News & Notes
The Race: This event is the eighth of 13 races on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule and the sixth of nine races on oval tracks this season. It is the series’ third visit to the track.
The Procedure: The starting field is 22 cars, including provisionals. The first 19 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 200 laps covering 100 miles.
The Track: The half-mile oval shares grounds with Mosport International Raceway, a 2.459-mile road course, a 2.4-kilometer advanced driver and race driver training facility, and a 1.4-kilometer kart track. All told, Mosport is Canada’s largest motorsports complex, covering 750 acres located just north of Bowmanville, Ont., less than an hour’s drive from Toronto. The name Mosport is a contraction of motorsport and is pronounced “MOE-sport.” The facility opened in 1961.
Familiar Turf: After racing on the .333-mile banked oval at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon, Sask., for the first time in the last outing, series drivers and teams return to a comfort zone. With just a couple of exceptions, everyone is familiar with the strategies and idiosyncrasies of Mosport Speedway.
Last Year: The visit to Mosport Speedway a year ago was marred by wet weather. Only practice was complete on Saturday before rain moved into the area, causing the race to be moved to Sunday. For the first time in its brief history, the starting field was set per the series rule book, with points leader Scott Steckly on the pole, as time trials were not able to be held. In the race, Kerry Micks battled Mark Dilley down the stretch and picked up his first series victory on an oval track after winning a pair of road-course events in 2007.
The Records: The one-lap qualifying record for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at Mosport Speedway is held by JR Fitzpatrick at 21.592 seconds (83.364 mph) set on Aug. 11, 2007. The 200-lap race record is held by Micks in last year’s race on Aug. 10 at 1 hour, 43 minutes, 18 seconds (58.083 mph).
NCATS Notebook: Velocity Prairie Thunder Wrap-Up
The Last Shall Be First: Leaving engine parts scattered around the race track in practice is not normally in a race-winning recipe, but Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire/Tow Truck in a Box Dodge) was able to overcome an engine failure in practice to win his second race of the year and seventh of his career. In doing so, he broke his tie with Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Walmart/Tide Ford) for the most career series wins.
Back On Top: Earlier in 2009, Steckly took over the all-time series lead for laps led from Don Thomson Jr. (No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet). However, with his 161 laps led in the Velocity Prairie Thunder, Thomson now has 1,251 laps led in series history and regained the lead from Steckly (1,179). Ranger is a distant third with 743 laps led.
First and Third: While transitioning to the NASCAR spec engine, Steckly was caught in a pinch when his primary custom-built engine expired in practice and was forced to rent a motor from DJ Kennington (No. 17 Castrol/Mahindra Tractor Dodge), who finished third in the race while having a stake in the winning car, as well.
Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race: As a reward for his NASCAR Canadian Tire Series victory at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, Steckly collects $1,500 from Mobil 1 for his effort. It is his second victory of the 2009 season.
Mopar Quick Three: This program rewards the top three finishing Dodges in the race. In the Velocity Prairie Thunder, the race winner, Steckly, was the highest-finishing eligible Dodge and thus earned a $2,000 bonus. Second-place finisher Kennington was the second-highest finishing eligible Dodge, which earned him a $1,000 bonus. Picking up $500 for finishing as the third-highest eligible Dodge was Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Snap-on Tools/Vortex Brake Pads Dodge). He finished fourth overall.
Coca-Cola Move of the Race: Improving his position the most over the course of the race was Steckly. Not able to qualify due to the ongoing work on his car, he started 18th on the grid before storming to the lead in just 128 laps and on to victory. As a result, he earned the $1,000 award from Coca-Cola. It is the second time in three races that he has collected this award.
MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: In a new program for 2009, the driver who compiles the most points in a specialized system involving qualifying, race finish and leading laps collects the $1,000 award. Thomson collected the most points by finishing second in the race, starting on the pole and leading the most laps.
In Case You Missed It: Coverage of the Velocity Prairie Thunder will premiere on Saturday, Aug. 22 at midnight ET on TSN. Check local listings for the most up-to-date information. Additionally, the Canadian Tire 100 from Edmonton’s Rexall Speedway will premiere on Sunday, Aug. 9 at noon ET.
Halfway: Top Five NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Stories In 2009
The 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 season is just past the half-way mark. The first half of the season has had many great storylines, but here is a look at the top five.
1. Ranger Collects First Oval-Track Win
Since moving from open-wheel racing prior to the 2007 season, Andrew Ranger has been a dominant force on road-course events by winning five of the 10 road races in series history. However, stock-car racing is about the ovals. The ability of a driver is measured against his or her rate of success on oval tracks. Despite his 2007 series title, Ranger’s validation as a stock-car racer would not be complete until he proved he could win on an oval. On July 18 at SunValley Speedway in Vernon, B.C., he closed the deal in dominating fashion. He lapped every car in the field but one en route to Victory Lane.
2. Series Makes Delaware Speedway Debut
For years, Delaware (Ont.) Speedway was the Mecca of stock-car racing in Canada. It was the home of CASCAR, with several race teams based nearby and many drivers cut their teeth in late-model racing there. However, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series had yet to compete at the facility. In the June 6 race, a large crowd was on hand to see local product DJ Kennington return home to pick up his first national series win at the track, after several close calls in the CASCAR days.
3. Spec Engine Introduced
This season, NASCAR officials decided to introduce its spec engine program to the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series in 2009. The affordable, yet competitive, motor program already has been in place in the four U.S.-based developmental series with plenty of success. Both 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series champions—Matt Kobyluck (East) and Eric Holmes (West)—won with a car powered by a spec engine. Ranger’s win at SunValley was the first series win for the new program.
4. Villeneuve Makes Series Debut
It’s not often that a developmental series, like the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, gets an opportunity to have a driver with the pedigree of Jacques Villeneuve join its ranks. The former Indy Racing League, Indy 500 and Formula One champion is one of just three drivers—Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi—to ever pull off that trifecta. Unfortunately, in Villeneuve’s debut on July 11 at Autodrome St. Eustache, his race lasted just a few hundred feet as he got caught up in a Lap 1 accident.
5. Whitlock Announces Retirement; Wins First Series Race
In a bit of a surprise announcement made just three days before the season opener on May 23 at Autodrome St. Eustache, Dave Whitlock stated that 2009 would be his last season behind the wheel. He, then, promptly went out and won the season-opening race. In doing so, Whitlock collected his first series win after 25 starts.
Up Next: Trois-Rivieres
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 heads back out on the road next week to take on the demanding Circuit de Trois-Rivieres for the GP3R 100. It is the third of four road-course events on tap for the series in 2009.
Jacques Villeneuve is slated to make his second series start and looks for a better result than in his Lap-1 exit on July 11 at Autodrome St. Eustache. Additionally, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Patrice Brisebois, racing for charity, will make his NASCAR and series debut.
Last season, Andrew Ranger benefited from a last-lap incident between Scott Steckly and JR Fitzpatrick to collect the win.
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 6
5:00P-5:30 espn2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
FRIDAY, AUGUST 7
11:30A-1:30P SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup PRACTICE, Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen,Watkins Glen, NY, HD, L
1:30P-3:00 SPEED NASCAR Nationwide Series PRACTICE, Zippo 200, Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY, HD, L
3:00P-5:30 espn2/TSN NASCAR Sprint Cup QUALIFYING, Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, Watkins Glen, NY, HD, L
5:30P-6:30 espn2 NASCAR Nationwide Series FINAL PRACTICE, Zippo 200, Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY, HD, L
6:30P-7:00 espn2 NASCAR Now, L
8:00P-10:00 SPEED Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Crown Royal 200, DP + GT, Watkins Glen International, HD, SDD, N
SATURDAY, AUGUST 8
10:00A-12:00n espn2/TSN NASCAR Nationwide Series QUALIFYING, Zippo 200, Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY, HD, L
12:00n-1:00P SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup PRACTICE, Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, Watkins Glen, NY, HD, L
1:30P-2:30 espn2 NASCAR Sprint Cup FINAL PRACTICE, Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, Watkins Glen, NY, HD, L
2:30P-3:00 espn2/TSN NASCAR Nationwide Series COUNTDOWN, Zippo 200, Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY, HD, L
3:00P-6:00 espn2/TSN NASCAR Nationwide Series Zippo 200, Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY, HD, L (expect green at 3:18P)
6:00P-7:00 VS IRL IndyCar Series QUALIFYING, Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, OH, HD, SDD
SUNDAY, AUGUST 9
10:00A-11:00 espn2 NASCAR Now, pre-race, L
11:00A-1:00P SPEED NASCAR RaceDay. Preview of today’s Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, Watkins Glen International, HD, L
12:00n-1:00P TSN NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Edmonton 100, Edmonton City Centre Airport, AB, July 25/09, HD, N
1:00P-4:00 VS/TSN2 IRL IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, OH, HD, L
1:00P-2:00 ESPN/TSN NASCAR Sprint Cup COUNTDOWN, Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, Watkins Glen, NY, HD, L
2:00P-5:30 ESPN/TSN NASCAR Sprint Cup Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, Watkins Glen, NY, HD, L (expect green at 2:18P)
2:30P-4:30 NBC American Le Mans Series Acura Sports Car Challenge, Mid-Ohio, Lexington, OH, Aug 8/09, HD, N
5:00P-7:00 SPEED World of Outlaws, sprint cars, Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH, July 18/09, HD, N
7:00P-8:00 SPEED The SPEED Report, HD, N
8:00P-9:00 SPEED NASCAR Victory Lane at Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, Watkins Glen International, HD, N
9:00P-10:00 SPEED Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain, HD, L
10:00P-11:00 espn2 NASCAR Now, post-race, L
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