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Breidinger Joins GMS Racing Late Model Program

STATESVILLE, N.C. — GMS Racing announced today that Toni Breidinger will join the organization for the 2019 season in a limited number of late model races. The 19-year-old Hillsborough, Calif., native will drive the No. 21 Chevrolet and is the first female driver to compete for GMS. She is also slated to become a member of the Drivers Edge Development class of 2020.

Breidinger, USAC’s all-time winningest female driver with 19 pavement victories, made her ARCA Racing Series debut last year posting one top-10 finish in three starts. She began her career behind the wheel of a go-kart at the age of nine before she moved into the USAC Midget ranks. In 2014 and 2015 she placed second overall in USAC’s Speed2 Western U.S. Pavement Midget Series driver standings. She went on to claim the 2016 Speed2 Western U.S. Pavement Midget Series championship.

“I’m very excited to join GMS Racing,” Breidinger said. “They’re a contender in every series they compete in, so I know I have a great team behind me. This opportunity will allow me to continue my transition to stock cars and develop my driving skills even more. To have the resources of GMS Racing behind me will help speed up my learning curve and give me the best opportunity to succeed.”

“Chevrolet brought Toni’s talent to our attention,” said GMS Racing president, Mike Beam. “She has been moving from open-wheel cars to stock cars with a few ARCA races last year. We want to give her the opportunity to gain more stock car experience by joining our late model team and becoming a member of the Drivers Edge Development program next year.”

Breidinger’s first race with GMS will be April 13 at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, N.C., in the PRA Super Late Model Series event. She will compete in several PRA and CARS events throughout the season.

– GMS Press Release –

Stacked Field set for CARS Tour opener at SNMP

Below you will find the drivers pre-entered for the CARS Tour Season opener at Southern National Motorsports Park

CARS LMSC Tour Pre Entered Drivers:
#06 Terry Dease
#08 Deac McCaskill
#07 Bradley McCaskill
#01 Camden Guillie
#1 Craig Moore
#1P Brody Pope
#2 Brandon Pierce
#2S Myatt Snider
#4 Jonathan Findley
#4H Leland Honeyman
#12 Ryan Wilson
#16 Chad McCumbee
#16S RD Smith
#17 Taylor Gray
#17P Stacy Puryear
#18 Riley Herbst
#19 Cameron Bowen
#19C Jessica Cann
#22 Bobby McCarty
#23 Terry Brooks Jr.
#25 Zack St. Onge
#27 Tommy Lemons
#51 Matt Cox
#54 Drew Dollar
#57 Justin Carroll
#63 Tyler Matthews
#74 Ronald Hill
#77 Trevor Ward
#81 Mini Tyrrell
#88 Josh Berry
#98 Adam Lemke
#99 Layne Riggs
(32 total)

CARS SLM Tour Pre Entered Drivers:
#00 Anthony Cataldi
#2 Trevor Noles
#2T Gracie Trotter
#6 Brandon Setzer
#6W Matt Wallace
#7 Justin Crider
#8 Tate Fogleman
#14 Jared Fryar
#16 Molly Helmuth
#17 Mike Speeney
#21 Trey Bayne
#22 Tim Hollis
#24 Colin Garrett
#24D Mason Diaz
#26 Bubba Pollard
#27 Tyler Church
#33 Preston Peltier
#34 Nolan Pope
#37 Dan Speeney
#45 Kodie Conner
#49 Jeff Batten
#51 Stephen Nasse
#54 Matt Craig
#61 Gabriel Fogg
#66 Steve Wallace
#97 Brandon Lynn
#98 Jody Measamer
(27 total)

Kurt Busch to run 1999 Southwest Series Throwback at Vegas

CONCORD, N.C. – Chip Ganassi Racing announced a partnership with Las Vegas-based Star Nursery to be the primary sponsor on the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, driven by Las Vegas native Kurt Busch, when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Mar. 3. The No. 1 Star Nursery Camaro will feature livery to match the car that Busch drove to his first NASCAR Championship 20 years ago.

Star Nursery

The No. 1 Chevy Camaro ZL1 will feature a throwback design, similar to the Star Nursery Chevy Monte Carlo that Busch drove to the 1999 NASCAR Southwest Series championship. Busch and Star Nursery have enjoyed a relationship for more than two decades, beginning with his early racing days at the LVMS Bullring.

“It’s hard to believe that it has been 20 years since I won the Championship in the NASCAR Southwest Series,” Busch said. “Craig Keough and everyone at Star Nursery has been with me since I began racing. It is special for me to have what I consider one of the most special paint schemes of my career. This Star Nursery car is what spring-boarded me to big-time racing and having a chance to pursue my NASCAR dreams.”

Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Cancelled for 2019

The Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown, which drew an estimated 7,000 fans to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway a year ago, has been canceled for the 2019 season.

Race coordinator Buck Reuss said that the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which conducts the charity stock car racing event, sent him a statement on Wednesday about the status of the Showdown, which had been scheduled for April 11 at Langley.

“At this time, there are no plans to host Denny Hamlin’s Short Track Showdown in 2019,” the DHF statement read. “A lot of factors need to properly align in order to produce an event like this.

“The Denny Hamlin Foundation has been fortunate to host the charity race nine times over the last 11 years, benefiting Cystic Fibrosis research and therapy. We anticipate the Short Track Showdown will return to the racing calendar in future years.”

The 2019 showdown featured two-time Daytona 500 winner Hamlin, a former division champion at Langley, and former NASCAR Cup champion Kyle Busch, against a quality field of regional stock car drivers. Hamlin edged Busch to win the race.

Reuss said that despite the large crowd, the race is expensive to put on because of its purse of more than $100,000 last year and expensive Late Model rentals for three of the drivers, including Hamlin and Busch. He said that the foundation would like to continue its relationship with Langley in the future, perhaps with a more economical special race that includes a meet-and-greet with Hamlin and other stars.

Days before his victory in the recent Daytona 500, Hamlin spoke to reporters about the Showdown and his desire to give back to grass roots racing.

“I wanted to see something that the short-track guys enjoyed going to, something of a big race that they look at and want to win, one that they consider very prestigious,” he said. “We had a couple of those events in my day racing Late Models.

“There were four or five of them that were marquee events. You knew ‘if you win this one, you’ve beaten the best competition.’ For me, it’s carrying on that legend.

“It’s one of our most important fund raisers. I always say, `one of’ the most important, but it’s also certainly not the most profitable. But it’s not meant to be.

“It’s really about giving back to the short-track community more so than raising money for the charity. If we made zero dollars then it was still a good weekend for us.”

 

– Via Langley Speedway

MASS Series releases 2019 Schedule

Below is the 2019 Mid Atlantic Street Stock Series schedule…

March 30 – Richmond Raceway

April 13 – Dillon Motor Speedway

May 11 – Dillon Motor Speedway

May 31 – Anderson Speedway

June 1 – Greenville Pickens

July 13 – Dillon Motor Speedway

August 3 – Southern National Motoraports Park

September (TBA)

October 25-27 – Dillon Motor Speedway

Two Teams Penalized after ARCA Series Season Opener

Two ARCA Menards Series teams have been penalized for ARCA rulebook and Daytona race event technical bulletin violations following the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway.

The No. 4 DGR-Crosley Racing team has been fined $6,000 and driver Todd Gilliland and team owner David Gilliland have been penalized with the loss of 100 Driver, Owner, and Superspeedway Challenge points for violation of the 2019 ARCA Rulebook, Page 45, Item 3, Spoiler I, which references rear spoiler height.

The No. 30 Rette-Jones Racing team has been fined $6,000 and driver Grant Quinlan and team owner Mark Rette have been penalized with the loss of 100 Driver, Owner, and Superspeedway Challenge points for violation of the 2019 ARCA Rulebook, Page 45, Item 3, Spoiler I, which references rear spoiler height.

Conti leads JRM Duo to Top-10 Finishes in eNASCAR Season Opener

JR Motorsports’ eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series drivers Michael Conti and Brad Davies began the company’s first foray into eSports competition on Tuesday night by posting top-10 finishes in the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway.

Both drivers qualified well, with Davies starting 12th in the 40-car field and Conti immediately behind in 14th. That made it easy for the two team cars to stay hooked up in the draft from the wave of the green flag. Despite that advantage, the in-line nature of the opening laps saw neither advance very far after the initial start. The first caution, for a two-car tangle near the rear of the field, saw some takers on pit road, but both JRM cars stayed out for track position and advanced into the top 10.

As is often the case at Daytona, the draft was paramount and the teammates stayed locked together for most of the race. Coming down to six laps remaining, the No. 66 of Jarl Teien slapped the wall off Turn 4 and came down the track, directly into the path of the JR Motorsports duo. Teien’s car made contact with the nose of Conti’s machine, causing some moderate damage, and Davies managed to make it out of the path and into the infield, sliding his Chevrolet sideways in the process. Both maintained their positions and reset for the finish.

Once the field regrouped and the green flag waved again, there was but one lap remaining (there is no green-white-checkered). Conti led Davies across the line in seventh, and the inaugural eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series event was in the books.

Roush Fenway’s Zack Novak won the race by 0.023 seconds over Jimmy Mullis, with Keegan Leahy, Nick Ottinger and Christian Challiner rounding out the top five. Ryan Luza was sixth ahead of Conti, Davies, Bobby Zalenski and Garrett Lowe.

Michael Conti, driver No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet team

“During the first caution, (crew chief) Brandon Hastings elected to have us stay out to gain track position; this catapulted us into the top 10. From there on out, we stayed in the top 10, with teammate Brad Davies trailing never more than a car or two behind. Coming to six laps to go, one of the other cars got tight off of Turn 4, grazed off the wall, and came back down in front of Brad and me. We ended up with some moderate damage on the front end, but it wasn’t enough to slow us down on the one-lap shootout to the checkered flag. I’m proud of the effort we put into this race and even more proud of the result we got for both JRM cars. A seventh-place finish gives us a solid foundation to build on during the rest of the season.”

Brad Davies, driver No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet team

“I’m a little bit frustrated that the final caution happened with six to go because I really thought we could have made a push for the win with some help from our teammate. I thought it was over when Jarl hit the wall there on the frontstretch, but it worked out. We just didn’t have a lot of time to push to the front on the final restart. But I suppose I can’t be too upset over a top 10, especially at Daytona.”

-JRM Race Report-