Category Archives: Late Models

Ray Evernham aquires JRI Shocks

Mooresville, NC- Motorsports Icon and NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham announced today his acquisition of JRi Shocks, effective immediately. JRi Shocks founder, Jeff Ryan, will continue to play a leading role in the organization as a Partner and Vice President of Engineering.

“Since retiring from the competition side of NASCAR, I have been itching to find an opportunity to continue using my experience in business and engineering, so when JRi was presented to me it was a natural fit,” said Evernham, CEO and President of JRi Shocks. “I have worked with Jeff Ryan for more than 30 years and have always known he was one of the most innovative shock designers in the motorsports industry, but what really drew me to JRi is the work Jeff and his team are doing outside of racing. From street performance to off-road, they are creating some of the most functional, highest quality shocks on the market. I am really looking forward to working with Jeff to take JRi to the next level.”

Evernham will be heavily involved in all areas of the business, including marketing and sales strategy, new product design and operations. Under the new ownership, JRi will focus on better serving their existing customers, expanding their product offerings in current markets and continuing to gain market share in the aftermarket shock industry.

“With Ray Evernham as the owner and with same shared disciplines, JRi will be able to focus on product innovation and achieve our ultimate goal of delivering the best products and services to our customers. I am looking forward to writing JRi’s next chapter while building on our current performance with a dedicated team in place that has been chosen to pilot the future trajectory of the company,” said Jeff Ryan, Partner and Vice President of Engineering JRi Shocks.

JRi Shocks’ new headquarters will be located at 115 Eastbend Court, Mooresville, NC 28117.

-JRi Shocks Press Release

Gragson – From Short Track roots to the Xfinity Series in 2019

JR Motorsports announced Tuesday that Camping World Truck Series driver, Noah Gragson would be joining the organization in 2019. It was no ordinary Driver Reveal or Press Release as the team went full JRM 360 in their latest Facebook video as seen below titled “Credential Required”…

 

Noah Gragson started his NASCAR journey like most other young guns did in the sport, started racing Bandoleros at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring at the age of 13, eventually moving to compete in Late Models. Gragson also competed in the INEX Legends car series, winning the 2014 Young Lion Road Course championship.

Gragson competed in both the K&N Pro Series East and the K&N Pro Series West in 2016, winning a combined four races. On October 7, he was hired by Kyle Busch Motorsports to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2017. In preparation, he drove the No. 18 Toyota from KBM at the Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway events in an entry fielded by Wauters Motorsports. In his debut at Phoenix, Gragson qualified 14th and finished 16th. Gragson raced at Homestead as well, qualifying 10th and finishing 15th. In 2017, he recorded his first career Truck win in the fall at Martinsville Speedway and finished tenth in points.

He returned to the No. 18 KBM truck for the 2018 season, while also making his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing at Richmond Raceway as part of a three-race schedule that included further starts at Talladega Superspeedway and Dover International Speedway. His racing slate also included starts on the NASCAR Pinty’s Series and CARS Tour circuits in an effort to make himself a better driver via more seat time.

Noah currently sits 2nd in the NCWTS points (9/25/18) as he is still going for his first NASCAR Championship.

As the Video notes, Noah will be taking over the No.1 machine that has been piloted by Elliott Sadler since the 2016 Season. Current rumors are that Noah will be bringing his current sponsors, Switch and Safelite Autoglass with him as he joins JRM.

Article Photo by: Jason Wedehase

CARS Tour set for Road Course Debut in 2019

Mooresville, NC 9/25/18 – History will be made on Saturday, November 23, 2019 when the CARS Response Energy Tour hosts its first ever event on a road course at Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, Virginia. The Late Model Stock Car event, around the 12 turn course, will be a non-points race to close out the 2019 calendar year.

With anticipation building for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series ROVAL race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the CARS Tour along with Dominion Raceway, wanted to publicize the event just prior to the release of the 2019 CARS Response Energy Tour season schedule. With the addition of road course events being added to multiple stock car series schedules across the country, the timing for an attempt to see Late Models turning both left and right felt appropriate.

“This is one of the most exciting announcements in years for the world of Late Model racing.” stated Steve Britt, owner of Dominion Raceway. “The opportunity for the drivers of the CARS Tour to race on our two mile road course should have fans and competitors totally elated, and it could only happen at a facility like Dominion.”

The non-points race around the 2 mile track, which features eight of twelve turns as left handers, will be done in comparable format to a normal CARS Tour race with testing taking place on Friday November 22nd followed by the Saturday afternoon race on November 23rd. All aspects of the entry fee, testing, pit passes, and purse will be similar to that of a normal CARS Tour sanctioned race at an oval.

Testing for the event will take place over the next year in preparation for the race with CARS Tour and Dominion Raceway officials evaluating rules and requirements to keep costs down for competitors anticipating changes to their cars. An emphasis will be placed when testing to keep the cars and their components (transmissions, control arms, chassis parts, etc.) the same as what is normally used at ACSR Tour events.

“I think this is going to be an awesome event. There’s no secret that Jack and I, probably more so me, are all about trying to be fluid with ideas on how we can stand out and do something different,” noted Chris Ragle, CARS Tour Series Director. “I think this race and the way we are doing it, is the perfect way to introduce our competitors and fans to road course racing. Dominion Raceway is a beautiful facility that we are familiar with, and the amount of desire that Steve Britt has in him to make this work is hard to ignore. There’s all kinds of stock car series that host road coursed races, there’s no reason the CARS Tour can’t do the same, it just has to be done right, and we think we can make that happen on November 23rd, 2019.”

 

-CARS Tour PR-

Mayer wins big at the bullring

Saturday’s CARS Response Energy Late Model Stock Tour event at Wake County Speedway produced a huge first-time win for a rookie driver.

Sam Mayer held off JRM teammate Josh Berry and Lee Pulliam to score his first career CARS Response Energy Tour victory.

Mayer said this win was a huge relief and lifted weight off his shoulders. After several top five finishes in 2018, Mayer was finally able to celebrate a win.

Mayer started 10th in the 20-car field at the “bullring”  Mayer had fallen back to 11th where he was forced to work his way through the field before taking the lead on lap 75 of the feature.

Mayer had gapped 2nd place runner Josh Berry, until the caution flew with two laps to go for a single car spin in turn 4. This allowed Josh Berry, who started last, among others such as Pulliam and Layne Riggs one last shot to get by Sam Mayer.

“I used up my tires a little early, I think,” Mayer said about the restart. “I had to start in fourth gear just to avoid spinning my tires on those restarts. I was still able to get a good jump, because the gearing is so small at this small track. We were able to go and get clear.

“Pulliam gave me a shot and said ‘I gave you all I got, man.’ It was a great feeling going into three being clear. Coming to the checkered flag is a great feeling, putting my hand up in the car.”

Along with running the full season in the CARS Tour, Mayer has recorded starts in the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series along with numerous Super Late Model starts.

“Everything this year has been learning. I’ve been going to new tracks like here every single weekend. It’s just all about learning and getting ready for next year and the rest of my career.”

The CARS Response Energy Tour will host two more races this season. The series returns to action in two weeks at Orange County Speedway. The season finale will take place November 3 at South Boston Speedway (VA).

 

Pos # Driver
1 9 Sam Mayer
2 5 Lee Pulliam
3 99 Layne Riggs
4 22 Deac McCaskill
5 88 Josh Berry
6 07 Bradley McCaskill
7 22 Bobby McCarty
8 2 Brandon Pierce
9 74 Ronald Hill
10 22 Eric Winslow
11 18 Ty Gibbs
12 9 Charlie Watson
13 44 Thomas Beane
14 47 Alex Fleming
15 43 Sammy Pacitti
16 17 Zachary Marks
17 2 Cody Haskins
18 4 Dylon Wilson
19 1 Mike Chambers
20 2 Randy Renfrow

Double Payout & Bonuses for Charger division at SNMP

Lucama, NC –

The charger division is known for great racing and being an affordable class to compete in. Well this weekend at Southern National Motorsports Park, the charger drivers will have a lot of reasons to come and compete.

SNMP announced that the Charger division will have a twin races for August 18th, September 8th and September 22nd. Each race of the night will pay $600 to win and $100 to start. Along with the payout comes a few added bonuses including the following awards…

  • $125 for Best Average Finish
  • $65 for 2nd Best Average Finish
  • $35 for 3rd Best Average Finish
  • $25 for Last Place
  • $50 for Longest Tow
  • $100 Random Spot Bonus

There will be a different tire rule in affect for these 3 events. Normally this division has a 4 “Scuff” Tire rule where teams will receive 4 used tires to qualify and race on. These events will still have the 4 scuff tires as well, but will also come with 1 new tire to go along with them.

The purse for the events are as follows…. (Per Twin race)

1st – $600, 2nd – $350, 3rd – $275, 4th – $200, 5th – $150, 6th to Last – $100

For more information visit http://www.SNMPark.com

Parsons to make CWTS Debut at Bristol

Mooresville, NC (August 7, 2018) – Premium Motorsports is proud to welcome Stefan Parsons, NASCAR Whelen All American Series and CARS Tour Series driver, to the team as he makes his NASCAR Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway. Parsons will pilot the #15 Chevy Silverado in his first ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Phoenix Construction Services, Inc. will serve as Parsons’ primary sponsor in Thursday night’s ‘UNOH 200’.

Stefan Parsons has racing in his blood. He has been around the sport his entire life as the son of former NASCAR driver/Cup Series team owner, now Fox Sports 1 race commentator, Phil Parsons and nephew to NASCAR Hall of Famer, Benny Parsons. He now looks to make a name for himself in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

“I’m super excited to make my truck debut at Bristol. I can’t thank Jay Robinson and everyone at Premium Motorsports enough as well as James Finch & Phoenix Construction for giving me this opportunity. I’m excited to work with Mike Hillman Sr & Peter Sospenzo as I make my NASCAR debut in the #15 Phoenix Construction, Chevy Silverado. This is something I’ve been dreaming about my whole life and I can’t put into words what this means to me. My family has a history of winning at Bristol and I hope to continue the tradition.” – Stefan Parsons

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CCS to host $8,000 to Win Limited Late Model race

Carteret County Speedway posted on Facebook that they will be hosting their Annual Labor Day race this year once again, but this time with a change to the payout.

CCS announced that they will be paying $8,000 to win the limited late model portion of the Labor Day event on Sunday September 2nd. Along with the boosted purse, CCS officials also announced they will be paying a $1,000 Pole award and a $100 bonus to any drivers who run a Throwback scheme.

The last time the track hosted a large Limited Late Model event, Layne Riggs came out on top picking up the $15,000 Payday in the Solid Rock Carriers 150. We could expect to see Layne along with many other Late Model Stock regulars.

The track made a point that ALL Late Model racers are welcome at this event as there was some confusion dealing with drivers not knowing if they were eligible for the latest event.

For more information visit http://www.CarteretSpeedway.com

-Carteret County Speedway Photo-