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PASS Series to invade Richmond in 2018

Officials from the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) and Richmond Raceway announced today a major addition to the 2018 motorsports calendar. The PASS Super Late Models will headline the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night, October 20. The PASS Super Late Models will compete in a 100-lap event on the famed three-quarter mile oval, along with a 75 lapper for the Late Model Stock cars, as well as feature events for Limited Late Models and Street Stocks. A practice day for all divisions is scheduled for Friday, October 19 that will see all cars attending go through a mandatory safety inspection. Additional practice, qualifying, and all features will take place on Saturday night, October 20, all ending under the lights of Richmond Raceway.

“Many have said that Richmond Raceway is the perfect short track for fans and racers…we agree and believe the Commonwealth Classic will be a bucket list event for short trackers for years to come,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “We’ve been working with Dennis [Bickmeier] and his staff at Richmond for the better part of the year to give short track racers and fans this new event and are glad that Super Late Model racers, along with Limiteds and Street Stocks, will have the chance to race at Richmond for the first time ever. We’re also glad that Late Model Stocks will be returning to Richmond and one of the first tracks that ever ran that division back in the early 1980s.”

“We look forward to bringing another weekend of racing to fans in Racing Virginia with the Pro All Stars Series,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “The inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic will feature some of North America’s best Super Late Model drivers, and we are honored PASS selected Richmond Raceway as the site for its championship race weekend. It is going to be another great weekend of racing as the Action Track gets hot in October.”

The Commonwealth Classic at Richmond will be the penultimate race of the PASS National Championship Series. Now entering its 11th season, Super Late Model racing’s only true national championship will bring drivers together from all over North America to compete this Fall at Richmond Raceway.

“When you look at the great drivers that race in PASS North from New England and Canada like Ben Rowe, DJ Shaw, Travis Benjamin and others and the great PASS South drivers like Matt Craig, Tate Fogleman, Kodie Conner and those guys, this is the type of event that they will want to win and be a part of,” said Mayberry. “You take those competitors, along with all the other great Super Late Model drivers from the Midwest, West Coast and the Canadian Maritimes that we expect to compete…that’s gonna be one heck of a show come October.”

The Commonwealth Classic will consist of a 100 lap event for the PASS Super Late Models, paying $10,000 to win and $700 to start. Additionally, Late Model Stocks will return to Richmond Raceway for the first time in a number of years, competing in a 75 lap race, paying $7,000 to win and $700 to start. Both the Limited Late Models and Street Stocks will make their first ever starts at Richmond Raceway with the Limiteds racing for 50 laps and $4000 to win and the Street Stocks racing for 25 laps and $2000 to win.

The Commonwealth Classic weekend will begin on Friday, October 19 with rotating practice for all divisions from 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM. On Saturday, October 20, pit gates will open at 8 AM, with rotating practice from 10 AM – 12:30 PM, followed by qualifying at 3 PM, last chance races, and features for the PASS Super Late Models, Late Model Stocks, Limited Late Models, and Street Stocks set to begin at 4 PM.

To purchase tickets, entry forms, and for additional information on the Commonwealth Classic at Richmond, please go to ProAllStarsSeries.com orRichmondRaceway.com.

The 2018 PASS National Championship Super Late Model season will kick off the short track racing season on Saturday, February 24 with the 13th Annual South Carolina Clash 200 at Dillon Motor Speedway.

 

-PASS Press Release-

Alfredo making jump to K&N Series

Anthony Alfredo announced today that he will be joining the reigning NASCAR K&N East Champions, MDM Motorsports for the 2018 season. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series, which includes the East and the West divisions, is the top step in NASCAR’s developmental ladder before drivers progress to the three-national NASCAR Series, the Camping World Truck Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. “MDM is a great team with proven success at the next level. I would like to thank them for allowing me to become a part of their team. I am grateful for this opportunity and plan to make the most of it.” said Alfredo.

Anthony Alfredo is an 18-year-old race driver from Connecticut who has emerged as one of the brightest prospects for future NASCAR Cup Series stardom. Anthony was selected to drive for Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s JR Motorsports (JRM) team in the Late Model division of the ultra-competitive CARS Tour in 2017, and finished a close second in the championship to his much more experienced teammate, Josh Berry. Anthony topped off the season by winning the Southeast Limited Last Model Pro Division, driving for Lee Faulk Racing and Development.

Alfredo is also driving under the Ranier Racing Development program with top NASCAR talent scout Lorin Ranier. Anthony will be teaming up with Crew Chief and former Goody’s Dash Series Champion Robert Huffman.  “For as little racing experience as he (Anthony) has, I think he has done a great job in his career thus far,” said Huffman. “I’m looking forward to working with him this year.  Finishing second in the CARS Tour Championship by just a few points to someone like Josh Berry shows he already has the ability to run with top competition.”

“I’m really excited about joining MDM Motorsports this year to race for the K&N East Championship.  I am looking forward to working with all of the great individuals that are a part of their team and cannot wait to get to New Smyrna Speedway for our first race on February 11, 2019.” said Alfredo.

Mayer to JRM in 2018

Sam Mayer has been named to JR Motorsports’ championship-winning Late Model program for 2018. The 14-year-old native of Franklin, Wis. will take the seat of the team’s second entry for the season, hoping to continue the run of success the team has had over the past several years.

Mayer, son of former IndyCar and road racing star Scott Mayer, will join 2017 CARS Late Model Stock Car Series champion Josh Berry as a teammate for 2018. The younger Mayer, who began racing go-karts at the age of 4, ended his first Late Model campaign in 2017 on the strength of three victories and 13 top-10 finishes. Mayer ended the season with a fifth-place run in the prestigious Myrtle Beach 400, a race that Berry won to cap his season.

“We’re very happy to have a young driver of Sam’s caliber join us here at JR Motorsports,” said L.W. Miller, director of motorsports at JRM. “He’s accomplished a lot in his career already, including against the top Late Model talent in the Southeast, and he definitely has all the qualities we look for on the track and off it.”

The breakout 2017 season for Mayer also included a full slate of US Legend Car Series events, and the young driver won the US Legend Car Winter Heat Championship, the Summer Shootout and US Legend Car Asphalt Nationals.

“It will be a really exciting experience, to know that I’m with a top NASCAR team and a top Late Model team,” Mayer said. “I hope to be really competitive and have lots of fun while doing it. I’m confident with the way the team is going to treat me and the car, and excited about seeing what we can do together and what we can accomplish.”

JR Motorsports is coming off a two-year stretch in which its Late Models have won 26 races in 97 starts. Berry has claimed 21 race victories in that span, while drivers Anthony Alfredo, Christian Eckes and Scott Bishop combined to add five wins to the total.

Now in its 17th year of competition, the JRM Late Model program has scored 40 victories in the last three seasons and track championships in 2012 and 2014. Berry also won the CARS Late Model Stock Car owner championship in 2016 and the driver title in 2017.

-JRM Press Release-

LMSC Engine Combos to downsize in 2019

NASCAR issued a statement to all Home Track members stating that ALL Dodge, Chevy and Ford built motors will no longer be legal under NASCAR sanctioning starting in the 2019 season. This comes as to a relief for most who have been going off of hearsay for the last few months on the future of LMSC engine combos. 

The only engine combinations that will be legal under NASCAR sanctioning will be the new Chevrolet Built “upgrade” motor which most of us know now as the new SPEC motor. Also, the Ford SR347, the Harrington Enforcer engine and lastly the 604 GM Crate motor.

Rouse to compete for BMR in 2018

Bill McAnally Racing announced today that Cole Rouse will join BMR to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in 2018.

The 20-year-old driver from Fort Smith, Arkansas will contend for the championship in the West division of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and race in select events in the East division, driving BMR’s No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota Camry.

This marks the return of Rouse to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, where he registered four top-five and 12 top-10 finishes while finishing eighth in the championship standings as a rookie in 2016.

This past season, he raced for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the CARS Super Late Model Tour, where he captured a championship. He also made starts in the ARCA Midwest Tour, the ARCA CRA Super Series, the ARCA Racing Series, the Southern Super Series, and the JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour in 2017.

“It’s great to have Cole join the BMR team,” said BMR President Bill McAnally. “We’ve watched his development and with the potential he’s displayed, we anticipate great results for BMR’s partners and fans. We look forward to chasing a championship together.

“Cole comes to us with a lot of racing experience,” McAnally said. “That should be beneficial in getting a quick start to the 2018 season.

“We will work hard to continue the success we’ve had in recent years with the NAPA Filters Toyota and I know Cole will do a great job on and off the track in representing BMR and our partners,” McAnally said.

Rouse said he is eager to join the BMR team and return to the series.

“I’m excited to be with BMR next year in the NAPA Filters Toyota,” Rouse said. “Bill does a great job of getting the right people to make the program thrive. BMR was the most dominant team in the West this past year and I think we will be in the coming year, too.

“My goal for the year is to win the championship in the West,” he said. “I think we have a really good shot at it.”

Rouse began his racing career at the age of 14, competing in mini-cup cars before advancing to late model competition in 2013. He captured attention in 2015 when he led a race-high 145 laps of the All-American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, before mechanical trouble left him to finish fifth.

BMR captured its third straight title in 2017 and eighth K&N West championship overall – a record for the series and the NASCAR Regional Touring level.

(Photo – ARCA Racing Series)

Up and Down the ranks with Cale Gale

Article/Photo by: Brad Newman

Cale Gale may be a household name for some, but not all. To your average spectator, Saturday’s Truck race at Martinsville is just another race where a rich kid can buy a seat and try to compete at a short track. For Cale Gale, this time, it’s something different. Gale hasn’t sat in the seat of a Camping World Truck since the 2013 season, since then he has raced in just about everything BUT the NASCAR’s top three series.

Cale Gale got the call from Shane Huffman, MDM Motorsports and his longtime partner Rheem about a month ago asking him if he’d like to pilot the #99 machine around the paperclip for the Fall Martinsville race. Of course, Cale said yes. But let’s rewind a bit to the 2012 NCWTS Season where Cale had a full-time ride with ESR with Rheem has his exclusive sponsor. He ran well that season, it wasn’t his first shot in the NWCTS, but, it was his first full-time season. In the final event of 2012 Cale and crew chief Jerry Baxter pulled off an amazing strategy call, which earned Cale his first and last NCWTS victory. Cale Gale beat Kyle Busch in his own playground, at his own game that night. And, unfortunately even with an emotional victory lane speech and an excellent showing of talent on the track, Gale remained in limbo for the 2013 season.

During the next calendar year, Cale competed almost full time at the famed Bowman Gray Stadium running Sportsman, and winning races. While doing this he also had the birth of his first child, Camber Gale. Cale continued to crew chief and mentor Brandon Jones in ARCA and K&N, while juggling a newborn and helping his father Bubba run their business, Gale Force Suspension Management. He started a couple NCWTS races near the end of the year and had great showings, finishing thirteenth at Kentucky, sixth at Phoenix and tenth at Homestead. But even with having an entire year off, hopping in and showing he can still compete at NASCAR’s highest level, nothing came of it.

Since that 2013 season, Cale has run everything from a 602 Super Limited all the way to a NASCAR Whelen Modified. I had a chance to ask him what exactly is the learning curve from driving all different types of race cars compared to a NASCAR Truck, “A tour type modified does everything it’s supposed to do. Got big ole tires, a real low center of gravity, nice and wide tread width, lightweight, and plenty of motor.  A truck is more sluggish. Higher center of gravity, heavier, smaller tires.” But this task is nothing Cale can’t handle, he assured me. During these off years, Cale was hired by Roush Fenway Racing as a shock-man, which as many of you know has Gale written all over it. But recently Cale has been kind of the five-tool player of the RFR shop doing everything from simulations to testing with the team at the track.

Gale told me at this point in his career, he hasn’t raced for points in much of anything since 2003. With that being said, he would love the opportunity to compete for a championship in whatever it may be that he races next. He has pondered the idea of possibly running for a championship at the famed quarter mile, Bowman Gray. But, like most things in his racing career, this isn’t set in stone. He had the chance to tell me it’s “truly humbling and unbelievable to be the guy that can still get that call or text in today’s time.” I asked him if he exceeded expectations this weekend, did he believe anything could come of this opportunity. He simply said, “I do have a slight hope that if I do my job that is possible.” And in today’s racing world, that’s all you need…..one opportunity.

Huffman partners with Plan B Sales ahead of Martinsville Debut

(CONCORD, NC)- Plan B Sales, Inc., the largest distributor of Lionel die-cast collectibles, will partner with Landon Huffman as his primary sponsor for the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions at Martinsville Speedway Saturday, October 28. Huffman will pilot the #83 Chevy Silverado.
“I can’t thank Brent and everyone at Plan B Sales enough for coming on board this weekend,” said Landon. “I am excited about creating this new partnership and being part of their marketing program.”
“We are extremely excited to partner with Landon for the Martinsville truck race,” says Brent Powell, owner of Plan B Sales. “It is refreshing to see young short track racing talent get the opportunity on a national stage. Landon has a bright future and we are happy to be involved with him in the early stages of his promising NASCAR career.”
Plan B Sales was founded in 2010 by Brent and Ladonna Powell and quickly became the largest distributor of Lionel die-casts. Based in Concord, N.C., Plan B Sales also provides the retail market with products from Lionel, Chase Authentic, Auto World, Greenlight Collectibles and Wincraft Racing for licensed Motorsports related product lines.
21-year-old Huffman, of Claremont, NC, made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at the Bristol Motor Speedway earlier this season, collecting a Top-20 finish.
“Landon did a phenomenal job at Bristol and we’re excited about Martinsville,” notes CM2’s Michael Boswell. “Landon jumps in with the crew to work on the race truck, is wonderful with sponsors and the fans sure enjoyed spending time with him at Bristol.”
Joining Plan B Sales in support of Landon Huffman are Wrench Rags, Catawba Valley Reclamation, and One Wraps Designs. Additional support comes from associate sponsors ® Spanesi-Americas, Timken, Cyclops Gear, Champion Oil, MARADYNE High Performance Fans, ® Timken, WIX Filters, Redback Boots, Mayhew Tool, Reikken, MARADYNE High Performance Fans, Champion Brands, Excel Bottling / Ski Soda, MechanixWear and WIX Filters.