Category Archives: NASCAR

Matthews set for Xfinity Series Debut

JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) is proud to announce that Richlands, NC native Tyler Matthews will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) debut this Friday night at Richmond Raceway in the No. 15 Linetec Services Camaro.

Matthews, who won the 2016 North Carolina NASCAR Whelen All American Series championship racing late model stock cars all throughout the state, will be right at home at the ¾ mile short track in Richmond.

“Man, I can’t stress enough how much this opportunity means to me. Getting the chance to drive for one of the most respected team owners in the garage area in Johnny Davis is huge. I know that this will be a big step up in my career, coming from racing late model stocks and all, but I’m treating this as just another racecar. If we can stay out of trouble and keep the car within the Top 25, I think that would be a solid day for us. I know we can do it, and I’m just counting down the hours until I can get on track to practice.” said Matthews before the weekend.

Linetec Services, an electric utility service company based out of Alexandria, Louisiana, will serve as primary sponsor for Matthews’ debut race.

Last season, Tyler made three NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts. This season, he plans on putting together a three-race deal with JDM, should Friday night’s race go well. Other planned races will include Iowa and one race at a 1.5 mile track yet to be determined.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Richmond, Virginia this week at the Richmond Raceway for the running of the ToyotaCare 250. This race will be held under the lights on Friday, April 12th, marking the series’ first night race of the season. Be sure to tune in on FOX Sports 1 at 7:00 PM ET to watch the four JD Motorsports with Gary Keller drivers battle it out at the “short track that races like a superspeedway”. For all things JDM, follow along on our social media pages @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

-JD Motorsports Press Release

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 –

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

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-

SNMP releases 2019 Schedule

Below is the 2019 schedule for Southern National Motorsports Park…

Some Highlights include… the return of the CARS Tour, a visit from the Super Cup Stock Car Series and the return of the SMRS Modifieds along with the Annual Thanksgiving Classic.