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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.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour releases 2019 Schedule

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 35th season of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will feature a mix of historic short tracks on the eastern seaboard as well as the second running of the 250-lap showcase event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

For the third straight season, the Whelen Modified Tour will kick off at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway. The race on Saturday, March 16, will precede the return of the tour to Virginia’s South Boston Speedway.

Following the southern swing, the tour will kickoff the New England racing season as the headliner for a pair of landmark Connecticut race weekends: the 46th annual Icebreaker weekend at Thompson Motorsports Park on Sunday, April 7, and the 48th annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on Sunday, April 28.

The 16-race tour calendar visits seven states and features the return to Wall Stadium Speedway in Wall Township, New Jersey. The tour has run three events at the high-banked third-mile oval, most recently in 2007.

“The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule celebrates some of most iconic eastern short tracks,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR managing director for regional racing. “It’s a nod to the old school NASCAR Modified division racing from Connecticut to Virginia competing for championship points and bragging rights. After a tremendous 2018 season, we are even more excited about what 2019 will bring.”

This past year, Long Island’s Justin Bonsignore rolled off eight wins en route to his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship. He out-distanced rising young star Chase Dowling and dethroned five-time tour champion Doug Coby to claim the top spot in the premier Modified series.

One of the highlights of 2018 was the inaugural Musket 250, a $25,000-to-win extra-distance championship event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Dowling took advantage of a clash between Bonsignore and former tour champion – and 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver – Ryan Preece in the final turns of the final lap to score his first win and claim the biggest winner’s purse in tour history.

The 2019 race at New Hampshire will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The Whelen Modified Tour will also be part of the Monster Energy Series weekend at the “Magic Mile” with its championship points event on Saturday, July 21. The annual all-star race for the tour will be held on the 1.058-mile speedway on Friday, July 20.

Other schedule highlights include:

  • Two premier northeastern tracks remain in place on the calendar: Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway will host the tour on Saturday, June 1. The tour’s trip to upstate New York and Oswego Raceway will be part of the track’s 63rd Annual Classic Week with the Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald’s.
  • Riverhead Raceway will host a pair of races: Saturday, July 6, and Saturday, Sept. 7. Bonsignore swept the two events at his home track in 2018.
  • The championship will conclude with the traditional races at Stafford and Thompson. First will be the 47th Annual NAPA Fall Final weekend at Stafford on Sunday, Sept. 29, followed by the crowning of the 2019 champion at the 57th Annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Sunday, Oct. 13.

2019 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Schedule

Date Track Location Laps
Sat, March 16 Myrtle Beach Speedway Myrtle Beach, S.C. 150
Sat., March 30 South Boston Speedway South Boston, Va. 150
Sun, April 7 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn. 150
Sun, April 28 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 200
Sat, May 18 Wall Stadium Speedway Wall Township, N.J. 150
Sat, June 1 Seekonk Speedway Seekonk, Mass. 150
Wed, June 5 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn. 125
Sat. July 6 Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y. 200
Fri, July 19 ** New Hampshire Motor Speedway * Loudon, N.H. All Star
Sat, July 20 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H. 100
Fri, Aug 2 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 150
Wed, Aug 14 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn. 150
Sat, Aug 31 Oswego Speedway Oswego, N.Y. 150
Sat, Sept 7 Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y. 200
Sat, Sept 21 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H. 250
Sun, Sept 29 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 150
Sun, Oct 13 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn. 150

– NASCAR Hometracks Photo –

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

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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