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Red Horse Racing to Shut Down Immediately

After 13 seasons in the CWTS, Red Horse Racing is shutting down effective immediately.

Team owner Tom DeLoach said on Monday that the organization was shutting down due to a lack of funding.

“I tried as long as I could but I can’t keep funding it out of my own pocket,” DeLoach said. “We’ve tried as best as we could but I’ve finally decided I may be building a bridge to no where.”

In 532 starts, Red Horse Racing scored 16 wins, 14 poles, 112 top-five and 236 top 10 finishes.

Veteran Timothy Peters finished a career-high second for the team in 2012 and scored his 10 career victories all under the Red Horse banner. Last year when the playoff system was introduced in trucks, Peters was one of the four teams to qualify for the Championship 4.

DeLoach said he’s still looking for potential partners/funding to keep the operation afloat.

“I’m still looking, but I’ve told the guys if they could find employment elsewhere, don’t let us hold you back,” DeLoach said.

The team currently sits sixth and tenth in the driver’s standings with Peters and Brett Moffitt.

Xfinity Rookies test at Darlington

NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie drivers William Byron (JR Motorsports), Tyler Reddick (Chip Ganassi Racing), Cole Custer (Stewart-Haas Racing) and Daniel Hemric (Richard Childress Racing) tested on the high banks of Darlington Raceway for the first time on Wednesday.

All four drivers are scheduled to compete in the track’s XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 on Saturday, Sept. 2.

In his first appearance at the Lady in Black, Byron was excited about attempting to tame Darlington. “This track is unlike any place we drive at,” Byron said. “We’re getting some laps in and trying to find speed in the car as we prepare for Labor Day weekend. It’s been a lot of fun here at Darlington with great weather. This is a tough place, but we’ll be ready to race when we come back in September.”

Reddick, driving the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, earned his Darlington Stripe early on during the test on Wednesday. “I kind of got my Darlington Stripe a little earlier today, but we’re having a good test day regardless,” Reddick said. “Darlington is one of the iconic tracks in our sport so to be able to drive around here today is special and something I’m looking forward to racing at in September.”

Regan Smith to drive the #43 at AllStar Race

Aric Almirola, who suffered a fractured vertebra in his back in an accident Saturday at Kansas Speedway, will be replaced by Regan Smith this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Smith, competing in NASCAR’s truck series, will compete in his first Cup event of 2017 in the NASCAR All-Star night Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He will pilot the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 car, which Almirola would have driven. Smith, who was eligible to compete in All-Star festivities because he was in the top 50 in the standings last year, will not be eligible to get in through the fan vote.

Almirola, who suffered a compression fracture to the T5 vertebra (middle back), was released from the hospital Sunday. Almirola said Wednesday at the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation gala that he has a half-crushed vertebra in his middle back and will have more tests Thursday that will help determine his rehab and recovery time.

“[My doctor] preferred me stay home and lay on the couch, but I can walk a little bit,” Almirola said on the red carpet. “The doctors told me just be careful and don’t let anybody give me a hug and all that kind of thing.

“For the most part, I’m OK. I’ve got a broken back and one of my vertebrae is crushed in half, but besides that, I’ll live.”

Almirola’s crash occurred when Joey Logano spun into Danica Patrick and Almirola came sliding hard into Logano, picking his back wheels up high off the ground.

“I’m doing the best I can with a broken back,” Almirola said. “It was important for me to be here. … I had promised Devin that I was going to be here to walk with him. I wasn’t going to let him down.

“I’m in a little bit of pain but with the pain meds and maybe I’ll have a drink to care of it. I think all in all, I’m pretty lucky. It’s a lot easier to think about coming here and dealing with the pain knowing what all these kids are going through.”

Bob Pockrass (ESPN)

Edwards declines RPM’s offer to drive the #43

With Aric Almirola sidelined indefinitely with a compression fracture in his back following Saturday’s fiery crash at Kansas Speedway, his team is seeking a replacement driver in the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford.

Unfortunately for many NASCAR fans, the replacement driver isn’t going to be Carl Edwards.

Richard Petty Motorsports reached out to Edwards to drive the No. 43 through Sonoma (June 25). Edwards told Fox Sports he was honored by the offer, but respectfully declined.

Along with confirming that Edwards is really done driving in the Cup Series, the update also sheds light on how long Richard Petty Motorsports expects Almirola to be sidelined.

Almirola suffered a compression fracture in the T5 vertebra in the crash involving Danica Patrick and Joey Logano on Lap 199 of the 267-lap Go Bowling 400 at Kansas. Almirola had to be cut out of his car and was airlifted to the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he spent the night Saturday into Sunday.

According to ESPN, Almirola’s injury isn’t as serious as Denny Hamlin’s L1 compression fracture in his back during the 2013 season, which forced him to miss four races. Richard Petty Motorsports is going to be cautious with Almirola and give him at least six weeks to heal.

Outlaw Fasteners to Sponsor Kaz Grala at Charlotte

Making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kaz Grala will welcome a new sponsor along for the journey on his #33 Chevrolet Silverado, Outlaw Fasteners.

Transforming the construction industry, Outlaw Fasteners prides itself on having a screw and drive system that allows for no stripping or dropped screws and a “one bit fits all” ability. This technology makes Outlaw Fasteners’ screws “The World’s Best Screw.”

“We are excited to have teamed up with Kaz and the No. 33,” said David Sitton, a representative of Outlaw Fasteners’ distributor. “The NCWTS is ideally aligned with our product, and we believe that both Kaz and Outlaw are emerging standouts in their respective fields. We look forward to the growth ahead for both Kaz and Outlaw Fasteners’ in NASCAR.”

While this may be the NCWTS rookie’s first start at the 1.5-mile track, he has a long racing history at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Before he was old enough to race in NASCAR, Kaz cut his teeth in the Summer Shootout Series and Winter Heat, winning championships in both bandeleros and legend cars at the quarter-mile oval and road course in the track’s infield. Now Kaz has graduated through the ranks and finds himself returning to his roots, but this time in the NCWTS.

“I’m very excited to have Outlaw Fasteners on board this weekend in Charlotte,” said Kaz. “Their company is a great fit in the racing industry and I’m proud to be a part of their introduction to NASCAR. After the test at Charlotte a few weeks ago, I feel better about my first race there. Between that and an awesome new paint scheme, hopefully we can put on a good show for Outlaw Fasteners.”

Earlier this year, Kaz made history by becoming the youngest pole award and race winner in series history at the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Since then, Kaz has collected one top-10 and two top-15 finishes and sits sixth in the NCWTS driver point standings.

-GMS Racing Press Release

NASCAR will investigate Almirola’s accident

NASCAR officials will do a thorough inspection of the #43 Ford of driver Aric Almirola following the Richard Petty Motorsports driver’s fiery crash during Saturday’s Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway. Car can be seen below…

AA Car

“It’s currently at the (NASCAR) R&D Center, and our safety experts will … look for anything that might give us clues or some indication of exactly what the challenge was there with Aric and his back,” Scott Miller, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition, said Monday morning on “The Morning Drive” on SiriusXM NASCAR.

“I’m certain they’ll interview him and ask him about all the particulars of how tight his belts were and all the rest of that.

“When we have these situations or even situations where someone doesn’t get hurt, we really like to investigate as best as possible into the accident and see how we can get better.”

Miller praised the work of the safety crews and medical personnel.

“To take the precautions that they did, fortunately Aric was able to talk with them over there and explain the situation so they acted accordingly and we were really happy with the way all that went,” he said.

Article via NASCAR.com

Gilliland makes it 4 in a row at Spokane County Raceway

Starting from pole for the sixth consecutive week, Gilliland went on to lead every one of 150 laps to score his 11th career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory as well as his fourth consecutive win.

It was the second straight race the 16-year-old from Ford Sherrills, North Carolina, has led flag-to-flag after a dominating performance last time out at California’s Irwindale Event Center.

His teammate Derek Kraus was his closest competitor of the night, having multiple runs at the No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota after the first half of the 150-lap feature. Despite the potential, the 15-year-old Rookie of the Year candidate came home second, tying his best career finish in the series.

Though it didn’t affect Gilliland, the weather had quite the impact on the day’s on-track events. Delaying the start of the race by nearly two hours, the race did not go green until the cars turned 102 laps behind the pace truck as an effort to dry the racing surface.

Stopping for fuel before the green, it was the Gilliland show from there on.

Behind the reigning champion, however, was some close competition and tough breaks for his competitors. A crash on Lap 14 with Blaine Perkins and Rich DeLong III brought out the race’s first of two red flag periods.

Following the lengthy rain delay, the race didn’t see the checkered flag until well after midnight on the West Coast.

Chris Eggleston came home third with Michael Self and Nicole Behar rounding out the top five.

Matt Levin ties his career-best K&N Pro Series West effort in sixth followed by Garret Archer, Owen Riddle, Julia Landauer and Braeden Havens completing the top 10.

The Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 from Spokane County Raceway will air on NBCSN Thursday, May 18 at 10 p.m. PT.