Sieg set for cup series debut at Dover

Sieg has been competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2013. Last season, Sieg was one of the 12 drivers to advance to the Xfinity Series play-offs, where he finished ninth in driver points.

“I’m so happy to be making my Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut for BK Racing this weekend in Dover,” said Sieg. “Ron Devine has given so many drivers an opportunity in the past and I’m thankful to have that same chance as so many others. I have never driven a Cup car in my life, so I just want to run as many laps as possible and learn as much as I can.”

“I have been watching Ryan race for a number of years and have been really impressed by his driving skills,” said Devine. “I believe that this is the right time to put Ryan in one of our cars to see what he can do. Corey will be back in the car beginning next week at Pocono, and he is a very important part of BK Racing’s bright future. If things work out with Ryan for the long run, we may see the #93 car (BK Racing part-time team) return. A big part of BK Racing has always been seeking out young talent and giving them a chance in the premier racing series, so I’m proud to be able to give Ryan that chance as I did for Corey, Joey Gase, and Gray Gaulding already this season.”

Gray Gaulding will be in BK Racing’s #23 Toyota at Dover.

Diaz leads Late Model points after back to back wins at SNMP

Article by: Josh Parrish/Photo: Race 22

Lucama, NC – Mason Diaz currently sits at the top in late model points at Southern National Motorsports Park after grabbing two wins this past Saturday in the Remember the Fallen 225. Diaz currently has 8 podium finishes with half of those being wins. He leads with a total of 250 points followed by Chris Chapman and Rusty Daniels who each have 233 points. Jonathan Findley sits in 4th position with a total of 231 points followed Paul Williamson who rounds out the top 5, with a total of 214 points.

Throughout the night there were 5 different leaders in the late model division including the #4 of Jonathan Findley, #21 of Gerald Benton, #24 of Mason Diaz, #29 of Paul Williamson, and the #51 of Chris Chapman. Diaz would fall to 3rd in the 2nd Twin race of the night but made a last lap pass to get by Findley. Findley, being the only other driver in the top 5 with a win also has 4 runner up finishes, 3 of which were behind Diaz.

Although neither Chapman or Daniels have a win this year, they have both been recording consistent Top 5 finishes, Both are previous winners at SNMP and hope to get get back to victory lane soon.

The next race at Southern National Motorsports Park will be the School’s Out 325 on June 24th featuring  Late Model Stocks, Chargers, Mini Stocks, Any Cars, Legends and Bandoleros.

 

Chastain to run all 800 Miles at Dover

When NASCAR rolls into Delaware this week one NASCAR driver will be busier than most. Florida native Ross Chastain will attempt to drive all 800 laps scheduled this weekend at Dover International Speedway.

Ross begins the weekend June 2nd driving the No.66 Bolen Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado in the Bar Harbor 200 before taking the wheel of the No.4 JD Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro in the One Main Financial 200 and finally making his NASCAR Monster Energy Cup debut driving the No.15 Chevrolet SS for Premium Motorsports in Sundays, AAA Drive for Autism 400.

All three Chevrolets will carry the “Protect Your Melon” message promoted by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety (OHS) in support of their #BuckleUpDE campaign.

“This is an exciting partnership, I get to promote the #BuckleUpDE campaign, agriculture and fitness. Fitness is always important for a driver, but being physically fit is especially important this weekend when I will be driving in all three NASCAR events.”

Ross with pilot the Bolen Motorsports #66 As seen below…

66 Truck

-Bolen Motorsports Press Release-

Rain-X returns as Primary sponsor for Jones in 2 races

After a successful partnership with Richard Childress Racing and Brandon Jones in 2016, Rain-X®, will return as a primary sponsor on the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro for two NASCAR XFINITY Series races in the 2017 season. (Paint Scheme as seen below)

33 RainX

Rain-X, featuring Advance Auto Parts, will be the primary sponsor for Brandon Jones for the upcoming XFINITY Series races at Daytona and Texas. The partnership will continue highlighting Rain-X’s Latitude® Water Repellency Wiper Blades.

“Rain-X’s Latitude Water Repellency Wiper Blades give me security,” said Jones. “I use them on my everyday vehicles to help me see clearly in whatever weather condition I come across. I look forward to carrying their colors at Daytona and Texas, and I hope the conditions are right for a trip to Victory Lane.”

“Last year, Rain-X partnered with Brandon Jones at Homestead Miami and this year we are thrilled to sponsor two of his NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Daytona International Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway, a track in our home state. We love the excitement and energy that Brandon brings to his races and feel privileged to be a part of his team,” said Harley Johnson, Director of Brand Management for Rain-X. “We are proud of this next chapter of continued partnership with two recognized market leaders, Advance Auto Parts and RCR. All of us at Rain-X will be cheering on Brandon and wishing him a great finish.”

“Advance Auto Parts is excited to once again partner with the Rain-X brand and support Brandon Jones in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for two races,” said Matt Davis, Advance Auto Parts Marketing and Sponsorships Manager. “We look forward to Daytona and Texas and cheering Brandon on to the win.”

-RCR Press Release

Rick Ware Racing & ECU Team up for 3 Races

In an initiative to educate college universities with the different spectacles available in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS), Rick Ware Racing announced today that the Pirates of East Carolina University will serve as the primary partner for Sunday’s AAA Drive for Autism 400 at Dover International Speedway.

With the objective of working with colleges and universities to educate and experience NASCAR’s marketing abilities firsthand, the partnership with East Carolina University at Dover is the first of a three-race introduction at NASCAR’s pinnacle level.

East Carolina University will be featured on the #51 at Dover in June, Indianapolis, and Richmond in September.

“We’re excited to partner with Rick Ware Racing for three nationally televised races,” offered ECU Athletics Director Jeff Compher. “This is a unique opportunity to not only extend the East Carolina University brand but also to build on our relationship with NASCAR, a sport that has deep roots in our state. I know Pirate Nation will join me in cheering on the No. 51 car as they compete in the NASCAR Cup Series.”

Team principal Rick Ware says the idea to partner with universities around the country not only brings an opportunity for the two worlds to interact in new and advantageous ways, but also draw upon a potentially expandable new fan base.

“We are extremely excited about this program and working with these great universities from all over the country,” said Ware. “We feel privileged to carry the colors and logos of East Carolina University next weekend at Dover.

“NASCAR is a great resource for these colleges and universities to use to promote their brand nationwide. We are very excited to sport the pride of East Carolina’s purple and gold for these three upcoming races.”

RWR marketing director Bryan Clodfelter says the team has received an overwhelming positive response from the initiative.

“This is a marketing program that allows universities and their supporters the opportunity to experience the many hands-on sectors that a NASCAR team has to offer,” he said. “We couldn’t be happier having East Carolina University join us for three race and we are eager to unload this great looking race car at Dover.

“We are also equally enthusiastic at the response we have had from many other great universities from all over the country and look forward to promoting their brands at other races on the NASCAR schedule.”

ECU Press Release

SHR & Nature’s Bakery in final stages of settlement

Nature’s Bakery informed SHR in January that it would not sponsor Danica Patrick this season, and SHR filed a lawsuit in February asking for $31 million for the final two years of the deal. Nature’s Bakery countersued, citing that SHR did not live up to its promises of support and that Patrick’s endorsement of a protein bar violated the deal.

A document filed Wednesday in North Carolina Superior Court states that SHR’s attorney has reported that the two sides “have executed settlement documents, which require certain deliverables within the next 21 business days.” The order asks for a status report by June 23 if the two sides have not asked for the case to be dismissed.

Nature’s Bakery sponsored Patrick for 28 races in 2016 and was scheduled for at least 25 in 2017. The team has picked up sponsorship, including six additional races from Aspen Dental, to fill some of the void.

Sargeant leads Short Track Challenge Points after strong run at Toledo

Dalton Sargeant came off a second-place finish in the Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway Sunday after leading 161 laps and is currently leading the 2017 Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge standings after the first three short track races this season (Nashville, Salem and Toledo).

Sargeant’s win at Salem, along with a ninth-place finish at Nashville and his runner-up run at Toledo are enough to keep the lead in the Sioux Chief Short Track points.

“Leading the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge is really cool,” said Sargeant. “Cunningham won it last year in the No. 77 Big Tine Ford Fusion and it would be pretty significant to be able to win it again in the same car. Coming into the season there were a lot of outside expectations with driving the championship car and I think leading the short track challenge and sort of picking up where Cunningham left off last season is a good start to proving those expectations.”

However, with eight more short track races to go, there’s still plenty of time to catch the leader, especially for Theriault, who trails Sargeant by just 25 points headed to the next short track race on tour at Elko Speedway June 3. In fact the top-five in Sioux Chief points are close with 16-year-old Christian Eckes in third at 595, Zane Smith fourth at 590 and Riley Herbst fifth at 570. Just 70 points separate the top-five in contention.

“ARCA has a lot of great short tracks on the circuit that have a lot of history and a lot of great racing,” Sargeant continued. “It’s always really competitive whenever we go to these tracks and I think that was apparent just this past weekend at Toledo. There’s always good battles on restarts and long green-flag runs and with the level of competition in the field that ARCA has been brining to tracks so far, it makes for some fun racing.”

Sargeant also left Toledo with the Valvoline Lap Leader of the Race honors after he spent most of the afternoon in front, leading 161 of 200 laps before he gave it up to Harrison Burton inside of 10 to go. As a result, Sargeant is now well in control of the overall Valvoline Lap Leader of the Year award category with 219 laps-led on the season. Kyle Weatherman, who didn’t race at Toledo, is a distant second at 138 laps-led.

“Overall we had a strong day at Toledo. We led the majority of the laps, had fast pit stops and good restarts and we came away moving up in championship points. Leading 161 laps I think shows how strong Cunningham cars are and how we’re able to compete for the win every race. It’s not something that’s done very easily, especially on short tracks, so to be the Valvoline Lap Leader right now after Toledo is awesome. Hopefully we’ll keep moving up in points and keep getting ahead in some of these other areas like the lap leader and short track challenge.”

Sargeant also earned the Protect Plus Halfway Leader award this past weekend