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.

Brinkley feels confident ahead of Late Model Debut

Article/Photo By: Josh Parrish

Blaise Brinkley is known for his dominance in the Bandolero division at tracks around the East Coast winning over 80 races and claiming a total of  6 track championships. This Saturday at Southern National Motorsports Park he will be taking the next step and making his Late Model debut.

Brinkley out of Sanford, NC will be piloting the #24 Chatlee Marine Ford Fusion  in the Remember the Fallen 225 which will feature Twin 40 races for the Late Model division.

Ahead of his debut Brinkley says, “I have a lot of confidence going into late model racing because I know what I’m working with. My dad is phenomenal in late model racing and I have a lot of people behind me, such as Lee Pulliam and Greg Marlowe. We went and tested last weekend and it was amazing, we were running competitive times with late models and I’m excited to be able to follow my dreams.”

Be sure to check out Blaise along with all the other drivers this Saturday at the Remember the Fallen 225 at SNMP which will also feature Chargers, UCARS, Mini Stocks, Legends, and Bandoleros in Action.

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.”

BSR Partners with Setzer Racing for Guaranteed spot in Short Track Nationals

(Mooresville, NC) – Bond Suss Racing (BSR) and Cole Anderson will join forces with Setzer Racing for this weekend’s US Short Track Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway. The BSR machine will get a makeover, putting the No. 6 on the Timberwolf Plastics Camery for the much anticipated event in Tennessee. Anderson remains behind the wheel for the 100-lap event and now, with the backing of Setzer Racing, has a guaranteed starting spot in the big dance.

 

“I’m excited heading into Bristol this weekend,” said Anderson. “Going around that fast of a track with a ton of banking is crazy. It really sits you down in the seat.”

 

“We had the opportunity to team-up with Setzer Racing and in doing so, guarantee ourselves a starting position in the race, so it was a no brainer,” said Suss. “There are a lot of cars and with how qualifying and the qualifying races are laid out, it made sense. We will get a chance to learn some things on Saturday and then get to work on Sunday.”

 

Anderson and the BSR team had a successful test at Bristol Motor Speedway in late April, consistently finding themselves in the top-five in practice. It was one of two open test sessions for the race this Sunday and both driver and crew chief feel confident heading into the event.

 

“I learned you can really bust off a quick lap on your first lap. During the test the low groove seemed to be the preferred lane, so we will see if that changes throughout the race,” said Anderson. “After leaving the test I think as a team we are all very confident, our car showed great and consistent speed, and we were still able to bust off that quick lap. To say the least I am very excited to get back to Bristol.”

 

“I thought our test was really good,” said Suss. “The car had good speed throughout the day and Cole was able to be consistent, which can be hard at a track like Bristol. We definitely learned some things at the test and I think we put ourselves in a good position heading into this weekend.”

 

Super Late Models will have three practice sessions on Friday before getting down to business on Saturday. Saturday consists of qualifying, which determines starting positions in the qualifying races Saturday night. Odd and even qualifiers will be split up into two 50-lap races, where the top-ten from each race advance to the 100-lap event on Sunday. On Sunday, all cars that secured a spot in the US Short Track Nationals will re-qualify for their starting position in the race later that evening.

-BSR Press Release

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.

CCS to host Carolina Mini Stock Challenge this Weekend

Article By: Josh Parrish

The Carolina Mini Stock Challenge presented by Accent Imaging will take to the track for the first time in the 2017 season at Carteret County Speedway located in Swansboro, NC. This race will be a non-points race, but the winner has a chance to walk away with over $3000. This will be race #1 of the 5 race series. Other tracks the series will visit include Dillon Motor Speedway, East Carolina Motor Speedway, and Wake County Speedway.

The race will consist of two 30 lap races paying $1000 to win each. There will be a fast qualifier award worth $1000 along with a Hard Charger and Longest Haul award both paying $100 each. Not only will we see racing from the mini stocks, but the Legends running Twin 30’s along with Bandos, UCARS, Bangers and Mini Cups.

Who To Watch:

#7 Brandon Clements – Clements who is from Swansboro is a local favorite and is always a contender at any track he visits. He holds the most wins at CCS with a total of 5 and recently grabbed wins at both Wake County Speedway in Raleigh, NC and at Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina.

#53 Michael Rouse – Rouse is another threat for the win, as he has notched a total of 4 Wins at Carteret County Speedway. He was the winner of the most recent Mini Stock race at CCS.

#01 Kris Hetu – Hetu has 4 top 5 finishes at CCS, with 3 of those being 2nd Place finishes. He hopes to finally break through and get a win which he has been so close to doing many times at the speedway.

BJ Thrasher, who is a regular at Anderson Speedway, will also be making the Haul this weekend to CCS where he has a Top 5 finish that came back in September of 2015.

For more info about the series, visit them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Carolina-Mini-Stock-Challenge-329731720774669/