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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-

MASS Summer Nationals to be Held at SNMP

The Mid Atlantic Street Stock Series will be making it’s return to Southern National Motorsports Park in 2019 as the Track will play host to the “Summer Nationals”

Series Promoter, Ron Barfield, posted the following Message on Facebook…

“MASS Street Stocks Points Race Summer Nationals At Southern National Motorsports Park August 2-3rd, 2019! THE MASS Street Stock Series Is Proud To Announce That The Series Is Returning After A Few Years Off To Southern National Motorsports Park In Kenly NC In 2019. The Race Date Will Be Saturday August 3, 2019. Retro Racing And More Exciting News and Details To Be Added At A Later Date! Southern National Motorsports Park August 2-3, 2019”

The Last time the Series visited was back in July of 2017 as they raced during the Pro All Star Series event at the Speedway.

For more info about the MASS Series, visit DillonMotorSpeedway.com

For more info about SNMP, visit SNMPark.com

12th Annual Spring Fling boasts $12,000 Purse

Now in its 12th year, the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Fling, set for April 9-10, will feature a record-setting $12,000 purse for the event—the highest single-race payout in iRacing history—made possible through the contributions of Schaeffer’s Oil and other event partners.

“VLR is very excited to partner with a well-established company and huge supporter of racing, such as Schaeffer’s Oil,” said Howard Weaver, the race’s promoter. “Schaeffer has long supported dirt track racing and to have them now as a supporter of what we are doing in sim racing is incredible. I am honored that that we are able to work with Schaeffer’s Oil on the biggest Spring Fling in history.”

Team VLR was founded in 2004, in the game Dirt Track Racing 2. Now entering its 15th year, VLR is one of the longest running simulated racing series in the world. Since moving to iRacing in April 2017, after its dirt racing release, VLR has hosted many of the highest paying simulated racing eSports events, including the Spring Fling, Sim Race for Hope 74 and Labor Day Classic.

For more information about the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Fling or Team VLR, visit teamvlr.com.

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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.

CARS Tour Announces 2019 Touring 12 Driver Lineup

2019 CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour “Touring 12”

Josh Berry – Mooresville, NC – JR Motorsports

Tour veteran Josh Berry returns to the CARS Tour full time again for the 2019 season driving for Dale Earnhardt Jr’s JR Motorsports team. Berry, the most successful driver in CARS Late Model Stock Tour history, was the 2017 series champion, and is atop of the history books with the most wins (14) and $111,203 in winnings credited to his name.

 

Adam Lemke – Hollister, CA – JR Motorsports

JR Motorsports second full time entry will once again be a part of the Touring 12 program in 2019. Last year the car was driven by Sam Mayer, this year Adam Lemke from Hollister, California will compete as a TORP Chassis Rookie of the Year contender. The 16 year old was the 2018 USAC Western Midget Series champion and took home Rookie of the Year honors at Madera Speedway in the Pro Late Model division.

 

Layne Riggs – Bahama, NC – Scott Riggs Enterprises

Three time series winner Layne Riggs, son of former NASCAR driver Scott Riggs, looks for an opportunity to get back to chasing the CARS Tour championship in 2019. The Bahama, NC driver suffered an off track shoulder injury that took him out of contention for the championship hunt in 2018 but still managed a 6th in points.

 

Trevor Ward – Winston Salem, NC – MK Racing

In 2018 Trevor Ward competed full time on the tour in his rookie season. After a slow start to the year Ward and his family owned team peaked to close out the year. Ward scored his first career top five finish and lead laps at his home track of Ace Speedway, scored an MPI Steering Wheel Hard Charger award on his way to a 7th place finish at South Boston in the season finale and finished 4th at Martinsville in a non-CARS Tour sanctioned event, in what was career run for the Winston-Salem driver.

 

Brandon Pierce – Oak Ridge, NC – Lee Pulliam Performance

Brandon Pierce return to the CARS Tour after his rookie season.  This season Pierce returns with a new team that will be a part of the Touring 12 program in 2019. After finishing 9th in the driver standings with Nelson Motorsports in 2018 Pierce has moved over to the Lee Pulliam Performance stable for the upcoming season.

 

Bobby McCarty – Summerfield, NC – Nelson Motorsports

McCarty scored the 2018 CARS Late Model Stock Tour championship, winning four races while driving for powerhouse team Nelson Motorsports. The Summerfield, NC driver has catapulted his name to being in the conversation as one of the best drivers in Late Model Stock racing right now. McCarty will look to do what no driver has ever done in any CARS Tour division – repeat as a tour champion.

 

Craig Moore – Rougemont, NC – Craig Moore Racing

Craig Moore is another driver/owner combo returning to the program for the second consecutive year. Moore had a disappointing 2018 season that saw some strong runs but no racing luck.  That all changed at the season finale in South Boston when he shocked many in attendance by scoring an impressive first career CARS Tour win.

 

Mini Tyrrell – Manassas, VA – Timmy Tyrrell Racing

New to the tour after becoming age eligible in 2018, Mini Tyrrell, competed in the season finale at South Boston a season ago. The Manassas, VA youngster has been competing in Late Model Stocks for several years, but will compete for TORP Chassis Rookie of the Year honors this season on the CARS Tour circuit.

 

Ronald Hill – Rougemont, NC – Ronald Hill Racing

Ronald “The Thrill” Hill once again returns for his fourth full time season on the CARS Tour. The well-known veteran driver from Rougemont, NC finished 7th in series standings in 2018 and also scored his best career finish of 2nd at Myrtle Beach.

 

Bradley McCaskill – Wendell, NC – Renfrow-McCaskill Racing

Bradley McCaskill and his Renfrow-McCaskill Racing team return to the tour after a disappointing 2018 season. McCaskill, who is one of seventeen drivers in CARS Late Model Stock Tour history to score a win, looks to get his team back on track for the 2019 calendar year.

 

Deac McCaskill – Raleigh, NC – Boyce McCaskill

All time CARS Tour starts leader (44), Deac McCaskill, and his family owned team join the Touring 12 program for the first time in 2019. In addition to the most starts, McCaskill was the 2016 series champion and has the second most wins and career winnings in series history. McCaskill looks to get back to championship form after finishing 3rd in the standings with one win a season ago.

 

Justin Carroll – Concord, NC – John Carroll

Another family owned driver/team combo that will be new to the Touring 12 group in 2019 is 2017 Throwback 276 winner Justin Carroll. The Concord, NC driver has twelve tour starts to his credit with four coming each year dating back to the 2016 season. Carroll will finally make the jump to full time CARS Tour competition this season.

Furr joins Mullins Racing as Crew Chief

Fresh off a solid test during the annual ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards open test at Daytona International Speedway last weekend, Mullins Racing has announced that veteran crew chief Tony Furr has joined the team.

Furr will serve as crew chief on the No. 3 Mullins Racing Ford driven by team owner and 2018 Daytona ARCA runner-up Willie Mullins during the season-opening Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire on Feb. 9 at Daytona International Speedway.

“The main thing is the knowledge Tony brings,” said Mullins, who was 29th fastest overall during the Daytona ARCA test after focusing on single-car runs. “This man is such a large wealth of knowledge and we’re able to tap into that. He’s spent so much time in the wind tunnel with Hendrick before that we’re able to use a lot of that knowledge to find speed with our car.”

Furr made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut as a crew chief in 1994 and over the years has worked with a number of NASCAR stars, including Bill Elliott, Joe Nemechek, John Andretti, Ward Burton, Jerry Nadeau and more.

He has two NASCAR Cup Series victories as a crew chief, one with Andretti at Daytona International Speedway in 1997 and another with Nadeau at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2000.

“He seems to be a pretty smart guy with a good head on his shoulders,” Furr said of Mullins. “I’ve worked with quite a few guys down there in Daytona with his level of experience and he’s a lot more levelheaded than a lot of up-and-comers and listens good. He’s a sponge. He was soaking up all the information I was trying to give him during the test.

“I think if we put all that together when we go back and with a little bit of luck I think we’ll have a shot at being a player all day long.”

Furr was with the Mullins Racing team during last weekend’s ARCA test at Daytona International Speedway. It was the first opportunity for Mullins and Furr to work together in advance of the season opener in February.

“We did only single-car runs and we believe that we were one of the top-five to top-eight fastest cars in single car runs,” Mullins said. “We’re very proud of that and very happy with the how the speed in the car has continued to get better.”

“I think we were definitely top-five in the single car runs during testing,” Furr added. “We didn’t get to draft much as we wanted to, but I think we’ll be fine. He got a lot of experience down there last year by doing what he did, so that’ll hopefully carry over.”

Mullins believes the addition of Furr could be the spark his family-owned team needs to break into victory lane at the World Center of Racing.

“There is a lot of excitement this year,” Mullins said. “Last year we had the unknown of the new body and this year we have the excitement of going back with a second-place finish and knowing we have a fast car now. Now we’ve got to turn that excitement into a result. We’re very much looking forward to going back and having a lot of our crew back with us this year and hopefully we can try and come out of there with a good result again.”

The No. 3 Mullins Racing Ford carries sponsorship support from County Waste, CW Metals, Crow Wing Recycling, Bugsy’s Auto, Snap On by Timmy Brann, Sherwin Williams Paint and Dinah Marie Photography.

-Mullins Racing Press Release-