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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

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)