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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Carlos Contreras Readies Homestead Return With Rick Ware Racing



 

 

 

 

 

Carlos Contreras Readies Homestead Return With Rick Ware Racing

HOMESTEAD, Florida (November 13, 2014) - - It's been nearly 12 years since Carlos Contreras has seen Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway, but that will change this weekend, as he returns to the track to compete in Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Nationwide Series season finale for Rick Ware Racing (RWR).

For this weekend's Ford EcoBoost 300, Contreras will have the support of Sports Leadership and Management, as well as new race partner, Circle K.

Opening in 2013, Sports Leadership and Management (SLAM) is a public charter school in Miami, Florida for 6th through 12th grade students seeking careers in the Sports Leadership and Management industries. The mission of SLAM is to provide an innovative and in-depth secondary educational program that produces college-bound students through emphasis on sports-related majors and post secondary preparation. The school philosophy is the mechanism through which the mission will be achieved. In order to produce college bound and career-oriented graduates, the school believes it must provide Rigor, Relevance and Relationships in the educational program. 

"It's hard to believe it's the last race of the season, but I'm excited to partner with SLAM and have them on our No. 23 this weekend at Homestead," said Contreras. "I'm a huge supporter of education and I strongly believe in SLAM's objective and goals. We're excited to welcome principal Alex Tamargo and many students as our special guests for race day."

He added, "I have to thank Circle K for jumping on-board with us this weekend too. It's important for us to have a good run in Saturday's race to carry some momentum into the off-season. Circumstances beyond our control prevented a good finish at Texas, so we want to do everything we can to make up for it in Homestead."

Speaking of Homestead, the Mexico City, Mexico native returns to the 1.5-mile track for the first time since running the 2002 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season finale. While in three previous starts, he has a personal-best of seventh in 2001, Contreras has found memories of the South Florida racetrack.

"Homestead is a neat place," he sounded. "It's a racetrack where it's always been fun to compete at. The competition is never sour and while it may difficult to pass in some places, the track produces some great racing with its characteristics. It's important for us to have our No. 23 SLAM / Circle K Chevrolet Camaro dialed in. We'll start the race in the daytime and end at night, so you want to make sure that as the track conditions change, you're keeping pace. If we can accomplish that and stay out of trouble, we can head home knowing we had a good day."

An added boost for Rick Ware Racing and the 44-year old Contreras this weekend will be the support of special guest, Dhafir Harris. Emerging as an international star for his mixed martial arts techniques and dominance, "DaDa 5000" will join the Thomasville, North Carolina pre-race festivities, as well as enjoy the Ford EcoBoost 300 from the team's pit stall.

"We definitely want to have a good run on Saturday afternoon, so Dhafir doesn't come and bust a move on us," Contreras joked. "In all seriousness, he's a huge support of myself, SLAM and other educational programs in the Miami area. Hopefully, this will be a trip to the track he won't soon forget."

Car owner Rick Ware says he's been proud to work with Contreras this season.

"Carlos has brought a lot of flavor and desire to Rick Ware Racing," he said. "He still has that want and desire to do well. We've had fun preparing and bringing cars to the racetrack for him. We're steadily working away at 2015 and hope to announce our plans soon. One thing is for certain, we're hoping to include Carlos in them.

"As for Saturday, we're fortunate enough to have a lot of guests and support. We need to run our race, but make sure we're doing all we can to stay with the field and hope when the last checkered flag waves this season, we're inside the top-20."

Contreras's checkered flag though won't waive until Sunday afternoon, as he'll stay and be an analyst for FOX Sports Media, as well as national and local media covering the Championship round for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Ford EcoBoost 400.

The Ford EcoBoost 300 is set for Saturday, November 15. The 200-lap contest is scheduled to air live on ESPN, the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90 beginning at 4:00 p.m. Eastern. The green flag is scheduled to fly at 4:46 p.m. local.

For more on Carlos Contreras, follow him on Twitter or visit his Facebook page.

Rick Ware Racing is on Twitter. Follow them @RickWareRacing.

About Rick Ware Racing:

 

Rick Ware Racing (RWR) has competed in every NASCAR sanctioned series, ARCA Series, the WMA Motocross Series, AMA Arenacross, Motocross and Supercross Series, Summer X-Games and Rolex Grand-Am Series.

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Carlos Contreras, driver of the No. 23 SLAM / Circle K Chevrolet Camaro Camaro for Rick Ware Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

 

Media Contact:

Lisa Ware

lrware@aol.com

336.210.6411

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Dylan Lupton: One More Shot



Dylan Lupton: One More Shot
AVONDALE, Arizona (November 5, 2014) - - A nearly flawless season for NASCAR Next driver Dylan Lupton (@LuptonDylan) will come to end in Thursday night's Casino Arizona 100 at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway.
Lupton's sophomore season on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (NKNSW) tour has been magnificent. Entering Thursday night's season-finale, the 20-year old is eyeing his second victory of the season, but more importantly, he's looking to for a Hail Mary comeback and steal the K&N Pro Series West championship from veteran racer Greg Pursley.
"I'm excited to head to Phoenix, even though the points aren't in our favor," said Lupton, driver of the No. 9 Sunrise Ford / Go Pro / Lucas Oil Ford Fusion. "It's always a fun time heading out to Phoenix and camping out all weekend long there. This will be my fifth time there and I believe this is the most prepared we have been going into Phoenix, so looking to have a very fast race car.
"We've (almost) done it all this season. We won a race, led laps, finished inside the top-10, we're just missing a pole, but more importantly hoisting that championship trophy."
But in order raise the trophy and bring the Bob Bruncati-owned team the honors, Lupton's challenger must have a setback.
"Well, you go into the championship and you want it to be a neck-and-neck battle between the drivers fighting it out for the title," Lupton added. "Sure, we could have one hell of a battle between myself and Greg (Pursley), but we're not going to win a championship that way. He needs to have a little bad luck and we need to have a nearly perfect race.
"Having a perfect race is never easy. That's hard to put together no matter where you compete. But, this Sunrise Ford Racing team has been relentless on putting some of the best race cars on the track this season and nothing leads me to believe that they won't do the same on Thursday night."
Of course, Lupton is shy of the legal gambling age in the state of Arizona, but the youngster is hoping that some of their own gambles on the racetrack will lead the path to victory. Maybe in more ways than one.
"There's no hiding behind it that this race this week will be one of the most competitive races of the season, but that's a good thing," Lupton said. "It might provide chances. Chances that may mean taking a gamble. At this stage in the game, we have nothing to lose. I'm confident in our team. If we have an opportunity to win the race or yet, steal this championship, believe me, we won't be going down without a fight."
This week, Lupton will finish the season in the same place he started his championship bid, Phoenix International Raceway.
The unique, yet demanding 1.0-mile has proven to inscribe some of the best short track races on the tour. For Lupton, three of his four previous starts have resulted in less than pleasant finishes. However, earlier this year, Lupton's luck changed as he finished sixth in the season-opener after starting 11th.
However, it's going to take more than a suttle performance from February's event to keep Lupton's aim at his first stock car championship fixated.
"I really like Phoenix because it feels like two different racetracks," sounded Lupton. "Turns 1 and 2 are banked and more of a tighter corner, while corners 3 and 4 are flat and long. We haven't always had the best luck at Phoenix, but we were able to get a sixth place finish in the spring time. I think we have a great shot at running in the front as long as we get the car to be more on the free side later in the runs."
Entering the Casino Arizona 100, Lupton has yet to finish outside the top-10. After 13 races, the rising star has maneuvered one win, eight top-fives and 13 top-10 finishes, including completing all, but one lap. Should the team not be able to overtake Pursley for the coveted crown, the team knows it doesn't come from a lack of effort.
"Qualifying is going to be important this weekend because of how competitive the entry list looks," explained Lupton. "I think the first 50 laps everyone will be on cruise mode in the front and seeing how their cars change on the long runs. The last 50 laps however will show a lot of excitement and good battling like it has shown in the past.
"No matter what the outcome is on Thursday night, it's been a great year. And most of all, we can't forget that. These guys are some of the best in the business. They work hard and don't complain. All with the drive and passion to go racing and win races. That what drives me too. I need to remember that when I get behind the wheel Thursday night." 
Following the checkered flag, Lupton will have some downtime for the Holidays, before revving up for what he hopes will be a successful, yet influential 2015 racing season.
"We're still working hard on our 2015 plans and hope to have an announcement soon," Lupton added. "I'll be racing next year that much is clear. It's important for us to make sure whatever step we take for next season, it's in the best interest for myself and those who support me."
In addition to Sunrise Ford, Go Pro and Lucas Oil, Eibach Springs, Immersion Media, Capitl and Company will adorn their logos on his Ford Fusion this weekend in California.
Entering Phoenix, Lupton has 30 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts to his credit with two career victories at Evergreen Speedway (2013) and most recently at Kern County (Calif.) Raceway Park. During his NASCAR K&N tenure, Lupton has accumulated 12 top-fives and 25 top-10 finishes. A third place qualifying effort at Lebanon I-44 Speedway (June 2013) is his best time trials effort to date. He has controlled the K&N field five times for 86 laps.
The Casino Arizona 100 (100 miles / 100 laps) is set for Thursday, November 6. The 100-lap feature will commence shortly after 5:30 p.m. Mountain. The #CasinoArizona100 is the 14th race of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season. This will mark the 21st visit by the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West to PIR. The series wrapped up its season at PIR for eight straight years from 1977 to 1984. Seven of the combination events with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series marked the final event, culminating in 1995. More recently, the series concluded its season at Phoenix in 2004 and then again from 2010 through 2013.
For more on Dylan Lupton, please visit LuptonRacing.com or follow him on Twitter @LuptonDylan.
PHOTO CAPTION: Dylan Lupton (@LuptonDylan), driver of the No. 9 Sunrise Ford / Go Pro / Lucas Oil Ford Fusion in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (NKNPSW) division for Sunrise Ford Racing.
PHOTO CAPTION II: The No. 9 Sunrise Ford / Go Pro / Lucas Oil Ford Fusion driven by Dylan Lupton (@LuptonDylan) in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (NKNPSW) division for Sunrise Ford Racing.
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Cody Shane Ware Readies NASCAR Mexico Series Debut




 
 
 
 
Cody Shane Ware Readies NASCAR Mexico Series Debut
PUEBLA – Teenager racing sensation Cody Ware will write his name into the records books this weekend by becoming just the sixth American to compete in a NASCAR Toyota Mexico Series event Sunday.
Ware, the son of long-time NASCAR owner and former driver Rick Ware will compete in Sunday's season-finale at Autodromo Miguel E. Abed, driving for Fenix Racing. Ware will serve as a teammate to fellow friend and racer Enrique Contreras III.
Ware, 18, will pilot the No. 71 Motul / Circle K Toyota Camry for his inaugural debut across the border. In addition to Motul and Circle K, CMS Racing Products and Lilly Trucking joins the team this weekend as an associate marketing partner in the 15th race of the season.
"I'm incredibly humbled and thankful for this opportunity to drive for Fenix Racing this weekend at Autodromo Miguel E. Abed," said Ware, the second American to compete on the tour in 2014. "I'm not really sure what to expect. It's going to be a different experience for sure, but I just have to embrace what's in front of me and give 110 percent."
This season, the third-generation driver has been competing in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Series, where he has earned two wins in his Lamborghini Super Trofeo class and placing third overall at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International twice. He additionally made select starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series respectively.
Autodromo Miguel E. Abed is a 1.25-mile (2 kilometer) oval, and while Ware has never seen the facility, he's hoping he can adjust quickly.
"I like ovals," Ware joked. "You can't think about where you're at. You have to fight the race track and be able to adjust to your surroundings. Without question, there's going to be a lot of learning, but I plan to find my comfort zone. From there, I should be able to have a great race in our No. 71 Motul / Circle K Toyota Camry."
When asked if Sunday's race will potentially open the door to do more racing in the NASCAR Toyota Mexico Series, Ware was quick to respond.
"I'm a racer, he said. "I love to race. It's what I do. Whether it's in the United States, Mexico or Canada, I just want to race. This in an incredible opportunity for me at my stage of my career, but I need to make the best of it. There's a lot of people who took chances on me to make this possible and I don't want to let them down. I'm very confident that I'll be back for some racing in the NASCAR Toyota Mexico Series in 2015."
Unfamiliar with surroundings, Ware said he'll lean on colleague and close friend Enrique Contreras III for advice throughout the weekend.
"Enrique came to me with a lot of questions when he ran Martinsville a couple weeks ago, so I'd like to think I'm returning the favor," Ware sounded. "I'm sure to have a lot of questions, but I'm glad to have someone like Enrique on my side, because without a doubt, I know he'll make me feel at home."
The running of the Ficrea 240 is set for Sunday, November 9 from Autodromo Miguel E. Abed. The event will be televised and streamed online on FOX Sports 3. The green flag is scheduled to fly at 2:40 p.m. Eastern.
For more on Cody Shane Ware, follow him @CodyShaneWare.

PHOTO CAPTION: Cody Ware driver of the No. 71 Motul / Circle K Toyota Camry for Fenix Racing in the NASCAR Toyota Mexico Series.

 
Media Contact:
Lisa Ware, Rick Ware Racing


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Jimmie Johnson Wins and Gordon Takes His Helmet Off To Battle


When the dust settled after the last restart during Sunday's race at Texas Motor Speedway, it was the red Lowe's Chevrolet driven by Jimmie Johnson that crossed the finish line first.

That didn't really end up being the big story; after all, who cares if Jimmie Johnson won the race, he's not even in the chase!

The headline that stole the show was during that last restart, when Brad Keselowski put his foot-to- the-firewall, and squeezed his machine into a hole that looked like it was opening up.

Hell, this is fair game to any driver. Jeff Gordon came down on the 2 driven by Keselowski, they made contact, which ultimately cut the tire down on the 24 driven by Jeff Gordon. That sent Gordon spinning into the wall.

After the race, Gordon pulled onto pit road and approached Brad Keselowski's car. I give credit when credit's due, Jeff Gordon took his helmet off! He was so mad he took the helmet off to fight Brad, he never does that!

The two traded words (and here's where it gets interesting), Kevin Harvick, pushed Keselowski into Gordon, so he could heard what he was saying, and it was GAME ON!

Firsts started flying, it was an all-out brawl. When the dust settled, Brad was spitting out blood, and Gordon had a few scratches on him. Man Gordon's getting mean in his old age!

Mackena Bell To Make NASCAR Nationwide Series Debut With Rick Ware Racing





 
 
 
 
Mackena Bell To Make NASCAR Nationwide Series Debut With Rick Ware Racing
PHOENIX, Ariz. (November 4, 2014) - - Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) confirmed today that NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) driver Mackena Bell will compete in Saturday's DAV 200 at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Speedway.
By taking the green flag behind the No. 23 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet, Bell will become the only female graduate of NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program to compete at a NASCAR national series level.
Bell, a native of Carson City, Nevada recently completed her second season of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competition driving for Rev Racing. She finished 16th in points and posted one top-10 finish in the season-opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.
Of course, the intensity and competition level will increase ten-fold in the penultimate race of the NASCAR Nationwide Series season, but the 24-year is old is eager to turn heads.
"I'm just going to enjoy every minute of it," said Bell. "For so long, I've put so much pressure on myself to do something, to prove something, that I've not always enjoyed the ride. This race will be different. I'm going to enjoy this opportunity and learn as much as possible.
"This series is very competitive and there are a lot of teams with huge sponsors and great backing. Running for a little team gives you the chance to just take it all in, experience the differences and not feel the pressure, or expectation of setting the world on fire. I'm really looking forward to it."
Team principal Rick Ware is equally excited to see Bell's progression throughout the weekend, as well as finesse behind the wheel in her NASCAR Nationwide Series debut.
"We could not be more thrilled to have Mackena behind the wheel of a Rick Ware Racing car this weekend at Phoenix," said Ware. "She exemplifies everything we look for in a young, ambitious driver. No doubt that she has a lot to learn in a short period of time, but I think she'll be fine. I know she's looking forward to this week, so we'll give it all we have to make sure her Nationwide debut is one to remember."
Of course, RWR is no stranger to working and breeding young talent throughout various forms of Motorsports. This weekend, the organization will continue to live up to its standards and introduce the second female to drive for the team this season.
"Mackena is a female who's worked hard to get where she is at today," he said. "It's easy for anyone to say that she is getting this opportunity because she is a female. But, she's earned it. She does a great job behind the wheel of a racecar and even though her learning curve is steep, she'll do fine at Phoenix. We'll build on it and see what's next."
The DAV 200 – Honoring America's Veterans is set for Saturday, November 8. The 200-lap contest is scheduled to air live on ESPN, the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90 beginning at 1:30 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to fly at 2:15 p.m. local; 4:15 p.m. Eastern.
For more on Mackena Bell, follow her on Twitter or visit her Facebook page.
Rick Ware Racing is on Twitter. Follow them @RickWareRacing.
About Rick Ware Racing:
 
Rick Ware Racing (RWR) has competed in every NASCAR sanctioned series, ARCA Series, the WMA Motocross Series, AMA Arenacross, Motocross and Supercross Series, Summer X-Games and Rolex Grand-Am Series.

PHOTO CAPTION: Mackena Bell, driver of the No. 23 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet Camaro for Rick Ware Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.  

 
Media Contact:
Lisa Ware


Thursday, October 30, 2014

It Was Time For Dale Jr. To Win at Martinsville

Written By: Tony Marchand
TheTunnelTurn.com




After coming close so many times, Dale Jr. has found his his way to victory lane at Martinsville!

During a post race interview, Dale Jr. talked about how when he was a little boy, his daddy had a Martinsville grandfather clock sitting by the front door in his house. There was a round carpet in front of the clock in which Dale would play with his matchbox cars on, dreaming of the day when he would follow in his daddy's footsteps, and win himself one of those big-ole grandfather clocks.

That dream became a reality on Sunday, during a restart when the green flag dropped with four-ta-go, the 88 nudged the 14 of Stewart out-of-the-way to take the lead; Dale never looked back!

The irony in all of this is, if Jr. had won this race last week, he'd still be in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase.

This is Dale Earnhardt's fourth win of the season; what a ride for Jr, Nation!








Friday, October 17, 2014

Daniel Suarez / Win-Tron Racing fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola Fast Facts



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Suarez, No. 35 ARRIS Toyota Tundra,

fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola Fast Facts

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race No. 18, fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Talladega, Alabama 

 

Race Information: Event: fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola, Saturday, October 18 at 12:00 p.m. Local Time Track: Talladega (Ala.) Speedway Qualifying: Friday, October 17 at 4:45 p.m. Local Time Track Length: 2.66-mile paved oval.

 

Welcome To The Team: Last week, Win-Tron Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) jointly announced that current NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series driver and former NASCAR Next member Daniel Suarez will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut this weekend at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, driving the No. 35 ARRIS Toyota Tundra.

 

About ARRIS: ARRIS is a global innovator in IP, video and broadband technology. They have continually worked with our customers to transform the experience of entertainment and communications for millions of people around the world. The people of ARRIS are dedicated to the success of our customers, bringing a passion for invention that has fueled our history: They created digital TV, delivered the first wireless broadband gateway and are pioneering the standards and pathways for tomorrow's personalized, Ultra HD, multiscreen, and cloud services.

 

They are dedicated to meeting today's challenges and preparing for the tasks the future holds. Collaborating with our customers, ARRIS will continue to solve the most pressing challenges of 21st century communications. Together, they are inventing the future. For more information: www.arrisi.com

 

Looking To Win Again: Daniel Suarez, 22, is looking to score his third win of the 2014 season in the United States. Suarez started off the season with back-to-back wins in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway and Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (backstretch location) driving for Rev Racing.

 

Former Talladega Winner: Win-Tron Racing is a former race winner at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. In 2012, Win-Tron Racing guided Brandon McReynolds to his first career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250, after starting 10th.

 

Locked In: Monterrey, Mexico native Daniel Suarez is guaranteed to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in Saturday's fred's 250, as Win-Tron Racing has competed in every race this season. Currently, the team sits 18th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner standings, well above the cutoff point of 25th.

 

Chassis Intel: Veteran crew chief Mark Rette, has elected to bring Win-Tron Racing chassis number 041 to the 2.66-mile superspeedway this weekend. The truck in its first showing with Win-Tron Racing, will be powered by a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota motor.

 

Win-Tron Racing, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway Pre-Race Quotes:

Daniel Suarez, driver of the No. 35 ARRIS Toyota Tundra:

 

On His Talladega Outlook: "I'm super excited to be racing for the first time on a superspeedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. I'm looking forward to learning this weekend and end with a good result in our No. 35 ARRIS / Telcel Toyota Tundra for everyone at Win-Tron and Joe Gibbs Racing."

 

Win-Tron Racing, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway Pre-Race Quotes:

Nate Thiesse, owner of the No. 35 ARRIS Toyota Tundra:

 

On Daniel Suarez Joining The Team: "We're ecstatic about this partnership with Daniel (Suarez) and Joe Gibbs Racing for Talladega. Daniel firmly represents everything that Win-Tron Racing stands for and we feel that he'll excel in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut."

 

On Team's Outlook For Talladega This Weekend: "This is all about learning for Daniel. There's a lot to inhale in your NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut, especially at Talladega. We want to make sure Daniel's comfortable with the truck. From there, we just hope that we've prepared a good enough truck for him to draft to an exciting finish."

 

PRIOR RESULTS:

 

Daniel Suarez, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway Prior Performance Record:

 

Daniel Suarez has no prior starts at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway    

 

The freds' 250 powered by Coca-Cola is the 18th of 22 races on the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. The event will be televised live on FOX, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90 on Saturday afternoon, October 18 beginning at 12:30 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to drop at approximately 1:22 p.m. All times Eastern. 

         

Fast Links:

 

Driver: Daniel Suarez on the web: DanySuarez.com or follow him on Twitter @dnlsuarez.

 

Team: Win-Tron Racing on the web: Win-TronRacing.com or follow them on Twitter @WinTronRacing.  

 

Marketing Partner: ARRIS on the web: www.arrisi.com.

 

Sanction: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: NASCAR.com.

 

About Win-Tron Racing:

 

Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing (Win-TronRacing.com / @WinTronRacing) is the home of one the most potent ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards single-car operations. Owned by former racers Kevin Cywinski and Nate Thiesse, the team since has acquired the assets of County Joe Racing, becoming a favorable fixture on the circuit. Since Win-Tron Racing's inception in 2007, the team has hosted a variety of drivers including leading drivers James Buescher, Blake Bjorklund, Justin Marks, Matt Merrell and Brandon McReynolds to their first career ARCA victories. In 2014, the team will begin its eighth year of competition with a full-time presence in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

 

About Joe Gibbs Racing:

 

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) is one of the premier organizations in NASCAR, currently fielding three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams, three NASCAR Nationwide Series teams and a driver development program.  Its driver lineup consists of Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth in the Sprint Cup Series with Carl Edwards joining the organization in 2015. Meanwhile Elliott Sadler, Sam Hornish, Drew Herring, Daniel Suarez, Darrell Wallace, Jr. and Michael McDowell join Busch and Kenseth to compete in the Nationwide Series. In addition, Darrell Wallace, Jr. is currently driving a full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series behind the wheel of a Kyle Busch Motorsports Tundra and Cody Coughlin enters JGR's driver development program and will compete in the ARCA Series for Venturini Motorsports.  Based in Huntersville, N.C., and owned by Joe Gibbs – a three-time Super Bowl winner as head coach of the Washington Redskins and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame – JGR has competed in NASCAR since 1992, winning three Cup Series championships, and four Nationwide Series owner's championships along with more than 200 NASCAR races, including three Brickyard 400s and the 1993 Daytona 500.

 

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Bryan Silas; T3R2 Hopes To Reel In Competition At Talladega Superspeedway





Bryan Silas; T3R2 Hopes To Reel In Competition At Talladega Superspeedway

TALLADEGA, Alabama (October 16, 2014) - - T3R2 with driver Bryan Silas heads to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway this weekend looking for their third top-10 finish of the season, with new partner HUK Performance Fishing in Saturday afternoon's fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola.

Anglers are united by a single piece of equipment: the HUK (pronounced hook). From freshwater to salt, offshore to inshore, bait to artificial, spinning to casting, to fly, their passion is all the same. HUK performance apparel unites all anglers regardless of their pursuit.

To welcome HUK Performance Fishing's apparel line, soon to hit the online market, as well as store shelves, the company will utilize the 18th race of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season to reel in potential customers. Silas's No. 99 Chevrolet Silverado will feature a colorful underwater paint-scheme to attribute to their marketing partners' platform designed by renowned artist K.C. Scott.

Scott, a former professional golfer's passion for art and the underwater world, fueled the design concept for Silas's truck, which will also carry pink truck numbers this weekend at Talladega, in support of national Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

"I'm looking forward to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, especially with our new partner HUK Performance Fishing," said driver Bryan Silas. "Restrictor plate racing is always mentally challenging, but Talladega has been one of my better restrictor plate tracks. We plan to "HUK" onto the draft and stay near the front and (hopefully) contend for the win."

Silas, a native of Stuart, Florida will make his fifth start at the 2.66 mile superspeedway this weekend.

Overall, the Mooresville, North Carolina-based T3R2 team led by veteran crew chief Cal Boprey has steadily been earning a reason to be in the spotlight with several solid performances, including a respectable 12th place finish in the Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, the most recent race.

"I can't say enough how impressed I am with our team," offered Silas. "We've come a long way this season. We've made improvements with our truck, I've become a better driver and it's showing with our on-track results. We still have a lot of work to do, but we're heading in the right direction and that's the type of momentum that could lead us to another strong finish at Talladega.

"Talladega is a place where you have to be at the right place at the right time, plus have some drafting help too. The last time Cal and I were at Talladega together we finished 12th. This weekend, we'll be disappointed with that. If we can play the drafting game right, I'm hoping we'll be in a position to get our No. 99 HUK Performance Fishing Chevrolet Silverado another top-10, if not better, when the checkered flag waives."

The freds' 250 powered by Coca-Cola is the 18th of 22 races on the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. The event will be televised live on FOX, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90 on Saturday afternoon, October 18 beginning at 12:30 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to drop at approximately 1:22 p.m. All times Eastern. 

For additional input on HUK Performance Fishing, please log on to HUKgear.com.

For more on Bryan Silas please visit, BryanSilasRacing.com or tweet with him @BryanSilas99.

Visit KScottart.com for more on K.C. Scott and his art line.

Follow T3R2 on Twitter by following @T3Racing.

PHOTO CAPTION: The layout of the No. 99 HUK Performance Fishing Chevrolet Silverado for T3R2 driver Bryan Silas in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).

Friday, September 5, 2014

Go Big Or Go Home For Reid Wilson At Southern National




Go Big Or Go Home For Reid Wilson At Southern National

KENLY, North Carolina (September 4, 2014) - - Make no mistake, X-1R Pro Cup Series competitor Reid Wilson is on the verge of winning a race.

In fact, victory should have been his in last month's Food County 200 at Motor Mile (Va.) Speedway, but a mechanical failure while leading inside the final laps of the race left the driver of the No. 66 Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits Chevrolet with a bittersweet taste in his mouth.

So, if Wilson approaches Saturday night's Gold Leaf 200 at Southern National (N.C.) Motorsports Park (SNMP) with a "go big or go home" attitude, it's easy to understand why.

"It still stings a little," said Wilson when thinking about the most recent race on the schedule. "We had an extremely fast No. 66 Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits Chevrolet and we were hooked up on the track. Just when I thought everything was going to go our way, we got bit, again. But there's that saying, 'when you get knocked down seven times, you stood up eight.'

"We've had a little bit of a break to get our car ready for this weekend's race. It's an important race and one that can ultimately decide how the rest of our season can play out, but we're focused. Focused on trying to win and (finally) sealing the deal."

Statistically speaking, Wilson's record at Southern National has been impressive. In the most recent race, the 2014 season-debut for the X-1R Pro Cup Series, the 18-year old reeled in his then career-best finish of third. In his other race, Wilson finished 10th after starting seventh.

This weekend though, Wilson can't afford a 10th, and probably not even a third, so part of his "go big or go home" mentality focuses on putting his Reid Wilson Racing team in contention for the win under the lights Saturday night.

"I've come to like Southern National," Wilson continued. "It's a good track with the opportunity to race. I struggled a little bit in my first race there last year, but this season we came out of the box strong and finished third. With Saturday night's being the first of the championship races, we can't afford to be a slouch. We have to be on our game and try and stay ahead of our competitors. If for some reason we can't compete for the trophy this weekend, we just need to leave there with the best finish possible. Tire conservation will be crucial."

This weekend's Gold Leaf 200 is the first of four championship races on the X-1R Pro Cup Series tour, which will ultimately decide the champion in October at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

With the points reset, the Huntersville, North Carolina native enters the ninth race of the season just five points from the lead.

"I love this championship series," offered Wilson. "Not only does it allow us a shot at the championship title, but it also allows us to close out the year at some of my favorite tracks on the schedule. These four races aren't going to be easy by any means. It's anyone's game. In order for us to contend though, we just have to keep doing what we've done all year and hope that dots will all connect so we can go to Hickory next month and still be in the fight." 

Should all the stars align and Wilson cap off his first full-season of X-1R Pro Cup Series competition with the championship accolades, he would become the youngest champion in series' history. That in itself leaves the promising teenager a young man on a mission.

"I love competing in this series," Wilson sounded. "It's a great series that has taught me an awful lot. If we can win the championship – it would be neat to become the youngest champion ever, but there's still plenty of racing to do before we can even dream about that opportunity. We need to make sure we're doing everything we can to bring fast and competitive No. 66 Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits Chevrolet to the racetracks. Then, it's staying focused for the race and just hoping that the points will take care of themselves."

In addition to Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits, Cheerwine serves as an associate marketing partner on the No. 66 entry. Veteran short track specialist Mike Herman Sr. will serve as the crew chief for the racer, who in 2012 at age 15, was dubbed as one of "NASCAR's future prospects to watch" by Motorsports Analytics.

The Gold Leaf 200 is set for Saturday night, September 6 with a scheduled green flag shortly after 7:00 p.m.

For more on Reid Wilson, please visit ReidWilsonRacing.com or click on his Facebook page. 

Wilson tweets too. Follow him @reidwilson66.

CONTACT:

NAME: Rita Wilson 

PHONE: 704.892.3983

EMAIL: rita@reidwilsonracing.com

 
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