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Apr
26

TODAY’S RACING NEWS LINKS

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Walmart Brings Affordability, Accessibility to Michigan NASCAR Fans

Big-name NASCAR drivers need to pick up speed in Sprint Cup Series

Going green in NASCAR means fewer cautions, crashes

Debate:2012 Richmond: Toyota NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Tidbits

Debate:Should NASCAR juice races by throwing more cautions?

Can Nascar Help Sell Ford’s Electric Focus?

What's Up With Kyle Busch In 2012?

Will Richmond end the latest caution debate in NASCAR?

IndyCar: Andretti Autosport's James Hinchcliffe Is Ready to Take the Next Step

Team Penske seeks to continue IndyCar dominance in Brazil

JR Motorsports (Cole Whitt / Danica Patrick) Richmond International Raceway Preview

INDYCAR: Team Chevy Racing ready for debut on the streets of Sao Paulo

The chase is on for teen driver Elliott

'The best short track we have'

Travis Pastrana ready to make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Richmond

CUP: Goodyear Tire Test At Pocono Q&A

CUP: Winning Becoming More Critical

Dodge City Raceway Park Set for USAC Midget Double

In NASCAR, cautions are bad, except when they are good

Who Will Win the Richmond 400 in NASCAR Sprint Cup? Here’s a Fan’s Top Seven

NASCAR 101: Keeping cool

NASCAR drivers give double thumbs up to Pocono Raceway resurfacing

Donny Schatz wins at Farmer City Raceway

Hines Chases Border Wars Title

Tony Stewart's # 14 Sprint Cup car at Motorsports 2012

NEWS FROM:
MOTORSPORTS 2012 PRESENTED BY VP’S SEF SMALL ENGINE FUELS
RACE CAR AND TRADE SHOW
Promoter: Len Sammons @ 609.888.3618
MEDIA CONTACT: Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc.
Ernie Saxton @ 215.752.7797
Fax: 215.752.1518
Cell: 267.934.7286
Email: Esaxton144@aol.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PLEASE WITH OUR THANKS
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BIG CROWDS MAKE MOTORSPORTS 2012 A SUCCESS STORY FOR 27TH YEAR

OAKS, PA January 23, 2011 . . . Large crowds jammed the aisles and exhibitors did brisk business at the Motorsports 2012 Presented by SEF Small Engine Fuels Race Car and Trade Show. Racers, fans and promoters filled the three day show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center to see just about everything imaginable in motorsports. Attendance was up considerably over past years for Friday and on the closing day, Sunday. A big crowd filled the Expo on Saturday despite the first winter storm to hit the area this season.
NASCAR Sprint Cup star Matt Kenseth, four time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday, drag racing legend Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, five time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion crew chief Chad Knaus, former NASCAR star now SPEED TV personality Jimmy Spencer and a host of other well known figures in the sport were on hand to visit with fans and sign autographs.
“Our sales were good this year and every year. We know the market, the people know we are going to be here and give them good prices,” said Jeff Behrent of Behrent’s Performance Warehouse (Florida, NY).
Other vendors, filling more than 600 exhibit areas, shared the same enthusiasm about the show with several already making plans to return with the show takes place again in January, 2013.
No less than 250 race vehicles representing a wide variety of motorsports were won display and enjoyed by the fans.
Attendees also had the opportunity to visit various speedway displays collecting information on the 2012 season that will help them make plans for the events they want to attend.
“We do this show to meet the racing public, get exposure, and give something back to the sport, “ said VP Racing Fuels’ Fred Turza. “The Motorsports show has been excellent for what we are trying to achieve.”
One of the many highlights of the show was the annual BPG Racing Ms Motorsports Pageant won this year by Ms. Samantha Legas. The 20-year-old resident of Savannah, NY picked up $1,500 as the new Ms. Motorsports and will now represent the show through a number of personal appearances at motorsports events throughout 2012.
“I never expected to win Ms. Motorsports since I never had entered a pageant before,” said Legas. “I enjoy modeling, I enjoy racing and this is an opportunity to do both. I’m really looking forward to it.”
First Runner-up was 21-year-old Kasey Missimer of Bechtelsville, PA representing NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway. Kasey also has the opportunity to be Miss AARN. Should Legas not be able to fulfill her obligations as Ms. Motorsports Kasey would step in.
Second Runner-up honors went to Mindy English of Addison, NY. The Dangerous Wines Swimsuit Winner was Kimmie Trout of Reading, PA.
The MetalFab sponsored Sunday activities included the Little Miss Motorsports Pageant with eight year old Carlee Strunk, daughter of 358 Modified racer Glenn Strunk, of Bechtelsville, PA earning the title. First Runner-up was Brianna Carter of New Egypt, NJ with Second Runner-up honors going to Kylie Murray of Pottstown, PA.
In the Tiny Miss Motorsports Pageant seven year old Samantha Idele of Southampton, NJ walked off with the top prize while First Runner-up honors went to Raclyn Eisenhard who calls Reading, PA home. Second Runner-up was Samantha Grice of Newark, Delaware.
Also on Sunday Joshua Fisher lead Jacob Reinfendifer and Cody West across the finish line in the 7-9 bracket of the Big Wheel racing action. Shane Rothman was tops in the 5-6 year old class with Bryce Smith and Gunnar Zeiner (son of late model racer Zane Zeiner) following. Mia Hirschman, granddaughter of asphalt modified racer Tony Hirschman Sr., won the 3-4 year old feature with Mackenzie Adams and Lainden Hinds finishing second and third.
Best Booth Awards were earned by:
Best In Show: Four Star Lettering
Best Commercial Booth: DMI
Best Quarter Midget Booth: Doylestown Quarter Midgets (Honeybrook)
Best Vintage Club: Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club
Best Speedway Booth: NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway
Best Car Award went to:
Best Stock Car: Matt Jester (BD Media Booth)
Best Open Cockpit Car: Nick Schlauch, Sr. (Lincoln Speedway Booth)
Best Drag Car: Mike Clayboss 1970 Buick (VP Booth)
Best Vintage Stock Car: Frankie Schneider Sedan (Nazareth Reunion)
Best Vintage Open Cockpit Car: “White Phantom” (Flemington Historical)
Plans for the 2013 edition the Motorsports show will be announced shortly. Companies wishing to get on the mailing list to receive 2013 exhibitor information, which will be available in less than a month, can do so by writing to motorsports@aarn.com. Fans can also join the mailing list by writing to the same address.
“We would love to hear from show attendees/fans/racers with their opinions about the show,” said show producer Len Sammons. “We are always looking for suggestions regarding the show. We think we had a great show this time around but we always feel there is room for improvement.”

MEDIA NOTE: Our thanks to all of you for making this another successful event. Ernie Saxton on behalf of Len Sammons Productions.

ERNIE SAXTON COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
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Aug
22

Philippe, Power Injured at Sonoma

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Nelson Philippe and Will Power were hospitalized after a practice crash at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA today, according to a statement issued by the IndyCar Racing Series.  A third driver, EJ Viso, was also involved in the incident but was uninjured.

Both drivers suffered concussions with Power breaking two veterbra in his back.  Philippe underwent surgery for a broken left foot.

The report says that Philippe lost control exiting turn 3 on the road course and then was struck by Viso's car and then finally by Power.

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Jul
27

Alabama to Host Indy Racing in 2010

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The Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL announced today that the Indy Racing League has signed a three-year deal to bring Indy car racing to the Alabama track. The inaugural "Indy Grand Prix of Alabama" is scheduled for the April 9-11 weekend of 2010.

The Indy Racing League held a practice session on the 2.38-mile road course in March 2009. At 45 feet, the track is slightly wider than Watkins Glen International. Officials are hoping to draw 100,000 spectators over the three-day weekend.

The Barber Motorsports Park is located about 50 miles west of Talladega Superspeedway, where NASCAR typically races on the last weekend of April.

Click here for the official press release.

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Jun
30

George Steps Down at IMS

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Tony George will no longer be president and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- a position he's held since 1990 -- according to a statement released by the Speedway today. He will be replaced by IMS executive Jeffrey G. Belskus. George will remain on the Board of Directors for both the IMS and the Indy Racing League.

The announcement was made by George's mother, Mari Hulman-George, chairman of the board.

"Our board had asked Tony to structure our executive staff to create efficiencies in our business structure and to concentrate his leadership efforts in the Indy Racing League. He has decided that with the recent unification of open-wheel racing and the experienced management team IMS has cultivated over the years, now would be the time for him to concentrate on his [IRL] team ownership of Vision Racing with his family and other personal business interests he and his family share."

"Tony will remain on the Board of Directors of all of our companies, and he will continue to work with the entire board to advance the interests of all our companies."

Read the full Associated Press release at ESPN.com.

For more information about Jeffrey Belskus, read the official release from IMS.

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