This is the first time the K&N Pro Series West Series has visited State Line since 1985 and Jack Sellers is the only entrant who has experience on the .25 mile oval.
Familiar name wins NASCAR race in France
Torrey Galida Promoted to President of RCR.
Big time congrats to a real professional.
Racers Drive is preparing to head to the Monterey Peninsula this weekend to support the BTM Motorwerks team of drivers, Brad McClure & Mike Sekhon as they compete in the next round of the United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC).
2013 TC Champion and BTM Motorwerks principal, Brad will be driving his beautiful 996/911 Porsche as he attempts to move to the top of the 2014 GT championship standings and compete for the race win at Laguna Seca.
2014 TC Rookie of the year leader Mike Sekhon is 3rd in the overall standings and will be driving his BTM Motorwerks built and prepared M3 BMW.
Overall BTM Motorwerks is the class of the field and is leading the Team Championship and both Brad and Michael know that with a little luck that they have the cars and crews capable of delivering the wins in both their respective classes.
The scheduled USTCC on-track activity for the BTM team is as follows:
9:00 – 9:20 – Practice #1
11:05 – 11:25 – Qualifying Session #1
1:40 – 2:15 – Practice #1
9:20 – 9:55 – Qualifying Session #2
1:15 – 1:50 – Feature Race.
Ouch! Ricky Stenhouse, his team owner and crew chief are all penalized after post race inspection at Sonoma brings infractions to light.
Historic Weekend Set for Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway.
Racers from 4 different country’s and 13 different states to compete this weekend.
Jessica Dana from Olympia, Washington to join 3 other female racers (including Herschel McGriff’s Grandaughter Maria McGriff) in the 3rd annual Summer Showdown which is quickly becoming the key race on the Whelen All American Late Model Calendar.
Jack Sellers Racing Sonoma Report!
June 21, 2014 was not the greatest day I’ve ever experienced in racing but we had some significant highlights despite the troubles we encountered during the race.
During qualifying Thomas Martin was atop the board for a good part of the 4 section euro qualifying format with Michael Shawhan in 4th for a time. Both achieved significant improvements over their practice times with Thomas running a 1:19.1 and Michael just a tick slower at a 1:20.0. Ultimately Thomas would start 11th and Michael a very solid 17th.
Team Principal Jack Sellers qualifying run was delayed and thwarted by a competitors crash but Jack was still in the show starting 25th.
Under instructions from Team Manager, John Krebs to take care of their machinery, brakes and tires all three JSR racers ran competitive early laps with Thomas and Michael running comfortably with both in or near the top 10 as the competition started having issues.
At the halfway mandatory pit stop things unraveled a bit for Thomas Martin as his car refused to go into gear finally requiring a push start. Then while trundling around under yellow the car went to full neutral and required a push into the pits where the RJ Godett led #5 JSR crew dove underneath the car and unstuck the shifter rods and Thomas was back underway.
He drove some great laps and was back on the lead lap when with just 5 laps to go in the 64 lap race he was forced into the wall as he charged back into what looked to be a top 5 finish.
Under the circumstances this was a very disappointing result for championship contender, Thomas & the #5 JSR Racers Drive sponsored stock c
Lap 42 was the lap of doom for both Michael Shawhan and Team Principal Jack Sellers.
Running his first NASCAR race with support from BTM Motorwerks/Racers Drive & Steve from Dave’s Mobile Crane, Michael came out of the competition yellow loaded for bear running in 12th place and dicing with Cup regulars Justin Allgaier, Austin Dillon and Michael Annett.
Searching for those extra inches and an edge Michael bounced his #11 JSR Stock Car carving the outside curb at turn 4 and when the rear of the car returned to earth the left rear axle broke giving him drive to only one wheel and bringing him limping into the pit lane.
The Jake Koens led #11 crew immediately pulled the axel and prepared to insert a new one but unfortunately the broken axel end was on the inside closest to the pumpkin and had fallen inside the center housing requiring a push back to the paddock.
Pulling the diff and broken axel end took too long to make it back into the race and so Michaels NASCAR debut ended officially on lap 42 and in 25th place.
Despite the finish, Team Manager John Krebs and the whole JSR team were very impressed with Michaels performance as he ran competitive laps and was close to the top 10 all day.
Even after suffering a broken axel Michael’s machinery and tires were in great shape and he would have probably joined his teammate Thomas Martin in the top 10 with a bit kinder treatment from the notorious Sonoma berms.
Jack Sellers had a nice solid run going until an off course excursion caused a flat tire and then rushing to get back on pace he slid off course on lap 42 ( there’s that lap again) at the fast and tricky turn 8 and hit the tire barrier doing some significant body damage. Luckily Jack walked away unhurt albeit in 26th place.
At the end of the race the JSR team assessed and reviewed the damage on Thomas’s and Jack’s cars and loaded up all three and prepared to head back to the team’s headquarters in Roseville California.
The JSR crew is resigned to some long hours of work ahead as they not only have to repair the road course rides but more immediately get their short track cars ready for the next K&N Pro Series West race at State Line Speedway in Idaho on July 12th.
ONE FINAL SONOMA NOTE: Huge thanks to hospitality maven’s Robin Osborne and Ellie Cesario for their tireless efforts to make everyone feel welcome as they support the madman who I become on race day and more importantly the JSR drivers, crew and VIP’s who make it possible for us to do what we love to do – Go Racing! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Be advised that competitive & affordable seats, supported by a professional crew are available for select races over the course of the remainder of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season on an “Arrive & Drive” basis with Jack Sellers Racing (JSR).
Contact Mike Cesario at Mike@RacersDrive.com or on the phone call Mike at 408-220-3167.