Lupton wins at Kern County after Pursley is Blackflagged – Thomas Martin finishes 5th

August 31st, 2014

Well that was exciting!

Greg Pursley was black-flagged for jumping the green-white restart, then penalized post race and ended up 9th while Dylan Lupton managed to track him down and win on the track at Kern County Raceway Park.

Jack Sellers Racing lead driver Thomas Martin ran a smart and solid race inside the top 10 all night to record his 2nd top 5 of the season.  His JSR teammate Justin Funkhouser had his best finish to date securing 7th place which could have been even better except for a a soft brake pedal on the restart.  Jack Sellers battled a hot seat and high cockpit temperatures to finish 13th.

All in all it was good night for the Jack Sellers Race team with the crew provided some outstanding support and making positive adjustments on all three cars  during the midway break of the race.

Greg Pursley jumps the start at Kern County and is black-flagged for his troubles.

Greg Pursley jumps the start at Kern County and is black-flagged for his troubles.

 

Dylon Lupton celebrates his Kern County win in Victory Lane.

Dylon Lupton celebrates his Kern County win in Victory Lane.

A full race report is available by going to the following link:

http://hometracks.nascar.com/NKNPS-West_Race-Recap_Second_Win_Goes_Dylan-Lupton_Way_083014

The next NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race will be at Miller Motorsports Park on Saturday September 13th at which time the usual cadre of JSR drivers are scheduled to be joined by NASCAR European Whelan Series French racer Anthony Garbarino and Scorpus Racing America.  Viva La France!

 

 

Antonio DiPasquale is at Watkins Glen with the Challenge Club Racing Series

August 29th, 2014

Here’s our good friend Antonio DiPasquale of the Southern California based Italian Tuning Group who is managing the engineering and mechanical support for the Lamborghini factory entry in the Super Trofeo Series.

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Antonio diPasquale

Rumor has it that Antonio is at Watkins Glen this weekend in support of the Challenge Club Racing (CCR) Series for 430 and older Ferrari’s. I’m sure his drivers and cars will be the beneficiary’s of Antonio’s Italian trained commitment and expertise.10635760_684417591647006_6490544950998361277_n

Tony Stewart Cleared to Race by NASCAR – Statement by Steve O’Donnell

August 28th, 2014

Good news.  Time to move on.

Statement from Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President

And Chief Racing Development Officer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 28, 2014) – “Tony Stewart has received all necessary clearances required to return to all racing activities, and therefore is eligible to compete this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. NASCAR has remained in constant contact with his race team, and we will stay very close to this situation as Stewart returns to competition.”

NASCAR President Mike Helton will participate in a media availability in the Atlanta Motor Speedway media center on Friday at 2 p.m. ET. NASCAR will have no further comment until that time.

This availability will be streamed live on www.nascar.com/presspass. A transcript will be available approximately one hour after the availability.

Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart

 

SVRA continues to Merge into a National Vintage Organization

August 26th, 2014

http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2014/08/26/major-forces-in-vintage-racing-merge/?refer=news68-Lotus-56-Indy-Turbine-Car-Bruce-Linsmeyer-No-60-2-700x52773-Porsche-911-Todd-Treffert-No-14-700x466

NASCAR K&N West Preview of Kern County race from NASCARHomeTracks.com

August 25th, 2014
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Charlie Silva and JSR team principal, Jack Sellers

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Jack Sellers Racing’s 3 car lineup

David Mayhew returns to his home track and will try and close the gap to points leader Greg Pursley.

Thomas Martin on the pre-grid

Thomas Martin on the pre-grid

Jesse Little and Taylor Cuzick return to the series at Kern County where they will be joined this weekend by 20 other entrants including Jack Sellers Racing Drivers Thomas Martin, Justin Funkhouser and Jack Stewart.

http://hometracks.nascar.com/nknps-west_news-notes_kern_083014

Welshman Jake Rattenbury is Racing a Lamborghini this weekend at VIR.

August 24th, 2014
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Jake Rattenbury

 

Mike Cesario, Antonio diPasquale & Nicky Pastorelli at Long Beach during their participation with the West Racing Lamborghini ALMS team.

Mike Cesario, Antonio diPasquale & Nicky Pastorelli at Long Beach during their participation with the West Racing Lamborghini ALMS team.

Antonio DiPasquale of the Italian Tuning Group in Anaheim is spearheading the mechanical and engineering support for the works Lamborghini team with Euro driver, Jake Rattenbury, driving at VIR this weekend.

http://squadracorse.lamborghini.com/en/super-trofeo-north-america/news/details/1/1/1/european-star-rattenbury-adapting-quickly-to-new-culture-track-during-drive-in-north-america/?cHash=9de138e72e04f2f0f8183fd0d66f2b2c

NASCAR & ESPN Coordinate Massive Marketing Chase Campaign

August 23rd, 2014

NASCAR And ESPN Collaborate To Rally Fans Behind Their Favorite Driver For The Launch Of The 2014 Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 23, 2014) –- NASCAR today will unveil the biggest, most engaging marketing campaign in the history of the sport to promote the all new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™. At the heart of the effort is a collaboration with ESPN that features five original television spots, an educational video, and an extensive social media push that will rally fans, teams, tracks, and partners around The Chase® like never before.Target-NASCAR-Larson-Kyle.jpg&maxW=431

The national marketing initiative will underscore the drama and excitement of NASCAR’s premier series’ new 10-race playoff format unveiled earlier this year.

“We made a bold decision at the beginning of the season to make our Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup all about winning,” said Brent Dewar, NASCAR chief operating officer. “Now that we’re just weeks away from the start of The Chase, NASCAR, working closely with ESPN, is going to market with a creative platform that is just as innovative and reflective of how important this moment is for our sport.”

The creative team tapped the star power of some of the sport’s most compelling drivers and was inspired by their respective legions of loyal fans. The most integrated marketing effort the sanctioning body has ever put forth highlights the passion, language and motifs of competition – establishing drivers, automotive manufacturers and their corresponding teams as unique “nations,” with the fans as their loyal followers.

The fully integrated collaboration between NASCAR and ESPN is the first of its kind with a broadcast partner for the sanctioning body. Working with one agency, Ogilvy & Mather New York, NASCAR and ESPN achieve a singular vision and narrative that will extend from the track to the race broadcast.

“The campaign celebrates this bold and transformational moment in NASCAR’s history, taking fans along for the ride and accentuating the drama and intensity of the new elimination format as each round unfolds.” said Scott Parker, vice president of marketing at ESPN.

The first creative element to be released was an online video titled “Spreading the Word,” which NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch shared across social media on Aug. 18. The two-minute video educates fans about the new Chase format, introduces The Chase Grid and begins to call together the drivers’ nations.

Today, the first of five spots will be released, which follows the teams, drivers and fans from every corner of NASCAR as they gear up for The Chase. Subsequent 30-second spots will be released for each round of The Chase. The spots, which will air throughout NASCAR’s postseason on ESPN and ABC, include the voices of Marty Smith, Allen Bestwick, Nicole Briscoe, Ryen Russillo, Jamie Little, Barney Hall, Scott Van Pelt, Mike Greenberg, Brad Daugherty and Rusty Wallace. The Chase kicks off at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 14 (2 p.m. ET on ESPN).

Fans, drivers, teams and sponsors are invited to pledge their allegiance to their favorite Chase drivers by sharing content on social media using the hashtag #MyChaseNation. Lucky fan winners will be picked to have their Twitter handle featured on their favorite driver’s car at select races during The Chase.

Additionally, The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup marketing will include at-track signage as well as print and digital promotional assets that will allow tracks, team sponsors and NASCAR Official Partners to extend the campaign theme. Tying the concept together are unique flags that represent each Chase driver and their nation. The flags will be woven into the various campaign elements, including digital banners and fan memorabilia, among others, and will serve to rally fans and inspire spirited rivalry.

In January, NASCAR announced that The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will be expanded for 2014 and beyond to include 16 drivers, and divided into four rounds – the Challenger Round, Contender Round, Eliminator Round and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. A race win in the first three rounds automatically qualifies a driver for the next round.

NASCAR will crown its 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion at the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16 (3 p.m. ET, ESPN). The top finisher among the four remaining Chase drivers will win the championship.

The educational video can be viewed here: “Spreading the Word”

The first television spot can be viewed here: “Hype”

The next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be the Irwin Tools Night Race from Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The race will be broadcast live on ABC, PRN, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, with additional coverage on NASCAR.com.

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) governs the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and follow NASCAR at www.Facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.

About NASCAR on ESPN

ESPN produces comprehensive, multi-platform coverage featuring telecasts of the final 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup races, including the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Additionally, ESPN is the television home of the NASCAR Nationwide Series. ESPN’s NASCAR coverage extends to ESPN.com, SportsCenter, ESPN the Magazine, WatchESPN, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPN on Xbox LIVE, ESPN Radio and ESPN International, among other ESPN platforms. ESPN aired 262 NASCAR Cup Races over a 20-year period starting in 1981 and returned to NASCAR coverage in 2007. The network’s award-winning, live flag-to-flag coverage on ESPN has been honored with 19 Sports Emmy Awards, as well as many industry honors. It is widely credited for helping to popularize the sport nationwide.

Contact:

Sabrina Macias

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

(212) 326-1838

smacias@nascar.com

 

Porsche 911 versus 928 – A Discussion

August 20th, 2014

http://forums.pelicanparts.com/porsche-928-technical-forum/819585-928-vs-911-a.html?utm_source=pelican_porschenewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20140820DSC_66411408471539DSC_65571408471644

NASCAR Camping World Truck race on TV tonite at Bristol

August 20th, 2014

http://www.jayski.com/news/campingworld/2014/story/_/page/2014cts13bristol-entry1332RJ1097

Ken Epsman has Big crash at Laguna Seca – Watch the video.

August 18th, 2014

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Our good friend and noted Vintage racer Ken Epsman lost a wheel and had a serious crash in his Monza this past weekend at Laguna Seca.  Thankfully Ken is ok and his historic and incredibly fast Chevy Monza only suffered minor damage.

Ken Epsman's Chevy Monza

Ken Epsman’s Chevy Monza

http://www.autoblog.com/2014/08/17/monterey-motorsports-reunion-tire-crash-video/