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Thursday, August 28, 2014

U.S. 43 Dragway Setup: Test & Tune: Weekly Bracket Racing

U.S. 43 Dragway
U.S. 43 Dragway in Ethridge TN will be open for test & tune on Friday (29th). Gates open at 6:00 pm.

Bracket racing is on deck for Saturday (30th). Classes set to run include:
  • Super Pro
  • No-Box
  • Jr. Dragster
Saturday Checklist
  • General Admission: $10
    • Kids Under 12: Free
  • Gates Open: 3:00 pm
  • Time Trials: 4:00

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Camping World Truck Setup: Mason Mingus

Mason Mingus
Mason Mingus
Being a rookie in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series allows you to inhale an array of experiences.

This weekend, for Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Mason Mingus, is no exception, as the tour heads North of the Border for an adventure at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, site of Sunday’s Silverado 250.

While Mingus, driver of the #35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra, doesn’t have much road course experience, the Brentwood native is known for being a fast learner and hopes to adapt those skills towards earning his Win-Tron Racing their second top-10 finish of the season.

Even though Mingus will make his NASCAR debut on the track’s 2.459-mile course, the 19-year old does have experience in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards where he made three road course racing starts at New Jersey Motorsport Park and Road America.

Furthermore, Mingus was able to capitalize on the opportunity to turn right and left, as he wrestled his Win-Tron Racing entry to three consecutive top-10 performances, including two last season, which aided him to claim second in the championship standings at season’s end.

Now, he hopes for similar success in Canada.

“I feel pretty good about Canada,” said Mingus. “I just finished up a few days at Bondurant to help me get ready for this weekend. There’s a lot of techniques when it comes to road course racing, so I want to make sure I’m on my game as much as possible.

"I don’t have the experience that some of the veterans do, but I feel like we will have a pretty good truck and the little background I do have should pay off. I’m doing everything I can to prepare myself for Sunday’s race.”

Undoubtedly, the time spent at the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving will aid Mingus in his mission to succeed this weekend, but the freshman NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver will also turn to the realistic computer simulator racing program, iRacing, to get him better equipped with the track’s 10-turn facility.

"iRacing is so life-like,” Mingus explained. “It has helped me a lot and I’m planning to spend some time on it this week before we have to leave. I want to see if I can’t learn some of the important braking points and things like that. This is the next best thing compared to actual track time to get me ready.”

Of course, the traditional strategy of staying on course is the key to earning a good finish on Sunday, but Mingus also knows that road course racing presents several variables that could allow his team to maneuver an even better finish than what they’re shooting for.

“You’re always looking for the best finish possible, but this is road racing,” Mingus added. “Things happen that can shuffle the strategy where a top-10 finish actually equates to a top-five finish. So we’re just going to stay on track and adjust our game plan as needed and hope we can get a great finish in our #35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra.”

Nate Thiesse, co-truck owner of Win-Tron Racing offered his thoughts entering Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

“Even though Mason doesn’t have a lot of experience on a road course, he’s shown that he can get the job done in the three ARCA races he did in the past,” he said. “He’s confident in our ability to bring him a good truck this weekend to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and we’re equally convinced he can do a similar, if not better job on the road course on Sunday. It’s an event that we’re looking forward to.”

Entering Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Mingus sits 12th in the championship standings, 74 markers from 10th place held by Jeb Burton. Mingus unofficially sits second in the Sunoco rookie of the year standings, behind current leader Ben Kennedy. (Win-Tron Racing)

Camping World

Weekly Schedule: 8/25 - 8/31/2014

Tuesday, August 26
  • Beech Bend Raceway Park: Tuesday Night Street Drags (setup)
    • Street Eliminator winner: Frankie Walters
  • Music City Raceway: Tuesday Street Legal Drags (setup)
Wednesday, August 27
  • Clarksville Speedway: Drag Test & Tune (setup)
Thursday, August 28
  • Clayhill Motorsports: Practice (setup)
  • Highland Rim Speedway: Practice
Friday, August 29
  • Clarksville Speedway: Weekly Bracket Racing, Midnight Madness
  • Clayhill Motorsports: 5th Annual Open Wheel Modified Motor Madness [$5,000-to-win Open Wheel Modified] (setup)
  • Crossville Raceway: Practice
  • I-40 Dragway: Test & Tune
  • Middle Tennessee Dragway: Test & Tune, Trophy and Callout Racing
  • Music City Raceway: Friday Street Drags, Trophy Class & Test and Tune
  • U.S. 43 Dragway: Test & Tune (setup)
Saturday, August 30
  • Beech Bend Raceway Park: Saturday Night Grudge Racing, Saturday Shootout, Gamblers Race
  • Clarksville Speedway: Weekly Dirt Racing
  • Clayhill Motorsports: 5th Annual Open Wheel Modified Motor Madness [$5,000-to-win Open Wheel Modified] (setup)
  • Highland Rim Speedway: Weekly Asphalt Racing
  • Jackson Dragway: 1st Annual Billy Midget Memorial Race
  • Middle Tennessee Dragway: Labor Day Classic [$2,500-to-Win Box, $1,500-to-win No-Box]
  • Music City Raceway: Weekly Bracket Racing, Jr. Dragster Challenge
  • Tater Town Raceway: Test & Tune, Weekly Bracket Racing
  • Tennessee National Raceway: Weekly Dirt Racing, Kajun Mini Stocks
  • U.S. 43 Dragway: Weekly Bracket Racing (setup)
  • Winchester Speedway: Weekly Dirt Racing [$1,500-to-win Super Late Model]
Sunday, August 31
  • Beech Bend Raceway Park: Weekly Bracket Racing [Super Pro King of the Track Qualifier]
  • Duck River Raceway Park: Sam Pugh Labor Day Weekend Late Model Extravaganza [$3,000-to-win Late Model]
  • Jackson Dragway: $2,500-to-Win Rain-out Race
  • Music City Raceway: Pinky's 18th Annual All Bike Shootout
  • Wartburg Speedway: Southern Steel Late Models, Local Classes [$2,000-to-Win Late Model)

Clayhill Motorsports Setup: 5th Annual Open Wheel Modified Motor Madness

Thursday August 28thTest & Tune....
ALL CLASSES WELCOME!!!
Gates Open: 4p.m. - Driver Meeting: 7p.m.
Test & Tune till 10p.m.
Grandstands: FREE
Pit Pass: $10

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Friday August 29thOpen Wheel Modifieds $5000 to win
$500 to start
Open Wheel Entry Fee: $125
PLUS***
Support classes: ALL regular Clayhill Classes... Street Stock, Hummers, Hobby, E-Mod, & NeSmith Dirt Late Models
Gates Open: 4p.m. - Driver Meeting 7p.m. - Racing to follow

(Special Events Pricing in effect)
GENERAL ADMISSION.....
age 5 & under - FREE
age 6-12 - $5
age 13-64 - $15
age 65 & over - $5
Military ID - FREE

PIT ADMISSION.......
Adult $30
6-12 - $10
5 & under - FREE


All drivers will have 2 qualifying race attempts to send 21 cars to the main event, +1 Open Wheel driver highest in Clayhill points not locked in, +1 lucky draw entry, & +1 highest bid auction entry to start a total of 24 cars each night.

Note: this will NOT be a points paying event!!!

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Saturday August 30th
Open Wheel Modified $5000 to win
$500 to start
Open Wheel Entry Fee: $125
PLUS***
Support classes: ALL regular Clayhill Classes... Street Stock, Hummers, Hobby, E-Mod, & NeSmith Dirt Late Models
Gates Open: 4p.m. - Driver Meeting 7p.m. - Racing to follow

(Special Events Pricing in effect)
GENERAL ADMISSION.....
age 5 & under - FREE
age 6-12 - $5
age 13-64 - $15
age 65 & over - $5
Military ID - FREE

PIT ADMISSION.......
Adult $30
6-12 - $10
5 & under - FREE


All drivers will have 2 qualifying race attempts to send 21 cars to the main event, +1 Open Wheel driver highest in Clayhill points not locked in, +1 lucky draw entry, & +1 highest bid auction entry to start a total of 24 cars each night.

Note: this will NOT be a points paying event!!!


Details & FAQ’s:
*40 Lap Feature
*Heat race laps depend on car count.
*All drivers will have 2 qualifying race attempts to send 21 cars to the main event, +1 Open Wheel driver highest in Clayhill points not locked in, +1 lucky draw entry, & +1 highest bid auction entry to start a total of 24 cars each night.


*Hoosier Race tire, G60-15 with IMCA stamped on the sidewall or American Racer KK704 tires on the front or rear.
*Grooving allowed, tires may be siped or ground.
*WEIGHT 2,400 lbs with driver after the race!!
*No Motor Claim
*Brinn Transmission allowed
*NO TRACTION CONTROL (of any kind)
*No Aluminum or Titanium Blocks
*Quick Change rear-ends allowed.
*Aftermarket A-arms allowed, stock length and stock location.
*Double shocks NOT allowed
*Tires must punch 50
*We will follow by USRA body rules with the exception of MAXIMUM deck height to NOT exceed 42 inches*MAX 6 INCH SPOILERS

*Pill Draw format...
*Transponders will be used for the modifieds at this event to ensure accuracy
*We will have pre-race tech inspections



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Beech Bend NHRA Lucas Oil Images: 8/24/2014 - 3 (Rob Pfeister - Alcohol Funny Car Runner-Up)


Beech Bend Raceway Park, NHRA Lucas Oil Series 8/24/2014 (Steven Luboniecki photo for Middle Tennessee Racing Scene)

Beech Bend Raceway Park, NHRA Lucas Oil Series 8/24/2014 (Steven Luboniecki photo for Middle Tennessee Racing Scene)

Beech Bend Raceway Park, NHRA Lucas Oil Series 8/24/2014 (Steven Luboniecki photo for Middle Tennessee Racing Scene)

Beech Bend Raceway Park, NHRA Lucas Oil Series 8/24/2014 (Steven Luboniecki photo for Middle Tennessee Racing Scene)

Beech Bend Raceway Park, NHRA Lucas Oil Series 8/24/2014 (Steven Luboniecki photo for Middle Tennessee Racing Scene)

Beech Bend Raceway Park, NHRA Lucas Oil Series 8/24/2014 (Steven Luboniecki photo for Middle Tennessee Racing Scene)
(Steven Luboniecki photos for Middle Tennessee Racing Scene)
(Thanks to Beech Bend Raceway Park for granting us access)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Canadian Tire Motorsports Park NASCAR Camping World Truck Setup: Johnny Sauter

Johnny Sauter
Johnny Sauter
Johnny Sauter, driver of the #98 Nextant Aerospace/Curb Records Toyota Tundra, has made seven road-course starts across NASCAR's top three divisions since 2005, including two starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2007, four starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2005 and 2006, and one start in last year's inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. 

While the ThorSport Racing driver has been quoted as "loving road course racing," he classifies himself as being "ok" at making the left and right turns. In fact, Sauter started third and finished a career-best sixth in his third career NASCAR Nationwide Series road course event in 2006 in Mexico City. The championship point leader hopes his team's full-day test session, at a local track in Ohio, in preparation for the 2nd annual event, and his former road course racing experience will pay dividends in his quest for his first Truck Series crown.

Johnny Sauter Quote
"Canadian Tire Motorsports Park is a cool place. Obviously, very fast -- that's what I remember taking away from there last year. We unfortunately had trouble with our fuel cable on lap two of the race and fought that the rest of the day, so I didn't really have an opportunity to race a whole lot. I didn't think I was the greatest and I still don't think I'm the greatest road racer, but I've had some decent days on road courses in the past, so if we unload pretty decent then I think we'll be in good shape. I'm looking forward to getting there and it's something that's unique and something we don't get to do a lot in the Truck Series. From what I saw, it got pretty crazy last year, but it's a cool race track and I remember the crowd and the whole atmosphere being pretty awesome." (ThorSport Racing)
(Nashville's Mike Curb is the listed owner of the #98 ThorSport Racing  Nextant Aerospace/Curb Records Toyota Tundra driven by Johnny Sauter)


Camping World

Clayhill Motorsports 2014 Champions

Street Stock: Derrick Bawcum

Hummers: Jeremy Wood

E-Mods: Randy Whitehead

Hobby: Harold Sullivan

NeSmith Dirt Late Model: Ronnie Cooper

Open Wheel Modified: Preston Seratt

Click here for final point standings.

Winchester Speedway Images: Thursday 7/3/2014 - Part 4 (2-Barrel)


Winchester Speedway 7/3/2014 (Steven Luboniecki photo for Middle Tennessee Racing Scene)

Winchester Speedway 7/3/2014 (Steven Luboniecki photo for Middle Tennessee Racing Scene)

Winchester Speedway 7/3/2014 (Steven Luboniecki photo for Middle Tennessee Racing Scene)
Randy Gifford

Winchester Speedway 7/3/2014 (Steven Luboniecki photo for Middle Tennessee Racing Scene)

Winchester Speedway 7/3/2014 (Steven Luboniecki photo for Middle Tennessee Racing Scene)
David Jackson

Winchester Speedway 7/3/2014 (Steven Luboniecki photo for Middle Tennessee Racing Scene)

Winchester Speedway 7/3/2014 (Steven Luboniecki photo for Middle Tennessee Racing Scene)

Winchester Speedway 7/3/2014 (Steven Luboniecki photo for Middle Tennessee Racing Scene)

Winchester Speedway 7/3/2014 (Steven Luboniecki photo for Middle Tennessee Racing Scene)

Winchester Speedway 7/3/2014 (Steven Luboniecki photo for Middle Tennessee Racing Scene)

Dane Jean
(Steven Luboniecki photos for Middle Tennessee Racing Scene)
(Thanks to Winchester Speedway for granting us access)

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Points

  1. Donny Schatz (9,203)
  2. Daryn Pittman (9,026) [-177]
  3. Paul McMahan (8,971) [-232]
  4. Joey Saldana (8,797) [-406]
  5. Kerry Madsen (8,794) [-409]
Click here for complete points.

Sonoma IndyCar Wrap: Josef Newgarden

Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden crossed the checkered flag in sixth place at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Sunday afternoon, battling Sonoma Raceway’s 2.385-mile,12-turn natural-terrain road course.

Newgarden started on the front row, drove in the top three for the first 35 laps and led Laps 17-18. But a combination of tire wear and rising temperature played into Newgarden’s result in the final road course event on the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series calendar.

“I think the temperature hurt us quite a bit,” Newgarden said. “It was a hot day, and it just didn’t suit what we were doing very well. We were much better in the morning when it was cooler, and we just weren’t as strong when the temperature went up and also as the track got slower from dust and wind pickup.

"It just got slower all afternoon, and we just got worse, and it didn’t cater to what we were doing setup-wise. The tire degradation was tough today. We were out to lunch on that, and I think that was all attributed to temperature. We were strong in some aspects, but the temperature hurt us.”

Newgarden’s sixth-place drive marked his sixth top-10 finish in 2014. He moved from 16th to 13th in the series championship point standings.

“I think the positive to take away from this weekend is that we secured a solid top-10 result on one of our more difficult tracks over the last couple of years,” Newgarden said. “We’ve made big strides in what we’re doing and the direction we’ve gone.” (SFHR)

(SFHR photo)
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Middle Tennessee Dragway's Labor Day Classic

Middle Tennessee Dragway's Labor Day Classic

Legends Shootout at Crossville Raceway

Legends Shootout at Crossville Racveway


Clarksville Speedway Setup: Drag Test & Tune

Clarksville SpeedwayClarksville Speedway will have test & tune on the dragstrip on Wednesday (27th).

Checklist
  • Gates Open: 5:00 pm
  • General Admission: $5
  • Tech Card: $10
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