Brad K Dominates Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 11: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway on February 11, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – For once, as he put it, Brad Keselowski didn’t “choke away” a chance at victory during Speedweeks at Daytona. 

Just the opposite. Taking the lead on Lap 39 of the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway, Keselowski held it the rest of the way to win the exhibition kick-off race to the 2018 season, leading Team Penske to a 1-2-4 finish. 

And Keselowski, who led 41 of the 75 laps, took the checkered flag with a large piece of debris on the nose of his No. 2 Ford Fusion, with the water temperature in the engine rising to dangerous levels. 

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 11: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, and Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Peak Ford, lead the field during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway on February 11, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

“I was worried about the run (of cars behind him), but the car was way overheating there at the end, and I was more worried about it blowing up than anything else,” Keselowski said. “(Engine builder) Doug Yates and his guys did a good job giving me something real durable to take all that and keep digging.

 “I’m really proud of the whole effort here. What a way to start Speedweeks, putting the Miller Lite Ford in Victory Lane. I’m really proud of my team… I felt like we were due today.” 

Keselowski has five victories at Talladega, but his only other superspeedway win came in the July 2016 race at Daytona. During February, the 2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion was batting .000, making Sunday’s start to Speedweeks a special occasion. 

“It means a lot,” Keselowski said. “I’ve never won anything here during Speedweeks, and I feel like I’ve choked them away, to be quite honest. You need one to break through. Hopefully, this is our breakthrough.” 

Last year’s Clash winner, Joey Logano, finished second to his teammate, with Kurt Busch running third and Team Penske newbie Ryan Blaney fourth—with Ford drivers sweeping the top four positions. 

Austin Dillon, who started from the pole, came home fifth in the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, avoiding a last-lap melee that started when contact from Kyle Larson’s Chevrolet turned Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 into the outside wall on the backstretch. 

Johnson failed to finish the Clash for the seventh straight year. 

After Keselowski grabbed the lead, the field gradually strung out to single file in the top lane, with smaller groups of cars unable to make significant runs on the bottom. On the final lap, however, Kurt Busch darted past Blaney, who had dropped to the inside in a last-ditch effort to win the race. 

Behind the lead cars, Larson tagged Johnson and turned him into the wall, collecting the cars of Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne and defending series champion Martin Truex Jr. in the wreck. 

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 11: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Cessna Chevrolet, Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s for Pros Chevrolet, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 5-hour ENERGY/Bass Pro Shops Toyota, race during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway on February 11, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Kurt Busch, the defending Daytona 500 winner, was pleased with his third-place result and what it might portend for his defense in the Great American Race. 

“Project number one was to do all the laps so that we could understand more about our tires and our setup and the way that the car was going to handle,” Busch said. “Then step number two was to have fun. I had a blast. 

“I wanted to make another move on the last lap but ran out of steam because the guys behind me got too wide. I couldn’t jump in there and go after the Penske guys. It’s a good day for Ford and good day for us and Billy Scott, my new crew chief. Now we’ll go back and debrief about our car.” 

Howie Lane Tim Jedrzejek Heading To ISMA Season Opener at Monadnock on May 19

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WINCHESTER, NH- Howie Lane along with his driver Tim Jedrzejek are looking forward to the ISMA season opener at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday May 19 for the 75 lap race.

“ I’m very excited. I’ve been trying to get Larry (Cirillo) to do that show for about 10 years now. I think it’s going to be great. There’s a lot of hype about it. It’s the right size track for the Supermodifieds. We’re fast and it makes the driver the driver.” Lane Said

“ Definitely excited. It’s neat going to a new facility for the first time. Most of the ISMA competitors have neither seen it or raced on it. I know there is a few guys that have. Maybe some of them guys early on will have an advantage.” Jedrzejek said

Lane believes the race at Monadnock will see a lot of passing. At the second to last race of the year in 2017 which was the Star Classic at Star Speedway. The race saw a lot of passing.

Lane is unsure if he will bring a second car to the race on May 19. It is still a possibility.

“ I am not saying yes or no. There is still a possibility.” Lane Said

Jedrzejek feels it’s always neat going to a facility for the first time because of the unknowns where everybody will come in with their setup out of the trailer being a huge deal because you will have to hit it pretty quick with a couple rounds of practice and be ready to roll by the time heat races come around.

“I am sure our team and the 97 gang of Howie Lane will be up for the challenge.” Jedzejek said

Jedzejek has done some research on the quarter mile oval to get a glimpse of what it’s like. All the work not only I have seen online but everyone that has talked about it is really impressed with the facility and feels there has been a lot of improvements in there and the race track over the years.

“ We love coming to a first class facility and we look forward to it.” Jedrzejek Said

Some of the drivers were comparing Monadnock to Star Speedway in Epping, NH.

“It’s going to be a neat bullring Supermodified race with hopefully a lot of passing and puts on a good show for the crowd there.” Jedrzejek Said

One driver that will be in contention that evening will be Jon McKennedy. McKennedy has some experience at the quarter mile oval having a few modified victories under his belt.

“He’s one guy that is a key to every race we go to. One of the guys that you need to run with in practice or better then and he will be a guy that is everybody is watching. I might pick him out or another guy out and actually studying the line that he’s run around the track just to try to pick up the few extra tenths I am missing.” Jedrzejek Said

The ISMA Supermodifieds will also have time trials where a $1,000 bonus will be rewarded to the driver who sets fast time and will also possibly set the track record.

“ That’s going to be a very exciting time trial period when anybody that has a sense for that thing say in practice and your in the top 10 and you got a good race car under you. You’re definitely going to put everything out there for that extra bonus cash that’s on the line and it’s gonna make it exciting not only for the drivers and the crews but for the fans as well. If you’re thinking about coming out to that race. I think you would want to put the extra effort to get there a little early. Buy yourself a hot dog and be there for qualifying.” Jedrzejek Said

Lane believes the track record will be broken.

“ I don’t know what the track record is so it’s hard for me to say. I’ve seen the modifieds race there. I ran in the past there in the pro stocks. I would say we got an awful good chance of breaking it.” Lane Said

For the start of the new season at a new track with the ISMA Supermodifieds, Jedrzejek feels it’s always good to get out of the gate strong whether it’s a win, top five, a good competitive run will definitely help set the tone for the season

“ We don’t want to face points the first week out but in reality, every point counts. The first race is just as valuable as the points in the last race so I think everyone is going to get every point they can out of this first race. “ Jedrzejek Said

Jedrzejek knows what track he enjoys and not enjoys.

“Usually the ones you don’t enjoy are the ones you don’t have success at. You don’t want to go back to those.” Jedrzejek Said

The exciting thing for the drivers of ISMA when they come to Monadnock on Saturday, May 19 is it’s a new venue.

“ The crowd and the excitement of everybody there is coming to see Supermodified Racing that hasn’t been at that track in 40 years.” Jedrzejek Said

It’s going to be exciting for the teams drivers and fans on May 19. Lane believes when the ISMA Supermodifieds come to the quarter mile oval that fans will be happy.

“ Hopefully we got them standing up at the end of the race because they are not sure who is going to grab it is what I am hoping for.” Lane Said

There is a plan a few weeks prior to the race to do some testing and run some laps during intermission to get the fans pumped up for the event on May 19. He hopes to see this event being a grand slam.

“ Joe (Lewandoski) helped me tremendously getting it in there. Larry (Cirillo) knew he wanted to do it. He couldn’t make up his mind. Finally said yes. I just hope it’s a home run.” Lane Said

The chemistry between Jedrzejek and Lane is from the first time Jedrzejek drove the car to the conversations they have where it is easy going no pressure style.

“Howie and I  respect each other as professionals. Nobody second guesses each other. Everybody has their jobs to do. There’s no questions besides that. My job is to drive the car. Howie is a great car owner that gives us the equipment and tools we need to do our job.” Jedrzejek Said

Howie Lane’s crew have been together for many years where Jedrzejek feels likes he is the new guy where he has been the last four years.

“They have years of history together and everybody knows where their position is and their job and they all respect each other well. It’s such a good fit. They treat my family and I so good. I couldn’t imagine going and racing for another team right now.” Jedrzejek Said

The Monadnock Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions will be apart of the program beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for reserved seating will be $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Tickets for general admission for adults will be $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Seniors will be $15 and Kids 12 and under will be $5 at the gate.  The rain date will be on Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m..

Red Bull Global Rallycross to Open 2018 Season in Buffalo June 9-10

Season Opener moved to Lancaster National Speedway

Los Angeles, CA (February 15, 2017) — The Red Bull Global Rallycross Buffalo double-header event will take place Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10, as Lancaster National Speedway holds the season opener of the 2018 Red Bull GRC season.  The series will add its own flavor to nearly six decades of motorsports history at the speedway, bringing rally style racing to the venue for the first time.

“Lancaster National Speedway will be an exciting addition to this year’s schedule as we kick off our first event of the season with both a doubleheader, and a new venue,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “The location is perfectly suited for all our rallycross fans in the northeast.”

The series will assemble a purpose-built course featuring multiple racing surfaces and a 70-foot dirt jump, utilizing segments of the two-existing oval tracks.  Additionally, the Polaris GRC class will stage its debut event at Lancaster, as the new Polaris RZR® RS1 takes on the challenges of a rallycross course for the first time.

“Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway is very pleased to welcome Red Bull Global Rallycross to our award-winning motorsports facility,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “This will be the first event of its kind for us and we look forward to welcoming all the teams and fans to this great event.  We are honored to be the facility kicking off the 2018 season for this internationally-followed series. Welcome to Lancaster National Speedway, we look forward to having you all.”

Tickets for Red Bull Global Rallycross Buffalo, taking place this June 9-10 at Lancaster National Speedway, are on sale now at http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/tickets. For more information, visit http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com or follow the series on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @GRCseries.

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Created to produce the most exciting action in all of motorsport, Red Bull Global Rallycross combines the best elements of stage rally, off-road and circuit racing in a fan-friendly environment. International superstars battle wheel-to-wheel over dirt, gravel, and the series’ signature 70-foot jump. For more information visit http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com.

 

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