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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.” 

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Releases Details for the 2018 Icebreaker

Season opener set for April 6-8

Thompson, CT (February 13th, 2018) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) revealed details about The Icebreaker, which will feature eleven divisions in the 44th running of this great tradition.

  “For the past 43 years, the Icebreaker has marked the beginning of the stock car racing season in New England. This year’s rendition has even more excitement with the addition of the Valenti Modified Racing Series, giving race fans an additional 50 laps of wheel-to-wheel excitement. We look forward to welcoming our loyal fans and racers back to Thompson to begin our 78th season.” explained Josh Vanada, General Manager of TSMP.

The 2018 season of racing kicks off Friday, April 6, with a Test & Tune day. On April 7-8, the New England stock car racing season will open with eleven divisions on the Icebreaker card, which is headlined by The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The Saturday program will be compromised of practice and qualifying for ten of the eleven divisions. In addition, feature races for the NEMA Lites, Exit Realty Pro Truck Challenge Race, Exit Realty 375 Sportsman Challenge, and Lite Modified Race will all be held. Some added excitement will take place on Saturday as The Valenti Modified Racing Series will open their season with a 50-lap affair.

The highly-anticipated Fan Appreciation Party and Champion’s Banner Raising will start off the Sunday schedule followed by the NWAAS Sunoco Modified Race, Pass Race, NWAASS Limited Sportsman Race, NWAAS late Modified Race and the NWAAS Mini Stock Race. The afternoon will culminate with the 150-lap championship race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. 

Feature Races:

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (150)
Sunoco Modified (30)
Late Model (25)
Limited Sportsman (20)
Mini Stock (15)
Pro All Star Series (100)
NEMA Lites (20)
Exit Realty 375 Sportsman Challenge (35)
Lite Modified (20)
Exit Realty Pro Truck Challenge (20)
Valenti Modified Racing Series (50)

“One of the things that makes the Icebreaker special is that it is filled with expectation. Everyone comes in with brand new cars, optimistic about their results. Fans come, after a long winter, ready to cheer their favorite drivers on to victory. As part of our commitment to engaging with our fans, the Icebreaker affords them the opportunity to see the stars and cars up close and personal at our Banner Raising Ceremony and Fan Appreciation Party on Sunday morning. We look forward to welcoming everyone on track to kick off the stock car racing season in New England.” General Manager, Josh Vanada said.

Tickets for the Icebreaker will be available at the event.

Camping continues to grow year over year and registration will open on February 16th. You can make your reservations online here: www.thompsonspeedway.com/reservations

Inclement Weather date: Friday April 13th – Sunday April 15th

For more information on The Icebreaker and for a full calendar of events, please visit thompsonspeedway.com.

NEW SPONSOR STEERS SAL ACCARDI JR. BACK TO RIVERHEAD RACEWAY FOR FULL SEASON OF NASCAR MODIFIED RACING IN 2018

Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews
Riverhead, NY Jan 30th
By Bob Finan
Who said you can’t go home? That is exactly what veteran NASCAR Modified talent Sal Accardi Jr. of Deer Park will be doing in 2018 thanks to a new major sponsor that he and car owner Rich Schlegel announced today. The new marketing partner will allow the Accardi/Schlegel combination to call the NASCAR Whelen All American Series of Riverhead Raceway home in 2018 starting with the May 5th Cinco De Mayo opening night program.
“We are very happy to announce that WRS Environmental Services of Yaphank has signed on as out major sponsor for the 2018 season” Accardi disclosed Tuesday morning, “this sponsorship will allow me to return to my home track of Riverhead Raceway weekly for the first time in over 10 years. Needless to say I’m ecstatic and very excited as is Rich”. WRS Environmental Services for over 20 years has been an outstanding provider of environmental, utility and industrial services. “I can’t thank Mike Rodgers and the entire WRS Environmental Services organization enough for providing us with the backing to race weekly at Riverhead” Sal offered.
Armed with the funding they need Rich and Sal disclosed they’ll have a new car to race on Long Island, “Rick Kluth has built us an all new 2 Kwik chassis for 2018” Accardi disclosed, “we will rely on Big Sal’s Race Engine power and in fact I have the motor at the shop all ready for installation”. Heading into the new campaign Sal Accardi will be seeking his 5th career NASCAR Modified win at Riverhead as he authored four wins between August of 2004 and September of 2007, his last full season at the historic quarter mile oval. 2018 will mark the third year Rich Schlegel of West Haven, Ct. has fielded an entry for Accardi.
As pumped up as Sal is about his new car and major sponsorship there is one aspect of the upcoming season takes that excitement to another level, “I’m going to run my Dad’s number thirty-nine this year and Rich and I will paint the car red just like my father’s” Sal said beaming with pride. To that end Accardi also pointed to one race on the 2018 Riverhead slate he has circled that being the May 26th Islip 300. “Dad was very successful and well known for his drag racing exploits back in the day at Islip on the old 1/8th of a mile before he bought his first Modified” Sal explained, “to have a good run or better yet win a race with the title Islip on it would just be awesome. I know he’ll be watching over us all year”.
Joining the Accardi/Schlegel effort in 2018 will be several associate sponsors, Boutique Security Group LLC of Ronkonkoma, G. Calabrese Trucking of Medford, A-Plus Auto Salvage of Lindenhurst, J&J Auto Body of Ronkonkoma and Wurth USA Supplies. Graphics for the team will be designed by Scott Adams Designs.
“Everything has fallen into place, now we can’t wait to get going” Accardi concluded.
The 2018 Riverhead Raceway Cinco De Mayo opening night program on Saturday May 5th will kick of the NASCAR Modified season with a 40-lap feature event. The entire schedule of events for the new race season can be viewed by visiting www.riverheadraceway.com and clicking on the schedule link.