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Ryan Litt Racing PR: Silver Crown Debut

Ryan Litt Racing PR: Silver Crown Debut

July 22, 2014 - London, Ontario – Ryan Litt is excited to make his debut in the USAC Silver Crown series at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis on Thursday, July 24. Ryan will drive a Team 6R Racing machine with Toyota Power in the “J.D. Byrider 100″, an event which is part of a big week of racing around Indianapolis.

“I’m very excited to try out a USAC Silver Crown car,” says Ryan. “I used to watch them on ESPN growing up, and it was always a dream of mine to race one at IRP. Hopefully I can get comfortable in the test session, and be running good lap times for the race on Thursday. I enjoy longer races, so it should be fun.”
Ryan and his team have been running a lot of events on the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Car series schedule this season, and Ryan is currently 5th in the championship points standings. They have also competed in several Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints series events this year, including a feature win at Toledo Speedway on June 13.

“Our season in the Sprint Car has been up and down,” says Ryan. “Taking last year off, and trying to figure out a new chassis has put us behind at times. The competition is so tough with Must See that you can be off just a bit, and it will really affect your results. These cars are going 120% every lap now with the new engine and tire packages we’ve got. You really have to have a good car to make lots of passes. The Toledo win was definitely a highlight, not only of the year, but one of the better ones of my career. It’s one of those flat-out tracks that the fans love, and one that drivers really try hard to win at.”

On top of the Silver Crown and Sprint Car events, Ryan and the team also have some Supermodified aspirations. The original plan called for them to compete in the Hy-Miler Nationals at Sandusky Speedway in Ohio this Friday and Saturday, after Thursday night’s Silver Crown race. Instead, they’ll go to Kalamazoo Speedway on Saturday, July 26 to race in a Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Car series event.

“The Supermodified plans are up in the air, as we blew up the motor while testing at Delaware,” says Ryan. “I was really pumped to run some marquee events with it, like the Hy-Miler Nationals, along with Delaware, and the Oswego Classic. Hopefully we can find a motor, or find a ride in the next few weeks.”

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SPONSOR SUPPORT
Ryan and the team would like to thank all their sponsors for their support during the 2014 season, including BS&B Radiator, Linton Media, Linde Gases, Xtreme Metal Worx, Leaf Racewear, Permatex, Pro Shocks, and Shell Shock Designs.

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Elliott Racing July 18th-Race Report #16

Elliott Racing July 18th-Race Report #16

Quaker State Team Pulls Into Full Throttle Speedway

Our team made the journey to Full Throttle Speedway on Friday night. The weather was awesome, bringing a good crowd to watch the four classes of racing as well as the spectator participation race, “King of the Hill”.
The promoters of Full Throttle have been working hard to get the track in great shape, and are slowly increasing car count in all classes just by the positive feedback from the race teams that travel to race here each Friday. We arrived early and got the car prepared for both 20 lap feature events. One of the attractions of the night was this wild PT Cruiser, driven by Mike Kunz, known as “Nitro Mike”, www.nitromike.com. Visit his site to see some of his videos. I had the great pleasure to race with Bill Burrow on the right in this picture and Rick Schurr, son of my racing hero when I was a kid, in the red car in front of me. The vintage Modifieds join us for some of the races. It was a historic night for me, because I watched Bill Burrows #65 race in the mid 60’s. Now 46 years into my own career, I got to race with this legend and it was fun. We had a good night finishing 5th and 7th in the 2 feature events. Our next race is July 26th at Sauble Speedway for the prestigious Rick Woolner Memorial. Our Late Model race was rained out on Saturday at Sunset Speedway, but we have some shows and racing lined up for our Late Model next week. We will be doing a promotion right on Sauble Beach on Tuesday night July 29th, to promote the Dash for Cash on Wednesday night at Sauble Speedway, and during the day Wednesday we are at the Quaker State Quik Lube in Owen Sound. I will have the Quaker State Impala at the Motor Racing Camp from August 18th to the 22nd. We have been blessed to get seven children sponsored. Timber Green Landscaping, Uptown Sports, MacMaster Buick GMC and Ideal Supply have contributed generously in order to help some youngsters make it to the racing camp. We are still looking for sponsors; email me a reply if you would like to help a child enjoy a week at Sunset Speedway for this event.

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Tagliani Brings NCATS Oval Break-Through To Home Province

Tagliani Brings NCATS Oval Break-Through To Home Province

Riding a series career-best oval finish of 5th last week at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan during the Western Swing, Montreal’s Alex Tagliani fully intends to bring that momentum back to his home Province!
The 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 returns to Quebec for the third of four events in La Belle Province with the National 250 under the lights on Saturday July 26th at Autodrome St-Eustache.
As the NCATS season schedule hits the half-way mark, Tagliani, the Canadian NASCAR/IndyCar and SportsCar racer, race winner and former Indianapolis 500 pole sitter, knows he can build on the top-5 in Saskatoon at the tight and tough .4 mile oval at St. Eustache, just west of Montreal, at the buttons of his # 18 Team EpiPen/Peanut Free Zone/Dicom Express/Tagliani Autosport Dodge Challenger…
“I’m really excited about this next race at St. Eustache! The Peanut-Free Zone # 18 was very strong on the ovals during the Western Swing. We just have to stay away from the chaos that can happen at the end of these races. We’ll have a new car at St. Eustache and a new car at Trois Riviere! New design, new colours, so I’m looking forward to the next couple of weeks!”
“Tag” has a win, five poles, six top five’s and an additional two top 10’s in 20 career NCATS starts. The win was scored at Edmonton City Centre Airport in 2008.
The National 250 at St. Eustache will finish off an intense bundle of four events in twenty one days that started at Circuit ICAR Montreal on July 6th, Edmonton on July 11th where Tagliani earned his fifth series pole, and Auto Clearing Speedway in Saskatoon July 16th.
The NCATS National 250/St. Eustache will be telecast on TSN on Sunday August 3rd at 11 AM Eastern and on Sunday on RDS-2 on Saturday August 9th at 1:30 PM- Saturday, August 9th at 1:30 PM Eastern.
TRACK TWITTER: @AutodromeASE EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG: #National250
Fans are invited to follow Alex and The Tagliani Autosport Team on Facebook and Twitter all season long: Summeroftag.com Tagliani.com TaglianiAutosport.com
Following the National 250, The NCATS runs again in Quebec for the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours at Quebec’s Circuit de Trois-Rivieres August 9th and 10th. The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series has been a major participant in the three-day Grand Prix Trois-Rivieres festival, held on the 1.53-mile street course, every year since 2007.
Tagliani’s NCATS entry is partnered as a brand ambassador with Pfizer Canada Inc., the Canadian distributor of The EpiPen® epinephrine auto-injector. Alex lives and races with a severe allergy to nuts, and carries the allergy awareness/Pfizer/EpiPen message across Canada through his NCATS racing program.
Also partnering with Alex in The Tagliani Autosport venture this season is long-time business associate Colin Livingston, President of CanTorque Incorporated of Edmonton Alberta.
The Tagliani Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to helping charitable and educational organizations by donating funds raised to aid with organized programs internationally. Our goal is to raise awareness, educate and help those in need, with emphasis placed on initiatives that affect individuals at risk of anaphylaxis.
To raise additional funds for Anaphylaxis Canada, The Tagliani Foundation is staging a Golf Classic and Gala at Celine’s Le Mirage in Montreal September 30th.
For more information on the Foundation: TaglianiFoundation.org
For more information on Tagliani Autosport and to arrange interviews, please contact:
Erik Tomas
Media Relations, Tagliani Autosport
TOMASERIK@aol.com
O: 905-892-0411 C: 289-407-4410
Max d’Orsonnens
Relations Medias, Tagliani Autosport
514-246-8909
maxdo@videotron.ca

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Ranger Ready For Another Victory In Quebec

Ranger Ready For Another Victory In Quebec

July 23, 2014-The #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team with two time winning driver this season Andrew Ranger return to action this coming weekend at the Autodrome St. Eustache for round number six of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. Ranger won earlier this year in his home province and looks for another victory on Saturday.

The Roxton Pond, Quebec native has achieved a best result of fourth on two previous occasions at the Autodrome St. Eustache which presents unique challenges to drivers.

“It’s very flat, it has a drag strip on the front straightaway, it’s a very tough track” said Ranger. “You really have to battle for every position during the race” he added.

With his back to back victories at Circuit ICAR and Edmonton International Raceway along with his most recent result of fourth place at Auto Clearing Speedway Ranger has rocketed up the championship standings and now sits third overall.

The #27 Mopar Parts Dodge driver has been pleased with the team’s recent performance and leap upward in the standings. “We had a few little mechanical problems in the first couple of races but the team is giving me a great car to drive and I’m excited to be back to race in front of the Quebec fans again” he stated.

Andrew Ranger and the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge hit the track for practice at Noon Eastern time this Saturday July 26th at the Autodrome St. Eustache in St. Eustache, QC. Qualifying will take place at 4:15PM and the 250 lap race begins at 8PM.

Race fans can get more information and follow the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team all season by going to www.mopar.ca and clicking on Motorsports.

Attached photo: Andrew Ranger and the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.

Photo Credit: Mathew Murnaghan

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Spira Racing-Post Race Update #2014-20 – July 20, 2014 Flamboro Speedway

Spira Racing-Post Race Update #2014-20 – July 20, 2014 Flamboro Speedway

Billy’s brother Rick, who drives the #72 Hope and the City car and Ken Spira, who is Billy’s crew chief, started a conversation early Sunday morning after both Sunset and Sauble Speedways getting rained out the night before. You have to know these two when it comes to racing and before you knew it, Ken was calling Billy to run in the #2 car that is operated by Rick and Dave Mast as Rick was planning on taking the #72to Flamboro Speedway. The early morning plan came about because Flamboro Speedway, that was also rained out on Saturday night, is one of the few tracks that run a rain date on the following day. Since the #86 is not legal for Flamboro as it is set up to run the rules packages at Sauble and Sunset Speedway, Rick offered Billy the ride in the #2, that is a Flamboro legal car. Wanting a fix of racing at least once on the weekend, Ken and Billy took them up on the offer and headed to Aberfoyle to pick up the car. Not long after Scott found out that Billy was going, he dragged his brother Steven to the shop and the two loaded the #44 to join Billy in the #2 and Rick in the #72. After waiting for the track to dry from a morning drizzle, all three cars were set up during practice and were good to go for the heat races. Billy’s primary complaint was the obvious lack of power that the #2 had compared to the faster cars at the track.  All three cars were in the same heat race with Rick starting 4th , Scott 6th and Billy 7th . There were 14 cars in attendance with 7 cars running in each heat race. In the early laps, Rick slid back to 6 and Scott moved up to 4 as Billy moved up to 5 with an obvious inferior motor. Rick fell to the back of the field to finish 7th as Scott finished 3rd and Billy th5 .  The cars lined up for the 25 lap feature with Scott 7 , Rick 11 and Billy 13th. Scott was quick to move towards the front as he was 4th at the end of the 2nd lap, Rick moved up to 9 with Billy behind him in 10th. Billy took the position away from his brother by the 5th lap and then pulled into the infield, two laps later when the engine expired, finishing the night for Billy and his ride in the #2 machine. The #13 moved the #36 over to take over the lead up front at the halfway mark, and Scott followed him through to take over 2nd. Scott ran a consistent car length behind the #13 throughout the final laps to finish 2 as Rick gained one final position with a pretty good handling car to finish 8th.

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Spira Racing-Post Race Update #2014-19 – July 19, 2014 Sauble/Sunset Speedway

Spira Racing-Post Race Update #2014-19 – July 19, 2014 Sauble/Sunset Speedway

The Spira/Guelph Wish Fund for Children teams headed to Sauble and Sunset Speedways with Billy heading to Sauble as the rest of the team headed to Sunset Speedway with their hero cards and treats for the kids as it was to be the tracks Fan Appreciation Night. With Billy leading the points at Sauble Speedway, the #86 team has decided to run the rest of the regular points nights at the track. With Billy recently being ranked #1 in the Fast Eddie Top 10 Mini Stock Power Rankings, the team will continue with their aggressive schedule to keep him there, promote their sponsors and donate their winnings to charity. Before Jake and Samantha arrived at Sunset Speedway, that the rain settled in and the days event was cancelled and although the radar showed the rain staying south of Sauble Speedway, it arrived after four practice sessions and the Sauble event was also cancelled due to the rain. Spira Racing would like to share a letter received from a Guelph family that after exhausting other charitable organizations for help, saw the Guelph Wish Fund for Children decal on one of our cars and called them for help. Here is their story…….Niko’s Story…..starts a month after his first birthday, when he had his first seizure lasting ten minutes. It was only the beginning of many seizures and diagnostic tests this year in order to determine what was happening. When a genetic test was completed and came back positive for a Sodium Channel Mutation, our lives turned into a frenzy of worry, fueled by fear and confusion. What is going to happen to my little boy? Will he grow up and have an independent life? Will he go to college? Learn to speak? Drive? Niko loves to play, dance to music, laugh, and smile. Will I lose him? Is he going to change? No one has ever heard of Dravet Syndrome. Limited resources are in place to help support us through this life changing diagnosis. His future is uncertain, as he grows the disorder can impact him greatly, or very little-no one knows. Night by night, we sleep with him to make sure he doesn’t have a seizure in his sleep, supervise his play, and when he is sick try to prevent a fever. Dravet Spectrum disorders are rare genetic epileptic encephalopathies (dysfunctions of the brain) that usually appear in the first year of life in a healthy infant. The spectrum of clinical symptoms range from a mild spectrum (febrile seizures) to severe known as SMEI (Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy of Infancy). Frequently uncontrollable, caused by a mutation in the SCN1A gene, characterized by seizures that may be prolonged. The risk of status epilepticus (Medical Emergency related to prolonged seizures) and SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy) are daily concerns. Overtime the seizures may evolve, and become resistant to treatment. Multiple drug therapies may be needed to obtain seizure control. I started to call around in order to identify what was in place to support Niko, and help us purchase a seizure monitor for his bed. No success, until being directed to call Guelph Wish Fund for Children that was seen displayed on a Spira Racing car. I called thinking, I won’t qualify but I’ll give it shot. I told them my story, what I needed and how it would help impact our life in a positive way. Without meeting me, requesting proof of medical condition, or any other personal information, they said yes. I was so overwhelmed, shocked and excited. I got a “Yes, purchase the unit, make sure you express it, and I’ll cut you a check”. From that moment on we knew that we would always be a part of the “good fight” for Dravet research and treatments. Knowing organizations exist in our own community that actively support local families with a variety of medical conditions and are supported by such good people as the Spira Race Team, has lit a fire in me do my part as well. Not only to ensure that my son gets the best treatments and care available, but to advocate for more research, better drugs, and support other families who need support as well. We want to thank the Guelph Wish Fund for Children and Spira Racing for all of your support. Our hope for our son is that he grows and reaches his maximum potential, with the right supports and treatments in place to keep him safe.Thank you so much, keep me posted on the newsletter and forward me information regarding a race, I would love to take Niko to see one, he loves cars and calls them “Auto”. A loving Guelph Family! For more information on Dravet Spectrum disorders, visit their website at www.dravet.ca

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Taylor Holdaway Riding High After Top Five Finish At Sauble Speedway

Taylor Holdaway Riding High After Top Five Finish At Sauble Speedway

Orillia, ON – The 2014 racing season in Ontario is at the midway point and for Late Model driver Taylor Holdaway things are heating up. With a full schedule set for Sunset Speedway and limited appearances at Barrie on off-weeks, the Orillia, Ont. native has been busy week in and week out. On Saturday, July 12th he had one of his best outings of the season as the first round of the Home and Home series took place at Sauble Speedway near Owen Sound.

“We had a great week testing at Sunset and Barrie leading up to Round 1 of the Home and Home series” said Holdaway. “Our car has been close the past couple weeks, but not quite where we wanted it and with the test sessions we were able to fine tune the set up. We were very pleased with the car heading into the road trip.”

The series is a two race showdown for points and prestige. For Holdaway the goals were set conservatively until the team realized how quick the car was. “We went to Sauble with the intentions of just running what we had and seeing where we measured up. Sauble is known to be a ‘built’ motor track so we weren’t sure how our crate motor would stack up.” he said. “Considering we were on old tires, we were had a fast car right off the trailer. We were happy with the set up we had chosen.”

A strong qualifying run and a little luck in the redraw gave Holdaway confidence that the team could be in for a good night. “Our goal was to finish in the top 5 of the Sunset cars so we could earn at least 1 bonus point. After the redraw put us on pole though, I knew we should be in for a decent run even with many of the top runners bolting four brand new tires on.” Holdaway commented. “We faded at the start, but  knew that would happen with the tires we had on the car.”

When all was said and done Holdaway ended the feature in the 5th position. Due to a disqualification to another competitor in post race technical inspection the team would bump up one sport and finish 4th in the final rundown. The finish also made Holdaway the top finishing Sunset car.

Taylor and the #41 team return to action on Saturday, July 19th for the sixth round of the Sunset Speedway Super Series. The follow week will be the back half of the Home and Home series at Sunset.

Holdaway Motorsports would like to thank ImageFactor.ca Motorsports Designs, Castrol Motor Oil, Wix Filters, OntarioOval.com, Holdaway Automotive, Sunshine Super Wash Orillia, BG Products and Thor Motors Orillia for their support in 2014.

For more information visit www.TaylorHoldaway.com. Fans are also encouraged to follow Taylor on Twitter at @41Holdaway and “Like” his Facebook Fan Page.

Release by Greg Calnan /  Photo by Eric Uprichard

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Steckly Foiled by Green White Checkered Finish

Steckly Foiled by Green White Checkered Finish

Scott Steckly driver of the Canadian Tire Dodge had the dominant car all day in the fifth event on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 tour at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway on Wednesday.

Practice started the day off on the right track. After a tight condition was reported by driver Steckly the crew made some changes and he went to the top of the time charts. Second practice saw the same results, position one was recorded by the scorers.

Steckly was gridded eleventh for time trials and when the twenty cars were done timing, the Canadian Tire Dodge was quickest with a new track record of 14.616 giving him the front row starting position.

Steckly would lead the first 78 laps of the race until the caution waved and he came to the attention of his crew for fuel. Upon restarting in fifth, the Canadian Tire Dodge driver would steadily make his way back towards the front and on lap 174 regained the lead after a lengthy battle with the #3 of Jason Hathaway. Steckly would have a full straight away lead on his remaining competitors when the caution flew at lap 240 of the 250 lap race. With laps winding down and the front runners all on older tires due to the long green flag run, Steckly and the other top five cars all elected to pit for right side tires. The 22 Racing entry would line up on the inside of row two for the green, white checkered flag finish. Unfortunately he was not able to get back to the front in two laps and had to settle for a third place finish. “It’s hard to accept third when you have had the dominant car all day,” said a disappointed Steckly after the race. “We were in a tough position as all but two guys pitted and we could have been a sitting duck if we didn’t come in and change tires. I can’t thank my crew enough for all their hard work this week and for giving me such a great car today.”

The Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 from Auto Clearing Motor Speedway will air Sat. July 26th at 3 p.m. ET on TSN and Sun. Aug. 3rd at 5 p.m. on RDS2.

Next on the schedule is race number six at Autodrome St. Eustache on Saturday July 26th, where Steckly is again the defending race winner.

Scott Steckly is supported by the following companies: Canadian Tire Corporation, Osram Sylvania, Mobil 1, Erb Group of Companies, AW Millwrights, Reefer Sales and Metrocom Canada.

Fans can follow Scott Steckly through his website at 22racing.ca or on Twitter @ScottSteckly22 or you can Like the 22RacingTeam fan page on Facebook. For all at track updates during race weekends for Scott and the other 22 Racing Team entries follow us on Twitter @22RacingTeam.

Photo Credit: Matthew Murnaghan

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Hathaway Charges To Runner-Up Finish At Auto Clearing Motor Speedway

Hathaway Charges To Runner-Up Finish At Auto Clearing Motor Speedway

SASKATOON, SK- Jason Hathaway capped off a successful western swing with the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 on July 16th, tallying a 2nd place finish in the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.

The runner-up performance comes hot on the heels of a third place finish at Edmonton International Raceway on July 11th, and serves to inject Hathaway’s No. 3 Pro.Point Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet into the championship conversation.

“This was a great points night for us, my Ed Hakonson Racing team gave me a phenomenal car”, smiled Hathaway in post-race technical inspection.

“I needed one more lap”, continued Hathaway, “LP [Dumoulin] ran a great race, hats off to him. We were getting better with each passing lap, and had LP right on our nose as we crossed the stripe for the checkered flag.”

The event marked Hathaway’s 7th podium in his last 9 oval starts, further entrenching himself as one of the Series’ top short track performers.

“Our oval program is something we’re incredibly proud of. Our team goes above and beyond to give me the best possible equipment each and every week. We have St. Eustache coming up next, and we’d love nothing more than to keep the streak going and park this Chevrolet in victory lane.”

The Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 also marked Hathaway’s debut with marketing partner Pro.Point Tools, a fact that Hathaway hinted may have given him some added motivation.

“We wanted to show the awesome folks from Pro.Point what a NASCAR event is all about. This whole team appreciates their support, and bringing home a podium finish was the best way I could think of to show our thanks.”

Pro.Point will return as Hathaway’s sponsor at Autodrome St. Eustache, Circuit de Trois-Rivieres and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park later this season.

Jason’s next event will be the National 250 at Autodrome St. Eustache on July 26th, marking Round 6 of the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule.

Fans can keep up with Jason and the rest of T3R/EHR at their Ed Hakonson Racing page on Facebook, on Twitter & Instagram @JasonHathaway3 or @EHRT3R and are encouraged to visit their official webpage www.Team3Red.com for all updates concerning the upcoming 2014 season.

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McColm Scores Another Top Ten In CBRT Dodge

McColm Scores Another Top Ten In CBRT Dodge

July 17, 2014- The NASCAR Canadian Tire series concluded the yearly swing through western Canada with a stop at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway near Saskatoon, SK on Wednesday evening. Canada’s Best Racing Team (CBRT) with driver Joey McColm at the wheel were in contention for the victory in the late going and although coming up a little short they still claimed another excellent result.
The #25 CBRT Dodge was quick all day during practice and the team was confident heading into qualifying. Recording the eighth quickest time was positive but the team was actually a little disappointed. “We’re now expecting to start a little closer to the front each time out” said McColm.
When the 250 lap feature race began McColm was able to move forward quickly in the field. A couple of early caution periods slowed the field and also gave the #25 CBRT Dodge team a chance to work their race strategy. “We made an early stop for fuel and felt it would help us with track position later” explained McColm.
The strategy worked perfectly. McColm continued to improve his position and as others made stops the #25 CBRT Dodge took over the lead of the race for the first time on lap 80. “Being out front felt great” said McColm “and we showed we had the pace to stay out front for quite a while” he added.
As the race progressed the #25 CBRT Dodge team again made a pit stop earlier than others, this time for fresh tires. “We felt it would again work out in our favour” said the driver.
The race ran green for a long stretch in the second half and McColm was pushing hard for third position when a late caution flew. Several cars made stops for fresh tires and McColm restarted the race for a green, white, checkered finish in first place.
In the closing laps the racing became very intense and the #25 CBRT Dodge was shoved aside by drivers with newer tires. McColm gathered up the car and still managed to claim a sixth place result. “It got pretty crazy at the end” said the driver. “But we led a bunch of laps, we learned a few things about running up front and we’ve built a lot of positive momentum in this team. We’re really excited about where we’re headed in the second half this year” he stated.
With back to back top ten finishes out west Joey McColm now sits eighth in the overall championship standings.
Find out more and stay connected with Canada’s Best Racing Team throughout the racing season. Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #CBRT25 and follow @CBRTinc and also keep up to date with the team on Facebook at facebook.com/cbrtinc and you can visit www.canadasbestracingteam.com for more interactive features.
Photo: Joey McColm in the #25 CBRT Dodge at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway
Photo Credit: Mathew Murnaghan

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Ranger Collects Top Five Finish In Saskatoon

Ranger Collects Top Five Finish In Saskatoon

Saskatoon, SK. July 17, 2014-Andrew Ranger and the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team looked to keep their momentum going as the NASCAR Canadian Tire series wrapped up their western swing at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway on Wednesday night. Ranger was in contention for his third straight victory but settled for a hard fought fourth place result.

During the afternoon practice sessions the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge performed well and Ranger felt comfortable with his car. “The car felt good, maybe just a little tight but I don’t like to run too many laps on the car if we can” he explained.

Ranger posted the third fastest qualifying time and began the 250 lap feature event on the inside of row two. Through the early part of the race he would run near the front of the field and take the lead of the race on lap 113. “Everything was going pretty well and we were waiting for a caution to make our final pit stop for tires.

However a long green flag run in the second half of the race would disrupt their strategy and force Ranger to stay on track with older tires. “Everyone had to follow that strategy but as the laps went on our tires were not performing well” he stated.

A late caution period set up a green, white, checkered finish and Ranger brought the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge to pit lane for service. “We thought it was our best chance for a good finish and maybe steal a victory” he said.

As the green waved for the final time every driver including Ranger was charging as hard as he could. When the checkered flag fell the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge crossed the line in fourth spot. “It’s a good result for us” said the driver. “A good points day we are right in the hunt for the championship and that is where we want to be” he added.

After five events Andrew Ranger sits third in the overall championship, just eight points behind second position.

Andrew Ranger and the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge are back in action on Saturday July 26th at the Autodrome St. Eustache in St. Eustache, QC.

Race fans can get more information and follow the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team all season by going to www.mopar.ca and clicking on Motorsports.

Attached photo: Andrew Ranger and the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.

Photo Credit: Mathew Murnaghan

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Kennington Scores Top Ten In Castrol Edge Dodge

Kennington Scores Top Ten In Castrol Edge Dodge

July 17, 2014- DJ Kennington and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team concluded the annual swing through western Canada for the NASCAR Canadian Tire series with a hard fought top ten finish. The solid result keeps them in contention for what is becoming a very tight championship battle.

From the start of the afternoon practice the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge was a handful for Kennington and the crew went to work making significant changes. “We were really struggling getting the car to turn for me” said the driver. Following the adjustments Kennington wrung all he could from the car but still lined up 11th on the starting grid.

As the 250 lap race began Kennington was able to move the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge forward and into the top ten. “The track condition changed a bit and it helped but I was still pushing pretty hard” he stated.

The team decided to stop early for fresh right side tires and also to make further adjustments to the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge. Following the stop Kennington was again on the charge and looked to be in position for a good result in the race. However a long green flag run in the second half would work against the team. “I was still having to fight the car at the end and it wore the tires quicker than we’d hoped” he explained.

Kennington continued to push as hard as he could in the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge to the checkered flag and collected an eighth place result. “With where we were at the start it’s a pretty good result” said Kennington. “This whole team worked so hard to make changes all day and I can’t thank them enough for helping us have a decent points day. Before our next race we’re going to do some things to get a better handle on this new car” he added.

With his top ten finish in Saskatoon Kennington sits fifth in the very tight overall point standings.

DJ Kennington and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team return to action Saturday July 26th at the Autodrome St. Eustache in St. Eustache, QC.

Race fans are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest team news in several ways. Race fans should bookmark the team website www.djkracing.ca and follow them on twitter, @djkracing and also on Instagram. Fans should also “like” the DJK Racing Fan Page on Facebook.

Photos: DJ Kennington’s #17 Castrol Edge Dodge at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway

Photo Credit: Mathew Murnaghan

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Top-5 Finish for Alex Tagliani in Saskatoon Stefan Rzadzinski finishes 11th

Top-5 Finish for Alex Tagliani in Saskatoon Stefan Rzadzinski finishes 11th

Montreal, July 17, 2014 - The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCATS) presented by Mobil 1 concluded its annual western swing on Wednesday night July 16 at the Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon with Alex Tagliani posting his best career oval finish in this series with a fifth place in the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250, round 5 of 11 of the 2014 schedule. The previous best finish in eight oval starts for the No 18 EpiPen/Dicom Express Dodge Challenger driver was seventh at Barrie Speedway in 2008.

The Lachenaie (Quebec) driver, who qualified sixth earlier that afternoon, kept the leaders in sight all the way through this 250-lap affair around the one third mile track where drivers sometimes ran three abreast. Only 18 drivers took the green flag with eight from Western Canada.

“The Tagliani Autopsort team did a great job fixing the car following an incident during the second practice session on Wednesday afternoon,” Tagliani said. “The car was good in the race and I’m very satisfied with the results, my first top-5 finish on an oval track in this series, and my second one in the last three races (with Mirabel). We scored precious points in the Owner’s Point Standings. We are now up to fifth place.”

For the second time this year, both Tagliani Autosport Dodge entries took the start with Stefan Rzadzinski of Edmonton driving the No 24 Goldmark Diesel/ Christensen Developments/CanTorque Dodge to 11th overall in Saskatoon, two laps down from the leaders.

“It was a bit of a struggle today as we were trying to get the car right,” Rzadzinski said. “We had a good car in the short runs but we struggled in the last long run at the end of the race. After the last tire change, the car was good again, but it was a little too late.”

Race Report
Louis-Philippe Dumoulin led only two of 251 laps at the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250, but the last one was the right one as the Trois-Rivières, Quebec native scored his first oval track series win, enabling him to take the lead in the driver standings. On the green-white-checkered restart, Dumoulin moved past race leader Joey McColm of Ajax, Ontario who had taken command of the race when most of the leaders, except McColm and Dumoulin, went into the pits under caution for a tire change on lap 246. Jason Hathaway of Dutton, Ontario finished second, followed by polesitter Scott Steckly of Milverton Ontario. Steckly led a race-high 153 laps. Andrew Ranger of Roxton Pond, Québec crossed the finish line in fourth place, followed by Tagliani. McColm salvaged a sixth place finish after his slide from first place. Seven caution periods slowed down the race during 46 laps, the seventh yellow coming with 10 laps to go after a stretch of 120 laps of green racing.

Following a 3.500-kilometre trek from Saskatoon to Autodrome St. Eustache, Québec, drivers and crews will catch a short break before Round 6 of the NCATS, scheduled in 10 days on July 26. Green flag for the 250-lap around the quarter mile oval is set for 8:05 p.m., with two 30-minute practice sessions in the afternoon, followed by qualifying at 4:15 p.m.

Fans can watch TV coverage of the Edmonton race on TSN on July 20th at 3 p.m. The Auto Clearing Motor Speedway race will be telecast on TSN on July 26 at 3 p.m.

Photo Top-5 for Tagliani:
Alex Tagliani posted his best NASCAR Canadian Tire Series oval track finish with a fifth place at the Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon on Wednesday.
Photo Credit: @BronTeeTag, courtesy of Tagliani Autosport

Photo Rzadzinski:
Stefan Rzadzinski finished 11th overall on Wednesday at the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 in Saskatoon.
Photo Credit: Perry Nelson, courtesy of Tagliani Autosport

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Elliot Racing – Vaughan Food Bank Drive

Elliot Racing – Vaughan Food Bank Drive

July 12th Show #10
Over the winter our team met with Peter Wixom the manager of the Vaughan Food Bank. We want to do whatever we can to support all local Food Banks, and in doing so raise awareness and donations to this awesome and worthy volunteer driven charity. Peter was very enthused to have us part of this special day. By supporting the Vaughan Food Bank we were also able to present all our sponsors and our local race tracks during our 5 hour stay. Direct Energy Home Services, a source of home heat and services in Vaughan, was well represented this day, as this is their main area for customer installation and service.

It was successful weather wise, with lots of donations, autograph cards and a full skid of Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn given away.

This event was designed to bring awareness of the Food Bank needs to the community. Volunteers handed out large bags of pop-corn to those leaving the Canadian Tire store.

Coming Soon

Sarah Chaudhery from Scripture Union Sports paid a visit to the Food Bank display and got a very nice surprise of a donation of Orville Redenbacher’s pop corn for the race camp coming up in mid August.

A few of our sponsor’s, and associate’s, have graciously sponsored 7children for this camp.  We will send out more info on this event in the next week or so.  There is still a need for a few more children to be sponsored.

Our sponosr is located in Vaughan township. Please visit your local Direct Energy outlet for all your home heating and cooling needs.   

 

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Elliott Racing July 12th – Race #15

Elliott Racing July 12th – Race #15

Our schedule change for this past weekend had us visiting Flamboro Speedway for the first time since last summer. Our car is not set up for Flamboro but we made the schedule change to make it easier for us to head to Kawartha Speedway on Sunday.

During the day our team was on display at the Vaughan Canadian Tire store to support the local Food Bank. Canadian tire is one of Quaker State’s customer’s and we seen many coming out with Quaker State oil in their carts.

We did not have the set up we needed to be competitive at Flamboro, a track we don’t race at much anymore.  We didn’t finish 3rd in our heat race and 8th in the feature.  It was a fun night racing and we left with no damage on our car.

Our next race event is Friday night at Full Throttle Speedway in our Modified.

Special thanks to Peter Wixom and Ana Alonso for all their support for us at the Food Bank drive.  

Special thanks to Sunset Speedway for giving us some passes to give out that day as well.

Please support our sponsors whenever possible.  Visit our web site and click on the sponsor or track logo on the right hand side to see the wonderful

Services and products they offer. 

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