Racing season winds down north of the border

Posted on October 19 2012 by in Motor sports racing news, Motor speedway Scheduled, Motorsports marketing

The 2012 racing season continues to wind down as more racetracks held their final shows of the season this past weekend and several more champions were crowned north of the border.

The Brockville Ontario Speedway in Quebec held the final races of the DIRTcar 358-modified and pro stock series on the tiny 1/3-mile d-shaped track. Rochester’s Danny Johnson won the 100-lap battle but Cortland’s Dale Planck won the war while a former champion went out on a high note as he gets ready for a move up in 2013.

Johnson moved around local legend Stephane LaFrance on lap 21 and held off Syracuse winner Brett Hearn early on and surging North Country driver Billy Dunn in the closing laps for his third win this year on the series.

“I’m very fortunate to have a great hot rod here at the end of the season,” Johnson said, “It’s a phenomenal hot rod, that’s all I can tell you. It’s the same car that we ran here last year and won with, so it’s a proven piece for us.”

Planck also had a great hot rod but knew he was in trouble early as the track changed to a hard, rubber-down condition and began to eat up tires. So he decided to pit on lap 31 to change tires even though he came into the race with enough of a point lead where his finish didn’t matter.

“I figured that at the end at least my tires would have 30 less laps on it than everyone else,” Planck explained, “The restarts were real good, because it seemed like I could get a good start on the outside with the fresh tires. And then at the end I saw myself fifth on the board, and I was just hanging on, just happy to see myself finish fifth with the car in one piece”

On Friday night at Brockville, Quebec’s Stephane LeBrun held off defending champion Joey Ladouceur to win the 50-lap DIRTcar Pro Stock Series finale for his first-ever win on the series.

“I feel very happy,” the French speaking LeBrun said through an interpreter, “The car was running good, I thank my pit crew and my family for everything, and Brockville for having this.”

Ladouceur had to finish eighth or better to wrap up the championship and he came from ninth to second in a hurry while dodging an early wreck on lap 24 that ripped a fender off his car. Once in second, he then decided to curb his aggression and think about the big picture.

“I wasn’t willing to take too many chances.” Ladouceur said. “I was going at it conservatively ... cautiously aggressive,”

Now Ladouceur will say goodbye to the stock car world as he is purchasing one of his dad’s modifieds and turning it into a sportsman with the goal of following that open-wheel series in 2013.

Steve Poirier ended his season as it began with a win in the Patriot Sprint Tour finale at Brockville. It was his third victory of his shortened season as he missed several races because of a mid-season knee surgery. Auburn’s Bryan Howland was second while Constantia native Jason Barney was third.

New Jersey’s Ryan Godown beat Danny Johnson for the win Friday night as the Penn Can Speedway held King of the Can Weekend. Joey Grammes, Billy Decker and Stewart Friesen rounded out the top five.

Tim Fuller picked up his first win with his new late-model team and it was a big one as he won “The Ultimate” at Hesston Speedway in Hesston, Pennsylvania. The win for Fuller was worth $10,000.

This weekend, Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown hosts the Super DIRTcar Series as part of the three-day Eastern States Weekend while Black Rock Speedway in Dundee runs the Dutch Hoag National Open on Saturday with a big-block/small-block shootout headlining the six-division show there.

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NASCAR At Texas Motor Speedway 2012

Posted on October 4 2012 by in Motorsports sponsorship, Promotion motorsports, Racing sponsorship, Sponsorship for race cars

Here are some storylines and favorites to watch heading into tonight's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway:

Carl Edwards looking to recapture last year's form

In the offseason, Carl Edwards was tabbed as one of the favorites to win the Sprint Cup Series championship. While he hasn't struggled to the level of Jeff Gordon or Kasey Kahne, Edwards thus far has yet to live up the preseason hype. Despite three top-10s in six races, the Roush Fenway driver is still searching for consistency – which was his trademark a year ago – and more glaring, he surprisingly has yet to lead a single lap.

Expect that to change tonight, as Edwards has a track-best three wins at Texas and finished second and third here last year.

Another win for Stewart-Haas Racing?

With wins in 50 percent of the races ran this year and both its drivers comfortably inside the top 10 in points, no team has performed better this season than Stewart-Haas Racing. There is little reason to think that success won't continue this evening on the 1.5-mile track.

At least that was the thinking before Tony Stewart wrecked on his very first lap during Friday's practice session. It was a serious blow considering that was the same chassis he won with last year at Chicagoland and a few weeks back at Las Vegas – not so coincidently both tracks are of mile-and-a-half variety just like the one they'll be racing on tonight.

Perhaps the SHR banner will again be carried by Stewart's teammate Ryan Newman, who is coming off a victory two weeks ago at Martinsville. Newman has struggled here recently, but he does have a Texas win under his belt (2003) and registered top 10 finishes earlier this year at Vegas and Fontana.


The time is now for Kahne, Gordon and others

We've stated it many times, but it continues to be a theme through the early part of the season as many a big name are off to slow starts and need to kick things into high gear. Primarily, we mean the Hendrick Motorsports duo of Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon, both of whom have been saddled with serious bouts of back luck. But this also applies to Kyle Busch, who is 16th in points with two finishes in the 30s in his last three races; Jamie McMurray, 24th overall; and Kurt Busch, just one top-10 on the year and 26th in the standings.

A happy return to speedway racing for Greg Biffle

If any driver is happy to put Bristol and Martinsville in his rearview mirror, it has to be Greg Biffle. The series points leader has only finished outside the top 10 twice this season and in both instances it came on the two short tracks. But with a return to a bigger track and the style of racing he has had much success on throughout his career, the driver of the No. 16 Ford should be a constant presence up near the front of the field. And don't be surprised if Biffle, who qualified third, scores his first win of 2012 and his second Texas win overall.

Worth Noting

* Nine of the last 12 races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won by a driver starting in the top 10. According to Denny Hamlin, this is because the faster speeds run in the cool evening air make it harder to pass, putting a premium on starting up front.

* Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin are the only four drivers to have started all 22 Texas races.

* Both Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s first career Nationwide Series win (1998) and his first career Sprint Cup win (2000) occurred here.

Assuming no mechanical gremlins crop up like they did in Vegas, and there are no issues on pit road like there were at Fontana, expect to see the blue deuce somewhere in the top 10 by race end.

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NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway

Posted on September 19 2012 by

Only a few weeks away from her NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in the Daytona 500 on Feb. 26, former IZOD IndyCar Series star Danica Patrick revealed Monday that she will be skipping the 2012 running of the Indianapolis 500.


Instead, Patrick revealed during the opening stop of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway that she will be behind the wheel of the No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet fielded by Stewart-Haas Racing during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27.


“I’ve wanted to race stock cars for a little while here and it’s happening,” Patrick said. “We’ve added another challenge with the Coke 600, or Coke 6,000 as I’ve been told.” The decision, Patrick said, was mainly a business decision. Patrick has raced in the past seven Indianapolis 500s, earning a best finish of third in 2009 while driving for Andretti Green Racing.


“I hope to do it in the future, the Indy 500 that is. Maybe it’ll be a double,” Patrick said, referring to the Coca-Cola 600 and Indianapolis 500 double that her Sprint Cup team owner Tony Stewart, John Andretti and Robby Gordon have done in the past.


Patrick is scheduled to run up to 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events this year for Stewart-Haas Racing in addition to the full NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule with JR Motorsports.


Pressure is On Tony Stewart and Steve Addington in 2012


Members of the media got their first look at the new driver/crew chief combination of Tony Stewart and Steve Addington Monday and the pair already look like they’ve been working together for years.


But still, the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Stewart admits they have a lot to learn about each other.


“We’re just a bunch of low-key, down to Earth racers, hardcore racers that just want to race. That is the attitude Steve has,” Stewart said. “I’m not putting any pressure on him (Addington). I’m looking forward to going out and racing with him.


“We both know there is going to be a period of learning each other and just little things. Daytona, that 10 day period is not going to get it done. It is going to take getting through Phoenix and Vegas and some of those races to really get in tune with each other,” Stewart added.


If Addington was concerned about any potential learning curve, he certainly didn’t show it.


“One guy isn’t going to make a big difference,” said Addington, who moved to Stewart-Haas Racing from Penske Racing. “I’ve gotta keep the communication with him going as far as the race car is concerned. Having that supporting cast, the people that are around you and throughout the organization, that is what makes you successful.”


Another new piece of the puzzle at Stewart-Haas Racing is Greg Zipadelli, Stewart’s former crew chief at Joe Gibbs Racing. Zipadelli joins Stewart-Haas Racing as the organizations new competition director and will also serve as Patrick’s crew chief during her 10-race venture into Sprint Cup.


Stewart Eyes Seventh Daytona Nationwide Win


Tony Stewart will attempt to win his seventh NASCAR Nationwide Series race on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 25. This year Stewart will drive the No. 33 Oreo 100th Anniversary Chevrolet fielded by Richard Childress Racing. Stewart has won the last four NASCAR Nationwide season openers at Daytona and hopes to add a fifth-straight victory next month.


Aspen-Dental to Sponsor Newman; Outback Steakhouse, Quicken Loans Join SHR


Stewart-Haas Racing announced Monday that it reached a multi-year agreement with Aspen Dental, one of the largest networks of dental-care providers in the United States, as a new sponsor for Ryan Newman's No. 39 Chevrolet.


The Syracuse-based dental care provider will be the primary sponsor for Newman in 2012 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona in July and New Hampshire in September and will serve an associate sponsor at other events.


Stewart-Haas Racing announced in late 2011 that it would add Outback Steakhouse and Quicken Loans to its stable of sponsors for 2012.


New Crew Chiefs Settling In At Joe Gibbs Racing


After what many would consider a down year for the Joe Gibbs Racing organization, the team decided that a little bit of change was in order.


Darian Grubb, who won the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship with Tony Stewart, was hired to replace Mike Ford as crew chief for Denny Hamlin on the No. 11 FedEx Toyota.


“I’m really excited to join Joe Gibbs Racing and the No. 11 FedEx team,” Grubb said Monday. “We’re having lots of fun, we’re having lots of meetings. We’re kind of setting the course for what we want to do. We want to go out there and be competitive.”


Elsewhere, crew chief Jason Ratcliff was promoted from the JGR NASCAR Nationwide Series operation to replace Greg Zipadelli as crew chief of the No. 20 Home Depot/Dollar General Toyota driven by Joey Logano.


“J.D. (Gibbs) gave me the opportunity about seven years ago to come over and work on the Nationwide program,” said Ratcliff. “It has been great for seven years and I knew it would have to be a really special deal to move beyond that.


“They’ve given me an opportunity that fits well with a great driver, with great sponsors like Home Depot and Dollar General, and a team that is eager to go out and win races,” Ratcliff added.


The one driver at Joe Gibbs Racing that didn’t get a new crew chief is Kyle Busch, who will again partner with Dave Rogers for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.


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Round Four on Tap of Premier Legends Car Event at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Posted on August 29 2012 by Daryn Weatherman in Motorsports sponsorship, Promotion motorsports, Racing sponsorship, Sponsorship for race cars, Daryn Weatherman

CHARLOTTE, NC (July 10, 2012)- Round four of the prestigious Jack in the Box Summer Shootout for Legends cars resumes tonight on the quarter-mile layout of Charlotte Motor Speedway. The 19th addition of the marquee event brings together the top Legends car drivers from across the country competing on a national stage in hopes of propelling their careers.

Kyle Weatherman is 14-years old and competes in the Legends Pro division having already racked up twenty starts prior to the Summer Shootout. He has scored eight wins along with 14 top five and 15 top ten performances with only one DNF. He has made starts in his Legend car, Dirt Super Late Model, and in IMCA Modified this season. He is also the 2011 USLCI Legends Nationals champion.

In three races so far this summer in the Shootout, he has posted a best finish of fifth but looks to change all that tonight in round four.

Younger brother Clayton (13), competes in the Young Lions division of the USLCI Legend Car Series and is a five-time champion having scored nine wins in sixteen starts so far this season. Clayton is hoping to turn his Summer Shootout around looking for his first top ten finish of the series. Clayton has previously won in this series back in 2010 claiming wins in the Bandelaro division.

You can follow both Kyle and Clayton during the entire Shoot out all summer at www.weathermanmotorsports.com, www.kyleweatherman.com, www.claytonweatherman.com or on Facebook.

About Weatherman Motorsports

Weatherman Motorsports is owned by successful business entrepreneur Daryn Weatherman who operates a large commercial and residential glass business in suburban St. Louis, MO. The team features his sons, Kyle and Clayton, who compete primarily in Legend cars. This season Kyle will also make starts in IMCA Modifieds, Dirt Late Models, and in ARCA Racing Series. You fan follow all the action all season at www.weathermanmotorsports.com. The team is supported by loyal sponsors that include: United Nissan, CashBack, St. Charles Glass & Glazing, Mittler Brothers Machine, Tanner by Mittler Brothers, Richardson Racing Products, James Dent Racing, and Vandergriff Toyota.

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Prestigious Event in Charlotte Draws Competitors From Across the Country

Posted on August 10 2012 by Daryn Weatherman in Daryn Weatherman, Motorsports sponsorship, Promotion motorsports, Racing sponsorship, Sponsorship for race cars

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CHARLOTTE, NC (July 3, 2012)- The Big Money "100" offers Legend car racers from across the country the opportunity to showcase their talent in perhaps the biggest event of the year at Charlotte (NC) Motor Speedway. Tonight the 3rd annual event takes place under the lights after two days of practice and preliminary races.

The Legends Big Money 100 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the largest grassroots race in history will again offer the largest Legend Car and Bandolero purse of the year as drivers from all across the U.S. do battle on the speedway's frontstretch quarter-mile oval.

"There is no doubt this race is a big deal for us," stated Kyle Weatherman, the 2011 USLCI Legend Car National Championship event winner. "We are spending all summer in Charlotte racing in the Summer Shootout and this race is one that I really want to win."

Kyle Weatherman is 14-years old and competes in the Legends Pro division having already racked up twenty starts prior to the Summer Shootout. He has scored eight wins along with 14 top five and 15 top ten performances with only one DNF. He has made starts in his Legend car, Dirt Super Late Model, and in IMCA Modified this season. He is also the 2011 USLCI Legends Nationals champion. His start to the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout has not been as expected only notching one top five finish in three starts.

Kyle will have his work cut out for him as he will have to work is way through the "B" feature today and finish in the top ten in order to gain a transfer spot into The Big Money "100" tonight.

Meanwhile, younger brother Clayton (13) who competes in the Young Lions division of the USLCI Legend Car Series has scored nine wins in sixteen starts so far this season but his performance at the Summer Shootout has not gone the way he planned. Clayton is healing from a broken thumb that required surgery and pins after a devastating crash in Texas back in May.

"Clayton is trying to get his mojo back," stated Daryn Weatherman (father and owner of the team). "This will be a great race to do it." Clayton is set to roll off 19th on the grid and will have to use some patience to work through the field but he has proven he is more than capable at Charlotte. In 2010 he won in the Summer Shootout from deep in the field.

You can follow both Kyle and Clayton during the entire Shoot out all summer at www.weathermanmotorsports.com, www.kyleweatherman.com, www.claytonweatherman.com or on Facebook.

About Weatherman Motorsports

Weatherman Motorsports is owned by successful business entrepreneur Daryn Weatherman who operates a large commercial and residential glass business in suburban St. Louis, MO. The team features his sons, Kyle and Clayton, who compete primarily in Legend cars. This season Kyle will also make starts in IMCA Modifieds, Dirt Late Models, and in ARCA Racing Series. You fan follow all the action all season at www.weathermanmotorsports.com. The team is supported by loyal sponsors that include: United Nissan, CashBack, St. Charles Glass & Glazing, Mittler Brothers Machine, Tanner by Mittler Brothers, Richardson Racing Products, James Dent Racing, and Vandergriff Toyota.

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Weatherman Motorsports Shines at Spring Sizzler

Posted on July 19 2012 by Daryn Weatherman in Motorsports sponsorship, Promotion motorsports, Racing sponsorship, Sponsorship for race cars

Brothers Kyle and Clayton Weatherman Continue to Impress in Legend Car Action

WENTZVILLE, MO (March 20, 2012)- This past weekend at The Bullring at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway, 14-year old Kyle and 12-year old Clayton Weatherman demonstrated why they are two of the nation’s top Legend car drivers.

In two days of racing action where Young Lions, Semi-Pro, and Pro classes were merged, the duo scored four top three finishers on the 3/8-mile banked oval.

On Saturday, the team worked on setups logging a number of laps to break in the new spec Federal tires used in competition. The tires need more than 100-laps on them to even begin to work well according to crew chief Michael Harper.

The Weatherman team swaps out the engine in Clayton’s car in 38 minutes led by Jarid Carpenter and the rest of the team.

After the first practice session both boys were near the top of the speed charts but Clayton was dealt a blow when a camshaft failed setting the team in action to swap out the spec Yamaha engine. Thirty-eight minutes later with a new engine in place, Clayton made it back out on the track in time for the second practice session.

Both drivers were dominate in their heat races and registered second (Kyle) and third (Clayton) place finishes respectively in the 25-lap main event.

After an evening of relaxation that included cosmic bowling with the team, the Weatherman brothers were back in action on Sunday afternoon dominating the events. Kyle Weatherman claimed the victory with Clayton a close second in the feature race.

“There is nothing like winning and we had a much better car on Sunday,” Kyle Weatherman offered. “We needed the tires to come in and once they did we were really good. I like coming out to Vegas and certainly have had good success there.”

Last season, Kyle Weatherman won the prestigious USLCI Nationals besting over 160 of the top drivers in the country.

Kyle (L) and Clayton talking setup at The Bullring.

For his part, Clayton Weatherman enjoyed the finish but he also knew he was close. You can call it sibling rivalry. “All I want to do is beat Kyle,” Clayton Weatherman said. “We got close this weekend and I know it will happen soon. I really enjoy racing Kyle and I liked this track a lot. The Bullring is a fun place to race.”

Next up for the duo is the Monster Jam World Finals back in Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium this coming weekend. Both boys will attend a two day autograph session on Friday and Saturday as well as participate in team activities for crew chief Michael Harper, who owns The Outlaw Monster Truck. You can follow both Kyle and Clayton all season long at www.weathermanmotorsports.com, www.kyleweatherman.com, www.claytonweatherman.com or on Facebook.

About Weatherman Motorsports

Weatherman Motorsports is owned by successful business entrepreneur Daryn Weatherman who operates a large commercial and residential glass business in suburban St. Louis, MO. The team features his sons, Kyle and Clayton who compete primarily in Legend cars. This season Kyle wil also make starts in IMCA Modfieds, Dirt Late Models, and in ARCA Racing Series. You fan follow all the action all season at www.weathermanmotorsports.com. The team is supported by loyal sponsors that include: United Nissan, CashBack, St. Charles Glass & Glazing, Mittler Brothers Machine, Tanner by Mittler Brothers, and Richardson Racing Products.

About DJ Shannon Enterprises LLC

From one-time press releases, event coverage, to a full season public relations campaign, we have a grassroots motorsports marketing program to fit your budget and needs. Get started today by calling Derrick at 208/870-8066 or email derrick@djssportsmarketing.com

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