NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series to be sponsored by J&A Service

J&A Service, a leader in oil and gas well-servicing exploration, has signed an agreement to become the series sponsor for the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.  In 2015, the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will compete at 10 NHRA national events.

As part of its series sponsorship, J&A Service will provide a $200,000 purse that pays the national champion $50,000 and the series runner-up $20,000. Each individual event winner will earn $10,000 and the event runners-up will claim $3,000 each.

“We feel this is a tremendous opportunity to align our company with an NHRA drag racing series that has delivered excitement to the fans and shown positive growth each season,” said Jim and Annie Whiteley, owners of J&A Service. “We look forward to working with NHRA to continue to expand the Pro Mod Series and foster overall growth for the sport of NHRA drag racing.”

The series opens March 12-15 with the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Florida. The series will once again race on Father’s Day weekend at Bristol Dragway, during the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals (June 19-21), and also again on the Independence Day weekend (July 2-5), at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. The series will conclude at the NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas on Halloween weekend. A complete series schedule is below.

“The NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series has evolved into a very competitive arena for a diverse mix of high-horsepower machines and has become a fan-favorite across the NHRA circuit,” said Gary Darcy, NHRA senior vice president of sales and marketing. “Through J&A Service’s commitment with the series entitlement we can continue to build upon the momentum that the Pro Mod Series has been gaining since it was launched in 2010.”

The NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series is supported by the Real Pro Mod (RPM) Association, a group of NHRA Pro Mod Series team owners who works closely with NHRA on many initiatives to maintain the series.

“It was important for us to find a sponsor that has a great passion for NHRA Pro Mod Racing and we have done that with J&A Service,” said Danny Rowe, Real Pro Mod Association board member. “With this important piece of the puzzle in place we can now get on with the business of delivering an exciting product on the track for the great fans of NHRA drag racing.”

Featuring the world’s fastest and most unique doorslammer race cars, highlighted by ’68 Camaros, ’67 Mustangs and ’68 Firebirds, as well as a variety of late-model cars, the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series offers something for every kind of hot-rodding enthusiast.

In addition to J&A Service’s series sponsorship, other companies who support the series as event presenting sponsors are Precision Turbo, JEGS, Aeromotive and Mid-Atlantic Energy.

Series sponsor J&A Service is also a primary sponsor for the YNOT Racing team, which includes competition in the Pro Mod, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman classes, featuring drivers Jim Whiteley, Annie Whiteley, Steven Whiteley, Anita Strasburg and John Baker.

J&A Service, owned by veteran racers Jim and Annie Whiteley, is located in Grand Junction, Colo. The company, a national oil and gas well-servicing business, leases and operates all forms of well-completion equipment and is the innovator of its patented Green Completions Unit, a self-contained, high-capacity mobile flowback separator that contains 99 percent of all airborne contaminates. Mobile units are available for sale or lease.

2015 NHRA J&A SERVICE PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES SCHEDULE
March 12-15 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Gainesville, Fla.
April 24-26 O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals Houston
May 15-17 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals Atlanta
June 4-7 Toyota NHRA Summernationals Englishtown, N.J.
June 19-21 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Bristol, Tenn.
July 2-5 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Norwalk, Ohio
Sept. 2-7 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Indianapolis
Sept. 18-20 NHRA Carolina Nationals Charlotte, N.C.
Sept. 25-27 AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals St. Louis
Oct. 29-Nov. 1 NHRA Toyota Nationals Las Vegas

Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series to Visit NHRA Tracks Across The Country Again In 2015

GLENDORA, Calif. –

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series returns for a 14th season with premier events taking place across the country in all seven NHRA divisions it was announced today by NHRA officials. The 2015 schedule will feature 45 divisional events with a minimum of six in each of the seven divisions. There will also be 25 regional events featuring the 260-mph Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car classes.

The 2015 season will see a return to Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. and Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, N.C. The 2015 season will begin in Orlando, Feb. 13-15, and concludes in Las Vegas, Nov. 5-8.

The new season will also include the addition of two doubleheader weekends at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kan., Aug. 13-16 and Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley, Utah, Sept. 24-27.

The ultra-competitive series will feature three sportsman-focused national events during the season, the JEGS SPORTSNationals events during the course of the racing season. The JEGS Cajun SPORTSNationals will be held at No Problem Raceway, March 20-22; the JEGS Pacific SPORTSNationals, returns to Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway, May 29-31; and the JEGS Northern SPORTSNationals, Sept. 18-20 at National Trail Raceway. Regional, divisional and national championship points as well as a purse of more than $500,000 in seven categories will be up for grabs in the season.

“Having come through the Sportsman ranks myself, I know how important it is to have the support you need to compete,” said Morgan Lucas of Lucas Oil Products. “These are our people, these are our customers. The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is the core of our sport. I know I speak for everyone at Lucas Oil when I say that we’re honored to continue title sponsorship of this series.”

Bonus programs available to competitors in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series include the $100,000 JEGS Allstars. Individual divisions may also have additional bonus programs available to racers.

In addition to Lucas, some prominent graduates of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series who have gone on to successful careers in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series include Brandon Bernstein, Shawn Langdon, Courtney Force, Erica Enders-Stevens, Alexis DeJoria, and Jeg Coughlin.

2015 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Schedule

Northeast Division
April 24-25          Virginia Motorsports Park                         Dinwiddie, Va.

May 22-24            Maple Grove Raceway                               Reading, Pa.

June 26-28           Lebanon Valley Dragway                            West Lebanon, N.Y.        
July 17-19           New England Dragway                               Epping, N.H.       
July 31-Aug. 2       Atco Raceway                                      Atco, N.J.

Aug. 14-16           Cecil County Dragway                              Rising Sun, Md. 
Sept. 11-13          Old Bridge Township Raceway Park                  Englishtown, N.J.

                
Southeast Division                                                           
Feb. 13-15           Orlando Speed World Dragway                       Orlando, Fla.
Feb. 20-22           Auto Plus Raceway                                 Gainesville, Fla.
March 6-8            South Georgia Motorsports Park                    Valdosta, Ga.      
April 17-19          Montgomery Motorsports Park                       Montgomery, Ala.

May 29-31            Rockingham Dragway                                Rockingham, N.C.

Sept. 25-26          Bristol Dragway                                   Bristol, Tenn.

Oct. 16-18           Silver Dollar Raceway                             Reynolds, Ga.

                                                                
North Central Division                                                    
May 1-3              Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis                 Brownsburg, Ind.
May 15-17            Summit Motorsports Park                           Norwalk, Ohio
June 5-7             Route 66 Raceway                                  Joliet, Ill.

July 24-26           National Trail Raceway                            Columbus, Ohio

Aug. 7-8             Gateway Motorsports Park                          Madison, Ill. 
Aug. 28-30           Beech Bend Raceway Park                           Bowling Green, Ky.         
                                
South Central Division                                                    
March 6-8            Royal Purple Raceway                              Baytown, Texas

April 17-19          Texas Motorplex                                   Ennis, Texas       
May 29-31            No Problem Raceway                                Belle Rose, La.   
June 12-14           Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park                   Tulsa, Okla.         
Sept. 18-20          Thunder Road Raceway Park                         Gilliam, La.
Oct. 9-11            Thunder Valley Raceway Park                       Noble, Okla.
                                                                
West Central Division                                                     
May 15-17            SRCA Dragstrip                                    Great Bend, Kan.

June 6-7             Brainerd International Raceway                    Brainerd, Minn.

June 19-21           Bandimere Speedway                                Denver
Aug. 13-14           Heartland Park Topeka                             Topeka, Kan.
Aug. 15-16           Heartland Park Topeka                             Topeka, Kan.
Sept. 11-13          Tri-State Raceway                                 Earlville, Iowa    
                                                
Northwest Division                                                         
May 15-17            Firebird Raceway                                  Boise, Idaho

June 5-7             Mission Raceway                                   Mission, B.C.      
June 27-28           Yellowstone Dragstrip                             Acton, Mont.
July 17-19           Woodburn Dragstrip                                Woodburn, Ore.

Aug. 21-23           Pacific Raceways                                  Kent, Wash.

Sept. 18-20          Woodburn Dragstrip                                Woodburn, Ore.

Pacific Division                                                   
Feb. 27-Mar. 1       Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park                  Chandler, Ariz.  
April 17-19          The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway             Las Vegas            
May 22-24            Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway           Fontana, Calif.

July 24-26           Sonoma Raceway                                    Sonoma, Calif.   
Sept. 24-25          Rocky Mountain Raceways                           West Valley, Utah  
Sept. 26-27          Rocky Mountain Raceways                           West Valley, Utah          
Nov. 5-8             The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway             Las Vegas            

JEGS SPORTSnationals 
March 20-22          JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals                        Belle Rose, La.
May 29-31            JEGS Pacific SPORTSnationals                      Fontana, Calif.
Sept. 18-20          JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals                     Hebron, Ohio


2015 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Regional Schedule

East Region
Feb. 20-22           Auto Plus Raceway                                 Gainesville, Fla.
April 24-25          Virginia Motorsports Park                         Dinwiddie, Va.

May 22-24            Maple Grove Raceway                               Reading, Pa.

June 26-28           Lebanon Valley Dragway                            West Lebanon, N.Y.        
July 17-19           New England Dragway                               Epping, N.H.       
July 31-Aug. 2       Atco Raceway                                      Atco, N.J.

                                                                
North Central Region                                                    
May 1-3              Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis                 Brownsburg, Ind.
May 15-17            Summit Motorsports Park                           Norwalk, Ohio
June 5-7             Route 66 Raceway                                  Joliet, Ill.

July 24-26           National Trail Raceway                            Hebron, Ohio                
Aug. 7-8             Gateway Motorsports Park                          Madison, Ill. 
Aug. 28-30           Beech Bend Raceway Park                           Bowling Green, Ky.         
                                
Central Region                                                    
April 17-19          Texas Motorplex                                   Ennis, Texas       
June 12-13           Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park                   Tulsa, Okla.         
June 19-21           Bandimere Speedway                                Denver
Aug. 13-15           Heartland Park Topeka                             Topeka, Kan.
Sept. 11-13          Tri-State Raceway                                 Earlville, Iowa    
Oct. 9-11            Thunder Valley Raceway Park                       Noble, Okla.
                                                                
West Region  
Feb. 27-Mar. 1       Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park                  Chandler, Ariz.  
April 17-19          The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway             Las Vegas            
June 5-7             Mission Raceway                                   Mission, B.C.      
July 17-19           Woodburn Dragstrip                                Woodburn, Ore.

Aug. 21-23           Pacific Raceways                                  Kent, Wash.

Sept. 18-20          Woodburn Dragstrip                                Woodburn, Ore.
Nov. 5-8             The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway             Las Vegas

Pursley Goes Out On Top

Veteran Driver Ends K&N West Career With Second Championship

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Every great athlete dreams of riding off into the sunset when their career ultimately comes to a close, leaving behind the silhouette of a champion as they hang up their competitive gear for good.

Very few get to end at the top of their game, which is what makes Greg Pursley’s retirement from racing after winning his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship special.

“This one is just as special as winning the first one, due to the fact that it’s the last ride for Gene Price Motorsports,” said Pursley. “To end the season and to end Gene Price Motorsports with a championship is pretty much the only way to go out. It’s pretty cool that we got to do that.”

The driver of the No. 26 Star Nursery/Real Water Ford showed no indication that his skills were waning in what turned out to be his final season. Pursley finished the year with two wins, three poles, 11 top fives and 13 top 10s in 14 starts this season, his sixth for championship car owner Gene Price. Often times racing side-by-side drivers that were less than half his age, the Newhall, California, native put on a racing display nearly every week he was at the track. He completed 1800 of 1804 laps run this year, leading 454 laps in total — 160 more than the next closest competitor. Pursley led at least one lap in 10 events in 2014 and never relinquished the points lead after capturing it in the second event of the season. He ended the year with a 4.1 average race finish.

“One of our goals throughout this year was that we wanted to finish top three every race and then win some races,” said Pursley. “While we didn’t get all the way there, we came close. I think between Gene and Jerry Pitts my crew chief and all the guys in the shop busting their butts, we all had one main goal in mind and that was to go out and win a championship.”

Pursley’s retirement brings to a close a career with the series that spanned 10 seasons. A known driver in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series — he won the national championship in 2004 — Pursley made his K&N Pro Series West debut with an 11th-place finish at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, California, in 1999.

For the next decade, Pursley would mostly focus his Whelen All-American Series commitments. Following his 1999 debut, he next ran with the series in 2002, finishing ninth in the championship standings after running the full season. Pursley would make five more starts in the series, one in 2007 and four in 2008, before pairing with Gene Price Motorsports beginning in 2009.

“I’ve known Gene for over 10 years now,” said Pursley. “I used to crew chief for his son at Irwindale Speedway (now Irwindale Event Center). The first time I drove a car for Gene was in 2007 at the Toyota All-Star Showdown super late model event there and we won it. After that, I kind of hit him up on driving some K&N stuff and low and behold we have a whole team now.”

Pursley won his first series race in his first event with Gene Price Motorsports, the 2009 Allstate Texas Thunder 150 at Thunder Hill Raceway in Kyle, Texas. He finished the year third in the standings, pairing up with crew chief Jerry Pitts in the final event of the season.

In 2010, the program took a relative step back. While Pursley won two events on the year, he only recorded four top-five and seven top-10 finishes, down from eight and 11 respectively in 2009. He finished fifth in the championship battle that year.

Pursley opened 2011 with hopes of putting the bad luck of 2010 in the rearview mirror. He won season opener at Phoenix International Raceway in February, his second straight series win at the track, but a simple walk across his kitchen floor in the middle of an early April night nearly put not only Pursley’s season – but his life – in jeopardy.

He was stung twice in the bottom of the foot by a scorpion he never saw. His family was out of town at the time, leaving him facing very real danger. He was eventually airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital and spent three days in the intensive care unit.

Pursley would eventually rebound, winning six races that year, accompanied by six pole awards, 12 top fives and 12 top 10s en route to his first series championship.

From 2012 through 2014, Pursley would go on to record 11 race wins, nine poles, 32 top fives and 40 top 10s. In six years with Gene Price Motorsports, Pursley had 20 wins, 20 poles, 56 top fives and 70 top 10s in 83 starts, capping off the incredible run with his second series title.

Pursley knows that the team’s success began with the support from the man at the very top.

“One of the best things we had going for us was our car owner, Gene,” said Pursley. “There was never anything that came out of his mouth about us having to cut down on spending money or testing anywhere. It was always, ‘We need to go out there and win some races. Let’s go do what it takes.’ Gene is the kind of guy that, when he does something, he wants to do it right.”

“I wouldn’t be anywhere in my career without Gene. You can say he let me fulfill my dream as a racer out here.”

So, what comes next for Greg Pursley? Will he go back to racing super late models or crew chiefing up-and-coming talent? Or will he look to start his own racing team and win a championship as an owner?

“All good things must come to an end,” said Pursley. “We’re going to keep the shop open here and we’re going to be working on hot rods, building hot rods and high performance boats. Other than that, there are no plans of racing.”

“Through GPM, there were three championships won out of here in six years, two with me and one with (Dylan) Kwasniewski. I don’t think that’s too bad of a record. I’m pretty proud of all of the guys here who worked hard to get three championships for Gene. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Pursley will be formally crowned series champion when he receives the K&N Pro Series West championship ring and trophy at the NASCAR Touring Series Awards on Dec. 13 in the Charlotte (North Carolina) Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

 

 

Formula SAE Gearing up for 2014

International_FlagsThe Formula SAE has began and will once again have competitions located throughout the World as well as the United States.

 

Below are the events scheduled here in the states.

May 14-17, 2014
Brooklyn, Michigan, USA
June 18-21, 2014
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
June 18-21, 2014
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
April 28 – May 1, 2014
Loudon, New Hampshire, USA
Good luck to all the students out there!!!!!

2014 Tire Rack Solo Schedule Now Available

 

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TOPEKA, Kan. (November 14, 2013) – The 2014 Tire Rack SCCA National Solo® schedule, including Championship Tour, Match Tour, and ProSolo events, was announced today to participants. The schedule features 27 events, spread out over the three formats.

 

The Tire Rack SCCA Championship Tour season begins March 15-16 in Cecil, Ga., at the South Georgia Motorsports Park. A traditional location on the Solo calendar, the event falls just one week after the SCCA National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. – close enough for those across the country to participate in both events.

 

The Tire Rack ProSolo Series season begins one week later at another traditional site, March 22-23 in Blytheville, Ark. Blytheville also appears at the end of the Championship Tour schedule, Sept. 27-28 following the Tire Rack Solo National Championships. The end of the season event will feature a permanent course beginning in 2014, to remain consistent moving forward, with the local community working with SCCA to develop incentives and rewards for track record holders – by nature, a rarity in the Solo community.

 

The second season of the Tire Rack Match Tour format begins April 12-13 in Wilmington, Ohio. The former hub of DHL Shipping’s US operations, the airport site is wide, smooth and provides options for a variety of courses.

 

The options available at Wilmington make the area a prime site for Solo competition, and the schedule reflects that. Wilmington is the only location on the schedule to host all three formats, as the ProSolo and Championship Tours will visit on back to back weekends, July 26-27 and August 2-3.

 

Packwood, Wash., hosts back to back events in early July. The Championship Tour visits July 5-6, followed immediately by the ProSolo July 12-13. The Packwood site is legendary for its scenery, beauty, and all around good fun, providing an excellent vacation destination for out-of-towners.

 

Crows Landing, near Patterson, Calif., returns to the schedule in a big way after a 20 year absence. The large concrete pad, used in the past by both the military and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for training exercises, hosts a Pro Solo, June 7-8, and a Championship Tour, June 14-15. The last SCCA National event held at the site was a ProSolo in 1994.

 

While an event “in Atlanta” has been on the schedule several times over the years, for the first time in recent history the event will occur in the city proper. The Turner Field parking lots have been secured for the May 17-18 Match Tour event.

 

Also returning are the traditional Spring Nationals at the Lincoln Airpark on Memorial Day weekend, featuring the ProSolo on Friday and Saturday, May 23-24, and the Championship Tour, May 25-26.

 

Collectively, the events make up the “Road to Lincoln” and the 42nd Tire Rack Solo National Championship. The week-long event begins with the ProSolo Finale, Aug. 30-31, and the crowning of National Solo Champions September 2-5 at the Lincoln Airpark.

 

The National Solo schedules are:

 

Tire Rack ProSolo Series

 

March 22-23: Akansas Aeroplex (formerly Eaker AFB) in Blytheville, AR
April 12-13: El Toro ex-Marine base in Irvine, CA
April 26-27: Fed Ex Field in Largo, MD, near Washington, D.C.
May 3-4: Mineral Wells Airport in Mineral Wells, TX
May 23-24: Lincoln Airpark in Lincoln, NE
June 7-8: Crows Landing Air Facility, near Patterson, CA
June 28-29: Toledo Express Airport in Toledo, OH
July 12-13: Former Hampton Mills Lumber Plant in Packwood, WA
July 26-27: Wilmington Airpark in Wilmington, OH
August 30-31: ProSolo Finale at Lincoln Airpark in Lincoln, NE

 

Tire Rack Championship Tour

 

March 15-16: South Georgia Motorsports Park in Cecil, GA
March 29-30: Texas A&M Annex near College Station, TX
April 5-6: Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA
May 3-4: MetLife Stadium, E. Rutherford, NJ
May 25-26: Lincoln Airpark in Lincoln, NE
June 14-15: Crows Landing Air Facility, near Patterson, CA
July 5-6: Former Hampton Mills Lumber Plant in Packwood, WA
August 2-3: Wilmington Airpark in Wilmington, OH
September 2-5: 42nd Tire Rack Solo National Championships at Lincoln Airpark in Lincoln, NE
September 27-28: Arkansas Aeroplex (formerly Eaker AFB) in Blytheville, AR

 

Tire Rack Match Tour

 

April 12-13: Wilmington Airpark in Wilmington, OH
May 17-18: Turner Field in Atlanta, GA
June 7-8: Devens Airfield Police Training Facility in Ayer, MA
June 14-15: Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, CO
July 5-6: Grissom Airpark near Peru, IN
August 16-17: Milwaukee, WI
October TBA: western location tbd

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K&N Pro Series 2014 Schedule Announced

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2014 K&N West Schedule Announced

Fourteen Race Calendar Spans Seven States

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West opens and closes with its traditional Phoenix dates, and in between tackles some tricky ovals and battles on a pair of premier road courses.

A 14-race schedule that covers seven states and includes five companion events with NASCAR’s national series awaits the West portion of the top step on the NASCAR’s developmental ladder.

New to the 2014 slate is a return to one of the sport’s finest short tracks in Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. The series also will make a visit to State Line Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho. Kern County Raceway Park has added a second date, as well.

“The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West features the stars of tomorrow competing against the top stock-car drivers in the west,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president, regional and touring series. “The 2014 calendar is an excellent mix of short tracks, national series companion events and challenging road courses to give fans an exciting season and help prepare the drivers for the next level.”

The 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule rundown:

Phoenix International Raceway – The 2014 season kicks off at the D-shaped, one-mile track on Feb. 27 and the new champion will be crowned on Nov. 6 in a return to the Arizona desert. Both dates are in conjunction with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits.

Irwindale Speedway – After a year away, the K&N West makes its return to the half-mile West Coast jewel on March 22 on the same weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits nearby Auto Club in Fontana, Calif.

Stockton 99 Speedway – The series makes it visit to the Northern California quarter-mile for the season’s third event on May 3.

Iowa Speedway – For the eighth consecutive year, the Newton, Iowa, track will host the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West combination events. The first clash will be May 17 and the two series will again meet for bragging rights on Aug. 1. Both will be part of the NASCAR Nationwide Series weekends.

Kern County Raceway Park – After a successful debut at the newly-constructed half-mile track, the series makes a pair of trips to Bakersfield, Calif., on May 24 and Aug. 30.

Sonoma Raceway – California’s Napa Valley is the setting on June 21 as the series joins the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for its first of two road-course dates.

State Line Speedway – New to the slate this season is a July 12 visit to the quarter-mile oval located in Post Falls, Idaho.

Colorado National Speedway – Another trip to the Rocky Mountain region is in store for July 26.

Evergreen Speedway – The series makes its annual trip to the Pacific Northwest on Aug. 16 to take on the historic .646-mile oval just north of Seattle.

Miller Motorsports Park – The pristine Utah racing complex will host the series’ second road-course date on Sept. 13 for a battle on the 2.2-mile East Course.

All American Speedway – The California third-mile oval will play host to the series for the 16th time on Oct. 11 for the series’ penultimate event.

Earlier this year at Phoenix, Derek Thorn won his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship. He, along with the six other NASCAR touring series champions and special award winners, will be honored at the NASCAR Night of Champions Awards on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center next to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

2014 NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST SCHEDULE

Date Track (Length) Location
Thurs., Feb. 27 Phoenix International Raceway (1-mile) Avondale, Ariz.
Sat., March 22 Irwindale Speedway (.5-mile) Irwindale, Calif.
Sat., May 3 Stockton 99 Speedway (.25-mile) Stockton, Calif.
Sat., May 17 * Iowa Speedway (.875-mile) Newton, Iowa
Sat., May 24 Kern County Raceway Park (.5-mile) Bakersfield, Calif.
Sat., June 21 Sonoma Raceway (1.99-mile road course) Sonoma, Calif.
Sat. July, 12 State Line Speedway (.25-mile) Post Falls, Idaho
Sat., July 26 Colorado National Speedway (.375-mile) Dacono, Colo.
Fri., Aug. 1 * Iowa Speedway (.875-mile) Newton, Iowa
Sat., Aug. 16 Evergreen Speedway (.646-mile) Monroe, Wash.
Sat., Aug. 30 Kern County Raceway Park (.5-mile) Bakersfield, Calif.
Sat. Sept. 13 Miller Motorsports Park (2.2-mile road course) Tooele, Utah
Sat., Oct. 11 All American Speedway (.333-mile) Roseville, Calif.
Thurs., Nov. 6 Phoenix International Raceway (1-mile) Avondale, Ariz.

* Combination race with NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
Subject to change

2014 NHRA Season to begin at famous Pomona Raceway

The NHRA season kicks off once again where it has the last 54 years.  Pomona Raceway located in Pomona, California, has started the NHRA season traditionally every year since 1961.  The 2014 season is no different.  With the season rapidly approaching we wanted to take a quick look back at how the 2013 season unfolded.

In 2013, three Shelby Goodyear customers took home a National Championship.  This was a tremendous feat for all individuals but especially gratifying to the folks at Carroll Shelby Enterprises who make up the Western Distributor for Goodyear Racing tires.

TAD Winner Jim Whiteley / YNOT Racing Grand Junction, Colorado

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This marked Jim Whiteley’s second consecutive National Championship.  He also claimed the West Region TAD Championship.

Competition Eliminator Alan Ellis Mapleton, Utah

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This was Alan Ellis first National Championship.  He also won the 2013 Division 7 Comp Championship as well.

Stock Eliminator Justin Lamb Henderson, Nevada

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This was Justin Lamb’s first National Championship.  He also was named 2013 Division 7 Stock Champion.

Congratulations guys and we will see you in Pomona!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Dates Confirmed for 2014 Runoffs at Mazda Raceways Laguna Seca

sccadotcomlogo6TOPEKA, Kan. (September 11, 2013) – Officials from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Sports Car Club of America confirmed today the dates of the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs®, October 6-12, 2014. The event’s historic return to the west coast was announced in July.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will become the seventh track to host the National Championship event in the Runoffs’ 50-year history, and marks the return of the Runoffs to the west coast for the first time since the now-closed Riverside International Raceway in 1968.

“We are pleased to be able to host the SCCA Runoffs next year,” Gill Campbell, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca CEO/general manager, said. “Sports car racing is why this facility was developed way back in 1957. It is our passion. It is in our DNA.”

The visit to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2014 is the first stop in a new era of Runoffs competition. The Runoffs will rotate each year beginning in 2014, moving to Daytona International Raceway in 2015 and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 2016.

“When we announced the Runoffs would move to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2014, the next question we were asked was about the dates,” Jeff Dahnert, SCCA President/CEO, said. “We’ve been working diligently to fit it into both schedules, and now we can begin to make plans for next year. We’re looking forward to being in Monterey in early October for such a historic occasion.”

The 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs will be held September 16-22, 2013, at Road America.

The SCCA National Championship Runoffs has crowned Club Racing National Champions in a winner-take-all, single race format since 1964. Through 24 separate races over three days, the 2013 edition will crown champions in 28 Runoffs-eligible classes.

Founded in 1944, Sports Car Club of America, Inc. is a 60,000-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both amateur and professional levels. It annually sanctions more than 2,000 events through its 115 regions and professional subsidiary. Landmark events and series for the Club include the SafeRacer SCCA National Racing Series, which includes the U.S. Majors Tour and BFGoodrich Tires SCCA Super Tour; the Club Racing National Championship Runoffs® at Road America; and The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships and ProSolo Championship at Lincoln, Neb. and the annual SCCA National Convention and Hall of Fame Induction. For more information, please visit www.scca.com, like SCCA on Facebook atfacebook.com/sccaofficial, or follow the club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was established in 1957. The world-renowned raceway has been operated since its inception by the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), a not-for-profit 501c(4) corporation. Each race season, SCRAMP donates its net proceeds to the volunteer groups that help put on the races. For more information, please visit www.MazdaRaceway.com, like on Facebook at facebook.com/MazdaRaceway, or follow on Twitter @MazdaRaceway.

Pursley Rolls To Phoenix Win

nknps-west_greg-pursley_victory-lane_0302013AVONDALE, Ariz.  – Greg Pursley rolled to his third career win at Phoenix International Raceway Saturday, but the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West veteran didn’t get it without a fight from his new teammate.

Pursley led 56 laps, taking the lead back from Cameron Hayley on Lap 56 en route to winning the Talking Stick Resort 60. Hayley, 16, finished second to give Gene Price Motorsports a 1-2 finish.

POS DRIVER
1 Greg Pursley
2 Cameron Hayley
3 Michael Self
4 Derek Thorn
5 Sergio Pena

“The race started out really good,” Pursley said. “I just tried to save my car to have something at the end. My car took about a lap to get going.”

Pursley was part of a three-way battle for the lead following one of the late restarts.

“The two kids tried to beat up on me on the restart,” he said. “Luckily, there on the end one, I knew if I could get next to him (Hayley) coming out of (Turn) 2 and run him down the back straightaway and stay next to him … I knew once I got in front of him, I wouldn’t look back. There was no saving anything at the end. We had a great car and I’m really proud of everyone at Gene Price Motorsports.”

Hayley was coming off a non-points victory in the K&N Pro Series portion of the UNOH Battle At The Beach two weeks ago at Daytona International Speedway. He is in his first year with the team, filling the seat vacated by 2012 West champion Dylan Kwasniewski.

“It was tons of fun racing Greg there at the end,” Hayley said. “He’s a great driver. I love to race hard with him like that. We raced each other clean. It was a really good race. My Cabinets By Hayley Ford Fusion was just on rails right from the beginning. We got a little tight there towards the end.”

Hayley lost the lead to his GPM teammate just after the final restart.

Talking Stick 60“We made a gamble going to the outside there on the last restart and it didn’t quite pay off, but we definitely learned a lot in this race and we’ll take it into the next race at Stockton,” he said.

The victory moved Pursley into a tie with Richard Petty for second on the West wins list at Phoenix, one behind Ken Schrader. Earlier Saturday, Pursley won the Coors Light Pole Award and broke his own track record with a lap of 26.876 seconds (133.949 mph).

Michael Self, who won at Phoenix in November, finished third. Pursley, Hayley and Self briefly went three-wide on a Lap 54 restart before Pursley gained it back when another caution came out.

“When the opportunity presents itself, you’ve got to take it,” Self said of his charge for the lead. “We had an opening, so we did everything we could there. I think maybe a couple more green flag laps and we might have been able to make something of it. We just didn’t have the short-run car that we needed.”

PRESS PASS VIDEOS: Pursley Wins At Phoenix | Cameron Hayley | Michael Self

Derek Thorn and Sergio Pena finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Gray Gaulding was sixth, followed by DJ Kennington, Brett Thompson, Brandon McReynolds and Taylor Cuzick.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to the track May 4 at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway.

Whiteley follows up World Championship with Win at Winternationals

How do you follow up a season by winning at National Championship?  Easy.  You go out and win the next race.  That’s what Grand Junction, Colorado native Jim Whiteley decided to do in is J & A Service YNot Racing Top Alcohol Dragster.  Whiteley put down some great qualifying passes earlier in the weekend to secure the number 1 qualifying spot with a 5.25 at 273.27 MPH.  Eliminatins began Saturday evening and continued on Sunday.  Whiteley fought hard through his half of the bracket on his way to the finals where he found Chris Demke.  The two had another classic battle in the finals similar to what happened through most of 2012.  Whiteley came out on top with a  5.24 at 273.39 MPH to Demke’s 5.27 at 270.86 MPH.   Both racers will have this weekend off before they begin their 2013 NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional schedule March 2-3 at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, AZ. JD_JimWhiteley-overhead

Two other Goodyear clad racers won in two other sportsman categories.  Comp Eliminator racer Ross Wilson defeated Alan Ellis in a spectacular final.  The other Goodyear winner was Phil Dion in Super Comp.  Winternational Goodyear Runner-Ups included Jason Rupert in Top Alcohol Funny Car, Mike Cotton in Super Stock, and Pete Bothe in Super Gas.

The NHRA and Lucas Oil classes continue this weekend at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona with the Arizona National.  The rest of the Lucas Oil Sportsman racers will arrive the following week when Firebird Raceway plays host to its second annual Double Divisional.

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