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Archive for November, 2008

Lowe’s Motor Speedway Christmas Tree Lighting And Speedway Children’s Charities Grant Distribution

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Monday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m. What: Bruton Smith, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports Inc., Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Lowe’s Motor Speedway, and Scott Smith, president of the Charlotte chapter of
Speedway Children’s Charities, will light a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree at the main entrance to Lowe’s Motor Speedway and distribute grants to local organizations on behalf of Speedway Children’s Charities. The money will assist nonprofit charities making a direct and significant impact in the lives of children in need.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony that will include lighting a 50-foot Christmas tree, holiday music, refreshments and appearances by Lug Nut, the world’s fastest mascot, and Santa Claus.

When: Monday, Dec. 1. Refreshments will be served at 5 p.m. The formal program will start at 6 p.m., with the tree lighting tentatively scheduled for 6:18 p.m.

Where: Avenue of Flags in front of Smith Tower at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The track is located at the intersection of Bruton Smith Blvd. and Highway 29.

Who: Bruton Smith, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports Inc. Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Scott Smith, president of Speedway Children’s Charities’ Charlotte chapter.
Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Tom Sadler, executive director of Speedway Children’s Charities.

Details: The holiday tree lighting provides an excellent backdrop for television live shots and print photo opportunities. Participants will be available for brief interviews following the program.

Info: For information, contact Amanda Hollingsworth, Speedway Children’s Charities, at (704) 927-6363 or the Lowe’s Motor Speedway communications department at (704) 455-3209.

State Representative Congratulates Muilenberg

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Letter from State Representive

Message for Rob Muilenberg:

Rob,

Once again, you have had another great racing season with 12 feature wins.   Congratulations on your 8th consecutive championship win in your Modified Race Car Division.  This surely most be a record.  I am enclosing a laminated copy of the article from the Headliner and wish you continued success in your racing.

Do you remember when you would go all the way to Monett and we would pit next each other.  I worked on John Bowmans #92 O and F Machine Shop car out of Joplin.  It was quite a coincidence seeing people from my home town there.

Anyway, Great Season Rob.

Ray Weter

State Representative 142nd District

Kyle Fowler Set To Take On Stacked Snowflake 100 Field

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

CONCORD, NC (November 26, 2008) – As Super Late Model teams flock to the Florida Panhandle for the 41st Annual Snowball Derby, so do the Pro Late Model teams. So many, in fact, that chances are a full field of talented youngsters will sit out the Allen Turner Snowflake 100, which is the build-up race to the Snowball Derby. Kyle Fowler was good enough to run in the event that saw 67 entries a year ago. Fowler will be gunning for a solid finish in his second attempt at the Five Flags Speedway (FL) event.

“We’re ready, and we think we have a good shot,” said Fowler. “We have run down there once this season, and we felt really good about how the car ran. It would be really cool if we could get a win or have a good finish.”

Last year, Fowler learned his way around the tracks of the Southeast in the Georgia Asphalt Series. Fowler went to Pensacola last year as a rookie. He made the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 and finished 14th. Fowler ran in the top five during the early part of the race. That experience, along with what they have learned in 2008, should make them a contender right off the truck.

“We have really progressed a good bit this season,” said Fowler. “We have had a lot of good runs. We have learned a lot about fine tuning the setup with the help of Mike Garvey. We have really worked on tire conservation. Last year, we could get a car fast for 50 laps; then it would fade off. Mr. Garvey has helped us to be able to be there at the end of the race.”

With the addition of Mike Garvey helping with the setup, Fowler will have some help in the pits as well. Super Late Model owner Bob Dillner of SPEED-TV will have his BDI Racing team pitting Fowler’s car during the Snowflake 100. It should provide an extra boost to have an experienced crew going over the wall to service his Late Model. Fowler knows how big the race is and that you have to use everything to your advantage.

“It’s a very competitive race,” added Fowler. “That’s why it’s the Super Bowl of Short Track racing. Guys come from all over. from Texas to North Carolina, from Tennessee and all around the Midwest. It’s a big deal, and making the race means a lot with the number of entries.”

The weeklong festivities of the Snowball Derby will kick off on December 3rd with practice from both Pro and Super Late Models. The Allen Turner Snowflake 100 will be on December 6th with the Snowball Derby on December 7th.

For more information on Kyle Fowler, please contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 788-2134 x 5, and be sure to check out Kyle’s website at www.kylefowler.net

Hunter Robbins Hopes the Third Time is the Charm at the 2008 Snowball Derby

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

CONCORD, NC (November 25, 2008) – In 2005, Montgomery, Alabama, native Hunter Robbins won the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway (FL) at the age of 14, beating many well-known Late Model drivers. Fast forward three years later,
Robbins made a name for himself in the Hooters Pro Cup series, winning a race at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) as well as winning the 2008 Pro Cup Miller Lite Southern Division Rookie of the Year title.

Now, Robbins is ready to head back down to Pensacola, Florida, for the 41st Annual Snowball Derby at the beginning of December in hopes of earning another prestigious honor by becoming a winner of the Super Late Model Snowball Derby.

Most of the season this year, Robbins focused the majority of his time in the Hooters Pro Cup series versus the Super Late Models, but gained knowledge and experience to help him at this year’s Snowball Derby.

“I feel like running in the Pro Cup Series this year has made me mature a lot more as a driver,” said Robbins. “I’ve gotten used to running the longer races and being a lot more patient. I think that’s going to be the biggest thing I’m going to take
down to the Snowball Derby is me learning, running the longer races, keeping the nose clean and keeping the car together the whole race.”

Last year, Robbins made the Snowball Derby by qualifying in the top 30. After running well and making his way to the top five, Robbins’ day was shaping out to be pretty good until mechanical issues got in his way.

“Last year, I had a good year,” explained Robbins. “We were running third with 75 laps to go before the rear end broke. I learned a lot last year, and it was my second time running the race. I learned how to be patient, how to manage the tires
and not tear anything up. We’re taking a brand new car down, and I feel like this year is going to be really good.”

Despite not landing in victory lane last season, Robbins isn’t a stranger to victory lane at Pensacola. His 2005 victory in the Snowflake 100 Pro Late Model event shows he knows his way around the facility and the path into victory lane.

“I won the Snowflake 100 back in 2005, and at the time it was the biggest race I had run. I didn’t really realize how prestigious that whole weekend was, and to win on that weekend was pretty neat.”

The big prize of the weekend, though, is the Snowball Derby. Winning it is such a prestigious honor, as many well-known names have accomplished the feat. Robbins is hoping to be able to add his name to this list and have a successful weekend with
the knowledge he has gained over the past few years of his career.

“To join the list of drivers that have won the race, I mean, the names that have won it are huge. To be considered in a group with those guys, that would be pretty awesome.”

The 41st Annual Snowball Derby Weekend will kick off Wednesday, December 3rd, where fans can meet their favorite drivers and enjoy live music, food, beverages and more entertainment for the whole family. On-track action will kick off on Thursday,
December 4th, with practice, time trials and more the following days leading up to the 41st Annual Snowball Derby Super Late Model event, which will take place on Sunday, December 7th.

For more information on Hunter Robbins, please contact Jason Buckley at (704) 788-2134 and check out Hunter Robbins’ website at www.HunterRobbins.com.

Tim Russell Claims Second-Consecutive Sunbelt Series Championship

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

LAKE MARY, FL (November 24, 2008) – One week after winning the Brighthouse Challenge Super Late Model championship at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) for the second-straight year, Tim Russell headed back to the Pensacola, Florida, track for the final Sunbelt Series Super Late Model event of the year, the Governor’s Cup 200, as the defending champion. While he didn’t get the victory he wanted in the final series race of 2008, Russell claimed the title, becoming the Sunbelt Series champion for the second
straight year.

After not seeing victory lane since May, Russell was hungry for a win. He was one of the favorites entering the race and ran up in the front couple spots during the whole event, including leading multiple laps early, but a transmission issue kept
him from taking the day’s top spot on the track at the conclusion of the race.

“When we got out front, we were a little bit loose out there,” said Russell. “It was a heck of a race we were putting on there. We were finding all sorts of different grooves out here.

“I thought we were pretty good after the pit stops. On that last restart we got the transmission stuck in high gear, so it took me a couple laps to get wound up and get going. I finally found my marks I had been hitting earlier and the groove that
worked. I was just trying too hard at the end there and busted it sideways. Hats off to them (Wayne Anderson and his team). He was able to open it up a little bit more.”

Despite losing the battle, Russell won the war. His second-place finish earned him the 2008 Sunbelt Series title.

“My guys did an awesome job this weekend,” explained Russell. “I can’t be more proud of them. I just wish we could have been in victory lane tonight, but second is a good spot, so we will take it. We wrapped up another Sunbelt Championship, so
hats off to them too.”

Not many drivers can say they claimed two series titles in a single season. Russell not only gets to say that after winning both the Brighthouse Challenge Series and Sunbelt Series titles, but by winning both series championships in 2007 and 2008,
his accomplishments puts him on the map as one of the best Florida racers over the last few years.

“That is pretty cool that we were able to go back to back on the Brighthouse and Sunbelt deals. It was a heck of a year. Everyone worked hard at the shop and hard at the track all year. I want to thank all of my guys for their support, my family
and everyone. Insurance Office of America also came in and helped us out big time this year. Without them and everyone, we can’t do this.”

For more information on Tim Russell, contact Matt Dillner at (704) 788-2134 or you can visit his website, timrussellonline.com