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Enfinger wins at Nashville; record third consecutive ARCA victory

April 14th, 2015

(NASHVILLE, Tenn) – Grant Enfinger doesn’t play guitar, but he might start. The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver is taking one home with him from Nashville.

“It will be even cooler when I learn how to play it,” Enfinger said in a busy victory lane following the Troop Aid 200 Saturday from Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.

The Fairhope, Ala.-driver started in the back of the field but still led the most laps (90) and won his third consecutive ARCA Racing Series event. He has started the season with three straight wins two years in a row, becoming the first driver in ARCA history to win the first three races of the season in consecutive years.

“It’s been incredible,” Enfinger said. “The good Lord has definitely been looking out for us. We had a part failure, but luckily it was in the last lap of practice. It gave our crew a chance to fix it. We really put them through some adversity today. It was a very, very long day for us, but as soon as the green flag dropped, we had a really great car and the class of the field tonight.”

Enfinger’s No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet finished in front of Matt Tifft in the No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Toyota, Austin Wayne Self in the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford and Brandon Jones, driving the No. 25 Ansell-Menards Toyota. Menards Pole Award winner Kyle Weatherman finished fifth in the No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports Ford.

Enfinger had to start at the rear of the field for an unapproved adjustment. He quickly began slicing his way to the front of the Troop Aid 200 lineup, however. Weatherman led the first 71 laps, Self the next seven, and then Enfinger led from laps 79 to 133 before Josh Williams charged to the front.

Williams had stopped for four tires earlier while most of the rest of the lead-lap cars only took on two tires. By the time the final pit stops came, Williams had only two tires to take while Enfinger and others took four. Williams had led 32 laps. Enfinger took the lead on lap 166 from Williams and held off Tifft by 2.054 seconds for the win.

“Our motor started blowing up on lap 125,” Williams said. “The oil pressure started bouncing back and forth. We were losing a cylinder or something. You couldn’t tell it on the old tires, because everyone was so messed up.”

Williams, who finished seventh, said he chose to take four tires first because he felt it was going to be a long green flag run.

“I took the two tires late to try and get track position,” he said. “If we wouldn’t have had the motor issue, it might have been different. The car was really, really good.”

Tifft equaled his 2014 finish at Kentucky Speedway by finishing second.

“With 37 to go it was a little outside the tire range,” Tifft said. “I had to get around the No. 6 and that cost us a little bit of time. We got with Grant, and maintained about 10 car lengths back, but we were running the same lap times. We were so even. Track position was just so key.”

Self finished third for Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

“We started out struggling with a loose car but we started to figure it out at the end of practice,” Self said. “We took on a couple tires early and that gave us some momentum. We never gave up. We just kept pushing and putting ourselves in good position.”

Jones earned yet another top-five finish. He’s never finished lower than fourth in his five ARCA Racing Series starts.

“I figured we’d have a lot more cautions,” Jones said. “We were on the same tire strategy as everyone else. The car was good. This was my worst finish in ARCA, so I can’t complain about that.”

David Levine finished sixth in the No. 59 Gary Yeomans Ford-Attorney At Law-TraqGear Ford. Clay Greenfield finished eighth in the No. 55 Sealmaster Nashville-Southern Pipe & Supply Toyota and Levine’s teammate Michael Lira finished ninth. Thomas Praytor finished 10th,his second straight top 10 finish in the DK-LOK Ford.Sarah Cornett-Ching was 11th when the race ended and Bobby Hamilton Jr. was in 12th.

The ARCA Racing Series was making its first appearance at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville since the early 1990s and had near-perfect weather conditions for the 200-lap, 119-mile event. The race, which was available on a pay-per-view basis on the arcaracing.com web site, saw three cautions for 34 laps and was over in one hour and 27 minutes.

With the win, Enfinger extended his series point lead and made it two-for-two in the Calypso Lemonade Short Track Challenge. The next race on the 2015 schedule is the Federated Auto Parts 200 from Salem Speedway on Sunday, April 26.

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After 23-year hiatus, ARCA invades Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville April 11; Daytona, Mobile winner Grant Enfinger leads the charge

March 18th, 2015

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – It’s been 23 years since the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards marched through the gates at tradition-rich Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, but that will soon change when the 63-year-old storied sanctioning body
rides into town for the 24th Nashville ARCA 200 Saturday, April 11.

The event will reconnect the ARCA/Nashville union, one that reaches back to 1959 when three-time ARCA champion Nelson Stacy won the inaugural 300-lap event on June 21. From there, the list of ARCA winners at Nashville reads like a who’s-who of champions.

Current ARCA Racing Series point leader Grant Enfinger hopes to add both categories (Nashville winner & ARCA champion) to his resume in 2015, and he’s off to another great start.

The Fairhope, Alabama driver opened the season with back-to-back wins at Daytona and Mobile, just as he did last year. The feat marked the first time in ARCA history that one driver has won the first two events of the season in back-to-back years. And let’s not forget that he also won the third race in 2014. Enfinger and the No. 23 GMS Racing-Allegiant Travel team is bringing the same car that went to Victory Lane last week at Mobile (right). However, like most on the entry list, the majority of the drivers will circle the Nashville track for the first time.

“Never raced there (at Nashville),” Enfinger said. “Always wanted to…I’ve been to the All American 400 and I was able to go down a couple years ago to help Mike Garvey, but I’ve never raced there. It’s always been on my bucket list. I think Nashville’s one of those tracks that’s on everyone’s bucket list.”

In addition to being one of those “bucket list” tracks, Nashville pumps out champions, especially for those who steer their way into the winner’s circle on the super-fast 5/8ths-mile banked oval.

After Stacy’s ARCA win, other notable race winners/champions at Nashville include Jack Bowsher (ARCA champion), Don White (USAC Stock Car champion), Harold Smith (ARCA champion), Ramo Stott (ARCA champion), Moose Myers (ARCA champion), Marvin Smith (ARCA champion), and David Green (NASCAR Xfinity champion). And we haven’t even mentioned some of the other ARCA Nashville winners Andy Hampton, Red Farmer and Coo Coo Marlin, all of whom were track champions several times over. 19-time ARCA winner Bob Schacht won three consecutive at Nashville in 1981, ’82 and ’83.

“A lot of my heroes have won there,” Enfinger added. “If history repeats itself, winning at Nashville makes champions. This one’s gunna be big. They’re all big, but some carry more weight based on the history of the track and all the great drivers who won there. It’s an awesome facility…it reminds me of the fairgrounds in Springfield and DuQuoin…the covered grandstands. It’s got a really cool feel to it. Hopefully, our GMS Racing Chevy will be as good as it was at Mobile.

“Luckily, we came out of Mobile without a lot of damage. We had a little fender damage so we need to fix that up, but I can assure you the guys at GMS are working hard on it. Once Nashville gets here, the races really start coming at us. We’ve got these few weeks to prepare, but we’re also focusing on our road course and intermediate car to try and get ahead of it. We have a lot of momentum right now. We need to take that with us to Nashville.”

While racing began at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds as early as 1904, the track which evolved into the current day Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville held its first race in 1958. The track was also home to 42 NASCAR Sprint Cup races from 1958-1984 with Richard Petty leading all drivers with nine wins followed by Darrell Waltrip with eight. Other Cup winners include Joe Weatherly, David Pearson, Bobby Isaac, Cale Yarborough, Buddy Baker, Bobby Allison, Benny Parsons and Dale Earnhardt. The NASCAR Xfinity Series raced there nine times from 1984-2000, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series held five races from 1996-2000. Under the management of promoter Tony Formosa, Jr. the track continues to present regularly scheduled races throughout the summer months, highlighted by the annual All American 400.

On-track activities for the 24th Nashville ARCA 200 begin Saturday, April 11 with the first practice session from 12:15-1:00 p.m., followed by the second and final practice session from 1:45-2:30. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell will take place at 5:00 Saturday afternoon. The Nashville ARCA 200 is set to start at 8:00.

Southern Super Series late models to join ARCA Raceday will also include the Southern Super Series as a companion race to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. The addition of the super late model tour adds a 100-lap Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco race at 6:00 before the ARCA cars and stars take center stage for the grand finale.

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

For ticket information, FairgroundsSpeedwayNashville.com
For more, TrackEnterprises.com

CONTACT: Don Radebaugh, dradebaugh@arcaracing.com

ARCA Racing Series Returns to Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in 2015

November 25th, 2014

(NASHVILLE, Tenn) – The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will return to tradition-rich Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in 2015, officials from ARCA, the Fairgrounds and Track Enterprises announced today.

The national championship stock car tour will contest a 200-lap race on the .596-mile, high banked paved oval on Saturday, April 11. Since the series’ inception in 1953, there have been 23 races at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, but none since David Green won there in 1992.

“Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville is a destination track for racers and fans, and is located in an important market for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “Our Series has a rich history of racing at the track, and we look forward to bringing our superspeedway-style full-size stock cars, featuring racing with live pit stops, back to Nashville in a long distance event.”

The first ARCA Racing Series race at the historic track, held June 21, 1959, was won by three-time ARCA champion Nelson Stacy, who would go on to win four races in what is now the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Other notable race winners include Jack Bowsher, Red Farmer, Ramo Stott, Coo Coo Marlin and David Green. A long list of talented local drivers including Darrell Waltrip and Marty Robbins also drove in ARCA races at the storied Fairgrounds oval.

“We at Track Enterprises are excited and proud to bring the ARCA Series back to Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville,” said Track Enterprises President Bob Sargent, a recipient of the national RPM Workshops Promoter of the Year Award. “The ARCA race events we present at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, and annually at the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile dirt tracks in Springfield and DuQuoin, are very popular with the fans and always competitive and exciting. We feel very confident we can have the same success with this event. The effort to bring the ARCA Series to Nashville has been a team effort, and Executive Director Buck Dozier and his staff at the Nashville Expo Center have been great to work with. Our plan is to bring the national stature and exposure of the ARCA event to Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville and blend it with the existing schedule of motorsports established by Tony Formosa, Jr. We feel this is a significant development for auto racing in this market, and one we intend to commit to long term.”

While racing began at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds as early as 1904, the track which evolved into the current day Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville held its first race in 1958. The track was home to 42 NASCAR Sprint Cup races from 1958-1984 with Richard Petty leading all drivers with nine wins followed by Darrell Waltrip with eight. Other Cup winners include Joe Weatherly, David Pearson, Bobby Isaac, Cale Yarborough, Buddy Baker, Bobby Allison, Benny Parsons and Dale Earnhardt. The NASCAR Xfinity Series raced there nine times from 1984-2000, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series held five races from 1996-2000. Under the management of promoter Tony Formosa, Jr. the track continues to present regularly scheduled races throughout the summer months, highlighted by the annual All American 400.

Despite the absence of the ARCA Racing Series at Fairgrounds Speedway, the series maintained a presence in the Nashville market, conducting 15 races at Nashville Superspeedway in nearby Lebanon from 2001-2008. Winners of those races include Ken Schrader, Frank Kimmel, Kyle Busch and Scott Speed. Other notable drivers competing in those events include Jason Jarrett, Casey Atwood, Cale Gale, Brian Scott, Erin Crocker, Chase Montgomery, Shawna Robinson, Justin Labonte, Justin Allgaier, Steven Wallace and Clint Bowyer.

More details on the event will be released soon including times and ticket information.

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Track Enterprises, Bob Sargent 217.764.3200 www.trackenterprises.com

ARCA, Doug Donnelly 419.574.2685 www.arcaracing.com

Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville www.fairgroundsspeedwaynashville.com

Nashville Expo Center www.nashvilleexpocenter.org

Jake Griffin and Bobby Pierce Impressive in Memphis Outing

November 4th, 2013

Quincy, Illinois- 14-year-old Jake Griffin entered his second-career event with the ARCA/CRA Super Series over the weekend with a trip to the recently reopened Memphis International Raceway (Millington, Tennessee), and he came away with an impressive 8th place finish in his #08 Griffin Motorsports/P.A.D.D./McPike’s Pawn Shop entry to show for his efforts.

In qualifications Jake earned the 13th starting spot in the field for the 150 lap finale at the 3/4 mile oval. He quickly found his way into the top ten early in the event, and would sit in the 9th position at the break for the halfway point on lap 75. As the race resumed Griffin continued to run in the top ten and would go on to advance to a strong 8th place finish at the checkered flag.

“We had a great car all weekend, and to get a top ten finish against a field of competitors as strong as this is really exciting,” said Griffin. “I can’t thank my team, my sponsors, and all of my fans enough for all of their support.”

Full results from the racing program are available at www.CRA-Racing.com <http://www.cra-racing.com/> .

Jake was also joined in action over the weekend by 16-year-old, Bobby Pierce from Oakwood, Illinois, who was making his pavement debut with the JEGS/CRA All-Star tour in an #08 Griffin Motorsports entry. Pierce was also impressive throughout the weekend with a qualifying effort that positioned him starting 9th on the grid for the 125 lap finale. During the course of the event Pierce raced as high as the top five before tire issues late inthe race caused him to lose valuable laps on pit road. Despite losing the laps Pierce turned some of the fastest laps of the race and crossed the
finish line in 12th.

This weekend, November 2nd-3rd, Jake will make his debut at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville (Nashville, Tennessee) in the 29th running of the All American 400, where he will compete in the Pro Late Model division. The historic event draws many of the nation’s top drivers to the 5/8 mile oval each year, and to be able to compete in the program is extremely exciting for Jake and Jake Griffin Racing. For more information on the event please visit www.FairgroundsSpeedwayNashville.com .

Jake Griffin also recently received more exciting news as he received confirmation that his recent wins with the UMP sanction and NASCAR sanction made him the youngest driver to score victories with either governing body.

Jake Griffin Racing would to like to thank all of their sponsors including McPike’s Pawn Shop, Parents Against Distracted Drivers (P.A.D.D.), Central Metals Recycling Inc., TNT Action Sports, Sun Drop Citrus Soda, Triple R Performance Engines, McGunegill Engine Performance, Bob Pierce Race Cars Kelly’s Restaurant, 007 Carbs, MSRMafia.com Marketing Services, and Smart Builders.

For more information on Jake Griffin Racing, please visit www.JakeGriffin.net <http://www.jakegriffin.net/> .

SSS Adds September 7 Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville Date Event Replaces Gresham Motorsports Park Date Lost to Rescheduled World Crown 300

July 12th, 2013

CONCORD, NC – Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco officials announced today the addition of a points event to their inaugural season on September 7, 2013 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Tennessee.

The newly added September 7 date will be held in conjunction with the Tennessee State Fair, which will give fans an event full of action and thrills at the Fairgrounds.

“We look forward to the addition of the September 7 date to our schedule and the Southern Super Series schedule,” said Tony Formosa, Promoter of Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. “It is going to be really special because it’s going to give fans the opportunity to go to the Fair and see the Southern Super Series race for just $8.

“Fans can go to any Kroger in the Nashville area and get a $4 discount coupon, bring it to the State Fair and you can use that to see the races and go to the fair for $8 instead of $12. It’s really a remarkable deal to get that much action for your money and I think it’s something our locals are really going to enjoy.”

The event will return the inaugural Southern Super Series schedule to 16 races. Rain forced Gresham Motorsports Park officials to reschedule the July 4 Slack Auto Parts World Crown 300 for an already-scheduled SSS event date at the Georgia track on August 10.

“After talking with Jim Gresham (track owner), Jeff Freeman (of Hoosier Tire South), Tim Bryant (promoter at SSS tracks Five Flags and Mobile Speedways) and others that would be affected by a date change, we could not find a date that worked for us,” said Dan Elliott, General Manager of Gresham Motorsports Park. “Whether it was because of football in late August and into the fall or other tracks and series, there were no viable options for us to reschedule the date lost to the World Crown make-up.

“This has already been an unusual year for weather. There is no easy way to do this at the middle part of the season because everyone has big races at the end of the year already scheduled. With Nashville taking that September 7th date that we could not do, it will help all the Southern Super Series teams fill out their schedules. We are already looking at doing more Southern Super Series races next year and we don’t want anyone thinking there are any other reasons for us not rescheduling our race.”

The addition of the September 7 date at Nashville to the Southern Super Series Schedule will mark the first of two more stops remaining on the series’ schedule at the historic fairgrounds facility. The September 7 race will serve as the precursor to the 29th Annual All American 400 on November 1 and 2, the final point event for the Southern Super Series.

“We look forward to having two more Southern Super Series events this season at the Fairgrounds,” added Formosa. “The first race of the year here (won by Senoia, Georgia’s Bubba Pollard) was a great event and I know the fans will enjoy these next two races just as much, if not more. We’re proud to have the inaugural Southern Super Series Champion crowned at the All American 400, the first weekend in November; it is such a historic event.”

Event schedules and additional information on the September 7 Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco event and the 29th Annual All American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville will be finalized in the coming weeks.

The next events on the Southern Super Series schedule come on Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, with the third Gulf Coast Doubleheader Weekend. The action kicks off at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway on Friday, July 26 and continues on Saturday, July 27 at Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway.

For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit SouthernSuperSeries.com. The Facebook page for the Southern Super Series is located at www.facebook.com/southernsuperseries and on Twitter it’s @SoSuperSeries. For advertising or sponsorship questions, please contact the track representatives. For media inquiries, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports via matt@51sports.net.

Bubba Pollard Adds Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville to His Win List Southeastern Late Model Star Scores Southern Super Series Nashville 12

April 12th, 2013

SENOIA, GA – Bubba Pollard has visited victory lane at dozens of short tracks throughout the Southeast. Most of those facilities are historic and notable in the short track racing realm. There was one historic track that was still on his hit list of places he wanted to bring a trophy home from, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Tennessee.

Pollard was finally able to cross the Music City oval off his must-win list Saturday by scoring the victory in the inaugural Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco event, the Nashville 125.

By leading 105 of the 125 laps in the event, Pollard was able to bring home a famed guitar given to winners at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville to his Senoia, Georgia home.

“It’s a cool thing to have a win at Nashville and the very first Southern Super Series win on your resume,” said Pollard. “We won the first CRA race at Watermelon (Capital Speedway) a few years back. That was cool then and this is awesome now. To win the first race, and take that guitar trophy home, will be something that I remember forever. It’s just awesome.”

Pollard led the first 75 laps of the 125 in the feature after qualifying on the outside of the front row for the start. An invert of six at the lap 75 competition caution made Pollard have to work back through the field if he was going to win the Nashville 125. Pollard rocketed his way to the front and grabbed the lead away from Daniel Hemric on lap 95. From there, Pollard stretched out his lead and took the first ever SSS victory.

“You hope to have a car this good at all the races. I couldn’t have asked for a better-driving race car tonight.”
With the win, second-place effort in time trials and being the leader at the break, Pollard is the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco point leader after the first event. The 26-year-old, a multi-time winner at the tracks the series visits, hopes this win in the Music City propels him to big things in 2013.

“It means a lot to win this first race, especially here at a place that means so much to our sport,” said Pollard . “We have had success at Gresham, Pensacola, Mobile and Montgomery, so hopefully, if everything goes our way, we can add the
first Southern Super Series champion to our list as well.”

Round two of the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco will take place at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Georgia on Saturday, April 27. Pollard is a former winner in both Pro and Super Late Model competition at GMP.

The next event on the calendar for Pollard will take place on Saturday, April 20, the 7-Up 150 ARCA/CRA Super Series and ARCA Midwest Tour combination event at Toledo Speedway in Ohio.

For more on Bubba Pollard, please contact Elgin Traylor at 51 Sports at Elgin@51sports.net, or visit his website at www.bubbapollard.net. Follow Bubba on Twitter, @BubbaPollard26.

Inaugural Southern Super Series Race on tap

April 4th, 2013

Greenfield, Indiana- It’s been a long winter of preparation for Damon Ecoff and the Ecoff Motorsports Team. The 20-year-old, who has raced primarily in the ARCA/CRA Super Series as well as the Top Speed Fabrication CRA Late Model Sportsman Series in recent years, is looking to venture out a little more and explore more of the country in 2013 and it all begins this Saturday, April 6th.

Ecoff and crew will make the trek to the historic Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee for the Inaugural Southern Super Series event; the Nashville 125. An expected stacked field of competitors are looking to make the journey to the famed 0.596 mile high-banked paved oval and Ecoff is hoping to bring the first ever event win in the new series back home to Greenfield, Indiana.

“Wow, I can’t believe the 2013 season is here, I’m really looking forward to it. I think we’ve come a long way as a team. We really have a good combination of knowledge and ability.” Stated Ecoff as he and the team make final preparation before heading down to the Volunteer State. “I feel fortunate that PGG Enterprises has continued to support us as a sponsor for this season. We also have acquired Lucas Oil Products as a sponsor for the 2013 season.” He added.

“Nashville wasn’t a hard choice to pick for our first race.” Ecoff continued. “It reminds me of Winchester and Lucas Oil Raceway combined together. I can’t wait to get there!” As for the rest of the season, his 2013 plans include select races in the ARCA/CRA Super Series as well as the ARCA Midwest Tour and several more Southern Super Series events scattered throughout the year.

Damon Ecoff ran on a limited basis during the 2012 racing season in an effort to focus more on the bigger events that were scattered throughout the season. In those limited appearances, he finished second in the 2nd annual Willy’s race at Anderson Speedway in Anderson, Indiana in his Late Model Sportsman machine. He also scored a pair of ninth place finishes at Winchester Speedway in ARCA/CRA Super Series competition including the 41st annual Winchester 400.

Ecoff began racing in the ARCA/CRA Super Series in 2009 where he finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year title chase and 13th overall in the points standings. In 2010 he made limited appearances in the Super Series while also racing in limited events with the CRA Late Model Sportsman Series as well as the Ken-Ten Pro Late Models Series.

A return on a full-time basis to the ARCA/CRA Super Series was in store for 2011 as he finished an impressive seventh in the season long points chase with three top 10 finishes including a season high sixth place showing at Lucas Oil Raceway in Clermont, Indiana. He also finished ninth in the 2011 Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway in Opp, Alabama.

In addition, He has also enjoyed a tremendous amount of success in the CRA Late Model Sportsman Series as in only four appearances in 2011 Ecoff recorded three event wins including two of those at Lucas Oil Raceway with a single victory coming at the legendary high-banks of Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Indiana.

For the 2013 racing season, Ecoff’s #15 Ecoff Motorsports / Ford Fusion will have sponsorship decals on the side from Lucas Oil Products as well as PGG Enterprises and M.P.H. Promotions. To learn more about Damon Ecoff and Ecoff Motorsports and to inquire about becoming a marketing partner for the 2013 racing season, please call: (317) 679-6014 You can also log onto the teams’ website located at: www.damonecoff.com and don’t forget to check out the teams Facebook Fan Page Page located at: www.facebook.com and search “Ecoff Motorsports” and on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/DamonEcoff

Fairgrounds Speedway twinbill is next for EQ Cylinder Heads Wild West Tour

August 11th, 2011

CORTEZ, Colo. – The most successful drivers over the course of EQ Cylinder Heads Wild West Tour history are no strangers to victory lane at Fairgrounds Speedway.

The 1/3-mile clay oval at Cortez hosts the next two dates in the IMCA Modified series this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13. Both features are qualifying races for the 2012 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Five previous series events have been held at Fairgrounds Speedway and two-time EQ WWMT champion Ricky Alvarado owns three of his circuit-best 23 career feature wins there.

2009 champion and current point leader Justen Yeager, and defending king Zane DeVilbiss have each won once at Cortez. Yeager is second on the career wins list with 10 while DeVilbiss is third with nine victories.

Pit gates and the grandstand open at 4 p.m. each day. Hot laps follow the 7 p.m. drivers’ meeting with racing at dusk. All applicable IMCA points will be awarded.

Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 55 and over, $7 for kids and free for youngsters five and under accompany ing a paying adult. Pit passes are $25.

More information is available by calling 970 759-6956 and at the track website, www.fairgroundsspeedwaycortez.com. DeVilbiss is the only repeat winner through seven series events so far this season. Yeager, Cory Sample, Michael Hale, Travis Metz and Porter Smith have each taken a single checkered flag.

Final events of the fifth annual series are Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17 at Atomic Motor Race way in Atomic City, Idaho.

Chase Elliott Crowned 2009 GAS Series Champion 13 Year Old Claims Championship and Rookie of the Year Honors

November 8th, 2009

Braselton, GA – While most 13 year olds are concerned about getting good grades, wanting to go to the mall, driving, and what’s
the newest video game to play, 13 year old Chase Elliott, has a title now, that many racers have strived to get, both young and old: Georgia Asphalt Series Champion. Elliott, driving the #9 Aaron’s Dream Machine, Bill Elliott Racing Ford recorded two wins, six top fives, and nine top ten’s in the GAS Series 2009 season. Elliott also captured the 2009 GAS Rookie of the Year honors.

“With the announcement that Fairgrounds Speedway at Nashville has officially canceled the All-American Weekend for the 2009 season, and it will not be rescheduled. With this being the last scheduled race on the GAS schedule for the year it will bring a close to the 2009 season,” said GAS Series General Manager Terry Roberts. “We would like to congratulate and thank everyone that competed with us this year, and congratulations to Chase Elliott, and the entire Bill Elliott Racing team for a great year.”

Entering into the final race of the 2009 GAS Season, Elliott’s teammate, Casey Roderick entered into the gates of Lanier National Speedway looking for a great night. Roderick’s sights’ would be fined tuned, as he collected the win on September 5th, while being only a scant five points away from the top title, of the GAS points, but taking home the trophy of being the Super 6 champion, by scoring the most points in the six GAS Series races that occurred at Lanier National Speedway.

Finishing third in points and recording two wins earlier in the season is Acworth, GA’s TJ Reaid. Reaid, also had a strong run at the title by only being 58 points short of being in the top points position, while recording six top fives, and eight top ten’s in the 2009 season. Lanier National Speedway Pro Late Model Series champion, Shane Sawyer collects fourth, and Greg Simpson rounds out the top five of the Georgia Asphalt Series point’s race.

Officials with the Georgia Asphalt Series would like to thank everyone who competed, and for their support, and looks forward to the 2010 season. Up next to conclude the 2009 season will be the race for the trophy’s as the championship banquet will be held on November 22nd.

For more information on the Georgia Asphalt Series, or the GAS Series home track, Lanier National Speedway visit the fastest site on the web at www.lanierspeedway.com. The 2010 GAS Series schedule will be released shortly and will be sure to pack all of the racing excitement that fans and teams alike experienced in the 2009 season.

Terry Roberts
General Manager/VP Marketing
Lanier National Speedway
Georgia Asphalt Series
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Rescheduled All American Weekend in Nashville has Been Canceled

November 6th, 2009

Braselton, GA- The management at Fairgrounds Speedway at Nashville announced today that the rescheduled All American Weekend has officially been canceled for the 2009 season and will not be rescheduled. Additional details and comments on the cancellation will follow soon.


						

Runner-Up Finish at the Fairgrounds Bodes Well For Josh Hamner

August 7th, 2009

CHELSEA, IL – Josh Hamner has taken some criticism for his decision to spending 2009 racing in the ASA Late Model Challenge Series. The driver who hails from Chelsea, AL was the 2008 Blizzard Series Champion at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida and many felt that Hamner should compete in one of the many Super Late Model series throughout the southern region this year. However, Hamner chose to run the ASA Late Model Challenge Series and gain experience on a different types of tracks.

In the early part of the season, it appeared that Hamner might have made a questionable decision as his finishes were not up to the standard set by his 2008 season. But it didn’t take him long to get into his rhythm and silence his critics by getting a win just two weeks ago at Salem Speedway in Salem, Indiana. Hamner’s victorious finish at Salem gave him and his team just the push they needed. They carried that momentum with them this weekend to Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee where, despite a negative adjustment, they were able to collect a second place finish.

“I’m pretty happy with our performance,” stated Hamner. “We took the lead early in the race and at the break we just over adjusted a little too much. We snugged the car up just that little bit to where it hurt it but all in all it was a good weekend for us.” His second place finish allowed him to make strides on the competition in his point race. Hamner, who was fifth in points going into this weekend, was over 100 points behind leader Brian Campbell and feels that if they can keep up their solid finishes then throughout the remainder of the season then they might be the ones holding the championship trophy in November.

“It wasn’t exactly what we shot for in the race but it turned out to be an excellent points day,” said Hamner. “I think we figured out that we went from fifth to second in points and closed the gap to under 80 [points behind leader Brian Campbell].” Although Hamner is up against steep competition in the ASA Late Model Challenge Series this season with drivers like Campbell in the mix, he still feels that they can continue their success through the end of the season to get themselves into championship contention.

“Brian Campbell is a super, super tough competitor and a heck of a racer,” commented Hamner. “But we’ve got the momentum from Salem with us and going our way. If we have consistent finishes like we did this weekend I think I might give him a run for
his money.”

For more information on Josh Hamner contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 788-2134 and check out JoshHamner.com.

Nashville 2 Step – Two Great Events, Twice the Fun Starts this Sunday, August 2, 2009

July 30th, 2009

Lexington, MI – The Month of August will be a lot of fun for the ASA Late Model Series and Teams. The ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division presented by GM Performance Parts will be in Nashville twice in August.

The 2 step will begin August 2nd at the historic Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway with the running of the Nashville 200. After a year absence from this venerable old track the ASA Late Model Series makes a return visit to a place where we have had a lot of success in the past.

“The race and car counts have always been good at the Fairgrounds, and the fans have always come out and supported and enjoyed our event there, that’s why I was a surprised when the previous owners didn’t want us back. With the economy the way it is I really don’t know what to expect this time around, I guess we’ll have to wait and see; either way it should be a great event for us and one I am looking forward to it” stated ASA Late Model Series President Ron Varney.

The second part of the Nashville 2 Step will be held on August 15th at the Nashville Super Speedway. This will mark the first time the series has visited the “big track” in Nashville.

“We did a tire test at the Speedway and I was certainly impressed with the facility and the track itself, this will certainly be another notch in our belt at one of the country’s premier facilities” remarked Varney.

“Nashville it such an important region for us, because of its central location we tend to draw many north and south cars to events we’ve held here in the past and hopefully even in these tough times we can get around 30 cars for both of these races” finished Varney.

Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway: 615 Smith Ave., Nashville, TN 37203 -Track Phone: 615-726-1818 Website: http://www.fairgroundsspeedwayatnashville.com/
0.596 Mile High-Banked Paved Oval

To find out more information about the ASA Late Model Series, be sure to visit www.asalatemodels.com, www.asalatemodelsnorth.com, and www.asalatemodelssouth.com

The ASA Late Model Series is its own entity and not endorsed, sponsored or affiliated in any way with ASA Racing, American Speed Association or the ASA Member Track Program. The ASA Late Model Series is owned and operated by Ron and Sandy Varney.

Blake Jones Ready For Summer Swing After Two Straight Victories in Legend Car Competition

June 6th, 2009

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Heading into the mid season of racing action in 2008, Blake Jones drove his Mountain Dew Bandolero to a victory at the Fairgrounds Speedway (TN), setting up a great summer run that ended with a Young Guns championship in the Thursday Thunder Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway (GA).

In 2009, Blake Jones has moved up to the Legends Car ranks, racing his #80 Mountain Dew Legends Car in the Young Lions division, and has repeated his early season stats from last year, as he has won two straight races prior to the start of the 2009 Thursday Thunder Series, which takes the green flag on June 4th.

Jones had decided on taking the weekend off after his win at Newport Speedway (TN) on May 23rd, but the itch to race and stay fresh from behind the wheel sent the Blake Jones Racing team back to the Fairgrounds Speedway.

“Before the Summer Shootout and the Thursday Thunder, we didn’t want to be out of the car that long, because if you are, it takes a few weeks to get you back to where you were at,” said Jones. “We decided it was better to race at least one day to prepare for the summer racing and make sure everything was ok.”

Just like last season, Jones went to victory lane in his appearance at the Nashville track.

“We were the first ones to qualify, and we qualified off the pole by 0.03 of a second,” said Jones. “We led down the front stretch (on the start) and finally pulled ahead into the lead going down the backstretch. We led every lap. We had a straightaway lead and they had a wreck with about three to go, putting speedy-dry all over the track. On the restart, I did get tapped in the rear-end a few times, but we were able to pull off the win.

“We haven’t won many races prior to the last two weeks. It gives us a whole lot of momentum going into Thursday Thunder.”

The momentum of two straight victories heading into this week’s Thursday Thunder, as well as next week’s Summer Shootout Series opener at Lowe’s Motor Speedway (NC), is a confidence booster for Jones and the entire crew.

“We hope to pull it off like we did last year and win the Thursday Thunder championship as well as get the Summer Shootout title for our sponsors, including Mountain Dew, Chambers Market and Bohannen Heating and Air. It is hard running both series and it puts a lot of pressure on us, but we wouldn’t want to do anything else. We just have to make sure to keep our car clean and race hard at the same time.”

The start of the 2009 Thursday Thunder Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway will take place on Thursday, June 4th, with the start of the Summer Shootout Series at Lowe’s Motor Speedway taking the green flag on Tuesday, June 9th.

For more information on Blake Jones, please contact Jason Buckley at (704) 888-2134, and be sure to check out the Blake Jones website at www.blakejonesracing.net.