Sunday, March 27, 2016

Saskatoon Inks Naming Rights Agreement

 Wyant Group Raceway will be the new operating name for one of North America’s finest oval tracks, situated in the RM of Corman Park, just 2 miles north of Saskatoon between Highway #11 and #12.

The SSCRA originated from the Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Club, formed in 1954, operating out of the 8th Street racing oval called the Motordrome. In 1968, as a result of the City of Saskatoon’s impending growth, the Club was forced to find new land; as of 1970 it operated for a few years at the current Prairieland Park Grandstand area, then upon accessing 23 acres from Bill Kusch for $1.00 down and a ten year payment plan, the Club started Bridge City Speedway just north of Sutherland.  In 1999 the City, once again, advised of its intention to annex that area for future development, forcing the non-profit member-owned club to source new property.  In 2004 the membership pursued a 35 acre parcel north of the City and in 2006 the .333 mi. new Speedway was born; to this date it remains Canada’s only member-owned and volunteer-run race track.

Aside from regular racing action featuring Super Late Models, Pro-Trucks, Sportsman, Street Stocks,
Mini Stocks and the recently formed Bandolero Youth Division, for several years now the SSCRA has also consistently secured one of only two annual Western Canadian stops of the NASCAR Canadian Tour.  In an effort to  advance the utilization of the facility into being more than just a race venue, in 2011 it became the first oval race track in the world to ever host an Air Show, followed with repeat events in 2012, 2013 and 2015.  Saskatoon’s first outdoor Monster Truck Show in over 25 years was also held at the race track in the 2015.

While there will not be an Air Show in 2016, the WYANT GROUP RACEWAY promises the development of other events to enhance the community’s tourism and entertainment landscape.

Jason Gervais, President of the Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association, says, “For the past ten years, the Savoie family stepped up and helped this organization through some very challenging years.  Now, as we move forward into the next growth phase, the SSCRA Executive and its Members are extremely pleased to be working with the Wyant Group”.  Gervais continues, “Vaughn, Michael, Phillip and their entire employee base, will be exceptional partners as we continue to promote the sport and provide incredible racing entertainment for this community” … “their personal and business-related reputations have garnered a level of respect that this organization does not take lightly … we look forward to a strong partnership that will most certainly benefit this community as we grow together”.

When asked about the future of the Wyant Group Raceway, Gervais adds, “Our Executive and Membership recognizes the need to diversify and attract new faces to new events as we move towards the next ten years of operation; we are anxious to expand that direction and build upon what has already been accomplished with NASCAR, the Air Show, the new Monster Truck Show and soon to follow in 2016, a new Tractor Pull event” … “other programming ideas are also being pursued that will be announced and implemented as both scheduling and the business climate allows, but most definitely the Wyant Group Raceway will generate a significant and positive impact on local tourism and the overall mix of entertainment options in the City”.

Michael Wyant, COO, adds … “When presented with this opportunity, it was something that was easy to get excited about. With a proven record of performance, a great executive committee, and ambitious growth plans for the track in the future, we saw it as a perfect fit for the Wyant Group.  Not only can we now associate our family and automotive group with the fun and excitement of the raceway, we can also showcase and demonstrate some great products to the fans along the way, enhancing the race day experience.  We couldn’t be happier to be the new naming rights sponsor of the raceway!” (NASCAR Home Tracks)

Stats are Just Numbers - Martinsville Speedway Edition

The Paper Clip tucked in the Virgina Mountains is where we head this weekend and this is commonly a track that can be where battle royals and brawls happen, take a look at last year for example with Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano. Maybe Danica Patrick vs. David Gilliland? Well this is the first short track we visit in the 2016 Season and this is where I feel that new rules package could shine bright! Below are the stats at this track but of course. Stats are Just Numbers.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville

Races - 65 Races
First Winner - Curtis Turner
Last Winner - Denny Hamlin
G.W.C Finishes - 2 (2010 and 2012)
Postponed Races - 1 (2010)
Most Wins - 9 (Richard Petty)
Most Wins by a Team - 12 (Petty Enterprises)
Most Manufacturer Wins - 26 (Chevrolet)
Interesting Fact - In 2014 Kurt Busch posted his first win with Stewart-Haas Racing after passing Jimmie Johnson with eleven laps to go. The win was Busch's first in two seasons following his firing from Penske Racing and numerous confrontations with media. The race lead changed 33 times, a track record, breaking the 31 set in Kevin Harvick's 2011 win.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville

Races - 20
First Winner - Joe Ruttman 
Last Winner - Joey Logano
G.W.C Finishes - 8 (1996, 1997, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, and 2015)
Postponed Races - 2 (2009 and 2014)
Most Wins - Tie, 3 (Kevin Harvick and Dennis Setzer) 
Most Wins by a Team - Tie, 3 (Richard Childress Racing, Morgan-Dollar Motorsports, and ThorSport Racing) 
Most Manufacturer Wins - 10 (Chevrolet)
Interesting Fact - In 2008 it was the Last win for Dodge before becoming RAM Trucks. Also last Truck win for Dodge before departing NASCAR's top 3 series after the 2012 season. 

Krause Set to Go Tour Racing

Looking to take his racing career to the next level, Andrew Krause will join the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and compete for the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award.

Krause, of Holmdel, New Jersey, comes to the Whelen Modified Tour following a rising racing career at Wall Stadium. In 2016 he and the No. 24 Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet team will take to the road for the first time.

“I think it will be an awesome experience to go see some new tracks and have some new experiences,” Krause said. “I thought this was where we needed to go.”

The 25-year-old originally got his start in racing in entry-level modifieds at the venerable New Jersey oval. After running some small block and big block dirt modifieds, he’s competed in the Wall/SK modified division in recent years.

“It’s the natural progression of things,” Krause said. “We’ve got pretty comfortable running our car at Wall. We started there in the entry level and moved up, and now we’re ready to progress to the tour level.”

Krause’s father, Cliff, owns the No. 24 Chevrolet and veteran Whelen Modified Tour team owner Ralph Solhem will serve as the crew chief. The team has one of Buzz Chew Racing’s former cars with a Troyer TA-2 chassis and spec engine.

“I’m excited for the experience,” Krause said. “We have all of the right stuff going for us. We have a proven car, we have Ralph with all of his experience and we have good and dedicated crew. I think all of the elements are there for us to put together some good performances.”

Krause is the third driver to-date to declare intentions to run for Sunoco Rookie of the Year along with Craig Lutz and Matt Swanson.

“We kind of have our sights on it,” Krause said. “We’ll have that in the back of our minds. We really don’t have experience at any of these tracks so we’ll just be trying to put down some solid finishes and gain as much experience as we can.”

Krause will get his first laps at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in the No. 24 this Saturday during the track’s open test session.

The 17-race NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will commence with the Icebreaker 150 on Sunday, April 10 at Thompson. For 42nd Annual Icebreaker weekend event and ticket information, please visit www.thompsonspeedway.com. (NASCAR Home Tracks)

Happy Easter From The NASCAR News Source

We here at The NASCAR News Source wants to wish everyone of our viewers and their families a very Happy Easter! I am grateful for every single one of you and I hope you have enjoyed your visit(s) to the NASCAR News Source! If we can do anything to help make your experience better don't hesitate to let us know! We will begin coverage of this weekend's racing in Martinsville than we will be attending Nashville the next weekend! Lot's of great things are coming! (Koelle,2016)

Justin Haley Wins First Career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Race

The 16-year-old from Winamac, Indiana, cleared the dominant car of Kyle Benjamin with seven laps to go and sailed to his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory. It was Haley's 23rd career NASCAR K&N Pro Series start. He nearly picked up the win in Phoenix last fall in the K&N Pro West, but late contact while leading cut a tire and ended his night six laps short of the win. Benjamin settled for second, followed by Ronnie Bassett Jr., championship points leader Spencer Davis and Dillon Bassett. Benjamin, from nearby Easley, South Carolina, was fastest in practice and winner of the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Brewing Company. He led a race-high 122 laps but failed to lead the lap that mattered.

Results from Greenville

1 2 5 Justin Haley
2 1 40 Kyle Benjamin
3 3 4 Ronnie Bassett, Jr.
4 5 41 Spencer Davis
5 6 44 Dillon Bassett
6 10 66 Reid Wilson
7 11 55 Noah Gragson
8 7 38 Tyler Dippel
9 4 3 Kaz Grala
10 19 13 Hunter Baize
11 8 2 Collin Cabre
12 9 42 J.A. Junior Avila
13 18 2 Sarah Cornett-Ching
14 17 1 Austin Theriault
15 15 12 Harrison Burton
16 12 30 Dominique Van Wieringen
17 13 49 John Holleman, IV
18 16 4 Ali Kern
19 14 6 Ruben Garcia Jr.
20 20 14 Trey Hutchens
21 21 9 Christian Celaya

Next Race

The next race for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be the world's fastest Half Mile in Bristol, TN. Last year Chaos and carnage reigned inside the Last Great Colosseum in Saturday's PittLite 125 as the K&N East Series warriors battled for Bristol victory. In an event that saw six cautions and a green-white-checker finish, it was Massachusetts-native Eddie MacDonald who prevailed after contact between he and pole sitter Ben Rhodes relegated the day's dominant car to a third place finish. Spencer Davis has a 3 point lead over Kyle Benjamin in the points standings. What Gladiator will rise above and win in Thunder Valley?