Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing Looks to Conquer The Monster Mile

CONCORD, N.C. (May 11, 2016) – This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits Dover International Speedway, a one-mile, concrete oval where Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing feels confident in securing a strong run.

NASCAR veteran driver Michael McDowell will pilot the No. 95 WRL General Contractors Chevrolet SS during the AAA 400 Drive for Autism race weekend.

McDowell has 11 starts at Dover during his nine-year NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career with a best finish of 29th in 2008.  His last time competing at the one-mile speedway was in 2013 as Leavine Family Racing ran only a partial schedule in 2014 and 2015.

“I tested at this track in 2014, but haven’t raced there in a while,” said McDowell.  “I think it’s going to be a good race.  This track is similar to Bristol and we can have a good run there.  So, I’m looking forward to this race weekend for the No. 95 team.”

Prior to hitting the track, McDowell will volunteer with Thrivent Financial members and Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity to repair an Air Force veteran’s home on Thursday morning in the Dover, Del. area.  The group will repair siding and install new windows at the home alongside volunteers from the Dover Air Force base.

In addition, the No. 95 Chevrolet will display the Autism Delaware decal during the race as part of the track’s partnership with the foundation and to raise awareness for autism.

The AAA 400 Drive for Autism will take place on Sunday, May 15 at 1:00 p.m. ET.  Race fans can tune-in to FS1 or MRN for coverage.  The team will post race weekend updates via Twitter at @CSLFR95. (Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing)

Koch Looks to Tame Monster Mile

Blake Koch has had one of the best starts to his season that he has had in his career. Blake Koch enters a track this weekend he has raced at 10 times with an 31st place average finish and a 29th place average start but those past stats don't really matter as Blake Koch has bested majority of his finishes this year with Kaulig Racing. In 2014 Blake Koch raced at Dover in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driving the #32 for Go Fas Racing where he started 43rd and raced his way up to an impressive 30th place finish. Blake Koch came off a career best finish of 8th in our last trip to a short track in Richmond Virginia. Blake Koch talked about Dover, here's how he feels. "I like Dover  a lot, it's like Bristol on steroids. I just really like the feel that I have for the track. There's something about the concrete tracks, I have a better feel for the car, which leads to better feedback for better adjustments and turns into better results. That's why I look forward to Dover, I feel like I know what I need more there than anywhere else." The Ollie's Bargain Outlet 200 will be televised live Saturday, May 14, at 2:00 p.m. ET on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel 90. You can recieve up-to-date information on the No. 11 NXS team, follow @KauligRacing on Twitter as well as on the Kaulig Racing™ Facebook page,, and the team's website, (Koelle,2016)

Kyle Busch's Crew Chief and Tire Changer Suspended

Still celebrating the win from Kansas, Kyle Busch and his crew was notified as many of us were about the news NASCAR had. On Monday, NASCAR said that Kyle Busch's victory celebration was "Overzealous but not Suspicious".  This Afternoon NASCAR revealed news that Kyle Busch's #18 team would be the first to get the Lug Nut penalty formed before the Talladega Race a few weeks ago. The penalty handed down to Kyle Busch's team was a level P3 penalty which includes a few suspensions.
This Statement is per NASCAR - The #18 team of Kyle Busch has been given a P3 penalty for violating the lug nut rule. Crew chief Adam Stevens has been fined $20,000, suspended from all NASCAR Series Championship Points Events through May 18, placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31; front tire changer has been suspended from all NASCAR Series Championship Points Events through May 18 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31.(Koelle,2016)

Austin Hill Excited to Return to Dover International Speedway

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 10, 2016) – Austin Hill is ready to make his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start of the season at Dover International Speedway piloting the No. 20 A&D Welding Ford F-150. With two wins in only four starts at the track, the NASCAR Next alum considers the 1-mile concrete oval his favorite track on the circuit.

“This race is probably the biggest race of the whole year for me personally because I’ve been there four times and won twice in the K&N Series there,” said Hill. “Getting a win at Dover and it being my first win in K&N, I obviously have to say that it’s my favorite track!”

Hill led more than 60 laps en route to each of his victories in 2013 and 2014 at Dover International Speedway. His 2015 starts at Dover showed strong runs but a blown engine in his K&N car and pit road woes in his NCWTS debut at the track derailed those efforts.

Hill has set high goals for himself and the team going into Dover, especially considering his previous success at the track.

“Going back with our own stuff in the Truck Series, I definitely think we’re going to have a shot at a Top-5, and hopefully we’ll be around at the end to sweep a win,” said Hill. “My goal going to Dover is to get a win with the success we’ve had and my experience there.”

Driving for a family-owned team with a partial NCWTS schedule this season, Hill has used the time off to grow the team and prepare for the upcoming races.

“This two month break has obviously been really big for us. We were able to build another truck and get things together so we’re 100 percent ready when it comes to Dover and Charlotte,” explained Hill. “We’re going to be on top of our game, we’re going to be really prepared for these upcoming races.”

However, the break in the schedule wasn’t all work. The 22-year-old celebrated a birthday and spent time with family,

“The time off has been nice. I did a lot of fishing with my dad and brother and hung out with Ashlyn (wife) and Lynnlee (daughter) a lot. At the same time about a month is all I can take,” said Hill. “After a month, I start itching real bad and I’m ready to get back to racing.”

Finishing well at Dover carries extra weight for Hill and his team, especially since his opportunities to win are limited this year.

“We don’t get to run as many races as the other guys this year so I really want to do well. Dover and Charlotte being back to back and then having another month off before the next race I really want to do well there so that month off I’m not sitting there banging my head against the wall. I’m really excited about Dover and I think it’s going to be a fun race.”

The NCWTS race will take place on Friday, May 13 at 5:30 p.m. ET at Dover International Speedway. Fans can follow Hill on social media for updates at Austin Hill Racing (Facebook), @_AustinHill (Twitter) and/or _austin_hill_ (Instagram). (Austin Hill Racing)