Joey Logano Wins Fourth Straight Nationwide Series Race at Dover International Speedway

Joey Logano wins 2013 5-Hour Energy 200 Nationwide Series race
Joey Logano wins 2013 5-Hour Energy 200 Nationwide Series race

Dover, Delaware (September 28, 2013) – Joey Logano raced his way into the history books again on Saturday, winning his fourth straight NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Dover International Speedway in the 5-Hour Energy 200. Joey Logano is now the only NASCAR Nationwide driver to ever win four times on the Monster Mile of Dover and the only driver to win four consecutive events in any racing series at the mile long superspeedway in Delaware.

When asked about his historic day, Joey answered. “This has been my favorite place ever since I started here. Even when I barrel-rolled down the straightaway, it’s still my favorite place.”

With four straight wins at the Monster Mile, it is not hard to see why this track is his favorite place to race. The race on Saturday at the old track was recorded as the fastest ever in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, beating the previous record of 130.152 set in 1998 by Dale Earnhardt. Jr. by 1.082 mph.

The fast race was really due to the 160 laps they raced under a green flag. Logano had the pole advantage and due to this was ahead for the first 18 laps, before Kyle Busch made his move. By the time they reached the 26th lap things became a lot tighter on the track, when the caution flag was raised due to a spin by Brian Scott. The caution flag was raised again during Lap 37, when Donnie Neuenberger ran into the wall. By this time in the race, the race car of Joey Logano was running noticeably slower on the track. This prompted Joey to come into the pits for a long stop, during which time he had this to say.

“[Busch was] really fast in the beginning of the race and we were really loose,” Logano said. “I even wanted to stop at the caution before that. But we decided to stay out a little bit longer and got that next caution. We took that hit on pit road making these big adjustments. “These Nationwide races are short and you have to make big swings early. [Crew chief] Jeremy [Bullins] made some big swings on this thing and got it close, and we just needed the one more stop to fine tune it. I was just able to run my race and take care of the tires, and do the right things in the car.”

The extended pit stop worked wonders for the race car of Logano and Busch had elected to stay out on the track and gain ground, instead of pitting. When Busch eventually had to head into the pit during Lap 87, the rest of the field followed his example a few laps later, and this put Busch behind the rest of the racers on pit stops, and would mean he would need to stop one more time before the end of the race.

By this time the tires of Logano were 30 laps newer than the race tires of Busch and he started to rapidly gain ground on the leader. He caught Busch on Lap 141 and from that point on there was nothing but open race track between him and the finish line.

Logano “When your car drives good here and you have what you need, when you have lapped traffic it doesn’t even slow you down,” Logano said. “When you’re loose, you get stuck. In these Nationwide races, being able to get through the lapped traffic as quick as possible is key to winning these things.”

At the press conference after the 5-Hour Energy 200 Joey Logano had a few things to say.

Joey Logano – No. 22 Hertz Ford Mustang – We had a fast race car.  I don’t know what else I need to say.  This Hertz Ford was really good when we unloaded and then throughout practice the track changed on us a little bit and last night we made some good changes on the race car.  Jeremy and all the guys and girls on the team did a good job tuning the thing up for me.  We started the race too loose and they went for it.  These Nationwide races are short.  You’ve got to make big swings real early and I feel like Jeremy and I have worked enough together now that when I say loose and how loose he kind of knows how much it is and he made some big swings on this thing and got it pretty close.  Then we needed one more stop to just kind of fine-tune it.  After that second green-flag stop it was dialed in pretty good.  I was just able to run my race and take care of the tires, make sure I was doing the right things in the car, and get another victory.  It’s just really cool to get four in a row here at Dover.  That’s pretty awesome.  It’s been my favorite race track ever since I started here, yes, even when I barrel-rolled down the back straightaway it’s still my favorite place, and I think we showed it today.  Hopefully, my Shell/Pennzoil Ford tomorrow is just as fast as this one.  If that’s the case, it’s gonna be a lot of fun.”

The No. 22 Hertz Ford
The No. 22 Hertz Ford

The crew chief for the No. 22 Hertz Ford Mustang, Jeremy Bullins, also had few comments on the race and car.

Jeremy Bullins – Crew Chief -No. 22 Hertz Ford Mustang “It means a lot that we’re continuing to build good cars.  This is another brand new car that the guys at the shop built.  We just keep pushing forward and, like Joey said, the first race here we learned a lot about what the car needs for him.  I feel like we’ve learned a lot about, like what he says, when he says ‘loose’ we’re learning how to work on it and we’re getting closer with that.  We talked about it before the race, there were a lot of streaks to be kept alive today and I think we managed to pull that off, so it was just a great day on pit road.  The guys did a good job.  The whole team just did an excellent job today.”

When asked why it has been so hard for him to have success on the race track on Sunday at Dover International Speedway, Joey answered.

Joey Logano “I tell you what, on the Cup side I really do feel like I’ve had some strong cars here.  I’ve had a lot of misfortune in the Cup races, but I’ve had a lot of fast race cars here that are capable of running top five.  I’ve had loose wheels.  I’ve had flat tires.  I’ve had motors blowing up.  I’ve gone through a lot here at this race track and that’s why if you look at the stats like you did, you wouldn’t know that we ran as well as we did, but we have run really well at this race track on the Cup side.  I’m expecting tomorrow to be similar, I hope.  As far as the way the Chase has gone, Chicago, we were doing everything we were supposed to do.  We got the pole and we were leading laps, but unfortunately things break on race cars every now and again and that cost us a really good finish there and a lot of points, obviously.  Last week at Loudon, it’s probably my toughest race track that I go to.  I go from the place that I hate the most to the place I love the most this week and we came out of there with a 14th-place finish, which is not good, but, for me, is decent actually.  We come here this weekend and we know that we can still run up there.  We still have a lot of momentum on this team and we know what we did to get in the Chase and how good we are, and we’ve just got to keep pushing forward and keep fighting.  I always say that the 22 team over there never quits and they never die and that’s what we did to get here.  We’re not out of it yet.  We can still win it.  We’ve got a tough road ahead of us and we really can’t have a bad race in the next eight, but we can still do it.  We’re not out yet.  The fat lady is not singing yet.  She’s warming up her voice, but she’s not singing yet.”

Was it surprising to see this race run 160 laps to the finish line without a caution and were you surprised how easily you caught up to Busch after the series of green flags evened out? 

Joey Logano “Yes and yes.  They were really fast in the beginning of the race.  We were really loose, so I even wanted to stop the caution before that because we were hanging on.  We were pretty loose, but we decided to stay out a little bit longer and then got that next caution.  We took our hit on pit road a little bit making these big adjustments that we were gonna lose a couple spots and some guys took two, and then we were able to drive our way close to the front and then, obviously, he didn’t pit so he has to pit earlier than us, and then at that point we have newer tires so we were able to kind of run him back down.  I don’t really know what happened after that.  I was just driving in circles as fast as I could.”

“That’s when we just came out on new tires and I radioed in to Jeremy and said, ‘This car is right on.  It’s right where I need it to be,’ and I was able to carry really fast lap times.  When your car drives good here and you have exactly what it needs, when you get to lap traffic it doesn’t even slow you down.  But if it’s loose like it was, you get to a lapped car and you’re just kind of stuck and you can’t go anywhere.  He had it right where I needed to be that I was able to pass cars when I got to them and really make up that gap a lot because in these Nationwide races having a fast car is one thing, but being able to get through the lap traffic as quick as possible is key to winning these things.”

 

 

 

 

Frank Kimmel Goes for Ten Straight ARCA Racing Series Championships

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 9, 2010) – Fresh tire marks on the door, loud cheers from the grandstands, confetti stuck to the hood, teammates showering you with champagne, family and friends posing for photos holding number ones up, wearing a bright purple Hoosier Collar around the neck – all visions of victory lane on September 13, 2008. That day was rich with memories of Frank Kimmel’s last ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards victory lane experience.
On that faithful day, if someone were to say that it would be almost two years before the nine-time ARCA Racing Series Champion would repeat that experience, many would not believe it.  After all, he had been victorious every season since 1995; he was riding a string of three-straight victories and had won eight-consecutive ARCA Racing Series championships. As the green flag drops for the Northwest Ohio Ford Dealers 200 at Toledo Speedway on Sunday, September 12, Kimmel and his No. 44 Ansell/Menards team will be looking to end the winless streak and return to victory lane one day before the two-year anniversary of that win.
Getting to victory lane at Toledo Speedway is nothing new for Frank Kimmel.  After earning his first-career ARCA Racing series win at the half-mile track in 1994, he went on to visit victory lane eight more times becoming the most prolific driver in Toledo Speedway history.  In addition to his nine wins, Kimmel has earned 22 top-five finishes and three pole awards in 30-career starts at the track.
“Toledo is the site of our very first win, so it is a great place for us to come back to,” said Kimmel.  “I’ve always enjoyed Toledo.  We normally run well there and get good finishes; we have had a lot of success there with wins too.  Although the car that we are bringing is predominantly an intermediate car, I think it will be one of the best cars we have ever brought to Toledo.  The body on it is really slick and it’s a very nice racecar.  It weighs out well. I have a lot of confidence going into Toledo.  I think we will run well and be very competitive.”
The road to victory lane will begin for Kimmel on Saturday, as the ARCA Racing Series takes to the track for practice starting at 12:30 p.m. EST. Sunday’s 100-mile/200-lap Northwest Ohio Dealers at Toledo Speedway is set to begin at 2:00 p.m. EST.  Live timing and scoring and audio coverage will be provided by ARCA Nation and the ARCA Racing Network at ARCARacing.com. BAS Racing Network (radio) and BCSN (TV) will also host live race coverage.
 “Kimmel’s Top 10”
In anticipation of his 10th Championship, Frank Kimmel gives a look at his “Top 10” before each ARCA Racing Series event.  Frank Kimmel has had a lot of support along his way to nine ARCA Racing Series championships. This week Kimmel gives us a look at the “top-10 most influential people in his career.”
10. Uncle Paul- In the early days Uncle Paul took me to almost every single ARCA race that I competed at. Whatever it took to get me to the track, he did it.  He would buy our hotel rooms, pay travel expenses and help out every way he could. Without him we would not have been able to go ARCA Racing at all.
9.  Jack Wallace- Wally actually gave me my very first ARCA car in 1990.  We used that car to win Rookie of the Year in 1992.  Wally was a long-time ARCA Racer who saw some potential and decided to let me have his racecar.  He is the man that gave me my start in ARCA.
8.  Larry Clement- Larry was my long-time car owner.  He really enabled us to win as many ARCA races and championships as we did because of his guidance and support.
7.  Buddy Rouck – He was the first guy that I teamed up with.  We co-owned my first late model together and won two championships with it in the late 80’s. He is also Holly’s godfather.
6.  Dick Schroeder – I worked for him for a while.  He was the owner of C-Line Engineering.  He really helped me to become a better racer and a better mechanic in my early career.
5.  Terry Shirley – Became my car owner in 1989.  We won the Late Model championship in 1990, and he gave me my start in early years of ARCA Racing.
4.  Donna Kimmel – She is my wife and the person that has kept my life together while I have been doing all this racing.  She’s been very supportive of me and raised Holly and Frankie while I was away at the track.
3.  Bill Kimmel Jr. – Bill was a good driver before he became my crew chief. He won four-straight championships at Louisville Motor Speedway.  He has also been crew chief of the year in the ARCA Series eight times and been with me for eight of my nine championships. 
2.  Mable Kimmel – Mable is both my and Bill’s mom.  She was a true racer’s wife.  Mom always supported our dad no matter what he decided to do in racing. Howard while battling for the lead sent Frank and “Daisy” spinning, ultimately destroying the car.
1.  Bill Kimmel Sr. – He is my and Bill’s father.  He started racing in 1948 and taught us most of what we know about racecars.
Frank Kimmel and the No. 44 Ansell/Menards Fast Facts
Battle for first:  After bad luck plagued the Ansell/Menards team at DuQuoin, Kimmel fell to fourth in the championship standings.  He now sits 50 markers behind leaders Tom Hessert and Patrick Sheltra, who are tied for first.
Last Toledo Race:  In the spring event at Toledo Speedway, Kimmel overcame late-race damage to score a fourth-place finish.  The finish began his climb in the ARCA Racing point standings and was his best finish in the early part of the season.
This Week’s Ford:  Crew Chief, Bill Kimmel Jr., has chosen to bring chassis No. 340, “Courtney” to Toledo.  This chassis, an intermediate track chassis, has not been used yet this season. With both short track cars wrecked after the dirt races at Springfield and DuQuoin, Kimmel Racing has called on “Courtney” to bring them to victory lane.
Meet Frank Kimmel:  Kimmel will be signing autographs on the front stretch of Toledo Speedway on Sunday, September 12 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 
Featured Blogger:  Want to hear what Kimmel has to say about each race weekend?  Log on to http://www.motorracingnetwork.com/ every week to read Frank’s latest driver diary.  He talks about what happened in the race, what he does when he is not at the track and his expectations for the next race weekend.
Follow Frank Kimmel: Follow Frank Kimmel at the track or in the race shop by logging on to facebook.com/frankkimmelracing and twitter.com/frankkimmel. Follow every race weekend for live updates and photos from the track and throughout the race. 
2010 STATS

 StartsWinsPolesTop 5sTop 10sAve StartAve FinishPts. Pos./Prev
Frank Kimmel16017119.48.24/2

About Frank Kimmel
Frank Kimmel, driver in the ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and Menards, is a record holding 9-time champion. Co-owner of Kimmel Racing, the Indiana native has earned 74 wins, placing him just six races shy of the number one spot on ARCA’s all-time win list. With 44 poles, 230 top-five and 294 top-ten finishes, the racing veteran has accomplished many great feats in his 18 seasons in the series. Kimmel and the Ansell/Menards Ford team look to continue to break records in the 2010 season.
About Activ8 Communications

Activ8 Communications, based in Mooresville, North Carolina, specializes in public relations, marketing strategies, brand development and sponsor activation. With focus on NASCAR public relations and relationship building, Activ8 creates unique identities and connections for the drivers and clients under its umbrella.

on Sunday, September 12, Kimmel and his No. 44 Ansell/Menards team will be looking to end the winless streak and return to victory lane one day before the two-year anniversary of that win.
Getting to victory lane at Toledo Speedway is nothing new for Frank Kimmel.  After earning his first-career ARCA Racing series win at the half-mile track in 1994, he went on to visit victory lane eight more times becoming the most prolific driver in Toledo Speedway history.  In addition to his nine wins, Kimmel has earned 22 top-five finishes and three pole awards in 30-career starts at the track.
“Toledo is the site of our very first win, so it is a great place for us to come back to,” said Kimmel.  “I’ve always enjoyed Toledo.  We normally run well there and get good finishes; we have had a lot of success there with wins too.  Although the car that we are bringing is predominantly an intermediate car, I think it will be one of the best cars we have ever brought to Toledo.  The body on it is really slick and it’s a very nice racecar.  It weighs out well. I have a lot of confidence going into Toledo.  I think we will run well and be very competitive.”
The road to victory lane will begin for Kimmel on Saturday, as the ARCA Racing Series takes to the track for practice starting at 12:30 p.m. EST. Sunday’s 100-mile/200-lap Northwest Ohio Dealers at Toledo Speedway is set to begin at 2:00 p.m. EST.  Live timing and scoring and audio coverage will be provided by ARCA Nation and the ARCA Racing Network at ARCARacing.com. BAS Racing Network (radio) and BCSN (TV) will also host live race coverage.
 “Kimmel’s Top 10”
In anticipation of his 10th Championship, Frank Kimmel gives a look at his “Top 10” before each ARCA Racing Series event.  Frank Kimmel has had a lot of support along his way to nine ARCA Racing Series championships. This week Kimmel gives us a look at the “top-10 most influential people in his career.”
10. Uncle Paul- In the early days Uncle Paul took me to almost every single ARCA race that I competed at. Whatever it took to get me to the track, he did it.  He would buy our hotel rooms, pay travel expenses and help out every way he could. Without him we would not have been able to go ARCA Racing at all.
9.  Jack Wallace- Wally actually gave me my very first ARCA car in 1990.  We used that car to win Rookie of the Year in 1992.  Wally was a long-time ARCA Racer who saw some potential and decided to let me have his racecar.  He is the man that gave me my start in ARCA.
8.  Larry Clement- Larry was my long-time car owner.  He really enabled us to win as many ARCA races and championships as we did because of his guidance and support.
7.  Buddy Rouck – He was the first guy that I teamed up with.  We co-owned my first late model together and won two championships with it in the late 80’s. He is also Holly’s godfather.
6.  Dick Schroeder – I worked for him for a while.  He was the owner of C-Line Engineering.  He really helped me to become a better racer and a better mechanic in my early career.
5.  Terry Shirley – Became my car owner in 1989.  We won the Late Model championship in 1990, and he gave me my start in early years of ARCA Racing.
4.  Donna Kimmel – She is my wife and the person that has kept my life together while I have been doing all this racing.  She’s been very supportive of me and raised Holly and Frankie while I was away at the track.
3.  Bill Kimmel Jr. – Bill was a good driver before he became my crew chief. He won four-straight championships at Louisville Motor Speedway.  He has also been crew chief of the year in the ARCA Series eight times and been with me for eight of my nine championships. 
2.  Mable Kimmel – Mable is both my and Bill’s mom.  She was a true racer’s wife.  Mom always supported our dad no matter what he decided to do in racing. Howard while battling for the lead sent Frank and “Daisy” spinning, ultimately destroying the car.
1.  Bill Kimmel Sr. – He is my and Bill’s father.  He started racing in 1948 and taught us most of what we know about racecars.
Frank Kimmel and the No. 44 Ansell/Menards Fast Facts
Battle for first:  After bad luck plagued the Ansell/Menards team at DuQuoin, Kimmel fell to fourth in the championship standings.  He now sits 50 markers behind leaders Tom Hessert and Patrick Sheltra, who are tied for first.
Last Toledo Race:  In the spring event at Toledo Speedway, Kimmel overcame late-race damage to score a fourth-place finish.  The finish began his climb in the ARCA Racing point standings and was his best finish in the early part of the season.
This Week’s Ford:  Crew Chief, Bill Kimmel Jr., has chosen to bring chassis No. 340, “Courtney” to Toledo.  This chassis, an intermediate track chassis, has not been used yet this season. With both short track cars wrecked after the dirt races at Springfield and DuQuoin, Kimmel Racing has called on “Courtney” to bring them to victory lane.
Meet Frank Kimmel:  Kimmel will be signing autographs on the front stretch of Toledo Speedway on Sunday, September 12 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 
Featured Blogger:  Want to hear what Kimmel has to say about each race weekend?  Log on to http://www.motorracingnetwork.com/ every week to read Frank’s latest driver diary.  He talks about what happened in the race, what he does when he is not at the track and his expectations for the next race weekend.
Follow Frank Kimmel: Follow Frank Kimmel at the track or in the race shop by logging on to facebook.com/frankkimmelracing and twitter.com/frankkimmel. Follow every race weekend for live updates and photos from the track and throughout the race. 
2010 STATS

 StartsWinsPolesTop 5sTop 10sAve StartAve FinishPts. Pos./Prev
Frank Kimmel16017119.48.24/2

About Frank Kimmel
Frank Kimmel, driver in the ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and Menards, is a record holding 9-time champion. Co-owner of Kimmel Racing, the Indiana native has earned 74 wins, placing him just six races shy of the number one spot on ARCA’s all-time win list. With 44 poles, 230 top-five and 294 top-ten finishes, the racing veteran has accomplished many great feats in his 18 seasons in the series. Kimmel and the Ansell/Menards Ford team look to continue to break records in the 2010 season.
About Activ8 Communications

Activ8 Communications, based in Mooresville, North Carolina, specializes in public relations, marketing strategies, brand development and sponsor activation. With focus on NASCAR public relations and relationship building, Activ8 creates unique identities and connections for the drivers and clients under its umbrella.

Ricky Johnson Wins TORC Championship with Roush Yates Engine

Mooresville, NC (September 9, 2010) The 2010 Traxxas TORC Series Presented by AMSOIL season ended last weekend with Ricky Johnson being crowned as the PRO 2WD Champion. Both Johnson and teammate Steve Barlow had very successful seasons driving their Roush Yates powered Fords for Barlow Motorsports this year.
Johnson arrived at Crandon International raceway on Sunday with a 3 point advantage over second place driver Rob MacCachren. Unfortunately for MacCachren, his hopes of winning came to an end fast during the first lap when a pileup formed in the final corner. Johnson went on to run a strong race and finish second, clinching the 2010 Championship title.
“We worked our butt off,” said Johnson. “We lost the championship by a few points last year, but we got it this year! I want to thank my mom and dad for putting me on motorcycles when I was younger, my team, Roush Yates for the incredible engine package, and my family.”
Ricky Johnson has had a Roush Yates engine under the hood all year after putting aside his promoter hat and pursuing racing full-time in the beginning of 2010. He contributes his 6 wins this season to having just the right mix of power, suspension setup, and tire traction.
“Ricky Johnson and the entire Barlow Motorsports team have been a great partner for Roush Yates,” said Doug Yates, CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “I am excited to be a part of their championship win and wish them continued success in the future.”
To learn more about Roush Yates’ Off-Road Truck engine program or any other engines built at Roush Yates, please call Jeff Clark at (704) 658-1540 or visit us at www.roushyatesparts.com.
About Roush Yates Engines
Roush Yates Engines designs, engineers and crafts high performance racing engines with the power to perform and the horsepower and durability you’d expect from legendary NASCAR pioneers Jack Roush and Robert Yates. The partnership of power and precision has come from merging the knowledge and experience of two legendary engine builders, both with a passion for winning today and powering up for tomorrow. In 2009 Doug Yates purchased his father’s half of Roush Yates Engines to become a co-owner in the company.
As CEO, Doug Yates leads a staff of 180 engineers and technicians who design, assemble, test, and service racing engines at two separate state-of-the-art facilities in Mooresville, North Carolina. Here, the best minds and latest technology are hard at work producing nearly 1,500 racing engines each year for teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA, Grand-Am, FIA GT3, Dirt Late Model, Sprint cars, and NHRA Pro Stock. At Roush Yates Engines, the mission is Power Performance, which is achieved through innovation design, precision engineering, and skillful craftsmanship. Building the best engines in racing today, providing service that’s second to none, and honoring a commitment to research and development are the heart of Roush Yates Engines.

Erick Rudolph Keeps the Pedal to the Metal

 MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2010) – Rain was the only thing that took Heinke-Baldwin Racing driver Erick Rudolph away from the race track over the holiday weekend. Although he is now two weeks into the three-week break in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule, Rudolph has not slowed down..
 
Scheduled to race both Friday and Saturday night, the Ransomville, N.Y., native was forced to race only Saturday due to weather at Spencer Speedway. Late afternoon showers forced officials to postpone racing to Friday, September 10. Clear skies were over the Long Sault, Ontario racetrack of Cornwall Motor Speedway. With an unlucky redraw, Rudolph worked his way from an 11th-place starting spot to finish fifth.
 Although the race at Spencer Speedway was cancelled, the field did get an opportunity to practice before the rain came in. After practice, Rudolph felt confident going into the rescheduled race this weekend. “We had a good set-up at Spencer,” explained Rudolph. “We only had one practice and it was a short run. The car seemed to be right where it needed to be. I am looking forward to going there on Friday.”
 
Saturday found Rudolph and team across the border at Cornwall Motor Speedway. Fast out the gate Rudolph won his heat race. An unlucky redraw led to an 11th-place starting spot for the 100-lap feature event. When the green flag waved, the 18-year-old began his trek to the front.
 
By lap 23 of the 100-lap race, Rudolph worked his way up to the fourth position. At the halfway point, Rudolph held steady in fourth behind the leader Danny O’Brien. Lap 66 found a battle with Mario Clairto maintain fourth. By a lap-80 caution, Rudolph held on to the fourth position with Clairto in tow.
 
By lap 85, Clairto worked his way past Rudolph and pushed him back to fifth. When the checkered flag flew at the Canadian quarter-mile clay oval, Rudolph crossed the finish line in fifth.
 
“The car was really good at Cornwall,” explained Rudolph. “We didn’t make any changes the entire day, just a few minor changes with tire combinations. It was a fun day of racing up there.”
 
Rudolph and team will continue racing in the Northeast and Canada this weekend, starting with the rescheduled Spencer Speedway event on Friday, September 10. Saturday the team will once again travel across the border and compete at Autodrome Drummond in Quebec, Canada.

About Heinke-Baldwin Racing
Heinke-Baldwin Racing was formed in 2009 by H&H Motorsports owner Al Heinke and Tommy Baldwin Racing owner Tommy Baldwin. Both Baldwin and Heinke grew up racing in New England and saw an opportunity to work together to help young drivers pursue their dreams to race.

In 2010, the team’s freshman year, HBR is fielding the No. 98H for driver Jimmy Phelps in the Super DIRTcar Series, with sponsorship from Wave Energy Drink. They will also be fielding the No. 98 for driver Erick Rudolph in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, with additional sponsorship from Pizza Logs, Brigham Concrete and PrimeTyme Motorsports.

About Activ8 Communications

Activ8 Communications, based in Mooresville, North Carolina, specializes in public relations, marketing strategies, brand development and sponsor activation. With focus on NASCAR public relations and relationship building, Activ8 creates unique identities and connections for the drivers and clients under its umbrella.

Doggett Takes it to Another Level

Mooresville, N.C. (September 8, 2010)-South Boston (Va.) Speedway is where it all began for Activ8 Development driver Taylor Doggett. It’s where this story begins, at least.
 
Labor Day weekend brings forth gorgeous weather, a Virginia blue sky, and temperatures in the 80s-it is what can be deemed a perfect day for most.  It was also a perfect day for Doggett, as it was smooth sailing for the 17-year-old driver as he took home the checkered flag in the 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race at South Boston Speedway on Saturday, September 4.
 
Contending for the Limited Sportsman track’s Rookie of the Year title, Doggett entered the race at his home track, with one win at the .4-mile bullring earlier this season, heralded as one of the sport’s young phenoms.
 
On Saturday evening, on South Boston Speedway’s asphalt quad-oval, Doggett backed up all the hype. Despite the inherent dangers of “SoBo” and short-track racing – having nowhere to go when someone wrecks in front of you – the No. 24 I’m Lovin’ It team showed no fear. Instead, they marched into the short track located in South Boston and led 14 laps en-route to victory.
 
“I have not seen my attitude change, but really my outlook,” said Doggett of his final race at South Boston of the 2010 season. “Knowing that I can do this, and that carries over through the winter which can only lead to good things for next year. If I can hold on to this feeling into next season, I really feel like we might have something noteworthy.”
 
As Doggett primed himself for another run at “America’s Hometown Track”, he hoped this 50-lap race would again serve as the beginning of a story he will want to tell again and again. The momentum and confidence the team gained from a solid second place at Virginia Motor Speedway the previous weekend served as a springboard for Doggett for the Labor Day Weekend event.
 
Doggett led the single-car DA Motorsports contingent in time trials at South Boston Speedway by qualifying fifth for Saturday’s Limited Sportsman Division race. Doggett overcame a loose-handling racecar throughout practice and qualifying as he was trying something new for race-trim. Despite qualifying fifth, deeper in the field than the McDonald’s team had hoped, Doggett was confident in his team’s solid short-track program.
 
Once the Green Flag fell, the 17-year old Doggett quickly went to work charging towards the front by jumping into forth position. After finding his line on the track, he held his position logging laps as he slowly moved his way up through the field.
 
“It was starting to get down towards the end (of the race) and we finally started making our marks forward and running down the leaders,” said Doggett.
 
Running in the third position, the Ruther Glen native took the lead after race leaders Tommy Peregoy and Danny Willis Jr. were involved in a mid-race incident on lap 36. After the caution, Doggett restarted the race and quickly set sail leading the 14-car field. Doggett held off his fellow competitors for the final 14 lap battle, leading by .858 seconds at the checkered.
 
“We had a really fast car and it showed,” added Doggett. “It was a pretty fun night to be fast and notice you have something good to work with. Without our guys at McDonalds and WW Inc. we defiantly would not be doing what we are doing today. They are really what make this thing happen.”
 
Doggett finished first, scoring his second victory of the 2010 season at South Boston Speedway.
 
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