Looking for a job in auto racing? The National Hot Rod Association along with Pro Stock Motorcycle legend Terry Vance and the Vance Family Foundation are happy to announce the official start of NHRA Launch Motorsports Careers, NHRA’s motorsports career portal.
NHRA Launch Motorsports Careers will allow individuals and companies within the motorsports industry to connect for career opportunities. Individuals who are looking for jobs may search for openings within the portal while companies with available jobs may post openings.
The goal of NHRA Launch Motorsports Careers is to provide opportunities to those with a passion for motorsports to dive into the industry and begin their careers. These opportunities will range from crew member positions, to team public relations managers, to seasonal track operational work.
With a generous one million-dollar donation from the Vance Family Foundation, NHRA Launch Motorsports Careers was born.
“I’ve been involved in a lot of nice things since I started my foundation and I was thinking I wanted to do something in our sport,” said Vance, co-owner of the Pro Stock Motorcycle powerhouse team Vance & Hines. “I owe so much to the sport I can’t even begin to tell you.
“Look at Robert Hight (Funny Car champion) and Mike Neff (Funny Car crew chief) and all the guys that have come through the sport that had to know somebody in order to make it happen. If you don’t know anybody you’re kind of out. I know what that feels like and it is a lousy place to be.
“I want NHRA Launch Motorsports Careers to help kids not feel that way. If that happens and then there’s a corporate sponsor comes along it takes this thing into the stratosphere, I’d be the happiest guy in the world.”
Spearheading the NHRA Launch Motorsports Careers program is NHRA senior manager for marketing and research Mike Rau.
“My passion for motorsports began after I started with NHRA in 2014,” Rau said. “Our goal is to jump-start that passion in students and help open the door to careers within our field.”
The NHRA Launch Motorsports Careers portal is open and NHRA invites individuals to begin their search for their career in the motorsports field. The site has already connected 18 individuals with jobs in motorsports and hopes to continue to build connections with individuals and companies. The portal may be found at nhra.com/launch.
Five days after he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, it was revealed that Tony Stewart is getting his own video game.
Monster Games, a former developer of the NASCAR Heat series, has partnered with the three time Cup champion to produce “Tony Stewart’s Sprint Car Racing,” which will be released digitally on the XBox One and PlayStation 4 on Feb. 14 and sold for $30.
The game will feature 410 Winged Sprint Cars and TQ Midgets from the All Star Circuit of Champions, the dirt racing series Stewart owns. Players will also be able to race 305 Wingless Sprint Cars.
The game’s career mode will allow players to work their way up through the ranks of each series, racing on 24 unique dirt tracks. Multiplayer allows 25-player online races.
Along with Stewart, you will be able to play as Aaron Reutzel, defending champion of the All Star Circuit of Champions.
“I’m really excited to partner with Monster Games on this opportunity,” Stewart said in a press release. “The team has done a great job of capturing the sport, and putting it in the hands of any fan who wants to pick up the game and have a lot of fun playing it. With the quick-hitting action of sprint car racing, the qualifying, the heat races, and all events leading to the A-main, it’s really the perfect experience for a video game and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
NASCAR®, ARCA, and NBC Sports announced coverage for select 2020 grassroots racing events across TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold and NBCSN, including events in the ARCA Menards Series™ East and West (formerly the K&N Pro Series), NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour™, and the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, which kicked off recently at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway.
TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold will also provide live coverage of the entire ARCA Menards Series West season, which kicks off Thursday, Feb. 20 with the Star Nursery 150 from the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. NBCSN will provide coverage on Tuesday, February 25 at 6 p.m. ET, along with coverage of the entire 10-race ARCA Menards Series West slate.
The full 17-race NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour™ will also air live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold, with NBCSN providing coverage of 14 races. The 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour begins Saturday, March 21 at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway, with NBCSN coverage airing Monday, March 30 at 6 p.m. ET.
Fans can watch ARCA Menards Series East and West, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, and World Series of Asphalt coverage as part of the TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold NASCAR Roots package for $2.99/month or $19.99 annually. The TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold All-Access Pass, which includes NASCAR Roots plus IMSA and American Flat Track, for $4.99/month or $44.99/year.
TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold allows users to cast streamed content on a connected device via NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, letting fans experience racing action on their preferred hardware, including big-screen environments. TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold is available on desktop web browsers and via the NBC Sports app on iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple TV (Gen 4), Roku, Amazon Fire TV, AndroidTV, Xfinity X1, Xfinity Flex and Chromecast devices connected via HDMI.
Perhaps I could become a race car driver? Former racer, author and driving coach Ross Bentley will present a driving seminar suitable for enthusiasts of all levels on Sunday, March 29, 2020 at the Saratoga Automobile Museum.
A former IndyCar racer who moved on to sports cars, racing Ferrari 333SP prototypes and factory BMW M3’s, Bentley won the 1998 US Road Racing Championship and the 24 Hours of Daytona in the SRP-11 class and knows of what he speaks.
“What drives me? What am I passionate about? Helping others perform better. Whether you’re an elite-level professional race driver, a car club DE or track-day driver, a club racer, motorcycle racer, drifter, rally driver, road racer or oval racer, I love to help.” says Bentley.
“When I was a kid, my dream was to race Indy cars. While I never raced a well-funded Indy car, I did achieve my goal. And I learned a ton from racing with the likes of Michael Andretti, Al Unser Jr., Nigel Mansell, Rick Mears, Bobby Rahal and Emerson Fittipaldi.
“Those few years of struggling to get results in a couple-of-generations-old Indy car taught me a lot: How to get the best performance out of myself through the use of my mind, what works and doesn’t work in the world of motorsport sponsorship/marketing, how to get the best out of the people around me and what a driver needs to do to get the very last ounce out of a car.”
“Everyone has their sweet spot – what they do best. Mine is coaching. And it doesn’t matter whether I’m working with a brand-new driver just starting out, a professional, a young teen looking to make a career in racing, or someone just taking up the sport late in life. All that matters to me is that the driver is open to learning.”
The Bentley Seminar will run from 10 am to 3 pm, with the cost of $75 including lunch. Tickets are available through event director Megan Hennessey at 5180401-5185 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The popular Priority Aviation $20,000 Knoxville Nationals Sponsorship benefiting the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum returns in 2020, with a twist! Drivers planning on competing at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa in the August 360 and 410 Knoxville Nationals are eligible. The drivers/teams who raise the most funds for the non-profit museum through memberships or donations will again be rewarded cash bonuses.
In addition to the $20,000 first place prize for the driver/team raising the most funds for the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, Richard and Jennifer Marshall, of Priority Aviation, will be awarding the second place earner $10,000 and the third place earner $5,000!
National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee Lance Dewease of Fayetteville, Pennsylvania, was the recipient of the $20,000 sponsorship in the program’s inaugural season of 2019. The program brought in over $60,000 last year for the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum’s Bryan Clauson Suite Tower construction.
“Jennifer and I were quite humbled by the huge success of last year’s contest,” says Richard Marshall of Priority Aviation. “It was special to see the fan interaction, creativity and competition amongst the drivers. Mostly, it shows how strong sprint car racing is coast to coast! We remain committed to helping the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum complete their fund drive for the Bryan Clauson Suite Tower and the operating costs that keep the Hall of Fame and Museum alive. Hence, we are honored to be able to repeat the contest, with the added incentive for those drivers that come in second and third.”
“We can’t thank Richard and Jennifer Marshall enough for thinking of us again with their Priority Aviation $20,000 Sponsorship,” says Bob Baker, executive director of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum. “Their generosity to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum and the sport in general has been and continues to be extremely important in its growth. Adding a second and third place prize will only add to the excitement of their program. It will be good to see not only one team, but three rewarded for their contributions to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum!”
All that sprint car teams and fans need to do is have their prospective members or donors visit www.SprintCarStuff.com and order a membership there, or contact the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum. If ordering online, specify your driver or race team in the “Notes” section on the final page.
The driver or team with the highest amount of donations returned to the museum before July 31, 2020 at 6 p.m., will receive the $20,000 sponsorship funding. Second will be awarded $10,000 and third, $5,000. Memberships start at only $25 per year, but any donation amount will be accepted. So everyone can afford to help out their favorite race team and the museum!
For more information on the Priority Aviation $20,000 Knoxville Nationals Sponsorship please call the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum at 1-800-874-4488.
It’s time for the 34th Annual Syracuse Motorsports Exposition and Trade Show once again will be held at the Center of Progress Building located on the New York State Fairgrounds. March 14 & 15 are the dates where over 100 cars, dozens of tracks, organizations and so much more will be showcasing their product for the 2020 racing season.
On display will be dirt and asphalt modifieds, sprint cars, sportsman, micro sprints, pro stocks, go-carts, dragsters and so much more. Local dirt and asphalt tracks were also well represented and fans can expect to pick up the latest schedules, merchandise or just rub elbows and chat.
“The Syracuse Expo is a fun show where everyone is upbeat and ready to get the season started. It always feels like the official start to racing season here in upstate NY,” said Corcoran on the long running show, “I can’t thank everyone enough for making it a tremendous event. From the race tracks, sanctioning bodies to the cars, sponsors and especially the fans. We try to make each year more special and fun.”
Ferris Mowers, FX Caprara and VP Racing Fuels are back as major sponsors of the show and once again Super Gen Products/Champion Power Equipment will provide a generator to the best appearing car of the show.
The Syracuse Motorsports Expo started in 1986 at the Onondaga County War Memorial, moved to the New York State Fairgrounds shortly after and now has grown to be the largest Motorsports Exposition in New York.
Set up will be all day Friday with the show scheduled to be open on Saturday from 10AM – 8PM and on Sunday from 11AM-4PM. Admission prices are the same with Adults $13, Kids 6-12 $5 with 5 and under FREE. We will also have a special weekend Adult price of $20.
The Center of Progress Building is the site, March 14th & 15th are the dates, it’s 34 consecutive years of entertainment. The Syracuse Motorsports Expo, come and be part of the excitement. For more information please visit www.syracusemotorsportsexpo.com or visit our Facebook Page.
Joe Gibbs Racing announced today that SiriusXM will be featured as the primary sponsor of Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 19 Toyota Camry for five races during the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season. Truex’s Camry will carry the SiriusXM colors for the Busch Clash at Daytona International Speedway (February 9), the first night race at Martinsville Speedway (May 9), both races of the doubleheader weekend at Pocono Raceway (June 27-28) and the series’ annual visit to New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July 19).
“It’s awesome to have SiriusXM on our Camry again this season,” said Truex. “They do a lot for our sport with nonstop coverage on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Plus, being a customer, it’s awesome to have that connection to the product because they’re in all my Toyota street cars. I’m a big fan of their programming, especially The Highway. I’m excited to continue the relationship and hope that we can put them in victory lane like we were able to do last year.”
SiriusXM is no stranger to Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota Racing as a whole. The SiriusXM colors have been featured on JGR Camrys in each of the past three seasons, including a trio of races with Truex in 2019. Truex wheeled the No. 19 SiriusXM Camry to a dominant victory at Dover International Speedway last spring.
“Having SiriusXM aboard as Martin took the checkered flag at Dover last year was an incredibly thrilling moment in our long relationship with Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Christopher Lam, SiriusXM’s Senior Vice President & GM of Automotive Partnerships. “We’re honored to be a part of the team again this year and we’re very excited to showcase our paint scheme and sponsorship for fans at these tracks and those listening around the country on the SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel.”
Last year, SiriusXM announced a landmark agreement with Toyota that will expand the installation of SiriusXM to be standard in all Toyota models and trims sold in the Continental U.S. The expansion began rolling out last fall and will eventually result in SiriusXM becoming a standard feature as Toyota’s next generation head units continue to be rolled out to Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs this year.
Toyota customers also receive a three-month subscription to SiriusXM All Access, SiriusXM’s most extensive subscription offering, with the purchase of their vehicle.
SiriusXM’s exclusive NASCAR channel, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, airs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and delivers in-depth racing coverage and inside access to NASCAR news, including live broadcasts of every NASCAR Cup Series race.
The 2020 Selinsgrove Speedway schedule has plenty to offer for stock car and late model fans with 10 dates inked for the super late models and nine for the limited late model division.
And based on the level of late model competition at the Snyder County oval in 2019, the year ahead looks promising to say the least.
An even one dozen different super late winners were produced in 14 shows held at the track in 2019 while four different winners arose out of the five limited late shows held.
Coleby Frye of Dover was the only super late repeat winner of the season, scoring three victories while topping the year-long division points.
The new season holds a bunch of big races for the wide-open, wide-body super late models.
At the top of the list is the Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center World of Outlaws 22nd annual National Open, coming up on Saturday, June 20.
Both the ULMS and NUSLMS will sanction specials at the track during the season as well with the ULMS April attack planned for April 11 and the NUSLMS Showdown on Sand Hill slated for August 15.
Other anticipated dates for the super lates during the year ahead include the Ron Keister Memorial on May 16, the Pa Super Late Model Challenge Series on June 13 and a Summer Championship on July 25.
The super lates will make their first appearance of the season as part of March Mayhem at 2 pm on March 29.
Three appearances by the super lates this season, on April 26, May 16 and June 20, will be part of the Slivinski Law Offices Super 7 Series of races, offering two-division events featuring fast-paced, fan-friendly, premier dirt track racing at its finest.
Selinsgrove Speedway will open 2020 at 2 pm Saturday, March 21, with the highly-anticipated return of the Northeast modifieds in the $5,000-to-win Icebreaker 40!
The Icebreaker will be a combined small and big block, non-sanctioned race offering a $24,625 purse and will be run under rules and specifications that mirror the Short Track Super Series.
Also on the March 21 racing program will be the crate 602 sportsman modifieds in a $1,000-to-win 20-lap feature.
The first 410 sprint car show of the year is set for one week later, as part of March Mayhem.
For a complete 2020 schedule, the latest news, results, and race status, visit the speedway’s official website at www.selinsgrovespeedway.com or follow the track on Twitter and Facebook.
The speedway office can be reached at 570.374.2266.
Compared to recent seasons, two noticeable changes are in line for fans when they take their first look at the 2020 Williams Grove Speedway schedule of events.
Initially released in mid-December, the 2020 slate quite simply offers more super late model racing and more “sprints only” shows than in year’s past.
Most noticeably, a trio of Williams Grove fan favorites have become stand alone 410 sprint car shows this year.
“The Big Three,” consisting of the Mitch Smith Memorial, the Jack Gunn Memorial Twin 20s and the Tommy Hinnershitz Classic are all speedway gems that are slated to cast the spotlight on purely super sprint car action.
The All Stars Circuit of Champions Tommy Classic is coming up first on the list, planned for April 17.
And then the Pennsylvania Speedweek $15,000-to-win Mitch Smith Memorial is July 3.
Finally, the focus will be on the All Stars Circuit of Champions Jack Gunn Memorial Twin 20s on August 28.
The total increased by two shows for 2020, a total of six events for the super late models exist on the awaiting season including some big events for the stock cars.
The popular ULMS Late Model Series will sanction two of the six super late races.
The first will be taking place relatively soon, on March 20 while the second ULMS event is planned for April 10.
Williams Grove Speedway will also step up to the plate for the super lates when it hosts a leg of the PA Super Late Model Challenge Series on June 5.
But the biggest show of the year for the class will take place on August 21 when the World of Outlaws Super Late Models Series invades for a $10,000 to win event.
Other Williams Grove super late model races will hit the track on March 27 and on August 7 when the stock cars get the chance to tune up for the upcoming outlaws invasion.
The 2020 season opener featuring 410 sprint cars only is slated for Sunday afternoon, March 15 at 2 pm.
View the entire 2020 Williams Grove Speedway schedule of events and keep up to date on all the latest speedway news and information by visiting the oval’s official website located at www.williamsgrove.com or by following the track on Twitter and Facebook.