Giovanni Scelzi Pushes Through Adversity
During Tough Chili Bowl Nationals
Inside Line Promotions - TULSA, Okla. (Jan. 21, 2020) - Giovanni
Scelzi overcame numerous obstacles throughout a challenging 34th
annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals Presented by General Tire last
Scelzi, who was driving for Tucker-Boat Motorsports, was caught up in
several wrecks while competing on the dirt bullring inside the River
Spirit Expo Center.
"We were unlucky I guess," he said. "Things happen in a hurry and you
can be involved in other people's crashes very easily so luck plays a
big part in how your Chili Bowl goes."
Scelzi's preliminary night at the event, which featured nearly 350
total drivers, was last Wednesday. He maneuvered from eighth to third
place in a heat race before picking up a position to finish fifth in a
qualifier. That ranked him 12th out of the 66 drivers
competing that night and garnered the 12th starting position
in the main event.
"We did a decent job on our prelim to get into the show," he said.
"Unfortunately, we got in a crash three or four laps into the race. We
went to the back and worked our way into the top 10 before we were
involved in a crash again. That bent the front radius rods and axle. It
was hard to drive. We had to go to the back and we got back to 10th
before the race ended."
Scelzi was running inside the top 10 when he was caught up in a crash
two different times. He made a late-race charge to finish the race 10
th. That relegated him to the fifth starting spot in a C Main
during Saturday's finale.
"We got better as the race went on," he said. "I was battling for the
last transfer position early. Once the track changed to be top dominant
I got better."
Scelzi hustled to a runner-up result, which earned a transfer into
the back of a B Main.
"We started 16th and had to finish in the top seven to
make the main event," he said. "It was a doable task, but someone spun
in front of us and we had nowhere to go early in the race. The impact
crushed the front of the frame. We were lucky there was a caution that
allowed us to get back out."
The Tucker-Boat Motorsports team repaired the damage enough that
Scelzi was able to return to the track after a quick caution on the
restart. He rallied from the back to place ninth, which was only two
positions shy of making the main event.
"I want to thank Chad Boat and everyone with Tucker-Boat Motorsports
as well as Toyota Racing," he said. "We had great speed throughout the
event and with just a little luck I think we would have not only made
the main event on Saturday, but we could have moved forward."
Scelzi is scheduled to return to action Feb. 6-8 at New Smyrna
Speedway in New Smyrna, Fla., where he will compete in a late model
QUICK RESULTS -
Jan. 15 - River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Okla. - Heat race: 3
(8); Qualifier: 5 (6); Feature: 10 (12).
Jan. 18 - River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Okla. - C Main: 2 (5); B
Main: 9 (16).
UP NEXT -
Feb. 6-8 at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna, Fla.
Hagar Posts Career-Best
Chili Bowl Nationals Performance
Inside Line Promotions - TULSA, Okla. (Jan. 21, 2020) - Derek Hagar
continues to grow the midget program of Hagar Proctor Racing at each
event he tackles.
Hagar recorded his career-best Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals
Presented by General Tire outing last week during the 34th edition of
the event held inside the River Spirit Expo Center.
"It was by far our best Chili Bowl performance yet," he said. "That's
the furthest we've ever made it in the Chili Bowl. It's a big confidence
boost. We made some good runs with what we have to work with. Hopefully
it opened some eyes. Also, we were able to seal a deal to hopefully make
our program better for next year's Chili Bowl with a Mopar SR11 engine."
Hagar kicked off the event on Tuesday by maneuvering from fifth to
third place during a heat race. He then placed third in both a qualifier
and B Main to transfer into the 21st starting position in the A Main.
"We were able to charge up through there to finish eighth," he said.
"Some cars fell out, but we were able to pass quite a few cars, too. We
drove by some good competitors that do this stuff all the time. This
midget stuff is a whole different animal than what we're used to doing.
To be competitive with them with the limited knowledge we have gives us
a confidence boost. I started losing time in the feature and started
sliding the corners. It worked out and we got up to eighth and held on
for a good top-10 finish."
The performance locked Hagar into one of the B Mains on Saturday,
when nearly all of the approximately 350 drivers competed.
"We started 14th and got up to ninth or 10th with about five laps to
go," he said. "I was about to slide someone when someone else parked it
on the bottom. I got into them and had to restart at the rear."
Hagar finished the race in the same position he started. However, it
was three features better than his previous best Chili Bowl run of
ending in an E Main.
"We had a great time and this is a good building block for our midget
program," he said. "We can't wait to get back to the Chili Bowl next
Hagar is scheduled to start the 2020 season Feb. 13-15 at East Bay
Raceway Park in Tampa, Fla., during the Ronald Laney Memorial King of
QUICK RESULTS -
Jan. 14 - River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Okla. - Heat race: 3
(5); Qualifier: 3 (2); B Main: 3 (2); Feature: 8 (21).
Jan. 18 - River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Okla. - B Main: 14 (14).
UP NEXT -
Feb. 13-15 at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Fla., for the Ronald
Laney Memorial King of the 360s
Dover Produces Career-Best Outing at Chili Bowl Nationals
Inside Line Promotions - TULSA, Okla. (Jan. 21, 2020) - Jack Dover
took another step forward in his limited midget racing career last week
when he captured his career-best result during the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl
Nationals Presented by General Tire.
Dover made his third appearance at the famed event inside the River
Spirit Expo Center and his second straight driving for Randy Washburn
beginning with preliminary action on Thursday.
Dover advanced from sixth to fourth place in a heat race before
ending eighth in a qualifier. That lined him up on the inside of the
fourth row in a B Main.
"I started running the top and we were faster than first and second,"
he said. "I was going to attempt some slide jobs, but since we were in a
transfer spot I just rode. We had the car set up right and we were able
to get into the A Main."
The third-place showing earned a transfer into the back of the main
"We set up for the bottom trying some stuff," he said. "It didn't
work out. Plus, we only had one yellow and only one car fell out so it
didn't play out as we hoped."
Dover was credited with a 23rd-place result. That lined him up on the
outside of the third row in an E Main during Saturday's finale, when the
approximately 350 drivers wrapped up the spectacle. Dover overcame a
slow start as he hustled from sixth to third to transfer into the D
"I fell back to 11th and so I moved down and started to work the
bottom," he said. "We drove our way up to third. That transferred us to
a D Main and we made some progress in that race as well."
Dover capped the event by finishing 15th in a D Main.
"Looking at it overall we only lost one position the whole weekend,"
he said. "We were always moving forward. We learn more and more every
year. If we keep getting one feature better we'll be in the A Main in
"Big thanks to Randy and his friends and crew for the hard work as
well as the opportunity. It was a fun week and we got better, which is
all you can ask for given that this was our second time together and my
third career midget event."
Dover plans to kick off the 2020 season April 3-4 at I-80 Speedway in
Greenwood, Neb., with the Carpet Land Nebraska 360 Sprints.
QUICK RESULTS -
Jan. 16 - River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Okla. - Heat race: 4
(6); Qualifier: 8 (8); B Main: 3 (7); Feature: 23 (22).
Jan. 18 - River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Okla. - E Main: 3 (6); D
Main: 15 (18).
UP NEXT -
April 3-4 at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., with the Carpet Land
Nebraska 360 Sprints
Daniel Earns North
American 410 National Rookie of the Year Award
Inside Line Promotions - CARROLLTON, Mo. (Jan. 21, 2020) - Mason
Daniel became only the second driver to win the North American 410 and
360 Sprint Car Poll Rookie of the Year Awards in back-to-back years.
Daniel, who garnered the 360 award for his performance in 2018, was
honored last week as the top 410 rookie in the country on the heels of
his 2019 campaign.
"It's pretty special," he said. "In 2017 we were the USAC West Coast
Rookie of the Year. In 2018 we were the 360 National Rookie of the Year
and now we're the 2019 410 National Rookie of the Year. In 2020 we're
going for the World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year Award."
Daniel is tackling the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car
Series season for the first time in his career this year.
"We have a lot of work to do on the 410 side," he said. "I feel like
we've adapted really well with each transition throughout my career so
it means a lot to earn these Rookie of the Year Awards. Our goal is to
continue to grow and this year we'll need to do that on the biggest
stage as we're racing with the World of Outlaws."
The season is scheduled to begin Feb. 5-9 at Volusia Speedway Park in
Barberville, Fla., during the DIRTcar Nationals. The first two nights
will be with the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions
before the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series kicks off
its season with a tripleheader to wrap up the sprint car portion of the
UP NEXT -
Feb. 5-9 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., during the
DIRTcar Nationals with the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of
Champions and World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
SUNOCO 240 CHALLENGE WINNER DALGLEISH,
VISSER & McALEER
TEAM UP IN SUNOCO/FAST TRACK
RACING/CLASSIC BMW BMW M4 GT4
AT DAYTONA THIS FRIDAY IN BMW
● SUNOCO 240 Challenge Champion Robbie
Dalgleish debuts in Michelin Pilot race
● Woman racer Beitske Visser shows speed at ROAR test
in No. 26 BMW M4 GT4
● 2019 GT4 SprintX champion
Stevan McAleer knows Daytona circuit very well
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 21, 2020) – The 2019 SUNOCO
240 Challenge champion, Scotland’s Robbie Dalgleish, makes his IMSA
Michelin Pilot Series debut this Friday (January 24) at Daytona
International Speedway when the youngster joins Dutch racer Beitske
Visser and IMSA veteran Stevan McAleer in the No. 26 SUNOCO/Fast Track
Racing/CLASSIC BMW BMW M4 GT4 sports car for the four-hour BMW Endurance
Taking on a highly-competitive Grand Sport field at
the 3.56-mile famed DIS road circuit, Dalgleish qualified to compete in
the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season-opening event by capturing the
2019 Mini Cooper Challenge series in Europe in a tense contest with four
other drivers in the final weekend of competition. Winning the series
gave Robbie the opportunity to drive for the Fast Track Racing team in
SUNOCO livery, thanks to the Anglo American Oil Company.
In 2019, the SUNOCO 240 Challenge racing series
formed an association with the BMW Motorsports top worldwide customer
organization - the Fast Track Racing/CLASSIC BMW team of Plano, Tex., -
to compete in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race at Daytona with
2018 SUNOCO 240 Challenger champion Kyle Reid. Now, Dalgleish receives
his chance to pilot the No. 26 SUNOCO/Fast Track Racing/CLASSIC BMW BMW
M4 GT4 sports car at Daytona.
“I’m really excited to be flying back across to
Daytona again,” said Dalgleish. "After the ROAR, I now know what to
expect, so my excitement levels are all that much higher. We got on well
and my times were coming down ever session, the more I got to know the
car and the track. Hopefully this time, we will be much faster and
‘bang’ on the pace. It’s a long race, so we just need to stay out of
trouble and be consistent. And then the result should come.
“The car and team are both brilliant. All the guys in
the team have been superb, very positive and welcoming which has just
made my experience at Daytona perfect so far.”
Visser, the BMW Junior factory driver from Dronten,
Netherlands, also makes her first start in the Michelin Pilot Challenge
series this Friday and was very impressive earlier this month the
three-day IMSA ROAR testing program in the No. 26 SUNOCO/Fast Track
Racing/CLASSIC BMW BMW M4 GT4. Last year, Beitske finished second in the
2019 W Series point standings with open-wheel cars in Europe.
In 2018-19, Visser also served as a test and reserve
driver for the Andretti Autosport Formula E Series team.
“The ROAR went well,” said Visser. “It was really
good to work with the team and we made a lot of progress over the three
days. So, I can’t wait to come back for the race this week!”
McAleer, the Scotland native now residing in Cold
Spring, N.Y., is coming off a spectacular 2019 road racing campaign with
a series championship in the SRO GT4 SprintX Pro-Am class as well as
taking vice-champion in the IMSA LMP3 series. Stevan is no stranger to
the Fast Track Racing/CLASSIC BMW BMW M4 GT4 following co-driving to two
Pro-Am wins and five podium finishes in his SprintX title run.
“I am super excited to be asked
to drive the SUNOCO/Classic BMW M4 GT4 in the opening Grand Sport race
in IMSA this weekend,” said McAleer. “I got a call from Toby (Grahovec,
Fast Track Racing team manager) about a week ago and he asked if I was
available. That was an easy answer as my Robillard Racing LMP3 race had
already happened at the ROAR. I am extra excited to be teamed up with
Beitske Visser and Robert Dalgleish. They both did a fantastic job at
the ROAR along with Toby, and it looks like the BMW can race up front
this weekend for the win. With possible weather coming in -- no surprise
that it’s the same every year -- but rain or shine I will focus on the
best job I can do for the team.
Grahovec, a road racing champion
behind the wheel in several series, drove the SUNOCO BMW last year at
Daytona, but he made the decision to bring veteran McAleer to assist
Dalgleish and Visser in their Daytona debuts.
“We had a strong testing performance at the ROAR with
Robbie and Beitske learned the BMW M4 GT4 car as well as the Daytona
road circuit,” said Grahovec, who also drove at the ROAR. “The car was
faster with each session and we are confident that Stevan’s knowledge
with the M4 GT4 car will definitely help his two teammates. The
season-opener at Daytona is always very competitive and the weather
could be a factor as well. We believe our driver lineup this weekend can
compete with the front runners and battle for the coveted Daytona win.”
The relationship between the Fast Track
Racing/CLASSIC BMW team and the SUNOCO 240 Challenge series has become a
popular association and continues to encourage young drivers to compete
for the Daytona ride.
“Our relationship with Fast Track Racing and
CLASSIC BMW has turned into a superb affiliation with the Daytona event
as a first prize for the Mini Challenge champion,” said Anders
Hildebrand of Anglo American Oil Company Ltd. “It is a big jump from the
low-powered Mini to a GT4 car, but the drivers are making the switch
without any problem.
It is a life-changing prize that the drivers
will never forget.”
Practice runs for the BMW Endurance Challenge
at Daytona begins Wednesday (Jan. 22) at 1:30 p.m. (EST) with a second
round Thursday (Jan. 23) at 9:00 a.m. (EST) and qualifying at 12:10 p.m.
(EST). Saturday’s (Jan. 24) four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge event
starts at 1:10 p.m. and concludes at 5:10 p.m.
# # #
A couple of years after starting the
main Sunoco Whelen Challenge, we introduced the Sunoco 200 Challenge
which runs alongside the Sunoco Rolex 24 At
Daytona. Since then it has captured the imagination of over 600
registered racers. In 2017 the name was changed to the Sunoco 240
Challenge to reflect the race change from 200 miles to a 240-minute
endurance race and is increasingly becoming a talking point throughout
the UK paddocks. It
gives the winner the chance to compete in the BMW Endurance Challenge
which takes place on the Friday before the Rolex 24 in a GT4 car in the
top GS class - providing yet another opportunity for an aspiring racing
driver to compete at the world-famous venue.
The 2019 Sunoco 240 Challenge is run
by Anglo American Oil Company Ltd. and provides the winner, from
additional eligible series, with a race seat in a top GT4 car during the
4-hour endurance race on the Friday before the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Included in the prize is travel, hotel, the cost of the prize drive and
a dedicated race suit for the winner. The driver who wins the challenge
gains the full American experience by racing in a V8 muscle car. To find
out more about the Sunoco Challenge, please visit:
Eligible Series for Sunoco 240
The qualifying series for the 2018
race season were the
British GT3 & GT4 (AM Drivers), LMP3 Cup (AM Drivers), F3 Cup, Mini
Challenge (JCW & Cooper), GT Cup, Britcar Endurance and the Radical
Challenge, Radical European Masters (AM Drivers).
Ltd. distribute Sunoco Race fuels
throughout UK, Europe and the Middle East. We complement these fuels by
stocking a range of pitstop products: Driven Racing Oil, R Racing fuels
and lubricants, ISC racers tape, PJ1 trackbite, Freezetone and Kleers
car care products. We will also continue to fuel over 20 championships
Sunoco Race Fuels
are manufactured and designed on the east coast of America in
Philadelphia. Sunoco is the largest manufacturer of race fuels in the
World. Sunoco owns the whole manufacturing process, enabling 100%
control from raw materials to finished product. Sunoco is the official
fuel of NASCAR and has, since December 2003, been represented in Europe
and in the Middle East by the Anglo American Oil Company Ltd.
Jimco Races Into 2020
We are only halfway
through January, but it has already been
a busy year for Jimco Racing! From
desert racing to rally raid, SCORE
International, to Best in the Desert,
Trophy Trucks to Class 10, Jimco
Racing’s fingerprints can be found all
over every corner of the off-road
world. That influence doesn’t come
easy, it is a result of decades of hard
work and commitment to innovation and
The BITD Parker 425
is now the BlueWater Parker 425
Presented by Jimco
Jimco Racing has stepped up as
Presenting Sponsor of the Best in
the Desert Parker 425, supporting
the BITD Series and its
logistics, safety… putting on a
desert race in the United States is
no small feat,” Jimco owner Robbie
Pierce explained. “This is a very
clear way to show our support for
Bryan, Donald, Darryl, Liz, Scot,
and the entire Best in the Desert
organization.” The Jimco Store will
be on-site Thursday, January 23rd at
the BlueWater Resort and Casino in
Parker, Arizona, during Tech and
Contingency. The BlueWater Parker
425 Presented by Jimco is the first
race of the 2020 season and
traditionally has a full field in
every class, as teams chase the
points championship with the
beautiful backdrop of the Colorado
River. The course is 430-miles for
three lap classes and 284-miles for
two lap classes, with classic
terrain including the Parker Python
and Shea Road.
15% off Momo
Restraints at Jimco Parker 425
Jimco will be offering 15% off
MOMO restraints during Tech and
Contingency at the BITD BlueWater
Parker 425 Presented by Jimco. The
Jimco Store offers the full-line of
racer safety gear, from the best
brands in motorsports – MOMO,
Impact, Mastercraft, Sparco, Simpson
and HANS - including race-legal
camlock and latch & link belts,
wired helmets, crew suits, fueler
aprons, and more. Need crew gear to
be BITD compliant? Are your
restraints out of date? We are here
to help you get your race safety
Open-Wheel Chassis Manufacturer of
SCORE International awarded Jimco
Racing with the Original Open-Wheel
Chassis Manufacturer point
championship at the SCORE Awards
Night gala, held on January 11th at
the popular San Diego Air & Space
Museum at historic Balboa Park.
Jimco Racing vehicles were among the
top finishers in several SCORE
classes in 2019 including winning
championships and individual races
in Class 1, Class 10 and SCORE Lites.
It was a record 23rd manufacturer’s
point title for the company that was
first started by the Julson family
in 1975 and purchased by Off-Road
Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee
Robbie Pierce in 2018.
Making Pro Late Model Debut
PHOTO: Ryan Rackley,
shown here chatting
with Lee Faulk
Michael Faulk, will
make his pro late
model debut during
SpeedFest at Crisp
Motorsports Park. (MPM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - COLUMBIA, S.C. - (Jan. 20, 2020) – Ryan Rackley will be visiting a familiar place when he makes his pro late model debut later this month.
Rackley, 14, will drive for Lee Faulk Racing and Development in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour presented by Chevrolet Performance portion of SpeedFest on Jan. 25 at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, Ga.
This won’t be Rackley’s first time racing at Crisp Motorsports Park. During the 2017 season Rackley raced a Legends car at the track, scoring three podium finishes in five starts, including two victories.
“I’m really looking forward to making my debut in a pro late model during SpeedFest,” said Rackley, a native of Valdosta, Ga. “I’ve raced a lot at Crisp in the last few years, but this will be my first time in a late model there. I’m hoping my experience there works to my advantage and we can have a good result for Michael, Lee and my team at LFR.”
Rackley is entering his second full season of late model competition after racing a limited late model last year for Lee Faulk Racing and Development. In his first season in a full-sized stock car, Rackley earned his first victory at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway in mid-October while also scoring a runner-up result in the limited late model portion of Hickory’s Bobby Isaac Memorial at Hickory.
“Ryan really started to come into his own late in the season last year. He had a couple of strong second and third-place finishes and a win at Hickory. I could really see his confidence growing after each race,” said Lee Faulk Racing and Development’s Michael Faulk. “Ryan really wanted to race there because he has a lot of experience at the track, so this is a good chance to see how he’ll do in a pro late model.
“He’ll be racing against some of the best late model racers in the country, so we’re sort of throwing him to the wolves a bit. If he can hold his own with that group of drivers then he’ll definitely be heading in the right direction.”