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Win-Tron Racing Announces Sponsor For Matt Tifft In NASCAR K&N Division

<div style=\"float:center; width:500px; margin: 20px; border: black solid 1px; padding: 3px;\"> <img src=\"\" width=\"500\" height=\"383\"/><p style=\"margin: 3px; text-align: left; font-weight:bold;\">Matt Tifft will be running the DOC 360 colors in the K&N East Series in 2013</p></div> Officials from Win-Tron Racing announced today that DOC 360 will partner with NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) rookie Matt Tifft (@matt89tifft) for the entire 2013 season beginning with next Saturday’s Bristol 125 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Last month, Win-Tron Racing and the 2012 ARCA Midwest Tour Rookie of the Year, Matt Tifft, officially announced that they would unite and run for the championship with their No. 89 Chevrolet Impala under the leadership of Shane Tesch. The addition of DOC 360 completes the puzzle and allows the team to centrally focus on winning races and ultimately the championship. \"DOC 360 is very excited to partner with Matt Tifft and Win-Tron Racing,” said Tim Preston, Director of Business Development for DOC 360. “Matt is a perfect fit for the DOC 360 brand as both are rising stars in their respective business. When you speak to individuals from the racing community, they all speak very highly of Matt as a young man and his future in racing. We feel he will connect well with our core demographics and be a great representative for the DOC 360 brand as we move toward national distribution. Most importantly, we feel the Win-Tron Racing and the DOC 360 partnership can help Matt reach his goal of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship someday.\" Tifft, the Hinckley, Ohio native shows equal enthusiasm about the partnership. “I’m very excited to be representing DOC 360 on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Tour this season,” he said. “It’s great to welcome a new sponsor into Motorsports and I feel the partnership will be very rewarding. We cannot wait to get the season started next weekend at Bristol.” Learn more about DOC 360, by visit: or Facebook/drinkdoc360. For more on Matt Tifft, please visit or click on his Facebook page. Tifft tweets too, follow him @matt89tifft. *About DOC 360:* DOC 360 is owned and manufactured by Wis-Pak, Inc. Wis-Pak is a manufacturer and distributor of Pepsi-Cola and other leading soft drinks. The company's corporate office is located in Watertown, Wisconsin and production facilities are found throughout the Central and Southern United States. Wis-Pak is owned by 39 Shareholders, representing 63 independent Pepsi-Cola franchises. Wis-Pak is majority owner of WP Beverages, which is the seventh largest Pepsi-Cola franchisee in the United States with corporate headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin. *About Win-Tron Racing:* Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing is the home of one the most potent ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards single-car operations. Owned by former racers Kevin Cywinski and Nate Thiesse, the team since has acquired the assets of County Joe Racing has become a favorable fixture on the circuit. Since Win-Tron Racing’s inception in 2007, the team has hosted a variety of drivers including leading drivers James Buescher, Blake Bjorklund, Justin Marks, Matt Merrell and Brandon McReynolds to their first career ARCA victories. In 2013, the team will begin its seventh year of competition with a presence in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series (East) and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Read More »

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Announces Partnership with HAWK Performance for 2013

Officials of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are excited to announce a new partnership with HAWK Performance as the title sponsor of a new category for 2013. The HAWK Performance Fastest Lap of the race will award a driver a special product award for each LOLMDS event in 2013. The driver that records the fastest lap time during the feature event will be awarded the HAWK Performance fastest lap of the Race. \"Hawk Performance believes in the people behind Team Lucas and all of the teams involved, which is why we returned as a sponsor of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. With our contingency for the Hawk Performance Fastest Lap of the Night, our line of DTC rotors and pads will be a perfect match for LOLMDS drivers and teams. We can't wait to join the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at tracks across the country\" stated Cody Currie, Marketing Manager for HAWK Performance Products Group. With their corporate offices located in Chino, CA and their R&D Plant in Solon, OH, Hawk Performance has dominated the Motorsports market since 1990. HAWK Performance offers highly-engineered friction products for nearly every type of racing. HAWK performance continues to provide dirt late model racers the best components for their dirt late model race cars and many of the stars of the industry win with HAWK. \"We are very excited to add another new contingency program for the racers that compete at our events in 2013. HAWK Performance has been a great partner with the LOLMDS for several years now and this new category gives racers another opportunity to win additional awards at each event. We look forward to working with HAWK Performance as a partner with the series for a long time to come\", stated Ritchie Lewis, Director, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. About: HAWK PERFORMANCE: Hawk Performance is a leading supplier of severe duty and high-performance products manufactured in ISO-certified facilities for the motorsports and performance automotive aftermarket. Hawk Performance products are engineered to allow users to control command and conquer the terrain for which their vehicles are designed. Decades of experience in developing friction materials for aerospace, industrial, military, automotive and motorsports applications give Hawk an advantage over the competition. In the past decade, Hawk friction products have won more motorsports championships than any other friction manufacturer. Additional information on Hawk Performance can be found at, on Facebook, The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series takes a few weeks off before heading to Indiana for the \"16th Annual Indiana Icebreaker\". The event will take place Saturday March 23rd at the historic Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, IN. Don O'Neal is the defending race champion of the Indiana Icebreaker and will be looking to increase his lead in the national championship points standings. For more information about this years \"Indiana Icebreaker\" visit the track website at The Host Hotel for this event will be the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Seymour, IN located at 327 North Sandy Creek Drive. Contact the hotel office to make reservations at 812-524-3800 and ask for the special racer rate for that weekend. For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, visit the series' website at Follow the series on the social media outlets at and!/lucasdirt. Read More »

Strong Field Expected For PASS South Opener at Dillon

Anticipation continues to build for what looks to be one of the most exciting and competitive seasons yet for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model division and the new PASS Pro Late Model division. PASS South has proven to be the place where top short track drivers from around the country come to compete on the Southeast’s toughest track. The PASS Pro Late Models will race as a companion series to PASS South and is already proving to be one of the top divisions for young racers just starting out. The 16 race PASS South schedule kicks off this weekend at the demanding Dillon Motor Speedway with the 8th Annual South Carolina Clash and will be followed just a week later by the Bash At The Beach at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Both tracks have been very busy of late with teams preparing for these first two PASS South races on back-to-back weekends. Since 2011, Brad Keselowski Racing has built a top notch Super Late Model team led by veteran head wrench Gary Crooks. Last year, the BKR team took its first ever Super Late Model victory in a PASS South event at South Boston Speedway with Landon Cling piloting the #29 entry. Cling finished fifth in final PASS South points, just edging out Iowa rookie Nate Caruth who finished sixth in the #19 BKR machine. This year, Texas native Zak Hausler takes over the #19, while Maine racer Austin Theriault takes sole possession of the #29. Theriault has driven for BKR over the last few seasons, but will only be making his second ever PASS South start in this weekend’s South Carolina Clash. Theriault is not a stranger to PASS however. He won the PASS North season finale last year at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway. Theriault took full advantage of Dillon and Myrtle Beach’s close proximity and tested successfully at both speedways recently. “I’m confident that with our hard work during the offseason and using last year’s success to build on our strong foundation, we can contend for wins wherever we go,” said Theriault. “I’m looking forward to Dillon and Myrtle Beach to get our year kicked off on the right foot. Both cars were great at the test.” Speaking of rookies, in 2012 Kyle Grissom did what few thought was possible by taking the PASS South title in his first season of ever driving Super Late Models. While most thought he could make the transition from the heavier Late Model Stock cars to the sleeker, more powerful PASS South Super Late Models, no one could have guessed how much success Grissom and the Greg Marlowe team would have. With just three starts under his belt, Grissom took his first career PASS South checkered flag at Hickory Motor Speedway’s Easter Bunny 150. Then, he proceeded to make a little PASS South history. Grissom became the first driver to ever win three straight PASS South races and his five wins overall equaled Ben Rowe’s single season wins record set back in 2009. Now, with a successful 2012 season behind them, Grissom and the Harrison’s Workwear team come to Dillon anxious to defend their title as champions. “There is always pressure showing up as the defending champion, but this is a new year and these PASS South drivers are always tough,” said Grissom. “I’m really excited to get back to Dillon after only racing there once last year. We are working on some different set ups, so I’m excited to see what we’ve got this year.” One of the biggest surprises to come out of the 2012 season was the performance of Brandon Ward and the New Day Motorsports team. Always competitive but seeming to come up just short, the New Day Motorsports #62 and owner Jeff Day have raced with PASS South since the series started in 2006. But, things began to turn around when Ward joined the team in 2010 and by last year all the pieces seemed to be in place to make a run at the title. Ward took the #62 to victory lane twice last year, first at Wake County Speedway and then in the Firecracker 150 at Anderson Motor Speedway. It all began, though, with a good run in the South Carolina Clash. Ward led the most laps of the race at Dillon before fading to eighth in the final rundown. Now with a new car and more confidence than ever, Ward thinks 2013 could be his year. “I’m really looking forward to the race at Dillon and getting the new season started,” said Ward. “I’m happy to be back with New Day Motorsports and having, Kevin Powell Motorsports, and Foothill Ford back with us. Dillon is a fun racetrack and a great facility and it should be a great show for the fans.” The 8th Annual South Carolina Clash once again starts the Super Late Model season in the Southeast and the field will be stacked with plenty of contenders for the win. Defending PASS National Jay Fogleman will be back not only looking for a win, but to set a course for the 2013 PASS South title. Two-time PASS National Champion and former South Carolina Clash winner Ben Rowe makes the long trip down from Maine in the hopes of early season success. Former PASS South winner Clay Rogers returns behind the wheel of the Coulter Motorsports entry. After a strong second place run in the PASS National season opener at Auburndale Speedway, Florida’s Joe Boyd heads to unfamiliar territory looking for similar results. Boyd will be joined by fellow Sunshine State driver Joseph Mursuli, who comes to PASS South from the Florida Truck ranks. The PASS South youth movement continues with the efforts of North Carolina’s Bobby Gower, Indiana youngster Karl Weber and home state driver Gus Dean. Veteran John Batten returns along with Justin Allison, Jimmy Doyle, Bill Catania “Krazy” Kevin Powell and a host of others hoping to start the season off at Dillon with a win. The PASS Pro Late Models have attracted attention from young drivers all over the country hoping to continue their climb up the racing ladder in bigger, faster cars. These drivers will get their first chance of the season at Dillon Saturday night with a 75 lap test around the 4/10 mile egg-shaped oval. Tate Fogleman comes into the season with high hopes and a new look. Fogleman will be sponsored by Speedco for the full PASS Pro Late Model season and will make the switch from #4 to #8. But, he will have a stout field of challengers led by Trevor Noles in the Coulter Motorsports machine. Noles got a late start last season, but adapted quickly scoring wins at Hickory and Concord. Perhaps the driver with the most experience in the PASS Pro Late Model field at Dillon will be Darlington, SC’s Hayes Goodson. Goodson is a third generation racer and will sport the familiar blue #16 made famous by his father, Hal. Hayes Goodson has a number of laps around Dillon Motor Speedway and has multiple wins in the Supertruck and Late Model divisions. Hopes will also be high for young Harrison Burton. Harrison, the son of Sprint Cup winner Jeff Burton, will make his debut with the PASS Pro Late Models at Dillon this weekend. Jeff Batten, Walker Yates, Tyler Audie, Austin Reed, Collin Vernal, Nick Robinson and more will present quite a challenge when the green flag drops over an impressive field of PASS Pro Late Models on Saturday night. South Carolina Clash action starts this weekend on Friday with rotating practice from 3-6:30 PM for the PASS South Super Late Models, PASS Pro Late Models, Allison Legacy, Legends, and Bandoleros. On Saturday, pit gates open at 9 AM, with rotating practice for all divisions from 11 AM to 2:40 PM, qualifying will be at 3:15 PM and main event racing will start at 5 PM. Following the South Carolina Clash at Dillon, the PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models move to Myrtle Beach Speedway on March 16 for the Inaugural Battle At The Beach. Dillon Motor Speedway owner Ron Barfield will be keeping his track open for a few days after the South Carolina Clash and will make his race shop available for any out-of-town teams planning to race at Myrtle Beach. Fans are encouraged to check out the Run To The Sun XXV car show held in Myrtle Beach on March 14-16 by the Pee Dee Street Rodders. Vendors and fans who attend the car show will have the opportunity to pick up discount coupons for the PASS race at Myrtle Beach Speedway that weekend. PASS will also have an awards presentation for our 2012 competitors during the “Pit Party” prior to the Bash At The Beach green flag. PASS South Super Late Model entry forms for the Dillon, Myrtle Beach and Hickory events as well as the 2013 PASS license forms for all divisions can be found at Read More »

NASCAR And Clements: When Nobody Is Right, Everyone Is Wronged

Every story has two sides. That's one of life's truths — along with the truth itself, generally lying somewhere between those two sides. Often, one side makes itself heard before the other, and opinions get formed without knowing the rebuttal. Or, speculation and empty rumors abound until both sides are heard, and then there's a judgment call about whom to side with on the issue. It's a little like a court of law: the prosecutor outlines the case and the defense gives their version of events before the jury gets to decide which one is more accurate, and to choose who's right and who's wrong. Read More »

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Beyond the Cockpit: Daytona 500 Finish Gives Yeley Great Hope For 2013

_J.J. Yeley has seen it all during his brief Sprint Cup career. In 2006, he was chosen by Joe Gibbs as the successor to the organization's famed No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet after the team had parted ways with 2000 champion Bobby Labonte. It seemed like Yeley had a bright career ahead of him, yet just three years later, the Arizona native was out of the sport altogether, sidelined with a neck injury suffered in a Sprint Bandits Series race at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas._ _The road back has been a long and winding one for the now 36-year-old, who bounced from one team to another trying to find the right fit. If the start of the 2013 season is any indication, though he may have found it with Tommy Baldwin Racing. Yeley's 10th-place finish in the Great American Race was his first top 10 since the 2008 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 in New Hampshire, a consistent run that reconfirmed their status as one of the sport's top "underdog" organizations. The performance has both driver and team brimming with confidence as they head into the desert this weekend._ Read More »

NASCAR Fantasy Insider: Are You Ready For Real Racing To Begin?

Sure, Daytona is a great way to start the season and there always seems to be some kind of drama going on there. But do not fear, fantasy players who may have failed in week one. There are 35 other points races on the schedule and while winning at Daytona is obviously the best way to start a season, it’s not necessarily an indicator of how a driver or team will do the rest of the way. Case in point: the last Daytona 500 winner to win the Sprint Cup title was Jimmie Johnson in 2006, looking to repeat the feat after winning this year. And while the mainstream media will likely tone down its NASCAR coverage after Daytona, we who follow the sport know that the other races can’t be ignored, so it's off to Phoenix we go. There was actually snow in the Phoenix area last week, so be careful with those predictions, such as, “it will have to snow in Phoenix before (insert your least favorite driver’s name) wins.” Read More »

Frontstretch Fan Q&A: A Changing NASCAR World Of Lawsuits & Stereotypes

Whew… so, a lot has happened since the last time we talked. It seems like there are a million different storylines with a million different perspectives, and thanks to social media, we’re all talking about them at the same time. Say the words, “Danica”, "Catchfence," or “Gen-6” and you know exactly what I’m talking about. No doubt, you also have an opinion. While we can’t possibly cover every single topic there is to tackle in this column, there was no doubt what was on everyone’s minds when I looked at the questions that readers were sending in. So let’s get started, with your running themes... Read More »