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Bullring's Barker among drivers selected for NASCAR national diversity program
Kayli Barker, 18, has competed in the NASCAR Super Late Models division the last two seasons at the Bullring.
Photo Credit: Jeff Speer
Kayli Barker, the winningest female driver in the history of The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, will be part of NASCAR's annual Drive for Diversity Combine, where she will compete for a spot in the industry's top driver development program.
Barker, a freshman at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, has won 15 races at the 3/8-mile paved oval and finished fifth in the NASCAR Super Late Models points standings this season. She will have a chance to compete in a three-day combine at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., Oct. 19-21, for inclusion in the NASCAR D4D Class of 2016.
Barker said she applied for the combine each of the last three years and was pleasantly surprised to learn she'd been accepted for the 2015 combine.
"I'm thrilled, especially since this is something new and different," said Barker, a three-time season champion at The Bullring. "I finally got chosen, so it's a nice little relief. When I first looked at the (acceptance) e-mail, I thought it was probably just saying, 'Try again next year.' But I was like, 'Oh wow, I got picked!' I was in shock."
She has been busy preparing for the trip east and is looking at the experience as an opportunity to show her talents to a different part of the NASCAR family.
"All I've been doing is watching videos online to see the lines of the track," she said. "It'll be nice to just be able to compare myself to whoever is there. A lot of them race in the K&N Series East, so it'll be nice to see where I am with them.
"It'll also help my name get out there. I'll be on NASCAR's radar now."
In addition to the 18-year-old Barker, current Bullring driver Jairo Avila of Alhambra, Calif., and former drivers Juan Garcia (Bogota, Colombia), Mariah McGriff (Vail, Ariz.), Hannah Newhouse (Twin Falls, Idaho) and Vanessa Robinson (Las Cruces, N.M.) also will take part in the 22-driver combine. Driver combine participants will be evaluated on their driving skills and will also be tested on a series of strength and agility exercises at Hampton University.
Now in its 12th year, the annual Combine invites promising ethnically diverse and female drivers, ages 14 to 26, from across North America to test their skills over a three-day period in order to identify members of the NASCAR D4D Class of 2016.
"Finding and developing diverse athletes who will represent the future of NASCAR is at the core of our organization's mission," said NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Operations Jim Cassidy. "Every year, the bar is raised with talented applicants who have the potential and determination to succeed. We're proud to watch our graduates in the national series and develop more diverse talent to join them in the years to come."
In partnership with Rev Racing, the Max Siegel-owned race team, D4D offers racing opportunities in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for one full season, providing drivers with equipment, mentoring and competition experience. Jay Beasley, the 2013 Bullring NASCAR Super Late Model season champion, is a past participant in the NASCAR D4D program and now drives for Siegel's team.
"We could not be more excited about this year's NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine to select the 2016 Class of Rev Racing drivers," Siegel said. "Coming off of our sixth consecutive multiple race-winning season, we are focused on continuing to make our program and approach world class, as we prepare these young drivers to advance into the national series."
The NASCAR D4D Combine has proven successful in identifying and developing future stars of the sport. Current D4D member Collin Cabre secured Rev Racing's second win of 2015 with a victory at the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season finale at Dover International Speedway.
In addition, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson and NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Darrell Wallace Jr. and Daniel Suárez, leaders in the series' Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, are among the graduates of the program.
In addition to drivers, NASCAR Drive for Diversity has successfully identified and developed pit crew members to find employment opportunities within the sport. The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Challenge Tour will host its final Combine of the year at the NASCAR Research and Development Center on Oct. 9 in Concord, N.C.
About Rev Racing
Headquartered in Concord, N.C., the Max Siegel-owned Rev Racing operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry's leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and women drivers and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing, visit revracing.net or follow it on Twitter @RevRacin.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™ and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association® (IMSA®) governs the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information, visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook and Twitter.
2015 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine participants
Hannah Adair, 21, Tulsa, Okla.
Jairo Avila, 20, Alhambra, Calif.
Kayli Barker, 18, Las Vegas, NV
Nicole Behar, 17, Otis Orchards, Wash.
Abraham Calderon, 26, Monterrey, Mexico
Macy Causey, 14, Yorktown, Va.
Enrique Contreras, 22, San Antonio
Madeline Crane, 17, Meansville, Ga.
Claire Decker, 20, Eagle River, Wis.
Natalie Decker, 18, Eagle River, Wis.
Juan Garcia, 17, Bogota, Colombia
Ruben Garcia Jr., 19, Mexico City, Mexico
Ali Kern, 22, Fremont, Ohio
Enrique Limon, 17, Mexico City, Mexico
Mariah McGriff, 20, Vail, Ariz.
Becca Monopoli, 26, Lakeland, Fla.
Erika Newcome, 20, Pickerington, Ohio
Hannah Newhouse, 18, Twin Falls, Idaho
Vanessa Robinson, 25, Las Cruces, N.M.
Dylan Smith, 23, Concord, N.C.
Walter Thomas, 16, Indianapolis
Santiago Tovar, 22, Mexico City, Mexico
We want to congratulate Kayli on being selected and wish her the best for the NASCAR D4D program.
Preparations under way for Red Bull Air Race World Championship
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship comes to LVMS on Oct. 17-18.
Photo Credit: LVMS
Great Britain's Paul Bonhomme has a tense lead over Australia's Matt Hall as the finale of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship moves to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct. 17-18.
The series consists of eight stops spanning the globe, with Las Vegas as the deciding location where a champion will be named. The finals on Sunday, Oct. 18, will air live on Fox Sports 1 at 2 p.m. Pacific Time.
One of the world's fastest motorsport series puts the best race pilots on the planet to the ultimate test in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. The pilots fly the fastest, most agile and lightweight-racing planes and navigate a low-level aerial track made up of 80-foot-high air-filled pylons at speeds of up to 230 mph while enduring forces of up to 10G. The aim is to finish in the fastest time, incurring as few penalties as possible.
Going into the final race, Bonhomme leads the championship with 67 points after getting 12 for the win in Fort Worth, Texas, while Hall is still within striking range at 59 points. The two have dominated the 2015 season, with Bonhomme racking up four wins to Hall's one.
"We have nothing to lose at the final race of the season, and we'll fight until the end for victory," says Hall. "Las Vegas is a very special place to race, not only because of the fast and challenging race track, but you can call it a battle in the heat in one of the most famous cities on planet earth. I can't wait to race there again!"
Last year, Red Bull Air Race's stop at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway was a historic occasion, marking the first time an air race of any kind was held inside a motor speedway in the United States. More than 50,000 race fans witnessed elite pilots attack the speedway's 1.5-mile track with high-speed and low-altitude aerial racing.
For more information, visit www.redbullairrace.com or in person at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway box office (800-644-4444).
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship airs on FS1 as part of a stunning Red Bull global sports series that also includes the Crashed Ice World Championships, Cliff Diving World Series and X-Fighters World Tour.
THE RED BULL AIR RACE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Created in 2003, but officially a World Championship since 2005, the Red Bull Air Race is followed by millions of fans across more than 50 races held worldwide. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world's best race pilots in a pure motor-sport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. The pilots use the fastest, most agile and lightweight racing planes to navigate a predefined, low-level aerial racetrack of air-filled pylons (Air gates) with the aim of finishing in the fastest time possible, incurring as few penalties as possible.
Red Bull Air Race World Championship schedule
Saturday, October 17
9 a.m. -- Gates at LVMS open
10:30-10:40 a.m. -- Calibration flight
10:45-11:50 a.m. -- Challengers division training
1:50-3:10 p.m. -- Masters division training
3:10-3:20 p.m. -- Opening ceremony
3:20-4 p.m. -- Challengers division qualifying session
4-5 p.m. -- Masters division qualifying session
Sunday, October 18
9 a.m. -- Gates at LVMS open
10-10:10 a.m. -- Calibration flight
10:30-11:20 a.m. -- Challenger Cup
11:45 a.m.-Noon -- Opening ceremony
Noon-1 p.m. -- Round of 14
1:20-1:25 p.m. -- Challenger Cup prize-giving ceremony
2-2:30 p.m. -- Round of 8
2:30-2:50 p.m. -- Final 4
2:55-3 p.m. -- Masters division prize-giving ceremony
John Wes Townley Wins First Truck Race in Dramatic Finish at LVMS
John Wes Townley (05) Athenian Motorsports Toyota Tundra crosses the finish line.
Photo Credit: Jeff Speer
By Lori Vizza
9:50 pm - Good Night!
That will do it for this year's Rhino Linings 300. Congratulations to John Wes Townley and Athenian Motorsports on their victory.
Thank you for joining us.
9:17 pm - John Wes Townley Wins First Truck Race in Dramatic Finish at Vegas
John Wes Townley hung on at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to record his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in an event that came down to fuel mileage.
Matt Crafton started on the pole and led the most laps but had to dive down pit road for a splash of fuel with less than five laps to go. Townley inherited the lead and held on from there to take the checkers in his 89th career series start.
"I would have run myself out of gas if it weren't for (spotter) Terry (Cook)," said Townley, who started 2nd and was in contention all race. "I just tried to take care of this thing (No 05 Chevrolet) and it took care of me."
Timothy Peters finished 2nd, 3.827 seconds behind Townley.
"I wish my race would have been a little bit better but I guess second isn't so bad," said Peters. "(The truck) was kind of a little better at the beginning. There at the end it got really tight."
Ben Kennedy, John Nemechek and Brandon Jones rounded out the top-five.
There were 15 lead changes among 8 drivers and 3 cautions for 19 laps.
The Truck Series teams will take two weeks off before heading to Talladega Superspeedway for Race #19.
For more information and full details of the Rhino Linings 350 NASCAR Camping World Series Race please visit LVMS HERE.
The Bomber Nation celebrates another great season w/pit party
The pit crew and friends celebrate in the pits at LVMS on champion night.
The Bomber Nation celebrated another great season at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The night of champions, as we call it, was full of surprises and eleven track champions were crowned. We want to take a moment and thank everyone for a great season and wanted to mention a few people.
Tim Bell, JJ Nunn, Michael Riefler (On Wheels Now), Justin Griffiths and many others who continue to help us throughout the year.
Thanks to all for your help, We couldn't do it without you!
Congratulations to all the Bullring champions!
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Pahrump Valley Speedway makes its home in Pahrump, Nevada and brings thousands of racers and race fans to the valley each year promising action and thrills galore. The Speedway is dedicated to providing family style fun at prices families can afford. The high-speed, clay based, high banked quarter-mile dirt track is one of the few remaining in the U.S.
Racing season is from February to November.
Saturday October 24
Gates at 6:00 pm, racing at 7:00 pm
Modifieds, Super Stock, Bombers, Mini Stocks, Sport Mods, Mod Mini, Dwarf, Hobby Stock, Coupes, Mini Dwarf
All Adult tickets: $10.00
For Seniors 55+: $8.00
Children 6-14 years: $6.00
Children age 5 and under are FREE
Family Six Pack: $30.00 for two adults and four kids under age 14.
More racing action, over the hump in Pahrump!
Midnight Mayhem #11 - October 9-10 at The Strip (LVMS)
The 2015 Midnight Mayhem at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a safe alternative to illegal street racing. The speedway staff encourages enthusiasts to race each other on the safer confines of its NHRA-sanctioned, quarter-mile drag strip.
This event is open to all licensed and registered street-legal vehicles.
Racing action is from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.*
Racer entry fees and spectator admission:
Car and driver (tech card): $15.
Showcase Class car and driver (tech card): $30.
Ride-along passenger: $15.
Show vehicle/pit area parking pass: $15.
(* Times are subject to change.)
For more information and rules, please visit LVMS online at www.LVMS.com.
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS NIGHT
Gates at 5:00pm, racing at 7:00pm
Photo Credit: Havasu 95 Speedway
Havasu 95 Speedway
Saturday October 17
'Open Wheel Madness'
King of the Wing Sprint Cars
USAC Western HPD Midget
AVRA Vintage Sprints & Midgets
Havasu Wiring Outlaw Karts
Gates @ 5:00 pm, racing @ 7:00 pm
More Havasu Action: November 7
Let's go racing!
Our 1/4 mile oval is part of the eight race tracks and 600 acres that make up Willow Springs International Raceway. Internationally recognized since 1953 as among the most prestigious in the World, and as of 1996, a California State Historical Landmark.
It’s gonna be a great night at Willow Springs October 10th at 6pm.
October 10th - All our Regular Divisions, Figure 8, School Bus Racing, and INEX Legends
We are gonna dirty up some stuff!
More information is available HERE.
All events, dates, times and classes are subject to change without prior notice.