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Racing Notebook – Friday, February 28: NASCAR In California, #DoItForGrady

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Friday’s Racing Notebook has news on NASCAR’s visit to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California plus Tony Stewart is stepping up to help injured racer Grady Chandler and needs your help!

Alex Bowman Setting NASCAR Cup Series Pace At Auto Club Speedway:

  • Hendrick Motorsports Alex Bowman led both NASCAR Cup Series practice sessions Friday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.  Bowman’s No. 88 Cincinnati Chevrolet turned a fast lap of 179.439 mph (40.125-seconds) in the first practice session and 176.186 mph (40.764) in the second practice session.  Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson was second fastest in the first practice, turning a fast lap of 177.703 mph (40.517) in the No. 42 McDonald’s Chevrolet.  Kurt Busch was fourth fastest in both practice sessions, turning fast laps of 177.703 mph (40.592) and 175.816 mph (40.952) in the No. 1 Monster Energy Camaro.  Qualifying takes place on Saturday at 2:35 p.m. ET.  Bowman also posted the fastest 10-lap average in both practice sessions. Auto Club Practice 1 Cup. Auto Club Final Practice Cup

Noah Gragson and Harrison Burton Lead Xfinity Series Practice Sessions:

  • JR Motorsports Noah Gragson was fastest in the first NASCAR Xfinity Series practice at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.  Gragson turned a fast lap of 177.139 mph (40.646-seconds) in the No. 88 Nationwide Children’s Chevrolet.  Joe Gibbs Racing’s Harrison Burton turned the fastest lap of the second practice with a speed of 174.474 mph (41.267) in the No. 20 Dex Imaging Toyota.  Burton also posted the fastest 10-lap average in the second session.  No driver ran 10-consecutive laps in the first practice session.  Qualifying is scheduled to take place at 1:05 p.m. ET. Auto Club Xfinity Practice 1. Auto Club Xfinity Final Practice.
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Tony Stewart Raising Funds For Injured Racer Grady Chandler:

  • Tony Stewart Store, the official apparel and merchandise supplier of Tony Stewart Racing, Eldora Speedway, and Smoke, is pleased to announce that ten percent of combined sales collected throughout the entire month of March via online store portals and traveling merchandise trailer will be donated directly to Grady Chandler’s recovery fund and family.  In addition, the Tony Stewart Foundation, an organization that provides grant funding to well-qualified organizations serving children who are critically ill or physically disabled; animals at-risk or endangered; and drivers injured in the sport of motor racing, has agreed to match the ten percent gained, which will also be donated directly to Grady Chandler.  Chandler, 19, was injured in a non-wing sprint car accident during a USAC event at Creek County Speedway in Creek County, Oklahoma, on July 26. The Piedmont, Oklahoma-native suffered fractures in many of his vertebrae including his C1, C2, C3, C4 and C5.

Do It For Grady:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/doitforgrady
Twitter: www.twitter.com/chandlerracin

Tony Stewart Store:
Web: www.tonystewartstore.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tsrstore
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tonystewartstore

Tony Stewart Foundation:
Web: www.tonystewartfoundation.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thetonystewartfoundation
Twitter: www.twitter.com/14tsf

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The Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast – Episode 007

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – This week on The Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast, we talk with W Series and Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires driver Sabré Cook, who is also an engineer.  We also talk with 3-time Lernerville 410-Sprint Car division Champion A.J. Flick.  Sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Racing Notebook – Thursday, March 19: F1 Postpones Monaco; WoO Postpones Races and more

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Formula One and the World of Outlaws are the latest sanctioning bodies to postpone races because of the coronavirus outbreak.  The RUSH Sprint Car Series gets a new points fund sponsor and “Super Tex” taking care of his employees during a difficult time.

Formula One Postpones Monaco Grand Prix:

  • Formula One has postponed three additional races because of the coronavirus pandemic including the Monaco Grand Prix.  Also postponed were the Dutch and Spanish GP’s.  The first seven races of the F1 season have now been postponed. The next race on the calendar is in Azerbaijan on June 7.  F1 has moved the mid-season break from August to March and April and has extended the break from 14 to 21 consecutive days. The F1 season is scheduled to end with the Abu Dhabi GP on Nov. 29, but could be extended to fit in some of the postponed races.
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World of Outlaws Postpones Races:

  • The World of Outlaws has postponed all NOS Energy Sprint Car and Morton Building Late Model races through March. The sanctioning body hopes to reschedule the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series races originally planned for Friday, March 27th at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN and Saturday, March 28th at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC. The World of Outlaws will continue to monitor developments across our nation and make decisions on future events when appropriate.

A.J. Foyt Racing To Pay Employees During COVID-19 Shutdown:

  • A.J. Foyt Racing is continuing to pay their employees despite temporarily shutting down their race shops in Texas and Indianapolis due to the coronavirus outbreak. “Our biggest concern is for the health of our communities and our employees, so we are closing the race shops for the time being,” said Larry Foyt, president of A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Inc. “I want to thank our partners and sponsors for their support and understanding during these extraordinary times. Many people will face some difficult challenges in the coming days. A.J. and I wish everyone the best, and we look forward to going racing again when the time is right.”

The RUSH Sprint Car Series Gets A New Points Fund Sponsor:

  • The RUSH Racing Series announced that Equipment Rental Options are stepping up to be the sponsor of the RUSH Sprint Car Series weekly championship points fund, replacing original points fund sponsor Bonnell’s Rod Shop.  The RUSH Sprint Car Series opens their 2020 season May 2 at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.  Read our complete story here.
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Equipment Rental Options To Sponsor RUSH Sprint Car Weekly Championship Point Fund

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PULASKI, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The RUSH Racing Series has announced the Equipment Rental Options has signed on to be the presenting sponsor of the Weekly Championship Points Fund for the RUSH Sprint Car Series.

The 2020 Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series Championship will feature 30 RUSH Sprint Car events concluding with the “Steel City Stampede” at Lernerville Speedway on October 17.

Equipment Rental Options is co-owned by current RUSH Sprint Car racer, Arnie Kent.  Kent, who got his start in Micro Sprints before moving up the Sprint Car ladder, won the division’s first ever race in 2018 at Lernerville.

“We’re very thankful Arnie has stepped up with his Equipment Rental Options so we can maintain the lucrative point fund,” said Vicki Emig, RUSH Racing Series Director.  “Arnie has been a longtime friend of both Mike (Leone, RUSH Director) and myself as well as many of our racers, and we’re really looking forward to being able to promote his growing business!”

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Equipment Rental Options currently has two locations in western Pennsylvania; one in Hermitage and another in New Castle; Equipment Rental Options will be moving into a larger facility at 3587 Clover Lane just off Wilmington Road (Route 18) in New Castle this summer.

Bonnell’s Rod Shop had been the presenting sponsor of the Weekly Series Championship during the first two years of the division’s inception. In fact, their sponsorship allowed the point fund to grow to more than $20,000 after the program was originally announced back in 2017.

“We have to thank Scott Bonnell for his unwavering support of the RUSH Sprint Cars,” said Emig. “Scott was behind the concept from day one, had a car in the Series, and offered financial support to grow the point fund without us even approaching him. We know he will remain a strong proponent of the Series.”

The RUSH Sprint Car Series Season Opener is scheduled for May 2 at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.

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