NASCAR Xfinity Series
The NASCAR Xfinity Series is a stock car racing series organized by NASCAR. It is promoted as NASCAR's "minor league" circuit, is considered a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organization's top level circuit, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. NXS events are held as a support race on the day prior to a Cup Series event scheduled for that weekend; the series was called the Budweiser Late Model Sportsman Series in 1982 and 1983, the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series from 1984 through 2002, the NASCAR Busch Series from 2003 through 2007, the NASCAR Nationwide Series from 2008 through 2014. It is sponsored by Comcast via its consumer cable brand Xfinity; the series emerged from NASCAR's Sportsman division, formed in 1950 as NASCAR's short track race division. It was NASCAR's fourth series; the sportsman cars were not current model cars and could be modified more, but not as much as Modified series cars. It became the Late Model Sportsman Series in 1968, soon featured races on larger tracks such as Daytona International Speedway.
Drivers used obsolete Grand National cars on larger tracks but by the inception of the touring format in 1982, the series used older compact cars. Short track cars with small 300 cubic inch V-8 motors were used. Drivers used smaller current year models featuring V6 motors; the modern-day Xfinity Series was formed in 1982, when Anheuser-Busch sponsored a newly reformed late-model sportsman series with its Budweiser brand. The series switched sponsorship to Busch in 1984, it was renamed in 1986 to the Busch Grand National Series. Grand National was dropped from the series' title in 2003 as part of NASCAR's brand identity. Anheuser-Busch dropped the sponsorship in 2007; the Nationwide sponsorship was a seven-year contract, did not include the banking and mortgage departments of Nationwide. The sponsorship carried a $10 million commitment for 2008, with 6% annual escalations thereafter. On September 3, 2014, it was announced that Comcast would become the new title sponsor of the series via its cable television and internet brand Xfinity, renaming it the Xfinity Series.
In 2016, NASCAR implemented a seven-race Chase system similar to the one used in the NASCAR Cup Series. On August 23, 2018 NASCAR announced that the field size of the NXS will be cut from 40 to 38. On March 6, 2005, the series held its first race outside the United States, the Telcel-Motorola 200; the race was held in Mexico City, Mexico at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, a track that has held Formula One and Champ Car races in the past. It was won by Martin Truex Jr. On August 4, 2007, the series held its second race outside the United States, at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, another road course, it was won by Kevin Harvick. In July 2008, NASCAR announced that the Nationwide Series would not return to Mexico City in 2009, in 2012 they announced that it would not be returning to Montreal in 2013. In 2016, the NXS and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series adopted a playoff format similar to the NASCAR Cup Series Chase for the Championship. Unlike the NASCAR Cup Series, whose Chase consists of four rounds, the Xfinity Series and Truck Series both use a three-round format.
After each of the first two rounds, the four Chase grid drivers with the fewest season points are eliminated from the grid and Chase contention. The best-placed driver overall from the four Dash 4 Cash races advances to the Chase. Round of 12 Begins with 12 drivers who qualify for the Chase grid with 2,000 points Round of 8 Begins with 8 drivers, each with 3,000 points Championship 4 The last four drivers in contention for the season title will have their points reset to 4,000 points, with the highest finisher in the race winning the NXS title. In the 1980s, races were sparsely shown by ESPN if they were covering the cup race at the same track. Starting in 1990, more races began to be shown. By the mid-1990s, all races were shown. Most standalone races were aired on TNN, which helped grow coverage of the series, while races that were companion races with Winston Cup dates aired on the network airing the Cup race. TNN aired some of these races, which aired on CBS, NBC, ESPN, ABC and TBS. From 2001 until 2006, Fox Sports covered the entire first half of the Busch Grand National season, while NBC and TNT both aired races during the second half, with Turner Sports producing all the coverage for both networks.
However, in numbered years, coverage was changed, with the opening race at Daytona airing on NBC in 2004, on TNT in 2002 and 2006 and the track's July race airing on FX. Large portions of Fox's coverage aired on sister network FX, with a few marquee events on the network itself. From 2007 until 2014, ESPN was the home of the renamed Nationwide Series. Four races per season aired on ABC, with the remainder on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews. Early in ESPN's run, ESPN Classic was used for NNS overflow, however with less carriage of that network, this practice ended. Fox Sports did make a return to the series, airing the 2011 Bubba Burger 250 at Richmond on Speed Channel, due to ESPN giving up its exclusive rights to the race because of programming conflicts. In 2015, the NXS returned to FOX Sports during the first half of the season. Like the previous time Fox held righ
2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series
The 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season was the twenty-ninth season of semi-professional stock car racing in the United States. Beginning at Daytona International Speedway, the season included thirty-five races, which ended with the Ford 300 at Homestead Miami Speedway. During the 2009 off-season, NASCAR announced few calendar changes, including moving the Memphis Motorsports Park race to Road America due to the closure of Memphis. Joe Gibbs won the owners' championship, while Brad Keselowski won the drivers' championship during the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway, two races before the final. Toyota won the manufacturers' championship with 240 points. Schedule changes: Phoenix and Nashville moved ahead of Texas in April; the spring race at Dover preceded the Charlotte weekends due to the extra week in May before Memorial Day. Because of the closure of the Memphis track, Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois hosted a second race in October. Milwaukee was dropped from the schedule due to issues with the promoters, as the Wisconsin State Fair was attempting to hire a new promoter following the previous promoter's sanctioning fee nonpayment.
That date went to Road America. Note: all race dates, distances and radio stations and start times are subject to change; the total distance of the season will be 8,599.6 miles. ♣ – This race will be run using the new Nationwide Series Car of Tomorrow. NASCAR announced in October 2009 that the Nationwide Series' Car of Tomorrow will make its debut in 2010 in four races; those races were the July race at Daytona International Speedway, the August race at Michigan International Speedway, the September race at Richmond International Raceway, the October race at Charlotte Motor Speedway The new cars featured the new safety improvements of the Sprint Cup Car of Tomorrow including a larger greenhouse area, however they included a molded front splitter and a classic style spoiler. The new cars are designed to look more like their street counterparts than the Sprint Cup Car of Tomorrow. Chevrolet continued to run the Impala and Toyota continued to run the Camry nameplates, however Dodge ran the Challenger and Ford will run the Mustang.
ESPN held the broadcast rights for Nationwide Series races. Most events was broadcast on ESPN 2 in the United States. Practice and qualifying sessions was broadcast on ESPN2 depending on their agreements; the Nationwide Series was broadcast in Australia on Network Ten's Digital sports channel, ONE, in Standard and High Definition. Broadcasts included both full races on a Sunday morning, local time, 1-hour highlights packages several times during the week. Live flag-to-flag coverage of the races in shown on SPEED for Latin America; the DRIVE4COPD 300 was held February 13 at Daytona International Speedway. Tony Stewart won the race. Did not qualify: Jeremy Clements, Kevin Lepage, Johnny Borneman III, Brett Rowe, Derrike Cope, Johnny Chapman, Jason Keller, Shelby Howard; the Stater Bros. 300 was held February 20 at Auto Club Speedway. Joey Logano took the pole but Kyle Busch won the race. Did not qualify: Morgan Shepherd, Danny O'Quinn Jr. Stephen Leicht, Johnny Chapman, Andy Ponstein, Jeremy Clements.
The Sam's Town 300 was held February 27 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski took the pole but Kevin Harvick won the race. Did not qualify: Jason Keller, Johnny Chapman, Derrike Cope, Jeremy Clements, Stephen Leicht, Johnny Borneman III, Andy Ponstein, Morgan Shepherd; the Scotts Turf Builder 300 was held March 20 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski took the pole but Justin Allgaier won the race. Did not qualify: Dennis Setzer, Mark Green, Scott Riggs, Jason Bowles, Brad Teague, Parker Kligerman, Chris Lawson; the Nashville 300 was held April 3 at Nashville Superspeedway. Joey Logano took the pole but Kevin Harvick won the race. Did not qualify: Chase Miller, Dennis Setzer, Tim Schendel, Andy Ponstein Brett Rowe; the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 was held April 9 at Phoenix International Raceway. Carl Edwards took the pole but Kyle Busch won the race. Did not qualify: Mark Green; the O'Reilly 300 was held April 19 at Texas Motor Speedway. Joey Logano took the pole but Kyle Busch won the race.
Did not qualify: Jason Keller, Derrike Cope, Josh Wise, Morgan Shepherd. The Aaron's 312 was held April 25 at Talladega Superspeedway. Kevin Harvick took the pole but Brad Keselowski won the race. Did not qualify: Kevin Lepage, Willie Allen, Jeremy Clements, Josh Wise, Derrike Cope. NOTE: Brad Keselwoski suffered a 50-point penalty for infractions discovered during post race inspection; the BUBBA Burger 250 was held April 30 at Richmond International Raceway. Kyle Busch took the pole but Brad Keselowski won the race. Did not qualify: Danny O'Quinn Jr.. The Royal Purple 200 was held May 7 at Darlington Raceway. Denny Hamlin won the race. Did not qualify: Willie Allen, Johnny Chapman, Morgan Shepherd. NOTE: Kasey Kahne suffered a 25-point penalty for an illegal shock found on his car; the Heluva Good! 200 was held May 15 at Dover International Speedway. Kyle Busch won the race. Did not qualify: Brian Keselowski, Danny O'Quinn Jr.. The TECH-NET Auto Service 300 was held May 29 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Carl Edwards took the pole but Kyle Busch won the race. Did not qualify: Derrike Cope, Parker Kligerman, Brian Keselowski; the Federated Auto Parts 300 was held June 5 at Nashville Superspeedway. Justin Allgaier took the pole but Brad Keselow
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series
The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series is a pickup truck racing series owned and operated by the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, is the only series in all of NASCAR to race modified production pickup trucks. The series is one of three national divisions of NASCAR, ranking as the third tier behind the second-tier NASCAR Xfinity Series and the top level Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Camping World was the title sponsor from 2009 to 2018; the series was called the NASCAR SuperTruck Series in 1995, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series from 1996 through 2008, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series from 2009 through 2018. The idea for the Truck Series dates back to 1991. A group of SCORE off-road racers had concerns about desert racing's future, decided to create a pavement truck racing series, they visited NASCAR Western Operations Vice President Ken Clapp to promote the idea, who consulted Bill France Jr. with it, but the plans fell apart. Afterwards, Clapp told the four to build a truck before NASCAR considered it.
Bakersfield fabricator Gary Collins built a prototype truck, which were first shown off during Speedweeks for the 1994 Daytona 500 and tested by truck owner Jim Smith around Daytona International Speedway. The truck proved to be popular among fans, NASCAR arranged a meeting in a Burbank, California hotel on April 11, 1994. Four demonstration races were held at Mesa Marin Raceway, Portland Speedway, Saugus Speedway and Tucson Raceway Park. Tucson held four events that winter, which were nationally televised during the Winter Heat Series coverage. Tools line Craftsman served as the sponsor of the series on a three-year deal, the series was renamed to the "Craftsman Truck Series" in 1996. In addition, the series' $580,000 purse is larger than the Busch Grand National Series' fund. While a new series, it garnered immediate support from many prominent Winston Cup Series team owners and drivers. Prominent Cup owners Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Jack Roush owned truck teams, top drivers such as Dale Earnhardt and Ernie Irvan fielded SuperTrucks for others.
The series attracted the attention of drivers like sprint car racing star Sammy Swindell, Walker Evans of off-road racing fame, open-wheel veteran Mike Bliss, Atlanta Falcons head coach Jerry Glanville. The inaugural race, the Skoal Bandit Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway, was held on February 5. At the end of the 2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule, Craftsman stopped sponsoring the series. Subsequently, Camping World signed a seven-year contract with NASCAR, rebranding the series as the "Camping World Truck Series". With decreasing money and increasing costs, the series has struggled financially with sponsorship and prize money, the latter being low, while the former would prompt teams to shut down to reduce in size. Teams like Richard Childress Racing, a Cup team with 31 Truck wins, shut down their Truck operations. After the 2014 season, Brad Keselowski stated his Brad Keselowski Racing team had lost $1 million despite recording a win that year, told the Sporting News: "The truck series, you have to be able to lose money on a constant basis.
That's just how the system works." BKR ended up shutting down after the 2017 season. To cut costs, NASCAR required teams to use sealed engines, with teams not being allowed to run at most three races with a previously-used engine. Additionally, NASCAR reduced the maximum number of pit crew members allowed over the wall for a pit stop from seven to five, required teams to only take either fuel or tires on a single pit stop in 2009; this requirement was abandoned for the 2010 season. Starting with the 2011 season, NASCAR implemented a new rule that allows drivers to compete for the drivers' championship in only one of the three national touring series in a given season. On January 19, 2016, NASCAR announced the introduction of a playoff format similar to the NASCAR Cup Series Chase for the Championship: the format consists of eight drivers across three rounds, with two drivers being eliminated after each round. Camping World signed a seven-year extension in 2014 to remain the title sponsor of the Truck Series until at least 2022.
On May 8, 2018, NASCAR and Camping World announced the Truck Series title sponsor would be moved to Camping World subsidiary Gander Outdoors starting in 2019. The contract through 2022 is scheduled to continue as planned. Most of the first drivers in the series were veteran short track drivers who had not made it or struggled to thrive in the other NASCAR national series, it is worth noting that most of the early champions have become NASCAR Cup Series regulars in their careers, such as 1995 champion Skinner, who joined Richard Childress Racing's Cup team in 1997, competing on a full-time basis until 2003. As the years went on, a number of younger drivers debuted in the series, using the series as a springboard for their racing careers. Current NASCAR stars Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch each started in the series. Kyle Busch was 16 when he was ejected from a 2001 Craftsman Truck Series race in Fontana, California, b
Juan Pablo Montoya
Juan Pablo Montoya Roldán is a Colombian racing driver. He competes in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driving for Acura Team Penske; the highlights of his career include winning the International F3000 championship in 1998, the CART FedEx Championship Series in 1999, as well as victories in some of the most prestigious races in the world, including the Indianapolis 500, Grand Prix of Monaco, 24 Hours of Daytona, British Grand Prix, Italian Grand Prix, Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Race of Champions. In auto racing he has been notable by winning in his first attempt the CART Championship title, Indianapolis 500, 24 Hours of Daytona, Grand Prix of Long Beach, Italian Grand Prix, NASCAR Rookie of the Year, the crossover Race of Champions. Montoya is one of two drivers to have won the CART title in his rookie year, the first being Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell in 1993, he is, alongside Fernando Alonso, one of only two active drivers who have won two legs of the Triple Crown of Motorsport in its original definition.
Montoya equals Mario Andretti and Dan Gurney by winning races in Indy cars, Formula One cars and NASCAR Cup cars. In October 2009, Montoya was ranked 30th on Times Online's list of the Top 50 Formula One drivers of all time. Montoya was born in Bogotá, where he was taught the techniques of karting from an early age by his father Pablo, an architect and motorsport enthusiast. Montoya moved to the Colombian Formula Renault Series in 1992, while racing there he won four of eight races and had five poles; the same year he participated in the U. S. Skip Barber driving school, was hailed by driving instructors as being one of the best pupils to come through their school. 1993 saw Montoya switch to the Swift GTI Championship, a series he dominated by winning seven of eight races and earning eight poles. In 1994, Montoya raced in three separate series: The Sudam 125 Karting, Barber Saab Pro Series, Formula N in Mexico, he graduated from the Colegio San Tarsicio in Bogotá in the same year. Montoya developed in some cases taking 80 % of a season's pole positions.
For the next three years Montoya raced in various divisions. He raced in the 1995 British Formula Vauxhall Championship, winning three races and finishing third in the championship. In 1996, he raced in the British Formula 3 with Fortec Motorsport, winning two races, finishing 5th in the championship points standings, as well as taking part in events in Zandvoort and Silverstone. Montoya got the opportunity to advance in his motor racing career when he was hired by the RSM Marko team to compete alongside Craig Lowndes in the 1997 International Formula 3000 season. In the ten races during the season, Montoya had three pole positions, he finished his rookie season second in the championship points standings, just 1.5 points shy of taking the overall season title. During this time, Williams noticed his potential and invited him to test with the team at Jerez, Spain along with three other drivers. Montoya was the fastest of them all and he and Max Wilson were signed by WilliamsF1 to be test drivers for the following season.
Alongside his Formula One testing duties for Williams, he competed again in F3000 and took the title in a close contest with Nick Heidfeld, driving for McLaren's F3000 team. During the 1998 F3000 season, Montoya opened the season up with a record four straight pole positions, he achieved another record that year by being the first driver to lap the entire grid, at the Pau Grand Prix. Montoya won the 1998 F3000 season with four wins, seven pole positions, nine podium finishes in twelve races. Renault, Williams's engine supplier for most of the 1990s, left Formula One at the end of the 1997 season. With no major engine suppliers available, Williams were forced to sign a contract to run customer engines for the 1998 and 1999 seasons. In 1998 the team failed to win a race for the first time in a decade. For the 1999 season, in the hope of attracting more investors to the underperforming team, Frank Williams agreed to a driver swap with CART team owner Chip Ganassi, in which Ganassi's 1997 and 1998 CART champion driver, Alessandro Zanardi, would return to Formula One and Montoya would take his place in the competitive American series.
While Zanardi had a miserable year in Formula One, with Honda power and a great Reynard chassis at his disposal, took the American motorsport scene by storm. He took the 1999 title in his rookie year, something accomplished six years earlier by former Formula One Champion Nigel Mansell; the season that saw Montoya crowned as the youngest CART FedEx Championship Series Champion at the age of 24 was fought with Dario Franchitti who led the championship going into the final race in California. Both drivers finished the season with equal number of points but Montoya took the title by virtue of having won seven races to the Scotsman's three, his victory in the last race that year, the Marlboro 500, was overshadowed by the death of Greg Moore during the race. The CART rookie attracted criticism—notably from Michael Andretti and his team for his aggressive style of driving. Montoya still had a contractual relationship with Williams and after his impressive rookie season the Grove-based team were keen for him to drive for them in Formula One.
However, he decided to race in the US for one more year. In 2000, the Ganassi team switched to Lola chassis; the package w
Pikes Peak International Raceway
Pikes Peak International Raceway is a racetrack in a Colorado Springs annexed area of the Fountain, postal zone that by October 12, 1997, was "the fastest 1-mile paved oval anywhere". The speedway hosted races in several series including the Indy Racing League and 2 NASCAR series until operations were suspended 2005–08. A wide variety of amateur racing groups use PPIR for racing and training, many NASCAR teams use PPIR for testing. Racing in the Pikes Peak Region included 19th century horse tracks, the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb started in 1916 on the 1915 Pikes Peak Highway. In 1938, a track was north of the Alexander Aircraft factory and c. World War II another was to the factory's southeast at the south end of the Nichols Field taxiway. On the Pike's Peak Ocean-to-Occan Highway west of the city was the end of the 1951 Colorado sports car rally, a 1953 dirt dragstrip "some four miles east of Colorado Springs" was used for "the first statewide drag race", a stock car track was along Powers Road in the early 1960s.
The "last local track" for auto racing east of the city through the late 1970s was the Colorado Springs International Speedway which "had crowds in the 3,000-4,000 range on summer weekends". The Platte Avenue go-kart track closed c. 1990, the greyhound track closed c. 2005 and is now an off track betting facility, the Olympic velodrome in Memorial Park is a remaining racing venue within the city. Pikes Peak Meadows was a dirt horse racing track facility opened in 1964 20 mi south of Colorado Springs and 25 mi north of Pueblo, with a large, covered grandstand on the west; the facility was annexed by the City of Colorado Springs c. 1985 and after its horse racing ended in 1993, the city "approved the speedway in January 1996". C. C. Myers "announced plans in May 1996 to build a major auto racing facility" at Pikes Peak Meadows. In 1997, "Apollo Real Estate Advisors LP formed a joint venture January 30 with Raceway Associates, a partnership headed by California contractor and developer C. C. Myers Inc, to own and run the 1,300-acre" speedway complex.
The asphalt track was constructed 6 ft below the "normal ground level", C. C. Myers planned "to get a big-time NASCAR race in 1998", the facility had an open house for the local community on May 31, 1997; the first race's attendance was 16,810, the Richard Petty Driving Experience used PPIR July 2–17, the first IRL Series race on June 28 was televised, a Winston West 500K race was held in July 1997. Earlier in 1996, a competing track near Denver in Adams County, Colorado was attempted by Penske Motorsports, Inc. which merged in 1999 with the International Speedway Corporation. In 2002 ISC gained "the right of first refusal should PPIR owners decide to sell their 1,200-acre complex" and in October 2005 for $11 million, "bought out the owners of Pikes Peak International Raceway" In 2006, meetings "between attorneys representing and International Speedway Corporation" were conducted before ISC "announced in February that it was eyeing land in Commerce City as well as eastern Aurora for the track.
It envision a $360 million to $400 million track and stadium that could hold 75,000 to 80,000 fans." A new opposition group, Commerce City Citizens and Business Alliance, endorsed anti-raceway candidates which won local elections, in May 1997 "ISC executive Wesley Harris said the 1,300-acre parcel the company was considering near Denver International Airport was not compatible with its needs". ISC sold PPIR in November 2006, PPIR operations resumed in 2008. On December 6, 2012, USAC announced that PPIR would be on the 2013 USAC Traxxas Silver Crown Series schedule. Pikes Peak International Raceway would host the richest event in SRL Southwest Tour history as announced on April 23, 2013. PPIR hosts regional club road course races such as the National Auto Sport Association and SCCA as well as local enthusiast events such as track days, drifting events, car shows
Biagi-DenBeste Racing Biagi Brothers Racing, is an American professional stock car racing team that competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing. The team is based in North Carolina; the team fields two Ford Mustang GT teams: the No. 00 for Cole Custer and the No. 98 for Chase Briscoe. The team debuted in 2001 at the Auto Club 300 as the No. 4 car, qualifying 41st and finishing 31st with Mike Wallace driving their Chevrolet. Wallace made eight starts total that season, his best finish a tenth at Richmond International Raceway. Wallace returned in 2002, he finished including two fourteenth-place finishes. In 2003, Biagi moved up to the Busch Series full-time with Wallace, they opened the season with a fourth-place finish at the Koolerz 300. Despite missing a race where Rick Carelli filled in, Wallace finished thirteenth in points that year, one position shy of matching his career-best; the following season, Biagi switched from Chevrolets to Fords, at the Winn-Dixie 250, Wallace took the lead on the last lap to score Biagi's first career Busch victory.
He led eighteen laps the following week at Chicagoland Speedway, but ran out of fuel on the last lap, costing him the victory. After posting three more top-tens, Wallace finished seventeenth in points. After Wallace departed in 2005, Biagi formed a partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing and hired Ganassi development driver Ryan Hemphill. After he failed to qualify for two consecutive races, Hemphill was replaced by Jeff Green, who finished sixth at Richmond. Hemphill returned for three races and had a twelfth-place run at Nashville Superspeedway before he was permanently removed from the ride. Green took over for three races. In fourteen starts, his best finish was fourteenth at Memphis Motorsports Park. For 2006, Mark Green was selected as the team's new driver, had an eighteenth-place run at Richmond, before he was released in favor of Auggie Vidovich. In addition to Green and Vidovich, Boris Said, Paul Tracy have driven the car during the 2006 season. In 2007, BDBR had announced it would switch to Toyota and run with sponsorship from Kibbles'n Bits, but the team shut down in January due to a lack of funding.
Its assets and owners points were acquired by Braun Racing, the team's number, 4, assigned to Ginn Racing. Five years the team returned at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May 2012, with a new sponsor in Caroll Shelby Engine Company, a new manufacturer Ford, a new number 98 car being driven by Reed Sorenson; the car was given a black and gold scheme to honor the late Carroll Shelby and Shelby American's 50th Anniversary. Sorenson finished 16th in the team's return finished 13th in their next race at Kentucky; the team dedicated their third race of the season, at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to Shelby, though Sorenson would finish 34th after a crash. He would run two more races, with a 12th place and the second Charlotte race. Sprint Car standout and ARCA Racing Series winner Kevin Swindell was signed for two races at the end of the season, he finished a strong 9th at Texas placed 21st at the season-finale at Homestead Miami Speedway. For 2013, Kevin Swindell was signed to run 15 races for the team, beginning at Las Vegas in March.
The team partnered with Swindell's long time supporter Mike Curb, who became the listed owner of the No. 98 car. Swindell had two top 10s. In 2014, the team returned again with veteran David Ragan as well as up-and-comers Jeb Burton and Corey LaJoie. Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Next member Ryan Gifford was signed to run two races for the team: Iowa in May and Kentucky in June. Gifford finished 20th in his only appearance at Iowa. After winning the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona and earning a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Aric Almirola signed on to pilot the 98 during two companion races at Chicagoland and Dover in September. Cup sponsor Smithfield Foods would come on to sponsor Almirola's efforts. Almirola started 10th and finished 14th in his debut for the team at Chicagoland 13th at Dover. After running one race earlier in the year, it was announced that Corey LaJoie would return to the No. 98 car for four additional races, with backing from Richard Petty Motorsports primary investor Medallion Financial.
In 2015, Richard Petty Motorsports Sprint Cup drivers Almirola and Sam Hornish Jr. will split time driving the No. 98, with sponsorship from both RPM's Cup sponsors and Biagi-DenBeste's regular sponsors. Almirola finished 7th in the season opener at Daytona, while Hornish finished 15th the next week at Atlanta. RPM development driver Ryan Truex drove four races, starting at Richmond. In 2016, Almirola drove on a partial schedule starting at Daytona. Almirola won the 2016 Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona to give the team their second win. Jeb Burton will drive two races in the No. 98 car starting with Indy and Charlotte with Estes sponsoring. 2014-15 Formula E Champion Nelson Piquet Jr. will drive the No. 98 car at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. In 2017, it was announced that Aric Almirola would return to Biagi-DenBeste with the addition of Casey Mears. On May 6, 2017 Aric Almirola won. On October 23, 2017 it was announced that in 2018 the team would partner with Stewart-Haas Racing under the name Stewart-Haas Racing with
Quarter Midget racing
Quarter Midget racing is a form of automobile racing. The cars are one quarter the size of a full size midget car; the adult size midget being raced during the start of quarter midget racing, used an oval track of one fifth of a mile in length. The child's quarter midget track is 1/20th mile. An adult size midget in the 1940s and 1980s could reach 120 miles per hour, while the single cylinder 7 cubic inch quarter midget engine could make available a speed of 30 miles per hour In a rookie class, or one quarter the speed of the adult car. Most of the competitive classes run speeds near 45 miles per hour. Current upper class quarter midgets can exceed 45 miles per hour, but remain safe due to the limited size of the track. Quarter Midget racecars have four-wheel suspension, unlike go-karts; the drivers are restricted to ages 5 to 16. Tracks are banked ovals one-twentieth of a mile long, have a surface of dirt, concrete, or asphalt. Quarter Midgets have been around in one form or another since before World War II, There are two sanctioning bodies for Quarter Midgets, Quarter Midgets of America and United States Auto Club.
There were over 4,000 quarter midget drivers in the United States in 2007. Many of today's most recognizable names in racing got their start in quarter midgets, including A. J. Foyt, Jeff Gordon, Sarah Fisher, Jimmy Vasser, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Terry Labonte, Bobby Labonte to name a few; the oldest continually run dirt quarter midget track east of the Mississippi is the Hulman Mini Speedway, operated since 1958 by the Terre Haute Quarter Midget Association located in Terre Haute, Indiana. On the west coast, Capitol Quarter Midget Association has operated a dirt track for quarter midgets since 1954. Jeff Gordon raced at Capitol Quarter Midget Association Quarter midget cars can be reasonably affordable or can cost nearly as much as some full-sized racing cars. Engines can cost from $400 to $8,000. Car chassis can cost from $1,500 up to $6,000. Tires start at $50 each. There are many brands of cars as well as custom cars made by individuals; some of the common brands are Stanley Racing, N/C chassis, Talon Chassis, Bullrider Racecars, Tad Fiser Race Cars, Rice Cars, Ashley Chassis, Cobra Race Cars, Storm Chassis, GT American, And Afco race cars.
Cars are covered by body panels which are made of fiberglass, aluminum, or carbon fiber. Engine costs have driven a number of changes over the years; as the cost of the Deco engine platform continued to rise, Honda engines were adopted. The move from Deco to Honda was first highlighted by an exhibition race at the 1988 Western Grands in Pueblo, Colorado. Attempts to put the Deco/Continental engines back into production failed. Problems with Honda engine revisions and parts tolerances led to the adoption of Briggs & Stratton engines as a cost effective engine platform; this adoption has come in the form of both the World Briggs Animal engines. USAC started using Animal engines in 2010. QMA planned to introduce the Animal engine platform beginning in 2012 and begin phasing out the Honda platform altogether in 2013 but has not moved away from the Honda engine platform. USAC includes the Honda platforms. USAC has discarded all of the Deco platform and introduced the Light and Heavy modified World Formula for 2017.
Red & Blue Rookie, Jr. Novice & Sr. Novice - Honda 120 Jr. Animal & Sr. Animal - Briggs & Stratton Animal engine Hvy. Animal - Briggs & Stratton Animal engine Jr. Honda - Honda 120 Sr. Honda - Honda 120 Hvy. Honda - Honda 120 Jr. Super Stock & Sr. Super Stock - Deco Mod - Deco Lt. 160 - Honda 160 Hvy. 160 - Honda 160 B - Deco Modified World Formula - Briggs and Stratton World Formula AA/Modified World Formula - Deco, or Briggs and Stratton World Formula Lt. & Hvy. World Formula - Briggs and Stratton World Formula Junior classes are for drivers 5-8 years old, while senior classes are for drivers 9-16. Light classes are for drivers up to 100 lbs in normal street clothes. For heavy classes, drivers must be a minimum of 100 lbs. Half Class – Any single cylinder, 4-cycle, air-cooled aspirated, under 253 cc engine, drivers aged 11 to 18; the first feature film on quarter midget racing was produced in 2009. Called Drive, it captures kids as young as five years old hitting speeds of 50 mph to battle for the Grand National race.
Moms and dads turn yell over revving motors as their sons and daughters push to win. Quarter midget racing relies on the family to work as a team; the heat, the stress and the drive to win put their bond to the test. 2017 Western Grands— Jr. Animal: Caleb Johnson Sr. Animal: Cam Fiser Hvy Animal: Tyler Conley Jr. Honda: Jayson Elf Sr. Honda: Matthew Roberts Hvy. Honda: Daytona Spicola Jr. Stock: Destry Miller Mod: Chase Spicola Lt. 160: Cam Fiser Hvy 160: Zack Medynski B: Victoria Wolf AA: Tyler Conley Light World Formula: Cam Fiser Heavy World Formula: Tyler Conley Jr. Half: Andrew Link 2017 Eastern Grands— Jr. Honda: Caleb Johnson Sr. Honda: Bradley Erickson Hvy. Honda: Alex French Jr. Animal: Collin Mitchell Sr. Animal: Colby Sokol Hvy. Animal: Kaylee Esgar Mod: Chase Spicola Lt. 160: Chase Spicola Hvy 160: Alex French AA: Bryce Lucius Light World Formula: Chase Spicoloa Heavy World Formula: Kaylee Esgar Jr. Half: Taylor Nibert Jr. Novice: Keegan Gasseling Sr. Novice: Laken Hall 2016 Western Grands— Jr. Animal: Justis Sokol Sr. Animal: Cam Fiser Hvy Animal: Tyle