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Myrtle Beach, SC (November 26, 2013) - Fourteen-year-old Kaz Grala has once again turned heads with a second place finish in the NASCAR Myrtle Beach 400 in his first ever visit to the historic track. Grala, who earlier this year at Hickory Motor
Speedway became the youngest race winner in UARA series history, has claimed yet another record by becoming the youngest driver to lead laps at the prestigious 21st annual Myrtle Beach main event.
Grala, making his first start for Jamie Yelton's Fat Head Racing, was teamed up for the 200-lap race with NASCAR Sprint Cup veteran David Ragan. Ragan finished 4th out of the 42 drivers that started the race - 70 drivers were entered.
Starting the weekend with practice sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, Grala was in the top-five but never the fastest on the speed charts. ”We were mostly focused on our race setup and not so much on qualifying,” Grala said. “We knew that it was a long race with plenty of time to make it to the front if we had the car handling just right.”
Grala's No. 3 OzLINK sponsored car started from the 25th position as the green flag dropped and steadily made its way through the field. ”The car was great right from the start,” Grala said. “In the first 100 laps we moved up all the way to sixth place.” Taking a mandatory pit stop at the half way point in the race, Grala's confidence was
evident when he asked for four fresh tires, but no changes.
After the stop, on lap 127, Grala took the lead for the first time. He then battled with Robert Tyler and Harrison Rhodes, but was back in the lead on lap 176 when caution came out and bunched up the field. On the restart and in the closing laps, Lee Pulliam, the reigning national champion, proved to be just a bit stronger than Grala and took home the victory.
“If I had conserved my tires for just five laps longer, we would've had something for Pulliam at the end,” said Grala. “It's my first time racing here – but I'll remember this for next year.”
Working with Grala on the radio was 3-time NASCAR Championship winning spotter Mike Calinoff. “I sometimes have to remind myself that Kaz is just 14-years-old,” said Calinoff. “He drove like a seasoned racer all day. His ability to see how the race is unfolding and make decisions is amazing. He's got championship qualities.”
Huntersville, NC (November 15, 2013) - After announcing earlier this month that he would not be returning to Roush Fenway Racing, where's he been a fixture in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series since 2000, Mike Calinoff leaves the spotters stand following this weekends NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Starting in 2014, Calinoff will spend more time with family and continue to grow his five companies, 140BUZZ, ENCORE140, GENER8PARTNERS, Mike Calinoff Driver Development and PopularSpeed.com which serve both the motorsports and music industries.
“I've been so fortunate to have worked with such a great organization like Roush Fenway and amazing talents like Matt Kenseth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne. I never dreamed that I would be able to enjoy the successes that I have been blessed with.”
YEARS SPOTTING: 1998 – 2013
DRIVERS: Calinoff has spotted full-time for Kenseth, Stenhouse, Bayne, Nelson Piquet Jr, Brett Bodine, Jason Leffler, Jimmy Spencer, Dick Trickle, Randy LaJoie and Kenny Wallace.
Drivers that he has worked with also include Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Dario Franchitti, Brandon McReynolds, Johnny Sauter, David Stremme, Reed Sorenson and Steven Wallace.
STATS: 61 total wins, 47 wins with RFR, 2 Daytona 500's (Kenseth 2009 & 2012) 1 Sprint Cup Championship (Kenseth 2003) 2 Nationwide Series Championships (Stenhouse 2011 & 2012)
* Spotted Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s first Sprint Cup Series race in 1999 (Charlotte)
* Won races in all three NASCAR National Touring Series, K&N East, K&N West and ARCA
* First time wins with Kenseth (Charlotte), Stenhouse Jr (Iowa) and Piquet Jr (Michigan)
Huntersville, NC (November 13, 2013) - NASCAR notable, Mike Calinoff, has spent a good part of his career creating mutually-beneficial business relationships and designing creative funding http://www.sycamorelandtrust.org/price/ models in the motorsports arena. Now, Calinoff has created a separate entity from his successful Public Relations, Social Influence and Branding company, 140BUZZ, to serve drivers and teams in their quest for sponsorships.
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Mooresville, NC (October 1, 2013) - In a year that has seen many new tracks, cars and experiences, 16-year-old Joey Mucciacciaro has had an unforgettable year.
Heading to Martinsville Speedway to race his way into the “Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300″ this weekend, “Mooch” and the No. 2 Garrett Campbell Motorsports Ford are racing with a cause close to his heart.
With a car adorned in pink and featuring names of women that have battled breast cancer, Mucciacciaro is on a mission to educate others about how early detection can save lives. It did for Joanne Mucciacciaro, Joey's mother and biggest fan.
“Earlier this year my mom was diagnosed with colon cancer. It was probably the scariest couple months of my life,” Mucciacciaro said of his personal experience with cancer. “For my family, I stayed strong and thought positive while I kept my head up and prayed every day.”
“Luckily my family was blessed and my mom was able to overcome this terrible disease. After going through this, I realized how scary it is. It wasn't just my family, so many families are affected with this scenario on a daily basis. Some are lucky like we were but not every family's story is as fortunate. This is why I decided to give back to charity when my team races at Martinsville.”
“For me and my family, this is not just a charity to support – it is a personal mission to educate others about the importance of early diagnosis. Millions of people are affected by cancer and we all have the power to make a difference.”
Mooresville, NC (September 30, 2013) - Spending back-to-back weekends in victory lane is every racer’s dream. Ryan Partridge and the No. 48 LoanMart Buy cialis pills Racing team made that dream happen en route to their quest for the Lucas Oil Late Model Series championship at Irwindale Event Center.
Starting the weekend with practice on Friday, Partridge was happy with the car as the team worked to perfect their setup for Saturday’s race.
Finishing second in qualifying, Partridge advanced to the trophy dash and made the decision to protect his car. Finishing in sixth, he would start the Coca-Cola Presents Hispranic Heritage Night in the sixth position.
As he started the race, Partridge stated that his focus shifted from winning the race to keeping their points lead. In the opening laps of the race, three wide racing presented on track gridlock while providing fans with thrilling side-by-side racing. Approaching Lap 15, running in fifth, the No. 48 was racing clean and smart as Partridge picked off positions as he moved towards the front.
Taking the lead at Lap 20, a green race allowed Ryan Partridge and the No. 48 LoanMart Racing team to grab their fifth victory of the season.
“We had a great car tonight,” Partridge said. “LoanMart Racing has been a great sponsor this season and I am happy to bring them another trophy. A huge thanks to my team, Ray Claridge of Golden West Trailers and especially Steve Latina.”
Charlotte, NC (August 20, 2013) - NASCAR artist Sam Bass is known for his work capturing the emotion and historic moments in our sport. As he prepares to head to Bristol Motor Speedway, the program cover he designed for them is no different.
“Bristol has such a rich history of great rivalries over the years. My vision was to take the great “Bristol Battles” in recent years and put the viewer of my art right in the middle of it all,” Bass explained of his thoughts for the August 2013 night race at Bristol Motor Speedway program cover.
Explaining his vision for the 2013 design, Bass said, “I used the famous Tony Stewart helmet toss at Matt Kenseth’s car from last August as the central focus. The viewer becomes the umpire watching Tony throw a perfect strike in a packed stadium. In the night sky, high above the modern day colosseum, are the portraits of spirited competitors Dale Earnhardt and Terry Labonte along with Jeff Gordon and Rusty Wallace as they light up the moon. Images of their on track battles, pierce the night sky.”
“This is one of my favorite Bristol paintings ever,” Bass said exuberantly.
As he prepares for a busy schedule at Bristol, Bass shared his love for the track. “Bristol is like no other track on the circuit. I love standing on pit row, right before the race. The sense of electricity in the air, the night sky, the lights bouncing off the cars, the flashes from all the cameras in the grandstands…You just know that the sparks are about to fly and it is truly one of the greatest moments in NASCAR!”
Charlotte, NC (August 13, 2013) - For the past 21 years, Sam Bass’ artwork has been brought to life onboard the No. http://as3nui.com/generic-viagra-best/ 24 Chevrolet with Jeff Gordon driving to championships as well as numerous victories together.
Beginning in 1992, Bass worked with Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports to unveil the “Rainbow Warrior” paint scheme that became synonymous with buy cialis online the team. Since that time, Bass has designed over 50 paint schemes for Gordon.
This weekend at Michigan International Speedway, Gordon will take to the track in another Sam Bass original design as featured below. The No. 24 Standox paint scheme is sure to turn heads as Gordon blazes around the speedway with his trademark flames.
“The Standox special paint scheme was a chance for me to really try something new, it marked the first time that I had ever been able to use so much white on a car for Jeff,” said Bass. “The pristine white of the hood looks classy and rich, beautifully feeding into the flame graphics and is surrounded by the immediately recognizable Standox blue. The traditional neon yellow No. 24′s really pop off the new colors which should really attract a lot of attention at Michigan.”
“It is always a pleasure to create new paint schemes for AXALTA and Jeff Gordon. Our 21 year working relationship has produced a lot of memorable looking race cars with stunning paint and appearances, topped off with a driver who knows how to show them off in victory lane! I am extremely proud of the work I have done for them over the years and this new Standox car continues that tradition.”
Mooresville, NC (July 16, 2013) - Tommy Barrett Jr. ended the night in victory lane for the Valenti Modified Racing Series ‘Canaan 100′ Saturday night, July 13, at Canaan (NH) Fair Speedway.
The 18-year-old Millis, MA, driver became the first repeat winner of the 2013 season, after a victory at Stafford Motor Speedway on June 21. This is his fifth VMRS victory in his young career.
Starting the evening, Barrett Jr. drew the pole position after the invert. After running in the top three throughout the hundred lap race, Barrett regained the lead on Lap 82 and never looked back. As the checkered flag flew at Lap 100, he had over a quarter lap lead over second place.
“I was trying to push it but not wear the tires out too much. With 20 to go after that last restart (lap 82) it was time to go,” Barrett said following the race.
“Man, it is great to see our hard work pay off like this. The No. 9 Victory Lane Bar and Grill car was great all night and we’ll be back at it Wednesday night at Seekonk as we race for the $10k prize.”
Heading to Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday evening, Barrett will compete in the “Open Wheel Madness” event with features beginning after 7pm.
Mooresville, NC (July 23, 2013) - In the world of racing it’s a known fact that being able to drive in a number of different divisions allows the drivers the ability to diversify themselves and gain experience as well as seat time. Joey “Mooch” Mucciacciaro is one of those drivers that has broadened his racing experience by acquiring the opportunity to race with different teams and cars.
On July 27th the United Auto Racing Association (UARA) will be making a stop at Caraway Speedway for a 150 lap race with some of the greatest drivers in short track racing. “Mooch” practiced there this past week with crew chief Garrett Campbell. Garrett also races in the UARA-STARS series in the No. 12 and we can find Joey Mooch wheeling the No. 2 in the upcoming race representing Mike Calinoff Management. Practice went well for “Mooch” as he was running lap times that were comparable to pole-setters from the past. It was his first time in a UARA-type late model stock car and he didn’t hesitate to pick up the skills that resonate him with some top competitors in the division.
“It’s an honor to yet again have the chance to try something new with an amazing team. The UARA series is filled with talent and it’s highly competitive but Garrett Campbell is an honorable driver and crew chief who I look forward to working with,” says Mucciacciaro. “Practice went very smoothly and it was great to be able to bounce ideas back and forth with Garrett and gain some feedback from someone who is also driving in this division.”
Garrett Campbell stated, “Working with Joey has been a great experience thus far. He’s a really down to earth kid and has a ton of potential behind the wheel. A lot of next year is based on performance this year and I think he has what it takes to help us both in progressing through the ranks of NASCAR in the future.”
Stay up to date with Joey Mucciacciaro and his continuous progression by checking out his Facebook page. You can also catch live updates on how “Mooch” is doing in the UARA race at Caraway Speedway this weekend by following his Twitter. #GetYourMoochOn