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Throttle-Back Thursday: Thierry Boutsen overcomes Senna for a rainy first F1 win

Source: Throttle-Back Thursday: Thierry Boutsen overcomes Senna for a rainy first F1 win
Craftman Truck Series / BKR to End Operations After 2017 Season
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on August 17, 2017, 07:07:07 PM »
BKR to End Operations After 2017 Season

Today NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team owner Brad Keselowski announced that his team, Brad Keselowski Racing, will end operations at the conclusion of the 2017 season.
Source: BKR to End Operations After 2017 Season
Nationwide Series / XFINITY Race Preview: Bristol
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on August 17, 2017, 07:07:07 PM »
XFINITY Race Preview: Bristol

NASCAR XFINITY Series news, notes and fast facts in advance of Friday's Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Source: XFINITY Race Preview: Bristol
Matt Pritiko Dialed In for Sunset Return in AP Exhaust 100 This Saturday
Matt Pritiko plans to lead the APC United Late Model Series field at Sunset Speedway during the AP Exhaust 100 on Saturday, August 19. (Photo by Thompson Photography).   
LONDON, Ont. – August 17, 2017 – Matt Pritiko is eagerly awaiting the calendar to flip to Saturday, August 19 so he can hit the track again for APC United Late Model Series competition in the AP Exhaust 100 at Sunset Speedway. The London, Ont. driver will be behind the wheel of his Global Warranty/Burwell Autobody No.21 Toyota Camry for the Series’ seventh race of the campaign.
Pritiko is at the top of his game and is coming off a second-place finish at Sauble Speedway two weeks ago. His second-place finish in the spring season-opener at Sunset also has him motivated for Saturday’s event.
“We feel confident going into this weekend,” Pritiko said. “We qualified well there in the first race of the year and led a bunch of laps. We know what we’re doing there and I’m looking forward to going back. I have a good setup already for that track because of our past performances there.”
Pritiko opened the campaign with a strong effort, but battled a string of tough luck over the next three races. He has earned a pair of podium finishes in the last two races to turn his season around and move into a tie for third in the championship standings. The recent success after battling through the early adversity has built momentum and improved the entire No.21 team.
“It helps a huge amount. Our performances the last couple of races have been solid,” Pritiko said. “It definitely brings up the momentum and morale not only for myself, but also for the guys working on the car.”
Pritiko’s qualifying efforts over the last three races have helped ensure his strong finishes. He pulled off two consecutive pole qualifying efforts before timing second-quick at Sauble two weeks ago. With the help of a detailed notebook, Pritiko believes he’s in prime position to earn a top starting spot again this week.
“We keep a great amount of notes,” Pritiko said. “Dirks is our notebook guy. He fills out pages and pages after each practice session, qualifying session and even after the race. He keeps very detailed notes on the vehicle, so we have a very good amount of data from our first race that we can use for the upcoming race.”
Sunset’s high-banked one-third mile configuration has kept drivers on their toes with an ever-changing surface since it was installed 10 years ago. Drivers can race multiple lanes for different purposes and Pritiko plans to use them all as necessary.
“You can run different lines there whether you’re trying to gain a couple of positions or whether you’re trying to conserve your tires,” Pritiko said. “I like to run a pretty low line generally when I’m trying to set a couple of fast laps or catch a couple of people in front of me and get around them. When we get out front and try to conserve tires, we’re about a half-lane up in the corner. The asphalt there a half-lane up does conserve your tires quite a bit.”
Between setup and strategy, Pritiko is on course to earn his elusive first Feature win of 2017. The team has pushed all of the right buttons to be in contention for a win this weekend and will have a wily veteran at their disposal to help push the No.21 over the top.
“We’re definitely due,” Pritiko said. “We’re always solid here and we always qualify well. We also have Tom Walters helping us this weekend. He’s going to be spotting for us and he definitely knows the track well, so he can help us out when we need it.”
Qualifying time for the APC United Late Model Series is 6:00pm with the green flag for the AP Exhaust 100 scheduled to wave at approximately 8:30pm. For more information on the APC United Late Model Series’ event at Sunset Speedway, visit
Matt Pritiko – 6 Starts: 0 Wins, 3 Top-5, 5 Top-10s
Twitter: @MattPritiko
Instagram: @MattPritiko21
Matt Pritiko is proud to partner with several dedicated marketing partners for the 2017 race season, including Global Warranty, NAPA Certfied Bodyshops, Burwell Autobody Ltd., Cadillac Industrial Cleaning, Glencoe Auto Recyclers,, Aquahydrate and Palasad of London
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on August 17, 2017, 05:20:36 PM »
August 17, 2017:  The NASCAR Pinty’s Series teams are back on track this Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish Nova Scotia for event ten of the thirteen race schedule.
Tagliani will once again pilot the #18 EpiPen/Lowes Canada Dodge.  In only his second start at Riverside Speedway he will be looking to build on his win from last weekend at the Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres, his first of the 2017 season.  This track is considered a mini Bristol speedway with high banking and high speeds similar to Sunset Speedway where he has won twice in the past.  In 2016, Tagliani started in 6th position and finished 9th, something he hopes to improve on this year.
Donald Theetge will be back behind the wheel of the #22 Circuit Acura/Le Soliet/L’Antidote Media Dodge for his 6th start of the season.  This will be Theetges first visit to Riverside Speedway but it is a much-anticipated start for him as he looks forward to backing up his 2nd place finish at Edmonton International Raceway in July.  He has been very fast at tracks like Kawartha and Saskatoon which are similar in configuration so big things are expected of the #22 driver this weekend.
The Bumper to Bumper 300 will take place on Saturday Aug. 19th with practice at 12:30 p.m., qualifying at 3 p.m., autograph session at 5:25 p.m. and the green flag at 8 p.m. ADT.  For more information please visit their website at
The broadcast of the event will take place on Sunday Aug. 27th at 1:30 p.m. ET on TSN and on RDS 2 on Friday Sept. 15th at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Follow the 22 Racing Team on social media for behind the scenes updates on; Twitter @22RacingTeam & @ScottSteckly22, Facebook Fan Page 22racingteam and Instagram 22racingteam
About 22 Racing: 
22 Racing is owned by 4X NASCAR Pinty’s Series Champion Scott Steckly and is based out of Milverton Ontario in a new (2014) 7,500 square foot race shop.  They have fielded teams for drivers such as Christopher Bell, Jacques Villeneuve, James Buescher, Jeb Burton, Kaz Grala, L.P. Dumoulin, Max Papis, Adam Andretti and many others.  22 Racing provides turnkey solutions for drivers looking to compete in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. The 22 Racing Team is supported by the following sponsors:  Erb Group of Companies, AW Millwrights, Sturdy Formed Concrete, Castrol, Wendell Motors, Twin City Graphics, Auto Glym, Mechanix Wear, Dickies Canada, Great Dane Glasvan, Safety Kleen, Dupli-Color & Permatex.
Speedway 660 NB / Championship Saturday at 660!
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on August 17, 2017, 05:19:43 PM »
(Aug. 17, 2017) The 2017 Night of Champions is happening this Saturday at Speedway 660. The racing begins at 6:30PM and will be intense as Championship trophies and Rookie of the Year awards will be up for grabs in all four racing divisions.
The top two drivers in the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman division are separated by only two points. Drew Greenlaw, who finished second in points in each of the last two seasons, has a slim lead over John Rankin, the 2009 Sportsman champion.
“John and I have been swapping the lead back and forth for most of the season and hopefully when the Night of Champions is over we can finally claim that championship trophy” said Greenlaw. “But it won’t be easy because John is a great driver and after winning the feature, at last week’s Fan Appreciation Night, I’m going to have to start at the back this weekend.”
Brent Roy leads the RE/MAX Group Four Realty Pro Stock division while Luc McLaughlin is the leader in the DMR Auto Sales Street Stock division and Kyle Boudreau is tops in the Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooter division. Rookie of the Year Awards will also be handed out in each division.
“The competition is always tough here so championships and rookie awards have got to be earned and we’ll have to wait until Saturday night to see who takes home the hardware” said Speedway 660’s Max Roy. “We’ve got tight races throughout the standings in every division with several drivers trying to crack the top five or top ten, so it’ll be an extremely entertaining evening of racing.”
This is the final race date before SpeedWeekend, which runs from September 1st to 3rd. Speedway 660 is off on August 26th as several race teams and fans head off to Maine for the Oxford 250 weekend.
Night of Champions adult ticket prices are $14; pit passes are $2 and; admission is free for race fans 15 and under.
The rain date for the Night of Champions is Sunday at 2PM. If the weather is unsettled on Saturday, please call the Speedway 660 race line at 506-454-7223 or visit for race day status updates.
SpeedWeekend begins on Friday, September 1st and camp sites, advance tickets and lap sponsorship opportunities for the McLaughlin Roof Trusses 250 are now available. Race fans are encouraged to call the Speedway 660 Banned Word/Site at 506-454-7223 or email to reserve SpeedWeekend camp sites, purchase tickets or sponsor laps.   
Speedway 660 is one of Canada’s premier stock car racing facilities. Located in New Brunswick’s Fredericton region, it attracts race teams and fans from the Maritimes, New England and Quebec. The Speedway 660 racing season runs from mid May until Labour Day Weekend. SpeedWeekend, one of the most prestigious short track events in eastern North America, is always a fitting way to wrap up Speedway 660’s racing season.
Dale Coyne Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais cleared to resume racing activities
INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017) - Verizon IndyCar Series driver Sebastien Bourdais has been cleared to resume driving by Dr. Geoffrey Billows, INDYCAR medical director, following his recovery from injuries sustained in a crash during Indianapolis 500 qualifications.

Billows said the 38-year-old Frenchman was evaluated by INDYCAR orthopedic consultant Dr. Kevin Scheid on Tuesday and was given clearance to fully return to racing activities.

Bourdais was involved in a frightening crash during an Indianapolis 500 qualifying attempt on May 20. The crash left the four-time Indy car champion with fractures in his hip and pelvis. He returned to a car for a medical evaluation test at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on July 31.
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on August 17, 2017, 05:18:00 PM »

Beamsville, Ont. – August 17th, 2017 – Although the racing season is winding down, Trevor Wright is continuing to climb to new heights. The 15 year old has shown great progress and promise in his first full season in the DIRTcar Sportsman division at Merrittville Speedway. 


The 2016 Novice Sportsman champion has shown very little trouble transitioning to competing with veterans on a weekly basis. In recent weeks, the youngster has racked up four top ten’s against the very deep and talented roster of drivers at Merrittville. A pair of seventh place finishes along with an eighth and ninth in feature competition combined with his first career heat win and two seconds has set his confidence soaring.


His achievements haven’t gone unnoticed either, as he recently won the driver of the week award following a performance where he led six laps of the feature race and ran second to veteran Jay Mallory for several more laps. A late race caution foiled his hopes of a top five finish; however the run garnered much attention from fans and fellow competitors.


The success hasn’t come without a learning curve both on and off the track. “Learning the car and the setup has been trying at times” said Wright. “The biggest challenge for me though has been earning the respect of the other drivers on the track” he added.


The team has had valuable help along the way. “I have to give credit for my recent improvements to the Gaboury ‘s” noted Wright. “They’ve taken me under their wing and have been teaching me a lot about setup and how to handle driving on different track conditions. I really appreciate it and am trying to learn as much as I can”.


The season hasn’t come without some adversity as the teams visit to Ohsweken Speedway on July 25th didn’t go as planned. While making a pass for the runner-up position in the B-Main, the driveshaft on the No. 09 broke and damaged the car heavily. It left the team scrambling to make the next points event at Merrittville. If not for the assistance of sponsor Alexander Awnings, Trevor may not have had the parts needed to race just four days after the mechanical woes.


Heading into the stretch drive, Wright sits inside the top ten in points at Merrittville Speedway and is the leading contender for the rookie of the year award. He is currently meeting his goals and hopes to finish on a strong note to better his expectations.


At the conclusion of the regular season, Wright and the team intend to compete in some of the major fall events taking place across the northeast. The experience of racing at new tracks and competing against different drivers will be valuable in the learning process.


In the meantime, fans can expect to see Wright battling it out down to the wire at Merrittville Speedway on Saturday nights. Race time at the Thorold, Ont. track is 7pm and more information can be found at




Trevor Wright Racing is supported in 2017 by Central Fabricating & Welding, Alexander Awnings, Harmony Jewellers, Designed Wright, Laurcoat Powdercoating, All-Source Heat Treating, RAG Rentals, Raydance Homes and Family Pizza & Shawerma.


Driver of the Week photo credit: Jean Duyn, Softtouch Photo
Action shot photo credit: Steven Ruddy Photography
Press release by: Greg Calnan / Image Factor Media


For further information or to speak with Trevor contact Heather Wright at
Lewis Hamilton snubs F1 fans in London so he could party in Greece

Source: Lewis Hamilton snubs F1 fans in London so he could party in Greece
World Racing / F1 British Grand Prix: By the numbers
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on August 17, 2017, 07:00:47 AM »
F1 British Grand Prix: By the numbers

Source: F1 British Grand Prix: By the numbers
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