KESELOWSKI AND TEAM PENSKE WIN THE 2018 CLASH
St. Louis, MO (February 11, 2018) The 2018 Clash at Daytona did not disappoint. From the drop of the green flag fans were treated to a show that rivaled any Clash in history.
Brad Keselowski and Team Penske held off teammate Joey Logano to win the Clash under yellow as the 42 of Kyle Larson got into the back of 7-time Champion Jimmie Johnson on the final lap causing the ‘big one’ on the backstretch, taking out several contenders, including Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch.
Starting on the Pole was the RCR 3 of Austin Dillon, who would finish 7th. Up front throughout was the 9 of Chase Elliot and the 12 of Ryan Blaney, who finished 4th.
Bump drafting and some tandem-style racing mixed it up in the typically pack-dominated superspeedway non-points race.
Next up is the Duals this on Thursday to set the field for the Daytona 500, to be aired on FoxSports1.
- Keselowski Ford
- Logano Ford
- Ku. Busch Ford
- Blaney Ford
- A. Dillon Chevrolet
- Hamlin Toyota
- Ky. Busch Toyota
- Jones Toyota
- Harvick Ford
- Larson Chevrolet
- Elliot Chevrolet
- Truex Toyota
- Kahne Chevrolet
- Johnson Chevrolet
- Newman Chevrolet
- Stenhouse Ford
- McMurray Chevrolet
Kevin Howdeshell, STL Motorsport Magazine
Michael Self and Venturini Motorsports Persevere in Daytona to Win the Lucas Oil 200
Photo: Fox Sports
St. Louis, MO (February 11, 2018) To say that the 2018 edition on the season opening Lucas Oil 200 was uneventful says that you weren’t paying attention. Fans got their money’s worth and more.
Self pulled away on the second one-lap shootout in his Venturini Motorsports 15 Sinclair Toyota, largely unscathed from two multi-car melees, the first of which began as Gus Dean was hooked into the 23 of Brett Holmes who went airborne and eventually slid down the backstretch on his side in a shower of sparks. Everyone walked away under a red flag.
Sheldon Creed held the top spot on the restart and put on a great show ala NASCAR tandem racing with Sean Corr, Thomas Praytor and Travis Braden until a side-draft went bad coming to the checkered taking out all 4 leaders. Michael Self, found his way thru the carnage to take over the lead on a one lap shootout, which ultimately gave him the win followed by Willie Mullins and Sheldon Creed.
When asked how they got it done, “Survive, man,” Self said. “Just survived, got lucky, made it through a couple of wrecks. Just overcame a lot. This thing has been beat up.”
By the end, Self didn’t even have brakes as he coasted to a stop on pit road. “It was a little scary,” he said.
Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is the Music City 200 at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on April 7, 2018.
Kevin Howdeshell, STL Motorsport Magazine
NASCAR K&N Pro Series coming to Gateway in 2018
St Louis, MO (December 5, 2017) – Today Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL added to the excitement of the 2018 racing season at the 1.25 mile superspeedway. On Friday August 24, 2018 the NASCAR K & N Pro Series will invade the oval in Madison. The inaugural Midwest Melee will be one of the only two East vs West events on the 2018 K & N national tour.
This K & N event will join the Verizon IndyCar Series Bommarito Automotive Group 500 weekend. The press release from Gateway today said that there will be FREE spectator admission to the practice session for the K & N Pro Series on Thursday night the 23rd. The race on Friday night will be a 150 lap race with a halftime break.
Chris Blair, Executive VP & General Manager of GMP said “GMP is excited to host another nationally-televised NASCAR event at our venue and add even more excitement to our St. Louis Speed Fest weekend.” The announcement of the K & N Pro Series event comes on the heels of recent announcements of ARCA return to Gateway Motorsports Park in June of 2018 & the Monday announcement of the Formula DRIFT series coming on the weekend of August 10-11, 2018. St Louis will be buzzing this coming summer with all the big racing series coming through the city.
The NASCAR K & N Pro Series has been a stepping stone for many future stars on the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series. This years 2017 MECS champ Martin Truex is a former driver of the K & N Pro Series.
Look for another “hinted” announcement by Chris Blair on Wednesday about Gateway Motorsports Park.
Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine
Carl Edwards receives Excellence In Sportsmanship Award
St Louis, MO (November 18,2017) – Our Kevin Howdeshell attended the 2017 Musial Awards in St Louis. Former Nascar driver Carl Edwards was presented the Excellence In Sportsmanship Award. We caught up with Carl before the award ceremony for an exclusive interview. Carl talked about what true sportsmanship meant to him, what he has been doing while away from Nascar and hinted about a return to racing in the future.
Listen to what Carl told STL in the interview below.
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