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Saldana to Park It in 2017
CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 28, 2016 - Joey Saldana is not only carrying on his family legacy into the 2017 racing season, but also living out the legacy left by the late Bryan Clauson. Saldana teamed up with Matt Wood and NASCAR star Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to pilot the Elk Grove Ford/ Roth Investments No. 17 racecar in the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series tour next season - an aspiration of Clauson's since he first hopped into a 410 Sprint Car.
Saldana finished the 2016 season with Dennis Roth and Roth Motorsports amassing five wins, 31 top-five and 62 top-ten performances with 10 quick times in 81 points races. Saldana is nearing the 100-win milestone heading into his 18th consecutive season with the series; he stands at 99 wins, a mark that has taken the 1996 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year 19 seasons to build.
"If you're going to compete and be a racecar driver, if you don't do it 100 percent then why do it?" Saldana said. "I'm past the point of just racing. I want to race the best, or I really don't want to do it. This is what you dream about when you're 15 [years-old], and what you still dream about when you're 43. It was unsettling because I don't want to just step back. If I can't race at this level - the ultimate level - then I'm not going to do it. If you're going to put the effort into it you might as well race the best."
While Roth is taking a more reserved role - still helping to fund the new team - Saldana's racing career took an emotional turn and came full-circle. Saldana will not only represent Wood and Stenhouse on the track, but also keep the spirit of Clauson alive in the racing community. Saldana will have the chance to "Park it" for Clauson, his team and those who have supported him throughout the difficult transition. Clauson intended to join the Outlaws full-time in 2017, and Saldana said he knows he will be there to enjoy the ride.
"You want to 'Park It,'" Saldana said. "[Clauson] made that phrase popular so when you did park it, it meant you did your job that night and won the race. We need to do that as many times as possible for him so we can be competitive. Just making that No. 17 car competitive every night would make Bryan proud because his whole goal was to run with the World of Outlaws."
Not only were Saldana and Clauson connected through the racing family tree, but their friendship is also rooted by their own families. Clauson was there for Saldana's sons, Reece and Ragan. To Saldana, the ride is "Bryan helping me take care of my kids." It was not just his family. Clauson also kept Saldana's wide-eyed love for racing strong. Clauson had a watchful eye on Saldana and vice-versa - for a different reason.
Through Saldana's career, his goal was to always be the proven-dirt driver in the INDY 500 field. It was uncanny that while Saldana envied Clauson's career, he was doing the same. It was Clauson's goal to run full-time with the Outlaws but before he made the plans, he watched Saldana. The two admired each other's paths in motorsports, no matter how different they were. It just so happened that they were both living each other's dreams.
"It's weird, Bryan was doing everything that I always wanted to do, and here he was wanting to do what I was doing," Saldana said. "He did what all racecar drivers aspired to do and that was run the INDY 500, but still be a dirt track guy. That doesn't happen anymore. You don't see that. But Bryan Clauson did that. He was ready for that next challenge [The Outlaws]. In a weird way, it's all come full circle."
In 2017, Saldana will complete the circle when he barrels down the front stretch in the No. 17 car. Saldana has not taken his road for granted. He simply wants to do right by everyone, and make the season one to remember. Both parties are in it to create a championship contending team, enough to even move the once Missouri-based team to Brownsburg, Ind., the "Brownsburg Bullet's" hometown. Tyler Swank will remain the crew chief."Hopefully, we're going to be a first-class team that will compete with the Tony Stewart Racing, Kasey Kahne Racing and Larson-Marks Racing," Saldana said. "Hopefully I can make Bryan proud, make the Wood/Stenhouse team proud and just be competitive. I want to make them proud that they made the right choice with the driver, and that I do the right things by them and everyone that's involved with this team. I hope we can be the thorn in other teams' sides."
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Morgan Bagley Takes Topless Turkey Nationals Loot at Lone Star
Longview, Texas (11/28/16) – Morgan Bagley powered his P&W Sales #14m Black Diamond by Club 29/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model to a popular victory on Saturday evening at Lone Star Speedway. The Texas racer wired the field in the Topless Turkey Nationals to pick up the $3,000 top prize in front of countless friends and family.
“It’s about time we put this hot rod in victory lane,” said Bagley. “We struggled so bad the first half of the year, but here at the end we’ve finally been able to pick things back up. I definitely didn’t want to go winless on the year.”
He concluded by saying, “It means a lot to win a race so close to the house with my car owner, Wayman McMillan, and all of my friends and family here. I want to thank everyone, who has stood behind this team this year. I truly believe 2017 is going to be a really good year for us.”
Piloting the P&W Sales #14M Super Late Model, Morgan Bagley headed to Lone Star Speedway (Kilgore, Texas) on Saturday night for the P&W Sales Southern United Professional Racing (SUPR), sanctioned Topless Turkey Nationals.
Team 14 is tentatively slated to enter a final event as they are pre-entered for the VP Racing Fuels Gateway Dirt Nationals at the Dome at America’s Center (St. Louis, Missouri) on December 15-17. For more information on the event, please visit www.GatewayDirt.com .
Morgan Bagley would like to thank all of his sponsors, which include P&W Sales (Oil Field Manufacturers Rep.), MSI (Pumps, Valves, & Manifolds), P&W Iron Works, GottaRace.com, Bert Transmission, Frankland Rear-End, Arizona Sports Shirts, Racing Optics, Sunoco Race Fuels, Barnes Systems, MSD, STP, Wiles Racing, Integra Shock, FK Rod Ends, JE Pistons, J&J Motorsports, Hypercoils, Outerwears Performance Products, Wilwood, K&N Filters, Joe’s Racing Products, Armor All, COMP Cams, XS Power, Hoosier Tire Southwest, Wrisco Aluminum, TWM Racing Products, Day Motorsports, Quickcar Racing Products, Performance Race Engineering, Keyser Manufacturing, Midwest Sheet Metal, Performance Race Engineering, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.
For more information on Morgan Bagley and McMillan Motorsports, please visit the official team website at www.MorganBagley.com .
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Devin Dixon Pockets $3,000 in Turkey Trot at North Florida
Ocala, Florida (11/28/16) – For the eighth time in 2016 Devin Dixon parked the Big Frog Motorsports #58 Dave’s Towing/Rocket XR-1 Late Model in victory lane. The $3,000 triumph came on Saturday night at North Florida Speedway.
Entering the Thanksgiving weekend special, Devin Dixon and the Big Frog Motorsports Team traveled to North Florida Speedway (Lake City, Florida) on Saturday night for the unsanctioned Turkey Trot. In a field of 14 Super Late Models, Dixon reeled in his eighth win of the season in the main event.
Battling for a $3,000 payday, Devin outdueled Adam Bedenbaugh to pick up the victory. Bedenbaugh, Bo Allen, Nevin Gainey, and Richard Ferry completed the Top 5 finishers in the 30-lap affair.
“We actually got a real good bite running low,” Dixon said. “I can’t say enough about this Big Frog Motorsports team. This is our eighth win and we’ve been hard on motors. But they never give up. This was a crate motor and we put it in to see what would happen and everything worked out nicely.”
The team will likely remain idle this weekend before returning to action on Saturday, December 10 at East Bay Raceway Park (Gibsonton, Florida) in the Donnie Tanner Memorial. For more information on the event, please visit www.EastBayRacewayPark.com .
Big Frog Motorsports would like to thank their principal and associate sponsors including Dave's Towing, Big Frog Shocks, Big Frog Signs and Graphics, FK Rod Ends, Schaeffers Oil, Racecar Engineering, Wilwood Brakes, Keyser Manufacturing, Rocket Chassis, Sunoco Race Fuels, Koury Racing Engines, Integra Shocks, Hoosier Race Tire by Brian, Daytona Sensors LLC, Schoenfeld Headers, COMP Cams, AR Bodies, Vahlco Wheels, Leaf Firesuits, JE Pistons, Red Line Oil, NGK Spark Plugs, Fast Shafts, Callies Race Products, Superior Bearings, Ferrea Valves, Butlerbuilt Seats, C&R Racing, Leaf Racewear, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.
For the latest team news and updates on Big Frog Motorsports please visit www.BigFrogMotorsports.com .
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Dale McDowell Devours “The Leftover” at 411 Motor Speedway
Welcome, North Carolina (11/28/16) – Dale McDowell put a wrap on a successful 2016 season by piloting his Sweet-Bloomquist #17m Team Dillon Racing/ Bad Boy Off Road Super Late Model to the $5,000 win in the inaugural Leftover at 411 Motor Speedway.
Team Dillon racing and Dale McDowell traveled to 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tennessee) on Saturday night, where Dale was one of 29 Super Late Models signed in for the inaugural Leftover.
Laying down the 2nd fastest time overall behind Jimmy Owens, McDowell received the pole position for the main event after the redraw. Jumping into the lead on the drop of the green flag, Dale McDowell battled through persistent lapped traffic as he strove to keep Owens behind him. McDowell would be successful in his mission as he led all 50 laps en route to claiming the victory and the $5,000 payday. Jimmy Owens, Donald McIntosh, Jackie Boggs, and Jason Hiett completed the Top 5 finishers.
The win was his seventh of 2016.
"I knew Jimmy (Owens) was right there on me and I just really was hoping I wasn't going to have to wreck one of those (lapped cars)," McDowell said. "It was a little tough coming through there, but it was the same for everybody so we were fortunate tonight."
Dale and Team Dillon Racing are likely finished racing for the 2016 campaign as they are already looking ahead to 2017. For the latest team news and plans, please point your browser to www.TeamDillonRacing.com .
Team Dillon Racing would like to thank all of their sponsors and marketing partners including Boydbilt Fabrication, Bad Boy Off Road, University of Northwestern Ohio, Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars, Warrior Race Cars, ECR Engines-Chevrolet, Clements Race Engines-Chevrolet, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Cometic Gaskets, FK Rod Ends, Integra Shocks, Schoenfeld Headers, Keyser Manufacturing, TWM, All Star Performance, FSR Racing Products, Hoosier Tire, Wiles Driveshafts, Weld Racing Wheels, Butlerbuilt Seats, GW Performance, Mark IV ATV's, Racing Optics, Winters Rearends, QuarterMaster, Sweet Manufacturing, Peterson Fluid Systems, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.
For the latest information on Team Dillon Racing please visit www.TeamDillonRacing.com .
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Chris Brown Bests PTGP Street Stock Field at the Mag
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Jeff Taylor Turns Turkey Junky at Cocopah
Cave City, Arkansas (11/28/16) – Over the course of the Thanksgiving weekend Jeff Taylor squeezed two final events into his 2016 campaign in his Industrial Electric #5 Taylor Chassis/ Mullins Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified. He made the most of the opportunity by sweeping the 7th annual Turkey Classic at Cocopah Speedway.
Returning to the Copper State, Jeff Taylor visited Cocopah Speedway (Somertown, Arizona) on Friday night for the opening round of the two-day 7th annual Turkey Classic. With 45 IMCA Modifieds registered, Taylor secured his spot into the opening night feature with a runner-up finish behind Mike Strobl in his heat race. Starting on the pole for the finale, Jeff cruised to his 10th victory of the season, topping Cody Laney, Lance Mari, Tim Ward, and Jason Noll.
“Well that was a really fun weekend,” Taylor said with a smile. “It’s always tough to be gone from home on a holiday weekend, but luckily we were able to make the most of the opportunity. These wins are for my family back in Arkansas.”
For more information on Jeff Taylor Racing, please visit the official team website at www.JeffTaylor5.com .