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February 21, 2018

Dale McDowell Tops World of Outlaws Thursday Action at Volusia
Team Looks Ahead to Tennessee Tip-Off Classic

Mooresburg, Tennessee (02/21/18) – It may have been a rocky start to the season at Speedweeks for Dale McDowell in the Shane McDowell Racing #17m Will Kinzer Foundation/ Sweet-Bloomquist Chassis Super Late Model, but the Georgia racer quickly found traction.

After battling bad luck early in his Speedweeks 2018 venture, McDowell kicked things into high gear with a $10,000 victory with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Late Model Series on Thursday night.
“It seemed like things couldn’t have started any worse than they did the first few races,” Dale McDowell noted. “We just struggled with some new car bugs, and then I made some qualifying mistakes. We didn’t get down though, and we kept digging. When you look around this pit area and see how much talent is here, it just makes a win like this that much more special. Add in the fact that we haven’t won here in almost 20 years and I couldn’t be more proud of what we accomplished here tonight.”

After a less-than-stellar start to their season one night earlier at Bubba Raceway Park, Monday night brought Dale McDowell and the Shane McDowell Racing team to Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida) as they kicked off the UMP DIRTcar Nationals. In a field of 40 Super Late Models, Dale followed up the third-fastest time in his qualifying group with a third-place finish in his heat. Earning the 10th-starting position for the opening night feature, McDowell improved four spots, reeling in a sixth-place finish.
After Mother Nature wiped out Tuesday’s program, Dale McDowell was one of 51 cars in action on Wednesday for the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Late Model Series season opener. Not able to make up any ground in his heat race, McDowell logged a seventh-place finish, which transferred him into the B-Main. Sending the Top-2 finishers into the opening night feature, Dale would see his night come to an early end with a seventh-place finish.

On Thursday night – after laying down the ninth-fastest time in his qualifying group –  McDowell secured his spot into the feature with the fourth-and-final transfer position in his heat race. Rolling off 15th on the grid for the 50 lapper, Dale McDowell methodically navigated his way to the front of the field overtaking race-leader Brandon Sheppard on lap-43. He would hold onto the top spot for the next seven circuits to capture his first win of the season and a $10,000 payday. Sheppard, Jonathan Davenport, Shane Clanton, and Scott Bloomquist completed the Top-5 finishers. The victory marked his first at the ½-mile oval since 1999.
The following night, Dale locked his spot into the A-Main with the fourth-and-final transfer spot in his heat race. Earning the 13th-starting position for the finale, McDowell advanced through the field 10 spots to finish third behind Scott Bloomquist and Chris Madden with Mason Zeigler and Brandon Sheppard rounding out the Top 5.

Wrapping up the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals on Saturday, McDowell recorded a third-place finish in his heat race, positioning him 11th on the starting grid for the $10,000-to-win finale. Breaking into the Top-10, Dale McDowell gained three spots in the 50-lap affair, recording an eighth-place finish.

Full results from these events are available at and .

The team now turns its attention to the annual Tennessee Tip-Off Classic, which will be held at Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tennessee) on March 9-10. The weekend will be highlighted by a pair of $10,000-to-win, WoO Late Model Series events.

For more information on the events, please visit .

Shane McDowell Racing would like to thank all of their sponsors and marketing partners including Textron Off Road, Kinzer Drilling, Quality Natural Gas, New Era Industrial, Boyd’s Speedway, Cometic Gaskets, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Will Kinzer Foundation, Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars, ECR Engines-Chevrolet, Clements Race Engines-Chevrolet, FK Rod Ends, Go Lithium, Penske Shocks, Schoenfeld Headers, Keyser Manufacturing, TWM, All Star Performance, Performance Bodies, Five-Star Bodies, 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 Marketing Services.

For the latest information on Shane McDowell Racing please visit .

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February 21, 2018

Bernheisel Racing and Dieffenbach’s® Kettle Chips Expand Sponsorship and Add a New Car Number for 2018

Jonestown, Pennsylvania (02/21/18) – Jim Bernheisel – who is the patriarch of Bernheisel Racing – will be tackling the 2018 campaign with not only a new brand sponsorship but also a new car number.

“We are very thankful to be welcoming Uglies® Kettle Cooked Chips on board for the 2018 season,” Jim Bernheisel notes. “Everyone knows that it’s not easy to get sponsors, so anytime you can take an existing sponsor relationship and expand it, it’s a big deal.”

The Uglies® brand is part of the Dieffenbach’s Family of snack brands.

“This brand was created with a mission to ‘Reduce Waste’ and ‘Fight Hunger,’” according to Nevin Dieffenbach, CEO of Dieffenbach’s Kettle Chips.

For more information on Bernheisel’s new sponsor, please visit .

Not only will Bernheisel be sporting a new brand on the side of his familiar Lazer Chassis, but he will also be donning a throwback car number.

“When I first started racing I wanted my number to 71, but there was already a 71 at my local track. I thought about adding a number on the end, but back then you weren’t allowed any letters in your number, so I just added a 1 in front of it to make it 171,” Bernheisel reminisces.

“A few years after that I had an engine owner that wanted my cars to run the 119 on the side. I won the first few races with the 119 on the side, so even after I split ways with that gentleman I decided to keep the number on my cars. I guess you could say the rest is history. For this year, I thought it would be fun to bring the 171 back, so that’s what we are going to do.”

In 2018 Jim will split time between his Uglies Kettle Cooked Chips #171 Lazer Chassis Late Model and his #119 Lazer Chassis Modified.

“I’ve been racing for a long time, so it’s fun to see things come full circle. We’re looking to have a lot of fun this season and win some races along the way,” Bernheisel concludes.

As area tracks and series release their 2018 slates, the team’s official plans will be released at .

Any companies, who are interested in becoming involved with Bernheisel Racing, are encouraged to contact Brandon Bernheisel at .

Bernheisel Racing would like to thank their marketing partners, which include Bernheisel Race Components, Dieffenbach’s Kettle Chips, One Potato Two Potato Kettle Potato Chips, Uglies Kettle Cooked Chips, Lazer Chassis, Russ Gibble Roofing & Siding, Focus Shock Technologies,  Total Machine LLC, Precision Powder Coating, Wrisco Aluminum, Wehrs Machine, PRC, Joes Racing Products, Goodridge, Sweet Manufacturing, Jones Racing Products, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, R.J.S. Racing Equipment, Bulldog Rearends, Outerwears, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Performance Bodies, MCT, Velocita, R2C Air Filters, Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic, XS Power, JRI Shocks, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Weld Racing, Keyser Manufacturing, A&A Manufacturing, Beyea Custom Headers, and Marketing Services.

For the latest information on Bernheisel Racing please visit .

Contact: Shawn Miller

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Hagar Works Hard Throughout Ronald Laney Memorial King of the 360s

Inside Line Promotions - GIBSONTON, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2018) - Derek Hagar battled through a roller coaster type of outing during the Ronald Laney Memorial King of the 360s last weekend at East Bay Raceway Park.

"We had some issues leading into the weekend with the fuel tank so we had to put a new fuel tank on," he said. "We made practice on Wednesday and raced good on Thursday, but we were trying to figure out some handling issues all weekend. It was a totally different track. Anything you do there you can't do anywhere else. There are things you have to do to the car to work it out."

The three-day event began on Thursday with Hagar maneuvering the Witherspoon Racing entry from eighth to sixth place in a heat race. That earned enough points to lock directly into the 15th starting position for the 25-lap main event.

"We did a good job of locking into the A Main through the heat race after starting at the back of the field," he said. "We gained a few positions and I think we were ranked 10th in overall points after the first night."

Hagar, who ended 12th, returned to the oval on Friday. Unfortunately, the team fought mechanical problems all night. Hagar placed eighth in a heat race before a DNF in a B Main closed the night early.

"We were having an issue with the car cutting out at the end of the straightaways," he said. "We figured out the fuel filter we put on wasn't allowing fuel to keep flowing to keep the motor running on the high end. That hurt us in points."

The event wrapped up on Saturday, when Hagar powered from fourth to second place in a heat race to score a lock-in position into the 40-lap A Main.

"We transferred straight to the main through the heat race so that was good," he said. "We were good early in the main event. We tried some stuff we wouldn't normally try and it worked, but we sealed the tires up on the second caution. It felt like someone was pouring water under the tires when I would take off."

Hagar recorded a 16th-place finish.

"I would say it was a good weekend," he said. "From the time we got there until we left on Saturday we worked and worked on that car and we got it better."

Hagar is slated to return to action in his own sprint car on March 3 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Miss., with the USCS Series.


Feb. 15 - East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla. - Heat race: 6 (8); Feature: 12 (15).

Feb. 16 - East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla. - Heat race: 8 (3); B Main: DNF (9).

Feb. 17 - East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla. - Heat race: 2 (4); Feature: 16 (12).


4 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s, 2 top 15s, 4 top 20s


March 3 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Miss., with the USCS Series





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Hagar would also like to thank Dynotech Performance, DHR Suspension, J&J Auto Racing, Xtreme Race Graphics, Fragola Performance Systems, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Weld Wheels, Hinchman Racewear, Wix Filters, Wings Unlimited, FK Rod Ends, Valvoline and Ti64 for their continued support.