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Kingston, Georgia (01/16/18) – On the heels of a breakout season in 2017, Georgia’s Tyler Millwood is looking to take on a new challenge in 2018.
The pilot of the Millwood Plumbing #31 Barry Wright Icon by Madden/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model has tossed his name into the hat to compete for the 2018 Rookie of the Year title with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Late Model Series.
“We enjoyed a phenomenal 2017 season and we really learned a lot,” Millwood commented. “We enjoyed success on a regional level, so now I’m ready to take on an even bigger challenge and step out on the national scene. It’s no big secret that it’s going to be a daunting challenge, but with the support we have behind us, I’m confident that we can do it.”
In 2017 Millwood chased a regional tour for the first time. He set out with the goal of claiming the Rookie of the Year honors with the Ultimate Super Late Model Series. Not only was he able to accomplish that goal, but when the final checkered flag had dropped on the season, he was also crowned the series champion.
“I honestly didn’t expect to contend for the Ultimate championship right off the bat, but with the hard work of my crew chief Derek (Gahring) and my whole team we were able to make it happen,” Millwood stated. “We’re going to take this Outlaw deal step-by-step and just see how it all shakes out. It’s a long season, and we know that it’s important to get started on the right foot.”
Tyler will lift the lid on his 2018 season and his pursuit of the WoO Rookie crown with a trip to Screven Motor Speedway (Sylvania, Georgia) on February 9-10, where he’ll compete in the annual Winter Freeze. A $6,000-to-win event will be on tap on Friday, while Saturday’s program posts a $10,000 winner’s check.
For more information on the events, please visit www.WoOLMS.com .
“Again, I’m very excited to get the season underway, and I just want to thank everyone who is making this opportunity possible,” Millwood said. “I feel like this is the next step in my racing career.”
Tyler is currently looking to add more marketing partners to his racing program. For more information on becoming a part of our winning team, please contact the Millwood Motorsports team manager, Derek Gahring at DerekGahring@gmail.com or 770-301-8021.
Tyler Millwood would like to thank all of his sponsors including Millwood Plumbing, Machine Construction, Hitson Construction, Realty Queen and Team, Chris Madden Racing, Super K Express, Clements Racing Engines, Penske Shocks, Allstar Graphix, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.
For the latest news, updates, and other information regarding Tyler Millwood, please visit www.TylerMillwood.com .
Contact: Shawn Miller
Swindell Posts Top Five During Chili Bowl Preliminary Night
Inside Line Promotions - TULSA, Okla. (Jan. 16, 2018) - Sammy Swindell was on pace for his best Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in several years before a mechanical problem ended the event early during the main event on Saturday inside the River Spirit Expo Center.
"I think it's the best car I've had there in the last three years," he said.
Swindell kicked off the week on Tuesday by drawing the third-highest number - 17 - during the Vacuworx International Race of Champions draw. He then finished 18th in the 20-lap race after using it as a test session, which was beneficial for the remainder of the event.
"We wanted to see how the motor would do and that we didn't have any issues," he said. "I made a deal with myself if I didn't get in the top 10 by halfway I wouldn't push it after that. We got right there close, but there were some guys acting up. I felt it wasn't worth it so I pulled to the bottom and changed some things with the shocks and tried some different lines. I wasn't trying to pass people. I was trying to figure things out for the car. I think it helped for the next night."
Preliminary action kicked off on Wednesday for Swindell, who powered from third to win a heat race before advancing from fifth to fourth place in a qualifier.
"We had an SR11 motor, which is heavier than the previous one I had," he said. "The car made really good power. The way it set in the car changed some things. We had to move the oil tank back. We had a little too much left side weight. It was a progression all week.
"The car was really good early in the heat race and it went well. The car was good in the qualifier, but I think I could have been a little tighter. I got held up with a guy who was blocking for third. I tried to go around the top, but he didn't leave me enough room and I got put into the fence a couple of times. That's part of it."
Swindell ranked seventh in overall points out of more than 80 drivers and that started him on the inside of the fourth row for the 25-lap main event.
"I got to fourth and those guys in front of me were running the top," he said. "I was being easy on the car and easy on the tires. Then a yellow came out and the crews were trying to move everyone down. After that we'd only run about three laps at a time and have a yellow. That hurt our chances, but at the Chili Bowl you take whatever it gives you."
Swindell finished fourth, which was one spot shy of locking into Saturday's A Main. However, it marked his best preliminary night result since a runner-up finish in 2014.
Once four nights of preliminary competition were concluded and the points tabulated Swindell lined up on the outside of the front row for a B Main on Saturday. He ran second for most of the race before taking the lead with a few laps remaining. The consolation race victory locked him into the 13 th starting position for the 55-lap A Main.
"Starting on the front of a B Main I felt like it'd be a fairly easy transfer," he said. "It was making sure you'd get through it. We rode a few laps and then figured out where Tracy (Hines) was going to be. He started slowing down and I was getting quicker so I was able to pass him for the win."
Swindell advanced a handful of positions in the first dozen laps before a mechanical problem ended his A Main early.
"Where the wire goes onto the switch at the terminal broke," he said. "That just turns the car off. The car was really good. I was pacing myself a bit to not be hard on the tires. I was able to pass people when I got to them. The way we try to set it up is for our car to be really fast the second half of the race, but I never got to the second half. That's just the way it is."
QUICK RESULTS -
Jan. 9 - Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. - Race of Champions: 18 (17).
Jan. 10 - Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. - Heat race: 1 (3); Qualifier: 4 (5); Feature: 4 (7).
Jan. 13 - Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. - B Main: 1 (2): Feature: 23 (13).
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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - John Christner Trucking
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"John Christner has been huge," Swindell said. "If it hadn't been for him coming along we wouldn't be able to do much of this at all. He's been a great supporter for us and he's been a great friend. It was nice of him to do all the things he's done for us and continues to do for us."
Swindell would also like to thank Acme Graphix & Design, CP Pistons, High Performance Lubricants, Simpson Race Products, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Rossie Feed & Grain, FK Rod Ends, Sweet Manufacturing, Schoenfeld Headers, MyRacePass and Inside Line Promotions for their continued support.
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Hanks Enjoys Chili Bowl Nationals and Midget Debut
Inside Line Promotions - TULSA, Okla. (Jan. 16, 2018) - Brandon Hanks is all smiles following his Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals debut last week.
Hanks drove for Chris Chappue during the 32nd edition of the marquee event inside the River Spirit Expo Center, where he kicked off the racing action on Wednesday by advancing from sixth to fifth place in a heat race.
"We moved forward and were in a great battle for third and fourth," he said. "I was on the outside, but kept getting pinched off. For several laps in a row I felt so close to being able to get up to third, but I never had the room and we lost a spot late to finish fifth."
Hanks narrowly missed advancing into a qualifier and therefore started third in a C Main. He picked up a position to finish second and transfer into the back of a B Main.
"That was my first night of racing a midget so all the laps we could get were helpful," he said. "I felt like we made progress from the heat to the C Main to the B Main. For me, it's about learning as much as I could and trying to put those lessons to use the next time on the track."
An 11th-place result in the consolation race thanks to being caught up in someone else's crash lined Hanks up seventh in an H Main on Saturday's finale.
"We ended up finishing sixth in the H Main because there wasn't much passing," he said. "That put us right about midpack out of 345 drivers who tackled the event so that's not bad for our first time racing there and first time in a midget."
Hanks is optimistic about his chances in the future based on his growth throughout his first time ever racing a midget.
"I'm excited about our progression race by race and I'm hopeful I can race the Chili Bowl next year," he said. "I think the more midget experience I get will help and will show in the results.
"I want to thank Chris for the tremendous opportunity. It was a dream come true to race the Chili Bowl and I'm grateful for the opportunity."
QUICK RESULTS -
Jan. 10 - Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. - Heat race: 5 (6); C Main: 2 (3); B Main: 11 (12).
Jan. 13 - Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. - H Main: 6 (7).
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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Penske Racing Shocks
Penske Racing Shocks was formed in 1988 when the need for a higher performing shock absorber was identified by the Penske Racing Indy Car team. The company has continued to expand ever since. For more information, visit http://www.PenskeShocks.com .
"I want to thank Dave Reedy and everyone at Penske Shocks for their hard work to give me the smoothest ride as possible," Hanks said.
Hanks would also like to thank D&B Farms, Performance Powder Coating, Acme Graphix, Hinchman Racewear, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, J-R1 and MyRacePass for their continued support.
Contact: Shawn Miller
Bruce Jr. Fights to Overcome High Pill Draw and Miscue During Chili Bowl Prelim Night
Inside Line Promotions - TULSA, Okla. (Jan. 16, 2018) - Tony Bruce Jr. put himself in a good position to overcome a high draw last Tuesday during the opening night of the 32nd annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.
Bruce Jr. led Team Eights from seventh to fifth place in a heat race - only a few feet from fourth place - before maneuvering from 10th to sixth in a qualifier. That started him on the inside of the second row for a B Main, which transferred the top four into the back of the main event inside the River Spirit Expo Center.
"We moved forward from deep starting positions in both the heat race and qualifier so we were in a good position going into the B Main," he said. "Unfortunately, it was short-lived."
As the green flag was waved and the drivers took off into turn one, the polesitter got on the brakes harder than Bruce Jr. anticipated. He slammed on his and it stalled the engine, stopping him on the track. It forced Bruce Jr. to restart last.
"It was extremely frustrating because you know it has just gone from a great chance of transferring to the A Main to a slim chance," he said. "We worked hard to move through the field, but it wasn't enough."
Bruce Jr. maneuvered from the back of the pack to an eighth-place finish, which narrowly missed a transfer into the A Main.
The event concluded on Saturday, when Bruce Jr. won an F Main after starting on the outside of the front row. He then charged from 13 th to seventh in an E Main, but ran out of laps to secure one of the four transfer positions.
"The track isn't super racy in those mains because they want to set it up for later in the night," he said. "That helps when you start up front, like we did in the F Main. I was still pleased with our progress in the E Main even though we didn't transfer. Passing was tough and we did a lot of it in that race."
QUICK RESULTS -
Jan. 9 - Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. - Heat race: 5 (7); Qualifier: 6 (10); B Main: 8 (3).
Jan. 13 - Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. - F Main: 1 (2); E Main: 7 (13).
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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Wheeler Metals
Established in 1968, Wheeler Metals is a sheet metal business that offers a variety of products for professional and amateur builders. Wheeler Metals has three locations in Muskogee, Okla., Rogers, Ark., and Springfield, Mo. For more information, visit http://www.WheelerMetals.com.
"When I moved to the Tulsa area a few years back we built a brand new shop," Bruce Jr. said. "We always strive as a race team to find the best products for the situation and that was no different selecting the company to build our building. Wheeler Metals was the perfect fit for our needs. From 10x10 pole barns to 100x100 full metal buildings, they have it all. I challenge anyone to find a building company that will work the customers' needs like they do."
Bruce Jr. would also like to thank Briley Trucking, Lubbock Wrecker Service, The Oil Medics, Hinchman Racewear, Eagle Motorsports, Smiley's Racing Products, SWE, Maxwell Industries, Moss Racing Engines, FK Rod Ends, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Factory Kahne Shocks, DriverWebsites.com, RacinBoys.com, Wilwood, Schoenfeld Headers, Hoosier Racing Tires, HRP, Kaeding Performance, Schaeffer Oil, Fuel Safe, Bell Helmets, Four Seasons Radiator, Southern Trailer Works, KSE, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Weld Wheels, ISC Racers Tape, Pressure Tek, Tiger Towing (Dave and Paula Debates), Sorrels Auto and Truck Parts (Mitchell Sorrels), Melvin Plumbing (Billy Melvin), Engler Machine & Tool, Inc., Maxim Chassis, Wulff Pumps, Miller Auto Supply and Jeff Smith Racing Engines for their continued support.
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Hagar Nets Career-Best Chili Bowl Nationals Result Despite Mechanical Problem
Inside Line Promotions - TULSA, Okla. (Jan. 16, 2018) - Derek Hagar produced his career-best Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals performance last week inside the River Spirit Expo Center.
The Hagar-Proctor Racing driver opened the 32nd edition of the famed event on Tuesday by advancing from fourth to third place in a heat race.
"We had some issues and broke a rocker arm, which hurt our weekend a bit," he said. "Then it got us again in the qualifier. When you only have four cylinders you need them all to work at the same time."
Hagar finished where he started - seventh - in a qualifier, which relegated him to a B Main. He battled for one of the four transfer positions for most of the race before ending eighth.
"We had a good run and got to fourth early," he said. "We were right there with the top three guys on the bottom and the top came in. It was like a freight train. I didn't get up to the top quick enough and we lost some ground."
Following the four preliminary nights Hagar lined up on the outside of the front row for an F Main on Saturday. He won the race before capping the event by advancing from 13th to 10th in an E Main, which marked his career-best finish at the Chili Bowl.
"We had a good car," he said. "There wasn't a whole lot of passing in the second main. I was running sixth or seventh behind some guys on the bottom. I was either going to not make it running there or try something so I went to the top and lost a few spots. If it worked it worked and if it didn't we still weren't going to transfer running where we were.
"It was a good week for us. We learned a lot the whole week, talking to different people and changing some stuff. I'm pretty excited about it because we were competitive with some good guys. We've made the car a whole lot better. I'm looking forward to our next midget race."
QUICK RESULTS -
Jan. 9 - Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. - Heat race: 3 (4); Qualifier: 7 (7); B Main: 8 (5).
Jan. 13 - Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. - F Main: 1 (2); E Main: 10 (13).
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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - B&D Towing
Since 2002, B&D Towing and Recovery, which is located in Marion, Ark., has been the exclusive source for professional towing, recovery and transport by major Memphis truck dealerships, parcel delivery companies, nationwide trucking firms and more. For more information, visit http://www.BnDTowing.com.
"B&D Towing supports racing," Hagar said. "They can help anyone in the Memphis area. For anyone who needs a hand, B&D is recommended to save the day."
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.