December 7, 2016

Timothy Culp Takes Over Reigns of GRT House Car Program in 2017!

(GREENBRIER, ARKANSAS)  GRT Race Cars, Inc. owner and founder Joe Garrison is excited to announce today that Prattsville, Arkansas pilot Timothy Culp will jump behind the wheel of the GRT House Car, which has been occupied dually by Jeremy Payne and Jason Fitzgerald in recent years.  Timothy, who fielded a GRT machine late in 2016 and promptly transferred it into several high-profile features including the 'World 100' and 'Cotton Pickin 100,' will most likely enter a diversified schedule in 2017 being made up mostly of regional specials and crown jewel events.  The 26-year-old young gun is excited for the opportunity to join forces with GRT Race Cars and be a part of the long lineage of great drivers who have steered the House Car.

"I am super excited and honored to be chosen to drive the GRT House Car in 2017," Culp exclaimed this afternoon.  "I have some big shoes to fill with all of the great names who have driven Joe's (Garrison) House Car stuff in the past.  We are only about an hour and fifteen minutes apart, so distance will not be a problem and should help us be successful next year.  Joe was really easy to work with when we drove his cars at the end of last year and he really helped our program a ton.  Hopefully, the pieces will all fall together and we can put in a lot of hard work to win races next season!"

By virtue of not fielding cars for a pair of drivers in two different states like in years past, Joe Garrison also believes that the closeness in proximity to the #c8 team will pay dividends throughout the 2017 campaign.

"We feel that having one centrally located House Car will allow us to concentrate harder on our Late Model program, which should in turn help all of our Late Model customers," commented Garrison.  "I can't thank Jeremy (Payne) and Jason (Fitzgerald) enough for all of their hard work and dedication to Team GRT in recent years, but being able to work closely with Timothy and his race team - since they are centrally located to our home base - will be very beneficial.  This will allow for us to more effectively spend time racing together and testing new things with the #c8 team, while still being close to the business for day-to-day operations.  I'm really excited to be working with Timothy and we think he will be a natural fit for our House Car program.  He has that drive to want to win and help get our Late Model program going strong once again!"

Located in Greenbrier, Arkansas, GRT Race Cars, Inc. builds top quality Dirt Late Model chassis and Open Wheel Modified chassis for racers across the country.  GRT also stocks a large amount of racing related products and parts.  You can learn more about GRT Race Cars and find a dealer near you by visiting the official website located at  More information on Timothy Culp and the C-eight Motorsports team can be viewed online at

Media Contact:  Ryan Delph - Delph Communications


December 7, 2016

Jeremy Payne Disbands Racing Operation for Now to Focus on Family

(NIXA, MISSOURI)  Jeremy Payne Racing announced today that they plan to suspend their racing operation, as Jeremy Payne turns attention to his family.  While Dirt Late Model and Open Wheel Modified driver Jeremy Payne does not know if the decision will be permanent, he states that the timing was right to capitalize on the sale of equipment.  Payne's decision comes on the heels of his record-setting fifth career 'Duel in the Desert' victory, which came November 12th when he drove Johnny Saathoff's #96jp Modified to a $7,777.77 payday at the pristine Dirt Track at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway!

"It was a tough decision to make for sure, but something I need to do at this time," commented Payne today via telephone.  "My heart is still in racing and it always will be, but I want to be at home more with my family now that I have a young son (Greyson) and explore some other opportunities.  I intend to keep my options open and I'd like to think I'll be back behind the wheel one day.  I've been able to live out my dream for more than half my life.  That's not something many people get to do, but my priorities have shifted as I've gotten older."

Payne, who began racing at 8 years old, knows it is only with the support of sponsors that his career has been possible.  "I have to thank so many people for their support of my racing.  First and foremost, BB (Bryan Burch,) who is just as much part of this team as I am.  Additionally, Chad Wheeler and Wheeler Metals, Joe Garrison at GRT Race Cars, Randy Davidson Trucking, Allgayer, Inc., Keyser Manufacturing, Lucas Oil Products, as well as Jeff Taylor and Johnny "Jet" Saathoff and the countless others who have all been instrumental in my racing career.  I also have to thank my entire family and crew for their help and sacrifice, as well as all of my loyal fans."

Equipment is currently available for purchase.  A complete list of equipment will be posted online soon at

Media Contact:  Ryan Delph - Delph Communications

Clauson-Marshall Racing Announces Quarter Midget Racing Development Program

Lonnie Wheatley, NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (December 8, 2016) – While the Clauson-Marshall Racing team will showcase some of the sport’s elite on the biggest of stages, it is also a goal of the team to groom young racers in the grassroots stages of the sport.

With that comes the announcement of the Clauson-Marshall Quarter Midget Racing Development program in partnership with Garrett Andrews and his CSI Factory team.

Quarter Midget racing has always been special to the Clauson family, as it is the venue where young racers begin to cultivate their love for racing.  Bryan’s love for the sport and the kids and families participating in it was apparent by his frequent visits to events all over the country when his schedule allowed.

“Bryan and I had discussed trying to figure out a way to incorporate a Quarter Midget program in our development program in the past, with Bryan even sponsoring a car for a family over the last two years, but we never found the right fit to bring it in as part of our program,” Tim Clauson explains.

Enter Garrett Andrews, who has been a part of the Clauson team for several years with CSI Shocks.

“When he started his Quarter Midget team, Bryan and Garrett started to talk about how he could be involved from a mentor perspective to share his love of the sport with not only Garrett’s drivers, but the community as a whole,” Tim Clauson says.

That fit right in with the Clauson-Marshall Racing mission.

“When we started CMR, our long term plan was to have a presence in the Quarter Midget community and getting to partner with Garrett and CSI accelerated that time frame,” Clauson explains.

“We are looking at this as an opportunity to share our experience with drivers and families who are looking for guidance as they race their way up the motorsports ladder and also as a way to identify drivers for our soon to be announced 600 and National Midget programs,” Clauson says.  “Creating an environment within our teams where a driver can learn, love and respect the sport all the while spending time with their family is what we are trying to build and having Garrett and his team as the foundation for that is a perfect fit.”

Richard Marshall shares in the enthusiasm for the Racing Development program.

“Tim and I formed Clauson-Marshall Racing with Bryan’s goals in the forefront,” Marshall comments.  “Since then, the Clauson-Marshall Development Program concept has grown via Tim’s relentless hard work.”

Marshall goes on to say that, “His ability to see talent in the seat is like none other I have seen.  Can we find and develop another Bryan Clauson, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Jeff Gordon or Tony Stewart?  That is the challenge that Tim and I embrace and want to tackle with our shared passion for this sport.”

Marshall wraps up, saying that, “Time will tell, but this is how we keep our passion and this sport alive and well, developing for the next generation.”

Garrett Andrews sees a strong future for the Clauson-Marshall Racing Development program as well.

“We’re extremely excited to partner with CMR, we know the resources and knowledge they bring will help us prepare our junior drivers for the next level,” Andrews says.

“The Clausons have been close family friends for a long time and have always had a behind-the-scenes role with our Quarter Midget program,” Andrews explains.  “This new opportunity is going to allow our young drivers first-hand access to a professional race team that they can someday be a part of.”

Andrews is familiar with the challenges of Quarter Midget racing and moving on to the next levels.

“Moving on after Quarter Midgets is an intimidating step,” Andrews explains.  “It is our goal to help bridge the gap and make sure drivers and family are ready for what lies ahead.”

Additional information regarding the Clauson-Marshall Racing team and Racing Development programs will be available in the coming weeks.