Smoke continues early season success with pair of top-fives at East Bay


Dates: Thursday and Friday, February 14th & 15th
Event: 43rd Annual Winternationals
Series: Ronald Laney Memorial/King of the 360s Open Event
Track: East Bay Raceway Park (Tampa, Fla.)
Tony Stewart A-Main Finishes (Start):
Thursday: 4th (14th)
Friday: 2nd (7th)

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (February 18, 2019) - Adding to an early season resume that now includes eight top-ten finishes in ten starts, one of which a victory against the highly-competitive All Star Circuit of Champions, ‘Smoke’ Tony Stewart found success yet again in the Sunshine State, this time capturing back-to-back top-five finishes during 360c.i. sprint car competition at East Bay Raceway Park near Tampa.

Smoke, driver of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing/Rush Truck Centers/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/Absolute Automation & Security/No. 14 sprint car, joined some of the nation’s finest 360 sprint car competitors during his trip to Tampa, ultimately working to attain his first 360 sprint car victory of the 2019 season. Although the three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion fell just shy of his ultimate goal, Smoke displayed consistency and perseverance, gaining a grand total of 15 positions in two races and capping the weekend with a fourth place finish on Thursday, February 14, and a runner-up performance on Friday, February 15.

“We have been working our tails off and it’s definitely paying off,” Tony Stewart said, who owns seven top-five finishes in ten starts. “Jimmy and Marty continue to give me great race cars and it shows. We need to work on starting a little closer to the front. Passing cars is fun, but winning is more fun. I think if we had the opportunity to start a little closer to the front, we would have a few more victories this year.”

Impressive enough, Smoke’s pair of top-five finishes were the result of massive charges through the fields.

On Thursday, Smoke started from the outside of row seven before advancing for a top-five. On Friday, the effort was just the same as Smoke battled forward from seventh to earn his podium run. Adding even more luster to his impressive weekend results, the Columbus, Ind., native won each of his respective heat races.

Unfortunately, Stewart was unable to enter the third and final night of Ronald Laney Memorial competition on Saturday, February 16, due to prior obligations.
Tony Stewart’s upcoming sprint car plans are uncertain. Fans are encouraged to stay alert via social media for further updates.

Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Tony Stewart, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing and the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/Absolute Automation & Security/J&J Auto Racing motorsports team on the Web and on social media. More information can be found at, as well as at

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2019 Tony Stewart/Tony Stewart Racing Statistics: (thru February 18, 2019)
Total Races: 10
Total Wins: 1
Total Top-5s: 7
Total Top-10s: 8


Tyler Altmeyer
Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises
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February 18, 2019

Jesse Lowe Opens 2019 Campaign with 411 Triumph
Bama Brawl at Fort Payne Motor Speedway Next

Crossville, Tennessee (02/18/19) – Jesse Lowe kicked off his 2019 season in triumphant style on Saturday afternoon. The driver of the Xtreme Pressure Washing #5j Gondolas Pizza and Steakhouse/ CVR Race Car Late Model wired the field in the annual Sweetheart event at 411 Motor Speedway to pick up the $1,5000 victory.

“What a way to start our season,” Lowe exclaimed in Victory Lane. “This is for everyone who helps me, supports me, and sponsors me. I want to thank to thank Mitch McCarter and the whole 411 Motor Speedway staff for all the hard work, and the way that they conducted post-race tech. Last but definitely not least, I want to thank our Lord. I’ve been struggling with wanting to race, and he’s pushed me through and put people in my life that are giving me the opportunity to keep doing what I love!”

The annual Sweetheart event drew a field of 24 competitors to Mitch McCarter’s 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tennessee) on a cool Saturday afternoon. Jesse started the day by setting the benchmark in qualifying over the 24-car field with a 14.213-second lap around the 3/8-mile, clay oval.

Via his qualifying effort, Lowe earned the pole position for the $1,500-to-win feature. Jesse grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag. Throughout the caution-plagued event he fought back multiple advances from Cory Hedgecock to claim the season-opening victory. Mack McCarter, Ross White and Clay Coglan completed the Top-5 finishers.

For full results from the event, please visit .

Jesse will continue his 2019 campaign this weekend with a trip to Fort Payne Motor Speedway (Fyffe, Alabama). On Saturday and Sunday the United Championship Racing Alliance (UCRA) opens their 2019 season at Fort Payne Motor Speedway (Fyffe, Alabama) with the inaugural Bama Brawl. The event is headlined by a $2,500-to-win finale for the Crate Late Model class.

For more information on the event, please visit .

Jesse Lowe would like to thank all of his marketing partners, which include Xtreme Pressure Washing, Gondolas Pizza and Steakhouse, Hidden View Lake, Bennett Heating and Cooling, Workout Anytime (Crossville and Cookeville, Tennessee), Baisley’s Body Shop, Phantom Racing Engines,  CVR Racecars, Martel Sign Company, The Clean Machine, Hyperco, Autozone, 865 Hydro Graphics, Haircuts by Mel, Hoosier Tire South, Penske Shocks by Vinny, Velocita, Butlerbuilt and Marketing Services.

Jesse would also like to say a very special thanks to Gary, Jacob, Taylor, Jerry, Jeff, and last but not least his Dad for their great help on keeping the racecar in race-winning condition.

For the latest information on Jesse Lowe, please visit as well the team’s social media channels at and .


McIntosh and BMS Couldn’t Get it Going at Volusia

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 18) Donald McIntosh and the Blount Motorsports Team just couldn’t find the right combination during their three race DIRTcar Nationals stint as Volusia Speedway Park this past week.

Today’s Dirt Late Model competition has become so competitive and there are so many good teams out there that having a good qualifying run is paramount. In the three races at Volusia McIntosh qualified fifth in the first group on Monday, 15th in the first group on Wednesday and 17th in the second group on Thursday.

“Qualifying is so important at any of these races, but the bigger the race the more important it becomes,” said David Bryant. “No matter what the reason if you don’t qualify well especially here at Volusia it is going to be a long night. And we had three long nights.

It was not how we wanted to start the season, but we knew going down to Volusia that it would be tough and this could happen.”

The next race for Blount Motorsports will be the Ultimate event at North Georgia Speedway on March 2 followed by the WoO Tennessee Tipoff Classic on March 9.

Blount Motorsports enjoys sponsorship from Stowers (CAT) Machinery Corp., Blount Excavating, Massey Electric, Turner Hydraulics, Ole Ben Franklin Motors, Food City, and The Wine and Spirits Cellar.

BMS races Rocket XR1 Chassis. Power is provided by Vic Hill Racing Engines with Dyer’s Top Rods, Driven Racing Oil, Waterman Fuel Pumps, VP Race Fuels and starting power from Go Lithium batteries. Gauges and wiring harnesses from QuickCar. Drive train components are from Quarter Master with Carbon Fiber drive shafts from Fastshafts. The shocks are Penske Racing Shocks with chassis and suspension components from TWM and springs from Hyperco. Noses and body parts are from Five Star Stock Car Bodies and tires are Hoosier Performance Tires from Hoosier Tires South.

For more information on Blount Motorsports or how you can become part of “The Team” go to