Darrell Wallace Jr.: Drive for Diversity Success Story

February 11, 2013 by  
Filed under News

The announcement on Saturday that Darrell Wallace Jr. is set to drive full-time for Kyle Busch Motorsports is seen by many as an indication that the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program is bearing fruit. Currently in its 11th season, the program is aimed at providing opportunities for ethnic minority groups and women to demonstrate their driving skills in NASCAR events. At 19-years of age, Wallace already has years of driving experience to his name and has expressed his hope that he will become a role model for other African-Americans, encouraging them to work toward their goals. As only the fourth African-American driver to compete full-time in a national series, Wallace joins Wendell Scott, Willy T. Ribbs and Bill Lester in the NASCAR history books.

Born in Mobile, Alabama on October 8, 1993, Darrell Wallace Jr. was raised in Concord, North Carolina. At the age of nine he started racing in the Legends and Bandolero series, winning 35 of the 48 Bandolero Series races in 2005. In 2010, driving for Revolution Racing, Wallace started to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and won his first race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway becoming the first African-American driver, as well as the youngest driver, to win at the track. He won the series’ Rookie of the Year award, becoming the first African-American to win a NASCAR series Rookie of the Year award. In 2011 he won three times and finished the season in second place, with Max Gresham in the lead.

Driving for Joe Gibbs Racing in the 2012 season, Wallace made his Nationwide Series debut driving the #20 Toyota at Iowa Speedway in late May, finishing 9th. The talented young driver finished in the top ten in his following two races and earned his first pole position in the Nationwide Series at Dover International Speedway in September 2012. With the season only just beginning, fans are no doubt eager to see how Wallace will perform in the Kyle Busch Motorsports #54 Toyota in the Camping World Truck Series.

Started by NASCAR in 2004, the Drive for Diversity program aims to attract minorities and women to the sport as drivers, crew members and owners.

Mansfield Motorsports Park is Open for Season

June 2, 2008 by  
Filed under Features

When most people think about the Mansfield Motorsports Park, they think of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ohio 250. This might be the biggest event at the park, but it definitely isn’t the only one. Racing fans in the area will be happy to know that there are plenty more great races that are scheduled to take place at Mansfield Motorsports Park this year.

Mansfield Motorsports Park’s summer racing season will see at least five more nights of top racing action. There are also a further two community events that have been slated for the 2008 racing season. The next exciting date on the park’s calendar is June 14. This is when the Greased Lightning 250 will stop by for its Northern Division. The race is the first of two USAR Hooter’s Pro Cup Series races that will be taking place at the Mansfield Motorsports Park. The series will return on August 30 with the Sears Auto Center 250; the race that will mark the kick-off of the Championship Series. The Hooter’s Series has become incredibly popular over the past five years and today it is one of the premier events held at the track each year. Last year’s Hooter’s Championship Series race was held on Labor Day weekend and won by Bobby Gill. There was good support for the event, excellent weather and the racing was worth watching. Indeed, Hooters is the premier short track stock car series in the U.S.

The racing action doesn’t end with the Hooter’s series. On the June 28th the American Speed Association’s Late Model Challenge Series will be making its way to Mansfield for the PPG All American Classic 200. July is a quiet month for the track with only the annual Freedom Festival and Fireworks Show being scheduled for July 4. August 9th is the next big date to watch for, with the Open Wheel Extravaganza returning to the track along with the Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series. Later that same month the NASCAR Camping World Series makes a stop here, as does the Whelen Modified Tour. As if that wasn’t enough, the Hooter’s Championship Series brings the racing action to a close just one week later. The final non-racing event to take place at the park is the Autism Awareness Walk-A-Thon, which will take place on September 20th. Clearly Mansfield supporters can look forward to a fun, action-packed season.

The ASA Speed Truck Challenge Series

April 4, 2008 by  
Filed under Features

Any one who loves their vehicles big and fast will love the ASA Speed Truck Challenge Series. Set to take place this Saturday night on 5 April 2008, the racing series will highlight an impressive five divisions of truck racing. This is the ASA Speed Truck Challenge Series’ 12th season of racing and it certainly looks as if it will be one of the best racing seasons ever.

The ASA Speed Truck Challenge Series is a regional racing series that caters for mid-sized racing trucks. The series caters to a wide range of driving talent, and drivers may range between 14 and 60 years of age. The next races will be held at the Toyota Speedway in Irwindale. So far this year the ASA-STC has already seen some crazy action. Not only have two first-time winners emerged, but 15 year old Chris Buescher from Texas has set the fastest qualifying lap time, won the trophy dash and taken the 100 lap feature during the last fifty feet of the last lap. This was Chris Buescher’s first time inside a speed truck, which makes this remarkable feat even more astounding. If the rest of the ASA-STC Series continues at the same pace, this weekend’s racing is bound to be phenomenal. What’s more, the Toyota Speedway is a team favorite with a fast track and multi grooves which give drivers plenty of elbow room.

Added to all this excitement is the West Coast Pro Truck Series, which will also be taking place this Saturday night at the Toyota Speedway. Previously this leg of the series featured a 30 lap race that was won by Ricky James. On the one third mile paved oval inside the half mile track the Legend Cars will be running a 25-lap race. After this feature, the same track will host the speedway’s Bandolero division. These cars may be small, but they are quick and five youngsters have the opportunity to fine-tune their talent from a very young age.

If you want to make sure that you’re part of the action, get ready to book your ticket now! Added to the madness is a Recession Buster Night special that enables fans to purchase two tickets for the price of one. The gates will be open from 16:00 and the racing action will start at around 19:00. So get there early and make sure that you don’t miss out!

Truck Racing – Speed, Size and Excitement

July 16, 2007 by  
Filed under Features

When it comes to truck racing, there are so many associations and different forms of truck racing exist, that it is not easy to choose a favorite amongst them. Each form of truck racing consist of amazing machines being put to the test on closed courses that are a far cry from the race tracks designed for the Formula 1 race cars. From Monster Truck Racing to Super Trucks, truck racing is a sport that gets the adrenalin pumping and the tires squealing.

When driving down the freeway, we often see eighteen-wheelers patiently hauling their commercial cargo. To see an eighteen wheeler adapted to racing is remarkable. Who would have thought that unhooking the trailer and racing the truck would be such a popular and exciting sport!

But Supertrucks, which are used in truck races, are somewhat different to the work-horses of the road. As with any motor sport, the trucks are modified to reach higher speeds. In fact, Supertrucks can reach 100 miles per hour, or 160 kilometers an hour. To ensure the safety of drivers, the maximum speed for truck racing is limited to 160 kilometers an hour and a Supertruck is required to weigh in at a minimum of 5,500 kilograms.

Very few and mostly minor accidents occur as trucks may accidentally nudge each other during a race. A normal truck race will last between eight to twelve laps. Drivers of the trucks must be registered and licensed to race through the Motor Sports Association (“MSA”). However, there are different race versions of the sport available across the world, such as the NASCAR> Craftsman Truck Series, the British Truck Racing Association Races, European Truck Racing and Australian Truck Racing.

Monster Truck Racing, on the other hand, involves the racing of modified pick-up trucks. They are distinguished by their extremely large wheels that usually measure approximately 66″ x 44″ x 25″. The wheels are then fitted to a large custom-made suspension, making the truck seem dwarfed by its tires. Monster Truck Racing is more an entertainment sport with one or more trucks crushing smaller vehicles underneath them. Motocross Racing, Tractor Pulls and Mud Blogging are all forms of Monster Truck Racing. Some races require the trucks to race on symmetrical tracks while other competitions offer “freestyle” events where the skill of the driver is tested through his tricks and crushing abilities.

Many forms of truck racing have evolved over the years, with Super Truck Racing and Monster Truck Racing remaining the favorites. Speed and power are two attributes that have always fascinated humans and when it comes to truck racing, spectators and auto racing enthusiasts alike are impressed with seeing these eighteen wheel behemoths roll onto the race track.