TOP-TEN FINISH FOR REV RACING AT HICKORY

CONCORD, N.C. (May 14, 2013) – After battling the weather all evening, Annabeth Barnes, Jack Madrid, and Devon Amos were able to hit the pavement to compete for Rev Racing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 11th. This was the first late model race for Amos, who took home a seventh place finish, Madrid finished 14th and Barnes came home 19th.

All three drivers had two successful practice sessions, and were able to score their best qualifying results of the season thus far. Barnes qualified 12th, Madrid qualified 14th, and Amos qualified 17th, in just his first start.
Barnes had a fast car and was running well all night, but was tangled up in an accident in front of her, disappointingly ending her night early. Madrid passed cars throughout the race, moving up to as high as eighth, when contact with the wall left damage to his car and he wasn’t able to get it back up to speed.

The next race for Barnes and Madrid with Rev Racing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will be on Saturday, May 18th, and Motor Mile Speedway. Follow @RevRacin on twitter for updates throughout the weekend.

Suárez Turns In Golden Performance – Pole Winner Captures First 2013 Victory

By: John Tejada, NASCAR

Chihuahua, Mexico – Daniel Suárez is definitely enjoying his most recent trip to El Dorado Speedway in Chihuahua, Mexico more than his last visit.

In the NASCAR Toyota Series’ inaugural visit to the track in 2012, a suspension problem ended Suárez’s night after 130 laps and left him with a 30th place finish. This time around, the young Monterrey driver turned in his best performance of the season, winning the Chihuahua 240 from the pole position on Sunday and claiming his first victory of 2013 and third of his career.

The win continues a recent hot streak by Suárez in the Toyota Series. After opening the season with an 11th place finish in Phoenix, Suárez has now turned in four Top 10 finishes and three consecutive Top 5 efforts (ninth, fourth, fourth and first respectively). The stretch of good driving has propelled the youngster to the top of the leaderboard, just three points behind series leader Antonio Pérez in the unofficial championship standings.

BARNES AND MADRID TO MAKE SECOND START FOR REV RACING AT HICKORY

Concord, N.C. (May 2, 2013) – Annabeth Barnes and Jack Madrid return to Hickory Motor Speedway this Saturday, May 4, for their second race with Rev Racing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS). After a cancelled race due to rain last weekend, both drivers are eager to hit the pavement.

Annabeth Barnes (No. 21 Toyota Camry) – Barnes is no stranger to Hickory Motor Speedway, where she ran her first full stock car season, competing in the Limited Late Model Division. This will be her second start with Rev Racing in the NWAAS, at the “World’s Most Famous Short Track”.

Jack Madrid (No. 4 Toyota Camry) – This will be Madrid’s second time to race at Hickory Motor Speedway. The San Clemente, Calif. native spent last season racing in the Super Late Model Division, where he finished in the top-10 in all four races in which he competed.

Both drivers were selected for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program at the 2012 combine, and will be competing for Rev Racing in the NWAAS this season.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. and racing will begin at 7 p.m. There will be a pre-race autograph session open to all the fans prior to the green flag. Follow us on Twitter @RevRacin for race updates.

GIFFORD CAPTURES FIRST NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST WIN AT RICHMOND

DSC_0466CONCORD, N.C. (April 29, 2013) – Ryan Gifford scored his first victory in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) East last Thursday night at Richmond International Raceway (RIR), in the Blue Ox 100. Gifford became the fourth different driver to win for Rev Racing since the organization began to field cars for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program in 2010, and this became win 11 out of 44 starts in the series for the team.

When Gifford hit the pavement on Thursday at RIR he was positive that this race would have a different outcome than it did a year ago, where he was one of two race leaders but a spin on the final restart cost him the win. He struggled during both practice sessions, and was disappointed with his 11th place qualifying effort, but his patience paid off. Gifford was able to take the lead on lap 78 and stay up front through two restarts, to bring home the win.
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“This is something I’m going to remember for the rest of my life,” said Gifford. “To come up short so many times and be able to go out and do this is just awesome. I feel like there’s a thousand pounds lifted off my shoulders.”

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Toyota Racing Development Toyota Camry) – Bell has had a stellar rookie season, and she proved once again on Thursday that she shouldn’t be overlooked, earning a career-best fifth place finish. She’s moved up to tenth in the series points’ standings, and is in contention to win Rookie of the Year honors.
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Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Nike Toyota Camry) – Ortiz had a rough night, getting involved in a multi-car wreck, but managed to drive his way through the pack to finish 15th after qualifying 23rd. Ortiz is currently 12th in the series points’ standings.

Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Rev Racing Toyota Camry) – Suarez didn’t have the day he had hoped for at RIR. He spent both practice sessions making adjustments to his Toyota Camry, and qualified 34th. Suarez was moving up through the field when he was spun out, he managed to recover and finish 21st.

The next stop for Rev Racing in the NKNPS East will be on Saturday, June 1, at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston Salem, N.C. for the Hall of Fame 150.

REV RACING HEADS TO RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Concord, N.C. (April 23, 2013) – Rev Racing is set to race at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) on Thursday, April 25, after a weekend of career highs for both Mackena Bell and Bryan Ortiz the last time out at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. The Blue Ox 100 at RIR will be the fourth stop on the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) East schedule.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 Sunoco/NASCAR Technical Institute Toyota) – Gifford had a chance to capture his first win at RIR last season, where he was one of only two race leaders. He’s raced twice at the track, where he has ninth and fifth-place qualifying efforts. Gifford is currently tied for sixth in the series’ points standings.

Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Nike Toyota) – Ortiz hopes to carry momentum with him from Pensacola, where he managed a career-high qualifying effort of fifth, to Richmond this weekend. Ortiz raced at RIR last season where he qualified 16th and maneuvered his way through the pack to finish seventh.

Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Rev Racing Toyota) – Suarez is doing double duty this season, racing in both the NKNPS East and the NASCAR Toyota Series in Mexico. He’s coming back from a strong race weekend in Queretaro, Mexico where he earned the pole and finished fourth. This will be Suarez’s third start at RIR.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Toyota Racing Development Toyota) – Bell is also coming off a career-high weekend at Five Flags Speedway where she finished 11th. She was the fastest car during the first practice session at Pensacola and, although this will be her first time racing at RIR, she’s continued to show improvement at each race this season.

All four drivers will be participating in Education Day presented by RIR on Thursday, April 25, and will be making an appearance at the Toyota Pit Pass display on Friday, April 26 at 11 a.m. ET.

There will be a pre-race autograph session at 3 p.m., followed by qualifying at 4:30 p.m. and the green flag at 7 p.m. ET. The race will be aired on SPEED on May 16 at 3 p.m. ET. For updates throughout the weekend, follow @RevRacin on twitter.

REV RACING EARNS TWO TOP-TEN FINISHES IN THE INAUGURAL NAPA 150

Concord, N.C. (April 15, 2013) – The inaugural NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) East race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. proved to be a success for Rev Racing. Twenty-six cars hit the pavement for the NAPA 150 on Saturday night, and Rev Racing came home with two top-ten finishes. Bryan Ortiz led the team with a sixth place finish in his No. 4 Impact Toyota Camry and Ryan Gifford came home ninth. Mackena Bell and Daniel Suarez finished 11th and 13th respectively.

The field ran under green for most of the 150-lap race, with only four cautions and a mandatory 10 minute break with 75 laps to go.

“I’m really proud of my entire team for their efforts this weekend. We had a competitive car and our sixth place finish shows how much we’ve improved since the season opener at Bristol. I have no doubt that we’ll continue showing improved results and we’ll come home with a win soon.” said Ortiz, the Bayamon Puerto Rico native.

This was the first time any of the Rev Racing drivers had competed at Five Flags Speedway, and they spent time learning their way around the track with a test on Friday and two practice sessions on Saturday.

Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Impact Toyota Camry) – Ortiz started the weekend with a fifth place qualifying effort, his highest starting spot ever in the series. He was competitive throughout the race, running as high as third, and came home with a sixth place finish. He moved up in the series point’s standings and is currently sitting in 13th place.

Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Visit Acapulco Toyota Camry) – Patience has been the theme for Suarez this season, which he demonstrated once again on Saturday. He qualified 12th and ran consistently in the top-15 all night, finishing 13th. Suarez moved up two spots in the series point’s standings and is currently in 11th place.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Toyota Racing Development Toyota Camry) – Bell led the field with the fastest lap speed during the first practice session. She qualified 16th but she was patient throughout the race, searching for the right opportunity to pass her competitors, and came home with an 11th place finish. This was her highest finish in the NKNPS East.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 Sunoco/NTI Toyota Camry) – Gifford had a fast car during the first practice session, finishing eighth quickest. He qualified 19th but worked his way up the field to score a top-ten finish, coming home ninth. Gifford is currently seventh in the series point’s standings.

The NAPA 150 will air on SPEED on Thursday, May 2nd, at 3:00 p.m. ET.
The next stop for Rev Racing in the NKNPS East will be the Blue Ox 100 at Richmond International Raceway on Thursday, April 25th, at 7:00 p.m. ET. All four NKNPS East drivers will be making an appearance at the Toyota Pit Pass display at 11:00 a.m. ET on Friday, April 26th. Follow @RevRacin on twitter for updates throughout the weekend.

REV RACING TO COMPETE IN INAUGURAL K&N PRO SERIES EAST RACE AT FIVE FLAGS SPEEDWAY

CONCORD, N.C. (April 11, 2013) – Rev Racing is headed to the beach for the Napa 150 at Five Flags Speedway this Saturday, April 13 in Pensacola, Fla. This will be the inaugural NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) East race at the .5-mile asphalt oval which is home to the Snowball Derby, an annual open-competition Super Late Model race.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 Sunoco/NTI Toyota Camry) – Gifford is off to a strong start this season with a fourth place finish in the non-points race at Daytona’s short track followed by a third place finish in the season opener at Bristol. He came home 13th from Greenville last weekend and is currently sixth in the series point’s standings.

Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Impact Toyota Camry) – Ortiz has nine top 10s in 16 NKNPS East races, with a best finish of third at Bowman Gray Stadium. He also started this season with a third place finish in the non-points event at Daytona’s short track in February. He has an average finish of 13th in nine career starts at intermediate short tracks, with a best finish of fifth at CNB Bank Raceway Park in 2012.

Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Visit Acapulco Toyota Camry) – Suarez scored two top-ten finishes last weekend where he came home seventh in the NKNPS East race at Greenville Pickens Speedway and sixth in the Toyota Series race in Mexico City, Mexico. He has an average finish of 13th in nine career starts at intermediate short tracks with a best finish of fifth twice at Columbus.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Toyota Racing Development Toyota Camry) – Bell had her best qualifying run in the series last weekend at Greenville Pickens Speedway where she started seventh. She’s one of two females racing full time in the NKNPS East this season and is running for Rookie of the Year honors.

There will be an autograph session at 5:30 p.m. ET and the green flag will drop at 7 p.m. ET. Follow @RevRacin on twitter for updates throughout the weekend.