Sitting Down with Austin Geer

20150707_213837This year, Austin Geer returned to Rev Racing for his second season. After joining the team last summer, Geer earned 30 top-5s out of his 40 races. He’s continuing to prove himself this season as well, as he is currently third in the points in this year’s Bojangles Summer Shootout. The Rev Racing Team recently sat down with Geer and his father Charles, to talk about the season.

How do you think your season has gone so far?

AG It’s been pretty good…I’m third in the points now and got four top-5s.

How have you improved from last year?

AG Probably just having a consistent line. Really working on that and working on simulators- really practicing a lot more.

CG His passing is some of the best I’ve ever seen. He can really get by kids. He avoids crashes better than anyone I’ve ever seen. I mean, I can miss something in front of him.

What do you think you need to improve on the most?

AG I just need to work on staying consistent, just not messing up a lot.

Do you have a specific routine before racing?

AG I just go out there, pray, and hope for the best.

Do you have a favorite track to race on?

AG I really like Charlotte, and I also like Atlanta.

Your dad is usually always with you at the track. How big of an influence does he have on you, as far as racing is concerned?

AG He’s a pretty big influence; he got me into racing. He used to race cup cars on road course, but looked into oval ones and it was a great idea for me.

Where do you see yourself going in this sport?

AG My ultimate dream is to race in the Sprint Cup Series. That’s my main goal. If that doesn’t work out, I’m thinking of becoming a mechanical engineer or working at a shop.

CG We want him to go to college as parents. If he keeps doing well, he’ll progress. Even if he doesn’t go to a place where he’ll be on a campus., we’ll have him taking online classes. He’s going to get his degree. That’s what we do in our family.

Top-10 for Cabre

IMG_0849Concord, NC (July 29th, 2015) – It was a hot and fiery Saturday in Hampton, Virginia this past weekend. Rev Racing took to the track for 200 laps in the Hampton Heat.

Collin Cabre came to the track with all intentions of a top-10 and that’s exactly what he did. His focus and determination moved him nine spots from his 16th place qualifying position. Cabre raced steady at his qualifying position for the first 100 laps. After a few adjustments at the break before the next 100 laps, Cabre went right back out there and made major gains for track position. After a caution at lap 138, he found himself just inside the top-10 in 9th position. However, that wasn’t enough. Sixty-two laps later at the checkered flag, Cabre found himself in a seventh place position.

Cabre’s teammate, Natalie Decker, didn’t finish the race due to an accident involving her and the number 90 car at lap 48. Decker was definitely making big moves on the track before the crash, moving six positions from her 21st qualifying point.

Rev Racing returns to the track this Friday, July 31st in the NASCAR K & N Pro Series 150 at Iowa Speedway.

ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and women drivers and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit https://revracing.net or follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

 

Rev Racing Moving Forward to Iowa

Concord, NC. (July 22nd, 2015) – It was a quiet race weekend at the United Service 70 in Loudon, New Hampshire. Rev drivers made major strides throughout the race, but car trouble left most of our drivers out of top positions.

Kenzie Ruston moved up five positions from her original qualifying spot. Starting 21st she ended up just outside of the top-15, at 16th. Teammate Devon Amos managed to maintain his 18th place qualifying position from start to finish.

Due to technical difficulties on the track, Collin Cabre and Jay Beasley  didn’t end the race the way they would have liked. Beasley experienced some slight car trouble taking him to pit road several times. Cabre ran a pretty smooth race until his car battery died on him, making him finish two positions behind where he qualified.

Rev Racing returns to the track Friday, July 31st in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series 150 at Iowa Speedway.

ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program. The Drive for Diversity Program is the industry’s leading developmental program for minority and female drivers and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing, visit https://revracing.net or follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

A Top-5 for Cabre

CJsF4cIUMAAoBJMConcord, NC. (July 14th, 2015) – It was a rainy, dreary day in Hampton, Virginia this past weekend. However, that didn’t stop Collin Cabre from finishing with a top-5 at Langley Speedway.

Despite the various rain delays, Cabre stayed focused and ran a smooth race all the way through. His determination and focus moved him four spots up from his 12th place qualifying position in the first race. Finishing with a top-10 just wasn’t enough. Starting at 8th place in the second race, Cabre found himself fighting between seventh and eighth. After a caution flag around the 50th lap, Cabre advanced to sixth position, and held on to it strongly. At lap 63, only two laps before the checkered flag, Cabre passed the number 90 car for the fifth place spot.

Cabre’s teammate, Natalie Decker, also finished higher than her starting point in the first race. Decker finished 13th in the first race after starting in the 14th position. Decker held the 13th position for most of the second race. Decker spun out from a bump to the rear of her car, causing the first and only caution of the race. Even with the minor set back she didn’t relinquish her 13th place spot, finishing inside the top-15 for both races.

Rev Racing returns to the track this Friday, July 17th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in the United Site Services 70 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program. The Drive for Diversity Program is the industry’s leading developmental program for minority and female drivers and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing, visit https://revracing.net or follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

Another Top-5 for Beasley

11220805_10153173784903649_8077460893540780451_nConcord, NC. (July 7th, 2015) – Rev Racing brought the fireworks to Columbus Motor Speedway with two top-10 finishes this past weekend. Jay Beasley finished with his third top-5 of the season, and teammate Kenzie Ruston wasn’t far behind with a top-10 finish.

Beasley ran a smooth race even through multiple caution flags. He stayed focused and continued driving up through the ranks from his 15th place qualifying position. Not quite as easy as he would’ve hoped, Beasley found himself fighting between the 10th and 11th spot for most of the race, as cars were racing around each turn. Eventually Beasley found himself in 4th position just in time for the checkered flag.

Ruston was the first to qualify with her best lap at 14.553 seconds, starting her off in 18th place. Ruston managed to move up eight spots for a 10th place finish in the 150-lap race.

Collin Cabre and Devon Amos both finished higher than their qualifiying positions. Cabre finished 13th after starting in the 16th position, while Amos finished 12th, after starting in 14th place. Amos caused the first caution of the race after spinning out from a hit to the rear of his car. However, he picked up the pace and finished with Cabre inside the top-15.

Your favorite drivers in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East return to the track on July 17th in the Granite State 70 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and women drivers and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit https://revracing.net or follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

Rev Racing Looks for Fireworks in Columbus

SONY DSCConcord, NC (June 29, 2015) – Rev Racing returns to the track in Columbus this Fourth of July, with a whole different kind of fireworks. Crew Chief John Wolf returned with a victory in Columbus last year with former Rev Racing driver Sergio Peña. His exceptional knowledge of the track from last year definitely gives his driver, Devon Amos, along with the rest of the Rev Racing team some edge over the competition.

All eyes will be on Jay Beasley after an impressive top-5 finish at Bowman Gray and again last week at Langley.

“I’m excited,” Beasley said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. I feel that if we can qualify in the top-5 we’ll be right there going for the win, or at the very least a top-3 finish. “

Beasley’s Crew Chief, Skip Eyler, won in Columbus two years ago, and also feels confident in keeping the victories going.

“I’m very excited going back to Columbus. Rev has a very good track record there,” Eyler said. “The most important thing to do is to capitalize on the momentum of the 42 car. We just have to go up there with a positive outlook and try to bring home another victory for Rev.”

Kenzie Ruston (No. 4 Toyota) – This won’t be Ruston’s first time at the Columbus Motor Speedway. Last year, she participated in the JEGS 150 in Columbus. Unfortunately, a late-in-the-race misfortune at the end of a lead lap just before the final restart, took Ruston’s chance at a checkered flag. However, having ran the track before, Ruston and Rev a definite advantage for the race.

Devon Amos (No. 6 Toyota) Amos held the 14th spot last week at Langley. After finishing the Hall of Fame 150 in 6th, he hopes to bring some of that momentum into the NAPA 150. This is the first time Amos takes on the Columbus track. He hopes to brings home a strong finish for Rev.

Collin Cabre (No. 2 Toyota) – Cabre also hopes to ignite some fireworks of his own with a higher finish in the NAPA 150. Cabre races his Late Model car at Hickory this weekend, aiding him in his preparation for Columbus on the Fourth. This will be his first race at Columbus Motor Speedway.

Two-lap qualifying begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by the driver autograph session at 8:00 p.m. The NAPA 150 race begins at 8:45 pm EST.

ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and women drivers and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing, visit https://revracing.net or follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

Back To Back Top-5s for Beasley

1891293_10153141703023649_5083546798670490632_nJay Beasley’s Top-5 performance this past weekend didn’t come as a surprise to the Rev Racing veteran, nor his crew. Prior to the Bowman Gray race, Beasley and his crew chief decided to change his car set-up to one that had proven successful at Bowman Gray, Langley, and Columbus in past years. Therefore, with proven set-up, all Beasley would have to do is use his driving acumen to deliver a top-5 worthy performance; and he did just that.

Beasley’s time at Langley Speedway was a little up and down. With the opportunity to test the day prior to the race, he and his crew chief decided to experiment a little with the hopes of gaining a few tenths. As a result, Beasley spent nearly the entire five-hour practice in the seat, with both positive and negative results.

Unfortunately, the positive results didn’t immediately translate come race day. During first practice Beasley barely secured the 15th fastest time. However, with a little more tinkering Beasley was able to reel off the sixth fastest time by the conclusion of second practice. Shortly afterwards, Beasley qualified 12th for the race. His qualifying effort wasn’t as favorable as he would have like, however the Las Vegas native remained unfazed. Ultimately verified during the race, Beasley’s qualifying effort was not a foreshowing of the race, yet a mere sign that it was going to take more than 2 laps for him to find his groove.

Sure enough, after Beasley took the green flag he slowly but surely made his way through the pack over the course of the 175-lap race. He listened to his spotter, utilized straight-aways, and capitalized on opponent’s mistakes until he improved enough to take the checkered in fifth.

One of the most daunting aspects of the race was not a single performance, but the effects of the field going nearly 70-80 laps without a caution. At one point during the race, it was nearly impossible to determine placing as only 10 out of 24 cars competing were on the lead lap. Finally a caution with 30 or so laps to go allowed everyone to regroup. But the laps leading up to that were definitely a spectacle rarely seen in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

Beasley’s teammates had a solid night as well as they all managed to finish inside of the top-15. Kenzie Ruston, Devon Amos, and Collin Cabre finished the Visit Hampton VA 175 in 12th, 14th and 15th, respectively.

Rev Racing Looking to Continue Momentum at Langley Speedway

IMG_9865Concord, NC (June 17, 2015) – Fresh off the Madhouse, Rev Racing returns to the track this Saturday, June 20 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia. For Competition Director Jefferson Hodges, Langley Speedway is a homecoming. Therefore, his knowledge of the track should give the Rev Racing drivers a slight advantage over the competition. Leading the way for Rev Racing will be newcomer Collin Cabre.

Cabre was able to gain some seat time at the Langley track this past weekend, as he competed in his Late Model. After finishing 10th in the first round and 9th in the second, he feels good about heading back this coming weekend for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.

“It should go well. It always helps racing somewhere for the second time. When you go back you feel more comfortable there.” Cabre said.  “I like Langley, it’s one of my better tracks that I race at.”

Teammate Jay Beasley had an impressive race last season at Langley and feels like he can bring home some impressive results for the team this weekend.

“I ran really well there last year, so that gives me more confidence to do better this year,” Beasley said. “We have a good chance of getting another top 5. I heard the track has changed a little bit, so that will put everyone on the same playing field as to figuring it out.“

Kenzie Ruston and Devon Amos both finished inside of the top-10 last race which called for a solid race for Rev. Two-lap qualifying begins at 4:30 pm, followed by the on-track autograph session at 5:30 p.m. The race begins at 9:00 pm EST.

ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and women drivers and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing, visit https://revracing.net or follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

Tame Night at the Mad House, Rev Scores 3 Top-10s

SONY DSCConcord, NC (June 1, 2015) – In what turned out to be an uncharacteristically tame night at the Mad House, Rev Racing was able to finish with 3 top-10’s and 1 top-5.

Jay Beasley set the pace for his teammates by securing a fourth place finish and bringing home his first top-5 of the 2015 season. After stellar qualifying effort for the second year in a row, Beasley took the green flag in seventh place. However, much to the dismay of race fans who only come to Bowman Gray to see a dog fight, there was very little action from that point forward. There weren’t any wrecks on restarts, on the rare occasion there was one, and the physical racing was kept to a minimum. Therefore, Beasley’s ability to take advantage of a few mistakes made by his competitors ultimate allowed him to coast to a top-5.

“Feel like we had a really good car, and we need a little bit more to win the race. However, going into Langley I really feel that we can win. I’m not going to be happy unless we’re in the thick of it at the end. From here on out, we’re going to be really fast so I’m not going to be content until we win”

Not too far behind Beasley was his teammates Devon Amos who finished the Hall of Fame 150 in 6th place. Unlike his teammate, Amos, who qualified in 10th had a few obstacles to overcome on the way to his first top-10 of the season. At one point in the race, Amos had fallen as far back as 13th. However, after avoiding a pile-up mid-way through the race which sent four drivers ahead of him to the back of the pack, he was able to return to the top-10.

The third Rev Racing member to place inside of the Top-10 was Kenzie Ruston. Ruston finished ninth after qualifying 11th. Rev Racing’s leading lady had a solid night on the track, and though she had to fend off a few defenders, she was ultimately able to coast through the race

Last, but not least, Collin Cabre finished the race in 17th place, respectively.

ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and women drivers and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit https://revracing.net or follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

 

Mad House Madness!

11143100_10153041852283649_579735255760957592_nConcord NC (May 29, 2015) – All of the tactics and strategies used at the tracks leading up to this weekend’s outing at Bowman Gray will go out the window. Bowman Gray isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s nicknamed the Mad House for a reason. When drivers enter the Mad House, they race by a different set of rules. The .25-mile paved flat oval is the NASCAR equivalent to stepping inside of a gladiator ring. It’s a fight to the finish in which there are, metaphorically, many casualties. There is only one strategy when racing at Bowman Gray: stay in the front of the pack or survive the clutter in the middle long enough to make it there. Ultimately, while fans come to cheer their favorite drivers to victory, the middle of the pack is what they really come to see. The bumping, the banging, the sliding, the crashing, the cautions, and the controversy are what make the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 so appealing. The dropping of the green flag is essentially the commencement of a ticking time bomb waiting to go off. And similar to past year, there is little doubt that sparks will fly this coming Saturday.

Leading the way at the Mad House will be none other than Jay Beasley and Kenzie Ruston. Last Season, Jay Beasley (No. 42 Special Smiles Toyota) had the best qualifying effort of the entire Rev Racing team. He was the only member to qualify within the Top-10 and was fortunately able to utilize his qualifying position to secure a 9th place finish.

Similar to her teammate, Kenzie Ruston (No. 4 Rev Racing Toyota) was also able to secure a top-10 finish last year at the Mad House as a member of Ben Kennedy Racing. Ruston and Crew Chief Mark Green have found the formula for consistency with regard to Ruston’s car set-up. The next step for these two will be to use said consistency to replicate last year’s top-10 effort to help bolster the statistic sheet for Rev Racing.

Devon Amos (No. 6 MSI Toyota) and Collin Cabre (No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota) will both be competing at the Made House for the first time in their young NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Careers. However, as both drivers accumulate more races under their belt, their confidence has grown tremendously since the inaugural race at New Smyrna. Amos is confident that had it not been for an unavoidable accident at Iowa, he was on par for the first top-10 finish of his career. Consequently, Amos enters this weekend’s race with a chip on his shoulder as he felt he was robbed. Fortunately for him, a chip on one’s shoulder is exactly what is needed to survive 150 laps at the Mad House!

ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and women drivers and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit https://revracing.net or follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.