Rev Racing Heads to the Monster Mile for Last Race of the Season

#42-1CHARLOTTE, NC – Rev Racing rounds out the K&N Pro Series East season this Friday at Dover International Speedway for the Drive Sober 125. Known as the “Monster Mile,” Dover’s one-mile track will serve as the host for the 14th and final race of the season.

Rev drivers are eager to get back behind the wheel after a rained-out race in Richmond. Dover is a track Rev Racing is all too familiar with and a common stop in previous K&N seasons. Rev alumni Darrell Wallace Jr. is even the only multi-time polesitter at Dover. With final standings on everyone’s mind, Rev’s four K&N drivers hope to finish the season off strong.

Currently P10 in points standings, driver Kenzie Ruston will head to Dover in the #4 Sunoco Toyota. After a consistent track record of season successes, Ruston saw her last top-5 at Motordrome Speedway in mid-August. Historically, Dover has been a challenge for Ruston both in qualifying and finishing. She and her team are more than prepared to change the end of the season outcome.

#2 Universal Technical Institute Toyota driver Collin Cabre heads into Friday’s race after a rookie season of consistent improvement. Cabre added his first K&N top-10 to his resume in July at Iowa Speedway and continues to qualify within the top-10. He hopes to finish the season strong and return in 2016. Cabre is currently P11 in points standings.

Devon Amos will finish his rookie K&N season this Friday. Currently in P14 in points standings, Amos is prepared to do whatever it takes to close the season out on a high note.

Jay Beasley will make his return with Rev Racing on Friday, manning the #42 Special Smiles Toyota. Beasley was cleared by NASCAR to race and is focused on finishing out the season in the No. 42. After missing 3 races, Beasley is still sitting at P16.

Rev Racing Races Richmond

COlF4oOWUAAYXRtLast weekend, Rev Racing took to Richmond International Raceway for the UNOH 100. While Rev was ready for another victory, poor weather conditions put the race in jeopardy.

Rain delayed race day activities for several hours, interrupting and ultimately canceling qualifying efforts. In lack of qualifying, owner’s points dictated starting order, putting Rev drivers #42 Sergio Peña, #4 Kenzie Ruston, #2 Collin Cabre and #6 Devon Amos in p9, p11, p12 and p15 respectively.

Starting the race in the top-15, Rev held onto their positions and pushed for a top-10. However, a caution lap 18 sent some Rev drivers into pit row, causing them to continue the race fighting to regain their position. #2 Collin Cabre held onto the top-15 for much of the race, while #4 Kenzie Ruston reached p22 after her p29 restart by lap 60.

As Rev drivers continued to advance, rain once again derailed race plans and caused an eight lap caution starting on lap 61. While rain persisted, all drivers shifted into pit row to wait out the weather. Unfortunately, weather was not on our side and the race ended prematurely on lap 69.  #2 Collin Cabre finished p17, #4 Kenzie Ruston in p22, #6 Devon Amos in p29, and #42 Sergio Peña in p31.

Rev Racing returns to the rack in October, for the Drive Sober 150 at Dover International Speedway.

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.

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.

Rev Racing Fights for Top-10 Finish at Iowa

16604025954_33c0f88d6f_zConcord, NC (May 18, 2015) – Rev Racing’s K&N drivers took on Iowa Speedway this past weekend for the Casey’s General Store 150, a nearly 132 mile race on “the fastest short track on the planet.”

After a difficult bout on April 21 in Bristol, the Rev Racing team returned to the track motivated. For a track known for its difficulty to pass, Rev Racing defied the odds and made strides toward a top-10 finish.

Devon Amos, driving the #66 Max Siegel Inc. Toyota, had a solid practice, placing him in the top-15 qualifying positions after final practice. With a few adjustments, Amos was the first to take to the track for qualifying and ultimately secured P18.  After the green flag, Amos spent the majority of the race pushing through to the top-15. With ten laps to go, Amos found himself leading the Rev team with a stronghold on P12 ready to break the top-10 by the end of the race. Unfortunately, an interaction between the #7 and the #98 spun #98 in front of Amos, damaging his front body beyond repair and sending him out of the race with only 8 laps to go. Amos finished P25, despite the incident.

Manning the #2 UTI/NTI Toyota, Collin Cabre qualified P31, after finding himself in the in P30 and above positions during practice. However, the placement didn’t deter Cabre as he steadily moved up throughout the race, eventually finding himself in P22 for the checkered flag, a nine-position advancement.

Kenzie Ruston, behind the wheel of the #4 L&M Toyota, wasted little time turning her P22 spot into a position in the top-20. Within 20 laps, Ruston made her way to P19 and placed herself well to continue passing throughout the race. However, a blown left rear tire set Ruston back mid-race as she rushed into pit. Returning P34, Ruston worked her way forward once more and eventually finished nine positions ahead, at P25.

#42 Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry Toyota driver Jay Beasley also made an outstanding drive, advancing 11 positions before the checkered flag. Qualifying P22, Beasley was one of the brave drivers to ride the top of the track and consistently move up throughout the race. Edging alongside #66 Devon Amos for a period of time, battling between P17 and P18, Beasley eventually rode through the pack and found himself P14 with 30 laps to go. After multiple cautions in the last 30 laps, Beasley used the restart to his advantage and finished P12.

The team continues their K&N Pro Series East season Saturday, May 30 at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC for the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150.

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

Rev Racing Heads to the Hawkeye State

16604025954_33c0f88d6f_zConcord, NC (May 12, 2015) – Despite a larger than usual car count due to additional competitors from the NASCAR Pro Series West, Iowa Speedway has traditionally been a track where drivers under the tutelage of Director of Competition Jefferson Hodges have experienced much success. In the two showings at Iowa Speedway last season, the Rev Racing teams accumulated two top-5s and three top-10s in addition to two 11th place finishes. Most notably, the first race at Iowa Speedway marked Jay Beasley’s breakout performance of the 2014 season. After qualifying 9th, Beasley went on the finish the race in 4th and secure his first career top-5. His dominance in the Casey’s General Store 150 ended up being the catalyst for a dominant streak that saw the likes of three more top-10s over the next four races When asked what about Iowa Speedway jump-started Beasley’s season, he responded,  “I really like the speed of the track. It’s one of the tracks I feel really comfortable at. Nothing was wrong with my cars leading up to Iowa last year. It just took a while to figure out the right set up. After trying some things we found that formula at Iowa and the results showed. And we continued with that formula and the results continued to show. This year Skip has been working really hard and trying a few new things to make sure I’m as comfortable as possible in the car so I’m confident that we’ll have another good race this year. “ Beasley’s teammate Kenzie Ruston will also be focused on replicating last year’s success at Iowa Speedway.  Mechanical issues derailed what was panning out to be a top-10 performance in her first outing. However, she bounced back magnificently in her second outing. Ruston not only drove her way to a 2nd place finish, but she also drove her way into the record books as the highest finishing female in NASCAR K&N Pro Series history. Ruston and Crew Chief Mark Green have already garnered one top-10 this season. If the two of them can find the same formula that was used in Ruston’s second outing at Iowa in 2014, it’s likely that Ruston could be on the brink of another historic performance in 2015. Rounding out the Rev Racing team are newcomers Devon Amos and Collin Cabre who will both be competing at Iowa for the first time in their NKNPSE careers. The larger car count and addition of NKNPSW drivers will provide a unique challenge that each of the rookie drivers has yet to experience. However, each of their Crew Chiefs along with Hodges will make sure that both drivers are well prepared to manage the task at hand. 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.

Tough Sledding for Rev at Bristol

SONY DSCConcord, NC (April 21, 2015) – This past weekend at Bristol proved to be a tough outing for the Rev Racing team. Veteran Jay Beasley was the lone Rev Racing driver to finish the brutal 125 lap race.

He was having a decent race for the first 100 laps, however his night was derailed when he pulled out of line too soon on a restart and got black-flagged. He subsequently had to serve the penalty under green had was sent to the back of the pack.

Tire and mechanical issues seemed to plague Beasley’s teammates. Teammate Cabre blew a front right tire one third of the way through the race. The car experienced slight damage but was very much still drivable. Cabre pitted, the tire was changed, and he rejoined the field. However, 5 laps later the front right surprisingly blew again causing Cabre to hit the wall. This time, the damage to the car was too drastic to return to the race.

Amos was solid for the first 50 laps or so of the race. However, similar to the number 2, Amos blew a front right tire and hit the wall. Ultimately, the damage to his vehicle was too substantial to continue racing.

Ruston was sidelined when toward the beginning of the race when a blown head gasket caused her motor filled up with water. Her crew thought there might have been an issue with the radiator until they pulled the plugs and realized that the head gasket on the left side of the motor was busted.

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.

Taming the World’s Fastest ½ Mile

11079351_10152959149358649_8810461811182013067_nConcord, NC (April 15, 2015) – In what will be the first companion race of the season, Rev Racing will head to Bristol Motor Speedway in hopes of taming the world’s fastest ½ mile. Last season’s race at Bristol pushed all five Rev Racing teams to their limits. After a tough 125 laps of racing, Jay Beasley was one of only two Rev Racing drivers to finish the race. However, a roster full of new faces gives Rev Racing a fresh start heading into the weekend. And, the lone returnee from last year’s NKNPSE team goes into the race with experience on his side.

Jay Beasley (No. 42 Special Smiles Toyota) – The Las Vegas, Nevada native will be asked to lead his teammates into the PittLite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Beasley has improved drastically from the driver he was entering last year’s event. Beasley entered 2014’s race with hardly any NKNPSE experience and outperformed all of his veteran teammates. However, this year Beasley is the veteran, and hopes to once again lead by example. 

Kenzie Ruston (No. 4 Rev Racing Toyota) – Although Ruston has raced at Bristol Motor Speedway many times, this weekend will mark the first time she will be competing at Bristol as a member of Rev Racing. Though this track can be intimidating to most, the El Reno, Oklahoma native has a solid grasp of what it takes to perform well at the speedway. Last season, Ruston entered the race with a solid vehicle and was on her way to a top-10 finish before incidental contact derailed her campaign. Nonetheless, Ruston is confident that she will be able to replicate late season’s effort and bring home the top-10 that eluded her last season.

Devon Amos (No. 6 MSI Toyota) – The PittLite 125 will mark the first time the Rio Rancho, New Mexico native has competed at Bristol Motor Speedway. For Amos, it will be key to remain poised and let the race come to him. For a NKNPSE novice, he will need to remain calm and follow the strategy put forth by his crew chief. If Amos can successfully do so, he will like where he stands come the end of the race.

Collin Cabre (No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota) – Similar to Amos, Cabre is another NKNPSE novice at Bristol. The Rev Racing newcomer has shown that he is fundamentally sound with his racing technique. While his patience and driving led to a decent race last time out at Greenville Pickens, such prowess is crucial at Bristol Motor Speedway; a track that is known for being unkind to undisciplined drivers. If Cabre can build off of his last performance, he should have a solid weekend.

Qualifying for the PittLite 125 begins at 5:00pm on Thursday. The autograph session will take place from 12:15 – 1:00pm on Saturday, followed by the PittLite 125 at 4:30pm 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.

Rev Racing Returns to Action at Greenville

10996676_10152867872128649_410858394336387223_nConcord, NC (April 2, 2015) – After an extended break following the inaugural race, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to action this coming Saturday for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens Speedway. Though Rev Racing competed in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 with a completely different roster last season, the team witnessed one driver finish in the top-5 and three finish in the top-10. Needless to say, this year’s foursome has some big shoes to fill.

Leading the way for Rev Racing is none other than veteran Kenzie Ruston. After kicking off her season and Rev Racing career with a top-10 finish, momentum for the 2015 season is already on Ruston’s side. In both races at Greenville Pickens Speedway last season, Ruston finished twelfth. Therefore, Ruston’s goal this time around is to finish 10th or better in order to continue solidifying her growth as a drivers.

However, Ruston hasn’t been the only driver preparing for this weekend’s race. Teammates Collin Cabre, Jay Beasley, and Devon Amos have been diligently preparing themselves over the seven week intermission. Every day has been a matter of improving through physical training with Coach Phil Horton, collaborating with their crew members on their K&N cars, or mentoring the Whelen All-American Series drivers at their races.

Of the aforementioned trio, Beasley is the only driver to have competed at Greenville Pickens speedway. In his previous two stints, Beasley was unable to finish better than 14th. However, things are different for Beasley this year. He’s more experienced and has a different crew chief. And the Las Vegas native is adamant that those two factors will make a drastic difference.

“Skip is going to have my car dialed in. Although I’m not a fan of the long break we’ve had, it’s given Skip and I a chance to really discuss our strategy and what we need to focus on for the upcoming race. My crew and set-up are drastically different from last year. And the hard work that Skip and Richard have put into my car has really allowed my confidence to grow and I couldn’t be more appreciative and excited for Greenville,” said Beasley. Two-lap qualifying begins at 6:00pm, followed by the on-track autograph session at 7:00pm. The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 will begin at 8:00pm 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, women drivers, and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit www.revracing.net and follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.