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Rev Racing to Compete in First of Two Road Course Races This Season

Concord, N.C. (August 23, 2013) – The Rev Racing drivers will gain experience turning both left and right this weekend, as they compete at the first of two road courses on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) East schedule this season. The team is headed to Virginia International Raceway (VIR) on Saturday, August 24, for the Buiscuitville 125, the tracks inaugural NASCAR-sanctioned race. This is the first road course race for the series since 2010.

The team will be looking to Bryan Ortiz (@BryanORacing) who has competed at VIR in the Grand-AM series, and Daniel Suarez (@DnlSuarez) who has a road course win this season in the NASCAR Toyota Mexico Series, for guidance. The drivers will be competing 55 laps on the 2.25-mile North Course of the track, and will be doing live pit stops for the first time this season.

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Ryan Gifford (@RyanGifford2) (No. 2 NASCAR Technical Institute/UTI Toyota Camry) – Gifford, who scored his first series win at Richmond earlier this season, is currently fourth in points. He’s in contention to capture the championship with four top-five’s, six top-10s, and an average finish of 8.6 this season.

Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Rev Racing Toyota Camry) – Ortiz has extensive road course experience and has competed at VIR in the Grand-AM series. The Bayamon, Puerto Rico native, who’s competing in his second full season in the NKNPS East, is looking to capitalize on that experience this weekend. He has four top-10 finishes this season.

Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Visit Acapulco Toyota Camry) – Suarez who is currently eighth in NKNPS East points, scored a road course win at Monterrey in the NASCAR Toyota Mexico Series earlier this season. He’s had three top-three finishes in the last three NKNPS East races, and captured his first series win at Iowa earlier this year.

Mackena Bell (@MackenaBell) (No. 21 Toyota Racing Development Toyota Camry) – Bell who’s competing in her first full NKNPS East season is tied for 11th in points and in contention to capture Rookie of they Year honors. She has one top-five and two top-10 finishes this season.

Practice for the Biscuitville 125 begins at 9:05 a.m. followed by qualifying at 1:20 p.m. and the green flag at 4:35 p.m. ET. For live updates throughout the weekend follow @RevRacin on twitter.

BARNES AND MADRID COMPETE AT MOTOR MILE SPEEDWAY

Concord, N.C. (August 16, 2013) – Annabeth Barnes and Jack Madrid headed north to Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, VA last weekend, to compete in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) Twin 125s. The field was stacked with competitors, including previous Series champion, Lee Pulliam. This was both drivers first time competing at Motor Mile Speedwaybut Barnes and Madrid didn’t let the competition intimidate them.

The starting lineup for the first race was based on qualifying lap speed, while the starting lineup for the second race was based on finishing position of the first race. Madrid qualified 15th in his No. 4 Toyota Camry, and Barnes qualified 16th in her No. 21 Toyota Camry out of 21 competitors. Both drivers ran a clean race and kept their cars out of trouble, setting them up for success in the final Twin 125 of the night.

Madrid started the second race 13th and as soon as the green flag fell he began making his way through the field. He had a competitive car, and was able to work his way into the top-10 halfway through the race. A late race caution gave him the time he needed to work his way to an eighth place finish. Barnes finished the night 12th, after starting 17th.

The next race for both drivers will be tomorrow, August 17th, at Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, N.C. Follow us on twitter @RevRacin for live updates.

Jack Madrid at Motor Mile Speedway

Jack Madrid earned an eighth place finish in the second Twin 125 of the night.

BARNES AND MADRID COMPETE IN THE HAMPTON HEAT 200 AT LANGLEY SPEEDWAY

8551786158_a0a93a7a0d_cCONCORD, N.C. (July 29, 2013) – When Annabeth Barnes and Jack Madrid arrived at Motor Mile Speedway on Saturday they thought their hopes of racing this past weekend were over. The weather wasn’t working in their favor, and the speedway had to postpone the CMS Supply Twin 125s due to rain. The team was determined to race however, so they loaded up the haulers and drove east to Langley Speedway, hopeful to make it there in time to compete in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) Hampton Heat 200.

The clock and driving distance weren’t the only thing the team was battling, once they arrived at Langley they had to completely change the car setup to accommodate for the different track. The team made it to Langley on time and worked tirelessly to get the cars race ready. Barnes and Madrid were able to get some practice laps in, and qualified 27th and 21st respectively out of 31 cars.

The field was stacked with a talented and well-known group of short-track drivers, and Barnes and Madrid were able to gain some great experience. Langley Speedway veterans Anthony and Phil Warren were able to coach Barnes in the No. 72 Toyota Racing Camry through the race, keeping her out of trouble, and leading her to a 13th place finish. Madrid in the No. 4 Toyota Racing Camry was caught up in a wreck early on in the race. The team was able to repair the damage, but he battled an overheating car all night. He was able to finish the race and come home with a 19th place result.

The next race for both drivers in the NWAAS will be on Saturday, August 10th, at Hickory Motor Speedway.

 

BARNES AND MADRID FIND SUCCESS AT HICKORY

Jack Madrid at Hickory Motor SpeedwayCONCORD, N.C. (June 18, 2013) – Annabeth Barnes and Jack Madrid made their return to Hickory Motor Speedway (HMS) on Saturday night to compete in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) twin-50 races. This was both drivers first race at the track with Rev Racing since May, but the time away didn’t seem to impact their success.

The qualifying procedure on Saturday was different due to the twin-50 schedule. Qualifying order for the first race was determined by the first lap, and qualifying order for the second race was determined by the second lap. Barnes qualified 10th for the first race and eighth for the second, while Madrid qualified eighth and sixth respectively.

Barnes had her best finish of the season, fourth, in the second twin-50 race. She came home eighth in the first race, giving her two top-10 finishes for the night. Madrid was coming off a season best fifth place finish his last time at Hickory, and managed to bring home a sixth place finish for the first race. He was running third in the second race, and looking to come home with a top-three finish, but was tangled in a wreck with two laps to go and came home ninth.

Both drivers will return to Hickory Motor speedway on June 29th for the NASCAR All-American Series Race.

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.

ROUGH NIGHT AT HICKORY MOTOR SPEEDWAY FOR REV RACING

(CONCORD, NC) – Annabeth Barnes and Jack Madrid made their NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) debut on Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway in the 100 lap ZLOOP Challenge. After a promising start to the day, Rev Racing went in with high hopes for the event.
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Early on in the race, Madrid experienced mechanical issues on his No. 4 Toyota Camry, effectively ending his night in the 22nd position.

Barnes had a good handling No. 21 Toyota Camry, and was able to advance her position, moving up as high as 11th within the first 10 laps. She was caught in a multiple car accident early on and sustained too much damage to continue, finishing in the 21st position.
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Rev Racing had two strong practice sessions; where both drivers spent time getting accustomed to the track, and their new cars. The field was stacked with 22 competitors and Madrid and Barnes qualified 17th and 18th respectively. Both drivers qualified early and the track cooled down significantly as the session progressed, resulting in increased lap times from the later qualifying cars.

Barnes will be in action again on March 16th at Hickory, and both Rev Racing drivers will be competing in the NWAAS at Hickory on April 6th.

REV RACING TO COMPETE IN SPRING CLASSIC SEASON OPENER AT HICKORY MOTOR SPEEDWAY

(CONCORD, NC) – Rev Racing drivers Annabeth Barnes and Jack Madrid will make their NASCAR Whelen All-American Series debut this Saturday, March 9th, at Hickory Motor Speedway in the Spring Classic Season Opener.

While Barnes is no rookie at Hickory Motor Speedway, where she ran her first full stock car season competing in the Limited Late Model Division, it will be her first time competing in a Late Model car.

“This is going to be a big year for me, moving into late models. It will be a good opportunity to learn and grow as a driver, and I’m really excited to compete for Rev Racing and thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Drive for Diversity program.” said Barnes.

Madrid, originally from San Clemente, Calif., spent last season racing in the Super Late Model Division on the West Coast, where he finished top-10 in all four races in which he competed.

“The biggest difference for me this season will be the level of talent at the track, it’s really going to help me develop as a driver. I feel like we have a really great Toyota Camry that will be competitive, and my goal is to learn as much as I can each weekend.” said Madrid.

Barnes and Madrid both join the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program this season after being selected in the combine to compete for Rev Racing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and racing will begin at 7:00 p.m. For more information about Rev Racing visit http://revracing.net or follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

D4D Combine Candidates Selected – 17 Drivers To Compete For Spot On Next Year’s Roster

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 20, 2012) As the NASCAR season hits the home stretch, preparations for 2013 are already underway. That process will begin in earnest for select drivers Oct. 16-18 with the 2012 NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Combine at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va.

NASCAR and Rev Racing today announced 17 candidates invited to take part in the three-day evaluation.

“We are excited to see the continued interest in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program as evidenced by the increased breadth and depth of applicants for the evaluation,” said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development. “The NASCAR Drive for Diversity program provides opportunities for female and minority drivers and crew members, and we are proud to be working with Rev Racing to foster great talent that will continue to enrich our sport.”

The NASCAR D4D program created in 2004 is now executed by Rev Racing and the team is competing in their third season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Currently the top two rookies in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Kyle Larson and Bryan Ortiz are in the 2012 D4D class, while Larson and Rev Racing graduate Darrell Wallace Jr. made their national series debuts this year. Larson has top 10s in both starts in the NASCAR Camping World Series and Wallace has a top 10 in all three of his NASCAR Nationwide Series races.

The 2012 Combine will be a three day driver evaluation of on-track performance, marketing and media aptitude, and physical fitness. Langley, a .4-mile asphalt oval, is the NASCAR sanctioned track hosting the event for the second consecutive year.

“Langley truly challenges those who take part in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine,” said Derik Crotts, general manager of Rev Racing, the executing partner for the program. “Participants will have several on track sessions to present their racing abilities. This will include some unique challenges that we will throw at them to make sure that they are on their game.”

The 2013 Rev Racing team will be selected from among the 2012 Rev Racing drivers and the Combine participants.

The 2012 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine participants include:

DRIVER HOMETOWN AGE
Devon Amos Rio Ranch, N.M. 21
Dustin Ash Las Vegas 24
Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, N.C. 17
Collin Cabre Thonotosassa, Fla. 18
Kayla Cazares Goffstown, N.H. 16
Amber Colvin Mooresville, N.C. 17
Jessica Dana Olympia, Wash. 17
Paige Decker Eagle River, Wis. 19
Cassie Gannis Phoenix, Ariz. 21
Lindsay Katz Kalamazoo, Mich. 21
Jack Madrid San Clemente, Calif. 17
Kate McCall Port Orange, Fla. 16
Dallas Montes Bakersfield, Calif. 18
Hannah Newhouse Twin Falls, Idaho 15
Dylan Smith Randolph, Vt. 20
Daniel Suarez Monterrey, Mexico 20
Erica Thiering Sherwood Park, Alberta 22

Pair Of Top-Five Finishes For Rev Racing On Championship Night at Hickory Motor Speedway

CONCORD, NC (September 17, 2012) Rev Racing’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series drivers, Mackena Bell and Trey Gibson, proved that they were championship contenders on Saturday night with two top-five finishes in the 100-lap championship race for the Bojangles Late Model Series at Hickory Motor Speedway. Although not competing in the entire 2012 season, Bell’s top-three finish earned her an eighth place finish in Late Model point standings at Hickory Motor Speedway while Gibson ended the season in sixth, 150 points ahead of his teammate.

Starting this race in fifth, Bell quickly fell back to 12th after being spun on the first lap, causing right front damage to her No. 4 Toyota Racing Development Camry. Not letting this stop her from a top finish, Bell quickly maneuvered her way through the field, cracking the top-five with 40 laps remaining. Nearing the end of this championship race, Bell proved no one would stop her from ending the 2012 season on a high note when she made her way up to third place in the 15 car field with 10 laps remaining, which is where she would cross the finish.

Also bringing his 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American season to a successful end, Gibson started this race in seventh and quickly made his way into the top three within the first two laps. Continuing to keep his No. 2 Lithium Pros Toyota Camry in the top-five, Gibson was forced to make a late race pit stop, for a track bar adjustment. Starting in eighth with only 24 laps remaining, Gibson found that this was just the handling adjustment that he needed to stay competitive. Making his way through the field, Gibson was able to put the No. 2 Lithium Pros Toyota Camry back in the top-five with 10 laps remaining and crossed the finish in fifth.

“It was an honor to finish in the top-three considering the competition I had tonight,” said Bell. “It was unfortunate to have gotten caught up in a wreck on the first lap, but we made a great recovery. This team has made a lot of improvements from the beginning of the season and I would like to thank Mike Bartlett, Josh Berdnt, Keith Young and Jefferson Hodges for all their hard work and support as well as my amazing sponsors, Toyota and Toyota Racing Development for making this dream possible.”

“This weekend was better than the past couple of weeks and I am thankful to have a strong fifth place finish,” said Gibson. “The No. 2 Lithium Pros Toyota Camry was really good the first 70 laps, but after making a track bar adjustment the car seemed to handle even better. Due to this late pit stop we weren’t able to get the finished we had hoped for, but am still happy for this strong finish. I would like to thank my sponsors Lithium Pros and Toyota as well as my hard working team Mardy Lindley, Ryan Salomon, Dylan Smith and Steve Mann for their dedication this season.”

Bell and Gibson will also have an opportunity to compete in one of Hickory Motor Speedway’s largest racing events of the year – the Fall Brawl 200 lap Late Model race, on Saturday, September 29th.

Top-Five Finish for Mackena Bell at Hickory Motor Speedway

CONCORD, NC (September 10, 2012) Rev Racing’s Mackena Bell comes home with a top-five finish in the 100-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature race this weekend, moving her into the top-10 in Late Model point standings at Hickory Motor Speedway.

After spending most of Saturday at this legendary short track, Bell and her teammate, Trey Gibson, had to await their chance to race against the competitive Late Model field until Sunday due to dangerous storms in the area.

In a race that was slowed by only one caution, Bell as able to battle back from an 11th place starting position into the top seven by the mid-point of this event. Bell continued to hold this position before laying the hammer down and moving her No. 4 Toyota Racing Development Camry into the top-five with just four laps to go, resulting in her second top-five finish of the 2012 season.

Hoping to compete with his teammate, Gibson wasn’t as fortunate. Starting this race in the top-five, Gibson’s No. 2 Lithium Pros Toyota Camry looked like the car to compete with before experiencing engine problems on lap 43. Unable to return to the race track, Gibson was forced to settle with a last place finish.

“This was a great race weekend,” said Bell. “Although our qualifying effort wasn’t what I was hoping, the changes that we made for the race as well as saving our tires until the end of this race paid off. A special thanks goes out to my team for their hard work as well as my sponsors, Toyota and Toyota Racing Development, for giving me the opportunity to have a great car.”

“Sometimes you lose more than you win in this sport, but I am really happy for my teammate today,” said Gibson. “We had a good run going for the 100 lap feature before experiencing motor problems, which forced me to end the day early. Fortunately, we have two more races to go to get another win this season and this is definitely possible with this hard working team.”

Both drivers will return to the track for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Championship Night this Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway, followed by the Fall Brawl 200 lap Late Model race on Saturday, September 29th.