NEWTON, NC (APRIL 29, 2012) Rev Racing saw its first win of the 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series as Trey Gibson piloted his No. 2 Toyota Camry to a victory and a third place finish in the Twin 50’s at the Hickory Motor Speedway here. After a good qualifying effort, Gibson started the night’s first late model event in the seventh position and his Rev Racing teammate, Mackena Bell, rolled off the grid in her best position of the year in fifth. The seventeen-car field ran fifty caution free laps with Gibson making the most movement during the race. By lap 14, Gibson had advanced to fifth. On lap 29 he was in fourth and with thirteen laps remaining Gibson was in third. He would battle the No. 12 of Austin McDaniel who would edge him out at the line for second. Bell would bring her No. 4 Toyota Camry home in sixth. “We struggled a little in practice,” said Gibson. “ We made some adjustments and I was able to have my best qualifying effort of the year. I knew I would have to go hard to get to the front but still had to save my tires for the second race. So, coming away with a third, almost a second, was exciting but I knew we had something left.” Gibson would start the second fifty lapper in fifth position. However, the second race would not be caution free as Bell, who started on the outside of row four in eighth position, would get too high into turn one and spin out. “We really had a good car and a good night, “ said Bell. “I hate that I made a mistake on the first lap of the second race. After a good starting position that mistake meant I had to go to the rear of the field. I was able to get a top-10 finish but I know it could have been much better. But, I’m really happy for Trey. He drove a great race and the entire Rev Racing team had us both ready to compete for a win.” Bell and Gibson would battle the field for the remainder of the race and with 10 laps to go would find themselves still inside the top-10 with Gibson in second and Bell in ninth. The night’s second and final caution would come on lap 42 and provide Gibson the break he needed to go for the win. He would battle the No. 97 of Keith Bumgarner for the next five laps and eventually take over the lead for good on lap 47. It would mark Gibson’s first win at Hickory Motor Speedway and his first win as a driver for Rev Racing. “First of all, I couldn’t have done this without the help of the Good Lord, Rev Racing, and our partners like Toyota, Mobil 1, JRI, 3M, Lithium Pro Batteries, “ said Gibson. “We have a great chemistry, leadership and great support this year,” added Gibson. “My crew chief (Danny Johnson) and team are giving me a great car week in and week out. I can’t wait until next weekend!” Rev Racing and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series drivers will be in action again at Hickory Motor Speedway on May 5, 2012.
RICHMOND, VA. (APRIL 27, 2012) – With eight laps remaining, Rev Racing driver Ryan Gifford was in second position and the only driver, other than the eventual winner Brett Moffitt, to have lead any laps in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Blue Ox 100, here. “We had a really fast car tonight and was in an exciting race,” said Gifford. “If that last caution had not occurred there would have still been an exciting finish but there would have been two Rev Racing drivers in the middle of it.” Gifford, driver of the #2 Universal Technical Institute/NASCAR Technical Institute Toyota Camry and teammate Kyle Larson, driver of the #6 Langley Speedway Toyota Camry had run in the top three positions for the majority of the race.
Both where in position to contend for the win when a red flag caution came out on lap 90. During the restart on lap 92, Gifford, who had lead 11 of the 100 laps, spun his tires and was hit from the rear and sent spinning toward the infield. He was able to save the car and did not bring out a caution. He was able to regroup and catch the field, but with only eight laps remaining, could not advance any further than twenty-first position before the race ended. “After being so dominant all night, it’s a shame to have it end that way,” said Gifford. “But, we’ve shown we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with this year. There’s still eleven races remaining and a lot is going to happen.” In addition to Gifford and Larson, the remaining Rev Racing drivers also showed the power being displayed by the team this year. Bryan Ortiz, driver of the #4 Toyota Racing Development Toyota Camry, had another strong outing finishing the night in seventh position. Fellow driver Jorge Arteaga, driver of the #8 PRECON Marine Toyota Camry, came from a thirty-second starting position to finish the night in fifteenth. “While I’m happy with the good finish, I’m not satisfied,” said Arteaga. “The team and I have come a long way in the first three races. I’m improving each time and expect to be running in the top, with my teammates, very soon” Three Rev Racing drivers remain the top 10 in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points standing with Larson in fifth, Ortiz in seventh and Gifford at eight. Rev Racing NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers will be in action again at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on May 19.
Concord, NC (April 24, 2012) – Rev Racing announced today that they will be joined by two new sponsors for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Richmond International Raceway this Thursday evening. Precon Marine, Inc. and Langley Speedway will support Rev Racing’s efforts in the “Blue Ox 100.” “We are excited to have two great partners on board for the Blue Ox 100,” says Jefferson Hodges, Director of Competition for Rev Racing. “With the only scheduled live televised event of the series, and good cars and drivers, we plan to make this a memorable night for both Precon Marine and Langley Speedway.” Precon Marine, Inc. is a diversified marine contractor specializing in heavy marine construction, waterfront construction and related services throughout the East Coast area and abroad. With an extensive inventory of equipment and a stable, skilled offshore workforce, Precon Marine is able to take on major bridge, pier, and bulkhead rehabilitation work, subaqueous utility installation as well as provide call-out services for underwater inspections and commercial diving needs. They will be riding along with Jorge Arteaga and the #8 Toyota Camry. Langley Speedway is now in it’s 62nd anniversary season with a well-established and well-earned reputation as one of NASCAR’s best weekly tracks. From it’s modest opening in 1950 as a dirt track with few amenities to today’s paved showplace, Langley has consistently stayed ahead of the competitive and administrative curve. On June 23rd, Langley Speedway will host the “Visit Hampton 175” for the second consecutive year. Additional races this summer include the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series “Hampton Heat 200” on July 28th, and a Whelen Southern Modified Tour race on September 1st. Langley will be on board at Richmond International Raceway with Kyle Larson and the #6 Toyota Camry.
CONCORD, NC. (APRIL 20, 2012) – Applications for the 2012 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine are now being accepted. Promising young drivers may now submit their applications for consideration to participate in the Combine. Drivers who are selected for the Combine and then accepted into the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, will join Rev Racing for the 2013 season, competing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series or NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The application submission period will close on August 1, 2012. Applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements: • At least 15 years of age but no older than 26 years of age as of October 15, 2012; and • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien; or non-permanent resident who is legally allowed to work in the U.S.; and • A female or recognized as a member of a classified ethnic minority For more details about the program and to apply visit the Rev Racing website at https://revracing.net/.
Mackena and Trey continue surging at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway
GREENVILLE, SC. (March 31, 2012) – While the Rev Racing drivers didn’t leave with the on-track results they had expected here last night, three of the four now find themselves in the Top-10 in Standings for NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East. Ryan Gifford, driver of the #2 Universal Technical Institute/NASCAR Technical Institute Toyota Camry is now fourth in points and two behind the leader, while his teammates, Bryan Ortiz, driver of the #4 Toyota Racing Development Camry and Kyle Larson, who pilots the #6 Rev Racing Toyota Camry find themselves in ninth and tenth respectfully. Both Ortiz and Larson are Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders. The night started with rain halting qualifying and leading to the starting grid being set based on 2011 Owners Points. This placed a number of rookie drivers in the front of the field, some of which were in their first NASCAR K&N Pro Series event. While this would put Larson on the front row, it meant the start of the race was going to be an adventure for the entire field. “On the very first lap, the #99 ran into my left side and on lap four, the #16 gave me a hard hit from behind,” said Larson. “I knew we were going to have a long night but the damage didn’t help the handling of my #6 Rev Racing Toyota.” The first of six cautions flew on lap 4 of 150 when the #1 car came to rest on the Turn 4 wall with an engine failure. The second caution came out on lap 10 and found Larson in sixth position, Bryan Ortiz in ninth, Gifford in tenth and Jorge Arteaga in nineteenth. The third caution of the night was brought out on lap 18 of 150 when Gifford was clipped by the #07 going into Turn 2. Ortiz also suffers car damage in a separate incident on the same lap and both he and Gifford would restart near the rear of the 29-car field. “ It really is a shame we didn’t get to qualify,” said Gifford “ We really had a fast car and I think we would have started much further up if it hadn’t rained. You never want to have to try and come from the back to front and especially not here.” Ortiz was able to come from the rear of the field and move up to as high as ninth position before finishing the night in eleventh. Gifford would find himself at the rear of the field for a second time when he and Larson were caught up in a spin by the #15 in Turn 3. The wreck resulted in the tire rubbing the left front of Gifford’s car and required him to pit for repairs. He would get back on the lead lap when he received the “Lucky Dog” during a caution brought out on lap 121. However, the damage and tire wear were too much to over come and he would finish the night in thirteenth position, one lap down. Larson would finish the night two laps down in seventeenth position. Arteaga, who was having a solid run and moving up inside the Top-20, had a right rear go down on lap 60 and would end up going five laps down before finishing the night in twenty-fifth. The next event for Rev Racing and NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity drivers is April 26, at Richmond International Raceway in the Blue Ox 100.