Still manage a top-10 finish in Jegs 150 CONCORD, NC (July 24, 2012) Rev Racing experienced a rough return to Columbus Motor Speedway on Saturday night, in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Jegs 150, only able to achieve a single top-10 finish. Making his rookie appearance at Columbus Motor Speedway, Bryan Ortiz proved that he would be a top race contender by posting some of the fastest practice times and a solid qualifying run. Despite running on the outside for most of the race, Ortiz held a top-10 position throughout a race that had fans on their feet. After slipping into the top five within the first 100 laps, Ortiz was forced to save the No. 4 Toyota Racing Development Camry after receiving a tap in the final stages of this race, which caused the him to slip back to the sixth position where he would cross the finish. With his top ten finish, Ortiz was able to continue his climb in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points standings and sits in seventh position only 45 points out of the lead. Additionally, he has taken over the points lead in Rookie of the Year standings. “This was a great points night for my team,” said Ortiz. “Although I was hoping for another top five finish this week, it was a tough race and running on the outside was probably not the best decision at this track. I am happy that we were able to come home with a solid top-10 finish and are continuing to work hard and improve.” Ortiz’s teammates weren’t as lucky. Only four points outside of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points lead prior to the start of the Jegs 150, Kyle Larson continued to hold a top-10 position before a flat front tire sent the No. 6 L&M Ethanol Maintenance Contracting, Inc. Toyota Camry to the pits with 20 laps remaining. Larson’s night continued on a downward spiral when he received damage to the right rear after pulling into the pits. Attempting to limp around the track, Larson was forced to return for a second pit stop causing him to fall two laps down, resulting in his worst finish of the season in 21st position. “This was a disappointing night,” said Larson. “Fortunately, I have a hard working team that will do everything that they can to get us back on top in Iowa.” Making his return to Columbus Motor Speedway this season, teammate, Ryan Gifford, was able to battle back from a tough start to the day for a top-10 position before being spun in turn two with 35 laps to go, resulting in a 13th place finish. “We had a lot of challenges thrown at us today,” said Gifford. “The No. 2 Universal Technical Institute/NASCAR Technical Institute Toyota Camry was strong come race time and I believe we could have had a top-10 finish, but everyone is out here to do everything that they can to win and sometimes they do things you just wouldn’t expect an experienced driver to do. We’ll keep our heads up and come back from this in Iowa.” Jorge Arteaga’s inaugural run at Columbus also looked promising, as he battled for a Top 15 spot with a stout car under him. His night was prematurely ended when a cut right front tire sent him into the outside wall in Turn 2 on Lap 108, resulting in a 22nd place finish. Rev Racing’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers will make their return to the track in the Pork Be Inspired 150, at Iowa Speedway, in Newton, IA, on Saturday, August 3.
CONCORD, NC (July 18, 2012) Following a win at Columbus Motor Speedway last year, Rev Racing’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East team is looking forward to continued success in this Saturday’s Jegs 150 at the demanding one-third mile oval track. After a win at Gresham Motorsports Park and a second place finish last weekend at CNB Bank Raceway Park in Clearfield, PA, Rev Racing rookie, Kyle Larson, is just four points out of the series lead. Hoping to continue on this hot streak, Larson said that he is excited about this weekend’s race. “The team has been pretty consistent this year,” said Larson. “I know we’ll bring a good car to the track. I’ll just have to make sure I can take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves during the race.” Following up on his top five finish at Clearfield, Bryan Ortiz, said that he hopes to race his No. 4 Toyota Racing Development Camry into the winner’s circle this weekend at Columbus Motor Speedway. “After a strong run last weekend I feel more than confident of what this team can do,” said Ortiz. “Each race we improve and even though we had some bad luck at the beginning of the race last weekend, we worked really hard and came back to finish fifth. This weekend, I hope to improve that position for both a win and a good points night.” Returning to Columbus Motor Speedway this season, Rev Racing veteran, Ryan Gifford, is poised and ready for a top finish in this weekend’s Jegs 150. “Although I finished outside of the top-10 at this track last year, I know I can have a much better result this year, especially with the car and team I have working for me,” said Gifford. Enduring several challenges in last Saturday’s race, driver of the No. 8 Toyota Camry, Jorge Arteaga, said that he is confident that he and his team will be ready for a good finish this weekend. “I think we have a good car and I feel good about going into this weekend’s race,” said Arteaga. “My crew chief, Mark Green, and the rest of the crew have been working very hard on the No. 8 Sign Innovations Toyota Camry and we’re looking for a strong finish in Ohio.”
CONCORD, NC (July 16, 2012) After a hard fought night in Clearfield, PA, Rev Racing continued its impressive team performance in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with three top five finishes in Saturday night’s Samuel 150, at CNB Bank Raceway Park. Rookie, Kyle Larson remains a championship contender with a second place finish, followed by veteran driver, Ryan Gifford, in fourth and fellow rookie of the year contender, Bryan Ortiz, in fifth. With good qualifying runs, resulting in three top-10 starting positions for Larson, Ortiz and Gifford, and a 15th for teammate Jorge Arteaga, the team was poised for a good night of racing at the inaugural NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event at this challenging and fast track. As Larson battled a loose race car during the first half of the race, teammates Ortiz and Gifford made their march to the front before Ortiz scraped the outside wall while attempting to move into the third position on lap 66. Although losing a few positions, Ortiz was able to remain inside the top-10, along with teammates Gifford and Larson as the race reached its midpoint break. As the second half of this race began, Gifford was able to hang onto a top five position, with teammates Larson and Ortiz following close behind, while teammate Arteaga remained in a solid position just outside the top-10. With the adjustments and repairs made to his No. 6 L&M Ethanol Maintenance Contracting, Inc. Toyota Camry, Larson began a strong move through the field and would find himself in third with just 30 laps remaining in the race. With just four laps remaining, an unexpected blackout on the backstretch placed the race in a red flag situation setting up a green-white-checker finish. With the wave of the green flag, Larson, Gifford and Ortiz all advanced their positions and crossed the finish line in second, fourth and fifth, respectively. With his second place finish, Larson was able to move back into second place in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East point’s battle, just four points behind race winner and new points leader, Brett Moffitt. “Although the start of this night was difficult, this was a good race,” said Larson. “After receiving some damage at the start, my team was able to make the right adjustments during the midpoint break and put my Camry back into contention for a win.” Following a disappointing night at Langley Speedway, Gifford said that he was happy with the progress that his team made this week. “The No. 2 Universal Technical Institute/NASCAR Technical Institute Toyota Camry was very competitive tonight and this team continues to put me in a car capable of winning,” said Gifford. “We just need to remain consistent and avoid other peoples mistakes to see the type of results we all know we can achieve.” Like Larson, teammate, Ortiz continued to show his driving skill by overcoming early damage and steadily moving through the field for another top five finish. “We had a strong night and I am very happy for both my team and sponsors,” stated Ortiz. “Although I feel we had a car to compete for the win before my incident, I am happy to bring home a top five and close the gap a little in the points chase.” Sporting a new sponsor for the race, Arteaga had another good outing for the second straight race and brought his No. 8 Sign Innovations Camry home in 13th position, moving him into 14th in the Series points race. “We chased the car most of the night and then got loose going for position late,” said Arteaga. “I hate it for the team and new sponsor, Sign Innovations. We had a solid top-10 car but I just drove it in a little too hard there at the end and lost it in turn two. Fortunately we gained some ground in the points race and I can’t wait to get back on the track.” Rev Racing’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers will make their return to the track in the Jegs 150, at Columbus Motor Speedway, in Columbus, OH, on Saturday, July 21.
CONCORD, NC (July 11, 2012) Sign Innovations will appear in the primary sponsor position on the No. 8, Toyota Camry, of Jorge Arteaga, for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on July 14, 2012, in Clearfield, PA. “We are excited to have Sign Innovations come on board for this race,” said Derik Crotts, General Manager, Rev Racing. “This small-business, which also happens to be woman, minority and veteran owned and operated, compliments the goals and objectives of our program really well. Plus, they produce a variety of products that have multiple uses in the industry. It’s a great fit.” Sign Innovations is a full service commercial sign and visual brand communications company specializing in custom requirements for large format high-resolution digital graphics, displays and events, commercial building signage and vehicle advertising. “While we’ve done some racing related work before, we’ve never been directly involved with a NASCAR race team,” said Deanna Duke, Owner/President of Sign Innovations. “We really like what Rev Racing is doing from a developmental standpoint for youth, women and minorities and felt like they offered a good opportunity and match for our company.” So far in 2012, Rev Racing has continued to show growth and progress both on and off the track. “We’ve been making tremendous strides this year as we revamp our program and its operations,” added Crotts. “This makes more than 10 new partners, in the past six months, that have shown a commitment to helping Rev Racing and NASCAR provide opportunities to female and minority drivers and pit crew members. With partners like Sign Innovations and others, we can and will make a difference in the sport.”
CONCORD, NC (July 2, 2012) The temperatures weren’t the only things hot at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday night, as both Rev Racing NASCAR Whelen All-American Series drivers remained hot and finished second and ninth in a rare caution free race. With the air temperatures at 105 degrees, and the track temperatures in excess of 150 degrees, it was going to be a challenge for drivers, crews and fans to find a comfortable spot on or off the track. “This was one of the hottest race weekends I have experienced,” said Mackena Bell, driver of the No. 4 Toyota Racing Development Camry. “ Practice was really not helpful since the track was so greasy and slick.” The impact of the heat showed as Bell could only manage a 13th best qualifying position, while teammate, Trey Gibson, would make it to the outside of the second row, in fourth. “I simply misjudged the track because of the heat and I didn’t have the qualifying effort I wanted,” added Bell. Once the green flag waved, all the drivers in the 15-car field were blistering around the track as if they wanted to get out of the heat as quickly as possible. By the halfway point Gibson was up to third and Bell had advanced two spots to 11th. With only 18 laps remaining, Gibson was in second and Bell in ninth , which is where they would finish this 50-lap feature. “The track temperatures were still at 105 when the race started,” said Bell. “We had gotten the car fairly close and figured out the high line was working. If it wasn’t for a caution free race, we easily could have had a much better finish but a top-10 isn’t bad.” Gibson credits his conditioning to helping him overcome the heat and bringing his No. 2 Lithium Pros Toyota Camry home in second for the fourth time this year. “All of the training and conditioning we get at the shop with Coach (Phil) Horton helps us when it gets hot like this,” said Gibson. “It’s really a lot worse outside of the car than it is while we’re racing.” “I think the heat did cause us to simply miss it on the setup tonight,” added Gibson. “We were a little tighter than what we wanted and that caused us to be loose exiting the corner. We still managed to bring home another second place finish thanks to the help of the good Lord, my great crew and sponsors.”