Weekend Preview: Hickory Motor Speedway

 

Revolution Racing late model drivers Michael Cherry, Becca Kasten and Megan Reitenour have raced three different tracks so far this season – Caraway Speedway, Greenville Pickens Speedway and Tri-County Motor Speedway –  and will add a fourth to their resume this weekend when they head to Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

 

 

Event Information: Late Model Stock (50 laps) Hickory Motor Speedway Saturday, April 17 at 7 p.m.   Michael Cherry Team: No. 6 MBC Group Late Model  Crew Chief: Brent Cusick Cherry on his first start at Hickory Motor Speedway: “Hickory is a great, old race track. There’s a reason they call it the birthplace of the NASCAR stars. A lot of great drivers have gotten there start at that place. We’ve run at some pretty historic tracks this year and I’m looking forward to adding Hickory to the list. Hopefully we can follow-up on what Jason (Romero) did last week and come away with a solid top five.” Fast Facts:
  • Cherry finished second at Tri-County Motor Speedway two weeks ago; the car he will be driving Saturday night finished fifth (with driver Jason Romero) at Hickory last week. 
  • Cherry has two top fives and four top 10s in four races so far this season. 
  • This is Cherry’s first career start at Hickory Motor Speedway. He’ll return to the track eight more times throughout the season.
  Rebecca Kasten Team: No. 5 Late Model Crew Chief: Lynn Martin Kasten on racing against her teammates: “It’s an interesting dynamic to go out there and race against your teammates. At the end of the day, we’re all working on the race cars at the shop as a team, but we’re out on the track racing for position and you can’t be afraid to race hard. Michael (Cherry) and Megan (Reitenour) are tough competitors and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do with them at Hickory.” Fast Facts:
  • Kasten is looking for her first top five of the season this weekend at Hickory. She has three top 10s in four starts.
  • Kasten enjoys helping her teammates at the track on her off weekends, but is ready to get back behind the wheel.
  • This is Kasten’s first career start at Hickory Motor Speedway. She’ll return to the track eight more times throughout the season.
  Megan Reitenour Team: No. 1 Late Model Crew Chief: Brandon Butler Reitenour on Hickory Motor Speedway: “I’m really looking forward to racing at Hickory again. We won a race there back in 2008 in the Super Cup Stock Car Series, overcoming some obstacles along the way. The Super Cup cars are pretty different from the late models I’m running now, but I think we’ll be good if we can qualify up front and put together a nice, clean run.” Fast Facts:
  • Reitenour has had success at Hickory in the past, winning the Extreme Trophies 100 (Super Cup Stock Car Series) in 2008.
  • A string of bad luck has kept Reitenour outside of the top 10 so far this season. She’s looking to turn things around with a solid run at Hickory this weekend.
  • Reitenour will have nine opportunities to make her return to victory lane at Hickory Motor Speedway this season.

Back-to-Back Top Fives for Romero

Jason Romero had a solid weekend with the No. 2 MBC Group Late Model, following up Friday’s third-place finish at Tri-County Motor Speedway (Hudson, N.C.) with a top-five finish at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Romero’s fifth-place finish is his best of the season at the 0.363-mile bullring. Romero’s Revolution Racing teammates Katie Hagar and Jessica Brunelli finished 11th and 13th, respectively. “The MBC Group Late Model was good for us this weekend,” said Romero. “After running well at Tri-County last night, I knew we would have something for them here tonight. We ran a hundred laps of good, clean green-flag racing this weekend. This is what I came out here to do, and I can’t thank everyone at Revolution Racing enough for the opportunity.” Romero qualified sixth in the No. 2 MBC Group Late Model, and climbed as high as fourth during race, which went green for all 50 laps. Romero ran in a tight group of cars battling for position from third to seventh-place for much of the night. In the end, Romero settled for fifth, coming away with his second consecutive top five. Hagar, driving the No. 4 Late Model, started 11th and finished 11th. Brunelli, who was feeling under the weather for much of the day, started 13th and finished 13th in the No. 3 Late Model. Brunelli, Hagar and Romero will take the next two weekends off before returning to Tri-County Motor Speedway on Friday, April 30.

Romero Third at Tri-County

Jason Romero earned his first top five of the season tonight, finishing third in the No. 2 MBC Group Late Model at Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, N.C. Romero’s Revolution Racing teammate Katie Hagar finished ninth. “I had a great car tonight, I couldn’t have asked for anything better,” said Romero. “I have to thank everyone at Revolution Racing for all of their hard work in putting this thing together, and also Dexter Canipe Jr. and Sr. for helping us out tonight. I’m glad we were able to get a solid, top-three finish for the No. 2 MBC Group team.” Romero started the race on the outside pole after tying for fast-time with a 16.26-second lap. He slipped to fourth on the start, but was able to move back into third before lap 5 of the 50 lap feature. Romero challenged for second several times throughout the race, while holding off fourth-place Ty Dillon. The race went green for the distance and Romero came away with the third-place finish. Romero, Hagar and teammate Jessica Brunelli will race tomorrow night at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Gifford Strong at South Boston, Finishes Fourth

Revolution Racing’s four NASCAR K&N Pro Series East teams headed to South Boston (Va.) Speedway this weekend for another round of short-track racing in the South Boston 150. Ryan Gifford was the highest finishing Revolution driver, piloting his No. 2 Distribution One Chevrolet to a fourth-place finish. Gifford’s teammates Sergio Pena, Darrell Wallace Jr., and Mackena Bell finished 14th, 20th and 23rd, respectively. “We had a fast car all day in practice and (Crew Chief) Lee McCall made some good calls to get this car dialed in for the race,” said Gifford. “We fought hard all day and I’m glad we were able to get Distribution One another top-five finish.” Gifford, who finished second in last year’s event at South Boston Speedway, paced the field in final practice before qualifying seventh in the No. 2 Distribution One Chevrolet. Once the race got underway, Gifford was able to keep his car up front for the long haul, settling into fifth for most of the race. With 50 to go, Gifford found himself battling for third and hung on for his second consecutive fourth-place finish. Pena rebounded after last weekend’s early race wreck at Greenville Pickens Speedway to finish 14th at South Boston. He qualified 10th in the No. 4 Chevrolet and ran solidly in the top 10 for most of the race. “I’m proud of all the hard work everyone at Revolution Racing put into getting this car ready to race this weekend,” said Pena. “The car felt really good all day and was capable of running up front. We just weren’t able to capitalize on it today.” Wallace qualified third in the No. 6 Chevrolet, but started 25th after a post-qualifying repair was made to the car. He worked his way through the field and into the top 15 by the half-way mark. By lap 109, Wallace found himself inside the top-10 with a car that could contend for the lead. Wallace’s charge to the front ended abruptly when he cut a tire battling for fifth with just six laps to go. He was forced to pit to repair the car and finished 20th, four laps down to the leaders. “It was a tough way to end a great run,” said Wallace. “The No. 6 Chevrolet was hooked up. I thought we were going to have something for them there at the end and at least come away with a top five. Unfortunately it didn’t end up that way.” Bell struggled to find speed on fresh rubber in practice but picked up nearly a half-second in qualifying to start the race inside the top 10. She ran solidly in the top 10 for most of the race before slipping to mid-pack two-thirds of the way through the race. Still faster than several of the cars in front of her, Bell was poised to break back into the top 15 when contact from the No. 39 of Dustin Delaney sent her No. 8 Chevrolet spinning hard into the inside frontstretch wall, ending her night with 30 laps to go in the race. She was credited with a 23rd-place finish. “It was a hard hit, probably one of the hardest I’ve ever had, and it’s a shame we had to tear up a good race car battling for a spot in the top 20,” said Bell. “I was learning a lot out there and I think we could have picked up some spots and come away with a solid finish. Now we’ll go back to the shop, regroup and get ready for Iowa.” The race broadcast from South Boston Speedway will air Thursday, April 15 at 6 p.m. ET on SPEED. Revolution Racing will return to the track May 23 when NASCAR K&N Pro Series East meets West at Iowa Speedway (Newton, Iowa).

Cherry Finishes Second in Tri-County Opener

Michael Cherry made the most of a wreck-filled season opener at Tri-County Motor Speedway (Hudson, N.C.) Friday night to come away with a second-place finish in the No. 6 MBC Group Late Model. Cherry’s Revolution Racing teammates Becca Kasten and Megan Reitenour finished eighth and 11th after getting caught up in separate on-track incidents. “It was a pretty crazy night, but in the end we were in the right place at the right time,” said Cherry. “You can’t ever complain about a second-place finish, and I’m glad we were able to do it with our new sponsor, MBC Group, on board. They’re only going to be with us for a few races this season, so I’m glad we were able to go out there and run well for them and everyone at Revolution Racing.” Cherry qualified eighth in the No. 6 MBC Group Late Model. He was able to avoid the wrecks in the main event and keep his car in one piece throughout the night. With two laps to go, Cherry found himself running in the fourth spot when two cars in front of him made contact. Cherry avoided the wreck and moved into second-place, his best finish of the season. Kasten wasn’t as lucky as her teammate, despite a second-place qualifying effort earlier in the night. Kasten got caught up in an early race incident on lap 20 while running in the third position. Kasten brought her No. 5 Late Model in for repairs and was unable to beat the pace car off pit road, putting her one lap down for the remainder of the race. She still managed to hang on and avoid further damage, coming away with an eighth-place finish. Reitenour was also involved in a late race on-track incident that caused heavy front-end damage to her No. 1 Revolution Racing machine. She started the race sixth and was battling for a spot in the top five when the wreck occurred. She was credited with an 11th-place finish. Cherry and Kasten also raced at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C., on Saturday night. The race went green for nearly the entire 150 laps, with only two competition cautions thrown on lap 50 and lap 104. Cherry finished eighth after starting fifth, while Kasten finished 11th after starting the race 10th. Revolution Racing late model drivers Jessica Brunelli, Katie Hagar and Jason Romero will be in action Friday, April 9 at Tri-County Motor Speedway and Saturday, April 10 at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Cherry, Kasten and Reitenour will return to action April 17 at Hickory Motor Speedway.

Weekend Preview: Late Models

After two weekends off, Michael Cherry, Becca Kasten and Megan Reitenour are ready to get back to racing with this weekend’s late model double-header. Friday night the trio will head north to Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, N.C., before moving over to Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C. for a Saturday night feature. Event Information: Late Model Stock 100 laps Tri-County Motor Speedway Friday, April 2 at 8 p.m. Late Model Stock 150 laps Caraway Speedway Saturday, April 3 at 8 p.m.   Michael Cherry Team: No. 6 MBC Group Late Model  Crew Chief: Brent Cusick Cherry on racing two different tracks in one weekend: “We’re going to be busy this weekend, that’s for sure, but I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel. We’ve got a new sponsor on board this week with MBC Group, so I’d like to go out there and get a couple of good finishes for them. I had a good run at Tri-County last year when we went up there and I’m looking forward to going back.” Fast Facts:
  • Cherry scored two top 10s (seventh and fourth) on opening night at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway on March 13. He looks to continue his top-10 streak this weekend. 
  • Cherry made one start at Tri-County Motor Speedway in 2009 with Addis Motorsports. He finished sixth in the race. 
  • This will be Cherry’s first trip to Caraway Speedway. 
  Becca Kasten Team: No. 5 Late Model Crew Chief: Lynn Martin Kasten on getting back to racing: “I’ve been learning a lot in the shop and I’ve enjoyed helping my Revolution Racing teammates at the track these last couple of weeks, but I’m ready to get back behind the wheel. I’ve never raced at either track we’re running this weekend, so that will be a new experience for me. I’ve turned some laps at Tri-County before, though, and I’m pretty comfortable there. I think if we can put together a good qualifying run, we’ll be solid in the race.” Fast Facts:
  • Kasten scored a pair of eighth-place finishes in her debut at Greenville Pickens Speedway on March 13.
  • Kasten has never raced at Tri-County Motor Speedway or Caraway Speedway. She has logged test laps in a late model at Tri-County in the past.
  • Kasten started her racing career just three years ago, but has made up for lost time by running more than 20 late model and super late model events a year.
  Megan Reitenour Team: No. 1 Late Model Crew Chief: Brandon Butler Reitenour on returning to Tri-County Motor Speedway:  “I had some good runs at Tri-County last year. We won the rookie of the year title and wound up fourth in the points at the end of the season. I’m excited to go back this year with Revolution Racing and contend for wins. It should be a good weekend for all three Revolution Racing drivers.” Fast Facts:
  • Reitenour finished 11th and 13th in her season debut at Greenville Pickens Speedway on March 13 after an engine change caused her to miss most of the day’s practice session.
  • Reitenour ran a full late model season at Tri-County Motor Speedway in 2009, earning rookie of the year honors and finishing fourth overall in the standings.
  • Reitenour has one pole at Tri-County Motor Speedway. Her best finish at the track is a third-place.

Weekend Preview: South Boston Speedway

Darrell Wallace Jr. gave Revolution Racing its first win Saturday night in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens Speedway. Wallace made history in the process, becoming the youngest driver and first African American to win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Now Revolution Racing looks to make it two in a row when the series makes its annual stop at South Boston (Va.) Speedway. Event Information: South Boston 150 South Boston Speedway Saturday, April 3 at 3 p.m. ET (TV: SPEED, April 15, 6 p.m. ET)   Track Information: South Boston Speedway is a 0.4-mile asphalt oval.   Mackena Bell Team: No. 8 Chevrolet  Crew Chief: Jerry Babb Bell on making her first start at South Boston Speedway: “I’m looking forward to going to South Boston Speedway this weekend. I’ve turned a few laps there during the D4D Combine, but I don’t have any race experience there. I’m hoping I can take some of what I learned about these NASCAR K&N Pro Series cars at Greenville and put it to work this weekend. I know we’re capable of running better than what we showed in Greenville and I’m looking forward to going out there and putting together a good run for the No. 8 Revolution Racing team.” Fast Facts:
  • Bell finished 19th in her NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut at Greenville Pickens Speedway last weekend. 
  • This will be Bell’s first career start at South Boston Speedway. She has turned laps at the historic 0.4-mile track during the annual Drive for Diversity Testing & Evaluation Combine presented by Sprint.
  • Bell is the only female driver on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East entry list for this weekend’s South Boston 150.
  Ryan Gifford Team: No 2 Distribution One Chevrolet Crew Chief: Lee McCall Gifford on returning to South Boston Speedway after finishing second in last year’s event: “I’m really pumped up about South Boston. I had a really good finish there last year driving for RCR. We ran second and actually got beat by an Andy Santerre car and Andy is now our Director of Competition here at Revolution Racing, so I know the car will be there for me this weekend. I think I’ve got a pretty good idea of how to get around that place and if we can put together a good qualifying run, I think we’ll be pretty good in the race.” Fast Facts:
  • Gifford rebounded from getting spun out twice to finish fourth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener at Greenville Pickens Speedway last weekend.
  • Last season, Gifford finished second in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event at South Boston Speedway.
  • Gifford is a hands-on driver and is at the shop working on his cars every chance he gets. He prides himself on knowing what he can do to make his cars faster.
  Sergio Pena Team: No. 4 Chevrolet Crew Chief: Mark McFarland Pena on visiting South Boston Speedway for the first time: “I’m really excited to get to South Boston. I’m glad we’re going right back to racing this weekend after the night we had in Greenville. It’ll be good to get to South Boston and put that behind us.  I’ve never seen the track before, but I’ve been told it’s similar to Shenandoah (Va.) Speedway where I raced last year. I’m looking forward to going out there and putting together a good, solid run.” Fast Facts:
  • Pena was credited with a 27th-place finish in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150, after an accident on lap 64 ended his night early.
  • Pena made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut at the Toyota Showdown at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale in January. He qualified on the pole and finished second to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano.
  • Last season, in his first season of late model competition, Pena scored six wins in 11 starts at Shenandoah Speedway.
  Darrell Wallace Jr. Team: No. 6 Chevrolet Crew Chief: Robert Huffman Wallace carrying momentum into this weekend’s race: “I used to run Legends at South Boston and it’s one of my favorite tracks. It’s really fast and it’s pretty easy to drive. We know Andy (Santerre) has a good set up for South Boston and as long as we can get it dialed in and be there at the end, I think we’ll be pretty good and come out of it with a top five or hopefully another win to make it two in a row. Fast Facts:
  • Wallace made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut one for the record books, becoming the youngest driver (16 years, 5 months and 19 days) and first African American to win in series history. He led three times for 22 laps.
  • Wallace has been competing in late models since he was 14 years old. Now at 16, he’s old enough to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR’s premier development series.
  • Wallace has raced Legends at South Boston Speedway; he’s confident his experience at the track will help him in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series cars.

Wallace Makes History, Gives Revolution Racing First Win

Darrell Wallace Jr. made his debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East one for the history books, becoming the youngest driver and first African-American to win in series history. “We were solid all day – from practice to qualifying. Everything,” said Wallace, who is just 16 years, 5 months and 19 days old. “I can’t thank the guys from Revolution Racing enough. They worked their tails off to get this car ready for this race.” Wallace led three times for 22 laps in the No. 6 Revolution Racing Chevrolet, taking the lead for the final time on a green-white-checkered finish to the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens Speedway on Saturday night. “I kept spinning my tires,” said Wallace. “I told myself to just relax – you’ll get them back. And that’s what I did and I came home with the ‘W’” Wallace’s win also earned him Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors. It is the first win for Revolution Racing, a majority minority-owned race team owned by Max Siegel and John Story. Revolution, which operates four NASCAR K&N Pro Series East teams and six NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model teams, focuses on driver development through a unique academy-style program. Three of Wallace’s Revolution Racing teammates also competed in Saturday night’s Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150. Ryan Gifford battled back to a fifth-place finish after two spins in the No. 2 Distribution One Chevrolet. Mackena Bell, the only female driver in the 30 car field, scored a top-20 finish in her NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut, driving the No. 8 Revolution Racing Chevrolet. Sergio Pena, who made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut in January during the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, was involved in a wreck on lap 65 that sent his No. 4 Revolution Racing Chevrolet to the garage. Pena was credited with a 28th-place finish. The race broadcast will air Thursday, April 1 at 6 p.m. ET on SPEED. Revolution Racing will return to the track in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East 150 at South Boston (Va.) Speedway on April 3.

Revolution Late Models Battle Caution Filled Night at Hickory

Revolution Racing’s Jessica Brunelli, Katie Hagar and Jason Romero returned to Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway this weekend looking to build on what they learned in last weekend’s 100-lap season opener. What they got instead was a caution-filled 50 laps of door-to-door racing. Romero came away with a seventh-place finish in the No. 2 Distribution One Late Model, followed by Hagar in eighth in the No. 4 Late Model. Brunelli was battling for a spot in the top five when a broken wheel hub on her No. 3 Late Model brought out a late caution and ended her night before the green-white-checkered finish. “It was a crazy race with a lot of beating and banging out there tonight,” said Brunelli, who was credited with an 11th-place finish. “Unfortunately we had the issue with the hub that ended our night a few laps early. Everyone on the Revolution Racing No. 3 Late Model team worked hard tonight and it’s tough to see it end that way. Now we have to come back out here in a couple of weeks and show them we’re capable of running up front at the end.” Romero had a solid seventh-place finish after a 10th-place qualifying run. “We were good on new tires, but we were hitting the nose a little bit in qualifying which hurt our effort,” said Romero. “Fortunately we learned a lot in last week’s race and we were able to get the car rotating a little better in race conditions. We’ve got a lot of talented people in the Revolution Racing late model shop working hard to get these cars right, and we learn a little bit more and get a little bit better with every race.” Hagar fought through multiple on-track incidents to come away with an eighth-place finish. “It was a tough night for the No. 4 team, but we were able to stay on the lead lap and finish eighth,” said Hagar. “We got caught up in a couple of things on-track tonight, but we fought through it and didn’t give up. Everyone on this team worked hard and I think we showed our determination and perseverance. We’ve got next weekend off to regroup and I think we’ll come back stronger than ever.” Brunelli, Hagar and Romero will return to action April 9 at Tri-County Motor Speedway (Hudson, N.C.). They return to Hickory Motor Speedway for another 50-lap feature on April 10. Revolution late model drivers Michael Cherry, Becca Kasten and Megan Reitenour will race at Tri-County Motor Speedway April 2, followed by their first race at Caraway Speedway (Asheboro, N.C.) on April 3.

Brunelli Finishes Third In Hickory Debut

Jessica Brunelli looked impressive in her debut at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway last night, coming from the back of the field to a third-place finish in the 100-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model race. Brunelli, Revolution Racing’s only late model rookie, had just two career late model starts going into this weekend’s race. Brunelli’s Revolution Racing teammates, Katie Hagar and Jason Romero, finished sixth and eighth, respectively. “I’m proud of myself and my team,” said Brunelli, driver of the No. 3 Revolution Racing Late Model. “I couldn’t have asked for a better car tonight… that was probably the best car I’ve ever raced. I’m glad I could give Revolution Racing a good finish in our first race here at Hickory.” A mechanical issue during her qualifying warm up lap forced Brunelli to miss her qualifying attempt and start at the tail-end of the 14 car field. That didn’t slow Brunelli down, however. By lap 35, she had worked her way into the top five and settled comfortably into the fourth position. Race leader Kyle Moon pulled into the pits with a flat tire on lap 65, moving Brunelli into third place. A restart with 15 laps to go gave Brunelli the opportunity to battle with the leaders, but she couldn’t advance her position and settled back into third. A late race charge by fourth-place Candace Muzny kept Brunelli on her toes. Muzny couldn’t make the pass and Brunelli crossed the line third for her career-best late model finish. Hagar, driving the No. 4 D4D Crew Member Development Program presented by Sprint Late Model, finished sixth after qualifying 12th. “I had my hands full tonight, that’s for sure,” said Hagar. “We didn’t get a lot of practice yesterday with the No. 4 D4D Crew Member Program Late Model, but I’m proud of all the hard work the guys put into getting the car ready for the race. We’ll go back to the shop and get it better for next week.” Romero finished eighth in the No. 2 Distribution One Late Model after a 10th-place qualifying effort.“It’s good to get the first race of the season out of the way and I’m looking forward to coming back out here next week and doing it all over again,” said Romero. “I can’t thank everyone at Revolution Racing, Drive for Diversity and Distribution One enough for their support. This is going to be a great season.” Brunelli, Hagar and Romero return to Hickory Motor Speedway next Saturday, March 27.

Weekend Preview: Hickory Motor Speedway

The Revolution Racing late model program heads to Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway this weekend where three Revolution Racing drivers – Jessica Brunelli, Katie Hagar and Jason Romero – will make their season debut. Event Information: Late Model Stock 100 laps Hickory Motor Speedway Saturday, March 20 at 7 p.m.   Jessica Brunelli Team: No. 3 Revolution Racing Late Model  Crew Chief: Robert Huffman Brunelli on making her first late model start for Revolution Racing: “I’m excited to get racing, especially after watching my teammates race at Greenville Pickens Speedway last weekend. I’m not really familiar with a lot of the drivers out here that I will be competing against, so I’m looking to go out there and get a sense of who everyone is, how they drive, and really just learn as much as I can.” Fast Facts:
  • Brunelli earned one top-10 finish in two NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model starts in 2009.
  • Brunelli earned Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR Whelen All‐American Series Modified division at All American Speedway (Roseville, Calif.) last season with 10 top fives and 13 top 10s.
  • At 17 years old, Brunelli is the youngest of Revolution Racing’s late model drivers.
  • Brunelli is completing her high school education (she’s currently a junior) through online college prep independent study, which allows her the flexibility she needs to race without sacrificing a quality education.
  • This is Brunelli’s first season participating in the Drive for Diversity program.
  Katie Hagar Team: No. 4 D4D Crew Member Development Program presented by Sprint Late Model Crew Chief: Mark McFarland Hagar on returning to the East Coast: “It was a great opportunity for me to go out to California and race for the last couple of years, but I’m glad to be back East where it’s easier for my friends and family to support my racing. It’s been a long time, nearly 10 years, since I’ve been to Hickory, and I know it’s a tough track. Everyone at Revolution Racing has been working hard to make sure we have what we need to go out there and be competitive.” Fast Facts:
  • Hagar has raced late models in California for the last two seasons, competing at All American Speedway, Madera Speedway and Stockton 99 Speedway.
  • In 2009, Hagar set the track qualifying record at Stockton 99 Speedway with a lap of 13.576 seconds.
  • Hagar made her first and only start at Hickory Motor Speedway in an Allison Legacy Car in 2000; she has also tested modifieds and late models at Hickory.
  • Hagar is in her third season with the Drive for Diversity program.
  Jason Romero Team: No. 2 Distribution One Late Model Crew Chief: Andy Santerre Romero on his first late model race away from All American Speedway: “I’m ready to get to Hickory where we’ll be competing against some of the best late model drivers in the country. Revolution Racing and the Drive for Diversity program have given me a great opportunity to come out to the East Coast after competing at All American Speedway for most of my career. There’s a big difference between the Western late models that I’ve been running and these truck-arm cars, but I’m learning all I can and I’m looking forward to a great season.” Fast Facts:
  • Romero finished the 2009 season 11th overall in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national points standings.
  • In his first full season of racing late models at All American Speedway, Romero won four poles and 11 races on his way to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship.
  • Romero was the recipient of the 2009 NASCAR Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award, which recognizes the achievements of female and minority drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
  • This is Romero’s first season competing with the  support of the Drive for Diversity program.

Revolution Racing Overcomes Challenges on Way to Solid Season Debut

Revolution Racing’s Michael Cherry headed into Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway’s season opening Twin 50 late model races with a year of competition at the historic speedway under his belt. Cherry used that experience to his advantage, scoring two top-10 finishes with a seventh- and fourth-place run, respectively, despite mechanical woes early in the first race. Also for Revolution Racing, Becca Kasten (eighth and eighth) and Megan Reitenour (13th and 11th) made their season debuts in the twin Late Model features at Greenville Pickens. “We ran good tonight, all things considered,” said Cherry. “We had the carburetor issue in the first race that really took us out of contention, so it was good to rebound in the second race and run up front with the leaders. I’m happy to get out of here with a solid top-five finish and the Distribution One late model in one piece.” Cherry, driving the No. 6 Distribution One Late Model, qualified third for the first 50-lap event but knew early on that his car wasn’t running as it should. By lap 10, he had slipped to the tail end of the field. A well timed caution allowed Cherry the opportunity to bring his car in for the necessary repairs. He restarted 14th on lap 12 and worked his way back to a seventh-place finish. Cherry started the second race where he finished the first, in the seventh spot. A long green-flag run spread out the field and Cherry knew a restart would be his only shot at picking off the leaders. A series of late race cautions bunched up the field, helping Cherry move from seventh to fourth. On the final restart, Cherry made the pass for third but couldn’t hold on to the position. He settled for a fourth-place finish. Kasten piloted the No. 5 D4D Crew Member Development Program presented by Sprint Late Model to a pair of eighth-place finishes, despite trouble in qualifying. “We had the car where we wanted it in final practice and I just messed up in qualifying,” said Kasten, who was competing at Greenville Pickens Speedway for the first time. “We had to start at the tail end of the field but I was able to pick up some spots and get some experience racing with these guys.” Reitenour had limited practice time at Greenville Pickens Speedway on Saturday due to an engine change for the No. 1 Revolution Racing Late Model. Reitenour qualified 12th and finished 13th and 11th in the Twin 50 events. “I was out there trying to get all I could out of it,” said Reitenour. “In the first race, I could catch [the field] in the corners but I had nothing for them on the straightaway. We picked up a little bit for the second race and I thought we had a shot at a top 10, but we came up just a little short tonight.” Cherry, Kasten and Reitenour will return to action April 2 at Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, N.C. Their Revolution Racing teammates – Jessica Brunelli, Katie Hagar and Jason Romerowill make their late model season debut at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway on March 20.

Cherry Looks to Improve on Solid Season at GPS

Michael Cherry will make his return to Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway this weekend, driving the No. 6 Distribution One Late Model for Revolution Racing. Cherry finished sixth in the Greenville Pickens Speedway Late Model division standings last season with seven top fives and 19 top 10s in 21 races. This season Cherry is focused on one thing – winning races. “I know what to expect this time around,” said Cherry. “I’m going into this weekend as a veteran and not as a track rookie. I have the support of Revolution Racing behind me this season, and I’m confident we have what it takes to go out there and win races.” Cherry, 20, is entering just his third season of asphalt racing. Prior to the 2007 season, Cherry raced dirt late models in his home state of Florida. When Cherry was invited to join the Drive for Diversity program in 2007, he transitioned from dirt to asphalt. After a season at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va., which resulted in a Rookie of the Year title, and a second season on the asphalt at Greenville Pickens Speedway, Cherry is ready to expand his asphalt resume. With Revolution Racing’s academy-style development program, he’ll have that opportunity. “We have the people and the equipment to compete with the best,” said Cherry. “Max Siegel and John Story have put together a top-notch operation and I’m excited to be a part of what’s happening with Revolution Racing and the Drive for Diversity program.” In addition to Greenville Pickens Speedway, Cherry will get seat time at Caraway Speedway (Asheboro, N.C.), Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway and Tri-County Motor Speedway (Hudson, N.C.). He also works 20 hours a week in the race shop, trains three times a week with strength and conditioning coach and participates in competition meetings and testing. “It’s going to be a busy year, that’s for sure,” said Cherry. “I’m looking forward to making the most of this opportunity, and I’m really looking forward to showing everyone what we’re capable of when we go racing in Greenville this weekend.” Cherry, along with Revolution Racing teammates Rebecca Kasten and Megan Reitenour, will compete in the season opening Twin 50s at Greenville Pickens Speedway on Saturday night.

Weekend Preview – Greenville Pickens Speedway

The Revolution Racing late model program will make its 2010 debut March 13 at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway. Three Revolution Racing drivers – Michael Cherry, Rebecca Kasten and Megan Reitenour – will compete in the Twin 50 events. Event Information: LMS Twin 50s (100 laps of racing) Greenville Pickens Speedway Saturday, March 13 at 8 p.m. Michael Cherry Team: No. 6 Distribution One Late Model Crew Chief: Lee McCall Cherry on his return to Greenville Pickens Speedway: “I’m excited to go back to Greenville and see all of the drivers I raced against last season. I’m going into this weekend as a veteran and not as a track rookie; with the support of Revolution Racing behind me this season, I’m confident we have what it takes to go out there and win races. Fast Facts:
  • Cherry ran a full season at Greenville in 2009; he earned seven top fives and 19 top 10s in 21 races.
  • This weekend marks the start of Cherry’s third season of racing on asphalt, and just his seventh year of racing stock cars.
  • Crew Chief Lee McCall is no stranger to Greenville Pickens Speedway – as crew chief for Marty Ward, McCall won 13 races at GPS last season.
  • This is Cherry’s third season competing under the Drive for Diversity banner.
Rebecca Kasten Team: No. 5 D4D Crew Member Development Program presented by Sprint Late Model Crew Chief: Lynn Martin Kasten on making her first start with Revolution Racing: “We’ve been working in the shop here in Mooresville since the first of the year, so I’m definitely ready to get to the track to go racing. I’ve always driven for my family owned team so it’s been an adjustment to come down here to North Carolina to race, but Max Siegel and John Story have put together a great operation and I’m excited to be part of it. I think we’ll do some really great things this season.” Fast Facts:
  • Kasten started her racing career just three years ago, but has made up for lost time by running more than 20 late model and super late model events a year.
  • Kasten is making her first start at Greenville Pickens Speedway this weekend. She’ll race at GPS at least four more times this season.
  • Riding the momentum: Kasten participated in New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway’s annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing in February, competing in Crate Late Models and Super Late Models throughout the nine day event. Kasten ended the week with a seventh-place finish in the Pete Orr Memorial 100, the premier Super Late Model race of the week.
  • This is Kasten’s first season of competition with NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program.
Megan Reitenour Team: No. 1 Revolution Racing Late Model Crew Chief: Brandon Butler Reitenour on making her first start at Greenville Pickens Speedway: “I’m looking forward to getting out there and learning as much as I can. There are so many phenomenal race car drivers who compete at Greenville Pickens Speedway on a weekly basis; I just want to try to soak up as much as I can from them. Greenville Pickens Speedway is such a historic race track and I’m excited to get to be a part of that.” Fast Facts:
  • Reitenour has never raced at Greenville Pickens Speedway; she’ll be making her first and second starts at the historic track this weekend.
  • Last season Reitenour earned Rookie of the Year honors at Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, N.C. She earned one pole, seven top fives and 16 top 10s.
  • Reitenour has two stock car wins under her belt in the Super Cup Stock Car Series; she’s looking for her first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model win.
  • This weekend marks the start of Reitenour’s second season of competition with the Drive for Diversity program.

Pena ranked second in new ‘Hunter Index’

Experience or the new kid in the spotlight? That was the question posed to the panel of auto racing writers and NASCAR representatives tasked with compiling the inaugural Hunter Index – a brand new feature on NASCARHomeTracks.com that will spotlight the top 10 drivers in the NASCAR Developmental Series in a monthly power poll. The first edition boiled down to a simple question: Which driver enters the 2010 season with the most momentum? In the end, it was three-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion Philip Morris who got the nod over Sergio Pena, who was impressive in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut with a runner-up finish in January’s NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. Defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion Ryan Truex was a close third… Read more about the Index at NASCARHomeTracks.com

Photos from the Fan Experience at the CIAA Basketball Tournament

Revolution Racing Attends CIAA Basketball Tournament Revolution Racing drivers were in Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday and Friday night to sign autographs and meet with fans at the annual CIAA Fan Experience. The Fan Experience, a free event held at the Charlotte Convention Center, brings together CIAA fans for fun and entertainment. Mackena Bell, Michael Cherry, Ryan Gifford, Katie Hagar, Rebecca Kasten, Sergio Pena and Darrell Wallace, Jr. signed autographs at the Revolution Racing display. The display featured three of the team’s race cars – a NASCAR K&N Pro Series car, a Late Model and  Legend car – along with a video presentation about the team. Revolution Racing also raffled tickets to an upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.