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.
Late Model Stock 100 laps
Hickory Motor Speedway
Saturday, March 20 at 7 p.m.
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.”
- 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.
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.”
- 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.
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.”
- 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.
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