(July 29, 2005) – The V8 Stock Car Road Racing Series, after enjoying its first visit to the challenging and exciting Watkins Glen International, will take the weekend off to vacation at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida. Then, it’s on to the seventh round of the series - The Daytona Twins Presented by Grassroots Motorsports magazine - next weekend (August 6-7, 2005) at Daytona International Speedway. The races are part of the Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA) South Atlantic Road Racing Championship (SARRC) double regional weekend.-30-
Last weekend, the V8 Stock Car series visited the fast, twisting and turning long course at Watkins Glen. “Wild” Bill Smith and Jeff Emery each took home wins from the Sunoco Shootout at The Glen. Smith won the Sunoco Shootout qualifying race on Saturday. Emery won the Sunoco Shootout race and the SCCA GT-1 class on Sunday. Smith finished second overall and won the SCCA SPO class, while Lee Arnold took third place overall and second in GT-1. In fact, four of the top five finishers overall in Sunday’s race were V8 Stock Car series competitors.
Congratulations to Smith for also setting a new SPO class race lap record at The Glen on Sunday. He posted a lap time in the 1:58 range.
The V8 Stock Car series also presented a bottle of wine from the Richard Childress Winery (located in North Carolina) to each race winner. Meanwhile, Carey Nadel and Phil Soucy won the DRP Performance /Valvoline /Amsoil prize packs.
The stock car drivers enjoyed the challenge of racing on the long course at The Glen. And during the race weekend, other road racing stock car owners, and competitors in other SCCA classes and other racing series continued to express their interest in joining the series. Stay tuned for more details.
Road racing stock car competitors and fans may recall that the series could not race at Daytona last year because of track construction and improvement projects. That work is now complete. Series teams and drivers will experience a new paddock layout and garage area, a reconstructed Turn One (to accommodate an underground vehicle tunnel), a repaved infield road course, and other improvements and enhancements.
The V8 Stock Car series plans to award an inaugural Daytona Cup trophy to the driver with the best combined performance in the Saturday and Sunday twin races at the Speedway. The series also plans to present the award at Daytona annually.
The series should enjoy a strong turnout at Daytona. There are already 15 to 20 road racing stock cars and approximately 65 cars entered for the twin races.
At this time, V8 Stock Car would like to thank Art and Nancy of FNS Enterprises.com and Martin Spetz of Racing Fanatics.com for doing a great job with the photos. Thanks also go out to all the drivers and teams for a job well done! As always, series officials would like to thank the sponsors (Goodyear, Sunoco, HRPWorld.com, Five Star Racecar Bodies, Racecar Engineering, Racing Electronics, DRP Performance, Mintex Racing, CV Products, Amsoil, Howe Racing Enterprises and Tex Racing) for their continued support of the series.
For more information about the series, go to www.v8stockcar.com There is a new forum/classified page for current news and chat. The next event will be at Daytona International Speedway on August 6 and 7, 2005.
Andy Flinn, public relations and media associate for the American V8 Stock Car series, can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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