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VP Racing Fuels Powers Evernham Ghost to Pikes Peak Win
NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham scored the class win at the 96th running of the historic Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado. The Pikes Peak car, nicknamed “The Ghost,” for its pearl-white paint scheme, has the appearance of a ’36 Chevrolet sedan, but the aero performance of a high-tech Indy car, and is powered by an 850+ hp Chevrolet engine fueled by VP Racing Fuels.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
NCMA To Honor Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The North Carolina Motorsports Association (NCMA) will honor Dale Earnhardt Jr. with the Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award at its 13th annual North Carolina Motorsports Industry Awards Ceremony presented by Fifth Third Bank on January 29, 2019. Earnhardt Jr. will receive the Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award for his impact on racing and his native state. Previous recipients of the Tribute Award are Earnhardt’s late father Dale Earnhardt, Benny Parsons, Richard Petty, Richard Childress, Junior Johnson, O. Bruton Smith, H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler, Ned Jarrett and family, Mike Helton, Jeff Gordon, Roger Penske and Jack Roush. Retiring from full-time competition at the conclusion of the 2017 season, Earnhardt Jr. won 26 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races, two NASCAR Xfinity Series titles and 15 most popular driver awards. As owner and co-owner, he has claimed a total of four Xfinity Series championships (2004, 2005, 2014, 2017). In addition to his on-track accomplishments, Earnhardt Jr. continues to make positive impacts in his community through The Dale Jr. Foundation, raising more than $4.2 million to benefit communities, schools and underprivileged individuals since its inception in 2007. Individual tickets will go on sale September 1.
Ron Capps Receives Inaugural SCC Eric Medlen Award
Sonoma Raceway and the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) named NHRA Funny Car Champion Ron Capps as the inaugural recipient of the SCC Eric Medlen Award. Capps embodies Medlen’s best qualities and has supported charity. Sonoma Raceway and the Sonoma chapter of SCC will host its 12th annual Eric Medlen Nitro Night Charity Dinner, Thursday, July 26, at Viansa Sonoma. New for 2018, the event will focus on honoring someone within the drag-racing community who embodies Medlen’s best qualities and has shown support of charitable efforts. Capps, a California native, is a long-time supporter of the Sonoma Chapter of SCC, and has also donated ticket and experience packages to support SCC’s fundraising efforts. Tickets for the evening are $150 per person or $1,500 per table and include wine/beer and dinner. All proceeds benefit qualified youth groups in Sonoma County in Medlen’s name through SCC. Nitro Night also serves as a kick-off to the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway, July 27–29.
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