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Post by The_Wall_91 on Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:25 pm

NAAC at Lake Afton:

Ryan Long Stuns Garage with Fantastic Road Course Debut

While the race may have been dominated by Cassandra Collins, the story of the race was a lawyer turned racecar driver stunning the field with a fantastic 5th place qualifying effort and a very respectable 11th place finish.

In a very difficult track condition, Ryan surprised everyone by holding his own against some of the best that NAAC could offer.

""The track was very challenging to deal with" Ryan started. "It was very slippery, it was very hot, windy, everything about the race was challenging.
I just crept along just trying to keep the car clean and keep it on the racing surface. I didn't expect this kind of success though."

The underdog operation put a performance that had not been seen by the team since 2016.

"This is a very promising sign" Tony Long started. "I believed that the cars we can build are very good for the road courses and having Ryan put this kind of showing in shows what we can produce on the perfect day."

When asked about what he thought about his season, Ryan stated, "I am having a lot more fun than I expected but you will not hear me complaining anytime soon."

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Post by bsoyuz on Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:23 pm

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Re: 2018 North American Auto Club

Post by UndyingLight on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:20 pm

NAAC @ Lake Afton:
Master Sport Motorsports is failing to make any waves in an attempt at a NAAC career
For the fourth race in a row, Katyen Scurrel has failed to qualify in her #23 Cheerwine Nova. Her team owner, Alexa Lake is none too pleased with Scurrel not qualifying, but Lake has not done much of anything even with Lake qualifying for three races in her very limited starts.

Alexa Lake would qualify and capitalize early in the race on several wrecks and was looking at her best finish at Lake Afton, but while running in 12th place, she would lose an engine and fall out of the race. That is the extent of MSM's weekend at Lake Afton.
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Re: 2018 North American Auto Club

Post by bsoyuz on Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:38 pm

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The 2018 NAAC Launch Energy Championship Series trail has barely begun, but already important news are popping into view. To begin with, it has been known multiple teams are regularly failing to qualify. While this was not an issue in the past season, especially after the provisional adoption of the duel format, the amount of cars entered and expected to enter all race weekends is expected to float between 50 and 60 cars.

According to a source within the North American Auto Club Board of Officials, series president Paul Martin is growing increasingly angrier with such weekend format, and has sucessfully pulled for the council to pass the rule where even teams that fail to qualify get a portion of the purse money, decision taken in the offseason.

"Martin is definitely pissed with the fact that we simply have far too many teams and too little of a space, but he isn't angry with the teams, nor with the other officials, he said he is angry that he took the decision to maintain single-race weekends. The man is so harsh on himself, but it's pretty easy to understand where he comes from. He formed the whole series to give teams a viable option of national, low-cost racing. I'm not being a shill for the guy because I'm not fond of him a lot. But you have to admire how much he cares for the teams" - said the source, who asked to only be identified by its function as part of the NAAC Board of Officials.

A team owner from the Teams' Council has expressed that the council has unanimously voted for the purse rule, mostly because "the bulk of the purse money doesn't come from teams that apply to races, the entry costs around $1000 to $2000 dollars, and part of that money already returns to the owner if they don't qualify, the purse the cars that take part in the race get is mostly provided by the sponsors of the series and the race, so the cash that goes to the teams that don't qualify comes from their entries anyway, it sounds stupid and counter-productive, but overall it's far better than what a few series do, and gives us team loyalty and stability for the future."

Another anonymous coucil team owner expressed a similar view: "The purse for non-qualifiers is fiscally dumb, butgiven it isn't the only source of purse money, it's stable, and knowing how hard these guys work, it's bizzare how most of them don't make it into the race, but everyone has to cut some type of cost at the end of the day, failing to qualify may be a blessing in disguise sometimes. The race cars cost around 40k brand new, if you fail to qualify for all of your races as a full-time car, you get around 10k back by itself, not counting sponsorship, so it's a somewhat viable system in the end."

The source we contacted has disclosed that the sanctioning body plans to release their 2019 directives to the general public after the Championship Series is done with its Canadian races (after July 8th at the earlist), and each series is supposed to have a change that will radically modify racing. Apparently, most, if not all teams have already been informed of what those changes will be, but have been kindly asked to not speak about it and already prepare financially for it.
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Post by Persona40 on Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:00 pm

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Post by UndyingLight on Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:47 am

Master Sport Motorsports will make a return in 2019
A fair bit has been announced at MSM headquarters on what the team plans to do after the 2018 season.

So far, Master Sport Motorsports' 2018 season has gone miserably as Katyen Scurrel has not made a race yet, and Alexa Lake who is part-time is barely making races and getting points.

The team plans to upgrade to a three-car team. One will be full-time, another will race half the season, and the third car will appear for special events and four others.

"I do believe that we have a shot to go somewhere in NAAC. We haven't had the best season, merely because our Novas lack refinement and are slow, but with a bit more, I could see us being contenders. That's all to matter whether or not we will get that far in a year's time." Alexa Lake stated in a press release.


Number/Name/Age/Sponsor/Manufacturer/Hometown
#67 - TBD - TBD - TBD - CM Nova - TBD (Full-time)
#12 - TBD - TBD - TBD - CM Nova - TBD (Half)
#36 - Alexa Lake - 24 - TBD - CM Nova - (Four Races)

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Re: 2018 North American Auto Club

Post by The_Wall_91 on Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:33 pm

Long Family Autosport to Return for 2019, Switching Schedules

The 2019 NAAC season will look similar for Long Family Autosport in 2018. Ryan and Tony Long will both return in 2019 but however, due to a recent run in of cases that have been brough to Ryan, Ryan will partake in a part time schedule while Tony will takeover full-time duties.

Tony Long is making the switch back to NAAC after leaving Dash Cup after the 2017 season and returning to the states looking for other opportunities.

"I figured that I would not stay in Europe for too long" Tony stated. "I did enjoy my time over in Dash Cup but with the situation surrounding that series, we decided to pull the team from Dash Cup and move it back to the states. If an opportunity arises to return to Dash Cup for a one-off somewhere for someone, I would definitely consider the offer."

"I am personally not upset by the switch" Ryan began. "I can't control how many cases get put on my desk and I have a gotten a massive influx recently that is really turning me away from racing. I am not going away from the track permanently, I am just not going to be there as often."

Ryan will continue piloting the New York University 191 while Tony will continue is his familiar 919 car.

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Post by bsoyuz on Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:15 pm

Championship Series Race 5 - SaveMe Bargain Stores 149 @ Milwaukee



Full Race Results
Championship Standings after Race 5/20

Spoiler:
First Win of the year for Ashcroft Family Racing

After a "pathetic" 2017, according to member of the own team, Ashcroft Family Racing has finally put its flagship car in the victory lane, as Thomas Tucker captures his first win for the team, third of his career, as he previously triumphed at Quincy and Alberta for the HQS Racing outfit. Team owner Jack Ashcroft was ectsatic with the result: "We did everything we were pushing for, it was a great race, Tommy did a fantastic job and deserved the win, I am very proud of him and only better things can come out of this...".

This victory places him in the championship lead, showing Ashcroft Family Racing is back with a vengeance as they also get the Teams Championship lead.

Marcus Stanton livid with lap 15 incident

"If people can't see a foot ahead of them, then they shouldn't be racing here, and this came from a former champion, Jack should consider retiring"
said a very angry Marcus Stanton, after a severe accident wiped out the #39 car of Andrew Attwood and the #22 of Riley McKee flipping. "And don't get me wrong, Andrew is as much as in fault as Jack is, difference is Andy is in his first year, he is still learning. Patterson should know better", added Stanton, as the #39 sent the #22 flipping, then got struck by the #14, which sent it over. All drivers involved were cleared by the medical centre.
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Post by Ben Atkins on Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:00 pm

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Tucker hails Ashcroft Family Racing for "never say die" attitude after win

It's been an up and down tenure at the iconic Ashcroft Family Racing for Thomas Tucker, but he finally earned himself a victory as he took the lead on lap 51, and never looked back, leading 86 laps in a dominating performance. Tucker had not qualified well, but quickly found his way to the front after early cautions marred the race.

This is Tucker's third career win, but his first with Ashcroft Family Racing, after earning two wins with HQS Racing previously. The win also puts Tucker on top of the standings a quarter of the way into the 20 race season.

"We were real fast, but my Q lap let me down," said Tucker, "so I knew we could do something special this weekend. Car just was great off the bat, and our team never gives up. Things might not have gone our way last year, but this year we have made sure they do. Hopefully this is the first of many to come with this team!"

Tucker previously won in the FARC ranks with the team, victorious in the 2016 Rookie Shootout, but he had yet to replicate such success in the NAAC series until today.

Atkins credits team despite slow start

HQS Racing have had a fairly slow start to the season, with Cassandra Collins' good form being the only reason for their decent rank in the Teams Championship, but Ben Atkins insists there is nothing to worry about after Milwaukee.

There were small signs of hope for the team as McKee took the pole for the event, and Lexie Percy led laps early on in the event, but McKee ended his race the wrong way up after a lap 15 incident seen him and Andrew Attwood roll over on the frontstretch, and Percy's car faded, leading to a 11th place finish.

"The speed is there, the luck isn't. It was much like last year, honestly." said Atkins, "We are getting better. Cassie's win at Lake Afton proved what we are capable of, but I don't think the luck is there with Riley and I think Lexie is still a little bit timid inside the car. Time will be the deciding factor for these guys and I can safely say I'm optimistic."

There have been rumors recently surfacing of Atkins making a comeback to the series next year, but he was quick to shoot them down.

"My daughter is still only a few months old. I definitely want to take her to victory lane one day, but I don't think it's that time yet."

As well as commenting on his own future, he has also spoke out about his wife's future with some surprising news.

"I would be very surprised if Hannah returns. She's content with what she's done in her career. She's probably a future Dash Cup hall-of-famer and that's enough for her. She's happy being a full-time mother!"

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Post by Persona40 on Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:59 pm

UndyingLight wrote:Master Sport Motorsports will make a return in 2019
A fair bit has been announced at MSM headquarters on what the team plans to do after the 2018 season.

So far, Master Sport Motorsports' 2018 season has gone miserably as Katyen Scurrel has not made a race yet, and Alexa Lake who is part-time is barely making races and getting points.

The team plans to upgrade to a three-car team. One will be full-time, another will race half the season, and the third car will appear for special events and four others.

"I do believe that we have a shot to go somewhere in NAAC. We haven't had the best season, merely because our Novas lack refinement and are slow, but with a bit more, I could see us being contenders. That's all to matter whether or not we will get that far in a year's time." Alexa Lake stated in a press release.


Number/Name/Age/Sponsor/Manufacturer/Hometown
#67 - TBD - TBD - TBD - CM Nova - TBD (Full-time)
#12 - TBD - TBD - TBD - CM Nova - TBD (Half)
#36 - Alexa Lake - 24 - TBD - CM Nova - (Four Races)

Master Sport Motorsports Offers William Brock the #12 car for 2019
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Post by UndyingLight on Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:53 pm

Master Sport Motorsports finalizes details on 2019 stint
Master Sport Motorsports has finalized their line-up for their 2019 stint. Alexa Lake, the team owner will try out six races and the special events since she has a career in FARC already. She will return with her #36 Binco CM Nova. She will also have a specialty scheme to be decided on later in the year.

William Brock, the Georgian native has been recruited and welcomed to the team and he will drive the #12 Alltel machine. It will also have a special SunTrust scheme full-time.

The #67 car will be driven by 20 year old Kenny Allan Keither of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. His sponsor will be Camping World.

#67 - Kenny Allan Keither - 20 - Camping World - CM Nova - Tuscaloosa, Alabama(Full-time)
#12 - William Brock - 21 - Alltel/SunTrust - CM Nova - Atlanta, Georgia (Full-time)
#36 - Alexa Lake - 24 - Binco - CM Nova - Jacksonville, Florida (Eight races + Special events)
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Post by bsoyuz on Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:18 pm

Championship Series Race 6 - Holihel Amber Ale 175 @ Grand Detour



Full Race Results
Championship Standings after Race 6/20

Spoiler:
Tucker crashes early, but Kelly Ashcroft secures second straight win for Ashcroft Family Racing

Despite the lap 5 wreck eliminating Thomas Tucker from the Holihel Amber Ale 175 at the Grand Detour Raceway of Western Illinois, Ashcroft Family Racing's mechanics stayed unfazed,
as Kelly Ashcroft and Boyd Abbott worked their way forward, with Abbott achieving 15th place and Kelly Ashcroft winning her first race of the year.

The 2014 Champion was all smiles in Victory Lane: "We did everything we set ourselves to do,
Thomas raised the bar at Milwaukee, so we figured out we had to give 110% to win this one,
and I'm glad this was the case."

The win puts Ashcroft in 6th place, 33 points off Championship Leader Jamaal Schmidt total of 118 marks.
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Post by Dexter249 on Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:38 am

Genesis Racing confirms 2019 Plans, however no set rounds have been announced.
At a recent press conference Genesis, has confirmed 2019 plans, but no set dates have been in stone, the cars and Drivers will stay the same.
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Post by bsoyuz on Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:07 pm

Championship Series Race 7 - Night Before The 500 @ Indianapolis Raceway Park



Full Race Results
Championship Standings after Race 7/20

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Tucker wins despite crash, small confrontation post race

Despite the four incidents involving its cars, Ashcroft Family Racing has won for the third consecutive time in the 2018 season of NAAC Championship Series racing. Despite that,
the cost was high, as the race ending caution involved three of the four cars of the team,
as contact between Thomas Tucker and Kelly Ashcroft involved Charlie Smith with 5 laps to g.

While the team retained the win, tempers flared on the pits while Tucker celebrated before going into Victory Lane: a small "pushing around" incident involving the crew chief of the #9,
Jeff Scott, Kelly Ashcroft, the crews of the #1 and #09 teams happened, while team owners Jack and Tom Ashcroft attempted to separate everyone.

Kelly Ashcroft was visibly mad, and even got some bruises on her lip stemming from an incident coming out of her car, in which she fell face first on the ground: "I was coming off the ****** car too hot, wasn't able to take my foot off quick and fell square on my face" said Kelly, 2014 Series Champion. About the incident she had this to say: "Tom (Tucker) and I have a good chemistry and over the radio he apologized, but the fault isn't his, but after the race his crew chief made some remarks I'm not too comfortable with and confronted him about it, I was red hot and I wasn't gonna let him come off that cheap."

"Tom (Ashcroft) had a talk with all our drivers before Tommy came into Victory Lane, so they are alright, nobody is angry with no one, the crews got a bit too angry though, I had a bit of ear-pulling session with them, because that was unsportsmanlike from them and I'd expect and accept a penalty for the incident itself. But unfortunately those were racing incidents that happened to involve all of us, sometimes bad things happen to good people while they're in a good mood and it gets gloomy quick, thankfully we were still ahead when that happened and we took a win to prove it." said 4-time Series Champion Jack Ashcroft, co-owner of the team.

Series president Paul Martin had a small note about the matter: "None of those incidents are deemed intentional, so I doubt any penalties for the crashes will come, but the mess in the pitlane will have to be at least a fine, because such incident is unknown amongst crews, it was at an scale where someone could've gotten really hurt and this is not what the North American Auto Club is about."

The next chapter of this story may be far from over as the series heads into race 8 of 20 at Mid-Ohio.


Steve Gareth "saddened" by incident, but won't fire Young

In the most controversial incident of the year and maybe of NAAC's short history, Kristen Young got suspended for 10 races, got a $10,000 fine and received a 50 point penalty after an intentional crash onto championship leader Lucy Barnton, possibly costing Barnton the race win.

Team owner Steve Gareth was visibly distressed by the incident and expressed his feeling on the post-race interview: "I don't know why that happened, we don't know what could've set it off, and I don't think Kristen had any condition that'd make her go crazy for the moment, so I can't seem to give you all a reason for it, because I have none either". When questioned if he'd fire Young after the incident, Gareth said: "Despite that, I still trust Kristen's abilities as a driver, it's unfortunate that this may tarnish her and our reputation, but I was the driving force onto getting her on track for this season and I simply trust her too much to simply let her go."
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Post by The_Wall_91 on Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:26 pm

NAAC @ IRP:

Ryan Long Stuns Paddock with 1st Career Top 10

While the NAAC Launch Energy Series race at the Indianapolis Raceway Park will be remembered for the controversy surrounding the race, Long Family Autosport, and more specifically Ryan Long, will view the race in a much more positive manner.

It was a race of first's for Ryan as for the first time in his very young career, he out qualified his younger brother Tony and he claimed his first career top 10 finish with a 9th place effort. Ryan survived a chaos filled race to find himself running near the front alongside fellow rookies Carter Fitzgerald and Flannery Moore and grizzled veterans like the Ashby's, Thomas Tucker, and many others.

"I never thought this kind of success would come this soon" Ryan stated. "I can't hold much of a candle to my younger brother's driving career but I think this performance will give me something to go with."

While Ryan Long is still considered a major longshot to steal the rookie of the year, fans and fellow drivers can't deny that he has shown a flash of talent for a racing career. Long Family Autosport has one of the smaller budgets in the series but they have shown their fellow competitors that they can hold their own.

"Personally, I would love to see us get up closer to the front but we will need a lot of help to do that" Tony Long commented. "It would eventually be nice to be more competitive with Ernest Lewis, HQS, MAM, and Ashcroft but I think if the front runners trip over themselves more often, a top 5 would not be as crazy as I originally thought."

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Championship Series Race 8 - Enerjuice 150K @ Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course



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Championship Standings after Race 8/20

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Series announcement coming after Toronto race

The rumored press conference about the future of the NAAC has been officially confirmed and scheduled to take place the monday after the conclusion of the Canadauto 200 in the Four Corners Speedway.
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