Mar 21 | MOTOR RACING NETWORK ADDS TAMPA’S 102.5 ‘THE BONE’ AS RADIO PARTNER FOR 2013 SEASON

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Motor Racing Network – “The Voice of NASCAR” – has joined with WHPT-FM/102.5 “The Bone” in Tampa, Fla., to deliver a full schedule of Sprint Cup Series coverage throughout the remainder of the 2013 season.

CONCORD, N.C. (March 20, 2013) – Motor Racing Network – “The Voice of NASCAR” – has joined with WHPT-FM/102.5 “The Bone” in Tampa, Fla., to deliver a full schedule of Sprint Cup Series coverage throughout the remainder of the 2013 season.

The two-year partnership represents a joint effort between MRN and Daytona International Speedway (DIS), and will begin this coming weekend with Sunday’s broadcast of the Auto Club 400 from Fontana, Calif.

“As a native of the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, I’m thrilled to have the excitement of NASCAR on WHPT,” said DIS President Joie Chitwood III.  “Having WHPT join the proud list of MRN affiliate stations is great news for Daytona International Speedway.  The Tampa-St. Pete area has a strong base of NASCAR fans and traditionally has been a top market for ‘The World Center of Racing.’ ”

“The Bone” … known as Tampa Bay’s “Real, Raw Radio” … is a 100,000-watt talk radio giant that blankets Central Florida’s West Coast.  It’s owned by Cox Media Group.

“Our search for a strong partner in this market has led us to WHPT and we’re honored to add them to our list of  radio partners,” said MRN President and Executive Producer David Hyatt.  “We’re appreciative of the assistance Daytona International Speedway provided in helping pull all the pieces together and we’re happy to provide a strong, vibrant radio voice for NASCAR fans throughout the Tampa-St. Petersburg region.”

WHPT-FM/102.5 joins 26 other MRN affiliates that are located throughout the state of Florida serving key markets such as Daytona Beach, Miami, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville and Tallahassee.

“WHPT-102.5 ‘The Bone’ is proud to carry MRN’s NASCAR Sprint Cup races in 2013,” said Jason Meder, director of sales for Cox Media Group in Tampa.  “The passion of NASCAR fans and the appetite for racing in Tampa Bay make this a great partnership.”

Sunday’s MRN Sprint Cup Series broadcast from Auto Club Speedway, the first of 22 that will be heard on WHPT this year, will begin at 2 p.m. (EDT) and is one of the network’s 88 live events being aired from 34 venues throughout the 2013 season.  Motor Racing Network launched this year’s schedule with the Rolex 24 at Daytona GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race in late January.  It’ll conclude in December with coverage of the annual Sprint Cup Series Awards in Las Vegas.

2013 MRN Sprint Cup Series Race Broadcasts on WHPT-FM/102.5 “The Bone”

(All times Eastern)

March 24, 2013    Auto Club Speedway, 2 p.m. 
April 7, 2013   Martinsville Speedway, 12 p.m.
April 21, 2013   Kansas Speedway, 12 p.m.
April 27, 2013   Richmond International Raceway, 6:30 p.m.
May 5, 2013   Talladega Superspeedway, 12 p.m.
May 11, 2013   Darlington Raceway, 5:45 p.m.
May 18, 2013   Charlotte Motor Speedway (Sprint All-Star Race), 6:30 p.m.
June 2, 2013   Dover International Speedway, 12 p.m.
June 9, 2013   Pocono Raceway, 12 p.m.
June 16, 2013   Michigan International Speedway, 12 p.m.
July 6, 2013   Daytona International Speedway, 6:30 p.m.
August 4, 2013   Pocono Raceway, 12 p.m.
August 11, 2013   Watkins Glen International, 12 p.m.
August 18, 2013   Michigan International Speedway, 12 p.m.
September 7, 2013   Richmond International Raceway, 6:30 p.m.
September 15, 2013   Chicagoland Speedway, 1 p.m.
September 29, 2013   Dover International Speedway, 1 p.m.
October 6, 2013   Kansas Speedway, 1 p.m.
October 20, 2013  Talladega Superspeedway, 1 p.m.
October 27, 2013   Martinsville Speedway, 12:30 p.m.
November 10, 2013   Phoenix International Raceway, 2 p.m.
November 17, 2013   Homestead-Miami Speedway, 2 p.m.

Mar 16 | Yamaha's Cameron Beaubier Dominates 72nd Daytona 200

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Graves Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier delivered a dominating performance on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway leading 50 of the 57 laps to win the 72nd Daytona 200 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race.

Daytona 200

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Graves Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier delivered a dominating performance on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway leading 50 of the 57 laps to win the 72nd Daytona 200 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race.

Beaubier of Roseville, Calif., started on the pole and had two flawless pit stops to claim a 22.254-second margin of victory in America’s most historic motorcycle race.

“I’m pretty tired right now but I’m trying to soak in everything,” Beaubier said. “I rode as hard as I could in the first stint and then tried to be super consistent. I had one little mess up running wide in Turn 1 but after that I calmed down and kept clicking off lap times.”

Beaubier’s Graves Yamaha teammate Garrett Gerloff finished second and Richie Morris Racing’s Bobby Fong, also riding a Yamaha, rounded out the podium.

“That was definitely a tough race,” Gerloff said. “It was a lot more laps than I thought it would be. I wish I could have caught up to Cameron. He was on it.”

Two women riders placed in the top 10. Elena Myers finished ninth riding a Triumph, the best finish by a woman rider in the Daytona 200 history, and Melissa Paris finished 10th aboard a Honda for MPH Racing.

Paris previously owned the best finish of a woman rider in the Daytona 200 with an 18th-place finish in 2011.

“It was a crazy long race,” said Myers, who became the first woman to win a professional motorsports event at Daytona International Speedway last year. “The first 20 laps were like a sprint race. After that, I just got in my groove and tried to stay consistent and not do anything too crazy and keep it on two wheels.”

Paris enjoyed battling Myers for the same position on the track.

“She’s such a great competitor,” Paris said of Myers. “I like that she can race hard without racing dirty. She’s so talented. To ride around with her was great.”

National Guard SuperBike Race 2: Colombian Martin Cardenas, riding the No. 36 Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000, won the second round of the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike, his first Daytona SuperBike victory.

Cardenas was in a tight three-bike battle for the lead when both Graves Yamaha riders Josh Hayes and Josh Herrin ran into problems.

On Lap 11, Herrin suddenly dropped off the pace in Turn 1. He managed to return to the track but lost significant ground on the leaders.

“I made a mistake going into one and went into neutral,” said Herrin, who won Friday’s opening round of AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike. “I just tried to regroup after that and get some points.”

On Lap 12, Hayes, the three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike champion, had the engine expire on his No. 1 Yamaha entering Turn 1 forcing him to drop out of the race and finish 15th.

It’s the second consecutive day Hayes did not finish the race and he leaves Daytona with only two championship points.

Cardenas was able to ride away for a dominating 11.453-second victory while Herrin edged Pegram for runner-up honors.

“If Hayes didn’t have a problem, I think he would’ve have finished first,” Cardenas said. “He was a little bit faster than me today. I’ll take it anyway.”

Motorcycle Superstore.com SuperSport: Tomas Puerta riding the No. 12 RoadRace Factory Racing Yamaha YZF-R6, claimed victory in the 10-lap Motorcycle Superstore.com SuperSport event.

Puerta was among 12 drivers in a furious battle in the closing laps of the race. The Colombian rider was able to pull away from the field exiting the chicane on the final lap.

“Today, I was going to be in the lead as much as I can,” said Puerta, who led a race-high six laps. “On the last lap, I put my head down and I just thought about what I was doing and I didn’t care where they went in the draft. I looked back after the horseshoe on the last lap. I saw that I had a little draft and I kept pushing all the way towards the finish line.”

Rounding out the podium was Charles Weaver on a Yamaha YZF-R6 and Corey Alexander on a Suzuki GSX-R600.

 

Motorcycles will return to Daytona International Speedway on Oct. 17-20 with Fall Cycle Scene.

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Mar 16 | Kawasaki’s Brandon Robinson Scores First Grand National Victory On Second Night At Daytona Flat Track

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Brandon Robinson took the early lead from Kenny Coolbeth and then held off Brad Baker to win the Expert Main Event on the second night of the AMA Pro Flat Track Presented By J&P Cycles on Friday night at the Daytona Flat Track.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Brandon Robinson took the early lead from Kenny Coolbeth and then held off Brad Baker to win the Expert Main Event on the second night of the AMA Pro Flat Track Presented By J&P Cycles on Friday night at the Daytona Flat Track.

Robinson, riding a Kawasaki, took the lead from Coolbeth in the early laps of the 18-rider, 25-lap event and then held off Honda rider Brad Baker to secure the 1.262-second victory.

“We put in a hard 25 laps and it paid off,” said the Pennsylvania rider of his first career Grand National victory.

For the second consecutive night, Baker finished second in the Expert Main Event.“Hats off to (Brandon) for winning his first national,” Baker said. “I wanted it to be my first.”

Rounding out the podium was Bryan Smith on a Honda.

Earlier in the night, Baker nipped Robinson in the six-lap Expert Dash For Cash, which features the top two riders in each of the Expert Heats. Baker pocketed a $1,000 payout for the win.

Mikey Rush, who won on the Expert Main Event, on the first night at the Daytona Flat Track, finished fifth on Friday night.

In the 16-lap, 18-rider Pro Main event, Jake Constantine outlasted Ryan Wells and Mike Poe for the victory. The New York rider got off to a strong start on his Honda and dominated the event.

“To come down here and come out on top, it’s the greatest feeling in the world,” Constantine said.

Riders winning the 10-lap Expert Heats were Brad Baker (Honda), Henry Wiles (Honda) and Brandon Robinson (Kawasaki). In the Expert semifinals, Jake Johnson (Honda) and John Wood (Honda) came out with victories.

The AMA Pro Flat Track Presented by J&P Cycles events at the Daytona Flat Track will be broadcast by SPEED on Sunday, March 17 at 6 p.m.

For more information and tickets for the remaining Daytona 200 Week events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

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Mar 15 | Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier Captures Daytona 200 Pole, Rolex Watch

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Graves Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier captured the pole and the coveted Rolex watch on Friday afternoon for Saturday’s 72nd Daytona 200 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike race at Daytona International Speedway.

Daytona 200

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Graves Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier captured the pole and the coveted Rolex watch on Friday afternoon for Saturday’s 72nd Daytona 200 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike race at Daytona International Speedway.

Beaubier, riding the No. 6 Yamaha YZF-R6, toured the 3.51-mile road course in one minute, 49.612 seconds to secure the pole for America’s most historic motorcycle race.

“I felt like I got a pretty good lap in,” Beaubier said. “I got held up just a little bit going through the chicane. That was the only mistake I had. I felt pretty good through the infield and I got a good draft towards the finish.”

The 40-minute session was shortened by about eight minutes due to a red flag for oil on the track. While Beaubier was pleased with the qualifying lap, he felt he might have been able to go even faster if the session wasn’t cut short.

“I wanted to get a flier in at the end but I’m really happy with my lap,” said Beaubier, who finished third in last year’s Daytona 200.

Rounding out the front row is Beaubier’s Graves Yamaha teammate Garrett Gerloff (1:51.101 seconds), Bobby Fong on a Richie Morris Racing Yamaha (1:51.332) and 2006 Daytona 200 champion Jake Zemke (1:51.599), who expects the difference maker in the grueling 57-lap, 200-mile race to be pit stops.

“This race, it’s a long race but it’s definitely won and lost in the pits,” said Zemke, who rides a Ducati. “Everybody’s going to be doing their best to make sure we can keep Cameron in check for a little while. He’s been setting the pace all weekend. He’s been going really good. He’s definitely setting the benchmark that everybody is going to be chasing.”

National Guard SuperBike Race 1: Graves Yamaha rider Josh Herrin kicked off the 2013 AMA National Guard SuperBike campaign by holding off Yoshimura Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas to earn his first Daytona SuperBike victory.

On the last lap, Herrin was able to pull away aboard his Yamaha R1 from Cardenas’ Suzuki GSX-R1000 exiting the chicane toward the start/finish line to win the 15-lap opening round by .135 seconds. Cardenas settled for second with Larry Pegram coming home in third on a Yamaha.

Three-time defending AMA National Guard SuperBike champion Josh Hayes opened his title defense with a disappointing 17th-place finish. Hayes took the whole shot and lead early but developed clutch issues on Lap 6 and dropped out of the race.

“I just feel bad for the boys here,” Hayes said. “I’m sure they are going to go back to the drawing board and make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

Another top contender, Jordan Suzuki’s Roger Hayden, crashed early in the race.

“I don’t want to beat up on myself but it almost feels like it’s not a win because Josh (Hayes) was out, Roger (Hayden) was out, Danny (Eslick) crashed. It’s still a win and the bike was working good and (the crew) has been putting in a lot of hours. I can’t thank them enough.”

The second round of the AMA National Guard SuperBike is set for Saturday at 11 a.m.

Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series/Motorcycle Superstore.com SuperSport: In the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson, the finish of the seven-lap season-opening event came down to an 11-bike draft with No. 29 Harley-Davidson of Tyler O’Hara coming out on top by a margin of .75 seconds.

“It’s all about putting yourself in the right place at the right time,” O’Hara said. “It feels really good to come out of here with a win.”

“You could have thrown a tissue over all of us,” said runner-up Kyle Wyman, who was shooting for a third straight Daytona win in the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson event at Daytona.

Six riders decided the 10-lap Motorcycle Superstore.com SuperSport event, Stefano Mesa riding aboard the No. 37 Yamaha passed David Sadowski Jr. exiting the chicane and held on for a .26 seconds margin of victory.

For more information and tickets for the remaining Daytona 200 Week events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

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Mar 15 | Honda’s Mikey Rush Brings Home Opening Night Victory At Daytona Flat Track

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Mikey Rush slipped past Brad Baker to win the AMA Pro Flat Track Presented By J&P Cycles Expert Main Event on Thursday night at the Daytona Flat Track.

Flat Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Mikey Rush slipped past Brad Baker to win the AMA Pro Flat Track Presented By J&P Cycles Expert Main Event on Thursday night at the Daytona Flat Track.

Baker seemed to have firm control of the 25-lap, 18-rider event but Rush, who started ninth, soared through the field aboard his Honda and took the lead in Turn 4 on Lap 19. The margin of victory was .945 seconds.

“I love Daytona,” said Rush, whose previous Expert Main Event win came at Daytona in 2007. “This place is special to me.

“I was watching what he (Baker) was doing. I made (the pass) stick. I just tried to put down some smooth laps after that.”

Baker, also riding a Honda, said he was struggling with the front end on entry into the turns “It was so close but so far away,” said Baker, who settled for second.

Jared Mees, who earned the overall Grand National Championship title as well as the GNC Singles championship in 2012, rounded out the podium on a Honda.

“When I saw Mike, I thought, ‘he’s going to win this thing,’ ” Mees said. “I’m happy for Mike. He deserves that win.”

Rush spent much of last season recovering from racing injuries and only competed in select GNC Expert Singles events.

In a tight battle in the 16-lap, 18-rider Pro Main event, Wisconsin rider Kyle Johnson on a Kawasaki won his first-ever Pro Main event.

Johnson led the final six laps of the race after passing the Honda of third-place finisher Mike Poe.

“I got a descent hole shot,” Johnson said. “He (Poe) got tired a bit. The bike ran great.”

Finishing second was another Honda rider Jason Isennock.

“It was a good old fashion race,” Isennock said.

The six-lap Expert Dash For Cash, featuring the top two riders in each of the Expert Heats, was won by Mees, who pocketed $1,000 for the win.

Riders winning the 10-lap Expert Heats were Brandon Robinson (Kawasaki), Jethro Halbert (Suzuki) and Jake Johnson (Honda). In the Expert semifinals, Matt Weidman (Honda) and Briar Bauman (Yamaha).

The AMA Pro Flat Track Presented by J&P Cycles events at the Daytona Flat Track will be broadcast by SPEED on Sunday, March 17 at 6 p.m.

For more information and tickets for the remaining Daytona 200 Week events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

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Mar 15 | Josh Hayes Takes Provisional Pole for AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike at Daytona

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AMA Pro Road Racing kicked off three-days of activity on Thursday at Daytona International Speedway with practice and provisional qualifying on the road course at the “World Center of Racing.”

Josh Hayes

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — AMA Pro Road Racing kicked off three-days of activity on Thursday at Daytona International Speedway with practice and provisional qualifying on the road course at the “World Center of Racing.”

Three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike champion Josh Hayes, riding the No. 1 Monster Energy Yamaha, captured the provisional pole for the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike with a lap of one minute, 37.746 seconds around the 2.9-mile road course.

“We’re still doing well, they are still playing catch up,” Hayes said. “As I long as I can keep it that way, I’m going to feel pretty good about how things are going.”

The Gulfport, Miss., native will try to hold onto the top spot during the final SuperBike qualifying session on Friday morning. The 15-lap Round 1 of the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike is scheduled for Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. with the second round set for Saturday at 11 a.m.

If Hayes retains the pole Friday morning, he will earn a point toward the season-ending championship.

Rounding out the top five in provisional SuperBike qualifying were Roger Hayden (Suzuki), Josh Herrin (Yamaha), Martin Cardenas (Suzuki) and Danny Eslick (Suzuki).

On the 3.51-mile road course in provisional AMA Pro Motorcycle SuperStore.com SuperSport qualifying, Colombian Tomas Puerta on the No. 12 Yamaha took the provisional pole with a lap of one minute, 54.097 seconds. In the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series, Travis Wyman is on the provisional pole with a lap of two minutes, 6.028 seconds.

Both Vance & Hines XR-1200 and SuperSport will have final qualifying sessions on Friday morning prior to their afternoon events. Also on tap Friday is Daytona SportBike qualifying for Saturday’s 72nd Daytona 200 where the fastest rider will earn the coveted Rolex watch.

For more information and tickets for the remaining Daytona 200 Week events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

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