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January, 2017

Fresh from Florida sponsoring Almirola at Talladega

Richard Petty Motorsports announced that the "Fresh From Florida" campaign will return for their fourth season with Aric Almirola and RPM. Through the partnership, Almirola, who is Fresh From Florida himself, will drive the #43 Fresh From Florida Ford at Talladega Superspeedway (May 7) and the #98 Fresh From Florida Ford at Daytona International Speedway for both NASCAR XFINITY races, as well as Atlanta Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. The partnership will kick off during Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway, perfectly timed for peak season for strawberries, tomatoes, sweet corn and peppers. The partnership will include media buying and in-car camera purchases by RPM on behalf of the campaign. The "Fresh From Florida" campaign is focusing on retail activations at 40 Florida Walmart locations, which kicks off Tuesday, January 25 and leads into Speedweeks. Each activation will feature the #43 Fresh From Florida Ford, Fresh From Florida brand ambassadors, activities and giveaways of hats, t-shirts and gift cards in an effort to encourage consumers to buy Fresh From Florida products.(Richard Petty Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #43 team paint schemes page.

November, 2016

Richard Petty Motorsports Ford EcoBoost 300 Race Report

Homestead-Miami Speedway

Ford EcoBoost 300 Results:
1: Daniel Suarez
10: Aric Almirola, No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford

Aric Almirola competed in his tenth NASCAR XFINITY Series race of the 2016 season this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. One of the fastest cars during the two practice sessions, the No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford Mustang was loose at times, but had great turn that allowed Aric Almirola to move all over the track. When the green flag dropped, Almirola was in 15th place and quickly started moving forward, getting as high as the ninth position.

When the third caution came on Lap 90, Almirola was in 14th place and providing feedback to the team on the car's loose conditions. Crew Chief Jon Hanson had made adjustments to the car on the previous pit stop to work on the car's balance, and Almirola was happy with the improvements. The team called him back down under the Lap 90 caution to give him four new tires, pull out a packer and make a wedge adjustment. Almirola restarted in the 14th position and had his best take off of the night. When the green flag dropped, Almirola shot through the field and was in fourth place within four laps.

He got as high as the third position before the car started turning loose again. Another caution flag came out on Lap 138, and the team made the first gamble of the night from fifth place. With only one set of fresh tires left, Almirola stayed on track to restart in first place. The whole field fanned out on the restart, and Almirola was shuffled back to 12th place. The No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford team made the same gamble again on the next caution and restarted in first place again. Almirola had the oldest tires of the field and fell back to 18th place, the last car on the lead lap. The team finally got the caution they needed at the end of the race to take advantage of being the only team left with a set of sticker tires. But, with only three laps remaining at the drop of the green flag and restarting in the 16th position, Almriola didn't have enough laps to get back to the front. He made it up to 10th place when he took the checkers.

"The guys brought me an awesome No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford this weekend," said Almirola. "It was fast in practice and fast in the race. We knew that there were a couple cars better than us, so we played the strategy game to try and pull a win out of this. But, there just weren't enough laps left there at the end to make enough moves with our sticker tires. This team worked hard and should be proud of their hustle there at the end and, really, all season. We scored a win and a handful of Top-10 finishes this year, and that's definitely something to be proud of."

 

Aric Almirola Hopes to Close Out 2016 Season Strong

WEEKEND STATISTICS AND NOTES

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend to bring the 2016 race season to a close. In a year that saw varied results and brought changes within the team, Aric Almirola is looking to end the season with a strong finish at one of his favorite tracks on the circuit. The No. 43 Smithfield Ford team has seen improved results in the final 10 races of the season, scoring three Top-15 and five Top-20 finishes.

Almirola will also pilot the No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford for Biagi-DenBeste Racing in the XFINITY Series on Saturday. This will be Almirola’s 10th start for the team this season. Fresh From Florida adorned the hood of the No. 98 Ford when Almirola drove it to victory at Daytona International this past July and returns for the XFINITY Series season finale.

This trip to Homestead-Miami Speedway will mark Almirola’s seventh start in a Sprint Cup Series car at the mile-and-a-half track. He has two Top-10 and four Top-20 finishes there. His best finish of fourth place came in 2010 with Richard Petty Motorsports. In the four previous XFINITY Series races he has competed in, Almirola has three Top-20 finishes. He scored his best finish of eighth place in 2011.

 

Aric Almirola Racing Double Duty in Phoenix
U.S. Air Force Returns to No. 43 Ford

WEEKEND STATISTICS AND NOTES

Short tracks have been a highlight of The Chase races for Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Ford team. Almirola scored a 17th-place finish in Loudon, a 16th-place finish in Dover and a 15th-palce finish in Martinsville. Phoenix International Raceway will be the final short track visit of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, and the team is looking forward to returning. After finishing in the 13th position at the one-mile track in the spring, Almirola will return with the U.S. Air Force adorning the hood to score another Top-15 finish.

Almirola will also pilot the No. 98 Ford for Biagi-DenBeste Racing in the XFINITY Series on Saturday. This will be Almirola's ninth start for the team this season. The last time he raced in the XFINITY Series, he left Daytona International Speedway in July with the winner's trophy.

This will be Almirola's 12th start in the Sprint Cup Series at Phoenix International Raceway. His best finish of fifth-place came in the spring of 2012. He has raced six times there in the XFINITY Series, and he has a best finish of sixth place that came in 2010.

ALMIROLA WEEKEND CHATTER

"Our short-track program has been much better here recently. Three or four years ago, our mile-and-a-half program was definitely our strongest program and short tracks were a struggle. But, over the past few years, we've been developing our program, and it's become more respectable. I'm looking forward to going to Phoenix. The XFINITY race will be fun. Last time I went racing with Biagi-DenBeste Racing, it went pretty well. And, we've run really well at Phoenix in our Cup cars too, and I'm excited to close out the year with a good run in Phoenix."

October, 2016

Charlotte Race Report

Charlotte Motor Speedway

RACE RESULTS:
1: Joey Logano
17: Jeb Burton, No. 98 The Z Real Estate, KW Burlington Ford

Jeb Burton made his third start in the No. 98 The Z Real Estate Group, KW Burlington Ford Mustang for Biagi-DenBeste Racing this weekend, as the NASCAR XFINITY Series returned to Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Drive for a Cure 300 was supposed to run on Friday evening, but due to inclement weather from Hurricane Matthew, all on-track activity on Friday was moved to Sunday afternoon.

Fortunately, Burton was able to run two practices on Thursday in the No. 98 Ford Mustang and able to adjust the car's handling. Since qualifying was rained out, the field was set by the average of the fastest runs from the two practices on Thursday, putting The Z Real Estate Group, KW Burlington Ford in the 18th starting position.

Burton started the race and quickly set his sights on moving through the field. Running as high as 12th, Burton began reporting that the car was building loose through the run, especially as the sun set behind the track to cool the track off. The team made a big adjustment on Lap 65 when the caution came out to put a left, front packer in, hoping to adjust the handling for Burton. Because of the longer pit stop, Burton restarted in the 19th position and fell a lap down to the leaders on Lap 100.

Burton fell two laps down to the leaders on Lap 124, as only seven cars remained on the lead lap with a long, green-flag run. With the handling improving, he remained in the 17th position through the third quarter of the race. The leader continued to lap the field, at one point being the only car on the lead lap. When the caution came out on Lap 175, Burton stayed out in hopes of gaining track position and taking the Wavearound. Burton finished 17th and two laps down.

"I'm really thankful that I had the opportunity to run the No. 98 The Z Real Estate Group, KW Burlington Ford," Burton said. "We were able to get both practices in before the rains came and got to work on the handling. We fired off tight and were really loose throughout the run, but the team did a good job making adjustments and getting the handling better. I think if we had started off in a higher position it would have been easier to gain track position, but it was still a good race for Biagi-DenBeste Racing and I'm grateful to have had the opportunity."

September, 2016

Jeb Burton to Pilot No. 98 The Z Real Estate, KW Burlington Ford for Biagi-DenBeste Racing

Burton to Make Third Start of 2016 in No. 98 Ford Mustang Friday Night

Weekend Statistics and Notes

Jeb Burton will be back behind the wheel of the No. 98 Ford Mustang for Biagi-DenBeste Racing this weekend, bringing along a new partner in The Z Real Estate Group, KW Burlington. Burton will compete in Friday night's 35th Annual Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, hoping to bring home another top finish for the Biagi-DenBeste race team. Burton has experience in all three series at the 1.5-mile track, including a start in the XFINITY Series at the spring race earlier this year.

Burton has definitely found success in all three series racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He finished 11th at the spring race and started from the pole in the Camping World Truck Series, earning one Top-10 and three Top-15 finishes in three starts. This won't be Burton's first start for Biagi-DenBeste at Charlotte; he also drove the No. 98 Ford in the XFINITY Series in 2014, finishing 15th.

Burton Weekend Chatter

"I'm really looking forward to returning to racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. We drove really well there in the spring race and have found success on intermediate tracks this season. At Charlotte, you can move around the racetrack in multiple grooves, running all three lines and being able to gain track position. Our goal this weekend is to maintain good track position and get another Top-10 finish. I'm really grateful to The Z Real Estate Group, KW Burlington, and Biagi-DenBeste Racing for the opportunity to drive the No. 98, and I'm ready to be back racing and bring home a top finish for the whole organization."

 

Jeb Burton Teams up with The Z Real Estate Group, Keller Williams Burlington and Biagi-DenBeste Racing

Will Pilot No. 98 The Z Real Estate Group, KW Burlington Ford at Charlotte Motor Speedway

September 21, 2016 - Biagi-DenBeste Racing announced a continuation of their partnership with Jeb Burton for the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October. Burton will add a new partner in The Z Real Estate Group and Keller Williams Burlington on the No. 98 Ford Mustang. Burton recently piloted the No. 98 Ford in the XFINITY Series race in Indianapolis, finishing 12th, and at Richmond in September, finishing 19th.

Prior to his two races with Biagi-DenBeste Racing in the 2016 season, Burton competed in 11 NASCAR XFINITY Series races with Richard Petty Motorsports where he scored one Top-10 and four Top-15 finishes. Burton competed in the spring race at Charlotte in the XFINITY Series, finishing 11th in May. He's also earned a pole in the Camping World Truck Series at Charlotte in 2013.

"I'm really excited and thankful for the opportunity to run the No. 98 The Z Real Estate Group, KW Burlington Ford with Biagi-DenBeste Racing in Charlotte," Burton said. "Biagi-DenBeste Racing has shown speed in their cars all year long, especially getting the win in Daytona in July. I've had a couple of solid runs with them this year, and am excited to get back to the track and get a good finish at Charlotte."

Keller Williams is the largest real estate franchise by agent count in the world with more than 800 offices and 146,000 associates across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. In 2015, Training Magazine named Keller Williams the No. 1 training organization across all industries in the world. Burton's partnership extends to The Z Real Estate Group, KW Burlington based out of Burlington, North Carolina.

"We at The Z Real Estate Group here in Burlington, NC are excited to partner with Jeb Burton and Biagi-DenBeste Racing for the upcoming race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 7th," Lisa Flynt Tran, Broker/Owner of The Z Real Estate Group said. "We are looking forward to sharing our real estate services with the passionate NASCAR fan base and promoting the wonderful properties in Alamance County."

Burton and his dad, 2002 Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton, will meet fans at a customer appreciation event prior to the Charlotte race weekend on Saturday, October 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on behalf of The Z Real Estate Group, KW Burlington at 1124 St. Marks Church Rd., Burlington NC. The event is open to the public, and Jeb and Ward will be available for photos and autographs.

In addition, Puryear Tank Lines will be an associate partner on the No. 98 Ford at Charlotte. Puryear Tank Lines is a third generation family operated business headquartered in North Carolina specializing in bulk tank delivery of LPG, butane, liquid asphalt and bulk cement. Puryear Tank Lines will have branding on the rear quarter panels of the Ford Mustang.

Burton will hit the track in the No. 98 The Z Real Estate Group, KW Burlington Ford on Friday, October 7 at 8:00 p.m. on NBCSN.


About Biagi-DenBeste Racing

Biagi-DenBeste Racing is owned by Fred Biagi and Bill DenBeste, with Lori DenBeste serving as President. Though racing is their passion, their careers have been driven by 18 wheels instead of four. Fred Biagi owns Biagi Bros Transportation with his brother Greg in Napa, CA. They started in 1978 as a transportation company but have evolved over the years into full service transportation, warehousing and logistics company offering expert 3PL services to clients across North America. You can find out more www.biagibros.com.

 

Burton to Wheel No. 98 Estes Express Line Ford Mustang for Biagi-DenBeste Racing

Weekend Statistics and Notes

Jeb Burton returns to racing this weekend in the No. 98 Estes Express Line Ford Mustang for Biagi-DenBeste Racing at none other than a track in his home state of Virginia. Burton, a Halifax, Virginia native, will compete in Friday night’s Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. This is his first XFINITY Series race since Indianapolis in July.

Burton competed in his first XFINITY Series race at the 0.75-mile track in April of this year and finished 19th. This will be Burton’s second career XFINITY Series start at Richmond, although he has had two starts in the Sprint Cup Series in 2015.

Appearances and Sponsor

Estes Express Lines is a full-service freight transportation provider, headquartered in Burton's home state of Virginia. The Richmond-based company has previously partnered with Burton in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series.

Fans will be able to meet and get an autograph from Burton at the XFINITY Series Autograph Session on Friday, September 9. The autograph session will take place in the amphitheater behind Turn 1, and requires a wristband to participate. Wristbands will be available for pickup at the Virginia529 College Savings Plan Midway display starting at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, and will be distributed while supplies last.

Where: Amphitheatre behind Turn 1, Richmond International Raceway
When: Friday, September 9, from 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Weekend Chatter

“Richmond is a home track for me, and I have a lot of fun memories from there when I was a kid. My dad got the pole and track record there in 2002 when I was a little kid, so it would be cool if I could go there and win. My uncle (Jeff Burton) also won there in 1998, and with it being so close to my hometown, it really is a track that is special to me and my family. I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to run a second race for Biagi-DenBeste Racing along with Estes Express Lines, and I’m looking forward to being as competitive as I can for them and bringing home a top finish.”

July, 2016

Jeb Burton Teams Up with Estes Express Lines and Biagi-DenBeste Racing Will Pilot No. 98 Estes Ford at Indy and Richmond

July 12, 2016 — Biagi-DenBeste Racing announced a partnership with Jeb Burton and Estes Express Lines, a full-service freight transportation provider, for two NASCAR XFINITY Series races in the 2016 season. Burton will pilot the No. 98 Estes Ford at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 23 and Richmond International Raceway September 9.

This partnership will mark the second time Burton has driven the No. 98 Ford. He piloted the No. 98 Ford to a 15th-place finish at Charlotte in 2014. Most recently, Burton competed in 11 NASCAR XFINITY Series races with Richard Petty Motorsports where he scored one Top-10 and four Top-15 finishes. Burton will make his track debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and compete for the fourth time at Richmond International Raceway.

“I’m really excited to get back on the track in the XFINITY Series with Biagi-DenBeste Racing,” said Burton. “They’ve shown they have fast cars and just scored a big win at Daytona,” said Burton. “I’m thrilled to again partner with Estes. They are a great company and have been big supporters of my career.”

Estes Express Lines is a full-service freight transportation provider, headquartered in Burton’s home state of Virginia. The Richmond-based company has previously partnered with Burton in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series.

Estes President and CEO Rob Estes weighed in on the sponsorship. “We’re proud of our association with this Virginia native who has gone on to gain national recognition. It’s exciting to once again support him as he takes to the track in the No. 98 Estes Ford in Indianapolis and Richmond. We want to thank our vendors who helped make sponsoring these two races a reality. The Estes team is very excited to be part of the 2016 season, and our 16,000 employees nationwide will definitely be rooting for him.”

Burton will hit the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Lilly Diabetes 250 July 23 live on NBCSN.

About Estes Express Lines
Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Estes Express Lines is a leading, full-service freight transportation provider offering a complete range of shipping solutions including LTL, time critical, volume & truckload, global and custom solutions. Founded in 1931 by W.W. Estes and still family-owned, today’s Estes is the largest privately held LTL carrier in the nation. With a network of more than 200 terminals across the country and a global service footprint, Estes has grown into one of the most respected total-solutions providers in the industry.

 

NASCAR Road Course Return for Piquet Jr

Nelson Piquet Jr will make his NASCAR return on 13 August 2016, when he joins Biagi-DenBeste Racing to take on the Mid-Ohio 200 Xfinity Series road course race.

Piquet Jr was a regular on the NASCAR scene between 2010-2014, when he became the first Brazilian to visit Victory Lane in a top tier NASCAR category, when he won the Nationwide Series race at Road America in 2012. He collected a further four victories in the Truck and Nationwide Series and 30 top-ten finishes. His most recent NASCAR event was at the Watkins Glen Sprint Cup in August 2014. He last raced at Mid-Ohio in the Turner Motorsports Nationwide Series team in 2013, qualifying in fifth position.

Since his last NASCAR outing, Piquet Jr has been competing globally in the FIA Formula E Championship, the series in which he took the World Championship title in 2015. He has also competed in the World Endurance Championship, the highlight of which was a Winner in Class victory at the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours, and he has been a race winner in the Global Rally Championship.

Commenting on his NASCAR return, Piquet Jr said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be racing in Mid-Ohio next month. NASCAR has been a huge part of my career and it is one of the best championships I’ve ever raced in. My first top tier NASCAR victory was at a road course, at Road America, and so I’m grateful to Biagi-DenBeste for giving me another road course opportunity. The Xfinity series is seriously competitive so I’m looking forward to getting there and seeing what we can do.”

Biagi-DenBeste Racing is owned by Fred Biagi and Bill DenBeste, with Lori DenBeste serving as President. Though racing is their passion, their careers have been driven by 18 wheels instead of four. Fred Biagi owns Biagi Bros Transportation with his brother Greg in Napa, CA. They started in 1978 as a transportation company but have evolved over the years into full service transportation, warehousing and logistics company offering expert 3PL services to clients across North America.

 

Richard Petty Motorsports

Subway Firecracker 250 Race Report

Daytona International Speedway

Subway Firecracker 250 Results:
 1: Aric Almirola, No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford

It was a great night for Aric Almirola and the No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford team at Biagi DenBeste Racing. After a nail-biting finish that had Almirola ahead of Justin Allgaier by just inches at the time of the caution to end the race, Almirola walked with his car to Victory Lane after running out of fuel during his burnout. This is the second win for Biagi DenBeste Racing and the first win for Jon Hanson as a Crew Chief.

Almirola started the night with a feeling that he had a fast No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford Mustang. After rolling off in the 23rd position, Almirola quickly found his comfort spot on the bottom lane and ran there as often as possible. In a caution-filled race, Almirola kept his Ford Mustang clean to be a contender in the race in the closing laps. Almirola was in the second position for majority of the second half of the race. When the race went into overtime, he was in second place and leading the outside lane. Quickly getting to the bottom, he was leading on the final lap when cars wrecked behind him. NASCAR didn't immediately throw a caution, and Allgaier closed in. When the caution flew, NASCAR declared Almirola the winner after five minutes of watching replays.

Almirola scored a NASCAR XFINITY Series win in 2007 after being relieved in the car by Denny Hamlin. Although Hamlin drove the car to victory, Almirola was scored with the win. Not taking the winner's trophy or money from the race, Almirola felt like this win wasn't actually his. But, tonight was his win, and this time he'll take the trophy. He is one of only 26 drivers to win in all three NASCAR national touring series.

"I thought from the start of the race that I had a No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford Fusion that was capable of winning," said Almirola. "It showed a lot of promise all night long. And, it was an emotional last few laps. I thought I had a shot to win but wasn't sure I would get it done. I got a big push from the 7 car and then he pulled out and the 18 came and gave me a good push. I am really thankful for that. It is a huge night for me to get back to Victory Lane in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. I didn't feel like I truly won in the XFINITY Series before, but tonight was my night. Now, I can truly say I have truly won in every series in NASCAR. I'm really proud of this team. They are a part time team but put in a full time effort. It's great that we got Jon (Hanson) his first win and was exciting to celebrate with Fred (Biagi) in Victory Lane. Hopefully, we can use this momentum for tomorrow night's race as well."

About Richard Petty Motorsports

A performance and marketing driven company, Richard Petty Motorsports, co-owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and successful business entrepreneur Andrew Murstein, is one of the most recognized brands in all of motorsports. With a history of over 200 wins and business partnerships with national and global leaders, today the race operation fields two teams in competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Aric Almirola and Brian Scott. Almirola will return to the iconic No. 43 Ford with partners Smithfield Foods, STP, United States Air Force and the "Fresh From Florida" campaign. Scott will make his debut with the team and drive the Petty Family No. 44 Ford. Albertsons Companies, Shore Lodge, Twisted Tea and GoBowling.com will join Scott as he competes for Rookie of the Year in his first full-time season in the Sprint Cup Series. Richard Petty Motorsports will also field the No. 43 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The team is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C.

April, 2016

BIAGI-DENBESTE No. 98 FORD MUSTANG TO HONOR CARROLL SHELBY FOUNDATION DURING O'REILLY AUTO PARTS 300 AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

CARROLL SHELBY Foundation
  • Biagi-DenBeste Racing to feature exclusive livery honoring the Carroll Shelby Foundation and Carroll Shelby Automotive School of Technology
  • Carroll Shelby Foundation to host special giveaways during April at www.donate2shelby.com
  • Donations help provide medical assistance and automotive educational opportunities for children and young people and those in need

Helping Kids in the Race for Life...

CARROLL SHELBY Foundation

April 5, 2016 – When veteran NASCAR driver Aric Almirola takes the wheel of the Biagi-DenBeste Racing No. 98 Ford Mustang at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, he will also represent the Carroll Shelby Foundation at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Friday April, 8. For the Lone Star race only, the Mustang will wear the Carroll Shelby Foundation and Carroll Shelby Automotive Technology Program logos to raise awareness for the two non-profit organizations.

“Carroll Shelby was one of the world’s greatest competitors, so we’re pleased that his spirit will carry on through a high profile race in his home state,” said Joe Conway Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International, Co-Trustee of the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust and Board member of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. “It’s wonderful that the Foundation and School will be featured so prominently in front of a global audience. Carroll would be proud if he were with us still.”

The Carroll Shelby Foundation was created to provide medical assistance, as well as educational opportunities through automotive and other training programs. It also benefits the Shelby Automotive Museum in Southern California.

“Since Carroll was from North Texas and most of our family still lives here, it’s fitting to celebrate his legacy at the Texas Motor Speedway race,” said Aaron Shelby, Board member of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. “Carroll was so committed to helping young people that he created the Carroll Shelby Foundation and the Carroll Shelby Automotive Technology Program. We’re grateful for the Biagi-DenBeste Racing team’s support and everyone is confident that they will be a contender.”

For many years, Bill DenBeste and Carroll Shelby worked and enjoyed motorsports together. Carroll played an important role in shaping DenBeste’s pursuits and encouraged him to open DenBeste Motorsports, the largest Shelby Cobra dealer in the world.

“Carroll Shelby was a very close friend,so we chose his hometown to unveil this special livery,” said team co-owner Bill DenBeste. “Our goal at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 is to help raise money for two organizations that he loved so much through the powerful platform of the racing community.”

Heading into the sixth race of the NASCAR XFINITY series, the No. 98 Mustang will be piloted by veteran NASCAR driver Aric Almirola. Joining Biagi-DenBeste Racing are members of the Shelby family, as well as executives from the Carroll Shelby Foundation.

During April, every $10 donation will give fans the chance to win a Shelby Racing Package including:

  • A tire from the race at Texas Motor Speedway signed by the driver, Shelby family and team
  • A DenBeste NASCAR die-cast
  • A Shelby Foundation Hat
  • A $100 Gift Card to the Shelby Store

“Carroll loved helping others just as much as he loved racing,” said Jenni Shreeves, Executive Director, Carroll Shelby Foundation. “The Foundation represents Carroll’s passion for helping young people enjoy life at the fullest. We’re honored to partner with the Biagi-DenBeste Racing team as we continue Carroll’s legacy at Texas Motor Speedway.”

Donations to the Carroll Shelby Foundation can be made at www.donate2shelby.com

About The Carroll Shelby Foundation

The Carroll Shelby Foundation was created by legendary racer and automotive manufacturer Carroll Shelby. Headquartered in Gardena, Calif., the Foundation is dedicated to providing medical assistance for those in need, including children, educational opportunities for young people through automotive and other training programs and benefitting the Shelby Automotive Museum. For more information, visit http://www.shelby.com/?topic=csf.

About Biagi-DenBeste Racing

Biagi-DenBeste Racing is owned by Fred Biagi and Bill DenBeste, with Lori DenBeste serving as President. Though racing is their passion, their careers have been driven by 18 wheels instead of four. Fred Biagi owns Biagi Bros Transportation with his brother Greg in Napa, CA. They started in 1978 as a transportation company but have evolved over the years into full service transportation, warehousing and logistics company offering expert 3PL services to clients across North America. You can find out more at www.biagibros.com

March, 2016

Ballast Point Brewing Company to Join Biagi-DeBeste Racing at Auto Club Speedway

Brewery to be Primary Sponsor of No. 98 Ford Mustang

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 16, 2016) – Biagi-DenBeste Racing will unveil a new sponsor and paint scheme this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. Ballast Point Brewing Company will be the primary sponsor of the No. 98 Ford Mustang for Saturday’s XFINITY Series race. A first-time partnership for the race team and the brewery, both are looking forward to great on-track results for the Ford.

Founded in 1996 by Jack White, Ballast Point brings the perfect balance of taste and aroma to IPAs, beers and liquors. What started as a small group of home brewers, who simply wanted to make a better beer, evolved into the adventurers known today as Ballast Point. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Ballast Point recently sought out a larger space to keep up with demand and settled into a 107,000 square foot brewing facility.

The TreatMyClot.com 300 will be the third outing of the 2016 season for the No. 98 Biagi-DenBeste Ford Mustang. With two Top-15 finishes to start the season, the team is looking to ride the positive momentum and compete with the XFINITY Series leaders at the front of the pack.

“We are excited to have Ballast Point come aboard the No. 98 Ford Mustang in Fontana,” said Fred Biagi, co-owner of Biagi-DenBeste Racing. “Having Ballast Point on the hood of our race car is a tremendous opportunity for our team, and we’re looking forward to showing them what a great job our guys can do on the track. Our race team has had great results this year, and we’re eager to bring our equipment to Auto Club Speedway and put our car on the top of the leaderboard.”

The XFINITY Series race will air live on FOX Sports 1 this Saturday at 4 p.m. EST.

About Biagi-DenBeste Racing
Biagi-DenBeste Racing is owned by Fred Biagi and Bill DenBeste, with Lori DenBeste serving as President. Though racing is their passion, their careers have been driven by 18 wheels instead of four. Fred Biagi owns Biagi Bros Transportation with his brother Greg in Napa, CA. They started in 1978 as a transportation company but have evolved over the years into full service transportation, warehousing and logistics company offering expert 3PL services to clients across North America. You can find out more www.biagibros.com

About Ballast Point
What started in 1996 as a small group of home brewers who simply wanted to make great beer evolved into the adventurers known as Ballast Point. From bringing a hoppy twist to a porter, or adding four types of malt to its amber ale, to creating a breakthrough gold-medal winning IPA, the San Diego-based company is known for adding its own touch and asking if there's a better way. Today an internationally recognized leader in the craft brewing and spirits industry, the company makes over 50 styles of beer and bottles over 20 spirit products. For more information, visit www.ballastpoint.com.

February, 2016

Richard Petty Motorsports

NASCAR XFINITY Series Daytona 300 Race Report

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona 300 Results:
 1: Chase Elliott

11: Aric Almirola, No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford

Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race marked the start to the 2016 season for one of NASCAR’s premier series. Both Aric Almirola and Jeb Burton experienced the woes of superspeedway racing. Despite losing the draft early in the race, both teams worked hard to return to the main pack. Almirola worked his No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford from a lap down to an 11th-place finish. Damage to the No. 43 J. Streicher Ford hindered Burton from a lead lap finish. He completed his first XFINITY race of the season in the 25th spot.

Aric Almirola, No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford

Aric Almirola piloted the No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford Mustang for Biagi DenBeste from the 24th starting spot, in the outside lane. The competitors had intense racing action right from the start, immediately going three wide until the first caution on Lap 5. Almirola pitted for fuel only and returned to the race track in the 28th position. Once the field restarted on Lap 10, it didn’t take long for another caution on Lap 13 for an accident a few cars ahead of Almirola, but great maneuvering kept the No. 43 out of trouble. Almirola stayed out as the rest of the field went to pit road and restarted the race in the second position.

A caution on Lap 21, allowed Almirola to bring his car down pit road for four tires and fuel. With a fairly clean race so far, Almirola backed off the gas to run at the back of the lead pack but lost the draft and fell to 32nd. For the next 20 laps, Almirola led the third pack of cars on track. The field strung out and Almirola went one lap down. He held the 22nd spot after a pit stop on Lap 68 for four tires.

Now the fight was on for Almirola to get the Lucky Dog. Almirola ran alongside of the leaders and worked his way to the Lucky Dog spot. He held the spot when the caution flag flew on Lap 100. Almirola pit for four tires, fuel and a trackbar adjustment to ready himself for one last restart. Taking the green flag on Lap 103, Almirola was in 14th. He worked with Spotter Stevie Reeves to find a line to get him to the front of the field, but a hole never opened up to make a significant move. When the checkered flag fell after 300 miles, Almirola brought the No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford Mustang home 11th.

“I made a big mistake early in the race thinking that they were going to wreck, and I decided to ride at the back of the pack,” said Almirola. “I lost the draft, so then I had to race incredibly aggressive to try and get back on the lead lap, which we were able to do. I was thinking we were going to mix it up on that last restart, but everybody committed to the bottom two lanes and the top lane just kept getting shuffled out. It was really hard to do anything and make any moves, but, all in all, it was an OK day for us. These guys work really hard, and I would have loved to have gotten them a better finish.”

About Richard Petty Motorsports

A performance and marketing driven company, Richard Petty Motorsports, co-owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and successful business entrepreneur Andrew Murstein, is one of the most recognized brands in all of motorsports. With a history of over 200 wins and business partnerships with national and global leaders, today the race operation fields two teams in competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Aric Almirola and Brian Scott. Almirola will return to the iconic No. 43 Ford with partners Smithfield Foods, STP, United States Air Force and the “Fresh From Florida” campaign. Scott will make his debut with the team and drive the Petty Family No. 44 Ford. Albertsons Companies, Shore Lodge, Twisted Tea and GoBowling.com will join Scott as he competes for Rookie of the Year in his first full-time season in the Sprint Cup Series. Richard Petty Motorsports will also field the No. 43 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with driver Jeb Burton, who will compete for Rookie of the Year in his first full-time season in the No. 43 J. Streicher Ford. The team is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C.

January, 2016

January 12, 2015

NASCAR XFINITY Series No. 98 Owner, Fred Biagi, Takes Home the Silver

Mooresville, NC (January 12, 2016) – Fred Biagi, owner of Biagi DenBeste Racing, not only enters his No. 98 Ford Mustang to compete in the NASCAR XFINITY Series but also has entered his 2009 Cabernet Wine in the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine: $67 & Over Competition. The Biagi Family Wines brought home the Silver in their Class.

The competition is to the Wine industry what the Daytona 500 is to NASCAR. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (WineJudging.com) is the largest competition of American wines in the world.

The 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) has received 7,162 entries this year. This is the highest number of wine entries seen to date, shattering 2015's previous record of 6,417 entries from 28 states. Submissions came pouring in from across the nation, from independent winemakers and boutique wineries to large scale producers.

Award-winning Wines were selected by professional Wine Judges of SFCWC. There are 65 experienced judges from around the nation and world (as far as South Africa!) who taste, discuss and determine the winners.

 

November, 2015

November 17, 2015

Almirola Optimistic to End Consistent Season on High Note during Ford Championship Weekend

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (November 17, 2015 – Richard Petty Motorsports) - Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield team have worked all year on being consistent and finishing up front. This weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway will be the same. Going into the season finale Ford Ecoboost 400 with a 23 point lead for the top non-Chase spot, Almirola hopes to continue their consistency and finish with the 17th spot in points.

Almirola has five Sprint Cup Series starts in Miami. He scored one Top-Five and two Top-10 finishes with his best finish of fourth scored in 2010. He also tallied three XFINITY Series starts where he posted one Top-10 finish of eighth. He has three Truck Series starts under his belt as well with one Top-Five finish.

Almirola will pull double duty this weekend and pilot the Biagi DenBeste Racing No. 98 Carroll Shelby Engine Company Ford in Saturday’s Ford Ecoboost 300. This will mark Almirola’s ninth start with the team this season. Together, they tallied three Top-10 and six Top-15 finishes, including a best finish of seven in the Daytona season opener.

Smithfield is ramping up for the season finale as well. Celebrity Hispanic chef and TV personality, Ingrid Hoffmann, will prepare a lunch menu for the No. 43 team with signature Latin dishes featuring a variety of delicious and flavorful products from Smithfield.

In addition, Smithfield will bring back competitive eater Matt Stonie, who set the world record for amount of bacon consumed in five minutes earlier this year at the season opener in Daytona. This time, Stonie looks to set the record for how many Smithfield Fresh Pork Ribs are consumed within five minutes. Following the attempt, Stonie will join “The King” Richard Petty and Almirola to judge and crown the ultimate amateur eating champion of Smithfield’s final Whole Hog Challenge. Fans at Homestead-Miami Speedway can watch both the record attempt and Whole Hog Challenge finale at the Smithfield display Sunday at 11:05 a.m.

Fans can also head to the Ford display Sunday morning for a Q&A with Almirola at 10:45 a.m.

 
November 8, 2015

Ryan Truex, No. 98 Carroll Shelby Engine Company Ford Team

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (November 8, 2015 – Richard Petty Motorsports) – After rain Friday night, the track struggled to dry. NASCAR was forced to cancel XFINITY Series qualifying and Truex started the 200-lap race from the 23rd position. Before the race, Truex knew his car may be loose and that the green track would be hard on tire wear. He was correct.

At the drop of the green, Truex took off and sped to 20th, but after a few laps his car became wrecking-loose and Truex told the crew that they may be in trouble. The young Truex was able to take care of the car until a Lap 25 Competition Caution allowed the crew to make a track bar, spring and air pressure adjustment. Truex restarted 20th.

Unfortunately, the next run was more of the same for Truex. Quickly his tires gave away and he was holding onto the No. 98 Ford. Truex did a good job of keeping the car in the 21st spot as the crew looked to make more adjustments. Truex was 21st after 50 laps.

A caution on Lap 77 allowed the team to pit for another swing at adjustments to the car. Restarting one lap down, Truex lined up 22nd and was trying to race back on the Lead Lap. It was cat and mouse with the Free Pass position the rest of the race for Truex.  His car better, he could race close to the spot before his tires would fall off and he couldn’t make the pass.

At Lap 100, Truex was 20th and a Lap 115 caution gave Dakoda Armstrong the Free Pass with Truex poised to take it next. On Lap 125, Truex was racing in the Free Pass position and just needing the yellow flag to wave. Unfortunately it was a long run and on Lap 166 had to pit under green for tires and fuel. Stilling running 20th, Truex was two laps down.

A caution on Lap 177 allowed Truex to get back one lap and again race for the Free Pass position. Truex was racing in the Top-20, but the race went green the rest of the way. Truex finished 20th.

“The cautions never came when we needed them,” said Truex. “We really struggled for grip too. The tires gave up pretty quickly and it was a handful. But, I’m grateful for the opportunity to race. We wanted a better result, but we’ll keep working on finding more opportunities to race in 2016 and beyond.”

 

October, 2015

October 22, 2015

Biagi DenBeste Racing Adds Texas to Ryan Truex’s Schedule

Biagi DenBeste Racing Adds Texas to Ryan Truex’s Schedule

Biagi DenBeste Racing Adds Texas to Ryan Truex’s Schedule
Team Focuses on Improving Intermediate Track Program

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 22, 2015) – Ryan Truex will pilot the No. 98 Carrol Shelby Engine Co. Ford Mustang for Biagi DenBeste Racing at Texas Motor Speedway. Truex raced with the NASCAR XFINITY team at Richmond, Charlotte and Kentucky earlier this year. The addition allows the team another opportunity to develop their intermediate track program. With the majority of the XFINITY Series schedule comprised of mile-and-a-half tracks, the No. 98 Ford team looks to add to their notebook in preparation for the 2016 season.

“It feels great to have another race added to my schedule,” says Truex. “I feel like we have some momentum after Charlotte, and I really enjoy working with Jon and the guys. Texas is a mile-and-a-half track that shares some similarities with Charlotte. I know the feel that we need in our Mustang to get a Top-10 run to close out the year. I really appreciate everyone at Biagi DenBeste Racing for giving me another chance to run this year.”

In Truex’s three starts this season, he has one Top-20 finish and two DNFs, but the results don’t tell the entire story. In both races with DNFs, Truex was running in the Top-10 when bad luck found the No. 98 Ford Mustang.

“Ryan has done an excellent job for us this year.” said Fred Biagi, Co-Owner of Biagi DenBeste Racing. “He performed well in each of his starts, and he showed us that he is a contender. We’re confident in his ability behind the wheel and are excited to give him another opportunity to race this year.”

Truex will hit the track for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday, November 7 at 3:30 p.m. ET. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN.

 
October 10, 2015

Richard Petty Motorsports Brings Home Top-20 Finishes at Charlotte XFINITY Series Race

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 10, 2015) – Richard Petty Motorspots XFINITY Series drivers Dakoda Armstrong and Ryan Truex showed good speed throughout the night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Both teams ran into bad luck early on, but were able to recover and finish in the Top-20.

Ryan Truex finished 17th in the No. 98 Biagi DenBeste Ford in Friday night’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Truex battled with the handling of the No. 98 Ford from the drop of the green flag. The No. 98 crew worked throughout the race to try to improve the handling but the team was caught a lap down after a round of green-flag pit stops.

A recap of Friday night’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway follows:

Ryan Truex, No. 98 Carrol Shelby Engine Company Ford Team

Truex started the 200-lap race from the 16th position and immediately radioed to the No. 98 team that the car lacked right, rear side bite, which made the car loose on the entry of the corner. He fell to the 20th spot but battled for position later in the run. Truex was running 19th when debris brought out the caution on Lap 50. The crew made a big swing of adjustments to the No. 98 Ford on the four-tire stop. However, during the stop the No. 98 Ford suffered damage to the lower, right side of the car after the car fell on the jack. Despite the mishap, Truex only lost one spot on pit road but the damage affected the handling of the No. 98 Ford on the track. Truex restarted 20th on Lap 54.

The adjustments to the No. 98 Ford made the car better on the entry of the turns, but overall the car was too tight. Later in the run, the car began to free up and Truex moved up to the 17th spot before coming to pit road on Lap 101 for a green-flag pit stop. Crew Chief Jon Hanson called for chassis and air pressure adjustments on the four-tire stop. Truex returned to the track in the same spot but unfortunately fell a lap down to the leaders as pit stops shuffled through.

After returning to the track, the No. 98 Ford was loose to start and needed more lateral grip but the handling got better later in the run. Truex was up to 16th when debris brought out the caution on Lap 143. Hanson called for another chassis adjustment on the four-tire stop and Truex restarted 17th on Lap 147.

NASCAR Officials waved the yellow flag for the final time just five laps later and Truex stayed out under caution. He restarted 16th with 43 laps to go. Truex had fought the handling of the No. 98 on restarts all night and this time wasn’t any different. He lost two spots on the restart but battled hard to get the track position back once the car started to settle into the run. Truex was able to gain one spot in the closing laps to finish 17th, one lap down.

“We battled some gremlins tonight,” said Truex. “But, the team put in a really good effort and we got the No. 98 Ford a little bit better there at the end and we fought hard for that 17th-place finish. We had some back luck my first two races with this team, but everyone has been really positive about the momentum we have going into these races.”

 
October 7, 2015

Ryan Truex Looks to Make Presence Known at Charlotte

Ryan Truex Looks to Make Presence Known at Charlotte

Ryan Truex Looks to Make Presence Known at Charlotte
Charlotte race will be final scheduled start of the 2015 season

Weekend Statistics and Notes

Ryan Truex will make his third and final start of the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series season this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. While short track racing is Truex preferred style, he has shown good speed at the mile-and-a-half tracks. In his second start of the season at Kentucky, Truex ran in the Top-10 before becoming collateral damage in an on-track scuffle between other competitors. The No. 98 Carrol Shelby Engine Company team looks to redeem themselves at Charlotte this weekend. The team has a solid notebook to work from after strong runs at similar style tracks earlier in the year from Sprint Cup drivers Aric Almirola and Sam Hornish, Jr.

Truex has three starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with one in the Sprint Cup Series and two in the XFINITY Series. As an organization, Biagi DenBeste Racing made 16 XFINITY Series starts at the track with four Top-15 finishes.

Social Corner

.@Ryan_Truex looks to make presence known in final @NASCAR_XFINITY start of the year at @cltmotorspdwy. #NASCAR

@Ryan Truex looks to make presence known in final XFINITY Series start of the year at @Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Truex Weekend Chatter

“Charlotte is a really fast, challenging track. I’ve ran well here in the past but just haven’t finished where I should have. It’s easy to get caught up in someone else’s mess. We’re using one of our best cars this weekend. The Biagi DenBeste team has had some good runs on these D-shaped ovals. We had a Top-10 car at Kentucky. I know we can match that this weekend. This is the last start of the year for me, and I really want to prove to everyone I deserve to be out here racing against the best drivers in the world.”

September, 2015

September 27, 2015

Late Race Contact Ruins the Night for Ryan Truex at Kentucky

Ryan Truex at Kentucky

Kentucky Speedway 1.5-mile Oval

Ryan Truex No. 98 Carroll Shelby Engine Co. Ford Race Summary

RPM Development Driver, Ryan Truex, made his second NASCAR XFINITY Series start of the 2015 season at Kentucky Speedway. Another strong performance was ruined by bad luck late in the race. Shortly after a restart with 11 laps to go, Truex was spun by a competitor, causing a four car wreck. With heavy damage, Truex brought the No. 98 Carroll Shelby Engine Co. Ford Mustang back to the garage. He finished 28th.

Truex started the race from the 23rd spot. The first caution of the night came quickly on Lap Three from a four car incident in Turn 2. The race restarted on Lap Seven with Truex in 20thth position.

The second caution of the night came on Lap 28 for a single car wreck on the backstretch. Truex pitted on Lap 29 taking two tires, fuel, and a trackbar adjustment. The race restarted on Lap 29 with Truex in the 13th position, gaining seven positions using the two tire strategy.

Over the next 54 lap green flag stretch, Truex fell back to 20th position before losing a lap on Lap 71 as the leaders worked their way through the field. The third yellow flag flew on Lap 86 for debris on the backstretch. Truex pitted on Lap 89 taking four fresh tires with an air pressure adjustment. The race restarted on Lap 94 with Truex in the 21st position.

A length red flag came on Lap 100 after a two car accident left fluid on the track in Turn 2. Truex was in the Lucky Dog spot in 19th. After the race resumed under yellow, Truex pitted on Lap 104. The No. 98 crew changed four tires, filled the fuel tank, and made a track bar adjustment. Truex restarted on Lap 105 in 18th position back on the lead lap.

Debris brought out the fifth caution of the Lap 109. Truex advanced two positions to 16th prior to the yellow. The race restarted on Lap 111 with Truex in 16th spot.

Truex was racing for 16th position on Lap 120 before caution flew for a single car wreck in Turn 4. Truex pitted taking four tires, fuel, and a track bar adjustment. The race restarted on Lap 127 in 15th position.

The race went green over the next 41 laps. Truex raced into 13th position before the seventh caution of the night came on Lap 168 for a single car accident in Turn 4. Truex came to pit road on Lap 168. The Carroll Shelby Engine Co. crew made an air pressure adjustment, changed all four tires, and filled the fuel tank. The race restarted on Lap 172 with Truex in the 9th position.

Truex fell back to the 15th position when the eighth caution of the night flew for a wreck in Turn 4 on Lap 181. Truex stayed out during caution flag for track position. The race restarted on Lap 187 with Truex in the 12th position.

The night ended for the Carroll Shelby Engine Co. team on Lap 189. Shortly after the restart, Truex was spun by a competitor sending him into wall and eventually hit by other cars trying to avoid the accident. The car was heavily damaged and no longer able to continue. Truex finished in 28th position.

“It’s heartbreaking for this team. We’ve had two great runs ruined by bad luck. We had a solid Top-10 car tonight and just got caught up in someone else’s mess. We adjusted on the car throughout the night. We finally got it turning better and had something to lean on there at the end. We have a good mile-and-a-half program. That’s something we can use to get past tonight and look forward to our next race at Charlotte.”

 

Honda Generators

Honda Generators Helping To Power No. 98 Biagi DenBeste Racing Ford Mustang To The Track

Mooresville, NC (September 10, 2015) - Honda Power Equipment is celebrating a milestone of 40 million satisfied customers in the USA in 2015 and now, Biagi DenBeste Racing is included in that milestone.

Biagi DenBeste Racing was looking for a powerful but quieter alternative for its generator needs when the team turned to Honda Power Equipment to help accomplish its goals.

For the upcoming Richmond International Raceway's Virginia 529 College Saving "250" NASCAR XFINITY race, NASCAR race fans will see the new Honda EU7000is in the Biagi DenBeste Racing generator box. The Honda EU7000is will handle the task of heating the oil and cooling the No. 98 Ford Mustang Roush Yates engine during practice, qualifying, prerace; that will be piloted by NASCAR driver, Ryan Truex. The EU7000is boasts the power needed to aid the 690 horsepower engine to perform at optimum power but it is super quiet in its efficiency.

During the race, on pit road, race fans will notice the new Honda EU2000is will be optimized in the No. 98 Ford Mustang pit stall to power the TV, computers, timing & scoring, and electronics that are vital to the teams on track performance data.

"I admire the power and performance of the Honda Generators so much that I am personally purchasing some generators for my Biagi Bros company based in Napa, California," said Fred Biagi, co-owner of the No. 98 Biagi DenBeste Racing.

“Honda is very excited about the opportunity to support the No. 98 Biagi DenBeste Xfinity Race team. It is exciting seeing more and more race teams choose Honda Generators as their choice for high quality, quiet power to support all their power needs at the track.” said Mike Rudolph, VP of Honda Power Equipment.

Look for Ryan Truex and the No. 98 Carroll Shelby Engine Ford Mustang at Richmond International Raceway in the running of the 35th Annual Virginia 529 College Savings "250" NASCAR XFINITY Series Race.

Spotlight on Honda Generators

The Honda EU2000i and EU7000is Super Quiet Series generators are inverter-equipped, lightweight models that feature a totally enclosed body and significant acoustic engineering, resulting in noticeably quieter performance. Designed for the ultimate in quality, portability and convenience, these models have ultra-low noise and are ideal choices for home backup, public events, or any situation where quiet, reliable operation is critical.

At 46.3 pounds, the EU2000ican easily be carried and conveniently stored (but not operated) in small recreational vehicle compartments. This model, featuring a two-tiered noise dampening system that reduces noise to 59 dB(A)—quieter than normal speech which is approximately 60 dB(A)—at its rated load, can power a computer, TV, coffee pot, refrigerator, tools on the jobsite, or provide basic power for camping and recreational activities.

Addressing customer demand for an even more powerful model—while still portable and exceptionally quiet—the quiet, compact and fuel efficient EU7000is generator leads the Honda EU Super Quiet class in high quality, portable power technology. At a total dry weight of 262 pounds, the EU7000is model produces 7,000 watts at peak power at a quiet 60 dB(A). Ideal for a host of commercial and residential applications, the Honda EU7000is also incorporates the company’s first application of electronic fuel injection into a generator design, resulting in greater fuel efficiency, extremely easy starting without the need for a choke, and longer operating times. Electronic fuel injection also allows for longer-term fuel storage without having to drain a carburetor or perform other related maintenance. What’s more, the generator incorporates a convenient one-touch, push button electric start switch.

 
September 8, 2015

Ryan Truex Back Behind the Wheel at Richmond International Raceway

Ryan Truex Back Behind the Wheel at Richmond International Raceway

Ryan Truex Back Behind the Wheel at Richmond International Raceway
Race will be His First Start with No. 98 Biagi DenBeste team

Weekend Statistics and Notes

This weekend’s race marks the return of Ryan Truex to the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Richmond International Raceway (RIR) will be the site of the first of three scheduled starts of the 2015 season for the young New Jersey driver. It’s also the site of his first start for Biagi DenBeste Racing. The team fielded a car for fellow RPM driver, Aric Almirola, at the track in the spring race earlier this year resulting in a Top-15 effort. With a history of success at the Virginia short track, Truex has a great opportunity to make his a return to driving a memorable one.

Truex made four XFINITY Series starts at Richmond, resulting in one Top-Five and two Top-10 finishes. As an organization, Biagi Denbeste Racing has made 11 XFINITY Series starts at RIR, with two Top-10 finishes.

Social Corner

.@Ryan_Truex returns to the #NASCAR @XFINITY_RACING Series this weekend at @RIRInsider

@Ryan Truex returns to the NASCAR XFINITY Series this weekend at @Richmond International Raceway.

Truex Weekend Chatter

“I’m very excited to be back racing again. Richmond is one of my favorite tracks. It’s one of those tracks I picked up on right away and had early success. It takes a lot of finesse and patience, and I’ve been fortunate to be able to learn a lot from the veterans of our sport. The key is to stay out of trouble and keep our mistakes to a minimum. If we can do that all night, we’ll have a great finish.”

 

Ryan Truex Returns to XFINITY SERIES Action for Three Races this Season

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 2, 2015) – Ryan Truex will make his return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series for three races this season with Richard Petty Motorsports and will pilot the No. 98 Ford Mustang for Biagi DenBeste Racing. Truex will hit the track at Richmond International Raceway for his first XFINITY start of the 2015 season. The Mayetta, N.J. native will also compete at Kentucky Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. Truex has a combined 65 starts in NASCAR’s top national touring series. He has 35 starts with one pole, two Top-Five and nine Top-10 finishes with a best effort of second at Dover in 2012. Truex has made four XFINITY Series starts at Richmond, resulting in one Top-Five and two Top-10 finishes.

Ryan Truex Will Pilot the No. 98 Biagi DenBeste Ford Mustang

Ryan Truex Returns to XFINITY SERIES Action for Three Races this Season
Will Pilot the No. 98 Biagi DenBeste Ford Mustang

“I’m very grateful to Biagi DenBeste Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports for the opportunity to get back behind the wheel in the NASCAR XFINITY Series,” says Truex. “I’ve had some time away from racing, and it’s given me a chance to refocus on my career. I feel more driven than ever to perform well and prove that I can race with the best in the sport. I’d like to thank the fans as well. They’ve been really supportive of me on social media, asking when I’ll be back racing again. I’m looking forward to putting on a great show for them.”

This is not the first partnership for Richard Petty Motorsports and Biagi DenBeste Racing. The two teams paired for 11 races this season with drivers Aric Almirola and Sam Hornish Jr. In those 11 races, the No. 98 team scored three Top-10 and eight Top-15 finishes.

“We’re excited to join RPM in giving Ryan (Truex) this opportunity to get back to racing in the XFINITY Series,” said Fred Biagi, Co-Owner of Biagi-DenBeste Racing. “We’ve had fast cars this season and good results with both Aric and Sam; so hopefully, we can do the same with Ryan behind the wheel at Richmond.”

Truex will hit the track for the Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway Friday, September 11 at 7:30 pm. ET. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN.

July, 2015

Almirola to Run Indianapolis XFINITY Race with New Sponsor

Treasury Wine Estates, Sledgehammer Partners with Biagi DenBeste Racing for Indianapolis

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 21, 2015) - Aric Almirola will run the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Indianapolis (Ind.) Motor Speedway this weekend for Biagi DenBeste Racing and their new partner, Sledgehammer, a brand of Treasury Wine Estates. He will compete in his first XFINITY race at Indianapolis when he pilots the No. 98 Ford at the famed 2.5-mile track.

Almirola has seven starts this season with Biagi DenBeste Racing. He scored his best finish of seventh at Daytona in February. Despite not having any XFINITY starts at the track, he made three Sprint Cup Series starts since his track debut in 2012. Still knocking on the door of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Almirola will utilize extra track time to benefit the No. 43 Eckrich Ford team on Sunday for the Brickyard 400.

"I have a lot of fun running with the Biagi DenBeste team, and I think that it really helps me on Sunday," said Almirola. "Our Sprint Cup team is in a crucial time where we need to perform and get ourselves into The Chase. I really feel that running the XFINITY race helps me get a feel for race conditions that weekend. Every time I've run with the 98 team, it's helped me in the Cup race the next day. I'm excited to introduce Sledgehammer to our sport as well, and hopefully, we'll score a good finish for them on Sunday."

Treasury Wine Estates is a unique global wine company with a rich heritage and leading international portfolio of new world wines. Treasury Wine Estates includes world most recognized and awarded wine brands. Launched in spring 2010, Sledgehammer, a brand of Treasury Wine Estates, produces big, bold red wines. The inaugural releases Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are made from grapes grown in California's North coast wine growing region.

"As a great consumer of California wines, I couldn't be happier to have Sledgehammer on our car for the Indy race," said Fred Biagi, Co-Owner of Biagi DenBeste Racing. "If you have the chance, grab a big steak and a bottle of their Cabernet, or if you aren't a meat person, a bowl of spaghetti and a bottle of their great Zinfandel."

The Lilly Diabetes 250 will air on NBC Sports Saturday, July 25 at 3:30 p.m. EST with Almirola behind the wheel of the No. 98 Treasury Wine Estates Ford.

May, 2015

Biagi DenBeste Racing Crew Members Hurt in NASCAR Crash

As a grouping of cars was exiting to Pit Road under the green a second group crashed into the back of them causing a 10 car wreck at Talladega Superspeedway. Some of the cars were sent spinning down Pit Road and one (the 62 car) crashed into the wall near the BDR pit stall. Two of the BDR crew were knocked down and taken to the infield care center where one crew member was subsequently transported to the hospital for further observation.

Biagi DenBeste Racing Crew Members Hurt in NASCAR Crash

The following statements were issued by Biagi DenBeste Racing:
Crew member, Evan Cupples was treated and released from Talladega Superspeedway Medical Center during the Saturday's running of the 24th Annual Winn-Dixie 300.
Crew member, Troy Brady, was treated at Trinity Medical Center, in Birmingham, AL and released Saturday evening, May 2nd.

Team owners Fred Biagi and Bill and Laurie DenBeste are both relieved that their crew is OK and thanked all for their care and concern.

April, 2015

Richard Petty Motorsports Drivers Aric Almirola and Sam Hornish Jr. to Drive Biagi-DenBeste No. 98 Ford Mustang in 10 XFINITY Series Races

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 6, 2015) - Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) and Biagi-DenBeste Racing announced today that they will continue their partnership with Aric Almirola and Sam Hornish Jr. in the Biagi-DenBeste No. 98 Ford Mustang in 10 NASCAR XFINITY Series races this season. Top talents, Almirola and Hornish drove for the team in four races in the XFINITY Series earlier this season.

Richard Petty Motorsports Drivers Aric Almirola and Sam Hornish Jr. to Drive Biagi-DenBeste No. 98 Ford Mustang in 10 XFINITY Series Races

Hornish will pilot the No. 98 Biagi-DenBeste Racing Ford Mustang at Texas Motor Speedway Friday, April 10 during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300. He will also run races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Charlotte Motor Speedway in October and Texas Motor Speedway in November. Almirola will return to the XFINITY Series at the Talladega Superspeedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, Michigan International Speedway in June, Daytona International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Both Almirola and Hornish are seasoned veterans in the XFINITY Series and have continued to race at the front of the field each weekend. Hornish is a three-time winner in the XFINITY Series, and Almirola has one win. Both drivers have finished in the Top-Five in the Series Championship. Biagi-DenBeste Racing is an experienced team with one win and numerous Top-10 finishes with various drivers.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Biagi-DenBeste Racing team,” said Sammy Johns, Director of Competition. “Everyone on the Biagi-DenBeste team is great to work with, and they continue to supply good cars each weekend. This partnership allows Sam and Aric to spend additional time on track each weekend, ultimately giving us an advantage on Sundays.”

“This is a great partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports which puts Sam and Aric back in the No. 98 Ford Mustang,” added Fred Biagi, Co-Owner of Biagi-DenBeste Racing. “Their performances are outstanding each weekend. The response from our sponsors and fans has been very positive. We’re confident we will continue to showcase Ford Performance each weekend with these drivers competing in our car.”

The races at Texas and Michigan will be televised live nationally on Fox Sports 1. FOX will showcase the races at Talladega and Charlotte. NBC Networks will broadcast the second half of the season in their return to NASCAR. Daytona and Charlotte will be featured on NBC Sports Network. NBC will air the races from Indianapolis, Darlington, Texas and Homestead.

About Richard Petty Motorsports:

A performance and marketing driven company, Richard Petty Motorsports, co-owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and successful business entrepreneur Andrew Murstein, is one of the most recognized brands in all of motorsports. With a history of over 200 wins and business partnerships with national and global leaders, today the race operation fields two teams in competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Aric Almirola pilots the famous No. 43 Ford Fusion with primary partners Smithfield Foods, U.S. Air Force, STP, Strike Ten Entertainment and Fresh From Florida, and Sam Hornish Jr. drives the No. 9 machine with primary partner Twisted Tea. In addition, Dakoda Armstrong wheels the No. 43 WinField Ford Mustang full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The team is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C.

March, 2015

The Biagi-DenBeste No. 98 Ford Mustang Gears Up For Auto Club Speedway

FONTANA, Calif. – March 19, 2015 - The Biagi-DenBeste No. 98 Ford Mustang heads to Auto Club Speedway to compete in the fifth race of the NASCAR XFINITY season, the Drive4Clots.com 300 on Saturday, March 21. The No. 98 Ford Mustang will wear the traditional livery of sponsor Carroll Shelby Engine Company in honor of racing legend Carroll Shelby, who based his company in the area.

Carroll Shelby

“After earning an 11th place finish at Las Vegas International Speedway, we’re thrilled to get the No. 98 Ford Mustang back on the track this weekend,” said team co-owner Fred Biagi. “We consider this a homecoming for our partners at Carroll Shelby Engine Company, which was founded by one of the most famous American auto racing legends. Carroll established his global headquarters in Southern California and the company continues to be a performance leader today. We’re proud to showcase our latest livery in the honor of him and the Carroll Shelby Engine Company.”

Carroll Shelby Engine Co. builds high-performance all aluminum engines in FE, Windsor and 289 configurations. Carroll Shelby Engine Co. also sells bare blocks, cylinder heads, and components for Ford high performance vehicles.

Ford Motor Company chose to unveil the newest generation Ford Shelby GT350 at the Shelby facility in Southern California, near the location where Carroll Shelby built the first G.T.350 in 1965, a car that changed the automotive landscape forever. Biagi-DenBeste Racing will honor the 50th anniversary of the Shelby G.T.350 and Carroll Shelby’s legacy this weekend at Auto Club Speedway.

“The No. 98 team always performs well at Auto Club Speedway,” said team co-owner Bill DenBeste. “Over the past two weeks, the team was able to adjust a few elements following our strong performance in Las Vegas and we’re confident the No. 98 Ford Mustang will be very competitive as we salute our hero, Carroll Shelby in the Golden State.”

Sam Hornish Jr. will pilot the No. 98 Ford Mustang for Biagi- DenBeste Racing during this weekend’s Drive4Clots.com 300, Saturday, March 21 at Auto Club Speedway at 1:00 P.M. PST.

 

DenBeste Family Carries On Shelby Name In NASCAR XFINITY Series

By Team Ford Performance Correspondent

March 5, 2015 Fred Biagi and Bill and Lori DenBeste are involved in stock car racing for the fun of it. But performing well also is on their checklist for Biagi-DenBeste Racing.

This explains why the team runs a limited schedule in the XFINITY Series. The goal is to compete for victories and top-fives, and the team owners say they can accomplish more while running select races.

“We want to run up front and win races,” Biagi said. “Hopefully, that will lead to sponsorship, and then we might run a whole season. Right now, it’s whatever we can manage to do. We ran 16 races last year. That’s what we’ll put on the drawing board.”

The DenBestes and Biagi, all residents of Santa Clara, Calif., have had success in a variety of businesses, giving them the ability to do something they enjoy -- participate at high levels of motorsports with a quality team and winning drivers.

With the cooperation of Ford Performance and a partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports, the team looks to run about half the XFINITY schedule and has signed RPM drivers Aric Almirola and Sam Hornish Jr. for seat time in the Biagi-DenBeste Mustangs.

Almirola drove the No. 98 Mustang to a seventh-place finish in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, and Hornish came home 15th in the schedule’s second race last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Almirola will return to the No. 98 for this week’s XFINITY race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“We really like the competition,” said Biagi, who debuted in the XFINITY Series in 2001 and fielded cars through 2006 before taking a break. He returned in 2012 with the DenBestes.

Biagi was happy to be back on the circuit. “Bill and Lori are really good friends, and they had raced with me before,” he said. “I think over a really good bottle of wine one night we decided we might stick our toe back in and do whatever our finances would let us do.”

“I think it’s the competition we like,” said Lori DenBeste. “Bill and I both love cars. We’ve been in and around motorsports for a long time, and we had the opportunity to get into racing because of Fred.”

Bill DenBeste was friends with legendary racer and automotive entrepreneur Carroll Shelby, who died in 2012. DenBeste bought the Carroll Shelby Engine Co. from Shelby, and that name now is carried on the team’s race cars. It’s a continuation of the Shelby legacy in racing.

The DenBestes collect Cobras and Mustangs, cars forever linked to Shelby.

“We became Cobra dealers and build them with Shelby engines and ship them all over the world,” Bill said. “We have customers in Canada, China, Japan, Belgium.”

The race team runs out of a shop in Mooresville, N.C.

The Biagi team’s lone XFINITY victory (then known as the Busch Series) was scored by driver Mike Wallace in 2004. Wallace made a dramatic last-lap charge to win the Winn-Dixie 250 at Daytona International Speedway after two crashes eliminated other contenders.

With Ford Performance backing and some of NASCAR’s best drivers on board, Biagi-DenBeste Racing plans to return to Victory Lane soon.

No. 98 Biagi-DenBenste Racing Ford Mustang

Biagi-DenBeste No. 98 Ford Mustang to Honor Historic Anniversaries with Carroll Shelby Engine Company Livery at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

LAS VEGAS – March 4, 2015 - The Biagi-DenBeste No. 98 Ford Mustang will feature sponsor, Carroll Shelby Engine Company on the rear quarter panels during the annual Las Vegas NASCAR XFINITY series race on Saturday, March 7 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The livery will coincide with the 8th Annual Shelby Bash and honor several historic Shelby American anniversaries.

“Las Vegas is a very special place for our team and our partners at Shelby American,” said team co-owner Fred Biagi. “We’re thrilled to have our longtime partner Carroll Shelby Engine Company on the No. 98 during the same weekend as the 8th Annual Shelby Bash. We hope to continue the weekend long celebration in Victory Lane at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.”

50 years ago, Shelby became the first American manufacturer to win a title at the FIA World Sports Car Championship. This year marks several other significant anniversaries for Shelby American including the 50th Anniversary of the 427 Cobra as well as a Shelby badged Ford Mustang. The Las Vegas race weekend follows the exciting launch of the all-new Shelby GT.

Over the exciting weekend, the Shelby Bash will include road racing, parties, a rally and factory tours. Racing luminaires such as Bob Bondurant, Allen Grant, Peter Brock, John Morton, Charlie Agapiou, Ted Sutton, Rick Titus and Chuck Cantwell, who was instrumental in the design and production of 1960 era Shelby cars will be in attendance.

“Carroll was a dear friend of mine and we’re thrilled to honor the history of these outstanding Shelby American Anniversaries with our partners at Carroll Shelby Engine Company,” said team co-owner Bill DenBeste. “The No. 98 was Carroll’s personal racing number and we try to honor his passion for performance each weekend at the track. We hope to give our partners at Carroll Shelby Engine Company even more to celebrate in Las Vegas this weekend.”

Aric Almirola will pilot the No. 98 Ford Mustang for Biagi- DenBeste Racing during this weekend’s Boyd Gaming 300, Saturday, March 7 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 4:00 P.M. PST.

February, 2015

Aric Almirola and Sam Hornish Jr. to Race XFINITY Races Richard Petty Motorsports Drivers to Race Biagi-DenBeste No. 98

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (February 26, 2015) – Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) and Biagi-DenBenste Racing announced today they will extend their partnership to enter both Aric Almirola and Sam Hornish Jr. in three NASCAR XFINITY Series races this season. Almirola raced with the team during the season-opening XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway, finishing seventh.

No. 98 Biagi-DenBenste Racing Ford Mustang at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Hornish will take the reins of the No. 98 Biagi-DenBenste Racing Ford Mustang at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend and again at the Auto Club Speedway on March 21. Almirola will return to the XFINITY Series at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 7.

Both Almirola and Hornish are seasoned veterans in the XFINITY Series and bring the opportunity for the Biagi-DenBenste Racing team to win races early this season. Hornish is a three-time winner in the XFINITY Series, and Almirola has one win. Both drivers have finished in the Top-Five in the series championship. Biagi-DenBenste Racing is a veteran team with one win and numerous Top-10 finishes with various drivers.

“The Biagi-DenBenste Racing team have been great to work with,” said Sammy Johns, Director of Competition. “They prepare good cars with good people. I really believe having Aric and Sam on the track throughout the weekend gives us an advantage on Sunday. Also, I believe they can win races for this team. It’s a beneficial partnership for everyone involved.”

“We have seen that Aric can race at the front of the field and compete for wins with us,” added Fred Biagi Co-Owner of Biagi-DenBeste Racing. “Adding Sam to our race schedule only allows us more opportunities to be successful. We’re proud to have experienced drivers who can bring immediate success to our team. It provides great value to our sponsors who partner with us each weekend.”

The races at Atlanta and Las Vegas will be televised live nationally on Fox Sports 1. FOX will showcase the race at Phoenix.

 

Aric Almirola, driving in partnership with Biagi-DenBenste Racing, raced the No. 98 Fresh From Florida to a seventh-place finish

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (February 22, 2015) – Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) had a successful start to the their 2015 XFINITY Series season Saturday afternoon at the Daytona International Speedway. Dakoda Armstrong and the No. 43 WinField Ford team captured the best finish ever for RPM in the Daytona 300, the XFINITY Series most prestigious event. He finished 11th.

Aric Almirola, driving in partnership with Biagi-DenBenste Racing, raced the No. 98 Fresh From Florida No. 98 to a seventh-place finish. Almirola made a potential winning move on the last lap before being blocked and sent into the wall by another car. The contact left Almirola with a damaged car that he brought back to the finish.

Ford Performance driver Ryan Reed won the Alert Today Florida 300.

Aric Almirola, No. 98 Fresh from Florida Ford

Almirola qualified the No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford in the fifth spot and on Lap 18 he radioed that the car may have issues with fuel pressure. But the car was still capable of running in the lead draft before making a green-flag pit stop on Lap 39. The Fresh From Florida team changed four tires and made a wedge adjustment. Almirola returned to the track in the Top-20. By Lap 50, he raced up to the 16th position. He told the crew the car just wouldn't go when it was getting pushed to catch the first pack.

Debris on the frontstretch brought out the first caution on Lap 80 with Almirola in the 17th spot. The Biagi DenBeste team changed four tires and the No. 98 restarted 14th. Thirteen laps later, a multi-car wreck brought out the red flag. Not involved, Almirola restarted eighth with 21 laps remaining.

Racing to the front, Almirola escaped another red flag for a multi-car incident on Lap 113. The field then took the green flag for the final five laps of the race. Driving up the middle line, Almirola looked to have a shot at Victory Lane on the white flag lap. But, trying to avoid contact with Kyle Larson, he got in to the wall and caused damage to the right side of the car. Sparks flew as the right-side tires went flat, but Almirola nursed the car back to the finish for seventh.

"We had a really big head of steam coming to the white and the 42 moved up to block my run, which was fine, I was good with that, because I thought I could push him and we could go race the 22," said Almirola. "He got loose when he pulled up to block me, and he started having a tank-slapper and I hit the wall. When he came back across my nose, I hit the wall, and we ended up with a tire rub on the right-rear and it blew out. I couldn't race anymore, and I was just trying to get it back to the finish line. All in all, it was a great day for our Fresh From Florida Ford Mustang, and I'm glad a Ford Mustang went to Victory Lane."

Dakoda Armstrong, No. 43 WinField Ford

Armstrong and the No. 43 WinField team just missed a Top-10 finish Saturday. Armstrong finished 11th after also surviving the two multi-car wrecks during the 120-lap race and coming back from one lap down.

Armstrong started the 300-mile event from the seventh position. He raced smart early and used the bottom lane to get around the 2.5-mile track. Logging laps and trying to stay out of trouble, Armstrong remained in the Top-20 until he came to pit road for a green-flag pit stop on Lap 40. Crew Chief Frankie Kerr worked with the No. 60 and No. 6 Ford teams on strategy coming to pit road. He called for four tires and fuel, but the No. 43 WinField team ran into problems on the stop and missed their window to stay with the other Ford cars.

Once Armstrong returned to the track, he was too far from the pack to catch up. As the race continued to go green, Armstrong went a lap down on Lap 60. Just before Armstrong was about to make a second green-flag pit stop, the caution flag flew on Lap 81 for debris. The No. 43 WinField Ford came to pit road for two right-side tires and fuel. Armstrong restarted in the 22nd position.

The No. 43 WinField Ford fought hard to get into the Lucky Dog position but was unable to do so before a multi-car wreck on Lap 94 brought out the red flag. With a lot of debris on the track from the wreck, Kerr called the No. 43 Ford to pit road for four tires and fuel. Armstrong restarted in the 17th position.

Just six laps later, the second red flag came out for a wreck. This time, however, Armstrong stayed on the track and restarted in the 12th position with five laps to go. He was back on the lead lap. In the final laps, the WinField Ford team gained one position to finish 11th.

"This certainly was a crazy race," said Armstrong. "We didn't have a good pit stop the first time we came to pit road, and we lost the draft as a result. The second half of the race saw some pretty big wrecks. We were able to avoid them and that put us back on the lead lap. I was then aggressive and I tried to get into the best line to get a Top-10 or better. We came really close. All-in-all, we had a pretty good start to our season without a wrecked car."

 

 

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