2009 FinishLine Racing School's Students in the NEWS !!

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Congratulations to all our 2008 Champions:
World of Outlaws: Donny Schatz (3rd Championship)
NATIONWIDE SERIES Rookie of the Year: Landon Cassill
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series: Scott Steckly
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year: Jason White
ASA Late Model South: Jimmy Lang
ASA Late Model North Rookie of the Year: Brett Moffitt
Butler County Speedway IMCA Hobby Stock: Dusty Poessnecker
Lake Erie Speedway Late Model: Will Thomas
WESCAR Series: Sheldon Mayert
Gas City I69 Speedway Sprints: Billy Puterbaugh Jr
Lincoln Park Speedway Sprint: Billy Puterbaugh Jr
North Star Speedway Baby Grands: Eddie Landes

Marcy 2nd, 2006 class

Scott stays out on old tires for first career victory
May 30th, 2009

A gutsy call provided
Brian Scott his first career victory.  Scott stayed out on old tires and took the lead on the final restart with about 10 laps to go and pulled away from Dennis Setzer to win the AAA Insurance 200 on Saturday at Dover.  Scott inherited the lead when Kyle Busch blew a tire and hit the wall. So did Colin Bruan. They were running 1-2 at the time. While most drivers pitted during the caution, Scott gambled and won. (read more....)

January 7th, 2006 class photo

John Wes Townley Approved for Nationwide Series Race at Daytona
February 10, 2009

Based on John Wes Townley's 4th place performance in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 on Saturday, February 7th the Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender has been
approved to run in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona.

Townley started the 200-mile event in the 28th position in a back-up car after his primary entry suffered a cut left rear tire during a five hour practice session on Thursday. By driving smart and avoiding on track incidents, Townley was able to bring home his career best finish in ARCA RE/MAX competition, and also gained NASCAR's approval to compete on the 2.5-mile superspeedway.

"I got word from NASCAR this afternoon that I had been approved for the race on Saturday," said Townley, whose four career restrictor plate starts in the ARCA RE/MAX Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series resulted in finishes of fourth, seventh, 11th and 18th respectively.  (read more....)

Lofton, Owens Make up Front Row for Saturday's Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200
February 6, 2009

Justin Lofton earned the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell at Daytona International Speedway on Friday afternoon with a time of 49.418 seconds (182.120 mph) around the 2.5-mile speed plant. The Eddie Sharp Racing Driver starts Saturday's Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race alongside Daytona Beach, Florida native
Alli Owens. The race is live on SPEED beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern.

The top-five starters for Saturday's ARCA RE/MAX Series race will all be sporting the Toyota nameplate, led by Lofton and Owens. Local favorite Owens, who is
making her first career ARCA RE/MAX Series start with D'Hondt Motorsports this weekend, qualified a career best second in the No. 19 ElectrifyingCareers.com Toyota with a time of 49.584 seconds (181.510 mph).

"That was awesome," said Owens. "I waited so long to be able to see my name up front at the top of the charts during qualifying and the crew and everyone over at Eddie D'Hondt racing has done a really good job supporting me. I want lots of pictures so all of you people out there taking pictures send them to me. I thought to myself ‘here's your chance Alli. Here's your chance to accomplish what you've been waiting for.' And I went out there and hit my marks and I couldn't be happier."  (read more....)
*** Allie attended Finishline Racing School in May of 2004 but she also assisted with classes in 2006. Click here for 2006 classes and more photo's of Allie.

Nascar Drive for Diversity 2009 driver lineup announced Initiative expands to 12 drivers, Siegel takes control
By Official Release
January 22, 2009

The Drive for Diversity initiative continues to move forward in 2009 with an expanded driver lineup and a new management group.
Twelve drivers will participate in the sixth season of Drive for Diversity -- four in the Camping World Series and eight in the Whelen All-American Series. In addition, former Dale Earnhardt Inc. president Max Siegel and his new marketing and entertainment company, 909 Group, will take over day-to-day management of the initiative. (read more....)
(12 drivers include Finishline Students: Kristin Bumbera, Katie Hagar, Natalie Sather)

January 17, 2009
Germain Racing recently announced that they have signed 22 year-old Michael Annett to a multi-year agreement to take over duties behind the wheel of their NASCAR Nationwide program. Germain Racing has a long-standing tradition in the NASCAR Nationwide Series including their most recent 8th place ranking in championship standings and proudly welcomes the 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year Candidate into their veteran team. Annett, a native of Des Moines, IA, captured the national spotlight last fall by putting the Toyota nameplate in victory lane at Talladega Superspeedway for the first time ever in the 55-year history of the ARCA RE/MAX Series. (read more....)

January 2009
During the 27th edition of the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Lowe's Motor Speedway, the formation of Richard Petty Motorsports, a team formed by the merger of Gillette Evernham Motorsports and Petty Enterprises, was announced. The team announced that
Reed Sorenson will drive the famed No. 43 Dodge in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition in 2009. "In NASCAR, I think it means a lot to Richard [Petty] and everybody that has been involved in the Petty organization from the beginning. If that name disappeared from NASCAR it would be a pretty bad deal. I know it means a lot to Richard and now it means a lot to us. We're part of the Petty name now. We can share that feeling with him now and everybody is glad to have him on board. (read more....)

Moving Up Fast: Teens Moffitt and Rudolph land top rides for 2009
By Jason Christley, NASCAR
November 11, 2008
A pair of championship contending teams will see new faces in the driver’s seat for 2009.  Andy Santerre Motorsports recently announced that 16-year-old Brett Moffitt will fill the seat for at least seven races of the NASCAR Camping World Series season. And Erick Rudolph, also 16, reached a deal to drive a partial season for Ed Bennett Racing in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Rudolph, who made nine starts in 2008, will combine his time with Ed Bennett with his ride with DeLange Racing to compete in the full schedule next year. Moffitt, from Grimes, Iowa, will run in the NASCAR Camping World Series West race at Phoenix International Raceway and run the remaining six races in the NASCAR Camping World Series East. They are pursuing sponsorship in an attempt to run the complete East schedule. (read more....)

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