Quinnton Bear and Noah Gragson Join Wauters Motorsports for SpeedFest 200 at Crisp Motorsports Park in Champion Racing Association Event

Bear Set to Start in 15 SLM Races for Wauters in 2016

Mooresville, N.C. (January 22, 2016)-Quinnton Bear, of Avon, Indiana and Noah Gragson, the Las Vegas, Nevada high school junior are set to pilot the Wauters Motorsports Toyota Camrys in the annual SpeedFest 200 at Crisp Motorsports Park – Home of the Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia on Jan. 31.

This will be Bear’s second start at the D-shaped, banked oval.  He competed in the JEGS Series at the famed Crisp Motorsports Park in 2015.  The 19 year old has two previous Super Late Model (SLM) starts in the Champion Racing Association (CRA) division in 2015, where he finished fifth at Winchester Speedway and ninth at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Bear, who finished third in overall points and was name rookie of the year in the JEGS Series in 2015, will also compete in 15 SLM races with Wauters Motorsports in both the CRA Series and the Southern Super Series (SSS) in 2016.

Quinnton BearQuinnton Bear:  “Cordele is a fun little racetrack; it is narrow and has no wall on the backstretch, which is a little sketchy.  I was able to adapt fairly quickly last year and I’m hoping for the same thing this year in a Super Late Model car.  I’m extremely excited about running against drivers such as Kyle Busch next weekend.  My goal is to get a lot of seat time in 2016 in the SLM cars, be competitive and make sure I am able to compete for the win at each event. I have 100% faith in Richie (Wauters), the car and the team and I’m ready to run with the big dogs and hopefully be very competitive with them this season.”

Gragson, in just his first year in stock car racing, was second in overall points and the rookie of the year winner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West division in 2015.

NoahNoah Gragson:  “This will be my first race at this track; I’ve been watching videos and trying to learn as much as I can before I get to Georgia next week.  I’m super excited about racing with top NASCAR names like Kyle Busch at SpeedFest – that will be cool!  I’ve been watching Richie’s (Wauters) teams in the past and the awesome results they have had in SLM cars and in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. I’m honored and a little humbled to be able to drive for the Wauters Motorsports guys.  It really is a great opportunity for me to race with them.  My goal is to learn as much as I can and be competitive for him and the team in SpeedFest.”

On track action begins for the ARCA/CRA SpeedFest 2016 at Crisp Motorsports Park – Home of the Watermelon Capital Speedway Saturday, Jan. 30 with practice and qualifying.  The 200-lap CRA SLM event will follow the JEGS/ CRA Pro Late Model race Sunday, Jan.31 at 2 pm.

Speed51.com will provide trackside coverage and additionally will have live PPV video broadcast of SpeedFest.

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports on Facebook and Twitter @WautersMotors5.

 

Dalton Sargeant Scores Fourth and Daniel Hemric 10th in Snowball Derby with Wauters Motorsports at 5 Flags Speedway

12310440_721345384631839_6555815682352380801_nPensacola, FL (December 7, 2015)-Dalton Sargeant piloting the No. 5S GALT Toyota Camry posted a fourth place finish in the 48th Annual Snowball Derby Sunday afternoon.  His Wauters Motorsports teammate for the weekend, Daniel Hemric in the No. 5H First Community Bank of Santa Rosa, California, scored a 10th place finish after breaking a left shock during the 300 lap race at 5 Flags Speedway.

12341153_1215720738441877_4805500486981750993_nSargeant qualified in the fourth place position, with Hemric starting 11th in the famed Snowball Derby.  Both were able to advance and not have to participate in the last chance race on the half-mile paved Pensacola, Florida track.

Team Owner/ Crew Chief Richie Wauters:  “We had a great race with Dalton (Sargeant) but we were just too tight at the end of the race.  I should have freed him up a little more on that last pit stop.  We didn’t come in for tires on the first caution – thinking the race would never go 60 plus laps of green flag racing.  That hurt us but Dalton was able to do what he always does behind the wheel and get back up to the front. He is a very talented driver and two top-five finishes – in just two Derby runs is pretty impressive. We all worked hard, we’ll take fourth and see what we can put together to get a win in 2016.

Speed51 photoI was really hoping for a better finish for Daniel (Hemric). Bobby (Gill) who was the crew chief for Daniel said a left front shock broke during the race so they weren’t able to get him his first Derby win.  I have to thank Daniel for racing with us these last few late model races and wish him all the best as he goes to Brad Kesolowski Racing for the 2016 NCWTS season.”

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports, Dalton Sargeant and Daniel Hemric on Facebook and twitter: @WautersMotors5, @DaltonSargeant, @DanielHemric.

Dalton Sargeant & Daniel Hemric Look to Take the Tom Dawson Trophy Home in the 48th Annual Snowball Derby with Wauters Motorsports

Kern County photoPensacola, FL (December 1, 2015)-NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers, Dalton Sargeant and Daniel Hemric will be piloting the Wauters Motorsports Super Late Model (SLM) entries in the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at 5 Flags Speedway, December 6, 2015.

Sargeant, the 17-year-old high school senior, was the runner-up in the 2014 Derby piloting the No. 5 GALT Toyota Camry for Wauters Motorsports and hopes to advance one spot this year and claim the Tom Dawson Trophy.

“The best short track race all season is right around the corner so we’re all really looking forward to the Snowball Derby, it’s something we’ve been working towards all year. Every time we’ve been on track this year at 5 Flags Speedway with the GALT Wauters Motorsports Toyota Camry it’s been toward this weekend.  We’re taking a brand new car which we’re really confident in but at the same time it’s really hard not to bring last year’s car that we finished 2nd with. I replay last year’s Derby over in my head all the time, how I could’ve beat Nemechek because we were so close there at the very end. This year hopefully we’ll be in that same position and contend for the win.” Dalton Sargeant said.

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Hemric has three previous Derby starts leading in two of the three events and was considered a serious contender for the win in 2014 but he was caught up in a crash in the late stages of the 300 lap race.

“The Snowball Derby is the pinnacle for super late model racing, and short track racing in general. Every year that there’s an opportunity to go run this event; I find it to be a huge honor. As a team, we have to go south and focus on trying to lock ourselves into the show qualifying night, and if we can do that, Sunday will be all about execution and putting ourselves into position late in the race to have a shot at it. Just really thankful for “First Community Bank of Santa Rosa, California” for making it a reality to go chase the Snowball one more time!” Daniel Hemric said.

The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2.  On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby SLM cars.  Qualifying for the Snowball Derby will be Friday, December 4th.

Saturday’s SLM action features the 50-lap last chance event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap SLM race.

The green flag is set to drop for the 48th Annual Snowball Derby Sunday, December 6 at 2:00pm CT at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.

For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com.  Speed 51 www.Speed51.com will have complete coverage of the week’s races.

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports, Dalton Sargeant and Daniel Hemric on Facebook and twitter: @WautersMotors5, @DaltonSargeant, @DanielHemric.

 

Countdown to the Snowball Derby

As we watch who will be crowned the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship, the Wauters Motorsports team is preparing for the Snowball Derby at 5 Flags Speedway in early December.

The team will test at the Pennsacola, FL track this week with Daniel Hemric.  He and Dalton Sargeant are slated to drive for Wauters in the 48th Annual Snowball Derby. image image

Sargeant Scores 19th in Wauters Motorsports Tundra after Being Caught Up in an Accident at PIR

Started: 20th

Finished: 19th

Laps: 148 of 150

Avondale, AZ (November 14, 2015)-Dalton Sargeant piloting the No. 5 GALT Wauters Motorsports NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Toyota Tundra posted a 19th place finish after being caught up in an accident in the running of the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) Friday night.

KWB_Loudon-Practice-09521Sargeant placed the Tundra in the 20th place on the starting grid after making it to the second round of qualifying on the one-mile Avondale, Arizona track.  The 17-year-old driver had already advanced to the 18th place position when the first of seven caution flags came out on lap seven.  Sargeant was able to avoid the collision in front of him and restarted 15th on lap 12.

Caution returned on lap 17 for a spin back in the pack, Sargeant had been picking up spots but got very loose while passing the No. 05 truck, losing a few spots.  The green flag was shown again on lap 22 with Sargeant in the 16th position.  The Wauters Motorsports team encouraged the young driver to exercise patience as it was only lap 23 of 150 in the NCWTS event.

Sargeant began making moves after he fell back on the restart advancing to the 15th position on lap 29.  On lap 31 Sargeant was able to wheel the Wauters Motorsports entry to the 14th position and was chasing down the truck in front of him, even running the fastest lap on the track on lap 33.  Sargeant posted six of the fastest laps in the 150 lap race.

The caution flag was flown on lap 40 while Sargeant was underneath the 05 truck for the 13th position.  Sargeant called into the No. 5 GALT team that his Toyota Tundra was loose on entry and tight in the center of the corners.  The Wauters Motorsports team brought the truck down pit road for four tires, fuel, track bar and brake bias adjustments.  The pit crew was flawless, picking up one position on the stop, allowing Sargeant to restart in the 13th place position.

On the restart on lap 45 the No. 15 truck locked up and got into Sargeant sending him spinning down the track into two other NCWTS trucks in turn two causing heavy damage to the No. 5 GALT Toyota Tundra.

The Wauters team brought the No. 5 GALT Tundra down pit road to start repairing the damage on the driver’s side door.  The teams stop came while pit road was still closed, relegating Sargeant to the tail end of the longest line for the restart on lap 52 in the 20th position.

Sargeant returned to the pits for right side tires after Sargeant reported in that he felt something wrong with the right side of the truck.

Sargeant was still able to maintain, despite the heavy damage to the No. 5 GALT Toyota Tundra, even gaining one spot at the end of the NCWTS event to finish in the 19th place in the Lucas Oil 150 at PIR.