Gavin Harlien – Winner of VP Racing Fuels Driver Challenge

VP Drivers Challenge

Congratulations to Gavin Harlien, winner of the 2019 VP Racing Fuels Driver Challenge. Harlien will sport the VP Racing Fuels colors for the remainder of the 2019 Stadium SUPER Trucks season.

Zach Van Matre to make First SST Start in HD Supply White Cap Backed Entry at Grand Prix of Long Beach

HD Supply

Long Beach, California (April 12, 2019) – Stadium SUPER Trucks officials announced today that desert racer and stunt driver Zach Van Matre will make his first ever race start in an SST truck this weekend at the Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California.

Van Matre, an up and coming Baja racer in the Pro UTV class with four starts in the prestigious Baja 1000 to his credit would also find victory lane for the first time in the 2018 edition of the NORRA Mexican 1000 driving one of Robby Gordon’s SPEEDSXS.com XX racecars.

“After doing various amount of testing in the XX and SST over the last two years, I’m extremely excited to get behind the wheel of a SST truck again, and actually race it for real. My last opportunity to drive a SST truck came in a stunt-driving role in Australia for a SuperCheap Auto commercial during the 2017 season,” Stated Van Matre.

“Being from Orange, California and to have the opportunity to drive one of these trucks at the legendary Grand Prix of Long Beach with some of the best names to ever strap into a SST truck is an absolute honor. I have a lot to learn in a short amount of time, but I am up for the challenge.”

Van Matres’s No. 22 truck is supported by HD Supply White Cap, an industrial distributor of construction supplies with over 164 branches throughout the United States.

HD Supply White Cap is your local job site support team – and the country’s leading distributor of specialty hardware, tools, materials and safety supplies for concrete contractors, general contractors, MEP contractor and many others.

Visit your local HD Supply White Cap store at www.whitecap.com for all your construction needs.

SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks will take to the track on Saturday with Race 1 on Saturday afternoon at 4:15 PM and Race 2 to be contested 4:05 PM Sunday after the conclusion of NTT Indycar Series event.

Various ticket options are still available for purchase by visiting http://www.stadiumsupertrucks.com

Fans unable to attend to make it to the track can tune into the race by visiting http://www.stadiumsupertrucks.com or by viewing the Stadium SUPER Trucks Facebook Live at http://www.facebook.com/StadiumSuperTrucks

SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks Return to the Grand Prix of Long Beach this Weekend!

Long Beach, California (April 11, 2019) – SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks continue the 2019 Championship with its seventh straight appearance at the Grand Prix of Long Beach this weekend with practice and qualifying Friday, Race 1 Saturday, and Race 2 the finale of the weekend on Sunday afternoon.

Last year’s races on the streets of Long Beach saw Gavin Harlien withstand a hard charging Robby Gordon to capture the Race 1 win after the race was declared official after 7 Laps, because of a rollover accident. Race 2 would see Matt Brabham come from his back row starting position to take the lead on Lap 6, and pull away from the field to capture the win in front a capacity crowd.

Both Gavin Harlien of Mesa, Arizona and 2018 SST Champion Matt Brabham of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia will be back to defend their wins from of a year ago. Both drivers will however be running different liveries than they were in 2018, Harlien will be driving the black and white KMC Wheels entry, and Brabham the blue and gray Carlisle colors.

Current Stadium SUPER Trucks point’s leader Blade Hildebrand of Yucca Valley, California will be back at Long Beach driving the VP Racing Fuels and Lubricants entry this weekend in front of his home state fans. Grabbing his first SST win at Circuit of the Americas in Austin just three weeks ago the young California driver is riding a wave of momentum into this weekend and gunning for another win.

Another California native whom has had plenty of success at Long Beach is Robby Gordon, the Orange driver will be looking to capture his fourth SST Long Beach win behind the wheel of the familiar orange SPEED Energy/ Toyo Tires/ KMC Wheels truck.

Coming off a violent roll over at Texas Motor Speedway two weeks ago Team UFD driver Bill Hynes of Nazareth, Pennsylvania will have his bright blue United Fiber and Data/ LIVE/ Think Loud Development truck ready to make his fifth start at the Long Beach Street Circuit.

Phoenix, Arizona driver Jeff Hoffman will also be in action this weekend behind the wheel of his No. 47 truck. Having a rough couple opening weekends to the season Hoffman will be looking to put his truck back on the podium.

Making his first SST start of the year EJ Chiba of Tokyo, Japan will join the field driving the Nakata Coating, and FA Coat truck. Chiba would make his Stadium SUPER Trucks debut last year at the Texas Motor Speedway earning a respectable eight place finish in the first race, and would encounter a mechanical issue in the second race after eight laps ending his night early.

Returning back to Stadium SUPER Trucks competition for his first race of 2019 after being sidelined for the first two events by a concussion sustained at Mint 400, Cole Potts of Scottsdale, Arizona is well rested and eager as ever to put the Security State Bank/ Innovative Computer Professionals truck back on the podium.

Video of the crash that sidelined Potts can be viewed at the link below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFTBMrU8BPE

As the case every year the high-flying trucks leave a memorable mark on the 100,000+ fans attending the race weekend, and hope to deliver the same type of action packed excitement this year.

SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks will take to the track on Friday for Practice/ Qualifying at 12:20 PM local time, with Race 1 will be contested Saturday afternoon at 4:15 PM, and Race 2 the finale of the weekend at 4:05 PM Sunday.

Various ticket options are still available for purchase by visiting http://www.stadiumsupertrucks.com

2019 Texas Motor Speedway Weekend Schedule

Texas Schedule

2019 Austin Fan Reactions

Fan reactions from the 2019 Circuit Of The Americas Stadium SUPER Trucks race weekend, March 23-24.

 

Matt Brabham Wins Race #2 in Austin, Texas

2019 Austin Race #2 Results

  1. Matt Brabham

  2. Jeff Hoffman

  3. Gavin Harlien

  4. Blade Hildebrand

  5. Robby Gordon

  6. Ryan Beat

  7. Bill Hynes

  8. Travis Pecoy

Blade Hildebrand Wins Stadium Super Trucks 2019 Opener in Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas (March 23, 2019) – Blade Hildebrand claimed his first SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks win in the opening round of the 2019 SST World Championship in thrilling fashion Saturday afternoon at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Starting from the first position Travis Pecoy of Yorba Linda, California driving the Security State Bank entry for Cole Potts would jump out to the early lead.

However, that would not last for long as Blade Hildebrand of Yucca Valley, California in the Empire Destructive truck would blast past to the lead in turn 4 from his third starting position. Hildebrand would lead the first lap followed by Pecoy, and fourth starting Gavin Harlien of Mesa, Arizona.

Lap 2 would see Pecoy slip back two more positions, as Robby Gordon of Orange, California and Harlien would muscle their way past into second and third positions respectively. The next two laps would see Hildebrand, Gordon and Harlien battle hard with one another gunning for the top spot with Hildebrand holding them off attempt after attempt.

Gordon would duck to the inside of Hildebrand in turn 1 on the fourth lap, but contact between the two would force him to spin out loosing multiple positions.

That would leave Hildebrand and Harlien battling hard with one another for the top position. Harlien would hit one of the ramps wide open, landing hard on the left front.

As the competition caution would fly over the field Harlien’s water pump belt would come off allowing the truck to over heat forcing him to the pull into pit lane for assistance from the SST crew and ending his chances at victory.

On the restart 2018 SST Champion Matt Brabham of Gold Coast, Australia whom was lurking in the back of the field letting things sort out before making his move would work his way into the second position quietly.

Hildebrand and Brabham would pull away as the battle for the third position would heat up, as Gordon and VP Racing Fuel & Lubricants driver Jeff Hoffman would begin a great battle with one another.

Lap 7 would see Brabham not hit a ramp squarely, and rip off the break line causing him to spin out and out of contention.

Hoffman would pass Gordon for the second position at the start of the final lap, but Gordon would work his way back past as Hoffman’s rear end housing would break causing him to come to a halt on the race track ending his day early.

Hildebrand would hold off a last lap charge by Gordon to capture his first SST victory followed by Ryan Beat driving in his first SST race would quietly avoid all of he wild race action to put the Continental Tire truck on the podium.

The SST trucks will return to Circuit of the Americas for their second race of the weekend on Sunday at 10:40 am local time.

SST Austin Race 1 Results

1. Blade Hildebrand; Yucca Valley, California; Empire Destructive/ Heatwave/ King Shocks

2. Robby Gordon Orange, California; SPEED Energy/Toyo Tires/KMC Wheels/ Menards

3.Ryan Beat; El Cajon, California; Continental Tire

4. Travis Pecoy; Security State Bank/ Innovative Computer Professionals

5. Bill Hynes; Nazareth, Pennsylvania; United Fiber & Data/ LIVE/ Think Loud Development

6. Matt Brabham; Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia; Carlisle/ Headstrong/ KMC Wheels

7. Jeff Hoffman; Phoenix, Arizona; VP Racing Fuels & Lubricants/ KMC Wheels

8. Gavin Harlien; Mesa, Arizona

2019 Austin Race #1 Results

Results from Race #1 at Circuit Of The Americas Austin, Texas

  1. Blade Hildebrand

  2. Robby Gordon

  3. Ryan Beat

  4. Travis Pecoy

  5. Bill Hynes

  6. Matt Brabham

  7. Jeff Hoffman

  8. Gavin Harlien

VP Racing Fuels Driver Challenge

VP Fuels
The VP Racing Fuels Driver Challenge will be contested during the first three SST events of the 2019 schedule, with the overall winner receiving sponsorship from VP Racing Fuels. This program is a competition between up and coming SST drivers Gavin Harlien & Blade Hildebrand.
 
The winner of the VP Racing Fuels Driver Challenge will be determined by a scoring system based on driver performance, driver media/marketing & fan judging of which driver performed the best on and off the track. Drivers will alternate running the VP Racing Fuels Livery over the following 3 races:
 
– Circuit Of The Americas – March 22-24
– Texas Motor Speedway – March 29-31
– Grand Prix Of Long Beach – April 12-14
 
The VP Racing Fuels Driver Challenge Winner will be decided on May 1st, and will receive VP Racing Fuels sponsorship for the remainder of the 2019 Stadium SUPER Trucks season.
 
 

 

2019 Circuit Of The Americas Weekend Schedule – March 22-24

COTA

The 2019 Stadium Super Trucks season kicks off this weekend at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas with NTT IndyCar Series. Here is the weekend schedule:

Friday, March 22
12:20-12:50pm – Practice
4:50-5:20pm – Qualifying

Saturday, March 23
11:55am-12:15pm – Qualifying Shootout
4:50-5:20pm – Race #1

Sunday, March 24
10:40-11:10am – Race #2

For tickets, please visit www.circuitoftheamericas.com/indycar