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

Now Hiring – CDL Class A Drivers

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The Stadium SUPER Trucks Series, located in Charlotte, NC, has 2 immediate openings for PART TIME Class A CDL drivers.

Applicants must be able to drive truck when required for events on our 2019 racing schedule, which at times, include back to back weekends of racing.

In addition to driving, duties may include assisting the truck and trailer loading and unloading; setting up and breaking down of awnings, pit equipment and helping crew with the race trucks.

Applicants must have at least 3 years driving experience, a valid Class A CDL license, a clean driving record and pass a drug screening. Having a passport is also a plus.

These positions need to be filled ASAP, send resume to info@speedenergy.com – SUBJECT: CDL Driver Employment.

 

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Gordon and Brabham Victorious at SST Race of Champions Mexico as Brabham Clinches 2018 SST World Championship Title

Mexico City, Mexico (January 23, 2019)- SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks concluded the extended 2018 SST World Championship season this past weekend in conjunction with the Race of Champions event at Foto Sol in Mexico City, Mexico.

Race of Champions is an annual event featuring champion drivers from all over the world competing head to head on a unique technical track to test their skills in various unique race vehicles.

Operating in direct conjunction with the Race of Champions; 10 Stadium SUPER Truck drivers would have the opportunity to compete head to head for two knock out elimination races on the same exact Race of Champions track, but with the addition of two SST signature 36-inch tall aluminum ramps.

After the completion of an hour-long practice and qualifying session Friday evening, Orange, California driver; Robby Gordon would claim the number one seed for Saturday’s race as the quickest qualifier with his familiar bright orange SPEED Energy/ Toyo Tires/ KMC Wheels entry.

Round one on Saturday would feature five elimination races immediately cutting the field in half.

The number one seed of Robby Gordon would line up his Toyo Tires against the tenth seed of Baja 100 Off-Road Champion Apdaly Lopez of Tecate, Mexico for three laps with the fastest time of the two competitors advancing. Lopez would immediately hit a cone inquiring a five second penalty to his overall time easily allowing Gordon to advance to the second round.

The second race would put Yucca Valley, California driver Blade Hildebrand alongside Alpine, California racer Jerett Brooks driving the vibrant blue United Fiber and Data machine. Hildebrand would complete the three laps the fastest eliminating Brooks early from the competition.

Jeff Hoffman of Phoenix, Arizona in the LIVE/Think Loud entry would line up against United Fiber and Data driver Casey Mears of Scottsdale, Arizona in the third race. However, Mears would hit a cone applying a five second penalty to his overall time handing the victory over to Hoffman.

The fourth match up to hit the track would feature the SST Championship Points Leader of Matt Brabham from Gold Coast, Australia against Scottsdale, Arizona native Cole Potts. Brabham would race smart and consistent avoiding any cones to easily beat Potts to advance to the next round.

Gavin Harlien in the United Fiber & Data truck would match up again the VP Racing Lubricants and Oil driver of Davey Hamilton Jr. Harlien would lay down one of the fastest laps of the day beating Hamilton Jr. to move on.

Round two of head to head knock out racing would see Gordon claim victory over Hoffman, Brabham defeat Hildebrand, and Harlien easily working his way past Potts the Round 1 lucky loser. All three drivers would move on to round three.

The third round would see Gordon defeat Harlien to move on to the finals against Brabham whom would easily claim victory over the fastest loser Potts in the second semi-final.

Race of Champion Saturday Finals would see Brabham go head to head with Robby Gordon for the victory. In the closest race of the day Gordon would inch past Brabham by mere seconds to capture the win.

Saturday Results

January 19, 2019

Round 1

Robby Gordon Def Apdaly Lopez

Blade Hildebrand Def Jerett Brooks

Jeff Hoffman Def Casey Mears

Matt Brabham Def Cole Potts

Gavin Harlien Def Davey Hamilton Jr.

Fast Loser: Cole Potts

Round 2

Robby Gordon Def Jeff Hoffman

Matt Brabham Def Blade Hildebrand

Gavin Harlien Def Cole Potts

Fast Loser: Cole Potts

Round 3

Robby Gordon Def Gavin Harlien

Matt Brabham Def Cole Potts

Final

Robby Gordon Def Matt Brabham

Final Results

Robby Gordon
Matt Brabham
Cole Potts
Gavin Harlien
Jeff Hoffman
Blade Hildebrand
Jerett Brooks
Casey Mears
Davey Hamilton Jr.
Apdaly Lopez

For the Sunday afternoon SST Race of Champions Final drivers were re-seeded based on their results from Saturday’s event.

Round one would feature five elimination races replicating the exact format that was done on Saturday.

The first race Sunday would feature the Devilbiss/BulletLiner driver of Matt Brabham lining up against Davey Hamilton Jr. of Indianapolis, Indiana for three laps. In a very close race Brabham was able to defeat Hamilton to move on to the second round.

In a rematch of Saturday’s Round 1 Jeff Hoffman would line up against United Fiber & Data driver Casey Mears. Mears looking for revenge on Hoffman would keep a consistent pace and win the event, but would be penalized for hitting a cone handing the win back over to Hoffman.

Also in a rematch of Saturday’s Round 1 Blade Hildebrand in the Empire Destructive Racing truck would face fellow Southern California Off-Road racer Jerett Brooks. Hildebrand would complete the fastest laps eliminating Brooks from competition for the second day in a row.

Saturday’s Race of Champions SST winner Robby Gordon would match up against Cole Potts with a battle of the SPEED Energy back entries. Gordon would advance to the next round with the fastest time.

The fifth and final race of Round 1 would feature Gavin Harlien of Mesa, Arizona in the United Fiber & Data truck go against Tecate, Mexico Baja Champion Apdaly Lopez. Harlien would easily capture the victory over Lopez to move on to the second round.

Round two of elimination racing would see Hoffman claim victory over Hildebrand, Brabham nipping Harlien by the closest of margins to advance, and Gordon easily working his way past Potts the Round 1 lucky loser.

Round three would feature a rematch of Saturday’s Final round seeing Brabham defeat Gordon to move on to the finals to compete against Hoffman whom claimed victory over the fastest loser Potts in the second semi-final.

As Brabahm and Hoffman would go head to head inside the Foto Sol for three laps looking to drive as cautious and smooth as possible. Hoffman would go on to win the final round in dominating fashion, but a :05 penalty was issued by USAC’s Jason Smith after completion for hitting a marker cone handing the SST Race of Champions Sunday victory to Brabham.

After placing second in Saturday’s event, and claiming victory in Sunday’s finale Brabham would be crowned the overall Race of Champions winner.

Saturday’s race winner Robby Gordon, after being knocked out in the Semi Finals in a rematch of Saturday’s Final would place in second overall with Cole Potts claiming the third overall position.

With claiming victory in the overall weekend, and knocking runner-up Gavin Harlien out in Round two was enough for Brabham to secure the 2018 Stadium SUPER Trucks World Championship title.

“The weekend was a great event and I could not be happier to cap off the title by winning the final event of the season.” Explained an enthusiastic Brabham.

After dominating the season, finishing every event on the podium. It was a tremendous reward for Brabham to end the season on top after loosing the 2017 Championship by a single point to fellow Australian Paul Morris.

Brabham’s excellent season featured 13 podiums, including six wins and five fast qualifier awards.

Sunday Results

January 20, 2019

Round 1

Matt Brabham Def Davey Hamilton Jr.

Jeff Hoffman Def Casey Mears

Blade Hildebrand Def Jerett Brooks

Robby Gordon Def Cole Potts

Gavin Harlien Def Apdaly Lopez

Fast Loser: Cole Potts

Round 2

Jeff Hoffman Def Blade Hildebrand

Matt Brabham Def Gavin Harlien

Robby Gordon Def Cole Potts

Fast Loser: Cole Potts

Round 3

Matt Brabham Def Robby Gordon

Jeff Hoffman Def Cole Potts

Final

Matt Brabham Def Jeff Hoffman

Final Results

Matt Brabham
Jeff Hoffman
Cole Potts
Robby Gordon
Gavin Harlien
Blade Hildebrand
Jerett Brooks
Davey Hamilton Jr.
Casey Mears
Apdaly Lopez

2018 SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks World Championship Winners

Round No. Race Location Race Date Winner
1 Lake Elsinore, California January 27, 2018 Bill Hynes
Overall: Jeff Hoffman
2 Adelaide, SA, Australia March 2, 2018 Cole Potts
3 Adelaide, SA, Australia March 3, 2018 Robby Gordon
4 Adelaide, SA, Australia March 4, 2018 Matt Brabham
Overall: Matt Brabham
5 Long Beach, California April 14, 2018 Gavin Harlien
6 Long Beach, California April 15, 2018 Matt Brabham
Overall: Matt Brabham
7 Perth, WA, Australia May 5, 2018 Arie Luyenkdyk Jr.
8 Perth, WA, Australia May 6, 2018 Jeff Hoffman
Overall: Matt Brabham
9 Detroit, Michigan June 2, 2018 Gavin Harlien
10 Detroit, Michigan June 3, 2018 Arie Luyendyk Jr.
Overall: Arie Luyendyk Jr.
11 No Limits, Texas June 10, 2018 Gavin Harlien
12 No Limits, Texas June 10, 2018 Matt Brabham
Overall:Gavin Harlien
13 Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin August 23, 2018 Robby Gordon
14 Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin August 24, 2018 Matt Brabham
Overall: Matt Brabham
15 Sydney, NSW, Australia October 27, 2018 Matt Brabham
16 Sydney, NSW, Australia October 28, 2018 Gavin Harlien
Overall: Gavin Harlien
17 San Bernardino, California December 1, 2018 Jeff Hoffman
18 San Bernardino, California December 2, 2018 Gavin Harlien
Overall: Matt Brabham
19 Mexico City, Mexico January 19, 2019 Robby Gordon
20 Mexico City, Mexico January 20, 2019 Matt Brabham
Overall: Matt Brabham
2018 Stadium SUPER Trucks World Championship Schedule

Round 1: January 27, 2018; Lake Elsinore, California
Round 2: March 2, 2018; Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Round 3: March 3, 2018; Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Round 4: March 4, 2018; Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Round 5: April 14, 2018; Long Beach, California
Round 6: April 15, 2018; Long Beach, California
Round 7: May 5, 2018; Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Round 8: May 6, 2018; Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Round 9: June 2, 2018; Detroit, Michigan
Round 10: June 3, 2018; Detroit, Michigan
Round 11: June 9, 2018; Fort Worth, Texas
Round 12: June 9, 2018; Fort Worth, Texas
Round 13: August 24, 2018; Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Round 14: August 25, 2018; Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Round 15: October 27, 2018; Sydney, NSW, Australia
Round 16: October 28, 2018; Sydney, NSW, Australia
Round 17: December 1, 2018; San Bernardino, California
Round 18: December 2, 2018; San Bernardino, California
Round 19: January 19, 2019; Mexico City, Mexico
Round 20: January 20, 2019; Mexico City, Mexico

Race Of Champions Race 2 Results

2019 Race Of Champions Sunday, January 20

Round 1

Matt Brabham defeated Davey Hamilton Jr

Blade Hildebrand defeated Jerett Brooks

Jeff Hoffman defeated Casey Mears

Robby Gordon defeated Cole Potts

Gavin Harlien defeated Apdaly Lopez

Cole Potts was fastest loser

Round 2

Jeff Hoffman defeated Blade Hildebrand

Matt Brabham defeated Gavin Harlien

Robby Gordon defeated Cole Potts

Cole Potts was fastest loser

Round 3

Matt Brabham defeated Robby Gordon

Jeff Hoffman defeated Cole Potts

Final

Matt Brabham defeated Jeff Hoffman

 

2019 Race Of Champions Race 1 Results

2019 Race Of Champions Saturday, January 19

Round 1

Robby Gordon defeated Apdaly Lopez

Blade Hildebrand defeated Jerett Brooks

Jeff Hoffman defeated Casey Mears

Matt Brabham defeated Cole Potts

Gavin Harlien defeated Davey Hamilton Jr

Cole Potts was fastest loser.

Round 2

Robby Gordon defeated Jeff Hoffman

Matt Brabham defeated Blade Hildebrand

Gavin Harlien defeated Cole Potts

Cole Potts was fastest loser

Round 3

Robby Gordon defeated Gavin Harlien

Matt Brabham defeated Cole Potts

Final

Robby Gordon defeated Matt Brabham

 

2019 Race Of Champions Schedule

Saturday, January 19

Race #1 – 5:45pm/et

Sunday, January 20

Race #2 – 5:30pm/et

Watch LIVE at the Stadium SUPER Trucks Facebook page.

2019 Race Of Champions Driver Roster

The following drivers will compete in the 2019 Race Of Champions, January 18-20, 2019

 

  • Casey Mears
  • Robby Gordon
  • Davey Hamilton Jr
  • Apdaly Lopez
  • Jeff Hoffman
  • Gavin Harlien
  • Jerett Brooks
  • Cole Potts
  • Blade Hildebrand
  • Matt Brabham

Stay tuned for more details!