Special from DuroByte Motorsports: (August 2, 2018) – The DuroByte Motorsports and 15 year old Ortonville, Michigan teenager Michael Clancy Jr. are ready to hit the track and race in Saturday’s Back 2 School 100 at Auto City Speedway, located in Clio, Michigan, another event close to the teams race shop. With the series June 21st event at Kil-Kare Raceway getting cancelled, it’s been a month since the team has raced.
At the series last event on June 30th at Baer Field Motorsports Park, the team and Clancy Jr. overcame a spin off the backstretch into the tire barrier on lap 68, to come from the back of the field to get a well-deserved fifth place finish, the team’s best finish of the 2018 season, a season plagued with bad luck. For his finish Clancy Jr. earned the FLUIDYNE High Performance Cool Under Pressure Award.
The team hopes to continue the turnaround at one of their home tracks on Saturday. With only two more events left until the Chase for the Championship begins, the team is looking for a win, or consistent good point finishes locking them in to the Chase.
“Auto City is another close to home track for us,” remarked Clancy Jr. “We finally feel like our luck changed at Baer Field so I’m hoping to start getting the finishes we had slip away from us earlier this year. We will proudly be representing NAPA’s dedicated work with the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund this month. We will debut a new hood decal and crew shirts to show our support of such a great organization. Please visit www.fallenheroesfund.org for more information or to make a donation”
“I’m really looking forward to the race at Auto City this weekend,” remarked Jimmy D Smith. “We’ve had several great finishes within reach, but we all feel like our luck is finally making the turn to make these finishes happen. I’m also very excited to have the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund on the hood of the car! As a military veteran myself this means a lot to me.”
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund serves US Military personnel that suffer from traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress. There are 7 service centers in the United States. In 2017 NAPA presented a check for $2,360,750.00 to the IFHF raised through their “Get Back and Give Back” campaign. This annual campaign first launched in 2012 and has raised an impressive $10 million.
DuroByte Motorsports, owned by Murray Van Wieringen and spear headed by Crew Chief Jimmy D Smith, has a proud history of fielding competitive racecars with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour and ARCA/CRA Super Series since the 2013 season. DuroByte Motorsports has fielded cars for former NASCAR K&N Pro East Series competitor and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event winner Dominique Van Wieringen, her younger brother Tristan Van Wieringen and Michael Clancy Jr. during the 2017 season.
2018 will be Clancy Jr.’s third season to compete with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, his second with DuroByte Motorsports. Clancy finished second in the series 2017 Championship Chase after getting a season high fifth place finish in the series Season Championship event at Winchester Speedway. Clancy had eight total top ten finishes with the series in 2017, including a streak of six straight top ten finishes, that helped them get into the Chase final four to race for the Championship. Clancy Jr. was the Fast Qualifier at two series events during the 2017 season, once at the Masters of the Pros 144 event at Lebanon I-44 Speedway and at the legendary Lucas Oil Raceway at the CRA Fall Brawl event.
DuroByte Motorsports and Clancy Jr. will campaign Howe Racing Chassis Ford’s again in 2018 with Ford engines by Phil Harper. The team will have primary sponsorship from NAPA Auto Parts and the support of Made In Detroit for the entire 2018 season.
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