►8/19/2017 - Bristol Post-Race Report
It was a challenging day at the World's Fastest Half-Mile for MBM Motorsports.
In the two Cup series practices, Timmy Hill worked on getting the #66 CrashClaimsR.Us Chevrolet up to speed, knowing the team needed to outqualify one of the other Open teams to make the race. Timmy actually spun in the final practice, but kept the car off the wall. The damaged tires limited the team’s remaining practice time though. In qualifying, the setup of the car was too tight, and despite picking up three-tenths of a second from final practice, the time was not fast enough to qualify. The team will regroup and look forward to the next Cup race on the schedule at Darlington.
The day was more positive on the Xfinity side. Chad Finchum in the #40 Smithbilt Homes / Buddy Gregg RVs and Motor Homes Chevrolet qualified in 31st, matching his best starting spot from earlier in the season (Dover). The 22-year-old driver was relegated to the tail of the field for the start of the race, however, after the team discovered a broken brake hose after qualifying had concluded.
From the back, Chad raced up into the Top 25 early in Stage 1. Brake issues developed as the race wore on, and Chad was forced to salvage what he could from the remaining laps. He kept the car clean and kept digging, and he was rewarded with a 28th place finishing position, a personal best in the Xfinity Series.
The #13 MBM Motorsports Dodge with driver Timmy Hill was a bit fortunate in qualifying. The team had the air pressures set incorrectly, and consequently Timmy was unable to make the fastest 33, despite the team's best efforts and turning 16 laps during the abbreviated qualifying session. But because the #15 JD Motorsports and #89 Shepherd Racing Ventures cars also missed the fastest 33, the #13 team secured the final owner points provisional to get into the race. Timmy completed 56 laps in the race and finished P36.
The next event on the agenda for MBM is the final road course race of the year in Elkhart Lake, WI. The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to the 4.048-mile behemoth that is Road America for the eighth consecutive year next weekend. MBM Motorsports is planning to field three cars in the event.
►8/18/2017 - Bristol Xfinity Qualifying Shots
►8/18/2017 - Bristol Cup Practice Shots
►8/17/2017 - Bristol Xfinity Practice Report
Thursday afternoon from the Bristol Motor Speedway provided MBM Motorsports with a productive day of practice.
Chad Finchum turned 36 laps in the opening practice and placed P31. The #40 Chevrolet turned a further 48 laps in the final practice and wound up P35. The team has adjustments planned for tomorrow prior to running through pre-qualifying inspection to find some additional speed. As revealed earlier in the week, MBM is pleased to be running the decals of Smithbilt Homes and Buddy Gregg RVs and Motor Homes this weekend, and will be looking to put together a solid run in the race tomorrow.
Timmy Hill in the #13 Dodge, the same chassis the team raced as the #40 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, completed 50 laps between the two Thursday practices. Timmy finished first practice P29 and second practice P32. 42 teams and drivers are set to attempt to qualify Friday afternoon, so the objective for the #13 team will be to make the fastest 33.
This weekend's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the World's Fastest Half-Mile will be televised live, Friday night, August 18 on NBCSN at 7:30 pm EST, and streaming live on the NBC Sports Live Extra app. Follow along with latest team news from the track by utilizing the social media channels of MBM Motorsports and Carl Long Motorsports (links can be found page left).
►8/16/2017 - Bristol Preview Shots
The #66 Cup car and #40 Xfinity car for this weekend. MBM Motorsports welcomes new sponsor Smithbilt Homes of Knoxville, TN to the #40 Chevrolet of Chad Finchum this weekend. Associate sponsorship is being provided by Buddy Gregg RVs and Motor Homes.
►8/15/2017 - Bristol Pre-Race Report
MBM Motorsports welcomes Timmy Hill back behind the wheel this week, after the 24-year-old served as a spotter for the team at Mid-Ohio. The Port Tobacco, Maryland driver will be pulling double duty, driving the #66 Cup car and the #13 Xfinity car.
Of Timmy's 60 starts in NASCAR's premier series, three have come at Bristol. In the Spring race at this track earlier in 2017, Timmy qualified 38th and finished 37th driving for Rick Ware Racing in the #51. 41 teams are on the preliminary entry list this week, meaning the #66 will be competing against the other 4 non-chartered teams (#7, #51, #55, #83) for one of the four open positions available in the field. Timmy and the #66 team will look to build off of the momentum they gained in their last outing in Cup, with that 14th place finish at Indianapolis.
Timmy has made 8 starts at Bristol in the Xfinity Series with a best starting spot of 25th (twice) and best finish of 21st. This weekend, 42 cars are entered in the event, so Timmy will likely have to qualify into the Top 33 to earn a starting spot in the race.
Also returning this weekend is Chad Finchum in the #40 car. Chad will be seeking his fourth Xfinity Series start at a track where he has experienced great success in lower divisions. The Knoxville, Tennessee driver won the 2016 K&N Pro Series event at Bristol in dominating fashion, seizing the lead of the race on lap 14 and leading all the way to the checkered flag at lap 125. Chad will be looking for more success on the Bristol high banks this weekend with MBM Motorsports.
This weekend's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the World's Fastest Half-Mile will be televised live, Friday night, August 18 on NBCSN at 7:30 pm EST, and streaming live on the NBC Sports Live Extra app. Follow along with the latest team news from the track by utilizing the social media channels of MBM Motorsports and Carl Long Motorsports (links can be found page left).
►8/13/2017 - Mid-Ohio Post-Race Report
For the first time in team history, MBM Motorsports scored lead lap, Top 20 finishes with both of its Xfinity Series teams in the same weekend.
The series was supposed to run two practice sessions on Friday, but heavy rain and lightning near the circuit prevented any teams from running practice laps. Instead, a single practice was run Saturday morning prior to qualifying. Enrique Baca practiced 20th quickest to lead the way for the team, and Tim Cowen was 30th quick. Both drivers got 7 laps on track prior to qualifying.
With the withdrawal of the JD Motorsports #15 late in the week, just 40 cars remained entered in the event. MBM decided to not roll out the #72 this weekend, and so with all the cars guaranteed to start the race, qualifying was to determine starting positions and pit selection. Tim put the #40 Ford in the field and secured a P36 starting spot with his 3 qualifying laps.
Enrique in the #13 had a much more eventful session. Just as the young driver was receiving some airtime from NBCSN during his second qualifying run, Enrique got off track at the exit of the Keyhole, and the splitter dug into the grass, destroying the nose of the Toyota. His 4 laps earned him an official starting spot of P29, but the damage would force the team to roll off the backup car, the same chassis the team was considering entering as the #72 earlier in the week.
Both drivers hung around the back of the pack early in the race, hoping to avoid the chaos and carnage that typically comes to define an Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio. The plan worked, as both Enrique and Tim drove smooth, controlled races, and avoided involvement in any of the 9 full-course cautions that waved during the 75 lap race.
Just one day before his 26th birthday, Enrique Baca pulled off an 18th place finish in his backup Dodge Challenger. That finishing position is the best-ever result for the MBM Motorsports #13 in the Xfinity Series, bettering a 19th-place finish by Stanton Barrett in 2016 at Watkins Glen. It is just the fourth lead lap finish for the #13 team since its inception, and already the second of 2017.
Tim Cowen came home 20th in his #40 Cowen Logistics Ford. His fifth Xfinity Series start resulted in his second Top 20 and second lead lap finish, his first such finish at his home track of Mid-Ohio. For MBM, it was the #40 team's fifth-ever Top 20, four of which have been earned in 2017. It was the fourth lead-lap finish of the year for the #40 as well.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to oval track racing next weekend, making the second of two yearly trips to the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. Check back in early next week for a Bristol pre-race report.
►8/11/2017 - Mid-Ohio Pre-Race Report + News Extras
MBM Motorsports welcomes Tim Cowen back to the driver's seat of the Cowen Truck Line, Inc. Ford for the third consecutive year at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. 2017 will be Tim's first year driving the #40 entry, having been behind the wheel of MBM's #13 in his prior efforts with the team. He has started 4 previous NASCAR Xfinity Series races, 4 Camping World Truck Series races, and 10 ARCA Racing Series events. This season marks Tim's fifth consecutive attempt to qualify at Mid-Ohio, having participated in every Xfinity Series event at the track. Tim scored a Top 20 at Mid-Ohio in 2014 with an 18th place result, his best-career finish.
After performing admirably in his debut race just last weekend, Enrique Baca has secured the sponsorship to return to MBM this weekend at Mid-Ohio, this time driving the #13 Toyota. This will be the same chassis Enrique piloted at Watkins Glen. The team will look to avoid the mechanical gremlins that popped up last week during the race in the driver's second career Xfinity Series start.
The team has a third car fully prepared to run, and as of Thursday morning was undecided if they would enter it in the event or not. It is the car Timmy Hill drove as the #13 at Watkins Glen, and if it does run, Timmy will pilot the car, renumbered as the #72. With the withdrawal of Obaika Racing's #77, there are currently 41 teams and drivers entered for the 40 available positions. If the #72 does not run this weekend, Timmy will help the team out as a driver coach and spotter out on the course.
Team owner Carl Long also revealed MBM Motorsports' Bristol plans for next weekend earlier in the week. In the Xfinity Series, impressive rookie racer Chad Finchum will return to the team to drive the #40. Timmy Hill will return to the cockpit as well, but pulling double duty. Timmy will drive both the #13 Xfinity car and the #66 Cup car. This will mark the first attempt for the MBM Motorsports Cup program since the team's outstanding Top 15 finish at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Ever wanted to race as Carl Long himself in a video game? It was announced on Thursday that MBM Motorsports will be included in the new video game from 704Games, NASCAR Heat 2. Both of the Xfinity Series teams will be available for gameplay, with Carl piloting the #13 Toyota and Timmy aboard the #40 Chevrolet. Check out images of the cars below. NASCAR Heat 2 is scheduled to be released on September 12, 2017, and will be available for purchase on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows via Steam.
As with every race weekend, follow along with latest team news from the track by utilizing the social media channels of MBM Motorsports and Carl Long Motorsports (links can be found page left). The Mid-Ohio Challenge will be televised live, Saturday, August 12 on NBCSN at 3:30 pm EST, and streaming live on the NBC Sports Live Extra app.
►8/7/2017 - Watkins Glen Post-Race Report
Raceday at Watkins Glen treated MBM Motorsports rather favorably.
Enrique Baca qualified his #40 PEAK Antifreeze Toyota into the race in P35. Enrique ran a controlled race, keeping his nose clean and picking up speed each lap. He had some camber shims come loose and the team was able to repair the car on pit road, but lost several laps in doing so. Enrique ran his fastest lap of the race on lap 61, and with only a tire mark on the door for damage, Enrique crossed the finish line in P31.
Timmy Hill pulled off a brilliant lap in qualifying to put the #13 Dodge solidly in the field, despite suffering the fuel pickup problem from practice. On just his second flying lap of the weekend, Timmy posted a 1:14.538, a lap time that made the Top 33 by more than six tenths of a second. The team completed 27 laps in the race and finished P37.
The next stop on the NASCAR Xfinity Series tour commences at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Saturday, August 12th.
►8/4/2017 - Watkins Glen Friday Practice Report
Practice went well for Enrique Baca in the #40 PEAK Antifreeze Toyota. Enrique completed 8 laps in the first of two sessions Friday afternoon, and 5 laps in the second and final practice. Despite the sessions being exceptionally disjointed with several red flag periods, Enrique picked up more than a second in the final practice from his best lap earlier in the day, finishing in P31 with a lap of 1:15.931.
Timmy Hill suffered a more difficult day in the #13 Dodge. An apparent fuel pickup problem prevented Timmy from completing a lap at speed. The team changed "everything" on the car in preparation for Saturday morning's critical qualifying session. After the withdrawal of Morgan Shepherd, 41 teams will vie for the 40 starting spots in the Zippo 200.
Continue to follow along with the all of the weekend's action through the social media channels of MBM Motorsports and Carl Long Motorsports (links can be found page left). The Zippo 200 at the Glen will be televised live, Saturday, August 5 on NBCSN at 2:30 pm EST, and streaming live on the NBC Sports Live Extra app.
►8/4/2017 - Pre-Race Report: Watkins Glen
The NASCAR Xfinity Series teams visit the first of three road courses on the 2017 schedule this weekend, and MBM Motorsports will welcome another new driver to the team.
Enrique Baca, a 25-year-old of Monterrey, Mexico, will pilot the #40 Toyota. Enrique has experience in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East division, scoring two Top 10s earlier this year at Berlin Raceway (MI) and South Boston Speedway (VA). He has also been competing full-time in the NASCAR Mexico Series in 2017. Enrique earned his best career finish earlier this year in a race contested on a 0.75-mile short track in Guadalajara, Mexico.
This race weekend will surely be the busiest weekend of Enrique's young career, as he looks to complete a unique form of triple duty. In addition to attempting to qualify for his first NASCAR Xfinity Series start, he will also race in the K&N series event on Friday, the Bully Hill Vineyards 100. Once his duties in New York are complete on Saturday after the Xfinity race, Enrique will board a plane and fly back to Mexico to compete in the NASCAR Mexico Series race on Sunday at Autódromo Moisés Solana.
Timmy Hill returns to the driver's seat at Watkins Glen to pilot the second MBM Xfinity car. The #13 Dodge will likely need to qualify into the field on time, with 42 teams currently entered for the 40 available starting spots. In his 200 NASCAR national series starts, Timmy has raced at Watkins Glen three times: twice in the Xfinity Series (2011 and 2012 for Rick Ware Racing) and once in the Cup Series (2015 for Premium Motorsports).
Follow along with the all of the weekend's action through the social media channels of MBM Motorsports and Carl Long Motorsports (links can be found page left). The Zippo 200 at the Glen will be televised live, Saturday, August 5 on NBCSN at 2:30 pm EST, and streaming live on NBC Sports Live Extra.
►7/31/2017 - Post-Race Update: Iowa
Iowa Speedway provided several challenges to the MBM Motorsports team this weekend.
Stan Mullis kept the car clean in his first ever NASCAR Xfinity Series race, exactly what a rookie driver needs to do in order to make laps and gain experience. The MBM team got him on track for 73 practice laps prior to qualifying, slowly working him up to speed. The #40 TLC Resorts Vacation Club / Casablanca Express earned a 39th spot on the starting grid. The team was impressed with his steady progression in lap times throughout the race, making adjustments to the car and picking up speed. Stan brought the car home in 32nd place, an admirable effort for the driver's debut.
The track was less kind to Bobby Dale Earnhardt in his first Xfinity Series weekend as a driver. Bobby Dale received very little practice time due to ignition issues, and consequently only had 19 practice laps headed into the crucial qualifying session. 41 teams were entered, vying for the 40 available starting positions. Unfortunately, the team was unable to qualify into the Top 33, and were the lowest on the provisional order after Jeff Green, Morgan Shepherd, and Reed Sorenson were able to qualify their cars in on speed. It was the first time the #13 team failed to qualify since Atlanta in early March.
MBM hopes to have both Stan and Bobby Dale back behind the wheel of one the Xfinity cars soon, pending NASCAR approval for larger tracks and funding. Sponsorship inquires can be made by contacting the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
►7/26/2017 - Pre-Race Update: Iowa
MBM Motorsports will give two drivers the opportunity to make their NASCAR Xfinity Series debuts this weekend at the 7/8-mile Iowa Speedway.
Stan Mullis, a veteran short track driver out of Las Vegas, NV, will pilot the #40 TLC Resorts Vacation Club / Casablanca Express entry. Mullis has been racing at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but he does have some experience working with the MBM Motorsports team previously. Mullis drove the second ARCA car, #72, that MBM fielded in the Open Test at Daytona earlier this year.
Bobby Dale Earnhardt, son of Kerry Earnhardt and oldest grandson of Dale Earnhardt Sr., will race the #13 Chevrolet this weekend in a joint venture between MBM Motorsports and JP Motorsports. This chassis is a former JR Motorsports car. Earnhardt has been garnering experience in the ARCA Racing Series this season. He has started three races total: two with Hixson Motorsports (Toledo, Elko) and one with Mystic Motorsports (Pocono). Earnhardt has been helping crew the MBM Xfinity Series entries as a tire changer throughout 2017 and is looking forward to taking his first turn in the cockpit.
Regular driver Timmy Hill, after scoring the Top 15 finish in the premier series at Indianapolis, will be on hand throughout the weekend at Iowa, working as a driver coach for the two debutants.
Sponsorship opportunities of all sizes are still available for this weekend. Contact the team at email@example.com.
►7/24/2017 - Mid-Season Update: Post-Indianapolis
2017 has provided plenty of drama and excitement around the shop of Carl Long Motorsports. Carl made his long-awaited return to NASCAR's premier series earlier this season for the first time since 2009, driving the #66 Chevrolet for MBM Motorsports. MBM is competing in their third full-time season of the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year, but the Kansas race was the team's first foray into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
With a car purchased from HScott Motorsports, Carl and team worked diligently to get on track. After overcoming some issues programming the digital dashboard and fitting NASCAR's inspection templates, Carl made it out for second practice and got the car up to speed despite fighting a “bad loose” condition into Turn 1. The team made major adjustments headed into raceday. Carl rolled off shotgun on the field, and kept his nose clean all night, working his way to a 31st place finish, the second-best of his Cup career.
The MBM team brought the Cup car to NASCAR's All-Star event the very next weekend, and Carl again drove. Despite the car being too stiffly sprung, Carl held a steady wheel and drove to a 17th place finish in the Monster Energy Open. Emulating his Kansas success, this was Carl's second-best finish in the Open, bettered only by his 14th place in 2004. The team proudly carried the logo of the Waltrip Brothers' Charity Championship golf tournament, an annual event that raises funds for Motor Racing Outreach and other worthy charitable causes.
Timmy Hill has been racing the #66 since the All-Star weekend. The team had a great moment at Dover, running on the lead lap for much of the opening stages of the race, and crossing the finish line in 28th. Timmy muscled the car to 31st at Kentucky, again running at the finish. But the highlight of 2017 thus far came at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In a race that endured a track-record 14 caution flags, Timmy weaved his way through the chaos to bring home a brilliant 14th place finish on the lead lap in his 200th NASCAR start. The team utilized the wave-around and three free pass awards to their advantage, and despite clipping the grass in avoiding the final accident, the team achieved their best result in the Cup series. Hill's best finish in his prior 59 premier series starts was a 22nd at Kansas in 2012.
In addition, Carl has revealed the team's plans for the upcoming Darlington Throwback weekend. The Cup car will feature the colors of the Travis Carter-owned #66 that Darrell Waltrip raced in the Cup Series in 1999 and 2000.
In the Xfinity Series, MBM has had several excellent runs with the #40 car. Brandon Hightower piloted one of the Toyotas to a 13th place finish at Daytona, overcoming an early spin to match the team's best ever result in the series (Alon Day, Mid-Ohio 2016). Timmy Hill finished in the Top 20 at both Daytona and Talladega as well. Carl has driven in 8 races this year, with a best result of 27th place at Bristol (his second-best series finish).