NV OPERATIONS FACILITY

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XS Power is proud to introduce our new operations facility in Sparks, Nevada with over 10,000 square feet of warehouse space.

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With an expansive inventory and sophisticated ordering system, order shipping time for west coast and international customers is shortened by several days. Lead time will also be cut dramatically for incoming repair items for west coast customers by offering full service in Sparks, just as offered in Knoxville.

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The facility is managed by long time employee Byron Young, who will continue to maintain, and grow new business in the western united states, as well as oversee all of the day to day operations of the warehouse.  “I’m excited to be spearheading this new operation.  We will be able to service our customers quicker than ever” says Young.

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XS Power is pleased to offer this new and exciting opportunity to help better serve all of our customers and focus on building the best power solutions possible.

Lokar Inc.

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One of our newest manufacturing partners, Lokar, is a Knoxville based manufacturer of extremely high quality shifters, pedal assemblies, throttle assemblies, and much more for hot rods, custom cars, and race cars.

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Not only does XS Power work closely with Lokar on developing new and exciting products but we are also the battery of choice for owner Skip Walls’ personal race cars. Lokar’s slogan is “Quality…Plain & Simple”, and there’s no doubt on the quality on anything Lokar does, but Skip’s cars are anything but simple.  From the most sophisticated Racepak data systems, to the MSD Power Grid, these cars take a lot of battery power to get them down the track…XS Power is more than up to the challenge. We’re proud to be Lokar’s battery choice on these gorgeous cars, and many of their other projects and always excited to see what we can collectively come up with.

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D4700, D4800 and D4900

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The XS Power D4700, D4800, and D4900 are our direct fit, OEM replacement for most European models and are available for shipping today.

XS Power added these three models to the D Series lineup for starting and secondary power demands. By adding these three popular battery sizes to our line, we’ve greatly expanded XS Power’s direct replacement options to include many of today’s most popular customized vehicles. The D4700, D4800, and D4900 are direct fit replacement batteries for many Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Bens, GM, Jaguar, and other model vehicles.

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The D4700 is a BCI Group 47 battery commonly referred to as the L2, which is a small size battery that fits many small sedans.  It’s capable of 2,900 Max Amps, and BCI rated at 745 CA.  The D4800 is a BCI Group 48 battery known as the L3, which is common for mid-size sedans and SUV’s.  It is designed to produce over 3,000 Max Amps and is BCI rated at 815 CA. The D4900 is a BCI Group 49 battery referred to as the L5 that is direct fit for many larger luxury sedans and SUV’s with excessive electronic systems. This battery is capable of 4,000 Max Amps and is BCI rated at 1075 CA.

All three of these new batteries, along with our entire product line-up for 2015, are available now. Contact your sales rep or your local dealer for for more  details.

SBN 2015

Well, Spring Break Nationals has come and gone once again, and it was amazing. Thanks to everyone who made it out!

XS Power is excited to be a part of the 28th Spring Break Nationals from March 20-23 at the Ocean Center in beautiful Daytona Beach, Florida! With SBN just a week and a half away, we are getting very excited and truly hope to see you all there!

Spring Break Nationals have long been a fantastic showcase of the best builders, installers, and manufacturers in the industry, and this year promises to be no exception. an XS Power is a proud sponsor of the Installer 5K, where dealers compete with their own custom vehicles for up to $5,000 in cash prizes. Our expert staff will be on hand to answer all battery and install questions as well as cheer on our Team XS Power competitors! Be sure to look for the XS Power Team shirts the competitors will be wearing. We’re angling for a black out this year!

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Don’t forget to get the official SBN 2015 T-shirt, sponsored by XSP. We look forward to see everyone in Daytona Beach!

 

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Jeg Coughlin Jr. Wins Fifth Title!

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JEGS Performance and XS Power holding the trophy at the end of the day yet

again! Congrats to Jeg Coughlin, Jr. and the entire JEGS crew for winning

their fifth Pro Stock title Sunday in the Auto Club NHRA Finals.

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JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge driver Jeg Coughlin Jr.won his fifth Pro Stock title Sunday in the Auto Club NHRA Finals, joining John Force, Shawn Langdon and Matt Smith as season champions. Coughlin, a four-time event winner this season in his Dodge Avenger, took the title at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona when his only remaining challenger, Jason Line, lost in the second round of eliminations.

“In this day and age, it is so tough to win out here,” said Coughlin, from Columbus, Ohio. “We’ve seen a lot of races won and lost by just a few thousands of a second. I think this is one of the tightest, and one of the most intense championships I’ve ever won. This ranks right up there with 2007 when we had the two cuts to the Countdown to One in the first year of our playoffs.” Coughlin is the eighth driver in NHRA history to win five pro series championships. He also won a Super Gas title in the NHRA Lucas Oil Series in 1992.

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JEGS Performance and XS Power holding the trophy at the end of the day yet

again! Congrats to Jeg Coughlin, Jr. and the entire JEGS crew for taking over

the points lead in the NHRA Pro-Stock division this past weekend.

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JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. took command of the Pro Stock points lead with a brilliant performance in winning the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals on Sunday at Maple Grove Raceway. Coughlin, the four-time Pro Stock champion, won on holeshots in the semi-finals and final, beating J&J Racing teammate Allen Johnson in the finalround with a .004-second reaction time.

“Sometimes you live and die on your starts, there’s no question about it,” said Coughlin, who secured his 56th career Pro Stock victory. “We just had some off runs the last two weeks and didn’t get away with it. I think the thing that fired me up is following my son, Jeg III, play in the Ohio state district golf tournament. He was looking to advance to the state finals. It was an event, kind of like the Countdown (to the Championship), where it’s all on the line.

A bad hole or two can make it tough.

“As I was keeping his stats for him, I was just getting more and more fired up by watching his drive and dedication. I told him after that, ‘Man, this weekend is going to be just fantastic for me because you’ve got me fired up.'”

Coughlin’s “worst” reaction time Sunday was .032 seconds, but he also had lights of .022 and .012. The .012 came against No. 1 qualifier Jason Line in the semifinals after Line had lane choice with a quicker pass in the quarterfinals. But thanks to Coughlin’s head start of .029 seconds (Line was .041 on the Christmas Tree); he was able to hold off Line’s pass of 6.607 seconds at 210.01 mph with his slower run of 6.615 seconds at 208.39 mph.

Johnson, the No. 2 qualifier who had one of the quickest cars Sunday, had lane choice, too. But Coughlin’s near-perfect reaction time got him ahead, and he won with a pass of 6.616 seconds at 208.75 mph, holding off Johnson’s quicker 6.588 second run at 209.39 mph.

The two holeshot wins give Coughlin 91 for his stellar career, the most in Pro Stock history.

“It doesn’t get any better than that,” Coughlin said of the semifinals and final. “The KB Racing cars have come on like gangbusters the last four or five weeks. To get by my teammate AJ – he’s gotten by me in a couple of finals this year – it felt nice to see that win light turn on. I put the car in fifth gear and peered over to the right. I could hear him but not see him.

“I saw my win light come on and that’s when the celebration began. The J&J team did a heckuva job to get both our cars in the finals.”

Coughlin had led the Pro Stock standings during the previous two races but didn’t hang on to it at the end of each event. This time, though, he assured himself of the points lead by beating Line and then extended it to 45 points, unofficially, by winning the race.

“With the way things have played out the last couple of races with us playing around with the points lead, it feels good to leave Reading with the lead,” Coughlin said. “I’m an optimistic person, but we’ve got a lot of racing left to do. All across the Pro Stock horizon they are (preparing) for a great Vegas run. We’d love to say this thing is all but over, but there are a lot of rounds left.”

The Countdown resumes with the NHRA Nationals on Oct. 25-27 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the penultimate race of 2013.

“I wasn’t worried about not leaving the points lead in those other races,” Coughlin said. “I was frustrated by the fashion we were eliminated from those events. We made a pretty good jump over No. 2 to have the points lead, but it’s all about racing hard, racing smart. Fortunately our team did both those things this weekend.”

Venturini Motorsports Going Back to Chicagoland!

 

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(CONCORD, N.C. – July 19, 2013) – Venturini Motorsports celebrated its 30th season in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards last year with a dominant win at Chicagoland Speedway. Yet again, 30 is the goal. On Sunday, the team will have a chance at defending Victory Lane and earning its 30th ARCA win in a return to the place the Venturini family calls home.

Today, two-time ARCA driver champion Bill Venturini and owner champion Cathy Venturini, and son and team general manager Billy Venturini, are the key players in the team’s operation from North Carolina. But the family racing lineage began over 60 years ago in Chicago, when Bill’s father, Tony, raced at Soldier Field.

Bill and Cathy formed the team now known as Venturini Motorsports and entered ARCA competition in the early 1980s, and it was only 20 years ago that the family moved to Charlotte to stay ahead in racing. Still, by years, the majority of the Venturini family’s racing history has taken place in and around Chicago, making Sunday’s race as important as any.

“Chicago and Daytona always seem to be the two that we put checkmarks on at the beginning of the year that are important to win,” Billy Venturini said. “We have been lucky enough to win Chicago a couple of times. Hopefully, with our performance in the last intermediate race at Michigan we can roll that recent success to a win at Chicago. This race personally means a lot to our family and friends.”

Kevin Swindell led every lap at the 1.5-mile Joliet, Ill. track last season, establishing a new race speed record of 141.103 mph. In Sunday’s Ansell ActivArmr 150, four Venturini Motorsports drivers will have a chance to join Scott Lagasse (2008) and Swindell as Venturini winners at Chicagoland by scoring a milestone win.

Justin Boston, who is fourth in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards point standings, will be at the wheel of the Venturinis’ flagship No. 25 car in Sunday’s race, hoping to improve upon an impressive speedway performance at Michigan International Speedway last month. Boston (No. 25 ZLOOP Computer & Electronic Recycling Centers Toyota) led 15 laps before finishing fourth, which tied his career high.

Milka Duno (No. 35 CanTV/Milka Way Toyota), the team’s other full-time driver, stands seventh in points, only 110 points from fifth. Duno finished 18th at Chicagoland last year, and will look to improve on an already consistent run which has seen her place between 10th and 13th in each of the last six races this year.

Caleb Armstrong (No. 15 Venturini Motorsports Toyota) last raced in ARCA at Talladega in May, finishing a career-high third. Racing just a three-hour drive from his hometown of New Castle, Ind., Armstrong undoubtedly has his eyes on earning his first ARCA win in front of a Midwestern crowd.

The local connection is even stronger for A.J. Henriksen (No. 55 Venturini Motorsports Toyota), who calls Elgin, Ill. – located fewer than 60 miles from the track – his hometown. Henriksen’s 90th ARCA start will be his eighth at Chicagoland but first since 2008. He placed seventh in 2001.

So as the green flag drops on Sunday’s Ansell ActivArmr 150 to mark the halfway point of ARCA’s 2013 season, Venturini Motorsports has plenty going for it: hometown support, familiar surroundings, and a strong history of recent speed and success.

Practice will begin at 4:10 p.m. Saturday, with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at noon Sunday. The 100-lap, 150-mile race will begin at 5 p.m. CT and air live on SPEED. ARCARacing.com will feature live timing and scoring coverage of all on-track events

 

XS Power Wins at Daytona Again!!

Venturini Motorsports Wins Daytona!

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Venturini Motorsports driver John Wes Townley took the checkered flag Saturday after an amazing sequence of events inside the final 10 laps left him at the front of the Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real. Townley won from the pole in what was the 50th annual ARCA Racing Series event at Daytona International Speedway.

“It’s one thing to win your first race in ARCA, it’s another to win at Daytona,” Townley said after the first win in the 31-year history of Venturini Motorsports at Daytona International Speedway.

“This is just a great day for Venturini Motorsports,” Townley said. “This is priceless. I almost wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. It’s a real honor.”

You can find more at http://venturinimotorsports.com/news/index.cfm?cid=55570

 

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2012 PRI Booth #2163

A GREAT 2012 SEASON!

XS Power experienced a tremendous 2012 season with multiple wins and records in NASCAR, ARCA, NHRA, ADRL, IHRA, World of Outlaws, SCCA, and more with the full line of 12V, 14V, and 16V batteries. If it had wheels, raced, and needed power XS Power experienced success in it in 2012. We would like to thank you all for a great 2012 and invite you to stop by the PRI booth (2163) to talk about 2012 and look forward to raising the bar in 2013.PRI-25th-logo-black

SEMA 2012

Come by the XS Power Mobile Booth (11783) or Performance Booth (23417) to check out the new products for 2013. Ally will be in the booth signing posters, so make sure to come by and say hello.

Make sure and check out our Facebook and Twitter pages to get update from the show. We will be posting up new products and some of the baddest builds being displayed at SEMA!

New for 2013 D4700, D4800, and D4900

XS Power introduces three new popular direct fit European batteries to the D Series lineup.  The D4700, D4800, and D4900 will be available for order at the November 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV.

 

XS Power has added three new models to the D Series lineup for starting and secondary power demands.  The D4700, D4800, and D4900 are direct fit replacement batteries for many Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Bens, GM, Jaguar, and other model vehicles. Adding these batteries to the line expands XS Power’s direct replacement options to include many of today’s most popular customized vehicles.

 

The D4700 is a BCI Group 47 battery commonly referred to as the L2, which is a small size battery that fits many small sedans.  It’s capable of 2,900 Max Amps, and BCI rated at 745 CA.  The D4800 is a BCI Group 48 battery known as the L3, which is common for mid-size sedans and SUV’s.  It is designed to produce over 3,000 Max Amps and is BCI rated at 815 CA.  The D4900 is a BCI Group 49 battery referred to as the L5 that is direct fit for many larger luxury sedans and SUV’s with excessive electronic systems.  This battery is capable of 4,000 Max Amps and is BCI rated at 1075 CA.

 

All three of these new batteries, along with the other new products for 2013, will be available at SEMA 2012 in the XS Power Mobile Audio booth (11783).  Make sure to come by to see all the new products and take advantage of the SEMA Show specials offered to all of our dealers and distributors.

Enders Goes Back-2-Back

Erica Enders stormed to her second consecutive Pro Stock victory, and third of her increasingly stellar season, by winning the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway on Sunday.That follows her historic victory in Chicago on July 1, when she became the first woman to win in the ultra-competitive Pro Stock class, and her win in Seattle on Aug. 5 when she and Courtney Force became the first duo of women to win the same national event. Plus, Sunday’s victory was a first in an NHRA national event at Brainerd for a woman since legendary Shirley Muldowney won here in Top Fuel in 1986.

“That is really special,” Enders said. “Shirley is a hero of mine, and she’s done so much for this sport and especially for the females in it.To do what we did in Seattle with Courtney and myself and to make that history, and then to come here and do back-to-back, it’s unbelievable. It blows my mind.”

Enders has now won three of the last six Pro Stock races, firmly placing her name among the contenders for the 2012 championship.

“It’s already surreal for me,” Enders, 28, said. “I’m so blessed to be in this position. I know that, and I know how quickly it can disappear. It’s a dream come true for me, and finally, after all the hard work, sweat, tears, it’s nice to be with such a great team and have the chance to chase the championship. I’m excited about it. I think we’ve got as good a shot as anybody. I’d certainly put my money on us.”

Her GK Motorsports team, led by car owner Victor Cagnazzi and crew chiefs Dave Connolly and Tommy Utt, has worked to improve the performance of Enders’ Chevrolet Cobalt in recent months.

Enders’ recent streak – which also includes track elapsed-time records in Sonoma and Brainerd – is proof of the hard work.

 

XS Power is Proud to be a sponsor of Erica Enders and Caganazzi Motorsports.

Enders With Another Wally!

Erica Enders took homer her second Wally of the year in a dominating fashion Sunday in Seattle. Erica drove the GK Motorsports Chevy Cobra past three of the best en route to her win. She took out Greg Anderson in the quarterfinals, Allen Johnson in the semifinals, and the reigning Pro Stock world champion Jason Line in the final round to bring home another victory for Cagnazzi Motorsports.

“I’m so proud of my guys because they won this race today,” Enders said. “They gave me a great car for me to drive, and we drove it right to the winner’s circle. I’m honored to be their driver, and hopefully we can get a few more wins before the season is over. If we can position ourselves well before the Countdown begins, this is a good time to be starting to gain momentum. Beating those guys [Greg Anderson, Allen Johnson, and Jason Line] is something else because they’ve always been on the top of my list, guys that I’ve looked up to my entire life. Allen and Pam are very good friends of mine. I knew that [Allen] wanted to sweep [the Western Swing], but I told him I was going to take that dagum broom out of his hand, and he wasn’t leaving here with it. I’m just very proud to do it for Gaston Kirby and the team.”

With the win, Enders clinched her spot in the Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s playoffs that start in Charlotte, Sept. 14-16.

 

For the first time in NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series history, two female drivers claimed Wally trophies at the same event. Courtney Force powered her Traxxas Ford Mustang Funny Car to the winner’s circle for the first time in her career, and Erica Enders earned her second career Pro Stock victory in her GK Racing Chevy Cobalt at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Pacific Raceways.

“To have both me and Erica in the winner’s circle is awesome,” Force said. “We’re not just out here to race the boys, we’re here to beat the boys and today just proves that.”

Victory Lane Again!

Tennessee’s Kevin Swindell picked them up and laid them down at Chicagoland Speedway this past weekend. Kevin put his Venturini Motorsports #55 CURB Records Toyota on the pole for the race, and then lead all 100 laps to win the ARCA Ansell ActivArmr® 150. “The car was excellent,” said Swindell. “I was able to get out in front and keep clean air and try not to make any mistakes in traffic, and everything went well. I didn’t have any trouble with the pit stops, and the Curb Records car was great. Everything was good, and I can’t thank Venturini Motorsports and my crew chief Keith Hinkein enough for one heck of a car.”
Swindell, the son of Sprint Car racing icon Sammy Swindell, earned his second career Pole position and his first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory of his young career. At 23-years old, Swindell is no stranger to the spotlight as he’s gained national recognition as a three-time and defending champion at the famed Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

XS Power is proud to power and sponsor Venturini Motorsports!

XS Power in Victory Lane at Daytona

What odds would you give an underfunded NASCAR race team with a beaten and battered race car on the high banking super speedway of f Daytona? Not very good right? Well take that same team, car and race track, but add in the heart and passion of a champion and the odds increase significantly. They actually go up all the way to Victory Lane! Kurt Busch drove the Phoenix Racing Chevy to the win Friday night in the Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona.

Kurt had the #1 Chevy up front all night until an accident late in the race left Kurt’s car beaten and battered. The team came into the pits 6 times to fix damages on the car and would never give up.”It’s just a matter of putting yourself in position to win,” Busch said. “Tonight, we overcame our damage. We could have folded, but these guys jumped into action and didn’t give up.”

Kurt was leading the pack to the checkered flag when everyone started making their moves to take the lead from him. Kurt showed why he is a NASCAR champion though and held everyone off for the win. “I don’t know much about anything else. You get caught up in marketing or PR and everything else that goes along with it, but you’ve got to do all the steps in this day and age. I keep saying I grew up 30 years too late, and I still haven’t grown up, even though I’m 33. But back in the 80s, that’s what this team reminds me of. It’s family. And you go hard, or you go home.”

Nick Harrison, Crew Chief on the #1 Phoenix Racing Chevy, talked about the hit they took and the end of the race. “We did take a heavy shot in the left rear right in front of the tire, killed the quarter panel and all the crush panels. The S975 held up like a Sherman tank! The charging system quit (alternator cooling) with 10 laps to go and Kurt shut everything down to conserve some reserve capacity. The crew was worried but, I knew the “real” numbers and that we could run over half the race off of those batteries. He (Kurt Busch) made moves through the field like a surgeon, but without the best stuff available it would have been short lived. Thank you and your guys for fixing our electrical issues. It’s great to run the A1 parts like that S975 instead of the recycled suspect look alike. Our congratulations goes out to everyone at XS POWER! By the way, I load tested it afterwards, still 12.75 volts of charge and north of 500 Amps @ 9.6 volts with a VAT40. That’s a sharp scalpel in anyone’s book. On behalf of Kurt, Phoenix Racing and everyone at KBI, Thanks Again!”

XS Power is proud to be a sponsor of Kurt Busch and Phoenix Racing.

 

XS Power in the History Books!

Erica Enders and Cagnazzi Racing had been to the final round 6 times in the past and had come up a little short each time. Erica made her first ever Pro Stock finals in 2005 at Chicago, and going into this weekend at Chicago the team felt they had a good shot of making it back to the final round. Well Sunday in Chicago Enders made it to the final round and ran a 6.627 seconds at 207.40 mph to beat Greg Anderson and take home her first ever Pro Stock Wally. Enders became the first female ever to win in the NHRA Pro Stock division.

“”It’s awesome,” said Enders, the 12th female winner in an NHRA pro category race. “I think that if I could have planned it I would have asked to run Greg in the final. You know that he made it very clear that he didn’t want to lose to me. He’s a very competitive guy and I love him to death, but I couldn’t wait to beat him. I’m glad (the win) came here in Chicago. I had my first final in Pro Stock here in 2005, and so it was nice to circle back around and get it done here.

“Pro Stock is tough. It will humble you in an instant. When you think you’ve got it figured out, you go to Bristol and blow all your (engines) up. I can’t say enough about my guys (crew). They’re amazing, and I love them.”

XS Power is proud to be a sponsor of Erica Enders and Cagnazzi Racing!

 

Heading to Sonoma

Kurt Busch and the Phoenix Racing #51 Chevrolet head to Sonoma, CA this weekend. In 2011 Kurt lead the most laps and went on to win in Sonoma for his first road course win. Heading to the west coast may just be what the team needs right now. The #51 Chevy was very fast in practice and qualifying at Michigan, but a loose race car got him into to trouble early and made for a very long day for the team.

Kurt has 4 Top 5 finishes and 4 Top 10 finishes along with one win at Sonoma.

Back to Back Wins!

 

Venturini Motorsports showed just how dominate of a team they are at the newly paved Pocono Raceway this past weekend. Brennan Poole dominated the entire race with his #25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota and picked up the maximum points possible to extend his lead at the top of the points standings.Poole started off the weekend by setting a blistering qualifying run which set a new qualifying record on Friday, breaking Kyle Busch’s 2003 mark with a fast lap of 173.554 mph. Poole won the pole by nearly a quarter of a second over teammate Kevin Swindell (No. 55 Curb Records/Venturini Motorsports Toyota). Poole started from the pole and went on to lead 77 of the 80 laps. Swindell also had a very fast car and passed more cars than any other driver on the track, but a front left tire issue plagued him all day.

Poole’s victory puts him unofficially leading the points by 60 points in the ARCA series. Venturini Motorsports and the ARCA series presented by Menards are heading to the Michigan International Speedway for the RainEater Wiper Blades 200, which will air live on SPEED Friday at 5:00pm.

Venturini Motorsports Wins Again!

(ELKO NEW MARKET, Minn.) – Brennan Poole passed Frank Kimmel for the lead in the Akona 200 presented by Federated Car Care on Lap 134 of 200 and did not relent, winning his second race in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

Poole (No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet) led 148 laps in all after first taking the lead from Matt Lofton (No. 16 Strutmasters.com Chevrolet) on Lap 12 and leading until the caution flag was out on Lap 92, then ultimately running first for the final 67 laps.

Matt Lofton finished second over Chris Buescher (No. 17 BeavEx/Reliance Tool Ford), and they were followed by Kimmel (No. 44 Ansell/Menards Toyota) and Tom Hessert (No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet).

“The car was really good,” said Poole, whose last win came in his series debut last spring at Salem Speedway in Indiana. “I can’t thank Venturini Motorsports enough. It’s pretty awesome to win the inaugural race at Elko. I had a lot of fun here tonight. The track’s a blast. Of course, it’s always fun when you’ve got such a good race car. I was slipping and sliding and trying to get everything out of it coming into the corner, dodging traffic. It was crazy.

“We’ve never been to a place like this. I’m proud of my guys and all the work they did.”

The race was the first for ARCA at Elko Speedway, just south of Minneapolis and St. Paul. ARCA’s top division had never before appeared in Minnesota.

Poole had shown his dominance early in the race, pulling away to leads of over three seconds on second place and more than 10 seconds on third. When Poole drove away, he truly got away from the field. Often, he would cross the start/finish line when someone as high as third place was just exiting Turn 2 on the 0.375-mile oval.

His final margin of victory was 1.205 second, perhaps a conservative margin.

“The car was really good out front and it worked really well in traffic,” said the 21-year-old from The Woodlands, Texas. “We were just a little bit tight, so we had to save the right front once we got into the lead. I kind of used up what I had to get into the lead so once I got there, I just tried to let it ride and protect that right front. That first run, I was good up front, but I used up my right front tire and started to get tight late in the run.

“I thought our pit strategy was great. (Crew chief) Billy (Venturini) made a great call on that. We came down and got four tires a little later than some of the other guys and our car was good enough to march to the front of the field.”

Alex Bowman (No. 22 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Dodge) won the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell for the third time in six races this season, but could only hold the lead for eight laps before being passed by Lofton. Poole opened up a quarter-second lead at Lap 12 and extended it to more than three seconds by Lap 42. His lead over Lofton had fallen off to less than two seconds when a car spun on Lap 67 to bring out the race’s first caution. While Kimmel, Buescher, Bowman, Lofton, and other contenders elected to pit, Poole stayed out and got away clean at the Lap 76 restart.

Kimmel, driving on fresh tires, rose to third by Lap 86 and second over Hessert on Lap 89, but Poole still led by more than a second. Another spin on Lap 91 brought out the race’s second caution flag, causing Poole to pit.

Kimmel took the lead under the yellow flag on Lap 93, driving ahead of Lofton, Buescher, Poole, and Ryan Reed. He led out of the Lap 97 restart, and stayed there through two more caution periods, which concluded with green flags on Laps 117 and 123.

The Lap 123 restart would prove to be the race’s last, and Kimmel led a two-by-two pack as cars moved back to speed. On his outside was Buescher, and the two were trailed by Lofton on the inside and Poole on the outside, in fourth. Kimmel originally got away and the group became a single line six laps later, but Poole moved inside Lofton for third on Lap 130. Three laps later, he passed Buescher on the backstretch, and one lap later he took the lead from Kimmel in the same place. Buescher moved past Kimmel for second, but Kimmel eventually regained the spot.

Side-by-side traffic throughout the race’s late stages allowed Poole to get away. Hessert climbed to fourth in the final laps and had a look at third place. Larry Barford Jr., driving several laps down, drove into Hessert and Buescher as they all drove to the checkered flag, setting off some personal fireworks between Hessert and Barford as Poole coasted to a final victory margin of 1.205 seconds. He now leads Hessert by 10 points in the unofficial series standings.

Joey Miller, making his first ARCA start since last August, finished sixth at his home track; Miller is from Lakeville, Minn., and was looking for his sixth ARCA win after leading the first practice. Chad Hackenbracht, who won a national legends championship at Elko in 2008, finished seventh. Erik Jones, Mason Mingus, and Jared Marks filled out the top 10.

From the green flag to the checkered flag, the race last just 44 seconds over an hour, a 74.09 mph pace. Four caution flags slowed the field for 26 laps.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will visit Pocono Raceway for the first of two events this season next Saturday, June 9. SPEED will air the race at 2:30 p.m. on a same-day delay, one of 10 broadcasts for the series on the network this season. ARCARacing.com will feature live timing and scoring of all on-track events Friday and Saturday.

Drag Illustrated and XS Power

If you are into Drag Racing, then you have to check out Drag Illustrated (DI). DI is dedicated to the positive growth of the sport of drag racing, and hopes to achieve that goal by providing the definitive racer-centric magazine written for serious drag racers and enthusiasts by serious drag racers and enthusiasts. For DI, it’s all about maintaining a sharp focus on the rock stars of the sport, and on the strategies, equipment, and experiences that get them to the finish line first.

So, make sure to pick up the May issue that is available now, and don’t forget to check out the new XS Power ad.

The New XP1000 16V Battery

The XP1000 has gotten great reviews since its introduction to the market. The XP1000 is rated at 2400 Max AMPS, 675 CA, 85 RC, and 50 AH. The perfect option for the racer or competitor that doesn’t need the reinforced casing of the D1600, and at $249.99 you can not find a better performing 16V battery.