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Post by Tim Fortner on May 30th 2019, 8:23 pm

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Post by Tim Fortner on May 12th 2019, 9:01 am

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Practice and Race schedule for the Indy 500
Car - Dallara IR18
Practice July 23rd and 26th from 6PM to 8PM
Race Day practice from 730AM to 9AM

Race July 27th 9AM

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News Empty David Raber and Justin Anderson Championship Hopes Take a Hit

Post by Tim Fortner on April 13th 2019, 6:27 pm

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Richmond,Va. - Early Bird Racing suspended EBR Cup drivers and chase contenders David Raber and Justin Anderson Saturday, two weeks before Talladega, for actions detrimental to the league.
 
Earlier Saturday it was ruled that David Raber and Justin Anderson were in violation of EBR's Code of Conduct rules. Given the serious nature of the violations, EBR has suspended drivers Anderson and Raber for one race, effective immediately, EBR said in a statement. "Drivers will not be allowed on track while serving suspension during practice or race day. Early Bird Racing has the responsibility to protect the members of this league and the integrity of every race. Drivers that do not conform to the standards required by this league will be removed."

6.7.3 - Code of Conduct Violations = 4 penalty points + Warning + 1 race suspension + 5 Race probation and or loss of race points for that race. Driver will not be allowed on track while serving suspension during practice or race day.

6.8.5 - Retaliation / Intentional wrecking  = 1 to 5 race suspension + 5 race Probation + 4 penalty points and or loss of race points for that race. Driver will not be allowed on track while serving suspension during practice or race day.

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News Empty It's anyone's championship!

Post by Tim Fortner on March 29th 2019, 5:21 pm

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Fort Worth, Texas - Time is running out for the drivers vying for spots in Early Bird's Chase for the Cup championship. Only 10 drivers will make the chase after Bristol.

A win in the first 8 rugular season races guarantees a driver entry into the Cup Series Chase, provided the driver is in the top 12 in points and has raced 100% of all 8 regular season races. If a driver uses a provisional, the win and in does not apply, Driver must make the chase based on points only. All drivers must race in 6 of the 8 regular season races to be eligible for the chase.

With only Saturday's race at Texas Speedway and next week's race at Bristol left on the regular-season schedule, Eddie Mooha, Derek Branum,Teddy Wykle and David Raber are trying to hold onto their positions to make the Chase.The only driver qualified for the chase with the Win and In deal is Justin Anderson with his win at Vegas.

Heading into the Revved up 135 at Texas, tied 11th-place Todd Liston and Tim Fortner are only 2 points behind Derek Branum in 10th, but they are also just 19 points ahead of 15th-place Paul Burgess.

16 Drivers can still make the chase with a win at Texas or Bristol. Mike Bass will be out at Bristol, jeopardizing his current 2nd place position in the points and maybe the chase. Shane Gross, David Naughton,Tony Pandin, and Kent Connolly need only have solid finishes at Texas and Bristol to make the chase.

Eugene Wilkinson, Chris Patrick, Tina Pipkin, Brent Leagh, Ralph Conner, Sal Casy, Randy Bledso, James Tyler and Paul Burgess will need top finishes and a lot of help to make the chase by points. Eugene Wilkinson, Tina Pipkin, Brent Leagh and Paul Burgess are still eligible for the Win and IN deal.

Rookie Mitchell Janusch is out with 104 points from 10th place. R & R Motorsports driver Randy Purdue is also out of the chase hunt. Matt Quick out of the chase do to sponsorship troubles.

Fortner, "it's time to get it done, We have to run good next couple weeks." the Early Bird Motorsports Racing driver said. That may not be so easy, on a tracks where Fortner finished 14th and 23rd in last years season.

Naughton, To quote his own words,"I am the man and I have the machine,"he said."

Gross, "Let's get the ball rolling! Hope to get a win and free pass." the Early Bird Motorsports  driver said.

At this point in the season, With Early Bird's Chase format, it's anyone's championship. 


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Post by Tim Fortner on March 24th 2019, 12:03 pm

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To help control aggression, protect our race cars, improve racecraft, and show more respect on the track, An incident limit will be in force starting with the Texas race. A driver will automatically be disqualified and removed from the race should he or she reach the limit. Remember, Your actions not only affect you, but also your fellow competitors.
     
         1 Reset and 18 incident limit at Martinsville (Truck/Cup Series)
         1 Reset and 18 incident limit at Bristol
         1 Reset and 17 incident limit at all ovals except Martinsville, Bristol (Truck/CupSeries)
         1 Reset and 17 incident limit at Indy 500 
         1 Reset and Unlimited incident limit at Charlotte Roval 




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News Empty Boogity... Boogity... Boogity

Post by Tim Fortner on February 2nd 2019, 9:41 am

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Boogity... Boogity... Boogity, "Let's go racing boys and girls!" Early Bird's upcoming premier Cup series starts on February 9th with a 25 lap shootout for bonus points. Drivers are anticipating the Early Bird Shootout as it is the start to Early Bird's own Speed Week.  Even though this is only a 25-lap race, it gives a slight point advantage to the top 5 drivers as the Cup series will officially begin with the EBR Daytona 500 February 16th. Practice sessions start Saturday Feb 2nd at 6:00 PM and Tuesday/Friday during the week. "The road to success is not the race itself, but rather the training leading up to the race." 



Early Bird Premier Cup Series - Feb 9th - May 25th - 2019


Early Bird Shootout Feb 9th @ 7:30 AM = 1st place 10 points, 2nd place 8 points, 3rd place 6, 4th place 4, 5th place 2  points. Bonus Points for the Shootout will be added after the Early Bird 500 race.



Early Bird 500 Feb 16th @ 9AM with practice starting @ 7:30AM
Trophy awarded to the winner of the 500



The highest finishing Championship 4 driver will receive a trophy and be crowned the 2019 Early Bird Cup champion.


General Race Options/Rules
Early Bird Cup series with Chase

Yellow Flags On, Double File Restarts
One fast repair
Lucky Dogs On (controlled by iRacing)
Start/Restart on green only
Leader has Lane Choice
Two caution rule
Average Race laps 35 - 150
Average fuel 20% - 100%
Dynamic Weather  iRacing default
Dynamic Track - Auto
Two provisionals allowed for the series
Code of conduct rules will be in force
Deterrence System in force (Limited)*


Pit Stop Rules

If traffic is around you, announce your intention to pit. 
Position yourself in the right hand lane for entering & exiting the pits. 
Exit the pits on the backstretch during practice and races.  
Drivers may not drive through more than two (2) pit boxes prior to and two (2) pit boxes after their respective pit stall. 


Official Practice Servers   bounce
Tuesdays and Fridays 6:00PM-8:00PM
Saturdays 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM with race start at 9:00 AM





EARLY BIRD CUP SERIES CHASE


• The Six-Race EBR Cup Series Chase will begin at Richmond on April 13, 2019 and feature 10 drivers and two elimination rounds, with four drivers competing in the Championship 4 at Charlotte International Speedway.


• A win in the first 8 rugular season races guarantees a driver entry into the Cup Series Chase, provided the driver is in the top 12 in points and has raced 100% of all 8 regular season races. If a driver uses a provisional, the win and in does not apply, Driver must make the chase based on points only. If needed, bonus points will be given to drivers that win in the regular season, this will ensure that the danlisa scoring system advances the driver to the Contender chase round. These bonus points will be entered after the last race of the regular season before the chase is activated. The bonus points will be removed after the season.
 
 • The first round, called the Contender round of 10, consists of the races at, Richmond, Talladega, and Dover. All chase drivers will start with their points adjusted to 2,000 + 2 points for each win. If a driver wins a race in the Contender Round of 10, the driver automatically advances to the next round (Driver must race all Contender round races to qualify for the win and in).The remaining available positions that have not been filled by wins will be filled by points.


• The Eliminator Round of 6 consists of the races at Kansas and Charlotte Roval. All chase drivers will start with their points adjusted to 3,000. Drivers who win a race in the Round of 6 automatically advance to the Championship 4 Round (Driver must race both races in the Eliminator Round to qualify for the win and in).The remaining available positions that have not been filled by wins will be filled by points.


• Championship Round at Charlotte - The highest finishing Championship 4 driver will be crowned the 2019 Early Bird Cup champion. Points do not count, finishing position only.


• Tiebreaker: If any position comes down to a tiebreaker in the Contender or Eliminator rounds , only the races in those Rounds matter. Wins and finishes in the regular season won't, If two drivers have the exact same finishes, the tiebreaker then goes to the driver who scored the best finish in the last race of that round. 


• Regular season Ties are broken by most wins, most top 5’s and then by the driver who finished highest in the last race of the season.


• If needed,bonus points will be given to drivers that win in the Contender and Eliminator rounds, this will ensure that the danlisa scoring system will advance the driver with a win. The bonus points will be removed after the season.


• If needed, bonus points will be given to drivers that win in the regular season, this will ensure that the danlisa scoring system will advance the driver to the Contender chase round. These points will be entered after the last race of the regular season. The bonus points will be removed after the season.




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Post by Tim Fortner on November 23rd 2018, 5:55 pm

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Five- time Early Bird Champion, Justin Anderson celebrated his 1st Camping World Truck Champinship with just 24 series starts. He has won five series races with 14 top 10s, 18 top 5's, and 10 poles . Anderson won his 5th title with Early Bird Racing and continues to be one of the most dominant competitors in the league. The level of talent displayed by Anderson is unmatched.

Justin Anderson raced with an overpowering performance in the final race at Homestead, leading 84 of 90 laps and had a commanding lead over points leader David Raber (-9.532). Anderson will be moving up to the A cup car beginning in 2019 and hopes to continue his league dominance.

David Raber missed the champion spot light by just 2 points finishing 2nd with (11) top 10 finishes. Derek Branum finished 3rd, with 8 top 10's. Randy Purdue finished 4th with 8 top finishes for the season. Brent Leigh, just 10 points out from a championship, was out due to engine failure. Tim Fortner, David Naughton, Shane Gross, Mike Bass, and Chris Patrick, rouded out top 10 in points for the season. 

EBR Motorsports wins 2018 team championship edging out "No Pants Racing" by 48 points.

1 Early Bird Motorsports     453
2 No Pants Racing             405
3 Triad Racing                   372
4 Veterans Racing             285 
5 R & R Motorsports          214
6 Three Wyde Racing         212    
7 Revved Up Racing           174
8 Dingleberry Motorsports    85

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News Empty New Team Formed Within Early Bird Racing

Post by Tim Fortner on August 28th 2018, 1:00 pm

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David Raber and Tyler Jacoby announced they would be leaving the now defunct racing team Velocity Racing to join forces with Troy Eddy to create their own team Veterans Racing. The team currently fields the #92 of David Raber, the #22 of Tyler Jacoby, and the #39 of Troy Eddy. 

Combined, David, Tyler, and Troy have won 15 league races in the past 3 years, including the 2018 Indy 500 Championship and the 2018 Early Bird 500.The new partnership brings a more focused direction and energy to already successful drivers. Veterans Racing expects to contend for the 2018 Camping World Truck Series Championship with Raber winning the first race of the series at Michigan. The team is one of 11 teams within Early Bird Racing league.

"Troy and I formed Veterans Racing, we both served, and he has really been helping me since he first joined EBR's truck series last year. Pretty much took me under his wing day one. Gave me a lot of great driving tips, always had great ideas on when to pit, ect. Just made sense to form a team."- David Raber.


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News Empty 2018 Xfinity Cup Champion

Post by Tim Fortner on June 17th 2018, 1:48 pm

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Five- time Early Bird Champion, Teddy Wykle celebrated his 2nd Xfinity Cup Champinship In 79 cup starts. He has won six series races, lead the series in top-5s (51), the most top-10s (65), and had (5)poles . Wykle won his 5th title with Early Bird Racing and continues to be one of the most dominant and consistent competitor in the league. The level of Consistency displayed by Teddy Wykle in this year’s Xfinity Cup series is unmatched in the history of Early Bird Racing.

Today, EBR is much more competitive, with many race teams to accommodate in the weekly grid. yet Wykle buried the competition with (13) top 5 finishes in route to his 2nd Xfinity cup championship. Teddy Wykles 2nd Xfinity cup championship comes just 4 years after winning the Nationwide cup championship in 2014.This is wykles 5th EBR league title overall.


Tyler Jacoby won the race with an overpowering performance, leading 59 of 100 laps and holding off Teddy Wykle, Justin Anderson, and Shane Gross in the final laps in a finish that was an afterthought on a night when the champion was crowned.

Shane Gross finished fourth, with (14) top 10 finishes for the season. Matt Quick finished 6th with (13) top 10 finishes for the season. That is the kind of consistency that would have won championships in most years, But not this year. Not the way Wykle and his race team (No Pants Racing) has performed. Mike Bass finishes a disappointing 15th place 3 laps down in his chase for the cup title. 

Derek Branum, Kent Connolly, David Naughton, David Raber, Tyler Jacoby, Chris Patrick, Ralph Conner, Eddie Mooha, Tim Fortner, Eugene Wilkinson, Brent Leigh rouded out top 15 in points for the season. Rookie Tina Pipkin finished the season 20th in points.

Dingleberry Motorsports wins 2018 team championship edging out Early Bird Motorsports by 50 points.

1 Dingleberry Motorsports  4040
2 Early Bird Motorsports     3990 
3 No Pants Racing              3989
4 Triad Racing                   3951 
5 Revved Up Racing           3057
6 Velocity Racing               2147 
7 R & R Motorsports           263
8 GAC Racing                     71



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News Empty Chase for The EBR Xfinity Series Cup

Post by Tim Fortner on April 11th 2018, 8:41 pm

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April 12, 2018
 
Following the completion of next Saturday morning's race at Bristol, the top 10 drivers in points will compete in the Contender Round of the Chase for the EBR Xfinity Cup.

Tony Pandin, Ralph Conner, Jimmy Todd, Eugene Wilkinson, Brent Leigh, Steven Mattocks, Robert Mitchell, and Eddie Mooha still have a shot at making the Chase based on points. Ralph Conner, Eugene Wilkinson,Eddie Mooha, and Jimmy Todd still qualify for the "win and in deal". Just 38 points separate 10th from 20th position in the points chase. David Raber and Matt Quick are the only drivers that have a guaranteed spot in the first round of the chase with their wins during the regular season.

All 10 Chase drivers will compete in the next three races that comprise the Contender Round -- Richmond, Talladega and Dover -- after which four drivers will be eliminated.

The top 6 will then advance to the Eliminator Round -- Kansas and Darlington -- with two more drivers axed after Darlington. The four remaining championship contenders then move on to the Championship Round---

After Darlington, the points for the final four drivers will be reset. And whichever of the four drivers in the Memorial 150 Championship Race at Charlotte has the best finish will be crowned the 2018 Xfinity Cup Champion.

It's still anyone's championship to win going into the final race of the regular season. With seven races to go, it is a safe bet that anyone inside the Top 20 has a chance to win the championship


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Post by Tim Fortner on March 20th 2018, 8:43 pm

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Robert Mitchell announced the formation of team "Velocity Racing" The team currently fields the #63 Robert Mitchell, #22 Tyler Jacoby and #92 David Raber.The team is one of 11 teams within Early Bird Racing and is currently recruiting new team members. Velocity expects to contend for the 2018 Xfinity Cup Championship. If you wish to join Velocity Racing, contact Robert Mitchell at rob463@gmail.com


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Post by Tim Fortner on February 5th 2018, 8:27 pm

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The Super Bowl is over and everyone's attention falls onto Early Bird's upcoming Xfinity series.  Starting this series on February 10 with a 20 lap shootout for bonus points. Drivers are anticipating the Early Bird Shootout as it is the prelude to Early Bird's own Speed Week.  Every driver testing, tuning, ready to boost their chest and show off what they have under the hoods of their cars and their talents that they have been honing during the off season.  Even though this is only a 20-lap race, it gives a slight point advantage to the top 5 drivers as the Xfinity series will officially begin with the EBR Daytona 500.


February 17, 2018, the “Honey-Do Lists” will have to wait as that is the morning of the Early Bird Daytona 500.Drivers will be filled with excitement, anticipation, nervousness, doubt, all these feeling wrapped together as they climb into their cockpits or pull up the office chairs to the desk that their mean, gaming machine sits on.  Ready to run some practice laps, qualify the best they can, then it's time to sit back, take a deep breath, close your eyes, just for a moment. Then it is time to fire up the Ford Mustangs, the Chevrolet Camaros and the Toyota Camrys for a grueling 75-lap run to be the first to cross the finish line and take the checkered flag.


Xfinity Cup Series - Feb 17th - May 26th
The highest finishing Championship 4 driver will receive a trophy and be crowned the 2018 Early Bird XFINITY Cup champion.



Early Bird Shootout Feb 10th @ 7:30 AM = 1st place 10 points, 2nd place 8 points, 3rd place 6 points, 4th place 4 points, 5th place 2 points. Bonus Points for the Shootout will be added after the Early Bird 500 race.



Early Bird 500 Feb 17th @ 9AM with practice starting @ 7:30AM 
Trophy awarded


General Race Options/Rules
Xfinity Cup series with Chase

Yellow Flags On, Double File Restarts
One fast repair
Lucky Dogs On (controlled by iRacing)
Start/Restart on green only
Leader has Lane Choice
Two caution rule
Average Race laps 65 - 150
Average fuel 20% - 100%
Dynamic Weather - iRacing default
Dynamic Track - Early Bird default 0% - 100%
Two provisionals allowed for the series
Code of conduct rules will be in force
Deterrence System in force (Limited)*


Pit Stop Rules

If traffic is around you, announce your intention to pit. 
Position yourself in the right hand lane for entering & exiting the pits. 
Exit the pits on the backstretch during practice and races.  
Drivers may not drive through more than two (2) pit boxes prior to and two (2) pit boxes after their respective pit stall. 


Official Practice Servers 
Tuesdays and Fridays 6:00PM-8:00PM
Saturdays 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM with race start at 9:00 AM




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Post by Tim Fortner on January 13th 2018, 12:04 pm

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. --  Matt Quick celebrated his 1st Camping World Truck championship In 32 career starts. He has won four series races, Quick also won the 2015 Early Bird 500 at Daytona and is now a series Champion. All Quick needed to do was finish 5th or better at Homestead to secure his 1st EBR Truck series championship. Quick has 81 starts, 10 victories and continues to be one of the most competitive drivers in the league.


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News Empty Points Battle Heating Up!

Post by Tim Fortner on October 1st 2017, 10:46 am

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Matt Quick helped himself in the Chase with the 44 points he got for the win at Vegas and is now in third place, 19 points from the lead and just 3 points from 2nd.  He still has a tough road ahead to the championship. Gross and Wykle both average about a 5th-place finish at the final six tracks combined, Quick will need to finish up front for a chance at the title. Dave Naughton is 24 points back in fourth, and Tyler Jacoby is 41 points out of the lead in fifth.Teddy Wykle finished 13th in this weekends race at Las Vegas putting his Championship hopes in danger, but still just 16 points out of the lead. 


It's still anyone's championship to win going into the final stretch of the season. With seven races to go, it is a safe bet that anyone inside the Top 12 has a chance to win the championship, and there is still the possibility that Brent Leigh (76 points back) Randy Purdue and Jimmy Todd (79 points back) could be outside contenders. With 7 different winners this season, the title is up for grabs...


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Post by Tim Fortner on August 8th 2017, 9:00 am

2017 Early Bird Camping World Truck Series

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Top 10 Drivers:


1. Teddy Wykle,  No pants Racing, To be a champion, you’ve got to beat the champion, and right now, Wykle is a 2-time Camping World Truck Series champion , Indy 500 champion, and Xfinity cup champion. Wykle had only 1 incident point in the intire 2016 Camping World Truck season. Wykle's strength is consistency and hopes to win his 3rd Camping World title. Justin Anderson, Dingleberry Motorsports, 2015 Indy 500 Champion, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Xfinity cup champion, the Jimmie Johnson of Early Bird Racing, has already shown he is the man. After a dominating Xfinity season, Anderson says "I indeed plan to race the truck series and take another trophy home."

2. Shane Gross, Early Bird Motorsports, Gross's move 3 years ago to EBR Motorsports has proven to be productive and should really pay off this season with improved performance. He should be on the short list of top contenders for the title. Gross won the 2017 Early Bird 500 and a first round contender in the Xfinity cup chase.  Pit stops continue to be a weakness for Gross. although, the stork plans to visit Shane this fall, he plans to race as much as possible.

3. Troy Eddy, 2017 Indy 500 Champion, plans to take that momentum into the truck series and get some wins. This would be a good time for a championship season. Placing 2nd this year in the Xfinity series, Eddy has a chance to move forward in his first full-time ride in the Camping World Truck Series. May need to look for a "Team" if he plans to win a series championship.

4. Kent Connolly, Revved up Racing, Has been knocking on Victory Lane door for awhile. Connolly... has had a ton of speed and had been up there battling in the top five each and every week in the Xfinity series, It’s time for a win. Kent is Revved up to get the season started. May need to bring in new teammates to help get those wins.

5. Tim Fortner, EBR Motorsports, Won his first career Xfinity cup race in 2017.  "This is for the team," Fortner said from victory lane.This year, EBR Motorsports has a 500 win and a win at Martinsville. EBR Motorsports could look a bit different in 2018 While #4 Shane Gross and #3 Tim Fortner signed an extension with EBR Motorsports this year, and #17 Derek Branum is in the first year of his contract, drivers #59 James Tyler and #9 Ralph Connor are not locked in for the 2018 season.

6. Matthew Quick, Dingleberry Motorsports, The 2015 Early Bird 500 champion in the Xfinity Series, has been fighting to get out of the shadow of his teammate, This would be a good time for a breakthrough season. Will need to be consistent and stay out of trouble to stay in the hunt. Quick has a strong history at Superspeedway tracks.

7. Brent Leigh, Three Wide Racing, has shown flashes of speed but also continues to find himself on the losing end of the track. Leigh may need to be more assertive to get the win. May need to look for a new "Team" to help him out. Leigh can do it but will need a team with equipment to make it happen. That's a huge question here, and it centers not on the driver, but the team.

8. James Tyler, EBR Motorsports, An experienced, talented driver but needs to take that next step to be a contender.The future is uncertain for one of EBR's most promising old drivers because of "Team" sponsorship trouble. The # 57 needs to see some top 5 finishes if he hopes to re-sign with EBR Motorsports. Tyler may need to be more assertive to get that first win.

9. Christopher Patrick, With a few seasons under his belt with the league, look for Patrick to improve his consistency and perhaps contend for some wins. With a bad showing at Indy in past two years do to equipment failure, Patrick may need to look for a new engine builder if he wants to win.

10. David Naughton, No pants Racing, A solid Xfinity season and a solid team. Will need to be consistent and compete for wins to stay in the title hunt. Naughton also has a strong history at Superspeedway tracks. Naughton must get some wins if he hopes to get out of his teammates shadow.

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Based on 2016 Camping World Truck series top 10 drivers in points. 
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Post by Tim Fortner on July 18th 2017, 11:01 pm

The 4th running of the Indy 500

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The Early Bird Indy 500 is an Indy car Series event using the Dallara DW12 Indy car scheduled for Saturday July 29, 2017 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The event is scheduled for 75 laps. The actual race begins at 9:05 am with practice starting at 7:30am. This is One of the most popular races within Early Bird Racing. We're counting down the final 10 days until the 4th running of the Indy 500. The winner of the 500 will be crowned the 2017 Indy 500 champion and will be forever known as an Indy 500 winner within the league.


One of the more heart-wrenching moments in EBR Indy 500 history came in 2016 with a little more than 2 laps remaining. After racing hard all day and leading 62 laps, it looked as if Gross was going to cruise to his first Indy 500 win. However, with two laps remaining, with a victory in sight, Gross started to slow."I'm out of fuel! I'm out of fuel! Shane gross is out of fuel as Teddy Wykle takes the lead with two laps to go!


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Car - Dallara DW12

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Dynamic Track - 75%
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Practice July 25th and 28th from 6PM to 8PM
Race Day practice from 730AM to 9AM
Race 9:05AM


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Post by Tim Fortner on May 7th 2017, 12:34 pm

Derek Branum joins EBR Motorsports

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O'Fallon, IL. – EBR Motorsports is pleased to officially welcome #17 Derek Branum to the EBR Motorsports Racing Team. The Illinois native will race both the Camping World & Xfinity series along side teammates Tim Fortner, Shane Gross, Ralph Conner Jr , and James Tyler. Derek has been racing since nascar 2003, raced with different leagues, and won a few championships. Derek's  Ready to race mentality is a great fit for the championship contending EBR Motorsports Racing Team. . "It feels like a fresh start with a great team, and I'm looking forward to 2017 and beyond."- Derek Branum. 


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Post by Tim Fortner on April 16th 2017, 8:02 pm

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Due to the great racing and respect displayed on track in the past year or so, Early Bird Racing has decided to suspend our penalty system even further. The P2 (6.7.1 Car Control Issues) has been suspended indefinitely. Both the P1 and P2 car control penalties have been suspended this year. All other penalties are still in effect.


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Post by Tim Fortner on April 15th 2017, 12:11 pm

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April 15, 2017
 
Following the completion of next Saturday morning's race at  Bristol, the top 10 drivers in points will compete in the Contender Round of the Chase for the EBR Xfinity Cup.

Randy Purdue, Jason Martin, and Jimmy Todd still have a shot at making the Chase. Purdue just 2 points out of 10th place, Martin 10 points out of 10th , and Jimmy Todd 14 points out of 10th.  Jimmy Todd still eligible for the win and in deal. Matt Quick and Brent Leigh still have a shot but would need a miracle. Just 30 points seperate 3rd from 13th position in the points chase.

All 10 Chase drivers will compete in the next three races that comprise the Contender Round -- Richmond, Talladega and Kansas -- after which four drivers will be eliminated.

The top 6 will then advance to the Eliminator Round -- Rockingham and Charlotte -- with two more drivers axed after Charlotte. The four remaining championship contenders then move on to the Championship Round---

After Charlotte, the points for the final four drivers will be reset. And whichever one of the four drivers in the Championship Round has the best finish in the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be crowned the 2017 Xfinity Cup champion.


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Post by Tim Fortner on March 4th 2017, 10:31 pm

The 2017 Early Bird 500


                                                                                                                                                    News 2017_511
                     


                                                                                                                                                                                         
Shane Gross won the 4th running of the Early Bird 500. It was the EBR Motorsport driver's first victory in Early Bird's premiere race of the season. Gross not only took home the trophy, but also has a ticket to the contender round of the Xfinity chase with the win. Randy Purdue finished 2nd in Saturday's 500, the best 500 result of his Xfinity Cup Series career. The 500 remains to be elusive for 4-time Early Bird league champion Teddy Wykle, who finished 3rd and 2-time Xfinity Cup Champion Justin Anderson, who finished 11th. Dave Naughton and Matt Quick finish 4th and 5th. The winner of the EBR 500 is presented with a trophy and will always be known to the league as a EBR 500 champion.This race kicks off a 14 race Xfinity cup season.

"Feels good to be back in victory lane,"Gross exclaimed."To get a win at Daytona is a big deal for Early Bird Motorsports."  


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Post by Tim Fortner on February 13th 2017, 7:48 pm

The Early Bird Xfinity season is upon us!


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It’s that time again!  The Early Bird Xfinity season is upon us and that also means that it is time for the Early Bird Shootout on Friday, February 24th.  But don’t over sleep, because kicking off the 14-week series early the next morning, Saturday, February 25th, is our Early Bird Daytona 500!  A total of 75 white-knuckle, nerve-racking laps around the 2.5 mile world famous Daytona International Speedway.  

Can the defending Daytona 500 champion, George Daly reclaim his title reign again in 2017?  Let’s not forget about Matt Quick, the 2015 Daytona 500 winner.  I’m sure he is hungry for another win of this prestigious season opener.  But if neither one of these drivers can pull off another win, then who will it be? Justin Anderson has won the season championships for two consecutive seasons, 2015 and 2016.  A very strong determined driver with some serious skills, but let’s not forget Teddy Wykle.  Mr. Wykle has a very impressive portfolio filled with Early Bird championships and wins throughout his racing career.  Teddy Wykle took the championship in 2014, but also backing his driving experience are his championship titles in the Camping World Truck series in 2014 and 2016 and also your defending 2016 EBR Indy 500.

So on Friday, February 24, make sure that you have your Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro or your Toyota Camry dusted off, well-tuned and ready to go.  If you can’t make this Friday night Early Bird Racing Shootout, make damn sure you are up early Saturday morning, February 25 with Folgers in your cup and ready to race in the Early Bird Daytona 500! Must be in it, to win it.




Looking at the 2017 Early Bird Xfinity series:
Preseason Top 10

1. Justin Anderson, Dingleberry Motorsports2015 and 2016 Xfinity cup champion, has already shown plenty of promise and believes he can make it three in a row. After  dominating the 2015 and 2016 Xfinity cup season and winning the 2015 Indy 500, Anderson is anxious to get the season started.

 2. David Naughton, No pants Racing, A solid Xfinity season in 2016 and a solid team. Will need to be consistent and compete for wins to stay in the title hunt. Naughton also has a strong history at Superspeedway tracks. Naughton came up short in last years championship round finishing 2nd in the 5 lap shootout at Homestead.

3 . Matthew Quick, Dingleberry Motorsports, the 2015 EBR 500 champion in the Xfinity Series. Quick Will need to be consistent at short tracks to stay in the hunt. Quick has a strong history at Superspeedway tracks and expects to contend for the championship. Quick finished 3rd in last years championship race.

4 . Mike Costa, Three Wyde Racing, With three seasons under his belt, look for Costa to improve his consistency and perhaps contend for the crown. With a no show in the  truck series do to equipment failure, Costa hopes to rebound and make it to Daytona. Costa finished 4th in last years championship race. Must be in it, to win it.

5. Shane Gross, EBR Motorsports, raising concern about his sponsorship situation with the season just two weeks away. Gross in 2015 signed a deal with EBR Motorsports, Gross has been winless since. Conversations are ongoing and not sure what the future holds for Gross if he doesn't get a win this season. Gross tied 5th in points last season but failed to win any races.

6. Kent Connolly had a great season in 2016 and could easily be ranked higher on this list. while Connolly has proved to be a competitive driver in the #088 car, Will he be able to have the same success in 2017? Connolly tied for 5th over all in last years series but failed to make the final round.

7. Tim Fortner,  EBR Motorsports, had unexpected results in 2016. The driver lineup for the 2017 season at EBR Motorsports could lose sponsorship if they don't get a win in 2017. The addition of new engines and equipment will provide another resource to help the team win the Xfinity Cup championship. 

8. Teddy Wykle, No pants Racing, Right now, Wykle is the reigning league champion with 4 titles. Wykle's strength is consistency and has a strong team around him. Wykle and teammate Dave Naughton should be championship contenders. Wykle had several engine problems during the 2016 season.

9. Christopher Patrick, look for Patrick to get some wins and perhaps contend for the title. With a 9th place finish in the 2016 camping world truck series, Patrick hopes to rebound with a championship run in the Xfinity series. Patrick really hasn't shown much talent since winning the 2015 EBR road series championship. Pressure is on him to step it up!

10. Andy Moore,  Team sponsorship trouble. Moore was a no show in the truck series due to sponsorship. Moore hopes to rebound with the Xfinity series. Must be in it, to win it.


Here is a link to the schedule and rules package.......
http://www.earlybirdracing.com/t387-2017-xfinity-cup-schedule-rules-package


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Post by Tim Fortner on November 23rd 2016, 1:03 pm

Four-Time Early Bird Champion


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HOMESTEAD, Fla. --  Four- time Early Bird Champion, Teddy Wykle celebrated his 2nd Camping World Truck championship In 35 career starts. He has won a record nine series races, lead the series in top-5s (31), the most top-10s (35), and had the most poles (5). Wykle won his 4th title with Early Bird Racing and continues to be the most dominant and consistent competitor in the league.

With a nearly insurmountable point lead over Shane gross, all Wykle needed to do was start the race at Homestead to secure his 2nd EBR Truck series championship. So when his engine fired and he took the track, it became official. Teddy Wykle has 91 starts, 17 victories, and 4 championships with Early Bird Racing. Wykle continues to set the standards on and off the track for all of us to follow.


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Post by Tim Fortner on October 16th 2016, 11:32 am

Points Battle Heating Up!



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Tight Points Battle Heading to Talladega
October 16, 2016

Following  a caution free weekend at Richmond, the EBR Camping World Truck Championship Series points battle has tightened, with Teddy Wykle enjoying a comfortable lead over Shane Gross and Troy Eddy. Shane gross is 41 points behind Wykle and 42 out of the points lead. Gross has so far put together a consistent year finishing up front and staying out of trouble. Gross must stay consistent and get some wins if he expects to win the title. Troy Eddy has kept a low profile in the # 39, finding himself 3rd in the points, but a bit back from the lead struggle. To win the title, Troy Eddy must get some wins! Three points separate Shane Gross and Troy Eddy from second place.

Rounding out the top 6 for the truck series are: Matt Quick in the #89 Team Dingleberry Silverado, Tim Fortner #3 in the Team Early Bird Silverado, and Kent Connolly # 088 in the Rheem Silverado. Nine points separate these 3 drivers in the points battle. Rounding out the top 8 for the truck series are: James Tyler and Chris Patrick. James Tyler holds a 7 point lead over Chris Patrick for the 7th spot in the points battle and 18 points from 5th place. Rounding out the top 10 for the truck series are: Jason Martin and Brent Leigh. Engine problems have plagued these two drivers all season.  Chances for a series title will not happen for the #21 and #52 this year.

Dave Naughton and Matt Quick are strong at superspeedways and should do good next week at Talladega. EBR Motorsports is looking ahead with early testing at Martinsville in hopes to propel the #4 of Shane gross to a top finish at the .526 mile track. ispeed laps are up for anyone interested in early testing at Martinsville.




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Post by Tim Fortner on July 30th 2016, 1:53 pm

2016 Indy 500 Champion
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Teddy wykle won the 3rd running of the Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday 23, 2016. Wykle was the surprising winner of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" when he stretched his fuel to the finish to pull off an upset victory. He ran out of gas after taking the checkered flag. Overall, Wykle has won three Championships within Early Bird Racing. He has won the 2014 Xfinity Cup championship, the 2014 Camping World Truck championship and now the 2016 Indy 500.

No cautions in the 75 lap Indy race allowed drivers to get into a rhythm for most of the race, but a long green-flag run to the finish set up a chaotic ending. The top driver of the afternoon - Shane Gross  ran out of fuel late while running in 1st place. That misfortune allowed Teddy wykle to lead the final 2 laps and steal the victory.

The pressure Wykle was putting on Gross from second place didn't allow the 38-year-old to save as much and ultimately was on the wrong side of the fuel game. For Gross, the result was another close-but-no-cigar type finish for the #4 Team. Shane Gross had a strong car all day, leading a race high 62 laps but had to settle for 4th-place. 

"Once again on the wrong end of a fuel mileage race," Gross said, who finished 4th at Indy."


Finishing order


1 Teddy Wykle
2 Christopher Patrick
3 David Naughton
4 Shane Gross
5 Ralph Conner Jr
6 Craig Hawkins
7 Kent Connolly
8 Mike Costa
9 Brian Rainville
10 James A Tyler
11 Tim Fortner (Out- engine problems)


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Post by Tim Fortner on June 27th 2016, 11:22 am

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The 2016 season finale at Homestead, in which Justin Anderson, David Naughton and Matt Quick took one another to the very limits of their abilities in a 5 lap shootout for the crown, was one of the best finishes in EBR history. The 2016 season-ending battle at Homestead saw three drivers battling right into the final turns for a championship, with Justin Anderson holding off David Naughton by 0.276 to win his 2nd straight Xfinity Cup Championship. All Chase long this was a battle of supreme consistency versus supreme speed, and this race distilled that battle down to the very end.

It's too early to call this race the best in EBR history; More racing to come. But it deserves mention among the very best. We won't see another race this good, this intense, anytime soon.









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