NEP Shift Marketing/Design Grand National Series

NEP Shift Marketing/Design Grand National Series NEP is a sanctioning body for the Premier iRacing NEP SHiFT Grand National Series and the NEP Endurance Series. Racing on select Monday and Thursday Nights throughout the year LIVE on VidaneTV

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Official Finish from Detroit 🟡 DPi🔵GTE
06/22/2021

Official Finish from Detroit
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Official Finish from Detroit
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ICYMI: NEP SHIFT Marketing & Design Series kicks off in October with a revamped schedule.
06/16/2021

ICYMI: NEP SHIFT Marketing & Design Series kicks off in October with a revamped schedule.

ICYMI: NEP SHIFT Marketing & Design Series kicks off in October with a revamped schedule.

Next week we continue on for race #4 from Virtual Detroit. It should be pretty interesting seeing the NEP gang take on a...
06/15/2021

Next week we continue on for race #4 from Virtual Detroit. It should be pretty interesting seeing the NEP gang take on a street course for the first time.

Combined NEP wins for these guys : 0Combined wins for this weekend : 3 Great wins by NEP racers from Maine to Connecticu...
06/06/2021

Combined NEP wins for these guys : 0

Combined wins for this weekend : 3

Great wins by NEP racers from Maine to Connecticut to Pennsylvania

Wyatt Alexander Cory R Casagrande Mike Hopkins

2-time NEP SHIFT Marketing & Design champion is back and will be behind the virtual wheel of this beauty. A number chang...
06/03/2021

2-time NEP SHIFT Marketing & Design champion is back and will be behind the virtual wheel of this beauty. A number change for 2021-2022 season in honor of his fathers old racing number but John still looks to be the guy to beat. You catch John later this year behind the wheel in August’s Oxford 250 SLM race. He will look to defend his championship when Season 3 of NEP SHiFT Series goes green from Virtual Daytona Thursday October 7th on Vidane TV.

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Check out updated top 5 in points for NEP Endurance Series, the next event is on the streets of Detroit June 21st.
06/03/2021

Check out updated top 5 in points for NEP Endurance Series, the next event is on the streets of Detroit June 21st.

Montreal Preseason test results. The NEP drivers head to the road course on January 27th for Inaugural Maple Syrup 132.7...
06/01/2021

Montreal Preseason test results. The NEP drivers head to the road course on January 27th for Inaugural Maple Syrup 132.7 Presented by Speedway 660.

Montreal Preseason test results. The NEP drivers head to the road course on January 27th for Inaugural Maple Syrup 132.7 Presented by Speedway 660.

Another new scheme drop! This time we have Maine super late model racer Wyatt Alexander in his 2021 colors. You can catc...
05/27/2021

Another new scheme drop! This time we have Maine super late model racer Wyatt Alexander in his 2021 colors. You can catch Wyatt in action on Saturday Nights at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. The NEP SHIFT Series is back on track this October. SHIFT Marketing & Design Vidane TV

A new season of the NEP SHIFT Marketing & Design Grand National Series is on the horizon and with it brings a new concep...
05/20/2021

A new season of the NEP SHIFT Marketing & Design Grand National Series is on the horizon and with it brings a new concept, new rules and a new Car. With the swap to the Xfinity style chassis became a new concept of drivers using there own personal schemes. The first was released this week as Brandon Yuhouse will be throwing it back to his go kart days and very popular JR Motorsports Scheme. The Series goes green for their first race October 7th at the Virtual Daytona Speedway for the 2nd Annual SHiFT 50. You can watch them live on Vidane TV.

We are proud to announce we have sold all race sponsors for season 3 of the NEP SHIFT Series! A full detailed schedule c...
05/18/2021

We are proud to announce we have sold all race sponsors for season 3 of the NEP SHIFT Series! A full detailed schedule coming soon! SHIFT Marketing & Design Vidane TV

We are proud to announce we have sold all race sponsors for season 3 of the NEP SHIFT Series! A full detailed schedule coming soon! SHIFT Marketing & Design Vidane TV

Unofficial Finish from Mid-Ohio
05/18/2021

Unofficial Finish from Mid-Ohio

Unofficial Finish from Mid-Ohio

FYI to all Endurance Series drivers. Practice tonight 7-9PM at Mid Ohio in prep for Monday nights race!
05/13/2021

FYI to all Endurance Series drivers. Practice tonight 7-9PM at Mid Ohio in prep for Monday nights race!

FYI to all Endurance Series drivers. Practice tonight 7-9PM at Mid Ohio in prep for Monday nights race!

Results of last nights Sebring 1.5hr race. Team Uninstall the Game and 229 Auto grab their respective class wins. Next r...
04/13/2021

Results of last nights Sebring 1.5hr race. Team Uninstall the Game and 229 Auto grab their respective class wins. Next race is Mid-Ohio May 17th. We have spots open for both GTE and LMP if you are interested in joining contact the group page.

We’re back in action tonight for round 2! No live coverage from us tonight but a few times will be having their own stre...
04/12/2021

We’re back in action tonight for round 2! No live coverage from us tonight but a few times will be having their own stream including 229 Autosport!

TONIGHT!!!

Round two of the NEP Endurance series! The #229AutoSport teams will tackle the very bumpy iconic circuit of Sebring International Raceway for a 1.5 hour endurance race.

We will be streaming the event Live RIGHT HERE starting at 8:30pm Atlantic. we share driving duties of the 229 Corvette with Wyatt Alexander. And team car 922 Corvette will be driven John Miller and Jason Ricker.

Also team mate Evan Beaulieu will be streaming Our LMP2 car’s efforts with him co-driver John Peters.

Kenny Kibbey and Austin Boelke win in their Squibles Autosport Caddy LMP and Wyatt Alexander and Brent Roy capture GTLM ...
03/23/2021

Kenny Kibbey and Austin Boelke win in their Squibles Autosport Caddy LMP and Wyatt Alexander and Brent Roy capture GTLM in their Corvette in Daytona. Next event : Sebring April 12th.

Couple more schemes dropped for tomorrow’s inaugural Endurance Series race
03/21/2021

Couple more schemes dropped for tomorrow’s inaugural Endurance Series race

Some schemes dropped for the Endurance Series
03/15/2021

Some schemes dropped for the Endurance Series

Although the Premier NEP Series has completed its season we are just getting started for our Once-a-Month Endurance Leag...
03/14/2021

Although the Premier NEP Series has completed its season we are just getting started for our Once-a-Month Endurance League. Our first and only official practice is set tonight from 7-9PM to get drivers acclimated. Interested? DM us to register as the first race rolls off next Monday March 22nd!

LIBBY CAPS OFF SEASON WITH DOVER VICTORY, PETERS TAKES CHAMPIONSHIP HONORSDOVER, DEL. - Halfway through Thursday evening...
03/13/2021

LIBBY CAPS OFF SEASON WITH DOVER VICTORY, PETERS TAKES CHAMPIONSHIP HONORS

DOVER, DEL. - Halfway through Thursday evening’s SHIFT Championship 100 at Dover International Speedway, it appeared that Ryan Libby’s pit strategy had taken him out of the running for a strong finish to close out his first NEP SHIFT Marketing/Design Grand National Series season.

But in the second half of the race, Libby got exactly what he wanted.

A long green-flag stretch to close the race put the Connecticut racer in the catbird’s seat, with Libby cruising to his sixth NEP Grand National Series win of the season and his first win since Lucas Oil Raceway in January.

And nearly nineteen seconds back, John Peters nursed his car home to celebrate his second championship in the iRacing league’s second season.

“I still had another fresh set of tires left over, in case we had another ten-lap dash to the end,” Libby said as he celebrated a dominant closing performance. “But we didn’t end up having that caution, and it just worked to our favor.”

Libby started fourth and took a patient approach in the opening laps, backing out of the top five but working his way to third by the race’s first caution at lap 28. Peters led the field to pit road for tires and fuel, but Libby leapfrogged the field on pit lane by playing the strategy card early, taking only fuel to move ahead of Peters and Evan Beaulieu.

Peters easily overpowered Libby on the restart, taking the lead in turn one while his title rival dropped like a rock through the lineup. As Libby fell back, Peters’ pursuit for a sixth-straight win pressed on, with Kenny Kibbey taking the lead briefly at halfway.

Libby was within seconds of losing a lap when Charles Lewandoski and Zane Ferrell made contact on the frontstretch, bringing out a timely caution with 38 laps remaining. Libby and Lewandoski were among the handful of drivers who came to pit road, while Peters, Kibbey and the other leaders opted to wait for a later caution to take their final set of tires.

Peters brought the field back to green with 33 laps remaining, but his time at the point was short-lived as Lewandoski charged from 14th to take the lead in only four laps. Libby followed a few paces behind, quickly climbing from 18th to third but waiting a few laps to battle Lewandoski for the lead. The remainder of the field, still awaiting a caution flag, shifted to conservation mode, giving Libby and Lewandoski a seven-second advantage with twenty laps remaining.

Lewandoski’s early aggression forced him, too, to back off late in the run, leaving Libby alone several seconds in front of the field. And as the race stayed green, those who gambled on a late yellow were forced to tiptoe on fumes and worn tires, or drop down pit road when one or the other went away.

A close call with lapped traffic six laps from the finish spelled danger for Libby and gave the former frontrunners hope, but Libby escaped unscathed and the track remained clear for the final laps.

“I kind of figured everyone was gonna pit on that first caution, and I figured I’d roll the dice a little bit and take fuel only,” Libby said of his early pit gamble. “I already knew, by taking fuel only, I was going to literally take the boat anchor out and just go straight to the back. That was kind of the plan, just to ride as much as I can.”
The bold strategy call quite nearly blew up in Libby’s face. “Another lap or two, I was gonna blow a right front tire,” he said. “I literally had no right front tire left. So luck was definitely on our side tonight, the caution did come out. My goal was to have the freshest tires at the end of the race.”

Libby emerged from a deep rookie class to become a consistent contender, taking the checkered flag at Stafford in only his third start and racking up another four wins to take the points lead over reigning champion Peters with six races remaining.

But then Libby’s season came unglued. A post-race penalty at Myrtle Beach was followed with a crash at Talladega. Two weeks later, a work commitment kept Libby from taking the green flag at Auto Club Speedway, sealing his fate and securing the championship for Peters. Libby scored two NEP SuperTruck Series wins along the way, with he and Team BBY partner Brent Roy teaming to win half of the miniseries’ six events. Even those wins, however, could not erase the sting of his Grand National Series near-miss.

“I’d just like to congratulate John Peters on a well-deserved championship,” said Libby in victory lane. “It was extremely fun running with him. At the beginning of the season, I thought we had something for him, but that race at Myrtle Beach just kind of set the trend for me. A bad run, and I never could get out of that hole I was in.”

“[Libby] fooled us all on strategy,” Peters said of his call to stay out under what turned out to be the evening’s final caution. “I felt like it was too early for me to take my last set, we were kind of all on the same page with forty laps to go. We didn’t want to get stuck at the end of the race with no tires. So we stayed out, and we probably needed a caution there, badly, at any point.”

Indeed, Peters’ call to stay out nearly bit him in the closing laps. “I was actually blowing my right front tire on the last two laps, and I ran out of gas on my burnout,” he confessed. “So we cut it close, but it’s nice to finish it off here, bring it home with a good run.”

Good runs, of course, were par for the course for the Westbrook, Maine native, who won nine times in eighteen starts and had a worst finish of eleventh en route to his second NEP Grand National Series championship. Wheeling a replica of the late Mike Stefanik’s famed #51 H&H Motorsports entry, adorned with his own sponsorship from longtime backer Runtal North America, Peters’ dominance was reminscent of the Rhode Island hall-of-famer who won back-to-back NASCAR Busch North Series championships in 1997 and 1998.

Peters was sure to acknowledge the support of his parents, a week after winning at Irwindale Speedway in a car paying tribute to his father Greg, who is battling cancer. “Thanks to my parents for watching,” he said. “I really did this for my dad this season. So glad we could do it for him.”

Zane Ferrell, who escaped unscathed from the lap-62 incident with Lewandoski, wheeled his garish pink #14 to a third-place finish, his best run since back-to-back runner-up finishes at Myrtle Beach and Talladega. “We got up to second, but I was being an idiot the entire first half of the race,” Ferrell said of his early-race aggression. “Got into a little contact there with Charles, but it was all good, had no damage. I figured if everybody pits, I was gonna pit, if nobody pitted, I was going to stay out, so we stayed out and just kind of rode around.”

Some mid-race advice from Cory Casagrande helped Ferrell to retool his approach for the long run. “I noticed guys started backing up and backing up, and I just kind of kept the same pace I had from lap forty, or whenever we went back to the green flag there. Just kind of rode it out, but the last five laps, I was a little scared, because I thought we were going to run out of fuel.”

NEP SuperTruck Series regular Austin Boelke, a mid-season arrival in the Grand National Series ranks, finished fourth, with Lewandoski the last driver on the lead lap in fifth.

Anthony Aiello was a lap down in sixth, with Devan Marhefka seventh and Scott MacDonald a season-best eighth. Kibbey was two laps in arrears in ninth after a late pit stop, while Evan Beaulieu rounded out the top ten after his own stop.

Kibbey’s pit stop, prompted by contact with the wall, kept the Michigander from overtaking Beaulieu for third in the standings. Beaulieu, the only full-time competitor other than Peters or Libby to record a win, closed out a solid second season with an additional win in NEP SuperTruck Series competition. Kibbey, who stepped down as race director to take the wheel this season, made all but one start en route to fourth in points, with Cory Casagrande rounding out the top five in series points.

Libby’s runner-up points finish also secured Rookie of the Year honors for the former Stafford Motor Speedway regular, with he and Kibbey outpacing the other series first-timers all season.

Thursday’s race was also the final planned NEP Grand National Series event for the venerable ARCA platform. The third season for the Grand National Series, scheduled to kick off in October, will see a shift to the NASCAR Xfinity Series platform. New rules aimed at inspiring pit strategy decisions will add a new dimension to the league for its next season.

The next event under the NEP banner will be the debut of the new NEP Endurance Series on Monday, March 22nd, with 90 minutes at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway road course.

Ryan Libby is your race winner and John Peters is your NEP SHIFT Marketing & Design Champion for the second straight yea...
03/12/2021

Ryan Libby is your race winner and John Peters is your NEP SHIFT Marketing & Design Champion for the second straight year! We thank you all for the support for making season #2 a success!

Ryan Libby is your race winner and John Peters is your NEP SHIFT Marketing & Design Champion for the second straight year! We thank you all for the support for making season #2 a success!

NASCAR’s Busch North Series was born in New England, but by no means was it meant to be exclusive to six states. While t...
03/11/2021

NASCAR’s Busch North Series was born in New England, but by no means was it meant to be exclusive to six states. While the series’ aim did not explore the short tracks of eastern Canada and the Maritimes, it instead looked south and west, where it could mingle with the Busch Series that would serve as its parent tour.

And over the years, tracks throughout New York, Pennsylvania, and even New Jersey would cater to the many drivers who hailed from the Mid-Atlantic states, but preferred to travel north rather than south to race.

Tracks like Holland International Speedway in greater Buffalo, Tioga Speedway in New York’s Southern Tier, and Jennerstown Speedway in western Pennsylvania became Busch North staples true to the series’ heritage, while other tracks like Watkins Glen International and Nazareth Speedway were crucial links to NASCAR’s national series.

Dover International Speedway eventually became a little bit of both.

Built in 1969, the track originally known as Dover Downs was conceived as a dual-use facility, with auto races sanctioned on an outer one-mile banked oval while a smaller infield oval was used for horse racing. As NASCAR moved away from its short-track barnstorming days and into its Winston-fueled “modern era,” Dover was one of the few tracks near the Northeast that could cater to the premier Cup Series. The NASCAR North Tour eventually worked its way to Dover, with Dave Dion winning the first of four visits before the Tour’s dissolution in 1985.

The Busch North Series retained a token presence at the “Monster Mile,” with the track serving as a Busch Series/Busch North “combination race” from 1987 through 1992. Busch North Series greats like Mark Martin, “Handsome” Harry Gant and Ken Schrader scored victories while only a few actual series regulars dared to compete. In the final combination race in 1992, Joe Bessey was the sole Busch North regular to travel to Delaware, finishing 26th of 27 cars when his engine failed fifty laps in.

For the next several years, Dover was largely absent from Busch North lore, connected only by part-timers like Bill Hoff who would make an odd attempt at the Busch Series races each year.

But in 1998, NASCAR’s 50th-anniversary season, the Busch North Series was scheduled for its own stand-alone race at Dover. July’s Delaware 200 was the first North-only event since 1985. A handful of drivers, racers like Bobby Dragon, Jamie Aube and Stub Fadden, had competed in that 1985 event.

So had Jimmy Spencer.

Spencer had finished fifth in 1985, his only career start on NASCAR’s North Tour. By 1998, the Berwick, Penn. Modified ace was long-established in the NASCAR big leagues, with two Cup Series wins to his credit in 1994. Spencer’s hard-nosed style on and off the track had earned him the moniker “Mr. Excitement.” He also owned his own Busch Series team, Spencer Motor Ventures, bringing one of his white #12 Chevrolets to the concrete oval for the first-ever Busch North Series event there.

Spencer won the pole for the race, but an inspection infraction moved Spencer’s #12 to 42nd on the grid. Tom Carey, Jr. lined up on the pole with 1995 champion Kelly Moore alongside him. Moore took the early lead, but Carey moved past him for the next 51 laps.

Jimmy took over on lap 56, and he never looked back.

Spencer led 145 laps en route to his second Busch North Series win, his first since 1987, in what would be his last series start. Jamie Aube, driving for the second-year Verres Racing team, finished second in what was a team-best effort for the time, and what would be the high-water mark for the young New Hampshire operation.

Only six cars finished on the lead lap, with Spencer setting a blistering pace. Early leader Carey exited after a crash; Moore finished two laps back in 13th. Mike Stefanik, the eventual season champion, was 29th and the second-to-last car still running, with Scott Bouley soldiering on 73 laps behind. Jimmy’s nephew Ed Spencer III was in the field, in a car usually driven by Jimmy’s brother Paul; he finished 32nd.

Spencer’s very appearance did not come sans controversy. Despite the lack of social media in 1998, Internet message boards were alive and well, and the rumors flew fast and furious. One suggested that Spencer had actually been banned for life from Busch North after a 1991 crash involving Tony Hirschman, despite the fact that Jimmy had run North races in 1992 and 1994. Spencer’s pole and disqualification added fuel to the critics’ fire, with some claiming Spencer had simply been sent to the back and told not to stink up the show.

No matter. Spencer had the best car in the field, and starting shotgun on said field was only a minor setback.

The Busch North Series did not return to Dover in 1999, coming back instead in 2001 as a late-season Friday-night addition to the fall Cup Series date. And for a number of years, Dover served as the site of the North/East Series season finale, the series’ championship battle settled on the high banks at dusk under the watchful eye of the series’ big-league benefactors.

Tonight’s SHIFT Championship 100 follows in the tradition of those season-ending tilts at the “Monster Mile.” Tonight’s race also introduces some of next year’s rules, key among them a fuel limit at the start of the race. With 100 laps and a light fuel load to start, drivers will be considering pit strategy from the drop of the green flag.

The championship may be decided, but the final checkered flag of the second SHIFT Marketing/Design Grand National Series season is still up for grabs.

To find out who grabs it, tune in tonight at 8:15pm for live streaming coverage with Vidane TV.

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There isn't a formal TV broadcast tonight for the inaugural race of the NEP Supertruck Series at Michigan International Speedway, but you can watch the action from my point of view live on Twitch! Warmup starts at 8:15pm with the race starting at 9:15pm Eastern. https://www.twitch.tv/ng_kibbs
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Congrats to John Peters on a great season. On behalf of SHIFT Marketing & Design, a championship banner is on its way to his house to hang proudly from the rafters as the NEP SHIFT North Series Season 1 Champion.