R. Mark Stiles

R. Mark Stiles

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From the Great Bridge section of Chesapeake, Virginia, R. Mark Stiles, the owner, news director & editor in chief of Catchfence,™ has been dedicated to auto racing news media coverage, journalism and reporting for almost 17-years. Stiles started in the industry in the fall of 1997 with two columns (Green Flag Black Flag and Breaking Loose) for AOL/Athlete Direct's NASCAR department (ADNASCAR). He later merged Green Flag Black Flag and became the news director with Ryan Seek's CatchFence in 1999. At the beginning of 2001, Stiles went full-time with Catchfence, served as an assistant to the now retired Voice of Daytona Int'l Speedway chief track announcer, Bill Bowser, and In 2005 he acquired full ownership of Catchfence.

Apr 14

Hornish Brings Nature Blast to Bristol

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2015 NSCS No. 9 Nature Blast Ford Fusion Rendition
2015 NSCS No. 9 Nature Blast Ford Fusion Rendition
No. 9 Team Looks to RPM’s Past Success at Half-mile Track

Last year’s spring race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway was one of the many highlights for Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) in 2014. The team’s Cup drivers, Aric Almirola and Marcos Ambrose, finished third and fifth, respectively. Since 2009, RPM has accumulated five Top-Five and seven Top-10 finishes.

The No. 9 team led by Sam Hornish Jr. and Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer are looking for another top finish this weekend. It will be the duo’s first trip to Bristol together, but Hornish is confident in the team’s recent success at the .533-mile track. This weekend will be Hornish’s first appearance at the track since 2013. He has 12 starts at Bristol between NASCAR’s top two series and earned his best finish of fourth in the XFINITY Series in the spring of 2013. Blickensderfer has had his own success at Bristol with one Top-Five and four Top-10 finishes

RPM announced Monday that Nature Blast, a cutting-edge company that produces cleaning products for home and professional use, will be the primary sponsor on the No. 9 Ford this weekend. Kicking off the weekend, Nature Blast and SHOP.COM will introduce their partnership, in which all Nature Blast products will be sold on the website. SHOP.COM will also be featured on the No. 9 Nature Blast Ford.

Hornish Jr. Weekend Chatter

“It feels like every time I’ve gotten the opportunity to get Bristol figured out, something changes, they grind the top groove, something is always a little bit different. Bristol is a challenging track, but it’s a fun track. It’s one that the fans always enjoy. I just need to work hard to figure out the things that will make me better when we go there. RPM has been good there over the past couple of years, with Aric and Marcos both running really well. That gives me an opportunity to go there and have a good run based on the hard work that they’ve done in the past. We can go into the weekend with a good basis and work from there.

“Nature Blast will be with us again in Bristol, but this time in a much bigger way. They’ll have a big presence at the track and with our team this weekend, and I’m really looking forward to having a good showing for Nature Blast.”

About Richard Petty Motorsports:

A performance and marketing driven company, Richard Petty Motorsports, co-owned by
NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and successful business entrepreneur Andrew Murstein, is one of the most recognized brands in all of motorsports. With a history of over 200 wins and business partnerships with national and global leaders, today the race operation fields two teams in competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Aric Almirola pilots the famous No. 43 Ford Fusion with primary partners Smithfield Foods, U.S. Air Force, STP and Fresh From Florida, and Sam Hornish Jr. drives the No. 9 machine with primary partners Medallion Bank and Twisted Tea. In addition, Dakoda Armstrong wheels the No. 43 WinField Ford Mustang full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The team is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C.

Source: Breaking Limits, LLC., for Richard Petty Motorsports

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