CHRIS FONTAINE #84 #47 SUPER LATE MODEL
FONTAINE CANCELS DESOTO SPEEDWAY RUN THIS SATURDAY, MAY 21 BECAUSE CAR BROKE IN PRACTICE; SETS SIGHTS ON THE SOUTHERN SUPER SERIES FOUR STAR FREIGHTLINER125 WEEKEND-JUNE 3 AT CRISP MOTORSPORTS PARK IN CORDELE GA
Chris Fontaine and the Glenden Enterprises #47 Super Late Model team will not return to Desoto Speedway this Saturday, May 21 to race in the tracks Sunoco Challenge Super Series 100 as previously reported, because the car broke in practice for the race, and parts will not be available in time.
Instead, the team has set their sights on the Southern Super Series Four Star Freightliner 125 Weekend on June third and fourth at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, GA.
It will be the first time Fontaine has raced at the track since 2008 in the ASASAT Series.
His best finish there was sixth in the 2007 ASASAT race there. "I am looking forward to going to a track that we haven't been to in a while. We have had some success there in the races, as well as qualifying, and hopefully, we can go and repeat that," Fontaine said.
FONTAINE FINISHES SIXTH DESPITE WRECK RACING FOR THE LEAD AT SHOWTIME SPEEDWAY ON MAY 7
Chris Fontaine drove the Glenden Enterprises #47 Super Late Model to a sixth place finish in the 50 lap race at Showtime Speedway in Pinellas Park, FL on Saturday, May 7.
He had qualified second to start the race.
He was lined up in the first spot on the restart after a lap two caution, but fell to third after another caution on lap 4.
One lap later Fontaine was running fourth, but moved up to the third spot after another caution.
Nine laps later, he got by the second place car in turns one and two to take the spot.
After a mid-race caution he was lined up next to the leader #07 on the restart. On the backstretch, Fontaine and the third place car were going three-wide with the leader, when the #47 and the #07 got together, spinning the #07 and badly damaging both cars.
After pitting both cars to examine the damage under caution, they returned to the rear of the field for the restart.
Fontaine restarted 12th.
Sixteen laps later the caution came out again, and Fontaine was up to seventh on the restart.
Two laps later he moved up to the sixth spot, which he held on to to the finish, despite a last lap challenge by another car, rubbing through turns one and two and resulting in the other car spinning on the backstretch.
Fontaine's 2016 Showtime Speedway Super Late Model record now stands at 1 win and two top tens of two races.
FONTAINE AND TEAM GOING FOR THREE IN A ROW AT SHOWTIME SPEEDWAY THIS SATURDAY,
Chris Fontaine and the Glenden Enterprises #47 race team will return to Showtime Speedway in Pinellas Park, FL this Saturday, May 7 to compete in the 50-lap Super Late Model race.
Fontaine has won the last two races he has run at the track. One of those wins was the last race there in 2015, and the other was the first race of 2016 in March.
During the 2015 season, he won a total of five races at Showtime, and got 8 top five finishes out of nine races.
In 2014 he won 5 races in a row at the track.
He has won 14 of the 21 races he has competed in there since December of 2013 when he began racing at Showtime Speedway.
He has won the Super Late Model Championship at the track for the last two years in a row.
"We are all excited to go back to a track we know we can win at. I am looking forward to getting there and getting some laps in," Fontaine said.
"We will go with the same setup we have been going with, and, hopefully, get a good result," he said.
On going for his third win in a row, Fontaine said,"It is definitely possible. Anything can happen. We will go there, give it our best shot, and hopefully, get another win."
CHRIS FONTAINE TO DRIVE THE #78 TRUCK IN THE NCWTS RACE AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY SATURDAY, APRIL SECOND
Chris Fontaine will run the second Martinsville Speedway NCWTS race of his career this Saturday, April second.
Fontaine ran the NCWTS race at Martinsville in 2009, and finished in the 20th spot.
This weekend, he will be driving the #78 Glenden Enterprises Toyota Tundra.
"Hopefully we can qualify well, stay out of the wrecks, and put together a top ten finish," Fontaine said.
The race will be televised on FS1 at 2:00 pm/et on Saturday.
Keystone Light Pole Qualifying will be televised on FS1 at 11:00 am/et on Saturday.
The three practice sessions for the event will be televised on FS1 on Friday at 10:00 am/et, 12:30 pm/et, and 3:00 pm/et.
FONTAINE WINS THE 50 LAP SUPER LATE MODEL RACE AT SHOWTIME SPEEDWAY ON SATURDAY, MARCH 5TH
Chris Fontaine made his move with three laps to go to win the 50-lap Super Late Model season-opener at Showtime Speedway in Pinellas Park, FL on Saturday, March 5th. He had qualified the #47 Glenden Enterprises Chevy in the fourth spot to start the race.
"In qualifying we tried to run the top groove to see if it was any faster than we have been running, and it didn't work so I qualified fourth," he said. "On the start, I just rode there for a bit. There was a spin in front of me and I fell back to fifth, but I ended up getting around him to get back up to fourth, and just rode in fourth for the first half of the race. Then my car started coming to me," Fontaine said.
The caution came out again, and on the restart he started on the outside. "I got around the #09, and passed the #12, and with a few laps to go I finally got around Tyler Schofield. I passed him on the bottom with three laps to go for the win," Fontaine said, adding,"We drove a clean race. The car didn't get tore up to bad. I just want to thank all the guys for their hard work, and giving me a great racecar."
The next race for Fontaine and the Glenden Enterprises team will be the NCWTS race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, WV. on April fourth.
CHRIS FONTAINE AND THE GLENDEN ENTERPRISES TEAM TO RACE AT SHOWTIME SPEEDWAY IN PINELLAS PARK, FL ON SATURDAY, MARCH 5TH
Chris Fontaine, the 2014 and 2015 Showtime Speedway Super Late Model track Champion, will return to Showtime this Saturday, March 5th, to race in the track's Super Late Model 2016 season opener.
"We're just going for wins this year, Fontaine said.
"We have a real good setup, and we have obviously done well there in the past, so we are expecting really good things," he said.
FONTAINE CREDITED WITH 22ND PLACE IN THE NCWTS RACE AT DAYTONA AFTER GETTING CAUGHT UP IN ACCIDENT ON LAP 93
Chris Fontaine qualified the #78 NCWTS RackTails Gear / Glenden Enterprises Toyota Tundra in the 17th position to start his sixth truck race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 19th.
"In qualifying, we had a right rear tire going down, so we really think that affected the results. We were expecting to qualify better," Fontaine said.
He was running in the 19th spot when he was penalized on lap 13 that sent him to the tail end of the field in the 30th spot.
"The race was going how it normally does, getting shuffled forward and back. On the first pit stop we had a guy over the wall too early, and we had to restart at the back of the longest line," Fontaine said, adding,"We were so far back that I decided to play it safe and lay back avoiding the big wreck. And the big wreck never happened until the very end of the race."
After loosing the draft and almost going a lap down, an accident bunched the field back up for the restart.
By the middle of the race, Fontaine had driven the #78 up to the 6th spot, before getting shuffled back to the middle of the field.
He was credited with a 22nd place finish after getting caught up in an accident with 7 laps to go.
"I had it missed, and tried to go down in the grass to avoid a truck I thought was going to come down and hit me. I hit a drainage ditch, and it destroyed my truck," he said.
"Overall, it was disappointing, but I am proud of everybody and how hard they worked on the truck. It was a fast truck, but we just tried to play it safe and it didn't work out," Fontaine said, adding,"When we go back to Talledega, we will try to go for the lead and lead a bunch of laps."
The next truck race for Fontaine and the team will be the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway on April 2, 2016.
"We may race some Late Models in between," he said.
FONTAINE AND TEAM PREPARING FOR DOUBLE DUTY DAYTONA WEEKEND
Chris Fontaine and the Glenden Enterprises NCWTS race team, along with the B.J. McLeod Motorsports team are at Daytona International Speedway preparing for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 race on Friday, and the NASCAR Xfinity Series Powershares 300 race on Saturday.
Fontaine will be pulling his first ever double duty weekend driving the #78 NCWTS RackTails Gear / Glenden Enterprises Toyota Tundra and the #99 NXS Racktails Gear / Glenden Enterprises / JPS Ford Ford Mustang.
“I think running double-duty at Daytona will prove to have its benefits,” Fontaine said, adding, “Not only does it allow more time in the draft, but it keeps me busy jumping back and forth between the two series. Something that you may learn in the truck you can try to apply to the XFINITY Series car and vice-versa. I’m a little rambunctious to get things going.”
Friday's NCWTS race will be Fontaine's sixth NCWTS start at Daytona. In 2012, he got his first NCWTS career top ten finish of seventh at the track.
“Anytime that Chris is entered for a superspeedway race, you know he’s going to be in the mix,” B.J. McLeod said. “He’s not afraid to get in the thick of the battle and dice it out among the best. We’re confident that our equipment will allow us to be in good shape once the green flag waves.”
Saturday's race will be Fontaine's first career race in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
“I’m thrilled about this opportunity to race in the NASCAR XFINITY Series,” he said, adding, “When it comes to plate racing, it’s some of my favorite racing. B.J. has done a great job getting his XFINITY Series team together in a relatively short amount of time and I honestly think we can go to Daytona and turn some heads.”
Following is the TV schedule for the weekend:
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CHRIS FONTAINE SET FOR DOUBLE DUTY AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (February 9, 2016) - - Officials from B.J. McLeod Motorsports (BJMM) announced today the signing of NASCAR veteran driver Chris Fontaine to pilot the second NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) team car in the upcoming PowerShares® QQQ 300 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
Fontaine will drive the No. 99 Ford Mustang in the Feb. 20 XFINITY Series season-opener in a former Roush Fenway Racing car acquired by the team during the off-season.
Fontaine’s XFINITY Series debut will be backed by RackTails Gear with additional support from Glenden Enterprises and JPS Ford.
RackTails is a fashion company specializing in everything from tee-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and more for the hunting and fishing enthusiast.
“I’m thrilled about this opportunity to race in the NASCAR XFINITY Series,” said Fontaine. “When it comes to plate racing, it’s some of my favorite racing. B.J. has done a great job getting his XFINITY Series team together in a relatively short amount of time and I honestly think we can go to Daytona and turn some heads.”
In addition to his duties in the XFINITY Series, Fontaine will jumpstart his 2016 season by competing in Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) NextEra Energy Resources 250 race in a partnership with BJMM.
Fontaine will drive the No 78 RackTails Gear / Glenden Enterprises Toyota Tundra and is poised to make his 54th series start overall.
In five prior NCWTS starts at Daytona, the 34-year-old has drafted to a track best of seventh in 2012, while starting a track best eighth last February.
“I think running double-duty at Daytona will prove to have its benefits,” offered Fontaine. “Not only does it allow more time in the draft, but it keeps me busy jumping back and forth between the two series. Something that you may learn in the truck you can try to apply to the XFINITY Series car and vice-versa. I’m a little rambunctious to get things going.”
Team principal B.J. McLeod, who will also compete in the PowerShares® QQQ 300 in his No. 78 Batteries Plus Bulbs Ford Mustang couldn’t think of having a better teammate, especially when it comes to restrictor plate racing.
“Anytime that Chris is entered for a superspeedway race, you know he’s going to be in the mix,” McLeod said. “He’s not afraid to get in the thick of the battle and dice it out among the best. We’re confident that our equipment will allow us to be in good shape once the green flag waves.”
Jason Houghtaling will serve as crew chief for Fontaine’s XFINITY Series effort.
For more on B.J. McLeod, please visit his official Facebook page, while also visiting the team’s new website at BJMcLeodMotorsports.com. Additionally, the team is growing their presence on Twitter, with the team’s new account @teamBJMcLeod. McLeod also utilizes his personal twitter too, @BJMcLeod78.
The PowerShares® QQQ 300 (120 laps / 300 miles) is the first of 33 NASCAR XFINITY Series on the 2016 schedule. Practice begins on Friday, February 19 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. A second practice has been etched in from 1:00 p.m. – 1:55 p.m., while a final session is set for 3:00 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Saturday, February 20 beginning at 10:00 a.m. The 40-car field will take the green flag shortly after 3:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90).
PHOTO CAPTION: The layout of the No. 99 Racktails Gear Ford Mustang for driver Chris Fontaine in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) for B.J. McLeod Motorsports.
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FONTAINE AND TEAM AWARDED THE 2015 SHOWTIME SPEEDWAY CHAMPIONS ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 16TH
CHRIS FONTAINE AND TEAM RECEIVE THE 2015 CHAMPIONS TROPHY AT THE BRIGHTHOUSE CHALLENGE SERIES BANQUET IN NEW SMYRNA ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 9TH