Newhouse Wraps Impressive Rookie Campaign at Magic Valley

15-year old Hannah Newhouse Selected for NASCAR D4D Combine

JEROME, IDAHO (September 22, 2012)- 15-year old Hannah “Hurricane” Newhouse has had a dream season no matter how you look at the final rundown in the point standings at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho, which closes out the season tonight. The youngster made her debut in the Commercial Tire Super Stock division back in April after a successful go-karting career with a stop over in the ASA Intermountain Pro Trucks.
Through 19 races in the Commercial Tire Super Stock division this season, the feature NASCAR Whelen All American Series class at the Magic Valley Speedway, Newhouse has 15 top five and 19 top ten finishes including six victories. She has also notched seven fast time qualifying awards and is second in the point standings heading into the final night of the season.

“I have learned so much this season and to be as good as we were all year and to contend for the championship right up until the end took a huge team effort,” Newhouse said. “Tonight we hope to close the season out like we started.” Newhouse won the opening race of the year in her first ever stock car start.

While the championship may be out of reach at this point, Newhouse still has the rookie title on her mind. “Casey (Pehrson) and I are only about ten points apart so I just have to finish in front of him and I will win the rookie title and finish second in the championship.”

Second place in the championship may be the consolation prize but Newhouse was informed on Friday that she will participate in NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity combine October 16-18 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA.

“I am so excited to have been selected for the Drive for Diversity Combine,” Hannah Newhouse said. “This is a chance to show the rest of the racing world that small town Idaho girls can race. I am really looking forward to meeting the rest of the participants and showing NASCAR what I can do.”

17 participants were selected from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Newhouse is the youngest participant at only 15-years of age but she is also one that has had the most success behind the wheel this season.

After a race season where she battle for the championship at Magic Valley scoring six race wins, finishing sixth in her CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series debut, making her first K&N Pro Series start, and following a successful go-karting career, she may be one of the most experienced 15-year old drivers ever to compete in the combine.
The 2012 Combine will be a three day driver evaluation of on-track performance, marketing and media aptitude, and physical fitness. Langley, a .4-mile asphalt oval, is the NASCAR sanctioned track hosting the event for the second consecutive year.

“Langley truly challenges those who take part in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine,” said Derik Crotts, general manager of Rev Racing, the executing partner for the program. “Participants will have several on track sessions to present their racing abilities. This will include some unique challenges that we will throw at them to make sure that they are on their game.”

The 2013 Rev Racing team will be selected from among the 2012 Rev Racing drivers and this years Combine participants.

Newhouse is set to make her debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series at NAPA Speedway in Albuquerque, NM next Saturday night as she continues her climb up the racing ladder. “I can’t thank Rich Thompson and the whole Thompson Motorsports team for believing in me and giving me this opportunity,” Newhouse said. “This is so exciting I cannot believe it.” For the latest news and to follow Hannah Newhouse, log onto her website at www.hannahnewhouse.com or her Facebook page.

Race Advance

Thompson Motorsports will field two cars next weekend at NAPA Speedway in Albuquerque, NM. Newhouse will drive the #60 TMS/RTTI Chevrolet while Braeden Havens will return to the #61 Western Rail Chevrolet.

Since NAPA Speedway is a new track for the series, there will be an open track test on Friday, September 28 for all teams. It will be the first time Newhouse will have turned laps in the heavier more powerful K&N Pro Series car.

Havens returns to the #61 seat after making five starts for the team this season. His best finish is eighth but he has been running at the conclusion of each event

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