SALEM — Quaker City Castings, which sponsors NASCAR Driver Donnie Neuenberger in the Nationwide Series (formerly Busch Series), is bringing Neuenberger and the red and white No. 52 car to Salem during the Steel Valley Super Nationals the extended weekend of June 19-22.
Neuenberger, running under the Quaker City Castings banner, has raced in two Nationwide Series events so far this year.
The car will be at Quaker City Castings on Friday, June 20 and at the Quaker City Raceway on Saturday, June 21 where Neuenberger will appear to sign autographs.
Last Saturday at the Dover Monster Mile, Neuenberger, from Edgewater, Md., started 37th and crashed out of the Heluva Good 200 Nationwide Series race to finish in 34th position after completing 43 laps of the 200 laps.
Neuenberger, 45, is in his seventh season of the Nationwide Series and with an average finish of 24th (for two races) is ahead of his previous best finishing year of 2002 when he was 26th with just one start.
In April at Talladega Superspeedway, Neuenberger started 39th and finished 14th in the Aaron’s (auto parts) 312, completing 116 of 117 laps.
The top-15 finish was Neuenberger’s best ever in NASCAR’s popular second-tier series.
With 182 points, Neuenberger currently sits in 65th place (of 110) in Nationwide Series points and is ahead of well-known drivers like Jimmie Johnson, Scott Pruet, Adrian Fernandez, Martin Truex, Kirk Shelmerdine and Reed Sorenson.
He has earned $48,626 this year, more than half of the $73,570 he earned last year with four starts. The next race for the Quaker City Castings-sponsored car will be the Daytona 250 July 4 (ESPN2, 7:30 p.m.) at Daytona International Speedway.
The Quaker City Castings’ foundry is located at 310 Euclid St. in Salem and specializes in iron and steel cylinder liners, superior quality gray and ductile irons, special alloy irons, Ni-Resist piston inserts, carbon steels and heat resistant steels.
For more information visit, www.qccast.com and www.dgnracing.com.
Larry Shields can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org