Top Notch Racing, Inc.
As well as being a website for NR2003 painters, Top Notch Designs also participates in many offline series under the banner Top Notch Racing. We primarily participate in racing hosted by the DASCAR organization, namely the DASCAR Philips Cup Series and the DASCAR Gulf (formerly Starbucks) Superspeedway Series, promoting the Top Notch Designs website. Top Notch Racing has had a long-standing history with the DASCAR organization, making TND very prominent throughout DASCAR.
Top Notch Racing Italia
Top Notch Racing Italia is the original team fielded by Top Notch Designs, primarily fielding the #61, #62, and #63 Top Notch Designs cars in many DASCAR series, as well as other secondary race cars in select series. In the Philips Cup Series, Philips Nationwide Series, and Utica Home Track Series, the team has become affiliated with Alfa Romeo Racing and purchased all-Italian racing equipment, to pay homage to the team owner's Italian ancestry, while the team races Chevrolet- and Dodge-branded racecars in other series.
The team's owner and flagship driver, Joseph Onesto, has the rare distinction of starting in every DASCAR Philips Cup Series race, an attribute shared only by a handful of other drivers. He qualified for multiple Chases in the Philips Cup Series, Gulf Superspeedway Series, and Philips Nationwide Series. His first DASCAR sanctioned win came at the Dick Trickle 400, a then-Starbucks Superspeedway Series race named in honor of the late NASCAR driver, transforming his car from the familiar #62 Top Notch Designs Chevrolet to a #84 Miller High Life Chevy that resembled the late driver's car. Joseph holds the current record of most Gulf Superspeedway Series wins, with a total of three. Also, driving the #84 Jacobs Coffee Toyota for Lashbrook Racing, he became the inaugural champion of the DASCAR Red Bull Platinum Series, remarkably winning the trophy while only starting in the latter half of the season. He also has allegedly won the championship of the truncated third season of the Philips Truck Series. After a series of unconfirmed wins, he would be tied with Chaos Racing driver Rei Takita for the top spot. However, since the season was not fully completed, he does not recognize this championship as legitimate. It would seem that a driver could consider himself successful after receiving all of these awards and accolates, however Joseph still has some personal checkmarks to fill in on his racing to-do list. Despite being tied for the most starts in the Philips Cup Series, he has never finished in the top spot. Also, Onesto still searches for his first championship as an owner-driver, as well as a mere start in the 2014 Season of the Utica Home Track Series, as he has not yet qualified for a race this season.
Top Notch Racing Italia's other debut driver, Beth Senese, is also a notable presence in the DASCAR series. She debuted along with Joseph Onesto in the Philips Cup Series, driving the #61 Top Notch Designs / Reese's Chevrolet. She also has the distinction of being the winner of the only current DASCAR Ford Global Rallycross Championship race, and as a result, she is the tentative inaugural champion of the series. This success would be short-lived, however, as she suffered severe injuries after a vicious crash in the McFlurry M&M's 300 in the third season of the Gulf Superspeedway Series. Her racing duties would be fulfilled by then-Top Notch Racing development driver Zach Sasser for what was then an indefinite amount of time. It was unsure if Beth would ever race again in any DASCAR series. However, she would return to racing later that same season in the season-closer, the Dead Silence 300, but she crashed out early, finishing in 40th position. Joseph Onesto would go on to win that same race. Upon her debut, she created what would become the third Top Notch Racing Italia car, the gold #63 Top Notch Designs Alfa Romeo. Since her return, she has recently established herself as a superspeedway force, winning the Daytona 500 in the fifth season of the Philips Nationwide Series, as well as becoming a contender for the win in various recent races held at Daytona.
The first Top Notch Racing development driver, Zach Sasser, is the third regular driver in the trio of the Top Notch Racing Italia team. He made his presence in the DASCAR community as the replacement driver for Beth Senese after her aforementioned injury, in which he would ultimately take over the blue #61 Top Notch Designs machine. Sasser has made impressive debuts in nearly every series, running toward the front of most of these races. As a result of his stellar record, Top Notch Racing Italia introduced a second team in the Utica Home Track Series in an attempt to bolster the website's presence in the series, which previously included sponsorship of Jonathon Bentons' #35 DHL-Aurelio Audi for two races (Jonathan failed to qualify for both). The 59 team consisted of a small fleet of old renumbered Top Notch Designs cars from their debut season in the Philips Cup Series, with Alfa Romeo stickers applied over the Monte Carlo SS ones. Needless to say, with this amateur equipment, Sasser currently fares no better than Joseph Onesto in the series. However, recent sponsorship from McDonalds has compeletely transformed the #59 team, now with new equipment, and the car has now taken on the familiar blue design Sasser drives in DASCAR. Also, the team has extended to a full-time schedule, giving new found hope that Top Notch Racing Italia will make their first Utica Home Track Series start with their latest phenom.
Randy Pratl, driver of the #60 Top Notch Designs in other racing series, is the newest prospect from Top Notch Racing Italia. He currently drives in the Red Bull Platinum Series and in the Miller Lite Series to give him some experience before taking over Joe Onesto's #60 in the Gulf Superspeedway Series.
Hideo Kuriyama is the driver from the old Nintendo Racing team, which was aquired by Top Notch Designs years ago.