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Brady Boswell will add six races to his 2016 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule with Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

The 19-year-old will be back behind the wheel starting this weekend at the Pocono Raceway for the General Tire: #Anythingispossible200. From there Boswell will race at Michigan, Iowa, Lucas Oil Raceway, Kentucky and close out the season racing at the Kansas Speedway.

“I am very thankful to add these races to my schedule and be back with MMM,” Boswell expressed. “They always bring fast racecars to the track and I know multiple wins are within reach. In our prior two starts together we led a lot of laps and positioned ourselves towards the front, unfortunately lady luck hasn’t been on our side.”

“Pocono is the race that I am looking forward to the most. It's a unique place and I'm ready to take on the challenge of the tricky triangle. When you work with an organization like MMM, you have the opportunity to win at any track that you go to.”

In three ARCA starts in 2016, Boswell’s best finish is 11th at Talladega. He led 44 laps in his ARCA debut at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville and was racing inside the top-five before running out of fuel three laps shy of the finish.

Fans will be able to watch Boswell’s ARCA debut from the Fairgrounds Speedway on the American Sports Network, Thursday, June 2nd at 7:00 p.m. EST. Check you cable provider for listings or visit http://www.americansportsnet.com

Mason Mitchell Motorsports has five prior starts at the Pocono Raceway earning one pole, two top-five finishes and four top-10’s. Their best finish came in the June 2014 race when they finished runner-up with Mason Mitchell behind the wheel.

The General Tire #Anythingispossible 200 is the third of six straight races for the ARCA Racing Series.

Last Time Out: At New Jersey Motorsports Park, David Levine drove the No. 98 to a fifth place finish passing Kyle Weatherman and Josh Williams to solidify MMM’s second top-five of 2016 (including MMM’s win at Talladega Superspeedway).

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards travels next to Pocono Raceway for the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 Friday, June 3, live on FS1. Prior to the race, ARCA is sanctioning an open test on the 2.5-mile Pocono triangle Tuesday, May 31.  Arcaracing.com will have live timing/scoring for the test as well as all on-track activity from Pocono Raceway.

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Josh Williams, driver of the No. 6 Musselman’s Applesauce Chevrolet earned his third straight top-ten finish in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards by finishing sixth in the Twilight 150 at the New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) Saturday afternoon.

 “The last 10 or 15 laps were really a lot of fun,” Williams stated. Everyone was racing hard and there was a lot of three-wide racing at the end. I felt that it was one the most interesting races at New Jersey in a long time.”

“Our team is definitely gaining momentum right now; our biggest focus is winning the championship at the end of the year. Good finishes and completing all of the laps is what it’s going to take to win this championship.”

“Were really looking forward to Pocono on Friday. We built a brand new car and the test will mark its first laps on track. Having a new car for us is a really big step forward for our program.”

Williams and his veteran team led by crew chief Danny Johnson proved to be quick all weekend long by qualifying the No. 6th in the fifth spot for the 67 lap event.

Williams wasted no time in the opening laps moving up two positions to move into third. Williams would take the lead after a restart and claim the top spot on lap 16 and earn five bonus points.

He would relinquish the lead the following lap and race inside the top-five before making his first pit-stop of the day. Williams would restart in 9th and methodically work his way back inside the top-five at halfway.

On the afternoon’s final restart Williams lined up third but then the bumping and beating began. Several drivers made late race contact and that would relegate Josh to a sixth place finish.

The 22-year-old remains second in ARCA points six races into the 2016 season and trails leader Chase Briscoe by a mere 45 points heading to the first of two races at the Pocono Raceway.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards travels next to Pocono Raceway for the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 Friday, June 3, live on FS1. Prior to the race, ARCA is sanctioning an open test on the 2.5-mile Pocono triangle Tuesday, May 31.  Arcaracing.com will have live timing/scoring for the test as well as all on-track activity from Pocono Raceway.

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Kyle Weatherman, driver of the Lira Motorsports No. 58 St. Charles Glass Ford Fusion, left New Jersey Motorsports Park proud of his effort in the Twilight 150 presented by Unique Pretzels following a top-10 in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards on Saturday evening.

A championship contender in the 2016 season, Weatherman knew he needed to solidify a decent run at the only road course on the ARCA Racing Series schedule.

After winning this event in 2015, Weatherman had high expectations for the weekend. After sitting in the top-5 on the speed charts in both practices, he was ready to take on the 150-mile event; however, he was involved in an early race incident that caused him to go a lap down.

While battling for position, a competitor bumped Weatherman off the track which lead him to pit road.

“I had a lot of fun this weekend with my Lira Motorsports team,” Weatherman said. “I wish we could have repeated my win from last year, but I'm proud of the efforts and dedication that the 58 team has. We got spun out early in the race and ended up going a lap down at one point, but we just stayed calm and got the lap back. The team made the car better on our last pit stop, and we made our way back up to the top five.”

Despite the on-track incident, Weatherman had one of the fastest cars of the weekend. On the restart when he received the Lucky Dog Pass, he restarted 15th, but made his way up to ninth within one lap. Within three laps of the restart, he was back in the top-5 where he had been competing previous to the incident.

“We had a good weekend. We had a really, really fast race car and it was good once again on the long runs. We were able to go from the rear of the pack up to the top-5 within three to four laps after we got our lap back. That shows how fast the car was,” he said.

Weatherman thinks that a win is coming in the near future, but he and the team will continue to dig and work hard to make it happen. He thanks his team for the hard work so far this season.

Kyle would like to thank St. Charles Glass and Glazing, MOMO Motorsport, TraqGear, and Ford Performance for being a part of his team. He also would like to thank Carlos and Amanda for allowing him to be behind the wheel of the No. 58 machine.

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On the biggest motorsports stage imaginable, Alexander Rossi picked the perfect day to make unimaginable history before a sellout crowd at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a worldwide television audience tuned in.

The 24-year-old Californian and Verizon IndyCar Series rookie literally coasted across the finish line to win the epic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in most memorable fashion.

Driving the No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda, Rossi stretched his last tank of fuel over the final 36 laps around the hallowed 2.5-mile oval, running dry of Sunoco E85R as he entered Turn 4 on the final lap. The car's momentum was enough to carry Rossi across the finish line 4.4975 seconds ahead of teammate Carlos Munoz.

In the process, Rossi became the 10th rookie in Indianapolis 500 history to win the race and the first since Helio Castroneves in 2001. He became a Verizon IndyCar Series winner in just his sixth race and the first to win a race in his debut season since Carlos Huertas in 2014.

"I have no idea how we pulled that off," a stunned Rossi admitted in Victory Circle after drinking and then pouring the celebratory bottle of milk over his head. "We struggled a little bit in the pit stops but Bryan (Herta) came up with an unbelievable strategy. I can't believe we've done this!"

In yet another thrilling Indianapolis 500 that saw 13 drivers swap the lead 54 times - the second most changes in Indy 500 history (68 in 2013) and seventh most for any Indy car race - Rossi led just 14 laps. The majority of the field, including Rossi, stopped for fuel and tires on Lap 164 during the caution period caused when Takuma Sato's No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda made light contact with the Turn 4 wall.

Rossi sat seventh on the Lap 167 restart and bided his time as those ahead of him began to peel off for a splash of fuel in the final 10 laps. When race leader Munoz had to stop four laps from the completion of the 200-lap event, Rossi inherited the lead and nursed his car home with help of a tow from another Andretti teammate, Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Rossi's final lap averaged 179.784 mph, nearly 40 mph slower than the charging Munoz, but he had cushion enough to coast across the famous yard of bricks by the largest margin of victory since the 1996 race.

"This is unbelievable," said Herta, whose team merged with Andretti's this year to form Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian and field Rossi, who left the American open-wheel junior ranks for Europe and made five Formula One starts in 2015 before returning to race on home soil.

"Man, it was so close at the end," added Herta, Rossi's race strategist. "For a rookie to drive with the poise he did in such a tough situation - I was telling him, 'Don't let anybody pass you but save fuel' - and he did it."

Rossi's deal with Andretti Herta wasn't formalized until a few weeks before the 2016 season opener. His best finish before today was 10th at the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 14. Now Rossi is an Indianapolis 500 champion and he continues a trend of rookies winning landmark Indy 500s started by Ray Harroun at the first race in 1911 and Graham Hill at the 50th in 1966.

"I don't even know where to begin," Rossi said. "In February I wasn't even thinking about Indy car, and now we've just won the Indy 500. Thanks to an amazing group of people who gave me an opportunity to come here this year."

The Indy 500 win was the fourth for Andretti Autosport (Dan Wheldon, 2005; Dario Franchitti, 2007; Hunter-Reay, 2014) and the second for Herta (Wheldon, 2011).

"After that last pit stop, I knew that Alex was going to try it," co-owner Michael Andretti said. "We knew then, all right, if he's going to try it, we're going to try different strategies. It really worked out. We had two cars that had a shot at winning with two different strategies.

"To be a part of history, to win the 100th running, to win it with a 1-2 finish is incredible. I'm a bit speechless."

For Munoz, it marked his second runner-up Indy 500 finish in four tries. The Colombian placed second to Tony Kanaan in 2013 to earn rookie of the year honors.

"I was really disappointed when it comes to fuel (strategy) and you lose the race because of that," the 24-year-old said. "I was really disappointed to get second. Half a lap short, that's what it took."

Josef Newgarden finished third in the No. 21 Preferred Freezer Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing.

"Today's gut-wrenching just because I think I had a winning car," Newgarden said. "And when you know you have a winning car and you know you can win the thing and you go for it and it doesn't happen because of a strategy call, it's kind of tough."

Kanaan was fourth in the No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing, leading 19 laps. It was the 12th Indy 500 that Kanaan has led, second only to A.J. Foyt's 13. Charlie Kimball, also driving for Ganassi, finished fifth in the No. 42 Tresiba Chevrolet.

Defending Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya finished 33rd after crashing his No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet into the Turn 2 SAFER Barrier on his own on Lap 64. Montoya became just the third reigning winner to finish last at Indy, joining Jimmy Bryan in 1959 and Johnny Rutherford in 1977.

"I started making up some ground again and the car was actually pretty good," said Montoya, who started 17th. "I went into (Turn) 2 with a big push and, when I got on the gas, it just came around. It's just disappointing. Our Verizon Chevy was really good. Just a tough day."

Hunter-Reay led a race-high 52 laps but had his bid for victory stifled following an incident on pit lane. Teammate Townsend Bell ran into Helio Castroneves on pit road and Bell's car caromed into that of Hunter-Reay, who finished 24th.

Championship leader Simon Pagenaud finished 19th to end a three-race win streak. The Team Penske driver saw his points lead trimmed to 57 over Scott Dixon, who finished eighth. With double points awarded for the race in addition to qualifying points, Pagenaud has 292 to Dixon's 235 after six of 16 races.

Castroneves failed for the seventh time to become a four-time Indy 500 winner, finishing 11th and retaining third place in the standings with 224 points. Newgarden vaulted from eighth to fourth in the championship with 211 points.

The next event on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule is the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, featuring the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit, the only doubleheader race weekend on the 2016 calendar. The June 4 and 5 races air at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

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David Levine, showed no signs of a driver that hasn’t been in a racecar since last November at Homestead. Levine wheeled the Revant Optics No. 98 for Mason Mitchell Motorsports to a fifth place finish in Saturday’s Twilight 150 presented by Unique Pretzels at the New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Levine was able to work around two cars in the closing laps to earn his second career ARCA top-five finish and his first top-five on a road course.

“We had a solid weekend from start to finish,” Levine stated after the 67 lap event. “We got punted off the track a few times and were still able to rally and earn a top-five.”

“I can’t thank everyone from Mason Mitchell Motorsports and Revant Optics for all of their hard work and effort. I didn’t even know I was going to race at the beginning of the week. It was great being back behind the wheel of a car. Hopefully, I’ll get another opportunity in the future.”

The Highland Park, Illinois native qualified for the 67 lap event in the third position earlier in Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell.

Levine would get pushed back on the initial start to the 10th position. He would exert patience during the early stages of the event and work his way back inside the top-10 for the remainder of the event

During the final laps Levine would move around Kyle Weatherman and Josh Williams to cross the stripe in fifth.  

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards travels next to Pocono Raceway for the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 Friday, June 3, live on FS1. Prior to the race, ARCA is sanctioning an open test on the 2.5-mile Pocono triangle Tuesday, May 31.

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The 22nd Annual Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola wound down Saturday night and the overwhelming response from all involved was positive.

Huge crowds meandered along the several blocks of Tryon Street taking advantage of interactive displays, autograph sessions, show cars, NASCAR celebrity appearances, product sampling and vendors all three days of the event.

Crowds also flocked to see the biggest two nights of music in the recent history of Circle K and Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola. Nashville hit maker Chris Young and country icons Montgomery Gentry played to a packed crowd from the Coca-Cola Stage on Friday night. An equally large crowd jammed into the Coca-Cola Stage area Saturday for performances by country rockers The Band Perry and North Carolina’s own Kellie Pickler.

“It has been another incredible Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola,” said Jay Howard, promoter and producer of the festival. “We’ve had such huge crowds. We’re so happy families can come out and enjoy themselves.

“We’re also very pleased with the positive reaction to our ticketed concerts. The crowds both nights were amazing. Fans asked for better entertainment and in the end, they felt it was worth $15.”

The title sponsor of the event, Circle K and Kangaroo Express, was also excited by what they witnessed during the event’s three-day run.

“Circle K and Kangaroo Express is very proud of the events that took place at Speed Street this year,” said Tom Harman, marketing director for Circle K and Kangaroo Express. “We understand this event means a lot to Charlotte and the surrounding communities.

“We are also very proud of our employees who help make this event possible. Our partnership in Speed Street will continue next year with the continued support of our employees and vendors.”

It was estimated that more than 200,000 people attended the event.

Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola was the final of five family-friendly events the 600 Festival™ Association presented in the month of May. The events included Movies on the Campus in conjunction with Jiggy with the Piggy in Kannapolis; Haulers on Union in Concord; ENEOS Little 600 at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville and the PNC Speed Street 5K and Kids 600 Yard Fun.

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As the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil has approached, the history of the race has been celebrated by countless numbers of fans and media.

That history cannot be told without a salute to A.J. Foyt.

On Race Day, the first four-time winner of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" will offer a salute of his own to the 33 drivers who will compete in the 100th Running. Foyt will be stationed at the front of the grid and instruct the Pace Car and Row 1 to pull away for the Parade Laps, and as those drivers pull away followed by 30 more, Foyt will salute each one.

"A.J. Foyt has always been my favorite driver and I know so many of our fans hold him in the same regard," Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles said. "The 100th Running is all about honoring our history and A.J. is such a significant part of that, we couldn't have this race without him being part of it for our fans and for each of our drivers! We're excited to have him salute the men and woman who will write our next chapter."

Foyt, born in 1935 in Houston, Texas, started his professional racing career in USAC midget car competition before racing in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time in 1958. In 1961, he won his first Indy 500 in the No. 1 Bowes Seal Fast/Bignotti Trevis/Offy. Three years later, in 1964, he was a champion again.

Three years after that, in 1967, Foyt won again and this time in a rear-engined car, becoming the first and only man to win at Indy in both front- and rear-engine race cars. A decade later, in 1977, he became the first four-time winner, in the iconic No. 14 Coyote that he owned.

During his driving career, "Super Tex" also won the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a resume claimed by no other driver. He was named co-driver of the 20th century by the Associated Press, one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers and he has been inducted into every major motorsports Hall of Fame.

Foyt also won the Indy 500 as a car owner in 1999 with Kenny Brack. This year, AJ Foyt Enterprises has three entries in the race, driven by Takuma Sato, Jack Hawksworth and Alex Tagliani.

The legend has always said that the Indianapolis 500 made A.J. Foyt, not the other way around. On Sunday, he'll salute the person who will become the next legend of the Indianapolis 500 - the winner of the 100th Running.

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