Steven B. Wilson

Steven B. Wilson

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Are you a thrill seeker? Adrenaline junkie? Someone who needs to overcome your fear of heights? Then there is a once in a lifetime experience that you won’t want to miss on Saturday, June 8.
“Over the Edge” returns to The Last Great Colosseum after an exhilarating and successful 2018 edition, where members of the community participated to help raise money for the YWCA and the Bristol chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. BMS Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Caldwell even took the pledge and rappelled down the iconic 10-story Bristol elevator tower. This year, 2012 NHRA Pro Stock world champion and Greeneville resident Allen Johnson will go over the edge with the individual who raises the most amount of money to the cause.

On June 8th, the organizations are partnering up for the second annual “Over The Edge” event, a unique and adrenaline-inducing experience that will provide a new perspective of The World’s Fastest Half-Mile. Participants will have the chance to traverse the sides of buildings like Spider-Man, rappelling down the iconic Bristol elevator tower – and the best part? It’s all for a great cause. 

All proceeds will benefit the two charitable organizations. Over the Edge, a professional rappelling organization that has raised over $70 million for charities since 2008, will lead the event. OTE will provide all the necessary equipment and expertise. All ages have successfully rappelled from early teens to guests in their 80’s.

“What we need most are brave hearts willing to go over the edge to help uplift others in our community,” said Kathy Waugh, chief executive officer for the Bristol YWCA. “This fundraiser will have a massive impact for the working parents and at-risk girls we serve every day.”

“It was an absolute thrill to see individuals brave the heights of the famed Bristol tower to help raise money for those in need,” said Claudia Byrd, executive director of the Bristol chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. “The support of this community to help send someone ‘over the edge’ for charity means more to us than they know. We’re looking forward to another great event in 2019.”

Over the Edge is open to the first 76 brave individuals who raise $1,500. Interested organizations can even raise funds to “toss the boss”. To register, to donate and to learn more about the event, please visit Those who want to demonstrate their support for children, women and the mission to eliminate racism should consider becoming an edger.

For more information on the Bristol chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, please visit


In the 2000s at Talladega Superspeedway’s springtime classic Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, there was a new sheriff in town named Gordon, as well as another driver with the last name of Earnhardt, who dominated the world’s largest and greatest race track in the world that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

NASCAR’s Most Competitive track, which will host its tripleheader weekend featuring the GEICO 500 on April 26-28, gave way to two of the most popular drivers to ever strap into the cockpit - Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. The duo would win six of the first eight races in the decade with Gordon claiming four – 2000, 2004, 2005, 2007 – while Earnhardt won two straight in 2002-03, and then added triumphs in the track’s fall race (2001, 2002) for a Talladega record four straight.

Earnhardt added four more top-10 results, including a heart-breaking runner-up finish to Gordon in ’04, much to the chagrin of the fans in the grandstands. With just over four laps to go, Earnhardt, running second at the time, went to pass Gordon and nosed in front of his Chevrolet, but the caution for an accident behind them came out just inches before the pass. The field was frozen, and the race ended under caution. Gordon added two other top-10 efforts.

Other drivers to claim the top prize in the spring Monster Series event at ‘Dega included Bobby Hamilton, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski, who notched his first career triumph in NASCAR’s premier series. Nine different drivers captured pole positions at Bill France Sr.’s creation during the 10-year stretch with Jeremy Mayfield the lone driver with two.

Below are quick recaps of each springtime race at the 2.66-mile venue during the 2000s:

  • 2000: Gordon, in his famous No. 24 for Hendrick Motorsports, holds off Mike Skinner by .189 second to claim his career milestone 50th win. Dale Earnhardt Sr. competes in his final Talladega race and finishes third.
  • 2001: In a caution-free race, Hamilton, in his No. 55 Chevy for Andy Petree Racing, passes Tony Stewart in the tri-oval coming to the white flag and holds on by .163 second. The average speed of the race, which saw Kurt Busch, Mark Martin and Bobby Labonte complete the top five, was a sizzling 184.003 mph.
  • 2002: Dale Jr. holds off a last-ditch effort for a pass through the tri-oval by teammate Michael Waltrip by just inches (0.060 second).
  • 2003: Dale Jr. makes it two straight in the spring, and this time, the runner-up victim is Kevin Harvick, trailing the driver of the No. 8 Chevrolet by .125 second.
  • 2004: In one of the most memorable events ever at Talladega, Dale Jr.’s pass on Gordon is one second too late before the caution comes out as the leaders are in Turn 4. Dale Jr. beats Gordon to the finish line, but when the caution comes out in the fourth turn, Gordon is inches ahead.
  • 2005: It was Gordon’s turn at back-to-back victories, handing Tony Stewart his second bridesmaid result in the spring event by .193 second.
  • 2006: Stewart is runner-up for the second straight year, this time to Johnson by .120 second with Brian Vickers third, followed by Jeff Burton and Jamie McMurray.
  • 2007: Johnson’s bid in his No. 48 Chevrolet for another win comes up short to teammate Gordon, who puts an exclamation point on his fourth and final spring win of the decade.
  • 2008: Kyle captures his first – and only to this point – Cup victory at Talladega. He fends off the challenge of Juan Pablo Montoya and Denny Hamlin. Busch, however, has had wins since in the other two NASCAR Series that compete at the 33-degree banked track – the NASCAR Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
  • 2009: In a remarkable finish, Keselowski, driving for independent car owner James Finch, taps Carl Edwards out of the lead coming through the tri-oval to the checkered flag to notch his initial win in the premier series. Edwards, who crashed with his car coming up 100 yards short of the finish line, jumps out and runs across the line “Ricky Bobby” style to complete the race on foot. The victory helps Keselowski land a full-time ride with Team Penske in 2010. He is now the active Talladega win leader with five.

The upcoming GEICO 500 will be the track’s 100th race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The weekend kicks off a motorsports tripleheader with the General Tire 200 for the ARCA Menards Series (which has been a staple of Talladega Superspeedway since October of ’69) on Friday, April 26, and the MoneyLion 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday, April 27. The GEICO 500 gets a 1 p.m. CDT start on Sunday, April 28. For ticket information, log onto or call 855-518-RACE (7223).


Ryan Newman has been a busy man in the media this off week and rightfully so. His two-straight top-10 finishes have created quite a buzz, a nice change the No. 6 team has enjoyed thus far in 2019.

Early on, the discussion was primarily about how Newman, in his 18th season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS), would adapt to a brand new situation. Given all the change – personnel, organization, rules packages and personalities – the results have begun to prove themselves.

Newman sits inside the playoff picture, currently 15th in the drivers’ standings and projected 16th in the playoffs. He’s finished ninth in two-straight races (Bristol, Richmond) improving his average finish to 15.2 overall through the first quarter. That number is nearly nine spots better than this time last year, and the team has already matched its top-10 total from 2018.

“It’s been a challenge for a lot of people, but me in particular,” Newman told NASCAR America Wednesday night. “This is the most change and most rookie I feel like I’ve been in my entire career outside my actual rookie season. It is interesting to see all the changes. Scott Graves and the team, and especially my pit crew, have done a great job making me feel comfortable and feel at home.”

As of late, Newman has found a home consistently battling inside the top-10. Much of that is in large part thanks to the over-the-wall crew, who Newman has praised recently. In Richmond alone the pit crew gained 17 spots on pit road, 11 of which came in the final stage alone.

“The guys did a really good job, not just in Richmond but Bristol as well,” Newman told Alan Cavanna Tuesday. “We see how important track position is and it seemed like there were a lot of cars that were running about equal speed. You need to be sometimes three or four tenths quicker than somebody to not only start the pass but also complete the pass and it is hard to be able to have that advantage anymore. The pit guys really made our biggest gains the last couple weeks.”

It is a small sample size, but in the past three races alone, Newman has an average finish of 9.7, just missing the top-10 at Texas with an 11th-place result. Overall in 2019, the Rocketman has completed all but four laps, but more impressively, ran nearly half (1476) of the 3041 laps inside the top-15.

But just is the thought process of any natural competitor, Newman knows there is more on the horizon for his new team, something he’s looking forward to moving into the second quarter of the season.

“I don’t feel like we’re at all where we want to be, but we’re showing progress and I know Jack (Roush) and everyone on the team like to see that, so it’s been humbling, and at the same time it’s been a lot of fun. Happy to be where we are at, but obviously not entirely happy and we want to keep moving forward. We can definitely do better and we see that, and we’ve proven that the last couple weeks.”

Following the off week for Easter, Newman and the No. 6 team look to continue their consistency at Talladega Superspeedway next weekend.


Sheldon Creed, the 2018 ARCA Menards Series champion, will be inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame’s ARCA Wall of Champions on Thursday, April 25. Creed, who won four times on his way to the title, currently drives for GMS Racing’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series team. He has also maintained his presence in Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Truck Series, where he won both halves of a doubleheader at Texas Motor Speedway.

The induction ceremony at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame will kick off the ARCA Menards Series General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway scheduled for the following day, Friday, April 26. It will be the opening race of a three-race weekend that features the NASCAR XFINITY Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series that will open the famed track’s 50th Anniversary Season.

The Alpine, California native has made 37 career ARCA Menards Series starts. He earned his first career series win at Michigan International Speedway in June, and followed it with wins at Gateway Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, and the season finale at Kansas Speedway to put an exclamation point on his championship season. Creed has 21 career top-five finishes and 27 career top-ten finishes.

Additionally, Creed scored a win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West’s inaugural appearance on a dirt track when he took the checkered flag at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“It’s definitely a huge honor to be added to the ARCA Wall of Champions and join NASCAR stars like Chris Buescher, Ty Dillon, Justin Allgaier, and Chase Briscoe, along with ARCA legends such as Frank Kimmel, Tim Steele, Bob Keselowski and many others,” Creed said. “The 2018 ARCA Menards Series championship was my first one in stock cars and will always be special to me. Coming from an off-road racing background, when I decided to pursue a career in stock car racing, we did a lot of homework and decided that ARCA was the perfect training ground for me, and it was.”

Creed is still paying attention to what’s going on in the ARCA Menards Series. He also plans on competing in at least one series race this season, if not more. Currently, he has the General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway inked onto his calendar. But even if he doesn’t come back and do a lot of racing in the ARCA Menards Series, he will always appreciate the experience and memories he made on his march to the title.

“I hope to have a long career in NASCAR but I will always remember and appreciate my experience in the ARCA Menards Series,” he said. “And will look forward to seeing who joins the ARCA Wall of Champions next!”

Practice for the General Tire 200 is scheduled for 9:30 am ET/8:30 am CT on Friday, April 26, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 3:35 pm ET/2:35 pm CT. The green flag will drop on the General Tire 200 at 6 pm ET/5 pm CT. The race will be shown live on FS1. ARCA for Me members will be able to follow live timing & scoring, live track updates, and live chat throughout all on-track activity for free at New members can join for free by registering at

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Two weeks after the Late Model Stock dust up at South Boston Speedway it appears to be ‘business as usual’ for this Saturday night’s NASCAR Easter Bunny Late Model 100 with all drivers involved expected to be back on track.

“That’s all in the past. I’ve already won a race since then and I’m looking forward to winning a trophy this Saturday,” said Lee Pulliam, four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American National Champion who captured the $30,000 to-win CARS Tour race April 7.

“I’m just concerned about racing. That’s the way it is for me every week. If you’re a good race-car driver, that’s what you do.”

Pulliam and five-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion Philip Morris were at the heart of an altercation in the second 75-lap Late Model race at South Boston on March 30 that resulted in fines and suspensions from NASCAR and was the hot racing topic on social media for several days.

The pair were involved in several bumping incidents with Morris the big loser after contact from Pulliam caused him to spin into the turn-three wall, severely damaging his car. During the ensuing red-flag period, Forrest Reynolds, a Morris crew member, tried to crawl into the passenger window of Pulliam’s car and wound up tumbling to the track when Pulliam pulled away.

Morris was fined by NASCAR for his crew member’s involvement, Pulliam was fined and suspended until April 17 by NASCAR, and Reynolds was barred from the infield of any NASCAR track for the remainder of the year. South Boston Speedway has also banned Reynolds from the track in any capacity indefinitely.

Peyton Sellers, the third national champion in the field, went on to win the race. Sellers took advantage of the break in South Boston’s schedule to also win another big Late Model race, the Visit Hampton Grass Roots 200 at Langley Speedway.

“Last year me and Philip had a couple of wrecks on the track that were hard racing … just chalk it up to hard racing. I know if Philip gets under me and makes contact, it’s racing,” said Sellers, the defending Late Model track champion at South Boston. “Philip made contact with Lee a couple of times and then he just got turned. That crossed a whole different respect level. They have to live with that. I’m not saying Philip is going to retaliate or not, but when Lee sees that 01 (Morris) in the mirror, he has to think about it.”

The Late Model Stock division will highlight a fiver-race schedule Saturday night with a 100-lap event. The Limited Sportsman class will stage twin 25-lap races while the Budweiser Pure Stocks have a 30-lap race and  the Budweiser Hornets have a 15-lap race.

Before the racing action kicks off, there will be an Easter egg hunt at 6:30 p.m. for youngsters 12-and-under.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with qualifying scheduled at 6 p.m. The first race will take the green flag at 7 p.m.

Tickets are just $10 for adults with children 12-and-under admitted free with a paying adult.


Talladega Superspeedway’s Freedom Trophy has been a staple at the historic venue, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, since 2014. The patriotic trophy will be presented to the winner of the April 28 GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race by a warrior of the Wounded Warrior Project – U.S. Army, Staff Sergeant Donald Jones.

This distinctive piece of hardware, a part of the track’s Military Appreciation ticket program that offers excellent savings to military members, proudly displays the five branches of the United States military. It features five-sided silver aluminum panels, each engraved with a military member and logo from one of our nation’s five military branches, centered around a waterjet cut star. It has been presented to Talladega Superspeedway’s winners in NASCAR’s premier series by members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

The Wounded Warrior Project, established in 2003, is a nonprofit organization that is committed to helping wounded veterans achieve their highest ambition. A warrior is a veteran and service member who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness or wound while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001. Warriors volunteer countless hours serving their local communities through multiple youth organizations, food banks, scholarship fundraising, fishing mentorship, and Widows of Veterans.

Staff Sergeant Jones has dedicated 25 years of service to his country. He will also be recognized in the official Drivers Meeting the morning of the GEICO 500, as well as be introduced to the fans as part of the pre-race festivities.

In addition to the Military Appreciation ticket program, Talladega Superspeedway is also proud to offer a special ticket program to first responders and their families as part of the First Responders presented by 1st Foundation offer. For more information or questions about Military & First Responders tickets, visit

For more information on the highly-anticipated tripleheader weekend, featuring the General Tire 200 for the ARCA Menards Series (April 26), the MoneyLion 300 (April 27) for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and GEICO 500, visit or call 855-518-RACE (7223).


Last weekend, in occasion of the 2019 Euro NASCAR season opener, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and the Circuit Ricardo Tormo signed a five-year contract extension that will bring the European NASCAR Series to Valencia, Spain until at least 2024.

This agreement with Circuit Ricardo Tormo is the latest of a series of contract extensions giving Euro NASCAR a unique long-term stability among European racing series. The partnerships with Brands Hatch – home of the hugely popular American SpeedFest – Zolder and Hockenheim were all prolonged and NWES extended its contract with main sponsor Whelen Engineering through 2024. New official tyre supplier General Tire is also signed  through 2024.

“This is a great piece of news and such a natural fit! Circuit Ricardo Tormo is an amazing facility which provides a wonderful experience to race fans and a fantastic playground to our competitors,” said NWES President CEO Jerome Galpin. “The organization crew is extremely professional and it’s a true pleasure to work with them. Year after year the NASCAR GP Spain never stops to get bigger and better and we will all work to continue this way!”

The Valencia NASCAR Fest at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo has been the opening round of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series since 2014 and the event has steadily gained plenty of popularity among Spanish fans in its six editions.

“The event never ceased to improve and the organization made it grow with an increasing media coverage, technical parity, better teams and drivers… they just became the perfect partner and we want to have them at the Circuit for a long time,” said Gonzalo Gobert, General Manager of the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, who considers NASCAR as an “international benchmark in motorsports.”

An event with a unique American-themed atmosphere and an unmatch level of access for the fans, last weekend’s edition of the Valencia NASCAR Fest delighted thousands of Spanish enthusiasts with the debut of two much appreciated grid walks and a Victory Lane celebrated in the paddock among the fans.

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Race fans looking for a glimpse into the future need look no further than this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As demonstrated throughout its illustrious history, NASCAR’s annual all-star spectacular will again provide the platform for the world’s greatest stock car drivers to compete for $1 million dollars, while race teams will get a real-world experience with technical components that could be implemented in the next generation car.

The next step in the all-star evolution was unveiled on Wednesday.

NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway announced the format and technical specifications for the 2019 edition, a race that will feature some tried and true measures, as well as a potential glimpse into the Gen-7 future.

“Throughout its history, the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race has provided a platform to try new and innovative ideas, some of which we have incorporated on a full-time basis,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “Last year’s all-star rules package resulted in one of the most exciting all-star races in history. With a similar package, and added elements that we could see in the next generation race car, we expect another must-watch event.”

“This will be the 35th running of the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, and while it’s known for memorable moments, this race has established a place in history for testing what’s best for the future,” said Marcus Smith, president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc. “THIS is the proving ground. Fans can always look back and see that night racing, stage racing and double-file restarts started in the All-Star Race. And last year’s rules package produced the most three- and four-wide racing I’ve ever seen at Charlotte. This year may provide a peek into the crystal ball for the Gen 7 car, so once again, fans can expect the unexpected.”

The race will again have four stages, with a five lap increase in the final stage compared to last year’s race. The stages will last 30 laps, 20 laps, 20 laps and 15 laps. Both green flag and yellow flag laps will count in Stages 1-3; with only green flag laps counting in the Final Stage. NASCAR Overtime rules will be in effect for Stages 1-3. In the final stage, if the race is restarted with two or less laps remaining, there will be unlimited attempts at a green, white, checkered finish under green flag conditions.

For the 2019 edition, the race cars will feature two keys technical elements that NASCAR may incorporate into the Gen-7 car slated to debut in 2021.

The first is a single-piece carbon fiber splitter/pan that should offer dramatic improvements in ride height sensitivity for the drivers. This technical component will provide a more stable aero platform and create more consistent performance in traffic. Also, the car will be configured with a radiator duct which exits through the hood as opposed to the current design which exits into the engine compartment. This feature will create improved aerodynamic parity and, at the same time, reduce engine temperatures.

The Monster Energy Open will occur Saturday evening prior to the Monster Energy All-Star Race and will include three segments (20 laps / 20 laps / 10 laps). The winner of each segment will earn a spot in the All-Star Race.

Those eligible for the Monster Energy All-Star Race include: drivers who won a points event in either 2018 or 2019; drivers who won a Monster Energy All-Star Race and compete full-time; and drivers who won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship and compete full-time. Those who have not already earned a spot via the above criteria can still lock in by winning a stage in the Monster Energy Open or by winning the Fan Vote. Polls for the fan vote will open on April 17, on

Drivers who have already clinched an all-star spot: Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Martin Truex Jr.

Coverage of the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race will begin on May 18 at 5 p.m. ET on FS1. The Monster Energy Open will air at 6 p.m. and the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race begins at 8 p.m on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Weekend passes for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race start at just $79 per person and also include admission to the May 17 N.C. Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race, May 17 Monster Energy All-Star Race qualifying, May 18 AJR pre-race concert, May 18 Monster Energy Open and the May 18 Hairball post-race concert presented by Monster Energy. Kids ages 13 and under get in free to all activities on May 17 and for just $10 with adult ticket purchase on May 18. Tickets, camping and race-day upgrades are available by calling 1-800-455-FANS or visiting


Dover International Speedway’s 50th Anniversary historical video, which features interviews with three NASCAR champions, has been released in full in advance of the May 3-5 NASCAR tripleheader weekend, track officials said today.

The 14-minute video, produced by Pam Miller of Fox Sports, includes historic footage, exclusive interview segments and a highlight reel of the most memorable moments and thrilling finishes at the Monster Mile.

Visit to watch the full video, highlighted by the following segments:

  • Footage of Dover’s first NASCAR race, the “Mason-Dixon 300,” from July 6, 1969.
  • Interviews with NASCAR champions Bobby Allison, Jimmie Johnson and Richard Petty, the top three drivers in all-time Dover victories, and highlights of their top Monster Mile triumphs.
  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, won by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in front of a sea of patriotic fans.
  • Coverage of the “Miller Genuine Draft 500,” from June 4, 1995, Dover’s first NASCAR Cup Series race on its new concrete track surface.

“We’re proud of the Monster Mile’s place in auto racing history and its role as an economic driver for Delaware,” said Mike Tatoian, Dover International Speedway’s president and CEO. “We appreciate Bobby, Jimmie and Richard taking the time to sit down with us and relive their Dover memories. We loved taking a walk down Memory (Victory) Lane with them.”

Segments of the video, by decade, had been released to rave reviews and great fan feedback across Dover International Speedway’s social media channels in recent weeks.

“Our fans are definitely invested in the history of the Monster Mile and they’ve proved their interest by making this video one of our most viewed selections on,” said Doug Yorke, Dover International Speedway’s senior manager of consumer marketing.

The full video is also shown to guests during Monster Mile tours and can be viewed by visiting

The May 3-5 NASCAR tripleheader weekend includes the “JEGS 200” NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday, May 3, the “Allied Steel Buildings 200” NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race on Saturday, May 4 and the “Gander RV 400” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, May 5.

The video is just part of Dover’s planned 50th Anniversary celebrations surrounding the May 3-5 NASCAR tripleheader weekend. In addition to the special gold Monster trophies given to the race winners and free 1:64-scale Dover diecast cars to the first 15,000 guests on May 5, fans can also enjoy multiple free performances by the famous Harlem Globetrotters in the 8-acre FanZone, a free Charlie Daniels Band concert on the Xfinity Stage in Victory Plaza, free appearances by country music star John Rich, as well as Micro Wrestling Federation matches, Del Rods Car Club car shows, a Winston Cup Mobile Museum display, on-site NASCAR and sports betting and much more.

The Monster Mile’s Oct. 4-6 NASCAR tripleheader weekend features the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, Oct. 4, the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff race on Saturday, Oct. 5 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Sunday, Oct. 6. The Oct. 6, 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race will be the 100th NASCAR Cup Series race in track history. Dover International Speedway will be the 10th track in the nation to host 100 NASCAR Cup Series races.

Keep up to date on all 50th Anniversary announcements and schedules by visiting or calling (800) 441-RACE. You can also keep up with all track activities at, or on Twitter and Instagram at @MonsterMile.

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Michael Self (No.25 Sinclair Oil Toyota) claimed his second consecutive ARCA Menards Series victory in Sunday afternoon’s rain-shortened Kentuckian Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway.

Qualifying fourth, Self quickly chased down the leaders taking the top spot away from pole sitter Carson Hocevar on lap-27. From that point Self set sail leaving his competition in his wake until the skies opened up with heavy rain at lap 98. Circling under caution the red flag emerged from the flag stand stopping the race just after the halfway point of the race.

After evaluating track conditions and radar, series’ officials made the decision not to restart the race, sending Self back to Victory Lane for the fifth time of his ARCA career.

Self’s victory also extended VMS’s 2019 unbeaten streak giving the team its third consecutive victory to start off the young season. In the process, VMS earned their 55th series victory and ninth overall at Salem Speedway.

“I owe all of this to my Venturini Motorsports guys,” said Self. “We knew yesterday we were going to have a good racecar. We didn’t have a lot of qualifying speed but we knew once the race started, especially if it was cool and cloudy, that we’d be good.”

Self led handily over the rest of the field and with a long green flag run to open the race, he had lapped up to the third position. The first caution of the day waved at lap 89 when rookie driver Ty Gibbs spun in turn two. With potential weather off in the distance, there was a decision to be made whether or not to hit pit road.

“There was no way we weren’t coming at that point,” Self said. “We had lapped up to third so we knew even if no one else came we would be third at worst. Tires make such a big deal here that even if we had just a few laps under green we knew we’d get back to the front pretty quickly.”

Self’s Venturini Motorsports teammate Chandler Smith (No. 20 Craftsman/828 Logistics Toyota) stayed out to take the lead under the caution, but pitted with one to go.

“We just did that to hedge our bets,” team owner Billy Venturini said. “We knew rain was coming and we didn’t want another team to steal the win by not pitting. We left Chandler out until we knew we’d go back racing and then once the one to go was given we brought him down. Michael and the 25 team had the car to beat today and as far as we’re concerned the race ended up the way it should have. It didn’t matter if we ran 300 laps today, no one was going to beat them.”

Chandler Smith would finish fourth giving the talented driver his eighth top-5 in just eleven series starts.

Harrison Burton, called on just hours before the race to replace championship contender Christian Eckes (No.15 JBL Audio Toyota) after he was unexpectedly sidelined due to medical reasons, finished eighth in his relief effort. The team expects to provide an update on Eckes’ condition early in the week.

Next up for the ARCA Series is the General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday, April 26.


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