Monday, May 16
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JR Motorsports announced today the addition of BUSDX as the newest partner of the No. 1 team with driver Sam Mayer. BUSDX, a digital staking and rewards token built on the Binance Smart Chain, will be featured as Mayer’s primary partner in the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Michigan International Speedway (Aug. 6). 

 

Headquartered in Detroit, BUSDX offers a crypto token which automatically distributes 10% rewards to every holder in Binance USD (BUSD), a regulated, fiat-backed stablecoin pegged to the U.S. dollar. In essence, token holders will be able to generate revenue just for holding BUSDX in their wallet. BUSDX token holders will also be able to swap, buy, or sell their tokens on decentralized exchanges to fiat. To date BUSDX has distributed more than $1 million in BUSD to its token holders.

 

“We are excited to be partnering with JR Motorsports and supporting Sam Mayer in the No. 1 BUSDX Chevrolet,” said Jason Robert, CEO of BUSDX. “Sam is an extremely talented driver, and JR Motorsports is a championship-caliber team. We are thrilled to have them showcase our brand.”

 

The hot-handed Mayer has been strong in the 11 races this season, racking up five top-five finishes in the last six races and six top-10 finishes this season. The 18-year-old Franklin, Wis. native sits seventh in the championship standings.

 

“I’m really looking forward to hopping behind the wheel of this BUSDX Chevrolet at Michigan,” Mayer said. “With their headquarters being so close to the track, it’s like a home race for them. It’s sure to be a huge weekend and hopefully we can celebrate with them in Victory Lane at the end of the day.”

 

Mayer will debut the No. 1 BUSDX Chevrolet Camaro at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 6 with broadcast coverage at 3:30 p.m. ET on USA Network.

 

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The Bill Walker Memorial Golf Tournament presented by Premier Truck Group and the Blake Shelton All-Star Experience highlight the various fundraising events that Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter will be hosting during the NASCAR All-Star Race weekend set for May 20-22 at Texas Motor Speedway.
 
 The Bill Walker Memorial Golf Tournament presented by Premier Truck Group will officially kick off the SCC activities on Friday, May 20, at Bridlewood Golf Club in Flower Mound. The scramble tournament will be a shotgun start at 8 a.m. and will include a welcome breakfast, activities on the course, silent auction and awards luncheon.
 
Among the participants will be one of NASCAR’s young All-Stars, Ryan Blaney of Team Penske. The opportunity to bid to play the round with Blaney will be available soon here.
 
Premier Truck Group, NTT DATA, RealCom Solutions and Hillwood have stepped up as corporate sponsors but there are remaining opportunities ranging from Eagle sponsor ($5,000) to Bogey sponsor ($150) for interested companies. A foursome is $1,000 and $225 for individuals who will be paired with a team. Click here to sign up.
 
SCC-Texas has created a VIP auction item for the ultimate experience to enjoy the race weekend in luxury and meet one of country music’s biggest names. The package includes:
 
· Exclusive meet-and-greet with Blake Shelton prior to his pre-race concert on Sunday, May 22.
 
· Pair of luxury suite tickets and VIP parking for all three days of racing, highlighted by the NASCAR All-Star Race on May 22.
 
· Pair of Track Passes for pit access throughout the weekend and upgraded access to the Shelton pre-race concert and NASCAR All-Star Race driver introductions.
 
Click here to bid now or visit www.sccauctions.com.
 
Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas will have an additional five fundraisers on site at Texas Motor Speedway throughout the race weekend, ranging from a VIP casino night to taking your personal vehicle on TMS’ 1.5-mile oval. Here’s a look at those events:
 
· 50/50 Raffle – The NASCAR All-Star Race winner won’t be the only one going home with a jackpot. From Friday through Sunday of race weekend, SCC will be selling tickets (10 for $10, 40 for $20, 120 for $40) for the 50/50 raffle, where one lucky winner will receive half the money raised and the other half will serve children in need. Keep an eye out for the 50/50 Raffle kiosks on the concourse as well as volunteers in the green 50/50 Raffle vests with signs.
 
· The Legacy Shop – This race weekend-only shop provides unique memorabilia items and pieces of Texas Motor Speedway history for purchase to benefit SCC-Texas. The Legacy Shop, located near Gate 5 on the concourse by Section 109, is open from when the gates open to the conclusion of the day’s on-track activities on both Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22.
 
· SCC All-Star Live Auction – The Trackside Live stage, located at Gate 3 of the Fan Zone, will be the site of a live 30-minute auction of various items and memorabilia for fans on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 3:30 p.m.
 
· All-Star Laps for Charity – This popular event, which will be held Sunday, May 22, from 8-9:30 a.m., allows people to take a ride around the high-banked, 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway oval in their personal vehicles. The vehicles will be led by an official TMS pace car. The donation is $60 per vehicle for three laps and there are limited spots available. To register, click here.
 
Since 1997, Speedway Children's Charities at Texas Motor Speedway has distributed more than $11.5 million in funding to non-profit organizations in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties supporting children in need. The funds distributed by SCC are raised through special events held throughout the year. Most of the SCC events are geared around the major race weeks at Texas Motor Speedway. SCC could fill the grandstands at Texas Motor Speedway 18 times with the number of children the organization has helped since being formed.
 
For more information on SCC or the upcoming charitable events at Texas Motor Speedway, please visit www.speedwaycharities.org.
 
Texas Motor Speedway will once again play host to the $1 million-to-win NASCAR All-Star Race, the marquee event of a race weekend (May 20-22) featuring all three of NASCAR’s premier series. The SpeedyCash.com 220 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will be held Friday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. (FS1, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90, MRN, and 95.9 The Ranch) and the SRS Distribution 250 Xfinity Series race on Saturday, May 21, at 12:30 p.m. (FS1, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90, PRN, and 95.9 The Ranch). Both will be televised live on FS1 and aired locally on 95.9 The Ranch. The NASCAR Open will begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 22 (FS1, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90, MRN, and 95.9 The Ranch) and the NASCAR All-Star Race at 7 p.m. (FS1, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90, MRN, and 95.9 The Ranch).
 
Country music superstar Blake Shelton will perform a live 60-minute concert May 22 as part of the NASCAR All-Star pre-race festivities.
 
TICKETS:
Tickets for the May 20-22 NASCAR All-Star Race Weekend, are on sale now at https://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/events/season-tickets/.
 
MORE INFO:
Keep track of all of Texas Motor Speedway’s busy schedule by following on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Keep up with all the latest news and information on the speedway website and TMS mobile app.
 
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Notes of Interest

 

● Cole Custer heads to the season’s second NASCAR Cup Series race on a true mile-and-a-half tri-oval when he and the No. 41 HaasTooling.com/Production Alliance Group Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) take to the track at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City for Sunday’s AdventHealth 400.

 

● Sunday’s 400-mile race will be Custer’s 88th Cup Series start and his fifth at Kansas. His Kansas debut resulted in a seventh-place finish in July 2020 en route to earning that year’s Rookie of the Year honors, best of his previous four Kansas outings. It was his fourth top-10 through his first 19 Cup Series starts.

 

● Riding along with Custer and his SHR Mustang is team co-owner Gene Haas’ newest holding, Haas Tooling, which was launched as a way for CNC machinists to purchase high-quality cutting tools at great prices. Haas cutting tools are sold exclusively online at HaasTooling.com and shipped directly to end users. HaasTooling.com products became available nationally in July 2020. Haas Automation, founded by Haas in 1983, is America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools. The company manufactures a complete line of vertical and horizontal machining centers, turning centers and rotary tables and indexers. All Haas products are constructed in the company’s 1.1-million-square-foot manufacturing facility in Oxnard, California, and distributed through a worldwide network of Haas Factory Outlets.

 

● Also returning to Custer’s No. 41 Mustang for the second time this season is Production Alliance Group (PAG). Tustin, California-based PAG is a premium, live-event and creative development company. Its creative works can been seen at concerts, award shows, sporting events, and corporate events. From the lights to the sound and everything in-between, PAG is the creativity and execution behind it all.

 

● The 24-year-old from Ladera Ranch, California, pulled double duty with PAG as primary sponsor in both the Feb. 26 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and the Feb. 27 Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Saturday, he scored his 10th career Xfinity Series victory in dominating fashion behind the wheel of the No. 07 for SS GreenLight Racing, qualifying second, leading a race-high 80 laps and crossing the finish line .565 of a second ahead of runner-up Noah Gragson in the third overtime. Custer followed that up with a solid 11th-place finish in the Cup Series race in his No. 41 SHR Ford.

 

● Custer has four Kansas appearances in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition, the most recent three in the No. 00 SHR Ford and the first in the No. 5 entry for JR Motorsports, with a best finish of 11th in the 2019 event after leading a race-high 85 laps.

 

● In his lone NASCAR Camping World Truck Series outing at Kansas, the 24-year-old from Ladera Ranch, California, qualified fourth and finished seventh in the No. 00 JR Motorsports entry in the May 2016 race.

 

● Custer’s potential top-10 finish in Sunday’s annual Throwback Race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway ended 33 laps short when he was caught up in a multicar accident that was not of his own doing. He arrives at Kansas 26th in the Cup Series standings.

 

Cole Custer, Driver of the No. 41 HaasTooling.com/Production Alliance Group Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing

 

You’re coming off a potentially strong finish that came to an abrupt end when you got caught up in a late-race accident at Darlington last Sunday. Do you feel there is momentum as you head to Kansas this weekend?

“Yeah, right when we had things turning around, we got caught up in the wreck on the backstretch. We’ve had a lot of things not go our way this year, but all you can do is move on to the next one, and that one is a pretty racey track at Kansas. Hopefully we can build on the positives from Darlington. Kansas is actually a tough racetrack. You have to move around and work the different lanes. You have to have the speed, as well, obviously. Track position is going to be huge and how you work the strategy is important. It’s a track where you have to put everything together. You have to make sure you can work the lanes good, and work them from the bottom to the top of the track.”

 

Kansas has one of your best tracks during since your Rookie of the Year campaign in 2020, when you scored your third career top-10 in the spring, then came back in the fall to almost grab another. How was that experience for you?

“The guys fought all race long both times that year and we definitely were able to make something of it in the first race, even though it wasn’t the prettiest day. We were in a good position in the fall race. Right there at the end was the best I had been in the top groove all race long. But a speeding penalty set us back and we still ended up with 14th place, which was disappointing when we considered what might have been. Our spring race last year turned out to be a frustrating day, but we came back and had a decent run in the fall race.”

 

This will be just the second race weekend of the season on a true mile-and-a-half tri-oval. Is there anything you can carry over from the first one at Las Vegas to this weekend’s race?

“Every single track is different, so you can’t necessarily bring the same thing to each one. Considering we almost made it to halfway in the race at Las Vegas before something happened under the hood, we didn’t get the most track time that we could’ve. But it was a very eventful day, for sure. We started in the back and then we started making progress, but had to go to the back again. Then we spun and had to go to the back one more time, so it was just an eventful day and it didn’t end very well. I think we had a solid car, though. We finally got running good at the end and it was shaping up to be a solid day, but it didn’t work out. We do know with how the aero is on the NextGen car, they’re edgier to drive on the mile-and-a-halves. But I think we have a really good idea on what we need to bring to Kansas this weekend. We’ve been working hard to put in all the preparation we can, but it all still comes down to making our best educated guess because we still don’t get a ton of track time before race day. You just have to hope you hit it right.”

 

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Comcast is proud to announce nominations for the 2022 Comcast Community Champion of the Year are now open through August 1, 2022, at ComcastCommunityChampion.comIn its eighth year, this prestigious annual award serves to recognize the philanthropic efforts of individuals within the NASCAR industry. New for this year, Comcast has opened the eligibility for anyone in the NASCAR community with a 2022 annual credential or NASCAR full season license.

 

To nominate and learn additional details about the award, visit ComcastCommunityChampion.com today through August 1, 2022. 

 

Created in 2015, the Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award is designed to honor the incredible efforts of NASCAR industry members who are giving selflessly to improve their communities. Comcast will select and honor three finalists, sharing their stories publicly.  A committee of NASCAR & Comcast executives will then determine the Comcast Community Champion of the Year, awarding $60,000 to the champion’s affiliated charity and $30,000 to each of the two finalists’ selected charities later this year. 

 

“Inspiring communities is at the forefront of what Comcast strives to accomplish, and we’re honored to recognize the philanthropic efforts by individuals from the NASCAR family that go above and beyond to support their local communities,” said Matt Lederer, Comcast’s Vice President, Brand Partnerships and Amplification. “Now more than ever, with us expanding the eligibility to the greater NASCAR community, we are encouraging our racing communities and industry family members to nominate these inspirational individuals so we can continue to illuminate the amazing work and causes they are supporting.”  

 

Any individual with a 2022 annual credential or NASCAR full season license from NASCAR’s top-three national series are now eligible to be nominated as a 2022 finalist, including: 

·       Team owners, drivers and all NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™ and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ employees

·       Full-time employees of tracks that are currently on the schedule for NASCAR's three series

·       NASCAR Media members who have a Print, Broadcast or Photography Hard Card

·       NASCAR Officials

·       NASCAR Partners/Sponsors

·       Family members of drivers and crew members

·       Driver and team employees (motorhome drivers, agents, and managers etc.)

·       Support industry personnel (engine builders, parts and service providers etc.)

Since the inception of the program, Comcast has donated $840,000 to 21 different nonprofit organizations, furthering the impact of the philanthropic efforts of all finalists and champions. Past champions include: 

·       World Wide Technology Raceway Owner, Curtis Francois, representing Raceway Gives Foundation

·       NASCAR driver, Bubba Wallace, representing the Live To Be Different Foundation 

·       Dover Motor Speedway President, Mike Tatoian, representing USO Delaware 

·       NASCAR champion, Joey Logano, representing the Joey Logano Foundation 

·       Chip Ganassi Racing’s pit crew department representing Ronald McDonald House 

·       JR Motorsports fabricator, Wade Jackson, representing Camp LUCK 

·       NASCAR driver, Joey Gase, representing the Iowa Donor Network 

 

“It was a tremendous honor to be named Comcast Community Champion last season,” said World Wide Technology Raceway Owner, Curtis Francois. “Comcast’s generosity has helped the Raceway Gives Foundation to continue to provide career opportunities, community engagement and educational experiences for area youth and military families.”   

 

Comcast has a storied history of strengthening communities each and every day of the year providing education opportunities and digital skills training to help create more pathways to economic mobility for young people and adults alike, most recently through its Project UP initiative. Backed by a $1 billion commitment to reach millions of people, Project UP encompasses the programs and community partnerships across Comcast, NBCUniversal and Sky that connect people to the internet, advance economic mobility and open doors for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, storytellers and creators. For more information on Project UP and the latest news on efforts to address digital inequities, visit https://corporate.comcast.com/impact/project-up.

 

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NASCAR and ARCA are headed to Kansas Speedway for the first of two stops at the track this season, while NHRA is headed back to Virginia Motorsports Park for the first time since 2019.

 

NASCAR National Series – NCS | NCWTS

Busch ready to add to Kansas success… Kyle Busch scored a birthday win at Kansas Speedway one year ago to clinch his Playoff berth and add to his incredible Kansas success. Busch has eight wins across NASCAR’s top three series at the track (two Cup Series victories, four Xfinity Series wins, two Truck Series victories.).

Hamlin looks to score another Kansas triumph… Denny Hamlin scored Toyota’s first win at Kansas Speedway in April 2012. Hamlin has since added two additional victories in consecutive fashion in October 2019 and July 2020.

Bell adds to top-10 streak… Christopher Bell continues to climb in the overall point standings as he scored his fifth top-10 finish in the past seven events on Sunday in Darlington. Bell is sure to have fond memories of Kansas Speedway as it was the site of his first Xfinity Series victory in October 2017.

Nemechek looking to go back-to-back… John Hunter Nemechek scored his first victory of the season last weekend in Darlington and moved up to second in the overall Truck Series point standings. Nemechek earned a top-five finish at Kansas Speedway one season ago after starting from the pole and leading 16 laps.

Toyota strength in the Truck Series… Toyota drivers continue to show strength in the Truck Series with the manufacturer holding down the top four spots in the point standings and six of the top eight. Toyota drivers currently in Playoff positions are Ben Rhodes, Nemechek, Chandler Smith, Stewart Friesen, Ty Majeski and Christian Eckes.  

 

NASCAR Regional Series – ARCA

Heim returns to first win track … Corey Heim returns to Kansas Speedway as a former ARCA winner at the track. The Georgia-native scored his first career ARCA victory – and Toyota’s 100th ARCA win – at Kansas Speedway in October 2020. Heim will have two chances to add to his victory total on Saturday as he competes in both the ARCA and Truck Series events.  

 

NHRA – Top Fuel | Funny Car

NHRA back at Richmond … For the first time since 2019, the NHRA is back at Virginia Motorsports Park. The winners in 2019 are both current Toyota drivers as Steve Torrence won in Top Fuel and Ron Capps claimed victory in the Virginia Nationals.

Torrence lone Top Fuel winner… Steve Torrence not only won the last time we were in Richmond, but he’s also won both Top Fuel trophies at Virginia Motorsports Park since NHRA returned there in 2018. Torrence is still looking for his first victory of the season but is solidly fourth in the point standings.

Capps strong in Supra debut… Reigning NHRA Funny Car champion Ron Capps made a successful Toyota debut in Charlotte. The two-time champion qualified his Toyota GR Supra in the third position and advanced to the final quad.

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No. 20 Rheem Toyota Camry TRD News and Notes:

  • Bell at Kansas: Christopher Bell will make his fifth NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) start at Kansas Speedway this weekend in the No. 20 Rheem Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR).  Bell has earned two top-10 finishes in his preview four starts at the 1.5-mile speedway.
  • No Place Like Kansas: Bell earned his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) victory at Kansas Speedway in 2017.  The win came in just his fifth start in the series and makes Kansas a special track for Bell.
  • Kansas NXS Stats: In addition to earning his first NXS win at Kansas, Bell also owns one pole, one top-five and one top-10 finish at the 1.5-mile speedway.
  • Rheem’s 15th Anniversary: The No. 20 Rheem Toyota Camry TRD will carry a commemorative logo to honor Rheem’s 15th anniversary as a NASCAR national-series sponsor. Rheem has been partnered with Bell since 2019 and was on the car for his first NCS victory.
  • Darlington Recap: Bell qualified his No. 20 Toyota Camry TRD third at Darlington and really liked the balance on his car throughout stage one. The team made slight adjustments throughout the race and Bell cycled up to a lead a few laps during green flag stops in the final stage. An issue on a pit stop late in the race dropped him back in the field but he was able to avoid an accident on track and race his way forward to a sixth-place finish.   
  • JGR AT KANSAS: In 107 combined starts at Kansas Speedway, JGR has earned seven NCS victories, 28 top-five finishes, 46 top-10s and 1,325 laps led.  The championship-winning organization has won two pole awards with an average start of 12.4 an average finish of 15.3. 
  • RACE INFO: The AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 15, 2022. The race will be broadcast live on FS1, Sirius XM 90, and MRN Radio.

 

From the Cockpit:

Christopher Bell: “I expect Kansas to be a lot like Vegas and Vegas was one of the best races we’ve had with the new car. I was fortunate enough to do the tire test at Kansas and the top was really fast and tire fall off was really relevant. I expect it to behave a lot like Vegas and we had a great race at Vegas so this should be another good one.”

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The Story on Corey:
 
 
  • Despite not being slated for a full-time schedule this year, Heim is competing for the 2022 Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year award. Having only competed in three of the seven events this season, he sits fourth in the standings, 34 points behind Lawless Alan. Heim will look to join three other KBM drivers that have won the award, reigning winner Chandler Smith, William Byron (2016) and Erik Jones (2015).
 
  • While he has yet to tackle Kansas Speedway in a truck, it was the site of his first career ARCA Menards Series victory. Heim led 82 of 100 laps en route to his first series victory on Oct. 16, 2020. In addition to his victory, he has four other starts at Kansas in the ARCA Menards Series, all finishes of fourth or better. By the time the Truck Series takes the green flag on Saturday night, Heim will have another ARCA start under his belt as he is pulling double duty this weekend driving the No. 20 Camry in Saturday afternoon’s ARCA race.
 
  • Saturday’s ARCA Menards Series event is part of Heim’s six-race schedule for Venturini Motorsports. Heim led 74 of 90 laps en route to the victory at Daytona in February to pick up his eighth career ARCA Menards Series victory. Across 38 career ARCA Menards Series starts he has produced 588 laps led, 28 top-five and 37 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 4.1. Heim finished second to Ty Gibbs in the 2021 ARCA Menards Series championship standings.
 
  • Heim made three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts for KBM in 2021, with a best result of 11th coming at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Heim had an impressive Truck Series debut at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway last May, where he led two laps, finished Stage Two in the runner-up position and was running second when he got turned from behind on a restart with just under 30 laps remaining. The incident forced him to the garage and ended his night with a disappointing 23rd-place finish.
 
  • Mardy Lindley returns to KBM for his second season atop the pit box of the No. 51 team. In addition to this year’s with Heim, the No. 51 team produced three victories in Lindley’s first season as a crew chief at KBM, two with owner-driver Kyle Busch and one with Martin Truex Jr. Before arriving at KBM, Lindley guided his drivers to 32 wins and four ARCA Menards Series East championships since 2013, including back-to-back titles with Sam Mayer the last two seasons. Additionally, he earned the ARCA Menards Series Sioux Chief Showdown championship with Mayer in 2020. Behind the wheel, the second-generation driver won 11 races on the Pro Cup Series from 2000 to 2006 and was crowned the series champion in 2001. In his lone Truck Series race at Kansas, Lindley was victorious with KBM owner-driver Kyle Busch last year. Busch led a race-high 59 laps to give Lindley his third career Truck Series victory as a crew chief.
 
  • JBL, the authority in engineering superior sound, returns to KBM for an eighth season and will be the primary sponsor on Heim’s Toyota for 10 races this season including Saturday’s race at Kansas. Crescent Tools, a premier hand tool brand from Apex Tool Group, will serve as a primary sponsor for four of Heim’s races, beginning July 29 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis (Ind.) Raceway Park. 
 
 
Corey Heim, Driver Q&A:
 
Kansas was the site of your first career ARCA win. Is it a special track to you?
“Yeah, absolutely. As you mentioned my first ARCA win was huge for me. I’ve been their four times – which I think is more than any ARCA track or any NASCAR style track that I’ve been to in the past – so I’m really looking to getting out there in my JBL Tundra TRD Pro this weekend and hopefully having a good run.”
  
You won in your last mile-and-a-half start at Atlanta. Does that give you confidence going into Kansas?
“For sure, as a driver Kansas is a lot different than Atlanta as far as the package that you have to bring to the race track and how you drive the track is a lot different. It will be a lot less throttle time than Atlanta for sure, but I’m confident that KBM gave me a really good truck at Atlanta and its going to be a similar downforce package and everything with how we set the truck up, so I feel like that is going to be a really good advantage going to Kansas.”
 
You’re in a stretch where you are in the JBL Tundra TRD Pro for three consecutive races. Does that help you get in a rhythm?
“One-hundred percent. The months off were definitely rough from Daytona to Atlanta and then Atlanta to Darlington. To be back in the truck on a consistent basis – I think I’ve got six of the next eight or something like that – and working with Mardy Lindley and my JBL crew is definitely going to be an advantage for sure.”
 
 
Corey Heim Career Highlights:
 
  • Picked up first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway March 19, 2022 in just his fifth start. Across six career starts has one win, 24 laps led, one top-five and one top-10 finish resulting in an average finish of 17.8.
  • Made three Truck Series starts in 2021 with a best result of 11th coming at Martinsville Speedway in October.
  • Finished runner-up in the ARCA Menards Series championship standings in 2021 after collecting six wins, three poles, 406 laps led, 16 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 3.1 across 20 starts.
  • Across 38 career ARCA Menards Series starts has eight wins, 588 laps led, 28 top-five and 37 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 4.1. Picked up his first career ARCA Menards Series victory at Kansas Speedway Oct. 16, 2020.
 
Corey Heim's No. 51 JBL Tundra TRD Pro:
 
KBM-54: The No. 51 JBL team will unload KBM-54 for Saturday’s 134-lap event at Kansas. KBM owner-driver Kyle Busch has two victories driving this Tundra TRD Pro, including at Kansas Speedway last May. The other victory came at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in 2018 in its first career start.
 
 
KBM Notes of Interest:
 
  • KBM drivers have collected five wins, four poles, 621 laps led, 15 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 9.6 across 37 starts at Kansas.
  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch has collected three wins at Kansas (2014, 2017 and 2021). Noah Gragson led a race-high 128 laps and swept all three stages in the 2018 event and William Byron earned his first career Camping World Trucks victory there in 2016.
  • KBM holds the Camping World Truck Series records for most career wins (93) and most wins in a single season (14 in 2014). With his victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway Corey Heim became the 18th different driver to win a Truck Series event for KBM. In addition to collecting a series-record seven Owner's Championships, the organization has produced two championship-winning drivers: Erik Jones (2015) and Christopher Bell (2017).
  • With 38 victories, the No. 51 is the winningest number in KBM’s Truck Series fleet.

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Hailie Deegan, No. 1 Ford Performance F-150

  • Hailie Deegan returns to Kansas Speedway for the eighth contest of 2022, marking the first appearance with Ford Performance as the No. 1 team's primary sponsor this season.
  • The Temecula, CA native made her first-ever NCWTS appearance at the facility in 2020, scoring a 16th place finish — the highest result for a female in her series debut.
  • Kansas Speedway has historically been one of the stronger tracks for the 20-year-old, averaging a finish of 14.5 throughout her young career. 
  • Veteran Crew Chief Mike Hillman has seen a plethora of success at the 1.5-mile oval, taking home a win, five top-fives, and ten top-10s across his 17 career appearances.
  • Click here for Deegan's career statistics.
 

Tanner Gray, No. 15 Ford Performance F-150

  • Tanner Gray heads into Saturday's Heart of America 200 looking to right the ship on the 2022 season after getting caught up in a multi-truck incident at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway last Friday that ended his race after 98 laps.
  • After seven rounds, the Ford Performance driver sits on the bubble spot for the Truck Series playoffs in 10th, 17 points above the cut line.
  • Historically, tracks between one and two miles in length have suited Gray's driving style well. He has three top-fives and nine top-10s including a top-five run at Kansas in 2020.
  • In eight races at Kansas, a truck crew chiefed by Jerry Baxter has only finished outside the top-10 on two occasions with the last time being 2014. In those eight races, Baxter's average finish is 8.3.
  • Click here for Gray's career statistics.

 

Riley Herbst, No. 17 Monster Energy Ford F-150

  • Riley Herbst will make his second start of the 2022 season behind the wheel of the No. 17 Ford F-150 for DGR.
  • In the season opening event at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, the Xfinity Series regular brought home a 12th-place effort.
  • In 10 career Truck Series starts, the Las Vegas native has scored two top-fives and four top-10s with one of those top-five runs coming last season on the Daytona Road Course in the No. 17.
  • Herbst may only be 23 years old, but he is a veteran at Kansas Speedway. Dating back to the ARCA Menards Series in 2017, he has eight total starts at the 1.5-mile track with two top-fives and five top-10s. He has one truck start with a ninth-place run in 2019.
  • Click here for Herbst's career statistics.

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As the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Kansas Speedway in Kansas City for Sunday’s AdventHealth 400, Kyle Busch has already had a winning week.

 

Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Crunchy Cookie Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), his wife Samantha, and their son Brexton, welcomed a baby girl to the family early Tuesday morning. Lennix Key Busch weighed in at 6 lbs, 1 oz and measured 20 inches long.  

 

After Busch spends the rest of his week getting acclimated to the new addition to the family, he’ll head to the Midwest in hopes of adding another addition to the trophy case on Sunday. With two Cup Series wins to his credit at Kansas, Busch has nine top-five finishes and 11 top-10s in his last 15 starts at Kansas His second Kansas win last May makes him the defending winner of Sunday’s event.

While the two-time Cup Series champion’s recent record at Kansas is quite impressive, there was a time when that wasn’t the case. Busch struggled mightily his first seven seasons competing at the 1.5-mile oval.

 

The Kansas oval was built in 2001 and originally featured a constant 15 degrees of banking in the turns. But it underwent a massive renovation leading into its October 2012 event. The changes included repaving of the existing track surface, reconfiguration of the oval, and the addition of a new infield road course. The oval’s geometric shape also was changed to feature variable banking of 17 to 20 degrees in the turns.


To say that Busch didn’t take well to the new surface would be quite the understatement. From October 2012 to 2013, he had three consecutive DNFs (Did Not Finish) there, with accidents ending his day each time, for final results of 31st, 38th and 34th.

 

Feeling snakebit on the new Kansas surface, Busch and his M&M’S team took a different approach starting with the April 2014 race by starting from scratch with a brand new car. They attacked Kansas with the hopes that a fresh outlook would produce vastly different results. While a pit-road speeding penalty cost them precious track position and an even better finish in the race, the result and effort was much different than the three previous trips. Instead, they were competitive enough to turn the corner in terms of results.

 

In the October 2014 Cup Series race, Busch brought home a third-place finish at Kansas. Those who know Busch knows he has never cared much for moral victories. However, the momentum kickstarted by his first Kansas top-five has remained to this day. Finally, with the surface starting to wear, Kansas has become a place much more agreeable to Busch’s driving style. He brought home his first victory there in NASCAR’s top series in May 2016 and added the aforementioned second win there last spring.

 

M&M’S Crunchy Cookie will once again be adorning his No. 18 Toyota at Kansas on Sunday. M&M’S Crunchy Cookie combines two favorite treats – M&M’S and chocolate chip cookies – and is now available nationwide. It’s bound to give race fans a fun, nostalgic snack to enjoy during this weekend’s race.

 

So as Busch heads to Kansas this weekend, they’ll be celebrating the new addition to the family, while also hoping to add another addition to the trophy case on an already exciting week for the entire Busch family.

 

KYLE BUSCH, Driver of the No. 18 M&M'S Crunchy Cookie Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing: 

 

Talk about this weekend at Kansas Speedway and your expectations on the track.

 

“Kansas has been a good place for our sport. You know the crowd, the reception, the racetrack, the community has really built up around the racetrack there over the last 10 years, or so. It’s been a lot of fun to see all that happen and I’m looking forward to the race. It’s been a great racetrack for us, lately. We’ve had some good runs there once the track aged. We’ve kind of seemed to maybe have figured out the place a little bit better, but the new car is always a new challenge each new place we go and we learn more every week. And, you know, we’re looking forward to the opportunity of being able to go out there and hopefully get ourselves a win with our M&M’S Crunchy Cookie Camry.”

 

You’ve run up front and led some laps at both Dover and Darlington the last few weeks. Is that encouraging as you try to figure out the NextGen car?

 

“Yes and no. Obviously, we would like to have some better finishes to show for it, but we’ve run up front and led some laps and that eventually leads to wins if you keep doing those things. We’ve made a lot of progress on the NextGen car, but you never know what is going to be around the corner. We’ll just keep trying to learn what we can and if we can continue to run up front, then I’m hoping it leads to good things at some point soon.”

 

Have you looked forward to racing at Kansas more since you won there?

 

“I do. Also, I did even the last few times before we won there when we had some really strong runs. We finished in the top-five, I think, five races in a row and we have also been in the top-10 a lot, so it’s a place where we’ve really picked it up and now we have two wins there. We seemed to have gotten a setup or ahold of that place and I feel like our cars keep getting better over the last few races. I’m hoping we can continue our strong runs and have a shot to win there again with our M&M’S Crunchy Cookie Toyota.”

 

What’s the biggest challenge that Kansas Speedway poses?

 

“I think the wind is usually a factor there. Sometimes it comes from the south, sometimes from the west, it’s like being in the Wizard of Oz. Kind of crazy to get there each year and try to figure out what’s best. But the wind also plays into our setups. We talk about how you have to set up the racecar according to which way the wind is blowing and what we have to do from that aspect. It definitely adds a different challenge to what we all do.”

 

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Josh Bilicki will carry the colors of the Ukranian flag in this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway where the driver of Spire Motorsports No. 77 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will show his support for ongoing humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.  
 
Bilicki will carry in the insignia of the Ukranian American Coordinating Council (UACC) on the hood of the No. 77 Chevy while the phrase Slava Ukraini (Glory to Ukraine) will be featured across the machine’s door and upper-rear quarter panels. Ukranian cities Kharikiv, Kherson, Kyiv, Mariupol and Mykolaiv will also be incorporated throughout Bilicki’s paint scheme.   
 
The UACC is a Ukrainian-American organization founded over 50 years ago by Ukrainian men and women who fought for freedom in World War II and immigrated to the United States, becoming citizens and supporters of both countries. Today, the UACC’s focus is to provide urgent help and support for Ukrainian civilian defense units by procuring and shipping helmets and body armor to Ukraine in bulk quantities.
 
“In 1991 when Ukraine became independent, many believed that their dreams had finally come to fruition, showing those in Ukraine the path to true democracy,” explained Oksana Tscherepenko, VP of the UACC.  “Now, as we watch the occupiers threaten Ukraine’s right to freedom and democracy, it becomes obvious that this dream is not fully realized and our men, women, children and elderly are being killed just for protecting their fundamental rights to democracy. Many civilians are defending themselves and Ukraine with little training and without proper gear or protection.
 
“After receiving a license from the U.S. State Department, the UACC purchased gear and received incredibly generous donations from individuals, law enforcement agencies, and state national guards, allowing us to ship an abundance of ballistic gear including helmets, vests and plates. One hundred percent of that gear is delivered to civilians in Ukraine who need it the most.” 
 
Bilicki has made six NCS starts for Spire Motorsports in 2022, earning a season-best 16th-place finish in the March 20 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Sunday’s AdventHealth 400 will mark the Menomonee Falls, Wis., native’s sixth start in NASCAR’s premier division at the 1.5-mile Kansas City, Kan., oval.
 
“As I prepare for this weekend’s race in Kansas, there are civilian men and women defending their freedom and lives on the other side of the world in Ukraine,” said Bilicki. “It’s easy for us to take our freedom for granted, which allows us to enjoy life, liberty and do what we love. The UACC’s mission is to provide support for Ukrainian civilian men and women, who often don’t have the equipment they need to protect themselves in their struggle for freedom. Our message this weekend is that we support the ongoing global humanitarian effort and provide hope to the men, women and children of Ukraine.”
 
The AdventHealth 400 from Kansas Speedway will be televised live on FS1 Sunday, May 15 beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 13th of 36 races on the 2022 NCS schedule will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

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