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Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway announced today their largest facility improvement project in over twenty-five years with the addition of brand new MUSCO LED lighting system for the historic NASCAR short track. Construction began this past week with the new lights making their debut on August 27th during the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour CheckeredFlag.com 150.
“This is a great day for Langley Speedway and our whole racing family,” Langley Speedway owner Bill Mullis said. “With these new lights, we’ll be able to show Langley in a whole new light. We’re always looking to make improvements to the property with lighting always being at the top of our list.”
The new MUSCO LED lighting system will feature twelve poles and just fifty-four lighting fixtures to illuminate brighter than ever before with a few special features that won’t be revealed until August 27th. Once completed, the current track lighting, including the old poles and wires, will be removed improving sightlines for fans watching from the grandstands.
“With this new addition, we will have the most advanced lighting of any racetrack in the United States,” said Langley Speedway Promoter Vaughan Crittenden. “Not only will this improve the at-track experience for our drivers and fans, it will also greatly improve the viewing experience for those watching at home through our online broadcast on FloRacing.”
The lighting project would not have been possible without the help of the City of Hampton Economic Development Authority, who granted Langley Speedway a grant to help offset the cost of the project. With these lights, the track will officially enter a new era, offering new and exciting events for the City of Hampton and the region to enjoy.
Langley Speedway Pr
With the potential for strong late afternoon and evening thunderstorms during race time, the NASCAR Advance Auto Part Weekly Series racing program for Saturday night, July 2 has been cancelled at Grandview Speedway.
Taking into consideration current travel costs for race teams and fans alike, management decided to make the decision early, allowing everyone to gear up for a better week next Saturday to begin the second half of the 2022 season.
Saturday’s program was to have included the 52nd annual Firecracker 40-lap T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Championship race along with a complete program for the T. P. Trailer Modifieds. This program in its entirety will be held over to next Saturday, July 9.
The program next Saturday, July 9 will feature the T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman competing in the Firecracker 40 championship race along with the T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds plus qualifying events for both classes leading to the 40-lap T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman championship paying $2000 to win and the 30-lap T.P. Trailer Modified feature.
Pit gates will open at 4 pm. with grandstand gates opening at 5:30 pm. and warm-ups starting at 6:30 pm. Adult grandstand admission is $22, while children ages 6-11 are $10, and children under age 12 are admitted free of charge.
This will be another program this season that will be produced by ATVN-TV. The races will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on the following Tuesday night, with further replays to follow. ATVN airs on channel 4/1004 HD (Lehigh Valley) and channel 8/608 (Delaware County). The air dates and times can be found at astound.com/ATVN.
The weekend will begin with a program on Friday, July 8, as the Outlaw Racing Series Enduro and Outlaw Racing Series Vintage Racers will be holding a double-header starting at 7 pm. Grandstand admission is just $10.
The following Saturday, July 16 will be Do It In the Dirt Night with Bob Hilbert Sportswear featuring a triple-division program including the T.P. Trailer Modifieds, T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman, and the only appearance of the season for the United Racing Club 360 Sprint Cars starting at 7:30 pm.
There will be fan giveaways that night along with a 50th anniversary edition of the Do It In the Dirt Night tee shirt that will be on sale celebrating Bob Hilbert Sportswear’s 50th year of business with the shirt that got it all started for Bob Hilbert, at the track where it all began, Grandview Speedway.
Since the 1960’s, Grandview Speedway has been presenting exciting wheel to wheel NASCAR stock car racing every Saturday Night starting in April and running through September, plus special events. Grandview Speedway is located at 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, Pa. 19505, just off Route 100, ten miles north of Pottstown, Pa.
Information is always available at www.grandviewspeedway.com or on Facebook, or by telephone at 610.754.7688.
UPCOMING EVENTS –
Friday, July 8 – Outlaw Racing Series Enduro and Outlaw Racing Series Vintage – 7 pm
Saturday, July 9 – T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds, 52nd annual FIRECRACKER 40 for T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman $2000 to win – 7:30 pm.
Saturday, July 16 – T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds, T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman plus URC 360 Sprint Cars – 7:30 pm.
Saturday, July 23 – T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds, T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman plus Outlaw Racing Series Vintage – 7:30 pm.
Saturday, July 30 – T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds, T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman – 7:30 pm.
Grandview Speedway PR
Harrison Burton and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang are set to start 23rd in Sunday’s Kwik Trip 250 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Burton toured the high-speed, 4.048-mile, 14-turn track at an average speed of 107.562 miles per hour to earn that spot.
It represented a significant increase in speed from his best lap in practice, where he averaged 106.422 mph on the second of eight laps run.
Sunday’s 62-lap, 250.98-mile Kwik Trip 250 is scheduled to get the green flag just after 2 p.m. (3 p.m. Eastern), with Stage breaks at Laps 15 and 30.
USA Network will carry the TV broadcast.
With the safety of fans, drivers and officials in mind, DIRTcar and Fayette County Speedway officials have canceled Wednesday’s event due to forecasted extreme temperatures.
The event for the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models and DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds will not be made up.
Illinois-Indiana Week will now begin Thursday, July 7, with the 42nd annual Herald & Review 100 at Macon Speedway in Macon, IL.
DIRTcar Series PR
Chase Elliott captured his second pole win of 2022 at Road America, recording a lap of 134.427 seconds, at 108.407 mph, in his No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Camaro ZL1.
· This marks Elliott’s 11th career pole win in 239 races in NASCAR’s premier series.
· Elliott’s pole win is the fourth for Chevrolet in 2022; and the bowtie brand’s 727th all-time in the NASCAR Cup Series.
TEAM CHEVY UNOFFICIAL QUALIFYING RESULTS:
1st CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1
3rd KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1
4th TYLER REDDICK, NO. 8 3CHI CAMARO ZL1
8th ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1
12th ROSS CHASTAIN, NO. 1 ADVENTHEALTH CAMARO ZL1
17th DANIEL SUAREZ, NO. 99 JOCKEY CAMARO ZL1
20th AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 DOW SALUTES VETERANS CAMARO ZL1
21st AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 16 GOLD FISH CASINO SLOTS CAMARO ZL1
26th JOSH BILICKI, NO. 77 ZEIGLER AUTO GROUP CAMARO ZL1
27th ERIK JONES, NO. 43 U.S. AIR FORCE CAMARO ZL1
29th WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 RAPTORTOUGH.COM CAMARO ZL1
30th TY DILLON, NO. 42 ALLEGIANT CAMARO ZL1
33rd RICKY STENHOUSE JR., NO. 47 PICK’N SAVE / VELVEETA CAMARO ZL1
34th JUSTIN HALEY, NO. 31 LEAFFILTER GUTTER PROTECTION CAMARO ZL1
35th COREY LAJOIE, NO. 7 BUILT.COM CAMARO ZL1
TOP-FIVE UNOFFICIAL QUALIFYING RESULTS:
1st Chase Elliott (Chevrolet)
2nd Chase Briscoe (Ford)
3rd Kyle Larson (Chevrolet)
4th Tyler Reddick (Chevrolet)
5th Austin Cindric (Ford)
USA Network will telecast the NASCAR Cup Series Kwik Trip 250 presented by JOCKEY Made in America live at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 3. Live coverage can also be found on the NBCSports Gold App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 – Pole Winner
“Hopefully the results are the same tomorrow as they were last year. That’s what’s important.
Just appreciate everybody at Hendrick Motorsports, from the engine shop to every department that has a hand in what we do to make our NAPA Chevy what it was today. We’ll try to go to work and see if we can get it driving like it needs to for tomorrow. I think it’s going to be really, really hard to pass, based on what I saw in practice. It would be nice to keep track position as long as we can. That’s always a tough thing at road courses, to manage that balance of what to do at what time.
We’ll see, but we’re looking forward to it, for sure.”
ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1 – Qualified 8th
“I think we are good. We kind of just have to wait and see, but a lot of things can happen at these road course races. There’s a lot of strategy involved. Our No. 48 Ally Chevy is a lot better than eighth, so we’re looking forward to it.”
While the top side of the banking held him up through much of the race, Bobby Pierce may have leaned most on his past experiences at Paducah International Raceway to score his fourth DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory of the season Friday night.
Until Friday, the Hell Tour hadn’t graced the high banks of the big 3/8-mile oval since June 28, 2013. That race was won by the one and only six-time champion and Dirt Late Model Hall-of-Famer Billy Moyer. Also in the field that night – a 16-year-old Bobby Pierce.
Though he finished fifth, the teenage racing sensation showed he was right on the cusp of breaking through to victory. Two nights later, he finally did break through, winning his first career Summer Nationals Feature in front of a home state Illinois crowd.
Nine years and forty-four tour victories later, Pierce still recalls the laps he made around the ultra-fast Paducah, and they might have just played a role in his journey to a dominant victory for $10,000 Friday night.
“I’ve always really liked this racetrack when I was younger; I just haven’t been able to come here in years,” Pierce said. “This was one I wanted to win pretty badly, probably more than any other on the tour, just because this place is so unique. Really, there’s nowhere like it.”
Pierce, the four-time Summer Nationals champion from Oakwood, IL, also has memories of racing at Paducah even before his Super Late Model career started.
“It definitely helped out that I was here in the past,” he said. “The first time I came here was in my Crate Late Model, and I was 12 or 13, I think. That’s pretty young for how big this place is.
“I remember going down the straightaways and having all day to think about my corner entrance because it felt like it took five days to get there with how long the straightaways are.”
He used those long straightaways to the fullest Friday night, stretching out his lead with ease once the race got going after a few early caution periods. Former tour regular Tanner English chased him throughout the 30-lap event, but never could keep pace with Pierce, ultimately settling for second.
After the first two yellows in the opening laps, only one final caution appeared just past the halfway mark. This erased Pierce’s three-plus-second lead and put English right on his bumper for the restart, which Pierce handled with ease, though there’s always the chance he doesn’t launch well.
“You always worry about that, especially going into Turn 1 here,” Pierce said. “With the line I was running, it’s a little bit strange. You go in there and it feels like you’re going 100 miles an hour and that wall is like a quick 90, and it was kinda slick up to it.”
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals returns to action on July 2 for a $10,000-to-win Saturday night special at Clarksville Speedway. If you can’t be at the track, watch every lap live on DIRTVision.
ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)
Feature 30 Laps | 00:25:37.649
1. 32-Bobby Pierce; 2. 81E-Tanner English; 3. 21-Billy Moyer Jr; 4. 15-Christian Hanger; 5. 96T-Terry English; 6. 3S-Brian Shirley; 7. 25-Jason Feger; 8. 212-Josh Putnam; 9. 81JR-Jason Riggs; 10. 18-Matt Cooper; 11. 14G-Joe Godsey; 12. 4D-Doug Tye; 13. 30-Mark Voigt; 14. 10-Ronnie Cooper; 15. 31AUS-Paul Stubber; 16. 38-Thomas Hunziker; 17. 26M-Brent McKinnon; 18. 81J-Jack Riggs; 19. 23NZ-Mick Quin; 20. 14R-Jeff Roth; 21. F1-Payton Freeman; 22. 99-Dylan Thompson; 23. 22-Aaron Edwards; 24. 15F-Richard Frost
FIRST TIMER: Young Wins at Paducah for First Career Summit Modified Victory
As one of the top DIRTcar UMP Modified drivers in his region, Trent Young had never been to DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Victory Lane. Until now.
In his first time out with the tour this season, Young dominated the tour’s return to Paducah International Raceway Friday night for his first career Summit Modified trophy.
“For me, it is a pretty big win,” Young said. “We don’t run a lot of big shows anymore, just local stuff, mostly. I don’t get to race against a lot of the touring guys.
“I think we still can run with them. We’ve got a pretty good car.”
The Hopkinsville, KY, racer ran away from UMP Modified veterans Lucas Lee and Brian Shaw en route to victory in the 20-lap affair, leading every lap, even battling internal issues of his own throughout the program.
“We fought engine overheating issues most of the night,” Young said. “We were pretty hot in the Heat Race, so I figured it was gonna be the same for the Feature, and it was.”
The DIRTcar Summit Modifieds return to action on July 2 for a Saturday night special at Clarksville Speedway. If you can’t be at the track, watch every lap live on DIRTVision.
ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)
Feature 20 Laps | 00:15:22.024
1. 10Y-Trent Young; 2. 12L-Lucas Lee; 3. 1S-Brian Shaw; 4. 176-Scotty Owens; 5. 2- Peyton Walker; 6. 99-Teegan Embrey; 7. 7D-Pete Sabatino; 8. 00-troy gay; 9. 7-Willie Gammill; 10. 16-Todd Riley; 11. (DNS) 8-Kyle Steffens
DIRTcar Series PR
Logan Williams and Matt McCarthy drove the Flowdynamics sprint cars to top 10 finishes in the 1st Annual Bubby Jones/Ray Scheetz Memorial at Perris Auto Speedway last Saturday night. The duo now gets a six-week summer break before returning to action at the Santa Maria Raceway on August 6th.
One of the only things hotter than the temperature at Perris Auto Speedway on Saturday was the immaculate appearance of the Flowdynamics cars. For those who thought they looked hot sitting in the pits, they were hotter once they hit the track as evidenced by Logan Williams’ second-fastest time in Woodlands Auto Display qualifying. His lap of 16.491 was just a tick slower than the fastest qualifier of the night at 16.895. McCarthy stopped the clocks at 17.351 which was the 11th quickest of the 20 cars on hand.
For the second time in a row, McCarthy, a father of two who lives in Riverside, California, and Yorba Linda’s Williams were matched up in the same heat. McCarthy started second in the 10-lapper and finished third. Williams started and finished fifth.
In the 30-lap main event on the Riverside County half-mile clay oval, both Flowdynamics drivers moved forward from their original starting positions. Williams, driving his black #5W, was coming from the inside of row four in seventh. McCarthy, in his familiar silver #28M, was on the inside of the sixth row in 11th. Williams never ran worse than fifth in the race and at one point was as high as third. He crossed the checkers not far behind the top four cars in fifth. McCarthy advanced forward three spots after starting 11th to finish in eighth.
The teammates stayed in the top 10 in the USAC/CRA championship point standings. Williams came out of the night still in fifth and is only 26-points out of fourth. McCarthy is 10th and is only 16-points out of ninth.
The July 8th and 9th races at Keller Auto Speedway and the Stone Chevrolet, Buick, GMC Thunderbowl have been canceled due to tire shortages, fuel costs, and water use regulations in the Central Valley.
One of the most promising new Dirt Late Model organizations has joined MPM Marketing’s growing client list.
Coltman Farms Racing, which is owned by Brett Coltman and fields a car for veteran dirt racer Kenny Collins, has signed with MPM Marketing to help bolster the growth of his operation from a promotional and online standpoint.
With dirt racing in general beginning to gain more popularity in the United States, Coltman knew that he needed a modern approach to finding success in the current racing environment and said that MPM’s relentless efforts to promote clients like Payton Freeman, who Coltman already sponsors, convinced him to reach out to founder Tonya McCallister.
“This whole thing wouldn’t be possible without the success of Payton Freeman’s partnership with MPM,” Coltman said. “Seeing what MPM has already done for Payton and hearing how he speaks about [Tonya] is what made me want to come aboard. It’s great to be partnered with Tonya and I think we’re going to do great together.”
Coltman added that the timing of his team’s new alliance with MPM could not have been more ideal following several successful months with Collins behind the wheel.
Collins successfully qualified for the Thursday preliminary of the Colossal 100 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Dirt Track back on May 12. He also showed speed against the top Dirt Late Model operations at Eldora Speedway in June by setting the fastest time of his group during the Eldora Million.
Although Collins failed to qualify for the main event in the Eldora Million and the postponed Dirt Late Model Dream, he said those two events served a great measuring stick for where Coltman's program currently stands and believes the efficiency they have displayed will yield a victory very soon.
“We haven’t won yet, but we’ve been second, third and just about everywhere else,” Collins said. “There have been a couple of chances for us to win races, but everything has been going really smooth. Brett’s been very easy to work with and I’m happy with how things have been going so far.”
Exceeding expectations at Eldora has given Coltman and Collins more confidence heading into the second half of their 2022 schedule, which will see the team participate in a rigorous Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals Series schedule that begins on July 15 at Beckley Motorsports Park in West Virginia.
Collins said the goal with Coltman Farms Racing is still to gain experience so they can put together a more concentrated effort in 2023, but the early success they have enjoyed together so far this year has Collins optimistic that everything is ahead of schedule.
“This is a testament to Brett giving us the right equipment,” Collins said. “In these types of races, you need to have cars and engines that are up to date. Brett has provided us high quality equipment and we’ve been building ourselves a notebook along the way, so we’re just going to grow and keep getting better.”
With a second car and a brand-new engine on the way, Collins has every reason to believe that Coltman Farms Racing will continue to excel on-track while simultaneously gaining more recognition through their relationship with MPM.
Like Collins, McCallister sees the potential that Coltman Farms Racing possesses against top-tier drivers like Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Overton and others, which is why she is determined to help the team capitalize on their current progress and expose their story to more dirt track fans.
“We are thrilled to have Coltman Farms Racing on board as a client,” McCallister said. “Brett continues to do so much in the racing industry and it’s easy to see why he’s so successful once you talk to him. His equipment is top notch and that showed at Eldora. With the talent that Kenny Collins has behind the wheel, I think this team will succeed for years to come.”
Having seen how McCallister has worked with others in the past, Coltman believes the possibilities are endless for him and Collins on and off the track now that MPM is on their side.
“We’re really starting to get going,” Coltman said. “Many great things have been said about Tonya and the work she has done. I’ve had the chance to spend a little time with her and I think we’re going to gel very well, so I’m excited to see what her marketing can do.”
News and Notes:
- Practice; After the completion of a 20-minute practice session on Friday afternoon, Myatt Snider would record a fast lap of 138.571 at 105.165 mph on Lap-1 of his 7-lap session making the No. 31 Shore Lunch Chevrolet Camaro SS 24th fastest of the 41 cars entered for Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Henry 180.
– Starting Position; Directly after practice teams would move into NXS qualifying to determine the starting order for Saturday afternoon’s Henry 180. In 2022, road course qualifying would consist of two rounds of group qualifying with the first round consisting of 15-minutes of two groups with the fastest five cars in each group moving onto the second round for a 10-minute session to determine the pole sitter. Snider would lay down a fast lap of 138.517 at 105.206 mph in Group A putting the No. 31 Shore Lunch Chevrolet Camaro 16th in the group at the end of the 15 minutes failing to transfer on to the fast-10. At the conclusion of qualifying Snider would fall into the 32nd starting position for Saturday’s Henry 180.
– Road America Stats; Saturday’s NXS Henry 180 will mark Snider’s third career NXS start at Road America. In 2020 during his NXS debut at Road America, Snider would be involved in a crash late in the race resulting in retiring four laps short of the finish and being credited with the 32nd position. The 2021 edition after moving to a new team would see Snider run strong all day, but would be involved with in an altercation with the No. 44 late in the race that would see him loose the lead pack and ultimately finish in the 23rd position. Last season at Road America JAR had Kaz Grala behind the wheel of the No. 31 after starting in the 7th position, Grala would run in the Top-15 the entire race before fading back in the final stage to finish in the 18th position.
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– Chassis; Jordan Anderson Racing Bommarito Autosport will bring Chassis No. 104 to Road America for Snider to compete with in the Henry 180. Chassis No. 104 last saw on track action for JAR two races ago at Portland International Raceway for the Pacific Automation 147, a race where Snider would have a career day leading 19 laps, capturing the JAR’s first Stage Win, running in the Top-5 for ¾ of the race enroute to a second-place finish. Prior to Portland, Chassis No. 104 last saw on track action for JAR back in March at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas for the Pit Boss 250 a race where Snider avoided trouble all day and was able to come home with a strong 6th place finish. In three races in the 2022, Chassis No. 104 holds an average finish of 4.0.