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Spire Motorsports announced today veteran racer Dylan Lupton will steer the team’s No. 7 Chevrolet Silverado in Saturday’s inaugural O’Reilly Auto Parts 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Lupton will carry sponsorship from Lupton Excavation as he makes his first Camping World Truck Series start of 2022.
“I am very thankful for this opportunity to drive for Spire Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course,” said Lupton. “Every time they have hit the track at a Truck Series race in 2022, Spire Motorsports has been a front-runner.
“I’d like to continue that pace this weekend. I have experience at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and with my road course background, plus with the leadership of Bono (Manion, crew chief), I think we can surprise a lot of people on Saturday afternoon.”
Since 2015, Lupton has made multiple starts across NASCAR’s Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series. The 28-year-old Wilton, Calif., native has logged 14 Truck Series starts across his career, earning one top-five and four top-10 finishes.
In two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the famed 13-turn, 2.258-mile Lexington, Ohio road course, Lupton has a track-best finish of ninth in 2015 driving for Athenian Motorsports.
Spire Motorsports has fielded an entry in six Camping World Truck Series races in 2022 with an All-Star driver lineup including Austin Hill (Daytona), Alex Bowman (Austin/Sonoma), William Byron (Martinsville), Chase Elliott (Bristol) and Rajah Caruth (Madison, Ill.), earning one win (Byron) and a pair of top 10s.
The team is led by championship-winning industry veterans Mike Greci and Kevin “Bono” Manion.
“Dylan Lupton has shown a lot of promise over his career so we’re eager to see what he can do this weekend at Mid-Ohio,” commented Spire Motorsports co-owner T.J. Puchyr. “He’s a good, hard-nosed road racer and having the leadership and wealth of knowledge between Mike (Greci) and Bono (Manion) will be important for Dylan. He’s done well at Mid-Ohio in the past, so we think we’ve got a strong combination heading into Saturday.”
The O’Reilly Auto Parts 150 will be televised live on FS1 Saturday, July 9 beginning at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 15th of 23 races on the 2022 Camping World Truck Series schedule will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.
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No. 18 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota GR Supra News and Notes:
- TRUEX AT ATLANTA: Ryan Truex has raced twice at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with one top-10 finish, an average starting position of 9.5, and an average finishing position of 10th.Truex also raced once at Atlanta in the NASCAR Cup Series and four times in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
- 2022 XFINITY SERIES: This will be Truex’s last race of the 2022 season for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). He previously drove the No. 18 at Las Vegas, Martinsville, Darlington, and Texas collecting two top-10 finishes in those races.
- JGR AT ATLANTA: JGR has run 60 NXS races at AMS with five wins, 19 top-fives, 32 top-10s, and five poles. JGR’s last win at the track came in March of 2022 as Ty Gibbs won his second race of the season.
- FOLLOW ALONG: Follow along for updates on Truex’s 2022 NXS Season.
- RACE INFO: The NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco Uniforms 250 is scheduled for 5:00 PM EST on Saturday, July 9. The race will be broadcasted on USA, MRN, Sirius XM and available to stream on the NBS Sports app.
From the Driver’s Seat:
Ryan Truex: “I am looking forward to getting in the No. 18 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota GR Supra one more time this year. We had a good run in Texas finishing sixth and I’m excited to be back with Joe Gibbs Racing to try and get the win this weekend. The team has had fast cars all year and I know this weekend will be no different. This will be the first time I’ve raced an Xfinity car on the reconfigured Atlanta, so I plan on working to adapt to the track quickly. It’s going to be hot down in Georgia. The track should be slick making for a good race and another opportunity for a great run with the No. 18 team.”
Martin Truex Jr. – No. 19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry TRD Preview – Quaker State 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
No. 19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry TRD News and Notes
- TRUEX AT ATLANTA: Martin Truex Jr. has posted nine consecutive top-10 finishes at Atlanta Motor Speedway, including an eighth-place run earlier this season. In 25 starts at the 1.54-mile quad-oval, he has registered six top-five finishes, 13 top-10s and 356 laps led. In this race last July, Truex was forced to start from the rear of the field and rallied his way to a third-place finish.
- ROAD AMERICA RECAP: Truex started 15th and finished 13th in last Sunday’s race at Road America. He raced his way into the top 10 at one point during the race before slipping back a few spots late as he was forced to conserve fuel in the closing laps.
- AUTO-OWNERS: Auto-Owners Insurance will be featured as the primary sponsor of Truex’s No. 19 Camry TRD for Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Lansing, Michigan-based company offers multiple lines of insurance, including life, home, auto and business to customers in 26 states. 2022 marks Auto-Owners’ fourth year with Joe Gibbs Racing as they will once again be featured for eight races on the No. 19 Camry TRD. To learn more about Auto-Owners, visit www.auto-owners.com.
- JGR AT ATLANTA: Joe Gibbs Racing owns 11 NASCAR Cup Series victories at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In 123 combined starts at the track, the organization has tallied 41 top-five finishes, 59 top-10s, four pole awards, and 2,836 laps led. Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Bobby Labonte, and Tony Stewart have all driven JGR entries to victory lane at the 1.54-mile speedway.
- TUNE IN: Coverage of this weekend’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway begins Sunday, July 10, at 3 p.m. ET on USA, PRN Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Martin Truex Jr., Driver of the No. 19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry TRD
What do you expect going back to a track for a second time with this car?
“I think the race will be pretty similar because we’re going to run pretty much flat out. Handling may come into a play a little more this time just because it’s going to be a lot hotter. Overall, I think everyone has a better handle on the car and you have an idea what worked and what didn’t work in that first race. It was pretty hard to pass the first time because everybody got side by side and there wasn’t much room to go anywhere, so qualifying is going to be very important to start up front up and try to stay up front all day.”
Denny Hamlin – No. 11 Coca-Cola Toyota Camry TRD Preview – Quaker State 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
No. 11 Coca-Cola Toyota Camry TRD News and Notes
- HAMLIN AT ATLANTA: Denny Hamlin owns one NASCAR Cup Series victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway (2012). Overall, the Chesterfield, Virginia native has recorded six top-five finishes, nine top-10s, one pole award and 421 laps led at the 1.54-mile track. Earlier this season, Hamlin was running solidly inside the top five late in stage two before being involved in an accident that ultimately ended his day prematurely.
- ROAD AMERICA RECAP: Hamlin started 14th and finished 17th in last Sunday’s race at Road America. He was hovering just outside the top 10 during stage one before a penalty for driving through too many pit boxes sent him to the rear of the field to begin stage two. After running as low as 32nd, Hamlin rallied his way back up to 17th by the time the checkered flag waved.
- COCA-COLA: For the first time in his career, Hamlin’s Toyota Camry TRD will feature the Coca-Cola colors in Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The 2022 Coca-Cola 600 winner has been a member of the Coca-Cola Racing Family of drivers since his rookie season in 2006.
- JGR AT ATLANTA: Joe Gibbs Racing owns 11 NASCAR Cup Series victories at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In 123 combined starts at the track, the organization has tallied 41 top-five finishes, 59 top-10s, four pole awards, and 2,836 laps led. Kyle Busch, Bobby Labonte, and Tony Stewart join Hamlin on the list of drivers who have driven JGR entries to victory lane at the 1.54-mile speedway.
- TUNE IN: Coverage of this weekend’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway begins Sunday, July 10, at 3 p.m. ET on USA, PRN Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Denny Hamlin, Driver of the No. 11 Coca-Cola Toyota Camry TRD
What do you expect going back to Atlanta for a second time with this car?
“I think you’re going to see a lot of what you saw the first time. But it’s not as simple as just bringing a superspeedway car like you’d take to Daytona or Talladega. You’ve got to handle good, especially with how hot it is going to be Sunday. I feel good about how strong our car was in the spring. We didn’t get the result we would have liked, but I was able to make moves on the top and bottom, so that gives me a lot of confidence that we can be a real contender on Sunday.”
Zane Smith, driver of the No. 38 Boot Barn F-150 for Front Row Motorsports, goes into this weekend’s inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Mid-Ohio with a 21-point lead in the standings. Smith was a guest earlier today on the weekly Ford Performance media Zoom call with motorsports reporters and spoke about his goals with two races remaining in the regular season.
ZANE SMITH, No. 38 Boot Barn F-150 – HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR POSITION AND IS IT A TIME TO BE MORE AGGRESSIVE AND GO AFTER THOSE PLAYOFF BONUS POINTS? “I think our main focus right now is this regular season championship, just with how valuable it is to win it, especially in a case like ourselves where we’ve already had a strong start to the year with three wins. If I don’t get anymore wins in between now and two races left, and I do win the regular season championship, it’s equivalent to three more wins and those points carry you a long way, so we’ve had a really strong start to the season. I feel like it says a lot about our team even after our Las Vegas incident with the lugnut, and I feel like if it wasn’t for that I’d have a huge buffer, so to bounce back from that I feel like it says a lot about our team and we’re ready to attack these next two races.”
HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR MID-OHIO THIS WEEKEND? “I feel like I’ve put in a lot of hours on the Ford sim and I feel like my engineer and I have worked closely and getting our truck better. The simulator is one thing and real deal is a whole other, but you typically get a general read for it and, as of right now, I’m really happy with how everything has been going and I’m excited to get to Mid-Ohio. I’ve never been there. I’ve never seen the place. I’ve heard mixed opinions on it, but I have enjoyed it so far. I feel like it should be fun and obviously hoping for another good points day and to leave there hopefully with the trophy and an even bigger points cushion.”
DO YOU FEEL WINNING THE REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP MAKES MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE IN GETTING TO PHOENIX FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE? “Yeah, it makes a huge difference. I’ve been in way worse situations than I am now. I feel like if you get those extra bonus points it just goes such a long way, but I’ve been in way way worse situation before and having to win in my last possible chance, so I’m happy where we’re at as a team. We have a new truck being built for the playoffs and obviously some good tracks coming up for us as well, but I feel like we’ve had the speed. The hard part of the eight-week stretch is over, so the fine detail kind of gets to be put into our trucks as it always is, but even more detail now. I feel like that’s what really separates people, so I’m super excited to get these playoffs rolling and hopefully we end up in Phoenix again. How championships are won now is just whoever is the best in Phoenix, so obviously we want to get ourselves locked in as soon as possible and put our biggest preparation into Phoenix if that day comes.”
IS THERE A TRACK THAT HELPS BEST PREPARE FOR PHOENIX OR ARE YOU TAKING IT RACE BY RACE? “I want to take it race by race, but it’s hard for me not to look forward to Kansas in the playoffs just with how our first Kansas went. I feel like the Fords in general have been really strong and I feel like we’ve done a pretty good job of executing races and staying consistent. That’s what it takes to get to Phoenix.”
YOU WERE FIRST AT COTA AND SECOND AT SONOMA, SO IS THIS WEEKEND ONE YOU’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO? “Absolutely. I feel like road courses, I said in COTA, I think it was to Jamie Little but road courses in my opinion is almost, I don’t want to say an off weekend but a fun weekend because if you’re off a little bit I feel like the driver can make the difference in a way, so I like that part of it and I grew up road course racing. I’ve never seen MId-Ohio, but what I know of it so far on the simulator and watching it, it seems like a lot of fun, so I’m super excited about it.”
IT’S A LONG WAY UNTIL THE END OF THE PLAYOFFS IN NOVEMBER. HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH SUCH A LONG PLAYOFF SEASON? “I feel like the most difficult part is if you have a bad weekend we have a huge break, I want to say it’s in August, and that part is the hardest part. I feel like the Xfinity and the Cup, obviously the Cup level is the Cup level, but for Xfinity to compare apples to apples, you could have a bad race to start the beginning of your year and be all right because I think Xfinity still has close to eight or nine races and, for us, if you have one bad race it hurts and so I feel like it’s really tough to make the playoffs in general for the Truck Series and then, like I said about the breaks once the playoffs get going, is really difficult. The past two years have worked out for me and I enjoy when the playoffs come around just because of the win you’re in mindset. Executing on peoples’ bad days is a big key to it. It takes everything to get to Phoenix. It’s almost a championship in itself getting there and then running the best out of everyone else is a whole other thing, so hopefully that’s the case this year.”
WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR MID-OHIO? “I’m a huge fan of road course racing. Our track record so far this year on the road courses has been really good with a first at COTA and a second at Sonoma, so a first and a second is a good start. I feel like at Sonoma I had a shot at the end, but I just wasn’t close enough to Kyle. I feel like Mid-Ohio from what I hear, talking to Michael McDowell and Joey Hand, it seems like it’s my style of a rhythm type road course and I like that. I actually feel like a place like COTA, where it’s really heavy braking ares isn’t quite my strong suit, but rhythm places and keeping your momentum up I would say is my strong suit road course-wise, so I can’t wait to get down there.”
WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPORTS MOMENT? “It was pretty cool watching Jimmie Johnson win his seventh championship. Racing is all I’ve ever known. Besides racing, I’m a huge Tom Brady fan. I really enjoy seeing his success at such a high level and all the people that talk crap about him and how he shuts them up. That’s just really cool to see, whether he played football, golf or baseball it don’t matter for me. Other than that, Jimmie Johnson winning a seventh championship was pretty cool. Anything racing involved is always cool to watch, especially when the odds really are in their favor.”
HOW DID YOU ENJOY YOUR CUP DEBUT AT GATEWAY SUBBING FOR CHRIS BUESCHER? “When I ran the 17 Cup car it was an experience I’ll never forget. It was about as last-minute as it could possible get, but I had a ton of fun getting to, I don’t know, I guess to see that and be a part of it. That was what was so cool. Ever since you’re a little kid in any professional sport you always want to get to the top level and it’s crazy once you get to do that, especially for your first time, so that was pretty crazy. Just the atmosphere difference was so much different than anything I’ve ever experienced and obviously the competition level taught me so much. It was cool to race against those guys that I’d grown up watching, a lot of them, and so hopefully there will be more in the near future.”
ARE YOU DOING ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR THAN PREVIOUS YEARS? ALL OF YOUR STATS ARE BETTER. “I wouldn’t say there’s anything I’m doing different. I just feel like everything is clicking well. The communication between myself, crew chief, engineer, our whole team is just really good right now. I feel like just race car drivers in general, once you have a few years under your belt it just really shows once you’ve been to the places and you’ve gotten to experience so many different things and I feel like that’s the case for me. A lot of times I feel like I’ve experienced so much, so I can’t imagine 10-plus years racing. I’m having a ton of fun this year. It’s been cool to collect some trophies and be in contention to win races pretty much week in and week out and we’ll try to keep it up in these playoffs and see if we can end up in Phoenix.”
ANY ADVICE FOR KIDS OUT THERE WHO LOOK UP TO YOU? “It’s obviously been super cool to see, especially last year and this year all of the support I’ve gotten from the fan’s side. I feel like that’s super cool to see. I try to be as relatable as possible, but as far as advice I’m still figuring myself out. But as far as racing advice, if you’re trying to make it professionally, I would try to race anything and everything you get your hands on and take advantage of every opportunity you’re given and just roll with the punches and see what it gives you and have fun with it.”
CAN YOU TALK MORE ABOUT WHAT JOEY HAND IS HELPING YOU WITH? “Joey helped some at COTA and I’m not sure if he helped at Sonoma, but I’ve been really impressed with Joey and super thankful for his help that he and Ford have provided us. I obviously haven’t been able to apply it yet at Mid-Ohio, but his COTA help was tremendous and I just feel like little things he’s showed me at Mid-Ohio has helped me a ton. I feel like it’s really easy for people that come in, I don’t want to sound bad here, but people who think they’re helping but they don’t understand the stock cars that we race and the things that they say don’t make sense or isn’t necessarily true, but that is not the case with Joey. With him he is spot on and I feel like the communication between him and I has been great. As soon as he talks about something, I don’t know if it’s because we come from a karting background or he just has so much road course experience he just knows, but as soon as he talks about something I pick it up right away with him and that’s been really cool. He’s a super cool guy. Obviously a freaking wheel man, and hopefully I get to use him some more whenever I get the chance.”
IS IT JUST CONVERSATION WHERE HE HELPS OR DO YOU LOOK AT VIDEO? “What he did for COTA and Mid-Ohio is Ford will send him down to North Carolina for at least a day and he’ll work with me for a couple hours. I’ll pretty much run for 20 minutes and he’ll have a track map and mark down all these notes of his thoughts and opinions and I feel like that’s what makes him good is because he makes it clear these are his thoughts and his opinion, you don’t have to do it and you can take what you want from it. I feel like that’s how you should go about things and with Joey I’ve taken about 99 percent of them just because I feel like they’ve all really applied well with what I’m trying to do. His help in the simulator has been tremendous and hopefully we can apply it on Saturday.”
WILL THE REGULAR SEASON TITLE AND 15-POINT BONUS THAT COMES WITH IT MAKE YOU MORE HESITANT TO STICK YOUR NOSE INTO A TIGHT SITUATION WITH THAT THOUGHT IN THE BACK OF YOUR MIND? “For sure, especially when you take those away from guys they’re gonna be racing in the playoffs a lot more conservative, so you’ve got to take advantage of those situations. That’s where my head is at. I’m sure that’s where the other guys’ heads are at that also have pretty good playoff points, so we need to get there first, but a great first step would be winning on Saturday.”
IS THERE A PARTICULAR AREA YOU FEEL YOU NEED TO IMPROVE ON AS A TEAM OR IS IT JUST REFINING WHERE YOU ARE? “I feel like pit road needs to be better.”
SO THE MODIFIED PIT STOPS MIGHT PLAY INTO YOUR HAND? “I feel like it’s not that it’s been completely horrible, it just needs to be more consistent, especially when these playoffs come around just because mistakes don’t get you to Phoenix. I’ve gotten to experience that and fortunately we’ve been able to execute as late as you could possibly get it done, but I do not want to be a part of that again. I would like to be able to breathe going into, I think it’s Homestead this year, so that’s our goal. To be in the playoffs you need to be perfect. I don’t want it to seem like we’re bashing anyone, but I feel like our pit road needs to be more consistent.”
WITH THE MODIFIED PIT STOPS THIS WEEK HOW MUCH EASIER IS IT TO KNOW YOU DON’T HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION ON WHETHER OR NOT TO COME IN BEFORE THE STAGE BREAK? “I like that. I feel like it’ll make for an exciting Pocono because we’re all gonna be racing for these stage wins because all the stages are pretty cut and dried. There’s good and bad to it. There’s good that way, but if you have a mistake early in the race, typically bad things on a road course you can short pit and still have a good day if you do something or make a mistake. There is none of that anymore and I’ve heard Mid-Ohio is pretty tough to pass, so minimizing your mistakes are gonna be crucial and just being around at the end and not getting into anyone else’s mess is the key.”
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Halfway down, halfway to go. The 37th DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour has reached the midway point of the season with three weeks in the books and three more to go.
Illinois-Indiana Week schedule
Thursday, July 7 – Macon Speedway (Macon, IL)
Friday, July 8 – Farmer City Raceway (Farmer City, IL)
Saturday, July 9 – Highland Speedway (Highland, IL)
Sunday, July 10 – Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
Tickets for each event will be available at the gates on race day. If you can’t make it to your favorite track, watch all the action live on DIRTVision – online at DIRTVision.com or with the DIRTVision mobile app.
Here are the drivers to watch for and the storylines to follow this week:
HELL TOUR CROWN JEWEL – Illinois-Indiana Week kicks off with the most prestigious race on the Summer Nationals schedule – the Herald & Review 100.
Macon Speedway hosts the Summer Nationals and Summit Modified stars on Thursday night in what has always been one of the most unique and exciting Dirt Late Model races in the world. Twenty-two Late Model drivers will take the green flag for 100 circuits around the 1/5-mile bullring for a shot at Midwest dirt racing immortality, and their photo in Decatur’s local newspaper – the Herald & Review.
Summer Nationals points leader Bobby Pierce is the defending winner. Only 24 men have conquered Mighty Macon in 41 previous runnings of the event, and with nine different winners in the first 16 Summer Nationals races this season, a 25th different name could be going in the Herald & Review 100 history books this year.
SHOWING OF SPORTSMANSHIP – After Sunday’s event at Lincoln Speedway, Bobby Pierce did something rarely seen in any sport – he gave up his pay to another driver.
After a collision between Pierce and Ryan Unzicker during their battle for the lead in Sunday’s Feature at Lincoln Speedway, both were sent to the tail of the field. The two were battling with Jason Feger and Shannon Babb for the top spot when Pierce entered Turn 3 slightly higher than Unzicker, who was hugging the bottom lane. Pierce hooked Unzicker’s right-side quarter-panel and turned him around, bringing out the yellow.
“I was going into the middle-bottom lane, tucking it in very close to Unzicker’s right side so I could try and get a good bite in that line of moisture and momentum around him through the turn,” Pierce said. “When his car started to apex, the quarter panel was right there. You see it happen a lot in Late Model racing with how big the noses are on these cars and the right quarter-panel sticks out.”
Though they both drove back to top-10 finishes, Pierce showed an act of sportsmanship after the race by declining his winnings and giving his check to Unzicker.
“I would want the same done for me,” Pierce said. “It’s just out of respect for the other racer.
“I figured if it could make his night a little better, then that’s fine with me.”
Both drivers are scheduled to compete Thursday and Friday at Macon and Farmer City.
DICE ARE ROLLIN’ – Heading into a race weekend with tracks like Highland Speedway and Farmer City Raceway on tap, Jason Feger picked the right time to build some momentum.
The 2010 champion from Bloomington, IL, is coming off a great end to Multi-State Week, scoring his first Summer Nationals Feature win of the season Sunday at Lincoln Speedway. He bested several of his fellow Illinois rivals that night, holding off the new all-time winningest driver Shannon Babb in the final laps to bag the victory.
He’ll likely meet several of those same foes again this week, but if history is any indication of his chances, he stands a great chance to win again. Three of Feger’s 22 Hell Tour Feature wins have come at either Highland (2015, 2020) or Farmer City (2016). Of the 10 seasons in which he’s won at least one tour Feature, seven of those have been multi-win seasons. This shows a trend that says once Feger wins, he’ll likely win again before the season’s out.
RETURN TO HAUBSTADT – It’s been since 2018, but this Sunday, the Summer Nationals stars return to The Class Track, Tri-State Speedway.
The famed quarter-mile oval in Haubstadt, IN, has hosted 23 Hell Tour events in its history, including its first in 1989. The last three scheduled appearances for the tours have been lost to rain, but forecasts for drier weather are projected to bring the tours back for an exciting night of action at one of Indiana’s most action-packed tracks.
LOCAL FAVORITES – Three of the four tracks on the docket this week host weekly DIRTcar-sanctioned racing and have their local contenders looking to defeat the Summer Nationals invaders.
While the track does not host weekly Super Late Model competition, it does feature DIRTcar UMP Modifieds. Coming into Thursday night – Guy Taylor, Rodney Standerfer and Alan Crowder are locked in the thick of a battle for the top spot in points, all with at least once win apiece.
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Late Model racing in the weekly Friday Night Lights program has been topped by Super Late Model rising star Tommy Sheppard Jr. The cousin to 2013 Summer Nationals champion Brandon Sheppard, Tommy has won three Features thus far at FCR and has several starts on the Hell Tour trail already this season.
UMP Modified action has seen a variety of dominant forces this season, including Allen Weisser and Trevor Neville with three wins apiece, as well as defending track champion Michael Ledford with two Feature victories.
In bi-weekly Late Model action at Highland, Michael Kloos tops the points with three top fives in four starts, but Tommy Sheppard Jr. has been on a roll at the quarter-mile with two wins in two starts.
Six-time Summit Modified champion Mike Harrison has been a dominant force at Highland this year, winning three times in five starts, and has won the last three Summit Modified events at the track (2019-2021). Willy Myers is tied with Harrison for most wins there this season at three, currently sitting third in points, while Jimmy Cummins leads track points with top-10 finishes in every event contested thus far.
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