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Joe Gibbs Racing announced today that Ty Dillon will drive the team’s No. 54 Toyota Supra in select NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2021, including the season opener at Daytona International Speedway on February 13. Beyond Daytona, Dillon’s Xfinity Series schedule currently includes races at Homestead-Miami Speedway (February 27), Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March 6) and Talladega Superspeedway (April 24).

Dillon, a native of Lewisville, North Carolina, has made more than 350 starts across NASCAR’s three national series. His resume includes an Xfinity Series victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2014 and top-five finishes in the points standings in each of his three fulltime seasons in the series. Dillon has spent the past four years competing fulltime in the NASCAR Cup Series.

“I am so thankful and excited for the opportunity to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota,” Dillon said. “They have been on top of the sport for a long time and this is a great opportunity for me to go prove that I am a winner and show what I know I can do in a race car.”

The team also confirmed that the Xfinity Series’ all-time wins leader Kyle Busch will drive the No. 54 Supra at Atlanta Motor Speedway (March 20), Circuit of the Americas (May 22), Texas Motor Speedway (June 12), Nashville Superspeedway (June 19) and Road America (July 3). Two-time Xfinity Series champion Martin Truex Jr. will pilot the No. 54 for the series’ second trip to Atlanta on July 10. Denny Hamlin will take the reins for the annual Labor Day weekend race at Darlington Raceway where he owns five Xfinity Series wins. Earlier this week, JGR announced that development driver Ty Gibbs will also drive the No. 54 Supra in select Xfinity Series races this season.

“Ty Dillon is going to be a great addition to our Xfinity lineup,” said Steve de Souza, Executive Vice President of Xfinity Series and Development for Joe Gibbs Racing. “Ty has a lot of experience across the board and that will definitely be an asset to our whole group as we get going this season.”

Sponsorship and the remainder of the No. 54 Supra team’s schedule will be announced at a later date.

JGR PR

Jeb Burton
 
Jeb Burton will begin his 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) season with primary partner, Nutrien Ag Solutions, at Daytona International Speedway in the No. 10 Chevrolet for Kaulig Racing. Nutrien Ag Solutions will be on board the No. 10 Chevrolet for 16 races in 2021.
 
Bruce Schlicker returns as the crew chief for Kaulig Racing's No. 10 Chevrolet for the 2021 season. Last year atop the No. 10 pit box, Schlicker recorded 15 top five and 27 top-10 finishes with driver Ross Chastain.
 
 
 
Justin Haley
 
Kaulig Racing announced earlier the return of Justin Haley to the No. 11 Chevrolet for a third-straight year. The team is also thrilled to announce the return of primary partner, LeafFilter Gutter Protection, to the No. 11 Chevrolet for the 2021 season. LeafFilter has donned the No. 11 Chevrolet since the team's inception in 2016 and continues to be the flagship entry for the team. A new addition has been added to the well-known LeafFilter scheme, and that is another “Leaf” company. Kaulig Racing is proud to add LeafHome Solutions and its subcompanies to the No. 11 Chevrolet.
 
Returning as the crew chief for the No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet and Justin Haley will be Alex Yontz, who will call the shots for his second, full-season as crew chief. Together in 2020, Yontz and Haley recorded three wins, 10 top five and 21 top-10 finishes for Kaulig Racing.
 
 
 
AJ Allmendinger
 
AJ Allmendinger will kick off his first, full NASCAR season since 2018 with partner, Ellsworth Advisors on the No. 16 Chevrolet at Daytona. In addition to his return to full-time competition, Kaulig Racing also announced recently that Allmendinger will pilot the No. 16 Camaro ZL1 1LE at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course race in the team's part-time NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) entry.
 
 
Atop the box for the 2021 NXS season will be long-time race engineer Jason Trinchere, who was previously Justin Haley's lead engineer during the 2020 NXS season. Trinchere has worked in all three of NASCAR's top series as an engineer and is a great addition to the Kaulig Racing crew chief lineup.
 
 
 
Kaz Grala
 
Kaz Grala was recently announced as the driver for Kaulig Racing's 2021 Daytona 500 entry, as well as other select races in the 2021 NCS season with the team.
 
Leading the way for the No. 16 team as the crew chief for Kaulig Racing's part-time NCS entry is Matt Swiderski. Swiderski most recently acted as a crew chief for Team Penske's part-time No. 12 NXS entry.

Kaulig Racing PR

From sprint cars, modifieds, street stocks and hornets to monster trucks, tractors and everything in between, a jam-packed, 21-event schedule is set for Gas City I-69 Speedway’s 2021 season.

It begins with an open “test and tune” on Saturday, April 24, with racing action kicking off on Friday night, May 7 and concluding Saturday, Oct. 23.

Anchoring the weekly schedule will be non-wing sprint cars, UMP-style modifieds, street stocks and hornets.

In addition to releasing the schedule, promoter Jerry Gappens announced he has extended his lease with track owner Jack Himelick. This will be Gappens’ fourth season overseeing the operation of the popular quarter-mile clay oval.

The exciting open-wheel racing of the United States Auto Club (USAC) will invade Gas City three nights this season, featuring two USAC AMSOIL national sprint car series and two USAC NOS Energy Drink national midget series events. Gas City’s USAC Indiana Midget Week date is scheduled for Friday night, June 11. USAC Indiana Sprint Week returns to Gas City for its opener on Friday night, July 23.

For the second consecutive year the USAC AMSOIL national sprint car series and USAC NOS Energy Drink national midget series will combine for a big doubleheader on Thursday night, Sept. 23 for the fourth annual James Dean Classic.

Other sanctioned sprint car races include the popular Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) sprint cars on Friday, May 14, featuring $2,000 to win and $300 to start in non-wing sprint action. Tony Stewart’s Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions winged sprint cars make a stop on Saturday night, May 22.

Double Down, the biggest non-sanctioned non-wing sprint car event in the region, takes place Friday night, Aug. 20.  A big field is expected to vie for a $20,000 purse in twin 21-lap features.

Additional midget racing will also be well represented at Gas City this season. The speedway will host three USAC Midget Cup Series dates, which feature open midgets, USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 midgets, and 1,000cc mini-sprints. Races are set for May 7, July 9 and Oct. 22.

USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 midgets will compete in five “stand-alone” events (June 4, June 25, July 30, Aug. 6 and Sept. 3), and Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions TQ midgets join the All Star Circuit of Champions sprint cars on May 22.

The second annual Gas City Power Pull, which is sanctioned by the Indiana Pulling League, is set for Saturday night, Sept. 18. The pull features various classes of trucks and tractors.

On Aug. 14 the popular “Night of Destruction, Thrills and Chills” will feature monster trucks, school bus races, a mini-van demo derby, a rollover contest, trailer races, a hornet feature and more.

The season concludes with the third annual Fall Festival of Speed, which will feature seven divisions of racing on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22-23. This event has grown to include the inaugural Non-Wing Nationals for sprint cars in 2021.

“It’s a diverse menu of great racing to satisfy almost every race fan’s motorsports entertainment appetite,” said Gappens.

Gappens will also incorporate his signature intermission entertainment for event nights, including a “Faster Pastor” school bus race plus fun theme nights with human bubble ball, “Name That Tune”/dance competition, kids’ coin and candy scrambles, spectator races for “soccer moms,” and much more.

“Our goal is to provide fast, fun, family entertainment,” added Gappens. “Once again our team will be vigilant in starting and finishing the programs on time.”

Gas City I-69 Speedway is located on State Road 22, approximately a half-mile west of Interstate 69, exit 259.

For the complete schedule and other news, visit the speedway’s website at GasCityI69Speedway.com. Fans and competitors can also follow the speedway on Twitter: @GasCitySpeedway; Instagram: @GasCitySpeedway and Facebook: GasCitySpeedwayOnTheGas.

Gas City PR

FOX Sports kicks off its 21st season of NASCAR coverage with a packed slate of live racing from Daytona International Speedway on six consecutive days beginning Tuesday, Feb. 9, culminating with the DAYTONA 500 on FOX and FOX Deportes on Sunday, Feb. 14 (2:30 PM ET). Live DAYTONA 500 prerace coverage begins on FS1 with NASCAR RACEDAY at 11:00 AM ET, before the show’s move to FOX at 1:00 PM ET.

 

FOX NASCAR’s presentation of Daytona Speedweeks, anchored by its 18th DAYTONA 500, also includes FS1’s live telecast of the season openers for both the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES and ARCA MENARDS SERIES on Saturday, Feb. 13, and the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES on Friday, Feb. 12. This year marks the 19th consecutive season of exclusive Truck Series coverage for FOX Sports.

 

The DAYTONA 500 is streamed live in English and Spanish on the FOX Sports app. FOX Deportes, the No. 1 Spanish-language sports network in the U.S., also offers live coverage of the DAYTONA 500.

 

NASCAR RACE HUB returns for the 2021 season just one day before cars hit the track at Daytona, on Monday, Feb. 8, live at 6:00 PM ET on FS1. Below is the complete FOX Sports and FOX Deportes’ Daytona Speedweeks programming schedule:

 

 

FOX NASCAR DAYTONA SPEEDWEEKS SCHEDULE

(all times live and ET unless otherwise noted and subject to change)

 

 

Monday, Feb. 8

  • NASCAR RACE HUB (6:00-7:00 PM) (FS1)

 

Tuesday, Feb. 9

  • NASCAR RACEDAY (BUSCH CLASH AT DAYTONA) (6:00-7:00 PM) (FS1)
  • BUSCH CLASH AT DAYTONA (7:00-9:00 PM) (FS1)

 

Wednesday, Feb. 10

  • NASCAR CUP SERIES PRACTICE (12:00-1:00 PM) (FS1)
  • NASCAR RACE HUB (6:00-7:00 PM) (FS1)
  • NASCAR CUP SERIES QUALIFYING (7:00-9:00 PM) (FS1)

 

Thursday, Feb. 11

  • NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES PRACTICE (5:30-6:30 PM) (FS1)
  • NASCAR RACEDAY (DUEL AT DAYTONA) (6:30-7:00 PM) (FS1)
  • DUEL AT DAYTONA (7:00-10:00 PM) (FS1)

 

Friday, Feb. 12

  • NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES QUALIFYING (3:00-4:30 PM) (FS1)
  • NASCAR XFINITY SERIES PRACTICE (4:30-5:30 PM) (FS1)
  • NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION (5:30-6:30 PM) (FS1)
  • NASCAR RACEDAY: NCWTS (6:30-7:30 PM) (FS1)
  • NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACING (7:30-10:00 PM) (FS1)

 

Saturday, Feb. 13

  • NASCAR CUP SERIES PRACTICE (9:30-10:30 AM) (FS2)
  • NASCAR XFINITY SERIES QUALIFYING (10:30-11:00 AM) (FS2)
  • NASCAR XFINITY SERIES QUALIFYING (11:00 AM-12:00 PM) (FS1)
  • NASCAR CUP SERIES FINAL PRACTICE (12:00-1:00 PM) (FS1)
  • NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION (1:00-1:30 PM) (FS1)
  • ARCA MENARDS SERIES RACING (1:30-4:00 PM) (FS1)
  • NASCAR RACEDAY: XFINITY (4:00-5:00 PM) (FS1)
  • NASCAR XFINITY SERIES RACING (5:00-7:30 PM) (FS1)
  • NASCAR XFINITY SERIES POSTRACE SHOW (7:30-8:00 PM) (FS1)

 

Sunday, Feb. 14

  • NASCAR RACEDAY (DAYTONA 500) (11:00 AM-1:00 PM) (FS1)
  • NASCAR RACEDAY (DAYTONA 500) (1:00-2:30 PM) (FOX)
  • FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO (2:00-2:30 PM) (FOX Deportes)
  • DAYTONA 500 (2:30-6:30 PM) (FOX & FOX Deportes)

Fox Sports PR

Rick Ware Racing welcomes back Garrett Smithley for a partial schedule in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series.

“I’m incredibly excited to be back with RWR. We really had a great year last year, and honestly raced a lot more than I was planning to, which is always a good sign,” said Smithley. “Rick has given me some amazing opportunities throughout the year, and I’m excited to capitalize on this one in 2021.”

Smithley, a Pennsylvania native made his name known in the racing industry by working his way up the ladder from the U.S. Legends Car Series to the NASCAR Cup Series. Smithley’s talents were recognized by Daytona 500 Champion Derrike Cope, which led Smithley to make his stock car debut in the ARCA Racing Series.

Following the ARCA Series, Smithley raced in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, which led to a full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series ride with JD Motorsports from 2016-2019. Smithley had a career best finish of 5th at Daytona International Speedway. Smithley signed with Rick Ware Racing for 26 races during the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season. 

“We are really excited to have Garrett back in our cars after a memorable 2020 season,” commented team owner Rick Ware. “We plan on building on the chemistry Garrett and the team gained after some great runs last year.”

Smithley’s schedule of races will be announced at a later date.

For more information on Rick Ware Racing, visit www.wareracing.com, or follow along on social media. 

RWR PR

A new team will join the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series grid in 2021, materializing the dream of 2020 Club Challenge vice-champion Federico Monti. A former rally driver, the Italian entrepreneur partnered with Alex Caffi Motorsports and signed a technical support agreement with Race Art Technology to found Academy Motorsport.

Academy Motorsport is ready to field up to three cars in the upcoming NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season, starting in Valencia, Spain on April 17-18. 

The goal for the new organization is to soon become a powerhouse in the European NASCAR series by mixing the experience and capabilities of two established realities such as Alex Caffi Motorsports and Race Art Technology with a fresh approach brought by team owner Federico Monti.

“I am really happy. I loved my first season in the Club Challenge with Alex Caffi Motorsport / Race Art Technology and I wanted to try something different to test myself. It all started from there in a wonderful crescendo,” said Monti, who finished second in the Club Challenge in 2020 driving for Alex Caffi Motorsports / Race Art Technology and will chase the title of the regularity-based challenge once again in 2021 as a team owner / driver. “Alex Caffi was fantastic last year, he’s a wonderful person and we have a great relationship both personally and professionally. I knew Race Art Technology since my time in rallying and we immediately clicked. We all really enjoy racing together and I’m sure we’ll enjoy it even more in the upcoming season.”

“My Alex Caffi Motorsports team was born in 2016 to compete in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and this a great chance for us to leverage all our experience in this great championship to take another step towards the top,” said former Formula 1 driver Alex Caffi, who choose EuroNASCAR as the stepping stone towards a new career as team owner. “We will bring our two cars to the table and I think this new partnership is the perfect opportunity for us to contend for NWES title. Federico is creating a top-level organization and together we hope to consistently fight for the top step of the podium.”

Key roles at the track will be covered by team owners Federico Monti and Alex Caffi, Team Principal Pierpaolo Ciceri and Sporting Director Stefano Bacci. Academy Motorsport is currently working on the lineup for the 2021 season and will announce the first drivers at a later date.

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will visit seven of the most iconic European tracks in 2021 and all the races will be streamed live on the EuroNASCAR Youtube channel, Facebook page and Twitch profile.

NWES PR

After a busy offseason, Garrett Smith is ready to hit the ground running during the 13th annual Cabin Fever race at Boyd’s Speedway on Jan. 30.

 
Smith enjoyed a strong 2020 season racing 602 and 604 late models, earning three victories throughout the course of the season. He closed out the year by making his super late model debut with the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series, where he set fast time, won his heat and led early in the feature.
 
“We had a really solid season last year and I’m looking forward to getting things started at Boyd’s Speedway,” said Smith, who earned one of his three victories last year at Boyd’s Speedway. “We’ll be going up against some tough competition during the Cabin Fever race, but we’re ready to go and I’m looking forward to getting back on a race track again.”
 
Since then Smith has been busy working to prepare a new Rocket Chassis XR1 race car. That car won’t quite be ready in time for the $4,000-to-win Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series feature that headlines the Cabin Fever program at Boyd’s Speedway.
 
Instead, Smith plans to utilize a battle-tested Barry Wright Race Cars ICON during the Cabin Fever event.
 
“We’ve spent most of our offseason getting this new Rocket XR1 ready to go,” Smith said. “It’s been a lot of hard work and preparation, but the car isn’t quite ready to go yet. We’ve got an awesome Barry Wright ICON race car that’s ready to go and we’ll use that car when we head to Boyd’s Speedway for the Cabin Fever race.”
 
Learn more about Garrett Smith and follow his racing activities by liking his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Garrettsmithperformance or by following him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/garrett_smith10.
 
MPM PR

The Super DIRTcar Series returns to action on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at Volusia Speedway Park kicking off five straight days of Big Block Modified action. The Series helps ring in 50 years of prestigious DIRTcar Nationals history with expanded purses and a brand new racing surface.

The Big Blocks start with a four-pack of 30-lap Features worth $4,000-to-win to set up a $5,000-to-win 50-lap Feature finale. The purse has also been expanded to increase the amount to start each Feature to $300 Tuesday through Friday and $350 on Saturday. 

Plus, the World’s Fastest Half-Mile now has a brand new surface, which has been raced on already by the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models and has received high praise from the racers. 

Three-time Big Gator champion and seven-time Super DIRTcar Series champion Matt Sheppard, from Waterloo, NY, knows not to haul south with any assumptions about Volusia from one year to the next. He’s ready to add to his eight-win DIRTcar Nationals victory count. 

“Volusia is certainly another animal compared to most of the tracks we’ve been to,” Sheppard said. “I’ve been going to Volusia for a long time now. It’s tough. It’s a tough place to get figured out from year to year. It seems like you go one year and you think you’ve got a handle on it. You go back the next year and everything changes. I don’t know what it is about the place but there are definitely certain guys that run really well down there and certain guys that seem to struggle. I think I’ve had it a little bit of both ways. Last year was one of the years I struggled. Hopefully, we can turn that around this year.”

Sheppard earned a place in the DIRTcar Nationals Top 50 Drivers list, which included drivers from the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, and Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds.

Despite coming from various racing backgrounds all premier dirt racers want a Big Gator of their own to take home, signifying they won the championship of their division.

“The Big Gators are in my basement with a bunch of my other trophies. I kept a few of the little gators but everyone loves them so I gave a few of them away to fans and crew members,” Sheppard said. “I’ve got a trophy shelf across the top of my shop and there is a Big Gator up there along with one of the stuffed animal gators. Whenever kids come over to my house they are always intrigued by the big bronze gator on the floor.”

That’s one crowded trophy shelf. It never hurts to have a Big Gator to keep the rest in line. 

You can watch Matt Sheppard and the stars of the Super DIRTcar Series at the DIRTcar Nationals Feb. 9-13 at Volusia Speedway Park. Get your tickets at DIRTcarNationals.com

If you can’t make it to the speedway be sure to sign up for DIRTVision and watch all the action live and in HD. Be sure to get the all-new DIRTVision Platinum FAST PASS Annual Subscription which includes all Super DIRTcar Series races plus all NAPA Super DIRT Week events, World of Outlaws, and DIRTcar Racing plus weekly racing from Knoxville, Williams Grove, Jacksonville, and more.

Super DIRTcar Series PR

CircleBDiecast.com will serve as the primary partner for Brett Moffitt to kick off the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season at Daytona International Speedway.  In addition, the diecast retailer will adorn Moffitt’s No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado at Talladega Superspeedway later this season.

“Everyone at Circle B Diecast and Plan B Sales have been so supportive of my career,” said Moffitt.  “I’m excited to start off the new year at Niece Motorsports with a familiar sponsor on our Chevrolet.  I know it is a cliché to say that everyone in the shop has been working hard and is excited to get the season started, but it’s true. I’ve been able to spend a lot of time with the team this offseason and we are all ready to get rolling and see this CircleBDiecast.com truck on the track.”

Plan B Sales was founded in 2010 with the goal of bringing service to dealers that carry licensed motorsports product.  Plan B Sales started as a Lionel diecast and Chase Authentics apparel distributor.  Over the last few years Plan B Sales has grown to be the largest account for Lionel servicing the motorsports market and has expanded product offerings.

Plan B Sales has quickly become the choice of dealers for a stocking one-stop distributor.  Its product offering also includes Auto World, Greenlight Collectibles, BrandArt and are the exclusive distributor for University of Racing product lines.

In September of 2020, Plan B Sales decided to split its wholesale and retail business into two different websites to better serve each segment of customers, effectively launching CircleBDiecast.com.

“All of us at Plan B Sales and CircleBDiecast.com have enjoyed working with Brett and Niece Motorsports separately for the past two seasons,” said CircleBDiecast.com Owner Brent Powell.  “It’s a perfect fit for us with Brett and Niece together this season.  We’re eager to get the season rolling and can’t wait to see the CircleBDiecast.com truck in Daytona.”

The No. 45 CircleBDiecast.com Chevrolet will also race at Talladega in October, with a unique opportunity for fan involvement.  More details will be announced closer to the race.

“We’ve been fortunate enough to work with the folks at Circle B Diecast and Plan B Sales and are excited to see that continue into this season,” said General Manager Cody Efaw.  “We’re ready to get the season started with Brett, Carson and Ryan.  We’re looking forward to a strong season from all three.”

Moffitt, the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion and 2015 NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year, has 12 wins, three poles and 39 top-five finishes in 82 career NCWTS starts.

In addition, the Iowa-native has 46 top-10 finishes and has led a total of 1,190 laps in his three seasons of full time NCWTS competition.

The 2021 NCWTS season will kick off at Daytona International Speedway with the NextEra Energy 250 on Friday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET on FoxSports1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Niece Motorsports PR

The long-awaited 2021 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models and Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals schedules are set and feature endless potential for exciting racing.

 

For the first time in its 36-year history, Hell Tour fans can enjoy watching both tours race over eight different weeks at various tracks, featuring a fresh mix of annual favorites, returning gems and one new addition.

 

Both tours are scheduled to race 30 dates over an eight-week stretch, starting with the kickoff at Indiana’s Brownstown Speedway on Tuesday, June 15.

 

Similar to the revamped 2020 schedule, a two-week break period will divide the tours into two parts to allow for the Late Model drivers to compete with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models in their crown-jewel events – Fairbury Speedway’s Prairie Dirt Classic, on July 30-31, and Cedar Lake Speedway’s USA Nationals, on Aug. 5-7. The Summit Modifieds will again run alongside the Outlaws at the Prairie Dirt Classic, featuring the $5,000-to-win finale on Saturday night.

 

Racing is also set for an average of five days per week, allowing teams to recuperate and travel on Monday and Tuesday for a grueling week of five-straight races Wednesday to Sunday. A make-up week has been set aside on Aug. 11-15 for races that are postponed from earlier in the series. Some weeks also have open dates for races that will be announced at a later time.

 

Swinging through a total of eight different states, 31 unique tracks in total will get their opportunity to host the Late Models and Modifieds, including one brand-new track in Indianapolis, IN. Circle City Raceway is set for opening this spring and will bring in the Summer Nationals and Summit Modified pilots to the quarter-mile oval on Wednesday, July 14. The Terre Haute Action Track returns only to the Summit Modifieds schedule on July 18.

 

The Summit Modifieds will hit the road for their 11th season of action in 2021, sporting an updated look to the tour’s logo. Ten years with the classic oval version has fit the tour well, and the updated, patch-style design will help display the Summit Racing Equipment and DIRTcar Racing partnership for years to come.

 

“Summit Racing Equipment is proud to remain the title sponsor of the Modified Nationals, and we know the unveiling of our new logo will usher in a brand-new era of partnership after 10 great seasons,” said Summit Motorsports & Events Manager Jim Greenleaf. “It’s a great new design that helps showcase our support and dedication to the teams, tracks and great race fans that help make this all possible.”

 

Going hand-in-hand with the new logo is the introduction of a new minimum winner’s share for the Summit Modified races in 2021. All 30 Features will pay a minimum $1,500 to win; a $500 increase from previous seasons.

 

Friday and Saturday night Late Model races will pay $10,000 to the winner; the other days of the week will serve as $5,000-to-win shows. The Late Model champion’s check will be awarded for only the second time in the state of Michigan, on Aug. 21, at Merritt Speedway, crowned alongside the Summit Modified champion. Weekly point funds for the Late Models will also be distributed throughout the schedule.

 

For all future updates on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models and Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, be sure to like the DIRTcar Racing and Summer Nationals pages on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for non-stop updates on race day.

 

Summer Nationals fans can follow along throughout the tour via DIRTVision’s all-new annual Platinum FAST PASS streaming subscription. Watch the DIRTcar Summer Nationals, Summit Modifieds, World of Outlaws, Super DIRTcar Series and more all year round for just $299 with the annual subscription or $39 per month and never miss a moment of the best dirt track racing in the country.

 

Combined tour schedules:

Week #1
Tuesday, June 15 | Brownstown Speedway | Brownstown, IN
Wednesday, June 16 | Peoria Speedway | Peoria, IL
Thursday, June 17 | Kankakee County Speedway | Kankakee, IL
Friday, June 18 | Tri-City Speedway | Pontoon Beach, IL
Saturday, June 19 | Fairbury Speedway | Fairbury, IL
Sunday, June 20 | Plymouth Speedway | Plymouth, IN

 

Week #2
Wednesday, June 23 | LaSalle Speedway | LaSalle, IL
Thursday, June 24 | Spoon River Speedway | Canton, IL
Friday, June 25 | Sycamore Speedway | Maple Park, IL
Saturday, June 26 | Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, MO
Sunday, June 27 | Jacksonville Speedway | Jacksonville, IL

 

Week #3
Wednesday, June 30 | Beaver Dam Raceway | Beaver Dam, WI (Late Models only)
Thursday, July 1 | Davenport Speedway | Davenport, IA (Late Models only)
Friday, July 2 | The Dirt Oval at Route 66 | Joliet, IL
Saturday, July 3 | Fayette County Speedway | Brownstown, IL
Sunday, July 4 | Lincoln Speedway | Lincoln, IL

 

Week #4
Thursday, July 8 | Macon Speedway | Macon, IL
Friday, July 9 | Farmer City Raceway | Farmer City, IL
Saturday, July 10 | Highland Speedway | Highland, IL
Sunday, July 11 | Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN

Week #5
Wednesday, July 14 | Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN
Thursday, July 15 | Thunderbird Raceway | Muskegon, MI
Friday, July 16 | Hartford Speedway | Hartford, MI
Saturday, July 17 | Oakshade Raceway | Wauseon, OH
Sunday, July 18 | Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN (Modifieds only)

 

Week #6
Wednesday, July 21 | Open
Thursday, July 22 | Springfield Raceway | Springfield, MO (Late Models only)
Friday, July 23 | Open
Saturday, July 24 | Clarksville Speedway | Clarksville, TN
Sunday, July 25 | Open

Fri-Sat, July 30-31 | Fairbury Speedway | Fairbury, IL (Modifieds only)

 

Week #7
Wed-Sun, Aug. 11-15 | Make-Ups

 

Week #8
Wednesday, Aug. 18 | Butler Motor Speedway | Quincy, MI
Thursday, Aug. 19 | I-96 Speedway | Lake Odessa, MI
Friday, Aug. 20 | Tri-City Motor Speedway | Auburn, MI
Saturday, Aug. 21 | Merritt Speedway | Lake City, MI

 

DIRTcar Series PR

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