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  • Race: Pacific Office Automation 147
  • Date: Saturday, June 3
  • Time: 4:30PM ET | 1:30PM PST
  • Track: Portland International Raceway
  • Distance: 75 laps / 147.75 miles
  • Stage Duration:
  • Stage 1: 25 laps, ends Lap 25
  • Stage 2: 25 laps, ends Lap 50
  • Final Stage: 25 laps, ends Lap 75
  • Broadcasting: FS1 | Motor Racing Network | SiriusXM NASCAR Ch. 90
  • Practice (FS1)
  • Date: Saturday, June 3
  • Time: 11:30AM ET| 8:30 AM PST
  • Qualifying (FS1)
  • Date: Saturday, June 3
  • Time: 12:00PM | 9:00AM PST
  • Format: Group A & B | Multi-Vehicle | Two Rounds
Starts: 1
Wins: 0
Top-5's: 0
Top-10's: 0
Best Start: 8th
Best Finish: 28th
Starts: 1
Wins: 0
Top-5's: 0
Top-10's: 0
Best Start: 18th (Chase - 2022)
Best Finish: 27th (Chase - 2022)
  • Connor Mosack will make his seventh NXS start of the season out of 21 races with Sam Hunt Racing in the No. 24 Open Eyes GR Supra. Mosack, a road-course ace, looks forward to back-to-back road course races at tracks he has experience at.
  • Mosack competed in the NXS race at Portland International Speedway last season in the No. 18 GR Supra, qualifying eighth and finishing 28th following an incident that ended Mosack's race early.
  • Mosack has competed in the TransAm TA2 series with TeamSLR at Sonoma Raceway, finishing 6th in 2022 after starting third.
  • Mosack will have primary sponsorship from Open Eyes at the upcoming races at Portland International Raceway and Sonoma Raceway.
  • About Open Eyes: Open Eyes (OE) exists to accelerate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the unreached and underserved. OE equips local leaders called Mobile Messengers for Evangelism, Church Planting, and Relief & Development. Currently serving in Africa, Lebanon, Ukraine, India, Nepal & Mexico.
“Excited to be heading back to Portland this year. Had a lot of speed there last year, and learned a lot that I can apply going back. I know the Sam Hunt Racing team has worked hard to get this Open Eyes GR Supra ready for some lefts and rights around Portland, and I'm looking forward to getting on track there."
-- Connor Mosack, Driver of the No. 24 Open Eyes GR Supra


Jesse Love will compete in approximately 15 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship events for CB Industries in 2023 starting this Sunday, June 4, with the USAC Indiana Midget Week opener at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.
Love (Menlo Park, Calif.) owns one of the most diversified racing portfolios in auto racing today, having won a total of six USAC championships in Western HPD Midget competition as well as ARCA Menards Series West titles in 2020 and 2021.
The current ARCA Menards Series point leader has won the last three races over the past few weeks at superspeedways such as Talladega, Kansas and Charlotte, and is due to make his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start this Saturday at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Ill.
In between his forays in stocks and trucks, the 18-year-old Love will take on a part-time schedule of USAC National Midget racing for the Chad Boat-owned team in car No. 84 sponsored by HomeSmiles. First, Love will take on the full seven-race USAC Indiana Midget Week slate, plus the first two races of Mid-America Midget Week in July and the entire west coast season-ending swing in November.
Love previously made five USAC National Midget feature starts for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports in 2020, finishing a best of 11th at Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex. More recently, he’s competed in midgets and micros on dirt sporadically with success
but is ready to be back in USAC competition for the first time in nearly three seasons.
“I’ve been in competitive cars before, but it will be fun having Chad (Boat) helping me out,” Love stated. “I took two years off from dirt and just went and ran as much pavement stuff as I could to get my foot in the door of the NASCAR world, and that’s really taken off now. I feel really confident about it, and we should be strong. Hopefully, we’ll be able to contend each night.”
It’s a unique schedule for Love who’ll be plying his trade, quite literally, in fendered machines one night and open wheel the next. With that said, he possesses extensive experience in both and is ready to take on the challenge of bouncing between multiple disciplines.
“It’s tough for sure,” Love acknowledges. “But, last year, when I got back into a midget for the first time in two years, we were pretty fast every night, and the micro stuff has kind of helped me stay sharp. I’ve worked really hard on driving as much stuff as I can. I think that’s really helping me out now at getting better in every aspect of racing.”
Love has experienced first hand what a meat grinder the USAC National Midget circuit can be while running a partial schedule for KKM in 2020. He described it as “tough,” “stout” and “hard to win.” It’s an undertaking that he believes has made him a better overall racecar driver in all realms. It’s part of the reason he does it. Not only does he love racing an array of machinery, but he also believes the seat time makes him better in any discipline he jumps into.
Between 2015-17, Love racked up a total of six USAC driving titles on the west coast: 2015 Western Restricted HPD Midget, 2016 Western HPD Midget Overall & Dirt, 2017 Western U.S. Overall, Dirt & Pavement. Although he continues to pile up wins as he makes his move up the NASCAR ladder, a USAC National Midget victory would be truly special to him.
“Honestly, I’d trade out some of my ARCA wins for a USAC win,” Love stated. “That would be one of the biggest wins of my career.  What I want to do is be a guy like Kyle Larson or Christopher Bell who can get into any type of car, and no matter what it is, they can run well in it. I would love to win some midget races, especially the Turkey Night Grand Prix or any of the races during Indiana Midget Week. Those are huge races that are hard to win and are pretty prestigious. If I can just win one of them, it would be one that I would cherish a lot.”
Sunday, June 4: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, IN
Monday, June 5: Circle City Raceway - Indianapolis, IN
Wednesday, June 7: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, IN
Thursday, June 8: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, IN
Friday, June 9: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN
Saturday, June 10: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN
Sunday, June 11: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN

No. 18 Starkey/SoundGear Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • SAWALICH AT PORTLAND: William Sawalich will make his first start at Portland International Raceway this weekend as the ARCA Menards Series West (AMSW) takes to the track. Sawalich made his AMSW debut earlier this season at Phoenix Raceway where he earned the pole and led 94 laps. 
  • LAST TIME OUT: Sawalich claimed his second ARCA Menards Series East (AMSE) victory of the year at Flat Rock Speedway on May 20. Sawalich qualified fourth for the race. The No. 18 ran in fourth while saving tires until Sawalich made the pass for the lead with 48 laps remaining in the race. Sawalich led the remainder of the race to capture the win.  
  • 2023 ARCA SEASON: Sawalich will run 20 races in the No. 18 Starkey/SoundGear Toyota Camry. He will compete for the AMSE Championship and the ARCA Menards Series Owner’s Championship for the No. 18. Sawalich currently sits first in the AMSE Championship standings, 13 points in front of Luke Fenhaus.  
  • FOLLOW ALONG: Follow along for updates and a behind-the-scenes look at Sawalich’s 2023 season. 

Twitter: @WilliamSawalich I Facebook: William Sawalich I Instagram:  @williamsawalich 

  • RACE INFO: The AMSW Portland 112 at Portland International Raceway is scheduled for 8:30 PM EST on Friday, June 2. The race will be broadcast live on FloRacing. 


From the Driver’s Seat: 

William Sawalich: “We’re coming off a good win so I’m excited to get back into the car. Portland starts a stretch of four weeks in a row that I’m in the car. I think it is key to get off to a good start this weekend so we can be consistent over the next few weeks. I’m excited to get to road course race in these cars, too. It will be a different challenge for me, but I know my No. 18 Starkey/SoundGear team and I are up for it.” 


Notes of Interest


● Chase Briscoe will carry the Ford Performance Racing School colors for the first of two consecutive races Sunday at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois, just across the Mississippi River from downtown St. Louis. Ford Performance Racing School is the only school to wear the Ford oval, and Ford is the only full-line vehicle manufacturer to offer product-focused experiential driving programs exclusively to the owners of its complete line of performance vehicles, from cars to trucks to SUVs.  


● The Stewart-Haas Racing driver has made two starts at Gateway – one each in the Cup Series and Truck Series – and started both from the pole. He earned his career first Cup Series pole last year on the 1.25-mile, egg-shaped oval, and led the first 27 laps of the Enjoy Illinois 300 before a flat left-rear tire sent him to the pits for an unscheduled stop.


● In his 2017 Truck Series outing at the track, Briscoe led twice for a race-high 88 of 160 laps and finished in the runner-up position. It was his fourth top-five in the first eight races that season. Briscoe went on to win the final race of the year at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and emerged with Rookie of the Year honors and the Most Popular Driver award. 


With 14 of 36 races complete, Briscoe is currently 17th in the driver standings, only four points below the playoff cutline.


Chase Briscoe, Driver of the No. 14 Ford Performance Racing School Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:


Talk through what the season has been like for the No. 14 team to this point.

“For our team this year, it’s been really just a unique season where we are either hot or completely cold. We’re either top-five, or we’re struggling to run 25th. So there have been a lot of character-building days where we’ve just had to not give up. It’s really easy, when you’re struggling like that, to start pointing fingers and lose confidence and, for us, we’ve just had to stay really rooted within ourselves to know that we’re capable of doing better. We know that when we put everything together, we’re battling for wins, but we haven’t been able to do it on a consistent basis. So, it’s been a challenging year from the team side of things for us. But I still think we all believe in each other and have each other’s backs. It’s just a matter of trying to be a little more consistent. Once we figure that out, we definitely have the speed and we’ll be able to put all the pieces together.”


You’re headed to a track where you had a lot of speed last year, but a blown tire took away a chance at a strong finish. Can you get that finish you know you’re capable of this weekend?

“I think this is a weekend where we can put the pieces together to find that consistency through a race and get a good result. The shorter tracks are places where we can go in, lead a lot of laps and get a lot of stage points, and hopefully win the race. We’re kind of right on that cutline for the playoffs, so winning a race would make life way easier, and this weekend is a great opportunity for us to do that. Last year, we were able to sit on the pole and lead laps before the blown tire, so we know that we have a car and setup that’s capable, it’s just a matter of applying the differences to what this year brings.”



No. 18 Pilot Flying J Toyota GR Supra News and Notes: 

  • SMITH AT PORTLAND: Sammy Smith will run his first race in any series at Portland International Raceway this weekend in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Pacific Office Automation 147. He has three previous NXS road course starts – Road America (2022), Watkins Glen (2022), and Circuit of the Americas (2023). He consistently ran in the top 10 in all three races, finishing in the top five at both Watkins Glen and Circuit of the Americas.  
  • CHARLOTTE RECAP: Smith started the rain-delayed Alsco Uniforms 300 in 18th. After a few stoppages during the first stage due to rain, the race was postponed after Stage 1 with Smith in 14th and resumed around 10:00 PM ET after the NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600. The No. 18 took the green checkered in 15th. The last stage was a fuel milage race – Smith brought the No. 18 down pit road with 10 laps remaining for right-side tires and a splash of fuel to make it to the finish. Smith raced right up to the checkered flag, making the pass for 10th on the last lap to earn the team’s fifth top-10 finish of the season. 
  • ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Smith is eligible to compete for the 2023 NXS Sunoco Rookie of the Year (ROTY). The other drivers competing for the title are Chandler Smith, Parker Retzlaff, and Blaine Perkins. 
  • ARCA EAST CHAMPION x2: Smith defended his 2021 ARCA Menards Series East (AMSE) Championship in 2022 on the strength of five wins and a top-five finish in all of the AMSE races. He also won four ARCA Menards Series races and one ARCA Menards Series West race in 2022.   
  • ON THE PITBOX: Crew Chief Jeff Meendering will head up the No. 18 team during the 2023 season. He has visited Victory Lane seven times as a NXS crew chief, most recently with Smith at Phoenix in March 2023. His teams have collected 56 top-five finishes, 115 top-10 finishes, and 11 pole positions under his leadership. 
  • JGR AT PORTLAND: Ty Gibbs led Joe Gibbs Racing in the inaugural Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway last season. The 2022 series champion started sixth, led a race-high 42 laps and won a stage in last year’s race before finishing seventh. 
  • FOLLOW ALONG: Follow along for updates and a behind-the-scenes look at Smith’s 2023 NXS Seasons.  

Twitter: @SammySmithSS I Facebook: Sammy Smith Racing I Instagram:  @sammysmithss_ 

  • RACE INFO: The NXS Pacific Office Automation 147 at Portland is scheduled for 4:30 PM EST on Saturday, June 6. The race will be broadcasted on FS1, MRN, Sirius XM and available to stream on the FOX Sports app. 


From the Driver’s Seat: 

Sammy Smith: “Road courses are one of my strong suits and I really look forward to running them. We had some good road course races last year and I learned a lot at COTA earlier this year. JGR has developed the road course program well, so even though I've never competed at Portland, I know we'll have a fast No. 18 Pilot Flying J Toyota GR Supra. I'm looking forward to getting to the track and getting a solid race in this weekend." 


Taking on the Mickey Walker Classic this Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3, the National Tour of the American Sprint Car Series will be at the three-eighths-mile Outlaw Motor Speedway in Oktaha, Okla. on Friday, then the quick quarter-mile Caney Valley Speedway on Saturday.


Both nights of racing pay $4,222 to win, $422 to start the A-Feature for the American Sprint Car Series, and will also feature OCRS style Champ/305 Sprint Cars racing for $1,222 to win, $122 to start.


Both late additions to the 2023 lineup, the weekend was originally slated for Creek County Speedway; however, a schedule change at the track caused the Mickey Walker Classic to move. Creek County Speedway will be featured on the ASCS National schedule on Thursday, June 15.


The only time Outlaw Motor Speedway will be open for action in 2023, the track has been kept in racing condition. Only needing some general cleaning to get ready, the Oklahoma Oval, located just south of Muskogee, has seen action four times, with just as many winners since 2003. Five visits to Caney Valley Speedway, the Kansas oval was featured in 1993, then was absent from the schedule until 2020. Canada’s Dylan Westbrook is the only repeat winner at Caney.


Going into the weekend, Seth Bergman continues to lead the points by 21 over Jason Martin, who captured his fourth National Tour win of the season on Sunday at Lake Ozark Speedway. Seven events into the season, Seth Bergman has not finished worse than third. Matching podium runs by Gary Wright, Jason Johnson, and Sam Hafertepe, Jr. The longest streak of podium finishes belongs to Gary Wight at 12 during the 2005 season.


Friday, June 2, at Outlaw Motor Speedway, opens at 5:00 P.M. with racing at 8:00 P.M. (CDT). Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for youth (11-14), and free for kids 10 and under. Pits are $40. Outlaw Motor Speedway is located south of Muskogee on Hwy. 69 at 8100 Wainwright Rd. in Oktaha, Okla. The track can be found on Facebook for more information.


Saturday, June 3, at Caney Valley Speedway, opens at 5:00 P.M. with racing at 7:30 P.M. (CDT). Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and free for kids 12 and under. Pits are $40. Caney Valley Speedway is located just north of Caney, Kan., at 1324 County Road 1600.


Terry Mattox is promoting both nights of the Mickey Walker Classic. For more information, contact him at (918) 417-0624 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The 2023 season will mark the 32nd year of competition for the American Sprint Car Series. Spearheaded by the American Sprint Car Series National Tour, the ASCS Nation includes Regional Tours that encompass both wing and non-wing competition.


Live coverage of the American Sprint Car Series can be found at Fans can choose to subscribe for $32.99 a month or $199.99 a year. broadcasts can be viewed on your Smart TV, Mobile Devices, and your Laptop or Computer.


For other news, notes, and information on any of the tours under the ASCS banner, log onto, follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@ASCSRacing).


Quick Info:


Who: ASCS National and Warrior Region

Where: Outlaw Motor Speedway and Caney Valley Speedway


When: Friday, June 2, 2023


Where: Outlaw Motor Speedway (Oktaha, OK)

Pits: 4:00 P.M.

Stands: 5:00 P.M.

Draw: 5:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Driver’s Meeting: 6:15 P.M.

Hot Laps/Qualifying: 7:00 P.M.

Racing: 8:00 P.M.


Ticket Info:


Tickets: $20

Youth (11-14): $5

Kids 10 & Under: Free

Pits: $40


Other Info:


Muffler: N/A

RACEceiver: 454.000

$4,222 to win, $422 to start


Track Contact Info:


Address: 8100 Wainwright Rd. Oktaha, OK 74450

Phone: (918) 417-0624




When: Saturday, June 3, 2023:


Where: Caney Valley Speedway (Caney, KS)

Pits: 3:00 P.M.

Stands: 5:00 P.M.

Draw: 5:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.

Driver’s Meeting: 5:45 P.M.

Hot Laps/Qualifying: 6:30 P.M.

Racing: 7:30 P.M.


***Ticket Info:***


Tickets: $20

Seniors (65+): $15

Kids 12 & Under: Free

Pits: $40


Other Info:


Muffler: N/A

RACEceiver: 454.000

$4,222 to win, $422 to start


Track Contact Info:


Address: 1324 C.R. 1600, Caney, KS 67333

Phone: (918) 417-0624




ASCS Online:


American Sprint Car Series:


Twitter: [@ascsracing]


Live-Scoring: My Race Pass App


2023 Race Winners: Jason Martin – 4 (4/20 – Jackson Motor Speedway; 4/22 – Boothill Speedway; 5/20 – Longdale Speedway; 5/28 – Lake Ozark Speedway); Seth Bergman – 1 (4/21 – Longdale Speedway); Austin McCarl – 1 (5/26 – Lakeside Speedway); Joe B. Miller – 1 (5/17 – Lake Ozark Speedway);


2023 Driver Points (Top 10): 1. Seth Bergman 974; 2. Jason Martin 953; 3. Matt Covington 851; 4. Landon Britt 835; 5. Brandon Anderson 807; 6. Howard Moore 803; 7. Jordon Mallett 787; 8. Kyler Johnson 716; 9. Brady Baker 678; 10. Michael Day 670;


Support of the American Sprint Car Series is brought to you by AR Dyno Specialty, BMRS, The Driver’s Project, Schoenfeld, Brodix, Kinsler Fuel Injection, Smiley’s Racing Products, Impact Signs, Hoosier Tire,, and



Kyle Larson, NASCAR’s 2021 Cup Series champion, will appear at the free Fanfest Thursday at Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis, next to Busch Stadium. The Fanfest will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Larson will participate in a Q&A session with NASCAR star Kenny Wallace at 4:05 p.m., then will sign autographs from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Larson drives the No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.


NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Memphis Villarreal also will appear at the Fanfest.




The track opens on Friday, June 2, for Free Friday. Fans activities include the opportunity to see the NASCAR haulers, watch the NASCAR hauler parade, a guided track walk, and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota 200 practice and qualifying.


NASCAR Cup Series practice begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, followed by qualifying for the Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota 200 is slated to take the green flag at 12:30 p.m., followed by the inaugural JJK 5k. Music artists Flo Rida and Tim Dugger will take the stage beginning at 5:15 p.m.


Spectator gates will open at 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 4, for the second annual Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter NASCAR Cup Series race. Driver introductions will take place at 1:55 p.m. with the green flag at 2:30 p.m. Brittney Spencer, Bailey Zimmerman and Brothers Osborne will perform on the Confluence Music Festival’s main stage beginning at 10:30 a.m. Country music superstar Dierks Bentley will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. for a post-race concert.



10 a.m. to 11:30  a.m. -- NASCAR haulers Touch-a-Truck. Located in the Special Events lot. See the NASCAR haulers, meet the hauler drivers. Photo opportunities. Open to everyone.


11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch with Legends featuring Kenny Wallace. This is a ticketed event and is sold out. Lunch at 11 a.m. Q&A session at 11:30 a.m. Located on Midway Stage No. 3.


12 p.m. – NASCAR Cup Series haulers parade to the all-new Gateway Garage. Fans invited to the grandstands to watch the parade of NASCAR Cup Series haulers as they enter the track.


2 p.m. -- Guided fan Track Walk. Fans may walk a lap around the World Wide Technology Raceway oval with a special guest from the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. (Driver TBA).


3 p.m. to 8 p.m. – NASCAR Cup Series technical inspections. Fans with Saturday or Sunday Infield Fan Experience passes may watch the NASCAR Cup Series’ technical inspection process and get a preview of the all-new Gateway Garage Experience.


5 p.m. -- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota 200 practice.

5:30 p.m. -- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota 200 qualifying.




6 a.m. – Parking lots open.

7 a.m. -- Spectator gates and Infield Fan Experience open. All Midway stages go live for Confluence Music Festival.

9 a.m. -- NASCAR Cup Series Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter practice.

9:45 a.m. -- NASCAR Cup Series Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter qualifying.

11 a.m. – NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver autograph session (Infield Fan Experience).

12 p.m. – NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota 200 driver introductions.

12:30 p.m. – NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota 200 (160 laps).

3:30 p.m. – Jackie Joyner-Kersee JJK 5k.

4 p.m. – Car show (pit road).

5:15 p.m. – Flo Rida performance.

6:30 p.m. -- Tim Dugger: Saturday Wrap-Up Party on the Midway.

8 p.m. – Campground concert.

8:30 p.m. – Track gates closed.



6 a.m. -- Parking lots open.

7 a.m. – Spectator gates and Infield Fan Experience open. All Midway stages go live for Confluence Music Festival.

8 a.m. – Motor Racing Outreach non-denominational Sunday service (stage near Turn 4 tunnel).

9 a.m. -- Garage Guys Live (stage near Turn 4 tunnel).

9:30 a.m. -- Kenny Wallace Live! with John Roberts (Midway).

10 a.m. -- Track open to fan access.

10:30 a.m. -- Confluence main stage: Brittney Spencer.

11:15 a.m. -- Confluence main stage: Bailey Zimmerman.

12:30 p.m. -- Confluence main stage: Brothers Osborne.

1:50 p.m. – NASCAR drivers Red Carpet Walk.

1:55 p.m. – NASCAR Cup Series Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter driver introductions.

2:30 p.m. – NASCAR Cup Series Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter (240 laps, 300 miles).

6 p.m. -- Post-race Track Walk, fan access for concert (time approximate).

6:30 p.m. – Confluence main stage: Dierks Bentley.

7 p.m. – Infield Fan Experience closes.


Schedule subject to change.



For tickets and additional information, please call WWTR at (618) 215-8888 or visit Follow @WWTRaceway on social media.


No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry TRD News and Notes

  • HAMLIN AT WWTR: Denny Hamlin started sixth and finished 34th in last year’s inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway. After finishing fourth in stage one, Hamlin had trouble early in the second stage that relegated him to a disappointing finish. In two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the track, Hamlin finished 11th and third and claimed the pole award in 2006.
  • CHARLOTTE RECAP: Hamlin finished 35th in Monday’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After starting fourth, he rocketed to the lead on lap 14 before ultimately finishing sixth in stage one. Hamlin continued to battle inside the top 10 before a crash on lap 185 ended his race prematurely.
  • SPORT CLIPS: Sport Clips will be featured as the primary sponsor for Hamlin this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway. The sports-themed haircutting franchise based in Georgetown, Texas is a longtime supporter of Joe Gibbs Racing dating back to 2009 and has more than 1,850 stores in the United States and Canada.
  • JGR AT WWTR: Joe Gibbs Racing earned three top-10s finishes in last season’s inaugural race at World Wide Technology Raceway, including a runner-up result. The team combined to lead 108 of the race’s 245 laps.
  • TUNE IN: Coverage of this weekend’s race at World Wide Technology Raceway begins Sunday, June 4, at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


Denny Hamlin, Driver of the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry TRD

Talk about going back to World Wide Technology Raceway this weekend…

“They did a really good job getting the track ready and having a great place for us to race last year, so I’m definitely looking forward to going back. It’s a great track and has different grooves to where you can work different lanes if you are trying to make a pass, especially in turns 1 and 2, so that makes it fun for the drivers just having the ability to move around.”


No. 20 Red Bird Farms Toyota GR Supra News and Notes

  • NEMECHEK AT PORTLAND: Saturday’s race at Portland International Raceway will be John Hunter Nemechek’s first experience of any kind on the 1.967-mile road course.
  • NEMECHECK ON ROAD COURSES: Nemechek’s best finish in six career Xfinity Series starts on road courses is a seventh-place result at the Charlotte ROVAL in 2019. Earlier this season at Circuit of the Americas, Nemechek qualified sixth and was in position for a solid finish before contact from another car damaged Nemechek’s No. 20 Toyota GR Supra and forced him to make an unscheduled pit stop. The misfortune left him with a 27th-place finish. In 11 road course races in the Truck Series, Nemechek has one win (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2016), five top-five finishes, seven top-10s, and 37 laps led.
  • CHARLOTTE RECAP: The No. 20 team turned in another solid performance in Monday’s rain-delayed race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After qualifying second, Nemechek led 57 laps and finished runner-up in both stages before ultimately finishing second in the race.
  • FRONT RUNNER: According to loop data provided by NASCAR, Nemechek leads the Xfinity Series in laps led, average running position, driver rating, fastest laps run, fastest on restarts, and laps in the top 15. He also leads all full-time Xfinity Series drivers in average starting position (5.7) and average finishing position (8.1).
  • RED BIRD FARMS: Nemechek’s No. 20 Toyota GR Supra will feature Red Bird Farms as the primary sponsor this weekend in Portland. Red Bird Farms is a custom processor specializing in humanely raised with no antibiotics ever and vegetarian-fed chicken. The Englewood, Colorado-based organization is a family-owned and operated business that was established in 1949. For more information, visit
  • JGR AT PORTLAND: Ty Gibbs led Joe Gibbs Racing in the inaugural Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway last season. The 2022 series champion started sixth, led a race-high 42 laps and won a stage in last year’s race before finishing seventh.
  • TUNE IN: Coverage of this weekend’s Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, June 3, at 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


John Hunter Nemechek, Driver of the No. 20 Red Bird Farms Toyota GR Supra

What do you expect going to Portland for the first time this week?

“I really like road courses and the challenge they present. Portland is a little trickier because we don’t have a ton to work off of from just last year and that was mostly in the rain. Hopefully that will kind of offset some of my learning curve to the guys who raced here last year because they never really got laps in the dry. But, who knows, it could be rainy again this year and we’ll have to do our best to get up to speed. We’ve been doing a lot of work in the sim to prepare, so I feel pretty good from that standpoint. I know Ben (Beshore, crew chief) and my guys will bring a very fast Toyota GR Supra. We’re excited to have Red Bird Farms on board. It’s a great looking car and we want to put on a good show for everyone coming out to watch us this weekend.”


No. 19 Tree Top Toyota GR Supra News and Notes: 

  • SNIDER AT PORTLAND: Myatt Snider returns to the No.19 Tree Top Toyota GR Supra for his second start of the season at Portland International Raceway this weekend in the Pacific Office Automation 147. In his first career start at the track last year, Snider had one of the best runs of his NXS career as he wheeled his way from a 25th place starting position all the way up to the front where he led 19 laps, won a stage, and came home with a second-place finish.
  • PREVIOUSLY AT JGR: Snider made his JGR debut earlier this season at the season-opener in Daytona where he kicked off the year with a fifth-place finish.
  • GETTING UP TO SPEED: Despite running a part-time schedule this season, Snider is a familiar face in the NXS garage. As a full-time driver for the past three seasons, he has accumulated one win, five top-fives. 22 top-tens, and one pole in 100 starts.
  • FROM INTERN TO DRIVER: Snider’s relationship with JGR started all the way back in 2014 when he joined the team as a fabrication intern. From there, he continued to be a part of the JGR family as a mechanic. Snider spent a total of three years with the team and now watches his career come full circle as he gets behind the wheel for the same organization he once worked for.
  • ON THE PITBOX:Crew Chief Jason Ratcliff will oversee the No. 19 team and its driver rotation in 2023. Ratcliff is in year 18 under the JGR banner. He won the 2009 Xfinity Championship in tandem with Kyle Busch after an eight-win season. The championship-winning crew chief has 54 Xfinity wins across five different drivers, including current JGR NCS driver, Christopher Bell. He has 15 NCS wins as crew chief between two former JGR drivers – Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano.  
  • NO. 19 IN 2023: The JGR No. 19 will have a rotating schedule of drivers throughout the 2023 season. Drivers on the schedule as of Portland are Ty Gibbs, Connor Mosack, Ryan Truex, Joe Graf Jr, and Snider. With one win and six top-five finishes thus far, the group of drivers have carried the No. 19 Toyota GR Supra to seventh in the NXS owners’ points standings.
  • JGR AT PORTLAND: Joe Gibbs Racing entered three cars in the inaugural Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway last season. Ty Gibbs highlighted the team’s performance as he led a race-high 42 laps and won a stage in last year’s race before finishing seventh.
  • FOLLOW ALONG:Follow along for updates and a behind-the-scenes look at Myatt Snider’s 2023 season. 

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  • RACE INFO: Coverage of this weekend’s Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, June 3, at 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.



Myatt Snider, Driver of the No. 19 Tree Top Toyota GR Supra


“You had a strong run at Portland last year. What are your expectations for this weekend as you return in Joe Gibbs Racing equipment?”

“You never know what to expect, honestly. Especially with a road course that’s so new to the schedule, you kind of have to prepare for every scenario. That said, the goal is to take our Tree Top GR Supra to victory lane on Saturday. I felt really comfortable here last summer and came really close to getting the job done then. This time around I feel great about how this track matches up with my skillset and I know we have a great group of guys who put this car together, so the sky is the limit for us going into this weekend.



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