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Mr. Saturday Night will bring a lot Sunday smiles to Phoenix Raceway before the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race on Nov. 6.

Phoenix Raceway announced today that multiplatinum country music sensation Jon Pardi will perform the pre-race concert for NASCAR’s season finale. The concert is free to fans who hold tickets to the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race, and a portion of the performance will be shown live on NBC’s pre-race show.

“It’s incredible to have a recording artist of Jon Pardi’s magnitude perform for our fans,” said Phoenix Raceway President Julie Giese. “His music is popular, because it resonates with the emotions we experience in our lives. I can’t wait to witness his performance on our biggest day of the year.”

Mr. Saturday Night marks the fourth album from the multi-platinum-certified hardcore, West Coast/Lone Star country phenomenon Jon Pardi. With a pair of No. 1 Country Album debuts – the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Album of the Year nominated Heartache Medication and his sophomore California Sunrise, containing the CMA Song and Single of the Year nominated “Dirt On My Boots” – Pardi has refined and defined a country sound that’s long on punch, power and the kind of honkytonk that gets people drinking, dancing and drowning their heartaches.

Pardi’s focus remains conveying the strongest emotions, while pushing the boundaries of what good time songs can do and staying true to the man acclaimed by media outlets nationwide, from The Los Angeles Times to Rolling Stone. The multiplatinum, award-winning producer/songwriter/artist has been featured on CBS Mornings, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Good Morning America, American Idol, The Talk and more.

NASCAR fans who don’t have a grandstand ticket to the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race will need to act quickly to see Pardi’s Phoenix Raceway performance. Only a limited number of standing-room-only tickets remain in the FanShield Infield Experience for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race. Grandstand and hillside seats for this race sold out in May.

Grandstand seats remain for the ARCA Menards Series West/NASCAR Camping World Truck Series doubleheader on Friday, Nov. 4, and the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Race on Saturday, Nov. 5. Fans are encouraged to secure their seats now at www.phoenixraceway.com while supplies last.

Phoenix Raceway PR

The 107th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 28, headlines NBC Sports exclusive coverage of the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES, which also features 13 races on the NBC broadcast network and the streaming of every race on Peacock, including one exclusive presentation for the second consecutive year.

NBC will air seven consecutive races to open the season, beginning with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, on Sunday, March 5, and concluding that run with the first-ever Streets of Detroit on Sunday, June 4.

Highlights of NBC Sports’ 2023 INDYCAR schedule on NBC include:

  • 107th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 28, on NBC and Peacock;
  • Broadcast network NBC airing seven consecutive races to open the 2023 season, beginning with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, March 5;
  • Debut of the Streets of Detroit circuit on Sunday, June 4 on NBC and Peacock;
  • First race of the doubleheader at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, July 22, to begin a stretch of six of the final seven races airing on NBC and Peacock to conclude the season;
  • Season finale at Laguna Seca to determine the 2023 series champion on Sunday, September 10, on NBC and Peacock.

Peacock will once again be the one-stop-shop for INDYCAR fans as the streaming service will provide comprehensive coverage of the circuit, including the exclusive presentation of the Streets of Toronto for the second straight year on Sunday, July 16. The remaining 16 races will again simulstream live on Peacock, which will also present nearly exclusive coverage of every qualifying and practice session in 2023. Additionally, coverage surrounding the 107th Running of the Indianapolis 500, Indy Lights races, race-day warmups and full-event race replays will be available on the streaming service.

USA Network will present three INDYCAR races in 2023 taking place at Road America, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course as part of the fourth edition of the INDYCAR-NASCAR crossover weekend.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” said Mike Perman, VP, Programming, NBC Sports. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

“The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” said Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Mark Miles. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

Below is NBC Sports’ 2023 INDYCAR broadcast schedule. Start times will be revealed at a later date*:

Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change

In addition to INDYCAR, Peacock’s expansive programming features live sports coverage including the NFL, Premier League, Notre Dame Football, golf, Olympic sports, horse racing, and much more. For more information about INDYCAR on Peacock and how to sign up, click here.

NBC Sports PR

NASCAR Cup Series rookie, Todd Gilliland, and his No. 38 Georgia Peanuts team head back to Superspeedway racing this weekend at Talladega (Ala.) for NASCAR Cup Series action on the high banks.

This weekend at Talladega will be the second primary race for Georgia Peanuts with Todd in 2022, with the first being at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the spring.

"It is great to be back in the Georgia Peanuts Ford this weekend at Talladega,” Gilliland said. "I love racing in the Georgia Peanuts red and having the full support of peanut farmers across Georgia behind me.”

Gilliland comes to Talladega this weekend hoping to close out his 2022 rookie season with solid runs. Coming of an 18th place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway and a 28th-place finish this past weekend in Texas, Gilliland is hoping to have a strong run this weekend.

“It is crazy to think that my first year in the NASCAR Cup Series is coming to an end,” continued Gilliland. “We have been able to string together a few good runs in these last few races and I want to keep that momentum going at Talladega and give Georgia Peanuts a strong result.”

Gilliland and the Georgia Peanuts Ford Mustang will hit the track at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBC.

FRM PR

 

Taylor Gray, No. 17 Ford Performance Mustang

  • Taylor Gray makes his second career ARCA Menards Series start at Bristol Motor Speedway; his 13th ARCA National start this season. 
  • Last time out, the 17-year-old netted a podium finish at Bristol Motor Speedway — tying his career-best result at "The Last Great Colosseum." 
  • Gray and Crew Chief Chad Johnston have made one previous appearance together at Salem Speedway. The pair qualified second before a cut tire during the race sent him down the order, eventually finishing 11th.
  • In his third year of part-time competition, the Ford Performance driver has matched his 2021 average finish of 5.4 while netting a career-high three wins.
  • Click here for Gray's career statistics.

DGR PR

INDYCAR has announced a 17-race schedule for the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES as the sport’s brash and bold athletes will be showcased with traditional weekend dates, 13 races on NBC and an exciting, late-summer swing leading to another climactic ending to the 2023 championship.

The 2023 season opens Sunday, March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. Thrilling, wheel-to-wheel racing then will take place all spring and summer, including the 107th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 28, before the season ends with a stirring climax Sunday, Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The journey to a championship includes a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks of the season, giving fans action nearly every weekend.

“The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Mark Miles said. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

For just the fourth time in the last 50 years, the INDYCAR SERIES will have 13 or more races on network television in the United States. The total appearances on broadcast television become 15 with the addition of PPG Presents Armed Forces Qualifying coverage, Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, ahead of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The first seven events of 2023 will be featured on NBC, including the “500.” The season also finishes with six of the final seven races on network television. The 2023 season will include three races on USA Network and for the second consecutive year one exclusive race on Peacock. Peacock will present live simulstreams of all races on NBC and USA Network, as well as live coverage of all qualifying and practice sessions next season.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES was the most-watched season in six years and the most watched across NBC Sports on record. Powered by NBCUniversal’s popular streaming service, Peacock, the 2022 season also was the most-streamed season on record.

Half of the 2022 season’s 16 races on television featured a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of more than 1 million viewers, the highest mark since 2008. Last year’s season opener, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by RP Funding, was the most-watched season opener in 11 years.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” said NBC Sports, VP, Programming Mike Perman. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Traditional Dates, Races Return

The 2023 schedule includes the diversity that has been the hallmark of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, the only open-wheel series on Earth that races on ovals, street circuits and permanent road courses. Drivers will compete in seven road course races, five street circuit events and five oval races.

After the 2023 season opens for the 13th time on the palm tree-lined Streets of St. Petersburg, Sunday, March 5, North America’s premier open-wheel racing series returns to Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 2 for the series’ 36th race on the action-packed oval.

The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach follows with its traditional mid-April date hosting the NTT INDYCAR SERIES on Sunday, April 16. It is the 39th time the INDYCAR SERIES has been featured on the iconic streets of Southern California as the event hosts its 48th edition.

Barber Motorsports Park plays host to its 13th NTT INDYCAR SERIES race, Sunday, April 30 before the series moves into the traditional Month of May cadence at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: the GMR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 13, “500” qualifying weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, and the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, Sunday, May 28.

To date, tickets for the 107th edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” are moving at a near-record pace, after a near-sellout crowd of more than 300,000 attended the 2022 race.

The traditional early June date for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear returns in 2023, but at a brand-new site. The debut of the Streets of Detroit circuit, a move to the downtown site from its previous location at Belle Isle Park, takes place Sunday, June 4.

The nine-turn, 1.7-mile street circuit will provide unprecedented access with more than half of the event’s footprint open to the public. It is also a homecoming and a connection to the event’s heritage, which began on the downtown streets of the Motor City in 1982.

USA Network will feature the early-summer swing on the classic American road courses of the Sonsio Grand Prix presented by AMR at Road America, Sunday, June 18 and The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, which returns for another Fourth of July weekend celebration, Sunday, July 2. Road America will feature a newly repaved 4.048-mile layout. Mid-Ohio matches Long Beach as it hosts INDYCAR SERIES racing for the 39th year.

Summer Homestretch

The 2023 season hits its stride with eight races in the final nine weeks. Peacock once again will provide an exclusive presentation of the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday, July 16, for the series’ annual appearance in Canada’s largest city.

After that, six of the final seven races will be featured on NBC broadcast television. It begins with two events expected to be even bigger and better than in 2022: the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend and the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix.

The doubleheader at Iowa Speedway is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23. In 2022, with support from Hy-Vee, the wildly popular weekend featured world-class concerts and thrilling wheel-to-wheel action at “The Fastest Short Track on The Planet.”

INDYCAR returns to the unpredictable Streets of Nashville on Sunday, Aug. 6. Last year, the fan-favorite event, marked by concerts and entertainment, featured the closest street circuit finish in INDYCAR SERIES history when six-time series champion Scott Dixon edged Scott McLaughlin by a margin of .1067 of a second.

With the Brickyard Weekend returning to a traditional August date, the NASCAR-INDYCAR tripleheader on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course features the NTT INDYCAR SERIES’ Gallagher Grand Prix, Saturday, Aug. 12 on USA Network.

The series finishes the season with three races on three consecutive weekends – all on NBC – beginning with the final oval of the season at World Wide Technology Raceway for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500, Sunday, Aug. 27.

From there, it’s the traditional two-race, West Coast swing featuring Portland International Raceway and the newly repaved WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

The 29th Grand Prix of Portland is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 3 while the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion will be crowned and receive the Astor Challenge Cup at the 26th Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey on Sunday, Sept. 10.

“We have worked hard to achieve date and venue equity, which has been an ongoing goal at INDYCAR,” INDYCAR President Jay Frye said. “We are excited to return to downtown Detroit, and the repaves at Road America and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca will add new challenges for the drivers and teams. The intensity level will also be at an all-time high as we conclude the season with three weekends in a row.

“As we build off the record-breaking 2022 season, we could not be more enthusiastic to see how 2023 unfolds.”

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Schedule

Date

Venue

Television

Sunday, March 5

Streets of St. Petersburg

NBC, Peacock

Sunday, April 2

Texas Motor Speedway

NBC, Peacock

Sunday, April 16

Streets of Long Beach

NBC, Peacock

Sunday, April 30

Barber Motorsports Park

NBC, Peacock

Saturday, May 13

Indianapolis Motor Speedway (road course)

NBC, Peacock

Sunday, May 28

Indianapolis Motor Speedway (oval)

NBC, Peacock

Sunday, June 4

Streets of Detroit

NBC, Peacock

Sunday, June 18

Road America

USA Network, Peacock

Sunday, July 2

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

USA Network, Peacock

Sunday, July 16

Streets of Toronto

Peacock

Saturday, July 22

Iowa Speedway

NBC, Peacock

Sunday, July 23

Iowa Speedway

NBC, Peacock

Sunday, Aug. 6

Streets of Nashville

NBC, Peacock

Saturday, Aug. 12

Indianapolis Motor Speedway (road course)

USA Network, Peacock

Sunday, Aug. 27

World Wide Technology Raceway

NBC, Peacock

Sunday, Sept. 3

Portland International Raceway

NBC, Peacock

Sunday, Sept. 10

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

NBC, Peacock

NTT IndyCar Series PR

Tyler Reddick and the No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Camaro ZL1 team entered the Texas Motor Speedway race weekend with only winning on their minds. Coming off a heartbreaking finish at Bristol Motor Speedway that ultimately ended their championship title hopes in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) Playoff Round of 16 elimination race; Reddick proved that the No. 8 Camaro ZL1 team is still a team to beat by taking the victory in the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The triumph was Reddick’s third victory of the 2022 season, but his first win in NASCAR’s premier series on an oval track.

 

“This will make that, the pain of not making it through, a little bit easier,” said Reddick. “Even though, yes, it would have locked us into the Round of 8, we're winning races. That's what we'll keep trying to do.”

Taking the green flag under the scorching Texas sun, the 500-mile race ended under the lights after drivers and teams endured a race filled with a record-breaking 16 cautions and 36 lead changes. Taking the lead from playoff contender Joey Logano with just 24 laps to go, Reddick retained control of the race all the way to the checkered flag to deliver Chevrolet its 17th win of 2022 in NASCAR’s premier series. The victory also marked Chevrolet’s 16th all-time NCS win at Texas Motor Speedway, bringing the Bowtie brand to the lead in wins among all manufacturers at the 1.5-mile Texas oval. 

 

Five Chevrolet drivers – from four different Chevrolet teams – took top-10 finishing positions in the opening round of the NCS Playoffs Round of 12. For the second time this season, Kaulig Racing’s Justin Haley took a podium result, driving his No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Camaro ZL1 to a third-place finish. Petty GMS’s Erik Jones and the No. 43 FOCUSfactor Camaro ZL1 brought their Chevrolet-powered machine home in sixth. Hendrick Motorsports teammates and Chevrolet playoff contenders William Byron, No. 24 RaptorTough.com Camaro ZL1, and Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Camaro ZL1, recorded seventh- and ninth-place finishes, respectively. 

 

 

Up next is NASCAR’s longest oval and arguably one of biggest wildcard races of the 10-race playoff stretch: the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway. Entering race two of the Round of 12, five Chevrolet playoff contenders remain above the playoff cutline. Leading the Bowtie brigade in the playoff standings is Talladega Superspeedway’s defending winner Ross Chastain in the second-position, with the No. 1 Trackhouse Racing Camaro ZL1 team 18-points ahead of the cutline. Joining Chastain in the top-eight of the playoff standings include Byron (3rd; +17 points), Larson (4th; +16 points), Daniel Suarez (7th; +4 points) and Chase Elliott (8th; +4 points). Alex Bowman and the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Camaro ZL1 team sits 12th in the playoff standings – 30 points below the cutline – after suffering damage in Stage One that ultimately resulted in a 29th-place finish.

 

Chevrolet also is one race closer to defending its NCS Manufacturer Championship title. Here is a look at where the winningest manufacturer in NCS history sits in the points standings, including its numbers at Talladega Superspeedway. 

Rank

OEM

Points

Behind

Wins

1

Chevrolet

1107

-

17

2

Ford

1015

-92

7

3

Toyota

993

-114

6

Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway:

·       In 106 NCS races at Talladega Superspeedway, Chevrolet has amassed 42 wins to lead all manufacturers.

 

 

·       The most recent triumph came from Chastain and the No. 1 Trackhouse Racing Camaro ZL1 team, who recorded their second NCS win of 2022 in the April event.

 

 

·       Other victories by active Chevrolet drivers in the NCS at Talladega Superspeedway include:

        Chase Elliott, No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Camaro ZL1 (April 2019); and 

        Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Camaro ZL1 (May 2017).

 

 

·       Chevrolet leads the NCS in consecutive wins at Talladega Superspeedway with 13 straight victories among five drivers from April 25, 1999 to May 1, 2005.

 

 

 

Race Two of the NCS Playoffs Round of 12 will get underway Sunday, October 2, at Talladega Superspeedway with the YellaWood 500 at 2 p.m. ET. Live coverage can be found on NBC, the NBCSports Gold App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

Chevrolet Drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings: 

 

Ross Chastain, No. 1 Trackhouse Racing Camaro ZL1 – 2nd in Playoff Standings (+18 points above cutline)

Victories: 2

Top-Fives: 10; Top-10s: 16; Laps Led: 585

Average Finish: 14.2; Stage Wins: 5

 

Of Note:

- The 2022 season marks Chastain’s first career appearance in the NCS playoffs.

- Chastain has already scored a win at one of the Round of 12 tracks in 2022, with his second-career NCS win coming at Talladega Superspeedway in April.  

 

William Byron, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Camaro ZL1 – 3rd in Playoff Standings (+17 points above the cutline)

Victories: 2

Top-Fives: 5; Top-10s: 9; Laps Led: 713

Average Finish: 16.5; Stage Wins: 4

 

Of Note:

- The 2022 season marks Byron’s fourth consecutive appearance in the NCS playoffs.

- Bryon’s career-best finish in the NCS playoffs came in 2021, finishing the season 10th in the final standings.

- Byron scored top-10 finishes in all three races of the Round of 16 including an eighth-place at Darlington Raceway; sixth-place at Kansas Speedway; and third-place at Bristol Motor Speedway. 

 

Kyle Larson, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Camaro ZL1 – 4th in Playoff Standings (+16 points above cutline)

2021 NASCAR Cup Series Champion

Victories: 2

Top-Fives: 11; Top-10s: 16; Laps Led: 360

Average Finish: 13.6; Stage Wins: 4

 

Of Note:

- The 2022 season marks Larson’s sixth appearance in the NCS playoffs, with 2021 bringing Larson his first trip to the Championship 4.

- During the playoff era (2004-present); Larson leads the series in ‘multiple playoff race wins in a single season’ with five in 2021 (Bristol, Charlotte ROVAL, Texas, Kansas, Phoenix).

- In 2021, Larson took the wins at two of the three tracks that are in the Round of 12, including both the playoff and All-Star races at Texas Motor Speedway; and the annual race at the Charlotte ROVAL.

 

Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Trackhouse Racing Camaro ZL1 – 7th in Playoff Standings (+4 points above the cutline)

Victories: 1

Top-Fives: 6; Top-10s: 11; Laps Led: 247

Average Finish: 16.3; Stage Wins: 2

 

Of Note:

- The 2022 season marks Suarez’s first career appearance in the NCS playoffs.

- Suarez has three top-five finishes on road course circuits in 2022 including his first-career NCS win at Sonoma Raceway; and fifth-place finishes at Road America and Watkins Glen

 

Chase Elliott, No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Camaro ZL1 – 8th in Playoff Standings (+4 points above cutline)

2022 NASCAR Cup Series Regular Season Champion

Victories: 4 (series-leading)

Top-Fives: 11; Top-10s: 18; Laps Led: 763

Average Finish: 11.8; Stage Wins: 5

 

Of Note:

- The 2022 season marks Elliott’s seventh consecutive appearance in the NCS playoffs.

- Elliott has advanced to the Championship 4 the past two seasons, winning his first career NCS Driver Championship in 2020.

- Six of his 17 career NCS wins have come in the playoffs.

- Elliott has won at two of the three tracks in the Round of 12, including Talladega Superspeedway (2019); and a two-time winner at the Charlotte ROVAL (2019 and 2020).

 

Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Camaro ZL1 – 12th in Playoff Standings (-30 points below the cutline)

Victories: 1

Top-Fives: 4; Top-10s: 12; Laps Led: 136

Average Finish: 16.1; Stage Wins: 2

 

Of Note:

- The 2022 season marks Bowman’s fifth consecutive appearance in the NCS playoffs.

- Bowman has raced his way into the Round of 12 in each of his NCS playoff appearances; making it to the Round of 8 in the 2020 season to score a career-best sixth in the final standings.

- Two of Bowman’s 12 top-10 finishes of 2022 came in the Round of 16, recording a 10th-place finish at Darlington Raceway and a fourth-place finish at Kansas Speedway.

 

 

GM PR

The biggest mud bog in The Pit at Virginia Motor Speedway's history is Saturday, October 8th. To say that officials are excited and anxiously awaiting the running of the 18th Annual Run-A-Muck Mud Bog presented by Estes Express Lines and Breezeline. For the first time in the Pit’s history, there will be head-to-head mega truck racing.

There will be eight "Mud Maniacs" classes competing, ranging from super stock to Mega Truck, with cash payouts in all eight divisions. Competitors are encouraged to visit www.thepitatvms.com for the rules packages and payouts.

The Mega Trucks will be racing side-by-side in a bracket format on a new short course. Officials are working on a huge purse for the mega truck portion of the event to attract some of the biggest names in the business.

There will once again be two divisions of Kids Power Wheels, Box Stock and Unlimited. Parents will need to register their children before 11:30 am.

Gates and registration will open at 9 am for King of the Super Street Series, Super Stock B; Modified A (Small tire), B (Big Tire), Pro Modified A, Pro Modified B, and Unlimited Bog classes, with the mud bog beginning at noon. Registration and inspection for all classes will end at 11:30 pm. Rules for each division are now available at www.thepitatvms.com.

Competitors should visit www.thepitatvms.com to print off draw sheets and driver information sheets that must be filled out before inspection.

Additional sponsorship for the Run-A-Muck Mud Bog is provided by Atkins Petroleum & Propane, After Hours Fabrication, Collision One, Gary's Transmission, and Truckin Thunder. If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact Dave Seay at 804-357-7223 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Pit at VMS is located on the grounds of Bill Sawyer's Virginia Motor Speedway and is situated on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA, and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA. The Speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland, and the Hampton Roads area.

To learn more about The Pit Virginia Motor Speedway and the 18th Annual Run-A-Muck Mud Bog, Mud Sling fans may call the Speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visit the bog's website at www.thepitatvms.com.

VMS PR

Love’s Travel Stops will reunite with Zane Smith at the Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway this weekend. New, PEAK Performance will be an associate sponsor to the No. 38 Ford F-150 team to help promote their exclusive line of PEAK products available at Love’s Travel Stops across the country.

PEAK is a leader in the automotive and heavy-duty products ranging from PEAK Global Antifreeze, Final Charge, PEAK Windshield Wash, and of course BlueDEF Diesel Exhaust Fluid. Fans can find these and other great products at over 500 Love’s Travel Stops locations across the country.

The iconic Love’s scheme will adorn the No. 38 Ford F-150 for the first time since Smith’s season-opening win at the Daytona International Speedway in February. Since Daytona, Smith has earned two more additional wins and is in the midst of a championship run. He hopes the new Love’s and PEAK partnership will bring him the good luck needed at Talladega.

“It is awesome to walk around the shop and see the yellow Love’s No. 38 for this weekend,” Smith stated. “Having a partner like PEAK come on board as an associate is also special. They have been a part of this sport for a long time and it’s cool to have such a staple brand on our truck."

“We’ll need all the luck we can get at Talladega. This is always a wild race and luck plays such a big part of it. But, we’ll be smart and I know that we can win this race.”

Smith is currently fighting to lock himself in the NASCAR championship finale at Phoenix in November.

“Our team is focused for these next two races in hopes of getting to Phoenix,” said Smith. “Chris (Lawson) and everyone on our No. 38 truck program has worked really hard to bring a fast truck this weekend at Talladega, hopefully we can get in to victory lane and punch our ticket to the championship race.”

Smith and the No. 38 Love’s/PEAK Performance Ford F-150 team will tackle the Talladega Superspeedway this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on FS1.

FRM PR

FORD PERFORMANCE NASCAR: TALLADEGA PLAYOFF NOTES

Three events over the course of two days are scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway with all three of NASCAR’s top series conducting playoff races.  The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series will run a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon with the NASCAR Cup Series set for a Sunday afternoon green flag.

This Week’s Schedule:

Saturday, October 1 – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, 12:30 p.m. ET (FS1)

Saturday, October 1 – NASCAR XFINITY Series, 4 p.m. ET (USA)

Sunday, October 2 – NASCAR Cup Series, 2 p.m. ET (NBC)

ROUND OF 12 NCS PLAYOFF STANDINGS (Top 8 Advance After Charlotte)

1st – Joey Logano (+30 above cut line)

5th – Ryan Blaney (+15)

9th – Chase Briscoe (-4 below cut line)

10th – Austin Cindric (-11)

FORD IN THE NASCAR CUP SERIES AT TALLADEGA

  • Ford has 31 all-time series wins at Talladega, including 10 of the last 14, and 11 of the last 16.
  • Ford has won at least one Talladega Cup race each of the last 10 years.
  • Ford has won 10 of the last 14 Cup races at Talladega.

ROUND OF 12 NXS PLAYOFF STANDINGS (Top 8 Advance After Charlotte)

8th – Ryan Sieg (+1 above cut line)

9th – Riley Herbst (-1 below cut line)

FORD IN THE NASCAR XFINITY SERIES AT TALLADEGA

  • Ford has 6 series wins at Talladega.
  • The first Ford victory in the series was by Chad Little in 1995.
  • Six different Ford drivers have series wins at Talladega.

ROUND OF 12 NCWTS PLAYOFF STANDINGS (Top 4 Advance After Homestead)

2nd – Zane Smith (+21 above cut line)

FORD IN THE NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES AT TALLADEGA

  • Ford has 1 series wins at Talladega.
  • That victory came in the inaugural series race when Mark Martin won in 2006.

TALLADEGA WINNINGEST PLAYOFF TRACK FOR FORD

No track has been more successful for Ford in the playoff era than Talladega Superspeedway, which has produced nine wins since the postseason format was established in 2004.  Here is a list of Ford drivers who have won a playoff race at Talladega: Dale Jarrett (2005); Jamie McMurray (2009); Matt Kenseth (2012); Brad Keselowski (2014 and 2017); Joey Logano (2015 and 2016); Aric Almirola (2018); Ryan Blaney (2019).  Second on the list is Homestead and Kansas with seven each.

TEAM PENSKE ROLLING AT TALLADEGA

Team Penske has won 9 of the last 16 NCS races at Talladega Superspeedway.  Brad Keselowski started this run by winning in 2014 and registered four victories at the track before joining Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing this season.  Joey Logano won in back-to-back seasons (2015-16) while Ryan Blaney has followed suit, winning twice in the last three years at Talladega.

TEAM PENSKE WINS AT TALLADEGA SINCE 2014

2014 – Brad Keselowski (Talladega 2)

2015 – Joey Logano (Talladega 2)

2016 – Brad Keselowski (Talladega 1)

2016 – Joey Logano (Talladega 2)

2017 – Brad Keselowski (Talladega 2)

2018 – Joey Logano (Talladega 1)

2019 – Ryan Blaney (Talladega 2)

2020 – Ryan Blaney (Talladega 1)

2021 – Brad Keselowski (Talladega 1)

KESELOWSKI CLIMBING ALL-TIME TALLADEGA WIN LIST

Brad Keselowski is the winningest active driver at Talladega with six NASCAR Cup Series victories and is tied for second on the all-time list with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon.  The track’s all-time winner is Dale Earnhardt Sr., who won 10 times during his NASCAR Hall of Fame career.

Ford Talladega Highlights:

BAKER PROVIDES MOORE SUCCESS

The first time Ford went to victory lane at Talladega Superspeedway was May 4, 1975 when Buddy Baker, driving for Hall of Fame car owner Bud Moore, held off David Pearson on the final lap.  The win was Baker’s ninth career victory and came after he took the lead with 18 laps to go.  One of the key decisions in getting Baker to the checkered flag first came when his team opted for two tires on its final pit stop of the day while Pearson and the Wood Brothers decided on gas only.  Even though Pearson steadily gained ground on the final lap, Baker was able to hold on by half a car length to win.  That started a streak which saw Baker and Moore win three straight Talladega races.

DAVEY ALLISON’S FIRST WIN

Ford has had many milestone moments at Talladega Superspeedway, including the first NASCAR Cup Series win for the late Davey Allison, who won the Winston 500 on May 3, 1987.  The race came down to a restart with 10 laps to go in which Allison found himself behind Dale Earnhardt in the outside lane.  Earnhardt bolted to the lead when the green flew and Allison tucked in right behind him through turns one and two.  As they came off the second corner, Allison went to the inside and easily passed Earnhardt for what proved to be the winning pass.  Terry Labonte ended up finishing second with Earnhardt third.  Allison went on to win 19 NCS races, including three at Talladega.

ROBERT YATES RACING’S FINAL WIN

When Dale Jarrett won the UAW-Ford 500 on Oct. 2, 2005 it ended up being the final trip to victory lane for Robert Yates Racing.  This race came down to a green-white-checker restart, where Jarrett was positioned fourth.  He was still in that spot when they came around to start the final lap, but quickly moved to the outside as Tony Stewart grabbed the lead on the inside lane.  The two drivers battled side-by-side down the backstretch before Jarrett powered his way in front.  Seconds after getting the lead, Kyle Petty was involved in a single-car accident that brought out the caution as the cars entered turn three.  Jarrett was declared the winner after NASCAR verified that he was in front at the time the yellow flag was thrown.  The win was RYR’s 57th triumph in the NASCAR Cup Series, and came six years after the team won its only championship with Jarrett in 1999.

Ford Performance PR

Marc-Antoine Camirand became the 2022 NASCAR Pinty’s series champion, Sunday, as the season finale was presented at Delaware Speedway, near London, ON. For the last race of this season, Camirand was involved in a late-race incident and finished ninth in the Pinty’s Fall Brawl, while Andrew Ranger was involved in a major pileup.

Entering the last race with a comfortable lead in the standings, Camirand won his first NASCAR Pinty’s championship on the first year of the newly formed Paillé Course//Racing team, with cars built at his own Camirand Performance shop.

“I just can’t really believe it yet. It’s has been a long journey from building those cars from scratch to winning the title. We all worked so hard to achieve this. I can’t thank enough my team and the whole GM Paillé family. They made this dream come true,” stated Camirand.

On Sunday, Camirand barely survived the last laps of the 250-lap race, but only had to take the green flag to secure his first title. After avoiding the Big One late in the race, he was involved in another hard contact with only a few laps to go. With a severed rear-end, he dropped many positions after the restart with four laps to go but remained on the lead lap. He scored a 9th place finish.

His Paillé Course//Racing Andrew Ranger showed great speed from the beginning of the day. Sixth in practice and seventh on the starting grid, he knew that his car could be good on the long run.

Ranger was having a good pace, running into the top-10 and fighting great battles throughout the race. However, his race ended brutally when the Big One happened late in the race.

After other cars in front of him collided, he couldn’t avoid the contact, collected the car in front of him and went over the other car, ending his 2022 campaign with heavy damage to his GM Paillé/Chevrolet Canada n°27 Camaro.

“This is one of the biggest crashs of my career. It’s definitely not the way we wanted to end the season, but there is nothing I could do to avoid this. This is part of racing. And I’m very happy for Marc-Antoine and my whole Paillé Course//Racing team for their championship”, said Ranger.

Marc-Antoine Camirand PR

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