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The event schedule for the inaugural ASA STARS National Tour race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL, has been released.  Officials made the announcement today regarding the event structure for the 200-lap Pavement Super Late Model contest on Saturday, March 11, 2023, which is also part of the ASA Southern Super Series.

Tickets for the event are available online by visiting

"I have vivid memories of being in the pits at Montgomery Motor Speedway in 1981 for the inaugural All Pro Series race. There was something really special about that night,” said Tim Bryant, Promoter of Five Flags Speedway.  “On March 11th, I think we're going to bring back that same feeling. This could be a monumental event for short track racing and we're humbled that Five Flags Speedway was selected to host it."

Saturday’s kickoff to the ASA STARS National Tour will include practice, qualifying and the main event.  The Pavement Super Late Models will also be joined by the Five Flags Speedway’s Outlaw division on the racing card.

The event also includes available practice sessions for teams on Friday, March 10 while the track holds competition for two local divisions, the Pure Stock and Sportsman classes.  Scheduled tech times are also open to teams on Friday by appointment only.


Five Flags Speedway - Pensacola, FL

3/10/2023 (Central Time Listed)



1:00 PM

Registration & Pit Gates Open

2:00 PM

ASA STARS National Crew Chief Meeting


Qualifying / Tire Draw

2:30 PM

ASA STARS National Tech (By Appointment)

3:30 PM

Grandstands Open

3:45 PM

ASA STARS National Tech Ends

4:00 PM

Practice - ASA STARS National (60 minutes)

5:00 PM

Practice Ends - ASA STARS National


Local Drivers Meeting

5:15 PM

ASA STARS National Tech By Appointment

5:30 PM

Practice - Pure Stock & Sportsman

6:45 PM

ASA STARS National Tech Ends

7:00 PM

Practice - ASA STARS National (30 minutes)

7:45 PM

Pre-Race Ceremonies

8:00 PM

Pure Stock Feature


Sportsman Feature


3/11/2023 (Central Time Listed)



11:00 AM

Registration & Pit Gates Open

12:00 PM

Grandstands & Ticket Office Open


Driver/Crew Chief/Spotter Meeting (Mandatory)

1:00 PM

Practice - ASA STARS National (60 minutes)

1:25 PM

10-Minute Break in Practice

2:00 PM

Outlaw Drivers Meeting

2:30 PM

Qualifying Tech - ASA STARS National


Practice - Outlaw

3:30 PM

Group Qualifying Session - Outlaw (15 minutes)

4:00 PM

Qualifying - ASA STARS National Tour

5:00 PM

Outlaw Feature

5:45 PM

ASA STARS National Tour Cars to Grid (Frontstretch)

6:00 PM

Autograph Session - ASA STARS National Tour

7:00 PM

Pre-Race Ceremonies

7:30 PM

ASA STARS National Tour Feature - 200 Laps

All DRIVERS are required to have an ASA License, and cannot participate in any on- track activity until an ASA driver license is fully executed.

Team owners who wish to participate in the 2023 and 2024 “Winners Circle” program will also need to purchase an ASA Car Owner License. Eligibility for point fund monies and contingency awards also require car owners to be fully licensed.

Applications for teams are now available to download at  Those forms are available via a PDF document.  Teams will be required to complete the form and return as instructed on the application.  

Tickets are on sale now for the inaugural ASA National Tour event at Five Flags Speedway.  Please visit to get yours today. 

The ASA STARS National Tour on March 11, 2023 will open the 10-race, six-state tour.

For the full ASA STARS National Tour schedule, plus Super Late Model rules and other information, please visit the series website at, and be sure to follow the series on social media (Facebook: STARS National Series | Twitter: @racewithstars | IG: @starsnational).

ASA STARS National Tour

The ASA STARS National Tour will debut in 2023 for Super Late Model racing in America.  Announced in October, many of the best drivers in America are expected to compete in the 10-race national tour with a minimum $100,000 point fund. The championship team will be guaranteed $25,000. 

The national series is made up of three races from each of the regional pavement Super Late Model Series under the Track Enterprises banner; the ASA CRA Super Series, the ASA Midwest Tour and the ASA Southern Super Series.  

A Winner’s Circle program will also be part of the ASA National Tour for licensed drivers/teams with perfect attendance.  The program details will be announced at a later date, but it will be in the same vein as ASA utilized in its heyday.

Track Enterprises, a Racing Promotions Company based in Illinois, will operate the ASA STARS National Tour.  It announced the acquisition of the CRA sanctioning body in January and followed that up with the purchase of the Midwest Tour in July. In October, Track Enterprises President, Bob Sargent announced a partnership with the Southern Super Series which set the table for the formation of the ASA STARS National Tour.

ASA Stars PR

Looking to the 19th season of competition, the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region presented by Smiley’s Racing Products is slated for 21 events in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas.


Keeping the bulk of the racing in the “Sooner State”, 16 dates will stay inside Oklahoma borders. Oklahoma tracks include Arrowhead Speedway (1 night), Creek County Speedway (7 nights), Elk City Motorsports Park (1 night), Longdale Speedway (3 nights), Salina Highbanks Speedway (1 night), and Thunderbird Speedway (3 nights).


Races outside Oklahoma land at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan. twice, plus single nights in Missouri at Lake Ozark Speedway, Lucas Oil Speedway, and Nevada Speedway. Dates in Missouri are paired with the ASCS Warrior Region presented by Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps.


The tour will race from April through October, with each regional event paying a minimum of $2,000 to win, and $300 to start. National Tour events pay a higher purse.

Events during the 2023 season will be shown live on Questions on the tour can be directed to Terry Mattox by calling/texting (918) 417-0624 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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


2023 ASCS Sooner Region Lineup:


4/7/2023-Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, OK

4/8/2023-Nevada Speedway - Nevada, MO

4/21/2023-Thunderbird Speedway - Muskogee, OK

4/22/2023-Elk City Motorsports Park - Elk City, OK


5/5/2023-Lake Ozark Speedway - Eldon, MO

5/6/2023-Lucas Oil Speedway - Wheatland, MO

5/19/2023-Longdale Speedway - Longdale, OK

5/20/2023-Longdale Speedway - Longdale, OK


6/2/2023-Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, OK

6/3/2023-Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, OK


7/14/2023-Thunderbird Speedway - Muskogee, OK

7/21/2023-Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, OK

7/22/2023-81 Speedway - Park City, KS


8/25/2023-Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, OK

8/26/2023-Salina Highbanks Speedway - Salina, OK


9/1/2023-Arrowhead Speedway - Colcord, OK

9/2/2023-Longdale Speedway - Longdale, OK

9/22/2023-Thunderbird Speedway - Muskogee, OK

9/23/2023-81 Speedway - Park City, KS


10/20/2023-Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, OK

10/21/2023-Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, OK


*Subject to change without notice.



USAC has announced a number of rule updates and enforcements to be implemented beginning with the 2023 season for USAC’s Silver Crown National Championship, AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.
Rule updates were discussed and voted upon by USAC competitors during the annual competition meetings held on December 12, 2022, at USAC headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind.
RULE: On Board Fire Systems - It is strongly recommended that each car have built-in operable fire extinguishing equipment with a minimum content of five (5) pounds located inside the car and within the wheelbase. On board fire systems should meet SFI Specification 17.1. This will be evaluated for future mandate.
NEW FOR 2023: Fire suppression systems are highly recommended for all competitors in all divisions. The systems will be analyzed throughout the season and may be a possible requirement in the future.
RULE: A car determined to have jumped the initial start will be immediately penalized one row for the subsequent start. Third-place starter will cross to outside front-row.
NEW FOR 2023: Previously, an initial start that was called back due to a “jumped” start resulted in a yellow flag and a complete restart in the same order. Now, a car determined to have jumped the initial start will be immediately penalized.
RULE: Teams may use a backup car any time between qualifying and the start of the A-Main. The use of a backup car must be approved by the technical director. If a backup car is introduced before qualifications and makes original drawn position in qualifying order, there is no penalty. If qualification spot is missed or a qualifying lap is still available, one lap can be taken at the end of the line and cannot start in top 50% of feature field. Same penalty applies for backup car attempting to qualify on time but without having transferred transponder to correct car.
NEW FOR 2023: The “cannot start in top 50% of feature field” penalty will now also be applied for any backup car attempting to qualify on time but without having transferred their transponder to the correct car.
RULE: Left-side cockpit panels may be 36 inches high as measured from the bottom of main frame tube at the engine plate and projected rearward 21 inches. Left-side opening must be at least 10 inches vertically at its narrowest point, and at least 20 inches horizontally.
NEW FOR 2023: Left side cockpit panel size has increased from 34 inches high to 36 inches high. Now, the left-side opening must be at least 10 inches vertically at its narrowest point, and at least 20 inches horizontally.
TIRES: 309.A
RULE: Hoosier 105/16-15 Medium and 105/18 HARD are the only approved right rear tires in National competition. At the introduction of new Medium tires, a burn off period for existing inventory will be determined.
NEW FOR 2023: At the introduction of new Medium tires, a burn off period for existing inventory will be determined.
TIRES: 309.B
RULE: Burn off period for existing left-rear tire inventory will be determined; SC12 will become only permitted left-rear tire. Front tires must be Hoosier.
NEW FOR 2023: SC12 will become only permitted left-rear tire. Front tires must be Hoosier rather than all four corners.
RULE: Left side cockpit body panels may be a maximum of (34) inches high as measured from the bottom frame tube. Opening must be at least ten inches vertically and 20 inches horizontally, and not distract drivers vision determined by chief steward.
NEW FOR 2023: The maximum height of left side cockpit body panels has been decreased from 36 inches to 34 inches high as measured from the bottom frame tube. The opening must now be 10 inches vertically and 20 inches horizontally rather than 150 square inches.
TIRES: 410.D
RULE: New D. National Midget Tires (LF- D12, D15) (RF-D12, D15, D20) (LR-D12, D20) (RR-SP3 only). SP2 right-rear tires will be permitted through May 31, 2023. Right-rear tire will be stamped to be run during qualifications, heat race, and feature. Changing tire will result in being put to the tail of feature. If a tire is punctured, it must be verified by series official and replaced with a used tire.
NEW FOR 2023: SP3 only on right rear. However, SP2 right rear tires will be permitted through May 31, 2023. Right-rear tire will be stamped to be run during qualifications, heat race, and feature. Changing tire will result in being put to the tail of feature. If a tire is punctured, it must be verified by series official and replaced with a used tire.
RULE: Left-side cockpit panels may be (36) inches high, measured from top side of lower frame rail. Opening must be at least 12 inches vertically and 25 inches horizontally.
NEW FOR 2023: Left side cockpit panel size has increased from 30 inches high to 36 inches high, measured from the top side of the lower frame rail at the engine plate. Openings must now be at least 12 inches vertically and 25 inches horizontally.
RULE: Kingpin tethers are mandatory & must be SFI approved.
NEW FOR 2023: The addition of Kingpin tethers is now mandatory.
RULE: Once the entire field is refired after a red flag, yellow flag laps can again be counted.
NEW FOR 2023: Previous, after a red flag, laps weren’t counted until after the green flag was displayed.
RULE: All restarts will be single-file, nose-to-tail with no passing before the designated point on the track. Lapped cars will be moved to the rear in running order, with any pitted car returning behind them. The first car in running order that has been lapped will receive one lap back, as long as the car has not pitted or was involved in caution.
NEW FOR 2023: Lapped cars will be moved to the rear in running order, with any pitted car returning behind them. The first car in running order that has been lapped will receive one lap back, as long as the car has not pitted or was involved in caution.

CHASE BRISCOE, No. 14 Mahindra Tractors Ford Mustang – HOW IS IT KNOWING YOU HAVE A LONG TERM DEAL AND WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE NEXT GEN ENHANCEMENTS?  “It’s really nice to have stability, especially being a young father now.  I think that’s the biggest thing for my family.  That’s the nicest thing is just having that comfortability, knowing that for the next few years I’m gonna have a job.  That’s really important, especially when you’re raising a little one.  I think that’s the biggest thing for me.  That’s most important about the whole thing is how it affects my family versus how it affects me, so that’s really nice.  I’ve never had that my entire career, so that’s gonna be something new for me to navigate, but I’m looking forward to showing my worth, hopefully, to the organization.  Outside of that, I’m really excited for the Ford Mustang.  I haven’t honestly seen it yet.  I know there’s not a ton of huge changes, but I feel like last year we were pretty good, but you could always be better and I know that whenever we came out with something new it’s gonna be better than what we had before.  I’m excited to finally get it on the racetrack.  I know testing is one thing, but when you go and finally race against the other competitors, you see where you stack up and we should be in a really good spot.  It’s just a matter of getting out there and see where we finally stack up to everybody and go from there.”


DID YOU PUSH TO GET THIS EXTENSION DONE OR DO YOU FEEL SHR, KNOWING THERE COULD BE SOME DRIVER MOVEMENT, DIDN’T WANT YOU TO START LOOKING?  “I felt like it was definitely Stewart-Haas took the initiative.  I mean, we mutually wanted to do something, for sure, but I think Stewart-Haas took a little bit more of the initiative, just knowing the situation I was gonna be in coming up and then the situation with Kevin, obviously, and Aric, not knowing when he’s gonna be gone.  It felt like we all obviously wanted to get something done.  I’ve said it for a really long time that I’ve wanted to be at Stewart-Haas, the personal tie for me to the 14 is important, so I felt like we were both kind of pushing to get something done, but at the same time it was probably a little bit more them than me.  At the same time, it was definitely me wanting to get it done, too.  I would say all-around it was 50-50.”


WHAT DID YOU TAKE AWAY FROM TESTING AT PHOENIX WITH THE MUFFLERS AND SMALLER SPOILER?  “I think every race car driver would agree that we always want more power and less downforce.  I feel like that’s always our answer because we’d feel like it puts more of the control in our hands versus the car, the team or things like that, and I feel like it just makes the racing better a lot of the time as far as being able to pass other guys.  I felt like that was kind of the same thing I heard from one of the other drivers when they took downforce away.  It seemed like it got better.  I think they went from, I don’t know what the normal spoiler is, but they went to 2-½ and it didn’t really change a lot, and then they went to 2 and changed some underbody stuff, and it sounded like that changed a lot of things as far as for the better, so I don’t know where they’re gonna go with it.  Testing is just kind of one thing and then applying it to everybody is another.  I think anytime you can get less downforce, especially on the short tracks, it typically makes it better, and I feel like this car everywhere we went when it’s 60 laps into a run and the tires are finally starting to get worn out and we’re slipping and sliding around a little bit more, at least on the short tracks, we race a lot better and I feel like less downforce and more power – just even less downforce – is gonna make it easier to get to that point.  Instead of 60 laps into a run, maybe 30 laps into a run, so I think less downforce is definitely the answer for the short tracks and road courses.  I don’t think we need to change anything on the mile-and-a-halves, but it sounded like all the drivers were in agreement on that from who I’ve read texts from.”


WHEN DOES A DRIVER START TO FOCUS ON THE CLASH?  “I think it all depends on how you ended the season.  For us, I felt like we were on such a run of momentum and just strong runs that I was instantly thinking of The Clash and wanting to go there next week, but I think you definitely take a couple of weeks off.  This offseason, I probably had two or three weeks where I didn’t have anything I really had to do.  Outside of that, it was a pretty busy offseason, but I would say, for me, when I got back from Chili Bowl – a week or two weeks ago – I started thinking about The Clash.  I went and sat inside the car yesterday, so you start thinking about it pretty quickly – kind of mid-January that you’re gonna be going racing in two or three weeks.  I think, for me, leading up to next week I’ve got a busy week-and-a-half.  I’ve got to go to Ohio this weekend for an appearance.  I’ve got to go to Raleigh next week.  I’ve got some stuff at the shop I’ve got to do still.  Outside of that, I’ll just try to spend as much time as I can with my family, just trying to spend that quality time before we kind of get busy and on the road.”


WHAT ATTRIBUTES OF THE SHR TEAM DO YOU BELIEVE HAVE ALLOWED YOU TO FIND SUCCESS IN NASCAR?  “I haven’t been with a ton of teams.  I think I’ve been at three or four organizations my entire career, but Stewart-Haas has definitely been the one that I’ve been at the longest.  I think the biggest thing is just the amount of resources you have from just an experience level.  Everybody at Stewart-Haas and the marketing team and everybody always talks about how we’re just a bunch of racers and it’s the truth.  Everybody there from literally the top guy to the bottom guy they all have just raced their whole life.  They race on their off weekend.  They go racing in the middle of the week at Millbridge and places like that, where other organizations you have groups of those guys, but not the whole organization.  For me, being a relatively young guy in the sport and inexperienced, I had so many different guys I could go to, whether it was Tony Stewart or Zippy or Kevin Harvick and all these guys for perspective.  They’ve seen the same scenario, but they all have a different outlook on it or a viewpoint on it, so, for me, to be able to go and ask questions, whether it’s on or off the racetrack stuff, and just get different opinions on it, different perspectives on it was one of the biggest things that made Stewart-Haas feel so much like home.  We just all have the same kind of background and things like that, and I feel like that just makes a huge difference.”


WILL THIS EXTENSION CHANGE YOUR APPROACH TO THE SEASON?  “I don’t think so.  I feel like I always race with this mentality of every lap is making a difference, even if you’re 10 laps down because you have a mechanical issue.  I always feel like I’m running 100 percent just to try to show my team that I’m not giving up.  I don’t think my mentality changes now that I’m secured for years to come, so I don’t think it really changes anything for me.  It maybe makes you a little less stressed at home, but, outside of that, I feel like you’re going to the racetrack every weekend to win and try to set the fastest lap every single lap, every single session and things like that.  I don’t think it will really change my outlook on anything as far as that goes.”


YOU WERE COUCH SURFING NOT THAT LONG AGO AND NOW YOU’RE WITH ONE OF THE TOP TEAM IN NASCAR FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.  WHAT DOES THAT FEEL LIKE?  “For sure.  In 2013, 2014, 2015 and part of 2016, part of 2016, but those  three years prior I was sleeping on a couch and volunteering at different places.  Now, to be where I’m at is pretty crazy.  One of my buddies, we had this group chat of all of our friends and we race online together.  We’ve had it for 10 years and I remember when I was going through that couch to couch thing and they were giving me a hard time telling me how I was wasting my time and things like that.  One of my buddies texted me today and said, ‘I’m glad you didn’t listen to me.’  It was six or seven years ago.  It’s pretty crazy to see what it’s turned into, so it’s crazy to look back on and think about it.  I still, honestly, every day find myself just thinking how crazy it is and how it’s all worked out, how not only to make it to the Cup Series but then to make it to the Cup Series and drive the car that you dreamed of driving.  That was your favorite car growing up.  Things like that.  It’s crazy the amount of doors that have opened up for me.  I’ve definitely been extremely blessed to be able to be in the spot I’m in, so I definitely find myself every day questioning how I got here because it was not that long ago where I was ready to give up.  It’s crazy to be sitting here today talking about a contract extension and driving for this company that I feel like is a powerhouse company in the sport.  It’s pretty unbelievable, for sure.”


IT MUST BE SOMEWHAT LIBERATING AND RELIEVING TO KNOW YOU HAVE A STAFF THAT WORKS ON SPONSORSHIP FOR YOU AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT ON YOUR OWN LIKE YEARS AGO?  “I remember when I was couch to couch I would sit at least an hour almost every single day and would type in CEO, COO, anything I could think of and type it on LinkedIn and every name I could find I would send an email.  I mean, I bet I got who knows how many thousands of no’s, but even to this day – I don’t get on LinkedIn – but I’m still trying to sell myself to new people and things like that, but I think the biggest thing for me is I’ve always tried to be my true self.  I don’t put on an act for anybody.  What you see is kind of what you get and I was trying to treat everybody with respect and I feel like that goes such a long way.  I try to make sure that all of my partners always feel appreciated, even if it’s a new partner or whether it’s somebody that has no chance of ever sponsoring me ever, I still try to treat them with respect and treat them how I feel they should be treated.  I feel that has gone a really long way with all of my partners and even ones that have seen me from afar doing that goes a long way for them.  It’s always kind of been who I am and if it’s enough, it’s enough.  If it’s not enough, it’s not enough, but I feel like it’s worked to this point and hopefully it will continue to.”


CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW YOUR VOICE HAS DEVELOPED WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION?  “I feel like, for me, I look back, especially on my rookie year, we’d go into our competition meeting on Tuesday and, truthfully, I wouldn’t really talk much.  I mean, I would say kind of what we thought for the weekend, but outside of that I would just kind of sit there and listen.  Then this past year, I definitely talked a lot more and I’d bring up ideas and kind of say things I wanted to get off my chest, where in the past I wouldn’t have done that.  So, I feel like as I’ve gotten more confident in myself and my position I’ve gotten to the point where I speak my mind a little bit more and I guess be a little bit more of a leader.  But where we’re at as a company, for me still, Kevin Harvick is the guy.  He’s who steers our ship.  He’s the guy that when he talks people listen and, for me, I’ve just tried to watch as much as I can knowing the Kevin’s not gonna be there one day and especially with Aric leaving in the next few years or whenever he does, I’m gonna be the guy that’s been there the longest, so, naturally, the leadership kind of falls on you to a certain extent, so I think how Kevin gets his points across and how I get my points across is probably two different ways, but you can still learn things from Kevin in just how he approaches certain situations.  He’s seen so many different scenarios, but I feel like I talk to Kevin a lot about it and even just watching how he handles certain things and how he always can circle back around to get his point proven is something I’ve definitely been taking notes on, just knowing that one day that potentially could be me that has to have more of a leadership role.  Yeah, it’s a role that is crazy, truthfully, to think about because that could be me in the next year or two, being I wouldn’t say that flagship guy, but being a leader as far as the drivers go in an organization, but, truthfully, I feel like that’s something I want to be.  I’ve always enjoyed that kind of leader, team building type of stuff, so, yeah, if that role is kind of placed on me naturally, then that’s one that I would love to have and try to do it to the best of my ability, but I feel like that’s a role that you don’t choose, it kind of chooses you.  We have to see how we run and things like that, and let the cards fall where they fall.  In a couple of years, we might be in a totally different situation.  We don’t know, but I’ll definitely try and take as many notes as I possibly can and just watch and learn as much as I can to kind of how to be that leader in our company.”


CAN YOU ALSO EXPLAIN WHAT IT’S LIKE GOING INTO THE CLASH THIS YEAR VERSUS LAST YEAR?  “Truthfully, I would say I’ve been really motivated about The Clash and wanting redemption.  Last year, I felt like that was a race that if I wasn’t gonna win, I was for sure gonna run second.  I felt like me and Reddick were the two best cars.  I went from eighth or ninth to third or fourth in a matter of like 20 laps and I just felt like my car was really, really good, and then we had the mechanical issue, so that’s one that I feel like kind of got away from us and one that I definitely want to go and try to win.  I’m excited from that side of things.  My outlook on the race is definitely different because last year it was such an unknown.  Nobody knew what to expect.  Nobody knew what the car was gonna drive like, what it was gonna race like.  I feel like this year it’s gonna be way more competitive.  Everybody is gonna have an understanding of what they need to do to their cars – the teams are and the drivers.  Last year, I was probably the only guy in the field that was shifting every single lap, every single corner and this year probably everybody is gonna do it just because they’re way more comfortable with it, where last year nobody even really knew that was a possibility.  All of those things have me a little bit, not nervous but it’s a big question mark as far as what it’s gonna look like this year.  The field is gonna be way tighter, so it’ll be a lot harder to separate yourself from the pack, but hopefully we can go there and have a good car and do that.”

HOW DID YOU NAVIGATE THE CONTRACT EXTENSION WHEN TEAMS DON’T KNOW WHAT THE TV MONEY IS GOING TO BE STARTING IN 2025?  ARE THERE A LOT OF PROVISIONS INCLUDED?  “I should probably know what I’m allowed to say and what I’m not allowed to say so if I get myself in trouble that’s probably not good for me.  I remember when the contract first started getting talked about, I talked to all of my teammates.  I leaned on Kevin a lot and even Aric a lot and they both were adamant, don’t sign anything past ‘24 and things like that, but with the opportunity that was there, we just had to put a lot of provisions in it if it gets re-structured.  It’s not fair to the team and it’s not fair to me, obviously, either if the whole structure of the money going into the sport changes.  We just had to have a lot of wording in there to where if it does get changed and when it gets figured out we’ll obviously come back and sit down and try to figure out what’s fair for both of us.”


WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR OBJECTIVES FOR THIS SEASON?  “There are for sure a lot of unknowns and to your first question, I would say the biggest thing for me is I just want to be way more consistent.  It’s no secret that last year we started the season strong and over the course of the summer was non-existent with the exception of two or three races, and then the playoffs was right back to where we were at the beginning of the year.  So, I feel like 99.9 percent of that was me and just not putting good races together.  If I had a 15th-place car that given day, I was trying to win the race with a 15th-place car and at this level you’re not gonna do that.  In the playoffs, if I had a 15th-place car, I just tried to run 10th or 11th with it and just try to be a couple spots better than what my car was, and when I did that I felt like you’d find yourself in that 10th or 11th spot.  You’d have a restart at the end of the race, well now you’re up to seventh.  You have another restart or on pit road you might pick up one or two spots and you’d find yourself in the top five at the end of the day.  I feel like it’s kind of similar to Kevin.  I tried to mirror him as much as I could, where he just doesn’t eliminate himself from races.  A lot of the time at the beginning of the race he might not be the best car, but at the end he’s always up there and he gives himself an opportunity and a chance if a restart comes out.  I felt like in the playoffs when I let the race just come to me, instead of forcing stuff, I became way more consistent.  The top 10s became way easier to get and if I can take that same mentality and approach and just keep reminding myself of what I did different in the playoffs versus the rest of the season, then hopefully our consistency will be a lot better throughout the season.  And then going to your second question, there are definitely a lot of unknowns still.  The car is still changed.  Things have happened where there’s new racetracks, there’s just new structures.  The teams are constantly trying to find things on the car to make it better, so the setups that you ran last year probably won’t work this year, but you just have to go to the racetrack and react and just do the best you can.  Like I was just saying, do the best you can on that given weekend and if it’s enough, it’s enough.  If not, just try to make the most of it and I feel like if we can do that, then the unknowns will be what they are, but you’ve got to adapt and you’ve got to adapt quickly, obviously, but you still have to adapt and just figure it out.  Whoever figures it out the best that weekend will probably win those races at the places that are new for us.”


DOES THE 14 FEEL LIKE YOUR CAR NOW?  HAVE YOU PUT YOUR STAMP ON IT?  “Yeah, for sure.  I tweeted about it a little bit ago.  The first two years I definitely felt like I was always getting in Clint’s car or getting in Tony’s car and it was just kind of my name on it, but I was just filling in.  Like that wasn’t me.  I wasn’t the long-term guy for it, where now I feel like it is mine to a certain extent.  It’s still Tony’s, obviously, but I feel like it’s my car now.  When people think of the 14, I want them to think about me because that’s how I feel, where before I was thinking it was Clint’s car or Tony’s car.  So, yeah, I definitely want to add a lot of history to the 14.  It’s known for being this car that is always battling for championships and battling for wins and the driver is just this down-to-earth, just normal dirt racer and I feel like I want to add my history to the 14.  So, I definitely feel like it’s mine now, which is nice.  It definitely feels a lot better going into it, my third year, and even if I didn’t have the contract extension I would say it probably would feel a little bit more like mine, but now it definitely does just knowing it’s gonna have my name on it for years to come now.  I’m looking forward to that side of it, for sure.”

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Fresh off a stellar first season in which he captured USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship Rookie of the Year honors, Emerson Axsom is primed to compete for a season championship in 2023 during his first full season run with Clauson Marshall Racing.
The 18-year-old Franklin, Ind. native will compete for top honors with CMR and Driven2SaveLives, an Indiana Donor Network Program, in the number 47BC.  Axsom, who was behind the wheel of a sprint car for CMR during the 2022 season, finished fifth in the USAC National Sprint Car standings and tallied three feature victories and seeks to climb even higher up the leaderboard in the coming year.
“I’m excited to work with the same group of guys and build off of a great 2022 Rookie season,” Axsom stated. “It was a tough year, and we learned a lot, but we were able to overcome challenges and always walked away from each night learning something new.  At the end of the season, I think we were as competitive as anyone, so I am really excited to be able to build off of 2022 and go try to win some races.  I’m honored to get to represent Driven2SaveLives again in 2023 and honor the donor heroes night-in and night-out.  Even when a night doesn’t fall our way, if we can inspire one fan to sign up as an organ donor, we walk away feeling a sense of pride.”
Clauson Marshall Racing, co-owned by Tim Clauson and Richard Marshall, was established in 2016 to compete in the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship. Since their inception, CMR has won a USAC National Midget Championship in 2019, a USAC National Sprint Car Championship in 2018 and two All Star Circuit of Champions Championships in 2021-22.
“I am excited to have Emerson back behind the wheel of the Driven2SaveLives 47BC for 2023,” Clauson said. “After a stellar rookie campaign while capturing three wins and Rookie of the year honors, I feel we are in a position to challenge for a USAC National Championship.  I am also excited to continue to spread the message of organ and tissue donation through the Driven2SaveLives Ambassador program which allows our racing community to advocate for this great cause.  This is a great way for fans to help save lives within their own communities.”
Axsom competed full-time with the USAC National Sprint Car Championship in 2022, starting the season out strong by capturing two wins at the beginning of the season before ending the season in victory lane again late in the year in Arizona.  Coming off of a strong 2022 season, the Driven2SaveLives 47BC team looks to improve upon their Rookie season and compete for a national championship, which team co-owner Marshall sees as a goal this coming year.
“As a pure race fan, it has been exciting to have a front row seat for Emerson’s development as a driver,” Marshall said. “His diehard will to win is contagious and the Driven2SaveLives 47BC team rightfully has high goals and expectations for 2023 as we compete for the USAC National Sprint Car Championship.”
Driven2SaveLives has partnered with Clauson Marshall Racing since 2017 and has been a key part of the Clauson Marshall Racing program since then.
“Indiana Donor Network, through our Driven2SaveLives program, is extremely excited to continue our partnership with Clauson Marshall Racing and Emerson Axsom,” Taylor McLean, Marketing Program Specialist at Indiana Donor Network, stated. “In a very short amount of time, Emerson has become an amazing ambassador for organ, tissue and eye donation and has helped our program reach more race fans.  Emerson is a perfect fit within our organization as we continue to inspire race fans to sign up as organ donors and continue to build our ambassador program.  Emerson’s talent on track combined with his genuine connection to fans makes him a perfect fit to represent our donor heroes, transplant recipients and the over 100,000 individuals waiting for a lifesaving transplant.”
The 2023 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season begins with a full week in Florida during the month of February, starting with a pair of non-points, special events at Volusia Speedway Park on February 13-14, followed by the first three points races of the year at Bubba Raceway Park on February 16-17-18.

Ryan Ellis and Alpha Prime Racing are proud to announce that Four Loko is returning as a sponsor in 2023, sponsoring the No.43 Chevrolet Camaro at Circuit of the Americas on March 25th. The iconic brand first entered the sport last year sponsoring Ellis at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in his first race with Alpha Prime Racing, in an exciting event where the Four Loko Chevy avoided multiple crashes at the 1.5-mile oval, finishing 13th.

Four Loko, at its core, thrives on fueling epic stories that make life unforgettable. Four Loko salutes those who dare to live in the moment, who dare to be bold, and unexpected. Four Loko’s 2022 release of Four Loko USA and Loko USA car design embodies the lifestyle and energy of the American NASCAR fan.

“We’re very excited to partner with Ryan and the team for a second year. Ryan was a wonderful partner for us in 2022, his enthusiasm for the brand, openness for fun content & collaboration between teams made it a no brainer to run this back in 2023. We also can’t wait to get this car in front of his and our fans in Texas.,” said Sam Catalina, VP of Marketing for Phusion Projects.

A new scheme will be announced in the coming weeks that is sure to catch the attention of fans, much like the LOKO USA scheme Ellis ran in 2022.

“We’re going into our second year with Four Loko as a sponsor and it’s still crazy to me that I get to be part of such a fun and exciting partnership. This is a brand that I grew up around in college and I never thought I’d be driving a Four Loko sponsored race car in NASCAR,” said Ryan Ellis, driver of the No.43 Four Loko Chevy.

“We got so much attention last year with the scheme - bald eagles shooting lasers, bears crushing Four Loko cans, it’s hard not to get attention with chaos like that on the car. But we also had a great run and got a lot of TV time for the brand and I know NASCAR fans loved seeing a new brand come into the sport and just own the spotlight like that. Having heard the ideas and seen some sample schemes for this year, I am so excited to reveal their ideas to fans and I hope we can build this partnership into more races in 2023 and beyond.”

“It’s so cool to be associated with a brand as fun and notable as Four Loko. We had a blast with the brand last year - not only at the racetrack, but with all the innovative content we created together, and throughout all of the time we were able to spend with their group. COTA will certainly be a different event than Las Vegas, but the environment and crowd will be a great fit. We’re really excited for them to experience their first road course with Ryan Ellis and we’re looking forward to an exciting partnership once again,” said Tommy Joe Martins, President of Alpha Prime Racing.

Tune In Info:

The NASCAR Xfinity Series 250 at Circuit of the Americas race will be broadcasted live on FS1 beginning at 4pm ET on March 25th.

Practice is scheduled for Friday, March 24th, from 6:30 PM- 7:00 PM ET. Qualifying, to set the lineup for Saturday’s race, follows shortly thereafter from 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM ET.

Radio coverage will be on MRN and SiriusXM - complete weekend tune-in information will be announced in the coming weeks.


For the second consecutive year, FOX Sports kicks off its NASCAR season coverage in Los Angeles and Daytona with NASCAR Hall of Famer and three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart serving as an analyst in the FOX NASCAR booth alongside Mike Joy and former racing teammate Clint Bowyer.

Joy, Bowyer and Stewart team to call the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum from Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 5 (8:00 PM ET on FOX), and the 65th running of the DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 19 (2:30 PM ET on FOX).

“I’m thrilled to be back in the FOX NASCAR booth for the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum and the Daytona 500 again this year,” Stewart said. “I was honored to call both last year and really enjoyed seeing the action from a different perspective and role, not to mention the sheer entertainment of sharing a booth with Clint and Mike. I’m looking forward to opening the new season with FOX and seeing what 2023 holds for the sport.”

Last year, the three-time NASCAR champion also was on the call for the NASCAR Cup Series races at Circuit of the Americas and Sonoma Raceway. He also joined the FOX Sports booth as an analyst for the US Nationals in Indianapolis, as well as the NHRA Nationals from Maple Grove Raceway to kick off the NHRA Countdown to the Championship. In 2021, Stewart teamed with Adam Alexander and Bowyer to call the season-opening NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona.

Rounding out FOX NASCAR’s Clash at the Coliseum broadcast crew are technical analyst Larry McReynolds and pit reporters Jamie Little and Regan Smith. FOX NASCAR prerace coverage begins at 4:00 PM ET with NASCAR RACEDAY on FOX, co-hosted by Chris Myers, Shannon Spake and Adam Alexander, with Bowyer, Stewart, McReynolds, Michael Waltrip, Jamie McMurray, Josh Sims, Little and Smith.


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

Wednesday, Feb. 1

  • NASCAR RACE HUB (6:00-6:30 PM ET) (FS1)

Thursday, Feb. 2

  • NASCAR RACE HUB (6:00-7:00 PM ET) (FS1) (live from LA Coliseum)

Friday, Feb. 3

  • NASCAR RACE HUB (6:00-7:00 PM ET) (FS1) (live from LA Coliseum)

Saturday, Feb. 4

  • NASCAR Cup Series practice (6:00-8:00 PM ET) (FS1)
  • NASCAR Cup Series qualifying (8:30-9:30 PM ET) (FS1)

Sunday, Feb. 5

  • NASCAR RACEDAY (4:00-5:00 PM ET) (FOX)
  • Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum Heat Races (5:00-7:00 PM ET) (FOX & FOX Deportes)
  • NASCAR RACEDAY (7:00-8:00 PM ET) (FOX)
  • Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum (8:00-10:00 PM ET) (FOX; FOX Deportes broadcast on the FOX Sports app)

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There’s no doubt about it.  Jake Swanson finished last season as one of the hottest drivers on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour.
Now, the Anaheim, Calif. native aims to carry his substantial momentum into 2023 as he goes full-time with the series in the driver’s seat of Team AZ Racing’s No. 21AZ.
After a tumultuous up-and-down start to his 2022 USAC campaign, the 29-year-old Swanson poured it on late, finishing five of his last seven feature starts on the podium, highlighted by a Western World Championships sweep at Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway.
It was quite a run for the 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion and two-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner who now resides in Danville, Ind. In fact, it was a roll he hoped didn’t have to stop. Yet, as the calendar flips to a new year, he has no intentions of letting the roll stop anytime soon.
“Honestly, I wish there was no offseason,” Swanson chuckled. “But in reality, there kind of wasn’t. We’ve been working the entire time because we’ve got so much to do. We’re rebuilding everything, and we want to make sure it’s exactly as we ended the season last year. We’ve always been really good at taking notes, but we’re being even more meticulous and splitting hairs with where we landed on shock numbers and measurements on the racecar. We want to make sure we don’t get lost because I feel like it’s easy over the offseason to put new parts on the car, do this or that, and you don’t think it’s going to change very much, then it changes your whole recipe. We’re trying really hard not to make those mistakes.”
Swanson’s turnaround during the 2022 USAC season can’t be understated. Throughout his first 20 starts, he’d not cracked the top-three a single time. Incidentally, it was an accident during July’s Indiana Sprint Week round at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway and a brief hospital stay which set forth a second act that was among the best stretches any driver in the series put together throughout the year.  That said, it was a multitude of items which put Swanson right back into contention.
“It’s really hard to pinpoint exactly one thing,” Swanson explained. “There’s probably five things that we changed over the course of the summer months going into the end of the fall where we really found something. We’ve always done these things but maybe not in the same order. The recipe was just a little off and it didn’t work with the balance of other things.”
A fellow competitor who found a flurry of late season success was Kyle Cummins and Rock Steady Racing, a driver and program that were sensational from the summer months onward in 2022. Swanson took further notes from Cummins’ success and applied it to their own venture.
“There’s a number of things we did to the car to make it rotate on entry,” Swanson began. “We studied a lot of fast cars, and Kyle Cummins was really good there at the end and we tried to emulate that. I think we came across it the last couple months of the year and got it fine-tuned. It’s easy to make the car do that, but it’s hard to make the car flow and not have it do other things that you don’t want it to do. Another huge factor was the engines. We’ve got really good 1 Way Technologies engines and they massaged on some stuff in the latter half of the year. Engine detuning is something we’ve never had to do out west, then we came here, and it was a rude awakening between tightening the car up, but not too much, and tightening up the engine as well.”
Prior to the 2021 season, Swanson officially made the move to uproot from his native California and chase USAC National Sprint Cars and the local Indiana sprint car scene where he was an eight-time winner in 2022, ranking second behind only Cummins’ nine. Swanson has continuously been a student, learning the tricks of the trade of mastering the ability to go even faster, namely in terms of chassis dynoing, shocks and torsion bars, just to name a few, while fine-tuning his craft over time. But the main ingredient has been seat time, and Swanson has found that to be the most pivotal classroom of all.
“It’s amazing the amount of repetitions you get,” Swanson noted. “Last year, I think I raced 74 times. When you race that much, you can really get a feel for exactly what you’re looking for and what you want. When you race once or twice a month like I did in the past, you’re always rusty and you can’t ever really make gains. That’s why I learned to take such meticulous notes because, back then, every time I went to a racetrack, it felt like starting over.”
Now, the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship starts over from scratch with a slate that begins with a full week of work in his Apache Transport, USW Cat Construction, Stratis Construction, RSS Industries, Beaver Stripes, Fine Line Drafting machine in Florida during the month of February, starting with a pair of non-points, special events at Volusia Speedway Park on February 13-14, followed by the first three points races of the year at Bubba Raceway Park on February 16-17-18.

NASCAR and Hurley, the iconic action-sports brand, announced today a collaboration that will deliver a brand-new collection of men’s and women’s beach and surf apparel. Two racing themed product lines will drop during NASCAR’s 75th anniversary season in 2023, with the first available now on, and another dropping prior to the NASCAR Darlington Throwback Weekend in April.

“Hurley is one of the most influential brands in the world when it comes to action-sports and beach apparel,” said Megan Malayter, NASCAR managing director of licensing and consumer products. “As two companies who were born on the beach, we’re thrilled to be collaborating with Hurley to bring this exclusive Hurley x NASCAR collection to fans in 2023.”

Hurley was founded in Huntington Beach in 1999 on the principle of empowering and fueling the voice of the next generation. Through the lens of inclusion, Hurley has partnered with the world’s best surfers, skateboarders, snowboarders, musicians and artists, and is an iconic global youth culture brand with roots sunk deep in beach lifestyle.

“We’re excited to bring the Hurley energy that has solidified its stake in surf, snow and skate to a new audience through the Hurley x NASCAR collection. Racing and surfing take dedication, commitment and drive and have many of the same key attributes. We have fused the two as one in the latest Hurley x NASCAR collection while taking our brand trackside,” said Ralph Gindi, COO and co-founder of Bluestar Alliance, parent company of Hurley.

Hurley has developed cutting-edge, fashionable beachwear for both collections including items such as board shorts, swimwear, athleisure, tees, hats and woven tops. The first line of product, which dropped today, will feature designs that reflect an authentic 1990s feel. The second line will appropriately carry a look that represents vintage NASCAR, drawing on the rich history of the sport’s quintessential branding.

One of Hurley’s feature athletes is NASCAR’s own Noah Gragson, who will pilot the No. 42 Chevrolet for LEGACY MOTOR CLUB in 2023. Hurley, as well as several of its athletes, will be on site at Daytona International Speedway for the DAYTONA 500, giving fans the opportunity to purchase items from the collection in person. Follow all of the excitement here

The 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season begins with the 65th running of the DAYTONA 500®, the Great American Race, on Sunday, February 19 at 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. UNOH Fanzone passes are still available at or by calling 1-800-PIT-SHOP.


 The 62nd season of racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will showcase some of the premier series in all of motorsports this summer with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series returning. In conjunction with the schedule release, featuring four major events, the renewal period for Mid-Ohio Season Race Passes begins today and will go until Thursday, Feb. 16. Public ticket sales will begin Tuesday, Feb. 21. 


The Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio, the longest continuously-running spectator event at the track, kicks off the schedule on June 23-25 for its 41st running. The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association sanctioned weekend will provide fans a variety of race types with classic and modern race cars, including plenty of exciting sports car action highlighted by the newly formed Prototype Spring Series Association and the legendary Trans Am Series. 


Ohio's largest annual motorsports event, The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio featuring the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, returns on Fourth of July weekend (June 30-July 2) for the 40th running of the open-wheel event. Amongst the current events on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule, only the Indianapolis 500 has run more races. In 2022, The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the All-New 2023 Civic Type R featured a victory by Scott McLaughlin as he held off 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Alex Palou over the final 17 laps. 


After a thrilling debut at Mid-Ohio in 2022, the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series will return to the 2.258-mile, 13-turn track in 2023 for the second running of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 150 on Saturday, July 8. ARCA Menards Series stock cars will also be featured, kicking off the weekend on Friday, July 7. The inaugural O’Reilly Auto Parts 150 featured a dramatic battle in the closing laps as Parker Kligerman beat Zane Smith to the finish line by 0.119 seconds. 


Finally, Permco AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will make its 28th appearance at the facility on July 21-23. Permco, an Ohio-based manufacturing leader of high-pressure hydraulic gear pumps and motors, joins the event as the title sponsor. The Mid-Ohio tradition is one of the largest annual motorcycling gatherings in the world celebrating the history of motorcycling in America and featuring racing, bike shows, the largest motorcycle swap meet in North America, plus more.


“We are excited to once again bring our fans a terrific variety of motorsport events in 2023,” said Craig Rust, president of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. “It’s exciting to partner with Permco as the new title sponsor of AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, and we look forward to having the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series return after a hugely successful first outing in 2022. We can’t wait to see our fans back at the track for all these events this summer!”


All four race events remain on their traditional weekends. Additional support series will be announced at a later date for each race weekend delivering non-stop action. The 2023 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course schedule for spectator events is as follows:


June 23-25 – Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio

(Sportscar Vintage Racing Association / Trans Am)


June 30-July 2 – The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio



July 7-8 – O’Reilly Auto Parts 150 at Mid-Ohio

(NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series event)


July 21-23 – Permco AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

(AMA’s annual motorcycling celebration)


*Schedule Subject to Change


In addition to the four major spectator events, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will host over 20 club weekend racing events from April to October in 2023. Mid-Ohio Season Race Passholders can attend these events free of charge, and the general public can gain access on select weekends for a nominal fee as determined.


Children 12 and under always receive free general admission at Mid-Ohio when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Visit for more information, and follow its Facebook page @MidOhioSportsCarCourse, Twitter @Mid_Ohio or Instagram @officialmidohio for the latest news.


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