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Between racing and a host of other activities it’s going to be a very energetic night taking place this Saturday, August 20 at Mahoning Valley Speedway.

Action on the track will see the Modifieds, Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Futures and the touring American Three Quarter Midgets. 

There’s going to be plenty of doings off track as well starting with Pipes-4-Paws, a charity motorcycle ride to help abused animals. Pipes-4-Paws have saved hundreds of dogs lives and the total amount raised and donated from events to local shelters is over $90,000.

Pipes-4-Paws will be seeking from fans to donate dog or cat-food that will be given to a local shelter and you will be one of four lucky winners to receive an autographed photo from Sons of Anarchy star, Rusty Coones, who is a huge supporter of the ride.

It’s also ¼-Midget Night at the speedway. Any and all Quarter Midget racers are invited to bring out their race cars and during intermission will get the opportunity to take laps around the track. Racers and their handler will be admitted free. There will be a sign-in sheet for drivers upon arriving.

Quarter Midget Night has become an annual event that the ‘Next’ generation of Mahoning racers always looks forward to.

But wait there’s more! The speedway will be hosting their yearly Back to School Night. Backpacks and such will be made available (while supplies last) to all school aged kids coming out to the races this Saturday. 

We’re not done yet. Ever want to take out your frustration on one of our track officials or maybe a driver? Sure you do and now’s your chance. We’re going to have a Dunk Tank for fans to take shots at those folks. There no charge, just step up and take you best shot. There will be a collection if desired with the proceeds going to purchase Kids Big Wheels.

And let’s not forget about the actual racing taking place. With this being the final week before taking the next two scheduled weeks off it will be a big night for the point chasers as all classes are very tight and after Saturday there will be only two race dates remaining to the 2022 titles. 

The ATQMRA will be in the house too. The winged ¾-Midget warriors come to Mahoning with the distinction of being the fastest cars to turn laps around the circular paved oval and their brand of racing is always thrilling and exciting.

With so much activity taking place and the expected number off plungers for the Dunk Tank, grandstand gates will be opening at 3:00 pm. 

Pit gates open at 11:00 am. Early paid practice will take place from noon to 3:00 pm. Warm-ups begin at 4:00 pm. Adult grandstand admission is $14. Pits are $40. Driver sign-ins are from 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm. Racing begins at 6:00 pm.

Please log onto the official Mahoning Valley Speedway website at www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway for updated info and news. Mahoning Valley Speedway is located on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Lehighton.

MVS PR

After losing an earlier season event scheduled at Lincoln Speedway to rain, the Morrow Brothers Ford MOWA Sprint Car Series will return to the ¼-mile at the Logan County Fairgrounds this Friday, August 19, 2022. It’s all part of a huge weekend of racing in Central Illinois.

In 15 events contested at Lincoln Speedway, 11 drivers have won events with the #MOWASprints. Fan favorites, Rico Abreu and Paul Nienhiser each have three MOWA Sprint Car Series wins at Lincoln. Other drivers to win events at Lincoln include AJ Bruns, Carson Macedo, Christopher Bell, Ian Madsen, Jake Neuman, Jerrod Hull, Jimmy Hurley, Korey Weyant and Willie Croft.

Hometown driver Cory Bruns finished 3rd at Macon Speedway on July 30, the last event held for the series. Bruns’ best finish at Lincoln Speedway came last year during the “Night Before the Mile”, where he ended up 7th. Another hometown driver to keep an eye on, is Shelby Bosie. Bosie finished third with the series on July 29 at Jacksonville Speedway and then backed that up with another 2nd place run in weekly racing competition at Jacksonville on August 12.

2015 USAC Amsoil Sprint Car Champion Robert Ballou will return to Lincoln Speedway aboard the NineSix Motorsports #96. Ballou drove to a 2nd place finish in last year’s event and is looking to become the series’ next first-time winner this Friday.

In addition to the MOWA Sprints, the Midwest Big Ten Series DIRTcar Pro Late Models and Modified will be in action, plus Simplot DII Midgets, KidModz, and Hornets. Jose Parga, of New Berlin, IL, leads the Lincoln Speedway Pro Late Model points and the Big Ten points. When it comes to the Modifieds, former champion Brandon Roberts leads the Lincoln Speedway points, while Rodney Standerfer is on top of the Big Ten standings. The two Big Ten races will pay $700 to win and $100 to start.

Last year’s champion, Mark McMahill, of Peoria, IL, leads this year’s Simplot DII Midget standings, while Brownstown, IL’s Billy Mason leads the track Hornet points.

Pit gates open at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $20, while kids 11 and under are free.

The event is all part of a huge weekend of racing that begins Friday night, August 19 at Lincoln Speedway featuring MOWA Sprint Cars, Saturday afternoon, August 20 with USAC Silver Crown and Sportsman at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Saturday night at Macon Speedway with POWRi National Midgets, and Sunday afternoon, August 21 with ARCA and Sportsman at the Illinois State Fair.

Friday August 19, 2022 Race Day Information:

Pits Open: 3:00PM

Grandstands Open: 5:00PM

Hot Laps: 6:00PM

Racing: 7:00PM

 

Lincoln Speedway MOWA Sprints Feature Winners (in order by number of wins):

 

Rico Abreu - 3 (10/10/2014, 7/12/2019, 7/17/2020)

Paul Nienhiser - 3 (7/10/2015, 6/1/2018, 7/13/2018)

Christopher Bell - 1 (10/11/2013)

AJ Bruns - 1 (9/2/2011)

Willie Croft - 1 (7/15/2016)

Jerrod Hull - 1 (7/6/2012)

Jimmy Hurley - 1 (6/15/2012)

Carson Macedo - 1 (7/14/2017)

Ian Madsen - 1 (5/2/2014)

Korey Weyant - 1 (7/8/2011)

Jake Neuman - 1 (8/20/2021)

 

For more information about Lincoln Speedway, visit www.lincolnspeedwayil.com


For more information about the MOWA Sprint Car Series, visit www.midwestopenwheel.com

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More than three dozen competitors from across the west invade Madera Speedway for the third annual Olga’s California Dream 100 Mini Stock race on August 13, televised for MAVTV. Entries from Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Washington are entered to take on defending winner Terry Armstrong, Jr. of Hauser Lake, Idaho in the 100-lap grind on the fastest one-third in the west.
 
Karl Fredrickson, publisher of Speedway Illustrated, will serve as the Grand Marshal.
 
Saturday’s action will also feature the West Coast Sport Compact 40-lap invasion, Madera Hobby Stocks, Madera Late Models, and Modified Super Toyotas. All tickets will be sold at the track ticket booth the day of the event. Tickets are $20 for Adults, $15 for seniors and military and $10 for ages 6-12. Race fans can “Join” www.YouTube.com/ShortTrackTV for $19.99 per month for a members-only live stream as well.
 
A field of the best champion drivers of four-cylinder racing will be in action in search of a piece of the $2,000-to-win purse that also features numerous contingency awards. California champions such as Josh Cross from Manteca, Fortuna’s Gary Klinetobe, and Roseville’s Ray Molina are among those entered. Nearly 20 of the 39 pre-entries compete regularly at either All American Speedway or Stockton 99 Speedway. Roughly half of the entries are from outside of California as well.
 
Idaho will be well-represented with seven entries including 2021 fast-time qualifier Fred Vigil of Melba, Idaho. Vigil, Armstrong, Cross, Justin Carson of Ogden, UT, Drew Crenshaw of Nampa, ID, and John Soares of San Bernadino are all attempting their third starts in the Olga’s California Dream 100.
 
The Pro Mini Stocks will participate in two 15-minute practices followed by qualifying. Eight-lap heat races are also scheduled. A 15-lap C-Main and a 15-lap B-Main are scheduled. Two $100-to-win Trophy Dashes are also planned. The 100-lap California Dream closes Saturday’s busy show.
 
Jason Aguirre leads the Madera Late Model standings with a 40-lap feature planned. Patrick Geiger and Bill Gorden are tied in the MST division after eight nights of competition. Nick Thompson enjoys a 13-point lead in Madera Mini Stock over Jeff Durant. Haley Bugg has stretched her lead out to 35-points in the Hobby Stock class over former track champions Steve Schermerhorn and Manny Gonzales, Jr. All of these divisions will have points on the line this Saturday night.
 
Action gets underway on Friday with practice from 5pm until 8pm with pit gates opening at 3pm. On Saturday, pit gates open at noon with practice at 1:30pm. Qualifying hits the track at 3:05pm. Heat races are at 4:10pm followed by the C- & B-Mains plus dashes. Opening ceremonies are at 6pm. All five main events will follow.
 
For more information about the Madera Speedway including how to advertise with a race team on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or call the race office at 209-356-1968.
 
The 2022 season would not be possible without the support of Lunkerdaddy Fishing Lures, 51FIFTY LTM, Mission Foods, 805 Beer, Race 2B Drug Free, Competition Carburetion, Hoosier Tires, and Sunoco Race Fuel.
 
Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Monday nights at 3:00pm Pacific and 6:00pm Eastern.

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On the heels of another top-10 finish in ARCA Menards Series competition two weeks ago at Michigan International Speedway, Greg Van Alst and his team trek to the Fingers Lakes of New York ready to make the most of the final road course race of the season in Friday night’s General Tire Delivers 100 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

By no means does Van Alst consider himself a road racing ace, but on the strength of a respectable 12th-place finish in his road course debut last month at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the Anderson, Ind. native returns to the mindset of turning both left and right in hopes of delivering his eighth top-10 finish of the 2022 season.

“Hopefully the second road course is better than the first,” Van Alst said with a chuckle.

“Right now, it doesn’t look like there will be any rain which is a big relief from what we dealt with at Mid-Ohio.

“I don’t feel we did badly at Mid-Ohio; I am just inexperienced. So hopefully we take what we learned and get better at Watkins Glen.”

A long-time racer with aspirations of someday making a start in one of NASCAR’s top-three national divisions, Van Alst is familiar with the layout of Watkins Glen from studying previous races, but as the ARCA veteran knows – nothing is more adequate than actual seat time.

“For me, it’s just going to be about consistency at Watkins Glen this weekend,” added Van Alst. “I don’t expect to see us in contention for the win, but I think with a game plan, I think we can maintain a good enough pace that keeps our top-10 rebooted streak alive on Friday.”

With seven top-10s in the last nine races in a tough summer stretch, Van Alst is proud of the work that his all-volunteer team has committed to his No. 35 CB Fabricating Ford Fusion not only this summer but all year long.

“The momentum of our team is really big right now,” added Van Alst. This stretch has been tough on us with no full-time guys. I’m not complaining by any means, but I am proud of what we are doing with the way we operate and work hard to get to the race track every week.

“This weekend might be our biggest challenge yet, but I am confident if we can have a good race on Friday night, it’s only going to help us prepare for the rest of the weekend and Milwaukee next weekend.”

Following Watkins Glen, Van Alst will join the rest of the ARCA teams and travel west to the Illinois (Ill.) State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill where he’ll make his debut on a dirt track in the highly-contested Atlas 100.

“It’s a part of the dream right?” sounded Van Alst. “I’ll admit I’m more nervous about the travel to and from each track. You just worry about something happening out of your control. But, once you arrive at the track and unload, it is business as always but there are a lot of miles to cover in a short amount of time.

“I don’t know what to expect on Sunday as far as racing on the dirt. I’m just trying to have a positive open-mind approach and hope it will help for DuQuoin in a few short weeks.”

Chris Barkdull’s CB Fabricating, a longtime partner with Greg Van Alst Motorsports has boosted its commitment to the team and will continue its role as the primary marketing partner of Van Alst’s No. 35 Ford Fusion.

Headquartered in Anderson, Ind., CB Fabricating offers a complete list of fabricating from design, laser cutting, CNC punching, forming, welding, powder coating, and assembly.

Their 26,000-square-foot facility allows them to service the needs of many different industries. Everything from the Automotive, agricultural, aquatic, medical, transportation, electrical enclosures, and much more.

“We are accelerating forward and preparing for this six-week stretch and none of it would be possible without the support of Chris,” expressed Van Alst.

“The consistency we have shown over the last two months is the type of pace that will keep Chris and everyone on this team in it for the long haul,” expressed Van Alst. “Everyone left Michigan International Speedway feeling like we got our mojo back.

“With every race complete, even if it is not the finish we are hoping for, it’s a small victory for our team knowing the large mountain that is still left to climb. I’m thankful to have the support of Chris and CB Fabricating.”

In addition to CB Fabricating, Top Choice Fence, Norton Transport, KRJ Race Products and Lintz Creative will serve as associate marketing partners for Van Alst’s 24th career ARCA start.

Entering Michigan, Van Alst sits a career-high fourth in the ARCA Menards Series championship standings, 84 markers in the arrears to championship leader Nick Sanchez.

“Step by step, we will do everything we can to catch the top three,” sounded Van Alst. “No question they have been the three strongest cars all year, It’s not going to come without some luck and strong finishes, but we are not going to go down without a fight. This is a tough series and we are still proud of where we are at.

“We still stay focused.”

For more on Greg Van Alst and Greg Van Alst Motorsports, please visit GregVanAlst.com, like them on Facebook (Van Alst Motorsports) and follow him on Twitter (@GregVanAlst35).

For more on CB Fabricating, please visit CBFabricating.com and like them on Facebook (CB Fabricating).

The General Tire Delivers 100 (41 laps | 100.45 miles) is the 13th of 20 races on the 2022 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins on Friday, August 19, 2022, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying kicks off at 4:25 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 and the Motor Racing Network beginning at 6:00 p.m. ARCARacing.com will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (ET).

The Atlas 100 (100 laps | 100 miles) is the 14th of 20 races on the 2022 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins on Sunday, August 21, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. General Tire pole qualifying kicks off at 11:15 a.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV and FloRacing beginning at 1:00 p.m. ARCARacing.com will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (CT).

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Taylor Gray, No. 17 Ford Performance Mustang

  • Taylor Gray enters a doubleheader weekend with the ARCA Menards Series this weekend. He will make his second career appearance at Watkins Glen International on Friday followed by his third appearance at the Springfield Mile on Sunday.
  • At Watkins Glen one year ago, the 17-year-old driver finished seventh in a stout field of cars. He also competed in the Truck Series race last season, but mechanical gremlins plagued the team resulting in a 35th-place finish.
  • On the dirt at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Gray has finishes of fourth and third in the last two seasons. For this event, the team has prepared a Ford Fusion entry out of its fleet of ARCA cars.
  • Friday's event will serve as the seventh round of the Sioux Chief Showdown. The No. 17 sits second in the standings, 19 points behind leader Sammy Smith.
  • Click here for Gray's career statistics.

DGR PR

NASCAR Cup Series -- Race No. 25 – 90 laps / 221 miles

Watkins Glen International (2.454-mile road course) – Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Fast Facts for August 20-21, 2022

Tire: Goodyear Eagle 18-inch Road Course Radials

Set limits: Cup: 1 set for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 6 sets for the race

     (5 race sets plus 1 set transferred from qualifying)

Tire Codes: Left-Front/Right-Rear: D-5112; Right-Front/Left-Rear: D-5113

Tire Circumference: 2,276 mm (89.61 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 26 psi; Right Front -- 24 psi;

     Left Rear -- 21 psi; Right Rear -- 21 psi

Storyline – Grip enhancement for Cup teams at Watkins Glen: Goodyear held a tire test at Watkins Glen International in late May and confirmed this weekend’s tire set-up, giving teams an enhancement in grip over what has been run at the New York-based track in the past.  Watkins Glen is a high speed road course, but is now aligned with Circuit of The Americas, Road America and Indianapolis Motor Speedway instead of having its own, unique tire set-up.

     As a reminder, like at recent road course races at Road America and Indianapolis, Cup teams will be running the same tire on all four corners of the car, although there will be two Goodyear tire codes – one on left-front and right-rear tire positions and one on the right-front and left-rear.  This allows Goodyear to build each distinct code and decorate the outboard sidewall while having the tread run directionally to handle the different stresses asked of it -- hard braking into the corners and hard acceleration off the corners.

     “With this Next Gen car, with the bigger, wider tire, we’ve been able to go a little ‘softer’ with our tread compounds almost across the board,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing.  “When we had just the two road courses on the Cup schedule – those being Watkins Glen and Sonoma – both tracks were dramatically different and required distinct tires.  Now, with six road courses on the 2022 schedule, Sonoma is still on its own due to it being much more technical, but Watkins Glen falls more into line with some of the other tracks.  The Glen is on the high-speed end of the scale among the road courses, but this 18-inch bead diameter tire – which is about an inch-and-a-half wider than the previous, 15-inch tire – has enabled us to give the teams a good step up in grip this weekend.”

Notes – Cup teams on Road America/Indianapolis tire set-up at Watkins Glen: Having moved to an 18-inch bead diameter tire for 2022, NASCAR Cup teams will run a different tire set-up than those in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Watkins Glen this week . . . these are the same two tire codes Cup teams ran at Road America and Indianapolis last month . . . these teams also ran the D-5112 right-side tire code on all four tire positions at COTA in March . . . Goodyear held a tire test at Watkins Glen on May 24-25 . . . teams (drivers) participating in that test were the Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet (William Byron), RFK Racing Ford (Chris Buescher) and Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (Martin Truex Jr.) and . . . with this 18-inch tire, and its lower profile sidewall, NASCAR Cup cars will not run inner liners in any of their tires in 2022.

Wet Weather Tires – New size and new tread pattern for Cup in ‘22: Goodyear will bring its completely redesigned wet weather radial tire to the road course at Watkins Glen for the NASCAR Cup cars . . . Cup teams will be allowed 1 set of wets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and up to 6 sets for the race (5 race sets plus 1 set transferred from qualifying) . . . in addition to moving from a 15-inch to an 18-inch bead diameter tire, this wet weather tire has a new tread pattern, based on Goodyear’s Eagle Supercar 3 consumer tire . . . this tire was tested at Goodyear’s facility in San Angelo, Texas in 2021 . . . NASCAR Cup teams last ran a wet weather tire in competition at COTA in May 2021 (15-inch version) . . . in addition to the obvious difference of a tread pattern versus Goodyear’s dry weather “slick” tires, the “Goodyear” and “Eagle” lettering on the sidewalls of the wet weather tires is white, not the standard yellow.

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GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

NASCAR Xfinity Series – Race No. 22 – 82 laps / 201 miles

Watkins Glen International (2.454-mile road course) – Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Fast Facts for August 20, 2022

Tire: Goodyear Eagle 15-inch Road Course Radials

Set limits: Xfinity: 5 sets for the event

Tire Code: D-6122 (same on all four tire positions)

Tire Circumference: 2,240 mm (88.19 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 26 psi; Right Front -- 24 psi;

     Left Rear -- 21 psi; Right Rear -- 21 psi

Notes – Fifth race on this road course tire for Xfinity teams: Being on 15-inch bead diameter tires, NASCAR Xfinity Series teams will run a different tire set-up than those in the Cup Series at Watkins Glen this week . . . Xfinity will run the same tire on all four positions at Watkins Glen . . . this tire debuted at COTA in March and was subsequently run at Portland, Road America and Indianapolis . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Watkins Glen.

Wet Weather Tires – White-lettered tires on hand: Goodyear will bring its 15-inch wet weather radials to the road course at Watkins Glen for use by Xfinity Series teams, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant . . . teams will have 5 sets of wets available for the event, with a maximum of 4 sets for the race . . . Xfinity teams last ran in wet conditions at Portland in June . . . in addition to the obvious difference of a tread pattern versus Goodyear’s dry weather “slick” tires, the “Goodyear” and “Eagle” lettering on the sidewalls of the wet weather tires is white, not the standard yellow.

Follow us on Twitter: @GoodyearRacing.

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For Anthony Flannery and the #25ct Fowler’s Auto Wrecking / Belltown Recycling team, good luck has been hard to find in 2022 when racing Open Modifieds at Stafford Motor Speedway.  With 50 cars on hand for the NAPA Spring Sizzler® in April, Flannery was able to earn a starting position but a wreck not of his own doing ended his run. Flannery is hoping to not only get a top-10 finish this Friday night, August 19, in the Lincoln Tech Open 80, but also make it to the checkered flag.

“I’d be very happy with a top-10 finish and just finishing the race would be big for us since we haven’t had a lot of luck with the open car at Stafford this season,” said Flannery.  “We qualified for the Sizzler out of 50 cars and we only lasted for a lap and a half before we got caught up in someone else’s wreck and we were done for the day.  We missed the next race but came back for the third race.  We were running in the top-10 and made it through the pit cycle but unfortunately only lasted a few more laps before the car blew up on me.  We had a good car up to that point and any time we can get into the top-10 in one of these open races at Stafford, that’s a pretty big deal for a small team like ours.  If we can stop the DNF’s from coming through, we’ll be very happy.  I’m feeling pretty good about the race and hopefully we’ll have a little bit of lady luck on our side and we can finish.”

Prior to the start of the 2022 season, Flannery had less than 20 career starts at Stafford driving SK Modified®, Open Modified, or Modified Racing Series cars.  In order to help himself get a little more acclimated with the Connecticut half-mile layout, Flannery has been racing a Todd Owen prepared SK Modified® car that he has piloted to 4 top-10 finishes in only 5 races. 

“I’ve been running the SK Modified® for Todd and it’s always good to have more laps at a track,” said Flannery.  “The cars drive totally different with the horsepower difference, but laps are laps and getting more laps definitely helps to get more comfortable.  Those extra laps in the SK have given me a confidence boost in knowing how to get around the track a little better.”

Coming into the 2022 season, Flannery had only made 3 career SK Modified® starts without recording a top-10 finish.  Now that he has four top-10 finishes in 5 races, Flannery knows what it takes to run in the top-10 at Stafford as well as learning patience that he can apply during the Lincoln Tech 80.

“I knew Todd had great stuff and he continues to give me a great car every week, the only thing is showing up halfway through the year we have no handicap and we have to start in the back,” said Flannery.  “I go out to get laps and try not to affect anything with guys who are racing for points.  If I make a crazy move, it might look good on FloRacing, but it only takes one or two bad nights for someone to get taken out of the points race so I’m trying to always be smart with my moves and that helps with keeping the car in one piece.  In the open races, you can apply that patience from the SK races even a little further with the extra laps and extra power to work with.”

Even though Flannery will be pulling double duty this Friday night at Stafford, he will be able to put the majority of his focus on racing, as his Open Modified teammate and car owner Dave Etheridge (driver of #34 Open Mod) will miss the race, allowing the crew for the #25ct and #34 cars to give their full attention to Flannery’s car.

“It’ll be my first time doing double duty at Stafford,” said Flannery.  “It’s going to be bittersweet that Dave won’t be racing, but that will just mean that I have extra crew guys for my Open car and there will be a lot less things that I have to worry about.  Todd’s guys are all amazing and they take care of the SK for me so I can focus mostly on just driving the car.  Whenever I try to do something on the SK the guys just push me out of the way and tell me that they’ve got it.”

Flannery heads into the Lincoln Tech 80 knowing what he will need in order to be among the contending cars when the race comes down to the final few laps.

“You’ll need to have a car with no damage on it so you have to be smart throughout the race, and you’ll need to have a good pit stop,” said Flannery.  “You see a lot of guys either gain or lose a bunch of spots on pit road and it’s tough to make up spots on the track if you have a bad pit stop.”

The 3rd Annual Lincoln Tech 80 is scheduled for this Friday, August 19th.  Stafford’s SK Modified®, Late Model, SK Light, Limited Late Model, and Street Stock divisions will join the Open Modifieds in feature action.  Tickets for the Lincoln Tech 80 are available now online at StaffordSpeedway.com/tickets and tickets will also be available for purchase at the admission gates.  Tickets for the Lincoln Tech 80 are $30.00 for adults, $10.00 for kids 6-14, and free for kids 5 & under.  Reserved seating is priced at $35.00 for all ages and pit passes are $45.00 with a valid 2022 Stafford Competition License and $50.00 without a Stafford license.  If you are unable to attend the event, tune into the live stream on FloRacing, the official streaming partner of Stafford Speedway.

For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.

Stafford Speedway PR

Daniel Suárez dreams of “cruising” through the next few regular season races as well as the upcoming 10-race NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs on his way to capturing the championship title in 2022. 

So, it’s appropriate that his Trackhouse Racing team today announced a partnership with Princess Cruises that will see the world’s most iconic cruise brand, just as it does with millions of guests, embark with Suárez on his journey through the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. 

The famous Princess seawitch logo will emblazon Suárez’s No. 99 Chevrolet Camaro at the Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International race on Sunday and at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway on Oct. 23, making it one of the most stunning cars on the track and serving as an innovative and exciting fan engagement platform. 

The partnership will also include Suárez’s teammate Ross Chastain and expand well beyond what race fans will see on track. In the coming weeks Princess Cruises and Trackhouse Racing will unveil details of how NASCAR fans can vacation on Princess ships to the most coveted destinations in the world. 

"Extending the Princess brand into NASCAR with the next generation team that covets the possibilities and passion of fan experiences couldn’t be more exciting," said John Padgett, president of Princess Cruises.

"Team Trackhouse is innovative, exciting and engaging, we appreciate and applaud Daniel and Ross’s impressive success and are proud to ensure NASCAR fans also have the access to the most exceptional Princess vacation offers. We have a lot of innovative plans that NASCAR fans are going to love.” 

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is the world’s most iconic premium cruise brands operating a fleet of 15 modern cruise ships, carrying millions of guests each year to 330 destinations around the globe. Princess delivers the ultimate in effortless, personalized cruising featuring magnificent balconies, world-class entertainment, casinos, pools, fitness centers, spas and dining, all elevated by the exclusive Princess Medallion.  

Trackhouse Racing is in its second season in the Cup Series. Suárez and Chastain have visited victory lane three times in 2022 and are two of the favorites in the 16-driver playoffs that being Sept. 4 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. 

“There is no doubt what I’ll be doing in the off-season if we win the championship,” said Suárez who became the first driver from Mexico (Monterrey) to win in the Cup Series on June 12, 2022, at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway. “Everyone loves Princess and dreams of incredible vacations with family and friends. I hope we can help a lot of people do that soon.” 

Trackhouse founder and team owner Justin Marks said the new partnership with Princess Cruises is another testament to the team as well as the sport of NASCAR.

“The biggest and most recognizable companies are seeing the value in Trackhouse Racing, our drivers and the sport of NASCAR,” said Marks who brought in entertainer Pitbull as a team partner last year as part of its off-track effort to expand the sport’s fan base beyond its normal demographic. “Princess Cruises is a powerful brand and the goal of this partnership is to expose our fans to the wonders of a Princess cruise vacation and provide NASCAR fans a very cool way to travel the globe.”

More information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel advisor, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company's website at www.princess.com.

 
 

Watkins Glen This Weekend

Watkins Glen should be an exciting weekend for Trackhouse Racing.

Only two races remain in the 2022 regular season and the race marks the fifth road course race of the season.

Trackhouse drivers Daniel Suárez and Ross Chastain have already won twice on road courses this season and raced in the top five in every other.

They will also have a new teammate as Trackhouse Racing’s PROJECT91 makes its debut Sunday with 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Räikkönen driving the No. 91 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 

Räikkönen becomes the first driver to join the team’s PROJECT91 program announced in May by Trackhouse Founder and Owner Justin Marks. PROJECT91’s goal is to expand the organization’s international reach by fielding a NASCAR Cup Series entry for renowned international racing drivers.

USA Network will broadcast Sunday's race at 3 p.m. EDT.

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ADVANCE NOTES

Weekend Format

  • The traditional weekend format is on tap this weekend with practice split into two groups Saturday afternoon, immediately followed by group qualifying.

Keselowski at Watkins Glen

  • Despite not having a win to his credit at Watkins Glen, the New York track stands as Keselowski’s best road course statistically with a 13.4 average finish in 11 starts.
  • He has six top-10 finishes, including four inside the top five, with three career runner-up results. He first finished second back in 2011, and followed that with two more P2 results in 2012 and 2013. He also has a third-place finish in 2016, and most recently ran ninth in 2019.
  • Keselowski also carries an average starting position of 11.3 with six starts inside the top-10, including a P1 start last season when qualifying metrics during COVID determined starting lineups.
  • Keselowski also has 10 starts in Xfinity at WGI with one win (2013) and nine top-10s.

Matt McCall at Watkins Glen

  • McCall will be atop the box for his seventh Cup race at The Glen where he has three top-10s and an average finish of 15.3.
  • He’s finished 14th or better in all but one race, and has a career-best P7 finish in 2018. Most recently he finished 13th (2021) and 10th (2019) with Kurt Busch.

QUOTE WORTHY
Keselowski on racing at Watkins Glen:
“Watkins Glen is a place I’ve felt really good at over the years, but have just missed out on a win there a handful of times. Our road course program has seen significant improvements and we’re again excited to show that off this weekend, and also have a great notebook from a test Chris did earlier this year. We know what we’re up against, just have to go execute this weekend.”

Last Time Out

Keselowski finished 15th in Richmond last Sunday after finishing fourth in stage one.

On the Car

Violet Defense returns to Keselowski’s No. 6 this weekend for its fifth appearance with the No. 6 team in 2022.

RFK PR

ADVANCE NOTES

Weekend Format

  • The traditional weekend format is on tap this weekend with practice split into two groups Saturday afternoon, immediately followed by group qualifying.

Buescher at Watkins Glen

  • Buescher lines up for his seventh Cup start from The Glen this weekend where he has a best finish of 11th (2017). Last season he finished 17th.
  • He has a best qualifying effort of 16th which came in 2019, and overall has a 22.3 average starting position.
  • Buescher also made two Xfinity Series starts there in 2014-15, earning a third-place finish in 2015 after starting fifth for Jack Roush.

Scott Graves at Watkins Glen

  • Graves has two career top five finishes in Cup at The Glen with a third-place finish in 2017, and a fourth-place finish in 2018 – both of which came with Daniel Suarez. He most recently finished 25th with Ryan Newman the last two seasons.
  • In his first-ever NASCAR National series race at The Glen back in 2012, Graves led Carl Edwards to a win, and followed that with a third-place run with Buescher in 2015, and a fourth-place finish in 2016.

QUOTE WORTHY
Buescher on racing at Watkins Glen:
“I’m excited. I’m ready for the win.”

Last Time Out
Buescher had one of the best drives of his career Sunday at Richmond, finishing third after a strong showing in the Fastenal Ford.

On the Car

Fastenal, in its 12th season with RFK in 2022, makes its 14th appearance with the No. 17 this weekend. In its early days with RFK, Fastenal originally was a partner with the No. 99 team before moving over to the No. 17 team since. They were also the primary partner on the No. 60 Xfinity Series entry that captured the owner’s championship in 2011.

Fastenal will feature top suppliers Georgia Pacific, DeWalt, Klever Innovation and ACS Motorola on Buescher’s Mustang as he competes this weekend. For more information on these suppliers, visit Fastenal.com, and stay up-do-date on social @FastenalCompany.

RFK PR

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