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Officials at Macon Speedway have now released tickets for the Saturday, April 22 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event. In addition to discounted advance sale general admission tickets, reserved tickets are now available for the top two rows in many of the sections. The race, paying $15,000 to win, will bring a strong contingent of some of the best Super Late Model racers in the country.
The thrill level will be high as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series teams make their way to Macon Speedway. Rich in history, the 1/5-mile bullring that opened in 1946 is historically known to produce non-stop, door-to-door racing action. The event features Time Trials, Heat Races, and B-Mains, highlighted by the 75-lap, $15,000-to-win main event. The BillingsleyRewards.com DIRTcar Big 10 Modifieds will also be in action, racing for $1,000 to win.
Macon Speedway has hosted five Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series races. The first was in 2014 when Bobby Pierce claimed the win. Pierce also took the top prize at the 2016 and 2018 events. The other two events were won by Jimmy Owens in 2015 and Josh Richards in 2017. 2019, 2021, and 2022 events were canceled due to rain, while COVID-19 claimed 2020’s race.
The 2023 tour has currently had 11 events with Martinsville, IN driver, Ricky Thornton, Jr. leading the standings with two wins. Hudson O’Neal is second in points with two wins, while Brandon Overton, of Evans, GA is third with a pair of wins as well. Tim McCreadie and Devin Moran complete the top five in the current points.
Pits will open at 3:00 with grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00 PM.
Advance tickets are available by going to https://bit.ly/LucasOilTix. Reserved tickets are $45 and come with free pit access once the grandstands open. General admission tickets are $35.
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Olson Apartments Renews Stafford SK Light Contingency Program Participation For Eighth Consecutive Season
For the 8th consecutive season, Olson Apartments of Agawam, MA has signed on to continue their participation in the Stafford Speedway contingency program. Olson Apartments will provide a weekly $75 bonus to each SK Light third place finisher this season, providing an extra $1,650 for drivers during the 2023 season. Combined with American Sign, Inc.’s SK Light contingency, all 3rd place finishers will each receive an extra $150 in bonus money in 2023.
“We’re glad to help support Stafford and the SK Light competitors for another season,” said Mark Olson, owner of Olson Apartments. “We really enjoy being at the track every Friday night and being on the racer’s side of things and talking with all the different drivers and crew members in the paddock area. We know that the lower divisions race for a smaller purse than the premier divisions so every little bit helps and we hope our contingency contribution can be of help to teams who need that little bit extra.”
Speaking to the parity in Stafford’s SK Light division, the 2022 season saw 11 different drivers record a third place finish after the same number of drivers claimed a third place finish in 2021. Alexander Pearl led all drivers with four third place finishes, followed by George Bessette, Jr. with three, and Nick Anglace, Bob Charland, and Chris Matthews all scoring two. Zach Aszklar, Jason Chapman, Cassandra Cole, Derek Debbis, Norm Sears, and Amanda West all notched a single third place effort and all 11 drivers will return to SK Light competition in 2023.
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On Circuit of the Americas: “I am incredibly thankful to welcome G-Coin® to the RSS Racing and have them onboard for their first race of the 2023 NASCAR Xfinity Series season Saturday at Circuit of the Americas.
“Even though our finish did not reflect it, we had a very good race car at Circuit of the Americas last year. We were able to qualify on speed and progress forward before a mechanical failure ultimately hindered our day and kept us at bay from contending for a stronger finish.
“You could say that Saturday is an opportunity for us to rebound and I’d like nothing more than to do that and give my guys at RSS Racing something to be excited about.”
On 2023 Season Outlook: “This is a year of opportunity for me. I’ll be competing for two different teams which brings some pressure for me but only because I want to go out there and do my very best in every race run for both Joe Gibbs Racing and RSS Racing.
“I just need to stay focused, communicate with my team and utilize the knowledge that I’ve gained over the past three years to have my best Xfinity Series season yet.”
The Pit Boss 250 (46 laps | 156.86 miles) is the sixth of 33 NASCAR Xfinity Series races on the 2023 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Mar. 24 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Qualifying immediately follows at 6:00 p.m. The 38-car field will take the green flag shortly after 4:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. ET) on Sat., Mar. 25 with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Performance Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90. All times are local (Central).
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Will Chicago Be Ready for its NASCAR Street Race Debut?
It’s supposed to be the race that secures NASCAR a legion of new fans.
The first-ever street race in Chicago, which marks the return of racing to Windy City after a four-year hiatus from the Chicago Motor Speedway circuit, has been billed as one-of-a-kind as Kyle Larson and co power their way through Chi-town.
It won’t be the first time that a NASCAR Cup Series race has taken place on a road track, but it will be one of the most eye-catching spectacles in the sport’s history as the cars hammer along Lake Shore Drive and pass the Buckingham Fountain.
The concept, coming in a year in which Formula 1 will host its own race on a specially-designed street track in Las Vegas, could attract a whole new audience to NASCAR in North America as the popularity of motorsports grows thanks, in part, to the success of the Drive to Survive series on Netflix.
So, while NASCAR is ready to return to Chicago, is Chicago ready for the return of NASCAR?
There are still concerns over logistical issues that are yet to be resolved, and with race day slowly approaching – the Grant Park 220 is scheduled to be the season’s 18th race on July 2 – numerous technical details are yet to be confirmed.
It can take up to two weeks to set up a street race and then clean up afterwards, and for a city as busy as Chicago that could have major ramifications on road closures and access to key areas.
Grant Park itself is home to summer camps and cultural events, while the nearby Shedd Aquarium has forecast that it could lose between $2-3 million due to road closures and disruption. Shedd marketing officials have revealed that as many as ‘10,000 guests per day’ could be affected by the race at what would normally be its busiest period of the year over the July 4th weekend.
In response, NASCAR have issued a statement revealing their ‘detailed meetings’ with city departments to come up with a traffic management strategy, with residents as much as possible.
But exact details, they say, won’t be ready for a number of weeks yet.
Making Hay In the Sunshine
A NASCAR race under the summer sun should be a doozie.
It’s well-timed too, with NASCAR racing seeing a resurgence in popularity in 2022. According to reports, the TV broadcasts of the Cup Series on Fox and FS1 saw a 6% increase in viewers last season – the best ratings since the 2017 campaign.
Both the Truck Series and IndyCar Series saw gains too as more motorsport fans in America tune in to the latest action.
That gain in popularity is having knock-on effects in other areas too. Many sportsbooks in the United States are now offering betting lines on NASCAR and other motorsports, with fans in Chicago this summer able to bet on the street race given that wagering in the state of Illinois is now legal – just one of more than two-dozen states to relax their laws.
Although they don’t have a NASCAR race to call their own, Canada is another country in which the popularity of motorsports is soaring. They too have now legalized single-game wagering on a province-by-province basis, meaning that many fans are able to enjoy the excitement of sports betting in Canada.
Lines for the Cup, Truck and Xfinity Series championships are readily available, with Larson and Kyle Busch leading the way in the Cup Series odds. There's also a chance to bet on each race individually, too.
With the Chicago street race and a host of other innovations, 2023 is shaping up to be a golden year for NASCAR racing.
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Only nine points separated Alberto Naska and EuroNASCAR 2 Champion Liam Hezemans in the 2022 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series title battle, and in the end it was the Dutchman who grabbed the big trophy. After a strong rookie season, Naska will be back to get his revenge and fulfill his dream of winning his first international auto racing title since switching from two to four wheels in his career. The popular content creator and race car driver from Turin will return to powerhouse CAAL Racing and share the #54 Chevrolet Camaro with NWES veteran and EuroNASCAR PRO title contender Gianmarco Ercoli.
As a rookie in the 2022 NWES season, Naska held the championship lead in nine of twelve races, but was edged out by Hezemans in the final race of the season. The Italian is looking straight forward and has only one goal for the 2023 championship: to win the EuroNASCAR 2 title. The 32-year-old will give everything he has to build on the five race wins and an incredible eleven top-5 results he scored last year. Consistency and a strong pace are the strengths of Naska, who has proven to be competitive in a high-level international racing series.
"My expectation for the 2023 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is to win races and the EuroNASCAR 2 title," said Naska, who fell in love with "everything" about EuroNASCAR in his rookie season. The content creator and entrepreneur is building on his experience in motorcycle and Legends Car racing and is ready to work hard and improve and take the final step to beat the competition in EuroNASCAR's most unpredictable championship. Mentality is one of the key factors for drivers behind the wheel, and Naska feels well prepared for the upcoming season.
With no racing background in his family, the video game enthusiast found the love of speed and the adrenaline rush of racing all on his own. At the age of 16, his passion grew and he started racing relatively late compared to other racers. Despite this, Naska has always shown a strong pace and the ability to adapt to any situation on the race track, whether on a motorcycle or in a car. The 32-year-old is itching to make a run for the title in the 2023 season, and with the 2015 EuroNASCAR Champion Ercoli at his side, he could chase the NWES Teams Championship for the #54 Chevrolet Camaro with CAAL Racing.
The 2023 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season will kick off May 6-7 at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. With all qualifying and race events broadcast live on YouTube, Motorsport.tv and several TV channels around the world, Naska is sure to have a huge Italian audience glued to their screens when the green flag drops for the twelfth season of EuroNASCAR. Will the Italian write another thrilling chapter for the history books?
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