Wednesday, Aug 17
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After years of dreaming, months of planning and a few days to get the driver ready, Trackhouse Racing’s PROJECT91 makes its debut Sunday with 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Räikkönen driving the No. 91 Recogni/iLOQ Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the NASCAR Cup Series race on the road course at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

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. Marks thought of the idea years ago when he was a part-time driver in NASCAR and full-time competitor in sports car racing.

He announced the project and Räikkönen's involvement in May.

Räikkönen arrived in America on Aug. 9 and worked at the team's shop in North Carolina. He spent time on the Chevrolet computer simulator on Aug. 10, then joined in a driver orientation in an older version of a Cup Series car at Virginia International Raceway for two hours on Aug. 11.

"As a company we have worked hard to get Kimi ready," said Marks.

"He has adapted very quickly so far. I know he will be quick. Our job is to help Kimi learn the rules specific to NASCAR to make sure that doesn't bite us. But everyone knows how much talent he has and its shown on the simulator and at the test."

Trackhouse Racing – a division of Trackhouse Entertainment Group – now fields the No. 99 and the No. 1 Chevrolets for Daniel Suárez and Ross Chastain. The Trackhouse drivers have combined to win three races in 2022 and will join in the 2022 NASCAR playoffs that begin Sept. 3 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

Räikkönen retired from Formula One in 2021 after competing with the Sauber, McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus and Alfa Romeo teams since he started in 2001. The native of Espoo, Finland won 21 races and stood on 103 podiums in his F1 career.

His Formula One highlight came in 2007 when he won the F1 World Driving title for Scuderia Ferrari.

This will not be his first venture in the NASCAR world. He competed in the Xfinity and Truck Series races at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May 2011.

Without the experience there (in 2011) doing the truck and (now Xfinity) Series, I probably wouldn’t have been that interested in doing this," said Räikkönen.

"But, knowing what to expect in NASCAR and this being a road course, I’m looking forward to this. There should be a lot of good close racing. Maybe on the road course we will have a good chance to try to do something."

Marks said Räikkönen’s entry at Watkins Glen is the only PROJECT91 race planned for 2022 but expects more races in 2023 with additional drivers. 

Marks visited Räikkönen's Zurich home in Switzerland in February to discuss PROJECT91.

Sunday's race in Watkins Glen begins at 3 p.m. EDT & 7 p.m. GMT

Trackhouse Racing PR

This weekend Grandview Speedway will return to action with two different programs as part of the 60th season anniversary celebration.

 

On Saturday, August 20, the racing program will feature the T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds and the T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman in another NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series double-header starting at 7:30 pm.

Qualifying events will be run in both divisions leading up to the 30-lap T.P. Trailer Modified main event, and the 25-lap T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman feature race.

 

Pit gates will open at 4 pm. with grandstand gates opening at 5:30 pm. warm-ups will be starting at 6:30 pm. Adult grandstand admission is $18, while children ages 11 and under are admitted free of charge.

 

Prior to the racing action on Saturday will be the weekly Low Down and Dirty Meet and Greet. This week’s drivers include Modified drivers Ryan Grim and Joe Funk along with Sportsman driver Jesse Landis. The Meet and Greet is held in the main gate area starting at 5 pm. and is a great time for fans to meet the drivers up close, collect some autographs, take photos, and talk racing one on one.

 

The weekend action will begin on Friday, August 19 when the Outlaw Racing Series Enduro and Outlaw Racing Series Vintage cars are in action starting at 7 pm. Grandstand admission will be $10 for this event that was added to the schedule to replace an event that was postponed on August 5.

 

The 52nd annual Freedom 76 Modified Championship is the next big event on the schedule, coming up on Saturday, September 17. Lap sponsorships at $20 per lap are now available by contacting Tina Rogers, Tommy Kramer or Jeff Ahlum at the track on race night. Lap sponsorships are a great way for fans to wish their favorite drivers good luck in the big race, or for businesses to do some advertising. All lap sponsorships will be read on the public address system each week leading up to and including race night on September 17, as well as a listing in the track program Grandview Groove, and will be posted on social media.

 

The Freedom 76 weekend begins on Friday, September 16 with the 9th annual Freedom 38 Sportsman Championship race paying $2000 to the winner, along with practice time for Modified drivers wishing to participate in the Freedom 76.

On Friday, pit gates open at 3 pm with grandstand gates opening at 5:30 pm. and racing at 7:30 pm. Adult Grandstand admission is $15, with children ages 6-11 paying $5, while children ages 5 and under admitted for free. Pit admission on Friday is $35 , and no license is required.

 

For the Freedom 76 on Saturday, September 17 for the Modifieds, Pit gates open at 9 am for inspections, Grandstand ticket windows open at 3 pm. with racing starting at 7 pm. Fans will be able to enter the Grandstand areas between 9 am. and 12 Noon to reserve seats with blankets.

 

Adult Grandstand tickets on Saturday will be $40, while children ages 6-11 are $10, with children ages 5 and under admitted for free. Pit admission will be $45, and no license is required. There will be no advanced tickets sold for this event, and the rain date is Saturday, September 24.

 

Those wishing to camp at the Speedway please note: Campers can enter the grounds in the fourth turn area on Saturday, September 10 and remain there until the 18th. However, because there are no hookups, sleeping in the campers can only take place September 16-18.

 

Craig Von Dohren, a twelve-time track champion, continues to lead the point parade in the T.P. Trailer Modified division after a third place outing in the Forrest Rogers Memorial last Saturday. Brett Kressley currently sits second in points, however he cut the distance between himself and Von Dohren after scoring his second Forrest Rogers Memorial $10,000 win last week. Doug Manmiller remains in third position after a solid fourth in the Rogers Memorial, Jeff Strunk remains fourth in points after a runner-up finish on Saturday, while Duane Howard sits fifth in points after a fifth place feature finish.

 

The current top ten in T.P. Trailer Modified points are 1. Craig Von Dohren – 3715, 2. Brett Kressley – 3625, 3. Doug Manmiller – 3470, 4. Jeff Strunk – 3283, 5. Duane Howard – 3156, 6.  Tim Buckwalter – 2933, 7. Jared Umbenhauer – 2406, 8. Ryan Grim - 2088, 9. Cory Merkel – 2025, 10. Kevin Hirthler – 1871.

 

Brian Hirthler remains the T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman point leader after a late race rally for a fourth place finish on Saturday. Dylan Hoch cut into Hirthler’s point lead with a second place outing on Saturday to remain second in points, Kyle Smith and Jimmy Leiby sit third and fourth in points after both had non-top ten finishes last Saturday, Mike Schneck Jr. moved into the top five after an eleventh place outing last week.

 

The current top ten in T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman points are 1. Brian Hirthler – 2912, 2. Dylan Hoch – 2663, 3. Kyle Smith – 2190, 4. Jimmy Leiby – 2173, 5. Mike Schneck Jr. – 1830, 6.  Parker Guldin – 1765, 7. Cody Manmiller – 1667, 8. Dakota Kohler – 1640, 9. Ryan Graver – 1470, 10. Cole Stangle – 1456.

 

Since the 1960’s, Grandview Speedway has been presenting exciting wheel to wheel NASCAR stock car racing every Saturday Night starting in April and running through September, plus special events. Grandview Speedway is located at 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, Pa. 19505, just off Route 100, ten miles north of Pottstown, Pa.

 

Information is always available at www.grandviewspeedway.com or on Facebook, or by telephone at 610.754.7688.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS –

Friday, August 19 – Outlaw Racing Series Enduro and Outlaw Racing Series Vintage – 7 pm

Saturday, August 20 – T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds, T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman - 7:30 pm.

Saturday, August 27 – T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds, T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman, Outlaw Racing Series Vintage – 7:30 pm.

Friday, September 2 – Outlaw Racing Series Enduro and Outlaw Racing Series Vintage – 7 pm

Saturday, September 3 – T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds, T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman plus Wingless Super Sportsman – 7:30 pm.

Saturday, September 10 – CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT - T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds, T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman – 7:30 pm.

Grandview Speedway PR

Notes of Interest

 

●  After enduring a 65-race winless streak, Kevin Harvick is now undefeated in his last two NASCAR Cup Series starts. Harvick earned a breakthrough win Aug. 7 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn and promptly followed it with another victory in the very next race last Sunday at Richmond (Va.) Raceway. It marked the eighth time in Harvick’s 22-year-and-counting Cup Series career that he has scored back-to-back wins. This Sunday at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International in the Go Bowling! At The Glen, Harvick will attempt to do something he’s only done once before – win three straight Cup Series races. Harvick’s run of consecutive Cup Series wins are as follows…

    1. Richmond on Sept. 9, 2006 and New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon on Sept. 17, 2006

    2. Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, on March 27, 2011 and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on April 3, 2011

    3. Phoenix Raceway on Nov. 9, 2014 and Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16, 2014 (clinched championship)

    4. Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8, 2015 and Phoenix on March 15, 2015

    5. Atlanta Motor Speedway on Feb. 25, 2018 and Las Vegas on March 4, 2018 and Phoenix on March 11, 2018

    6. Dover (Del.) Motor Speedway on May 6, 2018 and Kansas Speedway in Kansas City on May 12, 2018

    7. Michigan on Aug. 8, 2020 and Michigan on Aug. 9, 2020

    8. Michigan on Aug. 7, 2022 and Richmond on Aug. 14, 2022

 

●  The Go Bowling! At The Glen serves as the fifth of six road-course races on the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series schedule. The series’ first road-course race came March 27 at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, where Kevin Harvick finished 11th. The second road-course race was June 12 at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway and Harvick finished fourth. Next up was Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, on July 3 where Harvick secured a 10th-place result. In the series’ most recent road-course race July 31 on the layout inside Indianapolis Motor Speedway, an accident relegated Harvick to a 33rd-place finish. The final road-course race after Watkins Glen comes on Oct. 9 at the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway Roval.

 

●  Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing, has made a total of 53 NASCAR Cup Series starts on road courses. He has 21 starts at Sonoma, 20 at Watkins Glen, four at the Charlotte Roval and two apiece at COTA, Road America, Indianapolis and the road course at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. He has scored two road-course wins – Watkins Glen in 2006 and Sonoma in 2017 – along with 11 top-fives and 26 top-10s with 195 laps led.

 

●  When Harvick scored his first road-course victory at Watkins Glen in 2006, he had to beat his current team owner to do it. Tony Stewart – the “Stewart” in Stewart-Haas Racing – had won the past two NASCAR Cup Series races at The Glen and was poised to capture a third straight win as he was leading Harvick with four laps to go in the 90-lap race. But Harvick, who had already led once for 24 laps, passed Stewart on lap 87 as the two drag-raced down the frontstretch and into turn one. Harvick held onto the lead despite Stewart in his rearview mirror, earning a margin of victory of .892 of a second.

 

●  Harvick’s second career road-course win also had a connection to Stewart. When Harvick won at Sonoma in 2017, he gave Stewart-Haas Racing its second straight victory at the 1.99-mile, 10-turn road course. The winner in 2016? None other than Stewart. It ended up being his 49th and final NASCAR Cup Series victory as Stewart retired from NASCAR racing at the conclusion of the season.

 

●  Harvick’s last road-course win was his first in a Ford. When Harvick won at Sonoma in 2017, he became the 83rd different driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race behind the wheel of a Ford. Harvick has now won 25 Cup Series races with Ford, which makes him one of only 13 drivers to win 20 or more races with the manufacturer. He stands 10th on Ford’s all-time win list and is now only one win away from tying Brad Keselowski, Junior Johnson and Fred Lorenzen for ninth. Harvick has won more races driving a Mustang (15) than any other driver since the iconic muscle car became Ford’s flagship model in 2019.

 

●  Harvick has four road-course wins outside of the NASCAR Cup Series. Two came in the NASCAR Xfinity Series – Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2007 and Watkins Glen in 2007 – and two were in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – Sonoma in 1998 and Sonoma in 2017. Harvick’s K&N Pro Series win at Sonoma in 1998 was three years before his Cup Series debut on Feb. 26, 2001 at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham.

 

●  Compared to the other road courses on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule, Watkins Glen is a power track – less finesse, more get-on-the-gas-and-go. Here’s a turn-by-turn explanation of the 2.45-mile, seven-turn road course that is Watkins Glen.

    Turn 1: Once drivers take the green flag, they are immediately faced with a downhill trek into the first corner. Carrying a ton of speed down the straightaway, this is a heavy braking zone in order to get the car slowed down enough to make the right-hand turn. This is one of the best opportunities to make a pass, and this turn can get chaotic very quickly, especially on restarts.

    Turn 2: After making it through the first turn, the drivers hop on a short straight which leads them gradually uphill and into the second right-hand corner. This turn begins the ascent through the “esses” portion of the track.

    Turn 3: Continuing the uphill climb through the esses, this sweeping left-hander can be treacherous as drivers begin to carry more speed up the slope.

    Turn 4: This corner is the final portion of the esses. Drivers complete the uphill climb and the corner starts to level off, building up more speed as they enter the backstretch of the circuit.

    Inner Loop, a.k.a. the “Bus Stop”: The backstretch allows the drivers to gain a ton of momentum, which leads them into another heavy braking zone and into the inner loop, better known as the “bus stop” section of the course. Hot on the brakes upon entry, this is a great place to overtake someone before making a quick series of right- and left-hand turns. Lots of slipping, sliding and spinning happens here.

    Turn 5, a.k.a. the “Carousel”: This is a long, sweeping right-hander. Banked at 10 degrees, it is the steepest turn of the course, and it allows drivers to build up speed as they make their way onto the straightaway leading into turn six.

    Turn 6: After gaining speed while traveling down the 2,040-foot chute, drivers are approached with another heavy braking zone at the entrance of this left-hand corner. Competitors use this turn to either make a quick pass or to set themselves up for a pass heading into the final corner.

    Turn 7: Once they are through turn six, a short chute gives the drivers just enough time to adjust to make a good angle through the final corner. This is another chance to make a quality pass as the right-hand bend trickles drivers onto the frontstretch and down to the start-finish line.

 

Kevin Harvick, Driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Ford Mustang 

 

In Formula One, there’s talk of classic venues like Monaco and Silverstone and their respective places on the F1 calendar. Is Watkins Glen one of NASCAR’s classic venues, at least when it comes to road courses?

“Watkins Glen is kind of a road-racing treasure in our country, just because of all the history and things that it has between the town and the track. That venue has held some great races throughout the years, and our races up there during the last decade have been full of fans and a lot of fun to see how road racing has progressed through the years. It’s fun to go up there. You get a lot of Canadians that come to that particular race at the end of their summer break and it just turns into a fun event.”

 

What’s a Watkins Glen moment that stands out for you?

“Watkins Glen is home to one of my favorite wins because I was able to beat Tony (Stewart). That was a fun day. Tony has always been really good at Watkins Glen and had a lot of success up there. It’s just a fast racetrack with some unique corners that determine the amount of speed that’s in the lap just because of where the car placement is. The thing that I remember about racing Tony that year is just how good he was in the braking zone going into the ‘bus stop’ in the back. He was always a good road racer and, in those years, he was getting in the Grand-Am cars and he wouldn’t even practice. He would just show up at the races and jump in the car and be competitive. That was just what he did, and he could do that in pretty much anything, and Watkins Glen was just another one of those places that stood out for him through the years where he just dominated.”

 

What are your challenges at Watkins Glen?

“The big thing for us about Watkins Glen is we’ve been a little weak in the braking zones there over the last couple of years. Hopefully, that comfort level from the road racing we’ve done beforehand carries over to there because that would definitely make up our deficit that we’ve had over the last couple of years.”

 

When it comes to road-course racing, do you feel that more of the race is in your hands?

“You do have more in your hands, for sure, especially when it comes to shifting and all the different things that could happen. But strategy and track position are a big part of that element too. It’s just like anything else, you’ve got to have the whole piece of the puzzle to put it all together.”

 

What differentiates Watkins Glen from the other road courses on the NASCAR schedule?

“Watkins Glen is just a fast, fast track, and as you look at the speed that you carry at Watkins Glen, as far as corner speed, straightaway speed, I feel like it’s the fastest road course we go to with the grippiest asphalt that we go to. You go to Road America, you get some high straightaway speeds, but the asphalt is worn out and you have these long straightaways that lead to corners where you blow the tires off. There’s just not going to be any corners at Watkins Glen where you blow the back tires off. You’ve just got to get the car turned and keep your momentum up to be good in the braking zones.”

 

The NextGen car seems to have acclimated well to all the tracks, but does it perform best on road courses since the car carries a lot of sports-car DNA?

“It’s definitely leaning more toward handling well at the road courses just because that’s kind of the nature of how it was designed. I think for me, our first road course was a lot more comfortable in the car than what we were last year. For the braking and things that come with this particular car, it’s been good for us on the road courses, so far.”

 

How do you approach these road-course weekends?

“There’s just a lot more time that goes into a road-race week. You have to spend a lot of time in the simulator. You have to spend a lot of time with your previous notes and make sure you have the shift points and all the things that you remember as far as curbs you need to hit and things you don’t need to hit, where you need to be on the racetrack, tire falloff. You have to have everything memorized before you get there so that the first few laps are valuable because you’re still going to be learning the real-life tolerances of the grip level. And you’re going to have to blend that into also trying to do it in a short amount of time and get something out of those practices to give some feedback about the cars. It’s a different preparation week for the road courses than it is anything else.”

 

TSC PR

In what is the beginning of a unique partnership for the Entrepreneurs’ Organization of South Florida (EO South Florida) and Front Row Motorsports (FRM), FRM has formed a partnership to allow for eight very special companies to join the NASCAR Cup Series highlighted by supporting Todd Gilliland at the Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway on October 23.

Eight premier companies who are members of EO South Florida will collaborate to be the primary partners during the race weekend. The companies include:

ValidiFI – A Specialty Consumer Reporting Agency which provides raw and modeled data that powers fintech credit and risk models.

Direct Colors – The leader in Decorate Concrete, providing the largest selection of premium concrete colors and project guidance to DIYers and contractors worldwide.

Paw.com – Award winning designer and manufacturer of high-quality, innovative pet lifestyle products.

Team Bennett – Unishippers is a people business, who strives to train and develop our teams to grow from sales representatives to executives.

Gold Aviation Services – With a fleet of next generation aircraft, Gold Aviation provides exclusive business class service for chartered flights, management, maintenance, sales, and acquisition.

Streeme.TV is a streaming television service that offers live and on-demand programming from more than 180 networks. Its wide range of programming from the largest networks to uniquely curated content, has led it to become the fastest growing provider of streaming television to college campuses in the US.

CloudHesive – With a fast-growing team of 140 employees, CloudHesive is an Amazon Web Services Premier Consulting partner that delivers cloud computing services including cloud migrations and management, contact center modernization, end-user computing, DevOps consulting, and cybersecurity services.

GAINSWave® – The leader in sexual wellness, provides you with the high-performance fuel injection you need to cross the finish line.

EO South Florida is one of the largest chapters in the global Entrepreneurs’ Organization that allows forward-thinking entrepreneurs to have peer-to-peer networking. The NASCAR program with FRM allows the Chapter and its’ members to collaborate with the team and Gilliland to learn about the business of motorsports and grow their business with others in the sport while connecting with the millions of NASCAR fans.

“We are so proud that the Entrepreneurs’ Organization – South Florida Chapter and Front Row Motorsports, have partnered together for Homestead. This marks a first time in both Organizations’ history for a partnership of this type. Both Organizations are built on the values of hard work, competitiveness, and strong leadership,” says Chapter President Lillian Roberts. “I am thrilled to highlight eight amazing members that we are showcasing at this most prestigious race.”

EO South Florida will host more than 50 members and guests at Homestead and enjoy VIP experiences, meeting the FRM drivers and team members, and learning the business of the team.

“I’ve spent time with EO South Florida earlier this year and it’s easy to see how each member benefits from each other,” said Gilliland. “They are like a family. I compare it to a NASCAR team with everyone working together for a common goal of success. I am looking forward to working more with EO South Florida and thank them for their support of my rookie season.”

The partnership includes social media and promotion of each EO South Florida primary partner on the car. Fans will be able to follow FRM and its’ driver social media channels throughout the remainder of the year to learn more.

Click here for more information about the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and its eight phenomenal member companies.

FRM PR

 A stellar season for Devon Morgan continued Saturday evening when he won the Dash for Cash championship at Hartwell Speedway. 
 

During the five-race stretch, Morgan tallied three poles and three victories while finishing second in the other two events. The consistency Morgan displayed at Hartwell allowed him to claim the Dash for Cash by just ten points.
 

The three wins Morgan obtained in the Dash for Cash have him up to six on the 2022 season. He has been impressed with the efficiency of his car but believes that his program has been on an upward trajectory since 2021.
 

“We got the car pretty balanced towards the end of last year,” Morgan said. “It’s the best it has ever been, and we just keep getting better every week. I’m learning about what adjustments to make to the car and what I need to do as a driver. There’s a lot to take in, but we keep on learning and that’s contributing to our success this year.”
 

A key turning point for Morgan and his program came after he was involved in an accident during the 2021 season that required him to get a new front clip.
 

Despite being dealt a financial blow, Morgan said the crash proved to be a blessing in disguise. He added the car already had damage from another incident that was discovered in the aftermath, and that the car has exceeded his own standards since the new front clip was installed.
 

Morgan was thrilled that he could showcase the speed of his equipment in the Dash for Cash at Hartwell. Holding his own against some of the best Dirt Late Model competitors in the region has only given Morgan more confidence in his ability to win anywhere.
 

Plenty of tough competition stands in the way of Morgan building on the momentum from his Dash for Cash title, but he believes the wins will keep adding up as long as he adapts to the unique challenges each track remaining on his schedule provides. 
 

“We need to stay on top of this car,” Morgan said. “Everything needs to be running like it should, but we also need to keep making the right adjustments at the track. You have to keep up with the track.”
 

Morgan is approaching the rest of the 2022 schedule on a week-to-week basis, but he does plan to head to Cherokee Speedway next Saturday, which will be followed by a visit to Harris Speedway the week after. 
 

Devon Morgan would like to thank his mom, dad, crew, his fans, MPM Marketing and all his sponsors in Jiffy Lube, ML Performance, KRC Power Steering, Team SRI Motorsports, Morgan Motor Company Inc., AutoBank & RV Sales, Strange Oval, FK Rod Ends, Acrylics Plus LLC,  Buffalo Grill of Greenwood, Stevens Towing & Recovery, Jimmy’s Family Restaurant, Seymore Towing, Meredith Battery, Armour Metals, RAC 4x4 Off Road, Masters Performance, Franklin Enterprise, Done Right Construction, Wiley X and Chicken Bone Alley. 

 

MPM PR

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick secured his second consecutive victory this season by winning the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on Sunday, becoming the first driver to win back-to-back races so far this season. This victory marked Harvick’s 60th career win in the NASCAR Cup Series, fourth at Richmond, and Stewart-Haas Racing’s 95th win overall. 
“Congratulations to Gene, Tony, Rodney, Kevin, and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing on the win at Richmond,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Kevin and Rodney carried the momentum from last week’s win at Michigan and executed their plan throughout this race for the win!”
“The cars have been running good week in and week out, and you see that we have a lot better understanding of what's going on with how we adjusted on the car after the first run and were able to get our car handling a lot better. I think as it got dark, the racetrack really came to our Mobil 1 Ford Mustang. Just got to thank Mobil, Busch Light, GearWrench, Hunt Brothers, Rheem, Ford, Xfinity, Morton Buildings, E-Z-Go, everybody who helps Stewart-Haas on this 4 car,” commented Harvick.
Sunday’s 400-lap race saw a battle between strategy and execution on long green flag runs. There were five cautions in the race for a total of 28 laps. Team Penske’s Joey Logano took charge in the middle of the race, leading a total of 222 of 400 laps and winning Stage 2. Stage 3 started with an incident involving four cars, bringing out the fourth caution of the race. Logano held off the lead early in the stage until Harvick completed the race-winning pass on Lap 334. Harvick was able to hold off a hard-charging Chris Buescher who was looking for his first win of the season along with Christopher Bell. Harvick fought through lapped traffic on the final lap of the race and crossed the finish line 0.441 seconds ahead of second place, securing his second consecutive win this season.
Ford Performance teammates Chris Buescher with Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing finished in P3, Joey Logano with Team Penske finished in P6, Aric Almirola with Stewart-Haas Racing finished in P8, and Ryan Blaney with Team Penske rounded out the top-10 finishing in P10. 
NASCAR Cup returns to action next weekend with the Go Bowling at the Glen at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, August 21st while the Xfinity Series returns from a one-week break and races at Watkins Glen on Saturday, August 20th. 

RYE PR

For the first time in its history, the NASCAR Pinty’s Series will race on dirt and rookie Jean-Phillippe Bergeron is looking forward to this new challenge. The driver has explored dirt in a Sportsman car a few times since the beginning of the season. “Sportsman cars are completely different from NASCAR cars. It’s going to be a new experience for me, again,” said the driver who has had several first times since the beginning of the season. “I experienced the feeling of the dirt and I’m sure that will help me for the Ohsweken event,” he added.

The historic race will be held on the three-eighths mile Ohsweken Speedway oval in Ontario. The event will take place over two days. Today, Monday, drivers will have the chance to test their cars on the track as part of the practice. The highlight of the day will be the “Hot Lap Dash,” for which the fastest drivers will receive a cash prize.

The 100-lap race will start late in the evening on Tuesday, August 16. With 23 cars on the track, including experienced drivers such as Christopher Bell and Stewart Friesen, the competition will certainly be fierce. For Bergeron that makes the challenge even more interesting. Accustomed to events that take him out of his comfort zone, Bergeron is confident he will perform well. The No. 1 Mustang he will be driving, prepared by Jacombs Racing, is specially designed for clay.

Currently second in the Rookie Championship, Jean-Philippe Bergeron, driver of the No. 1 Prolon Controls | Rousseau Métal | CTSR | Groupe Olivier | Shelby Canada Ford, hopes to take advantage of this race to get closer to his opponent.

Fans can watch the races live on TSN.ca, the TSN app in Canada and through FloRacing in the United States.

Pinty’s 100 at Ohsweken Speedway (ON)

Tuesday August 16 9:38 p.m. (ET)

Racetrack: 3/8-mile dirt oval Fans can follow Quebecer JP “Bergy” Bergeron on Festidrag.TV at www.facebook.com/festidrag, on YouTube www.youtube.com/c/FestidragTV and on TéléMag. You can also follow JP and the Prolon Racing team on Facebook www.facebook.com/JPBRacing18, on Instagram @JPBergeronRacing and on the website www.prolonracing.com.

JP Bergron PR

Multi-platinum rock band Better Than Ezra will perform the pre-race concert at Daytona International Speedway prior to the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Saturday, Aug. 27. The New Orleans-based group will set the stage for a high-stakes evening, as drivers battle it out for their spot in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs in the final race of the regular season.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to play at a venue as renowned as Daytona International Speedway, let alone at such an exciting event,” said Kevin Griffin, lead singer, guitarist and pianist in the band. “We can’t wait to perform for a crowd as enthusiastic as NASCAR fans, and we plan to put on a great show for everyone.”

Skyrocketing to fame in the early nineties, Better Than Ezra has a long list of chart-topping hits, including “A Lifetime,” “Desperately Wanting,” “King of New Orleans,” and more. Their song “Good” captured the No. 1 spot on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks Chart in 1995 and went multi-platinum.

In 2018, Better Than Ezra was named to Billboard’s “100 Greatest Alternative Artists of All Time,” as well as earning a spot on Billboard’s “100 Greatest Alternative Songs of All Time” with their hit song “Good.” Their music has been a creative influence within pop-culture, from Taylor Swift covering “Breathless” in 2010, to the Emmy award-winning television series Desperate Housewives featuring “Juicy” in a popular promotional campaign. The band released their latest single “Grateful” in 2018 and are currently working on new music.

“Between the pre-race festivities and the action-packed competition, the upcoming weekend at The World Center of Racing is slated to be a fantastic event,” said Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher. “Now, with the addition of Better Than Ezra as our pre-race concert, it’s going to be even more special. I’m thrilled we’re able to continue the pre-race concert series in 2022 and create such a wonderful experience for all the fans.”

The concert begins at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 27 on pit road and is just one of many pre-race activities available for fans with a UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race Access admission. Fans can also get access to special driver and VIP appearances, an exclusive look into the NASCAR Cup Series’ garages, up close access to driver introductions and the opportunity to ‘make your mark’ at Daytona International Speedway by signing the start/finish line.

The Coke Zero Sugar 400 Reserved Ticket + UNOH Fanzone Package starts at $109. For fans who have already purchased their ticket for Saturday’s race, the UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race Access add-on is $60. Fanzone access is also available for the Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Friday Aug. 26, starting at $25. Kids 12 and under are admitted free both days.

The Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola is always a spirited battle between the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ young guns and seasoned veterans on the 31-degree banking. The highly anticipated Coke Zero Sugar 400, also held under the lights, serves as the intense, “last-chance” race for competitors to make the 16-driver NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs and will feature NASCAR’s ‘Next Gen’ car which has produced incredible, exciting racing in 2022.

 

Friday’s Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola is set for 7:30 p.m. ET, while the Coke Zero Sugar 400 takes the green flag at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday. Ryan Blaney is the defending Champion of the Coke Zero Sugar 400. While he currently sits second in the championship points battle, he is winless in ’22 and may have to repeat the feat in 2022 if he hopes to make the Cup Series Playoffs.

 

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as the all-new NASCAR Tracks App, for the latest speedway news.

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Kevin Lacroix is looking forward to discovering the Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario early this week as the NASCAR Pinty's Series heads to Ontario for the 10th event of the season.

Tuesday night will be the Pinty's 100, a 100-lap event that will be segmented into three parts; the first two of 25 laps, and the final part will include 50 laps.

"This will be my first time competing on a dirt track," said Lacroix. Indeed, Ohsweken Speedway, a ⅜ mile track, is not asphalt but rather dirt. The advantage is that most drivers will be on equal footing as they have never driven on this track.

Once again, Kevin Lacroix will drive the #74 Lacroix Tuning | NAPA Auto Parts | Valvoline  machine during the two-day event. The series will allow drivers to practice during two sessions on Monday night. To make things more interesting, NASCAR Pinty's will give a purse to the 5 fastest drivers in the second session.

"I went to try the car on the dirt track at Autodrome Granby. It was really different than on asphalt, but I enjoyed it! I can't wait to see how we will behave on the track during the race because the driving technique and all the car adjustments must change. So we will have to adapt quickly to the new conditions."

With the Trois-Rivières Grand Prix retirement, Lacroix is now in third place in the championship, 16 points behind leader D.J. Kennington.

The qualifying session on Tuesday, August 16, will be at 7:30 pm in a ten-lap heat race format. The green flag will be given at 9:38 pm. The race can be streamed on the TSN app or on FloRacing.

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Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, driver of the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare car is looking forward with great anticipation to a new experience as he and the team head to Ohsweken Speedway today. The Dumoulin Competition team will discover a new oval track there, one that is added on the Pinty's Series schedule this year.

The Ohsweken Speedway is surfaced with dirt rather than the more usual asphalt! “I'm really looking forward to driving on the dirt, even though I don't have much experience on that surface,” said Louis-Philippe Dumoulin.

“I did a learning race at Autodrome Granby in a Sportsman Modified car a few weeks ago. The race was run as part of their season championship, and my goal was to gain experience rather than fight and have an impact on a regular competitor's results,” said Dumoulin.

The Ohsweken Oval is located 100 kilometres south-west of Toronto, near Hamilton. The 3/8-mile track provides action-packed entertainment for 25 years now. The prime location on the Six Nations Reserve allows over 8,000 spectators to come out and cheer on their favourite drivers on summer nights.

“We will put on a good show, even if it will not be easy for us drivers,” adds Louis-Philippe Dumoulin. “Dumoulin Competition has worked very hard to set-up the car for racing on the loose surface, a very different one from what we are used to.”

Indeed, because of the differences, the drivers will take part in two scheduled practice sessions on Monday night, the first at 6:30 PM and the second at 9:30 PM. The second session will feature the 'Qwick Wick Hot Lap' Challenge where the five fastest times will be rewarded.

The format of the Pinty's 100 race on Tuesday evening will also be new for Louis-Philippe Dumoulin. The race will be divided into three stages of 25 laps, 25 laps and a final stage of 50 laps. “It's going to be a big learning curve in a short period of time, but we're ready to take on the challenge, I find the format very interesting,” said the driver of the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare car.

The Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières was an intense event, to say the least, with action at all levels. Louis-Philippe Dumoulin could not achieve his goal at the end of that race. He is now looking forward to this event to rectify the situation, and it certainly look positive to him.

“Some drivers have considerable experience on this type of track; we are ready, and we will do well!” The #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare car is currently fourth in the NASCAR Pinty's driver standings. Everything is still possible, which is why the Dumoulin Competition team must run to perfection all day, as well as for the rest of the season.

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