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Richard Childress Racing’s Kyle Busch to Drive the No. 8 3CHI Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in this Year’s DAYTONA 500
One of the NASCAR industry’s most storied teams and one of the sports’ most successful modern era drivers will partner with a pioneer in the hemp industry in 2023. Richard Childress Racing announced today that when Busch kicks off his 19th season of NASCAR Cup Series competition and first season with the 54-year-old race team, he will be driving the No. 8 3CHI Chevrolet at Daytona.
The partnership will kick off at the DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 19 at 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Busch will drive the No. 8 3CHI Chevrolet Camaro in the Great American Race, as well as select races during the 2023 season as part of the multi-race partnership.
An all-new 3CHI paint scheme was unveiled today via Richard Childress Racing.
“We found incredible success partnering with Richard Childress Racing in 2022 and will continue to leverage our partnership to promote 3CHI’s vast array of cannabinoid products and science-backed formulations,” said Justin Journay, chief executive officer of 3CHI. “We’d like to welcome Kyle Busch to the team and look forward to cheering him on in the No. 8 3CHI Chevrolet as he adds to his more than 60 NASCAR Cup Series wins and championships.”
3CHI focuses on bringing technology and innovation within the hemp industry and has earned thousands of consumer testimonials to their benefit and enjoyment of 3CHI products. 3CHI found success as a first-time sponsor in the sport in 2022, utilizing their partnership with RCR to introduce their products to a new and passionate fan base, and offer new marketing platforms and special offers for their customers.
“Richard Childress Racing has a rich history of long-term success with partners, and we’re thrilled that our partnership with 3CHI, which was the first of its kind within sports, has proven successful,” said Torrey Galida, president of Richard Childress Racing. “On the track, the 3CHI Camaro visited victory lane twice in 2022. Off the track, 3CHI led RCR in several key marketing performance metrics, and we feel confident that their marketing platforms will continue to deliver results.”
Everything produced by 3CHI follows all federal requirements for full legal compliance. 3CHI’s production and distribution of its products strictly adhere to a policy of safety above all else and sales are for responsible adult use only to consumers aged 21 and older.
For more information and all that is going on at RCR, visit rcrracing.com.
|2023 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Stage Lengths|
|Track||Stage 1||Stage 2||Final Stage|
|(ends on lap)||(ends on lap)||(ends on lap)|
|Daytona International Speedway||20||40||100|
|Las Vegas Motor Speedway||30||60||134|
|Atlanta Motor Speedway||30||60||135|
|Circuit of the Americas||12||26||42|
|Texas Motor Speedway||35||70||147|
|Bristol Motor Speedway- Dirt||40||90||150|
|North Wilkesboro Speedway||70||140||250|
|Charlotte Motor Speedway||30||60||134|
|WWTR at Gateway||55||110||160|
|Mid Ohio Motorsports Park||15||35||67|
|Lucas Oil Raceway||60||120||200|
|Milwaukee Mile Speedway||55||110||175|
|Kansas Speedway II||30||60||134|
|Bristol Motor Speedway||55||110||200|
|Phoenix Raceway II||45||90||150|
|2023 NASCAR XFINITY Series Stage Lengths|
|Track||Stage 1||Stage 2||Final Stage|
|(ends on lap)||(ends on lap)||(ends on lap)|
|Daytona International Speedway||30||60||120|
|Auto Club Speedway||35||70||150|
|Las Vegas Motor Speedway||45||90||200|
|Atlanta Motor Speedway||40||80||163|
|Circuit of the Americas||14||30||46|
|Dover International Speedway||45||90||200|
|Charlotte Motor Speedway||45||90||200|
|Portland International Raceway||25||50||75|
|Chicago Street Race||15||30||55|
|Atlanta Motor Speedway II||40||80||163|
|New Hampshire Motor Speedway||45||90||200|
|Michigan International Speedway||30||60||125|
|Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Road Course||20||40||62|
|Watkins Glen International||20||40||82|
|Daytona International Speedway II||30||60||100|
|Darlington Raceway II||45||90||147|
|Bristol Motor Speedway||85||170||300|
|Texas Motor Speedway||45||90||200|
|Charlotte Motor Speedway - Road Course||20||40||67|
|Las Vegas Motor Speedway II||45||90||201|
|Martinsville Speedway II||60||120||250|
|Phoenix Raceway II||45||90||200|
|Please note the Final Stage may be extended as outlined in Section 184.108.40.206 Official Completion.|
|2023 NASCAR Cup Series Stage Lengths|
|Track||Stage 1||Stage 2||Final Stage|
|(ends on lap)||(ends on lap)||(ends on lap)|
|Clash at the Coliseum||4- 25 lap Heat races. 2- 50 lap Last Chance races. 150 lap feature with a break at lap 75|
|Daytona International Speedway||65||130||200|
|Auto Club Speedway||65||130||200|
|Las Vegas Motor Speedway||80||165||267|
|Atlanta Motor Speedway||60||160||260|
|Circuit of the Americas||15||30||68|
|Bristol Motor Speedway- Dirt||75||150||250|
|Dover International Speedway||120||250||400|
|North Wilkesboro Speedway|
|Charlotte Motor Speedway||Stage 1- 100, Stage 2- 200, Stage 3- 300, Final Stage 400|
|WWTR at Gateway||45||140||240|
|Chicago Street Race||20||45||100|
|Atlanta Motor Speedway II||60||160||260|
|New Hampshire Motor Speedway||70||185||301|
|Richmond Raceway II||70||230||400|
|Michigan International Speedway||45||120||200|
|Indianapolis Motor Speedway- Road Course||15||35||82|
|Watkins Glen International||20||40||90|
|Daytona International Speedway II||35||95||160|
|Darlington Raceway II||115||230||367|
|Kansas Speedway II||80||165||267|
|Bristol Motor Speedway||125||250||500|
|Texas Motor Speedway||80||160||267|
|Talladega Superspeedway II||60||120||188|
|Charlotte Motor Speedway- Road Course||25||50||109|
|Las Vegas Motor Speedway II||80||165||267|
|Martinsville Speedway II||130||260||500|
|Phoenix Raceway II||60||185||312|
|Note: the Final Stage may be extended as outlined in Section 220.127.116.11, Official Completion/Final Stage.|
LEGACY MOTOR CLUB owners Maury Gallagher and Jimmie Johnson, along with Team President Mike Beam and Team Ambassador Richard Petty today announced three key executive moves ahead of the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season. The strategic placements will enhance LEGACY MOTOR CLUB’s marketing and business operations team as well as racing competition operations. Motorsports industry veteran Bruce J. Mosley will become LEGACY MOTOR CLUB’s President, Business Operations; longtime business associate of Jimmie Johnson, John Lewensten, will become Senior Vice President, Partnership Services; and Joey Cohen, current LEGACY MOTOR CLUB Director of Competition and Engineering has been promoted to Vice President, Racing Operations.
Mosley, 54, has been an integral figure in the motorsports industry for over 27 years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Florida State University and participated in Stetson University’s Master of Business Administration program. Mosley currently serves as an adjunct professor and the Executive in Residence for Belmont Abbey College’s Motorsports Management Program and serves as a board member for the Lowe’s YMCA branch in Mooresville, N.C.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to join the team at LEGACY MOTOR CLUB,” said Mosley. “I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and look forward to working with our ownership group and team members to deliver best-in-class activation programs for our partners.”
Mosley most recently held the position of president at Violet Defense following an eight-year tenure as the chief revenue officer at Roush Fenway Racing (now RFK Racing) leading sales and partnership development efforts. Mosley previously worked in executive capacities with International Speedway Corporation (ISC), the former NASCAR team owned by Chip Ganassi, The Kroger Company’s strategic agency (RSM) and had a role with The Marketing Arm (TMA) on programs with NASCAR partnerships to include Walmart, Sunoco and Office Depot.
Prior to his appointment, official today, Mosley served as a consultant for LEGACY MOTOR CLUB. Moving forward, he will oversee all business facing aspects for the organization.
“As a new team owner, it was important for us to put key experts of the sport in place on the business side,” said Johnson. “Bruce’s experience, integrity, proven success and leadership qualities were exactly what we were seeking. He left a great situation to come to LEGACY MOTOR CLUB because he shares our vision and is just as excited as we are about the future. He’s the perfect guy for the job and I know he will take us where we need to go on the business operations side.”
Lewensten, 48, will join Mosley in LEGACY MOTOR CLUB’s front office. The Arden Hills, Minn., native received a Bachelor of Arts in public relations, advertising and applied communications from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. He began his professional career as an account executive at Carmichael Lynch Spong, PR 21 and Tunheim. In 2001, Lewensten joined Chicago-based agency Harris, as the public relations representative for Johnson’s rookie season in the NASCAR Cup Series and later began working at Jimmie Johnson Racing (JJR) in 2003. He has been at Johnson’s side for more than 23 years, playing an integral role in the more recent negotiations of Johnson’s two-year tenure at Chip
Ganassi Racing in INDYCAR, the partnership formation with sponsor Carvana, and Johnson’s transition into the team ownership of LEGACY MOTOR CLUB. Lewensten will continue to manage Johnson’s day-to day-business operations and personal service agreements while overseeing LEGACY MOTOR CLUB’s partnership services division.
“John is family to me,” said Johnson. “He’s not a ‘yes’ guy, and that is why we have shared so much success together. I’ve worked with him since 2001 when he came into NASCAR as my public relations representative. I needed a business-minded person who had my best interest and my back, so I brought him to Jimmie Johnson Racing. We have been through so much - seven championships, different teams, growing families, life changes, and all the ups and downs along the way. He is usually my first call (very) early every morning and my last call at night – always navigating everything I throw at him. I couldn’t have done any of this without John and the knowledge, perspective and attitude he brings is key as we move forward with LEGACY MOTOR CLUB.”
The team also announced the promotion of Joey Cohen to Vice President, Racing Operations. The 38-year-old Chesapeake, Va., native is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. Throughout his motorsports career, Cohen has worn many hats. After an early-career internship at Hendrick Motorsports, Cohen became a race vehicle dynamics engineer at Roush Fenway Racing in 2006. It was there he met and first worked with Mike Beam. Over the next decade, Cohen served as the lead race engineer at Hendrick Motorsports, worked at JTG-Daugherty Racing and reunited with Beam in 2012 at Kyle Busch Motorsports. Cohen returned to Roush Fenway in 2015 to lead their Xfinity Series engineering group before he reunited with Beam again, joining GMS Racing in a crew chief role for drivers Spencer Gallagher and Ben Kennedy in the Truck and Xfinity Series.
From 2018 to 2020, Cohen held a position at Pratt and Miller Engineering, expanding his motorsports expertise across different forms of racing to include INDYCAR and sports cars. When the time came for Gallagher, Beam and GMS Racing to venture into the NASCAR Cup Series in 2021, they recruited Cohen for the Director of Competition and Engineering role at Petty GMS. Cohen has been an integral part in the success the team had in 2022 and was instrumental in the onboarding of Johnson as a team owner, and rebranding of the organization to LEGACY MOTOR CLUB in 2023.
“I am really proud of what we have already built here at LEGACY MOTOR CLUB,” stated Cohen. “It’s a lot of work, a lot of time away from home, I get pulled into pretty much everything and anything, but it’s going to pay off with results. I am excited about the driver lineup we have, the crew chiefs and the owners. This team is ready for 2023; I’m ready to get to the track.”
“Joey Cohen is one of the hardest working people I know,” said Beam. “It’s hard to find someone you can trust completely and know things are getting handled - Joey is that guy. He has been working endless hours for the last two years to help bring this team to where it is today. Outside of all the competition responsibilities he has from making sure these cars go fast on the track, he has been quarterbacking everything from recruiting the right people, logistics, working with marketing, apparel to working with Jimmie on the rebrand. Joey had to go through a rebrand twice in two years – it’s not easy and he has been our ‘go to’ guy because he’s rock solid and a backbone of this company. Joey deserves this and I’m proud to call him my teammate and friend - he makes us all better.”
Johnson echoed Beam’s sentiments on Cohen.
“I can’t say enough about Joey,” Johnson continued. “There isn’t a piece of this transition he hasn’t touched, from delivering vinyl samples late at night to just making things happen - and he does it with a smile on his face. Mike (Beam) said it best, and Joey just makes us all better both on and off the track. He has been a great resource for me over the last couple months and I am proud we are able to reward all his hard work and what he has put into this team by elevating his role.”
Longtime NASCAR veteran Mike Beam has been the guiding force at GMS Racing since 2014, alongside Gallagher, and will continue to lead in the same role as Team President overseeing both LEGACY MOTOR CLUB and two-time champion GMS Racing’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series operations housed in Statesville, N.C.
The NASCAR Cup Series season will begin in Los Angeles, California at the LA Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, Feb. 5th, for the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum. Tune-in to FOX at 8:00 PM ET as LEGACY MOTOR CLUB makes its highly anticipated official on-track debut in the exhibition race ahead of the 65th-annual DAYTONA 500.
Denny Hamlin – No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry TRD Preview – Busch Light Clash at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry TRD News and Notes
- LA COLISEUM DEBUT: Denny Hamlin finished 23rd in last year’s inaugural trip to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum after a mechanical issue ended his race early. To advance to the main event, Hamlin had to battle his way in through a last-chance-qualifying race where he started first and led all 50 laps to secure his position in the 150-lap race.
- HAMLIN CLASH HISTORY: Hamlin is a three-time Busch Clash winner with all three victories coming at Daytona International Speedway. He won the annual exhibition race to kickstart his rookie season in 2006 and followed up by winning again in 2014 and 2016.
- 2022 SEASON RECAP: Last season marked the fourth consecutive season where Hamlin ended up in the top five in the series standings. While the final result was solid, the road there was a trying one for the No. 11 team. After finishing every race in 2021, various misfortunes saw Hamlin out of the race at the end of four of the first nine events in 2022. A win at Richmond Raceway in early April solidified his place in the playoffs and Hamlin added another crown jewel victory to his resume when he won the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. Once the playoffs began, Hamlin turned in an impressive stretch with a series-best 6.6 average finish over the final 10 races.
- SPORT CLIPS: Sport Clips will be featured as the primary sponsor for Hamlin at the Busch Clash. The sports-themed haircutting franchise based in Georgetown, Texas is a longtime supporter of Joe Gibbs Racing dating back to 2009 and has more than 1,850 stores in the United States and Canada.
- JGR CLASH STATS: Joe Gibbs Racing has earned 10 victories in the Busch Clash. Kyle Busch (2012 and 2021), Denny Hamlin (2006, 2014, 2016), Erik Jones (2020), Matt Kenseth (2015) and Tony Stewart (2001, 2002, 2007) have all won the race while driving for JGR.
- TUNE IN: Coverage of the Busch Light Clash at The Coliseum begins Sunday, February 5, at 5 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. The main event is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET.
Denny Hamlin, Driver of the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry TRD
What are your thoughts on returning to the LA Coliseum for the second time?
“I’m looking forward to going back. NASCAR has done a great job putting this event together and I know there has been a lot of effort put in when you look at the celebrities coming out and the musical acts. It’s a fun atmosphere and an exciting way to start the season. From a racing perspective, we definitely want to have a better showing than we did last year, and I think we will. We improved so much from the start of the season to the end and everyone has worked really hard this offseason, so it’s always fun to see where we stack up.”
Hamlin NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Los Angeles Memorial Stadium
Hamlin 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Season Stats
Hamlin NASCAR Cup Series Career Stats
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced Wednesday that Joe Graf Jr. will run five races throughout the 2023 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) season in the No. 19 Toyota GR Supra.
Graf will make his JGR debut in the No. 19 Toyota GR Supra at Auto Club Speedway on February 25th. He’ll be back in the car the next week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 4th and run the third race of his JGR schedule at Richmond Raceway on April 1st.
The former ARCA Menards Series winner will return to JGR at the Magic Mile of New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 15 and finish up his JGR schedule in the Midwest at Kansas Speedway on September 9.
“Joe (Graf) is committed to success, which is something we are looking for in all of our drivers,” said Steve DeSouza, Executive Vice President of NXS and Development. “We are anticipating a solid season from the No. 19 team and Joe’s addition to the driver lineup will help that team be competitive for the owner’s championship this season.”
The 2023 season will be Graf’s fourth season in Xfinity Series competition. Graf also announced a 28-race schedule with RSS Racing that keeps him in a Xfinity ride for the totality of the 2023 season. Graf posted a career-best finish of eighth in 2022 at Talladega Superspeedway in April. The 24-year-old ran well in his years in the ARCA Menards Series (AMS) with one win and consistent top-10 finishes.
“Running five races with JGR is a fantastic opportunity for myself and for my marketing partners,” added Graf Jr., “I think I can learn a lot from JGR and showcase my skills I’ve been growing in the series in the past three years. 2023 is shaping up to be a great year and I’m pumped to get started with the No. 19 group.”
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Jason Ratcliff will be crew chief for the No. 19 team throughout the 2023 NXS owner’s championship campaign. Ryan Truex was previously announced as a driver of the No. 19 Toyota GR Supra for six races. The remaining drivers and races they will compete in will be announced at a later date.
The countdown is on for The Mid-Ohio School’s 31st season of operation with enrollments for course dates opening today. The full 2023 schedule is available at midohioschool.com, and customers can register online or by calling 419-884-4000.
The Mid-Ohio School offers professional driving and riding instruction to drivers and motorcyclists of wide-ranging skill. Courses are customized for inexperienced teenage drivers to learn life-saving defensive driving techniques while also offering professional racers tips for an extra edge on the competition.
The popular Teen Defensive Driving Program classes begin on April 1-2 while high performance driving and racing courses and performance track riding for sportbike owners start in May. The Mid-Ohio School also offers Open Test & Tune twilight events on select late afternoons and evenings for drivers to take their personal street-legal cars or race cars on track for some lapping.
“We are looking forward to getting another season started at The Mid-Ohio School. Every driver or rider who enrolls in one of our programs receives individual attention and instruction from our world-class instructors,” said Craig Rust, president of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School. “Led by our long-time director, Sonny Gee, our instructors provide students with not only memorable experiences and techniques for faster times on the track but, more importantly, the invaluable skills for their everyday driving and riding on the roadways.”
In addition to the Teen Defensive Driving Programs offered three weekends in April, additional schedule highlights include the High Performance Course offered first on May 16, and Open Test & Tune sessions for race cars and street cars on May 4. Motorcycles take to the 2.4-mile, 15-turn road course for the first time on May 8 with a full-day Performance Track Riding session. Fleet training and team building events can also be booked through the Corporate Driving Experience.
The Mid-Ohio School uses a fleet of Acura ILXs, Honda Civics and Honda S2000s all custom-fitted with Cooper Tires, Hawk Brake pads and Summit Racing products to maximize the driving experience. Two of the vehicles are also equipped with skid systems to practice car control techniques for oversteer and understeer situations often encountered in inclement weather conditions.
Additional sponsors of The Mid-Ohio School include Malco, Quality Inn & Suites, Sunoco and Total Oil.
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Speedway Children’s Charities, Dover Motor Speedway chapter, makes first donations to Delaware charitable groups
The Speedway Children’s Charities, Dover Motor Speedway chapter has donated $15,000 to three Delaware entities who emphasize the health, safety, welfare and development of children.
The Speedway Children’s Charities, Dover Motor Speedway chapter’s focus is raising funds for Delaware and mid-Atlantic-based nonprofit organizations with a concentration on assisting Delaware children.
Today, and on Tuesday, Jan. 31, the following organizations were presented with $5,000 checks on behalf of Speedway Children’s Charities, Dover Motor Speedway chapter:
- A Better Chance for Our Children: Based in Wilmington and Milford; focuses on finding families for waiting children, most from foster care and many with special needs.
- Elizabeth W. Murphey School: Based in Dover; houses children and young adults from ages 8-21; marked its 100th anniversary in 2022.
- Kind To Kids: Based in Wilmington; has served more than 17,000 children in foster care and poverty.
Gary Camp, Dover Motor Speedway’s vice president for marketing and communications, will be the executive director of Speedway Children’s Charities, Dover Motor Speedway chapter. Camp, who joined Dover Motor Speedway in 2004, oversees planning and implementation of the track’s marketing and communications efforts, including advertising, media relations, internal and external customer communications and social media.
Dover Motor Speedway’s ownership group, Speedway Motorsports, established the first Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) chapter in 1982. Since then, SCC chapters across the United States have raised more than $65 million in grants for organizations that assist children.
Dover Motor Speedway’s 2023 race schedule includes:
- Sunday, April 30, 2 p.m.: NASCAR Cup Series race (FS1)
- Saturday, April 29, 1:30 p.m.: A-GAME 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race (FS1)
- Friday, April 28, 5:30 p.m.: General Tire 125 ARCA Menards Series East race
Call 800-441-RACE to discuss your options with an account representative or visit DoverMotorSpeedway.com.
Friday and Saturday tickets are FREE for kids 12 and under (with a paying adult) at the Monster Mile and just $10 on Sunday.
The April 30 NASCAR Cup Series race is the Monster Mile’s 105th NASCAR Cup Series race. Dover Motor Speedway is one of only 10 tracks in the country to host 100 or more NASCAR Cup Series events.