Speedway Digest Staff
Follow us on Twitter @SpeedwayDigest
Richmond is rich with history going all the way back to the pre-NASCAR years. A track that started at a half-mile dirt Atlantic Fairgrounds that saw the purchase by the Sawyer family and Joe Weatherly yet Weatherly’s interest would be bought out within a year and full control of the track taken over by Paul Sawyer.
Over the years Sawyer tended to the track, paving it, and eventually reshaping the track into the current three-quarter mile D-shaped oval, with the final half-mile race taking place in the spring of 1988 with Neil Bonnett taking the checkered flag. By the fall, the track was converted into a three-quarter mile oval.
Richmond throughout the years was a tough ticket to get, packing in over 100,000 fans every weekend while battling Bristol for the toughest and longest sell out streaks in the sport. Some people waiting years in a lottery for their name to be called and when your name was called it was like getting a Wonka golden ticket.
The legacy of the track and the history that has taken place there over the years is hard to sum up in one piece, yet when Ricky Rudd a Virginia native taped his eyes open the week after wrecking in Daytona or Dale Earnhardt Sr. seen wiping his own windshield while halfway out of a car driving all under caution.
Rudd known as “Rooster” was one tough customer for sure, battling Kevin Harvick in both 2001 and 2003, beating and banging that saw Rudd go to victory lane in 2001 and Harvick wrecked by Rudd in 2003.
In a post-race encounter that saw Harvick jumping on the hood of Rudd’s car on pit road the ended with a fight ensuing between the crews and Harvick. Rudd that night was asked what Harvick said to him to which he responded with “He's got that little yap yap mouth:”
Years later Rudd would tell Corey Lajoie he “regretted” not fighting Harvick. Richmond was the action track for sure and one could see why it was a tough ticket to get each year. Honestly, something that has been lost over the years.
Richmond like many tracks last year shifted dates and when they could return to racing hosted no fans. The track this year is being allowed to return with up to 30% of the capacity, yet with social distancing it might not be possible based on the combination of tickets being sold.
“It’s been since 2019 since we’ve had fans here. The fans bring the energy to the track and its great to have the fans back. We’ve trying to do as much contactless as we can with digital tickets at the gate with cashless concession stands.” Said Dennis Bickmeier
With 2021 seeing the 75th season at Richmond the track is ready to explore its long history in the sport.
“Its interesting to group the moments based on the track configuration, the half-mile dirt era is different then the half-mile oval era and the three-quarter mile configuration. It’s cool this facility has evolved in the racing surface and the size of the surface.” Continues Bickmeier
Over the previous several seasons Richmond moved from strictly night racing into a day race then back to night. This season will see a return of day racing for the spring event at the track.
“This race was scheduled to be a day race last year before it was canceled due to COVID. The biggest thing is working with out partners on the broadcast side and the NASCAR schedule makers in trying to change things up a bit. There’s a lot of change that went into the schedule for 2021, this was one of those even though it was scheduled to happen in 2020”
NASCAR returns to the Richmond Raceway for the Saturday, April 17th at 1:30 p.m. ET for the ToyotaCare 250 Camping World Truck Series race and the stars of the NASCAR Cup Series return to short track racing a week after Martinsville in the Toyota Owners 400 scheduled to kick off at 3:00 p.m. ET on FOX with Martin Truex Jr. starting from the pole over Hamlin, Elliott, Byron and Logano.
Tony Stewart Scores $12,000 Thursday Night Thunder Victory with Last Corner Pass at Virginia Motor Speedway, Daniel Parker Takes Sri Dirt Cup Challenge Ump Modified Win
Just as then-leader Justin Peck was about to secure a second consecutive FloRacing All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 victory, disaster struck, in the form of a flat right rear tire. A mere 100 yards from Virginia Motor Speedway's Flagstad, forcing him to surrender the point to three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart.
The victory, Stewart's first with "America's Series" in 2021 and his first at the Virginia speedplant, earned the Columbus, Indiana-native a $12,000 payday; his first Series triumph since his $26,000 Rayce Rudeen Foundation Race score at 34 Raceway in 2019.
"We weren't the fastest car by any means. We figured out early that it would be a tricky surface and ultimately a challenge for tires. I just tried to run my car straighter than those guys ahead of me," commented Tony Stewart in WhosYourDriver.org Victory Lane.
Stewart added, "We could see that (Justin Peck's) tire was getting pretty worn. I could see the cords, so I told myself if he can run the car that hard and make it work, good for him. Being second while trying to save tires was going to be a good night for us."
Stewart, who started eighth, took advantage of Peck's misfortune by being in the right place at the right time, but the pilot of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No. 14 sprint car also survived a 30-lap battle with tire wear. Adding to the last lap drama, All Star officials conducted the race's final lap in green-checkered fashion as a caution on the final circuit forced the field to restack for a final lunge toward the finish.
Kerry Madsen, who started 12th, followed Stewart by Peck to secure the runner-up spot just before the flag stand. Peck ultimately limped across the line to finish third, his blown tire still intact, followed by Chase Dietz and Paul McMahan, who each advanced 12 positions over the 30-lap contest.
Heat race winners were Tony Stewart, Bill Balog, and Justin Peck. B-Main winner was CJ Leary, and Cory Eliason won the dash. Danny Dietrich was the Dixie Vodka Fast Qualifier with a lap of 15.299 seconds.
In other action, Daniel Parker of Raeford, NC, took the lead from Motoaca, VA's Chris Arnold on Lap 26 of the 40-lap feature to go on and take the $3000 win.
Chris Arnold and defending track Champion Hunter McClendon led the field to green, with Arnold taking the point as he two raced out of turn 4. As Arnold pulled away from the battle for second between McClendon, Jimmy Jesmer, Daniel Parker, Austin Holcombe, and Tyler Bare heated up.
Parker secured second by lap 18 and set out to reel in Arnold. On lap 23, Parker got inside Arnold in turn 2, and the two raced side by side until Parker took the spot for good on lap 26. A late caution on lap 31 tightened the field on Parker's bumper. Arnold made one last charge on the restart by getting under him in turn four only to see Parker sweep the outside to maintain the lead and go on to the win.
Rounding out the top five were Chris Arnold, Hunter McClendon, Austin Holcombe, and Jimmy Jesmer.
The speedway will return to racing Saturday, April 24, to host week 2 of Dirt Series Championship racing. The night will feature the Victory Lap Pro Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified, and Collision One Limited Stock car divisions in action.
Competitor gates for Thursday, April 24, open at 3 PM with spectator gates opening at 5 PM. On track, activities will begin at 6:30 PM with hot laps.
Bill Sawyer's Virginia Motor Speedway is a ½ mile dirt oval track located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA, and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA in Jamaica, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland, and the Hampton Roads area.
Race fans can go to www.vamotorspeedway.com to view the complete schedule Virginia Motor Speedway's 2021 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get entire ticket and camping information. Also, fans can get social with Virginia Motor Speedway by following @vamotorspeedway on Twitter, clicking "Like" at www.facebook.com/VaMotorSpeedway , and on www.youtube.com/VaMotorSpeedway.
RACE RESULTS FOR THURSDAY NIGHT THUNDER APRIL 15, 2021:
ALL STAR CIRCUIT OF CHAMPIONS
A Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 14-Tony Stewart; 2. 24-Kerry Madsen; 3. 13-Justin Peck; 4. 39-Chase Dietz; 5. 23-Paul McMahan; 6. 91-Kyle Reinhardt; 7. 4-Cap Henry; 8. 10-Zeb Wise; 9. 7BC-Tyler Courtney; 10. 5-Brent Marks; 11. 07-Lucas Wolfe; 12. 1X-Chad Trout; 13. 35-Tyler Esh; 14. (DNF) 35H-Zach Hampton; 15. (DNF) 55-Hunter Schuerenberg; 16. (DNF) 24R-Rico Abreu; 17. (DNF) 11-Ian Madsen; 18. (DNF) 55V-CJ Leary; 19. (DNF) 26-Cory Eliason; 20. (DNF) 39M-Anthony Macri; 21. (DNF) 48-Danny Dietrich; 22. (DNF) 17B-Bill Balog; 23. (DNF) 15B-Lynton Jeffrey; 24. (DNF) 91F-Anthony Fiore
B Feature (10 Laps) - 1. 55V-CJ Leary; 2. 15B-Lynton Jeffrey; 3. 91-Kyle Reinhardt; 4. 24R-Rico Abreu; 5. 91F-Anthony Fiore; 6. 35-Tyler Esh; 7. 8M-TJ Michael; 8. 95-Hunter Mackison; 9. 1080-Jordan Mackison
Dash (6 Laps) - 1. 26-Cory Eliason; 2. 11-Ian Madsen; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich; 5. 17B-Bill Balog; 6. 13-Justin Peck; 7. 10-Zeb Wise; 8. 14-Tony Stewart
Heat 1 (8 Laps) - 1. 14-Tony Stewart; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri; 4. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg; 5. 35H-Zach Hampton; 6. 4-Cap Henry; 7. 55V-CJ Leary; 8. 15B-Lynton Jeffrey; 9. 35-Tyler Esh
Heat 2 (8 Laps) - 1. 17B-Bill Balog; 2. 26-Cory Eliason; 3. 07-Lucas Wolfe; 4. 10-Zeb Wise; 5. 1X-Chad Trout; 6. 23-Paul McMahan; 7. 91-Kyle Reinhardt; 8. 1080-Jordan Mackison; 9. 95-Hunter Mackison
Heat 3 (8 Laps) - 1. 13-Justin Peck; 2. 7BC-Tyler Courtney; 3. 11-Ian Madsen; 4. 24-Kerry Madsen; 5. 5-Brent Marks; 6. 39-Chase Dietz; 7. 24R-Rico Abreu; 8. 91F-Anthony Fiore; 9. 8M-TJ Michael
DIXIE Vodka Fast Qualifier - Danny Dietrich, 15.299 seconds
SRI DIRT CUP CHALLENGE UMP MODIFIEDS
WhosYourDriver.org A Feature (40 Laps) - 1. 10-Daniel Parker; 2. 99W-Chris Arnold; 3. 33-Hunter McClendon; 4. 8A-Austin Holcombe; 5. 747-Jimmy Jesmer; 6. 00-Tyler Bare; 7. 7D-TJ DeHaven; 8. 48-Lance Grady; 9. 90-Ray Kable; 10. 1ST-Bret Hamilton; 11. 40-Brent Bordeaux; 12. 94-Paul Washington; 13. 55-Jason Sage; 14. 75-Kelly Barricks; 15. 43-Josh Harris; 16. 11-Chase Butler; 17. 21J-Curtis Mason; 18. 51-Joey Polevoy; 19. 7+7-Jeff Solinger; 20. 14-Samuel Lamborgini; 21. 45-Will Long
Heat 1 (10 Laps) - 1. 99W-Chris Arnold; 2. 8A-Austin Holcombe; 3. 11-Chase Butler; 4. 43-Josh Harris; 5. 7D-TJ DeHaven; 6. 94-Paul Washington; 7. 21J-Curtis Mason
Heat 2 (10 Laps) - 1. 33-Hunter McClendon; 2. 747-Jimmy Jesmer; 3. 51-Joey Polevoy; 4. 90-Ray Kable; 5. 55-Jason Sage; 6. 7+7-Jeff Solinger; 7. 75-Kelly Barricks
Heat 3 (10 Laps) - 1. 10-Daniel Parker; 2. 00-Tyler Bare; 3. 1ST-Bret Hamilton; 4. 48-Lance Grady; 5. 40-Brent Bordeaux; 6. 14-Samuel Lamborgini; 7. (DNS) 45-Will Long
Virginia is for Racing Lovers Fast Qualifier – Chris Arnold, 19.311 seconds
VA Motor Speedway PR
The NASCAR Hall of Fame Foundation, using funds donated by The Alan D. Kulwicki Donor Advised Fund, has purchased the original 1992 Ford Thunderbird that 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Alan Kulwicki drove in the last race of the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway to win the 1992 Cup Series Championship. This historic acquisition marks the first time that the NASCAR Hall of Fame Foundation has received a cash donation for the purchase of an artifact.
“The 1992 Hooters 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is widely regarded as one of the most significant moments in NASCAR history,” said Winston Kelley, Executive Director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “The NASCAR Hall of Fame is thankful for the diligence and support of the dedicated group of Kulwicki family, friends and fans who brought this landmark acquisition to fruition. We are honored to receive such a generous donation that enables us to preserve and showcase the winning Ford Thunderbird driven by one of the legends of our sport."
In addition to champion Alan Kulwicki, the 1992 Hooters 500 featured three more Hall of Famers: Richard Petty (inaugural class of 2010) as he ran his final race, Jeff Gordon (2019) in his first Cup race and Bill Elliot (2015) who was ultimately defeated by a mere 10 points - the tightest championship margin in series history at the time. A legendary five-way battle for the championship cemented both the race and the Ford Thunderbird as iconic pieces of NASCAR history.
The car was previously on public display at the Hooters Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas prior to the sale of the hotel. Once funding is secured, the NASCAR Hall intends to restore the car to its former glory as a key piece of racing history and document the restoration process. In addition to honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR, the preservation of the sport’s history is a core piece of the NASCAR Hall of Fame's mission.
“The NASCAR Hall of Fame is honored to serve as the permanent home for thousands of artifacts that preserve the history of NASCAR. The addition of Alan Kulwicki’s 1992 Championship car allows the NASCAR Hall of Fame to expand its collection of artifacts that create a tangible record of our inductees’ accomplishments," said Kevin Schlesier, Director of Exhibits of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. "His car will now be reunited with the NASCAR Hall’s permanent collection of other Kulwicki artifacts donated by Thelma Kulwicki in 2011, including his Championship season Winston Cup, fire suit and gold car trophy.”
Alan Kulwicki began his racing career on short tracks around his hometown of Greenfield, Wisconsin. A mechanical engineer by trade, he moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1984 with a self-built race car hoping to compete in NASCAR's highest series. Despite having no sponsor or budget, Kulwicki burst onto the racing scene and was named the 1986 NASCAR Rookie of the Year with a self-owned team. Following his 1992 championship season, Kulwicki died in a plane crash in 1993. Five years later, he was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers.
Since his passing, a dedicated group of Kulwicki’s family, friends and fans have continued working to preserve his legacy. This team, comprised of Jan Beatty-Hendley; Tom Roberts; Wally McCarty; Kulwicki legal advisors Mark Horn and Matt Kain; Alan Kulwicki Racing, Inc. crew chief Paul Andrews; and the four-member advisory committee of the Alan D. Kulwicki Donor Advised Fund (administered by Foundation For The Carolinas) provided full support for this arrangement. Reliable Carriers, Inc., vehicle transportation specialists, moved the car from Las Vegas to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte.
“From the first time I met Gerry and Thelma Kulwicki, there was never a doubt of the love and respect they held for Alan. Also evident was the deep pain of their loss and of a life gone too soon," said Beatty-Hendley. “From Alan’s humble beginnings to his iconic 1992 NASCAR Championship and his induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, his life and legacy mattered, not to just Gerry and Thelma but also to his many fans. I made a promise to Thelma before her passing that I would do my best to keep Alan’s legacy alive in ways honorable to the Kulwicki family. I can’t think of a greater honor or tribute to Alan than for the NASCAR Hall of Fame to become the final resting place of this very special No. 7 car. “
Last month, Hendrick Motorsports and Hooters revealed a throwback paint scheme honoring Alan Kulwicki's 1992 championship car. Chase Elliot will pilot the No.9 Chevrolet Camaro at Darlington's throwback race weekend in May.
For more information about the NASCAR Hall of Fame, visit nascarhall.com.
Young's Motorsports PR
Five-Time Track Champion Brian Brown to Pilot No. 51 Casey’s General Stores/Rowdy Energy Tundra at Knoxville
wo weeks after Darrell Wallace steered the No. 11 Spencer Davis Motorsports Toyota to a season-high 11th place finish in the Pinty’s Dirt Truck race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, team owner and driver Spencer Davis returns to the seat for Saturday’s ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.
Davis returns to the seat upbeat about the recent trek of his family-owned team’s performance in their opening two races of the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).
After acquiring the owner points from NEMCO Motorsports and making their first run of the season at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway last month, Davis earned a strong top-20 finish after nearly starting shotgun on the field in FR8 Auctions 200 on March 20.
In the series’ highly anticipated debut on the Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt, six-time Truck Series winner Wallace returned to the tour and despite starting deep in the field after the heat races were canceled because of inclement weather, the Mobile, Ala. native cleverly maneuvered his way through the field to finish 11th in his No. 11 Columbia Sports Wear Toyota Tundra.
The recent effort of Spencer Davis Motorsports has lifted the organization from 36th in owner points to 28th in just two races with the Danny Gill-led team showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
“I’m very proud of this Spencer Davis Motorsports team, especially our effort at Bristol Motor Speedway,” said Davis. “We’ve been able to find out footing very quickly in just two races but it’s important not to get complacent because we still have work to do and wins to chase after.”
Saturday’s 250-lap race at Richmond’s 0.875-mile oval will mark the Dawsonville, Ga. native’s first run at the legendary short track and while he doesn’t have any laps in real life – he has been steadily preparing for this weekend’s race utilizing other resources.
“I’m glad to be checking off another new track for my NASCAR resume, but Richmond from what I understand is a very demanding short track and tire conservation will certainly come into play,” added Davis.
“We’re going to have a decent starting spot and it’s going to be important for us to get a good balance on our No. 11 INOX Supreme Lubricants Toyota early so we can put ourselves in a good spot for Stage 3. The race had a lot of green-flag runs last year and it is hard to say with the race being run during the day this year if that will change the complexion of the race – but we’ll be ready for anything that is thrown our way.
“I’m just thankful to get back behind the wheel of our No. 11 INOX Supreme Lubricants Toyota this weekend.”
In February, SDM announced that INOX Supreme Lubricants will serve as the team’s primary partner this season.
INOX product range was first released in 1989 with the Original INOX MX3 Lubricant. The original MX3 product was in development stages for two years prior to release with testing and focus on creating the right product for the market.
The INOX product range continues to grow with 12 products on the market, each with their own many specialized qualities used in all different industries. All their products are tested and trialed before hitting the market to ensure the best of quality is maintained in the INOX name. INOX products are available at all major industrial, electrical, automotive, hardware, bearing and mining, marine, fishing and tackle outlets, plus many more locations.
A wholly owned Australian company Candan Industries is now exporting to over 25 countries including United States of America, Canada, France, South Africa, New Zealand, Indonesia and Malaysia.
“Excited to have a long-time friendship turn into more for Atlanta with INOX Supreme Lubricants,” said Davis. “It feels great going there with a popular new scheme and an awesome sponsor, can’t thank Angel and James at INOX enough for their continued support and partnership with our small team. “Looking forward to having them more on this year hopefully, thrilled to be a brand ambassador and represent them to the best of our ability. We use their products day to day on our race team and in our machines at our business. A quality product and amazing people helped bring this all together.”
When asked about the team’s recent momentum, the two-time ARCA Menards Series East winner attributed the vibe around the team to crew chief Danny Gill.
“Danny has been awesome to work with and has done a great job in helping prepare and call a great race for our Spencer Davis Motorsports team,” added Davis. “The Truck Series is a lot more competitive than it was last year, so you are literally fighting for that next spot, but I think we have showcased over the last month that we have the equipment to battle for strong finishes and that will be our momentum to carry us to Richmond this weekend and Kansas in a few weeks.”
Entering Richmond, Davis, 22, has 24 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts to his credit with a career-best finish of seventh at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in Feb. 2018, with additional top-10s at Texas Motor Speedway (June 2018) and Kentucky Speedway (July 2019).
For more on Spencer Davis, please like him on Facebook (Spencer Davis Racing) and follow him on Instagram (@spencerdavis_29) and Twitter (@spencerdavis_29).
Stay connected with Spencer Davis Motorsports on Instagram (@teamsdm11) and Twitter (@teamSDM11).
The ToyotaCare 250 (250 laps | 187.5 miles) is the sixth of 22 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2021 schedule. The 40-truck field will take the green flag on Sat., Apr. 17, 2021, shortly after 1:30 p.m. ET with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio NASCAR Channel 90.
Spencer Davis PR
Max Lanza will be back in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in 2021 stronger and more motivated than ever. The Italian driver will be among the protagonists of the EuroNASCAR 2 championship on his new #88 Camaro fielded by CAAL Racing, ready to challenge for the Legend Trophy.
After a tough 2020 season, Lanza is aiming at a place in the spotlight in the European NASCAR series and the chance to regularly battle for top-5 finishes.
"I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel! I really miss the adrenaline rush of a racing weekend. I’m more mature as a driver and I feel ready, the goal is to fight for the win in the Legend Trophy, which I think will be very competitive this year, but not just that : I want to have a say in the general classification. I think I’m ready to constantly finish in the top-5 and maybe, why not, on the podium. It’s not that far away. " commented Lanza, almost completely healed from the hand injury that halted his season in 2020. "The hand still hurts sometimes but I almost regained full movement. I’m training hard, I don’t want to leave anything on the table. I know I did everything well and I can’t wait to prove it."
"We are very happy to announce our first driver for the 2021 season. We’ll try to put Max in the best possible position to battle for the top spots in EuroNASCAR 2, redeem last season’s campaign that ended with an injury in Croatia." said Luca Canneori, CAAL Racing’s team manager.
The 2021 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season will kick off on May 15-16 at Valencia’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
After inhaling his first experience on the dirt in the most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for the Pinty’s Dirt Truck Race, CR7 Motorsports driver Codie Rohrbaugh is ready for some familiar territory in Saturday afternoon’s ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway. And the popular Virginia short track may be exactly what the doctor ordered for the Statesville, N.C.-based team as they look to the 0.875-mile oval to put their 2021 Truck Series season back on the right footing after tough finishes of 29th and 27th at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway and Bristol respectively.
“I’m really pumped up about Richmond this weekend,” said Rohrbaugh. “The Bristol dirt race was definitely different and while I was thankful for the experience – the finish wasn’t what we hoped. Hopefully, we can go to Richmond this weekend and turn our 2021 season back around with a similar finish from last fall.”
CR7 Motorsports certainly turned heads last September as Rohrbaugh brilliantly crafted through the field in Stage 3 on fresh tires and vaulted inside the top-10 before settling for sixth, one of his three top-10 finishes last season.
Knowing what put them on the map in the Sept. 10, 2020 race – Rohrbaugh is hoping that he and crew chief Doug George can continue their Richmond presence and collect their second top-10 of the 2021 season.
“We took a gamble last year and it paid off,” recalled Rohrbaugh. “If we find ourselves in a spot where we can do that again on Saturday, I’m sure we would make that call all day long. Luckily for us, the race stayed green and we were able to take advantage of track position and tire grip to put us inside the top-10.
“I’m not sure what to expect this weekend since the race will be during the day compared to being run at night last year – but that’s why I have Doug. He’ll know what to do when the cards are dealt.”
If Rohrbaugh is going to contend for his sixth career top-10 finish in Trucks, he knows he’ll have to negotiate traffic early and maintain a lead lap presence with his No. 9 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet Silverado.
“Track position is incredibly crucial at a place like Richmond, so staying on the lead lap is probably our biggest priority in Stage 1. From there, we can work on the balance and set ourselves up to be in a good place at the end of Stage 2 to race to the finish.
“We know what we are fighting for this weekend, I just hope we’re able to again deliver.”
Based on metrics set by NASCAR without practice or qualifying, Rohrbaugh will lineup 20th for his second Truck Series start at Richmond.
CR7 Motorsports has 32 NCWTS starts to their credit with a career-best finish of third at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (February 2020). Additionally, the team owns five other top-10 finishes at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (fifth) in October 2020, Richmond (Va.) Raceway (sixth) in September 2020, Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway (seventh | Grant Enfinger) in March 2021, Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (eighth) in February 2021 and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway (10th) in October 2019. An 11th place qualifying effort at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (Oct. 2019) is the team’s best time trials effort to date.
With 17 races remaining, Rohrbaugh, 27, is 22nd in the championship driver standings, just two points from 20th. CR7 Motorsports holds a solid 15th in the championship owner standings after five races.
Maybury Material Handling Renews Stafford Speedway Contingency Partnership, SK ModifiedR Weekly Payout Now $1,975 to Win
Maybury Material Handling of East Longmeadow, MA has renewed their commitment to Stafford’s contingency program for the 2021 race season. For the sixth consecutive season, Maybury Material Handling will supply a first place bonus of $150 to each SK Modified® feature winner and a $125 bonus to each SK Light feature winner. With the bonus weekly payouts for the SK Modified® division move to $1,975 and weekly payouts for the SK Light Modified division to $500.
Since 1976, Maybury Material Handling has been designing, supplying, and servicing a wide variety of material handling equipment throughout New England. Maybury provides customers from a wide range of industries with solutions to move, lift, and store their parts and products. Maybury has become one of the largest and most successful material handling companies in the Northeast with nearly 100 employees operating as a distributor for approximately 1,300 manufacturers.
Maybury supplies virtually all types of material handling equipment, including many ergonomic & productivity enhancing products. Customers range from large manufacturers to small, family-owned businesses. A diverse product line, knowledgeable personnel, and an emphasis on safety combine to make Maybury a recognizable leader in the material handling industry.
Stafford’s SK Modified® and SK Light Modified divisions are two of the toughest weekly divisions in the country with deep rosters full of talented drivers. Both divisions have over 50 teams registered to compete in 2021 with nearly all 2020 championship contenders returning for 2021. 12 different drivers collected the Maybury Material Handling bonus money in 2020 with 7 different winners in the SK Modified® division and 5 in the SK Light division. With 6 wins in 2020, eventual champion Keith Rocco collected an additional $900 from Maybury Material Handling. He’s looking forward to chasing nearly $2,000 to win per week in 2021.
“All the drivers really appreciate businesses like Maybury Material Handling partnering with Stafford to put up weekly bonus money,” noted Rocco. “SK Modified® racing at Stafford is the toughest weekly series in the country and to have the weekly payout nearly $2,000 a week just adds to the drive to go out and collect trophies.”
The 2021 season kicks off on Saturday, April 24 with NAPA Auto Parts Opening Day festivities. Action at Stafford continues on Sunday, April 25 with the 49th Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler featuring the Whelen Modified Tour. General Admission tickets for the April 24 NAPA Auto Parts Opening Day are now available online at StaffordSpeedway.com/tickets. Tickets for the April 25 NAPA Spring Sizzler have sold to capacity limits but fans can sign up for ticket alerts if more tickets should become available. Stafford Speedway remains under reduced capacity per order of the State of CT due to Covid-19 restrictions. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets as soon as possible to ensure a ticket to the event.
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
Hueytown, Alabama’s Jolynn “JoJo” Wilkinson will have a busy night at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Saturday night, as the 17-year-old driver will compete in both the Pro Late Models and the US Legends Car divisions at the historic speedway. Wilkinson will be competing during the 64th opening night at the 5/8ths mile and in both Friday and Saturday’s competition for the Legends cars in their “Spring Major”
Wilkinson last competed at Nashville in last October’s prestigious All American 400 where she was the only female in the field, finishing 12th out of the 42 entrants. Her return in Saturday’s 100-lap contest sees her steering the US Tank, Instacoat #11 Toyota Camry into the music city on high expectations. The Legends event on the inner quarter-mile will be her first career start in the popular half-scale race cars.
The US Legends Major kicks off Friday night. Gates open at 5:30 PM with racing at 7:00 PM. Then on Saturday, grandstand gates open at 2:00 PM and Bandolero/Legend racing begins at 3:00 PM; the stock car portion of the show begins at 5:30 PM. The Legends car event serves as an INEX nationals qualifier race.
Wilkinson’s 2021 season includes multiple appearances in the Allen Turner Pro Late Models at Five Flags Speedway and at Montgomery Speedway in the Show Me The Money Pro Late Models. She has seven appearances at Nashville scheduled including the All American 400 over Halloween weekend.
JoJo Wilkinson thanks her sponsors US Tank & Cryogenic Equipment, Instacoat Premium Products, Automart South, Turner Excavating, and GARC.
For more information on Jolynn Wilkinson, follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. She can also be followed on her new website www.JoJoWilkinson.com
Jolynn Wilkinson PR