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The NTT INDYCAR SERIES will race the first of three doubleheader events this season at this weekend’s REV Group Grand Prix presented by AMR Doubleheader at Road America at 5 p.m. (ET) Saturday, July 11on NBCSN and noon (ET) Sunday, July 12 on NBC.
Scott Dixon has won the first two races of the 2020 season, scoring the win at Texas Motor Speedway June 6 and at last Saturday’s road course race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The 23 drivers entered in the weekend’s doubleheader will compete in a compacted schedule. The two-day event will feature a one-hour, 15-minute practice session Saturday, followed by an NTT P1 Award qualifying session before each 55-lap race Saturday and Sunday.
Practice times will set the field into two groups for NTT P1 Award qualifying, but there will only be one round. Each group will run a 12-minute session, and the fastest in each group will earn a bonus NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship point and the overall fastest lap will earn the NTT P1 Award.
Here are "5 Things To Look For..." heading into this weekend’s REV Group Grand Prix presented by AMR Doubleheader.
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Drydene to sponsor four Cup Series, Xfinity Series races at Dover International Speedway on Aug. 22-23
Drydene Performance Products will sponsor two NASCAR Cup Series races and two NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Dover International Speedway on Aug. 22-23 as part of the Monster Mile’s “Drydene Doubleheader Weekend”
Drydene will also be the primary sponsor for NASCAR Cup Series driver Corey LaJoie during the entire race weekend. The announcement was made during a virtual press conference broadcast live on Facebook with Lajoie, Mike Tatoian, president and CEO of Dover International Speedway and Dave Klinger, president of Drydene Performance Products participating and Steve Post of Motor Racing Network hosting.
NASCAR announced on Wednesday that Dover International Speedway will host NASCAR Cup Series races on back-to-back days on Saturday, Aug. 22 and Sunday, Aug. 23, with a NASCAR Xfinity Series race preceding each Cup Series event. All four races will be sponsored by Drydene and televised on NBCSN.
Drydene Performance Products is headquartered in Warminster, Pennsylvania. Drydene is a historic brand and a staple in the mid-Atlantic region. Drydene’s reputation as the “hardest working brand in heavy-duty lubrication” is backed up by a product lineup that includes engine oils, racing oils, transmission oils, hydraulic oils, grease, gear lubricants, diesel exhaust fluid and other functional fluids.
Drydene has also extended its multi-year agreement to host NASCAR Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway.
“What an exciting event to be a part of – the ‘Drydene Doubleheader Weekend’ at the Monster Mile,” said Klinger. “After last year’s ‘Drydene 400’ we couldn’t wait to partner with Dover International Speedway once again – two heritage brands are bringing race fans a historic weekend.”
Speedway officials remain in consultation with local, state and federal health officials, as well as Delaware Gov. John Carney, on whether fans will be allowed in the stands with appropriate social distancing guidelines in place for the August events. New fan procedures would include distancing in grandstands and concession lines, enhanced cleaning in high-traffic areas, added hand sanitizer stations and infield access limited to race team and track personnel only.
The Saturday, Aug. 22, races are the rescheduled events from May 2-3 that were postponed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Aug. 22 NASCAR Xfinity Series race begins at 12:30 p.m., followed by the NASCAR Cup Series race at 4 p.m. On Sunday, Aug. 23, the Xfinity Series takes the green flag at 1 p.m., followed by the NASCAR Cup Series race at 4 p.m.
“We are certainly looking forward to a historic weekend here in Dover, including a unique ‘Drydene Doubleheader Weekend’ with one of our most loyal corporate partners as the exclusive weekend sponsor,” said Tatoian. “We appreciate Drydene’s continued support, as well as the cooperation we’ve received from not only NASCAR and our network partners but also from state and community leaders in preparation for these events.”
Drydene also announced that LaJoie will drive the Drydene No. 32 Ford Mustang for Go Fas Racing in the Aug. 22-23 NASCAR Cup Series races at Dover. LaJoie is no stranger to Team Drydene, having driven the red-and-white Drydene No. 32 car for the first-time last October in the “Drydene 400” at the Monster Mile. LaJoie has represented Drydene in several NASCAR Cup Series races since then, most recently in May at Darlington (S.C.) Speedway.
The Aug. 21-23 NASCAR Cup Series weekend at Dover International Speedway also includes the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race (5 p.m., FS1) on Friday, Aug. 21, preceded by the “General Tire 125” ARCA Menards Series East race at 2 p.m.
For more information about the race weekend and upcoming promotions, visit DrydeneDoubleheader.com.
Follow Speedway news, including updates on potential fan attendance in August, on DoverSpeedway.com and keep track of the latest announcements via social media at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway, or on Twitter and Instagram at @MonsterMile. The ticket office can be reached at (800) 441-RACE.
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Anthony Alfredo and the Alsco Chevrolet Team Battle to Sixth Place Finish in Hectic Kentucky Speedway Debut.
"It was a really great night in our Alsco Chevrolet Camaro. The No. 21 guys did a phenomenal job on pit road. Thank you to everyone at Richard Childress Racing back at the shop and here at the track for building me a really fast piece. Tonight's race went by fast. We got behind on a couple restarts and went the wrong way on adjustments, but we fixed it and were able to get back through the field to earn a sixth place finish. It was a great call by Andy Street to take tires and make a few adjustments towards the end. We had a really fast race car, so we were able to get back up there after a few late restarts. I think we could have finished even better if we had a few more laps. We just needed clean air. Clean air is king, especially here with a one groove racetrack. It was extremely difficult to pass because everyone runs the same line. Overall, I feel like I learned a lot and think we will be in contention to win tomorrow night."
Race Winner: Austin Cindric of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner: Noah Gragson of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner: Noah Gragson of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Chase Briscoe came into Thursday night’s Shady Rays 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta fresh off back-to-back victories in the series’ previous two races at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 98 Ford Performance Racing School Mustang showed that strength again at Kentucky, climbing from his seventh-place starting spot to lead twice for five laps before finishing fourth. The result was not indicative of the drive, as Briscoe positioned himself for a potential third-straight win when he lined up second to fellow Ford driver Austin Cindric for a lap-125 restart. Unable to complete the pass for the lead, Briscoe slipped back to second. But another caution that sent the race into overtime gave Briscoe one last shot at victory. When the green flag dropped on the race’s final restart on lap 134, Briscoe was in the lead and door-to-door with Cindric until the rear of Briscoe’s No. 98 machine stepped out on him. The 25-year-old racer from Mitchell, Indiana, gathered his Mustang back up, but slid back to fourth as Cindric motored away to the win. Still, the performance kept Briscoe atop the championship standings with a 16-point margin over his nearest pursuer, Noah Gragson.
Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 98 Ford Performance Racing School Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:
“The second to last restart, I almost cleared Austin and then he got back around me. Then at the end of that last restart, I went down there and the same thing happened. I thought I was going be able to clear him and I just got too loose and about wrecked the thing. I don’t know if I just made the right-rear mad or what, because I was literally wrecking both ends after that. I felt like this was our worst car of the year as far as balance and speed goes, and we were still able to at least be in the hunt. We’ll go on to tomorrow and try to get our Ford Performance Racing School Mustang back out front. I feel like Kentucky and Texas are our two worst mile-and-a-half tracks, and those are the next two, so we’ll try to build on it and just try to learn a little bit and get better.”
● Briscoe earned his eighth top-five of the season and his 22nd top-five in 64 career Xfinity Series starts.
● Briscoe finished third in Stage 2 to earn eight bonus points.
● Cindric’s win in the Shady Rays 200 was his third career Xfinity Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Kentucky.
● There were nine caution periods for a total of 40 laps.
● Only 18 of the 36 drivers in the Shady Rays 200 finished on the lead lap.
The second event of the Xfinity Series doubleheader at Kentucky is the Alsco 300 on Friday, June 10. The race starts at 8 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
10-time Series champion Donny Schatz / Trent Gower photo
Brad Sweet (bottom) versus David Gravel (top) / Trent Gower photo
Sheldon Haudenschild / Trent Gower photo
Jacob Allen / Trent Gower photo
The Sportsman drivers get their chance to shine this coming Saturday, July 11 at Macon Speedway, as the Topless 40 is on the docket. Each season, the Topless 40 is the top special for the class, with drivers removing the top of their cars, giving fans a great look into the cockpit. Six other divisions will also be in action.
The Sportsman have had just one event at the track this season, on opening night. It looked to be a carry over from a year ago, as Dennis Vander Meersch took the top spot with Scott Landers in tow. The two finished first and second in a lot of races in 2019 with Landers going on to the championship.
The BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds have two strong nights of racing in the history books and it’s a crate engine car leading the standings. Billy Knebel, of Pocahontas, IL, has been running not only in the Pro Mod class but also the Modified class. After two nights, Knebel is at the top of a list of 37 drivers in the Modified division, despite having less horsepower. The dry slick track has worked nicely for him, with a pair of top five finishes, while Guy Taylor is second in points after a pair of strong finishes. Another Pro Mod racer, Kyle Helmick, Jarrett Stryker, and Tommy Sheppard complete the top five.
Jake Little, of Springfield, IL, and Dakota Ewing, of Warrensburg, IL, are tied at the top of the Macon Speedway Pro Late Model standings. Just two points back is Jose Parga in third. Little and Parga have claimed victories this year, while Ewing has come up just short, after taking last year’s championship. The Pro Lates put on a great show, one week ago. This week’s overall top qualifier will have a $100 bonus on the line, courtesy of R33D Racecars.
The DIRTcar Pro Mods are still trying to get the offseason rust knocked off after two caution plagued races. Smithton, IL driver, Kyle Helmick leads the points by just six over Billy Knebel. Brian Burns is third, while Kevin Crowder and Dalton Ewing round out the top five. Crowder, Knebel, and Ewing all had great runs last week before falling out of the event. For Crowder and Knebel, it was contact while out front, for Ewing, it was mechanical failure while hammering the cushion.
The Archers Alley DIRTcar Street Stocks had another strong field last week and a feature that saw a last lap pass for the win. Veteran driver Terry Reed slipped by Bobby Beiler on the last lap to claim the victory a week ago, keeping Beiler from going 2-for-2 to start the season. Beiler does lead the points over Jaret Duff, Rudy Zaragoza, Darrell Dick, and Guy Taylor. Those who also run the Street Stock race on Friday night at Lincoln will be battling for some extra bonus money.
The DIRTcar Hornet features have been won by a father and son combo this year, Brady Reed and Joe Reed. At the top of the points is Billy Mason, of Brownstown, IL. Mason leads by six points over Bill Basso.
Rounding out Saturday’s slate will be the Micros By Bailey Chassis. Jeremy Camp, of Sullivan, IL, leads the points by two over Tyler Robbins of Collinsville, IL. 19 Micro drivers were on hand opening night, creating for an exciting event.
The night will also be a special one for firemen and first responders. Those who are one in one of the aforementioned lines of work will receive free grandstand admission by showing proper ID proof. Grandstand admission for all others is $15, while kids 11 and under are free.
Pit gates will open at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, local pill draw will end at 5:50, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00.
For more information, visit www.maconracing.com.
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A thunderstorm ascended over the Peoria Speedway just after the completion of the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals C-main, forcing DIRTcar officials to postpone the remainder of Thursday night's program to Tuesday, July 21.
The makeup program will resume with the DIRTcar Late Model C-main, Late Model Feature, Summit Modified Feature and Crate Modified Feature.
For all further updates from the DIRTcar Summer Nationals, stay tuned to DIRTcarSummerNationals.com and be sure to follow us on social media @SummerNationals.
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