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$46,000 in Prize Money Announced for June 12th TickMike.com SK ModifiedR All-Star Showdown; Remaining SRX Tickets Available May 10th
The racing world is abuzz about the launch of Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham’s new SRX Racing Series, which will debut at Stafford Speedway on Saturday, June 12th. The series will headline the Saturday event and will be supported by the TickMike.com SK Modified® All-Star Showdown. Stafford Speedway officials have announced the format of the All-Star Showdown alongside $46,000 in prize money.
“June 12th will be a big night for Stafford Speedway,” explained Stafford Speedway CEO Mark Arute. “The debut of a new national series at the track to be televised live on CBS and the first ever SK Modified® All-Star race. The goal of this event is to put on a show for the fans and to reward our weekly competitors. We’re paying at least $2,000 to each top-15 finisher and $4,000 to the winner. Thank you to Mike and everyone at TickMike.com for supporting the event.”
The All-Star event will be structured in 3 stages for a total of 50 laps. Stage 1 and 2 will be 20 laps each and will pay a $1,000 bonus to each stage winner. The final “Showdown” stage of 10 laps with $4,000 awarded to the race winner. Every driver finishing in the top-15 is guaranteed at least $2,000 in prize money.
Additional bonus money is up for grabs for the winner of stages 1 & 2. The winner of stage 1 will have the option to go back to 15th to start stage 2, if they go on to win the Showdown the driver would be awarded an additional $1,500. The winner of stage 2 will have the option to go back to 10th for the Showdown, if they go on to win the Showdown the driver would be awarded an additional $2,500.
“If a driver sweeps the night they’d win $10,000,” continued Mark Arute. “To do that they’d have to put on one heck of a drive. We will have a full house with many fans attending their first Stafford Speedway event. We hope the drivers take a look at the strong $2,000 in prize money throughout the field and put on a show.”
Entry to the All-Star Showdown will be exclusive. The top-15 in SK Modified® points will be locked into the field along with any past SK Modified® champions. All past SK Modified® champions are eligible for the event. Some recently active past champions include Ryan Preece, Woody Pitkat, Mike Christopher, Sr., Frank Ruocco, and Bo Gunning.
Remaining tickets for the SRX Racing Series and TickMike.com SK Modified® All-Star Showdown will go on sale May 10th. Ticket access will be available to ticket alert list subscribers from 8:00am to 10:00am on May 10th. Any additional tickets will be available on StaffordSpeedway.com/tickets beginning at 10:00am. All those interested in tickets are encouraged to sign-up for the ticket alert list, click here to subscribe.
For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.
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GMS Racing officials announced today that Ryan Reed will pilot the No. 24 Tandem Diabetes Care Chevrolet Silverado at Darlington Raceway this Friday.
"I'm so excited and I can't thank Chevy and everyone at GMS, Mike (Beam) and Maury (Gallagher), enough for the opportunity," said Reed. "It is awesome to see anew partner come into the sport with Tandem Diabetes Care. I use their t:slim X2 insulin pump to help manage my type 1 diabetes and their advanced Control-IQ technology has improved my health overall. It's incredible to be able to represent them on the track and have my daily life changed by their product."
A new partner in NASCAR, Tandem Diabetes Care is dedicated to making the lives of people with diabetes better through relentless innovation and revolutionary customer experience.
"We are thrilled that Ryan (Reed) is experience the benefits of the t:slim X2 pump with Control-IQ technology, and couldn't be more excited to support him in following his passion," said John Sheridan, President and CEO, Tandem Diabetes Care. "We're constantly hearing from customers about how our technology is changing lives and we believe that Ryan getting behind the wheel this weekend is yet another example of these positive outcomes."
"We're very grateful to have talented drivers like Ryan (Reed) to be able to step up and compete for us," said Mike Beam, President of GMS Racing. "We're thankful for him and his partner Tandem Diabetes Care for coming on board with us for Darlington."
The No. 24 Tandem Diabetes Care Chevrolet Silverado will make it's on-track debut in the LIftKits4Less.com 200 at Darlington Raceway on Friday, May 7. The race will be broadcast live on FS1 and MRN.
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South Boston Speedway, An Industry Leader in Short Track Safety, Conducts Real-World Track Services Training Class
South Boston Speedway has long been one of the safest tracks in NASCAR for competitors. It is one of the factors that makes “America’s Hometown Track” a great place for competitors to race.
Continuing its efforts as an industry leader in safety, South Boston Speedway hosted a three-hour training class prior to its May 1 racing event involving South Boston Speedway Track Services and representatives from the South Boston, Virginia Fire Department and the Cluster Springs, Virginia Volunteer Fire Department.
Medical personnel from Duke Life Flight in Durham, North Carolina and Centra One from Lynchburg, Virginia also participated, flying their medical helicopters into South Boston Speedway to participate in the training.
“We could not be happier with our team for taking part in this training,” said South Boston Speedway Assistant General Manager Chase Brashears. “We’re firm believers that you can never have too much training, and that includes our track services team that provides expert care to participants during our events. Our team was able to review the basics of driver care during an incident and then put all of those skills together at the end of the training when they conducted a full drill of a driver extrication.”
Having representatives from the South Boston and Cluster Springs fire departments and the medical flight teams from Duke Life Flight and Centra One participating was an important part of the training event.
“We greatly appreciate our local agencies for getting involved,” Brashears remarked.
“We also thank the great people at Duke Life Flight and Centra One for flying in their medical helicopters to discuss scenarios with our team.”
Dave Howell, a flight paramedic with Centra One, said he and his team were glad to have the opportunity to participate in the training.
“This is a little bit unique, and specialized,” Howell said. “We just feel very fortunate to be able to come out and help the community and show these people at the speedway what we are able to do as far as speeding up patient care for them and take care of them in their time of need.”
Joshua Rife, a flight paramedic with Duke Life Flight, gave South Boston Speedway kudos for hosting the training.
“I think it’s a great thing the racetrack is doing with this kind of training,” Rife noted. “It’s always good to train. You work the way you train. We’re very happy at Duke Life Flight to have the opportunity to come up here and train with all of these individuals. We’re happy to serve the South Boston community.”
South Boston Speedway Limited Sportsman Division competitor Kenny Mills Jr. of South Boston, Virginia volunteered to participate in the training by allowing members of the track services team extricate him from a racecar.
"It was different climbing into a car knowing I was going to be extricated from it,” Mills remarked.
“I can honestly say it was a cool experience in regard to being able to watch the safety works do what they do first-hand. The training speaks volumes that South Boston Speedway is investing so much into safety for us drivers and I totally commend them for it."
Veteran Late Model Stock Car Division competitor Terry Dease of Oxford, North Carolina, another of the training participants, was glad to see South Boston Speedway providing the safety training.
“Safety has to be a top priority,” Dease pointed out.
“I thought the training class was wonderful. Any training that can help get somebody out of a car quicker and having people knowing exactly what to do is important. With all of the innovation in racing with the seats, head support systems and things that are around us now, people need to know how to properly undo the hook-ups and belts.”
Dease said knowing that South Boston Speedway’s track services personnel are trained in how to handle emergency situations “makes me feel 100 percent better. I’m glad and 100 percent satisfied that South Boston Speedway is providing this training.”
The training course concluded with participants putting all the applications together in a full real-world scenario that included fully cutting open a racecar, rendering medical aid and extricating a driver.
During the final exercise South Boston Speedway Track Services personnel along with the other participants gained experience using new safety equipment the track obtained this season.
“Our track services team received a great asset earlier this year when ESI Race Track Safety Services and Holmatro joined with us to supply rescue tools on our fire truck,” Brashears noted.
“Those tools were instrumental during the real-world scenario drill, and the value of having those tools here on race day cannot be measured.”
“We greatly appreciate the support of our race teams for this training, and our track services and operations staff for the hard work they put in,” Brashears said. “South Boston Speedway is an industry leader in short track safety, and this training was an important piece to that puzzle.”
Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway and racetrack promotions company Track Enterprises are excited to announce the return of the cars and stars of tomorrow with the ARCA Menards Series East. The Crosley Record Pressing 200 presented by Action 24/7 & T- Mobile will feature some of the brightest young stars of the racing circuit.
This Saturday event will also feature the North/South Super Late Model Challenge 100 tri- sanctioned race by the ARCA/CRA Super Series, Southern Super Series and CARS Super Late Model Tour. The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour and Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Pro Late Models will also be in action with a 100-lap feature.
400 laps of racing will be heading to the music city with what sure will be edge of your seat action. The ARCA Menards Series East has had an exciting season so far with a three-wide finish at New Smyrna Speedway. Sammy Smith and Taylor Gray left the event with some bad blood after a bump from Smith pushed Gray onto the high side allowing Mexico racer Max Gutiérrez to get down low and take the win. Smith got redemption at the next series race at Five Flags Speedway where he led most of the laps for the race and grabbed the win.
Friday practice will be free and main gates will open at 4:00PM central time with open practice running until 7:30PM. Saturday pits will open at 9:00AM with practice beginning at 11:45AM. JEGS/CRA All Stars will begin qualifying at 3:00PM, followed by Super Late Models at 3:30PM, ARCA East Qualifying will begin at 4:15PM. Racing will begin at 5:00PM with the JEGS/CRA All Star Tour 100. Following will be the North/South Late Model Challenge starting at 6:30PM. ARCA Pre-Race will begin at 8:00PM with the main event the T-Mobile Music City 200 presented by Action 24/7 at 8:30PM.
Get your tickets today at nashvillefairgroundsspeedway.racing or by calling the Speedway Box Office at 615-254-1986. The T-Mobile Music City 200 presented by Action 24/7 adult tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. Senior citizens and military personnel can get advance tickets for $22 and $27 on the day of the race. Also, child tickets are just $10. Camping is available for the race and more information can be found by calling the Fairgrounds Office at (615)862-8980.
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2022 Next Gen Mustang Poised to Help Drive NASCAR Cup Series into the Future with All-New Technology
A completely new era in stock car racing is ushered in today as Ford unveils its all-new 2022 NASCAR Next Gen Mustang to the public in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Next Gen Mustang will compete in the NASCAR Cup Series starting next season.
The new car, which has been under development for two years, is completely different from its predecessor – redesigned from the ground up. Unlike past versions, with the exterior being the only noticeable change, this model is built for the future, featuring flexibility for technological advances such as a hybrid or electric powertrain.
The new race car more closely mirrors its Mustang production counterpart, which maintains its title as world’s best-selling sports car.
“A lot of work has been done behind the scenes to make sure this Next Gen Mustang remains relevant to our customers,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “As the automotive industry continues to change, we’ll have the ability to keep up in the racing world without having to go through a complete overhaul or redesign of the car. This is something we’ve been waiting for and we’re glad the time has finally arrived.”
Changes include rack-and-pinion steering, independent rear suspension and 18-inch tires with aluminum forged wheels. The all-new body features a wider stance, while a symmetric exterior shell, tail and smaller greenhouse area closely resemble the production Mustang.
“This car is true to the Mustang brand and we have to thank the Ford design team for working hand-in-hand with our aerodynamic engineers to ensure it is competitive on the track, while maintaining unique Mustang styling,” said Rushbrook. “That requires a lot of give-and-take on both sides, but with the new smaller greenhouse area and shorter rear deck, we were able to do a lot of things to make sure there’s no mistaking this is a Mustang.”
Development of the new car took place both in Ford’s Dearborn design center and at the Ford Performance Technical Center in Concord, North Carolina, where Ford’s NASCAR scale model and aero teams are located. Extensive development continues on full-motion simulators at the technical center, where both racing and production car work takes place.
“Mustang is an iconic brand for Ford and when I saw the Next Gen Mustang in person for the first time I was pumped,” said Team Penske driver Joey Logano, the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series champion. “The aggressive look of the nose and the changes to the greenhouse and tail make the car more authentic to the street Mustang than ever before. I know the fans are going to love the Next Gen Mustang and I can’t wait to get it on the track.”
Mustang came to the NASCAR Cup Series in 2019 and has won at least 10 races each of its first two years, including a season-high 18 victories in 2020 that helped Ford win the manufacturers’ championship.
The NASCAR Next Gen Mustang makes its competition debut on Feb. 20, 2022, at Daytona International Speedway for the 64th annual Daytona 500.
To learn more about Mustang, please visit Ford.com/Mustang.
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Chevrolet and other major automotive brands competing in the NASCAR Cup Series revealed their Next Gen models today. Chevrolet’s new look on the racetrack will more closely connect to its cars in the showroom when Chevy campaigns its Next Gen Camaro ZL1 race car starting next season in the NASCAR Cup Series. The new look and features are a result of a collaborative effort by Chevrolet, the series and other original equipment manufacturers for race cars competing at the Cup level to look and perform more like their production counterparts.
The Next Gen Camaro ZL1 race car’s new lower greenhouse, shortened deck lid and widened track width contribute to a coupe-like appearance. A fully symmetrical body design makes the race car look even more like the production Camaro.
“Chevrolet engineers and designers worked alongside our race teams to develop this race car while staying true to the styling essence of the Camaro ZL1,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance and Motorsports. “This cooperation will benefit Chevrolet both on the track and the street.”
Both the Next Gen Camaro ZL1 race car and production Camaro ZL1 offer hood air extractors that enhance track performance.
“The Next Gen Camaro has a much stronger link to the production Camaro ZL1 in terms of styling integration, improved proportions and relevant technologies,” said Eric Warren, Chevrolet director of NASCAR Programs. “From an engineering standpoint, this is a seismic shift. It’s a completely new car that brings with it a lot of opportunity from a technical standpoint.”
Other changes to the 2022 Next Gen race car include:
• Upgraded specs to match modern passenger vehicle technology, including independent rear suspension – like production Camaros – and rack and pinion steering.
• An increase in wheel size from 15 to 18 inches. The larger diameter wheels allow for larger brakes for improved track performance. Wheels will be made from forged aluminum, like the wheels on the production Camaro ZL1.
• A new transaxle that combines the transmission and rear gears into one package.
• The bottom of the car will be sealed with an underwing and rear diffuser for enhanced aerodynamics.
• A redesigned chassis features new front and rear bumpers with an energy-management system.
• Both the front and rear clips bolt on to the center section for easier serviceability and damage repair.
Chevrolet initially introduced the Camaro ZL1 race car to NASCAR Cup competition in 2018. It was replaced by the Camaro ZL1 1LE race car in 2020, which Chase Elliot drove to a Driver’s Championship in the car’s first season.
Chevrolet has campaigned 14 different nameplates in the Cup Series, dating back to 1955, and with 798 victories is the winningest brand in NASCAR Cup Series history. Chevy’s first win was by Fonty Flock at Columbia Speedway in South Carolina in 1955, the same year Chevrolet introduced its famed small-block V-8. Since then, Chevrolet has won 39 Manufacturer Championships, including 13 in a row from 2003-2015, and 32 Driver Championships to lead all manufacturers.
The Next Gen Camaro ZL1 race car will make its points-paying debut at next season’s Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida on Feb. 20, 2022.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Next Gen Camaro ZL1 race car Saturday, May 8, at 8 p.m. ET by joining “Chevy MyWay: Meet the All-New NASCAR Next Gen Camaro,” a free broadcast open to all. The link to this event page will be live at 3:30 p.m. today. Team Chevy high-resolution racing photos are available for editorial use.
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More than two years in the making, Toyota and TRD (Toyota Racing Development) today unveiled the manufacturer’s Next Gen car that will take to the track in 2022 – the Toyota TRD Camry - in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS).
Toyota has been working alongside NASCAR, as well as the other OEMs, on the development of the Next Gen vehicles for competition. The components of the Next Gen race cars are an unprecedented move for the sport, but one that looks to continue to evolve safety enhancements of the race cars and promote on-track competition.
Toyota, TRD (Toyota Racing Development, U.S.A.) and Calty Design have worked together to ensure as many body styling characteristics as possible are incorporated into the Toyota TRD Camry Next Gen so it resembles its production counterpart as closely as possible. From the grill to the spoiler and everywhere in between, the Next Gen TRD Camry race car has the most body styling attributes to its production counterpart than ever before in a NCS Camry. This is a practice that Toyota and TRD have employed since the development of the 2013 Camry in NCS competition.
“There has been a substantial amount of work put into the Toyota TRD Camry Next Gen car by all of our partners, but specifically everyone at TRD and Calty Design,” said Paul Doleshal, group manager of motorsports and assets, TMNA (Toyota Motor North America). “We’re thrilled to have the chance to showcase the TRD Camry to represent Toyota in the NASCAR Cup Series through this Next Gen project. This is our topline, track-inspired performance Camry and it seemed only fitting for it to take it’s spot on the race track.”
Toyota continues to be the only manufacturer in NASCAR to showcase three nameplates across NASCAR’s three national series – the TRD Camry in the NCS, the Supra in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) and the Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). Since joining the NCS and NXS in 2007, Camrys have earned 156 NCS wins and three NCS championships along with 171 NXS wins and two NXS championships. And since Tundra’s entry into the NCWTS in 2004, Toyota has claimed 205 victories and eight Truck Series championships.
“For Toyota and TRD, we’re committed to the principle of continuous improvement and we believe that’s reflected in this Next Gen TRD Camry,” said David Wilson, president of TRD. “While we know the margins available with this new race car are smaller when it comes to adjustability, we know our race team partners and our team at TRD look forward to the challenge of learning about this car and discovering the performance opportunities that will help put the TRD Camry into victory lane.”
The Toyota TRD Camry Next Gen will make its debut as the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season kicks off at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 20, 2022.