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Notes of Interest

 

● This weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway is a hometown race for primary sponsor HighPoint.com. The leading IT infrastructure and solutions company is based just 90 minutes east of the 2.5-mile triangle in Sparta, New Jersey. The company was founded in 1996 and serves markets in the Tri-State region and southeastern United States, with a presence in Charlotte, North Carolina, and overseas in London.

 

● HighPoint.com will share the home stage spotlight with Cisco as they celebrate the debut of the latest generation of Webex by Cisco. The two will share paint on the No. 14 Ford Mustang at Pocono honoring a longstanding partnership between the two companies. When HighPoint.com President and CEO Mike Mendiburu founded the company 25 years ago, Cisco was one of the first companies he set out to partner with. Cisco has always been a leader in collaboration, and its tools give HighPoint the opportunity to provide transformative solutions that make a real difference for its customers.

 

Webex by Cisco is the leading enterprise solution for meetings, messaging, and events in the cloud and is designed for teams of all sizes. Trusted by more than 85 percent of Fortune 500 companies, Webex by Cisco powers a new way of collaborating that’s centered around the work people do, not where they do it – whether it’s in the office, at home, or anywhere in between.

 

● The Pocono doubleheader follows one of the more impressive runs of the season for the No. 14 team after what looked to be a potential top-five finish in last weekend’s Inaugural Ally 400 at Nashville (Tenn.) Speedway. Briscoe ran solidly in the top-15 before the team made a call to gain track position, placing him in the lead on lap 177. Briscoe led five laps and was on track for a new career-best finish before a brake issue took him out of contention with less than 75 laps to go.

 

● Briscoe will have a chance to score his first Cup Series win on Saturday and Sunday, but he already has one Sunday win at Pocono after overcoming a mountain of adversity to be the first to cross the finish line in last year’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Tricky Triangle. The Mitchell, Indiana, native overcame a pit-road speeding penalty, a near-miss in a multicar accident and a late-race spin while leading to notch a total of 24 laps led en route to his fourth win of 2020 and the first home-track win for HighPoint.com.

 

● And that wasn’t Briscoe’s first time visiting Pocono’s victory lane. On July 29, 2016, Briscoe won the ARCA Racing Series event to cap a string of four consecutive victories. He led all but nine of the race’s 60 laps in a dominating performance that was emblematic of his season. Briscoe drove to two more victories that year to take the ARCA championship by an impressive 535 points.

 

● In his three Pocono starts outside of the Xfinity Series, Briscoe finished among the top-10 every time. He finished 10th in the June 2016 ARCA race and ninth in the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

 

● Briscoe sits 26th in the driver championship after 17 races and leads the Rookie of the Year standings by 94 points over Anthony Alfredo.

 

Chase Briscoe, Driver of the No. 14 HighPoint.com/Webex by Cisco Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

 

Pocono is a hometown race for your primary sponsor HighPoint.com. Talk about that.

“I would love to go out and have a good showing for HighPoint.com. It was really cool to get that win last year at their home track. They’ve been a big part of my career here at SHR, coming on last year so I could run the full season and then coming over to the 14 to go Cup racing. They’re still pretty new to the sport and it’s been cool to have that support as I get settled into the Cup side of things. If we can go follow up what we did last week and keep things moving forward, it would be a great way to say thank you for everything they’ve done.”

 

Webex by Cisco will be joining HighPoint.com on the car this weekend, and we know they are a big name in technology. How has technology factored into your transition to the Cup Series?

“Technology is so important to everything we do, but it definitely played a larger role in my move to the 14 than I expected it to. With everything that we’ve dealt with over the last year, virtual meetings became a larger part of preparation for races and, when it came time for Johnny (Klausmeier, crew chief) and I to start working together, that’s how we connected. There are so many different aspects of racing where technology comes into play and, thankfully, we have great partners like HighPoint.com and Cisco to make sure we’re getting the most out of virtual meetings or our simulator time, whatever we need to be ready to go for the next race.”

 

What is the key to being successful at Pocono?

“Pocono is such a challenging track. Speed is important anywhere we go, but this is a place where you have to be able to adapt. Your car may be really good in one corner and maybe not so great in the other two, but you’ve got to be able to figure it out if you want to run up front. I’m excited for the doubleheader. I really enjoyed running them last year in the Xfinity Series and we were usually able to find something in that first race that we could carry over to the second day, so it’ll be nice to have two shots at showing the work the guys have been putting in.”

 

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Front Row Motorsports (FRM) travels to the Pocono (Pa.) Raceway this weekend for a NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader weekend and for the next round of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
 
Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series race begins at 12:00 p.m ET on FS1.
 
Saturday's NASCAR Cup Series race begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Sunday's Cup race starts at 3:30 p.m. ET, also on NBCSN.
 
 
Todd Gilliland and his No. 38 Frontline Enterprises Ford F-150 will start from the pole for Saturday's 60-lap race at the Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Gilliland comes into the event sitting fifth in points and coming off his fifth top-five finish of the season last weekend in Nashville.
 
"I felt at the beginning of the season, with some of the changes we made around our team, that we were going to be capable of winning and racing up front," said Gilliland. "Right now, it's coming together and we've had fast trucks and good races. We just want to keep that momentum up this weekend at Pocono."
 
Gilliland has finished seventh, seventh and fourth in his three previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Pocono.
 
"I like the track," continued Gilliland. "It's unique, fun to drive and fast. It fits my driving style and I've always had fun racing there. Starting up front will help us for sure and hopefully we can have another good run."
 
 
Anthony Alfredo will be making his first NASCAR Cup Series starts at the Pocono (Pa.) Raceway this weekend with Death Wish Coffee on the No. 38 Ford Mustang for both Saturday and Sunday. Alfredo has one previous start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the track.
 
"Well, I was wrecked on the first lap during that Truck race," said Alfredo. "So, I've seen the track and have practice laps, but I didn't get a chance to really race. That's why I'm looking forward to this weekend. I can really learn a lot on Saturday, and instead of waiting months to come back, we race the next day. That's great for me. I can finally get a bunch of race experience and apply it quickly."
 
Alfredo will start 24th on Saturday. NASCAR will invert the top-20 finishers from Saturday to determine the starting lineup for Sunday.
 
 
Michael McDowell will race the Horizon Hobby/ARRMA Ford Mustang on Saturday and Sunday to begin the newest partnership at FRM. Horizon Hobby is the global leader in RC products and accessories while the ARRMA brand features the biggest, fastest, and most durable radio controlled cars and trucks in the industry. McDowell and his family had fun with the cars this week.
 
"It was cool this week," said McDowell. "We took my family to the shop and ARRMA hooked us up with some Kraton's for my kids and they let me have a Felony. They were fast and my kids had a great time. That's what cool about this partnership. We're having fun as a family and anyone can do it. I loved seeing my children smiling, laughing and have a good time. That's pretty special."
 
McDowell finished eighth last year in the first race at Pocono.
 
"We had a great car at Pocono last year," concluded McDowell. "We feel that our car this weekend will be just as fast and we really want to get into the top-10 again."

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This Friday and Saturday night Delta Speedway will offer two complete points races of Micro Sprint action with the annual Summer Sizzler. The 1/7th mile dirt oval presented by Financial Center Credit Union continues its 2021 championship seasons for Super 600, Non-Wing, Restricted, and Jr. Sprints.
 
Fans can purchase their tickets in advance by visiting tinyurl.com/2021deltatickets on MyRacePass. The link can also be found at www.DeltaSpeedwayStockton.com Tickets are $10 for adults ages 13 and up, $5 for kids ages 6 to 12, seniors 55+, and military, and kids 5 and under are free! Pit Passes can also be pre-purchased by competitors for $20 or purchased at the gate.
 
Livermore’s Travis Labat leads the Super 600 championship standings with a best finish of third this season. Labat splits his time between Micro Sprints, Outlaw Karts, and 360 Sprint Cars, earning a pair of top-tens at Ocean Speedway in Sprint Car competition during the break at Delta Speedway.
 
Labat leads Nikko Panella of Stockton by five points in the standings. Panella picked up the most recent Super 600 checkered flag on May 22. Fresno’s Raio Salmon aims for her first victory of the season and has used the Summer Sizzler as her breakout race in the past during her quests for a championship. Devon Courtnier and Medford, Ore.’s Austin Torgerson round out the top-five in the points. Super 600 races for $500 to win each night of the Sizzler in 30-lap features.
 
Stockton’s Caden Sarale has slipped to seventh in his bid for his third consecutive Super 600 title but has the Non-Wing points lead by a comfortable 27 point margin. Sarale is yet to take a win this season but has a pair of third place finishes to his credit. 2020 Restricted champion Brandon Riveira of Tracy ranks second in the championship. Springville’s Cameron Paul, Torgerson, and Valley Springs’ Dan Mognaga make up the rest of the top-five in the standings with former champions TJ Smith and Brandon Carey both outside the top-five. Non-Wing will also compete for 30-laps and $500 to win during each night of the Summer Sizzler.
 
“Big A” Austin Wood continues the Delta Speedway trend of points leaders who do not have victories this season, leading Colton Key of Fresno by 18 markers in Restricted. Andrew Smith of Castro Valley ranks third with one triumph this season and ranks second in the Restricted battle at Dixon Speedway as well. Former Jr. Sprints champion Isabel Barnes of Brentwood is fourth in the standings followed by youngster Jett Barnes of Visalia. Dixon points leader Lucas Johnson is in the hunt as well from sixth. Restricted will compete each night for 25-laps and a guaranteed minimum $300 to win.
 
Brody Rubio of Manteca enjoys a narrow 14-point lead in Jr. Sprints over Hayden Stepps. Rubio has won twice to open the season. Mavrick Pedroni of Jamestown, Levi Osborne of Millbrae, and Vito Cancilla of Pleasant Hill round out the top-five. The youngest drivers at Delta Speedway race for 20-laps each night with a minimum of $200 to the victory.
 
Race fans should come hungry for Royce Farms BBQ, located in turn four during each event at the Delta Speedway at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $10 for adults ages 13 and up, $5 for kids ages 6 to 12, seniors 55+, and military, and kids 5 and under are free! Pit Passes can also be pre-purchased by competitors for $20 or purchased at the gate.
 
Pit gates open at noon each night with the driver’s meeting at 5:30 pm on Friday and 4:30 pm on Saturday. Hot laps and qualifying will follow.
 
Delta Speedway Stockton thanks Financial Center Credit Union, Interstate Truck Center, Lovotti Air, 22 Metal Works, Van De Pol Petroleum, Kludt Oil, Starr Property Management, Solari’s Backhoe Service, PMP Chassis, Genova Bakery, Hoosier Tire, and Performance Electronics for their support of the 2021 season.
 
For more information on Delta Speedway presented by Financial Center Credit Union, follow us online at http://www.deltaspeedwaystockton.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Kyle Busch Seeing Double

Wednesday, Jun 23

As the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Pocono (Pa.) Raceway this weekend, NASCAR’s top series will be seeing double as it heads to the 2.5-mile triangle in the Pocono Mountains. 

 

For many years, the two annual NASCAR Cup Series races at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway had been runs five to six weeks apart. The tight window in which they’d traditionally been run didn’t give much time between trips to the Pocono Mountains for teams to make drastic changes to their cars.

But when the Cup Series makes this year’s trek to the Poconos, the window of time between Saturday’s Pocono 325 and Sunday’s Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 is less than 24 hours for the second year in a row after last year’s successful doubleheader weekend debut.  

 

The rules require NASCAR Cup Series teams to use the same car in both events, but they’ll be allowed to work on them between races. Following the finish of Saturday’s 130-lap race, the starting lineup for Sunday’s 140-lap event will be set by inverting Saturday’s top-20 finishers, and those finishing 21st through 38th on Saturday starting from those same positions Sunday.

 

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Minis Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), knows he’s fortunate enough to be able to race, and win, for 17 seasons and counting in NASCAR’s top series. Not only has he won 58 races and two Cup Series championships, he’s had his fair share of recent success at the track nicknamed the “Tricky Triangle.” The Las Vegas native won the June 2019 Pocono race and has three wins in his last seven Cup Series starts there.

 

For the first time ever, a timeless M&M’S favorite – M&M’S Minis – with adorn Busch’s No, 18 Toyota this weekend. M&M’S Minis are a great way to share the delicious, colorful fun of M&M’S with friends and family. M&M’S Minis are perfect to include in baked treats for the same M&M’S taste, mini style.

 

Busch’s recent fortunes at Pocono began after he narrowly missed a victory in June 2017. He returned for that year’s July race looking for his first Pocono Cup Series win, and he was able to deliver behind some clever strategy as well as his own smart driving. While the top competitors headed to pit road for their final scheduled fuel-and-tire stops late in the race, Busch stayed out longer than the rest. The others were clearly faster on newer tires, but Busch took advantage of a clean track to make up time and, when he was finally called to pit road, he had much fresher tires than his fellow competitors for the closing stages of the race. He eventually drove by Kevin Harvick for his impressive maiden Pocono victory. Since then, Busch has been able to grab Pocono wins in 2018 and 2019 to add to his growing resume at the Tricky Triangle.

 

So, as the series heads back to the Pocono Mountains, Busch, crew chief Ben Beshore and the entire team will focus on not one but two races with their M&M’S Minis Toyota, hoping to take it a giant step further with a chance to win twice during this weekend’s doubleheader.

 

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Today, Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection, announced the extension of its Official Cyber Protection Partnership with Roush Fenway Racing. In addition, Acronis announced it will now be supported by a provider of security technology solutions, Visual Edge IT. To celebrate the occasion, Acronis and Visual Edge IT branding will be featured on Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 17 Ford Mustang at the back-to-back NASCAR Cup Series Races at Pocono on June 26th and 27th, 2021.

Acronis joined the Roush Fenway Racing family in 2019, using the partnership as a powerful marketing platform while providing fast, efficient, and secure cyber protection, and supporting the team through the challenging periods of pandemic lockdowns. Acronis helped Roush Fenway Racing enhance cyber protection capabilities, ensuring the Safety, Accessibility, Privacy, Authenticity, and Security (SAPAS) for workloads, data, applications, and systems.

Acronis continues to expand Roush Fenway’s technological capabilities with advanced cyber backup and disaster recovery services, cutting-edge file sharing, and robust computer power simulations.

“The Acronis partnership with Roush Fenway Racing has been extremely valuable,” said Steve Newmark, President of Roush Fenway Racing. “Not only does Acronis activate their partnership across social, digital, and at-track, but they have been key in helping our company work to avoid cyber security threats, protecting us from data breaches, and helping us be prepared in the event of a disaster recovery situation.”

As part of the renewed partnership, Acronis will provide the team with the award-winning Acronis Cyber Protect. This unique machine intelligence (MI) powered solution integrates data protection with cybersecurity, which helps prevent cyberattacks. Acronis Cyber Protect uniquely combines automation and integration, ensuring the prevention, detection, response, recovery, and analytics needed to safeguard all workloads while streamlining protection efforts.

“Acronis has a long-standing partnership with Roush Fenway Racing, and over the past three years, we’ve proven that we are better together in our efforts to keep motorsport teams and their data protected,” said Acronis Vice President and General Manager, Americas, Pat Hurley. “On the same note,  we are very pleased to feature Visual Edge IT on Roush Fenway’s No. 17 Ford as a #CyberFit Delivery Partner this weekend at Pocono.”

Visual Edge offers services and equipment for business technology solutions from managed IT services and security to managed print and print supplies through our local providers across the country. With Visual Edge, customers benefit from day-to-day technology management, cloud-based security solutions, 24/7 network monitoring and threat protection, and end-user support – securing the customer environment and managing the infrastructure so customers can focus on their business.

“Visual Edge IT (VEIT) has partnered with Acronis as our go-to-market choice for protecting customers’ data from cybersecurity, disasters and human error,” shared Jason Bowra, General Manager, Managed IT Services for Visual Edge IT. “The Acronis integrations with other solution partners allow Visual Edge to have ‘one pane of glass’ from which we efficiently support all customers. Acronis is simply a great partner to help with our marketing and presale efforts through their delivery and protection of our customers.”

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Mr. Smith Goes to Pocono:
 
  • Chandler Smith will look to turn the momentum of his recent stretch of strong runs into a victory lane birthday celebration at Pocono Raceway this weekend. The talented teenager will celebrate his 19th birthday Saturday behind the wheel of the JBL Tundra in the 60-lap shootout. It will be Smith’s first Truck Series start at the 2.5-mile tri-oval, but he has an average finish of 5.0 across his two ARCA Menards Series starts at The Tricky Triangle, including a runner-up finish last June. Smith will be pulling double-duty this weekend, as he will be piloting the No. 25 Safelite AutoGlass Camry in the ARCA Menards Series event on Friday. It will be his first ARCA Menards Series start this season.
 
  • The Georgia native is coming off one of his strongest runs of the season last week in the Camping World Truck Series event at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway. He put the Safelite AutoGlass Tundra out front for a race-high 48 laps, picked up his first stage win of the season in Stage Two, but was shuffled back after getting put four-wide on a late restart and ended up finishing in the 13th position. In the two events prior, he registered a fifth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and fifth-place finish at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
 
  • Over the last two events, Smith has earned 85 points, second in the series to Zane Smith’s 87. With his strong runs, the Toyota Racing Development driver has moved himself above the cutoff line for the playoffs. While he currently sits 11th in the standings, Grant Enfinger missed one race and is not eligible for the playoffs, moving Smith up to 10th on the playoff grid. With three races remaining in the regular season, he sits 15 points ahead of Johnny Sauter for the coveted 10th and final playoff spot.
 
  • Across 11 starts this season, Smith has two top-five and four top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 17.3. He produced a season-best result of fourth at Richmond (Va.) Raceway in April. He sits second in Rookie of the Year standings, 15 points behind Carson Hocevar. Smith has earned the rookie of the race award five times this season. The Toyota Racing Development driver has 10 top-five, and 13 top-10 finishes across 28 career Camping World Truck Series starts, including a career-best runner-up finish at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in 2019.
 
  • Veteran crew chief Danny Stockman will call the shots for Smith and the No. 18 team this season. Stockman led the No. 51 team to four wins in his first season atop the pit box at KBM in 2020. He came to the organization with experience as a crew chief in all three national series, including a Truck Series championship with Austin Dillon in 2011 and an Xfinity Series championship with Dillon in 2013. Stockman’s Camping World Truck Series drivers have one win, two top-five and three top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 4.3 across three starts at Pocono. Stockman was atop the pit box when Brandon Jones collected his first career Camping World Truck Series victory in last year’s race at The Tricky Triangle.
 
  • JBL, the authority in engineering superior sound, will be the primary sponsor for the No. 18 team this week at Pocono and at the series next two stops July 9 at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway and Aug. 7 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International Speedway. Safelite AutoGlass - the nation’s largest provider of vehicle glass repair, replacement, and recalibration services – returns to Smith’s Tundra Aug. 20 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.
 
 
Chandler Smith, Driver Q&A:
 
You led some laps and won a stage last week at Nashville. How did it feel to be running back up front?
“It was definitely awesome. Overall, to get my driver confidence – I wouldn’t say back up – it’s pretty high especially after the last few races we’ve had. For me to get my first stage win with Danny and Safelite on board, it was a good experience.”
 
You’re doing double duty this weekend. How beneficial will it be to get some more laps around Pocono before the truck race?
“Yes, just overall seat time. The ARCA car and truck are similar in a way with the same fundamentals at Pocono such as throttle control. Overall, just getting seat time is key at these tracks especially with no practice for me.”
 
Pocono is known as the tricky triangle. What’s the trickiest part about Pocono?
“For me, it’s getting through Turn 3. It’s a really flat, high-speed corner. When you’re back in traffic, at least when I was in an ARCA car, if you didn’t have clean air through Turn 3 in traffic, it got really tight. Trying to manipulate the air a little bit and find clean air and being able to maintain good speed is probably the trickiest part for me.”
 
 
Chandler Smith Career Highlights:
 
  • Across 28 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts has recorded 187 laps led, 10 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 14.5.
  • Posted an average finish of 7.7 across his final seven of 12 total Truck Series starts in 2020, including third-place finishes in the series finale at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway and his first career superspeedway start at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in October.
  • Produced three top-five and four top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 4.2 across his first four career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts in 2019. He led 55 laps and finished eighth in his Gander Trucks debut at Iowa Speedway last July and then posted top-five finishes in his final three starts, including a runner-up finish at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
  • Has collected nine wins, 10 poles, 1761 laps led, 22 top-five and 29 top-10 finishes en route to an average finish of 5.2 across 33 career ARCA Menards Series starts. Set an ARCA Racing Series record by winning four consecutive poles to start his career and earned his first victory after leading a race-high 102 laps at Madison (Wis.) International Speedway in his fourth series start.
 
Chandler Smith's No. 18 JBL Tundra:
 
KBM-060: The No. 18 JBL team will unload chassis number KBM-060 for Saturday’s 60-lap event at Pocono. Brandon Jones picked up his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at Pocono with the same Tundra last year and KBM owner-driver Kyle Busch was victorious with this chassis at Las Vegas last March. Smith drove KBM-60 to a season-best fourth-place finish at Richmond (Va.) Raceway in April in its lone start this season. 
 
KBM Notes of Interest:
 
  • Across 26 starts at Pocono Raceway, KBM drivers have earned five wins, two poles, 244 laps led, 12 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 8.1 and an average finish of 9.1.
  • Brandon Jones picked up his first career Truck Series victory in last year’s race. Busch won in 2015 and 2018, William Byron was victorious in 2016, and Christopher Bell brought home the hardware in 2017.
  • KBM holds the Camping World Truck Series records for most career wins (87) and most wins in a single season (14 in 2014). With his victory at the Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track, Martin Truex Jr. became the 16th different driver to win a Truck Series event for KBM. In addition to collecting a series-record seven Owner's Championships, the organization has produced two championship-winning drivers: Erik Jones (2015) and Christopher Bell (2017).
  • The No. 18, the number which was on the first Tundra that went to victory lane for KBM in 2010, has 21 career victories.

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Unibet, a part of the Kindred Group, has partnered with championship-winning NASCAR team Stewart-Haas Racing and driver Kevin Harvick to further grow its presence in the United States and, specifically, with motorsports.

 

Unibet will be the primary sponsor for Harvick and the No. 4 NASCAR Cup Series team at two races – Aug. 15 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Oct. 31 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Unibet will also serve as the primary sponsor for Harvick during the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Aug. 14 at Indianapolis. Unibet debuts with Harvick and the No. 4 team this weekend during the NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway with placement on the front fender of the No. 4 Ford Mustang.

 

Kindred is one of the top online gambling operators with business across Europe, the U.S. and Australia. The Unibet brand is building on its years of European experience in the responsible gambling and player sustainability field and extending that mindset to its U.S. operations, with motorsports being a key platform.

 

“Sponsorship is an important part of our marketing initiatives in the states where sports betting is legal,” said Manuel Stan, Senior Vice President USA, Kindred. “Race fans are extremely passionate about their sport and their driver, in particular. Unibet exists to enhance fans’ passion for their sport. Our platform is straightforward, easy to understand, and filled with insights that allows our players to make informed bets. Integrating Unibet into the sport fans watch and cheer for is the best way to tell our story. We are By Players, For Players.”

 

Sports betting is legal in more than a dozen states. In line with sports betting’s growth, Unibet wants to expand it user base, with the platform already available to residents in Pennsylvania, Indiana, New Jersey and Virginia.

 

“We’re proud to represent and work with Unibet to grow its platform, now and in the future,” said Brett Frood, President, Stewart-Haas Racing. “Fans are the lifeblood of our sport and Unibet offers a new and insightful way for fans to engage with our sport in a meaningful way. We’re looking forward to kicking off our partnership with Unibet this weekend at Pocono where Pennsylvania residents can experience Unibet’s offerings firsthand.”

 

The NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader at Pocono begins at 3 p.m. EDT on Saturday with the second race starting at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Both races will be broadcast live on NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Last year, Harvick won the first race of Pocono’s doubleheader on Saturday and finished second in the race on Sunday.

 

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NASCAR Whelen Euro Series points leader Loris Hezemans will take part in this weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway. The 2019 NWES champion will drive the #90 DGM Motorsport Camaro supported by Reaume Brothers Racing.

For Hezemans, who already completed a positive race earlier this year at Phoenix Raceway, Pocono will represent the next step towards obtaining a license to compete on all NASCAR ovals.

“I am extremely happy to announce that I will be participating in my second NASCAR Xfinity race of the year and my first at Pocono Raceway driving for DGM Motorsports with support from Reaume Brothers Racing,” said the Dutchman. “Priority number one will be to drive a clean race and finish, whilst gaining as much experience as possible. With no practice nor qualifying it will be about adapting as quickly as possible to the track, as well as to the car and how it reacts on a faster oval such as Pocono as opposed to Phoenix. I would like to thank my sponsors Hezeberg Systems, Eurol, Momo and TimeZone for their support."

Right after Pocono, Hezemans will return to Europe to resume the battle for the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series title. With two wins in the first two races of the season at Valencia, the 24-year-old leads the EuroNASCAR PRO points standings by 11 points ahead of the July 3-4 NASCAR GP UK at  the iconic Brands Hatch Circuit.

The Pocono Green 225 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons will take place on Sunday, June 27. The green flag will wave at 18:00 CEST.

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