Speedway Digest Staff
Follow us on Twitter @SpeedwayDigest
FRM Pocono Preview: GIlliland on Pole at Pocono with Frontline Enterprises Ford. Death Wish Coffee Returns with Alfredo. McDowell Excited About New Partnership
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.
Delta Speedway PR
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.
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.”
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.
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.