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Atlanta Motor Speedway will honor Georgia’s NASCAR Cup Series champions – including Dawsonville native and 2020 Cup Series champion Chase Elliott – starting with the July 10-11 Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart weekend.
Championship banners for 1988 Cup Series champion Bill Elliott and 2-time Cup title winner Tim Flock will all be hanging in the concourse underneath the Champions Grandstand when fans arrive for the NASCAR weekend. A fourth banner – representing Chase Elliott's 2020 championship winning season - will be unveiled for the first time during the July race weekend. All four championship banners will be on display during every NASCAR weekend in Atlanta for years to come.
“The state of Georgia has played a tremendous role in the growth and evolution of stock car racing, from the bootleggers who raced their tuned-up cars, to the incredible racing here at AMS, to the immensely talented drivers who called Georgia home as they raced for glory across the country,” said AMS Executive Vice President and General Manager Brandon Hutchison. “We’re proud to add to the meaning of our Champions Grandstand and give Georgia’s most successful racers the recognition they’ve earned.”
AMS already recognizes the three most accomplished champions in NASCAR racing with its Earnhardt, Petty, and Johnson Grandstands, named for 7-time champions Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, and Jimmie Johnson. These grandstands flank the Champions Grandstand, where drivers who called Georgia their home during championship seasons will now be immortalized.
The Georgia champion recognition will be part of an historic weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, which is hosting its first July NASCAR race in 47 years. The winner of the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart will the short list of legendary drivers – Fireball Roberts, Fred Lorenzon, Bobby Allison, David Pearson, and Richard Petty – who have visited AMS victory lane in the month of July.
Tickets for the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart start at just $39. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.AtlantaMotorSpeedway.com.
As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Pocono Raceway this week for the CRC Brakleen 150 on Saturday, Derek Kraus returns to another of the tracks where he experienced success as a rookie last year.
The 19-year-old driver of the No. 19 Hunter Nation Toyota Tundra notched a top-10 finish and was the top finishing rookie in the 40-truck field a year ago at the 2.5-mile track, known as The Tricky Triangle.
His MHR crew made a strategic call to bring him to the pits early during the second stage, which put him up front for the restart in the final segment of the race. His 10th-place finish kept him in the mix as he battled for a playoff spot last season. It was one of 13 top-10 finishes Kraus had in 23 races last year.
The Camping World Truck Series returns to Pocono this year as part of a big weekend of NASCAR competition. It features a doubleheader for the NASCAR Cup Series – with a race on Saturday, paired with the truck race; and another on Sunday, paired with a NASCAR Xfinity Series race.
Pocono marks the third consecutive weekend of racing for the Camping World Truck Series. Kraus had 35th-place finish at Nashville Superspeedway on Friday; after winning his first career series pole award in qualifying, leading the first 48 laps and winning Stage 1. The weekend before at Texas Motor Speedway, he finished 13th.
Derek Kraus – About this week
What are your thoughts in preparing for Pocono?
“Pocono is one of the most challenging tracks on the schedule, with three very different turns. It’s easy to have a bad day if you don’t stay focused. We plan to put our Tundra up front and stay out of trouble.”
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For the 7th consecutive season, John & Maina Rufrano from Wheelers Auto Service of Hamden, CT will provide a heat race bonus for this Friday night’s NAPA SK 5k event at Stafford Speedway. The Rufranos and Wheelers Auto will provide a total bonus of $2,000 for the SK Modified® heat races with each heat race winner banking $250, each second place finisher $150, and each third place finisher $100. The $2,000 in heat race bonus money, when combined with the race purse and other contingency awards, pushes the total posted awards for the 8th Annual NAPA SK 5k to over $30,000.
“This is a great way for us to be able to give something back to the drivers and it should definitely help make the heat races a little more exciting by giving everyone a little extra something to race for,” said John Rufrano.
“That’s awesome,” said Stephen Kopcik, driver of the #21 AirGas Chevrolet. “That’s certainly going to make people want to win the heat races that much more. That’s a great thing that Wheelers Auto is doing for us and I wish we could have more heat race bonuses in the future.”
“It’s awesome to have Wheelers Auto coming back on board to sponsor the NAPA SK 5k heats again,” said Todd Owen, driver of the #81 Cooker Construction Chevrolet. “That gives us all an added bonus to try to take home and it should help make for one great night of racing.”
The 2021 SK Modified® season has been a season full of parity with 7 different feature winners through the first 8 race events. Tyler Hines, who scored his first career SK Modified® victory in the season opening race back on April 24, is so far the only repeat feature winner of the 2021 season. Other feature winners this season include Michael Christopher, Jr., Chase Dowling, Stephen Kopcik, Bryan Narducci, Keith Rocco, and Ronnie Williams. The last time the SK Modified® division had so many different winners to start off a season was in 2008 when there were 7 different winners through the first 8 races. Of the 7 different feature winners in 2021, 6 drivers occupy spots in the the top-7 of the SK Modified® points standings with Kopcik leading Todd Owen by 18 points.
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Due to saturated grounds and more rain throughout the day, Super DIRTcar Series and track officials have been forced to postpone tonight’s Horsepower 100 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway. Series and track officials are working on a makeup date for this year.
The mid-morning cancellation comes as an effort to save teams and fans from traveling without racing.
Next up, the Super DIRTcar Series takes on Land of Legends Raceway for the Liberty 100 on Thursday, July 1. Then, Ransomville Speedway hosts the Summer Nationals Super DIRTcar event on Tuesday, July 6.
Get all your news and updates for the Super DIRTcar Series at SuperDIRTcar.com, Twitter, and Facebook.
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Three feature racing events and a full series of qualifying races along with Father’s Day gifts, left from the rainout last Saturday, will be the attraction on Saturday, June 26th at Grandview Speedway.
A tripleheader show of racing featuring the T.P.Trailers Modifieds, T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman and Outlaw Series Vintage Racers will give fans in the stands some edge of their seat excitement. And adults get to see it all for just $15 while youngsters 11 and under are admitted free. The first 50 dads through the main gate will receive a special gift while the youngest and oldest dad will win two free passes. Sportsman racers will be using this night of racing as a chance to tune up for the big Firecracker 40 schedule for July 3rd that will reward the winner with $2,000. The Saturday night Meet & Greet will feature “The Ultimate Underdog” John Willman with his Modified, Sportsman racer Dylan Hoch and Outlaw Vintage Denise Hall. It popular session gets underway at 5 p.m. and gives fans a chance to meet racers, take photos, collect autographs and get a very close view of the race cars.
Racers are asked to have their cars in the pits no later than 6 p.m.
And on Tuesday, June 29th another exciting Thunder On The Hill Series featuring the Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Speedweek with the Hodnett Cup paying $10,000 to win plus 358 Modifieds.
Kicking off the month of July will be the Firecracker 40 for Sportsman, on July 3, paying $2,000 to win along with the T.P. Trailers Modifieds. Adult admission is $22 for this Holiday Special that celebrates the 4th of July weekend. Youngsters 6 through 11 are admitted for $10 and military personnel with proper ID are admitted free.
Modified racer Bobby Gunther Walsh will have his #65 on display and will be giving out American flags, Mike & Ike plus Hot Tamales candy (both are sponsors on his race car), rising star Joey Vaccaro and veteran racing talent Ryan Beltz. It happens at 5 p.m. at the main admission gate area.
Grandview Speedway, a one third mile banked clay oval, is located on Passmore Road, a short distance off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For more information check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.
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Front Row Motorsports Announces New Partnership with Horizon Hobby. McDowell Sponsorship Sold for Season
Front Row Motorsports (FRM) today announced its latest partner to its No. 34 NASCAR Cup Series program and Daytona 500 Champion, Michael McDowell. Horizon Hobby joins the organization this weekend at the Pocono Raceway in what begins a three-race partnership that also includes the race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The ARRMA® brand will adorn the No. 34 Ford Mustang for both events this Saturday and Sunday in Pennsylvania.
Horizon Hobby joins Love’s Travel Stops, Speedco, Fr8 Auctions, CarParts.com, Revolve Finance Online Banking and SpeedyCash.com to complete the season primary partnerships as McDowell prepares for the NASCAR Playoff this fall.
“This has been a great season for everyone at Front Row Motorsports and what we’re hoping to continue to build,” said McDowell. ‘We now have the final piece of the puzzle with Horizon Hobby, a great new partner for our team, to help us make our summer push before the NASCAR Playoffs.”
“Horizon Hobby is a leader and the best when it comes to RC products,” continued McDowell. “They are about innovation, speed, and the best quality for their consumers. Their philosophy is no different than building a race program. It’s a great fit and you can’t beat the fun you have with their large variety of products. I’m looking forward to them joining our program.”
McDowell will quickly become an integral spokesperson for Horizon Hobby and will highlight their products on social and digital media videos throughout the remainder of the season.
“We are ecstatic to partner with Front Row Motorsports and Michael McDowell this season,” said Chris Dickerson, Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Hobby. “We know many of our customers enjoy the thrill of speed in many shapes and forms. Michael can reach of a lot of new fans who may be ready to try our products and we’re excited to see him use our products the rest of the year.”
The No. 34 Ford Mustang this weekend takes its inspiration from the ARRMA brand 1/7 FELONY 6S BLX Street Bash All-Road Muscle Car RTR that reaches speeds in access of 80 miles per hour. The black base and red accents are highlighted on the No. 34 Ford Mustang.
“The ARRMA brand is defined by speed,” said Jason Dearden, Founder, ARRMA. “We’re honored to join with Horizon Hobby to support Front Row Motorsports and Michael McDowell at the Pocono doubleheader. We can’t wait to see the car on the track.”
For more information about Horizon Hobby and ARRMA, visit www.horizonhobby.com/arrma/
Pocono Organics, one of the largest Regenerative Organic Farms in North America, will sponsor the NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, June 26. Pocono Organics will highlight their line of USDA Certified Organic, Full-Spectrum Hemp CBD products with the Pocono Organics CBD 325. The Pocono Organics CBD 325 is part of the 2021 NASCAR Doubleheader at ‘The Tricky Triangle’ featuring five NASCAR & ARCA Races in three days, including two NASCAR Cup Series races taking place on back-to-back days, from June 25-27.
“We are extremely excited to partner with Pocono Raceway again this year as we continue our mission to be a catalyst for hope, health, wellness and healing by highlighting our line of CBD Products,” said Ashley Walsh, Pocono Organics Founder and President. “Every hemp plant grown at Pocono Organics has been in our hands from hand-seeding to hand-harvesting. We hang dry our plants so that they retain higher levels of cannabinoids and terpenes – which makes a better-quality product. Each of our products include organic ingredients that you can pronounce!”
Pocono Organics’ wellness product line includes artisanal, small-batch CBD tinctures, creams, salve sticks, lip balms, body oil, bath bombs as well as a new launched pet-friendly organic tincture. These products are formulated in their own lab and are available online and carried in numerous retail outlets, spas, and doctors’ offices across multiple states.
“We are thrilled to partner with Ashley and her team as they work to educate and grow not only their USDA Certified Organic CBD products, but also educate those about Pocono Organics’ Regenerative Organic Agriculture practices,” said Ben May, Pocono Raceway President. “Pocono Organics is not only near and dear to me as part of our family of businesses, but also leads the way in inspiring people and we are thrilled to be a part of their journey.”
In close partnership with the Rodale Institute, recognized as the global leaders in regenerative organic science and research, Pocono Organics brings the power of soil-based farming to larger audiences. Regenerative organic agricultural practices include low-till methods and zero use of chemicals and pesticides. This farming approach produces some of the cleanest and most nutrient-dense crops grown on earth – making them better for consumers – while also strengthening and healing the soil in which they are grown – which is better for our planet.
“At our core, we are Global Center for Research, Education & Discovery,” said Walsh. “Our strategic partnerships with Pocono Raceway and the Rodale Institute will continue to allow us to bring much-needed and well-deserved attention to the farming community as we drive towards a healthier population and a healthier planet.”
The 2021 NASCAR Doubleheader Weekend at Pocono Raceway will feature five NASCAR & ARCA races in three days, including two NASCAR Cup Series races taking place on back-to-back days. The jam-packed weekend starts with the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 ARCA Menards Series race on Friday, June 25th. The CRC Brakleen 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Pocono Organics 325 NASCAR Cup Series races will be held on Saturday, June 26th. The weekend ends with the Pocono Green 225 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons NASCAR Xfinity Series race and the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 NASCAR Cup Series races on Sunday, June 27th. For additional event details, schedule and important fan information, visit www.poconoraceway.com/eventguide.
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