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The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered an appeal of a Behavioral penalty issued on Sept. 27, 2022 to driver William Byron and team owner Rick Hendrick in the NASCAR Cup Series.
The penalty concerns the following section in the 2022 NASCAR Rule Book: Section 4.3 NASCAR Member Conduct and 4.4 NASCAR Member Code of Conduct Penalty Options and Guidelines. The penalties issued were a $50,000 fine to Byron and the loss of 25 championship driver and owner points.
Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are:
- That the Appellants violated the Rule(s) set forth in the Penalty Notice.
- That the Panel amends the original penalty assessed by NASCAR to read: $100,000 fine for William Byron and no loss of NASCAR Cup Series Championship Team Owner or Driver points.
The Appeals Panel members for this hearing:
- Mr. Hunter Nickell
- Mr. Dale Pinilis
- Mr. Kevin Whitaker
Michigan International Speedway (MIS) today announced the ARCA Menards Series will return to the two-mile track on Friday, Aug. 4, 2023 for the Henry Ford Health 200. The race will kick off a tripleheader weekend with the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday and the NASCAR Cup Series headlining the weekend with Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400.
The full weekend schedule – including practice and qualifying sessions – and broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.
The ARCA Menards Series has a strong history in the state of Michigan which has hosted 181 series races, the third-most of any state. Next year’s Henry Ford Health 200 will be the 42nd ARCA Menards Series race at MIS - the series has competed at the track every year since 1990. Joe Ruttman won the first ARCA race at the track in 1980; Nick Sanchez won the Henry Ford Health 200 this past August.
General Admission tickets for Friday are $10. Kids 12 and under are free. Tickets for the FireKeepers Casino 400 start at $39 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. Kids 12 and under also get a free Sunday Pre-Race Pass courtesy of Henry Ford Health. Campsites are available starting at $130.
Tickets are available for purchase via phone at 888-905-7223 or online at mispeedway.com.
NASCAR and iRacing announced the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series will stage an in-person event for the first time in series history as part of its 2022 season finale on Tuesday, October 25. The series’ Championship 4 drivers will compete live at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in downtown Charlotte for the rights to take home the series title and $100,000. The 36 remaining drivers in the field will compete from their homes.
”The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series has a strong following throughout the iRacing and motorsports communities,” said Ray Smith, Director of Esports and Gaming at NASCAR. “There’s no better way to showcase the series than with this first-of-its-kind event at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We’re looking forward to welcoming fans out to the finale as some of the series biggest supporters, like Dale Jr., join us to crown the 2022 champion.”
“We are thrilled to be able to elevate the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series with a LIVE Finale this fall,” said Steve Myers, iRacing Executive Vice President. “We appreciate the effort from NASCAR and the NASCAR Hall of Fame for helping set up an event that will truly showcase the skill and intensity of the world’s greatest iRacers, and we’re excited to be able to crown our champion in Charlotte with the help of Dale and so many other people who have helped this series become what it is.”
The playoffs continue next week with a visit to the penultimate race at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway on October 11. Joe Gibbs Racing driver Bobby Zalenski is the only driver to have secured a spot in the Championship 4 race after his win last week at Talladega Superspeedway.
The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series broadcast kicks off with the Countdown to Green pre-race show at 8:30 p.m. ET before the green flag falls at 9 p.m. Fans can stream live at eNASCAR.com/live and across NASCAR and iRacing social media channels.
The 2022 Club Challenge season will culminate with a showdown when the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will visit Automotodrom Grobnik in Croatia on October 28. Neo Lambert won the regularity based challenge at Circuit Zolder in dominant fashion and closed the gap on reigning champion Gordon Barnes, who’s still leading the overall standings by just one point. Lambert, driving for Speedhouse, was the most consistent pilot in both 30-minute timed sessions.
Lambert accumulated a penalty time of 0.280 seconds in session 1 and 0.626 seconds in session two to take the win with 86 points at the legendary track in the woods of Limburg. Barnes defended his lead with his fourth consecutive podium finish in the 2022 Club Challenge season and brought home his #48 Marko Stipp Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro in second place. The duo will face each other for the title in one last event on the Croatian Riviera.
“I’m really happy after an unlucky Friday at Autodrom Most where we suffered from a real setback due to technical issues on the car,” said the driver of the #40 Ford Mustang. “I think we closed the gap on Gordon in the overall standings and have a shot at winning the title at Automotodrom Grobnik. I’m now looking forward to the grand finale in Croatia and of course I want to win the title.”
Barnes struggled with the timer in his car and therefore was not able to score a precise lap time in both sessions. Despite this, he still managed to finish second. He said: “I’m not entirely happy with the second place as we came here to rebound from the points we’ve lost at Most. Second at Zolder, I always had a few problems at this track in the past. It was my best result here so far but the championship battle will be much tighter when we head to Croatia for the Finals.”
NWES veteran Eric Quintal rounded out the podium in third place, while Most Club Challenge winner Federico Monti had to settle for fourth. Lambert’s and Quintal’s Speedhouse teammate Paul Jouffreau completed the top-5 ahead of Thomas Dambrowski, Arianna Casoli, Maximilian Mason and Andreas Kuchelbacher. Julian Vanheelen had a violent crash in the practice session and was therefore forced to sit out both timed sessions.
Austin Burke to sing ‘God Bless America’ prior to NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race on Sunday, Nov. 6
Austin Burke is a rising country music star with Scottsdale roots. On Sunday, Nov. 6, he’ll return home to perform “God Bless America” prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race and perform a post-race concert inside The Barn brewed by Busch Light. Immediately following that performance, the NASCAR Cup Series Champion will receive his championship ring in a celebration for the ages.
Phoenix Raceway announced Burke’s performances today as it bolsters its entertainment lineup for what promises to be a NASCAR Championship Weekend for the ages. It already announced that multi-platinum country music sensation Jon Pardi will perform the pre-race concert on Sunday, Nov. 6, with more announcements planned in the weeks ahead.
“Austin Burke is making a name for himself on the national stage,” said Phoenix Raceway President Julie Giese. “We can’t wait for him to return to The Valley and perform for our fans who will certainly enjoy his music. Adding Austin to an already star-studded lineup will make our biggest day of the year even more special.”
Burke moved to Nashville at 19 to pursue a career in country music. His breakout single “Whole Lot in Love” first catapulted Austin to streaming stardom with his total streams now exceeding 180 million. His music has also been featured on Sirius XM’s The Highway, and Austin has performed on stages across the U.S., including Country Thunder Arizona, Country LakeShake, Watershed Music Festival, The Willamette Country Music Festival and Faster Horses Festival.
In March of 2019, Burke made his Grand Ole Opry debut. A few months later, he caught the attention of country superstar Thomas Rhett, who in turn signed Burke to his first publishing deal with Home Team Publishing, a creative partnership between Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Virginia Bunetta, and Warner Chappell Music. Most recently, he has taken a stand to help the future generation of songwriters. Forbes announced earlier this year that Burke has committed to giving songwriters a percentage of his master revenue - something that’s never been done before, but proves his dedication to the cause.
NASCAR fans who don’t have a grandstand ticket to the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race will need to act quickly to see all of the pre-race entertainment on tap. Only a limited number of standing-room-only tickets remain in the FanShield Infield Experience for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race. Grandstand and hillside seats for this race sold out in May.
Fans who wish to experience Burke’s post-race concert inside The Barn brewed by Busch Light can enter for only a $10 cover charge that includes one Dasani water, Coca-Cola product or Busch Light. The full list of entertainment inside The Barn brewed by Busch Light can be found at www.phoenixraceway.com/
Grandstand seats remain for the ARCA Menards Series West/NASCAR Camping World Truck Series doubleheader on Friday, Nov. 4, and the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Race on Saturday, Nov. 5. Fans are encouraged to secure their seats now at www.phoenixraceway.com while supplies last.
Phoenix Raceway PR
Apparel company, Off The Grid Surplus, has stepped up their sponsorship of NASCAR driver Spencer Boyd. The motor-driven adventure brand will be featured as the primary sponsor at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship race at Phoenix Raceway.
Boyd provided insight on the partnership and news, “I wear a flat bill. Always have. I love the outdoors. Always will. I love motorsports. Obviously. So when I met Josh, with this company that believed in so many of the same things that I do, I knew we had to partner up. They are the perfect balance of outdoors and edgy, I love their stuff. It’s exciting that they wanted their own paint scheme and I’m happy to introduce NASCAR fans to their brand.”
Off The Grid is the motor-driven adventure brand, built to inspire more connection through adventure. They find retreat in motorized adventure, whether it is off road racing in a Jeep, camping in Baja or connecting around campfire. They make functional clothing with this lifestyle always front of mind hoping to inspire people to get away and connect with each other, person to person.
Founder of Off The Grid Surplus, Josh Patterson, shared part of his story, “I started this clothing company in 2017 as a creative outlet for the lifestyle that I was passionate about. I never would have imagined we’d be at this point where our logo would be on the hood of a NASCAR truck. We are stoked to partner with the most patriotic NASCAR driver because the military always gets a discount for our products. Spencer is a great human and we’re excited to see this grow.”
Spencer added, “The company’s motto is stated on their website offthegridsurplus.com - “Off The Grid” isn’t just a saying or a place, but it is a state of mind. We can all use a bit more of it, especially in this day and age. - In the off-season you will find me out in the woods and around a campfire. It’s simple, they make clothes for me.”
The Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway on Friday, November 4, 2022 airs live on FS1 at 10:00pm ET. The season finale and championship race is series sponsor, Camping World’s swan song and Off The Grid’s first primary race with Spencer Boyd and Young’s Motorsports.
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Not only is there a terrific championship battle for the ARCA Menards Series drivers championship, there is an even closer battle for the series’ owners title headed into the Shore Lunch 200 presented by CGS Imaging this Saturday at Toledo Speedway.
Nick Sanchez has a two-point cushion over Daniel Dye headed into the season finale on Saturday, meaning Dye needs to either win or finish three positions ahead of Sanchez to steal away the title.
It’s even closer on the owner’s side of things. The Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 18 team leads the standings by just one point over the Venturini Motorsports No. 20 team headed into the Shore Lunch 200 presented by CGS Imaging.
Team owner Kyle Busch, himself a five-time winner in ARCA Menards Series competition, has scored five wins as an owner in 2022 with Sammy Smith at the wheel, including the last two races at Bristol Motor Speedway and Salem Speedway to take over the top spot. Smith is the reigning two-time ARCA Menards Series East champion.
Billy Venturini, the 2019 ARCA Menards Series champion owner, looks to score his second owner’s title with the No. 20 team. Corey Heim has scored a pair of wins at Daytona International Speedway and the September race at Kansas Speedway. Jesse Love, two-time ARCA Menards Series West champion, has also scored a win at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
If either driver wins, their team owner will win the owner’s title. Love will need to finish two positions ahead of Smith to give the No. 20 the championship. If Smith earns a bonus point for winning the pole, leading a lap, or leading the most laps, that will give him an extra position as a buffer.
If Love earns bonus points, it eliminates those positions and could potentially mean he could finish behind Smith by a position and still win the title.
If they both earn the same number of bonus points, it effectively cancels each other out and it remains a two-position buffer for Smith. Love needs to finish two positions ahead to win because the No. 18 team holds the tie breaker, which per the ARCA Menards Series rule book would fall to whichever team had the most wins. The No. 18 has the advantage, five to three.
The Shore Lunch 200 presented by CGS Imaging is set for 4 pm ET on Saturday. Advance discount tickets are available at all Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan Menards locations through the end of business on Friday for just $20, a savings of $10 per adult general admission ticket.
The complete event schedule can be found here.
Please follow @ARCA_racing on Twitter for up to the minute information and updates. Please visit ARCARacing.com for complete event information including live timing & scoring. The race will be televised live on MAVTV.
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Iconic technology company HP has joined Hendrick Motorsports as a team sponsor thanks to a marketing and innovation agreement that will see the 14-time NASCAR Cup Series champions utilize its leading hardware and software solutions.
The new relationship will debut during the 2022 Cup Series playoffs and see the HP brand featured as a full-season associate sponsor of Hendrick Motorsports and its four teams. The Z by HP logo will appear on a variety of team equipment, including pit boxes, transporters and radio headsets.
As it pursues a third consecutive NASCAR title, Hendrick Motorsports will employ a range of HP technology highlighted by the powerful Z by HP portfolio that includes high-performance workstation laptops, desktops, displays and solutions. By providing exceptional hardware and software tailor-made for data science and analytics teams, HP’s solutions will enhance performance on and off the track.
“Z by HP delivers high-performance technology solutions for the most demanding professional workflows, and it’s exciting to work with Hendrick Motorsports, a proven winner in the NASCAR Cup Series,” said Jim Nottingham, general manager and global head, Advanced Compute and Solutions, HP Inc. “We want to provide Hendrick Motorsports with the competitive edge to win by helping turn complex data into actionable insights.”
Among other leading-edge technology, Hendrick Motorsports will use HP’s most powerful desktop workstation, the HP Z8 G4, and its pro-performance mobile workstation, the ZBook Studio G9. In addition, Z by HP’s Data Science Solutions will help unlock new tiers of performance by significantly reducing time to completion for multiple operations and providing visibility into all concurrent workflows simultaneously.
“We’re thrilled to welcome HP to the Hendrick Motorsports family, and we look forward to winning races with this world-renowned brand,” said Hendrick Motorsports president and general manager Jeff Andrews. “Our team now has access to some of the most powerful technology available anywhere, and we can’t wait to share the HP story with millions of NASCAR fans.”
For more information, visit HP.com.