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Madera Speedway will present a loaded card of stock car action on Saturday night with the second annual Turkey Triple Open. The MAVTV-televised spectacular features non-points, open comp racing for Challenge Cup, Hobby Stocks, and Modifieds plus a 100-lap Pro Late Model feature. All four events will have cameras rolling for Short Track TV on YouTube along with MAVTV.
Ticket information can be found at: http://racemadera.com/ticket-
The inaugural Turkey Triple Open for Late Models was won by Phoenix’s Bradley Erickson in his Pro Late Model debut after winning the 2020 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model championship. This weekend’s contest again features Jr. Late Model graduates who are eager for their first Pro win, including Eagle, Idaho’s Jacob Smith and Bakersfield’s Kercie Jung. Smith finished second in the Jr. Late Model championship after leading until the closing laps of the season. Jung equaled the best female finish in the Jr. division with a pair of second place efforts. She also earned three fast-times. They will challenge 2021 Nut Up Pro Late Model champion Jadan Walbridge, 16, of Vancouver, Wash. among others on Saturday night.
2021 INEX Legends Semi-Pro Nationals winner Landen Lewis, age 15, will travel from North Carolina to compete in a Charlie Wilson-prepared Pro Late Model. Lewis also won in just his second career ARCA Menards Series start as well, becoming one of the youngest winners in series history at Illinois State Fairgrounds in September. Lewis carries support from Ron Hornaday, Jr., whose career started on the west coast before becoming a four-time NASCAR Truck Series champion.
“The past few months have been exciting,” Lewis said. “I’m humbled to have the opportunity to race at Madera, a track that Ron Hornaday, my mentor, has history at. I want to thank Ron, Austin (Theriault) and everyone else who has helped put this opportunity together. I can’t thank Barrett Polhemus enough for letting me race his car and I know Charlie Wilson is going to have it tuned up for me. It’s great that all my friends, family and sponsors will be able to watch the race on MAVTV back home.”
“Racing on the West Coast holds a special place for me and I’m excited to head back to Madera Speedway. (Promoter) Kenny Shepherd has been a close friend of mine for many years, and the program he has for up-and-coming racers is one of the best in the industry. I’m excited to get Landen in a late model against some of the best on the West Coast,” Hornaday said.
The Turkey Triple Open for Pro Late Models will be a one shot, 100 green flag lap contest.
The Challenge Cup Series event will have intrigue as well, as the 3400 pound cars with over 600 horsepower compete in a 75-lap race on the one-third mile. Auburn’s Thomas Martin will carry a throwback scheme that harkens back to the No. 14 cars of Bobby Allison and Tony Stewart. Madera Pro Late Model regulars such as Jay Juleson and Matt Erickson are expected to compete along with other Challenge Cup regulars Vince Little, Justin Funkhouser, and 14-year-old Connor West of Roseville in his series debut.
Modifieds and Hobby Stocks each race for 75-laps in the Turkey Triple Open. The Hobby Stock competitors will have their targets set on 2021 champion Manny Gonzales, Jr.
Action gets underway on Friday with practice from 5pm until 8:45pm with pit gates opening at 3pm. On Saturday, pit gates open at noon with practice at 2pm. Qualifying hits the track at 3:45pm. Short Track TV goes live at 5:00pm with opening ceremonies and the four features to follow.
For information about Madera Speedway, visit www.RaceMadera.com The 2021 season would not be possible without the support of Nut Up Industries, 51FIFTY LTM, Mission Foods, 805 Beer, Race 2B Drug Free, Competition Carburetion, Hoosier Tires, and Sunoco Race Fuel.
Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Monday nights at 4:00pm Pacific.
McAnally-Hilgemann Racing announced today that the team will align with Chevrolet and field Chevrolet Silverados full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series beginning in 2022.
In addition to MHR competing in Chevrolets in the Camping World Truck Series, Bill McAnally Racing will also field Chevrolets in the ARCA Menards Series beginning next season.
It was also revealed that beginning next year, MHR will operate from a GMS Racing building in Statesville, North Carolina, as part of an alliance being formed between the two teams.
“Chevrolet is looking forward to working with McAnally-Hilgemann Racing as one of our truck series teams for 2022,” said Dayne Pierantoni, GM Racing Program Manager for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. “Bill McAnally has demonstrated his commitment to fielding championship caliber teams over the years and his record speaks for itself. With Bill’s commitment to working in conjunction with our existing partners under the Chevrolet banner we are expecting great results from his organization.”
This will mark a return to Chevrolet for McAnally. BMR campaigned Chevrolets from its beginning – which started at the grassroots level of NASCAR, racing at a Northern California track.
“We are excited about this opportunity to be part of Chevrolet’s racing program in the Camping World Truck Series,” McAnally said. “We look forward to competing in Chevrolet Silverados as we contend for wins and championships in the series.”
In its alliance with GMS Racing, MHR will operate out of one of the GMS buildings, beginning next season.
“We are thrilled to form a new alliance with Bill McAnally and McAnally-Hilgemann Racing starting next season,” said Mike Beam, President of GMS Racing. “Our team is always looking for new ways to grow and thrive, so forming an alliance with a high caliber team such as Bill’s makes great sense to us. I’m looking forward to seeing what we are able to accomplish next season and beyond.”
Since its inception in 2014, GMS Racing has won two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championships (2016, 2020), one ARCA Menards Series championship (2015), two ARCA East championships (2019, 2020) and the 2020 Sioux Chief Showdown title.
Working with a championship Chevrolet team such as GMS Racing will benefit MHR, McAnally said.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to work with a team the caliber of GMS Racing as we prepare to partner with Chevrolet next season,” he said. “We’re anxious to move ahead and we’re confident that our alliance with GMS will be beneficial to both teams.”
MHR announced last month that Colby Howard will be coming on board for 2022, as the team is working to expand to a two-truck operation. MHR is still working on details of a new agreement with current driver Derek Kraus. An update on that and other plans for next year will be announced at a later date.
McAnally’s history with Chevrolet can be traced back to the start of Bill McAnally Racing, when McAnally raced in local divisions at All American Speedway in Roseville, California. He captured his first NASCAR championship in a Chevrolet – winning the late model division title in NASCAR’s Weekly Racing Series at Roseville in 1990.
McAnally joined the ranks of what was then known as the NASCAR Winston West Series in 1992 – making two starts as a driver/owner in what has since evolved into NASCAR’s ARCA Menards Series West. He built on his program and was able to run the full schedule of regular season events by 1995. He continued in the role as driver and owner until early 1998, when he opted to turn over the steering wheel so he could focus 100 percent on building his team into a top contender.
McAnally was successful in that effort, as he developed BMR into a powerhouse team in the series. BMR won three consecutive series championships with the bowtie brand – with Sean Woodside capturing the team’s first title in 1999 and Brendan Gaughan following that up with back-to-back championships in 2000 and 2001. The team won 32 series races with Chevrolet through 2007. Those victories include a prestigious win in NASCAR’s inaugural All-Star event for regional touring in 2003.
BMR’s program in the West has varied over the years, beginning with a one-car operation and later expanding to a multi-car program. McAnally also partnered with Richard Childress Racing in establishing a driver development program in the West.
Overall, BMR has won 10 NASCAR K&N West/ARCA West championships – a record for the series and for NASCAR Regional Touring overall – and scored 106 overall wins in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series/ARCA Menards Series.
In addition to success at the NASCAR regional level, BMR also returned to its roots in NASCAR’s weekly track program with a successful effort as part of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program. A win in a Chevrolet by BMR’s Allison Duncan in 2005 marked the first victory by a female in that series at Stockton (California) 99 Speedway and delivered D4D with its first win.
McAnally-Hilgemann Racing was formed at the beginning of 2020, when McAnally partnered with Bill and Mona Hilgemann to field an entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on a full-time basis, with Kraus as the driver.
Kraus finished 11th in the championship standings as a rookie in 2020 – recording three top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in 23 starts, including a runner-up finish at Darlington Raceway and a fourth-place finish at Daytona International Speedway. He missed the playoffs this year by just 18 points and is 13th in the championship standings, with two races remaining this season.
Ty Dillon & GMS Racing turned their first laps together in a NASCAR Cup Series organizational Next Gen test at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval, marking a milestone for the pairing that recently announced their plan to compete on a full-time basis starting with the 2022 season.
- Dillon, who also raced in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, turned over 50 laps on Monday while getting used to the feel of the new car. These laps were crucial to the team's Next Gen program as they built a solid baseline on what to aim for during the second day of the test.
- On Tuesday, Dillon ran an additional 50 laps, gaining speed and becoming more consistent with the overall balance of the new car. The No. 94 team was able to run a faster lap on the second day of the test, but more importantly, was able to get the car to Ty's liking in a race setup.
Monday Quote: "Fun, exciting day testing at the Roval, just so much to learn with a brand new team and a brand new car. We're taking it day by day and inching up on it, it's a very exciting time. These cars are really fast and fun to drive! Right now in this off season it's all about gathering data, so the more laps we can run will help us learn about this car and learn about each other, which will help propel us into 2022."
Tuesday Quote: "That’s a wrap on day two of the Next Gen test. It was a lot of fun getting to drive the new Camaro, these things are very fast and you can be really aggressive driving them. We got a lot of information and learned a lot about this new car that we have to fix system-wise, so we’re working really hard on that. There’s going to be a lot of learning up until next year, but boy am I excited to drive these things full time.”
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South Boston Speedway a good place to be Bobby McCarty with CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car title on the line Saturday
For Bobby McCarty there is likely no better place to be than South Boston Speedway with the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour championship on the line in Saturday night’s Autos By Nelson 250 presented by Bojangles at “America’s Hometown Track.”
McCarty holds a slim one-point lead over Kaden Honeycutt in the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour championship point standings entering the 125-lap Late Model Stock Car Division race that comprises half of Saturday night’s season-ending Autos By Nelson 250 presented by Bojangles at South Boston Speedway.
The Greensboro, North Carolina resident scored a win in South Boston Speedway’s showcase NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division race on July 3. In 2019 McCarty survived a thriller at “America’s Hometown Track” when he won the tour title by edging Corey Heim by two feet at the finish line for second place in the season finale to win the championship by one point over Josh Berry.
“Winning the July 3 race at South Boston definitely gives us some confidence,” McCarty said, “but with the CARS Tour being the way it is with the competition as tough as it is it’s really tough to rely on how you ran at tracks earlier in the season.
“We’re definitely looking forward to this race,” he added.
“We always love coming to South Boston. It’s a track that has been very good to me over the years, so we love coming back. Hopefully we can pull off another win.”
McCarty, who has two CARS Tour victories and four total wins this season, has seven career Late Model Stock Car Division race wins at South Boston Speedway. He has experienced a good deal of success on the .4-mile oval during his career, including having won the 2012 South Boston Speedway Limited Sportsman Division title.
“South Boston Speedway is just a track that has always made sense to me,” McCarty pointed out.
“I’ve just always been good there. We feel pretty confident in it, but this being the CARS Tour we’ve just got to be level-headed, keep working and see what we can pull out.”
Winning the 125-lap Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car race at South Boston Speedway would be a special victory for McCarty as he has not won a CARS Tour race at the .4-mile oval.
“We haven’t won the CARS Tour race at South Boston Speedway yet,” McCarty noted, “so that’s one I want really bad.”
McCarty and his Nelson Motorsports team have one focus – winning Saturday’s race.
“Our first and foremost goal is to go out and win the race,” McCarty said.
“Our mindset is to win. We’re completely set on winning this race and doing everything we can to win the race. If we win the race, we win the points championship too.
“I don’t like being in the mindset of I’m just trying to go race one other guy because then you’re really not concerned about winning, you’re just concerned about outrunning him,” McCarty continued.
“We’re keeping our mindset focused on winning the race. If we can pull that off, everything else will work itself out.”
McCarty says qualifying on the pole and getting in front is going to be the key to success in Saturday night’s 125-lap race.
“I think qualifying on the pole and staying out front will be the key just because of how the track races,” McCarty explained.
“The track rubbers up and the groove widens out and everybody kind of migrates to the top. If you qualify up front you keep the option of which lane you choose. You can keep the car wound up on the top, and it gets really hard to pass if the car is working up top. Our mindset is to try to qualify on the pole and stay out front, and that way we have our option of what groove we want to restart in on restarts.”
Saturday night’s Autos By Nelson 250 presented by Bojangles is the final event of the season for the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour and the final event of the season at South Boston Speedway.
It will be a big night of racing with a CARS Tour doubleheader featuring a 125-lap Late Model Stock Car Division race and a 125-lap Super Late Model race.
Saturday’s race day schedule has rotating practice sessions for the two divisions from 12:30 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m. and qualifying starts at 4:45 p.m. There will be an on-track Fan Fest driver autograph session at 5:45 p.m. and the first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
Advance tickets are priced at $15 each and are available through Friday night, October 15 on the South Boston Speedway website, www.southbostonspeedway.com. Also, advance tickets may be purchased at the South Boston Speedway office until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 15.
Tickets purchased at the gate and online on race day are priced at $20 each. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.
The latest news and information about South Boston Speedway and its events can be found on the South Boston Speedway website, www.southbostonspeedway.com, and through the speedway’s social media channels.
Interstate Batteries – the founding sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) – has been in a celebratory mood all season during the company’s impressive 30-year partnership with JGR. And nothing would be more perfect for the Dallas-based company than to cap off the 30-year celebration in victory lane after Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500, just up the road from the company’s headquarters, at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.
Likewise, it’s no surprise that Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota for JGR, would like nothing more than to bring home his fifth Texas Cup Series win this weekend, not only for another chance to celebrate with his longtime partner, but to automatically lock himself into the Championship 4 Nov. 7 at Phoenix Raceway. Needless to say, there’s a lot on the line as Busch and his fellow Cup Series competitors head to the 1.5-mile Texas oval.
Sunday’s race at Texas serves as the first race of the Round of 8 of this year’s Cup Series playoffs. Busch advanced with his fourth-place run in the Round of 12 finale last Sunday on the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway Roval. The two-time Cup Series champion is the defending Texas race winner.
Busch brings plenty of optimism, along with 23 important playoff points, to the Round of 8. With the unknowns of Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and the Charlotte Roval now in the rearview mirror, Busch can focus on the next three tracks ahead of him in the Round of 8 – Texas, Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Busch has a combined eight wins at those three tracks, including victories at both Texas and Kansas within the last calendar year.
With Interstate Batteries finishing off its six primary sponsorships of Busch’s No. 18 Toyota in 2021, JGR’s founding partner hopes to put an exclamation mark on an important milestone as the team celebrates its 30th anniversary of Interstate Batteries being along for the ride every step of the way. Busch has brought home nine victories sporting the colors of Interstate Batteries. Add Bobby Labonte’s 21 wins and Dale Jarrett’s two, and Interstate has made a combined 32 visits to victory lane in the Cup Series over the years. Labonte scored his last win for Interstate Batteries at the 2003 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and five years later it was Busch who brought Interstate back to victory lane during his first season at JGR, when he bested Carl Edwards to win the July 2008 race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
As fall is in full swing and winter is quickly approaching, Busch is encouraging race fans to stop by a local Interstate dealer to get their vehicle batteries checked, as cold weather of winter can adversely affect a car’s battery.
So as NASCAR’s top series heads to Texas for the start of the Round of 8 on Sunday, Busch and the Interstate Batteries team are charging toward back-to-back fall wins in the Lone Star State. As Busch sports the colors of the official battery and founding sponsor of JGR for the final time this season, he hopes there’s one more celebration for its 30th anniversary season, back in a familiar spot – Texas victory lane.
Following a post-race technical inspection, Chad Jeseo has been officially declared the winner of Sunday’s NAPA Super DIRT Week DIRTcar Pro Stock 50 at Oswego Speedway.
The Averill Park, NY driver, has also claimed the 2021 DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship.
“The Pro Stock of Chad Jeseo was taken to a controlled inspection area for further evaluation,” said DIRTcar Northeast Series Director Dean Reynolds. “The car was inspected to make sure it was within GM OEM specifications.
“The car was inspected by DIRTcar technicians Mark Hitchcock and Mike Welch, Nick Stone of Stone Motorsports, and Andy Rider of JACR Chassis. Representatives from Chad Jeseo as well as Albany-Saratoga and Lebanon Valley Speedway were present.
“After measurements were taken, it was determined that Chad Jeseo’s Pro Stock conformed to the specifications and deemed the official winner of the DIRTcar Pro Stock 50.”
DIRTcar Pro Stock 50 (Official Results) — 1. 25-Chad Jeseo; 2. 324-Jason Casey; 3. 7-Rob Yetman; 4. 1X-Mike White; 5. 23-Scott Towslee; 6. 51-Jason Meltz; 7. 413-Tommy Dean; 8. 2-Pete Stefanski; 9. 28-Burton Ward; 10. 14J-Johnny Rivers; 11. 17-Nick Hilt; 12. 7D-Chucky Dumblewski; 13. 91-Ian Bressette; 14. 75S-Gary Silkey; 15. 6C-Brian Carter; 16. 178-Steve LaRochelle; 17. 09-Shawn Perez; 18. 56-Jay Fitzgerald; 19. 69-Chris Crane; 20. 6-Shane Playford; 21. 711-Rich Crane; 22. 8N-Nick Stone; 23. 70X-Josh Coonradt; 24. 322-Jay Casey; 25. 54S-Zachary Sorrentino; 26. 75-Eli Gilbert; 27. 4-Dean Charbonneau; 28. 2H-Luke Horning; 29. 14-Kim Duell; 30. X15-Tyler Bushey; 31. 57K-Kevin Fetterly Jr.
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