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– Starting Position; Howie DiSavino III will start the Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200 Presented by Westgate Resorts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) from the 25th position on Friday night. Due to no practice or qualifying the starting lineup would be calculated by the competition-based performance metrics system; fastest lap in the previous race 15 percent, driver finish from previous race 25 percent, owner points 25 percent, and driver points 35 percent.
– Las Vegas Motor Speedway Stats; Friday night’s Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200 Presented by Westgate Resorts will be DiSavino’s debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start of the 2021 season all for Jordan Anderson Racing (JAR). In four NCWTS starts this season DiSavino holds an average finish of 26.8 with a career best of 22nd coming at Pocono Raceway in June. DiSavino experienced electrical issues late in the UNOH 200 Presented by Ohio Logistics last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway resulting in a 28th place finish.
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– Chassis; JAR will bring Chassis No. 008 for DiSavino to compete with in Friday night’s Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200 Presented by Westgate Resorts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 008 last competed for JAR in the In It to Win It 200 at Darlington Raceway at the beginning of September with Team Owner Jordan Anderson behind the wheel. In that race Anderson would finish in 26th position two-laps down. Chassis No. 008 has seen on track action four other times during the 2021 season; Anderson drove No. 008 to a 10th place finish after starting 34th at Darlington in May, Howie DiSavino III in his NCWTS debut steered No. 008 to a 34th place finish, Anderson drove it to a Top-25 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March, and Anderson would record a 37th place finish after having an engine issue at World Wide Technology Raceway in August.
As part of today’s Penske Entertainment Corp. Year in Review News Conference in Long Beach, California, PEC President and CEO Mark Miles announced that INDYCAR and Andersen Promotions Owner and CEO Dan Andersen have agreed that INDYCAR will become the sanctioning body and promoter of the Indy Lights series after the 2021 season.
Indy Lights is the final step on the successful Road to Indy ladder system that develops drivers and teams to compete in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. Cooper Tires will continue as a trusted partner for the Road to Indy and provide tires for all three developmental series.
“For many years, Dan Andersen has been integral to the success of Indy Lights,” Miles said. “His leadership since his group took over promotion in 2014 was crucial. However, with the Penske acquisition of INDYCAR, we have an opportunity to bring the series in-house, which we think can provide greater opportunity for the growth of the top level of the ladder series.”
Over its 35-year history, Indy Lights has provided an excellent pipeline for open-wheel’s future stars. Paul Tracy, Cristiano da Matta, Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon and Josef Newgarden are former Indy Lights champions who have gone on to become INDYCAR SERIES champions. Currently, 20 drivers in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES are Indy Lights graduates, including rising stars and 2021 race winners Colton Herta, Pato O’Ward and Rinus VeeKay. 2019 Indy Lights champion Oliver Askew found success in each of Andersen Promotions’ Road to Indy programs (Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000, and USF2000) and is among the eight former champions who have joined the bold and daring athletes of the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.
Andersen Promotions will continue stewardship of Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000.
“It has been our pleasure and honor to oversee the promotion and organization of Indy Lights for these past eight seasons,” Andersen said. “We are proud of the results demonstrated by the quick success of our many recent graduates. The Road to Indy works as a training program, and we will continue to develop young drivers and move them up to Indy Lights and, ultimately, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.”
In recent years, there have been many inspiring and successful stories of growing Indy Lights teams that have groomed drivers and crew members for the elite level of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. This season, Juncos Hollinger Racing joins Carlin, Andretti Autosport and Arrow McLaren SP as INDYCAR SERIES teams that have competed in Indy Lights.
“It is about strengthening the pipeline to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES,” Miles said. “We want to grow Indy Lights into an even stronger link and final step for drivers, teams and sponsor partners leading to the most audacious and competitive open-wheel series on the planet.”
The 2022 Indy Lights schedule and remaining details will be released at a later date.
South Boston Speedway sets 2022 season schedule including four special events as it celebrates 65 years of racing
South Boston Speedway will celebrate its 65th season of racing in 2022 with a tentative 14-event schedule that will feature four special events and highlight the track’s four regular NASCAR racing divisions.
“The 2021 season has been great and we look forward to carrying that momentum into 2022 as we celebrate the speedway’s 65th anniversary,” said incoming South Boston Speedway General Manager Chase Brashears. “We have a lot of special events and promotions planned throughout the 2022 season. We still have some finer details to iron out on a few of those, and we will release those details as we go through the offseason.”
The 2022 season will start on Saturday, March 19, 2022, featuring twin 65-lap races for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division to kick off the celebration of the speedway’s 65th season. Races for the track’s Limited Sportsman Division, the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and the Budweiser Hornets Division are also slated for the season-opening event.
South Boston Speedway’s first three events of the season will be daytime events, with the track moving to night racing on the weekend of April 29-30.
The first of four special events will take place on Saturday, April 2 when the SMART Modified Tour returns for the second straight year.
Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 features the second special event of the season and the first night races of the year. More details on this special event will be released soon.
South Boston Speedway will hold its pre-Fourth of July showcase event – the South Boston Late Model Stock Car 200 – on Saturday, July 2. Along with the 200-lap Late Model Stock Car Division race, the first race of the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown, fans will see the track’s Limited Sportsman Division, Budweiser Pure Stock Division and Budweiser Hornets Division competitors in action. A practice day and fan fest are slated for the day before on Friday, July 1.
The track officially celebrates its 65th anniversary on Saturday night, August 6. As part of the 65th anniversary celebration event, fans will get a glimpse back in time as competitors in the Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club will hit the track in their Modified and Late Model Sportsman cars. Drivers in all four of the track’s regular NASCAR racing divisions will also be in action that night and there are many other special plans in the works to commemorate 65 years of racing at South Boston Speedway.
South Boston Speedway will close out its 2022 season of NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series points races with Championship Night on Saturday, September 3.
In another special event, the CARS Tour will return to South Boston Speedway on Saturday, October 22 featuring its Late Model Stock Car and Super Late Model divisions.
The speedway also plans to host drifting and other events at points during the season. Details will be announced at a later date.
“We have had the privilege to host various private drifting and other events this year, and those folks really enjoyed themselves,” Brashears noted. “With that, we expect to add some more of those events during the 2022 season on weekends that we currently do not have racing events scheduled.”
The latest news and information about South Boston Speedway and its racing events can be found on the South Boston Speedway website, www.southbostonspeedway.com, and through the speedway’s social media channels.
SOUTH BOSTON SPEEDWAY TENTATIVE 2022 SCHEDULE
(Start Times In Parenthesis):
- Saturday, March 12 – Open Practice/Media Day (10 A.M.-5 P.M.)
- Saturday, March 19 – Season Opener – Late Model Stock Car, Limited Sportsman, Budweiser Pure Stock, Budweiser Hornets (2 P.M.)
- Saturday, April 2 – SMART Modified Tour, Late Model Stock Car, Budweiser Hornets (2 P.M.)
- Saturday, April 16 – Late Model Stock Car, Limited Sportsman, Budweiser Pure Stock, Budweiser Hornets (2 P.M.)
- Friday, April 29 – TBA plus Limited Sportsman, Budweiser Pure Stock, Budweiser Hornets (8 P.M.)
- Saturday, April 30 – TBA plus Late Model Stock Car, Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club Modified/Sportsman (7 P.M.)
- Saturday, May 14 – Late Model Stock Car, Limited Sportsman, Budweiser Pure Stock, Budweiser Hornets (7 P.M.)
- Saturday, May 21 – Late Model Stock Car, Limited Sportsman, Budweiser Pure Stock, Budweiser Hornets (7 P.M.)
- Saturday, June 4 – Late Model Stock Car, Limited Sportsman, Budweiser Pure Stock, Budweiser Hornets (7 P.M.)
- Saturday, June 18 – Details TBA
- Friday, July 1 – South Boston Late Model Stock Car 200 Practice Day & Fan Fest
- Saturday, July 2 – South Boston Speedway Late Model Stock Car 200 plus Limited Sportsman, Budweiser Pure Stock, Budweiser Hornets (7 P.M.)
- Saturday, July 16 – Late Model Stock Car, Limited Sportsman, Budweiser Pure Stock, Budweiser Hornets (7 P.M.)
- Saturday, Aug. 6 – South Boston Speedway’s 65th Anniversary – Late Model Stock Car, Limited Sportsman, Budweiser Pure Stock, Budweiser Hornets, Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club Modified/Sportsman (7 P.M.)
- Saturday, Aug. 20 – Late Model Stock Car, Limited Sportsman, Budweiser Pure Stock, Budweiser Hornets (7 P.M.)
- Saturday, Sept. 3 – Championship Night – Late Model Stock Car, Limited Sportsman, Budweiser Pure Stock, Budweiser Hornets (7 P.M.)
- Saturday, Oct. 22 – CARS Tour – Late Model Stock Car & Super Late Model (7 P.M.)
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With a season that has seen some over the top racing, sometimes quite literally, USAC AMSOIL/National Sprint Cars will now make their final visit of the year to the historic Terre Haute Action Track. Friday, October 1st, the Jim Hurtubise Classic Presented by Terre Haute Chevrolet will bring the Action Track back to life one last time for this thrilling 2021 season.
The Action Track will play host to a tightly contested USAC points battle, one that sees the top three, Brady Bacon, Kevin Thomas Jr., and Justin Grant, trying to take a commanding lead, and a win at the Action Track could help do just that.
Point leader and two-time USAC Sprint Car Action Track winner, Brady Bacon, has hopes of coming away with a third Action Track win. Bacon, after leaving the track earlier this year in a heat race, made a full recovery, and moved to his back-up car where he was able to finish third in the feature, and complete an unbelievably remarkable run for the USAC star. He hopes to bring that same intensity back to the Action Track for a season ending run to boost himself higher on the leaderboard.
Looking to devour the hopes of Bacon and get his third career Action Track USAC Sprint Car win is Kevin Thomas, Jr. Thomas, who now sits second in points and has seven wins during the 2021 season looks to continue his success at the Action Track where his last start saw him finish in the top ten. Thomas looks to continue his 2021 success at the Action Track and inch closer to Bacon for the Series Championship.
Number three in the standings and looking for lucky win number seven on the season is Justin Grant. Grant’s last run at Terre Haute almost saw him win back-to-back Indiana Sprint Week Action Track features. A feat that has only been done once before by Tyler Courtney in 2018-2019. Grant, who has had success at Terre Haute will look back to the historic track for an amazing chance to inch his way up the ladder and catch Thomas and Bacon.
This season ender for the Action Track will be one you will not want to miss. Pits will open for the USAC AMSOIL/National Sprint Cars at 3pm, grandstands open at 4pm, hot laps/qualifying begin at 6:30pm, with racing to follow. The Jim Hurtubise Classic Presented by Terre Haute Chevrolet will be a great event for the whole family, and tickets will be available at the gate on race day.
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Daytona International Speedway today announced that tickets for the tradition-rich 81st annual Bike Week At DAYTONA (March 4-12), featuring DAYTONA Supercross and the DAYTONA 200, are on sale now.
The 52nd running of DAYTONA Supercross, the most demanding course of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship season – and the only AMA Supercross event in the state of Florida in 2022, is set for Saturday, March 5. The 80th running of the DAYTONA 200, hosted by MotoAmerica, home of AMA Superbike and North America’s premier motorcycle road racing series, will take place a week later on Saturday, March 12 at the World Center of Racing.
Advanced general admission frontstretch seating for DAYTONA Supercross is just $40.00. Kids 6-12 are $15 and ages 5 and under are free in general admission areas. Trackside Access, which allows fans to view the race while standing on the frontstretch of the 2.5-mile tri-oval, is available for an additional $20 and gets fans closer to the action that anywhere else on the Supercross circuit; kids 5 and under are free. Access to the Monster Energy AMA Supercross pits is free during the day for all ticket holders.
The Roost, the highly coveted area with incredible up-close viewing from the NASCAR pit road, is available for $90 per ticket (limited amounts remain), providing course-side seating and includes the Trackside Access upgrade. Hospitality packages, including the Rolex 24 Lounge, President’s Row and Loge Boxes are also on sale. Infield car parking is available in advance for $10.
The DAYTONA 200, which features the incredible machines on both the high banks of Daytona International Speedway as well as the infield road course, has tickets starting at $35 for frontstretch seating only and $45 for fronstretch seating coupled with infield access, which includes garages and UNOH Fanzone. Parking is also available for $20 in advance.
A host of Bike Week At DAYTONA camping packages to take in both event weekends are also available where families can make Daytona their home for a week. All ticket and parking options can be found at www.
“Bike week is a spectacle and a tradition like no other in sports,” said Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher. “With the world-class pyrotechnics and dazzling lights show of rider introductions to the incredible high-flying excitement of the incredible course, the atmosphere at DAYTONA Supercross is second to none, and the DAYTONA 200 is one of the most exciting motorcycle races in the world. Its tradition is unprecedented. We are so thrilled to welcome fans back to the World Center of Racing for Bike Week At DAYTONA in 2022.”
DAYTONA Supercross is the longest continuous Supercross race in America dating back to 1971 and features the best riders in the world. It could also be one of epic, historic proportions. Eli Tomac will go for a record sixth victory that would take him out of a tie with the Greatest of All Time, Ricky Carmichael, with five DAYTONA Supercross titles. Tomac has won the last three (2019, ‘20, ‘21) and five out of the last six (2016, ‘17). For the 15th straight year, Carmichael will lend his signature design to the most grueling Supercross course on the circuit.
The DAYTONA 200 will feature new rules based off the proposed 2022 World Supersport Technical rules, which take into consideration several performance related items that establish benchmarks for balancing a wide variety of middleweight performance machines. The DAYTONA 200 will not be included as part of the MotoAmerica Supersport Championship, leaving the opportunity open for the best riders from around the world to compete for the minimum $175,000 in purse and contingency that will be offered.
In addition to the DAYTONA 200, the MotoAmerica weekend at Daytona International Speedway will be the opening round of the 2022 MotoAmerica King Of The Baggers Championship, marking the first time Baggers will race on the high banks of a Superspeedway with speeds expected to exceed 160 mph, and also the first round of the Twins Cup Championship.
Earlier this year, Brandon Paasch, at only 19 years old, used an old, veteran move common to Daytona, to capture the 2021 DAYTONA 200 in breathtaking fashion. After running second for most of the last portion of the race, Paasch, utilizing the draft, reeled in leader Sean Dylan Kelly and calculated a perfect slingshot move at the entrance of the tri-oval as the duo came to the checkered flag, winning by just .031 of a second, and taking home the traditional Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch.
The iconic Daytona International Speedway will be the site of a host of motorsports events early in 2022, beginning with the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA in January, the 64th DAYTONA 500 as part of Speedweeks Presented by AdventHealth in February, along with the 81st Annual Bike Week At DAYTONA in March. Later in the summer during Independence Day weekend, the track, in association with Torneos, will host Soccer Fest before the NASCAR Cup Series returns for the final race of the regular season with the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Aug. 27.
Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest speedway news. For information on all events, visit www.
The Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels will return to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Friday and Saturday January 28th and 29th in 2022.
Racing at the annual NAPA Know How Weekend will again include triple 20 qualifiers for the headline TQ (Three Quarter) Midgets on Friday night followed by the 40 lap Gambler’s Classic on Saturday. The wild and crazy Slingshots and darty Champ Karts will make up the tripleheader programs. A closed to the public practice night will again be held on Thursday evening January 27.
Tickets for the Atlantic City Indoor races will go on sale Thursday, October 14th. Tickets will be available in a range of different prices through Ticketmaster, the Boardwalk Hall Box Office or the Area Auto Racing News office at 609-888-3618 weekdays from 10 am to 4 pm.
Those who had purchased 2020 tickets through AARN will be notified by mail when they can obtain those same seats prior to the October 14 general sale offering.
New for 2022 will be an expanded reserved seating option in Atlantic City. Upper reserved seating has been expanded to include all of sections 209 through 217. General admission seats will be still be available in sections 202-208 and 218-225 for those wishing to purchase those tickets or holding a pit pass.
“The upper level seats in the corner in Atlantic City offer some of the best views of the track, this change will allow people the option to secure their favorite seat in advance,” stated Len Sammons.
After Covid cancelations last year, the Indoor Auto Racing Series is ready to roar back into action in 2022 with three race dates currently confirmed.
TQ Midget race cars will headline all the programs with high speed excitement competing on speedways set up on the concrete floors of the arenas. The Slingshots and Champ Karts will make up all three of the tripleheader programs.
Right after the first of the year the PPL Center in Allentown, PA will host the return of the series sponsored by Ironton Internet & Telephone on Friday and Saturday, January 7-8, 2022.
An on sale date for the Allentown race tickets will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 2022 series finale will again be in Syracuse at the Expo Center located on the grounds of the New York State Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday, March 11-12, 2022.
“It was great to hear from so many dedicated racers and fans that so dearly missed last winter’s Indoor Racing Series because of the Covid restrictions that forced their cancelation,” said Sammons.
“The events have become much more than just a race, but a gathering of friends who share the same love of the sport and great competition and from all those we’ve heard from each are eager to get to winter Indoor Auto Racing.”
In 2020, Erick Rudolph and Ryan Flores were the TQ Midget feature winners inside PPL Center. Andy Jankowiak won the 2020 Gambler’s Classic in Boardwalk Hall with Doug Stearly (Champ Karts) and Scott Neary (Slingshots) winning their class features.
The 2020 Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled by VP Race Fuels championship series season also ended prematurely when the climactic March races inside the New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center were cancelled at the very start of the pandemic after the indoor speedway had been erected by officials. Jankowiak was crowned the champion.
The Cure Insurance Arena East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals held in Trenton, NJ, has not yet been scheduled for 2022.
Information including host hotels for each event is available at indoorautoracing.com.
No. 04 News and Notes
- Hitting our Groove: The team has finished in the top 20 in 3 of the last 4 races. This streak has given the team confidence heading into Las Vegas. Roper was the second highest finishing Ford at Bristol. Morale is high as the team heads west to Sin City.
- What happens in Vegas...: This will be Roper’s 5th race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The team has always had great speed at the high banked mile and a half. The 2019 Spring race weekend featured a 5th place qualifying effort from Roper and the 04 team.
- Tune in: Find out what happens when the green flag drops on the first race of the Round of 8 for the NASCAR Truck Series. Tune in at 9:00 PM on September 24th on FS1.
From the Driver’s Seat:
Cory Roper: “Very excited to be back in Vegas! Shane has put together a new truck for this race and I'm excited to see what we got. Happy to have a lot of good friends come out to Vegas to support our race team. I want to thank Darla and Shawn Dean for jumping on board to help us make this race and our CarQuest partnership for everything they do for our race team.”
From the Pit Box:
Shane Whitbeck: “Vegas is the last mile and half this year and everybody has put in a lot of work into bringing this truck to Las Vegas. This is also one of Cory’s favorite tracks so I can’t wait to get on the track and see what The Dean truck can do this weekend. I feel this is going to be a solid weekend for us.”
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A flat right front tire knocked Jesse Love out of contention for the win in the Star Nursery 150 at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Thursday night, cutting into what had been a sizable lead in points for the defending ARCA Menards Series West champion.
The driver of the Bill McAnally Racing No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry was going for his third win of the season and aiming to extend his 19-point lead in the championship standings.
A few laps after charging into the lead on Lap 69, Love began to fall off the pace. During subsequent cautions, he made multiple stops for repairs and returned to competition four laps down. He gained a few spots in the remaining laps and finished 13th.
His rookie BMR teammate, Cole Moore, was in the heat of the battle throughout the night. He charged from 10th on the grid in the No. 99 NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry and fought to gain a top-five spot – getting to fifth by Lap 100. He continued in a fierce dogfight for each spot, before slipping back to finish sixth.
BMR had two additional entries in Thursday’s race, with Jolynn “JoJo” Wilkinson in the No. 1 Instacoat Premium Products Toyota Camry and Amber Balcaen in the No. 19 Icon Technologies Unlimited Toyota Camry. Wilkinson ran a stead race early, after starting 16th. She was up to 13th by the midway point of the race, before getting tangled up in an incident and eventually finishing 17th. Balcaen ran into trouble early and finished 22nd.
Despite his problems, Love retained his lead in the standings – with an unofficial seven-point advantage going into the final two events of the year. Moore remains third in the overall standings, 14 points out of the lead and seven points behind second. He is second in the rookie standings.
Prior to the event, Moore and Wilkinson visited NAPA AutoCare shops in the Las Vegas market. BMR welcomed special guests from NAPA Los Angeles and the Las Vegas district stores to the track. Sponsor activation also included a NAPA VIP Guest Crew Member.