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42 Racing and Italian talent Francesco Garisto announced today an extension of their agreement to compete in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in the 2021 season. After making his NWES debut with the Swiss team in 2020 through the NWES Drivers Recruitment Program, Garisto will chase the EuroNASCAR 2 at the wheel of the #42 42 Racing Mustang.
“I’m thrilled to announce my deal with 42 Racing to extend our contract for the 2021 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series! We’ve worked hard to make this possible and we’re currently giving our best to get to Valencia as competitive as possible. My learning curve has grown exponentially during the 2020 season and I didn’t expect to have the competitiveness to fight for top spots,” said Garisto. “This year I will race to win, we know we can do it and we know we have the potential to end up on top. I will put my heart, soul, strength and mental attitude into the fight for the championship crown.”
The 18-year-old Italian finished 9th in points in 2020 in the EuroNASCAR 2 championship with 7 top-10s. The best result of the season for Garisto and 42 Racing came at Circuit Zolder, in the second event of the season, when he climbed on the third step of the podium. The team couldn’t travel to Grobnik and Valencia due to Covid-related problems, but they are ready to get back on track and prepare the May 15-16 Valencia season opener, with the plan to field once again two cars on the NWES grid.
“We are very happy to continue the journey in the NWES championship with Francesco, after working with him since October 2019, when we prepared together his participation in the NWES Drivers Recruitment Program. Francesco distinguished himself on the occasion, received support to participate in the 2020 NWES season and the Zolder podium was a well deserved moment of glory,” said Marco Raggi, 42 Racing’s Team Principal. “In 2021 we expect to reap the benefits of what was sowed in the past season. The contenders are many and competitive, but Francesco proved he can carve out a space in the top positions. On our side, during the winter we completely rebuilt our two cars to leave no stone unturned and give Francesco and all our drivers the best equipment."
Garisto can’t wait to return to action and put his rookie year experience to good use. In the meantime, the Italian is racing in the EuroNASCAR Esports Series.
“During my first year in EuroNASCAR I had the chance to get to know many drivers and team members from all over the world and what I’ve always appreciated is the mutual respect among all competitors. This is something I always liked about this sport. I’m super pumped up and I’m really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel and having some close racing!”
The NWES season will begin on May 15-16 at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain with the 2021 edition of the Valencia NASCAR Fest.
Spire Motorsports announced today that Built Bar will be the primary sponsor of Corey LaJoie’s No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
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“Built Brands is thrilled to extend our partnership with Corey LaJoie and join Spire Motorsports for the 2021 season,” said Nick Greer, co-founder of Built Brands. "It is our responsibility to ensure Corey is properly fueled for all his races, and we're committed to serving as his healthy snack alternative while he's on and off the track. Here's to another protein-packed season, with many more to come."
Built Bar is truly a standout among protein bars. With its exceptional nutritional profile and so many delicious flavors, Built Bar is the favorite protein bar of many discerning fitness trainers and fitness enthusiasts alike.
“I can’t wait to have Built Bar on our car this weekend in Las Vegas,” said LaJoie. “Nick Greer and the team at Built Brands supported me last season and I’m really proud they’ve decided to partner with us at Spire Motorsports this year. The paint scheme they came up with should certainly capture the fan’s attention and hopefully sell a bunch of protein bars. Las Vegas is one of my favorite intermediate tracks and I’m looking forward to having a strong day.”
“We’re thrilled to have Built Bar come aboard our No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro this weekend,” said Spire Motorsports co-owner T.J. Puchyr. “Corey, Nick Greer and the team at Built Brands have created a relationship that we’re excited to see transition to Spire Motorsports. The paint scheme they’ve come up with is absolutely lights out and I can’t think of a better venue to see it come to life than Las Vegas Motor Speedway.”
The Pennzoil 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be televised live on FOX Sunday, March 7 beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). The fourth of 36 races on the 2021 NCS schedule will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.
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The seventh edition of the CARS Tour will kick off this weekend at South Carolina’s Dillon Motor Speedway. This will be the first event visit to the Dillon, South Carolina track, and just the second time in series history that only the Late Model Stock Car division will kick off the season solo. The competition for the 2021 Late Model Stock Car division has been anticipated by many as the most competitive class to chase the championship title hunt yet.
Track: Dillon Motor Speedway
Location: Dillon, SC
Track Size: .410 mile
Event Name: Black’s Tire 150
Laps: 125L (LMSC)
Distance: 51.25 miles
Event Schedule: Practice: 11AM-11:30AM / Qualifying: 2PM / Green Flag: 3PM
PRE ENTRY LIST
LMSC Entry List (22 total)
#08 Deac McCaskill, #1 Craig Moore, #2 Brandon Pierce, #2N Timothy Peters, #4 Jonathan Findley, #4H Kaden Honeycutt, #5 Jake Vuncannon, #14 Jared Fryar, #14J Conner Jones, #17 Joe Valento, #19 Jessica Cann, #22 Bobby McCarty, #24 Mason Diaz, #44 Justin Johnson, #81 Mini Tyrrell, #81B Sam Butler, #87 Mike Looney, #88 William Cox III, #91 Jonathan Shafer, #95 Sam Yarbrough, #97 Daniel Silvestri, #99 Lanye Riggs
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Twitter: @CARSTour / @DillonSpeedway / #BlacksTire125
Jared Fryar Returns for the Repeat
Defending champion, Jared Fryar will once again drive for Jimmy Mooring in 2021 and will look to defend his championship title from a season ago. The Trinity, North Carolina driver used consistency and a return to Edelbrock Victory Lane (Franklin County) for the first time since 2017 to capture the title. While the upcoming 2021 schedule has several familiar tracks, multiple new facilities could challenge Fryar this season. Fryar will entire the season opener as the championship favorite over fellow competitors Layne Riggs and Bobby McCarty.
Out with the Old and in with the New
Changing up the competition this season, there are drivers that won’t compete full time with the tour in 2021. Josh Berry, Ronald Hill, and Chad McCumbee won’t be full time with the tour, but we can expect these familiar names to return to the schedule at some point throughout the season. We can expect greatness from other competitors this season, as they have been watching and learning from these veterans for years.
While a few veterans will be absent, there are several series newcomers and multiple drivers who will compete for the R&S Racecars Rookie of the Year title this season. Multi-time Myrtle Beach Speedway track champion, Sam Yarbrough will take over the ride vacated by McCumbee, driving Robert Elliott’s #95 machine. The 2016 Martinsville 300 winner, Mike Looney will compete for the series title with backing from Harrion’s Workwear in 2021. Youngsters Joe Valento, Connor Jones, Kaden Honeycutt, and Daniel Silvestri will all get their first taste of tour action this weekend at Dillon.
Debut at Dillon – What to Expect?
For the first time in seven seasons, the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour will race at Ron Barfield’s Dillon Motor Speedway located just off Interstate 95 in Dillon, South Carolina. The 4/10 mile track presents long straights with 14 degree banked turns. Turns one and two are quicker and sweeping, while three and four are abrupt with the turn four wall easily met upon exit to the flag stand. Much like other tracks in the sandy region of South Carolina, Dillon will be hard on tire wear. Teams that can manage tires for the duration of the race will be the ones up front as the laps wind down. The other key factor at the facility is keeping the racing clean, especially off the exit of turn four. The front straight away is narrow compared to most facilities, thus creating easy chaos if more than a few cars find trouble at once.
The Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour is one of the premier short track series in the United States. Drivers compete in Late Model Stock Cars and Super Late Models at the best short tracks across the Carolinas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia. The CARS Tour can be found on Facebook at “CARS Tour”, on Twitter @CARSTour, and on Instagram as @CARS_Tour. For more information, visit www.carsracingtour.com or call their Mooresville, N.C. offices at 704.662.9212.
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