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The anticipation is nearly over for Howie DiSavino III who will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut for Jordan Anderson Racing (JAR) in Saturday afternoon’s ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.

Richmond is more than just a debut for the recently turned 20-year-old upcoming sensation.

It’s an opportunity and audition at the same time.

The sixth Truck Series race of the season is nestled just 18 miles south of DiSavino’s hometown of Chesterfield, Va., and the stands will be packed this weekend with plenty of support from friends to family and marketing partners.

“I’ve been looking forward to Richmond ever since we made the announcement a couple of weeks ago and I can’t believe it’s almost here,” said DiSavino who most recently competed in the ARCA Menards Series season opener for fellow Truck Series team AM Racing.

“This opportunity is a huge blessing but also the biggest opportunity of my life and I will do everything I can to make sure we come out of Richmond on Saturday afternoon with a lot of positivity on our side.”

To prepare himself to negotiate Richmond’s 0.875-mile short track, DiSavino has been studying film, photos and even spending a lot of time iRacing – hoping his hard work behind the scenes will prove to be beneficial for the 250-lap race.

“I’ve been diligently doing everything I possibly can to get myself ready for Richmond,” added DiSavino.

“I’ve spent a lot of time on YouTube, looking at photos, talking to other drivers who have raced at Richmond and so on. Without practice or qualifying, my first laps at Richmond will be when that green flag drops.

“That can be challenging for any driver – but as a team we accept and are ready to conquer the challenge.”

Longtime DiSavino partners KEES Vacations and Bud’s Heating & Air Conditioning will serve as the primary marketing partners on the No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado in the doubleheader weekend with the NASCAR Cup Series.

“I cannot thank my primary partners KEES Vacations and Bud’s Heating & Air Conditioning enough for this opportunity and I hope it opens the door to do some more Truck Series racing throughout the 2021 season.”

In addition to KEES Vacations and Bud’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Azalea D Realty, Q Barbeque Richmond and MassMutual Greater Richmond will serve as associate marketing partners on DiSavino’s No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado.

To help kickoff his NASCAR debut weekend, DiSavino will join his No. 3 KEES Vacations | Bud’s Heating & Air Conditioning Chevrolet Silverado at Q Barbeque Richmond (13800 Fribble Way, Midlothian, Va. 23112) beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Thurs., April 15 in a fundraiser benefiting ASK Childhood Cancer Center.

Former winning NASCAR driver Reed Sorenson will guide DiSavino around Richmond as his spotter.

Additional details on DiSavino’s 2021 program are forthcoming.

For more on Howie DiSavino III, please visit howiedisavino.com, like him on Facebook (Howie DiSavino III Racing), follow him on Twitter (@hdisavino) and Instagram (HowieDiSavino).

The ToyotaCare 250 (250 laps | 187.5 miles) is the sixth of 22 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2021 schedule. The 40-truck field will take the green flag on Sat., Apr. 17, 2021 shortly after 1:30 p.m. ET with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio NASCAR Channel 90.

Howie DiSavino III Racing PR

Flowcode, the offline to online company, building direct connections for brands and consumers, is partnering with Stewart-Haas Racing, the championship-winning NASCAR team, to create the world’s largest and sports’ fastest QR code activation on a racecar on behalf of Hunt Brothers Pizza, the nation’s largest brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry.

The innovative experience will feature a custom-branded, ultra-fast scanning, 27.5-inch Hunt Brothers Pizza Flowcode on the hood of the No. 4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang. Harvick will race on Sunday in the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.

“For the first time in NASCAR history, No. 4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing will introduce Flowcode technology to millions of live fans at home, online, and at the track, empowering them to scan to win prizes including NASCAR tickets and custom merchandise. Scanning the Flowcode will put NASCAR fans in the winner’s circle at Richmond this weekend,” said Tim Armstrong, Founder, and CEO of Flowcode. “Flowcode is excited to introduce and drive live mobile connections between Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Hunt Brothers Pizza, and fans across the country.”

As part of the interactive activation, the Flowcode is a “Scan to Win” experience giving viewers both at home and at the track instant and direct access to win prizes. The grand prize is two tickets to a NASCAR Cup Series race of the winner’s choosing during the 2021 or 2022 season. Twelve additional winners will receive a fan pack loaded with Harvick and Hunt Brothers Pizza merchandise including T-shirts, hats, floor mats, racing flags, and koozies.

“We’re always looking for ways to drive innovation forward, and that includes the partnerships we forge with our sponsors. We have a longstanding relationship with Hunt Brothers Pizza, and we can’t wait to showcase their fantastic brand and experience directly from the No. 4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang. Together, we’re connecting fans at home and at the track with Flowcode’s next-generation QR technology,” said Mike Verlander, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Stewart-Haas Racing. “We’re looking forward to seeing this collaboration take center stage Sunday at Richmond.”

Viewers at home can watch the race live at 3 p.m. EDT on FOX and be able to scan the Flowcode directly from their TV screens. The “Scan to Win” Flowcode will also be featured on the in-car camera and on the inside of the racecar. As part of the partnership, additional Flowcodes, scanning to Flowcode.com, and the Flowcode logo will also be included in the racecar design.

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Both 14-year-old Ashton Torgerson and 18 year-old Austin Torgerson earned victories this weekend in the hotly-contested Micro Sprint competition in California, with Ashton taking Non-Wing on Saturday at Delta Speedway and Austin grabbing Non-Wing at Keller Auto Raceway Plaza Park. Each of the wins came aboard familiar black and green Ten-J Chassis for the teenagers from Medford, Ore.

Torgerson Racing enjoyed a strong start to the season competing at Adobe Mountain Speedway in Glendale, Ariz. with several trips to the winner’s circle. That success translated when racing against the challenging fields that assembled in central California this weekend.

Friday’s season opener in Visalia at Plaza Park attracted 24 Non-Wing competitors with Austin Torgerson timing in fourth and Ashton in eighth. Austin started third in the first heat race and finished third, earning the pole position for the feature. Ashton meanwhile started second in the second heat race and won, lining up seventh in the feature.

Austin Torgerson led all 30-laps in the main event, taking a 1.5 second advantage at the stripe. Ashton advanced to third at the finish. They also competed in the winged Super 600 class with Ashton finishing fourth ahead of Austin in sixth.

On Saturday, the team traveled north to Stockton’s Delta Speedway with an outstanding turnout of 32 Super 600s and 39 Non-Wing Micros at the 1/7th mile dirt oval. Ashton Torgerson qualified second in Non-Wing then finished second in his heat race. The feature saw Ashton charge through the field, taking over the lead on lap nine. He briefly relinquished the top position on lap 15 then never surrendered the position, enjoying a .716 second advantage at the finish. Austin ran up to third position in the main event but a broken axle ended his race with two laps to go.

Ashton finished 12th in the 30-lap Super 600 contest while Austin ran 14th after advancing through the B-Main.

Torgerson Racing races at Dixon Speedway this upcoming Saturday night in Micro Sprint action. The event will also be the final one with Brandon Coates as the team manager as he moves on to different opportunities. Cody Key has joined the team and Torgerson Racing will be based out of Fresno as it chases the exciting Micro Sprint action in California in 2021.

To learn more about Torgerson Racing, visit them at their website www.TorgersonRacing.com Torgerson Racing is also available on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Torgerson Racing PR

Wednesday, as a prelude to its Memorial Day Weekend salute to the troops, Charlotte Motor Speedway hosted defending Coca-Cola 600 winner Brad Keselowski for a poignant visit to Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for more than 400,000 individuals, including servicemen and women from every major United States conflict since the American Revolution.

The Team Penske driver and longtime supporter of the military was joined by Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation Vice President Paige Keselowski, Speedway Motorsports’ President and CEO Marcus Smith, Charlotte Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Greg Walter and Rep. Richard Hudson, congressman from North Carolina’s eighth district, which includes Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The group enjoyed a private viewing of artifacts that paint the rich history of Arlington National Cemetery in the Memorial Display Room and watched a changing-of-the-guard ceremony at the iconic Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. At the tomb, which marks its centennial anniversary in 2021, members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, United States Army, known as "The Old Guard," stand watch 24 hours a day, as they have since 1948. Later, they visited the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy, who joins William Howard Taft as the only two presidents buried in the premier military cemetery. The day ended with a private tour of the Pentagon, the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense.

“We’re here to recognize service men and service women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, which is a lot of what Memorial Day is all about,” Keselowski said. “Of course, for us here in NASCAR, Memorial Day Weekend is about the Coca-Cola 600 and going out and running the longest race of the year, but we want to think of it a little deeper than that. With respect to that, we’re trying to start a new tradition here where the defending race winner comes to Arlington to show support for our country and for our military and really reflects on Memorial Day. It’s a very somber experience. It’s very humbling. But it’s well worth it and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

Each Memorial Day Weekend, Charlotte Motor Speedway pays tribute to those men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice during a moving Coca-Cola 600 pre-race show that includes representation from all five branches of the military.

“Today’s visit truly connects us to what racing on Memorial Day Weekend really means,” said Marcus Smith, president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, the parent company that owns Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We salute all the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice and gone before us to make events like the Coca-Cola 600 possible. NASCAR Nation has the most patriotic fans in the entire world and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate our Armed Forces.”

In recent years, the speedway’s salute has expanded to include Mission 600, a month-long campaign pairing drivers with military bases designed to educate the NASCAR community about the day-to-day lives of the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. More details are forthcoming on additional Mission 600 visits leading into next month’s Coca-Cola 600.

Limited tickets are still available for the May 30 Coca-Cola 600, with three-day packages starting at $99. Fans can purchase tickets online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267). Policies around social distancing, masks and additional safety protocols will be in place throughout race weekend in accordance with current state and local guidelines.


Fans can connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway and get the latest news by following on Twitter and Instagram or becoming a Facebook fan.


Short Track Break Out … The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to Richmond Raceway for just the second time in the last 16 years, and Austin Hill is on the hunt for a short track break out. The driver of the No. 16 Mobil 1 Toyota Tundra has quickly turned his season around with three straight top-10 finishes, including two podium results, and is craving his first-career victory on a short track. Richmond might be the perfect place for Hill to break through for a short track win as he led 65 laps in the Camping World Trucks’ return to the 0.75-mile venue last September. Saturday afternoon’s ToyotaCare 250 marks the first paved short track event of the season, as Hill enters Richmond fresh off a ninth-place result in the tour’s most recent outing on the dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Climbing the Hill …  The Winston, Ga. product continues to climb the proverbial hill after five events and sits sixth in the driver championship standings. After being buried 23rd in points after two events, Hill and the No. 16 team have clawed their way up the leaderboard with old-fashioned consistency. In the last three races, Hill has gained 17 positions in the standings by posting finishes of third, second, and ninth. In the last two races, Hill has scored the most points of all Camping World Trucks competitors (91) and has outperformed all other drivers by 13 markers in that span.
Short Track History … An eighth-place finish at Richmond last September was Hill’s best-career result on a short track, but he’s no stranger to Richmond’s victory lane. In 2015, he drove his family-owned No. 22 entry to victory at Richmond for his fifth and most-recent win in the ARCA Menards Series East. He led 65 laps after starting on the pole in last year’s Camping World Trucks event and ran inside the top five for most of the race. Although it’s not categorized as a short track, Hill also delivered a podium finish at the 1.25-mile World Wide Technology Raceway last August, a venue that bears numerous similarities to Richmond’s three-quarter mile layout.
Chassis Selection … Chassis No. 014 will make its second ever appearance on Saturday afternoon, and its first of 2021. This Toyota Tundra debuted at Phoenix Raceway last November and finished 12th after an overtime finish.
Tune In … The first paved short track event of the season goes green at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon on FOX Sports 1, while NASCAR Raceday begins at 12:30 p.m ET. Stay connected with the No. 16 Mobil 1 team by following @Hattori_Racing on Twitter, @hattoriracing on Instagram, and Hattori Racing Enterprises on Facebook.
Austin Hill Quote:
On returning to Richmond for his second Camping World Trucks start at Richmond:
“The biggest thing is just going to be the tire falloff and just trying to manage that as much as you can moving around the racetrack. I think you’re going to be able to move around the racetrack a little bit more than you did in the night races. You’re probably going to be able to move up the racetrack more throughout a run and do some different things. I'm excited for it. I love racetracks that are like this, that are worn out and it comes into the driver’s hand and you have to move around a lot to find speed.”
“We’ve made a lot of gains with our short track program and hopefully we can show that with our Mobil 1 Toyota Tundra on Saturday. There were a lot of races that we had a shot to win last year, Richmond being one of them, so hopefully we can put ourselves in the right position towards the last fuel run to get our first short track win.”
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum proudly announces the Sunday, May 2 opening of its new featured exhibit honoring one of the Indianapolis 500’s living legends: “Rocket Rick Mears presented by Racemaker Press.”
Mears earned a record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in 1991 – a race also remembered for his fierce duel with Michael Andretti in the waning laps, highlighted by the drivers’ making daring, dramatic outside passes for the lead. Mears’ likeness also is forever cast in sterling silver on the Borg-Warner Trophy for victories in 1979, 1984 and 1988.
When Wichita, Kansas, native Mears joined the lofty four-time ‘500’ winners club, he earned the right to stand alongside two titans of motorsports history, A.J. Foyt and Al Unser.
However, Mears can claim a pair of bragging rights over those legends: Mears earned victory No. 4 in only his 14th “500” start, while Foyt earned his historic fourth win in his 20th Indy start, and Unser achieved four-time glory in his 22nd start. And 30 years after earning his final Indianapolis 500 pole position, Mears still holds the record for the most-career “500” poles, with six (1979, ’82, ’86, ’88, ’89, ’91). 
Rocket Rick Mears presented by Racemaker Press takes IMS Museum guests on a personal journey, giving context to Mears’ formative years and what molded the man, the driver and humble champion. The story begins when as a child, Mears watched his father, Bill, race on Kansas short tracks, followed by the family’s move to the hot, Southern California oil and agricultural town of Bakersfield. It was there that Mears and his older brother, Roger, started racing dune buggies for fun, but soon became off-road racing champions.
The star attractions of “Rocket Rick,” however, will be the artifacts and race cars central to his career, including:
●Mears’ Indy-winning cars: the 1979 Gould Charge Penske PC6; the 1984 Pennzoil Z7 March 84C; the 1988 Pennzoil Penske PC17 and the 1991 Marlboro Penske PC20.
●The 1982 Gould Charge PC10, part of the famous 1982 Indy 500 race-ending duel between Mears and Gordon Johncock, who beat Mears by only .16 of a second.
●The 1977 Eastside Café Special Eagle – the car in which Mears first attempted to qualify at Indianapolis but wasn’t fast enough.
●Mears’ 1976 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb-winning car and several examples of Roger and Rick’s championship off-road racing vehicles.
Rocket Rick Mears presented by Racemaker Press also will come to life through historic video, photographs and artifacts from the IMS Museum collection, plus items loaned by Mears, the Penske collection, and other collectors.
IMS Museum visitors will walk away from Rocket Rick Mears presented by Racemaker Press with a greater appreciation for “The Mears Gang” – the importance of Rick’s father, brother and mother, Skip, in his career development, plus Mears’ “have fun” approach to racing. Instead of treating racing as a pressure-packed vocation, Mears made a conscious choice to enjoy it, and this philosophy contributed to his success, as well as an early retirement.
Visitors also will learn about Mears’ early struggles to gain a foothold in INDYCAR racing and the role motorsports safety legend Bill Simpson played in giving Mears the chance to showcase his talent.
Equally important in the Mears’ legacy is the story of his grit and determination to overcome serious injuries: first, a 1980 pit fire that left him with facial burns, and a 1984 crash that nearly took both feet.
Finally, IMS Museum guests will enjoy reliving the Mears-Team Penske dynasty,
from team owner Roger Penske’s hiring of Mears for the 1978 season, to Mears’ surprise retirement announcement at the 1992 Team Penske Christmas party, and his continuing impact on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES as a driver consultant, coach and mentor for Team Penske.
Rocket Rick Mears presented by Racemaker Press will be the IMS Museum’s featured exhibit through March 2022. For visitor’s information or to learn how you can support the IMS Museum’s programming, collection care and facility improvements, visit imsmuseum.org.  
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The Pete Store, a network of Peterbilt truck dealerships and a dedicated partner of Front Row Motorsports (FRM), will show off their colors and brand with Todd Gilliland and the No. 38 Ford F-150 team this Saturday afternoon at the Richmond (Va.) Raceway.

With locations spanning the Eastern United States, The Pete Store offers sales, service, leasing, parts, and financing of quality Peterbilt trucks. A recipient of numerous awards, including Peterbilt North American Dealer of the Year (2004, 2016 and 2018), The Pete Store is a respected dealer in the transportation industry with a track record for quality support.

“Front Row Motorsports has experienced a lot of success this season and we wanted to show our support for Todd in his efforts to win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” said Greg Arscott, President of The Pete Store. “We are looking forward to seeing The Pete Store return to the No. 38 truck at Richmond Raceway and wish Todd and the team the best of luck.”

The Pete Store recently announced the completed purchase of Palm Peterbilt Truck Centers, a truck dealer group with six locations in South Florida including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Fort Pierce, Clewiston, and Fort Myers. The acquisition extends the company’s footprint to include eight states, 24 locations, and 1,500 miles of Service coverage on the East Coast.

“I love our Peterbilt transporter and that’s all thanks to The Pete Store,” said Gilliland. “So, it’s cool to have them join our truck series program again this season. I think we have a good chance to give them a great finish on Saturday. We’re working hard on our program and are spending a lot of time preparing for Richmond. I think our truck will be fast and I know it will look great.”

Saturday's 250-lap race at the Richmond Raceway will be televised live on FS1 at 1:30 p.m. ET. About The Pete Store The Pete Store, LLC is a commercial truck dealer group with locations from Massachusetts to Florida. An exclusive dealer of Peterbilt heavy and medium-duty trucks, they provide a range of services to the trucking industry including Parts, Service, Sales, Body Shops, Leasing, Rental, and Financing. To learn more about The Pete Store visit www.thepetestore.com


Mr. Smith Goes to Richmond:
  • Chandler Smith and the No. 18 JBL team look to change a recent fun of bad luck as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Richmond Raceway for Saturday’s ToyotaCare 250. The team has experienced disappointing results the last two races, finishing 34th at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Dirt Track and 35th at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway. 
  • When the Camping World Trucks returned to Richmond for the first time since 2005 last year, Smith recorded a 12th-place finish. The result was part of a strong finish to the season for the Georgia native, recording an average finish of 7.7 across his final seven starts compared to an average finish of 25.2 across his first five starts last year.
  • Smith comes into Saturday’s race 15th in the Camping World Truck Series championship standings. He currently sits 16 points behind Austin Wayne Self for the 10th and final spot in the playoffs. In the Rookie of the Year standings, Smith sits second, 14 points behind Carson Hocevar. Both drivers have captured the Rookie of the Race Award twice.
  •  The Toyota Development Driver spent his off weekend competing in the CARS Tour/Southern Super Series event April 11 at Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway for Wilson Motorsports. Smith qualified fifth, started sixth after the invert and finished fifth in the 150-lap event.
  • The talented teenager has finished inside the top five in eight of his 21 career Camping World Truck Series starts, including a career-best runner-up finish at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in 2019.
  • Veteran crew chief Danny Stockman will call the shots for Smith and the No. 18 team this season. Stockman led the No. 51 team to four wins in his first season atop the pit box at KBM in 2020. He came to the organization with experience as a crew chief in all three national series, including a Truck Series championship with Austin Dillon in 2011 and an Xfinity Series championship with Dillon in 2013. Stockman has crew chiefed one Truck Series race at Richmond, a 12th-place result with Smith last season. In Xfinity Series action, his drivers recorded four top-five and nine top-10 finishes, including two third-place finishes with Daniel Hemric.
  • JBL, the authority in engineering superior sound, will be the primary sponsor for the No. 18 team this week. Safelite AutoGlass - the nation’s largest provider of vehicle glass repair, replacement, and recalibration services – returns to Smith’s Tundra May 1 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City.
  • All three KBM Tundras will carry a special decal on the B post this week promoting Autism Awareness that includes the website address of NASCAR Sammy (NASCARSammy.com), an avid NASCAR fan and autism advocate. Fans can visit his site to purchase a decal and help support his mission.
Chandler Smith, Driver Q&A:
What is your outlook going into this weekend at Richmond?
“I’m really excited to get to Richmond. The trucks hadn’t been there for a few years, so when the trucks went back last year, it was a pretty big deal to be part of it all. As an organization, KBM is really strong with short tracks so to help build the short track program with going back to Richmond. Going back this year, I think we are going to better in our JBL Toyota Tundra.”
Does Richmond remind you of any short tracks that you grew up on in late models?
“Richmond kind of reminds of Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. Other than that, it is a really unique track. It tears up the tires as a run goes on. You have to really be messing with the throttle all the time and racing the track. The characteristics are honestly like Pensacola.”
Have you discussed with your crew chief about the differences between a day and night race?
“I don’t think there is going to be much of a difference due to the cloud cover. If the sun is out, the track is going to be completely different. It’s going to be really greasy and slick. It’s going to be all about tire management. If the clouds stay around, it’s probably going to be similar to how the night race was.”
Chandler Smith Career Highlights:
  • Across 21 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts has recorded 115 laps led, eight top-five and 10 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 14.6. 
  • Posted an average finish of 7.7 across his final seven of 12 total Truck Series starts in 2020, including third-place finishes in the series finale at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway and his first career superspeedway start at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in October.
  • Produced three top-five and four top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 4.2 across his first four career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts in 2019. He led 55 laps and finished eighth in his Gander Trucks debut at Iowa Speedway last July and then posted top-five finishes in his final three starts, including a runner-up finish at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
  • Has collected nine wins, 10 poles, 1761 laps led, 22 top-five and 29 top-10 finishes en route to an average finish of 5.2 across 33 career ARCA Menards Series starts. Set an ARCA Racing Series record by winning four consecutive poles to start his career and earned his first victory after leading a race-high 102 laps at Madison (Wis.) International Speedway in his fourth series start.
Chandler Smith's No. 18 JBL Tundra:
KBM-60: The No. 18 JBL team will unload chassis number KBM-60 for Saturday’s ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond. The Tundra recorded two wins in three starts in 2020: Kyle Busch at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway in February and Brandon Jones at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. in June. Saturday’s race will be the first start for KBM-60 this season.
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Modern racing technology meets historic horsepower as the Historic Trans Am Series joins the on-track lineup for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway, June 5-6.

A 24-car field of historic muscle cars, including Mustangs, Camaros, Javelins, Firebirds and Cougars will hit the track on Saturday and Sunday. These are real race cars – not reproductions – racing and competing 50 years after the series’ heyday in the late 1960s and early ‘70s.

The cars, including a 1968 Sunoco Camaro originally driven by Mark Donohue and 1970 Dodge Challenger driven by Sam Posey, have been restored to their original condition and are raced hard by drivers dedicated to honoring the history of this iconic series.

“We are dedicated to providing an unforgettable race weekend for our fans, and we know that the roar of these historic machines will put on an incredible show,” said Sonoma Raceway Executive Vice President and General Manager Jill Gregory. “So much racing history lies in these cars and we look forward to them joining us NASCAR weekend.”

The Historic Trans Am Series will hit the track on Saturday morning with practice beginning at 9 a.m., qualifying at 10:30 a.m. and a 30-minute timed race at 1 p.m. Sunday’s Historic Trans Am action will kick off with warm up laps at 9:15 a.m. followed by another 30-minute feature at 10:30 a.m.

“The 1966-72 Trans Am Series has always been my favorite,” said FOX Sports NASCAR Announcer Mike Joy. “These drivers were my heroes before I became involved in NASCAR. It was such a thrill to watch Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Mark Donohue, George Follmer and Sam Posey race wheel-to-wheel in factory-backed pony cars prepared by great teams like Roger Penske, Bud Moore, Shelby and Chaparral.

“And these are those exact cars; not replicas or tributes. They are the actual restored cars that raced in the Trans Am back in those glory days. I can’t wait. When these cars get on track, I'll be 21 again.”

This marks the first time the Historic Trans Am Series will join the NASCAR weekend in Sonoma. The series was originally scheduled to join NASCAR race weekend in 2020 before the race was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 90-lap Toyota/Save Mart 350 takes the green flag on Sunday at 1 p.m. while Saturday’s ARCA Menards Series West 50-lap General Tire 200 begins at 2 p.m.

Due to social distancing requirements, limited tickets and camping are available, June 5-6. Kids 12 and under get in FREE on Saturday, and for just $10 on Sunday; parking is FREE all weekend. For more information, visit SonomaRaceway.com, call 800-870-7223 or follow on social media @RaceSonoma.

Sonoma Raceway continues to work with local health officials and is dedicated to following all state, local and CDC health guidelines. COVID-19 safety protocols, including face mask requirements, social distancing and cashless transactions, will remain in place for the June race weekend.

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Sam Hunt Racing (SHR) announces today that 20-year-old Colin Garrett will return to the cockpit of the No. 26 Toyota Supra at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, April 24 for the Ag-Pro 300. Garrett will have primary sponsorship from RFH Tactical Mobility.

Garrett, a former South Boston Speedway track champion in the Limited Late Model division, has been with Sam Hunt Racing since the team began. He was the pilot of the No. 18 NASCAR K&N Pro Series — currently known as the ARCA Menards Series — entry for SHR in 2018 prior to the team moving to the Xfinity Series in 2019.

“I’ve known Sam since 2016, and we started working together at the latter end of 2017...To me, it doesn’t feel like we are a newer team,” said Garrett. “We ran our first Xfinity race together in 2019 and we ran really well. I feel like that showed everyone what the future of this team is. SHR has proven that at every race since then, and I believe it will only get better with the people and equipment that have been acquired since then.”

Garrett made his Xfinity series debut at Richmond Raceway in 2019. He has seven career series starts — including Talladega Superspeedway in June of 2020.

“I’m stoked to return to the Xfinity Series next weekend,” said Garrett. “Watching SHR compete every week on TV has been hard, but their progress on the track can only make a driver excited for their turn in the car. Our plan is to keep the car in one piece and hopefully land in Victory Lane. It’s a crapshoot any way you look at it, but I will have Chris Lambert on the tower. He’s not exactly a novice when it comes to plate tracks, so that can only add to the hope I have going into it.”

Garrett is not only entering his fourth season with Sam Hunt Racing, but he is also the Interior Mechanic for the team. “It was tough in the beginning getting adapted to being on the mechanical side of things but getting into the flow of it every week has been nice. Obviously, pushing a car out of the door with someone else’s name on it is always tough, but it pushes me to keep my sights on my goals and hammer down.”

The Ag-Pro 300 at Talladega Superspeedway will be televised on FOX at 4:00PM ET on Saturday, April 24. Follow along with Sam Hunt Racing on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram throughout the event.


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