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This coming Saturday, July 31, Macon Speedway is scheduled to host one of its biggest shows of the year, featuring the Morrow Brothers Ford MOWA Sprint Cars and POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets. The rare doubleheader show was first held in 2019 at the track. Three other classes will also race.
MOWA’s 410-Winged Sprint Cars will be making their 11th appearance at Macon Speedway’s 1/5-mile dirt oval. Three drivers have found victory lane at Macon more than one time, dating back to 2011. Jerrod Hull, Terry Babb, and Zach Daum each have two wins with the series at the track. Bill Balog, Danny Smith, Jacob Patton, and Paul Nienhiser all have claimed one event win.
This Saturday’s Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget League event will have Colby, KS driver, Bryant Wiedeman leading the standings by 210 over second place. The young gun, Brent Crews, of Denver, NC sits in second. Both drivers, Crews and Wiedeman, are competing for the Rookie of the Year award as well. For the Midgets, this will be their second visit of the season.
Bradley Fezard, of Bonnerdale, AR sits atop the point battle for the Lucas Oil POWRi Engler Machine & Tool Micro League. For the Micros, a strong contingent of travelers will be joined by plenty of locals that compete regularly with Macon’s Micros By Bailey Chassis.
The Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models and DIRTcar Pro Mods will also be in action, capping off what is sure to be a great night at the races.
Pit gates open Saturday at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00 PM. Grandstand admission is $20, while kids 11 and under are free.
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"We are honored and, to be quite honest, very excited about performing in Nashville after the GRAND PRIX," said The Oak Ridge Boys' Joe Bonsall. "Thank you Grand Ole Opry for inviting us to take part in this historical event. Let’s go racing, Nashville!"
The Nashville-based Opry has rarely in its history taken its iconic show outside its home venue and is proud to include The Oak Ridge Boys in such a special night. Danielle Bradbery, Callista Clark, Riley Green, and Justin Moore are also scheduled to perform.
The Opry show at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix will close out the three-day festival, where fans and attendees will get a chance to experience the true heart of Nashville, as the Opry has been home to country music for 95 years.
Sunday night's show will start at 7:00 pm and will take place on the Main Stage, adjacent to the Fan Zone and sponsor display area near the pedestrian bridge. All concerts are included with individual tickets and three-day passes. For more information on the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, visit musiccitygp.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @musiccitygp. Limited single-day grandstand tickets, general admission tickets, and festival add-ons are available at musiccitygp.com/tickets, Ti
The Oak Ridge Boys also recently released the music video for their single "Love, Light, and Healing'' from their new album Front Porch Singin’. Premiered by CMT, the catchy tune spreads happiness and hope during a time when it is needed the most. With special emphasis placed on friends, family, and faith, The Oak Ridge Boys acknowledge the importance of finding joy in the simplicities of life and being there for one another. The cheerful lyrics come alive in the music video for “Love, Light, and Healing,” which was directed by Brandon Wood of IndieBling. The music video was premiered on CMT, CMT Music, and CMT.com and the single is available to download and stream on all digital services.
Watch the "Love, Light, and Healing" music video on CMT.com HERE.
The Oak Ridge Boys’ new album Front Porch Singin’ is available now from Lightning Rod/Thirty Tigers. This is the group’s fourth collaboration with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb. The highly anticipated album has been featured in People.com, Entertainment Tonight, Newsmax, Wide Open Country, Taste of Country, Cowboys & Indians, and an in-depth interview with The 700 Club. The Oak Ridge Boys have achieved a decorated career that includes their upcoming 10th anniversary as Grand Ole Opry members, showing no signs of slowing down. Fans will not want to miss the timeless sound that comes with the release of “Love, Light, and Healing.”
To watch The Oak Ridge Boys Interview with The 700 Club, visit HERE.
For more information on The Oak Ridge Boys, visit their website or follow them on social media.
Ahead of IndyCar’s return to Nashville, Tennessee for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, Big Machine Distillery is paying homage to Nashville’s earliest known IndyCar race in 1911 with the debut of Borchetta Bourbon, a limited release, cask-strength, single barrel bourbon.
Big Machine Distillery is owned by music mogul Scott Borchetta and operated by his brother Mark Borchetta, two brothers with a decades-long passion for motorsports. After Nashville-based mega-brand Big Machine was announced as the title sponsor of the Music City Grand Prix earlier this year, launching a limited-edition cask strength bourbon was the perfect way for the Borchetta family to commemorate the sport’s return to the city.
“The initial idea and vision for Big Machine Distillery was based on the desire to have a proper Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey, as all things Big Machine have been born in Tennessee,” said Scott Borchetta. “Today that vision is realized with Borchetta Bourbon. It honors our family name, it was distilled at our central distillery in Lynnville, Tennessee, and it highlights the genius of our master distiller Clayton Cutler. Mark has gone to great lengths and personally picked one-of-a-kind barrels that are exclusive to this release. For fans of extraordinary brown spirits, this limited run is not to be missed.”
The bourbon’s uniquely designed bottle is adorned with a photo of one of Nashville’s earliest known open-wheel races held at Tennessee State Fairgrounds Speedway in 1911. Topping each hand-numbered bottle is a bronze collectible replica of the Marmon Wasp, the winning car from the very first 500-mile race held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway held that same year.
"Racing and music have been part of our family for decades. The spirits part came later but is now equally integrated thanks to our rapidly growing new adult vodka juice pouches, Big Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers, and the success of our Big Machine Platinum Filtered Premium Vodka, ‘The Smoothest Tasting Vodka, Period!’,” says Mark Borchetta, the company’s executive vice president. “Bringing all three categories together in this highly anticipated event here in Nashville is going to be epic!”
The extremely limited allocation of Borchetta Bourbon will be available to Big Machine Music City Grand Prix suite holders and sold in select stores throughout Middle Tennessee ahead of the Aug. 6-8 Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, as well as in Indiana for the Aug. 14 Big Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For additional information, visit BorchettaBourbon.com.
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The biggest event of the season, the 51ST Annual Freedom 76, is quickly approaching at Grandview Speedway. With at least $30,000 up for grabs for the winner of the 76-lap race featuring many of the top names in dirt track Modified competition, interest will be running high.
As is the norm lap sponsorships are being offered. For just $20 it is the opportunity to be part of a history making event at the popular one-third-mile, banked clay oval. The 51ST edition of the Freedom 76, The Granddaddy of Modified Classics, is set for Saturday, September 18th.
Those wishing to be a part of this historic event by sponsoring a lap or more need only send a check covering the number of laps to be sponsored, wording to be included with each lap, to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. The lap sponsors will gain exposure in a number of different ways including mentions by the track announcer and listing on track website. Laps may also be purchased at the track through Tommy Kramer or Tina Rogers.
Included in the weekend of action will be the Friday, September 17, Freedom 38 featuring the Sportsman stock cars. Modified racers on hand for the Freedom 76 will be allowed practice laps during the Friday night racing.
More details will be announced as the race dates draw closer.
Grandview Speedway, part of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, continues to present T.P.Trailers Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman each Saturday.
For additional information on racing at the Bechtelsville, PA track please check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.
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The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and titanium jewelry brand Tijey announced today an extension of their partnership that will bring a new trophy to the EuroNASCAR 2 championship in addition to the current prizes offered by the Italian company. 2021 marks the third season of the partnership between EuroNASCAR and Tijey.
“We feel very fortunate to have such a great partner with Tijey!” Explained NWES President - CEO Jerome Galpin. “We are very happy and proud to offer to our drivers these Tijey NWES Champion Trophies that are original pieces of art! Being a NASCAR Champion is very special and allows one to to have an everlasting place in the NASCAR Hall of Fame, so the Champion Trophy, as well as the Champion Ring have to be very special too.”
TIjey, founded and directed by Luca Saladino, not only presented a new version of the EuroNASCAR PRO trophy, but also introduced a stunning new EuroNASCAR 2 trophy to reward the winner of the NWES championship dedicated to young talents and gentleman drivers.
“Having reached the third season in this partnership with the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series organization, we are very happy to share the same values and at the same time announce an extension of our agreement. This led to the creation of the new EuroNASCAR 2 championship trophy,” said Tijey’s Luca Saladino. “This way we will have the pleasure to reward with our Tijey titanium rings the drivers earning the most points in EuroNASCAR PRO at each event, while at the end of the season the two champions will raise our trophies to celebrate!”
Presented for the first time in 2020, the EuroNASCAR PRO trophy is a gorgeous, massive 700 mm, 9.2 kg cup made of machined high-grade AT6082 aluminium. The trophy has been updated with blue supports for 2021.
As its bigger brother, the EuroNASCAR 2 trophy is entirely designed and manufactured by Tijey. It is made from high-grade AT6082 machined aluminium, it weighs 6 kilograms and requires 60 hours of machine time to manufacture.
All residual metal left from the aluminium manufacturing process of the NWES trophies gets recycled and used to build other products.
Since 2019, Tijey and NWES reward the EuroNASCAR PRO driver earning the most points in a racing weekend with a custom-made machined titanium ring in the context of the “Tijey Fastest Driver Award”. The rings quickly became one of the most coveted prizes in NWES and in 2021, Loris Hezemans won the Tijey titanium ring both at Valencia and Brands Hatch, bringing his collection up to four, just one shy of all-time record holder Alon Day.
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will return to action on August 28-29 at Autodrom Most with the second edition of the NASCAR GP Czech Republic. Qualifying and all races will be streamed live on the EuroNASCAR social media profiles – Youtube, Facebook and Twitch – as well as on Motorsport.tv.
Rev Racing NASCAR Drive for Diversity Development Driver Nick Sanchez, driver of the No. 2 Max Siegel Incorporated Chevrolet will head to Winchester Speedway in search of his first win of the season.
Sanchez has only finished outside the top-five three times since his breakout race at Talladega in April. At his last ARCA short track race at Toledo, Sanchez tied his career-best finish of third. 96-points behind Ty Gibbs for the championship points lead, Sanchez has turned into one of four ARCA Menards Series championship contenders.
“We have really good momentum coming out of Iowa, finishing Top-5 there,” says Sanchez. “You know, even though it was a P5 finish, I think we had more to show than what we were able to. We have a fast car going into Winchester, and if we execute and fire on all cylinders, we will have a solid showing all 200 laps this Saturday. ”
One would think Sanchez is content with his impressive Top-5 streak, but Sanchez wants more.
“I will say, it is never bad to have a streak of Top-5s, but at the end of the day…stats are stats. People are probably going to remember the guy who wins more than the guy who has 6 Top-5s in a row. I think for me and my career, I just have to win. Top-5s aren’t enough to really perform and show my strengths to the whole industry. So I’m excited to go to Winchester and contend for a win.”
On July 31st, Nick Sanchez and Rev Racing will head back to the midwest to race at Winchester Speedway in the Calypso Lemonade 200. Qualifying will begin at 6 p.m. CT, followed by an autograph at 6:45 p.m. CT. The race will air on MAVTV and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold beginning at 8 p.m. CT.
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Virginia Motor Speedway to Host Week 9 of Dirt Series Championship Weekly Racing Saturday, July 31st
Virginia Motor Speedway will return to racing this Saturday, July 31st, and host week 9 of the Dirt Series Championship weekly racing season. The night will feature all four of the speedway's Dirt Series Championship weekly divisions in action. See the Victory Lap Pro Late Models, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified, and Collision One Limited Stock Cars in some exciting side-by-side racing!
After a storm washed out three of the scheduled features on July 17th, the speedway will make up those features before going into week 9 action. So you get twice the racing for one low price. The three divisions that will make up their features are the Victory Lap Pro Late Models. Budweiser Modifieds, and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars.
You do not want to miss a minute of the action. Spectator gates open at 5 pm, with hot laps beginning at 6 pm and features starting at 7:30 pm.
Competitor gates for Saturday, July 31st will open at 3 pm, and spectator gates opening at 5 pm. On-track activities will begin at 6 pm for hot laps, and features will start at 7:30 pm.
Saturday, July 17th, make up features: Victory Pro Late Models (30 Laps); Budweiser Modifieds (25 Laps); and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars (20 laps).
Saturday, July 31st features: Victory Pro Late Models (30 Laps); Budweiser Modifieds (25 Laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (25 laps) and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars (20 laps). All divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features.
Admission price for Adults $12, seniors (60+) $10; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $8, students 13 – 17 years old $6 and children 12 and under admitted free. Pit passes, regardless of age, are $25. Tickets can be purchased online or in person.
To enhance the fan's racing experience, the speedway has installed a short-wave FM transmitter, and all of the evening's action can be heard at 95.5 FM. So, bring your portable radio headset and enjoy hearing all the action.