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Justin Grant charged through the field from the 13th starting position to win the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series’ 81st annual Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura Raceway, Saturday night. It marks the 13th time that a Toyota-powered driver has won the prestigious event.
The win is the sixth of the season for Grant and his 11th since joining the Toyota-powered RMS Racing team prior to the 2021 season.
Series champion Buddy Kofoid would lead the first 44 laps of the event before giving way to fellow Toyota driver Cannon McIntosh as those two would continue to run one-two until lap 66 when Carson Macedo would slip by Kofoid for second with Tanner Thorson moving into third. Kofoid was battling back for third, only to see his night end when Thorson got up and over the cushion, turning sideways on the back straight and collecting Kofoid, ending his night.
After the restart, McIntosh would continue to set the pace until he, too, saw his hopes for victory slip away after getting up on the cushion coming back to the flag stand on lap 71. He was able to save the car, but came to stop, bringing out the caution flag and handing the lead to Macedo, with Grant having climbed up to second.
The woes at the front field would continue, though, as Macedo biked it off the cushion coming off of turn one on lap 78, bringing out the caution with Macedo sent to the back of the field, while Grant assumed the top spot.
Grant would pace lap 78, but Thorson was able to slide him for the lead on lap 79 as the two waged a fierce battle as the race entered the final 20 laps. Grant was able to move to the top of the track coming out of turn four and narrowly pass Thorson for the point position on lap 84 just before another caution waved.
Grant was able to hold off another run by Thorson after the restart and then began to pull away from the field on the way to a 1.367-second victory over Kyle Larson, with Bryant Wiedeman finishing third.
Three more Toyota-powered cars finished in the top 10 with Kevin Thomas Jr. placing fifth, while Emerson Axsom was eighth and Macedo recovered to finish ninth.
The Toyota Midget car program will kick off its 2023 campaign with the 37th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals at the SageNet Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, January 9-14.
Justin Grant, RMS Racing NOS Energy Drink Toyota: “My dad used to take me to Turkey Night every year and this is one of the races I fell in love with watching USAC cars. I never thought I’d be in the show and certainly never thought I’d win one. I can’t thank everyone involved with this NOS Energy Drink car enough. I love racing with Tanner Thorson. We took the gloves off and went at it. We were pulling every trick in the book out there. It’s a dream come true to win the Turkey Night Grand Prix.”
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and Autodrom Most announced today that the 2023 NASCAR GP Czech Republic will move to August 26-27, one week earlier than the initially scheduled date. The event, one of the most popular of the season in 2022 with over 35.000 spectators at the track, will once again mark EuroNASCAR’s return to action after the summer break in 2023.
The season will be a unique one, celebrating NASCAR’s 75th anniversary. After making history with the first ever NASCAR event on ice on March 4-5 at Rovaniemi, Finland, the 2023 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season will officially kick off in Valencia, Spain on May 6-7 with the season opener at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo. The Spanish event will celebrate its 10th edition.
The series will then visit Brands Hatch, UK on June 17-18 for American SpeedFest X, in the middle of a month of June filled with NASCAR action from Le Mans to Goodwood. Vallelunga, Italy will welcome EuroNASCAR for the third time on July 8-9 to close the first half of the season.
The Autodrom Most will host the NASCAR GP Czech Republic on August 26-27, while Germany will return to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series calendar on September 23-24, when the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben will welcome four exciting races that will close the regular season. The EuroNASCAR Finals will take place on October 7-8 at the legendary Circuit Zolder, in Belgium, to crown the EuroNASCAR Champion of 2023.
Southern California racing veteran Brody Roa will close out another successful season tonight and Saturday, November 25th and 26th, in the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series at the 81st running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway. The veteran driver will be back behind the wheel of Jayson May’s gorgeous #8M sprint car that has already carried him to a pair of victories in 2022.
Roa’s prowess at Ventura and in May’s car makes him one of the favorites in this week’s race. In two appearances at the beach side track in 2022, he has a win and a second-place finish. Driving his own #91R car in a USAC/CRA race on June 11th, Roa ended up second in the main event. He was clearly the fastest car on the track, but on the night, the track was one lane on the bottom. Rather than wreck the first-place car and possibly take himself out as well, Roa wisely settled for second. Two months later, he steered May’s car to the USAC West Coast Series main event win on the tiny, challenging oval that is located a stone’s throw away from the breaking surf of the Pacific Ocean.
After returning from Indiana Sprint week, Roa jumped into May’s 360 and led every inch of the way in the USAC/CRA 410 race at the grand re-opening of the Santa Maria Raceway on August 6th. His other 2022 appearances in May’s equipment came in early February in a pair of CAS/ASCS events at the Central Arizona Speedway. The first night Roa had the main event in the bag, but the competition was plagued by an exorbitant amount of yellow flags and Roa ran out of fuel near the end of the race. He restarted at the rear and came back through the field to finish fifth. Twenty-four hours later he placed second on the same track.
Gates will open at 3:00 p.m. each day at Ventura with cars on the track at 3:15. The sprint cars will have heats and a dash for cash on Friday. On Saturday, they will have preliminary main events and a $3,000.00 to win A main. The USAC National Midgets will join the action with practice on Friday. On Saturday, the midgets will qualify, contest preliminaries, and finish the night with the historic 98-lap main event. The Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 W. Harbor Boulevard (93001). The website is http://venturaraceway.com/ and the office phone number is (805) 648-RACE. Friday night adult tickets are $22.00. Seniors, military, and students get in for $18.00, and it is free for kids under 12 on Friday. On Saturday, reserved seats are $45.00 for those 13 and older. Reserved seats for those 12 and under are $25.00. General admission tickets are $35.00.
Roa comes into the event after ending the 410 sprint car portion of his 2022 season at the 26th running of the Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway. The first night of the Ovals saw the Garden Grove, California racecar chauffeur being the most competitive of the local drivers at the race on the famous Riverside County half-mile clay Oval. In qualifying in the stellar 40-car field that showed up for the last USAC National and USAC/CRA race of 2022, Roa only managed to qualify 18th fastest. He shrugged off the time trials result with a convincing win in the first heat race of the three-day event.
For the 30-lap main, Roa, 31 started in the ninth spot. Racing in the toughest field on the famous Riverside County half-mile clay oval in 2022, the veteran driver was the highest-running USAC/CRA driver in the field. He was just behind the USAC National Series regulars in the early part of the race. As the laps dwindled down, he began to infiltrate the invaders and advance toward the front of the pack. Running on the top, which had an unforgiving cushion, he was in the sixth spot with two laps to go when the cushion bit him and sent the #91R careening into the wall. Roa looked at the car, saw little damage, and climbed back in. He restarted at the back and ended up 16th.
On the second night at the Ovals, Roa qualified 22nd fastest. He backed that up with a third-place finish in his heat race. That gave him his second straight ticket into the 30-lap main event. The veteran driver started that race in 20th and finished 17th.
The tangle with the cushion on Thursday, combined with the 17th place finish on Friday, meant that Roa would have to qualify again on Saturday and make it to the main event through his heat race or the B main. The affable racing star was the ninth-quickest qualifier and placed third in his heat. That automatically sent him into the A main for the third consecutive night.
For the 40-lap championship main event, Roa started in the 10th place spot and was 11th when the checkered flag ended the contest and the 410 season. That was the best performance by a USAC/CRA driver in the race.
Roa and the team want to thank the following sponsors for making the 2022 season possible. HD Industries, Burris Racing, Sander Engineering, Inland Rigging, Caltrol, “Biker” Bruce Fischer, Competition Suspension, ALR Virtual Services, K-1 Race Gear, Molecule, Rod End Supply, Driven Racing Oil, Baldwin Filters, and NGK Spark Plugs. In addition, the veteran driver offers thanks to RDM Mechanics, Fastenal, KC Keen Concrete, Coopers Propane, Ten West Towing, Ten West Environmental, TJM Distribution, and Westco International for sponsoring May’s #8M.
If you or your company would like to jump on board and receive recognition as a team partner throughout 2023, please give the two-time USAC champion racer a phone call or drop him a note at the contact information on the top of this release.
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An extraordinary season for EuroNASCAR: 150,000 fans at the tracks, a record-breaking audience watching live!
The eleventh NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season in 2022 generated some incredible statistics and figures, cementing the series’ position as one of the most popular and beloved in Europe. From at-track attendance to broadcast consumption and social media engagement, EuroNASCAR broke record after record.
The fans have always been at the heart of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and in the first true post-pandemic season, the fans answered the call: over 150,000 of them visited a NASCAR Whelen Euro Series event around Europe in 2022.
The most popular event was the American Speedfest at Brands Hatch in the UK. Over the weekend, 46.900 spectators visited the historic British track to experience a spectacular weekend of racing and US themed attractions. 35,400 fans were counted at Autodrom Most, the most ever for NWES in the Czech Republic.
With 23,750 fans at the track at Autodromo di Vallelunga, Italy celebrated its most successful EuroNASCAR event ever to date in 2022. 18,000 and 17,000 fans enjoyed EuroNASCAR at at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia (Spain) and at Circuit Zolder (Belgium), while 8,000 spectators attended the EuroNASCAR Finals at Automotodrom Grobnik in Croatia, an event that opened the gates for fans for the very first time after joining NWES during the Covid-19 pandemic. The races on the Croatian Riviera were followed by the beautiful prize gala at the Kvarna Hotel by Liburnia Hotels & Villa in Opatija.
EuroNASCAR’s special relationship with the fans isn’t limited to those visiting the events. The experience the series’ passionate followers get on the web is also crucial for the sole NASCAR series in Europe. All races are broadcasted live for free on EuroNASCAR’s YouTube channel and thanks to several TV partners all around the world they reach a vast and diverse audience. Five million minutes consumed on YouTube alone – the channel hit 28,200 subscribers – set a record in the history of EuroNASCAR and thanks to the enthusiasm of the fans, the series counted an average of 1.200 interactions per race between live chat, comments and like button. With 1.55 million minutes consumed, the EuroNASCAR Finals at Automotodrom Grobnik were the most watched NWES event ever.
For those who missed the live action, a highlights magazine is available in English on the NWES YouTube channel, but also brought to five continents and 300 million households all over the world thanks to EuroNASCAR’s network of TV partners. With foreign commentators, the action is brought to the fans in their language and the broadcast is – besides visiting the tracks and watching the races live – the best opportunity to follow the series’ races.
Beside YouTube, EuroNASCAR is creating content on its social media profiles, giving fans access to the protagonists of the series. With 72.900 followers across all platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), eleven million impressions and more than 400.000 engagements, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series fan base grew a lot in a record-breaking 2022 season.
The championship’s website EuroNASCAR.com, presenting latest news, reports, stories and information about the championships, the drivers and the teams reported more than 750.000 page impressions and over 160.000 active users. All articles are published in four languages: English, Italian, German and French.
Coverage on print and internet media outlets also continued to expand over the last 12 months and in 2023, with the first ever NASCAR event taking place in Rovaniemi, Finland, the NWES footprint will grow even further.
On track, the competition was outstanding. A total of 37 cars entered the 2022 NWES season, fielded by 17 teams and driven by 70 drivers. 22 different countries were represented on the grid in 24 races between the EuroNASCAR PRO and EuroNASCAR 2 championships. With five female drivers in the Lady Trophy, seven Junior Trophy entries for drivers aged 25 and under, 14 Legend Trophy entries for drivers aged 40 and more, 15 Rookie Trophy contenders and 17 pilots in the Challenger Trophy for bronze and silver drivers in EuroNASCAR PRO, new records were set across the board.
Eleven different drivers scored a pole position between the two championships in 2022. The fans saw nine different winners, five of which made it to Victory Lane in NASCAR for the very first time in their career: Liam Hezemans, Alberto Naska, Alexander Graff, Sebastiaan Bleekemolen and Patrick Lemarie. 20 drivers made it to the podium over the course of the 2022 season, seven of which were first time podium finishers: Alexander Graff, Patrick Lemarie, Liam Hezemans, Alberto Naska, Tuomas Pontinen, Gil Linster and Claudio Cappelli. Pontinen’s podium finish was a historic one too, as he became the first Finnish driver to climb on a EuroNASCAR podium.
Alon Day grabbed a record-breaking fourth NWES championship ring and extended his win count to 32 race victories. The Israeli is now not only the winningest, but also the most successful driver in NWES history. With the top-3 in EuroNASCAR PRO separated by just 8 points ahead of the Finals in Croatia and a true showdown between Hezemans and Naska in EuroNASCAR 2, the fans witnessed four nail-biting double-points races at Automotodrom Grobnik that decided the championships in favor of Day and Hezemans, who overtook Naska in the overall standings in the very last race of the season.
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is ready for another record-breaking season that will kick off with the Arctic Ice Race in Rovaniemi on March 4-5. The official season opener will take place on May 6-7 at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, to start a six-event season across Europe. Germany will be back on the schedule for the first time since 2019 with a brand new event at Oschersleben, while Circuit Zolder will be the home of the EuroNASCAR Finals for the sixth time since 2015.
The Automotodrom Grobnik will host an All-Star Race after the season finale and bring the teams back to the beautiful Croatian Riviera. Brands Hatch, Vallelunga and Most are also set to provide the fans with US-themed events and the pure racing of EuroNASCAR with brilliant events in June, July and September. Check the 2023 NWES schedule on EuroNASCAR.com, subscribe to the YouTube channel to not miss any live stream and follow the series on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for latest news and information.
The Dumoulin Competition “Race Against Cancer” 2022 Campaign Exceeds Expectations: $ 116,041 Over Seven Seasons - Louis-Philippe Dumoulin Reports on His 2022 Season
When Dumoulin Competition launched the seventh season of the "Race Against Cancer" fundraiser, the team did not expect that all records would be broken in 2022. Our goal was to reach $ 100,000 in total donations to the “Quebec Cancer Foundation”. The call to action was answered by people, companies and organizations who have believed in our program from the beginning, and we raised a record amount of $ 24 144 for the year, for a grand total of $ 116,041 over the seven seasons (2016-2022).
We are eminently grateful to all of you…
“An impressive amount has been raised over the years, a great achievement for all who contributed. When we first got involved, we had no idea that it would grow to this size and that so many people would join us in our cause. To see that all of us working towards a common goal, with donations of all kinds, have exceeded our goal. Thank you all for your generosity. Again, this year, our team has lost friends, Jean Beauchesne and Claudette Renaud. Others are currently facing cancer, like Bernard Pilon, another member of our team. We know intimately how difficult it is to live through those losses! These people and their loved ones all need support to live with this monstrous disease,” according to Jean-Francois and Louis-Philippe Dumoulin.
Luce Girard (Director, Regional Centre and Hosting for the Mauricie) underlined the generosity of Dumoulin Competition and of those who join the movement each year. “Once again, the Dumoulin brothers and their group of friends and volunteers have shown immense generosity. Over the past 7 years, their commitment, creativity and involvement have raised over $110,000 for Quebecers affected by cancer. Thanks to their contribution, the Quebec Cancer Foundation continues its mission to offer support, care and comforting to thousands of people and their loved ones whose lives are affected by cancer.”
2022 activities as part of the “Grand défoulement à ma façon” accomplished by Dumoulin Competition’s “Race Against Cancer” campaign.
Individual donations were made, either directly on the platform or by signing the trunk lids of Jean-François and Louis-Philippe Dumoulin's cars at races and promotional events. Organized fundraising activities also took place in parallel:
- On March 24, the seventh (7th) edition of “The Race Against Cancer” was launched during a Cocktail Hour meeting, organized by Guy Brousseau, a long-time friend of the Dumoulin family, at Les Contrebandiers restaurant in Trois-Rivieres. A total of $ 3,200 was raised.
- The employees of Groupe Somavrac have been raising funds since 2016. This year, they contributed $ 5,000 to the cause.
“Contributing in our own way to the Dumoulin ‘Race against cancer’ for the past seven years is our way to honour all the Groupe Sovramac employees who have been touched by cancer in one way or another over the years. The owners and our whole team are aware of the cause, and they know that every dollar donated can make a difference to the Foundation,” according to Groupe Somavrac employees.
- A partnership was developed with K-DOGS to provide meals in the centre of the track at Edmonton International Raceway on July 23. K-DOGS generously provided meals in exchange for a donation. NASCAR Pinty's Series teams and track employees participated, raising a total of $ 2,200.
- On August 23, Dumoulin Competition threw the ceremonial first pitch at an "Aigles de Trois-Rivières" baseball game, and the team raised $ 820 from the fans.
- On October 15, the third edition of the "La Classique des 6 heures de Silverstone", a virtual enduro organized by Sylvain Bernier and his partners was run. Twenty-five teams, totalling 60 drivers, took to the virtual Silverstone track. The event was a success beyond all expectations, with participants, partners and spectators raising a total of $ 4,500.
“The race has grown as an event to a level we didn't expect at all. The bar was set high, and we reached our goals working together. It's incredible! I would like to acknowledge the contribution of Bruno Pichette who helped us with the videos and photos. Thank you all for your contribution and see you in the fall of 2023 for a fourth edition of the Enduro to benefit the ‘Race against cancer’," explains Sylvain Bernier, founder and owner of Sly Sim Racing.
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Buddy Kofoid continued his dominance of the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series’ West Coast Swing in winning Wednesday’s feature at Merced Speedway. It’s Kofoid’s third win in six races, to go along with a second and two thirds. Spencer Bayston placed second to give Toyota-powered drivers a one-two finish on the night.
The win is Kofoid’s 13th in USAC competition this season, tying him for fourth all-time with Sleepy Tripp, who registered 13 wins in 1975. Overall, it’s Kofoid’s 16th national midget feature triumph in 2022, giving him 41 career victories.
For much of the 30-lap feature, it appeared that it would be 2017 USAC champion Bayston returning to Winner’s Circle as he took the lead on the opening lap and paced the first 25 laps by a comfortable margin. Behind him, Daniel Whitley and Jade Avedisian rounded out the top three.
After falling back early, Kofoid would begin to charge up through the field in the final 10 laps, moving from fifth on lap 20 up to second by lap 23 as he trailed Bayston by 1.34 seconds, but was closing quickly. He cut the lead to 0.8 seconds on lap 24, then down to .288 seconds on lap 25 before eventually rocketing around the top as he edged Bayston for the lead coming to the scoring stand on lap 26.
From that point on, it was all Kofoid as he took the checkered flag .576-seconds ahead of Bayston. Jason McDougal finished third, followed by Avedisian in fourth and Jacob Denney as Toyotas captured four the top-five finishing positions on the night.
Toyota-powered drivers have now won each of the first six events in the USAC Western Swing and will look to make it a clean sweep when the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series closes out its 2022 campaign with the 81st running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura Raceway on Saturday, Nov. 26.
Buddy Kofoid, Keith Kunz Motorsports Mobil 1 Toyota: “I made a mistake in the first corner and went from third to sixth or seventh and I got up to the top side early and really wasn’t going anyone. I felt pretty good on the bottom and gained one or two spots. Then I had enough of following everyone, so I just decided to move back up and make it work. I knew if I could get it cleaned off, I’d be ok. Then I started running them down really fast and I picked one off, then picked a couple more off. Once I got up to second in open air I could see myself visually getting closer and I knew that’s where I needed to be. Luckily, I got by Spencer before the late red or Spencer probably would have moved up and it would have been a different story. I owe it all to Keith Kunz Motorsports, Mobil 1 and Toyota for giving me a great car. I’ll enjoy tonight and look back on our season and be proud of what we’ve done. Then I’ll look at what we did today and see if we can make it better for Ventura. The Turkey Night Grand Prix is one of the biggest midget races in the world. I’d love to put my name up on that stat sheet and, hopefully, we can put ourselves in position to do that.”
Logan Clark to Run Throwback Paint Scheme at the Thanksgiving Classic Honoring W.G.Speeks’ 80th Year in Business
Logan Clark announced today that he will be honoring W.G.Speeks’ 80th year in business in 2023 with a paint scheme created to resemble the company’s oil trucks from 70+ years ago. The paint scheme is set to debut at the 2022 Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park. Clark will be racing for $50,000 in the 250 lap Thanksgiving Classic driving the No. 15 W.G.Speeks and Carolina Family Pool & Patio late model stock car prepared by crew chief Austin Thaxton and R&S Race Cars.
W.G.Speeks, a family owned Richmond, VA Heating and Air company, is celebrating 80 years serving central Virginia in 2023. Founded by W. Gwyn and Adele Speeks, Logan's great grandparents, in 1943, they started by selling heating fuel oil which soon after, turned into one of Richmond's most trusted and top-rated companies in the residential and commercial HVAC industry. In his teenage years, W. Gerald Speeks started working for his parents at the company before taking ownership with his wife Joan Speeks. Now, a third generation company, Gerald and Joan's son and daughter, W. Greg Speeks and sister Vicki Clark, run the day-to-day operations.
“I am so excited to be able to run this paint scheme for my family. The reaction on my grandfather’s face when we revealed the car to him was priceless,” said driver Logan Clark. “It’ll be a fun race. There’s going to be lots of strategy and conservation so it will be important to save your stuff and be there at the end. I know Austin, Marcus, and everyone else at R&S Race Cars have been working hard and I’m ready to see how it plays out on Sunday and hopefully end our year with a strong finish.”
Learn more about W.G.Speeks by visiting wgspeeks.com or their Facebook page, W.G.Speeks.
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