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The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series returns to Germany for the final round of the regular season, the NASCAR GP Germany at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. After an exciting parade on the Marktplatz in Oschersleben on Thursday to mark the return of NASCAR to the country, the Club Challenge drivers were the first to take to the track and experience the 3.668 kilometer circuit. At the end of two thrilling sessions, a new winner was crowned in the regularity based division: Florian Richard from Speedhouse Racing, who led teammate Alain Mosqueron in a 1-2 finish for the French team.
Richard made his debut in Valencia and steadily progressed through the season. After a fourth place finish in Spain, a third in Italy and a second in the Czech Republic, a victory was the next logical step and that’s exactly what Richard achieved in Germany. The driver of the # 64 Ford Mustang won the first session and finished runner-up in the second session to earn himself his first overall victory.
“It’s my first victory in the NWES Club Challenge and it was a great team effort,” he said. “Also congratulations to Federico [Monti] and my teammate Alain. I’m now looking forward to the EuroNASCAR Finals at Circuit Zolder in Belgium.”
Mosqueron scored his third podium of the season with a solid performance at Oschersleben. The two-time Club Challenge champion topped the second 30-minute session after finishing fifth in the first one. Academy / Alex Caffi Motorsport’s co-owner Federico Monti completed the podium by finishing in the top-3 and choosing the faster reference time in both sessions. Mosqueron and Monti were tied in points, but Mosqueron won the tiebreaker by virtue of his better finishing position.
Current standings leader Gordon Barnes was only fourth in the wake of a challenging round for the reigning two-time champion. Barnes finished third in the first session, but a tough second session meant that he was unable to climb on the podium at the home circuit of his Marko Stipp Motorsport team. Edouard Fatio completed the top-5 with the aid of the bonus points for choosing the faster reference time. Viktor Schiffer and Arianna Casoli rounded out the remaining two spots in the final results.
The action now turns to the EuroNASCAR PRO and EuroNASCAR 2 drivers as they will soon take part in their first practice sessions at EuroNASCAR’s newest venue. All qualifying sessions and races from the first ever NASCAR GP Germany held at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben will be broadcast live on EuroNASCAR’s YouTube channel, Motorsport.tv, and on many TV services around the world.
In what can only be described as an astonishing twist at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore, Red Bul’s incredible 15-race winning streak was brought to a screeching halt. Donning the famous colours of Ferrari, Carlos Sainz claimed victory while Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, the star drivers for Red Bull, struggled to recover from a double Q2 exit during qualifying. But what went wrong?
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The Challenges Unfolding
Few can argue that Red Bull's dominance in F1 during the 2023 season has been nothing short of spectacular. Up to last week, the RB19 had seemed uncatchable, but the Singapore Grand Prix has potentially exposed the vulnerabilities in the Red Bull racing machine. Verstappen, starting from the 11th position on the grid, could only manage a fifth-place finish, while Perez fought his way up to eighth from P13. It was evident that something had gone awry for the powerhouse team.
Red Bulls' woes began to surface as early as Friday's practice sessions, where they clearly struggled to match the pace of their competitors, which is something that was unheard of through the last 15 races. Team principal Christian Horner admitted that their pre-race simulations had led them astray, putting the team in the wrong setup "window." Another pivotal moment of the race came with the deployment of the Safety Car on lap 20 after an incident involving Logan Sargeant's Williams that disrupted Red Bull's strategy, which relied on Verstappen and Perez starting on hard tires to gain positions when their competitors pitted. However, the Safety Car allowed the leading cars to make "free" pit stops, and Red Bull's drivers fell behind as a result.
Amid Red Bull's struggles in Singapore, there was speculation regarding the impact of two new technical directives (TDs) introduced by the FIA. TD18 tightened rules concerning flexible wings, while an updated version of TD39 targeted the flexibility of the floor around the skid block holes. These directives aimed to prevent teams from exploiting loopholes in aerodynamic regulations. However, Red Bull firmly denied that the TDs were to blame for their performance decline and that the team had made "zero" changes to its car as a result of the new FIA stance, emphasizing that engineering complexities and setups were the primary factors.
Optimism for the Future
One of the main strengths of the RB19 is its ability to maintain a predictable aero platform at various speeds, which makes it consistent through different types of corners. The car's effective ride control allows it to run close to the ground at high speed, where maximum downforce is generated. However, this design choice makes the car less adaptable on bumpier tracks, since it is prone to bottoming out, which was evident in Singapore.
While Red Bull reflect on the weekend's performance, chief engineer Paul Monaghan summed up the situation perfectly by admitting that Singapore had exposed some weaknesses in the car that were already known within the team. Yet, despite the end of their winning streak, Red Bull still sees the experience as a valuable lesson for the development of their 2024 car, the RB20. Verstappen followed suit by echoing the sentiments and expressed confidence that the team would be back to normal in Suzuka for the Japan Grand Prix this weekend and that both drivers are determined to return to the front of the grid, where we have become accustomed to seeing them. The champion-elect added that he believes that the Singapore race was an anomaly because of its unique characteristics and that with Japan having a completely different layout, we should see the RB19 back to business as usual.
Throughout Thursday night’s James Dean Classic at Indiana’s Gas City I-69 Speedway, Justin Grant experienced the fluctuating feeling of a season-long USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship battle swaying in the balance.
During the heat races, his point lead vanished for a brief moment when Brady Bacon scored a victory. Shortly thereafter, Grant regained a grip on the lead when he answered with his very own heat race win.
With all that said, there was absolutely no fluctuation whatsoever in the feature from the eighth lap onward. As soon as Grant assumed the point, he gained total command of the race at hand and control of the big picture in terms of the series point lead by scoring his 10th series win of the season aboard his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – Bow Foundation – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.
The performance turned in by Grant was one for the record books as he became just the 11th driver in the series’ 68-year history to reach double-digit feature victories in a single USAC National Sprint Car season, joining Tom Bigelow (14 in 1977), Robert Ballou (13 in 2015), J.J. Yeley (13 in 2003), Larry Dickson (12 in 1968), Pancho Carter (12 in 1976), Bubby Jones (11 in 1979), Tyler Courtney (11 in 2018), Larry Dickson (10 in 1970), Pancho Carter (10 in 1977) and Jay Drake (10 in 2000).
Grant officially owns the bragging rights for USAC National Sprint Car racing at Gas City in 2023, already staking claim as the winner of the Indiana Sprint Week round in July. Furthermore, Grant posted his second career James Dean Classic victory, previously doing so in 2020.
The 44th USAC National Sprint Car win of Grant’s career now moves him to within one of 1968-70-75 series champion Larry Dickson (45 wins) for sixth place on the all-time list.
Starting seventh in the 22-car field, Grant had some strenuous work to perform in the 30-lap span. Initially, Shane Cottle bolted to the lead from his outside front row starting position on lap one. However, Cottle’s lay of the land was short-lived as third-starting Robert Ballou split between Cottle and pole starter Emerson Axsom in turn one on lap two to position himself at the forefront of the field.
Following a yellow flag for a spin by 22nd running Rylan Gray between turns one and two on lap six, Bacon was the newest riser through the pack as he flashed around the outside of Emerson Axsom for second place on the restart.
Quickly, though, it became readily apparent that Grant came to play. First, he hit the alley between Axsom and Bacon in turn four on lap seven to escape from fourth to second. Less than a lap later, Grant was in the lead as he blazed by Ballou midway down the back straight to surge into the lead on lap eight.
Immediately, Grant launched away to a near full-straightaway lead as the race neared the halfway mark, more than three seconds ahead with 15 laps remaining as Ballou, Axsom and Bacon fought like bulldogs on a porkchop for the second spot.
In traffic, Grant was unattainable as his lead ballooned to five seconds with 10 laps to go. But funny enough, as his lead continuously expanded lap after lap, Grant truly believed that more and more pressure was mounting from the second-place car of Axsom. As it turned out, it was just a mirage in the form of another lapped car.
“While I was working lapped traffic, I kept seeing a black and white car kind of poking down there; I thought it was Axsom,” Grant revealed. “I thought I had mega pressure in lapped traffic the whole time, so I had no idea we were that good. It was so slick around here, but I knew our car was really, really good. I was kind of worried about somebody getting the bottom rolling.”
Meanwhile, behind him, Matt Westfall was crawling the bottom with perfection to edge his way up to the third spot past Ballou on lap 24 after beginning his race from mid-pack in the 22-car starting field.
However, Grant’s lead was erased on lap 25 when Daison Pursley (14th) performed a 360-degree spin in turn four which necessitated a caution. Nonetheless, it wasn’t enough to deter Grant who stepped away from the pack over the final six laps while riding the rim as the trailing Axsom and Westfall rolled the bottom in their pursuit.
In the end, Grant was too much to handle as he earned a 1.408 second margin of victory over Emerson Axsom, Matt Westfall, Robert Ballou and Brady Bacon. With Bacon finishing fifth and Grant first, Grant’s series point lead increased to 15 markers with four races remaining. But in this pressure cooker, the night sweats never cease when thinking about the championship.
“With Brady, the pressure is never off,” Grant acknowledged. “He’s a really good racecar driver; he always finds a way; and he keeps his cool. He’s just so, so hard to beat. It’s an honor to compete with him in this deal. I’ve had to become a lot better of a racecar driver because of him. It’s fun to go toe-to-toe with him and he’s as good as it gets. When we can come out on top, it feels really, really good and really rewarding.”
Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) had gone seven consecutive USAC National Sprint Car starts without a top-five result in his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Driven2SaveLives – ZMax Race Lubricants/Spike/Kistler Chevy. On this night, he ended that streak with a runner-up result.
Patience is a virtue and Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) possesses that in droves. At Gas City, he took to the low side and picked his way from his 12th starting spot to a third-place result in his Ray Marshall Motorsports/Buckeye Machine – Hempy Water/DRC/Gressman Chevy. His plus-nine performance earned him hard charger honors for the evening.
Back in June, Gas City I-69 Speedway served as the turning point of the 2023 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season for Logan Seavey.
On Thursday night during the fifth running of the James Dean Classic, the Sutter, Calif. native cemented the case that his quest for a second career season championship shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.
Seavey racked up his second straight series win at the Gas City, Ind. 1/4-mile dirt oval this season, doing so with even more late-race heroics in his Abacus Racing/Honest Abe Roofing – Indy Custom Stone – Laura Kopetsky Tri-Ax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.
Three months earlier, Seavey took over the lead just two laps from the finish line en route to victory at Gas City during USAC Indiana Midget Week, but on Thursday, he got a bit of a head start on his pursuit, swiping the lead from Jacob Denney six laps from the checkered flag in the 30-lap affair.
In the end, Seavey bested Denney to the stripe by a 0.728 second margin to earn his fifth victory of the season and the 13th of his career with the series. That elevated him to 56th on the all-time list alongside Steve Knepper, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman and Stevie Reeves.
Entering the Gas City round in June, Seavey was mired an astonishing 110 points out of the championship lead and stood sixth overall in the standings. In the 12 races since, he’s reeled off 12 consecutive top-five results and now leads the series standings by a staggering 183 points.
Seavey started his feature run on Thursday from the eighth position and had already surged into the second spot by lap three. Up front, outside front row starter Justin Grant nipped pole sitter Hayden Reinbold by about a foot or two to lead lap one, but soon had to contend with a surging Seavey.
However, on lap six, defending James Dean Classic winner Buddy Kofoid found himself in an unsavory position when he cracked the turn one cushion with his right rear tire, causing him to helicopter several times before landing upside down. By that point, the 2021-22 USAC National Midget champ had already advanced from 12th to 5th. After his car spent time in the Indy Metal Finishing Work Area, Kofoid restarted at the tail and worked his way back up to a seventh place finish.
The night’s Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier, Cannon McIntosh, scooted to third by lap seven, but soon after, clipped an infield tire, which knocked his left front suspension a little wonky and askew, forcing him to a stop in between turns one and two on lap 12. He too returned to action after time in the work area, ultimately finishing 11th.
Nearing halfway, Grant worked high in turns one and two with Seavey operating the low line, but on lap 16, Seavey attempted to slide Grant in turn two, and instead, swung wide, thus matadoring Denney right by him into second.
Denney drove past Grant for the lead on the bottom of turn four on lap 18, and a half lap later, lightning struck Grant twice as he slid sideways in turn two, allowing Seavey to fly around the outside of him and slot into second.
Seavey stayed with the game as he chased down Denney, drawing nearer and nearer with each passing lap until, six laps later, he zipped past into the lead on lap 25. Seavey revealed that the seas sort of parted due to the pressure from Denney on Grant, which forced Grant to search around on the track’s surface.
“I knew the track was slowing down and I knew the bottom was just going to keep getting trickier,” Seavey explained. “I knew Grant would have to do something different for me to pass him. I was trying to show my nose on the bottom, and I got him to go down there once but I wasn’t close enough. It’s cat and mouse when you’re running against somebody that good.”
However, it was a chain of successive events that brought Seavey to the forefront, seemingly all occurring within a split second of each other amid high speed and high stakes.
“Denney was a lifesaver, really,” Seavey revealed. “He got Grant searching for me, which got Grant kind of messed up and I was finally able to go by him. I was just a hair too free to cut the bottom like that, and Grant knew that as long as he didn’t screw up, he was probably okay, then Denney came by.”
If this scenario sounds oddly familiar, perhaps you saw last Friday night’s USAC National Sprint Car feature when a much similar scenario played out during Seavey’s victorious last lap performance at Indiana’s Circle City Raceway.
“It felt a lot like Circle City when (Shane) Cottle pulled Kyle (Cummins) off my back bumper and I was able to get clean track again, make some good laps and run him back down,” Seavey documented. “Denney and I were wheel-to-wheel over in turns three and four for like five or six laps. I was on the chip for the whole straightaway, but the SR-11 ran great all day and Denney ran a great race too.”
Seavey had a few fisticuffs with traffic to avoid in order to navigate his way home during the final six voyages, but not a single misstep was detected as Seavey became just the second driver, along with Shane Cottle, to earn multiple USAC National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget feature victories in a career at Gas City.
Jacob Denney collected a second-place result with Bryant Wiedeman third, Daison Pursley fourth and Justin Grant fifth.
Denney (Galloway, Ohio) felt the bottom of the track going away quite abruptly late in the race and practically knew it was a matter of time before the sand in the hourglass would run out on the bottom in his Tom Malloy/Trench Shoring – Rodela Specialty Fabrication/King/Ed Pink Toyota. However, it was quite the homecoming for Denney who missed the last two series races due to a crash in an Xtreme Outlaw series event at Paragon (Ind.) Speedway that forced him to take some time off. In his Gas City return, Denney raced all the way from 10th to finish second, earning hard charger honors for the evening.
After getting upside down in the James Dean Classic at Gas City a year ago this weekend, Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) scored a third-place finish in his CB Industries/Nutrien Ag Solutions – PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota at Gas City. In USAC competition, it was Wiedeman’s first podium result since his July victory at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds in his home state of Kansas.
Eight miles southwest of Dover Motor Speedway, Miles the Monster is in a new, agricultural form this autumn during the annual Fall Fest at Fifer’s.
This year, Fifer’s famous walk-through cornfield, now in its 18th year, is known as the “Motor Maze, presented by Dover Motor Speedway,” featuring Miles the Monster. The popular corn maze is open during Fall Fest at Fifer’s, which begins Saturday, Sept. 23 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 4. The event is open Mondays-Saturdays and closed on Sundays.
In addition to Miles’ inclusion in the corn maze, Dover Motor Speedway’s display at the event features the famous Monster Trophy, the Mach 1 Ford Mustang pace car, giveaways, enter-to-win NASCAR tickets and photo opportunities, as well as information about the 2024 NASCAR weekend.
Dover’s display is open for seven consecutive Saturdays beginning Sept. 23. Also, all Fall Fest at Fifer’s admission proceeds on Friday, Sept. 29 will be donated to Speedway Children’s Charities, Dover Motor Speedway chapter, benefiting Delaware children in need. SCC-Dover-labeled bags will be available for $10 – perfect for loading apples and/or pumpkins. SCC-Dover is seeking applicants for its next round of charitable donations. Interested organizations can learn more about requirements and apply at www.speedwaycharities.org/
“We are thrilled to partner in this longtime Delaware tradition,” said Gary Camp, vice president of marketing and communications for Dover Motor Speedway and executive director, Speedway Children’s Charities Dover Motor Speedway chapter. “Much like we feel about our annual NASCAR race weekend, a visit to Fifer’s in the fall is a can’t-miss experience for everyone from our region. This partnership is win-win, and we hope to use the opportunity to engage with guests to raise funds and awareness for our SCC DMS efforts to deliver much needed support to children in our community.”
Fall activities for kids of all ages, games, the popular corn maze and farm fresh food items are the centerpiece of Fall Fest at Fifer’s, from picking pumpkins and apples to grabbing cider and donuts from the Farm Store. Located at 1919 Allabands Mill Road in Camden-Wyoming, Delaware, Fifer’s has been a staple of the First State’s agricultural community since its founding in 1919. Approximately 100,000 guests will visit Fall Fest over the course of the season.
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Justin Denney finished second, while Bryant Wiedeman placed third as Toyota-powered drivers earned two podium positions in the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship’s James Dean Classic at Gas City I-69 Speedway, Thursday night.
Toyota drivers would lead 24 of the 30 laps on the night as Justin Grant controlled much of the race, pacing the first 17 laps before Denney would run low underneath him going into turn one to take the lead on lap 18. Denney would hold down the top spot for seven laps before Logan Seavey was able to get past him while running the high side into turn two on lap 25.
At the checkered flag, it was Seavey, Denney and Wiedeman with Grant placing fifth.
The drive of the night may have belonged to Buddy Kofoid as the two-time USAC champion made his return to the midget ranks for a one-off event. Kofoid started 12th and climbed up to fifth by lap five before catching the cushion on lap six, as he would flip. But the night was far from over for Kofoid, who would return from the pits and proceed to drive from the tail end of the field all the way back up to seventh place before running out of laps.
Ryan Timms would place eighth, while Jake Andreotti came home in tenth to give Toyota drivers six of the top-10 finishing positions.
The USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series is back in action the next two nights at Eldora Speedway culminating in Saturday night’s 4-Crown Nationals.
Jacob Denney, Tom Malloy/Trench Shoring: “It stings a little bit. We had a really good race car. Thanks to Jerome (Rodela) and everyone with the team.”
Bryant Wiedeman, CB Industries: “One of the early cautions hurt us when I had a good run at Grant and Seavey. Hats off to the entire CBI crew. I have to thank Nutrien AG Solutions, Toyota, Purple Wave, Pristine Auction and everyone who makes this thing run. It’s a great group and I can’t thank them enough.”
Toyota-Powered Drivers USAC Gas City I-69 Speedway Thursday Feature Results
Jacob Denney – 2nd
Bryant Wiedeman – 3rd
Justin Grant – 5th
Buddy Kofoid – 7th
Ryan Timms – 8th
Jake Andreotti – 10th
Cannon McIntosh – 11th
Kaylee Bryson – 12th
Clinton Boyles – 13th
Gavin Miller – 14th
Jade Avedisian – 16th
Taylor Reimer – 17th
Justin Dickerson – 20th
After what seems like an eternity, the Flowdynamics racing team will be back in action when the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series returns to Perris Auto Speedway for the annual Glenn Howard Classic this Saturday night, September 23rd. It will not only be the first race back for the team but also for the 24-year-old racing series since July 15th.
The unplanned two-month break in the action has Flowdynamics drivers Matt McCarthy and Logan Williams itching to get back on the track that is located closest to the team’s Ontario, California headquarters. The last race at Perris took place on July 15th. In that race, Williams came home fifth for his third top-five finish of the season. McCarthy finished 12th.
The series had two races scheduled between the July 15th date and this Saturday night. One was August 19th at Perris. However, that race had to be canceled due to the remnants of Hurricane Hillary. One week before that and three weeks after, USAC/CRA had races scheduled for the Santa Maria Raceway. However, the track has been closed all year. Try as they might, raceway officials were unable to get the track open and those races had to be canceled as well. Thus, the big unplanned summer vacation.
Coming into this week’s competition, Riverside, California’s McCarthy has contested four series races this year. All four have been at Perris and he has two top 10 finishes among them. His best outing came on May 27th when he placed eighth in the Salute to Indy. A month earlier, he finished ninth in the 30-lap main.
Williams, who is in his third season competing for Flowdynamics, has started six races in 2023. He has four top-10 finishes and has placed in the top five three times. The Yorba Linda, California driver's best outing in 2023 was a fourth on June 10th. At the last race at Perris on July 15th, he drove his #5W past the checkers in fifth place.
Despite confining most of their racing to Perris, Williams is ranked 11th in USAC/CRA Series points and McCarthy is 20th.
Things at Perris will get underway when the spectator gates open at 5:00 p.m. The first race will take the green flag at 7:00. Adult tickets are $30.00. Seniors 65 and over get in for $25.00. For kids six to 12 it is just $5.00 and children five and under are admitted free. The fairgrounds charge $10.00 for parking. Advanced tickets are available until 7:00 PM on Saturday night online at tix.com or by calling 1-800-595-4849. For fans who do not wish to buy tickets in advance, there will be plenty available at the ticket window on Saturday night.
Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located at 18700 Lake Perris Drive on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Take the 215 freeway, exit at the Ramona Expressway, and go three miles east to the fairgrounds.
Whenever you get the chance to meet the Flowdynamics drivers in person, be sure to visit them in the pits. They will be glad to sign autographs for you and each will have their fine-looking team shirts available.
Alex Palou was honored for his second NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship during the Victory Lap Celebration on Sept. 21, the headline of an incomparable 2023 season for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Palou dominated this season to earn another title to join his 2021 championship for Chip Ganassi Racing. He won a series-high five races in the No. 10 The American Legion Honda, with a total of 10 podium finishes in 17 races. Palou finished eighth or better in all 17 races this season and became the first INDYCAR SERIES driver to clinch the championship at least one race early since Sebastien Bourdais in 2007.
Spanish driver Palou won the Astor Challenge Cup for the title by 78 points over teammate and six-time series champion Scott Dixon, earning the 15th INDYCAR SERIES championship for Chip Ganassi Racing and the organization’s third in the last four seasons.
Palou was one of six members of Chip Ganassi Racing to receive special honors at the ceremony, which took place at the Gallagher Pavilion at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Marcus Armstrong of New Zealand received the Rookie of the Year Award as the top-finishing first-year driver in the standings. Armstrong scored five top-10 finishes in just 12 starts in the No. 11 Ridgeline Lubricants Honda to surpass full-time rookie Agustin Canapino of Juncos Hollinger Racing by 34 points in the standings.
Team owner Chip Ganassi accepted the Championship Owner Award, and Palou’s chief mechanic, Ricky Davis, was presented the Pennzoil Chief Mechanic Award. Additional season honors for the Ganassi team included the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Team Manager award to Barry Wanser and Blair Julian.
The awards haul was a reward for a dominant year by Indianapolis-based Chip Ganassi Racing. The team achieved the unprecedented feat of taking the top two spots in the driver standings and winning the Rookie of the Year title in one season.
While Palou’s winning margin in the driver standings was the largest since 2016, the Manufacturers Award race came down to the final laps at the season finale Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Chevrolet edged Honda by just 16 points to win its second consecutive engine manufacturer title and eighth overall since it returned to the series in 2012.
Mark Stielow, General Motors director of motorsport competition engineering, accepted the award on behalf of the Chevrolet team.
A successful first season with a rebrand and Firestone sponsorship for INDYCAR’s development series also was recognized at the Victory Lap Celebration, as Christian Rasmussen of HMD Motorsports was honored as 2023 INDY NXT by Firestone champion.
Rasmussen won a series-high five of the 14 races this season in the No. 6 HMD Motorsports with DCR entry. He beat Andretti Autosport’s Hunter McElrea to the title by 65 points.
Danish driver Rasmussen’s HMD teammate, Nolan Siegel, was named INDY NXT by Firestone Rookie of the Year. Siegel, from Palo Alto, California, finished third in the series standings with two victories.
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ASA Weekend Preview
A championship will be decided for one ASA-branded regional tour and a penultimate race will be held for another in two different parts of the country.
Find out more below with our ASA Weekend Preview.
Champions To Be Crowned in SSS Doubleheader
The 2023 ASA Southern Super Series champion will be crowned this weekend at Five Flags Speedway with a Blizzard Series doubleheader. Friday night’s race will be a makeup from a rainout on July 22, while Saturday night will see champions for both the Southern Super Series and Blizzard Series crowned.
Gio Ruggiero leads Matt Craig by just 23 points going into the weekend doubleheader, with both drivers looking for their first championships with the series. Michael Hinde (-77) and Jett Noland (-87) both still have a mathematical chance at stealing the title for themselves.
Meanwhile, California’s Jeremy Doss holds the Blizzard Series points lead by 28 over Ruggiero and 32 over Matt Craig after his win in the second Blizzard race on July 21. Snowball Derby provisionals will be up for grabs for the top-two in both Southern Super Series and Blizzard Series points.
Racing starts at 8:00pm CT Friday night and 7:00pm Saturday night and both can be viewed live on Racing America.
ASA MT Returns to Elko For Thunderstruck 93
The ASA Midwest Tour returns to Elko Speedway for the first time since 2017 for the Thunderstruck 93. Saturday night’s event will be the second-to-last race of the year for the Tour.
Gabe Sommers enters Saturday’s race with a 79 point lead over Justin Mondeik in the standings. With a maximum of 118 points up for grabs, the Plover, WI driver can clinch his first Midwest Tour championship on Saturday, though unlikely. With a strong run Saturday, Sommers could head to the famed Oktoberfest 200 finale at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway just needing to take the green flag to be crowned champion.
The 125-lap race will honor Elko Speedway Hall of Famer “Thunder” Dan Ryan Sr., who passed away in 2009 after a three-year battle with ALS. Dan was a former racer who became a leader amongst the competitors in the pit area and tutored many young drivers as they worked their way through the racing ranks. The name of the event is named after Ryan’s favorite song, “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC. There will be a ten-minute break on lap 93 of the ASA Midwest Tour race to honor him. Additionally, the second twin weekly Late Model feature will be 39 laps to honor the late driver.
Jake Ryan, son of the late Dan Ryan, will be competing in the weekly Late Model division in honor of his father. The Thunderstruck 93 is also in benefit of A Race Worth Winning – ALS.
Qualifying is at 6:00pm CT with racing slated to begin afterwards. The Thunderstruck 93 will be live on MidwestTour.TV.
For the full ASA STARS National Tour schedule, plus Super Late Model rules and other information, please visit the series website at starsnationaltour.com, or be sure to follow the series on social media (Facebook: STARS National Series | Twitter: @racewithstars | IG: @starsnational).
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