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Defending winner of the two, most recent Wawa 250 races, Justin Haley will make his return to NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) action with Kaulig Racing at Daytona International Speedway, as the team fields a fourth entry, the No. 14 Chevrolet.

 

Haley, who earned his first-ever NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) win at Daytona in 2019, recorded four wins for Kaulig Racing in the NXS, including the last two summer races at Daytona. 

 

“I’m so excited to have the opportunity to come back to the Xfinity Series with Kaulig Racing!” Said Haley. "In a way, it feels like this is my bread and butter, especially at Daytona, one of my favorite tracks. Together, we had three, successful Xfinity Series seasons at Kaulig Racing that transpired into a great first, full season so far in the Cup Series.”

 

Haley is Kaulig Racing’s longest-tenured driver and is currently the team’s first, full-time driver in the NCS. So far in the 2022 season, Haley has earned one top five, two top 10s and nine top-15 finishes.

 

“Having four of our five wins at superspeedway tracks in the Xfinity Series, there was no question that given an opportunity for a fourth entry, we would bring back Justin Haley!” said team owner, Matt Kaulig. “For the past few years, our drivers have meshed so well together, especially on these types of tracks, and Justin Haley has been a huge part of our success as a team.”

 

Kaulig Racing and superspeedways have become synonymous, having five total wins since 2019 on superspeedways alone and showing how a team can work together until the very end.

 

“We are super excited to have Justin Haley back behind the wheel of a Xfinity car,” said Chris Rice, President of Kaulig Racing. “He has been a big part of how strong our cars have been on superspeedways, and this is a great opportunity for us to show how strong both Chevrolet and Kaulig Racing can be.”

 

Haley will look to qualify his way into The Wawa 250 in Kaulig Racing’s No. 14 Chevrolet on August 27. A partner announcement will be made at a later date.

 

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Richmond Raceway announces that Washington Commanders star defensive end, Chase Young, will lead the field as the Honorary Pace Car Driver to start the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Aug. 14.

“We are proud to welcome the Washington Commanders’ Chase Young to lead the NASCAR Cup Series field to green in the Federated Auto Parts 400,” said Lori Collier Waran, Richmond Raceway President. “As a superstar on the football field, Chase will share a sports experience like he’s never felt before leading the full-field of stars to start the summer Cup race at America’s Premier Short Track.”

“It’s an honor that Richmond Raceway thought of me for this historic event,” said Chase Young. “I’m excited to participate and even more excited to watch the race.”

Chase Young is currently a defensive end for the NFL’s Washington Commanders. Following his debut season, Young was named the 2020 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Chase attended Dematha High School in Maryland before going to play college football at The Ohio State University. Before becoming the 2nd overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Chase concluded his college career by being named to the list of finalists for the Heisman Trophy, a rare feat for a defensive end. Young is currently one of the premiere players at his position and the in the NFL, earning Pro Bowl and All Rookie Team honors. Chase was born in Upper Marlboro, Maryland to Greg & Carla Young and has a sister named Weslie.

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Louis-Philippe Montour drove a brilliant “60 Tours Rousseau Metal presented by Julia Wine” at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières (GP3R) this past Sunday. Despite the intense competition on the track and in the paddocks, and a stifling heat wave, the driver of the #13 Kamloop | GL Électricité-Automatisation | Groupe Consilium | Gestion Or Concept car finished in a strong 7th place in the streets of Trois-Rivieres.

Montour, a native of Blainville (Quebec), was competing in his third NASCAR Pinty's road course event this season and making his second appearance on the streets of Trois-Rivières.

Louis-Philippe Montour and his team encountered some difficulties on the first day of on-track action, but every issue was quickly resolved. “We had problems with the new brake system during Saturday morning practice. The Dumoulin Competition technicians worked very hard in preparation for qualifying, and we only set the 20th time,” explained Louis-Philippe Montour after Saturday afternoon qualifying.

With the brake problems solved on Sunday morning, the weather got involved in the party, as the race started an hour behind schedule due to thunderstorms and rain in the area. However, when the race started, nothing could stop the #13 Kamloop | GL Électricité-Automatisation | Groupe Consilium | Gestion Or Concept car as Montour weaved his way through the pack.

With a race strategy focused on consistency and above all, patience, Louis-Philippe Montour very quickly climbed into the top-15, then the top-10, by taking advantage of caution periods and with some smart moves on restarts to gain ground steadily. “We were patient and intelligent throughout the race, I kept telling myself 'stay cool and away from trouble' and it paid off!”

Louis-Philippe Montour added; “The last two restarts were quite eventful, especially the last NASCAR Overtime 'green-white-checkered' one, when I managed to avoid the incident at Turn 2 and keep my car intact.”

Indeed, this race saw virtually every car with some damage from rubbing and several accidents. Staying out of trouble was no mean feat!

“I'm very proud of what we achieved this weekend as a team because we overcame all the obstacles that came our way and finished 7th, an achievement that gives me great satisfaction!”

Louis-Philippe Montour concluded by saying that; “the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres represents much more than a major race to be added to my career, it is also an opportunity for me to thank the volunteers who are essential to running a major event like the GP3R. Indeed, Kamloop Foods provided 600 meals to the workers who stuck to their jobs despite the tough weather conditions. I would like to thank them for their dedication in allowing us to play at the sport we love, as nothing was really easy over the weekend!”

Louis-Philippe Montour PR

Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Camaro ZL1

Start: 21st

Stage 1 Finish: 23rd

Stage 2 Finish: 21st

Finish: 17th

"We found some speed in our No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Camaro. We just fought tight for most of the day. We got behind on a pit stop, but we had really good strategy that worked out for us after we avoided wrecks throughout the race to make it to the end."

 

- Justin Haley

 

Noah Gragson, No. 16 Chevy Accessories Camaro ZL1

Start: 12th

Stage 1 Finish: 12th

Stage 2 Finish: 28th

Finish: 30th

 

"We had a really strong run going all day and ran within the top five there for a lot of the race. During that restart there I was trying to get up and just got super tight, and I hit the wall. It’s unfortunate, because we had so much speed. This is the best I've ever run in the Cup series. I’m disappointed in myself. We're all here to learn and try to be there at the end. I just got a little too greedy there and made a costly mistake to end our day. I plan on learning from it, and I really appreciate everybody's effort at Kaulig Racing to make our Chevy Accessories Camaro so fast."

 

- Noah Gragson

New Holland 250

 

AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Action Industries Chevrolet

Start: 2nd

Stage 1 Finish: 4th

Stage 2 Finish: 2nd

Finish: 7th

 

"Our No. 16 Action Industries Chevy had good speed to start out with, but we couldn't ever quite get the balance needed to stay upfront. Thankfully, Bruce (Schlicker) had good strategy for stage points, which we really needed. We are getting closer. We just need a bit more speed to battle for the win."

 

- AJ Allmendinger

 

Daniel Hemric, No. 11 AG1 Chevrolet

Start: 4th

Stage 1 Finish: 7th

Stage 2 Finish: 20th

Finish: 8th

 

“It felt like just a solid weekend for us. We struggled a little for some speed and some balance, but I think we took a step in the right direction. That made me feel good about it. I lost some spots on one of the restarts early in the race and tried to be on the other side of aggressiveness there at the end of stage two and put myself into a hole. Thankfully, the pit crew rebounded and was on fire, just like they have been all year. We ended up getting some of our track position back with a great stop on the green-flag cycle. I’m proud of everyone on the AG1 team. I’m looking forward to having balance in racecars like that so we can continue to build on this program.”

 

- Daniel Hemric

 

Landon Cassill, No. 10 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet

Start: 12th

Stage 1 Finish: 9th

Stage 2 Finish: 4th

Finish: 10th

 

"It was a fair day in our No. 10 Chevy Accessories car. I was just a little bit too tight there the second to last run and gave up some time, but on the last run we got the car freed up and thought it ran much better. We made some gains, and that is a positive for us."

 

 

- Landon Cassill

Kaulig Racing PR

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin and his #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare team were thrilled to be back at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres and see thousands of fans around the urban track. The record-breaking heat wave made for a challenging weekend for the drivers and crew.

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin showed perseverance during the GP3R race, although his race was adversely affected by difficulties, both mechanical and sporting.

Starting from an ideal position for the 60-lap event, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin ruled at the first laps, taking second place with his brother Jean-Francois chasing him. An intense battle ensued, as is customary in the streets of Trois-Rivieres. However, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin was forced to return to the track at the back of the pack due to an unjustified penalty according to the team.

Later in the race, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin climbed back into the top-5 in a spectacular battle with the #18 car. While things calmed down mid-race, the end of the race was both disappointing for Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, and exciting for the spectators. Indeed, with 2 laps to go, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin was the victim of a race accident between the leader, Jean-Francois Dumoulin, and the #96 car. Before that, the fans could have hoped for a 100% podium from Dumoulin Competition entries.

“We had the car to win this weekend,” said Louis-Philippe Dumoulin. “We received a penalty during the race in a pit stop. I tried to pass the #18 car in the pits when it still had its gas can attached, and I didn't want to start a fire on the left side of the car, as the gas was spilling on the hot brake disk system.”

Louis-Philippe goes on to say that “After that, we had a great battle and worked our way up the field aiming for the win. While my brother was in first place, I saw the #96 car push Jean-Francois into the wall, and then I went to the right as Jean-Francois was coming back. He crashed into me which caused me to go into the wall and break my rear end. There were only two laps left in the race and we decided to stay on track. However, when I was at full speed in the Depailler corner, the brake pedal went to the floor. I had no choice but to lean against the wall to slow down. In doing so, I ripped off the right rear wheel.”

The #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare car finished 14th and still retains some positives from his experience at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres; “the WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare car was very fast this weekend. This proves that our team is on top of its game. We have a team strong enough to win the championship. We wanted to finish at the front to get points, but it didn't work out the way we planned.”

Practice and qualifying

Saturday practice was very satisfying for the first day of action at the GP3R as he was quickest of the session, in front of the mostly local crowd and his fans.

“I was very happy with the car and the performance of the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare team so far,” said Dumoulin. “We could have had more speed, but that was a driver error. I should have pushed more in some corners.”

The qualifying session proved to be more difficult, as Louis-Philippe Dumoulin was not completely satisfied with the car's set-up. “The tire pressure was a bit too low at the beginning of the session, and I didn't manage to warm them up enough to take advantage of it,” he explained, despite setting the third fastest time in the session. “It's not a bad time, but I'm sure we would have been able to get pole position, so it's disappointing. However, we have a very good car and a great team. Our aim is to win and to get a good position in the championship.”

Next Race: Ohsweken Speedway – Dirt – August 16, 2022

For the first time in its history, the NASCAR Pinty's Series will feature a dirt race on August 16th at Ohsweken Speedway. Louis-Philippe Dumoulin and the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare team are looking forward to the challenge of getting to grips with this brand-new track surface and driving technique.

PPP PR

The race weekend started on a promising note, as Jean-François Dumoulin set very quick times, including second fastest in Saturday's practice session. The driver of the #04 Casino Grand Royal Wôlinak | Groupe Bellemare | Trois-Rivières Mitsubishi | Bernier Crépeau Chrysler Fiat | Omnifab car was on track for his first NASCAR Pinty's event of the season and the local racer was aiming for nothing less than victory.

After the practice session, Jean-François Dumoulin declared that; “it's going very well for the Dumoulin Competition team! My brother Louis-Philippe is quickest, and I am second. I was first for a good part of the session, really great car. Before qualifying, the car would understeer from the first lap. Sixth is a good starting position here in Trois-Rivières, but I know I will improve on that quickly. I've always been consistent, so we'll take it one lap at a time. If it rains, it will be an interesting race and if it's dry, we'll have some fun too.”

Jean-François Dumoulin took the start of “The 60 laps of Rousseau Métal presented by Julia Wine” race with only one thing in mind: Victory!

“Louis-Philippe and I had excellent cars,” according to Jean-François Dumoulin. “However, I got a drive-through penalty on a restart, which cost me several positions. When we came back on track, my goal was to preserve the brakes and the car. The #04 Casino Grand Royal Wôlinak | Groupe Bellemare | Trois-Rivières Mitsubishi | Bernier Crépeau Chrysler Fiat | Omnifab car was particularly quick, allowing me to gain ground on every restart. We were having a great race!”

However, Jean-Francois Dumoulin's plans were thwarted with two laps to go when his race ended abruptly against a wall, and with the help of a competitor. “The driver of the #96 car was in my racing line and caught me, which caused me to spin into the wall. It's a shame because I had passed him cleanly just before. His behaviour is disappointing, especially as I was having a perfect race except for the penalty. It was my race, I wanted the win. On top of that, we have two cars to rebuild as I've run into my brother after hitting the wall.”

Jean-François Dumoulin finished the race in 16th position. “It's only a matter of time before we win next year!” he concludes.

PPP PR

Ty Dillon, No. 42 Ferris Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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START: 25th

FINISH: 14th

POINTS: 30th

Ty Dillon Post-Race Thoughts: “Today's top 15 was definitely the medicine this team needed coming off of a series of challenging runs. We worked all race to continue to improve out Ferris Chevrolet and got a solid result today at Michigan. This finish provided us the momentum we need heading into Richmond next week.”

 

Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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START: 10th

FINISH: 8th

POINTS: 14th

Erik Jones Post-Race Thoughts: It was an up and down day for the FOCUSfactor Chevy. We had track position early and got up there towards the top five and just kind of got farther and farther back through the day a little bit.  Lost the handle a bit toward the back half of the top ten and thankfully we got that late yellow and were able to make some changes and get a good restart with about 37 laps to go and drive back up to a top 10 finish. So, solid day, had a decent car and just needed to do things a little bit cleaner, little bit smoother and I think we could have had a better finish."

 

Petty GMS PR

Chris Buescher’s LeBron James Family Foundation Ford was at the front early and often Sunday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway before he went on to finish 16th in the 200-lap race.

After rolling off 19th in a race delayed by rain, Buescher and the No. 17 team used early strategy to stay out under a competition caution at lap 20, setting him up with solid track position for the run to the stage one finish. Buescher fired off eighth at lap 24 and held his own, ultimately gaining positions to a P5 finish to end the opening segment at lap 45.

With a green flag run of 46 laps dominating the start of stage two, the team again employed strategy by staying out on track for the duration and found themselves in second when a caution was displayed at lap 97. He went on finish 18th in the stage after pitting twice.

He began the third stage from 10th after again staying out under the final stage break, then got caught a lap down during a green-flag pit sequence at lap 159 under the final pit sequence of the day. After taking the wave, he restarted 22nd for the final green flag and went on to pick off multiple positions to finish 16th.

Richmond Raceway hosts next weekend’s Cup race with coverage Sunday afternoon set for 3 p.m. ET on USA, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

RFK PR

Brad Keselowski put his Castrol Ford Mustang at the front of the field midway through Sunday’s 400-mile race at Michigan, before a long green-flag run ended it with the No. 6 crossing the line 15th.

The Michigan native drove through the whole field over the course of the first two stages after starting 33rd. Varying pit strategies played out over the 200 miles as Keselowski took the first opportunity to pit under the competition caution at lap 20. He went on to finish 19th in the stage.

The second segment would begin with a green-flag run of 46 laps with Keselowski in sixth at the time of a yellow. Two additional yellows were displayed in the closing laps of the stage, as Keselowski lined up seventh, fourth and ultimately on the front row in second with seven to go. He went on to finish the stage fifth.

From there, just one yellow was displayed in the final run as he again played the long-pit strategy and was 11th at the time of the race’s final caution at lap 159, before going on to finish 15th.

Richmond Raceway hosts next weekend’s Cup race with coverage Sunday afternoon set for 3 p.m. ET on USA, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

RFK PR

START: 19th

FINISH: 3rd

 

Quote: "This is my first race on a track like this, so to leave here with a third is great. It was super cool to run up front having Helm onboard, and really proud to be a part of this GMS Racing organization. Chad (Bryant) made good calls all day to get the car better, and we came out of here with a decent points day."

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