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BlueJeans by Verizon, a leading provider of video meetings, events and telehealth solutions, has been named the Official Video Conferencing partner of Nashville Superspeedway, track officials said today.

The announcement comes as Nashville Superspeedway prepares to host America’s best drivers across three races on Father’s Day Weekend, June 18-20, including the inaugural, sold-out “Ally 400” NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, June 20 (2:30 p.m. CT, NBCSN), the first Cup Series race in Middle Tennessee in 37 years.

“As we all have seen in the last year and a half, video conferencing is here to stay and it’s critical to have a reliable product to use at a moment’s notice,” said Erik Moses, Nashville Superspeedway’s president. “We’re excited to add BlueJeans to our team of partners and look forward to utilizing their services before, during and after our June 18-20 race weekend.”

The BlueJeans video conferencing and events platform empowers organizations of all sizes to transform their virtual communication strategies to deliver real business value for everything from smaller meetings and gatherings to large-scale events, webinars and more to support today’s hybrid work environment.

“Whether to bring fans into the heart of the action virtually or to help diagnose and troubleshoot a mechanical error at a moment’s notice, we’re proud that we can provide a video communication platform that supports multiple use cases for this iconic track and are excited to be a part of this weekend’s race activities,” said Eric Spadafora, Vice President, General Manager, BlueJeans by Verizon. “As the official video conferencing partner of the Nashville Superspeedway, we look forward to working with this team of automotive experts to showcase the many immersive visual experiences that can be unleashed by combining BlueJeans with Verizon's network innovations.”

Tickets are available for Nashville Superspeedway’s first two races on its Father’s Day weekend slate, including the “Tennessee Lottery 250” NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, June 19 (2:30 p.m. CT, NBCSN) and the “Rackley Roofing 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race under the lights on Friday, June 18 (7 p.m. CT, FS1).

Fans can order tickets for the June 18-19 events by visiting NashvilleSuperSpeedway.com or calling 866-RACE-TIX.

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NSS PR

Riley Herbst Notes of Interest

 

•  Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway is one of the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ enhanced race weekends with practice and qualifying prior to the race. It’s an opportunity relished by Riley Herbst, driver of the No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). The last time the Xfinity Series featured practice and qualifying in the lead up to the race was three weeks ago at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Herbst took full advantage of the opportunity, setting the fastest time in practice and then backing it up with his first career pole. Herbst aims to replicate that kind of speed in Saturday’s Tennessee Lottery 250.

 

•  Nashville is best known as Music City, but its bright lights and lively nightlife has earned Nashville another nickname – Nashvegas. As a native of Las Vegas, Herbst feels right at home in Nashville. That Nashville Superspeedway is an intermediate-style track makes Herbst feel even more welcome. His history at intermediates is strong. His best career finishes have come at intermediates, where he owns a pair of second-place results – Feb. 29, 2020 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, and July 9, 2020 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.

 

•  The Tennessee Lottery 250 will mark Herbst’s 58th career Xfinity Series start and, like much of the field, his first at Nashville. The 22-year-old racer has earned six top-five finishes and 24 top-10s. While Herbst has never made a start on Nashville’s 1.333-mile, concrete oval, he does have two starts at another track in Music City – the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, where he earned a best finish of seventh in the April 2017 ARCA Menards Series race.

 

Riley Herbst, Driver of the No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang

 

There is practice and qualifying once again this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway. After topping the speed charts and winning your first career pole at Charlotte, are you looking forward to these sessions?

“Definitely. You learn so much in practice and qualifying that can transfer over to the race. The sim is great, but nothing beats actually getting out on the track and putting down some laps before the green flag. I’m hoping we can produce the same results as Charlotte. I’m excited to show some speed this weekend at Nashville.”

 

This is your first start at Nashville Superspeedway. How do you feel heading into the weekend?

“I’m pumped to get to Nashville. The Xfinity Series hasn’t been there in a quite a few years, so it’s great to get NASCAR back to Music City. On top of the excitement of a new racetrack, I’m also happy that we’re able to fit in practice and qualifying this weekend. It’s another chance for us to learn and improve as the season continues.”

 

Monster Energy has been with you for some time. Talk about what that long-term partnership means to you.

“It’s super cool to have that support from Monster Energy. I love the flat black scheme with the bright green ‘M’ on the hood. I’ve been with the Monster Energy folks since I was probably 15 or 16 years old through my family’s off-road racing team, who they sponsored. We just kept that relationship alive as time went on. The people out in Corona, California, are like family to me and they’re so supportive of my career. Hopefully, I can get them a win in Nashville this weekend.”

 

TSC PR

NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: Ally 400

The Place: Nashville Superspeedway

The Date: Sunday, June 20

The Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: NBCSN, 2:45 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 399 miles (300 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 90),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 185), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 300)

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: Tennessee Lottery 250

The Place: Nashville Superspeedway

The Date: Saturday, June 19

The Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: NBCSN, 3 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 250.04 miles (188 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 188)

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Next Race: Rackley Roofing 200

The Place: Nashville Superspeedway

The Date: Friday, June 18

The Time: 8 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 7 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 199.5 miles (150 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 150)

 

NASCAR Cup Series

 

Father’s Day Spectacular: Nashville Superspeedway sets the stage for the NASCAR Cup Series

Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race, the Ally 400 at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, will mark the first time in series history that Nashville Superspeedway will host a Cup event.

 

Nashville Superspeedway hosted its first NASCAR national series races back in April of 2001. Through 2011, the 1.33-mile D-shaped oval with 14 degrees of banking in the turns was home to 21 NASCAR Xfinity Series races and 13 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events.

 

In 2021, Nashville is scheduled to host its first NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, June 20 (Father's Day). The Father's Day event will be the first NASCAR Cup Series race in the Nashville area since 1984; when the series last competed at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, 0.549-mile paved oval, on July 14, 1984. The race was won by Geoff Bodine driving the No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.

 

Nashville Superspeedway is the largest concrete-only track in NASCAR, and the 1.33-mile speedway is owned by Dover Motorsports, Inc., which also owns Dover International Speedway in Delaware.

 

This weekend’s Ally 400 will be the 44th different race the NASCAR Cup Series has hosted on Father’s Day in the Modern Era (1972-Present) and the first time since 2017 the series has competed on the special holiday. Racing on Father’s Day has been a staple in the NASCAR Cup Series with only six seasons since 1972 not having a Father’s Day race: 2000 (June 19, 2000, Pocono race was scheduled for Father’s Day but postponed due to weather to next day), 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 (no race scheduled on Father’s Day). Nashville Superspeedway will become the fifth different track to host a NASCAR Cup Series race on Father’s Day joining Michigan International Speedway (30 races), Pocono Raceway (eight races), Riverside International Raceway (three races) and Sonoma Raceway (two races).

 

In the Modern Era (1972-Present), no driver has won more times on Father’s Day than NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough, who won four times at Michigan International Speedway on observed holiday (1977, 1978, 1982, 1983).

 

In total, four active NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won on Father’s Day – Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch.

 

Race Winner

Father's Day Date

Track

Kyle Larson

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Michigan International Speedway

Denny Hamlin

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Michigan International Speedway

Ryan Newman

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Michigan International Speedway

Kurt Busch

Sunday, June 15, 2003

Michigan International Speedway

 

The most recent driver to win on Father’s Day in the NASCAR Cup Series was Kyle Larson on June 18, 2017 at Michigan International Speedway. Larson is red hot this season, winning three points-paying races (Las Vegas, Charlotte and Sonoma) the NASCAR All-Star Race, and posting nine top fives and 11 top 10s.

 

Previous experience at Nashville could be advantageous this weekend

Experience is always key in high level competition and this weekend will be no different for the NASCAR Cup Series at Nashville Superspeedway. With this weekend being the track’s debut on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule, and with no NASCAR national series competition at the track since 2011, that experience is few and far between amongst current competitors.

 

Looking through the preliminary NASCAR Cup Series entry list for this Sunday’s Ally 400 (3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), and of the 39 competitors entered only 14 have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series event at Nashville Superspeedway. 

 

Of those 14 drivers with starts at Nashville, only five have previous won a NASCAR national series race at the 1.33-mile track, led by Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch with three NASCAR national series victories:

Kyle Busch (NXS one win: 2009; NCWTS two wins: 2010, 2011)

Kevin Harvick (NXS two wins: 2006, 2010)

Brad Keselowski (NXS two wins: 2008, 2010)

Austin Dillon (NCWTS one win: 2011)

Joey Logano (NXS one win: 2009)

 

The remaining drivers that are entered this weekend with previous NASCAR national series starts at Nashville without a win are Aric Almirola, Matt DiBenedetto, Denny Hamlin, 2021 Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell, David Starr, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Martin Truex Jr. and JJ Yeley.

Larson looks for third straight points-paying Cup race win

Hendrick Motorsport’s driver Kyle Larson has been performing lights out lately winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway three weeks ago, then conquering the hilly road course of Sonoma Raceway two weeks ago and finally capturing his second career NASCAR All-Star Race win at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend. Now the 28-year-old is looking to get his third straight points-paying race win this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway to become just the fifth different active driver to accomplish the feat; joining Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.

 

NASCAR Cup Series Consecutive Wins - Three or More (Active Drivers)

Driver

No.

From

To

Kyle Busch

3

7/11/2015

7/26/2015

Kyle Busch

3

4/8/2018

4/21/2018

Kevin Harvick

3

2/25/2018

3/11/2018

Brad Keselowski

3

9/2/2018

9/18/2018

Joey Logano

3

10/11/2015

10/25/2015

This weekend will be Larson’s NASCAR national series debut at Nashville Superspeedway.

 

Playoff Bubble: 10 races to go in regular season

Time is running short for the drivers not already locked into the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs with just 10 races remaining in the regular season. Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher in the 16th and final transfer position to the postseason has opened up a sizeable points cushion (+60 points) over Wood Brothers Racing’s Matt DiBenedetto in 17th.

 

With such a large points deficit between drivers in the top 16 and not, a win might be the only way a driver on the outside looking in can make the Playoffs with so few races left in the regular season.

 

Of the drivers outside the current top 16 driver Playoff outlook, six are former NASCAR Cup Series winners – Kurt Busch (18th in points), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (19th), Ryan Newman (23rd), Erik Jones (25th), Cole Custer (27th) and Aric Almirola (28th).

 

Kurt Busch, with 32 career NASCAR Cup Series wins, is currently 18th in the Playoff outlook 63 points back from Chris Buescher in 16th – the final Playoff transfer position. Among the nine upcoming tracks that make up the rest of the regular season, Busch has won at five of them (Daytona, Michigan, Pocono, New Hampshire, Atlanta). This will be his NASCAR national series debut at Nashville this weekend.

 

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., with two career NASCAR Cup Series wins, is currently 19th in the Playoff outlook 82 points behind the postseason cutline.  Among the nine upcoming tracks that make up the rest of the Cup Series regular season, Stenhouse has won at just Daytona International Speedway (2017 July). Stenhouse has made five NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Nashville posting a best finish of runner-up in 2011.

 

Ryan Newman, with 18 career NASCAR Cup Series wins, is currently 23rd in the Playoff outlook 104 points back from Chris Buescher in the final postseason transfer position. Among the nine tracks left on the regular season Cup schedule, Newman has won at four of them (Daytona, Michigan, Pocono and New Hampshire). This weekend will be Newman’s NASCAR national series track debut at Nashville Superspeedway.

 

Erik Jones, with two career NASCAR Cup Series wins, is currently 25th in the Playoff outlook 119 points behind the postseason cutline.  Among the nine upcoming tracks that make up the rest of the regular season, Jones has won at just Daytona International Speedway (2018 July). This weekend will be Jones’ NASCAR national series track debut at Nashville Superspeedway.

 

Cole Custer, with one career NASCAR Cup Series win (Kentucky 2020), is currently 27th in the Playoff outlook 138 points behind Chris Buescher in 16th – the final transfer position.  This weekend will be Custer’s NASCAR national series track debut at Nashville Superspeedway.

 

Aric Almirola, with two career NASCAR Cup Series wins, is currently 28th in the Playoff outlook 186 points back from Chris Buescher in the final postseason transfer position. Among the nine tracks left on the regular season Cup schedule, Almirola has won at just Daytona International Speedway (2014 July). Almirola has made four starts at Nashville Superspeedway in both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Almirola’s best finish in Xfinity at Nashville was fifth in 2011 and his best finish in the Truck Series at Nashville was third in 2010.

 

NASCAR Cup Series Etc.

Gibson partners with Nashville Superspeedway for its June 18-20 NASCAR tripleheader weekend - Gibson, the world’s most famous guitar manufacturer and a staple of Nashville’s music scene for generations, is partnering with Nashville Superspeedway to create a one-of-a-kind Victory Lane prize for America’s best drivers.

 

Nashville Superspeedway’s Victory Lane celebration became one of the most talked about in NASCAR during the track’s early days from 2001-11, with the ultimate reward of a Sam Bass-designed Gibson guitar presented to winning drivers.

 

With NASCAR returning to Middle Tennessee on June 18-20, including the inaugural “Ally 400” NASCAR Cup Series race on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20, that tradition will continue, with a special Gibson Guitar among the prizes and honors awaiting all of the Superspeedway’s race winners in Victory Lane.

 

“Without question it’s important to maintain the tradition of a Music City-made Gibson guitar for our race winners,” said Erik Moses, Nashville Superspeedway’s president. “While everyone misses Sam and we could never recreate what he offered to our track champions, we are thrilled to rekindle our partnership with Gibson and to award their timeless guitars to our race winners.”

 

Chris Janson to perform pre-race concert prior to “Ally 400” on Father’s Day - Country music star Chris Janson, a Grand Ole Opry member and platinum-selling recording artist, will perform a pre-race concert on track at Nashville Superspeedway prior to the “Ally 400” NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, June 20.

 

Janson will display his high-octane, multi-instrumental talents on a stage near the start-finish line between the morning Cup Series qualifying session (10:05 a.m.) and the afternoon “Ally 400” (2:30 p.m., NBCSN), the first Cup Series race in Middle Tennessee in 37 years. Grandstand gates open at 9 a.m. on Father’s Day.

 

The 35-year-old Missouri native had his first hit single with “Buy Me A Boat,” which topped the charts, reached double-platinum status and earned the iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Song of the Year Award after its release in 2015. Janson’s latest album “Real Friends,” includes the singles “Good Vibes” and “Done,” both which reached No. 1 on the U.S. country airplay charts.

 

“I’m super thrilled to be performing at the NASCAR Cup Series pre-race concert at Nashville Superspeedway on June 20th,” says Janson. “I’m pumped to have NASCAR back in Nashville for the first time in 10 years with a SOLD-OUT crowd. I can’t think of a better combination than racing fans & country music fans. It will be a glorious day!”

 

CeCe Winans, Luke Combs, and Priscilla Block, among Nashville Superspeedway’s special guests - Twelve-time Grammy winner CeCe Winans, multi-platinum award winning country superstar Luke Combs, and Music City rising stars Priscilla Block and Brandon Lay will be featured as part of Nashville Superspeedway’s dignitaries and entertainment during the upcoming June 18-20 NASCAR tripleheader weekend, track officials announced this week.

 

CeCe Winans, a lauded gospel singer with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and more than 5 million records sold, will deliver the invocation on Sunday, June 20, representing Nashville Life Church, prior to the inaugural, sold out “Ally 400” NASCAR Cup Series race (2:30 p.m. CT, NBCSN.)

 

Luke Combs, who The New York Times calls, “the most promising and influential new country start of the last five years,” will serve as the grand marshal for the “Ally 400,” the first NASCAR Cup Series race in Nashville Superspeedway’s history and the first in Middle Tennessee in 37 years. The Asheville, N.C., native is a multi-platinum, ACM, CMA, CMT and Billboard Music Award-winning artist who continues to top the charts with 11 consecutive No. 1 singles, including his most recent, the Platinum-certified “Forever After All.” The reigning 2019 and 2020 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year will return to the stage this fall for his massive headline arena tour, featuring a special new in-the-round stage design, and will perform his first headline stadium show at Boone, N.C.’s Kidd Brewer Stadium on Sept. 4.

 

Priscilla Block, a 25-year-old social media sensation, will sing the national anthem before the “Ally 400.” Block’s debut single, “Just About Over You,” has reached the top 40 in country airplay charts after it was crowd-funded by thousands of her fans on TikTok. After the song’s success, Block was signed by Universal Music Group Nashville’s Mercury Division in September 2020.

 

Brandon Lay, a Jackson, Tenn., native and EMI Records Nashville singer/songwriter, will perform the national anthem prior to the “Tennessee Lottery 250” NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, June 19 (2:30 p.m. CT, NBCSN). Lay’s top singles include “Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers,” “Yada, Yada, Yada,” and “For My Money.” He has toured with acts such as Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell and Old Dominion.

 

Brenna Bone won the recent “NASHCAR Superstar” Sweepstakes fan vote and will sing the national anthem prior to the “Rackley Roofing 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, June 18 (7p.m. CT, FS1). This singer/songwriter, made her way to Nashville from her hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania, and has just released her newest single “Want It Like That” across all streaming platforms.

 

RACE WEEKEND DIGNITARIES

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 18 - “Rackley Roofing 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Welcoming Remarks: Erik Moses, Nashville Superspeedway President; Curtis Sutton, Rackley Roofing Company President/CEO; Michelle Boykin, COO, Rackley Roofing Company

Invocation: Pastor Allen Jackson, World Outreach Church, Murfreesboro, TN

Honor Guard: Lebanon High School Jr. ROTC

National Anthem: Brenna Bone, NASHCAR Superstar Winner

Grand Marshal: Randall Hutto, Wilson County Mayor

Honorary Starter: David Blair, Rackley Roofing Representative

Post-Race Fireworks Display: Pyrotecnico

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 19 - “Tennessee Lottery 250” NASCAR Xfinity Series

Welcoming Remarks: Erik Moses, Nashville Superspeedway President; Rebecca Hargrove, Tennessee Lottery President & CEO

Invocation: Pastor Chris Nichols, Cross Point Church, Nashville, TN

Honor Guard: National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

National Anthem: Brandon Lay, EMI Records Nashville singer/songwriter

Grand Marshal: Rebecca Hargrove, Tennessee Lottery President & CEO

Honorary Starter: Shea Ralph, a seven-time national champion as a player and coach and current Vanderbilt University Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Evening Fireworks Show: Pyrotecnico

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 20 - “Ally 400” NASCAR Cup Series

Pre-Race Concert: Chris Janson, country music artist, Grand Ole Opry member; John Anderson, country music legend

Welcoming Remarks: Erik Moses, Nashville Superspeedway President; Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee; Andrea Brimmer, Chief Marketing and Public Relations Officer, Ally Financial.

Invocation: CeCe Winans, Nashville Life Church

Honor Guard: 101st Airborne Division Honor Guard, Fort Campbell, Ky., U.S. Army base

National Anthem: Priscilla Block, country music artist

Grand Marshal: Luke Combs, country music superstar

Flyover: Bandit Flight Team, a nonprofit dedicated to saluting our military men and women.

Honorary Starter: Bernard Pollard, nine-year NFL veteran, former Tennessee Titan (2013-14)

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series

 

Heading to Music City!

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Nashville Superspeedway this weekend for the Tennessee Lottery 250 at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio the 15th race of the season.

 

The last time the Xfinity Series raced at Nashville Superspeedway was in 2011 and a few of the drivers entered to run in this weekend’s race competed at Nashville back then.

 

Those drivers are Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, Jeremy Clements, Timmy Hill, JJ Yeley, David Starr, Landon Cassill and NASCAR Cup Series two-time champion Kyle Busch. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Busch is the only driver entered this weekend that has previously won at Nashville (2009).

 

Nashville Superspeedway has hosted 21 Xfinity Series races total. The first Xfinity Series event at Nashville was on April 14, 2001, when Greg Biffle took home the victory.

 

Most recently, Carl Edwards won both races at Nashville in 2011 and Brad Keselowski won in 2010.

 

In total, there have been 15 different pole winners and 14 different race winners at the 1.33-mile track. The youngest Xfinity Nashville winner is Joey Logano in 2009 at 18 years, 10 months, 18 days. The oldest winner is former series champion David Green in 2003 at 45 years, 2 months, 15 days.

 

Only two races in history have been won from the pole or first starting position. In 2005, Reed Sorenson won from the pole and in 2009 Kyle Busch won from the pole.

 

Clint Bowyer’s first Xfinity Series victory was at Nashville in 2005 and Brad Keselowski’s first victory in the series was in 2008.

 

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. made his first ever Xfinity Series start in 2009 at Nashville.

 

Of active drivers in the series, Allgaier will make his seventh start at the Tennessee track along with his JR Motorsports teammate Annett doing the same. Kyle Busch will make his 10th start and Clements will make his sixth. Landon Cassill will make his third start as well as Timmy Hill. David Starr will make his second career start at Nashville and JJ Yeley will make his ninth.

 

There are 42 cars entered in this weekend’s Tennessee Lottery 250. The race will be 250.04 miles (188 laps) and the event will be broken up in to three stages - Stage 1 will end on Lap 45 and Stage 2 will end on Lap 90.

 

Who has the upper hand at Nashville?

With some drivers having made previous starts in the Xfinity Series at Nashville Superspeedway, those drivers might feel a little more confident heading into this weekend’s race than others.

 

Especially for someone like Kyle Busch who has won here before and is coming off of his 99th career Xfinity Series win last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch will make his 11th career start this weekend at Nashville in the Xfinity Series. He has one win (2009) from the pole position and four top fives and five top 10s in his 10 starts. He has an average start of 8.9 and an average finish of 12.8. He’s led 490 laps and completed 2,197 laps of 2,250 attempted.

 

In six starts, Justin Allgaier has three top fives, three top 10s and one pole award. He led 58 laps and has an average start of 11.2 and an average finish of 10.8. Allgaier has finished fourth three times – both races in 2010 and most recently in 2011.

 

Michael Annett’s best finish in six starts at Nashville is ninth in 2010. He has an average start of 18.0 and an average finish of 17.0.

 

In five starts for Jeremy Clements, he has a best finish of 19th that came in 2010 and in only two starts, Landon Cassill has a best finish of ninth that came in 2008.

 

JJ Yeley will make his ninth start on Saturday at Nashville. He has a best finish of fourth from 2006. In total, he has one top five and three top 10s with an average finish of 15.4.

 

In two Xfinity Nashville starts, Timmy Hill finished 33rd and 22nd and in David Starr’s one start at the track, he finished 29th.

 

100 on the horizon for Kyle Busch
On top of the fact that he has experience and a Xfinity Series race win at Nashville Superspeedway already to his name, Kyle Busch has even more incentive to take home another win this weekend.

 

Busch is going for his 100th NASCAR Xfinity Series victory after grabbing his 99th last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

 

If Busch wins this weekend, he will become just the third driver in NASCAR national series history to win 100 or more races in a single series.

 

He’ll be joining elite company in NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty (200 NASCAR Cup Series wins) and David Pearson (105 NASCAR Cup Series wins).

 

Busch is competing in his 19th Xfinity Series season. He has 359 starts, 99 wins, 222 top fives, 260 top 10s and 69 poles.

 

His first start was at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2003, where he started fifth and finished second for Hendrick Motorsports.

 

He competed in seven races that season, and in 2004 he competed fulltime for Rick Hendrick. He got his first win that year at Richmond Raceway and went on to win four more times that season. He won the Rookie of the Year Award in 2004, the year Martin Truex Jr., his now Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, won the championship.

 

In 2008, Busch joined Joe Gibbs Racing where 88 of his 99 wins came. In 2009, Busch won the Xfinity Series Championship.

 

Of note, 2010 was a career best season for Busch, winning a series record 13 races in a single year.

Busch has also scored victories at Nashville in the Truck Series in 2010 and 2011. Those were his first and only two starts at the track in the series. He led 131 laps in 2010 and led 140 laps in 2011.

 

Home of first-timers: Nashville

When it comes to Nashville Superspeedway and the Xfinity Series, it’s known for being a track that drivers get their first career win on.

 

Seven of the 14 race winners were first-time winners when the series competed at the track from 2001-2011. That half of the winners (50%).

 

This weekend we might see our eighth new winner at the track with 30 of the 42 Xfinity Series drivers entered still looking for their first win.

 

 

Series

Track

First-Time Winners

Date

1

Xfinity

Nashville

Greg Biffle

Saturday, April 14, 2001

2

Xfinity

Nashville

Scott Riggs

Saturday, April 13, 2002

3

Xfinity

Nashville

Jack Sprague

Saturday, June 8, 2002

4

Xfinity

Nashville

Jason Leffler

Saturday, June 12, 2004

5

Xfinity

Nashville

Reed Sorenson

Saturday, March 26, 2005

6

Xfinity

Nashville

Clint Bowyer

Sunday, June 12, 2005

7

Xfinity

Nashville

Brad Keselowski

Saturday, June 7, 2008

 

There are quite a few Xfinity Series drivers that have come close to their first career win this season. Brandon Brown had a best finish of third at Phoenix Raceway and has been hovering on the Playoff cutline for the majority of the season. He’s looking for his first Xfinity win.

 

Daniel Hemric has finished second or third in four races so far this season, coming so close at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to his first Xfinity Series victory. Nashville Superspeedway could be the place that he gets it done. After a few tough breaks in the last four races, Hemric finished fourth last weekend at Texas, which is what he and his No. 18 team needed.

 

Harrison Burton, Justin Haley, Noah Gragson and Brandon Jones are all drivers with previous wins but remain winless this season. They could also be ones to watch this weekend at Nashville as none of them have more experience than the other at the track.

 

Bubble Trouble: Playoff shakeups continue

Kyle Busch was victorious once again in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, this time at Texas Motor Speedway. With Busch’s win, there are still seven spots left in the field for a driver to make it into the Playoffs with a win or on points.

 

The five Xfinity drivers locked into the postseason on wins are Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, Jeb Burton, and Myatt Snider.

 

Daniel Hemric holds the sixth spot in the standings and is the highest ranked driver without a win so far in 2021. He is 155 points above the cutline currently. His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Harrison Burton is behind him in seventh, 120 points from the cutline. Both of these drivers have a good cushion right now, but a win would be preferred to make sure they’re in the post-season.

 

Kaulig Racing’s Justin Haley is sitting in eighth in the driver standings Playoff outlook, he’s 102 points above the cutline and the only Kaulig Racing driver not in the Playoffs on wins yet.

 

Once we get to ninth in the standings, the points tighten up. Brandon Jones is in ninth (+51), Noah Gragson 10th (+28), Michael Annett is in 12th (+24) and Jeremy Clements is holding the final Playoff transfer spot just 24 points up on Brandon Brown in 13th – the first spot outside the cutoff.

 

Of the drivers vying for the final spots in the Playoffs that are above the cutline in points, Annett and Clements are the only two that have previous experience at Nashville. Annett has made six start at Nashville posting one top 10, and Clements has made five starts at the 1.33-mile track posting a best finish of 19th.

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver Playoff Outlook Following Texas-1:

 

Rank

Driver

Points

Starts

Race Wins

Stage Wins

Playoff Pts

Pts From Cutoff

1

Austin Cindric

610

14

3

6

21

In On Wins

2

AJ Allmendinger

502

14

2

3

13

3

Justin Allgaier

439

14

2

1

11

4

Jeb Burton

424

14

1

0

5

5

Myatt Snider

325

14

1

0

5

6

Daniel Hemric

488

14

0

5

5

155

7

Harrison Burton

453

14

0

1

1

120

8

Justin Haley

435

13*

0

3

3

102

9

Brandon Jones

384

14

0

1

1

51

10

Noah Gragson

361

14

0

2

2

28

11

Michael Annett

357

14

0

0

0

24

12

Jeremy Clements

357

14

0

0

0

24

13

Brandon Brown

333

14

0

0

0

-24

14

Riley Herbst

306

14

0

0

0

-51

15

Ryan Sieg

270

14

0

0

0

-87

16

Landon Cassill

245

14

0

0

0

-112

17

Alex Labbe

225

14

0

0

0

-132

 

Note: The (*) symbol by the number of Starts indicates a driver missed a race but is still eligible for the Playoffs due to receiving a waiver.

 

Austin Hill running six Xfinity events for HRE

Hattori Racing Enterprises announced that the team will once again compete in select Xfinity Series events this season beginning with this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway.

 

Austin Hill will pilot the No. 61 Toyota in all six of those scheduled races. AISIN, a longtime partner of HRE, will be on the car for four events, including this weekend. Toyota Tsusho will continue their partnership for two Xfinity Series events as well and the Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway at the end of June.

 

The HRE No. 61 Toyota will also run at Pocono, Indianapolis, Michigan, Charlotte ROVAL and Texas.

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series, Etc.

Joe Gibbs Racing Adds John Hunter Nemechek to Xfinity Series Driver Lineup - Joe Gibbs Racing announced this week that John Hunter Nemechek will drive the team’s No. 54 Toyota in three NASCAR Xfinity Series races this season. Nemechek will make his JGR debut at Bristol Motor Speedway (September 17) and follow up with races at Texas Motor Speedway (October 16) and Phoenix Raceway (November 6).

 

“I am very excited about this opportunity,” said Nemechek. “Just like I’ve said all year on the trucks side, I’m here to win races. I have a lot of confidence going into these races that we’re going to have a shot to win every time out. Chris (Gayle, crew chief) and everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing have shown that they are capable of winning any given week and I expect to do the same.”

 

Berry bounces to top of Sunoco rookie standings – After making his 12th start of the season last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, JR Motorsport’s driver Josh Berry retook the lead in the NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie driver standings from Joe Gibbs Racing’s rising star Ty Gibbs. Berry is a scant five points up on Gibbs following Texas.

 

Berry is entered to make his series track debut at Nashville Superspeedway his weekend. This season Berry has put up one win (Martinsville), three top fives and six top 10s.

 

Sunoco Rookie of the Year

Rookies

Points

Awards

Josh Berry

277

4

Ty Gibbs

272

4

Ryan Vargas

142

4

Jade Buford

65

1

Sam Mayer

0

0

 

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

 

Camping World Trucks head back to Music City, U.S.A.

For the first time in almost a decade the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to Music City, U.S.A. for the Rackley Roofing 200 at Nashville Superspeedway this Friday, June 18 at 8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

Nashville Superspeedway is a 1.33-mile, D-shaped, all concrete oval located just outside Nashville, Tennessee. The first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Nashville Superspeedway was on August 10, 2001, and the race was won by Scott Riggs driving a Dodge for team owner Jim Smith. Riggs dominated the event leading 131 of the 150 laps (87.3%). In total, Nashville Superspeedway has hosted the Camping World Truck Series 13 times producing 10 different pole winners and 11 different race winners from 2001 to 2011. ThorSport Racing’s Matt Crafton is the only series driver to make starts in all 13 previous Truck races at Nashville.

 

At 5:05 p.m. ET on Friday, June 18 Cometic Gaskets Pole Qualifying will be held at Nashville Superspeedway to determine the starting lineup for the Rackley Roofing 200. Nashville has produced 10 different Truck Series pole winners all-time, led by Mike Skinner (2005, 2007), Kyle Busch (2010, 2011), and Todd Bodine (2008, 2010) with two poles each.

 

Johnny Benson (2006, 2008) and Kyle Busch (2010, 2011) lead the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins at Nashville Superspeedway with two victories each. The fans are guaranteed to see a new Truck winner at Nashville this weekend, as none of the former winners are entered in the event.

 

John Hunter Nemechek is after his third straight win this weekend

Like a shooting star, Kyle Busch Motorsports’ driver John Hunter Nemechek has shot across the wins column in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season. In 11 races Nemechek has scored a series leading four victories this season; including the last two and now in Friday night’s Rackley Roofing 200 at Nashville Superspeedway he looks to become just the eighth different driver in series history to win three consecutive races; joining Ron Hornaday Jr., Kyle Busch, Johnny Benson, Greg Biffle, Todd Bodine, Kevin Harvick, and Mike Skinner.

 

NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. leads the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in consecutive wins with five straight back in 2009. 11 times in the Truck Series has a driver won three or more consecutive races. Nemechek’s truck owner Kyle Busch was the most recent driver to accomplish the feat in the series in 2019 winning four straight. 

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Three or More Consecutive Victories

Rank

Driver

No.

From

To

1

Ron Hornaday Jr

5

06/20/2009

08/01/2009

2

Kyle Busch

4

02/23/2019

03/29/2019

3

Johnny Benson

3

07/19/2008

08/09/2008

 

Greg Biffle

3

06/09/2000

06/24/2000

 

Todd Bodine

3

11/04/2005

11/19/2005

 

Kyle Busch

3

04/22/2011

05/20/2011

 

Kyle Busch

3

05/09/2014

05/30/2014

 

Kevin Harvick

3

08/07/2011

08/24/2011

 

Ron Hornaday Jr

3

07/05/1997

07/19/1997

 

Mike Skinner

3

05/25/1996

06/09/1996

 

Mike Skinner

3

02/23/2007

03/31/2007

 

Nemechek is currently atop the series driver standings with a 78 points lead over second place Ben Rhodes. The 24-year-old from Mooresville, N.C., will be making his series track debut this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway.

 

Six Pack: Only six drivers entered this weekend have competed at Nashville before

Since the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series hasn’t competed at Nashville Superspeedway in nearly a decade, having experience at the 1.33-mile track is at premium. This weekend of the 43 drivers entered to compete in the Rackley Roofing 200, only six have previous series experience at the concrete facility just outside Music City, U.S.A.

 

ThorSport Racing’s Matt Crafton has the most experience of any Camping World Truck Series driver at Nashville having made all 13 previous series starts at the track. In his 13 starts, he has collected one top five, seven top 10s and an average finish of 10.7.

 

The driver with the next most starts at Nashville is Norm Benning with six career starts at the track. Benning has put up an average finish of 27.6 in his six starts and has posted a best finish of 22nd twice, most recently 2010.

 

Next in line in terms of Nashville experience is Crafton’s ThorSport Racing teammate Johnny Sauter, who has made five series starts at the 1.33-mile track posting two top fives, four top 10s and a series leading average finish of 6.2. In his last start at Nashville (2011), he finished runner-up to Austin Dillon.

 

Jennifer Jo Cobb has the next most series starts at Nashville among active drivers with three. In Cobb’s three starts she posted a best finish of 19th in 2010. Her average finish at the track is 22.1. Tina Gordon holds the series record for best finish by a female competitor at Nashville with a 13th-place finish in 2003.

 

Parker Kligerman has also made two starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Nashville posting one top five and two top 10s. His average finish at 1.33-mile track is 7.5.

 

Lastly, Clay Greenfield has made two series starts at Nashville posting a best finish of 23rd in 2010.

 

Playoffs are approaching and points are tight along the postseason cutoff

Just four races left in the regular season for drivers to lock themselves into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs, including this weekend’s Rackley Roofing 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.

 

Four drivers have secured spots in the postseason on wins – John Hunter Nemechek (four wins), Ben Rhodes (two wins), Todd Gilliland (one win) and 2020 series champion Sheldon Creed (one win). That leaves six spots still up for grabs by virtue of a win or on points.

 

Kyle Busch Motorsport’s rookie driver Chandler Smith is currently 10th in the Truck Series Playoff outlook – the final postseason transfer position – and holds an eight-point advantage over veteran ThorSport Racing driver Johnny Sauter in 11th – the first spot outside cutoff. Austin Wayne Self is in 12th only nine points back from Smith in 10th. 

 

Of the drivers along the Playoff cutline this season, Johnny Sauter has the most experience at Nashville Superspeedway having made five starts posting two top fives and four top 10s. Self and Smith will be making their series track debuts this weekend at Nashville.

 

The next four race weekends to wrap up the regular season will be a challenging stretch for those drivers still looking for a spot in the Playoffs. This weekend the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to Nashville Superspeedway for the first time in nearly a decade. Nashville Superspeedway is a 1.33-mile, D-shaped, concrete oval. The following race is at Pocono Raceway (6/26) and that track is a one-of-kind three-turn, triangle shaped, paved 2.5-mile track. After Pocono, the series will make its debut at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa, for the second dirt race of the season (Bristol Dirt, Knoxville). Knoxville Raceway is located at the Marion County Fairgrounds, 30 miles southeast of Des Moines, Iowa, and is a 0.5-mile dirt track with eight degrees of banking. Then to set the Playoff field the Trucks will battle it out at the high-speed Watkins Glen International. The famously historic, 2.45-mile, seven turn road course located just outside Watkins Glen, NY.

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.

Rackley W.A.R. brings heavy hitters William Byron and Josh Berry to Nashville – For the first time in their short history, the Rackley W.A.R. organization will field two teams this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway for the Rackley Roofing 200. Rackley W.A.R. tapped two of the hottest drivers in NASCAR to field their trucks this weekend, in NASCAR Cup Series star William Byron and NASCAR Xfinity Series standout Josh Berry. Byron alongside crew chief Willie Allen will pilot the No. 27 Rackley W.A.R. Chevrolet Friday night and Berry with crew chief Chad Kendrick will be making his second start for the organization. Berry made his debut with the team last weekend at Texas posting the team’s first top-10 finish. Both Byron and Berry will be making their series track debuts this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway. 

 

“I am excited for the opportunity to get behind-the-wheel in the Camping World Truck Series again,” Byron said. “I haven’t been in a truck for a while, so the opportunity to do so with Rackley W.A.R. allows me to get back and accustomed again. I have never raced at Nashville Superspeedway before either. While I think that the NASCAR Cup Series entries will handle differently compared to the trucks, the Rackley Roofing 200 will give me a chance to learn a few things on my end that I may not be able to try. Plus, this gives me a chance to get more acclimated to the track overall – I can learn the braking zones, pit road entrance and exit, and the overall characteristics of Nashville Superspeedway.”

 

Action Packed Friday for Trucks at Nashville – Nashville Superspeedway is one of six tracks this season that will host both practice and qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. This Friday, June 18 the series is scheduled to practice at 11:05 a.m. ET to 11:55 a.m. and then qualify at 5:05 p.m. ET and race at 8 p.m. ET later that evening. All on-track activity by the Truck Series can be viewed on FS1.

 

Ryan Preece to make NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut with Team DGR - JTG Daugherty Racing’s NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Preece will be making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway driving the No. 17 Ford for David Gilliland Racing (Team DGR). Preece will be pulling double duty this weekend racing in both the Trucks and NASCAR Cup Series races.

 

Preece has made 93 NASCAR Cup Series starts in his career and 59 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts. This weekend will be his NASCAR national series debut at Nashville Speedway.

 

Truck Sunoco Rookie Standings Update – With the first 11 races of the 2021 season in the books, Niece Motorsport’s Carson Hocevar continues to hold on to the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings by a solid 36 points over Kyle Busch Motorsport’s Chandler Smith in second. Smith rallied last weekend to grab his fifth Sunoco Rookie of the Race award of the season last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway with his fifth-place finish. His second top five and fourth top 10 of the year.

 

But Hocevar continues to be the man to beat in the rookie class this season. In 11 starts this year, the 18-year-old from Portage, Michigan has put up three top fives and four top 10s; including a best finish of runner-up at Charlotte Motor Speedway a few weeks ago.

 

Sunoco Rookie of the Year

 

Rookies

Points

Awards

Carson Hocevar

290

5

Chandler Smith

254

5

Halie Deegan

192

0

Chase Purdy

126

1

Kris Wright

73

0

Tim Viens

0

0

 

Team DGR’s Hailie Deegan is sitting in third in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings 98 points back from Hocevar. Deegan has posted three top-15 finishes this season.

 

Toyota is screaming past the competition – Toyota drivers have won nine of the first 11 races on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 2021 season; including the first seven races consecutively. Chevrolet and Ford each only have one victory this season.

 

Now the series heads to Nashville Superspeedway for the first time in nearly a decade, and it’s a place Toyota has relished in success as well. Toyota leads the series in wins at Nashville Superspeedway with six of the 13 races going to the Japanese automaker. The most recent Toyota winner at Nashville was Kyle Busch on April 22, 2011.

NASCAR PR

GMS Racing officials announced today that Chaos & Kindness will sponsor Sheldon Creed for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway.

Chaos & Kindness is a worldwide brand and movement created by the founder of Recycled Percussion, Justin Spencer. The brand's goal is to show the world you can live life to its fullest while having fun and giving back with products, events and community efforts that are created to inspire people to live life with purpose and positivity. Chaos & Kindness customer names were incorporated into the design of the No. 2 Silverado.

"I'm so thankful to everyone at Chaos & Kindness for coming on board with us at Pocono," said Creed. "Their brand is really fun and different with a great message. Hopefully we can help raise awareness for the work they are doing, and have a solid run with this scheme and everyone's names on the truck."

"This opportunity brings the best of two worlds together," said Spencer. "NASCAR brings people together and that's our goal with Chaos & Kindness. It's more than a business to us. It's about community and unifying. That's why all of these names, as the centerpiece of the design, are so important to us, our brand and our commitment to our customers and community."

The No. 2 Chaos & Kindness Chevrolet Silverado will make its debut in the CRC Brakleen 150 at Pocono Raceway on June 26. The race will air live at 12pm ET on FS1 and MRN.

GMS PR

Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that the Office of Attorney General is again partnering with the Pocono Raceway for the annual Drug Take Back Program during the 2021 NASCAR Doubleheader weekend. Attendees can bring their unneeded prescription drugs to the race to safely dispose of them at the Office’s drug take back location at the raceway.

 

“As Pennsylvania continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw an increase of at least 422 overdoses from 2019, the Office of Attorney General is doubling down on our commitment to combat the opioid epidemic that affects every community in the Commonwealth,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “We know that 70 percent of Pennsylvanians who misuse opioids get them from a friend or relative’s medicine cabinet, 60 percent of Pennsylvanians who are prescribed opioids end up with leftover pills--and, ultimately, four out of five heroin users begin struggling with substance use disorder through abusing opioid prescriptions. Pocono Raceway and President Ben May’s partnership is crucial to protecting Pennsylvania families and combating the opioid epidemic.”

 

“Pocono Raceway is honored to partner with Attorney General Josh Shapiro on this year’s drug takeback program,” said Pocono Raceway President, Ben May. “Year after year, NASCAR fans attending our events have answered the call and supported this initiative. We know there is still more work to do, and it is up to all of us to fight against the opioid epidemic. We encourage all fans to bring their prescription drugs to the track and to safely dispose of them during the NASCAR Doubleheader weekend this year.”

 

The public is encouraged to bring unused or outdated prescription drugs to the race on Friday, June 25th, Saturday, June 26th, and Sunday, June 27th. Pennsylvanians can bring expired and unused drugs to the take back location in fanfare on the infield throughout the weekend. Those who drop off prescription drugs will be  given a voucher for prize drawings that will include driver autographed items and more.

 

In 2018 and 2019, the Office of Attorney General partnered with Pocono Raceway to encourage Pennsylvanians to dispose of their drugs during the NASCAR Doubleheader weekend. As a result, they were able to take back approximately 150 pounds of drugs. Since Attorney General Shapiro took office in January 2017, the Drug Take Back program has destroyed close to 200 tons of prescription drugs.

 

PAAG PR

For the first time in over a decade, NASCAR's premier series are returning to the Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway. Action kicks off Friday night at the concrete track measured just over one mile with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series hosting a 150-lap race.
 
FRM then returns to racing at the track on Sunday for the NASCAR Cup Series competing in a 300-lap event.
 
Friday's NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series race begins at 8:00 p.m ET on FS1.
 
Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race begins at 3:30 p.m. ET with the live broadcast on NBCSN.
 
 
Todd Gilliland is coming into Nashville with a familiar partner. Crosley Brands, a winner at the Circuit of the Americas in late May returns to the No. 38 truck with it's special Arie Luyendyk tribute scheme. Crosley knows you don't change a winning scheme and Gilliland agrees.
 
"You keep the good luck going," said Gilliland. "Winning with Crosley Brands on our truck in Austin was really cool and we all thought it made sense to just keep the 'mojo' going. I have to thank Bo LeMastus for all his support. We can't do this without all our partners."
 
Gilliland goes into Friday night's race having one of his best season's in his career. With one win, the goal is to keep competing for wins. Gilliland knows he'll be on equal footing at the Nashville Superspeedway.
 
"This is a new track for most of the guys," said Gilliland. "Some of the guys have raced on this track, but not too many. It looks like a lot of fun and I know there are going to be a lot of fans there, too. It's going to be a great race."
 
 
Anthony Alfredo comes into the Nashville Superspeedway racing the Speedco scheme on his No. 38 Ford Mustang. Alfredo is looking for a great day with the company that has supported FRM for years.
 
"I'm proud to carry the Speedco and Love's Travel Stops logo this weekend," said Alfredo. "They are a staple at FRM and now I get my chance to run their colors. There is a lot of excitement building for this weekend and I think it's going to be a lot of fun. I really can't wait."
 
Alfredo talks about his expectations this weekend.
 
"There are a lot of unknowns for so many people heading into Nashville. It's been such a long time that cars or trucks have raced there. For me, it's not too much different than a lot of the tracks that I've been too this year. There are races where my first lap on the track is the first lap of the race. So, I'm used to it.
 
"I just really think that the atmosphere of being near Nashville and NASCAR coming back to the track, we're going to have a great event. I can't wait."
 
 
Michael McDowell again returns with the Love's Travel Stops Ford Mustang this weekend. McDowell is coming off an impressive 12th-place finish in the NASCAR All-Star race and is now ready to get back into the championship chase.
 
"We're ready to get back into the battle of the championship and continue to build our notebook throughout the summer," said McDowell. "We're totally focused on improving, gathering data and getting ourselves set for the fall. So, every lap is important to us right now."
 
McDowell also knows that Nashville Superspeedway brings a unique opportunity to the team.
 
"This is a new track on the schedule. We are equal to a lot of the other guys. So, we have to see this an opportunity to get points. We have practice and qualifying, we're back to what we know is a regular schedule. I think we have to be ready to make changes. That's what we have worked on this week. We have shocks and springs ready and we're going to work hard this weekend to have a good car on Sunday."

FRM PR

Notes of Interest

 

● Following a much-needed break from points racing and a fourth-place result in last weekend’s NASCAR All-Star Open, Chase Briscoe and the No. 14 HighPoint.com/Thorlabs Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) head to Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway with a plan to follow HighPoint Fundamental No. 33 – Keep Things Fun.Fundamental No. 33 states: “While our passion for excellence is real, remember that the world has bigger problems than the daily challenges that make up our work. Stuff happens. Keep perspective. Don’t take things personally or take yourself too seriously. Laugh every day.”

 

● Music City might be the perfect place for the No. 14 team to showcase its passion for excellence and ability to keep things fun, especially since it has a leg up on the competition. Though NASCAR hasn’t competed at Nashville Superspeedway since the Xfinity Series last raced on the 1.333-mile, concrete oval on July 23, 2011, and the Cup Series has never competed at the facility, Briscoe has already visited there twice this year as the designated Ford participant in Goodyear tire tests. The time on track has given the No. 14 team a head start on preparation heading into Sunday’s inaugural Ally 400.

 

● Joining in on this weekend’s fun is HighPoint.com customer Thorlabs, a vertically integrated photonics products manufacturer. Thorlabs was founded to serve the laser and electro-optics research market and has extended its core competencies to play an ever-increasing role serving the photonics industry at the research end, as well as the industrial, life science, medical, and defense segments. With both companies headquartered less than 10 miles from each other in New Jersey, HighPoint helps Thorlabs to create business value and solve challenges with technology solutions, services, and partnership. Over their 30-plus-year history, Thorlabs has grown from a Newton, New Jersey-based business to a global operation conducting business in nine countries.

 

● After 16 Cup Series races this season, Briscoe sits 26th in the driver championship and leads the Rookie of the Year standings by 100 points over Anthony Alfredo.

 

Chase Briscoe, Driver of the No. 14 HighPoint.com/Thorlabs Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

 

What does it mean to be going to a place like Nashville that hasn’t hosted a Cup Series race in 37 years?

“It’s special. For me, in my rookie season, every track I go to in the Cup Series is special, but to be a part of the first one is going to be cool. There’s only a first race at a racetrack one time – and then the second time, not that it’s not special, but it’s not as special as the first time – so to be able to experience that as a rookie is going to be super cool. There’s a lot of great racing history and heritage in the Nashville area. I remember running ARCA in Nashville at the fairgrounds and just how many people come out and how special it is to get a run in that area, so I’m excited. It’s one of the relatively closer racetracks to my hometown, so I know I’ve got a lot of people from Southern Indiana driving down to watch this race, and it’s just going to be special to be a part of it, and to have a sold-out crowd. That’s something that on the Cup side a lot of the guys are used to, but a sold-out crowd is something I’ve never gotten to experience because of COVID and everything else, so I’m excited to experience that this weekend, for sure.”

 

How prepared do you feel going into the weekend after those two tire tests?

“I feel like I at least have an understanding of what the racetrack is and the things I need to do to make speed, so I’m excited to get there this week. This is going to be one of the few tracks I have a little bit of experience compared to a lot of the field, so we’re just trying to take advantage of that. It’ll be nice to understand what my car needs. We have a limited practice at 50 minutes, but I already know what my limit as far as how far I can drive into a corner and just things like that. I’ve already done 30- to 40-lap runs, short runs, so I know where the car builds and what direction it’s going to go. Obviously, that could be different with more cars and the temperature and things like that, but I at least feel like I know what I need my car to feel like.  We were able to try some things in the tire test and some changes didn’t work as good as others from just the speed standpoint, so just knowing those beforehand while for other guys it’ll probably take them a run or two to get adjusted and learn the racetrack. So, I think just having that advantage will be good, especially on a short practice weekend."

 

What were your impressions of the track after the test compared to what you knew before you got there?

“I didn’t know much. It was hard for me to even find video on the place from Xfinity races in the past, so I was kind of going there with an open mind. I knew that they had done a lot of testing there in the past with the Cup cars and things like that, but I was surprised, honestly, with how much brake we were using and just how much speed we carried. That kind of caught me off guard. I think passing is going to be a little challenging, but the good cars are definitely going to rise to the front at a place like this just because handling is going to be quite a bit of an issue, I think. I’m very curious to see what the resin is going to do versus having traction compound there and where they placed it. When I was testing, there were only three cars total and it was pretty cool out, so I’m curious as to what more cars will do to the racetrack, and the heat, as well.”

 

What are some of the advantages or disadvantages of a concrete track and trying to figure that out?

 “I’m just a dirt guy, so, to me, it doesn’t matter. Concrete, pavement, blacktop, whatever the surface is, to me it’s all the same if it’s not dirt, so I don’t necessarily get too tied up in the differences. For me, they all drive relatively the same. They look different and how the rubber gets picked up under caution and things like that is different but, from a feel standpoint, I don’t know that I notice a difference from a concrete track to an asphalt track or whatever. I’m probably not the best guy to ask that just because I’ve never really been able to tell a huge difference in grip level or how it drives.”

 

TSC PR

ForeverLawn, the leading synthetic turf provider, continues their 15-race deal with Jeffrey Earnhardt and JD Motorsports at the upcoming race this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway. ForeverLawn of Tennessee, the local dealer that provides unparalleled expertise and the highest quality, natural-looking synthetic grass for residential and commercial properties in Tenn., will be the primary sponsor of the no. 0 Camaro. Driven by Earnhardt, the car has become known as the #BlackandGreenGrassMachine by racing fans, which features the popular ForeverLawn paint scheme. The race will be broadcast live on Saturday, June 19 on NBC Sports Network and Motor Racing Network at 2:30pm Central Daylight Time.

"We're excited to host the NASCAR race this weekend," said Shelia Stewart, owner of ForeverLawn of Tennessee. "We are proud to provide the best quality artificial turf available, and having our brand on Jeffrey Earnhardt's NASCAR is a great way for us to grow our brand awareness. I personally invite all of the fans and sponsors watching the race to call us or visit our website to learn how we can help them improve their landscapes."

The Nashville race will also bring country music singer John Rich back together with ForeverLawn. Rich has partnered with Earnhardt to promote his new beverage, Redneck Riviera Whiskey. Rich is also an existing ForeverLawn customer as he had the premium synthetic turf installed at his Redneck Riviera music venue located in the heart of lower Broadway in Nashville. Rich will be hosting an event on June 18, where he and Earnhardt will meet fans and provide autographed copies of a limited edition print featuring Rich, Earnhardt, and the ForeverLawn race car. The event will take place at Redneck Riviera Nashville, from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. The event is open to the public.

"We are so pleased with beautiful ForeverLawn turf on the rooftop space at Redneck Riviera," said Rich. "It's such a nice surprise to meet up with ForeverLawn again through this partnership with Jeffrey Earnhardt. They are a great company and we are proud to be associated with them."

Harvest Christian Fellowship church will also continue to be featured on the ForeverLawn car to help Pastor Greg Laurie spread his message of hope. During an earlier race this season, the bumper of Earnhardt's car, with the Harvest logo on it, was partially detached from the car and became a waving billboard for the church. "Only God can do something like that," said Jonathan Laurie, Greg Laurie's son.

"With the Nashville race open to fans again, we are looking forward to an incredible weekend," said Derek Taylor, of ForeverLawn. "We'll have ForeverLawn merchandise available for fans to win, so we encourage all of the fans to keep an eye on social media and look for the big green zero!"

For more information about ForeverLawn products call ForeverLawn at 866.992.7876, or visit foreverlawn.com.

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The season-opening race of the inaugural Camping World SRX Series last Saturday night at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway was an unabashed success with local all-star Doug Coby taking the victory over NASCAR legends Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart.

 

Response to the first event of the six-race short-track series airing live at 8 p.m. ET on the CBS Television Network with streaming live on Paramount+ Premium was overwhelmingly positive, and fan feedback has already been implemented to make the next Camping World SRX Series event this Saturday night at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway even better.

 

The two timed heat races have been shortened from 15 minutes to 12 minutes. Drivers will still line up for the first heat race via a random draw, and the lineup for the second heat race will still be an invert of the results from the first heat. The shorter timeframe of the heats is designed to create a greater sense of urgency and, starting at Knoxville, drivers are incentivized to race for the win in both heats because their average finish in the heats will determine their starting spot in the feature race.

 

The feature race at Knoxville has been cut to 50 laps. Only green flag laps will count, and there will be unlimited attempts at a green-white-checkered finish if a caution comes out near the end of the race. Similar to the shortened heat races, the reduced feature length is designed to create heightened urgency and allow for the race to finish under green flag conditions. This also provides CBS with the necessary time to interview the race winner, second place and any other compelling storylines.

 

Lastly, driver identification on the racecars will be more prevalent. Each drivers’ name will be larger and, more importantly, the driver will carry the same color throughout the remainder of the Camping World SRX Series season. For instance, the orange so many fans identify with Stewart will remain with the three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion through the season finale July 17 at the Nashville (Tenn.) Fairgrounds Speedway.

 

“As good as we felt our first race was, there are always things that can be improved,” said Ray Evernham, co-founder of the Camping World SRX Series. “I lived by this mantra as a crew chief and team owner and I still live by it today.

 

“There were things we saw that we immediately knew we could make better for the next Camping World SRX Series race at Knoxville, but we also received real-time feedback from fans. Their insights were spot on and we’ve worked hard to implement them in time for Saturday night.

 

“The Camping World SRX Series was created for the fans, and our quest to deliver exciting races with engaging personalities will never end. We want Knoxville to be better than Stafford, and when we go to Eldora in two weeks, we want that event to be better than Knoxville. We heard from our fans after Stafford and we’ll continue to listen to make the Camping World SRX Series the best it can be.”

 

The Camping World SRX Series features world-class drivers from an array of motorsports backgrounds competing in identically prepared racecars on some of the most iconic short tracks in America. Stewart, Paul Tracy, Bobby Labonte, Willy T. Ribbs, Bill Elliott, Ernie Francis Jr., Marco Andretti, Helio Castroneves and Michael Waltrip are the fulltime drivers in the Camping World SRX Series, and after Saturday night’s race at Knoxville, they’ll have four more events – June 26 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, July 3 at Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis, July 10 at Slinger (Wis.) Speedway and then July 17 at Nashville where the inaugural Camping World SRX Series champion will be crowned.

 

Local all-stars will join the series regulars, with four-time Knoxville track champion Brian Brown at Knoxville, five-time USAC Silver Crown champion Kody Swanson at Eldora, prolific USAC and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour winner Bobby Santos III at Lucas Oil Raceway, and the winner of the July 6 Slinger Nationals – one of the most prestigious short-track races in the country – competing in the Camping World SRX Series race at Slinger. A handful of racing “ringers” will also race with the Camping World SRX Series at select events, with Biffle returning at Slinger, five-time Rallycross champion and former Formula One driver Scott Speed racing at Eldora and Lucas Oil Raceway, and Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Scott Bloomquist in his element at Knoxville.

 

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Notes of Interest

●  It’s been 10 years since NASCAR last competed at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway, when the Xfinity Series concluded a 10-year run there. The NASCAR Cup Series has never competed on the 1.333-mile concrete oval.

 

●  Aric Almirola is one of the few drivers in this weekend’s Cup Series inaugural Ally 400 field who has raced at Nashville Superspeedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series. In four Xfinity Series starts at the track, Almirola has three top-10 finishes and one top-five with a best finish of fifth. In four Truck Series starts, Almirola has earned two top-10s and a top-five with a best finish of third. 

 

●  Last weekend, Almirola raced his way into the NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth by winning the All-Star Open. He finished eighth in the All-Star Race, but the mistake-free day was arguably one of the No. 10 team’s most successful days of the season.

 

●  In Almirola’s last 10 starts at 1.5-mile tracks, he has earned three top-10 finishes and has led 36 laps. At Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, a 1.366-mile track comparable in length to Nashville, Almirola has two top-10s in his last three starts. He was involved in an early accident in his most recent visit to Darlington last month but showed speed before the incident.

 

●  Career Stats: Almirola has career totals of two wins, two poles, 24 top-five finishes, 80 top-10s and 858 laps led in 368 NASCAR Cup Series starts.

 

●  Smithfield Foods celebrates 10 years of partnership with Almirola this season with a special campaign called Taste Victory.As one of the most active partners in NASCAR, Smithfield plans to engage fans all year long by hosting a microsite that provides the opportunity to win when Almirola wins or finishes inside the top-10. When Almirola wins, one fan wins $10,000, and 10 fans win a gift card for each top-10 finish. The microsite also doubles as an Aric Almirola fan page and entertainment source where fans can get behind the wheel of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford with a custom racing game, and learn more about Almirola with fast facts, favorite recipes and custom content about his life on and off the track. Visit www.tastevictory.com to learn more. Thanks to Almirola’s Feb. 11 win in his Duel qualifying race for the Daytona 500, one lucky fan has already won $10,000.

 

●  Beyond the 10 YouTube Series: In 2021, Almirola continues to share his life beyond the No. 10 Smithfield Ford with season three of his award-winning YouTube series. Fans and media can subscribe on YouTube to see Almirola’s personality on and off the track. Episodes have already featured life as a dad, a husband and an athlete, and it gives fans a unique perspective on what goes on in the life of a professional NASCAR driver. Fans can also follow Almirola’s social media channels: @Aric_Almirola on Twitter and Instagram, and @AricAlmirola on Facebook. 

 

●  After the season’s first 16 points-paying events, the Smithfield Ford team sits 28th in the championship with 205 points, 459 behind leader Denny Hamlin. 

 

Aric Almirola, Driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing

 

You have some solid finishes at Nashville in the Xfinity and Truck series. Are you looking forward to getting back there after a solid finish at Texas last weekend?

 

“I’m certainly looking forward to it coming off one of our best days this year. We tried something new and had a fast car good enough to let us race for a million bucks and we didn’t make any mistakes as a race team. It was the kind of day we needed heading to a new race that can get us back on track after the year we have had. We really needed that as a race team. Everyone is headed to Nashville with a clean slate and that gives me a lot of hope for a solid weekend.” 

 

With this weekend bringing back practice and qualifying at another intermediate track, does this give you more opportunity? 

 

“Absolutely. If we can have similar speed as last weekend, we have the opportunity to start up front in cleaner air and see what we have for the day. Bad luck has put us back in the standings and, when you’re far back in the standings, you start every weekend in a bad spot and it puts you in more unlucky positions. This format is so tough because we start outside the top-20 in dirty air and you can’t pass back there. Then you’re fighting so hard to make up a few spots at a time.”

 

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