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Dawsonville native and 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott took part in an unprecedented celebration of Georgia champions in Atlanta Wednesday.

In recognition of recent title triumphs by Elliott, the Atlanta Braves, and the University of Georgia, Elliott's 2020 Cup championship trophy was proudly on display at the College Football Hall of Fame alongside the College Football Playoff National Championship trophy and the Atlanta Braves 2021 World Series trophy during the event, much to delight of Georgia sports fans in attendance - including Elliott himself.

"Obviously it's been a great run for Georgia sports," said Elliott. "I'm proud to have a small part of that and a lot of great support here in the state."

Fresh off a win at Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday, Elliott has his eyes set on success at his home track in the upcoming Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart on July 10.

"There will be some things that we attack it differently with," Elliott said when asked about his teams' approach for the second race on the newly revamped Atlanta Motor Speedway. "But at the same time I think the overall vibe of the event will be very similar to what it was in the spring."

The first race on the all-new AMS in March set a record for most lead changes (46) and leaders (20) for a race at the 1.54-mile speedway. Elliott expects more of the same when NASCAR's stars return for an encore performance.

"I think the event will be exciting again and I think the teams will be better prepared," said Elliott. "We were just getting our season started (in March). So now we like to think we're a bit more knowledgable on the setup side of things so I'm sure everyone will be better. So you're going to have to do your homework and be ready come race time."

Tickets to the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart weekend July 8-10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway are available online at



Excuse Trackhouse Racing for not only celebrating July 4th Weekend at Road America this weekend, but also reveling in the fact that the Kwik Trip 250 presented by JOCKEY Made in America at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin track is a road course.

Trackhouse Chevrolet Camaro drivers Daniel Suárez and Ross Chastain have each earned their first career NASCAR Cup Series victories at the previous two road courses on the 2022 schedule.

Suárez won at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway on June 12 and Chastain visited victory lane at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on March 27.

For the first time in 2022, Suárez will sport the "Made in America" paint scheme on his No. 99 Chevrolet created by Kenosha, Wisconsin company Jockey. Chastain drove a similar scheme at Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday.

The Jockey partnership with Trackhouse is the first such team sponsorship in the 146-year history of the apparel brand. At the core of the partnership will be the launch of the brand’s new Made in America Collection – an effort aimed at delivering premium quality product; reshoring American manufacturing jobs; supporting families in local communities; and providing a more sustainable option for American consumers.

Suárez arrives at Road America after finishing 15th at Nashville. Early in the race he climbed as high as second before handling difficulties ruined his bid for victory.

USA Network will televise Sunday's Kwik Trip 250 presented by JOCKEY Made in America at 3 p.m. EDT.

Trackhouse Racing PR

The Roaring 20’s  refers to the decade of the 1920’s when the United States enjoyed great economic prosperity,  sometimes called the crazy years.   Emphasizing the era, Jazz blossomed, the flapper redefined the modern look and there was a large scale growth of high speed cars, films, radio and aviation.  This economic growth brought about new trends in lifestyle and culture.    The Roaring 20’s also introduced some of the most notorious gangsters such as Al Capone (Scarface), John Dillinger, “Baby Face” Nelson,  “Pretty Boy” Floyd, “Machine Gun” Kelly and of course, Bonnie and Clyde.  For whatever reason, these names became household names and in many ways, the public saw these famous figures as heroes, that were often celebrated and admired, not scorned.


Well, it’s  now 2022, the Roaring 20’s are making their return, this time to the Grandview Speedway as part of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series event on  Tuesday night, August 2nd.  It will all go down like this.  For the Big Block/358 Modifieds, it’s a big payoff, short distance, three times to get it done, take the loot and get out of town.    Sounds easy…….but as we know, it never comes easy on,  “the Hill”.   It will take a plan and usually, in the dark of night, it’s the most famous figures who take the cash.   The victors are usually celebrated, admired and sometimes scorned.


The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presents this unique event that will showcase some gangster like stars to include “Corruptible Craig” Von Dohren, “Despicable Duane” Howard, Jared  “Lucky Umbenhauer”, Tim “Shorty Buckwalter”,  Jordan “Headlock Henn”,    Jeff “Machine Gun Strunk”,  Doug “Man Killer”,  Ryan “Big Bet Beltz” and Brett “Killer Kressley” just to name a few.  


After GT Radiator modified qualifying heat race action (each paying $200 to win), the first of three Roaring 20 lap Big Block/358 Modified features will take to the Grandview Speedway.  Each 20 lap Modified feature will pay $2,000 greenbacks to the winner.  If any driver can make it a three win heist, Pioneer Pole Buildings has a 5,000 bonus on the line, making the triple sweep worth $11,000 big ones.  If one driver wins two features, PPB will add an additional $1,000 bucks in bonus money.   And if we have a first time Thunder on the Hill Modified feature winner, PPB will add $3,000 to the first prize paying $5,000 for a twenty lap victory.  


News flash, this is all cash and no wooden nickels.   Each feature offers an attractive payoff with $200 being paid just to start each feature.  


Also on the program will be the 602 sportsman, competing in a series of qualifying events leading up to a $1,000 to win 25 lap feature and $130 to start the main event.


The Triple Roaring 20’s event will allow both Big Block and 358 Modifieds to compete together in a unique rules package.  This special rules package is offered  to the regions modified drivers, with both American Racer and Hoosier tires allowed for competition, and either Big-Block or Spec Small-Block engines permitted. An event sheet with the complete payoff, rules, and details is available at There is no entry fee but drivers must pre-enter to be eligible for the posted payoff and to draw. Drivers must pre-enter by July 28  by calling 443 513 4456. 


Pioneer Pole Buildings is the premier builder of post frame buildings in PA, NJ, DE, MD, WV, VA and NY.   Pioneer was founded in 1998, and has since built their business and quality reputation on providing customers with top quality buildings at very competitive prices.    Pioneer Pole Buildings is located on South Route 183 in Schuylkill Haven, PA.  For more information, please call 888-448-2505 or visit their website at:  


Qualifying for the Modifieds will determine the starting field with the top 12 finishers from the heat race events, drawing the top 12 starting positions in the opening feature.   The winner of the first and second feature will then draw an invert number of 6, 8 or 10.  This makes a sweep of the Pioneer Pole Buildings $5,000 bonus extremely possible.



Associate Sponsors Pioneer Pole Buildings, Levan Machine & Truck  Equipment, GT Radiators, Clever Girl Winery


NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES – Presented by Levan Machine & Truck Equipment  7:30 PM

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2  Triple Roaring 20’s for 358/Big Block Modifieds  Possible $11,000 to win. . . plus 602  SPORTSMAN 

  * Indicates NASCAR Point Race


Grandview Speedway Contact Information   Track Phone:   610-754-7688

GPS USERS: 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505

Located less than a mile off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA

Grandview Speedway PR

With the safety of drivers in mind, Wednesday’s DIRTcar Summer Nationals and DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals events at Benton Speedway have been canceled due to unfavorable track conditions.


Both tours are back in action Thursday night, June 30, at Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, IL.


For further updates on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals and Summit Modified Nationals, visit or follow the tours on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.


DIRTcar Series PR

For the second straight season, NASCAR heads to Wisconsin for July 4th weekend at the picturesque Road America.

NASCAR National Series – NCS | NXS

Last season at Road America… Toyota drivers were very strong last season in the Cup Series debut at Road America with Christopher Bell coming home in second, and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch (third), Denny Hamlin (fifth) and Martin Truex Jr. (ninth) also having strong runs. Toyota’s Kurt Busch also had a solid result for his previous team, coming home in fourth.

Bell plans to be one spot better… Bell finished second last season and looks to earn his first victory of the season at Road America to clinch his Playoff berth. The Oklahoma-native finished eighth in Nashville – his sixth top-10 finish in the last seven races – to move up to a season-best eighth in the overall point standings.

Gibbs looks to rebound from first Road America start… Ty Gibbs impressive rookie season showed once again a season ago at Road America as he earned his first pole position and led laps early before a mechanical failure ended his day early. Gibbs – who has earned three straight top-10 finishes – is looking for a solid finish on Saturday.  

Smith debuts… Sammy Smith will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut on Saturday at Road America. The Toyota Racing development driver is scheduled to make eight starts in the No. 18 Toyota GR Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) through the balance of the season. The 18-year-old has been impressive across all of his ARCA starts this season. He leads both the ARCA East and Sioux Chief Showdown championship standings and has two wins and four top-three finishes in four starts on the national ARCA tour this season.

Nemechek returns… John Hunter Nemechek makes his return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series this weekend aboard the No.26 Toyota GR Supra for Sam Hunt Racing (SHR). His last start with the team turned heads as he was catching the leader in Darlington before a late-race caution led to a fourth-place finish. SHR is coming off a strong run in Nashville as Jeffrey Earnhardt drove the car to a seventh-place finish. Nemechek has several planned Xfinity starts through the balance of the season with both of Toyota’s Xfinity teams – SHR and JGR.


Sunday Race Info

Race: Kwik Trip 250

Date/Time: Sunday, July 3 / 3 p.m. ET

Distance: 62 laps / 250 miles

Track Length: 4.048 miles


Express Notes

Press Kit: Download the 2022 FedEx Racing press materials at, including bios for Denny Hamlin, Chris Gabehart and Joe Gibbs Racing leadership, program highlights and statistics.

Nashville Recap: Hamlin claimed his second pole award of the year and led a season-high 114 laps in last weekend’s race at Nashville Superspeedway. After spending most of the night running inside the top five, the FedEx Racing team opted to pit under a caution with less than 10 laps remaining. Hamlin mounted a furious charge from 14th with four laps remaining and found his way back up to sixth when the checkered flag waved.

Road America Notes: The No. 11 team started sixth and finished fifth in the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at Road America last summer. It was Hamlin’s only experience at the historic 4.048-mile road course to date.

Hamlin Statistics

Track: Road America

Races: 1

Wins: 0

Poles: 0

Top-5: 1

Top-10: 1

Laps Led: 0

Avg. Start: 6.0

Avg. Finish: 5.0


Hamlin Conversation – Road America

Talk about going back to Road America for the second time…

“Road America is a great track. The fan turnout last year was amazing. It’s a huge track and there were people all over the place, so it really had a great atmosphere. I’m looking forward to going back this weekend. We have a bit of work to do on our road course program with this new car. Sonoma was nowhere near what we are capable of across the board, so I think – as a team and manufacturer – we are excited to get back to a road course and see what gains we’ve made because these tracks are such an important part of our schedule these days.”


FedEx Express Along for the Ride at Nashville Superspeedway: For this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Road America, the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry TRD will carry MKE on the b-post in recognition of the Milwaukee market which includes more than 500 FedEx Express employees.


No. 20 Yahoo! Toyota Camry TRD News and Notes:

  • BELL NCS AT ROAD AMERICA: Christopher Bell heads to Road America to make his second NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) start at the 4.048-mile road course. In 2021, Bell raced his way up to second with four laps remaining at Road America and was closing in on the leader when the checkered flag waved, coming up just one spot of a victory on the road course.
  • ON THE CAR: Bell will carry the iconic purple colors of Yahoo! Sunday at Road America. This is Yahoo!’s third race on the No. 20 Toyota Camry TRD and they will be featured on the car two more times in 2022 at Darlington and Bristol.
  • NASHVILLE RECAP: Bell made the final round of qualifying at Nashville but the rains came and washed out round two. The field was set based on round one and Bell lined up ninth in his No. 20 Toyota TRD Camry. The car fired off tight but shifted to loose as runs went on. The race was red flagged for weather but NASCAR was able to finish the race under the lights. Under a late race caution Bell stayed out instead of pitting, restarting eighth with four laps remaining. He was able to maintain the gained track position to finish eighth at Nashville.
  • JGR AT ROAD AMERICA: All four JGR entries finished in the top 10 last year at Road America. Bell led the way for JGR crossing the finish line second. In four combined starts, the organization has tallied three top-five finishes and four top-10s.
  • RACE INFO: The Kwik Trip 250 at Road America begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 3, 2022. The race will be broadcast live on USA, Sirius XM 90, and MRN Radio.


From the Cockpit:

Christopher Bell: “Road America is always one of my favorite stops on the year. I got my first road course win there, so when the Cup Series put it on the schedule I was very happy. I can’t wait to get back to Wisconsin.” 


Landen Lewis has been named to drive the Bill McAnally Racing No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS in the remaining six races on the ARCA Menards Series West 2022 schedule.

The 16-year-old from Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina will make his first start with BMR on Saturday at Southern California’s Irwindale Speedway in the NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Motorsports Hall of Fame.

“We’re very excited to have Landen join BMR,” said team President Bill McAnally. “Ron Hornaday (Jr.) brought him to our attention and we have been very impressed with what we’ve seen. We will work hard to help Landen reach his full potential. I’m confident that he will put the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevy in Victory Lane.”

Hornaday, a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and former NAPA driver, considers BMR a great team for Lewis.

“This is a pretty cool opportunity for Landen,” Hornaday said. “I have known Bill for a long time and I think this is a perfect fit for Landen. I look forward to seeing him carrying my old colors and number with NAPA. Landen is a type of driver when put to the test he always exceeds our expectations. I am excited to see what Landen can do with this team and these new tracks he will be going to.”

Lewis joins BMR with an ARCA West win among two series starts he has already made this year. He won at Kern County Raceway Park near Bakersfield, California on April 23. In addition, he qualified second and finished 14th in the ARCA West event on the road course at Sonoma Raceway on June 11. His racing resume also includes a win and two top fives in three starts last year in the ARCA Menards Series.

“I am extremely excited for this amazing opportunity to run the number 16 NAPA Chevy for BMR and to be able to work with Charlie Wilson and the guys,” Lewis said. “I have always watched the McAnally cars and it has been a dream of mine to be able to drive for Bill.

“I also find it pretty awesome that my biggest mentor, Ron Hornaday, drove the number 16 NAPA truck. So it’s pretty neat to have NAPA on the car and it being the number 16 is icing on top of the cake,” Lewis said. “I am looking forward to getting out to the West Coast and working with the team.”

Lewis will team at Irwindale with Cole Moore, driver of BMR’s No. 99 Adaptive One Calipers Chevrolet SS. The Granite Bay, California driver – who won last year’s ARCA West Rookie of the Year Award – is currently fourth in this year’s championship battle.

Lewis began racing at the age of 4 and during the next eight years he accumulated multiple national titles and more than 150 career wins. In moving him up the racing ladder, his family turned to Ron Hornaday Jr. to build a dirt modified. Hornaday was so impressed with the young driver that he took him under his wing. Hornaday’s daughter, Candace, also works with Lewis, through the Team Hornaday Development, a driver development program that she created.

Lewis experienced continued success in 2018, becoming the youngest driver to win a Mid-East Modified Series race and winning the Most Popular Driver Award. He expanded his racing in 2019, gaining more experience on asphalt and road courses – winning on multiple surfaces in both Legend Cars and the ARCA Menards Series.

He captured even more national attention in 2021, winning the Legend Car “Trifecta” of Dirt, Asphalt and Road Course Nationals and the North Carolina State Championship. He also made his ARCA Menards Series debut and won in his second start at the Du Quoin State Fair 100.

Lewis replaces Austin Herzog, who drove for BMR in the first five ARCA West races this season.

The spotlight will be on the NAPA brand at Irwindale on Saturday. In addition to serving as the entitlement sponsor of the ARCA West event, NAPA will be well represented – with Derek Sasabuchi, District Manager from the NAPA Distribution Center in Los Angeles, bringing a special group of 200 NAPA customers to the event. Several guests have earned the opportunity to be treated to a VIP NAPA Experience. They will have dinner with the team at the NAPA transporter, get a special pit tour, have a meet-and-greet with the BMR drivers and also will have the opportunity to view the exciting racing action from a VIP suite.

The annual Fourth of July event at Irwindale Speedway is a favorite at the state-of-the-art track, with fans packing the stands to view the great side-by-side racing around the half-mile oval and see the fireworks show that concludes the evening.

ARCA Menards Series West Event:

Race: NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 presented by the West Stock Car Motorsports Hall of Fame (Race 6 of 11) July 2, 2022

Location: Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, Calif. (1/2-mile oval)

Television: Streamed live on FloRacing on July 2, 7 p.m. PT/ USA Network on July 10, 10 a.m. PT


Derek Griffith grew up racing at the short tracks of New Hampshire, and now, is ready to take his talents to the big stage in his home state. On Saturday, July 16, Griffith will compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Crayon 200 at “The Magic Mile,” driving for Sam Hunt Racing in what will be his third race of the season with the growing operation.


In his two starts with Sam Hunt Racing earlier in 2022 – the first two of his NXS career – Griffith gained valuable experience he will put to the test at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). He’s run the 1.058-mile oval before in a Super Late Model, but is excited for the challenge of the NXS and is hoping to make the hometown fans proud.


There are certainly going to be a large number of Derek Griffith fans in attendance as part of a full weekend as NHMS becomes the center of the NASCAR world.


“I know the Xfinity Series car is going to race a ton differently than a Late Model, but I love Loudon,” Griffith said. “Hopefully that and my experience there falls into my favor. I just want to have a good showing. I have to do my job the best I possibly can. I’ve got a couple of starts in the car with this team, so now I know how things work. I know what I need to bring to the table.”


Outside of racing, Griffith is a business owner of Northeast Auto Imports in Hudson, N.H. Not only does Griffith work in the state, he spends his day-to-day life serving customers of the Granite State and beyond.


On top of that, Hudson Speedway will be the primary sponsor of the No. 26 Toyota GR Supra for the Crayon 200. Griffith and Hudson Speedway operator Ben Bosowski have worked together to promote the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts facility, and showcasing the track on the car in the NXS is a huge step forward.


“Derek’s driving speaks for itself,” Bosowski said. “It’s all a Cinderella-type story. The hometown kid goes to New Hampshire Motor Speedway with his hometown track on the side of the car as sponsor. It’s one of those stories that you don’t hear much out there anymore. Very rarely do all of the pieces come together like this. It will be a great moment for all of us.”


Derek’s goals in the 200-lap race will be simple: to go out there, finish all the laps and come home with a strong finish. It won’t be the last time the New Hampshire standout competes on the NXS circuit this season either. He has more races planned with Sam Hunt Racing.


“I am beyond pumped to be able to race in the Xfinity Series at NHMS,” Griffith said. “Being able to race there was a big determining factor in trying to find a ride in the Xfinity Series, not even just for me and my family, but for Hudson to be on the car, close to where the track is. It’s going to be awesome to have my friends, my family and everyone else there at the track. I have it circled as what should be a highlight moment of my racing career.”


New England’s NASCAR weekend gets underway Friday, July 15 with Friday Night Dirt Duels Presented by New England Racing Fuel at The Flat Track and continues with Doubleheader Saturday on July 16, featuring the Crayon 200 NXS race and Whelen Manufactured in America 100 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race. The grand finale of New England’s biggest race weekend is headlined by the Ambetter 301 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, July 17.


Be sure to check often, as the schedule will be continuously updated as race weekend approaches.


Fans can find more information on Derek Griffith by visiting and following Derek Griffith Motorsports on Facebook for updates including race-day updates from “The Magic Mile.”



Fans can log on to for tickets and more information on the weekend’s lineup of action-packed racing. Tickets for Friday Night Dirt Duels Presented by New England Racing Fuel are just $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. Doubleheader Saturday tickets start at just $45 for adults while kids 12 and under are free. Sunday’s Ambetter 301 tickets start at just $59 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under.


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No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry TRD News and Notes

  • TRUEX AT ROAD AMERICA: Martin Truex Jr. started ninth and finished ninth in last season’s NASCAR Cup Series debut race at Road America. A strategy call late in stage two brought Truex to pit road and would have cycled him to the lead to begin the final segment. However, he was penalized for speeding on pit road and had to rally from the back of the field during the final stage.
  • NASHVILLE RECAP: Truex led a season-high 82 laps and won both stages of last weekend’s race at Nashville Superspeedway. He found himself running fourth prior to a caution in the final 10 laps. The No. 19 team chose to pit for fresh tires while 10 cars opted not to pit. On the restart with four laps to go, Truex lost his momentum avoiding an accident and finished the night in the 22nd position.
  • STAGE WINNER MTJ: After winning both stages of last Sunday’s race in Nashville, Truex now leads all drivers with five stage wins this season.
  • COMING BACK: Last Friday, Truex announced that he will return to drive Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 19 Toyota Camry TRD in 2023. Since joining JGR in 2019, Truex has collected 12 victories and two Championship 4 appearances (2019 and 2021).
  • BASS PRO SHOPS: A longtime supporter of Truex and NASCAR, Bass Pro Shops will be featured as the primary sponsor of the No. 19 Camry this weekend at Road America. Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri. Today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more.
  • RED, WHITE, AND BLUE: Truex’s No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry TRD will feature a red, white, and blue design for this weekend’s race to honor the United States military and Bass Pro Shops’ relationship with the United Service Organizations (USO).
  • JGR AT ROAD AMERICA: Joe Gibbs Racing posted three top-five finishes and a ninth-place result in the inaugural Road America race last season. Christopher Bell led the team in second followed by Kyle Busch in third, Denny Hamlin fifth and Truex in ninth. The organization also has a pair of NASCAR Xfinity Series wins (2019 and 2021) at the 4.048-mile road course.
  • TUNE IN: Coverage of this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Road America begins Sunday, July 3, at 3 p.m. ET on USA, MRN Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


Martin Truex Jr., Driver of the No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry TRD

What do you expect going back to Road America?

“It’s a great track. It’s obviously a very long track, so you get a lot of different types of corners and some elevation changes. We’re definitely looking at this weekend as being very important. We weren’t where we need to be at Sonoma and our guys have been working really hard since then to figure out why and hopefully come to Road America this weekend with a better shot at running up front like we know we’re capable of.”


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