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JD Motorsports announces today the addition of Ty Dillon to its driver roster for the No. 6 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). Dillon will pilot the entry in this weekend’s Henry 180 at Road America.
 
Dillon, a veteran of the NASCAR Cup Series, will have sponsorship from Black Hole Ammo for the 182.16-mile race.
 
“I’m excited to be back in the Xfinity Series for this weekend at Road America,” said Dillon. “I’m very proud to have Black Hole Ammo on board our No. 6 Chevrolet. I’ve known Shari Wagner and her family for years now and representing an American-based company is always an honor. The JD Motorsports guys have been working hard to give us a good car and getting additional laps will help the overall weekend.”
 
Black Hole Ammo, a Sterling Ammo, LLC brand, is launching premium ammunition catered to sporting, recreational and law enforcement on Friday, July 1. Black Hole Ammo will feature a full portfolio of hand gun and rifle ammunition. Based in Washington, Iowa, the new company will produce rounds of fully loaded rimfire and centerfire under its 190,000-square foot roof.
 
In conjunction with Dillon taking to the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin track for practice on Friday, BlackHoleAmmo.com will open for orders on July 1. Shooters and hunters can be among the first to own this American-made ammo by ordering direct from BlackHoleAmmo.com.
 
“There’s not a better driver and fit for our brand than Ty Dillon,” said Shari Wagner, Chief Executive Officer of Black Hole Ammo. “Ty is an avid hunter, shooter and conservationist. We’ve watched him grow up hunting with his dad, Mike, and his grandfather, Richard Childress. We are proud to once again be associated with Ty. Our operation at Black Hole Ammo is 100 percent vertical. Of course we have to buy raw materials such as brass strips, lead and gun powder, but our numerous bullet presses, loaders and state-of-the-art Elye Priming System will insure our ammunition is among the most accurate and safe in the world.”
 
The 30-year-old driver has over 395 starts across NASCAR’s three national series. Dillon has one NXS victory at the prestigious Indianapolis Motor Speedway and three wins in the NASCAR Truck Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.
 
“We’re excited to have Ty Dillon in our No. 6 Chevrolet this weekend at Road America,” said Johnny Davis, owner of JD Motorsports. “Ty is a fierce competitor and this weekend will be no different. We’re excited to see what both of our teams can do at Road America.”
 
The Henry 180 at Road America will take the green flag on Saturday, July 2 at 2:30 p.m. ET. The 45-lap event will be broadcast live on USA Network and can be heard on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

JDM PR

In Red Hill Raceway’s return to racing for the first time in nearly 18 years Tuesday night, Tyler Erb made the most of his first DIRTcar Summer Nationals appearance in two seasons, dominating the evening for his fifth career Hell Tour victory.

 

On paper, the box scores show he led all 30 laps, green-to-checkered. But this was anything but a cakewalk victory for the 25-year-old from New Waverly, TX, as he held off a hungry field of multiple Summer Nationals champions behind him to collect the $5,000 check.

 

From the outside pole, Erb grabbed the lead on Lap 1 and began a wild chase with Summer Nationals points leader Bobby Pierce around the 3/8-mile. They reached lapped traffic only eight circuits in, creating an interesting obstacle for the leaders to navigate.

 

“I’d run hard, feel like we got a comfortable lead, and then hit lapped cars immediately – which kinda makes it hairy,” Erb said. “I’d try to wait, wait, then when I’d get to a lapped car, just pass them as fast as I can and not follow them for a lap or two.”

 

Erb defended through the halfway point with Pierce stalking closely behind him until Lap 16, when Pierce slowed coming out of Turn 4 and spun around; a small flame coming from under the hood. The reigning champion was pushed back to the pits, done for the night, scored in 13th-place.

 

That opened the door for four-time champion Brian Shirley to stake his claim for the lead, though he was largely unsuccessful. Over the final fourteen laps, Shirley gave Erb a few challenges for the top spot, but ultimately came up just one spot short.

 

“Randall [Edwards, crew chief] would show me a lead, then he’d close-up, show me a bit of a lead, then close-up,” Erb said. “With five-to-go, I swear I must’ve passed a lapped car or [Shirley] must’ve hit a hole, and he showed me a big lead, and the next lap I came by, he showed me [Shirley] was right on my butt.”

 

Shirley’s best chance came in the final laps, where Erb got held-up by a big pack of slower cars in multiple lanes right in front of him, slowing his pace enough to allow Shirley to close rapidly. Erb carefully navigated through them and even survived a last-ditch swipe at the lead out of Turn 4 by Shirley to hang on for the win.

 

“With five to go, the lapped cars were literally four-wide in front of me,” Erb said. “That was probably the sketchiest part of the whole deal. I just didn’t want to get tangled up with them.”

 

Summer Nationals rookie standout Payton Freeman came from eighth to finish third – a new personal best on the tour. Four-time champion Shannon Babb ran inside the top-five all night and came home fourth, while 2010 champion Jason Feger rounded out the top-five.

 

UP NEXT

 

The Summer Nationals Late Model action continues Wednesday night at Benton Speedway in Benton, MO – returning for the first time since 1997. If you can’t be at the track, watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

 

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

 

Feature 30 Laps | 00:16:45.654

1. 1-Tyler Erb[2]; 2. 3S-Brian Shirley[3]; 3. F1-Payton Freeman[8]; 4. 18-Shannon Babb[5]; 5. 25-Jason Feger[4]; 6. 15- Christian Hanger[9]; 7. 31AUS-Paul Stubber[12]; 8. 14G-Joe Godsey[7]; 9. 0-Deshawn Gingerich[18]; 10. 30-Mark Voigt[16]; 11. 17-Lee Williams[19]; 12. 23NZ-Mick Quin[14]; 13. 32-Bobby Pierce[1]; 14. 86-Kyle Beard[6]; 15. 15F-Richard Frost[11]; 16. 44X-Devin McLean[24]; 17. 26M-Brent McKinnon[10]; 18. 81J-Jack Riggs[13]; 19. 11K-Shannon Kuhn[21]; 20. 14R-Jeff Roth[22]; 21. 4D-Doug Tye[23]; 22. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[17]; 23. (DNS) 89-Ashton Winger; 24. (DNS) 44-Blaze Burwell

 

EIGHT IS GREAT: Hoffman Wins Eighth of Season at Red Hill Debut

 

Not only did Red Hill Raceway reopen its gates to the public for the first time in nearly 18 years Tuesday night, but it now has an honorable distinction of hosting two generations of UMP Modified stars on its front-stretch Victory Lane.

 

Nick Hoffman grew up watching father Darrell Hoffman race and win multiple times on the big 3/8-mile red dirt oval in the late 1990s through the early 2000s. Fast forward to 2022, and Nick himself now stands exactly where one of his racing heroes did with his trip to DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Victory Lane for the eighth time in 10 races Tuesday night.

 

“A lot of times, he’d come over here and run, or we’d go down to Paducah and run a little bit,” Hoffman said, reminiscing on the days in the grandstands watching his father. “At this time, I would’ve been five, six, seven years old. I remember bits and pieces of this place.”

 

In short, Hoffman led all but one lap en route to his 64th career Summit Modified triumph. It was a dominating performance in which no driver challenged him once he got the lead throughout the 20-lap main event.

 

Several cautions were spread throughout the race, but Hoffman held strong out front by changing restart lanes.

 

“I restarted on the top almost every single time, except that last one where I moved out to the top to get a better run down the hill,” Hoffman said. “I just tried to change it up a little bit with it being a single-file restart; It makes it a little bit tougher being the leader.”

 

UP NEXT

 

The Summit Modified action continues Wednesday night at Benton Speedway in Benton, MO – the second track debut in two days for the Modifieds. If you can’t be at the track, watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

 

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

 

Feature 20 Laps | 00:26:46.562

1. 2-Nick Hoffman[3]; 2. 8-Kyle Steffens[6]; 3. 37-Everett Bradham[4]; 4. 1S-Brian Shaw[10]; 5. 95X-Marty Lindeman[7]; 6. 55-justin Jones[15]; 7. 95-Ed Roley[1]; 8. 36-Kenny Wallace[9]; 9. 7-Willie Gammill[8]; 10. 69L-Josh Lemke[5]; 11. 66- Michael Fox[18]; 12. 77-Jim Shipman[20]; 13. K9-Will Krup[22]; 14. 81-Logan Mounce[14]; 15. 24L-Lacey Risley[21]; 16. 88- Bill Dugger[11]; 17. 130-Chase Allen[13]; 18. 79D-John DeMoss[12]; 19. 71-Rick Frasure[16]; 20. 92-Kenny Carmichael[2]; 21. 16C-John Clippinger[19]; 22. 71X-Dave Beck[17]; 23. 30-Mike Beatty[25]; 24. (DNS) 50-Tyler Weiss; 25. (DNS) 99D- Nathan Deisher

 

DIRTcar Series PR

It was a beautiful night of racing presented by Levan Machine and Truck Equipment with a full house of spectators to watch the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series doubleheader.  Rico Abreu of St Helena, California claimed his first 410 Sprint Car win on ‘the Hill’ as part of Pennsylvania Speedweek presented by Red Robin and Brett Kressley won the 358 Modified portion of the event.

Abreu claimed $10,000 and the Hodnett Cup trophy for his efforts in a race that proved tricky for the leaders barely dodging multiple incidents and avoiding fighting through heavy-lapped traffic.

“We had some breaks with cautions,” Abreu said in post-race ceremonies.  “But you have to do everything right to get those breaks in the first place.”

Abreu may have started on the pole but it wasn’t easy for the California native with Christopher Bell moving from inside row 2 into the second position on the start.  Abreu fired off fast, approaching a full-straight lead by the fourth circuit with lapped traffic quickly approaching.

With Abreu in a comfortable lead, the battle for second heated up, between Brent Marks and Bell – but a Lap 7 yellow slowed the field when Dylan Norris spun directly in front of the leaders.

On the restart, Rico shot to the high side of the one-third-mile speedway with Marks moving passed Bell and Anthony Macri powering around the outside of Kyle Larson.

Marks pressured Abreu as the laps ticked away, approaching lapped traffic until the red flag flew on lap 14 for Kyle Larson, whose No. 57 machine tipped on its side with a broken rear end.

Abreu continued on the restart, racing around the inside of the speedway while Marks rode around the high side hot on his heels.

The final caution flew on lap 23 for Zach Hampton, who spun in front of the leaders.

Just over ten laps remained on the scoreboard, Abreu took the green flag creating some distance between himself and the battle for second between Anthony Macri and Brent Marks.

Heavy lapped traffic challenged the leaders in the late stages, as the top five positions were nose-to-tail when the white flag flew, but Abreu held them off to claim his third Pennsylvania Speedweek win.

Anthony Macri finished in the second spot, Brent Marks in third, Danny Dietrich in fourth, and Christopher Bell finished in fifth

Macri also picked up the $150 Quick Time Bonus from Clever Girl Winery for the 410 Sprint Cars.  Qualifying Heat Races were won by Rico Abreu, Justin Peck, Tanner Thorson, and Kyle Larson.

Brett Kressley picked up his third NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series win on Tuesday night passing Jared Umbenhauer in the second half of the 30-lap feature.

Mike Lisowski led the twenty-four car field to the drop of the green flag with Umbenhauer taking the lead on the second circuit of the event.  Umbenhauer dominated the early stages of the race, before Kressley – who started in the fifth position – closed quickly and overtook the top spot with the help of side-by-side lapped traffic.

The only caution of the event flew on lap 26 when Ron Kline stopped at the top of the speedway with a right rear flat tire.

Kressley rolled on to the $3,000 win with Duane Howard moving into the second position on the restart, Umbenhauer settling for third, Alex Yankowski in fourth, and Billy Pauch jr. in the fifth position.

GT Radiator Repair $200 Fast Time for the 358 Modifieds was won by Jared Umbenhauer with a lap of 14.272.  Modified Qualifying Heat Races were won by Rick Laubach, Ron Kline, and Craig Whitmoyer who all claimed a $200 bonus from GT Radiator Repair.

The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series returns on Tuesday, August 2 with the Big-Block Modifieds and Small-Block Modifieds competing in the ‘Roaring’ Triple 20s event.  The 602 Sportsman round out an exciting program of racing action.

 410 Sprint Cars
Clever Girl Winery Time Trials – 1. Anthony Macri – 12.025  2. Danny Dietrich – 12.030  3. Christopher Bell – 12.037  4. Brent Marks – 12.059  5. Rico Abreu – 12.070  6. Justin Peck – 12.176  7. Tanner Thorson – 12.187  8. Kyle Larson – 12.207  9. Ryan Smith – 12.219  10. Kyle Moody – 12.221  11. Freddie Rahmer – 12.243  12. Skylar Gee – 12.268  13. Zach Hampton – 12.275  14. Austin Bishop – 12.304  15. TJ Stutts – 12.337  16. Lucas Wolfe – 12.368  17. Tyler Ross – 12.401  18. Devon Borden – 12.430  19. Dylan Norris – 12.432  20. Brandon Rahmer – 12.475  21. Jeff Halligan – 12.510  22. Chad Trout – 12.533  23. Chase Dietz – 12.534  24. Mark Smith – 12.573  25. Ryan Taylor – 12.590  26. Tyler Reeser 12.600  27. Eddie Lumbar – 12.643  28. Jon Stewart – 12.798  29. Dave Brown – 12.800  30. Jordan Givler – 12.820  31. Devin Adams – 13.022

 

Heat 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Rico Abreu  2. Anthony Macri  3. Ryan Smith  4. Tyler Ross  5. Ryan Taylor
Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Justin Peck  2. Kyle Moody  3. Austin Bishop  4. Danny Dietrich  5. Devon Borden
Heat 3 (10 Laps) – 1. Tanner Thorson  2. Christopher Bell 3. Freddie Rahmer  4. TJ Stutts 5. Dylan Norris
Heat 4 (10 Laps) – 1.  Kyle Larson  2. Lucas Wolfe  3. Skylar Gee  4. Brandon Rahmer  5. Brent Marks
B-Main (8 Laps) – 1. Jeff Halligan  2. Zach Hampton 3. Chad Trout  4. Mark Smith
Feature (35 Laps)  1. Rico Abreu  2. Anthony Macri  3. Brent Marks  4. Danny Dietrich  5. Christopher Bell  6. Tanner Thorson  7. Justin Peck  8. Ryan Smith  9. Lucas Wolfe  10. Freddie Rahmer  11. Kyle Moody  12. Austin Bishop  13. Tyler Ross 14. Brandon Rahmer  15. TJ Stutts  16. Skylar Gee  17. Jeff Halligan  18. Ryan Taylor  19. Mark Smith  20. Dylan Norris  21. Chad Trout  22. Devon Borden 23. Zach Hampton  24. Kyle Larson

358 Modifieds
Heat 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Rick Laubach  2. Duane Howard  3. John Willman  4. Jared Umbenhauer  5. Craig VonDohren  6. Brett Gilmore
Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Ron Kline  2. Alex Yankowski  3. Mike Lisowski  4. Brett Kressley  5. Tim Buckwalter  6. Kevin Beach
Heat 3 (10 Laps) – 1. Craig Whitmoyer  2. Jeff Strunk  3. Jim Housworth  4. Billy Pauch Jr.  5. Jimmy Leiby  6. Brad Brightbill
Consi (10 Laps) – 1. Bobby Trapper Jr.  2. Kyle Smith  3. Doug Manmiller  4. Ryan Watt  5. Justin Grim  6. Nate Brinker
Feature (30 Laps ) – 1. Brett Kressley  2. Duane Howard  3. Jared Umbenhauer  4. Alex Yankowski  5. Billy Pauch Jr.  6. Jeff Strunk  7. Mike Lisowski  8. Craig VonDohren  9. Craig Whitmoyer  10. Rick Laubach  11. Doug Manmiller  12. Timmy Buckwalter  13. Ryan Watt 14. John Willman  15. Jimmy Leiby  16. Kyle Smith  17. Nate Brinker  18. Kevin Beach  19. Ron Kline  20. Brad Brightbill  21. Bobby Trapper Jr.  22. Jim Housworth  23. Brett Gilmore  24. Justin Grim

 

2022 NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES

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 PR

Tuesday was an “awfully” good night for racing and fun at Cook Out Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where Landen Lewis (Boston Reid & Co. Pro division) and Olivia Murray (Outlaws) were among the drivers claiming victory during Round 4’s white-knuckled excitement.

Back-to-back Wins for Lewis

Landen Lewis powered his Boston Reid & Co. Pro division hot rod to back-to-back wins with a triumphant Round 4 run. The 25-lap feature seemed to be well in hand for Alex McCollum, who was dominant early, until a caution on Lap 13 brought the field back together.

On the ensuing restart, Lewis squeezed his way into the lead taking the inside line away from McCollum and charging ahead of the pack. Parker Eatmon followed in his No. 4 machine to take the second place spot.

“This means a lot,” Lewis said. “It took me four years to get where we’re standing. Last week we finally won. (Team owner) Joe (Ryan Osborne) told me, when you win it once, it’s easier to get back again. He has right.”

Murray Manhandles Outlaw Competion

In the Bandolero Outlaw division, it was ladies night at America’s Home for Racing as Olivia Murray took home her first Cook Out Summer Shootout win of the 2022 season after dominating the 20-car field in a 20-lap feature. Despite three cautions that collected a total of 12 cars, Murray held off some fierce competition from Killian McMann and Phoenyx Kimball, among others.

In the end, however, no one had the speed to catch Murray, who cruised to victory ahead of Hunter Morgan and Kaeden Ballos.

“I just had to make sure I hit all my marks; The car felt so good,” Murray said after the win. “I’ve got to thank my sponsors – and my parents. Everybody here’s been able to help me do what I do.”

Cook Out Summer Shootout continues with Round 5 on Tuesday, July 5. “Red, White and Brew Night” at America’s Home for Racing features a full slate of Legend Car and Bandolero action, post-race autograph session and a patriotic fireworks display. All first responders get in FREE with a valid ID.

TICKETS:

Cook Out Summer Shootout Entry is $10 for adults and kids 12 and under are FREE. Tickets can be purchased at the gate, by calling 800-455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets.

KEEP TRACK:

Follow all the thrilling CookOut Summer Shootout action using the hashtag #WeCreateLegends. Connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Top 10 in each division of Tuesday’s races (unofficial results):

Beginner Bandoleros: 1. Gavin Holland; 2. Wyatt Coffey; 3. Bryson Mruphy; 4. Aidan Zschiedrich; 5. Hendrick Case; 6. Jeffrey Beck; 7. Mason Roberts; 8. Jack Smith; 9. Corbin Cannon; 10. Camden Truett

Bandolero Bandits: 1. Beckham Malone; 2. Hudson Canipe; 3. Darren Krantz Jr; 4. Ben Morabito; 5. LaQuan McCoy; 6. Bryson Brinkley; 7. Carson Cauble; 8. Mardy Roberts III; 9. Colt Johnson; 10. Owen Zacharias

Bandolero Outlaws: 1. Olivia Murray; 2. Hunter Morgan; 3. Kaeden Ballos; 4. Phoenyx Kimball; 5. Bobby Gossett; 6. Alison Johnson; 7. Killian McMann; 8. Carson Smith; 9. Nathan Lyons; 10. Joshua Lowe

Young Lions: 1. Carson Haislip; 2. Joel Smith; 3. TJ Decaire; 4. London McKenzie; 5. Joshua Dickens; 6. George Phillips; 7. Sean McElearney; 8. Layton Harrison; 9. Trevor Cline; 10. Luke Baldwin

VP Racing Semi-Pro: 1. Sean Abell; 2. Carson Brown; 3. Trevor Wester; 4. Byron Daley; 5. Preston Wrisley; 6. Justin Campbell; 7. Jack Baldwin; 8. Lucas Vera; 9. Thomas Annunziata; 10. Andres Perez

Boston Reid & Company Pro: 1. Landen Lewis; 2. Parker Eatmon; 3. Alex McCollum; 4. Jordan Black; 5. Garrett Lowe; 6. Cameron Bolin; 7. Justice Calabro; 8. Gavin Graham; 9. Jake Bollman; 10. Daniel Wilk

Masters: 1. Brandon McKenzie; 2. Robbie Woodall; 3. Robby Faggart; 4. Rusty Young; 5. Dwayne Holder; 6. Mark Green; 7. Carl Cormier; 8. Lee Jordan; 9. Brandin Wrisley; 10. Clayton Austin

CMS PR

Due to unforeseen circumstances, DIRTcar and Charleston Speedway officials have decided to cancel the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Model and DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified events at Charleston Speedway, scheduled for July 5.

There will not be a makeup date for the Summer Nationals and Summit Modifieds.

Illinois-Indiana Week will now begin on Wednesday, July 6, with the second visit of the season to Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, IL.

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

DIRTcar Series PR

It's obvious. In the United States, interest in Formula One is exploding. To see a record-breaking audience at Racetrack of the Americas for the United States Grand Prix, go no farther than Austin, Texas. While it's possible that those attendance figures imply that NASCAR is losing ground, it's important to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

 

Finding a Good Sportsbook for NASCAR

It's now simpler than ever to place a wager on a NASCAR national race owing to the proliferation of NASCAR betting services on the internet. However, as the popularity of NASCAR betting grows, so does the question of where to place real money wagers. It might be difficult to find out where to place your NASCAR bets online that are secure, reliable, and have the highest odds of winning! It's always recommended that you conduct some research prior to using a sportsbook. It is also important to check the legality of sports betting in Texas, as this will make the experience more reliable and safe.

 

History of NASCAR in Texas

If North Wilkesboro's North Wilkesboro International Speedway seems like a ghost town, Texas World Raceway in College Station isn't any better.

With a two-mile length with 22-degree banked turns and eight-degree banked straightaways, the configuration of the racetrack is similar to that of the Michigan circuit near Detroit.

Larry Lopatin and the founder of NASCAR Bill France found themselves at odds with their differing positions on the Talladega embargo of 1969, which meant that the speedway was condemned from day one. Lopatin is rushing to raise additional funds after France pulled the event from its calendar due to complaints about the prize money.

Only 24,000 people attended Lopatin's first race, despite the fact that he had secured the necessary funds. In 1971, 18,000 people attended the speedway's second event. After the 1973 season, the speedway was unable to hold a NASCAR race until 1979 at the earliest. Even at that time, the tale was the same: barely 11,000 people showed out to witness Darrell Waltrip's victory.

With the inaugural long-distance superspeedway race won by Bobby Isaac in 1969, Texas World Speedway briefly became a NASCAR Winston Cup racetrack staple. Isaac beat Donnie Allison by two laps to win the race. NASCAR would not return to College Station until 1970 after the 1969 Texas 500.

The Texas World Speedway had eight races, with Richard Petty winning three (1971-'73) and  Cale Yarborough, Isaac, Darrell Waltrip, Buddy Baker, and Benny Parsons each winning one race. The very last time NASCAR raced at Daytona International Speedway was in 1981 when Parson won the Budweiser 400.

To begin with, the Automobile Race Club of America held races there between 1991 and 1993 when Ishin Speed Sport purchased and restored the racetrack, but after that season, the speedway was used for sports car races and amateur racing.

From that point onwards, the speedway's 15-turn road course has served as its principal feature with groups such as the SCCA, CMRA, and various driving schools making their way around the 2.9 miles of lefts and right.

Greg Biffle's No. 16 Roush-Fenway Motorsports Ford recorded an incredible 228 miles during a December test on the two-mile track, confirming that the speedway remains one of the quickest in the country... If Texas World Speedway were to be relaid and SAFER barriers added, it would be an ideal location for an event of any kind. Fort Worth's track, on the other hand, has already been dubbed the speedway's more entertaining cousin.

Texas World Speedway's revival would be a wonderful addition to the state's already impressive collection of motorsports venues. When it came to NASCAR, the track looked to be in the wrong decade. Texas World Raceway would be a welcome addition in an era when raceways are all the same.

Perhaps this time around, it won't be as difficult to attract viewers.

 

Most Renowned Race in Texas NASCAR History

2007 Samsung 500

The first twelve races at Texas Motor Speedway were all won by drivers. As a result, the race had an air of satire.

Jeff Gordon had the worst luck of anyone in the first twelve races. Despite strong hopes, he was unable to provide a good result. He appeared certain to fail at Texas.

Due to a rain-disrupted qualifying session, Gordon was able to start from the front row   At Texas, he would get out to a strong start and take the early lead.

Notes of Interest

 

● Cole Custer and the No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) are going road-course racing for the second time in the last three events and the third time this season when they take to NASCAR’s longest racetrack – the 4.048-mile, 14-turn circuit at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin – for Sunday’s Cup Series event.

 

● Sunday’s 62-lap, 250-mile race will be Custer’s 93rd Cup Series start, his 12th on a road course, and his second at Road America. He qualified 15th and battled a loose-handling racecar to a 17th-place finish in last year’s first Cup Series appearance at the track in 65 years and just the second ever. Custer’s best previous Cup Series finish on a road course was ninth in the October 2020 race on the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway Roval en route to that year’s Rookie of the Year honors. He qualified sixth for his most recent road-course outing June 12 at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway and was battling for a top-10 finish in the closing laps before getting spun in turn 11 and having to settle for 21st.

 

● Custer will also make his third NASCAR Xfinity Series appearance of the season behind the wheel of the No. 07 SS Greenlight Racing Ford Mustang during Saturday’s Henry 180. In his 13 previous Xfinity Series outings on road courses, Custer finished outside the top-10 just once with a best result of third in this year’s March 26 race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. He was fourth in the 2018 Xfinity Series race at Road America and has two other top-10s there. Custer’s first Xfinity Series outing in the No. 07 Mustang this year resulted in a victory from the second starting position Feb. 26 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. 

 

● Custer also has top-10s in all three of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series outings on road courses, all at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. His best was his most recent, a second-place run from the pole with a race-high 39 laps led in the No. 00 JR Motorsports entry in 2016. He also made three starts apiece on the road courses at Sonoma and Watkins Glen in NASCAR K&N Pro Series competition, with best finishes of third in the 2016 East Series race at Watkins Glen after having qualified on the pole there the previous year, and fourth in the 2019 West Series race at Sonoma.

 

● Riding along with Custer and his SHR Mustang is team co-owner Gene Haas’ newest holding, Haas Tooling, which was launched as a way for CNC machinists to purchase high-quality cutting tools at great prices. Haas cutting tools are sold exclusively online at HaasTooling.com and shipped directly to end users. HaasTooling.com products became available nationally in July 2020. Haas Automation, founded by Haas in 1983, is America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools. The company manufactures a complete line of vertical and horizontal machining centers, turning centers and rotary tables and indexers. All Haas products are constructed in the company’s 1.1-million-square-foot manufacturing facility in Oxnard, California, and distributed through a worldwide network of Haas Factory Outlets.

 

Cole Custer, Driver of the No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing

 

You’ve had some of your best outings at Road America when you raced in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and you and your fellow competitors enjoyed racing there for the first time in the Cup Series last year. How do you feel about heading back this year?

“I’m really excited for Road America. It’s a really prestigious road course in our country and I think it’s a place where, if you have any bad tendencies, it’s going to show up at Road America. You have so many different corners, there are so many hard corners, it just brings out some of the best road-course racing.”

 

How do you think the NextGen cars will fare at Road America this weekend?

“Obviously, the NextGen cars are very different, but we’ve seen so far that they’re very well suited for road-course racing. I think Road America is a track that’s really tough – it’s a really tough road course. Like I said, if you have any bad tendencies, they’re going to show up there. But with how well the NextGen cars race on the road courses, I think you’ll see a lot of guys doing well out there. It should be even more competitive than we’ve seen so far.”

 

One of the track’s nicknames is “America’s National Park of Speed,” and the fans there are known to be among the most passionate in all of motorsports. How do you like that aspect of racing there?

“Those cheese lovers, they might be out of control (laughs). It’s awesome to go up there. Just hardcore race fans, people who live and die by that racetrack, and I think it’s really cool to see people who are that passionate about the sport.”

 

At just over 4 miles, a lap around the 14-turn Road America layout is the longest on the Cup Series schedule, each lap somewhat of a “road trip” in itself. If you could go on a road trip with anyone, who would that be, and why?

“That’s a good question. I think a lot of people are probably going say Dale Earnhardt. He’s really iconic in our sport, somebody who I think would be fun to talk to about what it was like back when he first got going and how much the sport’s changed, and what he thinks about it now. I think it would be a really interesting conversation.”

 

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Notes of Interest

 

● The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, for the third of six road course events on the 2022 season schedule. Sunday’s race marks Chase Briscoe’s second Cup Series start at the 4.048-mile, 14-turn road course.

 

● The HighPoint.com driver started 35th and drove his way to a sixth-place finish a year ago this weekend at Road America. It was his second of three top-10 finishes in 2021. In total, Briscoe has nine Cup Series starts on road courses with three top-10s. He finished 13th in his most recent road-course race June 12 at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway.

 

● The 27-year-old racer from Mitchell, Indiana, picked up two Xfinity Series wins on road courses – his first career Xfinity Series victory was in the series’ inaugural race on the Charlotte Roval in 2018. He also fulfilled his childhood dream of kissing the historic Yard of Bricks when he scored his fifth win of the 2020 season on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

 

● Briscoe finished among the top-10 in all but three of the 10 road-course races in which he competed in the Xfinity Series. And in his lone NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start on a road course – the 2017 race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario – Briscoe finished seventh in a Ford F-150.

 

Briscoe is 18th in the driver standings following last weekend’s 34th-place finish at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway. He currently holds a spot in the 16-driver playoff field by virtue of his March 13 win at Phoenix Raceway.

 

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

 

You had an off weekend to reset before jumping back in for a 10-week run for the playoffs, but you had a tough outing in Nashville last weekend. What is the focus the next nine weeks?

“I’m just kind of stressed out with the situation in the playoffs, truthfully, and we have nine weeks until the playoffs start. We just need to really focus on making the playoffs. Just because we have a win, it doesn’t mean we’re guaranteed at all with how many winners we’ve had right now. So I think we just need to try to take these next nine races and use them as a practice for the playoffs and try to execute. I’ve done a terrible job as far as executing on days we have good car. There have been multiple races we could’ve won that we threw away. You get three races in each round of the playoffs and if you have one bad race, you’re kind of done for the playoffs. I just need to do a better job as a racecar driver of understanding that and trying to capitalize. Come playoff time, you’re not going to be able to shoot yourself in the foot and continue on like nothing happened.”

 

How do you stay grounded and focused on what’s ahead?

“Johnny (Klausmeier, crew chief) and my team, I feel like, do a really good job of that. I feel like, internally, I kind of do try to do the same. I just don’t have a ton of experience in the playoff format. You know that I’ve only done it three years now and that was on the Trucks and Xfinity levels. So at the Cup level, obviously, it’s way more intense, way more cutthroat. So I don’t know, I feel like I’ve not done a great job in the past in the lower series of doing the playoff run. So I just need to do a better job, at the end of the day. And I feel like if we if I do a good job, my team puts a car under me and people who make me capable of running up front and trying to win races. It’s just a matter of putting it all together and limiting mistakes.”

 

Road America is a track where you have to be very careful. If you get off track, it can really cost you. How much does that affect how you approach the race?
“There are so many opportunities to make a mistake. It’s a 14-turn course, so it’s hard to mentally stay in the game there just because there are so many opportunities to make a mistake and each turn is so different. You have some really fast ones, some heavy braking zones, some tight corners, and the tires wear out so much there that you really are changing what you’re doing each lap and each corner. It’s a very challenging track, but that’s why I like going there. It does wear you out. It gets like a slick, worn-out dirt track, as weird as that sounds, but that’s why I like it. I just like the feat of trying to wrestle a 4-mile road course. It’s huge. It takes over two minutes to run the racetrack, so I just enjoy the challenge of racing there and trying to get these cars to do what you want each lap, with every turn. It’s a lot of fun and, when it pays off, it’s incredibly rewarding.”

 

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No. 19 Menards/Patriot Lighting Toyota GR Supra News and Notes:

  • JONES AT ROAD AMERICA: Brandon Jones has six prior starts at Road America in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). He has one top-10 finish and has led four laps. Jones has an average starting position of 17 and an average finish of 16.5.
  • FEATURED ON THE HOOD: The No. 19 Menards Toyota GR Supra will carry the Patriot Lighting logo on the hood this weekend at Road America. For more information visit: www.menards.com.
  • NASHVILLE XFINITY SERIES RECAP: Jones started eighth in the Tennessee Lottery 250 at Nashville Superspeedway. The No. 19 Menards Toyota GR Supra started off loose, making it hard for Jones to drive into and out of the corners. The No. 19 pit crew made adjustments at the first stage break and gained five spots for Jones on pit road. Adjustments at the second stage break made the car much better for Jones to drive. Jones stayed out during all the cautions in stage three, driving all the way up to second place. The No. 19 team finished the race in 14th place after gambling on pit strategy.
  • FOLLOW ALONG: Follow along for updates and a behind-the-scenes look at Jones 2022 NXS/ARCA Seasons.

Twitter:  @BrandonJonesRac I Facebook:  Brandon Jones Racing I Instagram:  Brandonjames

  • RACE INFO: The NASCAR Xfinity Series Henry 180 is scheduled for 2:30 PM EST on Saturday, July 2. The race will be broadcasted on USA, MRN, Sirius XM and available to stream on the NBS Sports app.  

 

From the Cockpit:

Brandon Jones: “Our No. 19 team has come a long way with our road course program, and we feel very confident going into Road America. We had a very strong run last year at Road America until a late spin cost us our chance for a solid top-three finish. I feel as if I need some redemption this year due to the way we finished last time. Road America is unlike any other road course on our schedule, mainly because it is over four miles. Every corner brings its challenges. Track position and restarts are going to be critical, so this will be a big part of our strategy as well as working on passing and not making mistakes. I have been able to run go-karts, lay some laps down in the TRD simulator, and run bi-weekly dirt micros in preparation. I am excited to get back to Road America and score the best finish we can for my Menards/ Patriot Lighting Toyota GR Supra team.”

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No. 18 Allstate Peterbilt Group Toyota GR Supra News and Notes:

  • SMITH’S XFINITY DEBUT: This weekend’s race at Road America will be Sammy Smith’s NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) debut. He will run a total of eight NXS races for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) in 2022. The remaining races on his schedule are Pocono (July 23), Michigan (August 6), Watkins Glen (August 20), Kansas (September 10), Bristol (September 16), Martinsville (October 29), and Phoenix (November 5). The Henry 180 will be Smith's first race at Road America. 
  • ALLSTATE PETERBILT GROUP: The No. 18 Toyota GR Supra will be sponsored by Allstate Peterbilt Group for Smith’s debut.
  • 2022 ARCA SERIES: Smith has won the last two ARCA Menards Series races this season – Elko Speedway and Berlin Raceway. He has two poles this season with an average starting position of 3.3 and an average finish of 1.8 after running four races. In the ARCA Menards Series East, the reigning champion has three wins this season – New Smyrna, Pensacola and Nashville – with his other two finishes being in the top-five. 
  • FOLLOW ALONG: Follow along for updates and a behind-the-scenes look at Smith’s 2022 NXS/ARCA Seasons.  

Twitter: @SammySmithSS I Facebook: Sammy Smith Racing I Instagram:  @sammysmithss_ 

  • RACE INFO: The NASCAR Xfinity Series Henry 180 is scheduled for 2:30 PM EST on Saturday, July 2. The race will be broadcasted on USA, MRN, Sirius XM and available to stream on the NBS Sports app.    

 

From the Driver’s Seat: 

Sammy Smith: "I’m excited to start my NASCAR Xfinity Series career this weekend at Road America! I’ve been preparing for this for a long time and am ready to compete at the next level. There’s a lot that’s new this week learning a new track, new car and new team, so I’m coming into this race as prepared as I can be. It’s going to be challenging, but I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can about these cars and putting on a solid performance for the No. 18 Allstate Peterbilt Group team this weekend!" 

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