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YouTube sensation Dude Perfect, the insanely popular sports, comedy and entertainment group from Frisco, Texas, will make a special live appearance at iconic Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday, June 18 for Chaos at the Colosseum with Dude Perfect presented by Food City, Coca-Cola and BODYARMOR, it was announced today by track officials. Tickets for the exclusive one-day show will go on sale this Friday, May 14, at 9 a.m. ET.

With more than 56 million subscribers and 13 billion views on YouTube, Dude Perfect is currently the most-subscribed sports channel on YouTube and one of the top 20 channels in the entire YouTube lineup. The group, which includes twins Cory and Coby Cotton, Garrett Hilbert, Cody Jones and Tyler Toney, are former college roommates from Texas A&M University who tour the country making people laugh through a variety of stunts, trick shots and “battle” challenges where the members of Dude Perfect compete against each other in a series of unique contests.

“We are thrilled to announce that Dude Perfect is bringing its fun, family-oriented brand of entertainment to Bristol Motor Speedway with Chaos at the Colosseum, with sponsorship from our friends at Food City, Coca-Cola and BODYARMOR,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager, Bristol Motor Speedway. “We can’t think of a better way to kick off the Father’s Day weekend than by enjoying Dude Perfect’s awesome personalities and hijinks with a motorsports twist.”

At Bristol Motor Speedway, Dude Perfect will check another item off their lifetime “Bucket List” by having some fun through these creative motorized competitions and crazy escapades. The group will perform on the speedway’s infield and backstretch, where track officials have left a portion of the famed dirt that was used just recently for several notable races, including the NASCAR Cup Series’ historic return to dirt racing for the first time in more than 50 years.

In Chaos at the Colosseum with Dude Perfect presented by Food City, Coca-Cola and BODYARMOR, the show will feature a variety of high-performance vehicles, including Monster Trucks, Drift Cars, Freestyle Motocross Bikes, ATVs, Demolition Derby Cars and even the motorized Food City Shopping Cart. DJ Sterl the Pearl, the official DJ for the University of Tennessee’s football team, will kick up the jams and rev up the crowd by blasting out his unique brand of energy. For fans who enjoy the science of outdoor illumination, there will be plenty fireworks and pyro lighting up the night sky throughout the event.

Dude Perfect’s visit to Bristol Motor Speedway will be the group’s latest brush with greatness. In the past they have collaborated with NASCAR legend and NBC racing analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr., Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, NBA star Chris Paul, MTV personality Rob Dyrdek, Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., country music singer Luke Bryan and actor Zac Efron, to name a few.

“We saw this as a cool opportunity to perform in one of the most revered stadiums in the sports world,” said Dude Perfect member Tyler Toney, known by fans as ‘The Beard’. “When they told us that the dirt would still be on the track during our event, our minds started racing with what all we could do. We are PUMPED and we hope everyone can join us at Bristol Motor Speedway for Chaos at the Colosseum. It’s going to be epic!”

Spectator gates for Chaos at the Colosseum with Dude Perfect presented by Food City, Coca-Cola and BODYARMOR, opens at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $35 for adults and $20 for kids and can be purchased starting on Friday, May 14 at 9 a.m. ET by visiting the Bristol Motor Speedway website at www.bristolmotorspeedway.com.

The event is presented by Bristol Motor Speedway partners Food City, Coca-Cola and BODYARMOR. Food City, a longtime sponsor of Bristol Motor Speedway through its Food City 500 and Food City 300 NASCAR races, is an American supermarket chain based in Abingdon, Va., with stores located in Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Alabama and Virginia. The Coca-Cola company, based in Atlanta, Ga. and the official soft drink of Bristol Motor Speedway, is a total beverage company with products sold in more than 200 countries and territories. BODYARMOR, created in 2011 in Queens, N.Y. by Mike Repole and Lance Collins and a partially-owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Co., is a premium sports drink that provides total hydration, dedicated to providing today’s athletes with the best in sports nutrition.  

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David Gilliland, No. 17 DGR Ford Fusion

  • David Gilliland will compete in his first ARCA race of the 2021 season on Friday evening in the General Tire 125 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.
  • In his most recent ARCA start with the West Series at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway in November, Gilliland led 23 laps en route to victory driving the No. 4 Fusion with Derek Smith atop the pit box.
  • The Riverside, California native started third and finished second in the 2020 edition of the General Tire 125 at Dover. In addition to his lone ARCA start, he has 19 career Cup Series starts, three career Xfinity Series starts and one Truck Series start at the one-mile oval.
  • Chad Johnston, who has worked with Gilliland in two Truck Series races this season, will serve as crew chief on Friday evening. The veteran engineer has had prior success at Dover in the Cup Series with five top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 17 starts, including a win with Kyle Larson on October 6, 2019.
  • Click here for Gilliland's career statistics.
 

Joey Iest, No. 54 ASN/Basila Ranch Ford Fusion

  • Joey Iest will compete in his fourth ARCA Menards Series East race of the 2021 season on Friday evening when he makes his first career appearance at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.
  • In his three ARCA East races for David Gilliland Racing this season, Iest has three top-five finishes. He finished fifth at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway and Nashville (Tenn.) Fairgrounds Speedway.
  • With his fifth-place finish on Saturday at Nashville, the California driver moved into fourth in the series standings, 24 points out of first place.
  • In 2020, crew chief Derek Smith guided team owner David Gilliland and the No. 54 Ford Fusion to a second-place finish in the General Tire 125.
  • Click here for Iest's career statistics.

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Pocono Raceway today announces a new partnership with CRC Industries under which the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at ‘The Tricky Triangle has been renamed the CRC Brakleen 150. The CRC Brakleen 150 is part of the 2021 NASCAR Doubleheader at Pocono Raceway and will take place before the weekend’s first of two NASCAR Cup Series races on Saturday, June 26. Additionally, both Pocono Raceway and Brakleen are celebrating 50-year anniversaries this year.

“We are thrilled to welcome CRC Industries and Brakleen to the Pocono Raceway family,” said Ben May, Pocono Raceway’s President. “CRC is a well-recognized name in the motorsports and automotive world. Having them as part of our 2021 NASCAR Doubleheader Weekend is special, especially as partners on Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Saturday ticket holders will get to see two races for the price of one – the CRC Brakleen 150 Truck Series race and the weekend’s first of two NASCAR Cup Series races.”

CRC Industries is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its flagship brand, Brakleen®, the number one selling brake parts cleaner worldwide. The Raceway is also celebrating ’50 Year of the Tricky Triangle’ in honor of the first race on the historic, triangular-shaped 2.5-mile superspeedway in 1971.

“The timing of Brakleen’s 50th anniversary with Pocono Raceway’s 50th anniversary made this a great year to partner together,” said Perry Cozzone, CRC Industries’ CEO. “Both companies have such a rich history in the state of Pennsylvania, serving the passions of people who love products that work fast, and vehicles that run fast. CRC is thrilled to be a part of this historic event.”

Pocono Raceway will host five NASCAR and ARCA races in three days during the 2021 NASCAR Doubleheader Weekend. The jam-packed weekend starts with the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 ARCA Menards Series race on Friday, June 25th. The CRC Brakleen 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the weekend’ first of two NASCAR Cup Series races will be held on Saturday, June 26th. The weekend ends with the Pocono Green 225 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons NASCAR Xfinity Series race and the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 NASCAR Cup Series races on Sunday, June 27th.

Kids, ages 12 and under can attend all NASCAR events at Pocono Raceway for free in 2021. Grandstand parking is also free and coolers are welcome. Pocono Raceway offers a variety of Grandstand ticketing options for adults starting at $10 on Friday and $45 on Saturday or Sunday. Camping options are also available, with limited availability due to demand, starting at $200. To purchase tickets, visit www.poconoraceway.com or call 1-800-722-3929 (1-800-RACEWAY.)

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Advancing in racing is all about opportunity and Mullins Racing owner Willie Mullins wanted to make sure he gave an up-and-coming driver the kind of opportunity that so many drivers don’t get.

Mullins Racing is proud to announce that Dominion Raceway late model stock car regular Davey Callihan would drive the team’s No. 3 Ford during the upcoming ARCA Menards Series East North Carolina 200 at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C., on June 12.

“He has the desire and the knowledge to win and the race craft to win,” Mullins said of Callihan. “I have watched him go from go-kart at our backwoods track to a late model this year and beat the best of the best. The guy can just win in anything and not have the budget that other guys have to win.”

For Mullins, it was important to give back and present a young driver with an opportunity at something bigger. More than that, Mullins is a firm believer that Callihan has a chance to win at Southern National.

“I feel we’re going trophy hunting. We’re going to Southern National to go for a trophy,” said Mullins, who typically drives the No. 3 for the team. “I can go there and run top-10 or top-five, but I want to go there for a win. I want to know when we unload we’re going there to compete for the win and that’s why we’re putting him in the car.”

Callihan is a third-generation driver who hails from Fredericksburg, Va. The 31-year-old started his racing career in go-karts and motorcycles before transitioning to stock car racing. With sponsorship and support from former NASCAR Cup Series team owner Ron Devine, Callihan was a standout late model stock car competitor at Virginia’s Old Dominion Speedway prior to that track’s closure.

Callihan is now a regular at Dominion Raceway in Woodford, Va., where last year he focused most of his efforts on the Virginia Racer class, earning two victories en route to a third-place championship finish.

This season Callihan has moved back into the late model stock car class. Driving a family-owned car, Callihan recently earned his first late model stock car triumph at Dominion Raceway on April 10.

“It means a lot to me that Willie believes in me enough to give up his seat and let me drive his car at Southern National,” Callihan said. “I never thought I would start an ARCA race or anything of that caliber. That’s a dream come true to be able to be in a top notch series like that with a team like Mullins Racing. It’s really cool and humbling for me.”

Sponsorship opportunities are available on the No. 3 Mullins Racing Ford for the North Carolina 200 at Southern National Motorsports Park. Contact Dinah Mullins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

The ARCA Menards Series East North Carolina 200 at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C., is scheduled for Saturday, June 19. Practice begins at 3:15 p.m. ET, followed by qualifying at 5:30 p.m. and the North Carolina 200 at 8 p.m. The race will be broadcast live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.

The No. 3 Mullins Racing Ford carries sponsorship support from Crow Wing Recycling, CW Metals, Bugsy's Auto, Snap On by Timmy Brann, Dinah Marie Photography Crawford Sprinkler of Raleigh and CorvetteParts.net.

For more information on Mullins Racing, please visit mullinsracing.net, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mullinsracing and follow them on Twitter at @mullins_racing.

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RSS Racing is pleased to announce that Drydene Performance will be the primary sponsor for Kyle Sieg this Friday at Dover Speedway for the ARCA East race.  Kyle Sieg, who is 4th in the ARCA standings has finished inside the top 10 in all his ARCA events in 2021. This will be Kyles first appearance in the East division this season.

Additionally, Kyle Sieg will also make his debut in the NASCAR XFINITY Series racing in the Drydene 200 against his brother Ryan for the first time. Drydene will be an associate sponsor of the #90 DGM car for the Saturday race. Independent Metal Strap will be the primary sponsor for Kyle on Saturday.

Drydene offers a complete line of automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants, including engine oils, racing and break-in oils, DRF diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), transmission fluids, grease, and hydraulic & gear oils.  Drydene products are built with ALL Technology®, Advanced Lubricity Life chemistry, to meet and exceed today’s modern automotive, heavy duty and industrial needs.

“Everyone at Drydene is looking forward to seeing Kyle drive the #28 Drydene car during Friday’s ARCA race at Dover International Speedway as he competes for points and goes for the win” said Dave Klinger, President of Drydene Performance Products.  “We’re also very excited to be a part of his debut in the Xfinity series during our Drydene 200 race on Saturday.  It will be fun to see Kyle battle on the track with his brother Ryan and the rest of the great Xfinity drivers.”

“It’s great to join the Drydene team for the race at Dover Speedway this Friday. I’m hoping for a strong run for the #28 car. I’m also excited to race in the XFINITY Drydene 200 on Saturday for DGM and Independent Metal Strap. The goal is to run all the laps and bring the car home in one    piece” commented driver Kyle Sieg.  

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Speedhouse announced today its participation in the 2021 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season. The French team managed by NWES veteran Lucas Lasserre will field the #64 Speedhouse Ford Mustang in all EuroNASCAR championships. 

The 2010 champion himself will drive the team’s Ford Mustang in EuroNASCAR PRO. Lasserre has been part of the series since its inception in 2009 and experienced the transition into the official European NASCAR Championship in 2012. In 2018, the Pau native scored his last EuroNASCAR PRO win to date with Mishumotors. With all his experience, he will do his best to bring the Speedhouse Mustang to Victory Lane for the very first time after the team proved to be among the best in the EuroNASCAR Esports Series. 

Another Frenchman from the southwest of the country will enter the EuroNASCAR 2 Championship for the seventh time: Eric Quintal. Since the series joined NASCAR in 2012, Quintal has been a regular driver in the NWES Championship dedicated to young talents and gentlemen drivers. Quintal for sure aims to stand at top of the Legend Trophy podium – the special classification for drivers aged 40 or more – after every race. 

“For sure the aim is to bring Speehouse on the top in each category”, said team boss Lasserre. “We have confidence in our capacities but we will need to work from race to race. We are all motivated and we are sure that we will have success. Eric has been driving the car for a long time now so we are confident that he can make the difference.” 

For the Club Challenge – the regularity based challenge during NWES race weekends – Speedhouse signed two drivers. Paul Jouffreau, who ended up ninth after a strong EuroNASCAR Esports Series debut on iRacing, will drive the #64 Ford Mustang. Marcel Berndt from Germany will take the wheel of the #17 car that will be branded Speedhouse by 42 Racing for the three 30-minutes sessions of the Club Challenge.

“The young Frenchman Paul Jouffreau will make the big step from karting into NASCAR”, continued Lasserre. “I will support him with all my experience I have and teach him how to drive those beautiful V8 EuroNASCAR cars. He will be for sure part of the next generation of European NASCAR drivers. We will also work with Marcel Berndt from Germany, who will be driving the #17 Speedhouse by 42 Racing car in the Club Challenge. He is a very talented race car driver.”

The 2021 NWES season will kick off on May 15-16 at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. Qualifying and races will be streamed live on EuroNASCAR’s social media channels – YouTube, Facebook, Twitch – and Motorsport.tv.

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The battles for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series championships continue in Roseville on Saturday with Armed Forces Night at the All American Speedway powered by Roseville Toyota. The NASCAR Berco Redwood Late Models will compete in a pair of 35-lap races, joined by Jaws Gear & Axle Modifieds, Riebes Auto Parts Super Stocks, F4s, Jr. Late Models, Mini Cup/Bandos, and BMR Drivers Academy for eight main events of racing.
 
Advanced tickets are available online at www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com with state, local, and CDC guidelines enforced at the event. Servicemen and women will be recognized during opening ceremonies and VIP experiences will be raffled off to raise money for non-profits.
 
Masks are required for attendees and all attendees including children must have a ticket selected in advance online. Tickets will be priced at $20.00 except children five and under who are free. Parking is controlled by @the Grounds and race fans must park at the main entrance lot off Junction Blvd. Grandstands open at 5pm with heat racing action at 5:15pm Opening ceremonies are at 6pm with features to follow.
 
Berco Redwood, Jaws Gear & Axle, and Riebes Auto Parts are providing cash bonuses in their respective divisions throughout the 2021 season, with drivers required to run sponsor stickers to be eligible. Berco offers $500 in cash awards per each twin main event for the Late Models while Jaws Gear & Axle has offered $250 in product awards. Riebes presents $175 in cash bonuses for each Super Stock feature.
 
The NASCAR Berco Redwood Late Models will have their lowest points score dropped at the end of the year, but Granite Bay’s John Moore is the current high point driver with a six-point advantage in the championship. Moore has two wins in the first three events of the year.
 
Auburn’s Thomas Martin has used a trio of top-five finishes to rank second. The other main event winner in 2021 is Fort Bragg’s Aidan Daniels, the 2020 Jr. Late Model champion. Galt’s Matt Wendt and Roseville’s Lance Halm round out the top-five in the standings. Drivers such as Shannon Mansch and Rick Scribner are among those using last weekend’s race as their drop race and will look to climb back up the standings on Saturday. A pair of 35-lap features are scheduled, including an eight-car inversion of the first race’s finish to set the nightcap’s starting lineup.
 
Eric Price leads the Jaws Gear & Axle Modified standings with three wins, ahead of Colfax’s Ralph Bailey. 2020 champion Jason Philpot is still aiming for his first 2021 win from the third position ahead of Loomis’ Josh Blackwood and Jon Yourd. The Modifieds compete for 30-laps on Saturday as do the Riebes Auto Parts Super Stocks.
 
The NASCAR Division III class at the speedway is led by 2020 champion Andrew Peeler with a lone win this year. Roseville’s Roy Smith is just five points out of the lead ahead of three-time 2021 winner Josh Whitfield. Tim Walters of Dixon and Roseville’s Jeremy Fritts are tired for fourth in the order.
 
Defending F4 champion Ray Molina of Roseville won round three by mere inches and enjoys a 12-point cushion in the points. Nevada drivers Stephen Crook and Dennis Crook are in hot pursuit followed by Citrus Heights’ Vic Theberge and Roseville’s Matthew Fuhs. F4 competes in a 25-lap main event on Saturday.
 
A growing contingent of the youth racers in Roseville are expected on Saturday night in both the Jr. Late Models and Mini Cup/Bando divisions. Through the first three Mini Cup/Bando races, all three victories have gone to Mini Cup cars including two wins for points leader Colton Nelson of Auburn. Kenna Mitchell of Loomis won the Jr. Late Model opener in March and looks for another win in round two on Saturday.
 
Cole Moore of Granite Bay is undefeated in the BMR Drivers Academy through six attempts and looks to hold off Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada’s Amber Balcaen and Plover, Wisc.’s Gabe Sommers this weekend. The Academy will compete on Friday for pay-per-view coverage and again on Saturday during the race event, utilizing 625hp engines with ARCA chassis components.
 
Additional information on fan attendance is available at www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com Competitors will participate in practice activities on Friday before racing on Saturday. Pit gates open at 11am with practices beginning at 1:15pm. Qualifying takes place at 3:15pm before grandstands open at 5pm. Heat races will be at 5:15pm with opening ceremonies at 6pm. Competitors will be limited to the competitor seating areas in turn two for distancing and safety from the general public in the grandstands. Fans who are unable to secure one of the limited tickets can also purchase a Pay Per View subscription at www.AllAmericanSpeedway.TV
 
All American Speedway wants to thank @the Grounds for their support along with partners such as Roseville Toyota, Berco Redwood, Riebes Auto Parts, Jaws Gear & Axle, JM Environmental, Sinister Diesel, and A-All Mini Storage for making this season possible. Companies interested in supporting these events can contact All American Speedway at (916) 786-2025. Without competitor support and local community partners, these events would not take place.

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Notes of Interest

 

● Chase Briscoe and the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing team matched their best finish of the 2021 season last weekend at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. Briscoe rallied after going down a lap early in the event, using pit strategy to place the No. 14 Ford Mustang in the top-10. Despite being on older tires, he maintained his position up front and was fighting for a top-10 finish in the closing laps and took the checkered flag 11th.

 

● Briscoe knows what it takes to win on a Sunday at Dover. The Ford Performance Racing School driver won the second race in last year’s NASCAR Xfinity Series doubleheader at the concrete mile oval. He started last in the Sunday edition of the Xfinity Series program after going to a backup racecar and proceeded to lead three times for a race-high 107 laps en route to his sixth win of the season. Briscoe’s primary racecar was deemed to be too damaged after Saturday’s 200-mile race, and his backup Ford machine proved ready for the spotlight, even from the back of the grid. Briscoe wheeled it into the lead for the first time on lap 71 to take the Stage 2 win. It was a prelude of the finish, as Briscoe won the race by a commanding 2.463-second margin over second-place Ross Chastain.

 

● In total, Briscoe has five starts in the Xfinity Series at Dover, his win last year among his three top-five finishes and four top-10s.

 

● Briscoe has also made one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Dover in June 2017. He finished 12th after earning his first career NASCAR pole.

 

● With 12 Cup Series races complete, Briscoe sits 25th in the point standings and leads the Rookie of the Year standings by 73 points over Anthony Alfredo.

 

Chase Briscoe, Driver of the No. 14 Ford Performance Racing School Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing

 

You’ve done well at Dover in the past, but a good day at the Monster Mile can turn bad in a heartbeat. Why is that?

“Dover is one of my favorite tracks. For whatever reason, I’ve done well there in the past. It’s a high-speed, high-banked concrete track that really tests drivers. The way you have to carry speed into the corner takes a big commitment. If you hesitate at all, you’re losing your position or ending up in a bad situation. Things happen quickly at Dover, but I feel like we’re in a good place and we have some positive momentum we’re riding after Darlington.”

 

How physically demanding is Dover?

“I would say it’s definitely the track with the most g-force load. Maybe Bristol is a little bit harder on your neck, only because the straightaway is a shorter than Dover, so you don’t get as much of a rest. But you feel it in your back more at Dover and it’s hard to get acclimated to the speed. It takes me a run of practice, or in this format, the first run of the race to remind myself to breathe again and let loose on the wheel. I think last year in the Xfinity race we had a competition caution on lap 20 or 25, and I don’t think I breathed those first 25 laps. It is the most physically draining thing I’ve ever done in stock car. It’s hard to just show up and go. The first part of the race will definitely be challenging until we get used to it again.”

 

We’ve talked about the progress the No. 14 team is making, and you just snagged another finish just shy of the top-10. What’s the next step to locking down that next position and breaking into the top-10?

“We should’ve had a top-10, but I got into the wall and lost that position. I think the next step is just keeping up the consistency and building on what we did last weekend. We were able to overcome being down a lap early enough that we still had time to try out some strategy and run up front. It’s never bad for a team to have something positive to carry into the next week and I’m getting more comfortable with each race. There is always more that can be done, but getting decent finishes at tracks where I’ve done well in the past certainly helps to show that we’re heading in the right direction. We’re going to get to some places where I haven’t done well or the team has never run, like COTA, and we’ll be back to working off the same page as everyone else. So, to run up front and see where we stack up against other guys right now is going to pay off for us down the road.”

 

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