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Carson Brown announced today that he is teaming up with Delk Marlar Racing to run a partial 604 Dirt Late Model schedule in 2023. In a partnership established by Hornaday Development, the team will be led by World of Outlaws Champion, Mike Marlar, and will take on its first season of 604 Crate Late Model racing starting this spring. “The move to 604 Dirt Late Models with Delk Marlar is an incredible opportunity for me to continue the next phase of development as a driver,” said Brown.
The 14-year-old has set forth a remarkable career thus far on dirt in just under two short years, claiming the US Legend Car Series 2021 Young Lion Dirt National Championship and the 2022 Semi-Pro Winter Nationals Dirt Championship, as well as a respectable Top-10 finish in points during his first season in the 600 Micro Sprint Car division at Millbridge Speedway.
Making the transition at this point in his career will create an opportunity for exponential growth as a young driver. “Dirt racing requires me to continuously adapt to changing track conditions and teaches me a level of car control that I do not experience on asphalt,” he said. Carson has been on a high-speed rail since joining forces with Joe Ryan Racecars in 2021. He has the full support from his family and Team Hornaday Development which includes NASCAR Hall of Famer, Ron Hornaday, Jr. who has worked with Dirt Late Model standout, Billy Workman, Jr. Workman has been a significant part of Carson’s success on asphalt and dirt. “I must thank Joe Ryan Osborne and Billy Workman, Jr. at Joe Ryan Racecars for helping me discover a passion for dirt racing,” he said. Now it is time to put the passion into overdrive. “Mike Marlar is a legend in the world of dirt racing. I have watched him race in the World of Outlaws the last few years, and I never would have imagined having a chance to be mentored by him.”
Mike is an incredible driver with a willingness to help others and is known for his charitable work in the racing community. For him to step into the Driver Coach role is commendable. “I want to work with younger drivers to help instill my passion for the sport in generations to come,” said Marlar. “My career has been in open engine competition, but I have competed successfully in the 604 Crate Late Model division. The goal is to nurture Carson’s talent and help him become a successful Dirt Late Model driver.”
Carson has a good mindset and feels ready to take the wheel on this new venture. “My goal for this year is to continue my growth by getting as much seat time in the Dirt Late Model as my schedule allows.” He continued, “The competition in the 604 Dirt Late Model division is tough and my focus will be learning the car and getting better at adjusting as a driver when track conditions change throughout a single night or from one track to another. I am looking forward to learning from some of the best and absorbing as much of their knowledge as possible.”
“I would like to thank Mike and Ronnie Delk for having faith in me and providing me with such an amazing opportunity. I would also like to thank my sponsors ABio Clinical Research Partners, PayCafe, BILSTEIN, GBS Corp, Atomic Wash and BrakeSafe Technologies. None of this would be possible without the support of my family and sponsors.”
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NASCAR and Ally Financial Inc. today announced a league-wide sponsorship expanding the financial institution’s presence in the sport, having Ally Bank become the Official Consumer Bank of NASCAR and NASCAR-owned tracks. The multiyear deal is in addition to Ally’s existing full-season relationship with Hendrick Motorsports and will also focus on continuing to bring unique and engaging experiences to fans, while advancing inclusivity in racing.
“We’ve loved every minute of the ride since becoming a sponsor of the No. 48, from seeing the growth in popularity of the sport to the increased diversity among team ownership,” said Andrea Brimmer, Ally’s chief marketing and public relations officer. “The timing couldn’t be better for us to complement our wonderful relationship with Hendrick Motorsports by expanding our footprint as an official NASCAR sponsor.”
As part of Ally’s new sponsorship, beginning with the “Ally Pre-Race Tailgate” at The Clash in Los Angeles and continuing throughout the season, Ally will focus on enhancing the fan experience through unique at-track experiential events and programming, surprise & delight giveaways and fan-centric content.
Ally is also prioritizing celebrating the stories, community and work being done across the cultural landscape of racing in the partnership, as it becomes the presenting sponsor of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards beginning in 2024. Additionally, the partnership includes Ally and NASCAR proactively working together on initiatives to increase fandom among people of color and LGBTQ+ audiences. “NASCAR continues to diversify their audience and is making racing an inclusive place for all. That’s a shared goal we’ve always had and we’re ready to help make meaningful change toward that end,” Brimmer said.
“Ally is making a positive impact on our sport through its relationship with Hendrick Motorsports, and we’re thrilled to now welcome them as the Official Consumer Bank of NASCAR,” said Daryl Wolfe, NASCAR’s Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer. “Ally’s ‘Do It Right’ ethos aligns perfectly with our values, and we are confident that our partnership will bring new levels of innovation and inclusivity to the industry.”
Alex Bowman and Ally continue to leave a positive impact on the racing landscape since entering the sport in 2019. Among the many exciting milestones:
- Ally helped to bring back racing to the city of Nashville with the new and now popular Ally 400
- Joining forces with driver Alex Bowman and fans, Ally helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for rescue animals in partnership with the Best Friends Animal Society
- Ally has underwritten unique paint schemes by diverse creators, including its most recent work with Caroline Fogle, one of the few female paint scheme designers in the history of NASCAR, who designed the Ally 48 dual primary paint schemes for the 2023 season
“It's been a privilege to work in partnership with Ally these past five years and see them quickly establish themselves as an engaged and admired sponsor in our sport,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of 14-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports. “All of us at Hendrick Motorsports are thrilled about Ally expanding their efforts with NASCAR and look forward to the positive impact their energy and commitment will have.”
Harrison Burton and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang were 13th fastest in qualifying for Sunday’s Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Burton’s quick trip around the quarter-mile temporary track inside the Coliseum means he will start fourth in the first of four 25-lap heat races.
The top-five finishers in each heat race will earn starting spots in Sunday’s 150-lap main event. The remainder of the line-up will be determined by two 50-lap last chance races, with the top-three finishers in those events advancing to the feature race.
Sunday’s program starts at 2 p.m. (5 p.m. Eastern) with the four 25-lap heat races, followed by two 50-lap last chance races.
The 150-lap main event begins at 5 p.m. Pacific (8 p.m. Eastern), with Sunday’s coverage on FOX.
On the heels of a drama-filled past 24 hours, Lucas Lee served his critics a dominating performance in the conclusion to DIRTcar UMP Modified Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park.
Lee led all but the first six laps of the 75-lap Feature Saturday night, passing polesitter Drake Troutman for the top spot on Lap 7 and fending off all challenges from that point forward to bag the $5,000 grand prize for the second time in his career.
From inside the second row, Lee wasted zero time making a break for the head of the field. He had already advanced two spots after the first trip around the 1/3-mile oval, and by Lap 3, had only Tuesday night winner Troutman left in front of him.
Troutman, the 17-year-old Modified sensation from Hyndman, PA, redrew the pole starting spot as high-point man through the first four races of the week. Though he carried speed in the opening laps, Lee was stronger on the bottom, and got a great bite out of Turn 2 and zoomed past Troutman into the lead on Lap 7.
“I was gonna ride, but when you’ve got Drake [Troutman] and Tyler [Nicely] up there, it’s like – how do you ride? You’ve gotta try and get in front of them,” Lee remarked on his early race strategy.
“I knew my shot with Tyler would be to get him on the bottom quick because he could roll that middle pretty good. I kinda figured Troutman wasn’t going to be able to hold that bottom. I got by them before I got to the lapped cars, which I kinda didn’t want to do, but I’m glad it worked out.”
For all 75 laps, Lee hugged the bottom of the racetrack, even in the thickest of traffic – some of which came before the first caution flag was displayed on Lap 31. For the next restart, and each of the numerous ones that followed, Lee kept his speed up on the bottom and middle lanes, more so than any other driver. He reflected on his 2019 victory in the event and recalled similar track conditions to Saturday night, which he said may have played into his favor.
“In 2019, it kinda did the same thing,” Lee said. “It went through a transition and cleaned-up really well. When it cleaned-up, I was in the right place at the right time. It was kind of a similar racetrack.”
Lee’s biggest challenge came from two-time Winternationals winner Rodney Wing in the Jeff Mathews Motorsports #33W. Wing, the racer and track owner/promoter from Meridian, MS, drove from the seventh starting spot to second by Lap 23 and began to work on finding a way around Lee.
He tried looking to Lee’s outside for a shot at the lead on multiple restarts but was unsuccessful on all attempts. Lee was simply too quick on the bottom.
“I was up beside him a couple of times, so really, I just needed to handle a little better through the corner,” Wing said. “I kept having to break traction to get it through the corner. If I had been able to circle the corner a little better, I think I could have got him.”
Though Wing never got close enough to seriously put Lee in danger of losing the lead, Lee did acknowledge his presence. Throughout the race, Lee’s car was finding considerably more traction than any of his fellow competitors through the bottom-middle lane, which aided in his efforts to keep the lead.
“I left the car free,” Lee said. “I knew I had to get [to the bottom lane] pretty quick, and I could circle that bottom when it had traction down there. Luckily, Travis [Norden, crew member] told me [Wing] was out there and I moved up.”
After multiple top-10 and top-15 finishes throughout the week, Wing took home second when all was said and done. Though he hadn’t piloted a Modified in succession like at Winternationals, he was slowly getting more used to the car as the week went on.
“Every night, we’ve been inching up on the setup more and more to my liking,” Wing said. “That’s been the main thing – just got it closer and closer.”
Crossing the stripe in third was Illinois ringer Allen Weisser. The DIRTcar regional champion stayed inside the top-10 the entire race and spent the second half battling his way through the top-five. In the end, he had to settle for third, as Lee and Wing were too far out in front.
Despite the struggles, Weisser is still finding success on the Speedweeks circuit, and takes a strong point total into Volusia Speedway Park next week.
“This is probably the best Speedweeks we’ve ever had,” Weisser said. “These tracks are just so different from what we’re used to running. We’ve just kinda struggled down here, but this car has been really good.”
A Feature 1 (75 Laps): 1. 12-Lucas Lee; 2. 33W-Rodney Wing; 3. 25W-Allen Weisser; 4. 145-Kyle Hammer; 5. 5-Drake Troutman; 6. 14-Mavrick Varnadore; 7. 25-LJ Grimm; 8. 54J-Jason Jack; 9. 25A-Jason Altiers; 10. 1H-Ben Harmon; 11. 205-Travis Varnadore; 12. 69B-Bryan Bernhardt; 13. 21CZ-Benji LaCrosse; 14. 25N-Tyler Nicely; 15. 17-Chris Wilson; 16. 5X-Joe Godsey; 17. 2-Devin Dixon; 18. 40-Kevin Adams; 19. 23B-Scott Bane; 20. 99-Blake Brown; 21. 72-Todd Neiheiser; 22. 2A-Matt Altiers; 23. 24-Zeke McKenzie; 24. 90-Tim Gay; 25. 20-Brian Skaggs
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The Southwest Region for Western Midget Racing kicked off on Saturday night at Adobe Mountain Speedway in Glendale, Ariz., with Dustin Cormany of Peoria, Ariz. topping a strong 21-car turnout for his first-career WMR feature win.
Cormany, 2022 Ventura Raceway WMR champion AJ Hernandez of Phoenix, and Drake Edwards of Surprise, Ariz. split the three heat races on the one-fifth mile dirt track north of Phoenix. A 12-lap B-Main was required to narrow the field to 16 starters, with Tyler High claiming the win.
Cormany and Hernandez shared the front row for the feature. Cormany drove ahead with the early advantage while Edwards drove past Hernandez to take second.
Edwards reeled in Cormany and jumped inside of him for the lead in turn one on lap 12 but was unable to complete the pass. He continued to run on the rear bumper of Cormany as they approached slower traffic.
A large fire underneath the No. 01 Boss Chassis of Buckeye, Ariz.’s Nathan High required a red flag on lap 15. High was able to escape the vehicle uninjured.
The restart placed Cormany, Edwards, and Hernandez in close quarters for a five-lap shootout to the checkered flag. Hernandez snookered Edwards for second on the restart while Cormany drove ahead with a five-car length advantage. Dustin Cormany earned his first-career Western Midget Racing feature win followed by Hernandez, Edwards, Gary DeWitt of Mesa, Ariz., and Dale Eliason, Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz.
Edwards was later disqualified post-race for being light at the scales, boosting Las Vegas’ Racin Silva into the top-five. Tyler High charged from 14th to finish sixth as well.
Western Midget Racing stages round two of the Southwest Region on March 4 at Adobe Mountain Speedway.
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February 4, 2023 – Southwest Region Season Opener at Adobe Mountain Speedway (Glendale, Ariz.) Results
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 14C Dustin Cormany; Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 11 AJ Hernandez; Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 3E Drake Edwards
B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 33AZ Tyler High
A Feature (20 Laps): 1. 14C-Dustin Cormany; 2. 11-AJ Hernandez; 3. 48-Gary DeWitt; 4. 43-Dale Eliason Jr; 5. 5S-Racin Silva; 6. 33AZ-Tyler High; 7. 31-todd hawse; 8. 22-Lonnie Oliver; 9. 20-Kyle Hawse; 10. 20AZ-Chase Farris; 11. 28-JR Wood; 12. 32-Tyler Brown; 13. 3AZ-Chloe High; 14. 50S-Rocky Silva; 15. (DNF) 01-Nathan High; 16. (DQ) 3E-Drake Edwards
They’re back! The stars and the cars of the NASCAR Cup Series returned with a roar to the heart of Los Angeles on Saturday. They practiced and qualified for Sunday’s Busch Light Clash, bringing smiles to the faces of NASCAR fans everywhere who’ve eagerly awaited the start of its 75th Anniversary season.
But nobody was happier than Justin Haley. He captured the Busch Light Pole Award, ripping a 13.413-second lap around the tiny quarter-mile asphalt oval nestled inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Now the 23-year-old from Indiana will start up front for Sunday’s first heat race, as anticipation reaches a fevered pitch for Sunday’s celebration of speed.
Kyle Busch qualified second, followed by Christopher Bell and Aric Almirola. All but one car among the 36 entered this weekend turned practice laps faster than the pole-winning speed in 2022. (CLICK HERE FOR A FULL RECAP). But practice is over and now every lap turned tomorrow will feature intense side-by-side and nose-to-tail competition.
Gates open at 10 a.m. and heat races begin at 2 p.m., followed by a performance by Cypress Hill. And then shortly after 5 p.m., Rob Lowe will give the command to start engines and Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams will wave the green flag for the main event. Wiz Khalifa will perform during the mid-race break, and DJ trio Cheat Codes will keep the party going during the caution breaks.
Fans are encouraged to secure their tickets now while they last at nascarclash.com.
Tickets for the 2023 Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum begin at $65, and kids 12-and-under are $10. Fans who want to take their race-day experience to the next level can upgrade to the Ally Pre-Race Party, which includes brunch, a drink ticket for Busch & Coca-Cola products, exclusive entertainment, a pre-race track walk and a special appearance from driver Alex Bowman. Fans are encouraged to get their tickets now while supplies last by visiting www.nascarclash.com. It’s one of the many anticipated events taking place this year as a part of the venue’s centennial anniversary celebration – “Coliseum Forever.”
College students can experience the Busch Light Clash from The Coca-Cola Torch Party Porch for just $40. This standing-room-only general admission section, located on the Coliseum’s peristyle steps, provides college students with up-close access to all the musical entertainment, driver introductions and racing action. College students can take advantage of this exclusive offer by visiting www.nascarclash.com/student.
All crime prevention engines are a go on car #53 during NASCAR’S race at the Daytona International Speedway on February 18. Joey Gase and McGruff the Crime Dog® continue their crime fighting partnership and shine a light on criminals selling counterfeit products.
”As America’s Innovation Agency, the USPTO is working to change the narrative around purchasing counterfeit products and informing consumers about the dangers and consequences of purchasing counterfeit goods,” said Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. “The USPTO is excited to team up with Joey Gase and McGruff to take a bite out of this 21st century crime that puts the health and safety of millions at risk, jeopardizes American businesses and the millions of workers they employ, and threatens American competitiveness worldwide.”
Gase’s race car spotlights the Go For Real™ campaign which educates teens and tweens on the inherent dangers of purchasing counterfeit products. The campaign is sponsored by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). As part of this effort, NCPC, McGruff, and Gase will host a variety of events in Daytona in the week leading up to the race.
“With the iconic crime dog by his side, Joey will reach millions of households in America and make one message clear: You’re smart. Buy smart,” said Paul DelPonte, executive director at NCPC. “After all, he knows first-hand the important role real car parts have on safety.”
“I am extremely excited to team up with the National Crime Prevention Council and McGruff to help Take A Bite Out of Crime,” said Gase. “Our fans loved it when we teamed up together last August in Daytona and I am excited to take the partnership to the next level with our BIGGEST race of the year!"
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To learn more visit ncpc.org.
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