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Stewart-Haas eSports, the simracing extension of Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), has named its two drivers for the 2020 eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series, promoting one accomplished simracer from within its NASCAR team and selecting another veteran simracer from outside the United States.
Justin Bolton is a 24-year-old engineer on SHR’s NASCAR Xfinity Series team who helped Cole Custer to a career-high seven victories in 2019. Bolton has raced in the iRacing World Championship off and on since 2014, accumulating 46 starts with nine top-five finishes and a career-best points result of ninth in 2015. The Latrobe, Pennsylvania, native also has real-world racing experience, as Bolton has raced Legends cars and Late Model stock cars, winning the 2013 Fall Classic at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway in the Limited Late Model division.
Canadian Dylan Duval is a 24-year-old from Halifax, Nova Scotia. The graphic designer debuted in the iRacing World Championship in 2012 and is the first Canadian iRacing winner in series history, taking the virtual checkered flag at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2016. Duval has made 73 starts in his seven-year career, scoring eight top-fives and earning a best points finish of fifth in 2016.
Bolton will race Stewart-Haas eSports’ No. 10 Ford Mustang and Duval will pilot the team’s No. 41 Ford Mustang.
“I’m really proud to be a part of Stewart-Haas eSports and extend my overall role within Stewart-Haas Racing,” Bolton said. “It’s tough to get started in racing and even harder to stay there as a driver. iRacing has allowed me the opportunity to pursue my driving career while trialing some of my ideas from an engineering standpoint. Competing for Stewart-Haas eSports is an excellent way for me to pair my engineering role at SHR with my actual racing experience.”
“I’ve been competing as an independent in iRacing ever since I started in 2012,” Duval said. “To be able to continue my simracing career with such a prestigious organization in Stewart-Haas Racing and be a part of their growing esports involvement makes me genuinely excited. Stewart-Haas eSports has infrastructure and support I’ve never had before. To say I’m looking forward to the 2020 eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series is a massive understatement.”
The 2020 season will mark the 11th year of the eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series and it is the only officially sanctioned esports series of NASCAR. It features the top-40 paved oval simracers in the world who compete in racecar replicas engineered from the ground up in cooperation with real-world race teams, applying accurate mechanical and dynamic models on exact copies of the world’s greatest racing circuits.
The 2020 eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series consists of 20 races and begins Feb. 11 at the virtual Daytona International Speedway. The series competes through October with the champion receiving their trophy, ring and check during pre-race ceremonies on Nov. 8 prior to the season-ending NASCAR Cup Series race Phoenix Raceway.
Connor Mosack has been named to drive for JR Motorsports’ championship-winning Late Model program in 2020, the team announced today. The 21-year-old Charlotte, N.C. native will race alongside teammate and multi-time champion Josh Berry for the full season.
Mosack is already familiar with JRM, making made his first start for the organization in 2019 in the CARS Racing Tour finale at South Boston (Va.) Speedway. He finished 12th in a hotly contested race on the tight oval.
“One of the primary objectives for our Late Model program is to find young drivers capable of continuing our rich history of success against some of the top Late Model competition in the Southeast, and Connor certainly fits in well in that regard,” said L.W. Miller, director of motorsports at JRM. “The Late Model program is the heart and soul of JR Motorsports as well as its future, and Connor is a welcome addition to our team for 2020.”
In 2019, Mosack, a business major at High Point University in North Carolina, raced Late Models at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway, finishing third in points and taking top rookie honors. He earned seven top-five and 25 top-10 finishes in 27 starts at the venerable .363-mile oval.
“JR Motorsports is well-known for being the place for young drivers to take the next step in their development in a highly competitive sport, and the opportunity to advance my career alongside a champion like Josh Berry is one I hope to make the most of,” said Mosack, who will also join the Drivers Edge Development program in 2020. “I know I will learn a lot from Josh, team manager Bryan Shaffer and L.W. Miller, and I am eager to get the 2020 season under way.”
Mosack’s racing career began in 2017 in the INEX U.S. Legend Car ranks. Entering his first full season in 2018, the young driver needed just four races to earn his first victory, taking the fourth of five events in the 2018 Winter Nationals at Florida’s Citrus County Speedway.
Racing in the Semi-Pro and Open Divisions, Mosack competed at Concord (N.C.) Speedway, the Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway among other events. In 42 starts, Mosack earned 20 victories, 34 top-five and 37 top-10 finishes. Among those were a sweep of the National events at Las Vegas, including the Road Course World Finals and Asphalt Nationals.
In 2019, JRM drivers earned eight victories in 34 starts, with Berry winning six times. Berry won the prestigious ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway as the capper to the season, setting a track record in qualifying and leading every lap. He added four CARS Tour victories to his series-leading total, falling one point shy of his second driver’s championship (2017). JRM alum Sam Mayer won the Bobby Isaac Memorial at Hickory and Adam Lemke also won a feature there in 2019.
Details surrounding Mosack’s race schedule and sponsorship lineup will be announced at a later date.
One of DIRTcar Racing’s most storied year-end, national championship-deciding events has a new home.
DIRTcar Racing together with Track Enterprises announced Illinois’ Lincoln Speedway will host the 2020 DIRTcar Fall Nationals, Oct. 1-3.
This three-day dirt track racing extravaganza decides the year’s champions for each of the major divisions under the DIRTcar banner, headlined by the Super Late Models and joined by UMP Modifieds, Pro Late Models, Pro Modifieds, Stock Cars and Sport Compacts.
A favorite of many Midwest racers and fans, the event will again combine the great signature racing DIRTcar competitors are known to provide with the camping and all-ages entertainment synonymous with the Fall Nationals name.
“Fall Nationals is one of the most highly anticipated postseason events that features the great racing, parties, fellowships and memory-making that DIRTcar fans and competitors have come to know and love,” said DIRTcar Director Sam Driggers. “The Logan County Fairgrounds now loans itself to an exciting weekend of the best dirt track racing found in the Midwest, and we couldn’t be happier to now crown our champions at Lincoln.”
For Lincoln, this will be the first event of its kind hosted at the facility. The Track Enterprises/Lincoln Speedway staff is thrilled to be a major player in the event’s promotion and introduce a new tradition to their year-end plans with the camping and multi-day amusement.
“We’re really excited for the Fall Nationals at Lincoln Speedway,” said Track Enterprises Operations Manager Adam Mackey. “I think it will be a great event, being centrally located in DIRTcar country. We plan to make it a great signature event for Lincoln Speedway.”
Purse information, tire rules and competitor notes will be released as the event date moves closer. Confirmed event info can be found by visiting the event page at DIRTcar.com and keeping up to date with all things DIRTcar by following on social media (Facebook @DIRTcar; Twitter @DIRTcar_Racing).
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Bill McAnally Racing today announced a lineup of four talented young rookies – featuring Giovanni Scelzi, Jesse Love, Gracie Trotter and Holley Hollan – who will drive for the team in NASCAR’s ARCA Menards Series West this year.
Plans call for the drivers to run the full schedule in the ARCA Series West, along with other additional select ARCA races.
All four are participants in Toyota’s driver development program.
Scelzi, the 18-year-old son of four-time NHRA drag racing champion Gary Scelzi, is making the transition to stock cars from open-wheel racing on dirt. Love, who just turned 15, brings with him a varied racing resume that includes competition on dirt and asphalt. Trotter, 18, is moving up from super late models and Legends cars. Hollan, also 18, is making a transition similar to Scelzi, after racing exclusively on dirt tracks.
"We're very enthusiastic about our lineup of drivers for the 2020 season,” said BMR President Bill McAnally. “We anticipate plenty of excitement from this talented roster of newcomers to the series. We see great potential in each of them.”
Scelzi of Fresno, California, is set to drive BMR’s iconic No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS / Curb Records Toyota Camry. He has been a rising star in sprint cars and midget car racing.
He began racing at the age of 6, competing in Jr. Micro Sprints at two tracks in Central California. He won championships as he progressed through the ranks of the micro sprints and made the transition to full-sized sprint cars in 2016. In 2018, he became the youngest winner in World of Outlaws history.
Scelzi established himself as one of the top drivers in the country in 2019, with a season in which he won major sprint car races and midget series events. Among his many notable accomplishments, he became Knoxville Raceway’s youngest winner – with a victory during the All Star Circuit of Champions race.
He also won his first-ever start on pavement – with a victory in a spec late model race at Southern California’s Irwindale Speedway.
Love – from Menlo Park, California – will pilot the No. 19 NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry for BMR.
He started racing at the age of 5, competing in quarter midgets. Since then, he has accumulated multiple track, regional, state and national championships. Love won back-to-back titles in the Jr. Late Model division at California’s Madera Speedway in 2017 and 2018. He also captured the BCRA Midget Series Championship in 2018, becoming the youngest champion in the history of that series. In addition, he won the INEX Young Lions Road Course World Championship in 2018.
In 2019, Love split his time between dirt and asphalt arenas of racing – competing in the Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series and also racing in the POWRi National Midget League. He finished in the top 10 in the championship standings of the Southwest Tour, while taking the runner-up spot in rookie points. He also became the youngest driver to notch a top-five finish in an SRL race. In POWRi action, he became the youngest driver with a podium finish in POWRi National Midgets competition and the youngest West winner, with a BCRA victory at Kern County Raceway Park near Bakersfield.
Trotter of Denver, North Carolina, is slated to drive BMR’s No. 99 ENEOS Toyota Camry.
A third-generation racer, she began competing in go karts at the age of 8. Trotter honed her racing skills and works to stay sharp by racing in Legends cars. At Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2017, she became the first female to win in the Young Lions division and the following year she finished second in points in the Summer Shootout, as the highest finishing female driver. She went on to win the 2019 Winter Heat Series championship and also won Round 5 of the summer shootout in the Semi-Pro Division.
Trotter began also racing super late models in 2017, competing in the CARS Tour and PASS Series. In 2019, she began racing a late model for Rev Racing in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program, where she continues to compete, also.
Hollan – a fourth-generation racer from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma – will be behind the wheel of the No. 50 JBL / NAPA Filters / NAPA Belts & Hoses Toyota Camry for BMR.
She started her racing career at the age of 5, competing in Jr. Sprints. She moved up to 600cc micros when she was 12. She won the Jr. Sprint championship at Port City Raceway in Tulsa in 2014. Hollan has been competing in midget cars the past two seasons. She was fifth in overall points in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League in 2019.
All four BMR drivers will contend for the Rookie of the Year Award and the overall title in the ARCA Series West for 2020.
This season will mark BMR’s 30th year with NAPA AUTO PARTS as a sponsor.
“Words cannot express my gratitude to everyone at NAPA AUTO PARTS for their support for these 30 years,” McAnally said. “Our relationship is one of the best in the racing business. Our goal remains the same – to continue winning races and championships and provide NAPA with the best sales tool in this sport.
“In addition to NAPA, a big thank you goes out to all the sponsors we have,” McAnally said. “Their support and continued loyalty is very much appreciated.”
They include ENEOS, NAPA Filters, NAPA Belts & Hoses, NAPA Power Premium Plus, Curb Records, NGK Spark Plugs and Toyota; as well as Carlyle Tools and NAPA AutoCare and many other great sponsors.
BMR has won a record nine series championships, as well as scoring 99 overall victories between the East and West divisions of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series – which for 2020 is evolving into the East and West divisions of NASCAR’s ARCA Menards Series.
The DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series has added an Eastern Region to the already robust and exciting schedule.
The four-race Eastern Region is made up of tour stops at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, VT; Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, NY; Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, NY; and finally Glen Ridge Motorsports Park in Fultonville, NY. The Bear Ridge and Glen Ridge dates are the first DIRTcar Sportsman Series races in their track histories. With the growth and success of the DIRTcar Sportsman division, the Series is continuing to grow with it.
Each date will showcase a feature event paying at least $1,000 to win and the top five in the region’s points will share from a $1,500 point fund with the high point driver taking home $500.
Long-time DIRTcar supporter Bear Ridge Speedway will kick off the Eastern Region at the picturesque facility. Top chauffers from the other tracks will have to contend with a strong field of Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship drivers on Saturday, May 9. Premier Sportsman drivers Jordan Fornwalt, Kevin Chaffee, and Robert Tucker finished in the top three in points in 2019. They won’t make it easy on the invading Series drivers.
On Sunday, Aug. 2, the Eastern Region rolls into Utica-Rome Speedway. Some of the best DIRTcar Sportsman drivers in the Northeast race at the half-mile oval including Matt Janczuk, Kyle Inman, Alan Fink, and many more. Janczuk had his sights set on the overall Championship in 2019 and even with a wild accident in turn four at Utica-Rome Speedway during NAPA Super DIRT Week he still finished third in the overall DIRTcar Sportsman points.
Albany-Saratoga Speedway is next to host the Eastern Region on Friday, Sept. 11. The ⅓ mile oval boasts some of the best side-by-side racing seen anywhere. Connor Cleveland, Tim Hartman, and Andrew Buff are tough customers to race against on their home track. Albany-Saratoga’s Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship field is among the strongest in the Northeast, which makes Series regulars will have to bring their A-game to the Malta oval.
Glen Ridge Motorsports Park has never hosted a DIRTcar Sportsman Series race but this year the Series will invade the Fultonville track on Sunday, Sept. 13. Race fans will enjoy seeing the Series stars figure out the fast way around the quarter-mile oval again. The Eastern Region Championship will be decided on that Sunday race.
With the addition of the Eastern Region, the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series schedule for 2020 is comprised of 30 points-paying races. Stop by the DIRTcar website to check out the full schedule as well as race previews, race reports, points, photos, and more. Follow DIRTcar on Twitter and Facebook for even more DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series content.
DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Eastern Region Schedule
May 9 - Bear Ridge Speedway - Bradford, VT
Aug. 2 Utica-Rome Speedway - Vernon, NY
Sept. 11 Albany-Saratoga Speedway - Malta, NY
Sept. 13 Glen Ridge Motorsports Park - Fultonville, NY
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Comcast NBCUniversal today announced the launch of SportsTech, a global accelerator for sports technology startups. SportsTech will feature an unprecedented partnership of three of Comcast NBCUniversal’s sports brands – NBC Sports, Sky Sports and Golf Channel – alongside NASCAR and two US Olympic sports organizations: U.S. Ski & Snowboard and USA Swimming. Comcast Ventures, the company’s San Francisco-based venture capital arm, will round out the partnership. Each partner will serve on an advisory committee that influences the innovation priorities of SportsTech, and each will provide startups with direct access to strategic industry relationships, mentorship, and partnership opportunities.
Early stage startups from around the world are encouraged to apply for the inaugural class, which will begin in August, at www.comcastsportstech.com.
Based in The Battery Atlanta/SunTrust Park, where Comcast Cable’s Central Division headquarters are located, the new accelerator is designed to provide sports tech startups with the resources and relationships to succeed by giving them access to a broad international consortium of advisors, a custom sports tech curriculum shaped by industry experts, and investment capital. Partners will have early exposure to emerging sports tech trends and technologies that cross multiple sports, gaining insight into how these technologies can potentially reshape and benefit their business
SportsTech is the third accelerator created by Comcast NBCUniversal in the last three years, joining LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by TechStars, based out of the company’s global headquarters at the Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia, and The Farm, powered by Boomtown, located in Atlanta.
"We are delighted to introduce SportsTech to our suite of accelerators to help founders build sports technology and products, refine their business models, tell their stories, and benefit from the unique assets and talent of Comcast NBCUniversal," said Sam Schwartz, Chief Business Development Officer, Comcast Cable. "Comcast NBCUniversal has some of the most prominent sports brands and we are excited to partner with founders through SportsTech."
"The demand for sports technology across the globe has never been greater, yet most sports startups don’t have access to the resources they need to succeed nor an ability to develop relationships with the right people inside the industry," said Jenna Kurath, Vice President of Startup Partner Development, Comcast Cable. "SportsTech will provide the curriculum and platform for founders to develop their ideas while obtaining mentorship from leaders in multiple sports, enabling them to further deploy their technologies to dramatically improve sports experiences for athletes and audiences alike."
Beginning in August 2020, SportsTech will offer a three-month custom-tailored program for up to 10 startups. Initial focus areas will include technologies and products in several key categories:
- Media & Entertainment
- Fan & Player Engagement
- Athlete & Player Performance
- Team & Coach Success
- Sports Venue & Event Innovation
- Fantasy Sports & Sports Wagering
- Business of Sports
The deadline to submit an application for SportsTech is May 15. The selected startups will reside in Atlanta for the duration of the program, operating out of SportsTech’s flagship location at The Battery at SunTrust Park, where Comcast’s The Farm accelerator is also based. It will be directed by Boomtown Accelerators, a leading accelerator program headquartered in Boulder, CO. Boomtown operates The Farm for Comcast NBCUniversal and has established itself as a preeminent home for early-stage startups.
Comcast NBCUniversal has a proud history of supporting founders and startup communities, dating back to its own founder Ralph Roberts, who had the vision to see how a small cable startup in 1963 could transform into one of the most innovative global media and technology companies. In addition to SportsTech and The Farm, run at the Central Division in Atlanta, the company also offers the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator. Both accelerators are currently accepting applications for startups from around the world to build and refine their business. To learn about the 2020 focus areas and apply, visit www.ComcastNBCULIFT.com and www.TheFarmATL.com.
NASCAR: Craig Neeb, Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer
"Technology has always played a pivotal role for NASCAR and our car manufacturers who, over the course of many decades, have used our sport to test and implement the next wave of innovations," said Craig Neeb, Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, NASCAR. "But increasingly, our sport is focused on leveraging technology to provide comprehensive and engaging experiences, whether that’s from investing in esports and virtual reality to cultivate the next generation of fans or prioritizing connectivity solutions that enable new experiences associated with attending our live events. Joining the Comcast NBCU SportsTech accelerator program excites us because we’ll discover new ideas and have the infrastructure to fast-track them into the field and iterate further."
The Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing will be on hand at the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Racecar and Trade Show Friday to Sunday, January 17-19 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.
Stop by and chat with DIRTcar officials about the upcoming season, check out the HBR No. 98H of Jimmy Phelps, and get a head start on the season with new Super DIRTcar Series gear at the apparel trailer. Make sure you also fill out an entry form to win two, week-long, tickets with pit access to NAPA Super DIRT Week XLIX!
The off-season is quickly coming to a close but not before race fans get a chance to plan out their year of racing action. Schedules for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models, Super DIRTcar Series, and DIRTcar Racing special events will be available at the booth.
There’s nothing like getting up close to racecars in January to cure the off-season blues. Be sure to snap a photo of the showroom clean Bicknell chassis No. 98H of The Baldwinsville Bandit. Jimmy Phelps has over 200 starts, 14 wins, and 85 top fives in Super DIRTcar Series competition. He will be on hand to greet fans.
A little over one month later, the very same car will take to the dirt at the Volusia Speedway Park for the annual DIRTcar Nationals. The Super DIRTcar Series will take to the fast Florida oval on February 11-15.
Directly behind the DIRTcar Racing display is the Super DIRTcar Series ASI Racewear merchandise trailer featuring t-shirts, hoodies, hats, and more.
In addition to DIRTcar adding to the diversification of the show there will be the opportunity for show attendees to test their talents in go karts. Perhaps challenge a friend for a race. Arnold’s Family Fun Center will give them the opportunity to drive an electric kart right there at the Expo Center in the C Hall. This is a chance to see if you just might have the talent to be a race car driver. The cost is just $10 and there is two seaters so the youngsters can be included in the fun with an adult.
NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett along with legendary NASCAR driver Kyle Petty will be appearing on Saturday during the show. Both Jarrett and Petty are part of the NASCAR Sports TV broadcast team. A large number of other well-known names in the sport will also be making appearances.
Middletown, New York’s Orange County Speedway 100th Anniversary display continues to grow becoming a major part of the popular show.
One of the most popular events during the three day show has been, and will again be, the Ms. Motorsports Pageant sponsored by Aqua Duck Water Transport. One contestant will walk off with a $1,500 cash prize along with a poster deal. Best in swimwear, chosen by the crowd, will also receive $500. Entry blanks for this event as well as Little Miss Motorsports are available at the event website, motorsportstradeshow.com.
Many racing facilities and sanctioning bodies will be represented, using the show to announce their 2020 racing plans and schedules. Tracks already registered include Pocono, Dover, Lincoln, New Egypt, BAPS, Bridgeport, Mahoning Valley, Georgetown and Kutztown. Organizations include DIRTcar, Short Track Super Series, USAC East, URC, MASS, ATQMRA, Xcel and Slingshots by Tobias.
Hotel rooms are available at the nearby Valley Forge Casino Resort at the special show rate of $91 per night. Call 610.354.8118 and be sure to ask for the Motorsports Show Room Block in the Valley Tower.
PPB Motorsports 2020 opens on Friday, January 17 at 2 p.m., then at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The show closes at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
On Sunday, all children 12 and under are admitted FREE with a parent. A Little Miss pageant will be held as well as Big Wheel races.
Tickets are available daily at the door beginning one hour before the show opens. And the Expo Center offers a large number of FREE parking spaces. To stay informed on the latest show news to obtain booth information or enter one of the competitions, check in at www.motorsportstradeshow.com or call 609-888-3618.
The 34th Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals Airs Live On MAVTV With Special Tulsa Shootout and Chili Bowl Nationals Marathon Beforehand14 Jan 2020 Written by Speedway Digest Staff
Cannon McIntosh led 24 of 30 laps to win the Cummins Qualifying Night and advance to Saturday’s A Main feature at the 34th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals.
The victory is the second national midget feature win for McIntosh after previously registering top honors at DuQuoin in USAC competition last March. The triumph comes less than a month after the Bixby, Oklahoma-native, celebrated his 17th birthday. In addition, a Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM) Toyota has now won five of the last six Chili Bowl qualifying night feature events.
Starting from the pole after winning both his heat and qualifying races, McIntosh paced the field for the first four laps before being overtaken by fellow Toyota driver Aaron Reutzel around the top on lap five. Reutzel would hold the lead through lap 10 before getting caught up in an incident that saw a car flip in front of him. The Tucker-Boat Motorsports driver’s car wasn’t damaged, but after coming to a stop, Reutzel would have to start from the back of the field in the 21st position.
That gave McIntosh the lead back and he would pull out a comfortable lead, consistently pulling away from second-place Tyler Courtney on the restarts, while Michael Pickens had driven his Toyota into third. Courtney and Pickens would wage a battle for a second, trading the position back and forth as the laps began to wind down.
An extended red flag would on lap 22 would bunch the field and set up an eight-lap race to the finish. Courtney got the jump and was able to push by on the top side, with Pickens running low as McIntosh momentarily fell back to third, only to quickly get back on the power and accelerate between his two rivals and reclaim the lead coming out of turn two. At that point, McIntosh would never relinquish the top spot on the way to the biggest victory of his career.
“When I saw Aaron get in the mix-up early, I definitely thought we had a better shot at winning that race,” said McIntosh, making his first start with five-time defending Chili Bowl champion KKM. “Tyler scared me getting by on the restart, but we were able to get back past him. I was able to get back on it, then we went three-wide there and I was able to retake the lead. Then I found a groove at the end. I came into this weekend and just wanted to make the main event on Saturday. I never thought we’d be in Victory Lane tonight.”
While McIntosh dominated much of the race upfront, Reutzel was turning in a memorable performance, driving back through the field to claim the third spot in the final laps, setting him up to start Saturday’s B Main from the front row.
“We had a great race car,” said Reutzel afterward. “It was a little disappointing to come in third. We went to the back of the pack and I was able to get some good runs and make it back up to third. We’re still in a good position, though, and we’ll start from the front of the B on Saturday.”
All eight Toyota-powered cars advanced to Monday’s A Main, taking four of the top-five finishing positions as Pickens would finish fourth and Zach Daum captured the fifth spot. Kevin Thomas Jr. placed seventh, Brady Bacon was 14th, Zane Hendricks placed 19th and Ryan Hall was 20th.
This year’s Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals features more than 350 entries - each fighting for one of the 24 openings in Saturday night’s “A Main” feature event. Qualifying continues for each of the next four nights with eight more Toyota-powered drivers expected to attempt to qualify on Tuesday.
Tulsa Expo Raceway - Tulsa, Okla.
Monday, January 13, 2020
Cummins Qualifying Night
Hard Charger: Kevin Bayer +11
General Tire has extended its exclusive tire supplier agreement with the ARCA Menards Series in a multi-year agreement that will also see the company become the official tire supplier of the ARCA Menards Series East and West. ARCA’s relationship with General Tire was announced at the season finale at Kansas in 2015, and as it has over its initial four seasons, will include race entitlements, at-track activation and billboards, broadcast activation, and at-track service for teams at each of the races in the ARCA Menards Series and ARCA Menards Series East and West./
With a long history of producing passenger vehicle and light truck tires that make “anywhere possible”, General Tire’s racing roots began by developing tires for off-road racing, showcasing industry-leading tire technologies. That “born in competition” tradition continues with their line of ultra-high performance passenger tires. After four years of experience in the ARCA Menards Series, the company has found the same success in stock car racing, putting the 103-year-old brand in front of millions of loyal fans via live broadcasts on FOX Sports and MAVTV, tape-delayed broadcasts on NBCSC, and live streams on NBC Sports Gold.
“General Tire has been a fantastic partner over the last four seasons,” said ARCA president Ron Drager. “They have supported the series by sponsoring races at some of the biggest venues in America, supported our live broadcasts, and created a lot of really great activities and content for our fans at the track. And most importantly they have brought a consistent race tire that our teams can count on from the high-speed tracks like Daytona and Talladega to the dirt tracks at Springfield and DuQuoin and to the road courses like Mid-Ohio and Watkins Glen. We’re extremely pleased to have General Tire on board with the ARCA Menards Series and ARCA Menards Series East and West for 2020 and beyond.”
“We’re pleased to announce the extension of our partnership with the ARCA Menards Series and look forward to expanding our presence by adding the ARCA Menards Series East and West,” said Travis Roffler, Director of Marketing, General Tire. “Our team works hard to provide competitive, action-packed racing each week for the fans and we’re proud to continue that tradition and to build on the relationship we established in 2016.”
General Tire’s agreement includes official tire and sole supplier status for the ARCA Menards Series and ARCA Menards Series East and West and will run through the conclusion of the 2024 season.
The 2020 ARCA Menards Series season starts with the 57th annual Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 8. The race will be broadcast live on FS1 starting at 4:30 pm ET. ARCARacing.com will have live timing & scoring of all on-track sessions free for registered users.