Friday, Oct 07
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The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered an appeal of a Behavioral penalty issued on Sept. 27, 2022 to driver William Byron and team owner Rick Hendrick in the NASCAR Cup Series.

The penalty concerns the following section in the 2022 NASCAR Rule Book: Section 4.3 NASCAR Member Conduct and 4.4 NASCAR Member Code of Conduct Penalty Options and Guidelines. The penalties issued were a $50,000 fine to Byron and the loss of 25 championship driver and owner points.

Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are:

  1. That the Appellants violated the Rule(s) set forth in the Penalty Notice.
  2. That the Panel amends the original penalty assessed by NASCAR to read: $100,000 fine for William Byron and no loss of NASCAR Cup Series Championship Team Owner or Driver points.

The Appeals Panel members for this hearing:

  • Mr. Hunter Nickell
  • Mr. Dale Pinilis
  • Mr. Kevin Whitaker

NASCAR PR

Michigan International Speedway (MIS) today announced the ARCA Menards Series will return to the two-mile track on Friday, Aug. 4, 2023 for the Henry Ford Health 200. The race will kick off a tripleheader weekend with the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday and the NASCAR Cup Series headlining the weekend with Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400.

The full weekend schedule – including practice and qualifying sessions – and broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.

The ARCA Menards Series has a strong history in the state of Michigan which has hosted 181 series races, the third-most of any state. Next year’s Henry Ford Health 200 will be the 42nd ARCA Menards Series race at MIS - the series has competed at the track every year since 1990. Joe Ruttman won the first ARCA race at the track in 1980; Nick Sanchez won the Henry Ford Health 200 this past August.

General Admission tickets for Friday are $10. Kids 12 and under are free. Tickets for the FireKeepers Casino 400 start at $39 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. Kids 12 and under also get a free Sunday Pre-Race Pass courtesy of Henry Ford Health. Campsites are available starting at $130.

Tickets are available for purchase via phone at 888-905-7223 or online at mispeedway.com

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MIS PR

NASCAR and iRacing announced the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series will stage an in-person event for the first time in series history as part of its 2022 season finale on Tuesday, October 25. The series’ Championship 4 drivers will compete live at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in downtown Charlotte for the rights to take home the series title and $100,000. The 36 remaining drivers in the field will compete from their homes.

Limited seating is open to the public with fans able to RSVP on a first-come, first-serve basis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Both the pre-race Countdown to Green show and race broadcast itself will be broadcast live from the venue, with Steve Letarte, Alan Cavanna, and Evan Posocco on site to call the action as drivers compete on the virtual Phoenix Raceway. Dale Earnhardt Jr., the first race winner in eNASCAR series history (2010) will also be on site to present the championship trophy.

”The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series has a strong following throughout the iRacing and motorsports communities,” said Ray Smith, Director of Esports and Gaming at NASCAR. “There’s no better way to showcase the series than with this first-of-its-kind event at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We’re looking forward to welcoming fans out to the finale as some of the series biggest supporters, like Dale Jr., join us to crown the 2022 champion.”

“We are thrilled to be able to elevate the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series with a LIVE Finale this fall,” said Steve Myers, iRacing Executive Vice President. “We appreciate the effort from NASCAR and the NASCAR Hall of Fame for helping set up an event that will truly showcase the skill and intensity of the world’s greatest iRacers, and we’re excited to be able to crown our champion in Charlotte with the help of Dale and so many other people who have helped this series become what it is.”

The playoffs continue next week with a visit to the penultimate race at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway on October 11. Joe Gibbs Racing driver Bobby Zalenski is the only driver to have secured a spot in the Championship 4 race after his win last week at Talladega Superspeedway.

The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series broadcast kicks off with the Countdown to Green pre-race show at 8:30 p.m. ET before the green flag falls at 9 p.m. Fans can stream live at eNASCAR.com/live and across NASCAR and iRacing social media channels.

For more information on the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, visit www.enascar.com or www.iracing.com/enascar. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

NASCAR PR

The 2022 Club Challenge season will culminate with a showdown when the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will visit Automotodrom Grobnik in Croatia on October 28. Neo Lambert won the regularity based challenge at Circuit Zolder in dominant fashion and closed the gap on reigning champion Gordon Barnes, who’s still leading the overall standings by just one point. Lambert, driving for Speedhouse, was the most consistent pilot in both 30-minute timed sessions. 

Lambert accumulated a penalty time of 0.280 seconds in session 1 and 0.626 seconds in session two to take the win with 86 points at the legendary track in the woods of Limburg. Barnes defended his lead with his fourth consecutive podium finish in the 2022 Club Challenge season and brought home his #48 Marko Stipp Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro in second place. The duo will face each other for the title in one last event on the Croatian Riviera. 

“I’m really happy after an unlucky Friday at Autodrom Most where we suffered from a real setback due to technical issues on the car,” said the driver of the #40 Ford Mustang. “I think we closed the gap on Gordon in the overall standings and have a shot at winning the title at Automotodrom Grobnik. I’m now looking forward to the grand finale in Croatia and of course I want to win the title.” 

Barnes struggled with the timer in his car and therefore was not able to score a precise lap time in both sessions. Despite this, he still managed to finish second. He said: “I’m not entirely happy with the second place as we came here to rebound from the points we’ve lost at Most. Second at Zolder, I always had a few problems at this track in the past. It was my best result here so far but the championship battle will be much tighter when we head to Croatia for the Finals.” 

NWES veteran Eric Quintal rounded out the podium in third place, while Most Club Challenge winner Federico Monti had to settle for fourth. Lambert’s and Quintal’s Speedhouse teammate Paul Jouffreau completed the top-5 ahead of Thomas Dambrowski, Arianna Casoli, Maximilian Mason and Andreas Kuchelbacher. Julian Vanheelen had a violent crash in the practice session and was therefore forced to sit out both timed sessions.

NWES PR

Austin Burke is a rising country music star with Scottsdale roots. On Sunday, Nov. 6, he’ll return home to perform “God Bless America” prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race and perform a post-race concert inside The Barn brewed by Busch Light. Immediately following that performance, the NASCAR Cup Series Champion will receive his championship ring in a celebration for the ages.

Phoenix Raceway announced Burke’s performances today as it bolsters its entertainment lineup for what promises to be a NASCAR Championship Weekend for the ages. It already announced that multi-platinum country music sensation Jon Pardi will perform the pre-race concert on Sunday, Nov. 6, with more announcements planned in the weeks ahead.

“Austin Burke is making a name for himself on the national stage,” said Phoenix Raceway President Julie Giese. “We can’t wait for him to return to The Valley and perform for our fans who will certainly enjoy his music. Adding Austin to an already star-studded lineup will make our biggest day of the year even more special.”

Burke moved to Nashville at 19 to pursue a career in country music. His breakout single “Whole Lot in Love” first catapulted Austin to streaming stardom with his total streams now exceeding 180 million. His music has also been featured on Sirius XM’s The Highway, and Austin has performed on stages across the U.S., including Country Thunder Arizona, Country LakeShake, Watershed Music Festival, The Willamette Country Music Festival and Faster Horses Festival.

In March of 2019, Burke made his Grand Ole Opry debut. A few months later, he caught the attention of country superstar Thomas Rhett, who in turn signed Burke to his first publishing deal with Home Team Publishing, a creative partnership between Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Virginia Bunetta, and Warner Chappell Music. Most recently, he has taken a stand to help the future generation of songwriters. Forbes announced earlier this year that Burke has committed to giving songwriters a percentage of his master revenue - something that’s never been done before, but proves his dedication to the cause.

NASCAR fans who don’t have a grandstand ticket to the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race will need to act quickly to see all of the pre-race entertainment on tap. Only a limited number of standing-room-only tickets remain in the FanShield Infield Experience for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race. Grandstand and hillside seats for this race sold out in May.

Fans who wish to experience Burke’s post-race concert inside The Barn brewed by Busch Light can enter for only a $10 cover charge that includes one Dasani water, Coca-Cola product or Busch Light. The full list of entertainment inside The Barn brewed by Busch Light can be found at www.phoenixraceway.com/weekendschedule, and includes performances by Harry Luge on Friday, Nov. 4, and Haymaker on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Grandstand seats remain for the ARCA Menards Series West/NASCAR Camping World Truck Series doubleheader on Friday, Nov. 4, and the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Race on Saturday, Nov. 5. Fans are encouraged to secure their seats now at www.phoenixraceway.com while supplies last.

Phoenix Raceway PR

PLAYOFFS ROUND OF 12 ELIMINATION: CHARLOTTE ROVAL

Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott became the first NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) playoff driver to win in the post-season thus far, giving the No. 9 Camaro ZL1 team an automatic berth into the Round of 8. As the only driver with a secured spot into the next round, the seven positions that remain up for grabs in the Round of 8 will be determined in Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL 400 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course. The 2.32-mile, 17-turn road course located within “America’s Home for Racing” of Charlotte Motor Speedway was first added to the NCS schedule in 2018; and since then, each of the circuit’s four races have held a spot in the post-season. 

 

Chevrolet recorded its first win at the Charlotte ROVAL in 2019, with road course phenom Chase Elliott taking the checkered flag in the circuit’s second annual NCS race. Since then, it’s been a repeat visit to the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course victory lane for the Bowtie brand. Elliott became a back-to-back winner at the circuit in 2020, with his Hendrick Motorsports’ teammate Kyle Larson becoming the ROVAL’s most recent NCS winner in 2021.

 

In similar fashion, the Bowtie brand will look to make it four in a row in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course. The “King of the Road” AJ Allmendinger recorded his first NXS win at the ROVAL in 2019 and he’s taken each win since; recording the victory in 2020 and later going on to make it a three-peat in 2021. In five NXS road course races this season, Chevrolet has scored the victory in four of those events, three of which were won with Allmendinger behind the wheel of his No. 16 Kaulig Racing Camaro SS.  

 

NASCAR Cup Series - Defending Winner at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course: 

 

Kyle Larson, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

October 10, 2021

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series - Defending Winner at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course: 

 

AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Kaulig Racing Camaro SS

October 9, 2021

BOWTIE LOOKING FOR 12 IN A ROW ON ROAD COURSES

Since Chase Elliott delivered Chevrolet its milestone 800th all-time win in NASCAR’s premier series at Circuit of The Americas in May 2021, it’s been nothing but the Bowtie brand in victory lane on NCS road course circuits. The series’ most recent road course race at Watkins Glen (August 2022) saw Kyle Larson hoist the trophy once again, giving Chevrolet its 11th consecutive NCS road course victory. Within that time frame, a total of six drivers from four different Chevrolet teams added wins to that streak.

 

Four of Chevrolet’s six remaining playoff contenders have at least one NCS road course victory to their name. Joining Elliott and Larson on that list includes Trackhouse Racing’s Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez, who both recorded their first career wins in NASCAR’s premier series on a road course circuit earlier this season.

 

 

While Elliott has already punched his ticket to the next round with his win at Talladega Superspeedway, a win at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course would move the 26-year-old Georgia native up the ranks on the NCS all-time road course wins list. Currently leading all active NCS drivers in career road course wins with seven, a win in Sunday’s race would move Elliott to second on that elite list, tying NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart with eight. At the top of the NCS all-time road course wins list is Career Chevrolet driver, Jeff Gordon, who recorded nine career road course victories in NASCAR’s premier series. 

 

A look at where the Team Chevy NCS playoff drivers stand heading into the Round of 12 elimination race, including season numbers and career stats at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course: 

 

Chase Elliott, No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Camaro ZL1 – 1st in Playoff Standings

2022 NASCAR Cup Series Regular Season Champion

Victories: 5 (series-leading)

Top-Fives: 12; Top-10s: 19; Laps Led: 773 

Average Finish: 11.5; Stage Wins: 6

 

At Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course:  

Wins: 2

Top-Fives: 2; Top-10s: 3

Average Finish: 5.000 (series-best)

 

Of Note: 

- The 2022 season marks Elliott’s seventh consecutive appearance in the NCS playoffs. 

- Elliott has advanced to the Championship 4 the past two seasons, winning his first career NCS Driver Championship in 2020. 

- Six of his 17 career NCS wins have come in the playoffs.

- Elliott has won at two of the three tracks in the Round of 12, including Talladega Superspeedway (2019); and a two-time winner at the Charlotte ROVAL (2019 and 2020).

 

 

Ross Chastain, No. 1 Trackhouse Racing Camaro ZL1 – 3rd in Playoff Standings (28-points above cutline)

Victories: 2

Top-Fives: 11; Top-10s: 17; Laps Led: 621

Average Finish: 13.8; Stage Wins: 5

 

At Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course:

Top-25: 1; Average Finish: 23.000

 

 

Of Note:

- The 2022 season marks Chastain’s first career appearance in the NCS playoffs.

- Chastain has one career NCS road course win to his name, taking the victory at Circuit of The Americas in March 2022.   

 

Kyle Larson, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Camaro ZL1 – 6th in Playoff Standings (18-points above cutline)

2021 NASCAR Cup Series Champion

Victories: 2

Top-Fives: 11; Top-10s: 16; Laps Led: 368

Average Finish: 13.7; Stage Wins: 4

 

 

At Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course:

Victories: 1

Top-Fives: 1; Top-10s: 1;

Average Finish 13.000

 

Of Note:

- The 2022 season marks Larson’s sixth appearance in the NCS playoffs, with 2021 bringing Larson his first trip to the Championship 4.

- During the playoff era (2004-present); Larson leads the series in ‘multiple playoff race wins in a single season’ with five in 2021 (Bristol, Charlotte ROVAL, Texas, Kansas, Phoenix).

- In 2021, Larson took the wins at two of the three tracks that are in the Round of 12, including the annual race at the Charlotte ROVAL.

 

Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Trackhouse Racing Camaro ZL1 – 7th in standings (12-points above cutline)

Victories: 1

Top-Fives: 6; Top-10s: 12; Laps Led: 249

Average Finish: 16.0; Stage Wins: 2

 

 

At Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course:  

Top-15s: 1; Average Finish: 23.250

 

 

Of Note:

- The 2022 season marks Suarez’s first career appearance in the NCS playoffs.

- Suarez has three top-five finishes on road course circuits in 2022 including his first-career NCS win at Sonoma Raceway; and fifth-place finishes at Road America and Watkins Glen. 

 

William Byron, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Camaro ZL1 – 10th in Playoff Standings (11-points below cutline)

 

Victories: 2

Top-Fives: 5; Top-10s: 9; Laps Led: 714

Average Finish: 16.3; Stage Wins: 4

 

At Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course:

Pole Wins: 1

Top-10s: 2; Average Finish: 14.250

 

 

Of Note:

- The 2022 season marks Byron’s fourth consecutive appearance in the NCS playoffs.

- Bryon’s career-best finish in the NCS playoffs came in 2021, finishing the season 10th in the final standings.

 

Alex Bowman, No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Camaro ZL1 – 12th in Playoff Standings (54-points below cutline)

Victories: 1

Top-Fives: 4; Top-10s: 12; Laps Led: 136

Average Finish: 16.1; Stage Wins: 2

 

 

At Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course:  

Top-Fives: 2; Top-10s: 4;

Average Finish: 6.00

 

 

Of Note:

- The 2022 season marks Bowman’s fifth consecutive appearance in the NCS playoffs.

- Bowman has raced his way into the Round of 12 in each of his NCS playoff appearances; making it to the Round of 8 in the 2020 season to score a career-best sixth in the final standings.

 

*Bowman will not be competing at the Charlotte ROVAL. Chevrolet driver Noah Gragson will return to fill the seat of the No. 48 Ally Camaro ZL1. 

PLAYOFF PICTURE UPDATE: CHEVROLET REMAINS ON TOP

The Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course holds the position as the Round of 12 playoffs elimination race for both the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series, where each of the respective playoff fields will be reduced to just eight drivers remaining in the championship title hunt.

 

With Chase Elliott’s playoff victory at Talladega Superspeedway last weekend, seven spots are up for grabs in the NCS Round of 8. Entering the elimination race, four Chevrolet drivers makeup the top-eight in the playoff driver points standings, with Elliott leading Ross Chastain in third (+28-points), Kyle Larson in sixth (+18) and Daniel Suarez in seventh (+12). Hendrick Motorsports’ William Byron continues to sit on the outside looking in, but just 11-points below the cutline. Alex Bowman, who rounds out the top-12 in the playoff driver points standings, will be sidelined once again this weekend with continued concussion symptoms, ultimately eliminating Bowman and the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Camaro ZL1 team from the 2022 NCS playoffs.

 

Chevrolet continues to sit 1-2 in the NXS playoff driver points standings, with AJ Allmendinger (1st) and Noah Gragson (2nd) already sealing their fate into the next round with victories in the Round of 12. Chevrolet drivers currently occupy six of the top-eight in the playoff driver points standings. Joining Allmendinger and Gragson in the top-eight includes NXS rookie Austin Hill, No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Camaro SS, in fourth; with JR Motorsports’ teammates Josh Berry, Justin Allgaier and Sam Mayer sitting in the fifth through seventh positions, respectively. 

CHEVROLET SWEEPS TALLADEGA TRIPLEHEADER

For the third time this season, Chevrolet took the wins across all three NASCAR national series during a tripleheader race weekend. 

 

The weekend sweep started out with Matt DiBenedetto and the No. 25 Rackley W.A.R. Silverado RST team’s win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Chevy Silverado 250. The victory was DiBenedetto’s first in the series; the fifth for the Silverado RST in 2022; and Chevrolet’s 262nd all-time in the NCWTS.

 

Later that afternoon, AJ Allmendinger edged out fellow Chevrolet driver Sam Mayer at the line by a mere .015-second to record his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series superspeedway victory. The triumph – Allmendinger’s fourth of the season – also gave the No. 16 Kaulig Racing Camaro SS team a guaranteed spot in the series’ Round of 8. The 40-year-old California native is the second driver to secure his spot into the next round, joining Chevrolet driver Noah Gragson, who accomplished that feat with his win at Texas Motor Speedway. The victory was Chevrolet’s 21st NXS win of 2022, while also extending the manufacturer’s win streak to seven in a row in the series.

 

Capping off the weekend sweep was Chase Elliott’s victory in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series YellaWood 500. The victory brought Elliott to a series-leading fifth win of 2022, putting him back at the top of the NCS driver points standings as the only playoff driver with a win in the post-season. The victory marked Chevrolet’s series-leading 18th NCS victory this season, with the manufacturer now just one win away from tying its win record from the 2021 NCS season.  

 
 
 

CHEVROLET CONTINUES SUPPORT FOR “MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER” WITH PINK CAMARO SS 1LE PACE CAR

Chevrolet’s partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and its “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” initiative marks its 12th consecutive year in 2022. A specialty-themed pink Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE made its return to the track at Talladega Superspeedway as the official pace car. Proudly carrying the ACS logo, the pink Chevrolet Camaro pace car will do more than just lead NASCAR’s premier series under caution during the month of October. For every lap run under caution in three select races, Chevrolet will donate $350 to the American Cancer Society to honor “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.”

 The first of three NASCAR Cup Series events that are part of the initiative took place at Talladega Superspeedway this past weekend. With the specialty-themed Pink Camaro pace car leading the NCS for 25 laps under caution during Sunday’s YellaWood 500, Chevrolet will contribute $8,750 towards the campaign.

 

The pink “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Camaro will return as the official pace car at Homestead-Miami Speedway on October 23 and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on October 30 as part of the contribution.

 

BOWTIE BULLETS

·       Victories by active Chevrolet drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course:

       Kyle Larson, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet (2021)

       Chase Elliott, No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet (2019, 2020)

 

·       Chevrolet is heading into the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course looking for four in a row in both the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series. Chase Elliott took back-to-back NCS wins at the circuit in 2019 and 2020, with his Hendrick Motorsports’ teammate Kyle Larson taking the win in 2021. Kaulig Racing’s AJ Allmendinger recorded wins in the past three NXS ROVAL events.

 

·       Chevrolet has recorded wins in 15 of the last 16 NASCAR Cup Series road course races, including a streak of the past 11. In that timespan, six drivers from four different Chevrolet teams have contributed to those wins.

 

·       Chase Elliott has recorded seven road course victories in his NASCAR Cup Series career; the most of all active NCS drivers. Elliott ranks third on the NCS all-time road course wins list behind NASCAR Hall of Famers Jeff Gordon (nine wins) and Tony Stewart (eight wins). Elliott’s victories have been recorded at five different road courses, a record in series’ history.

 

·       Four of Chevrolet’s six NASCAR Cup Series playoff drivers have at least one career road course win in NASCAR’s premier series:

       Chase Elliott, No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet – 7 (series-leading)

       Kyle Larson, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet – 4

       Ross Chastain, No. 1 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet – 1

       Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet – 1  

 

·       Chase Elliott’s win at Talladega Superspeedway – his series-leading fifth of the 2022 season – delivered Chevrolet its manufacturer-leading 18th win in 31 NASCAR Cup Series points-paying races. The Bowtie brand also continues to lead its manufacturer competitors in top-fives (73), top-10s (136), laps led (3,626) and stage wins (25).

 

 

 

 

·       Seven Team Chevy drivers have combined 25 NASCAR Cup Series stage wins:

       Tyler Reddick 2 - Fontana x2

       Alex Bowman 1 - Las Vegas, Kansas

       Ross Chastain 4 - Las Vegas, Darlington, Charlotte, Pocono, Richmond

       William Byron 4 – Phoenix, Atlanta, Talladega, Darlington

       Daniel Suarez 2 – COTA, Charlotte

       Chase Elliott 3 – Martinsville x2, Charlotte, Atlanta x2, Talladega

       Kyle Larson 4 – Bristol, Sonoma, Pocono, Texas

 

·       Reigning NASCAR Cup Series and NASAR Xfinity Series Manufacturer Champions, Chevrolet, continues to lead in the manufacturer points standings in both series. The bowtie brand leads the NCS manufacturer points standings by 97-points, with the manufacturer’s lead in the NXS standings expanding to 141-points.

 

 

 

 

·       With its 40 NASCAR Cup Series Manufacturer Championships, 33 NASCAR Cup Series Driver Championships, and 832 all-time NASCAR Cup Series wins, Chevrolet continues to hold the title of winningest brand in NASCAR.  

FOR THE FANS

·       Fans can visit the Team Chevy Racing Display in the Fan Midway at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

·       Fans can check out an assortment of Chevrolet vehicles including: Silverado 1500 Crew ZR2, Tahoe Z71, Blazer RS, Corvette Z51, Camaro ZL1, Silverado 2500HD Crew LTZ Diesel, Pink MSABC Silverado 1500 Crew High Country Diesel.

·       At the Chevrolet Display, fans can also view Kyle Larson’s No. 5 Camaro ZL1 show car.

 

Team Chevy Driver Appearances at the Display:

Sunday, October 9

·       Erik Jones: 10:45 a.m.

·       Noah Gragson: 11:00 a.m.

·       William Byron: 11:50 a.m.

 

 

 

 

Chevrolet Display Hours of Operation:  

Saturday, October 8: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  

Sunday, October 9: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 

Tune In: 

NBC will broadcast the NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 9. Live coverage can also be found on the NBCSports Gold App, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

 

NBC will broadcast the NASCAR Xfinity Series Drive for the Cure 250 presented by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, October 8. Live coverage can also be found on the NBCSports Gold App, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

 

 

QUOTABLE QUOTES

ROSS CHASTAIN, NO. 1 WORLDWIDE EXPRESS CAMARO ZL1

How do you feel going into the Charlotte Roval?

"I feel ready to win. I'm ready to jump back in the Chevy simulator and brush up on a few things. That's been the road course that I've been focused on the most. I've focused a lot on road courses in my career, but I haven't shown the speed at that course like I have at other ones. So I'm looking for that next step there in speed for overall raw lap times."

 

Road courses have seen aggressive racing all year. Lots of drivers pushed off and things like that. You don't really have that option because of the Roval layout. Are you expecting that same kind of aggression?

"We'll just have to be mindful of what is around our No. 1 Chevy. We need to know at all times what is going on. We'll be aware of the points and not put ourselves in the position to fall out of the race. Aside from the that, we'll just go and try and make fast laps."

 

KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1

Larson on if he races differently since he is above the cutoff line:

"I don’t think so – well, maybe a little bit. You may look at a situation and think risk versus reward and maybe hold back on a move early in the race. Our road course program has been really good and I hope it carries over to this weekend. I’ve been above the cut line several times before here and have had some crazy races and results."

 

CLIFF DANIELS, CREW CHIEF, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1

Daniels on the uniqueness of the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL:

"The (Charlotte) ROVAL is substantially different compared to the other road courses on the circuit because you have the addition of the banking. There are a lot of different suspension components that we have to look at differently with this car. There were maybe a lot of similarities to a ROVAL setup last year compared to a Sonoma (Raceway) setup. It’s a much different look now for this weekend – it’s almost not a road course setup. I was joking earlier that it’s almost dune-buggy style – you have the banking, you have big elevation changes. There is a lot more happening with the suspension geometry and the travel of the car that we have not encountered anywhere else this year."

 

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1

Elliott on what the win Talladega Superspeedway does for the team heading into the Charlotte ROVAL:

"At Talladega (Superspeedway), we really just wanted to have a solid day and try to get as many points as we could. Honestly after that second stage, I was super happy with our day. Regardless of what happened from there, I thought we had done a really good job. We had gained some good stage points and that was going to keep us in a position, we had hedged our bet to have a pretty solid points day regardless of how the finish ended up. To have the win on top of that was just icing on the cake. Now we can try to have a good weekend here at the (Charlotte) ROVAL. Gives us an opportunity to short those stages and not have to go for stage points and hopefully we have enough pace to fight for the win."

 

ALAN GUSTAFSON, CREW CHIEF, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1

Gustafson how the win at Talladega affects how the team approaches the Charlotte ROVAL:

"We always try to win. That just goes without saying. For us, it’s just about bonus points. It’s the biggest thing that we can do to put ourselves in a better position going into the next round. Our road course program has not been exactly where we’ve wanted it to be. We’ve been good, we’ve had shots to win and we haven’t been able to win. So focusing on trying to improve that, continuing to learn there, trying to get some bonus points and solidifying our position moving forward."

 

WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 VALVOLINE CAMARO ZL1

Byron on his approach to the playoffs so far:

"Rudy (Fugle) and I have been taking it one week at a time in the playoffs. We’re not worrying about races past the one that comes up next. I think it’s been working pretty well so far since we have the second-best average finish in the playoffs right now. I think when you start worrying too far in advance, that’s when mistakes happen. We’ve done a good job of showing up, having speed and executing a good race while minimizing any mistakes. Would we like to be in a better position heading into a cutoff race? Yeah, of course. We can’t worry about the what ifs. We just need to go out and do our jobs the best we can."

 

 

RUDY FUGLE, CREW CHIEF, NO. 24 VALVOLINE CAMARO ZL1

Fugle on what he expects at the Charlotte ROVAL:

"Even though we tested at the (Charlotte) ROVAL in the Next Gen car, I’m not sure there’s much that’s going to translate from that test since it was so long ago and we’ve made so many changes to the car since then. I think the biggest unknown will be in regard to tires. We’ll be running road course tires for the race. With part of the track being on the oval, we don’t know what to expect from tire fall off and grip levels in that part of the track. Same with our set up, the infield and the oval have such different characteristics and need such different things, you almost have to pick and choose which portion you think is most important. If anything, we can pull notes from the Indianapolis (Motor Speedway) road course race earlier this year, but that’s about the closest we have right now before we get on track Saturday."

 

GREG IVES, CREW CHIEF, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1

Ives on having Noah Gragson as his driver at the Charlotte ROVAL:

"The whole team wants to continue our playoff run with Alex (Bowman) behind the wheel, but that will not happen. Despite that, our goal remains the same from an owner's championship – we will show up to give our all to win. Noah (Gragson) did a great job filling in for Alex last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway and we will prepare him to do the same at the (Charlotte) ROVAL."

 

Ives on Bowman’s recovery:

"Our main priority is to make sure Alex is back to 100% before he gets back in the No. 48 Ally Chevy. We are committed to his long-term health and trust the process. There is no doubt he is working hard and doing everything he can to return when the time is right."

 

DANIEL SUAREZ, NO. 99 COMMSCOPE CAMARO ZL1

How do you feel about your chances to advance at the ROVAL?

“I feel very good about it. My goal today was to at least break even. I haven’t seen the points to know, but I think we did that. Heading to the ROVAL, I feel very confident that we can contend for it.

We have a very good road course program at Trackhouse Racing. Both Ross and I have won races and been strong in each race. It's a great feeling as a driver to know you have a strong chance to win every time you race."

 

Are you happy with your points position?

"Talladega was such a wild card that I said I just wanted to break even and I think we did more than that. We got very lucky. I'm not sure we would be 12 points ahead of the cutoff if that race were a few laps longer. The engine blew up with 15 laps to go and I was barely hanging in there. On that restart, I couldn’t go and the 24 (William Byron) helped me a lot to get going, but the engine was killed. So I guess we had a little bit of luck because it was definitely killed and we were about to not finish that race.

 

We are just going to do our thing this weekend in Charlotte. I feel very confident."

Chevrolet NASCAR Cup Series Statistics

 

Manufacturers Championships:

Total (1949-2021): 40

First title for Chevrolet: 1958

Highest number of consecutive titles: 13 (2003-15)

 

Years Won: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2021

 

Drivers Championships:

Total (1949-2021): 33

First Chevrolet champion: Buck Baker (1957)

Highest number of consecutive titles: 7 (2005-11)

Most Recent: Kyle Larson (2021)

 

Years Won: 1957, 1960, 1961, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2020, 2021

 

Event Victories:

Record for total race wins in single season: 26 (2007)               

 

2022 STATISTICS:                                                                                                    

Wins: 18

Poles: 8

Laps Led: 3,626

Top-five finishes: 73

Top-10 finishes: 136

Stage wins: 25

  • Tyler Reddick (Fontanax2)
  • Alex Bowman (Las Vegas), (Kansas)
  • Ross Chastain (Las Vegas), (Darlington), (Charlotte), (Pocono), (Richmond)
  • William Byron (Phoenix), (Atlanta), (Talladega), (Darlington)
  • Daniel Suarez (COTA), (Charlotte)
  • Chase Elliott (Martinsvillex2), (Charlotte), (Atlantax2), (Talladega)
  • Kyle Larson (Bristol Dirt), (Sonoma), (Pocono), (Texas)

 

CHEVROLET IN NASCAR CUMULATIVE STATISTICS:

Total Chevrolet race wins: 832 (1949 to date)

Poles won to date: 731

Laps led to date: 244,962

Top-five finishes to date: 4,211

Top-10 finishes to date: 8,691

                                                                                                          

Total NASCAR Cup Wins by Corporation, 1949 to Date:

         

           General Motors: 1,166

           Chevrolet: 832

           Pontiac: 154

           Oldsmobile: 115

           Buick: 65

 

           Ford: 818                                                           

           Ford: 718

           Mercury: 96

           Lincoln: 4

 

           Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: 467

           Dodge: 217

           Plymouth: 191

           Chrysler: 59

 

           Toyota: 168

 

GM PR

 

Taylor Gray, No. 17 Factory Canopies Mustang

  • Taylor Gray makes his fourth career start at Toledo Speedway this Saturday, strapping in for the final race of the 2022 ARCA Menards Series season.
  • Last time out, the 17-year-old qualified second at Salem Speedway and finished fifth after a right side tire came apart with under 15 laps remaining.
  • The Shore Lunch 200 marks Gray and Crew Chief Chad Johnston's first appearance at the half-mile oval as a pair. In his three previous starts, Gray scored a career-best finish of third in 2020.
  • Gray looks to end the year on a high note, having already set career-bests in wins, laps led, and top-fives in 2022.
  • The No. 17 will carry a special throwback scheme this weekend as Taylor and team will pay homage to 10-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel and his favorite car from 2002. Kimmel is a mechanic for the DGR ARCA program.
  • Click here for Gray's career statistics.

DGR PR

Apparel company, Off The Grid Surplus, has stepped up their sponsorship of NASCAR driver Spencer Boyd.  The motor-driven adventure brand will be featured as the primary sponsor at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship race at Phoenix Raceway.
 
Boyd provided insight on the partnership and news, “I wear a flat bill.  Always have.  I love the outdoors.  Always will.  I love motorsports.  Obviously.  So when I met Josh, with this company that believed in so many of the same things that I do, I knew we had to partner up.  They are the perfect balance of outdoors and edgy, I love their stuff.  It’s exciting that they wanted their own paint scheme and I’m happy to introduce NASCAR fans to their brand.”
 
Off The Grid is the motor-driven adventure brand, built to inspire more connection through adventure. They find retreat in motorized adventure, whether it is off road racing in a Jeep, camping in Baja or connecting around campfire. They make functional clothing with this lifestyle always front of mind hoping to inspire people to get away and connect with each other, person to person.
 
Founder of Off The Grid Surplus, Josh Patterson, shared part of his story, “I started this clothing company in 2017 as a creative outlet for the lifestyle that I was passionate about.  I never would have imagined we’d be at this point where our logo would be on the hood of a NASCAR truck.  We are stoked to partner with the most patriotic NASCAR driver because the military always gets a discount for our products.  Spencer is a great human and we’re excited to see this grow.”
 
Spencer added, “The company’s motto is stated on their website offthegridsurplus.com - “Off The Grid” isn’t just a saying or a place, but it is a state of mind. We can all use a bit more of it, especially in this day and age. -  In the off-season you will find me out in the woods and around a campfire.  It’s simple, they make clothes for me.”
 
The Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway on Friday, November 4, 2022 airs live on FS1 at 10:00pm ET.  The season finale and championship race is series sponsor, Camping World’s swan song and Off The Grid’s first primary race with Spencer Boyd and Young’s Motorsports.

Spencer Boyd PR

Not only is there a terrific championship battle for the ARCA Menards Series drivers championship, there is an even closer battle for the series’ owners title headed into the Shore Lunch 200 presented by CGS Imaging this Saturday at Toledo Speedway. 

Nick Sanchez has a two-point cushion over Daniel Dye headed into the season finale on Saturday, meaning Dye needs to either win or finish three positions ahead of Sanchez to steal away the title.  

It’s even closer on the owner’s side of things. The Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 18 team leads the standings by just one point over the Venturini Motorsports No. 20 team headed into the Shore Lunch 200 presented by CGS Imaging.  

Team owner Kyle Busch, himself a five-time winner in ARCA Menards Series competition, has scored five wins as an owner in 2022 with Sammy Smith at the wheel, including the last two races at Bristol Motor Speedway and Salem Speedway to take over the top spot. Smith is the reigning two-time ARCA Menards Series East champion. 

Billy Venturini, the 2019 ARCA Menards Series champion owner, looks to score his second owner’s title with the No. 20 team. Corey Heim has scored a pair of wins at Daytona International Speedway and the September race at Kansas Speedway. Jesse Love, two-time ARCA Menards Series West champion, has also scored a win at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.  

If either driver wins, their team owner will win the owner’s title. Love will need to finish two positions ahead of Smith to give the No. 20 the championship. If Smith earns a bonus point for winning the pole, leading a lap, or leading the most laps, that will give him an extra position as a buffer.  

If Love earns bonus points, it eliminates those positions and could potentially mean he could finish behind Smith by a position and still win the title. 

If they both earn the same number of bonus points, it effectively cancels each other out and it remains a two-position buffer for Smith. Love needs to finish two positions ahead to win because the No. 18 team holds the tie breaker, which per the ARCA Menards Series rule book would fall to whichever team had the most wins. The No. 18 has the advantage, five to three. 

The Shore Lunch 200 presented by CGS Imaging is set for 4 pm ET on Saturday. Advance discount tickets are available at all Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan Menards locations through the end of business on Friday for just $20, a savings of $10 per adult general admission ticket. 

The complete event schedule can be found here.  

Please follow @ARCA_racing on Twitter for up to the minute information and updates. Please visit ARCARacing.com for complete event information including live timing & scoring.  The race will be televised live on MAVTV. 

ARCA Racing PR

Iconic technology company HP has joined Hendrick Motorsports as a team sponsor thanks to a marketing and innovation agreement that will see the 14-time NASCAR Cup Series champions utilize its leading hardware and software solutions.

The new relationship will debut during the 2022 Cup Series playoffs and see the HP brand featured as a full-season associate sponsor of Hendrick Motorsports and its four teams. The Z by HP logo will appear on a variety of team equipment, including pit boxes, transporters and radio headsets.

As it pursues a third consecutive NASCAR title, Hendrick Motorsports will employ a range of HP technology highlighted by the powerful Z by HP portfolio that includes high-performance workstation laptops, desktops, displays and solutions. By providing exceptional hardware and software tailor-made for data science and analytics teams, HP’s solutions will enhance performance on and off the track.

“Z by HP delivers high-performance technology solutions for the most demanding professional workflows, and it’s exciting to work with Hendrick Motorsports, a proven winner in the NASCAR Cup Series,” said Jim Nottingham, general manager and global head, Advanced Compute and Solutions, HP Inc. “We want to provide Hendrick Motorsports with the competitive edge to win by helping turn complex data into actionable insights.”

Among other leading-edge technology, Hendrick Motorsports will use HP’s most powerful desktop workstation, the HP Z8 G4, and its pro-performance mobile workstation, the ZBook Studio G9. In addition, Z by HP’s Data Science Solutions will help unlock new tiers of performance by significantly reducing time to completion for multiple operations and providing visibility into all concurrent workflows simultaneously.

“We’re thrilled to welcome HP to the Hendrick Motorsports family, and we look forward to winning races with this world-renowned brand,” said Hendrick Motorsports president and general manager Jeff Andrews. “Our team now has access to some of the most powerful technology available anywhere, and we can’t wait to share the HP story with millions of NASCAR fans.”

For more information, visit HP.com.

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