Thursday, Dec 09
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Voyager Digital Ltd. ("Voyager" or the "Company") (TSX: VOYG; OTCQX: VYGVF; FRA: UCD2), one of the fastest-growing, publicly traded cryptocurrency platforms in the United States, today announced a two-year extension of its partnership with Landon Cassill in collaboration with Kaulig Racing, which is adding Cassill to its 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) lineup. Cassill will be paid fully in a portfolio of cryptocurrencies that includes Bitcoin (BTC), the Voyager Token (VGX), USD Coin (USDC), StormX (STMX) and Avalanche (AVAX) .   

 

"We built a historic partnership with Landon, as the first NASCAR driver to be paid in crypto, and continuing this journey with him is an incredible ride for Voyager,” said Steve Ehrlich, CEO and co-founder of Voyager. We’re excited about this collaboration with Kaulig Racing and can’t wait to see what is next in Landon’s promising career.”

 

Cassill will pilot the No. 10 Chevrolet and compete for the 2022 series championship alongside reigning champion, Daniel Hemric, and Kaulig Racing’s winningest driver, AJ Allmendinger.

 

“We are really excited to bring Landon Cassill onboard for the 2022 season,” said Chris Rice, president of Kaulig Racing. “Landon has competed in NASCAR’s top series for many years and has brought with him a pivotal partner in Voyager Digital. We are looking forward to this partnership with Voyager and think Landon will be a great asset to our Kaulig Racing family.”

 

Since 2007, Cassill has made a total of 510 starts across all three of NASCAR’s national series, with 176 of those being made in the NXS. Cassill also earned the title of Rookie of the Year in the NXS in 2008, also securing a pole award and five top-10 finishes that same year.

 

“Continuing my partnership with Voyager Digital and driving for Kaulig Racing is an incredible opportunity for me,” said Cassill. “I have a world-class partner in Voyager and the best support team in the business with Kaulig Racing. I am excited to not only have a shot to win races, but to also bring awareness to crypto and help educate people in a space that I've been personally invested in for a number of years.”

 

In addition to its primary partnership, Voyager is teaming up with the crypto cashback platform StormX (STMX) to raise awareness and drive cryptocurrency adoption and payment solutions provider, Usio, Inc. (NASDAQ: USIO). StormX and Usio will be featured on the No. 10 Chevrolet during select races this 2022 NXS season. Additionally, the car will sport a redesigned scheme featuring the phrase “Crypto for All”.

 

Kaulig Racing PR

Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing has signed two-time Indianapolis 500 Champion Takuma Sato to drive its #51 Honda powered entry for the entire 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.
 
“I am extremely excited that we were able to work out a deal with Dale, Rick and everyone at Dale Coyne Racing,” shared Sato. “With Honda an integral part of Dale Coyne Racing, it seemed like a great fit. The team has proven year after year that they are very competitive on all types of circuits.
 
“Particularly the speed that team has shown in recent years at the Indy 500 were very impressive. I am really looking forward to working with my new environment and can’t wait to get started.”
 
Sato brings 12 years of NTT INDYCAR SERIES experience with him to the team. In his 198 starts, he has finished on the podium 14 times and has six wins, including his two Indianapolis 500 victories. The 44-year-old driver has also started on pole position 10 times, has led 896 laps and has 70 top 10 finishes.
 
"Takuma has shown that he is one of the best drivers to ever race in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. Winning the famed Indianapolis 500 twice, we look forward to competing with our package of a good car with a great driver in the 500 next year. All of us on our team welcome the very talented Mr. Sato into our fold for 2022," said team co-owner Dale Coyne.
 
Hailing from Tokyo, Japan, Sato spent seven seasons in Formula 1 prior to his arrival in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2010. He most recently spent the last four seasons with the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team.
 
Team co-owner Rick Ware added: “I am excited to have Takuma join the Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Family for 2022. Takuma’s experience within motorsports is extensive, not just in the United States, but around the world. With Takuma’s experience, and vast knowledge of the cars, we are really looking forward to stepping up the program and having a successful season, and maybe even add another INDIANAPOLIS 500 win to his list of achievements.”
 
The 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season kicks off on the Streets of St. Petersburg February 25 – 27, 2022. For more information on Rick Ware Racing, visit www.wareracing.com, or follow along on social media; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Dale Coyne/RWR PR

Country Thunder Bristol will double your pleasure and double your fun with an epic two-day extravaganza at historic Bristol Motor Speedway next Fall!
 
Country music’s hottest new superstar joins one of the biggest-selling artists in country music history for a one-two Speedway festival punch that will leave CT Bristol’s rabid fan base wanting more.
 
After October’s instant sell-out, expanding to a two-day affair was an obvious next step.
 
“The fans in Bristol, and indeed, the entire Tri-Cities area have spoken,” says Country Thunder Music Festivals CEO, Troy Vollhoffer. “We have made so many wonderful new friends in this part of the world that we can’t wait to get back.
 
“The camping culture is huge in so many Country Thunder markets, and I see it growing here now that we are a multi-day event. Add that to the history and electricity of Bristol Motor Speedway and you have one incredible event!”
 
An artist roster like this one will only add to the new growing legend in Bristol: Starting with the biggest musical entity in the world right now – and . . . he’s from Sneedville!
 
Every once in a while an artist comes along who transcends the country music genre and, in fact, changes the entire game. Morgan Wallen is that artist right now, for the immediate future, and well beyond.
 
The numbers and the fan hysteria speak for itself.        
 
With over seven billion (yes, you read that number correctly) on-demand streams, numerous multi-market, multi-platinum certifications and four consecutive chart-toppers, Wallen’s widely-praised sophomore effort, Dangerous: The Double Album, reigned #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart for a whopping 10 consecutive weeks upon its release.
 
The blockbuster remained in the top 10 for 33 weeks, plus earned the biggest streaming week for a Country album in music history. It includes another record-breaking achievement with one of Time magazine’s Top 10 Songs of 2020, “7 Summers,” and “Wasted On You” – both debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and inside the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10, not to mention the 4x platinum Diplo collaboration, “Heartless,” and another platinum chart-topper, “More Than My Hometown.”
 
His limited Fall headlining gigs in the U.S. sold between 30 and 50,000 tickets per venue in minutes, causing pandemonium in each market. Wallen’s headline performance at Country Thunder Bristol has been called the “Country Music Event Of The Year” in America for 2021.   
 
And how about Jason Aldean?
 
One of the most sought-after headliners in country music today, the Georgia native has amassed a staggering resume since releasing his self-titled debut in 2005.
 
Nine best-selling albums (including four No. 1s), 35 top-10 singles, including a staggering 20 No. 1s, every industry award imaginable (and, frankly, too many to list here), to go along with a brand-new two-part album set, Macon, Georgia.
 
Part one (Macon) came out on November 12 and yielded the No.2 smash, “If I Didn’t Love You” – a stunning duet with Carrie Underwood. Part-two (Georgia) will be released in April 2022.
 
Expect yet another batch of hits by the time Aldean hits the stage and electrifies Bristol Motor Speedway!   

As if all that wasn’t enough, organizers also announced that red-hot HARDY, hit machine Lauren Alaina, veterans Travis Tritt & Tracy Lawrence, as well as Kameron Marlowe, MacKenzie Porter, Ian Munsick, and more yet-to-be-announced artists will be adding to the excitement!
 
Country Thunder Bristol 2022 is speeding your way - see you all next fall!
 
General Admission, Platinum Experience, Gold Circle, Camping and all the extras are available now. Visit countrythunder.com to purchase, or order by phone at 1-866-388-0007. 
 
The Country Thunder Music Festivals organization has an 18-year history which boasts six other major multi-day events in North America, including Arizona, Iowa, Saskatchewan, Wisconsin, Alberta and Florida.

BMS PR

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina this weekend will be the last race in Formula 1 history run on 13-inch tyres with a technological revolution coming from next year after more than half a century, in which Pirelli will play a key role with its new 18-inch tyres. To celebrate the changing of the guard, all the 13-inch slick tyres used in Abu Dhabi will carry a special logo on the sidewall: "Next year I turn 18" – underlining the switch to 18 inches by bidding farewell to the current tyres before welcoming the new size next year.

Pirelli first ran an 18-inch tyre on a Formula 1 car back in 2014, at a test at Silverstone with Lotus reserve driver Charles Pic. Initially, Formula 1 planned to adopt 18-inch tyres from 2021 as part of a package of new technical regulations but this was pushed back to 2022 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, Pirelli successfully ran 18-inch tyres in Formula 2 since the 2020 season and completed 36 days of 18-inch testing with Formula 1 cars that were modified to accommodate the new size.

Tyres in 13-inch size have raced for nearly the entire history of the championship to date, from the 1960s. Nonetheless, at the time – and into the subsequent decade – there was still a lot of regulatory freedom around wheel size. In the 1980s, 13 inches finally became the definitive size. Pirelli first ran a 13-inch tyre in Formula 1 at the 1981 San Marino Grand Prix with the Toleman team consisting of Brian Henton and Derek Warwick. Then, in the same season and subsequent ones, other teams adopted the Italian rubber for their cars.

The first win for Pirelli’s 13-inch tyres came at the 1985 French Grand Prix courtesy of Nelson Piquet with Brabham-BMW. Pirelli was then back with a new generation of 13-inch tyres from 1989 (two years after the P Zero name was born) until 1991, before the current return from 2011 as Global Tyre Partner: when Sebastian Vettel claimed the first championship for a Pirelli 13-inch tyre with Red Bull.

Since Pirelli returned to the world championship as sole supplier, more than 400,000 13-inch tyres have been produced from the factories at Izmit in Turkey and Slatina in Romania.

MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF F1 AND CAR RACING

"This weekend will mark a pivotal moment in Formula 1 history with the definitive farewell to the 13-inch tyres that have been part of the pinnacle of the sport for decades. Pirelli has played a starring role in that era, just as it has done since the inaugural championship back in 1950. We're proud of everything that has been achieved over the years. At Pirelli, we've always focussed on innovation to be a valued partner to the championship. We saw this back in 2011, when we accepted the first technical challenge that was put to us to create high-degradation tyres. Then again when we created the tyres for the very first hybrid F1 cars in 2014, and once more when we made the move to much wider F1 tyres – for the fastest generation of cars seen in the sport – from 2017. Now, thanks to the biggest rule change in decades, we take on this latest revolution with brand new tyres that are more similar to those used on the road by everyday motorists. This means that we have the best chance to transfer the technology derived from Formula 1 into our road car product. It's time to say thanks to 13-inch tyres for all the emotions they have given us, as we look forward to a new era with the 18-inch tyres."

Pirelli Tires PR

Looking for cool holiday gift ideas for that special race fan in your life? Look no further than your neighborhood Food City store, which will be offering specially-priced grandstand tickets for the Food City Dirt Race and Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt starting today at all of their locations.

The Food City Dirt Race NASCAR Cup Series event, which will be held under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway on Easter Sunday, April 17, will once again put the sport’s marquee series on Bristol’s clay-covered high banks in their only dirt race of the season. It will be the first time in history that the Cup Series will race on dirt at night.

By purchasing now, fans can get their Food City Dirt Race tickets for only $60 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt tickets for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, April 16, are also available at Food City stores starting at $30 for adults and free for kids 12 and under.

All tickets purchased through Food City are blind-reserved seats selected by knowledgeable members of the BMS ticket office. The tickets will be sold at the customer service area of each Food City location. Tickets will be emailed to the customer within seven days of the purchase. The final day to purchase race tickets in-store will be Tuesday, April 12 for the Food City Dirt Race.

“Food City is an amazing community partner and we are so fortunate to have their support not only as the race entitlement partner, but also as one of our key ticket retailers,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager, Bristol Motor Speedway. “Steve Smith and the entire Food City team have meant so much to us over the years as our longest serving Speedway partner and we are thrilled that our fans have the ability to purchase their Food City Dirt Race tickets in this easy, convenient manner.”

“Food City is proud to be Bristol Motor Speedway’s longest running sponsor.  We’re excited to partner with the speedway to offer our loyal customers great low prices on tickets to one of NASCAR’s premier venues,” says Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer.  “We invite you to stop by one of our convenient locations to take advantage of these great savings!”

Fans witnessed history last March as the NASCAR Cup Series returned to its roots by racing on the dirt at the transformed Bristol Motor Speedway. It was the first dirt race for the Cup Series since 1970. The Cup stars will battle on the dirt once again this year and for the first time ever, will compete on dirt under the lights at BMS as the green flag is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m. with live coverage on FOX and PRN Radio.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will also race at night on Saturday, April 16, during the Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt, which will air on FS1 and MRN Radio.

Food City is Bristol Motor Speedway’s longest running sponsor and the second-longest in NASCAR. Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores (Foody City’s parent company) operates 138 retail outlets throughout southeast Kentucky, southwest Virginia, east Tennessee, north Georgia and Alabama. For more information, visit their website at www.foodcity.com.

For more information, please drop by your neighborhood Food City store or visit us online at www.bristolmotorspeedway.com.

BMS PR

The holiday spirit filled The Palace Theatre in Manchester, N.H. Wednesday as Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig joined the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCCNH), the official charity of New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), at its 12th annual Grant Distribution Ceremony. Grants were handed out to 23 local nonprofits totaling $136,500 in front of the festive backdrop from “A Christmas Carol.”

"The spirit of giving this season is more important than ever," said Craig as she addressed the grant recipients during the ceremony. "The list of recipients today are among the wonderful organizations that make New Hampshire and New England special, and I want to thank you all for your dedication and service to children. I'm grateful to be here with all of you to recognize the outstanding work you do."

 

Since its inception in 2009, SCCNH has distributed more than $1.9 million, supporting more than 882,000 children throughout the region.

 

“This ceremony is so special, especially as we head in to the heart of the holiday season, and I’m thankful that we were able to host it again this year,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “It’s a blessing and a privilege to support so many wonderful organizations throughout New England that help families and children in need every single day.”

 

The grants distributed today resulted from fundraising opportunities and events that took place between November 2020 and October 2021 including Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil, Yule Light Up The Night Run/Walk, five Laps for Charity events, a motorcycle Ride to the Racetrack from Laconia Harley-Davidson and the Dale Jr. Foundation Safe Kids 301. SCCNH also presented the opportunity for race fans to Sign the Track Wall Banner prior to the NASCAR Cup Series race, hosted fan-favorite events such as the Wicked Good Live Auction and introduced a hugely successful first-time 50/50 Raffle that grew to more than $80,000 during the speedway’s July NASCAR weekend.

 

SCCNH Director Danielle Cyr participated in the Goggins Challenge, running four miles every four hours for a total of 48 hours to raise money for SCCNH. That, along with corporate donations from long-time SCCNH supporter PPG and first-time SCCNH supporter Ambetter by NH Healthy Families and several donations from New England race fans enhanced the overall total for the year.

 

“I am so humbled by the work that all of these organizations do each and every day, and we are thrilled to be able to play a small part in their success,” said Cyr, who also serves as the director of marketing for New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “Today is truly a feel-good day for me, the board members and the speedway team who all put their hearts and souls into providing fundraising opportunities throughout the year to help tens of thousands of children throughout New England.”

 

Today’s 23 grant recipients include:

  • New Hampshire
    • Best Buddies International (Manchester)
    • Future in Sight (Concord)
    • Gateways Community Services (Nashua)
    • New Hampshire Catholic Charities/New Hampshire Food Bank (Manchester)
    • Palace Theatre Trust (Manchester)
    • Reach for the Top Therapy Services (Dover)
    • Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region (Laconia)
    • Tilton-Northfield Recreation Council (Tilton)
    • Waypoint (Manchester)
    • Webster House (Manchester)
  • Connecticut
    • Starfish Connection, Inc. (Stamford)
  • Maine
    • The Boys & Girls Club of Kennebec Valley (Gardiner)
    • Camp Sunshine of Sebago Lake (Casco)
    • The Center for Grieving Children (Portland)
    • The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness (Portland)
    • The Well of Mars Hill Maine (Westfield)
  • Massachusetts
    • The Boys & Girls Club of MetroWest (Marlborough)
    • Dreams for Emily (Taunton)
    • The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (Lynn)
    • Merrimack Valley Food Bank (Lowell)
    • The Sports Museum of New England (Boston)
    • Windrush Farm (North Andover)
  • Rhode Island
    • The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Rhode Island (Cumberland)

SCCNH is one of seven chapters around the country, and combined in 2021, Speedway Children’s Charities distributed  more than $2 million in grants to 259 different charitable organizations across the country, bringing the total funds distributed since 1982 to more than $61.5 million, ensuring many children in need are given the tools to build a better, brighter and healthy future. The money raised comes in large part thanks to the fundraising efforts of seven Speedway Motorsports facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NHMS, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway.

 

Fundraising for 2022 grants has already begun during the 11th annual Gift of Lights, open nightly through Jan. 2 at NHMS. A portion of the proceeds from Gift of Lights admissions and all proceeds from s’more kit purchases will benefit SCCNH. The 2.5-mile drive-thru light show featuring 3.5 million LED lights, opens at 4:30 p.m. nightly, depending on the weather. Admission is available for purchase online for $30-35 per car or $60 per bus or limousine. SCCNH has raised $341,883 from Gift of Lights since 2011.

 

Follow Us:

Keep track of all of the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities events on the charity website and by following on Facebook (@SCC.NH), Twitter (@SCCNHMS) and Instagram (@SCCNHMS). To donate directly to SCCNH, please visit SpeedwayCharities.org/Donate/#NewHampshire.

 

NHMS SCC PR

 

The Midwest’s most beloved Dirt Late Model and Modified racing tours are coming back in familiar fashion next season.

 

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Model Hell Tour and DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals will return to their familiar formats in 2022 with nearly 30 events, racing an average of six days per week over six weeks in eight states. Through the summerlong journey, a healthy mix of staple tracks, returning venues and new speedways line the 40-plus-day trek.

 

LATE MODEL SCHEDULE

MODIFIED SCHEDULE

 

The chase for the Late Model championship is also restored to its previous format — all contested races will count toward the overall points standings and determine the $25,000 champion in the season finale on July 23 for the third consecutive year at Merritt Speedway. Weekly points bonuses will also be awarded to the driver with the highest point total at the conclusion of each week.

 

The Summit Modified championship finale will return to the iconic Fairbury Speedway bullring, racing alongside the World of Outlaws Late Models in the 32nd annual Prairie Dirt Classic, July 29-30.

 

Each race will once again be broadcast live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene. Buy a seat in the grandstand or stream live to your personal device with a FAST PASS subscription.

 

Kickoff at Kankakee

For the sixth time in tour history and first since 2019, both tours will open on Tuesday, June 14 with a visit to Kankakee County Speedway – a Summer Nationals staple venue making its 34th appearance on the schedule, dating back to the tour’s inaugural running in 1986.

 

Revived Venues

Adams County Speedway (Quincy, IL) – The newly re-opened Adams County Speedway, formerly known as Quincy Raceways, will host the Late Models and Modifieds for the first time in three years on Wednesday, June 22. Longtime track staff member Jimmy Lieurance has taken over promotional duties and has already begun work on restoring the third-mile oval, which has been closed since early 2020.

 

Paducah International Raceway (Paducah, KY) – From 1996-2013, Paducah International Raceway had a spot on the Summer Nationals slate every year consecutively. The track has been closed since operations ceased in late 2018, but will open again in 2022 under new owners, who will welcome both tours back to the Kentucky oval on Friday, July 1.

 

Doubleheader Duels

Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO) – The Hell Tour has gone two full seasons since the last matchup with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series national touring stars. 2022 will break the hiatus, pitting the Summer Nationals regulars up against the Outlaws in a two-day spectacular at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Fri-Sat, June 24-25. The Late Models will chase a $10,000 top prize on Friday night, while a hefty $20,000 awaits the winner on Saturday night. Summit Modifieds are also on the card, racing for their standard $1,500 check.

 

Fayette County Speedway (Brownstown, IL) – Both tours will visit Fayette County Speedway twice in five days over Independence Day Weekend, starting with a Thursday night special on June 30 and capping the stretch on Monday, July 4. Late Models will race for a $10,000 top prize on Thursday, then come back for a $5,000-to-win event on Monday. $1,500 is on the line for the Modified winner both nights.

 

Track Debut

Wayne County Speedway (Orrville, OH) – In the second of a two-race trek through Ohio, DIRTcar UMP Modified Ohio Region venue Wayne County Speedway will host both tours for the first time in track history on Sunday, July 17. The three-eighths-mile oval is local to several DIRTcar Late Model and Modified standouts that will be out to challenge the Hell Tour regulars as the season winds down in the final race before heading to Michigan.

 

Distance Races

All Late Model events will offer a standard 40-lap Feature for all events, unless otherwise specified. The 42nd annual Herald & Review 100 at Macon Speedway on July 7 will contest a traditional 100 laps around the fifth-mile, while the 24th annual Birthday Race at Oakshade Raceway on July 16 will go 60 laps in the $10,000-to-win main event.

 

Fans and teams are encouraged to keep an eye out for additional races to be announced in the coming months as DIRTcar officials continue to work with tracks and promoters to bring the tours to more places. Follow along for Summer Nationals social media updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and check out the library of race highlights on the DIRTcar YouTube channel.

 

Combined Tour Schedules

 

Date           Day                    Track                                  City, State                   To-Win (LM/Mod)

June 14      Tuesday             Kankakee Co. Speedway      Kankakee, IL                $5,000/$1,500

June 15      Wednesday        Peoria Speedway                Peoria, IL                     $5,000/$1,500

June 16      Thursday            Davenport Speedway          Davenport, IA              $5,000 (LM only)

June 17      Friday                Tri-City Speedway               Pontoon Beach, IL        $10,000/$1,500

June 18      Saturday            Fairbury Speedway              Fairbury, IL                  $10,000/$2,000

June 19      Sunday               Sycamore Speedway           Maple Park, IL              $5,000/$1,500

June 20      Monday             Off                                      

June 21      Tuesday             Springfield Raceway            Springfield, MO           $5,000 (LM only)

June 22      Wednesday        Adams Co. (IL) Speedway     Quincy, IL                    $5,000/$1,500

June 23      Thursday            Spoon River Speedway        Canton, IL                    $5,000/$1,500

June 24      Friday                I-55 Raceway                      Pevely, MO                  $10,000/$1,500

June 25      Saturday            I-55 Raceway                      Pevely, MO                  $20,000/$1,500

June 26      Sunday               TBA                                     

June 27      Monday             Off                                      

June 28      Tuesday             TBA                                                                      

June 29      Wednesday        TBA                                     

June 30      Thursday            Fayette Co. Speedway         Brownstown, IL            $10,000/$1,500

July 1         Friday                Paducah Int’l Raceway         Paducah, KY                $10,000/$1,500

July 2         Saturday            Clarksville Speedway           Clarksville, TN              $10,000/$1,500

July 3         Sunday               Lincoln Speedway               Lincoln, IL                    $5,000/$1,500

July 4         Monday             Fayette Co. Speedway         Brownstown, IL            $5,000/$1,500

July 5         Tuesday             Off                                      

July 6         Wednesday        TBA                                     

July 7         Thursday            Macon Speedway                Macon, IL                    $5,000/$1,500

July 8         Friday                Farmer City Speedway         Farmer City, IL             $10,000/$1,500

July 9         Saturday            Highland Speedway             Highland, IL                 $10,000/$1,500

July 10        Sunday               Tri-State Speedway             Haubstadt, IN              $5,000/$1,500

July 11        Monday             Off                                      

July 12        Tuesday             Knox Co. Raceway               Knoxville, IL                 $5,000/$1,500

July 13        Wednesday        TBA                                     

July 14        Thursday            TBA                                     

July 15        Friday                I-96 Speedway                    Lake Odessa, MI          $10,000/$1,500

July 16        Saturday            Oakshade Raceway             Wauseon, OH              $10,000/$1,500

July 17        Sunday               Wayne Co. Speedway          Orrville, OH                 $5,000/$1,500

July 18        Monday             Off                                      

July 19        Tuesday             TBA                                     

July 20        Wednesday        Thunderbird Speedway       Muskegon, MI             $5,000/$1,500

July 21        Thursday            Butler Motor Speedway      Quincy, MI                  $5,000/$1,500

July 22        Friday                Tri-City Motor Speedway     Auburn, MI                  $10,000/$1,500

July 23        Saturday            Merritt Speedway               Merritt, MI                  $10,000/$1,500

July 29        Friday                Fairbury Speedway              Fairbury, IL                  $500/Mod Showdown

July 30        Saturday            Fairbury Speedway              Fairbury, IL                  $5,000 (Mods only)

 

DIRTcar Series PR

John Love, Vice President of Jackson Marketing and Motorsports in Greenville, S.C., will serve as the newest member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) Board of Directors following his election at the MSHFA meeting on Tuesday, December 7.

Based at the Daytona International Speedway, the MSHFA recognizes all forms of motorsports and welcomes more than 100,000 guests each year.

"John is one of the most respected men in this business,” said Motorsports Hall of Fame of America President George Levy. “Few match the depth and breadth of his knowledge across motorsports and fewer still his intellect and creativity.”

After his admission to the State Bar of Michigan, Love chose to forego a legal career and instead served as the national executive director of the American Power Boat Association (APBA) for four years. He then founded Event Management Corporation (EMC Strategic) in Detroit in 1983 to provide communication, marketing and strategic counsel to clients.

Love’s motorsports experience includes IndyCar, Trans Am, the American Le Mans Series, International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), Formula 1, Formula-e, FIA World Endurance Championship and the APBA.

His clients have included U.S. Equipment Company, Atlas Van Lines, Miller Brewing Company, Anheuser-Busch, Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), Marlboro, Molson Brewery, PPG Industries, BFGoodrich Tires, the FIA World Endurance Championship and Michelin.

In addition to motorsports, Love led communications for the North American International Auto Show’s first decade and co-created the Michelin Media Center and the NAIAS sponsorship program. He also supported Michelin North America’s Original Equipment business and the company’s environmental and sustainability initiatives.

Love also co-created Michelin Challenge Design, now Movin’On Challenge Design, one of the world’s premier sustainable mobility design competitions.

In 2018, he sold EMC Strategic to Jackson, South Carolina’s second-largest integrated marketing communication and events agency, in Greenville, S.C., and joined the agency in 2019 as Vice President. Love and his wife, Jan, currently reside in Greenville, SC.

A native of Detroit, Love is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California and the Detroit College of Law, now Michigan State University.

Past board memberships include the Society of Automotive Analysts and the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology.

 
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The 2021 season at Stafford Speedway saw 15 year old Tyler Barry make the move from Legend Cars to the SK Light Modified division.  The 4th generation driver with a name familiar to many modified fans had an up and down year but he ended his rookie season on the highest of notes by taking his #18 Clearcom I.T. Solutions / Pro Systems Integration Chevrolet to NAPA Victory Lane.  For the season, Barry posted 1 win, 4 top-5, and 10 top-10 finishes to carry him to R.A.D. Auto Machine SK Light Rookie of the Year honors.

“It means a lot to be the Rookie of the Year because Stafford is a really tough track with a lot of competition,” said Barry.  “It was definitely tough having never driven the track before.  I raced Wild Thing Karts but there’s a big difference going from the mini-mile to the big track.  That was a big step to make for my first time racing on the half-mile but my Dad helped make things a little easier for me.  We didn’t expect to win Rookie of the Year but that’s something that we all really wanted to win.  Being new to the track, we didn’t really know what to expect, we just kind of did the best we could every week trying to get our first win of the season and we were able to win the Fall Final, which really helped us win Rookie of the Year.  I have to thank Pro System Integration, Lathrop Vending, Stebbins Stump Grinding, T.A.S. Construction, Darrin’s Electric, HVAC Unlimited, and everyone who’s helped me out and contributed to the car, my Dad, my Grandfather, and SPAFCO Chassis.”

Barry was driving the same SPAFCO Chassis that Andrew Molleur drove to 4 wins during the 2018 season, which gave him a big boost of confidence prior to the start of his rookie campaign.  Barry came close to winning several times during the 2021 season, posting a 2nd place finish on June 11 and a 3rd place finish on July 30th, but it wasn’t until the season ending NAPA Championship Night feature event on October 1st that saw Barry finally break down the barrier to NAPA Victory Lane.

“The car I drove this year was the car that Andrew Molleur drove a couple years ago in the SK Light division, so I expected the setup in the car to be pretty similar and I thought we could be a fast car this season,” said Barry.  “It came down to me as the driver to see if I could be as quick as Andrew was.  It was definitely a confidence booster knowing that the setup in the car was good and that the car was able to win races.  It was nice to show that we proved we could win as a rookie driver and now we have good notes to work with for next season and we can try to chase down a championship.”

While Barry couldn’t find NAPA Victory Lane until the end of the season, he and he #18 team showed that they had good speed and would be a contender for a win but circumstances didn’t allow for Barry to notch a win until the final night of the season.

“It was a little disappointing that a couple of late cautions took away a win from us on restarts, but it was really good to get that first win,” said Barry.  “We were all very proud of that win and it was still a lot of fun to get a couple of top-3 finishes and run with some of the guys at the front of the field and earn some of their respect.”

Barry ended the 2021 season in 10th place in the SK Light standings.  His goal for the 2022 season is to be among the contenders for the championship and he will also be looking to make his Open Modified debut driving a team car to Tommy Barrett, Jr. owned by Michle Davini.

“That win gives us a lot of momentum for next season,” said Barry.  “We were really fast towards the end of the season so we want to start off next season right where we left, in victory lane.  With a year’s experience to work with, we’ll know what to expect.  My goal for next year is to be a contender for the championship.  The night that we won and the couple of nights we finished in the top-3 I was really aggressive and I was thinking correctly and giving good feedback.  So continuing to work on my communication with the team and being aggressive will help us maybe get some more wins next season and help us challenge for the championship.  I’d also like to have a very consistent season and maybe we’ll try to have some fun in a couple of the Open Modified races at Stafford.”

For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.

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NASCAR and Coca-Cola are bringing the party to the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum. They announced today that multiplatinum recording artist and NASCAR team owner Pitbull will perform a 45-minute concert prior to the main event on Sunday, Feb. 6, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

“Pitbull transcends cultures and generations with his positive, upbeat performances and his humanitarian work away from the stage and studio,” said Patrick Rogers, NASCAR vice president of marketing services. “We’re excited that he’s providing his star power to this historic day for our sport.”

Pitbull is a GRAMMY®-winning independent international superstar, education advocate, business entrepreneur and motivational speaker. With countless awards, dozens of international number ones, hundreds of gold and platinum certifications, millions of single sales, 25 million album sales, and cumulative video views in excess of 15 billion, one of the most impressive careers in music history set the stage for him to make true change. Dedicated to making a positive impact in the world, Pitbull has established SLAM tuition free public charter schools.

Moreover, Pitbull is a partner of Trackhouse Racing with team founder Justin Marks. Trackhouse fields cars in the NASCAR Cup Series for drivers Daniel Suarez and Ross Chastain who will compete in the Clash.

“This is history in the making to be part of this special Los Angeles Coliseum NASCAR event,” said Armando Christian Perez (Pitbull). “It’s an honor to integrate culture, music and NASCAR racing as the universal language to unite new audiences around the world.”

Pitbull’s concert at the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum is being presented by NASCAR premier partner Coca-Cola, which boasts an unmatched track record of uniting people on and off the track.

“The Coca-Cola Company has been sharing incredible moments with race fans for decades and we look forward to elevating the live event experience through one of our shared passions, live music,” said John Mount, Vice President Entertainment and Sports Marketing, The Coca-Cola Company. “This collaboration with NASCAR and Pitbull will make a historic event at the L.A. Coliseum even more special and will provide fans some Real Magic with a once-in-a-lifetime moment to share an ice-cold Coca-Cola with family and friends.”

The Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum on Sunday, Feb. 6, will be the culmination of a two-day celebration of speed inside the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. NASCAR is constructing a temporary, quarter-mile track inside “The World’s Greatest Stadium” for this season-opening exhibition, which is being held outside of Daytona Beach, Fla., for the first time.

Sunday’s action at the Coliseum begins at noon PST with the first of four heat races and two last-chance qualifying races that will determine the field of 23 cars for the main event. Shortly after 2 p.m. PST, Pitbull will perform and set the stage for the 150-lap main event, which begins at 3 p.m. PST. All of Sunday’s racing action will be broadcast live on FOX.

On Saturday, Feb. 5, fans can get a sneak peek at NASCAR’s newest venue by attending Busch Light Clash Qualifying. Gates open at 1 p.m. PST, with qualifying beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST.

Tickets for both days are on sale now at www.nascar.com/lacoliseum. Access to the NASCAR Fan Fest, offering interactive opportunities for fans of all ages, is included with all ticket purchases.

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