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Rev Racing and NASCAR Drive for Diversity Development driver Nick Sanchez (No. 2 Max Siegel Inc. Chevrolet SS) signed a multi-race Xfinity Series deal with BJ Mcleod Motorsports this week, another triumph in a historic season for Rev Racing and Drive for Diversity Program drivers and alumni.

Sanchez is enjoying a solid rookie year in the ARCA Menards Series, scoring eight Top 5’s and 12 Top 10’s through 19 races this season. This impressive performance prompted the desire to take the next step in his racing career and garnered the acceptance of long-time NASCAR driver/team owner BJ McLeod, who offered the Miami-born driver a multi-race deal for the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.

“While racing full-time in ARCA, Rev assisted me in looking for opportunities to move up the NASCAR ranks,” stated Sanchez. “I met with many teams and personnel, and almost all of them directed us to BJ McLeod Motorsports. After meeting with BJ himself, I feel like we both share the same collective goals for next year. I’m excited to learn and get the most out of our car's performance and get some good finishes for myself and the team.”

With this signing, Sanchez becomes the second 2021/2022 Drive for Diversity Program driver to announce an Xfinity Series contract this year—the first one being his teammate Rajah Caruth, who signed a multi-race deal with newly-formed Alpha Prime Racing back in August. Caruth, who started his racing career through iRacing in 2017, shared some words regarding his teammate’s announcement.

“I am extremely happy for Nick,” Caruth commented. “Everyone involved has been working extremely hard to get this deal done, so to finally see the fruits of Nick’s labor pay off is awesome. I do not know his schedule yet, but I hope we get the opportunity to race against each other. It’s going to be fun!”

Caruth competed in the ARCA Menards Series East this season, notching two Top-5’s and five Top-10’s in eight races, earning him a P3 finishing position in the season points standings. Caruth also has two victories at Hickory Motor Speedway and one at Tri-County Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series (NAAPWS) this year. 

Sanchez and Caruth are not the only drivers who have had impressive seasons with Rev Racing this year. Lavar Scott scored first career wins in the NAAPWS and in the NASCAR FB y Bohn Mikel’s Trucks in Mexico, and Regina Sirvent was awarded the Young Driver Award at the 2021 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards.

Superseding Rev Racing, many Drive for Diversity Program alumni have been having historic seasons in NASCAR in 2021. 2012 program alum ARCA Menards Series East (formerly K&N Pro Series East) Champion Kyle Larson has been dominating in the NASCAR Cup Series, scoring eight wins, the NASCAR Cup Series Regular Season Championship, and a spot in the Championship-4 race at Phoenix Raceway in November. 2010-2011 Drive for Diversity Program alum Bubba Wallace became a NASCAR Cup Series winner at Talladega, becoming the first African American to win in the Cup Series since Wendell Scott in 1964. Also racing at NASCAR’s highest level, Daniel Suarez is in his fifth season in the NASCAR Cup Series and his first driving for the new Trackhouse Racing team co-owned by Justin Marks and music star, Pitbull.

The program has continued to graduate several of its drivers into the National series over the past several years, most recently including NASCAR Xfinity driver Ryan Vargas, Ernie Francis Jr., Natalie Decker and several others. 

“We are proud of the accomplishments of our program and these drivers,” said Rev Racing owner Max Siegel. “Nick and Rajah are current examples of our proven programmatic success. Our goal continues to be focused on advancement and preparation for the next stages of these young drivers’ careers. We see the direct impact of the opportunities we are awarding our minority and female drivers and look forward to the continued growth and bright future of our program.”

Additional details regarding race schedules and partners for Sanchez and Caruth will be announced in the near future. Both drivers will also run the full 2022 season with Rev Racing in the ARCA Menards Series (AMS) in conjunction with their expanded National series schedules. Sanchez and Caruth are set to hit the track this Saturday, October 23, at Kansas Speedway for the Reese’s 150, the final race of the 2021 AMS season. The race will air on MAVTV and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold starting at 6 p.m. CT.

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With the second annual Xfinity 500 returning on October 31st at Martinsville Speedway, Xfinity is celebrating the weekend by offering a host of experiences available through the Xfinity Rewards program and at local Xfinity retail locations.


“As a premier partner of NASCAR and the title sponsor of the Xfinity 500, we’re proud to offer NASCAR fans new and exciting ways to interact with their favorite sport,” said Matt Lederer, Comcast’s Vice President, Brand Partnerships and Amplification. “We want Xfinity 500 race weekend to be a moment where we celebrate our partnership with NASCAR by bringing fans closer to the sport and making a positive impact within the Martinsville community.”



As part of the new Xfinity Rewards program, both the Grand Marshal and Honorary Starter for the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway will be loyal Xfinity customers. In addition, hundreds of Xfinity Rewards members won tickets to attend the Xfinity 500 race weekend and a select group will get to experience behind-the-scenes access. In addition to on-site experiences, NASCAR Scanner is also free for all Xfinity Rewards members through Championship weekend, with more experiences to come in 2022. Xfinity Rewards is free and easy to join. Xfinity customers can visit to learn more.



Furthering Xfinity’s commitment to bring NASCAR fans closer to the sport they love, local Xfinity retail stores in Danville, VA (158 Holt Garrison Pkwy, Danville, VA 24540) and Lynchburg, VA (4010 Wards Rd Suite C, Lynchburg, VA 24502) will be giving away free tickets starting October 22nd on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last (no purchase necessary). Fans can stop by either store to pick up tickets (max 4 per person) and learn more about Xfinity products and services.



Coinciding with April’s Dash 4 Cash race at Martinsville Speedway, Xfinity officially unveiled the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge in Martinsville as a new WiFi-Connected Lift Zone.

In celebration of the Xfinity 500, Xfinity is partnering with Xfinity ambassador and NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick to participate in a virtual meet-and-greet and a special surprise at the club next Tuesday, October 26 at 4:00 p.m. ET. Lift Zones, which complement Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, are connected hubs in community centers throughout Comcast’s service area that provide free, high-speed Wi-Fi and hundreds of hours of digital skills training to students and area residents for distance learning, job hunting, telehealth services, and more.


“This is such a fantastic day for our students and the entire Martinsville community,” said Joanie Petty, Executive Director of The Boys & Girls Club of the Blue Ridge. “We’re thrilled to be a part of the Xfinity 500 and want to thank Comcast for its generous grant and donation, and years long commitment to digital equity in our community.”


“Our partnership with Xfinity continues to make the penultimate race of the NASCAR Cup Series season even bigger for NASCAR fans at Martinsville Speedway,” said 2020 Comcast Community Champion of the Year finalist Clay Campbell, Vice President of Mid-Atlantic Region of NASCAR and President Martinsville Speedway. “We are grateful for Xfinity’s commitment throughout the year to support the Martinsville and Henry County region to make a positive impact in the lives of families in our community.”


Sunday's Xfinity 500 will decide which drivers will be moving onto the final “Championship 4” in the Cup Series Playoffs. The Xfinity 500 start time is 2:00 p.m. ET Sunday, October 31st. NBC will broadcast the race with radio coverage from MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


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Matt DiBenedetto and the No. 21 Menards/Monster team return this weekend to the scene of their best finish so far in the 2021 Cup Series season.

It was at Kansas Speedway back in May that DiBenedetto scored a fourth-place finish. Now they’re back at Kansas for the 21st annual Hollywood Casino 400, which will be the final intermediate-track race of the season.

In May, DiBenedetto started fifth, struggled in the first two Stages but capitalized on some late-race restarts and drove into the top five despite having just two fresh tires whereas many of his competitors had four.

Not surprisingly, he’s looking forward to a return to the 1.5-mile track, where his Wood Brothers team has five top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 23 starts.
“Kansas is my favorite mile-and-a-half track since the racing is so good there,” DiBenedetto said. “You can run all over the race track.”

He said he’s encouraged by the speed the Menards/Monster team has shown at tracks like Kansas, where the 550-horsepower package is used. The final two races of the season – at Martinsville and Phoenix – will be run with the 750-horsepower package.

“We have good speed on the 550 tracks, so we just need to get that win especially with how well the team is working together,” he said.

DiBenedetto and the Menards/Monster team will have extra motivation this weekend as the No. 21 Mustang will carry the name of Cancer Hero Howard Scholick above the driver’s door in the position normally taken by DiBenedetto’s name.

Scholick, of Columbia, Md., was nominated by his son-in-law Scott Townsend as part of a program put on by the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, the NASCAR Foundation and AdventHealth.

Townsend said he chose DiBenedetto and the Wood Brothers because they share some of the same qualities as his late father-in-law.

“They operate with honesty, integrity and never shy away from hard work,” Townsend wrote.

“Matt has not had an easy road to get to the top level of NASCAR, but even when constantly being faced with adversity he continues to work hard with his ‘never give up attitude.’”
He said Scholick was much like DiBenedetto when it comes to work ethic and determination.
“It’s just a perfect fit, and we as a family are so thankful for the opportunity to honor Howard in this way.”

Team co-owner Jon Wood said his family and DiBenedetto are proud to be a part of the Cancer Hero program.
“It’s an honor to be chosen by the Scholick family, and we will do our best this weekend to turn in a performance that a hero like Howard would be proud of,” Wood said.
DiBenedetto will start Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 from 15th place, as the line-up was set using metrics from Texas, with the eight remaining Playoff contenders occupying the first four rows.
The green flag is set to fly just after 2 p.m. (3 p.m. Eastern Time) with TV coverage on NBCSN. Stage breaks are set for Laps 80 and 160 of the 267-lap race. 


Rette Jones Racing confirmed today that NASCAR rookie Kris Wright will return to the team to participate in Saturday night’s ARCA Menards Series season finale at Kansas Speedway.

Wright will make his fifth series start of the season in the Reese’s 150 and hunts his third top-10 of the 2021 ARCA season at the track he landed his career-best series finish last October.

“I am excited to get back to Kansas Speedway this weekend with Rette Jones Racing,” said Wright. “This race was not initially on our schedule, but Mark (Rette) and the entire Rette Jones Racing team have been excellent to work with this year and it’s an opportunity to go out there on Saturday night and see if I can improve on my career-best ARCA finish from last year.”

Last fall, Wright in one of his five ARCA races of the year for Chad Bryant Racing started eighth and battled to a seventh-place lead lap finish to match his best short-track finish from earlier in the season at Lebanon I-44 Speedway in Missouri.

With 100 laps under his belt, Wright is looking forward to conquering Kansas again but with the added benefit of practice and qualifying behind the wheel of his No. 30 Wright Automotive Ford Fusion.

Last year, the ARCA Menards Series had just one brief 45-minute practice session before the 100-lap finale.

“We’ll have slightly more track time before the race this year, but believe me all the laps help,” added Wright. “I have been fortunate enough to have some more laps at Kansas earlier this year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

“With laps and track time on my side, I’m hopeful we can have a good showing in what is expected to be a competitive race on Saturday night.”

For his 11th career ARCA Menards Series start, the former IMSA Sports Car competitor will sport a pink No. 30 Wright Automotive Group | Ford Mustang to highlight their contribution in raising awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Since 1927, family-owned and operated, a part of the Wright Automotive Group has been serving the Pittsburg area’s automotive needs featuring its Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Hyundai, Honda, Nissan, Lotus, Genesis and Explorer Vans brands.

They offer an extensive selection of new and pre-owned inventory in Pennsylvania.

Find the perfect vehicle for your lifestyle at Wright Automotive Group.

“Our car looks fantastic,” sounded Wright. “Obviously, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is important for a lot of reasons, and we’ll be doing our part by honoring three women that have fought. We’re not only racing for ourselves but for Julie Aravich, Carol Barber and Karen Nazzaro.”

Team owner and former ARCA championship crew chief Rette is excited for the opportunity to call the shots for Wright again.

“We have had a lot of fun working with Kris and the Wright family this year, but we’re not done yet,” he said. “I feel like we still have some work to do. We’ve had fast cars but for one reason or another haven’t been quite able to put together the finishes I know Kris and the team are capable of.

“Kansas is one of the tracks that Kris has the most experience on and I believe that will be a benefit for us this weekend. The field will be stacked, but I think if we can keep the handling underneath Kris and avoid any chaos, we can find ourselves contending for a top-five finish at the end of the race.

“We look forward to the opportunity to put Rette Jones Racing in Victory Lane for the third time in 2021.”

In addition to Wright Automotive Group and, iHeart Radio, F.N.B. Corporation, PPG, Ford Performance, Goodridge Fluid Transfer Systems, Jones Group Demolition and Abatement and JRi Shocks join the team as partners this weekend.

RJR is co-owned by Canadian entrepreneur and former race car driver Terry Jones. For more on Kris Wright, please visit,, like him on Facebook (Kris Wright Racing) and follow him on Twitter (@KrisOnNASCAR).

For more on Rette Jones Racing, please visit, like them on Facebook (Rette Jones Racing) or follow them on Twitter (@RetteJones30).

The Reese’s 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the 20th of 20 races on the 2021 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., Oct. 23 with a forty-five-minute practice session from 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. A timed General Tire pole qualifying session is set for a short time later at 12:40 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 6:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m. ET). The event will be televised live on MAVTV, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (XM channel 391, online channel 981). will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (CT).


Richmond Raceway expands the 2022 Toyota Spring Race Weekend to host a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race on Friday, April 1, 2022. This will be the second consecutive season Richmond has hosted a Whelen Modified Tour race at America’s Premier Short Track.

“We welcome back the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to Richmond Raceway after a successful, action-packed return this year,” said Richmond Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier. “We look forward to the talented drivers of the tour once again showcasing their skills next season at America’s Premier Short Track.”

Richmond first hosted a modified race in NASCAR’s inaugural season on May 16, 1948. The race was the first NASCAR sanctioned race in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Richmond hosted the modern-day NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour from 1990-1993, 1997, 1999-2002, 2021. NASCAR Hall of Famer Mike Stefanik, one of the Modified Tour’s 10 greatest drivers of all-time, holds the modern-day record with three wins at Richmond.

The 2021 race was very exciting from start to finish. Our teams loved racing at Richmond and we look forward to the 2022 return to the Richmond and put on another great event for the fans,” said Jimmy Wilson, Series Director, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

In the spring, Richmond will host the Toyota Spring Race Weekend featuring the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on Friday, April 1, 2022, ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, April 2, 2022 and the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, April 3, 2022.

Racing Virginia will be active in the month of April as the Commonwealth will host two Cup Series races in the same month for the second consecutive season as Martinsville Speedway will host a race on April 9, 2022. For the first time since 1997, NASCAR will make its first stop in the Commonwealth of Virginia at Richmond. Martinsville and Richmond have hosted back-to-back race weekends five times with the first time being in the spring of 1955.

Richmond will host its first-ever summer race weekend featuring the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs on Saturday, Aug. 13 and the Federated Auto Parts 400 Cup Series race on Sunday, Aug. 14. This will be the third consecutive season Richmond has hosted a Camping World Truck Series race and first-ever series playoff race. The Camping World Truck Series Playoff race will be the second race in the first round of the playoffs.

Start times and television networks for the Cup Series, Xfinity Series, Camping World Truck Series and Whelen Modified Tour will be announced at a later date.

2022 NASCAR tickets are available for purchase today via phone at 866-455-7223 or online at

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It has been three weeks since Jean-Philippe Bergeron finished eighth at Salem, Indiana in his first ever ARCA Menards Series race. He started 7th and managed to climb back up to 4th place, but bad adjustments to the car prevented him from continuing his climb. He still managed a top 10 finish in his first career start, much to the delight of the driver, his team and sponsors.
He will return to the No. 46 David Gilliland Racing team on Saturday, October 23, for his second career start in the series, this time at Kansas Speedway in the Reese’s 150 (100 laps, 150 miles). Last May at the same track, crew chief Derek Smith guided Thad Moffitt and the No. 46 team to a sixth-place finish. 
“Now that I’ve familiarized myself with the car and the team earlier this month, my next challenge will be to run on a 1.5-mile track for the first time. I’m used to driving on short tracks. This will be another step in my learning process”, said the driver from Quebec, Canada. He will have the chance to perform in front of his family, who have traveled to the United States for the occasion. “It is a source of pride to see our son racing alongside talented drivers such as Ty Gibbs and Corey Heim. This is the best school to learn, in my opinion. Ride with the best and you will become better,” says proudly Marc Bergeron, Jean-Philippe’s father who will attend the race with his wife and their two daughters. Martin Perreault and his wife Christiane Mercier of Circuit Téléguidés Saint-Roch, one of the worthy partners of Jean-Philippe’s stock car career, will also be present. 
Jean-Philippe Bergeron will finish his three-race series in 2021 in the ARCA Menards in Phoenix on November 6th for the season finale.

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Whatever happens in Saturday night’s Reese’s 150 at Kansas Speedway, it has been a dream season for ARCA Menards Series rookie Greg Van Alst and his Greg Van Alst Motorsports team.

A dream to make his first career start at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February blossomed into a limited ARCA schedule that has been full of highs and lows, but the Anderson, Indiana native wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.

“We are going to Kansas Speedway this weekend all smiles because we weren’t even planning on racing this event eight months ago,” said Van Alst.

“It’s been a wing and a prayer really to put as many races together as we have together this season.

“A lot of hard work, determination and most of all support by our sponsors have put our small team in a position to go out there and make seven starts so far highlighted by a career-best second-place finish at Winchester. It’s been a lot of fun and I think we’re just getting started.”

Van Alst returns to the site of his first career top-10 finish in May when he dodged a first-lap wreck and charged throughout the 100-lap race to finish seventh after starting eighth. Since then, the team has grown, and Van Alst is hoping to deliver his second top-five of 2021 on Friday night.

“We’re charged up about Kansas this weekend,” added Van Alst who seeks his fourth top-10 overall. “We had high expectations for Bristol last month but were plagued with brake issues from the start of the day that continued throughout the race. We made it to the finish with the car relatively intact – but I wasn’t happy with the finish.

“You are going to have days like that. That’s just a part of racing. But it also put a fire underneath every guy on this team to make sure we’re going back to Kansas this weekend with an opportunity to be better not only from our last race but our last trip to Kansas.

“I know it’s the Championship race, so there will be some give and take on Friday night, but if we’re in a position to challenge for a top-five, we are going to fight for it. Everyone on this team and our partners deserve that opportunity to head into the ARCA off-season with a great vibe and a strong outlook for 2022.”

As for next season, Van Alst is putting the final touches on his 2022 ARCA Menards Series schedule but says his team will be back.

“Oh, we’ll be back, there’s no doubt about that,” Van Alst confirmed. “We will be at the Daytona ARCA test in January, and we’ll start the year looking to finish what we started at Daytona next February. As for the rest of the year, we’ll see how the schedule looks and make a future announcement soon.”

It won’t just be the ARCA Menards Series on his plate next year though. Van Alst is committed and planning to invade the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series next year too.

“We’ve already started those talks about next year in Trucks,” he sounded. “Nothing to confirm at this point, but we’re putting our ducks in a row. We have to bring additional value to our partners and the ARCA Menards Series has done that –- but elevating myself as a driver to NASCAR is something I’ve always dreamed about and we’re planning to make it a reality next year for sure.”

CB Fabricating, a longtime partner with Greg Van Alst Motorsports has boosted its commitment to the team and will continue its role as the primary marketing partner of Van Alst’s No. 35 Ford.

Headquartered in Anderson, Ind., CB Fabricating offers a complete list of fabricating from design, laser cutting, CNC punching, forming, welding, powder coating, and assembly.

Their 26,000 square foot facility allows them to service the needs of many different industries. Everything from the Automotive, agricultural, aquatic, medical, transportation, electrical enclosures, and much more.

For the fifth consecutive race, not only is Van Alst racing for a fourth top-10 finish of the year on Saturday night but awareness too.

CB Fabricating president Chris Barkdull was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and will utilize the ARCA event to bring attentiveness and awareness to the disease as Barkdull continues treatment.

“Chris is doing very well with his treatment, but we have promised him that we will continue with this Prostate Cancer Awareness campaign this weekend and into 2022,” added Van Alst.

“He is expected to be with our team at Kansas and I keep reminding him that none of this would have been possible without him. He’s just not an investor or a partner in this thing – he’s family.

“While we are focused on performance, we are fully invested in awareness too. This is important to Chris to do his part to educate the public and that is exactly what he is going to do, and we are happy to keep using the race car to our advantage.”

In addition to CB Fabricating, Top Choice Fence, Norton Transport, KRJ Race Products and Lintz Creative will serve as associate marketing partners for Van Alst’s 11th career ARCA start.

Veteran crew chief Jim Long will continue his role as crew chief at Kansas Speedway.

For more on Greg Van Alst and Greg Van Alst Motorsports, please stay tuned for a new website, but like them on Facebook (Van Alst Motorsports) and follow him on Twitter (@GregVanAlst35).

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The Reese’s 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the 20th of 20 races on the 2021 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., Oct. 23 with a forty-five minute practice session from 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. A timed General Tire pole qualifying session is set for a short time later at 12:40 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 6:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m. ET). The event will be televised live on MAVTV, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (XM channel 391, online channel 981). will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (CT).

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Middleton, Idaho’s Zach Telford, age 17, continues a season full of exciting debuts when he partners with Garcia Racing for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 on December 4th in Pensacola, FL. Telford and Garcia have already announced plans to compete for the 2022 SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour championship and will use the competition level at the nation’s premier Pro Late Model race at Five Flags Speedway as a tune-up for an ambitious season.

Telford and Garcia will also compete in this Saturday’s 33rd October Classic 150 at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield. 25 Super Late Model competitors are entered to battle for the $10,500 victory. They will then travel to Sin City for the $10,000 to win West Coast Short Track Championships. The 123-lap Pro Late Model feature at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be on Saturday November 6, with time trials and a 25-lap qualifying race on Friday as well.

The 2021 season has been highlighted by a runner-up performance in the Idaho 208 at Meridian Speedway and a top-ten effort in the Slinger Nationals in Wisconsin. Telford also earned a top-ten in the JM Environmental 227 at Stockton 99 Speedway in California.

Zach Telford Racing thanks: Project Filter, Precision Framing, JamesHardie, Builders FirstSource, Mendiola Custom Homes, Meridian Anti-Drug Coalition, Vista Montessori School, Project Filter, Conrad & Bishoff, Executive Lawn Care, Gibson Diesel Performance, The Car Store, BLG, Fully Promoted, Swift Springs, Cristiani Motorsports, TCR, Tri Star Racewear for their support.

Garcia’s No. 57 Fury Chassis is supported by STR, Hixco Industrial Supply, All Pro Coatings, and MTFX Graphics.

Race fans can follow Zach Telford at  He can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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With the early entry deadline just two days away, entries for November’s 25th Annual Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction are starting to arrive at the Perris Auto Speedway Office.  The latest group of entries for the prestigious race include some of the top stars from the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series.

Over the past few days, entries have been received from national series point leader Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, series leading rookie Tanner Thorsen of Minden, Nevada, two-time Oval Nationals Champion Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, Alabama, Ion, California’s Justin Grant, who currently ranks third in National points and Anaheim, California native Jake Swanson who is seventh.  Other out of town drivers who have already entered this year’s Silver Anniversary Ovals race include Buckeye, Arizona’s Charles Davis Jr., who won the last USAC/CRA race at The PAS on September 25th, and fellow “Copper State” resident Tye “The Bull” Mihocko.  Kansas, Illinois star Shane “The Throttle” Cottle has also entered for a rare appearance on the famous Riverside County half mile clay oval.

Heading the Amsoil USAC/CRA contingent of entrants is Damion Gardner of Concord, California.  The seven-time series champion is attempting to make Oval Nationals history by becoming the first driver to win the race four-times.  He initially captured one of the winner’s famous eagle trophies for the event in 2009.  Subsequent victories have come in 2011 and 2016.  Heading into this Saturday’s USAC/CRA race at The PAS, Gardner has 101 wins on the original CRA, SCRA and USAC/CRA victory list that dates back 75 seasons to 1946.  That only trails Rip Williams who had 104 wins and the late Dean Thompson who had 105.

Included among the other locals who have already entered the Oval Nationals are Chris Gansen of Verdemont Heights, who is fourth in USAC/CRA points and having his finest season to date, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm of Corona who is sixth, upcoming star Eddie Tafoya Jr. of Chino Hills, and veteran Verne Sweeney of Lomita.

The Oval Nationals will take place on November 4th, 5th, and 6th.  Each night will be full points paying races for the USAC National and USAC/CRA Series with qualifying, heats and main events.  The top six in points after the first two nights will be seeded directly into Saturday’s 40-lap finale and they will contest the “Super Six Dash” to determine the first three rows for the main event.


The warmth and joy of the holiday season will be celebrated for 58 days this year at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois. WonderLight’s Christmas, the largest synchronized holiday light show in the St. Louis area, will return on Friday, November 12, and will run until Sunday, January 9, 2022.

The show will be open nightly, including holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day).

Tickets are $7 per person on weekdays and $30 per car on weekends (up to seven passengers). Group pricing for 8 or more passengers may be found at

Due to overwhelming community response in WonderLight’s debut season, guests now will be required to purchase tickets online in advance at: In order to limit crowds and keep wait times to a minimum, no tickets will be sold onsite.

Hours of operation are from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m on weekdays and 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. on weekends. Open rain or shine.

“Our show has the warm, traditional feel of Christmas, but it’s incredibly unique in the fact that it’s fully synchronized to music. This alone sets it apart from all of the other holiday experiences in the St. Louis area,” said Emily Fleenor of WonderLight Productions. “Instead of having animated displays, like a snowman waving an arm or tipping his hat, we have millions of lights all moving in sync with crowd-favorite Christmas music.

“This season, we’ve added more than a dozen new lighted elements to wow audiences and updated our playlist with several new songs for families to enjoy. The route is two miles long with over 50 minutes of music. Our traditional string lights — brought to life by music — feel magical in a way that captivates children and adults alike.”

Music will include a mix of traditional Christmas favorites as well as songs by contemporary artists. Families will listen to the music on their car’s radio as they navigate the display route, which follows the recently-expanded 2.0-mile road course at WWTR.

Based in Bluff City, Tennessee, the WonderLight family has been in the light show business for nearly a decade. In addition to the St. Louis show, WonderLight also operates a highly successful Christmas light display near Columbus, Ohio.

For more information on WWTR, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit Follow WWTR on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.


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