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Three trips to the Devil's Bowl Speedway in 2021 and three trips to Victory Lane later, J.J. Hickle added his name to the list of winners at the 48th running of the Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals and Lanny Edward Memorial with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.
 
"I grew up racing on bigger tracks and just feel at home here," commented Hickle. "It's Jane's [Worden] birthday this weekend, so we had to get her the checkered flag she was looking for. It's awesome to come to such a prestigious place like this and be fast."
 
Hickle's fifth SawBlade.com A-Feature victory of the season, the Washington shoe, was the third driver to lead laps Saturday night. Finally rolling laps after the third start, the opening 12 laps went the way of Johnny Herrera.
 
Wheeling, the SawBlade.com No. 28 for Scott Bogucki, the wily veteran, found traffic on Lap 10. Reducing a half straightaway lead down to car lengths, Dylan Westbrook was on Herrera for the point in less than a lap. Working around slower cars, Dylan Westbrook found the line on the No. 28, with the AFEX Graphics No. 63 following into second. Working low on the Hills Racing No. 47x, Hickle shot under Westbrook for the top spot on Lap 15.
 
On the pass, Hickle said, "Dylan and I have raced a lot against each other of the past few months, and that was a deal where I was trying to figure out what he's thinking and see if I can make something else work and it looked like he was rolling the middle pretty well, so I started working the bottom and started gaining and just focused on staying with him until the right time where I could clear him. With a guy like that, if you show him the bottom, he's going to go there. I just had to be patient and not show my hand too early."
 
Caution on Lap 17, Hickle had a new pursuer in the form of Blake Hahn. Locked in the championship battle with the No. 52, clean air was the advantage for J.J. as the field went back to green. Putting over a second on Hahn before the race's final stoppage working Lap 23, the restart put the field back to Lap 22.
 
Trailed by Hann for a couple of laps, Hickle steadily pulled away over the final five rotations, with the Jane and Ivan Worden owned entry finding the finish 2.685-seconds ahead of Blake, with Sam Hafertepe, Jr. rolling from 12th to third in the Hills Racing No. 15h. Dylan Westbrook ended up fourth with Johnny Herrera fending off Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. for fifth.
 
The NOS Energy Drink No. 17 of Stenhouse in sixth was followed by Kade Morton in seventh. Iowa's Chris Martin was eighth, with Jack Dover ninth. Chance Morton completed the top ten.
 
A field of 24 was on hand for the Winter Nationals and Lanny Edward Memorial. A trio of SCE Gaskets Heat Races went to Martin Edwards, Johnny Herrera, and Dylan Westbrook. No provisional starts were needed.
 
The final two rounds of the 2021 season are next, with Hahn and Hickle only 52 points apart. The championship will be settled at the COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires on Friday, October 22, and Saturday, October 23 at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. Tickets and event information are online at http://www.i-30speedway.com. The race will be shown exclusively on FloRacing.com.
 
The 2021 season marks the 30th year of competition for the American Sprint Car Series. Spearheaded by the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, the ASCS Nation also includes 11 Regional Tours that encompass both wing and non-wing competition.
 
For other news, notes, and information on any of the tours under the ASCS banner, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com, follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@LucasOilASCS).
 
Race Results:
 
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
ASCS Lone Star Region
Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, Texas)
Saturday, October 16, 2021
 
Car Count: 24
 
SCE Gaskets Heat Races (Everyone goes to the A-Feature)
 
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 45-Martin Edwards[1]; 2. 52-Blake Hahn[2]; 3. 63-JJ Hickle[3]; 4. 2X-Tucker Doughty[6]; 5. 44-Chris Martin[5]; 6. 45B-Casey Burkham[7]; 7. 17B-Ryan Bickett[8]; 8. 76-Zane Lawrence[4]
 
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 28-Johnny Herrera[1]; 2. 95-Matt Covington[6]; 3. 8M-Kade Morton[2]; 4. 53-Jack Dover[5]; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[7]; 6. 19-Scott Evans[3]; 7. 7M-Chance Morton[8]; 8. 3W-Willy Reed[4]
 
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 47X-Dylan Westbrook[1]; 2. 67-Tyler Courtney[2]; 3. 17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr[3]; 4. 23B-Steven Shebester[4]; 5. 22X-Marcus Thomas[5]; 6. 12H-Tony Bruce Jr[6]; 7. 88-Travis Reber[8]; 8. 6-Kaden Taylor[7]
 
Sawblade.com A-Feature
 
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 63-JJ Hickle[5]; 2. 52-Blake Hahn[8]; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[12]; 4. 47X-Dylan Westbrook[4]; 5. 28-Johnny Herrera[2]; 6. 17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr[9]; 7. 8M-Kade Morton[10]; 8. 44-Chris Martin[14]; 9. 53-Jack Dover[11]; 10. 7M-Chance Morton[19]; 11. 76-Zane Lawrence[23]; 12. 3W-Willy Reed[24]; 13. 88-Travis Reber[20]; 14. 45B-Casey Burkham[16]; 15. 45-Martin Edwards[1]; 16. 17B-Ryan Bickett[18]; 17. 2X-Tucker Doughty[7]; 18. 23B-Steven Shebester[13]; 19. 22X-Marcus Thomas[15]; 20. 19-Scott Evans[21]; 21. 12H-Tony Bruce Jr[17]; 22. 95-Matt Covington[3]; 23. 67-Tyler Courtney[6]; 24. 6-Kaden Taylor[22]
 
Lap Leader(s): Johnny Herrera 1-12; Dylan Westbrook 13-14; J.J. Hickle 15-30
Hard Charger: Zane Lawrence +12
High Point Driver: Matt Covington
Provisional(s): N/A
 
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Broadcast: FloRacing.com and Racinboys.com
Live-Scoring [Where Applicable]: MRP Live
 
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Bobby McCarty of Kernersville, North Carolina became the first three-time Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car division champion in the series’ history and Carson Kvapil of Mooresville, North Carolina earned his first CARS Tour Super Late Model crown, with both drivers scoring wins in Saturday night’s season-ending Autos By Nelson 250 presented by Bojangles at South Boston Speedway.

Saturday night marked the fourth time in the seven-year history of the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour that the series has held its season-ending championship race at South Boston Speedway.

McCarty entered the 125-lap Late Model Stock Car Division race with a slim one-point edge over Kaden Honeycutt of Aledo, Texas in the chase for the division championship. The Greensboro, North Carolina resident started on the outside pole and led all 125 laps in winning the race and securing the series title. Honeycutt finished seventh in the race.

The win was McCarty’s third victory of the season on the CARS Tour circuit and his second of the season at South Boston Speedway. McCarty won South Boston Speedway’s showcase 200-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division race in July.

“I never really thought about the championship,” remarked McCarty. “I really wanted to win this race. We came to South Boston Speedway twice this year and won both races. I think in Late Model Stock, in this day and age, it says a lot.”

The race was slowed by 10 caution periods and was stopped twice by red flags due to mishaps. McCarty got good starts and surged into the lead on each restart, the last one coming with 18 laps to go. McCarty finished 3.328 seconds ahead of runner-up Daniel Silvestri of Ashburn, Virginia.

“I knew the car was good, I just didn’t know how good,” McCarty noted. “It was phenomenal. This was the best racecar I’ve ever sat my butt in, and I can’t thank all of the guys at Nelson Motorsports enough.”

Pole winner Connor Hall of Hampton, Virginia, Jonathan Shafer of Ashland, Ohio and Mason Diaz of Manassas, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.

Kvapil headed into the 125-lap Super Late Model race, the final Super Late Model race in CARS Tour history, trailing series point leader Matt Craig by an eight-point margin. He needed to have a perfect night – win the pole in qualifying, lead the entire race and win the race to win the championship, and he pulled off a sweep.

“Winning the CARS Tour championship is the highlight of championships I’ve won,” Kvapil said after scoring his fourth win of the season and capturing his first career CARS Tour Super Late Model Division championship. “Everything that could have happened for us happened. Everything was spot on. From the green flag the car did not change. It was perfect the whole race. We were able to run away from them, control our pace and win the championship.”

Ryan Moore of Troutman, North Carolina finished in second place, 2.357 seconds behind Kvapil. Craig finished third with Kodie Conner of Kannapolis, North Carolina and Justin Crider of Statesville, North Carolina rounding out the top five finishers.

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Vancouver, Wash’s Jadan Walbridge feasted on his third victory of the season at the MAVTV-televised Madera Speedway, with the 2021 Nut Up Pro Late Model champion savoring a narrow victory in the 100-lap Triple Turkey Open Late Model feature on Saturday night. Walbridge outfoxed two-time All American Speedway Late Model champion Jason Romero for the win.
 
“It was a really great season. To run against someone like Jason (Romero) – I respect Jason so much. That was cool racing with him,” Walbridge said. “Great racing. Great racing with Bradley (Erickson) too. The longer the race, the more I enjoy it. So that just goes to show how good the car was.”
 
Romero earned fast-time in time trials but drew the ten after the redraw. 15-year-old North Carolina driver Landen Lewis drew the pole position and guided his Charlie Wilson-prepared entry to the lead. Multi-time champion Matt Erickson worked inside Lewis for a side-by-side battle, taking over the lead on lap ten.
 
Sixth-starting Walbridge passed Lewis for second on lap 17. Walbridge reeled in Erickson for the lead by lap 27, while Lewis fell to fourth and into a five-car battle for the position. Walbridge showed his nose inside Erickson on lap 31 but couldn’t complete the pass. Lewis was shuffled back to eighth on the outside by lap 39.
 
Bakersfield’s Kercie Jung navigated the battling to advance to fourth by lap 41. Walbridge again aimed at Erickson with the duo racing alongside each other on lap 48. Erickson kept the lead through a three-wide maneuver in lapped traffic in turn three. Lewis then retired to the pits on lap 53 while running seventh.
 
Walbridge finally earned position on Erickson to assume the top spot on lap 59. Erickson fought back, taking them three-wide in traffic again. Walbridge led lap 62 by just .072 seconds. Walbridge drove clear of Erickson by the 64th lap.
 
2020 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model champion and 2020 Triple Turkey Open winner Bradley Erickson of Phoenix challenged Matt Erickson for numerous laps. Their 15-lap duel also had narrow slices in and out of lapped traffic. Matt Erickson spun into turn one on lap 84, nosing into the front stretch wall and relegating him to the rear of the field. The first caution of the event flew as a result, then set up another incident on the restart.
 
Jung and Romero battled for third before a collision gave Jung a flat right front tire. Jung slowed in shower of sparks in turn three and was tagged by Matthew Meech. Carl Pearce and Trevor Schlundt tangled while avoiding the crash as well. Meech was able to make repairs and rejoin the action at the tail of the pack.
 
The leaders ran two-by-two on the restart as Bradley Erickson battled Walbridge and Romero battled fellow fifth row starter, 2021 Jr. Late Model championship runner-up Jacob Smith of Eagle, ID. Romero drove up the inside to take second from Erickson on lap 92.
 
Romero then took the lead from Walbridge on lap 97. Fading brakes sent Romero up the hill into one on lap 98, allowing Walbridge to cut underneath. After a brief battle down the backstretch, Walbridge led the rest of the way for an exciting Triple Turkey Open Late Model win with Romero settling for second. Smith and Bradley Erickson crashed hard for third, allowing Meech to come from behind for a third-place finish. Loren Kutz finished fourth with Bradley Erickson scored fifth.
 
The 75-lap Challenge Cup Series race was a war of attrition with Jay Juleson earning his first series win. Auburn’s Thomas Martin dominated the opening 25-lap segment, then was relegated to restarting at the rear after the running order was inverted for the final 50-lap run. Martin spent little time navigating the pack, taking over again by lap 29. Juleson drove up to second by lap 35 but was nearly two seconds behind at that stage.
 
Several cars suffered mechanical problems over the second half of the event, including Martin. Smoke billowed from his machine with just ten laps to go. Juleson drove past Martin on lap 72 for the upset victory. Thomas Suarez utilized a crate motor to survive the chaos for a second-place finish. Martin was scored third after surrendering to the pits.
 
Ian Elliott of Lakeport won the 50-lap Modified feature, leading the final 42 laps for victory. Aaron Coonfield of Modesto led the first three laps before Calvin Hegje took over on lap four. Elliott started fifth and was into the lead by lap nine. A caution flew on lap 27 for parts of the air filter off of Adam Coonfield’s car littering the track in turn one. Hegje suffered a mechanical failure in the rear end that ended his event on lap 41. Elliott topped Adam Coonfield, Rocklin’s Tyler Wentworth in his Madera debut, and Aaron Coonfield at the finish.
 
Howard Holden led 47 of the 50 laps in the Hobby Stocks for the victory. 2021 champion Manny Gonzales, Jr. led lap one before Donny Large, Jr. led laps two and three. Holden advanced from fifth into the top position and never relinquished it. Large and the debut of Rod Baronian rounded out the top-three, followed by Nick Rowe and Thomas Suarez.
 
The season finale for Madera Speedway is set for October 30 with the iPulluPull 14th Annual Pumpkin Smash Halloween Bash and Blow Up! It features a 400 lap Enduro, the Extreme Barrel Racing Series, a Trick or Treat thru the Pits and on Track PUMPKIN SMASH for the KIDS!
 
The 2021 season would not be possible without the support of Nut Up Industries, 51FIFTY LTM, Mission Foods, 805 Beer, Race 2B Drug Free, Competition Carburetion, Hoosier Tires, and Sunoco Race Fuel.
 
Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Monday nights at 4:00pm Pacific and 7:00pm Eastern.

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The Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour crowned champions in both the Super Late Model and Late Model Stock divisions Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.

Both champions were the exact same drivers who won their select races.

Carson Kvapil dominated the 125 Super Late Model portion of the event to steal the 2021 championship from Matt Craig.

Bobby McCarty did the same taking the lead on lap two and never looked back. McCarty’s third win of the 2021 season was enough to be crowned a three-time CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour champion.

 

Super Late Model Recap

Matt Craig was the favorite coming into the season finale at South Boston to score a third consecutive CARS Super Late Model Tour championship, but it was Carson Kvapil who shocked everyone with a perfect race to win the 2021 championship.

Kvapil entered South Boston down 8 points to Craig. The Mooresville, North Carolina driver needed everything to go right to win the championship. That’s exactly what happened.

Kvapil scored the pole, led the most laps, and won the race to earn the maximum amount of points. With those results Kvapil also gained the season ending bonus point for most poles (1 point) and most wins (2 wins) for the 2021 season.

Craig’s third place finish and never having a shot at the top position to lead a lap ended the night with Craig down by a single point to Kvapil.

Ryan Moore finished between Kvapil and Craig in the second position. Kodie Conner finished fourth and Justin Crider rounded out the top five in the final Super Late Model event in series history.

 

Late Model Stock Car Recap

Bobby McCarty must have watched everything that Carson Kvapil did in the Super Late Model race, because he duplicated it almost exactly during the 125 Late Model Stock Car event.

The new three-time series champion took the lead on lap two and set sail, never looking back over the rest of the field. McCarty’s dominating win was his third of the 2021 season, the most of any driver.

Virginia native Daniel Silvestri brought home his second best finish of the 2021 campaign finishing second. Conner Hall making his series debut started from the pole position before eventually finishing third at night’s end.

Jonathan Shafer continued his top five streak with a fourth place finish and Mason Diaz rounded out the top five finishers.

Rookie and championship contender Kaden Honeycutt entered the points battle one marker behind McCarty, but a less than stellar qualifying effort was too much for the Texas youngster to overcome. Honeycutt to the checkered flag in the seventh position, unofficially finishing 13 points behind McCarty.  

For additional information on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the CARS Super Late Model Tour visit www.carsracingtour.com. Be sure to stay active and social with the tour by liking “CARS Tour” on Facebook, following @CARSTour on Twitter, and scrolling through photos on Instagram cars_tour. Additional series information can be obtained by calling the CARS Tour series office, located in Mooresville, NC, at 704.662.9212. 

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Daison Pursley led 27 of 30 laps on the way to winning the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League’s Meents Memorial at I-44 Riverside Speedway Saturday night, giving Keith Kunz Motorsports a Sooner State sweep of the weekend’s three POWRi events in Oklahoma.

The win gives Pursley seven national midget feature triumphs in 2021 and follows back-to-back victories by Buddy Kofoid on Friday at Port City Raceway and Saturday at I-44 Riverside Speedway.

Starting from the pole, Pursley immediately went to the lead over Emilio Hoover, with Gavan Boschele in third, Cannon McIntosh in fourth and Chance Crum rounding out the top five.

By lap six, McIntosh would move up to second, followed by Joe B. Miller and Kofoid.  Pursley would continue to lead the race, but McIntosh would begin to close as the race neared the halfway point. By lap 15, McIntosh had closed to within 0.083 seconds and then would overtake Pursley for the top spot one lap later, as Kofoid would also moved up to take over the third spot.

Pursley stayed right with McIntosh over the next three laps and would then regain the lead on lap 19. As the race entered the final 10 laps, Pursley would begin to pull away and opened up more than a second lead by lap 24 before a caution would wave on lap 26, bunching the field one last time.

Pursley would maintain the lead on the restart as things began to heat up in the battle for second with Kofoid closing on McIntosh. By lap 28, Kofoid would power past for the second spot. Pursley took advantage of the battle for second to pull away from his competitors, driving off to a 1.213-second win over Kofoid, who earned his third consecutive top-two finish with the second-place showing, while McIntosh finished on the podium for the second time in three races by finishing third, giving Toyota its third consecutive podium sweep.

In addition, five more Toyota-powered drivers captured top-10 finishes on the night with Chance Crum in fifth, followed by Jade Adevisian in sixth, Bryant Wiedeman in seventh, Brenham Crouch in eighth and Sam Johnson in tenth.

POWRI closes out its 2021 season with a pair of races at Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kansas, November 5-6, where Wiedeman can become the youngest national midget champion in history at age 16 simply by starting his heat race.

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Buddy Kofoid earned his second Oklahoma win in two nights at the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League’s Meents Memorial at I-44 Riverside Speedway, with Christopher Bell placing second and Daison Pursley third as Keith Kunz Motorsports Toyotas swept the podium on Friday night.

The victory is the 13th national midget feature triumph for Kofoid in 2021.

The early portion of Friday’s feature would be a two-car duel between Kofoid and Cannon McIntosh as the two traded the lead four times in the first seven laps before McIntosh settled in at the head of the pack, behind them Pursley had taken over the third spot on lap three.

McIntosh, who started from the pole for the second consecutive night as high point scorer in the heat races, would settle into the lead and held the top spot through the midway point of the 30-lap feature. Further back in the field, Bell would work his way up from the 17th starting position into the top-10 in the first 10 laps and into the top five by lap 18.

McIntosh led through lap 22 when Kofoid was able to overtake him for the lead and just four laps later, McIntosh would run into problems, bringing his night to an end after having the dominant car in the field for much of the race for the second night in a row.

From that point on, it was all Kofoid and just a question of who would join him on the podium as Pursley moved up into second and Bell into third after McIntosh’s retirement. Bell would finally move past Pursley on lap 28 to claim second, dropping Pursley back to third and that’s how they would finish.

Brenham Crouch make it four KKM cars in the top five with a fifth-place finish, while Ryan Timms placed sixth, Joe B. Miller was eighth, Kaylee Bryson ninth and series point leader Bryant Wiedeman came home in tenth giving Toyota eight of the top 10, including six Kunz drivers.

After suffering early problems, Brent Crews would finish 18th as Wiedeman expanded his point lead to 360 with just three races remaining as he attempts to become the youngest national midget series champion in history at age 16.

POWRI closes out the Oklahoma triple-header weekend at I-44 Riverside Speedway Saturday night. 

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Notes of Interest

 

●  Kevin Harvick has a stout track record at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, especially in his time since joining Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in 2014. In his last 13 NASCAR Cup Series races at the 1.5-mile oval – all of which have come with SHR – Harvick has only one finish outside of the top-10. That lone result came in last year’s Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 when Harvick finished 16th after his No. 4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang slipped off turn two while leading and brushed the outside wall as a heavy mist made the track slick. In the 12 races prior, Harvick scored nine top-fives, three of which were wins while three others were second-place results.

 

●  In those three wins at Texas – November 2017, November 2018 and November 2019 – Harvick led a total of 334 laps, which is the exact same lap total for a 500-mile race at Texas.

 

●  Prior to joining SHR, Harvick’s laps-led total at Texas was five, an amount earned over the course of 22 races. In his 14 Texas starts since being a part of SHR, Harvick has led 677 laps. His total of 682 laps led at Texas is the second-most among all NASCAR Cup Series drivers. Only Kyle Busch has led more laps at Texas (1,049).

 

●  Before joining SHR, Harvick’s best finish at Texas was third (November 2016). It was one of just three top-fives and 11 top-10s he had at the track

 

●  Harvick will make his 37th NASCAR Cup Series start at Texas in Sunday’s Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500. He and Kurt Busch lead the series in starts at the 1.5-mile oval, with both tied at 36. Texas will mark Harvick’s 751st career Cup Series start and Kurt Busch’s 753rd.

 

●  Harvick’s most recent race at Texas was back in June when he competed in the All-Star Race and finished 15th. It was Texas’ first time hosting the All-Star Race. The non-points event returns to Texas on May 22, 2022.

 

●  Harvick is good at Texas even outside of the NASCAR Cup Series. He has five wins in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and has led a total of 779 laps, the second-most among all drivers despite not competing in an Xfinity Series race at Texas since 2018. Only Kyle Busch has led more laps in Xfinity Series competition at Texas (1,795). Busch led those laps across 23 starts and Harvick earned his tally in 21 starts. In four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Texas, Harvick owns a win (November 2011) and one other top-five – a fourth place drive in his first Truck Series start at the track in June 1998 when Harvick was just 22 years old and still three years away from his Cup Series debut.

 

●  The 2021 season marks the 12th year of partnership between Harvick and Hunt Brothers Pizza. The nation’s largest brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry has sponsored Harvick for years in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Hunt Brothers Pizza joined Harvick fulltime in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2019 and has been a mainstay in NASCAR’s premier division ever since. With more than 7,800 locations in 30 states, Hunt Brothers Pizza offers original and thin-crust pizzas available as a grab-and go Hunk, perfect for today’s on-the-go lifestyle or as a customizable whole pizza that is an exceptional value with All Toppings No Extra Charge®. Celebrating 30 years of serving great pizza to convenience store shoppers through its store partners, Hunt Brothers Pizza is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, and is family owned and operated. To find a Hunt Brothers Pizza location near you, download the app by visiting app.HuntBrothersPizza.com.

 

●  Said Harvick about his more than decade-long partnership with Hunt Brothers Pizza: “Our fans are pretty loyal to the brands that are on our cars. Many of my pictures come from the standees in the store. People take selfies next to them. There are a number of reasons you have sponsorships – you want that brand recognition, the brand integration. Hunt Brothers Pizza is a very family-oriented company and we’re a very family-oriented group. Those relationships you build through the years with brands that recognize and reflect what you believe in are few and far between. We’ve grown with the Hunt Brothers Pizza brand. They’ve grown with us and been very loyal to us and I think our fans are very loyal to Hunt Brothers Pizza. It’s fun to see that brand recognition and that understanding of loyalty and partnership. You realize how many Hunt Brothers Pizza stores there are as you drive to racetracks.”

 

Kevin Harvick, Driver of the No. 4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing

 

Back in 2017, Texas was repaved and turns one and two were reconfigured. How has the track aged since then and has it changed how you drive the track?

“It changed where you drive on the racetrack. You move up the racetrack, so you don’t have to be as technical through (turns) one and two as you used to. Just put it on the grip strip and hope for the best. It’s still a good racetrack for us, still a lot of good things that have happened for us, and hopefully we can continue that.”

 

Explain a lap around Texas, specifically, how you approach turns one and two and how you approach turns three and four?

“Texas is unique in the fact the two ends are so different. When they changed the racetrack, they made the width of the racetrack a lot wider through (turns) one and two than what it used to be. It’s a lot flatter, as well. It’s a very technical corner both in order to get your car positioned correctly and in order to make your car turn and stay in the throttle. It’s not as technical as it used to be now that the PJ1 is there, but you still have to put your car in the right spot in order to make a good lap time.”

 

Old pavement. New pavement. A reconfigured turns one and two. No matter the surface or the layout, you’ve been strong at Texas. What has made you so consistent at Texas despite a lot of changes to the track over the years?

“I think it’s just been a great racetrack for us. It’s a racetrack that Rodney (Childers, crew chief) and the team put a lot of effort into. Before we got together, I hadn’t won there. But from the moment I went there with this 4 team, we’ve been good. It’s a testament to how hard this team works.”

 

How much would you like to see the return of practice and qualifying like it was pre-COVID to where you could get a baseline understanding of how your car would respond to current track conditions before the race begins?

“You can have some form of practice, but there’s no way you can go back to three-day weekends. It’s too streamlined now and there are too many people who have come to realize we don’t need to go back. We’d be foolish if we went back. If we went back to the original format, I think everybody in this whole sport would flip upside-down and try to figure out who the one person is who decided that was the right thing to do.”

 

The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series schedule is out and it features only one off weekend. Are you OK with that as it puts you in a groove of racing every weekend but one, or would you like to see some breaks during the course of the year?

“I don’t mind the one off-weekend, personally. I can manage the season, but I wish we had two weeks off. I really wish they could take that first week and lock the shops and give the guys working in the shops a week that they can take off. Those are the guys who get hammered in this whole thing are the road guys who travel week-to-week and the guys that work in the shop. I like the way that F1 does that. You’re going to have a break between the two TV schedules, anyway. I really wish we could just take care of the guys who are in there grinding away on a weekly basis by doing that. We’re keeping track of wind-tunnel time, we’re keeping track of financials, we’re keeping track of so many things with all those super computers that there’s no way you couldn’t figure out how to do that for a week.”

 

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World Wide Technology Raceway – the home of NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA in the St. Louis-Metro East region – will host its second and final Run-What-Ya-Brung Saturday of the 2021 season on October 23. The event will feature a $500-to-win competition for electric-powered cars.

Although electric cars have participated in Ranken Technical College presents Midnight Madness fueled by NOS Energy Drink street-legal events in the past, this is the first time in WWTR history an organized race for EVs – with prize money – will be held at the Madison, Illinois, track.

EV owners drag-racing these silent cars is not new. Drag racing legend “Big Daddy” Don Garlits – a man who literally owned WWTR’s victory lane throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s – has been developing battery-powered dragsters for almost a decade and the 89-year-old racer set a world record of 189 miles per hour in 2019.

Also on the October 23 bill is roll racing (drag racing from a rolling start) and the VP Heads-up Series (Streetcar, Stick Shift and Top Gun).

Gates will open at 8 a.m. with racing starting at 9 a.m.

Saturday, October 23 – Run-What-Ya-Brung Saturday featuring electric car drag racing

VP Heads-up classes: Streetcar, Stick Shift and Top Gun only.

8 a.m. – Gates open.

8 a.m. -- Tech inspection.

9-11 a.m. -- Roll racing.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Drag racing.

11:30 a.m. -- VP Heads-up classes time trials.

1 p.m. – First round of VP Heads-up classes eliminations.

2:30 p.m. -- $500-to-win electric car gambler race.

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

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– Starting Position; 22-year-old Kaz Grala of Boston, Mass. will start the Andy’s Frozen Custard 335 from the 32nd position at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). Due to no practice or qualifying the starting lineup was calculated by the competition-based performance metrics system; fastest lap in the previous race 15 percent, driver finish from previous race 25 percent, owner points 25 percent, and driver points 35 percent.

 
– Texas Motor Speedway Stats; Saturday afternoon’s Andy’s Frozen Custard 335 will mark Grala’s second NASCAR Xfinity Series start of the 2021 season for Jordan Anderson Racing (JAR). In two previous starts at TMS in NXS competition Grala raced to a 26th place finish in 2018, followed by 18th the following year. In 2017 Grala made two NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series starts at the 1.5-mile Texas oval claiming two Top-10’s with a 10th and 6thplace finish respectively.
 
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– Chassis; JAR will bring Chassis No. 103 for Grala to compete with in Saturday afternoon’s Andy’s Frozen Custard 335 at the Texas Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 103 last competed for JAR at the Michigan International Speedway in the New Holland 250 with Team Owner/Driver Jordan Anderson driving the No. 31 Chevrolet to a 15th place finish. Prior to Michigan Chassis No. 103 had seen on track action two other times during the course of 2021 season with Tyler Reddick behind the wheel both times. In the Alsco Uniforms 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Memorial Day weekend Reddick would steer No. 103 to JAR’s first Top-5 finish with a 5th place finish. Three weeks later Reddick would be credited with the 15th finishing position in NASCAR’s return to Nashville Superspeedway. 

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