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The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presented the Triple Roaring 20’s on Tuesday Night at Grandview Speedway where Craig Von Dohren, Billy Pauch Jr., and Alex Yankowski picked up Modified victories.  Yankowski claimed the bulk of the spoils with a $3,000 bonus – courtesy of Pioneer Pole Buildings -- for winning his first Thunder on the Hill event, bringing his total earnings for the night to $5,525.

 

This event marked the 149th NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series event at Grandview since the series started in 1990

 

The top-five monies earned for Modified racers for this event were Alex Yankowski with $5,525, Craig Von Dohren with $3,050, Billy Pauch Jr. with $3,000, Brett Kressley with $2,700, and Doug Manmiller with $2,135.  A highly talented field of  twenty-eight 358 Modifieds were on hand.  A total purse in excess of $37,000 was distributed.

“Anytime you look at the scoreboard and see Strunk behind you, you have to be ready,” Yankowski said in Victory Lane for the third feature event. “We got lucky with the invert spot and I just had to watch out and make sure He didn’t put a nose below me.”

With the invert from Feature 2 offering a front row starting position, Yankowski set a rapid pace from the opening as Jeff Strunk moved into the second position.

With Strunk hot on his heels, Yankowski weaved the Rich Stankiewicz-owned machine in-and-out of lapped traffic to claim the victory and the $3,000 Pioneer Pole Buildings First-Time Thunder winner bonus, for a $5,000 payday.

Jeff Strunk finished in second, Rick Laubach in third, Mike Gular in fourth, and Brett Kressley in fifth.

In the first feature event, Craig Von Dohren and John Willman started on the front row as a result of the 12-driver redraw that set the line-up for the 20-lap main event.

Von Dohren took the lead heading down the backstretch of the Grandview Speedway, but action was halted quickly for a turn 2 accident that collected Duane Howard, Jeff Strunk, Mike Gular and Ron Kline – however, all competitors were able to continue.

On the restart, Von Dohren remained in control while John Willman was challenged and overtaken by Brett Kressley for the second position.  As Von Dohren approached lapped traffic the caution flew for the second time for the stopped car of Jack Butler.

Von Dohren held off Kressley to claim his 11th Thunder on the Hill Feature win.  Kressley finished in second, Ryan Watt in third, Kevin Hirthler in fourth, and Billy Pauch Jr. in fifth.

An invert of 6 cars gave Doug Manmiller the pole position for the second 20-lap feature event, but Billy Pauch Jr. won a drag race down the frontstretch to pick up the top spot.

While Pauch set a rapid pace, all eyes were on Craig Von Dohren, who moved into the third position on the third circuit aiming for that Pioneer Pole Buildings multi-win bonus.

The only caution flag flew on lap 5 for the slowing car of Kevin Hirthler.

Pauch Jr. held control on the restart and dominated the 20-lap event, despite a late race charge from Manmiller, Von Dohren, and Kressley.  Pauch went on to take the $2,000 winner’s share.  Doug Manmiller finished in second, Brett Kressley in third, Craig Von Dohren in fourth, and Ryan Watt in fifth.

Doug Manmiller, Brett Kressley, and Ron Kline claimed $200 Heat Race win bonuses courtesy of GT Radiator Repair.  Billy Pauch Jr. was Quick Time on the evening claiming the GT Radiator Repair $200 Quick Time Bonus.


Ryan Grim won the 602 Sportsman 25-lap feature event, where a caution slowed the action with one lap to go offering up a fight for the $1,000 payday.  Ryan Grim led Brad Grim in the single-lap shootout to the checkered flag.

Brad Grim led the early stages of the feature event, before Ryan Grim took control just passed the halfway point, followed almost immediately by a yellow flag for Jon Josko – who was running in the top five.

Ryan Grim held his position on the restart before the lap-24 caution flag slowed the action for the final time.

With their eyes on the checkered, Ryan Grim and Brad Grim made contact on the restart – but Ryan Grim was able to pick up the win and the $1,000 payday.  Brad Grim finished in second, Kyle Smith in third, Joe Toth in fourth, and Jesse Landis in fifth

Big-Block/358 Modified Results
GT Radiators Heat 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Doug Manmiller  2. Mike Gular  3. Ryan Watt  4. Billy Pauch Jr.  5. Alex Yankowski  6. Bobby Trapper Jr.
GT Radiators Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Brett Kressley  2. Steve Young  3. Frank Cozze  4. Duane Howard  5. Justin Grim  6. Jack Butler
GT Radiators Heat 3 (10 Laps) – 1. Ron Kline  2. Kevin Hirthler  3. John Willman  4. Craig Von Dohren  5. Jeff Strunk  6. Brian Hirthler
GT Radiators Consi (10 Laps) – 1. Kyle Smith  2. Craig Whitmoyer  3. Rick Laubach  4. Jesse Leiby  5. Joe Funk  6. Ryan Beltz
Feature 1 (20 Laps) – 1. Craig Von Dohren  2. Brett Kressley  3. Ryan Watt 4. Kevin Hirthler  5. Billy Pauch Jr.  6. Doug Manmiller 7. Rick Laubach  8. Mike Gular  9. Jeff Strunk  10. John Willman  11. Frank Cozze  12. Brian Hirthler  13. Bobby Trapper, Jr.  14. Craig Whitmoyer  15. Duane Howard  16. Jesse Leiby  17. Kyle Smith  18. Alex Yankowski  19. Ron Kline  20. Joe Funk  21. Justin Grim  22. Jack Butler  23. Ryan Beltz  24. Steve Young

Feature 2 (20 Laps) – 1. Billy Pauch, Jr.  2. Doug Manmiller  3. Brett Kressley  4. Craig Von Dohren  5. Ryan Watt 6. Mike Gular  7. Jeff Strunk  8. Rick Laubach  9. Alex Yankowski  10. Bobby Tapper, Jr.  11. Frank Cozze  12. Craig Whitmoyer  13. John Willman  14. Duane Howard  15. Dylan Swinehart  16. Jesse Leiby  17. Brian Hirthler  18. Kyle Smith  19. Justin Grim  20. Ron Kline  21. Joe Funk 22. Steve Young 23. Ryan Beltz 24. Kevin Hirthler

Feature 3 (20 Laps) – 1. Alex Yankowski  2. Jeff Strunk  3. Rick Laubach 4. Mike Gular  5. Brett Kressley  6. Bobby Trapper, Jr.  7. Craig Von Dohren  8. Doug Manmiller 9. Ryan Watt 10. Billy Pauch, Jr.  11. Frank Cozze  12. Craig Whitmoyer  13. Jesse Leiby  14. Brian Hirthler 15. Kyle Smith  16. John Willman  17. Justin Grim  18. Ron Kline 19. Joe Funk 20. Steve Young 21. Ryan Beltz 22. Duane Howard  23. Kevin Hirthler  24. Jack Butler

 
602 Sportsman Results
Heat 1 (8 Laps) – 1. Jimmy Leiby  2. Jesse Hirthler  3. Kenny Bock  4. Jesse Landis  5. Cody Manmiller 6. Joey Vaccaro
Heat 2 (8 Laps) – 1. Jon Josko  2. Ryan Grim  3. Jesse Leiby  4. David Burns  5. Mike Toth  6. Zane Roth
Heat 3 (8 Laps) – 1. Nathan Horn  2. Kyle Smith  3. Brad Grim  4. Dylan Swinehart  5. Logan Bauman  6. Talan Carter

Feature (25 Laps) – 1. Ryan Grim  2. Brad Grim  3. Kyle Smith  4. Joe Toth 5. Jesse Landis  6. Dylan Swinehart  7. David Burns  8. Jesse Leiby  9. Cody Manmiller 10. Jesse Hirthler  11. Logan Watt 12. Jimmy Leiby  13. Kenny Bock  14. Nathan Horn  15. Logan Bauman 16. Talan Carter  17. Ryan Graver  18. Josh Adams  19. Mark Mohr  20. Keith Harring 21. Mark Gaughler  22. Mike Toth  23. Zane Roth  24. Jon Josko  25. Joey Vaccaro.

 

This concludes the 2022 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series.  More details to follow on our schedule for 2023.

Grandview Speedway PR

Leading the only lap that mattered, Blake Hahn made up a nearly 2.5-second disadvantage over the final five laps to steal the win away from Matt Covington off the final turn of the Marmon/Keystone Road to Knoxville at Lakeside Speedway on Tuesday night.
 
“We really needed this win. We’ve had some strong runs, but it’s about being in Victory Lane. We came in with a car that’s been fast the last few nights out, just needed to rein in my mistakes and take advantage of those chances to win, and tonight was the night. My crew had this thing fine-tuned. Dalton had it where I could run the top or the bottom,” stated Hahn of his first National win of the season.
 
Hahn’s 17th career victory with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, he is the seventh different winner in just as many tour appearances at the Kansas City oval and the 12th different winner on the 2022 season. The win also put Blake back atop the points by nine.
 
On stoppage working Lap 5, Hahn restarted fourth as Covington led the way. Taking over the runner-up spot on Lap 14, Hahn began picking through lapped traffic with Covington able to maintain nearly straightaway over the Sage Fruit, Co./CSR Garage No. 52. Down the closing five revolutions, Covington found his advantage dwindle slightly as he fought with traffic.
 
Getting clear of the slower cars, the field raced around to two laps to run. Still trailing by over a half straightaway, Hahn worked low to three and four and rolled a diamond through the first and second turns. Closing the gap to the white flag, Hahn again turned top to bottom through turns one and two with a massive run to turn three.
 
Entering on Covington’s back bumper, the No. 95 crept up as they rounded the fourth turn, exposing the low line to Hahn, who rotated through and powered by for the win.
 
Matt Covington settled for second, with Brandon Anderson posting his second career podium finish. Battling back and forth with the No. 55b for several laps, Jason Martin ended up fourth, with Ryan Timms moving from ninth to fifth.
 
Wayne Johnson rolled the hub from 11th to sixth, followed by Riley Goodno in seventh. Running top five much of the first half of the race, Australia’s Rusty Hickman ended up eighth, with Chase Porter and Tim Crawley making up the top ten.
 
The field of 20 settled into three SCE Gaskets Heat Races. Wins went to Brandon Anderson, Matt Covington, and Chase Porter. The Driver’s Project overall quick qualifier was Blake Hahn, setting a new track record at 15.021-seconds. The record was previously held by Ian Madsen at 15.121-seconds, set on August 11, 2020.
 
Up next for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network is the 32nd annual 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank at Knoxville Raceway. Happing August 4-6, the event will be shown exclusively on http://www.dirtvision.com.
 
The 2022 season will mark the 31st 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 includes 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 Warrior Region
Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kan.)
Road to Knoxville
Tuesday, August 2, 2022
 
Car Count: 20
 
The Driver's Project Group Qualifying
 
The Drivers Project Qualifying 1 (3 Laps): 1. 21-Gunner Ramey, 15.147[7]; 2. 22-Riley Goodno, 15.166[5]; 3. 45-Rusty Hickman, 15.362[1]; 4. 55B-Brandon Anderson, 15.489[3]; 5. 10P-Dylan Postier, 15.592[6]; 6. 1X-Tim Crawley, 15.598[2]; 7. 187-Landon Crawley, 15.886[4]
 
The Drivers Project Qualifying 2 (3 Laps): 1. 52-Blake Hahn, 15.023[6]; 2. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 15.048[7]; 3. 95-Matt Covington, 15.060[3]; 4. 5T-Ryan Timms, 15.253[4]; 5. 98P-Miles Paulus, 15.378[1]; 6. 7C-Chris Morgan, 15.539[2]; 7. 17B-Ryan Bickett, 15.574[5]
 
The Drivers Project Qualifying 3 (3 Laps): 1. 36-Jason Martin, 15.336[4]; 2. 10-Landon Britt, 15.493[1]; 3. 22S-Slater Helt, 15.511[5]; 4. 2P-Chase Porter, 15.538[6]; 5. 2-Dylan Opdahl, NT 6. 45X-Kyler Johnson, NT
 
SCE Gaskets Heat Races (All drivers advance to the A-Feature)
 
SCE Gaskets Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 55B-Brandon Anderson[1]; 2. 45-Rusty Hickman[2]; 3. 22-Riley Goodno[3]; 4. 1X-Tim Crawley[6]; 5. 21-Gunner Ramey[4]; 6. 10P-Dylan Postier[5]; 7. 187-Landon Crawley[7]
 
SCE Gaskets Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington[2]; 2. 5T-Ryan Timms[1]; 3. 52-Blake Hahn[4]; 4. 2C-Wayne Johnson[3]; 5. 7C-Chris Morgan[6]; 6. 98P-Miles Paulus[5]; 7. 17B-Ryan Bickett[7]
 
SCE Gaskets Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 2P-Chase Porter[1]; 2. 36-Jason Martin[4]; 3. 10-Landon Britt[3]; 4. 22S-Slater Helt[2]; 5. 2-Dylan Opdahl[5]; 6. 45X-Kyler Johnson[6]
 
A-Feature
 
Lucas Oil A-Main (25 Laps): 1. 52-Blake Hahn[3]; 2. 95-Matt Covington[2]; 3. 55B-Brandon Anderson[4]; 4. 36-Jason Martin[1]; 5. 5T-Ryan Timms[9]; 6. 2C-Wayne Johnson[11]; 7. 22-Riley Goodno[7]; 8. 45-Rusty Hickman[6]; 9. 2P-Chase Porter[5]; 10. 1X-Tim Crawley[10]; 11. 98P-Miles Paulus[17]; 12. 10-Landon Britt[8]; 13. 17B-Ryan Bickett[19]; 14. 187-Landon Crawley[20]; 15. 10P-Dylan Postier[18]; 16. 21-Gunner Ramey[12]; 17. 22S-Slater Helt[13]; 18. 7C-Chris Morgan[14]; 19. 45X-Kyler Johnson[16]; 20. 2-Dylan Opdahl[15]
 
Lap Leader(s): Matt Covington 1-24; Blake Hahn 25
Hard Charger: Miles Paulus +6
Quick Time: Blake Hahn 15.021-seconds (NTR)
High Point Driver: Jason Martin
Provisional(s): N/A
 
2022 Race Winners: Wayne Johnson – 4 (3/18 – Devil's Bowl Speedway; 6/18 – Boothill Speedway, 6/25 - I-70 Motorsports Park; 7/23 – I-30 Speedway); Tim Crawley – 2 (7/22 – Batesville Motor Speedway; 7/26 – Tulsa Speedway); Derek Hagar – 2 (3/25 – I-30 Speedway; 6/17 – Texarkana 67 Speedway); Dylan Westbrook – 2 (5/28 – Lake Ozark Speedway; 7/27 – Caney Valley Speedway); Matt Covington – 2 (7/1 – Boone County Raceway; 7/28 – 81-Speedway); Seth Bergman – 1 (3/19 – Devil's Bowl Speedway); Aaron Reutzel – 1 (3/26 – I-30 Speedway); Sam Hafertepe, Jr. – 1 (5/29 – Thunderbird Speedway); Jake Bubak – 1 (7/2 – WaKeeney Speedway); Zach Blurton – 1 (7/3 – WaKeeney Speedway); Gunner Ramey - 1 (7/15 – U.S. 36 Raceway); Blake Hahn – 1 (8/2 – Lakeside Speedway)
 
2022 Driver Points (Top 15): 1. Blake Hahn 2,311; 2. Wayne Johnson 2,302; 3. Tim Crawley 2,263; 4. Matt Covington 2,205; 5. Jason Martin 2,188; 6. Brandon Anderson 2,117; 7. Landon Britt 1,899; 8. Landon Crawley 1,888; 9. Kyler Johnson 1,872; 10. Ryan Bickett 1,811; 11. Garet Williamson 1,751; 12. Dylan Postier 1,697; 13. Dylan Opdahl 1,585; 14. Dylan Westbrook 1,164; 15. Dale Howard 890;
 
ASCS PR

A new month brings new opportunities, new goals and hopefully some luck for ARCA Menards Series rookie Amber Balcaen and her Rette Jones Racing team, but as they embark on the upcoming Henry Ford Health 200 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday afternoon.

There is no shade in revealing that the months of June and July were a struggle for the driver of the No. 30 ICON Direct Ford Fusion and while the team’s rough patch could easily be chalked up to bad luck, the team chooses to forget the past and instead focus on the upcoming 100-lap race as an opportunity to reset their 2022 season.

“We have no choice but to look out the windshield and focus forward,” said Balcaen.

“Everyone knows there has to be some light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully that arrives this weekend in Michigan.

“Without question – our Rette Jones Racing team has showcased speed in our race cars, but this stretch of tough finishes has certainly played havoc with our momentum and has caused some frustration too along the way.

“The faith in my team and the support from our partners is the juice that keeps me propelling forward with the best positive attitude that I can bring to the track as a driver and I know my Rette Jones Racing team feels the same way.

“Hopefully, my ARCA debut at Michigan is kinder to us in more ways than one.”

Balcaen is hoping that her recent pace at the speedway of Pocono Raceway will carry over to Michigan, a demanding two-mile oval where speeds can exceed more than 200 miles per hour.

“I know Michigan is one of the fastest race tracks that we compete outside of Daytona and Talladega, so there is going to be a challenge in adapting to the speed, but I feel comfortable with the leadership from Mark (Rette) and the rest of the RJR crew I can quickly find my footing in practice and quickly apply what we learn to qualifying and then the race.

“I am really excited to get back to a big track because I feel that’s where I excel as a driver on the larger tracks. “I just hope our bad luck streak is over so we can show people what are Rette Jones Racing team is really capable of.”

When it comes to her goal of finishing the race on Saturday afternoon, seeing the checkered flag would be a victory itself after suffering did not finishes in three of the last four events.

“Yeah, I’d like nothing more than to get ourselves back in the top-10 on Saturday and take that checkered flag,” added Balcaen. “I know that Michigan is going to be a competitive race, but I think we have shown that no matter the type of race track that we have the speed to run inside the top-10 and Pocono was a perfect example of that.

“If we cannot get ourselves back in the top-10, see the checkered flag would be huge for us in the momentum department and then we can just plug away and see what the road course at Watkins Glen and then The Milwaukee Mile delivers later this month.”

For crew chief and co-team owner Mark Rette, he is confident that his rookie driver will continue to adapt and rebound at Michigan International Speedway.

“Amber is not going to give up and when our luck turns for the better, she is going to deliver the finishes I know we are capable of,” offered Rette. “Everything that has happened over the last several races has been a learning experience and will help the program for the long term.

“We’ll take our battle wounds, including last weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway and press forward with a positive attitude and focus on making the most out of our Michigan race this weekend.”

ICON Direct will continue to adorn the primary positions on Balcaen’s race car in their 12th of 20 races this season.

ICON Direct is a manufacturer of high-quality plastic component parts for the RV industry, located in Manitoba, Canada. ICON aftermarket replacement parts are available through RV Dealers and Distributors across North America and directly through their website IconDirect.com.

The Winnipeger’s new endeavor at Rette Jones Racing will also be supported by Glenn McLeod and Sons – cementing a full Canadian roster of partners for her ARCA Menards Series rookie season.

Longtime RJR partners Ford Performance, Goodridge Fluid Transfer Systems, Jones Group Demolition and Abatement and JRi Shocks will continue their relationship with the team in 2022 and serve as associate partners on Balcaen’s No. 30 ICON Direct Ford Fusion.

RJR is co-owned by Canadian entrepreneur and former race car driver Terry Jones.

Entering Michigan, Balcaen sits sixth in the ARCA Menards Series championship standings, 28 points out of fourth and 101 markers in the arrears to championship leader Rajah Caruth.

For more on Amber Balcaen, please visit amberbalcaenracing.com, like her on Facebook (AmberBalcaenRacing) and follow her on Instagram (@amberbalcaen10) and Twitter (@amberbalcaen10).

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

The Henry Ford Health 200 (100 laps | 200 miles) is the 12th of 20 races on the 2022 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins on Saturday, August 6, 2022, from 10:45 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. General Tire pole qualifying kicks off at 11:30 a.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV and FloRacing beginning at 6:30 p.m. ARCARacing.com will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (ET).

RJR PR

On a night dedicated to honoring U.S. Legend Car and Bandolero champions at the Cook Out Summer Shootout, a group of former Legend racers turned NASCAR stars stole the show with a school bus slobberknocker for the ages.

Kaulig Racing drivers Daniel Hemric, Landon Cassill and Justin Haley, along with team president Chris Rice and guest driver Quentin Haley battled in a five-lap showdown that featured four-wide racing, three-wheeled slide jobs and a side-by-side photo finish. Ultimately, former Legend racer Cassill came out on top, edging Justin Haley to claim the ultimate bragging rights and a life-size trophy at the Cook Out Summer Shootout finale at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“It drove beautifully,” Cassill joked from victory lane. “It was on rails -- had the left side planted.

“He’s (Justin Haley) a good driver. He was trying to take the gap where we he could. We made a little contact there, but I just kept in the gap.”

Hemric, who won the Legends Million – the largest purse ever for a U.S. Legend Car event – in 2010, slid through the infield grass on the race’s final circuit to finish third.

Lewis Leads the Way in Pro Division

In the Boston Reid & Co. Pro division, Landon Lewis capped a magical season with his first Cook Out Summer Shootout championship, holding off stars Jordan Black, Garrett Lowe and a host of other Pro division drivers to capture the season-long title and the champion’s belt.

On a night that saw Jensen Jorgensen claim his fifth win in just six Cook Out Summer Shootout events this season, Lewis held on for a third-place finish to claim the Boston Reid & Co. Pro division title.

“What a race,” Jorgensen said in victory lane. “I started sixth. I didn’t know if I could get it up there. I got it up there and got to mix it up with Ryan Mackintosh and Jordan Black, some of the best. This is it. This is the pinnacle of racing. This is huge.”

Woodall Offers Master Class with Third Consecutive Title

In the Masters division, the season-long battle for a championship came down to a Round 10 showdown between the top two points leaders, Robbie Woodall and Brandon McKenzie, who were separated by only two points entering the night.

The pair started the race in third and fifth place respectively in the 25-lap feature, with the title coming down to essentially who finished ahead of the other.

McKenzie raced his way around Woodall on lap 7, before Dwayne Holder spun McKenzie a lap later, bringing out the caution and giving Woodall the advantage with 17 circuits remaining. Woodall restarted in eighth place, while McKenzie started in 13th.

After a spin on the restart, McKenzie fell nearly a half a lap behind Woodall, his chances of a late-race miracle having seemingly faded. But a late caution with just four laps to go gave McKenzie fresh life.

On the ensuing restart, Woodall moved to third and McKenzie to fifth. While Canadian Kevin Foisy cruised to victory for his first win of the 2022 Cook Out Summer Shootout season, Woodall held on to for a third place finish and his third consecutive Cook Out Summer Shootout victory.

Lewis and Woodall’s ascension to the pinnacle of grassroots racing glory headlined a six-pack of champions who were crowned during Tuesday Cook Out Summer Shootout finale. Additional drivers who hoisted a 2022 Cook Out Summer Shootout champion’s belt include:

Darren Krantz Jr., Bandits

Kaeden Ballos, Outlaws

Carson Haslip, Young Lions

Carson Brown, VP Racing Fuel Semi-Pro

Top 10 in each division of Tuesday’s Round 10 races (unofficial results):

Beginner Bandoleros: 1. Wyatt Coffey; 2. Jeffrey Beck; 3. Bryson Murphy; 4. Owen Byerly; 5. Jack Smith; 6. Aidan Zschiedrich; 7. Mason Roberts; 8. Camden Truett; 9. Lilly Impellizzeri; 10. Ava Grace Tobias

Bandits: 1. Ben Morabito; 2. Darren Krantz Jr.; 3. Beckham Malone; 4. LaQuan McCoy; 5. Rodney Dowless Jr.; 6. Bryson Brinkley; 7. Hudson Canipe; 8. Ryan Likens; 9. Mardy Roberts III; 10. Owen Zacharias

Outlaws: 1. Kaeden Ballos; 2. Killian McMann; 3. Neal Dulin; 4. Bobby Gossett; 5. Kingston Norfleet; 6. Phoenyx Kimball; 7. Gracie Crocker; 8. Randy Phillips; 9. Olivia Murray; 10. Atley Wiese

Young Lions: 1. TJ Decaire; 2. Joel Smith; 3. George Phillips; 4. Sean McElearney; 5. Layton Harrison; 6. Brody Gunter; 7. Carson Haislip; 8. Joshua Dickens; 9. Luke Baldwin; 10. Ryan Zima

VP Racing Semi-Pro: 1. Lucas Vera; 2. Jesse Martinez; 3. Jadyn Daniels; 4. Dawson Sutton; 5. Sean Abell; 6. Eloy Lopez; 7. Carson Brown; 8. Sterling Wrisley; 9. Joshua Horniman; 10. Preston Wrisley

Boston Reid & Co. Pro: 1. Jensen Jorgensen; 2. Jordan Black; 3. Landen Lewis; 4. Cameron Bolin; 5. Connor Zilisch; 6. Garrett Lowe; 7. Nick Woodall; 8. Blake Sasser; 9. George Tomko; 10. Todd McCollum

Masters: 1. Kevin Foisy; 2. Lee Jordan; 3. Robbie Woodall; 4. Mark Green; 5. Brandon McKenzie; 6. Brandin Wrisley; 7. Robby Faggart; 8. Carl Cormier; 9. Tom Sherman; 10. Dwayne Holder

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Next up, Charlotte Motor Speedway kicks off its fall season of speed with the Circle K Monster Truck Bash at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on Saturday, Aug. 20. The fall schedule also includes the Charlotte AutoFair (Sept. 8-10), NHRA Carolina Nationals (Sept. 23-25) and the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 weekend (Oct. 8-9). For a complete schedule of upcoming events, ticket information and more from America’s Home for Racing, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

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CMS PR

Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn is one of the fastest tracks on the NASCAR circuit.

Pole speeds on the two-mile, D-shaped oval climbed over 203 mph in 2018. While the current Next Gen cars won't turn speeds like that this weekend, the four- and sometimes five-wide racing at MIS should be spectacular in Sunday's 400-mile race.

Trackhouse Racing's Daniel Suárez knows there's two keys to crossing the finish line first at Michigan: Get there fast and get there safely.

That is the same strategy employed by Trackhouse Racing's newest partner, Dallas-based freight and logistics giant Worldwide Express. Suárez will introduce the blue-and-white Worldwide Express paint scheme for his No. 99 team in Michigan this weekend.

Trackhouse announced in April the global logistics provider will serve as the primary sponsor of Ross Chastain’s No. 1 Chevrolet and Suárez's No. 99 in several races over the next two seasons. Chastain has raced a Worldwide Express paint scheme in 2022 while Suárez carries the livery for the first time Sunday.

He arrives at MIS after finishing 28th on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Suárez raced in the top seven throughout the event and ran as high as third in overtime before damage forced him to pit lane on the final lap.

With just four races remaining before the NASCAR playoffs, Suárez and his Travis Mack-led crew would like to notch their second victory of the season Sunday and build momentum for the Sept. 4 playoff opener at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

USA Network will televise Sunday's race in Michigan at 3 p.m. EDT.

Trackhouse Racing PR

Layne Riggs is in an enviable position heading into the Davenport Energy Night event on Saturday night, August 6, the kickoff event to South Boston Speedway’s month-long 65th anniversary celebration.

However, it’s something he says he would rather not think about.

Heading into South Boston Speedway’s last event three weeks ago, Riggs held a slim single-digit lead over Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina and two-time NASCAR national champion and six-time South Boston Speedway champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia in the chase for the South Boston Speedway NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division point standings.

Entering the twin 65-lap NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division races that will headline Saturday night’s six-race program, Riggs holds a 19-point edge over Borst and a 21-point lead over Sellers.

The big shift in the championship resulted when Riggs swept the two races on July 16 and an unfortunate circumstance for Borst and Sellers in the second race in which both were involved in an accident. Both returned to action, many laps down, with Sellers being credited with a 10th-place finish and Borst being credited with an 11th-place finish.

Now, Riggs, who swept the twin races on July 16 and has nine wins in his 13 starts at the .4-mile oval thus far, has a more comfortable margin to work with as the season winds down to three nights of racing and a total of five races remaining in the track’s point season.”

“It (the track championship points chase) is something I personally don’t want to think about,” Riggs remarked after sweeping the twin races on July 16.

“I just want to drive the car, win every race I’m a part of, and bring the car home in one piece. I can’t get ahead of myself or think I have anything in the bag. Anything can happen at any time. The switch can flip so quickly in points. We’ve just got to keep chipping away at it, and keep getting better every race.”

A big piece of the puzzle, Riggs noted, is continuing to improve each week
“These boys keep getting better and faster every race. It’s not like I’ve had the same car here every race. We have to keep improving just to keep up with everybody else.”

The month of August is a big one at South Boston Speedway as track officials focus on celebrating the track’s 65th anniversary, starting with Saturday night’s Davenport Energy Night event.

In addition to the twin 65-lap NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division races that will headline Saturday night’s action, fans will see a 50-lap race for the Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division, a 25-lap race for the Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division, and a 20-lap race for the Virginia State Police HEAT Hornets Division.

Fans will get to take a step back in time and get a glimpse of racing history as members of the Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club, driving vintage Modified and Late Model Sportsman cars, compete in a 25-lap race.

Kyle Barnes of Draper, Virginia holds a 28-point lead over Jason Myers of Hurt, Virginia in the Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division point standings. Scott Phillips of Halifax, Virginia holds a 10-point edge over Johnny Layne of Halifax, Virginia and a 17-point lead over Jimmy Wade of Halifax, Virginia in the Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division championship chase. Jason DeCarlo of Chase City, Virginia leads Steven Layne of Nathalie, Virginia by six points and former division champion Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia by nine points in the Virginia State Police HEAT Hornets Division title race.

Three races remain in the track’s 2022 points season for those three racing divisions.

The Davenport Energy Night event schedule has practice starting at 3:30 p.m., grandstand gates opening at 5:30 p.m., qualifying starting at 6 p.m. and the first race of the night getting the green flag at 7 p.m.

Advance adult general admission tickets for the Davenport Energy Night event are priced at $10 each and may be purchased online on South Boston Speedway’s website, www.southbostonspeedway.com. Advance tickets may also be purchased by calling the speedway office at 434-572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540 during regular business hours.

Tickets at the gate on race night will be $15 each. Seniors ages 65 and older, military, healthcare workers, and students (with ID) can purchase tickets for $10 each at the gate on race night.

The latest updates and news for both fans and competitors can be found on the speedway’s website, southbostonspeedway.com, and through the track’s social media channels. Information may also be obtained by phoning the speedway at 434-572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540 during regular business hours.
 

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The ninth race of the 2022 Delta Speedway presented by Valley Strong Credit Union season hits the 1/7th mile dirt track in Stockton this Saturday night. Four divisions of Micro Sprints compete at the speedway in search of $1,000-to-win track championships and a place in the history books.
 
All seats are general admission, priced at $10 for adults, juniors ages 6-12, seniors, and military are $5, while kids 5 & under are FREE! Pit passes are $20. Tickets can be purchased through MyRacePass or at the gate. Drivers meeting is at 4:30pm with hot laps and qualifying to follow. Fans who cannot attend can also see flag-to-flag coverage on The Cushion, the speedway’s Pay-Per-View partner this year.
 
Stockton’s Nikko Panella has driven into the points lead in both the winged Super 600 and the Non-Wing divisions, looking to join Ripon’s Brandon Carey and Stockton’s Caden Sarale as track championship sweepers.
 
Panella’s bid for the Super 600 title is being challenged by Medford’s Ashton and Austin Torgerson. Ashton trails Panella by just 24-points and he has equaled Panella’s two victories this year. Sacramento’s Austin Wood and Brentwood’s Jeffrey Pahule round out the Super 600 top-five with a 30-lap feature for $500 to win on tap.
 
Panella has won three features in Non-Wing but his lead is a scant eight points over Austin Torgerson, owing to the competitiveness of the division. Pahule has two victories and third place in the standings while Ashton Torgerson is fourth. Austin Wood rounds out the top-five. With the same five drivers occupying the top-five in each division, can a fresh face like Jett Barnes of Visalia break through for a 30-lap, $500 victory?
 
Five wins in eight starts have lifted Rancho Murieta’s Lucas Mauldin to a 68-point lead in the Restricted standings. 2021 Jr. Sprints champion Brody Rubio of Manteca has six top-five finishes this year but looks to grab a $300 win in Saturday’s 25-lap race. Adrianna DeMartini has slipped to third in the order ahead of Pleasanton’s Kellan Harper and Tracy’s Kyle Fernandez.
 
Manteca’s Briggs Davis has led the Jr. Sprints championship from the drop of the 2022 green flag but has company at the top of the standings. Vacaville’s Jackson Tardiff has used two victories to close within three markers of Davis for the title. Maya Mauldin’s one win has her placed in third in the points followed by Oakdale’s Heston Stepps and Haven Sherman of Citrus Heights. Twin qualifying heat races and a 20-lap feature for $200 to win await the youngest drivers at Delta Speedway.
 
Courtesy of C&P Promotions, all member drivers in Juniors and Restricted who race at least 12 of 14 events will be eligible for drawings for a new Yamaha engine core and a new PMP chassis 600 frame and body.
 
Stubborn Rods will offer one custom made fishing rod per month to a randomly selected race winning driver as well. Lucas Mauldin won the fishing rod after winning on May 21st in Restricted!
 
Delta Speedway Stockton thanks Valley Strong Credit Union, Hoosier Tire, Scully’s Air, Kludt Oil and Propane, Interstate Truck Center, Papé Kenworth, Van De Pol Petroleum, Hostile Wheels, Genova Bakery, Winner’s Bingo, Stubborn Rods, Solari’s Backhoe Service, and PMP Chassis for their support of the 2022 racing season. Race fans are encouraged to check out Dave Royce and Royce Farms Barbeque for the best racing food on the planet. Come thirsty as adult beverages are now available as well! RacingJunk.com is the official classifieds website of Delta Speedway.
 
For more information on Delta Speedway presented by Valley Strong Credit Union, follow us online at http://www.deltaspeedwaystockton.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Spencer Boyd’s ability to attract and retain sponsors in the sport of NASCAR has shown itself again with WML Demolition & Contracting returning for a second season as a primary sponsor.  The blaze orange paint scheme highlighted with a chrome number 12 will make its debut as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Richmond Raceway on August 13, 2022.
 
WML Demolition & Contracting is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) offering full-service demolition services for commercial customers, government and military contracts, homeowners, and residential builders.  Headquartered in Sterling, VA, WML services jobs all over the Mid-Atlantic region.
 
“The new paint on this year’s WML truck is sick!” exclaimed Spencer Boyd. “They wanted something that would stand out, scream demolition, and I think we have delivered.  Richmond is my favorite track and promoting Veteran owned businesses is something I’m passionate about, so we have a great combination for this race and partnership.”
 
WML is named for the founder’s grandfather, a police officer, a volunteer firefighter, businessman and father of four. Corey Lockhart, Founder of WML, commented on the relationship with Spencer, “He’s one of us.  He busts his ass day in and day out just like us.  When I call him, he picks up the phone.  That is the kind of person we want representing our brand.”
 
WML Demolition & Contracting was the primary sponsor of Boyd’s No. 20 Silverado in last season’s Richmond race.
 
Lockhart elaborated on his company’s involvement in NASCAR, “We love the access!  I get to entertain people at the track and get so close to the action.  In my business, relationships are key and this is a great way to show appreciation to people that have helped WML along the way.”
 
To commemorate the sponsorship, limited-edition WML t-shirts are available on www.spencerboyd.net for purchase prior to the race.

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Notes of Interest

 

● After equaling his season-best finish of ninth during last Sunday on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Cole Custer and his No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) head to the Irish Hills for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

 

● Sunday’s 200-lap race will be Custer’s 98th career Cup Series start and his fourth on the 2-mile Michigan oval. In a Saturday-Sunday doubleheader weekend during his 2020 Rookie of the Year season, he posted finishes of 34th and 25th, respectively. Custer bettered those results during last year’s return to the Irish Hills with a 23rd-place finish.

 

● In three NASCAR Xfinity Series appearances at Michigan from 2017 through 2019, all in the No. 00 SHR Ford, Custer never finished outside the top-12 or qualified worse than seventh. His best outing was a third-place finish from the fourth starting position in 2018. He finished 10th from seventh on the grid in 2017, and finished 12th from sixth on the grid in 2019.

 

● Custer led 18 laps in his lone NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan in August 2016, when he was behind the wheel of the No. 00 Haas Automation-sponsored entry for JR Motorsports. But an accident 17 laps from the finish foiled his victory bid.

 

● Riding along with Custer and his SHR Mustang is team co-owner Gene Haas’ newest holding, Haas Tooling, which was launched as a way for CNC machinists to purchase high-quality cutting tools at great prices. Haas cutting tools are sold exclusively online at HaasTooling.com and shipped directly to end users. HaasTooling.com products became available nationally in July 2020. Haas Automation, founded by Haas in 1983, is America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools. The company manufactures a complete line of vertical and horizontal machining centers, turning centers and rotary tables and indexers. All Haas products are constructed in the company’s 1.1-million-square-foot manufacturing facility in Oxnard, California, and distributed through a worldwide network of Haas Factory Outlets.

 

Cole Custer, Driver of the No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing

 

You’re headed to Michigan after a solid, top-10 run, your second of the season. You came just one spot short of another top-10 earlier this season on Michigan’s sister track, Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Are you feeling like you have some momentum heading into the weekend?

“I’m looking forward to getting to Michigan after the weekend we had in Fontana back in February. It was just the second race with this new NextGen car and I was really happy with the progress our team made. We made really good adjustments all day and got our car better. We got a little off there at the end and I wish I did a few things different on the restarts but, overall, it was a solid day and we got some stage points. Hoping we can go to Michigan and improve on that this weekend. It’s one of those tracks where it’s tough to get everything right, but we’ve definitely got notes to go from and a little momentum on our side. We’re getting down to these final races of the regular season and guys are all fighting for those last spots in the playoffs, so things can get crazy pretty quickly.”

 

With the regular season winding down, what can you look back on as some of the positives so far this year?

“We’ve shown speed at times. We went to Bristol and sat on the pole. That was really cool for my first Cup pole. I’m not a dirt guy, so it was pretty surprising to me. But it was cool to have that. It was fun to go to Fontana and win the Xfinity race. And also the road courses, we’ve been pretty fast, ran top-10 at all of them but just didn’t have the finishes. Martinsville, we were good. It’s just a matter of having it all come together.”

 

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Notes of Interest

 

●  Where’s Kevin? At Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, of course. The 2-mile oval is the site of Sunday's FireKeepers Casino 400 NASCAR Cup Series race, and Busch Light Apple is taking a “Where's Waldo?” approach to the live broadcast starting at 3 p.m. EDT on USA. Hidden items are scattered throughout the paint scheme of Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Busch Light Apple #BuschelOfBusch Ford Mustang, and Busch Beer is asking fans to find the secluded imagery, with the degree of difficulty increasing during each stage of the 200-lap race. Fans who find all the art can win some cool swag from Busch. To enter, just follow @BuschBeer, turn on notifications, and tweet #BuschelOfBusch and #Sweepstakes, along with the answer to each question, to win some loud-and-proud prizes.

 

●  The FireKeepers Casino 400 will mark Harvick’s 42nd career NASCAR Cup Series start at Michigan, the most among active drivers. Since making his first start at the track on June 10, 2001, Harvick has scored five wins, 15 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes while leading 699 laps, all of which are series bests. Harvick’s five wins are two more than Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson and Joey Logano, all of whom are tied with three wins apiece. Harvick’s 15 top-fives are five more than next best Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. (10 top-fives apiece). Harvick’s 21 top-10s are four more than nearest pursuers Busch and Logano (17 top-10s each), as are his 699 laps led, which is 109 more laps than Logano (590 laps led).

 

●  Harvick’s first NASCAR Cup Series win at Michigan came on Aug. 15, 2010. Fifteen races passed before Harvick’s second win on Aug. 12, 2018, but in that span he finished second six times, including a run of four straight runner-up finishes (2013-2014).

 

●  The victory on Aug. 12, 2018 might have been one of the most satisfying of Harvick’s career. Upon climbing from his car on the start/finish line, Harvick waved his son, Keelan, over to grab the checkered flag. Then after Harvick completed his TV interview, a then 6-year-old Keelan rode with his dad around the racetrack and on to victory lane. It was a tradition that continued a year later when Harvick successfully defended his win at Michigan. This time, Keelan joined his dad on pit road and rode in the car en route to the frontstretch, riding shotgun as Harvick performed an epic burnout on the way to the start/finish line to pick up another checkered flag.

 

●  That batch of second-place finishes in 2013-2014 served as a prelude to Harvick scoring a batch of wins. From August 2019 through all of 2020, Harvick won every NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan. The three-win streak began with a victory on Aug. 11, 2019 and then culminated with a sweep of the 2020 doubleheader. In taking back-to-back checkered flags Aug. 8-9, 2020 at Michigan, Harvick became the first driver to win two Cup Series races on consecutive days since Richard Petty in 1971 when Petty won July 14 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, New York, and July 15 at Islip (N.Y.) Speedway. Harvick’s sweep of the 2020 Michigan doubleheader earned him an accolade no other driver had ever achieved – the first NASCAR Cup Series driver in history to win on back-to-back days at the same track.

 

●  Harvick was a eyeing a record-tying fourth straight Michigan victory when he rolled into the 2-mile oval for last year’s FireKeepers Casino 400. Ultimately, it proved not to be as Harvick finished 14th, leaving Bill Elliott as the sole record holder for most consecutive NASCAR Cup Series wins at Michigan with four, as the NASCAR Hall of Famer swept the track’s slate of races in 1985 and 1986. Nonetheless, Harvick is one of just 10 drivers who have earned consecutive wins at Michigan, joining Bobby Allison (1971 sweep), David Pearson (1972 sweep-1973 and 1974-1975), Cale Yarborough (1983 sweep), Elliott (1985 sweep-1986 sweep), Bobby Labonte (1995 sweep), Mark Martin (1997-1998), Ryan Newman (2003-2004), Greg Biffle (2004-2005 and 2012-2013) and Kyle Larson (2016-2017 sweep).

 

●  Harvick hasn’t finished outside the top-15 at Michigan since a 29th-place result in June 2015. To provide some context to the length of this streak, here are some pop-culture anecdotes from seven years ago…

    ●  Gas was $2.08 a gallon.

    ●  The No. 1 song was “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth.

    ●  The No. 1 movie was “Jurassic World”, which earned $1.67 billion at the box office.

    ●  CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS”, in their ninth and 13th seasons respectively, were the most-watched comedy and drama on TV.

    ●  The Golden State Warriors won its first NBA championship in 40 years, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games. The Warriors have gone on to win three more NBA titles, including this year’s championship.

 

●  Harvick has flexed his muscles outside of the NASCAR Cup Series at Michigan. In 11 career NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the track, Harvick has a win (August 2003), four top-fives and nine top-10s. And in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Harvick has a win (August 2011) and two top-fives and four top-11s.

 

●  All of these statistics and anecdotes make Harvick the apple of one’s eye at Michigan, which is fitting since the 2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion will race the No. 4 Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang at the 2-mile oval. Busch Light Apple is a crisp, refreshing, apple-flavored lager with a touch of sweet on the front end and a clear, beer finish on the back end. It is available for a limited time only NATIONWIDE for its LAST YEAR EVER in 12-, 24- and 30-packs at a store near you.

 

Kevin Harvick, Driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Apple #BuschelOfBusch Ford Mustang 

 

Michigan marks a return to a high-speed intermediate track after running a variety of tracks through the summer. Can the knowledge learned early in the year at Fontana and Las Vegas be applied to Michigan, or were those races so long ago that it’s no longer applicable?

“I think it’s going to make it a bit irrelevant just because of the fact that California is so rough, and I think a lot of those things – you’ll be able to run the car a lot lower, a lot closer to the stops, things that you can’t do at California. I think it’ll be more aerodynamically sound than probably what it was at California because you can be more aggressive on the shock stops.”

 

We’ve heard the adage of, “Slow down to go fast,” and that seems to be used a lot at Michigan. What does that mean and how does it apply to Michigan?

“Michigan is one of those places where you don’t want to miss the center of the corner. You want to be on the throttle at the center of the corner and get that good exit speed to make the straightaway as long as you can. So the less you can touch the brake pedal and the more time you can spend on the throttle to make those straightaways as long as possible, the better speed you’re going to make. And Michigan in the past has been pretty line-sensitive, so you’ve just got to be careful about where you are on the racetrack. And if you miss that on the entry, it just screws the whole corner up.”

 

You’ve enjoyed a lot of success at Michigan. Does that experience have any bearing when you return there with the NextGen car?

“Maybe. You can have a baseline interpretation, but it seems to have migrated in a number of different directions at different racetracks and different scenarios this year just because of the different characteristics that come with the car. Places that we haven’t been, you just don’t really know where it’s going to go. You go to some of these places, I think Darlington is a good example, where California, Darlington, places that have been super rough, have been really difficult to navigate in traffic, and even by yourself sometimes, because of the way that the cars bounce around.”

 

Your son, Keelan, has helped you celebrate victories at Michigan. Describe those moments and how it all came together.

“Honestly, that was something we had talked about beforehand. That was what he wanted to do. He wanted to get into the car and ride around after we won. He likes going to Michigan because they have a great ice cream shop and he can go to the golf course and drive a golf cart. That was after he had stuffed a golf cart into the big pine tree in the morning, and then during the day he told me, ‘Dad, if you win today, can I come out on pit road and ride in the car?’ My biggest concern right there was making sure he didn’t burn his butt because those cars and bars and everything are hot. So he had to sit over there and ride along. But what a cool experience. During pre-COVID races and things that we were doing, he was not racing and he was traveling with me, and a lot of times it was just he and I and we found all these spots at different places. But Michigan became one of his favorite places because that’s where he drove his quarter midget and we got to go to the go-kart track and go to the golf course, and the ice cream shop is always the biggest hit. And, obviously, that was his creation, riding in the car.”

 

Looking back, was it more special for him or for you?

“For me, those moments are really cool just because of the fact that they don’t stay that small very long. I look at how small he was in the videos from that race and, as you look through those old videos, it seems like it was forever ago because now I look at him and he’s twice the size as he was then. So those are just things you will have forever, and to be able to experience that was pretty neat.”

 

What kind of an influence do moments like that have on his affinity for racing?

“That’s really hard to tell. At that particular point, he drove the quarter midget at the little oval in Michigan for the first time. We had raced a little bit a year-and-a-half or so after that but, up until that point, his love of racing was really just going to the racetrack and being around the things that we could do before they kick all the kids off the pit box. He loves sitting on the pit box and being in the garage and being around all the guys and, still to this day, every time he’s there he helps Turkey (Jamie Turski, tire specialist) sets the air pressures on the car, so he just likes being around it. And you watch him race now, you realize how much he’s been around racing because he does things that you don’t tell him about or to do. And you say, ‘Why did you do that?’ And he’ll say, ‘Well, I saw this happen or that happen.’ He’s been around racing, really, since he’s been born and been at the racetrack because that’s just what we did. We took him to the racetrack and we went and raced and those experiences that we’ve gathered over the years are something that he’s just watched happen. His love of racing is really just his life of racing. We’re just a family who grew up around racing as kids, and now our kids are growing up around racing in a sport that’s just a generational sport, where you go from one generation to the next, and the kids just learn about it.”

 

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