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Notes of Interest

 

● Chase Briscoe and the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford Mustang team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) head to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn for Briscoe’s second Cup Series start and his fourth overall NASCAR national series start on the 2-mile oval.

 

● In the 2021 edition of the FireKeepers 400, Briscoe’s Cup Series debut at Michigan, he started 21st and was riding comfortably inside the top-10 with just three laps to go before contact with Kurt Busch caused damage to the nose of the No. 14 Ford Mustang. While the injured car became a handful for Briscoe in the closing laps, he held on for an 11th-place finish.

 

● Prior to last year, Briscoe never finished outside of the top-10 in his three previous starts there, each in a different series. In his lone NASCAR Xfinity Series start in 2019, he started 14th and finished seventh. He finished ninth in his only NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start there in 2017, and second in the 2016 ARCA Menards Racing Series event.

 

● With 22 races complete and four remaining before the playoff field is set, Briscoe sits 15th in the driver standings with one win, earned in March at Phoenix Raceway. The win earned Briscoe a chance to make the Cup Series playoffs for the first time, provided there are no more than 16 different race winners following the Aug. 27 regular season finale at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

 

● All of the SHR cars travel from race to race in haulers from Rush Truck Centers, the premier service solutions provider to the commercial vehicle industry. And those haulers are supported by the RushCare team of parts and service experts, who also provide concierge-level service and maintenance, technical support, schedule mobile service, dispatch roadside assistance, help locate the nearest dealer, and more. Rush Truck Centers is the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in the United States with 139 locations, and takes pride in its integrated approach to customer needs – from vehicle sales to aftermarket parts, service and body shop operations, plus financing, insurance, leasing and rental, as well as alternate fuel systems and other vehicle technologies.

 

● Rush Truck Centers is also a leader in all-makes parts for the commercial vehicle industry, and has released its third All-Makes Parts Catalog. The catalog features 16,000 parts from more than 125 manufacturers, the most common parts needed for commercial vehicles. No matter what brand of truck you drive, you’ll find what you need in this catalog. It also is filled with product and technical tips to help keep you up and running. Contact a local Rush Truck Centers location to pick up a copy today. 

 

● Indiana-based Cummins, from car owner Tony Stewart’s hometown of Columbus, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. It is best known for its diesel truck engines. Since its founding in 1919, Cummins now employs approximately 61,600 people and serves customers in about 190 countries and territories through a network of some 8,000 wholly owned and independent dealer and distributor locations.

 

Chase Briscoe, Driver of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

 

In the last four races, you’ve raced on the 1.5-mile Atlanta superspeedway oval, the flat, 1-mile New Hampshire oval, the Pocono triangle, and the Indianapolis road course. Does the diversity of the 2022 schedule make it tough for teams to find a rhythm?

“It’s definitely tough. You go to a road course and then you have a short track and then you’re racing in a pack and drafting. The consistency just isn’t there. I feel like, my first year, there were a lot of mile-and-a-half tracks in a row, and it was kind of easy to get in a rhythm. We haven’t had a true mile-and-a-half since the Coca-Cola 600 in May. I don’t think you can really put Atlanta in that category now, which really changes things. So, that part makes it a little tougher because the schedule is so back and forth, a lot of different racetracks. But to be fair, it should be hard to get into a rhythm. The diverse schedule makes it interesting. We’re supposed to be some of the best drivers in the world. I like how tough the schedule is but, yes, it is hard to get in a rhythm.”

 

Do you feel like you have a good understanding of the NextGen car and what to expect from it each week?

“I think we’re still trying to understand this new car and what it’s going to do at each racetrack. I know some people think we should know by now, but something it did at the last short track or road course may not apply when you get to the next one. The way the car reacts to things changes week to week and it’s tough to anticipate what you’re going to get. There are still tracks we’re just now getting to for the first time with this car, so there’s still a lot we need to learn about it.”

 

TSC PR

Jeremy Clements Racing is excited to step back in time with Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet in a Dale Earnhardt inspired Pink #51 machine at Watkins Glen on Saturday, August 20th.  It will be the second consecutive year Kevin Whitaker Chevy will be the primary sponsor for JCR at The Glen and 10th season overall that Whitaker has supported JCR. Additionally, Circle B Diecast will make their 2nd appearance in 2022 as associate sponsor. Plus, The Runner’s Roost out of Orchard Park, NY, will make their XFINITY Series debut as associate sponsor as well.   

“How cool is this car! Our partners have really brought it with the paint schemes this year.  Kevin and Ryan Whitaker just added another historic one to the mix with Earnhardt’s first race car!” Clements said.  “It’s always great to have Whitaker on board.  They have been a tremendous supporter of ours over the years and I can’t thank them enough for their partnership” Clements finished saying.  

Joining Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet as associate sponsors will be: Circle B Diecast, The Runner’s Roost, Whitetail Smokeless, Chalew,  ELITE Towing & Recovery LLC, Upstate Body and Detail, Mechanix Wear, Wix Filters, Carolina Driveline, Dynamic Paint Paintware, Cometic, E3 Spark Plugs and ZMAX.

JCR PR

Tom and TJ Keen of Keen Parts (CorvetteParts.net) are proud to announce that they will run a special Autism Awareness paint scheme in this Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series New Holland 250 at Michigan International Speedway with driver Ryan Ellis and Alpha Prime Racing. The scheme was designed by the children of former  NHL Player and Stanley  Cup Champion Chris Thorburn and his wife Sara. Their three children, Bennett, Mary, and Oscar created the hand-drawn colorful scheme aimed at raising autism awareness.

Bennett, the Thorburn’s oldest child, is a 12-year-old avid-NASCAR fan and was diagnosed with autism at the age of four. Earlier in life, he learned number recognition and counting using toy race cars. Since seeing the effect that racecars had on him, the Thorburn family has been attending NASCAR races at Michigan International Speedway every year. Mary (5) and Oscar (2), as always, were by Bennett’s side, assisting him with the coloring of the scheme - adding, “Be a Friend”, words that will be represented on the lower quarter panel and bumper of the No.44 Keen Parts Chevy.

“We want to sincerely thank Tom and TJ Keen of Keen Parts, Alpha Prime Racing, and NASCAR Driver and friend, Ryan Ellis for this amazing opportunity. NASCAR has been a big part of our family’s life ever since we realized that Bennett was using diecast cars to recognize, learn and count numbers. We were very fortunate years ago to get introduced to the NASCAR family and have been huge fans ever since. The people throughout the sport are so caring, understanding, and willing to help no matter the cause. It truly has a family feel to it. We visited MIS 4 years ago and, with the help of Chris Biby, we were introduced to Ryan Ellis. This guy is the epitome of what we feel NASCAR is. Not only is he a great driver

but he is so caring, loving, and giving. We can not thank him enough for the opportunity he and his team afforded our family. Not only was it a fun family project, but the kids will see the car that they designed run the race and hopefully bring some smiles to the families that can relate to our situation but also raise awareness for the Autism community,” said Sara and Chris Thorburn.

CorvetteParts.net, the primary sponsor of the No.44 Chevy, is a business owned by Tom and TJ Keen, sells parts and accessories for Corvette owners of all generations. They have used their sponsorship for many charitable causes and have been loyal NASCAR sponsors for over 10 years. The Keen’s graciously elected to donate much of their sponsorship space to raise awareness and support great causes.

“We’re very proud to be able to support such a great cause,” said TJ Keen of Keen Parts. “Bennett, Mary, and Oscar did such a great job designing this scheme, and Tom and I are very excited to be able to have CorvetteParts.net / Keen Parts represented on their design! We’re really looking forward to seeing it on track this Saturday and we hope that the whole family is able to enjoy this weekend and hope that this assists with Autism awareness.”

“I’m so proud to be running this scheme and so thankful that Tom and TJ Keen made this a reality for the Thorburn family. They have done so much with their sponsorships to do far more than promote their company. They’ve truly used it as a platform to help other people and put smiles on people’s faces. I met the Thorburn’s a few years back at Michigan International Speedway while I was working for Go Fas Racing, ironically on a Keen-sponsored race weekend. The Thorburns could not be nicer people - you meet them and immediately feel like you’ve known them for years and we feel so lucky to just be able to do something for Bennett and their family and hope that this brings some awareness to autism. My wife [Allison] works in the mental health space and this does mean a ton to our family as well,” said Ellis, driver of the No. 44 Keen Parts Chevy.

 Tune  In  Information:

The CorvetteParts.net / Keen Parts No. 44 Chevy Camaro will make its on-track debut at 9:00 am ET Saturday, August 5th, for a 30-minute practice session. Single-lap qualifying will take place just after practice on Saturday morning, and coverage of Saturday’s New Holland 250 will begin at 3:30 pm ET on the USA Network.

Ryan Ellis PR

Martinsville Speedway introduces the format for this year’s ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the nation’s biggest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race, on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 will have a $110,000 purse with $32,000 to the race winner. The 200 lap feature race will include three segments: 100 laps, 75 laps and 25 laps. Stage 1 and Stage 2 winners will each receive $1,000.

On Friday, Sept. 23, four hours of practice will be followed by single car qualifying under the lights. The fastest qualifier will receive a $5,000 bonus. The full 40-car field for the feature will be determined in heat races on Saturday, Sept. 25. There will be four heat races of 25 laps and no last chance race.

“This year’s format heightens the challenge as every racer will compete in a heat race in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300,” said Martinsville President Clay Campbell. “Martinsville Speedway remains one of the fiercest racetracks that challenges the best in motorsports, so we look forward to this year’s ValleyStar Credit Union 300 raising the heat of competition once again in the nation’s biggest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race.”

In the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 feature, the leader of each lap will receive $25 with $5,000 available in the laps led bonus pool. If the race concludes in overtime, there will be unlimited attempts at a Green White Checker finish.

The Virginia Triple Crown will be awarded at the ValleyStar Credit Union 300. The first two legs of the Virginia Triple Crown were held at South Boston Speedway on Saturday, July 2 and Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway on Saturday, July 23. To view the current Virginia Triple Crown standing, click here.

The driver who records the best average finish between the three venues is declared the winner of the Virginia Triple Crown and receives a paycheck of $7,000. Second place takes home $2,000 while third place obtains $1,000.

To download the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 and Virginia Triple Crown logos, click here.

Leading up to the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, Martinsville Speedway will host the Henry County Fair on Sept. 21-24. The Henry County Fair will include fun, family friendly attractions including state fair quality rides, an assortment of delicious fair foods, fun games of chance, animal exhibits, a petting zoo and live music performances nightly. The Henry County Fair will be open on Sept. 21-22 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sept. 23 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sept. 24 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. To learn more about the Henry County Fair, visit henrycountyvafair.com.

On Friday, Sept. 24, practice for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. followed by single car qualifying under the lights beginning at 8:00 p.m.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, the Fan Garage/Pit Experience (i.e. driver autograph session) will be free to all fans with a ticket from 12:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Heat races will begin at 3:00 p.m. Pre-race festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with the feature ValleyStar Credit Union 300 green flag at 7:00 p.m. The Campbell Family Foundation will host a fireworks extravaganza following the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 feature.

Tickets for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 are $30 unreserved. Youth 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Pit passes are $60. GA camping is available for the weekend for $40. Reserved camping is sold out. SkyDeck passes are $59 and Club47 passes are $149. Parking is free for the event. Coolers are allowed, but must be softsided and no larger than 14”x14”X14”. Tickets are available for purchase at the ticket office, via phone at 877-RACE-TIX or online at martinsvillespeedway.com

For more information on the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com/events/valleystar-credit-union-300.

Martinsville Speedway PR

It’s time for the return to Motor City as the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and ARCA Menards Series compete at Michigan International Speedway this weekend.

 

NASCAR National Series – NCS | NXS

Bell adding to the stat book… Christopher Bell added another Playoff point in Indianapolis as the Oklahoma-native won the second stage and led 17 laps overall. In just his third season in the Cup Series, Bell is strong in several NASCAR statistical categories, including being tied for the series lead with three poles. He’s also scored the third-most top-10 finishes as his 12 top-10 finishes just trail Ross Chastain and Chase Elliott. Bell had a strong run going at Michigan last season with a second-place finish in the second stage and three laps led, before he was involved in a late-race incident. He battled back for a 13th-place finish.

 

Wallace on a career-best run… Bubba Wallace moved back inside the top-20 in the Cup Series point standings with his third straight top-10 finish, which is a career-best. Wallace’s fifth-place finish at Indianapolis was also a career-best road course finish. Wallace has had many strong runs at Michigan, including a Truck Series win at the track in 2017. 

 

Gibbs plans to score another Michigan win… Ty Gibbs looks to add another Michigan trophy to his growing trophy case. The 19-year-old finished 13th in his Xfinity Series debut at the track one season ago but won in dominating fashion in the ARCA Menards Series ranks – by winning the pole and leading 99 of 100 laps.

 

Double duty for Smith… Sammy Smith will get to run 225 laps at Michigan International Speedway as the Toyota development driver will run both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and ARCA Menards Series events on Saturday. Smith is making just his third career Xfinity Series start but has had a very strong performance in ARCA competition with six podium finishes in seven starts this season.

 

Nemechek returns to SHR… For the fifth time this season, John Hunter Nemechek will be aboard the No. 26 Toyota GR Supra for Sam Hunt Racing (SHR). Nemechek has had strong runs in each event – including scoring two top-five finishes, a fourth-place run at Darlington and a fifth-place finish in Phoenix.

 

 

NASCAR Regional Series – ARCA

Heim back with Venturini… Venturini Motorsports (VMS) will see the return of Truck Series rookie leader Corey Heim as the 20-year-old is back behind the wheel of the No. 20 Toyota Camry. The eight-time ARCA winner is looking for his first Michigan triumph after finishing second one season ago. 

TRD PR

Sam Hunt Racing (SHR) announced today that 23-year-old Trans-Am driver, Connor Mosack, will compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) race with the team at Watkins Glen International (WGI) with RadCats on board of the No. 26 Toyota GR Supra.
 
Mosack, who currently competes full-time in the Trans-Am series and competes part-time in the ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and NXS, will make his second career NXS start in 2022. 
 
Earlier this season, the young, road course ace competed with Joe Gibbs Racing at Portland International Raceway giving him valuable seat time on a road course in an NXS car this season. Additionally, Mosack is a former winner at WGI in the TransAm TA2 Series with TEAM SLR.
 
“I’m really excited for the opportunity to race with Sam Hunt Racing this year at Watkins Glen,” said Mosack. “Sam has a great group of guys, and I’m looking forward to working with them. My goal going into the race is to come out with a Top-10 finish. Sam has competitive cars and if we can stay out of trouble in the race, I think we will be in a good spot at the end.” 
 
SHR made its first-ever NXS start in 2019 at the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The team impressed the competition with its speed after qualifying 15th in its first national series start. 
 
After a part-time effort during the 2020 NXS season, the young team expanded to full-time competition, fielding eight drivers of various skill-level, ending the season with one top-five, two top-10, and nine top-15 finishes. 
 
“Connor is a great young man and a talented race car driver, especially considering how late his racing career began [at age 18]. I’m excited and proud to add him to our SHR driver roster. His personality, moral compass, and competitiveness fit in perfectly with our culture. We are all excited to get to work with him and continue his transition to the Xfinity Series,” said Sam Hunt.
 
RadCats will be making the jump into NASCAR with SHR and will be the primary partner on board the No. 26 Toyota GR Supra at WGI. RadCats is an NFT-based brand built on the Solana Blockchain, focused on providing quality classes, both introductory and advanced for Cryptocurrencies and NFTs. Additionally, RadCats aims to connect the Blockchain/NFT Community with “In-Real-Life” (IRL) communities.
 
RadCats’ art is 90’s University themed, which represents The Good Decade, and aims to connect nostalgia with modern tech innovations. RadCats aims to become a household brand through multiple sponsorship deals, product releases, and creative Out-Of-Home (OOH) advertising.
 
“Our main goal is to build Brand Equity. We would like our community and holders to be able to associate their unique NFTs with real-life experiences, to provide a positive sense of attachment,” said the Founder of RadCats. “Our partnership with Sam Hunt Racing was a clear and obvious decision after extensive research and weeks of calls with other agencies and teams. Our views, commitment and work ethic align perfectly with SHR.”
 
The No. 26 RadCats GR Supra will have the Toyota on-board/in-car cameras for the 82-lap event at WGI.
 
SHR PR

Home Sweet Home 
Michigan International Speedway serves as ‘home’ for Jack Roush and RFK Racing, located just an hour from Roush Industries in Livonia, Michigan. MIS has naturally been one of the organization’s most successful tracks on the circuit, with the team earning a total of 23 wins across NASCAR’s three major touring series.

 

I Said Welcome to Detroit City

In 219 NCS starts at Michigan, RFK has recorded 13 wins, 56 top-fives and 102 top-10 finishes with 2,452 laps led. Former driver Greg Biffle earned the organization’s most recent victory in June 2013 after starting 19th and leading 48 laps. Biffle’s win was also the 1,000th NASCAR victory for Ford Performance.

 

Roush vs. Everybody Else

RFK’s 13 wins in the NCS at Michigan are the most of any track on the NCS schedule. Five different drivers have earned victories for RFK at the two-mile oval with former drivers Mark Martin and Biffle both taking the checkered flag on four separate occasions. RFK drivers Matt Kenseth (two), Carl Edwards (two) and Kurt Busch (one) have also gone to victory lane for the organization in Michigan.

 

Consistency in the Motor City

Michigan ranks first overall among all tracks that RFK has competed on in the NCS in top-five finishes, top-10 finishes and in average finish among tracks that they have run two or more races. RFK has recorded 56 top-fives, 102 top-10s and has an average finish of 14.5 at the two-mile oval.

RFK PR

Doran Racing’s Kody Swanson qualified third and finished third in the 33rd annual Joe James-Pat O’Connor Memorial at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park Monday night, but he had to come from eighth to achieve the podium finish after the top 10 qualifiers were inverted for the start of the 30-lapper.

 

Swanson had to work hard to move up in the extremely competitive field, but it provided good entertainment for the crowd, which enjoyed free general admission courtesy of Bald Spot Sports to the 500 Sprint Car Tour event presented by Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores.

 

He experimented with various lines around the 0.686-mile asphalt oval with the No. 44, which is sponsored by Henry Repeating Arms, Glenn Farms and Duncan Oil and uses a Binks-prepped Chevy engine.

 

With the great finish Swanson now only trails the point leader, Dakoda Armstrong, by two points. He has 1,149 points to Armstrong’s 1,151 with only three races remaining in the series’ inaugural season.

 

Swanson, a native of Kingsburg, Calif., who now resides in Indianapolis, dove to the inside in Turn 1 on the first lap to pass C.J. Leary and Kyle O’Gara and immediately rise from eighth to sixth.

 

He passed Bobby Santos III for fifth on the second lap.

 

He overtook Kenny Schrader on lap four to move into fourth.

 

Swanson remained in fourth place for eight laps, running just inches between Russ Gamester, who was third, and Schrader and then Tyler Roahrig, who passed Schrader on lap six to grab fifth place.

 

Swanson passed Gamester for third on lap 12 as the top drivers jockeyed for position.

 

At the halfway point on lap 15 he was 1.262 seconds behind the second-place driver, Billy Wease, and 0.081 seconds ahead of the fourth-place driver, Roahrig.  Swanson fought hard to hold off Roahrig for many laps.

 

Lap 21 was a pivotal lap. Wease passed Armstrong for the lead on the backstretch. On the same lap Roahrig passed both Swanson and Armstrong to move from fourth to second, putting Armstrong in third and Swanson in fourth.

 

Seconds later, with 22 laps down, the first and only yellow flew for Davey Hamilton Jr., who had stopped in Turn 2.

 

Swanson took full advantage of the restart, and dipped under Armstrong in Turn 1 for third on lap 23. Roahrig pressured Wease for the lead incessantly from that point on, while Swanson remained in third, about a second behind.

 

Roahrig passed Wease for the lead and the victory coming down for the checkered on the last lap, and won by only 0.160 of a second. Swanson was 1.115 behind Wease at the checkered and more than 2 seconds ahead of Santos, who finished fourth. Armstrong rounded out the top five followed by NASCAR Cup champion Kyle Larson.

 

Swanson set the third-fastest lap of the race on lap 4 with a time of 21.014 seconds. He qualified third with a lap in 20.608.

 

“We gave it everything we had, but eventually we just lost the handle on it,” Swanson said. “Tonight we were just third best.

 

“But we’ve had a great season so far, and I’m grateful for the support of our sponsors — Henry Repeating Arms, Glenn Farms and Duncan Oil. I’m also thankful for the hard work that everyone on this Doran Racing team puts in. I thank the fans for coming out on a Monday night too.”

 

The race was streamed live by Flo Racing.

 

The team is back in action this Saturday night, Aug. 6, in a USAC Silver Crown race at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway, where it is the defending winner. Another 500 Sprint Car Tour race follows Saturday, Aug. 13 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich. Also on the schedule for August is a USAC Silver Crown race at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Ill., near St. Louis on Aug. 19. All of them will be streamed live on Flo Racing.

 

For more information on Doran Racing see DoranRacing.com and follow the team on Facebook.

Doran Racing PR

For the fifth time in their young, yet storied careers, Bobby Pierce and Nick Hoffman have conquered the Hell Tour.

 

Pierce, the 25-year-old from Oakwood, IL, won seven Features on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Model trail this year with 15 top-fives and only two finishes outside the top-10. With a total of 1306 points, Pierce captured the title by 179 points over the tour’s top rookie competitor, Payton Freeman.

 

Hoffman, the 30-year-old, originally from Belleville, IL, now residing in Mooresville, NC, backed up a videogame-like run to the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals title last year with another dominant season this summer, winning 12 times in 17 starts – only two finishes outside of the top-five – and holding a 426-point lead over runner-up Kyle Steffens.

 

Though the stats offer a quick glance at their sustained dominance, they do not show the week-in, week-out grind it took to produce those numbers.


BOBBY PIERCE

“It’s pretty crazy when you think about it,” said Pierce, reflecting on his fifth Late Model title – second-most of any driver behind six-time champion Billy Moyer. “I’ve got to give a huge thanks to everyone that’s helped me along the way.”

 

Growing up in the pit areas of Illinois’ most famed race places, Pierce had a front-row seat to a first-class dirt track racing education from his earliest beginnings, watching father Bob Pierce tear up some of the same ovals Bobby himself dominates today. Bob, a two-time Summer Nationals Late Model champion, has been crew chief for each of his son’s 47 career wins on the circuit, and gets a great deal of credit for all the success the team has enjoyed thus far.

 

“I couldn’t do it without my dad, starting me at an early age and really building my talent,” Bobby said.

 

Together, the father-son duo play vital roles in the operations for Pierce Platinum Race Cars back at the shop – the chassis brand that became the framework on which Bobby has now compiled the third-most Feature wins of any driver in Summer Nationals history.

 

“I love helping my dad along the way,” Pierce said. “He helps me, and I help him try and make the cars look good. He gives me a good car a lot of the time, especially at these Illinois tracks.”


NICK HOFFMAN

Since rejoining the Summit Modified championship chase in 2019, Hoffman has amassed 56 Feature wins in 111 races. That means he’s won slightly over half of all Summit Modified races contested in the last four years.

 

What’s his secret? Hoffman said it starts with a good crew. He and lone full-time crew member Mason Beadles traveled up-and-down the road this summer, miles from home, and are headed back to The Old North State with another big check in-hand.

 

“I couldn’t have done it without him, he’s the best crew guy in the pit area in Modified or Late Model racing,” Hoffman said. “Not even with just the car – when you’re on the Hell Tour and you have issues with your haulers, any of that type of stuff… Generators are always an issue on the hot summer days, and he’s one of those guys that can fix anything for me.”

 

Hoffman’s also won the DIRTcar UMP Modified national points title each of the last three years, going for a fourth by season’s end. The wins he gathers on the Summit Modified tour accounts for a big chunk of his win total each season.

 

“It’s a lot of fun to be able to come out here and do this many races in this short a span of time,” Hoffman said. “It leads me into trying to race for this national title, which, at the end of the day, we’re here to do.”

 

Though his reign of dominance across the UMP Modified world has continued for yet another season, so has his hunger for a new challenge. Hoffman, owner and founder of top Modified chassis brand Elite Chassis, has again turned his attention to Late Models a few times this year, piloting a house car for Cowpens, SC’s Barry Wright Race Cars. It’s a path he hopes will lead to a full-time Late Model career.

 

“The Late Model side is where I want to be racing full-time,” Hoffman said. “My chassis business sustains itself with the customers I have racing all across the country. I feel like me, as a Modified driver, I could just come in and run 10 or 20 races a year and have fun running big races for money, and then I can go run 60-80 Late Model races. That’s what I’m really focused on.”

 

He's enjoyed the success he’s had thus far, driving for several Late Model car owners over the past few years, and proudly displays his Modified accomplishments with an eye toward that same level of success in a DIRTcar Late Model.

 

“I’ve had a lot of fun racing with Barry here in the last two weeks,” Hoffman said. “This is what I’m focused on – some type of Late Model ride, whether it’s with Barry and this ends up being a full-time deal, or whoever else comes along.”

 

For updates on the 2023 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Model tour and the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified tour, follow the Summer Nationals social channels.

 

DIRTCar Series PR

Entering the final leg of the 2022 season, DGM Racing and Mason Massey introduce another first-time sponsor to the NASCAR Xfinity Series. PRO-SET® Epoxy (PRO-SET) will serve as the primary partner of the No. 91 Chevrolet Camaro in the New Holland 250 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) this weekend.

Headquartered in Bay City, Michigan, just about two hours away from MIS, PRO-SET takes pride in creating strong, lightweight products that are durable and versatile to meet the needs of various projects and environments. Like DGM Racing, PRO-SET is a family-run company.

“We’ve had the honor of collaborating with incredible teams and organizations in many forms of racing; after all, racing is how our company started.” Says Dani Munsch, Marketing Director, Gougeon Brothers, Inc. “Expansion into a NASCAR sponsorship with Mason Massey and DGM Racing is a perfect fit and we’re beyond excited for this opportunity. PRO-SET Epoxy is proud to have Mason represent our brand in our home state.”

Heading into this weekend, Massey is ready to build on his recent success in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Just a few weeks ago, Massey claimed his second Top-10 finish (ninth) of the season (and his career) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Massey was also awarded for gaining the most spots during the race (+21 positions); he became the 15th driver this year to earn the Arrowhead Brass “Arrow Up” Hard Charger Award. In 13 starts with DGM Racing, Massey has added to his driver resumé two Top 10 and four Top-20 finishes, surpassing the three Top-20s he earned in the previous 23 races he competed in.

“I can’t thank PRO-SET Epoxy enough for coming on board to support our team this weekend at Michigan,” said DGM Racing driver, Mason Massey. “We’ve had a great season so far, full of highs and lows, and I can’t wait to get back to the track. Our team is coming off an awesome weekend at the Indianapolis Road Course and I hope to carry that momentum into this weekend’s race to secure a good finish at PRO-SET’s home track.”

The New Holland 250 will be televised live on USA Network at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 6th. Practice and Qualifying take place earlier that day at 9:05 a.m. ET also on USA Network.

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