Saturday, Oct 23
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“I am extremely excited to be teaming up with Branson’s Nantucket this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway,” said Gase. “This summer our family visited Branson for the weekend and it was by far one of the best family vacations we have had. We had a blast at the different go kart tracks, shows, zip lining, mini golf, lake activates, shops, water parks, alpine mountain coasters and we barely even scratched the service of the different things to do in Branson. Branson was also one of the cleanest and welcoming city’s I have ever been to. Our Family will be visiting for many years to come!”

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After more than four decades of racing around in circles, Tony Stewart has embarked on a straight and narrow path, albeit at more than 300 mph.

The championship-winning racecar driver who has successfully transitioned to being a championship-winning team owner is joining the NHRA in 2022. His eponymous team, Tony Stewart Racing (TSR), will field two fulltime entries – one in Top Fuel for nine-time event winner Leah Pruett and one in Funny Car for 39-time event winner Matt Hagan.

The manufacturer and the team’s technical alliance associate, along with corporate partners, will be announced at a later date.

“When I retired from fulltime driving I said it wasn’t the end, but the beginning of a new chapter. This is proof of that,” said Stewart, who also co-owns Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series with machine tool magnate Gene Haas.

“I appreciate all forms of racing and I’ve always been intrigued about drag racing and NHRA, in particular. Back in 2009 when Tony Schumacher and I were both representing the U.S. Army, I got to hang out with him and Don Schumacher at the U.S. Nationals. Tony ended up winning and after taking it all in, I was hooked. But it wasn’t until I met Leah and started going to races regularly, where I saw the strategy and the preparation firsthand, that I truly understood it.”

Stewart has been a regular at NHRA events since last year when he and Pruett began dating. They are now engaged, with the couple set to be married in November after the season finale in Pomona, California.

“Beginning with Don Schumacher, I’ve probably annoyed everyone in the paddock with all the questions I’ve asked, but the more I learned about drag racing, the less I wanted to just be a spectator,” Stewart said. “I want to be an integral part of it. And I don’t do things halfway. I go all in. But I’m smart enough to know that I don’t need to be a rookie owner and a rookie driver, so I made sure to get two of the best NHRA drivers in Leah and Matt. I’m going to lean on their experience so we can hit the ground running in 2022.”

TSR was formed in November 2000. Since its inaugural season in 2001, TSR has earned 27 owner championships – 14 in USAC, nine in the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series, and four in the All Star Circuit of Champions TQ Midgets. TSR will continue its sprint car program, which is headlined by 10-time WoO champion Donny Schatz. TSR’s NHRA and sprint car entries will operate out of its existing 25,000-square-foot facility in Brownsburg, Indiana. “I’m new to the NHRA, but I’m not new to motorsports,” Stewart said. “We have good infrastructure in place and we’re used to building things from the ground up. It makes success that much more rewarding.”

Pruett is currently in her 25th consecutive season competing in NHRA, which began in the series’ Jr. Drag Racing League as an 8-year-old. She won the 2010 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series championship in the Nostalgia Funny Car class and has spent the last eight years advancing her way through Top Fuel. However, the Redlands, California-native is not confined to NHRA’s top class. The 33-year-old Pruett has pulled double duty for a number of years by also competing fulltime in the NHRA Factory Stock Showdown, winning the title in 2018 for Don Schumacher Racing (DSR).

“I’m an NHRA lifer and nitro racing is my passion,” Pruett said. “Don Schumacher gave me an incredible chance when we teamed up back in 2016. I’ve learned a lot from him and he’s made me a better driver. He helped me take a massive step in my career and this opportunity with TSR affords another big step. I’m forever grateful to all the individuals who I’ve been able to work alongside with at DSR. Don’s mentoring has prepared me for this new endeavor in more ways than just on the track.”

Hagan is the three-time and reigning Funny Car champion (2011, 2014 and 2020). He joined DSR in 2009 and currently leads the point standings with only three races remaining. The 38-year-old from Christiansburg, Virginia, balances wrangling an 11,000-horsepower Funny Car down a 1,000-foot straightaway with wrangling cattle on his 3,200-acre farm.

“I got my start at 13 drag racing a four-wheeler. Went from that to sneaking cars off my dad’s lot and returning them with the transmissions nearly gone. I’ve loved going fast my whole life – from Pro Mod to finding where I thrive in the driver’s seat of a Funny Car,” Hagan said.

“Don Schumacher has been a huge chapter in my racing career. We’ve won a whole lot of trophies and multiple championships together over the years, and that’s because of the incredible team he’s placed around me and the opportunities that he’s given us to be successful.

“This next chapter with Tony Stewart is one I’m excited for. I’m ready to go racing. That’s what I’m here to do. I’m jumping into this new program with two feet and I’m confident in the package we’re bringing into the 2022 season with TSR. Let’s make some history.”

While Hagan’s future is set, he is intently focused on the present.

“Don Schumacher has been great to me and my goal this year is to deliver him another Funny Car championship,” Hagan said. “We’re in a dogfight and a lot can happen in three races. I want to go out on top.”

TSR will make its NHRA debut during the 2022 season opener Feb. 17-20 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Those interested in partnering with TSR for its inaugural NHRA season can contact the team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Sam Hunt Racing (SHR) announced today that 27-year-old Dylan Lupton will add two more races to his schedule in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) with Sam Hunt Racing in the No. 26 Toyota Supra.

In addition to his already scheduled races at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway last month and Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, Lupton will pilot the No. 26 machine at Kansas Speedway next weekend and the Xfinity Series season-finale at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway on Nov. 6, 2021. 

“I am very thankful to add two more races with Sam Hunt Racing at Kansas and Phoenix,” said Lupton. “Even though our result in our first race together at Las Vegas wasn’t what we hoped, it was because of circumstances beyond our control.”

In his first Xfinity Series race since 2018, Lupton was a victim in a Lap 31-incident at Turn 1 at Las Vegas in the Alsco Uniforms 302, while running in the top-20 and turning lap times as fast as the top-six competitors.

“The Sam Hunt Racing team works hard, and they continue to bring fast race cars to the track every week,” added the former NASCAR Next alumnus. “It is our goal in our three remaining races together to go out there with a positive outlook and hope we can surprise some people with our finishes. I want nothing more than to end the season at Phoenix with a strong result and a great outlook on the 2022 season.”

Across NASCAR’s three national touring series divisions, Lupton, a native of Wilton, Calif. has made 54 career starts, including 36 in the Xfinity Series. Additionally, he has made four NASCAR Cup Series starts and 14 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts. His NASCAR career is highlighted with a career-best fifth-place finish at Kentucky Speedway in 2019.

Additionally, Lupton has made 33 career ARCA Menards Series West starts, scoring two wins, 14 top-five and 27 top-10 finishes and finished runner-up in the series championship standings in 2014.

Lupton has made NASCAR national series starts at the tracks remaining on his 2021 schedule. In Xfinity Series competition, Lupton has two starts at Texas, one at Kansas and three at Phoenix.

He also has a top-five finish in his most recent ARCA Menards Series premier start at Kansas last October finishing fourth after starting fifth for David Gilliland Racing.

“I’m extremely excited to add two more races to Dylan’s 2021 slate with us,” said team owner Sam Hunt. “We saw a lot of promise in his short stint at Vegas before getting caught up in the big wreck, and he showed us that he is capable of driving our cars forward with no practice and little seat time.

“We’re eager to get back to work with him and know he will get faster every lap he has. The team has some beautiful race cars prepped for the rest of the season and I have no doubts that Dylan might surprise some people with his speed.”

The Andy’s Frozen Custard 335 (200 laps | 300 miles) is the 30th of 33 NASCAR Xfinity Series races on the 2021 schedule. The 40-car field will take the green flag on Saturday, October 16, 2021, shortly after 3:00 p.m. ET with live coverage on NBC, the Performance Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.

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No. 11 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • DENNY HAMLIN AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Denny Hamlin will make his 31st-career NASCAR Cup Series start at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday as the Round of 8 kicks off in the NASCAR Playoffs. Hamlin approaches the weekend with three previous wins at the 1.5-mile track. Hamlin is currently the only driver to have finished every playoff race in the top nine and looks to continue his streak of winning the first playoff race of each round (Darlington and Las Vegas). Hamlin currently sets seven points above the cutoff line as he enters the Round of 8.
  • DRIVING WITH PRIDE: This will be Denny Hamlin’s first time behind the wheel of the bright red No. 11 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry. Hamlin and JGR teammate Daniel Hemric (NASCAR Xfinity Series) will both proudly represent the CRAFTSMAN brand on track this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • #THANKAMAKER: October is fondly known as “Maker Month” at Stanley Black & Decker. This month and all year long, CRAFTSMAN invites you to Thank a Maker. At the race this weekend, there will be special components that amplify the company’s mission to empower Makers. Look out for custom CRAFTSMAN hats, Thank a Maker stickers and #ThankAMaker on the CRAFTSMAN Toyota’s.   
  • JGR AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: JGR has earned nine NASCAR Cup Series wins at Texas Motor Speedway, including Kyle Busch’s victory at the track last October. In 124 combined starts, the organization has tallied 34 top-five finishes, 58 top-10s and 2,189 laps led. Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, and Tony Stewart join Busch on the list of drivers who have taken JGR to victory lane at Texas.
  • RACE INFO: The Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway begins at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 17, 2021. The race will be broadcast live on NBC, SiriusXM 90 and PRN Radio.

 

 

Hamlin’s 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

32

2

17

23

5

1,397

6.7

8.2

  

Hamlin’s Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

30

3

7

14

0

288

13.3

13.8

 

Hamlin’s Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

574

46

196

303

33

12,625

12.0

13.1

 JGR PR

Eight years ago, I retired as the NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway announcer after 45 years in the booth.  The plan had been to retire from everything.  At that time, Bruce and Theresa Rogers asked me to stick around as their PR person until they could find someone else to step into that position.  Now, After 55 years of public relations, marketing and announcing work at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway, at age 79, it seems it is time to retire.

 From the first day I walked through the front gate at Grandview, working for the Rogers family has been a wonderful experience. They helped me become better at what I do and I think I helped make Grandview Speedway become more successful.  My wife Marilyn and I became very close with Bruce and Theresa Rogers. We traveled together and had homes in the Sunshine State that we enjoyed. It was like family.

 Future plans, as many know, include writing a book about my 63 years of experiences in motorsports. It is more difficult than I thought it would be but the work goes on. I will continue to write columns for Area Auto Racing News, Lansdale, PA Reporter, Inside Track Motorsports News and PennSports.Live. I expect to  continue to do PR work for Len Sammons Motorsports Productions which include indoor auto racing events and the PPB Motorsports Trade and Race Car Show. When time and energy allows, I will take on consultation with those needing help with sponsorship and PR work.

 Thank goodness for a wonderful wife, Marilyn, who has been a driving and supportive force behind my efforts. One person in particular that has been very helpful with my Grandview work is Vicki Gehris. A huge thank you goes out to her. And I cannot forget to thank all of those great folks that I have worked with over those many years.  I surely would not have been able to continue on for so many years without their help and support.

 I wish the Rogers family and others involved with Grandview Speedway the very best. Thanks for allowing me to be part of it all. And thanks to those in the media who have been supportive of our efforts over the years.

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There is only one item on Layne Riggs’ agenda for the 125-lap Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car race that will comprise half of Saturday night’s season-ending Autos By Nelson 250 presented by Bojangles at South Boston Speedway – winning the race.

“We’re just here to win,” the Bahama, North Carolina resident remarked during a break in a test session Tuesday at South Boston Speedway. “If we can’t win, we want to have the best finish we can get and get seen by as many people as we can, possibly some people that can hopefully get me somewhere else higher up the ladder. We’re just trying every weekend to make the best showing we can and impress as many people as we can.”

Riggs, the son of former NASCAR Truck Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series driver Scott Riggs, has six career wins in the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car Division including one win this season. He enters Saturday night’s event in ninth place in the series point standings, 78 points out of first place. The objective now is to finish the season on a high note.

“Points are not in our mindset,” Riggs noted. “The last three or four races we haven’t thought about points. If we can’t win the championship, we just want to win the race. We’re just going to try to win the race in front of the championship contenders.”

South Boston Speedway is a familiar venue to Riggs as he has raced at the .4-mile oval numerous times during his career. He has competed at “America’s Hometown Track” twice this season with a ninth-place finish being his best effort. Riggs said his familiarity with South Boston Speedway helps, but the advantage may not be as great as some people may think.

“A lot of people have a lot of experience at this track,” Riggs said. “Even though the CARS Tour hasn’t been here since 2019 a lot of people ran the July 3 race here at South Boston Speedway and a lot of people have raced in the local races here because the local races here are so big.

“I feel like it’s a pretty easy track to get ahold of,” Riggs continued. “I feel it’s more about your notes and your notebook for your car and setup as opposed to more of learning the track and having a neat little trick. As long as we can get our setup dialed in and we can be a little bit ahead of the game I think we will have just as good a shot at winning as anybody.”

Due to a shortage of tires that the CARS Tour competitors normally use the teams will be using a different tire this weekend at South Boston Speedway.

“It’s going to throw everybody for a big loop,” Riggs said. “These tires we’re going to race on this weekend are really, really hard. The higher the number the harder the tire is and the longer the tire will last. Here at South Boston Speedway they run a Hoosier F50 tire. This weekend we are running Hoosier F56s.

“The last time anybody ran the F56 tire was at Bristol,” added Riggs. “We ran the whole race at Bristol and you could still see where they didn’t wear out. Tire conservation is out the window this weekend. Everybody is going to be racing hard from lap one to the last lap.”
Riggs says he enjoys racing at South Boston Speedway.

“South Boston Speedway is one of the nicest facilities we go to,” he remarked. “It’s the smoothest asphalt we race on by far. It feels like you’re floating around the racetrack here versus places where it’s so rough you can barely see the racetrack because you’re bouncing around so much. It’s almost like a superspeedway here.”

Saturday night’s Autos By Nelson 250 presented by Bojangles is the final event of the season for the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour and the final event of the season at South Boston Speedway. It will be a big night of racing with a CARS Tour doubleheader featuring a 125-lap Late Model Stock Car Division race and a 125-lap Super Late Model race.

Both the CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car and Super Late Model division championships are on the line Saturday night in what is one of the tightest championship battles in the series’ history.

Two-time Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour Champion Bobby McCarty of Greensboro, North Carolina, who won the series championship in 2018 and 2019, leads rookie Kaden Honeycutt of Aledo, Texas by just one point entering the 125-lap Late Model Stock Car race. McCarty won the 200-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division race at South Boston Speedway on July 3 and won the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown.

Matt Craig of Kannapolis, North Carolina, who has won three CARS Tour Super Late Model championships in a row, holds a slim eight-point lead over Mooresville, North Carolina resident Carson Kvapil, a three-time winner this season, entering the 125-lap Super Late Model race.

There are several other drivers in both divisions that have the potential to win the season’s final race and possibly provide a twist to the championship battles.

Saturday’s race day schedule has rotating practice sessions for the two divisions from 12:30 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m. and qualifying starts at 4:45 p.m. There will be an on-track Fan Fest driver autograph session at 5:45 p.m. and the first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.

Advance tickets are priced at $15 each and are available through Friday night, October 15 on the South Boston Speedway website, www.southbostonspeedway.com. Also, advance tickets may be purchased at the South Boston Speedway office until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 15.

Tickets purchased at the gate and online on race day are priced at $20 each. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

The latest news and information about South Boston Speedway and its events can be found on the South Boston Speedway website, www.southbostonspeedway.com, and through the speedway’s social media channels.

SBS PR

Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that John Hunter Nemechek will return to drive the No. 4 Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series full time in 2022. The organization also announced that Eric Phillips, the winningest crew chief in Truck Series history, will once again call the shots atop the pit box for Nemechek and the No. 4 team next season.
 
With two races remaining in the 2021 season, Nemechek leads the Truck Series in wins (five), top fives (12), driver rating (114.5), average finish (8.5) and average running position (6.961). The 24-year-old drive is also tied for the most top 10s (15) and ranks second in laps led (570). He captured the regular season championship and with one race remaining in the Round of 8 of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs, sits 36 points above the cutoff line for advancing to the Championship 4 at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway.
 
“I came to Kyle Busch Motorsports because it was an opportunity to get back to victory lane -- I accomplished my goal of being here for wins and I’m excited to be coming back for more next year,” Nemechek said. “With the support of Kyle and Samantha, everyone at KBM and everyone at Toyota and TRD, I’ve been able to experience the thrill of victory alongside my long-term partners ROMCO, Fire Alarm Services, Pye-Barker Fire & Safety and Safeway, and we were also able to get Mobil 1 back to victory lane for KBM. We have some unfinished business left trying to bring the championship trophy home to KBM this year and then we’ll go to work on the brand new 2022 Tundra so that we can compete for more wins and another championship next year.”
 
“It’s been refreshing to see John Hunter get the No. 4 Tundra back out front leading laps, winning races and competing for a championship this year like it had in the past and it’s important for us that we are able to keep him in that seat for another season,” Kyle Busch said. “In addition to the accomplishments of the No. 4 team this season, the efforts that John Hunter and Eric have put in behind the scenes have helped keep that winning edge of performance in our whole program. I’m pumped to have the both of them back leading the charge at KBM as we roll out the new 2022 Tundra TRD Pro’s next season to continue our winning ways!”
 
Nemecheck, in his first season driving for KBM, collected his first victory of the season at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway in March, he also produced wins at Richmond (Va.) Raceway in April, Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in May and in June was victorious at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.
 
The second generation driver is an 11-time winner in Camping World Truck Series action, winning at least one race each season from 2015 to 2018 for his family-owned team, NEMCO Motorsports in addition to his triumphs this season. Across 121 career starts in NASCAR’s third division, he has compiled two poles, 1,169 laps led, 40 top-five and 65 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 12.4.
 
Phillips returned to KBM in 2021 to lead the No. 4 team efforts after six seasons working at Joe Gibbs Racing in various roles. In 2010, under Phillips’ direction KBM’s No. 18 team recorded eight victories in its inaugural campaign and became the first team in Truck Series history to capture an owner’s championship in its first season of competition. In 2014, the Illinois native led the No. 51 team to an owner’s championship and his team’s 10 wins spearheaded KBM to a single-season Truck Series record of 14 wins. His 42 career Truck Series victories make him the winningest crew chief in Truck Series history, with 32 of those coming while at KBM.
 
Sponsor announcements for the 2022 season are forthcoming.
 
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Back in the Wheelhouse … Austin Hill wraps up HRE’s six-race NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) schedule on Saturday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). The driver of the No. 61 Toyota Tsusho Toyota Supra has made his last two NXS starts on road courses but returns to his wheelhouse on a 1.5-mile speedway in “No Limits, Texas”. Hill captured his best-career NXS finish at a 1.5-mile venue last season at Kansas Speedway with a fifth-place finish and has scored 11 consecutive top-10 finishes on 1.5-mile tracks in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Winston, Ga. native and crew chief Dave McCarty look to close out HRE’s NXS schedule on a high note and capture the team’s third top-10 finish this season.
 
Texas Hunter … While Hill has yet to earn a cowboy hat and trophy from TMS, the Fort Worth speedway has been one of his best racetracks in three seasons with HRE. In five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts piloting the No. 16 Toyota Tundra at TMS, Hill has collected three top-10 finishes, including a runner-up last October, and has led laps in two of his last four starts. Before joining HRE, Hill earned his first Camping World Trucks top-five finish at TMS in October 2018. Last season, Hill pulled double duty at “No Limits, Texas”, coming within inches of his first Camping World Trucks victory but succumbed to a mechanical issue in the NXS event.
 
Season to Date … In five previous NXS appearances this season, the No. 61 Toyota Tsusho team has tallied a pair of top-10 finishes, a season best ninth-place result with Hill at Nashville Superspeedway and a 10th-place run with Bubba Wallace at Michigan International Speedway. Hill and the No. 16 team finished fourth at TMS in the Camping World Trucks race in June and have compiled two wins, seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes through 21 of 23 races this season.
 
Chassis Selection … McCarty and the Toyota Tsusho squad have prepared chassis No. 004 for Hill’s second NXS start at TMS. This Supra most recently raced at Pocono Raceway in June and was driven to a fifth-place finish at Kansas Speedway last October.
 
Tune In … NBC’s coverage from TMS begins with “Countdown to Green” at 2:30 p.m. ET followed by the green flag at 3:00 p.m. ET. Stay connected with the No. 61 Toyota Tsusho team by following @Hattori_Racing on Twitter, @hattoriracing on Instagram, and Hattori Racing Enterprises on Facebook.
 
Austin Hill Quote:
On his second NXS start at Texas:
“The mile-and-a-half’s have always been our strong suit in the truck and we’ve been pretty solid at those tracks with our Xfinity program too. We had an issue at Texas last year, but this is the same Toyota Tsusho Supra that we ran so well with at Kansas last fall and I think we can do it again on Saturday. Texas has always been a strong track for us. We came close to winning the truck race last fall, so it’s a place that we know what we need in our Toyota Supra, and how we need the balance to feel. We’ve made some good gains in the handful of races we’ve run this season and I know everybody at HRE on our Toyota Tsusho Supra wants to close it out with a solid finish on Saturday and something we can all be proud of.”
 
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Notes of Interest

 

● Four weekends remain in Chase Briscoe’s first season as a NASCAR Cup Series driver for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) with a 334-lap race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth up next. The No. 14 Ford Mustang will carry the colors of Rush Truck Centers and Cummins for the fourth time this year in Sunday’s Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500.

 

● Texas serves as a home race for Rush Truck Centers, headquartered near San Antonio, and Briscoe’s second visit to the 1.5-mile oval this season. He finished fourth in the non-points-paying All-Star Open in June. In five NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Texas, Briscoe finished in the top-five twice with a best finish of second in the first of two races at the Fort Worth track in 2020. He also finished in the top-five in both of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series outings in 2017.

 

● With locations in more than 22 states, Rush Truck Centers is looking to recruit the technicians it needs to operate the largest network of commercial truck and bus dealerships in the country. Prospective applications can find additional information on the Rush Enterprises Technician Careers page.

 

● Briscoe’s Ford Mustang and 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 RushCare, which helps customers find the nearest Rush Truck Centers location, provides service concierge and technical support, schedules mobile service, dispatches roadside assistance and more. Rush Truck Centers is the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in the United States with more than 100 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.

 

● 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.

 

● Briscoe leads the Cup Series Rookie of the Year standings by 267 points and has been the highest-finishing rookie driver in 27 of 32 events. With Rookie of the Year honors in the Truck Series (2017) and Xfinity Series (2019), Briscoe is looking to join Erik Jones and William Byron as only the third driver in history to claim the title in all three of NASCAR’s national touring series.

 

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

 

Typically we race at Texas twice a year, but that changed for this season with the addition of a race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin and the All-Star Weekend moving to Fort Worth. How prepared do you feel for your first full race at Texas?

“I’ve always run pretty good at Texas, so I don’t feel lost going into this weekend. I haven’t won there, but I’ve finished second a couple of times in Truck and Xfinity, so I’ve had good results, but it’ll be a bit different. I’m a little curious about how different it will be with resin on the track instead of the traction compound we’ve used in the past. In the All-Star Open, I felt like our car was really, really good, so maybe we can take something from that. But it’s hard to know if anything from that race will apply because we were running with less horsepower, and you could do some other things with the car that I don’t know if we’ll be able to do now. We’re not going to have the most ideal starting position and Texas is a place where track position is important. We’re going to have to do some things to gain that position because I feel like at Texas you run the speed of the guys you’re around, so if we can get up front with the faster cars, I think we could stay there.”

 

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Max Lanza conquered his first seasonal goal, ending the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series regular season as leader of the Legend Trophy. In Belgium the Italian driver took the maximum advantage from two eventful races, stepping up twice on the class podium thanks also a stunning comeback in Race 1.

On the historic Zolder racetrack, theater of the greatest F1 duels, Max Lanza sset the fifth quickest lap time in the first practice session and conquered the fourth row in the qualifying. "We had a good race pace, but I prefered to not risk too much and think to the standings. In Race 1 we could aimed to the Top5, but a contact sent me to the back of the field. I did not give up, the CAAL Racing guys gave me a great car and thanks to this I could recover until the Top10. A great comeback ended with the Legend Trophy win. On Sunday Race I drove more controlling my rivals than the performance. We conquered another podium and important points for the standings." commented Max Lanza, very positive about the next EuroNASCAR round in Italy: "In two weeks we can race in Vallelunga managing 12 points of advantage. It helps us to race more comfortable, but with double points everything can happen."

The last round of the 2021 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will be held in Vallelunga on 30th and 31th October.

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