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Billy Pauch, Sr., whose time behind the wheel of race cars has spanned six decades with nearly 750 career feature victories, will be in the spotlight at the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2023 Show. 

A celebration of  the career of “Billy The Kid” will be among the featured attractions and displays at the 37th annual Race  Car & Trade Show which takes place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA., on Friday and Saturday, January 21-22, 2023.

The Hall of Fame driver was most noted for his accomplishments in dirt Modified and Sprint Car competition. He did, however, shine on pavement as well. His upset victory in the Race of Champions at the then paved Flemington Fairgrounds were among his many achievements and he also made several starts on the NASCAR Truck series.

Pauch will be available during the show for autographs, pose for photos and sign copies of the recently released book, "THE LAST COWBOY: The Life and Times of Billy Pauch” which will be available for sale. Fans will also have the opportunity to reminisce with Pauch during the Show as well as join him and several of his competitors on a Stage Show where questions will be taken from the audience. 

The many car owners that Pauch drove for during his 47 years are invited to be included in the celebration. Several of the cars Pauch drove to victory during his career are expected to be the backbone of a lavish exhibit that will also include a 40 foot picture wall of photos from his career.

Exhibit space is selling quickly and an early sell-out is expected. Those interested should contact show manager Dan Sammons at 609-888-3618 or   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The show layout will return to the same design used since the show moved to the Oaks, PA expo center.  

Show hours will run 2-9 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. The show will again include the Aqua-Duck Water Transport sponsored Ms. Motorsports pageant on Friday night just prior to the show closing at 8 PM with this year’s winner receiving $2,500!  Applications are available on the show web-site.

The annual RAACE Foundation sponsored Big-Wheel races, not held last year because of Covid, will return to the schedule on Saturday afternoon. Big Wheels are supplied, no pre-registration is needed, and top three in each age group will receive trophies.

The announcement of other special exhibits, autograph guests and seminars will be announcement in the coming weeks. Hotel rooms and other show information is available at or by calling the show office at 609-888-3618


Saturday’s (Dec. 3) Track Laps for Charity event at Talladega Superspeedway has been rescheduled a week later - Saturday, Dec. 10 - in light of tomorrow morning’s weather forecast in which inclement weather is expected.


The Dec., 10 event, which will benefit Toys For Tots, will have the same hours of operation (9 a.m. – 1p.m. CDT). The move was made to enable guests to have the ultimate experience with the ability to drive their personal vehicles for three laps on the 33-degree of banking which requires a dry race track.


Anyone who has already purchased tickets via the Talladega Superspeedway website at, will have the ability to use their donation (minimum of $50) for the Dec. 10 event, or at a 2023 Track Laps for Charity event (April 1, June 17, Aug. 5 or Dec. 9, 2023). Track Laps for the Dec. 10 event can be purchased in advance via the TSS website or on track property upon arrival.


The Dec. 10 charitable event will be the fourth of 2022 held at the 2.66-mile venue, having raised

raised $38,000 for local charities thus far. It will benefit Toys For Tots, which collects new, unwrapped toys and distributes those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas. Toys For Tots has celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2022. The minimal $50 donation per car/truck for the three laps will help raise funds for the speedway's outreach fund, 'DEGA Gives, a donor advised fund of The NASCAR Foundation, which will donate the money raised to Toys for Tots. Guests are also encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy as TSS will be a drop-off destination.v m


In addition to taking three laps around the greatest race track on the planet, families will be able to be a part the Talladega Garage Experience Open House to get a sneak peek at the 140,000 SF area, complete with Kids Zone and Game Zone, the unique 35,000 square foot “BIG BILL’s” covered Open Air Social Club, and Ruoff Mortgage Victory Lane. Attendees will be able to take their photograph beside Talladega Superspeedway’s Official Pace Car and the traditional Vulcan Trophy (miniature version of the colossal Vulcan statue - - that is awarded to each NASCAR Cup Series winner at ’Dega). Both will be placed in Ruoff Mortgage Victory Lane where Chase Elliott celebrated after he captured the YellaWood 500 in October.

Guests at the Saturday Dec. 10 Track Laps For Charity event will see how race fans, who will be attending next spring’s GEICO 500, will be immersed into the sport of NASCAR by being up-close to NASCAR’s top drivers and teams via a fan walkway under the same roof as the NASCAR Cup Series garage bays. The GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series race will culminate a tripleheader weekend, April 22-23, 2023. For race weekend (which also includes the Saturday, April 22 Ag-Pro 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and General Tire 200 for the ARCA Menards Series) ticket information, log onto Ross Chastain, who finished second in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Championship battle, is the defending champion of the GEICO 500.

Fans are encouraged to keep up with all the happenings at the biggest, baddest race track on the planet by following Talladega Superspeedway on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, as well as in the NASCAR Tracks App for the latest speedway news.


With drivers Bayley Currey and Brennan Poole signed for the new season and shop mechanics busy preparing new Chevrolets, JD Motorsports is ramping up for the 2023 NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule.

Currey will return to the team’s No. 4 Chevrolets after scoring five top-15 runs, including a 10th-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in the 2022 season. The Texas driver finished 28 of the 33 races on last year’s schedule.

Poole joined JDM late in 2022, running three races and scoring a 14th-place finish in the No. 6 car at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Poole, also from Texas, is on board for the full Xfinity schedule in the No. 6 Chevys.

Davis, who has fielded cars in Xfinity racing beginning with the 1983 season, plans to run Currey and Poole full-time in 2023 and is working toward also putting the team’s No. 0 cars on track.

“We’re full throttle here and getting ready to go,” Davis said. “Bayley and Brennan are signed on and looking forward to chasing races and points next year. We’re actively moving along looking for sponsor commitments and for drivers and sponsors for the No. 0 car."

“We’ve always taken the approach here that we want to go after the series with multiple cars, and that’s how we’re looking toward 2023. The new schedule is very interesting and provides new challenges to our drivers and team members.”

Davis’ shop on the outskirts of Gaffney, near the North Carolina-South Carolina line, has fielded cars over the years for Ross Chastain, Ryan Preece, Landon Cassill, Joe Nemechek, Garrett Smithley, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Katherine Legge and many other drivers.

“We’ve built a strong base of operations here,” Davis said. “We’ve been a pathway to success for drivers like Ross Chastain and Ryan Preece, who now have strong rides in the Cup Series."

“I think we’ve established a solid name in the Xfinity Series. Our cars continue to show improvement, and we’re looking to 2023 as a season when we can take another step up.”


It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that deuces were wild on Thursday night at the Music City Center, where NASCAR honored the champions of its top three national series at the annual NASCAR Awards.

Headlining the event was NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano, who drives the No. 22 Ford for Team Penske. The title was Logano’s second, following the championship he won for team owner Roger Penske in 2018.

Logano also made a two-time winner of crew chief Paul Wolfe, who earned his first title a decade earlier while on the pit box for Brad Keselowski.

Logano won two of the 10 Playoff races—the first Round of 8 race at Las Vegas to guarantee a spot in the Championship 4 as well as the race that decided the title, the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Phoenix.

The 2022 champion ended the season with four wins—in addition, his victory on the exhibition Clash at the Coliseum, the competitive debut of NASCAR’s new Next Gen Cup race car.

“22 in ’22,” Logano said, repeating the motto that had driven his race team throughout the season.

Introduced by friend and IndyCar legend Mario Andretti, Logano paid homage to his team owner and his parents.

“Mom, Dad… Letting me chase my dreams means so much,” said Logano, 32.

He congratulated Penske for winning both the Cup Series and IndyCar championships in the same season.

“That’s never happened before, guys,” said Logano, who ended his speech with advice for young drivers.

“Coming from a guy that has made plenty mistakes in front of a lot of people… plenty of them still remind me of my mistakes,” said Logano, the youngest driver to win a Cup race at 19 years, 35 days. “No regrets.

“I challenge you to take risks, make the big moves, stand up for what’s right. Because it’s not about winning or losing, it’s about winning and growing. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas.”

Penske described Logano as “the leader on the track and off the track. Obviously, we’ve signed him up for five more years.”

Wolfe was just as effusive in his praise.

“Joey—he’s the guy that motivates us all,” said Wolfe, who contrasted his first championship with Keselowski with the current title.

“Ten years ago… that first one was so early in my career I didn’t know any better,” Wolfe said.

In addition to recognizing the accomplishments of each of the 16 Playoff drivers, the NASCAR Awards also honored NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Ty Gibbs and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Zane Smith.

Gibbs won the Xfinity Series title at Phoenix, picking up his seventh victory of the season in the process. But hours later, Gibbs’ father, Coy Gibbs died in his sleep at age 49.

When Ty Gibbs took the stage at the Music City Center, he was greeted with a standing ovation.

“Wow! Thank you. It means a lot,” Gibbs said. “Thank you for all the claps. Thank you for all the support. I really appreciate it.”

Team owner Joe Gibbs, Ty’s grandfather, echoed the sentiment.

“Thanks so much for the way you’ve reached out in these last few weeks for our family,” Joe Gibbs said.

Ben Kennedy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing development and strategy, introduced Zane Smith with high praise.

“At such a young age (23), one can’t help but feel like we’re watching a future NASCAR superstar writing the beginning of his story,” Kennedy said.

Smith’s parents were in Phoenix to watch the driver of the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford win his fourth race of the season and the accompanying title.

“I’m still not sure if my mom was more excited to see me win or get a picture with Jeff Gordon after the race, since she’s always told me that was her dream,” Smith quipped. “So, I’m happy we were both able to accomplish our dreams that night.”

Ralph Maccarone was honored as the winner of the prestigious Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. In 2012, Maccarone founded Who We Play For to inspire and empower schools, sports clubs and communities to provide heart screenings for all student athletes and students.

Team owner Justin Marks, who fields cars for Playoff drivers Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez, was honored with the Myers Brothers Award for outstanding contributions to stock car racing. Marks’ Trackhouse Racing enjoyed a breakout season, with Chastain winning twice and Suarez once—and Chastain leaving an indelible mark on the sport with his eye-popping high-speed trip around the Martinsville wall to earn a spot in the Championship 4.

For the fifth straight year, Chase Elliott won the NMPA Most Popular Driver Award, the only significant honor in the sport determined sole by vote of the fans. Elliott’s father, Bill Elliott, won the award a record 16 times. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was voted Most Popular Driver for 15 seasons.

Noah Gragson was the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Most Popular Driver, and Hailie Deegan earned the honor in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Jes Ferreira from CSM Production was honored as the winner of the Comcast Community Champion of the Year award for her commitment as the single parent of two adopted children.

The Bobby Santos vs. Kody Swanson rivalry is among the fiercest and most competitive of its era and has been a tooth-and-nail, tug-of-war clash for more than a decade, namely on the USAC Silver Crown trail.
The torrid battle between Santos and Swanson during the final laps of this past May’s Carb Night Classic at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park proved to be the closest fight to the finish of the entire 82-race USAC National season in 2022.
Santos (Franklin, Mass.) raced to his first USAC Silver Crown victory in more than four years by withstanding the pressure from Swanson to prevail by a slim 0.094 second margin that served as the separation between the pair of pavement aces.
A balancing act of four Sprint Car races, three Midget and three Silver Crown events occupy the list of the 10 closest finishes of the 2022 USAC campaign.
During the USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week feature at Kokomo Speedway in July, Justin Grant saw the race lead slip from his grip three different times. However, the Ione, Calif. driver belied that fact to prevail following a near racelong tug-of-war with Robert Ballou, then fended off a late burst from Kyle Cummins to win the closest USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature of the season by 0.155 sec.
In the closest barnburner on the 2022 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship trail, Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) found a bit of extra good fortune. Kofoid ran third on the final lap of July’s Midwest Midget Championship at Fairbury, Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway when the top-two of Ryan Timms and Cannon McIntosh collided with each other and slid over the turn two banking. Kofoid rushed underneath both Timms and McIntosh, then beat the bottom-rolling Jerry Coons Jr. to the line by a single car length to the tune of 0.218 sec.
On the flip side, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) captured the strangest, most unpredictable USAC Silver Crown in several years during September’s Ted Horn 100 at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds. In an attrition-filled event which saw just seven of the 30 starters make it to the finish line, when all was said and done, Seavey pounced when the dominant Shane Cockrum ran out of fuel with 13 laps remaining and C.J. Leary’s car snapped a driveline while leading with seven laps to go.
In the end, Seavey was nearly a full lap ahead of the competition, crossing the finish line 33.882 seconds ahead of second place. Yes, you read that right. No filter. No typo.
#1 | 0.094 sec. | 5/27/2022 | Silver Crown | Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Bobby Santos over Kody Swanson
#2 | 0.155 sec. | 7/26/2022 | National Sprint | Kokomo Speedway | Justin Grant over Kyle Cummins
#3 | 0.218 sec. | 7/16/2022 | National Midget | Jefferson County Speedway | Buddy Kofoid over Jerry Coons Jr.
#4 | 0.227 sec. | 10/8/2022 | National Midget | Tri-State Speedway | Justin Grant over Buddy Kofoid
#5 | 0.265 sec. | 7/22/2022 | National Sprint | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Shane Cottle over Justin Grant
#6 | 0.266 sec. | 8/25/2022 | National Sprint | Kokomo Speedway | Justin Grant over Kyle Cummins
#7 | 0.297 sec. | 6/17/2022 | National Sprint | Williams Grove Speedway | Justin Grant over Alex Bright
#8 | 0.301 sec. | 6/9/2022 | National Midget | Lincoln Park Speedway | Jacob Denney over Zach Daum
#9 | 0.317 sec. | 6/24/2022 | Silver Crown | Madison International Speedway | C.J. Leary over Bobby Santos
#10 | 0.411 sec. | 6/18/2022 | Silver Crown | Port Royal Speedway | Logan Seavey over Matt Westfall
#11 | 0.417 sec. | 11/19/2022 | National Midget | Placerville Speedway | Buddy Kofoid over Chance Crum
#12 | 0.431 sec. | 7/30/2022 | National Sprint | Tri-State Speedway | Robert Ballou over Kyle Cummins
#13 | 0.465 sec. | 9/16/2022 | National Sprint | Circle City Raceway | Kevin Thomas Jr. over Brady Bacon
#14 | 0.478 sec. | 2/12/2022 | National Midget | Bubba Raceway Park | Justin Grant over Buddy Kofoid
#15 | 0.529 sec. | 7/10/2022 | National Sprint | Huset's Speedway | Mitchel Moles over C.J. Leary
#16 | 0.538 sec. | 7/25/2022 | National Sprint | Circle City Raceway | C.J. Leary over Justin Grant
#17 | 0.558 sec. | 9/10/2022 | National Midget | Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex | Buddy Kofoid over Daison Pursley
#18 | 0.560 sec. | 5/22/2022 | National Sprint | Terre Haute Action Track | Robert Ballou over Brady Bacon
#19 | 0.576 sec. | 11/23/2022 | National Midget | Merced Speedway | Buddy Kofoid over Spencer Bayston
#20 | 0.582 sec. | 10/7/2022 | National Midget | Wayne County Speedway | Mitchel Moles over Zach Daum
#21 | 0.583 sec. | 11/15/2022 | National Midget | Bakersfield Speedway | Thomas Meseraull over Michael Pickens
#22 | 0.599 sec. | 6/15/2022 | National Sprint | Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Logan Seavey over Chase Stockon
#23 | 0.630 sec. | 6/5/2022 | National Midget | Tri-State Speedway | Thomas Meseraull over Buddy Kofoid
#24 | 0.632 sec. | 11/4/2022 | National Sprint | Perris Auto Speedway | Robert Ballou over Kevin Thomas Jr.
#25 | 0.636 sec. | 2/18/2022 | National Sprint | Bubba Raceway Park | Justin Grant over Buddy Kofoid
#26 | 0.639 sec. | 2/11/2022 | National Midget | Bubba Raceway Park | Justin Grant over Tanner Thorson
#27 | 0.644 sec. | 9/24/2022 | National Sprint | Eldora Speedway | Justin Grant over C.J. Leary
#28 | 0.690 sec. | 7/2/2022 | National Sprint | Lincoln Park Speedway | Justin Grant over Emerson Axsom
#29 | 0.706 sec. | 7/28/2022 | National Sprint | Lincoln Park Speedway | Mitchel Moles over Jadon Rogers
#30 | 0.720 sec. | 9/22/2022 | National Sprint | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Kevin Thomas Jr. over Logan Seavey
#31 | 0.774 sec. | 8/26/2022 | National Sprint | Kokomo Speedway | Kevin Thomas Jr. over Jake Swanson
#32 | 0.793 sec. | 7/15/2022 | National Midget | Jefferson County Speedway | Mitchel Moles over Ryan Timms
#33 | 0.797 sec. | 10/1/2022 | National Sprint | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Kyle Cummins over Logan Seavey
#34 | 0.816 sec. | 10/29/2022 | National Sprint | Cocopah Speedway | Jake Swanson over C.J. Leary
#35 | 0.836 sec. | 9/24/2022 | Silver Crown | Eldora Speedway | Logan Seavey over C.J. Leary
#36 | 0.845 sec. | 8/4/2022 | National Midget | The Dirt Track at IMS | Buddy Kofoid over Cannon McIntosh
#37 | 0.850 sec. | 7/10/2022 | National Midget | Huset's Speedway | Cannon McIntosh over Shane Golobic
#38 | 0.876 sec. | 7/9/2022 | National Midget | Huset's Speedway | Buddy Kofoid over Cannon McIntosh
#39 | 0.959 sec. | 11/3/2022 | National Sprint | Perris Auto Speedway | Brady Bacon over Justin Grant
#40 | 0.978 sec. | 9/17/2022 | National Sprint | Tri-State Speedway | Jadon Rogers over Kyle Cummins
#41 | 0.990 sec. | 4/22/2022 | National Midget | Port City Raceway | Justin Grant over Buddy Kofoid
#42 | 0.992 sec. | 7/8/2022 | National Sprint | Huset's Speedway | Robert Ballou over Justin Grant
#43 | 0.993 sec. | 7/12/2022 | National Midget | Red Dirt Raceway | Ryan Timms over Justin Grant
#44 | 1.047 sec. | 11/17/2022 | National Midget | Placerville Speedway | Tanner Carrick over Michael Pickens
#45 | 1.094 sec. | 5/1/2022 | Silver Crow | Terre Haute Action Track | Justin Grant over Jerry Coons Jr.
#46 | 1.107 sec. | 9/23/2022 | National Midget | Eldora Speedway | Mitchel Moles over Bryant Wiedeman
#47 | 1.123 sec. | 11/22/2022 | National Midget | Merced Speedway | Carson Macedo over Buddy Kofoid
#48 | 1.131 sec. | 9/30/2022 | National Sprint | Kokomo Speedway | Kyle Cummins over Jake Swanson
#49 | 1.158 sec. | 8/19/2022 | Silver Crown | World Wide Technology Raceway | Kody Swanson over Davey Hamilton Jr.
#50 | 1.224 sec. | 9/9/2022 | National Midget | Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex | Cannon McIntosh over Brenham Crouch
#51 | 1.251 sec. | 6/19/2022 | National Sprint | Bloomsburg Fair Raceway | Brady Bacon over Justin Grant
#52 | 1.338 sec. | 6/3/2022 | National Midget | Bloomington Speedway | Buddy Kofoid over Chance Crum
#53 | 1.367 sec. | 11/26/2022 | National Midget | Ventura Raceway | Justin Grant over Kyle Larson
#54 | 1.372 sec. | 11/18/2022 | National Midget | Placerville Speedway | Buddy Kofoid over Cannon McIntosh
#55 | 1.416 sec. | 4/23/2022 | National Midget | Port City Raceway | Buddy Kofoid over Mitchel Moles
#56 | 1.442 sec. | 6/14/2022 | National Sprint | Grandview Speedway | Brady Bacon over Briggs Danner
#57 | 1.576 sec. | 7/9/2022 | National Sprint | Huset's Speedway | Ryan Bernal over Justin Grant
#58 | 1.581 sec. | 6/4/2022 | National Midget | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Buddy Kofoid over Justin Grant
#59 | 1.836 sec. | 10/15/2022 | Silver Crown | Illinois State Fairgrounds | Shane Cockrum over Shane Cottle
#60 | 1.862 sec. | 7/8/2022 | National Midget | Huset's Speedway | Buddy Kofoid over Thomas Meseraull
#61 | 1.936 sec. | 10/28/2022 | National Sprint | Cocopah Speedway | Emerson Axsom over Jake Swanson
#62 | 1.937 sec. | 7/13/2022 | National Midget | Solomon Valley Raceway | Thomas Meseraull over Buddy Kofoid
#63 | 1.953 sec. | 6/26/2022 | National Sprint | Angell Park Speedway | Robert Ballou over Brady Bacon
#64 | 1.973 sec. | 7/29/2022 | National Sprint | Bloomington Speedway | Kyle Cummins over Brady Bacon
#65 | 2.243 sec. | 6/11/2022 | National Midget | Kokomo Speedway | Cannon McIntosh over Jacob Denney
#66 | 2.514 sec. | 4/16/2022 | National Sprint | Atomic Speedway | Brady Bacon over Robert Ballou
#67 | 2.536 sec. | 2/19/2022 | National Sprint | Bubba Raceway Park | Emerson Axsom over Tanner Thorson
#68 | 3.114 sec. | 8/6/2022 | Silver Crown | Toledo Speedway | Kody Swanson over Bobby Santos
#69 | 3.267 sec. | 7/1/2022 | National Sprint | Lincoln Park Speedway | C.J. Leary over Brady Bacon
#70 | 3.462 sec. | 9/24/2022 | National Midget | Eldora Speedway | Chris Windom over Bryant Wiedeman
#71 | 3.632 sec. | 5/14/2022 | National Sprint | I-70 Motorsports Park | Robert Ballou over Brady Bacon
#72 | 4.002 sec. | 2/17/2022 | National Sprint | Bubba Raceway Park | Emerson Axsom over Jason McDougal
#73 | 4.088 sec. | 8/27/2022 | National Sprint | Kokomo Speedway | Kyle Cummins over C.J. Leary
#74 | 4.595 sec. | 5/12/2022 | National Sprint | Lakeside Speedway | Brady Bacon over Robert Ballou
#75 | 4.883 sec. | 10/22/2022 | Silver Crown | Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Tanner Swanson over C.J. Leary
#76 | 5.407 sec. | 6/18/2022 | National Sprint | Port Royal Speedway | Logan Seavey over Alex Bright
#77 | 5.802 sec. | 6/2/2022 | National Midget | Tri-City Speedway | Buddy Kofoid over Kyle Larson
#78 | 6.328 sec. | 5/20/2022 | National Sprint | Terre Haute Action Track | C.J. Leary over Logan Seavey
#79 | 6.430 sec. | 11/5/2022 | National Sprint | Perris Auto Speedway | Brady Bacon over Jake Swanson
#80 | 10.062 sec. | 7/21/2022 | Silver Crown | Winchester Speedway | Kody Swanson over Logan Seavey
#81 | 33.882 sec. | 9/5/2022 | Silver Crown | Du Quoin State Fairgrounds | Logan Seavey over Shane Cockrum
#82 | Red Flag | 9/22/2022 | National Midget | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Buddy Kofoid over Kaylee Bryson

Trackhouse Racing founder Justin Marks is the winner of the 2022 National Motorsports Press Association’s Myers Brothers Award, the NMPA announced Thursday.

Presented annually since 1958, the award, named in honor of former NASCAR competitors Billy and Bobby Myers, recognizes individuals and/or groups who have provided outstanding contributions to the sport of stock car racing. Each year, the NMPA Myers Brothers Award winner is selected by a vote of the NMPA membership.

Marks founded Trackhouse Racing in 2021 and expanded his operation in 2022 by sending shockwaves through the industry by buying Chip Ganassi’s NASCAR operation. It allowed Marks to make his operation fully independent and field two full-time entries in the NASCAR Cup Series for Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez.

On the racetrack, Trackhouse Racing won three races in 2022 and competed for the championship with Chastain. Chastain finished a career-high second in the championship standings.

Marks field a third car in a one-off race for Kimi Raikkonen over the simmer at Watkins Glen, a venture he titled PROJECT91. The program will continue to give NASCAR opportunities to more international race car drivers in the future.

Off the racetrack, Marks and Trackhouse have embraced being a brand that goes racing. Pop superstar Armando “Pitbull” Perez invested in the team, and the organization is always looking for ways to disrupt the motors sports space while investing in its future.

In the future, as Trackhouse Racing continues to succeed in NASCAR, Marks also has an eye on the organization making a presence in other racing arenas.

Myers Brothers Award Winners

2021, Bob Jenkins; 2020, Jimmie Johnson; 2019, Darrell Waltrip; 2018, Jim France; 2017, Martin Truex Jr., Sherry Pollex; 2016, Betty Jane France; 2015, Darlington Raceway; 2014, Dale Earnhardt Jr.; 2013, Tony Stewart; 2012, Jeff Gordon; 2011, Drs. Joseph and Rose Mattioli; 2010, Jim Hunter; 2009, Barney Hall; 2008, T. Taylor Warren;

2007, Bill France Jr.; 2006, Benny Parsons; 2005, Rusty Wallace; 2004, Kyle and Patti Petty; 2003, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; 2002, Mike Helton; 2001, Dale Earnhardt; 2000, Kyle Petty; 1999, Junie Donlavey; 1998, T. Wayne Robertson; 1997, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; 1996, Rick Hendrick; 1995, TNN: The Nashville Network;

1994, Brickyard 400/Indianapolis Motor Speedway; 1993, Goody’s Manufacturing Co.; 1992, Richard and Lynda Petty; 1991, Harry Gant; 1990. Dick Beaty; 1989, Bill France Jr.; 1988 Richmond International Raceway; 1987, ESPN; 1986, Hayride 500; 1985, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; 1984, Charlotte Motor Speedway;

1983, CBS-TV; 1982, MRN; 1981, Junior Johnson; 1980, STP and Champion Spark Plug Co.; 1979, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; 1978, Busch Beer; 1977, First National City Travelers Checks; 1976, Junior Johnson; 1975, Bill France Sr.; 1974, H. Clay Earles; 1973, Wood Brothers;

1972, Winston Cigarettes; 1971, Richard Petty; 1970, Richard Howard; 1969, David Pearson; 1968, Wood Brothers; 1967, Richard Petty; 1966, Norris Friel; 1965, Ned Jarrett; 1964, Richard Petty; 1963, Marvin Panch; 1962, Hank Schoolfield; 1961, Ned Jarrett; 1960, Russ Catlin; 1959, Lee Petty; 1958, Bob Colvin.


Chase Elliott might have had a disappointing end to the NASCAR Cup Series season, but his fans continue to make their support loud and clear.

For the fifth straight year, Elliott has been named NMPA Most Popular Driver presented by Hooters, the only major NASCAR award determined solely by the vote of race fans. Elliott, who finished fourth in the championship standings, was announced as the winner during the NASCAR awards banquet celebrating the 2022 season.

Elliott’s father, NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, holds the record for the most award wins at 16. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the award 15 times.

With the younger Elliott adding to his streak, the Most Popular Driver award has been presented to either an Elliott or an Earnhardt for 32 consecutive years.

Alongside Elliott were his three Championship 4 rivals (Joey Logano, Ross Chastain and Christopher Bell) among the top 10 vote-getters for this year’s award. Also in contention were Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr.

The NMPA Most Popular Driver Award is one of the longest-running awards presented annually by the National Motorsports Press Association. It is the only major NASCAR award to be determined solely by a fan vote.


Advance Auto Parts, the “Official Auto Parts Retailer of NASCAR”, will be awarded the 2022 Marketing Achievement Award today at the NASCAR Industry Awards Reception during NASCAR Champion’s Week in Nashville.

In their third season as an Official Partner, Advance has demonstrated their commitment to grassroots racing, supporting drivers and tracks in local communities across the United States and Canada. The entitlement partner of the Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series (NAAPWS), Advance most recently partnered with the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Combine, developing new storytelling opportunities and helping to livestream the event for the first time in program history.

“Advance Auto Parts is very honored to receive this award,” said Jason McDonell, executive vice president of merchandising, marketing and e-commerce at Advance. “Since becoming a partner of NASCAR, our team has been focused on supporting grassroots racing through programs like Advance My Track Challenge and the Drive for Diversity Combine. As the Official Auto Parts Retailer of NASCAR, we look forward to our continued partnership, leading programs that advance local racing while serving as the auto parts provider of choice for race fans.”

For a second season, Advance promoted the “Advance My Track Challenge,” focusing on local race tracks and communities to raise awareness of and celebrate grassroots racing. Through a consumer voting program, the organization awarded Jennerstown Speedway a $50,000 prize, distributing 6,000 tickets to local Advance stores for free admission to the speedway’s celebration event. The program generated more than 220 thousand impressions on and NASCAR social media channels.

“Since becoming an official partner, Advance Auto Parts has been a big supporter of grassroots racing, raising awareness of local racing communities and providing young drivers with the opportunity to showcase their talent,” said Michelle Byron, vice president, partnership marketing at NASCAR. “After the 2022 Advance Auto Parts Drive for Diversity Combine, we’re thrilled to see what’s next as they continue to find creative ways to grow their presence in the sport.”

After introducing a new brand campaign in June with their No. 1 fan Ed Vance, Advance hosted Ed at the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway and captured live content with him throughout the weekend. In a matter of months, Ed quickly began to be recognized at tracks, becoming a staple character among race fans.

Closing out the year, Advance served as the primary sponsor of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Combine, continuing to expand its presence in the sport. Advance was on-site throughout the event, capturing content as drivers prepared for and participated in the combine. Through their sponsorship, the company gave NASCAR the ability to evaluate additional drivers for the combine as the league also selected additional winners compared to previous years.

This is the first time Advance has been awarded the NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award. Previous winners include: Anheuser-Busch, Comcast; Coca-Cola; Fox Sports and NBC Sports; Mars, Incorporated; Mobil 1; and Toyota.

NASCAR’s Champion’s Week in Nashville will air Saturday, December 3 at 8 p.m. ET on Peacock. For more information, please visit


With the conclusion of the 2022 racing season at Stafford Motor Speedway, 5 drivers have etched their names into the record books as champions.  Todd Owen and the #81 Cooker Construction team won the SK Modified® title for the second consecutive season while Adam Gray and the #97 Meadows Motor Car team locked down the Late Model championship for the fourth Stafford crown of Gray’s career.  There were three first time champions with the #18 Pro Systems Integration team of Tyler Barry in the SK Light division, the #28 NAPA of Tolland team of Rich Hammann in the Limited Late Model division, and the #11 Hydar Construction team of Travis Hydar in the Street Stock division. 

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Owen opened the 2022 season with a victory in the Spring Sizzler® and while that would prove to be his lone win of the season, it put him in position to be at the top of the SK Modified® standings for almost the entire season.  Owen joins Jerry Pearl (‘84-’85), Mike Christopher (’89-’90), Bob Potter (’91-’92, ’94-’95) Ted Christopher (’00-’01), Rowan Pennink (’15-’16), and Ronnie Williams (’18-’19) as the only drivers to win back to back SK Modified® championships.  Owen will now set his sights on a third consecutive championship in 2023, a feat that has yet to be accomplished since the SK Modified® division was formed in 1982.

“We kept pretty much the same routine that we’ve always had, why change something that’s not broken?” said Owen.  “The season was very consistent for us, the car was very good every week, and things went our way, so fortunate would be a good word to use.  Sometimes when you’re looking towards the end of the year prize, I’m sure some of our second and third place finishes could have turned into wins if I had done something a little differently but all in all it was a good ending to the year and that’s what I look for.  Obviously to be in the same category [with other back to back champions] is a tremendous honor and everything will need to align perfectly for us to get 3 in a row.  We’re definitely going to try to go for 3 in a row and the Chassis Pro cars have been running really well and we’ll keep on doing what we’ve been doing to get to this point.”

After a slow start to the season that left him in 10th place in the Late Model standings after the first 3 races, Adam Gray turned the clock back to his first championship season of 2013 that saw him post 16 consecutive top-3 finishes as he posted 10 consecutive top-3 finishes and finished in the top-3 in 14 of the final 16 races to claim his fourth Late Model championship.

“It’s definitely an awesome feeling,” said Gray.  “Some guys struggle to get one championship and here we are now with 4.  It’s something that I never thought would be possible.  I feel like at the beginning of the season we were backed into a corner and we had to work our way out of that.  We were in a hole right from the beginning and to overcome that really shows what my crew is capable of.  Honestly the key to what we were able to do this season was more or less finding the sweet spot with the car.  The car was good and we knew if we kept our stuff together that we’d be there at the end of races every week.  We can only do so much at the shop during the week and we had a bit of luck on our side this season with being in the right place at the right time or being in the right lane for restarts.  I think we’re in a good position as we’re not really changing anything up with our program and we’re going to try to come back and get our fifth championship next season.  If all the stars line up for us, we should have a good shot at winning another one.”

After claiming Rookie of the Year honors in 2021, Tyler Barry made the most of his sophomore season by outlasting Tyler Chapman and Alexander Pearl in a season long duel that came down to the last lap of the season with Barry claiming the title by 8 points over Chapman.  Barry was at his best when he needed to be at his best the most, scoring his only win of the season along with three second place finishes over the final 4 races of the season to lay claim to the championship. 

“It feels really good to be the champion,” said Barry.  “We worked really hard all year long and we were able to be pretty consistent.  Looking back I’ve wondered what I could have done differently to make some of our seven second place finishes turn into wins.  At the start of the year the championship was our goal but we really didn’t think about that, our goal was to win races because I don’t like to race for points.  Halfway through the year is when we started looking at the standings and we realized that we needed to finish races and keep the car in one piece.  I was feeling nervous all week leading into the final race but that all went away once I got strapped into the car.  It’s great to win the championship and with only an 8 point margin between us and Tyler Chapman, we know we had to really work to win it.  I would have liked to have won a couple more races this season, but we’ll come back next season and try to get some more wins and defend the championship.”

After securing his first two career Stafford feature wins in 2021 after nearly 20 years of racing, Rich Hammann followed that up with a 4 win season that helped carry him to his first career championship in the Limited Late Model division.  Hammann was the front runner in the race for the championship for the majority of the season, but a crash on Sept. 2 left him with a 13th place finish and saw him fall behind Jeremy Lavoie in the standings.  Hammann trailed Lavoie by 16 points going into the final race, but a 4th place finish, combined with a 13th place finish for Lavoie, saw Hammann claim the championship by only 2 points, or one position on the track.

“It still hasn’t really sunk in for me,” said Hammann.  “I never had any doubts that I could get it done as long as I had all the right pieces in place.  I knew the car was going to be competitive and that’s all I can ask for.  We tried to go one race at at time and get the best finish we could each night and we also had to properly manage our tire inventory.  Everyone has bad luck at some point during a season and I got into the wall trying to avoid a wreck the first race in September.  I would say that 90% of the year went pretty good for us and the Limited Late Model division is so competitive that you really have to have your car handling properly.  We’re going to try to come back next season and defend the championship and keep on doing the same things that helped us win the championship this season.”

After finishing in fourth place in 4 of the last 5 seasons in the Street Stock division, Travis Hydar put on a dominating performance during the 2022 season to claim his first track championship.  Hydar finished all but 2 races in the top-5 with a career high 5 wins set among those top-5 finishes.  The championship experience for Hydar was made a little sweeter as he used a throwback paint scheme that matched his crew chief Ernie LaRose’s scheme when he won a championship 20 years ago.

“Winning the championship this season was definitely very high on our goal list,” said Hydar.  “The car was super good for Sizzler® weekend and that kind of set the tone for us for the rest of the season.  Winning the championship was an awesome feeling like a huge weight has been lifted off our shoulders and it was a little extra special to win with Ernie’s paint scheme that he used 20 years ago to win a Street Stock championship at Thompson.  We always had points in the back of our mind during the season but we never really got to a point where we were racing for points and calculating spots.  The game plan was to always go out and win the race every Friday night.  We’re going to come back and run the Street Stock again and try to win as many races as we can.  It should be a good time and it’ll be tough for sure because a lot of cars were really quick at the end of the season, but we like strong competition.”

The official 2022 Championship videos are being released daily. Visit or to see videos with the top 5 finishers in each of Stafford’s 5 weekly divisions.

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In celebration of NASCAR’s 75th anniversary season in 2023, FOX Sports presents a special edition of NASCAR RACE HUB airing Sunday, Dec. 4, on FOX (check local listings for airtime). The one-hour special, NASCAR RACE HUB: 75 YEARS OF RACING, features multiple roundtable interviews with past and present NASCAR champions and current superstars of the sport.

Kaitlyn Vincie hosts, with Adam Alexander, Mike Joy and Josh Sims moderating the various discussions regarding a multitude of topics with Richard Petty, Jeff Gordon, Darrell Waltrip, Rusty Wallace, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Daniel Suarez, Bubba Wallace and current FOX NASCAR analyst Clint Bowyer.

Featured conversations include:

Alexander, Petty, Gordon and Logano: A discussion of how far NASCAR has come in 75 years; their first memories of the sport; the 1992 Atlanta race, which was Petty’s last and Gordon’s first; Logano’s explanation of how Petty set the standard for drivers on and off the track; iconic moments in the sport; the 1979 Daytona 500; Dale Earnhardt’s 1998 Daytona 500 win; and Jimmie Johnson’s seven championships.

 Sims, Bubba Wallace and Suarez: The drivers examine groundbreakers in the sport, including Wendell Scott and Bill Lester; Suarez recounts his entry into NASCAR in the absence of a Mexican-born driver paving the way; a discussion of the responsibilities and pressures of being role models; the importance of owners Michael Jordan and Pitbull in NASCAR; and an examination of where the sport is with regard to diversity today and going forward.

Joy, Bowyer, Waltrip, Busch and Wallace: A conversation about renegades in the sport and Earnhardt’s place on that list; Waltrip and Wallace’s memories of racing Earnhardt and Bowyer and Busch’s impressions of his impact on their careers; the drivers’ biggest rivals and rivalry moments; reliving the 1989 All-Star Race between Wallace and Waltrip; a recount of Bowyer and Gordon’s 2012 incident at Phoenix Raceway; and Busch’s viewpoint on how rivalries form.

Additionally, NASCAR RACE HUB: SEASON PREVIEW airs on FOX on Jan. 1, 2023 (check local listings), while the new season’s first live edition of NASCAR RACE HUB premieres Monday, Jan. 30 (6:00 PM ET on FS1).

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