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Two new podiums for Max Lanza in Germany, even more protagonist of the EuroNASCAR PRO Challenger Trophy. The Italian drider has further shortened the distance from the leadership, entering the Zolder Finals with just 22 points to recover. Excellent weekend also for Roberto Benedetti, who took the second place in the Legend Trophy in Sunday's race.
Max Lanza's weekend started in the best possible way already from the Friday's free practice, when the #88 Camaro ended so close to the overall Top 10 and signed the best chrono of the Challenger Trophy in the second session. Third in the qualifying, Lanza has made consistency his best weapon, bringing home two new podiums and gaining important championship points. "The goal was to shorten the distance and we succeeded, we didn't risk anything and we took a safe result. In Race 2 we could certainly have done better, but a contact brought us back. In Zolder we will have two races and double points, it's like saying that the real gap has halved and the opportunities have doubled. It will be a unique show, an incredible battle!" commented Max Lanza, whose comeback in the championship took him to third place in the Challenger Trophy standings.
In the EuroNASCAR 2 Division, Roberto Benedetti concluded a constantly growing weekend in the best possible way. After signing the eighth best time in the practices, the Rome-native driver brought his #88 Camaro in P4 in Race 1 thanks to a solid overall Top10 overall. In the second race Benedetti improved further, once again entering the Top10 and achieving a solid second place in the Legend Trophy. These results place the Italian driver in fourth place in the Trophy standings, only 5 points away from second place and 35 from the Champion title. Definitely limited gaps considering the double points of the next round.
The Grand Finale of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is scheduled for the weekend of 16-18 October on the Belgian track of Zolder.
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The annual running of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Stoops Pursuit has been rescheduled for this Friday, September 29, following the night’s preliminary feature event at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Drivers eligible for the event include all individuals who currently stand inside the top-10 of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship point standings, plus all of Thursday’s and Friday’s heat race winners and qualifying race winners. Promoters options will start at the rear of the 24-car field.
The Stoops Pursuit race will consist of 25 laps split into five-lap segments with the starting lineup being inverted based on each driver’s hot lap times during Thursday and Friday’s programs. Any car involved in a caution is eliminated. Every five laps, a competition yellow flag will be displayed, and cars with a net loss in position will be called to exit the track.
A checkered flag ends the final segment with the winner earning $1,500 plus $100 for each position gained. All race participants will receive a free right rear tire courtesy of Hoosier.
The BC39 will resume on Thursday night, September 28 at IMS with the first of two preliminary night events featuring a split field with one half of the field competing on Thursday and the other half competing on Friday.
Thursday’s event will have a bit of an earlier start than initially scheduled. The front gates will open at 4pm Eastern followed by practice at 5pm. The regularly scheduled program will begin with hot laps at 6pm and finish off with the first full night of racing action, consisting of heat races, qualifiers and the main events, concluding with a $5,000-to-win, 30-lap feature.
The racing program on Friday, September 29, will resemble much the same as Thursday’s event with hot laps followed by heat races, qualifiers and the main events, concluding with a $5,000-to-win, 30-lap feature.
The BC39 finale, on Saturday, September 30, will have the public gates opening at 4pm with a driver meet and greet scheduled for 4pm in the midway and a public driver’s meeting at the USAC merchandise trailer at 4:45pm. Cars hit the track for practice at 6pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 7pm and the main events, starting with the D-Main, multiple C-Mains, Semi-Feature and the 39-lap Feature event paying $20,039-to-win.
Spectator tickets are also available at www.IMS.com/BC39. Spectators are to enter the Indianapolis Motor Speedway via 30th Street.
The event on the quarter-mile dirt oval inside turn three at IMS will continue to honor late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increase awareness of and participation in the Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives.
Brady Bacon (2018), Zeb Wise (2019), Kyle Larson (2021) and Buddy Kofoid (2022) have captured victories in the first four editions of the BC39. Zeb Wise (2018), Kyle Larson (2019 & 2021) and Dominic Gorden (2022) have won the four previous runnings of the Stoops Pursuit.
Brenden Queen is looking for redemption in the Autos By Nelson 250 presented by Virginia Is For Racing Lovers CARS Tour event on Saturday night, October 7 at South Boston Speedway.
The Chesapeake, Virginia resident had a strong performance but came up one position shy of winning the 200-lap race at South Boston Speedway in July that served as the opening race of the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown.
“I’m excited to get back to South Boston Speedway,” Queen said. “I want to get some redemption for the ‘200.’ We had a really good car and came up one spot short in the end. South Boston Speedway is one of the tracks I want to knock off the bucket list of tracks I want to win at, and I feel like we’re going to have a good shot at it with Lee Pulliam Performance.”
Queen was happy with the team’s performance in the July race at South Boston Speedway that included winning the pole for the event, and it gives him confidence entering the 125-lap Solid Rock Carriers CARS Late Model Stock Tour race that will headline the AutosByNelson.com 250 presented by Virginia Is For Lovers on Saturday night, October 7 at South Boston Speedway.
“I had told myself all that week it (South Boston Speedway) was probably not my best track, not because I wasn’t good there, just because I hadn’t run good there,” Queen noted. “To win the pole that night was a statement with Lee Pulliam. I knew I had a shot to win driving for Lee because he always ran good there, but to finally go there and get the job done gave me a lot of confidence, especially for coming back there.”
Queen is having a stellar season driving for the Alton, Virginia-based Lee Pulliam Performance team. He has four poles, two wins, nine Top-5 finishes, and 12 Top-10 finishes in 13 starts with no DNFs.
“I feel like we’re going to have a really good shot to get another win on the season,” Queen remarked. “We’re trying to finish the season strong, and it (the October 7 race at South Boston Speedway) would definitely be a good night to get a win for Lee right there in his back yard. It would be really good for all of the LPP fans in that area that will be there for the race.”
Queen says the team has the momentum to shine over the stretch run of the season’s final three races.
“We just came off of a win September 9 at New River All American Speedway in the last CARS Tour race,” he pointed out. “I feel like momentum is huge in this sport and I feel like we’ve got a lot of it. We’re determined to finish the year off strong. If we win the last three races, we will have five CARS Tour wins, and we have four poles going into it. There is a lot of potential left, and we want to prove a lot by winning five races this year.”
Standing second in the series point standings and trailing leader Carson Kvapil by 34 points, Queen sees the upcoming race at South Boston Speedway as something of a “must win” situation.
“We’ve got to get the pole, we’ve got to lead the most laps, and we need to win,” Queen explained. “We’re not really concerned about points. We just want to win the race. I always say if we win the race and if it (winning the championship) is meant to be it will happen. You can’t rely on something happening. You’ve got to do the things you can control, and if we can control our destiny with wins that is what we’ll have to do.”
The 125-lap race for the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Late Model Stock Tour will be the highlight race of the Autos By Nelson 250 presented by Virginia Is For Racing Lovers at South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, October 7.
In addition to the highly competitive lineup of CARS Tour regulars former NASCAR driver and racing personality Kenny Wallace will be making his CARS Tour debut at South Boston Speedway driving a number 36 entry out of the R&S Racecars stable based at Cluster Springs, Virginia.
In addition, fans will see a 100-lap race for the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Pro Late Model Tour and a 25-lap race for the touring Virginia Mini-Cup Racing Association.
Advance adult general admission tickets for the Autos By Nelson 250 presented by Virginia Is For Racing Lovers CARS Tour event are priced at $17 each and may be purchased online on South Boston Speedway’s website, www.
Tickets at the gate on race day on October 7 will be $20 each. Seniors ages 65 and older, military, healthcare workers, and students (with ID) can purchase tickets for $17 each at the gate on race day.
The October 7 race day schedule has practice for the CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car and Pro Late Model series being held from 11 a.m. until 1:15 p.m. Practice and qualifying for the Virginia Mini-Cup series is set from 3:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
All speedway spectator gates will open at 3:45 p.m. CARS Tour qualifying starts at 4:15 p.m. A driver autograph session on the frontstretch is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. Driver introductions and pre-race ceremonies start at 6:30 p.m. The first race will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
The latest news and updates about the AutosByNelson.com 250 presented by Virginia Is For Lovers CARS Tour event and other South Boston Speedway events can be found on the speedway’s website, www.southbostonspeedway.com, and the track’s social media channels. Information may also be obtained by phoning the speedway at 434-572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540 during regular business hours.
World Racing Group expanded its executive team by adding Charlie Mellilo as its Chief Media and Marketing Officer.
Most recently, Charlie led Global Client Services for Endeavor Streaming, the direct-to-consumer technology division of Endeavor. In his new role, Charlie will oversee all areas of content creation, production, distribution and marketing for all World Racing Group properties, including the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series, the Super DIRTcar Series, as well as its direct-to-consumer platform DIRTVision.
About his new role, Charlie said, “World Racing Group is the pinnacle of the sport of dirt racing. The team is amazing, and I am very excited to join the organization.” He added, “They have created an amazing business that is positioned for tremendous growth. I am excited to help usher in that new stage.”
“Charlie is a proven leader and a true innovator in the sports media space, and we are thrilled to have him join the organization. We know he will help elevate our business, help us continue our evolution, and further strengthen our position as the leader in dirt racing,” said World Racing Group CEO Brian Carter.
Charlie joined Endeavor in 2018 through its acquisition of NeuLion. During his time at NeuLion and Endeavor, Charlie was responsible for the launch of numerous well-known services including UFC Fight Pass, Rogers Sportsnet NOW, and Univision NOW. He also worked with the NBA, NFL, WWE, ESPN, Sky New Zealand and many other premier sports properties on numerous direct-to-consumer services.
ASA STARS National Tour/ASA CRA Super Series and Winchester Speedway officials have released the detailed hourly schedule for the 52nd Winchester 400 Presented by Vore’s Welding and Steel weekend.
While racing will start Friday night with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour and Vore’s Compact Touring Series championship features, the ASA STARS National Tour will not see the track until Saturday morning. Super Late Models will get two one-hour sessions at 11:30am ET and 1:00 before Go Fas Pole Qualifying for the Winchester 400 at 4:15. The CRA Late Model Sportsman and Street Stocks, Midwest Modified Tour and Thunder Roadsters will have their championship races on Saturday night.
The ASA STARS National Tour driver’s meeting on Sunday will be at 10:15am, with an autograph session set for 12:30. Pre-race ceremonies will begin at 1:30, with the Winchester 400 set to go green at 2:00. The entire weekend will be broadcasted live on RacingAmerica.TV, while Sunday’s Winchester 400 will also be live on MidwestTour.TV and TrackTV.
The ASA STARS National Tour heads to Winchester Speedway on Sunday, October 15 for the Winchester 400 Presented by Vore’s Welding and Steel. The race will also serve as the season finale for the ASA/CRA Super Series. Tickets can be purchased by calling the track office at (765)584-9701 during office hours.
The ASA STARS National Tour opened the ten race, six-state schedule at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL on March 11. Jesse Love is the most recent winner, claiming the victory in Glass City 200 on September 16.
For the full ASA STARS National Tour schedule, plus Super Late Model rules and other information, please visit the series website at starsnationaltour.com, or be sure to follow the series on social media (Facebook: STARS National Series | Twitter: @racewithstars | IG: @starsnational).
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Red Bull Stumbles, Ferrari Shines
The 2023 F1 season has been a tale of dominance by Red Bull Racing, spearheaded by the sensational Max Verstappen. However, at the Singapore GP, the seemingly unbeatable RB19 showed a chink in its armour and it was Ferrari's Carlos Sainz who seized the moment and clinched a crucial victory, giving the opposition hope in a season that seemed like it could be one of its worst in recent history.
Sainz's nearly flawless performance at the iconic Marina Bay Street Circuit saw him lead from gun to tape, providing a welcome contrast for viewers from the customary Red Bull dominance week in and week out and also serving as a reminder of what F1 is really all about. The race concluded with McLaren's Lando Norris and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton hot on Sainz's tail, while the final lap witnessed George Russell’s dramatic crash that ultimately cost him a place on the podium.
Ferrari’s improvement this season is largely attributable to its improved strategic planning and its follow-through into overall race execution. In recent years, their strategy team has been questionable and often cost them victories, but the Singapore GP showcased a different Ferrari, one that meticulously planned its race strategy and executed it flawlessly.
The team’s plan was clear: Ensure a win for Carlos Sainz no matter what!
While the Singapore Grand Prix might not signify a shift in the season's pattern, it certainly re-injected excitement into the championship race, as it marked the first time Red Bull had been defeated since the penultimate race of the previous season in Brazil. This development adds an added layer of intrigue for punters since there is enough proof to suggest that the dominant Red Bull can be beaten, and upsets generally translate to long-odds landing. If you’re looking for the latest odds and in-depth F1 news, Wincomparator offers comprehensive live F1 coverage that includes everything F1-related and beyond. Moreover, you can explore the list of trusted betting sites with a detailed review on Wincomparator, allowing you to make informed choices on where to place bets for your favourite motorsport events.
Ferrari's 2023 season started with a shock as their car failed to meet expectations. It lacked pace, had unpredictable handling, and often overstressed its tires. However, consistent upgrades throughout the season gradually improved the car's performance, particularly on specific circuits with particular corner characteristics. The team's management of its SF-23 car improved, and the vehicle's setup issues were addressed. Of course, Sainz's resurgence after the summer break, notably at Monza, helped the situation greatly and marked something of a turning point.
Looking ahead, Suzuka poses a unique blend of challenges that will test Ferrari’s progress to the limit. A mix of tight and twisty corners will demand high downforce, which is something that has been a particularly weak point of the SF-23, and the race will serve as a yardstick of the Italian’s ability to compete on a diverse range of tracks. Leclerc and Sainz's performance at Suzuka will reveal whether Ferrari can sustain its competitive streak moving forward while the team's major goal is to solidify its position and gather valuable insights for the upcoming 2024 season. While it might be too early to proclaim Ferrari a regular pole contender at every track, their recent progress has raised hopes of challenging Red Bull's dominance more consistently.
The 2023 Formula 1 season is far from over, and while Red Bull remains a formidable force, Ferrari's resurgence has injected excitement into the championship, and the Japanese Grand Prix and subsequent races will provide a clearer picture of whether Ferrari's resurgence is sustainable or a false dawn.