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Notes of Interest
● History at Talladega: In 27 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Almirola has one win, nine top-10 finishes, five top-fives, and has led 107 laps. In the NASCAR Xfinity Series on the 2.66-mile oval, Almirola visited victory lane in May 2017. Statistically speaking, Talladega is the track where he’s shown the most consistency. With his third-place finish in the June 2020 race there, Almirola tied the record of eight consecutive Talladega top-10s set by Dale Earnhardt Jr., from April 2001 to October 2004. Despite seeing his streak come to an abrupt end thanks to a multicar accident on lap 57 of the October 2020 race, followed by his 15th-place finish there a year ago this weekend, Almirola’s average finish in his last 10 Talladega outings is 14.4.
● Almirola’s Cup Series win at Talladega on October 14, 2018, came at a clutch moment in the 39-year-old veteran’s career. In his first year at Stewart-Haas Racing, the trip to victory lane catapulted Almirola to the semifinal round of the playoffs. He finished the season a career-best fifth in the championship standings.
● Almirola has led laps in all five superspeedway-style races this year. He led 16 laps Feb. 19 in the season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, 17 laps March 19 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, 11 laps April 23 at Talladega, 46 laps from the pole July 9 at Atlanta, and three laps Aug. 26 at Daytona.
● Driver Standings: Almirola arrives at Talladega 22nd in the driver standings.
● Almirola’s career: In 454 career NASCAR Cup Series starts, Almirola has three wins, 28 top-five finishes, 93 top-10s, five poles, and has led 1,068 laps.
● Last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Almirola battled difficult handling conditions throughout the race while running in and around the top-15. He was contacted by the No. 48 car in the opening laps, causing him to spin with minimal damage. The No. 10 team rallied its way back for a top-20 finish.
● Smithfield has been a sponsor of Almirola’s for the entirety of his fulltime NASCAR Cup Series career – making it one of the longest-lasting partnerships in NASCAR. Smithfield is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. Its 63,000 team members are dedicated to producing “Good food. Responsibly.®” Smithfield is one of the world’s leading vertically integrated protein companies. The company has pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including its industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across its entire U.S. value chain by 2030. Smithfield believes in the power of protein to end food insecurity and has donated hundreds of millions of food servings to local communities.
● Beyond the 10 YouTube Series:In 2023, Almirola is continuing to share his life beyond the No. 10 Ford with season five of his award-winning YouTube series. Fans and media can subscribe on YouTube to see Almirola’s personality on and off the track. Episodes have already featured life as a dad, a husband and an athlete, and the show gives fans a unique perspective on what goes on in the life of a professional NASCAR driver. Fans can also follow Almirola’s social media channels: @Aric_Almirola on Twitter and Instagram, and @AricAlmirola on Facebook.
Aric Almirola, Driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:
How does the intensity ramp up when you head to Talladega?
“Talladega is always intense, but it’s even more intense at the end of the season and in the playoffs. Everyone knows they have a shot to win at Talladega if they can be there at the end. It levels the playing field, so you have all the guys racing for a playoff spot and all the guys who want to get a win in the 2023 season that aren’t in the playoffs. The stakes are high and a lot of aggressive racing happens. I love Talladega and have always seemed to find my way up front. The 10 team always brings the speed to superspeedway races and they give me a great-handling car to make it happen. A lot of guys have Talladega circled on the calendar and a lot of guys don’t love it in the playoffs. It could either make or break your playoff run. I’m excited to just get out there knowing we’ll have a shot to run up front and bring home the bacon like we did in 2018.”
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
NASCAR Cup Series -- Race No. 31 – 188 laps / 500 miles
Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile oval) – Talladega, Ala.
Fast Facts for September 30-October 1, 2023
Tire: Goodyear Eagle 18-inch Superspeedway Radials
Set limits: Cup: 1 set for qualifying and 7 sets for the race
(6 race sets plus qualifying set)
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-5142; Right-side -- D-5116
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 2,274 mm (89.53 in.); Right-side -- 2,280 mm (89.76 in.)
Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 28 psi; Left Rear -- 28 psi;
Right Front -- 52 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi
Storyline – Tire strategy in play at Talladega: While the track surface has aged and there will be some tire wear at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, NASCAR Cup teams will still be able to employ tire strategy during this weekend’s race. Teams will make four-tire, two-tire and fuel-only pit stops, depending on the stage of the race. A key is to minimize one’s time on pit road and stay aligned with teammates and others they are working with on the track in order to maximize the draft.
“This weekend’s superspeedway tire set-up has been consistent since the advent of the Next Gen car, with teams running these tires at both Daytona and Talladega over the last two seasons,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing. “Races at both of those tracks also have another thing in common – the element of tire strategy. Depending on the stint, teams will often mix in two-tire and fuel-only stops at Talladega to keep track position and line up with their teammates they plan to work with in the draft.”
Notes – Eighth superspeedway race on this tire set-up for Cup cars: Being on 18-inch bead diameter tires, NASCAR Cup teams will run a different tire set-up than those in the Craftsman Truck Series at Talladega this week . . . the Cup cars will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires that they ran at Talladega in April and twice last season . . . these teams have also run this tire set-up at Daytona since the beginning of 2022 . . . with this 18-inch tire, and its lower profile sidewall, NASCAR Cup cars will not run inner liners in any of their tires in 2023.
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No. 11 Mavis Toyota Camry TRD News and Notes
- HAMLIN AT TALLADEGA: Denny Hamlin is a two-time winner at Talladega Superspeedway with victories in 2014 and 2020. He has finished seventh or better in the past seven playoff races at Talladega dating back to 2016, including a fifth-place finish last October. Earlier this season, Hamlin won the pole at the 2.66-mile superspeedway before ultimately finishing 17th after having to make a pit stop for fuel when the race went into overtime.
- TEXAS RECAP: Hamlin started the Round of 12 with a fifth-place finish in last Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway. He climbed from his 10th-place starting position into the top five and spent most of the day running solidly amongst the leaders. When a caution waved with less than 25 laps remaining, crew chief Chris Gabehart called Hamlin to pit road for fresh right-side tires while 14 cars remained on track. Hamlin managed to rally late to secure his third consecutive top-five finish.
- PLAYOFFS SO FAR: Through four playoff races, Hamlin has posted one win (Bristol) and three consecutive top-five finishes overall. He also leads the series with 169 points scored in the four playoff races.
- GABEHART EFFECT: Since being paired with crew chief Chris Gabehart at the start of the 2019 season, Hamlin leads the Cup Series with 20 victories, 78 top-five finishes, and 4,902 laps led. During their time working together, the duo has won at eight of the 10 playoff tracks, including a win at Talladega Superspeedway in October 2020.
- MAVIS: Mavis Tires & Brakes will be featured as the primary sponsor for Hamlin and the No. 11 team this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Mavis, based in Millwood, New York, is the largest independent tire and service provider in the United States with more than 850 service centers in 22 states. Mavis recently acquired TBC Corporation’s NTB Service Centers and Tire Kingdom Service Centers, which yields more than 2,000 service centers under the brand umbrella in total.
- JGR AT TALLADEGA: Joe Gibbs Racing owns five NASCAR Cup Series victories at Talladega Superspeedway. In 167 combined starts at the track, the organization has tallied 42 top-five finishes, 63 top-10s, four pole awards, and 1,512 laps led. Kyle Busch, Bobby Labonte, and Tony Stewart join Hamlin on the list of drivers who have taken JGR to victory lane at Talladega.
- POLE DAY POWER: Since NASCAR moved to the Next Gen racecar last season, Joe Gibbs Racing has won the pole award for all three Talladega races. In 2022, Christopher Bell won the pole for both races before Hamlin posted the fastest time in qualifying at Talladega earlier this year.
- TUNE IN: Coverage of this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway begins Sunday, October 1, at 2 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Denny Hamlin, Driver of the No. 11 Mavis Toyota Camry TRD
What do you expect going to Talladega this weekend?
“Talladega is just so unpredictable. Everyone wanted to maximize their points at Texas last week because Talladega and the ROVAL are very iffy. We feel pretty good about the position we’re in, but we still have to go into this week trying to get stage points and put ourselves in a good position to get another good finish before the ROVAL.”
With National Breast Cancer Awareness Month right around the corner, NASCAR Cup Series drivers Kurt Busch, Erik Jones and Bubba Wallace joined 60 breast cancer survivors and supporters, as well as officials from Charlotte Motor Speedway and Blue Cross NC in painting the famed race track’s pit wall pink on Tuesday. The event, which was also attended by NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers Daniel Hemric, Carson Hocevar, Kyle Weatherman and Bayley Currey, serves as a prelude to the Oct. 7 running of the Xfinity Series’ Drive for the Cure 250 presented by Blue Cross NC.
Now in its 11th year, Paint Pit Wall Pink has become an annual event to celebrate survivors, provide hope for those battling breast cancer and raise awareness of the importance of early detection.
"Every woman in North Carolina deserves the opportunity to be healthy. That's why education on early breast cancer detection is so critical," said Tammy Jones, VP of Brand and Demand Generation at Blue Cross NC. "Blue Cross NC is committed to increasing breast cancer awareness across the state through efforts like Paint the Wall Pink and Drive for the Cure 250."
Charlotte Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Greg Walter joined the survivors, drivers and volunteers in using 150 paint rollers and brushes and 50 gallons of paint courtesy of Sherwin Williams to cover much of the 4,000-square-foot pit road wall.
“This is one of the most memorable days of the year for us at Charlotte Motor Speedway because it’s about so much more than motorsports,” said Walter. “To see the faces of those who have fought their battles and won, to hear stories of perseverance and encouragement for those currently fighting, and to use our platform to raise awareness to truly a noble cause. We’re grateful for a tremendous partnership with Blue Cross NC, and the opportunity to be involved in such a meaningful and impactful event.”
The event also featured a special unveil of two Toyota pace car designs – inspired by the stories of breast cancer survivors Patrice Bidgood and Destiney Medlin – for the Drive for the Cure 250 race on Oct. 7. Fans can visit dftc250pacecar.com to vote for their favorite livery. The winning design will be displayed on the car during pace laps before the Drive for the Cure 250.
While Busch announced his retirement from Cup Series racing earlier this year, his “Window of Hope” program will continue on with LEGACY MOTOR CLUB driver Erik Jones and the Erik Jones Foundation leading the charge, the two announced during Tuesday’s event.
“From the very beginning, the NASCAR industry supported us, and I am thankful for their continued support as we enter year three,” said Busch. “This program has become something I look forward to every year and I am grateful for the opportunity to bring in the Erik Jones Foundation to help continue to give it life for years to come. After learning more about what motivates Erik’s foundation’s cancer efforts, I felt a partnership with him was a natural evolution of the program. I am thrilled about this partnership and confident Erik’s personal commitment to cancer detection and care will grow this program and positively impact his cancer efforts.”
Following the Oct. 8 Bank of America ROVAL™ 400, participating drivers will sign their window net to be auctioned through The Erik Jones Foundation, which will receive the proceeds to then be donated to multiple beneficiaries to support early cancer detection. The Erik Jones Foundation was established in part to encourage early cancer detection and care, a cause significant to Jones, who has had multiple family members battle cancer.
“I’m glad Kurt reached out and suggested my foundation continue this important effort,” said Jones. “Fighting cancer is a very personal issue for me and my foundation. Many folks know that my father died of cancer, but most don’t know my mother is a breast cancer survivor. Everyone involved in my foundation, including my mom, is excited to add a breast cancer component to our efforts. We look forward to building on the legacy Kurt has laid with this program.”
To purchase Drive for the Cure 250 and Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 race tickets, fans can shop online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or call 1-800-455-FANS (3267). Kids 12 and under get in all weekend for just $10. Tickets also include access to any of three nights of A-list music acts, including concerts by Tim Dugger on Friday, Oct. 6; cover band Alter Ego on Saturday, Oct. 7; and an infield pre-race concert with country superstar Riley Green prior to Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL™ 400.
Notes of Interest
● Martin Truex Jr., and the No. 19 team for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) set the tone for the season right out of the gate by winning the 150-lap feature in the non-points Clash at the Coliseum on Feb. 5 in Los Angeles. Truex won his heat race, then went on to lead the final 25 laps of the feature en route to a victory that gave him and the team much-needed momentum heading into the 2023 season. While the team was knocking on the door over the first 10 points-paying races, the breakthrough win finally came at Dover (Del.) Motor Speedway on May 1, and Truex has added two more points-paying victories and four overall this season – June 11 at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway and July 17 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
● Playoff Time: Truex started the playoffs’ Round of 12 last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth with a 17th-place finish. He heads into the second race of the round at Talladega sitting fifth in the standings, 19 points above the top-12 cutline with two races remaining in the round.
● 34 and Counting: Truex’s win at New Hampshire was the 34th of his Cup Series career, putting him in a tie with 2004 Cup Series champion Kurt Busch for 25th on the all-time win list in NASCAR’s top series.
● Truex has three top-five finishes, nine top-10s and has led a total of 95 laps in 37 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Talladega. Truex’s average Talladega finish is 21.4.
● So far this season, Truex has scored three points-paying wins, nine top-five finishes, 15 top-10s and has led an impressive 832 laps through 30 races. To put the laps-led number in perspective, Truex led just 572 during the entire 36-race season in 2022.
Martin Truex Jr., Driver of the No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry TRD
You are aiming to get your first Talladega win. What do you work on leading into Talladega that you might not do other weeks?
“Talladega is a lot different than normal weeks. It’s a lot of strategy and a lot of talk with my teammates and trying to plan to work together to get to the end of that thing. It seems like every time we go back there it’s a little bit different. It’s changed a lot over the years and a lot in the past few years. Starting last year with this new NextGen car, it was quite a bit different racing there. Still trying to figure out how to get that first win at Talladega. We’ve been close there before and ran really strong there last year with our Bass Pro Shops Camry, so just looking to build on that and focus on what it’s going to take to try and get our first win there.”
A Talladega win would be your first on a superspeedway-style track – Daytona and Atlanta being the others on the current schedule. Is a superspeedway win something you would really like to have on your resume?
“I would like to, it’s something we put a lot of work and effort into. I would say it’s probably not my best style of racing. For us, I think that we are always damaged, so if we can ever get to the end of one of those races and are at the front, we would have a chance. If we get that chance again, we need to be able to figure out how to make the right moves. Would love to be there at the end at Talladega this weekend and have a shot to win with our Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry TRD.”
After running four races so far this season with the speedway package, what are your expectations for Talladega this weekend?
“I think it will be similar to Daytona. This car, for whatever reason, just likes to be two-wide, there never seems to be a third lane. There’s a lot of two-wide and a lot of track position – hard to make your way up through the field. You never know, though, it all depends on what everyone is wanting to do. How aggressive does everyone want to be, and will we have a chance at a third lane forming? I don’t know.”
Talladega has made some renovations in recent years to its fan amenities. How have you seen the track change in recent years?
“It’s cool because it’s a good fan experience at Talladega and that’s what it’s really all about, giving the fans something to do throughout the weekend when we are not racing. It’s a really cool setup for the fans. It’s cool that the fans can get up close to the cars now more than ever and they can check out what is going on. Always have a lot of great fan energy when we go to Talladega, for sure.”
Smith, 19, transitions to JRM after spending the past two seasons stockpiling stats that include a win at Phoenix Raceway - which made him the youngest NXS winner in the track’s history - six top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. Smith also clinched a coveted spot in the NXS Playoffs this season. He replaces longtime JRM driver Josh Berry, who is moving to the Cup Series in 2024 to fill the seat vacated by retiring superstar Kevin Harvick.
Smith’s been aligned with Pilot Flying J, TMC Transportation and Allstate Peterbilt Group since his career began. As the largest operator of travel centers in North America, Pilot Flying J is a Knoxville, Tenn.-based company with more than 750 retail locations. Based out of Des Moines, Iowa, TMC Transportation is the nation’s largest employee-owned open deck transportation company. The Allstate Peterbilt Group is the largest privately held factory-authorized dealer group in the Upper Midwest.
“It’s special to welcome Pilot Flying J, TMC Transportation and Allstate Peterbilt Group back into the JRM family,” said JRM CEO Kelley Earnhardt Miller. “They were part of our Xfinity program for five years and were instrumental in helping us become a four-car operation in 2017. This reunion shows a lot of promise with a talent like Sammy at the wheel. We can’t wait to go to work with them.”
All three brands spent the 2017-21 NXS seasons in partnership with JRM. The relationship produced Pilot Flying J’s first series victory at Daytona International Speedway in 2019 prior to a second win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2021.
“We have been supporting and cheering on Sammy throughout his journey in the Xfinity Series for the last two seasons," said Adrienne Ingoldt, vice president of brand and marketing for Pilot Flying J. “We’re excited for the next chapter in his career and seeing the success he‘ll bring behind the wheel of JRM’s No. 8 car.”
Smith, who began racing at the age of 8, carved his path through the ranks by way of go-karts, Legend Cars, Late Models and Super Late Models, winning several crown-jewel events in the latter such as the Winchester 400, Redbud 400 and Governor’s Cup. He has raced in multiple series, including the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series. In addition to two championships, Smith is a 15-time winner at the ARCA Menards Series level.
“We are excited to continue our motorsports partnership with Sammy as he joins the JRM race team,” said Jason Webb, EVP, asset management for TMC Transportation. “Having been a partner with JRM for several years, we know they are a first-class organization. Sammy will be joining a team that will provide him with the resources and tools to dominate on the track and continue to develop to reach his full potential.”
Smith will join Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones and Sam Mayer in completing JRM’s driver lineup in 2024. Specific partner races and crew duties for Smith and the No. 8 team will be announced at a later date.
The 52nd Running of the Winchester 400 will boast a total cash purse of $104,500, plus series contingency awards.
The Winchester 400 winner is guaranteed a $20,000 payday, with an additional potential of $14,500 in track and series bonus money available. The potential $34,500 payday makes the Winchester 400 one of the richest pavement Late Model events of the year.
A combination of series awards and special awards offered by the track provide the potential for the big payday, including $1,000 bonuses for the GoFas Pole Award and for winning each of the first two stages of the Winchester 400. Track awards include $6,000 in lap leader bonuses, a $2,000 bonus to the highest finishing Winchester 400 rookie, $1,500 awards for highest finishing crate motored car and top traveling non-regular/non-race winner.
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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Talladega Superspeedway Stats
- Daniel Dye will make his first NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series start at Talladega on Saturday.
- ARCA Starts: 1; Best start: 17th (2022); Best finish: 12th (2022)
2023 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series Season Stats
- Starts: 20; Best start: 5th (Milwaukee); Best finish: 11th (Gateway); Laps led: 5; Current points position: 18th
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- Chassis History/Info: Dye and the No. 43 team will compete with GMS Racing chassis no. 130 at Talladega. Used as the team's backup truck earlier this year at Daytona, it has not seen any laps of competition yet. The truck's first lap on any racetrack will be made in qualifying on Saturday morning.
- Bristol Recap: After qualifying 16th in the last race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Daniel and the No. 43 Champion Container team finished in the 21st position. Citing the difficulty to pass, Dye appeared to be trapped deep in the pack despite the crew making adjustments to improve on his handling. Daniel currently is placed in 18th for the drivers points standings.
- What If?: Last year, in the first time that Dye competed at Talladega Superspeedway, he came ever-so-close to scoring his second ARCA Menards Series victory. Having positioned himself in a great spot to make a move, it appeared that everything had lined up in his favor. On the white flag lap, Daniel took the lead of the race for a brief moment in turns 1-2, but an untimely block saw him spinning down the backstretch, resulting in a 17th place finish. He looks back on this race as one of the toughest moments of his 2022 championship run, where he finished runner up to Nick Sanchez by only 14 points. A good result in the Truck Series race has been high on his list of races that he would like to perform well at.
- Crew Chief's Home Race: Blake Bainbridge often looks forward to returning to Talladega because of how close the racetrack is to his hometown. Bainbridge was born in nearby Hueytown, Alabama, which is less than one hour away from the site of Saturday's race. Hueytown has been well-known for its crop of NASCAR legends that call it home, including 'Alabama Gang' members Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Davey Allison, Neil Bonnett, and Red Farmer, among others.
- Bainbridge at Talladega: Blake has called two races in his career as a crew chief, including one NASCAR Xfinity Series race in 2005 and more recently, an ARCA Menards Series race in 2020. The ARCA race resulted in the better finish of his two starts, where Taylor Gray started eighth and finished 13th. This weekend will be Bainbridge's first Truck Series start at Talladega.
- Xfinity Series Debut: Though the CRAFTSMAN Truck Series was off last weekend, Daniel Dye made the trek to Texas Motor Speedway where he made the first NASCAR Xfinity Series start of his young career. Driving the No. 44 Champion Container Chevrolet for Alpha Prime Racing, Dye first needed to qualify his way into the show, which he had no issues in doing so - starting in the 26th position. Having narrowly avoided several moments of chaos directly in front of him, Daniel kept his car clean all race long. Despite a late-race spin, Dye never put a foot wrong all day in Texas, bringing the car home in 17th place. His finish tied APR's best result of the season, which was ironically delivered by his GMS teammate, Rajah Caruth.
- From The Driver's Seat: You were so close on winning here last year in the ARCA Menards Series race, so does that give you any added confidence to return here in a truck?
“I’m looking forward to getting back to Talladega in a different vehicle than I had there last time. We had good speed there with GMS last year and got towards the front of the pack. I was close to having a shot to win the race before I made a mistake that took us out of contention. But I definitely learned a lot in the two super speedway races I ran last year in the ARCA car and the one at Daytona this year in a truck. I’m hoping to use all the things I learned in those three races and have ourselves a good finish. We are still looking for our first top-10 of the year, and Talladega presents itself as an opportunity to either have a great day or an awful day. Hopefully we’ll be on the great side this time.”
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The 25th running of the NASCAR-sanctioned ARCA Menards Series West at All American Speedway brings nationally-televised stock car racing to Roseville on September 30th. The NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by Berco Redwood will be joined by the championship finales for the speedway’s weekly points racing divisions. Post-race fireworks, VIP experiences, car show, vendor midway, and much more makes the race one of the largest single-day sporting events in Placer County each year.
The event benefits the Placer Breast Cancer Foundation with over $250,000 raised since the event’s inception. Tickets for the NAPA Auto Parts 150 are available online at www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com General admission seating is priced at $35 for adults, juniors ages 6-12 are $25, and kids 5 & under are FREE! Race fans can also purchase a VIP ticket for $65 which includes a Randy Peters Catering BBQ dinner with 2 drinks, live music, special gift, VIP Pit Tours, a meet and greet with drivers, and special reserved seating in turns one and four.
The AAMCO of Auburn Jr. Late Models main event kicks off festivities at 4:00pm before ARCA Menards Series West pole qualifying at 4:30pm. The NASCAR F4s, NAPA/Riebes Super Stocks, Berco Redwood Pro Late Models, Velocity Solar Modifieds, and JM Environmental Wild West Super Series will then hold their main events followed by the NAPA Auto Parts 150, which goes green at 7:55pm.
Roseville has been the scene for many first-time winners in the ARCA West with four consecutive NAPA 150s going to first-time winners. Granite Bay’s Cole Moore won the 2022 edition for his breakthrough, joining Napa’s Paul Pedroncelli, Fresno’s Gio Scelzi, and Scottsdale, Ariz.’s Jagger Jones in achieving the feat.
Newport Beach rookie Sean Hingorani leads the 2023 standings with four feature wins. Hingorani’s advantage is just one point, however, over Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.’s Landen Lewis. Multi-time NASCAR California State champion Trevor Huddleston of Agoura Hills ranks third followed by Las Vegas’ Tyler Reif and Phoenix’s Bradley Erickson. Las Vegas’ Tanner Reif will drive the No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet in the event, hoping to give Bill McAnally Racing its 11th series triumph at Roseville and third in the last four seasons.
The series utilizes 625hp stock cars which have competed at All American Speedway since 1977. The race will air nationally on October 8 on CNBC.
All American Speedway’s fans have been thrilled by the JM Environmental Wild West Super Series with high-speed Super Late Model action, a full field of champion drivers, and the most lucrative weekly purses in track history. 2022 track champion Dylan Zampa of Napa has two wins and two second place finishes to enjoy an 11-point lead over 2007 track champion Eric Schmidt of Roseville. 2021 track champion and California State champion John Moore of Granite Bay is third followed by 2022 NAPA Riebes Super Stock champion Josh Whitfield of Roseville. 2020 track champion Cole Moore rounds out the top-five in the standings heading into the 100-lap season finale.
Velocity Solar Modifieds will also crown a 2023 champion during a 30-lap feature, with Rocklin’s Tyler Wentworth in command with four wins this season. Whitfield is a perfect six-for-six in the NAPA Riebes Super Stocks and has stretched his points lead to 40 markers over Dixon’s Tim Walters. The Berco Redwood Pro Late Models are also led by Whitfield, with 2022 Jr. Late Model champion Trey Daniels in pursuit at just 14-points behind.
The F4s will be racing in their championship round as well during the NAPA 150 with a 25-lap feature scheduled for the track’s largest division. Roseville’s Matthew Fuhs leads Rocklin’s John Sproule by just nine points.
AAMCO of Auburn Jr. Late Models are the youngest drivers to compete in Roseville and 11-year-old Vito Cancilla of Martinez aims to wrap up a championship after three wins this year.
All American Speedway wants to thank @the Grounds for their support along with partners such as Roseville Toyota, Berco Redwood, NAPA Riebes Auto Parts, JM Environmental, Velocity Solar, Sinister Diesel, AAMCO Transmission & Total Car Care of Auburn, CA, A-All Mini Storage, Auto Gator, Pape Machinery, Atlas Disposal, Kim White Realtor, All Street Sweeping, Roseville Moose Lodge, and Folsom Lake Asphalt for their strong support of All American Speedway. Without competitor support and local community partners, these events would not take place. All American Speedway mandates a sound regulation for all competitors as specified in the track rule book.
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2023 NASCAR WEEKLY RACING SCHEDULE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
Sept 30 NASCAR ARCA WEST NAPA 150, JM Environmental Wild West Super Series Late Models, Berco Redwood Pro Late Models, Velocity Solar Modifieds, Riebes / NAPA Auto Parts Super Stocks, F4s, AAMCO of Auburn Jr. Late Models
Oct 21 A-ALL MINI STORAGE MONSTER TRUCK BASH + F4s