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There are motorsports, and then there's Formula One racing, which is another animal. While betting at the best online casino is a great experience, racing is a challenging game that provides a fascinating glimpse into the extremes of human and machine performance. It is one of the most widely watched sports in the world because of its union that pushes the boundaries of speed.

Formula One is unlike any other sport since it brings together a variety of athletic disciplines to create something extraordinary. Although it is primarily an individual activity, it is also a team sport in its own right. Furthermore, there is plenty of drama and competitiveness amongst colleagues and between rivals in Formula One.

Then there's the adrenaline rush of the actual race, which may be hazardous for the driver but is a show for the spectators. However, Formula One is not without its spectacular triumphs, followed by celebrations where fans can let off steam and celebrate the good things in life. There are some of the reasons why Formula One continues to be a popular sport with drivers, spectators, bettors and everyone else who enjoys a good dose of speed.

 

The Amount Of Money Involved

A lot of money is needed to make the world go round, and Formula One racing is one of the most expensive sports on the planet. Money is the lifeblood of the sport, supporting everything from the vehicles to the pay of the drivers. As a result, Formula One is an excellent choice for sports betting. With Formula One, there is money to be earned, and it is not restricted to the competitors themselves.

A bettor may choose to place a wager on a single competition or predict who will win the entire season. When you use advanced odds, you may increase your chances of winning. Because the Formula One season is stretched out over many months, it is feasible to make big profits by placing several bets on anything from winning drivers to the overall winning team of the season.

 

The Excitement Factor

With the brave and the powerful comes a natural fascination. When it comes to Formula One racing, the difficulties and perils that drivers must overcome with each race make it all seem so genuine and exhilarating. Even though driver safety is a significant subject every year, Formula One racing continues to captivate viewers by pushing the limits of the machines and the drivers themselves.

What further enhances the whole thing is that the courses get shuffled and vary from place to place, ensuring that each race is unique. Afterward, the typical buzz surrounds the leaderboard, with fans, sports bettors, and sponsors all paying attention to their favorite drivers as they travel across the globe from one place to another.

 

The Glitz and Glam

Where there is money and speed, there is sure to be a certain amount of glitz and glitter. It's no secret that Formula One racing is a hub for all things trendy, with the most recent trends on display wherever you turn.

There is always something intriguing and stimulating, whether the pit girls are bringing a splash of sexuality to the race or celebrities making cameos in the grandstand. Toss in the famed post-race parties, and you have the ultimate entertainment event that combines exciting sport with breathtaking beauty and a ton of good times.

 

The Thrilling Locations

Sporting events that travel around the globe are few and far between, but those where the location lends a sense of drama to the game itself are rarer. When you look at the twisting roads of the Monaco Grand Prix or the picturesque splendor of the one in Montreal, it's obvious to understand the significant influence the race's venue has on the event's success.

In the end, Formula One is a sport that produces an incomparable atmosphere, teeming with exhilarating moments that are often recorded in the pages of history. Fans and players cannot ask for much more than all that F1 gives them.

Chase Elliot finally got his first win of the season at the Drydene 400 event in the Dover International Speedway. As it stands, he is leading the races with 418 points, with the second place closing in with 368 points. We understand that the season is still far ahead, and there are plenty of exciting races to enjoy and plenty of points to get.

Undoubtedly, before Dover, many pundits didn’t think Elliot could get it done after what happened at Martinsville, and we saw how his NASCAR odds to win dropped. However, Dover put him back as the top contender for the title this season, and we look forward to him taking on the challenge as we move forward in the season.

The season is going well for Chevrolet’s no. 9, and the issues of 2021 are now behind the team. Last year, Elliot finished out of the podium positions after finishing fourth on the log. He only won two races for the entire season, and his entire stat for the season wasn’t top-notch. Therefore, it wasn’t a good look for the 2020 champion.

However, in 2022 things have changed, and we now have a different Elliot, and the 26-year-old might win his second title in three years. But he has Ryan Blaney, William Byron, and Kyle Busch pushing for the title this year. So, is it possible for Elliot to hold on till Phoenix in November? Keep reading to find out what we think. 

 

How it Started and How it’s Going

For the first 10 races of the season, Elliot has since got top five in one, which was in Austin. Before that, he finished top 10 in three races in five races. However, after finishing 4th, Elliot has only finished outside the top 10 once, and that was in Richmond in April. As a result, he improved his game after finishing 26th in Fontana.

As it stands, Elliot has been on an upward trajectory, making him a top contender for the title this season. And without a doubt, we think he has what it takes to ensure that he maintains the lead going forward. Although Elliot has struggled in Darlington, he hoped to turn things around.

Unfortunately, with the rain washing out the Xfinity qualifying part through the session, Elliot and Poole are out of the race. He would be hoping to get back on track in Kansas. Even though it is possible to see him on the tracks, it would be some surprise as he won’t have extra track time.  

 

The Martinsville Disaster

Elliot dominated the first half of the race in Martinsville, but he soon fell after different circumstances, and pit stop issues cost him a win. After the race, he was the only winless Hendricks driver this season. At Martinsville, he was the car to beat for the first 185 laps after winning the first two stages.

However, after winning the second stage and losing his lead to Byron, Elliot struggled to hold on to his commanding pace. As a result, he faded out of the contention for the entire race. Although he broke Darrell Waltrip’s record for most led laps since 1980, he ended the night with an underwhelming performance. 

 

Dover Victory

Following the misfortune of Martinsville, Elliot worked hard to get back in the top positions, but he went on to finish 8th and 7th in the next two races. Although they weren’t top performances, it was better than Martinsville. Elliot needed a win from the 7th position in Talladega, and he got that at Dover.

Dover wasn’t an all-star performance for Elliot, but it was enough for him to win his first race of the season. Busch led the most laps with 103, while Elliot let for 73 laps. But learning from the last three races helped Elliot to improve his performance. And as a result, he was able to take his first NASCAR cup series win of the year. 

 

Improved Performance

Chase Elliot has had a better overall season so far, but he seemed to lag and have some performance issues in some races. A typical example was in Martinsville, where he started on a high but went down the ranking. Another example was Fontana, where he finished 26th on the log with 12 laps led.

However, in the last five races, his performance has been better, and now that he has his first win, we expect him to keep going. However, Darlington is a major setback but he can always get back when we go to Kansas in a couple of weeks. 

 

Our Prediction

Undoubtedly, we see Elliot going all the way and winning the title this year as we saw in 2020. However, it will be a tough one since there are still plenty of tracks to visit. But we maintain that Chase Elliot will be NASCAR’s Champion this year.

Last year's title contender and second-placed team, Mercedes, is struggling to get any of its drivers closer to the podium. The year has been downhill since the loss in Abu Dhabi. After many claims of the FIA not following the rules to give Max Verstappen and Red Bull, Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton conceded and acknowledged Max as the 2021 F1 champion. It is just like how bettors conceded when they lost bets on NHL odds, even if it was due to bad decisions.

The new year hasn’t worked out for Mercedes as George Russell and Lewis Hamilton are not in the top three. Hamilton is even far off, currently sitting in 7th place. We understand that the year is still long, and a lot can change before Abu Dhabi, but the more issues Mercedes compound, the farther Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen go. 

Mercedes hasn’t won a single race this year; the farthest they’ve got was when Hamilton got 3rd in Bahrain and Russell finished 3rd in Australia. It has been that kind of season, and one thing that remains certain is that Mercedes is the 3rd-fastest car this season as they’ve continued to struggle behind Red Bull and Ferrari.

With how the year has gone, is there a chance for Lewis Hamilton, George Russell, and the Mercedes team to salvage the points and compete with the top two cars this year? Follow us as we go through the hoops and predict if the team can turn things around before the last race in Abu Dhabi.

 

How it all Started

The year started high, and many fans were hopeful for their teams, placing odds on BetUS for their favorites. Most Mercedes fans were looking forward to seeing their team take back the title, and a 3rd place finish for Hamilton in Bahrain wasn’t a bad start. In addition to that, Max has his first DNF of the season. It was a positive point for Mercedes in the perceived rivalry.

Then, Saudi Arabia came, and the woes started; even though Russell finished 5th, his teammate, Hamilton, was 10th. Everything started showing, and we could see that Mercedes couldn’t compete with Red Bull and Ferrari. After that, we went to Australia, and the struggle continued. Undoubtedly, Mercedes needs an upgrade if they’re ever to close in on the top two cars.

The season is still long, and there are plenty of races to complete; we might see the Silver Arrows get back to the top spot, but it will take some performance upgrade. 

 

The Woes of Saudi Arabia

The whole problem started in Saudi Arabia. However, many could argue that there were issues with the car in Bahrain and Mercedes only got lucky because of the Red Bull’s DNFs. But the issue only became public when Ham finished further down than he has in many races. His teammate was two places away from the podium. Therefore, this is more than a car issue.

However, Mercedes still needs to find a way to improve performance (and their BetUS odds) and get their drivers firing. Fans are looking forward to seeing Hamilton back on the podium as that is the only way he is getting close to the top two guys in this year’s competition. It will not be easy, but the team has a chance to get better. Therefore, we look forward to how it goes. 

 

Improved Performance

Since Saudi Arabia, Mercedes has improved in terms of performance, but they are still behind Red Bull and Ferrari. They still have a long way to go to meet up with these two teams. Russell was 3rd Place behind Max and Leclerc in Australia, indicating that Mercedes is nowhere near these two teams.

However, we can see the improvement, although Imola wasn’t good for Mercedes as they had to settle outside the podium places again. In that case, there is a lot of work still left for the team if they are to get better in future races and pick up better points. The more races they miss out on, the farther they get from the championship. 

 

Moving Forward and Future Projections

It will not be an easy task to get to the top against Ferrari and Red Bull. The recent upgrade from those teams has blown Mercedes out of the waters, and they are currently the two best cars in the league. Mercedes need to find the optimal setup food the W13 unless they keep coming behind the rivals until Abu Dhabi.

The points are far gone, and the distance is wide. Russell is the closest to first place, and he is behind with a 37-point deficit. On the other hand, Hamilton needs to cover 54 points if he’s ever going to make it close to the championship this season. 

Bearing that in mind, we don’t see Mercedes winning the title because we don’t think Leclerc would blow his lead. Maybe they will be better next year, but for this year, Leclerc and Max are the better option.

'The title and nothing less' is Kevin Lacroix's motto this season. It will be a pivotal season for the driver of the #74 Lacroix Tuning | La Boulonnerie car as he will be entering his 8th year in the Canadian NASCAR series at Sunset Speedway this Saturday.

Having been crowned series Vice-Champion three times (2017, 2019 and 2020), Lacroix says this season is the one, "the team has a new motivation as we are entering a busy new season, but I will do what it takes to go get the title for my crew who have supported me since the beginning."

It has been a winter full of challenges and good news for Lacroix, who, along with his brother Dany, opened a new, state-of-the-art, Lacroix Tuning store in Laval, at 3657 Laval Highway West. "I'm very proud of what we accomplished in opening this store," explains Lacroix. "This big step took up my time, but now that it is done, I can focus on racing and my quest for the title."

However, the season begins on an oval that Lacroix is apprehensive about, "I've never found Sunset Speedway to suit my racing style," he said. "However, if I can stay out of trouble and finish in the Top Five, I'd like to get the points and focus on next week's race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, a track I've mastered over the years."

Sunset Speedway is a 1/3 mile oval located in Innisfil, 40 minutes north of Toronto. It's a small and challenging track. "The competitors' pedigrees are getting higher and higher, year after year. Since it's the beginning of the season, we all have to learn to race with each other again. So I will have to be wise and watch my back."

The NTE Ultimate Bearing Experience 250 will be a 250-lap event but with a 5-minute break on lap 125, when the crew will be able to perform light work on the car. The race kicks off at 7 p.m., and fans can watch the event live on the TSNGo, Floracing or TSN.ca apps.

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The first special event of the 2022 season for FASTRAK Racing Pro Late Model competitors is now the $3000 to win “Virginia is for Racing Lovers King of the Commonwealth” at Virginia Motor Speedway in Jamaica, VA. The East Coast’s top Pro Late Model competitors will converge on "The Home of the FASTRAK World Championship” for what will be an action-packed affair.

“We cannot thank Bill and Clarke Sawyer for adding this event for our Pro Late Model competitors. We are excited to return to Virginia Motor Speedway for what will be the first of two races that competitors can get what amounts to paid practice for this year’s $50,000 to win FASTRAK World Championship,” commented FASTRAK Founder/Owner Stan Lester.

Lester added,” the caliber of the local talent will be a challenge for the traveling competitors when it comes to visiting victory lane and taking home the big check; they will have their hands full.

The $3000 to win FASTRAK Racing event will be one of the support divisions for the Ultimate Super Late Model Series sanctioned $20,000 to win Virginia is for Racing Lovers King of the Commonwealth weekend

“With the Virginia is for Racing Lovers King of the Commonwealth being our first special event of the season we wanted to make sure that our fans get their money’s worth,” commented Virginia Motor Speedway owner Bill Sawyer.

Sawyer added, “and by adding a $3000 to win purse for the FASTRAK Pro Late Models, makes this event a must see for late model fans. And they will also get to see the great competition we have in the Truckin Thunder Sportsman Dirt Series Championship weekly division.”

The Virginia Is for Racing Lovers King of the Commonwealth race will be the first of three visits to the ½ speed plant and will pay $3000 to win and $275 to start the feature. The pit gates will open at 3 PM, with the spectator gates opening at 5 PM, hot laps will begin at 6 PM and racing beginning at 8 PM. For more info, visit the speedway’s website at www.vamotorspeedway.com . Fans can purchase advance tickets by visiting https://bit.ly/KocTx2022.

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Fans and competitors need to buckle up and keep their eyes glued to the FASTRAK pages and PR. Things are about to get exciting, with new formats and larger paying purses.

Check out the official website for the FASTRAK Racing Series at www.fastrakracing.com and continue to follow our social media networks for the FASTRAK Racing Series. Like and Follow our Fan Page on Facebook, plus follow @FASTRAK_Racing on Twitter to get up to the minute news and details as they become available. FASTRAK can be found on Instagram @fastrak_racing.

The 2022 marketing partners for the FASTRAK Racing Series are Chevrolet Performance, Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuel “The official fuel of FASTRAK,” VP Racing Lubricants, Dealer Group USA, Flo Racing “The official video home of FASTRAK,” TNT Race Cars, Arizona Sport Shirts, and Thomas Clarke Performance.

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St. Louis is one of the biggest sports cities in the country, with some of the most ardent fans anywhere. The Blues are once again skating toward another the Stanley Cup and the Cardinals are seeking a 13th World Series title, but this summer in the “Gateway to the West” motorsports is playing a huge part in the region’s sports landscape.

From NASCAR and INDYCAR returning to World Wide Technology Raceway to major dirt racing events at Federated Auto Parts Raceway and Tri-City Speedway, the motorsports scene in St. Louis has never been bigger.

With that in mind, a massive new event June 24-25 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway aims to draw fans of multiple disciplines of racing. Do you like Dirt Late Models? Check. Like Non-Wing Sprint Cars? Check. Like DIRTcar UMP Modifieds? Check. Like a good time with friends at the track? Check.

The one event that checks all the boxes for dirt racing fans is the all-new St. Louis Firecracker Faceoff. It features a showdown with the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models taking on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models for $10,000 on Friday, June 24, and $20,000 on Saturday, June 25. In addition, the new Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Cars presented by Low-E Insulation and the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds will also be in action with their unique styles of racing on the fan-favorite high-banked, 1/3-mile oval just down Interstate 55 from Busch Stadium.

Current World of Outlaws CASE Late Models championship leader and three-time DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion Dennis Erb Jr. aims to capture the magic again on the 1/3-mile oval, having won there in 2012. Plus, a couple of other drivers with roots in the DIRTcar Summer Nationals who are now competing on the World of Outlaws tour — Gordy Gundaker and Kyle Hammer — hope to score their first wins at the track and with the World of Outlaws. They’ll battle DIRTcar Summer Nationals stars past and present, which are expected to include Shannon Babb, Brian Shirley, and Frank Heckenast Jr.

While the Late Model showdown will be in the spotlight, the Xtreme Outlaw Sprints presented by Low-E Insulation will make its debut at the iconic track with two chances for drivers to etch their names in the record book. The Non-Wing Sprint Car drivers will battle for a potential $11,000 payday with $5,000-to-win on Friday and $6,000 on Saturday.

After three races in the Series’ inaugural season, C.J. Leary has a leg up on the competition, scoring two Xtreme wins and three top-five finishes. The Greenfield, IN driver, hopes to keep that momentum rolling in Pevely.

Then, the most popular racers in Illinois hit the track as the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals stars complete the four Series extravaganza in Pevely. Modified drivers throughout the Midwest hope to try and end defending champion Nick Hoffman’s reign with a star-studded win at I-55.

Don’t miss your chance to see the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models take on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals to see who takes home bragging rights from the first-ever St. Louis Firecracker Faceoff.

TICKETS: https://bit.ly/3P7r3qS

If you can’t make it to the tracks, watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online on with the DIRTVision App.

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Ty Dillon, No. 42 ChevyLiners.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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- Dillon at Kansas Speedway: Dillon has raced in nine NASCAR Cup Series events at Kansas Speedway, posting three top-16 and six top-25 finishes. Running a limited schedule in 2021, the North Carolina native did not participate in any Cup Series event at the 1.5-mile tri-oval last season.

Dillon has also competed in four NASCAR Xfinity Series races at the Kansas City intermediate, earning one pole, two top-five and three top-10 results and never finishing outside of twelfth-place. In two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events, Dillon collected two top-10 finishes. Kansas Speedway is also the site of Dillon's first ARCA Menards Series victory in 2010.

- Run with the Best: ChevyLiners.com will serve as primary partner on Dillon's Chevrolet Camaro for Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway, marking the fifth event this season that the grey and mustard colors of Chevrolet Accessories have adorned the No. 42 machine.

- About ChevyLiners.com: When it comes to floor protection for your Chevrolet, be sure to run with the best. For ultimate interior protection, Premium All-Weather Floor Liners by Chevrolet Accessories are the solution. Offering precision coverage around interior trim, driver pedals, seat tracks, and door sills, they're constructed of quality materials that provide optimum carpet and interior trim protection, isolating debris and moisture while remaining removable for cleaning.

- From the Drivers Seat: What does it take to get around Kansas Speedway? What are your feelings about the track?

“For me personally, in the early years of my Cup career, I really wished they would have turned Kansas into a parking lot. It honestly has been one of my biggest struggles as a track. What’s frustrating is that to me it’s not that hard of a track to get around and it’s very simple, but it takes minor, finite details to be strong there. My focus this week has been putting in a lot of time in the simulator on running right against the wall and getting myself comfortable in that line. I want to have that line down pat so I can use it to my advantage all day on Sunday. That’s my go to. Hopefully, we turn it around and I’ll have a different opinion about the racetrack when we leave. Going to Kansas with a new organization and a new car has given me new life and new blood for going out there and making the most of it.” 

 

Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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- Jones at Kansas Speedway: In the NASCAR Cup Series, Jones has 12 starts at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway with a career-best finish of third in 2019. A special place to Jones, Kansas Speedway is the site of his first-career Cup Series start where he filled in for an injured Kyle Busch on May 9, 2015. Jones started the race from the 12th position and ran in the top 10 most of the day, leading one lap. Unfortunately, a rookie mistake late in the race cost Jones a solid finish after he made contact with the outside wall and was credited with a 40th-place finish.

In addition to his Cup Series starts, Jones has two starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series where he started both races from second and led a combined 197 laps before finishing 15th in both races. In the Truck Series, Jones has one start where he led the field to the green and for 151 of 167 laps before fuel milage dropped him to an 11th-place finish late in the race.

- Focused on Winning: FOCUSfactor will serve as the primary partner on Jones's Chevrolet Camaro for Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway. As this season’s primary partner on the No. 43 Camaro, FOCUSfactor's blue and green colors have been on display for 10 races in 2022.

- About FOCUSfactor: FOCUSfactor is sold at America’s leading retailers such as Costco, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS, The Vitamin Shoppe and Amazon.com. FOCUSfactor, America’s leading brain health supplement, is a nutritional supplement that includes a proprietary blend of brain supporting vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients. In December 2012, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued US Patent 8,329,227 covering FOCUSfactor’s proprietary formulation “for enhanced mental function”. The issuance of the patent marked one of the few times a patent has been issued for a nationally branded nutritional supplement. FOCUSfactor is clinically tested with results demonstrating improvements in focus, concentration and memory in healthy adults.

- From the Drivers Seat: What do you expect at Kansas Speedway with the Next Gen car?

“I think it’s going to be a great race. I want to compare it to Vegas, but there is something about it that doesn’t sit right with me that it’s going to be like that. It’s going to be interesting to see how it races. I think it’s going to race well. Kansas is always fun with as wide as it gets and where you can run. This car I think will be challenging there. I think back to the low-down force package with the old Cup car and it was easy to make mistakes and I think it will be pretty similar with this car.”

Do you think it will be a race of “rim riding”?

“I think so. Between the gear ratios we’ve had, they’ve been a little low I feel like, and you have to kind of keep these cars wound up. They’re just “draggy,” you have to keep the momentum going. If you really have to slow them down and get on the bottom, it hurts your speed a lot, so just keeping them wound up has been the name of the game.

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Greg Van Alst needs some luck in the ARCA Menards Series and Kansas Speedway might be exactly what the doctor ordered. 

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Van Alst and his Greg Van Alst Motorsports team trek to Kansas Speedway, the site of his first career top-10 finish last year hoping to rekindle the magic and put his 2022 ARCA Menards Series season back on track.

 

 

In the series’ most recent race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Van Alst once again proved how fast his No. 35 CB Fabricating Chevrolet SS was drafting from his mid-pack starting position based on 2021 car owner points to inside the top-five.

 

 

Unfortunately, Van Alst got shuffled late in the race and with the event cut short due to time constraints, he ran out of laps to climb back through the field and settled for a season-best 11th place finish.

With the path steered in the right direction, Van Alst eyes Saturday afternoon’s Dutch Boy 150 as the primary opportunity to not only capture a top-10 finish but earn some much-needed ARCA Menards Series championship points.

 

 

“We are feeling really good about this weekend’s race at Kansas Speedway,” said Van Alst. “I feel like this is a track that our experience will benefit our team on Saturday afternoon. We’ve learned a lot about our intermediate program over the past year and I’m eager to get on the track to get a good gauge on where we stand.”

 

Scoring the first of three top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway last May, Van Alst says returning to the site of what was then the best effort of his ARCA career gives his all-volunteer team some much-welcomed momentum in the fourth ARCA race of the 2022 season.

 

“It is huge for us to return to Kansas Speedway,” added Van Alst. “The race last fall didn’t go our way, but we had a mechanical issue that hindered our performance. In the spring, we were competitive and I feel like it showed the other competitors and teams that we can bring speed to any type of race track.

“Reflecting on last year gives us the confidence to shoot for a good day.”

 

With an average finish of 23rd after three races this season, Van Alst has made the climb to 13th in the championship standings and just six points outside the top-10.

 

Another good run at the Kansas City, Kansas facility would continue a steady uphill climb as Van Alst hopes to challenge for the series championship. Entering Kansas, Van Alst is 49 points behind championship leader Rajah Caruth.

 

“We are disappointed with the results we have had so far,” explained Van Alst. “We have had two finishes out of our control that has set us back but not out. We are going to continue to grind to work ourselves back into contention for the season championship.”

 

As for his goals for Saturday afternoon’s 100-lap contest, Van Alst would like to improve on his sixth-place finish from last year and post his second career top-five ARCA Menards Series run.

 

“We are hoping for a top-five finish on Saturday,” sounded Van Alst. “We are taking the car we took there in the fall and have found the issues that caused us to struggle at that race.

 

“We hope these things allow us to be fast right off the trailer. With practice and qualifying being combined on Saturday morning, it’s important for us to make the most of that track time so we can get a good starting position from there.

 

“From there, it’s just running our race and staying out of trouble and hoping that when push comes to shove, we’re in a position to capitalize on exactly what we’re going to Kansas to do.” 

 
 

Chris Barkdull’s CB Fabricating, a longtime partner with Greg Van Alst Motorsports has boosted its commitment to the team and will continue its role as the primary marketing partner of Van Alst’s No. 35 Ford Fusion.

 

Headquartered in Anderson, Ind., CB Fabricating offers a complete list of fabricating from design, laser cutting, CNC punching, forming, welding, powder coating, and assembly.

 

Their 26,000-square-foot facility allows them to service the needs of many different industries. Everything from the Automotive, agricultural, aquatic, medical, transportation, electrical enclosures, and much more.

 

“Kansas was special last year for a lot of reasons and it was great to carry CB Fabricating to its first top-10 in ARCA competition with our team,” recalled Van Alst. “Like Talladega, Kansas can prove to be a pinnacle race for our small team and I’m thankful to have the support of Chris and CB Fabricating.”

 

In addition to CB Fabricating, Top Choice Fence, Norton Transport, KRJ Race Products and Lintz Creative will serve as associate marketing partners for Van Alst’s 15th career ARCA start. 

For more on Greg Van Alst and Greg Van Alst Motorsports, please visit GregVanAlst.com, like them on Facebook (Van Alst Motorsports) and follow him on Twitter (@GregVanAlst35). 

 

For more on CB Fabricating, please visit CBFabricating.com and like them on Facebook (CB Fabricating).

 

The Dutch Boy 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the fourth of 20 races on the 2022 ARCA Menards Series schedule. A combined practice and qualifying session begins on Saturday, May 14, 2022, from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) with the Motor Racing Network (MRN) managing the radio waves beginning at 1:00 p.m. ARCARacing.com will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (CT).

 

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The management of Grandview Speedway is prepared to host another triple-header program of professional auto racing action this Saturday night under the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series banner as the celebration of the track’s 60th year of operation continues.

The T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds and T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman will be joined by the USAC East Coast Wingless Sprint series in a three-division program this Saturday, May 14 starting at 7:30 pm. The program will include qualifying events leading to the 30-lap T.P. Trailer Modified feature, the 25-lap T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman main, and the 25 lap USAC East Coast Sprint feature. Pit gates will open at 4 pm. with grandstand gates opening at 5:30 pm. and warm-ups starting at 6:15 pm. Adult grandstand admission is $25, kids ages 6-11 are $5, while children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge.

This Saturday’s program will be recorded and produced by ATVN-TV. The races will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on the following Tuesday night, with further replays to follow. ATVN airs on channel 4/1004 HD (Lehigh Valley) and channel 8/608 (Delaware County). The air dates and times can be found at astound.com/ATVN.

The USAC East Coast Sprints will be making their only stop of the season at Grandview this Saturday night. In previous scheduled visits to the speedway, current NASCAR Modified driver Tim Buckwalter was a winner in 2019, the event was cancelled due to the COVID shut down in early 2020, and last season former NASCAR Modified driver now turned Sprint car driver Briggs Danner was in victory lane by the end of the evening.

The top two drivers in the current USAC East Coast series points have been the leading feature winners this season and last year as well. Defending Champion Alex Bright has been a two-time winner so far this season after scoring a club leading eleven wins last year. This year’s current point leader, Briggs Danner, has scored five wins already this young season after taking nine wins last year.

In T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modified action, Brett Kressley and Craig Von Dohren have been to the winner’s circle so far this season, with Kressley currently on top of the point chart.

In the T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman division, Jordan Henn, Brian Hirthler and Parker Guldin have all reached victory lane, with Hirthler currently sitting in the top spot in the point standings.

All race teams are being reminded by Speedway management that tire sales will resume this week at the racetrack ONLY. The tire truck will be at the track when the pit gate opens at 4 pm, and all teams will be allowed to purchase two tires. To be certain the tire sales are monitored fairly, we are requiring that all cars must be signed in first for the night’s event, before purchasing, and the driver of each car is required to make the tire purchase.

We appreciate your understanding and your support during the tire shortage issue.

Once again, as last season, there will not be a fuel truck at the track, so racers need to plan accordingly.

Prior to the triple-header on Saturday, Friday evening May 13 will see the next installment of the Outlaw Racing Series Enduro and Outlaw Racing Series Vintage Racers in action starting at 7 pm.

Saturday, May 21 will see a return to a two-division program with the T.P. Trailer Modifieds and T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman both in action at 7:30 pm.

Saturday night May 28 will be another triple-header, as the 602 Crate Sportsman mini-series will join the T.P. Trailer Modifieds and T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman starting at 7:30 pm.

The first NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Event will happen on Memorial Day Weekend on Sunday, May 29 with the first time running of the Balls to the Wall 50 for 358 Modifieds plus the return of the SpeedSTR’s starting at 7:30 pm. The 358 Modified portion of this program will be part of the newly re-formed Tri-Track series.

Since the 1960’s, Grandview Speedway has been presenting exciting wheel to wheel NASCAR stock car racing every Saturday Night starting in April and running through September, plus special events. Grandview Speedway is located at 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, Pa. 19505, just off Route 100, ten miles north of Pottstown, Pa.

Information is always available at www.grandviewspeedway.com or on Facebook, or by telephone at 610.754.7688.

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Nemechek #Back4More in 2022:
 
  • John Hunter Nemechek and the No. 4 Mobil 1 team head to Kansas Speedway with momentum on their side coming off their first win of the season at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway last weekend. Nemechek has now strung together four straight top-five finishes dating back to Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Tex. on March 19. With the win, Nemechek jumped three spots in the Camping World Truck Series standings up to second, just 30 points behind Ben Rhodes in first. After seven races, Nemechek leads all drivers in average starting position (7.1) and average running position (7.058), is second in laps led (154) and fastest laps run (49) and ranks third in driver rating (104.2).
 
  • The second-generation driver will be making his fifth start at Kansas in the Camping World Truck Series. Throughout his first four starts, he has tallied 16 laps led, three top-five and three top-10 finishes with an average finish of 10.0. While he hasn’t reached victory lane in a truck at Kansas yet, he picked up his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory at the 1.5-mile venue in October of 2018 for Chip Ganassi Racing. He also finished eighth in the Xfinity Series event at Kansas in 2019. In two NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kansas, Nemechek has an average finish of 18.0 and earned a best finish of 17th in the 2020 fall event.
 
  • The Toyota Racing driver made his fifth NASCAR Xfinity Series start of the season last weekend at Darlington, piloting the No. 26 GR Supra for Sam Hunt Racing. Nemechek earned the organization’s second career top-five finish, taking the checkered flag in fourth.
 
  • The world’s leading synthetic motor oil, Mobil 1, will be the primary sponsor onboard Nemechek’s No. 4 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Saturday night in Kansas. Mobil 1 will return to the hood of Nemechek’s Toyota for five more races in 2022 starting at Worldwide Technology Raceway at Gateway on June 4.
 
  • Nemechek is a 12-time winner in Camping World Truck Series action, winning at least one race each season from 2015 to 2018 for his family-owned team, NEMCO Motorsports, and returning to victory lane the last two seasons with KBM. Across 131 career starts in NASCAR’s third division, he has compiled four poles, 1,335 laps led, 44 top-five and 70 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 12.5.
 
  • Eric Phillips returned to lead the No. 4 team in 2022. His 42 career Truck Series victories make him the winningest crew chief in Truck Series history, with 33 of those coming while at KBM including five last year. Phillips led the No. 18 team at KBM in its debut season in 2010 and helped build the organization into one of the premier teams in all of NASCAR before departing at the end of the 2014 season. Under his guidance, the No. 18 team won eight races in its inaugural campaign and became the first team in Truck Series history to capture an owner’s championship in its first season of competition. In 2014, the Illinois native led the No. 51 team to an owner’s championship and his team’s 10 wins spearheaded KBM to a single-season Truck Series record of 14 wins. Phillip’s has been calling the shots for 11 starts at Kansas. In those 11 starts, his drivers have tallied two wins one pole, 198 laps led, four top-five, and five top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 10.7. He was victorious with Mike Skinner in 2009 and with KBM owner-driver Kyle Busch in 2014. Phillips also has one NASCAR Xfinity Series victory at Kansas, he was atop the pit box for Christopher Bell’s first series victory in 2017.
 
 
John Hunter Nemechek, Driver Q&A:
 
After a tough start to the season, was there more relief or excitement winning at Darlington?
“Relief, there is definitely some excitement there, but more relief after the finishes we had to start the season. It didn’t seem like we were the team that we were last year. We’ve been fast, we were leading laps, we were winning stages, but we weren’t finishing where we needed to. I feel like we finally turned the ship the right way at Darlington and hopefully we can keep the momentum going throughout this eight-race stretch.”
 
You’ve won at three of the next four tracks that the Truck Series goes to. How much confidence does that give you going into this eight-race stretch?
“I think its huge to get a win to start off an eight-week stretch like this. To be able to win a race and have momentum on your side is huge. I don’t have to have Kyle (Busch, owner) asking me when we are going to win a race -- I don’t have to hear that anymore, so that’s nice. We just have to keep on with it. We’ve been really fast all year, we’ve won stages, we’ve led laps, we’ve been in contention all year, we just haven’t been able to finish races. I couldn’t get past two to go there for a while earlier in the year, but luckily, we were able to do that at Darlington and the last few races. Momentum is huge in this sport; I’m looking forward to carrying it through the summer months and having some really good runs. That’s what it is going to take to continue to accumulate some points to go after the regular season championship and try and win some more races. All of our focus is really on the playoffs. Last year I felt like we peaked too early in the season and had a slump through the playoffs and this year we started off kind of slow. Yes, it sucks to start off slow, but hopefully that’s a good omen for the rest of the year.”
 
 
John Hunter Nemechek Career Highlights:
 
  • Twelve-time winner in Camping World Truck Series action, winning at least one race each season from 2015 to 2018 for his family-owned team, NEMCO Motorsports. Across 131 career starts in NASCAR’s third division, has compiled four poles, 1,335 laps led, 44 top-five and 70 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 12.5. Registered a career-high and series-leading five victories in 2021 and earned the NCWTS Regular Season championship and third in the final standings after qualifying for the Championship Four for the first time in his career.
  • Produced three top-10 finishes and an average result of 22.4 while competing for rookie of the year honors in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2020. He recorded a career-best eighth-place finish twice, both coming at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
  • Across 61 career XFINITY Series starts, has totaled two wins, one pole, 510 laps led, 17 top-five and 36 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.8. 
 
 
John Hunter Nemechek's No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra TRD Pro:
KBM-38: The No. 4 Mobil 1 team will unload KBM-38 for Saturday’s race at Kansas. Nemechek piloted “38 special” twice in 2021, including his win at Texas Motor Speedway last June where he led 67 laps. Overall, KBM-38 has collected seven wins across 22 career starts. Three with Christopher Bell and one each with Kyle Busch, William Byron, Noah Gragson, and John Hunter Nemechek. 
 
 
KBM Notes of Interest:
 
  • KBM drivers have collected five wins, four poles, 696 laps led, 15 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 9.6 across 37 starts at Kansas Speedway.
  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch has collected three wins at Kansas (2014, 2017 and 2021). Noah Gragson led a race-high 128 laps and swept all three stages in the 2018 event and William Byron earned his first career Camping World Trucks victory there in 2016.
  • KBM holds the Camping World Truck Series records for most career wins (93) and most wins in a single season (14 in 2014). With his victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 19, Corey Heim became the 18th different driver to win a Truck Series event for KBM. In addition to collecting a series-record seven Owner's Championships, the organization has produced two championship-winning drivers: Erik Jones (2015) and Christopher Bell (2017).
  • The No. 4 has 17 career victories at KBM and was the number for both of the organization’s driver championships.
 

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