Wednesday, Jul 06
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Notes of Interest

 

●  Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), comes into Atlanta Motor Speedway on a three-race streak of top-10 finishes. It began with a fourth-place drive June 12 at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway and continued with back-to-back 10th-place finishes June 26 at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway and last Sunday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Harvick is currently 11th in the championship standings, but when it comes to playoff eligibility, he is 17th, one spot shy of the 16-driver playoff field. Eight races are left before the NASCAR Playoffs are set, and at the remaining venues before the 10-race playoffs begin, Harvick has totaled 19 wins, including three at Atlanta.

 

●  Atlanta, however, is a new animal. The 1.54-mile oval was reconfigured over the winter. The banking was increased from 24 degrees to 28 degrees and the track was narrowed from 55-feet wide to 40-feet wide, and it was all covered in fresh asphalt. The goal of the reconstruction was to recreate the kind of pack-style racing seen at the behemoth, 2.5-mile Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and the even bigger 2.66-mile Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. NASCAR Cup Series drivers competed on the new layout for the first time back in March, where Harvick finished 21st.

 

●  Sunday’s Atlanta 400 will mark Harvick’s 34th career NASCAR Cup Series start at Atlanta – the most of any active driver – but only his second on the new configuration. In his 32 starts on the old layout, Harvick led the way with a series-high nine top-fives, 16 top-10s (tied with Kurt Busch), 1,348 laps led and 10,127 laps completed. Who is the all-time leader at Atlanta? That’s none other than Richard Petty. They call him “The King” for a reason: 65 career Cup Series starts at Atlanta with six wins, 22 top-fives, 33 top-10s and 1,827 laps led with 17,513 laps completed.

 

●  Harvick’s first NASCAR Cup Series win at Atlanta was the first of his career, and it came a little over 20 years ago on March 11, 2001. The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 was just Harvick’s third race in a Cup Series car. He started fifth in the 325-lap contest and led twice for 18 laps, including the final six. But Harvick had to earn the win on the final lap and hold off a then three-time champion in Jeff Gordon. Harvick succeeded, outdueling the eventual 2001 series champion to take the win by a scant .006 margin of victory – the seventh-closest finish in NASCAR history.

 

●  Of course, the backstory to that first win is significant. Harvick wasn’t just driving any racecar when he won at Atlanta. He was driving the racecar that less than a month earlier had been piloted by the sport’s titan, Dale Earnhardt. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion died on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. Team owner Richard Childress tabbed Harvick, who was racing for him in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, to pull double-duty and take over Earnhardt’s Cup ride. The No. 3, made iconic by Earnhardt, was changed to the No. 29 and Harvick made his Cup Series debut Feb. 25 at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham. Harvick started 36th that Sunday at Rockingham, but rain washed over the 1.017-mile oval just 51 laps into the 393-lap race. The race resumed at 11 a.m. ET on Monday, whereupon Harvick drove to a solid 14th-place finish. He then traveled to Las Vegas on Tuesday, married his wife, DeLana, on Wednesday, and was back in a racecar on Friday, competing in both the Xfinity Series and Cup Series events at Las Vegas. After finishing eighth on Sunday to score his first career top-10 in the Cup Series, Harvick headed to Atlanta where the first of his 58 career Cup Series wins was secured.

 

●  Harvick’s two other NASCAR Cup Series wins at Atlanta came with SHR. In February 2018, Harvick won the Folds of Honor 500. He led eight times for a race-high 181 laps on his way to defeating runner-up Brad Keselowski by an impressive 2.690 seconds. Harvick’s most recent Atlanta victory came in February 2020 in the Folds of Honor 500. Harvick again led the most laps, pacing the field four times for 151 laps en route to an even greater margin of victory – 3.527 seconds over Kyle Busch.

 

●  Harvick is also incredibly good at Atlanta outside of the NASCAR Cup Series. He has five Xfinity Series wins at the track, including four in his last six starts at the 1.54-mile oval, the most recent of which ended in victory – February 2018 when he walloped the field in his Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang, leading four times for a race-high 141 laps and cruising to the win with a 4.183 margin over second-place Joey Logano. In 17 career Xfinity Series start at Atlanta, Harvick has 11 top-fives and 13 top-10s with 973 laps led. And in his two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Atlanta, Harvick has a win and a second-place finish. He finished second in his Truck Series debut at Atlanta in March 2009, where he led four times for a race-high 68 laps before coming up .122 of a second short of beating Kyle Busch for the win. But in Harvick’s Truck Series return to Atlanta in March 2010, he dominated by leading twice for a race-high 100 laps and this time besting runner-up Kyle Busch by 1.308 seconds.

 

●  The 2022 season marks the 13th year of partnership between Harvick and Hunt Brothers Pizza. The nation’s largest brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry has sponsored Harvick for years in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Hunt Brothers Pizza joined Harvick fulltime in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2019 and has been a mainstay in NASCAR’s premier division ever since. With more than 8,000 locations in 30 states, Hunt Brothers Pizza offers original and thin-crust pizzas available as a grab-and-go Hunk A Pizza®, perfect for today’s on-the-go lifestyle, or as a customizable whole pizza that is an exceptional value with All Toppings No Extra Charge®. Hunt Brothers Pizza is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, and is family owned and operated. For additional information, visit www.HuntBrothersPizza.com or download the app.

 

●  Said Harvick about his more than decade-long partnership with Hunt Brothers Pizza: “Our fans are pretty loyal to the brands that are on our cars. Many of my pictures come from the standees in the store. People take selfies next to them. There are a number of reasons you have sponsorships – you want that brand recognition, the brand integration. Hunt Brothers Pizza is a very family-oriented company and we’re a very family-oriented group. Those relationships you build through the years with brands that recognize and reflect what you believe in are few and far between. We’ve grown with the Hunt Brothers Pizza brand. They’ve grown with us and have been very loyal to us, and I think our fans are very loyal to Hunt Brothers Pizza. It’s fun to see that brand recognition and that understanding of loyalty and partnership. You realize how many Hunt Brothers Pizza stores there are as you drive to racetracks.”

 

Kevin Harvick, Driver of the No. 4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang 

 

There were a lot of unknowns when the NASACAR Cup Series raced at Atlanta earlier this year. After 500 miles on the reconfigured layout back in March, what are your thoughts for your return visit this weekend?

“It’s just a superspeedway race on a mile-and-a-half racetrack. Things just happen a lot faster, so the decisions have to happen faster, the cars move around a lot more, the corners come up a lot quicker. A lot more just seat-of-your-pants, just, ‘Go here, go there, do this, do that.’ And I think that the way the lines formed and moved and everything happened, you just had to get used to a different style of race than we’ve had before.”

 

Did the new Atlanta perform like Daytona and Talladega, or was the Atlanta race its own animal?

“It’s got some characteristics of superspeedway racing in the way that you wind up in a pack and you’re holding it wide open. But the way that the bumps and things are there, and the way you have to go into the corner, and the way the race developed, there wasn’t near as much pushing and shoving as there is at Daytona and Talladega.”

 

How was the grip level at Atlanta, and with a full race weekend under its belt, do you expect it to be better this weekend?

“It’s definitely going to be hotter. Turns three and four were a little bit edgy, but you’re probably going to want just a touch of downforce in your car just to try to make up for some of the heat and lack of grip that’s going to come with just the time of year and the temperature.”

 

You prepared for Atlanta by spending a decent amount of time on the simulator. How accurate was the sim to what you ended up experiencing when you started turning laps on the real thing?

“It’s a little bit different. You can kind of work on your car and kind of drive around, but the draft is so much faster than driving by yourself. You have to go a lot off of your eyes and just what you see, and the racecar itself is definitely more of a feel thing than anything. So in the end, you have to validate the sim by what you feel in the car and try to make those things as close as possible.”

 

 

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When Eddie Tafoya junior and his crew got word that this Friday and Saturday night’s USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series races were canceled, they decided to hit the road. Instead of sitting idle, the team is headed to Brandon, South Dakota for this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday’s USAC Nationals at Huset’s Speedway.  All three nights of action will feature the USAC National Sprint Cars and National Midgets.

The whole scenario was created last week when the Friday, July 8th race at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, California, and the July 9th race at the Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC Thunderbowl Raceway a few miles up the road in Tulare were both canceled.   The reasons for the cancellations were drought and water restriction conditions, the current tire crisis facing all of racing, and the cost of fuel.  The deletions created a six-week void in the USAC/CRA Series schedule before the next slated race at the Santa Maria Raceway on August 6th

Tafoya has made several trips to Indiana to race in the national series over the past few years. However, this week’s races will be his first-ever in “The Mt. Rushmore State.”  Huset’s Speedway, which opened in 1954, recently had a massive upgrade and is now considered one of the crown jewels of dirt tracks in the United States.  The 1/3 mile banked oval is also one of the fastest in the country.

It will be Tafoya’s second trip to race in the Midwest in 2022. At the beginning of May, the Chino Hills, California driver went back for a two-night show at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Ohio.  Unfortunately, the team was within a couple of hours of its destination when it got word that the shows had been canceled due to heavy, persistent rains. That was the only trip to the Midwest the team had scheduled this year until the two cancellations were announced last week.

The 2019 USAC/CRA and USAC Southwest Series Rookie of the Year is having his best year to date racing 410 Sprint cars.  In 12 starts in the USAC/CRA Series, Tafoya has placed in the top five, five times, and has been in the top ten nine times. Included is a second-place finish on January 29th at Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway and a third-place finish on another “Copper State” track, the Mohave Valley Raceway, on April 23rd.  All told, the good finishes currently have him ranked fourth in USAC/CRA points and he has been closing in on third.

For those who can get away and who would like to watch the 2018 Perris Auto  Speedway Young Guns Champion in his South Dakota debut, the track is located at 2012 S. Splitrock Boulevard in Brandon, South Dakota (57005).  Racing will begin each night at 7:00 p.m. CDT.  The race website is https://www.usacnationals.com/ and the email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For fans who cannot make it to the race, all three nights will stream live on Flo Racing.  Details are at https://www.floracing.com/.

If you or your company would like to be a part of the Specialty Fastener team’s 2022 season effort, please contact Eddie Tafoya Jr. via phone at (909) 393-3999 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. He will be happy to talk to you and lay out the team’s 2022 plans.

Fans can follow Tafoya on Instagram @eddietafoya51. The same contact point can be used to purchase his great-looking shirts via mail.

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 The Council for Responsible Sport awarded a Silver certification to the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart becomes the second NASCAR event to earn this distinction behind the 2021 Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, certified earlier this year.

The Council for Responsible Sport is a not-for-profit organization with a vision to “embrace purpose through play” by certifying sporting events that have made progress to reduce their environmental footprint and increase positive impacts on their local communities and society.   

 

“We are proud to be recognized by the Council for Responsible Sport as a certified responsible sporting event,” said AMS Executive Vice President Brandon Hutchison. “Our team works hard to collaborate with our partners and take positive action with events like the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart. We’re committed to hosting entertaining events while also taking steps towards a safer, healthier world.”

 

Through the independent third-party assessment and certification process, points are rewarded to events for: reducing and offsetting their carbon footprint, improving their water footprint, encouraging use of alternative transportation (i.e. mass transit), reducing printed materials, locally sourcing food and beverage, recycling, partnering with local non-profits, and addressing other environmental and social impacts.

 

“Race fans love racing, and we’ve learned they also care about the environment,” said Bree Sandlin, Vice President, Shell Lubricants North America Marketing. “Shell continues to work with our customers and industry partners so we all make progress together in the sustainability journey.  We are proud of the collaboration with Speedway Motorsports and Atlanta Motor Speedway leadership for taking broad and measurable actions to secure Silver Certification for the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart.”

 

“Achieving Council for Responsible Sport Certification reflects the outstanding commitment and focus of both the whole team in Atlanta along with continued support of Shell to change the way races are staged,” said Kevin Phelan, Board Member for the Council. 

 

The Council has helped to measure, manage, and verify the social and environmental impacts of events since 2007 with a focus on five pillars: planning & communications, procurement, resource management, access & equity, and community legacy. 

 

“Certification reflects not only the clear desire to deliver the event in a more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable way but reflects the hard work and actions that deliver real change," added Phelan. "The Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart should be proud of this achievement.”

 

Notes to Editor

 

Through the independent third-party assessment and certification process, points are rewarded for the delivery of actions in multiple areas. 

 

  • Water use is measured, and initiatives are in place that reduce the environmental impact of water runoff and/or wastewater.
  • Carbon footprint is calculated and offset, alternative and/or renewable energy sources are used.
  • Mass transit on event day(s) is free or subsidized.
  • Event has a formal access and equity policy.
  • Plans for outreach to underrepresented group(s) in place.
  • Accessibility service offered freely to participants and/or visitors.
  • Event’s economic impact on the host county or city is measured.
  • Locally owned businesses are promoted.
  • Event partners with a non-profit organization to promote the mission of the organization through co-branding or publicity initiatives
  • Formal plans to reduce an event’s environmental footprint and increase social impact.
  • Choose sites that allow for the participation of people with disabilities
  • Event publishes a sustainability report and has a written sustainable procurement policy.
  • Locally grown or sustainably produced food and beverages are made available.


A few examples of how the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmartsecured points towards certification include:
 

  • The Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart partnered with the Georgia Peanut Commission to promote and distribute locally grown peanuts at the track
  • AMS offered water filling stations in the fan zone and on the concourse to ensure access to water and prevent the generation of single-use bottle waste.
  • Folds of Honor brought out family members of military service members lost on the line of duty out for a free day at the race
  • Henry County Sherriff’s Office brought local underserved youth out to the track for a free day of inspiration and fun through the Fuel for Success program
  • Quaker State purchased Operation BBQ Relief rub, a company with a mission to feed first responders and communities affected by natural disasters. Shell purchased 504 bottles of the rub and provided them as giveaways to guests and attendees.
  • Quaker State developed a "virtual cookout" tailgating experience that was attended by 194 stakeholders. There were no printed materials utilized and attendees were also given the option to “opt out” of receiving the mailed gift box during their registration process, to further reduce material consumption.

 

Other major sporting events in the U.S. that have been recognized at this level include the Waste Management Phoenix Open PGA tournament, the men’s and women’s NCAA Final Four® basketball championships, and the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

 

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Visitors can take their turn behind the wheel of their personal vehicles on NASCAR’s largest concrete track during Wilson Bank & Trust Track Day on Saturday, July 16.

 

Nashville Superspeedway features 14-degree banking in the Turns, 9 degrees on the frontstretch and 6 degrees on the backstretch and has challenged America’s best drivers since 2001.

 

See details below on Wilson Bank & Trust Day:

 

DATE/TIME: Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

COST: $60 per vehicle

 

RECEIVE: Three paced laps around Nashville Superspeedway, following the official pace car. Digital photo of your vehicle in Victory Lane.

 

BENEFITS: Easterseals Tennessee

 

REGISTER: Sign up for the event HERE.

 

MORE INFORMATION: Visit https://www.easterseals.com/tennessee/.

 

“As Wilson Bank & Trust celebrates our 35th Anniversary this year, we are honored to come together through the bank’s community partnership with the Nashville Superspeedway to raise awareness and support an organization that means so much to our communities,” said Scott Jasper, EVP, Chief Retail Officer. “Through our partnership, we are thrilled to offer this unique experience and benefit a great cause.”

 

Nashville Superspeedway hosted its second annual NASCAR tripleheader weekend June 24-26, featuring the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race, won by 2020 NASCAR champion Chase Elliott.

 

“As Middle Tennessee’s home for racing and entertainment, we always welcome the chance to open the track for a fantastic cause,” said Erik Moses, Nashville Superspeedway’s president and GM. “We look forward to seeing #NASHCAR fans take their laps on the same track that just tested NASCAR’s top talents last month.”

 

If Wilson Bank & Trust Track Day is postponed by inclement weather, updates and announcements will be made on social media.

 

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Notes of Interest

 

● Cole Custer, driver of the No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), will be making his 94th career NASCAR Cup Series start during Sunday’s Atlanta 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It will be the series’ second race on the 1.54-mile oval after it underwent a wholesale offseason reconfiguration and repave. The banking was increased from 24 to 28 degrees, the racing surface narrowed from 55 to 40 feet wide, and it has been completely resurfaced with fresh asphalt and an improved, high-tech drainage system. Prior to the series’ first race on the redesigned racetrack last March, competitors benefitted from a full, 50-minute practice session. This weekend, just two rounds of single-car, single-lap qualifying will precede Sunday’s 260-lap, 400-mile race.

 

● In March at Atlanta, Custer started 20th and saw his race end just short of its midpoint after getting caught up in a multicar accident not of his doing. In three Cup Series starts at Atlanta prior to this season, Custer scored top-20 finishes in each and made incremental improvement each time. He was 19th in his first outing in 2020, and was 18th and 17th in last year’s March and July races, respectively.

 

● In three Atlanta starts in the Xfinity Series, Custer’s best was his most recent, when he qualified his No. 00 SHR Ford on the pole and finished second by .191 of a second to Christopher Bell in the February 2019 race. Custer finished 10th in his Atlanta Xfinity Series debut in 2017 before returning in 2018 to qualify fourth but seeing his race end early after a lap-10 accident.

 

● Custer’s first appearance at Atlanta came in the February 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, when he started sixth and finished 17th in the No. 00 entry for JR Motorsports.

 

● Riding along with Custer and his SHR Mustang is team co-owner Gene Haas’ newest holding, Haas Tooling, which was launched as a way for CNC machinists to purchase high-quality cutting tools at great prices. Haas cutting tools are sold exclusively online at HaasTooling.com and shipped directly to end users. HaasTooling.com products became available nationally in July 2020. Haas Automation, founded by Haas in 1983, is America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools. The company manufactures a complete line of vertical and horizontal machining centers, turning centers and rotary tables and indexers. All Haas products are constructed in the company’s 1.1-million-square-foot manufacturing facility in Oxnard, California, and distributed through a worldwide network of Haas Factory Outlets.

 

Cole Custer, Driver of the No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing

 

You had your first chance to experience the new Atlanta layout in March. What did you think about the race?

“Atlanta, now, is such an oddball racetrack, really unique, because we’re pretty much superspeedway racing similar to Daytona but on a mile-and-a-half racetrack, which is way smaller, way tighter, and give you much less room for error. We’re really packed up tight, which makes for some exciting racing because you’re side-by-side and inches apart the whole race. So you’re just hoping you’re not involved in one of the big wrecks.”

 

How would you describe the racing on the new layout, and what are you expecting this weekend?

“It’s kind of like a hybrid between mile-and-a-half racing and speedway racing. We have a lot of the aspects of speedway racing, we’re all really close in a pack, but at the end of the day I think handling matters a lot more when you go to Atlanta because it is a tighter-radius corner than it is at Daytona and it is a lot tighter of a racetrack. And looking at this weekend, it’s going to be really hot and slick, which is going to make the cars pretty out of control. We’re going to see who has the handling figured out.”

 

How much do you think everybody is looking back on the March race to help decide what to do there this weekend?

“I think everybody’s going to be looking back at the last race a ton. When you look at it, that race was really unexplored, we had no idea what to expect. It was so much different than we’ve had in the past there at Atlanta Motor Speedway with the way they repaved the racetrack, completely different aero package and motor package, and that made the racing completely different from what you saw there in the past. So now for us drivers, we’re going to go back and look at that race and try to figure out what moves worked, what didn’t, and try to get a feel for what we’ve got to do inside the car.”

 

With eight races to go in the regular season, what kind of urgency is there to win?

“For our 41 team, we’re looking at every single race like we’ve got to go out there and win. There have been a lot of different winners this year, so you pretty much have to win to make the playoffs. We’ve had the speed at times to run up front and do what we need to do, but we just need to be consistent with it and hopefully put everything together one of these weekends coming up. Hopefully that’ll happen at Atlanta.”

 

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Daniel Dye, No. 43 Champion Container GMS Racing Chevrolet

Mid-Ohio Stats

- Daniel has no prior starts at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

 

2022 ARCA Menards Series Stats

- Starts: 8

- Top 5's: 4

- Top 10's: 6

- Poles: 1

- Avg Finish: 7.5

Notes:

- Daniel Dye will make his first career start at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Friday evening, in the Dawn 150. Dye will drive the GMS Racing No. 43 Champion Container, Heise LED, Race to Stop Suicide Chevrolet.

- Friday's race will be Dye's inaugural attempt on a race course with the national touring ARCA Menards Series.

- DD competed in the ARCA Menards Series West event at Portland Intl. Raceway earlier this season, where he captured the General Tire Pole Award and finished fourth in adverse weather conditions. Dye has no other road-course starts of any kind.

- The Dawn 150 can be seen on FS1 and the FOX Sports app Friday at 5:00 p.m. ET. Coverage will also be provided by the Motor Racing Network, on SiriusXM Satelite Radio, and through ARCAracing.com.

- Behind-the-scenes updates and content will be posted to Daniel's Twitter account on race day, @danieldye43.

 

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"I'm truly excited to get up to Mid-Ohio on Friday and see what that place is all about. Portland was so much fun and I feel like we'll be able to translate some of what we learned there for Friday and when we go to Watkins Glen later this year. It'll also be great to have the Champion Container colors on our GMS Chevy for the first time this season."

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Notes of Interest

 

● Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), is fresh off his ninth top-15 finish of the season after earning a 14th-place result last weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Briscoe started in the second position, narrowly missing out on his second pole of the season, and won the first stage of the 62-lap race.

 

● Briscoe is 16th in the driver standings with eight races remaining in the regular season. He currently holds a spot in the 16-driver playoff field by virtue of his March 13 win at Phoenix Raceway.

 

● When the Cup Series visited Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier this year, the track had undergone an offseason reconfiguration to create tighter, superspeedway-type racing on its 1.54-mile oval. The racing surface was narrowed from 55 feet to 40 feet and the banking was increased to 28 degrees – the most of any intermediate track on the schedule.

 

● Briscoe started the race from the pole after qualifying was cancelled due to inclement weather, and he led five of the first six laps, his first laps led at Atlanta. He went on to finish 15th, tying his career-best Atlanta finish in his third start there.

 

● Outside of the Cup Series, Briscoe also has three NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Atlanta with a best finish of ninth in 2020, and a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start there in 2017.

 

● All of the SHR cars travel from race to race in haulers from Rush Truck Centers, the premier service solutions provider to the commercial vehicle industry. And those haulers are supported by the RushCare team of parts and service experts, who also provide concierge-level service and maintenance, technical support, schedule mobile service, dispatch roadside assistance, help locate the nearest dealer, and more. Rush Truck Centers is the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in the United States with 139 locations, and takes pride in its integrated approach to customer needs – from vehicle sales to aftermarket parts, service and body shop operations, plus financing, insurance, leasing and rental, as well as alternate fuel systems and other vehicle technologies.

 

● Rush Truck Centers is also a leader in all-makes parts for the commercial vehicle industry, and has released its third All-Makes Parts Catalog. The catalog features 16,000 parts from more than 125 manufacturers, the most common parts needed for commercial vehicles. No matter what brand of truck you drive, you’ll find what you need in this catalog. It also is filled with product and technical tips to help keep you up and running.  Contact a local Rush Truck Centers location to pick up a copy today.

 

Indiana-based Cummins, from car owner Tony Stewart’s hometown of Columbus, is also along for the ride at Atlanta. Cummins is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. It is best known for its diesel truck engines. Since its founding in 1919, Cummins now employs approximately 61,600 people and serves customers in about 190 countries and territories through a network of some 8,000 wholly owned and independent dealer and distributor locations.

 

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

 

You’ve now been to Atlanta with the new layout. You started on the pole and ran in the pack, so do you feel more prepared than when you were first there in March?

“I’m not sure. You might not be able to go back in your notebook as far as you’d like because it’s more of a superspeedway race now and there’s not a ton you can do from a car standpoint. Atlanta is one of the harder races now because it’s like a superspeedway race with a little bit of balance focus when it comes to setup. I feel like everyone is still kind of even now, but just having experience there will be big on the mental side. Mentally, that was the hardest race I’ve ever run. This race being 100 miles shorter should be better. But it’s still going to be way more intense than most of these other races we run. It’ll be interesting to see how that race plays out. We’re coming toward the end of the regular season. There’s an opportunity for a lot of guys to get their first win of the year there and Daytona, or for someone else to add another one and better secure their spot. So we’re all going to be up on the wheel and hopefully we can have a good day and help our position in playoffs.”

 

What changed with the reconfiguration to make is such a different race?

“Just the runs and how they come together. You go to Daytona or Talladega and it’s two and a half miles and it looks like things just happen so fast, but the runs develop slower on the bigger track. At Atlanta, you take a mile out of the racetrack and things really do happen that much faster. The momentum, the runs – your spotter can only talk so fast to let you know what’s coming.”

 

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Pony rides. Morning yoga in the infield. Nightly block parties. Access to legendary drivers and chocolate galore. Race fans will enjoy all that and much more when NASCAR returns to Pocono Raceway for a jam-packed weekend of on- and off-track activities, July 22-24.

On track, fans will enjoy four main events in just three days, including the General Tire Delivers 200 ARCA Menards Series (Friday), CRC Brakleen 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (Saturday), the Explore the Pocono Mountains 225 NASCAR Xfinity Series (Saturday), and the M&M’S Fan Appreciation 400 NASCAR Cup Series main event on Sunday.

Off track, Pocono Raceway is committed to providing a full schedule of free entertainment that is included with each event ticket. Here’s a glimpse of what fans can expect:

Family-Friendly Fun

Free Kids Admission

Kids 12 and under are admitted free ALL weekend, including to the M&M’S Fan Appreciation 400 NASCAR Cup Series race; up to four kids tickets with one adult ticket.

Fan Fair & Midway

Fan Fair offers fun for everyone, featuring a classic carnival, rides and games, as well as the Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital Kids Zone for face painting, inflatables and kid-friendly fun. Fan Fair will include interactive displays from Chevrolet, General Tire, Weis Markets, Busch Light, M&M’S, Bear Hollow Wood Carvers, Rowdy Energy and DoorDash, to name a few.  Admission to this fan-favorite area is included with your race ticket and will open daily: Friday at 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m.

Free Classic Carnival

Fan Fair will also host a classic carnival, including rides, slides, and plenty of fun. All rides are FREE with gate admission.

 

Pocono Raceway Vet Village

Pocono Raceway will continue its longstanding tradition of honoring our veterans and military members. The Vet Village, located in Fan Fair, will host more than 30 veteran-based organizations. In addition, the raceway will host more than 100 Gold Star families for breakfast and a special ceremony on Sunday morning.

Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital Kids Day

Saturday is all about the kids at Pocono Raceway. Enjoy FREE activities, including face painting, exhibits, photo booths, educational/community activities and more.  All activities and entertainment are FREE for kids (ages 12 and under) and FREE for adults with a Saturday ticket.

 

Roaming Entertainers

Keep your eyes peeled all weekend long for something super! You might just find magicians, Captain America and Wonder Woman roaming around the fan areas.

Playgrounds

Pocono Raceway is home to two playgrounds for kids to burn some energy. Tricky’s Kit Kamp is designed for our youngest fans to play near gate 8 behind the grandstands. Located in the infield, the #PoconoMtns Inclusive Playground is designed for children of all ages and abilities to learn, grow and play together. The nearly 5,000-square-foot playground is one of the top 100 inclusive playgrounds in the country.

Sensory Rooms

Pocono Raceway partnered with KultureCity to make the raceway a sensory-inclusive motorsports facility. If needed, guests can access sensory bags, which include noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads, two sensory rooms, and the #PoconoMtns Inclusive Playground to maximize their enjoyment of race weekend.

 

Camping

Camping at Pocono Raceway is simply the best and easiest way to maximize four days of fun and entertainment. Campers will enjoy:

Pocono Mountains Activities & Welcome Center

Built three years ago in the heart of the infield, the Welcome Center is open to campers and staffed by Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau employees who can offer local information and tips. 

This popular spot will host activities Thursday-Sunday ranging from morning yoga to science activities for the kids to ‘paint & sips’ for adults. All FREE for campers. All programming is directed by teachers and counselors from Northampton Community College.

Reptile Wrangler

Say hello to some friendly reptiles and learn from the Reptile Wrangler on Friday from 3-5 p.m.

 

Pony Rides

Kids can enjoy a different type of horsepower with pony rides on Saturday from 4-6 p.m. in the grassy area adjacent to the #POCONOMTNS Inclusive Playground.

 

Infield Block Party

From 5 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Saturday, the Infield Block Party is the place to be! Enjoy high-energy cover bands, drink specials and a one-of-a-kind celebration each night. Please note: The Infield Block Party is only open to camping guests; no public access.

Track Access

Campers have special access to enjoy a walk, run or bike ride on ‘The Tricky Triangle’ Thursday evening from 3-6 p.m. and Friday morning from 8-11 a.m.

Fireworks

Don’t miss the Pocono Mountains’ biggest fireworks show on Saturday night at 9:15 p.m. Free to all camping guests. Limited spots are still available at poconoraceway.com/camping.

 

Bark Park

Pocono Raceway’s camping areas are dog friendly! All guests with dogs are encouraged to check out the Bark Park, centrally located in the infield. Please follow all posted rules. Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. 

Recess with Chase Briscoe

School may be out, but kids can still enjoy ‘recess’ with NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Briscoe on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The first 300 kids at the infield playground will enjoy a free treat with Tricky and hang out with Briscoe. 

Alex Bowman Visits the Bark Park

Bring your pooch and meet Hendrick Motorsports driver Alex Bowman at the Bark Park on Sunday at noon. For the comfort and convenience of all our furry friends, access will be limited.

Driver Access

Driver Autograph Sessions

On Friday and Saturday, bring out the family to get autographs from drivers in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (Friday, 3 p.m.) and NASCAR Xfinity Series (Saturday, 11:30 a.m.). Wristbands will be distributed in advance and autograph sessions will take place at the M&M’S® Fan Stage located in Fan Fair.

Austin Cindric Trackside Q&A

Daytona 500 champion Austin Cindric will take his place in the Starter’s Stand on Sunday at 12:15 p.m. as race fans sign the start/finish line.

Fan Amenities

Monster Energy Free Friday

Bring an empty Monster Energy drink can to any grandstand gate, recycle it and get in free on Friday, July 22, for the General Tire Delivers 200 ARCA Menards Series race and Camping World Truck Series practice and qualifying. 

Hauler Parades

Fans can give NASCAR’s highway warriors a Pocono Raceway-sized welcome during three hauler parades on Saturday and Sunday. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series haulers will parade in on Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., respectively, while the NASCAR Cup Series haulers enter on Saturday at 7:30 a.m.

The haulers will come from behind the grandstand, pass outside of Turn 3, cut across the track and pass through the Turn 3 infield campgrounds before entering the garage.

M&M’S® Fan Stage (located in Fan Fair)

The M&M’S® Fan Stage is the sweetest place to enjoy autograph sessions, fan Q&As, live music and more. Don’t miss Sunday’s Q&A sessions with legendary M&M’S® drivers, including Ernie Irvan, Ken Schrader, David Gilliland and Kyle Busch. Check the stage-side schedule for complete details.

Worry-free Weather Guarantee

The Worry-Free Weather Guarantee ensures that fans who purchase M&M’S(R) Fan Appreciation 400 NASCAR Cup Series tickets for Sunday, July 24, directly from Pocono Raceway in advance will be reimbursed the ticket’s face value if weather postpones the race and they are unable to make the rescheduled event. 

Free Fan WiFi

FREE WiFi is now available at Pocono Raceway. Fans can turn on their Wi-Fi setting, find the #PoconoFreeFanWiFi network and log on with the click of a button for FREE!

Food & Drink

Pack your appetite when you head to the track! Fans can enjoy everything from a Greek food truck in the Paddock to Tricky’s Trash Can Fries located behind he grandstands. Plus, quench your thirst at Busch Light bars in the Paddock, Midway and Fan Fair areas or enjoy local-favorite Pocono Punch crafted by local favorite Barley Creek Brewing Company in Tannersville, Pa.

 

2022 NASCAR Schedule of Events

  • Friday, July 22 – General Tire Delivers 200 - ARCA Menards Series
  • Saturday, July 23 – CRC Brakleen 150 - NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
  • Saturday July 23 – Explore the Pocono Mountains 225 - NASCAR Xfinity Series
  • Sunday, July 24 – M&M’S Fan Appreciation 400 - NASCAR Cup Series

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Sure, NASCAR weekends at “The Magic Mile” are known for fast cars, squealing tires and feeling the roar of 40 of the best drivers in the world flying down the frontstretch; but this year, it’s the off-track entertainment at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) that is guaranteed to make this race weekend unforgettable.

From a chainsaw sculptor to a wild west comedy gunfight, New England’s only NASCAR weekend will have a fun-filled schedule of family-friendly entertainment options for all ages. The free entertainment begins Wednesday, July 13 and continues through Sunday, July 17. The entertainment lineup includes:

 

The Groove Fan Hangout

New for 2022, The Groove is the ultimate hangout spot to mingle with friends, family and other race fans. Located in the Fan Zone, The Groove will feature DJs, a mechanical bull, a selfie station and plenty of live entertainment, plus comfy couches to lounge in while taking in all the sights. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

 

Open Wednesday through Sunday during race week, fans can enjoy bingo, trivia and karaoke. DJ Nazzy and the Flying Ivories Dueling Pianos will keep the party going throughout the weekend.

 

Click here for a complete schedule of weekend fun at The Groove.

 

Elm City Party Bike

Great times, great exercise and great fun! The Elm City Party Bike is New England’s first and foremost pedaled party and sightseeing bike. Race fans can enjoy a fun, social and relaxing way to explore the NHMS property – from The Groove, around the Fan Zone, down to The Flat Track and back – while exercising or partaking in a snack or beverage of choice. The best part? It’s BYOB!

 

Elm City Party Bike tours will cruise up and down Broadway Thursday through Sunday of race week. Each tour lasts approximately 10-12 minutes, so gather up your riding partners and head down to The Groove to sign up for a ride.

 

Click here for a complete schedule and further information.

 

Dirty Deeds

A true audio and visual experience, fan-favorite AC/DC tribute band Dirty Deeds invites race fans to take part in two hours of pure rock ‘n’ roll escapism as they take the stage Saturday from 8-10 p.m. paying tribute to one of the greatest bands of our time. The concert will take place at the Embrace Home Loans Entertainment Stage in the S2 Lot.

 

Family Movie Night

Race fans can get their popcorn and favorite snacks and find their seats in the grandstands or get comfy on a blanket on the grassy backstretch hill to enjoy “Sing 2” on the infield screens. “The Magic Mile” movie night is scheduled for an 8 p.m. start on Thursday.

 

Jim the Magician

Professional entertainer and member of the Society of American Magicians, Jim the Magician will entertain and amaze New England race fans with his magical talents. After honing his craft for more than three decades, the Massachusetts magician will wow crowds with his up-close magic and other tricks from 12-2 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Fan Zone.

 

“The Machine” Jesse Green

World famous master chainsaw sculptor and star of the worldwide primetime TV series “American Chainsaw” on the National Geographic Channel, “The Machine” Jesse Green will showcase his talents throughout race weekend by carving a life-size Milo the Moose. “The Machine” will set up shop in the Fan Zone, keeping fans – and his saws – buzzing with excitement throughout the weekend.

 

The Gunfighters

Yeehaw! With their own unique brand of western humor, The Gunfighters have been entertaining audiences since 1978. Race fans can witness a good ol’ fashioned Wild West comedy gunfight all weekend at NHMS. The satirical showdown is scheduled to take place in the Fan Zone, with side-slipping comedy shows scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

 

XPogo

If the action on track isn’t enough to get your motor running, how about some high-flying extreme pogoing? XPogo, a group of aerial artists who currently hold 14 Guinness World Records, will bring the world’s best extreme pogo entertainment to Loudon. Is another record in the cards? Don’t miss XPogo performances in the Fan Zone on Saturday and Sunday to find out.

 

Trackside Live

Race fans can kick start their day off with Trackside Live on Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 10:45 a.m. The hour-long show, held on the Embrace Home Loans Entertainment Stage and hosted by Jose Castillo, will deliver driver appearances, special guests and much more. Click here for the full schedule and guest lineup.

 

Robert Castillo’s BMX Freestyle Team

Catch the high-flying, two-wheeled action of the ultimate BMX stunt show experience all weekend. Robert Castillo’s BMX Freestyle Team will wow the crowd with stunts and balancing acts on their tricked-out, two-wheeled machines. Check them out in the Fan Zone throughout the day Saturday and Sunday.

 

More Fan Zone Fun

Before the green flag flies, the Fan Zone is THE place to be all weekend long. Located in the S2 Lot, Fan Zone activities will be on full display Friday from 12-5 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Race fans can test their physical agility in the Black Ops inflatable obstacle course, get a hole-in-one at the mini-golf course, play their friends in bocce ball and classic carnival games, ride the LED Ferris wheel, get an airbrush tattoo and check out the mobile video game trailer from Rolling Video Games of New Hampshire.

 

Rock Point Viewing Area

Added in 2021, Rock Point is an open viewing area featuring lawn games, picnic tables and a cash bar perched atop a beautifully-landscaped area in turn four. It’s the perfect place for race fans to cheer on their favorite drivers with their friends as they mash the throttle and race toward the finish line. Rock Point is open Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. The area will close following the checkered flag each evening.

 

Food Court

Race fans looking to fuel up for the race can stop by the Food Court behind the Main Grandstands for delicious grab ‘n’ go options, race weekend favorites and more. The Food Court will be open Saturday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until the checkered flag for the Ambetter 301 NASCAR Cup Series race.

 

Giant Games

NHMS has some wicked big fun in store for race fans at The Flat Track, with giant pong and corn hole, plus a bounce house and DJ Ricky Lee (starting at 6 p.m.) during Friday Night Dirt Duels Presented by New England Racing Fuel. The fun all starts at 5 p.m.

 

Atlas Fireworks and Shot of Poison

At The Flat Track, once the final checkered flag flies on Friday Night Dirt Duels Presented by New England Racing Fuel, Atlas Fireworks will put on an amazing display of fireworks before Shot of Poison takes the stage. Atlas Fireworks is set to light up the sky at approximately 9 p.m. followed by a tribute to the 35th anniversary of the greatest rock and roll party band of all time, Poison. Shot of Poison will hit The Flat Track stage for a 90-minute performance following the fireworks.

 

Be sure to check NHMS.com/Events/NASCAR-Cup-Series/Fan-Entertainment/ for more information on all of these features and more.

 

Tickets:

Log on to NHMS.com for tickets and more information on the weekend’s lineup of action-packed racing. Tickets for Friday Night Dirt Duels Presented by New England Racing Fuel are just $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. Doubleheader Saturday tickets start at just $45 for adults while kids 12 and under are free. Sunday’s Ambetter 301 tickets start at just $59 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under.

 

Follow Us:

Keep track of all of New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s events by following on Facebook (@NHMotorSpeedway), Twitter (@NHMS) and Instagram (@NHMS). Keep up with all the latest information on the speedway website (NHMS.com) and mobile app.

 

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While Mother Nature took the fireworks out of the sky, the drivers put a show on the track for Round 5 of the Cook Out Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway presented by Cabarrus Brewing. Connor Zilisch (VP Racing Semi-Pro division) and Darren Krantz Jr. (Bandolero Bandits) were among the drivers claiming stars and stripes victories one day after the Fourth of July.

Zilisch Outruns the Rain in the VP Racing Semi-Pro Competition

The VP Racing Semi-Pro feature showcased Trevor Wester’s speed as he led the competition for the first six laps until a restart gave Connor Zilisch room to take control. The second caution of the night gave the lead back to Wester who maintained it for five more trips around the frontstretch quarter-mile. On a third restart, Zilisch took the inside corner of turn two at lap 12 to pass Wester for good in a race to outrun the weather. Lightning in the area caused the race to be called at lap 19, giving Zilisch the win.

Krantz Jr Battles Bandolero Bandits for Second Win

In the Bandolero Bandits division, Hudson Canipe started at the front with an intense battle behind him among Ben Morabito, Darren Krantz Jr. and Beckham Malone. Canipe maintained his lead until lap 16 when Owen Zacharias blew a tire to bring out a yellow flag. Canipe and Morabito battled side by side after the restart before contact sent Canipe spinning sideways and out of contention. On the subsequent restart, Krantz Jr. passed Morabito for the lead off turn 4 on lap 18, then cruised to victory for his second Cook Out Summer Shootout win.

Krantz Jr. is now five for five in podium finishes at Charlotte Motor Speedway this summer including a first place win in Round 2.

Cook Out Summer Shootout fun continues with Round 6 on Tuesday, July 12. “Night of Games” at America’s Home for Racing will feature a full slate of fun and games with thrilling Legend Car and Bandolero action. Next week’s schedule will also include weather-postponed Boston Reid & Company Pro and Masters division features from tonight’s schedule.

TICKETS:

Cook Out Summer Shootout entry is $10 for adults and kids 12 and under are FREE. Tickets can be purchased at the gate, by calling 800-455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets.

KEEP TRACK:

Follow all the thrilling Cook Out Summer Shootout action using the hashtag #WeCreateLegends. Connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Top 10 in each division of Tuesday’s races (unofficial results):

Beginner Bandoleros: 1. Wyatt Coffey, 2. Aidan Zschiedrich, 3. Jeffery Beck, 4. Delaney Gray, 5. Mason Roberts, 6. Camden Truett, 7. Ava Grace Tobias, 8. Jack Smith, 9. Gavin Holland, 10. Jakob Peterson

Bandolero Bandits: 1. Darren Krantz Jr., 2. Ben Morabito, 3. Bryson Brinkley, 4. Beckham Malone, 5. Colt Johnson, 6. Hudson Canipe, 7. Mardy Roberts III, 8. LaQuan McCoy, 9. Carson Cauble, 10. Owen Zacharias

Bandolero Outlaws: 1. Kaeden Ballos, 2. Bobby Gossett, 3. Hunter Morgan, 4. Phoenyx Kimball, 5. Killian McMann, 6. Jacob Bradley, 7. Josh Shine, 8. Nathan Lyons, 9. Randy Phillips, 10. Gracie Crocker

Young Lions: 1. Joel Smith, 2. Ethan Nascimento, 3. George Phillips, 4. TJ Decaire, 5. Taylor Corum, 6. Trevor Cline, 7. Carson Haislip, 8. London McKenzie, 9. Layton Harrison, 10. Season McElearney

VP Racing Semi-Pro: 1. Connor Zilisch, 2. Lucas Vera, 3. Trevor Wester, 4. Austin MacDonald, 5.Sean Abell, 6. Carson Brown, 7. Eloy Lopez, 8. Joshua Horniman, 9. Cameron Murray, 10. Dawson Sutton

Boston Reid & Company Pro: Postponed to next week due to weather-impacted track conditions.

Masters: Postponed to next week due to weather-impacted track conditions.

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