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A wild and chaotic day at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course wasn’t enough to stop Scott McLaughlin, who scored his second NTT INDYCAR SERIES win of the season Sunday in The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the All-New 2023 Civic Type R.

Driving the No. 3 Odyssey Battery Team Penske Chevrolet, McLaughlin held off reigning NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Alex Palou in the No. 10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda over the final 17 laps, beating him to the finish line by 0.5512 seconds.

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It was the second time this season these two drivers have finished in that order – they also did so in the season-opening race in St. Petersburg, Florida when McLaughlin won his first series race.

“This is amazing,” McLaughlin said. “I’m really proud of the (Team Penske crew). The car they gave me was a little hard to drive toward the end. I would love to make it a little bit easier for myself, but I’m super proud of them.

“You’re thinking about fuel (at the end of the race), but thankfully Chevy gave us great fuel mileage and drivability off the restarts that allowed me to get a bit of a gap from Palou.”

2014 NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Will Power rallied from the 21st starting spot and a Lap 1 spin in Turn 9 to finish third for his fourth podium finish of the season in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.

Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay finished fourth in the No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team with BitNile Chevrolet, and six-time Mid-Ohio race winner Scott Dixon rounded out the top five in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

The 80-lap race was treacherous compared to past NTT INDYCAR SERIES races at the track. There were six cautions for 17 laps, more than the previous five Mid-Ohio NTT INDYCAR SERIES races combined. The 2021 race and Race 2 of the 2020 doubleheader each featured two stoppages, while Race 1 of the 2020 doubleheader and the events in 2019 and 2018 did not have any.

The first caution came on Lap 1 for a waved-off start, and the second on Lap 10 was for a mechanical failure on the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet of Felix Rosenqvist, who was running third when his car started hitting the rev limiter in Turn 2 and then billowed smoke.

It was an ominous sign for NTT P1 Award winner Pato O’Ward, who led the first 28 laps in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. However, on Lap 30, O’Ward began reporting power issues on his car.

By Lap 54, O’Ward’s car had completely lost power as it stalled at the end of pit lane. His Arrow McLaren SP team pushed the car back to the pit box, where O’Ward exited and ended the streak of Mid-Ohio polesitters winning the race at three.

This allowed McLaughlin, who started second next to O’Ward, to inherit the lead during a round of green flag pit stop cycles on Lap 31. During the stops, rookie Kyle Kirkwood went off track in Turn 9 in the No. 14 Sexton Properties Chevrolet of AJ Foyt Racing.

The yellow flag flew just as green-flag pit stops cycled through, which put McLaughlin at the point. The second-year series driver was in full control of the race on the 13-turn, 2.258-mile permanent road course thereafter.

McLaughlin led 45 of the final 52 laps. Colton Herta led seven laps after not pitting under caution on Lap 53 while the rest of the leaders pitted. McLaughlin got the lead back on Lap 60 and never looked back, keeping Palou in his mirror through a series of cautions and restarts.

Palou, a Spaniard, was never more than second behind New Zealand native McLaughlin, and the final caution on Lap 59 for contact between Romain Grosjean’s No. 28 ForeverLawn/DHL Honda and Alexander Rossi’s No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS/AutoNation Honda gave him one last chance to try to capture his first win of 2022.

“Man, it was so close,” said Palou, who started seventh. “Our No. 10 NTT DATA car was fast. We just missed it by ‘this much’ again today, but I’m super proud. I don’t think I was good enough to pass (McLaughlin). I wish I would have gone for it, but I did not see that it was clear to do it.”

McLaughlin’s third podium of the season and Palou’s fourth allowed them to close in on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship. Marcus Ericsson held his points lead with a sixth-place finish in the No. 8 Ridgeline Lubricants Honda, but he is now just 20 points ahead of Power. Josef Newgarden is third, 34 points back.

Palou rose to fourth in the standings, just 35 points back. McLaughlin jumped two positions to seventh in the standings, 69 points back of Ericsson, the winner of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

While McLaughlin’s surge in the championship standings will be beneficial down the road, the three-time Australian V8 Supercars champion was basking in the glory of scoring his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES win with his parents, Wayne and Diane, in attendance. The couple came to the United States in May for the “500” and reunited with their son for the first time in two and a half years. This was the first race they’ve seen him win in this series.

“Oh, I really wanted to get a win here with mom and dad for the first time,” McLaughlin said. “To have mom and dad here on America’s weekend is awesome.”

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES takes a week off before heading to Toronto for the first time in three years due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Honda Indy Toronto will take place Sunday, July 17 at 3 p.m. (ET), live on Peacock Premium and the INDYCAR Radio Network.

NTT IndyCar Series PR

Jason Feger’s third week on the 2022 DIRTcar Summer Nationals trail had seen its struggles.

 

First, a cut tire while leading his Heat at Fayette County forced him to come from the tail of the Feature to finish eighth on Thursday. Then, another cut tire while running up front in the Feature at Paducah on Friday set him back again.

 

With 10 laps remaining Sunday night at Lincoln Speedway and leader Bobby Pierce getting away in traffic, it looked as though he’d have to wait yet another day.

 

And then, caution.

 

A slow car on the backstretch brought out the yellow, restacking a spread-out field in traffic that had been under green-flag conditions since the beginning. Feger now sat third in line behind only Ryan Unzicker and Pierce; Brian Shirley and Shannon Babb behind him.

 

The green dropped and Feger jumped to the high side, making the move around Unzicker for second and getting a good run on Pierce for the lead as they headed toward the stripe to complete Lap 33.

 

Feger got such a bite off the top in Turn 4 that he slipped right inside a closing gap between Pierce and Unzicker to his inside; three-wide they crossed the line with Feger only inches ahead. Then, a slide job from Feger to seal the pass into Turn 1, Pierce way up top and Unzicker rolling the bottom.

 

“I didn’t know what happened,” said Feger, of Bloomington, IL, describing his view from the cockpit of the madness unfolding. “I went into Turn 1 and slid Bobby and came out with the lead. I was thinking I was gonna get crossed-over.”

 

Feger drag-raced Unzicker into Turn 3 and had the advantage by corner exit. But behind him, Pierce was hot on the case, and made contact with Unzicker at the apex of the corner, sending him around and bringing out the yellow again.

 

“I heard the yellow come out and thought ‘Oh no, Bobby’s gonna get the lead back,’” Feger said. “I’m like, ‘Shoot, I’m definitely not going to win now.’ I guess lucky for me, it was [Pierce and Unzicker] that got into it. I don’t know what happened, I guess it was just a hard racing deal it sounded like to me.”

 

Under yellow, Unzicker and Pierce were determined to be part of the caution and were both sent to the rear of the field for the restart. This handed the lead over to Feger with seven laps left and four-time Hell Tour champion Babb right behind him.

 

The field went back to green, and the battle was on for the lead; Feger hustling the high side and Babb looking to make the pass down low. With the white flag in the air, Babb got a great bite off Turn 2 and briefly nosed ahead into the lead. But Feger’s momentum up top pulled through and defended against Babb’s last-ditch effort in Turn 4 to hang on and score his first Summer Nationals victory of the season.

 

“Shannon raced me clean there at the end, and I thought he had a chance to throw a slider on me and he didn’t do it,” Feger said.

 

Finally, Feger’s luck had turned around. He finished off what had been a trying week with a $5,000 check in the air and a grandstand packed full of fans cheering as he celebrated in Victory Lane for the 22nd time in his Summer Nationals career.

 

“It just feels good to finally get the monkey off our back,” Feger said. “We’ve been really fast the whole tour, and I feel like we’ve had a car capable to win every night, but just had some back luck and haven’t been in a position to get it done.”

 

UP NEXT

 

The Summer Nationals takes the next three days off and resumes Thursday, July 7, at Macon Speedway for the 42nd running of the Herald & Review 100. If you can’t be at the track, watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

 

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

 

Feature 40 Laps | 00:17:22.994

1. 25-Jason Feger[4]; 2. 18-Shannon Babb[3]; 3. 3S-Brian Shirley[2]; 4. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[6]; 5. 38J-Jake Little[7]; 6. T6- Tommy Sheppard Jr[11]; 7. 24-Ryan Unzicker[9]; 8. 32-Bobby Pierce[1]; 9. F1-Payton Freeman[5]; 10. 14G-Joe Godsey[8]; 11. 31AUS-Paul Stubber[10]; 12. 21B-Rich Bell[14]; 13. 4D-Doug Tye[13]; 14. 26M-Brent McKinnon[12]; 15. 30-Mark Voigt[15]; 16. 23NZ-Mick Quin[17]; 17. B15-Bob Sidener[20]; 18. T22-Tegan Evans[19]; 19. 38-Thomas Hunziker[18]; 20. 14R-Jeff Roth[16]

 

ZERO-TO-HERO: Hoffman Rallies from 20th in 17 Laps to Win at Lincoln

 

Twenty-five laps around a quarter-mile oval. Nineteen cars ahead of him. This was Nick Hoffman’s greatest mountain to climb so far this season, and yet, he still conquered it.

 

The four-time and defending DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals champion passed every car on the racetrack in 17 of the 25 Feature laps Sunday night to score a dramatic 10th tour victory of the season.

 

It was his plan to still try for the win, and he knew he had it in him rolling to the track for the Feature.

 

“As long as cautions fell my way in a couple situations,” Hoffman said. “And they did.”

 

Hoffman was forced to start the Feature from 20th, nearly dead-last on the grid, after colliding with Ray Bollinger in his Heat Race and taking his NOS Energy Drink/Elite Chassis #2 back to the pits with nose damage.

 

Five laps into the Feature, he was already up to 10th. Ten laps in, he had just taken fifth. Hoffman was putting on a clinic, passing cars every which way.

 

“At that point, you’re just weaving in-and-out, really,” Hoffman said. “You almost look like a weapon out there because you’re just left-and-right, and you don’t really know which way you’re going. Whatever lane’s clear.”

 

Two laps later, Hoffman was staring the rear bumper of leader Mike McKinney, almost two full seconds ahead in traffic. But that didn’t worry the Mooresville, NC-native, still with half of the race to be run.

 

Hoffman reeled-in McKinney in five laps, made the pass on the outside and drove off with his 67th career Summit Modified victory – arguably one of the most improbable and hard-fought of his career.

 

“The bottom was so fast and throwing wet crumbs out to the middle, it made the middle actually come-in,” Hoffman said of his lane choice. “There weren’t a whole lot of guys out there running in it, so I felt like I had an open lane of traction, really. So, I was able to charge the corner so hard, where those other guys had to slow down to really hit it right.”

 

UP NEXT

 

The Summit Modifieds take the next three days off and resume action Thursday, July 7, at Macon Speedway as part of the 42nd running of the Herald & Review 100. If you can’t be at the track, watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

 

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

 

Feature 25 Laps | 00:14:43.177

1. 2-Nick Hoffman[20]; 2. 96M-Mike McKinney[2]; 3. 10K-Kelly Kovski[6]; 4. 43-Jared Thomas[7]; 5. 777-Trevor Neville[10]; 6. 77-Ray Bollinger[8]; 7. 35-Brandon Roberts[12]; 8. 1A-Steve Meyer Jr[15]; 9. 8-Kyle Steffens[1]; 10. 9-Ken Schrader[13]; 11. 0-Tim Hancock Sr[5]; 12. 64-Dawson Cook[11]; 13. 28-Rodney Standerfer[14]; 14. 34T-Tanner Reed[17]; 15. 21T- Talen Beard[16]; 16. 72A-Austin Lynn[3]; 17. 35D-Tom Davidson[21]; 18. 21-Lyndon Whitfill[4]; 19. 66-Audrey Gerberding[18]; 20. 11D-Brian Diveley[9]; 21. 14-Brian Lynn[19]

 
DIRTcar Series PR

Grandview Speedway is preparing to host another NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series program this Saturday night, all part of the 60th anniversary season of racing competition.

Following a weather postponement last Saturday, July 2, this Saturday, July 9 will see the same program that was scheduled for last weekend, as the T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman will be competing in the 52nd annual Firecracker 40 championship race starting at 7:30 pm. The program will also include the T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds plus qualifying events leading to the 40-lap T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman championship paying $2000 to win and the 30-lap T.P. Trailer Modified feature.

Pit gates will open at 4 pm. with grandstand gates opening at 5:30 pm. and warm-ups starting at 6:30 pm. Adult grandstand admission is $22, while children ages 6-11 are $10, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge.

The weekend of racing action will begin on Friday, July 8, as the Outlaw Racing Series Enduro and Outlaw Racing Series Vintage competitors will be holding a double-header program starting at 7 pm. Grandstand admission for this event is $10.

The T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman competitors will be running in the 52nd annual Firecracker 40, however, it was run for the Late Model division from the inception of the race in 1971 until the Late Model class was discontinued after the 2018 season.

During the last three seasons the race has been run for the T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman division, the winning drivers have been Brad Brightbill in 2019, Brad Arnold in 2020, and Brian Hirthler took the win last year in 2021.

Point leader Dylan Hoch will be a top contender to score a win in the Championship event on Saturday, as he is one of the eight different feature winners so far this season. Other drivers who have reached victory lane have been Jordan Henn, Parker Guldin, Lex Shive, Cody Manmiller, Kenny Bock, Decker Swinehart, and the only two-time winner Brian HIrthler.

The T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman top ten-points standings are 1. Dylan Hoch -1729, 2. Brian Hirthler – 1691, 3. Kyle Smith – 1668, 4. Jimmy Leiby – 1478, 5. Cole Stangle – 1157, 6. Dakota Kohler – 1063, 7. Mike Schneck Jr. – 1033, 8. Parker Guldin – 1003, 9. Decker Swinehart – 891, 10. Cody Manmiller – 881.

The T.P. Trailer Modifieds saw Brett Kressley pick up his third feature win of the season in the last Saturday night event to be held and followed that win with a Tuesday night triumph in the Thunder on the Hill program in conjunction with the PA 410 Sprint Speedweek program. Kressley will continue as the T.P. Trailer Modified point leader entering this Saturday’s program.

The other winners this season have been Craig Von Dohren, who has four Saturday night point race wins, two Thunder on the Hill wins, plus a win in the season opening VP Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial Big Block/Small Block Modified event, and Doug Manmiller, who so far has been the only driver to break the Von Dohren/Kressley hold on Victory Lane.

The current T.P. Trailer Modified top ten-point standings are 1. Brett Kressley – 2319, 2. Craig Von Dohren – 2270, 3. Doug Manmiller – 2227, 4. Tim Buckwalter – 2099, 5. Duane Hioward – 2028, 6. Jeff Strunk – 1877, 7. Mike Lisowski – 1304, 8. Cory Merkel – 1291, 9. Jared Umbenhauer – 1261, 10. Craig Whitmoyer – 1154.

On Saturday, the Low Down and Dirty meet and greet will feature Modified drivers Bobby Gunther-Walsh and Dan Waisempacher along with Sportsman drivers Kenny Bock and Mike Schneck Jr. starting at 5 pm.

The following Saturday, July 16 will see a three-division show featuring the T.P. Trailer Modifieds, T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman, plus the only appearance of the United Racing Club 360 Sprint Cars starting at 7:30 pm.

The night of racing will be known as Do It in the Dirt Night featuring Bob Hilbert Sportswear as the race night sponsor.

It all started with a one-color tee shirt called “Do It in the Dirt” at Grandview Speedway 50 years ago. That was the start of what we now know as Bob Hilbert Sportswear.

Come out and celebrate with Bob and Anne and the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Team, they would love to see all of you wear your oldest or most favorite Bob Hilbert Tee shirt!

There will be fan giveaways that night along with a 50th anniversary edition of the Do It in the Dirt tee shirt that will be on sale that evening.

Bob Hilbert Sportswear has products available to the performance and race industry along with apparel for schools, fundraising, commercial and corporations.

Bob Hilbert Sportswear can be found on the web at www.bobhilbert.com or you can shop the online store at www.bobhilbertshop.com for the latest products they have in stock.

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.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS –

Friday, July 8 – Outlaw Racing Series Enduro and Outlaw Racing Series Vintage – 7 pm

Saturday, July 9 – T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds, 52nd annual FIRECRACKER 40 for T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman $2000 to win – 7:30 pm.

Saturday, July 16 – T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds, T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman plus URC 360 Sprint Cars – 7:30 pm.

Saturday, July 23 – T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds, T. P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman plus Outlaw Racing Series Vintage – 7:30 pm.

Saturday, July 30 – T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds, T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman – 7:30 pm.

Grandview Speedway PR

Leading start to finish at WaKeeney Speedway, Zach Blurton found his way into Victory Lane with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network on Sunday night.
 
Pocketing $5,000 in the Western Kansas Showdown, Blurton is the 163rd driver to win with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, the eighth from the state of Kansas, and first from Quinter.
 
Working through several attempts at the start, the green finally waved with Blurton taking off with the lead. Slowed again after a single lap, the red lights came on after contact sent Wayne Johnson flipping violently off the top of the third turn. Wayne escaped under his own power.
 
Back to green with Hahn and Martin chasing, the leaders were in traffic by Lap 5 as the line began migrating to the center. Picking through the slower cars, Blurton was faced with the task of fending off Hahn a few laps later. Going pass for pass around lapped cars, Hahn edged ahead of the No. 2j for the point, but the caution would bring the field back to the last fully completed lap.
 
Advancing Blurton back to the lead, the No. 2j worked on hitting his marks. A final caution putting the field at six laps to run, Zach pulled away by 2.215-seconds at the finish.
 
Crossing second, Hahn’s three consecutive podium finishes on the weekend helped advance the defending series champion into the point’s lead by 41. Brining his run of podium finishes to four in a row, Martin now finds himself 56 points out of the lead.
 
A rebound night for Brandon Anderson, who suffered a DNF after leading on Friday, the No. 55b crossed fourth with Jake Bubak breathing down his neck the entire race to finish fifth.
 
Matt Covington made it to sixth, with Tim Crawley seventh. Having to march from the back, Garet Williamson fought back from a restart penalty to finish eighth. Equally impressive from 22nd, Landon Britt made it to ninth. South Dakota’s Ryan Bickett completed the top ten.
 
The field of 24 worked three SCE Gaskets Heat Races. Wins went to Zach Blurton, Brandon Anderson, and Blake Hahn. The night’s overall quick time was set by Blurton at 15.507-seconds. Provisionals were not needed.
 
The next event on the 2022 lineup is Friday, June 15 at U.S. 36 Raceway. The Saturday date at Arrowhead Speedway has been removed as track construction is behind schedule. A replacement venue will be announced in the next few days.
 
The 2022 season will mark the 31st year of competition for the American Sprint Car Series. Spearheaded by the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, the ASCS Nation includes Regional Tours that encompass both wing and non-wing competition.
 
For fans not able to attend, the series can be seen live on two platforms, with RaceOnTexas.com on FloRacing.com featuring National Tour events in tandem. Both are subscription-based sites. FloRacing.com is $20 per month, billed annually at $150 per year. RaceOnTexas.com All Access is $39.99 per month.
 
For other news, notes, and information on any of the tours under the ASCS banner, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com, follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@LucasOilASCS).
 
Race Results:
 
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
WaKeeney Speedway (WaKenney, Kan.)
Sunday, July 3, 2022
 
Car Count: 24
Event Count: 26
 
The Driver's Project Group Qualifying
 
The Drivers Project Qualifying 1 (3 Laps): 1. 2J-Zach Blurton, 15.507[4]; 2. 1B-Jake Bubak, 15.599[1]; 3. 10C-Jeremy Campbell, 15.625[2]; 4. 95-Matt Covington, 15.654[6]; 5. 1X-Tim Crawley, 15.965[5]; 6. 7C-Chris Morgan, 16.146[3]; 7. 1-Nick Haygood, 16.310[8]; 8. 10X-Lincoln Drewis, 16.735[7]
 
The Drivers Project Qualifying 2 (3 Laps): 1. 187-Landon Crawley, 16.409[2]; 2. 2B-Brett Becker, 16.431[7]; 3. 6-Kaden Taylor, 16.456[8]; 4. 55B-Brandon Anderson, 16.489[1]; 5. 10-Landon Britt, 16.510[5]; 6. 45X-Kyler Johnson, 16.515[6]; 7. 2-Dylan Opdahl, 16.635[3]; 8. 10K-Jordan Knight, 16.794[4]
 
The Drivers Project Qualifying 3 (3 Laps): 1. 36-Jason Martin, 16.070[8]; 2. 52-Blake Hahn, 16.175[2]; 3. 24-Garet Williamson, 16.242[3]; 4. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 16.391[5]; 5. 47-Brant O'Banion, 16.817[4]; 6. 17B-Ryan Bickett, 16.977[1]; 7. 10P-Dylan Postier, 16.988[7]; 8. 77B-Michael Bingham, 17.964[6]
 
SCE Gaskets Heat Races (Everyone advancing to the A-Feature)
 
SCE Gaskets Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 2J-Zach Blurton[4]; 2. 95-Matt Covington[1]; 3. 1B-Jake Bubak[3]; 4. 10C-Jeremy Campbell[2]; 5. 1X-Tim Crawley[5]; 6. 7C-Chris Morgan[6]; 7. 10X-Lincoln Drewis[8]; 8. 1-Nick Haygood[7]
 
SCE Gaskets Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 55B-Brandon Anderson[1]; 2. 2B-Brett Becker[3]; 3. 187-Landon Crawley[4]; 4. 45X-Kyler Johnson[6]; 5. 6-Kaden Taylor[2]; 6. 10K-Jordan Knight[7]; 7. 2-Dylan Opdahl[5]; 8. 10-Landon Britt[8]
 
SCE Gaskets Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 52-Blake Hahn[3]; 2. 36-Jason Martin[4]; 3. 2C-Wayne Johnson[1]; 4. 17B-Ryan Bickett[6]; 5. 47-Brant O'Banion[5]; 6. 10P-Dylan Postier[7]; 7. 24-Garet Williamson[2]; 8. 77B-Michael Bingham[8]
 
A-Feature
 
A-Main (25 Laps): 1. 2J-Zach Blurton[1]; 2. 52-Blake Hahn[2]; 3. 36-Jason Martin[3]; 4. 55B-Brandon Anderson[6]; 5. 1B-Jake Bubak[7]; 6. 95-Matt Covington[8]; 7. 1X-Tim Crawley[13]; 8. 24-Garet Williamson[20]; 9. 10-Landon Britt[22]; 10. 17B-Ryan Bickett[10]; 11. 7C-Chris Morgan[18]; 12. 10K-Jordan Knight[17]; 13. 10P-Dylan Postier[16]; 14. 1-Nick Haygood[24]; 15. 2-Dylan Opdahl[21]; 16. 45X-Kyler Johnson[9]; 17. 47-Brant O'Banion[14]; 18. 77B-Michael Bingham[23]; 19. 187-Landon Crawley[5]; 20. 10X-Lincoln Drewis[19]; 21. 6-Kaden Taylor[15]; 22. 10C-Jeremy Campbell[12]; 23. 2B-Brett Becker[4]; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson[11]
 
Lap Leader(s): Zach Blurton 1-25
Hard Charger: Landon Britt +13
Quick Time: Zach Blurton 15.507-seconds
High Point Driver: Zach Blurton
Provisional(s): N/A
 
ASCS Online:
 
American Sprint Car Series: http://www.ascsracing.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lucasoilascs [@lucasoilascs]
Instagram: LucasOilASCS
Broadcast: RaceOnTexas.com on FloRacing.com
Live-Scoring [Where Applicable]: MRP Live
 
2022 Race Winners: Wayne Johnson – 3 (3/18 – Devil's Bowl Speedway; 6/18 – Boothill Speedway, 6/25 - I-70 Motorsports Park); Derek Hagar – 2 (3/25 – I-30 Speedway; 6/17 – Texarkana 67 Speedway); Seth Bergman – 1 (3/19 – Devil's Bowl Speedway); Aaron Reutzel – 1 (3/26 – I-30 Speedway); Dylan Westbrook – 1 (5/28 – Lake Ozark Speedway); Sam Hafertepe, Jr. – 1 (5/29 – Thunderbird Speedway); Matt Covington – 1 (7/1 – Boone County Raceway); Jake Bubak – 1 (7/2 – WaKeeney Speedway); Zach Blurton – 1 (7/3 – WaKeeney Speedway);
 
2022 Driver Points (Top 15): 1. Blake Hahn 1,432; 2 Wayne Johnson 1,391; 3. Jason Martin 1,376; 4. Garet Williamson 1,349; 5. Matt Covington 1,296; 6. Tim Crawley 1,274; 7. Brandon Anderson 1,271; 8. Landon Britt 1,115; 9. Landon Crawley 1,113; 10. Kyler Johnson 1,101; 11. Ryan Bickett 1,074; 12. Dylan Postier 962; 13. Dylan Opdahl 926; 14. Dylan Westbrook 729; 15. Seth Bergman 566;
 
ASCS PR

 

 

·       The win is Tyler Reddick’s first career victory in 92 NASCAR Cup Series starts.

·       It also marks the 110th NASCAR Cup Series triumph for Richard Childress Racing.

·       Reddick’s victory marks Chevrolet’s ninth-consecutive NASCAR Cup Series road course win.. a streak that started at Circuit of The Americas in May 2021.  

·       Reddick is now the 13th different NASCAR Cup Series winner thus far this season, seven of which are Chevrolet drivers.

·       Chevrolet drivers swept the top-five finishing positions, led by Reddick, Chase Elliott (2nd), Kyle Larson (3rd), Ross Chastain (4th) and Daniel Suarez (5th).

·       The victory moved Chevrolet to double-digit wins on the season, marking the Camaro ZL1’s 10th NASCAR Cup Series win of 2022.

·       The winningest brand in NASCAR, Chevrolet now has 824 all-time NASCAR Cup Series victories.

 

TYLER REDDICK, NO. 8 3CHI CAMARO ZL1, Race Winner Quick Quote:

 

Q. The two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion is now a Cup Series winner. So cool to see all these drivers coming back to congratulate him, including Brad Keselowski, who used to be his boss. What were you thinking as you were racing Chase Elliott there for the lead and eventually what wound up being the win?

“Well, I definitely knew he (Chase Elliott) was fast, but we could stay with him on the long run. That told me if we cycled through that last pit sequence, we'd be close or get around him, and we'd have a great shot. Didn't quite get around him.. we were within reach. Thankfully we just waited for the right opportunity and was able to take advantage of it in Turn 6.

 

I thought he was going to run me back down. I started to make some mistakes and started to take care of the brakes; apparently I didn't need to. Yeah, very good shape there. What a day.

 

Q. I want to know the significance for you personally. We talked earlier this week, you said we've got to put together the last 10 percent of a race. You did that today. Did you sense the playoff pressure, that hey, our season is on the line, we've got to get it done today?

“We had to. What better place than Road America? I love the fans. I love this racetrack. Being here on 4th of July weekend is just so special. And just a huge shout out to 3Chi and the special paint scheme we had this weekend. Love that they're coming on board this year and taking a chance on a young guy like me and we got it done. We won a race.”

 

Q. Not only is it the first win for you, Randall Burnett; and now RCR is in the playoffs, as well.

“Randall (Burnett, Crew Chief) has been working at this for a very long time and he's always believed in me. Everyone on this team at Richard Childress Racing has believed in me. I've made a lot of mistakes along the way; but man, this year has been one step, one mistake away from greatness all year long, and we finally did it today. It feels good.”

 

GM PR

Ty Dillon, No. 42 Allegiant Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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START: 30th

FINISH: 20th

POINTS: 26th

Ty Dillon Post-Race Thoughts: “We had a good Allegiant Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 this weekend. Right off the truck on Saturday, the car had speed and handled well during practice. We missed the mark a little during qualifying, but despite starting towards the back, we were able to work our way forward. Our Petty GMS team made strategy calls in order to finish the second stage in third and earn stage points. The race just didn’t have a lot of cautions, so it was tough to make up positions. We will take a top-20 finish and look to build off that next week. I really enjoy racing at Road America and the fans turned out for the entire weekend which was awesome to see.” 

 

Erik Jones, No. 43 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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START: 27th

FINISH: 26th

POINTS: 18th

Erik Jones Post-Race Thoughts: “Not the day we wanted for our U.S. Air Force Chevy, but we know what we need to work on when we come back. We just lacked the speed today. We stayed out and earned some points early, and I think we could have gotten a decent finish, but the penalty late set us back. With no cautions outside the stage breaks, it just made things harder. We’ll refocus this week and head to Atlanta next weekend and try to get a win for this 43 team.”

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Brad Keselowski, in his No. 6 Kohler Generators Mustang, was on pace for a solid afternoon at Road America, but issues midway through the race set him off the pace as he ultimately finished 33rd.

Following a promising qualifying session Saturday of P11, Keselowski powered his Mustang through the first stage cleanly, short-pitting on lap 12 to earn track position for the following two stages. He would finish stage one P25.

The No. 6 Ford started stage two in 12th. Keselowski was able to hold steady at the front of the field, only losing one spot during green flag laps. On lap 27, both RFK cars would short-pit again for track position. After a solid stop, Keselowski was penalized for driving through too many boxes and would start stage three at the rear of the field.

The afternoon would not get easier for the 2012 NASCAR Cup series champion after an on-track incident left him with severe damage to the right front of his Kohler Generators Ford. The No. 6 team was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop on lap 39, and multiple stops in the laps following, for repairs. Keselowski went on to finish the race 33rd.

The Cup Series continues the road to the playoffs next Sunday for its return to Atlanta Motor Speedway. Race coverage is set for 3 p.m. ET on USA Network, and can also be heard on PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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Chris Buescher scored his fifth top-10 of the season and second-straight on a road course, driving to a sixth-place run in the Fastenal Ford Mustang Sunday afternoon at Road America.

“I am proud of the effort of everybody through this week,” Buescher said. “We had a lot of speed off the truck again. We are just looking for a little bit more. It is a good thing to be running up front and be that close and try and find a squeak more of speed. It’s so tight up here and that is a good thing. We are going to stay after it and we’ll be ready for the next one.”

The 62-lap race ran caution free – minus stage breaks – as Buescher had a solid view to start the day, rolling off seventh thanks to a qualifying effort on Saturday that saw him notch his fifth top-10 start of the season.

With the opening two stages set for 15 laps, and the final at 32, similar strategies were employed through the first half of the race. Crew chief Scott Graves called Buescher to pit road early at the end of both stages, short-pitting the break to set up track position for the ensuing stage restarts.

That strategy paid off to close the first stage as he finished the green-checkered 15 laps in 17th, then restarted sixth. He would pit again at lap 27, just prior to the stage two end, and went on to restart 17th.

From there, just one green-flag stop separated the field from the checkered flag, as Buescher’s came at lap 42. He went on to pick off multiple positions in the closing laps to secure the top-10.

The Cup Series returns to action next weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Race coverage Sunday afternoon is set for 3 p.m. ET on USA Network, and can also be heard on PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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Austin Dillon and the No. 3 Dow Salutes Veterans Chevrolet Team's Strong Run Stalled by Late-Race Mechanical Issue at Road America

 

31st

20th

19th

"We had a fast Dow Salutes Veterans Chevrolet today, and it was special to be able to use this Independence Day weekend to honor our military and veterans with Dow. We just ended up with some bad luck at the end of the race that prevented us from showing how good our Chevy was. We started the race 20th but moved up quickly. Our Dow Salutes Veterans Chevy handled really well today, both in the left and right turns. We raced our way as high as eighth and I really thought we had a chance at a top-10 finish. Unfortunately, with three laps to go we blew a left-front rotor getting into Turn 5. I saved it and was able to pull off the track without a caution but it ended our day. Congrats to my teammate, Tyler Reddick on his first Cup Series win. That guy is an animal and his win is much-deserved."

 

-Austin Dillon

Tyler Reddick and the No. 8 3CHI Chevrolet Team Earn Career-First NASCAR Cup Series Victory with Spectacular Performance at Road America

 

1st

4th

13th

What better place to get our first win in the NASCAR Cup Series than Road America? I love the fans, I love this racetrack, and being here on the 4th of July weekend is just so special, especially with 3Chi and the patriotic paint scheme we had this weekend. I love that they came on board this year and took a chance on a young guy like me and we got it done. We won a race. It was a long day but the balance of our Chevy was good all day. I definitely knew Chase Elliott was fast, but we could stay with him on the long run. That told me if we cycled through that last pit sequence, we'd be close or get around him, and we'd have a great shot. We didn’t quite get around him, but we were within reach. Thankfully, we just waited for the right opportunity and I was able to take advantage of it in Turn 6. I thought he was going to run me back down. I started to make some mistakes and started to take care of the brakes, but it all worked out. What a day."

 

 

-Tyler Reddick

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AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Gold Fish Casino Slots Camaro ZL1

Start: 21st

Stage 1 Finish: 34th

Stage 2 Finish: 26th

Finish: 9th

Overall, it was a hard-fought day. We definitely didn't have the speed we wanted all weekend. We had some pit road trouble, but we fought hard to maximize everything we could. We just needed to be better overall. Despite everything, we had a solid day and finished in the top 10, which is about as good as I could ask for for the way the weekend was going.

 

- AJ Allmendinger

 

Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Camaro ZL1

 

Start: 34th

Stage 1 Finish: 9th

Stage 2 Finish: 6th

Finish: 25th

 

"We didn’t finish where we would have liked to at Road America, but we did have some great stage points. It was shaping up to be a solid day, but we had a pit road issue during a green-flag stop which set us back a bit. Overall, we learned quite a bit."

 

- Justin Haley

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AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet

Start: 38th

Stage 1 Finish: 9th

Stage 2 Finish: 24th

Finish: 6th

“It was a disappointing day. The speeding penalty just added a little bit of insult to injury, but we finished about where we should have. I’m proud of everybody on this No. 16 Nutrien Ag Solutions team. We've worked hard to try to make it better, but honestly, we just needed everything we could possibly get. It was okay for a lap or two, but the tires went away pretty quickly. Bruce (Schlicker) and everybody did what they could to try to make it better, but we just missed it.”

- AJ Allmendinger

 

Daniel Hemric, No. 11 AG1 Chevrolet

Start: 22nd

Stage 1 Finish: 13th

Stage 2 Finish: 27th

Finish: 29th

 

 

"Road America is a race track that I love. I loved the challenge of this weekend, and it was definitely that. We unloaded with decent short-run speed but the driver made too many mistakes in qualifying that set us back. The guys on this No. 11 AG1 team tried to come up with the best strategy possible, but unfortunately, we found ourselves behind the hornets nest and just got mixed up in other peoples’ issues, resulting in damage at the end of the race. I’m disappointed, but we will carry on to Atlanta next week."

 

 

- Daniel Hemric

 

Landon Cassill, No. 10 Voyager Chevrolet

Start: 20th

Stage 1 Finish: 27th

Stage 2 Finish: 29th

Finish: 32nd

"“Really frustrating end to our day with a wreck in front of us in the middle of the straightaway. It’s just hard to miss that kind of wreck. I always try to think of something I could have tried differently, but I didn’t know what was ahead of them. The track was blocked, and I had to slam on the brakes but couldn’t avoid it.”

 

 

- Landon Cassill

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