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Cole Moore picked up his second runner-up finish in ARCA Menards Series West competition at Irwindale Speedway this year, driving the Bill McAnally Racing No. 99 Adaptive One Chevrolet SS to second on Saturday night in the NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Motorsports Hall of Fame.


The Granite Bay, California driver matched the career-best series finish he registered at the half-mile Southern California track in March. It was a big night at the speedway, with NAPA representatives, fireworks, and a packed grandstand.


Moore’s rookie teammate – Landen Lewis of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina – finished fifth in making his first start since being named to drive BMR’s No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS.


Moore qualified third and engaged in a battle for that position throughout the early stages of the race. Lewis rolled off the grid in 13th and advanced toward the top 10. He was running strong, but lost a lap midway through the race when he slowed for an accident.


A lengthy red flag on Lap 122 gave Moore his first of several attempts at the top position late in the race. Lewis, who had battled hard for the free pass, got back on the lead lap. Moore restarted on the inside front row, but was unable to take the lead. Lewis, meanwhile, began picking up spots toward the top five.


One additional caution on Lap 147 set up a green-white-checkered overtime finish and Moore’s third attempt to restart on the inside of the front row. He challenged the leader on both ends of the racetrack, before taking the white flag and coming away with a strong second-place finish. Lewis charged to a fifth-place finish at the checkered flag, to open his campaign in the iconic blue and gold No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevy.


In addition to serving as the entitlement sponsor of the ARCA West event, NAPA was well represented – with Derek Sasabuchi, District Manager from the NAPA Distribution Center in Los Angeles, bringing a special group of 200 NAPA customers to the event.


Several guests earned the opportunity to be treated to a VIP NAPA Experience, which included dinner at the team transporter and a special pit tour. Guests also enjoyed a meet-and-green with the BMR drivers and former NAPA driver and NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday. Special guests also viewed the race from a VIP suite above the state-of-the-art facility.


Cole Moore Quote:

“It was a good race. The car was good. We struggled on the top side but we were making the bottom work. We were just digging out there every lap. It came down to the green-white-checkered at the end. Perfect opportunity and drove (Jake Drew) as hard as I could without wrecking him. Looking forward to try to track him down in the championship.”



The 95Q/Dynagraphics Firecracker 40’s presented by the Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau lived up to expectations when it came to excitement this past Saturday, July 2. Slide job city, plenty of action for the lead, mixed with a little Macon drama made for a great night for the fans. Fireworks on the track led to fireworks in the sky to celebrate the holiday weekend.

The Big 10 Modified class came in with a huge field of 27 cars for the 40-lap main event. Tim Luttrell led the early laps but a veteran laden field had Rodney Standerfer hot in his tire tracks. Standerfer led until lap 16 when Jacob Steinkoenig took over to top spot. Steinkoenig was up front until lap 29 when mechanical woes ended hi chances. That gave the lead to Tim Hancock, who has just moments earlier taken second from Standerfer. Hancock, a veteran driver and former Macon champion from Mount Olive, IL, held a pretty wheel to the finish to claim the impressive victory on his first appearance in a good while. Hancock was followed at the finish by Guy Taylor, Standerfer, Alan Crowder, and Luttrell.

Following the Modifieds, the Decatur Building Trades Big 10 Pro Late Models rolled onto the track for a race that saw slidejob after slidejob for the lead. The battle between Braden Johnson and Dakota Ewing was a crazy one. Meanwhile, Jose Parga was lurking right behind them waiting for the right time to pounce. With nine laps in, Parga moved by Johnson for second to set his sights on Ewing. Five laps later, Parga pulled off an aggressive move, traded some paint, and pulled into the top spot, never to look back. At the checkered of the 40-lap affair, Parga was followed by Ewing, Johnson, Blaise Baker, and Rockett Bennett.

Billy Knebel, a former Pro Mod champion at the track, led from green until checkered in the divisions feature event. Fellow veteran, Kevin Crowder, kept him honest throughout the race, riding in the second spot. The two never faltered, taking the top two spots ahead of Zach Taylor, Austin Seets, and Dave Armstrong.

Bobby Beiler and Zane Reitz put on a driving clinic at the front of the 51 Bistro Street Stock division feature. The pair were running side-by-side, trading spots early on in the 15-lap event. Eventually, Beiler settled into the lead with Reitz in his tracks. While it looked like Beiler was on his way to victory, a yellow flag with four to go put another restart on the horizon. When the green dropped, Beiler missed his mark a bit in turn two, jumping the cushion and Reitz shot by to the inside. At the checkered, Reitz was followed by Beiler, Terry Reed, Rudy Zaragoza, and Andy Zahnd. The Street Stocks now prepare for the Bruce Dulgar Classic next Saturday at the track.

Brady Reed took the lead at the green in the 15-lap Hornet feature, built a comfortable lead, and cruised to victory. Jimmy Dutlinger took the second spot, while Billy Mason, Tristin Quinlan, and Taryn Page rounded out the top five.

20 cars took the green in the Micros By Bailey Chassis feature event with John Barnard racing into the lead. The Sherman, IL youngster controlled the pace with a large field of challengers in tow. With two to go, the race’s final caution waved, setting up a final restart. The big challenge didn’t come from second or third, it came from then fourth place competitor, Daryn Stark, who shot to the high lane while everyone else ran the bottom. Stark set up a slider in the final turns, coming to the checkered to take the lead. However, Barnard timed it brilliantly to race back to the inside to beat him back to the line. Following Barnard were Stark, Aarik Andrueskevitch, Hunter Walker, and Ryan Frantz.

Attention now turns to Lincoln Speedway for the Sunday night, July 3 Summer National event, featuring Super Late Models, Modifieds, and 305 Sprint Cars. Then, this coming Thursday night, the Summer National Tour comes to Macon Speedway for the 42nd annual Herald & Review 100 featuring Super Late Models and Modifieds. Next Saturday’s racing action at Macon Speedway will see free grandstand admission for 1st responders when they show proper ID at the gate. The night will also have a Bruce Dulgar Classic for the 51 Bistro Street Stocks.

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Stafford Speedway played host to the SK Modified® Showdown as part of the Superstar Racing Experience event held Saturday night, July 2nd.  Stephen Kopcik took the lead on a late restart and led the field to the checkered flag to pick up his third win of the 2022 season.

The 50-lap SK Modified® All Star Shoot Out took the green flag with Jon Puleo leading the field but he would only lead the first lap as Michael Christopher, Jr. streaked into the lead on lap-2.  Puleo settled into second behind Christopher with Anthony Bello in third.  The caution came out with 5 laps complete for a spin by Nick Halkowicz in turn 4.

Back under green, Christopher held the lead with Puleo in second.  Marcello Rufrano was side by side with Bello for third before he moved by both Bello and Puleo on lap-9 to move into second.  Todd Owen was on the charge as he took third behind Rufrano to drop Puleo back to fourth, just in front of Bello in fifth. 

Ronnie Williams dropped off the pace on lap-11 and brought his car to pit road as Rufrano moved by Christopher on lap-14 to take over the lead.  Owen moved up to second behind Rufrano with Christopher, Puleo, and Bello making up the top-5.  Owen made a move to the inside of Rufrano on lap-20 to take over the race lead.  At the halfway point of the race, Owen was in command followed by Rufrano, Christopher, Bello, Puleo, David Arute, Stephen Kopcik, Dan Wesson, Cory DiMatteo, and Keith Rocco.

Owen was starting to stretch out his lead over Rufrano and the rest of the field as the race hit the lap-35 mark.  The caution came back out with 39 laps complete for spins in turn 4 by Curt Brainard and Wesley Prucker.

Back under green, Owen took the lead with Bello pulling to the inside of Rufrano in a fight for second.  Puleo was fourth with Kopcik in fifth.  The caution came back out with 42 laps complete for a spin in turn 1 by Michael Gervais, Jr.

Owen again took the lead on the restart with Rufrano now on the inside of Bello for second.  The caution came back out after 1 lap for a spin by Mikey Flynn in the middle of turns 1+2.

Owen was again the leader back under green with Rufrano, Kopcik, and Bello all lined up behind Owen.  Owen got out of shape n lap-45 as Rufrano moved ot the lead, Kopcik to second, and Bello to third as Owen fell back to fourth.  The caution came back out with 45 laps complete for a multi-car incident in turn 4 involving the cars of Arute, Puleo, Noah Korner and several others.

Rufrano and Kopcik went wheel to wheel for the lead on the restart with Owen and Bello side by side for third.  Kopcik got clear to the lead on lap-48 with Owen and Rufrano now side by side for second.  Owen took second as the cars hit the white flag with Dana DiMatteo taking fourth from Bello.  Kopcik led Owen to the checkered flag to pick up his third win of the 2022 season.  Rufrano finished third with Dana DiMatteo and Bello rounding out the top-5.

For more information contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at (860) 684-2783, or visit us on the web at

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Stafford Speedway welcomed the Superstar Racing Experience back for another visit to the Connecticut half-mile facility that was shown live on CBS.  Ryan Newman took the lead from Marco Andretti with 5 laps to go in the 75-lap feature event and went on to take down the checkered flag.

Marco Andretti and Paul Tracy led the field to the green flag with Andretti taking the early lead.  Greg Biffle quickly overtook Tracy for second place with Tony Stewart in fourth and Michael Waltrip in fifth place.  Stewart took over third place from Tracy on lap-9 as Andretti continued to show the way out front but Biffle was closing in on his back bumper after Andretti had stretched out his lead in the early laps.

Andretti, Stewart, and Biffle nearly went 3-wide for the lead on lap-12 with Andretti maintaining the lead.  Stewart made his move to the inside of Andretti to take over the lead o nlap-17 but Andretti came right back to the outside of Stewart and they raced door to door for the lead.  Andretti got clear of Stewart on lap-22 after 4 laps of side by side action with Biffle, Tracy, and Waltrip making up the top-5.  Biffle went back by Stewart on lap-23 to move back into second place while Andretti continued to lead the race.  The caution flew with 33 laps complete with Andretti still leading Stewart, Biffle, Waltrip, and Tracy.

Stewart and Andretti went wheel to wheel for the lead back under green on lap-40 with Biffle third, Tracy fourth, and Hunter-Reay fifth.  Biffle nearly went 3-wide with Andretti and Stewart on lap-43 but backed out of the move as Andretti and Stewart were still door to door for the lead.  The caution came back out on lap-44 for damage to Michael Waltrip’s car.

Stewart took the lead on the lap-51 restart while Biffle took a trip through the backstretch grass but saved the car and the race stayed green with Biffle sliding to the rear of the field.  Andretti was second behind Stewart with Ryan Newman up to third, Tracy fourth, and Bobby Labonte fifth.  Andretti was applying all kinds of pressure to Stewart for the lead but was unable to make a pass.  Andretti was finally abel to take the lead from Stewart by a nose at the line on lap-63.

Andretti took the lead on the lap-66 restart with Newman moving up to second as Stewart slid back to third.  Tracy was fourth and Bobby Labonte was fifth, just in front of Hailie Deegan.  Stewart fell back to fourth on lap-68 as Tracy moved up to third place.  Newman dove to the inside of Andretti on lap-70 to move into the lead with 5 laps to go. Newman led the final 5 laps to take the victory.  Andretti finished second with Tracy, Stewart and Labonte rounding out the top-5.

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McAnally-Hilgemann Racing today announced Charles Denike as the new chief for Derek Kraus and the No. 19 NAPA AutoCare Chevrolet team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Denike, who has two series wins on his resume, joins the team after serving for three seasons as a crew chief with GMS Racing, which developed an alliance with MHR at the beginning of this year.

“We’re excited to have Charles join our team,” said MHR co-owner Bill McAnally. “We’re confident that he will strengthen our overall team as we move ahead and help us take full advantage of the opportunities we have available through our alliance with GMS Racing.”

Denike worked with Grant Enfinger this season, Tyler Ankrum in 2021 and multiple drivers in 2020. He went to Victory Lane with Chase Elliott driving for GMS Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2020 and with Sam Mayer behind the wheel of a GMS Racing Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway that same year.

Denike served as an engineer for nearly 10 years in the U.S. Army, before pursuing his career in racing. Prior to his time with GMS Racing, he served as a crew chief with a variety of drivers in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East between 2012 and 2016. He also was the crew chief for two events on Maury Gallagher’s NASCAR Xfinity Series team in 2017.

“I am excited to join MHR and to work with Derek Kraus on the 19 team,” Denike said. “Derek is highly talented and we are looking forward to our first race together at Mid-Ohio. Over the next two races we will push hard to make the playoffs. MHR has built a great team with a strong foundation and I am thankful for the opportunity to help continue to advance their program.”

Kraus is currently 11th in the championship standings, just 29 points below the cutoff line for the playoffs. He and his MHR team are working hard to close that gap in the final two regular season events – at Mid-Ohio on July 9 and Pocono Raceway on July 23.

Bill McAnally partnered with Bill and Mona Hilgemann in forming McAnally-Hilgemann Racing at the beginning of 2020. The team formed an alliance at the beginning of this season with GMS Racing and operates out of a 57,000-square-foot shop that is part of the GMS Racing operation in Statesville, North Carolina.


Race Winner: Ty Gibbs of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Larson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Larson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)



Riley Herbst and his No. 98 Henry Repeating Arms Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) overcame a midrace pit road penalty to finish seventh in Saturday’s Henry 180 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Herbst started third for the scheduled 45-lap race after a strong qualifying run Friday. He ran solidly in the top-five for all 10 laps of the first stage to finish fourth and earn seven valuable bonus points. Alternate pit strategy brought Herbst to the pits during the break and he restarted 18th for the second stage, but he made quick work of his race up through the field from there. Herbst was seventh by the end of Stage 2. On the No. 98 team’s second-to-last pit stop of the day, it was handed a penalty for a safety violation and Herbst was forced to restart at the rear of the field on lap 29. Herbst patiently and methodically worked his way up through the field once again and was sitting in the top-10 for NASCAR overtime. He rallied to bring home his 10th top-10 finish of the 2022 season.


Riley Herbst, driver of the No. 98 Henry Repeating Arms Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:   

“I mean, that wasn’t the day we wanted. We had a great weekend by qualifying third and ran well for most of the race. The racecar was a little loose, but I was able to score stage points and finish seventh. We made mistakes, but we’ll learn from them and get better. On to Atlanta.”



● Herbst earned his 10th top-10 of the season and his second top-10 in three career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Road America.

● This was Herbst’s second consecutive top-10. He finished third last Saturday at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway.

● Herbst’s seventh-place finish equaled his best finish at Road America – seventh, earned last July.

● Herbst finished fourth in Stage 1 to collect seven bonus points, and seventh in Stage 2 to earn an additional four bonus points.

● Ty Gibbs won the Henry 180 to score his eighth career Xfinity Series victory, his fourth of the season and his first at Road America. His margin over second-place Kyle Larson was .858 of a second.

● There were five caution periods for a total of 12 laps.

● Twenty-two of the 38 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.

● AJ Allmendinger remains the championship leader after Road America with a nine-point advantage over second-place Gibbs.


Next Up:          

The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the Alsco Uniforms 250 on July 9 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The race starts at 5 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by USA and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.  



Sheldon Creed and the No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet

Team Zapped by Mechanical Issues After Strong Run at Road America





“Our Whelen Chevrolet showed a lot of speed this weekend at Road America. We qualified well and finished second in Stage 2. Crew Chief Jeff(Stankiewicz made great calls in the pits to keep us up front and we made good adjustments throughout the race. Unfortunately, I got boxed in when we were leaving the pits in the final stage and we lost track position. I think we were going to end up with a top-10 but we had a problem with just a few laps left. There was a lot of smoke coming from our Chevy - not sure of the exact diagnosis but we will evaluate it this week in the shop. Certainly not the finish we wanted but we’ll rebound strong next weekend in Atlanta.” 


-Sheldon Creed

Austin Hill and the No. 21 Bennett Transportation

& Logistics Chevrolet Team Earn Strong Top-Five Finish at Road America





“I’m proud of our Bennett Transportation & Logistics Chevrolet team today at Road America. This is one of those places where it’s important to settle in and be there at the end because half the time you’re just racing the track. We battled some major handling issues and really struggled with our rear lateral. Our Chevy just didn’t like the curbs at all. The best laps we made where when we tried to stay completely off the curbs and didn’t touch them. We made some major adjustments and thought we could run in the top 10. We found ourselves inside the top five and it almost feels like a win with how the day started. It was a great rebound and I’m proud of the entire team.”


-Austin Hill


Ty Gibbs earned his series-leading fourth win of the season with an impressive and clean last lap pass on the reigning Cup Series champion Kyle Larson in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America on Saturday evening. Gibbs was joined in the top-five by his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Brandon Jones (fifth).


Toyota Racing Post-Race Recap

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Road America

Race 16 of 33 – 182.16 miles, 45 laps





2nd, Kyle Larson*

3rd, Josh Berry*

4th, Austin Hill*





*non-Toyota driver



TY GIBBS, No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota GR Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 1st

Can you walk me through the battle and the pass?

“First off all, all glory to God. My team is awesome. We have the best people. Thank you to my team. My pit crew did awesome – fantastic job today. Thank you to Monster Energy for being on our Supra, Interstate Batteries too. I had a fun times racing there, but I’m glad to take home a win. This is a cool place to win.”


What was going through your mind on the last lap?

“It’s part of it. We have to put on a good show for the fans – that’s what we are doing here. It was a great race with Kyle (Larson), so happy to be here with the win.”


How did you beat a Cup Series champion in a head-to-head battle?

“I don’t know. I just want to say all glory to Jesus Christ. Thank you to my team, Monster Energy. I had a fun time racing with Kyle (Larson). I thought it was going to get a little rough there, but he’s such a great competitor and a great person. We played golf the other day – I want to tell him thanks for the golf lessons. I still suck. This is awesome. I can’t believe it. It’s wonderful.”


How did you make that pass?

“I felt like we were a little bit faster in the first half of the track. The last two sectors, I felt like we were not as fast. I feel like right now I need to earn respect back and that’s what I’m doing. I feel like I’ve got my lessons – just got to learn and not make mistakes. I made plenty off them today, I could have lost the race on that one restart, so thankful to get this one back, but I still have to work on the restarts – the first initial and the next-to-last.”


Your crew chief put you in the right mindset going into that last restart. What did that mean?

“It’s awesome. I just stayed the same the whole time. Hopefully a lot of people were watching. It’s cool to be here, cool to race the Cup Series guys. Hopefully that says something. Thankful for where I’m at.”


For the ninth different time in nine races to start the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, a different driver will lead the field to green on Sunday.

This time, it will be Pato O’Ward, who won the NTT P1 Award for pole Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. His best lap of 1 minute, 6.7054 seconds in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet capped an eventful qualifying session on the picturesque permanent road course.

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O’Ward’s fast lap on the 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course marked his fifth career NTT INDYCAR SERIES pole. What’s more, by becoming the ninth different pole winner to start the season, he matched a number from 1961, when there were also nine different pole winners to start the year. The record for most different pole winners to start a season is 10 set in 1952.

O’Ward will see the green flag first for Sunday’s The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the All-New 2023 Civic Type R (12:30 p.m. ET, live on NBC, Peacock Premium and INDYCAR Radio Network).

“It was a good session for us,” O’Ward said. “I couldn’t get the lap together in the first two sections, but I got it done the third time. The car’s been great. We didn’t roll off the truck the best, but we made some changes overnight, and we got her in the window.”

Lining up alongside O’Ward will be Scott McLaughlin, who qualified second in the No. 3 Odyssey Battery Team Penske Chevrolet at 1:06.8382 for his best starting spot of the season since starting second in the second race of the year at Texas Motor Speedway.

Colton Herta will start third at 1:07.0262 in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda, with Felix Rosenqvist fourth at 1:07.2163 in the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, Scott Dixon fifth at 1:07.4047 in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda and Simon Pagenaud rounding out the Firestone Fast Six at 1:07.4199 in the No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda.

David Malukas held serve as the fastest rookie of the day and nearly qualified for his second Firestone Fast Six, posting a best lap of 1:06.8201 in Round 2, good enough for eighth in the No. 18 HMD Honda.

Malukas led a trio of rookies qualifying in the top 10. Kyle Kirkwood qualified ninth at 1:06.9506 in the No. 14 ROKiT/AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet for his career-best qualifying effort, and Callum Ilott qualified 10th at 1:06.9534 in the No. 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet.

It was a challenging day for the three drivers leading the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship.

Points leader Marcus Ericsson, who won the double-point Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, was the best of the rest in Group 1 of Round 1 of qualifying. Ericsson put down a best lap of 1:07.1475 and will start 13th Sunday in the No. 8 Ridgeline Lubricants Honda.

Will Power is second in the standings, 27 points back of Ericsson, and he’ll be worse off on the starting grid. In Group 1 of Round 1 of qualifying, Power was swerving side-to-side to warm up his tires before a quick run. In doing so, he impeded the lap of Helio Castroneves in the No. 06 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda. Power, who had the fastest lap of the group, was penalized for the incident and lost his two fastest qualifying laps from the session. Falling back on a best lap of 1:07.5559, Power will start 21st in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. It marks his third consecutive start outside the top 15 and his worst-ever start at Mid-Ohio.

Meanwhile, Josef Newgarden, who is 32 points behind Ericsson in third place and has a season-high three wins this season, qualified a frustrating 14th in the No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet with a best lap time of 1:07.3338.

Two-time series champion Newgarden struggled to find open track that would allow him to put down a quick lap without the impediment of slower cars, and he tied his worst qualifying effort of 2022. He also started 14th in the Indy 500.

O’Ward hopes to capitalize on a familiar trend for Mid-Ohio INDYCAR SERIES pole sitters: winning the race. Fifteen times, the INDYCAR SERIES pole winner at Mid-Ohio has gone on to win the race, including the last three Mid-Ohio pole sitters (Power, Herta and Newgarden).

O’Ward, who has one win this season at Barber Motorsports Park, feels confident he can continue that trend.

“It’s huge, man,” he said. “It’s a track position race. The best position that we’ve had here starting is like 15th, so first is definitely a lot better than that.”

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