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Toyota captured its seventh manufacturer’s championship in the ARCA Menards Series and its sixth-consecutive ARCA title following Sammy Smith’s fourth victory of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway earlier this month.

Toyota drivers have won more than half of the races this season and comes in to the race at Indiana’s Salem Speedway having won five of the last six events.

“We are excited to continue to have such success in the ARCA Menards Series,” said Paul Doleshal, Group Manager, Motorsports and Assets, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). “Our team partners continue to deliver outstanding performance on-track and offer great opportunities for our development drivers’ growth as race car drivers. We are pleased that our teams have continued to deliver such consistent finishes resulting in our sixth-consecutive ARCA manufacturer’s title.”

Toyota supports three ARCA Menards Series teams, including Venturini Motorsports (VMS), Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM). All three organizations have scored wins this season with VMS scoring multiple victories with Toyota development drivers Corey Heim, Chandler Smith and Jesse Love. JGR was dominant in their five starts this season with Brandon Jones winning three of them. KBM had the best ARCA season for Team Toyota this season as Sammy Smith won races across multiple ARCA disciplines this season, which culminated in his ARCA East and Sioux Chief Showdown titles in Bristol.

Toyota first entered the ARCA Racing Series in 2007 and has captured seven manufacturer’s titles (2013, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022) and seven driver’s titles (2009, 2010, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021). Toyota now sits at 129 national ARCA Menards Series wins.

TRD PR

The seventh annual World Short Track Championship at The Dirt Track at Charlotte will be the ultimate destination for short track racers this fall. Thousands of dollars will be on the line for drivers across a record 10 divisions, Oct. 27-29.

Hundreds of the best short track drivers from across the country will gather to give fans three epic nights of racing with no lack of variety in cars.

Competing in the World Short Track Championship this year will be the:
-FOX Factory Pro (604) Late Models
-Chevrolet Performance 602 Late Models
-Summit Racing Equipment UMP Modifieds
-Hoosier Racing Tire Pro Modifieds
-COMP Cams Monster Mini-Stocks
-DIRTVision Hornets
-VP Racing Fuels Sportsman Modifieds
-SRI Performance Thunder Bombers
-MSD Pro Stocks
-ARP Street Stocks

The Thunder Bombers, a V8-power dirt Stock Car, are a new addition this year and with the Canadian border open, several Sportsman Modified and Pro Stock drivers from up north will be making their way south after the 50th Running of NAPA Super DIRT Week, Oct. 3-9, to compete in the World Short Track Championship. The event will also determine the champions for the DIRTcar Sportsman and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series.

The revamped event format unveiled last year returns for 2022, featuring Championship Qualifier Features on Thursday night for the DIRTcar Pro Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds and Pro Stocks. Then, Heat Races, Last Chance Showdowns and the first round of Hornet Features completes Friday night’s program, while the remaining Last Chance races and Features for all divisions closes out the event on Saturday night.

The Driver Appreciation Pit Party also returns to the schedule on Friday night after racing concludes, featuring music and a bonfire to complete the evening.

Pre-registration is now open for all divisions through Tuesday, Oct. 25. Every driver who pre-registers, regardless of division, will receive one additional entry into the drawing for a brand-new Chevy Performance 604 Crate engine at Saturday’s drivers meeting.

DRIVER REGISTRATION

Rules and procedures for all divisions, purses, a complete event schedule, ticket/pit pass/camping prices, and other various event information is now available in the competitor guide, linked below.

COMPETITOR GUIDE

For tickets to the World Short Track Championship, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch every lap of the event live on DIRTVision – either at DIRTVision.com or by downloading the DIRTVision App.

DIRTcar Series PR

 Talladega Superspeedway's loyal fans are coming from near and far yet again to be a part of this weekend’s epic NASCAR Playoffs Tripleheader Weekend, featuring Sunday’s YellaWood 500 and Saturday’s Sparks 300 and Chevy Silverado 250.

Over 70 percent of fans that will be making the journey to the world’s greatest racing venue are traveling from outside the state of Alabama, and across the world including:

  • All 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia
  • 22 countries including Great Britain, Norway, Canada, New Zealand, France, Sweden, Brazil, Netherlands, Belgium, etc.
  • Six continents (North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia)
    • Australia is the farthest country that will be represented - over 9,300 miles afar and more than 8,000 nautical miles away

Great tickets are still available for the Sunday’s (Oct. 2) YellaWood 500 (1:00 p.m.), the second race in the NASCAR Cup Series Round of 12 Playoffs. Joey Logano leads the championship standings by 12 over Ross Chastain, who won the GEICO 500 earlier this year at Talladega’s 2.66-mile tri-oval. The top 10 or separated by just 38 points. Bubba Wallace is the defending champion of the YellaWood 500.

A Saturday (Oct. 1) doubleheader consists of the Chevy Silverado 250 (11:30 a.m. CDT) for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the Sparks 300 (3:00 p.m. CDT) for the NASCAR Xfinity Series – both crucial Playoffs events.

The weekend will feature the one-of-a-kind Talladega Garage Experience, a 140,000 square foot area in the infield where fans will be immersed into the sport of NASCAR at the 2.66-mile venue like never before. Fans with a Talladega Garage Experience admission will receive “up-close” access in the garage bay viewing areas and be just steps away from their favorite teams and drivers while they work on their machines throughout race weekend.

Other family/fan friendly items in the Garage Experience include incredible $4 or less Value-Priced Concessions, FREE Wi-Fi, BIG BILL’S Open-Air Club, a Kids Zone, a Game Zone, Clyde May’s Courtyard, Tito’s Lemonade Lounge that offers a huge video board for fans to catch all the on-track action, the Fr8Auctions stage for local music, Driver Q&A’s and other interviews, and an area for Ruoff Victory Lane celebrations after each race in Fr8Auctions Celebration Plaza. Fans with an admission will also get to witness Sunday pre-race ceremonies and Driver Introductions at the Start-Finish line.

Admission to the traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert, headlined by platinum singer/songwriter Chase Rice, is FREE to all infield guests, who purchase a ticket to the YellaWood 500. To see all admission options, including the Talladega Garage Experience, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.

 

Fans are encouraged to keep up with all the happenings at the biggest, baddest race track on the planet by following Talladega Superspeedway on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

TSS PR

18 races down, two to go.

A mission to compete full-time in the ARCA Menards Series for driver Greg Van Alst and his team will soon be complete, but there is still plenty to be accomplished ahead of Saturday afternoon’s Herr’s Snacks 200 at Salem (Ind.) Speedway.

Surviving his most recent race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway after scrambling to get his all-volunteer crew to “Thunder Valley” after suffering a setback the weekend prior at Kansas Speedway.

During the Kansas Lottery 150, a mid-race accident wiped out the team’s primary car for the Bush’s Beans 200 at Bristol forcing the team to piece together another car in time to compete in the 18th race of the season.

Since finishing a respectable 14th at Bristol, Van Alst has taken full advantage of the previous off-week to recharge his team and make further repairs to his ARCA fleet.

“We needed it,” said Van Alst of the break. “We all needed it. The grind of working all day and then working in the race shop all night had been wearing on our entire team.

“We feel more refreshed going to Salem. It was very much needed.”

For the first time in nearly two decades, Van Alst will return to the famed Southern Indiana short track in an ARCA car.

Ending his part-time schedule with Locke Motorsports in 2002 at Salem, Van Alst returns looking to avoid

the mechanical failure that plagued him 20 years ago and deliver his 10th top-10 of 2022.

“I feel pretty good about going to Salem,” explained Van Alst. “We found the issues we had at Bristol so we know what we need to improve upon to make things work at Salem.”

Of course, the Anderson, Ind. native returns to the short tracks of Indiana hoping that he can return to top-five status and deliver a similar performance as he did last summer at Winchester Speedway, another famed Indiana race track where it boasts similar characteristics to Salem.

Van Alst, driver of the No. 35 CB Fabricating Ford Fusion, however, explains the two tracks are vastly different.

“Salem, like Bristol, is so different from Winchester,” he explained. “They have similarities but they all are their own beast. It’s been a long time since I have raced at Salem in an ARCA car, but I have learned so much about being a racecar driver in 20 years, I feel like my second try will be much better than the first on Saturday afternoon.”

With short track events this weekend at Salem and the season-finale next Saturday afternoon at ARCA’s hometown track of Toledo Speedway, Van Alst is hoping to storm his team into the spotlight and earn some much welcome momentum that will propel them into the offseason and a focus on 2023.

“A top-five finish would be good for us on Saturday afternoon,” added Van Alst. “We have struggled on the short tracks all year so it would be nice to see the last two races have improvement.

“If we can’t contend for a top-five, we’ll settle for a top-10. If we can do that, it will be 10 top-10s this season which was one of our goals. Overall, I just want to be solid and race on the lead lap for all 200 laps.”

With the offseason not too far in the distance, Van Alst is expected to return to the series in 2023 and while there won’t be any ARCA cars on the track, the former ARCA | CRA Late Model champion says his downtime will be extremely busy.

“Once the checkered flag falls on Toledo, we will quickly be building for 2023,” sounded Van Alst. “We would like to have the cars all in race-ready shape by the start of the season in February.

“Our Daytona car is sitting in a corner of the shop with a cover on it. We just need to clean it up, put an engine and transmission in it and do some basic maintenance and she’ll be ready for the test in January.”

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

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

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

“Through the trials and tribulations of our 2022 ARCA Menards Series season, we’ve tried to approach each race with a positive attitude and with extreme grace because of the support of CB Fabricating and Chris (Barkdull),” Van Alst mentioned.

“With every race complete, even if it is not the finish we are hoping for, it’s a small victory for our team knowing the large mountain that is still left to climb to celebrate in Victory Lane eventually.

In addition to CB Fabricating, Top Choice Fence, Norton Transport, KRJ Race Products and Lintz Creative will serve as associate marketing partners for Van Alst’s 30th career ARCA start.

Entering Salem, Van Alst sits a career-high fourth in the ARCA Menards Series championship standings, 125 markers in the arrears to championship leader Nick Sanchez.

“Unfortunately, the championship appears out of our reach, so our focus will shift for these remaining two races to stay tucked up inside the top-five,” sounded Van Alst. “It is going to be tough to keep Sammy (Smith) behind because of the pace of his team right now and Toni and Amber are having solid runs too. But we will just continue to do our thing and see how it all shakes out in two weeks.

“This is a tough series and we are still proud of where we are at.”

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

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

The Herr’s Snacks 200 (200 laps |100 miles) is the 19th of 20 races on the 2022 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins on Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying kicks off at 2:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV and FloRacing beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET. ARCARacing.com will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (ET).

Greg Van Alst Pr

Local actor and student Noah Van Ess will sing the national anthem to kick off Sunday’s eliminations at World Wide Technology Raceway’s NHRA Midwest Nationals for the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series.

 

Van Ess is a senior at Lindbergh High School and has been an active member in the St. Louis youth theater community for many years. He has participated in a wide variety of productions in St. Louis, including: “The Sound of Music” and “Sweeney Todd” at The MUNY), “Bright Star” at Visitation Academy, and “Titanic: The Musical” at Gateway Center for Performing Arts.

 

Van Ess studies voice and piano with Dr. Philip A. Woodmore and enjoys composition and orchestration. Recently, he won second place in the 12th annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition at The Fox.

 

“I am incredibly honored to make my debut performing our national anthem and would like to thank World Wide Technology Raceway and The MUNY’s Tali Allen and Kwofe Coleman,” said Van Ess.

 

Pre-race ceremonies will begin Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

 

The world’s quickest and fastest race cars have arrived at WWTR in Madison, Illinois, for this weekend’s NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Midwest Nationals. The series’ premier classes are Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car, powered by nitromethane-burning  12,000-horsepower engines that rocket the cars from zero to more than 330 miles per hour in less than four seconds.

 

Every ticket is a pit pass and fans are encouraged to meet their favorite drivers while watching the race teams work on the cars and motorcycles. Attractions include the manufacturers midway, interactive displays and a classic car show. Spectator gates will open each day at 8 a.m.

 

Some of the world’s biggest names in professional drag racing will compete this weekend, including:

  • Five-time WWTR winner and three-time NHRA champion Antron Brown (Top Fuel Dragster).
  • Three-time WWTR Top Fuel Dragster winner Steve Torrence, a four-time NHRA champion.
  • Legendary Funny Car pilot John Force, a 16-time champion with three WWTR wins.
  • Five-time WWTR Pro Stock winner Erica Enders (four NHRA crowns).
  • Two-time NHRA Funny Car champion Ron Capps (four WWTR final-round wins).

 

Tickets may be purchased at the WWTR ticket office, by phone at (618) 215-8888, or online at www.wwtraceway.com.  Kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult in select sections. Although they are admitted free, each child must have a ticket. (Please call the ticket office for details.)

 

Friday, September 30

7:30 a.m. – Parking lots open.

8 a.m. – Spectator gates open.

8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. – Sportsman qualifying.

4 p.m. – Pro Mods.

6 p.m. – Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Stock Car qualifying.

7 p.m. – Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.

Fireworks immediately after the final pair of Top Fuel cars, followed by a concert by country music artist Tim Dugger.

 

Saturday, October 1

7:30 a.m. – Parking lots open.

8 a.m. – Spectator gates open.

8 a.m. – Sportsman eliminations.

12:30 p.m. – Pro Mod qualifying.

1:30 p.m. -- Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Stock Car qualifying.

2:30 p.m. -- Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.

3:45 p.m. – Pro Mods.

4:30 p.m. -- Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Stock Car qualifying.

5:30 p.m. -- Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.

Sportsman eliminations continue until approximately 8 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 2

7:30 a.m. – Parking lots open.

8 a.m. – Spectator gates open.

9:30 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies.

10:30 a.m. – First round of Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car eliminations.

12:45 p.m. – Second round of Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car eliminations.

2:15 p.m. – Third round of Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car eliminations.

3:30 p.m. – Final round of eliminations.

4 p.m. – Victory lane celebration.

WWTR PR

Grant Enfinger, No. 23 Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet Silverado RST

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Talladega Superspeedway Stats

- NCWTS Starts: 8, Wins: 1 (2016), Best start: 2nd, Top 5s: 2, Top 10s: 3, Laps led: 96

- ARCA Starts: 6, Poles: 1 (2014), Best finish: 3rd (2009), Top 5s: 1, Top 10s: 3, Laps led: 89

2022 NCWTS Season Stats

- Starts: 20, Wins: 1 (IRP), Best start: 3rd, Top 5s: 7, Top 10s: 11, Laps led: 44, Current points position: 7th

-About Champion Power Equipment: Since 2003 Champion Power Equipment has earned a reputation for designing and producing the market’s finest power equipment. From our original headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, California, Champion has expanded its North American footprint to include facilities in Jackson, Tennessee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Toronto Canada. Today, Champion’s product line has expanded to include portable generators, home standby generators, inverter generators, engines, winches and log splitters. With over 2.5 million generators sold in North America, Champion is a market leader in the power equipment field. Visit ChampionPowerEquipment.com for more information.

- Chassis History/Info: Enfinger and the No. 23 team will compete with chassis no. 141 at Talladega Superspeedway. This Chevrolet made its on-track debut in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, where Grant ran inside the Top-10 for the majority of the event before getting swept up in a crash coming to the white flag. Saturday's race will mark the first time that this chassis has raced at 'Dega.

- Sweet Home Alabama: Every time the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rolls into Talladega, hometown fans have Grant Enfinger on pinned high on their list to cheer for. Enfinger, who grew up in nearby Fairhope, AL, has had plenty of memorable moments at his home track. In 2010, Enfinger made his first career NCWTS start at the 2.66-mile super speedway, and in 2016, he earned his first career victory in the series driving for GMS Racing. You'd better believe that this track is one of his favorite stops of the season!

- Trackside Appearances: Fans attending Saturday's Chevrolet Silverado 250 will have a chance to meet the hometown hero on race day at the NASCAR Trackside Live stage where he will be participating in a Q&A session from 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM local time.

- Breast Cancer Awareness: As part of a team tradition, Grant Enfinger will be honoring several women who have been affected by breast cancer with pink ribbons lining his No. 23 Chevrolet at Talladega. The women highlighted are family members of GMS Racing employees directly associated with his team.

- #FearTheFinger Playoffs Profile: One race down, two left to go in the Round of 8 for the NCWTS playoffs. Grant and the No. 23 team have been on a hot streak since the start of the postseason, posting four Top-5 finishes in four races including a win in the opening round at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park. Entering Talladega, the veteran is seeded in seventh position in the points standings, currently 15 points below the cutline.

- GE Quote: Enfinger 's thoughts on racing at his home track during the Round of 8:

Talladega is always a special place for me, so I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for a while. Jeff Hensley and the guys have our Champion Power Equipment Chevy as prepared as we can possibly be. Speedway racing is always chaotic, but hopefully we have the speed and make the right decisions to get some valuable stage points and contend for a win. Roll Tide!"

 

Jack Wood, No. 24 Logitech G Chevrolet Silverado RST

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Talladega Superspeedway Stats

- NCWTS Starts: 1, Best start: 24th, Best finish: 40th (2021)

- ARCA Starts: 1, Best start: 12th, Best finish: 11th (2021)

2022 NCWTS Season Stats

- Starts: 20, Best start: 10th, Best finish: 13th (Atlanta), Current points position: 23rd

- Game On: Earlier this week, GMS Racing officials announced a two-race primary sponsorship with Logitech G on Jack Wood's No. 24 Chevrolet. One of the most iconic brands in the esports industry will be promoted by Wood at the next two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Talladega Superspeedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway.

- About Logitech G: Logitech G, a brand of Logitech International, is the global leader in PC and console gaming gear. Logitech G provides gamers of all levels with industry-leading keyboards, mice, headsets, mousepads, and simulation products such as wheels and flight sticks - made possible through innovative design, advanced technologies, and a deep passion for gaming. Founded in 1981, and headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI). Find Logitech G at logitechG.com, the company blog or @LogitechG.

Logitech and other Logitech marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Logitech Europe S.A and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries.

- Chassis History/Info: Wood and the No. 24 team will compete with GMS Racing chassis no. 127 on Saturday afternoon. Having raced at the plate tracks since 2016, this Silverado RST has always shown speed on the high banks. In nine previous races, this chassis has finished in the Top-10 four times, including a pair of second place finishes at Talladega with Spencer Gallagher and at Daytona with Justin Haley.

- Breast Cancer Awareness: As part of a team tradition, Jack Wood will be honoring several women who have been affected by breast cancer with pink ribbons lining his No. 24 Chevrolet at Talladega. The women highlighted are family members of GMS Racing employees directly associated with his team.

- JW Quote: Wood's thoughts on super speedway racing in the Truck Series:

"There are a lot of unknown variables that come along with super speedway racing, but I think Talladega provides us with a great opportunity to capitalize. I wasn't able to get much experience racing in the pack there last season as we had a mechanical failure, but I learned a lot earlier this year at Daytona and Atlanta that I look forward to using this weekend. Our main goal has to be all about surviving, so if we can avoid 'the big one' and put ourselves in a good spot to be there when it counts, that is going to pay huge dividends. I'm looking forward to taking on this challenge with my No. 24 Logitech Silverado RST."

 

GMS Racing PR

YellaWood 500

Talladega Superspeedway

NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)

Sunday, October 2 at 2 p.m. ET on NBC

 

  • In the 2022 NCS season, Kaulig Racing has earned three top fives, nine top-10 finishes and has led 33 laps
 

Daniel Hemric, No. 16 Celsius Camaro ZL1

 

  • Daniel Hemric has earned one top five and has led one lap at Talladega in the NCS
  • Of his seven starts in the 2022 NCS season, Hemric has earned a top 10 and two top-15 finishes

 

 

Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Camaro ZL1

 

  • Justin Haley has made five starts at Talladega in the NCS and has led four laps
  • He has earned two top five, three top 10s and has led 28 laps in the 2022 season

 

"I’m excited to head to Talladega. We had a shot to win there in the spring. I feel like our speedway program has grown, and I've grown as a driver and have figured out what these NextGen cars take to run well on a speedway. I’m also really excited to work with my teammate, Daniel Hemric this weekend and try to get a Kaulig Racing Chevy in victory lane."

 

- Justin Haley on Talladega

Sparks 300

Talladega Superspeedway

NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS)

Saturday, October 1 at 4 p.m. ET on USA

 

  • For the second year in-a-row, AJ Allmendinger and Kaulig Racing have won the NXS regular season championship
  • Kaulig Racing has earned three wins, 18 top five and 40 top-10 finishes in the 2022 NXS season
  • The team has led 395 laps in the 2022 NXS season so far
  • Allmendinger: 312 laps            
  • Hemric: 66 laps
  • Cassill: 17 Laps
 

Landon Cassill, No. 10 Voyager Chevrolet

  • Landon Cassill has made seven starts, earned one top five, three top-10 finishes and has led one lap at at Talladega in the NXS
  • Cassill has earned three top five and nine top-10 finishes in the 2022 NXS season
  • He has led 17 laps so far in the 2022 NXS season

 

 

“I'm definitely excited about Talladega and a chance at winning. Obviously, we've done really well at superspeedways this year, so it's hard not to go to Talladega and be optimistic.”

 

- Landon Cassill on Talladega

 

Daniel Hemric, No. 11 First Bank of Alabama Chevrolet

  • Daniel Hemric has earned two top-five finishes and has led 57 laps led at Talladega across six starts

 

  • Hemric has earned two top fives, nine top-10 finishes and has led 66 laps in the 2022 NXS season

“After last week, we obviously have a little bit of deficit, but I think we maximized our day in Texas and got some good stage points. I’m excited to have First Bank of Alabama on board in Talladega on Saturday for their first time in the sport, as well as another great partner of Kaulig Racing's, Celsius, on our No. 16 Camaro ZL1 on Sunday. It's a really exciting weekend for them and all of us involved, so hopefully we can solidify ourselves into the next round of the Xfinity Series playoffs and then shake up the playoffs in the Cup Series on Sunday!"

 

- Daniel Hemric on Talladega

 

 

 

AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Action Industries Chevrolet

 

  • AJ Allmendinger has earned two top-five finishes and has led 33 laps at Talladega across five starts in the NXS
  • Allmendinger has earned the NXS regular season championship for Kaulig Racing for the second year in-a-row
  • He has earned a win for Kaulig Racing in four-straight NXS seasons
  • In 2022, Allmendinger has led 312 laps, recorded three wins, 13 top five and 24 top-10 finishes
  • Allmendinger currently has the most top-10 finishes of any driver in the 2022 NXS season

 

"Hopefully as a team, we can just work together and stay up front. At the end of the day, it would be great to win the race, but if we can just get solid points and be able to go to the ROVAL with the mindset of just winning and not having to worry about the points, that would be the best case scenario."

 

 

- AJ Allmendinger on Talladega

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No. 02 Young’s Motorsports Team:
 
 

Driver: Kaz Grala

 

Primary Partner(s): Young’s Building Systems | Randco Industries Inc.

 

Manufacturer: Chevrolet Silverado RST

 

Crew Chief: Steven Dawson

 

2022 Driver Points Position: 29th

 

2022 Owner Points Position: 18th

 

Engine: Ilmor Racing Technologies 

 

Notes of Interest:

 

Still Truckin’: This weekend at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Young’s Motorsports welcomes back Kaz Grala as the driver of the No. 02 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado RST who returns to the organization for the 11th time during the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.

 

The former Truck Series winner has competed for Young’s Motorsports at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, Circuit of the Americas (COTA), Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Dirt Track, Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway, Knoxville Raceway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, Richmond (Va.) Raceway and most recently at Kansas Speedway earlier this month.

 

Sponsor Intel: For the 21st Truck Series race of 2022, Young’s Motorsports welcomes Texas-based Young’s Building Systems and Randco Industries Inc. as the primary marketing partners on Grala’s No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado RST for the Chevrolet Silverado 250.  

 

Welcome Back: Young’s Motorsports and Grala welcome back Ruedebusch as an associate marketing partner on Grala’s No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado RST for the 94-lap event this weekend.

 

Ruedebusch Development & Construction Inc. is a highly qualified, vertically integrated full-service commercial construction, and real estate development company located in Madison, Wisconsin which offers: Commercial Real Estate Development Design Build Construction Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Economic Development, Commercial Real Estate, and Facility Consulting.

 

The Lowdown: Earlier this year Young’s Motorsports confirmed that Grala who will race in all three of NASCAR’s national divisions throughout the 2022 season will pilot the No. 02 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado RST for a minimum of 11 races throughout the season including Saturday afternoon’s Chevrolet Silverado 250.

 

In addition to Las Vegas, COTA, Bristol, Sonoma, Knoxville, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Pocono, Indianapolis, Richmond, Kansas and Talladega, Grala is also slated to race in the penultimate Truck Series race of the year at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.

 

2022: In his 10 Truck Series races this season as the pilot of the No. 02 Young’s Motorsports flagship entry, Grala has delivered a season-high seventh-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 150.

 

In addition to his top-10 finish at Mid-Ohio, Grala has also delivered two top-15 finishes with 14th place efforts twice in March at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) and in the inaugural Door Dash 250 at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway in June.

 

In his other events for the Mooresville, N.C.-based team, Grala has finished 30th at Las Vegas, and 26th twice at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Dirt and Knoxville Raceway, 23rd at Pocono Raceway, a solid 20th in the TSport 200 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, 22nd at Richmond (Va.) Raceway and earned his fifth top-20 finish of the season in his most recent race at Kansas Speedway respectively.

 

Kaz Grala Truck Series Talladega Superspeedway Stats: Saturday afternoon’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Talladega Superspeedway will mark Grala’s third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the famed Alabama 2.66-mile superspeedway.

 

In his two previous efforts, he has earned a track-best of ninth after starting 28th in the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 250 for Niece Motorsports.  

 

He holds an average finish at Talladega of 19.0.

 

Kaz Grala Truck Series Superspeedway Stats: At NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tracks classified as a superspeedway, Grala has made three starts throughout his career with one win, two top 10s and carrying an average finishing position of 13.0.

 

Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway | UNOH 200 Race Recap: In the most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Grala’s teammate Jesse Little made his planned final Truck Series race of his career in the UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics.

 

After starting his 13th race of the Truck Series season from the 25th place starting position, Little contended for a top-20 finish before settling for a lead lap 25th place finish at the checkered flag.

 

Calling the Shots: Guiding Grala as crew chief of the No. 02 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado RST is crew chief Steven Dawson.

 

A long-time Young’s Motorsports employee, Dawson will serve as crew chief for just his 21st Truck Series race. The Chevrolet Silverado 250 will be his first race as crew chief at the monstrous 2.66-mile facility.

 

Dawson, 34, is a native of Concord, N.C.

 

Follow on Social Media: For more on Kaz Grala, please visit, kazgrala.com, like him on Facebook (Kaz Grala) and follow him on Twitter (@KazGrala).

 

For more on Young’s Motorsports, please visit YoungsMotorsports.com, like them on Facebook (Young’s Motorsports), and follow them on Instagram (@youngsmotorsports) and Twitter (@youngsmtrsports). 

 

Kaz Grala Pre-Race Quote:

 

On Talladega Superspeedway: “I have really high hopes for Talladega this weekend. Young’s Motorsports has won two of the last three Talladega races, so I know that we’re going to have a good piece to work with.

 

“We’re focused on getting the flagship No. 02 Truck in Victory Lane for the first time ever and we feel like this weekend could be a great opportunity to do so.

 

“First, we’ll have the survive the chaos that the Truck Series always provides on the superspeedways, so that’s our game plan for the race.

 

“If we can accomplish that, then we’ll be in a really good position to capitalize when it counts.”

No. 12 Young’s Motorsports Team:
 
 

Driver: Spencer Boyd

 

Primary Partner(s): Alabama Roofing Professionals

 

Manufacturer: Chevrolet Silverado RST

 

Crew Chief: Ryan “Pickle” London

 

2022 Driver Points Position: 27th

 

2022 Owner Points Position: 30th

 

Engine: Ilmor Racing Technologies 

 

 

 

Notes of Interest:

 

Back To Familiar Territory: Fan favorite Spencer Boyd returns to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway aboard his new Truck number and leadership eyeing his first top-10 of the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and second win of his Truck Series career.

 

No. 140: This weekend at Talladega, Boyd will make his 140th career NASCAR start. Boyd has three starts in the NASCAR Cup Series, 50 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and will make his 87th start in Trucks when the green flag waves Saturday afternoon.  

 

The highlight of his NASCAR career is a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in October 2019 driving for Young’s Motorsports.

 

Welcome Back: This weekend at Talladega, Spencer Boyd and Young’s Motorsports welcome back Alabama Roofing Professionals as the primary marketing partner for the 21st race of the 2022 Truck Series season.

 

Saturday afternoon’s event will mark the third time that Alabama Roofing Professionals has supported Boyd at the famed Alabama race track, including his first career Truck Series victory at Talladega in 2019.

 

It’s in our name, Alabama Roofing Professionals: we consider ourselves roofing pros. If it involves your roof, we’re the guys that you can trust to get the job done.

 

 

We offer new roofs, roof inspections, roofing repairs, and a variety of other services to cater to the needs of every customer in the area.

 

If you need the job done, our experts have you covered. Give us a call at 205-722-ROOF (7663) and speak to one of our highly-trained professionals about your roofing needs or to request your free estimate.

 

We’d love to hear from you.

 

Visit us on the web at alroofpros.com.

 

Spencer Boyd Truck Series Talladega Superspeedway Stats: Saturday afternoon’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 will mark Boyd’s fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Alabama-famed race track.

 

In his four previous efforts, Boyd has a win in the 2019 Sugarlands Shine 250, while posting two top-10s overall and also carrying an average finish of 14.8 since 2017.

 

Spencer Boyd Truck Series Superspeedway Stats: At NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tracks classified as a superspeedway, Boyd has made eight starts throughout his career earning one win, two top-five and three top-10 finishes and carrying an average finishing position of 13.2.

 

Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway | UNOH 200 Race Recap: In the most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Boyd made his 86th career Truck Series start.

 

After starting his 20th race of the Truck Series season from the 33rd place starting position, Boyd suffered a mechanical failure and ended his night after just 25 laps and registering a 36th place finish.

 

persevered during the race after suffering a mechanical failure which left him 33rd at the checkered flag.

 

To The Point(s): Entering Talladega, Boyd sits 27th in the championship standings.

 

117 points separate Boyd from 20th in the championship standings currently held by Timmy Hill with three races remaining this season.

 

Young’s Motorsports’ No. 12 team secures 30th in the Truck Series owner standings.

 

Chasing That W: Boyd is eyeing his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory for himself and Young’s Motorsports.

 

In 2019 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Boyd pulled an upset during the Truck Series Playoffs by winning the Sugarland Shines 250 at the 2.66-mile superspeedway edging Todd Gilliland by 0.027 seconds.

 

Truck Series Rundown: In six years of Truck Series competition, Boyd has 86 career Truck Series starts with one win, two top-five and three top-10 finishes, and a championship best of 17th in 2019 and carries an average finish of 23.6.

 

Calling the Shots: Guiding Boyd as crew chief of the No. 12 Alabama Roofing Professionals Chevrolet Silverado RST is veteran crew chief Ryan “Pickle” London.

 

He will crew chief his 66th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday afternoon. In his previous 65 races, he has one win, two top-five, and four top-10 finishes to his resume.

 

This weekend marks his fourth race as crew chief at Talladega.  

 

Follow on Social Media: For more on Spencer Boyd, please like him on Facebook (Spencer Boyd Racing) and follow him on Instagram (SpencerBoydpr) and Twitter (@SpencerBoyd).

 

For more on Young’s Motorsports, please visit  YoungsMotorsports.com, like them on Facebook (Young’s Motorsports) and follow on Instagram (youngsmotorsports) and Twitter (@youngsmtrsports). 

 

Spencer Boyd Pre-Race Quotes:

 

On Alabama Roofing Professionals Reunion: “This one is for Alabama! The team over at Alabama Roofing Professionals has such pride in serving their community that it raises the stakes for me to put a good run together for them. 

 

“Our Young’s Motorsports team has won two of the last three races at Dega so we feel good about making the whole state of Alabama proud with this year’s effort.”

No. 20 Young’s Motorsports Team:
 
 

Driver: Parker Retzlaff 

 

Primary Partner(s): FunkAway

 

Manufacturer: Chevrolet Silverado RST

 

Crew Chief: Andrew Abbott

 

2022 Driver Points Position: N|A

 

2022 Owner Points Position: 29th

 

 

Engine: Ilmor Racing Technologies 

Notes of Interest:

 

Truck Debut: Young’s Motorsports welcomes Rhinelander, Wisc. native

Parker Retzlaff who will drive the team’s No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado RST for the second and final superspeedway race of the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.

 

Saturday afternoon’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 will also mark Retzlaff’s debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

 

Welcome To The Team: FunkAway, a line of odor elimination products that removes the horrible effects of bad smells will serve as the primary marketing partner on Retzlaff’s No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado RST Saturday afternoon.

 

B2Z Products Inc. is headquartered in Waukegan, Illinois, and is the developer of FunkAway, a line of odor elimination products that removes the horrible effects of bad smells.

 

Guaranteed to work on clothing, shoes, gear, pet products, car interiors and more, FunkAway allows users to renew and refresh, rather than throw away.

 

Looking Back at 2022: Despite running a limited NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule this season, Retzlaff has made noise.

 

In six starts overall, he earned a career-best sixth place qualifying effort in his Xfinity Series debut at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway in March and followed the performance up with his first top-10 finish at Richmond (Va.) Raceway in April after starting 10th.

 

Additionally, he earned two impressive top-12 performances at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway respectively.

 

Overall, he has one top-10, three top-15s and four top-20 efforts in six career Xfinity Series starts this season.

 

Accomplished Virtual Racer Too: Outside of the cockpit, Retzlaff is an accomplished iRacer with more than 1,615 poles, 1,653 wins, 3,291 top-five and more than 68,800 laps led.

 

He is also the rookie driver of the No. 6 KOHLER Generators Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Keselowski (RFK) Racing in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series.

 

 

Parker Retzlaff Truck Series Talladega Superspeedway Stats: Saturday afternoon’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Talladega Superspeedway will mark Retzlaff’s first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the famed Alabama 2.66-mile superspeedway.

 

Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway | UNOH 200 Race Recap: In the most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Young’s Motorsports ARCA Menards Series East driver Leland Honeyman Jr. made his Truck Series debut in “Thunder Valley.”

 

After qualifying for the race on speed in the 31st position, Honeyman embraced his Truck Series debut by staying out of trouble and delivering a 29th place finish at the checkered flag.

 

Calling the Shots: Guiding Retzlaff as crew chief of the No. 20 FunkAway Silverado RST is veteran crew chief Andrew Abbott.

 

 

He will crew chief his 102nd NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday afternoon.

 

In his previous 101 races, he has one pole, two top-five and seven top-10 finishes

to his resume.

 

This weekend marks his fourth race as crew chief at Talladega. 

 

Follow on Social Media: For more on Parker Retzlaff, please visit parkerretzlaff.com, like him on Facebook (Parker Retzlaff Racing), Instagram (@parkerRetzlaff) and follow him on Twitter (@Parker79p).  

 

For more on Young’s Motorsports, please visit YoungsMotorsports.com, like them on Facebook (Young’s Motorsports), and follow them on Instagram (youngsmotorsports) and Twitter (@youngsmtrsports). 

 

 

Parker Retzlaff Pre-Race Quote:

 

On Talladega Superspeedway: “I am excited to make my NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut with Young’s Motorsports and FunkAway at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend.

 

“I really feel like if we can stay out of trouble, we can have a good finish with our No. 20 FunkAway Chevrolet Silverado RST.” 

Race Information:

 

The Chevrolet Silverado 250 (94 laps | 250.04 miles) is the 21st of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2022 schedule. Qualifying is set for Friday, September 30 beginning at 2:30 p.m. The 36-truck field will take the green flag on Saturday, October 1, shortly after 11:30 a.m. (12:30 p.m. ET) with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90. All times are local (CT).

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Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today that Rheem has signed a contract extension to continue serving as a primary sponsor of Christopher Bell’s No. 20 Toyota Camry TRD in the NASCAR Cup Series.

“We are thrilled to have Rheem continue their partnership with Christopher and our No. 20 team,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “They have been a long-time supporter of not only our race team, but really to our entire sport of NASCAR. They are a tremendous model of how to build a successful program and we are thrilled to continue to help them reach their goals.”

Rheem has been a partner at JGR with Bell since 2018 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) and was the primary sponsor on his No. 20 Toyota Camry TRD for his first NCS career victory at the Daytona Road Course in 2021 and most recently his win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July of 2022.

“Rheem has been a huge supporter of mine both on and off the track, I’m proud of the relationship we’ve built and the customers and guests I’ve been able meet over the years,” said Bell. “I’m looking forward to finishing 2022 strong and kicking off 2023 with Rheem on the car.”

Rheem is the largest manufacturer of water heating products in North America and is currently celebrating their 15th anniversary as a NASCAR national series sponsor. Rheem is an industry leader in activation and has hosted around 40,000 guests at events over their 15-years in NASCAR.

“It has been an absolute pleasure for Rheem to be a part of Christopher Bell’s growth and success in the NASCAR Xfinity and Cup series as well as to be a part of a championship organization like Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Chris Peel, President and CEO of Rheem Manufacturing. “The entire Rheem team sends our best to everyone at JGR during this season’s playoffs and we look forward to another great year in 2023.”

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 Motorsport Games Inc. (NASDAQ: MSGM) (“Motorsport Games”), a leading racing game developer, publisher and esports ecosystem provider of official motorsport racing series throughout the world, announces today its partnership with contemporary artist Frankie Zombie. The partnership, done in collaboration with Live Fast Motorsports, will see a series of charity activations and a custom-made, stock-car paint scheme for the No. 78 Ford Mustang.

The Frankie Zombie-designed custom paint scheme will be showcased and driven by BJ McLeod during the NASCAR Cup Series Dixie Vodka 400 on October 23rd at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Prior to watching McLeod race in the custom wrapping, fans will be able to download the paint scheme as part of the NASCAR 21: Ignition Victory Edition, 2022 Throwback Pack DLC, Season Pass 2 and Season Pass Complete for Xbox, PlayStation and PC through the Steam store. Players that purchase NASCAR 21: Ignition Victory Edition, Season Pass 2 or Season Pass Complete will have access to the custom-designed scheme on October 6, weeks before the car hits the track in real life.

“We’re excited to kick off our partnership with Frankie Zombie, as it will push our philanthropic efforts forward, pay respect to the art community and provide a new way for our community to interact with the sport,” said Jay Pennell, Brand Manager, NASCAR at Motorsport Games. “It is an ongoing priority for Motorsport Games to take new approaches in expanding our offerings and events and we feel Frankie is the perfect person to help bridge fans together through crossover appeal. Frankie is a one-of-a-kind artist, and we hope this upcoming initiative will not only welcome a new community into the Motorsport Games ecosystem, but give our pre-existing fans even more unique and creative elements to our in-person activations and game offerings.”

“Converting a NASCAR stock car into a piece of art is not something you would typically see nor expect, and as a lifelong fan of racing, I cannot wait to see the design putting in 400 laps of racing,” said Frankie Zombie. “I’m excited to partner with Motorsport Games and Live Fast Motorsports to bring these paint schemes to life for fans and help them gain a new appreciation for art and vice versa. I encourage everyone to come to the live painting events to be a part of some great initiatives for charity.”

In addition to designing the custom wrap for the NASCAR Cup Series race, Zombie will be appearing at a series of in-person, live painting events during the weekends of the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (October 8th and 9th) and the aforementioned Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (October 22nd and 23rd). At the events, two additional car hoods with custom-designed wrappings done by Zombie will be raffled off for charity, with the proceeds going to Speedway Children’s Charity for the former and to the NASCAR Foundation for the latter. 

To keep up with the latest Motorsport Games news, visit www.motorsportgames.com and follow on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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