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Austin Dillon and the Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road/E-Z-Go Chevrolet Team's Daytona Finish Provides Solid Start to Season
"We want to be in Victory Lane where Denny Hamlin is, but all in all, we've had a pretty good start to the season for this No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road/E-Z-Go Chevrolet Team. The Daytona 500 is one of those races where you want to finish towards the front because it takes a while to recover from a bad first race. To start the season in the top-13 in points is huge. We were riding around biding our time to make a run for it at the end when I saw a car swing across the field and I knew we were going to be in trouble. I got hit pretty good. I tried to keep it in the middle but ended up with some right-front damage. After that, our car was on the splitter and didn't want to turn. Still, we survived several more wrecks to finish 12th. I was able to maintain at the end but I think we could have finished a few spots higher if we would have lined up on the outside for the final restart. I really needed other cars pushing me to help me along. We're through Daytona and it's a solid start to the year."
Tyler Reddick and the Caterpillar Team Show Speed in Daytona 500 Despite Late-Race Incident
"I'm still looking at replays to figure out what happened during that last wreck, but I know my No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE snapped a little loose right before it. I collected it back up and thought I could save it, but then the rear tires came up and someone hit me. Looking back, there's always things you would change. I wish I would have dove to the bottom but I had to make a decision in the moment and went with my gut. This just comes with this style of racing. I made it a little further in this Daytona 500 than in my first one, so that's a plus. My team did a great job getting our Caterpillar Chevrolet dialed in throughout Speedweeks. We survived a couple close calls during the race, got caught up in one big wreck and fixed it really well to where I felt like we were in good shape to contend for the win. Unfortunately, the finish just didn't go our way tonight. I could have rode a little bit more, but this Caterpillar team is here to win, and that's what we tried to do tonight."
Ryan Newman remains under the care of doctors at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. He is awake and speaking with family and doctors.
Ryan and his family have expressed their appreciation for the concern and heartfelt messages from across the country. They are grateful for the unwavering support of the NASCAR community and beyond.
We will continue to provide information as it becomes available.
Country music stars Dustin Lynch and Riley Green will perform during FGL Fest, the exciting concert headlined by global music superstars Florida Georgia Line on Saturday, July 4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Visit IMS.com or call the IMS Ticket Office at 317-492-6700 to buy tickets for this show, which takes place during the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line event weekend July 3-5 at IMS. The concert is part of an all-new Independence Day celebration at IMS, preceded by the Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard for the NASCAR Xfinity Series on the IMS road course and followed by one of the largest fireworks displays in Indiana.
General admission starts at $45, with Front Stage Concert Pit tickets $85 and VIP Concert tickets $195. All tickets include admission to all NASCAR action that day, including the historic inaugural NASCAR Xfinity Series race on the IMS road course and NASCAR Cup Series practice. Buy tickets now, as prices will increase closer to the show.
"FGL Fest just became even more of a can't-miss show with the addition of Dustin Lynch and Riley Green to the lineup," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "Fans will enjoy hit after hit from Riley, Dustin and the headlining Florida Georgia Line during a Fourth of July party at the track that will be remembered for a long time."
Since his debut with Platinum-certified single "Cowboys and Angels," Dustin Lynch has "steadily built one of the most consistent recording careers in modern country music" (Billboard ) with six No. 1 hits, three Top 5 albums and tours with the genre's biggest names (Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley).
Lynch's latest album, "Tullahoma," was released in January 2020. That record came after the release in 2019 of the highly anticipated "Ridin' Roads" EP, which featured Top 30-and-charging single "Ridin' Roads." After making his UK performance debut last spring, Tennessee native Lynch spent summer 2019 on the road with Thomas Rhett's VERY HOT SUMMER TOUR.
Scoring over 1.5 billion total career streams, Grand Ole Opry member Lynch continues to affirm his place as one of Country's elite stars. He has earned industry recognition with Billboard Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards and CMT Music Awards nominations, and has made high-profile appearances at the ACM Awards, CMA Awards, CMA Fest and on "Good Morning America," "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," "Late Night with Seth Meyers," "Lip Sync Battle," Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, "TODAY" and more.
For more information on Lynch, visit www.DustinLynchMusic.com.
Born in Jacksonville, Alabama, Riley Green was raised on the sounds of traditional Country, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel music. He learned the spirit of songwriting and performing at a young age while spending time with his grandfather, Bufford Green, who ran the Golden Saw Music Hall. Riley Green shared the stage with him and other men of his generation, laying a foundation for the songs he'd craft in the years to come, reflecting on the experiences of a young Southern man trying to find his place in the world.
Green's 2018 "In A Truck Right Now" EP (BMLG Records) introduced his mixture of outlaw rebellion and respect for tradition across his self-penned four tracks, including his debut No. 1 hit single "There Was This Girl." His follow-up single "In Love By Now" ascended Country radio from his newly released "Get That Man a Beer" EP (BMLG Records). Released last June, the EP served as a second collection of songs, co-written by Green and produced by Dann Huff, that gave fans a preview of his September 2019 debut album, "Different 'Round Here."
Rolling Stone Country, Taste of Country, Whiskey Riff, Sounds Like Nashville and iHeartRadio, among others, have named Green an "Artist to Watch," in addition to being selected as a CMT "Listen Up Artist" and one of MusicRow's 2019 "Next Big Things."
The past year has been a whirlwind of firsts for Green as he was selected to be a member of the Opry's NextStage Program, fulfilling his childhood dream of performing on the Grand Ole Opry, and made his national TV debut on NBC's "TODAY," all while headlining his OUTLAWS LIKE US TOUR, which included multiple sold-out stops. Green was on the road in 2019 with with Brad Paisley's 2019 WORLD TOUR, with Jon Pardi for his HEARTACHE MEDICATION Tour and on his own for his GET THAT MAN A BEER TOUR. For a full list of tour dates and more information, visit RileyGreenMusic.com .
FGL "charged out of the gate with enjoyable rural swagger" (Indianapolis Star) for the packed crowd of 25,000 fans inside Turn 4 at their IMS debut last September, and they will return for a revved-up second year in celebration of Independence Day.
FGL Fest is one of the highlights of the exciting, revamped event on Fourth of July weekend. Fans can "Go 4th" and enjoy many new star-spangled attractions, including a move of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard to the IMS road course and a huge fireworks display July 4, infield camping and gourmet barbecue at concessions all weekend, and much more.
The Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard will start at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday, July 5. The Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard will start at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 4. Both races will have live network telecasts on NBC.
United States Auto Club (USAC) open-wheel short-track racing also will return to The Dirt Track at IMS with the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Championship event July 1-2 during the new NASCAR event week.
With time starting to run short for teams to finish and hit the road, the first event of the 2020 season for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network will be the Canyon Speedway Park Meltdown presented by Sands Chevrolet on Friday, February 28 and Saturday, February 29.
Race fans eager to see live auto racing this weekend can enjoy both outstanding indoor and outdoor dirt racing.
On Friday and Saturday night the East Coast Dirt Nationals will be held on a banked clay oval inside the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, N.J. Sandwiched in between is the northeast outdoor opener, the Icebreaker, for 410 Sprints at the Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa.
The estimated travel distance between the two events is a mere 2 1/2 hours and schedules allow eager fans to do both. As a bonus for doing so, fans who bring their Lincoln Speedway ticket stubs from Saturday afternoon’s event to the Trenton box office will receive $5 off the price of a ticket!
The racing action in Trenton begins on Friday night at 7 pm when 90 plus 600cc wingless Sprints will compete in ten heat races followed by four 20 lap A-Main qualifiers that set the line-ups for Saturday’s events.
On Saturday the grandstand gates open at 12 noon at the Lincoln Speedway with racing slated for 2pm. The one division program for 410 Sprint Cars includes four to six qualifying races followed by the 30 lap, $4,000 to Icebreaker. It is expected to be completed prior to 4 pm to avoid expected night time falling temperatures.
Fans can then head east to Trenton where the first of 10 qualifying races begins at 6:00 with two F-Mains advancing four cars in each to twin E-Mains that follow. When these four qualifiers are completed, an intermission is scheduled.
Twin D, C and B-Mains will follow each qualifying the top finishers forward in hopes of making the $5,000 to win 50 lap A-Main event. It is expected that the 24 car field will take the green around 9 pm.
If needed, Lincoln management has set a rain date for Saturday’s event for Sunday at 2 pm.
'Doing The Double' is considered by many race fans as the ultimate achievement, a feat that has become more difficult in recent years with the addition of more classes and slower paced shows at many tracks. Both the events in Trenton and Lincoln are one-division programs noted for moving along a show quickly.
Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today that Garrett Smithley will return to the team for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) season with an expanded schedule, set to begin at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on February 23, 2020.
Smithley is a veteran of the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS). He scored a NXS career-best 5th-place finish at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2018. He made his NCS debut that same season at Michigan International Speedway.
In 2019 he ran 14 NCS races, nine of which were with RWR.
“The time is now to increase my Cup Series schedule,” Smithley said. “It’s important to get as much seat time in the Cup Series as NASCAR transitions to the next generation car. Also, the Cup Series offers my marketing partners additional exposure.”
Victory Lane Quick Oil Change and Trophy Tractor will return as anchor sponsors for the 27-year-old driver.
Victory Lane is one of the oldest quick lube franchises in the industry founded in 1980 in Ann Arbor Michigan. Their trademarks and logo with their distinctive checkered flag provide outstanding brand recognition. With 40 locations Victory Lane is rapidly growing in select US and Canadian markets. To learn more about Victory Lane Quick Oil Change, including information about Franchise Opportunities, visit www.VictoryLane.net.
Trophy Tractor offers a cost-effective alternative to the purchase and rental of new equipment with quality low hour used equipment. They specialize in the sale and rental of haul trucks, loaders, dozers, scrapers, excavators, compactors, graders, and water equipment. To learn more about Trophy Tractor, visit www.TrophyTractor.com.
“We’re thrilled to have Victory Lane Quick Oil Change and Trophy Tractor increase their investment in our team,” said team owner, Rick Ware. “Garrett is a fantastic young race car driver and an even better young man. We’re thrilled to support him and give him a platform to continue his growth on and off the track.”
RWR will field three-full time NCS teams plus a part-time team. In addition to Smithley, the team’s 2020 roster of drivers will include USAC Triple Crown winner JJ Yeley, Joey Gase, and BJ McLeod.
The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season kicks off this weekend with the running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 16, 2020. You can watch the race live on FOX at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Ty Dillon kicked off Speedweeks quickly, in every sense of the word. The GEICO driver eclipsed 203-miles per hour and finished up first fastest in the opening Daytona 500 practice session before posting the fourth quickest time in Friday's practice. Only Mother Nature would impede his progress on Sunday when the race went green. Rain would halt the 62nd running of the Daytona 500 on lap 20 and push the balance of the event to Monday afternoon.
After a gear change during practice, Dillon was forced to start Sunday's Daytona 500 from the rear of the field. This served as little consequence, given that when the green flag waved, Dillon hustled the No. 13 GEICO Camaro ZL1 1LE to the front of the field. He went from 40th to 16th in just two laps and, by lap five, was running solidly in the ninth position, where he remained until rain blanketed the Daytona area on lap 20.
Mother Nature took the win on Sunday, but Monday gave way to bright sunshine and 180-laps of racing. Scheduled to restart in the ninth position, Dillon opted for a strategy move that sent him down pit road for tires and fuel just before taking the green flag. Despite restarting from the 19th position, the gamble taken by crew chief, Matt Borland, paid off and Dillon quickly pedaled the GEICO Camaro back into the ninth position. He remained in the top-10 until the conclusion of the opening Stage of the race, which earned him a valuable Stage Point.
Dillon was able to wheel his GEICO Chevy to the front of the field at will and, with just 22-laps to go in the advertised distance, was scored in the fourth position. On lap 185, Dillon's cat-like reflexes came in handy when the 'big one' occurred and the GEICO driver masterfully avoided a pack of crashing cars and emerged from the melee with only a scuffed left front fender. Dillon was in the ninth position and charging as the race wound down.
As the end of the Great American Race neared, gamesmanship was prevailing among the front few cars, which is a risky endeavor at 200-mph on a 2.5-mile high-banked superspeedway. Dillon opted to keep his car safe and backed up a bit. He remained solidly in the top-15 and with two laps to go in the 200-lap race, Dillon began moving the No. 13 GEICO Camaro to the front, carefully picking off the cars in front of him. With just over a lap remaining, Ross Chastain triggered an eight-car crash that collected Dillon and sent him hard into the outside wall. Despite the heavy contact, Dillon was able to climb from his car and walk away from the incident. He was treated and released from the Infield Care Center.
Dillon and the GEICO team's speed during Daytona Speedweeks was remarkable, but they were served an undeserving 30th place finish on Monday night. Despite the tough outing, Germain Racing's record at Daytona International Speedway over the years is nearly unmatched. Their success and speed at the World Center of Racing is well-documented. The group will now move forward and turn their attention to next week's race in Las Vegas.
"Our GEICO Camaro ZL1 1LE was very fast throughout the entire week. Matt (Borland, crew chief) and I communicated well and we kept making the car better with each run," Dillon said after being released from the Infield Care Center. "Our team was optimistic heading into the 500 and we had a very strong start going from the rear to the top-10 in the opening laps and then picking up a stage point." He continued, "I was able to avoid the first big one and just had minor fender damage from when I hit the apron to miss the wreck. Unfortunately, our night ended sooner than we had hoped in the next crash. I feel like I might have been hooked in the right rear, but not sure. It was a hard hit. We will move forward to Las Vegas."
Germain Racing will now head west to Las Vegas, NV, for the second race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Season.
Ty Dillon and the No. 13 GEICO Camaro ZL1 1LE will hit the track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, February 21st, at 4:05 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow on Saturday at 2:35 PM (ET).
The Pennzoil 400 is on Sunday, February 23rd, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:30 PM (ET). The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
Officials at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway confirmed the return of the Bandolero division for the 2020 season. The INEX Bandoleros are governed by the same organization as INEX U.S. Legends Cars International.
Music City USA's Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway has a rich history with the INEX Bandoleros, hosting the National Event during the 2005 season. Josh Williams (Bandolero Bandits), Trey Maughan (Bandolero Outlaws) and Brandon McReynolds (Bandolero Young Guns) used the national meet to claim titles for the series.
Throughout the history of the Bandolero series, the quarter mile track at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway has seen the likes of Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and Bubba Wallace compete. All three today are current drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series.
The track hosted local divisions during the early time period of the 2000's. Chase and Chaz Chaffin racing debut at the speedway came in the Bandolero series. Chase and Chaz, both have advanced to the high banked five-eighths mile oval at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. Chaz Chaffin locked down the 2017 Super Truck championship competing on the five-eighths mile track.
Quarter-Midget racing locally and the return of the Bandoleros will continue to build for the future of local racing in Music City USA. Hunter Taylor, son of second-generation driver Jon Taylor, plans to make his Bandolero debut this season, moving from the Quarter-Midget ranks.
Courtney Curran, daughter of Mike Curran, the young lady of the group, has made tremendous strides in karting and is moving to the Bandolero division in 2020.
Trenton Hubbell, son of Pure Stock driver Jason Hubbell, will be a rookie, as this season in the Bandoleros will be his first encounter of competition.
The local talent base coming from the Quarter-Midgets and Bandoleros ranks has increased over the years, spilling over into the five-eighths mile high bank oval. Jackson Boone, the defending Pro Late Model Champion at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway has two Nashville Quarter-Midget titles, with 75 wins during that time period. Hunter Wright, a three-time INEX Legends Champion at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, used the Quarter-Midget cars on his way to now competing in the Pro Late Model division, driving a car out of the Wayne Day Racing shop.
So, what is a Bandolero? Using the same magic formula that made the Legends Cars the most mass-produced competition car in history, officials of US Legends Cars International have introduced the Bandolero Car. The Bandolero Car is a turnkey, spec-series racer designed for drivers as young as eight years old and the young-at-heart at any age.
The Bandolero Car serves as a steppingstone between a Quarter-Midget or Go-Kart and a race car that is simple for everybody to use. The driver operates a Bandolero in a similar manner to a Go-Kart with left foot braking. The car is equipped with a centrifugal clutch so the driver does not have to shift gears.
The Bandolero Car's motivation is provided by a thumping Briggs & Stratton 570cc Vanguard engine mounted behind the driver. Small modifications have been made to the engine to bring the once 20HP stock engine to nearly 30HP.
Track Enterprises and D&D Events have teamed-up to promote nine high-quality racing programs at NFS that incorporates three national events and six local exclusive shows in 2020. There is a pre-season practice and media day scheduled for Saturday, April 11th. Opening night is Saturday, April 18th and the first national event is the weekend of May 1st, 2nd and 3rd featuring the ARCA Menards East Series, USAC Silver Crown Series, North/South Super Late Model Challenge and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour.
For a complete schedule and more information about Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, visit www.
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The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series heads west this week for the third annual Strat 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Derek Kraus and McAnally-Hilgemann Racing make the trip to Las Vegas with an extra boost of confidence.
They’re coming off a fourth-place finish in the season opener in Florida at Daytona International Speedway. Additionally, the 1.5-mile Las Vegas track is a speedway where Kraus has experience in truck competition. He raced there last September. It was one of four truck series starts he made last year on off weekends from competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – where he won a championship.
Although a broken transmission sidelined him just past the midway point of that race, Kraus picked up valuable seat time in preparing to run the full truck series schedule this year.
Now he returns to Las Vegas with that experience, along with momentum from his top-five finish at Daytona.
Derek Kraus – Thoughts about Las Vegas
Talking about going to a track where he has previously raced in the truck series
“Going to a track that I’ve been to before helps. As a team, we can get after it right away and make more aggressive changes.”
What it means as a rookie to get a strong start to the season
“The Daytona race gives me a boost. Overall, it brings the whole team’s confidence up and makes everyone work even harder. I feel that I have a really good group of guys behind me and I’m really looking forward to Las Vegas.”
Officials from AM Racing announced today that JB Henderson Construction will serve as the team’s title marketing partner for Friday night’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway.
In addition to supporting AM Racing driver Austin Wayne Self in the Strat 200, JB Henderson Construction Company will serve as a major associate partner for the remaining 22 Truck Series races this season.
Established in 1959, JB Henderson performs general and mechanical contracting and is dedicated to serving their customers and employees through collaborative construction focused on safety, solutions, and skill.
Using a process-based organizational approach, JBH builds for high-tech manufacturing, industrial, commercial and institutional clients in both the public and private sectors, delivering construction projects that meet the strictest industry regulations while fostering long-standing client and employee relationships.
AM Racing will see JB Henderson increase their partnership this year compared to prior Truck Series season where the company served in a variety of associate partnerships within the team.
“I’m so thankful to see JB Henderson Construction increase their support with our AM Racing team this season,” said driver Austin Wayne Self. “For many years now we have welcomed the support of JB Henderson – but to now have the opportunity to represent them in a larger role is a huge boost for our team heading to Las Vegas.”
JB Henderson Construction president and CEO Mark G. Henderson says the company is thrilled to maintain a relationship with Self and AM Racing this year.
“Having been a friend of the family when Austin came into being a race car driver, we have enjoyed a close relationship and continue to encourage Austin to follow his dream of racing.
“JBH is honored to continue to follow his latest path and be an ongoing Austin Wayne Self supporter.”
Next up for AM Racing is the Strat 200 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway on Fri. Feb. 21, 2020, at 9:00 p.m. (ET) live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) | Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM Satellite Radio NASCAR Channel 90.
For more on AM Racing, please visit AMRacingteam.com, like their Facebook page (AM Racing) or follow them on Twitter @AMRacingNASCAR.
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