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The Sept. 25-27 South Point 400 weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be held with only essential personnel in attendance. Spectators will not be allowed for any of the three races held at the 1.5-mile superspeedway due to Covid-19.
“To say we’re disappointed that we will conduct the South Point 400 playoff weekend without fans would be a gross understatement,” said LVMS President Chris Powell. “Our staff has been working – many of them remotely – since the February Pennzoil 400 to prepare the speedway for our playoff triple-header.
“But we must adhere to Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s directive that limits gatherings due to Covid-19. While we disagree with this policy, we have no choice but to oblige. We certainly regret this situation for the thousands of race fans who won’t be able to attend our NASCAR-weekend events.”
Under the current Nevada re-opening plan, fans are not permitted at sporting events or concerts, and groups are limited to 50 people or fewer.
Race fans holding tickets for the South Point 400 triple header weekend will be contacted by the speedway ticket services department to discuss credits for future races or refunds.
“We’re hopeful that we will be able to welcome all of our fans back for our two race weekends in 2021,” Powell said. “Those dates will be announced soon, and we look forward to getting things back to normal.”
All three events at LVMS will be televised live. The South Point 400 on Sept. 27 will begin at 4 p.m. Pacific Time on NBCSN and the Sept. 26. ALSCO 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race will start at 4:30 p.m. on NBCSN. The World of Westgate 200 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Trucks Series race will be Friday, Sept. 25 on Fox Sports 1.
Joey Gase and Rick Ware Racing Partner with Bare Arms and Legacy Charitable Fund Under the Lights in Bristol
This Saturday night at “The Last Great Colosseum” fans will see the black, blue and green No. 51 Ford Mustang with a new sponsor, Bare Arms Gear.
Bare Arms Gear is a retail store that sells tactical gear, apparel, gun range bags, scopes & optics, holsters, decals, patches, jewelry, and Black Rifle Coffee. They have three current locations for in-store shopping, two of which are in Kentucky and one location in West Virginia, and of course their online store which is https://barearmsgear.com/.
There are four more locations that are coming soon for Bare Arms Gear, including Charlotte, NC. “Unlike large corporate entities, we believe in hiring and employing local residents and when you shop and buy local, you support your local community and those funds go right back into where you live and work,” said Billy Bare owner of Bare Arms.
Another partner for Joey this weekend in Bristol is The Legacy Charitable Fund, a non-profit charity that was founded in 2014. Their sole purpose is to provide Donors the maximum flexibility with their philanthropic desires. The Legacy Charitable Fund offers many advantages that are important to Donors, such as investment growth and when, where, and how much to donate. All of these actions can be made with a contribution to The Legacy Charitable Fund. To find out more please visit http://legacycharitablefund.
Be sure to tune in to The Bass Pro Shops NRA night race this Saturday at 7:30pm ET on NBCSN to see Joey Gase and the No. 51 Bare Arms Gear/Legacy Charitable Fund Ford Mustang in action.
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JD Motorsports is excited to welcome Food City back as an associate sponsor of the JD Motorsports Chevrolet for Friday night’s Food City 300.
The supermarket retailer is Bristol Motor Speedway’s longest running sponsor and the second longest in NASCAR Motorsports. Food City will team up with Earnhardt to promote their new line of Crav’n Flavor products.
Crav’n Flavor features a wide variety of top-quality frozen meal solutions, along with a complete selection of cookies and crackers. The Crav’n Flavor line is aimed at satisfying cravings for something hearty, savory and delicious.
Throughout the years, Food City has remained a loyal partner with JD Motorsports. The supermarket retailer first teamed up with Earnhardt during the spring NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Entering this weekend’s Food City 300, Jeffrey Earnhardt sits 23rd in the driver’s points standings despite missing the first four races of the season. Never a slouch at the short tracks, Earnhardt’s best-career finish with the team came back in 2014 at Bristol and has been putting together a solid campaign for 2020. The fourth-generation driver will start Friday’s race from the 15th position, exactly where he crossed the line back in June.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday, September 18th for the running of the Food City 300. Be sure to tune in to NBCSN at 7:00 PM eastern time for live coverage from The World’s Fastest Half Mile.
To keep up with Jeffrey Earnhardt, follow along on his social media pages @JEarnhardt1 on Twitter & Instagram and JeffreyEarnhardt on Facebook. For all things JDM, follow along on our social media pages @JDMotorsports01 #TeamJDM.
Chris Hile has been a staple on the high banks of Fulton and Brewerton Speedways for a decade where he honed his skills before deciding to go full-time Super DIRTcar Series racing in 2020. Unfortunately, like many well-laid plans, the Series championship has been postponed until 2021.
Hile, of Syracuse, a would-be rookie of the year candidate with a decade of experience behind the wheel of a Big Block Modified, sits poised to make the best of a turbulent 2020 racing season with a run for the money at DIRTcar OktoberFAST.
“We were really excited for this year to go full time on the Series trail, but obviously we're all in the same boat with COVID,“ Hile said thinking back to April.
It was decided that the Super DIRTcar Series would not go quietly into the end of 2020. DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision promises six nights of the greatest Super DIRTcar Series action to be seen anywhere this year.
Chris Hile and his team have committed to taking on the entirety of the event. The demon-red No. 5H will roll out of the hauler for all six nights of DIRTcar OktoberFAST, and here’s how it all came together.
The Track, Grandpa, and Kinsella:
Chris Hile, a 33-year-old Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified driver, started his life at the race track, spending each and every weekend there. The rhythm of the Central New York summer beats to the order of weekdays, Hot Laps, Feature, sleep. For many, the interruption has encouraged us to look back on our past. Hile has taken the time to remember his roots.
“When he was young, my grandfather raced a hobby stock at Fulton and Lafayette Speedway. Later, he and my father took me to the races every week. I know I went to races in diapers so I’ve been around it since I can remember,” Hile reminisced.
Not only did Hile have his grandfather and dad to look up to at the race track, but he also had his hero Tom Kinsella, a two-time champion of the famed Victoria 200 at Fulton Speedway.
“I was probably about 13 when we started helping out Tom Kinsella. He was my idol growing up. If there was a race and Tommy was at it, I had his autograph at least four times. He was someone I looked up to,” said Hile, laughing.
Hile has walked the path many have dreamt. He started as a wide-eyed Tommy Kinsella fan, he took the chance to try a DIRTcar Sportsman Modified and made his way up to become a full-fledged Super DIRTcar Series driver. It’s only a matter of time before “The Hile Driver” will inspire that next young fan to want to jump into a go-kart and go racing.
From Sportsman to a Decade in a Big Block:
Race fans were anticipating Chris Hile’s rookie season because although he would technically be a rookie on the Series, he is also a threat to win on any given night. Hile has been behind the wheel of a race car for well over a decade.
“In 2003, when we started dirt racing we went straight into DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds. There wasn’t a novice class like there is today,” noted Hile. “We raced Sportsman until 2010, which was my first full year in a Big Block. This is my 10th year in a Big Block!”
In those 10 years, Hile has 250 starts in DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds at Fulton Speedway and Brewerton Speedway combined. The No. 5H finished in the top 10 in half of those races, including two Feature wins at Fulton and four at Brewerton. The impressive stats are all a nod to the consistency of his racing program.
“We’ve always had good help from people. We try to be meticulous with stuff so when the car leaves the shop it always has a chance to win,” Hile said. “The driver is on his own though. It shows that we keep our nose clean that we try to make it to the next race. At the end of the day if you have a waffled up race car you don’t have much.”
One of the many NAPA Super DIRT Week traditions that made the move from the New York State Fairgrounds was the ”Win and You’re In” race on Saturday night before the Billy Whittaker Cars 200. Hile has the distinction of winning the first one to award a position at Oswego rather than The Mile.
“I remember it was raining and raining, they went out and worked the track and it was the fastest Fulton surface I have ever been on. To watch the World of Outlaws out there, too, was pretty wild. I don’t remember who won the sprint car race but I know we had a good night,” Hile said with a laugh.
Super DIRTcar Series and OktoberFAST track experience
Hile has 48 starts, two top-fives, and 12 top-10s in Super DIRTcar Series competition at tracks across New York, although a few tracks will be new for him during DIRTcar OktoberFAST.
He was surprised at the number of career starts he has on the Series, but when reflecting Hile said, “Anytime Weedsport, Rollings Wheels, Utica-Rome, Canandaigua came up on the Series schedule we’d go. It’s just crazy to think of how fast it adds up when you look at the numbers.”
Hile has Big Block starts at all the OktoberFAST tracks except Can-Am Speedway and Albany-Saratoga Speedway.
“I have a couple wins at Can-Am in Sportsman Modifieds but never in a Big Block. I’ve never raced at Albany-Saratoga at all. I have only been there to help out on other teams.”
But learning a new track is very simple for Chris Hile: He either gets it or he doesn’t.
“I don’t mean to sound arrogant, but as a race car driver, I look at a World of Outlaws Sprint Car driver,” said Hile. “They’ll go to a track for the first time and they are just as quick as a regular. I always say if I can’t figure it out in Hot Laps and Time Trials then I’ve got an issue behind the wheel.”
There is still some homework to be done and racers never give all of their intel away. Tweaking setups night-to-night will be key for winning teams.
“For setups I try to think of tracks that are similar shapes and sizes. You can grab your notes for gears and things like that,” he said. “You want to know if it has a big bank or is flat. Take those main things into account and you can get pretty close from there. I can go to Fulton, Weedsport, and Albany with pretty much the same setup besides the gears.”
To see how Chris Hile and the rest of the Super DIRTcar Series fare over six races in six nights at six different tracks, be sure to watch DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision October 6-11. Click here to get your Fast Pass now.
Keep up to date on upcoming DIRTcar OktoberFAST news regarding special awards, digital fan engagement, track spotlights, and committed driver announcements by following the Super DIRTcar Series on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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