Friday, Oct 07
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The champions and championship contenders have officially arrived at Lincoln Speedway for the 27th annual DIRTcar Fall Nationals and are off to a strong start after an evening of practice for the 56 cars in attendance at the 1/4-mile bullring.


The DIRTcar Pro Late Model division consistently delivers some of the closest, most competitive racing seen all year, and this weekend will be no exception. Leading the charge with the fastest lap in all three sessions was 2021 East Region champion Billy Knippenberg, turning in a 14.384 to top the chart.

Last year, Knippenberg had a strong showing at Fall Nationals, bagging two top-five finishes over the weekend and a podium finish on Saturday night. He’s excited to return to the event once again, this time with a first full season under his belt in promoting DIRTcar staple venue Kankakee County Speedway.

“I’m a little bit jealous of it,” Knippenberg said with a smile, speaking about the event as a whole. “I wish we had an event just like this back home.

“It’s really nice what they do here. They run a nice show. The track’s always fun to race at, and it’s exciting.”

With eight Feature wins in the division last year, Knippenberg has shown he knows the recipe for success in driving the Chevy Performance 604 Crate engine-powered machines and plans to use every bit of it this weekend in pursuit of his first Fall Nationals trophy.

“Qualifying is the key,” Knippenberg said. “You’ve got to Qualify well to start at the front of the Heat Races. This type of racing is all about where you start. If you’re in the front two or three rows, you’ve got a good chance of winning.”

One of Knippenberg’s biggest sources of competition this weekend will come from two-time DIRTcar national champion Jose Parga, who will be crowned with his third national points title at the conclusion of Saturday night.

Parga, a winner of two Features and the track championship at Lincoln this year, had the third-fastest time in practice at 14.489. He’s bound-and-determined to avenge his defeats to 2020 national champion Aaron Heck in this event last year and gave some insight on what it takes to win at a track as technical as Lincoln.

“You’ve got to make sure you start up front in the Heat Race and get a front row starting spot [for the Feature], or at least the first two rows” Parga said. “The competition is real tough here, and it’s a lot easier to stay out front and make them pass you than you pass them.”

The 25-year-old from New Berlin, IL, recently broke out a brand-new Rocket Chassis XR1 and has been making progress in getting acclimated in the seat. He’s confident he’ll be one to watch come Feature time on Friday and Saturday night.

“I feel like it’s our first time here this year, really, because we just brought a new car here,” Parga said. “Only the fourth night on it, but it’s getting better and better every night.

“Practice went pretty well. We need to tune on it a little bit, but I definitely think we’ll have a shot Friday and Saturday.”

The UMP Modified division brought a solid field of competition out for practice and was led by former DIRTcar Stock Car national champion Mike McKinney. The 29-year-old from Plainfield, IL, turned the quickest lap at 14.205 – slightly over a tenth faster than nearest competitors Caden McWhorter (14.321) and Todd Sherman (14.329).

The DIRTcar Pro Modified division also had a strong practice night showing, featuring two drivers locked in the thick of the national points battle that will be settled on Saturday night. Deece Schwartz, the 2020 national points runner-up, is back in the hunt for his first national crown with an 11-point lead over second-place Guy Taylor.

On the clock, Schwartz was faster, turning in a best lap of 15.261, while Taylor was further back on the board with a best lap of 15.449. In a true test of skill and endurance, both drivers are voluntarily pulling double-duty this weekend in the Pro Modified and UMP Modified divisions, raising the stakes a bit higher as they pursue championship gold by Saturday night.

UP NEXT

The first night of racing competition in the 27th annual DIRTcar Fall Nationals hits Lincoln Speedway Friday night, Sept. 30, featuring the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, Pro Modifieds, Pro Late Models and Stock Cars.

Tickets are available at the gate on race day, and plenty of camping space is available. Pit gates open at 3pm; grandstand gates at 4. Hot Laps scheduled for 6.

Track Enterprises PR

Richard Childress Racing at Talladega Superspeedway ... Richard Childress began his driving career at Talladega Superspeedway in the inaugural Talladega 500 in 1969. Childress has won 12 NASCAR Cup Series victories as an owner at Talladega. Dale Earnhardt earned nine Talladega wins under the RCR banner, his first coming in 1984. Earnhardt scored his 76th and final Cup win in the 2000 fall race at Talladega which earned the team and a lucky fan each a $1 million bonus from the series sponsor. Other victories by Earnhardt include a sweep of both races in 1990 and 1999 plus 1991 (July), 1993 (July) and 1994 (spring). Clint Bowyer won twice for RCR (fall races in 2010 and 2011) while Kevin Harvick won the 2010 spring event. 

 

RCR in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Talladega Superspeedway ... Richard Childress Racing has also found success in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with one win, 11 top-five, and 20 top-10 finishes at Talladega Superspeedway. Two-time Xfinity Series Champion Tyler Reddick drove his No. 2 Chevrolet to Victory Lane in April 2019. Earlier this year, Jeffrey Earnhardt won the pole position and scored a second-place finish in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Talladega.

  

Introducing the Carolina Cowboys ... Driven by the same passion for performance that guides his race team, Richard Childress’ latest endeavor brings Professional Bull Riding to the Carolinas. The Carolina Cowboys represent Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in the PBR Team Series, an elite new league featuring the world’s top bull riders in games that began in July 2022. The team is operated by Richard Childress Racing with 2018 Daytona 500 Champion Austin Dillon serving as General Manager. 

 

Catch the Action ... The NASCAR Xfinity Series Sparks 300 at Talladega Superspeedway will be televised live on Saturday, October 1, beginning at 4 p.m. ET on USA Network. The race will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90. 

 

Follow Sunday’s Action at Texas ... The NASCAR Cup Series Yellawood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway will be televised live on Sunday, October 2, beginning at 2 p.m. ET on NBC. The race will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90. 

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This Week’s Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Talladega Superspeedway … Austin Dillion heads to Talladega Superspeedway for this weekend’s YellaWood 500 with momentum on his side, as he finished second at the track in April (2022). Dillion has 18 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at the 2.66-mile tri-oval with one pole (2019) and five top-10 finishes. The 2013 NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion has four Xfinity Series starts at Talladega with one pole (2015) and a career-best finish of third. In two NASCAR Truck Series races at Talladega, Dillion has finished eighth (2010) and seventh (2011).  

 

TRACKER Off Road  Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 prominently features TRACKER ATVs, a game-changing new line of all-terrain vehicles and side-by-sides offering breakthrough performance, service and value in the off-road industry. TRACKER OFF ROAD was born out of a powerhouse partnership formed between Bass Pro Shops and TRACKER founder Johnny Morris and Textron Specialized Vehicles, bringing together the undisputed world leader in boating with a global leader in innovation and technology.

 

Bass Pro Shops  Bass Pro Shops is North America's premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father's liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela's to create a "best-of-the-best" experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America's Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as "one of America's Best Employers." Bass Pro Shops has a long relationship with NASCAR, dating back to 1998. For more information, visit http://www.basspro.com/.

 

AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:

How much more confidence do you have going into Talladega coming off a strong finish there in the Spring, and a recent win at Daytona International Speedway?

“I always feel like you’ve got something when you win on a certain type of track. Obviously, there’s a lot of luck involved as well, but the important thing is that there are opportunities to make your own luck. We’re going to work hard. We’ve just got to stay focused and see if we can play the same kind of chess match that we did earlier this year. Anything can happen at Talladega Superspeedway, but we’re going to do what we can to use momentum at the very end of the race to take advantage of positions.

 

This Week’s Realtree Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Talladega Superspeedway … Tyler Reddick will be making his sixth NASCAR Cup Series start this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. The best finish by the driver of the Realtree Chevrolet is a pair of seventh place finishes (2020 and 2021). Reddick’s best finish on a speedway is second at Daytona International Speedway in August 2022. He also has one NASCAR Xfinity Series victory with Richard Childress Racing at Talladega in 2019. Reddick enters Talladega 13th in the NASCAR Cup Series championship standings.

 

Welcome, Realtree ... Realtree is the world's leading designer of photorealistic camouflage, marketer, and licensor with over 2,000 licensees utilizing the Realtree patterns and brand. Thousands of outdoor and lifestyle products are available in Realtree camouflage patterns. In addition, Realtree is committed to supporting individuals and groups that work to ensure our outdoor heritage, veterans and military affairs, the conservation of natural places, and the wildlife that resides there.

  

From Pothole Mallards to Rice Field Sprigs to Spring Snow Geese, MAX-7 Will Keep You Hidden While on the X ... Realtree will be the primary sponsor for Reddick and the No. 8 team this weekend at Talladega, featuring the company’s MAX-7 waterfowl Pattern. Realtree MAX-7 features imagery of common elements found in open waterfowl habitats and combines them in the foreground of the pattern with a detailed layer of cracked mud and moss in the background. It’s a purpose-built pattern designed to be used in more open areas that duck and geese haunt across the country.

 

TYLER REDDICK QUOTES:

Are you looking forward to this weekend's race at Talladega Superspeedway?

“I’m looking forward to this weekend at Talladega. Every year we do a race with Realtree, Tyler Jordan and the crew, and we’re going to have them on the car this weekend with their new Max 7 pattern. I’m really excited to get to Talladega and see those guys. Every time we’ve had Realtree on the car we’ve been really fast but it hasn’t come together but we’re going to find a way to get it done on Sunday.”

 

What was the most special part of winning at Texas Motor Speedway?

It brought back some memories from the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol in 2019 when we came back to win that crazy race. It was really cool to overcome the amount of problems that we had, the incidents and issues that we had throughout our day. I think we had eight or nine and All year long I’ve been saying we can’t have one single mistake. The thing I loved the most was we fought back from it, stuck to our strategy, and we kept adjusting on the fly as our issues presented themselves. We never gave up and kept fighting all night long. Nothing was going to stop us. We were determined to push through it all and for us as group, that’s what made it so sweet.”

 

How did this team stay together through all the adversity this year?

“Every spot matters in the NASCAR Playoffs. We just had two tough races. We brought a really fast car at Darlington Raceway. We were leading at Kansas Speedway when we broke and fell out early. It's tough; I mean, two points. The win at Texas will makes the pain of not making it through a little bit easier. We're winning races and that's what we'll keep trying to do.”

 

This Week’s Whelen Engineering Chevrolet Camaro SS at Talladega Superspeedway ...  Sheldon Creed heads to Talladega Superspeedway for the second time this season and the second time of his NASCAR Xfinity Series career. Creed’s debut at the Alabama superspeedway earlier this season didn’t end the way he wanted after he was involved in a crash that took him out on Lap 113. However, Creed did start from fourth and had positive momentum going if it weren’t for the wreck. He made three starts at the track during his time in the NASCAR Truck Series, with a best finish of ninth in 2019. Coming off a solid finish last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, Creed is looking to continue his top-10 streak.

 

Texas Rewind ... In a chaotic race at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend, Creed and the No. 2 Whelen team salvaged a respectable seventh-place finish. In 27 starts so far this season, Creed has led 135 laps and has tallied three top-five finishes, 11 top 10's, an average start of 10.6 and an average finish of 18.0. Although he’s not competing in the Playoffs, Creed is sitting in 14th in the driver standings.

 

Whelen Celebrates 70 Years … From a small garage workshop in Connecticut in 1952 to a worldwide leader in emergency warning equipment today, Whelen Engineering continues to push the boundaries of innovation. As we mark our 70th anniversary, we’re proud to continue our founder’s mission of making it safer for those who serve and protect. Whelen has been manufacturing in America for 70 years—we never left, and we’re here to stay.

 

About Whelen ... Whelen Engineering is a family-owned company with a pioneering spirit and a passion to protect the lives of those who protect and serve others. The company mission is to provide industry-defining safety solutions around the world, while creating a community of problem-solvers who are inspired to push boundaries and continue our legacy of delivering ground-breaking innovation. As a global leader in the emergency warning industry, Whelen has been trusted to perform since 1952, when George Whelen III invented the first rotating aviation beacon. Whelen now encompasses two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Connecticut and New Hampshire with over 750,000 square feet of engineering and manufacturing space and the largest design staff in the industry. Every part of every Whelen product is proudly designed and manufactured in America. We embrace quality as our foundation, we celebrate innovative engineering in every product we produce.

 

SHELDON CREED QUOTE:

You earned a solid seventh-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend and now we head to Talladega Superspeedway. How are you feeling?

“Yeah, finishing seventh last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway was definitely nice after we were eliminated from the NASCAR Playoffs the weekend before at Bristol. I guess it makes that sting a little less, but we still have one thing on our mind and that’s winning. These guys on my team and back at the shop deserve better and a top-10 finish at Texas is hopefully just the start of a positive trend for me and my team. Talladega Superspeedway is always a beast of its own so I’m doing my homework to prepare. Our team has been solid on superspeedways, my teammate Austin Hill has been really strong at the superspeedways. He won at Daytona International Speedway and we’re in the same equipment so I’m ready to get out there, make smart decisions, and get this team to Victory Lane. I know what this team and myself are capable of and that’s where my head is at right now. Winning.”

 

This Week’s Bennett Transportation & Logistics Chevrolet Camaro SS at Talladega Superspeedway ... Austin Hill will make his third NASCAR Xfinity Series start at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend and his second of the 2022 season. Hill, the 2022 Sunoco Rookie of the Year, hasn’t had the best results at the Alabama superspeedway in the Xfinity Series but looks to rebound this weekend for the second race of the Xfinity Series Playoffs. Earlier this season, Hill fell victim to a crash at the track and completed only 110 laps of 124. However, the No. 21 team and all of Richard Childress Racing have been extremely strong on superspeedways this season if it weren’t for bad luck. Hill made five NASCAR Truck Series starts in his career with a best finish of sixth in 2019.

 

Texas Rewind ... Last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, Hill made it through a handful of wrecks and chaos on the track and finished runner-up to Noah Gragson. Hill gained two spots in the standings and is now fourth, 30 points above the cutline.

 

Sunoco Rookie of the Year … Austin Hill has officially clinched NASCAR Xfinity Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. Hill joins a long list of prestigious winners including drivers Kevin Harvick (2000) and Austin Dillon (2012), who also won the award under the RCR banner.  

 

Women Drive Bennett ... Bennett Transportation & Logistics is proud to have the "Women in the Driver's Seat" (WIDS) paint scheme on Austin Hill's No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro SS at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday. Bennett has been a woman-owned company since 1974. Founder and CEO, Marcia G. Taylor, has established her role as a champion for women in the male-dominated transportation industry. She started the WIDS program to advance women in trucking and logistics careers with four pillars: Be Resilient, Be Steadfast, Be Courageous, Be Fierce. There are currently 679 female truck owner operators, contractors and drivers within the Bennett Family of Companies. Bennett offers expansive driving opportunities for women. Visit womendrivebennett.com to apply today.

 

About Bennett Family of Companies ... McDonough, Ga.-based Bennett Family of Companies is a woman-owned, Women’s Enterprise Business Council (WBENC) certified, diversified transportation and logistics company. Through its 12 affiliated operating companies, the Bennett Family of Companies delivers integrated transportation and supply chain management solutions worldwide. The company will use race experiences to recruit and retain hundreds of truck drivers for their organization in 2022. For more information, visit www.Drive4Bennett.com.

 

Come Hangout with Austin Hill and the Bennett Crew … On Saturday, before the start of the Xfinity Series race at Talladega, come out and visit the Bennett Recruitment Van in the FanZone. Hill will be at the display signing autographs from 12:15 p.m. CT to 12:30 p.m. CT. Bennett will have No. 21 Bennett Transportation & Logistics swag for fans!

 

AUSTIN HILL QUOTE:

You had a strong runner-up finish at Texas Motor Speedway to kick off the Playoffs and now the series heads to a superspeedway. Where’s your head at after the last week as you get ready to race on a track like Talladega Superspeedway?

“It definitely stung to finish second at Texas Motor Speedway because I felt like if we had more laps, I could have caught up to Noah Gragson. We just ran out of laps at the end. Our car was fast, and my pit crew and team were absolutely on it all day. It was definitely nice to start off the NASCAR Playoffs with a second-place finish, especially with us heading to Talladega this weekend. Anything can happen there so a points cushion is nice but definitely not enough when it comes to that track. It was certainly the momentum our team needed to kick things off. Our superspeedway program has been really good all season long. I mean, RCR as a whole has been great on superspeedways, so I’m looking forward to Talladega. I’ve been doing work in the simulator and I'm going to do exactly what I’ve done at all the superspeedway races this season and hopefully we park it in Victory Lane, just like we did in Daytona. I know I’ve got to be smart and stay out of the craziness so I can be right up there at the end. I have a good feeling about it and I know my guys are ready.”

RCR PR

The champions and championship contenders have officially arrived at Lincoln Speedway for the 27th annual DIRTcar Fall Nationals and are off to a strong start after an evening of practice for the 56 cars in attendance at the 1/4-mile bullring.

 

The DIRTcar Pro Late Model division consistently delivers some of the closest, most competitive racing seen all year, and this weekend will be no exception. Leading the charge with the fastest lap in all three sessions was 2021 East Region champion Billy Knippenberg, turning in a 14.384 to top the chart.

 

Last year, Knippenberg had a strong showing at Fall Nationals, bagging two top-five finishes over the weekend and a podium finish on Saturday night. He’s excited to return to the event once again, this time with a first full season under his belt in promoting DIRTcar staple venue Kankakee County Speedway.

 

“I’m a little bit jealous of it,” Knippenberg said with a smile, speaking about the event as a whole. “I wish we had an event just like this back home.

 

“It’s really nice what they do here. They run a nice show. The track’s always fun to race at, and it’s exciting.”

 

With eight Feature wins in the division last year, Knippenberg has shown he knows the recipe for success in driving the Chevy Performance 604 Crate engine-powered machines and plans to use every bit of it this weekend in pursuit of his first Fall Nationals trophy.

 

“Qualifying is the key,” Knippenberg said. “You’ve got to Qualify well to start at the front of the Heat Races. This type of racing is all about where you start. If you’re in the front two or three rows, you’ve got a good chance of winning.”

 

One of Knippenberg’s biggest sources of competition this weekend will come from two-time DIRTcar national champion Jose Parga, who will be crowned with his third national points title at the conclusion of Saturday night.

 

Parga, a winner of two Features and the track championship at Lincoln this year, had the third-fastest time in practice at 14.489. He’s bound-and-determined to avenge his defeats to 2020 national champion Aaron Heck in this event last year and gave some insight on what it takes to win at a track as technical as Lincoln.

 

“You’ve got to make sure you start up front in the Heat Race and get a front row starting spot [for the Feature], or at least the first two rows” Parga said. “The competition is real tough here, and it’s a lot easier to stay out front and make them pass you than you pass them.”

 

The 25-year-old from New Berlin, IL, recently broke out a brand-new Rocket Chassis XR1 and has been making progress in getting acclimated in the seat. He’s confident he’ll be one to watch come Feature time on Friday and Saturday night.

 

“I feel like it’s our first time here this year, really, because we just brought a new car here,” Parga said. “Only the fourth night on it, but it’s getting better and better every night.

 

“Practice went pretty well. We need to tune on it a little bit, but I definitely think we’ll have a shot Friday and Saturday.”

 

The UMP Modified division brought a solid field of competition out for practice and was led by former DIRTcar Stock Car national champion Mike McKinney. The 29-year-old from Plainfield, IL, turned the quickest lap at 14.205 – slightly over a tenth faster than nearest competitors Caden McWhorter (14.321) and Todd Sherman (14.329).

 

The DIRTcar Pro Modified division also had a strong practice night showing, featuring two drivers locked in the thick of the national points battle that will be settled on Saturday night. Deece Schwartz, the 2020 national points runner-up, is back in the hunt for his first national crown with an 11-point lead over second-place Guy Taylor.

 

On the clock, Schwartz was faster, turning in a best lap of 15.261, while Taylor was further back on the board with a best lap of 15.449. In a true test of skill and endurance, both drivers are voluntarily pulling double-duty this weekend in the Pro Modified and UMP Modified divisions, raising the stakes a bit higher as they pursue championship gold by Saturday night.

 

UP NEXT

 

The first night of racing competition in the 27th annual DIRTcar Fall Nationals hits Lincoln Speedway Friday night, Sept. 30, featuring the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, Pro Modifieds, Pro Late Models and Stock Cars.

 

Tickets are available at the gate on race day, and plenty of camping space is available. Pit gates open at 3pm; grandstand gates at 4. Hot Laps scheduled for 6.

 

DIRTcar Series PR

No. 22 AM Racing Team:

Driver: Austin Wayne Self

Primary Partner(s): AM Technical Solutions | GO TEXAN

Manufacturer: Chevrolet Silverado RST

Crew Chief: Jamie Jones
 
Spotter: Tony Raines
 
2022 Driver Points Position: 25th | 2022 Owner Points Position: 22nd
 
Engine: Ilmor Racing Technologies

Notes of Interest:

Back in the Saddle: Austin Wayne Self will drive the No. 22 AM Technical Solutions | GO TEXAN Chevrolet Silverado RST for his 16th race of the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.

Texas Proud: Two Texas-based companies will also return to the team this weekend and serve as major partners for Austin Wayne Self this weekend at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
 
The Statesville, N.C.-based team will sport the signage of AM Technical Solutions and GO TEXAN on the No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado for the 21st of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season.
 
Headquartered in Austin, TX, AM Technical Solutions (AMTS) was founded in 1994.

AM Technical Solutions is a Global Architecture, Engineering & Construction firm specializing in the high-tech markets. AMTS has managed over $20B of global capital projects for over 170 different customers in 24 countries and across five continents.

GO TEXAN is a widely recognized brand. It represents a diverse collection of people, products and services that are genuinely Texan. Whether it’s grown, sewn or served on a plate, more than 26 million Texans shop, travel and dine out in full support of Texas business and agriculture.

To showcase their support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the No. 22 AM Technical Solutions | GO TEXAN Chevrolet Silverado RST will sport a pink paint scheme for the highly anticipated 94-lap race Saturday afternoon.

Welcome Aboard: For the second and final superspeedway race of the season, AM Racing and Austin Wayne Self welcome YostBarns.com as an associate marketing partner for the Chevrolet Silverado 250.
 
Since 1974, YostBarns.com has been an Ohio leader of construction of pole barns, pole houses, pole building and horse barns. YostBarns.com also specializes in the preservation of historic barns in Ohio.
 
News Coming Soon: AM Racing is building for its future and will make announcements soon regarding its path for the 2023 NASCAR seasons in the coming weeks.
 
No Off Week: While the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will enjoy a weekend off following Talladega, AM Racing will not sit totally in darkness.
 
AM Racing in a collaborative effort with Jordan Anderson Racing will see Austin Wayne Self attempt his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut aboard the No. 32 AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Camaro at the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway ROVAL on Saturday, October 8.
 
Self would serve as a teammate to Jordan Anderson Racing’s Myatt Snider in the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro for the Drive for the Cure 250 for the 67-lap race.

Thank You For Your Continued Support: AIRBOX Air Purifier returns to AM Racing in 2022 and will serve as a major associate marketing partner for driver Austin Wayne Self in Saturday afternoon’s Chevrolet Silverado 250.
 
AIRBOX Air Purifier prides itself on having the absolute best commercial-grade air purifier on the market. It is categorically the best in every aspect, and it is built to last a lifetime.
 
True engineering controls solution based on a proven scientific technology to provide the desired indoor air quality you need. AIRBOX Air Purifier creates a Safe Air Plan to repopulate the business and create the safest possible environment for owners, employees, clients, students, visitors, or just anyone who breathes air.
 
AIRBOX Air Purifier has partnered with the Statesville, N.C.-based team for seven primary partnered races between 2020 – 2022 respectively.
 
Austin Wayne Self Truck Series Talladega Superspeedway Stats: Saturday afternoon’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 will mark Self’s seventh start at the famed Alabama superspeedway.
 
In his previous six efforts, the Austin, Texas native has delivered a track-best of 12th in the 2018 FR8 Auctions 250 after starting 24th. Overall, he carries an average finish of 20.3 at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.
 
He has completed 507 of the 574 laps available for an 88.3 percent lap completion.
 
Austin Wayne Self Truck Series Superspeedway Stats: At NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tracks classified as a superspeedway, Self has made 13 starts throughout his career with one top-five, two top 10s and carrying an average finishing position of 19.2.
 
To The Point(s): Entering Talladega, Self sits 25th in the championship standings.
 
Despite missing five races this season, 78 points keep Self from 20th in the championship standings secured by Timmy Hill with more than 86 percent of the 2022 Truck Series season complete.
 
167 points separate Self from 15th in the championship standings currently held by Corey Heim with three races remaining this season.
 
AM Racing’s No. 22 team secures 22nd in the Truck Series owner standings.
 
Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway | UNOH 200 Race Recap: In the most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Austin Wayne Self made his 144th career Truck Series start.
 
Despite qualifying his Chevrolet Silverado 32nd on the grid, Self diligently marched forward throughout the 200-lap race. A mid-race setback only added fuel to Self’s fire for a monstrous finish underneath the lights in “Thunder Valley.”
 
Self’s 20th place finish was his third top-20 performance for AM Racing in the last four races.
 
Calling the Shots: Veteran crew chief Jamie Jones will lead Austin Wayne Self and the AM Racing team this weekend as crew chief.
 
This weekend marks his 155th race as crew chief in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series but the fourth race for Austin Wayne Self.
 
In his previous 154 races, Jones has two poles, two wins, 18 top-five and 42 top-10 finishes to his Truck Series resume.

Career Rundow Since 2016, Self has competed in 144 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, delivering two top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. He finished a career-best 12th in the championship standings in 2018.
 
Spanning seven years of Truck Series competition, he maintains an average finish of 18.8.

Did You Know? Austin Wayne Self and wife Jennifer have 16 chickens and a dog named Echo.

Lineup: In addition to AM Technical Solutions and GO TEXAN continuing their roles as the primary marketing partner for Self in 2022, the AM Racing team will also receive support from, AIRBOX Air Purifier, Don’t mess with Texas, CForce Bottling Company, Flying Circle, Kreuz Market and JB Henderson Construction.

Follow on Social Media: For more on Austin Wayne Self, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

For more on AM Racing, please visit AMRacingteam.com, like their Facebook page (AM Racing) or follow them on Twitter @AMRacingNASCAR. 

Austin Wayne Self Pre-Race Quotes:

On Talladega Superspeedway: “I always look forward to the superspeedway races with my AM Racing team. They have been working hard on this No. 22 AM Technical Solutions | GO TEXAN Chevrolet Silverado RST for months hoping it will be fast enough to make us a viable threat for the race.

“I don’t know if we will get the opportunity to qualify or not on Friday with the unpredictability of the weather. Wherever we start though, it will be our focus to get us to the front, stay out of trouble and find us being in contention when it matters most.”

On 2022 Season: “I think the AM Racing team has shown incredible strength at times during the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. We started off the year with some solid results but went through a difficult stretch.  

“Recently, I feel like we have picked up where we were at the beginning of the season and I think over the final three races of the year we can continue to showcase the speed in our trucks and deliver some finishes that will turn heads.”  

Social Spotlight:

Visit AM Technical Solutions online at amts.com.

Show your GO TEXAN pride: find Texas productsrestaurants or enroll your business in GO TEXAN.

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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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Notes of Interest:
 
 

 

Welcome Back: This weekend at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt and Joe Graf Jr. welcome back G-Coin as the primary partner of the team’s No. 07 Ford Mustang for Saturday afternoon’s Sparks 300.

 

Talladega marks the 28th race of the 2022 Xfinity Series season and 14th race overall between 2021 and 2022 where G-Coin, a product that brings gold into the digital age, making it accessible and giving it true utility will be the primary partner.

 

Download the G-Coin app on iTunes or Google Play and use referral code FHY 6D3 AHT and Joe Graf Jr. will send you $5 worth of G-Coin.

 

About G-Coin: Unlike cryptocurrencies, G-Coin is a digital title to a real asset: 1 G-Coin token equals 1 gram of Responsible GoldTM.

 

 

G-Coin combines the best qualities of traditional gold – stability, security, value, confidence, and social status – with the benefits of digital innovation, allowing users to easily save, send, and spend gold.

 

Tech-savvy investors keen to avoid cryptocurrency volatility, or physical storage burden and costs, are now able to purchase G-Coin digital gold tokens. G-Coin tokens can be purchased in increments of 0.01gram, giving individual investors better access to the gold market and the ability to use gold for day-to-day purchases.

 

G-Coin Wallets give users the freedom to send and receive value instantly, securely, and at no cost from the convenience of your mobile phone.

 

G-Coin Tip of the Week: Responsible Gold is institutional grade 99.99% pure gold that has been responsibly sourced.

 

Responsible Gold can be traced back to its origin giving the owner or G-Coin token holder knowledge that it has been responsibly mined and sourced throughout the supply chain.

 

Same Day Settlements With MoneyGram: G-Coin customers with Tier 3 access can use cash to buy or sell G-Coin tokens at participating MoneyGram locations.

 

To place a buy or sell order using cash, Tier 3 customers need to select the 'MoneyGram' option from 'Pay With' that appears on the buy | sell screen. Once the order is placed, customers will receive an email with detailed instructions to follow at participating MoneyGram locations.

 

For buy orders, customers will have 24 hours to make the payment in cash, which is when the balance on the G-Coin wallet is updated. Buy orders expire after 24 hours so customers will need to place a new order after that time.

 

For sell orders, customers are responsible for collecting the proceeds of the sale in cash at participating MoneyGram locations. The G-Coin balance will be updated when the sell order has been placed, which is irreversible.

 

Thanks For Your Support: With more than 81 percent of the 2022 Xfinity Series season complete, Joe Graf Jr. and SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt would like to thank their associate marketing partners: AVOID, Bass Reaper Bait Company,  Bucked Up Energy, CoverSeal, EAT SLEEP RACE Apparel, fgrACCEL,  Gtechniq, HazHeart, Model Electronics and ShopRite for their continued support. 

 

Catch Him On The Dial: Before Joe Graf Jr. straps into his No. 07 G-Coin Ford Mustang on Saturday afternoon, the SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt driver will be featured on “The Frontstretch” on SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90 with host Pat Patterson LIVE on Saturday morning, October 1, 2022 at approximately 10:00 a.m. ET.

 

Graf will also spotlight G-Coin in several commercial spots throughout the weekend, including the full four-hour program on Sunday, October 2, 2022. 

 

Carolina Connection: Beginning this week and throughout the month of October, Joe Graf Jr. and SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt have partnered with Carolina Breast Friends to help spread breast cancer awareness during the month of October.

 

The vision of Carolina Breast Friends is to support, encourage, and empower those in our community who are affected by breast cancer.

 

The mission of Carolina Breast Friends is to embrace the breast cancer community in a positive environment. We provide resources and education through fellowship and mentoring during any stage of the journey.

 

From now until October 5, 2022 – you can donate a minimum of $25.00 and honor a breast cancer hero with their name on Graf’s racecar for the upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Series Drive for the Cure 250 race at the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway ROVAL on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022.

 

Please consider Donating Here.

 

Get Bucked Up at Homestead-Miami Speedway: With their traditional stop at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway later this year, Joe Graf Jr. and partner Bucked Up Energy Drink are giving a lucky fan and a guest an ALL-EXPENSES paid trip to Homestead-Miami Speedway in October, along with $1,000 in spending cash!

 

To enter, spend at least $10 at buckedup.com from now until Friday, September 30, 2022. Every $10 spent earns another entry.

 

Visit buckedup.com for additional information.

 

Joe Graf Jr. Xfinity Series Talladega Superspeedway Starts: Joe Graf Jr. will make his sixth NASCAR Xfinity Series start at the 2.66-mile superspeedway on Saturday afternoon.

 

In his previous five starts, Graf has delivered a track-best of eighth earned earlier this year in the Ag-Pro 300 after starting 24th.

 

He also earned his first career top-10 Xfinity finish at Talladega last October with a top-10 finish in last October’s Sparks 300.

 

He is hunting for his third consecutive top-10 finish at Talladega this weekend.

 

While carrying an average finish of 23.2, he has also completed 491 of the 579 available laps available for an 89.8 percent lap completion.

 

Joe Graf Jr. Xfinity Series Career Superspeedway Nuggets: In 10 career NASCAR Xfinity Series Superspeedway races, he has completed 1,029 of the 1,327 laps available. He holds an average starting position of 23.8 and an average result of 27.0 with a best finish of eighth at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in April 2022.

 

Joe Graf Jr. ARCA Menards Series Career Superspeedway Nuggets: In three career ARCA superspeedway track races, Graf Jr. has two top-10 finishes. He has been running at the finish of all three races. He holds an average starting position of 15.3 and an average result of 11th with three (3) laps led.

 

In 2018, Graf Jr. was involved in the closest finish in ARCA Menards Series history at Talladega Superspeedway in a photo finish. 

 

The margin was so narrow in the 69-year history of the series, it was a statistical dead heat, the margin of victory on the computerized scoring monitors showing 0.00 seconds.

 

Only a video replay and the photo finish camera were able to determine Graf finished second by a matter of millimeters.

 

Texas Motor Speedway | Andy’s Frozen Custard 300 Race Recap: In his most recent NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, Graf and the SSGLRwJL team showcased the No. 07 Bucked Up Rocket Pop Energy Drink Ford Mustang for their second trip to “No Limits Texas” this season.

 

A strong 13th place practice position was backed up with a respectable 19th place qualifying effort with Graf maintaining his solid pace throughout the early running of the race.

 

Just past the halfway mark in the race, Graf was collected in a backstretch accident when several cars ahead of him collided.

 

Resilient work by the SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt team kept Graf who suffered heavy front-end damage from the incident on the track and in contention for a solid finish.

 

When the checkered flag waved, Graf finished 18th earning his first top-20 finish at the 1.5-mile speedway and a solid period to a strong weekend from the No. 07 SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt team.

 

Sneaker Mania: Along with the adrenaline of the Motorsports competition, Joe Graf Jr. also has a vogue for hype sneakers. In his current collection, he owns and wears at least 90 limited edition sneakers – and his collection continues to grow every month.

 

The current estimated value of his collection tops $100,000.

 

From the Pit Box: Industry veteran Joe Williams is Joe Graf Jr.’s crew chief.

 

He will crew chief his 93rd NASCAR Xfinity Series race as crew chief on Saturday afternoon and his sixth at the breathtaking 2.66-mile superspeedway.

 

In his previous 92 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts, he has collected one win (Auto Club Speedway | February 2022), seven top-five and 21 top-10 finishes.

 

Hello From The Other Side: Graf Jr. has a teammate at SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt. Veteran David Starr will drive the No. 08 Five Network Ford Mustang on Saturday afternoon for his 17th start of the 2022 season.

 

Starr is set to make his 251st career NASCAR Xfinity Series start and 11th at Talladega. His best Xfinity track finish occurred in the 2014 Aaron’s 312, where he finished ninth after starting 16th for TriStar Motorsports.

 

Follow on Social Media: For more on Joe Graf Jr. visit JoeGrafRacing.com, like him on Facebook (Joe Graf Jr.), follow him on TikTok (@JoeGrafJr), Twitter (@JoeGrafJr) and Instagram (@joegrafjr).

 

For more on SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt, please like them on Facebook (SS GreenLight Racing) and follow them on Instagram (@ssgreenlightracing) and Twitter (@SSGLR0708). 

Joe Graf Jr. Pre-Race Quotes:
 
 

On Talladega Superspeedway: “I am so ready for Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. Our SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt team is going for three straight top-10 finishes at the track on Saturday afternoon and I think we can better our prior finishes with a top-five run with our No. 07 G-Coin Ford Mustang.

 

 

“The team is very excited about the car that we are bringing which is a sister car to the one that we raced at Daytona in August before getting caught up in a mid-race accident.

 

“We are starting with a setup that we feel that will put us in a good place for the race and hopefully capture our second top-10 finish of the year at one of my favorite places.”

 

On Goals For Remainder of 2022: “There are about six weeks of racing left and we certainly want to make the best of it for everyone that supports our SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt team.

 

“Without question, I think it cannot be denied that our team has showcased speed throughout the season but we haven’t been able to execute on getting the finishes we think we deserved for a variety of reasons.

 

“The bigger picture is that we have continued to grow as a team and we have several race tracks over the next seven weeks that allow us to have the opportunity to put our best foot forward.

 

“From now until the end of the season at Phoenix, I am determined to nail the execution so we can carry some momentum into the off-season and to the 2023 season.” 

Race Information:

 

The Sparks 300 (113 laps | 300.58 miles) is the 28th of 33 NASCAR Xfinity Series races on the 2022 schedule. Single-car qualifying is set for Friday, September 30, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. CT. The 38-car field will take the green flag on Saturday, October 1 shortly after 3:00 p.m. with live coverage on the USA Network, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90. All times are local (CT). 

About SS Green Light Racing with Jeff Lefcourt:
 
As one of the most tenured teams in all of NASCAR, SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt led by team owner and former driver Bobby Dotter and new partner Jeff Lefcourt has been a mainstay entry in the sport fielding entries in either the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series or Xfinity Series competition since 2001.
 
SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt will continue with a two-car program in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2022.

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Chevrolet’s partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and its “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” initiative marks its 12th consecutive year in 2022. A specialty-themed pink Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE will return to the track as the official pace car for three NASCAR Cup Series races during the month of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Proudly carrying the ACS logo, the pink Chevrolet Camaro pace car will do more than just lead NASCAR’s premier series under caution. For every lap run under caution in three select races, Chevrolet will donate $350 to the American Cancer Society to honor “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.”

“We are honored to represent the American Cancer Society on our pink Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE pace car during the month of October,” said Todd Christensen, Senior Manager, Chevrolet Motorsports Strategic Marketing and Operations. “As a proud partner of ACS, we are grateful to continue our support for the cause and look forward to bringing awareness of the initiative back to the track.”

Chevrolet is ready to rev up awareness for the initiative this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, with the YellaWood 500 on Sunday, October 2, marking the first of three NASCAR Cup Series events that will be a part of the program. The specialty-themed Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE will make its return appearance as the official pace car at Homestead-Miami Speedway on October 23, followed by Martinsville Speedway on October 30. In 2021, caution laps generated among the three participating races hit the threshold, generating a $50,000 donation towards the American Cancer Society.

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Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today an existing partnership with its NHRA Top Fuel team with Summit Racing Equipment will expand into RWR’s NASCAR Cup Series program. 
 
The Summit Racing Equipment logo will be showcased on the RWR No. 15 entry, driven by JJ Yeley, in this weekend’s Yellawood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Through this partnership, Summit Racing Equipment will access the broad fan base of NASCAR to reach further into the realms of high-performance enthusiasts. Summit Racing is well-known for its support of racers across multiple categories of motorsports. Now, through its partnership with RWR, Summit Racing will access NASCAR, NHRA, IndyCar, IMSA Sportscar and World Supercross all through a single conduit.
 
“This is an incredible example of how RWR can take marketing partners to new levels across multiple forms of motorsports through a single source,” said Rick Ware, owner of Rick Ware Racing. “Summit Racing Equipment is a particularly unique company to employ this approach, given its diversity of products available within their retail line up. Summit Racing’s products offer solutions for motorcycle, oval, road course and drag racing enthusiasts, as well as servicing both dirt and asphalt racing needs. RWR has invested heavily into different forms of motorsports and is the perfect solution for companies looking to reach them all with a single solution.”
 
“We have a great partnership with Clay Millican and Rick Ware Racing,” said Jim Greenleaf, Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports & Events Manager. “We appreciate the opportunity to expand that partnership with JJ Yeley for the Yellawood 500. We’re thrilled to be part of this event with an outstanding team.”

“Summit Racing Equipment has grown to support many forms of motorsport throughout our almost 55 years,” said Al Noe, Summit Racing Equipment Chief Marketing Officer. “We’re enthusiasts who share our customers’ passion for performance and competition, and it will be exciting to see the Summit Racing Equipment logo on JJ’s Mustang at Talladega. We want to thank Rick Ware Racing for the opportunity to showcase Summit Racing in this event.”
 
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After being involved in a highway accident at the beginning of September, Nick Hoffman had to be placed in a medically induced coma with his future in question.

 

Three weeks later, he was back behind the wheel of his Elite Chassis, NOS Energy Drink No. 2 DIRTcar UMP Modified, parking it in Victory Lane at the Mike Chasteen Memorial at Peoria Speedway, like nothing had happened.

However, those that knew of the situation – the major highway truck accident on Labor Day Weekend that put his father Darrell, crew member Mason Beadles and he in the hospital – knew that was far from reality. In the month since the hauler crash, Hoffman has taken the time to reflect on what matters most to him.

 

“My whole outlook on life has changed a lot in the last couple of weeks,” Hoffman said. “Just with my kids, and everything else that’s way more important than what racing actually is.

 

“Racing is a huge part of my life. It’s how I make my living, so I’m just lucky enough to still be able to do it.”

 

BACK IN THE SADDLE

In true racer fashion, Hoffman was eager to not let the crash stop him from racing.

 

“I had a few people ask me if I was nervous – I wasn’t nervous at all,” Hoffman said. “The biggest thing was making sure my brain was still connected to my butt and everything felt the same.”

 

“It was all pretty much normal.”

 

In a field of 27 cars, Hoffman reigned supreme at Peoria. He never missed a beat, setting fast time in Qualifying, winning his Heat Race and the 40-lap Feature.

 

Climbing out of the car, victorious in his first race back, Hoffman reflected on everything he’d been through the previous three weeks.

 

“It just felt different,” Hoffman said. “All that we went through… just lucky to still be here. Not only that, but [I’m] just lucky to still be able to drive a race car. That could’ve went both ways.

 

“I could’ve never been able to drive again but still be here, or that crash could’ve took us all.”

 

POINT OF IMPACT

“I don’t remember anything from the crash; don’t remember anything three days after the crash,” Hoffman said.

 

Pulling a trailer loaded with their car and equipment to race in the big-money events at Farmer City Raceway, Fairbury Speedway and Spoon River Speedway that weekend, the group was together in the toterhome, Hoffman asleep in the passenger seat, when they collided with a slowing semi-truck at full speed.

 

Hoffman was knocked unconscious by the impact, but soon woke up and immediately showed signs of a serious brain injury.

 

“I basically sat down in front of the guardrail until the ambulance got there, and I guess they said I had a seizure at some point sitting there,” Hoffman said. “Then, I walked myself into the ambulance and they rushed me straight to ICU.”

 

He spent two days in a medically induced coma while his body began to recover from a skull fracture, and bleeding and swelling of the brain. Beadles was soon treated and released with cuts and bruises, while Nick and Darrell were released the following week – Darrell with a broken back. Looking back, Nick was just thankful to be alive.

 

“We’re all very lucky that it doesn’t happen more often with all of us [racers] that drive up and down the road at 2 or 3 in the morning all the time,” he said. “Anything stupid can happen – something runs out in front of you or whatever… But at the end of the day, we’re all just very lucky that none of us died and we’re all still here. It could have ended way worse.”

 

ASSESSING THE DAMAGE

Hoffman and his family returned home from the hospital the following week. He began to visit with doctors, who advised him to try and go about his daily life as normal as possible.

 

“The first week I came out of the hospital, I felt fine,” Hoffman said. “Obviously, I wasn’t. But I could do normal, everyday activities. I was in the shop every day, I could work out, I was driving up and down the road, no problems.”

 

With the absence of any concussion-related symptoms for several days, Hoffman’s competitive flame began burning once again. He got clearance from doctors to compete in the Mike Chasteen Memorial event at Peoria Speedway, and quickly arranged his travel plans.

 

“I had quite a few conversations with [DIRTcar Director Sam Driggers] and got clearance from the doctor to be able to do it,” Hoffman said. “I went and drove a go-kart at GoPro Motorplex, just to make laps and make sure I wasn’t going to have any issues once I got up to a decent speed.

 

“It was a late call, really. Wednesday, I did a CT scan, Thursday I talked to the doctors and everything, and then I bought a plane ticket at 5 o’clock that flew out at 11 o’clock on Thursday to make sure I got to St. Louis.”

 

Though he was, physically, in shape to compete, his equipment was not. After the crash, his toter and trailer were taken to a nearby towing center in Kentucky, and later moved to Petroff Towing near the St. Louis area. For the event at Peoria, Hoffman made plans to borrow a trailer from the Allgaier family and headed out to race.

 

A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS

As news broke in the days after the accident, an outpouring of support from the entire dirt track racing community helped to lift Hoffman and his family.

 

“It’s unbelievable the amount of support we have had from everybody,” Hoffman said. “They took my souvenir trailer to Eldora that weekend, and I just found out this week that Eldora allowed us to do that. I wasn’t racing, but I was planning on trying to be at Eldora that next week.”

 

Fellow competitor Tim Nash collected driver autographs on one of his body panels and auctioned it off, donating proceeds to Hoffman’s family. KBC Graphics produced the #NH2Strong decals that covered the pit area in the following weeks, and longtime friend Gordy Gundaker started the public donations account that spread across dirt racing social media. Support was coming in every size and shape, and Hoffman said it did not go unnoticed.

 

“Everybody says racing is a big family, and that is no doubt,” Hoffman said. “They all supported me, and I’m just trying to get through it.”

 

THE ROAD FROM HERE

Now back home in Mooresville, NC, Hoffman has visited with his doctors to assess his healing progress. Though his brain is en route to a full recovery, issues with his jaw persist. He’ll soon visit with a surgeon to determine the process to fix it, while visiting with other doctors for further scans and tests on his brain.

 

Coming into September, Hoffman was hot on the trail of a fourth-straight DIRTcar UMP Modified championship, closing the gap to leader Mike Harrison with each week. Though he was aiming for handful of wins and good finishes this month to be in the hunt at the end, Hoffman has decided to take a step back and do what is right for his body as he continues to recover.

 

It was a decision he made with the future of his bright racing career in mind. Hoffman said he’ll likely spend the rest of this season working in his shop and watching from outside the fence but is keeping a close eye on what’s around the corner.

 

“I’m just going to spend my time here at the shop and try and get everything lined up so that we’re ready for next year,” Hoffman said. “I did want to get back in the race car just to make sure everything was good. Obviously, it was, so now I just need to take the steps to do it right next year.”

 

DIRTcar Series PR

For 21 years, race fans have seen the iconic gold, brown and chrome Big Rig that carries the giant American flag around Talladega Superspeedway during the playing of the National Anthem prior to the start of races. During this weekend’s NASCAR Playoffs Tripleheader weekend, fans will have the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the truck as it will be displayed in the Midway.

The Midway, located on the outside of the track’s frontstretch, gives fans PLENTY to do, and will be a bevy of fun with exciting interactive activities for families, beginning at noon CDT on Friday. Saturday the fun begins at 8:00 a.m. CDT prior to an incredible doubleheader - the Chevy Silverado 250 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the Sparks 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The Midway will also open at 8 am Sunday, with the YellaWood 500 NASCAR Cup Series race waving the green flag later in the day at 1:00 p.m. CDT. Fans can keep up with the “world-class” experience via the NASCAR App.

 

The tradition of the Big Rig began in 2001. John Ray, an Eastaboga native, whose trucking company is located just a few miles from the mammoth 2.66-mile venue, drove his truck, sporting the giant American flag on the track as a tribute to the country after 9/11, and to his good friend, the late Dale Earnhardt. Since, the Big Rig has become a patriotic symbol of the greatest race track on the planet. Ray passed away in 2020, but his son, Johnny, continues the traditional drive, and will so again this weekend during pre-race festivities.

 

The Midway will be a packed house, with 45 exhibits and activations to get long-time fans, as well as newcomers to the sport of NASCAR, amped up while enjoying multiple performance acts amidst the multitude of fan experiences. In addition, there will be Fan Q&A with NASCAR personalities inside the Talladega Garage Experience. The lineups of activities can be found at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com. For race fans looking for food and drinks, there will be a Papa Murphy’s station, Saloon Bar, among other options.

 

Here’s the Cliffs notes of that tremendous list (which includes the Midway and the Frontstretch grandstand):

  • So Much to Do! Some of the 45 interactive displays consist of a host of Talladega Superspeedway and NASCAR corporate partners, plus NASCAR teams’ merchandise haulers, along with Axe Throwing, Caricature Artists, local dance companies, plus the popular Trackside Live Stage Presented by Race for the Championship, and much more.

  • The Trackside Live Stage Presented by Race for the Championship brings guests a live show filled with Q&A’s, concerts, performances and more. It will be the site of appearances from multiple drivers and NASCAR dignitaries for fan question/answer sessions.

 

    • Saturday’s slate includes NASCAR Cup Series driver’s Chris Buescher and Todd Gilliland, NASCAR Xfinity Playoffs driver Riley Herbst, along with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers’ Natalie Decker, Chase Purdy, Carson Hocevar and Alabama’s own Grant Enfinger, who is in the playoffs mix. DJ Mark will also take to the stage on three separate occasions.
    • Sunday will consist of NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs drivers’ Joey Logano and Ross Chastain (winner of the GEICO 500 in April), as well as BJ. McLeod. Also on hand will be Ben Kennedy, NASCAR Senior Vice President, Racing Development and Strategy, and Brandon McReynolds, spotter for Chastain (and son of FOX analyst Larry McReynolds).

Race fans in the popular infield Talladega Garage Experience, where fans can get up close and personal to the cars in the team garage bays, will also see driver Q&As at the Fr8 Auctions Stage. Those on hand Sunday, beginning at 9:30 a.m., are NASCAR Cup drivers’ Chase Briscoe, Tyler Reddick, Noah Gragson, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex, Jr. Saturday’s entertainment will be an acoustic performance by Berritt Haynes at 9:45 a.m.

Great tickets remain for the anticipated event and fans are urged to call 1-877-Go2-DEGA or visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com for opportunities.

 

While the YellaWood 500 NASCAR Cup Series race culminates an action-packed NASCAR Playoffs Tripleheader Weekend, things kick off Friday afternoon (at 2:30 p.m. CDT) with qualifying that will determine the starting lineup for both the Sparks 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and Chevy Silverado 250 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Saturday’s festivities get under way 11:30 a.m. CDT with the drop of the green flag for the Chevy Silverado 250, followed by the Sparks 300 at 3 p.m. CDT.

 

Multi-Platinum singer-songwriter Chase Rice, who also has NASCAR ties, will be the featured artist for the track’s traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert (Oct. 1). The best part about the concert is that admission is FREE with the purchase of a Sunday race ticket for the YellaWood 500. Breakout country artist Bailey Zimmerman will open the anticipated night.

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, as well as the all-new NASCAR Tracks App. for the latest speedway news.

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