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Ever wanted to know what it is like for a new team to prepare for months and race in the Daytona 500?

Why someone like Justin Marks would start a NASCAR Cup Series team like Trackhouse Racing?

What a team meeting with Pitbull is like the night before the race? Or, visit the school he built in his Miami neighborhood?

Ever wondered just how tough Daniel Suárez is behind the wheel of the No. 99 Chevrolet?

Click To Watch Trailer for "TRACKHOUSE: GET READY"

If you want answers to any of the above then watch "TRACKHOUSE: GET READY" Thursday at 7 PM ET on NASCAR's Facebook and YouTube channels.

Cameras spent weeks with the Trackhouse team as it raced in the first three races of the 2021 Cup Series season. They captured the off track moments as the new team took its first steps of what it expects to be a long journey.

Pitbull, Daniel Suárez, Justin Marks and Steve Phelps at SLAM! School in Miami on Monday.

SLAM! School Visit

After finishing 15th at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway on Sunday Suárez spent Monday in Miami touring Trackhouse Co-Owner Pitbull's SLAM! (Sports Leadership Arts and Management) inner-city charter school -- which he helped establish seven years ago.

Suárez joined Marks and NASCAR President Steve Phelps in meeting with students and discussing the importance of education.

Suárez held a news conference from the radio and television broadcasting classes and talked to students about the importance of STEM in racing as well as the job market.

Pitbull joined the group as they fired the engine of the No. 99 Chevrolet liveried in a special SLAM! paint scheme. Suarez even did a burnout in front of the students and the team's race hauler.

Viva Las Vegas

Suárez and the No. 99 Camping World Chevrolet Camaro crew take on the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday in the fourth race of the 2021 season.

Suárez has raced at the front of the field in all three races this season and has surprised many with his early success with such a new organization.

Suárez enters the race 22nd in points despite being caught up in a lap 14 wreck in the Daytona 500. He suffered heavy damage in a first lap encounter when another car slowed in front of the field at the start of Sunday's race in Homestead.

The No. 99 should climb higher in the standings in the coming weeks. Watch Sunday's race at 3:30 p.m. ET on Fox


Daniel Suárez, Driver of the No. 99 Camping World Chevrolet

What should race fans expect to see in "TRACKHOUSE: GET READY"?

Suárez: “I am looking forward to this video. I don't know what to expect. The cameras have followed us around all year so far. We have had a lot of fun making it, but it is also hard work for the cameramen and people who produce those shows. I hope it gives race fans a chance to see what it was like for us the first few weeks of the season."

What do you expect in Las Vegas?

Suárez: "Las Vegas is going to be a tough track for everyone. You don't have as many lanes to use to pass. But I think our Camping World Chevrolet is going to be really good. I hope we can find some luck and avoid others' problems and show just how fast we really are."

What do you think of your season so far?

Suárez: "I'm happy with our progress so far, but nobody is satisfied. As (Crew Chief) Travis (Mack) always says 'we aren't losing but learning.' We are racing for top-10 finishes this season and that's pretty impressive. The thing you have to remember is all of us are just getting to know each other. We are all new. But I like what i see so far.

"Off the track we have brought in CommScope and Camping World and both of those companies are great partners. And, it's been pretty cool to hang out and get to know Pitbull. It's been a pretty exciting year so far."

What did you think of the SLAM! School visit?

Suárez: "That was amazing to see those kids and how interested they were in their education. They have a radio and broadcast studio that was amazing. We had a news conference where the kids asked me questions. It's a very professionally run school with a lot of amazing teachers and students. NASCAR President Steve Phelps and Pitbull joined myself and Justin and our team. The kids faces lit up when we fired up the race car and I did a burnout."

Trackhouse Racing PR

Bold Rock, the No. 2 hard cider brand in the United States, has partnered with Speedway Motorsports to take race day experiences at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway to a bold new level of excitement with the refreshing, delicious flavors of new Bold Rock Hard Tea and Hard Lemonade.

Bold Rock launched the lineup of Hard Teas and Lemonades in late 2020 to continue on its path of building Bold Rock into a multi-segment, total alcohol beverage brand. Bold Rock is capitalizing on high growth segments from cider, hard seltzer, canned cocktails and now, hard tea and lemonade.

As the “Official Hard Tea and Hard Lemonade” of Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS), Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS), Bold Rock will bring the familiar flavors of tea and lemonade with a bold kick to the world of motorsports, offering new choices to fans on race day. The “Bold Rock Bold Race Day Experience” will enhance the following race weekends:

As part of the “Bold Rock Bold Race Day Experience,” race fans will have an opportunity to win future race tickets, prizes and sample a variety of Bold Rock products across a wide spectrum of craft beverage. Bold Rock Hard Tea and Hard Lemonade also will be featured on the Performance Racing Network’s national radio broadcasts with the “Bold Move of the Race” as selected by PRN’s racing radio analysts. Additionally, Bold Rock Hard Tea and Hard Lemonade will be awarding shoppers with VIP race experiences through a consumer sweepstakes at select grocery and convenience stores in the local race markets.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bold Rock into our family of partners at Speedway Motorsports and are ready to introduce millions of race fans to their Hard Tea and Hard Lemonade products through our speedways and PRN,” said Kevin Camper, Speedway Motorsports Chief Sales Officer. “This dynamic partnership is unique as it spans across our national radio network platform as well as our three Speedway Motorsports venues in the Southeast. Bold Rock will have a wide sports marketing platform to conduct its marketing activation in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina.”

“Bold Rock was founded on a dream of bringing people together to create special memories and meaningful experiences while enjoying our products, and what better places to make great memories amongst passionate race fans than during race weeks at Bristol, Charlotte and Atlanta?,” said Derek Detenber, Chief Marketing Officer of Artisanal Brewing Ventures, Bold Rock’s parent company. “Through this partnership with Speedway Motorsports, we will not only activate around race day but also connect with passionate and loyal race fans all season long. Racing is a bold sensory experience – the spine-tingling rumble of the engines, the sight of cars whipping around the track and the fun loving, thrill-seeking, and passionate fans captivated by this sport. Those fans are the perfect match for Bold Rock Hard Tea and Hard Lemonade with their bold flavor varieties and refreshing taste. These brands will satisfy on race days at the track or while watching at home on TV.”

Bold Rock Hard Tea and Hard Lemonade are now available in 24 states including a strong presence in the Southeast footprint of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee as well as the remainder of the East Coast and portions of the Midwest - Florida, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Washington DC, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky and Houston, Texas.

Speedway Motorsports PR

Neme'chek' The Facts:
  • John Hunter Nemechek and the No. 4 Mobil 1 team return to action Friday night in the first 1.5-mile race of the 2021 season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After two races, Nemechek sits second in the Camping World Trucks championship standings, nine tallies behind points leader Ben Rhodes. He leads the series in laps led (28), is tied for number of fastest laps run (8), has captured a stage win in each of the first two events and recorded an average finish of 5.0 in his first two starts for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
  • The second-generation driver has made six starts in Camping World Truck Series action at Las Vegas, with a best result of fourth coming in the 2015 event. Last season, Nemechek raced at Las Vegas twice in the NASCAR Cup Series with a best finish of 20th in the September event.
  • Nemechek is a six-time winner in Camping World Truck Series action, winning at least one race each season from 2015 to 2018 for his family-owned team, NEMCO Motorsports. Across 104 career starts in NASCAR’s third division, the second-generation driver has compiled two poles, 637 laps led, 29 top-five and 52 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 13.0. The North Carolina native qualified for the Camping World Truck Series playoffs in each of his two full-time seasons, finishing eighth in the championship standings in both 2016 and 2017. He was voted the series most popular driver in 2015.
  • The 23-year-old driver produced three top-10 finishes and an average result of 22.4 while competing for rookie of the year honors in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2020. He recorded a career-best eighth-place finish twice, both coming at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, earned the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award four times and finished 23rd in the championship standings.
  • Eric Phillips returns to KBM to lead the No. 4 team this season. Phillips led the No. 18 team at KBM in its debut season in 2010 and helped build the organization into one of the premier teams in all of NASCAR before departing at the end of the 2014 season. Under his guidance, the No. 18 team won eight races in its inaugural campaign and became the first team in Truck Series history to capture an owner’s championship in its first season of competition. In 2014, the Illinois native led the No. 51 team to an owner’s championship and his team’s 10 wins spearheaded KBM to a single-season Truck Series record of 14 wins. His 37 career Truck Series victories make him the winningest crew chief in Truck Series history, with 27 of those coming while at KBM. At Las Vegas, Phillips has nine starts in Camping World Trucks competition. In 2014, Phillips captured victory with Erik Jones at the 1.5-mile facility. He has collected one top-five, six top-10s, and an average finish of 12.6.
  • The world’s leading synthetic motor oil brand, Mobil 1, features anti-wear technology that provides performance beyond our conventional motor oils. This technology allows Mobil 1 to meet or exceed the toughest standards of car builders and to provide exceptional protection against engine wear, under normal or even some of the most extreme conditions. Mobil 1 flows quickly in extreme temperatures to protect critical engine parts and is designed to maximize engine performance and help extend engine life.
John Hunter Nemechek, Driver Q&A:
How important is it for you to come out this week and have a strong run on a 1.5-mile track to show that you are capable of competing for the win no matter the track style?
“Having strong runs on a superspeedway to start out the year at Daytona and then going to a road course and leading a bunch of laps with another strong run there to now a mile-and-a-half, I definitely feel like being able to show up to every different style racetrack is only going to help us know that we are going to be competitive every single week when we show up no matter what style track. With it being the first 1.5-mile race, I’m super excited about it. I really like Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Hopefully we can go get the job done.”
How does the racing at Vegas in trucks compare to the other 1.5-mile tracks?
“I feel like the racing at Las Vegas is very interesting. It almost races like a superspeedway with how big the runs are in the draft and everything else. Overall, it is still your typical 1.5-mile racetrack. It’s something that I really enjoy. I love being able to manipulate the air and move around. Vegas is another place where you can move from the bottom all the way to the top to run the fence. Hopefully we can get up there Friday night.”
Is it going to be any different this week racing against Kyle now having him as a teammate and also being your boss?
“Racing against Kyle has definitely been a lot of fun. Growing up racing against him, he is always the guy to beat when you show up Super Late Model racing or in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series or the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Being able to race against him for so many years, he is up on me for beating me so many times, but I’ve still been able to beat him a couple of times. Hopefully we will be able to go out there and have a really good weekend and bring home the KBM trucks 1-2-3. Hopefully it is us in victory lane instead of him.”
John Hunter Nemechek Career Highlights:
  • Six-time winner in Camping World Truck Series action, winning at least one race each season from 2015 to 2018 for his family-owned team, NEMCO Motorsports. Across 104 career starts in NASCAR’s third division, has compiled two poles, 637 laps led, 29 top-five and 52 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 13.0.
  • Qualified for the Camping World Truck Series playoffs in each of his two full-time seasons, finishing eighth in the championship standings in both 2016 and 2017.
  • Produced three top-10 finishes and an average result of 22.4 while competing for rookie of the year honors in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2020. He recorded a career-best eighth-place finish twice, both coming at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, earned the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award four times and finished 23rd in the championship standings.
  • Across 51 career XFINITY Series starts, has totaled one win (Kansas Speedway, 10/20/18), one pole, 225 laps led, 12 top-five and 30 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.6.
John Hunter Nemechek's No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra:
KBM-058: The No. 4 Mobil 1 team will unload KBM-058 Friday in Las Vegas. Christian Eckes last ran the chassis at Kansas Speedway, where he finished in the sixth position. The chassis scored one win at Charlotte in 2019 with Kyle Busch.
KBM Notes of Interest:
  • KBM drivers have collected four wins, four poles, 545 laps led, 12 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 12.2 across 36 starts at Las Vegas. Erik Jones won the 2014 event while owner-driver Kyle Busch won in the spring of 2018, 2019 and 2020.
  • KBM holds the Camping World Truck Series records for most career wins (80) and most wins in a single season (14 in 2014). In addition to collecting a series-record seven Owner's Championships, the organization has produced two championship-winning drivers: Erik Jones (2015) and Christopher Bell (2017).
  • The No. 4 has 11 career victories at KBM and was the number for both of the organization’s driver championships.


Spire Motorsports announced today that NationsGuard will be the primary sponsor of the No. 77 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
For the third consecutive race, Justin Haley will handle driving duties for the No. 77 team.
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“Spire Motorsports is happy to showcase NationsGuard on our No. 77 Chevrolet this weekend,” said Spire Motorsports co-owner Jeff Dickerson. “Justin Haley does a great job on the race track so we’re confident he’ll give the NationsGuard Chevrolet a good run.”
The Pennzoil 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be televised live on FOX Sunday, March 7 beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). The fourth of 36 races on the 2021 NCS schedule will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

Spire Motorsports PR

Lucas Oil, who has a long history with drag racing, has expanded their commitment to the sport with additional coverage on MAVTV Motorsports Network. MAVTV announced today it will be the broadcast home for the Mid-West Drag Racing Series in 2021 and that Lucas Oil will be the “Official Oil” for the series.
The Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service has become the premier regional drag racing tour in America.  This year, all eight events will be shown live on the new MAVTV Plus platform.


“Because of our love of drag racing, Lucas Oil has long been associated with the sport,” said Morgan Lucas, President of Lucas Oil Products.  “We wanted to expand our support of drag racing  and I felt that  the Mid-West Series is a perfect fit.  The passion from the series’ racers and the action that is produced is exciting and we are looking forward to bringing this brand of racing to a new audience this year.”

The Mid-West Drag Racing Series will feature eight events at six different tracks in five different states.  The 1/8 mile drag racing competition spotlights many different classes of cars, including Top Alcohol Funny Car, Pro Mods, and Top Dragster.
“This is a dream come true and something I have imagined in my mind since the beginning of the series (2017),” said Keith Haney, Founder of the Mid-West Drag Racing Series.  “I’ve always wanted to spotlight the amazing racers in this series.  I think fans deserve to meet these racers and what better platform than MAVTV and its networks.  The race tracks, marketing partners and everyone knows this series is all about helping the sport stay healthy and Lucas Oil does so much to ensure that happens.”


Three events from the Mid-West Drag Racing Series will also receive enhanced tape-delayed airings on MAVTV for a scheduled total of six network television programs.
The season opener for the Mid-West Drag Racing Series is on March 19-20 at Xtreme Raceway Park in Ferris, TX.  Friday’s qualifying and Saturday’s elimination rounds will be shown live on MAVTV Plus.
MAVTV Plus is built on the foundation established by Lucas Oil Racing TV and replaces the latter, effective immediately. The rebrand of the digital service will be seamless to subscribers, who will continue to receive access to a uniquely diverse collection of automotive and racing content catered directly to enthusiasts, including the ARCA Menards Series, GNCC Racing Series, Late Model Dirt Series, Pro Pulling League, ASCS Sprint Car Series, POWRi Racing and much more. As part of the launch, current subscribers are also currently receiving a two-month extension on their current plan.
A yearly subscription to MAVTV Plus, which gives viewers access to all of the Live racing, along with the MAVTV library of content, is priced at $99.99. MAVTV Plus is also offered as a monthly subscription at $6.99 and includes access to select scheduled live events and the MAVTV library. The app is available for download on major mobile and streaming devices, and can also be accessed via an internet browser. Additional information for both current and new subscribers can be found at www.MAVTVPlus.com.


Hitting the Century Mark … Austin Hill will hit the century mark and make his 100th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start on Friday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS). The driver of the No. 16 Ibaraki Toyopet Toyota Tundra is reaching the career milestone in his 49th start with HRE and comes at one of his most successful venues. Hill has pulled into victory lane in two of the last three Camping World Trucks events in “Sin City” and a third victory in the desert would come at the perfect time for he and the No. 16 team. Hill has collected 18 of his 19th career top-five finishes with HRE and 30 of his 38-career top-10’s during that span, including all six of his Camping World Trucks victories.
Time for a Comeback … The 2020 regular season champion was handed two finishes outside the top-20 to start the season at Daytona International Speedway, but is ready to mount a comeback beginning at LVMS. Hill began last season with seven consecutive top-10 finishes which fixed him atop the series standings, including a third-place finish in the first event at LVMS. He looks to restart a similar streak and establish a resilient comeback to climb back into the championship conversation at his most fruitful venue.
Las Vegas History … Six of Hill’s previous 99 Camping World Trucks starts have come on LVMS’ 1.5-mile high banks. The Winston, Ga. native has two victories at LVMS, including two of the three most recent events in “Sin City” with four top-10 finishes. Since suffering an overheating issue in his first start in Las Vegas with HRE, Hill has an average finish of 1.67 in the last three races at LVMS. Continuing that string of results could vault Hill up the championship standings as he currently sits just 19 points out of 10th.
Chassis Selection … Crew chief Scott Zipadelli and the Ibaraki Toyopet team elected to race chassis No. 010 for the first intermediate track of the 2021 season. Hill most recently raced this chassis at Bristol Motor Speedway last September and has since been updated and outfitted with a new Toyota Tundra body. Hill piloted this truck to victory lane at LVMS in September 2019 by leading 29 of the 134 laps.
Tune In … The third event on the ’21 Camping World Trucks slate will be carried live on FOX Sports 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET, while coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. ET with NASCAR Raceday. Stay connected with the No. 16 Ibaraki Toyopet team by following @Hattori_Racing on Twitter, @hattoriracing on Instagram, and Hattori Racing Enterprises on Facebook. 
Austin Hill Quote:
On making his 100th start at Las Vegas:
“It’s a pretty cool milestone to hit 100 starts in the series. That means a lot to be in the series for that long and have opportunities to drive fast trucks every week. There’s a lot of other people that have put in a lot of effort over the years to make that happen, especially all the guys at HRE and Ibaraki Toyopet this weekend. We’ve had extremely fast Tundras every time that we’ve gone to Las Vegas and have had a ton of success. This is the same truck that we won with in 2019 and ran third with last spring. Hopefully we can have a similar result on Friday night. We didn’t get the results we wanted in the first two races at Daytona, but every one of us is looking forward to turning that around this week and hopefully we can get Ibaraki Toyopet into victory lane for the first time.”
Mr. Smith Goes to Vegas:
  • Chandler Smith and the No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass team head to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first mile-and-a-half race on the Camping World Truck Series schedule this season. Running a partial schedule last season, Smith made four starts on 1.5-mile tracks, earning a best result of fifth twice, including the September event at Las Vegas.
  • Smith is off to a solid start in his rookie Camping World Trucks Campaign. He sits fourth in the championship standings, 30 tallies behind points leader Ben Rhodes, after finishing ninth at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and 12th at the Daytona Road Course. His average finish of 10.5 is not indicative of his performance in the first two events, his average running position so far this season is 8.31 and he has scored points in three of the four stages.
  • The 18-year-old Georgia native will compete for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in 2021 after competing in a part-time schedule for KBM each of the last two seasons. Smith earned the Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award at the Daytona Road Course and after two events leads the rookie standings by 30 points over Carson Hocevar.
  • The Toyota Development Driver has finished inside the top five in eight of his 18 career Camping World Truck Series starts, including a career-best runner-up finish at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in 2019. Smith posted an average finish of 7.7 across his final seven of 12 total Truck Series starts in 2020, including third-place finishes in the series finale at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway and his first career superspeedway start at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in October.
  • The talented teenager recorded nine wins, 10 poles and an average finish of 5.3 across 33 ARCA Menards Series starts the last three seasons. He captured the pole in his series debut at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville (Tenn.) in April of 2018 and set an ARCA Menards Series record by winning four consecutive poles to start his career. He earned his first victory at Madison (Wis.) International Speedway in just his fourth series start in June of 2018. Despite running a part-time schedule, he led the series in laps led in both 2018 and 2019.
  • Veteran crew chief Danny Stockman will call the shots for Smith and the No. 18 team this season. Stockman led the No. 51 team to four wins in his first season atop the pit box at KBM in 2020. He came to the organization with experience as a crew chief in all three national series, including a Truck Series championship with Austin Dillon in 2011 and an XFINITY Series championship with Dillon in 2013. Stockman’s XFINITY Series drivers totaled seven wins and 19 poles from 2012 to 2018 and after last season his Truck Series totals stand at eight wins and 13 poles.
  • Stockman guided KBM owner-driver Kyle Busch to a dominant victory in last year’s Camping World Trucks event at Las Vegas. He also was victorious with Dillon in 2010 at the Nevada track.
  • Safelite AutoGlass - the nation’s largest provider of vehicle glass repair, replacement, and recalibration services – will be the primary sponsor of Smith’s Tundra for 15 races this season. Safelite will be back on the No. 18 Toyota when the Camping World Truck Series resumes action March 20 at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway.
Chandler Smith, Driver Q&A:
How much of a challenge was it last year learning to race on the mile-and-a-half tracks?
“It’s definitely a learning curve and something new to learn. I feel like myself as a driver that I have gotten better at them, but there is still room for improvement. Overall, as an organization, I feel like our entire 1.5-mile program has gotten stronger. I’m looking forward to it.”
 Las Vegas is the first mile-and-a-half track that you are going to for a second time. Does that boost your confidence?
“I’ve raced at Las Vegas once and we had a strong finish at the end coming out fifth. We’re going back with a similar package, so I’m ready for it. It’s going to be a little cooler. It’s my second time going back, so I’m expecting good results in our Safelite Tundra and hopefully we can bring home the trophy.”
Are you looking forward to racing against Kyle for the first time in the Camping World Truck Series?
“I’ve raced against Kyle in Super Late Models and learned a tremendous amount from racing against him there. I feel like I am going to get the same results when it comes to truck racing. Obviously, the bigger picture is to come out and beat him. I would love nothing more than that, so that is the goal.”
Chandler Smith Career Highlights:
  • Across 18 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts has recorded 115 laps led, eight top-five and 10 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 12.1.
  • Posted an average finish of 7.7 across his final seven of 12 total Truck Series starts in 2020, including third-place finishes in the series finale at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway and his first career superspeedway start at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in October.
  • Produced three top-five and four top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 4.2 across his first four career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts in 2019. He led 55 laps and finished eighth in his Gander Trucks debut at Iowa Speedway last July and then posted top-five finishes in his final three starts, including a runner-up finish at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
  • Has collected nine wins, 10 poles, 1761 laps led, 22 top-five and 29 top-10 finishes en route to an average finish of 5.2 across 33 career ARCA Menards Series starts. Set an ARCA Racing Series record by winning four consecutive poles to start his career and earned his first victory after leading a race-high 102 laps at Madison (Wis.) International Speedway in his fourth series start.
Chandler Smith's No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Tundra:
KBM-070: The No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass team will unload chassis number KBM-070, a brand new Tundra, for Friday night’s Bucked up 200 at Las Vegas.
KBM Notes of Interest:



42 Racing and Italian talent Francesco Garisto announced today an extension of their agreement to compete in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in the 2021 season. After making his NWES debut with the Swiss team in 2020 through the NWES Drivers Recruitment Program, Garisto will chase the EuroNASCAR 2 at the wheel of the #42 42 Racing Mustang. 

“I’m thrilled to announce my deal with 42 Racing to extend our contract for the 2021 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series! We’ve worked hard to make this possible and we’re currently giving our best to get to Valencia as competitive as possible. My learning curve has grown exponentially during the 2020 season and I didn’t expect to have the competitiveness to fight for top spots,” said Garisto. “This year I will race to win, we know we can do it and we know we have the potential to end up on top. I will put my heart, soul, strength and mental attitude into the fight for the championship crown.”

The 18-year-old Italian finished 9th in points in 2020 in the EuroNASCAR 2 championship with 7 top-10s. The best result of the season for Garisto and 42 Racing came at Circuit Zolder, in the second event of the season, when he climbed on the third step of the podium. The team couldn’t travel to Grobnik and Valencia due to Covid-related problems, but they are ready to get back on track and prepare the May 15-16 Valencia season opener, with the plan to field once again two cars on the NWES grid.

“We are very happy to continue the journey in the NWES championship with Francesco, after working with him since October 2019, when we prepared together his participation in the NWES Drivers Recruitment Program. Francesco distinguished himself on the occasion, received  support to participate in the 2020 NWES season and the Zolder podium was a well deserved moment of glory,” said Marco Raggi, 42 Racing’s Team Principal. “In 2021 we expect to reap the benefits of what was sowed in the past season. The contenders are many and competitive, but Francesco proved he can carve out a space in the top positions. On our side, during the winter we completely rebuilt our two cars to leave no stone unturned and give Francesco and all our drivers the best equipment."

Garisto can’t wait to return to action and put his rookie year experience to good use. In the meantime, the Italian is racing in the EuroNASCAR Esports Series.

“During my first year in EuroNASCAR I had the chance to get to know many drivers and team members from all over the world and what I’ve always appreciated is the mutual respect among all competitors. This is something I always liked about this sport. I’m super pumped up and I’m really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel and having some close racing!”

The NWES season will begin on May 15-16 at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain with the 2021 edition of the Valencia NASCAR Fest.


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