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For the second straight season, NASCAR heads to Wisconsin for July 4th weekend at the picturesque Road America.
NASCAR National Series – NCS | NXS
Last season at Road America… Toyota drivers were very strong last season in the Cup Series debut at Road America with Christopher Bell coming home in second, and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch (third), Denny Hamlin (fifth) and Martin Truex Jr. (ninth) also having strong runs. Toyota’s Kurt Busch also had a solid result for his previous team, coming home in fourth.
Bell plans to be one spot better… Bell finished second last season and looks to earn his first victory of the season at Road America to clinch his Playoff berth. The Oklahoma-native finished eighth in Nashville – his sixth top-10 finish in the last seven races – to move up to a season-best eighth in the overall point standings.
Gibbs looks to rebound from first Road America start… Ty Gibbs impressive rookie season showed once again a season ago at Road America as he earned his first pole position and led laps early before a mechanical failure ended his day early. Gibbs – who has earned three straight top-10 finishes – is looking for a solid finish on Saturday.
Smith debuts… Sammy Smith will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut on Saturday at Road America. The Toyota Racing development driver is scheduled to make eight starts in the No. 18 Toyota GR Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) through the balance of the season. The 18-year-old has been impressive across all of his ARCA starts this season. He leads both the ARCA East and Sioux Chief Showdown championship standings and has two wins and four top-three finishes in four starts on the national ARCA tour this season.
Nemechek returns… John Hunter Nemechek makes his return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series this weekend aboard the No.26 Toyota GR Supra for Sam Hunt Racing (SHR). His last start with the team turned heads as he was catching the leader in Darlington before a late-race caution led to a fourth-place finish. SHR is coming off a strong run in Nashville as Jeffrey Earnhardt drove the car to a seventh-place finish. Nemechek has several planned Xfinity starts through the balance of the season with both of Toyota’s Xfinity teams – SHR and JGR.
Sunday Race Info
Race: Kwik Trip 250
Date/Time: Sunday, July 3 / 3 p.m. ET
Distance: 62 laps / 250 miles
Track Length: 4.048 miles
Press Kit: Download the 2022 FedEx Racing press materials at www.fedexracing.com/presskit, including bios for Denny Hamlin, Chris Gabehart and Joe Gibbs Racing leadership, program highlights and statistics.
Nashville Recap: Hamlin claimed his second pole award of the year and led a season-high 114 laps in last weekend’s race at Nashville Superspeedway. After spending most of the night running inside the top five, the FedEx Racing team opted to pit under a caution with less than 10 laps remaining. Hamlin mounted a furious charge from 14th with four laps remaining and found his way back up to sixth when the checkered flag waved.
Road America Notes: The No. 11 team started sixth and finished fifth in the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at Road America last summer. It was Hamlin’s only experience at the historic 4.048-mile road course to date.
Track: Road America
Laps Led: 0
Avg. Start: 6.0
Avg. Finish: 5.0
Hamlin Conversation – Road America
Talk about going back to Road America for the second time…
“Road America is a great track. The fan turnout last year was amazing. It’s a huge track and there were people all over the place, so it really had a great atmosphere. I’m looking forward to going back this weekend. We have a bit of work to do on our road course program with this new car. Sonoma was nowhere near what we are capable of across the board, so I think – as a team and manufacturer – we are excited to get back to a road course and see what gains we’ve made because these tracks are such an important part of our schedule these days.”
FedEx Express Along for the Ride at Nashville Superspeedway: For this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Road America, the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry TRD will carry MKE on the b-post in recognition of the Milwaukee market which includes more than 500 FedEx Express employees.
No. 20 Yahoo! Toyota Camry TRD News and Notes:
- BELL NCS AT ROAD AMERICA: Christopher Bell heads to Road America to make his second NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) start at the 4.048-mile road course. In 2021, Bell raced his way up to second with four laps remaining at Road America and was closing in on the leader when the checkered flag waved, coming up just one spot of a victory on the road course.
- ON THE CAR: Bell will carry the iconic purple colors of Yahoo! Sunday at Road America. This is Yahoo!’s third race on the No. 20 Toyota Camry TRD and they will be featured on the car two more times in 2022 at Darlington and Bristol.
- NASHVILLE RECAP: Bell made the final round of qualifying at Nashville but the rains came and washed out round two. The field was set based on round one and Bell lined up ninth in his No. 20 Toyota TRD Camry. The car fired off tight but shifted to loose as runs went on. The race was red flagged for weather but NASCAR was able to finish the race under the lights. Under a late race caution Bell stayed out instead of pitting, restarting eighth with four laps remaining. He was able to maintain the gained track position to finish eighth at Nashville.
- JGR AT ROAD AMERICA: All four JGR entries finished in the top 10 last year at Road America. Bell led the way for JGR crossing the finish line second. In four combined starts, the organization has tallied three top-five finishes and four top-10s.
- RACE INFO: The Kwik Trip 250 at Road America begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 3, 2022. The race will be broadcast live on USA, Sirius XM 90, and MRN Radio.
From the Cockpit:
Christopher Bell: “Road America is always one of my favorite stops on the year. I got my first road course win there, so when the Cup Series put it on the schedule I was very happy. I can’t wait to get back to Wisconsin.”
Landen Lewis has been named to drive the Bill McAnally Racing No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS in the remaining six races on the ARCA Menards Series West 2022 schedule.
The 16-year-old from Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina will make his first start with BMR on Saturday at Southern California’s Irwindale Speedway in the NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Motorsports Hall of Fame.
“We’re very excited to have Landen join BMR,” said team President Bill McAnally. “Ron Hornaday (Jr.) brought him to our attention and we have been very impressed with what we’ve seen. We will work hard to help Landen reach his full potential. I’m confident that he will put the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevy in Victory Lane.”
Hornaday, a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and former NAPA driver, considers BMR a great team for Lewis.
“This is a pretty cool opportunity for Landen,” Hornaday said. “I have known Bill for a long time and I think this is a perfect fit for Landen. I look forward to seeing him carrying my old colors and number with NAPA. Landen is a type of driver when put to the test he always exceeds our expectations. I am excited to see what Landen can do with this team and these new tracks he will be going to.”
Lewis joins BMR with an ARCA West win among two series starts he has already made this year. He won at Kern County Raceway Park near Bakersfield, California on April 23. In addition, he qualified second and finished 14th in the ARCA West event on the road course at Sonoma Raceway on June 11. His racing resume also includes a win and two top fives in three starts last year in the ARCA Menards Series.
“I am extremely excited for this amazing opportunity to run the number 16 NAPA Chevy for BMR and to be able to work with Charlie Wilson and the guys,” Lewis said. “I have always watched the McAnally cars and it has been a dream of mine to be able to drive for Bill.
“I also find it pretty awesome that my biggest mentor, Ron Hornaday, drove the number 16 NAPA truck. So it’s pretty neat to have NAPA on the car and it being the number 16 is icing on top of the cake,” Lewis said. “I am looking forward to getting out to the West Coast and working with the team.”
Lewis will team at Irwindale with Cole Moore, driver of BMR’s No. 99 Adaptive One Calipers Chevrolet SS. The Granite Bay, California driver – who won last year’s ARCA West Rookie of the Year Award – is currently fourth in this year’s championship battle.
Lewis began racing at the age of 4 and during the next eight years he accumulated multiple national titles and more than 150 career wins. In moving him up the racing ladder, his family turned to Ron Hornaday Jr. to build a dirt modified. Hornaday was so impressed with the young driver that he took him under his wing. Hornaday’s daughter, Candace, also works with Lewis, through the Team Hornaday Development, a driver development program that she created.
Lewis experienced continued success in 2018, becoming the youngest driver to win a Mid-East Modified Series race and winning the Most Popular Driver Award. He expanded his racing in 2019, gaining more experience on asphalt and road courses – winning on multiple surfaces in both Legend Cars and the ARCA Menards Series.
He captured even more national attention in 2021, winning the Legend Car “Trifecta” of Dirt, Asphalt and Road Course Nationals and the North Carolina State Championship. He also made his ARCA Menards Series debut and won in his second start at the Du Quoin State Fair 100.
Lewis replaces Austin Herzog, who drove for BMR in the first five ARCA West races this season.
The spotlight will be on the NAPA brand at Irwindale on Saturday. In addition to serving as the entitlement sponsor of the ARCA West event, NAPA will be well represented – with Derek Sasabuchi, District Manager from the NAPA Distribution Center in Los Angeles, bringing a special group of 200 NAPA customers to the event. Several guests have earned the opportunity to be treated to a VIP NAPA Experience. They will have dinner with the team at the NAPA transporter, get a special pit tour, have a meet-and-greet with the BMR drivers and also will have the opportunity to view the exciting racing action from a VIP suite.
The annual Fourth of July event at Irwindale Speedway is a favorite at the state-of-the-art track, with fans packing the stands to view the great side-by-side racing around the half-mile oval and see the fireworks show that concludes the evening.
ARCA Menards Series West Event:
Race: NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 presented by the West Stock Car Motorsports Hall of Fame (Race 6 of 11) July 2, 2022
Location: Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, Calif. (1/2-mile oval)
Television: Streamed live on FloRacing on July 2, 7 p.m. PT/ USA Network on July 10, 10 a.m. PT
Derek Griffith grew up racing at the short tracks of New Hampshire, and now, is ready to take his talents to the big stage in his home state. On Saturday, July 16, Griffith will compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Crayon 200 at “The Magic Mile,” driving for Sam Hunt Racing in what will be his third race of the season with the growing operation.
In his two starts with Sam Hunt Racing earlier in 2022 – the first two of his NXS career – Griffith gained valuable experience he will put to the test at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). He’s run the 1.058-mile oval before in a Super Late Model, but is excited for the challenge of the NXS and is hoping to make the hometown fans proud.
There are certainly going to be a large number of Derek Griffith fans in attendance as part of a full weekend as NHMS becomes the center of the NASCAR world.
“I know the Xfinity Series car is going to race a ton differently than a Late Model, but I love Loudon,” Griffith said. “Hopefully that and my experience there falls into my favor. I just want to have a good showing. I have to do my job the best I possibly can. I’ve got a couple of starts in the car with this team, so now I know how things work. I know what I need to bring to the table.”
Outside of racing, Griffith is a business owner of Northeast Auto Imports in Hudson, N.H. Not only does Griffith work in the state, he spends his day-to-day life serving customers of the Granite State and beyond.
On top of that, Hudson Speedway will be the primary sponsor of the No. 26 Toyota GR Supra for the Crayon 200. Griffith and Hudson Speedway operator Ben Bosowski have worked together to promote the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts facility, and showcasing the track on the car in the NXS is a huge step forward.
“Derek’s driving speaks for itself,” Bosowski said. “It’s all a Cinderella-type story. The hometown kid goes to New Hampshire Motor Speedway with his hometown track on the side of the car as sponsor. It’s one of those stories that you don’t hear much out there anymore. Very rarely do all of the pieces come together like this. It will be a great moment for all of us.”
Derek’s goals in the 200-lap race will be simple: to go out there, finish all the laps and come home with a strong finish. It won’t be the last time the New Hampshire standout competes on the NXS circuit this season either. He has more races planned with Sam Hunt Racing.
“I am beyond pumped to be able to race in the Xfinity Series at NHMS,” Griffith said. “Being able to race there was a big determining factor in trying to find a ride in the Xfinity Series, not even just for me and my family, but for Hudson to be on the car, close to where the track is. It’s going to be awesome to have my friends, my family and everyone else there at the track. I have it circled as what should be a highlight moment of my racing career.”
New England’s NASCAR weekend gets underway Friday, July 15 with Friday Night Dirt Duels Presented by New England Racing Fuel at The Flat Track and continues with Doubleheader Saturday on July 16, featuring the Crayon 200 NXS race and Whelen Manufactured in America 100 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race. The grand finale of New England’s biggest race weekend is headlined by the Ambetter 301 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, July 17.
Be sure to check NHMS.com/Events/NASCAR-Cup-
Fans can find more information on Derek Griffith by visiting DerekGriffith.com and following Derek Griffith Motorsports on Facebook for updates including race-day updates from “The Magic Mile.”
Fans can log on to NHMS.com for tickets and more information on the weekend’s lineup of action-packed racing. Tickets for Friday Night Dirt Duels Presented by New England Racing Fuel are just $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. Doubleheader Saturday tickets start at just $45 for adults while kids 12 and under are free. Sunday’s Ambetter 301 tickets start at just $59 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under.
Keep track of all of New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s events by following on Facebook (@NHMotorSpeedway), Twitter (@NHMS) and Instagram (@NHMS). Keep up with all the latest information on the speedway website (NHMS.com) and mobile app.
No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry TRD News and Notes
- TRUEX AT ROAD AMERICA: Martin Truex Jr. started ninth and finished ninth in last season’s NASCAR Cup Series debut race at Road America. A strategy call late in stage two brought Truex to pit road and would have cycled him to the lead to begin the final segment. However, he was penalized for speeding on pit road and had to rally from the back of the field during the final stage.
- NASHVILLE RECAP: Truex led a season-high 82 laps and won both stages of last weekend’s race at Nashville Superspeedway. He found himself running fourth prior to a caution in the final 10 laps. The No. 19 team chose to pit for fresh tires while 10 cars opted not to pit. On the restart with four laps to go, Truex lost his momentum avoiding an accident and finished the night in the 22nd position.
- STAGE WINNER MTJ: After winning both stages of last Sunday’s race in Nashville, Truex now leads all drivers with five stage wins this season.
- COMING BACK: Last Friday, Truex announced that he will return to drive Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 19 Toyota Camry TRD in 2023. Since joining JGR in 2019, Truex has collected 12 victories and two Championship 4 appearances (2019 and 2021).
- BASS PRO SHOPS: A longtime supporter of Truex and NASCAR, Bass Pro Shops will be featured as the primary sponsor of the No. 19 Camry this weekend at Road America. 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.
- RED, WHITE, AND BLUE: Truex’s No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry TRD will feature a red, white, and blue design for this weekend’s race to honor the United States military and Bass Pro Shops’ relationship with the United Service Organizations (USO).
- JGR AT ROAD AMERICA: Joe Gibbs Racing posted three top-five finishes and a ninth-place result in the inaugural Road America race last season. Christopher Bell led the team in second followed by Kyle Busch in third, Denny Hamlin fifth and Truex in ninth. The organization also has a pair of NASCAR Xfinity Series wins (2019 and 2021) at the 4.048-mile road course.
- TUNE IN: Coverage of this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Road America begins Sunday, July 3, at 3 p.m. ET on USA, MRN Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Martin Truex Jr., Driver of the No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry TRD
What do you expect going back to Road America?
“It’s a great track. It’s obviously a very long track, so you get a lot of different types of corners and some elevation changes. We’re definitely looking at this weekend as being very important. We weren’t where we need to be at Sonoma and our guys have been working really hard since then to figure out why and hopefully come to Road America this weekend with a better shot at running up front like we know we’re capable of.”
JD Motorsports announces today the addition of Ty Dillon to its driver roster for the No. 6 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). Dillon will pilot the entry in this weekend’s Henry 180 at Road America.
Dillon, a veteran of the NASCAR Cup Series, will have sponsorship from Black Hole Ammo for the 182.16-mile race.
“I’m excited to be back in the Xfinity Series for this weekend at Road America,” said Dillon. “I’m very proud to have Black Hole Ammo on board our No. 6 Chevrolet. I’ve known Shari Wagner and her family for years now and representing an American-based company is always an honor. The JD Motorsports guys have been working hard to give us a good car and getting additional laps will help the overall weekend.”
Black Hole Ammo, a Sterling Ammo, LLC brand, is launching premium ammunition catered to sporting, recreational and law enforcement on Friday, July 1. Black Hole Ammo will feature a full portfolio of hand gun and rifle ammunition. Based in Washington, Iowa, the new company will produce rounds of fully loaded rimfire and centerfire under its 190,000-square foot roof.
In conjunction with Dillon taking to the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin track for practice on Friday, BlackHoleAmmo.com will open for orders on July 1. Shooters and hunters can be among the first to own this American-made ammo by ordering direct from BlackHoleAmmo.com.
“There’s not a better driver and fit for our brand than Ty Dillon,” said Shari Wagner, Chief Executive Officer of Black Hole Ammo. “Ty is an avid hunter, shooter and conservationist. We’ve watched him grow up hunting with his dad, Mike, and his grandfather, Richard Childress. We are proud to once again be associated with Ty. Our operation at Black Hole Ammo is 100 percent vertical. Of course we have to buy raw materials such as brass strips, lead and gun powder, but our numerous bullet presses, loaders and state-of-the-art Elye Priming System will insure our ammunition is among the most accurate and safe in the world.”
The 30-year-old driver has over 395 starts across NASCAR’s three national series. Dillon has one NXS victory at the prestigious Indianapolis Motor Speedway and three wins in the NASCAR Truck Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.
“We’re excited to have Ty Dillon in our No. 6 Chevrolet this weekend at Road America,” said Johnny Davis, owner of JD Motorsports. “Ty is a fierce competitor and this weekend will be no different. We’re excited to see what both of our teams can do at Road America.”
The Henry 180 at Road America will take the green flag on Saturday, July 2 at 2:30 p.m. ET. The 45-lap event will be broadcast live on USA Network and can be heard on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.
In Red Hill Raceway’s return to racing for the first time in nearly 18 years Tuesday night, Tyler Erb made the most of his first DIRTcar Summer Nationals appearance in two seasons, dominating the evening for his fifth career Hell Tour victory.
On paper, the box scores show he led all 30 laps, green-to-checkered. But this was anything but a cakewalk victory for the 25-year-old from New Waverly, TX, as he held off a hungry field of multiple Summer Nationals champions behind him to collect the $5,000 check.
From the outside pole, Erb grabbed the lead on Lap 1 and began a wild chase with Summer Nationals points leader Bobby Pierce around the 3/8-mile. They reached lapped traffic only eight circuits in, creating an interesting obstacle for the leaders to navigate.
“I’d run hard, feel like we got a comfortable lead, and then hit lapped cars immediately – which kinda makes it hairy,” Erb said. “I’d try to wait, wait, then when I’d get to a lapped car, just pass them as fast as I can and not follow them for a lap or two.”
Erb defended through the halfway point with Pierce stalking closely behind him until Lap 16, when Pierce slowed coming out of Turn 4 and spun around; a small flame coming from under the hood. The reigning champion was pushed back to the pits, done for the night, scored in 13th-place.
That opened the door for four-time champion Brian Shirley to stake his claim for the lead, though he was largely unsuccessful. Over the final fourteen laps, Shirley gave Erb a few challenges for the top spot, but ultimately came up just one spot short.
“Randall [Edwards, crew chief] would show me a lead, then he’d close-up, show me a bit of a lead, then close-up,” Erb said. “With five-to-go, I swear I must’ve passed a lapped car or [Shirley] must’ve hit a hole, and he showed me a big lead, and the next lap I came by, he showed me [Shirley] was right on my butt.”
Shirley’s best chance came in the final laps, where Erb got held-up by a big pack of slower cars in multiple lanes right in front of him, slowing his pace enough to allow Shirley to close rapidly. Erb carefully navigated through them and even survived a last-ditch swipe at the lead out of Turn 4 by Shirley to hang on for the win.
“With five to go, the lapped cars were literally four-wide in front of me,” Erb said. “That was probably the sketchiest part of the whole deal. I just didn’t want to get tangled up with them.”
Summer Nationals rookie standout Payton Freeman came from eighth to finish third – a new personal best on the tour. Four-time champion Shannon Babb ran inside the top-five all night and came home fourth, while 2010 champion Jason Feger rounded out the top-five.
The Summer Nationals Late Model action continues Wednesday night at Benton Speedway in Benton, MO – returning for the first time since 1997. If you can’t be at the track, watch every lap live on DIRTVision.
ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)
Feature 30 Laps | 00:16:45.654
1. 1-Tyler Erb; 2. 3S-Brian Shirley; 3. F1-Payton Freeman; 4. 18-Shannon Babb; 5. 25-Jason Feger; 6. 15- Christian Hanger; 7. 31AUS-Paul Stubber; 8. 14G-Joe Godsey; 9. 0-Deshawn Gingerich; 10. 30-Mark Voigt; 11. 17-Lee Williams; 12. 23NZ-Mick Quin; 13. 32-Bobby Pierce; 14. 86-Kyle Beard; 15. 15F-Richard Frost; 16. 44X-Devin McLean; 17. 26M-Brent McKinnon; 18. 81J-Jack Riggs; 19. 11K-Shannon Kuhn; 20. 14R-Jeff Roth; 21. 4D-Doug Tye; 22. 21-Billy Moyer Jr; 23. (DNS) 89-Ashton Winger; 24. (DNS) 44-Blaze Burwell
EIGHT IS GREAT: Hoffman Wins Eighth of Season at Red Hill Debut
Not only did Red Hill Raceway reopen its gates to the public for the first time in nearly 18 years Tuesday night, but it now has an honorable distinction of hosting two generations of UMP Modified stars on its front-stretch Victory Lane.
Nick Hoffman grew up watching father Darrell Hoffman race and win multiple times on the big 3/8-mile red dirt oval in the late 1990s through the early 2000s. Fast forward to 2022, and Nick himself now stands exactly where one of his racing heroes did with his trip to DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Victory Lane for the eighth time in 10 races Tuesday night.
“A lot of times, he’d come over here and run, or we’d go down to Paducah and run a little bit,” Hoffman said, reminiscing on the days in the grandstands watching his father. “At this time, I would’ve been five, six, seven years old. I remember bits and pieces of this place.”
In short, Hoffman led all but one lap en route to his 64th career Summit Modified triumph. It was a dominating performance in which no driver challenged him once he got the lead throughout the 20-lap main event.
Several cautions were spread throughout the race, but Hoffman held strong out front by changing restart lanes.
“I restarted on the top almost every single time, except that last one where I moved out to the top to get a better run down the hill,” Hoffman said. “I just tried to change it up a little bit with it being a single-file restart; It makes it a little bit tougher being the leader.”
The Summit Modified action continues Wednesday night at Benton Speedway in Benton, MO – the second track debut in two days for the Modifieds. If you can’t be at the track, watch every lap live on DIRTVision.
ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)
Feature 20 Laps | 00:26:46.562
1. 2-Nick Hoffman; 2. 8-Kyle Steffens; 3. 37-Everett Bradham; 4. 1S-Brian Shaw; 5. 95X-Marty Lindeman; 6. 55-justin Jones; 7. 95-Ed Roley; 8. 36-Kenny Wallace; 9. 7-Willie Gammill; 10. 69L-Josh Lemke; 11. 66- Michael Fox; 12. 77-Jim Shipman; 13. K9-Will Krup; 14. 81-Logan Mounce; 15. 24L-Lacey Risley; 16. 88- Bill Dugger; 17. 130-Chase Allen; 18. 79D-John DeMoss; 19. 71-Rick Frasure; 20. 92-Kenny Carmichael; 21. 16C-John Clippinger; 22. 71X-Dave Beck; 23. 30-Mike Beatty; 24. (DNS) 50-Tyler Weiss; 25. (DNS) 99D- Nathan Deisher
DIRTcar Series PR
Rico Abreu Holds off All Challengers to Win the Hodnett Cup and $10,000, Brett Kressley Tops Modifieds in Thunder on the Hill Tuesday Night
It was a beautiful night of racing presented by Levan Machine and Truck Equipment with a full house of spectators to watch the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series doubleheader. Rico Abreu of St Helena, California claimed his first 410 Sprint Car win on ‘the Hill’ as part of Pennsylvania Speedweek presented by Red Robin and Brett Kressley won the 358 Modified portion of the event.
Abreu claimed $10,000 and the Hodnett Cup trophy for his efforts in a race that proved tricky for the leaders barely dodging multiple incidents and avoiding fighting through heavy-lapped traffic.
“We had some breaks with cautions,” Abreu said in post-race ceremonies. “But you have to do everything right to get those breaks in the first place.”
Abreu may have started on the pole but it wasn’t easy for the California native with Christopher Bell moving from inside row 2 into the second position on the start. Abreu fired off fast, approaching a full-straight lead by the fourth circuit with lapped traffic quickly approaching.
With Abreu in a comfortable lead, the battle for second heated up, between Brent Marks and Bell – but a Lap 7 yellow slowed the field when Dylan Norris spun directly in front of the leaders.
On the restart, Rico shot to the high side of the one-third-mile speedway with Marks moving passed Bell and Anthony Macri powering around the outside of Kyle Larson.
Marks pressured Abreu as the laps ticked away, approaching lapped traffic until the red flag flew on lap 14 for Kyle Larson, whose No. 57 machine tipped on its side with a broken rear end.
Abreu continued on the restart, racing around the inside of the speedway while Marks rode around the high side hot on his heels.
The final caution flew on lap 23 for Zach Hampton, who spun in front of the leaders.
Just over ten laps remained on the scoreboard, Abreu took the green flag creating some distance between himself and the battle for second between Anthony Macri and Brent Marks.
Heavy lapped traffic challenged the leaders in the late stages, as the top five positions were nose-to-tail when the white flag flew, but Abreu held them off to claim his third Pennsylvania Speedweek win.
Anthony Macri finished in the second spot, Brent Marks in third, Danny Dietrich in fourth, and Christopher Bell finished in fifth
Macri also picked up the $150 Quick Time Bonus from Clever Girl Winery for the 410 Sprint Cars. Qualifying Heat Races were won by Rico Abreu, Justin Peck, Tanner Thorson, and Kyle Larson.
Brett Kressley picked up his third NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series win on Tuesday night passing Jared Umbenhauer in the second half of the 30-lap feature.
Mike Lisowski led the twenty-four car field to the drop of the green flag with Umbenhauer taking the lead on the second circuit of the event. Umbenhauer dominated the early stages of the race, before Kressley – who started in the fifth position – closed quickly and overtook the top spot with the help of side-by-side lapped traffic.
The only caution of the event flew on lap 26 when Ron Kline stopped at the top of the speedway with a right rear flat tire.
Kressley rolled on to the $3,000 win with Duane Howard moving into the second position on the restart, Umbenhauer settling for third, Alex Yankowski in fourth, and Billy Pauch jr. in the fifth position.
GT Radiator Repair $200 Fast Time for the 358 Modifieds was won by Jared Umbenhauer with a lap of 14.272. Modified Qualifying Heat Races were won by Rick Laubach, Ron Kline, and Craig Whitmoyer who all claimed a $200 bonus from GT Radiator Repair.
The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series returns on Tuesday, August 2 with the Big-Block Modifieds and Small-Block Modifieds competing in the ‘Roaring’ Triple 20s event. The 602 Sportsman round out an exciting program of racing action.
410 Sprint Cars
Clever Girl Winery Time Trials – 1. Anthony Macri – 12.025 2. Danny Dietrich – 12.030 3. Christopher Bell – 12.037 4. Brent Marks – 12.059 5. Rico Abreu – 12.070 6. Justin Peck – 12.176 7. Tanner Thorson – 12.187 8. Kyle Larson – 12.207 9. Ryan Smith – 12.219 10. Kyle Moody – 12.221 11. Freddie Rahmer – 12.243 12. Skylar Gee – 12.268 13. Zach Hampton – 12.275 14. Austin Bishop – 12.304 15. TJ Stutts – 12.337 16. Lucas Wolfe – 12.368 17. Tyler Ross – 12.401 18. Devon Borden – 12.430 19. Dylan Norris – 12.432 20. Brandon Rahmer – 12.475 21. Jeff Halligan – 12.510 22. Chad Trout – 12.533 23. Chase Dietz – 12.534 24. Mark Smith – 12.573 25. Ryan Taylor – 12.590 26. Tyler Reeser 12.600 27. Eddie Lumbar – 12.643 28. Jon Stewart – 12.798 29. Dave Brown – 12.800 30. Jordan Givler – 12.820 31. Devin Adams – 13.022
Heat 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Rico Abreu 2. Anthony Macri 3. Ryan Smith 4. Tyler Ross 5. Ryan Taylor
Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Justin Peck 2. Kyle Moody 3. Austin Bishop 4. Danny Dietrich 5. Devon Borden
Heat 3 (10 Laps) – 1. Tanner Thorson 2. Christopher Bell 3. Freddie Rahmer 4. TJ Stutts 5. Dylan Norris
Heat 4 (10 Laps) – 1. Kyle Larson 2. Lucas Wolfe 3. Skylar Gee 4. Brandon Rahmer 5. Brent Marks
B-Main (8 Laps) – 1. Jeff Halligan 2. Zach Hampton 3. Chad Trout 4. Mark Smith
Feature (35 Laps) 1. Rico Abreu 2. Anthony Macri 3. Brent Marks 4. Danny Dietrich 5. Christopher Bell 6. Tanner Thorson 7. Justin Peck 8. Ryan Smith 9. Lucas Wolfe 10. Freddie Rahmer 11. Kyle Moody 12. Austin Bishop 13. Tyler Ross 14. Brandon Rahmer 15. TJ Stutts 16. Skylar Gee 17. Jeff Halligan 18. Ryan Taylor 19. Mark Smith 20. Dylan Norris 21. Chad Trout 22. Devon Borden 23. Zach Hampton 24. Kyle Larson
Heat 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Rick Laubach 2. Duane Howard 3. John Willman 4. Jared Umbenhauer 5. Craig VonDohren 6. Brett Gilmore
Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Ron Kline 2. Alex Yankowski 3. Mike Lisowski 4. Brett Kressley 5. Tim Buckwalter 6. Kevin Beach
Heat 3 (10 Laps) – 1. Craig Whitmoyer 2. Jeff Strunk 3. Jim Housworth 4. Billy Pauch Jr. 5. Jimmy Leiby 6. Brad Brightbill
Consi (10 Laps) – 1. Bobby Trapper Jr. 2. Kyle Smith 3. Doug Manmiller 4. Ryan Watt 5. Justin Grim 6. Nate Brinker
Feature (30 Laps ) – 1. Brett Kressley 2. Duane Howard 3. Jared Umbenhauer 4. Alex Yankowski 5. Billy Pauch Jr. 6. Jeff Strunk 7. Mike Lisowski 8. Craig VonDohren 9. Craig Whitmoyer 10. Rick Laubach 11. Doug Manmiller 12. Timmy Buckwalter 13. Ryan Watt 14. John Willman 15. Jimmy Leiby 16. Kyle Smith 17. Nate Brinker 18. Kevin Beach 19. Ron Kline 20. Brad Brightbill 21. Bobby Trapper Jr. 22. Jim Housworth 23. Brett Gilmore 24. Justin Grim
2022 NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES
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NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES – Presented by Levan Machine & Truck Equipment 7:30 PM
TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 Triple Roaring 20’s for 358/Big Block Modifieds Possible $11,000 to win. . . plus 602 SPORTSMAN
* Indicates NASCAR Point Race
Grandview Speedway PR
Tuesday was an “awfully” good night for racing and fun at Cook Out Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where Landen Lewis (Boston Reid & Co. Pro division) and Olivia Murray (Outlaws) were among the drivers claiming victory during Round 4’s white-knuckled excitement.
Back-to-back Wins for Lewis
Landen Lewis powered his Boston Reid & Co. Pro division hot rod to back-to-back wins with a triumphant Round 4 run. The 25-lap feature seemed to be well in hand for Alex McCollum, who was dominant early, until a caution on Lap 13 brought the field back together.
On the ensuing restart, Lewis squeezed his way into the lead taking the inside line away from McCollum and charging ahead of the pack. Parker Eatmon followed in his No. 4 machine to take the second place spot.
“This means a lot,” Lewis said. “It took me four years to get where we’re standing. Last week we finally won. (Team owner) Joe (Ryan Osborne) told me, when you win it once, it’s easier to get back again. He has right.”
Murray Manhandles Outlaw Competion
In the Bandolero Outlaw division, it was ladies night at America’s Home for Racing as Olivia Murray took home her first Cook Out Summer Shootout win of the 2022 season after dominating the 20-car field in a 20-lap feature. Despite three cautions that collected a total of 12 cars, Murray held off some fierce competition from Killian McMann and Phoenyx Kimball, among others.
In the end, however, no one had the speed to catch Murray, who cruised to victory ahead of Hunter Morgan and Kaeden Ballos.
“I just had to make sure I hit all my marks; The car felt so good,” Murray said after the win. “I’ve got to thank my sponsors – and my parents. Everybody here’s been able to help me do what I do.”
Cook Out Summer Shootout continues with Round 5 on Tuesday, July 5. “Red, White and Brew Night” at America’s Home for Racing features a full slate of Legend Car and Bandolero action, post-race autograph session and a patriotic fireworks display. All first responders get in FREE with a valid ID.
Cook Out Summer Shootout Entry is $10 for adults and kids 12 and under are FREE. Tickets can be purchased at the gate, by calling 800-455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.
Top 10 in each division of Tuesday’s races (unofficial results):
Beginner Bandoleros: 1. Gavin Holland; 2. Wyatt Coffey; 3. Bryson Mruphy; 4. Aidan Zschiedrich; 5. Hendrick Case; 6. Jeffrey Beck; 7. Mason Roberts; 8. Jack Smith; 9. Corbin Cannon; 10. Camden Truett
Bandolero Bandits: 1. Beckham Malone; 2. Hudson Canipe; 3. Darren Krantz Jr; 4. Ben Morabito; 5. LaQuan McCoy; 6. Bryson Brinkley; 7. Carson Cauble; 8. Mardy Roberts III; 9. Colt Johnson; 10. Owen Zacharias
Bandolero Outlaws: 1. Olivia Murray; 2. Hunter Morgan; 3. Kaeden Ballos; 4. Phoenyx Kimball; 5. Bobby Gossett; 6. Alison Johnson; 7. Killian McMann; 8. Carson Smith; 9. Nathan Lyons; 10. Joshua Lowe
Young Lions: 1. Carson Haislip; 2. Joel Smith; 3. TJ Decaire; 4. London McKenzie; 5. Joshua Dickens; 6. George Phillips; 7. Sean McElearney; 8. Layton Harrison; 9. Trevor Cline; 10. Luke Baldwin
VP Racing Semi-Pro: 1. Sean Abell; 2. Carson Brown; 3. Trevor Wester; 4. Byron Daley; 5. Preston Wrisley; 6. Justin Campbell; 7. Jack Baldwin; 8. Lucas Vera; 9. Thomas Annunziata; 10. Andres Perez
Boston Reid & Company Pro: 1. Landen Lewis; 2. Parker Eatmon; 3. Alex McCollum; 4. Jordan Black; 5. Garrett Lowe; 6. Cameron Bolin; 7. Justice Calabro; 8. Gavin Graham; 9. Jake Bollman; 10. Daniel Wilk
Masters: 1. Brandon McKenzie; 2. Robbie Woodall; 3. Robby Faggart; 4. Rusty Young; 5. Dwayne Holder; 6. Mark Green; 7. Carl Cormier; 8. Lee Jordan; 9. Brandin Wrisley; 10. Clayton Austin