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Spire Motorsports announced today that Built Bar will be the primary sponsor of Corey LaJoie’s No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Built Bar is part of the Built Brands™ portfolio of nutritional products. Built Brands is a leading manufacturer and distributor of healthy, great-tasting protein and energy products--combining natural, clean ingredients in a unique way. Built Bar’s proprietary manufacturing process produces a great-tasting, healthy bar that is high in protein, high in fiber, and low in sugar.
“Built Brands is thrilled to extend our partnership with Corey LaJoie and join Spire Motorsports for the 2021 season,” said Nick Greer, co-founder of Built Brands. "It is our responsibility to ensure Corey is properly fueled for all his races, and we're committed to serving as his healthy snack alternative while he's on and off the track. Here's to another protein-packed season, with many more to come."
Built Bar is truly a standout among protein bars. With its exceptional nutritional profile and so many delicious flavors, Built Bar is the favorite protein bar of many discerning fitness trainers and fitness enthusiasts alike.
“I can’t wait to have Built Bar on our car this weekend in Las Vegas,” said LaJoie. “Nick Greer and the team at Built Brands supported me last season and I’m really proud they’ve decided to partner with us at Spire Motorsports this year. The paint scheme they came up with should certainly capture the fan’s attention and hopefully sell a bunch of protein bars. Las Vegas is one of my favorite intermediate tracks and I’m looking forward to having a strong day.”
“We’re thrilled to have Built Bar come aboard our No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro this weekend,” said Spire Motorsports co-owner T.J. Puchyr. “Corey, Nick Greer and the team at Built Brands have created a relationship that we’re excited to see transition to Spire Motorsports. The paint scheme they’ve come up with is absolutely lights out and I can’t think of a better venue to see it come to life than Las Vegas Motor Speedway.”
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.
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The seventh edition of the CARS Tour will kick off this weekend at South Carolina’s Dillon Motor Speedway. This will be the first event visit to the Dillon, South Carolina track, and just the second time in series history that only the Late Model Stock Car division will kick off the season solo. The competition for the 2021 Late Model Stock Car division has been anticipated by many as the most competitive class to chase the championship title hunt yet.
Track: Dillon Motor Speedway
Location: Dillon, SC
Track Size: .410 mile
Event Name: Black’s Tire 150
Laps: 125L (LMSC)
Distance: 51.25 miles
Event Schedule: Practice: 11AM-11:30AM / Qualifying: 2PM / Green Flag: 3PM
PRE ENTRY LIST
LMSC Entry List (22 total)
#08 Deac McCaskill, #1 Craig Moore, #2 Brandon Pierce, #2N Timothy Peters, #4 Jonathan Findley, #4H Kaden Honeycutt, #5 Jake Vuncannon, #14 Jared Fryar, #14J Conner Jones, #17 Joe Valento, #19 Jessica Cann, #22 Bobby McCarty, #24 Mason Diaz, #44 Justin Johnson, #81 Mini Tyrrell, #81B Sam Butler, #87 Mike Looney, #88 William Cox III, #91 Jonathan Shafer, #95 Sam Yarbrough, #97 Daniel Silvestri, #99 Lanye Riggs
Facebook: CARS Tour / Dillon Speedway
Instagram: cars_tour / N/A
Twitter: @CARSTour / @DillonSpeedway / #BlacksTire125
Jared Fryar Returns for the Repeat
Defending champion, Jared Fryar will once again drive for Jimmy Mooring in 2021 and will look to defend his championship title from a season ago. The Trinity, North Carolina driver used consistency and a return to Edelbrock Victory Lane (Franklin County) for the first time since 2017 to capture the title. While the upcoming 2021 schedule has several familiar tracks, multiple new facilities could challenge Fryar this season. Fryar will entire the season opener as the championship favorite over fellow competitors Layne Riggs and Bobby McCarty.
Out with the Old and in with the New
Changing up the competition this season, there are drivers that won’t compete full time with the tour in 2021. Josh Berry, Ronald Hill, and Chad McCumbee won’t be full time with the tour, but we can expect these familiar names to return to the schedule at some point throughout the season. We can expect greatness from other competitors this season, as they have been watching and learning from these veterans for years.
While a few veterans will be absent, there are several series newcomers and multiple drivers who will compete for the R&S Racecars Rookie of the Year title this season. Multi-time Myrtle Beach Speedway track champion, Sam Yarbrough will take over the ride vacated by McCumbee, driving Robert Elliott’s #95 machine. The 2016 Martinsville 300 winner, Mike Looney will compete for the series title with backing from Harrion’s Workwear in 2021. Youngsters Joe Valento, Connor Jones, Kaden Honeycutt, and Daniel Silvestri will all get their first taste of tour action this weekend at Dillon.
Debut at Dillon – What to Expect?
For the first time in seven seasons, the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour will race at Ron Barfield’s Dillon Motor Speedway located just off Interstate 95 in Dillon, South Carolina. The 4/10 mile track presents long straights with 14 degree banked turns. Turns one and two are quicker and sweeping, while three and four are abrupt with the turn four wall easily met upon exit to the flag stand. Much like other tracks in the sandy region of South Carolina, Dillon will be hard on tire wear. Teams that can manage tires for the duration of the race will be the ones up front as the laps wind down. The other key factor at the facility is keeping the racing clean, especially off the exit of turn four. The front straight away is narrow compared to most facilities, thus creating easy chaos if more than a few cars find trouble at once.
The Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour is one of the premier short track series in the United States. Drivers compete in Late Model Stock Cars and Super Late Models at the best short tracks across the Carolinas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia. The CARS Tour can be found on Facebook at “CARS Tour”, on Twitter @CARSTour, and on Instagram as @CARS_Tour. For more information, visit www.carsracingtour.com or call their Mooresville, N.C. offices at 704.662.9212.
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For the first time at the iconic Circuit of The Americas, three former NASCAR Cup Series champions shook down the 20-turn, 3.41-mile long course in stock cars on Tuesday. Part of a Goodyear tire test in preparation for the inaugural May 23 EchoPark Texas Grand Prix, the showcase of speed saw Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. provide a preview of what to expect when NASCAR’s best battle on the series’ newest circuit.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING:
Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports
“The track’s fun. It has a lot of character to it, I feel like. I’ve never been here, never seen it in person before today and really haven’t watched a ton of races here, so it’s really been a pretty steep learning curve for me, trying to piece together all the different parts of the track and understand where you need to be good and how to make it flow. I’m trying to learn, but it’s been fun. I hope people (fans) will come out and give it a chance. It’s a different type of racing.”
Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Ford for Team Penske
“One of the things about this track here in Austin, it’s got a couple of key action spots. Turn 1 is designed as though a fan said, ‘how can I have the most calamity in that corner on the start?’ So there’s a couple of things – first off, it’s up hill, which helps the car stop, so it encourages the driver to try to out-brake another driver, which is big on a restart or a start because all of the cars are already so close together. Second thing is, it’s really wide on entry, so it’s almost impossible to block because there’s just a lot more racetrack. And then, of course, the third part is it’s a super slow corner meaning you have to use a lot of brakes to get through there. So, like I said, almost like it was intentional – I’m sure it was intentional – to create some epic starts. I think you’ll see that here.”
Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 19 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing
“I feel like this is kind of part Sonoma, part Watkins Glen. There’s some fast sections, some slow sections. It’s got the older asphalt, wearing tires out more like Sonoma, but it’s got the really high-speed straights and the really hard braking zone like Watkins Glen going down the backstretch. It’s a mix of both. It’s got a little bit of a blind corner, up-and-down elevation change like Sonoma. It’s a pretty unique place … It’s all about markers and points on the track and when you turn in and what gear you’re in and how much speed you’re carrying and finding the brake points and all those things. It takes over two minutes to get around here, so if you make a mistake, you’ve got to wait two minutes to correct it, and you can’t forget it when you come back around. It was interesting to do that and a lot of fun to do that.”
Click here for a full transcript from Tuesday’s driver availability.
The first-ever NASCAR at COTA race weekend will feature a jam-packed three-day schedule of activity. FEVO Friday on May 21 will feature NASCAR Xfinity (NXS) and Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) practice sessions plus IMSA-sanctioned Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series practice. The schedule for Saturday, May 22, includes NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) practice, plus NXS qualifying and the Pit Boss 250 NXS race, as well as NCWTS and Lamborghini qualifying and races. Sunday, May 23, will be the culmination of the weekend featuring NCS qualifying, a second Lamborghini race and the first NCS race in COTA’s illustrious history, the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix. Announcements regarding on-track timing for the complete weekend schedule will be made at a later date.
Single-day tickets start at just $25 for FEVO Friday, $30 on Saturday and $70 on Sunday. Three-day packages for adults start at only $99. Kids 12 and under get in free on Friday and Saturday and for just $10 on Sunday.
Fans can purchase tickets online at NASCARatCOTA.com or by calling the ticket office at (833) 450-2864.
Harrold Annett, father of JRM driver Michael Annett, died yesterday after a brief illness.
The elder Annett, chairman of TMC Transportation, the nation’s largest employee-owned open-deck transportation company, was a huge supporter of motorsports for many years in varying series. Perhaps most famously, TMC Transportation was the sponsor for driver Sammy Swindell in the No. 1 TMC sprint car. Swindell drove the car - adorned in the black-and-gold colors - to 89 World of Outlaws Sprint Car victories and 145 overall from 1988-93.
TMC came aboard at JRM in 2017 with the arrival of Michael Annett to the driver lineup and has been on the No. 1 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet in varying degrees ever since as both primary and associate sponsor. The younger Annett won his first NASCAR Xfinity Series pole at Talladega in 2019 driving the familiar black and gold TMC paint scheme with the logo on the hood and quarterpanels.
“We are heartbroken at the news of Harrold Annett’s passing,” said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JR Motorsports. “Our hearts go out to Michael and his family, and to the family at TMC Transportation, which has been a big part of our team in so many ways. As a huge supporter of motorsports, we have lost one of its true champions in Harrold Annett.”
TMC Transportation, based in Des Moines, Iowa, also helped JRM move its four-car team from Mooresville, N.C. to the West Coast races by supplying reserve drivers for the consecutive cross-country trips alongside JRM’s transport personnel.
Harrold Annett purchased dormant The Mickow Corporation trucking company in 1972 and in short order began delivering freight around the Midwest. In the coming years, the elder Annett built TMC into the largest privately-held flatbed carrier in the nation. In 2013, Annett established an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and TMC became an employee-owned company.
To honor the elder Annett, the No. 1 Chevrolet driven by Michael Annett will feature a tribute decal on the roof rail for the remainder of the season, and the three other JRM cars will carry it this weekend at Las Vegas. In addition, all four of JRM’s Peterbilt transporters will carry a special decal for the season’s entirety. The No. 1 team’s Featherlite trailer will have the decal prominently displayed for the remainder of the season as well.
There will be a change in the way fuel is provided to racers at Grandview Speedway this season and the official tire supplier will be Grandview Speedway with American Racer remaining as the official track tire.
Tires will be available from Tina Rogers at 72 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, located just down the street from the speedway on Saturday, March 6th, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. During the season there will be days and times announced when tire purchases can be made through Rogers. Tires will also be available at BFP Specialties in Bethel, PA to help racers in that area.
As for fuel, Rich Perone and Kelly Fuels will no longer be the fuel supplier due to the rising costs of business, moving fuel, along with more racers now taking care of their own fuel. Rich is not abandoning the teams who use Kelly fuel. Racers will be able to obtain trackside fuel support delivered to their garages. If there are any questions please feel free to contact Rich Perone.
Racers planning to compete at Grandview should make arrangements to bring their own fuel which many have been doing in recent seasons until a new fuel supplier is contracted.
The annual free-to-the-public practice session is set for Saturday, March 27th with a 12 noon starting time. This is test and tune session for all racers and a great opportunity for fans to see what their favorite racer will be driving in 2021.
A full schedule of events can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com. For information the track number is 610.754.7688.
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