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The first schedule to drop for the 2022 season with the American Sprint Car Series will be of the wingless variety with Colorado-based ASCS Elite Non-Wing North set for 15 events between April and September.
Revolving around four ovals in 2022, the bulk of events will take place at El Paso County Raceway in Calhan, Colo. Eight overall at the quarter-mile oval, other venues include Honor Speedway (Pueblo, Colo.) with a trio of dates, and Phillips County Raceway (Holyoke, Colo.) at two nights, and a non-point, two-night special event at Dodge City Raceway Park (Dodge City, Kan.) in August.
The ASCS Elite Non-Wing North Series runs under the American Sprint Car Series but is owned and operated by Joe Bellm with BST Promotions. For questions regarding the Elite North Series, contact Joe at (720) 404-0400.
The Series Director is Jeremy Lovelady, and he can be found at (806) 672-2992. For more information on the series, log onto https://www.bstpromotions.com.
The 2022 season marks the 31st year of competition for the American Sprint Car Series. Spearheaded by the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, the ASCS Nation also includes 11 Regional Tours that encompass both wing and non-wing competition.
For other news, notes, and information on any of the tours under the ASCS banner, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com, follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@LucasOilASCS).
2022 ASCS Elite North Non-Wing Schedule:
Date – Track – City, State
4/30/2022-El Paso County Raceway – Calhan, CO
5/14/2022-El Paso County Raceway – Calhan, CO5/28/2022-El Paso County Raceway – Calhan, CO5/29/2022-Phillips County Raceway – Holyoke, CO
6/11/2022-El Paso County Raceway – Calhan, CO6/18/2022-Honor Speedway – Pueblo, CO6/25/2022-El Paso County Raceway – Calhan, CO
7/9/2022-Phillips County Raceway – Holyoke, CO
8/12/2022-Dodge City Raceway Park – Dodge City, KS8/13/2022-Dodge City Raceway Park – Dodge City, KS8/20/2022-Honor Speedway – Pueblo, CO8/27/2022-El Paso County Raceway – Calhan, CO
9/9/2022-Honor Speedway – Pueblo, CO9/10/2022-El Paso County Raceway – Calhan, CO9/24/2022-El Paso County Raceway – Calhan, CO
**Subject to change without notice.
Did we get your attention?! In 2022, Joey Gase will have a new ride with a brand new NASCAR Xfinity Series team, Joey Gase Racing!
“I am extremely excited to start a new chapter in my career and life,” said Gase. “To not only be a driver, but also a team owner, this is something I have been thinking about a lot the last few years. When I asked other team owners and mentors I expected to get a lot of push back saying not to, but to my surprise I got a lot of the opposite. I have learned a lot the past 10 years and have worked with a lot of great people from Jimmy Means, Bobby Dotter, Carl Long, Archie St. Hilaire and Rick Ware. They have all taught me a ton and have helped me every step of the way. It is not going to be easy by any means but I have a big support team behind me with my family and friends.”
Gase made his start in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at the young age of 18 at his home track of Iowa Speedway, where he finished 20th. Soon after he went on to drive full time from 2014-2019 and then part time in 2020 and 2021 when he moved up to the NASCAR Cup Series. Gase then has a career best finish of fifth in the Xfinity Series.
“In 2021, we made two starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with a car that I owned myself,” said Gase. Our second start was the fall Talladega race where we finished 15th and ran in the top 10 the majority of the third stage. I am extremely proud of how we ran that day and have to give a big shout out to Rick Bourgeois for putting the car together and setting it up. We also want to thank Jimmy Means and Tim Brown for making it possible and getting the car to/from the track and taking care of the car at the track. Also a huge thanks to Sparks Energy for sponsoring us that weekend.”
The team currently has 5 cars and bought the remaining cars and equipment of H2 Motorsports from Shane Lee. The plan is for the team to run full time with Rick Bourgeois as the General Manager. Gase will drive the #35 car most of the season and plans to continue driving part time in the Cup Series.
Joey Gase Racing is currently hiring all positions and seeking qualified drivers.
The team’s sponsors will be announced at a later date and are also seeking new sponsors.
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Paving on Atlanta Motor Speedway’s new 28-degree banking is an impressive operation, but the process to give AMS its new asphalt doesn’t start at the track.
About 20 miles away at ER Snell’s asphalt plant in Stockbridge, Ga., years of prep and tons of material all come together to create Atlanta Motor Speedway’s asphalt mix.
Asphalt is created primarily using two products: a mix of hard materials like stones and gravel called the aggregate, and liquid asphalt.
“The liquid asphalt is a petroleum based product. It’s actually the glue that holds everything together in the asphalt mixture,” said Robbie Robinson, senior technical services manager for Associated Asphalt. While the stone aggregate for the AMS project comes to ER Snell from a nearby quarry, the liquid asphalt is hauled in from Associated Asphalt’s facility in Savannah, Ga. Robinson says that liquid is one of the key components that makes the speedway’s new asphalt unique.
“With the NASCAR cars you have the tires that create a lot of friction on the wearing surface. This product is a little stiffer; it’s going to be little more durable than your typical highway asphalt,” explained Robinson. “There’s a lot behind the scenes research and development that goes into making this product.”
The liquid asphalt isn’t the only part of Atlanta Motor Speedway’s mix that deviates from the norm. The composition of the stone aggregate that it binds with has also been optimized for racing.
“Six years ago we put up some designs for the project, then some of (the speedway’s) engineers came in and pointed out that they wanted a bit of a coarser mix,” said ER Snell Senior Vice President Nick Murphy. “A lot of that stemmed from the desires of the tire manufacturers and there was a lot of talk about the wear on the tires and what they’d expect at race time.
“Those are some things that we don’t encounter on a day-to-day basis so it kind of threw us a curveball, but we were able to make those adjustments and provide those properties that you were looking for.”
With the recipe for the racing surface nailed down, perhaps the biggest challenge to actually creating and paving the new asphalt comes down to logistics. Throughout the paving process, much effort has been spent making sure all the materials and manpower needed to complete the project are working in unison.
“Our business is very labor-intensive,” said Murphy. “We rely on a lot of different components, whether it be the liquid supplier, the liquid hauling, the truckers that are getting the material here to the yard, the plant personnel, the truckers getting the material back to the track and the paving operation itself. Everything has to move smoothly and if one breaks, then the whole system shuts down. So we definitely rely on a lot of people to make it all happen and make it a success.”
As paving at Atlanta Motor Speedway nears completion, it’s clear the sum of all that effort and coordination is a racing surface that will thrill fans for decades to come.
“We’ve got a good group of people behind this project. We’ve got people that take their jobs very seriously,” said AMS Executive Vice President and General Manager Brandon Hutchison following a tour of ER Snell’s plant. “Atlanta Motor Speedway and our fans are what is most important to me so to be able to come out here, get to take a look behind the scenes at what is being produced that’ll provide entertainment for years to come is exciting for me. This asphalt will be our track for over 20 years – hopefully 30 years with the technology that we have today.”
The all-new Atlanta Motor Speedway makes its NASCAR debut in 2022. Tickets for both race weekends are available now at AtlantaMotorSpeedway.com.
Weekend tickets for World Wide Technology Raceway’s NASCAR Cup Series and INDYCAR events to go on sale on Wednesday
Tickets for World Wide Technology Raceway’s inaugural NASCAR Cup Series Weekend and its sixth annual Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Weekend for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES will go on sale on Wednesday, December 1, at 10 a.m. Central.
Single-day tickets for the NASCAR Cup Series race, NTT INDYCAR SERIES event and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota 200 will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, December 15, at 10 a.m. Central.
WWTR’s inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race will take place on Sunday, June 5, at 2:30 p.m. Central. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES Bommarito Automotive Group 500 is scheduled for Saturday, August 20.
For tickets and information, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit www.WWTRaceway.com. Follow WWTR on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.
Virginia Motor Speedway officials are excited to release the dates for the speedway's 2022 Super Late Model special events. Fans are sure to want to mark their calendars for what will be another stellar year for super late model action at the ½ mile speed plant in Jamaica, VA.
The speedway will host two of the East Coast's premier Super Late Model events, the Virginia Is For Lovers King of the Commonwealth and Ernie Shelton's USA100, both will pay $20,000 to win.
"The super late model events here at the speedway have been phenomenal; if these two dates are not on your calendar yet, they should be," commented track owner Bill Sawyer.
On Saturday, May 21st, the always exciting Ultimate Super Late Model Series will return for the $20,000 to win Virginia is for Racing Lovers King of the Commonwealth. Last season Brandon Overton of Evans, GA, took home the victory.
August 6th, the Ultimate Super Late Model Series stars, and cars will return for Ernie Shelton's 46th Annual USA 100 and pay $20,000 to win.
"We are so very proud to have our schedule anchored by our two biggest events of the year at VMS. These two races are so important to our racers and the racers of the region. The Sawyer family has been such a blessing to our Ultimate and Fastrak programs. They have one of the top 5 facilities anywhere in the country, and the racing has been excellent every time we have been there. It is truly the diamond of the mid-Atlantic." Commented Tour Series Director Kelley Carlton.
If you are unable to attend in person, Racing America / Speed51.com will broadcast both events.
The supporting class for both events will be determined in the upcoming week. Both events are tentative and subject to change due to tire availability.
Look for the remaining marquee events and complete 2022 schedule to be released in the next few weeks. Fans can visit www.vamotorspeedway.com for more info on the speedway's 53rdseason of racing.
Bill Sawyer's Virginia Motor Speedway is a 1/2-mile, dirt oval. The track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA, and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA, in Jamaica, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland, and the Hampton Roads area.
Fans and competitors can learn more about Bill Sawyer's Virginia Motor Speedway and its 2021 schedule of events by calling the Speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visiting the track's website www.vamotorspeedway.com.
Toyota driver Buddy Kofoid clinched the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series championship with a second-place finish in Saturday night’s Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura Raceway.
The 19-year-old Penngrove, Calif. native, registered six wins during the 2021 campaign and closed the season with a strong run that pushed him past his closest rival, Chris Windom. Kofoid finished in the top five in eight of the last nine races, including two wins and six podium finishes.
“Congratulations to Buddy Kofoid on his first USAC National Midget Championship,” said David Wilson, president of TRD, U.S.A. “We witnessed an incredible championship battle this year between Buddy and fellow Toyota midget racer and last year’s champion, Chris Windom. Of course, behind both of these talented athletes are two of the best teams in the business, Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM) and Chad Boat’s CB Industries – Toyota and TRD are incredibly proud and grateful for their partnership. Congratulations as well to KKM on their National Midget Series sweep this year. Of course, our thoughts remain with Daison Pursley and his family as they begin a difficult road to recovery.”
Kofoid’s USAC championship is the eighth for a Toyota-powered driver in the last nine years. He joins Christopher Bell (2013), Rico Abreu (2014), Tracy Hines (2015), Tanner Thorson (2016), Spencer Bayston (2017), Logan Seavey (2018) and Chris Windom (2020). Kofoid is the sixth different KKM driver to win a USAC title with Toyota.
With Kofoid’s USAC crown, KKM Toyota drivers swept both major midget car championships in 2021 with teammate Bryant Weideman claiming the POWRi title. It marks the fifth time since 2013 that Toyota-powered drivers have won both championships in the same season.
Logan Seavey took the lead from Buddy Kofoid on lap 42 and led the final 57 laps on the way to winning the NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series’ 80th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix before a sell-out crowd at Ventura Raceway, Saturday night, with Kofoid finishing second in a one-two finish for Toyota.
Despite placing second, Kofoid would prove to be the big winner on the night as he clinched the 2021 USAC National Midget title simply by starting Saturday’s A Main. The Penngrove, Calif.-native became the eighth different Toyota driver in the last nine years to win the USAC national championship.
Fellow Toyota drivers Kaylee Bryson and Taylor Reimer made USAC history earlier in the night as the two qualified first and second, marking the first time two women started from the front row of an A Main feature. The two would maintain their positions at the green flag and would run one-two for the first 16 laps of the 98-lap feature.
Behind them, Seavey had climbed from the seventh starting position into third and then would pass Reimer for second on lap 17. Just one lap later, the 2018 USAC champion would overtake Bryson for the lead, with Kofoid following him into second. On lap 20, Kyle Larson would take over the third spot from Bryson.
Kofoid would close on Seavey and slide him on lap 25 but wasn’t able to hold the lead as they came back to the flag stand. He would eventually pull off the pass for the top spot on the ensuing lap, only to see childhood friend Seavey cone back to retake the lead on lap 27.
The two continued a fierce battle at the front as Kofoid would push past Seavey again on lap 33 and lead the next eight circuits until Seavey regained the point position on lap 42, with Kofoid dropping back to second, one spot ahead of Larson as they battled heavy traffic.
A number of late yellow flags would keep the field close, as well as keep the leaders out of lapped traffic. Kofoid stayed right on Seavey’s tail to the very end but wasn’t able to regain the lead. On the final circuit, Seavey would register the fastest lap of the race to pull away slightly, taking the checkered flag just 0.335 seconds ahead of Kofoid in a Toyota-one-two finish, Mitchell Moles would finish third, while Larson placed fourth.
While Kofoid wasn’t able to secure the victory, he closed out the season finishing in the top five in eight of the nine races during the USAC Western Swing, including two wins and six podium finishes to power him to the title.
Three more Toyota drivers secured top-eight finishes on the night as Bryson would finish fifth, followed by Justin Grant in sixth and Taylor Reimer in eighth.
Logan Seavey, Tom Malloy/Trench Shoring: “Most of this team is from here in California and this is the biggest race of the year for us. I knew early that the rubber was coming and was charging to the front. Buddy got past me, but we were able to move back past him in lapped traffic. Then I moved back low and was able to hold on to it. I wish we could have put on a little better race, but this is an awesome win for us.”
Buddy Kofoid passed championship rival Chris Windom on lap 17 of 30 and drove off to his sixth USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series’ victory of the season at Merced Speedway, Wednesday night. The win extended Kofoid’s championship lead over Windom to 47 points with just one race remaining.
Kofoid now has finished in the top five in seven of the eight races during the USAC Western Swing, including two wins and five podium finishes. The Penngrove, Calif.-native can become the eighth different Toyota driver in the last nine years to win a USAC national midget car title by finishing 12th or better in Saturday’s Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura Raceway.
Early on, it looked like it would be Windom’s night as he and CB Industries teammate Jade Avedisian would claim the top two spots after starting from the front row. Windom pulled away quickly to build a one-second lead as Avedisian and Kofoid would trade sliders for second before Kofoid would eventually overtake the 15-year-old on lap seven.
A caution on lap 14 would bunch the field and give Kofoid the opportunity to make a run at Windom on the restart, passing him through turns one and two, only to see Windom power back to the lead down the back straight. With 15 laps remaining, Kofoid would momentarily move past Windom with a slider through turns three and four, but Windom would go underneath to take the lead as the two came to the start/finish line side-by-side. Staying to the high side through one and two, Kofoid would eventually be able to carry the momentum coming off of turn two and take the lead, while Avedisian moved into second.
A final caution would wave with five laps remaining to bunch the field, but Kofoid would become the beneficiary of a fierce battle for the second spot between Windom, Avedisian, Justin Grant and Logan Seavey. Kofoid would stretch out a 1.3-second lead as he took the checkered flag, followed by Windom, Grant, Avedisian and Seavey as Toyota-powered drivers swept the top five finishing positions.
Fellow Toyota drivers Emerson Axsom (sixth), Bryant Wiedeman (seventh) and Ryan Timms (tenth) would also claim spots in the top 10.
Buddy Kofoid, Keith Kunz Motorsports: “It’s really cool to get my sixth win and get some more points. It’s going to be crucial to win at Ventura, but yeah, this is sweet. I’m just grateful to race with this Keith Kunz Motorsports team and for the opportunity given to me by Toyota and Mobil 1.”
Brody Roa scored his third win in five starts in Jason May’s #8M when he bested the open comp Sprint Car field at the Kern County Raceway Park on November 15th. The race was a shakedown for May’s new car that Roa will be driving when Agajanian Promotions presents the “80th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix'' this Friday and Saturday at the Ventura Raceway.
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Roa, who lives in Garden Grove, California, and May first joined forces on Labor Day Weekend in 2020. The pairing clicked right away and won the historic first ever Central Arizona Sprint Car Series main event at the Central Arizona Speedway. This year, the likeable 30-year-old driver and May have continued their successful partnership. In five races together in 2021, they have three wins, one third place finish and a fifth.
Last week’s victory at the beautiful Kern County oval came just two days after Roa finished the 2021 season with the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars in the “54th Annual Western World Championship” at the Arizona Speedway. In that event, Roa competed against not only the top stars in the USAC/CRA Series, but also the best from the USAC National Series. Driving the handsome bright green and black BR Performance #91R at the track that is south of Phoenix, he toured the 3/8-mile oval in 15.269 in Friday’s qualifying. That was good for seventh fastest in his 19-car flight and 16th fastest of the 38 cars on hand.
Roa followed up his night one qualifying effort with a fourth-place finish in his heat race. That placed him on the outside of row eight, in the 16th spot for the 30-lap main event. Known as “The Pride of Garden Grove,” he methodically worked his way through the traffic passing seven cars in the main event to finish ninth.
Twenty-four hours later Roa was back in action and this time he turned a lap of 14.888 in qualifying. That was eighth fastest of the 19 cars in his flight and ninth quickest of the 39 on hand.
Things were looking good in his heat race when Roa went to the top to move from fourth to fifth. He was using the same wide line and was about to take third when the cushion bit him in turn two. The #91R bicycled and then hurtled into the catch fence before flipping down the track. Roa was uninjured in the crash, but his car was damaged, and he had to go to the B main.
The Zac Bozonich led crew thrashed to get the car ready for the B and Roa was in his fourth place starting spot when the green flag waved. A wrench was thrown into the works early on when he got clobbered by another car and dropped back to ninth. That was three spots out of a transfer position. However, the wily veteran did not panic and slowly but surely worked his way forward. When the checkered signaled the end to the 12 lapper, Roa had clawed his way back to fourth.
For the second time in a row, Roa was coming from 16th at the start of the main and once again, he rolled forward. This time he advanced four spots to finish 12th. As he passed more cars than any other USAC/CRA regular driver in the main, he collected the valuable “Ellen Ellis Hard Charger Award.”
Going into the two-race weekend, Roa was second in the USAC/CRA championship standings and was 56-points out of first. By the time the Saturday night feature ended, he had lopped 18-points off the deficit. He ended up second overall in the championship and was only 38-points out of first.
This Friday and Saturday’s “Turkey Night Grand Prix” races at the track located adjacent to the beach in Ventura, will be a special event non-point program for the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars. Friday’s program will include a $1,200.00 to win 10 car dash for the sprint cars and practice for the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets. On Saturday night, the sprint cars will run a semi and a $3,000.00 to win A main. The companion midgets will run their entire show beginning with qualifying and culminating with a 98-lap main event on Saturday.
Roa, the 2017 USAC West Coast Series champion, has made one appearance at Ventura in 2021. That was on June 26th when he was driving for May in the West Coast Series. That night he qualified fourth fastest, placed second in his heat race and ended up fifth in the 30-lap main.
Spectator gates at Ventura will open at 3:00 p.m. Hot laps will begin at 3:15 with racing at 5:30. The track is located a nine-iron away from the breaking waves of the Pacific Ocean on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 W. Harbor Boulevard (93001). The website is http://venturaraceway.com/ and the office phone number is (805) 648-RACE.
While the season ends on Saturday, Brody Roa merchandise will still be available online and will make great Christmas gifts for his fans. You can see it all in his online store that is packed with great items including t-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, beanies, baby onesies, plush blankets, jigsaw puzzles, stickers, notebooks, tote bags, wine tumblers, mugs, bandana pet collars and more. To check it out, please visit the following website https://www.brodyroa.com/shop/.
Roa and the team would like to thank the following for being part of the 91R’s 2021 campaign. HD Industries, Biker Bruce Fischer, Inland Rigging, Burris Racing, Sander Engineering, ALR Virtual Services, Caltrol, Competition Suspension, K-1 Race Gear, Molecule, Rod End Supply, Baldwin Filters and Jambo BBQ Pits. In addition, the veteran driver offers thanks to Fastenal, Coopers Propane, Total Lubricants, Marina Pools, TJM Oilfield Distribution, Certex, and Biker Bruce for sponsoring the #8M.
If you or your company would like to jump on board and receive recognition throughout the year, please give the two-time USAC champion racer a phone call or drop him a note at the contact information at the top of this release. You can also contact him if you would like to put him in your car in a USAC National Series race when his west coast schedule permits.
To view Roa’s online portfolio and learn more about the team, please click on the following link https://www.teamwithbrody.com/. Fans can also check out the team website at https://www.brodyroa.com/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/br91r/. To keep up with May Motorsports, please check out and “like” its Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/MayMotorsports8M
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