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DGM Racing is proud to announce their partnership with renowned music producer, Polow Da Don, and YoCo® Vodka. The collaboration with Polow and the No. 36 NASCAR Xfinity team coincides with the launch of YoCo® Vodka during the NXS Tennessee Lottery 250 at Nashville Superspeedway.

Representative of Polow’s creation of the "Young Country™" culture, this all natural, ultra-smooth Tennessee vodka is made from corn and certified gluten free. YoCo® Vodka is now available in Tennessee and online nationwide.

“I've been a fan of NASCAR for as long as I can remember and it's always been a dream of mine to partner in some capacity," says Polow, Founder of YoCo® Vodka and Young Country™ 96.7 FM Nashville. "It's been incredible to watch the new generation of races, drivers and fans evolve the culture and YoCo® is proud to be part of it and support Alex in this race," he adds.

“We are excited to have "YoCo® Vodka" supporting Alex and the No. 36 team this weekend at Nashville,” said former Nashville Superspeedway winner and DGM Racing owner, Mario Gosselin. “It’s always great to bring new partners with new ideas and vision to the sport.”

Come see YoCo® Vodka and Young Country™ Nashville 96.7 FM at Nashville Superspeedway June 24 - June 26, 2022, in the Official Fan Zone for giveaways and prizes! The Fan Zone, located outside the main entrance of the track, is open to the public, with no ticket purchase required for entry.

The Tennessee Lottery 250 will take place on Saturday, June 25th at 5:35pm ET. Practice and qualifying will precede the race. All on-track activity will be televised live on USA.

For more information about YoCo® Vodka, visit www.drinkyoco.com.

DGM Racing PR

FORD PERFORMANCE NASCAR: NASHVILLE ADVANCE

Nashville Superspeedway will be hosting a NASCAR tripleheader for the second straight year with single races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Cup Series, respectively. 

 

This Week’s Schedule:

Friday, June 24 – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, 8 p.m. ET (FS1)

Saturday, June 25 – NASCAR XFINITY Series, 3:30 p.m. ET (USA)

Sunday, June 26 – NASCAR Cup Series, 5 p.m. ET (NBC)

 

FORD IN THE NASCAR CUP SERIES AT NASHVILLE

  • Sunday marks the second series race at Nashville Superspeedway.
  • Aric Almirola won the pole for last year’s inaugural Cup race.
  • Almirola (4th), Kevin Harvick (5th) and Joey Logano (10th) all had top-10 finishes last year.

 

FORD IN THE NASCAR XFINITY SERIES AT NASHVILLE

  • Ford is tied for the most series wins at Nashville with eight.
  • Riley Herbst finished 10th in last year’s race to lead Ford.
  • Carl Edwards registered two season sweeps at Nashville (2007 and 2011)

 

FORD IN THE NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES AT NASHVILLE

  • Ford has three series wins at Nashville.
  • Ryan Preece won last year’s race driving for David Gilliland Racing.
  • Carl Edwards (2003) and Travis Kvapil (2007) have one victory each.

 

FORD WINS NASCAR DEBUT AT NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY

The first race held at Nashville Superspeedway for one of NASCAR’s top three touring series came on April 14, 2001 when Ford’s Greg Biffle won the Pepsi 300 in what was then known as the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series, now NASCAR XFINITY Series.  Ford dominated the race up front as Biffle, Jason Keller and Jeff Green combined to lead 200-of-225 laps.  Biffle, who was out front for a race-high 133 circuits, beat Keller to the checkered flag by just over a half-second as Ford finished first and second.

 

ALMIROLA CLINGING TO FINAL PLAYOFF SPOT

With 12 different winners so far this season in the NASCAR Cup Series, it leaves only four spots available via points.  The last of those positions is currently held by Aric Almirola, who announced at the beginning of the season that this would be his last as a full-time competitor.  Almirola is looking to improve his playoff hopes this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway, a place where he sat on the pole a year ago and led all Ford drivers with a fourth-place finish. 

 

MCDOWELL MAKING MIDSEASON MOVE

Michael McDowell is in the midst of his best overall season, going into this weekend’s race at Nashville Superspeedway with five top-10 finishes in his last eight starts.  That has helped move him up six spots in the standings from 26th to 20th.  His third-place finish at Sonoma on June 12 marked his first top-5 effort on a track other than Daytona or Talladega and gives him six top-10 efforts this year which is a personal best.

 

SMITH UP ONE SPOT IN NCWTS STANDINGS

Zane Smith’s third-place finish on Saturday night helped him move up one spot in the regular season point standings to second overall.  With only three races remaining before the playoffs begin, Smith trails leader John Hunter Nemechek by five points going into Friday night’s race.  Smith leads all drivers in wins (3), top-5 finishes (7), top-10 finishes (11) and playoff points (20) with the regular season champion getting an additional 15-point bonus to take into the playoffs, which begin July 29 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park

 

DID YOU KNOW?
When Ryan Preece won last year’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Nashville Superspeedway, he became only the fifth driver in history to win his series debut.

Ford Performance PR

JCR is excited to reveal that the Gray Ghost will make its return to the track at Pocono Raceway.  Made famous by Buddy Baker when he won the 1980 Daytona 500, Bobby Allison in 1981 season and Dale Earnhardt Jr in the 2008 All Star race.  Fly and Form Concrete Structures will revive this historic livery at the Tricky Triangle Saturday, July 23rd in the Pocono 225. This will be the second of three races that Fly and Form will be primary sponsor on the #51 machine in 2022.

“This is one bad ass looking rocket ship we will have for Pocono. Ray said he wanted to do something a little different with this scheme for this race and he definitely came through!” Clements said. “We finished 3rd here in 2020 with Fly and Form and I don’t see any reason we can’t put the Gray Ghost back in victory lane!” Clements went on to say.

“Being historians of the sport and appreciating the Clements winning pedigree starting with Jeremy's grandfather Crawford we wanted to
throwback to the roots of NASCAR and what better way to honor Buddy Baker and Dale Jr than to run the iconic Gray Ghost!”  stated Ray Stevens from Fly and Form

Joining Fly and Form as associate sponsors: Whitetail Smokeless, Elite Towing & Recovery, E3 Spark Plugs, Chalew, Upstate Body & Detail, Mechanix Wear, Wix Filters, Carolina Driveline and ZMAX

JCR PR

No. 18 Devotion Nutrition Toyota Supra News and Notes:

  • Racing in Tennessee: Knoxville, TN native Trevor Bayne returns to the track this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway in the No. 18 Devotion Nutrition Toyota GR Supra for his fifth race of the 2022 season. Bayne has five NASCAR Xfinity Series starts on his resume at Nashville, with two top-10 finishes. The 2011 Daytona 500 Champion has led one lap with an average start of 4.8 and average finish of 17.4.
  • Strong Start: Bayne and his No 18 Devotion Nutrition team are off to a strong start to the 2022 season. In four starts in his Toyota GR Supra, Bayne has secured two top five’s and three top-10 finishes. Bayne has an average start of 4.0 with an average finish of 11.0. In four races, Bayne has led 100 of a possible 736 laps this season.
  • Strong on the Box: Crew Chief Jason Ratcliff is no stranger to success in Nashville. In 19 total NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the 1.33-mile oval, Ratcliff has two wins, eighth top five’s and 12 top-10 finishes. In his last outing on top of the box in Nashville last season, Ratcliff led Harrison Burton to a top-five finish.
  • Last Time Out: In his last start in the No. 18 at Charlotte Motor Speedway back in May, Bayne qualified sixth and was a mainstay inside the top five for most of the afternoon, before a late-race speeding penalty relegated him to a ninth-place finish.
  • Welcome Devotion Nutrition: Devotion Nutrition will return to the No. 18 Toyota GR Supra this weekend in Nashville. Devotion Nutrition (www.devotionnutrition.com) has developed into a culture for all those devoted to living an active and healthy lifestyle with a great tasting product that can be easily integrated into anyone’s daily diet and busy routines
  • JGR at Nashville: In 43 combined Xfinity Series starts at Nashville Superspeedway, JGR has earned three wins, 13 top-five, 26 top-10s and seven pole starting positions. The team has led 1,008 laps, with an average start of 10.9 and an average finish of 12.6.
  • RACE INFO: The Tennessee Lottery 250 at Nashville Superspeedway is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, 2022, at 3:30 p.m. ET. Watch and listen live on USA Network, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

 

Bayne’s Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats at Nashville Superspeedway:

Starts

 

Wins

 

Top 5

 

Top 10

 

Poles

 

Laps Led

 

Avg. Start

 

Avg. Finish

 

5

 

0

 

0

 

2

 

0

 

1

 

4.8

 

17.4

 

 

Bayne’s 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats:

Starts

 

Wins

 

Top 5

 

Top 10

 

Poles

 

Laps Led

 

Avg. Start

 

Avg. Finish

 

4

 

0

 

2

 

3

 

1

 

100

 

4.0

 

11.0

 

 

Bayne’s Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats:

Starts

 

Wins

 

Top 5

 

Top 10

 

Poles

 

Laps Led

 

Avg. Start

 

Avg. Finish

 

156

 

2

 

27

 

76

 

8

 

585

 

10.5

 

13.4

 

 

From the Cockpit:

Trevor Bayne: “I’m thankful to be able to get back behind the wheel of my Devotion Nutrition Toyota GR Supra this weekend in Nashville. It’s always fun to race in your home state and I’m looking forward to having friends and family out this weekend. It’s always tough having a long break from being in the car, but we were able to get some good sim work in this week, and Jason and I have had some good discussions on how we think the track conditions will be on Saturday. It’s comforting to know I have one of the best crew chiefs at Nashville on top of the box this weekend. Jason really knows how to get around that place and I think we have a good gameplan going forward. Hopefully we can put an entire race together and grab a checkered flag this weekend in Nashville.

JGR PR

Perris Auto Speedway will pay homage to a pair of legends who were very instrumental in the design and building of the famous Riverside County half-mile clay Oval when it hosts the inaugural Bubby Jones/Ray Scheetz Memorial this Saturday night, June 25.  Saturday’s exciting racing program will feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, and The PAS Senior and Young Gun Sprints.  Spectator gates will open at 5:00 p.m. with racing at 7:00.

Saturday’s race will honor Bubby Jones, who passed away on January 18, 2020, and Ray Scheetz, who passed on October 8, 2013.  A member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, Jones moved to California to drive the Kazarian family sprint car in the original CRA series in 1980.  He was teamed up with crew chief Scheetz.  The duo immediately bonded and the team quickly became one of the most recognized and successful sprint car operations in the nation. Together they won the CRA championship in 1983 and 1984 and they won 64 main events from 1980 through 1985.

In addition to Jones driving the Kazarian’s car and Scheetz being the crew chief on it, they also held down jobs in the Kazarian’s family business.  In 1996 they became instrumental in the design and building of Perris Auto Speedway.  When construction of the track was completed in March of that year, they stayed on and worked years at the track and helped turn it into one of today’s most popular and well-run dirt tracks in the world.

“It is only appropriate that we honor Bubby Jones and Ray Scheetz on the same night,” promoter Don Kazarian said.  “The first thing people think about when they see photos of the Gas Chem Sprint Car is Bubby Jones.  And when they think of Bubby the next thing that crosses their minds is Ray Scheetz.  They were a dynamic team that worked so well together at the racetrack.  They won two championships together and over 60 main events.  They also worked at our family business.   When Perris Auto Speedway opened, they were here from day one helping design, and build the track.  When the construction was done, they took positions here as well.  They worked just as hard at this racetrack as they did at winning races.   We certainly miss them every single day.”

Before venturing to settle in the west, Jones was one of the “Original Outlaws” and raced around the country searching for the highest paying sprint car races.  He won from coast to coast and everywhere in between.  While he was well known in the sprint car ranks, he could also get the job done in the dirt champ cars (now known as silver crown) and midgets.  In 1976, he won the nation’s two most prestigious midget races, the “Hut Hundred” at Terre Haute and the “Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Ascot.  

As well as his prowess in sprint cars, dirt champ cars, and midgets, Jones raced in the 1977 Indianapolis 500.  It took a last-second effort on bump day to break into the field, but he did so in a car owned by Texan Bobby Hillin with a speed of 184.938 mph.   That put him 33rd on the starting grid with the slowest qualifying speed to make the race.  However, once the race began, “Ol’ Bub” began flying towards the front.  He made it all the way from 33rd up to ninth before his engine expired on the 78th lap.

In addition to working with Jones, Scheetz was well known as a top mechanic and crew chief in all forms of open-wheel racing.  At the conclusion of World War II, his dad began preparing a track roadster for competition and young Ray began wrenching it.  His work eventually caught the attention of John Pouelsen.  In 1963 Pouelsen brought Scheetz to Indianapolis to be part of the Agajanian #98 crew that won the race with Parnelli Jones at the wheel.  From 1964 through 1966, he worked on the Bowes-Seal Fast car driven by A.J. Foyt on the USAC Champ Car circuit. 

Scheetz returned to Southern California in 1968 and began a sterling career wrenching west coast cars.  In addition to working on the Kazarian’s car, he worked on the famous Tamale Wagon and several other well-known cars amassing 155 wins and 10 series championships.  In addition to Jones, he helped mold the careers of such stars as Ron Shuman, Billy Wilkerson, Rick Goudy, Nick Valenta, Howard Gardner, Bob Hogle, Colby Scroggins, Chuck Hulse, Ray Douglas, and others.

Adult tickets for Saturday’s Bubby Jones/Ray Scheetz Memorial are $30.00.  Seniors 65 and over get in for $25.00.  Kids 6-12 are $5.00 and children 5 and under are free.  The fairgrounds charges $10.00 for parking.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the freeway close Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in The City of Perris (92571).  Take the 215 Freeway, exit at the Ramona Expressway, and go three miles east to the fairgrounds.  The track website is http://www.perrisautospeedway.com/.  The office phone number is (951) 940-0134.

Advance tickets for all Perris Auto Speedway events, including this Saturday, are on sale now. Fans can order the tickets online at https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/pas/7  or by calling 1-800-595-4849. For fans who do not wish to purchase tickets in advance, there will be plenty of tickets available for everyone at the gate each race night.

Fans can stay up to date on track and driver news on The PAS social media efforts at the links below.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Perris-Auto-Speedway/113876798686480?ref=hl

Twitter: Perris Auto Speedway on Twitter.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/perrisautospeedway/

Website: http://perrisautospeedway.com/

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank the following corporate partners. Ahern Equipment Rentals, Anderson Chevrolet, Battery Systems, Chris’ Hauling, City of Perris, Communication Innovations, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Flowdynamics, HD Industries, Heimark/Anheuser Busch, Hoosier Tires, Inland Rigging, Living Water’s Hospice, LKQ Pick Your Part, Luke’s Transmission, Moose Racing, Pepsi-Cola, Performance Online, Pole Position Raceway, PrintItNow.com,  Rainbow Bolt & Supply, Rene’s Bar & Grill, Rugged Radios, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunoco Race Fuels, Trench Shoring, Upland Rock, Varner Construction and Vista Paint.

PAS PR

Hendrick Motorsports has extended its partnership with Valvoline Inc. (NYSE: VVV), a global leader in vehicle care and supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services, through 2027.

The new five-year agreement maintains Valvoline’s status as the Official Lubricants Partner of Hendrick Motorsports and as a major associate sponsor of the team’s full stable of Chevrolet race cars. America’s first motor oil brand will also continue as a primary sponsor of 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson (three races) and teammate William Byron (two races).

In addition, Valvoline will remain the presenting sponsor of the annual Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown, a competition that brings together Hendrick Motorsports engine builders and Hendrick Automotive Group master technicians.

“We are tremendously proud of our partnership with Valvoline,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and chairman and CEO of Hendrick Automotive Group. “Because of Valvoline’s commitment to quality and innovation, we’ve enjoyed great success together both at the track and in our dealerships. Extending the relationship will allow us to continue putting the very best products in our race cars and in the vehicles of our customers across the country.”

Since 2014, Hendrick Motorsports has earned a NASCAR-best three Cup Series championships (2016, 2020 and 2021) with Valvoline products in its Chevrolet racing engines. Off the track, Valvoline is the preferred lubricant of Hendrick Automotive Group, which operates 94 car dealerships across the United States. It is the largest privately held dealership group in the nation.

“The Valvoline team is thrilled to continue our partnership with Hendrick Motorsports and Hendrick Automotive Group,” said Heidi Matheys, senior vice president and chief marketing and transformation officer at Valvoline Inc. “Our decade-long relationship has driven success both on and off the track.  We look forward to driving more wins with the amazing Hendrick organization in the future.”

Last year, Valvoline expanded its Hendrick Motorsports program to add primary sponsorship of Larson’s No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Byron’s No. 24 team. The five annual primary races represented an increase of three over the three previous seasons (2018-2020). For 2022, the company has also added a sixth primary race and will be featured on the No. 24 Chevrolet for this weekend’s Cup Series event at Nashville Superspeedway.

Hendrick Motorsports PR

Motorsport Games Inc. (NASDAQ: MSGM) (“Motorsport Games”), a leading racing game developer, publisher and esports ecosystem provider of official motorsport racing series throughout the world, and Live Fast Motorsports (LFM) announce their partnership for the ALLY 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. The race will take place Sunday, June 26, 2022, at 5 PM EST. 

“The Live Fast Motorsports team is excited to continue its partnership with Motorsport Games,” said driver and co-owner, B.J. McLeod. “Nashville Superspeedway marks the third 2022 race we’ve had the opportunity to race together in with the new Next Gen car. We’ve been working diligently with their team to relay the new car’s feel, sound, speed and sensation. Our teams are excited to now invite Xbox users to upgrade for free to the new Next Gen console update.” 

McLeod and Live Fast Motorsports’ co-owner, Matt Tifft, thoroughly enjoy gaming together. Tifft is a former professional racecar driver, so both individuals have a classified need for speed. 

“After a busy evening at the track on race weekends, B.J. and I often find our adrenaline still running,” shared Tifft. “We often stay up in our motor coaches and play racing games throughout the night. I just upgraded my Xbox console to the new Next Gen update and it is so special to see our new cars, paint schemes and partners in this game. Teaming up with a sponsor who shares a passion for cars, racing, competition, and re-creating track experiences for fans and continuing to improve is special.”

“We are proud to continue our partnership with Live Fast Motorsports for the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway,” said Brand Manager, NASCAR, Jay Pennell. “Both B.J. and Matt have been great about providing insight and direction for our NASCAR products and their passion for NASCAR gaming is second to none. To help us promote the new and entirely free Next Gen console update with another great scheme on the No. 78 Ford Mustang is amazing to see. Any gamers with the Xbox Series X|S or PlayStation 5 will be able to receive a free update to NASCAR 21: Ignition starting Thursday, June 23, right in time for the race weekend in Nashville. We are planning some awesome giveaways with our partners at Xbox and are eager to see the car on track this weekend.” 

NASCAR 21: Ignition, the current iteration of Motorsport Games’ NASCAR franchise for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series, is available now on Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One and PC through the Steam store. Users will be able to download a free update on Thursday, June 23 to enhance NASCAR 21: Ignition on the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5. NASCAR 21: Ignition is developed and published by Motorsport Games and is powered by Unreal Engine and Studio 397’s highly acclaimed rFactor physics engine. The use of both Unreal Engine and rFactor physics gives users a more authentic driving experience, immersive gameplay, dynamic AI and stunning visuals.

Motorsport Games and Live Fast Motorsports are eager for this weekend’s race at Nashville Superspeedway. Don’t forget to upgrade for FREE to the new Next Gen console update and tune in to watch the ALLY 400 on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at 5 PM EST on NBC. Cheer on B.J. McLeod in the Motorsport Games No. 78 Ford Mustang!

To keep up with the latest Motorsport Game news, please visit www.motorsportgames.com and follow on TwitterInstagramFacebook and LinkedIn.

LFR PR

Petty’s Garage today announced the return of Greg Steadman to its business. Steadman will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer and his duties will begin immediately.

Steadman comes back to the historic Level Cross facility where he was a former crew chief for Petty Enterprises and a key inspiration for the formation of Petty’s Garage with “The King” Richard Petty. Steadman’s homecoming comes with plans for a return to the shops focus on high performance aftermarket parts production, installation, and e-commerce sales.

“The Petty brand is defined by speed, durability, and winning,” said Steadman. “We are ready to focus our attention to the needs of the performance aftermarket enthusiasts and grassroots racers focusing on quality parts and service to meet their individual needs. Petty’s Garage already has a solid base in the industry, but it is time to take the business to the next level.”

Petty’s Garage will lean on Steadman’s history and experience that he has in Level Cross buildings, but also his insights in the automotive industry.

“There is not a better fit for us than Greg to come back to Petty’s Garage and help us continue to grow,” said Founder and Owner, Petty. “He had one of the original ideas for the company and he knows the car industry, our facilities, and people. He is a part of the Petty DNA, and it is a perfect fit. His dedication and drive to make us better will take us to the next level.”

While Steadman will concentrate on customer performance aftermarket parts, they will also not lose focus on the custom builds and other special projects that Petty’s Garage also specializes in.

“The facilities here in Level Cross have been producing performance vehicles since 1949. The people who work here are among the most talented in the industry,” Steadman continued. “Our mission at Petty’s Garage is to continue the same high standards and tradition building “Petty” quality parts and vehicles today and into the future.

“The Petty’s Garage website, as we continue to grow it, will contain all our in-house manufactured parts and our “Petty” trusted brands to provide customers with a one-stop solution to building and maintaining the high-performance vehicle brands they love. Most importantly, Petty’s Garage will enable us to continue to evolve and tell the Petty story for future generations.”

For more information about Petty’s Garage, and to learn more about performance parts at Petty’s Garage, please visit www.pettysgarage.com or call 336-498-3745. You can also follow Petty’s Garage on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Petty's Garage PR

The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America today announced it raised more than $1.8 million after finally completing its 26th Anniversary Ride following two postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This marks the most funds raised during a single Ride since 2006! Funds raised directly benefit Victory Junction – a camp in Randleman, North Carolina servicing children with chronic and serious medical illnesses. The Ride’s donation supports summer camperships, building projects and maintenance programs – including upkeep with the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Water Park.

For the first time in its history, the Ride started and ended in the same city: Phoenix, Arizona. Former NASCAR driver and NBC Sports racing analyst Kyle Petty led 225 participants on one of the Ride’s most scenic routes ever. On April 30, Petty and the riders left Phoenix, riding more than 1,500 miles through Arizona and Utah over seven days before returning to Phoenix on May 6.

All along the Ride’s 2022 route, fans came from miles around to welcome the Ride, meet celebrity participants and support the cause. Multiple mayors made appearances, presenting proclamations and/or keys to the city. In addition, the Ride was honored to meet members of the Hualapai Tribal Council and Navajo Nation Tribal Council in Peach Springs and Cameron, Arizona. Other highlights include seeing a “Wild West” staged gun shootout in Oatman, Arizona, riding historic Route 66, visiting Grand Canyon National and Bryce Canyon National Park, seeing the entire student body of Monument Valley High School lining the streets to cheer on the Ride in Monument Valley, Utah, taking Jeep tours through Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, lapping the track (twice!) at Phoenix Raceway, and more.

“After being sidelined for nearly three years due to COVID, we were eager to get back on the road and get back to doing what we love,” said Petty. “I was completely blown away by the excitement seen amongst our Riders and fans all along the route. We saw some of the most beautiful scenery this country has to offer, met some amazing people and experienced so many incredible bucket list places. But most importantly, we reignited our passion for riding and raising funds for the kids at Victory Junction…that’s what it’s always been about!”

Victory Junction has served as the Ride’s primary beneficiary since its establishment by Petty and his family in 2004 in honor of his late son, Adam. Since 1995, 8,875 riders have logged nearly 12.6 million cumulative motorcycle miles and raised more than $20 million for Victory Junction and other children’s charities.

Funds were gathered from fans along the route, as part of the Ride’s “Small Change. Big Impact.” program, as well as donations made by generous sponsors, organizations, and the riders themselves.

“The generosity of our sponsors is incredible. Without them, we simply could not do all the things we do each year on the Ride,” said Petty. “Not only do they make contributions to our cause, but these companies and their people show so much excitement and go above and beyond to help make our Rides truly the ‘Ride of a Lifetime,’ by supplying one-of-a-kind memorabilia, hosting delicious meals and fun activities for our Riders, and more!”

The 2022 Ride was made possible by presenting sponsor Cox Automotive, as well as Coca-Cola, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Dodge Law, Racing Electronics, WinCraft Racing, FLUIDYNE Racing Products, Petty Family Foundation, Headbands of Hope, Piedmont Moving Systems, Wiley X, Blue Emu and Goody’s.

This year’s Ride also featured several celebrity riders, including NASCAR Hall of Famer and seven-time champion Richard Petty; upcoming Class of 2023 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Hershel McGriff; NASCAR legends Harry Gant and Ken Schrader; current NASCAR Cup Series driver Erik Jones; and NBC Sports NASCAR personality Rick Allen.

To look back at Petty and the riders’ journey, check out their posts on social media:

For more information about the 26th Anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America or to donate, please visit www.kylepettycharityride.com

KPCR PR

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTESNASCAR Cup Series – Race No. 17 – 300 laps / 399 miles

Nashville Superspeedway (1.33-mile oval) – Lebanon, Tenn.

Fast Facts for June 24-26, 2022

Tire: Goodyear Eagle 18-inch Speedway Radials

Set limits: Cup – 3 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 10 sets for the race

     (9 race sets plus 1 set transferred from qualifying)

Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-5160; Right-side -- D-5122

Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 2,254 mm (88.74 in.); Right-side -- 2,280 mm (89.76 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 22 psi;

     Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 44 psi

Storyline – Some concrete facts about racing at Nashville: The NASCAR Cup Series returns to Nashville Superspeedway for the second consecutive year.  These teams do not race on concrete often and Goodyear’s tread compounds are designed to lay rubber on the surface, which will help create a second groove as drivers search for grip.  Despite this being the series’ first season on the 18-inch bead diameter tires, they will enter this weekend with a good notebook on these tires.  Cup teams have run this left-side tire code three times and this right-side code six times already in 2022.  Of particular importance is Goodyear’s minimum recommended air pressure on the left-rear corner of the car.  This Next Gen car sees higher loads to the rear compared to the previous generation car, and the combination of shock, camber and air pressure settings are important as teams strike a balance between durability and performance.  This being just the second race for these teams at Nashville, Cup will have three sets of practice tires and a 50-minute session to hone in on their set-ups.

     “Every time we race on a concrete track, like the one we have at Nashville this week, we design our tires to specifically lay rubber on the surface,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing.  “Rubbering in the primary groove helps the racing by causing drivers to move around to find the grip provided by fresher concrete.  As we come back from an off weekend for the Cup cars, having a full practice, it will be important for teams to find the right balance in their car set-ups on the left-rear of the car.  Having an established tire set-up they have run before should help them with that.”

Notes – NASCAR teams to run same tire set-up as Kansas and Texas at Nashville:  Having moved to an 18-inch bead diameter tire for 2022, NASCAR Cup teams will run a different tire set-up than those in the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series at Nashville this week . . . Cup teams have run this same combination of left- and right-side tires at both Kansas and Texas this season . . . this left-side tire has also been run at Dover, while this right-side tire has been run at Charlotte, Darlington, Fontana and Las Vegas in 2022 . . . in addition to the obvious construction changes in moving to an 18-inch tire, this set-up features compound changes to both sides of the car (more grip) compared to what Cup teams ran at Nashville in 2021 . . . 2021 . . . with this 18-inch tire, and its lower profile sidewall, NASCAR Cup cars will not run inner liners in any of their tires in 2022.

 

 

 

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

NASCAR Xfinity Series – Race No. 15 – 188 laps / 250 miles

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – Race No. 14 – 150 laps / 199.5 miles

Nashville Superspeedway (1.33-mile oval) – Lebanon, Tenn.

Fast Facts for June 24-25, 2022

Tire: Goodyear Eagle 15-inch Speedway Radials

Set limits: Xfinity: 5 sets for the event;

     Truck: 6 sets for the event

Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-6110; Right-side -- D-6128

Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 2,225 mm (87.60 in.); Right-side -- 2,250 mm (88.58 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 18 psi; Left Rear -- 18 psi;

     Right Front -- 42 psi; Right Rear -- 40 psi

Notes – Xfinity, Truck teams on on popular left-side tire at Nashville: Being on 15-inch bead diameter tires, Xfinity and Camping World Truck teams will run a different tire set-up than those in the Cup Series at Nashville this week . . . compared to what these teams ran at Nashville last season, this left-side tire code aligns this track with several other speedways, while this right-side code features a minor compound change . . . this left-side is one that teams in both of these series have run at Charlotte, Las Vegas and Texas already this season . . . Truck teams have also run this left-side at Kansas . . . Xfinity teams ran this right-side at Dover in May . . . despite the Truck Series running a shorter race than the Xfinity Series, Truck teams will have six sets of tires compared to five sets for Xfinity teams because the Trucks are the first series on track for practice on a “green” race track and have the first race of the weekend . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Nashville . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

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