Saturday, Jun 25
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Notes of Interest

 

●  If Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway were a bingo card, expect Kevin Harvick to yell “Bingo” more than anyone. The driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Apple #BuschBingo Ford Mustang has logged the most laps of any of his counterparts at the 1.333-mile concrete oval, despite the venue having hosted only one NASCAR Cup Series race – last year’s inaugural Ally 400. Harvick finished fifth in that race, but long before then he ran four NASCAR Xfinity Series races and one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the track. And when he wasn’t racing at Nashville, he was testing there, logging thousands of miles back when NASCAR permitted unlimited testing. So, it’s appropriate that Busch Light Apple is integrating Bingo into Sunday’s 300-lap race. Fans will have the chance to win a custom Busch Light Apple Pitboss Grill and other Busch Light Apple prizes by playing its version of Bingo on Twitter. All fans have to do is follow @BuschBeer, turn on their notifications, and play along. Whenever anything listed on the Busch Light Apple Bingo board happens, fans have the opportunity to win Busch Light Apple prizes. If three spaces connect during the stage, they have a chance to win the Pitboss Grill. Just tweet #BuschBingo #Sweepstakes when anything on the board happens and you’ll be entered for a chance to win. Bingo blocks include a “Harvick Pass”, “Caution Flag”, a “Harvick Pit Stop”, “announcer saying ‘Busch Light Apple’” and more. FYI: The first stage is 90 laps, the second stage is 95 laps, and the final stage is 115 laps. The Ally 400 starts at 5 p.m. EDT and can be seen live on NBC and, of course, those 21 and older can best enjoy it with a Busch Light Apple, a crisp, refreshing, apple-flavored lager with a touch of sweet on the front end and a clear, beer finish on the back end. It is available for a limited time only NATIONWIDE for its LAST YEAR EVER in 12-, 24- and 30-packs at a store near you.

 

●  Prior to last year’s inaugural Ally 400, it had been 10 years since NASCAR last competed at Nashville Superspeedway, and it was an Xfinity Series race on July 23, 2011 that was won by Carl Edwards. The NASCAR Cup Series had never competed on the 1.333-mile oval, but Cup teams tested there extensively back in the day when it was fashionable to race on Sunday, test somewhere on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then fly to the next Cup race on Thursday. Harvick, now in his 22nd year of Cup Series competition, has logged more laps in a Cup car at Nashville Superspeedway than any of his Cup Series brethren despite the track never hosting a Cup race until last year.

 

●  In addition to testing at Nashville Superspeedway, Harvick has also raced extensively at the track, and he has performed incredibly well. In four career Xfinity Series starts, Harvick has two wins – April 15, 2006 and April 3, 2010. He finished third on June 10, 2006 and recorded his worst finish, seventh, in his first Xfinity Series race at Nashville Superspeedway on April 14, 2001. It all gave Harvick an average finish of third. He also had a lap completion rate of 100 percent, running all 900 laps available to him, and he led 123 of those laps.

 

●  Harvick’s lone Truck Series start at Nashville Superspeedway came on April 2, 2010 when he finished second to Kyle Busch.

 

●  In all of Havick’s starts at Nashville Superspeedway – a total of six – he has never finished outside the top-10. In fact, all but one of those finishes have been in the top-five. He finished seventh in his first Xfinity Series start at the track on April 14, 2001. To break it down even further, Harvick has three top-twos, four top-threes and five top-fives, the most recent of which came in last year’s inaugural Ally 400 when he finished fifth.

 

Kevin Harvick, Driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Apple #BuschBingo Ford Mustang 

 

Prior to last year’s inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville, you last competed there in 2010 during a NASCAR Xfinity Series race. What were your expectations when you rolled back into the track after an 11-year absence?

“I didn’t ever go to Nashville without the expectation of winning. It was one of our best racetracks throughout the years and we’ve always had good success there and always enjoyed the racetrack itself. I’m glad we’re back there in Cup. That facility was built to have a Cup date. I’m excited to be there because we have just a ton of fans. There’s just a lot of good things that are happening when we go back to Nashville.”

 

In addition to Xfinity Series racing at Nashville, that venue was the go-to track back when you had unlimited testing. Outside of the Xfinity Series, how many testing miles do you think you have at Nashville?

“Not many in the last little bit, but there was a period of time that we spent a lot of time at Nashville. We developed a lot of the coil binding in the front and rear springs there and at Milwaukee. When Nashville was built, I actually was part of the very first tire test – the first time that anybody was on the racetrack. Obviously, I’ve had a little bit of a layoff there, but from the very first moment I’ve been a part of that racetrack.”

 

Talk about those days of unlimited testing, where after a three-day race weekend you’d go test for two or three days somewhere, oftentimes at Nashville.

“Really, we can go back to 2000. I did all the testing for Dale Earnhardt as we went through the year. So, we would go race and then we would go to a racetrack, whatever racetrack that would be, and I also did my own testing. We probably did four or five tests – I think at that point they could only do seven tests in the Cup Series – and then I had all my tests that you could do in the Xfinity Series. But you could also go to any racetrack that wasn’t on the schedule, and at that particular point, Kentucky wasn’t on the schedule, so we spent a lot of time at Kentucky developing stuff for Dale and the Cup program. But for the most part, we did, midweek, probably 20-25 tests a year as we went through the season, and most of them would be two-day tests. And that’s what you did. You were never home. You tested all the time. When you had a problem, you just went somewhere and tested. Whether it be Greenville-Pickens or Caraway or VIR, Milwaukee, it didn’t matter, you could go to any racetrack if it wasn’t on the schedule. Through the years they just changed that because we would spend so much time at the racetrack. We would test on different brands of tires and different series of cars, and we would do whatever it took. But, for the most part, you probably spent 20-25 two-day tests away from what you did on those three-day weekends.”

 

When you returned to Nashville last year, was the track still the same as you remembered it, or had it changed some?

“The track really hadn’t changed. I think a couple of the bumps were a little bit worse than probably what they were before, but nothing drastic. I think the stuff they sprayed on the racetrack added a little bit of grip to the higher lanes in practice, and then for the race it was really back down to the bottom and more traditional like it had been before.”

 

You were one of the handful of drivers who had prior experience at Nashville. Did that help when you returned there last year, or had the march of time and technology made it an even playing field for everyone?

“I’d spent a fair amount of time there, so just having that general picture in your mind of how it raced and the things that you did and how it went was definitely good to have, and it kind of took away some of the questions you might have at a place you hadn’t been to ever before.”

 

While Dover (Del.) Motor Speedway is only a 1-mile oval, it’s still concrete and has high banking, like Nashville. Will your experience earlier this year at Dover provide any benefits when you return to Nashville?

“They’re just drastically different. I think Nashville is going to have a lot of the same characteristics that we have at a lot of the racetracks that we go to. We’ve kind of had the same common problems at every track, it seems, and I think we’ll fight a lot of those same things at Nashville.”

 

TSC PR

Michael McDowell and the Love's Travel Stops team have a base to build from after their first visit to the Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway last season. The team finished 16th in NASCAR’s return to Nashville and now are looking to build from that result at the 1.3-mile concrete oval.

McDowell comes into Nashville with momentum. The team has finished in the top-10 in five of their last eight races. They are coming off their first top-five finish, third, two weeks ago in Sonoma. The team is 20th in the driver standings and know that the remainder of June and the months of July and August will be important in their bid for a playoff position.

"Our Love's Travel Stops Ford team had our best performance a couple weeks ago and we need to keep it going,” said McDowell. “We need to gain more, and maybe we need a win to make the playoffs, but we are capable of that.

"Our program has improved greatly since the start of the season, and our results have shown that in the last handful of races. I believe we can finish inside the top-10 at any track. Nashville poses its own set of tricks and twists, but we have done an excellent job recently of adapting to the challenges. We’ll be ready.”

McDowell and his Love's Travel Stops Ford Mustang will race at Nashville this Sunday, at 5:00 p.m. ET on NBC.

FRM PR

We are excited to announce that several Middle Tennessee business owners have come together to support racing in the Nashville community by sponsoring Jesse Little and his Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet for the upcoming NASCAR Camping World Truck race at Nashville Superspeedway. The goal of the sponsorship is to help create awareness and support the efforts being made to bring the sport back to Music City for years to come, while also raising funds for one of its most important organizations, Motor Racing Outreach. Check out all the details at NASHVILLERACE.COM

Racing has always been about family and building relationships. We don’t know if it was by chance or fate, but this whole idea started around a campfire in February at Daytona. This is where Travis Wright, partner at CS&A Insurance based in Nashville, TN, and owners of Young’s Motorsports, Randy and Tyler Young found themselves as neighbors in the infield. After coming off a 6th place finish, Jesse and the rest of the race team were celebrating their strong showing by hanging out in the motor coach neighborhood with Travis, Tyler, and Randy.

As the evening turned to night, the group found themselves talking about Nashville and all the excitement about NASCAR being back for 2 years in a row. On a whim, Travis posed the idea of collaborating with local Nashville businesses to sponsor Jesse for the race at the Nashville Superspeedway. “How neat would it be if we can bring folks together and create more awareness for the sport in the Nashville community?”, Travis said. Randy, Tyler, and Jesse all looked at each other and said, “Well then, let’s make it happen!” and the rest is history!

The other sponsorship component was how can we also “give back” through this partnership? Travis has worked locally in Nashville with Motor Racing Outreach for several years and the Waltrip Brothers Charity Championship (WBCC). This is the annual golf tournament and concert hosted by Darrell and Michael Waltrip to raise funds for MRO every year. MRO has been an instrumental organization for drivers, crews, and their families for close to three decades. Jesse grew up as one of the MRO kids as he spent most of his childhood at the racetrack when his dad, Chad Little, raced in the 90s. The plan would be to donate any funds raised over what is needed for the sponsorship to MRO. We are thrilled to announce that over $20K has been donated to MRO because of this sponsorship

Jesse will be honoring his dad Chad Little with a throwback paint scheme and retro driver suit that resembles the suit Chad wore in the 90s. The primary sponsor is Nashville-based business Catchin’ Deers. Business owner and former Nashville Predator Mike Fisher is excited about this partnership. “We are really looking forward to the race and the opportunity to partner with such a great group of people”. The other local business sponsors include CS&A Insurance, Nashville K-9, Pella Windows & Doors of Nashville, Gary Ashton RE/MAX Advantage, Granite Garage Floors, Southern Shine, Southern Events, Puckett’s Restaurant, Outdoor LED Rentals, Velocity Motorcars, and Cool Hand Speedco.

Jesse Little PR

The Friday schedule for NASCAR Championship Weekend just got a whole lot busier and better.

NASCAR, Phoenix Raceway and the ARCA Menards Series announced today that the season finale for the ARCA Menards Series West will move one day earlier to Friday, Nov. 4. The ARCA Menards Series West championship race will begin at 11:30 a.m. MST and be shown live on FloRacing. That race sets the table for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship race, the Lucas Oil 150, which now moves to a 7 p.m. MST start live on FS1.

In between those Friday races, the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series will hold crucial practice sessions, placing four series on track in one action-packed day.

“This creates an incredible value for race fans on Championship Friday,” said Phoenix Raceway President Julie Giese. “Being able to see four series in action provides a power-packed ticket that will keep our fans thrilled throughout the day. And then on Saturday, fans will have a tremendous day of action on tap with Busch Light Pole Award Qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship and the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Race. This is a huge win for our fans across the board.”

As a bonus, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series West will hold practice sessions on the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 3, and admission to those practices is free.

In a related scheduling move, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway on July 23 will move from FS1 to FOX (noon ET).

The revised NASCAR Championship Weekend schedule is below (all times local):

Thursday, Nov. 3

5:05 p.m. – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice

6:30 p.m. – ARCA Menards Series West practice and qualifying

Friday Nov. 4

11:30 a.m. – ARCA Menards Series West race (Broadcast: FloRacing live / USA delayed)

3 p.m. – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying

4:05 p.m. – NASCAR Xfinity Series practice

5:05 p.m. – NASCAR Cup Series practice

7 p.m. – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race (Lucas Oil 150, FS1)

Saturday, Nov. 5

Noon – NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying

1 p.m. – NASCAR Cup Series qualifying

3 p.m. – NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Race (USA)

Sunday, Nov. 6

1 p.m. – NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race (NBC)

NASCAR Championship Weekend Ticket update

Grandstand tickets for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race on Sunday, Nov. 6, are sold out and only a limited number of standing-room-only and FanShield Infield Experience tickets remain. Fans are encouraged to act quickly before that inventory is sold out, too.

Tickets remain for Friday and Saturday’s action, and additional NASCAR Championship Weekend experiences and entertainment will be announced in the weeks ahead. Visit www.phoenixraceway.com for the latest information and to secure tickets before they are gone.

Phoenix Raceway PR

Nashville will be transformed into #NASCHAR as race weekend banners, events and activations will start to fill the streets in downtown Nashville and throughout Middle Tennessee as a phenomenal NASCAR weekend at Nashville Superspeedway takes place June 24-26.

 

Headlined by the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, June 26, Middle Tennessee’s home for racing and entertainment has teamed up with a premier group of partners to offer Nashville a weekend of pageantry, including an Ally-sponsored Downtown Aerial Drone Show on Saturday, June 25, and wrapping up with a one-of-a-kind experience that will bring racing and music together at the track on Sunday.

 

“Nashville has embraced our Ally 400 #NASHCAR weekend with many activities and shows of support,” said Erik Moses, Nashville Superspeedway’s president and general manager. “Anyone living or traveling through the city this month can’t miss what’s going on, both at the track and downtown.”

 

Here’s a list of what events and promotions fans can expect around the latest #NASHCAR happenings:

 

DOWNTOWN DRONE SHOW, SPONSORED BY ALLY: Set for Saturday night, June 25 at 10:30 p.m., Ally will light up the sky above the Cumberland River with an aerial drone show celebrating the intersection of racing, music and Nashville. Fans hanging out on Broadway will also be able to see and enjoy the show as they look toward Nissan Stadium.

 

OLE RED ALLY FAN HEADQUARTERS

Ole Red will serve as the Ally Fan Headquarters throughout the weekend, with the Ally 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 show car – featuring the stunning Ally 400 paint scheme designed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. – appropriately parked right outside for fan photos on Friday & Saturday night.

 

On Friday, June 24 at 8:30 p.m., Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be hosting a live recording of his podcast, The Dale Jr. Download. Fans are welcome to attend and even participate in a live Q & A with Dale and his special guests, including former Tennessee Titan and NASCAR fan-favorite, Bernard Pollard

 

BUILDINGS LIT PURPLE: In celebration of the weekend’s happenings, several local buildings will be lit in Ally purple, throughout race weekend:

  • Tennessee State Capitol
  • Nashville City Hall
  • Nashville Municipal Courthouse
  • Korean Veterans Bridge

 

CITY BANNERS: Starting mid-June, banners promoting race weekend were installed at the following structures or locations:

  • Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge
  • Korean Veterans Boulevard light poles
  • Music City Center Roundabout light poles 
  • Broadway from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue light poles

 

CITYSCAPES

  • Hard Rock Café on Lower Broadway features banners hanging on the exterior of the building that were installed prior to the recent CMA Fest and will remain in place through race weekend.
  • Ole Red as Ally Fan Headquarters will be exteriorly wrapped with signage delineating itself as such.

 

PARTY BUS: In partnership with NASCAR and Outsider, a media and lifestyle company, a party bus wrapped in Nashville Superspeedway colors has been circulating through downtown for the past few weeks and will make its way to the track for race weekend where race fans can cruise around just as if they were on Broadway.

 

BILLBOARD & LED DISPLAY SCREENS: Whether arriving at the airport or driving to get downtown or enjoying your favorite hangout on Broadway, race messaging can be seen at or on the following:

  • Mobile billboards during CMA Fest June 8-12
  • OOH billboards in high-trafficked locations across the metro
  • Fifth and Broadway digital displays
  • Nashville International Airport (BNA) digital displays and screens

 

ADDITIONAL EVENTS:

  • Tailgate & Live Show: In conjunction with media and lifestyle company, Outsider, NASCAR and Nashville Superspeedway are hosting the ultimate party to start the #NASHCAR weekend at Losers Bar in Midtown starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 23. The event will featuring live podcast recording by NFL Veteran Quarterback Jay Cutler and ESPN Reporter Marty Smith, followed by the legendary Whiskey Jam at 7 p.m.
  • Rowdy: The world premiere of the upcoming documentary about the career of NASCAR driver Kyle Busch, Rowdy, will debut in Nashville on Thursday evening, June 23. The red-carpet affair will begin at Regal Cinema at 7 p.m. before festivities make their way to Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row for the after party.
  • Pride Festival: In conjunction with the Ally 400 and its Nashville-based festivities, Ally will also be a sponsor of the Nashville Pride Festival at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in downtown Nashville.

 

The full schedule for Nashville Superspeedway’s June 24-26 NASCAR tripleheader weekend includes:

  • Sunday, June 26: Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race (4 p.m. CT, NBC)
  • Saturday, June 25: Tennessee Lottery 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race (2:30 p.m. CT, USA)
  • Friday, June 24: Rackley Roofing 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race (7 p.m. CT, FS1)

 

TICKETS:
Tickets for the June 24-26 NASCAR weekend start at just $35. Kids 12 and under get in FREE for Friday and Saturday races and for just $10 (all with a paying adult) for the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, June 26. Track Access Passes are available and can be purchased at the same time as race day tickets. For Nashville Superspeedway ticket information visit NashvilleSuperspeedway.com or call 866-RACE-TIX for details.

 

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NSS PR

Following post race technical inspection #85 SK Modified® - Bryan Narducci, has been removed from the June 17th finishing order due to a violation of rule 20E - 10.4 Section F - Transmission. See below violation in red. June 17th results and points have been updated to reflect the disqualification.

20E- 10.4 TRANSMISSION- The GM OEM production stock 3 or 4 speed transmission (top loader not permitted), Richmond two speed transmission (see approved part numbers below), or the Jerico 2SP (see approved part numbers below) transmission must be used.
A. All transmissions must have a constant engagement of the input shaft with gear and countershaft with cluster gears.
B. High gear must have a ratio of 1 to 1 and no other gear may have a ratio higher than 1.20 to 1.
C. The shifter and all of its components must be aluminum or steel.
D. Five-speed transmissions, with gears removed are not permitted. Quick change transmissions are not permitted.
E. Automatic or semi-automatic transmissions are not permitted.
F. Machining or lightening of any internal rotating or non-rotating parts including gears, shafts, and case are not permitted. Gun drilled transmission shafts are not permitted. Welding on any internal part is not permitted. Lightweight parts, machining, coatings, or special bearing upgrades are not permitted.

SK MODIFIED® (40) – Revised June 17, 2022 Feature Results

1) Cory DiMatteo, Farmington

2) Ronnie Williams, Tolland

3) Marcello Rufrano, North Haven

4) Stephen Kopcik, Newtown

5) Todd Owen, Somers

6) Keith Rocco, Berlin

7) Michael Christopher, Jr., Wolcott

8) Tyler Hines, North Haven

9) Andrew Molleur, Shelton

10) David Arute, Stafford Springs

11) Jon Puleo, Branford

12) Dan Wesson, Monson, MA

13) Teddy Hodgdon, Danbury

14) Anthony Bello, Newtown

15) Troy Talman, Oxford, MA

16) Dylan Kopec, East Longmeadow, MA

17) Curt Brainard, Canton

18) Mikey Flynn, Hampden, MA

19) Wesley Prucker, Staffor

20) Doug Meservey, Jr., Dennisport, MA

21) John Montesanto, North Branford

22) Tyler Jones, New Milford

23) Michael Gervais, Jr., Wolcott

24) Chris Jones, New Milford

25) Noah Korner, Avon

Stafford Speedway PR

Nashville Superspeedway fans can mark the NASCAR Cup Series’ second annual visit to Middle Tennessee in a new and creative way before the track’s June 24-26 race weekend.

 

Beginning Monday, June 20, fans can purchase Nashville-themed NFTs via RaceDayNFT.com, Speedway Motorsports’ original digital marketplace for race fans. An NFT (non-fungible token) is a digital collectible (such as a video or image) that is officially licensed and recorded on the blockchain to demonstrate proof of ownership.

 

Nashville Superspeedway’s full 2022 collection on RaceDayNFT.com include the following scheduled drops:

  • MONDAY, JUNE 20, 1 p.m. (ET): 250 animated NSS Stadium Series NFTs. PRICE: $5.
  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22: 100 Speedway Children’s Charities tokens. All proceeds will benefit Speedway Children’s Charities. PRICE: $50.
  • THURSDAY, JUNE 23: 250 NSS-themed virtual diecast NFTs. PRICE: $10.
  • SUNDAY, JUNE 26: 3,000 commemorative Nashville ticket NFTs. PRICE: FREE for Sunday ticketholders on a first-come, first-served basis, 250 also available for $5 for all other customers.

“This is a terrific way for fans to commemorate all of their Nashville experiences and memories,” said Erik Moses, Nashville Superspeedway’s president and general manager. “NFTs are one of the hottest items in the collectible world with Nashville and the entire Speedway Motorsports family leading this innovative marketplace. We look forward to sharing our unique Nashville-themed collection this week.”

 

In partnership with GigLabs, Speedway Motorsports created RaceDayNFT.com, the original motorsports NFT marketplace for race fans in 2021.

 

RaceDayNFT.com is built on the environmentally friendly Flow Blockchain, home of other leading sports NFT projects including NBA Top Shot and NFL ALL DAY.

 

RaceDay NFT is also linked with Dapper Wallet, which allows customers to conduct NFT business with credit cards as well as multiple currencies including popular cryptocurrency options such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Speedway Motorsports uses GigLab’s proprietary NFT Bridge platform to create and operate its NFT marketplace. NFT Bridge helps brands remove the complexity of smart contracts, blockchain integration, NFT design and management and event services.

 

Visit RaceDayNFT.com for more details.

 

The full schedule for Nashville Superspeedway’s June 24-26 NASCAR tripleheader weekend includes:

  • Sunday, June 26: Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race (4 p.m. CT, NBC)
  • Saturday, June 25: Tennessee Lottery 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race (2:30 p.m. CT, USA)
  • Friday, June 24: Rackley Roofing 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race (7 p.m. CT, FS1)

 

TICKETS:
Tickets for the June 24-26 NASCAR weekend start at just $35. Kids 12 and under get in FREE for Friday and Saturday races and for just $10 (all with a paying adult) for the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, June 26. Track Access Passes are available and can be purchased at the same time as race day tickets. For Nashville Superspeedway ticket information visit NashvilleSuperspeedway.com or call 866-RACE-TIX for details.

 

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NSS PR

It was never a question of “if” for Brian Shirley on the first week of the Hell Tour, so much as it was “when.”

 

That “when” came Sunday night at Sycamore Speedway, where the four-time DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion broke through for his first win of the season on the tour, making the move on Max Blair for the lead late in the race and driving it home for a $5,000 payday.

 

“I felt like our car was pretty good,” Shirley said. “I knew I was gonna have to make a pretty big mistake to cost myself the race.”

 

Polesitter Payton Freeman, of Commerce, GA, got the early jump at the drop of the green and led through Lap 9 of the 40-lap main event. World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series regular Max Blair soon hunted Freeman down as the 19-year-old Hell Tour rookie approached lapped traffic and got underneath him to take the top spot on Lap 10.

 

Blair, of Centerville, PA, led the field around the three-eighths mile oval for the majority of the race, and appeared to have the car to beat, until Shirley entered the frame.

 

Shirley, who went as far back as fifth in the opening laps, had made his way past fellow Summer Nationals champion Jason Feger by Lap 22 after a back-and-forth battle that spanned several laps before the halfway mark. Once he cleared Feger’s #25, Shirley set his sights on Blair with less than half of the race remaining.

 

Blair survived multiple restarts in the second half with Shirley right behind him, but lapped traffic proved problematic in the home stretch. Heading down the backstretch with nine-to-go, Blair came up on Greg Cantrell Jr. to put him a lap down but did not fully commit to the bottom to make the pass. This left the door wide open for Shirley to walk through, which he did, and won the drag race off Turn 4 to take the lead at the stripe.

 

“We came up on them lapped cars and I felt like he got pinched-down, and I just chose to go around him on the outside,” Shirley, of Chatham, IL, said. “Wasn’t sure how it was going to play out just because of the way lapped traffic was. We were just getting ready to be in lapped traffic big time.”

 

Though he had the lead in-hand, Shirley’s mission was not over yet. Another couple of restarts popped up inside eight-to-go, but he and the Bob Cullen Racing #3s were prepared. Shirley stuck to the middle groove and brought it back home unchallenged for his 37th career DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory.

 

Blair held on for second and his best career finish on the Hell Tour, while Feger maintained third to hold his top-five spot in points. Ryan Unzicker climbed eight spots on a run from 12th to finish fourth, and Dennis Erb Jr. capped off Illinois-Iowa Week with a fifth-place run.

 

Reigning Summer Nationals champion Bobby Pierce finished sixth and was crowned champion of Illinois-Iowa Week after two wins, two runners-up, a sixth and one DNF (17th) over the six-race stretch, collecting the $2,000 bonus as weekly points champion.

 

UP NEXT

 

The Hell Tour takes a day off on Monday before returning to action at Missouri’s Springfield Raceway on Tuesday, June 21. If you can’t be at the track, stream all the action to your personal device with the DIRTVision app or at DIRTVision.com.

 

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

 

Feature 40 Laps | 00:33:22.784

1. 3S-Brian Shirley[3]; 2. 111V-Max Blair[2]; 3. 25-Jason Feger[4]; 4. 24-Ryan Unzicker[12]; 5. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[8]; 6. 32- Bobby Pierce[16]; 7. F1-Payton Freeman[1]; 8. 36-Logan Martin[17]; 9. 15-Justin Duty[13]; 10. 77-Preston Luckman[14]; 11. 14G-Joe Godsey[9]; 12. 21B-Rich Bell[11]; 13. 1M-Mike Mataragas[7]; 14. 89-Mike Spatola[20]; 15. 4G-Bob Gardner[19]; 16. 26M-Brent McKinnon[22]; 17. 4D-Doug Tye[15]; 18. 30-Mark Voigt[10]; 19. 3-Dale Markham[5]; 20. 01JR- Greg Cantrell[21]; 21. 10S-Taylor Scheffler[18]; 22. 29-Spencer Diercks[6]

 

MAKE IT FIVE: Hoffman Motors to Five-Straight Summit Modified Wins at Sycamore

 

The streak just keeps on going for Nick Hoffman.

 

Sunday night’s DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals event at Sycamore Speedway was another perfect night for the four-time and defending champion, as he swept the night with top finishes in Qualifying, Heat Race, and leading every lap of the Feature for his 62nd career triumph on the Hell Tour.

 

To do it, he had to beat Midlothian, TX-racer Chase Allen, who’s not as accustomed to racing the UMP-style Modified typically found in the area. However, he’s been consistent through the first week of the tour, appearing in all five Features contested.

 

“Chase Allen’s done a really good job racing with us,” Hoffman said. “This is a whole different deal for him to come over and race on our tires and our playing field. He’s been pretty good.”

 

UP NEXT

 

Next week, Hoffman and the Summit Modified regulars take aim at some staple Illinois and Missouri venues, like Spoon River Speedway, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, and the newly reopened Adams County Speedway in Quincy, IL. But first, two days off on Monday-Tuesday, setting up a return to action in Quincy on Wednesday, June 22.

 

“These couple places coming up – I haven’t been to Quincy in probably three years, so that place should be interesting,” Hoffman said.

 

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

 

Feature 15 Laps | 00:05:53.320

1. 2-Nick Hoffman[1]; 2. 130-Chase Allen[2]; 3. 26-Anthony Carter[4]; 4. 17H-Scott Hauge[5]; 5. 54-Zachary Hawk[3]

 
DIRTcar Series PR

The 60th season of stock car racing action continues at Grandview Speedway this Saturday night, with another NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series program.

The T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds and T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman will be in action on Saturday, June 25 starting at 7:30 pm. The program will include qualifying events for both divisions leading to the 30-lap T.P. Trailer Modified feature and the 25-lap T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman main. In addition, the Outlaw Racing Series Vintage racers will be in action in a feature only program.

Pit gates will open at 4 pm. with grandstand gates opening at 5:30 pm. and warm-ups starting at 6:15 pm. Adult grandstand admission is $18, while children under age 12 are admitted free of charge.

The night’s racing program will be sponsored by the United Auto Workers Local 677. They will be having a company outing during the day, and drivers Kevin Graver Jr. and Dylan Hoch will have their racers on display for the day’s festivities.

There will also be a very special guest on hand for the night’s racing program, as former Grandview Speedway Track Champion, and United Racing Club Champion, Dave Kelly will be traveling north to be on hand to meet everyone and participate in the UAW 677 night of action.

Kelly raced at Grandview early in his career, picking up a track championship, before moving on to Big Block Modified racing, and eventually a storied career in Sprint Car racing, with many wins in URC 360 Sprint Car competition as well as 410 Sprint car action.

During his racing career at Grandview, Kelly scored 6 wins in the 358 Modified division, and scored more wins than any other driver in URC Sprint car competition, with 20 victories.

The pre-race Meet and Greet with Pastor Don Kerns on Saturday night will include drivers Kevin Graver Jr. and Dylan Hoch. The Meet and Greet is held in the main gate area starting at 5 pm. and is a great time for fans to meet the drivers up close and collect some autographs.

Entering this week’s NASCAR racing program, Brett Kressley continues as the T.P. Trailer Modified point leader with 2009 points. Following a dramatic fourth win of the season last Saturday night, Craig Von Dohren moved into second in the standings with 1980 points, followed by Doug Manmiller with a total of 1939 points, Tim Buckwalter with 1840 points, and Duane Howard with 1751 points.

The current top ten in T.P. Trailer Modified points are 1. Brett Kressley – 2009, 2. Craig Von Dohren – 1980, 3. Doug Manmiller – 1939, 4. Tim Buckwalter – 1840, 5. Duane Howard – 1751, 6. Jeff Strunk – 1611, 7. Jared Umbenhauer – 1203, 8. Mike Lisowski – 1134, Craig Whitmoyer – 1124, 10. Cory Merkel – 1101.

In the T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman division, Dylan Hoch continues as the point leader following another top ten outing last Saturday night, and has 1530 points. Brian Hirthler made a late race effort to try and score a win, finishing second to winner Kenny Bock, but it was a finish that moved Hirthler into second in the standings with 1461 points. Kyle Smith ranks third with 1443, Jimmy Leiby is fourth with 1301, and Cole Stangle stands fifth at 1157 points.

The current top ten in the T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman standings are 1. Dylan Hoch – 1530, 2. Brian Hirthler – 1461, 3. Kyle Smith – 1443, 4. Jimmy Leiby – 1301, 5. Cole Stangle – 1157, 6. Mike Schneck Jr. – 897, 7. Dakota Kohler – 875, 8. Parker Guldin – 853, 9. Cody Manmiller – 811, 10. Tyler James – 696.

Since the 1960’s, Grandview Speedway has been presenting exciting wheel to wheel NASCAR stock car racing every Saturday Night starting in April and running through September, plus special events. Grandview Speedway is located at 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, Pa. 19505, just off Route 100, ten miles north of Pottstown, Pa.

Information is always available at www.grandviewspeedway.com or on Facebook, or by telephone at 610.754.7688.

UPCOMING EVENTS –

Saturday, June 25 – T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds, T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman plus Outlaw Racing Series Vintage – 7:30 pm.

Tuesday, June 28 – NAPA Auto Parts THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES – Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Car Speedweek Series Hodnett Cup $10,000 to win, 358 Modifieds – 7:30 pm. 

Saturday, July 2 – T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds, 52nd annual FIRECRACKER 40 for T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman – 7:30 pm.

Friday, July 8 – Outlaw Racing Series Enduro and Outlaw Racing Series Vintage – 7 pm

Saturday, July 9 – T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds, T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman – 7:30 pm.

Grandview Speedway PR

The All Pro SpeedSTRs and NY/PA IMCA Modifieds joined in with the USAC Sprints as part of the finale of the Eastern Storm tour at the Bloomsburg Fair Raceway to make for a well-rounded Father’s Day evening at the 3/8th mile dirt oval at the historic Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.

Billy Pauch Jr., of Milford, NJ and Rodney Morgan of Troy where the respective winners in the SpeedSTRs and Modifieds.

In the SpeedSTR main heat winners Pauch and Rich Tobias shared the front row for the start of the 20 lap contest. When the action commenced Pauch wasted little time in darting out the early lead with Tobias in tow.

Unfortunately Tobias’ night was over on lap four when his steering broke and he was forced to pull out of the race.

In the meantime Pauch was still holding a solid lead, doing so by a few car lengths over Louden Reimert. Reimert was busy at the time fending off hard charging Alex Bright as the pair battled closely for second. Mike Bednar was also hovering closely.

Bright’s strong effort was cut short during a lap 11 caution period when he suddenly pulled off with mechanical woes. 

On that restart Pauch remained in control, doing so with a nice run on the bottom. In the meantime Bednar and Reimert engaged in a thrilling toe-to-toe battle for second. After some close back and forth laps Bednar was able to secure the spot with six laps to go.

He then began to reel in Pauch and even had a few opportunities during late race cautions that lined the field up double file for an over-take. But after a getting a lap back under green Pauch was able to stay the course and get his rhythm going again.

“The magneto started to get hot and it starts to sputter in long races and we’ll have to fix that for Wednesday (Kutztown),” noted Pauch.

In the closing laps Bednar stayed within reach of Pauch who went on to notch the flag-to-flag victory and record his first time at winning at Bloomsburg.

 “We worked our tails off tonight. We had a bolt come loose and had to redo the whole driveshaft,” said Pauch.

“This car has been awesome here and I want to thank Mike Heffner and Lelands.com and everyone who makes this go around. It’s pretty cool to win on Father’s Day and it’s cool I can now add Bloomsburg to our winning list,” he continued.

“I really enjoy coming here to Bloomsburg. Brian (Wawroski) and his team really work hard and the track keeps getting better and better each time we come here. This is a state of the art facility.”

            Reimert held on for third with Dillon Steuer and Tom Mayberry rounding out the top five.

            Bednar’s effort was good and well fought although he admitted Pauch just had that little something extra over him.

“Billy was the class of the field tonight and I’m glad we finished second because I didn’t think we had the car to really compete,” explained Bednar.

“We found something on the top of (turns) 1 and 2 but in 3 and 4 we struggled tonight. I think the track was fairly similar to the heat races and it didn’t really rubber up anywhere. It was just dry and slick.”

            In the IMCA Modified feature Keith Jack jumped out to the early lead over Ray McClure and Morgan. Morgan then picked off McClure on the second go-around while defending Bloomsburg winner David Stremme blasted into third by lap three. Stremme was still on the move and raced into second one lap later.

            After a restart on lap seven the race for the lead got very heated as Jack, Morgan and Stremme went three-wide. As the trio completed the lap Morgan was not in front with Stremme hot on his heels.

            The race was slowed again on lap 10 when Jacob McConnell spun in Turn 4 and when the actioned resumed Stremme worked the outside to power around Morgan for the lead.

            Stremme was looking to become a repeat Bloomsburg winner but that notion ended with nine laps to go when he lost power and pulled out of the event.

            Morgan was now back in front and for the remaining circuits he gradually pulled ahead and took a comfortable four car length margin of victory over Jack.

            Eddie Sites, Brad Sites and Jared Spalding rounded out the front five.

 

SpeedSTR feature finish (20 laps): 1. Billy Pauch Jr., 2. Mike Bednar, 3. Louden Reimert, 4. Dillon Steuer, 5. Tom Mayberry, 6. Tim Buckwalter, 7. Gary Wagner, 8. Doug Snyder, 9. Mark Manieri, 10. Scott Houdeshell, 11. Cale Zangli, 12. Dustin Morris, 13. Alex Bright, 14. Steve Buckwalter, 15. Rich Tobias

 

IMCA Modified feature finish (25 laps): 1. Rodney Morgan, 2. Keith Jack, 3. Eddie Sites, 4. Brad Sites, 5. Jared Spalding, 6. Tyler Stoddard, 7. Aaron Benjamin, 8. Jacob McConnell, 9. Ray McClure, 10. Jason Sullivan, 11. Robert Maynard, 12. David Stremme, 13. Jake Maynard, 14. Lance Garvey, 15. Shawn Bruce

Bloomsburg Fair PR

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