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Welcome to South Boston Speedway: This weekend the SRX Series makes its way to South Boston Speedway for the second stop of the season. The 12-driver field includes 2021 series champion Tony Stewart, Paul Tracy, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Bobby Labonte, Ryan Newman, Marco Andretti, Michael Waltrip, Greg Biffle, Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves, Ernie Francis Jr., and local racer Peyton Sellers.
Local Ringer Peyton Sellers: Six-time South Boston Speedway track champion Peyton Sellers will join the All-Star field for the second race of the 2022 SRX season.
Starting Lineup for Heat 1 at South Boston Speedway:
Ernie Francis Jr.
Race Format: This week’s format will consist of two heart races and the main event is scheduled for 100 laps. Bobby Labonte will start on the pole for Heat 1.
Driver Autograph Session: All 12 drivers competing at South Boston Speedway will take part in a fan autograph session on Saturday, June 25, 3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET. Fans should visit SouthBostonSpeedway.com for details.
Tune-In Information: The second race of the 2022 SRX season will take place on Saturday, June 25, live on CBS Primetime 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET. The race will also be streamed live on Paramount+.
South Boston Media Availability: If you were unable to join this week’s media availability with Helio Castroneves and Peyton Sellers, it is available for download here.
Five Flags Speedway Recap: A CBS recap of the season opener at Five Flags Speedway can be viewed here.
Schedule Update: Following the season opener, SRX will compete at South Boston Speedway (South Boston, Va.) on June 25, Stafford Motor Speedway (Stafford Springs, Conn.) on July 2, Nashville Fairgrounds (Nashville, Tenn.) on July 9, I-55 Raceway (Pevely, Mo.) on July 16 and conclude the season at Sharon Speedway (Hartford, Ohio) on July 23. All six races will air on CBS Primetime from 8 – 10 p.m. ET.
The ink is dry on a multi-year contract extension for NASCAR Cup Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and JTG Daugherty Racing. Stenhouse Jr. joined media members in Nashville Superspeedway’s deadline room this afternoon to share the news that he’s returning to the team, which will enter its 29th year in the sport of NASCAR in 2023.
“We’re pleased to announce Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is returning to the company,” said Tad Geschickter, co-owner of JTG Daugherty Racing with Jodi Geschickter, Gordon Smith and Brad Daugherty. “Ricky has done a solid job on the racetrack and off the track during Kroger Racing in-store activations for our esteemed partners. We’re continuing to learn the new car and we’re making progress. We’ve led laps, earned stage points and been close to winning this year.”
Since joining JTG Daugherty Racing in 2020, Stenhouse Jr. won the Daytona 500 pole award (2/9/2020) and has collected five top-five, 11 top-10 and 26 top-15 finishes with crew chief Brian Pattie. Now with his path forward, he is set to increase his career stats that include two wins, two pole awards, 20 top-fives and 45 top-10s.
“I’m ready to continue our progress together as a team,” said Ricky Stenhouse Jr. “We’ve made some strides with this new car at some tracks and we know there’s some work to do on others. I look forward to that process with the good group of people we have in place at JTG Daugherty Racing. I’m grateful to our partners for giving us an opportunity to continue to make our program better. I’m really happy with the first three years here at JTG Daugherty Racing.”
Pictured above (Left to Right): Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (driver), Tad Geschickter (team owner), Brad Daugherty (team owner), Jodi Geschickter (team owner) and Gordon Smith (team owner).
Although the Olive Branch, Mississippi native’s two wins occurred at superspeedways, his team has been strong at different styles of tracks this season. Entering Nashville Superspeedway, his best finish this year is second-place at the one-mile high-banked concrete oval of Dover Motor Speedway.
“We’re hoping for another good concrete track run at Nashville like we had at Dover where we finished second with our No. 47 Kroger/The Frozen Farmer Camaro,” said Stenhouse Jr. “This style of racetrack has been better for us than some of the other ones and I love Nashville. It was a really good track for us last year, but of course it’s a totally different car. The biggest thing for us is to have a good practice session on Friday and make sure we have a car that handles good and is easy on the tires for our race.
“It’s going to be hot at Nashville,” continued Stenhouse. “I love the heat that affects the physical side in the car and then the lack of grip the car has on the track. We were able to come away with a strong run there last year. We feel confident we can do the same with this new car on Sunday.”
Live coverage of the Ally 400 on Sunday, June 26th begins at 5 PM ET. The 300-lap event will be broadcast on NBC, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
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After 29 seasons of spectacular Legend Car and Bandolero racing at the Cook Out Summer Shootout, Charlotte Motor Speedway officials have decided that it’s good to be bad, after all. The Shootout’s first-ever “Awful Night” on Tuesday will feature a “celebrity” autograph session, a “car giveaway,” gross games with questionable prizes of indeterminate value, bad jokes and a bevy of other silly shenanigans.
Also, there will be racing!
Fans are encouraged to put on their Tuesday worst, ignore their friends and prepare for a night of Legend Car and Bandolero action like no other.
Calm down, Karen, it’s all in good fun. The speedway will even let those named Karen get in for the awfully good price of just $5. Kids 12 and under already get in free!
ABOUT THE COOK OUT SUMMER SHOOTOUT:
Now in its 29th season, the Cook Out Summer Shootout is a 10-race showcase of speed among seven different divisions of Legend Cars and Bandoleros. Races are held each Tuesday night, with drivers accumulating points throughout the summer toward a season-ending championship.
In addition to some of the most competitive grassroots racing of the season, the Cook Out Summer Shootout features family friendly themed nights, games and activities, making the event can’t-miss fun for all ages.
Tickets are $10 for adults and are FREE for kids 12 and under; For Awful Night, everyone named Karen gets in for just $5. Tickets can be purchased at the gate, by calling 800-455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.
CRA to Co-Sanction with Southern Super Series & CARS Tour for Return of Racing to North Wilkesboro Speedway
Officials from Champion Racing Association (CRA) and North Wilkesboro Speedway promoter Barry Braun announced that CRA will be a key leader in the return of racing to historic North Wilkesboro Speedway in August.
The ARCA/CRA Super Series will co-sanction Super late model racing at the 5/8-mile track with the Southern Super Series. Friday, August 12 will see preliminary action, while Saturday, August 13 will have the main feature event.
The JEGS/CRA All-Stars tour will co-sanction the Pro Late Model portion of the revival with the CARS Pro Late Model Tour. The Pros will run preliminary action on Friday, August 19th with feature action on Saturday, August 20th.
Event promoter Barry Braun noted, “We’re excited to have CRA assist us with bringing racing back to North Wilkesboro Speedway. They are great leaders in our industry and really respect them working with other groups like the Southern Super Series and The CARS Pro Late Model Tour. I feel like with their help, we are just setting the table for even bigger things in 2023 and beyond!”
CRA owner Bob Sargent further commented, “We’ve seen all the exciting things Barry and his team have done for dirt racing, and we couldn’t be happier to have the chance to work with him on the pavement side. I’ve had some great discussions with Barry and we already have our eye on the legendary facility as part of the inaugural season of our National Super Late Model Tour next year. To get us started in 2022, he’s put together some great weekends and great purses, where teams can get two nights of racing with only one leg of travel.”
There will be a unique and exciting format unveiled with plans of practice, qualifying, and 10 lap heat races on Friday, August 12 and the main event scheduled for Saturday night, August 13. All the exciting racing is planned with other divisions in action both days.
“The CARS Tour is excited to partner with Barry Braun and his team on this event. We as a series have had success co-sanctioning with CRA and Southern Super Series in the past and we believe in the nature of working together to continue the growth of grassroots racing,” stated CARS Tour’s Jack McNelly.
With the ongoing tire shortages and high cost of racing, officials feel that all sanctioning bodies working together will be critical for the industry and look forward to everyone working together on this event and many more.
North Wilkesboro Speedway, which had been without racing for more than a decade, will have its Racetrack Revival which will feature nearly a month of grassroots racing on the pavement in August followed by dirt in October.
Specific North Wilkesboro Speedway “Racetrack Revival” details pertaining to CRA, including daily schedules and updated entry forms will be released in the coming weeks at www.cra-racing.com, www.southernsuperseries.com, and www.carstourracing.com.
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Spoon River Speedway flagger DJ Adams waived the green flag; two laps to go for race leader Cade Dillard. Just three-quarters of a mile away from his first DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory. And then, caution.
Dillard and his S&S Fishing & Rental/Black Diamond Race Cars #97 slowed significantly coming out of Turn 4 and pulled to the infield, done for the race. He and crew chief Donnie Pederson took a look underneath the car and saw the broken drive shaft yoke that caused the loss of power to the rear wheels; their hopes of a first career Hell Tour victory now dashed.
The Robeline, LA-driver led 37 consecutive laps before the breakdown and was maintaining a near one-second advantage over second-place Tanner English, but ultimately came up just two laps short of the $5,000 grand prize.
“Around the five-to-go area, Donnie was telling me I had a decent little lead and we were pulling away,” Dillard said. “Right before I broke, I got comfortable and just made sure to hit my marks, and figured as long as I didn’t mess up, it was ours.
“It just wasn’t meant to be.”
This handed the lead over to English, who encountered a fierce challenge to his outside from a high-flying Bobby Pierce in the final two laps, but held on for his third career Summer Nationals victory.
“I thought [Dillard] thought the race was over, I didn’t really know,” English recalled when he saw the #97 slowing. “I saw the green flag come out, and that meant two-to-go, and then he pulled down. I didn’t know what had happened.
“I just hate it for him, because I’ve been there.”
Dillard was in the midst of turning around a train of bad luck in his first two Summer Nationals starts this week – which consisted of a DNQ and an 18th-place run Wednesday at Adams County Speedway – qualifying quickest in his group, then winning his Heat Race and redrawing the outside pole for the Feature. He and the team worked hard, and though it didn’t end how they envisioned, they were proud of the efforts they made to get there.
“It’s just me and Donnie, and we’re working hard,” Dillard said. “I know it’s a lot of miles no matter where I go race. It’s a lot of work and a lot of time away from home. To be able to put yourself in position to win these things is good because they’re hard to come by.”
“To let one slip away from me like that is tough, but we’ll keep working hard and try and put ourselves in position.”
English celebrated in Summer Nationals Victory Lane for the first time since his win at Tri-City Speedway last year after a charge from 10th on the starting grid. He made crucial, quick passes toward the end of the race that set him up to be in position when Dillard broke at the end and get the win.
“I had to go where they weren’t; they were kinda all over the place,” English said of his late passes for position. “Some were on the top, some were on the bottom. A lot of times, if they were on the bottom, I just had to wait for them to make a mistake and I could take advantage of it.”
After starting fourth, Pierce came back from as deep as seventh at one point to finish second. The Oakwood, IL-driver was able to make the top groove work in the closing laps, and nearly stole the win out of Turn 4 coming to the checkered, crossing the stripe just .159-seconds after English.
Max Blair, of Centerville, PA, crossed in third for the third-straight time this week. Ryan Unzicker was fourth, and Brian Shirley completed the top-five.
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals clashes with the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series in the two-day St. Louis Firecracker Faceoff Friday-Saturday, June 24-25, at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. If you can’t be at the track, watch every lap live on DIRTVision.
ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)
Feature 40 Laps | 00:20:15.965
1. 81E-Tanner English; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce; 3. 111V-Max Blair; 4. 24-Ryan Unzicker; 5. 3S-Brian Shirley; 6. 25-Jason Feger; 7. 11-Gordy Gundaker; 8. 36-Logan Martin; 9. 28-Dennis Erb Jr; 10. 86-Kyle Beard; 11. F1- Payton Freeman; 12. 18-Shannon Babb; 13. 44-Blaze Burwell; 14. 14G-Joe Godsey; 15. 26M-Brent McKinnon; 16. 77-Preston Luckman; 17. 0-Deshawn Gingerich; 18. 97-Cade Dillard; 19. 14R-Jeff Roth; 20. 30-Mark Voigt; 21. 15-Justin Duty; 22. 80-Rich Dawson
PLAY DEEP: Hoffman Charges from Ninth to win Seventh-Straight at Spoon River
A tough field of local cars, regional invaders, and a season-low ninth-place starting spot. Nothing was going to get in Nick Hoffman’s way of a seventh-straight DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals victory Thursday night at Spoon River Speedway.
After qualifying fourth in his group and running third in his Heat Race, Hoffman found himself in the deepest hole he’d been in so far on the Hell Tour, with a ninth-place starting spot for the 25-lap Feature.
The green flag dropped and polesitter Will Krup took off, opening up a nice advantage on the field that stretched to over 1.5 seconds at one point. By Lap 4, Hoffman had already taken sixth. By Lap 10, he was fifth. With six laps remaining, he was just .7 seconds behind Krup and closing fast.
“Once I got to fifth and saw Tyler [Nicely] and those guys in front of me, they were only about a half-straightaway out… I was like, ‘man, I think I can get this done if I just clear these lapped cars the way I need to,’” Hoffman said.
“Once I got past Nicely, that put me into third behind Allen and Will [Krup], the track was just getting slicker and slower, which was coming to me and going away from them.”
With a look to the inside when Krup pushed up the track slightly, Hoffman zoomed past Krup for the lead coming to two-to-go and took it to the checkers for his seventh Feature win in seven starts.
“I told [Krup] before the race, I said, ‘Plan on seeing me,’” Hoffman said lightheartedly. “I told him at the time, I was just kinda screwing with him, ‘You’ll probably see me around Lap 10.’ Saying I was going to pass a car a lap, and I knew that wasn’t gonna be the case.”
Krup said he had no idea Hoffman was closing until Hoffman poked his nose underneath to try and make the pass. Some lapped traffic impeded his line in the final laps, and he was unable to get back at Hoffman as he drove away with the win.
“I couldn’t really see my stick guy down there in Turn 3,” Krup said, recalling leading the field around in the later stages of the race. “It was dusty enough in the lights and I couldn’t quite see him. I didn’t really know what kind of lead I had the whole race, but I knew the laps were coming down.”
The Summit Modifieds join the card in the inaugural St. Louis Firecracker Faceoff Friday-Saturday, June 24-25, racing alongside the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models vs. World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series clash, and the Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Car Series presented by Low-E Insulation.
If you can’t be at the track, watch all the action live on DIRTVision.
ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)
Feature 25 Laps | 00:06:51.163
1. 2-Nick Hoffman; 2. K9-Will Krup; 3. 25-Tyler Nicely; 4. 05-Dave Wietholder; 5. 292-Josh Allen; 6. 36-Kenny Wallace; 7. 12L-Lucas Lee; 8. 8-Kyle Steffens; 9. 31-Mark Anderson; 10. 10K-Kelly Kovski; 11. 96M-Mike McKinney; 12. 130-Chase Allen; 13. 3-Mike Brooks; 14. 35-Brandon Roberts; 15. 77-Ray Bollinger; 16. 242-Brandon Bollinger; 17. 08-Michael Claeys; 18. 87-Blake Woodruff; 19. 99B-Brandyn Ryan; 20. 69- Derek Roberts; 21. 54-Zachary Hawk; 22. 20-Brian Kidder; 23. (DNS) 777-Trevor Neville
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Levan Machine & Truck Equipment $10,000 to Win Red Robin Pa 410 Sprint Speed Week & 358 Modified Doubleheader Set for Grandview Speedway
The countdown is underway for the fast approaching Levan Machine & Truck Equipment Red Robin Pennsylvania 410 Sprints & 358 Modified Doubleheader set to take place on Tuesday night, June 28 at the Grandview Speedway. This is event #148 of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series. A hefty $10,000 will go to the winner of the 35 lap 410 Sprint Hodnett Cup, won the two previous years by Kyle Larson. The Modifieds will chase a $3,000 first place prize to win their 30 lap feature and thanks to Pioneer Pole Buildings, $5,000 will go to any first time Thunder on the Hill Modified winner. Gates open at 5 PM with race time set for 7:30 PM.
This event always brings out a star filled field of sprint car drivers and expected entries include Kyle Larson, Freddie Rahmer, Danny Dietrich, Anthony Macri, Kyle Moody, Lucas Wolfe, TJ Stutts, Ryan Smith, Trey Hivner and Ryan Taylor.
The 358 NASCAR Modifieds, the weekly division at the Grandview Speedway will also be part of this event, bringing two premier divisions to this venue on the same night, a spectacular Double-header. As an added incentive, GT Radiator Modified qualifying events will pay $200 to win. Likely Modified entries include Brett Kressley, Craig Von Dohren, Jared Umbenhauer, Jeff Strunk, Duane Howard, Ryan Watt, Eddie Strada, Rick Laubach, Tim Buckwalter and Doug Manmiller.
All competitors are reminder to bring their own race tires and fuel as the track will not have any on site. An adjustment to the tire rule is now in place due to the limited number of tires. All modifieds will need to compete using only a right rear 48 for this event. Transponders are required for the modifieds since we will be doing timed warm-ups. For details, please go to www.ThunderontheHillRacingSeries.com.
Advance tickets are available by calling 443 513 4456. Please speak clearly and provide your first and last name and the number of tickets you need. Tickets may be paid for and picked up at the WILL CALL window on race night. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 4:30 PM. Advance tickets orders can be processed up to the day before the race. We apologize, but advance tickets will NOT be available on race day. Race fans are invited to come out early on race time and take advantage of the FREE pre-race Pit Tours and take part in the Inside/Out Promotion where you may watch warm-ups from the infield of turn four. Check in at the front gate on race night.
Continued support of the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series is provided by NAPA Auto Parts, Levan Machine & Truck Equipment in Fleetwood, PA and Pioneer Pole Buildings, GT Radiators and Clever Girl Winery. These sponsors play a key role in the on-going success of the Thunder Series.
2022 NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES
Associate Sponsors Pioneer Pole Buildings, Levan Machine & Truck Equipment, GT Radiators, Clever Girl Winery
NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES – Presented by Levan Machine & Truck Equipment 7:30 PM
TUESDAY, JUNE 28 PA 410 SPRINT SPEED SPEEDWEEK $10,000 TO WIN HODNETT CUP & 358 MODIFIEDS*
NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES – Presented by Levan Machine & Truck Equipment 7:30 PM
TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 Triple Roaring 20’s for 358/Big Block Modifieds Possible $11,000 to win. . . plus 602 SPORTSMAN
* Indicates NASCAR Point Race
Grandview Speedway Contact Information Track Phone: 610-754-7688
GPS USERS: 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505
Located less than a mile off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA
Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Phone: 443-513-4456
Series Website: http://www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com
Track Website: http://www.grandviewspeedway.com
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Fresh off a second-place finish two weeks ago at the Ventura Raceway, veteran sprint car driver Brody Roa hopes to take one step higher on the podium when the USAC/CRA Sprint car series returns to Perris Auto Speedway Saturday night for the inaugural Bubby Jones/Ray Scheetz Memorial. It will be Roa’s last scheduled Southern California appearance before heading to the Midwest for Indiana Sprint week in late July.
As well as racing, Roa will be debuting his new shirts on Saturday as seen in the photos below. He will have them for sale in the pits after the final race. For those who cannot make it, you can order shirts and a host of other Brody Roa items online at the following link https://www.brodyroa.com/shop/.
Roa has been at his strongest point of the season over the last two races. On May 28th at Perris, he was the third-fastest qualifier, won his third USAC/CRA heat race of the year, and got his first series podium finish when he placed third. Two weeks later in Ventura, he was the eighth-fastest qualifier, came home second in his heat, and then finished second in the 30-lap main event.
After the main event at Ventura, Roa was lauded by many for how he conducted himself during the main event. Despite having what appeared to be the better car, he ran in second the entire distance. Early on he made a couple of tries on the outside, but there was nothing there. The track was a single lane on the bottom. Roa bided his time and patiently waited for the leader to slip up and slide off the pole. That never happened. Instead of driving thru the leader and risking wrecking the leader’s car and his own, Roa played it safe, came home in second, and praised the winner for the fine job he did. Likewise, the winner praised Roa for his clean driving.
Roa has competed in six of the first 11 USAC/CRA races in 2022. He has a series-best main event finishing average of 4.33. That is nearly ¾ of a position better than the driver with the second-best average.
Great news for Roa, the other series drivers, and fans is the announcement that the Santa Maria Raceway is set to reopen on August 6th. The track that closed nearly a year ago, has seen Roa do his best work in recent seasons. Dating back to July 1st, 2017, the Garden Grove, California driver has raced 410 sprint cars seven times on the banked, 1/3 mile Santa Barbara County clay oval. He won three of those seven races, placed second two times, and was fourth once. The only time he finished out of the top four was when he placed ninth on October 5th, 2019. His finishing average in those seven races is a phenomenal 2.85.
In 2022, Roa will race USAC/CRA, USAC National, and other select events, in his #91R BR Performance/HD Industries Eagle. He will also drive the #8M for May Motorsports in select USAC West Coast events. The 2019 USAC Southwest and 2017 USAC West Coast champion is always open to discussing other driving opportunities.
Roa and the team want to thank the following sponsors for making the 2022 season possible. HD Industries, Burris Racing, Sander Engineering, Inland Rigging, Caltrol, “Biker” Bruce Fischer, Competition Suspension, ALR Virtual Services, K-1 Race Gear, Molecule, Rod End Supply, Driven Racing Oil, Baldwin Filters, and NGK Spark Plugs. In addition, the veteran driver offers thanks to RDM Mechanics, Fastenal, Coopers Propane, Ten West Towing, Ten West Environmental, TJM Distribution, and Westco International for sponsoring the #8M he will pilot for Jayson May on 10 occasions in 2022.
If you or your company would like to jump on board and receive recognition as a team partner throughout the 2022 racing season, please give the two-time USAC champion racer a phone call or drop him a note at the contact information on the top of this release.
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