DOUBLE TROUBLE: FLEXJET FACTORY STOCK SHOWDOWN RACES FOUR-WIDE FOR FIRST TIME IN VEGAS AND CONCLUDES RAIN DELAYED WINTERNATIONALS

LAS VEGAS, NV (April 10, 2024) – The NHRA Las Vegas Four-Wide Nationals will be packed with Flexjet Factory Stock Showdown action this weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, April 12-14. The fan favorite class featuring Chevrolet COPO CamarosFord Cobra Jets and Dodge Challenger Drag Paks will battle it out across four lanes for the first time in Las Vegas and just the third time in class history. In 2022 and 2023 the factory stock hot rods raced at famed zMAX Dragway outside of Charlotte, North Carolina with Bill Skillman and Lenny Lottig taking home the NHRA Wally trophies for their winning efforts, respectively. This weekend a tough group of Dodge, Chevrolet and Ford competitors will be lining four-wide to see who will race to the winner’s circle on Sunday in the third race of the NHRA Flexjet Factory Stock Showdown Series.
 
Before the four-wide champion is crowned there is still some unfinished business to handle as points leader Mark Pawuk, 2023 series runner-up Stephen Bell and David Davies will be racing to finish the rain delayed NHRA Winternationals. The trio of drivers’ race day was cut short in March by a rain and hailstorm that forced the abrupt conclusion of the historic west coast race and moved the final two rounds to The Strip. Pawuk and Davies will square off in one semifinal and Stephen Bell will have a bye run into the final. The final two rounds of the Winternationals will be run on Saturday in conjunction with the final two rounds of Las Vegas qualifying.
 
“This is my first chance to double up and I am really looking forward to this weekend in Las Vegas,” said Pawuk, the points leader and driver of the Empaco Dodge Drag Pak. “I would love to keep my win streak going with two wins in Las Vegas, but it will be tough. David and Stephen are great competitors and great guys. I appreciate Flexjet sponsoring the series and I know David will give me a great race in the semis. I still have the Flexjet bounty, so I want to hold onto that for a few more races. This race will be interesting because this is an altitude race. Everyone will have to have a new engine combination so it will be interesting.”

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Xtreme Outlaw Midgets Debut at Farmer City for Illini 100

CONCORD, NC (April 9, 2024) – The April racing schedule for the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota continues with a visit to another track brand-new to the Series – Farmer City Raceway for the annual Illini 100. Standing as one of the most prestigious dirt track racing events in the state of Illinois, the Illini 100 has traditionally been billed as a Super Late Model and DIRTcar UMP Modified event. But in 2024, the event welcomes Midget racing to the card for the first time, joining the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series and the MARS Modified Championship. The stars of Midget racing’s newest national tour take on the 1/4-mile bullring for back-to-back nights of racing this Friday and Saturday, April 12-13. Preceded by an evening of practice on Thursday, April 11, Friday’s program kicks off the racing action with a 25-lap, $4,000-to-win main event, leading up to a 30-lap, $5,000-to-win finale on Saturday. Both nights will be sanctioned in conjunction with the POWRi National Midget League, marking Rounds 1-2 of competition in the Xtreme Outlaw-POWRi Challenge Series. This 10-race miniseries awards a $2,500 check to the driver with the most points accumulated after all events are complete in addition to checks for each of the drivers in the top-five of final points. Tickets for this weekend’s events are on sale in advance for $5 off at the links below and will also be on sale at the gate on race day. If you can’t be there to watch in person, stream every lap live on DIRTVisionBUY FRIDAY TICKETSBUY SATURDAY TICKETS Here are the drivers to watch and storylines to follow this weekend: HOT STREAK – Through the first four races of 2024, no driver owns more top-five finishes than the current Series points leader, Cannon McIntosh. The 21-year-old has not finished outside of the top five yet and boasts the win in the season-opening weekend in Du Quoin last month. He led laps in both Features last weekend at US 36 Raceway and Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex en route to his second pair of top-five finishes, boosting his lead in the points standings to 47 over Keith Kunz Motorsports teammate Ryan Timms. Farmer City will be a track brand-new to McIntosh this weekend. The 1/4-mile bullring has never hosted a national Midget series event, and the young Oklahoma racer will be among the favorites to become its first winner. BOUNCE BACK – Zach Daum has climbed back from large points deficits before and now prepares to do it again after a weekend gone bad in Missouri. A sixth-place finish last Friday at US 36 kept him in the thick of the battle for the points lead but internal mechanical failure struck him early in the program Saturday at Sweet Springs, taking him out of competition and leaving him with his first DNS of the season. That cost him almost 200 points in the standings as he fell from 16 points out of the lead in second-place, down to eighth-place where he now sits 215 points behind McIntosh. Despite his misfortune, the 32-year-old returns to racing in his home state of Illinois this weekend with a fresh power plant inside the Trifecta Motorsports No. 7U. While he starts a climb back in the Xtreme Outlaw standings, he’ll start fresh with the first race of the Challenge Series with POWRi, of which he was the champion in 2023. SHARK’S TANK – Karter Sarff is back on the Xtreme Outlaw Series roster for the third weekend in-a-row as he prepares to take on one of his home-state tracks at Farmer City. Sarff, 21, of Mason City, IL, has made his presence felt early this season, knocking off the Series regulars last Friday at US 36 for his third career Xtreme Outlaw win. He followed that up with an eighth-place effort the next night at Sweet Springs, vaulting him up to fourth in the points standings. Fitting for the first race of the 2024 Xtreme Outlaw-POWRi Challenge Series, Sarff enters Farmer City representing the POWRi side its defending national champion – an honor he clinched in the final race of the season last October. CHAMP RETURNS – Jade Avedisian returns to the Xtreme Outlaw Series roster this weekend after spending a week on the asphalt in Sonoma, CA, for the opening round of the Toyota GR Cup. The reigning Series champion from Clovis, CA, will return to the Keith Kunz Motorsports stable for both races in Farmer City following finishes of 14th and fourth in the season opener in Du Quoin last month. Like most others in the field, Avedisian does not have any laps in a Midget at Farmer City but has been strong on the banked bullrings in the past with wins at Jacksonville Speedway, Southern Illinois Raceway and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. BACK IN THE SADDLE – Gavin Miller has healed from surgery and has been cleared to compete this weekend, returning to the seat of the KKM LynK/Toyota No. 97 after missing the past two races. Miller, 17, of Allentown, PA, posted finishes of second and 11th in the season opener last month and sat fourth in points – a great start for the championship hopeful. However, a crash in a Micro Sprint event in California two weeks later took him out of action due to an injury suffered in the incident and put teammate Kale Drake in the seat of his No. 97 for races at US 36 and Sweet Springs. Drake, 18, of Collinsville, OK, took the opportunity and ran with it, bagging a Heat win and a seventh-place result in the Feature at US 36 before scoring his first national Midget series win with a last-lap pass on teammate Taylor Reimer the next night at Sweet Springs. While Miller reassumes his normal driving duties in the No. 97, Drake has earned the right for more seat time and will also pilot a KKM car of his own at Farmer City, making seven total KKM cars on the roster this weekend – comprised of himself, Ryan Timms, Cannon McIntosh, Luke Drotschie, Ashton Torgerson, Jade Avedisian, and Gavin Miller. THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE
When and where
Friday-Saturday, April 12-13 at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, IL
On the internet
Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota
Twitter – @Xtreme_Outlaw
Instagram – @XtremeOutlaw
Facebook – @XtremeOutlawSeries.WRG
Live broadcast
DIRTVision – DIRTVision.com. Annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/month.
Current championship points standings (view full standings)Cannon McIntosh: 872 points (Keith Kunz Motorsports #71K)Ryan Timms: -47 points (Keith Kunz Motorsports #67)Chase McDermand: -59 points (CMR-Mounce/Stout Motorsports #40)Karter Sarff: -82 points (Karter Sarff Motorsports #21K)Taylor Reimer: -90 points (Keith Kunz Motorsports #25K)Ashton Torgerson: -163 points (Keith Kunz Motorsports #67K)Hayden Reinbold: -180 points (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)Zach Daum: -215 points (Trifecta Motorsports #7U)TJ Smith: -239 points (Mounce/Stout Motorsports #14S)Trevor Cline: -257 points (Cline Racing #55)
Toyota Feature winners (4 drivers)
1 win – Thomas Meseraull (Engler Racing), Cannon McIntosh (Keith Kunz Motorsports), Karter Sarff (Karter Sarff Motorsports #21K), Kale Drake (Keith Kunz Motorsports #97)
Toyota Feature laps led (4 drivers)
36 laps – Cannon McIntosh
35 laps – Joe B. Miller27 laps – Thomas Meseraull12 laps – Taylor Reimer
11 laps – Karter Sarff4 laps – Tyler Edwards1 lap – Kale Drake
Whitz RC Racing Products Quick Time Awards (2 drivers)
3 awards – Ethan Mitchell
1 award – Cannon McIntosh
Heat Race winners (16 drivers)
2 wins – Tyler Edwards, Chase McDermand1 win – Ryan Timms, Thomas Meseraull, Shane Cottle, Gavin Miller, TJ Smith, Cannon McIntosh, Jade Avedisian, Nick Hoffman, Ashton Torgerson, Kale Drake, Zach Daum, Karter Sarff, Kyle Jones, Taylor Reimer
High-points honors (4 drivers)
1 honor – Cannon McIntosh, Tyler Edwards, Chase McDermand, Karter Sarff
Last Chance Showdown wins (6 drivers)
1 win – Taylor Reimer, Gunnar Setser, Austin Torgerson, Gavin Miller, Shane Cottle, Ethan Mitchell
DIRTVision Hard Charger Awards (4 drivers)
1 award – Will Armitage, Ryan Timms, Ryan Timms, Hayden Reinbold
Podium finishes (9 drivers)
2 podiums – Zach Daum, Ryan Timms, Cannon McIntosh
1 podium – Thomas Meseraull, Gavin Miller, Kale Drake, Taylor Reimer, Karter Sarf, Chase McDermand
Top-10 finishes (23 drivers)
4 top-10s – Cannon McIntosh, Chase McDermand
3 top-10s – Zach Daum
2 top-10s – Shane Cottle, Ryan Timms, Karter Sarff, Taylor Reimer, Kale Drake, Ashton Torgerson
1 top-10 – Gavin Miller, Joe B. Miller, Thomas Meseraull, Jade Avedisian, Will Armitage, Mitchell Davis, Trey Marcham, Rylan Gray, Hayden Reinbold, TJ Smith, Ethan Mitchell, Gunnar Setser, Todd McVay, Kyle Jones
2024 Schedule & Winners – Race No. Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, March 15 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Thomas Meseraull (1)
2. Sat, March 16 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Cannon McIntosh (1)3. Fri, April 5 / US 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / Karter Sarff (1)
4. Sat, April 6 / Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex / Sweet Springs, MO / Kale Drake (1)

Federated Auto Parts Becomes Title Sponsor of Five Additional 2024 World of Outlaws Events

CONCORD, NC (April 9, 2024) – Federated Auto Parts will have a prominent presence throughout the 2024 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car season, sponsoring five events across five states.

The premier auto parts company will be the title sponsor for the events at Lincoln Speedway (May 8), Wilmot Raceway (July 12-13), Merced Speedway (Sept. 14), Sharon Speedway (Sept. 28) and Dirt Oval 66 (Oct. 18-19).

This is in addition to its continued sponsorship of Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, which hosts the World of Outlaws in April and in August for the prestigious Ironman 55. The two-day Ironman event (Aug. 2-3), has become a marquee stop on the World of Outlaws tour, boasting large paydays and some of the most exciting racing all year around the 1/3-mile bullring.

With that, their sponsorship spans across the country, reaching fans in California, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. And in February, Federated Auto Parts was title sponsor of DIRTcar Nationals in Florida for the second straight year.

“We’re excited to continue our support of the World of Outlaws and dirt racing by reaching fan across the country at some of the World of Outlaws’ biggest events this year,” said J.R. Bishop, director of event marketing & member services for Federated Auto Parts. “We share the World of Outlaws’ passion for creating a healthy and thriving dirt racing community, and by having Federated Auto Parts’ branding on these events, it is a perfect way to support that cause while introducing new fans to the company.”

Federated Auto Parts joined the World of Outlaws in 2023, becoming the title sponsor of the Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals and several other events throughout the year. Their iconic orange and blue colors will also be on Logan Schuchart’s  No. 1S Shark Racing Sprint Car throughout the season.

For tickets to the Federated Auto Parts sponsored events, visit WorldofOutlaws.com/tix.

Farmer City Raceway Back to Host World of Outlaws’ Illini 100 For First Time Since 2021

Drivers prepare to get back in the saddle ahead of Farmer City Raceway’s Illini 100 weekend – April 11-13 

FARMER CITY, IL (April 9, 2024) – The 56-day wait for World of Outlaws CASE Construction Late Models racing concludes with the first Midwest visit to Farmer City Raceway for the Illini 100, April 12-13.

The newest test for the top dirt Late Model drivers begins with a practice night on Thursday, April 11, allowing drivers to get ready behind the wheel before the two days of high-octane competition commences.

The Series will race 100 laps over the two days, making up the bullring battle. Friday, April 12, has the Outlaws chasing $10,000-to-win in a 40-lap Feature. Then, Saturday’s finale has drivers going 60 laps for a $20,000 top prize.

The Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota and MARS Modifieds join the Late Models both days for an epic weekend of racing.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch every World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models race on DIRTVision – either online or with the DIRTVision app.

For Tickets: CLICK HERE

Here are the top storylines to look out for this weekend:

Home of Champions – All four Illinois drivers racing for the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models title in 2024 have parked their cars in Victory Lane at Farmer City. However, two are chasing their first Illini 100 triumph.

New Berlin, IL driver Brandon Sheppard shares a tie with Billy Moyer for most Illini 100 victories – capturing three in total (2015, 2017, and 2019). The four-time Series champion looks to break the record in his #B5 Longhorn Factory Team machine.

Reigning Series champion Bobby Pierce, of Oakwood, IL, has won the last two Series race at Farmer City and will be on the hunt for his second Illini 100 victory. The Illinois facility was also the sight of his first Series win in 2021.

Though he’s never won the Illini 100 finale, Chatham, IL’s Brian Shirley has two wins with the World of Outlaws at Farmer City – winning two preliminary Feature races in 2017 and 2019. The five-time DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion last won at the track with the Hell Tour in 2023.

Carpentersville, IL native Dennis Erb Jr hopes to cross the Illini 100 off his list of races to win this season. The 2022 Series champion has recorded four wins at his home state track, with two wins shared by the DIRTcar Summer Nationals and Northern Allstar Late Model Series.

Smokey Seconds – After two consecutive second-place finishes in the last two World of Outlaws events, Chris Madden, of Gray Court, SC, will be eager to end that streak with his first Farmer City Raceway victory.

However, with those second-place finishes, and having finished inside the top 10 in all four Series races, so far, this year, Madden currently sits second in points – eight points behind Brandon Sheppard.

To add, “Smokey” has not finished outside of the top 10 with the Series in the last 18 races (250 days) – looking to extend the streak in the “Land of Lincoln.”

Thrilling Beginnings – While Nick Hoffman and Cade Dillard share a “thrill” in their nicknames, the two drivers each recorded their best career starts with the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models in 2024.

Hoffman – from Mooresville, NC, won the first night with the Series at DIRTcar Nationals on a last-lap pass around Madden with a send through Turn 4. The win helped catapult the “Thrill from Mooresville” to fifth in the standings.

Dillard, from Robeline, LA, recorded a string of four consecutive top-10 finishes in all Series races, placing “The Thriller” third in points – his career-best start to the season.

Xtreme Combo – Joining the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models is the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota in their first visit to Farmer City Raceway.

The Illini 100 hosts the sixth and seventh meeting between the two Series’ – with the last meeting happening at Davenport Speedway in 2023.

There, Pierce won the first two and Sheppard won the finale, while Gavin Miller and 2022 Xtreme Outlaw Series champion Zach Daum grabbed Feature wins.

WHEN AND WHERE

Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, IL

ABOUT THE TRACK

Farmer City Raceway is a 1/4-mile bullring dirt oval

TRACK RECORD

Farmer City Raceway – 11.750 by Brandon Sheppard on 4/5/19

ONLINE
Farmer City Raceway: https://www.farmercityracing.com/

ON THE INTERNET
World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Series
X – Twitter.com/WoOLateModels – @WoOLateModels
Instagram – Instagram.com/WoOLateModels – @woolatemodels
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsLateModelSeries
YouTube – YouTube.com/WorldofOutlaws
DIRTVision – DIRTVision.com – Platinum annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/month

AROUND THE TURN

The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models head to Thunderhill Raceway on Thursday, April 18, then to Talladega Short Track for two days of racing, April 19-20.

FEATURE WINNERS: (3 Drivers)
Rank- Driver- Hometown-Wins

  1. Devin Moran – Dresden, OH – 2
  2. Nick Hoffman – Mooresville, NC – 1
  3. Hudson O’Neal – Martinsville, IN – 1

HEAT RACE WINNERS (12 Drivers)
Rank- Driver- Hometown-Wins

  1. Devin Moran – Dresden, OH – 3
  2. 1. Chris Madden – Gray Court, SC – 3
  3. Mike Marlar – Winfield, TN – 3
  4. Dale McDowell – Chickamauga, GA – 2
  5. Bobby Pierce – Oakwood, IL – 2
  6. Cade Dillard – Robeline, LA – 2
  7. Ricky Thornton Jr – Martinsville, IN – 2
  8. Nick Hoffman – Mooresville, NC – 1
  9. Tyler Bruening – Decorah, IA – 1
  10. Ethan Dotson – Bakersfield, CA – 1
  11. Hudson O’Neal – Martinsville, IN – 1
  12. Garrett Smith – Eatonton, GA – 1

LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINNERS (6 Drivers)
Rank- Driver- Hometown-Wins

  1. Dustin Sorensen – Rochester, MN – 2
  2. Jimmy Owens – Newport, TN – 2
  3. Max Blair – Centerville, PA – 2
  4. Dennis Erb Jr – Carpentersville, IL – 1
  5. Cody Overton – Thomson, GA – 1
  6. Hudson O’Neal – Martinsville, IN – 1
  7. Chase Junghans – Manhattan, KS – 1
  8. Boom Briggs – Bear Lake, PA – 1

PODIUM FINISHES (5 Drivers)
Rank – Driver – Hometown – Podiums

  1. Devin Moran – Dresden, OH – 3
  2. Chris Madden – Gray Court, SC – 2
  3. Bobby Pierce – Oakwood, IL – 1
  4. Nick Hoffman – Mooresville, NC – 1
  5. Brandon Sheppard – New Berlin, IL – 1
  6. Kyle Bronson – Brandon, FL – 1
  7. Ricky Thornton Jr – Martinsville, IN – 1
  8. Hudson O’Neal – Martinsville, IN – 1

FOX FACTORY HARD CHARGER (3 Drivers)
Rank – Driver – Hometown – H.C.

  1. Max Blair – Centerville, PA – 2
  2. Brandon Sheppard – New Berlin, IL – 1
  3. Ricky Thornton Jr – Martinsville, IN – 1

SIMPSON RACING PRODUCTS QUICK TIMES (3 Drivers)
Rank – Driver – Hometown – QTs

  1. Bobby Pierce – Oakwood, IL – 2
  2. Chris Madden – Gray Court, SC – 1
  3. Devin Moran – Dresden, OH – 1

CASE FEATURE LAP LEADERS (7 Drivers)
Rank – Driver – Hometown – Laps Led

  1. Devin Moran – Dresden, OH – 47
  2. Hudson O’Neal – Martinsville, IN – 29
  3. Mike Marlar – Winfield, TN – 16
  4. Ricky Thornton Jr – Martinsville, IN – 16
  5. Chris Madden – Gray Court, SC – 15
  6. Cade Dillard – Robeline, LA – 14
  7. Ethan Dotson – Bakersfield, CA – 6
  8. Nick Hoffman – Mooresville, NC – 1

2024 World of Outlaws Late Model Schedule

  1. Friday, Jan. 19/Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, FL/Devin Moran
  2. Saturday, Jan. 20/Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, FL/Hudson O’Neal
  3. Thursday, Feb. 15 /Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, FL/Nick Hoffman
  4. Friday, Jan. 19/Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, FL/Devin Moran (2)

Dominic Scelzi Continues Marching Forward During World of Outlaws Features

Inside Line Promotions – COLCORD, Okla. (April 9, 2024) – Dominic Scelzi officially passed a combined 14 cars during a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series doubleheader last weekend.

Scelzi gained seven positions – tied for the fifth most – before finishing 16 th on Friday at U.S. 36 Raceway and he hustled forward another seven positions – the second most – on Saturday at Arrowhead Speedway, where he placed 12th.

“Qualifying continues to be the thing that buries us,” he said. “If we could just start in the first six rows I think we could race our way into the top five. Honestly, car-wise I don’t think we’ve been better. If we could get ourselves to qualify better and start further forward I feel confident about running up front.”

Scelzi opened Friday’s Wildcat Showdown at the high-banked dirt oval near Osborn, Mo., by qualifying 13 thquickest in his group. He gained a spot in a heat race to end sixth and picked up a position for a third-place showing in the Last Chance Showdown to garner a transfer into the back of the A Main. The night concluded with Scelzi maneuvering forward more than a half-dozen positions.

“For whatever reason I had to drive it different on the gas pedal because I couldn’t get the RPMs,” he said. “When I was in the grip I was bogging down. It’d almost make me tight because I couldn’t get the tires spinning. I felt like I had a Knoxville gear in it. We found a couple of things on Saturday that helped.”

Scelzi timed in 23 rd overall on Saturday to kick off the Jason Johnson Classic. He advanced from sixth to fifth place in a heat race before the solid performance in the main event on a track that took rubber, which made passing at a premium as the race went on.

“In the main event if it doesn’t lay rubber or we got a few more laps I think we’re running into the top 10,” he said. “We were really, really good. Before it laid rubber I could pound the fence, run the bottom or drive through the middle. Once the rubber came in we still could get by guys. I felt a lot better in the car.”

A change of scenery will take place this week when Scelzi will make his first start of the season in his home state of California on Saturday when he’ll drive a car for Morrie Williams Motorsports during the Peter Murphy Classic at Kings Speedway in Hanford.

QUICK RESULTS –

April 5 – U.S. 36 Raceway near Osborn, Mo. – Qualifying: 13; Heat race: 6 (7); B Main: 3 (4); Feature: 16 (23).

April 6 – Arrowhead Speedway in Colcord, Okla. – Qualifying: 23; Heat race: 5 (6); Feature: 12 (19).

SEASON STATS –

12 races, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 2 top 10s, 10 top 15s, 12 top 20s

UP NEXT –

Saturday at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif., for the Peter Murphy Classic with the NARC 410 Sprint Car Series

MEDIA LINKS –

Website: http://www.GaryScelziMotorsports.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.

Drag Race Bracket Bonanza Announces Summit Racing Equipment as First Prize Donor

DALLAS, TX (April 9, 2024) — Drag Race Bracket Bonanza (DRBB), the first dynamic bracket competition for drag racing fans, is excited to announce Summit Racing Equipment as the first prize donor for the 2024 season. DRBB will award Summit Racing Equipment gift certificates to players in The Four-Wide Cup Series, The Majors Series, the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals, the U.S. Nationals, and the Overall Season Series. Additionally, DRBB will conduct random drawings and social media giveaways for other players throughout the season to receive gift certificates. Altogether, DRBB and Summit Racing Equipment will reward over 100 players with gift certificates throughout the 2024 season.
 
“I am thrilled to have Summit Racing Equipment step up and offer gift certificates to our players throughout the season,” said Elon Werner, Drag Race Bracket Bonanza creator. “The enthusiasm the thousands of players have shown for DRBB is awesome and I am so happy we can now give them a little something extra for their bracket picking efforts. Summit Racing Equipment is more than race car parts and I am so happy fans will get the chance to shop with one of the coolest companies supporting racers on and off the track.”
 
The top four overall finishers in the Four-Wide Challenge (Las Vegas and Charlotte Four-Wide Nationals) will each receive $50 Summit Racing Equipment gift certificates in addition to a special Four-Wide Cup trophy. The next overall finishers in 8th, 12th, 16th, 20th, 24th, 28th, 32nd, 36th, and 40th place will receive special DRBB achievement certificates and $50 Summit Racing Equipment gift certificates.

During the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, the Drag Race Bracket Bonanza website and fan emails will include Summit Racing Equipment branding, logos and weblinks. Summit Racing Equipment will also offer additional prize packages to be announced at a future date for DRBB players and winners. The top three finishers in the overall standings will receive gift certificates totaling $150, $50 and $50, respectively, with the Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle class winners each receiving Summit Racing Equipment gift certificates totaling $50, $25, and $25, respectively.
 
“Seeing the immediate popularity and fan engagement with Drag Race Bracket Bonanza caught my eye last year and when the opportunity was presented for Summit Racing Equipment to get involved with the fans, it just made sense,” said Jim Greenleaf, Summit Racing Motorsports and Events Manager. “We wanted to support as many elements as possible with an emphasis around our NHRA national event in Norwalk, of course, but we are looking forward to seeing a lot of winners receive and use Summit Racing Equipment gift certificates all season.”
 
At the conclusion of The Majors Series, a series comprised of the point totals from the Gatornationals, the Winternationals and the U.S. Nationals, the overall top fifteen finishers in points will each receive $50 Summit Racing Equipment gift certificates and the top five finishers will also receive a one-of-a-kind The Majors trophy designed by Katie Buttera (@applegirlart).
 
During the U.S. Nationals Summit Racing Equipment will be awarding $50 gift certificates each to the top five finishers for overall and $25 gift certificates each to the top five in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle.
 
Finally, at the conclusion of the 2024 Drag Race Bracket Bonanza season the top twenty overall finishers will each receive $25 gift certificates. A complete list of the Summit Racing Equipment prize breakdowns can be found at www.dragracebracketbonanza.com in the Help section.
 
About Drag Race Bracket Bonanza
Drag Race Bracket Bonanza is the first dynamic bracket competition for drag racing fans. Launched during the 2023 U.S. Nationals and continuing throughout the 2023 Countdown, fans could fill out brackets for all four professional categories at the conclusion of professional qualifying. Revamped for the 2024 season DRBB added league play, text notifications and a robust stats package to make playing even easier for fans. Developed and owned by Werner Communications, Drag Race Bracket Bonanza is the first fan-centric offering from the Dallas-based public relations and media services company.
 

Jim Dunn Racing and Buddy Hull Roll Out KGC Funny Car for Vegas

Long Beach, CA (April 9, 2024) — Rolling into The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Las Vegas Four-Wide Nationals Jim Dunn Racing and driver Buddy Hull will be looking for their first win of the season this weekend with the new-look Kindness General Contractors known as KGC Dodge Charger Funny Car. In addition to the new primary sponsor the team will be promoting local companies, Gilley’s, Treasure Island and Primal Steakhouse as it continues to battle in one of the toughest Funny Car fields in recent memory. Kindness General Contractors has been a long-time supporter of Jim Dunn Racing and the team is looking forward to representing them at one of the most unique races of the season.


“One of the amazing things about NHRA drag racing is the relationships you make and KGC has been with us for a number of years,” said Jon Dunn. “We have done some specialty cars with them to support and recognize veterans and they are just a great company to be associated with. This weekend we are looking to keep moving in the right direction and hopefully go some rounds with the KGC Funny Car.”

Kindness General Contractors, LLC, also known as KGC, LLC, is a full service general contracting firm designed to manage and facilitate a complete range of construction projects. As a full service general contracting firm they design, manage, and facilitate a complete range of construction projects. They are responsible for a diversified portfolio of projects with a wide range of construction value. Their client industries include aerospace, commercial buildings, industrial facilities, educational facilities, high-tech and food service.
 
Local companies are also stepping up to support Jim Dunn Racing and Funny Car driver Buddy Hull. Primal Steakhouse will return along with Gilley’s and Treasure Island to be featured on Hull’s 12,0000 horse-powered nitro Funny Car. The local interaction with businesses is something that is important to Hull and Jim Dunn Racing.
 
“We have major sponsors like KGC but it is also important in every market to open our sport and its thousands of fans to local companies,” said Hull. “We have a lot of loyal fans and we definitely want them enjoying the nightlife at Gilley’s or getting a great meal at Primal Steakhouse when they are in town for the race.”
 
The KGC Funny Car will make two qualifying runs on Friday and two on Saturday with Sunday’s final elimination pitting the 16 quickest Funny Cars against one another in an exciting four-wide competition. For more information on tickets or schedule visit www.nhra.com.
 
 

PETER MURPHY CLASSIC AWAITS NARC 410 SPRINT CAR SERIES ON SATURDAY


(4/8/24 – Ben Deatherage) Hanford, California … A crown jewel of the NARC 410 Sprint Car Series schedule, the Peter Murphy Classic is on tap Saturday, April 13th, at Kings Speedway. The winner of the main event will collect a whopping $11,000 paycheck and etch their name on the prestigious winner’s list of this famed event.

The race pays homage to Kings Speedway promotor and longtime NARC competitor Peter Murphy. One of this events special features is a unique “pole shuffle” where two cars at a time will razzle and dazzle on the 3/8-mile clay oval to decide the main event’s starting lineup of the front of the field.  It is always a fan-pleaser.

“I’m super excited to have this event come back to Kings,” commented Murphy, a transplanted Australian and open wheel racing enthusiast. “Last year’s pole shuffle was breathtakingly amazing, and the main event was a cracker, too, so come on out and bring a friend because Hanford is the place to be on Saturday night!”

This will be the third round of the highly competitive 65th anniversary season of the NARC tour and the second five-digit payday for the main event winner.

The companion division for the evening is the IMCA Stock Cars.

Who to Watch

Dominic Scelzi is looking to continue to reign supreme of the PMC. The Fresno driver has been on the road battling it out with the High Limit and World of Outlaw tour and is looking to come back to his native California and hit pay dirt. The 2021 and 2022 NARC champion is the three-time defending winner of the Peter Murphy Classic.

NARC point leader Cole Macedo wants to take the $11,000 winner’s check to the Tarlton Motorsports #21 shop. The Lemoore sensation bagged a $10,000 payday at the Mini Gold Cup in March and backed it up at the Stockton Dirt Track’s Asparagus Cup last Saturday. Macedo has three top five finishes at Kings when NARC has been to town and was runner-up in the second main event of the Morrie Williams Memorial.

Last October, Justin Sanders finally broke into victory lane at Hanford when he won the opening main event of the Morrie Williams Memorial. Once again piloting the Mittry Motorsports #2X, the Aromas driver has five podium finishes at the 3/8-mile oval and was fourth at last year’s Classic.

The last time NARC was on hand at Hanford, hometown driver D.J. Netto beat out the competition in the final feature of the Morrie Williams Memorial to score a big win for the team. Undoubtedly, the 2019 NARC champion is hungry to add the Peter Murphy Classic to his already decorated resume.

Eighteen-year-old Dylan Bloomfield is a rising star in the NARC 410 Sprint Series. The Oakley driver has twice finished the Vertullo Racing #83V entry among the Top 10 at Kings and is looking to be among the podium finishers on Saturday night. He was 14th last year.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding is looking to build off a top five finish last fall at Hanford. The 2017 NARC champ was fourth in the final race at King’s in October 2023 and scored a victory at the facility on June 2nd, 2012. He was among the Top 10 at the 2022 Peter Murphy Classic when he posted a ninth-place result.

Justyn Cox has been very close to conquering Kings twice. The Roseville racer was runner-up in the first feature of the Morrie Williams Memorial last October and did the same thing the previous year but in the second main event. Will the Bates-Hamilton Racing #42X slay the competition at the PMC?

The large 2024 rookie class will also be on hand, including Caeden Steele from Easton, Lemoore’s Gauge Garcia, Chico chauffeur Michael Ing, and Dominic Gorden of Clovis.

Other teams looking for victory lane include Chase Johnson of Penngrove, Nick Parker from Chico, Benicia veteran Billy Aton, and Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares. Some other notables to look forward to are Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Hanford driver Michael Faccinto bout the F&F Racing #X1, and Templeton pilot Kaleb Montgomery.

Fan & Competitor Info

Kings Speedway is located at the San Joaquin County Fairground at 1658 S Airport Way in Stockton, California. Tickets are $30.00 for Adults, Juniors (5-17)/Seniors (65+)/Military (with ID) $25.00, Kids (6-10) $5.00, and 4 and Under are FREE.

The Pit Gates will open at 1:00 PM and the Front Gates at 4:00. Hot Laps will begin at 5:00, and racing will begin at 6:00.

Additional information can be found at www.racekingsspeedway.com.

The NARC racing format includes qualifying, four 8-lap heat races, an exciting pole shuffle, a 12-lap last chance race, and a 30-lap main event.

The NARC 410 Sprint Series is the leading 410 Sprint Car tour west of the Rocky Mountains. Since 1960, it has enthralled countless thousands of fans from tracks up and down the Pacific Coast. For more information, visit its website at www.narc410.comThe NARC 410 Sprint Car Racing Series is also sponsored by Hoosier Racing Tires and Floracing.com. Associate and product award sponsors include Automotive Racing Products (ARP), Beacon Wealth Strategies, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Bullet Impressions, Diversified Machine Inc., Jim Allen Promotions, Kaeding Performance Center, Kimo’s Tropical Car Wash, KSE Racing Enterprises, Lifeline LLC, Maxim Racing Products, Mettec Titanium, Pyrotect, Saldana Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Scelzi Enterprises, SCI Racing Products, Starr Property Management, System 1 Ignition, Ultra Lite Brakes, Williams Roofing, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Winters Performance Products.

NARC 410 SPRINT CARS SERIES
CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS
(AFTER TWO EVENTS IN 24-RACE SERIES – 4/8/24)

  1. Cole Macedo, Lemoore – 285
  2. Tanner Carrick, Lincoln – 273
  3. Caeden Steele, Fresno (R) – 271
  4. Bud Kaeding, Campbell – 270
  5. Nick Parker, Chico – 269
  6. Justin Sanders, Aromas – 267
  7. Chase Johnson, Penngrove – 266
  8. Dylan Bloomfield, Oakley – 265
  9. Sean Becker, Roseville – 264
  10. Gauge Garcia, Lemoore (R) – 262
  11. Shane Golobic, Fremont – 258
  12. Kaleb Montgomery, Templeton – 253
  13. DJ Netto, Hanford – 252
  14. Justyn Cox, Clarksburg – 249
  15. Jarrett Soares, Gilroy – 244
  16. Billy Aton, Benicia – 242
  17. Ashlyn Rodriguez, Wilton – 241
  18. Tim Kaeding, San Jose – 240
  19. Michael Faccinto, Hanford – 233
  20. Dominic Gorden, Clovis – 231

UPCOMING EVENTS:
April 27 – Stockton Dirt Track – Salute to NARC champ Leroy Van Conett
May 4 – Thunderbowl Raceway (Tulare) – Chris & Brian Faria Memorial
May 11 – Antioch Speedway – Contra Costa County Clash
May 18 – Thunderbowl Raceway (Tulare) – KRC Night at the Races
June 1 – Placerville Speedway – Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial

A CONFIDENT DYSON AIMS FOR SEASON’S FIRST TRANS AM WIN AT NEW ORLEANS

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (April 8, 2024) – Excellent results in pre-season testing with his #16 GYM WEED Ford Mustang at New Orleans’ NOLA Motorsports Park has three-time defending Trans Am by Pirelli series champion and 2023 NOLA race winner Chris Dyson feeling good about his prospects for a second straight win at the Louisiana road circuit.

“We had some misfortune at the first two races this year – just bad luck – but I expect this will be a good weekend for us,” said Dyson. “We made real progress over the winter developing our new chassis, including a very successful test at NOLA. The car is fast for a single lap and it’s fast for a long run without using up the tires. I can’t wait to get back in the saddle.”

If not for bad racing luck, Dyson might well be looking for his third straight win of the season rather than his first. A crash in the first turn while contesting the lead ended his race in the season-opener at Sebring, which left him 46 points behind race winner Paul Menard. Holding a comfortable lead in the season’s second race, at Road Atlanta, Dyson spun off the track on freshly fallen oil, returning in last place in the headline TA class. An epic charge left Dyson just 0.159 seconds behind race winner Adam Andretti at the checkered flag. While Dyson was disappointed to not win, his runner-up finish – without the benefit of further caution periods – narrowed his point gap to 17 behind current championship leader Menard, who experienced mechanical problems and finished 8th at Road Atlanta.

“NOLA is a really demanding circuit, physically and technically,” Dyson said. “Last year’s race was our first look at the place, and since then we’ve tested there.  But even though it is all more familiar now, the characteristics are the same. There’s absolutely no let-up where you get any kind of break. And then you layer in the track surface and how bumpy it is in the high speed esses, you’re in a fight the whole lap.”

Menard and Andretti, currently third in the points standings, join former series champions Tomy Drissi and Amy Ruman as Dyson’s primary competition this weekend and for the series championship.

“The way points are awarded in Trans Am there’s a bonus not just for winning the race, but also for the pole and leading the most laps,” Dyson said. “But there’s effectively a substantial penalty for a bad finish, like we had at Sebring. Fighting back to a strong finish at Road Atlanta was really important for our campaign for a fourth consecutive championship. Over the course of the season consistency is critical. I am optimistic that we will stay at the sharp end and be in the mix at all the remaining rounds. But we have to capitalize on all the opportunities we get from now on to put some results on the board. This title race has really just begun.”

Click here for more on Chris Dyson Racing.

NOLA Schedule

Qualifying takes place Friday, April 12, 2:50 PM – 3:05 PM (3:50 PM – 4:05 PM, ET)

The 100-mile race takes the green flag Saturday, April 13, at 1:10 PM, CT (2:10 PM, ET)

Broadcast Schedule

The race will be live-streamed on both the Trans Am and SpeedTour’s YouTube channels. 

Additional Broadcast Coverage On MAVTV

In addition to the livestream, highlights of the race will be broadcast the following Thursday at 9:00 p.m. ET to MAVTV’s 22 million North American linear households and 175 million connected devices. 

AUSTIN PROCK JOINS JOHN FORCE IN COLLECTING NHRA WINS THIS WEEKEND AT PHOENIX


Prock earned his first win as a Funny Car driver in just his third start in the class
CHANDLER, Arizona (April 7, 2024) – John Force Racing driver Austin Prock proved Sunday that he is unquestionably a quick learner.
In just his third career NHRA start in a Funny Car, the Lansing, Mich., native recorded his first win in that class, earning top honors in the 39th annual Arizona Nationals at Firebird Motorsports Park.
Prock (3.952 seconds/320.74 mph) defeated Alexis DeJoria (4.049 seconds/316.90 mph) in the final round.
“This is huge,” Prock said. “All you want to do is to make your parents proud. It was a big win for Chevrolet and a double-up for John Force Racing. We’re rolling out of here with some gold, baby. WOOOOOH!”
Cheered on by a second straight sold-out crowd in as many days, Prock joined team owner John Force in leaving Phoenix with a Wally winner’s trophy.
Force won the final round of Saturday’s weather-postponed Winternationals, which was rained out two weeks ago at Pomona, Calif., and rescheduled for this weekend at Phoenix.
Getting back to Prock, the first-year Funny Car driver is piloting the Cornwell Tools Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car this season, replacing three-time champion Robert Hight, who stepped out of the car prior to the start of this season to deal with a medical situation.
Hight drove to victory in the last two editions of the Arizona Nationals in 2022 and 2023, and now Prock has made it three triumphs in a row.
It was the first time Prock has won with his father, Jimmy, as his crew chief, and Austin’s brother, Thomas, as assistant crew chief. Jimmy and Thomas held those same roles the last several years with Hight behind the wheel.
Austin Prock becomes the 19th driver in NHRA history to win national events in both Top Fuel and Funny Car. And he was also a quick learner when he first started driving a Top Fuel dragster: it only took him 16 races to earn his first win in that class, as well.
“To get my first Funny Car win and enter a league of its own with the Don Prudhomme’s, the Shawn Langdon’s, the J.R. Todd’s, the Kenny Bernstein’s, all these people that are legends and future Hall of Famers, it’s pretty cool to be a part of that small group,” Prock said. “To do it with my family makes it even more special.”
Prock won a non-NHRA exhibition race in his first-ever start in a Funny Car at Bradenton, Fla., back in February. He also captured four wins in NHRA competition during his stint as a full-time Top Fuel driver for John Force Racing between 2019 and 2023.
“This thing is just bad fast and I’m hanging on and trying to learn as fast as I can,” Prock said. “It’s definitely been a crash course, but I’m doing the best I can. That’s all you can ask.”
It was Prock’s second time in the final round in the first three NHRA national events this season. He finished runner-up to J.R. Todd in the season-opening race at Gainesville, Fla.
After earning No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car for the second time in the season’s first three races, Prock (4.398 seconds/277.83 mph) defeated Buddy Hull in Sunday’s first round.
In the second round, Prock again won (4.053 seconds/280.54 mph), but had a scare before escaping unscathed. In that quarterfinal matchup with Dan Wilkerson, Prock struggled with the handling of his car.
Prock’s car just barely missed grazing the outside retaining wall, which would have resulted in a disqualification. However, NHRA officials determined that while Prock’s car did blow down a sign attached to the wall due to exhaust coming from the header pipes on his car, there was no damage or wall scrapes done to his car.
Then came Prock’s semifinal match with Todd, who defeated team owner and patriarch John Force in their previous quarterfinal matchup.
Prock kept his momentum going by winning (3.999 seconds/315.34 mph), getting some revenge on Todd for his win over Prock in Gainesville.
Prock’s victory salvaged the day’s hopes for John Force Racing and set up his bid for a first Funny Car “Wally” winner’s trophy.
This weekend was also the second time the 29-year-old Prock qualified No. 1 in the first three events of 2024, the previous time also being in the season-opener at Gainesville. Sunday’s win was a big boost to his confidence. If he gets on a roll, there’s no telling what his potential could be.
“If you don’t believe in yourself, you shouldn’t be here,” said Prock, who leaves Phoenix in second place in the standings, just two points behind Todd. “This is a very competitive class, and if you don’t believe in yourself, you’re not going to be competitive. You’ve got to walk around here believing you can do it, walk with your chin up, take your punches, and try and swing some back.
“That’s all I’ve been doing. I’ve just been trying to be a sponge. The tough thing about drag racing is you don’t get another lap to fix it. You go up there, and you’ve got to be perfect. If you make a mistake, you’ve got to sit around for three hours or more, and then go up there and make sure you don’t make it again.
“That’s what makes drag racing so tough. I’ve just been focused. I’ve got the best people in my corner. We’ve got the best sponsors, and the best parts and pieces. I’m just trying not to mess it up essentially. It’s working. I’ve been able to showcase my talent in a really tough field in a tough car.” *********************
As for team owner John Force, he was still basking in the glow of his win on Saturday, his first triumph in nearly two years, but more importantly, the 156thvictory of his legendary career. He was as happy about Prock’s win on Sunday as he was about his own victory one day earlier.
“It was a fantastic weekend for Cornwell Tools and Chevrolet, clinching a victory like that, especially with Prock landing his first NHRA Funny Car win,” Force said. “It’s a big deal. We had to navigate through some changes, with Robert Hight, a three-time champion, stepping back for a bit. But everything’s aligning well for John Force Racing.”
Force, who turns 75 years old on May 4, won Saturday’s rain-delayed and rescheduled Winternationals, which was moved from Pomona, Calif., to Arizona after its final round was rained out two weeks ago.
It also was Force’s first win in nearly two years, his last triumph coming May 1, 2022 at the 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, N.C.
“Clinching the victory in Phoenix yesterday was thrilling,” said Force, the driver of the PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car. “It’s still early in the season, but this win sets a positive tone we’re all proud of. Yet, we’re mindful of the fierce competition out there; we’ve got our work cut out for us. But still, it sure was a great weekend for John Force Racing.”
Force hoped to pull off another win on Sunday, but those hopes came to a premature end.
Force came into Sunday’s Arizona Nationals eliminations hoping to make it two wins in a row. He started strong, rolling to the win (3.991 seconds/276.41 mph) in his first round match-up with Jim Campbell.
But Force’s quarterfinal match with J.R. Todd didn’t go the way the 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ hoped for, as Todd defeated Force (4.036 seconds/317.64 mph), ending Force’s hope of winning two races on the same weekend.
With his win from Saturday, Force leaves Phoenix third in the NHRA Funny Car points standings, as the Mission Foods NHRA Drag Racing Series series moves on to the next national event in Las Vegas next weekend.
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Despite coming into Sunday’s action having qualified No. 2 in Top Fuel, Force’s daughter, Brittany, made an early exit from eliminations in the opening first round.
The younger Force (6.396 seconds/117.06 mph) lost traction and smoked the tires on her Monster Energy dragster, losing to NASCAR Hall of Famer – and Top Fuel rookie this year – Tony Stewart.
“Starting off strong in Phoenix, we secured a second-place qualification and consistently made good runs,” Brittany Force said. “Unfortunately, our fortune shifted on race day when we were eliminated in the first round due to driving into smoke.
“However, we’re looking forward to testing tomorrow (Monday), planning to complete four laps in the heat, which should be beneficial before heading to Las Vegas.”
Force leaves Phoenix eighth in the NHRA Top Fuel standings. #2024ORCE

HULL GIVES PROCK A RUN FOR HIS MONEY IN PHOENIX


 CHANDLER, AZ (April 7, 2024) — Some race weekends serve as lessons more than others. For this year’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird Motorsports Park, the lesson for Funny Car driver Buddy Hull is ‘it’s not how you start, but it’s how you finish.’
 
The driver for Jim Dunn Racing started race day from the No. 16 spot, which is a challenge that Hull is not one to stray away from. In round one, he was set to run against No. 1 qualifier and recent Funny Car standout, Austin Prock. With close reaction times, Hull was ahead of Prock at the 330-foot mark. The tide turned by the end of the race, but Hull was still proud that he didn’t give Prock an easy win. Prock would go on to win his first Funny Car national event outrunning Alexis DeJoria in the final round.
Buddy Hull and USD Funny Car at NHRA Arizona Nationals, photo credit Ron Lewis Photography
 “We both left, and even though I didn’t see him, I heard him pedal the car two times. It’s this thing that you feel when you’re in the car, you actually feel it more than you hear it,” said Hull. “And then we struck the tires and knocked the tire off at probably 450-500 feet, somewhere in that range. Next thing, he comes by me, and I heard him pedal it one more time, and maybe even one more time after that. So when I saw him out in front of me that far, I wasn’t going to pedal it again. I’m not going to blow up our race car. There was really no chance of catching him, even though it looked like we had a chance in the beginning. When you see a car three or four car lengths in front of you, and you’re off the pedal because you smoked the tires, you have to have better judgment and know that your chances of catching him are pretty low unless he smokes the tires again too. Prock won this time, but I know we’ll get him back sometime soon.”
 
Firebird Motorsports Park holds a lot of fond memories for Hull, who first competed at this track in the Top Fuel class. He was excited to make a return to Phoenix, when it looked like it would be off the NHRA calendar after last season.
 
“This is one of my favorite tracks to come to. The fans here are very loyal to this racetrack,” said Hull. “And there’s so many kids out here, which I love. A couple of parents came by our pits with their kids to take their annual picture with me. We’re now three years in of taking pictures with the same kids, so it’s just the coolest. I love the idea that parents can look back at our yearly photos and literally watch their kid grow up in the process. And next year I’ll have my kid out here too, which is crazy to think about.”
 
Another positive from the weekend was having sponsor USD out at the track experiencing a sold out crowd. And thanks to local sponsor Chompie’s, there was delicious food in the pits for the team and guests throughout the weekend.
 
“There were all kinds of people out from USD, and we had a great time. They were thrilled with our performance in the first round, which was reassuring as the driver representing their organization that’s literally on the side of our race car,” said Hull. “It’s always a priority for me to make sure our sponsors are taken care of when they take the time to come out to the track. And it helps when the race itself delivers such a fantastic fan experience.”
 
Hull and the Jim Dunn Racing team will be back in competition next weekend at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 12-14 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. There will be one qualifying session on Friday, April 12 and two qualifying sessions on Saturday, April 13. For tickets or more information on the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals visit nhra.com.
 
Qualifying Results
Q1: 4.158 sec, 260.31 mph; Qual. 11
Q2: No run; Qual. 15
Q3: 4.954 sec, 160.92 mph; Qual. 16
Bonus Points: 0
 
Race Results
First Round
Austin Prock, Danville, Ind., Cornwell Tools Chevrolet Camaro SS, (.077), 4.398, 277.83 mph def. Buddy Hull, Dallas, Tex., USD Dodge Charger, (.090), 4.673, 184.80 mph
 
Mission Foods Drag Racing Series Standings – Funny Car
1. J.R. Todd                                  262
2. Austin Prock                           260
3. John Force                               211
4. Matt Hagan                             189
5. Ron Capps                               170
6. Bob Tasca III                           155
7. Paul Lee                                   146
8. Alexis DeJoria                         144
9. Chad Green                             140
10. Cruz Pedregon                     100
11. Dan Wilkerson                      120
12. Bobby Bode                          109
13. Terry Haddock                     95
14. Buddy Hull                            93
 

PROGRESS AND PERFORMANCE ON THE HORIZON FOR JOSH HART EXITING ARIZONA NATIONALS

 PHOENIX, AZ (April 7, 2024) — After three NHRA national events in 2024 Josh Hart and the R+L Carriers Top Fuel team are moving in the right direction. When you drive 12,000 horse-powered land rocket progress is never fast enough for the Ocala, Florida, entrepreneur. This weekend at the NHRA Arizona Nationals Hart and his Ron Douglas tuned R+L Carriers Top Fuel dragster made steady improvement over three qualifying runs entering race day as the No. 11 Top Fuel dragster with a two day best run of 3.820 seconds at 320.81 mph.
 Josh Hart and R+L Carriers Top Fuel dragster at NHRA Arizona Nationals, photo courtesy of Auto Imagery/Gary Nastase
“We moved in the right direction Friday and Saturday even with some unseasonably cold weather,” said Hart, a two-time Top Fuel national event winner. “There were a lot of race cars struggling, but we made progress every time down the track and I felt good about our chances today.”
 
Hart drew Shawn Langdon, the Gatornationals winner and Arizona Nationals winner today. Langdon and Hart had to wait for seven pairs of Top Fuel dragsters to run before they got their shot at the track. Hart was eager to show off what he felt was an improved R+L Carriers and Burnyzz Speed Shop Top Fuel dragster and as both drivers pre-staged and staged they waited for the amber lights to flash. Unfortunately, Hart hit the throttle too early recording an immediate disqualification.
 
“That one hurt because that run was smooth as silk and I just missed it,” said Hart. “I think this was maybe my fourth red-light in my entire career over hundreds of runs. I am going to take the positive that the race car is coming around and we are going to test tomorrow at Firebird Motorsports Park tomorrow. I think that will give us a leg up on the Las Vegas Four-Wide Nationals.”
 
Hart will leave the NHRA Arizona Nationals sitting tenth in the points tied with Shawn Reed. Considering the series is early in the season the Hart is only two or three rounds out of the top five. The NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series will be in action April 12-14, at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first of two four-wide national events. At the end of the month Hart will get another shot at four-wide racing from zMAX Dragway, outside of Charlotte, April 26-28.
 
“The fans loved the four-wide races and there is a lot going on at the starting line,” said Hart. “You just need to focus on your lane and your light. It is a fun weekend and I am looking forward to getting back on track as soon as possible.”
 
 
Qualifying Results
Q1: 8.167 sec, 77.54 mph; Qual. 15
Q2: 3.825 sec, 323.66 mph; Qual. 9
Q3: 3.820 sec, 320.81; Qual. 11
Bonus Points: +1 (3rd quickest of Q2)
 
Race Results
First RoundShawn Langdon, Avon, Ind., KalittaCareers.com, (.046) 18.548, 53.50 mph def.  Josh Hart, Ocala, Fla., R+L Carriers dragster, (-.285), 4.182, 217.21 mph  Mission Foods Drag Racing Series Top Ten – Top Fuel
1. Shawn Langdon                     295
2. Justin Ashley                           259
3. Steve Torrence                       225
4. Billy Torrence                         212
5. Antron Brown                        167
6. Doug Kalitta                            166
7. Tony Schumacher                  165
8. Brittany Force                        146
9. Tony Stewart                          134
10. Josh Hart                               116
10. Shawn Reed                          116
 

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CHEVROLET IN NHRA2024 NHRA ARIZONA NATIONALS FIREBIRD MOTORSPORTS PARK CHANDLER, ARIZONA TEAM CHEVY RACE ADVANCE | NOTES & QUOTES APRIL 7, 2024 CHEVROLET CAPTURES THREE NHRA WALLY TROPHIES IN PHOENIX, WITH AUSTIN PROCK AND JOHN FORCE IN FUNNY CAR, AND GREG ANDERSON IN PRO STOCK
Notes:Austin Prock, driver of the Cornwell Tools Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car, raced to his first NHRA Funny Car victory, capturing the Arizona Nationals Wally trophy over Alexis DeJoria to give John Force Racing their second event win of the weekend after John Force, driver of the PEAK Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car, won over Matt Hagan in the weather delayed NHRA Winternationals Finals from Pomona.Prock’s win in Phoenix Sunday earned Chevrolet their 161st NHRA Funny Car victory since 1967, the 81st for Team Chevy in a Camaro-bodied Funny Car.Prock kicked off the Arizona Nationals race day from the No. 1 position, qualifying at the top of the leaderboard, with his run of 3.840 seconds E.T. at 334.40 mph earning his second Funny Car No. 1 qualifier and of the 2024 season, and fifth career in NHRA (four in Top Fuel).In Saturday’s Q3, the completion of Pomona’s final round resulted in J. Force, racing to victory over Matt Hagan to capture his 156th-career victory, as well as Chevrolet’s 160th Funny Car victory since 1967, Team Chevy’s 80th in a Camaro-bodied car, and Force’s 20th for Chevrolet.Force Sunday later drove to a Round 2 appearance in the Arizona Nationals, defeated in a close race by J.R. Todd with Force’s run of 4.036 seconds E.T. at 317.64 mph not enough for Todd’s 4.003 seconds E.T. at 319.90 mph.Brittany Force, driver of the Monster Energy Chevrolet Top Fuel dragster, led the John Force Racing team for Chevrolet in qualifying for Sunday’s Arizona Nationals with her pass of 3.689-seconds E.T. at 334.90 mph to put her on the race day ladders at No. 2. Despite strong qualifying, B. Force fell to Tony Stewart in Round 1.Greg Anderson, capturing his 104th national event win in his HendrickCars.comChevrolet Camaro SS Pro Stock car, raced to the Arizona Nationals Wally trophy over Dallas Glenn with his run of 6.582 seconds E.T. at 208.97 mph to Glenn’s 6.618 seconds E.T. at 208.91 mph. Anderson’s win on Sunday gives Chevrolet their 385th Pro Stock victory since 1970 and the 266th in the Camaro.Dallas Glenn, driver of the RAD Torque Chevrolet Camaro SS Pro Stock, defeated Erica Enders in the Pomona finals conclusion during Arizona Nationals’ qualifying to earn his ninth career NHRA victory in Pro Stock, as well as Chevrolet’s 384th Pro Stock victory since 1970 and the 265th in the Camaro.
Quotes:BRITTANY FORCE, DRIVER OF THE MONSTER ENERGY CHEVROLET TOP FUEL DRAGSTER:“Starting off strong in Phoenix, we secured a second-place qualification and consistently made good runs. Unfortunately, our fortune shifted on race day when we were eliminated in the first round due to driving into smoke. However, we’re looking forward to testing tomorrow, planning to complete four laps in the heat, which should be beneficial before heading to Las Vegas. Speaking of Vegas, it’s a place we’ve had success in the past and we’re eager to return. The four-wide format there will definitely mix things up, but I believe the testing in Phoenix will have us well-prepared.” AUSTIN PROCK, DRIVER OF THE CORNWELL TOOLS CHEVROLET CAMARO SS FUNNY CAR:“This is huge. All you want to do is make your parents proud, and I sure hope they’re proud because I definitely am. My dad (crew chief Jimmy Prock) and Thomas (Prock) are doing a great along with Nate Hildahl, this whole Cornwell team, and a big win for Chevrolet. A double-up for John Force Racing this weekend, and man, the days don’t get much better than this. What more could you ask for? We’re rolling out of here with some gold, baby.” THOMAS PROCK, CREW CHIEF AND BROTHER OF AUSTIN PROCK:“This is amazing. This has been a tough day. Anybody who’s gone down this track with four runs in a row, they deserve an award. This is great for Cornwell Tools, for our company. We’ve had a great start to this year. I’m so proud of this team. My brother has just done a phenomenal job driving this thing. He deserves a lot of credit. He saved our butts first round, and I’m just excited to celebrate. We’re testing tomorrow, and we’re going to try and a little better.” JIMMY PROCK, CREW CHIEF AND FATHER OF AUSTIN PROCK, on Prock’s driving so far in Funny Car: “He’s still learning, but he’s adapting and he’s changing. He’s doing a really good job.” JOHN FORCE, DRIVER OF THE PEAK ANTIFREEZE & COOLANT CHEVROLET CAMARO SS FUNNY CAR:“It was a fantastic weekend for Cornwell Tools and Chevrolet, clinching a victory like that, especially with Prock landing his first NHRA Funny Car win. It’s a big deal.We had to navigate through some changes, with Robert Hight, a three-time champion, stepping back for a bit. But everything’s aligning well for John Force Racing. Our top priority has always been looking after our sponsors, and this win certainly does that. Clinching the victory in Pomona yesterday was thrilling. It’s still early in the season, but this win sets a positive tone we’re all proud of. Yet, we’re mindful of the fierce competition out there; we’ve got our work cut out for us.Prock’s got a solid team behind him, with his dad and brother in the mix. Robert’s been sharing his wisdom about the car, much like he does with me, and it’s paying off. The kid’s got a background in dirt racing before moving to Top Fuel with us, and he’s had stints in our Funny Car too. Transitioning to a new team in Top Fuel was a challenge, but now he’s backed by a seasoned team, and they’re really complementing each other well. I’m incredibly proud of him for securing these victories for Chevrolet and all our sponsors. It’s all part of the job, but it sure was a great weekend for John Force Racing.” GREG ANDERSON, DRIVER OF THE HENDRICKCARS.COM CHEVROLET CAMARO SS PRO STOCK:“It’s special. It’s been a while. It’s been a tough race track all weekend. My crew did a fantastic job. We managed the race track. We just flat out raced (Glenn). I just can’t thank them enough. I got a little extra pump today. I was watching the NASCAR race at Martinsville, and my teammates at Hendrick were 1-2-3. So, I felt like, you know what, if I don’t win, I’m the weak link in the chain. A lot of pressure there, but I love that. I love the extra pressure. Thank you, Mr. (Hendrick). A great day for you, and a great day for me too. Team Hendrick, baby. Thank you so much. Thank you, Hendrick Cars, Chevrolet, everybody that helps us. Thank you so much. Mac Tools. I love this stuff.”
AUSTIN PROCK, CORNWELL TOOLS CHEVROLET CAMARO SS FUNNY CAR – NHRA Arizona Nationals Funny Car Winner Press Conference:“This is a huge win. This car has been running great, and we started the year out strong. We struggled a little bit last weekend and had to get some revenge this weekend. We definitely did that. That was a great run in the final round there. We were trying to do that all weekend long. Just couldn’t piece it together but it finally all came together. To get my first Funny Car win and enter a league of its own with the Don Prudhommes, the Shawn Langdons, the J.R. Todds, the Kenny Bernsteins, all these people that are legends and future hall of famers, it’s pretty cool to be a part of that small group. To do it with my family makes it even more special. There hadn’t been a bad day at the race track, even last weekend when we struggled. You never want to struggle, but when you get to race with your family, there’s never a bad day out here. Everyone’s just doing an outstanding job. We earned this one today. Had to pedal it first round, dropped holes, legged it as long as I could, almost took the fence out. Then we go up there and I was dead late against JR (Todd) and the Prock Rocket bailed me out. We put it all together there in the final. I chopped the tree down and the thing hauled the mail. We definitely earned it. These Funny Cars are no joke. I said at the top end this is by far the hardest car I’ve ever driven and most competitive class I’ve ever driven in. I’ve been racing since I was 10 years old. There’s nothing funny about a Funny Car.” You say this is the most challenging car you’ve driven yet you win your first in just your third race. It took you 16 races to win in Top Fuel. What’s the difference?“In my Top Fuel career, I worked with some wonderful people. Very brilliant, smart people, but we never really had a fair shot at running back-to-back seasons with the same group of people and that really crippled our performance, I feel. If you name any one of the crew chiefs I worked with, if we had back-to-back years, I think we could’ve really done some damage. When you fall into a golden pot like I did this year into a championship-contending car every year it goes out there, the thing is just bad fast and I’m hanging on and trying to learn as fast as I can. It’s definitely been a crash course, but I’m doing the best I can. That’s all you can ask.” Did you have a mental idea of how long it would take for you to win?“I knew the car was capable of it. I was sure I wasn’t going to be the weak link. I’m just hanging on for dear life, and like I said, do the best I can. Today was the W.” With a tough class and tough field, did you think it would take this short to get your first Funny Car win?“If you don’t believe in yourself, you shouldn’t be here. This is a very competitive class, and if you don’t believe in yourself, you’re not going to be competitive. You’ve got to walk around here believing you can do it, walk with your chin up, take your punches, and try and swing some back. That’s all I’ve been doing. I’ve just been trying to be a sponge. The tough thing about drag racing is you don’t get another lap to fix it. You go up there, and you’ve got to be perfect. If you make a mistake, you’ve got to sit around for three hours or more, and then go up there and make sure you don’t make it again. That’s what makes drag racing so tough. I’ve just been focused. I’ve got the best people in my corner. We’ve got the best sponsors, and the best parts and pieces. I’m just trying not to mess it up essentially. It’s working. I’ve been able to showcase my talent in a really tough field in a tough car.” Talk about, while it being a short time from January to April, about your comfort level in the car…“I’m getting more comfortable every lap, but the thing is every time you get comfortable, this thing tries to do something crazy on you. It’s like in first round, I pedaled the thing, it was beautiful. Couldn’t have done much better. Straight down there, had holes out, got the round win and then I’m like, ‘Man, I’ve got to hang on.’ Next round, it goes out there, drops holes and I about knocked the fence down. I get the finish line board. Almost crashed the car but got the win. Every time you think you’ve got a handle on it, but you don’t, and that’s what makes this category so tough.”
JOHN FORCE, PEAK CHEVROLET CAMARO SS FUNNY CAR – NHRA Winternationals Funny Car Winner Press Conference:Longtime coming to get back in the winner’s circle. You had to wait a couple of weeks from the weather delay, but how exciting is it to get the Winternationals win?“The best was the sold-out crowd. I love that. Of course, who doesn’t love racing The Hulk (Matt Hagan)? He’s an animal out there. I’ve been struggling. I mean, (J.R.) Todd got me. I think my car ran quick as quick, probably ran quicker. But I got my mind right. I said, ‘how bad do you want to win?’ The only thing that was changing is you could make up a story in your head, but what was really happening was I was mad. I was mad at myself saying ‘you just need to get out of the seat, you’re too old for this stuff, or get out there and fight the fight.’ I did, and things went right, and I got the win. So I’m excited. It’s Pomona, that’s always… where my family and all of us grew up on that race track. It was really exciting, but I just… I’m excited.” You’ve raced, obviously, at Pomona for a very long time, and you raced here at Phoenix (where the final was concluded) since the first race. Is there any level of extra comfort you have here?“You know, it’s funny. Trying to keep my mind right, and I’m sick to my stomach every morning, and just ask ‘why am I stressed?’ Because I dream. Once you get to the race track, I’m well, but I still want that carrot. I still want to win. All of a sudden, something goes right and you don’t know why. Once I get in the race car, I’m home, it’s where I feel right. That’s when the stomach aches go away. Just getting in yesterday was a big deal knowing you could make the show and you could go race. You try to run three races in one and all of a sudden you don’t qualify because you smoked the tires. That’s painful. We got away with it. I’ve got a great team with Daniel Hood and Cunningham has joined us. We’ve got a bunch of young kids who really still believe in me, and do care about me. My wife Laurie and my grandsons, Jacob and Noah, are here. We go the win.” How excited are you, today, versus the first time you’ve ran?“The hard part is thinking I have to give it up. You have to sooner or later. You just can’t go until you fall in the dirt. To have a day like this… First of all, I can’t remember the first day I had my first win. I think it was in Montreal. But the point is, you get this, and all of a sudden, your life is back. I could see my wife (in the Top End) with the two boys after we won with a gleam in her eyes. She was happy for me, because she knows what I go through in the middle of the night sitting up in bed. It gets old. This, this fixes you.” Your last win came just before your 73rd birthday. This one is shortly before your 75th. How do you feel?“I better take it now (laughs). I just realized I’m going to be 75 in another month, and I’m doing some serious thinking where I’m going. But moods change you, and my mood has changed right now. It’s a win, and I’ve had lots of wins. But I’ve watched these young kids, and I’ve got some drivers I’m talking to. There’s something coming; I’ll let you all know.”
Up Next:The NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series heads to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, April 12-14, 2024. Friday qualifying airs April 12 at 11 p.m. ET, with Saturday’s qualifying airing Sunday at 11 a.m. ET. Sunday’s eliminations wrap up the weekend, with finals broadcasting at 7 p.m. ET. All sessions from Firebird Motorsports Park air with NHRA on FOX on FOX Sports 1 (FS1). Coverage streams live throughout the weekend on NHRA.tv, and is available via AppleTV, Android TV, and Roku devices.

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Byron, Hendrick Motorsports Claim Memorable Victory at Martinsville Speedway
·       Enduring a green-white-checkered finish, it was William Byron and the No. 24 Axalta Camaro ZL1 team that claimed the checkered-flag in the NASCAR Cup Series Cook Out 400 at Martinsville Speedway. 
·       The victory marked Byron’s series-leading third win of the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series season, and the Team Chevy driver’s 13th career victory in 224 starts in NASCAR’s premier series. 
·       Already the winningest manufacturer and organization in NASCAR Cup Series’ history at Martinsville Speedway, Byron’s victory extended each series-leading win record at the track – recording Chevrolet’s 61st NCS victory and Hendrick Motorsports’ 29th NCS victory at the .526-mile Virginia short-track. 
·       Byron delivered Chevrolet its fifth victory in eight points-paying NASCAR Cup Series races this season; and the manufacturer’s 856th all-time victory in NASCAR’s premier series. ·       All four Hendrick Motorsports Camaro ZL1’s placed in the top-10 of the NASCAR Cup Series Cook Out 400 at Martinsville Speedway, with Byron leading the organization to a sweep of the top-three finishing positions. The feat marks the first time in series’ history that an organization has swept the podium at Martinsville Speedway. 
TEAM CHEVY UNOFFICIAL TOP-10:  POS.   DRIVER1st      William Byron, No. 24 Axalta Ruby Camaro ZL12nd     Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Ruby Camaro ZL13rd      Chase Elliott, No. 9 UniFirst Ruby Camaro ZL18th      Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Ruby Camaro ZL1
RIDGEWAY, Va. (April 7, 2024) – William Byron and the No. 24 Axalta Camaro ZL1 team delivered Hendrick Motorsports yet another monumental victory in the organization’s 40th anniversary season – enduring a green-white-checkered finish to claim the victory in the NASCAR Cup Series’ Cook Out 400 at Martinsville Speedway.  Martinsville Speedway holds a special place in Hendrick Motorsports’ NASCAR history as the site of the organization’s first victory. Now, 40 years later, the winningest organization in NASCAR Cup Series’ history only solidified its lasting legacy with Byron taking Hendrick Motorsports back to victory lane at the .526-mile Virginia venue – delivering the organization its series-leading 29th NASCAR Cup Series victory at the track.   Byron’s monumental victory brought Hendrick Motorsports to its 305th all-time victory and Chevrolet’s 856th all-time victory in NASCAR’s premier series – extending their record as the winningest manufacturer and team partnership in series’ history. “On behalf of everyone at Chevrolet, congratulations to Rick and the entire Hendrick Motorsports organization on such a special win at Martinsville Speedway,” said Jim Campbell, General Motors U.S. Vice President of Performance and Motorsports. “40 years ago, Geoff Bodine’s victory at Martinsville started a legacy that’s led Hendrick Motorsports to the title as the winningest organization in NASCAR Cup Series history with 305 victories and 14 championships – all in partnership with Chevrolet.” Byron also led the organization to a series-first record at Martinsville Speedway, with a one-two-three finish by Bryon and his teammates Kyle Larson (second) and Chase Elliott (third) marking the first time that an organization swept the top-three finishing positions in a NASCAR Cup Series race at the .526-mile Virginia venue.  “Today’s win by William Byron and the No. 24 Axalta Camaro ZL1 is extremely special for everyone at Chevrolet,” added Campbell. “We congratulate Rick and Hendrick Motorsports on 40 years of success.” The 2024 NASCAR Cup Series season will continue at Texas Motor Speedway with the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400 on Sunday, April 14, at 3:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage of the 267-lap event can be found on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90. 
TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE QUOTES: William Byron, No. 24 Axalta Ruby Camaro ZL1Finished: 1stHOW SPECIAL IS THIS TO YOU TO DELIVER THIS WIN TO EVERYONE AT HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS?“Yeah, it’s awesome and it’s way bigger than me. There are so many men and women that this is a tribute to with all the hard work in the shop. It’s just a really good environment to work in. They have built something so special over the years, and I am thankful to be a part of it and drive the No. 24. It’s pretty special.”
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE PATIENCE YOU HAD TO COME FROM 18TH TO CONTEND FOR THE LEAD?“It wasn’t pretty. The first stage, we were pretty good – coming from the back and getting up to eighth or ninth. And then we stalled out. We had a couple of pit stops not go our way and then we got too tight. We just had to keep working on that and we eventually got this No. 24 Axalta Chevy where it needed to be; get it turning and doing what it needed to do. Just really proud of the team.”
WHAT DID YOU TELL YOURSELF AND WHAT DID YOU DO WITH THAT GREEN – WHITE – CHECKERED?“I knew the shot was going to come from behind and that is just the way it is here. I used a little bit more of the racetrack in (turns) one and two to make sure I could get clear off of two and he gave me a shot over there. We raced pretty clean. He gave me a chance to make the corner and that is all you can ask for.”

Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Ruby Camaro ZL1 Finished: 2ndSUMMARIZE YOUR RACE DAY HERE THIS AFTERNOON. “Yeah, it pretty alright I guess. We had great track position from qualifying, so I was able to maintain that all race and get that Stage One win, which was great. We kind of just lost a few spots there in Stage Two and was never really able to overcome that small track position loss. But William (Byron), he did a really good job. He was able to pass cars and they pitted a lap before we did during the green-flag cycle. I really thought that helped him carve his way to the lead because his tires were just ready before ours were. He did a good job; kind of schooled us all and deserved to win. So that was really cool to see him win. 
Really awesome to have an HMS top-three on a day like today, with what it means to the company and celebrating 40 years; having all the Hendrick Motorsports’ employees here with their families to celebrate with. It will be a long night of celebrating and taking pictures and all that, but we are excited for Hendrick Motorsports and I am happy to contribute to a good day.”

Chase Elliott, No. 9 UniFirst Ruby Camaro ZL1Finished: 3rdDESCRIBE THAT OVERTIME RESTART AND WHAT DID YOU NEEDED TO GET BY YOUR TEAMMATE?“I just burnt the rear tires off of it a little bit too much. I had an opportunity. I kind of got William (Byron) up off the bottom and I had a shot at him off of (turn) four, but I just couldn’t get the power down to get underneath him. Really cool for HMS to get a win on the 40th (anniversary) weekend. Wish it could have been us, but I am proud of a couple top fives these last couple weeks. We’ll try to keep it rolling.”
IT LOOKED LIKE YOU GAVE IT EVERYTHING YOU HAD ON THAT LAST RESTART AND JUST COULDN’T QUITE GET THERE AND UNFORTUNATELY LOST A SPOT WHEN IT WAS ALL SAID AND DONE.“Obviously number one, congrats to William (Byron) and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports. Rick and Linda (Hendrick), Jeff (Gordon), Jeff (Andrews), Chad (Knaus) and all the people that put this together for us. They have an unbelievable program and I think we are all proud to call home. It was awesome hosting over 1,000 people from Hendrick today; employees and their families. Glad one of us could get it done. Obviously wish we could have got it done, selfishly, like anybody would. 
But it is nice to have a good couple of solid weeks and being in contention for a win. We haven’t been in contention to win one for a while, so kind of nice to get to that last restart when it actually mattered. So, enjoyed that aspect and certainly hungry for more.”

Kyle Busch, No. 8 Lucas Oil Camaro ZL1Finished: 16th“We made an improvement this weekend from how we ran last year at Martinsville Speedway. The first run of the race the Lucas Oil Chevrolet got looser as went. We pitted for tires and adjustments and the next run we were a little free everywhere but tight at the three-quarter mark of Turns 3 and 4. At the end of Stage 2 we pitted again but the adjustments didn’t seem to work, and we lost track positions. Crew Chief Randall Burnett and the guys kept working and never gave up. We made the car better by the end of the race and we were able to get a decent finish, but we still have work to do to get to where we want to be.”

Daniel Hemric, No. 31 Cirkul Camaro ZL1Finished: 28th“Today was a hard-fought one. We started out super tight, and I felt like I just killed the right-side tires early on. Trent [Owens] made some great calls, and we continued to get the No. 31 Cirkul Chevy close to where it needed to be during the second stage. We tried gambling a little and running long during the final stage, but unfortunately, we never caught a caution. I’m definitely proud of the hard work this team put in this weekend that we can bring back here in the fall. We definitely made the car more competitive and are going in the right direction.”

Austin Dillon, No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Camaro ZL1Finished: 34th“Long day for the Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off-Road Chevrolet team at Martinsville Speedway. We had a problem with a left front tire locking up and I think the power steering was going out pretty much the whole race. When it went out with about 200 laps to go, I had to fight hard to gain positions. I can at least say I finished the race with no power steering, I’m going to be a little sore tomorrow, but we’ll keep fighting. It’s not the finish we wanted today, but we will go to Texas Motor Speedway next week to try and regain some momentum.”

COLE MACEDO SCORES NARC VICTORY AT ASPARAGUS CUP IN STOCKTON

(4/6/24 – By Ben Deatherage) Stockton, California … Cole Macedo has started the season on a hot streak, dominating the NARC 410 Sprint Car Series competition by leading all 28-laps of the curfew-shortened Asparagus Cup at the recently reconfigured Stockton Dirt Track. It was his second straight NARC victory driving the Tarlton & Son/Complete Parts and Equipment Solutions #21 Maxim for car owners Tom and Tommy Tarlton. It was also the first time he has scored in Stockton.

“I’d rather be lucky than good any day as long as I get a check like this,” commented an ecstatic Macedo in victory lane. “Luckily, Drew (Warner, crew chief) and the guys gave me such a good car.”

Starting on the outside front row, Macedo powered past polesitter D.J. Netto to lead the opening lap of the contest. Macedo had to deal with several caution periods throughout the feature, which put a lot of pressure on perfect restarts to stay ahead of the field.

Twice, Macedo entered lapped traffic, and every time he seemed to get bottled up behind slower cars, he was blessed with a caution. Despite three restarts in the last half of the main event, Macedo ran his line and outlasted all challengers to win his third career NARC 410 Sprint Car Series victory.

“I knew if I got off the bottom, I was probably going to get passed, and I kept hearing (Justin Sanders), but after a lap or two, I could get into a rhythm and get my gap,” continued Macedo. “I was getting worried about those late-race restarts, and all it would take is me biking one time, and someone was going to get by me.”

The eighth starting Sanders rallied in the race’s second half to earn the runner-up in the Farmer’s Brewing Company/North County Plastering #2X Maxim. Tanner Carrick placed his California Waterfowl/TC Guide Service #83T Maxim, in third for his first NARC podium since 2022.

Chase Johnson, who started tenth, battled fiercely to stay among the top five and managed to post a fourth-place result in the Toyota of Marin/Price Family Dealerships #24 Maxim. The Parker Automotive/MetalTec Fabrication #15 Maxim driven by Nick Parker posted a NARC career best fifth place finish.

Kaleb Montgomery earned Williams Roofing Hardcharger honors after a 20th to sixth place run, while Bud Kaeding came back from an early race spin to end the night in seventh. Caeden Steele wound up the highest-finishing rookie in eighth.  Ryan Bernal and Gauge Garcia rounded out the top ten.

Colby Copeland, Shane Golobic, Dominic Gorden, and Landon Brooks went for red flag rides in the feature, but all walked away unharmed.

Macedo was the fastest driver in ARP Qualifying.

Bud Kaeding, Joey Ancona, Netto and Croft collected heat race victories. Netto won the Beacon Wealth Strategies Trophy Dash.

HOOSIER RACING TIRES A-FEATURE (30 Laps): 1. 21-Cole Macedo[2]; 2. 2X-Justin Sanders[8]; 3. 83T-Tanner Carrick[12]; 4. 24-Chase Johnson[10]; 5. 15-Nick Parker[15]; 6. 3-Kaleb Montgomery[20]; 7. 29-Bud Kaeding[5]; 8. 121-Caeden Steele[14]; 9. 73-Ryan Bernal[23]; 10. 2K-Gauge Garcia[21]; 11. 7B-Sean Becker[16]; 12. 12-Jarrett Soares[18]; 13. 87-Ashlyn Rodriguez[17]; 14. 88N-DJ Netto[1]; 15. 45W-Landon Brooks[19]; 16. 83V-Dylan Bloomfield[24]; 17. 29ER-Willie Croft[7]; 18. 88A-Joey Ancona[6]; 19. 26-Billy Aton[22]; 20. 10-Dominic Gorden[9]; 21. 0-Tim Kaeding[4]; 22. 17W-Shane Golobic[3]; 23. 5V-Colby Copeland[13]; 24. 42X-Justyn Cox[11]

METTEC TITANIUM LAP LEADERS:  Cole Macedo, 1-28

WILLIAMS ROOFING HARDCHARGER: Kaleb Montgomery +14 (20th to 6th)

ARP FAST QUALIFIER (31 Cars): Cole Macedo, 13.379

BROWN AND MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS HEAT ONE (10 Laps): 1. 29-Bud Kaeding[1]; 2. 42X-Justyn Cox[6]; 3. 21-Cole Macedo[4]; 4. 121-Caeden Steele[3]; 5. 45W-Landon Brooks[7]; 6. 26-Billy Aton[5]; 7. 2K-Gauge Garcia[2]; 8. 45-Jake Morgan[8]

KIMO’S TROPICAL CAR WASH HEAT TWO (10 Laps): 1. 88A-Joey Ancona[1]; 2. 10-Dominic Gorden[2]; 3. 2X-Justin Sanders[4]; 4. 15-Nick Parker[3]; 5. 3-Kaleb Montgomery[8]; 6. 83V-Dylan Bloomfield[5]; 7. 21M-Michael Ing[7]; 8. X1-Michael Faccinto[6]

BROWN AND MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS HEAT THREE (10 Laps):  1. 88N-DJ Netto[3]; 2. 0-Tim Kaeding[4]; 3. 83T-Tanner Carrick[2]; 4. 87-Ashlyn Rodriguez[6]; 5. 12-Jarrett Soares[5]; 6. 75-Bill Smith[8]; 7. 2R-Richard Brace Jr.[7]; DNS 73-Ryan Bernal

KAEDING PERFORMANCE CENTER HEAT FOUR (10 Laps):  1. 29ER-Willie Croft[1]; 2. 24-Chase Johnson[2]; 3. 5V-Colby Copeland[5]; 4. 7B-Sean Becker[3]; 5. 17W-Shane Golobic[4]; 6. 12J-John Clark[6]; 7. 4-Burt Foland Jr.[7]

BEACON WEALTH STRATEGIES & RAYMOND JAMES FINANCIAL TROPHY DASH (6 Laps): 1. 88N-DJ Netto[2]; 2. 21-Cole Macedo[1]; 3. 17W-Shane Golobic[7]; 4. 0-Tim Kaeding[6]; 5. 29-Bud Kaeding[3]; 6. 88A-Joey Ancona[5]; 7. 29ER-Willie Croft[8]; 8. 2X-Justin Sanders[4]

STARR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT B-FEATURE (12 laps): 1. 2K-Gauge Garcia[1]; 2. 26-Billy Aton[3]; 3. 73-Ryan Bernal[2]; 4. 83V-Dylan Bloomfield[4]; 5. 45-Jake Morgan[11]; 6. 75-Bill Smith[6]; 7. 21M-Michael Ing[9]; 8. 4-Burt Foland Jr.[8]; 9. 2R-Richard Brace Jr.[7]; 10. 12J-John Clark[5]; DNS X1-Michael Faccinto

HOW SWEET IT IS: Kale Drake Wins Xtreme Outlaw Debut at Sweet Springs on Last-Lap Pass

Drake, subbing for injured teammate Gavin Miller, joined KKM this year and wins in fourth career Series start

SWEET SPRINGS, MO (April 6, 2024) – White flag in the air, one-fifth of a mile remaining. Kale Drake had reeled-in leader Taylor Reimer from over a full second behind in 10 laps and was staring down an opportunity at the biggest win of his young career.

Drake – the 18-year-old national Micro Sprint champion from Collinsville, OK – drove it in deep on the bottom in Turn 1 while Reimer – the 24-year-old from Tulsa, OK, who had led most of the race – gassed it through the middle. A great drive off Turn 2 gave Reimer the advantage heading into the final two corners, but Drake was strong on the bottom.

Again, Drake dove low with speed into the corner, hugging the dirt mound that separated the track from the infield as he rounded Turns 3 and 4. Reimer tried the top lane one more time in an effort to keep her speed up, but it was not enough. Drake pulled even with Reimer off Turn 4 and beat her in the drag race to the finish line by .020 seconds to steal the win and his first career national Midget series victory with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota Saturday night at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex.

Victory Lane painted a vivid picture of two fierce competitors on opposite ends of an incredible finish – one relishing in the taste of victory, and the other awash in the agony of defeat.

“I honestly don’t have words for it at the moment,” Drake said. “It’s pretty surreal, to be honest.”

“I didn’t come here to run second,” Reimer said. “I’m pretty pissed off. Couldn’t get around the lapped car. Gave it up on the last lap.”

Drake joined the Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM) team as a driver for the first time at the Chili Bowl Nationals in January – where he was named Rookie of the Year after his 14th-place finish in the A-Main – and was hired soon after as a full-time crew member with a few opportunities to do more Midget racing included.

When Xtreme Outlaw full-timer Gavin Miller was injured in a crash at a Micro Sprint event in California three weeks ago, Drake was given the nod to step into Miller’s ride for this weekend’s events while Miller continues to heal in recovery and did not forget to acknowledge his teammate after the big moment.

“He’s one of my really good friends and it sucks not having him here to race against because he is an amazing competitor, super good driver and only getting better as well,” Drake said about Miller. “I wish him a speedy recovery. We want to see him back at the track with us, and the season’s gonna be fun together.”

With that unexpected opportunity, Drake made the most of it, notching a seventh-place finish Friday at US 36 Raceway before breaking through for the win Saturday night.

From third on the Feature starting grid, Drake stayed patient inside the top three for two-thirds of the 30-lap main event. Reimer fired-off well in the opening laps, advancing from fifth on the grid up to second on Lap 11, getting around Drake with top-lane momentum. Two laps later, she drove around McIntosh for the lead in the same fashion, feeding from the top lane speed.

Drake was next to get by McIntosh, taking second from his KKM teammate with a big move to his inside in Turns 1 and 2.  From there, Drake watched Reimer jump out to a lead of over 1.6 seconds at its largest in lapped traffic with only 10 laps left.

That’s when Drake turned on the jets.

“I saw Taylor just kinda become like sitting still in the middle of the track,” Drake said. “Lapped traffic was playing a huge factor there.

“Once I got clear past a few of them, I just started driving as hard as I possibly could and started hitting my marks just like I did that first lap. I got the feeling back in, and once I did, it was just a matter of putting laps down.”

That gap shrunk all the way down to under a half-second by the time Drake took the white flag.

“I saw the white, and I was like, ‘I think she’s gonna get away from us, really,’” Drake said. “I think she just missed her marks, and we were able to capitalize on that and really put down a solid lap. I made sure to burn it in super hard going into (Turns) 3 and 4 to make sure that I was gonna come off straight as an arrow coming out of 4.”

Drake crossed the finish line .020 seconds ahead of Reimer, followed by fellow KKM teammate Ryan Timms, making for an all Oklahoma-born podium.

Timms, 17, of Oklahoma City, OK, had ran fourth for most of the race and made the move on McIntosh for third on Lap 23 to capture his second podium of the season, cutting his points gap to McIntosh down to 47 in the Series standings.

“[McIntosh] moved up, and I went down to the bottom in lapped traffic and was able to use some lapped cars to get by him,” Timms said. “I felt like I was maybe catching Kale and Taylor there at the end. A lot of that was caused by being in lapped traffic as well. But we had a good car and was fast all night.”

McIntosh crossed the stripe in fourth and kept his points lead, while Chase McDermand completed the top-five.

UP NEXT

The Xtreme Outlaw Midgets are back in action next Friday-Saturday, April 12-13, for the two-day Illini 100 event at Farmer City Raceway alongside the World of Outlaws CASE Late Model Series.

Tickets are on sale now at XtremeOutlawSeries.com and will be available at the gate on race day. If you can’t be there to watch in person, stream every lap live on DIRTVision.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 97-Kale Drake[3]; 2. 25K-Taylor Reimer[5]; 3. 67-Ryan Timms[4]; 4. 71K-Cannon McIntosh[1]; 5. 40-Chase McDermand[6]; 6. 16-Kyle Jones[2]; 7. 67K-Ashton Torgerson[7]; 8. 21K-Karter Sarff[8]; 9. 89-Todd McVay[11]; 10. 43-Gunnar Setser[9]; 11. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold[17]; 12. 13-Elijah Gile[15]; 13. 5U-Peter Smith[12]; 14. 1K-Brayton Lynch[13]; 15. 44-Branigan Roark[18]; 16. 66-Jayden Clay[22]; 17. 55-Trevor Cline[14]; 18. 41-Brad Wyatt[21]; 19. 11A-Andrew Felker[20]; 20. 14S-TJ Smith[10]; 21. 88A-Austin Torgerson[19]; 22. 98-Luke Drotschie[16]; 23. 11J-Todd Jackson[23]

HAUD HANGS ON: Sheldon Haudenschild Survives to Top Arrowhead’s Jason Johnson Classic

Haudenschild holds off Gravel’s challenge for second $20,000 World of Outlaws win of 2024COLCORD, OK (April 6, 2024) – What a difference a night makes for Sheldon Haudenschild.Friday ended in heartbreak when an incident in lapped traffic cost him a potential win at US 36 Raceway. There would be no heartbreak at Saturday night’s Jason Johnson Classic presented by FK Rod Ends.The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars rolled into Colcord, OK to debut at Arrowhead Speedway with $20,000 on the line. Haudenschild snatched the top spot halfway through the main event and held off a fierce charge from David Gravel on the final lap. The packed grandstands roared as Haudenschild climbed atop the Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing #17. Jason Johnson’s son – Jaxx – handed off the trophy in Victory Lane to an ecstatic Haudenschild.“It’s huge,” Haudenschild said of winning the Jason Johnson Classic. “Obviously, getting to race my first couple years with Jason was a blast. Seeing Jaxx grow up over the years has been awesome. I have some good memories with Jason and love getting this trophy. I know I ran second to David (Gravel) at (Lake) Ozark, so it’s good to get him this time.”Haudenschild’s victory was his 36th with The Greatest Show on Dirt, equaling him with Shane Stewart and Carson Macedo for 20th all-time. Arrowhead became the 23rd different track he’s won at and first in the state of Oklahoma. The Jason Johnson Classic is still yet to see a repeat winner through six editions as Haudenschild claimed his first.Toyota Racing Dash winner – Giovanni Scelzi – led the field to green for the 30-lap Feature with Haudenschild alongside. Scelzi slid up ahead of Haudenschild on the opening circuit to secure the top spot. As the early laps unfolded Haudenschild quickly began to flex his muscle. He kept the NOS Energy Drink machine right in the tire tracks of Scelzi’s KCP Racing #18 as they both hammered the cushion. It didn’t take long before Haudenschild fired a slider at Scelzi in Turns 3 and 4 and cleared him, but Scelzi managed to counter with a crossover to reclaim the lead.Scelzi stared down a heavy group of lapped traffic as the halfway point neared. Behind Scelzi and Haudenschild, a rapidly charging Jacob Allen threw his name into the fight for the win. The Shark Racing driver started 10th and climbed to fourth by Lap 10. Up front Haudenschild began to build momentum on the bottom of the racetrack while Scelzi stayed up top. The margin between the two shrank until they found themselves side by side for nearly a full rotation on Lap 16. Haudenschild used the bottom to muscle ahead and lead Lap 17.Scelzi didn’t let Haudenschild pull too far ahead, but he quickly found himself in a three-car battle for second as David Gravel and Jacob Allen closed in. Allen snagged third on Lap 18 and looked poised to make a run at the win. On the 20th circuit Allen rolled by Scelzi for second in Turns 1 and 2. But in the next set of corners Allen slipped out of the groove opening the door for both Gravel and Scelzi to drive under him exiting Turn 4. The trio roared three-wide down the front straightaway, and Scelzi made contact with Allen’s left front entering Turn 1. The resulting damage to Allen’s car knocked him out of the race and brought out a yellow flag.The caution set the stage for a 10-lap dash to the finish. When the green flag flew, Haudenschild wasted no time darting ahead of Gravel to get some breathing room.The closing laps waned, and Haudenschild appeared as if he may cruise to the $20,000 payday, but lapped traffic became a factor. Haudenschild managed to sneak by a slower car with three laps to go but slipped up in Turns 1 and 2 as the next lap began, allowing Gravel to close on his tail tank.The white flag flew, and Gravel drove the Big Game Motorsports #2 to Haudenschild’s outside in Turns 1 and 2 and nearly nosed ahead. Haudenschild powered ahead slightly down the back straightaway. Gravel threw one last Hail Mary in Turns 3 and 4 and briefly pulled alongside again, but Haudenschild’s speed on corner exit was too strong as he sped away to the checkered flag.The joy of the win helped erase the dejection of the night before.“After nights like last night, it’s tough,” Haudenschild admitted. “So, to rebound and get a win is great. We know we’ve been fast, so our spirit has been good. It’s always good beating the #2 (Gravel). He’s so good this year and all the past years.”Gravel was in good spirits despite coming up just short of back-to-back victories after topping Friday’s visit to US 36. The Watertown, CT native has caught fire with four consecutive top two finishes, and his point lead has ballooned to 40 markers. Gravel thought he might be able to drive by for the win on the final lap but couldn’t quite find the speed needed.“You had to conserve some tires, and I was saving there for a little bit at the end,” Gravel said. “I thought I was maybe going to be able to get him (Haudenschild) on the bottom in (Turns) 1 and 2 then he moved down. That one lapped car I lost a lot of time with and wasn’t able to clear him. Then I was able to get around the #7S and thought I was going to be able to go around him in (Turns) 1 and 2 and just couldn’t quite clear him. Man, the guys have been giving me a great race car. It’s been fun driving the past couple weeks.”After leading early, Giovanni Scelzi completed the top three. The result marked Scelzi’s third podium of the season and served as a nice bounce back after two straight subpar showings for the KCP #18.“I couldn’t tell in (Turns) 3 and 4 if I needed to get all the way down or just move a lane off the cushion,” Scelzi said. “I don’t know. It sucks. Obviously, they’re (Haudenschild and Gravel) veterans. They have a lot more laps than me. They just drove smarter races.”Logan Schuchart and Carson Macedo completed the top five.David Gravel grabbed his first Simpson Quick Time of the year and the 111th of his career.A 24th to 14th run earned Chris Windom the KSE Racing Hard Charger.NOS Energy Drink Heats One, Three, and Four belonged to David Gravel, Sheldon Haudenschild, and Brian Brown. Milton Hershey School Heat Two went to Giovanni Scelzi.Landon Crawley claimed the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars invade Pevely, MO’s Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 for two nights of bullring action on April 12-13. For tickets, CLICK HERE.If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.FEATURE RESULTS:NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[2]; 2. 2-David Gravel[6]; 3. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[1]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart[3]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo[5]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu[8]; 7. 83-Michael Kofoid[7]; 8. 21-Brian Brown[4]; 9. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[12]; 10. 39M-Anthony Macri[13]; 11. 15-Donny Schatz[15]; 12. 41S-Dominic Scelzi[19]; 13. 25-Kerry Madsen[16]; 14. 55-Chris Windom[24]; 15. 88T-Tanner Thorson[14]; 16. 70-Kraig Kinser[20]; 17. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[18]; 18. 17B-Bill Balog[17]; 19. 83SR-James McFadden[11]; 20. 88-Austin McCarl[22]; 21. 24D-Danny Sams III[23]; 22. 7S-Landon Crawley[21]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen[10]; 24. 23-Garet Williamson[9]For full results, CLICK HERE.

Larson Drives Chevrolet to Third Consecutive NASCAR Cup Series Pole of 2024

NASCAR CUP SERIES MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY COOK OUT 400 TEAM CHEVY QUALIFYING REPORT APRIL 6, 2024
·       By a mere thousandth of a second, Kyle Larson claimed his second consecutive pole win of the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series season – posting a best-lap of 19.718 seconds, at 96.034 mph, in his No. 5 HendrickCars.com Ruby Camaro ZL1. 
·       The feat marks Larson’s second consecutive pole win of the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series season, and his 18th career pole win in 339 starts in NASCAR’s top division. 
·       This marks Chevrolet’s third consecutive NASCAR Cup Series pole win this season – a streak that started with William Byron’s pole at Circuit of The Americas, followed by Larson’s pole at Richmond Raceway last weekend. 
·       Larson delivered Chevrolet its 57th all-time NASCAR Cup Series pole win at Martinsville Speedway, and the manufacturer’s 746th all-time pole win in NASCAR’s top division – extending its series-leading record in both categories. 
·       FS1 will broadcast the NASCAR Cup Series Cook Out 400 at Martinsville Raceway on Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m. ET. Live coverage can also be found on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.
TEAM CHEVY UNOFFICIAL TOP-10 STARTING LINEUP:  POS.   DRIVER1st      Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Ruby Camaro ZL13rd      Chase Elliott, No. 9 UniFirst Ruby Camaro ZL110th    Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Ruby Camaro ZL1
Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Ruby Camaro ZL1 – Pole Win Media Availability Quotes Obviously a big weekend, but how important – given all of the different variables going into Sunday – is track position early in the race at Martinsville?“Yeah, we’ve all seen passing on short-tracks have been really difficult in the Next Gen cars. So, I think qualifying has been more important than it has ever been here these last few years. So yeah, I mean getting track position on Saturday, qualifying well, usually pays dividends as long as your team can execute on Sunday. It’s great to get another pole on a short-track, back-to-back weekends. I felt like it really helped our race out last week, and as long as we execute tomorrow, it should help our race out, as well.”

Big weekend for the team, but also a cool little stat – 50th career national series pole, combined, for drivers that have come out of the Drive for Diversity Program. Talk a little bit about just what the program meant for you coming up in your career and what you’ve seen as it’s evolved the last few years.“Yeah, that’s great stat to hear. I was in the program 12 years ago or so, and it did a lot for my career then to gain experience. That was really my introduction to pavement racing, especially in stock cars. To kind of see how it has evolved over the years and the equipment that they have now, it seems really good. Drivers are able to go out there and compete at a high level now. Hats off to everybody that’s part of the Drive for Diversity Program. It’s always growing and getting better.”

A thousandth of a second difference between you and Bubba (Wallace). Obviously, you guys had a good conversation after the end of last weekend’s race. It seems like there’s good respect between the two of you. What was the conversation, if there was any, on pit road when you were driving by after winning the pole? “Yeah, it’s cool to get a pole, but to edge Bubba (Wallace) out – because he’s got a big personality, I knew he would come up and say something on pit road. No, I think we do – although we’ve had our couple run ins along the way – I do think we have a lot of respect for each other and all of that. I respect him in and out of the race car and what he puts into everything. Yeah, he’s a passionate person – good and bad sometimes.  But no, it’s always fun to compete with him and have good battles.”

Did you know you have Linda Hendrick’s name on your car, and just what do you think will be the emotions will be tomorrow with that car leading the field? “Yeah, I didn’t know I was going to have their names on the car until I was driving up to Martinsville today. I thought that was a really nice touch. And yeah, it’s just special. Anytime you can do anything good at Hendrick Motorsports, they’re very proud of us. They are just two of the greatest people I’ve ever got to meet. I’ve really enjoyed this year with the offseason stuff, the get togethers we’ve had as a company and a team, because we’ve really gotten to see Linda open up a lot; get up and give speeches and things. She’s always been really quiet whenever I’ve been around and all that, but this year, I’ve noticed that Rick has put a lot of – I don’t know if pressure is the right word, but he just hands the mic over to her and she always says the right thing. Her speeches are amazing. Yeah, that’s been neat. Having her name on the side of our car here this weekend is definitely special.”

When you entered Hendrick Motorsports and you think back to when you knew of this team just as a perspective driver, how cool is it now to really look at the full circle that you know how important this team is in this sport; how important it is for you and now tomorrow you’ll be going out there and racing in that red car? “Yeah, I think this season with it being their 40th season as an organization, I think a lot of history gets brought up. Good history and you see more stats, I feel like, this year because it’s such a milestone year for the organization. Yeah, just hearing stories and all of that is really neat – to see where they’ve come from their beginnings. Rick and Linda kind of talking about before they were ever into motorsports – like getting to that point is a neat story, a great story.  Yeah, for them to go from this potentially being their last race ever 40 years ago, to winning it, and seeing what it’s been built to now – it’s just amazing. They are the greatest team in this sport, and I don’t think you could argue that. Just what Rick and Linda have built together is pretty amazing.”

chevy racing–nascar–martinsville–kyle busch

NASCAR CUP SERIES MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY COOK OUT 400 TEAM CHEVY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT APRIL 6, 2024
KYLE BUSCH, NO. 8 LUCAS OIL CAMARO ZL1, met with the media in advance of the NASCAR Cup Series practice and qualifying session at Martinsville Speedway.   Media Availability Quotes: 
YOU’RE 13TH IN POINTS. ARE YOU LOOKING WHERE YOU ARE IN POINTS NOW OR JUST LOOKING FOR MORE CONSISTENCY?“I think anytime you have good runs, you kind of know that the points will take care of themselves. Anytime you aren’t having good runs, you probably know that you are not in good point standing. So, definitely kind of on the back of the mind for sure. But more importantly, just trying to get our program right and up front, and in a position to where we can win a race or two and not worry about points.”
OBVIOUSLY CREW CHIEF CHANGE ON THE NO. 3 THIS WEEK. IS IT IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO BE RUNNING WELL OR BETTER, AS FAR AS HELPING ANYTHING WITH YOUR PERFORMANCE? “Yeah, I mean I think anything for RCR is the strength in having both teams running up front. You know, it seems like there’s a comfort factor there with Austin (Dillon) and Justin (Alexander). Justin, I think, has tried to come off the road a couple times for family and whatnot, but he kind of keeps getting pulled back out of the bullpen and put in play. I respect the hell out of Keith (Rodden), Justin and Randall (Burnett) and all those guys, (Andy) Petree, too. You know, it’s not due to lack of intellect. We certainly have that. There’s a lot going on at the shop and things like that, where it seems like there’s some pretty good minds being put to use on the stuff that we do. It just hasn’t correlated to the racetrack yet.” 
KYLE, AS A SPORTS FAN, I’M GUESSING YOU’VE SEEN EVENTS WHERE, MAYBE LATE IN EVENTS, THEY ALWAYS SAY THAT THE OFFICIALS CALL THINGS A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY. IN LIGHT OF WHAT MAYBE HAPPENED, WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK AT RICHMOND, WHAT NASCAR SAID – HEY, IF THIS SITUATION HAPPENED EARLIER, MAYBE IT’S DIFFERENT. FROM AN ATHLETE’S POINT OF VIEW, HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO BE ABLE TO KIND OF BE ABLE TO DICTATE WHAT YOU’RE ABLE TO DO AT THE END, AS LONG AS IT’S NOT WAY OUT OF BOUNDS, AS OPPOSED TO HAVING AN OFFICIAL STEP IN?“Yeah, I kind of feel like they probably – if it was earlier in the race, they probably would have spent time reviewing it and then calling it; making it a penalty and calling a pass through or whatever that is. But since it was the end of the race, they are a lot more prone to let things go when it comes down to the end of the race. We look at bump and runs. We look at dump and runs, right? I mean, a guy that flat blatantly takes out another guy and gets the win because they’re not going to strip that for rough driving or something else, you know what I mean?  So, I feel like that’s kind of their mentality a little bit, of just not wanting to be involved in a finish and stripping a win, per se.”
ALSO, I KNOW FOR THE MOST PART THE SHORT TRACKS HAVE BEEN PRETTY CHALLENGING SINCE YOU’VE COME OVER TO RCR. I ALSO UNDERSTAND IF YOU KNEW WHAT THE ISSUE WAS, YOU WOULDN’T BE FACING THESE CHALLENGES. BUT WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT YOU’RE HOPING OR LOOKING FOR THAT ARE KIND OF HIGH ON YOUR RADAR THIS WEEKEND? “Yeah, I mean to me, I feel like I know how to get around Martinsville. You know, I’ve won here before. I feel like my good stretch of races here certainly came from 2013-14 timeframe to about 2018-19, so we had some good runs. I think we won two or three races here in that time period. So yeah, the short track stuff though has, you know, been very miss. We’ve had like two hits I think, so you know it’d be nice to get more on the on the hit side and to where we have good cars that we’re able to go out there and contend and compete. So I think a lot of it is just the reliance on the simulation and what we’re being told in that, and making decisions based off of that – what makes you faster or better in the sim. And that is not transferring to the race track, so we’ve got to go about it a different way.” 
YOU HAVE BEEN CRITICAL OF THE NEW SHORT TRACK PACKAGE THIS YEAR. HAS IT CHANGED THE RACING AT ALL FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE, AND DO YOU EXPECT ANY BIGGER CHANGES HERE AT THE SHORTEST TRACK YET FOR THE PACKAGE? “I didn’t think we could make it worse, but by golly we did.. for me anyways. Maybe it’s just because we don’t have it quite figured out like others do, but I cannot follow anybody in front of me whatsoever. It doesn’t matter if I’m in the bottom lane, the middle lane, the top lane – if there is a car in front of me, I am terrible.. really bad. I will say the only positive to it is that you can slide the back of the car around a little bit more and not crash. But the front ends are just ungodly not working.”
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE NASCAR DO IN TERMS OF DEVELOPMENT DIRECTION?“It doesn’t matter because they’re not going to do it, so it doesn’t matter. I’m not going to paint myself in a bad spot to get in trouble.” 
OBVIOUSLY, THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, THEY’VE MADE THE SPRING RACE 400 LAPS VERSUS THE USUAL 500. TALK ABOUT THE STRATEGY OF RACING 400 LAPS HERE VERSUS 500. AND THEN THE SECOND PART – OBVIOUSLY, NEXT WEEK WE HAVE TEXAS COMING UP. YOUR THOUGHTS, FEELS, ABOUT RACING AT THE TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY NEXT WEEK? “Yeah, 400 or 500.. it’s still a long time. So, to me it doesn’t seem like it’s that much different, honestly. Stage lengths are a little different. How you would kind of strategize the race might be a little bit different. But honestly, to me, it’s not that much different. 
So going into next week for Texas, you know we were pretty good there last year. We had a decent car. We were coming up through the field; getting into the top-three. We pitted or we stayed out – I think we stayed out on a stop and I ran a couple laps in the spray. I felt like it hurt my tires a little bit and then I was crashed a couple laps later. So definitely learned from that.. don’t do that. But all around, felt like if we can go back there and repeat with a similar car as we had last time, then I feel like we’re a contender and we can put ourselves in position for a win there.”
MARTINSVILLE SPECIFICALLY HAS BEEN TOUGH IN THIS NEXT GEN ERA FOR YOU, BUT I KNOW YOU’VE ALSO TALKED ABOUT JUST TRYING TO FIND THE FEEL THAT WORKS FOR YOU IN THIS NEXT GEN CAR. DO YOU FEEL ANY CLOSER TO THAT FROM THE GRAND SCHEME OF THINGS AS THIS SEASON CONTINUES AND PROGRESSES? “Not as much, no. I feel like one of the biggest things that we were able to work on with the old car was figuring out ways of being able to develop some rear grip in different ways and the sustainability of the rear tires for a long run. I feel like that’s where our strength here really came in, was my ability of being able to keep the rear tires under the car and go the long distance. Myself, Denny, and Truex – the things that we would learn with each other in our meetings really translated to the racetrack. But since we’ve gone to the new car, everything’s more similar. You don’t have your play book and your tool set is way limited on what you can do in order to find that rear grip, and I have not been able to find that rear grip for here. I can probably be fast for 20 or 25 laps maybe, and then we start throwing the anchor out and the backup light comes on. That’s been my thin, is just finding how to manage the rear tires and keep those under us.” 
JOEY LOGANO SAID ON THE NETWORK THIS WEEK THAT WHEN A PIT CREW IS USED TO WINNING, WHEN THEY’RE USED TO BEING A TOP FIVE CAR, IT PUTS THEM UNDER A DIFFERENT LEVEL OF PRESSURE THAN WHEN YOU’RE RIDING 15TH TO 20TH. DO YOU HAVE TO KIND OF CONDITION YOUR PIT CREW TO GET THERE WHERE YOU NEED THEM TO BE TO BE ABLE TO PERFORM ON SUNDAY’S? “Yeah, I mean I would agree with that. I feel like sometimes too just the nature of a driver’s name might put added pressure on a team because they’re looked at a lot more, and they’ve got eyeballs on them a little bit heavily. The teams that I’ve had in the past have done phenomenal jobs of living up to the pressure. I remember – I don’t know, how many times we go to Homestead, and there’s that late-race caution that comes out for the final pit stop, right? And the guys got to go and perform under pressure, and you’re racing for a championship. So, you know, we’ve all been under that position five years in a row. It’s been a minute, but it happened. Remember that? It happened. Nobody got it. Okay, moving on.. (laughs). 
It’s tough. I’d look at the 24 bunch when William got over there, right? I think there’s different guys there now, but they probably were like – okay, you know, there’s a young kid coming in, like, whatever.. nobody’s going to have any eyeballs on us. But Kyle moving over to RCR, there are certainly more eyeballs on that pit crew and the things that they do. So I think that’s my example.”
TEXAS HAS GENERALLY BEEN A REALLY GOOD TRACK FOR YOU PRIOR TO THE NEXT GEN CAR. I’M CURIOUS, YOUR LAST TWO STARTS THERE HAVE NOT BEEN.. “I think I’ve wrecked in every Next Gen start there, haven’t I?” 
PRETTY MUCH (LAUGHS).. BUT MY QUESTION TO YOU IS – WITH BEING WITH A NEW TEAM, HOW MUCH DIRECTION DO YOU GET FROM GENERAL MOTORS AS BEING A KEY PARTNER, AND HOW MUCH INTERNALLY GOES INTO THE CAR? DO YOU KIND OF HAVE A ROADMAP THAT COMES AS BEING A KEY PARTNER, OR IS THERE MORE INDIVIDUALISM THAT TAKES PLACE FROM THE TEAM SIDE? “Well definitely, yes. We’re a key partner team with Team Chevy, so we obviously have that toolbox and the things of the sim and everything that goes along with that to compare and work with the other Chevy teams – Trackhouse and HMS. So we do that. We’ve done that a lot. We’ve done that about everywhere. There has been hot places where we’ve been really good, and we’ve done it on our own. And then there’s been other places where we follow suit with those guys, and we’ve been good or we’ve been bad. But the gist of it is to work together and to work as a team. We have our meetings afterwards, where we all kind of talk about the stuff that we fought over the weekend. What happens after those meetings, I think, is probably the utmost importance – with the engineers and the crew chiefs and stuff reading through our comments; going back to the setups and figuring out why somebody was particularly good or somebody was particularly bad and kind of dissecting that stuff and learning what to do, what not to do.” 
WITH THE HISTORY SURROUNDING MARTINSVILLE, WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE MOMENTS THAT’S EVER HAPPENED HERE, AND WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT DRIVING MARTINSVILLE? “I’ll start with the second question first. I don’t know if I have a favorite part of Martinsville. Winning, I guess. That’s the fun part.. when you’re going forward on those long runs and guys in front of you are struggling a little bit, and you can get to them and kind of nudge them a little and go, move on and win. 
But other than that, I would say cool moments here – I mean man, some of that with the Hendrick camp and their wins here, and the history that they have here from the tragedy that took place nearby. And then I would say beyond that, further back in history – some of the Earnhardt moments are always entertaining and pretty spectacular with Darrell and those guys. The way that they would fight for wins here was always kind of intense, and it would shine a light on what NASCAR was really made from.”

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NASCAR CUP SERIES MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY COOK OUT 400 TEAM CHEVY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT APRIL 6, 2024
ROSS CHASTAIN, NO. 1 WORLDWIDE EXPRESS CAMARO ZL1, met with the media in advance of the NASCAR Cup Series practice and qualifying session at Martinsville Speedway.   Media Availability Quotes:  IT’S BEEN A MINUTE SINCE A TOP-10 AT A TRUE SHORT TRACK. WHAT’S THE STATE OF THE SHORT-TRACK SETUP AT TRACKHOUSE?“Evolving. Following (Kyle) Larson up here to the podium is about like on track. I feel like I follow the Hendrick cars around. We’re working on it. We’re not staying complacent. We’re coming with different packages and trying to find what works. We’ve had glimmers of hope but not sustained competitiveness and speed. If it’s good in the race, we’re not good in qualifying and vice versa. We’re working. We’re changing springs and shocks and whatever we can to get whatever I need to go faster and Daniel (Suarez) as well.” DO YOU FEEL LIKE SOME OF THE BIGGER TEAMS HAVE GOTTEN OUT IN FRONT WITH THIS CAR, AND IF YOU WERE QUALIFYING BETTER DO YOU THINK YOU’D HAVE BETTER RESULTS SO FAR?“I don’t think anyone has a clear upper hand. I feel like we could have won Vegas if I don’t speed on pitroad. We put ourselves in position to gain those spots we aren’t getting in qualifying.“It just makes everything so much easier. It means that you had a car that you could make speed in either on Friday or Saturday or whenever you were qualifying. We’re not trying to go out and drive slow in qualifying. I’m trying. I’m usually sliding because I’ve tried too much. It’s not often that I qualify bad because I under-drive. I’m trying to find that balance. But yes it’s going to help your weekend with pit selection and everything. These are the best of the best drivers and teams in the world. It’s not easy to drive by them.” THE NEW MOTO GP TEAM FROM TRACKHOUSE IN A NEW AND INNOVATIVE IDEA FROM JUSTIN (MARKS). WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE ORGANIZATION SPREADING ITS WINGS?“I’m not surprised. That’s been Justin’s vision and the first time he told me the word Trackhouse before it was a thing or they ever ran a race. Then when I got brought in to drive as the second driver, there were more talks about what’s next. I kind of thought, ‘Wow, he bought CGR and acquired everything that Chip (Ganassi) built and that was our foundation.’ I was kind of locked in on this big thing and Justin was sitting across from me at a campfire one night and was like ‘That’s nothing brother. Just wait.’ So no, I haven’t gotten too zoned in on it. I am going to meet those guys. They’re coming over to the shop this week, have a little Trackhouse Tuesday and have them there. We’ve got some bikes out there in the lobby with our cars, as well. I’m excited to get to meet them face-to-face. We’ve done some videos back and forth. But I’m not too locked in. I don’t understand much about their motorcycles. I was looking at a bike we had at Daytona, like a showbike I guess. I couldn’t tell if it was a real bike or like a showcar like we have old cars. I couldn’t tell if it was an old chassis with old brakes… that’s what we would put together in NASCAR. But I couldn’t tell if this thing was made to look like a bike, if it was a bike. I had no idea. So I have some questions for the riders to learn more about it.” WOULD YOU HAVE ANY INTEREST IN RIDING ONE?No. Chance! Not even a second-seat. Ben Kennedy was showing me some stuff. He’s ridden backseat with a guy. They were on one wheel going forward and one wheel slowing down. So no… not at all! It’s way too fast and I don’t like to be out of control. At least if I’m driving and I’m crashing into something, I’m holding the wheel!” THERE’S A LOT OF HISTORY AT MARTINSVILLE AND YOU’VE PUT YOUR NAME UP THERE WITH HAIL MELLON. HOW OFTEN ARE YOU ASKED ABOUT IT? AND SECONDLY, NEXT WEEK IS TEXAS AND WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE TRACK AND RACING IN TEXAS?“Martinsville is one of those tracks that I remember watching as a kid. For some reason I have a few that I just have vivid core memories of watching NASCAR races when I was a fan. This is one of them. Now competing against some of my heroes who I watched race, or they are directors and different things with other teams and I’m competing against their cars is pretty wild. I do know that we have a small blip in the history of it, but I want more. I don’t want that to be my legacy here. We’re working on that, but there’s no way we’re getting in and out of Virginia without talking about it.“For Texas, my allegiance there is Al Niece. It’s the truck team I drive for, and he lives there just outside of Austin in a small town. Although Dallas-Fort Worth is a long ways away, he has trucks there and a yard there where he rents and sells water trucks and fuel loop trucks. Learning his business and learning the Texas way of life is just so cool. He has a lot of people and we have a lot of people. It’s a huge market for us with a ton of opportunity. Racetrack-wise, we all wish we could do more there. I wish I could pass more. It truly is one of the hardest tracks to pass in my opinion. When I get a pass done, I sometimes physically celebrate in the car on the next straightaway because I did it and I did what I thought was impossible. Hopefully as it ages it opens up more and more, but we will see.” IT’S NOT OFTEN WHERE PRACTICE FALLS AT THE SAME TIME AS WHEN YOU RACE. WHAT CAN YOU LEARN FROM TODAY’S SESSION FOR THE RACE?“Hopefully how to go fast. I just want to make speed today. Obviously you want to make it early in the run and hang on to it in practice. It needs to drive good but it needs to make speed. That’s all that really matters. I’ll hang on and bounce around do whatever I have to do as long as I’m making speed. And the same in qualifying. Saturday is all about that. I have all day tomorrow and 500 miles to settle in and make my tires live, make my brakes and all that, choose cone, pit road and all that, that’s for then. Now it’s all about getting up and getting going here, and that’s something I’ve struggled with. That’s all I think about as I keep learning how to get better here. It’s a way that helps me, so it’s cool that it’s a great time but honestly Sunday is so far away that it may as well be a different event. Today is all about Saturday and practice and qualifying with those two hours being locked in and ready to rip.” BACK TO THE CAMPFIRE MOMENT, WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION WHEN YOU SAW THAT GLIMPSE OF HIS BIG PLANS. AND AT THIS MOMENT ARE YOU SHOCKED BY ANYTHING HE DOES?“That one was shocking, to be honest. I don’t have a grasp of what MotoGP is and didn’t for sure then. I knew they came to America a few times, but to be honest I don’t travel much outside of the country… maybe a couple of trips to Guatemala to look at some watermelon fields for our winter watermelons that we bring in. Other than that, I don’t really go anywhere. He had to explain the basics to me and how the team operated. They obviously operate a lot differently from us. He’s been over there insulating himself into the team to learn how they operate, kept a lot of their team together the best I can tell. We had a lot of questions but more than that I want to meet them in person and talk to them, so I get to do that this Tuesday. I’m not surprised. He let me in on it early on, and I got to do some Googling before it came out.” AFTER SOME OF THE CONTROVERSY ON THE RESTART LAST WEEK, ARE YOU CLEAR ON WHERE YOU CAN AND CAN’T RESTART FROM? OR IS IT A MATTER OF EVERYBODY IS DOING WHAT THEY’VE DONE AND YOU RACE TO THE WAY NASCAR OFFICIATES IT?“We run to the rulebook. Although the rulebook says certain things, the officiating has not lined up with that in the past. We all knew it. I’m not surprised by the call. I’m not surprised by the move by the cars involved at the front of the field. Not saying I’m going to do the same thing because if everyone goes early then there is no advantage. The advantage is doing what your competitors beside you and behind you don’t expect. I don’t expect all restarts to fire at Turn Three this weekend by any means. There are two lines for a reason, and we know that. The scary part is when do the reactionary calls change, right? When is that a penalty? At the end of the race or on Lap 10 or 30 or 300 like it was talked about. Being that first guy who gets called for going the same distance early would be tough. That would be tough to swallow. There are clearly two white lines on the track. If they want the zone to be in the zone with how the rule is written and if they want to enforce their rule, then great. If they don’t want to enforce it like we have not enforced it for the last little bit – I don’t know how long I’d even call that – but yeah, it’s up to them and I’ll adjust. I just want a rulebook and an address to go race at. Other than that, tell me where to be and what the rules are and we’ll go race. That’s all I care about.”

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