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DiBenedetto Looking to Rebound at Homestead


February 24, 2021


After a couple of disappointing outcomes at Daytona International Speedway, Matt DiBenedetto and the Menards/Moen team are hoping the third race of the 2021 Cup Series season – on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway – will be the charm.

DiBenedetto, who was involved in an early crash in the season-opening Daytona 500 and had a damaging flat tire in the opening laps of last Sunday’s race on the road course at Daytona, said he’s ready to put all that bad luck behind him in Sunday’s Dixie Vodka 400 on the 1.5-mile track at Homestead.

Last year at Homestead, DiBenedetto and the Menards/Moen team rallied from a collision on pit road early in the race to finish 14th.
 
“We had real good potential there last year and had trouble on pit road,” DiBenedetto said. “I’m looking forward to seeing where we stack up on Homestead and the rest of the intermediate tracks.
 
“I think they’ll be good for us, and we should be able to get in our rhythm.”
 
DiBenedetto, who will start near the rear of the pack on Sunday in a line-up based on the results of the first two races of the season, said he’s looking forward to some better finishes that will allow him and the team to move up in the standings and have better starting positions in races where there is no qualifying or practice.
  
As it is now, his task is daunting.
 
 “There will be a lot of cars to pass,” he said. “It makes the day a lot longer.” 
 
DiBenedetto said that at some tracks, the disadvantage of starting in the rear can be overcome by pit strategy. But he doesn’t foresee too many opportunities for that at Homestead due to the tire wear there.

 “At Homestead, every time the caution comes out you’re going to want four fresh tires,” he said. “There’s not much strategy to it. You just have to be smart and come through the field the hard way.”
  
DiBenedetto pointed out that a strong finish at Homestead can generate some positive momentum for the Menards/Moen team.
 
 “We can start racking up points and contending for wins, which we know we can do,” he said.
 
The Dixie Vodka 400, which will have Stage breaks at Laps 80 and 160, is scheduled to start just after 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday with TV coverage on FOX.  
 

COMPETITIONPLUS.COM TO PROVIDE FREE LIVESTREAM OF PRO WINTER WARMUP

SPARTANBURG, SC (February 23, 2021) — CompetitionPlus.com in conjunction with Drag Racer TV will be hosting a free livestream of the PRO Winter Warmup scheduled for March 5-7 at Palm Beach International Raceway. In addition to the live stream CompetitionPlus.com, one of the first internet magazines devoted exclusively to drag racing, will be posting daily updates in their Event Notebook section presented by GuardLab.com. For over 21 year CompetitionPlus.com has been the go-to independent voice and broadcaster for drag racing and their coverage of the PRO Winter Warmup continues their longstanding tradition of bringing drag racing coverage to race fans across the country and around the world.

“We are excited to provide live streaming for the third year in a row for the event,” said Bobby Bennett, Competitionplus.com founder and publisher. “It’s important for the sport for its fans to watch their favorite NHRA teams prepare for the upcoming NHRA Gatornationals. This is event is part NFL combine, private test session and behind the scenes racing action. We will have our CompetitionPlusTV team also gathering daily recaps and news stories.”

Fans interested in watching full-day coverage can simply subscribe to the CompetitionPlusTV’s YouTube page to be notified and watch all of the action. There are no fees or sign-up steps other than having a YouTube account. Visit https://www.youtube.com/CompetitionPlusTV and click on the subscribe button.

This is the only South Florida appearance for the stars and cars of the NHRA Drag Racing Series. Over a dozen of the top professional NHRA teams, including nine current or former world champions will be on-track March 5-7. Limited tickets will be available for fans and currently Don Schumacher Racing, Kalitta Motorsports, Torrence Racing, John Force Racing will be represented with all their teams. Additionally, Cruz Pedregon Racing (Cruz Pedregon), Alexis DeJoria/Del Worsham (Alexis DeJoria), Justin Ashley Racing (Justin Ashley), Scrappers Racing (Mike Salinas), Tasca Racing (Bob Tasca III), Paul Lee Racing (Paul Lee) and Head Racing/Blake Alexander Racing (Blake Alexander) will also be in attendance. 

World of outlaws sprint car revised schedule

REVISED SCHEDULE: New events added, postponed races find dates in March-April
The Series returns to East Bay Raceway Park for the first time in 38 years before venturing through the South and MidwestCONCORD, NC – Feb. 23, 2021 – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will return to action at the beginning of March with the addition of eight new events and four postponed events finding new dates.The Greatest Show on Dirt will pick up where it left off in Florida with a weekend doubleheader, including a return to East Bay Raceway Park for the first time since 1983, before trekking through the south and Midwest to fill out a full slate of racing throughout March into April. Those events include:-Friday, March 5 – Volusia Speedway Park
-Saturday, March 6 – East Bay Raceway Park
-Friday, March 12 – Magnolia Motor Speedway
-Saturday, March 13 – The Rev
-Friday & Saturday, March 19-20 – Cotton Bowl Speedway
-Friday, March 26 – U.S. 36 Raceway
-Saturday, March 27 – Lake Ozark Speedway
-Friday & Saturday, April 2-3 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
-Friday, April 9 – Kokomo Speedway
-Saturday, April 10 – Tri-State Speedway“A lot of work has gone into putting this revised schedule together, and I’m grateful to all the tracks that have graciously worked with us throughout this process,” World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Director Carlton Reimers said. “While we’re disappointed in not being able to get the Spring West Coast Swing in this year, I’m excited for the fans and drivers that we’re still able to present them with a full schedule of racing at great venues.”The best Sprint Car drivers in the world will converge at Volusia Speedway Park for the third time this year when the season resumes – current points leader Logan Schuchart and defending champion Brad Sweet took home the trophies in the first two races there. On the following day, the Series will return to East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL for the first time in 38 years. Steve Kinser was the last driver to win at the track in 1983.Then, the next two weekends will host new dates for previously postponed events. The new additions to the schedule this year, Magnolia Motor Speedway, in Columbus, MS, will run on March 12, and The Rev in Monroe, LA will run on March 13. A doubleheader at Cotton Bowl Speedway will be the following weekend, March 19-20, with the Drydene Texas Two Step presented by American Lube. It’ll be the Series’ first time back at the track since 2018 – won by David Gravel.The following three weekends will feature new events, leading to the originally scheduled April 16 event at Lawton Speedway and April 17 event at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.Missouri will host a doubleheader weekend, March 26-27, with the return of U.S. 36 Raceway and Lake Ozark Speedway.The March 27 event at Lake Ozark will be the third annual Jason Johnson Classic presented by FK Rod Ends with $15,000-to-win on the line. James McFadden, a friend of the late Jason Johnson, earned an emotional win at the event last year and will go for another this year as he runs for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year title with Kasey Kahne Racing.Always a source of excitement, the 1/3-mile Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 returns for a spring doubleheader, April 2-3, giving the track two more dates in 2021 before the Aug. 6-7 Ironman 55 weekend.Then, fan-favorites Kokomo Speedway and Tri-State Speedway return to the schedule for an Indiana doubleheader weekend, April 9-10. Both tracks brought fans to their feet last year with Sheldon Haudenschild executing spectacular passes to claim the win and Carson Macedo edging Sweet by inches to win at Tri-State.“I’m just excited we have found some great racetracks to fill in the dates of the West Coast Swing,” said two-time defending champion Brad Sweet. “I was looking forward to racing in front of my friends and family in California but just still too many restrictions to race in front of full crowds. It’s always tough this time of year with weather and other factors to get races in so thanks to the Outlaws and the promoters for taking these shows on such short notice. I hope to see many fans and I’m excited to get the NAPA Auto Parts #49 back on track.”Tickets for each new event will go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 9 a.m. (ET).If you already have tickets to the events at Magnolia Motor Speedway, The Rev and Cotton Bowl Speedway and can’t make it to the rescheduled dates, you have until March 25 to request a refund through this link CLICK HERE.Anyone unable to make it to the track can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.
The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink® Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: DIRTVision (Official Live Broadcast Partner), Drydene (Official Motor Oil), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Morton Buildings (Official Building), NOS Energy (Official Energy Product), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider) and VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); contingency sponsors include ARP (automotive Racing products), Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, KSE Racing Products (Hard Charger Award), MSD and Slick Woody’s (Quick Time Award); manufacturer sponsors include FireAde, Intercomp, K1 Race Gear, and Racing Electronics.Founded in 1978, the World of Outlaws®, based in Concord, NC, is the premier national touring series for dirt track racing in North America, featuring the most powerful cars on dirt, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series. Annually, the two series race nearly 140 times at tracks across the United States and Canada. CBS Sports Network is the official broadcast partner of the World of Outlaws. DIRTVision® also broadcasts all World of Outlaws events over the Internet to fans around the world. Learn more about the World of Outlaws.

Pro Winter Warm-Up Returns to Palm Beach International Raceway

-Top Fuel Dragster and Nitro Funny Car Teams to Test March 5-7-

JUPITER, Fla.(February 22, 2021) — Palm Beach International Raceway will host the Pro Winter Warm-Up for the first time since 2015 featuring earth-shaking NHRA Drag Racing Series Top Fuel Dragsters and Nitro Funny Cars . Over a dozen of the top professional NHRA teams, including nine current or former world champions will be on-track March 5-7. 

NHRA teams will use the test session, which is open to the public with limited tickets available each day, to prepare for their 2021 season-opening event in Gainesville, Florida.

NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series teams* scheduled to participate in the March 5-7 pre-season test session include: 

– Don Schumacher Racing (Ron Capps, Antron Brown, Leah Pruett and Matt Hagan)

– Torrence Racing (Steve Torrence, Billy Torrence)

– Kalitta Motorsports (Doug Kalitta, J.R. Todd and Shawn Langdon)

– John Force Racing (John Force, Robert Hight and Brittany Force)

Along with Cruz Pedregon Racing (Cruz Pedregon); Alexis DeJoria/Del Worsham (Alexis DeJoria); Justin Ashley Racing (Justin Ashley); Scrappers Racing (Mike Salinas); Tasca Racing (Bob Tasca III); Paul Lee Racing (Paul Lee); and Head Racing / Blake Alexander Racing (Blake Alexander).  

This is the only South Florida appearance for the stars and cars of the NHRA Drag Racing Series.

Adult General Admission Tickets are $25 Friday, $35 Saturday, and $35 Sunday. A Saturday/Sunday Combo ticket is $60. Children 12 and under are free. Parking is $10. 

Every ticket is a pit pass giving you unparalleled access to the teams and drivers. This family friendly three-day test session provides guests the opportunity to get up close to the top teams in the NHRA.  

Click here to purchase advance tickets to the Pro Winter-Warm Up. Seating capacity controls are in place. For updated information about the Pro Winter Warm-Up visit www.RacePBIR.com or call (561) 622-1400. 

*Teams participation is TBD and on-track test time will vary throughout the day. 

Chris Madden Wins Frostbite 40 at Cherokee Speedway

4 FOR 44: Madden Stays Strong at Cherokee for Fourth Career Xtreme WinMadden-Strickler points gap now sits at 25 with one race left; Friesen makes it back-to-back top-fives GAFFNEY, SC – Feb. 21, 2021 – Chris Madden was one green-white-checkered restart away from redemption at Cherokee Speedway. His last visit to the 3/8-mile oval, a home track to the Gray Court, SC-native, ended in shreds after a tire expired while leading in the closing laps of the 30th Blue Gray 100 in November. He was not about to let that happen again. Smokey started Sunday’s Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series Feature on the front row, got the jump on polesitter Ross Bailes out of Turn 2 and had led every lap before the caution flag was displayed three separate times in the final five laps for blown tires on Dennis Franklin, and top-five contenders Trent Ivey and Zack Mitchell with two laps remaining. As Madden paced around under yellow, the intensity was building as those watching from the track and on DIRTVision wondered if he could make it two more times around under green on his own tires. But inside the cockpit of his Drydene Rocket Chassis #44, Madden was cool as ice. When asked if he had recalled the unfortunate ending to his run at the Blue Gray 100 under caution, his answer was pleasantly straightforward. “No, because it was 40 laps this time,” Madden said with a smile after the race. Turns out, he really did have no reason to worry. Madden’s Hoosier Racing Tires had plenty of tread left on them as he picked up the throttle on the final restart and cruised to the $5,000 victory in the track’s first running of the Frostbite 40. “My car was extremely good tonight. Not too tight, not too loose, we were pretty well-balanced,” Madden said. While the better part of his cruise through the first 35 laps was mostly uneventful, Madden did have one scare when a lapped car spun around right in front of him heading into Turn 1, forcing him to take sudden evasive action to avoid major contact on Lap 7. “He was going one direction at one moment and came back across the racetrack in front of me. It was kind of a sketchy moment there for a minute. It wasn’t that close, but it was too close for comfort,” Madden said. After scoring the victory on Saturday night in the Series debut at Lake View Motor Speedway, Ross Bailes, of Clover, SC, ran another solid race aboard the Billy Hicks-owned #79 Longhorn Chassis to cross the stripe second. He chased Madden all race long but was unable to make up any ground on him, even after multiple restarts in the home stretch. “Tonight, I had a second-place car; I didn’t have anything for Chris [Madden],” Bailes said. “He was way better than we were. I didn’t think we were bad; he was just that much better.” At one point, Bailes was running over four seconds behind Madden in traffic before the caution flew with four laps remaining. Even Bailes himself noted Madden’s strength in traffic. “[Madden] got through lapped traffic way better than I did,” Bailes said. “It’s like he’d get up to a lapped car and was able to get underneath them and get by. It took me five or ten laps to get by one car. “ Madden came into the weekend 17 points over nearest Kyle Strickler, who crossed the stripe Sunday in third. Madden now goes into the final round at Modoc Raceway next Saturday night 25 points ahead in the standings, looking for his second Xtreme championship in the first two seasons of activity. “We go to some of those places like [Modoc], and I’m not really good at those places,” Madden said. “I needed a little bit of comfort before I went. Kyle [Strickler’s] running extremely well right now.” Another notable finish Sunday night was Stewart Friesen, the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified and NASCAR Truck Series star, who placed fifth again after having to come out of the Last Chance Showdown. He won the 10-lap affair to punch his ticket into the main event, and starting 16th, advanced 11 spots of position to grabs his second-straight top-five in his first two starts with the tour. Don’t miss the epic championship finale next Saturday night, Feb. 27, at Modoc Raceway in Modoc, SC, where the battle between Madden and Strickler will be decided, live on DIRTVisionFeature (40 Laps) 1. 44-Chris Madden [2][$5,000]; 2. 79-Ross Bailes [1][$2,500]; 3. 8-Kyle Strickler [5][$1,700]; 4. 57-Adam Yarbrough [7][$1,400]; 5. 44F-Stewart Friesen [16][$1,200]; 6. 52-Josh Richeson [10][$1,000]; 7. 42K-Cla Knight [15][$800]; 8. 421-Anthony Sanders [13][$700]; 9. 17-Billy Franklin [11][$600]; 10. 2-Matthew Nance [23][$550]; 11. 17V-Tim Vance [21][$500]; 12. 88-Trent Ivey [4][$500]; 13. 57M-Zack Mitchell [6][$500]; 14. 24D-Michael Brown [14][$500]; 15. 29-Larry Grube [24][$500]; 16. 23-Michael Rouse [9][$500]; 17. 18D-Daulton Wilson [3][$500]; 18. 2F-Dennis Franklin [19][$500]; 19. O3-David Yandle [22][$500]; 20. 9-Johnny Pursley [20][$500]; 21. F1-Payton Freeman [18][$500]; 22. 18-Brett Hamm [8][$500]; 23. 6-Dillon Brown [12][]; 24. 48-Kenny Collins [17][] Hard Charger: 2-Matthew Nance[+13]Categories
The Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series is brought to fans by many important sponsors and partners, including: Drydene Performance Products (Official Motor Oil), ARP [Automotive Racing Products], Chevy Performance Parts, COMP Cams, DART, DIRTVision (Official Live Broadcast Partner), FireAde, Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), Intercomp, iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), MSD, Racing Electronics, SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider) and VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel).

New Lucas Dates Announced for 411 and Talladega

 Batavia, OH (February 19, 2021) – Originally scheduled for April 9th and 10th, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and track officials at both 411 Motor Speedway and Talladega Short Track have decided to reschedule due to conflicting scheduling in the area. The series will now visit 411 on May 14th and Talladega on May 15th, 2021.  Teams will be competing for $12,000-to-win during Tennessee’s Action Track 50 at 411, and $15,000-to-win at the E-Z-GO 50 at Talladega. The reigning Series champion, Jimmy Owens extended his points lead last year during these two races, after leading all 50 laps in both events.  Track & Event Information:411 Motor SpeedwayPhone Number: 865-888-5901Location: 632 Maryville Hwy., Seymour, TN 37865Directions: Located just 13 miles south of Knoxville, 13 miles North of Sevierville, and just 13 miles East of Maryville. 1 mile south of U.S. Highway 441 (Chapman Highway) on Highway 411 intersection.Website: www.411motorspeedway.net Talladega Short TrackPhone Number: 256-831-1413Location: 4343 Speedway Blvd Eastaboga, AL 36260Directions: I-20 to exit 173 toward Eastaboga, turn south onto John N Wills Ave, continue 0.3 miles to the speedway.Website: www.talladegashorttrack.com Tire Rules:411 Motor Speedway – May 14th,  2021Left Rear/Fronts – Hoosier Rib (28.5) 1350Right Rear – Hoosier (29.0) 1350 NRM, (29.0) 1350 NRMW, (29.0) White Dot 1600 NRM, (29.0) White Dot 1600 NRMW *Must use the same set of 4 tires for Time Trials, Heat Races, and B-Mains.*For the A-Main, competitors may use 2 new rear tires.*Flat tire must be replaced with a used tire of the same compound and construction to retain starting position. Talladega Short Track – May 15th, 2021Left Rear/Fronts – Hoosier Rib (28.5) 1350Right Rear – Hoosier (29.0) 1350 NRM, (29.0) 1350 NRMW, (29.0) White Dot 1600 NRM, (29.0) White Dot 1600 NRMW *Must use the same set of 4 tires for Time Trials, Heat Races, and B-Mains.*For the A-Main, competitors may use 2 new rear tires.*Flat tire must be replaced with a used tire of the same compound and construction to retain starting position.

DiBenedetto Finishes 37th on Daytona Road Course


February 21, 2021


A cut tire early and a brake-line failure late added up to a disappointing afternoon at Daytona International Speedway for Matt DiBenedetto and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team.

DiBenedetto and the No. 21 Mustang lined up 32nd for the start of Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 on Daytona’s road course.
 
After one lap, DiBenedetto had jumped up to 21st place and was inside the top 20 after five laps. Six laps later, his right-rear tire punctured and, in the process, wiped out all of the sheet metal on the right rear of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang.

DiBenedetto drove to pit road, and the Motorcraft crew patched up the damage as best they could. He rejoined the race in 37th place but still on the lead lap.

Despite the damage, he was able to run decent lap times and was running 25th at the end of the second stage.

He stayed on the track during the ensuing caution flag and restarted the race from second place. Even with seven laps of wear on his tires coupled with the aerodynamic disadvantage from the earlier body damage, he was able to remain in the top 15 for four laps.

His team, led by crew chief Greg Erwin, was executing a pit strategy that would have left the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team with an extra set of fresh tires for the finish, but that was all for naught after a right-rear brake line failure – likely due to the earlier incident – sent the No. 21 Mustang to the garage for repairs with 15 laps remaining. 
 
The No. 21 Mustang returned to the race five laps behind the leaders and wound up 37th at the finish.
 
DiBenedetto said the team’s misfortunes on Sunday were strictly due to bad luck.
 
“At the start of the race, we were just trying to cruise up through the field,” he said. “Everything was fine. The car was OK. The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang was probably not a race winner, but it was going to be fun to get up there and run competitively.
 
“Then out of nowhere, I ran over something and blew the right-rear tire to pieces. It took the whole right side off the car.”
 
He said he was surprised at his car’s performance considering the damage.
 
“Speed-wise, we could still hang in there,” he said. “I thought we could have made something out it, and then we had the problem with the brake-line.
 
“Everything that happened was out of our control. It was just bad luck.” 
 
The No. 21 team will return to the state of Florida for a third-straight weekend, and will run the Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Feb. 28.
 

RCR Post Race Report – O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona

Austin Dillon and the No. 3 Dow MobilityScience Chevrolet Team Earn Stage Points and Show Speed at Daytona International Speedway Road Course Before Late-Race Mayhem

  
34th 
 3rd
9th
“We had a really strong Dow MobilityScience Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. We were able to earn a few Stage Points in Stage 1 and probably would have finished the race around eighth if it weren’t for problems at the end. That’s how these races are, though. You can’t control everything. I had a run but we got caught up in somebody else’s fighting match. The No. 17 and No. 18 got into it through the chicane. The No. 17 jumped the last curb so I tried to go low. I don’t know if he got blocked down there or what, but I just got into the grass. We ended up with damage but we fought to get it back out there. We had to make a couple of unscheduled pit stops for tires and to make repairs. It’s a shame but we can’t control the things that happen in front of us. This Richard Childress Racing team worked so hard all day. I really didn’t want that outcome but we did learn a lot today that we can build off of for the rest of the road course races on the schedule.”
-Austin Dillon
Tyler Reddick and the No. 8 Cat Rental Stores Team’s Hard-Fought Day Ends Early at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course
  
38th 
 24th
33rd
“We headed into this weekend with high hopes for our No. 8 Cat Rental Stores Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, given how well we ran in the Clash last week. Unfortunately, today was a little bit more of a roller coaster, but we kept fighting as long as we could out there. There was definitely speed in our Chevy today, so that is promising. I was able to drive into the top 15 on the initial start but then had to fight my way back through the field a couple times after that. Unfortunately on one of the late-race restarts, the field got bottled up and I got shoved off-track on the restart, which ended our day. We’ll study this race to prepare better for the other road courses later this season, but in the meantime, I’m looking forward to Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend and our chances there.”
-Tyler Reddick

RCR Post Race Report – Super Start Batteries 188 at Daytona

Myatt Snider and the No. 2 TaxSlayer Chevrolet Team Rebound from Late Race Flat Tire to Finish 13th at the Daytona Road Course

  
13th 
 8th
5th
“Man, what a race. Our TaxSlayer Chevrolet Camaro was better than the end result shows, but overall, it was a strong night for our No. 2 team. Despite barely sneaking through the leaders wrecking at the end of stage one to battling a tight handling condition on the right handers, we put ourselves in striking position all day, earned a good amount of stage points, and definitely were a top-five car at the very least. Unfortunately, a left front flat tire during the first green-white-checkered hurt our chances at the end and took away an even better finish. The final two laps were crazy, but to restart from 31st and gain 18 spots to finish 13th is a great rebound for the TaxSlayer team. We definitely are going to be able to win a road course race this year and we are still off to a great start to the season.” 
-Myatt Snider

WoO Late Models–COMFORT LEVEL: Brent Larson finding comfort in his cars, confidence in himself


A near-podium finish at Volusia Speedway Park has Larson excited for the season to come

LEWISBURG, TN – Feb. 18, 2021 – While lining up to start eighth in the fourth Feature of the 2021 season, Brent Larson questioned himself. “Man, I’m not sure I’m competent enough to start up here,” he thought.

One race later he abandoned that mindset.

During the latest World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model event at Volusia Speedway Park, Larson turned heads and widened eyes throughout the night. He outran current points leader Kyle Strickler and Chris Madden to win the Drydene Heat Race. Then, in the 40-lap Feature, he ran within the podium for the majority of the race, even passing eventual Big Gator champion Devin Moran back for third after losing the position.

He was on track for his first podium finish with the Series until his left rear tire became the villain of the night, blowing with five laps to go. A simultaneous moan of disappointment from the crowd echoed around the half-mile track. They all knew the significance of that performance by Larson, who’s run full-time with the Series for the past three years and made more than 140 starts.

While fans hung their heads for Larson, his was still held high back at his trailer. Even with having to settle for a 16th-place finish. A shot of confidence was the medicine he’d been looking for.

“Strickler is leading the points and undoubtedly, probably the star here (at Volusia) the last couple of weeks. Just to be able to beat him going into (turn) one and beating him and Madden in that Heat Race is a big confidence builder,” Larson said. “After winning that Heat Race, we were so busy all day long, which is probably good for my head, not thinking about it, but I felt good starting up there (in the Feature) and hanging in third for a while and then getting passed by Moran and passing him back, that was a confidence builder for sure. That makes me feel like I deserve to be running with the World of Outlaws.”

In his 142 Series starts, Larson, 44, of Lake Elmo, MN, has collected two top-five finishes – earning a career-best finish of fourth in 2019 – and 20 top-10 finishes.

This year, Larson said he’s in a good place. He has a fleet of Rocket XR-1 Chassis with Vic Hill Racing Engines power. He has a new primary sponsor with Motul. And he has a new crew, made up of his wife Melanie Larson, his 15-year-old son Matthew Larson and a first-time crew member. Combined, they’re helping him to work at his own pace to find the confidence and comfortability he’s been looking for.

“I don’t want to put too much pressure on us,” Larson said. “I’m in a nice spot this year where I don’t have a lot of pressure from my sponsors. I don’t have a lot of pressure from veteran crew guys who are used to winning races. We’re going to try and keep this fun and race as well as we can. But confidence is a big part of success. And I do have that going for me right now. I’m looking forward to having some success but not putting any expectations on ourselves either.”

Having his family by his side this season, working on the #B1 machine with him, has provided an extra level of comfortability and joy on race days.

“It’s much better than being gone for three weeks and not seeing your family,” he said. “I love getting that fist bump from my kid before we pull on the track. And having him run do this or run do that. Just having him a part of what’s going on. And I have my wife on tires. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

His newfound speed at Volusia stemmed from finding comfort in his new cars, which has Larson excited for the upcoming Tennessee doubleheader at Duck River Raceway Park on March 5 and Smoky Mountain Speedway on March 6.

In the first five races, he’s been working to get the feel in his brakes right, his steering right, and to find the overall balance of the car’s handling.

“I’ve just been focused these first few races with trying to get more and more comfortable in the car so I know what it’s going to do and feel right about it,” Larson said. “Then, that allows me to go out there and race hard and put the car where I want it. And not tail or not push and not look stupid out there. A lot of it is just being comfortable. Adding what I felt helped me the night before. Adding a little bit of that, so I give it a little bit more. I’ve had a lot of good people helping me go in the right direction and I’ve been growing with it.”

He’ll look to try and bring that momentum into the quarter-mile Duck River Raceway Park and 4/10-mile Smoky Mountain Speedway. Larson’s best finish at Duck River is 18th in 2019 and his best finish at Smoky Mountain is 13th the same year. Last season, he finished 25th at Duck River and 19th at Smoky Mountain.

This year, he’s entering the doubleheader weekend with his highest level of confidence, yet. No matter where he lines up for each Feature, he won’t be questioning himself anymore.

“I feel confident in my ability to stay up front,” Larson said. “I showed that [at Volusia]. I showed it to myself and I showed it to everybody that was watching.”

Seven-Time Champion Ernie Francis Jr. Selected for FR Americas PMH Powering Diversity Scholarship

Sportscar driver Ernie Francis Jr transitions into single seaters with FR Americas

INDIANAPOLIS (February 18, 2021)- Ernie Francis Jr., of Southwest Ranches, Florida, was announced as the inauguralPMH Powering Diversity Scholarship winner today. The seven-time sportscar champion will transition into single-seater racing with a full season campaign in Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda for the 2021 season.

The scholarship program, initiated by Parella Motorsports Holdings with the goal to create a more diverse field of formula drivers at the grassroots level, includes entry fees to all series test days and 18 championship races from PMH, a season-long fuel stipend from Sunoco Race Fuels and a parts voucher from Ligier Automotive North America.

Francis Jr. will identify his team and unveil his new No. 98 Ligier JS F3 in the upcoming weeks.

“Being accepted as the PMH Powering Diversity Scholarship winner is humbling,” said Francis Jr. “It’s been awhile since I’ve really been a rookie in something, so it feels nice going into the season with a challenge. I am looking forward to the new style of racing and entering a series where I’m the new guy.”

At just 23 years old, Francis Jr.’s racing resume exceeds that of most veteran drivers, winning seven consecutive championships in the ultra-competitive Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. In his seven-year Trans Am career, Francis Jr. amassed 46 victories and 47 poles- the most of any driver in Trans Am history in both categories.

Willy T. Ribbs- the first African American driver to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and test a Formula One car- identified Francis Jr. as a ‘talent that could not be ignored’ after watching Francis Jr. rise through the ranks of Trans Am, the series that also kickstarted Ribbs racing career before entering open wheel.

As part of the scholarship program, Ribbs will mentor Francis Jr. through his transition from sports cars to single seaters. The pair will also compete against each other this season in the new SRX series started by Ray Evernham and Tony Stewart. 

In addition, the Florida native has one start in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and as a member of the Drive for Diversity program, Francis Jr. also made two K&N Series appearances in 2018, starting on pole and finishing second at New Jersey Motorsports Park. 

“We are proud to have Ernie Francis Jr. be the first PMH Powering Diversity Scholarship representative for FR Americas,” said PMH President Tony Parella. “Ernie has already proven himself in Trans Am and he will bring that same great work ethic and professionalism that helped him win multiple championships to FR Americas.”

Last week, PMH identified Emily Linscott as the scholarship runner-up for the F4 U.S. Championship Powered by Honda. The F4 U.S. finalist has been selected and will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

The FR Americas Championship official season kicks off at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta with the Atlanta SpeedTourMarch 26-28. For more information visit FRAmericas.com

COMFORT LEVEL: Brent Larson finding comfort in his cars, confidence in himself


A near-podium finish at Volusia Speedway Park has Larson excited for the season to comeLEWISBURG, TN – Feb. 18, 2021 – While lining up to start eighth in the fourth Feature of the 2021 season, Brent Larson questioned himself. “Man, I’m not sure I’m competent enough to start up here,” he thought.One race later he abandoned that mindset.During the latest World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model event at Volusia Speedway Park, Larson turned heads and widened eyes throughout the night. He outran current points leader Kyle Strickler and Chris Madden to win the Drydene Heat Race. Then, in the 40-lap Feature, he ran within the podium for the majority of the race, even passing eventual Big Gator champion Devin Moran back for third after losing the position.He was on track for his first podium finish with the Series until his left rear tire became the villain of the night, blowing with five laps to go. A simultaneous moan of disappointment from the crowd echoed around the half-mile track. They all knew the significance of that performance by Larson, who’s run full-time with the Series for the past three years and made more than 140 starts.While fans hung their heads for Larson, his was still held high back at his trailer. Even with having to settle for a 16th-place finish. A shot of confidence was the medicine he’d been looking for.“Strickler is leading the points and undoubtedly, probably the star here (at Volusia) the last couple of weeks. Just to be able to beat him going into (turn) one and beating him and Madden in that Heat Race is a big confidence builder,” Larson said. “After winning that Heat Race, we were so busy all day long, which is probably good for my head, not thinking about it, but I felt good starting up there (in the Feature) and hanging in third for a while and then getting passed by Moran and passing him back, that was a confidence builder for sure. That makes me feel like I deserve to be running with the World of Outlaws.”In his 142 Series starts, Larson, 44, of Lake Elmo, MN, has collected two top-five finishes – earning a career-best finish of fourth in 2019 – and 20 top-10 finishes.This year, Larson said he’s in a good place. He has a fleet of Rocket XR-1 Chassis with Vic Hill Racing Engines power. He has a new primary sponsor with Motul. And he has a new crew, made up of his wife Melanie Larson, his 15-year-old son Matthew Larson and a first-time crew member. Combined, they’re helping him to work at his own pace to find the confidence and comfortability he’s been looking for.“I don’t want to put too much pressure on us,” Larson said. “I’m in a nice spot this year where I don’t have a lot of pressure from my sponsors. I don’t have a lot of pressure from veteran crew guys who are used to winning races. We’re going to try and keep this fun and race as well as we can. But confidence is a big part of success. And I do have that going for me right now. I’m looking forward to having some success but not putting any expectations on ourselves either.”Having his family by his side this season, working on the #B1 machine with him, has provided an extra level of comfortability and joy on race days.“It’s much better than being gone for three weeks and not seeing your family,” he said. “I love getting that fist bump from my kid before we pull on the track. And having him run do this or run do that. Just having him a part of what’s going on. And I have my wife on tires. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”His newfound speed at Volusia stemmed from finding comfort in his new cars, which has Larson excited for the upcoming Tennessee doubleheader at Duck River Raceway Park on March 5 and Smoky Mountain Speedway on March 6.In the first five races, he’s been working to get the feel in his brakes right, his steering right, and to find the overall balance of the car’s handling.“I’ve just been focused these first few races with trying to get more and more comfortable in the car so I know what it’s going to do and feel right about it,” Larson said. “Then, that allows me to go out there and race hard and put the car where I want it. And not tail or not push and not look stupid out there. A lot of it is just being comfortable. Adding what I felt helped me the night before. Adding a little bit of that, so I give it a little bit more. I’ve had a lot of good people helping me go in the right direction and I’ve been growing with it.”He’ll look to try and bring that momentum into the quarter-mile Duck River Raceway Park and 4/10-mile Smoky Mountain Speedway. Larson’s best finish at Duck River is 18th in 2019 and his best finish at Smoky Mountain is 13th the same year. Last season, he finished 25th at Duck River and 19th at Smoky Mountain.This year, he’s entering the doubleheader weekend with his highest level of confidence, yet. No matter where he lines up for each Feature, he won’t be questioning himself anymore.“I feel confident in my ability to stay up front,” Larson said. “I showed that [at Volusia]. I showed it to myself and I showed it to everybody that was watching.”For tickets to the events at Duck River Raceway Park and Smoky Mountain Speedway, go to WorldofOutlaws.com/tix.If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.
The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings® Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: DIRTVision (Official Live Broadcast Partner), Drydene (Official Motor Oil), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Morton Buildings (Official Building), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider) VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Arizona Sport Shirts/Gotta Race, ARP (Automotive Racing Products), Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, MSD, Penske Racing Shocks, Quarter Master, Slick Woody’s (Quick Time Award), and Wrisco (Exclusive Racing Aluminum); along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Capital Race Cars, FireAde, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, K1 Race Gear, Racing Electronics, Reliable Painting, and Rocket Chassis.Founded in 1978, the World of Outlaws®, based in Concord, NC, is the premier national touring series for dirt track racing in North America, featuring the most powerful cars on dirt, the World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings® Late Model Series. Annually, the two series race nearly 140 times at tracks across the United States and Canada. CBS Sports Network is the official broadcast partner of the World of Outlaws. DIRTVision® also broadcasts World of Outlaws events over the Internet to fans around the world. Learn more about the World of Outlaws.

Baggsy – January 2021 & One Week until Navara-R Livestream

January 2021 & One Week until Navara-R Livestream

 
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January 2021, the start of another great year ahead of us. Filled with activities and workshop antics.

We are still crazy busy here at SB Motorsport, with four builds happening all at the same time.
To start off, the build you will all know and love from the hype back in 2020 when we released the #Navara-R to the world! 

We’re working steadily towards completion day for our one-off, fully custom Nissan Navara with the epic Nissan GT-R VR38 engine and running gear.

With trips to our new partner @WaltonMotorsport for the Turbo & Exhaust pipework, and our longterm sponsor @ForgeMotorsportfor the cooling side of things. This is going to be one hell of a creation!

If you don’t know what we’re on about, check out our build page on the website. Link Below.

https://www.baggsyboy.com/navara-r
Next up, the #LSXR35 is getting an overdue overhaul. With current events being quiet and having some down-time over the winter off season, SB Motorsport owner  –  
Steve ‘Baggsy’ Biagioni suggested now would be a great time to strip and rebuild the GT-R.

After four years of hard graft, the fire breathing beast will be back in 2021 with a new look… a completely new look.
For our third build in 2021, the #S13V8 has been pulled out of storage after being a demo car in America for a few events over the last 2 years.

We have slight modifications and set-up changes in mind for this to become a very competitive drift weapon for whatever 2021 throws at us.
And lastly, the fourth build we’re currently working on is the #SB350z. This will be our newest streetcar.

Full build info coming soon on this!
News about our #PS13V8, which is currently resting in a container in Oman.

We are waiting for updates from the Oman International Drift Championship and when the event can happen safely.
Mission CTRL: Navara-R Livestream is back next week!
 24th February!

We’re rolling on the last Wednesday of the month in 2021.
So schedule us in, 7:30pm on the @BaggsyBoyUK
Facebook page.
Baggsy – “Keeping busy with multiple builds is a great start to our 2021 season as a team! Living with the current down time during this pandemic is possibly what we needed to take some time and reset our goals for the new year.”

“With rebuilding the GT-R and working towards completion on the Navara-R, we are currently stronger than ever & we can’t wait to show you the results when events start happening again soon!”

“It’s a shame we aren’t in Oman right now enjoying the heat and putting on a show in the OIDC, but the correct precautions are being taken so we can stay safe. I look forward to heading over there soon though and battling it out for that top step”

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Pandemic forces West Coast Swing cancellation; Magnolia, The Rev rescheduled


New events will fill the canceled West Coast dates and will be announced soonCONCORD, NC – Feb. 17, 2021 – State and local restrictions, due to the pandemic, have forced the cancellation of the Spring West Coast Swing, providing new dates for Magnolia Motor Speedway and The Rev, along with soon-to-be-announced dates for new events.With COVID-19 restrictions throughout the West Coast limiting the availability of fans at tracks, World of Outlaws officials were forced to cancel the entire West Coast Swing for the spring only – this includes:-March 4 at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas
-March 12-13 at Arizona Speedway
-March 20 at Perris Auto Speedway
-March 21 at Santa Maria Raceway
-March 26-27 at Thunderbowl Raceway
-April 2 at Merced Speedway
-April 3 at Ocean Speedway
-April 9-10 at Vado Speedway ParkThose who purchased a ticket in advance to any of the West Coast events will receive a face-value credit to their MyDirtTickets.com account to be used towards any World of Outlaws event available at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix. If a credit to your account does not work for you, you have 30 days to CLICK HERE to be taken to the refund request page.Magnolia Motor Speedway and The Rev will replace the now-canceled Arizona Speedway doubleheader with Magnolia taking place on Friday, March 12, and The Rev taking place on Saturday, March 13.If you already purchased tickets for Magnolia and The Rev, those tickets can be used for the new dates. If you are unable to make it to the rescheduled dates, you have 30 days to request a refund through this link CLICK HERE.The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series 2021 season continues Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27, at Cotton Bowl Speedway for the Texas Two Step. You can get tickets to that event by clicking HERE.New events, in place of the West Coast events – which will be announced soon – will take place after Cotton Bowl and bring the tour back to its original schedule with Lawton Speedway on Friday, April 16, and Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, April 17. You can get tickets for those events by clicking HERE.If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.
The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink® Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: DIRTVision (Official Live Broadcast Partner), Drydene (Official Motor Oil), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Morton Buildings (Official Building), NOS Energy (Official Energy Product), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider) and VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); contingency sponsors include ARP (automotive Racing products), Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, KSE Racing Products (Hard Charger Award), MSD and Slick Woody’s (Quick Time Award); manufacturer sponsors include FireAde, Intercomp, K1 Race Gear, and Racing Electronics.Founded in 1978, the World of Outlaws®, based in Concord, NC, is the premier national touring series for dirt track racing in North America, featuring the most powerful cars on dirt, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series. Annually, the two series race nearly 140 times at tracks across the United States and Canada. CBS Sports Network is the official broadcast partner of the World of Outlaws. DIRTVision® also broadcasts all World of Outlaws events over the Internet to fans around the world. Learn more about the World of Outlaws.

DiBenedetto, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Return to Daytona Road Course


February 17, 2021


Matt DiBenedetto and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team will be back at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday for the second points race of the 2021 Cup Series season and the team’s second race this year on the Speedway’s 3.61-mile, 14-turn road course.

Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 takes the spot on the schedule normally held by Auto Club Speedway in California, where concerns about the ongoing pandemic led to the race being moved to Daytona.
 
DiBenedetto and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team raced on the road course on Feb. 9 in the non-points Busch Clash and finished 10th.
 
DiBenedetto said he was glad to get in 35 laps in race conditions on the Daytona course as he and the team prepare for the seven points-paying road-course races this season.
 
“Road courses are where we’re working the hardest to improve,” he said. “Our team is very well rounded between superspeedways, intermediates and short tracks, but we just haven’t been able to get the exact feel I’m looking for on road courses. 
 
“I’m glad we got to run the Clash. That helps us evaluate what we need to improve our Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang. We’re hoping to have a solid outcome on Sunday and get a good finish to build on.”
 
DiBenedetto said that while he was disappointed to be knocked out of the Daytona 500 before having a chance to show the speed of the No. 21 Mustang, he’s still very bullish on 2021.
 
“It was definitely not the way we want to start the season, but it’s early, and this weekend gives us a chance to go out there and redeem ourselves,” he said. “We’ve got a string of really, really good tracks coming up. We need to take advantage of that and continue to build on the momentum we had at the end of last season.”

There will be no practice or qualifying for Sunday’s 70-lap race, which will have Stage breaks at 16 and 34 laps.
 
FOX will carry the TV broadcast, and the green flag is set to fly just after 3 p.m. Eastern Time.
 

Tennessee doubleheader on tap for World of Outlaws Late Models


Duck River Raceway Park and Smoky Mountain Speedway set to host ‘The Most Power Late Models on the Planet’ in MarchLEWISBURG, TN – Feb. 17, 2021 – After five days of racing in Florida, the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series will turn its attention to a doubleheader weekend in Tennessee.The Series on Friday, March 5, will make its seventh appearance at Duck River Raceway Park, in Lewisburg, TN, and on Saturday, March 6, will make its 10th appearance at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN for the Tennessee Tipoff.The first five races of the 2021 season have set the stage for several exciting storylines heading into the next two events – including rookie contender Kyle Strickler currently leading the points after two wins in the first five races, Ricky Weiss continuing to tune his new self-made Sniper Chassis and Dennis Erb, Jr. off to a strong start.One of the most surprising storylines is three-time defending champion Brandon Sheppard still in search of a win and top-five finish. He and his Rocket1 Racing team will be hungrier than ever to find their way back to the top when the season continues in Tennessee, currently sitting sixth in the championship standings. Sheppard earned his first win at Duck River in 2019 but has yet to visit Victory Lane at Smoky Mountain with the Series.A win for Sheppard during the doubleheader weekend would mark a historic moment in his career. It would be his 70th career World of Outlaws win. He’s currently eight wins behind Josh Richards, who has collected the most trophies in Series history with 77. Richard’s 77th career World of Outlaws win came at Duck River last year.However, there has yet to be a repeat winner at the quarter-mile track. The previous winners include:2020 – Josh Richards
2019 – Brandon Sheppard
2017 – Mike Marlar
2016 – Dale McDowell
2014 – Darrell Lanigan
2013 – Eric WellsAt Smoky Mountain, 2004 Series champion and Tennesse-resident Scott Bloomquist is the only repeat winner with the World of Outlaws. Of his 33 career Series victories, two of them came at the 4/10-mile track in 2015 and 2016. Since Bloomquist’s last win in 2016, there have been five different winners at the track – the Series’ most recent winner Brandon Overton won in 2017, Chris Madden and Dale McDowell won in 2018, Jimmy Owens won in 2019 and 2018 Series champion Mike Marlar won there last year.With the level of competition displayed in the first five races at Volusia Speedway Park, fans can expect to see more of that thrilling action from The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet at both Tennessee tracks. Especially with $10,000-to-win on the line at Duck River and $12,000-to-win on the line at Smoky Mountain.Duck River Raceway Park Tickets: CLICK HERE
Smoky Mountain Speedway Tickets: CLICK HEREIf you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.
The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings® Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: DIRTVision (Official Live Broadcast Partner), Drydene (Official Motor Oil), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Morton Buildings (Official Building), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider) VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Arizona Sport Shirts/Gotta Race, ARP (automotive Racing products), Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, MSD, Penske Racing Shocks, Quarter Master, Slick Woody’s (Quick Time Award), and Wrisco (Exclusive Racing Aluminum); along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Capital Race Cars, FireAde, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, K1 Race Gear, Racing Electronics, Reliable Painting, and Rocket Chassis.Founded in 1978, the World of Outlaws®, based in Concord, NC, is the premier national touring series for dirt track racing in North America, featuring the most powerful cars on dirt, the World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings® Late Model Series. Annually, the two series race nearly 140 times at tracks across the United States and Canada. CBS Sports Network is the official broadcast partner of the World of Outlaws. DIRTVision® also broadcasts World of Outlaws events over the Internet to fans around the world. Learn more about the World of Outlaws.

Extreme winter weather postpones Magnolia, The Rev events


New dates for Magnolia Motor Speedway and The Rev will be announced soonCOLUMBUS, MS – Feb. 16, 2021 – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series doubleheader weekend at Magnolia Motor Speedway and The Rev is postponed and new dates will be announced this week.Magnolia Motor Speedway, in Columbus, MS, and The Rev, in Monroe, LA, initially scheduled for this weekend (Friday, Feb. 19, and Saturday, Feb. 20), have experienced extreme winter weather, projected to continue throughout the weekend, forcing the postponement.Those who have already purchased tickets to race at Magnolia and/or The Rev can use those tickets for the rescheduled dates. Once the new dates are announced, if you are unable to make it to the rescheduled dates, you’ll have 30 days to request a refund through this link CLICK HERE.The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to racing Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27, for the Texas Two Step at Cotton Bowl Speedway. For tickets, CLICK HERE.If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.
The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink® Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: DIRTVision (Official Live Broadcast Partner), Drydene (Official Motor Oil), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Morton Buildings (Official Building), NOS Energy (Official Energy Product), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider) and VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); contingency sponsors include ARP (automotive Racing products), Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, KSE Racing Products (Hard Charger Award), MSD and Slick Woody’s (Quick Time Award); manufacturer sponsors include FireAde, Intercomp, K1 Race Gear, and Racing Electronics.Founded in 1978, the World of Outlaws®, based in Concord, NC, is the premier national touring series for dirt track racing in North America, featuring the most powerful cars on dirt, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series. Annually, the two series race nearly 140 times at tracks across the United States and Canada. CBS Sports Network is the official broadcast partner of the World of Outlaws. DIRTVision® also broadcasts all World of Outlaws events over the Internet to fans around the world. Learn more about the World of Outlaws.

POWRi Racing to Air on MAVTV Motorsports Network

A Total of 62 POWRi Racing Events will Enjoy Coverage Across MAVTV Plus and the Motorsports Network
CORONA, Calif. (February 16, 2021) – MAVTV Motorsports Network is committed to showcasing grassroots racing in America.  To further that commitment, MAVTV has announced it will be the exclusive home for POWRi Racing and all of its series’ in 2021.
 
POWRi Racing brings a powerful brand of open-wheel racing to MAVTV, including its Lucas Oil National Midgets, WAR Sprints, and its Outlaw Micro Sprints.  In all, 62 POWRi Racing events will enjoy coverage across the MAVTV Motorsports Network.
“We are thrilled to announce MAVTV Motorsports Network will become the exclusive home for all POWRI Racing in 2021,” said Morgan Lucas, President, Lucas Oil Products. “This exciting partnership with POWRi Racing extends our relationship with the organization and allows us to increase the exposure for all of its series through the recently rebranded MAVTV Plus subscription service and the traditional MAVTV Motorsports Network.”

Every race for the National Midgets, as well as WAR Sprints, Outlaw Micro Sprints and POWRi West Midgets will be shown live on the new MAVTV Plus platform.
Several races will also receive tape-delayed programs on MAVTV, including the Lucas Oil National Midget Series, the WAR Sprints from Lucas Oil Speedway, and the Keith Kunz Giveback Classic for Micros in October at Port City Raceway in Oklahoma.
 
“This is an exciting day for POWRi Racing,” said Kenny Brown, Owner and President of POWRi Racing. “This continues the partnership we have enjoyed with Lucas Oil and its family of companies.  Now our racers and supporters will receive an incredible amount of exposure through the MAVTV Motorsports Network.  I believe the live coverage for our series’ on MAVTV Plus will be an important part of the future of our racing.”
 
The first POWRi event scheduled for live coverage on MAVTV Plus is the season opener for the Lucas Oil National Midget Series on March 19-20 at Monarch Motor Speedway in Wichita Falls, TX.
MAVTV Plus is built on the foundation established by Lucas Oil Racing TV and replaces the latter, effective immediately. The rebrand of the digital service will be seamless to subscribers, who will continue to receive access to a uniquely diverse collection of automotive and racing content catered directly to motorsports enthusiasts, including the ARCA Menards SeriesGNCC Racing SeriesLate Model Dirt SeriesPro Pulling LeagueASCS Sprint Car SeriesGT4 America and much more. As part of the launch, existing subscribers received a two-month extension on their current plan.

A yearly subscription to MAVTV Plus, which gives viewers access to all of the Live racing, along with the MAVTV library of content, is priced at $99.99. MAVTV Plus is also offered as a monthly subscription at $6.99 and includes access to select scheduled live events and the MAVTV library. The app is available for download on major mobile and streaming devices, and can also be accessed via an internet browser. Additional information for both current and new subscribers can be found at www.MAVTVPlus.com.

The MAVTV Plus on-demand streaming service is designed to complement the existing MAVTV Motorsports Network and will feature all types of motorsports programming. From both live and archived race events to automotive restoration shows, MAVTV Plus will provide nothing but the best motorsports content.MAVTV 2021 Chili Bowl Nationals Schedule
 

JOHN FORCE RACING TO MAKE NHRA CAMPING WORLD SERIES DEBUT

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2021) – The John Force Racing team will make their much-anticipated return to NHRA Championship Drag Racing at the 2021 Camping World Series season-opening NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Fla. It was announced today that the 21-time championship team will feature three full-time hot rods driven by John Force, Robert Hight and Brittany Force. On 16-time world champion John Force’s PEAK / BlueDEF Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car, Danny Hood, son-in-law to John Force, will continue as lead crew chief with Tim Fabrisi, long-time car chief for Force, moving up to assistant. Both were key players in John’s historic 150th and 151st national event wins. “Thank you to all of our sponsors and fans for sticking by us. I really realized how much I love this sport and I appreciate the chance to get back into my PEAK / BlueDEF Chevrolet,” said owner and CEO John Force. “We’re excited to be back racing and to have all of our sponsors with us. I’m looking forward to working with Camping World and can’t wait to see where the sport goes with them on board.” President of John Force Racing and three-time Funny Car world champion Robert Hight will continue to drive the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS with his tandem of crew chiefs Jimmy Prock and Chris Cunningham. “I’m really looking forward to getting back to going rounds and winning races with this Auto Club team,” said Hight. “I know Jimmy [Prock] and Chris [Cunningham] and all our Auto Club guys are excited and ready to get going. I’m happy to be continuing John Force Racing’s over 20-year partnership with AAA and ultimately going after another championship.” Crew chiefs David Grubnic and Mac Savage will continue to tune 2017 Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force’s Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac dragster. The two sponsors will split the season as primary partners on the national record holding dragster.  “I can’t wait to get back to the racetrack with my Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac team,” said Brittany Force. “We’ll be chasing down our first win of the season right out of the gate. This year I’m really looking forward to racing in Seattle with Frank Tiegs and Flav-R-Pac as the title sponsor.” In addition to PEAK / BlueDEF, Auto Club, Monster Energy and Flav-R-Pac, John Force Racing brings back its full roster of sponsors including Chevrolet, Cornwell Tools, Montana Brand, ParkerStore, Baldwin Filters, Gates Belts, Weld Racing, Simpson Race Products and Goodyear. John Force Racing will prepare for the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series opening race at PRO Winter Warm-Up March 5-7 at Palm Beach International Raceway. Limited tickets are available for the test session at racepbir.com. Tickets for the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals March 12-14 are on sale at nhra.com.

What to Watch For: Doubleheader in South Carolina at Lake View, Cherokee

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Doubleheader in South Carolina at Lake View, CherokeeFriesen to make tour debut, Overton returns and Strickler looks to continue success with new Longhorn NICHOLS, SC – Feb. 15, 2021 – This weekend, the stars and cars of the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series head for the only doubleheader weekend on the schedule as the tour makes its debut at Lake View Motor Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 20, before its second visit of the season to Cherokee Speedway for the Frostbite 40 on Sunday, Feb. 21. With January and February’s long stretch of Late Model racing in Florida now complete, the Southeastern Super Late Model stars now turn their attention to the final three events on the docket for the 2020-21 Xtreme Series campaign. Several names are coming off wins and great finishes in the Sunshine State and will be looking to carry the momentum as the Series enters the back half of its schedule. If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVisionHere are the top storylines to follow this weekend: AN EXTREME DEBUT – Super DIRTcar Series-turned-NASCAR Truck Series star Stewart Friesen will make his debut with the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series this weekend behind the wheel of his Halmar International Longhorn Chassis #44. Friesen made his Dirt Late Model debut at All-Tech Raceway on Jan. 23 and picked up a top-10 in his most recent start at Bubba Raceway Park on Feb. 2. Since then, Friesen had a very successful outing with the Super DIRTcar Series at the 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia last week, winning both of his Big-Block starts on Tuesday and Wednesday night. REDEMPTION TIME – Chris Madden has been finishing well as of late in Xtreme competition, notching a win and a podium finish since the rough end to his last visit to Cherokee in November for the season-opening Blue Gray 100. The current points leader led the latter portion of the race until Lap 92 when he blew a tire, leaving him with a 12th-place result. But Sunday’s Frostbite 40 is only 40 laps, which could be just the distance the defending Series champion needs to show the DIRTVision audience how to get it done at his home track. Madden most recently bagged two top-10 finishes with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series in last week’s 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia, also leading a great deal of laps in Thursday’s Feature. RIDING THE WAVE – Kyle Strickler has had quite the notable past month. The current runner-up in Series points scored his first career World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series victory at Volusia Speedway Park’s Sunshine Nationals in January, made the switch back to Longhorn Chassis with his PCC Motorsports team, won again with the Outlaws last Wednesday night at Volusia’s 50th DIRTcar Nationals and signed-up to go full-time with the tour as the current points leader. Strickler’s last Xtreme Series outing at Cherokee in November was a success, placing third behind only Benji Hicks and winner Brandon Overton after 100 laps. He’s only 17 points behind Madden in the Series standings, and with both drivers intending to compete in all six races, this battle certainly has the potential to come right down to the wire. BRINGING SEXY BACK – One start, one win. After taking a few races off to assemble his new cars for the 2021 season, Brandon Overton is expected to make his return to the Xtreme tour this weekend after a very successful Florida stretch that included two wins and five podium finishes. Overton also won the Xtreme tour opening Blue Gray 100 at Cherokee in November. YOUNG GUN SHOOTS – Daulton Wilson, of Fayetteville, NC, had himself a stellar Qualifying performance in the season’s second race at Volunteer Speedway, breaking the track record before going on to finish sixth in the Feature. One week later, he posted a career-best 4th-place effort at Lavonia, showcasing his true talent on the Southeast red clay. Wilson hasn’t finished outside of the top-10 yet, grabbing an 8th-place finish at Cherokee in November’s Blue Gray 100.

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