Orange County Half-Mile Tickets Now on Sale

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 22, 2024) – Tickets are officially on sale for the Orange County Half-Mile, Round 7 of the 2024 Progressive American Flat Track season, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. Last season, the world’s greatest motorcycle dirt trackers made their first appearance at Middletown, New York’s Orange County Fair Speedway in more than three decades, and it proved to be an historic return.  On that day, Mission SuperTwins king Jared Mees became the winningest Half-Miler in the sport’s history with his 36th career victory in the discipline. This year’s visit should prove equally compelling with Mees out to capture a record-setting tenth Grand National Championship while attempting to hold off the likes of Dallas DanielsBriar BaumanDavis FisherBrandon Robinson, and the rest of a talent-laden field. Last year’s event also featured one of the highlights of the 2023 Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER season, with two-time defending champion Kody Kopp ultimately overcoming the efforts of ‘24 championship hopefuls Chase Saathoff and Tom Drane to claim a thrilling triumph.  The ‘24 edition will be yet another family-friendly affair including live music, a wide variety of vendors, numerous food and beverage options, and free motorcycle parking on Saturday, June 15General Admission Grandstand tickets are $50 (kids 12 and under $10) while Reserved Grandstand tickets ($60, all ages), Party Deck tickets ($355 for up to four individuals,), and Indoor Suite Reservation tickets ($965 for up to eight individuals) offer premium viewing experiences. The Pit Pass Upgrade grants access to the pit area for $50 (included free with Party Deck and Indoor Suite Reservation tickets). Drive-In Trackside Parking is available for both motorcycles ($10) and cars ($30). Fans also have the option to purchase Multi-Day Camping Passes for $100 (no hook-up) and $255 (with hook-up). Visit https://www.tixr.com/groups/americanflattrack/events/orange-county-half-mile-94110 to reserve your seats today. For more information on Progressive AFT visit https://www.americanflattrack.com.
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TEAM CHEVY ADVANCE Atlanta Motor Speedway Hampton, GeorgiaFebruary 23-24, 2024

TRIPLEHEADER AT ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAYComing off a weekend sweep at Daytona International Speedway, momentum is on the side of Chevrolet’s drivers and teams as all three NASCAR national Series will head to Atlanta Motor Speedway for back-to-back weekends of superspeedway-style racing. The second stop of the 2024 season will feature a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) and NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) doubleheader on Saturday, February 24, followed by the NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday, February 25. 
This weekend marks two years since Atlanta Motor Speedway underwent a massive reprofiling, including a complete repave, increased banking and narrowing of the track width – now providing teams with superspeedway-style racing at the 1.54-mile Georgia venue. Since competing on the revamped configuration, Chevrolet is the only manufacturer to win in all three NASCAR national series – earning three wins in four NCS races (William Byron – two; Chase Elliott – one), two wins in four NXS races (Austin Hill) and one win in two NCTS races (Christian Eckes). 
PACING IN THE PEACH STATE Chevrolet has amassed a series-leading wins record across all three NASCAR national series at Atlanta Motor Speedway – heading into the weekend with 44 NASCAR Cup Series wins, 19 NASCAR Xfinity Series wins and 10 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series wins at the 1.54-mile Georgia venue. 
Newly-crowned Daytona 500 Champion William Byron is the track’s most recent winner in NASCAR’s top division (July 2023). The 26-year-old Charlotte, North Carolina, native was leading the field at lap marker 185 when inclement weather forced the race to be deemed official. Byron led a quartet of Team Chevy drivers in the top-five, including a podium sweep with Trackhouse Racing’s Daniel Suarez (second) and Kaulig Racing’s AJ Allmendinger (third). 
Also coming off a win at Daytona International Speedway, Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Hill is credited with both of Chevrolet’s NXS wins at the reprofiled Georgia venue – earning back-to-back victories in July 2022 and March 2023. One year ago, McAnally-Hilgemann Racing’s Christian Eckes put Chevrolet back on the map in the NCTS at Atlanta Motor Speedway – delivering Chevrolet its first win in the series at the track since 2016. The victory came in only Eckes’ third NCTS start under the Bowtie banner – marking his first of a series-leading four victories last season. 
MAKING HISTORY The 2024 NASCAR season-opener weekend started with Chevrolet reaching a milestone feat at Daytona International Speedway. Nick Sanchez and Rev Racing became first-time winners in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Daytona International Speedway – a victory that also earned Chevrolet its milestone 100th NASCAR victory at the 2.5-mile Florida superspeedway. Fellow Team Chevy drivers William Byron and Austin Hill also picked up victories in their respective series to give the Bowtie brand a weekend sweep at the “World Center of Racing”. Chevrolet – the winningest manufacturer in NASCAR history at Daytona International Speedway – is now the only manufacturer in series’ history to sweep the wins across all three NASCAR national series in a season-opening weekend at the 2.5-mile Florida superspeedway more than once – also accomplishing the feat in 2018. 
William Byron No. 24 Camaro ZL1Hendrick MotorsportsAustin Hill, No. 21 Camaro SS Richard Childress RacingNick Sanchez, No. 2 Silverado RSTRev Racing
SANCHEZ, CARUTH START 2024 WITH CAREER-BESTS With just one race in the books for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Team Chevy’s Nick Sanchez and Rajah Caruth have already tallied career-best finishes. 
Enduring a caution-filled race and an overtime finish, Sanchez and Rev Racing claimed the victory in the NCTS’ season-opener at Daytona International Speedway – marking the first-ever win for both the driver and the team in the series. The victory came in Sanchez and Rev Racing’s sophomore season in the series, who are now competing as a technical alliance team with Spire Motorsports. Entering his seventh consecutive year with Rev Racing, Sanchez has now won in every series in which he has competed with the team. Sanchez’s previous career-best finish came at Atlanta Motor Speedway last season – finishing in the runner-up position by a mere 0.078-second margin to fellow Team Chevy driver Christian Eckes.  Also embarking on his second season in the series, Rajah Caruth topped his previous career-best sixth-place finish by driving his No. 71 Silverado RST to a third-place finish at Daytona International Speedway. A former teammate to Sanchez at Rev Racing, Caruth has teamed up with Spire Motorsports for the 2024 season as part of the organization’s full-time truck stable. The 21-year-old Atlanta, Georgia, native’s rookie NCTS campaign included four top-10 finishes and a 16th-place finish in the series’ final points standings. 
BUSCH SET TO MAKE NCTS RETURNKyle Busch – the most decorated driver in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series’ history – is slated to make five starts in the series this season, with his first on tap at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. Busch’s five-race stint in the series will be behind the wheel of the No. 7 Silverado RST for Spire Motorsports, where the Chevrolet driver also serves as a consultant for the organization’s truck series program.  The 38-year-old Las Vegas, Nevada, native holds the title as the winningest driver in NCTS’ history with 64 all-time victories in the series. The 2023 season marked Busch’s first time competing in the series under the Chevrolet banner. In four of his five NCTS starts, Busch earned finishes no worse than second, including two victories. Busch’s most recent NCTS start at Pocono Raceway (July 2023) ended with a monumental victory – earning Kyle Busch Motorsports’ milestone 100th and final victory in the series. The Team Chevy driver has made 13 NCTS starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway – compiling six wins, nine top-five and 10 top-10 finishes at the track.  
NEXT GEN CAMARO ZL1 LEADS IN SUPERSPEEDWAY TRIUMPHSThe 2024 season marks the third year of competition for the Next Gen cars in the NASCAR Cup Series. Since making its competition debut, the Camaro ZL1 has amassed wins in nine of the 13 superspeedway-style races – earning a winning percentage of nearly 70%. Further proving the strength across the Chevrolet camp, six drivers from four different Chevrolet teams have contributed to those triumphs: 
 Atlanta Motor Speedway (March 20, 2022) – William Byron Talladega Superspeedway (April 24, 2022) – Ross Chastain Atlanta Motor Speedway (July 10, 2022) – Chase Elliott Daytona International Speedway (Aug. 29, 2022) – Austin Dillon Talladega Superspeedway (Oct. 2, 2022) – Chase Elliott Daytona International Speedway (Feb. 19, 2023) – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Talladega Superspeedway (April 23, 2023) – Kyle Busch Atlanta Motor Speedway (July 9, 2023) – William Byron Daytona International Speedway (Feb.19, 2024) – William Byron
BOWTIE BULLETS:·       Chevrolet will make its pacing debut for the 2024 NASCAR season this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Silverado RST will lead the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in Saturday’s Fr8 208; the Camaro SS will lead the NASCAR Xfinity Series in Saturday’s RAPTOR King of Tough 250; and the Camaro ZL1 will lead the NASCAR Cup Series in Sunday’s Ambetter Health 400.  ·       Active Chevrolet drivers with a NASCAR Cup Series win at Atlanta Motor Speedway: William Byron – two wins (July 2023; March 2022)Kyle Busch – two wins (Sept. 2013, March 2008)Chase Elliott – one (July 2022) ·       In 119 NASCAR Cup Series races held at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Chevrolet has recorded a series-leading 44 victories – most recently by the newly-crowned Daytona 500 Champion, William Byron, and the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Camaro ZL1 team (July 2023). 
·       Since the debut of the Next Gen cars in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2022, Chevrolet has won nine of the 13 superspeedway-style races – recorded by six drivers from four different Chevrolet teams. 
·       For the second time in history, Chevrolet swept the wins across all three NASCAR national series in the season-opening weekend at Daytona International Speedway – making Chevrolet the only manufacturer to accomplish that feat more than once. 
·       With its 42 NASCAR Cup Series Manufacturer Championships, 33 NASCAR Cup Series Driver Championships, and 852 all-time NASCAR Cup Series wins, Chevrolet continues to hold the title as the winningest brand in NASCAR Cup Series history.  
Manufacturer Points Standings
Chevrolet: 40 Toyota: 34 (-6)Ford: 28 (12)
Manufacturer Points Standings
Chevrolet: 40Toyota: 35 (-5)Ford: 31 (-9)
Manufacturer Points Standings
Chevrolet: 40Toyota: 35 (-5)Ford: 30 (-10)
TUNE-IN:NASCAR Cup Series: Ambetter Health 400Sunday, February 25, at 2:30 p.m. ET(FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90)
NASCAR Xfinity Series: RAPTOR King of Tough 250  Saturday, February 24, at 5 p.m. ET(FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90)
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Fr8 208Saturday, February 24, at 2 p.m. ET(FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90)
QUOTABLE QUOTES:Ross Chastain, No. 1 Moose Fraternity Camaro ZL1How does it feel to be going to Atlanta this weekend as it’s only the second race of the season?“It feels a little odd to be going to Atlanta so early in the season since it’s right after Daytona. We usually head out west and then come back to Atlanta. I’ve run second there a couple of times on the reconfigured surface so I feel like I at least have a little bit of an understanding on how to run the track there. It’s not exactly like a Daytona superspeedway but there are elements that feel superspeedway-like. Hopefully we can get the Moose Fraternity Chevrolet in victory lane this weekend.”

Austin Dillon, No. 3 BREZTRI Camaro ZL1With the hybrid that is Atlanta Motor Speedway now, what did you have to learn to be successful at that track given the change in the track and change in the car?“I haven’t been as successful as I’ve wanted to be at Atlanta Motor Speedway, so I’ve got to go to work on that one. In the first race we competed in on the new Atlanta Motor Speedway configuration, we were pretty good. I got turned at the end of the stage, and if we didn’t, we would’ve finished second or third. That was probably one of the best cars I’ve had there. Past that, Atlanta has been difficult because I’ve had some massive hits there.”

Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Celsius Camaro ZL1Recently, you’ve had a couple really good runs at Atlanta Motor Speedway, so it seems like a place that’s climbing your list of favorite tracks.“Since the Atlanta reconfiguration our Spire Motorsports team has had a good handle on it. As the surface has aged over the last several years it will look less like a Talladega and more like a really compacted pack at Charlotte. Handling will be a premium and with no practice we’re hoping we can nail down a good package in our Celsius Camaro. We’ve been in contention here multiple times and we’re going this weekend to try and do the same thing.”

Kyle Busch, No. 8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Camaro ZL1What are your thoughts on Atlanta Motor Speedway, especially with the relatively new configuration?“Driving at the new Atlanta configuration is definitely challenging just due to the fact that it’s really, really fast and it’s a mile-and-a-half so it seems like the superspeedway speeds that you get at a mile-and-a-half make everything go by really quick and things happen quick, faster than a superspeedway. That’s definitely the challenging part. Understanding the grip level of what the cars have in the draft and the moves you can make is also pretty challenging. It’s easier for everybody to go fast with it being restrictor plate style racing and everybody being able to hold it wide-open for the most part is what makes it a plate race.”
Last year you won early and often. How important is it to get that out of the way early, then concentrate on what’s next?“Yeah, no, winning early, man, that’s huge for your season. It kind of sets the tone, gives you a chance to know you’re in the Playoffs. You just have to make sure you keep everything else in order. If you’re getting into the July, August months, and you don’t have a win yet, it gets stressful. That’s not going to be a place where you want to get to.”
You had two top 10s at Atlanta last year. You really took to that track quickly, the reconfiguration, with a different car. What is it about it or are you just easy acclimation?“We got lucky last year in the fifth-place finish because we stayed out on fuel mileage and then the rain came and gave up that opportunity. Track position is hard to get there. It’s hard to pass. It’s two lanes, two-wide. I felt really good about my car. I felt like I could go to the bottom and rip the bottom better than anybody, but then there was no room to get back in line on the top to get the straightaway speed you need. I kept getting sucked backwards every time I would try to pull out of line and try to make a move. It’s just hard to be patient in those situations and sit and ride.”

Daniel Hemric, No. 31 Cirkul Camaro ZL1“I’m looking forward to another superspeedway-style race in Atlanta this week. I’ve personally never ran this NextGen Cup car at Atlanta, but I can remember the last few years watching as a fan and thinking it looked like absolute chaos. I’m excited to be part of that chaos this year and hopefully in the mix in our No. 31 Cirkul Camaro ZL1, just like we were in Daytona.”

Zane Smith, No. 71 City of Refuge Camaro ZL1What are your thoughts on your first Daytona 500 with the Spire Motorsports Team?“I’m super happy with how our team executed Daytona. I had a really fast WeatherTech Chevrolet Camaro and the guys worked hard all off-season to bring a fast car to the track. That was an intense race and we avoided two big crashes, finishing 13th. I learned a lot through that race. We have great momentum heading into Atlanta this weekend and I’m looking forward Sunday.”

Carson Hocevar, No. 77 Premier Security Solutions Camaro ZL1“We’re hungry and ready to go run after a disappointing day at Daytona. We’re looking at this race as if it’s the first one. There’s nowhere else to go but up from last week. The whole team is ready to go, I can promise you that. We’re lucky enough to have a longtime sponsor, Premier Security Solutions, on our No. 77 Chevrolet this weekend and again next weekend in Las Vegas. Hopefully we can put on a good show for everyone.”

Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Freeway Insurance Camaro ZL1What are your thoughts on Daytona?“I was really happy with my race team. They had a great strategy and got us points in the Duels and then in both stages on Monday. I thought this was my best chance to win a Daytona 500. We led in the final 15 laps and it was looking good. We were just in the wrong place at the wrong time and when that happens there isn’t much you can do. Very proud of my race team.”
You ran second in the second race at Atlanta last year. Drivers call that track a hybrid and why are you so good at it?“I have good cars. I have good execution from my team, and it’s a lot about being patient. It’s a lot like racing in Daytona. I think things have worked out a few times for us in Atlanta, and every time we go to a road course we are competitive. If you ask William Byron last year how many times he had a car capable of winning a race – 15, 18? – and he won six. I had a car capable of winning a race maybe three times last year. You have to have more shots than that because a winning car doesn’t mean you’re going to win the race. You still have to execute; it has to play out. If you want to win a couple of races, you have to have eight to 10 winning cars. So that is what we were lacking – consistency. One weekend we can show up to a racetrack and we were top five and the next weekend we were 20th. I feel like the 99 team is the most prepared it has been in years.”
Chevrolet NASCAR Cup Series Statistics Manufacturers Championships:Total (1949-2023): 42First title for Chevrolet: 1958Highest number of consecutive titles: 13 (2003-15) Years Won: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2021, 2022, 2023 Drivers Championships:Total (1949-2021): 33First Chevrolet champion: Buck Baker (1957)Highest number of consecutive titles: 7 (2005-11)Most Recent: Kyle Larson (2021) Years Won: 1957, 1960, 1961, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2020, 2021 Event Victories:Record for total race wins in single season: 26 (2007)                2024 STATISTICS:                                                                                                    Wins: 1Poles: 0Laps Led: 62Top-five finishes: 3Top-10 finishes: 4Stage wins: 1·       Chase Elliott: 1 (Daytona)  CHEVROLET IN NASCAR CUMULATIVE STATISTICS:Total Chevrolet race wins: 852 (1949 to date)Poles won to date: 743Laps led to date: 249,237Top-five finishes to date: 4,301Top-10 finishes to date: 8,865                                                                                                          Total NASCAR Cup Wins by Corporation, 1949 to Date:                    General Motors: 1,186           Chevrolet: 852           Pontiac: 154           Oldsmobile: 115           Buick: 65            Ford: 828                                                                      Ford: 728           Mercury: 96           Lincoln: 4            Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: 467           Dodge: 217           Plymouth: 191           Chrysler: 59            Toyota: 180

Thom Duma Fine Jewelers Named Official Jeweler of Progressive AFT For 11th Consecutive Season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 22, 2024) – Progressive American Flat Track, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, is pleased to confirm that Thom Duma Fine Jewelers (TDFJ) is back as the series’ Official Jeweler for an eleventh consecutive season in 2024. TDJF’s ties to the sport reach much farther back than even that impressive run, with owner Tom Duma Jr. a long-time veteran of the paddock. Duma stood as a Progressive AFT racer from 1976 to 1981, before learning the family business from his father, Tom Duma, Sr., and ultimately taking over TDFJ himself. Thom Duma Fine Jewelers enjoys a storied history, tracing its origins back to the 1800s before being acquired by the Dumas almost three-quarters of a century ago. Since partnering with Progressive AFT in an official capacity, Tom Duma, Jr., has seamlessly connected his two passions, establishing the now-cherished tradition of awarding each season’s champions with a one-of-a-kind and fully customized handcrafted ring to properly commemorate their incredible achievement. “Having campaigned full time in the series back in the 70s & 80s I know how much effort it takes to put together a championship season, and what better way to commemorate that effort than with a customized championship ring,” said Duma. “I’m honored to be able to work with the Champions to make a ring worthy of the title!” Thom Duma Fine Jewelers’ unique ties that connect racing and jewelry are not reserved for Progressive AFT champions alone. For fans, TDFJ offers a full line of top jewelry designers in fashion and bridal. Diamonds sourced from around the world and fine Swiss timepieces. TDFJ offers the “Racer Series,” a line of race-inspired jewelry, including hot shoe pendants in precious metal, customized racing number pendants that match the racers font, and much more. The complete line is available for purchase online at www.TDFJ.com, and you can contact Duma personally via email at contact@tdfj.com. Reigning champions Jared Mees and Kody Kopp will be awarded their championship rings in a special ceremony when the 2024 Progressive American Flat Track season opens with the  Royal Enfield Short Track at DAYTONA on Thursday, March 7 and Friday, March 8.  Visit  https://www.tixr.com/groups/americanflattrack/events/daytona-short-track-i-and-ii-86845 to take advantage of the Multi-Day Discount and save $10 by purchasing tickets for both rounds at once. For more information on Progressive AFT visit https://www.americanflattrack.com. Progressive AFT series merchandise is available via the official merchandise storeat https://aftmerch.com.

1 MONTH ALERT: World of Outlaws Late Models to Make Thunderhill Debut March 22-23

Summertown, TN (Feb. 22, 2024) – The World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series will make its lone Tennessee stop of 2024 at Thunderhill Raceway, March 22-23.

The doubleheader event, boasting a $115,000 overall Feature purse, will be the Series’ first-ever stop at the 1/3-mile track.

Friday’s race will pay $10,000 to win, while Saturday’s race will pay $15,000 to win.

It’ll be a home state homecoming for 21-time Series winner Jimmy Owens, of Newport, TN. He’s never won at the track, but Tennessee dirt tracks have been kind to him in his career as his first World of Outlaws win came in Tennessee in 2008 and he’s the last driver to win a World of Outlaws race in the state.

Of the stout field of full-time World of Outlaws drivers, David Breazeale is the only one with a win at Thunderhill, coming in 2017 with the Sourthern All Star Dirt Racing Series.

The Tennessee track will also be the first new venue of the season after four races at Volusia Speedway Park. Defending Series champion Bobby Pierce currently leads four-time Series champion Brandon Sheppard by six points in the standings, and leads Chris Madden – who is looking for his first Series title – by 14 points.

EVENT INFO
To Win:
Friday- $10,000
Saturday- $15,000

Tickets: Available at the track
How to Watch: DIRTVision.com

More Info: https://bit.ly/3IaBsQA

1 MONTH ALERT: World of Outlaws to Make Big O Speedway Debut March 22

ENNIS, TX (Feb. 22, 2024) – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will make its final Texas stop of 2024 at Big O Speedway for the Bluebonnet Showdown on Friday, March 22.

It’ll be the Series’ first time visiting the 1/4-mile track in Ennis, TX – 40 minutes from Dallas – and it’ll be the track’s first time hosting a national Winged Sprint Car series.

Twenty-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser has the most Series wins in Texas, but of active drivers, that title belongs to 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, who has seven wins in the state.

Current Series points leader, David Gravel, is the most recent Texas winner, having won the World of Outlaws’ final race at Devil’s Bowl Speedway last year. Overall, he has three wins in the state. Other Outlaw Texas winners include Carson Macedo, Logan Schuchart and Sheldon Haudenschild.

EVENT INFO:
Schedule
2pm Gates Open
5pm Grandstands Open
6:30pm Hot Laps/Qualifying (Racing to follow)
*All Central Times

To Win: $12,000

Tickets: https://bit.ly/3uHOqSB
How to Watch: DIRTVision.com

More Info: https://bit.ly/3UONXc3

BUD KAEDING – NARC PIT PERSONALITIES

(2/21/24 – By Michael Gilmer) … Bud Kaeding is a third-generation driver who has enjoyed tons of success on the NARC King of The West tour.  He has been a model of consistency, finishing in the top five of the NARC championship point standings 10 consecutive years. His crowning achievement during that span was winning the 2017 title with car owner Morrie Williams, and the “unofficial drivers title” during the shortened COVID season.

Based on those kind of results, many assume that Kaeding is supported by a huge team with even bigger money rolling in .., right?  Not exactly!  It is a common misconception that successful drivers like Kaeding are racing with pocket loads of money at their disposal. The truth is, he works very hard to hustle up his own racing budget each year.

“The finding money part of the race season has definitely gotten tougher then when I was a little kid,” explains Kaeding. “I feel like every winter all I’m doing is making phone calls and beating down doors. I actually used to go through the whole phonebook and call local companies to try to get sponsors. It seemed like an easier task when we had a local track here in San Jose. Now that we do not, and Watsonville being the closest track and it’s a bit of a struggle to get to on a Friday night, it’s been tough to generate local interest. The sponsors that we do have on our cars have all been a part of our race group. Whether it was my racing experience, or my dad‘s for 20 to 30 years, good people like that is what it takes to continue racing.”

Bud gives credit for his longevity and lasting success to all the consistent support from long time sponsors, and great supporters in his inner race circle.

So with all the time and effort he puts into his car, Bud is ready for another NARC season behind the wheel.  With some drivers leaving the NARC campaign with national aspirations, and new ones on the rise, Bud expects it to be an interesting race year.

“This year will be very tricky for sure,” he continued. “With guys like Dominic Scelzi and Corey Day not competing full-time out here, it kind of opens up two top spots . But with Justin Sanders getting better each year and the youth in the series obviously rising up every week and getting better and more competitive, it’s definitely gonna be tough. I feel that our knowledge, workmanship and dedication can still help propel us to get back on top. It’s been a tough couple years not winning a race within the NARC series, so for starters, that is our main focus; winning races. If we can reach that goal, then we start looking at winning the championship.”

Bud is quick to acknowledge his biggest supporters and critics.

“As far as pushing me as a driver and a competitor, my dad (Brent) has always been there,” said Kaeding. “He’s there to point out the good and the bad and what I’m doing wrong on and off the track.”

“As far as friendship and support to continue my career, George Maciel of Alviso Rock Inc. has been important in my life. My grandfather raced for George since the mid 80’s and when he retired, George started helping me in 1996. He is still a supporter of mine to this day. My wife and daughter are also supporters of what I do. They push me and keep me motivated to continue through the good and bad times.”

With this type of support, Bud is pushed to be his best every season. In 1996, he captured the San Jose Speedway 360 sprint car  championship. Almost 30 years later, the mission hasn’t changed.

Kaeding has built up a mountain of experience in his career at many different tracks on the left coast.   Does he have a favorite?

“Hanford used to be my favorite track,” said Kaeding, “but since they’ve changed the configuration of it so many times in the past five to ten years, it’s been hit or miss. We used to be really good there but we have struggled in the last year or so. Tulare is still one of my favorites and that place seems to be more intense than ever. I’m also pretty excited to see Santa Maria back on the schedule. I feel like we’ve always been pretty fast there, and we’ve always run up front when we go. But we have just fallen on some bad luck. Whether it be, getting crashed into or something breaking.”

With the 2024 NARC 410 Sprint Car season approaching quickly, there is no doubt that the competitive fire still burns extremely hot for Bud Kaeding and his support network and team.  Look for good things to happen!

ED NOTE:  Michael Gilmer is one of our guest columnist.  He is a 17-years-old high school student and resides in Diamond Springs, CA.https://wp.me/p8HUv9-2H2

Burton, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Hoping To Bounce Back At Atlanta


February 21, 2024


With the disappointment of Daytona behind them, Harrison Burton and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew are hoping to rebound with a strong run in this weekend’s Ambetter Health 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Since a repave and reconfiguration in 2021, Atlanta’s 1.54-mile quad-oval has become a drafting track much like Daytona and Talladega, the much larger superspeedways on the NASCAR circuit.

Jeremy Bullins, crew chief of the No. 21 Mustang Dark Horse, said the team’s speed at Daytona, especially in the Duel qualifying races where Burton contended for the win and wound up fifth in his race, make him optimistic headed into Atlanta.
 
“Obviously the way Daytona ended for us wasn’t the start to the season we were looking for,” Bullins said of the Lap 6 multi-car wreck that took Burton out of the 500. “We felt like we were really strong at the end of the Duels and had a shot to win and felt like we had a car that could carry that over to Sunday.
 
“Atlanta will be a similar style of racing, and we will be ready to bounce back.”
 
Bullins said the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team members need to put the early Daytona exit behind them, since it was due to circumstances not of their making.

“Like I told Harrison we controlled everything we could, and that’s all you can do,” Bullins said.

There will be no pre-race practice at Atlanta other than a 10-minute session after qualifying where drivers can work on pit entry. 
 
Qualifying is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturday.
  
Sunday’s 260-lap, 400-mile race is expected to get the green flag just after 3 p.m., with TV coverage on FOX.
 
Stage breaks are planned for Laps 60 and 160.

Dominic Scelzi Back With Roth Motorsports for High Limit Racing Event in Georgia Following Florida Doubleheader

Inside Line Promotions – TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2024) – Dominic Scelzi is returning to a Roth Motorsports No. 83 sprint car this weekend for a High Limit Racing event at Golden Isles Speedway.

The Deuces Wild two-night show runs Thursday and Saturday at the dirt oval in Waynesville, Ga.

“I know I’ve never raced in Georgia, but I don’t think I’ve ever even been to Georgia,” Scelzi said. “My goal is to make the dash both nights and run inside the top 10 both nights. I have a lot of confidence going in and I feel comfortable.”

Scelzi joined Roth Motorsports last week when he filled in for James McFadden during the High Limit Racing opening event hosted by East Bay Raceway Park. The Battle at the Bay marked Scelzi’s first time competing at the track.

“Our results didn’t show how good we were, but we had really good speed,” he said. “I think the hardest thing jumping in something new, especially racing with a lot of good guys, is getting yourself up to speed as fast as you can. We didn’t do as good of a job in qualifying as we hoped the first night.”

Scelzi timed in 12 th quickest in his group a week ago Monday. He gained a position to finish fifth in a heat race, earning a lock-in position into the main event.

“To be able to get by Brent Marks on the start and get us into the feature was a huge part of the success of the night,” he said. “In the feature we threw some things at it that made me comfortable. I felt we were a top-10 car, but I just wasn’t able to break into the top 10 by the time the race ended.”

Scelzi’s run from 20 th to 12 th was tied for the second-most positions gained.

The event concluded the following night, when Scelzi qualified fourth quickest in his group out of more than 25 competitors.

“We hot lapped a lot better and qualified a lot better,” he said. “We ran well in the heat race and our second-place finish got us into the dash. We were as fast as Brad (Sweet) in the dash, but the bottom got sped up and we got passed to end third.”

Scelzi overcame early trouble when a competitor ran into him, damaging the nose wing. After a couple of visits to the work area, he rallied from the back of the pack to garner a 13th-place result.

“In the feature we got run over right away,” he said. “We were able to fix the nose wing and drive up through there to finish 13th. It wasn’t what we wanted, but to recover and pass the amount of good cars we did was great.”

QUICK RESULTS –

Feb. 12 – East Bay Raceway Park near Tampa, Fla. – Qualifying: 12; Heat race: 5 (6); Feature: 12 (20).

Feb. 13 – East Bay Raceway Park near Tampa, Fla. – Qualifying: 4; Heat race: 2 (2); Dash: 3 (2); Feature: 13 (3).

SEASON STATS –

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

UP NEXT –

Thursday and Saturday at Golden Isles Speedway in Waynesville, Ga., for the Deuces Wild with High Limit Racing

MEDIA LINKS –

Website: http://www.GaryScelziMotorsports.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Scelzi41

Royal Enfield North America Named Official OEM Partner of Progressive AFT, Title Sponsor for DAYTONA Opener

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 21, 2024) – Progressive American Flat Track, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, is proud to confirm that its expansive partnership with Royal Enfield North America (RENA) will continue for a fifth consecutive year in 2024, and that the manufacturer will also serve as the title sponsor of the season-opening Royal Enfield Short Track at DAYTONA. The world’s oldest global motorcycle brand in continuous production, Royal Enfield has proven to be an ideal Official OEM Partner of America’s Original Extreme Sport since making its splashy debut in the paddock in 2020. Over that time, Royal Enfield has made a wide embrace of the sport, both developing its Twins FT racebike into a legitimate force at the sport’s highest level while fostering the growth of motorcycle dirt track racing in North America at a grassroots level. After proving itself a race winner in the now retired Mission Production Twins category, Royal Enfield stepped up to full-time duty in the premier Mission SuperTwins class in 2023. Despite the heightened level of difficulty that comes with competing against the fastest and most accomplished competitors and equipment in the world, Royal Enfield managed to score double-digit top-ten finishes, including a pair of top fives. The bike’s front-running potential was demonstrated most convincingly by the brand’s lead rider, Johnny Lewis, who took the Twins FT to victory in the Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge at last year’s Orange County Half-Mile over the Grand National Championship’s title contenders. Lewis will again spearhead Royal Enfield’s effort in 2024 as its exhaustive developmental program continues to reap greater rewards year after year. The 2024 campaign will open at Daytona International Speedway in doubleheader fashion on March 7 and 8 with the additional highlight of the marque standing as the event’s title sponsor. Along with competing at the same short track venue at which Lewis earned the brand’s its first-ever Progressive AFT victory in 2020, Royal Enfield will be spotlighted in Daytona in a significant way via an impressive vendor display and demo rides that will be offered throughout the entirety of Daytona Bike Week. Additionally, Royal Enfield will showcase its enormously successful and popular Build. Train. Race. (BTR) program on both days at the Royal Enfield Short Track at DAYTONA, along with other select Progressive AFT rounds in the season ahead. Since its introduction, BTR has injected new talent and excitement into the series as highlights, celebrates, and encourages the involvement of women in flat track racing. The program invites both experienced and beginner racers to race-prep customized Royal Enfield INT650s, hone their riding skills, and then compete at Progressive AFT national events. “We’re looking forward to continuing our relationship with Progressive American Flat Track through the 2024 season,” said Adrian Sellers, Royal Enfield Head – Custom & Motorsport. “Royal Enfield is a 123-year old brand with so much yet to offer in North American moto racing. We’ve seen tremendous growth in the past year, introducing several all-new models and continuing our groundbreaking programs that open doors to new riders and racers. We look forward to sharing another milestone year with Progressive AFT and its fans.” The 2024 Progressive American Flat Track season will open with the Royal Enfield Short Track at DAYTONA at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, March 7 and Friday, March 8. To purchase DAYTONA Short Track I tickets, visit: https://www.tixr.com/groups/americanflattrack/events/daytona-short-track-i-86846. To purchase DAYTONA Short Track II tickets, visit:https://www.tixr.com/groups/americanflattrack/events/daytona-short-track-ii-86992. And to save $10 by purchasing Thursday and Friday tickets together via the Multi-Day Discount for the DAYTONA Short Track I & II, visit: https://www.tixr.com/groups/americanflattrack/events/daytona-short-track-i-and-ii-86845. For more information on Royal Enfield North America visit https://www.royalenfield.com/us/en/home. For more information on Progressive AFT visit https://www.americanflattrack.com. Progressive AFT series merchandise is available via the official merchandise store at https://aftmerch.com/.

Cadillac preps for WEC season at Prologue

No. 2 Cadillac V-Series.R begins second year of Hypercar competition in Qatar
DETROIT (Feb. 21, 2024) – Cadillac Racing enters its second season of FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Hypercar competition March 2 with the Qatar Airways Qatar 1812 Km at Lusail International Circuit. Up first Feb. 24-25 is the aptly named Prologue. Four test sessions totaling 14 hours should provide No. 2 Cadillac V-Series.R drivers Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn and Sebastien Bourdais and the team valuable data and insight into navigating the 5.148-kilometer (3.37-mile), 16-turn road course during the race the following weekend. The venue, which also hosts rounds of Formula 1 and the MotoGP World Championship, is new to the WEC calendar and the Cadillac Racing drivers.
Media resourcesDriver CVs2023 WEC statisticsLe Mans invitationCadillac Racing wins
2023 highlights* Third place at Le Mans* Top-five finishes at Sebring, Portimão and Spa-Francorchamps* Qualified third in season finale at Bahrain
“Being able to race in the WEC with Cadillac has been an amazing opportunity,” GM sports car racing program manager Laura Wontrop Klauser said. “We have a lot of learn still and I’d say our biggest challenge in the program is getting to know that series and the different tracks, especially new ones like Qatar and Brazil, this year. We enjoy that challenge and are looking forward to growing and getting stronger in 2024.”
Highlighting Cadillac Racing’s inaugural WEC season was the third-place finish in the centenary 24 Hours of Le Mans. The podium at the endurance classic was the first for Cadillac Racing, which returned to Circuit de la Sarthe after a 21-year absence. The No. 2 Cadillac V-Series.R, driven by Bamber, Lynn and Richard Westbrook, started the season with top-five finishes at Sebring, Portimão and Spa-Francorchamps. Bourdais, co-driver of the No. 01 Cadillac V-Series.R in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class, adds another layer of experience to the program for the season-opening round. Bourdais, a four-time CART champion among other motorsport accolades, co-drove the No. 3 Cadillac V-Series.R to fourth place overall in the centenary 24 Hours of Le Mans last June. Mostly recently, he qualified second for the 62nd Rolex 24 At Daytona that secured a front row lockout for Cadillac Racing. Announcing Bourdais for Round 1The Chip Ganassi Racing-run team tested in December in Spain following the conclusion of the seven-race season in Bahrain. “We know where our strengths are and we’re working on optimizing our strengths to get the best results possible,” team manager Stephen Mitas said. “It’s a new circuit for the whole team so it will be an interesting challenge. For the team overall, most of the tracks last year were quite new with the exception of the big ones that most of the people have been at before. The team was able to adapt quite quickly and I’m quite confident that will be the same in Qatar.” The Cadillac LMDh platform features the purpose-built 5.5-liter DOHC V8 engine developed by GM’s Performance and Racing propulsion team paired with the spec hybrid system.Driver quotes
Earl Bamber: “I think we’ve done some good preparation. We learned a lot about the WEC and how they execute the races. We’ve looking forward to picking up again. Qatar will be a challenge because we’ve never been there and I hear it’s quite tricky. We’ll put our best foot forward and see what we can do.” Alex Lynn: “Overall, it was a positive year. We had a major result at Le Mans with third place. Beyond that, we have a few moments where we shined. We are still in a development phase and we learn a lot every weekend. We had some good qualifications and good races from the start of the season, but the end of the year did not go as hoped. I think we can use all these positives in an interesting way this year.” Sebastien Bourdais: “I’m looking forward to starting the WEC season and try to help Alex and Earl in Qatar. It’s always fun to discover a new racetrack and I’m happy to get the opportunity to race more in the No. 2 Cadillac V-Series.R. We hope to take what was learned last year and apply it right from the start while still learning about the car. We hope to kick off the season by scoring some good points.”

This Weekend – NMRA Kicks off the ’24 Season at Gainesville Raceway Feb 23-25!

NMRA’s Spring Break Shootout is an epic festival-style event kicking off the ’24 season in style! Celebrating 60 Years of Mustang, NMRA has all sorts of special events planned throughout the weekend.
Top-20 reasons to attend this historic event:♦ Celebrating Mustang’s 60th ♦ NPD Cars, Coffee & Cruise (Fri)♦ Ford Drift Invitational♦ Vaughn Gittin & Cheslea DeNofa♦ RTR Experience♦ Insane Ford Drag Racing♦ True Street ♦ All-Female True Street♦ Stick Shift Shootout ♦ Spring Break Shootout♦ S650 Mustang Stampede♦ 2020+ GT500 Shootout♦ All-Ford Car Show♦ Fox Body Reunion♦ World’s Largest BIGFOOT ♦ Freestyle Motocross Shows♦ Flame-Throwing Jet Cars♦ NMRA Fan Experience♦ Manufacturers Midway ♦ Used Parts Swap MeetVisit NMRAdigital.com for a complete schedule of events, including specific daily features. Kids 12 & under FREE & FREE parking. Buy your tickets online or at the gate. 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and High Limit Sprint CarsConverge at Golden Isles

BATAVIA, Ohio (February 20, 2024) – Golden Isles Speedway will bring fans the best of both worlds with Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and High Limit Sprint Cars sharing the stage in the week ahead. The multi-day extravaganza dubbed “Deuces Wild” will kickstart on Wednesday, February 21 with an Open Practice for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, High Limit Sprint Cars, and the Golden Isles Speedway 604 Late Models. The General Admission area on Wednesday will be open for just $5. Fans are encouraged to visit Golden Isles Speedway for a sneak peek at the elite drivers expected in all divisions. It’s all High Limit Racing on Thursday for a $10,000-to-win preliminary event. The Lucas Oil Late Dirt Series will shine on Friday for their $10,000-to-win preliminary program. Finally, both tours will race on Saturday with each competing in a $20,000-to-win finale. Thursday, February 22 TICKETS – LucasDirt.info/deuceswild-thursFriday, February 23 TICKETS – LucasDirt.info/deuceswild-friSaturday, February 24 TICKETS – LucasDirt.info/deuceswild-sat Golden Isles Speedway is a 4/10-mile red clay oval located off U.S. Hwy. 82 in Waynesville, Ga. just 14 miles west of I-95. For more information about Golden Isles Speedway, please visit www.gisdirt.com. Ricky Thornton Jr. continues to lead the Big River Steel Chase for the Championship – Presented by ARP. Hudson O’Neal is just five points behind in second, followed by Jonathan Davenport, Devin Moran, and Daulton Wilson rounding out the top five. For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.comLucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Purses:Friday, February 23: 1. $10,000, 2. $5,500, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,700, 5. $2,500, 6. $2,300, 7. $2,200, 8. $2,100, 9. $2,050, 10. $2,000, 11. $1,600, 12. $1,400, 13. $1,200, 14. $1,000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800 = Total $48,575 Saturday, February 24: 1. $20,000, 2. $10,000, 3. $6,500, 4. $5,000, 5. $4,000, 6. $3,500, 7. $3,000, 8. $2,500, 9. $2,400, 10. $2,300, 11. $2,200, 12. $2,000, 13. $1,900, 14. $1,800, 15. $1,700, 16. $1,500, 17. $1,300, 18. $1,200, 19. $1,200, 20. $1,200, 21. $1,200, 22. $1,200, 23. $1,200, 24. $1,200 = Total $80,000 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Tire Rule:Left Front – Any (90) Hoosier TireRight Front/Left Rear – Hoosier (90) NLMT2Right Rear – Hoosier (92) NLMT2, (92) NLMT3

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and High Limit Sprint CarsConverge at Golden Isles

BATAVIA, Ohio (February 20, 2024) – Golden Isles Speedway will bring fans the best of both worlds with Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and High Limit Sprint Cars sharing the stage in the week ahead. The multi-day extravaganza dubbed “Deuces Wild” will kickstart on Wednesday, February 21 with an Open Practice for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, High Limit Sprint Cars, and the Golden Isles Speedway 604 Late Models. The General Admission area on Wednesday will be open for just $5. Fans are encouraged to visit Golden Isles Speedway for a sneak peek at the elite drivers expected in all divisions. It’s all High Limit Racing on Thursday for a $10,000-to-win preliminary event. The Lucas Oil Late Dirt Series will shine on Friday for their $10,000-to-win preliminary program. Finally, both tours will race on Saturday with each competing in a $20,000-to-win finale. Thursday, February 22 TICKETS – LucasDirt.info/deuceswild-thursFriday, February 23 TICKETS – LucasDirt.info/deuceswild-friSaturday, February 24 TICKETS – LucasDirt.info/deuceswild-sat Golden Isles Speedway is a 4/10-mile red clay oval located off U.S. Hwy. 82 in Waynesville, Ga. just 14 miles west of I-95. For more information about Golden Isles Speedway, please visit www.gisdirt.com. Ricky Thornton Jr. continues to lead the Big River Steel Chase for the Championship – Presented by ARP. Hudson O’Neal is just five points behind in second, followed by Jonathan Davenport, Devin Moran, and Daulton Wilson rounding out the top five. For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.comLucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Purses:Friday, February 23: 1. $10,000, 2. $5,500, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,700, 5. $2,500, 6. $2,300, 7. $2,200, 8. $2,100, 9. $2,050, 10. $2,000, 11. $1,600, 12. $1,400, 13. $1,200, 14. $1,000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800 = Total $48,575 Saturday, February 24: 1. $20,000, 2. $10,000, 3. $6,500, 4. $5,000, 5. $4,000, 6. $3,500, 7. $3,000, 8. $2,500, 9. $2,400, 10. $2,300, 11. $2,200, 12. $2,000, 13. $1,900, 14. $1,800, 15. $1,700, 16. $1,500, 17. $1,300, 18. $1,200, 19. $1,200, 20. $1,200, 21. $1,200, 22. $1,200, 23. $1,200, 24. $1,200 = Total $80,000 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Tire Rule:Left Front – Any (90) Hoosier TireRight Front/Left Rear – Hoosier (90) NLMT2Right Rear – Hoosier (92) NLMT2, (92) NLMT3

AT SEBRING DYSON TAKES AIM AT FOURTH STRAIGHT TRANS AM TITLE

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (February 20, 2024) – Winning three consecutive Trans Am by Pirelli championships hasn’t taken the edge off Chris Dyson’s competitive attitude. This weekend at Sebring International Raceway he begins his campaign for a fourth title in the series’ headline TA class.

“I feel more ready for the season to start than I have for years,” Dyson said following a recent highly productive test at NOLA Motorsports Park, where the CD Racing team focused on both reliability and performance improvements on the Riley chassis the team introduced last season for the #16 GYM WEED Ford Mustang. “The new chassis showed great promise last year. But the goal was winning the championship, so during the season we focused on the Meissen chassis that had already brought us two titles. With the third championship won, this winter we could turn our full attention to developing the new car. I’m satisfied that we have the reliability that’s critical for a successful championship run and that we’ve unlocked some of the new car’s performance potential. We have been working really hard to hit the ground running this season.”

Dyson’s feat of winning three consecutive championships last year put him in elite all-time company. In the Trans Am Series’ nearly six decades of existence, only two other drivers have ever won as many consecutive titles. Dyson acknowledges that while he and his team have been operating at very high levels the last few seasons, he recognizes the consistent effort it has taken and notes that there has been no let-up in this off-season. He is determined and focused on what lays ahead in the new year. “All tables are reset and it’s time to start another chapter,” Dyson said. “I’m grateful for this; it’s still as much of a thrill as it’s ever been.”

He predicted that the 2024 TA field will be very strong and the competition highly competitive. “Once again, there are going to be a lot of talented drivers in fast cars at Sebring,” he said. “There will be six or seven legitimate potential winners this weekend. I expect Paul Menard will be very fast and now that Tomy Drissi is running his own program I think he will really competitive for the entire season. Then we will have known quantities like Boris Said, Wally Dallenbach and of course our dear friend Adam Andretti turning up. I think we are going to have some tremendous battles out there.”

Brabham’s Role in 2024

Initially CD Racing will focus on chassis development and field one entry for 2024, with the option of adding a second car as the season progresses.

“Matty Brabham did a great job supporting our championship run last season, both in a second entry as needed and in testing,” Dyson said. “I’m pleased Matty will have an ongoing role with the team, at the very least in helping with the R&D of the new car. I expect the front end of the TA field will be more competitive than ever, every weekend. A car that’s good enough to win this weekend at Sebring won’t necessarily be fast enough when we race at Lime Rock on Memorial Day.”

CD Racing’s Concord American Flagpole Association Expands to TA2 with Matos

Concord American Flagpole, lead partner of CD Racing’s successful open-wheel short-track racing program, will also have primary brand placement for the 2024 Trans Am TA2 campaign of two-time (2018 & 2021) class champion Rafa Matos in collaboration with reigning TA2 champions Nitro Motorsports.

“Rafa is a terrific driver and I’m pleased to have the opportunity to bring our Concord American Flagpole affiliation to support him as he goes for a third TA2 championship,” Dyson said. “Rafa shares the record for career TA2 wins and I hope this year he will add to his total. Rafa and I are both excited to share some ‘double-podium’ occasions this year together between our TA and TA2 programs.” 

Sprint Car Team Kicks off 2024 with Solid Florida Trip; Silver Crown on the Horizon

Dyson noted that CD Racing’s 2024 short-track program has gotten off to a strong start with Justin Peck driving the team’s Concord American Flagpole sprint car in Florida. “The team has been competitive and getting stronger every race,” Dyson said. “We have been in the mix every night and had podiums. The wins will come.” 

Once again the CD Racing team will contest the dirt track events on the USAC Silver Crown Championship tour in 2024, with Brady Bacon returning to pilot the #9 Concord American Flagpole entry.

Click here for more on Chris Dyson Racing.

Sebring Schedule


Qualifying takes place Saturday, February 24, 5:00 p.m. — 5:15 p.m. ET

The 100-mile race takes the green flag Sunday, February 25, at 11:15 a.m. 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, 60-minute feature produced by Greenlight TV 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. 

Buddy Hull To Get Back to His Roots with Vertex Funny Car at Gatornationals

Buddy Hull To Get Back to His Roots with
Vertex Funny Car at Gatornationals

DALLAS, TX (February 20, 2024) — Fan favorite driver Buddy Hull will make his Funny Car debut at the NHRA Gatornationals, but the Jim Dunn Racing driver will give a nod to his Top Fuel roots with a special Vertex Roofers and General Contractors livery. Hull made his professional debut at the Charlotte Four-Wide Nationals in 2021 racing the Vertex Roofers and General Contractors Top Fuel dragster. Hull has stepped away from his team ownership duties to drive full-time for the legendary Jim Dunn Racing team.

 
“My company, Vertex Roofers and General Contractors, was instrumental in getting my professional racing career started. I talked with Jim and Jon Dunn about this design for the first race and they gave me the green light,” said Hull, who has competed in nearly two dozen NHRA national events driving Top Fuel dragsters. “I want to thank everyone from Lescure Mechanical Services for being supportive of this design as well. I am very thankful to be driving for Jim Dunn Racing and I am looking forward to a very successful season with a strong start at the Gatornationals.”
 
Along with highlighting Vertex Roofers and General Contractors, Jim Dunn Racing and Hull will be introducing a new sponsor, Solid Start/True Brand Products, to the team’s marketing line-up. The Florida-based female-owned, family-operated company manufactures a full line of automotive products designed to effectively enhance performance and extend engine life, including Fuel Juels, the only time-released fuel additive in the world. Amber Kossak and Crystal Mathews started their company in 2010 in a modest 3,500 sq ft building. They have grown it to an over 78,000 sq ft manufacturing facility on over 10 acres in Lakeland, FL.
 
“We are excited to expand our involvement in the NHRA to Jim Dunn Racing and driver Buddy Hull,” said Amber Kossak, CEO of Solid Start/True Brand Products. “We are a family-owned business with a long legacy of excellence, and that is what we saw with Jim Dunn Racing. Their commitment to sustained excellence, plus the high energy and positive attitude of Buddy Hull and Madi Smith, was a big selling point for us at True Brand. We look forward to a busy and successful 2024 NHRA racing season.”
 
The family racing team returns with Jim Dunn as tuner alongside veteran crew members, including his wife Diane and granddaughter Johnna Dunn. Hull secured his crossover license earlier this month and this announcement is just one of many additional marketing opportunities with the new team.
 
“This is a huge honor and privilege to drive for Jim Dunn Racing and represent companies like True Brand and Lescure,” said Hull. “I started my career with the motor in front of me racing fuel altereds. I am looking forward to the challenge and I just want to make Jim, Jon, and everyone associated with the team proud.”
 

Sammy Halbert Set to Race Daytona Short Track with Dodge Bros. Racing

Sent on behalf of Sammy Halbert Racing DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 20, 2024) – Veteran Mission SuperTwins ace Sammy Halbert will contest the season-opening Daytona Short Track I & II , along with other select rounds of the 2024 Progressive American Flat Track championship, aboard a Dodge Bros. Racing/Castrol Harley-Davidson XR750.  The union pairs championship-winning team owners Tony and Andy Dodge with the highly decorated Halbert, who boasts an overall AMA Pro Flat Track Championship, a Grand National Singles Championship, and an X Games gold medal, among his many racing accomplishments.  Dodge Bros. Racing is well known for its immaculately prepared and beautiful Harley XR750s. Teaming with Halbert provides a unique opportunity to see one of the sport’s top riders compete aboard history’s most iconic flat track bike in what could potentially prove to be its last, best chance to battle up front in Grand National Championship competition.  Halbert who runs the number 69 in honor of his late brother Jethro, is the winningest rider of the Daytona Short Track with four wins to his credit. Along with the double Daytona opener, Halbert is already committed to racing at the Silver Dollar Short Track in Chico, California, and the Ventura Short Track, in Ventura, California.  “At this point in my career, I’m racing very select events and having fun with it,” said Halbert. “The opportunity to race the Dodge Bros. XRs makes perfect sense for me. It’s the bike that I had the most success on in my career, and I’m excited to give the old girl another ride at the big dance.”  Tony Dodge said, “We’re really looking forward to going racing with Sammy on the XR750. It’s always a great time working with him. We’ve got the bikes looking brand new and we’re ready to represent for all the Harley XR750 fans out there.”  Sammy Halbert’s racing efforts are supported by the following partners: Castrol, Cardo Systems, Martin Trucking, 6D Helmets, Kibblewhite, Penske, Shimano, Pro Plates, Mika, Enerlon, Saddlemen, RSRK10-J2Motorsports, Regina Chain, Boswell’s Harley-Davidson, Oakley, CTI, MS, Fly Racing, Lightshoe, Motion Pro, Access Media Lab, Hathaway Racing, Fredericktown Cycles 

CORVETTE RACING AT QATAR: Prologue to the Corvette GT3 Era

TF Sport set to give Corvette Z06 GT3.R its debut in FIA WEC testing and first race DETROIT (Feb. 20, 2024) – The new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3.R is set for its second debut – this time in the hands of TF Sport at the FIA World Endurance Championship’s opening event for 2024.
For the first time, the Corvette brand and the FIA WEC field will visit Lusail International Circuit in Doha, Qatar. The Qatar Airways Qatar 1812 Km – in reference to Qatar Day, observed on December 18 and commemorating the country’s unification – also marks the first event in the World Endurance Championship for the Corvette GT3 racecar following its competition debut last month in the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
TF Sport is set to campaign the No. 81 and No. 82 Corvette Z06 GT3.Rs in the WEC’s LM GT3 class for the full season. The squad – led by team owner Tom Ferrier – is a perennial contender in a number of GT series around the world and will field Corvettes for the first time in 2024. 
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Materials include Corvette Racing event advance and quotes, Corvette Racing stats and figures, Corvette Z06 GT3.R racecar comparisons, Corvette Racing Fast Facts, driver biographies and Corvette Racing photography, among other items.
Following three days of testing last week in Dubai – Monday and Tuesday working on general and procedural items due to flooding rains with one full day of running Thursday – the TF Sport Corvettes will take part this weekend in the FIA WEC Prologue. It’s two days of testing at Qatar ahead of official free practice, qualifying and the race from February 29-March 2.
Two first-year Corvette factory drivers will spearhead the lineups in each Z06 GT3.R. Charlie Eastwood – a familiar face within the TF Sport garage – leads the No. 81 Z06 GT3.R with Rui Andrade and Tom Van Rompuy joining for the full season. In the sister No. 82 Corvette, Daniel Juncadella will embark on his first season in the FIA WEC alongside Sébastien Baud and Hiroshi Koizumi.
Both Corvettes and all six drivers will contest the full eight-race calendar, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June – a race that the Corvette brand won nine times with the Corvette Racing factory team from 2001-2023.
Four of the Corvette Z06 GT3.Rs raced at the Rolex 24, and members of the Corvette Customer Support team flew directly afterward to TF Sport’s shop in the UK to help with car prep and final installations ahead of the Dubai test.
Corvette Racing engineers also conducted an intensive review process following Daytona to focus on operational reliability and optimizing areas of improvement with the findings relayed to TF Sport ahead of Qatar.
The Corvette Z06 GT3.R is Chevrolet’s first car built to global GT3 regulations. It’s based on the production Corvette Z06 supercar with the two sharing a significant amount of DNA. 
The racecar is built on the same production aluminum chassis frame – from Chevrolet’s Bowling Green (Ky.) Assembly plant – as the road-going Z06. Similar carbon-fiber splitters for front downforce, and the surface area from the top of the windshield to the rear of the Z06 remained intact on the Z06 GT3.R. That includes side air ducts behind the doors — directly inspired by Z06 production road car — that help to cool the engine, transaxle and rear brakes.
The similarities carry over to the hand-built 5.5L, flat-plane crankshaft V8 engine in the Z06 GT3.R. Both original from the Bowling Green factory with the racing version sharing 80 percent of the production content from the Z06, including the crankshaft, connecting rods, cylinder heads, fuel injectors, coils, gaskets and a variety of other sensors.
The FIA WEC Prologue is set for Saturday and Sunday on the 3.34-mile, 16-turn Lusail International Circuit. The Qatar 1812 Km is scheduled for 11 a.m. Arabian Standard Time / 3 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, March 2.  MotorTrend and MotorTrend Plus will provide both live television and streaming coverage of the race and Friday’s qualifying, as will the FIA WEC app. Radio Le Mans will stream audio coverage of the race plus Friday’s final practice and qualifying. 
TF SPORT PRE-EVENT DRIVER QUOTES
CHARLIE EASTWOOD, NO. 81 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 GT3.R: “We finally got to drive the Z06 GT3.R last Thursday at Dubai. To be honest, it was very good to have three days with the car just to get through all the procedural stuff because this is a brand new car for everybody. On that Monday and Tuesday, we still got through a lot of things… media things, all our seat fits and some general procedures. The team has been used to being with Aston Martin before, and for everyone this is a new challenge with how this car works from the pit stops and everything else. So we were able to get some efficient use out of those couple of days. After last week, I think everyone feels significantly more prepared than we would have if we just tested on the Monday and Tuesday. The test went very well. Even in the short span of time from Daytona, it was a massive step forward from Corvette and Pratt Miller with the car. The test went flawlessly, and all the drivers got up to speed super quick. They all loved it, so it was a really good test in general. Now we’re all ready to go for Qatar.”
DANI JUNCADELLA, NO. 82 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 GT3.R: “I couldn’t really turn any laps at the test in Dubai because of the weather, but my teammates did get a day Thursday, which is very positive. The main thing is that they get comfortable with the car. Anything I can do as the pro driver to help my teammates go faster is going to be better for our overall results. That is my main focus. They luckily got a day Thursday, and I heard everything went well in getting their first kilometers in the Corvette. We didn’t have any setbacks, which is great for our reliability. We took some knowledge from the setbacks we had at Daytona, which is positive. All in all with the limited mileage in the Corvette for the team, I think we are well-prepared. It will be my first experience in WEC, and that’s pretty exciting to say the least. We are going in with a lot of motivation and hopefully we can build on a good starting base after a good Daytona weekend for me as a Corvette driver.”
CHRISTIE BAGNE, CORVETTE Z06 GT3.R PROGRAM MANAGER: “This is an event that we have been looking forward to since we revealed the Corvette Z06 GT3.R in 2023. We’re extremely happy and proud of the effort that TF Sport and our Corvette Customer Support team have put in to get these two Corvettes ready for the Prologue and the first race of the season. Collaboration is the biggest key to success, in our eyes, and we have that in our relationship with Tom Ferrier and his team. We wish them the best of luck.”
CORVETTE RACING BY THE NUMBERS: Qatar 1812 Kilometers• 2: Number of Corvettes entered in the full FIA WEC championship for the first time – the No. 81 and No. 82 Z06 GT3.Rs from TF Sport• 3: Number of GTE Am wins a year ago for Corvette Racing in the FIA WEC for the No. 33 Corvette C8.R• 7: Wins in FIA WEC competition for TF Sport – including the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans; current TF and Corvette factory driver Charlie Eastwood was part of that triumph• 14: Drivers who have driven in entries affiliated with Corvette Racing for at least one FIA WEC race – Nicky Catsburg, Marcel Fässler, Antonio Garcia, Oliver Gavin, Ben Keating, Jan Magnussen, Tommy Milner, Mike Rockenfeller, Alexander Sims, Nick Tandy, Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor, Nico Varrone and Richard Westbrook. That number will go up by six in Qatar• 27: Tracks at which Corvette Racing has won races – Baltimore, Charlotte Motor Speedway, COTA, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport, Daytona, Detroit, Houston, Laguna Seca, Le Mans, Lime Rock, Long Beach, Miami, Mid-Ohio, Monza, Portimão, Portland, Road America, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Sonoma, St. Petersburg, Texas, Trois Rivieres, Utah, VIR, Washington DC and Watkins Glen• 41: Number of drivers for Corvette Racing since 1999. GM factory drivers Earl Bamber, Dani Juncadella, Alex Lynn and Charlie Eastwood joined the list at Daytona, as did AWA’s Matt Bell, Orey Fidani, Lars Kern, Anthony Mantella and Thomas Merrill• 71: Years since Corvette was introduced to the world on Jan. 17, 1953 in New York City. A total of 300 cars were produced that year• 127: Victories worldwide for Corvette Racing – 115 in North America, nine at Le Mans and three in the FIA WEC• 285: Event starts by Corvette Racing since 1999• 101,857: Total number of racing laps completed by Corvette Racing entries since 1999. The program went over the 100,00-lap mark at the Rolex 24 of Daytona• 370,025.44: Total number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing entries since 1999. To put that in perspective, Corvette Racing is more than halfway to the distance traveled by Apollo 13 – the longest manned spaceflight in history: 622,268 miles

Jesse Love and the No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet Team Capture Pole Position and Stage Win Before Being Collected in Multi-Car Accident at Daytona International Speedway

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“I had a fast Whelen Chevrolet tonight at Daytona International Speedway. To sit on the pole, lead the most laps, and win my first stage in my first NASCAR Xfinity Series race are all things to be proud of. I was able to learn how to lead the line from the beginning. We lost our track position when we pitted during the first stage break, which put me back in the field and unfortunately in a position to get caught up in an accident that did a lot of damage to the body of my Camaro. The plan after being farther back in the field was to be super aggressive and get to the front as quickly as possible. I felt like we were doing that until the accident with the No. 20 car. My Richard Childress Racing team worked on the car every chance they got without going a lap down. Even with the damage, my car was still fast. I’m proud of the effort my team showed, and I know we will be strong all season. Congratulations to the No. 21 team on their win. That’s big for our program.” 
-Jesse Love 
Austin Hill and the No. 21 Bennett Transportation & Logistics Chevrolet Team Claim Third Consecutive Win in Season Opener at Daytona International Speedway
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“Three-peat! Do you know how hard it is to win at Daytona? My Bennett Transportation & Logistics Chevrolet was extremely fast tonight. When I got caught up in the first accident that also hurt my teammate, Jesse Love, I wasn’t sure how bad the damage actually was. The No. 21 crew did an excellent job of making the repairs without losing a lap and I was able to drive back to the front immediately after. I don’t know what was going on with me on pit road today though. I sped on pit road and slid through the box, which put us back in the field once again. I about did it earlier on the first stop, too. My Richard Childress Racing guys kept telling me to dig deep and remember that I’m really good at these superspeedway tracks. Winning, especially at Daytona, is a great way to start the season. We are going to celebrate this one and then shift our attention to Atlanta Motor Speedway to see if we can go back-to-back there this weekend. I appreciate all of the fans for sticking it out through the rain and the late start time. Hopefully, we put on a good show for you to watch.”-Austin Hill

Austin Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet Team Moving Forward After Stage 1 Incident at Daytona International Speedway

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“Not the most memorable Daytona 500 for the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet team. Thankful for all of the employees at RCR and ECR for building a great race car. I hate that we never really got a chance to show what we have. Only way to move is forward and to get ready for Atlanta Motor Speedway.”
-Austin Dillon
Kyle Busch and the No. 8 zone Chevrolet Team Lead Laps and Avoid the “Big One” On the Way to a 12th-Place Finish In The Daytona 500 
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“We had a strong zone Camaro for sure tonight at Daytona International Speedway. All the guys on the zone Chevrolet team did a great job preparing the backup car. We ran up front and led some laps tonight and scored points in both stages. At the end of the race we tried to pick off a couple of spots and just got shucked out of line and shuffled to the back. It’s always disappointing when you don’t win, especially at Daytona.” 
 -Kyle Busch

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NASCAR CUP SERIES DAYTONA 500 DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE REPORT FEBRUARY 19, 2024
 William Byron, Chevrolet Takes 2024 Daytona 500 VictoryChevrolet’s 26th Win in the ‘Great American Race’
·       William Byron, No. 24 Axalta Camaro ZL1, captured the victory in the 66th running of the Daytona 500 – his first career victory in the NASCAR Cup Series’ crown jewel event. 
·       The victory marked Chevrolet’s second consecutive – and 26th all-time – triumph in the ‘Great American Race’. 
·       Byron is the 19th different driver to take Chevrolet to victory lane in the Daytona 500. 
·       The victory is Chevrolet’s 51st NASCAR Cup Series win at Daytona International Speedway, and the manufacturer’s 852nd all-time win in NASCAR’s top division – both of which are series-leading feats. ·       Byron delivered Chevrolet its 101st win in the NASCAR national ranks at Daytona International Speedway, extending the Bowtie brand’s record as the winningest manufacturer in NASCAR history at the ‘World Center of Racing’. 
TOP TEAM CHEVY UNOFFICIAL TOP-10 RESULTS: POS.  DRIVER1st William Byron, No. 24 Axalta Camaro ZL12nd Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Camaro ZL14th Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Chili’s Catch-a-Rita Camaro ZL16th AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Celsius Camaro ZL1
TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE QUOTES: William Byron, No. 24 Axalta Camaro ZL1Finished: 1stHOW DOES DAYTONA 500 CHAMPION SOUND TO YOU?“It sounds really damn good! Just thanks to an awesome crowd coming out. I have so many emotions. Obviously, I hate what happened on the backstretch. I just got pushed and got sideways.  I am just so proud of this team – this whole No. 24 Axalta Chevy team, winning on the 40th anniversary to the day (of Hendrick Motorsports’ first race). Just extremely blessed and thankful for all the opportunities and we just want to keep it going. We have a lot to prove this year and this is a good start, obviously. Daytona 500, its freaking awesome. Let’s go.”
YOU HAD NOT EVEN HAD A TOP-TEN IN THIS RACE BEFORE. WHAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE TONIGHT TO GETTING IN POSITION TO WIN?“I don’t know, just really good strategy. We obviously laid back and tried to save fuel for most of the race. We would get up there at the end of the stages and make some moves. Just thankful for the power under the hood, all of our partners, Chevrolet, and everybody that allows us to do this. I’m just a kid from racing on computers and now winning the Daytona 500. I can’t believe it. I wish my dad was here, he is sick, but this is for him, man. We have been through so much and we sat up in the grandstands together and watched this race. This is so freaking cool.”

Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Camaro ZL1Finished: 2nd“Proud of William (Byron) and his team – they deserved it there at the end. They did all the right things, and I feel like we did too there at the end. Had to go up and block the top lane and that just killed the middle for a bit. We got the middle back rolling and then they all started crashing. 
Just proud of everybody on this No. 48 Ally Chevy team. Super pumped for everybody at Hendrick Motorsports – it’s 40 years to the day since the first HMS race, so really cool to see William in victory lane, and obviously a good day for our Ally Camaro, as well.”

Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Chili’s Catch-a-Rita Camaro ZL1Finished: 4th“Really stoked to start the year with a top five in our Chili’s Catch a Rita Chevy Camaro. Super happy with our team’s execution to start the season. Our Spire Motorsports team brought a great race car with good speed & executed throughout the course of the day. We gained some track position, led some laps and after getting shuffled back continued to fight & claw our way to the front. The 500 begins a marathon season, so it’s great to start off on the right foot. We have 35 more to execute one run at a time & one race at a time to keep this 7 car up front where should be.”

Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Camaro ZL1Finished: 11th TELL US HOW YOUR RACE WENT. “Yeah, obviously the first stage went well and then the next two stages just got caught in the wrong lanes at pivotal points and lost track position. So, yeah, kind of cost us a good shot to win there at the end, but was able to miss that big wreck mostly.  Got a left, front flat from sliding them and had to pit, but thankfully we missed the last one and awesome to have a Hendrick Chevrolet win that race and cool to see William win.”

Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Camaro ZL1Finished: 14th“I made a mistake and I saw Kyle was coming really hard on the top and I tried to pick that lane up and he gave me a big shove down the short shoot, and I thought I could sneak back to the middle but the 20 was wanting to be there too. Just made a mistake there on the last lap and not sure I would have got to the front row, but certainly would have been a better finish for us. I hate that because we had a solid day otherwise. Happy for William to kick off the 40th year of Hendrick Motorsports with the win.”                                        

Daniel Hemric, No. 31 Cirkul Camaro ZL1Finished: 16th“I’m proud of the fight this No. 31 Cirkul team showed from the start of the weekend getting our backup car ready to race. We wanted to get to the front early in the race if possible, which was a little bit of a different approach than what I’ve typically had at these kind of tracks. Trent [Owens] made some great calls, and we were able to do just that and stay up there to show everyone we can push successfully and accept pushes successfully while battling up front. That goes a long way when you get down to the end of these races. I thought it was going to workout there at the end, but unfortunately we got some nose damage we couldn’t avoid with about 10 to go. Not quite the finish we wanted, but I’m looking forward to what’s to come with this team.”

Ross Chastain, No. 1 Busch Light Camaro ZL1Finished: 21stARE YOU SATISFIED WITH HOW YOU RACED THERE?“I am. To learn the fuel saving game and really get aggressive and match these guys, so that we can pit when we need to…..I have burned up too much fuel in the past couple of races and to put ourselves in position on the final pit stop to come out with the lead, cover the other OEM when they caught up to us, and just work with some legends of the sport, and have control over the race there at the end. I know the top is the logical thing and it makes sense when the third lane is split up. It just pulls us back and we still had a shot though. I really do feel content. It’s weird to say it, but we did everything right.”
CAN YOU BE TOO AGGRESSIVE ON THE FINAL LAP?“When you crash, I think so. Happy for William and Chevy and General Motors to win. It was really awesome for us to control some of the cycles, the green flag pit cycles, and kicked their butts. So that was really cool and then to have a bunch of Chevys left there at the end there made me feel good. It was cool Alex (Bowman) pushed me there at the end and I felt like there was minimal chance that a Chevy wasn’t going to win and one of them got it done. But yeah, too aggressive is when I don’t finish.”

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Boost by Kroger Cottonelle Camaro ZL1Finished: 31st“I didn’t see what happened there. I know I got us in that position, made a bad move once I got to the lead. The outside lane had a run coming and I thought I could get there, and I didn’t, and I got hung there in the middle so that kind of got us back there kind of in the middle of that pack there and I didn’t see what happened there obviously. Someone got turned around and caused a melee. I thought I was going to get through, I got clipped just there at the end and broke a right rear. So, unfortunate for our Boost by Kroger/Cottonelle Camaro because it was really, really fast and I felt very strong about it in the draft and what I was doing out there, but just didn’t make it to the end.”

Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Freeway Insurance Camaro ZL1 Finished: 34thIt’s very heartbreaking right now because the car was very strong, and the team did an amazing job calling the race strategy-wise. We got points in both stages, and this was my strongest Daytona 500. The car was capable of winning the race, we just needed things to fall our way, and unfortunately, they didn’t.  I haven’t seen the replay, but I was told that we almost missed the wreck. Just part of it.”

CARSON HOCEVAR, NO. 77 GAINBRIDGE / ZEIGLER AUTO GROUP CAMARO ZL1Finished: 40th HOCEVAR ON THE ACCIDENT THAT ENDED HIS RACE IN STAGE ONE: “I didn’t really see anything. I was just going where I could go. Just a bummer.. bummer for my No. 77 Gainbridge / Zeigler Auto Group Chevy team. There’s a lot of people here from Gainbridge and Zeigler here, and I wanted to be able to put on a good showing. Just really disappointing to have our race end early.”
HOW MUCH TIME DID YOU HAVE TO REACT? “0.1 seconds, basically. It happened right in my lap. I tried my best not to slide across the grass, but obviously with two-plus days of rain, it’s going to be really slick. I just kept sliding. It felt like I was all alone sliding across the grass and just hoping that nobody hit me. It’s just unfortunate that was the case.”

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