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Show-Me 100 Sponsor Appreciation Luncheon Presented by eBay Motors and Missouri Division of Tourism

Batavia, OH (May 17, 2022) – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA will host a sponsor appreciation luncheon during the 30th Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Lucas Oil Speedway. The luncheon, presented by eBay Motors and the Missouri Division of Tourism, will take place at the speedway on Saturday, May 28th at 12:30pm.
All sponsor representatives that attend the Show-Me 100 from both the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA are invited to attend the luncheon. The sponsor appreciation luncheon will be an opportunity for both series to recognize their great partners during the 30th Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com.
“We want to recognize and show our appreciation to all our partners of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA. Lucas Oil Speedway is the Diamond of Dirt Tracks for a reason, and we want to show off the great facility and honor all our great partners at the same time. This year will be the 30th Anniversary of the Show-Me 100 and includes a record $50,000 going to the winner. We’ve added several things to enhance the fan experience at this year’s event and we want to show our appreciation to all our partners,” stated Wayne Castleberry, Corporate Sales and Marketing for Lucas Oil Motorsports.

DRAGONSPEED CUSICK MOTORSPORTS UNVEILS INDY 500 RACECAR AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH CARBLIP AND 181 FREMONT RESIDENCES


 Indianapolis, Indiana, May 17, 2022 — DragonSpeed Cusick Motorsports is delighted to unveil its race car that will be piloted by Stefan Wilson for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500, while simultaneously announcing that CarBlip and 181 Fremont Residences are joining the esteemed group of partners supporting the effort.
“First off, the car looks absolutely phenomenal,” said Cusick Motorsports Founder and CEO, Don Cusick. “The crews at AJ Foyt Racing and DragonSpeed have done an incredible job to put the car together in such a short amount of time and we’re excited to get on track. It’s fantastic to bring CarBlip and 181 Fremont Residences onboard, two companies that are leading the way in their respective fields and will be a perfect fit within our group of partners.”
 
CarBlip, the Auto Concierge, provides customers with a digital car buying experience. With access to new car inventory across the nation, a dedicated concierge will find the perfect car and deliver it to their door. CarBlip provides pricing options and applies all available rebates and incentives to ensure customers get a great price and save valuable time.
“At CarBlip, we have built a revolutionary experience for new car buyers that combines the best in technology with the support of a trusted concierge throughout the process,” said Brian Johnson, CEO of CarBlip. “To be successful, you need to be passionate, build a great team and execute. Don Cusick and his partners represent these ideas, and we couldn’t be more excited to join forces for the 2022 Indianapolis 500.”
 
181 Fremont Residences is a luxury, high-rise tower with 55 residences, including five-star services, a full floor of indulgent amenities and a world-class art program in downtown San Francisco. The stunning building boasts panoramic views of the Bay Area and an interior focused on art and inspiration at its premier location. Developed by the legendary Jay Paul Company, 181 Fremont rises 802’ from San Francisco’s downtown high-tech nexus to transform the skyline and has set a new bar for luxurious residential living in the West Coast.
“At 181 Fremont we have collaborated with the world’s leading architects, designers and engineers to create a new global icon on the San Francisco skyline,” said Matt Lituchy, Chief Investment Officer for the Jay Paul Company. “We admire teams that strive for this same excellence in generating the best in art, design and performance.  We are honored to partner with Stefan Wilson and Cusick Motorsports for the 2022 Indianapolis 500. Their exceptional efforts define what’s best in motorsports and beyond.”
 
CarBlip and 181 Fremont Residences will be joined alongside LOHLA SPORT, a new premium women’s golf-lifestyle apparel brand; Sierra Pacific Windows, building the most uncompromising windows and doors possible; GNARLY Premium Cut Jerky, carefully crafted and mouth-watering jerky; Neptune Systems, a market leader in aquarium technology products; ConnectDoc, facilitating communications, complex coordination, and continuity between patients, medical professionals, and health care systems; Rayne Nutrition, taking a scientific approach to pet food; Topping & Legnon Wine, offering a beautiful selection of reds, whites and rosé wines; Mr. and Mrs. James Lowes, long time race fans who are excited about the opportunity to support the effort, along with DragonSpeed partner Rembrandt Charms.
 
Founded in 2021 by entrepreneur Don Cusick, Cusick Motorsports’ first official event was the 2021 Indianapolis 500 with Stefan Wilson behind the wheel. For 2022, Cusick and Wilson have expanded their joint efforts into sports car racing with entries in the most famous American endurance races in partnership with Team Hardpoint. They made their IMSA debut at the Rolex 24 at DAYTONA this year and continued at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Later this year, they will continue by contesting the Six Hours at The Glen and Petit Le Mans.
 
British-born racer Stefan Wilson has an impressive resume that includes three Indianapolis 500 starts, Indy Lights race wins, the 2007 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award and top-ten finishes in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring with Cusick Motorsports in 2022. The experienced pilot came within four laps of winning the 2018 Indianapolis 500, and aims to make the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 his best one yet.
 
Practice for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 begins today, with all practice sessions broadcast live via NBC’s Peacock TV. Qualifying begins this Saturday, May 21st, also broadcast live on NBC and Peacock. Green flag for the 106thIndianapolis 500 is Sunday May 29th. Watch the race live on NBC and follow all on-track timing and scoring via the NTT IndyCar Series app.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Bridgeport, Attica & Sharon This Week for The Greatest Show on Dirt

Only Appearance in New Jersey This Season, First of 10 Races in OhioSWEDESBORO, NJ – May 16, 2022 – The Greatest Show on Dirt is staying busy this week with a three-race stretch over five nights in two different states.New Jersey will welcome the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars for the first and only time this season with Tuesday’s trip to Bridgeport Motorsports Park in Swedeboro, NJ. After that, the weekend brings the Series to Ohio with Attica Raceway Park and Sharon Speedway each hosting their first of two races in 2022.BUY BRIDGEPORT TICKETS (Tuesday)
BUY ATTICA TICKETS (Friday)
BUY SHARON TICKETS (Saturday)Here are some of the top storylines to follow on DIRTVision.com:DON’T MISS OUT: Tuesday’s show at Bridgeport Motorsports Park is the Series’ only appearance in The Garden State in 2022. It’s the second race at Bridgeport’s reconfigured 4/10-mile oval, but the ninth appearance overall at the Swedesboro, NJ facility. Along with New Egypt Speedway (9 appearances) and Flemington Speedway (3 races), Bridgeport is the third track in the state of New Jersey to host the World of Outlaws. Get your tickets now and don’t miss out on The Greatest Show on Dirt.HERO TO ZERO: A few gallons of fuel and a mere five pounds is what gave us the biggest swing in the championship standings on Saturday when Carson Macedo rolled across the scales light. He crossed the line in second at Williams Grove, but the Jason Johnson Racing, Albaugh #41 failed to meet the minimum weight requirement and suffered a disqualification to the tail of the finish. The consequence sent Macedo from +4 points with control of the title lead to down -42 points and forced to claw his way back to the top.On the bright side, the 25-year-old native of Lemoore, CA native is ready to rebound at three solid tracks this week. He was a winning contender last year at Bridgeport, owns an All Stars win at Attica, and has collected three total podiums at Sharon.POSSE INVASION: The World of Outlaws / PA Posse rivalry is deadlocked at 1-1, but the battle isn’t over yet. Tuesday’s trip across the border into New Jersey is just close enough to convince some drivers to leave the porch and chase the loot at Bridgeport.Brent Marks of Myerstown, PA banked $17,500 in Saturday’s Morgan Cup at Williams Grove and now eyes his third World of Outlaws win of 2022 at Bridgeport. He was in dominant control of an April 410 race at the track prior to a mechanical issue stealing the win away. Another win would make him the 48th driver in Series history to reach 10+ career victories.Anthony Macri of Dillsburg, PA continues to inch closer and closer to that elusive first-career World of Outlaws win. He led laps at Lincoln last Wednesday and now returns to Bridgeport this Tuesday, where he finished third against the Series last year and won at this year in April.THE BUCKEYE BULLET: The last visit to Sharon Speedway by the World of Outlaws in May 2021 was one that sent not only the Sprint Car community but the entire racing world into a frenzy. At 58 years old, Dave Blaney made history with his first World of Outlaws win since 1997, bringing the former Series champion up to 95 career wins.To make the win even sweeter, it came in the form of a last-lap pass over Sheldon Haudenschild. The victory was easily one of the most popular of the entire season and created tons of buzz with fans hopeful for a repeat as the Series returns to the Blaney-owned track this weekend.ROOKIE ON A ROLL: With 20% of the season completed, Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, IN has used a career-best streak to keep his name in championship contention (-132 PTS), let alone as the runaway leader for Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year. The 23-year-old pilot of the CJB Motorsports, Signing Day Sports #5 is riding a Series-best streak of 10 consecutive top-10 finishes with a Series-best average finish of 5.7.Bayston will encounter New Jersey’s Bridgeport for the first time on Tuesday night but can rely on the experience of veteran crew chief Barry Jackson to ease the learning curve. In Ohio, he’ll head for two of his best tracks with Attica and Sharon both being venues where he’s won before in All Star Circuit of Champions competition.SHARK SUCCESS: From last week to last year, the success of both Shark Racing teams is evident and brewing with more potential this week. Jacob Allen continues to prove the Pells Tire Service #1A is one of the fastest cars on tour by leading the Series in qualifying average (6.29), Heat Race wins (8), and Dash Appearances (13). The Hanover, PA native scored a storybook win at Lincoln (PA) last Wednesday and was only two laps away from sweeping the week when he ran out of fuel at Williams Grove (PA).His teammate Logan Schuchart enters as the defending World of Outlaws winner at Bridgeport, topping last year’s show aboard the DuraMAX Oil, Team Drydene #1S. He’s used a consistent stretch to rally to fifth in points, only -102 points behind and still in contention for the season-long championship.HOMEBOUND: Sheldon Haudenschild of Wooster, OH will enjoy the first of 10 home state races this weekend when the Series visits Attica Raceway Park and Sharon Speedway. He’s won at both tracks with the All Star Circuit of Champions but still chases his first World of Outlaws win at either of them following several close calls, including last year when he led more than half of both races.The Wild Child’s boy has earned two of his 24 career victories in Ohio with wins at Eldora and Wayne County to his credit. He’ll enter the three-race week with the momentum of a runner-up result at Williams Grove, his first podium finish in almost a month.TAKING NOTES: Both weekend facilities will be hosting their first of two World of Outlaws Sprint Car races this season, meaning a valuable learning opportunity lies ahead for drivers and teams. Following Friday, the Series will return to Attica Raceway Park on Tuesday, July 12 for the $15,000-to-win Brad Doty Classic. After Saturday, the Outlaws will come back to Sharon Speedway on Saturday, September 24.THIS WEEK AT A GLANCETuesday, May 17 at Bridgeport Motorsports Park in Swedesboro, NJ
Friday, May 20 at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, OH
Saturday, May 21 at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, OHON THE INTERNET
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
Twitter – @WorldofOutlaws
Instagram – @WoOSprint
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsSprintCarSeries
YouTube – Youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws
DIRTVision – DIRTVision.com – Platinum annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/monthCURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (19/78 Nights):
1. 49-Brad Sweet (2,638 PTS); 2. 2-David Gravel (-24 PTS); 3. 41-Carson Macedo (-42 PTS); 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild (-82 PTS); 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart (-102 PTS); 6. 5-Spencer Bayston (-132 PTS); 7. 15-Donny Schatz (-144 PTS); 8. 83-James McFadden (-162 PTS); 9. 1A-Jacob Allen (-224 PTS); 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss (-324 PTS).NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (11 Drivers):
4 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
2 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
2 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing #17
2 wins – Jacob Allen, Shark Racing #1A
2 wins – Brent Marks, Murray-Marks Motorsports #19
2 wins – Giovanni Scelzi, KCP Racing #18
1 win – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing #49
1 win – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
1 win – Spencer Bayston, CJB Motorsports #5
1 win – Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15
1 win – Kyle Larson, Kevin Kozlowski #57FEATURE LAPS LED (21 Drivers):
82 laps – Carson Macedo
81 laps – Brad Sweet
71 laps – David Gravel
61 laps – Jacob Allen
55 laps – Giovanni Scelzi
49 laps – Spencer Bayston
29 laps – Brent Marks
26 laps – Sam Hafertepe Jr.
25 laps – Donny Schatz
24 laps – Logan Schuchart
17 laps – Kyle Larson
15 laps – Justin Peck
13 laps – Cory Eliason
10 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
9 laps – Dominic Scelzi, Brady Bacon
8 laps – James McFadden, Anthony Macri
3 laps – Brian Brown
1 lap – Corey Day, Aaron ReutzelSLICK WOODY’S QUICKTIME AWARDS (13 Drivers):
4 QuickTimes – Carson Macedo
2 QuickTimes – David Gravel, Jacob Allen, Rico Abreu
1 QuickTime – Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart, Spencer Bayston, James McFadden, Aaron Reutzel, Cory Eliason, Sam Hafertepe Jr, Justin Peck, Giovanni Scelzi*
* Denotes New Track RecordHEAT RACE WINNERS (22 Drivers):
8 Heat Wins – Jacob Allen
7 Heat Wins – David Gravel
6 Heat Wins – Brad Sweet,
5 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo, James McFadden, Rico Abreu
4 Heat Wins – Giovanni Scelzi
3 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Logan Schuchart, Aaron Reutzel
2 Heat Wins – Spencer Bayston, Donny Schatz, Brock Zearfoss, Kraig Kinser, Tyler Courtney, Cory Eliason, Kerry Madsen
1 Heat Win – Sam Hafertepe Jr, Dominic Scelzi, Corey Day, Justin Peck, Anthony MacriDIRTVISION FAST PASS DASH APPEARANCES (30 Drivers):
13 Dashes – David Gravel, Jacob Allen
12 Dashes – Brad Sweet
11 Dashes – Carson Macedo, Spencer Bayston
6 Dashes – Sheldon Haudenschild, Logan Schuchart, Donny Schatz, James McFadden, Rico Abreu
5 Dashes – Kraig Kinser, Cory Eliason
4 Dashes – Giovanni Scelzi, Aaron Reutzel
3 Dashes – Brent Marks, Tyler Courtney, Kyle Larson, Kerry Madsen
2 Dashes – Brock Zearfoss, Dominic Scelzi, Corey Day, Anthony Macri
1 Dash – Anthony Macri, Sam Hafertepe Jr, Colby Copeland, Tanner Carrick, DJ Netto, Brian Brown, Brady Bacon, Justin Peck, Matt CampbellMICROLITE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (11 Drivers):
3 LCS Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild
2 LCS Wins – Logan Schuchart, James McFadden, Ayrton Gennetten
1 LCS Win – Spencer Bayston, Donny Schatz, Anthony Macri, Mitchell Faccinto, Sam Hafertepe Jr, Kerry MadsenKSE HARD CHARGER AWARDS (10 Drivers):
4 Hard Chargers – Logan Schuchart
3 Hard Chargers – Sheldon Haudenschild
2 Hard Chargers – Carson Macedo, James McFadden,
1 Hard Chargers – David Gravel, Donny Schatz, Brock Zearfoss, Jason Sides, Rico Abreu, Tanner Thorson, Alan Krimes, Devon BordenPODIUM FINISHES (20 Drivers):
8 Podiums – Brad Sweet
6 Podiums – David Gravel, Carson Macedo
5 Podiums – Sheldon Haudenschild
4 Podiums – Kyle Larson
3 Podiums – Logan Schuchart, Donny Schatz, Giovanni Scelzi, Brent Marks
2 Podiums – Spencer Bayston, James McFadden, Jacob Allen, Aaron Reutzel, Corey Day
1 Podium – Kraig Kinser, Cory Eliason, Sam Hafertepe Jr, Brian Brown, Justin Peck, Rico AbreuTOP 10 FINISHES (32 Drivers):
17 Top 10s – Brad Sweet
16 Top 10s – David Gravel
15 Top 10s – Carson Macedo
14 Top 10s – Sheldon Haudenschild
13 Top 10s – Logan Schuchart, Spencer Bayston
12 Top 10s – Donny Schatz
11 Top 10s – Giovanni Scelzi
10 Top 10s – James McFadden
9 Top 10s – Jacob Allen, Rico Abreu
7 Top 10s – Cory Eliason
5 Top 10s – Kyle Larson
4 Top 10s – Brock Zearfoss, Aaron Reutzel, Tyler Courtney, Brent Marks
3 Top 10s – Kerry Madsen, Anthony Macri
2 Top 10s – Dominic Scelzi, Corey Day, Justin Peck, Sam Hefertepe Jr.
1 Top 10 – Kraig Kinser, Shane Golobic, DJ Netto, Brian Brown, Hunter Schuerenberg, Carson Short, Tanner Thorson, Danny Dietrich, Lance Dewease2022 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE & WINNERS:
No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Thur, Feb. 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Donny Schatz (1)
2. Fri, Feb. 11 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
3. Sat, Feb. 12 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (1)
4. Fri, March 4 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
5. Sat, March 5 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Carson Macedo (1)
6. Fri, March 11 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, CA / Giovanni Scelzi (1)
7. Sat, March 12 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, CA / Kyle Larson (1)
8. Fri, March 18 / Merced Speedway / Merced, CA / Carson Macedo (2)
9. Fri, March 25 / Bakersfield Speedway / Bakersfield, CA / Giovanni Scelzi (2)
10. Sat, March 26 / Perris Auto Speedway / Perris, CA / David Gravel (2)
11. Tues, March 29 / Vado Speedway Park / Vado, NM / Brad Sweet (1)
12. Sat, April 2 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / Brent Marks (1)
13. Sat, April 9 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Jacob Allen (1)
14. Fri, April 15 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Carson Macedo (3)
15. Sat, April 23 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (4)
16. Fri, April 29 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / Logan Schuchart (1)
17. Sat, April 30 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / Spencer Bayston (1)
18. Wed, May 11 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Jacob Allen (2)
19. Sat, May 14 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Brent Marks (2)

EMPIRE STATE OF MIND: World of Outlaws Late Models Prepare for Orange County Double-Dip

It’s the Series’ only New York Appearance of 2022

MIDDLETOWN, NY– May 17, 2022 – A shower of Super Late Model power is set to rumble through the Empire State as the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series returns to Orange County Fair Speedway June 17-18. 

The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet will make their third and fourth appearances at “The Legendary House of Power”and the third stop in the last two seasons.

A weekend just North of the “Big Apple” kicks off Friday, June 17, with a $10,000-to-win Feature. A potential $30,000 is on the line for whoever wins Friday’s opener, as the winner of Saturday’s Feature takes home $20,000.

Last August, four-time Series champion Brandon Sheppard brought fans to their feet with an exciting win, holding off current Rookie of the Year contender Max Blair by inches to win his fifth Feature of 2022. 

PREVIOUS ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY WINNERS

2021- Brandon Sheppard on August 19
2004- Rick Eckert on June 20

Blair is one of the drivers contending for the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models championship in 2022, currently 98 points behind leader Dennis Erb Jr. 

This season, the Centerville, PA driver has a victory to his credit, with four top-fives and seven top-10s.

Erb also has a Victory this season at Volusia Speedway Park, as his consistency has propelled him to the top of the standings with six top-fives and 11 top-10s. 

Last season’s Rookie of the Year Tyler Bruening is looking forward to returning to Orange County, following a strong run on the .625-mile track. After switching to a backup car in last year’s event, the Decorah, IA driver stormed from the tail of the field to finish third at the checkered flag. 

Those drivers and the rest of the full-time World of Outlaws competitors will face off against a stout field of regional contenders hoping to keep them from Victory Lane. 

Rick Eckert, the 2011 Series champion won the inaugural event at the historic New York track and will attend that weekend. 

Dan Stone is another driver expected to be in contention at Orange County after crossing the fifth line in last year’s race.

Don’t miss out on you only chance to see the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models in New York in 2022. 

TICKETS: https://bit.ly/3FU9yWP

If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online on with the DIRTVision App.

NARC SPRINT CARS HEAD TO PETALUMA FOR SALUTE TO FIRST RESPONDERS

(3/16/22) Sacramento, CA… The NARC Fujitsu General 410 Sprint Cars continue a busy month this Saturday, May 21st with Petaluma Speedway’s Salute to First Responders.

The event honors our many brave first responders and their efforts to ensure our safety and peace of mind. All first responders who present a valid ID at the gate will be admitted for the discounted price of just $10 to enjoy a night of racing from the West Coast’s best 410 sprint car drivers.

The race will mark the fifth of the 2022 NARC campaign and first visit to Petaluma of the year. The series will make one more trip to the adobe clay oval on July 9th.

Also on the card for Saturday are Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Mini Stocks.

After an off-season full of hard work to improve the historic racetrack that included reshaping the surface, facility improvements, and additional safety measures, promoter Rick Faeth is looking forward to welcoming NARC for the first time this year, and he’s planned some additional fan-friendly events for the Salute to First Responders, too.

“The track had become very misshapen over time,” Faeth explained. “So, we’ve gotten it shaped now with five degrees of banking on the straightaways and twelve degrees in the turns, and the shape is holding up really well. We’ve got eight races in so far this year. The feedback we’ve gotten from all of our local drivers has been amazing. It’s like a different racetrack.

“We’re looking forward to having the NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car series. We’ve been a big supporter of them over the course of the last decade,” Faeth added. “It’s First Responders Night. The local police and fire departments are going to come out, and we’re going to have a 1936 antique fire truck there on display, and we’re looking forward to it.”

Championship Chase

It’s impossible to lose points when you win, so Dominic Scelzi maintained his NARC point lead and extended it with his weekend sweep of the NARC portion of the Peter Murphy Classic.

He now leads a new second place driver as a pair of top-fives during the Peter Murphy Classic propelled Mitchell Faccinto into the runner-up spot as the Tarlton Motorsports drivers continues to hunt his first title.

Shane Golobic fell to third in points after trouble in Hanford on Saturday. Completing the top-five behind him are full-time series drivers Bud Kaeding and Willie Croft.

Who to Watch

The numbers immediately point to Bud Kaeding as a strong favorite. The Campbell native’s consistency at Petaluma is off the charts. In his last 16 series starts at the three-eighths mile, the 2017 NARC champion has collected three wins, posted a 3.8 average finish, and finished no worse than eighth.

It’s a home race for the native of nearby Benicia, Billy Aton. Wild Bill has always performed well with NARC at Petaluma, collecting four top-10s in six starts including his inaugural series podium back in July of 2019 when he finished runner-up after leading seven laps.

Sebastopol’s Joel Myers Jr. continues to hunt for his first series victory, and he’s taken well to the Petaluma gumbo in past appearances. Last year in just his second NARC start the Vertullo Motorsports driver finished third at the three-eighths mile. Then in July Myers Jr. appeared headed to Petaluma victory lane until an incident with lapped traffic while leading ended that bid.

Another driver that the stats favor is Fremont’s Shane Golobic. In his seven most recent NARC starts at Petaluma, Golobic has tallied a pair of wins, not missed the top-five, and owns an average finish of 2.7 over that span.

Former Petaluma NARC winners Tim Kaeding, Willie Croft, and Colby Copeland should also be in the mix.

Other drivers expected to compete include Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, Hanford’s Mitchell and Michael Faccinto, Idaho’s Logan Forler, Hanford’s Geoffrey Strole, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, and more.

Fan & Competitor Info

The NARC-King of the West Hoosier Tire format will feature ARP Fast Time Qualifying, 10-lap Heat Races, a six-lap Sunnyvalley Bacon Trophy Dash, and the Fujitsu General USA 30-lap Feature.  The headliner will pay competitors $600 to start.

The pit gate will open at noon with the front gate set to open at 4:00 P.M. Hot laps are slated for 5:00 P.M. with racing scheduled to begin around 6:00 P.M.

Adult General Admission tickets are $25. Seniors ages 65+ can purchase tickets for $22. Juniors ages 6-11 tickets will be just $10. Kids 5 and under are free. First responders who present a valid ID will be admitted for just $10.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds at 100 Fairgrounds Dr. Petaluma, CA 94952. For more information call (707) 763-7223.

The Salute to First Responders can be viewed live on floracing.com along with the entire NARC Fujitsu General Sprint Car schedule.

2022 NARC King of the West Fujitsu 410 Sprint Car Series
Championship Points Standings (After four events in 24-race series – 5/15/22)

  1. Dominic Scelzi, Fresno – 462
  2. Mitchell Faccinto, Hanford – 441
  3. Shane Golobic, Elk Grove – 431
  4. Bud Kaeding, Campbell – 429
  5. Willie Croft, Colfax – 425
  6. Corey Day, Salinas – 414
  7. Justin Sanders, Aromas – 413
  8. Michael Faccinto, Hanford – 411
  9. Max Mittry, Redding (R) – 408
  10. Tim Kaeding, San Jose – 395
  11. Billy Aton, Benicia (R) – 381
  12. Logan Forler, Boise, ID (R) – 376
  13. Joel Myers Jr, Sebastopol (R) – 371
  14. Geoffrey Strole, Hanford – 365
  15. Colby Copeland, Roseville – 345
  16. DJ Netto, Hanford – 323
  17. Chase Johnson, Penngrove – 311
  18. Garen Linder, Central Point, OR – 302
  19. Landon Brooks, Yuba City – 300
  20. Kerry Madsen, Sydney, AUS – 291

The NARC Fujitsu General USA Racing Series is also sponsored by Hoosier Racing Tires and Floracing.com.  Associate and product award sponsors include Automotive Racing Products (ARP), Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Bullet Impressions, Dirt.Travel, FK Rod Ends, Johnstone Supply, Kaeding Performance Center, Kimo’s Tropical Car Wash, KSE Racing Products, Maxim, Pyrotect, Roth Motorsports, Safecraft Safety Equipment, Saldana Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, SCI Racing Products, Scelzi Enterprises, Starr Property Management, Swift Metal Finishing, Sunnyvalley Bacon, System 1 Ignition, Ultra Lite Brakes, Vortex Wings, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Winters Performance Products.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: First Pennsylvania Swing Awaits World of Outlaws Late Models

 Erb, Blair, Richards, and more prepare for first multi-track weekendBLOOMSBURG, PA– May 16, 2022 – Three nights in Pennsylvania are on tap for the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series as it visits the Keystone State for the first time this season. Each night features a 40-lap, $10,000-to-win event starting Thursday, May 19, at Bloomsburg Fair Raceway in Bloomsburg, PA. PASS 305 Sprint cars will join the action as The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet visit the track for the first time.  Another first-time venture awaits on Friday, May 20, as the Series visits Marion Center Raceway in Marion Center, PA, for the Connor Bobik Memorial. Semi-Late Models and Street Stocks will also be on the card at “The Thrill on the Hill.” The tripleheader weekend finishes at the iconic Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, PA. Along with the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models, 410 Sprint Cars are on the program, along with “Speed Palace’s” weekly Late Models, who will run a make-up Feature.  Any driver who sweeps the weekend could leave Pennsylvania with $30,000. If you can’t make it to the tracks, watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online on with the DIRTVision AppHere are some of the storylines to keep an eye on this weekend: Erb Extends Again: Dennis Erb Jr’s consistency is why he sits atop the World of Outlaws CASE Late Model points standings entering this weekend—98 points ahead of Max Blair.  The Carpentersville, IL driver extended his points lead on all three nights of the Dairyland Showdown at Mississippi Thunder Speedway and has momentum heading into the weekend.  He finished fifth in the Dairyland Showdown finale and scored a victory at Lincoln Speedway during Illinois Speedweeks—a track similar in size to Marion Center Raceway.   Erb has four total wins in 2022 and is searching for his second World of Outlaws victory of the season.  Blair’s Kingdom: Max Blair returns to his home state this weekend with a chance to close the gap between himself and Erb. He’s found success at two of the three tracks the Series races at this weekend, including two wins at Bloomsburg and a victory at Marion Center last season.  The Centerville, PA driver scored a top-10 at Port Royal earlier this season, a 10th in April’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event.  Blair has a chance to find momentum with more laps than any other Series driver at Bloomsburg and Marion Center.  Richards Rebound: Four-time Series champion Josh Richards enters this weekend’s tripleheader with momentum from Mississippi Thunder Speedway.  The Shinnston, WV driver, scored his best finish of the season in the Dairyland Showdown finale—a third behind Mike Marlar and Tyler Erb.  “The Rocket Man,” behind the wheel of a car owned by Pennsylvania standout Boom Briggs, currently sits sixth in the standings, 230 points behind Dennis Erb Jr, but only two points behind Ryan Gustin for fifth.  PA STUDS: When the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models travel to Pennsylvania, they’ll compete against a stout field of regional competitors.   That includes Gregg Satterlee, who bested the Series full-time drivers at Williams Grove Speedway last August.  “The Truth” already has a win at Port Royal in a national touring event this season and proved 1/2-mile tracks are in his wheelhouse after two preliminary Feature wins at Eldora Speedway in 2021.  Another driver to watch is 2011 Series Champion, Rick Eckert. “Scrub” found Victory Lane in Plymouth, IN, last season with the Series and hopes to recapture that magic this weekend in his first World of Outlaws appearances of the year.  Those two are only the beginning as names like Dan Stone, Matt Lux, Colton Flinner, Mason Zeigler, Jared Miley, and more are expected to join the field throughout the weekend.    WHEN AND WHEREMay 19, Bloomsburg Fair Raceway in Bloomsburg, PA
May 20, Marion Center Raceway in Marion Center, PA
May 21, Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, PAABOUT THE TRACKBloomsburg Fair Raceway is a 1/2-mile oval
Marion Center Raceway is a 1/4-mile oval
Port Royal Speedway is a 1/2-mile ovalONLINE Bloomsburg Fair Raceway- https://racing.bloomsburgfair.com 
Marion Center Raceway- 
https://marioncenterraceway.com 
Port Royal Speedway- 
https://portroyalspeedway.com   PREVIOUS WINNERS
Bloomsburg Fair Raceway- First Appearance Marion Center Raceway- First Appearance
Port Royal Speedway- 2021 – Chris Madden on May 21, Chris Madden on May 22
2019 – Mason Zeigler on Aug. 17
2018 – Mike Marlar on Aug. 18
2017 – Brandon Sheppard on Aug. 19
2008 – Clint Smith on June 17
2007 – Darrell Lanigan on June 20 TRACK RECORD
Bloomsburg Fair Raceway- 15.786 by Jeff Rine on 6/20/21
Marion Center Raceway- 14.734 by Jon Lee on 8/21/21Port Royal Speedway- 17.470 by Jeff Rine on 5/13/17  On the Internet
World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Series
Twitter – Twitter.com/WoOLateModels – @WoOLateModels
Instagram – Instagram.com/WoOLateModels – @woolatemodels
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsLateModelSeries
YouTube – Youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws
DIRTVision – DIRTVision.com – Platinum annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/month Around the Turn: The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet continue their Northeast swing with a Memorial Day Spectacular at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, OH May 27-28. Feature Winners: (13 Drivers)
Rank- Driver- Hometown-WinsDale McDowell, Chickamauga, GA- 2
Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, GA-2Ashton Winger, Hampton, GA-1
Brandon Overton, Evans, GA-1
Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, IL-1
Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC-1
Michael Brown, Lancaster, SC-1
Max Blair, Centerville, PA-1
Tyler Erb, New Waverly, TX-1
Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL-1
Ricky Weiss, Headingley, MB-1
Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL-1
Mike Marlar, Winfield, TN-1HEAT RACE WINNERS (30 Drivers)
Rank- Driver- Hometown-WinsChris Madden-Gray Court, SC-7
Brandon Sheppard- New Berlin, IL-7Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, GA-6Mike Marlar, Winfield, TN-4Max Blair, Centerville, PA-3
Devin Moran-Dresden, OH-3
Tyler Erb, New Waverly, TX-3
Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, GA-3Darrell Lanigan, Union, KY-2
Brandon Overton, Evans, GA-2
Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, IL-2
Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, AZ-2
Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, NC-2
Kyle Hammer, Clinton, IL-2
Ricky Weiss, Headlingley, MB-2
Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, IA-2Ashton Winger, Hampton, GA-1
Ross Robinson, Georgetown, DE-1
Mark Whitener, Middleburg, FL-1
Frank Heckenast, Jr., Frankfort, IL-1
Michael Brown, Lancaster, SC-1
Daulton Wilson, Fayetteville, NC-1
Ross Bailes, Clover, SC-1
Josh Rice, Verona, KY-1
Hudson O’Neal, Martinsville, IN-1
Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, NM-1
Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL-1
Chad Simpson, Mt. Vernon, IA-1
Cade Dillard, Robeline, LA-1
Spencer Hughes, Meridian, MS-1Last Chance Showdown Winners (26 Drivers)
Rank- Driver- Hometown-WinsMax Blair, Centerville, PA-3Cade Dillard-Robeline, LA-2
Devin Moran, Dresden, OH-2Hudson O’Neal- Martinsville, IN-1
Logan Martin, Plains, MO-1
Tyler Bruening, Decorah, IA-1
Chris Simpson, Oxford, IA-1
Shane Clanton, Zebulon, GA-1
Spencer Hughes, Meridian, MS-1
Mike Norris, Sarver, PA-1
Chase Osterhoff, Kankakee, IL-1
Tyler Erb, New Waverly, TX-1
Boom Briggs, Bear Lake, PA-1
Josh Richards, Shinnston, WV-1
Anthony Sanders, Spartanburg, SC-1
Banjo Duke, Sumter, SC-1
Steve Casebolt, Richmond, IN-1
Austyn Mills, Cincinnati, OH-1
Frank Heckenast Jr., Frankfort, IL-1
Andy Bond, Coolville, OH-1
Brent Larson, Lake Elmo, MN-1
Garrett Alberson, Las Cruces, NM-1
Jake Timm, Winona, MN-1
Chase Junghans, Manhattan, KS-1
Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, IL-1
Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, IL-1PODIUM FINISHES (25 Drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – PodiumsDale McDowell, Chickamauga, GA-4Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, IL-3
Chris Madden, Gray Court, NC-3
Max Blair, Centerville, PA-3
Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, GA-3
Mike Marlar, Winfield, TN-3
Tyler Erb, New Waverly, TX-3Devin Moran, Dresden, OH-2
Darrell Lanigan, Union, KY-2
Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL-2
Ricky Weiss, Headingly, MB-2
Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL-2Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA-1
Brandon Overton, Evans, GA-1
Ashton Winger, Hampton, GA-1
Chase Junghans, Manhattan, KS-1
Michael Brown, Lancaster, SC-1
Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, IA-1
Ross Bailes, Clover, SC-1
Daulton Wilson, Fayetteville, NC-1
Josh Rice, Verona, KY-1
Tanner English, Benton, KY-1
Kyle Bronson, Brandon, FL-1
Stormy Scott-Las Cruces, NM-1
Josh Richards, Shinnston, WV-1FOX FACTORY HARD CHARGER (13 Drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – H.C.Gordy Gundaker, St. Charles, MO-2Hudson O’Neal, Martinsville, IN-1
Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL-1
Tanner English, Benton, KY-1
Max Blair, Centerville, PA-1
Devin Moran, Dresden, OH-1
Brent Larson, Lake Elmo, MN-1
Carson Ferguson, Concord, NC-1
Tyler Bruening, Decorah, IA-1
Jimmy Owens, Newport, TN-1
Ross Bailes, Clover, SC-1
Garrett Alberson, Las Cruces, NM-1
Chase Junghans, Manhattan, KS-1
Josh Richards, Shinnston, WV-1SLICK WOODY’S QUICK TIME AWARD (10 Drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – QTsChris Madden, Gray Court, SC-2
Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL-2
Ricky Weiss, Headingly, MB-2Kyle Hammer, Clinton, IL-1
Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, GA-1
Brandon Overton, Evans, GA-1
Shane Clanton, Zebulon, GA-1
Trent Ivey, Union, SC-1
Josh Rice, Verona, KY-1
Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, IL-1
Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL-1
Mike Marlar, Winfield, TN-1CASE Feature Lap Leaders (20 Drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Laps LedTyler Erb, New Waverly, TX-97Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, GA-65Max Blair, Centerville, PA-60Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL-52Ricky Weiss, Headingley, MB-48Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL-40Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, IL-39
Ashton Winger, Hampton, GA-39Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC-31Brandon Overton, Evans, GA-25
Michael Brown, Lancaster, SC-25
Mike Marlar, Winfield, TN-25Kyle Hammer, Clinton, IL-22Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, NC-15Tyler Bruening, Decorah, IA-13Devin Moran, Dresden, OH-11
Cade Dillard, Robeline, LA-11
Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, GA-11Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, IA-2Spencer Hughes, Meridian, MS-12022 World of Outlaws Late Model Schedule & WinnersNo./ Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Thursday, Jan. 20 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Dale McDowell (1)
2. Friday, Jan. 21/Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, FL/Ashton Winger (1)
3. Wednesday, Feb. 16/Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL/Brandon Overton (1)
4. Thursday, Feb. 17/Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL/Dale McDowell (2)
5. Friday, Feb. 18/Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL/Dennis Erb Jr. (1)
6. Saturday, Feb. 19/Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL/Chris Madden (1)
7. Friday, March 25/Cherokee Speedway, Gaffney, SC/Michael Brown (1)
8. Saturday, March 26/Cherokee Speedway, Gaffney, SC/Max Blair (1)
9. Friday, April 22/Atomic Speedway, Waverly, OH/Tyler Erb (1)
10. Saturday, April 23/Atomic Speedway, Waverly, OH/ Brandon Sheppard (1)
11. Friday, April 29/ Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN/Jonathan Davenport (1)
12. Saturday, April 30/Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN/Ricky Weiss (1)
13. Thursday, May 5/Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, WI/Bobby Pierce (1)
14. Friday, May 6/Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, WI/Jonathan Davenport (2)
15. Saturday, May 7/Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, WI/Mike Marlar(1)
The World of Outlaws Case Construction Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Case Construction Equipment (Official Construction Equipment), DIRTVision (Official Live Broadcast Partner), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider) VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); contingency sponsors include Arizona Sport Shirts/Gotta Race, ARP (Automotive Racing Products), Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, Fox Factory (Hard Charger Award), MSD, My Place Hotels, Penske Racing Shocks, Quarter Master, Slick Woody’s (Quick Time Award), Swift Springs, and Wrisco–Wieland Metal Services (Exclusive Racing Aluminum); along with manufacturer sponsors, including Dirt Car Lift, Capital Race Cars, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, FIREBULL, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, K1 Race Gear, Racing Electronics, Reliable Painting, Rocket Chassis, and Sea Foam.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 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.

BILL SKILLMAN RACES TO BACK-TO-BACK CONSTANT AVIATION FACTORY STOCK SHOWDOWN WINS WITH VICTORY AT VIRGINIA NHRA NATIONALS

DINWIDDIE, Va. (May 15, 2022) – Bill Skillman and his Ray Skillman Ford Cobra raced to victory Sunday at the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park, the third stop on the Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown, to widen their points lead defeating Dan Condon and his Mickey Thompson Tire Chevy COPO Camaro in the finals.

“You know what? Chris Holbrook, our guy, he makes some super smoke. All the guys that help us out and win, it’s amazing to get this done. It really is,” Skillman said. “Back-to-back wins really shows how great a job everyone has done, and we’ve got a really good team. These guys were ex-Pro Stock crew chiefs, and they really know how to make it work. All of them just do a great job and I can’t say enough about it.”

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Bill Skillman Virginia Nationals winner, photo by Auto Imagery

Skillman would start the day with a first-round bye as Anthony Troyer and his Troyer Brothers COPO Camaro were unable to make the call. In the second round, Skillman would match with Gatornationals winner Lenny Lottig. Lottig would overpower the track and have to lift while Skillman would go 7.823-seconds at s177.91 mph for the win. 

Skillman would then have to take on defending series champion Aaron Stanfield and his Stanfield Racing Engines COPO Camaro in the second round. Stanfield would leave on Skillman but the Mustang was able to reel in the Camaro by 7.801-seconds at 177.86 mph and advance to the finals. 

En route to the finals Condon would defeat Warren Walcher in the first round on a holeshot before taking on No. 1 qualifier David Janac and his Janac Brothers Racing Ford Cobra. Janac would go -.006 red in the second round, sending Condon to face Jesse Alexandra and his Barton Chevy COPO Camaro in the semis. It would be a clean drag race as Condon went 7.889-seconds at 173.14 mph to better Alexandra’s 7.933-seconds at 172.36 mph. 

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Bill Skillman Ford Cobra Jet Virginia Nationals winner, photo by Auto Imagery

In the finals, Condon would leave first but Skillman would run once again run down his opponent for victory. Condon’s 7.848-second pass at 174.46 mph would be no match for Skillman’s 7.813-seconds at 183.54 mph. With the runner-up finish, Condon moves from 17th to eighth in points. 

With the victory, Skillman has now created a $2,000 target on his back through the Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown Bounty Program. The bounty on Skillman will increase until another driver defeats him during eliminations. 

The ongoing battle between Chevrolet COPO CamarosFord Cobra Jets and Dodge Challenger Drag Pakswill pick up Father’s Day weekend at Bristol Dragway during the Thunder Valley Nationals. 

Acura Dominates Again with 1-2 Finish at Mid-Ohio

May 16, 2022 — LEXINGTON, Ohio

  • Wayne Taylor Racing and Meyer Shank Racing combine for second consecutive 1-2 IMSA victory of 2022; and extend Acura’s winning streak at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • Acura claims mid-season lead for IMSA manufacturer, driver and team championships
  • Completes a weekend sweep of sports car, Indy car victories for Acura and Honda

Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque continued Acura’s winning ways at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and stretched the Acura ARX-05 prototype winning streak here to five years in a row in today’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race.

Starting second, Albuquerque moved into the lead at the start, and battled both fellow Acura racers Oliver Jarvis and Tom Blomqvist in their Meyer Shank Racing ARX-05, and the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing entry of Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande throughout the first half of the endurance contest. A mid-race caution flag saw Taylor and van der Zande go wheel to wheel, with van der Zande eventually spinning and Blomqvist quick to capitalize as the Acura duo then ran 1-2 to the finish.

Today’s victory is the fifth in a row for Acura at Mid-Ohio, as the manufacturer is undefeated here since returning to prototype competition in 2018. It also completed a weekend sweep for Honda Performance Development, the competition arm of American Honda in North America. On Saturday, Honda drivers Colton Herta and Simon Pagenaud finished 1-2 in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

After five of 10 races, Acura moved into the lead of the DPi Manufacturers’ Championship, with Wayne Taylor Racing, Taylor and Albuquerque moving to the top of the teams and drivers’ championships, respectively.

Acura NSX GT3 Evo22

In the production-based GTD class, the #51 Rick Ware Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 driven by Aidan Read and Ryan Eversley, went off-sequence in their pit strategy mid-race, and led a significant portion of the second half of the two-hour, 40-minute contest. But a pit lane infraction during their final scheduled stop resulted in a drive-through penalty, and an unrepresentative 10th place finish.

IMSA Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio Acura Race Results

  • 1st overall – #10 Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque, Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 DPi
  • 2nd overall – #60 Tom Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis, Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05 DPi
  • 10th GTD – #51 Aidan Read and Ryan Eversely, Rick Ware Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo22

DPi Manufacturers’ Championship (unofficial, after 5 of 10 rounds)

  1. Acura           1,856
  2. Cadillac        1,829

DPi Drivers’ Championship (unofficial, after 5 of 10 rounds)                                       

1. Filipe Albuquerque, Ricky Taylor; Wayne Taylor Racing1707
2. Tom Blomqvist, Oliver Jarvis; Meyer Shank Racing1675
3. Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn; Chip Ganassi Racing1603
4. Tristan Vautier, Richard Westbrook; JDC Miller Motorsports1583
5. Pipo Derani, Tristan Nunez; Action Express Racing1575
6. Sebastien Bourdais, Renger van der Zande, Chip Ganassi Racing1499

Quotes

Ricky Taylor (#10 Wayne Taylor Racing ARX-05) Race winner, second consecutive win for Wayne Taylor Racing in 2022; third victory for Acura: “I can’t say enough about my teammate. At the beginning [of the race], the tire pressures just went crazy [high] and I don’t know how he drove the car. Because I got an improvement [fresh tires and adjusted pressures] and I was still struggling. But at a track where we needed to get everything right, the team executed perfectly. They just nailed it. Great teams just find a way to win. We might not have been the fastest in qualifying, but this just goes to show how strong our team is, that we find a way to win, no matter what.”

Filipe Albuquerque (#10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05) Race winner: “What an amazing race. I’m so happy about this group of people [at Wayne Taylor Racing and HPD], just an amazing job by everyone. We had a great start, but then the car was super, super tricky on old tires, and I was really worried. But the car came a little bit back to us [after the first pit stop] and Ricky just pulled it off, he was amazing. A perfect job by everyone at the Konica Minolta Acura team.”

Tom Blomqvist (#60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05) Finished second: “Close again, but not quite enough. That was a crazy race, actually. We were running good, the car looked quick. But we got caught out at our first stop. We stalled, basically. We looked like we had the lead going out of pit lane, we just got that wrong. That put us back in third. We had good pace. On the restart [following a caution period], I struggled a bit with the tire buildup, but I still managed to hold the position because the car was quick. Then I got caught in traffic and two Cadillacs managed to get by. The team did a great strategy to bring me in early [for the final scheduled pit stop]. I did some good out laps and managed to clear them again. They saved our race! Two little errors possibly cost us the win. The positive is, we have a very quick car the last few races. We just have to iron out our mistakes and the wins are going to start coming.”

Daniel Bella (Supervisor, Trackside Operations, Honda Performance Development) on today’s 1-2 finish for Acura, and fifth consecutive victory, at Mid-Ohio: “This was a fantastic day, and a great weekend overall for Acura, HPD and our teams here in Mid-Ohio, especially coming from a 1-2 sweep at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (earlier this month), and a Honda 1-2 finish yesterday at Indianapolis. The DPi class produced a great race today, with a long, wheel to wheel battle with the #01 car. For the record books, this is back-to-back wins for Wayne Taylor Racing here at Mid-Ohio, and the ARX-05 is undefeated here in DPi competition. For their part, Meyer Shank Racing has the fastest race lap [Tom Blomqvist] and ran strong all day long to finish second. A great way to end the day, and a winning weekend for HPD.”

Fast Facts

  • Today’s 1-2 Acura finish is the fifth consecutive win for Acura at Mid-Ohio, and the third in a row here for Ricky Taylor.
  • It completes a weekend of 1-2 results for Honda Performance Development, with Colton Herta and Simon Pagenaud finishing 1-2 for Honda yesterday in the GMR Grand Prix on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The last similar sweep for HPD was in September of 2021, when Alex Palou won the Portland Grand Prix NTT INDYCAR SERIES race for Honda, while Taylor/Albuquerque combined to win at Laguna Seca for Acura and HPD.
  • Acura is undefeated at Mid-Ohio since returning to prototype competition in 2018. Last year, Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque scored a thrilling victory in their Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05, combining fuel mileage with speed to hold off the competition by just 1.7 seconds at the checkers.
  • Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor won for Acura Team Penske in 2018 and 2020; teammates Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya won for Acura in 2019.

Next

The Motor City of Detroit is the next stop in the 2022 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, for the Detroit Grand Prix. One of two 100- minute “sprint races” on the IMSA calendar, the race takes place Saturday, June 12 on the tight and bumpy Belle Isle Park temporary street circuit, with live television coverage on the USA network and streaming on NBC Peacock.

Acura Motorsports social media content and video links from Mid-Ohio can be found on Instagram (www.instagram.com/hondaracing_hpd), Twitter (twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD). Additional features and long-form videos can be found on the Honda Racing/HPD YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV).

Hagan Powers Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat from No. 1 Qualifier to Runner-up Finish at Virginia Nationals

  • Matt Hagan drove the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to a fifth final elimination round appearance in seven National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) national events and earned his third runner-up finish of the season for Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) at the Virginia Nationals
  • The Virginia-native put his Smithfield Dodge//SRT Funny Car atop the eliminations ladder at his home race for his 300th career start with a track record elapsed time run of 3.853 seconds at 331.45 mph after also eclipsing the track record speed with his first qualifying run at 335.82 mph.
  • Hagan’s 35th career runner-up finish keeps him in the Funny Car championship points lead ahead of event winner Robert Hight
  • Cruz Pedregon continued his streak of solid qualifying performances by putting his Snap-on® Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat No. 4 on the eliminations ladder at Virginia Motorsports Park, his sixth top-five qualifying position this season, and advancing to his team’s fifth quarterfinal appearance of the year
  • Leah Pruett qualified No. 10 for the Virginia Nationals aboard her Mobile 1 Dodge//SRT Top Fuel dragster but found herself in a first round pedal-fest for a second time this season

May 15, 2022, Dinwiddie, Virginia —Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) made its fifth Funny Car final elimination round appearance in seven National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Camping World Drag Racing Series events with pilot Matt Hagan driving his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat from the No. 1 qualifier position to a runner-up finish at the Virginia Nationals in his 300th career start.

After a three-year absence from Virginia Motorsports Park, the NHRA returned to Hagan’s home track, located 190 miles from his stomping grounds in Christiansburg, Virginia, where the Dodge//SRT Funny Car driver wasted no time in setting the track speed record at 335.82 mph with his first lap, eclipsing the previous mark set in 2019 (John Force/326.32 mph) by nearly 10 mph. 

The Smithfield Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat continued to improve with every run as Hagan laid down solid passes of 3.914, 3.890, and a track record elapsed time run of 3.853 seconds to secure the No. 1 qualifier position, his second of the season and 45th of his career, and was rewarded with a first-round bye to kick off eliminations.

The three-time world champion worked his way past No. 9 seed Chad Green in the quarterfinals and then watched No. 12 qualifier John Force double-step and foul out of their semifinal match-up to advance to his fifth final round appearance of the year.

Looking to add to the Wally trophies already earned this year at the Gatornationals in Gainesville Florida, and Springnationals in Houston, Texas, the Funny Car points leader lined up for the final against No. 10 seed Robert Hight, who also has two wins under his belt and is stalking Hagan from second spot in the championship standings.

Hagan’s Dodge//SRT machine had the starting line advantage then battled side-by-side with his opponent until mid-track when Hight edged ahead to turn on the win light. Hagan’s third runner-up finish of the year, and 35th of his career, keeps him atop the Funny Car championship standings ahead of the race winner.

Fellow HEMI-powered Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon put his Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car No. 4 on the eliminations ladder on the strength of his final qualifying pass at 3.905 seconds at 323.27 mph. It was the Cruz Pedregon Racing team’s sixth top-five qualifying performance in seven national events.

Pedregon kicked off his race day against No. 13 seed Phil Burkart by driving straight down the grove with a respectable pass for the warm track conditions to take the round win. He was paired against Force for a quarterfinal battle, but when Pedregon’s car immediately lost traction at the launch, his race day came to a quicker end than anticipated.

TSR Top Fuel pilot Leah Pruett recorded two solid qualifying passes to put her Mobile 1 Dodge//SRT dragster No. 10 on the eliminations ladder for Sunday’s Virginia Nationals with a best lap of 3.754 seconds at 318.92 mph, and set up a first round pairing against No. 7 seed Doug Kalitta. 

A quick 0.042-second reaction time gave Pruett the advantage on her opponent’s 0.057-second start but almost immediately both began to smoke the tires. Similar to what happened to her in the opening round at Houston’s Springnationals, she found herself in a pedal-fest against Kalitta. Hoping to regain traction, Pruett hit the throttle several times, even sending her ride sideways, as her opponent did the same, but unfortunately she was unable to get to the finish first. 

The NHRA’s next event, the New England Nationals, will take place June 3-5 at New England Dragway near Epping, New Hampshire,  the eighth of 22 national events on the schedule this season.

ADDITIONAL NOTES and QUOTES:

Leah Pruett, Dodge Power Brokers Top Fuel Dragster 

(No. 10 Qualifier – 3.754 seconds at 318.92 mph)

Round 1: (0.042-second reaction time, 7.253 seconds at 129.35 mph) loss to No. 7 Doug Kalitta (0.057/5.995/234.33)

“Once I got off the line, I knew I hit [the throttle] good but we smoked the tires, and thinking back to the last race when I smoked [the tires], I had a different strategy of coming back off and feathering it and feathering it, but I couldn’t regain traction. I’ve got to say, for Mobil 1, Dodge, Tony (Stewart), GEARWRENCH and everyone that’s backing us right now, clearly we are going to get it. That run is frustrating, for sure, but not every run is going to be a record-breaking run. The fans are out here to watch a show. That’s a different type of show, but we’re going to take another deep breath, digest it and keep working on it. I’m happy I’m doing my job and my team is doing their job. Once it comes together, it’s going to be lethal, I guarantee you that.”

Matt Hagan, Dodge Power Brokers Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car  

(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.853 seconds at 331.45 mph)

Round 1: (0.072-second reaction time, 3.964 seconds at 328.38 mph) bye run

Round 2: (0.090/3.965/322.65) defeats No. 9 Chad Green (0.096/4.021/317.05)

Round 3: (-0.036/3.955/327.03) defeats No. 12 John Force (-0.323/17.817/60.67)

Round 4:  (0.070/3.948/327.59) loss to No. 10 Robert Hight (0.075/3.907/328.86)

“It was another amazing weekend in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. We had a new sponsor on the car with Smithfield and got those folks crossed over from NASCAR a little bit. We went to the finals again and got to race Robert Hight. It’s going to be a fun season throwing down against him. It was special since it was my 300th career start in Virginia. Our car is running great and we’ve been to so many finals already and won two races, so I know there is more to come. We obviously wanted to win this weekend, but we’re going to be back in the Dodge Power Brokers Funny Car soon and be applying that power. I just want to say thank you to the fans for coming out and supporting us. The stands were packed. Thank you all for the love and we’re going to keep working hard to turn on those win lights.”

Cruz Pedregon, Pedregon Racing Snap-on® Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.905 seconds at 323.27 mph)

Round 1: (0.092-second reaction time, 4.038 seconds at 317.57 mph) defeats No. 13 Phil Burkart (0.117/11.252/72.81)

Round 2: (0.051/10.719/75.87) loss to No. 12 John Force (0.008/3.992/329.91)

We did a good job of qualifying the Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat in the NO. 4 spot and went onto the quarter finals where we lost to John Force. We spun the tires on that run at the hit of the throttle, which was unusual for us, but we were pressing. We were trying to be aggressive and the racetrack didn’t hold the power we had. We’ll go back and regroup and get ready for the next event. It was one of those races where the conditions went from cooler, rainy, high humidity to warmer on Sunday. Some teams adjusted well and we were good. We were just not quite where we needed to be. So we’ll learn from it, move on and, and get things ready to go for Epping which should be a good race for us. We’re still maintaining that top five position in points. The great thing that I am most proud of is that the team continues to have that qualifying performance every week. It’s top four, top three, top five nearly every race weekend and that’s really tough to do in today’s Funny Car competition with all the cars running so close. So we’re going to hang our hat on that and we’re going to keep digging and be ready for the next one.”

NHRA CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS:

Following the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park

FUNNY CAR (season wins in parentheses)

1.  Matt Hagan (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat): 673 (2)

2.  Robert Hight: 658 (3)

3.  Ron Capps: 561 (1)

4.  John Force: 447

5.  Cruz Pedregon (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat): 395

6.  Bob Tasca III: 354

7.  J.R. Todd: 331

8.  Chad Green: 321

9.  Alexis DeJoria: 310

10. Tim Wilkerson: 277

TOP FUEL (season wins in parentheses)

1.  Brittany Force: 605 (3)

2.  Steve Torrence: 524 

3.  Mike Salinas: 521 (2)

4.  Justin Ashley: 468 (1)

5.  Austin Prock: 367

6.  Clay Millican: 365

7. Josh Hart: 345 

8.  Doug Kalitta: 316

9. Tony Schumacher: 295

10. Shawn Langdon: 269

13. Leah Pruett (Dodge Power Brokers): 242

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ROBERT HIGHT AND BRITTANY FORCE SWEEP NITRO CATEGORIES AT VIRGINIA NHRA NATIONALS

DINWIDDIE, Va. (May 15, 2022) – For the third time in their careers, Brittany Force with her Flav-R-Pac / Monster Energy dragster and Robert Hight in his Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS have doubled-up for John Force Racing Sunday at the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park. Austin Prock in the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist dragster and John Force with the PEAK / BlueDEF PLATINUM Chevy each had semifinal exits.
Coming into the day having secured their 34th career No. 1 qualifier, Brittany Force and the Flav-R-Pac team enjoyed a bye for their first round. They would be thankful for the run as they smoked the tires almost immediately. In the second round, the David Grubnic and Mac Savage led team appeared to have figured things out laying down a stellar 3.788-second pass at 328.94 in the heat of the day to defeat Shawn Langdon who went only 4.512 at 203.22.
En route to the finals, Force would defeat Mike Salinas with a 3.770-second pass at 334.07 mph before taking on reigning four-time world champion Steve Torrence in the finals. Force would have the starting line advantage and never trail going 3.770 seconds at 334.07 mph bettering Torrecne’s 3.781 at 326.24 for her third win of the season, 14th of her career and first at Virginia Motorsports Park.
“This has been our greatest season yet,” Force said. “To come on strong with this many wins, I’m so excited. We’ve never won here in Virginia, so it was very cool to get this win. This Wally (trophy) is for (crew chief) David Grubnic because he makes the impossible happen. Any win is special, but to qualify No. 1, set the track record and then get the win, it’s great. Robert and I seem to have a lot of luck together, and it was great to see him win. Our whole team has come a long way and we’re already ahead of ourselves from last year.”
Coming into race day No. 10, Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS team showed no signs of the struggle they faced in qualifying. In a clean side-by-side race against Tim Wilkerson, Hight would handle his Chevy to a 3.919-second pass at 329.83 mph to better Wilkerson’s 3.942 at 325.92. The win would set Hight up to run reigning world champion Ron Capps. Capps would run into trouble early while Hight and the Auto Club Camaro would sail to a 3.935 at 325.30 for the win.
Matched up with Bob Tasca III in the semifinals, Hight would leave the start second, but the Chevy Camaro would chase down Tasca to go 3.906-seconds at 324.20 mph to Tasca’s 4.015 at 328.06. Running against Matt Hagan in the finals, Hight and his Jimmy Prock and Chris Cunningham tuned Chevy would maintain their high performance to f 3.907-seconds at 328.86 mph to defeat Hagan and his 3.948 at 327.59. It would be his 56th career victory, third of the season and first at Virginia Motorsports Park.
“I think we’ve had three battles with Hagan this year and it seems like it happens every week,” Hight said. “I think we’ve got the best two cars in the class and when you race them, you better be up for it. They were better than us in qualifying, but what a difference a day makes. We had mechanical failure the first run and it set us behind the whole weekend. But when you’ve got this great team, you just believe in them, and they just navigated things great today. We’re going to have a lot of these battles the rest of the year and hopefully we can just keep winning them.”
After running his career best to qualify No. 2, Austin Prock would have an impressive 3.727-second pass at 333.16 mph to defeat Lex Joon who ran into trouble early and would creep across the finish line at 20.760. The Joe Barlam and Rahn Tobler Montana Brand dragster wouldn’t let up in the second-round blast to a 3.837-second pass at 313.88 mph to send veteran racer Doug Kalitta packing.
Prock would face Steve Torrence in the semifinals and while Prock would have a slight starting line advantage on the four-time champ, Prock would run into tire smoke to go only 4.932-seconds at 155.85 mph. Torrence would advance to the finals on a 3.781 at 326.24.
“It was a great weekend for this new Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team. We made extremely competitive runs and showed we can run with any of them,” Prock said. “Our time is coming, we’re on the right track and made huge headway this weekend. We wanted an all JFR final but came up short. We will be ready to go for a win in Epping.” 
Without a clean pass throughout qualifying John Force and the BlueDEF Chevy managed to throwdown a 3.922-second pass at 329.67 mph to send J.R. Todd and his 3.994 at 325.85 mph pass home. With Danny Hood and Tim Fabrisi, Force would continue to be consistent going 3.992 at 329.91 mph to defeat longtime rival Cruz Pedregon, who ran into tire smoke. Force would be over eager in the semifinals against Matt Hagan. The 16-time world champion would red-light, giving Hagan the win and path to the finals.
“Well, I just got over excited, I guess. I was amped up and I was ready to go, I wanted to win,” Force said. “But, if this PEAK Chevy can’t get the job done, I’m glad it’s Robert and that Auto Club Chevy. Over there in dragsters, just so proud of that Flav-R-Pac car for Frank Tiegs getting the job done. Brittany and Grubnic and Savage, that whole team really put in the work this weekend. Prock with Barlam and Tobler, they are really coming around, really looking good. It was just a great weekend for John Force Racing.”
The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season continues June 3-5 with the NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway, the eighth event on the series tour.
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AUSTIN PROCK, 26, Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist DragsterQualifying:2nd; 3.672-seconds; 326.87 mphBonus Qualifying Points:+2 (2nd quickest Q2)Race Results: Beat Lex Joon, Doug Kalitta; Lost to Steve TorrenceBRITTANY FORCE, 35, Monster Energy DragsterQualifying:1st; 3.710-seconds; 335.82 mphBonus Qualifying Points: +9 (quickest Q1, Q2, Q3)Race Results: Bye; Beat Shawn Langdon, Mike Salinas and Steve TorrenceJOHN FORCE, 73, PEAK / BlueDEF PLATINUM Chevrolet Camaro SSQualifying:12th; 4.094-seconds; 323.58 mphBonus Qualifying Points: 0Race Results: Beat J.R. Todd, Cruz Pedregon; Lost to Matt HaganROBERT HIGHT, 52, Auto Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro SSQualifying:12th; 8.517-seconds; 384.37 mphBonus Qualifying Points:0Race Results: Beat Tim Wilkerson, Ron Capps, Bob Tasca III and Matt Hagan

Burton Finishes 21st at Kansas


May 15, 2022


Harrison Burton and the No. 21 DEX Imaging team avoided the adversity that affected many of their competitors and came away with a 21st-place finish in Sunday’s AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Burton took the green flag from 26th place and finished the first 80-lap Stage in 23rd place.

He continued to run inside the top 25 in Stage Two and got a big break when the caution flag flew for a spin by Kevin Harvick on Lap 127, during a round of green-flag pit stops.

Burton had yet to make his stop, so he moved up to 13th place for the ensuing restart.

He ran inside the top 15 for much of the remainder of that Stage, and was running 17th when that Stage ended at Lap 165.
 
In the third and final Stage, with his DEX Imaging team turning out quick stops on pit road, he was able to run inside the top 15 for much of the latter portion of the race before losing several spots and crossing the finish line in 21st place, on the lead lap for the second-straight week. 
 
Burton said the up-and-down day left him a bit frustrated.
 
“We ran better than we finished,” he said. “You want it to be the other way, but just really free at the end.  
 
“It’s really hard to drive these things loose, so I don’t know if I need to do a better job or what, but when we get loose we struggle pretty bad. It was a handful at the end and it’s definitely frustrating.”
 
Burton said that prior to the final run to the checkered flag he and the DEX Imaging team were making the No. 21 Mustang faster.

“I felt like we were getting better throughout the day, and then on the last run we finally jumped over the cushion too far,” he said. “We were tight, tight, tight all day and couldn’t get it to turn and then all of a sudden the last run I’m crashing on entry and crashing on exit.
 
“Overall, we just have to keep digging. It’s not what we want, but we’ll keep going.”

Burton and the Motorcraft/DEX Imaging team now head to Texas Motor Speedway for next week’s NASCAR All-Star Race.

TORRENCE TAKES TOYOTA TO FINAL ROUND IN VIRGINIA

Capco Boys Fall to Force in Final Round by One One-Hundredth

RICHMOND, Va. (May 15, 2022) – After a two-year absence, the NHRA returned to Virginia Motorsports Park. Steve Torrence and the Capco Boys advanced to the final round in their Toyota Top Fuel dragster, but by only one one-hundredth of a second would lose to race-winner, Brittany Force. Qualifying proved positive for the GR Supra Funny Car contingent with all three posting times within the top-five, but a drastic weather change for Sunday’s race would eliminate them all by round two.

Toyota Post-Race Recap

NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series

Virginia Motorsports Park

Race 7 of 22

TOYOTA TOP FUEL FINISHING POSITIONS  —  Race Winner:  Brittany Force

NameCarFinal ResultRound-by-Round
Steve TorrenceCapco Contractors Toyota Top Fuel DragsterFinal RoundW. 3.772 vs. 3.926 (S. Palmer) W. 4.402 vs. 5.309 (T. Schumacher) W. 3.803 vs. 4.932 (A. Prock) L. 3.781 vs. 3.770 (B. Force)
Shawn LangdonDHL Toyota Top Fuel DragsterRound 2W. 3.769 vs. NT (D. Foley) L. 4.512 vs. 3.788 (B. Force)
Doug KalittaMac Tools Toyota Top Fuel DragsterRound 2W. 5.995 vs. 7.253 (L. Pruett) L. 5.946 vs. 3.837 (A. Prock)
Antron BrownMatco Tools Toyota Top Fuel DragsterRound 1L. 5.833 vs. 5.384 (M. Salinas)
Justin AshleyPhillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel DragsterRound 1L. 8.368 vs. 3.792 (T. Schumacher)

TOYOTA FUNNY CAR FINISHING POSITIONS  — Race Winner:    Robert Hight

NameCarFinal ResultRound-by-Round
Ron CappsNAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota GR Supra Funny CarRound 2W. 5.481 vs. 8.027 (McIntire Jr.) L. 9.626 vs. 3.935 (R. Hight)
J.R. ToddDHL Toyota GR Supra Funny CarRound 1L. 3.994 vs. 3.922 (J. Force)
Alexis DeJoriaBandero Tequila Toyota GR Supra Funny CarRound 1L. 3.962 (red light) vs. 3.948 (B. Tasca III)

TOYOTA QUOTES

STEVE TORRENCE, Capco Contractors Toyota Top Fuel Dragster, Torrence Racing

Final Result: Final Round

How do you feel about the race weekend overall and your appearance in the final round?

“It was a good weekend for the Capco car and really needed to get into that final round and improve moral for the team and I think we took a step in the right direction doing that. It was a tough final round race, but we get a couple weeks off and we’ll hit them hard again. I think this Toyota is headed in the right direction and I’m pleased with everything and the rest of the team is too.”

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CHEVROLET RACING IN NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION VIRGINIA NHRA NATIONALS VIRGINIA MOTORSPORTS PARK IN NORTH DINWIDDIE, VIRGINIA MAY 15, 2022
Chevrolet doubles up at Virginia NHRA Nationals• Top Fuel points leader Brittany Force records third victory of the season• Robert Hight delivers 150th Funny Car victory for Chevrolet and 56th of his career• Daniel Condon drives COPO Camaro to runner-up in Factory Stock Showdown
NORTH DINWIDDIE, Va. (May 15, 2022) — Robert Hight and crew chief Jimmy Prock didn’t find the sweet spot with the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS in qualifications, checking in at the No. 10 spot. But it got down the Virginia Motorsports Park quickly and consistently in eliminations, with Hight earning his third NHRA Funny Car victory of the season.
2219.1665jpg.JPGTeammate Brittany Force’s Flav-R-Pac/Monster Energy Chevrolet dragster checked in as the No. 1 Top Fuel qualifier and the 2017 champion ran the table for her third victory of the season for a big weekend for John Force Racing and Chevrolet. Hight, who claimed his 56th career Funny Car win, delivered the 150th Funny Car victory for Chevrolet sine 1967. The Camaro body has been to the winner’s circle 70 times. Hight and 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force have combined for 25 wins with the Camaro. Hight’s pass of 3.907 seconds at 328.86 mph eclipsed the 3.948-second run by Matt Hagan. 
“I was a crew member for so many years, so nobody knows that better than I do. It takes eight guys pulling together and there is nothing like it at the end of the day when you can hoist one of these Wallys up,” said Hight, who remains second to Hagan in the standings through seven of the scheduled 22 races. “I just want to thank everybody … Auto Club, Chevrolet. This trophy is going to Mary Barra from Chevrolet, she is the CEO. Come out to a drag race and see us.
“I think we’ve had three battles with Hagan this year and it seems like it happens every week. I think we’ve got the best two cars in the class and when you race them, you better be up for it. They were better than us in qualifying, but what a difference a day makes. We had mechanical failure the first run and it set us behind the whole weekend. But when you’ve got this great team, you just believe in them and they just navigated things great today. We’re going to have a lot of these battles the rest of the year and hopefully we can just keep winning them.”
2219.1757jpg.JPGEntering eliminations as the No. 1 spot for the 34th time in her career – and with the Top Fuel track elapsed time record of 3.654 seconds in her pocket — after a bye run, Force made passes of 3.778, 3.770 and 3.770 seconds in the final against reigning champion Steve Torrence to collect her third win of the season and 14th of her career. “This has been our greatest season yet,” said Force, who retains the top spot in the Top Fuel standings. “To come on this strong, with this many wins with our Flav-R-Pac team, I am so excited. We’ve never won here in Virginia, so it was very cool to get this win. This Wally (trophy) is for (crew chief) David Grubnic because he makes the impossible happen. Any win is special, but to qualify No. 1, set the track record and then get the win, it’s great. Robert and I seem to have a lot of luck together, and it was great to see him win. Our whole team has come a long way and we’re already ahead of ourselves from last year.” Austin Prock, who posted a season-high No. 2 spot in qualifications in the Montana Brand/Rocky Mountain Twist Chevrolet dragster, advanced to the semifinals against Torrence. John Force, who registered the 155th win of his Funny Car career on May 1, also advanced to the semifinals before falling to Hagan. Force, driving the PEAK BlueDEF Platinum Chevrolet Camaro SS, was the No. 12 qualifier. Daniel Condon of Wilmington, Illinois, drove his Chevrolet COPO Camaro to a runner-up finish in the third round of the Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown.
Chevrolet teams return to competition June 3-5 at the NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire. Pro Stock rejoins the schedule after a long break. Four-time class champion Erica Enders, who has won three of the five races in the Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro SS, is first in the standings. FS1 will telecast eliminations at 7 p.m. ET Sunday, June 5.

RCR NCS Post Race Report: Kansas Speedway

Solid Day for Austin Dillon and The No. 3 Bass Pro Shops / TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet at Kansas Speedway
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“Nice work by everyone on the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet today. It was a lot of hard work and a long day, but we got an okay finish out of it at Kansas Speedway. We had a penalty in Stage 1 for equipment leaving the box, but the pit crew was pretty fast the rest of the day. In Stage 2, we pitted under green just as the caution came out and we had to take the wave around. We rebounded nicely, though, and spent most of Stage 3 in the top-12. The restarts were a struggle today. Our car didn’t really start handling well until about 20 laps into a run, so that’s something we’re going to have to do some work on. This team will keep digging.”-Austin Dillon
Tyler Reddick And The No. 8 BetMGM Chevrolet Team Lead Laps at Kansas Speedway Before Unscheduled Pit Stop
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“Our entire Richard Childress Racing team started today pretty optimistic after qualifying second and starting on the front row at Kansas Speedway. We led some laps in Stage 1 and felt like our BetMGM Chevrolet was really strong. Unfortunately, things started to take a turn when we had a tire go down and made contact with the wall. We ended up going a few laps down, and even though we kept taking the wave around bad luck continued to strike. It just wasn’t our day. We’ll take this and learn from it like we always do. Our time is coming and this team doesn’t give up.”-Tyler Reddick

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NASCAR CUP SERIES

KANSAS SPEEDWAY

ADVENTHEALTH 400

TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE NOTES & QUOTES

MAY 15, 2022

TOP TEAM CHEVY UNOFFICIAL RACE RESULTS:

POS.   DRIVER

2nd     KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1

7th      ROSS CHASTAIN, NO. 1 ADVENT HEALTH CAMARO ZL1

8th      RICKY STENHOUSE JR., NO. 47 DILLONS / LOUISIANA HOT SAUCE CAMARO ZL1

9th      ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1

13th    AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 BASS PRO SHOPS / TRACKER OFF ROAD CAMARO ZL1

16th    WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 RAPTORTOUGH.COM CAMARO ZL1

18th    NOAH GRAGSON, NO. 16 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1

19th    COREY LAJOIE, NO. 7 GARNER TRUCKING, INC CAMARO ZL1

20th    TY DILLON, NO. 42 CHEVYLINERS.COM CAMARO ZL1

TOP FIVE UNOFFICIAL RACE RESULTS: 

POS.  DRIVER

1.        Kurt Busch (Toyota)

2.        Kyle Larson (Chevrolet)

3.        Kyle Busch (Toyota)

4.        Denny Hamlin (Toyota)

5.        Christopher Bell (Toyota)

The NASCAR Cup Series season continues next Sunday, May 22, at Texas Motor Speedway with the NASCAR All-Star Open at 5:30 p.m. ET, followed by the NASCAR All-Star Race at 8 p.m. ET. Live coverage can be found on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE NOTES AND QUOTES:

KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 2nd

SO CLOSE FOR KYLE LARSON TODAY. KYLE, EIGHT LAPS TO GO AND YOU’RE BATTLING SIDE-BY-SIDE WITH KURT (BUSCH). YOU ENDED UP GETTING INTO THE WALL. DID HE GIVE YOU ENOUGH ROOM OR WERE YOU JUST TRYING TO USE EVERYTHING YOU HAD?

“I mean, we were racing for the win there. He never got into me, so I’m trying to squeeze throttle to get position on him and just got tight. That was fun racing with Kurt (Busch). You know, the last half of the race I was trying hard the whole time. I about spun out in front of him there at some point in the third stage and then we just kept fighting through it. 

Thanks to my team for building me a war machine. I hit the wall a lot today and just struggled, like people could put air on me and get me really tight and I hit the wall. We’ll work on that and figure it out, but happy with my car. It was hard to hold off Kyle (Busch) and then I knew when Kurt got by, I knew it was going to be really hard to hold him off. I did my best but came up one spot short.”

ROSS CHASTAIN, NO. 1 ADVENT HEALTH CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 7th

“We started off pretty good and pretty early on in the race, we realized we were capable of a top-10 car. The first stage was good. We had a lug nut not get engaged on the left rear during the green flag stop in stage two, which we got lucky to even get it back on. We were able to cycle back around to about where we should have been, so that was fortunate. 

From there, there was just a lot of ups and downs. We would restart upfront and then we’d restart in the back; and I can’t even remember what all happened exactly. We had a lot of speed in our No. 1 Advent Health Chevy Camaro. It’s cool to be that fast. I hit a tire on pit road late and that dented in the left front fender; and that ultimately made us too tight to fight for a top-five.”

RICKY STENHOUSE JR., NO. 47 DILLONS / LOUISIANA HOT SAUCE CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 8th

“All-in-all, a really good day and another top-10 for our No. 47 Dillons / Louisiana Hot Sauce Camaro. After starting in the back from our issues in practice yesterday, I’m really happy with the result. We were solid on pit road. We made some good adjustments to get our car better. I felt like I was really strong at points, but we were around an eighth-place car. The top-five were really, really fast, and I didn’t have anything for them. 

I’m really happy with where we ran. We didn’t make any mistakes and brought home another top-10. That was our goal coming in, to try and keep that momentum going.”

ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 9th

“We had a fast No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 today. Greg (Ives, crew chief) and the crew did a good job at keeping me in it and giving me what I needed to stay up front. Super proud of my guys and the hard work they put in each week to continue to learn about the new car and give me what I need to be competitive. The pit crew did a great job on pit road, getting me track position and making solid stops. We will go back to Charlotte and look over all the notes from today’s race and try to get better for Texas next week.”

AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 BASS PRO SHOPS / TRACKER OFF ROAD CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 13th

“Nice work by everyone on the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet today. It was a lot of hard work and a long day, but we got an okay finish out of it at Kansas Speedway. We had a penalty in Stage 1 for equipment leaving the box, but the pit crew was pretty fast the rest of the day. In Stage 2, we pitted under green just as the caution came out and we had to take the wave around. We rebounded nicely, though, and spent most of Stage 3 in the top-12. The restarts were a struggle today. Our car didn’t really start handling well until about 20 laps into a run, so that’s something we’re going to have to do some work on. We’ve got some work to do but this team will keep digging.”

ERIK JONES, NO. 43 FOCUSFACTOR CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 32nd

“Our FOCUSfactor Chevy was decent today. We started out pretty good, but a little on the free side. The guys made good changes and made a pit call to get us in the top 10 and stage points at the end of stage one. Unfortunately, we had the issue with our tire and getting the right rear off. That kind of ended our day after going multiple laps down. We’ll refocus and head to Texas for the All-Star race.”

STAGE ONE

  • Tyler Reddick, No. 8 BetMGM Camaro ZL1, led the field to the green from a front row starting spot; his seventh top-10 starting spot of 2022 and his first in six-career NCS starts at Kansas Speedway. 
  • The field saw a variety of pit strategies during a caution on lap 61. Crew Chief Dave Elenz called Erik Jones to pit road for two tires, giving the No. 43 FOCUSfactor Camaro ZL1 the win off pit road; advancing 11 spots ahead of the restart. 
  • With a 13-lap dash to the end of Stage One, Ross Chastain powered his No. 1 Advent Health Camaro ZL1 to a runner-up finish in the Stage, leading Chevrolet to four of the top-five and six of the top-10. 
  • Other Camaro ZL1’s earning stage points at the conclusion of the 80-lap Stage included

3rd      Chase Elliott, No. 9 UniFirst Camaro ZL1

4th      Tyler Reddick, No. 8 BetMGM Camaro ZL1

5th      William Byron, No. 24 RaptorTough.com Camaro ZL1 

8th      Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Camaro ZL1

10th    Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Camaro ZL1

  • Three Chevrolet drivers recorded laps led in Stage One, including Tyler Reddick (24 laps; second-most); Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (3 laps); and Kyle Larson (3 laps

STAGE TWO

  • Following a cycle of pit stops at the conclusion of the Stage, Ross Chastain led the field to the green from the front row to start the 85-lap Stage Two. 
  • William Byron powered his No. 24 RaptorTough.com Camaro ZL1 to the lead at the beginning of the Stage, becoming the eighth leader of the day. 
  • Out in a strong lead, Byron suffered a flat left rear tire, forcing the No. 24 Chevrolet team to come down pit road under green for a four-tire stop; rejoining the field two-laps down. 
  • With 41 laps to go in the Stage, Chase Elliott was scored as the leader, preparing to bring his No. 9 UniFirst Camaro ZL1 to pit road when the caution flew. Making a four-tire, fuel and air pressure adjustment stop under the caution, Elliott restarted in the 10th-position with 29 laps left to go in the Stage. 
  • At the conclusion of Stage Two, Chase Elliott recorded his second top-five Stage finish of the day, bringing his No. 9 UniFirst Camaro ZL1 to the line in fifth. 
  • Joining Elliott in the top-10 of Stage Two included: 

6th      Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Camaro ZL1 

7th      Ross Chastain, No. 1 Advent Health Camaro ZL1 

  • With 165 laps in the books, 10 different drivers had held the lead, including six Chevrolet drivers: William Byron (25 laps; third-most); Tyler Reddick (24 laps); Chase Elliott (10 laps); Ross Chastain (4 laps); Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (3 laps); Kyle Larson (3 laps). 

FINAL STAGE/POST-RACE QUICK NOTES

  • Kyle Larson and the No. 5 HendrickCars.com Camaro ZL1 team was second off of pit road, giving the team a front row restart position with 65 laps to go. 
  • Larson ultimately crossed the finished line in the runner-up position, giving the No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet team its seventh top-10 finish of 2022. 
  • Ross Chastain finished seventh; Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished eighth; and Alex Bowman finished ninth to give Chevrolet four top-10 finishes. 
  • With 13 races in the books, Chevrolet has recorded 36 top-five’s and 63 top-10’s, continuing to lead all manufacturers. 

HART RACES TO QUARTERFINALS IN RICHMOND

RICHMOND, VA (May 15, 2022) — Josh Hart and the TechNet Top Fuel dragster team showed their resiliency and mental toughness battling through two days of tricky qualifying conditions. Friday and Saturday as rain showers moved through the Richmond, Virginia area delaying qualifying times and shuffling track temperatures. The team gave each qualifying run their best effort but did not see the results they were looking for. They moved into race day at the No. 13 qualifier on the strength of his final qualifying pass, 3.842 seconds. Hart knew that at NHRA national events like the Virginia Nationals the key is to get into the show because anything can happen on race day.

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Josh Hart and TechNet Top Fuel dragster, photo by Auto Imagery

“We didn’t have the results we are accustomed to in qualifying,” said Hart, after three rounds of qualifying. “We missed the tune-up just a little and unfortunately the track wasn’t very forgiving for anyone. The good news is I have an amazing team of talented people led by Ron Douglas, so we have a solid gameplan for race day.”

In the first round Hart faced veteran Clay Millican who he dropped a close semifinal race to at the Arizona Nationals. The second-year driver held a 1-2 record against Millican going into today’s race.  When both cars launched Millican went into immediate smoke and Hart took off on a smooth, quick run. His winning time of 3.801 seconds was his quickest run of the weekend and a testament to his team’s work ethic. The round win evened his head-to-head record with Millican and advanced the young driver to at least the quarterfinals for the fourth time this season.

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TechNet Top Fuel team, photo by Auto Imagery

After two days of showers the sun remained out throughout the day today keeping track temperatures on the rise. In the quarterfinals facing the most recent Top Fuel race winner, Mike Salinas, Hart and his TechNet team had lane choice and confidence. Hart was the first off the line with a reaction time advantage and both race cars experienced tire smoke. Each driver battled to regain momentum and Hart’s race car didn’t cooperate as he pedaled the TechNet dragster to no avail. Following the run the team deduced that the pan pressure sensor was tripped and aborted the run. Salinas got to the finish line first, ending Hart’s chances of consecutive semifinal appearances.

“I could not be more proud of this TechNet team,” said Hart. “We struggled in qualifying and came out swinging today in the first round with our backs against the wall. That was a great win for us over a tough team. In the second round I bet I pedaled that TechNet dragster 10 times but with that pan pressure sensor active it didn’t matter. We have a couple weeks off and then we are right back at it.”

Seven races into the season Hart and the TechNet team continue to be one of the most competitive teams on the circuit. In a tough Top Fuel category Hart will head into June sitting seventh in the Camping World points just one round behind his closest competitor. 

Qualifying Results

Q1: 4.181 sec, 203.28 mph; Qual. 14

Q2: 8.666 sec, 82.51 mph; Qual 15

Q3: 3.842 sec, 256.45 mph; Qual. 13

Bonus Points: 0

Race Results

First Round

Josh Hart, Ocala, Fla., TechNet dragster, 3.801, 326.87 mph def. Clay Millican, Drummonds, Tenn., Parts Plus dragster, 9.786, 80.10 mph 
 

Second Round

Mike Salinas, San Jose, Calif., Pep Boys/Scrapper Racing dragster, 6.686, 204.39 mph def. Josh Hart, Ocala, Fla., TechNet dragster, 8.512, 87.59 mph
 

Camping World Drag Racing Series Top Ten – Top Fuel

1. Brittany Force                          605

2. Mike Salinas                            526

3. Steve Torrence                        524

4. Justin Ashley                            468

5. Austin Prock                             367

6. Clay Millican                            365

7. Josh Hart                                 345

8. Doug Kalitta                             316

9. Tony Schumacher                    295

10. Shawn Langdon                     269

JUSTIN ASHLEY MAKES EARLY EXIT IN VIRGINIA

RICHMOND, VA (May 15, 2022) — Justin Ashley and the Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel dragster powered by Vita C Shot came out of their hauler at Virginia Motorsports Park ready to make a run for the points lead. Their first two qualifying runs locked them solidly into the top half of the field and his first pass was the second quickest of the session earning the 2020 Rookie of the Year two qualifying bonus points. The team stepped up their efforts on Saturday morning posting an even quicker 3.700 second pass at 325.85 mph. In the final qualifying session after a lengthy rain delay Ashley and his Mike Green tuned Phillips Connect Toyota dragster threw everything at the track making a run for the top spot but they overpowered the conditions and moved into race day as the No. 6 Top Fuel team on the property.

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Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel dragster powered by Vita C Shot, photo by Ron Lewis Photography

In the first round Ashley pulled up beside veteran and multiple time world champion Tony Schumacher. The 2022 Winternationals winner was looking to avenge a first round loss to Schumacher at the NHRA Arizona Nationals earlier this season in their first meeting. Ashley was able to pick his lane and the three-time winner got the jump off the starting line with a strong .049 reaction time. Unfortunately, his Phillips Connect Top Fuel dragster powered by Vita C Shot which also has backing from Auto ShockerLucas Oil, and KATO Fastening Systems overpowered the race track. The immediate loss of traction combined with Schumacher’s unblemished run combined to end Ashley’s race day in the first round.

 “We learn something every race,” said Ashley. “The team is doing great and one round of racing certainly doesn’t affect our attitudes and expectations moving forward. We’ll be ready for the New England Nationals.” 

While his race day was not as successful as hoped Ashley knows that sometimes competition results pay dividends in different forms. The qualifying runs and bonus points contributed to positive takeaways for the third-year driver. The team also gained valuable information heading into the busy stretch run of the summer. 

“I love having Dustin Davis, Mike Green and Tommy DeLago leading this team,” said Ashley. “Those are three smart guys who will take everything we learned this weekend and make this team even better. We are heading into a stretch of racing where we will be at the track almost every weekend and I can’t wait. We have a lot of positive things happening with this Phillips Connect Vita C Shot team.”

Ashley will hold onto his strong position, fourth place, in the NHRA Camping World point standings as the series moves to Epping, New Hampshire, for the New England Nationals in June. 

Qualifying Results

Q1: 3.725 sec, 327.82 mph; Qual. 2

Q2: 3.700 sec, 325.85 mph; Qual. 4

Q3: 9.131 sec, 67.03 mph; Qual. 6

Bonus Points: +2 (2nd quickest in Q1)

Race Results

First Round

Tony Schumacher, Lakeway, Tex., SCAG dragster, 3.792, 319.52 mph def. Justin Ashley, Phillips Connect Toyota dragster powered by Vita C Shot, 8.368, 76.72 mph def. 

Camping World Drag Racing Series Top Ten – Top Fuel

1. Brittany Force                          605

2. Mike Salinas                            526

3. Steve Torrence                        524

4. Justin Ashley                           468

5. Austin Prock                             367

6. Clay Millican                            365

7 Josh Hart                                   345

8. Doug Kalitta                             316

9. Tony Schumacher                    295

10. Shawn Langdon                     269

Cadillac claims third place at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Derani, Nunez co-drive No. 31 Whelen Engineering DPi-V.R to another podium finish
LEXINGTON, Ohio (May 15, 2022) – The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R claimed its second consecutive third-place finish in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition and third podium finish in as many years at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to pace the Cadillac contingent in the Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio.
After starting fifth in the 2-hour, 40-minute race on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course, co-drivers Pipo Derani and Tristan Nunez inherited third place following the lone full-course caution midway through the race and held the position. In 2021 and ’20, the Action Express entry was runner-up at Mid-Ohio.
“I think we got the maximum we could out of the car and we delivered,” said Derani, the reigning DPi champion. “Unfortunately, not quite there, but I think we have to be proud of our job finishing as the best Cadillac. The team was flawless all weekend and we’ll take another podium.”
The No. 01 V-Performance Academy Cadillac DPi-V.R, which earned its third pole start of the season with Sebastien Bourdais behind the wheel, controlled the pace through the first 1 hour, 15 minutes. 
Bourdais exited the seat on a pit stop during the caution and Renger van der Zande took the green flag on the restart. Battling the second-place Acura in the winding back section of the track, the cars made light contact in Turn 6, which sent the No. 01 Cadillac off course. Van der Zande quickly recovered, but the opportunity for the second victory this season slipped away.
“I think Seb did a fantastic job putting it in the lead. When I got in I struggled with the tires on the restart. I tried to keep the position in first but lost control of the car by a little touch,” van der Zande said. “It’s tough to keep a fast car behind when dealing with low grip. It’s a shame. I think we had a good shot at winning with a good car and a good strategy. We are onto Detroit next, which is an important one for Cadillac.”
Bourdais and van der Zande combined to lead a class-high 61 f the 121 laps and finished fifth overall. The No. 10 Acura went on to win the race.
Earl Bamber and Alex Lynn teamed to finish fourth in the No. 02 Cadillac Accessories Cadillac DPi-V.R, while Richard Westbrook and Tristan Vautier co-drove the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R to sixth place.
Cadillac teams return to competition June 3-4 for the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic on the 2.35-mile, 14-turn temporary street course on Belle Isle in Detroit. The No. 01 V-Performance Academy Cadillac DPi-V.R won the 2021 race from the pole. The USA Network will telecast the 100-minute race live at 3 p.m. ET Saturday, June 4.
Cadillac Racing results and quotes
No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.RPipo Derani, Tristan NunezFinish: Third Start: FifthPipo Derani: “We have to be proud. The 31 Whelen Engineering team did a fantastic job this weekend. I think we got the maximum we could out of the car and we delivered. Unfortunately, not quite there, but I think we have to be proud of our job finishing as the best Cadillac. The team was flawless all weekend and we’ll take another podium.”
Tristan Nunez: “It all kind of fell in our laps toward the end. Once again, we were the strongest Cadillac, which is good. And good for points. We go to our home turf next race and hopefully we’ll have better overall pace, which I think we will. Cadillacs are always strong at Belle Isle. Looking forward to getting to Detroit and banking some more strong results.” No. 02 Cadillac Accessories Cadillac DPi-V.REarl Bamber, Alex LynnFinish: Fourth Start: FourthEarl Bamber: “Tough race for us today. Our team had two really quick cars. We had an issue with the stop, which put us behind the 5 car. We recovered back to fourth, but I think third was on the table. Now, we look forward to Detroit, which is a good rack for Cadillac, and we need to score big points there.” Alex Lynn: “Not the day we dreamed of today. I thought we had a chance at third and could’ve stole a podium. In the end, Fourth place is important points for the championship. We will regroup and improve and come back for Detroit.” No. 01 V-Performance Academy Cadillac DPi-V.RRenger van der Zande, Sebastien BourdaisFinish: Fifth Start: FirstRenger van der Zande: “I think Seb did a fantastic job putting it in the lead. When I got in I struggled with the tires on the restart. I tried to keep the position in first but lost control of the car by a little touch. It’s tough to keep a fast car behind when dealing with low grip. It’s a shame. I think we had a good shot at winning with a good car and a good strategy. We are onto Detroit next which is an important one for Cadillac.”
Sebastien Bourdais: “It was a more eventful run than we wanted. We did not get a the start we wanted being in the safety car map. At that point, we lost the lead and wasn’t looking great. Fortunately, we got a couple of lucky breaks and put big pressure on the 10 car to retake the lead. We seemed to be under control with how fast the car was. The yellow came at the wrong time for us. Renger did everything he could to keep them behind. Unfortunately, it did not pan out for us. It was a good weekend for us, so obviously disappointed we did not come out with more points. We will keep digging and hope for better days.”
No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.RTristan Vautier, Richard WestbrookFinish: Sixth Start: SixthTristan Vautier: “My stint on the qualifying tires was really hard. I lost the rears early on, and I was struggling throughout my stint. I think the track kind of came to us near the end, so it’s a shame that we couldn’t put it together. I was a trying weekend for us. We would have liked to have a solid result out of it, so our eyes are on Detroit.”
Richard Westbrook: “We salvaged the most of it. I lost downforce and then run wide through Turn 1 and that really damaged the front splitter. Then it was just a case of bringing it home. I feel so bad for the guys. We had a good car in traffic, but when you go through the dirt in Turn 1 you give everything up. We worked so hard this weekend to get a decent car for the race and it looked like we had one.”

BETTER TO BE LUCKY THAN GOOD: SCELZI SNAGS SECOND STRAIGHT PETER MURPHY CLASSIC

(5/14/2022 – Alex Nieten) Hanford, CA… Dominic Scelzi summed up his 2022 Peter Murphy Classic victory at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway with just six words.

“Better to be lucky than good,” Scelzi said to open his victory lane interview.

The reigning NARC Fujitsu General Sprint Car champion found himself in the right place at the right time with just nine laps to go when Justin Sanders and Corey Day collided in turn four while battling for the lead, taking each other out of contention.

The incident gifted the lead to the Red Rose Transportation/Whipple Superchargers No. 41 piloted by Scelzi, who started the race from 12th, and he went on to sweep the NARC portion of the Peter Murphy Classic after claiming the opener at Tulare on Friday and Saturday’s finale in Hanford. The victory was Scelzi’s fourth NARC triumph at Keller Auto Speedway, making the three-eighths mile the winningest track on his NARC resumé.

And perhaps the most meaningful statistic to Scelzi is that he became the first driver in the Peter Murphy Classic’s eight year history to win the $11,000 NARC finale twice after he claimed last year’s edition, too.

“I would not be here if it wasn’t for Peter,” Scelzi said. “He dug me out of the darkest spot of my career as a young kid. He made me keep going, and I will forever be thankful for that.”

The race was brought to green by Justin Sanders and Kerry Madsen. Sanders darted ahead as Max Mittry ripped the topside around Madsen into the runner-up spot.

Sanders opened up a commanding lead early on as Corey Day began to charge toward the front. First Day and Colby Copeland nearly got together dueling for fourth with Day coming out on top. Then Day made quick work of Madsen and Mittry and set his sights on a distant Sanders who navigated traffic.

The race’s first yellow flew on lap 11 when Madsen spun in turn one. D.J. Netto inherited the fifth spot that Madsen had held as a result.

On the restart with 20 laps remaining Day got an excellent jump and squeezed to Sanders’ inside entering turn one. The two drifted high exiting turn two with Day completing the slider and immediately setting sail.

Behind them, Scelzi made a couple moves to power into fourth after restarting in sixth. The No. 41 machine prepared by Jimmy Carr made Scelzi’s life easier as he charged from row six throughout the race’s opening half.

“When we pushed out onto the racetrack before the feature, I saw Jimmy walk past my car and he was wearing my shirt, so I knew we were going to be pretty good,” Scelzi joked.

“It’s been amazing,” Scelzi added. It’s been incredible. He’s changed my entire life… He made a driver out of me. He taught me how to win races and how to race.”

Scelzi climbed onto the podium by passing Colby Copeland on lap 14, and shortly after disaster struck for the leaders.

Day, who had built a considerable lead, drifted high out of turn two and off track down the backstretch on lap 21. As a result, Sanders had a huge run into turn three and threw a slider, clearing Day but drifting slightly above the rubber that was starting to develop in turn four. Day stayed in the rubber and dove under Sanders, but Day’s right rear hit Sanders’ left front, sending Day on a wild slide down the front stretch and breaking Sanders’ front end. Both of their nights were done.

Their troubles were Scelzi’s good fortune as he took over the top spot.

“I felt like we were, honestly, as good as the 14 (Day) and 57 (Sanders) and we closed in on both,” Scelzi explained. “But as it started getting abrasive I felt like there was no way. I wasn’t really paying attention to how Sanders slid Corey, but I was probably half a straightaway back trying to conserve tire, hoping maybe they’d get too antsy and lose a tire. When I saw them start racing I just said ‘okay I’ve got one or two laps to get right there and hope something happens.’ And when it did I was just far enough away to miss it.”

After Scelzi inherited the lead, he drove away unchallenged on the ensuing restart to claim his 17th career NARC win with a 1.3 second advantage over Copeland.

“We got lucky tonight, but nobody’s going to give a crap in two days,” Scelzi said. “Whether we got lucky or not, we won. We got the check. We got the trophy. We got the wine. We got everything.”

Copeland’s runner-up in Larry Anaya’s Fire Protection Management No. 16A kept his perfect top-two streak alive. He’s raced in three of the four NARC races this year with finishes of first, second, and second.

“Second is obviously great with this kind of competition,” Copeland said. “Larry (Antaya) and Jim (Vanlare) gave me a great car, just need to do a little fine tuning to keep up with Dominic.”

Completing the podium was the 2019 champion D.J. Netto in his Netto Ag/Penny Newman Grain No. 88N.

The balance of the top-10 included Mitchell Faccinto, Kalib Henry, Max Mittry, Craig Stidham Willie Croft, Bud Kaeding, and Chase Johnson

FUJITSU GENERAL USA FEATURE (30 laps): 1. Dominic Scelzi 41 2. Colby Copeland 16A 3. D.J. Netto 88N 4. Mitchell Faccinto 21 5. Kalib Henry 17 6. Max Mittry 2X 7. Craig Stidham 36 8. Willie Croft 29 9. Bud Kaeding 69 10. Chase Johnson 24 11. Mitchel Moles 01 12. Robbie Price 21P 13. Michael Faccinto 56 14. Garen Linder 22 15. Dylan Bloomfield 11 16. Nick Parker 115 17. Corey Day 14 18. Justin Sanders 57 19. Joel Myers Jr. 83V 20. Shane Golobic 17W 21. Kerry Madsen 83JR 22. Landon Brooks 5V 23. Kaleb Montgomery 3 24. Tim Kaeding 42X

HOOSIER TIRE LAP LEADERS: Sanders 1-11, Day 12-21, Scelzi 22-30

ARP FAST QUALIFIER (31 Cars): Kerry Madsen 13.623

BROWN AND MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS HEAT ONE (8 laps): Faccinto, Myers Jr., Brooks, Madsen, Henry, Bloomfield, Forler, Faria

KIMO’s TROPICAL CAR WASH HEAT TWO (8 laps): Netto, Stidham, Day, Kaeding, Johnson, Moles, Kent, Shaw

DIRT.TRAVEL CLUB HEAT THREE (8 laps): Copeland, Sanders, Croft, Scelzi, Golobic, Linder, Aton, Foland

KAEDING PERFORMANCE HEAT FOUR (8 laps): Faccinto, Mittry, Montgomery, Kaeding, Price, Parker, Strole

SUNNYVALLEY “POWERED BY BACON” POLE SHUFFLE: Mittry/Brooks: Mittry, Mittry/Netto: Mittry, Mittry/Madsen: Madsen, Madsen/Day: Madsen, Madsen/Sanders: Sanders

STARR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SEMI (12 laps): Bloomfield, Parker, Moles, Linder, Faria, Aton, Forler, Shaw, Kent, Foland Jr., Strole

KEEPING THE CUP: Brent Marks Capitalizes at Williams Grove to Claim the Morgan Cup for PA Posse

Race-Long Leader Jacob Allen Ran Out of Fuel on Final Restart

MECHANICSBURG, PA – May 14, 2022 – One yellow flag is what changed it all in Saturday’s Morgan Cup finale at Williams Grove Speedway.

Hanover’s Jacob Allen was poised to complete a storybook week, sweeping a swing through his home state of Pennsylvania with first-career wins at Lincoln Speedway and now Williams Grove. It was the perfect ending to a perfect week in Posse-land, but then the Shark Racing #1A started sputtering as the Newman Racing Engines powerplant starved for fuel with only two to go.

Allen had controlled the first 28 laps of the 30 lapper and was pursuing a perfect night with a QuickTime, Heat win, and Dash victory when disaster struck as the caution flew moments prior to the white flag waving. It was at that moment that Allen knew he had no shot of hanging on.

“I knew immediately when the caution flew that I wasn’t gonna make it,” Allen told DIRTVision afterward. “I feel like if we stayed green that I could’ve limped it home, but I still don’t know if I could’ve survived for the win. It’s just the name of the game. We’ll come back next time with a different strategy and we won’t run out.”

While Allen went from hero to zero, behind him in the right place at the right time was fellow Pennsylvanian, Brent Marks.

The Myerstown Missile, in fuel conservation mode himself, fought off a bad vibration and non-existent brakes to seize control of the lead with the white flag waving. He survived the final mile with ease and took the Murray-Marks Motorsports #19 to victory lane with $17,500 and the Morgan Cup trophy awaiting him.

Although he’s Pennsylvania’s “truest Outlaw,” Marks’ victory goes on the scoreboard for the Posse with the rivalry tied at 1-1 with another seven races scheduled this year in The Keystone State. Saturday marked his ninth career win with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and the 14th of his career at Williams Grove Speedway.

“It’s great to win any of these World of Outlaws races, but these higher-paying ones feel even better,” Marks said. “There’s no doubt we got extremely lucky, but we had to be in that position to get it done. I can’t thank my guys Fud [Dennis Christ] and Heath [Moyle] enough. We destroyed a car on Wednesday, built this thing on Thursday, and here we are in victory lane.”

Following an hour-long rain delay, racing resumed at 11:00 pm on Saturday with air density, fueling, and weight becoming crucial factors in the program. While Allen ultimately ran out, it was on the mind of Marks as well and may have won him the race.

“I tried to save as much as I could under yellows by staying totally off the throttle and leaning the engine out as much as possible,” Marks noted on his fuel conservation. “I was running out near the end of the Dash and with how fast the pace was tonight I knew we should be worried. The track turned out to be pretty sporty after the rainstorm, and we did just enough to make it all the way.”

For Marks, he now owns wins from each of the three World of Outlaws trips to Williams Grove – Morgan Cup in May, Summer Nationals in July, and National Open in October.

For Allen, he barely missed out on earning back-to-back wins for the first time in his career, which would’ve given him three World of Outlaws victories in the last six weeks.

“Sometimes the cards just don’t fall your way,” Allen added.” It’s life, though, it goes on. I’m proud of myself and I’m proud of this team. I’m thrilled with how fast we are lately. Being competitive nightly with the World of Outlaws is such a surreal feeling.”

The drama didn’t end with Allen’s fuel light as Carson Macedo crossed the finish line in second place, but failed to meet the post-race minimum weight requirement and thus was disqualified. The wild turn of events took the Jason Johnson Racing #41 from taking over the championship lead to being back down to third and behind by -42 points.

Assuming the runner-up result by default was Sheldon Haudenshild aboard the NOS Energy Drink, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17. He was joined on the podium for the first time in 2022 by third-place finisher Rico Abreu, continuing to show speed since welcoming renowned Crew Chief Ricky Warner to the #24 team.

Rounding out the top-10 at Williams Grove was Donny Schatz in fourth, Logan Schuchart in fifth, David Gravel in sixth, Brad Sweet in seventh, Spencer Bayston in eighth, James McFadden in ninth, and Giovanni Scelzi in tenth.

UP NEXT (Fri-Sat) – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will head to New Jersey and Ohio next week. Three races in five nights will take the Series to Bridgeport Motorsports Park on Tuesday. May 17, then Attica Raceway Park on Friday, May 20, and finally Sharon Speedway on Saturday, May 21. Fans can BUY TICKETS HERE, or watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.

NOS Energy Drink Feature Results (30 Laps) – 1. 19-Brent Marks [4][$17,000]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$6,000]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [3][$3,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [8][$2,800]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$2,500]; 6. 2-David Gravel [7][$2,300]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [10][$2,200]; 8. 5-Spencer Bayston [11][$2,100]; 9. 83-James McFadden [21][$2,050]; 10. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [18][$2,000]; 11. 48-Danny Dietrich [24][$1,600]; 12. 27-Devon Borden [26][$400]; 13. 5C-Dylan Cisney [13][$1,200]; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [16][$1,100]; 15. 67-Justin Whittall [23][$1,050]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen [1][$1,000]; 17. 11-TJ Stutts [14][$1,000]; 18. 39M-Anthony Macri [15][$1,000]; 19. 19R-Matt Campbell [6][$1,000]; 20. 44-Dylan Norris [25][$]; 21. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [20][$1,000]; 22. 69K-Lance Dewease [17][$1,000]; 23. 99M-Kyle Moody [19][$1,000]; 24. 6D-Ryan Smith [22][$1,000]; 25. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [12][$1,000]; 26. 41-Carson Macedo [5][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Jacob Allen 1-28, Brent Marks 29-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 27-Devon Borden[+14]

NEW Championship Standings (After 19/78 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (2,638); 2. David Gravel (-24); 3. Carson Macedo (-42); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-82); 5. Logan Schuchart (-102); 6. Spencer Bayston (-132); 7. Donny Schatz (-144); 8. James McFadden (-162); 9. Jacob Allen (-224); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-324).