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AUSTIN PROCK AND MONTANA BRAND / RMT LOOKING TO CARRY MOMENTUM INTO NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 22, 2022) – Austin Prock and the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist Chevrolet dragster enter this weekend’s Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway on an upward swing that’s come at the perfect time for the young team.
A breakthrough victory last weekend at Maple Grove Raceway catapulted Prock and the Montana Brand / RMT team from 12th to sixth in the NHRA Camping World points standings, well within contention for the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Top Fuel championship. It was their first final round since the season-opening Winternationals and their first win of the season, second of Prock’s career and puts them just 74 points back of the lead, just four racing rounds.
“It’s been a trying year, but everyone has kept their heads down and kept at and still believed in themselves. Now we’re back in the fight of things and walking with a little bit of a pep in our step,” Prock said. “Looking forward to Charlotte. We have some good momentum coming in here and if we have another stout weekend, we will have a legitimate shot at the title. We’re going to focus on one round at a time like we did in Reading and see how things shake up. Anything is possible.”
In 2019, Prock qualified 13th and had a second-round appearance at the Carolina Nationals and earlier this season Prock exited in the first quad of the Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX after qualifying eighth. Prock will be looking to continue his with the help of veteran crew chiefs Joe Barlam and Rahn Tobler, the latter the only crew chief to have won series championships with three different drivers in two different classes.
Competition at the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway, the second of six NHRA Countdown to the Championship races, begins with qualifying Friday evening at 7:15 p.m. and Saturday at 2:15 and 6:00 p.m. Eliminations are slated for Sunday at noon. Television coverage of the event will be on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and begins with a live qualifying show Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET. A second qualifying show airs Sunday at 2 p.m. ET with eliminations coverage at 3 p.m. ET. 

BRITTANY FORCE AND FLAV-R-PAC LOOK TO REGAIN LEAD AT NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept 22, 2022) – Brittany Force and the Flav-R-Pac / Monster Energy Chevrolet dragster team are only nine points out of the lead heading to the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway, the second of six races in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship.
Already with four wins this season to equal her career best, Force was the first driver other than Steve Torrence to start the Countdown from No. 1 since 2016 and is well positioned to become just the fourth woman in NHRA pro drag racing history to win multiple championships (after Shirley Muldowney, Enders and Angelle Sampey).
“Charlotte is second on the Countdown list and after a challenging weekend our Flav-R-Pac team is ready to get the event started,” Force said. “First priority is to get back on track with solid qualifying. We will be looking for three consistent qualifying runs to get us in the top of the show. Every point matters and we have a shot to pick up some points with good qualifying runs. Race day we need to be going rounds. This Countdown is short and we need to step it up and will be hunting down a win this weekend. 
In 2021, Force qualified No. 1 and was runner-up at the fall event at zMAX Dragway. Although she has yet to win this race, she does have a win at the 4Wide Nationals at zMAX from the spring of 2016. Force holds the track record for both time (3.662 seconds on both May 14, 2021 at the 4Wide and Sept. 17, 2021) and speed (333.49 mph on May 16, 2021) and has qualified No. 1 twice at this event (2018 and 2021) and on both occasions went to the final round.  She also has started from No. 1 two times at the 4Wide (2018 and 2021). Competition at the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway, the second of six NHRA Countdown to the Championship races, begins with qualifying Friday evening at 7:15 p.m. and Saturday at 2:15 and 6:00 p.m. Eliminations are slated for Sunday at noon. Television coverage of the event will be on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and begins with a live qualifying show Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET. A second qualifying show airs Sunday at 2 p.m. ET with eliminations coverage at 3 p.m. ET.

Cadillac Racing driven to succeed in the DPi era

With manufacturer-leading 27 wins in the six seasons, it’s been a productive ride
DETROIT (Sept. 22, 2022) – While five Cadillac DPi-V.R entries will contest the 10-hour Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta to close one era of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Cadillac Racing is simultaneously preparing for the next level of competition in 2023.
The Daytona Prototype International (DPi) race cars will be replaced by a joint IMSA-Automobile Club de l’Quest (ACO) car known as Le Mans Daytona h (LMDh) for the nine-race IMSA Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) schedule. LMDh cars will also be able to compete in the top class of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), which includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Starting with the 61st Rolex 24 At Daytona in late January, Cadillac Racing will enter two full-season Cadillac V-LMDh cars in the GTP class. Additionally, the Cadillac V-LMDh will compete in the WEC.
The 2023 hybrid race car and global competition are new. The passion, resolve and dedication of every Cadillac engineer, team member and driver to defining new performance standards are inherent.
A productive ride
For Cadillac Racing, which has been immersed in the DPi program since IMSA announced base regulations in 2015, it’s been an exciting and productive ride.
The Cadillac DPi-V.R has recorded 27 victories – tops among all manufacturers – and 80 podium finishes in 58 races heading into the final event of the season Oct. 1.
From chassis design in early 2015 through final testing in January 2017, hundreds of General Motors associates, GM partners and suppliers have contributed to the program that has realized on-track success and developed technology transferred to award-winning Cadillac V-Series street cars.
“The Cadillac DPi-V.R has proven itself as the most successful race car of its generation,” said Rory Harvey, Vice President Global Cadillac. “With the expansion of Cadillac Racing into the World Endurance Championship, we are excited to continue that success in North America as well as some of the most iconic tracks in the world.”
Quick out of the gate
Cadillac Racing took the inaugural season of the modern IMSA prototype era by storm in 2017, winning seven races with seven pole positions and claiming every championship trophy. NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon teamed with Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli in a Cadillac DPi-V.R to win the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.
In 2018, Cadillac followed with four wins, three pole positions and again earning every championship trophy. In 2019, Cadillac won its third Rolex 24 At Daytona in as many years and secured the IMSA DPi Endurance Cup and Endurance Driver Championship on the strength of four wins. In 2020, Cadillac recorded three victories and again won the Endurance Driver Championship. In 2021, Cadillac drivers posted five wins and claimed the Manufacturer Championship, Driver Championship and Team Championship.
Said seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, who will co-drive the No. 48 Ally Cadillac DPi-V.R in the season finale: “In one of these DPi Cadillacs, the pace and effort you have to drive around that racetrack is quite impressive, especially comparing it to my days in NASCAR. Some of the braking zones, the Bus Stop and the Carousel, it’s just mind-blowing how fast these cars can travel through those tight little areas.”
Fastest prototype in the worldThis season, Cadillac Racing has recorded four victories – including podium sweeps at Sebring and Long Beach — and four record-setting pole starts ahead of the Petit Le Mans.
“I think it’s been an amazing time with the Cadillac DPi. It’s one of those cars that everybody in Europe says how beautiful it is, how fast it looks and it makes me proud to show pictures of it to people who don’t know motorsports,” said Renger van der Zande, who has three victories this season as co-driver of the No. 01 V-Performance Academy Cadillac DPi-V.R and eight overall since 2018 in a Cadillac DPi-V.R.
“To be going into that last race is something special. Every in-lap after the race I felt I had to enjoy the last dance around the track with this car because I’ve been driving it since 2018. It’s the fastest prototype in the world at the moment and it does feel like it, especially at Road Atlanta.”
Added reigning IMSA champion Pipo Derani, co-driver of the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R who has six total wins in a Cadillac DPi-V.R since 2019: “The DPi era has been a fantastic regulation to be a part of as a driver because you get the luxury often to drive the perfect car. The cars most likely will be the ones that we’ll look back on in a few years as one of the quickest cars we’ve ever driven. For me, a fantastic time in my career when I achieved so much. Great time and looking forward to the future with Cadillac.”
Passion pushed Cadillac into motorsports in 2004 and it has continued through the DPi years. With the dawn of a new era of sports car racing, passion will continue to drive Cadillac Racing to new heights.
Cadillac Racing DPi-V.R by the numbers
Wins: 27Manufacturer Championships: 3 (2021, 2018, 2017)Driver Championships: 3 (2021, 2018, 2017)Team Championships: 3 (2021, 2018, 2017)Manufacturer Endurance Championships: 4 (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017)Endurance Driver Championships: 4 (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017)Endurance Team Championships: 2 (2018, 2017)
Cadillac DPi-V.R victories by racetrack with winning drivers
Sebring (Twelve Hours of Sebring):2022 (Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn, Neel Jani)2021 (Tristan Vautier, Loic Duval, Sebastien Bourdais)2020 (Pipo Derani, Felipe Nasr)2019 (Pipo Derani, Felipe Nasr, Eric Curran)2017 (Alex Lynn, Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor)Long Beach:2022 (Renger van der Zande, Sebastien Bourdais)2021 (Pipo Derani, Felipe Nasr)2019 (Joao Barbosa, Filipe Albuquerque)2018 (Joao Barbosa, Filipe Albuquerque)2017 (Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor)Daytona (Rolex 24 At Daytona):2020 (Renger van der Zande, Ryan Briscoe, Scott Dixon, Kamui Kobayashi)2019 (Renger van der Zande, Fernando Alonso; Jordan Taylor, Kamui Kobayashi);2018 (Christian Fittipaldi, Filipe Albuquerque, Joao Barbosa)2017 (Jeff Gordon, Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor, Max Angelelli)Belle Isle:2022 (Renger van der Zande, Sebastien Bourdais)2021 (Renger van der Zande, Kevin Magnussen)2018 (Felipe Nasr, Eric Curran)2017 (Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor)Road Atlanta (Petit Le Mans):2020 (Renger van der Zande, Ryan Briscoe, Scott Dixon)2019 (Pipo Derani, Felipe Nasr, Eric Curran)2018 (Renger van der Zande, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Jordan Taylor)Canadian Tire Motorsports Park:2022 (Renger van der Zande, Sebastien Bourdais)2017 (Dane Cameron, Eric Curran)Watkins Glen:2021 (Pipo Derani, Felipe Nasr)2017 (Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi, Filipe Albuquerque)Road America:2021 (Pipo Derani, Felipe Nasr)Circuit of the Americas:2017 (Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor)

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Head East for Eldora, Sharon

Eldora and Sharon Showcase Final Races in Ohio for The Greatest Show on DirtROSSBURG, OH – September 21, 2022 – After three weeks on the West Coast, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is finally eastbound and down.Another three-week venture through Ohio and Pennsylvania begins this weekend with scheduled stops at two of The Buckeye State’s most exciting venues. From a three-way championship chase with Brad Sweet, David Gravel, and Carson Macedo, to home state heroes like Sheldon Haudenschild and Dave Blaney, there are plenty of storylines to follow on DIRTVision.com.The Greatest Show on Dirt opens the 4-Crown Nationals on Friday, Sept. 23, with a one-night show at Rossburg, OH’s Eldora Speedway, followed by a four-hour journey to the other side of the state for a Saturday, Sept. 24, showcase at Hartford, OH’s Sharon Speedway.BUY ELDORA TICKETS (Fri)
BUY SHARON TICKETS (Sat)ACT FAST: With only 11 races remaining, the 2022 World of Outlaws championship chase is seemingly down to a three-horse race. Brad Sweet, chasing his fourth consecutive title with the Series, has held command of the top spot since March aboard his Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49. “The Big Cat” enters a doubleheader weekend in Ohio with a 74-point advantage over David Gravel’s Big Game Motorsports #2 and a 94-point gap to Carson Macedo’s Jason Johnson Racing #41.Sweet has maintained his hold thanks to numbers such as 1,909 (the only driver to complete every lap) and 5.60 (the best average finish on tour). To topple the Grass Valley, CA native, Gravel or Macedo will either need to piece together an otherworldly stretch and beat Sweet by an average of four spots per race, or take advantage of a DNF by the #49 – which hasn’t happened in 159 races since July 2020. BACK 4 THE CROWN: A quartet of Kings Royal champions will return to the site of their coronation this weekend in hopes of adding another type of crown to their collection.King Brent XXXIX, who rose to the throne in remarkable fashion this July by sweeping the Historical Big 1 and Kings Royal for a $275,000 weekend, became the 19th different sovereign to rule Eldora’s realm. Brent Marks, of Myerstown, PA, is currently the second-winningest driver in the country at 17 wins, with five of those coming in World of Outlaws competition. The Murray-Marks #19 pilot is the only of these four kings to have previously conquered the wings at 4-Crown, doing so during the 2018 running.King Tyler XXXVIII has made his name by creating a reign unlike any other when it comes to Earl’s house. Tyler Courtney, of Indianapolis, IN, owns a total of 12 triumphs at the track with wins in three pillars (USAC Non-Wing, USAC Midget, USAC Silver Crown) of the 4-Crown Nationals. The current All Star Circuit of Champions points leader hopes to add a winged win to his resume at the event this weekend in the Clauson-Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #7BC.King Donny XXXV has ruled Eldora in the seasons of April, May, and July to total 17 wins at the track owned by his boss, Tony Stewart, but a September score has always eluded the 10-time World of Outlaws champion. Donny Schatz, of Fargo, ND, owns six top-five finishes and two runner-up results through 12 starts at the 4-Crown in his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Ford Performance #15. King Brad XXXVI hasn’t stood atop the stage in Rossburg, OH since his second crowning in 2019, and hopes to not only end that streak but his tough spell of runs with a wing on top during 4-Crown. Brad Sweet is a former winner of the event during his younger days in USAC Midgets and USAC Sprint Cars, but he’s struggled with zero top-five finishes through 10 World of Outlaws starts at The Big E in September.SHARKS IN SEPTEMBER: For Shark Racing, they prefer to be woken up when September begins and hopes it never ends. The Hanover, PA team spearheaded by Hall of Famer Bobby Allen has finished 1-2 in three World of Outlaws events since hitting the road in 2014, and the latter two have happened in back-to-back fashion over the last two weeks in California.Jacob Allen, amid a career-best 11 straight top-10 finishes (best active streak, too), led the first occurrence by topping a photo finish to bank $25,000 with the biggest win of his life at the Gold Cup Race of Champions. Logan Schuchart, a winner in three of the last 10 outings, followed him six days later by scoring a heated $21,000 Feature at the Tom Tarlton Classic.Schuchart also enters this weekend as the two-time and defending winner of the World of Outlaws portion at the 4-Crown Nationals. The DuraMAX Oil, Drydene Performance Products #1S goes for a third-straight September score at Eldora Speedway on Friday, which would bring him within one of Joey Saldana’s event record of four wins.THE BUCKEYE BULLET: A return to Sharon Speedway in Hartford, OH on Saturday night brings us the return of Dave Blaney, the 1995 World of Outlaws champion, who earned his first Series win in 24 years when the track returned to the schedule last year. At 59 years old, “The Buckeye Bullet” continues to amaze behind the wheel, earning a start in both the Historical Big 1 and Kings Royal earlier this summer at Eldora.Blaney, who earned his 95th career win with a stunning last-lap pass over Sheldon Haudenschild, will be joined by the likes of A.J. Flick, of Apollo, PA, and George Hobaugh, of Chicora, PA, both of whom are Sharon winners this season.O-H… A-U-D: The Buckeye State faithful are set to enjoy the final chance this season to watch their native gasser, Sheldon Haudenschild, of Wooster, OH, compete in his home state. “The Wild Child’s Child” has already claimed three of his 31 career World of Outlaws wins inside state lines and has a strong chance to grow that number this weekend aboard the Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #17.A nine-time winner in 2022 with The Greatest Show on Dirt, Haudenschild heads home with high hopes of reaching the double-digit mark for the first time in his young, but storied career. The 29-year-old earned his first-ever Eldora Speedway victory last year and led all but one lap in the Series’ return to Sharon Speedway last spring.STILL CHASING: James McFadden earned his ninth podium of the season last week in California, but he’s still chasing his first win in the Roth Motorsports #83 – which would be the 99th for owners Dennis & Teresa Roth with the World of Outlaws. The Australian has 11 more chances to change that as he hopes to avoid joining Jac Haudenschild (17 in ’93), Bobby Allen (11 in ’84), Tim Shaffer (11 in ’07), Mark Kinser (10 in ’87), Johnny Herrera (10 in ’92), and Daryn Pittman (10 in ’04) as the only seven men in history with 10-plus podiums and zero wins in a single season.The good news is that J-Mac heads for two tracks – Eldora and Sharon – where he’s shined before with both venues offering a career-best second-place effort in the past.THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCEWHEN AND WHERE
Friday, September 23 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH
Saturday, September 24 at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, OHON THE INTERNET
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DIRTVision – DIRTVision.com – Platinum annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/monthCURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (63/74 Races):
1. 49-Brad Sweet (7,784 PTS); 2. 2-David Gravel (-74 PTS); 3. 41-Carson Macedo (-94 PTS); 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild (-204 PTS); 5. 15-Donny Schatz (-242 PTS); 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart (-298 PTS); 7. 83-James McFadden (-460 PTS); 8. 5-Spencer Bayston (-520 PTS); 9. 1A-Jacob Allen (-644 PTS); 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss (-834 PTS)NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (15 Drivers):
11 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
9 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing #17
6 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
5 wins – Brent Marks, Murray-Marks Motorsports #19
4 wins – Kyle Larson, Kevin Kozlowski/Paul Silva #57
4 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing #49
4 wins – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
4 wins – Jacob Allen, Shark Racing #1A
3 wins – Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15
2 wins – Spencer Bayston, CJB Motorsports #5
2 wins – Giovanni Scelzi, KCP Racing #18
1 win – Brock Zearfoss, Zearfoss Racing #3Z
1 win – Brian Brown, Brian Brown Racing #21
1 win – Buddy Kofoid, Crouch Motorsports #11
1 win – Lance Dewease, Don Kreitz Jr. Racing #69KFEATURE LAPS LED (30 Drivers):
285 laps – Carson Macedo
272 laps – Brad Sweet
189 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
186 laps – David Gravel
134 laps – Jacob Allen
119 laps – Kyle Larson
109 laps – Brent Marks
99 laps – Donny Schatz
70 laps – Logan Schuchart
66 laps – Spencer Bayston
61 laps – Giovanni Scelzi
52 laps – Brian Brown
46 laps – Tyler Courtney
31 laps – Buddy Kofoid
30 laps – James McFadden
26 laps – Sam Hafertepe Jr.
23 laps – Kasey Kahne
22 laps – Brock Zearfoss
15 laps – Justin Peck
13 laps – Cory Eliason
12 laps – Rico Abreu
9 laps – Dominic Scelzi, Brady Bacon
8 laps – Anthony Macri, Riley Goodno
7 laps – Kerry Madsen
5 laps – Lance Dewease
1 lap – Corey Day, Aaron Reutzel, Austin McCarlQUICKTIME AWARDS (20 Drivers):
10 QuickTimes – Carson Macedo*
8 QuickTimes – Brad Sweet
6 QuickTimes – David Gravel
4 QuickTimes – Sheldon Haudenschild*, Jacob Allen
3 QuickTimes – Giovanni Scelzi*
2 QuickTimes – Donny Schatz, Logan Schuchart, Spencer Bayston, James McFadden, Rico Abreu, Justin Peck
1 QuickTime – Aaron Reutzel, Cory Eliason, Sam Hafertepe Jr, Buddy Kofoid, Brent Marks, Kerry Madsen, Daryn Pittman, Anthony Macri
* Denotes New Track RecordHEAT RACE WINNERS (48 Drivers):
21 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo
20 Heat Wins – David Gravel
17 Heat Wins – Brad Sweet, Jacob Allen
15 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart
12 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Donny Schatz, James McFadden
6 Heat Wins – Giovanni Scelzi
5 Heat Wins – Spencer Bayston, Brock Zearfoss, Rico Abreu, Kerry Madsen, Brian Brown
4 Heat Wins – Kraig Kinser, Aaron Reutzel
3 Heat Wins – Kasey Kahne, Tyler Courtney, Cory Eliason, Kyle Larson, Hunter Schuerenberg
2 Heat Wins – Austin McCarl, Justin Peck, Brent Marks, Marcus Dumesny, Matt Juhl, Corey Day
1 Heat Win – Sam Hafertepe Jr, Dominic Scelzi, Anthony Macri, Justin Whittall, Ian Madsen, Parker Price-Miller, Buddy Kofoid, Mark Dobmeier, Mitchel Moles, Brooke Tatnell, Riley Goodno, Jack Croaker, Paige Polyak, Carson McCarl, Sye Lynch, Daryn Pittman, Danny Dietrich, Devon Borden, Larry Wight, Noah Gass, Tim Kaeding

DIRTVISION FAST PASS DASH APPEARANCES (56 Drivers):
35 Dashes – Brad Sweet
34 Dashes – Carson Macedo
33 Dashes – David Gravel
25 Dashes – Logan Schuchart, Jacob Allen
24 Dashes – Sheldon Haudenschild, Spencer Bayston
23 Dashes – Donny Schatz
21 Dashes – James McFadden
10 Dashes – Rico Abreu, Giovanni Scelzi
8 Dashes – Brock Zearfoss, Kraig Kinser
7 Dashes – Kyle Larson
6 Dashes – Cory Eliason, Kasey Kahne
5 Dashes – Aaron Reutzel, Brent Marks, Brian Brown, Kerry Madsen
4 Dashes – Robbie Price, Tyler Courtney, Anthony Macri, Corey Day
3 Dashes – Danny Dietrich, Justin Peck, Ryan Timms
2 Dashes – Dominic Scelzi, Hunter Schuerenberg
1 Dash – Sam Hafertepe Jr, Colby Copeland, Tanner Carrick, DJ Netto, Brady Bacon, Matt Campbell, Justin Whittall, Ian Madsen, Cole Duncan, Parker Price-Miller, Austin McCarl, Matt Juhl, Buddy Kofoid, Scotty Thiel, Robbie Price, Zeb Wise, Ayrton Gennetten, Daryn Pittman, Jeff Halligan, Lance Dewease, Devon Borden, Larry Wight, Danny Varin, Marcus Dumesny, Mark Dobmeier, Joel Myers Jr, Mitchell Faccinto, Shane GolobicMICROLITE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (35 Drivers):
4 LCS Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Logan Schuchart, James McFadden
3 LCS Wins – Ayrton Gennetten, Spencer Bayston
2 LCS Wins – Donny Schatz, Brock Zearfoss, Noah Gass, Kerry Madsen, Rico Abreu, Anthony Macri, Jesse Schlotfeldt
1 LCS Win – Kraig Kinser, Mitchell Faccinto, Sam Hafertepe Jr, Brent Marks, DJ Foos, Christopher Bell, Austin Pierce, Jake Blackhurst, Robbie Price, Giovanni Scelzi, Scotty Thiel, Josh Schneiderman, Brian Brown, Lachlan McHugh, Justin Whittall, Chase Dietz, Brandon Rahmer, Jordan Thomas, Joe B. Miller, Hunter Schuerenberg, Brendan Mullen, Tanner Holmes, DJ NettoKSE HARD CHARGER AWARDS (29 Drivers):
10 Hard Chargers – Sheldon Haudenschild
6 Hard Chargers – Logan Schuchart
4 Hard Chargers – Donny Schatz, Noah Gass
3 Hard Chargers – David Gravel, Carson Macedo
2 Hard Chargers – James McFadden, Brock Zearfoss, Anthony Macri
1 Hard Charger – Spencer Bayston, Jacob Allen, Kraig Kinser, Jason Sides, Rico Abreu, Sam Hafertepe Jr, Tanner Thorson, Alan Krimes, Devon Borden, Greg Wilson, Travis Philo, Kyle Larson, Russell Borland, Aaron Reutzel, Scotty Thiel, Freddie Rahmer, Larry Wight, Tim Kaeding, Ryan Timms, Kevin Ingle, Tyler Thompson, Kerry MadsenPODIUM FINISHES (31 Drivers):
23 Podiums – Carson Macedo
21 Podiums – Brad Sweet
18 Podiums – David Gravel
14 Podiums – Sheldon Haudenschild
13 Podiums – Logan Schuchart
12 Podiums – Donny Schatz
10 Podiums – Jacob Allen
9 Podiums – James McFadden, Kyle Larson
7 Podiums – Brent Marks
5 Podiums – Spencer Bayston, Brian Brown
3 Podiums – Giovanni Scelzi, Rico Abreu
2 Podiums – Aaron Reutzel, Corey Day, Buddy Kofoid, Anthony Macri, Danny Dietrich
1 Podium – Brock Zearfoss, Kraig Kinser, Kasey Kahne, Cory Eliason, Sam Hafertepe Jr, Justin Peck, Parker Price-Miller, Riley Goodno, Tyler Courtney, Lance Dewease, Paulie Colagiovanni, Ryan TimmsTOP 10 FINISHES (60 Drivers):
51 Top 10s – David Gravel
50 Top 10s – Brad Sweet
46 Top 10s – Carson Macedo, Donny Schatz
44 Top 10s – Sheldon Haudenschild
39 Top 10s – Logan Schuchart
33 Top 10s – James McFadden
32 Top 10s – Spencer Bayston
31 Top 10s – Jacob Allen
23 Top 10s – Giovanni Scelzi
16 Top 10s – Brock Zearfoss, Rico Abreu
14 Top 10s – Kyle Larson
11 Top 10s – Brent Marks, Anthony Macri
8 Top 10s – Cory Eliason, Brian Brown
7 Top 10s – Aaron Reutzel, Tyler Courtney, Kerry Madsen
6 Top 10s – Justin Peck
5 Top 10s – Kasey Kahne
4 Top 10s – Hunter Schuerenberg, Danny Dietrich, Corey Day, Dominic Scelzi
3 Top 10s – Kraig Kinser, Buddy Kofoid, Scotty Thiel, Lance Dewease, Trey Starks, Ryan Timms
2 Top 10s – Noah Gass, Robbie Price, Sam Hafertepe Jr, Larry Wight, Danny Varin, Shane Golobic, DJ Netto
1 Top 10 – Carson Short, Tanner Thorson, Greg Wilson, Cole Duncan, Cale Thomas, Cole Macedo, Mark Dobmeier, Parker Price-Miller, Riley Goodno, Ayrton Gennetten, Zeb Wise, Jeff Halligan, Devon Borden, Freddie Rahmer, Paulie Colagiovanni, Lachlan McHugh, Marcus Dumesny, Daryn Pittman, Joel Myers Jr, Mitchell Faccinto, Justin Sanders2022 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)
20. Tues, May 17 / Bridgeport Motorsports Park / Swedesboro, NJ / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
21. Fri, May 20 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / Kyle Larson (2)
22. Sat, May 28 / Atomic Speedway / Waverly, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (4)
23. Mon, May 30 / Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, IN / Sheldon Haudenschild (5)
24. Fri, June 3 / River Cities Speedway / Grand Forks, ND / Carson Macedo (5)
25. Fri, June 10 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Brent Marks (3)
26. Sat, June 11 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Brian Brown (1)
27. Fri, June 17 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Sheldon Haudenschild (6)
28. Sat, June 18 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Sheldon Haudenschild (7)
29. Wed, June 22 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Spencer Bayston (2)
30. Thur, June 23 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Buddy Kofoid (1)
31. Fri, June 24 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Carson Macedo (6)
32. Sat, June 25 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Sheldon Haudenschild (8)
33. Fri, July 1 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Jacob Allen (3)
34. Sat, July 2 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brock Zearfoss (1)
35. Sat, July 9 / Wilmot Raceway / Wilmot, WI / Carson Macedo (7)
36. Tues, July 12 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / Kyle Larson (3)
37. Wed, July 13 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / David Gravel (3)
38. Thur, July 14 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Brent Marks (4)
39. Sat, July 16 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / David Gravel (4)
40. Sat, July 16 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Brent Marks (5)
41. Wed, July 20 / Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA / Kyle Larson (4)
42. Fri, July 22 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Lance Dewease (1)
43. Sat, July 23 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Brad Sweet (2)
44. Sat, July 30 / Weedsport Speedway / Weedsport, NY / David Gravel (5)
45. Sun, July 31 / Weedsport Speedway / Weedsport, NY / Donny Schatz (2)
46. Fri, Aug. 5 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Carson Macedo (8)
47. Sat, Aug. 6 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
48. Wed, Aug. 10 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Logan Schuchart (SF)*
49. Thur, Aug. 11 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Jacob Allen (SF)*
50. Fri, Aug. 12 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Rico Abreu (SF)*
51. Sat, Aug. 13 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Donny Schatz (3)
52. Sat, Aug. 20 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (2)
53. Sat. Aug. 20 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Carson Macedo (9)
54. Fri, Aug. 26 / River Cities Speedway / Grand Forks, ND / Brad Sweet (4)
55. Sat, Aug. 27 / Red River Valley Speedway / West Fargo, ND / Carson Macedo (10)
56. Thur, Sept. 1 / Skagit Speedway / Alger, WA / Logan Schuchart (3)
57. Fri, Sept. 2 / Skagit Speedway / Alger, WA / Sheldon Haudenschild (9)
58. Sat, Sept. 3 / Skagit Speedway / Alger, WA / David Gravel (6)
59. Mon, Sept. 5 / Grays Harbor Raceway / Elma, WA / Carson Macedo (11)
60. Thur, Sept. 8 / Silver Dollar Speedway / Chico, CA / Kyle Larson (NP)*
61. Fri, Sept. 9 / Silver Dollar Speedway / Chico, CA / Carson Macedo (NP)*
62. Sat, Sept. 10 / Silver Dollar Speedway / Chico, CA / Jacob Allen (4)
63. Fri, Sept. 16 / Keller Auto Speedway / Hanford, CA / Logan Schuchart (4)
64. Fri, Sept. 23 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / $10,000-to-win
65. Sat, Sept. 24 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, OH / $10,000-to-win
66. Fri, Sept. 30 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / $10,000-to-win
67. Sat, Oct. 1 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / $75,000-to-win
68. Fri, Oct. 7 / Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA / $10,000-to-win
69. Sat, Oct. 8 / Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA / $15,000-to-win
70. Fri, Oct. 14 / I-80 Speedway / Greenwood, NE / $10,000-to-win
71. Sat, Oct. 15 / Lakeside Speedway / Kansas City, KS / $10,000-to-win
72. Wed, Nov. 2 / The Dirt Track at Charlotte / Concord, NC / $15,000-to-win
73. Fri, Nov. 4 / The Dirt Track at Charlotte / Concord, NC / $15,000-to-win
74. Sat, Nov. 5 / The Dirt Track at Charlotte / Concord, NC / $25,000-to-win

A NEW MINDSET: Georgia’s Dale McDowell Prepares for Stateline Showdown, Reflects on 2022 Season

The Chickamauga, GA driver joins the World of Outlaws Late Models this weekend at Boyd’s Speedway

RINGGOLD, GA– September 21, 2022– Dale McDowell encountered something new at the beginning of 2022—a different mindset. 

One year after being diagnosed with prostate cancer, the Chickamauga, GA driver has a new appreciation for dirt Late Model racing. An appreciation he’s taking in one race at a time. 

The “Mac Daddy” takes that approach home this weekend when the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series visits Boyd’s Speedway Sept. 23-24 for the inaugural Stateline Showdown. 

McDowell said he knows he’s moving into the twilight of his career and that the number of opportunities to find Victory Lane are getting smaller. 

“When you’re younger, when you have a bad weekend, or you don’t get to go, you’re like, I’ll get them next time,” McDowell said. “So those next times are running farther apart, so I’m just trying to take it in.”

“We have good partners. Shane (McDowell, his brother), Sarah (McDowell, his sister-in-law), and Landon do a great job with the race team. So, I’m just kind of taking it in and appreciating everything about the sport and what we’ve been involved in, and it’s just giving me a different outlook on it.”

The original member of the World of Outlaws Late Models Dirty Dozen kicked off his new outlook in style, reaching Victory Lane in the Series opener at Volusia Speedway Park in January. 

Not wasn’t only a moment of triumph for the “Mac Daddy” but also a moment of appreciation. 

“I think just going through what we went through and the uncertainty of what our future was going to be, it definitely brought in a breath of fresh air when I was able to get back in the car,” McDowell said. “It just makes you appreciate it more and not take it for granted as much, obviously, when you go through something like that. 

“We’ve had a really good year, been very blessed with my health, and we’ve been fortunate to have a good year.”

Entering this weekend’s Stateline Showdown at Boyd’s, McDowell has seven wins—including two with the World of Outlaws Late Models and a World 100 preliminary victory at Eldora earlier this month. 

In Victory Lane at Eldora, McDowell mentioned how grateful he was to return to the iconic stage, not knowing how many more chances he’d have to get there. 

“I feel like now I look at these places like I’m not going to be able to come there as often,” McDowell said. “It’s toward the end of how many times I can go there and compete. I think going through what I went through it’s appreciating my opportunity that’s out there to help me get to these races. “

The momentum from that preliminary win carries him into Boyd’s this weekend—a track close to his hometown. 

McDowell’s traveling schedule hasn’t allowed him to visit often, but he has found success. He had two podium finishes in Southern All-Star Series appearances in 2021. 

However, he’s excited about getting the chance to race 25 minutes from Chickamauga. 

“I really think it’s awesome to bring a show like this to our hometown,” McDowell said. “I haven’t raced there nearly as much as I’ve liked to, just because I’ve traveled to other events. But being able to race this close to home is fun. Hopefully, there’s a lot of good guys coming in, so we have a good showing, so we’ll do our best and give it our best shot.

“We’ve always had stiff competition here in the Southeast around the Chattanooga area and Atlanta area. A lot of good short-track guys have come from this area. They cut their teeth against stiff competition, and it makes them good.”

The Georgia driver hopes his new mindset in 2022 gives him another moment to appreciate this season—a third World of Outlaws CASE Late Models win. 

McDowell will join The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet at Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, GA, for the inaugural Stateline Showdown Sept. 23-24.  

Dominic Scelzi Posts Pair of Top 10s During World of Outlaws West Coast Swing

Inside Line Promotions – HANFORD, Calif. (Sept. 21, 2022) – Dominic Scelzi is eager to move forward following a frustrating West Coast swing with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

“I was disappointed with our performance throughout the Outlaws swing,” he said. “We didn’t have momentum on our side, yellow flags fall our way or things go our way. It was unfortunate because that’s the month we wanted to have the most success. We just missed it on the car some nights and I made some mistakes.

“The best thing to do after a tough month of racing is to put your head down and get back to work. We have a busy two months ahead in October and November. I want to end the season strong. We’re leading the NARC points and want to close out a second straight championship. We have eight wins and want to get over the 10-win mark.”

Scelzi is taking the good out of the World of Outlaws three-weekend swing through Washington and California. He highlighted the Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash., with a 10th-place result on Sept. 2.

“We went out late in qualifying and the track fell off and we didn’t qualify well,” he said. “But in the heat race we were good and advanced from sixth to fourth. In the feature I got into the fence off turn two and knocked the Jacob’s Ladder off of it. From that point it was hard to move forward, but we were able to hold our own for a top 10.”

Scelzi charged from 20th to 13th at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash., on Sept. 5 and he posted a pair of top 15s the following weekend during the Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif.

Scelzi’s best outing during the World of Outlaws swing was last Friday at Keller Auto Speedway, where he rallied from eighth to fifth place in a heat race and from 17th to ninth during the Tom Tarlton Classic main event.

“The track almost seemed like it had sand on it,” he said. “It wasn’t a normal Hanford. It was a tough track condition. I think it helped with us having experience there even though the track conditions were different. We were good in the main event and made good decisions. All in all, it was good to end the Outlaws swing with our best night.”

The team also posted a podium performance the previous night during a 360ci winged sprint car show at Keller Auto Speedway, where Scelzi set quick time during qualifying, gained a spot to finish third in a heat race and hustled from seventh to third in the A Main.

Scelzi plans to take this weekend off before resuming competition Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at Silver Dollar Speedway during the Fall Nationals.

QUICK RESULTS –

Sept. 1 – Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash. – Qualifying: 17; Heat race: 5 (5); Feature: 23 (17).

Sept. 2 – Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash. – Qualifying: 21; Heat race: 4 (6); Feature: 10 (13).

Sept. 3 – Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash. – Qualifying: 16; Heat race: 4 (4); Feature: 17 (16).

Sept. 5 – Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash. – Qualifying: 23; Heat race: 7 (8); B Main: 2 (3); Feature: 13 (20).

Sept. 9 – Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. – Qualifying: 4; Heat race: 3 (6); Feature: 13 (6).

Sept. 10 – Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. – Heat race: 3 (4); Feature: 14 (15).

Sept. 15 – Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif. – Qualifying: 1; Heat race: 3 (4); Feature: 3 (7).

Sept. 16 – Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif. – Qualifying: 29; Heat race: 5 (8); Feature: 9 (17).

SEASON STATS –

44 races, 8 wins, 22 top fives, 31 top 10s, 38 top 15s, 40 top 20s

UP NEXT – 

Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chi

Mission Happy Hour to Highlight Fan Appreciation Night at Progressive AFT Season Finale

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 21, 2022) – Progressive American Flat Track will celebrate its fanbase with a special “Fan Appreciation Night” at the Mission Volusia Half-Mile Finale II presented by Daytona Dodge on the season’s final day, Saturday, October 15, at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida. The centerpiece of Fan Appreciation Night will be the Mission Happy Hour. Gates will open an hour early to allow the Mission Happy Hour to run from 2:30 p.m. local time up until on-track action kicks off for the evening at 4:00 p.m. During that time, fans will enjoy a rider meet and greet along with a special Q&A hosted by Ralph Sheehen featuring the sport’s greatest athletes. There will also be a variety of special attractions, music, games, prizes, and giveaways. Every attendee will receive a raffle ticket upon entrance and be welcome to take part in the taco eating contest alongside VIPs and past Progressive AFT championships. There will also be yard games to enjoy, including Jenga, Cornhole, and Connect 4. Fans will also have the opportunity to win various prizes, including free Paddock Pass Upgrades, event shirts, food and beverage vouchers, and the chance to eat dinner alongside the riders and crew inside the Mission Hospitality Tent, among other offerings. Additionally, 20 attendees will get the exclusive experience of getting their photo taken at the podium. Progressive AFT fans will also be able to take advantage of a special 50% off discount for the Paddock Pass Upgrade during the session’s opening half hour and then enjoy $5 off all merchandise for the final hour. Additionally, the Halifax Humane Society will be in attendance, complete with ambassador dogs. Fans are encouraged to bring donations, the most pressing items being pet food (wet and dry, dog, cat, and kitten), treats, peanut butter, and laundry detergent. Visit https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3697 to secure your tickets for the Mission Volusia Finale I & II presented by Daytona Dodge today.

Purse Increase Elevates 42nd Annual Dirt Track World Championship

BATAVIA, Ohio (September 21, 2022) – Renowned event promoter Carl Short and Portsmouth Raceway Park have unveiled an increased purse structure for the 42nd Annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship presented by Optima Batteries. The historic event, which set the foundation for high paying crown jewel dirt late model events, will see a more than $30,000 increase in the overall weekend purse. This brings the grand total for the two-day Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event to $238,950.  Over $23,000 has been invested into Saturday night’s main event – allowing for increases to every position from 4th through 26th. The tenth-place finisher in the 100-lap finale will now pay $4,000, an increase of $1,500 from 2021. Each Dirt Track World Championship starter will now earn a minimum of $2,500, up from $2,000 a year ago.  The Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifiers race has also seen a significant purse increase from previous years. The winner of the Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifier will have the choice of taking home $3,000 or starting shotgun on the field of the 42nd Annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship presented by Optima Batteries. Positions 2nd through 26th in the Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifier have been increased, including a minimum starting pay of $500. “We’ve recognized the rising costs for all racers this season,” said Carl Short. “We wanted to do what we could to help our competitors and alleviate some of the pressure from factors that are beyond anyone’s control.” Advance tickets to the 42nd Annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship presented by Optima Batteries are available at www.TheDTWC.com.     42nd Annual Dirt Track World Championship A-Main Purse: 1. $100,000, 2. $20,000, 3. $10,000, 4. $8,000, 5. $7,500, 6. $7,000, 7. $6,000, 8. $5,000, 9. $4,500, 10.      $4,000, 11. $3,500, 12. $3,250, 13. $3,000, 14. $2,750, 15. $2,700, 16. $2,650, 17. $2,600, 18. $2,575, 19. $2,550, 20. $2,525, 21. $2,500, 22. $2,500, 23. $2,500, 24. $2,500, 25. $2,500, 26. $2,500 = $215,100 Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifier Purse: 1. $3,000, 2. $2,000, 3. $1,500, 4. $1,250, 5. $1,200, 6. $1,150, 7. $1,100, 8. $1,075, 9. $1,050, 10. $1,025, 11. $1,000, 12. $900, 13. $800, 14. $700, 15. $600, 16. $500, 17. $500, 18. $500, 19. $500, 20. $500, 21. $500, 22. $500, 23. $500, 24. $500, 25. $500, 26. $500 = $23,850

Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals: The Road to the Championship for ARP Super Stock Diesel Trucks and Lightweight Super Stock Tractors

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Charlestown, IN (September 20, 2022) – As we draw closer to the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals this coming weekend, we’ll place our eye on each class before the score is settled at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks, the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. Some points races have a clear winner while others will go down to the wire for a championship; there is however much to explore within each division regardless of those different situations. The ARP title-sponsored Super Stock Diesel Trucks and Lightweight Super Stock Tractors are textbook examples of two classes with very different stories leading into Wheatland. Both classes are slated to compete in session one at Wheatland on Friday, September 23rd. The ARP Super Stock Diesel Trucks have defending points champ Erik Stacey and the SmokinYa HD Chevy in the lead coming into the Pro Pulling Nationals—but his lead is far from secure. A scant 14 points behind Stacey is the Caretaker Dodge of Chase Eller. While Stacey has used the strength of four wins and four top-five finishes build his resume, Eller has been outside the top five only twice all season. With a cast of highly competitive machines in the class, including former class champ and current third place points holder Kent Crowder and the Scheid Diesel Dodge, this class could be decided on the final hook! For ARP Lightweight Super Stocks, the final result is clear—sort of. It isn’t a matter of Team Chizek taking the points title, it’s a matter of which tractor gets the accolades, as the Considered Armed and Dangerous and Armed and Dangerous-Excessive Force are tied atop the leaderboard coming into this weekend. Those Terry Blackbourn-piloted CaseIH machines will duel it out to declare the champion. The suspense comes from the potential outcome of the third and fourth place spots where the Armed and Dangerous-Deadly Force CaseIH driven by Josh Blackbourn holds a slim 12-point lead on the Field Sobriety CaseIH of Bobby Jones. As unpredictable and exciting as this class can be, that is a race-within-a-race to watch! We highly encourage you to attend this event in person but if you’re unable to attend, the MAVTV studio production crew will be on hand to stream the action live on www.FloRacing.com and for future broadcast on MAVTV. Gates open at Lucas Oil Speedway at 4pm CDT with action starting at 7pm on Friday night and 6pm on Saturday. Ticketing option information is available at www.LucasOilSpeedway.com with discount packages for Seniors and Families.  Join us for this spectacular year-end show, in person or online. In the mean time, follow along with us as we delve further into each class through our social media outlets coming into Championship Weekend!

Greg Anderson, Dave Densmore Named Texas Motorplex Legends

ENNIS, Texas (September 20, 2022) — Pro Stock legend Greg Anderson and award-winning drag racing publicist Dave Densmore will be recognized as Texas Motorplex Legends during the opening ceremonies of the 37th annual Texas NHRA Fall Nationals. Anderson is the winningest Pro Stock driver in Texas Motorplex history with six Texas Fall Nationals titles, including his historic 99th career win last year. Densmore has been one of the most respected and influential drag racing publicists for over four decades working for the sanctioning body as well as the biggest names in drag racing.

“I have known Dave Densmore my entire drag racing career and no PR person has had a bigger impact on the coverage our sport has received. Greg has won the Texas Fall Nationals more than any other Pro Stock driver in history and has established himself as the best Pro Stock driver in history,” said Billy Meyer, Texas Motorplex co-owner. “Honoring these two men as Texas Motorplex Legends was an easy decision because of their impact at Texas Motorplex but also across the sport of drag racing.”

Anderson’s Pro Stock career took root as a crew member – and then crew chief – for legendary driver Warren Johnson. Anderson was on board at Warren Johnson Enterprises for 12 years and three of Johnson’s six NHRA championships (1992, 1993, and 1995). In 1998, Anderson took the reins of father-in-law Troy Humphrey’s Pro Stock car, and in 2000 he drove part-time and consulted for Pro Stock veteran Mark Pawuk. 

Las Vegas-based Ken Black, along with then-partner George Marnell, added Anderson to their team’s roster as crew chief and part-time driver in 2001, and the chemistry was immediately evident. KB Racing was formed by Black with Anderson in 2002 and since that union Anderson has won 100 Pro Stock national event races and five NHRA Pro Stock world championships. His six titles at the NHRA Texas Fall Nationals (2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2019 and 2021) are most by any Pro Stock driver. Anderson is the winningest driver of all time in the ultra-competitive category of highly horse-powered factory hot rods. 

“I have to thank Billy Meyer and Christie Meyer Johnson for this honor,” said Anderson. “Winning at Texas Motorplex is always special. When they give you that cowboy hat it is pretty cool and the Texas fans are some of the best in the country. I have been lucky to have a lot of success in Texas and last year’s win was one for the record books.”

Densmore’s career in motorsport began as a writer for the Amarillo (Tex.) Globe-News where he covered the NHRA Finals in the 1970s. He moved from the newspaper side to the publicity side when he joined NHRA’s Publicity Department and then formed Denswood Sports Marketing in 1982 with good friend Steve Earwood. His clients have been the sport’s top names including Raymond Beadle, Gary Beck, Kenny Bernstein, Candies & Hughes, John Force Racing, Billy Meyer, Reher & Morrison, and Steve Torrence. Densmore received the prestigious Jim Chapman Award for Excellence in Motorsport Public Relations in 2007.

For over 25 years Densmore was the primary spokesperson for drag racing legend John Force and he worked beside Force as he won sixteen Funny Car championships including ten in a row. Densmore oversaw the publicity efforts for multiple Fall Nationals wins by Force and other drivers including Texans Steve and Billy Torrence. He has continued to be a publicity and public relations consultant for Texas Motorplex as well as co-owners Billy Meyer and Christie Meyer Johnson in recent years.

“I really don’t think I deserve to be a Legend. I have been fortunate to work with some great teams and drivers, but I liked being in the background,” said Densmore. “I remember when Billy opened the Texas Motorplex and it changed the sport. I have been fortunate to see so many great races and celebrate great wins in Ennis. This is a huge honor and I have to thank Billy and Christie for thinking of me.”

The Texas NHRA Fall Nationals will be contested from October 14-16, 2022, with tickets available at www.stampedeofspeed.com. On Friday, October 14, Texas Motorplex will host “Friday Night Live” a full evening of speed, spectacular qualifying action and exhibition runs with over $30,000 offered in low ET bonuses to the pro teams. Saturday and Sunday will be filled with the ground pounding 330 mph racing action from Top Fuel dragster and Nitro Funny Cars along with Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle as part of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series.

Dave Densmore photo courtesy of Richard Shute/Auto Imagery and Greg Anderson photo courtesy of KB Racing for media use only.

Texas Motorplex Legends

2019 – Cory McClenathan

2020 – Tony Schumacher

2021 – Don Prudhomme and Richard Shute

2022 – Greg Anderson and Dave Densmore

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Lucas Oil Late Models Bound for 43rd Annual Jackson 100

BATAVIA, Ohio (September 20, 2022) – The stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will converge in Brownstown, Ind. this Friday, and Saturday for the 43rd running of the historic Jackson 100. The festivities will kick off on Friday, September 23rd with the “Night Before the Jackson” – featuring a full program of Dirt Draft Hot Laps, Allstar Performance Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a 40-lap, $10,000-to-win A-Main. One-year ago, Tyler Erb emerged victorious after a dramatic Night Before the Jackson. On Saturday, another complete show of Dirt Draft Hot Laps, Allstar Performance Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains is on tap. Saturday’s 43rd Annual Jackson 100 will be highlighted by a 100-lap, $20,000-to-win finale for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. In 2021, Jimmy Owens claimed a thrilling Jackson 100 victory. The veteran driver swapped the lead with Devin Moran multiple times in the closing laps before taking the checkered flag just .079 seconds ahead. Moran finished second, with Tanner English, Earl Pearson Jr., and Mike Marlar rounding out the top five. Additional bonuses of over $3,000 have been posted, making the event even more lucrative for competitors. Brownstown Speedway is accustomed to thrilling, edge of your seat racing action. This weekend, drivers will be awarded for their hard charging efforts. The Hard Charger Award presented by Dion Deason Racing will pay $500 in Friday’s Night Before the Jackson and $1,000 in Saturday’s 43rd Annual Jackson 100. The driver who tops the speed charts in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Time Trials on Saturday will receive $1,995 – in honor of C.J. Rayburn’s 1995 Brownstown Speedway track championship. The award was made possible by the generous donations from Dion Deason, Jason Grimes, Crystal Kenneda, Kevin Greene, Bobby Wolter Sr., Slicker Graphics, and Wildfire Motors.  Additionally, each of Saturday’s 43rd Annual Jackson 100 Heat Races will award $150 to the winner courtesy of Chris and Amanda Wiese from Freedom Fireworks. All gates will open at 12:00 PM (noon) each day with on track action set to begin at 6:00 PM both days. A Dirt Racing Outreach Service is schedule for Saturday at 2:00 PM in the Pavilion. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is joined by the Indiana Pro Late Models and Modifieds on Friday; with Modifieds and Super Stocks on the card for Saturday. To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.brownstownspeedway.com or call 603-501-0517. Tim McCreadie continues to lead the Lucas Oil National Championship standings. However, after a DNF in last week’s Lucas Oil Knoxville Late Model Nationals, Brandon Sheppard has closed to within 100-points of the top spot. Ricky Thornton Jr. is third, followed by Hudson O’Neal and Earl Pearson Jr. Garrett Alberson tops the O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Year chase. Complete Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series standings are available at www.LucasDirt.comTrack Information:Phone Number: 812-358-5332Location: 476 East CR 100, Brownstown, IN 47220GPS Coordinates: 38.869585, -86.029215Directions: Located on Highway 250 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds 1 mile south-east of Brownstown, IndianaWebsite: www.brownstownspeedway.com Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Tire Rule:Left Front – Hoosier (90) LM20, Rib (28.5) 1350 or harderRight Front/Left Rear – Hoosier Rib (28.5) 1350Right Rear – Hoosier (29.0) 1350 NRM, (29.0) 1350 NRMW, (92) LM40, (92) NLMT4*Can cut and/or sipe any tire.*Must use the same set of 4 tires for Time Trials, Heat Races, and B-Mains*For the A-Main, competitors may use 2 new tires.*Flat tire must be replaced with a used tire of the same compound & construction to retain starting position. Purse Information:Night Before the Jackson (Friday): 1. $10,000, 2. $5,500, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,700, 5. $2,500, 6. $2,300, 7. $2,200, 8. $2,100, 9. $2,050, 10. $2,000, 11. $1,600, 12. $1,400, 13. $1,200, 14. $1,000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800 = $48,575 43rd Annual Jackson 100 (Saturday): 1. $20,000, 2. $9,000, 3. $5,000, 4. $4,000, 5. $3,500, 6. $2,700, 7. $2,500, 8. $2,300, 9. $2,200, 10. $2,100, 11. $2,000, 12. $1,900, 13. $1,800, 14. $1,700, 15. $1,600, 16. $1,400, 17. $1,300, 18. $1,200, 19. $1,200, 20. $1,200, 21. $1,200, 22. $1,200, 23. $1,200, 24. $1,200 = $73,400  Previous Jackson 100 Winners:2021 – Jimmy Owens2020 – Tim McCreadie2019 – Hudson O’Neal2018 – Bobby Pierce2017 – Scott Bloomquist2016 – Scott Bloomquist2015 – Jonathan Davenport2014 – Scott Bloomquist2013 – Don O’Neal2012 – Jimmy Owens2011 – Scott Bloomquist2010 – Scott Bloomquist2009 – Earl Pearson Jr.2008 – Tim McCreadie2007 – Matt Miller2006 – Don O’Neal2005 – Billy Drake2004 – Don O’Neal2003 – Jim Curry2002 – Billy Drake2001 – Brian Brikhofer2000 – Don O’Neal1999 – Billy Moyer 1998 – Jim Curry1997 – Rick Aukland1996 – John Gill1995 – Jack Boggs1994 – John Gill1993 – Davey Johnson1992 – Billy Moyer1991 – Scott Bloomquist1990 – Scott Bloomquist1989 – Jeff Purvis1988 – Jim Curry1987 – Billy Moyer1986 – Jack Boggs1985 – Kenny Brightbill1984 – Kenny Simpson1983 – Russ Petro1982 – Russ Petro1981 – Paul Crockett1980 – Charlie Swartz

ELITE MOTORSPORTS HOPES TO CONTINUE WINNING MOMENTUM IN NORTH CAROLINA

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NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series
CONCORD, N.C. (September 20, 2022) – Elite Motorsports, the largest professional race team in the NHRA, is ready to continue the momentum they gained at the first event of the Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s version of the playoffs, as they travel to the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway this weekend.
The powerful Pro Stock team dominated the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals last weekend at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa. Erica Enders won her seventh event title of the season and 40th of her career in an all-Elite final round against her teammate Troy Coughlin Jr. while Bo Butner picked up his first No. 1 qualifier of the season.
As they return to zMAX this week, the team is in a great position. Enders is experiencing the best season of her career so far, and pulling out ahead of the competition early certainly helped as the four-time Pro Stock world champion is focused on earning her fifth world title.
“We were absolutely thrilled to start the countdown off on the right foot,” said Enders. “As in most sports, momentum is huge for us. We hope to carry that through the remaining five events of the season. We always enjoy running in Charlotte as it serves as a home base for our major sponsors, Gallagher and Peoplease. We have a great race car right now and I’m driving well. So we’re are going to capitalize on that every chance we get.”
Every round counts right now as the Pro Stock field is incredibly competitive this year. With Coughlin’s runner-up finish in Reading, he moved up to fourth in the points standings and the talented driver is as focused as ever on making a strong Countdown performance.
Bo Butner got a new car a few races ago and clearly that was the change that the former Pro Stock world champion needed. He dominated qualifying at Maple Grove, moving him up a couple spots in the points.
Aaron Stanfield has been a consistent performer all week and will be one to watch in the Countdown as his quiet focus and ability to remain calm under pressure will certainly come in handy through the weeks to come.
Fernando Cuadra Sr., the patriarch of the fan-favorite Cuadra Boys, debuted a new car in Reading. And his Corral Boots Camaro is in the process of being completely rewired before it rolls through the gate at zMAX Dragway for the second race of the Countdown. His sons, Fernando Jr. and Cristian, have been improving all season and they will definitely be ones to watch as the season continues.
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After struggling in the first part of the season, Pro Mod standout Lyle Barnett is coming off a monumental win at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Barnett plans to parlay that momentum into a stellar performance this weekend in North Carolina. zMAX Dragway is the home track for Barnett and he’s looking forward to turning on win lights in front of a hometown crowd. The Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals will take place at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C. September 23-25.
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Elite Motorsports Stats And Facts For Countdown Contention
The Elite Motorsports team will field seven Pro Stock entries during this week’s Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals in Concord, N.C. The Elite team is the largest in professional drag racing and features Erica Enders, Aaron Stanfield, Troy Coughlin Jr., Bo Butner, Fernando Cuadra and his two sons, Fernando Jr. and Cristian.
This week’s event in Concord marks the second round of the Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s six race playoff to determine season champions. All seven Elite cars are in contention for the championship. Four-time world champion Enders is the leader followed by Coughlin (4), Stanfield (5), Butner (9), Cuadra Jr. (11), C. Cuadra (13), Cuadra Sr. (15).
Last week in Reading, Erica Enders drove her Melling/Elite Camaro to the 40th Pro Stock win of her career, beating teammate Troy Coughlin Jr. in the final round. Enders has won seven of the 14 events contested so far this season and has appeared in 9 of 14 possible final rounds.
There have been 14 Pro Stock events so far this season and Team Elite has won 11 of them. Enders has seven victories while Stanfield and Coughlin each have two. Elite cars have also appeared in final rounds 20 times, as more than once, the final round has come down to two Elite-powered machines.
Erica EndersFour-time world champion Enders is off to the best start of her career with a record of 38-7 during eliminations, Enders has the highest winning percentage (.844) of any NHRA pro this season. With her win in Reading, Enders has now won races at 17 different NHRA facilities. She has two wins at zMax Dragway, earning titles in 2015 and 2018. During her professional career, Enders has competed in 329 races and has 40 victories in 70 final rounds. Her overall win-loss record is 422-238.
Enders currently holds both the elapsed time and speed record for the NHRA Pro Stock class with career bests of 6.450-seconds and 215.55 mph.
Troy Coughlin Jr.Troy Coughlin Jr., the driver of the JEGS.com/Elite Motorsports Camaro, finished the regular season as the No. 6 ranked Pro Stock driver. Coughlin recently scored his first professional wins with back-to-back victories in Seattle and Topeka.
In addition to his two Pro Stock victories this year, the multi-faceted Coughlin has additional wins in Top Alcohol Dragster, Super Comp, and Super Gas.
Coughlin’s father, Troy Sr., is a 15-time national event winner in Pro Stock, Pro Mod, and Super Gas. Including his uncles, John, Mike, and Jeg Jr., the Coughlin family has combined to win 130 national event titles.
Coughlin’s career bests in Pro Stock are 6.521-seconds and 211.93 mph, set this year in Sonoma and Gainesville, respectively.
Aaron StanfieldStanfield, the driver of the Janac Bros/J3 Energy Camaro, finished the regular season as the No. 2 seed behind Enders thanks largely to victories in Phoenix and Bristol and four runner-up finishes in Pomona, Epping, Norwalk, and Denver. Stanfield is currently No. 5 in the Pro Stock class, 91 points out of first place.
Stanfield has a record of 28-12 this season and six of those losses have come against teammate Enders.
Stanfield has won six Pro Stock events in 12 career final rounds. He is also a two-time world champion in the Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown. All told, Stanfield has 19 career wins in Pro Stock, Factory Stock, Super Stock, and Top Dragster.
Stanfield’s career bests in Pro Stock are 6.457-seconds and 213.47 mph, both set this year in Gainesville.
Bo ButnerBo Butner is a two-time NHRA world champion in Pro Stock (2017) and Comp Eliminator (2006). He joined the Elite team this season driving the Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage Camaro.
So far in 2022, Butner has a 8-14 round win record in Pro Stock competition. He finished the regular season as the No. 11 ranked driver in the class but moved to No. 9 after a standout performance in Reading.
Butner has 29 career national event victories including 11 in Pro Stock. He also has multiple wins in Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Gas, and Super Street to his name. Recently, Butner won back to back events in Indianapolis and Reading in the Super Gas class.
Butner’s career bests in Pro Stock are 6.475-seconds and 214.28 mph, set in Dallas (2015) and Gainesville (2017), respectively.
The Cuadra BoysThe Cuadra family including Fernando Sr., and his sons Fernando Jr. and Cristian, joined Elite Motorsports this season with their three-car Corral Boots team.
Fernando Sr. is a two-time national event runner-up with final round appearances at 2019 races in Reading and Pomona. Cristian Cuadra was the runner-up to Enders at the 2022 Four-Wide event in Las Vegas.
All three Cuadra entries will contend for the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Pro Stock title during the Countdown to the Championship playoffs. The Cuadra family has career-best elapsed times of 6.515 (Fernando Jr.), 6.524 (Fernando Sr.), and 6.528 (Cristian) – all of them recorded at the 2022 Gainesville event. Their career-best speeds are 212.13 (Fernando Sr.), 211.43 (Cristian), and 210.73 (Fernando Jr.). 
Collectively, the seven Team Elite drivers have combined to win 99 NHRA national event titles across all classes including 59 in the ultra-competitive Pro Stock category.
Cadillac Racing announced Sept. 20 its driver roster for the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season — the first for the Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class. Reigning IMSA DPi champion Pipo Derani will co-drive an Action Express Racing-prepared Cadillac V-LMDh car with Alexander Sims, while Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande return as co-drivers of a Chip Ganassi Racing-prepared Cadillac V-LMDh.
Sims and Derani met with the media Sept. 20 via Zoom conference. Full transcript (by driver):
ALEXANDER SIMS
YOU’VE HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH GM ON THE CORVETTE SIDE. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY WITH THE CADILLAC V-LMDH?“I’m super-excited about this opportunity. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind situation since Le Mans, which ended in disappointment when things were going the right way for us with Corvette. Speaking to (GM sports car racing program manager) Laura (Wontrop Klauser) after the race about how things went and she put us in touch with Action Express and conversations went pretty positive from the start. I was able to get over to Atlanta to do a test with Pipo and the team. It was a short day in the DPi car, but it was a wonderful thing to drive. Everything went well thankfully, and we were able to agree to things for next year, which is an absolute dream come true from my point of view. I’m really looking forward to the challenge. I’m joining an incredibly experienced group of people at Action Express – a group of engineers and Pipo who have had success in the past – and hopefully I can learn quickly from them and slot in and do a decent job.”
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT PUTTIG YOUR SOLE FOCUS ON SPORTS CAR RACING AFTER DOING FORMULA E?“I’m really looking forward to it. I don’t think I shied away from the fact that Formula E has been an interesting time for me, but ultimately concluded that it’s not the championship that fits with me in a sporting sense. I couldn’t get my head around it and ultimately didn’t want to be there anymore and wanted to get back to IMSA racing. To be in this position to basically get exactly what I wanted and be racing in the top class for the first time is genuinely a dram come true. I loved the two years that I did in IMSA – the most enjoyable form of racing that I’ve done. The rules format tends to keep you in the races if you’re struggling, if you’ve had issues there are so many times where you can get back in the race after a hiccup. And even if you’re in a strong position and you’re fast, it’s unlikely that you’re ever just going to sail away for two hours ahead of the field. There’s always going to be safety cars, there’s always going to be close racing to keep you on your toes.”
ARE YOU NOW EXCLUSIVE TO GM OR DO YOU STILL HAVE A DEAL WITH BMW?“That’s yet to be fully decided, but my absolute main focus is going to be IMSA with Cadillac.”
WERE YOU PURSUING THIS AS YOUR PRIMARY FOCUS?“This has been my sole focus, honestly. This year and last year that I raced with Corvette was a great introduction to the GM Racing program. All the people on it were a joy to work with. Obviously, the teams are different but the people at the top are the same and to be able to continue working with them is my goal.”
WAS MAKING THE MOVE TO THE TOP LEVEL A PRIORITY FOR YOU?“Honestly, it wasn’t the main priority when deciding to leave Formula E. The priority was to get back to racing that I enjoyed, which was racing in IMSA. If that were in GT or prototypes, the same fulfillment in that criteria would have been there. When prototypes were discussed, the opportunity for a race driver is pretty exciting to run in the top class of any championship. It’s been a while since I’ve driven a prototype. I drove LMP2 in ALMS and a few WEC races quite a few years ago. The more higher downforce driving is something that’s not too far away from my current situation, but obviously driving in Formula E is somewhat different. To get back to higher downforce, fast racing where you’re generally always going to be the leader in terms of speed of class, not having to look into your mirrors always – which is a little bit of a challenge in a GT car – is going to be nice and focus forward. I’m going to need that focus because things come up pretty fast in these cars; they’re super quick. It’s a bit of an adjustment period in these test days we’ve got, but that’s the reason why we’ve got them and I’ll get up to speed for the first race.”
ARE THERE SOME THING YOU LEARNED IN FORMULA E THAT MIGHT BE ADVANTAGEOUS TO THE LMDH CAR?“In terms of not getting my head around it, it’s just in terms of being able to achieve top performance consistently. With four years in Formula E with two different manufacturers, I’ve gone through quite an extensive development process with both of them. Understood quite a few things about the systems that are used in Formula E, which probably gives me just a decent technical base knowledge. I’m under no illusions that LMDh GTP racing is not Formula E. Hybrid systems have some similarities to a full electric drive, but there’s not the same as well. They have their own set of challenges. I’m not coming into this that I know all and can teach people how to do their jobs. I guess it just helps when some engineers are having discussions about various systems and the way some things work, I guess I have a bit of a head start and might the basics of how things are working. There are a lot of challenges. You don’t stop learning. So far, it’s proven useful at times to have some knowledge of electric drive systems.”
HOW HAS PIPO HELPED YOU DURING TESTING?“It’s one of those things where you’re never quite sure until you start driving, and I tend to have a bit of self-doubt sometimes. Although I raced at a decent level ion F3 some years back, driven GTs and Formula E, I was thinking I hope this comes back to me quickly. Thankfully, it all did. It’s not like I’m a sorted, polished driver in every aspect in high downforce racing just yet but the basics are coming back. Pipo has been really helpful in being able to ask and giving honest answers about some of the challenges and whatever hurdle I’m facing during testing. It generally tends to be small things, but it’s small things that we have to focus on to optimize our performance to be right at the front which is what we want to do.”
ANY MEMORABLE COMPETITIVE RACES AGAINST EACH OTHER IN F3?“I couldn’t believe when we looked back at the Vallelunga race that I couldn’t remember racing (Derani). We must not have been together on track. But I do remember Macua, following (Derani) for far too many laps not being able to pass. That was quite frustrating.”
PIPO DERANI
HOW EXCITED ARE YOU TO WELCOME ALEX TO THE TEAM AND GET GOING WITH THE CADILLAC V-LMDH?“Alex has been a guy that I raced against in Formula 3, so we’ve known each other for a little while. Lots of respect, so whenever his name showed up and when he tested it definitely was a no-brainer. Whenever the team asked what I thought about him, I said, ‘Yeah, go for it. He’s very good.’ I think he’s going to help us a lot over the development of the new car with his electric and hybrid experience. That’s a plus as well, having Alex come on board with so much experience. We’ve started testing already the new car and it’s great to see you can develop basically from scratch and put your input into every single detail of what’s going to possibly be the most exciting time in endurance racing over the next few years. Looking forward to it. We have one more race with the DPi, so I’m going to be looking to enjoy. It’s a car that has had so much success. It’s a car that has given me one Sebring win, one Petit, an overall championship and an endurance championship, so it was a great time in my career to have had the chance to drive the Cadillac DPi-V.R. Trying to enjoy the last race at Petit, which is a very special race and nice track to be at for a farewell drive – if I can put it like that. Trying to enjoy that moment and very much looking forward to what the future brings. Me and Alex have had a little experience already driving and going testing with the new car and so far whatever we share has been very positive. And it’s good we can get to do that in a non-pressure environment and get to learn each other, what we want from each other and what we can improve on to become a strong pairing of drivers for the Action Express Cadillac GTP program next year.”
HOW ARE YOU ADJUSTING TO THE VARIETY OF CO-DRIVERS?“I think it’s going to be great to have Alex onboard. Over the last three years before the beginning of this year it was pretty straightforward with Felipe (Nasr). We developed a relationship form the very beginning testing and even before the season of 2019 started. That relationship as a racing partner just evolved over the three years, and it got to the point where it was very good. I think once you start that relationship from the very beginning, it’s easy to develop and improve as a pair for the better result. It’s definitely much harder to do that in the middle of the season like I had to do this year. It’s not ideal. Looking to the future now with Alex joining us and be able to be involved in the development and testing from the beginning like we have already, it’s just going to help. By the time we get to Daytona, I’m sure it’s going to be smooth, and we’ll be thinking only about performance. At the moment, I think it’s been going very well and we’re already into that phase of our relationship. His driving style is in a way similar to mine, which is a help. We seem to get more or less the same things from the car to go quick and it’s been quite a pleasure to be sharing and learning from him as well things he’s going to bring on to the program from experiences he’s had from other series. And I’m sure from his side as well getting a little updated to the high downforce cars, which I’ve been driving over the last four years. So, I think it’s a plus and plus that we can use from each other and be strong from the very beginning of next season. I’m looking forward to that. Whatever happened over the course of 2022 was not ideal. But, nevertheless, in difficult moments I was always focused on trying to do the best I could for the team, and I believe I was able to do that. Now looking forward to the future.”
HOW CAN YOU HELP OR DOES ALEX NEED TO BE BROUGHT ALONG MORE QUICKLY IN GETTING UP TO SPEED WITH THE PROTOTYPES?“I think it’s more fine tuning. He’s been driving Formula E, which doesn’t have as much downforce. He was brought up racing Formula 3 in Europe, where it’s a very high downforce car and the driving style is very similar to the DPi and the new Cadillac V-LMDh GTP car. Really, the first test he was asking a couple of things. But you can see that the guy who’s had the formation he’s had in his early days definitely pays dividends whenever he jumps into a high downforce car. It’s almost like riding a bicycle. It took him just a couple of laps and he was up there already. I think he wanted to ask me a few questions just to make me feel important. He’s been doing great. He’s got it pretty much sorted.”
ANY MEMORABLE COMPETITIVE RACES AGAINST EACH OTHER IN F3?“There’s a funny story we were discussing. 2013 wasn’t an easy year for my team, but I was telling Alex that I had a strong weekend at Vallelunga in Italy. Actually, that was the strongest weekend I had all year. We had three races per weekend back then and I had two podiums and started on the front row over a 32-car grid or something. He said, ‘No way, that was my strongest weekend as well.’ We checked and found pictures of us sharing the podium twice on that same weekend. And in Macau, where I think we finished one after another in 2013. It’s good pictures to have.”

JOSH HART READY TO DEFEND BETWAY CAROLINA NATIONALS TITLE


OCALA, FL (September 20, 2022) — Josh Hart and the R+L Carriers Top Fuel team will head to zMax Dragway on a mission to defend their 2021 title and battle their way to the top of the Top Fuel Countdown field. The second race of the NHRA Countdown, the Betway Carolina NHRA Nationals, is one that Hart is all too familiar with thanks to his rookie season victory just over a year ago. Hart qualified No. 7 and raced his way through Alex Laughlin in the first round and then three Countdown contenders Mike Salinas, Justin Ashley and Brittany Force to earn the second Top Fuel victory of his young career. The win was significant because Hart was wrapping up his rookie season racing only half of the national events and taking on teams fighting for the championship.

“We have learned a lot this season and we are still a young team,” said Hart. “The success we had in my rookie year was not a fluke and we have a championship caliber group. Thanks to R+L Carriers, TechNet and all our sponsors I am living my dream of racing against the best Top Fuel teams in the world. We are going to keep proving that we belong. Charlotte is a great facility and I can’t wait to get back there and start turning on win lights.”

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R+L Carriers Top Fuel, photo by Gary Nastase/Auto Imagery

This season Hart invested in a new dragster and additional parts to make a run at the full schedule and the Camping World Drag Racing Series Top Fuel championship. With crew chief Ron Douglas making the tuning calls and Hart continuing to develop as a top-tier driver the R+L Carriers team has been in the mix throughout the season. They entered the Countdown as the No. 5 seed but an early exit at the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals in Reading last weekend was a setback to their championship pursuit. The determined and focused Hart, who built several businesses most notably Burnyzz Speed Shop in Ocala, Florida, from an initial nest egg of $300, is undeterred with five races remaining in the playoffs.

“We didn’t start the Countdown the way we planned but this R+L Carriers team isn’t hanging our heads,” said Hart. “We won this race last year and I have a lot of confidence we can do that again. We have to start making up rounds, but I truly believe anything is possible. Our goal is to make quick runs starting on Friday night and start chipping away at the points lead.”

Prior to the rare early loss in Reading Hart had advanced out of the first round in the previous seven consecutive races including a runner-up finish at the Norwalk Nationals and a semifinal finish at the Mile High Nationals, one of the toughest races on the tour for a young team. Throughout this first full-time season Hart has had the support of R+L Carriers as well as TechNet. At the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis Hart raced a pink Brakes for Breasts Top Fuel dragster to raise aware for breast cancer research. Fans and supporters can visit their local TechNet repair shop to give or get up to $40 on their qualifying brake service. Learn more about the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund. All the funds raised will go towards the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund.

At the races Hart continues to promote career opportunities with primary sponsor R+L Carriers. Throughout the weekend Hart hosts R+L Carriers employees and guests as well as fans interested in learning about the diverse jobs available across the country with a family owned and operated company that has been in business over five decades. The stability of his marketing partnerships combined with a team that is improving every race has Hart excited about the next five races of the playoffs and his championship aspirations.

“My goal is to race the best of the best and win races and championships,” said Hart. “Every race we put all our efforts into making the quickest runs possible and give everything we can on the track. In the pits we want to make sure our guests are having a good time and the NHRA fans are getting a great experience. I love to meet new fans across the country. It will be cool to be back in Charlotte as the defending event winner. A lot of people talked to us in the spring when we were here for the four-wide race and I hope to see them back in a couple days. This is the time of year when the racing is even more exciting.”

Hart and the R+L Carriers Top Fuel team will have three qualifying sessions this weekend to earn a spot in the 16-car field. The race will start at noon ET on Sunday with Fox broadcasting the race nationals. Fans can check their local listings for air times.

JUSTIN ASHLEY HEADS TO CHARLOTTE WITH GOAL OF KEEPING POINTS LEAD


PLAINVIEW, NY (September 20, 2022) — Justin Ashley will be returning to the track where his professional career started this weekend for the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals. The second-generation driver has made huge strides in his young career and he will enter this weekend’s race as the Top Fuel points leader and most recent Countdown race finalist. Driving the Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel dragster powered by Vita C Energy for the eighteenth time this season Ashley brings momentum and confidence to zMax Dragway just outside of Charlotte.

“Charlotte is one of the most beautiful facilities on the NHRA Tour” said Ashley, a two-time Top Fuel winner in 2022. “It is the Bellagio of drag strips for good reason and the perfect track for a playoff race. I raced to the semifinals at this event during my debut in 2019 and to be returning a few years later with the points lead during the Countdown speaks volumes of our team and partners.”

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

Throughout his history at the fall NHRA national event Ashley has consistently performed well reaching the semifinals in 2019 and 2021. This season before his runner-up finish last weekend at the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals Ashley had raced to five semifinals in the previous six races. That high level of performance had him sitting in third place when the playoffs started and he moved to the top of the category last Sunday with wins over Jeff Chatterson, Doug Kalitta and Mike Salinas before losing a close final to Austin Prock. 

“Our Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel dragster has been running great all season. Dustin Davis, Mike Green, and Tommy DeLago have assembled an outstanding team with a winning culture. Crew chiefs Mike and Tommy have invaluable experience and make the perfect tandem no matter the circumstances or conditions surrounding each race. We have been qualifying very well and stacking those important round wins on race day.”

Ashley won the Bristol national event as the No. 14 qualifier but since that race he has never started a Sunday lower than No. 7 and on six occasions he has been the No. 3 or No. 2 qualifier. The quick runs on Friday and Saturday have added weight thanks to the qualifying bonus points and the recalibrated Top Fuel points. Ashley and his Phillips Connect Vita C Energy team added three bonus points at the Pep Boys Nationals which combined with his seven points as No. 2 qualifier was a solid ten point cushion going into race day.

“The qualifying bonus points add up quickly and they could be the difference in winning the Top Fuel championship or falling just shy of the ultimate goal,” said Ashley. “Every run is significant and we would like to collect as many points as we can. There are 20 rounds of racing left in the season. Charlotte will be an opportunity for us to hold onto the points lead and hopefully add some distance on the field.”

The Phillips Connect Toyota opened the season with a win at the Winternationals positioning Ashley in the points lead after the first race. A rare first round loss at the Arizona National moved the team into second and throughout the season Ashley has never been lower than fourth place shuffling positions with Brittany Force, Salinas and four-time champions Steve Torrence. Last Sunday both Force and Torrence exited the race in the second round with Salinas bowing out in the semis. Ashley’s hold on first place is close but the four-time Top Fuel national event winner and nine-time finalist doesn’t feel any added pressure.

“I always put a healthy amount of pressure on myself at every race,” said Ashley. “This is my second time to be in the Countdown and I continue to learn the importance of managing the highs and lows. It’s critical to stay linear throughout the process. It is easier said than done but we have a great team that has championship winning experience. This weekend will be another exciting race and I can’t wait to get back on the track.”

Friday night will feature one round of Top Fuel qualifying along with the rest of the Camping World Drag Racing Series competitors under the lights. Two rounds of professional qualifying will take over Saturday with the quickest 16 race cars battling for the win on Sunday starting at noon ET.

Cruz Pedregon North Carolina advance

NHRA® Team Report

Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals – Concord, NC

Pre-Race Report

Cruz Pedregon and team are headed to Charlotte after a quarter-finals finish at Maple Grove and a very special tour of the Pentagon Monday, Cruz’s birthday. After the visit, the team made time to address clutch issues on the Snap-on® Dodge® SRT® Hellcat® before hitting the road to zMAX Dragway.

“The clutch wear caused the car to be a little too aggressive, so we’ve logged that into our system and made the needed adjustments,” Cruz says. “The Countdown is our playoffs, so anything can happen. It took us a while this season, but we’ve put down some solid runs and are finally coming into our own. We’re feeling good about what the Snap-on Dodge will do this weekend.” 

The Snap-on Nitro franchisee on the side of Cruz’s car this week is a tribute to the late Bob Davis. Bob was with Snap-on 51 years…so long that it became a family business. His son Wayne, who will be with us at the track this weekend, has been with Snap-on 29 years. Wayne’s brother and son have also been a part of the Snap-on team. Wayne has another longtime commitment outside his franchise and that is to the Army Reserves where he will have served 27 years when he retires from its ranks. 

Cruz’s primary sponsor, Snap-on, appreciates those who are dedicated to these roles of keeping us safe at home and on the road. If you’re one of the Makers and Fixers among us here at the track or online, Snap-on hopes you’ll share your story at makersandfixers.com.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Stateline Showdown at Boyd’s Speedway on tap for World of Outlaws Late Models

Dennis Erb Jr. leads Tanner English by 104 points in championship standings 

RINGGOLD, GA – September 20, 2022 – A battle of epic proportions looms for the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series as they prepare to wage war on the Tennessee-Georgia border.

For the first time, The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet head to Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, GA, for the inaugural Stateline Showdown on Sept. 23-24.

The weekend kicks off on Friday, Sept. 23, with a 40-lap, $10,000-to-win Feature. Then, on Saturday, Sept. 24, the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models return to fight for $20,000 in a 50-lap finale.

One driver could leave the Peach State with $30,000 if they sweep the weekend.

TICKETS: bit.ly/3Bgfnxl

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

Here are some of the storylines to watch this weekend:  

The Final 10: When drivers arrive at Boyd’s Speedway for the Stateline Showdown, only 10 races remain in the 2022 season.

Dennis Erb Jr. has held the points lead since March and enters the weekend with a 104-point advantage over second-place Tanner English.

Both drivers bring momentum into Boyd’s as they each come off a top-10 finish at Fairbury Speedway last week.

While neither driver has a victory on a 3/8-mile track this season, both have found success. Erb has nine top fives, while English has three on tracks that size.

Max is Heating Up: Despite his Pennsylvania roots, Max Blair has succeeded in the Southeast so far in 2022.

The Centerville, PA driver found Victory Lane the last time $20,000 was on the line on a 3/8-mile red clay surface (Cherokee).

Like his championship rivals, Blair also has momentum entering the weekend. He scored a win and a runner-up finish at Eriez Speedway last weekend. He also finished third the last time the Series was in action at Smoky Mountain Speedway.

Blair hopes to make up ground on English in the Rookie of the Year battle. He trails the Benton, KY driver by 76 points with 10 races left.

Reaping the Benefits: Erb, English, and Blair aren’t the only drivers bringing momentum into the Stateline Showdown.

Shane Clanton, from Zebulon, GA, and Ryan Gustin, from Marshalltown, IA, have found Victory Lane in the past few weeks at iconic racetracks.

“The Reaper” won a “Chasing the Dream” Feature at Eldora—his first triumph at the Ohio venue. Clanton, meanwhile, found Victory Lane twice winning at Knoxville and Kokomo.

Gustin’s lone Series win in 2022 came on a 3/8-mile track—a $20,000 victory at Sharon Speedway on Memorial Day weekend.

Smoke on the Water: Chris Madden hasn’t entered World of Outlaws CASE Late Models competition often in 2022, but he’s been successful when he does.

In 10 starts with the Series this season, the Gray Court, SC driver has one win, seven top fives, and nine top 10s.

“Smokey” finished second in his last World of Outlaws appearance at USA Nationals—a track similar in size to Boyd’s.

A victory this weekend would be his 34th career Series triumph, breaking a tie with Tim McCreadie for eighth all-time.

Look Out for the Mac Daddy: A trip to the Peach State means Georgia driver Dale McDowell will pay the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models a weekend visit.

The veteran driver from Chickamauga, GA, has two Series victories this season—both at Volusia Speedway Park.

McDowell has experience at Boyd’s, despite not entering an event at the track in 2022. However, he found success in 2021, finishing second and third in two Southern All-Star events.

WHEN AND WHERE

Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, GA TICKETS: bit.ly/3Bgfnxl

ABOUT THE TRACK

Boyd’s Speedway is a 3/8-mile-high banked clay oval

ONLINE 
Boyd’s Speedway is a http://www.boydsspeedway.com 

TRACK RECORDS

Boyd’s Speedway: 
12.890 by Austin Dillon on July 28, 2015  

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Around the Turn: The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet continue their tour of the Southeast with a return to Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC on Friday, Sept. 30 for the Mike Duvall Memorial. Then, the Series heads South to Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA to finish the weekend on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Feature Winners: (19 Drivers)
Rank- Driver- Hometown-Wins

  1. Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, IL-4
    Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, GA-4
  2. Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL-3
    Mike Marlar, Winfield, TN-3
  3. Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, GA- 2
    Max Blair, Centerville, PA-2
    Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL-2
    Shane Clanton, Zebulon, GA-2
    Tanner English, Benton, KY-2
  4. Ashton Winger, Hampton, GA-1
    Brandon Overton, Evans, GA-1
    Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC-1
    Michael Brown, Lancaster, SC-1
    Tyler Erb, New Waverly, TX-1
    Ricky Weiss, Headingley, MB-1
    Jared Miley, Pittsburgh, PA-1
    Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, IA-1
    Devin Moran, Dresden, OH-1
    Jason Feger, Bloomington, IL-1
    Jimmy Owens, Newport, TN-1

HEAT RACE WINNERS (51 Drivers)
Rank- Driver- Hometown-Wins

  1. Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, IA-12
  2. Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, IL-10
  3. Brandon Sheppard- New Berlin, IL-9
  4. Mike Marlar, Winfield, TN-8
    Chris Madden-Gray Court, SC-8
  5. Max Blair, Centerville, PA-7
    Devin Moran-Dresden, OH-7
  6. Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, GA-6
    Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, GA-6
  7. Shane Clanton, Zebulon, GA-5
    Ashton Winger, Hampton, GA-5
  8. Tyler Erb, New Waverly, TX-4
  9. Gordy Gundaker, St. Charles, MO-3
    Ricky Weiss, Headingly, MB-3
    Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL-3
    Tanner English, Benton, KY-3
  10. Darrell Lanigan, Union, KY-2
    Brandon Overton, Evans, GA-2
    Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, AZ-2
    Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, NC-2
    Kyle Hammer, Clinton, IL-2
    Rick Eckert, York, PA-2
    Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, IL-2
    Garrett Smith, Eatonton, GA-2
    Jason Feger, Bloomington, IL-2
    Jimmy Owens, Newport, TN-2
  11. 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
    Chad Simpson, Mt. Vernon, IA-1
    Cade Dillard, Robeline, LA-1
    Spencer Hughes, Meridian, MS-1
    Jeff Rine, Danville, PA-1
    Gregg Satterlee, Indiana, PA-1
    Rick Eckert, York, PA-1
    Josh Richards, Houston, OH-1
    Kyle Bronson, Brandon, FL-1
    Ryan Unzicker, El Paso, IL-1
    Billy Moyer Jr., Batesville, AR-1
    Daryn Klein, Trenton, IL-1
    Logan Martin, West Plains, MO-1
    Tyler Bruening, Decorah, IA-1
    Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA-1
    Brent Larson, Lake Elmo, MN-1
    Chase Junghans, Manhattan, KS-1
    Jake Timm, Winona, MN-1
    Jimmy Mars, Menomonie, WI-1
    Jared Miley, Pittsburgh, PA-1
    Kent Robinson, Bloomington, IN-1
    Chris Ferguson, Mt. Holly, NC-1

Last Chance Showdown Winners (45 Drivers)
Rank- Driver- Hometown-Wins

  1. Max Blair, Centerville, PA-4
  2. Brent Larson, Lake Elmo, MN-3
    Tanner English, Benton, KY-3
  3. Cade Dillard-Robeline, LA-2
    Devin Moran, Dresden, OH-2
    Boom Briggs, Bear Lake, PA-2
    Kyle Hammer, Clinton, IL-2
    Shane Clanton, Zebulon, GA-2
    Jake Timm, Winona, MN-2
    Josh Richards, Shinnston, WV-2
    Trevor Gundaker, St. Charles, MO-2
  4. Hudson O’Neal- Martinsville, IN-1
    Logan Martin, Plains, MO-1
    Tyler Bruening, Decorah, IA-1
    Chris Simpson, Oxford, IA-1
    Spencer Hughes, Meridian, MS-1
    Mike Norris, Sarver, PA-1
    Chase Osterhoff, Kankakee, IL-1
    Tyler Erb, New Waverly, TX-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
    Garrett Alberson, Las Cruces, NM-1
    Chase Junghans, Manhattan, KS-1
    Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, IL-1
    Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, IL-1
    Shaun Jones, Shermansdale, PA-1
    Ryan Montgomery, Fairmont, WV-1
    Chad Myers, Hempstead, MD-1
    Mason Zeigler, Chalk Hill, PA-1
    John Garvin, Sarver, PA-1
    Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, NM-1
    Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, NM-1
    Brad Seng, Grand Forks, ND-1
    Chad Mahder, Bloomer, WI-1
    Chris Ferguson, Mt. Holly, NC-1
    Mckay Wenger, Fairbury, IL-1
    Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, GA-1
    Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, IA-1
    Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC-1
    Garrett Smith, Eatonton, GA-1
    Brandon Overton, Evans, GA-1
    Kyle Hardy, Stephens City, VA-1
    Andy Boozel, Clymer, NY-1
    Shane Clanton, Zebulon, GA-1
    Jason Feger, Bloomington, IL-1
    Chad Finley, St. Johns, MI-1
    Sam Seawright, Fort Payne, AL-1

PODIUM FINISHES (33 Drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Podiums

  1. Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, IL-10
  2. Mike Marlar, Winfield, TN-8
  3. Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL-7
    Max Blair, Centerville, PA-7
  4. Shane Clanton, Zebulon, GA-6
    Tanner English, Benton, KY-6
  5. Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL-5
    Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, GA-5
    Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, IA-5
  6. Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, GA-4
    Josh Richards, Houston, OH-4
    Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC-4
    Tyler Erb, New Waverly, TX-4
    Devin Moran, Dresden, OH-4
  7. Ricky Weiss, Headingly, MB-3
  8. Darrell Lanigan, Union, KY-2
    Kyle Bronson, Brandon, FL-2
    Jason Feger, Bloomington, IL-2
    Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, IL-2
  9. Kyle 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
    Ross Bailes, Clover, SC-1
    Daulton Wilson, Fayetteville, NC-1
    Josh Rice, Verona, KY-1
    Stormy Scott-Las Cruces, NM-1
    Jared Miley, Pittsburgh, PA-1
    Gregg Satterlee, Indiana, PA-1
    Billy Moyer Jr., Batesville, AR-1
    Frank Heckenast Jr., Frankfort, IL-1
    Brent Larson, Lake Elmo, MN-1
    Jimmy Owens, Newport, TN-1
    Chris Ferguson, Mt. Holly, NC-1

FOX FACTORY HARD CHARGER (20 Drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – H.C.

  1. Tanner English, Benton, KY-7
  2. Gordy Gundaker, St. Charles, MO-4
  3. Brent Larson, Lake Elmo, MN-2
    Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, IL-2
  4. Hudson O’Neal, Martinsville, IN-1
    Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL-1
    Max Blair, Centerville, PA-1
    Devin Moran, Dresden, OH-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-1
    Kyle Hammer, Clinton, IL-1
    Jordan Bauer, St. Jacob, IL-1
    Ryan Unzicker, El Paso, IL-1
    Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, IA-1
    Jimmy Mars, Menomonie, WI-1
    Chris Simpson, Oxford, IA-1
    Eddie Carrier Jr., Fairmont, WV-1
    Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, IL-1
    Brandon Overton, Evans, GA-1

QUICK TIMES (17 Drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – QTs

  1. Shane Clanton, Zebulon, GA-4
  2. Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, IL-3
    Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL-3
    Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, IA-3
  3. Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC-2
    Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL-2
    Ricky Weiss, Headingly, MB-2
    Max Blair, Centerville, PA-2
  4. Kyle Hammer, Clinton, IL-1
    Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, GA-1
    Brandon Overton, Evans, GA-1
    Trent Ivey, Union, SC-1
    Josh Rice, Verona, KY-1
    Mike Marlar, Winfield, TN-1
    Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA-1
    Logan Martin, West Plains, MO-1
    Tanner English, Benton, KY-1
    Tyler Bruening, Decorah, IA-1
    Ashton Winger, Hampton, GA-1
    Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, GA-1

CASE Feature Lap Leaders (30 Drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Laps Led

  1. Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, GA-169
  2. Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL-161
  3. Max Blair, Centerville, PA-123
  4. Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, IL-119
  5. Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL-112
  6. Shane Clanton, Zebulon, GA-106
  7. Tyler Erb, New Waverly, TX-99
  8. Mike Marlar, Winfield, TN-80
  9. Ashton Winger, Hampton, GA-78
  10. Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, GA-65
  11. Mike Marlar, Winfield, TN-60
  12. Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, IA-56
  13. Ricky Weiss, Headingley, MB-54
  14. Devin Moran, Dresden, OH-47
  15. Jimmy Owens, Newport, TN-40
  16. Jason Feger, Bloomington, IL-34
  17. Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC-31
  18. Billy Moyer Jr., Batesville, AR-28
  19. Jason Feger, Bloomington, IL-27
    Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, IL-27
  20. Brandon Overton, Evans, GA-25
  21. Kyle Hammer, Clinton, IL-24
  22. Michael Brown, Lancaster, SC-22
  23. Jared Miley, Pittsburgh, PA-20
    Rick Eckert, York, PA-20
  24. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, NC-15
  25. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, IA-14
  26. Cade Dillard, Robeline, LA-10
  27. Tanner English, Benton, KY-9
  28. Spencer Hughes, Meridian, MS-1

2022 World of Outlaws Late Model Schedule & Winners

No./ 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. x, 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)
16. Thursday, May 19/Bloomsburg Fair Raceway/Bloomsburg, PA/Max Blair (2)
17. Friday, May 20/Marion Center Raceway/Marion Center, PA/Dennis Erb Jr. (2)
18. Saturday, May 21/Port Royal Speedway/Port Royal, PA/Jared Miley (1)
19. Saturday, May 29/Sharon Speedway, Hartford, OH/Ryan Gustin (1)
20. Friday, June 3/Tri-City Speedway, Granite City, IL/Bobby Pierce (2)
21. Friday, June 24/Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, Pevely, MO/ Dennis Erb Jr. (3)
22. Saturday, June 25/Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, Pevely, MO/Dennis Erb Jr. (4)
23. Sunday, June 26/Jacksonville Speedway, Jacksonville, IL/Brandon Sheppard (2)
24. Friday, July 15/River Cities Speedway/ Grand Forks, ND/ Shane Clanton (1)
25. Sunday, July 16/Red Cedar Speedway/ Menomonie, WI/Mike Marlar(2)
26. Monday, July 25/Boone Speedway/Boone, IA/Jonathan Davenport(3)
27. Saturday, July 30/Fairbury Speedway/Fairbury, IL/Brandon Sheppard(3)
28. Thursday, Aug. 4/Cedar Lake Speedway/ New Richmond, WI/ Mike Marlar (3)
29. Saturday, Aug. 6/Cedar Lake Speedway/Blairsville, GA/Jonathan Davenport (4)
30. Friday, Aug. 19/Williams Grove Speedway/ Mechanicsburg, PA/Shane Clanton (2)
31. Saturday, Aug. 20/Sharon Speedway/Hartford, OH/Devin Moran (1)
32. Thursday, Aug. 25/Davenport Speedway/Davenport, IA/Jason Feger (1)
33. Friday Aug. 26/Davenport Speedway/Davenport, IA/Tanner English (1)
34. Saturday, Aug. 27/Davenport Speedway/Davenport, IA/Tanner English (2)
35. Friday, Sept. 2/Smoky Mountain Speedway/Maryville, TN/Jimmy Owens (1)

Cadillac announces drivers for 2023 IMSA GTP season

Experience, continuity mark roster for two Cadillac V-LMDh cars in new prototype class
Alexander Sims (left) will join Pipo Derani in an Action Express Racing-prepared Cadillac V-LMDh for the 2023 season.Sebastien Bourdais (left) and Renger van der Zande will co-drive a Chip Ganassi Racing-prepared Cadillac V-LMDh.
DETROIT (Sept. 20, 2022) – Four drivers with a passion for victory will seek to continue Cadillac’s rich heritage of winning on the racetrack in an exciting new era of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship prototype racing.
Competing in the nine-race Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) schedule for 2023 in the all-new Cadillac V-LMDh race car:
Renger van der Zande and Sebastien Bourdais, who have co-driven the No. 01 V-Performance Academy Cadillac DPi-V.R to three victories this season in the top level of IMSA competition, will continue as teammates in a Chip Ganassi Racing-prepared Cadillac V-LMDh..Reigning IMSA DPi Driver Champion Pipo Derani will be paired with multi-faceted British driver Alexander Sims in the sister Cadillac V-LMDh prepared by Action Express Racing.
Additional drivers for the two Cadillac Racing GTP entries for long-distance races on the 2023 IMSA schedule, which begins with the 61st Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 28-29, will be announced later.
Cadillac will also compete in the Hypercar class of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2023 as the sole U.S.-based manufacturer. Drivers of the Cadillac V-LMDh entry will be announced later for the schedule that includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans. 
The WEC season begins March 17 with the 1,000 Miles of Sebring in Florida.
“The new GTP class is set to create some of the most exciting competition in decades,” said Rory Harvey, Vice President Global Cadillac. “We look forward to seeing our world-class driver lineup in the Cadillac V-LMDh and we welcome Alexander Sims to Cadillac.”
For the media
IMSA will host a Zoom conference call with Derani and Sims at 3 p.m. ET today.
2023: IMSA GTP driver bios        IMSA GTP driver photos2022: Cadillac DPi-V.R results at Michelin Raceway Road AtlantaFor 2023: Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing honors tracks
Codeveloped by Cadillac Design, Cadillac Racing and chassis manufacturer Dallara, the Cadillac V-LMDh race car features an all-new Cadillac 5.5-liter DOHC V-8 engine developed by GM’s Performance and Racing propulsion team based in Pontiac, Michigan, which is mated to the LMDh spec energy recovery system to serve as Cadillac’s first hybrid prototype.
Sims, 34, from London, will make his IMSA prototype racing debut at Daytona International Speedway in the Cadillac V-LMDh but already is a member of the GM family.
Sims was the third driver in a Chevrolet Corvette C8.R entry in 2021 for the Rolex 24 At Daytona — finishing second in the GTLM class to the sister Corvette — the Twelve Hours of Sebring, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the season-ending Petit Le Mans. He recorded the fastest race laps in class at Le Mans and the Petit Le Mans.
He rejoined the No. 64 Corvette team in June at Le Mans, where the entry earned the pole in the GTE Pro class. Sims recorded five victories and nine podium finishes in 25 IMSA GTLM races in 2017-18.
“I’m excited to be racing back in IMSA full time and to be driving the Cadillac V-LMDh. It’s an impressive piece of kit. I had a good couple of years with Corvette doing some GT racing, which brought me back to the IMSA paddock,” said Sims, who competed against Derani in Formula 3. “It’s racing that I absolutely adore. The format of the racing, the competitiveness, the tracks that we go to are brilliant.
“To be stepping across within the GM family to Cadillac in the top tier of racing with Action Express, which is a championship-winning team, is exciting for me.”
Derani, who clinched the 2021 driver title on the final laps of the Petit Le Mans, has posted six wins in the Cadillac DPi-V.R since joining Action Express Racing for the 2019 season. Overall, Derani has made 59 starts in IMSA prototype competition since 2016.
“As a driver, it’s a fantastic opportunity to be a part of a program of the future of endurance racing. To join Cadillac as a factory driver is a dream come true,” Derani said.Sims and Derani recently participated in development sessions of the Cadillac V-LMDh at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and Watkins Glen International.
Van der Zande has registered eight IMSA victories in a Cadillac DPi-V.R since 2018 and is completing his first season sharing the seat with Bourdais.
Bourdais, the four-time INDYCAR champion, has four wins in a Cadillac DPi-V.R, including the Twelve Hours of Sebring in 2021 with JDC-Miller Motorsports. Bourdais has driven to four pole starts this season in the No. 01 V-Performance Academy Cadillac DPi-V.R.
“The development has started on the new car and we’re trying to take it to as many places as possible and I’ve been I’ve been a part of that since the beginning,” Bourdais said. “It’s something I very much enjoy, developing a new car, it’s a bit like a new baby. You kind of put your mark on it and give your feedback and dream to develop it in a way where you feel one with the car. We have a very strong base and Cadillac and Dallara have done a great job. It’s a very exciting program and a very exciting new era for endurance racing.”
Five Cadillac DPi-V.R entries – including cars driven by Bourdais, van der Zande and Derani — will seek to win the Oct. 1 Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta to conclude the DPi era.
The Cadillac DPi-V.R has recorded 27 victories – tops among all manufacturers – in the six seasons covering 58 races heading into the final event of the season.
What they’re saying
Renger van der Zande: “I’m really excited to stay with Chip Ganassi Racing and Cadillac where I’ve been driving since 2018. These are the brands I’ve been with for a long time and it’s where I feel very comfortable because we have the same goals and mentality of how to approach racing and how to win.
“I’m thrilled to stay with Seb. We had a full season together and we complement each other very well on and off track in terms of cooperation so that’s something where it’s a very automatic and a pleasure to continue working with him.
“It’s a new era coming up with Cadillac’s V-LMDh where we’re taking on big fights against other manufacturers who have been at it for a long time and competing in Le Mans each year. We’re trying to go in there and win it with an all-new car and technologies. It’s an amazing project to be part of from the beginning. Everybody is super motivated to develop the car, work on the systems, work on the team, get the right people in place because it’s a bit of a bigger project than the DPI was and there’s a lot more to it with everything being new. There’s a lot to figure out but it’s really cool to see the energy within the team to move forward and we’re part of history here.”
Sebastien Bourdais: “I’m super happy to be back with Chip Ganassi Racing and the Cadillac racing program. It’s super exciting times for endurance racing in general so I couldn’t be happier to keep the relationship going. The cars are really cool and the competition is going to be really high across multiple championships and series.
“I think Renger and I complement each other really well. It’s been a very fruitful relationship and we get along really well. I think our driving styles are somewhat different, but we very easily find the common ground on setups and if one of us doesn’t feel super, super strong, we always feel safe because we know the other one can carry the load. That’s a very, very good thing in a partnership with a teammate like that. Our relationship is only going to build and get stronger and I can’t wait to take it to the next level and win many more races with him.
“The LMDh cars have quite a bit more power, a bit less downforce and a bit more weight. Overall, I think it’s going to be very close as far as the times are concerned compared to the DPIs. We’ll have great battles and really close racing, so I can’t wait to get going.”
Pipo Derani: “As a driver, it’s a fantastic opportunity to be a part of a program of the future of endurance racing. To join Cadillac as a factory driver is a dream come true.
“I’ve been with Action Express Racing since 2019 and we’ve developed a great relationship in terms of knowing each other really well, working together and understanding from each other what we need to succeed. It’s a big pleasure to be staying on with Action Express and a big pleasure to be representing the Cadillac brand that has given me most of my wins and championships in the DPi era. 
“To be moving on to a bigger step and representing the brand as a factory driver starting in 2023 is great and a story that continues to grow into great things.
“I hope we can continue to achieve fantastic results and to keep Cadillac on the top step where it belongs. Alexander has lots of experience with electric and hybrid vehicles, which will add a lot to our team. We don’t have the luxury with the development of the new car to go through an adaptation time. We need to hit the ground running and Alexander will allow us to do just that.”
Alexander Sims: “I’m excited to be racing back in IMSA full time and to be driving the Cadillac V-LMDh. Over the last couple of years with Corvette I’ve gotten to know (GM sports car racing program manager) Laura Klauser and others within the GM motorsports family, and they have been brilliant to work with. To be able to continue that relationship while now working day in and day out with Action Express is a great feeling and I’m looking forward to the future. 
“My last few years have been in Formula E, so from a technical perspective I hope I can bring some of that experience into this hybrid era of sports car racing. I’ve looked up to Pipo for many years in the level of racing that he’s been able to win in. It’s a lovely opportunity for me to be getting back to the racing that I love and doing alongside him. We raced in F3 together, so we’ve always been battling against each other, and I’ve always had a deep respect for what he does.
“Really looking forward to working with him. To be able to have a solid testing program is important from an engineering and technical perspective, but just as important from the human side is to spend some time getting to know each other in less pressure situations.”

BUESCHER SCORES WIN AT BRISTOL


BRISTOL, TN – September 19, 2022 – Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing’s Chris Buescher claimed his second career NASCAR Cup Series victory following Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol, closing out the first round of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs and becoming the 19th different winner this season. This win marks the 138th win with Jack Roush as car owner, and first under newly formed Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing with Brad Keselowski as driver/owner. 
“Congratulations to Jack, Brad, Chris, Scott, and everyone at Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing on the win at Bristol,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Chris and Scott executed their plan throughout this race, including the last 2-tire stop for a well-deserved checkered flag.”
“We had a really fast Fastenal Mustang. Just so proud of everybody. We knew we had a good race car after practice and didn’t quite get the job done in qualifying, but what a race car. It’s just special. Get RFK in Victory Lane for the first time, and we had great race cars. Brad had really good speed, too,” commented Buescher.
Aric Almirola with Stewart-Haas Racing started Saturday’s 500-lap race from the pole with teammate Chase Briscoe beside him on the front row and 4 other Ford Performance drivers in the top 10: Ryan Blaney with Team Penske in P6, Kevin Harvick with Stewart-Haas Racing in P7, Austin Cindric with Team Penske in P9, and Brad Keselowski with Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing in P10. Brad Keselowski won Stage 1 of the race to score his first stage win of the season, leading a total of 109 laps. The race, one of the season’s toughest, saw mechanical issues across the playoff grid and made the cut line for the playoffs a movable target throughout most of the race. Buescher made a 2-tire pit stop on lap 439, moving him from fourth to first and maintained the lead for the final 61 laps of the race. Buescher took the checkered flag with a .458 second lead over second place.
Ford Performance teammates Cole Custer with Stewart-Haas Racing finished in P8, Kevin Harvick with Stewart-Haas Racing finished in P10, Michael McDowell with Front Row Motorsports finished in P11, Brad Keselowski with Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing finished in P13, and Chase Briscoe with Stewart-Haas Racing finished in P14. Moving on to the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 12 are Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Austin Cindric, and Chase Briscoe.
Riley Herbst with Stewart-Haas Racing finished P5 and Ryan Sieg with Ryan Sieg Racing finished P10 in Friday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Food City 300 at Bristol. Both drivers will move on to the Xfinity playoffs.

The NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs continue next Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway with the first race of the Round of 12 while the Xfinity Series begins its first playoff round on Saturday. 
33 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 437 WINS – 395 POLES

1 MONTH ALERT: Humboldt, 81, US 36 to Set Stage for Championship Finale

HUMBOLDT, KS – September 19, 2022– The World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models will make their long-awaited return to two Midwest tracks and their debut at another during a triple header weekend at the end of October.

First, the Series will make two stops in Kansas – at Humboldt Speedway, on Friday, Oct. 21, and the 81 Speedway, on Saturday, Oct. 22 – before venturing to US 36 Raceway in Osborn, MO on Sunday, Oct. 23.

The three races, each paying $10,000 to win, are key points in the 2022 championship battle with drivers looking to secure as many points as they can before the season ending World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Nov. 2-5.

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WORLD OF OUTLAWS @ HUMBOLDT

Track: Humboldt Speedway

Location: Humboldt, KS
To Win: $10,000
Last Winner: No previous races

Notables: The World of Outlaws will make their debut at the 3/8-mile Humboldt Speedway

WORLD OF OUTLAWS @ 81 SPEEDWAY

Track: 81 Speedway

Location: Wichita, KS

To Win: $10,000

Last Winner: Brandon Sheppard (2017)

Notables: The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet will make their second appearance the track. 

Brandon Sheppard was the inaugural winner in 2017, while current Series regular Shane Clanton finished fifth. 

Ryan Gustin also scored a victory at the track in 2020, in a United States Modified Touring Series event. 

WORLD OF OUTLAWS @ US 36
Track: US 36 Raceway

Location: Osborn, MO
To Win: $10,000

Last Winner: Steve Francis (2009)

Notables: The World of Outlaws will make their first appearance at the track since 2009, when Steve Francis found Victory Lane. 

Four-time Series champion Josh Richards finished second in that race, while Shane Clanton finished eighth.