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JTG Daugherty Racing announced today the paint scheme that will run on the No. 37 Chevrolet SS as part of NASCAR’s Throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway on Labor Day Weekend. The No. 37 Cheerios team will pay tribute to NASCAR driver Patty Moise’s 1988 paint scheme on her No. 37 car, which she raced in the then NASCAR Busch Grand National Series.
 
“I’m really excited to have our No. 37 Cheerios Chevrolet pay tribute to another former No. 37 car,” Buescher said. “When we looked at some of the possibilities for our paint scheme, this one stood out because of the No. 37 number. The throwback weekend is one of the coolest weekends we have on the schedule, and Darlington Raceway is one of my favorite tracks as it is. I look forward to taking our No. 37 Cheerios Chevrolet and putting on a great show Labor Day Weekend.”
 
Moise began racing when she was 16, driving road course races in the IMSA series. She made her Busch Series debut in 1986 at Road Atlanta, and fielded her own team in the No. 37 car in the 1987 season. That same year, she made her Cup Series debut at Watkins Glen International.
 
Throughout her career, Moise had 133 Busch Series starts, with four top-10 finishes. She also made five Cup Series starts from 1987 through 1989. She is currently married to former NASCAR driver Elton Sawyer, who is now the Vice President, Officiating and Technical Inspection of NASCAR.
 
The Bojangles’ Southern 500 is set to kick off from Darlington Raceway on Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Green flag is at 6:00 p.m., and will be broadcast on NBCSN, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90. 

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Current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) rookie driver and personality Noah Gragson returns to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for his fourth season starts when the series returns to Road America on Sunday, August 27.

Gragson will rejoin Venturini Motorsports taking over the seat of the team's No.15 Switch Toyota Camry during Sunday's 100-mile event at Road America's 14-turn road circuit.

“I’m excited for another shot in my Switch Toyota this weekend at Road America,” said Gragson. “Changing it up with a road course event is a lot of fun and really levels the playing field for the most part. I’m confident and enjoy this style of racing – I’ve had some decent road course success over the last couple years and feel like we’ve got as good as a shot as anyone this weekend.”

No stranger to road course racing, Gragson won back-to-back NASCAR K&N Pro Series West road course events at Utah Motorsports Campus during the 15' & 16' seasons. He's twice finished seventh at Sonoma.

Since 2015, Gragson has made six career ARCA Series starts earning a series best 5th place finish at Kansas Speedway in 2016. Gragson finished ninth in his most recent ARCA Series start last month at Pocono Raceway.

Gragson, driving the No.18 Switch Toyota Tundra full-time for Kyle Busch Motorsports, currently holds down the 10th spot in the NCWTS driver standings and is bidding for a championship playoff spot.

Follow Noah Gragson on social media by visiting @NoahGragson on Twitter and Instagram and find him @NoahGragsonRacing on Facebook.

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Four of a kind usually means big money at the local poker tables, but at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, it’ll mean the debut of four-wide drag racing in the western United States.

The speedway announced plans today to widen The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to four lanes. Construction is freshly under way, and the first four-wide event will be the NHRA DENSO Nationals April 4-6, 2018.

“Four-wide drag racing has captured the interest of race fans and competitors at Charlotte’s zMAX Dragway,” LVMS president Chris Powell said. “It’s exciting to give everyone on the west coast a chance to see what fans back east have experienced for several years now. Four-wide drag racing was the vision of our chairman, Bruton Smith, and our chief executive officer, Marcus Smith. They are two of the key reasons that NHRA drag racing has become one of the most popular forms of motorsports in the world.”

NHRA officials expressed excitement about bringing four-wide NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series to the west.

“The excitement and sensory overload of four-wide drag racing is one of the most intense displays of motorsports in the country,” said Peter Clifford, NHRA president. “We look forward to presenting the four-wide experience to the dedicated NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series fans in Las Vegas and the surrounding states.”

Drivers John Force and Antron Brown have had success racing four wide, as each of them has posted victories at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte. Force won the first-ever Funny Car four-wide event in 2010, and Brown is a two-time four-wide winner in Top Fuel.

“I’ve got to give credit to Bruton Smith for investing in the sport of NHRA drag racing,” Force said. “His four-lane in Charlotte gave him two races, one with the two-lane in the Countdown and then the four-lane in the spring. It only makes sense that when he designed his Vegas track, from day one he planned on four lanes. That will allow those two races to be even more successful. So, good for you Bruton, and thank you from all of us at John Force Racing.”

Brown is just anxious for the fans to feel the power.

“It will be a lot of fun going to Las Vegas for a four-wide race,” Brown said. “It will give our fans on the West Coast what the East Coast fans have had at Charlotte (since 2010). It will be a real spectacle with four 11,000-horespower cars launching at the same time.

“That will shake Vegas down. It will be a really cool experience.”

Tickets for the first-ever four-wide drag race in Las Vegas will be available at this fall’s NHRA Toyota Nationals, which kicks off Oct. 26.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a wholly owned subsidiary of Speedway Motorsports, a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. For more information visit www.speedwaymotorsports.com.

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Infraction Date Track Team Level Infraction Penalty
8/19/2017 (post-race inspection) Bristol No. 19 Safety Sections 10.9.10.4: Tires and Wheels
Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.
Crew chief (Scott Graves) has been fined $10,000.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Infraction Date Track Team Level Infraction Penalty
8/16/2017 (post-race inspection) Bristol No. 51 Safety Sections 10.9.10.4: Tires and Wheels
Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.
Crew chief (Kevin Manion) has been fined $2,500.
8/16/2017 (post-race inspection) Bristol No. 83 Safety Sections 10.9.10.4: Tires and Wheels
Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.
Crew chief (Richard Mason) has been fined $2,500.

 

Ryan Ellis will be joining SS-Green Light Racing this weekend driving the #07 Superlite Cars/Bachtel Excavating Chevy at Road America. This will be Ryan’s 46th start in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and 75th NASCAR start. Ellis, who came from a road course racing background, will be making his first Xfinity start of the season.

“I think a lot of people forget that I have done a ton of road racing in the past between NASA/SCCA/Grand-Am and my experience with Superlite Cars. Once I entered this sport mostly full-time I think I just got tagged as another NASCAR driver, but I still consider myself a road course guy. I’ve raced Road America many times, but I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited to get behind the wheel of a racecar. I can’t thank Bobby Dotter enough for giving me this opportunity on our off-week, we’re going to do all we can to get a good run and keep the car in one-piece. I wouldn’t be able to do this without my great friends and sponsors at Superlite Cars and Bachtel Excavating.”

Ryan was the primary driver for Superlite Cars from 2011-2014 and worked at their shop back in 2012 as well. Since meeting Fran Hall, the owner of Superlite Cars in 2011, Ryan and Fran have become great friends. Fran is even a groomsmen at Ryan’s wedding later this year and has supported Ryan and his racing many times. Ellis said, “Fran is basically family to me. He’s been so important to my racing career and has been instrumental in getting me to where I am in this sport. I called him for a lot of advice over the offseason before taking the Public Relations position at Go Fas, and I’m so lucky to have someone like him on my side.”

Bachtel Excavating first sponsored Ryan at Mid Ohio last year, where the Rick Ware Racing team and Ryan brought home an 18th place finish for the new sponsor. Ellis said, “I got the opportunity to meet Matt Bachtel and some of the other guys from Bachtel Excavating last year at Mid Ohio. They’re such a great group of people and it was so much fun giving them an introduction to NASCAR sponsorship. I’m very proud that he has come back on board with us and helped me get another great shot at a good finish this weekend. It means a lot to me that they are willing to help us out this weekend, because I know it is a good distance away from their Ohio headquarters. Hopefully I will get to see Matt and his group very soon.”

The Johnsonville 180 will take place this Sunday at 3pm EST and will be aired LIVE on NBC, the Motor Racing Network, and on the NBC Sports App.

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Veteran driver Bo LeMastus will join Venturini Motorsports (VMS) for two races starting with Sunday's ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event at Road America and again at Salem Speedway on September 9.

LeMastus, a native of Louisville, Kentucky will pilot the team's No.55 Toyota with familiar Crosley Brands serving as primary sponsor for both events.

“I’m excited for today’s announcement and the opportunity to run with Venturini Motorsports for these two (Road America and Salem Speedway) ARCA races,” said LeMastus. “We’ve always had a great relationship off the track – this is something we’ve talked about doing together and now we have our chance.”

Sunday's Road America appearance will mark LeMastus' second career start on the four-mile, 14-turn Wisconsin road circuit and his fourth overall road course start over the last five years. His career best road course finish of 12th came at New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2015.

“Road course racing has always been one of my favorite forms of racing. Going back to Road America is a great privilege – I’m happy to see it back on the ARCA schedule. There’s no question it’s one of the premier racing facilities in the country – a lot of fun to race, it’s a very demanding and technical track. I’m really looking forward to Sunday and seeing what we can do.”

This weekend’s Road America event will be LeMastus’ sixth start of the 2017 season. His season high finish of 10th came early in the year at Talladega Superspeedway.

Since making his series debut in 2013 LeMastus has made 39 starts scoring a career best 6th at Daytona Int’l Speedway in 2016. In 2015, during his only full season effort LeMastus finished sixth in ARCA's national driver point standings.

Prior to competing in the ARCA Series LeMastus is also a veteran of SCCA, NASA/SCCA, HSR, WERA, SVRA and VSCDA road racing. Some of the well-known tracks where LeMastus has logged laps over the years include Mid Ohio Sports Car Course, Sebring, Road Atlanta, Watkins Glen, Road America, New Jersey Motorsports Park and Daytona.

When he’s not pursuing his passion for motorsports, Bo LeMastus is the CEO of Crosley Brands, which manufactures vintage electronics under the Crosley Brand name.

Road America 100 Information
The Road America ARCA 100 is Sunday, August 27. The series will have two practice sessions as well as group qualifying on Saturday. The race will begin at 12:00 p.m. cst and will be tape-delayed on MAVTV at a later date. ARCAracing.com will have live timing/scoring as well as a live audio call of the event.

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Michael McDowell and Leavine Family Racing (LFR) are thrilled to announce their partnership with K2 Coolers beginning at Richmond International Raceway for the Federated Auto Parts 400.

K2 will also be a feature sponsor of LFR’s TechCon Summit this October. TechCon is a summit targeted to the construction industry and focused on new technologies within the industry.

The Louisiana-based company is happy to be a part of the NASCAR ecosystem because it speaks directly to the K2 lifestyle. K2 also has a great impact in the construction industry with the K2 Water Jug, an industry LFR has deep connections to.

K2 has also released their Summit product line that is great for long weekends of camping at a racetrack and look forward to testing it out, as they make their NASCAR debut with LFR in September.

“K2 Coolers is happy to be a part of Leavine Family Racing this year,” Director of Sales, Rick Scott said. “We feel like this is the right team and the right platform to showcase our line of products. The Summit Series product line is perfect for the NASCAR fan and the Water Jug is ideal for the construction industry”

”We are excited to have K2 Cooler join us for the remainder of the 2017 race season, “ LFR Vice President, Jeremy Lange said.  “It is great when you can create business solutions for brands and having K2 Coolers be a part of the TechCon Summit is a perfect example of that. We will be able to establish direct connections to potential B2B partnerships, which is win-win situation.”

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JGL Racing is proud to announce that Dylan Lupton will display a Darlington Throwback Scheme of NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon and his No. 24 "Rainbow Warriors" paint scheme from his 1993 rookie season with Hendrick Motorsports.  Lupton will pilot the No. 24 Nut Up Toyota for the popular "Throwback" weekend at Darlington Raceway for the running of the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 on Saturday, September 2nd.
 
Joining the program and proudly being displayed with the popular paint scheme is sponsor Nut Up Industries.  The Escalon, California based company is proud to join Lupton for this popular event.  Hailing from the state
where his childhood hero was born, Lupton is humbled to have the opportunity to bring Gordon's famous "Rainbow Warriors" colors back to the NASCAR scene.
 
"Jeff Gordon was my idol growing up," said Lupton. "Even though I was born the same year he started in his career in Cup (1993), as I began pursuing my racing career at a young age, I would remember spending my Sunday afternoons in front of the television rooting him on hoping one day I would have the chance to race against him. Next weekend at Darlington, I hope to have his support as I pay tribute to his NASCAR career sporting the famous "Rainbow Warriors" colors on our No. 24 NutUp Toyota during the Darlington throwback weekend."
 
The year of 1993 began the era of Jeff Gordon competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  He opened the season with a win in the Gatorade Twin 125's race, while also recording his first-career pole position at the fall Charlotte event, and concluded 1993 with a 14th-place points finish and the Rookie of the Year Award.  Gordon's early success in the sport reshaped the paradigm and eventually gave younger drivers an opportunity to compete in NASCAR.
 
Of course, the 1993 season would be the springboard to one of the most successful racing careers in NASCAR history.  Gordon is a four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup champion, having won the title in 1995, 1997, 1998, and 2001. He also won the Daytona 500 three times in 1997, 1999, and 2005. He is third on the all-time Cup wins list with 93 career wins, the most in NASCAR's modern era (1972-present). Gordon's 81 pole positions is third all-time; Gordon won at least one pole in 23 consecutive seasons, making this a NASCAR record.
 
"This is a great honor for myself to honor Jeff Gordon and his iconic paint scheme with this Throwback program at Darlington," added James Whitener, owner of JGL Racing.  "This is a little-known fact - but Jeff Gordon is one of the main reasons I am involved as an owner in this sport as I was a big fan of his.  That is why we run the No. 24 and developed the Young Guns program.  All of this makes for an exciting weekend in Darlington next weekend."
 
The running of the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 is Saturday September 2nd at the legendary Darlington Raceway.  The race will be broadcast LIVE on NBC Sports Network at 3:30 pm ET.
 
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n honor of one of his all-time favorite drivers, Elliott Sadler will carry a  throwback scheme made famous by NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough on Sept. 2 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

This evening on NBC Sports’ NASCAR America, live from the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Sadler unveiled the retro paint scheme that the No. 1 Armour Vienna Sausages 150 Years Chevrolet will carry for the Sports Clips Haircut VFW 200 Labor Day weekend.

“This throwback paint scheme honors one of my all-time favorite drivers,” Sadler said. “It was the car he drove during some of the highlights of his career. Cale was such a talented driver and won two Daytona 500s while driving this paint scheme.”

The paint scheme adopts the color blocking of Yarborough’s No. 28 Hardee’s machine that the veteran South Carolina driver campaigned quite successfully from 1983-86. During that 64-race span, Yarborough won the Daytona 500 in both 1983 and 1984, swept both Michigan International Speedway races in 1983 and earned the last of his 83 career victories at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in 1985. In that paint scheme, Yarborough won nine races overall, adding 22 top-five and 30 top-10 finishes and eight of his 69 career poles in just 64 starts.

Armour blue replaces the Hardee’s orange on Sadler’s car, with the remainder of the car a blinding white with blue and gold accents.

Sadler is the current NXS point leader—holding the top spot for 20 of the 22 races this season—and one of only four drivers to have clinched a playoff spot, three of whom belong to the JR Motorsports stable. Sadler himself is a strong driver at Darlington, winning there last season on his way to runner-up in the final NXS standings. In 13 series starts at Darlington, Sadler has last year’s victory, five top-five and six top-10 finishes to his name.

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On a day celebrating the sport’s iconic past, NASCAR® fans attending the Bojangles’ Southern 500 can share their race-day experiences from Darlington Raceway with millions of Snapchatters through a premium ‘Our Story’ on Snapchat covering The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR, NASCAR announced today.

The Our Story, an expertly-curated stream of video and photo Snaps, will provide a unique, behind-the-scenes look at The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR from the perspective of fans and drivers during race day in Darlington, South Carolina on Sept. 3.

“The Snapchat Our Story at Darlington gives NASCAR an opportunity to showcase the history of our sport in a new and compelling way,” said Scott Warfield, NASCAR managing director, social and digital content. “Throwback Weekend is one of the most vibrant and colorful events on the NASCAR calendar – now Snapchat users across the world will get a taste of what it’s like to experience it on race day.”

Fans, teams and drivers at and near the racetrack will be able to share photo and video Snaps to a special “Our Story” that shows off the best visual experiences that Throwback Weekend has to offer. The Snapchat team will then curate and package Snaps of the various perspectives and experiences into a Story, which will air in Snapchat’s Discover platform for 24 hours.

The announcement is the latest in the continued partnership between NASCAR and Snap Inc. Earlier this season, Snapchat covered the 2017 DAYTONA 500® at Daytona International Speedway and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ races at Talladega Superspeedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway with Our Stories.

The Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway will begin at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 3, and will be broadcast live on NBCSN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (channel 90) and MRN, with additional coverage on NASCAR.com.

Tickets to NASCAR national series events are available at NASCAR.com/tickets.

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