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Brothers Richard and Jace Vander Weerd are the latest entries for the prestigious running of the 24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented By All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway on November 7th, 8th and 9th.  

The 28-year-old Visalia, California twins, who were born in Upland and raised in Chino, have made five appearances at The PAS in 2019.  In those five races, Richard did not finish out of the top three and recorded two wins, two-second place finishes and one third.  Jace only finished out of the top 10 one time.  He drove his white and blue #88 to one sixth-place finish, one-seventh, two eighth’s and a 12th.

All three nights of the prestigious race will be full points-paying races for the Amsoil USAC/CRA and USAC National Sprint Cars and the Sand Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Cars.  To date, 36 cars have entered with drivers from seven different states.


Brothers Richard and Jace Vander Weerd are the latest entries for the prestigious running of the 24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented By All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway on November 7th, 8th and 9th.  

The 28-year-old Visalia, California twins, who were born in Upland and raised in Chino, have made five appearances at The PAS in 2019.  In those five races, Richard did not finish out of the top three and recorded two wins, two-second place finishes and one third.  Jace only finished out of the top 10 one time.  He drove his white and blue #88 to one sixth-place finish, one-seventh, two eighth’s and a 12th.

All three nights of the prestigious race will be full points-paying races for the Amsoil USAC/CRA and USAC National Sprint Cars and the Sand Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Cars.  To date, 36 cars have entered with drivers from seven different states.


NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer, the National FFA Organization and DEKALB® brand corn team up to help students cross their “finish line” with the new Left Turns for Learning agricultural scholarship. Driver Clint Bowyer completed 267 laps during the Kansas Speedway NASCAR race on October 20 to fund a $10,138 FFA scholarship.

Local FFA students from Bowyer’s hometown area were invited to an exclusive experience at the race. Students were able to participate in the DEKALB Champions of Yield festivities, including a trivia game with driver Clint Bowyer.

“With the cost of education, the Left Turns for Learning scholarship provides kids additional opportunities they normally wouldn’t have,” said Southern Lyon County FFA advisor Staci Garriott. “Clint is a local in the area, and he does phenomenal work supporting his hometown community. It’s exciting for the kids to meet and interact with him at the race. He continues to do great things for the kids, and this is evident with his involvement in this scholarship program.”

“There’s nothing better than taking the No. 14 DEKALB Ford Mustang to the track to directly benefit ag students,” said Bowyer. “DEKALB is a consistently high-performing brand, so it’s an honor to work with category leaders dedicated to performance, technology and helping current and future farmers succeed.”

The Left Turns for Learning Scholarship was created by DEKALB and Asgrow to help students achieve their goals and advance the agriculture industry by focusing on performance. The scholarship amount was determined by the number of laps Bowyer completed with the No. 14 DEKALB Ford Mustang.

“We’re really excited to partner with the National FFA and Clint to invest in the future of ag,” said Pete Uitenbroek, DEKALB Asgrow Brand Marketing Lead. “For one selected student, this scholarship not only helps them reach their “finish line,” but also illustrates how superior performance is driven by innovation, perseverance and the team supporting you.”

Eligible FFA high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores or juniors pursuing an ag-related degree can apply for the scholarship November 1, 2019 through January 15, 2020 by visiting the National FFA website at FFA.org/scholarships*. The scholarship winner will be notified by FFA in April 2020.

Visit DEKALBAsgrow.com/LeftTurns for more info and follow the conversation with #LeftTurns4Learning #GoClintGo.


NBC Sports’ coverage of Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on NBC averaged a Total Audience Delivery of 3.322 million viewers – up 20% vs. 2018 – delivering NBC Sports’ largest NASCAR year-over-year viewership increase since its current rights agreement began in 2015, according to Fast National data by the Nielsen Company and streaming data by Adobe Analytics.

The 20% year-over-year viewership increase for Sunday’s race on NBC also marks the largest viewership increase for a NASCAR Cup Series race in eight years*, when ESPN’s coverage of the 2011 Championship race at Homestead was up 21% vs 2010. It also marks NBC Sports’ fourth race with double-digit year-over-year viewership gains this season.

Date Event Network TAD (% Gain vs. ‘18)
July 21 New Hampshire NBCSN 2.827 million (+12%)
Aug. 11 Michigan NBCSN 2.929 million (+14%)
Sept. 15 Las Vegas NBCSN 2.412 million (+12%)^
Oct. 20 Kansas NBC 3.322 million (+20%)

TV-only viewership of Sunday’s race on NBC peaked with 4.108 million viewers from 5:30-5:45 p.m. ET, as Denny Hamlin held off Chase Elliott during overtime for his fifth win of the season as the Round of 8 was decided in the NASCAR Playoffs.

Sunday’s race on NBC (2:57-6 p.m. ET) stands as NBC Sports’ most-watched Cup Series race since last year’s Championship race at Homestead on NBC and NBCSN (4.180 million; 11/18/18) and its most-watched Kansas Cup Series race since 2016 (3.455 million; 10/16/16). On TV only, the race delivered a 2.03 HH rating and 3.304 million viewers, up 17% and 20%, respectively, vs. 2018.

Excluding this year’s weather-impacted races at Daytona and Talladega, NBC Sports’ 2019 NASCAR Cup Series coverage has averaged a TAD of 2.545 million viewers, up 4% vs. the comparable races in 2018 (2.457 million).

Additionally, Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race from Kansas on NBC (3:17-6 p.m. ET) averaged a TAD of 1.336 million viewers, up 3% vs. last year (1.296 million).

*excludes rain-impacted races and network changes
^moved from afternoon to night race

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NASCAR, Race Team Alliance and 704Games announced today a live event that will crown the inaugural champion of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League™. For the first time ever, NASCAR teams and their gamers will gather in Arena 43 at NASCAR Plaza to witness the historic competition featuring two races, one PlayStation 4 and one Xbox One, that will determine the inaugural eNASCAR Heat Pro League champion.

Starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 23, fans can tune-in to eNASCAR.com, Twitch via 704Games and Facebook for the live coverage of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League Championship from the virtual ISM Raceway.

“The combined effort of the entire NASCAR industry, as well as the enthusiasm around the eNASCAR Heat Pro League, has made for a remarkable first season,” said Tim Clark, senior vice president and chief digital officer, NASCAR. “The live finale will continue to showcase the action-packed racing fans have come to expect from this series.”

The full-field of eNASCAR Heat Pro League gamers will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina, for the live season finale. Competitors will face-off live in two feature events, the first on PlayStation 4 followed by an Xbox One race. The Championship 4 team with the most combined points at the end of the night will walk away with the first-ever eNASCAR Heat Pro League championship title.

The Championship 4 teams were set following a pair of races at the virtual Kansas Speedway and include:

  • Team Penske Esports: Corey Rothgeb (PlayStation 4) and Brian Tedeschi (Xbox One)
  • JR Motorsports: Jason Keffer (PlayStation 4) and Tyler Dohar (Xbox One)
  • Stewart-Haas Gaming: SHG_HotRod_14p (PlayStation 4) and SHG Slick 14x (Xbox One)
  • Leavine Family Gaming: Josh Harbin (PlayStation 4) and Nick Vroman (Xbox One)

“As we approach the final lap of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League’s first season, I’m most excited about the league’s electricity and how swiftly it developed,” said Colin Smith, President of 704Games. “Our drivers have proven to not only be talented racers, but also charismatic members of the NASCAR community. 704Games, NASCAR and the RTA are thrilled with our league’s trajectory into next season and, like our fans, are eagerly awaiting to see which team takes the championship.”

The eNASCAR Heat Pro League, a collaboration between NASCAR, RTA and 704Games, is NASCAR’s first-ever esports league on consoles. In its first year, the league featured 14 teams and 28 gamers, each owned and operated by prominent NASCAR race teams. Each team fielded two drivers, one competing on Xbox One and the other on PlayStation 4, all competing for the shared championship. The eNASCAR Heat Pro League transitioned to NASCAR Heat 4, the latest game in the NASCAR Heat franchise, in September, prior to the playoffs.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs will continue at Martinsville Speedway this weekend for the First Data 500 (Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, SiriusXM and MRN) and the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 (Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m. ET on FS1, SiriusXM and MRN), respectively.


Denny Hamlin was the big winner at Kansas Speedway Sunday, wrapping up the third five-win season of his career and putting an exclamation point on his clinching drive into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Round of 8. Despite all that, the real excitement played out behind the No. 11 Toyota in the final laps Sunday.
Entering the race 10th in the standings and 18 points below the cutline, No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet driver Chase Elliott thought he'd have to win in order to advance.
"Honestly, I was just trying to win the race and the rest of it just kind of fell into our hands a little bit," Elliott said after the race. "Luckily, we got a good bit of stage points in that first one, got five more in the second stage, and battled for the win."
Elliott finished second and still thought he hadn't done enough, but No. 2 Team Penske Ford driver Brad Keselowski was shuffled back on the final restart, losing six positions on the track and dropping below the cutline, giving Elliott the ticket to the Round of 8.
"Just couldn't get it to go on the restart," Keselowski lamented. "Inside lane restart. Didn't capitalize on it. Needed to get up and I couldn't get up and I got sandwiched. Somebody went three-wide and got me to the middle. Just all bad. I didn't do a good enough job."
Keselowski, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy driver William Byron, No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy driver Alex Bowman, and No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford driver Clint Bowyer saw their championship dreams end, but for the elite eight remaining, a championship could still be in store.
Below are the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff standings as the series moves to Martinsville Speedway to start the Round of 8. Listed with each driver is a fact about his playoff experience at Texas Motor Speedway, coming up November 3.
1. Kyle Busch - 4,046 points (+18)
He has led laps in seven of his nine Texas Motor Speedway starts as a playoff driver, but he has yet to win the AAA Texas 500. He has won in the spring three times.
2. Martin Truex, Jr. - 4,042 points (+14)
When he finished second in the 2017 AAA Texas 500, Truex had the fastest lap 63 times, the highest in-race total of any driver that day.

3. Denny Hamlin - 4,037 points (+9)Hamlin has been feast or famine in Texas playoff races. In 10 starts he's finished in the top 10 six times, but 20th or worse three times. 4. Joey Logano - 4,030 points (+2)His 233 playoff laps led at TMS is tops among this year's Round of 8 drivers. He sits four laps clear of Kevin Harvick. 5. Kevin Harvick - 4,028 points (-2)His 12 Texas starts as a playoff driver are the most all-time, and he's finished in the top 10 in 11-of-12. 6. Chase Elliott - 4,024 points (-6)In his Texas playoff debut in the 2017 AAA Texas 500, Elliott was the only driver to make more than 100 green flag passes. 7. Kyle Larson - 4,011 points (-19)Despite making the playoffs in 2016, 2017, and 2018, this is Larson's first start at Texas as a current playoff driver. 8. Ryan Blaney - 4,009 points (-21)In his lone playoff start at Texas in 2017, he never left the top 15 at any point, finishing sixth. The NASCAR Playoffs are currently staggered across all three of the national series in 2019. The NASCAR Xfinity Series takes this week off before continuing the Round of 8 at Texas Motor Speedway for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on November 2. No drivers are currently locked into the Championship 4 in Homestead, but Christopher Bell (+49), Cole Custer (+38), and Tyler Reddick (+37) are all near locks to make it there. Justin Allgaier holds the fourth and final spot right now with Chase Briscoe (-2), Michael Annett (-12), Noah Gragson (-17), and Austin Cindric (-30) giving chase.  The Gander Outdoors Truck Series is back in action this weekend at Martinsville for the middle race of its Round of 6. 2018 champion Brett Moffitt (+45) is comfortably above the cutline, followed by Stewart Friesen (+22), Austin Hill (+12), and Matt Crafton (+1). Tyler Ankrum (-1) and Ross Chastain (-2) are fighting to stay in the chase.
Texas Motor Speedway hosts playoff races for both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series this year. The Xfinity Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 is Saturday, Nov. 2, and the Cup Series AAA Texas 500 is Sunday, Nov. 3. For ticket or race information, please visit texasmotorspeedway.com or call the speedway ticket office at 817.215.8500. With an adult ticket purchase, accompanying tickets for children 12-and-under are $10 for the AAA Texas 500 and free for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 playoff races.  

Date                            Venue             Time*              TV Network               Radio Network
Cup Series Round of 8
Sun. Oct. 27                Martinsville      2 p.m.              NBCSN        MRN/SiriusXM
Sun. Nov. 3                 Texas              2 p.m.              NBCSN         PRN/SiriusXM
Sun. Nov. 10               Phoenix**         1:30 p.m.         NBC            MRN/SiriusXM
Championship 4
Sun. Nov. 17               Homestead      2 p.m.              NBC             MRN/SiriusXM
* - All times listed are Central
** - Four drivers will be eliminated from playoff contention in round elimination race


Firefly Music Festival (fireflyfestival.com), the east coast’s largest music and camping festival, is celebrating its return to four days of music and camping in The Woodlands – June 18-21, 2020.

The annual loyalty presale will kick off Wednesday, Oct. 23 at Noon ET and will run through noon ET Thursday, Oct. 24. The loyalty presale gives Firefly Music Festival fans an opportunity to purchase weekend passes at the lowest price available. Visit fireflyfestival.com to view details and purchase festival passes during the limited presale.

Firefly Music Festival is conveniently located within driving distance from most major metropolitan areas on the East Coast (including Philadelphia (under 2 hours), Baltimore (under 2 hours), Washington D.C (under 2 hours) and New York City (3 hours). Fans can also take advantage of Amtrak service to Wilmington, Delaware as well as SEPTA and Greyhound bus line service.

Dover Motorsports PR

A wreck just before the end of Stage 1 rendered Ryan Newman's No. 6 ROUSH Performance Ford Mustang unable to continue, and relegated the driver to a 40th-place finish at Kansas Speedway.

Newman rolled off the grid from the seventh position following his best qualifying effort of the season. The advantageous track position would not last long, however, as wild racing at the 1.5-mile track damaged the right side of his Ford Mustang and forced the team to make an unscheduled pit stop just eight laps into the race.

With varying pit strategies playing out across the field, Newman was battling to get back onto the lead lap when he made contact with teammate Ricky Stenhouse and hit the retaining wall of the race track. The damage was too severe to repair, and Newman was dealt his first DNF of the season and a 40th-place finish.

Newman and the No. 6 team return to action next weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Race coverage on Sunday begins at 3 p.m. on NBCSN. Coverage can also be heard on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.


Race Winner:  Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Winner:  Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 2 Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)


Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

● Daniel Suárez started eighth and finished third to earn eight bonus points.

● By lap two the Ford driver reached the top-five.

● Suárez pitted from the second spot on lap 41 for fuel and four tires.

● After green-flag pit stops cycled through, the ARRIS driver remained in the second spot until lap 67, when he slipped to third.

● First caution was displayed on lap 76, and Suárez pitted from third for fuel and four tires. He restarted seventh after four cars stayed out.

● After a sprint to end Stage 1, Suárez completed it in third.

● Suárez didn’t pit during the Stage 1 break and started Stage 2 from the second position.


Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

● Suárez started second and finished 13th.

● He took the lead in turn two on the restart.

● Slipped to second on lap 92.

● Remained in the top-five on lap 115, when the second caution was displayed.

● Pitted during the caution for fuel, four tires and adjustments, and restarted fifth.

● During the stage break he pitted for fuel, four tires and adjustments to help with his ill-handling Mustang and returned to the track in 16th.


Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-277):

● Suárez started 16th and finished 32nd.

● After a tough restart, Suárez dropped back to 20th.

● On lap 200 he was back up to 17th.

● On lap 213 the Ford driver pitted from 17th for fuel, four tires and adjustments.

● After pit stops cycled through, the 27-year-old was 14th on lap 233.

● On lap 255 Suárez pitted from 13th for fuel, four tires and adjustments and restarted 13th with nine laps remaining.

● On lap 262 he was in the ninth spot when the next caution was displayed. He didn’t pit and restarted ninth for the first attempt at overtime.

● The field was coming to the white flag when a multicar accident occurred involving Suárez and relegating him to a 32nd-place finish.



● Suárez led once for six laps – his first at Kansas.

● Denny Hamlin won the Hollywood Casino 400 to score his 36th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his fifth of the season and his second at Kansas. His margin of victory over second-place Chase Elliott was .128 of a second.

● There were seven caution periods for a total of 32 laps.

● Only 21 of the 40 drivers in the Hollywood Casino 400 finished on the lead lap.


Daniel Suárez, Driver of the No. 41 ARRIS Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“We had a really good ARRIS Mustang to start the race. We held our position up front, and then I got shuffled back on one of the restarts. We were working on adjusting the car and trying to make up our track position, and towards the end we had made a lot of ground. Unfortunately, we got in an accident getting ready to take the white flag.”


Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the First Data 500 on Sunday, Oct. 27 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. It is the seventh race of the 10-race playoffs and the first race in the Round of 8. It starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


Fresh off the first win of his NASCAR career, Spencer Boyd is proud to announce a new partnership with ORORO ® Heated Apparel.  ORORO’s mission is to empower everyone to never again let the weather dictate their outfits with quality and affordable heated apparel.
“It was a crazy week,” reflects Boyd.  “There were a lot of media appearances and just as many sponsorship calls.  One of those calls was with Mark from ORORO and we were able to put a primary sponsorship at Martinsville together.  With fall finally here and winter around the corner, I could think of no better sponsor than the most trusted heated apparel brand in the USA.”
‘Don’t let your life be dictated by a thermometer’ - ORORO wants to enable everybody to ‘Challenge the Climate’ with ORORO® battery heated apparel line for both men and women. ORORO’s 2019-20 product line-up includes heated vests, fleeces, jackets, hoodies, parka and gloves. With built-in safe carbon fiber heating elements powered by Lithium-ion batteries for up to 10 hours of working hours, ORORO® Heated Apparel is perfect for staying toasty without the layers in any season.
Mark H., Co-Founder of ORORO commented, “We grew up in the Midwest just like Spencer.  The weather is always changing there so we wanted to create something that made staying warm and comfortable easier.  We saw Spencer’s win and thought he would be a great spokesperson for our brand.  Plus, didn’t it snow at a Martinsville race recently?  I invite all NASCAR fans to leave the layers at home and use BOYD20 for 20% off ORORO heated clothing at www.ororowear.com for a more comfortable race weekend.”
The 24 year old race winner is looking to take the momentum from Talladega and turn it into redemption at Martinsville.  The No. 20 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado was plagued by engine issues at the spring race at the famed paperclip earlier this year.  “I like this race track a lot,” says Boyd.  “I grew up racing on short tracks.  I’ve got a new sponsor.  There’s a win sticker on my truck.  It’s going to a great weekend in Martinsville, VA.”
The NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday October 26, 2019 will mark the first appearance in NASCAR for ORORO ® Heated Apparel.  The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race can be seem live on FS1 or heard on the Motor Racing Network or Sirius XM Radio Channel 90 beginning at 12:30pm ET.

Spencer Boyd PR

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