Lincoln Speedway is set for its second night of racing this coming Friday, April 26.  The night will be a great one for fans, as grandstand admission is just $10 per person with kids 11 and under free.  In addition, $1 hot dogs will be sold in the concession stand and $2 beers will be sold in the pavilion.

On track action will be led by the first of two appearances this season for the 305 Winged Sprint Cars. The Sprints have made one appearance in each of the last two years but this year’s schedule also has a second date in July at Lincoln Speedway.  The 305’s have a lot of drivers from Central Illinois and run on a semi-regular basis at Jacksonville Speedway.  For many, it will be their first race of the season, as weather has wreaked havoc on their early schedule.

Friday night will also mark the start of the season for the Midwest Big Ten Pro Late Models.  The Lincoln race is the first of ten events in the mini-series which also runs at Macon Speedway and Jacksonville Speedway.  Guy Taylor was the champion of the series in 2018 but is running in the Modified division this year.  Jake Little, of Springfield, IL, will be one of the favorites, as he won the championship in 2017 and took second last year.  Little bested a field of 16 at the season opener, two weeks ago.

The DIRTcar Modifieds are back this week, as well, and are a staple of Lincoln Speedway.  The Mods always have some of the top drivers in the DIRTcar National points, which put on great races week in and week out.  Many time Lincoln Speedway champion, Brian Lynn, started off on the right foot with a win on opening night.  Lynn’s opening night battle took place with Ray Bollinger and Tommy Sheppard, Jr. hot on his heels.  Triumph, though, turned to sadness within a week for the team, as car co-owner, Dale Lessen, passed away unexpectedly.  Lessen was a familiar face and longtime supporter of the track.

A small field of Nutech Seed DII Midgets were in action on opening night at the track.  Andy Baugh claimed the victory at the opener and will actually pull out a second car for Ray Bollinger to drive this week.  Bollinger, a perennial Modified favorite, will be making his first DII Midget start at the track.  The Nutech Seed Front Row Challenge was won by Baugh and resets to $100 for this week’s event.

Rounding out Friday night’s action will be the DIRTcar Hornets.  Eric Vanapeldoorn claimed the opening night victory, as ten cars were on hand.  Nine different Illinois cities were represented by the starting field.

Beautiful weather is forecasted for the evening which is perfect for those coming to take advantage of the discounted prices.  Grandstand admission is just $10 for adults with kids 11 and under free.  Pits will open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, drivers meeting will be at 5:50, hotlaps will start at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00.

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The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series hits the road again this weekend, returning to the “Land of Lincoln” for a $12,000-to-win event on Saturday night at Macon Speedway.  The nation’s top dirt late model drivers are expected to challenge a strong field of local and regional standouts. 

The 1/5-mile bullring is accustomed to some of the most thrilling, door-to-door racing action of the season. The event will feature Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, and B-Mains, highlighted by a 100-lap, $12,000-to-win main event. 

The defending National Champion, Jonathan Davenport continues to set the pace in the current Lucas Oil championship chase, 235-points ahead of four-time National Champion, Earl Pearson Jr. Tyler Erb is third, followed by Devin Moran and Josh Richards rounding out the top five in championship standings. 

The event will be the sixth for the series at Macon Speedway.  Former winners include: Bobby Pierce (2014), Jimmy Owens (2015), Bobby Pierce (2016), Josh Richards (2017), and Bobby Pierce (2018). 

Two other divisions will be in action racing for extra prize money, including the DIRTcar Modifieds.  The class has had two exciting nights of racing and has a tie for the current point lead.  Rodney Standerfer, of Summerfield, IL, was the winner on opening night at the track, exchanging the lead several times with Tommy Sheppard, Jr. from New Berlin, IL.  On the second night, it was Sheppard taking the lead early and claiming the victory over Standerfer.  The two are tied at 118 points each, while last year’s Pro Late Model champion, Guy Taylor is third, Jared Thomas is fourth, and Tim Hancock is fifth.  The division will be racing for a little extra money this week in an event paying $1,000 to win and $100 to start. 

In two weeks of racing, it’s been all Tim Hancock in the Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modified division.  The former national champion of the class has won both features, though competition has kept him honest so far.  Just behind him in the standings is Decatur, IL driver, Nick Justice.  Justice followed him closely across the line in the season opener and had a decent run on the second night.  Chad Evans, Tim Riech, and Brady Lynch round out the top five in standings. 

Pit gates open this Saturday night at 3:00 with grandstand gates swinging open at 4:00.  Hotlaps will begin at 6:00 with racing taking the green at 7:00 PM.  Grandstand admission is $30 for adults and $5 for kids 11 and under. 

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Horns were honking and the RVs were rolling through the new Turn 3 Oversized Vehicle Tunnel at Talladega Superspeedway Wednesday as NASCAR drivers Jeffrey Earnhardt and Chase Briscoe assisted in the ribbon cutting ceremony as part of the “official” Grand Opening for thousands of fans to enter the track’s iconic infield.

Joining long-time track Chairman Grant Lynch to help kick off the track’s race week for an action-packed tripleheader this weekend, Briscoe and Earnhardt proceeded to lead the extended trail of infield campers through the new tunnel, which is the initial phase of Transformation – The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project presented by Graybar. Briscoe drove the official Ford Edge ST Pace Car, followed by Earnhardt in a Toyota Tundra truck, with John Ray’s, patriotic Big Rig, a tradition at the 2.66-mile venue during the National Anthem in all pre-race ceremonies, in tow. Once inside, the trio greeted a host of fans who made their way into the mammoth track.

Earnhardt, the grandson of 10-time record Talladega winner Dale Earnhardt Sr., and Briscoe will both be competing in Saturday’s (April 27) MoneyLion 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race while Earnhardt will contend in Sunday’s GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event (April 28) for Xtreme Concepts Racing where he will make his 2019 debut.

“The new tunnel makes it way more convenient not only for the teams but especially for the race fans,” said Briscoe, in his first full-time season behind the wheel of the No. 98 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing. “To me, Talladega is already the best fan experience….when you come here you can hang out, it’s just a good time, and now for all the improvements that we’re seeing it’s just going to make it even better. I’m looking forward to coming back in the fall to see the complete renovation (the completion of the Transformation Infield Project). The tunnel is a huge deal and a big part of that too, so I’m looking forward to coming back in the fall as well and seeing it all done.”

“I think it’s incredible,” said Earnhardt, whose best finish in three 2019 starts in the Xfinity Series is a sixth at Atlanta. “For the fans, this is going to be incredible, whether you might have trouble getting here and you get here late, now you can just drive on in. It’s only going to continue to make the fan experience that much better. I’m real excited about it. I know us on the team side are going to be excited about it and I know the fans are going to love it as well.”

The new tunnel, which is more than 28 foot wide and 16 foot high, is capable of allowing fans’ large recreational vehicles as well as race team haulers to enter and exit the track simultaneously with ease. It will be open 24 hours this weekend.

The approximately $50 million Transformation Infield Project presented by Graybar is part of International Speedway Corporation’s (Talladega’s parent company) long-term capital allocation plan and reinvestment into its major motorsports complexes. The culmination of Transformation will occur this October and will allow fans to be immersed into the sport of NASCAR with the one-of-a-kind Talladega Garage Experience, which will feature “up-close” access, interactive attractions and enhanced amenities for fans, sponsors, teams and stakeholders in the iconic Talladega infield.

Fans can learn more about the project by visiting For ticket information on the track’s tripleheader weekend, featuring Friday’s General Tire 200 (April 26), the  MoneyLion 300 or the GEICO 500, log onto or call 855-518-7223 (RACE).


McDonald’s Restaurants has returned as the presenting sponsor for this year’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Toyota Mod Classic 150 on Saturday, August 31.

The Whelen Modified Tour will be returning to the speedway for a fourth consecutive appearance on Classic Weekend with Toyota and McDonald’s combining to present the action for all four years.

“We’re thankful for the continued support from McDonald’s for our NASCAR Modified Tour event,” said track owner, John Torrese. “We’ve enjoyed partnering with McDonald’s for appearances throughout Classic Week and look forward to doing so again this season.”

This August, Oswego Speedway will again display several race cars plus the Burritt Motors Chevrolet Pace Truck at the Oswego East Side McDonald’s located at 264 State Route 104. The event will take place on Budweiser Classic Week, Tuesday, August 27.

McDonald’s will also have a presence at the Toyota Mod Classic itself as the ‘Hamburglar’ will be attending the driver autograph session on the front straightaway, going through the grandstands to visit fans, and also greeting the race winner in victory lane.

The largest restaurant chain in the world, McDonald’s remains famous for its golden arches, hamburgers, and french fries. The fast food conglomerate has two locations in Oswego at 264 State Route 104 and 230 West Bridge Street.

Oswego Speedway fans are encouraged to support McDonald’s, especially throughout Classic Week. Please download the McDonald’s app, find McDonald’s on social media or visit to keep up with the latest special offers.

Tickets for Oswego Speedway’s 63rd edition of Budweiser International Classic Weekend are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the track box office at (315)-342-0646 or sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Ticket pickup will begin in August.

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Leavine Family Racing (LFR) announced today that it will once again partner with the FDNY Foundation aboard the No. 95 Toyota Camry for the third season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  The FDNY Foundation provides funding for programs that advance the New York City Fire Department’s goals, which include maintaining operational excellence, reaching out to the community with an array of fire and health safety programs, and increasing diversity within the Department’s uniformed ranks.

FDNY members are renowned for their bravery and passion for service.  In 2018, they responded without hesitation to an astounding 1.7 million calls.  The FDNY Foundation and Leavine Family Racing are teaming up to respond to the FDNY’s request for a state-of-the art training simulator by working together to bring awareness of the Foundation’s efforts to the NASCAR industry.  The Pump Panel Simulator will combine with the Foundation’s driving simulator, which NASCAR helped provide to the FDNY, to train Firefighters on what are perhaps the most crucial and stressful minutes of fire response: arriving quickly and safely to the scene and the urgency to get the right amount of water to the right hoses for rapid extinguishment.

With heavy call volume in the country’s most densely populated city, firefighters don’t have a second to spare when arriving to a fire.  The Pump Panel Simulator works with the driving simulator to give trainers a cutting-edge resource to create realistic scenarios depicting driving to a fire and making the split-second decisions that regulate the water volume and pressure needed.  Practicing in a safe, controlled environment allows Firefighters to hone their skills so that when they are called upon to perform under the most challenging conditions, they are able to fulfill their sacred pledge to save lives. Giving their members the opportunity for rigorous, ongoing training improves safety for Firefighters and the public.

“The FDNY Foundation is very grateful and thrilled for this partnership with Leavine Family Racing and NASCAR to fund a state-of-the-art Pump Panel Simulator for the FDNY Training Academy,” said FDNY Foundation Executive Director Jean O’Shea.

In an effort to help raise awareness, LFR will run an FDNY Foundation paint scheme aboard the No. 95 Toyota Camry at Dover International Speedway for the Gander RV 400 on May 5, 2019.  LFR and the FDNY Foundation have a connection with each other thanks to LFR’s Matt DiLiberto who has been a part of the team’s ownership group since 2016.  DiLiberto currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of SL Green Realty Corp. but he is also a member of the Board of Directors of the FDNY Foundation and has been a firefighter and EMT in New Jersey for more than 20 years

“We are extremely proud to, once again, recognize the brave men and women of the FDNY and the efforts of the FDNY Foundation while showcasing the NASCAR community’s incredible support and generosity to those who selflessly serve our communities every day,” Matt DiLiberto, LFR Partner and Board Member of the FDNY Foundation.

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After two successful weekends on the short tracks followed by the Easter weekend break, Paul Menard and the No. 21 Quick Lane team head to one of the biggest tracks, Talladega Superspeedway where an all-new rules package will be used.

Gone are the traditional restrictor plates that have been used at Talladega and its sister track, Daytona International Speedway, for more than 30 years. In their place will be a tapered spacer, the same device that has been used on intermediate tracks this season to reduce horsepower.
Further changes for Talladega include a taller rear spoiler, nine inches instead of the eight used at other tracks this season, and a bolt-on track bar mount which will raise the rear of the car one inch to 12 inches.
There has been limited testing of the new package, which leaves lots of unknowns heading into this weekend’s GEICO 500.
“I’m not sure what to expect,” Menard said. “It’s a different package from what we’ve run there for years.

 “We don’t know how the cars will draft, or whether we’ll end up running single-file or in tandem.”
He said he expects to see some drivers trying the tandem moves of several years back, where two drivers hooked up nose to tail to gain speed.

 “I expect there will be some tandem drafting, but I don’t know how long two drivers can stay hooked up,” he said.
One thing Menard is sure of is that there will be more emphasis put on practice, which is a change from previous Talladega weekends, where teams tended to try to limit practice time in hopes of avoiding damage to their cars from a crash.
“We’ve got to see what the car needs and wants to go fast, so we’ll practice more than we’d normally like to since we’ll be putting ourselves at risk,” he said. “There are going to be some interesting practices.”
Menard said he and the Quick Lane team are headed to Talladega on a roll after strong runs at Bristol and Martinsville, where they had finishes of sixth and 10th, gained five spots in the standings to 16th place and scored Stage points in five of six Stages in the past three races, dating back to Texas Motor Speedway.
“We had a couple of good runs on short tracks, and now we go the biggest, fastest track we race on,” he said. “We have confidence and momentum. We just have to keep it going.”
Qualifying for the GEICO 500 is set for Saturday at 3:40 p.m. (4:40 Eastern Time), and the race is scheduled to start just after 1 p.m (2 p.m. Eastern Time), with TV coverage on FOX.


The chase for the lucrative NASCAR and track titles in the T.P.Trailers NASCAR Modifieds and the T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman is underway. With just two official point races in the Modified record books Brett Kressley is flexing his muscles with a win and a fifth place finish to his credit giving him 578 points. And in the T.P.Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman point chase Kyle Lilick is on top with 467 counters and no feature wins. In fact the top five in the point standings for the Sportsman have not cracked victory lane.

Sprint cars will be in action for the first time this season when the Delaware Auto Exchange Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, featuring 305 Sprint racers, is part of a big tripleheader show of auto racing at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, April 27th, that will also include T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman. Racing gets the green flag at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m.

Expected to see action in the Sprint car action are such popular racers as recent feature winner Bryant Davis, Rick Stief, Tim Tanner, Tom Carberry, Jeff Geiges and a host of others.

Each division of racing will include a full series of qualifying events leading up to the feature races.

Adult admission is $18 while youngsters under the age of 12 are admitted free. Pit admission is $30.

Fans arriving early will have the opportunity to see a number of race cars up close and talk with a few of the racing talents as part of Low Down And Dirty Meet & Greet near the main grandstand entrance starting at 4:30 p.m. This Saturday Richie Hitzler will represent the Modifieds and Kyle Smith will be there for the Sportsman. The Sprints will be represented by Joe Kay.

Additional information on racing at Grandview Speedway can be had at, Facebook or telephone (610)754.7688.

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MBM Motorsports is proud to welcome back Max Tullman who will drive the #42 Toyota Supra at Talladega Superspeedway for the upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Series, ‘Money Lion 300’. Joining Tullman as primary sponsor is Top Tier, a college-based clothing company.

This will be Tullman’s second race of 2019. He competed in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February where he finished in the 28th position.

“I can’t wait to get to Talladega! We have put in a lot of hard work to make this race happen and every minute spent has been well worth it. I am really looking forward to getting back on track especially in Dega. I can’t thank Carl Long, everyone at MBM Motorsports and Top Tier enough for coming on board. I am going to do my best to get us all a good finish that we can all be proud of!” – Max Tullman


In April 2018, Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 Busch Beer Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) came to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway with a fresh, new outdoors-inspired look completely covered in flannel – the unofficial uniform of the true outdoor enthusiast.


It was such a hit, especially with fans, that the flannel will return for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Geico 500 at Talladega.


Busch Beer has embodied the spirit of the Great Outdoors since its inception in 1955. Again this weekend at Talladega, Busch will continue to honor its deep roots and celebrate those who are passionate about outdoor pursuits. The “Busch Guy” will return sporting his red-plaid flannel shirt and blue jeans – the inspiration for the livery of the No. 4 Busch Beer Flannel Ford Mustang.


When Harvick and the No. 4 Busch Beer Flannel team roll into Talladega for Sunday’s race, the team will be draped in the red-checkered fabric. Harvick’s Busch Beer firesuit, the crew’s shirts, the fan display and even the paint scheme of the No. 4 Busch Beer Ford will all feature flannel.


The Busch Guy, decked out in flannel, will be on hand throughout the weekend to cheer on the Busch Flannel team to victory. Fans can support Harvick by shopping at where a wide variety of flannel merchandise is available.


And Harvick is hoping to put the Busch Beer Flannel Ford Mustang in victory lane.


He will make his 37th NASCAR Cup Series start Sunday at the 2.66-mile oval where he has one win, two poles, seven top-five finishes, 15 top-10s and has led 260 laps.


Harvick scored his lone Talladega win in April 2010, when he started fourth, led two of 200 laps and beat runner-up Jamie McMurray by .011 of a second. He earned his first Cup Series pole at Talladega in May 2005 with a speed of 189.804 mph. He won his second Cup Series pole in April 2018, when he recorded a lap of 49.247 seconds at 194.448 mph.


Harvick has three career Cup Series runner-up finishes at Talladega, most recently in October 2010, when he started 14th, led 12 laps and finished runner-up to his now-SHR teammate Clint Bowyer.


Harvick is hoping flannel will be the magic touch that will lead him to his first victory of 2019.


Making his only scheduled ARCA Menards Series (ARCA) start of the season, Brandon Lynn, 24, will take the wheel of Venturini Motorsports’ (VMS) No.20 Carolina Excavation - TORK Toyota in Friday’s General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway.

No stranger to Talladega’s high speeds and intimidating reputation, Lynn has made three of his ten-career ARCA starts on Dega’s high-banks. Finishing seventh in last year’s event, Lynn rejoins VMS for another shot at earning his first series victory. The New York native driver has posted four top-10 ARCA finishes.

He nearly won at Talladega in 2017 but fell victim to fuel mileage in an overtime thriller. Leading on the final lap in regulation, Lynn's hopes emptied as he ran out of gas after a late race caution forced overtime. 

“Racing at Talladega can be a real crap shoot, so we’re going to do our best to stay out of trouble and be there at the end,” said Lynn. “We’d really like to give the 20 car wins at both Daytona and Talladega this season.”

Taking over the reins of the same car Harrison Burton drove to victory lane in the season opener at Daytona, Lynn is hoping to change his fortunes by reuniting with a VMS team which has swept the first three races of the ARCA season.

“The Venturini’s have a great record of success in the ARCA Menards Series. It gives me a lot of confidence to go back to Talladega and have their commitment and experience behind me.”

Lynn will join VMS teammates Michael Self and Christian Eckes on Friday in search of delivering the team its first ever ARCA Menards Series win at Talladega. 

VMS has recorded 55 ARCA wins since Bill Venturini captured his first at Spartan Speedway in 1985. Venturini still holds ARCA's all-time qualifying speed record at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 205.432 mph set in 1987.

The 57th ARCA Menards Series event at Talladega Superspeedway, the General Tire 200, is scheduled for Friday, April 26, the opening event of the track's 50thAnniversary season. Practice is scheduled for that morning at 9:30 am ET/8:30 am CT, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 3:35 pm ET/2:35 pm CT. The General Tire 200 will go green shortly after 6 pm ET/5 pm CT and will be televised live on FS1.  


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