Kevin Harvick has won three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, including the 2018 race. His other victories came in September 2006 and 2016.
Those three victories put him in a tie for second in all-time wins at the 1.058-mile oval.
If Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer / National Forest Foundation Ford Mustang for Stewart Haas Racing (SHR), is able to score his fourth New Hampshire victory in Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, he would move into a tie with Jeff Burton for most wins all-time at the track known as the “Magic Mile.”
Is it possible to make a lot of passes before the checkered flag? Because that would be ideal.
Busch Beer is not only continuing its efforts to get people outside, it’s giving fans even more of a reason to root for Harvick’s No. 4 Busch Ford Mustang. That’s because Busch is giving away one “America the Beautiful” pass – an all access pass to National Parks and Forests across the country for one year – for each green-flag pass Harvick makes Sunday at New Hampshire.
In addition to the “Every Pass Unlocks a Pass” giveaway, Busch, as part of its ongoing partnership with the National Forest Foundation, will donate funds to the foundation to plant the equivalent of 80 trees in a National Forest – the amount an America the Beautiful pass costs in dollars –for each of those passes Harvick’s National Forest Foundation-inspired car makes during the race.
For a chance to win an “America the Beautiful” pass from Busch, fans can Tweet using the hashtag #BuschPass4Pass and #sweepstakes.
In addition to his three wins, Harvick has 11 top-five finishes, 19 top-10s, one pole and has led a total of 718 laps in his 35 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at New Hampshire. His average start at New Hampshire is 12.9, his average finish is 13.1 and he has completed 10,181 of 10,389 laps of competition – 98 percent.
He’s been good there in other NASCAR series, too.
Harvick has 12 career starts in the Xfinity Series at New Hampshire and has scored one win, nine top-fives and 11 top-10s and three poles. He scored his victory in June 2007 after starting on the pole. And, in six Truck Series starts at New Hampshire, Harvick has finished in the top-15 each time and has three top-three finishes.
His goal this week, though is to score a win – hopefully with a lot of green-flag passes, as well.
Daniel Suárez and the No. 41 Haas Automation Ford Mustang team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) head north to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon for a Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Granite State facility.
At Kentucky Speedway in Sparta last weekend, the Mexico native earned the pole position. It was the second of his Cup Series career with his first coming at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway last July. A speed of 184.590 mph earned him the prime starting position for last Saturday night’s 400-mile race at Kentucky. The pole award notched Suárez’s eighth top-10 starting spot in 2019.
Suárez led 52 laps at Kentucky but was forced to overcome an unscheduled green-flag pit stop for a flat tire, and a speeding penalty that eventually sent him three laps down. A fast No. 41 Ford, along with calls made by crew chief Billy Scott, enabled Suárez to get back to on the lead lap and finish eighth.
In his junior Cup Series season, Suárez has accumulated two top-five finishes and seven top-10s, along with a total of 105 laps led. The Mustang driver has an average start of 15.8 and an average finish of 15.3 this season.
The Haas driver is currently 18th in the Cup Series standings, separated by 10 points from 14th-place teammate Clint Bowyer to round out the four-driver SHR contingent. The top 16 drivers after the 26 regular-season races will earn a spot in the Cup Series playoffs. If Suárez captures a playoff position, it will be the first of his Cup Series career. Last year, all four SHR entries secured at least one regular-season win and a playoff spot.
The 27-year-old Suárez is making his fourth Cup Series career start at New Hampshire, where he has two top-10 finishes, along with an average starting position of 16.0 and an average finishing position of 12.0.
In the NASCAR Xfinity Series at the “Magic Mile,” Suárez started third and finished fifth in 2015 and started fourth and finished fourth during his series championship season of 2016.
At Kentucky last weekend, Suárez wore special skeleton-printed gloves as part of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s “Driven to Give Gloves” initiative benefitting Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The race-worn gloves are now available for bid via nascarfoundation.org/dalejr.
SHR has four victories at New Hampshire – by team co-owner Tony Stewart and former SHR driver Ryan Newman in 2011, and Suárez’s current teammate Kevin Harvick in 2016 and 2018.
Belmont Classic Cars returns to Rick Ware Racing, at Bristol Motor Speedway, in a special military tribute. The No. 52 Chevrolet will pay tribute to fallen hero, SGT James Slape.
SGT Slape, a Morehead City, NC native, was assigned to the NC Army National Guard's 60th Troop Command, 430th Explosive Ordinance Company, based in Washington, NC. On October 4, 2018, SGT Slape paid the ultimate sacrifice after being wounded by an IED in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan. SGT Slape was honored on the No. 52 RWR Chevrolet in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Memorial Day weekend.
In addition to running a special paint scheme, Belmont Classic Cars and Nine Line Apparel have teamed up together to create a limited-edition t-shirt to raise money for the Gold Star Families Monument in Carteret County, honoring those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in war, and their families. Starting August 29th, for every purchase, a portion of the proceeds being donated back to the monument.
"I am honored to be given the opportunity to carry SGT Slape's name on my No. 52 Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway," commented Bayley Currey. "Andy and Dana from Belmont Classic Cars approached the team about wanting to honor SGT Slape at another race after having our night end early in Charlotte, and I can't think of a better way to honor his sacrifices, than to help raise money for the Gold Star Families Monument in Carteret County."
"We are honored and fortunate to be able to support this great cause. NASCAR and its fans are very supportive of the military community and we couldn't think of a better way to honor the sacrifices that SGT Slape made for our country," said Belmont Classic Cars owner, Andy Mistak.
As an added bonus for NASCAR fans, Belmont Classic Cars is giving away a VIP experience for two, for any new or existent followers on Instagram. For additional information on Belmont Classic Cars, visit www.belmontclassiccars.com.
JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) is proud to announce that NASCAR Next Class of 2018-2019 member Ryan Vargas will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut next Saturday at Iowa Speedway driving the No. 15 Cranio Care Bears Chevrolet Camaro.
Vargas, who is a NASCAR Drive For Diversity alumni, most recently competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for Rev Racing, where he earned six Top 10 finishes finished sixth in the season’s standings last year.
The 18-year-old driver out of La Mirada, California has spent most of his 2019 campaign racing in late model competition on both the East and West Coasts, driving for Lee Falk Racing and Alec Martinez Racing on the respective coasts. So far this year, he notched himself two wins on the West Coast at Irwindale (CA) Speedway, where he is chasing after a track championship.
This will be Vargas’ first start in NASCAR’s national touring series, but it will not be his first at Iowa Speedway. Last season, Ryan finished seventh after running inside the Top 5 for most of the night in the K&N Pro Series race. He believes that this track time will help him in Saturday afternoon’s race.
“Making my NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Iowa just makes sense. Last year, I felt that I was able to run my best race all year at the speedway, and to have the chance to drive for a well-respected team owner in Johnny Davis really adds to the excitement heading into the weekend. I think if we can keep all the fenders on my No. 15 Chevrolet and run as many laps as possible, the weekend will be a success. At this point in my career, I want to learn as much as I can so I can keep moving up the NASCAR ladder, so I am not necessarily worried about what the results show.”
Supporting Ryan in his debut race will be Cranio Care Bears, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to spread awareness and support to families and children that struggle with Craniosynostosis, a condition that causes problems with a child’s brain and skull growth. This organization hits close to home for Vargas, who at just the age of eleven months, had to undergo surgery to correct such problems.
“It means a lot to me to be able to help bring awareness to this great charity in Cranio Care Bears through the sport that I love so much. I know that I will have a lot of little supporters cheering me on that look up to me as a role model in the Cranio community, and I want to show them that anything is possible, even with the condition.”
The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on Saturday, July 27th for the running of the US Cellular 250. Be sure to tune in on NBCSN at 4:00 PM ET to watch Ryan Vargas make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at the 7/8th mile multi-grooved short track with high banking and high speed. For all things JDM, follow along on our social media pages @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM
After earning his fourth top-five finish of the ARCA Menards Series season last Saturday night at Elko (Minn.) Speedway, rookie Corey Heim heads to Iowa Speedway hungry for more than a top-five finish in Friday night’s Fans with Benefits 150.
With the power and knowledge of crew chief Paul Andrews at his side, Heim has impressed. In seven races, the Marietta, Ga. native has earned four top-five finishes, six top-10s and a worst finish of 11th.
And with back-to-back top-five runs at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway and Elko Speedway respectively, Heim is ready to push himself into Victory Lane and bring his Mooresville, N.C.-based team their fourth ARCA win of 2019.
“This weekend at Iowa Speedway is going to be a very new and exciting experience for me,” Heim said. “I’m really looking forward to a bigger track like Iowa because of my performance at Gateway a few weeks ago.”
Like much of his freshman season of ARCA competition, Heim has never competed in a race at Iowa’s 0.875-mile short track. To prepare him for his eighth ARCA start, Heim joined his CBR teammate Joe Graf Jr. for a private test in the Midwest where he and Andrews focused on everything from practice runs to mock qualifying runs and long green-flag runs in race trim.
Knowing he has to be prepared for whatever the 14th race of the season will unravel; Heim feels like his No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities team can unload fast and be an immediate contender.
“We tested at Iowa a few weeks ago, and I feel good about it,” he added. “The track was very hot and slick, just like it’s going to be on race day.”
Nestled inside the cockpit of the No. 22 Chad Bryant Racing Ford Fusion for six of the remaining seven races on tour this season, the recently turned 17-year-old is embracing his opportunity behind the wheel.
From testing at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in January to his impressive ARCA debut in March at Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway to his approaching speedway debut next Friday afternoon at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Heim is buzzing in the headlines but there’s still work to be done before his curtain is drawn in late September.
“I’ll be in the No. 22 car regularly until the end of the season, and I’m excited for the remaining schedule. Racing back-to-back in the ARCA car will help me a lot because I can stay sharp every weekend.
“With this stretch of races, I’d really like to win a race at some point. This Chad Bryant Racing team has given me great cars and great opportunities to win races, but the win just hasn’t come yet.
“I’m working harder than ever to change that this weekend at Iowa Speedway, and trying to get these guys an owners’ championship.”
Andrews a former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship crew chief concurs with his young driver.
“The Iowa test was very good with Corey,” offered Andrews. “Like always, Corey adapted quickly and had fast lap times. Iowa Speedway’s track surface is old, rough, abrasive and we love it.
“ARCA cars will run multiple grooves and Corey tested on all of them to get comfortable. We’re excited to get back there this and hopefully get Corey to Victory Lane on Friday night.”
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The Fans with Benefits 150 (150 laps | 132 miles) is the 14th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., July 19 with an hour and 30-minute practice session planned from 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:45 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV. ARCARacing.com will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).
Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters to sponsor NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sept. 1417 Jul 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters, a leader in fleet, commercial and off-road vehicle installations, a one-stop shop installer of accessories and fabrication for trucks, commercial vehicles and cargo vans, has signed on as title sponsor of Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Sept. 14 NASCAR Xfinity Series race.
The event will be called the Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300 and will be the second event of the 1.5-mile superspeedway’s second NASCAR tripleheader of the year. It will serve as the final regular-season race for the Xfinity Series and will finalize the field of 12 for the series’ playoffs.
This marks the fourth time LVMS and Juan Carlos Martinez-owned companies have partnered together, but the first time for the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Rhino back to the LVMS sponsor family,” LVMS President Chris Powell said. “We have a long history with Rhino as a race title sponsor, and it’s a pleasure to have such a top-quality company joining Westgate and South Point as partners for this September’s tripleheader weekend. It has been a great year for LVMS, and we can’t wait to put on another fantastic show for NASCAR fans in September.”
Based in Katy, Texas, Rhino Pro and its network of stores have been in business more than 25 years and sells and installs everything from a full line of service bodies and flat beds, heavy-duty bumpers, cargo management, fuel pumps, grille guards, cranes and lift gates to racks, suspension systems, snow plows, tool boxes, trailer hitches, winches, work lighting and interior and exterior accessories. It boasts install facilities throughout the country and offers sales, installation, service, technical and warranty support with unmatched customer service.
Rhino Pro also offers its internationally recognized, leading spray-on bed liners.
“We love Las Vegas Motor Speedway and NASCAR, and we are looking forward to a great weekend as title sponsor of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race this September,” said Juan Carlos Martinez, president and CEO of Rhino Pro. “NASCAR fans are a big part of our target demographic, and their loyalty to the sport and the automotive industry makes this partnership a natural fit for Rhino Pro. We already have a strong presence in Las Vegas with our fleet services, and we’re confident this race entitlement will be a great platform for us to expand our reach throughout the LVMS and NASCAR fan bases.”
The 2019 Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300 will be the 25th NASCAR Xfinity Series race held at LVMS, and Ross Chastain is the event’s defending champion.
The Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300 will be preceded by the World of Westgate 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday, Sept. 13, and followed by the South Point 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs kickoff event on Sunday, Sept. 15. Tickets for all LVMS races are available at www.lvms.com or by calling 1-800-644-4444.
Thirteen months ago, teenager Colby Howard made his most recent start in the ARCA Menards Series with a top ten result at Madison International Speedway. This weekend, he returns to the national touring series with Win-Tron Racing and the Project HOPE Foundation at Iowa Speedway for the third start of his career.
A year ago, Howard was a relatively unknown driver who performed well with a pair of top ten finishes in two ARCA starts after graduating from late model stock cars in South Carolina and surrounding areas. This year, he brings a much beefier stat sheet, having won multiple pro late model races with Anthony Campi Racing including a handful of statement wins over short track veterans like Bubba Pollard and Augie Grill at tracks like Five Flags Speedway and Montgomery Motor Speedway.
"I'm really excited to be back in the ARCA Menards Series and making my first start with Win-Tron this weekend," said Howard. "With our pro late model success, I was really wanting to try my hand at a bigger car again. I feel like I've grown as a driver and my management team at PMG hooked me up with Kevin Cywinski and Win-Tron to give me the opportunity to showcase my talents at this level once more. I've always enjoyed tracks where there are multiple grooves, and that's one reason I'm looking forward to Iowa this weekend. It's the biggest and fastest track I've ever been on, too."
Recently, Howard had the opportunity to travel to the corn belt and test the No. 32 Chevrolet prior to racing it this weekend. As suspected, the short track veteran needed a little time to acclimate to the faster speeds of the .875-mile facility, but he was feeling comfortable by the conclusion of the day.
"I'll admit, I struggled a little bit with the first part of it," Howard said. "We made some changes after the first couple runs and picked up a lot and were pretty happy with how the day ended. We have a direction now, and I think with a few more tweaks we should have a really good piece for the race."
Since the outset of the season, Howard has been partnered with the Project HOPE Foundation, an autism services organization based near his home outside Greenville, South Carolina. The group delivers a lifespan of services to families of autistic individuals which (H)elp families, (O)pen minds, (P)romote inclusion, and (E)xpand potential for those with autism. Project HOPE has been using their motorsports program to drive awareness and assist in fundraising efforts through special events and appearances with Howard and his racecar.
“Sometimes you would think that autism and racing would be very dissimilar,” explained Foundation Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director Lisa Lane. “Our kids almost always have sound sensitivities, and nothing is louder than the powerful motors of these beautiful cars. But there are similarities. One of the defining characteristics of autism is repetition, repetitious behaviors, and attention to detail, some of the same keys to success in racing. The kids are always excited to see Colby and his racecars, and we're really excited about his jump to the ARCA Menards Series and the opportunities it can bring for everyone.”
The pairing will hit the track with the ARCA Menards Series for the first time in practice on Friday, July 19, at 11:45am CT. Qualifications roll off at 3:45pm CT while the green flag waves at 8pm CT at Iowa Speedway. The race can be seen LIVE on MAVTV or followed at ARCARacing.com. For more information on Colby Howard, visit his website at ColbyHowardRacing.com.
With billions of emoji sent daily and nearly every mode of transportation including cars, scooters, boats, spaceships and ski lifts among the 3,000 approved icons available to emoji users, truck fans noticed a glaring omission: There is no pickup truck. Ford decided it was time to do something about this and is celebrating World Emoji Day with the debut of the pickup truck emoji.
“When customers started demanding a truck emoji, we knew we had to help make it happen,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president, automotive. “Given the popularity of Ford trucks globally, there’s no one better than Ford to help bring an all-new pickup truck emoji to hard-working texters around the globe.”
In 2018, Ford submitted a proposal to the Unicode Consortium – the organization that reviews and approves proposals for new emoji – to add a truck to emoji keyboards everywhere. Now, the pickup truck emoji has been short-listed as a candidate for inclusion in a future version of Unicode.
The concept emoji’s capable styling has been tuned to meet current trends. “Our team spent a lot of time digging through message boards, texting influencers and watching social media feeds to really understand our customers’ needs,” said Craig Metros, Ford North America design director. “People want a truck emoji that’s fresh, stylish, carries their ideas, and ‘tows’ the line on what a truck means. The end result is a modern icon that should give all truck fans a smiley face emoji.”
If the pickup truck emoji is approved in early 2020, the design will be customized for all mobile platforms to meet the needs of customers – from skilled tradespeople to active families and emoji lovers alike.
Briar Bauman (No. 14 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) rebounded from his worst result of the 2019 American Flat Track season in the best possible fashion, scoring a dominant victory in Saturday night’s New York Short Track at Weedsport Speedway.
Bauman saw his hard-earned AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines title lead cut down considerably when his season-long podium streak was snapped by a mechanical DNF last time out at the Lima Half-Mile. But rather than allow the pressure to cause additional difficulties to escalate, the championship leader responded with perhaps the most convincing performance of his standout ‘19 campaign.
At the start of the 30-lap Main Event, the recently rejuvenated Jeffrey Carver Jr. (No. 23 Roof-Systems of Dallas/Indian of Metro Milwaukee FTR750) squeezed past Bauman and his brother, Bronson Bauman (No. 37 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750), to lead the opening lap.
But before Carver could even contemplate the possibility of completing his career Grand Slam with a maiden Short Track win, Bauman blasted back by and ripped open a gap at the front.
Smooth and in control throughout, Bauman took the win with 3.589 seconds in hand.
Despite the result representing his eighth podium (and seventh top two) in nine Main Events this season, the victory was Bauman’s first since his triumphant season opener.
He said, “I’ve got to thank my team -- they bust their butts during the week. The bike was insane… today we showed up and didn’t change a thing and we were good all day. It just feels good. It feels like it’s been a whole season since I got a win. Seconds are really cool… ‘I know there’s nothing’s wrong with silver’ -- said the great Ricky Bobby -- but I’m just glad to get a win again.”
Carver backed up his first podium of the year with a second consecutive runner-up result. He was followed to the stripe by Short Track standout Henry Wiles (No. 17 Bandit Industries/DPC Racing/Wilco Racing Indian FTR750) in third.
Bronson Bauman extended his streak of top fives to three with a fourth-place finish, while Robert Pearson (No. 27 R/J Performance/Hite Trucking Indian FTR750) secured his best result of the season in fifth.
Meanwhile, multi-time time defending AFT Twins champ Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) could manage just seventh on the night. As a result, Bauman stretched his advantage back out to 26 points (170-144) as the title fight reached its halfway point.
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Dalton Gauthier (No. 122 D&D Cycles/Gobert Smash Husqvarna FC450) took maximum advantage of the opportunity before him in the 20-lap Roof Systems AFT Singles presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys Main Event.
Pre-race title leader Mikey Rush (No. 15 RMR Honda/Red Riders Rewards Honda CRF450R) was forced to watch from the fences after he failed to make the Main, finishing 0.135 seconds short of a qualifying position in his semi. And since Rush competed in the premier AFT Twins class in 2018, he earned no AFT Singles points and thus had no provisional start to call upon.
As a result, Gauthier fully capitalized. The ‘Comeback Kid’ dropped down the order early despite starting from pole, but he quickly demonstrated the speed he used to earn that starting slot in the first place. He exploded through a tight, back-and-forth pack contesting the lead and escaped from that early chaos to power to his second victory of the season and reclaim the AFT Singles championship lead in the process.
Gauthier said, “I picked up a lot of confidence tonight, and it’s definitely going to help us with this championship. The day went off so good. I was fast in practice and qualifying and felt really comfortable. I can’t thank Jimmy Wood at Öhlins enough for helping us out with our shock and our suspension. He was a gamesaver, and I felt so much more comfortable than I had before on this bike. And my mom’s here for her first National ever -- it’s awesome to win in front of her.”
Morgen Mischler (No. 69 Waters Autobody Racing/D&D Powersports KTM 450 SX-F) put in a late charge, slashing his way through the same talented pack Gauthier diced through earlier in the race, to work up to second position. Mischler even managed to dramatically close down the gap to Gauthier but ultimately ran out of laps, coming up 0.413 short of the victory at the checkered flag.
He was followed home by reigning class champion Dan Bromley (No. 1 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-F). Just behind, Kevin Stollings (No. 99 Roof Systems/Motion Pro Honda CRF450R) finished fourth while Bromley’s teammate, Shayna Texter (No. 52 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing SX-F 450), completed the top five.
As a result of Saturday’s pivotal outcome, Gauthier now leads Rush in the AFT Singles championship chase 169-156. Defending champ Bromley remains in close contention at 151 points thanks to his remarkable consistency, despite still seeking the first Main Event victory of his title defense.
Be sure to catch the feature broadcast of the New York Short Track on NBCSN with flag-to-flag coverage of both Main Events, enhanced by exclusive features and cutting-edge aerial drone and onboard footage. The broadcast will debut on Saturday, July 27, at 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT and will re-air on Wednesday, August 7, at 4:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT.
The American Flat Track competitors will take a few weeks to regroup and catch their breath before kicking off an intense and jam-packed August with the Buffalo Chip TT in Sturgis, S.D., on Sunday, August 4 and the Black Hills Half-Mile in Rapid City, S.D. on Tuesday, August 6. As always, live coverage will be available at FansChoice.tv. Tickets are on sale at www.americanflattrack.com.
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NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track. For the 2019 season, NBCSN’s coverage of AFT moves to highly-coveted, weekend afternoon programming slots within two weeks of each event. The complete schedule for AFT on NBCSN can be viewed at http://www.americanflattrack.com/events-nbcsn/. FansChoice.tv remains a cornerstone of AFT's digital strategy, providing live streaming coverage of every event on AFT’s live page while previous events and exclusive features are available on AFT’s VOD page.
Tagliani had some unfinished business in Toronto when lost the win to Andrew Ranger on the last lap in last year's NASCAR overtime race in the Queen City, but he was not to be denied this year. Andrew Ranger, who led three laps, finished second ahead of LP Dumoulin.
Over the course of its six-year history, the Pinty's Grand Prix of Toronto has only seen three drivers on the top step of the podium and history repeated itself again today with the win by Tag. All three are still leading the 2019 points standings but with a new leader in Andrew Ranger, winner in 2010, 2011 and 2018, two points ahead of. Kevin Lacroix, the Toronto winner in 2017. Third in the standings with only now 14 points back, is Alex Tagliani who won in 2016 and 2019.
Tag Wins the Pole
In Friday afternoon's qualifying, Tagliani used his final lap to score a dramatic pole position with his Team 22 Racing #18 EpiPen-RONA/St Hubert Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in a record time of 1 minute 15,918 seconds (133.437 kph) around the 2.874-km street course to claim his 10th NASCAR Pinty's pole, his second in a row in Toronto. In four Toronto NASCAR qualifying, Tag has claimed two poles and recorded two second-place starting positions.
"I am super happy to have brought this win to Team 22 Racing," said Tagliani. "The team gave me a really good car this weekend and we scored maximum points. I am really proud of the guys especially after a season debut that did not go as well as I had expected on oval tracks. They rolled up their sleeves and gave me a great car that enabled me to offer this performance. It shows they have pride. I was happy to see them all smiles and jumping for joy when I entered the pits after the race.
"There were some good fights during the race. Restarts were tough because of the nature of the track that makes the corners feel like you are entering a funnel. This is very inviting for those who want to pass you. The leader sets the tone with his breaking, but if you don't block enough, you invite the driver in third place to jump ahead of you, like Andrew (Ranger) did on lap 15. If you block too much the car behind you in third place, you open the door to the driver on the outside.
"I am not complaining about being first on restarts, but it's very stressing. The battles I had with Andrew, who was driving very aggressively but cleanly, are what makes car racing exciting. Today's feuds were similar to those we had last year, a battle that I lost, but not this year. This victory reduces the gap to the leader in the point standings. Overall, a very satisfying weekend.
"We also had a very busy weekend in the RONA tent with huge crowd coming in everyday to says hello and cheer us on as they tried all kinds of stuff," concluded the Toronto winner.
Nineteen drivers started the race with 16 crossing the finish line at the end of the Pinty's Grand Prix of Toronto. Fifteen cars finished on the lead lap. The race was under full course caution three times for a total of 14 laps. The Pinty's Grand Prix of Toronto will air on TSN on Sunday, July 21 at 1:30 pm ET.
In four NASCAR Pinty's start in Toronto, Tagliani has finished, three times on the podium, winning twice. In 75 NASCAR Pinty's starts, Tag claimed ten poles, won 9 races, finished 33 times in the Top-5 and 51 in the Top-10.
The NASCAR Pinty's Series now take its annual Western trip to Saskatchewan and Alberta for a three-race showdown. The first two short track contests will be held in Saskatoon at Wyant Group Raceway on Wednesday, July 24th with a pair of 125-lap feature races and the third event, a 300-lap affair, will be held on Saturday night, July 27 at the Edmonton International Raceway.
TSN and TSN Direct subscribers can watch all NASCAR Pinty's Series races live on TSN.ca and the TSN app. The Saskatoon races will be streamed live on the TSN.ca and the TSN app on Wednesday, July 24th, starting at 8:30 p.m. Mountain Time. Fans in the United States can watch all races live on FansChoice.tv.
Summer of TAG
During his 2019 season, Alex Tagliani will race across Canada promoting the sixth annual Summer of TAG, which raises awareness about food allergies, and the importance of educating those afflicted. Alex and Food Allergy Canada, with the support of Pfizer Canada, are committed to creating a safer world for people with potentially life-threatening allergies.
For more information on Alex Tagliani, please visit www.tagliani.com, follow him on Twitter at @TAGLIANI, @tagliani18 on Instagram and like him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Tagliani.