Brandonbilt Motorsports (@BMSRaceTeam) will field a second car in the upcoming #Alsco300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25th. The primary car (No. 86) will have a teammate for the first time ever as BMS honors their past by debuting the No. 68 Chevrolet. Development Driver Mason Diaz (@masondiazracing) will drive the No. 86 with support provided by Solid Rock Carriers. Principal driver Brandon Brown (@BrandonBrown_86) will debut the second car in NASCAR’s hub of Concord, NC.

Team Owner Jerry Brown said of the milestone “We could not put together a better timeline for this Xfinity Series Season. Everybody on the No. 86 crew has continuously progressed towards their full potential,” Brown added “... The opportunity for top rides in the Xfinity Series has dwindled in recent years and the future stars of our sport need a place to go, that is the sole reasoning behind this No. 68 car, to give the future a chance on a national stage.”

Brandon Brown looks to continue his strong start to 2019 (9 Top 20’s) by debuting the No. 68 car, presented by Vero - True Social. “My goal this weekend is to show everybody in the garage that we are here to stay and be competitive, that this organization is a force to be reckoned with.” Brown went on to thank his partners “I cannot thank Vero - True Social enough for their support, I have worked very closely with them in recent months building my personal brand and working on building their platform into the top social media app.”

David Clarke, General Manager for BMS said of the achievement “Expanding to a two car operation takes a lot of planning. It takes time to put the parts and pieces into play. Fortunately for us we have been planning this for a while, though running two cars is happening sooner than anticipated.” Clarke went on to say “It definitely added some additional work to our already overworked crew but they stepped up and delivered as we knew they could.”

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The Heritage Truck Centers 250 was the first time the CARS Tour visited Motor Mile Speedway since 2015, and Saturday night's action made up for the long hiatus when Bubba Pollard and Bobby McCarty muscled their way to Edelbrock Victory Lane. For Pollard, it was his third tour win this season and the first for McCarty in nearly a year.

SUPER LATE MODEL RECAP

Matt Craig claimed the Mahle Pistons Pole Award and led the field to the green flag in the opening race of the night. Second place starter Bubba Pollard nosed ahead of Craig to lead lap one before the Kannapolis, N.C, retook the top spot on lap two and held it for over a third of the race.

Pollard began to show his speed on lap 47 when he bypassed Craig for the top spot, but Craig found a way back around on lap 59. The pair continued to trade blows, moving each other out of the way multiple times before Pollard ultimately took the lead for the final time on lap 78 after a caution for Mike Speeney's problems in turn three.

Despite Pollard's late-race dominance, Craig threw everything at the No. 26 Ford when he attempted to outduel Pollard on a lap 114 restart. Having none of it, race control thwarted his work when the restart was called back as a jumped restart and reattempted with Pollard on the inside lane where he motored away after the green flag.

Pollard extended his lead to a .686-second advantage at the checkered flag, beating Craig, Stephen Nasse, Tate Fogleman and Kodie Conner to the line.

"When you drive good stuff, got good people behind you, they make it easy on you," said Pollard in Edelbrock Victory Lane when asked about how he has pulled off three wins so far this season.

"When you drive me dirty, I'm going to drive you back dirty, and that's all there is to it," he continued when prompted about the battle with Matt Craig. "When you run me up the racetrack, I'm going to let you know it. It could have been a lot cleaner than what it was, and it wasn't. It's part of racing if he wants to drive like that. You're looking at a new Bubba Pollard. I've kinda been easy on people, kind of just rolled with the flow, but I ain't taking no [expletive] off nobody no more. If you touch that 26 car, you're gonna be ready for it."


LATE MODEL STOCK RECAP

Four years ago, Josh Berry picked up his first CARS Tour win at Motor Mile Speedway, and picked up where he left off by rocketing to the Hedgecock Racing Pole Position during qualifying. As expected, he shot to the lead early over second place starter Deac McCaskill.

The opening two thirds of the race was exceptionally clean, with two caution flags on laps 40 and 80 thrown by rule according to the series' competition caution policy. After lap 80, however, things got crazy when Taylor Gray lost control exiting turn four which started a massive chain reaction melee that collected at least ten cars in one fashion or another. Multiple drivers were eliminated from the race afterwards.

Bobby McCarty, who had moved to second during the opening two stints, challenged Josh Berry on the restart, but was unable to steal to the top spot despite a quick outside lane at Motor Mile. A slew of late-race accidents including four cautions in the final scheduled 25 laps, gave McCarty multiple opportunities to bypass Berry but none of them yielded any results.

Josh Berry took the white flag after 124 laps and appeared to be en route to his 16th career when when Brandon Pierce sent Ryan Repko for a spin in turn two, forcing officials to throw the yellow before the leader had taken the checkered flag, prompting a green-white-checkered restart.

On the initial attempt, Berry bypassed McCarty in turn three, but washed up the track allowing McCarty to drive to his inside in turn one. The two made contact, and Berry went spinning up the track, handing McCarty the race lead and relegating Berry to the tail.

The second attempt at a finish saw McCarty choose the high line for his restart lane, while Justin Carroll started underneath. The pair leaned on each other while others pushed and shoved behind them. They took the white flag in a near dead heat, and made the final circuit door-to-door before racing off turn four to the checkered flag where Bobby McCarty edged out Carroll in a photo finish of .029 seconds. Sammy Smith, Brandon Pierce and Tommy Lemons, Jr., rounded out the top five.

"I really hate that with the 88, I really do, he knows I don't race that way," McCarty said after thanking his crew in Edelbrock Victory Lane. "He was trying to pinch me, and I was trying to run him up a little bit, and we hit wheels. It yanked the wheel right out of my hand. I've never wrecked nobody for a win, I never have and I never will, that was just a racing incident. Hopefully he and I can talk about it and come to an agreement. But, like I said, a big thank you to everyone at Nelson Motorsports. My wife and son are here, and it's he first time they've come in a long time, so this is a really cool moment for me.

"When that [lap 124] caution came out, I was worried, because they can cause a lot of problems," he continued when asked about the setup for the finish. "You never know how these restarts are going to play out. Josh didn't get to the throttle really good coming out of four, and I was able to pull the crossover and we got position on him and that was unfortunate and I really hate that happened. I didn't know whether to take the inside or the outside on the last restart because I was losing forward drive and that's where the 88 was killing us. I felt like if someone was on our outside, I wasn't going to be able to get the throttle down. We took the outside, Justin's a really hard racer, he races hard but he races clean, and I hope the fans enjoyed that show."

The next event for the CARS Racing Tour will take place June 8 at Langley Speedway, the Who's Your Driver 125, a standalone event for the late model stock cars with support from three local divisions at a highly-competitive .395-mile layout on the east coast of Virginia.

For more information on the CARS Tour, visit their website at CARSRacingTour.com, or follow them on Facebook (@CARSTour), Twitter (@CARSTour), Instagram (@cars_tour), and Snapchat (@carstour). The series also has its own YouTube channel, Roku channel (available through its TV website), and a new publicly available Amazon FireTV app released this week.

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704Games, the Race Team Alliance and NASCAR announced today that the inaugural eNASCAR Heat Pro League™ season will make its highly anticipated debut Memorial Day Weekend live from Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The historic first races precede Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 with the green flag dropping at 3:30 p.m. ET at the NASCAR Trackside Live stage as well as on NASCAR’s Facebook and 704Games’ Twitch via livestream. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney and Bubba Wallace will be on-hand for the pre-race festivities.

“The eNASCAR Heat Pro League is a result of incredible industry collaboration and a shared commitment to growing NASCAR through innovation,” said Tim Clark, senior vice president and chief digital officer, NASCAR. “The esports community is massive, highly engaged and passionate, and our league presents an unparalleled opportunity to reach new and existing fans.”

The newly formed esports league will have a season that begins this Sunday and culminates during the 2019 NASCAR Playoffs. Fourteen notable NASCAR teams and 28 drivers will compete across a variety of virtual tracks on the NASCAR circuit. The full team rosters can be seen below.

"Players from across the country competed to be part of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League with the best of the best being chosen by teams to compete in the inaugural season back in March,” said Ed Martin, Managing Director of Esports, 704Games. “The 28 drafted drivers have spent weeks practicing for what is sure to be a thrilling and dynamic season. When we started the NASCAR Heat franchise, we set out to capture the drama and excitement that unfolds in NASCAR every week and deliver that experience to gamers around the world. The eNASCAR Heat Pro League is the next evolution of that mission and we’re thrilled to bring competitive online console racing to a global esports platform in collaboration with NASCAR.”

Fans can tune-in Sunday, May 26 starting at 3 p.m. ET for pre-race coverage. The Xbox race will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET with the PlayStation 4 race following at 4 p.m. ET. The second race of the season will follow on Wednesday, May 29.

For more information about the eNASCAR Heat Pro League, please visit eNASCAR.com.

 

Xbox One Drivers/Teams:

Greg Matarazzo / Chip Ganassi Gaming

Nicholas Vroman / Leavine Family Gaming

Tyler Dohar / JR Motorsports

Brian Tedeschi / Team Penske Esports

Nick Walker / Roush Fenway Gaming

Diego Alvarado / Petty Esports

Josh Shoemaker / Stewart-Haas Gaming

Sam Morris / Hendrick Motorsports Gaming Club

Daniel Buttafuoco / Gibbs Gaming

Justin Brooks/ JTG Daugherty Throttlers

Matt Heale / GoFas Gaming

Jordan McGraw / RCR Esports

Jacob Kerr / Germain Gaming

Casey Gomme / Wood Brothers Gaming

 

PlayStation 4 Drivers/Teams:

Slade Gravitt / Wood Brothers Gaming

William Arnold / Germain Gaming

Joey Stone / RCR Esports

Hunter Mullins / GoFas Gaming

Zach Onson / JTG Daugherty Throttlers

TJ McGowan / Gibbs Gaming

Nick Jobes / Hendrick Motorsports Gaming Club

Brandyn Gritton / Stewart-Haas Gaming

Mike Braas / Petty Esports

Cody Giles / Roush Fenway Gaming

Corey Rothgeb / Team Penske Esports

Jason Keffer / JR Motorsports

Josh Harbin / Leavine Family Gaming

Josh Parker / Chip Ganassi Gaming

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Watkins Glen International announced today that it has partnered with STAR Headlight and Lantern Co., Inc. to improve its trackside caution light system and enhance safety at the historic road course.

The STAR DLQS Quick Stick Series LED systems have already made their debut at The Glen for a number of track rental days, and will be in place for each of the track’s major spectator race weekends, including the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen (June 27-30) and Go Bowling at The Glen (August 2-4) events.

“We have enjoyed a stellar partnership with STAR Headlight and Lantern Co., Inc. for a number of years, and are very pleased with the outcome of this modernization project to better serve our teams and drivers,” said Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. “We are always looking for ways to make our facility safer, and this state-of-the-art system adds another layer to that initiative.”

The Glen also uses STAR Headlight and Lantern Co. products on each of its pace cars and security vehicles throughout the season. The New York-based company was founded in 1889 and has maintained production in Rochester, with its current headquarters and manufacturing center in Avon, N.Y. STAR offers LED beacons, auxiliary LED warning lights, as well as light bars, lanterns, switch controllers, sirens, back-up alarms, mounting brackets, and more.

“We at STAR Headlight have enjoyed a great partnership with The Glen, and have also over the last several years enjoyed watching our lights go around the track on various Watkins Glen International vehicles”, said Chris Jacobs, President/CEO of Star Headlight Inc., Co. “We are very excited to see the new trackside caution lights that we collaborated together on designing, working at the next race.  It is nice to have a local company work with us and get our name out there. So many people come up to us and said “I saw your lights on the pace cars at The Glen!” It is nice to hear that so many people have noticed our lights. We look forward to another great season.”

Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in North America, three times voted “Best NASCAR Track” by readers of the USA Today. Keep up with The Glen on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and be sure to download The Glen’s free mobile app from the App Store or Google Play.

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Guests attending the Pocono 400 race weekend at Pocono Raceway will enjoy a host of FREE items from May 31-June 2. These complimentary items including amenities, initiatives and programs for guests of all ages. The biggest cost-saver being offered is Pocono Raceway’s Kids Free Initiative. Kids, ages 12 and under, will receive FREE Admission to 100 and 200 levels of the Grandstand, as well as Fan Fair, for all Friday, Saturday and Sunday events. A more complete list of FREE items available to Pocono 400 guests are listed below.

 

FREE For Everyone

  1. Kids FREE Initiative: Kids, ages 12 and under, receive FREE gate admission and camp for FREE all weekend long. Visit www.poconokidsfree.com for more details.
  2. FREE Parking: Grandstand Parking is FREE on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  3. Monster Energy NASCAR FREE Friday: Bring an empty can of Monster Energy (any size) to be recycled at Pocono Raceway and receive FREE gate admission on Friday, May 31, 2019. Visit www.poconoraceway.com/freefriday for more details
  4. WORRY-FREE Ticket Guarantee: Pocono 400 Sunday tickets include the Worry Free Weather Guarantee Presented by AccuWeather. If the Pocono 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race is postponed due to inclement weather and the ticket holder is unable to attend the rescheduled date, the Raceway will issue a check for the face value of the ticket to the account holder. Visit www.poconoraceway.com/guarantee for more details.
  5. Bring Your Cooler: Fans can bring a 12’ x 12’ cooler into the race for FREE. Coolers are only permitted in the 100, 200 and 300 Levels of the Grandstand, as well as in our Camping areas. For more details about our cooler policy, including what items are permitted and prohibited, please visit www.poconoraceway.com/faninfo.
  6. FREE Wi-Fi: Guests can access complimentary Wi-Fi hotspots near Tricky’s Kit Kamp (located behind the Grandstand and next to Gate 8), the midway (behind the Grandstand) and the Paddock (by Club Pocono and Infield Café)
  7. FREE Music and Entertainment: Gate Admission ticket holders can visit the brand-new Fan Stage, located inside Fan Fair and behind the Grandstand, for daily pre-race concerts, entertainment and driver appearances. A full list of performers and driver events will be updated at www.poconoraceway.com/schedule leading into the Pocono 400 race weekend.
  8. FREE Sensory Kits & Rooms: Pocono Raceway is the worlds’ first sensory-inclusive motorsports property. Not only are key staff members trained to recognize and handle sensory overload situations, but they provide FREE KultureCity Sensory Kits and access to KultureCity Sensory Rooms. For more information, please visit www.poconoraceway.com/kulturecity.
  9. FREE Kids’ Areas: Kids can visit Tricky’s Kit Kamp, a soft play area for young children located behind the Grandstand and next to Gate 8, and the Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital Kids Zone inside Fan Fair for FREE. Both have complimentary events and programs for children. Visit www.poconokidsfree.com for more details.
  10. FREE Fan Fair Access: All gate admission ticket holders, including those taking advantage of the Monster Energy NASCAR Free Friday on Friday, May 31, and kids (ages 12 and under) have FREE access to Fan Fair. Fan Fair includes driver merchandise areas, the new Fan Fair Stage, the Monster Energy display and smoke showcase, games, entertainment, driver appearances and much more. For more details about all events taking place, visit www.poconoraceway.com/schedule.
  11. FREE CDL Trucking Job Fair: The second annual “Trucking Job Fair at Pocono Raceway Driven by Pennsylvania Turnpike” will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019. All applicants attending the job fair will receive a $10 lunch voucher and two complimentary Saturday General Admission Grandstand tickets, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Visit www.poconoraceway.com/trucking for more details.
  12. FREE Tractor Trailer Parking: Individuals driving a tractor trailer can visit the Drydene Tractor Trailer Parking lot and park there for FREE. Drivers can enter through Gate 7, off Route 115, and will be directed to the designated tractor trailer parking lot. 

FREE for Camping Guests

  1. FREE Grandstand and Fan Fair Access (For Camping Guests): All Pocono 400 camping guests can visit the Grandstand and Fan fair for FREE on Friday and Saturday. They can use the FREE shuttle service or use a Pit/Paddock Pass to access the Pedestrian Tunnel.
  2. FREE Playground and Activities Access (For Camping Guests): If you are staying in the infield, be sure to head down Earnhardt Road and visit two great locations. The #POCONOMTNS Inclusive Playground is a playground built for kids of all abilities to learn, grow and play together. And, be sure to check out the brand-new Pocono Mountains Activities & Welcome Center for daily programs and activities for all ages. For more details visit www.poconoraceway.com/campinginfo
  3. Bring Your Dog For FREE: Camping guests can bring their dog to Pocono Raceway for the entire weekend. Once here take your dog to the Bark Park, a dog park located off Earnhardt Road for dogs of all ages and sizes. For more information, visit www.poconoraceway.com/barkpark.
  4. FREE Access to Block Party and Fireworks: Camping guests can visit the Infield Block Party on Friday and Saturday nights, starting at 4:30 p.m. ET. There will be live music, great food and tons of good times to be had by all. And, on Saturday night, look to the skies for the infamous Fireworks Spectacular starting around 9:15 p.m. ET. For more details about all Infield Block Party events, visit www.poconoraceway.com/schedule.
  5. FREE Shuttle Service: Camping guests can take advantage of the complimentary shuttle which makes multiple stops in the Infield, Family RV Camping and the Grandstand each day. A full schedule will be provided to all Pocono 400 camping guests upon their arrival.
  6. FREE Pit/Paddock Passes (For Camping Guests): All camping guests who purchase their Pocono 400 tickets prior to race week receive two complimentary Pit/Paddock Passes. The cutoff for a complimentary Pit/Paddock Pass is Wednesday, May 29, 2019. For more details, visit www.poconoraceway.com/campinginfo.

FREE For Specific Ticket Holders

  1. FREE ‘Open Garage’ Access (Pit/Paddock Pass Holders Only): A limited number of spots will be open for Pocono 400 Pit/Paddock Pass holders to receive a wristband to enter both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series garages on Friday, May 31. Visit www.poconoraceway.com/schedule, look for Friday’s event listing which include the words ‘Open Garage’ for wristband distribution times, location and additional details.
  2. FREE Driver Introduction and Frontstretch Access (Pit/Paddock Pass Holders Only): Pocono 400 Pit/Paddock Pass holders will be able to access the frontstretch before the race and during NASCAR driver introductions on Sunday, June 2.
  3. FREE FanVision Scanner Rental (For Sunday Club Pocono and Sunday 300-Level Ticket Holders): A complimentary FanVision scanner is included with a Pocono 400 Sunday Club Pocono or Sunday 300-Level Ticket. A FanVision includes a scanner to listen in to all driver/team audio, digital in-race stats and in-race television broadcast.
  4. FREE Pit/Paddock Pass (Sunday Ticket Holders Only): Pit/Paddock Passes accompany the following Pocono 400 Sunday tickets: Sky Box, Sunday Terrace Club, Victory Circle Club, Sunday 300-Level and Club Pocono.

As mentioned, kids (ages 12 and under) are FREE and camp for FREE all Pocono 400 weekend long! Adult tickets on Saturday start at $25, Sunday Adult Ticket start at $45 and race weekend camping tickets start at $200. Buy your tickets to the Pocono 400 race weekend by calling 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929) or by visiting www.poconoraceway.com/tickets.

Additionally, Pocono Raceway offers FREE track tours and the #POCONOMTNS Inclusive Playground is open most days with FREE access to the public. Tours and the Playground are not offered during major NASCAR, INDYCAR, Air Show or private event dates. For more details, visit www.poconoraceway.com and search for FREE Track Tours and the #POCONOMTNS Inclusive Playground.

Note: Certain terms, conditions and fees may apply. Rules and regulations subject to change without notice. Dates, times and events are subject to change without notice.

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Before taking to the race track Memorial Day weekend in Charlotte, Oscar Mayer, in partnership with Rise Against Hunger and NASCAR race team Roush Fenway Racing, are joining forces in the fight against hunger. Driver of the No. 6 Oscar Mayer Ford Mustang, Ryan Newman, and more than 30 volunteers will come together on May 23 at Roush Fenway Racing in Concord, North Carolina to help package meals to fight food insecurity and malnutrition around the world.

“At Oscar Mayer, we believe in always finding a better way, whether that means making the highest quality meats, putting a solid car on the race track, or joining with our partners to give back to the community,” said Matt Riezman, Associate Director of Marketing, Oscar Mayer. “Oscar Mayer has supported Rise Against Hunger for more than six years and this month, with the help of volunteers and NASCAR driver Ryan Newman, we’ll roll up our sleeves to package meals for children and families in need.”

Since 2013, Oscar Mayer and Kraft Heinz have partnered with Rise Against Hunger to alleviate hunger in developing nations through employee volunteerism at meal packaging events and the donation of micronutrient sachets.

Rise Against Hunger’s mission is to end hunger by 2030, which is also encompassed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2. The organization’s meal packaging events are part of a volunteer-based program that coordinates the streamlined packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and minerals. After packaging, the meals are shipped to countries around the globe and distributed to beneficiaries in critical need.

“What we want everyone to know is that hunger is solvable and is the common thread among the world’s most challenging issues,” said Peggy Shriver, Chief Development Officer of Rise Against Hunger. “When hunger is targeted, you give leverage and hope to every other cause including poverty, disease, education and the welfare of women and children.”

“Everyone at Roush Fenway is excited to team up with Oscar Mayer and Rise Against Hunger to feed those in need,” said Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 6 Oscar Mayer Ford Mustang. “Giving back has long been a common theme across everyone in the NASCAR industry, and we’re honored to continue that with this event alongside our outstanding partners.”

For more information about Oscar Mayer, visit OscarMayer.com or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Driver Ed Jones and the No. 63 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet qualified fourth after competing in the Fast Nine Shootout for pole position in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
 
Jones will start the Indianapolis 500 from the inside of Row Two in the fourth position with a posted time of 229.646. Fourth is Scuderia Corsa's best qualifying effort in only its second 500-mile race appearance. In his third year of NTT IndyCar racing, this is Jones best qualifying run for the Indianapolis 500 as well.
 
For Jones, his highest qualifying effort gives him a chance to compete for the win.
 
"It was a good day, and I qualified fourth for the Indianapolis 500," Jones said. "Great for Scuderia Corsa and great for myself. Thank you to Ed Carpenter Racing, to see all three cars up there is really positive. You always want to be on pole, but regardless it's great to be up there and give us a chance to fight for the win next Sunday, and that's what it's all about."
 
For Team Owner Giacomo Mattioli today's results showcase the strength of Ed Jones and the entire Scuderia Corsa and Ed Carpenter Racing team.
 
"I am very proud of Ed Jones" Mattioli said. "His efforts were fantastic in qualifying and he has been remarkable for the entire week. I am very impressed by Ed Carpenter Racing, putting all three cars in top four is a testament of amazing teamwork. We are looking forward to a strong performance next Sunday at the 103rd Indianapolis 500!"
                                                                                                                                       
The remainder of practice takes place Monday, May 20 and Friday, May 24. Sunday, May 26 is race day for the NTT IndyCar series with the green flag set to drop at 12:29 p.m. ET for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. The race is broadcast on NBC, check your local listings for details. Follow all the action on Scuderia Corsa social media channels: Twitter @Scuderia_Corsa, Facebook at Scuderia Corsa, Instagram at @Scuderia.Corsa.
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No single race has a longer tenure on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car schedule than the “Tony Hulman Classic” at western Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track.

The grand event arrives at its 49th annual edition on Wednesday, May 22, at the legendary half-mile dirt oval at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds with five former winners gunning to grab the coveted rifle awarded to the race winner.

Tyler Courtney is the defending winner of the “Hulman Classic,” leading the final nine laps after sliding by Chase Stockon in turn one on a late-race restart that came just moments after he almost saw his bid for a first victory at Terre Haute vanish before his eyes.

While running second late in the going, Courtney took evasive action to avoid a flipping lapped car.  Courtney, of Indianapolis, Ind., didn’t get away completely unscathed.  Courtney bounced his right rear off the flipping car but motored on with just a bent wheel cover.

In the post-race festivities, the traditional rifle was the first time Courtney had ever held a gun in his life.  As it turned out, Courtney was on the hunt to bag more victories at Terre Haute, which he did again during last summer’s “Indiana Sprint Week,” before rounding out the Terre Haute season with a seventh place run last September.

Steve Butler (1987-88), Levi Jones (2008-09) and Robert Ballou (2015-16) are the only previous drivers to have gone back-to-back to victory lane at the “Hulman Classic.”  Courtney just recently won the round at Eldora for his first win of the season in five attempts and appears prime to make a bid for consecutive wins.

But, several others are also in that same boat.  Ballou, of Rocklin, Calif., set fast time during qualifying of last Fall’s Terre Haute visit and is looking for his first win of the year as is 2017 “Hulman Classic” winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. who has three runner-up finishes in five starts this season.  Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. earned his first career USAC win during the 1993 “Hulman Classic” before waiting 21 years to do it again by winning in 2014.

Canton, Ill. driver Chris Windom has a “Hulman Classic” win in his back pocket, taking the 2011 race.  He was victorious in the season opener in Ocala, Fla. to get the year started off on the right foot with his new Goacher Racing team.  In fact, Windom has a total of five USAC wins at the Action Track, four total in National Sprint Cars and one in Silver Crown.

Bacon’s win at Terre Haute late last year isn’t the only one on his resume.  The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native’s first one came in 2014, one of four occasions the Dynamics, Inc. No. 69 has gone to victory lane at Terre Haute, along with Robbie Stanley in 1993, Tracy Hines in 2003 and Jerry Coons, Jr. in 2010, the latter of which is team's lone "Hulman Classic" score.

Fort Branch, Indiana’s Chase Stockon has tallied a pair of USAC Sprint wins at Terre Haute, in 2012 and 2016.  He’s itching to get his first series victory of the year and is fourth in the standings, 51 points behind point leader C.J. Leary, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tyler Courtney.

Leary, of Greenfield, Indiana, hasn’t yet won a USAC Sprint race at Terre Haute, but did reach the promised land in a Silver Crown car there, taking the 2016 “Sumar Classic” for his first win in that division.  Justin Grant, who Leary passed late in the going that particular day, is also seeking USAC Sprint win number one at Terre Haute after winning the “Sumar” in 2018.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Jason McDougal finished in the top-two in each of his first two Terre Haute appearances last season, a seventh in July and a 10th in September.  Carson Short, of Marion, Ill., has set fast time twice already this year and finished fifth last weekend in his most recent outing at Eldora.

Chad Boespflug, of Hanford, Calif., came oh-so-close to his Terre Haute breakthrough in late-2016, coming up three laps short of victory and finishing second behind Windom.  Willow Branch, Indiana’s Isaac Chapple, meanwhile, is coming off his best run of the season, an 18th to 10th run last weekend at Eldora that netted him hard charger honors.

“Tony Hulman Classic” activities get underway with pits opening at 3pm eastern, drivers meeting at 6pm and cars on track at 6:30pm, with qualifications and racing to immediately follow.  Tickets are $25 for adult general admission and $15 adult infield tickets.  Children 11 and under are FREE!  Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

A great deal is available for those who don't want to miss a single lap of "The Week of Indy.”  A Superticket is being sold for a savings of 25% off of the regular three-day prices for the Wednesday, May 22 “Tony Hulman Classic” for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at the Terre Haute Action Track, the Thursday, May 23 “Hoosier Hundred” for USAC Silver Crown at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and on Friday, May 24 for the Dave Steele “Carb Night Classic” Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

For just $60, a savings of $20, a fan will receive general admission at Terre Haute and Lucas Oil Raceway as well as a reserved seat for the Hoosier Hundred.  To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-week-of-indy-ticket-sales.

For more information on any of the events, visit http://www.trackenterprises.com/, http://www.usacracing.com/, or call the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

The Terre Haute Action Track is located at 3901 South US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN 47807.  You can reach the promoter, Track Enterprises, by phone at (217) 764-3200 and on race day at (812) 232-4040.

Watch the race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/.  Listen live on the USAC app.  Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

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Simon Pagenaud continued on his roll this May, winning the pole position for the upcoming 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso, however, will be a spectator for the May 26 race after failing to successfully qualify.

In a drama-filled Sunday afternoon that featured separate qualifying sessions to fill opposite ends of the 33-car starting grid, Pagenaud completed a four-lap Fast Nine Shootout qualification run on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway superspeedway at 229.992 mph to earn the NTT P1 Award, the 11th pole position of his 11-year Indy car career and first at the Indy 500.

Meanwhile, Sage Karam, James Hinchcliffe and Kyle Kaiser drove their way into the field with the best qualifying efforts in the Last Row Shootout, with Alonso among those whose runs came up short on speed.

INDIANAPOLIS 500 PRESENTED BY GAINBRIDGE: Starting lineup

Pagenaud delivered the 18th Indianapolis 500 pole position for Team Penske, extending the benchmark NTT IndyCar Series program's record that stands at 13 more than any other team. In addition, Pagenaud became the first Frenchman in a century to capture the Indy 500 pole, since Rene Thomas in 1919.

"Team Menards and Team Penske have been phenomenal about giving me the best equipment," said Pagenaud, who turned 35 on Saturday. "I can't thank them enough and my teammates for always pushing me to the limit. This is incredible. This is the biggest race in the world, so obviously I'm on Cloud Nine."

Pagenaud is the hottest driver in the NTT IndyCar Series, fresh off a May 11 win in the INDYCAR Grand Prix on the IMS road course. Driving the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet on the oval on Sunday, he outperformed a trio of Ed Carpenter Racing drivers who qualified second through fourth.

Pagenaud edged out Ed Carpenter, who qualified the No. 20 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet at 229.889 mph and narrowly missed winning the Indy 500 pole for a fourth time. Spencer Pigot, fastest in first-day qualifying on Saturday, ranked a career-best third Sunday in the No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet at 229.826 mph. Ed Jones was fourth in the No. 63 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet at 229.646 mph.

"I was hoping one of the three of us was going to get the pole, but finishing 2-3-4 is the next best thing," team owner/driver Carpenter said. "I'm really proud of the whole team to give us the cars we had, which put us in the position to go out and qualify the way that we did." 

Rookie Colton Herta repeated his stellar effort from Saturday, qualifying fifth on Sunday at 229.086 mph in the No. 88 GESS Capstone Honda for Harding Steinbrenner Racing. Will Power, the 2018 Indy 500 winner, rounded out the second row by qualifying sixth in the No. 12 Verizon 5G Team Penske Chevrolet (228.645 mph).

Sebastien Bourdais posted the seventh-best run in the No. 18 SealMaster Honda (228.621 mph), ahead of NTT IndyCar Series points leader Josef Newgarden in the No. 2 Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Team Penske Chevrolet (228.396 mph) and 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda (228.247 mph).

Pagenaud will lead the closest field in Indianapolis 500 history to the green flag. The time separating Pagenaud's four-lap qualifying attempt and that of slowest qualifier Pippa Mann was 1.8932 seconds, breaking the previous mark of 2.1509 seconds in 2014. The 228.240 mph speed average of the 33 qualifiers is fourth fastest in Indianapolis 500 history.

Rain delayed the start of Sunday's two qualifying sessions more than four hours. The Last Row Shootout to decide the final three drivers in the field preceded the Fast Nine Shootout, and it ended with Alonso and McLaren Racing on the outside looking in. Returning to the Indy 500 for a second time in a bid to win the last leg of racing's Triple Crown, Alonso was knocked from the field when Kaiser posted a four-lap qualifying run 0.019 of a mph faster.

Six drivers vied for the last three positions in the field. Alonso, the third to try, completed his run at 227.353 mph in the No. 66 McLaren Racing Chevrolet. It placed the Spaniard second to Hinchcliffe at the time.

Karam qualified at 227.740 mph in the No. 24 DRR WIX Filters Chevrolet, dropping Alonso onto the bubble as the 33rd qualifier. In a backup car cobbled together by his Juncos Racing crew after Kaiser crashed the primary No. 32 Chevrolet in Friday practice, Kaiser ran four laps at 227.372 mph to take the last spot away from Alonso.

"Obviously, it would be nice to be in the race next Sunday," Alonso said. "We came here to race and to challenge ourselves, and we were not quick enough. I congratulate all the other guys that did a better job, and hopefully we'll see a nice show next Sunday.

"We are all disappointed, and we will try to do better next time. But it's that kind of things that you learn. I said before, I prefer to be here - even 34th - than being at home like last year."

Kaiser called the days since his crash "the most emotional 48 hours of my life." The 2017 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires champion qualified for his second Indianapolis 500 with the small-budget Juncos team.

"I don't think I can wrap my mind around what we just did," Kaiser said. "Like I keep saying, all the credit to the team. They've been working nonstop trying to get this car ready for us and they did everything we needed to get us in this field. I'm so proud of them, so proud of everybody that helped make this happen."

The field of 33 has a two-hour practice scheduled for noon ET Monday that streams live on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold. The final practice, held traditionally on Miller Lite Carb Day, has been expanded to 90 minutes starting at 11 a.m. Friday and will be televised on NBCSN.

The 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 airs live at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 26 on NBC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

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There are several motor sport traditions that make the Memorial Day weekend one of the biggest of the year in the racing world and at Mahoning Valley Speedway, the paved ¼-mile oval in Lehighton, they too play on the custom as each season the Street Stock division gets top billing with an extra distance feature that sees the winner pocketing a nice amount of cash.

And the tradition continues this Saturday, May 25 with a 75-lap/$1000-to-win feature run for the Streeters.

Expect this to be a closely knit race too as each of the five events run thus far have been in packed formation and five different winners to date as well. Randy Schlenker, Mark Deysher, Eric Kocher, Jon Moser and Johnny Bennett have all visited Victory Lane in 2019 and each of their respective wins have been thrillers and expect much of the same come this Saturday.

Included in the night’s line-up will be Modifieds, Late Models, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks.

Front gates open at 4:00 pm. Adult grandstand admission is $18, $2 off for students, seniors 65+ and active military. Children under 10 are free. Pits will open at 11:30 am. Early paid practice ($25 per car) will be from 12:30 to 3:30. Regular warm-ups begin at 4:15. Pit admission $30 members, $40 non-members. Driver sign-ins will be from 3:00 to 4:15.

Coming up on Saturday, June 1 is the annual Fan Appreciation Night at 5:00 pm. The admission is just $8 for a night of all seven divisions.

The rain-postponed Street Stock feature from the May 4 Ward Crozier Sr. Memorial is slated for June 8.

Please log onto the official Mahoning Valley Speedway website at www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway for updated info. Mahoning Valley Speedway is located on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Lehighton.

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