A North Carolina tractor company has found a second home in South Boston.

Battleboro, North Carolina’s LS Tractor USA recently partnered with South Boston Speedway and NASCAR father-son combination Ward and Jeb Burton.

“We are so excited to welcome LS Tractor USA to the South Boston Speedway family,” said Cathy Rice, general manager of South Boston Speedway.

LS Tractor will be the presenting sponsor of the speedway’s event on September 7, the GCR Presents LS Tractor USA NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s.

The award-winning tractor manufacturer has also become the official tractor provider for South Boston Speedway, providing the track with one of its steel-made tractors for use around the facility.

A South Boston business, Ratliff Service Center, a LS distributor, delivered the tractor and will handle service and maintenance of the machine. Ratliff Service Center is owned by Ronnie Ratliff, a former Late Model competitor at South Boston Speedway.

“I think it is going to help us and all LS dealers quite a bit,” Ratliff said of the new partnership. “We’ve all needed a little extra exposure, and this is going to help.”

Jeb Burton, co-owner of the No. 97 Sellers-Burton Racing Late Model entry at South Boston and competitor in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for JR Motorsports, has partnered with LS Tractor along with his father Ward, a Daytona 500 winner.

LS Tractor will be on the hood of Jeb’s JR Motorsports Xfinity car as primary sponsor for two races and associate sponsor for four races.

The younger Burton brought immediate success to the LS Tractor partnership when he drove to a top-10 finish at Michigan International Speedway on June 8.

Fans will be able to spot one of LS Tractors bright blue machines in the infield at South Boston Speedway July 27 for the Italian Delight Family Restaurant Presents “National Night Out” NASCAR Late Model 100.

All emergency services personnel showing proper ID will be admitted for only $5. Other tickets are $10 for adults with children 12-and-under admitted free with a paying adult.

The night of racing will feature a 100-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division. The Limited Sportsman Division competitors will battle it out in a 50-lap race. Twin 15-lap races are set for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a 15-lap race is on tap for the Budweiser Hornets Division competitors.

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This coming Saturday, July 20, Macon Speedway will be hosting the 5th Annual “KERBYSTRONG 100”, an event that doubles as a fundraiser for the KERBYSTRONG Foundation, for colon cancer awareness.  Inspire, educate, and support are the three words that make up the mission of the KERBYSTRONG Foundation, in memory of long-time area racer Kerby Damery.  The 2019 edition will feature special events with extra pay for the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, and Sportsman.  Three other classes will also race.

For the first time in KERBYSTRONG 100 history, the Decatur Building Trades Big Ten Pro Late Models will be headlining the event.  Typically, the event featured a Super Late Model show but they have been swapped out for Pro Late Models at this year’s event.  The 50-lap race will pay $2,000 to win and $200 to start with a very strong payout throughout the field.  Previous winners for the headlining event include Scott Schmitt, Jason Feger, Ryan Unzicker, and Rusty Schlenk.  This year’s winner will come from a very competitive crop of Pro Late drivers.

The BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds will be running a 25-lap feature, paying $700 to win and $100 to start.  Leading the list of favorites to claim the top prize will be New Berlin, IL’s Tommy Sheppard, Jr., who leads the points and has won seven out of eleven features this year.  Alan Crowder follows him in the standings, while Tim Hancock, Sr., Curt Rhodes, and Zach Rhodes complete the top five.

Scott Landers leads the Sportsman into Saturday night’s action but has yet to pick up a feature win in 2019.  Landers consistency of five top fives in six starts have put him atop the standings.  Fellow Taylorville, IL drivers, Tim Bedinger and Mitch Ringler, are second and third in points, while Dennis Vandermeersch and Terry Myers complete the top five.

Rounding out Saturday’s action will be the Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modifieds, Archers Alley Street Stocks, and Hornets.  Saturday’s event marks the start of a busy week in racing for the Track Enterprises gang as action will pick back up this Sunday at Lincoln, then on Wednesday at the Christian County Fair as well as Terre Haute, followed by the Summer Nationals make-up at Lincoln Thursday, and back to Macon next Saturday for a Sprint Car/Midget doubleheader.

Pit gates will open Saturday at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, the drivers meeting will be at 5:45, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing at 7:00.  Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.”

For more on Corey Heim, please like him on Facebook (Corey Heim Racing) and follow him on Instagram (@corey.heim) and Twitter (@coreyheim3).

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) and follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace). Also, visit the new ChadBryantRacing.com.

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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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