Kyle Busch will be going green this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon when he returns for the fourth of six races with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) founding sponsor Interstate Batteries’ familiar green-and-white striped Toyota Camry.
Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota for JGR. heads into Sunday’s Foxwoods Casino Resort 301 looking to continue his torrid pace this Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season by adding yet another notch to the win column at one of his most successful tracks. Interstate Batteries’ colors are already in the win column in 2019 via Busch’s March victory at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, which also happened to mark his 200th career victory in NASCAR top three touring series. Busch has four Cup Series wins so far this season, a number matched only among Cup Series competitors by JGR teammate Martin Truex Jr.
The New Hampshire track affectionately dubbed the “Magic Mile” has certainly lived up to its billing for Busch. In 2015, he and his team used hard work and a little bit of luck to bring home what would be his second of three Cup Series wins in a row during a summer hot streak that would ultimately springboard him to that year’s Cup Series championship.
The 2015 New Hampshire victory was Busch’s second Cup Series win on the 1.058-mile oval, the first coming in just his third start there in July 2006, and in dominating fashion as he led 107 laps. After that 2006 win, the Las Vegas native left with plenty of confidence that he could get multiple New Hampshire wins as his career progressed. As it turned out, he was winless there over the next 17 races, which included a number of near-misses.
Still, the driver of the Interstate Batteries Toyota posted five top-five finishes in those 17 starts between New Hampshire wins, including three runner-up finishes in a row in 2013 and 2014 before breaking through for the aforementioned 2015 win, and then adding his first playoff victory at the track in September 2017 after leading 187 of the 300 laps in an impressive performance. In all, Busch has 11 top-five finishes and 15 top-10s in 27 starts at New Hampshire.
This part of the season happens to be the hottest for Cup Series competitors with many race venues seeing higher July temperatures, which is also the case for race fans heading out on their vacation road trips. The summer months can be taxing on both man and machine, whether it’s on the highway or at the track. Caring for the latter is one of the ways JGR founding partner Interstate Batteries leverages its NASCAR program, reminding consumers to have their batteries checked during the hot summer months at a local dealer prior to their summer road trips.
So, as NASCAR’s top series heads to the Northeast for Sunday’s 301-mile race, Busch will look to rekindle the magic he last enjoyed during this time of year in 2015. There will be plenty of Interstate Batteries distributors and dealers across New England cheering him on as he looks to add yet another New Hampshire win to his resume.
ARCA Menards Series Championship Leader Michael Self Excited for Combination Weekend with IndyCar at Iowa Speedway17 Jul 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
The ARCA Menards Series annual visit to the seven-eighths mile Iowa Speedway is, as often the case, part of a double-header with another racing series. Most of the time, the ARCA teams race in conjunction with series that have fenders over their wheels such as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR XFINITY Series, the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, and even short track touring series such as the ARCA/CRA Super Series and occasionally the open wheel USAC Silver Crown Series. But at Iowa, it’s perhaps the most unique doubleheader of the entire season.
The Fans with Benefits 150, scheduled for Friday night at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT, will open the two-day shared weekend with the NTT Data IndyCar Series, which is set to close the weekend with the Iowa 300 on Saturday night at 7 pm ET/6 pm CT.
For drivers in both series, if gives them a chance to see a completely different discipline of racing up close and personal.
While ARCA drivers don’t shy away from speeds at or above 180 miles per hour – pole speeds at Daytona, Talladega, and Michigan routinely approach 185 miles per hour – the IndyCar drivers will reach that at Iowa. Perhaps it’s not surprising that stock cars would exceed 180 miles per hour on tracks that are two miles in length and longer, but when Iowa’s length – just seven-eighths of a mile – is taken into consideration, the speeds IndyCar drivers reach are all that much more impressive. That’s a feat that drivers such as series championship leader Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) watches with tremendous respect.
“I definitely like watching them,” Self said. “It’s cool to go see those guys and think ‘what if’ and think back to my open wheel days. I have a little different appreciation for them than some of the other guys because of my open wheel background. It’s great to be partnered with them at Iowa. It’s a little different and a very unique weekend for us.”
For their part, the IndyCar drivers pay attention to what’s going on with the stock cars as well, even if they don’t get to sit, relax, and watch like race fans do. One of the biggest reasons they as a group will observe the action is to see where the bigger, heavier stock cars are running on the track. They need to see where ARCA’s General Tire rubber is being laid down before they take to the track with speeds approaching 200 miles per hour. The IndyCar Series uses a different tire manufacturer and the differing rubber compounds could lead to some anxious moments if they aren’t careful. But the combination of two vastly different types of racing on the same weekend is seen as a huge win for the track’s fans.
“I know for us, the biggest thing is the different rubber on the track,” Ed Carpenter, driver of the No. 20 Autogeek Chevrolet for his own Ed Carpenter Racing team said. “I’m sure it’s the same the other way when we’ve been running with our rubber on the track. It changes the grip level initially, so we need to be aware of how it changes the track conditions. Overall it’s just a great experience for the fans to see different types of racing on the same weekend.”
Self has a lot of experience in various forms of racing, starting in go-karts and transitioning into lower open wheel formulae before making the change into stock cars when he was eighteen years old. That open wheel experience gives him an added level of respect for what the top-level IndyCar drivers can do.
“When I go coaching with the Trans Am Series, there are a handful of races with IndyCar,” he said. “We race at Detroit the same time they do. IndyCar will run after our race on Saturday and Sunday. Usually between practices we’ll go wander the garage. It’s open to the fans and you can walk through and look at the setups and get up close. They put out their floors and these big tents and the fans can see in. We usually stay and watch the races and see them up close. It’s a cool atmosphere. It’s very unique and fun to watch.”
Despite his open wheel and road racing background, Self eventually transitioned into stock cars, for no other reason than he and his family thought stock car racing on ovals would be fun to try.
“It was growing up and watching stock cars,” he said. “I liked watching NASCAR and it was something I always wanted to try. I had fun driving a Focus Midget on ovals and it was something I wanted to try. Don’t get me wrong, I love road racing and I’d like to do more of it, but we tried stock car racing and really enjoyed it. That’s what we decided we wanted to do and we gave it a try.”
Self’s transition into stock cars eventually led him to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. He has eight career NKNPSW wins including two at Iowa Speedway. He has two previous ARCA Menards Series starts and finished fourth in 2017 but was a disappointing 18th last season.
“I need to stop wrecking every time I go there,” Self said with a laugh. “Last year I led a bunch of laps and wrecked us and the 18 (Riley Herbst). We had the two best cars and ended our day early. The year before I wrecked early, then got back up to the lead and wrecked again. I need to put a full race together and run all the laps. That would be a start.”
Practice at Iowa Speedway is scheduled for 12:45 pm ET/11:45 am CT with General Tire Pole Qualifying to follow at 4:45 pm ET/3:45 pm CT and the Fans with Benefits 150 to close the night at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT. The race will be televised live flag to flag on MAVTV. ARCA for Me members can access free live timing & scoring, track updates, and live user chat at ARCARacing.com. New members can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login. Discounted tickets are available by using coupon code MENARDS15 on any ticket purchase at IowaSpeedway.com, including Saturday’s Iowa 300 for the NNT IndyCar Series.
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Harlem Globetrotters bring their one-of-a-kind entertainment to Dover International Speedway on Oct. 6 before Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race17 Jul 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
The Harlem Globetrotters, the legendary basketball team that wows fans of all ages with its ball skills, trick shots, comedy and more, will return to Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 6, as part of the Monster Mile’s 50th Anniversary celebration.
The team will bring a series of performances titled the “Globetrotters Experience,” a live 30-minute show which encapsulates the team’s one-of-a-kind basketball artistry, high-flying dunks and side-splitting court on-court antics, to Dover International Speedway’s 8-acre FanZone on Oct. 6 before that day’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race is the fourth race of the 10-race postseason schedule, the first race in the Round of 12, and also the 100th NASCAR Cup Series race in track history. Dover International Speedway will be just the 10th track in the United States to host 100 or more NASCAR Cup Series races.
The Globetrotters, first organized in the 1926, perform more than 400 shows around the world each year with its distinctive red, white and blue uniforms. The exhibition team is known for its colorful personalities, audience interaction and supreme basketball skills. The Globetrotters also made multiple appearances around the Monster Mile on Sunday, May 5, but their on-court performances were canceled due to rain.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming the Harlem Globetrotters back to the Monster Mile and hope to see many families in the crowd when they perform their free shows in the FanZone on Oct. 6,” said Dover International Speedway President and CEO Mike Tatoian.
In addition to the Harlem Globetrotters performances, Dover will host a string of planned events and celebrations during the Oct. 4-6 NASCAR tripleheader weekend. In addition to the special gold Monster trophies given to the race winners, fans can also enjoy the following attractions:
- Winston Cup Mobile Museum (All weekend): Displays classic race cars, artifacts, photos and mementos from more than 30 years of NASCAR history. Winston (R.J. Reynolds) was the primary sponsor of the NASCAR Cup Series from 1971 through 2003.
- Bear Hollow Wood Carvers (Oct. 5-6): Skilled chainsaw artists create one-of-a-kind sculptures, both small and large. Auctions to be held throughout the weekend on selected works.
- Expanded Monster Mile Youth Nation (All weekend): A youth area designed for NASCAR fans age 12 and under. It’s free to explore on race weekend for the next generation of fans and features a wide variety of fun activities for kids to enjoy. Remember, youth tickets are free for Friday and Saturday races and start at just $10 for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
- Micro Wrestling Federation (Oct. 5-6): Shows feature high-flying action, body slams and leaps from the top rope. Formed in 2000, the Micro Wrestling Federation features an entire cast of athletes and performers under 5 feet tall.
The Oct. 4-6 NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Dover International Speedway also includes the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff race on Saturday, Oct. 5 and the K&N Pro Series East season finale on Friday, Oct. 4.
For tickets or more information on Monster Mile events and 50th Anniversary activities, call (800) 441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com. You can also keep up with track activities at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway, or on Twitter and Instagram at @MonsterMile.
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Fresh off a top-10 finish in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) last week at Kentucky Speedway, Rette Jones Racing (RJR) and driver Spencer Davis (@SpencerDavis_29) are ready to get back down to business in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East United Site Services 70 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS).
The Dawsonville, Ga. native eyes his return to the “Magic Mile” as the opportunity to recover from a disappointing 14th place finish in the K&N East most recent race at Memphis (Tenn.) International Raceway where he dropped from third to sixth in points following a mechanical failure.
Regrouped and ready to attack, Davis is turning to New Hampshire to return to championship form and put his Rette Jones Racing team in Victory Lane.
“I’m looking forward to New Hampshire, especially coming off a very good weekend at Kentucky,” said Davis. “It seems like it’s been forever since we’ve been on track in the K&N East Series – but I’m glad the business is getting back to normal on Saturday and I’m hopeful for a good finish.”
With a race being cut from the schedule in June, Davis knows that he has less opportunity to not only win a race but bounce back from their Memphis misfortune. Still, with plenty of racing on-deck between New Hampshire and the season-finale at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in three months, Davis says his team won’t go down without a fight.
“It’s going to take a lot of effort, but we’re going to make a big push towards this championship,” added Davis. “Mark and the guys have been busting their tails to get our No. 30 Ford Fusion ready for New Hampshire and we know Saturday’s race is about winning – but also about potential too.
“It’s going to be tough to claw back into the title hopes, but we’re not going down without a fight.”
Set for his 38th career K&N Eat Series start; Davis will make his sixth at Loudon’s 1.0-mile speedway. In his previous five runs, he one top-five and three top-10 finishes, including a track-best third last July.
Hoping to finish what he started last summer, Davis is hungry for his second career K&N East victory.
“Even though New Hampshire is a relatively flat race track, it’s not that easy to drive,” proclaimed Davis. “It’s all about how you carry your car off the corners and roll that straightaway. You need to have a good balance and plenty of speed that you can into the corners.
“Track positions is everything at New Hampshire too. It’s pretty hard to pass, even sometimes with a bumper – but it provides great racing and I don’t think many will complain about that.”
Davis’s efforts behind the wheel of the No. 30 Ford for NHMS will be supported by ALLPRO Corporation and Tower Sealants.
ALLPRO Corporation is a business-to-business purchasing cooperative comprised of a network of independently owned paint and decorating product retailers. They serve over 280 such member retailers who represent approximately 1,400 storefronts located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and parts of Europe.
Tower Sealants is a manufacturer of top-quality caulks and sealants. With the strong financial backing of M-D Building Products, Tower Sealants started construction of its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in September of 2005 and opened for business March 1, 2006.
“We’re ready for New Hampshire,” added Rette. “Our team’s hard work at Kentucky were rewarded with a good finish. We hope to go to New Hampshire and do more of the same. Spencer is really good at New Hampshire and we feel we’re bringing him a really fast No. 30 ALLPRO | Tower Sealants Ford Fusion and look forward to an opportunity to score our first career win on Saturday afternoon.”
RJR is co-owned by Canadian entrepreneur and former race car driver Terry Jones.
In 37 career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts, Davis has earned one victory (Dominion (Va.) Raceway 2016), two poles, achieved 17 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes. He has also 224 laps led in event competition.
Davis also has eight NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) starts to his credit – four in 2018 driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), two in 2019 for Rette Jones Racing and one for Niece Motorsports. He earned three top-10 finishes including a career-best of seventh in his series’ debut at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
The United Site Services 70 (70 laps | 70 miles) is the sixth of 12 races on the 2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. Practice begins for the two-day show on Fri., July 19 from 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. A final practice has been etched in from 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the night at approximately 7:05 p.m. The race will take the green flag on Sat., July 20 following the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) race at approximately 6:45 p.m. The event will be televised live on FansChoice.TV, while on a tape-delayed basis on NBC Sports Network (NCBSN) on Wed., July 24 at 6:00 p.m. (ET).
For more information on Spencer Davis, please check out his Facebook page (Spencer Davis Racing) or on Instagram @spencerdavis_29.
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The latest on Rette Jones Racing is available at RetteJonesRacing.com, the team’s Facebook page or Twitter @RetteJones30.
A photo finish and a smoke-billowing burnout contest thrilled the crowd in Tuesday’s seventh round of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway. On First Responders Night presented by Disconnect and Drive, a burnout contest among two members of area police – Cabarrus County Sheriff Van Shaw and Maj. Bobby Ledwell from the Concord Police Department – set the stage for a first-place battle in the Boston Reid Real Estate Pro division feature that kept fans on their feet as the laps wound down.
Davis Rochester dropped the hammer on the field on Tuesday night. Rochester’s No. 97 Legend Car asserted its dominance in the early going of the 25-lap feature and appeared to have the victory in hand before a caution with one lap to go bunched up the field and gave points leader Carson Ferguson one final shot at Rochester.
He took the shot. Ferguson slotted in behind Rochester entering Turn 1 but couldn’t complete the pass through Turn 2. As the leaders entered Turn 3, Ferguson dove to the inside and dueled side-by-side with Rochester coming to the finish line, but Rochester held on for his first win of the season by a razor-thin 0.036 seconds.
“I knew (Ferguson) was going to push me hard into Turn 1,” Rochester said after the race. “I drove it in way too deep and he kind of got to my inside. I knew he was coming at me again in 3 so I sort of braced myself.
“I was trying to hold on and hopefully not go more than one groove up. It was great racing. I’m glad he didn’t just send me. He raced me clean.”
Mark Green wired the field in the Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company Masters division feature, keeping a hard-charging title rival Robby Faggart behind him for the balance of the 25-lap race. Faggart tracked down Green in the final circuits, but Green's dwindling advantage was more strategy than circumstance.
“You only have to beat them by half a foot, so I was just trying to keep the pace and take care of the car for the last few laps,” Green said.
Janson Marchbanks bagged his second consecutive PMG Young Lions triumph after Zack Miracle’s last-turn bid for victory fell 0.241 seconds short at the line.
“Farbo Motorsports does a great job setting this thing up and getting it to turn through the corner,” Marchbanks said. “It doesn’t get any better than that.”
Braden Rogers collected a hotly contested VP Racing Fuels Semi-Pro feature after a wild battle for the win among Rogers, points leader Jason Alder and fellow championship contender Gracie Trotter. With one lap to go, Rogers nudged Alder and got beside him entering Turn 1 – but Trotter dove to the inside of both cars and appeared to have the best shot at victory.
Instead, Trotter’s car made contact with Rogers’, sending Trotter’s red-and-white No. 11 flipping. Trotter was unhurt. U.S. Legend Cars officials named Rogers the winner ahead of Alder.
“This is my favorite win, beating the best out there,” Rogers said. “I can’t thank my family, Farbo Motorsports, everyone watching me, enough for their support. I just hope it opens the door for me for a late model, a truck, anything.”
Farm Bureau Bandolero Outlaws points leader Garin Mash stalked Cameron Murray over the final three laps of Tuesday’s feature, but Mash couldn’t find a way past Murray’s blue-and-DayGlo-red No. 04 Bandolero.
“I just had to hit my marks, make sure everything was right and come out on top,” Murray said. “It’s awesome to finally get a win. I’ve been racing here for three years.”
Luke Morey was sent to the rear of the field in the final two laps of the the K1 RaceGear Bandolero Bandits feature after contact with Layton Harrison while the two battled for the lead. Truett Miranda restarted up front and held on in the final circuits to snare his first victory of the season.
“I was shocked,” Miranda said after he inherited the lead under unexpected circumstances. “I just had to hold the inside line and floor it.”
Payton Johnson claimed Tuesday night’s Beginner Bandolero feature ahead of Jonathan Pedano.
Next Tuesday’s Bojangles’ Summer Shootout on July 23 presented by iFLY features a thrilling Faster Pastor school bus slobberknocker on the frontstretch quarter-mile.
Gates open at 5 p.m. with opening ceremonies scheduled for 6:15 p.m.
Tickets, which cost only $8 for adults and are FREE for kids 13 and under, can be purchased at the gate or in advance by calling 800-455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.
Follow all the thrilling Bojangles’ Summer Shootout action using the hashtags #LetsBoRacing, #WeCreateLegends and #MyTrackMyRoots. Connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or get all the latest news and information with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.
Boston Reid Real Estate Pro (25 Laps): 1. Davis Rochester; 2. Carson Ferguson; 3. Daniel Wilk; 4. Joey Padgett; 5. Ryan Mackintosh; 6. Caleb Heady; 7. Bubba Wallace; 8. Reid Wilson; 9. Vince Midas; 10. Harrison Halder; 11. Bryson Ruff; 12. Daniel Silvestri; 13. Gus Dean; 14. Jason Simmons; 15. Hudson Halder
Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company Masters (25 Laps): 1. Mark Green; 2. Robby Faggart; 3. Tom Pistone; 4. Todd Midas; 5. Carl Cormier; 6. Dwayne Holder; 7. Jan Ingram; 8. Craig Bruce; 9. Jon Craig; 10. Danny Cisson; 11. Charles Parker; 12. Jeff Knight
PMG Young Lions (25 Laps): 1. Janson Marchbanks; 2. Zack Miracle; 3. Landon Rapp; 4. Jaiden Reyna; 5. Sam Butler; 6. Austin Macdonald; 7. Tommy Good; 8. Kade Brown; 9. Jake Bollman; 10. Conner Jones; 11. Jake Waltman; 12. William Cox; 13. Jason Chapman; 14. Ethan Norfleet; 15. Christina Pedano; 16. Lacy Kuehl; 17. David Sullivan; 18. Molly Lindner; 19. Tyler Chapman
VP Racing Fuel Semi-Pro (24 Laps): 1. Braden Rogers; 2. Jason Alder; 3. Di Canipe; 4. Landen Lewis; 5. Isabella Robusto; 6. Craig Biryla; 7. Nick Craig; 8. Blake Lothian; 9. Justin Gareis; 10. Austin Saunders; 11. Dacin Roberson; 12. Toni Breidinger; 13. Carson Poindexter; 14. Daniel Knight; 15. Garrett Lowe; 16. William Robusto; 17. Joshua Plummer; 18. Hayden Swank; 19. Jordan Plummer; 20. Gracie Trotter; 21. Adam Welch; 22. Rajah Caruth; 23. Cutter Love; 24. Cole Dockery; 25. Justin Laduke; 26. Justice Calabro
Farm Bureau Bandolero Outlaws (20 Laps): 1. Cameron Murray; 2. Garin Mash; 3. Jadyn Daniels; 4. Parker Eatmon; 5. Trevor Wester; 6. Zac Fowler; 7. Sean Abell; 8. Connor Yonchuk; 9. Carson Ramsey; 10. Skyler Chaney; 11. Natasha Elder; 12. Fran Pedano; 13. Carter Russo; 14. Madison Miracle; 15. Santiago Hill; 16. Logan Clark; 17. Wyatt Philyaw; 18. Whitney Meggs
K1 RaceGear Bandolero Bandits (20 Laps): 1. Truett Miranda; 2. Jacob Bradley; 3. Tristan McKee; 4. Kaleb Bradley; 5. Layton Harrison; 6. Aiden Garcia; 7. Alex Meggs; 8. Luke Morey; 9. Bobby Elder; 10. Nate Honeycutt; 11. Lucas Vera; 12. Kenton Case; 13. Hank Hall
Beginner Bandolero A-Main (15 laps): 1. Payton Johnson; 2. Jonathan Pedano; 3. Chris Kuhn; 4. Colt Johnson; 5. Finn Buckley; 6. Julianna Case; 7. Hunter Jordan; 8. Cal Dejarnett; 9. Seth Helms; 10. Ava Grace Tobias; 11. Alison Johnson; 12. Natalie Richard
This is the time of year every Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver’s thoughts and dreams turn to Homestead-Miami Speedway, where the season’s 36-race schedule culminates Nov. 17 in a four-driver, winner-take-all race for the series championship.
“Winning a championship is the reason we are in this sport,” said No. 14 Toco Warranty/Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) driver Clint Bowyer. “It’s why everyone puts in these long hours during a long season. Winning a championship is what we dreamed about ever since we started racing. It was a great feeling to win the Xfinity title in 2008 and I can’t imagine the feeling of satisfaction you would get by winning a Cup title.”
To make those dreams come true, Bowyer’s first step is qualifying for the 16-driver, 10-race NASCAR Cup Series playoffs that begin Sept. 15 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With just seven races remaining in the regular season, Bowyer is on the edge as the 14th-place driver in the playoff standings. There’s time to gain or lose valuable positions as he sits only 10 points ahead of the 17th-place driver but only 61 points behind the 10th-place driver.
Once he’s in the playoffs, Bowyer will need to advance through three, three-race rounds that whittle the field from 16 drivers to four. It’s a tall task, but the No. 14 team has shown speed in 2019, posting five top-five finishes. Only six drivers have more top-fives than Bowyer.
This weekend, the Cup Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, where Bowyer has enjoyed a great deal of success on the “Magic Mile.” He won the New Hampshire fall races in 2007 and 2010 and has posted four top-five finishes and nine top-10s in 25 starts. One of his two career poles came at New Hampshire on Sept. 16, 2007.
He arrives at New Hampshire after finishing sixth at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta Saturday night. Bowyer started seventh and was forced to take the wave-around early in the race to return to the lead lap. But he rallied thanks to good driving and great race strategy, finishing fifth in Stage 2. He led the first 40 laps of the final stage before finishing sixth.
Bowyer knows success in Loudon this weekend is key to securing one of the playoff positions.
“We dug ourselves a hole in June and we are trying to climb out of it,” he said. “We aren’t a 16th-place team. I know we are better than that. I believe we’ll be in the playoffs, but we want to be on a roll when they start. We want that momentum going in. A win this weekend in Loudon makes this summer a lot more fun.”
At Loudon this weekend, Bowyer will carry the colors of Toco Warranty, whose Toco All-Star Sweepstakes offers fans a chance to get to Homestead. One lucky winner and guest will attend the season finales of the World of Outlaws World Finals Nov. 8 to 9 at The Dirt Track near Charlotte, North Carolina, as guests of Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) before jetting off to South Florida to see the NASCAR season finale Nov. 16 and 17 in Homestead with Bowyer and SHR.
To register, fans simply need to go to www.TocoWarranty.com. A winner will be drawn by 5 p.m. EDT on Sept. 16.
Toco Warranty partnered with SHR and TSR earlier this year. The provider of pay-as-you-go vehicle repair coverage is a primary partner of Bowyer and the No. 14 team of SHR and the co-primary partner of Donny Schatz and TSR’s No. 15 Winged Sprint car. Toco Warranty is also an associate sponsor of Tony Stewart, who is competing in more than 90 Winged Sprint car races this year.
“We’re all sweating getting to Homestead, but Toco Warranty is making it super easy for a fan to join us,” Bowyer said. “Homestead is a great race and you’ll watch the championship battle. Plus, it’s hard to beat South Florida in November.”
Consumers demand affordable monthly payments and Toco Warranty offers an easy online experience via its website, www.TocoWarranty.com. It is where customers can purchase and review their vehicle service contract, manage online payments and access dedicated customer concierge services.
Brody Roa seemed to be on his way to another top finish in the combined USAC/CRA - USAC Southwest Series race last Saturday at Perris Auto Speedway until a mechanical setback knocked him out of the 30-lap main event. Less than 24 hours later, the team put the disappointment in its rear-view mirror and left for the Midwest to compete with the USAC National Sprint Car Series for nine races on nine different tracks in 11 nights.
Three-digit temperatures greeted the 25 sprint car teams and early arriving fans at the track that is located on the edge of the desert, 70 miles east of Los Angeles. Garden Grove, California resident Roa drew a late number for qualifying but still managed to time in 10 fastest with a lap of 17.287. He then placed third in his heat race. However, his qualifying time dictated that he had to start 10th in a field that was stacked with heavy hitters upfront.
As soon as the race began, Roa, 28, began navigating his way towards the head of the howling pack. Staying on the high side of the racetrack for the most part, he picked up one spot on the first lap. By the end of lap five, he was up to fifth. Clearly one of the fastest cars on the track, he moved into fourth on the eighth circuit.
Roa’s path towards the front of the field continued when he dove to the inside and made another pass going into turn one on lap 12. At that point, he had steered his green #91R car from 10th all the way up to third with more than half of the race still remaining. Unfortunately, that ended up being his last hurrah for the night. As he was about to complete the 13th lap, he suddenly slowed on the front straightaway and coasted silently into the pits. His race was done and he ended up with a frustrating 18th place finish.
On the bright side, it was only Roa’s fourth finish out of the top five in 18 sprint car starts in 2019.
Going into the night, the fan-friendly driver had a one-point lead in the USAC/CRA Series and a 53-point lead in the Southwest Series. Heading into the next race for each, which is at Perris on August 17th, his lead is nine-points in the Southwest Series. He is now second in the USAC/CRA Series and trails the leader by 49-points.
Ideally, if the car escaped unscathed on Saturday, the team would have done routine maintenance, cleaned it up and packed it into the trailer with the other car and left for Ohio in the daytime. However, repairs had to be made so they did not hit the road until about 9:00 P.M. Sunday evening.
Roa, crew chief Zac Bozanich and Joe Gibb are driving the hauler back to the Midwest. Brett Roa, Brody’s dad, will fly into Indiana where the boys will pick him up at the airport on Tuesday. From there they will proceed to Ohio’s Eldora Speedway for a race on Wednesday night. After Eldora, they will head west to Indiana the following day for the start of “Indiana Sprint Week.” You can see the team’s full Midwest schedule with a track directory below.
Roa’s best finishes at “Indiana Sprint Week” the last two years have both come at the Lawrenceburg Speedway. In 2017 he placed eighth at the Southern Indiana oval and last year he took ninth there.
At each stop along the way, colorful Brody Roa t-shirts will be for sale. In addition, they will have delicious “Bill’s Smokey Mountain Jerky” available at every track.
NBC Sports Presents Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Racing From "The Magic Mile" in New Hampshire this Saturday, July 21, at 3 P.M. ET on NBCSN16 Jul 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Coming off last week’s thrilling finish between Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch at Kentucky Speedway, NBC Sports heads to ”The Magic Mile” in Loudon, N.H., this weekend to present live coverage of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway this Sunday, July 21, at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. NBC Sports will super-serve fans with more than 18 hours of trackside coverage this week, including Xfinity Series racing from New Hampshire this Saturday, July 20, at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Entering Sunday’s Cup Series race, Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Ford Mustang for Team Penske, leads the regular season standings with 746 points and 2 wins, followed by Kyle Busch (735 points, 4 wins) and Kevin Harvick (645 points, 0 wins), who won in New Hampshire last year. They will battle against Brad Keselowski (630 points, 3 wins), Denny Hamlin (627 points, 2 wins) and Martin Truex Jr. (618 points, 4 wins). Both Busch and Truex Jr. earned Top-5 finishes in last year’s New Hampshire race.
Last weekend, Kurt Busch edged out brother Kyle Busch in an overtime thriller at Kentucky Speedway. This was Kurt Busch’s first win of the season, his first win with Chip Ganassi Racing, and the first Cup Series win for his crew chief, Matt McCall.
NASCAR CUP SERIES RACING FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE – SUNDAY AT 3 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series coverage begins Friday at 12:15 p.m. ET with the first practice on NBCSN, followed by qualifying at 4:30 p.m. ET and NASCAR America on-site from New Hampshire at 5:30 p.m. ET. Coverage continues Saturday at 10 a.m. ET on CNBC with the second practice for the Cup Series, and shifts to NBCSN with NASCAR America at 12 p.m. ET, and final practice at 12:30 p.m. ET.
Sunday’s race-day coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. ET with NASCAR America live from the Peacock Pit Box on Pit Road. Countdown to Green begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN leading into live coverage of the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at 3 p.m. ET. NBCSN will present a half-hour post-race show at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by NASCAR Victory Lap at 7 p.m. ET.
Pre-race coverage on NASCAR America and Countdown to Green will include:
- The latest edition of “Behind the Driver” featuring New England native Ryan Preece;
- An essay on grassroots racing in New England voiced by NASCAR Hall of Famer Ken Squier - featuring his home track, Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vt. - as part of NBC Sports and NASCAR’s #MyTrackMyRoots Grassroots Racing Tour;
- The Toyota Joyride with Jeff Burton around New Hampshire Motor Speedway, featuring U.S. Paralympic Gold Medalist Dave Brown.
NBC Sports’ lead race announcer Rick Allen will call the action alongside Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte. 21-time Cup Series race winner Jeff Burton and racing legend and two-time Daytona 500 Champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. will provide commentary from a second booth.
NBC Sports’ NASCAR pre-race host Krista Voda, auto racing icon Kyle Petty, and NBC analyst and Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett will host NASCAR America as well as all pre- and post-race coverage. Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, and Dave Burns.
NBCSports.com lead motorsports writer Nate Ryan will contribute news reports throughout race weekend, and features reporter Rutledge Wood will bring viewers a collection of off-track stories during race coverage from New Hampshire.
XFINITY SERIES RACING FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE – SATURDAY AT 4 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBC Sports’ Xfinity Series coverage from New Hampshire begins Friday with first practice at 1 p.m. ET, followed by final practice at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Race day coverage kicks off Saturday at 11:15 a.m. ET with qualifying, followed by Countdown to Green at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Live Xfinity Series racing begins at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Cole Custer earned his series-leading fifth win of the 2019 season last weekend at Kentucky Speedway.
NASCAR VICTORY LAP RETURNS TO NBCSN THIS SUNDAY HOSTED BY DANIELLE TROTTA
NASCAR Victory Lap, NBC Sports’ weekly NASCAR recap show, returns this Sunday night on NBCSN following the Cup Series race from New Hampshire. Similar to NASCAR America Motormouths, Victory Lap encourages fans to call in with questions and discuss the race’s biggest stories with NBC Sports’ hosts and analysts.
Danielle Trotta will serve as the primary host for NASCAR Victory Lap this season. Trotta currently serves as a host with NBC Sports Boston where her roles include co-host of the network’s nightly studio show, Boston Sports Tonight. Trotta also co-hosts “On Track,” SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s daily midday program. AJ Allmendinger and Parker Kligerman will join Trotta for this Sunday’s episode of NASCAR Victory Lap at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Trotta will make her NBCSN debut on Thursday’s 5 p.m. ET edition of NASCAR America Motorsports Hour.
DALE JARRETT FEATURED GUEST ON DALE JR. DOWNLOAD TODAY AT 5 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Today’s episode of the Dale Jr. Download at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN will feature NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and NBC Sports NASCAR analyst Dale Jarrett. Jarrett, the 1999 NASCAR Cup Series champion and three-time Daytona 500 winner, discusses his illustrious career and path to NASCAR stardom. Click here to watch a preview of today’s episode.
Produced on-site at Dirty Mo Media Studios in Mooresville, N.C., the Dale Jr. Download on NBCSN takes viewers couch-side for the taping of the motorsports icon’s weekly podcast, featuring unparalleled perspective, candid commentary, and insight that fans have come to expect from Dale Jr.
NASCAR AMERICA MOTORMOUTHS FEATURES SPECIAL GUEST KYLE BUSCH WEDNESDAY AT 5 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Coming off his battle with brother Kurt Busch at Kentucky on Saturday, tomorrow’s episode of NASCAR America Motormouths at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN will feature special guest Kyle Busch. The 2015 NASCAR Cup Series champion will join Rutledge Wood and Kyle Petty to answer fan questions and discuss current topics in NASCAR. Motormouths are all about the viewers, providing regular opportunities for fans to call in to NASCAR America and speak with hosts, analysts, and a rotation of current drivers live on NBCSN.
JACKPOT FOR “NASCAR PICK ‘EM” FREE-TO-PLAY GAME ON NBC SPORTS PREDICTOR APP SWELLS TO $30,000 FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE
NBC Sports has launched the free-to-play NASCAR Pick ’Em game, where fans can win upwards of $10,000 by making the right picks for each week’s NASCAR Cup Series race.
- For each race stage, pick the driver that will have the best finish from a group of four drivers.
- Then, out of the entire field, pick which drivers will finish the race in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place – in exact order.
Since there were no perfect scores from the prior two races in Daytona and Kentucky, the jackpot now rolls over to this week’s Kentucky race, where fans can win $30,000 by making the correct selections. Click here for more info.
NBC SPORTS AND NASCAR #MYTRACKMYROOTS GRASSROOTS RACING TOUR
NBC Sports and NASCAR have partnered to launch the #MyTrackMyRoots Grassroots Racing Tour – a grassroots initiative which celebrates and promotes local tracks across America that have launched the dreams and careers of NASCAR drivers and continue to cultivate a passion for racing in their local communities.
Current and former drivers from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and Gander Outdoor Truck Series will join with NBC Sports and NASCAR to spearhead a nationwide initiative to visit and promote more than 500 local tracks across the country over the next four months. Click here for more details.
Following is this week’s NASCAR programming across NBC Sports:
|Tues., July 16||NASCAR America Dale Jr. Download||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Weds., July 17||NASCAR America Motormouths||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Thurs., July 18||NASCAR America Motorsports Hour||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Fri., July 19||NASCAR Cup Series First Practice – New Hampshire||12:15 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series First Practice – New Hampshire||1 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Final Practice – New Hampshire||3:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying – New Hampshire||4:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America||5:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat., July 20||NASCAR Cup Series Final Practice - New Hampshire||10 a.m.||CNBC|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Qualifying – New Hampshire||11:15 a.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America||12 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Final Practice – New Hampshire||12:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Countdown to Green||3:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Race - New Hampshire||4 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Post-Race Show||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., July 21||NASCAR America||1:30 p.m. ||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Countdown to Green||2:30 p.m. ||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Foxwoods Resort Casino 301||3 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Post-Race Show||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Victory Lap||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
NBC SPORTS’ NASCAR COVERAGE
The official home of the NASCAR Playoffs, NBC Sports will present the final 20 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR Xfinity Series races, and select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events in 2019. NBC Sports’ NASCAR programming also includes NBCSN’s daily motorsports show NASCAR America, coverage of NASCAR’s Awards Ceremonies, the annual NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony, as well as original programming specials.
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