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To say this weekend’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race is loaded is an understatement.

Derek Thorn knows the fast way around Sonoma Raceway.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship points leader also knows what’s at stake on the 2.52-mile road course in Saturday’s Carneros 200. A good finish could propel the Bakersfield, California, driver forward to his second series title. Misfortune could spell doom, despite there still being eight races left on the schedule.

“This race and the dirt race can be pivotal points in your championship run,” said Thorn, referencing the race at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Both races are expected to have sizable fields — Sonoma has 31 entries — and a bad finish could be hard to overcome. “You have to go into it and hope lady luck is on your side. You can’t make any mistakes and your car has to be right and you have to take care of your car.”

Thorn is coming off a win at Colorado National Raceway on June 9, which gave him a two-point lead over his Bob Bruncati Racing teammate Ryan Partridge.

Thorn’s had success at Sonoma. He finished second to Cup driver David Gilliland in 2012 and won the race in 2013 en route to the championship. He also finished 28th in a one-off start in 2017 after suffering engine failure. Partridge finished fourth there in 2016.

Bill McAnally Racing’s Derek Kraus, Cole Rouse and Hailie Deegan all enter the event in the top six in championship points. Kraus, 16, finished fifth at the California road course, while the 20-year-old Rouse was 10th there in 2016. The 16-year-old Deegan will be making her first road-course start.

A day at Sonoma can go south in a hurry.

In 2016, Todd Gilliland was caught up in a melee on the race’s initial green flag and finished 24th. His only saving grace was championship challenger Chris Eggleston was also similarly snake-bitten and finished 26th.

In the last 10 years, Thorn and Jason Bowles (2009) have won at Sonoma and took home the West title in the same season. Outside of the 2016 anomaly, the average finish at Sonoma for the eventual series champion is 4.2.

“It’s a grueling race,” said Thorn. “To run well or finish up front, you have to be there at the end and make no mistakes. That’s not easy when you have 11 turns and cars all around you and curbs to hit.”

The other thing Sonoma brings — as will the Vegas dirt race — is a handful of cars that could contend for the win but aren’t involved in the championship race.

Will Rodgers leads that pack. The 23-year-old NASCAR Next driver has won the last three road course events in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and finished a highly-publicized runner-up to former Cup champion Kevin Harvick last year at Sonoma. Rodgers is coming off an East win last weekend on the road course at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Joining him in the “ringers” circle are five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers looking for extra seat time prior to Sunday’s Cup race.

Hendrick Motorsports teammates Alex Bowman and William Byron, along with Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez are entered, as is Cup veteran Aric Almirola. Bowman will be driving in a car prepared by BMR, while Bowman will be with Jefferson Pitts Racing. DGR-Crosley will field cars for Jones and Suarez.

“I think it’s cool having those Cup drivers in there and bringing attention to the race,” said Thorn. “I’m not a very good road racer, so I’m hoping to kind of learn something, to be honest with you.

“I hope I’m around them early in the race and learn something, and then apply it toward the end of the race.”

Cup drivers have participated in the West since the latter returned to the track in 2006 after an eight-year hiatus and Brian Vickers won. Since, David Gilliland (2007 and 2012), Joey Logano (2011), Kyle Larson (2014), Chase Elliott (2016) and Harvick (2017) have been to Victory Lane.

It hasn’t all been a smooth ride for the Cup drivers. Last year, Suarez finished 11th and Ryan Blaney 26th. Austin Dillon (23rd in 2014 and sixth in 2015), Ricky Stenhouse (fourth in 2014) and Trevor Bayne (10th in 2015) have had similar lukewarm finishes.

Saturday’s race will be at 1:30 p.m. PT, and air on NBCSN on Thursday, June 28 at 6 p.m.

By then, we will know how big an impact the course had on the K&N Pro Series West championship picture.

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In an 11th-hour agreement, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards newcomer Max Tullman (@MaxTullman) has added Friday night’s PapaNicholas Coffee 150 at Gateway (Ill.) Motorsports Park to his schedule continuing to pilot the No. 78 Zoomi |Myota Chevrolet for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM).
 
Tullman and MMM head to Gateway riding the momentum of a strong top-10 finish in their most recent event together at Michigan International Speedway two weeks ago where the 20-year-old finished seventh after starting 17th in the ZOMONGO 200.
 
Utilizing Gateway as an opportunity to gather more seat time ahead of two upcoming ARCA races at Chicagoland Speedway and Iowa Speedway respectively, there are no expectations for Tullman’s first go with the 1.25-mile racetrack other than to see the checkered flag.
 
“I’m really excited about this opportunity to add another ARCA race to my schedule and compete for Mason Mitchell Motorsports,” said Tullman. “We’ve really had a good year and hopefully pairing up for Gateway will give us another chance to go out there and surprise some people with another top-10 run. I can’t thank Zoomi and Myota enough for this added race.”
 
The avid Sports Car racer invaded the ARCA Racing Series in the season-opening Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in Feb., where he excelled in his series’ debut which included qualifying fourth, leading 10 laps before finishing sixth.
 
Since Daytona, Tullman has tallied two additional top-10s and finished no worse than 15th in his five career starts.
 
Simply put, Tullman has well-exceeded everyone’s expectations.
 
The addition of Gateway kicks off a busy stretch for Tullman and the Mooresville, N.C.-based Mason Mitchell Motorsports team. From Gateway the team will travel to Iowa Speedway and test at the 0.875-mile short track on June 24 before trekking back east to Chicagoland Speedway in preparation of the SCOTT 150 at the 1.5-mile speedway on Thursday, June 28.
 
Tullman visited Iowa Speedway over the weekend attending the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race alongside Young’s Motorsports whom Tullman will drive for in select races later this year.
 
The Chester Springs, Pa. native knows that attending Iowa over the weekend can enhance his learning curve.
 
“I’m glad I went to Iowa,” Tullman added. “I need all the input I can get – especially when it’s my first time at a race track. Being there on foot and in person allowed me to talk to other drivers, watch practice and qualifying from different areas of the track and sit on the pit box during the race.
 
“I gained a ton of knowledge and I hope that will not only help at Gateway but at the Iowa test and race here in a few weeks.”
 
Tullman’s weekend at Gateway, however, starts with a four-hour test on June 21.
 
“The test should be very beneficial for me and Doug (Richert, crew chief),” sounded Tullman. “I feel like I need all the laps I can get and it just so happens Gateway has a test on Thursday, so I’m happy that I’ll have some added track time before practice on Friday.” 
 
Veteran Motorsports crew chief Richert, who led Dale Earnhardt Sr. to his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) championship in 1980 will continue to call the shots for Tullman.
 
“I feel like I’ve been working with Doug for years compared to just months,” added Tullman. “He’s super patient with me and is really determined to make me a better race car driver inside and out.
 
“We don’t have a lot of notes from Gateway between the two of us, so we’ll lean on Mason and the team for some guidance. Doug is (really) smart though and I’m sure he’ll find that perfect setup that will not only allow me to be comfortable but fast too. Can’t wait to get to Gateway.”   
 
In addition to the PapaNicholas Coffee 150, the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge veteran will compete in a minimum of two other ARCA races at Chicagoland and Iowa Speedway (July) respectively.
 
Announced in April, Tullman will also compete in a minimum of two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races aboard the No. 20 Chevrolet for Young’s Motorsports.
 
Additional stock car races are set to be added to Tullman’s schedule and will be announced in the immediate future.
 
The PapaNicholas Coffee 150 (120 laps |150 miles) is the 10th of 20 races on the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., June 22 with an hour session planned from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. A final 55-minute practice session has been etched in from 1:30 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:30 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 8:00 p.m. The event will be broadcasted live on FOX Sports 2, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the week’s activities. All times are local (CT).
 
For autograph requests and to join Max Tullman on social media, please like him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @MaxTullman.
 
Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and race updates, follow MMM twitter page @MMM_Race and “Like” their Facebook page at Mason Mitchell Motorsports.
 
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In an 11th hour agreement, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards newcomer Max Tullman (@MaxTullman) has added Friday night’s PapaNicholas Coffee 150 at Gateway (Ill.) Motorsports Park to his schedule continuing to pilot the No. 78 Zoomi |Myota Chevrolet for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM).

Tullman and MMM head to Gateway riding the momentum of a strong top-10 finish in their most recent event together at Michigan International Speedway two weeks ago where the 20-year-old finished seventh after starting 17th in the ZOMONGO 200.

Utilizing Gateway as an opportunity to gather more seat time ahead of two upcoming ARCA races at Chicagoland Speedway and Iowa Speedway respectively, there are no expectations for Tullman’s first go with the 1.25-mile racetrack other than to see the checkered flag.

“I’m really excited about this opportunity to add another ARCA race to my schedule and compete for Mason Mitchell Motorsports,” said Tullman. “We’ve really had a good year and hopefully pairing up for Gateway will give us another chance to go out there and surprise some people with another top-10 run. I can’t thank Zoomi and Myota enough for this added race.”

The avid Sports Car racer invaded the ARCA Racing Series in the season-opening Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in Feb., where he excelled in his series’ debut which included qualifying fourth, leading 10 laps before finishing sixth.

Since Daytona, Tullman has tallied two additional top-10s and finished no worse than 15th in his five career starts.

Simply put, Tullman has well-exceeded everyone’s expectations.

The addition of Gateway kicks off a busy stretch for Tullman and the Mooresville, N.C.-based Mason Mitchell Motorsports team. From Gateway the team will travel to Iowa Speedway and test at the 0.875-mile short track on June 24 before trekking back east to Chicagoland Speedway in preparation of the SCOTT 150 at the 1.5-mile speedway on Thursday, June 28.

Tullman visited Iowa Speedway over the weekend attending the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race alongside Young’s Motorsports whom Tullman will drive for in select races later this year.

The Chester Springs, Pa. native knows that attending Iowa over the weekend can enhance his learning curve.

“I’m glad I went to Iowa,” Tullman added. “I need all the input I can get – especially when it’s my first time at a race track. Being there on foot and in person allowed me to talk to other drivers, watch practice and qualifying from different areas of the track and sit on the pit box during the race.

“I gained a ton of knowledge and I hope that will not only help at Gateway but at the Iowa test and race here in a few weeks.”

Tullman’s weekend at Gateway, however, starts with a four-hour test on June 21.

“The test should be very beneficial for me and Doug (Richert, crew chief),” sounded Tullman. “I feel like I need all the laps I can get and it just so happens Gateway has a test on Thursday, so I’m happy that I’ll have some added track time before practice on Friday.”

Veteran Motorsports crew chief Richert, who led Dale Earnhardt Sr. to his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) championship in 1980 will continue to call the shots for Tullman.

“I feel like I’ve been working with Doug for years compared to just months,” added Tullman. “He’s super patient with me and is really determined to make me a better race car driver inside and out.

“We don’t have a lot of notes from Gateway between the two of us, so we’ll lean on Mason and the team for some guidance. Doug is (really) smart though and I’m sure he’ll find that perfect setup that will not only allow me to be comfortable but fast too. Can’t wait to get to Gateway.”   

In addition to the PapaNicholas Coffee 150, the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge veteran will compete in a minimum of two other ARCA races at Chicagoland and Iowa Speedway (July) respectively.

 Announced in April, Tullman will also compete in a minimum of two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races aboard the No. 20 Chevrolet for Young’s Motorsports.

Additional stock car races are set to be added to Tullman’s schedule and will be announced in the immediate future.

The PapaNicholas Coffee 150 (120 laps |150 miles) is the 10th of 20 races on the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., June 22 with an hour session planned from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. A final 55-minute practice session has been etched in from 1:30 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:30 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 8:00 p.m. The event will be broadcasted live on FOX Sports 2, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the week’s activities. All times are local (CT).

For autograph requests and to join Max Tullman on social media, please like him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @MaxTullman.

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and race updates, follow MMM twitter page @MMM_Race and “Like” their Facebook page at Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

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Racing’s “Alabama Gang” will be thrilling fans once again this weekend as the Gadsden, Alabama-based Wiggins U-27 H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Team announced today they will honor legendary Hueytown, Alabama driver Davey Allison in this weekend’s Guntersville Lake HydroFest 2018. Allison, a winner of 19 races and 14 pole positions in only six full seasons on NASCAR’s top tour, was recently named as a member of the 2019 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The Wiggins crew will pay tribute to Allison, one of the most popular drivers in stock car racing history, by running a special tribute decal on the U-27.

“Growing up here in Alabama, my dad and I were huge fans of the ‘Alabama Gang,’” said Charley Wiggins, co-owner (with father Milton) of the U-27 Team. “I was a regular going to all the Talladega races since I was nine years old and I became one of the biggest Davey Allison fans around.

“To tell you the truth, when we lost Davey, my interest in NASCAR faded for a while,” Wiggins said of Allison’s passing on July 13, 1993, as the result from injuries sustained in a helicopter crash. “Davey was my driver and there was such a huge void without him racing. I really think there are many fans out there, especially here in Alabama, who feel the exact same way.

“For our team and especially me personally, it’s such an honor to be able to run his picture on our boat and pay tribute to him like this,” said Wiggins, the sole H1 Unlimited team owner from the Southeast. “I know all his many fans will appreciate it and enjoy celebrating Davey being voted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame this way.”

“When we were working on the announcement last week that the team would be honoring Alan Kulwicki by putting his tribute decal on the U-27, Charley was quick to say that Davey was always his favorite driver,” said Tom Roberts, the Guntersville resident who heads the Kulwicki Driver Development Program. “I could sense just how much Charley wanted to honor Davey in a similar manner.

“The Allison Family will always be like an extended family of my own,” said Roberts, who served as Bobby Allison’s public relations representative for Miller Brewing from 1984 through 1988. “With both Alan and Davey being voted into the 2019 Hall of Fame Class, I thought it would be appropriate if Charley’s team could honor them by running the decals for both of these special drivers.”

“I reached out to the Allisons and they were so supportive of the idea,” Roberts said. “Bobby and Bonnie signed off on it almost immediately. It took a day or so to finally connect with Liz (Davey’s widow), but she was absolutely ecstatic that Charley wanted to pay tribute to Davey like this.

“Although they can’t be here to see the boat live and up close, we’ll definitely be passing along images of the U-27 to them,” said Roberts. “We also hope to capture some of the fan excitement to show them. I think it will be quite amazing to see the crowd support of the U-27 this weekend. Not only is Charley’s team the only one from this region, now they will have a member of racing’s legendary ‘Alabama Gang’ visible on their boat, too.”

“With Alan riding on the cockpit and Davey on the engine cover, it’ll be like old times at Talladega with those two drafting each other,” Wiggins offered with a chuckle. “Davey and Alan were both Ford drivers for their entire NASCAR racing careers, so that should certainly add to the meaningfulness of having both NASCAR Hall-of-Famers on our U-27.”

This weekend’s Guntersville Lake HydroFest 2018 (June 22-24) will feature both the H1 Unlimited and Grand Prix World (GPW) hydro classes. Wiggins Racing will be fielding entries in both classes, with veteran Cal Phipps driving both boats.

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Riding the wave of two consecutive top-five finishes in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards competition, Gus Dean (@GusDean) and his Win-Tron Racing team head to Gateway (Ill.) Motorsports Park hoping their third straight top-five performance equals a win in Friday night’s PapaNicholas Coffee 150.
 
Last weekend at Madison (Wisc.) International Speedway, Dean roared from a ninth-place qualifying effort to maneuver his No. 32 GREE Cooling Products | Baker Distributing Chevrolet inside the top-five and climbed to a race-high second before settling for fifth when the checkered flag flew.
 
Dean, the Bluffton, S.C.-native finally believes his Mooresville, N.C.-based team has shaken their stretch of bad luck and can now concentrate on winning races.
 
“I’m so proud of this Win-Tron Racing team over the last couple of weeks,” said Dean. “I think we’ve shown all year long we’ve had fast No. 32 GREE Cooling Products | Baker Distributing Chevrolets, but for one reason or another – we haven’t been able to reel in the finishes I know we’re capable of.
 
“The last two races at Michigan and Madison, we’ve done that and done it well. I’m heading to Gateway this weekend, a track I’ve never been too – but that could be a really good thing for us.”
 
Dean is right.
 
Visiting race tracks he’s never competed at paid off well during his rookie season of competition last year. On 10 different occasions in 2017, the 23-year-old produced 10 top-10 finishes at race tracks he’s never seen before.
 
With an open-test at the 1.25-mile oval on Thursday, Dean is optimistic he can make it 11 top-10 runs under the St. Louis lights Friday night.
 
“I think we’ve seen that testing has really paid off for our Win-Tron Racing team this year,” offered Dean. “Charlotte was a big indicator of that. We were pretty good at the test, came back and we were better even though we didn’t get the finish I felt like we deserved. While the turnaround is much quicker this week at Gateway, I think that could be a good thing for Jamie (Jones, crew chief) and I.
 
“I hope so.” 
 
No matter what though, the former Talladega ARCA race winner says it’s important for his team to keep posting strong finishes as the series’ approaches its halfway point in 2018.
 
“We’ve been able to make some steady gains in the point standings over the last two weeks,” mentioned Dean. “The top spot is still a long way off – but there’s still plenty of racing left on the table.
 
We just need to keep our head down and focused on ourselves like we’ve been doing and hopefully, we can get a win or two here in the next couple of races. I feel like we are close.
 
"Very close.”
 
Win-Tron Racing car owner Kevin Cywinski says the team’s strong performance at Madison shows the growth between the driver and crew chief – but as well as their program.
 
“Gus and Jamie are really working well together right now,” added Cywinski. “Madison was a great example of that. We just need to keep going to the race track and stay focused and hopefully, the results will speak for itself.
 
“Everyone on this GREE Racing team won’t be satisfied until we’re in Victory Lane, but I think we’re showing everyone that’s capable of happening sooner rather than later.”
 
In 36 career ARCA Racing Series starts, Dean captured his first career victory in his second ever start at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway after starting a career-best second in Apr. 2016. Overall, Dean has 10 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes.
 
The PapaNicholas Coffee 150 (120 laps |150 miles) is the 10th of 20 races on the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., June 22 with an hour session planned from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. A final 55-minute practice session has been etched in from 1:30 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:30 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 8:00 p.m. The event will be broadcasted live on FOX Sports 2, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the week’s activities. All times are local (CT). 
 
For more on Gus Dean, please visit his all new website at GusDean.com or like him on Facebook.  Dean tweets too. Follow him on Twitter @GusDean.
 
For additional information on GREE Racing, please like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @GREE_Racing. 
 
Learn more at Win-TronRacing.com, Facebook or on Twitter @WinTronRacing.

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Rookie Natalie Decker will make her tenth ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start of season with Venturini Motorsports Friday, June 22 in the PapaNicholas Coffee 150 at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Coming off her fourth top-10 of the season last week at Madison, the 20-year old Wisconsin driver will resume her duties behind the wheel of her familiar red and white No.25 N29 Capital Partners – Yamaha Power Products Toyota Camry.

Running ARCA’s full 20-race slate and quickly approaching the halfway point of the season, Decker looks ahead, ready to heat up throughout the upcoming summer schedule.

“We’ve had a decent start but have a lot more to prove the second half of the season,” says Decker.

“I’m just really excited to move forward. I’m back and feeling 100%. My team and sponsors have been really supportive and given me a great opportunity this year. The goal is to get back in the car and perform at the highest level. We’re going back to some tracks for the second time, so I have a lot more confidence at places like Pocono, Salem and Kansas.”

“I feel we’ve made some big gains but still have some work to do. There’s always room for improvement. Working on my qualifying runs is something I’ll focus on. We’re always good in the race but starting with better track position will help, especially on the speedways. Gateway is next – I’ll be ready.”

Decker, currently occupying the seventh spot in the ARCA Series’ driver point standings will be a part of history when the series visits Chicagoland Speedway next Thursday for the running of the Scott 150. Joining teammates Toni Breidinger and Leilani Münter, the trio of female drivers will be the first ever to compete in the same race under one team’s banner.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will make its return to Gateway Motorsports Park for the first time since 2007 with Friday's Papa Nicholas Coffee 150. The event will mark the halfway point of the series' 2018 season.

The PapaNicholas Coffee 150 is the tenth race of the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season. The race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2 at 9 pm Eastern/8 pm local on Friday, June 22. ARCARacing.com will have live timing and scoring of practice, qualifying and the race for registered members.

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The only NASCAR race outside North America, taking place in downtown Tours, France on June 30 - July 1 will have three special public announcers to further add to the excitement surrounding the Oval World Challenge.

Thanks to the partnership with AB Moteurs, hugely popular NASCAR commentators Pat Angeli & Philippe Chereau will return for the sixth time to entertain the fans at Tours Speedway with their unique style together with TF1’s Formula 1 commentator and big NASCAR fan Adrien Paviot. While Pat & Phil will be the speakers for three of the four rounds of the OWC, Paviot will take on two roles by driving in NASCAR for the first time in the ELITE 2 Division and announcing the last race of the weekend.

“The French round of the NASCAR Whelen Euro series is always a special moment in the season for all of us. We had the chance to follow all the races held at Tours Speedway and we lived – more than seen – this incredible evolution,” said Philippe Chereau, who underlined the strength of the French “national team” in their home race. “The track evolved but most of all the competition and the show evolved and never stopped improving and intensifying year after year. This year we’ll see if Fred Gabillon will confirm his statistics on oval and make us French proud! We’ll also be happy to meet NASCAR champion Bobby Labonte after having the pleasure to commentate his races and his Cup title on AB Moteurs a few years ago and we are also excited to meet all the many « nascariens et nascariennes » who, I hope, will come to the track.”

Pat & Phil will host Q&A sessions with the protagonists of the Oval World Challenge together with NWES commentator Mark Werrell on Saturday evening at 8pm. They will also meet their many fans in person in the paddock between the races before meeting them again – live on AB Moteurs – on Sunday evening for the Chicagoland Speedway Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

“Among the numerous fans following NASCAR on AB Moteurs every Sunday night, many never saw a race in person,” said Pat Angeli. “The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series gives them this opportunity thanks to this event at Tours, which is also an oval track and that’s pretty rare in Europe. We’ll be happy to share this event with them and join the drivers of this series which is becoming bigger and bigger every season.”

A passionate NASCAR fan and a French Champion in Formula France in 2004, TF1’s Formula 1 commentator Adrien Paviot can’t wait to make his NASCAR debut on the 650m banked oval purpose-built in downtown Tours.

"To race in NASCAR Whelen Euro Series at Tours is something very special for me. I grew up at 11km from the Tours Speedway so, and as fan of NASCAR since I'm 15, the Oval World Challenge is the perfect event to do my first Nascar race. I had a first glimpse of my dream some weeks ago when I tried a stock car on an oval in US, but now my dream really comes true thanks to Jérôme Galpin and his team,” said Paviot. “In addition, I will have my friends Philippe Chereau and Pat Angeli from AB Moteurs with me, I just hope that they will not speak too loudly in the microphones so I can stay focus on my race  I will be happy to meet the fans and to share my 2 passions, drive a race car and speak in a micro as I will also be the commentator of the Sunday Elite 1 race."

The Oval World Challenge will take place on June 30 - July 1 at Tours and will be highlighted by non-stop action on track with Euro NASCAR, Legend Cars Cup and Drift and plenty of family fun trackside. Tickets are available on the official website with prices starting from 12€.

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NASCAR Reinstatement
Date Track Team/Member Level Infraction Remarks
6/20/2018 N/A Charles E. Moles N/A N/A Charles E. Moles has successfully completed the NASCAR Road to Recovery program and his indefinite suspension from NASCAR has been lifted.

 

Fresh off a successful 10th place finish in her series debut, Toni Breidinger will make her next ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start with Venturini Motorsports Friday, June 22 in the PapaNicholas Coffee 150 at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Continuing to make the transition from open wheel racing, the 18-year old driver from Hillsborough, California will buckle herself into the seat of the No.20 VMS prepared Toyota Camry. Taking on Gateway’s 1.25-mile egg shaped oval surface, Briedinger looks ahead to the new challenge.

“I’m really happy with the outcome of last week’s performance,” said Breidinger. “I thought we ran a smooth race without too many mistakes – I achieved my personal goal with a top-10. I’ll be extremely satisfied If I can duplicate those efforts at Gateway.”

“Coming into the series and getting familiar with my team and these cars is something new. There’s definitely a little bit of an intimidation factor being the new person in the garage – I just try not to let that bother me – I’m here to focus on myself and not let it get to me if I’m not as fast as everyone else right away. I’m in the ARCA series to continue my development and improve my skills. I’ve got great sponsor and team support. I’d like to reward them with another strong outing.”

Breidinger will compete in the next two series events, including Chicagoland Speedway on Thursday, June 28. At Chicago, Breidinger make history joining teammates Natalie Decker and Leilani Münter, becoming the first trio of female drivers to compete in the same race under one team’s banner.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will make its return to Gateway Motorsports Park for the first time since 2007 with Friday's PapaNicholas Coffee 150. The event will mark the halfway point of the series' 2018 season.

The PapaNicholas Coffee 150 is the tenth race of the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season. The race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2 at 9 pm Eastern/8 pm local on Friday, June 22. ARCARacing.com will have live timing and scoring of practice, qualifying and the race for registered members.

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NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West points leader Derek Thorn of Bakersfield, CA will carry a different sponsor, Saturday, on the hood of his Bob Bruncati-owned Sunrise Ford #6 Fusion at Sonoma Raceway.  Thorn’s hood will be adorned with local company S&S Insulation of Middletown, CA.

Thorn won the 2013 visit at Sonoma en route to the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West championship driving for Sunrise Ford.  He has surrounded that effort with four SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour victories.  A pair of wins last weekend at Kern County Raceway Park in Late Model competition has propelled Thorn to 79 total asphalt wins.  He heads into Sonoma Raceway with a perfect slate of five consecutive podiums in the West Series, highlighted by a victory at Colorado National Speedway where Bob Bruncati’s entries swept the podium.

A victory in 2018 could spark another championship run and having long time friend Sal Martinez and S&S Insulation on board would make the wine in victory lane even that much sweeter.

“Sonoma is the closest track we race at to my hometown of Lakeport so I find it fitting to get to represent my good friend right in our backyard,” Thorn said.  “I really hope we can carry the momentum we’ve had so far this year into this weekend and do S S Insulation, Sunrise Ford and all our partners proud in front of some hometown fans.”

Martinez’ company has deep ties in the Sonoma and Napa areas, going to work during the “Sonoma Rising” initative to rebuild after devastating wildfires last year damaged many homes and businesses around the region.  The Santa Rosa-area based company is making its first foray into motorsports with the sponsorship.

“Its an honor to be sponsoring Derek and we’re glad that Bob gave us the opportunity,” Martinez said.  “We are beyond fortunate.  Glad to have a champion like Derek driving for us with his talent and resume!”

Activities get underway on Friday with practice from 1:05 to 2:25 p.m. on the 1.99 mile road course.  Saturday will see group qualifying at 10:15 a.m. with the Carneros 200 going green at 1:30 p.m.  The race is part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend and will be televised on NBCSN for airing on Thursday June 28th at 3 p.m. Pacific time as well.

Race fans can learn more about Derek Thorn at www.DerekThorn.com or on Facebook and Twitter.  S&S Insulation can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SSInsulationservices/

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NASCAR Cup Series drivers Erik Jones and Daniel Suárez are set to join DGR-Crosley this weekend at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway to compete in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (NKNPSW) competition. 
 
Jones, who will be piloting the No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry, has one previous Cup Series start at Sonoma Raceway. His lone start occurred last year during his rookie season where he went on to score a 25th-place finish. While the 22-year-old Joe Gibbs Racing driver has an extensive racing background, this weekend will mark Jones' first start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.
 
Suárez, driver of the No. 54 ARRIS Toyota Camry, has two previous starts at the 1.99-mile road course in Sonoma. Both of his starts occurred last year when he ran double duty between the NKNPSW and Cup Series race where he went on to earn 11thand 16th-place finishes respectively.  The 26-year-old Monterrey, Mexico, native has 47 NASCAR K&N Pro Series starts under his belt. In these starts, he's been victorious three times and collected 13 top-five finishes.  
 
Track:      Sonoma Raceway, 1.99-mile road course
Event:      Carneros 200
Format:   64 laps, 127.36 miles
                 Two five-minute break around lap 21 and lap 42
Schedule: Friday, June 22
                    Practice............... 4:05p - 5:25p
                  Saturday, June 23
                    Qualifying............ 1:15p
                    Race..................... 4:30
                     (all times ET)
Televised Replay:Thursday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m., ET on NBCSN
 
Jones on Sonoma: "I'm looking forward to making my first K&N Pro Series start this weekend in Sonoma. I don't have a lot of road course experience, so I'm thankful that DEWALT, Joe Gibbs Racing and DGR-Crosley partnered together to allow me to get some laps under my belt before the Cup race on Sunday. I know I'll have a solid piece under me, and I'm looking forward to learning a lot and having some fun in the DEWALT Toyota Camry on Saturday."
 
Suárez on Sonoma:"Running the K&N West race is something I feel is very important to help me on the Cup side. I'll spend some time in the simulator before we head to Sonoma, but nothing can beat the extra track time in an actual car racing around other guys. This is only my second trip to Sonoma racing in any series, so there's still a lot to learn and I'm thankful Joe Gibbs Racing and DGR-Crosley were able to put this together for me to get more seat time and hopefully race for the win with the ARRIS Toyota Camry."
 
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