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Back in the seat for Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) until October, Corey Heim saddles back in the No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion looking for his first ARCA Menards Series victory in Saturday night’s Menards 250 at Elko (Minn.) Speedway.

For Heim, he’s got big shoes to fill since the last time the No. 22 Chad Bryant Racing Ford Fusion was on track, Paul Andrews led Ty Majeski to his third ARCA win of the year.

Heim – who turned 17 last week though is ready for the challenge and carries momentum to Elko Speedway after earning a career-best fourth-place finish at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway last month.

“Going into Elko Speedway, I think the Chad Bryant Racing guys are going to bring me a great piece to work with,” said Heim. “At Gateway, we got our best finish of the season and I’m looking to best that once again. I know Elko is a very short race track and throttle control will play a big role in long-term tire wear.

“I’m looking forward to it though and I hope I can adapt to the race track quickly, especially having never been there before.”

Heim, a native of Marietta, Ga. knows he doesn’t have to turn far for advice to Elko’s tight quarters and short straightaways. Last July, his Chad Bryant Racing teammate Joe Graf Jr. nearly won his first ARCA Menards Series race in a thrilling ending – but with Graf Jr. having a good baseline on how to maneuver Elko, Heim will use his expertise if necessary.

“I’m very fortunate to have a lot of people around me who have plenty of experience around Elko,” Heim added.

“They are all veterans. Paul’s been here before so I know he can setup our car pretty good and then I can talk to Joe if I need help with my driving line and whatnot.

“Saturday will go by in a hurry – but I’m excited to see what another new track brings for me.”

With the Mooresville, N.C.-based team gunning for their fourth win of 2019, Heim says the pressure to win is not overwhelming. Being a rookie driver in a new national touring series, he’s focused on making the most of every opportunity – knowing eventually his chance to celebrate in ARCA Victory Lane will come.

“I don’t feel a whole of pressure,” Heim mentioned. “Just trying to learn and get better with each and every race. Our goal is set on a win from here on out. Whether that’s Elko or Salem in September.

A win though on Saturday night would be a great start to my second half of the season.”

Andrews a former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship crew chief concurs with his young driver.

“Elko will be our seventh race together – but like Corey said we are improving,” Andrews mentioned. “We had a fast car at Gateway and Corey did a great job start to finish adjusting to the biggest track he’s ever raced on.

“It’s going to be a competitive race on Saturday, but hopefully, we can put ourselves in a good position to put Chad Bryant Racing in Victory Lane for the fourth time.”

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

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The Menards 250 (250 laps | 94 miles) is the 13th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat., July 13 with an hour and 25-minute practice session planned from 2:05 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:15 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 9:00 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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Fresh off his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway last Friday night with Richard Childress Racing, Joe Graf Jr. (@JoeGrafJr) returns to Chad Bryant Racing looking for his second career ARCA Menards Series win in Saturday night’s Menards 250 at Elko (Minn.) Speedway.

Of course, it’s hard to forget that last year’s ARCA race at Elko could have easily been Graf’s first career ARCA victory as he found himself in a torrid battle for the race with fellow racer Gus Dean.

While Dean ultimately prevailed, Graf’s performance for Chad Bryant Racing showcased his short track ability and the now more experienced driver is ready for a second chance.

“I’ve had this race circled on my calendar all year,” said Graf who sits fifth in the ARCA Menards Series championship standings. “Quickly after Daytona, I had to get back into ARCA mode and realize that I’m going back to one of the race tracks that I felt like owed me one.”

Graf Jr. knows that a lot will have to play into his hands to put him in contention for his second top-five finish of the season. From a good race car and the right strategy, the components have to link to put him near the front on Saturday, but Graf Jr. admits if there’s one person who can make that happen, it’s his crew chief and team owner Chad Bryant.

“Chad I think is just as hungry to get back to Elko and contend for the win,” Graf Jr. noted. “He knows how close it was last year. If we were on the bottom for that final restart, we probably would have won that race. We just have to make sure we do everything we can in practice and in qualifying to make sure we set ourselves up to be at the right place, right time this weekend.”

For the 13th straight race, EAT SLEEP RACE, a racing lifestyle apparel company headquartered in New Jersey returns as the primary sponsor of Graf Jr.’s No. 77 Ford for the 250-lap race.

“It’s been so great representing EAT SLEEP RACE this year,” added Graf Jr. “I’ve noticed a lot more talk about them, especially since they’ve been on the Xfinity car the last couple of weeks.

"We just launched an official Joe Graf Jr. Driver Collection line and I’m looking forward to adding items to that collection here in the next month or so.”

Getting back into the short track mindset, Graf Jr. is well aware that Saturday night’s race could be decided with a little aggression that could entail a bump and run. Known as one of the more physical drivers in the series, but Graf makes no apologies for his driving style.

"It’s hard to get into Victory Lane, so you have to get up on the wheel and do what it takes,” he said. “I want to win. I thrive on winning and when you’ve had the year that I have, I make no mistake about doing what I can to put our Chad Bryant Racing team in Victory Lane. I respect my competitors but at the same time, I have a job to do.

“Sometimes being aggressive can get you in trouble, but for me, if being aggressive and sometimes even using the fenders propels our team forward, then it’s something I shouldn’t apologize for."

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The Menards 250 (250 laps | 94 miles) is the 13th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat., July 13 with an hour and 25-minute practice session planned from 2:05 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:15 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 9:00 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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It’s been a remarkable season for Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Health Care/Liberty Village Ford) so far. Braden, a back-to-back champion of the ARCA/CRA Super Series for super late models, made his first foray into the ARCA Menards Series in 2015 and scored an improbable victory in his debut race at Lucas Oil Raceway in suburban Indianapolis. A graduate of West Virginia University with dual degrees in aerospace and mechanical engineering, Braden transitioned to a full-time driver with RFMS Racing at the end of the 2017 season.

After a fifth-place finish in the 2018 championship battle, Braden and team were reenergized for a title run in 2019. The Don Fike-owned squad, which now has only two full-time employees including Braden, had some great performances in 2018, including three top-five finishes in the final six races of the season and a chance to win at DuQuoin before a late-race incident shortened his day after leading 17 laps. Hopes were high that momentum would carry over into 2019 and to some extent it had.

Braden scored ten top-ten finishes in the first twelve races of 2019, including a season-best fourth at Madison International Speedway in June. He had led the series championship standings early in the season, too, taking two turns at the top as he and Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) traded the lead in April and May.

Braden, as one of those two full-time employees, is as hands-on as he can be. He works on the racecars during the week, along with Casey Swift, utilizing that mechanical engineering degree. They are assisted by long-time NASCAR crew chief Jim Long at the race track.

"Jim is working for us only at the events as of right now, so it is just Casey and I full time," Braden said. "Jim coordinates with us on a daily basis in regards to the setups and we go from there."

Long was the winning crew chief when Ricky Rudd won at Indianapolis in 1997 and guided former Cup champion Terry Labonte to his final career victory in 2003 at Darlington. Adding him to the team, even just on weekends, is a change Braden hopes gives his “little team that could” an extra boost to get back to victory lane and allows them to stay in contention for the series championship.

"The recent changes at RFMS Racing are not something that we plan to dwell and carry on and on," he said. "We are all very anxious as we are gearing up for these final eight races, and that is the sole focus of each member of our team right now. It has already been a pleasure working with Jim, and the working relationship he has already built with us will be, I believe, very valuable to our success."

That extra boost could come in handy in this Saturday’s Menards 250 presented by MatrixCare at Elko Speedway. Not only is the race one Braden and his team believe they have a chance to win, it’s also located less than an hour from his team sponsor MatrixCare’s headquarters. The company is the presenting sponsor of the race, and will have a lot of people in attendance watching Braden go for his first win of the season.

"This was a great time for us as a group last year, and I know how MatrixCare does things - so this year’s will be even bigger," Braden said. "The added pressure to win will surely make this one exciting. As a driver, you’re always one hundred percent, but it just seems like days like these always have an added sense of the spectacular show that you always hope for.  If we can pull this thing into Victory Lane, anticipate one of the largest and loudest celebrations you’ve ever seen!"

The tight confines of the three-eighths mile Elko oval could lead to one of the more physical races of the ARCA Menards Series season. Braden, who also has to work on his own racecars, isn’t one to intentionally go out and knock fenders with the competition. But he also realizes he may not have a choice, especially late in the going.

"It’s always intense on short tracks, and this is the shortest, so you do the math," he said with a laugh. "It’s going to be pressure-filled start-to-finish.  Elko tends to allow for two grooves of racing in the corners, but those tiny straightaways sure get narrow if you end up side-by side.  Sparks will fly at some point.  You will have to be aggressive and take risks at some point in the race if you want to go to the winner’s circle.  There’s no room to breathe until you get there."

Practice for the Menards 250 presented by MatrixCare at Elko Speedway is set for 2:15 pm ET/1:15 pm CT, General Tire Pole Qualifying is scheduled for 6:15 pm ET/5:15 pm CT, and the 250-lap feature event will go green shortly after 10 pm ET/9 pm CT. The race will be televised live on MAVTV, and ARCA for Me members can follow every lap made by every car entered throughout every on-track session with free live timing & scoring at ARCARacing.com. Discounted tickets to the Menards 250 are available at nearly 40 Minneapolis-St. Paul Menards locations for just $20. For more information, please visit TrackEnterprises.com or call 217-764-3200.

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Motor Racing Network – “The Voice of NASCAR” today launched its sixth original “MRN Presents” podcast series, “Jeff Gordon – A Colorful Career” presented by the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

This 10-episode series tells the inside story of one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history, a Hall of Fame career and his influence on the sport we see today.  From his California roots, the moves to Indianapolis and Charlotte, his time with fellow NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham, the rivalries and his on-going legacy, this podcast covers it all.

Listen to Episode 1

“When Jeff Gordon burst onto the NASCAR scene the establishment was not quite sure what to think.” said Chris Schwartz, President of Motor Racing Network. “This podcast series highlights the iconic wins and the four championships, but also his impact on the sport and the many contributions that are not widely recognized that paved his way into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.”

Episode 1, is available now and features Gordon’s early life in California.  Hear about his family life and his introduction to go-karts and quarter midgets.  Plus, how break dancing accelerated his path to racing stardom.

The series debuts today and joins our other “MRN Presents” podcasts like Road to Royalty – The Richard Petty Podcast” and “Jr.’s Journey” documenting Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Racing Career. All MRN original programming and podcasts are available on-demand at MRN.com and your favorite podcast platform.

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Last year’s Menards 250 presented by MatrixCare left several drivers feeling as though they left a potential victory on the table.

Gus Dean, driving for Win-Tron Racing and team owner Kevin Cywinski, used a unique pit strategy and some old-fashioned good luck to hold off an aggressive Joe Graf, Jr. (No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford) in a three-lap dash to the checkered. Graf began his racing career driving Bandolero cars at the three-eighths mile oval located in Elko New Market, just about 30 minutes outside of Minneapolis-St. Paul. He used that knowledge of the track to put himself in contention for what could have been his first career victory but came out on the short end of a fender-banging duel with Dean.

Graf took those lessons and went on to earn his first career ARCA Menards Series victory later in the season at Berlin Raceway, knocking fenders with eventual runner-up Zane Smith over the final couple of laps to score the win.

He's now known as one of the more physical drivers in the series, but Graf makes no apologies for his driving style.

“It’s hard to get into Victory Lane, so you have to get up on the wheel and do what it takes. I want to win. I thrive on winning and when you’ve had the year that I have, I make no mistake about doing what I can to put our Chad Bryant Racing team in Victory Lane. I respect my competitors but at the same time, I have a job to do. Sometimes being aggressive can get you in trouble, but for me if being aggressive and sometimes even using the fenders propels our team forward, then it’s something I shouldn’t apologize for.”

Graf will put that aggression to use as he tries to score his second career ARCA Menards Series victory on Saturday night. He knows the rough-and-tumble style of racing that the series produces on short tracks will only be heightened on the series’ shortest racetrack.

“Being at the front and on the bottom,” he chuckled. “I learned a lot last year. Gus and I raced hard. Yeah, it got a little physical on the restart but I don’t think anyone expected different. You need to have tires, track position and luck to win at Elko. I’ve been waiting to get back to Elko since last year and I feel like it may be one of my best opportunities to get back in Victory Lane this season.”

Practice for the Menards 250 presented by MatrixCare at Elko Speedway is set for 2:15 pm ET/1:15 pm CT, General Tire Pole Qualifying is scheduled for 6:15 pm ET/5:15 pm CT, and the 250-lap feature event will go green shortly after 10 pm ET/9 pm CT. The race will be televised live on MAVTV, and ARCA for Me members can follow every lap made by every car entered throughout every on-track session with free live timing & scoring at ARCARacing.com. Discounted tickets to the Menards 250 are available at nearly 40 Minneapolis-St. Paul Menards locations for just $20. For more information, please visit TrackEnterprises.com or call 217-764-3200. 

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In less than a month, the pro late model event paying more than the Snowflake 100 rolls off atop Motor Mountain in Pennsylvania. And for the first time in the event's history, the Motor Mountain Masters will be available for viewing from Jennerstown Speedway LIVE on Pit Row TV on August 10th.

The Motor Mountain Masters has quickly become a marquee event for late model racers, already boasting nearly 50 pre-entered teams and drivers a month away from the green flag. With a team led by school teacher-by-day Bill Hribar, the track has quickly begun a resurgence to the status of its nationally known past when it hosted various events including the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the former Hooters ProCup Series (now CARS Tour), the ASA National Tour and many more.

"It's unbelievable what this race has become in only its second year of existence," Hribar said. "We've had guys from New Hampshire, Michigan, North Carolina, people all over the country calling us about this race. Everyone who raced here last year loved the track, the competition, and the area. One tour loved it so much, we came up with a bonus program for their regulars who make the trip. It's mind-blowing, and we're really looking forward to stepping up our game this year with the addition of live television."

In last year's event, eventual ARCA/CRA Super Series champion Josh Brock visited Jennerstown for the first time and took the pole position for the race and led a large portion of the night. In the end, it was multi-time track champion Barry Awtey who took the inaugural title with a late-race pass on the Kentucky driver. Brock, Awtey and dozens of others enter this year's Masters with the hope of paying a visit to Stoney's Victory Lane. With an increased winner's share of the purse to $10,000, and a guaranteed $800 for feature starters, the competition is clamoring heavily to claim the top prize.

Pit Row TV's coverage of the Motor Mountain Masters is the outfit's first visit to Jennerstown for a broadcast event. The program will include multiple cameras, scoring, instant replays and all of the other features their viewers have come to love over the last half decade.

"Our excitement level is over the top for our visit to Jennerstown," said Tony Stevens of Pit Row TV. "Personally, I spent my formative years around Pittsburgh and enjoyed many nights at the half-mile up on the mountain. To come back to Jennerstown and be part of this event going forward is something I'm really stoked about because I think it has all the potential to become huge."

Festivities for the 2nd Annual Motor Mountain Masters begin on Friday, August 9, with open practice after 6pm ET. On Saturday, cars hit the track at 12:30pm for practice sessions with qualifying at 5pm, then heats and B-mains slated to begin at 6pm ET. Feature events should begin at approximately 8pm ET.

For more information on Jennerstown Speedway and its resurgence, or the Motor Mountain Masters, visit Jennerstown.org. Additional resources on Pit Row TV can be found through their broadcast website at www.pitrow.tv. In addition to their website, broadcasts can be viewed through Pit Row's Amazon FireTV channel or their Roku app with quick links and instructions for each on their website.

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Easily described as one of today’s most polarizing figures in professional motorsports, seventeen year-old Hailie Deegan returns to the ARCA Menards Series for Saturday night’s Menards 250 at Elko Speedway.

A member of the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) family, Deegan will travel to Minnesota to make her fourth career ARCA start piloting the No.55 TRD 40th Anniversary Toyota Camry for Venturini Motorsports.

Set to make her first appearance on Elko Speedway’s tight 3/8-mile racing surface, Deegan is no stranger to the high intensity, door-to-door banging racing associated with this type of short track venue. A three-time winner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, each of Deegan’s victories came on tracks less than a 1/2-mile in length. In search of her first ARCA Series victory Elko Speedway should provide added confidence for the Temecula, CA teenager.

“Coming out of the gate really strong is big for me,” said Deegan. “I like to come out of the gate strong and not have to work at it to get up to speed too much. I like to make my goal for each race and then get better throughout the day. As a racer I always want to win. But I’m still early on in my career and still learning these ARCA cars. The goal for Elko is a top five. We have a top ten in the ARCA series now we need a top five. Once we get that first top five then we’ll adjust to our first win. We need to set a new goal every week and then work our way into it.”

During her last race at Madison International Speedway Deegan ran inside the top-5 before her engine expired during the final laps resulting in a disappointing 12th place finish. She also earned a career best eighth-place finish last month during her first visit to Pocono Raceway.

One of the sport's most compelling driver prospects in the sport today, Deegan etched her name in NASCAR's record books last year becoming the first female to win a NASCAR K&N Pro Series event in over 30-years. She backed up her record setting performance earlier this season grabbing more headlines after picking up her second career victory at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. She claimed her third career NASCAR K&N victory in June with a dramatic last lap bump and run pass for the win at Colorado National Speedway. 

The daughter of legendary X Games Motocross giant Brian Deegan, Hailie began her driving career at the age of eight racing dirt on four wheels. She's the only female driver in the Lucas Oil Off Road Pro series as well as Regional series to win Championships in 2013, 2015, 2016 along with being the only youth ever to win the Lucas Oil Off Road Pro Series Driver of the Year award (2016). 

Deegan and the rest of the ARCA Menards Series returns to action on Saturday July 13 in the Menards 250 at Elko Speedway. Practice at Elko Speedway is set for 2:15 pm ET/1:15 pm CT, General Tire Pole Qualifying is scheduled for 6:15 pm ET/5:15 pm CT, and the 250-lap feature event will go green shortly after 10 pm ET/9 pm CT. The race will be televised live on MAVTV.

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Logan Seavey narrowly made the A Main feature, but at the end of the night, it was the 2018 series champion who would take the checkered flag in winning the opening night of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship “Mid-America” Midget Week event at Red Dirt Raceway, Tuesday night.

It was Seavey’s second USAC win of the season, his tenth overall national midget feature win of the year and the 21st for a Toyota-powered driver in 2019.

Seavey struggled earlier in the evening, finishing fifth in his heat race and then narrowly squeezing into the A Main field with a sixth in the B Main to take the last transfer spot. That’s when a wild night of racing would take over, as six different drivers would lead laps over the course of the 30-lap event.

In the early going, it was Jason McDougal, driving the Frank Manafort Racing Toyota, who would take the lead by driving around Tyler Courtney on the outside of the opening lap. McDougal would hold on to the top spot for the first eight circuits before a caution would slow the field.

With 22 laps remaining, it was McDougal, Courtney, Tanner Thorson, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Chris Windom making up the top-five. Courtney would take the lead going into turn one on the restart, but the race was quickly halted for a red flag after Holley Hollan flipped in turn three going over the retaining wall. She would walk away from the crash, but was done for the evening.

On the lap 10 restart, McDougal would throw a huge slider at Courtney to take the lead, only to have Courtney return the favor, but McDougal would go by in turn three to lead lap 10, before Courtney retook the lead in turn one on lap 11. Behind them, it was Tanner Carrick joining the hunt as he moved into third by working the low side.

The race would see a drastic change on lap 15 as McDougal got up high into turn one, going off the track and then clipped Kevin Thomas Jr. as he came back over the berm, flipping Thomas’ car and ending their nights. Behind them, Thorson, Tyler Thomas and Tucker Klaasmeyer all were caught up in the incident. Of the five Toyota-powered cars involved, Thorson, Tyler Thomas and Klaasmeyer would be able to rejoin the race at the tail end of the field.

The field restarted at the midway point with Courtney leading Carrick, Windom, Zeb Wise and Jerry Coons, Jr. rounding out the top five. By lap 17, Windom had moved past Carrick for second, while Coons had gained the fourth position as Seavey was on the move up to the seventh, but the field would see another drastic shake-up that lap as Courtney would slow on the back straight, resulting in a caution. He would not return.

Windom would lead the field back to green on lap 18 as Carrick came up to challenge. The lead duo threw slider after slider at one another, with Carrick taking the lead on lap 19. As the battle raged on, the top two cars would eventually make contact in turn four on lap 20, opening the door for Coons to take over the top spot with 10 laps to go and Seavey moving up to second while finding his groove on the high side of the track. Seavey would use that high side and take over the lead with eight laps remaining, only to see Carrick slow to a stop, bringing out another caution and reverting the field back to their positions from the previous lap. 

Coons would lead lap 23, but Seavey pulled side-by-side on him on the back straight, inching ahead of him into turn three and narrowly leading as they came to the start/finish line. It was a lead that he would never relinquish as he would take the checkered flag ahead of Wise, Windom, who passed Coons for third on the final lap, Coons and Jonathan Beason rounding out the top-five.

Behind them, four additional Toyota drivers earned spots in the top 10 as Chad Boat finished seventh, followed by three of the drivers involved in the mid-race incident in Thorson, Klaasmeyer and Tyler Thomas.

“We struggled just to make the race,” said Seavey. “But, the race kind of came to me. We gained a few positions in the big incident midway through the race. I knew I could run the top side. Once I got clear of Jerry (Coons), I knew we’d be tough to catch running up top.”

USAC’s “Mid-America” Midget Week continues at the Concordia High Banks in Concordia, Kansas, on Wednesday night.

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Garden Grove, California’s Brody Roa took the lead on lap two and led the rest of the way to win the “Doug Fort Memorial” for the second year in a row last Saturday night at the Santa Maria Raceway.  The victory propelled the veteran racer back into the lead in the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series point standings heading into this Saturday’s race at Perris Auto Speedway.  

Roa began the night by setting fourth fast time in the 18-car field with a lap of 13.785 on the banked third of a mile clay oval.  He began his 10-lap heat race in the fifth spot and drove it to a fourth-place finish.  That finish placed him on the outside of the second row for the 30-lap main event.

Roa got a tremendous start at the drop of the green flag in the main and was up to second by the time the field screamed off turn two on lap one.  He immediately began to stalk the leader.  Coming off the fourth turn on the second lap, he shot to the inside and took the lead away.  

Despite three early yellow flags and a late race red, Roa was never headed and at one point had nearly a full straightaway lead. 

“This thing runs so good,” the happy winner told the crowd after his fourth victory of the year.  “Shaver builds one heckuva’ an engine.  I am starting to like this place. When we first started coming here a few years ago, I was not a fan of how sticky and rough it is.  Now we have it figured out.”

“We have had, I would not say a bad stretch, but not our greatest the last month and a half,” Roa continued.  “We were trying some stuff on the car.  We went back to the shop this week and went back to what we had been doing and it worked out.  We are headed back to Perris this week and then off to Indiana.”

In posting the win, Roa became the first USAC/CRA regular to pick up two victories in the series this year.  It also allowed him to retake the point lead and he comes into this weekend’s event with a one-point advantage in the championship standings.  Saturday’s race will be a co-sanctioned event with the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars.  In a rare occurrence in racing, Roa will not only be the USAC/CRA point leader, but he will also be the leader in the Southwest Series where he has a 53-point cushion between himself and the second-place driver.

Fans who would like to see Roa in action this week can find Perris Auto Speedway at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris (92571).  The Spectator gates will open at 5:00 P.M. and the first race will take the green flag at 7:00.  The track website is http://perrisautospeedway.com/ and the office phone number is (951) 949-0134.

Once the Perris race is over, Roa and his crew will head east to compete in nine races, on nine different tracks in 11 nights in Ohio and Indiana.  The busiest part of the 2019 schedule will begin with a race at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway on July 17th.  The following night, the team will kick off “Indiana Sprint Week” at the Gas City I-69 Speedway.  Roa will discuss the trip on “The Racer Radio Show” this Sunday.  The show airs from 3:00 – 4:00 P.M. and you can listen live online at https://theanswersandiego.com/.  You can also listen on the radio at 1170 AM if you live in the San Diego area.

The team welcomes and thanks “Bill’s Smokey Mountain Jerky” for the support as they become a sponsor for Indiana Sprint Week.

Colorful Brody Roa t-shirts are available now at the track or via mail.  If you cannot make it to a race and would like to order one, please use the following link https://www.brodyroa.com/?post_type=product.  You can see the design in one of the photos attached to this release.

Car owners, if you are looking for someone to shoe your car during the 2019 season, look at Roa’s schedule below.  He is available to race on any night not already on his racing calendar.  Contact him at the phone number and E-mail address in this release.

Fans wishing to stay completely up to date with Brody Roa and the BR Performance squad can do so on the team’s website http://www.brodyroa.com/ and Facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/br91r/

The BR Performance team would also like to thank the sponsors that make the regular season possible. HD Industries, Burris Racing, “Biker” Bruce Fisher, Molecule, K-1 Race Gear, Norma Leonard, Lee Leonard, The Golden-Vibe Boutique, NGK Spark Plugs, Baldwin Filters, Driven Racing Oil, Wilwood Brakes, Coffman Racing Graphics and Bill’s Smokey Mountain Jerky.  If you or your company would like to join BR Performance’s team for a championship run in 2019, please call 714-932-7994. 

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It was a historic day in the world of four wheels. On Sunday, July 7,  Sprint Race Brasil, the Brazilian Motorsport championship that is in its eighth edition, now leaves its mark and makes history in American motorsports. João Rosate (PRO) and Luca Milani (GP), in the first race and Pedro Lopes (PRO) and Rafael Seibel (GP), in the second race, were the first winners in the iconic and legendary racetrack with 6,002 meters of extension.


Pedro Lopes celebrated his first victory in the competition, in dispute with rain.

"A very difficult race. It was an incognita for all the result in rain. I made a great start, I took a getaway, but I managed to regain the leadership, was very fast, "said Pedro Lopes. "It was two very evolving weekends here in the United States. I am very happy with the result and to be able to record my name in the history of the category, even more here in Sebring. I want to congratulate the mechanics on the perfect car and the entire Sprint Race team for providing us with these two amazing steps! ", completed the SR # 17 rider.


Very thrilled, Rafael Seibel celebrated the first time in the highest place of the podium in the GP category.

"It was a really weekend to stay in the best of memories. I managed to adapt well to the track of Sebring after much physical training and simulator. I made two very good classifications in the morning, we did not get on pole for a tenth only, but knew that, dropping in second, had a good chance to go forward. The first race was a rain and for, in the most adverse conditions possible, and really did not make a good proof, I was not satisfied, despite completing in fourth and scoring some points, "said Seibel, who commands MR # 19.


"In the second race, with a rain tire, I knew that it would be a race of regularity, I kept focused and on the track even with the great difficulty of visibility and still out of the confusion. So win this first win in the Sprint Race, after many beats on the beam was to wash the soul literally. Winning in Sebring is something inexplicable, as well as entering history with the name in this legendary race track. I couldn't imagine it, but we know it's a reflection of a lot of work and training. Now, it is to focus on the remainder of the championship, "concluded Rafael Seibel.


The fifth stage of Sprint Race Brazil will be played on September 7 in Londrina, Paraná (BRA), with the challenge of the Night Race (#SprintNightChallenge).


Three of the nine stages of the Sprint Race 2019 make up the International Cup. In addition to the races in the United States (3rd and 4th stages), the tournament also includes the races in Posadas, Argentina (7th stage), on October 20. The disputes will have the same format as the national calendar, with two official workouts, two individual leaderboards and two 23-minute races and one more lap.


During the next week of each stage there will be special materials in the programming of RedeTV!, the accelerated program-in SBT, YouTube (youtube.com/acelerados) and the National Sports Channel program, channel 26 da Vivo (São Paulo).


Sprint Race Brazil is sponsored by Yokohama, Motul, MILITEC1 and Brazil Roaming.
 
Sebring/Sprint International Cup Step Result:
 
Race 1
1) #858 John Rosate, PRO, 9 laps, 26m13s390
2) #7 Dante fiber, PRO, 26m32s233
3) #77 Luca Milani, GP, 26m36s502
4) #17 Daniel Coutinho, GP, 26m49s177
5) #18 Pedro Lopes, PRO, 27m07s078
6) #28 Vinicius Kwong, PRO, 27m07s098
7) #61 Allan Croce, PRO, 27m17s971
8) #55 Adolpho Rossi, GP, 27m18s383
9) #82 Gerson Campos, PRO, 27m19s900
10) #19 Rafael Seibel, GP, 27m29s006
11) #97 Josimar Jr, GP, 27m46s878
12) 85 Eduardo Lesssi, GP, 28m39s192
13) #73 Julia Piquet, GP, 28m52s123
14) #44 Luiz Arruda, GP, 29m01s257
15) #99 Vinny Azevedo, GP, no time
 
Race 2
1) #18 Pedro Lopes, PRO, 17m52s724
2) #858 Bruno Smielevski, PRO, 17m53s271
3) #19 Rafael Seibel, GP, 17m56s371
4) #61 Lucca Croce, PRO, 18m05s107
5) #17 Dudu Trindade, GP, 18m06s181
6) #44 Luiz Arruda, GP, 18m18s662
7) #99 Vinny Azevedo, GP, 18m29s227
8) #07 m Kau, PRO, 18m41s552
9) #77 Roberto Milani, GP, 19m18s051
10) #97 Josimar Junior, GP, 19m42s302
11) #73 Wagner bridges, GP, 20m33s903
12) #82 Gerson Campos, PRO, 22m16s090
13) #55 Rabbit caê, GP, 24m23s841
14) #28 Vinicius Kwong, PRO, 14m14s882
15) #85 Eduardo Lesssi, GP, 19m15s060
Source: Race Monitor

Defending event winners Matt Hagan and Steve Torrence kept their impressive pace going at New England Dragway, as both raced to victories on Sunday at the seventh annual NHRA New England Nationals.
 
Both wins came at the 13th of 24 events during the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
 
Hagan won for the third straight year at the track in Funny Car, going 4.014-seconds at 322.81 mph in the final round in his MOPAR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to beat Shawn Langdon’s 4.046 at 317.49. Hagan, a two-time world champion, picked up his second win of 2019 and 31st in his career.
 
Hagan knocked off Don Schumacher Racing teammates Jack Beckman and Ron Capps, and Bob Tasca III, who entered the race on the strength of back-to-back wins, to reach the final round, going a weekend-best 3.958 at 326.24 to start his day. He stayed consistent the rest of eliminations to beat Langdon, who reached his second career final round in Funny Car with round wins against Jim Campbell, points leader Robert Hight and Tim Wilkerson.
 
“We went down the track in qualifying and that created a lot of confidence in our team,” said Hagan, who also picked up his 350th career round win during eliminations. “Rolling into race day, I knew we had a great car and I was confident in it. 
 
“We kept lane choice every pass and that was big. I’m really excited we were able to get another win and we needed this to be our turning point this season. We needed to gather up some momentum and I feel like we’re making the right steps to move forward coming out of this race.”
 
In Top Fuel, Torrence, the points leader and defending world champ, kept his dominant stretch going, rolling to his seventh win in the past eight races during the 2019 season with a run of 3.861 at 321.58 to beat Scott Palmer in the final round in his Capco Contractors dragster. Torrence, who is nominated for the Best Driver Award at Wednesday’s 2019 ESPY Awards, picked up his 34th career win by beating Austin Prock, Terry McMillen and Richie Crampton to reach his eighth straight and 50th overall final round.
 
Palmer advanced to his second career final round thanks to wins against Dan Mercier, Antron Brown and No. 1 qualifier Clay Millican, going 4.014 at 251.25 against Torrence. The victory also gives Torrence, who already clinched his spot in the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship this weekend, his 13th win in the last 19 races dating back to last year’s playoffs and 26th win since 2017.
 
“I really, really want Scott Palmer to win a race, but we want to win them all, too,” said Torrence, who qualified ninth and won from the seventh different qualifying position in 2019. “That was a great final round. That’s a really good group of guys and to see the progression we’ve both made, it’s pretty neat and really special for us. 
 
“Without being cocky and just being confident, you carry the mindset of you want to go everywhere and win. With doing that, you don’t treat anywhere any differently. This is a fun place to come to and it’s a pretty neat part of the country.”
The Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues July 19-21 with the 40th annual Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Bandimere Speedway in Denver. It also marks the start of the NHRA’s famed three-race Western Swing. Eliminations of all three events will be shown live on the FOX national broadcast network.
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