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After a week off to celebrate the fourth of July holiday, championship leading driver, Michael Self (No .25 Sinclair Oil Toyota) and the ARCA Menards Series return to action this weekend in the Menards 200 at Elko Speedway on Saturday, July 13.

Elko Speedway, the shortest track on tour is a 3/8-mile asphalt bullring known for door-to-door racing and delivering dramatic finishes. This weekend’s event marks Self’s first ever appearance at the Minnesota short track and the ARCA Series’ sixth overall appearance since 2012.

Already a three-time winner in 2019, Self has two short track wins to his credit as he drove to victory lane earlier in the season at Five Flags Speedway and Salem Speedway. 

“I’m usually not a huge fan of the short tracks,” Self admits, “but I’m actually really looking forward to Elko. I’ve watched a couple of the past races there as well as some on-board footage and the track just reminds me so much of the places we raced out west in the K&N series. Roseville, Colorado National, I-44, Stockton, and the Vegas Bullring were all 3/8-mile tracks that were on the schedule at some time when I was running it, so those are the tracks that really formed my stock car racing roots.”

Coming off a fourth-place finish two weeks ago at Chicagoland Speedway, Self returns to the track with a 35-point advantage in the championship driver point standings over competitor Bret Holmes. Sixty-percent through the season Saturday night’s race will mark the 13th event of the year.

Self will make his 32nd career start Saturday night at Elko Speedway. Throughout his career he’s notched six wins, 19 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes to go along with five pole position starts. 

Self, 28, will join Venturini Motorsports’ teammates Christian Eckes, Chandler Smith and Hailie Deegan at Elko. VMS has one team win at Elko Speedway (Brennan Poole ’12) and two General Tire Pole Awards (Justin Haley ’14 and Christian Eckes ’18).

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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Bobby Pierce pocketed $10,000 after dominating Sycamore Speedway on Monday night, giving him the DIRTcar Summer Nationals points lead heading into the final Champions Week.

Dennis Erb Jr. set the front row with two-time Sycamore track champion Charlie Olson for the 50-lap Feature, but a caution on the start involving Olson moved Pierce to the front row. Finally, on a third attempt at starting the Feature, Pierce jumped straight to the lead.

He built a three-second lead over former champion Jason Feger, who surged forward from sixth to second. Feger cut Pierce’s lead to one second as another former champion, Ryan Unzicker, closed the gap between himself and Feger until lapped traffic slowed Unzicker on the bottom.

Eventually, Feger ran out of time to track down Pierce, who also claimed the $2,000 Independence Week title presented by FK Rod Ends.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals resumes Wednesday, July 10, at the Thunder Speedway for the “Hell Tour’s” second visit in Muskegon, MI.

Nicely stops Hoffman in Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals: After four weeks of trying, Tyler Nicely final conquered Nick Hoffman on Monday night at Sycamore Speedway to win a DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Feature worth $1,500.

Nicely set the front row of the 25-lap main event with Jeffery Ledford. Nicely jumped to lead quickly with Hunt Gossum following in second. Gossum challenged Nicely around the bottom for a couple laps until a caution flew.

On the restart Hoffman drove around Gossum for second and pressured Nicely. Hoffman, the championship leader, was strong as usual, but Nicely wouldn’t surrender the lead and held on for the checkered flag. Meanwhile, Allen Weisser worked up to Gossum for third in an entertaining battle behind the leaders, with Weisser claiming the spot in the end.

The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals resumes Wednesday, July 10, at the Thunder Speedway in Muskegon, MI.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Model Feature (50 Laps) - 1. 32-Bobby Pierce [4]; 2. 25F-Jason Feger [6]; 3. 24-Ryan Unzicker [3]; 4. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, [11]; 5. 89-Mike Spatola [8]; 6. 3S-Brian Shirley [13]; 7. 28-Dennis Erb, [1]; 8. 21B-Rich Bell [10]; 9. 15B-Jay Brendle [15]; 10. 9-Lyle Zanker [16]; 11. 25W-Allen Weisser [5]; 12. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [12]; 13. 28O-Charlie Olson [2]; 14. 25H-Chuck Hummer [14]; 15. 31AUS-Paul Stubber [7]; 16. 22B-Jonathan Brauns [9]; 17. B5-Brandon Sheppard [17]; 18. 87-Walker Arthur [18]; 19. 21-Billy Moyer [19]; 20. 2-Allen Murray [20]; 21. 18-Shannon Babb [21]; 22. 29-Spencer Diercks [22]; Hard Charger:99JR-Frank Heckenast,[+7]

DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 25N-Tyler Nicely [1]; 2. 2-Nick Hoffman [4]; 3. 25W-Allen Weisser [5]; 4. 99-Hunt Gossum [3]; 5. 18-Jeffrey Ledford [2]; 6. 1-Ray Bollinger [7]; 7. 11T-Dugan Thye [12]; 8. 37L-Michael Ledford [6]; 9. O-Travis Kohler [8]; 10. 57-Tim Hamburg [15]; 11. 25-Mike Simons [9]; 12. 57H-Brandon Hamburg [14]; 13. 1L-Dave Lilja [13]; 14. J1-Roger Jackson [11]; 15. 40-Jack Williams [16]; 16. 16-Nick Lueth [10]; 17. 8K-Levi Kissinger [17]; 18. 36-Kenny Wallace [18]; 19. K19-Will Krup [19]; Hard Charger:11T-Dugan Thye[+5

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One of the pleasant surprises of the 2019 ARCA Menards Series season has to be the charge by Munford, Alabama’s Bret Holmes to the front of the series championship point standings. Holmes (No. 23 Holmes II Excavation Chevrolet) sits second entering Saturday’s Menards 250 presented by MatrixCare at Elko Speedway, just 30 points behind leader Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota).

Just one year removed from parking his family-owned team’s racecars due to a frustrating and uncompetitive start to the 2018 season, Holmes finds himself in the thick of the fight week-in and week-out in 2019. With crew chief Shane Huffman setting up – and upgrading – the team’s fleet of racecars and making calls from on top of the pit box throughout the races, Holmes has seen his results improve dramatically. The 22-year-old building sciences major at Auburn University has already racked up five top-five finishes, one shy of doubling his previous career total, and ten top-ten finishes in the first twelve races of the season.

He’s coming to Elko looking to bolster his position on the points standings by scoring his first career series victory. He had success in his only other career appearance at the 0.375-mile track located about a half-hour outside of downtown Minneapolis/St. Paul. He started on the front row and was part of an nine-car battle for the win that resulted in a fourth-place finish in 2017. Holmes had to dodge a massive crash at the start-finish line on the final lap to score that finish as three of the drivers in front of him were involved.

Holmes has a vested interest in putting his cars back onto the team’s 18-wheel transporter in one piece, but he’s not afraid to knock fenders and swap some paint if it means he scores that elusive first win.

“I don’t mind it if it comes down to it,” Holmes said. “I own all of this stuff so it’s different when a driver owns all of the stuff. It’s more family-based and I work with our construction company and we try make as much money as we can to come do this. I don’t think a lot of the guys we are racing against have that thought. I don’t mind it and I don’t want to outright wreck people but I don’t mind replacing some body panels.”

Holmes isn’t known for an overly aggressive style on the racetrack. He’s much more in the style of a Mark Martin than a Dale Earnhardt. He won’t knock you out of the way for no reason, as Earnhardt was known for and often took joy in doing, but rather he will get physical as a way to return the favor.

“I race you like you race me,” he said. “That’s how it was earlier in the season at Toledo. Me and Michael Self, that was probably the hardest and closest I have ever raced somebody. We bumped a few times. He tried to take my entry to the corner away and I washed up a little on exit. That was the best and hardest I raced with someone. And we did it without knocking somebody out of the way or making someone loose. When it comes down to it I will, and if I get bumped I will do it back.”

While Holmes tries to live by those rules of the road, even he’s not sure how it would play out if he was in a fender-swapping duel for the win on the final lap.

“I’ve never been in second right on someone’s bumper to win a race, but it will come down to a split-second mental decision there,” he said. “I don’t think I would be blatant about it but I haven’t won a race yet. I won’t outright wreck someone to do it. If I am close and I haven’t won that first one yet, I would think about doing anything I could.”

Although Holmes and team are looking forward to the series’ annual trip to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, don’t look for him to be taking in too many sights around the Twin Cities.

“I haven’t looked into it too much,” he said. “It might sound kind of lame but we get in to these races so late. We work until three o’clock on travel days then we go pick up the guys and then fly off to the racetrack. We get to go to all of these cool places but we don’t usually have a lot of time to go see anything interesting. We’re working hard at our business so we can go race, and then we go race. There’s not a whole lot of time for anything else.”

Holmes and the rest of the ARCA Menards Series returns to action on Saturday July 13 in the Menards 250 presented by MatrixCare 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, 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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Nine graduates of Universal Technical Institute (UTI) and its NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech) campus have been honored at the White House for their winning performance on the race track.

President Donald Trump recognized driver Joey Logano, Team Penske owner Roger Penske, and the rest of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion crew for their 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title. Logano's crew included three graduates from NASCAR Tech in Mooresville, N.C., and one graduate from UTI's campus in Houston, Texas.
 
Driver Simon Pagenaud, Roger Penske, and Team Penske's No. 22 Mendards/DXC Technology Dallara/Chevrolet, including five graduates from NASCAR Tech, also visited the White House to celebrate Pagenaud's Indianapolis 500 victory. Following the race, one of those graduates, Trey Williams of Monroe, N.C., was able to kiss the bricks of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's famous Brickyard.
 
Logano said he was humbled to see his race car on the South Lawn of the White House and told the President, "It takes an amazing team."
 
John Dodson, VP Business Alliances & NASCAR at UTI, accompanied Logano and his crew to Washington, D.C. "I'm so proud of these graduates. Every time I see them, they thank NASCAR Tech for helping them succeed," Dodson said. "Our focused education and relationships in motorsports open doors for our graduates, but they earn their spots on these elite teams through passion and hard work."
 
NASCAR Tech is the exclusive educational provider for NASCAR and the only campus in the country to offer NASCAR-endorsed training. NASCAR Tech's Mooresville, N.C. campus offers the standard Universal Technical Institute core automotive training program, with an optional 15-week elective to train students preparing for a career in motorsports. The 15-week elective trains students in everything from engines, fabrication, and welding, to aerodynamics and pit crew essentials. Through NASCAR Tech's elite Spec Engine program, select students have the opportunity to build engines that will compete in NASCAR-sanctioned races.
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ARCA Menards Series championship contender Christian Eckes (No.15 JBL Audio Toyota) returns to Elko Speedway looking to finally break into victory lane after back-to-back years with runner up finishes. 

“Elko has always been a track that I’ve really enjoyed going to,” said Eckes. “Grabbing the pole and finishing second last year definitely makes me excited coming back. It’d mean a lot to win there especially with the bit of a drought we’ve had here lately. All the guys on this JBL Audio team have been working extremely hard to get this year turned around, so we’re ready to go have some fun this weekend.”

Eckes, a four-time career ARCA winner with one victory on the season finds himself 85-points behind teammate Michael Self for top spot in the series travels to Minnesota for the third time to take part in Saturday night’s Menards 250 at Elko Speedway. Eckes is coming off a seventh-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway. 

The Middletown, NY native will make his 39th career start since making his series’ debut in 2016. Throughout his young career he’s notched six wins, 16 top-5 and 28 top-10 finishes to go along with three General Tire Pole Awards. 

Eckes, 18, will join Venturini Motorsports’ teammates Michael Self, Chandler Smith and Hailie Deegan at Elko. VMS has one team win at Elko Speedway (Brennan Poole ’12) and two General Tire Pole Awards (Justin Haley ’14 and Christian Eckes ’18).

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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The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will return to Raceway Venray in the Netherlands this weekend for the only oval racing event of 2019 and the final stop of the regular season. Drivers will battle door-to-door on the fast half-mile banked oval to bring home the win and position themselves in the best possible spot for the NWES playoffs. 

Built between 2010 and 2011, Raceway Venray measures 880 meters and features variable banking in the corners ranging from 10 to 25 degrees. With average speed exceeding the 160 Km/h mark, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series races offer the fans thrilling side-by-side racing in perfect NASCAR style. The series will introduce a new race format for its 2019 oval racing weekend: each division will take on a compact program, with practice, qualifying and race taking place in the same day. The ELITE 2 Division will race a 70-lap feature on Saturday, while the ELITE 1 Division’s race will take place on Sunday and will be 100-lap long.


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For the first time in his career Stienes Longin enjoys the place on top of the ELITE 1 Division standings thanks to his impressive consistency. The Belgian won twice at Venray in ELITE 2 back in 2016 and the Dutch oval could be the perfect place to put an end to his streak of second-place finishes with a long-awaited win. Sitting second in points and eager to close the 17-point gap separating him from the lead, Longin’s teammate Nicolò Rocca is definitely looking forward to return to the place where he earned his first NWES win in 2015.

After a disastrous weekend in the Czech Republic, former points leader Alon Day is now third  alongside Loris Hezemans, with a 29-point deficit from Longin. Both drivers are eager to shorten the distance from the PK Carsport duo, as is three-time champion Ander Vilarino, currently fifth in points ahead of Alexander Graff, Romain Iannetta and Lucas Lasserre. Brands Hatch race winner Frederic Gabillon sits in ninth place, 80 markers behind the leader, while Jacques Villeneuve, who endured a tough weekend last time out, slipped to 11th behind Thomas Ferrando.

Strong of his second career win, Giorgio Maggi leads the ELITE 2 Division classification entering the NASCAR GP Netherlands with 15 points on Vittorio Ghirelli. Maggi will return from the Goodwood Festival of Speed looking to further stretch his lead in an event in which experience may play a key role. Third and fourth in points, Advait Deodhar and Lasse Soerensen will both race on oval for the first time too, while American rookie Myatt Snider, who boasts four top-5s in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, will surely want to take advantage of a more familiar track layout to move up in the standings.

Justin Kunz will want to build on his past experience at the track – the German was 11th in both races at Venray in 2017 – and Andre Castro, Nicholas Risitano, Pierluigi Veronesi and Freddie Hemborg are all within 78 points from Maggi and looking to build momentum towards the playoffs.

Qualifying and all the races from the NASCAR GP Netherlands will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tv, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Youtube channel and Facebook page, on Motorsport.tv and on a vast network of websites and social media profiles. 

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Gabillon looking for another oval win - Frederic Gabillon is the winningest NWES driver on ovals with a total of six wins. Only one of them came at Venray in 2016, so the Frenchman will look to add to his tally and move nearer to the top of the standings before the playoffs.

Who can challenge Tuomaala? - With two more Challenger Trophy wins at Most, Henri Tuomaala brought his season total up to five. The Finnish increased his lead on Dario Caso to 37 points and on Ellen Lohr to 39. Can he be stopped?

Marko Stipp Motorsport back on the grid - The German team owned by Marko Stipp will be back on the grid in the Netherlands. At the wheel of the #46 Chevrolet Camaro will be Spanish veteran Salvador Tineo and American rookie Andre Castro.

ELITE 2 Division

Niels Albert to make NASCAR debut - Two-time Cyclocross World Champion Niels Albert will take the wheel of the #11 PK Carsport Chevrolet, making his NASCAR debut on Oval. The 33-year-old Belgian will count on the team’s experience to hit the ground running at Venray. 

A new winner granted - None of the ELITE 2 drivers has ever won a race at Raceway Venray. The only three drivers boasting an ELITE 2 win at the Dutch track are Philipp Lietz, Stienes Longin and Felipe Rabello. Myatt Snider is the only driver in the division to boast an oval win.

Five rookies at the top - For the first time in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, five rookies lead the ELITE 2 Division standings, separated by 54 points. The first veteran – Dexwet-Df1 Racing’s Justin Kunz – is tied for fifth place with Myatt Snider.

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The race weekend where Victory Lane takes more guts than the race itself, the fourth annual NAPA of Montana Grizzly Nationals is set for this Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13 at Gallatin Speedway in Belgrade, Mont. with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.

"The Grizzly Nationals is such a cool event. Getting to stand in Victory Lane with a real Grizzly Bear is an experience I don't think I'll ever be able to top," said Blake Hahn who swept the inaugural event in 2016. "I was nervous at first, but once he got to the car and the trainer started working with him, it was like standing next to a giant dog that drooled a lot. He was calm as could be and was all about the candy he was getting. I really hope we can get rolling this weekend and get another picture with him."
In three events, covering six nights of racing at the Gallatin Speedway, three drivers have had the chance to stand next to Adam the Grizzly Bear. Blake Hahn in 2016 was followed by a weekend sweep by Wayne Johnson in 2017. Matt Covington added his name to the list of winners on July 6, 2018, with Canada's Skylar Gee getting the finale victory on July 7, 2018.
Gee's win broke a streak of Oklahoma born winners at the three-eighths-mile oval. The win as also the first for Skylar with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.
Going into the NAPA of Montana Grizzly Nationals, the chase of the top spot with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network is still hotly contested with the top five drivers only separated by 80 markers.
Following the Fred Brownfield Classic, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. shot back to the top of the overall driver standings by 44 points. Leading Brodix National Rookie of the Year contender, John Carney II, holds the runner-up spot with Blake Hahn slipping from the top to third following the use of Provisional at the Brownfield Classic. Scott Bogucki holds fourth with 2019 Brownfield Classic winner, Matt Covington, in fifth.
Regaining some ground on the season, Roger Crockett is 104 markers out of the top five in tour standings. Picking up the 2019 Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup, Canada's Robbie Price sits seventh with Harli White in pursuit. Picking up his first ASCS Regional Tour victory this past Saturday night at Big Sky Speedway, Jordon Mallett continues to pick up speed and currently holds ninth. Another driver finding more speed is Alex Hill who holds tenth but is under pressure from 2019 National Tour Rookie, Tucker Doughty, who has closed the gap on Alex to 57 points.
Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13 at Gallatin Speedway both open at 5:00 P.M. with racing at 7:00 P.M. (MT). Grandstands are $20 each night for adults with kids 12 and under free. Pit Gates on Friday open at Noon and remain open through the event. Pit Passes are $30 per night. Cars at the track cannot be fired before 6:00 P.M. or the offending team will be fined. This is per the city of Belgrade. Gallatin Speedway is located at 2290 Tubb Rd. in Belgrade, Mont. Information on Gallatin Speedway can be found online at https://www.gallatinspeedway.com or by calling (406) 388-ZOOM (9666).
For other news, notes, and information on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the nine Regional Tours that make up ASCS Nation in 2019, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com, follow on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter (@LucasOilASCS).
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The hottest driver in all of motorsports right now isn’t Alex Bowman, winner of the recent Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway. It’s not Simon Pagenaud, who drove to victory in the Indianapolis 500, either. Not to take away from either driver’s accomplishments, they aren’t the talk of the sport the way Hailie Deegan is.

Deegan (No. 55 TRD 40th Anniversary Toyota) will make her first visit to the three-eighths mile Elko Speedway in Saturday night’s Menards 250. The track, the smallest on the ARCA Menards Series schedule, has a lot of similarities to another three-eighths mile she raced on earlier this season, Colorado National Speedway in Erie, Colorado. Deegan competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West there on June 8 and made a last-lap bump-and-run pass for the win, her second of the season and her third career series win. In each of those victories, Deegan made a last-lap pass for the win and each of those passes involved some contact with the leader.

Deegan makes no apologies for her style of full-contact racing. It’s something she’s been taught and the timing of it is no coincidence.

“It’s funny because people say I will be in second and I try to be dirty,” she said. “They say I take my swing on the last lap because I don’t have any other chances. I take my swing on the last lap because I was trained to do it on the last lap. I could do it earlier no problem. But I wait for the last lap because I know if I do it earlier they will come back at me. That’s what my driving coach has taught me. It’s on the last lap and always on the last lap because that’s what really matters. We practice it two or three days a week. Taking your shots with one lap to go. That’s when you have to take your moves. The last race I should have won it easily but there was a caution that took away the twelve car-length lead I had coming to the checkered. It goes by each situation, but people will either love it or hate it. I won’t make everyone happy even when I make the cleanest pass possible.”

While she doesn’t like making comparisons to other drivers, it’s hard to not see the similarities in her take-no-prisoners approach to the last lap and another famous driver’s approach to the same situation.

“I always looked up to Dale Earnhardt coming into racing,” she said. “I think 90 percent of the racers here have. He’s arguably the number one figure in NASCAR, ever. I think it’s something that people respect him a lot and anyone who is a true racer respects Dale Earnhardt. There aren’t any true racers that don’t. People take that differently but in the end he was a badass racer and everyone knew he was.”

Deegan has never been to Elko Speedway before, and although she does have plenty of short track experience and success under her belt so far, she still likes to come to a new venue prepared. She has spent as much time as she can learning the nuances of Elko’s racing surface and characteristics from a far, mostly through reviewing footage of previous races there.

“Tracks that are on the Toyota simulator, I go on that,” she said. “I practice on the simulator at home. I watch a lot of footage. I watch a lot of past races, test sessions, anything I can get my hands on I study as much as I can. When I get on the track I want to be as fast as I can instantly, I don’t want to worry about getting up to speed. I want to get to the track on top of my game. I really like watching old races because you can see where the fast guy is running and what he’s doing different than everyone else. You get to see where you can make passes, which is crucial on these short tracks. That’s the hardest part. Watching it and learning it is like a straight guideline. It’s like having the answers to a test.”

With wins in the K&N Pro Series West already in the record books, Deegan is anxious to get the ball rolling similarly in the ARCA Menards Series. She has a methodical approach, and with a top-ten finish at Pocono she’s now ready for her first ARCA top five run.

“Coming out of the gate really strong is big for me,” she said. “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. 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.”

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, 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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Making just his third start in a full bodied stock car, 14-year-old Ryan Rackley raced to a runner-up result in Saturday’s PRA Tours SouthEast Limited Late Model Series event at Caraway Speedway.

The native of Valdosta, Ga., qualified his Lee Faulk Racing and Development No. 1 third for the 75-lap race. He remained patient throughout the race, moving up one spot to finish second at the checkered flag.
 
“I am relieved to be back in the race car after a few rain outs, so to finish runner up makes it even better,” said Rackley, a veteran of Legend Car competition. “The guys at Lee Faulk Racing brought me a great car tonight. It’s all about learning for me at this point, so bringing home the car in one piece was the ultimate goal.
“Finishing second here is a lot like a win for me and this team. I think if I keep learning it won’t be long before I pick up a trophy.”
 
Two-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race winner David Reutimann, who works as Rackley’s crew chief, was impressed with how Rackley handled himself Saturday night.
 
“Ryan did a really good job tonight,” said Reutimann. “He was fast, he was patient, he didn’t overdrive the car and he brought it home in one piece. We really couldn’t have asked for much more than that, so finishing second on top of all that is fantastic. I can’t wait to see what he does for an encore.”
 
Rackley was quick to thank Reutimann and his team for giving him a good car to race with during his Caraway Speedway debut.
 
“The guys at Lee Faulk Racing always bring quality race cars to the track and David is such a wealth of knowledge,” Rackley said. “I am surrounded by a lot of knowledgeable people and I am so appreciative of that. I’m glad I could bring home a great finish for David, Lee Faulk Racing, and all of my partners, friends and family.”
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Brian Shirley was in command early on Sunday night at Quincy Raceways, but a caution midway through the Feature allowed second-place running Mike Marlar to close the gap and eventually pass Shirley for the sixth DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory of his career.

Rusty Schlenk, of McClure, Ohio, set the front row with points leader Bobby Pierce in the 40-lap, $5,000-to-win Feature. Pierce pounded the outside groove, but Schlenk answered right back and took the lead.

The track surface was perfect as drivers could run the bottom, middle or top. Shirley took advantage of lapped traffic that slowed Schlenk and jumped to the lead. Marlar marched his way into second after starting fifth, battling a a tight racecar on the exit of the corners until he set more downforce on the right front by diamonding the corners to find speed.

Lapped traffic made it interesting as Shirley raced cautiously knowing a championship is on the line, but Marlar took it three-wide twice to split lapped traffic and take the lead. Marlar jumped off the top and secured the bottom as Shirley was knocking on the door. A few laps later Marlar would extended his lead by a half-straightaway to win the 10th visit for the DIRTcar Summer Nationals to the Quincy Raceways.

HOFFMAN CHARGES TO QUINCY VICTORY: If Nick Hoffman can even see the front of the field he’s going to be dangerous, and on Sunday night at Quincy Raceways he earned the outside pole and powered past Elite Racecar teammate Tyler Nicely to win for the sixth time this year on the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals tour.

Nicely started from the pole position and took the early lead for the 25-lap Feature, and he didn’t make it easy on Hoffman. The two raced in an edge-of-your-seat, side-by-side battle for several laps until Hoffman edged ahead to once again park it once again in Victory Lane and increase his lead in the championship standings.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Model Feature (40 Laps) - 1. 157-Mike Marlar [5]; 2. 3S-Brian Shirley [3]; 3. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [1]; 4. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, Jr. [7]; 5. 32-Bobby Pierce [2]; 6. 40B-Kyle Bronson [4]; 7. O-Dewayne Keifer [9]; 8. 33F-Ricky Frankel [16]; 9. 56-Jamie Wilson [12]; 10. 13-David Jaeger [6]; 11. 4G-Bob Gardner [10]; 12. 93-Jay Johnson [15]; 13. 31AUS-Paul Stubber [19]; 14. 16H-Mike Hammerle [18]; 15. 6-Cliff Powell [20]; 16. 7B-Mark Burgtorf [14]; 17. 99H-Dylan Hoover [8]; 18. 16-Rusty Griffaw [21]; 19. 45DW-Denny Woodworth [11]; 20. 45M-Melvin Linder [17]; 21. 25F-Jason Feger [13]; KSE Hard Charger Award: 33F-Ricky Frankel[+8]

DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 2-Nick Hoffman [2]; 2. 25N-Tyler Nicely [1]; 3. O5-Dave Wietholder [3]; 4. 18L-Michael Long [4]; 5. 36-Kenny Wallace [7]; 6. K19-Will Krup [9]; 7. 99-Hunt Gossum [8]; 8. 29-Chris Spalding [10]; 9. 16-Shaun Deering [13]; 10. 7S-Craig Spegal [12]; 11. 5R-Bill Roberts [14]; 12. 40-Josh Newman [18]; 13. 11T-Dugan Thye [20]; 14. 82M-Ryan Meyer [15]; 15. 105-Ben Huff [17]; 16. B4-Kevin Blackburn [5]; 17. 77-Ray Bollinger [6]; 18. 31-Joey Gower [16]; 19. 733-Spencer Havermale [11]; 20. O7Y-Ronnie Yelton [19]; KSE Hard Charger Award: 11T-Dugan Thye[+7]

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Logan Seavey held off fellow Toyota driver Cannon McIntosh to win the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League’s 38th annual Pepsi Nationals at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. It is the tenth consecutive victory for a Toyota-powered driver at the Pepsi Nationals.

The win is the fourth for Seavey in the last five races and marks his seventh in 11 POWRi races this season. With 20 races remaining, Seavey is already just four wins shy of Christopher Bell’s POWRi single-season record of 11 set in 2014.

After earning the most passing points in the heat races, McIntosh started from the pole, but it was Klaasmeyer who would take the lead early with McIntosh, Zach Daum, Seavey, who started fifth, Holley Hollan and Tanner Carrick falling in behind him. 

Klaasmeyer, the 2018 POWRi champion, held down the top spot through the early going with McIntosh and Daum remaining second and third, but Seavey slipped back to fifth on lap three as Tracy Hines moved past him.

After a caution flag waved to bunch the field, Daum took over the second spot on the restart and by lap 10, Seavey had overtaken the 16-year-old McIntosh for third. The yellow would fly again on lap 12 and Seavey would take advantage, moving past Daum for second on lap 13 and then setting his sights on his Keith Kunz Motorsports teammate Klaasmeyer, taking the lead on the following lap.

As they reached the midway point of the race, it was Seavey leading, followed by Klaasmeyer, Daum, McIntosh and Carrick. Daum and McIntosh would both pass Klaasmeyer a lap later, but it would be short-lived for Daum, as he would be shuffled back to fifth on lap 17 as McIntosh took over second.

At that point, it became a two-car race between Seavey and McIntosh. The two battled for the remaining 13 laps, with McIntosh closing on the two-time midget national champion. Catching Seavey was one thing, but passing him for the lead would prove to be an insurmountable task as Seavey would lead the final 17 laps to earn his ninth overall national midget feature win of the year and the 20th for Toyota in 2019.

McIntosh would come home second and Klaasmeyer would give Toyota drivers a sweep of the podium. Fellow KKM driver Carrick would make it an all-Toyota top four.  Also finishing in the top 10 were Daum in sixth, Jesse Colwell in seventh, Tanner Thorson in eighth and Daimon Pursley in tenth.

With his ninth podium finish of the season, Seavey has extended his POWRi point lead to 480 points over second-place Klaasmeyer. Daum is another 130 points back in third, while Colwell remains fourth.

The Toyota midget car program will take part in one of the busiest weeks of the season with seven races in six days beginning on Tuesday as USAC will head to Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla. The race will be one of four USAC events on the schedule, along with two POWRi stand-alone features and culminating in a co-sanctioned event next Sunday at the Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex in Sweet Springs, Mo.

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