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Brothers Richard and Jace Vander Weerd are the latest entries for the prestigious running of the 24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented By All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway on November 7th, 8th and 9th.  

The 28-year-old Visalia, California twins, who were born in Upland and raised in Chino, have made five appearances at The PAS in 2019.  In those five races, Richard did not finish out of the top three and recorded two wins, two-second place finishes and one third.  Jace only finished out of the top 10 one time.  He drove his white and blue #88 to one sixth-place finish, one-seventh, two eighth’s and a 12th.

All three nights of the prestigious race will be full points-paying races for the Amsoil USAC/CRA and USAC National Sprint Cars and the Sand Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Cars.  To date, 36 cars have entered with drivers from seven different states.


Brothers Richard and Jace Vander Weerd are the latest entries for the prestigious running of the 24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented By All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway on November 7th, 8th and 9th.  

The 28-year-old Visalia, California twins, who were born in Upland and raised in Chino, have made five appearances at The PAS in 2019.  In those five races, Richard did not finish out of the top three and recorded two wins, two-second place finishes and one third.  Jace only finished out of the top 10 one time.  He drove his white and blue #88 to one sixth-place finish, one-seventh, two eighth’s and a 12th.

All three nights of the prestigious race will be full points-paying races for the Amsoil USAC/CRA and USAC National Sprint Cars and the Sand Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Cars.  To date, 36 cars have entered with drivers from seven different states.


Denny Hamlin was the big winner at Kansas Speedway Sunday, wrapping up the third five-win season of his career and putting an exclamation point on his clinching drive into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Round of 8. Despite all that, the real excitement played out behind the No. 11 Toyota in the final laps Sunday.
Entering the race 10th in the standings and 18 points below the cutline, No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet driver Chase Elliott thought he'd have to win in order to advance.
"Honestly, I was just trying to win the race and the rest of it just kind of fell into our hands a little bit," Elliott said after the race. "Luckily, we got a good bit of stage points in that first one, got five more in the second stage, and battled for the win."
Elliott finished second and still thought he hadn't done enough, but No. 2 Team Penske Ford driver Brad Keselowski was shuffled back on the final restart, losing six positions on the track and dropping below the cutline, giving Elliott the ticket to the Round of 8.
"Just couldn't get it to go on the restart," Keselowski lamented. "Inside lane restart. Didn't capitalize on it. Needed to get up and I couldn't get up and I got sandwiched. Somebody went three-wide and got me to the middle. Just all bad. I didn't do a good enough job."
Keselowski, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy driver William Byron, No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy driver Alex Bowman, and No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford driver Clint Bowyer saw their championship dreams end, but for the elite eight remaining, a championship could still be in store.
Below are the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff standings as the series moves to Martinsville Speedway to start the Round of 8. Listed with each driver is a fact about his playoff experience at Texas Motor Speedway, coming up November 3.
1. Kyle Busch - 4,046 points (+18)
He has led laps in seven of his nine Texas Motor Speedway starts as a playoff driver, but he has yet to win the AAA Texas 500. He has won in the spring three times.
2. Martin Truex, Jr. - 4,042 points (+14)
When he finished second in the 2017 AAA Texas 500, Truex had the fastest lap 63 times, the highest in-race total of any driver that day.

3. Denny Hamlin - 4,037 points (+9)Hamlin has been feast or famine in Texas playoff races. In 10 starts he's finished in the top 10 six times, but 20th or worse three times. 4. Joey Logano - 4,030 points (+2)His 233 playoff laps led at TMS is tops among this year's Round of 8 drivers. He sits four laps clear of Kevin Harvick. 5. Kevin Harvick - 4,028 points (-2)His 12 Texas starts as a playoff driver are the most all-time, and he's finished in the top 10 in 11-of-12. 6. Chase Elliott - 4,024 points (-6)In his Texas playoff debut in the 2017 AAA Texas 500, Elliott was the only driver to make more than 100 green flag passes. 7. Kyle Larson - 4,011 points (-19)Despite making the playoffs in 2016, 2017, and 2018, this is Larson's first start at Texas as a current playoff driver. 8. Ryan Blaney - 4,009 points (-21)In his lone playoff start at Texas in 2017, he never left the top 15 at any point, finishing sixth. The NASCAR Playoffs are currently staggered across all three of the national series in 2019. The NASCAR Xfinity Series takes this week off before continuing the Round of 8 at Texas Motor Speedway for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on November 2. No drivers are currently locked into the Championship 4 in Homestead, but Christopher Bell (+49), Cole Custer (+38), and Tyler Reddick (+37) are all near locks to make it there. Justin Allgaier holds the fourth and final spot right now with Chase Briscoe (-2), Michael Annett (-12), Noah Gragson (-17), and Austin Cindric (-30) giving chase.  The Gander Outdoors Truck Series is back in action this weekend at Martinsville for the middle race of its Round of 6. 2018 champion Brett Moffitt (+45) is comfortably above the cutline, followed by Stewart Friesen (+22), Austin Hill (+12), and Matt Crafton (+1). Tyler Ankrum (-1) and Ross Chastain (-2) are fighting to stay in the chase.
Texas Motor Speedway hosts playoff races for both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series this year. The Xfinity Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 is Saturday, Nov. 2, and the Cup Series AAA Texas 500 is Sunday, Nov. 3. For ticket or race information, please visit texasmotorspeedway.com or call the speedway ticket office at 817.215.8500. With an adult ticket purchase, accompanying tickets for children 12-and-under are $10 for the AAA Texas 500 and free for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 playoff races.  

Date                            Venue             Time*              TV Network               Radio Network
Cup Series Round of 8
Sun. Oct. 27                Martinsville      2 p.m.              NBCSN        MRN/SiriusXM
Sun. Nov. 3                 Texas              2 p.m.              NBCSN         PRN/SiriusXM
Sun. Nov. 10               Phoenix**         1:30 p.m.         NBC            MRN/SiriusXM
Championship 4
Sun. Nov. 17               Homestead      2 p.m.              NBC             MRN/SiriusXM
* - All times listed are Central
** - Four drivers will be eliminated from playoff contention in round elimination race


Firefly Music Festival (fireflyfestival.com), the east coast’s largest music and camping festival, is celebrating its return to four days of music and camping in The Woodlands – June 18-21, 2020.

The annual loyalty presale will kick off Wednesday, Oct. 23 at Noon ET and will run through noon ET Thursday, Oct. 24. The loyalty presale gives Firefly Music Festival fans an opportunity to purchase weekend passes at the lowest price available. Visit fireflyfestival.com to view details and purchase festival passes during the limited presale.

Firefly Music Festival is conveniently located within driving distance from most major metropolitan areas on the East Coast (including Philadelphia (under 2 hours), Baltimore (under 2 hours), Washington D.C (under 2 hours) and New York City (3 hours). Fans can also take advantage of Amtrak service to Wilmington, Delaware as well as SEPTA and Greyhound bus line service.

Dover Motorsports PR

The 2020 season, 56-race schedule of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series was announced today during the tour’s season finale at Portsmouth (OH) Raceway Park.  Fans in Central Illinois will see the popular series at Macon (IL) Speedway on Saturday, April 25.  The event will be the sixth visit for the series.

Former winners of the Macon Speedway 100 lap event include: Bobby Pierce (2014), Jimmy Owens (2015), Bobby Pierce (2016), Josh Richards (2017), and Bobby Pierce (2018).  The 2019 edition of the race was canceled due to weather.

Showcasing the talents of the nation’s elite dirt late model teams, the 2020 schedule will visit 32 different venues across 18 states. The 2020 tour will launch with nine events during Georgia-Florida Speedweeks and concludes October 16th-17th with the 40th Annual Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth Raceway Park. 

For the first time All-Tech Raceway in Lake City, Fla. will host the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on Sunday, February 9th, as the event wraps up Georgia-Florida Speedweeks. On Saturday, April 4th, the tour will make its return to Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, Ala. for the first time since June 14, 2008. 

The 2020 campaign will also be highlighted by a generous number of the industry’s richest events, including: Lucas Oil Speedway’s Show-Me 100 ($30,000 to win); I-80 Speedway’s Silver Dollar Nationals ($53,000); Florence Speedway’s North/South 100 ($50,000); Batesville Motor Speedway’s Topless 100 ($40,000); Port Royal Speedway’s Dirt Track Throwback ($50,000); Tyler County Speedway’s Hillbilly Hundred ($30,000); Knoxville Raceway’s Late Model Nationals ($40,000); Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway’s Pittsburgher 100 ($20,000); and Portsmouth Raceway Park’s Dirt Track World Championship ($100,000). 

For the latest breaking news concerning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the latest series standings, tour schedule, driver information, and more, visit: www.lucasdirt.com

Macon Speedway PR

Roseville’s All American Speedway hosted two busy shows of destruction in one day on Saturday, with the Malicious Monster Truck Tour, Demolition Derby, UTV, and NASCAR races thrilling thousands of race fans.  The event attracted the largest crowd turnout to date for Monster Truck competition under Bill McAnally Racing Promotions.
Monster Truck action included a perfect score in the evening’s freestyle competition for Rockstar, driven by the husband and wife team of Bill and Lorna Payne.  Racing with a pink ribbon on their truck for breast cancer, the Paynes executed a wheel stand on the front wheels driving both forwards and backwards for several hundred feet. They then rolled the truck off a jump on the backstretch to a tremendous response from the crowd.
A large field of 14 UTVs competed in their inaugural heat races, a B Main event, and a 12-car feature event.  Heat race wins went to Mike Carcierie in a blue and white Yamaha while Chris Nelle used a last lap pass to win the first heat race.  Ben Morrisey of Fair Oaks led the first six laps of the main event until a red flag for Nelle rolling onto his side on the backstretch right hander.  On the restart, Colfax’s Steve Rearick roared past Morrisey for the lead.  Rearick steered his turbocharged Polaris to the inaugural victory ahead of Morrisey in his four seat RZR with Carcierie finishing third.
NASCAR Home Tracks dashes for $200 to win hit the track and included Jr. Kids Club trophies for lucky fans as well.  Reno’s Rich Innis won the F4 dash in the afternoon while Byron Gonzales of Lincoln was the Super Stock winner.  In the evening show, Mike Gorham of Lincoln won the Modified race after Tyler Wentworth and Tyler Mullican collided in turn three battling for the lead.  Loomis’ Chris Scribner won a side-by-side duel with Grass Valley’s JJ Ferguson in the Late Models.
The Demolition Derby racers participated in an exciting game of soccer during the afternoon show before the bone-crushing main event in the evening.  Dixon’s Richard Lavallee and Ken Cornwall ended up splitting the big money after a standoff at the finish of more than ten minutes of mayhem.
All American Speedway’s Month of Mayhem continues this Saturday with the return of the Pumpkin Smash Enduro plus a Riebes Auto Parts Trailer Bash. Activities will get underway with pumpkin smashing and trunk or treat on the front stretch at 4:30 pm.  Opening ceremonies are at 6 pm with a costume contest during the halfway break. Tickets are on sale now both at the track office at 900 Riverside Blvd in Roseville or online at www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com
Additional details are available by calling the track info line at (916) 786-2025. All American Speedway is located at 800 All America City Blvd in Roseville.  Entrance to All American Speedway for race fans is available on Event Center Drive through a signalized intersection with Junction Blvd. Enter “@the Grounds” into your favorite GPS device to get directions.


Mahoning Valley Speedway closed out the 2019 season on Saturday afternoon with the Small Car Nationals and although the turnout was less than expected the action none the less was great.

There was a Pro 4/Hobby Stock open comp, Small Car Enduro, East Coast TQ Midgets and for the first time Junk Cars.

And while the latter classes where competitive, it was the Junk Car race that had those in attendance wide-eyed in a thrilling race that was conducted on a “modified” oval. Coming into the race no one knew just what to expect as it was the first time those type cars ran on asphalt or how would the course design work out.

The responses where quickly answered after the first heat lap as drivers began an intense slam bang affair and it would be Ricky Gardener claiming the initial Junk Car checker in the qualifier.

With a heads-up start for the 25-lap feature it was again a wild affair as cars swapped spots over the negotiation of the turns, narrow straights and even a chicane during their trip around the make-shift course.

Gardner and Mark Fister where the show stoppers as they traded the lead several times and the last lap proved to be the barnburner of all. Fister passed Gardner to start the final circuit. They then touched entering the chicane and Gardner edged ahead going into the slim back straight. Then in the final two corners Fester pulled slightly back ahead and with the checkers in reach it was now a drag race to the line. Both cars hit and banged with Gardner being turned sideways but was also pushed ahead of Fister to score the inaugural verdict going across the stipe in the opposite direction.

Dave Imler, although lapped, was third and played into the lead changes several times as the front pair had fits trying to crisscross around him.

In the Pro 4/Hobby Stock open comp Kadie Pursell began the day as a heat winner, taking her career first win with a stock car. She then led the early laps of the feature until Jake Kibler took control on lap seven and from there on he would be unopposed, cruising to a resounding win, his sixth of the season and extending his number one class wins ranking to 37.

Pursell, a rookie this season, had her best ever effort in garnering second just ahead of Tyler Stangle.

Harry O’Neill has been the man to beat when it comes to Small Car Enduro’s and such was the case yet again as he sailed to his third straight victory in four starts at Mahoning this season. This was race number 8 of the 2019 Mahoning Valley Speedway/Evergreen Raceway Small Car Enduro Series.

O’Neill didn’t need much time during the 30 minute race to hurry to the lead. Series title contender Don Rogers showed the way at first then came Devin Gibson but his time out front was short lived as O’Neill sped by both by lap 25.

The rest of the way it would be a battle for positions behind the leader as O’Neill was superior, covering the timed distance in 129 laps and nearly three seconds ahead of Gibson. Jake Oswald, Clem Underwood and Steven Brooks rounded out the top five.

The East Coast TQ Midgets ran the Doug Craig Memorial, honoring the 4-time ATQMRA champion.

Celebrating his 18th birthday, Tyler Wagner was victorious. Wagner snagged the lead from Jason Hentrich on lap five and then stayed strong and steady the rest of the way.

Tom Arntz collected the win in the 2-cycles and Bud Routzhan won in the 4-cycle class.


John Jancic, a native of Cleveland, North Carolina, is no stranger to winning trophies at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Pennzoil AutoFair. Jancic added to a growing collection of accolades on Saturday when his red 1968 Dodge Charger claimed Walt Hollifield Best of Show honors.

Jancic, a Pennzoil AutoFair veteran of 15 years, purchased the vehicle two years ago when the car’s previous owner was ready to part ways with the classic muscle car.

Winning the Walt Hollifield Best of Show trophy came as a surprise to Jancic.

“I’m shocked to win,” Jancic said. “For a car to be this original is pretty rare. It’s very stock. It’s on its second vinyl top and everything in the trunk and under the hood is original. It’s a one-repaint kind of car.”

Jancic’s most recent Pennzoil AutoFair Best of Show award came in April 2016 with a blue B5 1970 Plymouth AAR Barracuda.

The Best of Show award was named for Charlotte-area car expert Walt Hollifield, who has been a valuable part of AutoFair for 40 years. Hollifield presented his eponymous award to Jancic in winner’s circle.

Three days of family-friendly fun and glistening cars throughout Charlotte’s 1.5-mile superspeedway also included drift car rides, a gigantic auto parts flea market extravaganza, appearances featuring American Ninja Warrior contestant Logan Broadbent and displays saluting iconic movie cars like the world-famous Ford Mustang from the 1968 Steve McQueen movie “Bullitt.”

On Saturday, judges presented additional awards to:

  • Best of Show Runner-up: Tina Borgue’s red 1969 Buick Roadster
  • Best of Show Second Runner-up: Steve Jacobs’ nardo gray 2018 Chevrolet ZL1
  • Most Original Award: Brian Swift’s 1966 arcadian blue Ford Galaxie
  • Ladies’ Choice Award: David Hammond’s 1972 green Chevrolet Nova
  • Most Creative Award: Davie County High School’s 1986 rust Dodge B150
  • Best Restoration Award: Ray Chisholm’s 1967 beige and white Ford F-100
  • Best Foreign Award: Dale Jaacks’ 1968 red and black Opel Kadett Wagon
  • Sam Bass Award (Best Paint): Bruce Stroncek’s 1969 black Chevrolet Camaro

Fans can purchase tickets to upcoming speedway events including the Nov. 7-9 Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track by shopping online, calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or buying them at the gates.

Connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway and stay up to speed with all the happenings at the speedway, The Dirt Track and zMAX Dragway by following on Facebook, Twitter or on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s mobile app.


Anyone who has followed Denny Hamlin’s career knows one thing is certain, he loves racing at Martinsville Speedway.

Hamlin has scored 35 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins in his storied career and has five victories at Martinsville Speedway, which is tied with Pocono Raceway for the most wins at one track by Hamlin.

Hamlin is also focused for the fall race at Martinsville and knows all too well that winning the First Data 500 can guarantee him a spot in the Championship 4 as he continues his quest for that elusive first NASCAR Cup Series crown.

This year’s First Data 500 is scheduled for Oct. 27 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SiriusXM NASCAR) and once again kicks off the Round of 8 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.

“Martinsville is going to be very pivotal,” said Hamlin. “We’ve always seen great battles there. I feel like it’s the greatest race in the playoffs other than Homestead.”

The Chesterfield, Va. native scored his most recent win at Martinsville Speedway in 2015 and although it’s been a few years since he visited Gatorade Victory Lane and took home an iconic Grandfather clock, he still loves competing on the tight half-mile track.

“Martinsville is obviously one of my favorite tracks and a place where we’ve had a lot of success, so our FedEx team feels good about what we can do there,” said Hamlin.

In addition to his five wins – including three in a row from the fall race of 2009 through the 2010 season – Hamlin has finished in the top five in 14 of his 27 starts at the track with three runner-up finishes.

Hamlin once again had a strong car in the spring race at Martinsville Speedway only to have his chances for a win end after some woes on pit road.

“We had a really good FedEx Toyota,” Hamlin said. “I thought we had a second- to fourth-place car depending on the scenario. But, I lost some spots on pit road, and we had a penalty for an uncontrolled tire and had to go to the back. We had to fight back toward the front, but we made a good day out of it.”

Hamlin was able to come home fifth and will attempt to tie NASCAR Hall of Famers Fred Lorenzen and Cale Yarborough with his sixth win and become the seventh driver with six or more victories at Martinsville Speedway next Sunday.

Advance ticket prices for the First Data 500 begin at $47 with youth tickets for fans 17-and-under just $25 regardless of location. Youth 17-and-under are admitted free to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series NASCAR Hall of Fame 200-lap race on Saturday. Friday’s practice day is free to everyone.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

Martinsville Speedway PR

22 years have passed since Atlanta Motor Speedway was last repaved. Since then, the track has endured 22 blistering summers and 22 cool winters, all of which take a toll on the aging asphalt.

If left unchecked the combined efforts of Father Time and Mother Nature would make Atlanta Motor Speedway’s surface unsuitable for racing, but from day one the AMS operations department has diligently worked to prevent that from happening.

“Each year we come in about this time of year and we take a look at the track to see what needs to be done to prolong the life of the track,” AMS Executive Vice President and General Manager Brandon Hutchison said. “Without our operations staff putting in the hard work they do each fall to keep our Speedway race ready, we would’ve had no choice but to repave a long time ago.”

Efforts to keep the track race-ready have intensified with each year the surface has aged and the Speedway is constantly seeking newer, more effective materials to aid those efforts. This year AMS has started to apply Tixophalte to the cracks in its racing surface for the first time. This newer substance, which has already been put to use at some of Atlanta’s sister tracks, is expected to last longer and keep out more damaging moisture during the winter than substances used in the past.

When winter gives way to spring and NASCAR returns for its annual race in Georgia, the work that goes into preserving the slick, worn-out asphalt will perhaps be appreciated most by the racers who consider AMS to be one of the best to race.

“Atlanta Motor Speedway is definitely one of my favorite racetracks,” Clint Bowyer said. “The worn out surface is the best; I hate repaves! I get excited when we go there. The speed, how the tires fall off, how you’re able to run all over the racetrack make it great.”

“It’s definitely a handful. It definitely makes you work hard and search around constantly which is a lot of fun,” added Ryan Blaney. “I look forward to going back there.”

Blaney, Bowyer, and the rest of NASCAR’s best drivers will take to Atlanta Motor Speedway’s high banks when the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend returns with three days packed full of NASCAR action.

The Atlanta NASCAR Weekend begins with Cup Series qualifying on Friday, March 13 and continues with the Gander Outdoors Truck Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series doubleheader on Saturday, March 14. All of this leads to the main event: the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Sunday, March 15.

Tickets for the 2020 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 can be purchased by contacting Atlanta Motor Speedway at 770-946-4211, 877-9-AMS-TIX or by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.


ALABAMA announced today that it has rescheduled its “50th Anniversary Tour” visit to the Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health for Saturday, August 8, 2020. The highly-anticipated concert, which had fans in the Appalachian Highlands region pumped to enjoy the iconic Grammy-winning group’s signature style of music, was postponed in 2019.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. with special guest John Michael Montgomery and tickets are available. All previously purchased tickets and parking passes will be honored on the day of the show.

Following the event, the night sky will light up with the Food City fireworks spectacular in a fitting end to a great night of entertainment.

Those who are unable to attend the rescheduled date and purchased their tickets through the Thunder Valley Amphitheatre or Ticketmaster may contact their point of purchase for a refund. To purchase tickets to the show and for premium areas like the Bud Light Landing, call 423-BRISTOL or visit ThunderValleyMusic.com.

For more information on how to be prepared for the ALABAMA show at the Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health, please visit ThunderValleyMusic.com


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