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Wide Technology Raceway officials today unveiled the completion of its road course expansion. The multi-purpose motorsports venue is located just five miles from downtown St. Louis in Madison, Illinois.

 

This expansion, which was designed by Tony Cotman of NZR Consulting, expands the track from 1.6 miles to 2.0 miles in total distance.  In addition, the track enhancement creates a dynamic course configuration for the Formula Drift Series.

 

“This is a tremendous step to the next level for the future of road racing and drift events in the St. Louis region,” said WWTR Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Blair. “The additional track length, as well as its unique configuration, will enable our venue to attract higher-level, spectator-driven road racing events. For the sport of drifting, our track now will host the series with the best grandstands, the largest suite structure, an expanded pit-and-paddock area and multiple configurations to provide the most entertaining events.”

 

The first event to be held on the new, expanded configuration will be the Formula Drift Series on August 9-10. The success of the series’ 2018 WWTR debut, which filled the infield paddock of the venue, was the motivation for the facility management and the sanctioning body to work together to invest in the future of the sport in the Midwest.

 

“Formula Drift is committed to WWTR and the St. Louis region for many years to come,” said Jim Liaw, President and Co-Founder of Formula Drift Holdings. “We are excited to be part of the new course configuration as it will provide fans with more seating, our partners with world class hospitality options, a bigger paddock for the teams, a dynamic festival area as well as a challenging competition course layout.  The incorporation of the oval track banking along with the other enhancements will make this event the most highly-anticipated Black Magic Pro Championship and Link ECU Pro2 Championship events of the season.”

 

Upon completion of the August event, the track will begin working with existing and new road racing sanctioning groups on schedules and configurations. WWTR will continue to offer events on the traditional 1.6-mile course as well as the enhanced 2-mile configuration.

 

“This addition is already well-received by the local road racing community as well as the karting community,” continued Blair. “This will enable our Gateway Kartplex to expand for multiple Super Track configurations, provide motorcycle groups the opportunity to host novice and pro configurations and enables St. Louis and Metro East area to now host major international road racing events.  It’s an exciting time to be a motorsports enthusiast in our area.”

 

To obtain additional information, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit www.wwtraceway.com. Follow WWTR on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

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After back-to-back weather cancelations, Macon Speedway is set to reopen the gates to fans and competitors this coming Saturday, June 29.  On tap is the rescheduled 95Q/Dynagraphics Firecracker 40’s and Bud Light Ladies Night.  Six divisions of racing will be joined by a Kids Gold Rush for those aged 11 and under.  Admission for ladies will be just $5.

The Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models will have a Big 10 race, going 40-laps for extra prize money.  The Pro Late division is led by Dakota Ewing, who has four wins and a 52 point lead in the standings.  Donny Koehler, Jake Little, Blake Damery, and Colby Sheppard complete the top five.  The Big Ten standings has Springfield, IL’s Jake Little on top after two events.  Shawn Diggs, Cody Maguire, Colby Sheppard, and Brandon Eskew are in the top ten.

The BillingsleyRewards.com Modified division will also be on track for 40 laps of action.  The night is doubly special as the class runs minus the roof of the car for the only time during the season.  It gives the fans a great look into the cockpit of the racecar, watching the drivers work their craft.  New Berlin, IL’s Tommy Sheppard, Jr. leads the standings and has claimed four feature wins.  Alan Crowder has had a strong start to the season and is second in points, while Tim Hancock, Jared Thomas, and Zach Rhodes complete the top five.

Mount Olive, IL’s Tim Hancock leads the win in the Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modified division, having claimed five feature wins already this season.  Hancock is followed in the standings by Nick Justice, Rob Timmons, Tim Riech, and Roy Magee.  The division has had strong fields of cars and good racing all season long.

Scott Landers leads the field of Sportsman into action on Saturday night, having three top fives in four features.  That consistency gives him the advantage over Mitch Ringler, Tim Bedinger, Joel Irvin, and Terry Myers.  Dennis Vandermeersch has won three of the four features but missed one night, relegating him to sixth in points.

Hammond, IL’s Gene Reed is on top of the Archers Alley Street Stock standings.  Right behind him is his brother Terry, who has claimed three feature wins.  Larry Russell, Jr., Jonathon Hall, and Darrell Dick complete the top five in points.  The racing has been highly competitive in the class this season with a handful of drivers competing for wins on any given night.

Rounding out Saturday’s action will be the Hornet class, coming off of their Ed Cain Trucking Hornet Challenge from a couple weeks ago.  Decatur, IL driver, Brady Reed, leads the points by 76 over Carter Dart.  Billy Mason, Cook Crawford, and Marty Sullivan round out the top five.

At intermission, all kids 11 and under will be welcome to go trackside for the annual Kids Gold Rush.  Hundreds of dollars of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters will be strewn about for kids to pick up.

Pit gates will open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will start at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00.  Grandstand admission is $15 for adults but ladies will get in for just $5 for Bud Light Ladies night.

It’s the start of a busy stretch for Macon Speedway, as officials prepare for the 39th annual Herald & Review 100 for the DIRTcar Summer Nationals, coming to town on Thursday, July 4.  The race extravaganza will have Super Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, and Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods plus holiday fireworks.  Full info is online at maconracing.com.

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In honor of Kyle Busch’s 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Semifinal win at ISM Raceway, the track announced their second annual bobblehead promotional giveaway featuring the driver of the No. 18 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Limited-edition bobbleheads of the NASCAR superstar will be distributed to the first 1,500 fans that enter the INfield with an INfield wristband when gates open for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Semifinal Playoff Race on Sunday, November 10.

“We’re pleased to make an exclusive bobblehead a part of our INfield Experience again this November,” said Julie Giese, President of ISM Raceway. “Kyle Busch has been a frequent visitor to our all-new Gatorade Victory Lane and this is a unique opportunity for Rowdy Nation to get their hands on a bobblehead of their favorite driver.”

In addition to having the chance to take home this commemorative bobblehead, fans that purchase INfield access will get an unparalleled race experience with fan-interactive garages bringing them closer to their favorite teams and drivers than ever before. Fans will also get an up-close-and-personal look at postrace celebrations in Gatorade Victory Lane, as well as exclusive amenities like the Miller Lite Beer Garden and the Portacool Chill Zone.

Adult and Junior price options for tickets and INfield access to the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Semifinal Weekend are available for purchase online at ISMRaceway.com, by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the ISM Raceway ticket office.

ISM Raceway PR

A hot summer night should make for a night of hot, exciting racing at South Boston Speedway Saturday.

Drivers will face the warmest temperatures of the year Saturday night when the green flag falls on the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented By Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200. They will also be facing the largest, most challenging field of the year; will be running for the biggest payout of the South Boston season; and trying to put themselves in good position in the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown.

All those factors combined should make for an incredible night of racing.

“It’s going to be 200 laps of really close racing. There’s going to be some beating and banging and hopefully not a lot of cars will be torn up,” said Brandon Pierce, who finished fourth in this event last year. “But at the end of the night, this is South Boston. It’s going to be one of the toughest races I’ve ever been in.”

Weather forecasts indicate Saturday night will be the warmest race date of the season. Drivers say that has thrown an additional challenge into the mix.

“I think the heat and the length of the race will definitely play a big part,” said Thomas Scott, who sits third in South Boston’s point standings. “It’ll be important to pace yourself and not use up too much car in the beginning of the race to make sure you have something at the end.

“You’ll need to stay hydrated because when you’re dealing with the heat and humidity the summer brings, you will sweat a lot.”

Pierce said the heat will also have an impact on the cars.

“It’s going to be hot this weekend. Car balance is going to be big for everybody. Everybody is fighting for the same things. Emotions are going to be high, temperatures are going to be high and fan reactions going to be high,” said Pierce.

Timothy Peters, who has 11 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series wins to his credit, will be making a rare late model start this weekend.

“This race is a big deal. It sets the tone for the triple crown,” said Peters, general manager of Nelson Motorsports, which will also be fielding cars for Bobby McCarty and Ty Gibbs. “The heat will play a role in the physical and mental fitness of drivers as well as the balance of the race car. It’s going to be a fun night.”

The Virginia Late Model Triple Crown is a series of three late model races. It begins with Saturday’s Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented By Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200, moves to Langley Speedway in a few weeks for the Hampton Heat and winds down at Martinsville Speedway in October. The winner of the three-race series will earn $7,000, second place will take home $2,000 and third $1,000.

A good finish Saturday night could help propel a driver to not only a big season-ending payout but to an expanded schedule.

“This race is the biggest race of my career and probably always will be,” said Mike Jones, a South Boston native who runs South Boston Speedway regularly. “Unfortunately, we don’t travel (to races) like a lot of these guys do. Hopefully we can come away with a strong run and at least have to make us think about running the Hampton Heat. I think the biggest key to that is being hydrated, well-rested and making sure you have something left at the end.”

Saturday’s Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented By Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200 is going to be a celebration of racing and family fun. There will be racing in four divisions, a huge fan appreciation event on the track prior to the race and a spectacular fireworks display after the final race.

There will be a break in the 200-lapper at the half-way point with a blind draw to invert the field for the second half.

In addition to the 200-lap Late Model race, there will be a 75-lap Limited Sportsman race, a 40-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 20-lap Budweiser Hornets race.

Advance tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the South Boston Speedway office or by calling 877.440.1540, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On race day tickets will be $20 for adults. Children 12-and-under will be admitted free with a paying adult.

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When the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars hit the track at Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday night, June 29th, all the usual stars will be on hand including six-time champion Damion Gardner, Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, Austin Williams and R.J. Johnson.  However, much of the spotlight will be on Senior Sprint Car driver Tobey Sampson who will start his last race at The PAS before moving back to his native Moore, Oklahoma on Sunday.

Sampson’s twisted journey to Southern California began in February 1995 when he left Oklahoma and moved to Indiana to further his racing career.  Nearly two years later he followed that up by heading west to Southern California.  It ended up being a change that would see the second-generation racer stay in So Cal for almost 23 years.

“The main thing I came to California for was to build sprint cars,” the now longtime Torrance resident said to Michele Spencer and Dave Stall on last Sunday’s “Racer Radio Show.”   “I left Indiana after two years and came out here to work for Clark Drake.  I got to chase my dream of building cars.  I have lived here in Torrance at Rickie Gaunt’s old house for 20 years and have been fixing sprint cars here in the garage.  It has been good.”

Sampson started his own company, Okie Racecars, building racecars after his move to So Cal.  However, he may have become more famous for fixing cars as he mentioned above.  He became known as the go-to guy to straighten bent sprint car and midget chassis’ for drivers from one end of California to the other.  The best part of all was the price the man known affectionately as the “Smokin’ Okie” charged.  It was usually as he says, “beer money.”  A small handful of dollars and a six-pack of his favorite barley beverage.  Good news for drivers in Oklahoma is the fact he plans on doing the same when he gets back home.

“All my buddies back in Oklahoma have been asking me if I am going to repair their cars when I get back there,” he laughed.  “Yeah, why would I quit?  The main reason I always wanted to do it (straighten bent cars) was for the vintage cars.  The vintage thing back there has been taking off pretty good.  I have already got guys back there who have asked me to do some restoration stuff.  I am really excited to get to do that.”

The car Sampson will be driving on Saturday is the last one he repaired for Cory Kruseman.  Sampson specifically wanted to be in that one for his bon voyage race on Saturday.

“My friend Rickie Gaunt stopped by the other day and told me Kruseman called him,” Sampson laughed.  “He said Kruseman told him he has eight sprint cars ready to go in the shop and he (Sampson) wants to race the one that isn’t ready.  It is actually the last car I fixed for Cory.  It is the biggest fat boy car he has got cockpit wise.  I said, “I fixed it and that is the car I want to drive.  Get er’ done.”

After his last race at The PAS on Saturday, Sampson and his son Tyler, a past football player at Torrance North High School, will hop in his truck and begin their journey to their new Midwest digs. His daughter Hailey, who graduated from Torrance South High School earlier this month, will be staying in Southern California and will attend El Camino College in the fall.

While his legion of friends in California are happy that he will be going back home, it is going to be very hard for them to see him go.

“It is going to be very strange on sprint car nights not to see Tobey in the pits,” promoter Don Kazarian said.  “Everybody loves him and his kids.  It is not a stretch to say he is probably the most popular person down there.  You start smiling when you see him, because you know he is going to say something to make you laugh.  We really hate to see him go and everybody is going to miss him.”

While Sampson is excited to be going back home, he is sad about leaving all the friends he has made over the past 23-years in California.  Those who know him well, could hear it in his voice as Sunday’s radio interview came to an end.  And, for once, he almost seemed to be at a little loss for words.

“Saturday at Perris is going to be a bittersweet night,” Sampson slowly said at the end of the interview.  “It has been my home track for 23-years now.  You know Donnie and Kim (promoter Don Kazarian and his wife) and the whole gang out there.  I love em.’  It is going to be an emotional night for me.”

Not only will it be an emotional night for Sampson, but it will also be a highly emotional night for all his friends.  Dirt will be flying during the races, but when the motors go quiet after the final race, tears will be flowing freely in the pits.

Spectator gates for Saturday’s race will open at 5:00 P.M. and the first race will take the green flag at 7:00.

Tickets are $25.00 for adults.  Seniors 65 and over get in for $20.00.  For active military with proper id and their spouse or date, it is $5.00 each.  Teens 13-18 with their school id and kids 6-12 get in for $5.00.  Children 5 and under are free.  Parking on the fairgrounds is $8.00.

Camping on the fairgrounds opens at noon on Friday.  Tailgating on the grassy area outside of turn four begins at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday.

Advance tickets for all Perris Auto Speedway events are available 24-hours a day online at https://bit.ly/2Aa50Lj or by calling 1-800-595-4849.  If you do not wish to buy tickets in advance for any race, there will be plenty of tickets for everyone at the ticket window on race night.

Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the SoCal Fair and Event Center (home of October’s Southern California Fair), approximately one hour east of Los Angeles and one-hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds. For directions on MapQuest, the address to enter is: 18700 Lake Perris Drive and the zip code is 92571.

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate partners for the 2019 season.  All Coast Construction,  Austin Hutchinson Realtor, Battery Systems, Brass and Bass Firearms & Fishing Supplies, Budweiser, Bud’s Tire Pro, Chris’ Hauling, City of Perris, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Flowdynamics, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, Inland Rigging, K2 Displays, Living Water’s Hospice, LKQ Pick Your Part, Luke’s Transmission, Pepsi-Cola, Pole Position, PrintItNow.com,  Rainbow Bolt & Supply, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunoco Race Fuels, Sunstate Equipment, Trench Shoring, Varner Construction, VIA RV Service and Vista Paint.

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NASCAR star Bubba Wallace made a triumphant return to Victory Lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway and WBTV’s “Hurricane” Al Conklin swept through a school bus slobberknocker in an action-packed night of Bojangles’ Summer Shootout excitement presented by Lancaster’s BBQ on Tuesday.

A wheel-to-wheel, fender-banging school bus showdown saw Conklin – chasing his third consecutive Media Mayhem win and fifth overall – start fifth ahead of only WROQ’s J.D. Stone. FOX 46 Charlotte’s Will Kunkel, WCCB’s Zach Aldridge, WSOC’s Andrew Perdue and Spectrum News’ Courtney Davis rolled off on the front two rows, only to have Conklin nudge Perdue on the first lap, sending Perdue’s orange bus into Kunkel’s white machine. Kunkel spun, Conklin inherited the lead and held off a charge from Stone and Perdue to take the checkered flag.

“The random draw had me in the back of the pack, so I had to go through everybody to get there,” Conklin said. “This one is the most satisfying of my wins. My bus was leaking all kinds of fluids, Stoneman was gunning for me, he gave me a good knock and I don’t know how I hung onto it. I wasn’t scared because I’ve done this a few times. I always look forward to June because I know this is coming and I love racing buses here but now we’ve got fireworks coming to the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout next Tuesday, so it’s going to be even more exciting then.”

Bubba Wallace – known for his exploits in Richard Petty’s famous No. 43 car – thrilled Tuesday night’s crowd in a blue No. 76 Legend Car presented by WIX Filters. Wallace rolled off at the tail of the field of the Boston Reid Real Estate Pro Division feature and rocketed to the top five in three laps. The second-year NASCAR driver reasserted his dominance on Charlotte’s frontstretch quarter-mile in short order. Wallace took the lead on the final lap of the 25-lap feature and edged Ryan Miller, Joey Padgett and Carson Ferguson to the finish line for his first Shootout victory since 2012.

“Great to be back,” said Wallace, who claimed his sixth Pro win and 13th overall Shootout triumph. “It’s awesome coming here, coming here to have fun. I remember 15 years ago sitting out there watching this stuff – so it’s cool how it all comes full circle. Any kids with dreams out there, don’t give up. But you better watch out because I’m going to move you out of the way.”

Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company Masters points leader Robby Faggart made a last-gasp bid for victory on Tuesday, when the veteran driver nudged leader Mark Green entering Turn 4 on the final lap. Faggart slipped up, Green held on and Todd Midas slid by Faggart for second at the line.

“Robby raced me good,” Green said. “If he hits you square, that’s easy enough. I’m really proud of our guys. We raced really good tonight.”

For the second straight race, a multi-car melee took place at the start of the PMG Young Lions feature.

Isabella Robusto recorded her first VP Racing Fuels Semi-Pro win in unforgettable fashion. A late-race restart saw race leader Jason Alder tangle with Gracie Trotter and Braden Rogers – while Cole Dockery, situated just behind the front-runners, drove away from the accident and into the lead. Dockery crossed the line first, but his car was underweight in post-race inspection, giving Robusto the victory and her brother, Will, second.

Kaleb Bradley edged Layton Harrison by a scant 0.538 seconds in the K1 RaceGear Bandolero Bandits feature on Tuesday.

Parker Eatmon emerged victorious in the Farm Bureau Bandolero Outlaws feature. Eatmon cleared eventual runner-up Carson Ramsey for the lead in the closing laps and held on for the win.

“(That was) just hard racing,” Eatmon said. “I thought I had a top-five, didn’t think I’d win. Seat time is key. … Racing with people much older and with more experience (made the difference). Now that we have it tuned in, I think we can win more.”

Josh Horniman’s drive to victory in the Bandolero Beginner Bandit feature was all about conserving his machinery in the closing laps. Horniman avoided trouble and kept Kenton Case and Colt Johnson at bay at the finish.

Next Tuesday’s Bojangles’ Summer Shootout on July 2 features a spectacular fireworks show. Additionally, race fans will get to meet the entire Bojangles’ Summer Shootout field in a special post-race driver autograph session on the frontstretch.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with opening ceremonies scheduled for 6:15 p.m.

TICKETS:
Tickets, which cost only $8 for adults and are FREE for kids 13 and under, can be purchased at the gate or in advance by calling 800-455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets.

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Follow all the thrilling Bojangles’ Summer Shootout action using the hashtags #LetsBoRacing and #WeCreateLegends. Connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or get all the latest news and information with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.

Unofficial Results:
Media Mayhem School Bus Slobberknocker (6 Laps): 1. Al Conklin (WBTV); 2. J.D. Stone (WROQ 101.1); 3. Andrew Perdue (WSOC); 4. Will Kunkel (FOX 46 Carolinas); 5. Zach Aldridge (WCCB); 6. Courtney Davis (Spectrum News)

Boston Reid Real Estate Pro (25 Laps): 1. Bubba Wallace; 2. Ryan Miller; 3. Joey Padgett; 4. Carson Ferguson; 5. Ryan Mackintosh; 6. Daniel Wilk; 7. Garrett Manes; 8. Davis Rochester; 9. Caleb Heady; 10. Vince Midas; 11. Hudson Halder; 12. Collin Milroy; 13. Stevie Johns; 14. Bryson Ruff; 15. Zach Miller; 16. Chase Scott; 17. Jason Simmons

Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company Masters (25 Laps): 1. Mark Green; 2. Todd Midas; 3. Robby Faggart; 4. Dwayne Holder; 5. Jan Ingram; 6. Jon Craig; 7. Charles Parker; 8. Dirk Putter

PMG Young Lions (25 Laps): 1. Sam Butler; 2. Ethan Norfleet; 3. Janson Marchbanks; 4. Zack Miracle; 5. Conner Jones; 6. Landon Rapp; 7. Ashton Whitener; 8. Christina Pedano; 9. Kade Brown; 10. William Cox; 11. Jason Chapman; 12. Tristan Borkoski; 13. David Sullivan; 14. Molly Lindner; 15. Lacy Kuehl; 16. Tyler Chapman; 17. Tommy Good; 18. Landen Lewis; 19. Jaiden Reyna; 20. Jake Waltman; 21. Justice Calabro; 22. Austin Macdonald; 23. Cutter Love

VP Racing Fuel Semi-Pro (25 Laps): 1. Isabella Robusto; 2. William Robusto; 3. Justin Laduke; 4. Justin Gareis; 5. Craig Biryla; 6. Austin Saunders; 7. Carson Poindexter; 8. Walter Reardon; 9. Rajah Caruth; 10. Dacin Roberson; 11. Faron Laney; 12. Jason Alder; 13. Braden Rogers; 14. Gracie Trotter; 15. Joshua Plummer; 16. Andrew Tagliamonte; 17. Jordan Plummer; 18. Cole Brown; 19. Blake Lothian; 20. Cole Dockery

Beginner Bandolero Bandits (20 Laps): 1. Josh Horniman; 2. Kenton Case; 3. Colt Johnson; 4. Finn Buckley; 5. Seth Helms; 6. Cale Dejarnett; 7. Neal Dulin; 8. Jonathan Pedano; 9. Natalie Richard; 10. Cameron Cox; 11. Hunter Jordan; 12. Ava Grace Tobias; 13. Hudson Canipe; 14. Payton Johnson

K1 RaceGear Bandolero Bandits (20 Laps): 1. Kaleb Bradley; 2. Layton Harrison; 3. Lucas Vera; 4. Bobby Elder; 5. Luke Morey; 6. Truett Miranda; 7. Aiden Garcia; 8. Nate Honeycutt; 9. Alex Meggs; 10. Tristan McKee; 11. Jacob Bradley

Farm Bureau Bandolero Outlaws (20 Laps): 1. Parker Eatmon; 2. Carson Ramsey; 3. Connor Yonchuk; 4. Trevor Wester; 5. Zac Fowler; 6. Skyler Chaney; 7. Logan Clark; 8. Carter Russo; 9. Santiago Hill; 10. Fran Pedano; 11. Natasha Elder; 12. Whitney Meggs; 13. Cameron Murray; 14. Sean Abell; 15. Garin Mash; 16. Jadyn Daniels; 17. Wyatt Philyaw; 18. Madison Miracle

CMS PR

Craig Von Dohren continues in his effort to become the first 11-time T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 champion at Grandview Speedway. The Oley, PA racer sits on top of the latest point standings with 2512 counters. And he has been to victory lane three times out of the 10 point events run so far this season.

Staying close to Von Dohren in the point battle is five time champion Duane Howard. The Oley, PA racer has visited victory lane twice and has 2350 tallies good enough for second place.

Third spot is held by Grandview point chase newcomer Rick Laubach (Hellertown, PA). He has not cracked victory lane but he has earned 2299 points with consistent top finishes. Brett Kressley with 2120 points holds fourth followed by Jared Umbenhauer 2117.

Past champion Brian Hirthler of Green Lane, PA has moved back in front of the T.P.Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman standings with 1999 points and two victories. Close behind is Brad Grim, Coplay, PA, with 1973 counters. In third is two feature winner Brad Brightbill who has tallied 1938 points followed by Kyle Lilick with 1699 points and Brad Arnold with 1647.

Ten events have been run in each division with 55 racers earning points with the Modifieds and 40 racers getting points in the Sportsman division.

Next on the Saturday night NASCAR schedule is a tripleheader show of T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman and a second 2019 appearance for the Delaware Auto Exchange Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series. Heading up the list of entries for the Sprints will be Ricky Dieva, a recent feature winner, Tim Tanner, Rick Stief and a host of others. Racing on June 29 gets the green flag at 7:30 p.m. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. Adult admission is $18, youngsters 6 through 11 pay just $5 and kids under 6 are admitted free. Fans are reminded to arrive early for the Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet. The session starts at 5 p.m. and will feature Sprint racer Ricky Dieva and Modified talent Louden Reimert.

PA Sprint Speed Week featuring 410 Sprints ($10,000 to win) and 358 Modifieds is on Tuesday, July 2. Start time is 7:30 p.m. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m.

Coming up on Saturday, July 6th is the annual Firecracker 40 which this year features the Sportsman with the feature winner walking off with $2,000. The 358 Modifieds will be the second part of the doubleheader Holiday show.

Grandview Speedway PR

Craig Von Dohren continues in his effort to become the first 11-time T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 champion at Grandview Speedway. The Oley, PA racer sits on top of the latest point standings with 2512 counters. And he has been to victory lane three times out of the 10 point events run so far this season.

Staying close to Von Dohren in the point battle is five time champion Duane Howard. The Oley, PA racer has visited victory lane twice and has 2350 tallies good enough for second place.

Third spot is held by Grandview point chase newcomer Rick Laubach (Hellertown, PA). He has not cracked victory lane but he has earned 2299 points with consistent top finishes. Brett Kressley with 2120 points holds fourth followed by Jared Umbenhauer 2117.

Past champion Brian Hirthler of Green Lane, PA has moved back in front of the T.P.Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman standings with 1999 points and two victories. Close behind is Brad Grim, Coplay, PA, with 1973 counters. In third is two feature winner Brad Brightbill who has tallied 1938 points followed by Kyle Lilick with 1699 points and Brad Arnold with 1647.

Ten events have been run in each division with 55 racers earning points with the Modifieds and 40 racers getting points in the Sportsman division.

Next on the Saturday night NASCAR schedule is a tripleheader show of T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman and a second 2019 appearance for the Delaware Auto Exchange Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series. Heading up the list of entries for the Sprints will be Ricky Dieva, a recent feature winner, Tim Tanner, Rick Stief and a host of others. Racing on June 29 gets the green flag at 7:30 p.m. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. Adult admission is $18, youngsters 6 through 11 pay just $5 and kids under 6 are admitted free. Fans are reminded to arrive early for the Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet. The session starts at 5 p.m. and will feature Sprint racer Ricky Dieva and Modified talent Louden Reimert.

PA Sprint Speed Week featuring 410 Sprints ($10,000 to win) and 358 Modifieds is on Tuesday, July 2. Start time is 7:30 p.m. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m.

Coming up on Saturday, July 6th is the annual Firecracker 40 which this year features the Sportsman with the feature winner walking off with $2,000. The 358 Modifieds will be the second part of the doubleheader Holiday show.

Grandview Speedway PR

Alsco Inc., the worldwide leader in providing rental services for linen, workwear uniforms and facility services to customers that include restaurants, healthcare, automotive industry and industrial facilities, is proudly celebrating its fourth consecutive year as the title sponsor of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway, where the green flag drops on Friday, July 12. This year, Alsco added the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway for a trifecta of Alsco 300 races that also included Charlotte Motor Speedway over Memorial Day weekend. Today, Alsco is the only company with multiple Xfinity Series entitlements.

“While our growth in NASCAR is something we’re excited about, coming back to Kentucky is something our team has become sentimental over,” says Alsco Sales and Marketing Director Jim Divers. “Kentucky Speedway is loaded with great experiences for all fans, and our customers always love coming out to see the races here.”

“Signing Alsco to a multiyear extension of their Xfinity Series sponsorship at Kentucky Speedway was the highlight of our off-season,” said Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger. “The same enthusiasm and professionalism that has made them a leader in their industry is what makes them one of the best sponsors in sports. We are proud to always be Alsco’s home track!”

Alsco is pleased to announce this year’s grand marshal for the Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway is Maj. Gen. Jerry D. Humble. A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Humble has enjoyed a highly decorated career in service to his country and to his local communities. In addition to fly-fishing and shooting sports, Humble serves as a special deputy with the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department and consults with businesses and law enforcement around the United States on leadership and counterterrorism.

Alsco is also excited to present this year’s Honorary Starter, Erroll Reese. Based in North Carolina’s Triangle area, Reese is a co-host on the popular sports radio program “The Sports Shop.” In addition to his work in entertainment, Reese is a tech entrepreneur and passionate about giving back to his communities.

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There are going to be some heavy hitters rolling into South Boston Speedway this weekend for the track’s huge mid-season Late Model classic. Familiar names like Morris, Pulliam, Sellers, Peters and McCarty.

Poised not far behind that group, flying a bit under the radar is Brandon Pierce. While he may not have the stats and championships of Philip Morris, Lee Pulliam, Peyton Sellers, Timothy Peters or Bobby McCarty, Pierce has to be considered a legitimate contender in the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented By Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200.

He finished fourth in last year’s event and was fifth in 2016. He picked up his first South Boston Speedway win last season and his first CARS Tour victory early this season. He is driving a car prepared by Pulliam this year and he says that partnership has accelerated the learning process.

“Everybody knows about all of Lee’s success overall and especially at South Boston. There is always something you can learn from someone of his caliber,” Pierce said of the four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion. “I’ve asked him so many questions; he has taught me so much, about driving and about the car.”

Although Pierce hasn’t raced at South Boston this year, he says he’s learned so much about the .4-mile oval by watching Pulliam’s performances at the track closely this season.

“I always thought I did pretty good at South Boston,” said Pierce, who ran at the track full time in 2016 and 2017, his first full seasons in Late Model. “But I’ve learned so much about it this year. I’ve been with Lee every week he’s raced there this year, watching his car and his driving style.

“I’ve taken a lot of notes. I’m really looking forward to practice on Friday so I can put all of that to use.”

Pierce said he believes there is more buzz than normal about Saturday’s race among both fans and drivers. There are several reasons, he said. The larger first-place payout, up from $6,500 in 2018 to $10,000 this year, has contributed, he says. So has the fact it is the first race in the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown, the coveted three-race series that includes stops at Langley Speedway and Martinsville Speedway.

“If you win this one, you’ve definitely accomplished something. If it lives up to its billing, if everyone shows up that I hear is coming, the best of the best are going to be there.”

Pierce has been running the CARS Tour fulltime the past two seasons, but South Boston Speedway remains special to him.

“I definitely have this one circled because South Boston always feels like home to me. I ran there two years full time,” said Pierce, who is sponsored by Thunder Road Harley-Davidson, Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort, Fremont Properties, Discount Oil Company, Bondurant Brothers Distillery, Amanzi Marble & Granite and Mincey’s Graphics.

“I love the track. I love everybody there. I developed some fan base there and it’s always good going somewhere you’ve got experience.”

Pierce and Pulliam have only raced head-to-head once this season. He ran in the top five most of that day with his boss and teammate Corey Heim. It was good, clean, fun racing, Pierce said. But what would happen Saturday night if Pulliam is leading and he is running second on the final lap?

“I’d definitely give him a shot (in the bumper) and he would be mad if I didn’t. I’d give him big enough of a shot to get side-by-side. He’d be grinning ear-to-ear. I’d love that opportunity. And he’d do the same to me.”

Saturday’s Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented By Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200 is going to be a celebration of racing and family fun. There will be racing in four divisions, a huge fan appreciation event on the track prior to the race and a spectacular fireworks display after the final race.

In addition to the 200-lap Late Model race, there will be a 75-lap Limited Sportsman race, a 40-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 20-lap Budweiser Hornets race.

Advance tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the South Boston Speedway office or by calling 877.440.1540, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On race day tickets will be $20 for adults. Children 12-and-under will be admitted free with a paying adult.

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As the Ultimate NASCAR Summer Festival Weekend rapidly approaches, Chicagoland Speedway would like to remind racing fans of the variety of entertainment activities taking place as June 27-30.

BBQ SmokeDown

The top stars in barbeque move in and start cooking on Friday before the green flag waves over the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Camping World 225. Stop by the Lower Ridge Camp Ground and watch as celebrity chefs prepare chicken, ribs, pork and brisket for the BBQ SmokeDown, a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS)-sanctioned competition. The barbequing continues on Saturday, but this time, the fans can throw their names in for the Burger Battle. The fan with the best burger will be crowned on Saturday evening at the campground stage.

Pit Bike National

New to Chicagoland Speedway in 2019 will be the inaugural Pit Bike National, featuring motocross legends Ryan Villopoto, Jeff Stanton, Damon Bradshaw, Carson Brown, Mike Brown, Gary Semics, Kyle Vance, Willy Browning and more. Star of NBC’s “Chicago Fire” Taylor Kinney will also participate in the weekend’s pit bike festivities.

Access to the Chicagoland Speedway Pit Bike National is included with a NASCAR grandstand ticket. For admission to the Chicagoland Speedway Pit Bike National, fans must have a NASCAR ticket for that day, or a Sunday ticket. Tickets must be presented at the viewing area for admission.

Upgraded Infield Fan Zone

Fans who purchase an Infield Fan Zone Pit Pass will now be granted exclusive access to a special viewing area within the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Garage that features the top 12 Cup drivers’ cars, access to the tech inspection and much more. Fans will have access to the garage area during select times on Saturday and Sunday. Fans can enjoy a place to rest and cool off in the new Portacool Chill Zone, featuring several cooling units, lounge chairs, and shade in the Fan Zone as well. A Fan Zone Pit Pass experience includes the opportunity for live driver special Q&As, front-and-center access to the drivers' red carpet walk, up front access to the pre-race concert with Lee Brice and photos in Gatorade Victory Lane.

Musical Entertainment

Country music singer and song writer Lee Brice will kick off the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 400 with a performance on Sunday, June 30 at 12:15 p.m. following fans’ “Parking Lot Parties.” The Camping World 400 pre-race concert is presented by New Country, Chicago’s BIG 95.5.

Brice has achieved Gold and Platinum status on every album and single released. His hits include “A Woman Like You,” “Love Like Crazy,” “Hard 2Love” and “I Don't Dance.” Lee’s new single “Rumor” is out now and follows “Boy,” the debut song from his fourth studio album, Lee Brice.

In addition to Brice, fans can enjoy additional musical performances throughout the weekend.  Live bands will perform during all hours of Champions Park Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Highlights include a Saturday night post-race concert featuring Miller Lite and iHeart Radio’s Nashville Nights artist Scott DuBose and the 101 Ranch.  Sunday will boast a mix of classic rock and authentic Chicago blues with a post-race concert by up-and-coming country group The Joe Stamm Band.  Campground entertainment includes a variety of artists such as Nashville Recording Artist Kelsey Hickman, Voice Contestant Josh Gallagher, Chicago blues legend Joanna Connor and the glam-rock powerhouse Poison’d Crue. The entertainment continues in the Infield Campgrounds with funky, fresh blues, soul and rock from local favorites Cadillac Groove. And on Sunday, join one of Chicago’s most in-demand show bands, the Blooze Brothers, in the Infield Fan Zone for an exciting and energizing performance of traditional blues and classic rock.

On Sunday, Brice will pass the mic to the “Gold Standard” Jim Cornelison who will once again headline the patriotic tribute with his iconic rendition of the “The Star Spangled Banner.” Cornelison has been performing the anthem at Chicagoland Speedway since 2013 and is better known as the “Gold Standard” for his iconic rendition of the ballad.

Official Pace Car Driver

Nine-time AMA Motocross/Supercross National Champion Ryan Villopoto will serve as the official pace car driver for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 400 on June 30. Villopoto entered the NASCAR conversation back in January when he sent a message via Twitter and Instagram to seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson to get his thoughts on bringing a pit bike race to Chicagoland Speedway during its NASCAR weekend. The conversation took off in the social world, bringing Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock to green light the event.

Kids Activities

A full Carnival is one of the most notable fan enhancements in 2019. The carnival, a first at Chicagoland Speedway, will be set up in Champions Park, the ultimate pre-race fan experience in a park-like atmosphere with live entertainment and interactive displays, will be open Friday through Sunday. There will be family-friendly rides, multiple youth attractions and games including bumper cars, a Tilt-A-Whirl, Ferris wheel and more. The Carnival will be open late on Friday for fans to enjoy after post-race fireworks until 11:00 p.m. on Friday.

Friends from the Brookfield Zoo will be visiting the Kids Club display on Sunday.  Fans will have a chance to win zoo admissions, play fun animal games and witness Mascot Animal Races happening throughout the day in the Kids Zone.   

Chicagoland Speedway’s mascot DASH will make regular appearances throughout the weekend and will be available for photos with fans. Face painters, bounce houses and much more will be available for kids each day in Champions Park located at the Kids Club display.

The NASCAR Foundation will bring its Speediatrics Fun Day Festival, which is dedicated to inspiring children to lead a healthy lifestyle, to the Chicago area for the first time on Saturday, June 29 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children in attendance will be treated to NASCAR-themed field day activities, a driver Q&A and healthy snacks to remind children about the importance of healthy eating habits and physical fitness. This health fair conducted during the heart of a race weekend enables more children to learn and practice the habits they need to stay healthy and active.

On Sunday, June 30 at 10:00 a.m., young fans will also have the opportunity to attend an autograph session, featuring Monster Energy Cup Series drivers Daniel Hemric, Paul Menard, Matt Tift and Ryan Newman. Additionally, Chicagoland Speedway’s Kids Club Crew Chief Clint Bowyer will make an exclusive appearance for Kids Club members at 11:00 a.m.

Rail Jam

Step Up Productions will once again add a thrilling element to the entertainment lineup, as their Wakeboard Rail Jam set up will be on display over the weekend. Fans will get up-close and personal with professional wakeboarders as they perform high-flying aerial tricks over the 50’ gap that separates the takeoff and the 50,000 gallon landing pool.

Throughout the weekend there will be 11 performances at the following dates and times:

Thursday                       6 & 7 p.m.

Friday                           4:30, 6 & 7:30 p.m.

Saturday                       10, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Sunday                         10, 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.

NASCAR Salutes

Beginning Memorial Day weekend and running through Independence Day weekend, the NASCAR industry will honor United States Armed Forces heroes and their families as part of NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola – an industry-wide expression of respect, appreciation and reverence for those who have served the nation both past and present.

At noon on Friday, a Stars and Stripes-enhanced Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series hauler parade will make its way through Gate 2, around the east side of the facility before entering the infield. The Joliet Police and Fire Departments will lead the way followed by the Chicagoland Speedway Pace Car chauffeuring an honorary veteran guest. Chicagoland Speedway Fire Safety Trucks with Chicagoland Speedway Mascot DASH, vintage Military Vehicles, Patriot Guard Motorcycle Riders, the Fallen Hero Memorial Hauler and more will accompany the parade as well.

Returning this year, under the NASCAR Salutes platform, the VIP Military Tent in Champions Park will welcome all veterans, active military, and their families on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30. Service men and women will enjoy shaded seating and a robust schedule of events, featuring private meet and greets, performances, and complimentary snack and drink service.

Saturday                       9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (food and beverage served 10am-2pm)

Sunday                         8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (food and beverage served 9am – 12pm)

RV Show

Ever consider camping with us, looking to upgrade or just eager to see what types/models of RVs are out there? Look no further as Chicagoland Speedway’s Champions Park will host an RV Show presented by Camping World. Fans can also stop by any of the exciting sponsor displays in this area for interactive games and giveaways for the whole family. Plus, driver appearances and autograph sessions pop up at various sponsor displays throughout the weekend.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway will take place in June as part of the four-race weekend June 27 – June 30. The weekend will kick off on Thursday, June 27 with the ARCA Menards Series Bounty 150 followed by NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Camping World 225 under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series Camping World 300 will hit the track as the precursor to Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 400 showdown.

To purchase tickets to any 2019 Chicagoland Speedway event, visit us online at www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com, call 888-629-RACE (7223), download the Chicagoland Speedway mobile app, visit the Chicagoland Speedway Administrative office or stop by the box office on the day of the event.

For the most current information about Chicagoland Speedway, follow us on Facebook along with Twitter and Instagram @chicagolndspdwy.

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