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Imagine being Martin Truex Jr. and the next Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race is one that you have dominated the previous two seasons.

“It’s always nice to go to a track you have confidence at and feel good about,” he said.

And then you experience a day like Friday.

The two-time and defending Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart winner was middle-of-the-pack fast in two practices then qualified eighth in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for Saturday’s race at Kentucky Speedway.

“We changed a lot of things throughout practice and got better and better and better and then right there in qualifying it was the best it’s been all day,” Truex said. “I’m optimistic that it’s going to be pretty good (Saturday) night. Hopefully it is.”

Things are not like they were the last time the Cup Series visited the 1.5-mile track and Truex stole the show - again.

NASCAR has gone to a new rules package designed to create closer racing competition and more passing opportunities. Goodyear brought a new right-side tire this weekend. And hundreds of gallons of a sticky resin has been applied to swaths of the racing surface.

“It’s so different,” Truex said. “I think back to the last couple of years and we’ve really been able to kind of come in here with the same strategy, mindset, setup and look for the same things throughout the weekend.”

Success is difficult to sustain in NASCAR because so many variables can and do change. Even so, Truex will be mentioned with teammate Kyle Busch and Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski as favorites to win the Quaker State 400.

Together, they have won seven of the eight Quaker State 400s and 11 of the 18 races run in the Cup Series this season. Keselowski will start third in the No. 2 Ford and Busch will start 10th in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Stewart-Haas Racing’s stable of four drivers served notice Friday that it will be a factor, sweeping the front row and placing each of its four drivers in the top seven.

Daniel Suarez was the last driver to qualify and bumped teammate Aric Almirola off the pole. It is his second career Cup Series pole and the driver of the No. 41 Ford would like to turn it into his first career Cup Series victory.

“I feel pretty good about it,” Suarez said. “Pretty much the whole day has been pretty smooth…. I feel very good about it…. Hopefully we can keep that track position. Track position is going to be huge (Saturday), so hopefully we can keep that track position all night long, not make mistakes, run a good, clean race. We have everything it takes to make it happen. We’ve had a lot of first-time winners lately. Why not have a third one here?”

Fans will notice large sections of Kentucky Speedway’s racing surface look darker than other parts of the track. The darker areas are where crews applied traction compound for the race weekend.

Traction compound is a resin used to improve grip outside of the preferred racing groove, encouraging more side-by-side racing and greater opportunities to pass.

Track officials worked with officials from NASCAR and Goodyear on a strategy for how much of the substance to apply and where to apply it.

The traction compound was applied in every lane except the bottom groove from the entrance to Turn 1 to the exit of Turn 2. In Turns 3 and 4, it was applied to the middle groove. A decision about whether to apply more will be made before Saturday’s race.

Almirola was asked Friday what fans should watch for in Saturday’s race.

“I think the restarts,” the driver of the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet said. “Once it gets strung out it will be challenging for everybody, and track position will be really important. But the restarts are going to be really wild.

“The guys on the outside are definitely going to have the advantage but then how high will the groove get and how high can you go in that (traction compound). Can we run three-wide? Can we run four-wide? I don’t know. We don’t know. We have never done it at Kentucky before.”

Multiple drivers said Friday that among 1.5-mile tracks on the Cup Series schedule, the reconfigured Kentucky Speedway is most like Texas Motor Speedway.

“(Turns) 1 and 2 are fairly similar to (turns) 3 and 4 at Texas just for the fact that you let out of the throttle very little,” Harvick said. “Three and 4 are still its own, unique corner. It’s just very difficult to navigate. With these engines, you just come out of there at a really low RPM. It’s really just a different style corner than we do anywhere else.”

Texas Motor Speedway hosts a race in NASCAR’s playoffs, and Kentucky Speedway is the last 1.5-mile race on the Cup Series schedule before the playoffs start in September at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Including the Quaker State 400, there are eight regular season races remaining before the playoffs.

Seven drivers have secured one of the 16 playoff spots based on their wins. If the regular season ended today, Harvick, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, William Byron, Almirola, Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman would be in.

Suarez would be the first driver on the outside looking in, but that could all change Saturday.

“We have had long meetings and long conversations about what we need and where we need to improve,” Suarez said. “I feel very proud to be a part of this team. I know that we are not exactly where we need to be just yet but I know we are heading in the right direction and hopefully we can show that tomorrow night.”

QUAKER STATE TRADITION: When Eddie Cheever Jr. established the record for the fastest lap in an Indianapolis 500 at a blistering 236.103 mph, he was driving a Team Menard-owned car carrying the Quaker State colors.

Quaker State’s ties to the Menard family continue this weekend with Paul Menard. The title sponsor of the Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is the primary sponsor on Menard’s No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford. The paint scheme on Menard’s car this weekend pays tribute to the car driven by Steve Kinser in 2005 at the 20th World of Outlaws championship.

“They have been big supporters of me through the years,” said Menard, who will start 14th Saturday. “It is an honor to have them here. They love Kentucky Speedway and do a good job promoting the race.”

NEXT STEP: Spire Motorsports comes to Kentucky Speedway fresh off Justin Haley’s surprise first career Cup Series victory Sunday in the rain-postponed and rain-shortened Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Quin Houff, not Haley, is behind the wheel of the team’s No. 77 Chevrolet this weekend. He will start 36th. Houff’s experience at Kentucky Speedway is limited to a 27th place finish in an Xfinity Series race in September 2017. He failed to qualify for the July 2017 Xfinity Series race.

Spire Motorsports was formed after Spire Sports + Entertainment bought Furniture Row Racing’s charter from that team’s former owner after last season. In six starts on 1.5 mile tracks, the No. 77 team’s best finish was 28th in the Coca-Cola 600 in May.


As part of the pre-race ceremony prior to the Alsco 300, the Commonwealth of Kentucky bestowed the distinguished honor of Kentucky Colonel on retiring Alsco Director of Sales and Marketing Jim Divers. Damon Thayer (R), Majority Leader of the Kentucky Senate, made the presentation. In addition, Thayer read the Senate Proclamation also bestowed on Divers.

A Kentucky Colonel is the highest title of honor bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Commissions for Kentucky Colonels are given in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding services.

”Jim Divers has been a leader in NASCAR sponsorship and a great partner with Kentucky Speedway,” said Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger. “I am thrilled that our state has recognized him as a Kentucky Colonel and I hope this means he will be back to the races at Kentucky Speedway for many more years!”

After successfully launching its entitlement sponsorship at Kentucky in 2016, Divers has overseen the growth of the relationship with Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI). The partnership now encompasses races at Kentucky Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway. Alsco is the only company to have sponsorship at three NASCAR Xfinity Series events. Under Divers’ leadership, the contract with Kentucky has recently been extended for multiple years. 

 In addition, he has established partnerships with Richard Petty Motorsports, JR Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing and SMI. 

“Alsco has played a key role in the daily operations of Richard Childress Racing and other Childress properties for many years,” said Richard Childress, chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. “We depend on Alsco’s many services and cherish our long-lasting relationship built on common values and a goal of achieving success on and off the track. We commend Jim Divers and the entire Alsco family on their commitment to motorsports, especially leading into a big activation weekend at Kentucky Speedway, and thank them for their continued involvement with Richard Childress Racing.”

Kentucky Speedway is celebrating its 20th season of racing with the NASCAR tripleheader weekend. For complete information on Kentucky Speedway, visit www.kentuckyspeedway.com.


Day one of the 2019 Solar Car Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway wasn't really the beginning. It was the beginning of the end for 31 high school teams representing 12 states.

"We've been working on our car since the fall of 2017," Okemos (Mich.) Solar Racing Club Captain William Jones said.More than 200 schools are involved in the Solar Car Challenge, putting hours, days, months, and even years into these full-size, street-legal projects, and the 31 at TMS are just those who made the first cut."It's exhilarating. It's insane," said Maynard Reinhardt, captain of the first-year Bath County High School (Ky.) Solar Cats. "Just thinking about the teams that didn't make it here, and this is our first year that we're doing it, and it's just insane to think that we're actually here, and we're actually doing it."Bath County High School in Owingsville, Ky., hasn't been here before. In fact, no school in Kentucky has even tried before."We're representing the entire state of Kentucky, and we're here to do them proud," Reinhardt said.

A walk through the NASCAR garage at TMS shows you other teams like The Winston School out of Dallas. They were part of the first Solar Car Challenge race back in 1995, and they're still wrenching all these years later.Somewhere in between Bath County and The Winston School lie most of the other entries. There are 15 from North Texas alone."It doesn't feel real until you're like, 'Oh wait, other schools are doing this too,' and 'Oh wait, these schools are from way far away,'" said Wylie East Solar Car Team Captain Jaxson Hill. "I guess you could say it makes you feel validated because you know that you're not the only ones who have struggled with motor problems, mechanical issues, and last minute motors blowing up and things like that. It's just a great feeling knowing other teams are doing the same things you are."This weekend is all about passing the judging/qualifying process known as scrutineering.

"The judges will look at every single nut and bolt and drive the car on the track," Jones said. "Everyone wants to make sure when these cars are out here racing that everyone's going to stay safe, and there aren't going to be any problems."
Those that make the final cut hit the track at No Limits, Texas, for four days of grueling endurance competition in what is supposed to be temperatures near 100 degrees each day. The allure of actually competing at TMS means more than the heat to some.
"It's exciting. Looking at it right now, it's huge," said All Saints' (Fort Worth) Solar Car team member Mitchell Bothwell. "You drive by it on the highway all the time, and you never actually think you'll be on the track racing unless you're in NASCAR."
The goal is to see which team's car can harness the power of the sun the best and propel them to victory. Victory, though, isn't the same for every squad.
"We've already won," Reinhardt said of his rookie team from Kentucky. "The second we pass scrutineering and the second we get on that track we've already won."
After all, as Okemos' Jones reminds us, these teens are in rarified air.
"We've learned how to build a solar car, and there are very few high schoolers in the entire world who can claim to have done that."

The Solar Car Challenge is an educational program designed to help motivate students in science, engineering and alternative energy, and teach students how to design, engineer, build, race and evaluate road-worthy solar cars. The Solar Car Challenge Foundation, based in Plano, Texas, is celebrating its 26th anniversary this year.Solar Car Challenge Founder/Director Dr. Lehman Marks and the competitors have a Media Day Sunday, July 14 that will run from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. in the garage area. Interested media planning to attend can contact the Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department at 817.215.8520 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..The Solar Car Challenge routinely alternates its race format between the teams competing on Texas Motor Speedway's 1.5-mile oval to a cross-country excursion. This year, they will spend four days (Monday-Thursday) making rounds on the TMS track with most classes going from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and continuing from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. The Advanced Division will race solid from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day with a 30-minute break.The Solar Car Challenge race officially begins at 9 a.m. CT Monday, July 15 with Opening Ceremonies at 8:50. The race start will be open to media.The North Texas contingent competing in the Solar Car Challenge consists of 15 teams: Arlington Martin, Plano Green Team, Coppell, Covenant Christian (Colleyville - 2 teams), Prosper, Ben Barber Innovation Academy (Mansfield), The Winston School (Dallas), Wylie East, Greenville (2 teams), Libery Christian (Argyle), Harmony Science Academy (Euless), and All Saints' Episcopal School (Fort Worth), and Byron Nelson High School (Trophy Club).Also representing Texas are Harmony School of Innovation (Brownsville), Stony Point Solar (Round Rock), and Southwest Legacy High School (Von Ormy).The other states being represented by teams are:

  • Arkansas - LISA Academy North (Little Rock)
  • California - Palmdale High School (Palmdale - 2 teams)
  • Colorado - Animas High School (Durango)
  • Florida - North Tampa Christian Academy (Wesley Chapel)
  • Illinois - Pana High School (Pana)
  • Kentucky - Bath County High School (Owingsville)
  • Oklahoma - Dove Science Academy (Oklahoma City)
  • Michigan - Heroes' Alliance (Detroit); Okemos High School (Okemos)
  • Missouri - Frontier STEM High School (Kansas City)
  • New York - Staten Island Tech High School (Staten Island)
  • Washington - Raisbeck Aviation High School (Tukwila)

High school teams began preparation for these yearlong solar car projects during education workshops in September of last year. Additional workshops, on-site visits, mentor opportunities and summer camps helped the projects come to fruition. The teams will compete in four divisions - Classic, Advanced Classic (used their classic car for more than three years), Advanced and Electric-Solar Powered - in the closed circuit race.Science & Technology magazine named the Solar Car Challenge as one of the top Science & Engineering programs in the country.The Solar Car Challenge has 211 high school solar car projects in various stages of development in anticipation of an upcoming solar racing event. Teams are located in 37 states, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas.For more information and race updates on the Solar Car Challenge, please visit solarcarchallenge.org.


Tyler Ankrum’s truck was not bare of sponsors, but what the 18-year-old accomplished Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway called to mind the summer night in 2006 when David Gilliland scored a most improbable victory at the track while driving an unsponsored car for a part-time team.

Gilliland and Bo LeMastus, CEO of Louisville-based Crosley Brands, co-own the No. 17 Toyota that Ankrum drove for just the eighth time this season, and had perfectly positioned to grab his first career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory in his first Kentucky Speedway start.

“Honestly, it’s pretty awesome,” Ankrum said. “I don’t know what to say. I’m so thankful for the ride I’m in.”

The DGR-Crosley driver led the most laps (40 of 150) and won the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 after taking the lead when leader Brett Moffitt ran out of fuel with two laps to go.

“A smile cracked on my face,” Ankrum said of Moffitt’s fuel shortage. “I was so worried. I couldn’t see the 24 out front and knew the laps were winding down. I couldn’t see him. I couldn’t see him. And I saw him all the way almost at the end of the straightaway. I think I forgot to breathe the last three laps. I just don’t know what to say. I’m just so thankful for what we’ve done here.”

Moffitt led two times for 35 laps and his team knew it was going to be cutting it close on fuel. He was understandably disappointed by his seventh place finish.

“I was just backing off as much as I could,” Moffitt said. “Honestly, everyone on this team did a great job. It sucks to lose them like that.”

Stewart Friesen crossed the finish line 7.373 seconds behind Ankrum and finished second in this race for the second time in as many seasons. Friesen started at the rear of the field for going to a backup car after NASCAR confiscated his primary car earlier in the day.

Sheldon Creed won the opening 35-lap stage and Matt Crafton won the second 35-lap stage.

Several drivers opted not to make pit stops before the start of the 70-lap final stage.

Moffitt took the lead on Lap 110 and only gave it up to make a fuel-only pit stop 29 laps from the finish. He reclaimed the lead soon after as others made their pit stops.

Louisville native and defending race winner Ben Rhodes trailed Moffitt by several seconds in second place but was poised to take advantage of any slip-up by the leader.

A left rear tire problem with less than 20 laps remaining ended any hopes of a repeat victory by Rhodes. He finished 19th.

“It’s just unfortunate because tonight we were going to have another win,” Rhodes said. “I hate it for my team. They’ve worked many, many, many hours on these trucks.”

With Rhodes out of the contention, Moffitt’s lead reached double digits before running out of gas.

Pole-winner and series points leader Grant Enfinger was racing Brandon Jones for the lead five laps from the end of Stage 2 when Enfinger drifted up the track and into the side of Jones’ truck. 

That contact sent both into the outside wall and out of the race. Enfinger took blame for causing the wreck. It was his first early exit from a race this season. He finished 24th.

Crafton was positioned to take advantage of the incident and won the stage. It completed a comeback from a pit road penalty earlier in the race.

The second stage was slowed by four cautions, and the longest stretch of green flag racing was three laps. That was in stark contrast to the opening stage, which featured no cautions.

Sheldon Creed passed Enfinger on the first lap of the race and cruised the stage win but finished the night in 21st place.

Thursday’s race was slowed by five cautions and featured 10 lead changes among seven drivers.

“It’s super special,” Gilliland said of the victory. “We couldn’t do it without the help of Bo LeMastus and Toyota and all of our partners that have supported us since day one. We’ve got guys like (crew chief) Kevin Manion that took a chance and came to work for our team. Just a great group of people and we’re really working on trying to build our team and create something different. I’m proud of Tyler. He’s done a great job.”

Kentucky Speedway’s tripleheader race weekend continues Friday with the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Alsco 300 and is highlighted by Saturday’s running of the Quaker State 400 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.


Garin Mash isn’t new to Charlotte Motor Speedway, but the 18-year-old is relatively new to racing. Mash grew up watching his father, Dewayne, race on Charlotte’s frontstretch quarter-mile oval at the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout before he first tried his hand in a Bandolero in 2017.

In the two years since, Mash’s visits to Victory Lane speak volumes to his determination and continued dedication to racing.

When he was eight years old, Mash hopped behind the wheel for the first time when he gave junior drag racing a try. He didn’t stick around very long.

“I went 150 feet, turned off the car, got out, and said, 'I’m not racing again,'” he recalled.

Plans changed eight years later.

In 2017, the Mash family was in a serious car accident. Dewayne “Grumpy” Mash was revived on the scene and needed numerous surgeries to return to normalcy. Grumpy’s racing career was over, but his son, nicknamed “Little Grumpy,” was prepared to take the seat. He resumed his career at K1 Speed in Concord, North Carolina, learning the basics of circuit-track racing in a go-kart.

It didn’t take long for Mash to show his skill. He recorded his first win at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Round 2 of the 2017 Winter Heat Series.

This summer, Mash’s exploits in his neon yellow No. 12 Bandolero have more than justified his investment in motorsports. He has two feature wins, he’s the points leader in the Farm Bureau Bandolero Outlaws division and has his sights set on a Bojangles’ Summer Shootout championship. Mash recognizes his competition at Charlotte Motor Speedway can dominate all over the country. This summer, he wants to win against the best of the best.

And, when he isn’t behind the wheel, Mash furthers a different kind of passion – storm chasing.

“I want to be a meteorologist, but NASCAR is always a good option, too,” Mash said.

Mash enters next Tuesday’s Bojangles’ Summer Shootout First Responders Night presented by Disconnect & Drive with an eight-point lead in Outlaws standings. Fans can see Mash and his fellow Shootout competitors take on Charlotte’s frontstretch quarter-mile when gates open at 5 p.m. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 6:15 p.m.

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.

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.


With the second annual Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 approaching as quickly as Jimmie Johnson on a last-lap charge, Charlotte Motor Speedway officials on Friday announced a special promotion that will give race fans the opportunity to relive the drama of NASCAR’s newest thriller in first-person fashion.

The “Ride the ROVAL™” promotion grants fans the chance to secure two tickets to the Sept. 29 Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 – the cutoff race in Round 1 of NASCAR’s playoffs – for just $60. All fans who buy the package, or any Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 tickets, will get to feel the excitement of Charlotte’s 17-turn, 2.28-mile road course oval from behind the wheel of their personal cars, as ticketholders are eligible to drive their personal cars for three paced laps around the ROVAL™ on July 20 or Aug. 17. Rides will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 20 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 17.

“As Charlotte Motor Speedway prepares for the second running of the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400, we wanted to give our fans the opportunity to see the race for an affordable price and to witness the ROVAL™ from a driver’s perspective,” said Greg Walter, the executive vice president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“This year’s race will provide a serious challenge to every driver who attempts to tackle the ROVAL™. Our ‘Ride the ROVAL™’ promotion will provide the same experience for fans in their personal cars. Every turn matters on the ROVAL™. Our fans are about to see that for themselves.”

Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 tickets, weekend passes and upgrades can be purchased by calling 800-455-FANS or visiting online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets.

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.


Macon Speedway is set for six divisions of racing this coming Saturday, July 13.  In addition to the racing, the track will honor some of our heroes on First Responders Night. All first responders, including police, paramedics, and firefighters, will receive free grandstand admission after showing their badge/i.d. at the gate.  Pre-race ceremonies will include some area first responder vehicles which will also be on display in the parking lot before the races.

Dakota Ewing leads the list of Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models into the week.  Ewing has won five out of eight features this season and had a great back-and-forth battle at the front of the pack with Blake Damery last week.  Ewing is followed in points by Donny Koehler, Damery, Cody Maguire, and Jake Little.

In the BillingsleyRewards.com Modified class, Tommy Sheppard, Jr. of New Berlin, IL, has been the man.  Sheppard has won six out of ten features and has a commanding lead in the points.  Sheppard won in the Modifieds and in the Archers Alley Street Stocks last week.  Alan Crowder is second in points, while Tim Hancock, Jared Thomas, and Curt Rhodes round out the top five in standings.

Tim Hancock has won seven out of ten features in the Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modified class and is currently atop the standings.  Nick Justice, of Decatur, IL, is second in points and is coming off of his first feature win in the class.  Rob Timmons, Tim Riech, and Tim Hancock, Jr. round out the top five in points.

Cerro Gordo, IL driver, Terry Reed comes into the night on top of the Archers Alley Street Stock class.  Reed has a 50 point lead in the division, winning three feature events.  Darrell Dick has missed two nights this year but is only down by the 50 markers.  Gene Reed, Larry Russell, Jr., and Jonathon Hall complete the top five in points.

Jeremy Reed was tough in the Hornet class last year, winning 7 features and battling for the championship.  This year, Jeremy’s younger brother Brady is picking up where he left off, winning three features so far with nine top fives in as many starts.  Brady Reed leads Carter Dart, Cook Crawford, Billy Mason, and Marty Sullivan in the standings.

Tyler Day is the current point leader in the Micros By Bailey Chassis standings.  Day has claimed one feature win and leads by four points over Jacob Tipton.  Tipton had mechanical failure one week ago and will likely not be in attendance Saturday.  Molly Day, John Barnard, and Daryn Stark round out the top five in points.

Pit gates open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00.  Grandstand admission is $12 for adults and free for kids 11 and under. 

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On Sunday, July 21, Chris Wagner, forward for the Boston Bruins, will trade the ice for asphalt to take on his new role as the official Toyota Camry pace car driver for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Wagner will lead NASCAR’s best to the green flag as 40 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers race down the frontstretch to start the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.

“I’m very excited and honored to drive the pace car for the race on the 21st,” said 28-year-old Massachusetts native Wagner. “It should be an awesome experience and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.”


Wagner will become the third Boston Bruin to fill this official role following in the footsteps of Bruins legend Brad Park in September 2014 and Tim Schaller in 2016. Noel Acciari, Frank Vatrano and Brandon Carlo also joined Schaller for his visit making Wagner the sixth Bruin to attend a NASCAR race at “The Magic Mile.”


In his first season in Boston, Wagner notched career highs in goals (12), points (19) and plus/minus (+3) over 76 regular season games. The six-foot, 198-pound forward also led the Bruins with 247 hits.


“Wagner really showcased that hard-nosed, blue-collar New England vibe this past season,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of NHMS. “Many of our race fans are huge hockey fans as well, so I’m sure they’ll get a thrill of seeing a hometown hero behind the wheel on “The Magic Mile” as he leads the drivers to the green flag to start the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.”


Wagner scored two goals in the 2019 Eastern Conference Final series win over the Carolina Hurricanes. He was injured blocking a shot at the end of Game 3 of that series to help preserve the 2-1 win.


Wagner is joining a strong lineup of New England athletes who have served as the official Toyota Camry pace car driver for NASCAR Cup Series races including Patriots safety Patrick Chung (July 2018), Patriots offensive tackle Matt Light (Sept. 2016), Bruins forward Tim Schaller (July 2016), Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich (July 2015), Bruins legend Brad Park (Sept. 2014) and Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (July 2014). Other notables include Richard Rawlings of Discovery Channel’s “Fast N’ Loud” (Sept. 2017), Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (July 2017), Dave Matthews Band bassist Stefan Lessard (July 2016) and Olympic triathlete Sarah True (Sept. 2015).


For ticket information for all 2019 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July 19 Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel, the July 19-21 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend and the September 20-21 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.


The community is again invited to join the race to help save lives with NTT IndyCar Series driver and blood recipient James Hinchcliffe. For the second consecutive year, Iowa Speedway will host a special American Red Cross James Hinchcliffe Challenge Blood Drive presented by INDYCAR Cares, Iowa Speedway Cares and the NTT IndyCar Series. The event is Thursday, July 18, from noon to 5 p.m. CT at the Newton Club at Iowa Speedway with a goal to collect 40 blood donations.


“When James suffered a major crash at Indianapolis a few years ago and needed a significant amount of blood, many of us were reminded of how fragile the blood supply can be,” said Iowa Speedway President David Hyatt. “Blood is needed for ongoing and emergency medical situations every single day in Iowa, but not nearly enough people are giving”.


“We are honored to host this lifesaving event again this year because you never know who will benefit from these selfless donations. It could go to your neighbor, a family member or co-worker.”


All presenting donors will receive one weekend Paddock Pass for the NTT IndyCar Series Iowa 300 on July 20. Before entering the Paddock area, all donors must sign a waiver in the Credentials Office. Participants 18 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult and complete a minor waiver form. Paddock Passes provide behind-the-scenes access to the garages and the Infield Fan Walk during INDYCAR weekend.


“What happened to me was a real eye opener,” said Hinchcliffe. “I understand now how blood can be needed in a moment’s notice and how much can be used to help just one person. I’m partnering with Red Cross to encourage more people to give blood so that patients can have another shot at life, just like I did.”


In 2015, Hinchcliffe suffered severe injuries after a crash during practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He needed 22 pints of blood to survive, about twice an average person’s blood volume. His experience led him to realize the importance of blood donations.


“Severe injuries, like those that happened to Hinchcliffe, are a reminder of how fragile the blood supply can be. We can’t predict when a major accident might happen,” said Laura McGuire, external communications manager for the Red Cross. “We need to be ready to respond to emergencies at any time and it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency.”


This blood drive is one of several Hinchcliffe is sponsoring across the country partnering with the Red Cross to help boost blood supplies during the summer when donations often declines. The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,500 hospitals nationwide.


Tickets are going fast for the ARCA Menards Series Fans With Benefits 150 and NTT IndyCar Series Iowa 300. Event weekend tickets can be purchased by visiting IowaSpeedway.com, calling 866.787.8946, or dropping by the Ticket Office in Newton, Iowa Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CT.

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Expect to see more tire smoke than ever in Tuesday’s Bojangles’ Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As part of First Responders Night, grassroots racing’s most entertaining display of Legend Car and Bandolero prowess will be joined by a smoke-billowing Legend Car burnout contest on the frontstretch. Cabarrus County Sheriff Van Shaw and Maj. Bobby Ledwell from the Concord Police Department will vie for the ultimate prize: a one-on-one burnout battle with Lug Nut, the world’s fastest mascot.

When reached for comment on his chances of winning, Lug Nut flexed his arms in a bold display of superiority.

Battles for supremacy won’t be limited to the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout’s halftime display, as seven divisions of WIX Filters Legend Car and Bandolero action will duel for championship positioning on Charlotte’s high-speed fronfstretch quarter-mile.

Of note, the Boston Reid Real Estate Pro division saw its fifth different winner in six races in the most recent 25-lap tussle. Zach Miller’s successful defense of Carson Ferguson and Bubba Wallace gave Miller the inside line on catching Ferguson for the Pro crown. Four races from the July 30 title-deciding Champions Night presented by NGK Spark Plugs, Ferguson leads Miller and Ryan Mackintosh by just 18 points with Joey Padgett and Wallace close behind.

Some of racing’s fastest females are also in with a chance at a Shootout championship this summer. Isabella Robusto and Gracie Trotter rank second and third behind Jason Alder in the VP Racing Fuels Semi-Pro division.

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

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.

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.


A beautiful night should lead to some great racing this coming Friday night, July 12 on Lincoln Courier night at Lincoln Speedway, in Lincoln, IL.  Headlining the five division program will be the fan favorite, Built Ford Tough MOWA Sprint Cars powered by Morrow Brother Ford.

The winged warriors of the MOWA Sprint Cars fly into town with Paul Nienhiser leading the standings.  Nienhiser is always a thrill to watch at Lincoln Speedway, racing his way to the front in very fast fashion.  Jeremy Standridge is second in the standings with Kyle Schuett, Cory Bruns, and Jacob Patton completing the top five.  Also, in an exciting addition for fans, star open wheel driver, Rico Abreu will be racing his 410 sprint with MOWA.

Jake Little and Denny Woodworth lead the field of Pro Late Models for Friday night’s Midwest Big Ten Series Event.  Little has claimed two wins in four events at the track, while Woodworth has claimed one win with four top fives.  The two are tied at the top of the standings with 234 points each.  Cody Maguire is third in points, while Roben Huffman and Brandon Eskew complete the top five.  The Big Ten Series has only completed three of the ten events so far this year with Little the early favorite as well.

Flyin’ Brian Lynn is atop the DIRTcar Modified standings at Lincoln Speedway with five events in the books.  Lynn has one win in the very competitive class.  Tommy Sheppard, Jr. has been strong and is only six points behind.  Austin Lynn, Ray Bollinger, and Mike Brooks complete the top five in the standings.

Andy Baugh, of Mason City, IL, has won four out of five features in the Nutech Seed DII Midget class and leads the standings by 54 points.  Patrick Ryan is second, while Jeff Sparks, Mark McMahill, and Tyler Roth complete the top five.

Rounding out Friday’s action will be the KidModz.

Pit gates open Friday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing at 7:00 PM.  Grandstand admission is $20 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

For more information, visit www.lincolnspeedwayil.com.

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