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There’s a lot of rear-view mirror watching in the track championship battles as the 2019 season edges past halfway at South Boston Speedway.

Heated contests rage in three of the track’s four divisions headed into Saturday night’s Southern Virginia Higher Education Center NASCAR Late Model Twin 75 and the leader in the fourth division cannot breathe too easily.

The combined point differential between first and second in three divisions – Limited Sportsman, Budweiser Pure Stock and Budweiser Hornets – is 20 points.

Kevin Currin holds a razor-thin, two-point, 256-254, margin over Steven Layne in the Hornets Division, despite Layne’s series-leading three victories. Layne has a better average finish than Currin, his 2.5 compared to Currin’s 3. But Currin has used passing points (dropping to the rear at the start of a race to snag bonus points for cars passed) to erase Layne’s advantage. Currin has accumulated 29 passing points; Layne 15.

Nathan Crews and Jordan Pickrel have dominated the Pure Stock Division through the first nine races and the result is another tense points race. Crews has a six-point, 327-321 lead over Pickrel.

Crews has won five times; Pickrel three. Each has experienced one poor finish all season. Pickrel was seventh in the season opener and Crews was seventh two weeks ago.

Daniel Moss leads the Limited Sportsman Division in wins with four but finds himself 12 points in arrears of Danny Willis Jr., 324-312. Willis has a pair of wins, has finished in the top three all but once and has strategically amassed 28 passing points, 18 more than Moss.

There were more winners – five – in the featured Late Model Stock division than any other at South Boston in the first half of the season, but the Late Model points race has the widest margin of any.

Peyton Sellers, Lee Pulliam, Philip Morris, Trey Crews and Austin Thaxton have all visited victory lane this season. Sellers has four wins, Pulliam and Morris two each and Crews and Thaxton one apiece.

Sellers holds a 58-point, 376-318 margin over Thaxton, while Thomas Scott is another nine back in third. Pulliam is fourth with 297 points and Crews is fifth at 249.

The intensity ratchets up this Saturday night with twin 75-lap Late Model races, twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman races, a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race.

Grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the first race taking the green at 7 p.m.

Tickets are just $10 for adults with children 12-and-under admitted free with a paying adult.

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 American motorsports team Fat Boy Racing, with the support of their sponsor Surgere, are joining forces to raise money and awareness for Canadian charity  StopGap Foundation at the 2019 Honda Indy in Toronto.

StopGap will receive $1 in donations from Fat Boy Racing sponsor Surgere for every lap completed in any of the three divisions of the Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires, the highly competitive support series for the NTT IndyCar Series. 

StopGap Foundation, co-founded by Luke Anderson, is a Toronto-based, accessibility focused charity whose aim is to create a barrier-free world, one ramp at a time. 

“I co-founded the StopGap Foundation after my frustration with not being able to access spaces reached a tipping point” said Luke Anderson.  “As a wheelchair user I'm all too familiar with the large percentage of spaces (between 60-75% in most neighbourhoods) that are not physically accessible.”

StopGap manufacturers and distributes the innovative,  brightly painted accessibility ramps to businesses and educates the public of the benefits of a barrier-free society.  

Since 2010, StopGap has populated the world with over 2000 accessibility ramps.

"We love coming to Toronto and the race fans from this city are amazing" said Brendan Puderbach, Fat Boy Racing Team Owner and Manager. "This year we decided we wanted to give back to the city by supporting the StopGap Foundation. They have done great things to make Toronto a more accessible city for everyone. We are grateful for our sponsor Sugere and the Road to Indy who are supporting this fundraising initiative we are calling A Dollar a Lap to Stop The Gap.”

“We're working with like-minded advocates in communities all across Canada to help ensure that society's collective understanding about the importance of accessibility and inclusion continues to advance and grow” said Anderson. 

“Surgere knows a thing or two about removing barriers, as they work on removing barriers to access to information and data on the management of goods and production processes. Their donation will help support our awareness
raising projects, remove barriers, and ultimately help so many people reach their full potential.”
 
“We're incredibly excited to support A Dollar a Lap to Stop the Gap,” said William Wappler, CEO & President of Surgere. “We built Surgere's corporate culture around working hard, having fun, and giving back. When we find opportunities that allow us to do all three – it's a win-win. The StopGap Foundation is genuinely changing the daily lives of individuals who continuously face access barriers  – we're proud to support a cause that's so important.”

Fat Boy Racing is inviting Toronto race fans to drop by their garage in the Road to Indy Paddock (located in the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place) to learn more about StopGap, speak directly with StopGap volunteers or to donate to the charity. 
 
After suffering a high-level spinal cord injury mountain biking, StopGap Foundation co-founder and Executive Director Luke Anderson “instantly found himself living in a world not well designed for someone who gets around using a wheelchair, where a single step is as large a barrier as a flight of stairs” (stopgap.ca). As the inaccessible world began to frustrate Anderson, he realized the issue of accessibility in Toronto needed to be addressed and the first brightly painted ramp was placed in front of a store front featuring the now iconic STOPGAP.CA stencil. 

StopGap is currently looking to raise funds to research and dissect public policy to address the disconnect between existing bylaws that restrict access and the need for accessibility in alignment with the Province of Ontario’s goal to be fully barrier free by 2025. 

StopGap has been raising awareness of the importance of a barrier free society through their School Project program by visiting elementary schools to educate and empower youth to connect with single step entry-way business owners. In turn, the students help paint and distribute the ramps to these businesses. 

Donations can be made directly to the charity at www.StopGap.ca.  Each accessible ramp StopGap builds costs around $250.

Fat Boy Racing is a “race team hell bent on having fun” and competes in the IndyPro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires division of the Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires. With Brendan Puderbach (#31) behind the wheel, they became the 2017 National Class Champions. Drivers Charles Finelli  (#83) and Phillippe Denes (#98) will be racing the streets of Toronto at the Honda Indy in Toronto.

The Road to Indy, presented by Cooper Tires, is the IndyCar sanctioned racecar driver development program featuring three tiers of open-wheel racing - Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires,  IndyPro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. Winners of each series are afforded opportunities and scholarships to help aspiring drivers move up the ladder to compete in IndyCar and race in the Indy 500.

The Honda Indy is the annual IndyCar race on the Streets of Toronto, located downtown at Exhibition Place. The event runs from Friday July 12 to Sunday July 14, 2019. Each day is packed fast action ontrack racing activity and offers many off-track activities and fun for race fans of all ages. For more information and tickets visit www.hondaindy.com

Surgere specializes in using sensor-based technologies to track assets as they move through each segment of the Supply Chain. Their role in the evolving i4.0 supply chain is to provide their clients with advanced asset visibility, data analytics, and strategic guidance while reducing costs.
 
Headquartered in North Canton, Ohio, Surgere utilizes a community based approach in conjunction with proprietary hardware and software to produce unprecedented data accuracy ratings of 99.98%.   For more information and to see why they were selected as the technology hub for AutoSphere, please visit www.surgere.com
All three levels of the highly acclaimed Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel development ladder are headed this weekend, July 11-13, to the cosmopolitan city of Toronto, Ont., Canada, as the supporting cast for the traditional and hugely popular NTT IndyCar Series headline event, the Honda Indy Toronto.

The Cooper Tires Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products takes place on a challenging 1.786-mile, 11-turn street circuit centered upon Exhibition Place, just a few miles from downtown. The weekend will comprise Rounds 10 and 11 of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, plus the eighth and ninth races of the season for both the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the first rung on the ladder, the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. At least 13 different nations from five continents will be represented among the three championships.

Askew, VeeKay to Continue Rivalry
Five different winners have emerged from the opening half of the 18-race Indy Lights season, although Oliver Askew and Rinus VeeKay have established themselves as the mid-season favorite. At stake is a highly prized scholarship which will guarantee entry into at least three NTT IndyCar Series races in 2020, including the 104th Indianapolis 500.
 
Askew, 22, from Jupiter, Fla., and VeeKay, 18, from Hoofddorp, Netherlands, have been rivals since making the transition from hugely successful careers in karting to the Road to Indy in 2017. Askew emerged on top that first year, winning the USF2000 championship and a Mazda Scholarship to graduate into Indy Pro 2000 in 2018. But VeeKay gained his revenge in 2018 by winning the Indy Pro 2000 title and a scholarship valued at almost US$600,000 to compete this year in Indy Lights.

They have continued to be closely matched. Askew has won three times for Andretti Autosport and currently holds a narrow three-point advantage over VeeKay, who also has won three times for Juncos Racing, including the most recent race two weeks ago at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Both have fared well on the Toronto streets in the past. VeeKay scored a brace of USF2000 podium finishes on the pair’s first visit to Exhibition Place after Askew had qualified on pole for one of the races. Last year VeeKay swept both Indy Pro 2000 races from the pole as Askew established a new race lap record.

In the team stakes, Andretti won one of the two races in 2018 as Colton Herta posted new lap records for both qualifying and the race. One year earlier, Juncos Racing and Kyle Kaiser emerged on top in both races on their way to clinching the championship.

Askew’s Andretti Autosport teammates, Robert Megennis, from New York, N.Y., and Ryan Norman, from Aurora, Ohio, also have tasted the fruits of victory this year. One year ago, Norman finished third and fourth in the two Toronto races and is keen to build upon that experience this week.

Another former race winner, Aaron Telitz, is set to return to the Indy Lights fray this week with Belardi Auto Racing. Telitz, from Birchwood, Wis., has finished on the Toronto podium each of the past two years in Indy Lights, and in 2017 swept both Indy Pro 2000 race wins on his way to securing the championship.

Dalton Kellett is another contender who is especially looking forward to the Cooper Tires Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products. Kellett hails originally from Stouffville, Ont., and is coming off a victory in his LMP2 sports car debut in last weekend’s IMSA championship at nearby Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Kellett, who joins VeeKay at Juncos Racing, scored a pair of fifth-place Indy Lights finishes in 2018.

The weekend will begin with a 40-minute practice session at 10:10 a.m. EDT on Friday, July 12. The first 30-minute qualifying session at 8:40 a.m. on Saturday will set the grid for Race One at 12:45 p.m., while a separate period of qualifying at 8:15 a.m. on Sunday will form the grid for Race Two at 11:00 a.m.

In the U.S., both races will air live and on demand on NBC Sports Gold with practice and qualifying coverage carried via live streaming on the Road to Indy TV App, RoadToIndy.TV, indylights.com and indycar.com. Internationally, all practice, qualifying and race events will be live streamed on the Road to Indy TV App, RoadToIndy.TV and at indylights.com. Additional coverage can also be found on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts which airs live on network affiliates, Sirius 216, XM 209, indycar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR Mobile App powered by NTT Data.

Canadian Thompson Seeks Indy Pro 2000 Glory
The outcome of this year’s Indy Pro 2000 championship and a scholarship to graduate into Indy Lights for 2020 remains finely poised as the series heads to the Cooper Tires Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products for the mid-point in its 16-race season. Four different drivers representing four different teams – Parker Thompson (Abel Motorsports), from Red Deer, Alb., Sweden’s Rasmus Lindh (Juncos Racing), Singaporean Danial Frost (Exclusive Autosport) and Kyle Kirkwood (RP Motorsport Racing), from Jupiter, Fla. – have shared top honors in each of the four race weekends held thus far.
 
Intriguingly, all four protagonists have enjoyed success previously on the Toronto streets. Even though he hails from Alberta, Thompson, who swept both street course races in St. Petersburg, Fla., earlier this year, still regards the Exhibition Place circuit as a “home” event, and he can expect plenty of nationalistic support as he looks to repeat his double USF2000 victory in 2017.

Thompson currently holds second place in the points table, 29 adrift of leader Lindh, who won twice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix road course in May. Lindh, who celebrated his 18th birthday earlier this week (July 6), posted the fastest race lap, including a new track record, on his only other appearance in Toronto last year in USF2000.

Lindh’s primary rival one year ago was Kirkwood, who won both USF2000 races on his way to securing the championship with a record-breaking sequence of 11 wins. Kirkwood is the hottest driver on the Indy Pro 2000 trail after winning the two most recent races at Road America.

Even Frost, who dominated the oval race in May at Lucas Oil Raceway for Michael Duncalfe’s Canadian-based Exclusive Autosport team, has good reason to look forward to this weekend’s races after earning a best finish of fourth last year on the Toronto streets during a partial season in USF2000.

Other leading contenders from among a high-quality field will include Lindh’s Juncos Racing teammate, Sting Ray Robb, from Payette, Idaho, who already has three podium finishes to his name this year and is anxiously seeking his first-ever victory; and Kirkwood’s Guatemalan teammate, Ian Rodriguez, who impressed by finishing second and fourth last month at Road America.

Antonio Serravalle, from Toronto, will be looking to improve upon his season best of a pair of seventh-place finishes for his family-run Pserra Racing Limited team.

In addition to fielding a pair of cars for Phillippe Denes and Charles Finelli, FatBoy Racing sponsor Surgere, an Ohio-based specialist in supply chain management, will donate $1 for every lap completed this weekend in all three Road to Indy series to the StopGap Foundation, a Toronto-based, accessibility-focused charity whose aim is to create a barrier-free world, one ramp at a time. More details at www.StopGap.ca.

The Indy Pro 2000 contenders will have a busy time on Friday with a 25-minute practice session at 8:45 a.m. followed by a pair of 20-minute qualifying sessions at 2:05 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Race One is set to start at 9:25 a.m. on Saturday, with the green flag for Race Two scheduled for 9:55 a.m. on Sunday.

Eves Back on the Winning Trail in USF2000
Braden Eves has taken this year’s USF2000 championship by storm. The 20-year-old former karting star from New Albany, Ohio, dipped a toe in the water last year by contesting the season finale at Portland (Ore.) International Raceway, then hit the ground running on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., in March after joining the multiple and defending championship-winning Cape Motorsports team. Eves also swept the two races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix road circuit in May.
 
His winning streak came to an end on the Lucas Oil Raceway oval, where Australian Cameron Shields scored an impressive victory for Newman Wachs Racing, and he had to give best to another first-time winner, New Zealand’s Hunter McElrea (Pabst Racing), in the first of two races at Road America, Wis., last month. But Eves bounced back to win the second race and now has a legitimate hope of trying to emulate – or even beat – Kirkwood’s record of 12 wins last year. Eves holds a handy 51-point advantage over McElrea with seven of this year’s 15 races in the books.

Born in Southern California to New Zealand parents and raised in Australia, where he won a Formula Ford 1600 Championship last year – and then went on to claim the Mazda USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout – McElrea also has impressed this year with Pabst Racing. He began the year with four consecutive podium finishes and followed up a well-deserved maiden victory at Road America in Race One with his first pole in Race Two.

Pabst teammate Colin Kaminsky, from Homer Glen, Ill., is still seeking his first win but his recent results, including pole positions at Lucas Oil Raceway and Road America, suggest it might be just around the corner.

Eves’ teammate, Floridian Darren Keane, has been seemingly a magnet for misfortune during the first half of the season. Nevertheless, he has confirmed his pace with a pole, three fastest race laps and a pair of second-place finishes.

After learning his craft in F4 the past two years both in England and Mexico, Manuel Sulaiman has shown good speed for DEForce Racing, finishing twice on the podium in the opening three races. The Mexican has been pushed hard since then by 14-year-old karting standout Jak Crawford, from Houston, Texas, who, despite his tender years (he was too young to compete in the opening races at St. Petersburg, Fla.), also has been building his experience in the NACAM F4 series, winning four times and currently lying second in the points table to Sulaiman.

Other contenders will include Denmark’s Christian Rasmussen, who represents the driver development team run by former USF2000 and Indy Lights champion Jay Howard; Brazilian second-generation racer Eduardo Barrichello (Miller Vinatieri Motorsports); Englishman Matt Round-Garrido (BN Racing); Zach Holden, from Greenfield, Ind., already a podium finisher this year who joins the Indianapolis-based Legacy Autosport team this weekend for the first time; and another pair of 14-year-olds, Reece Gold (Cape Motorsports), from Puerto Rico, and Nolan Siegel (Newman Wachs Racing), from California.

Friday, July 12, will include both an early morning 30-minute practice session at 8:00 a.m. and qualifying for the first of two USF2000 races later in the day at 2:40 p.m. A second qualifying session will commence at 8:05 a.m. on Saturday, followed by Race One at 11:20 a.m. The green flag for Race Two on Sunday is set for 9:00 a.m.

Both USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 will feature global live streaming of all sessions on the Road to Indy TV App, RoadToIndy.TV, usf2000.com, indypro2000.com and indycar.com.

The Vigo County Fair at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds is underway in Terre Haute, IN which means the Wednesday night fair race is set to go green.  The July 10 event will feature the BRANDEIS Midwest Sprint Car Series in addition to the Pro Late Models and DIRTcar Modifieds.  The three classes will take center stage for a great night of racing on the dirt half-mile. 

The “Rumble at the Fair” on Wednesday appears on the MSCS schedule for the very first time.  The BRANDEIS MSCS Sprint Cars will be competing in a feature that pays $3,000 to win and $300 to start.  The MSCS Sprints always brings a great field of cars with some top name drivers.  Many will use this event for a tune-up of the upcoming Indiana Sprint Week race at the end of the month.  

MSCS last raced at Terre Haute on August 12, 2018.  Thirty cars were present.  Chris Windom set fast time at 20.071 seconds around the half mile.  Robert Ballou finished ahead of Windom to win the feature.  Other big names in the field included Chase Stockon, Carson Short, Justin Grant, Jon Stanbrough, and Shane Cottle.  MSCS will also race at Terre Haute a second time this year.  That event will be on Sunday, August 11th. 

The top ten drivers in the BRANDEIS MSCS Points standings at Mid Season are Kyle Cummins, Brady Short, Dakota Jackson, Donny Brackett, Stephen Schnapf, Jordan Kinser, Aric Gentry, Brandon Mattox, Chayse Hayhurst, and Kent Schmidt.  Chayse Hayhurst leads Kyle Hathaway and Ryan Bond in the 2019 MSCS Rookie Standings. 

The first ever BRANDEIS MSCS Mid Season Championship points chase ended July 6th.  Mother Nature won the race that night but Kyle Cummins had already secured another championship.  He had established a lead of 65 points over Brady Short.  The $1,500 award will be presented to Cummins at Terre Haute.  Rain prevented the top three from being recognized this past Saturday.  

In addition to the Sprints, the Pro Late Models will get their one and only chance to race the 1/2 –mile this year.  The Pro Lates will run under either Indiana Late Model Series rules or DIRTcar Pro Late Model rules.  For tires, competitors are allowed to use any of the following: Hoosier LM20/LM40/D-21/D-55.  The event will pay $800 to win and $115 to start. 

The DIRTcar Modifieds, the staple class of the track, will also be in action for the third time this year. 

Pit gates will open Wednesday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will start at 6:30, and racing will take the green at 7:30 PM.  Race teams are reminded to use the back entrance to the fairgrounds to enter the pit area, due to the fair. 

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Daytona International Speedway is going to finish its Independence Day holiday celebration on Wednesday night with the fireworks show in the sky over Lake Lloyd at the “World Center of Racing.” The fireworks extravaganza was originally scheduled for launch following the completion of last weekend’s Coke Zero Sugar 400, but the show was delayed due to inclement weather.

The Turn 1 and Turn 4 tunnels will be open for the public beginning at 8 p.m. and parking will be available throughout the infield for viewing. The show, which will start at approximately 9 p.m., is free to the public. Patriotic music will be played on speakers and guests can also listen inside the venue on their car radios at 107.9 FM.

Prior to the show, ONE DAYTONA, the retail, dining and entertainment destination located across the street from Daytona International Speedway, will have an interactive DJ, games and more in Victory Circle from 5-8 p.m. Guests that shop, dine, or stay at ONE DAYTONA on Wednesday can bring their receipt to the ONE DAYTONA tent in Victory Circle between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. to redeem a dash pass that will provide premium parking inside Daytona International Speedway’s infield for the fireworks display.

Tickets for the 2020 DAYTONA 500 and all Daytona International Speedway events can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest speedway news.

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Amazon.com has not only revolutionized e-commerce across the world, but the AmazonSmile Foundation makes it easy to support the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum by doing exactly what you love to do on Amazon: go shopping, find great deals and buy.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is one of more than one million 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations AmazonSmile supports each month through consumer purchases, with no added costs or strings attached for Museum supporters. The only exceptions are subscription renewals (such as renewing your Amazon Prime account) and recurring “Subscribe-and-Save” purchases, which are not eligible for AmazonSmile at this time.
Supporting the IMS Museum through AmazonSmile is easy: if you have an Amazon.com account already, simply log onto smile.amazon.com, select the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum as your chosen non-profit charity, and start shopping.
Change your Amazon bookmark to smile.amazon.com, and the page will operate and look exactly like Amazon.com except for the AmazonSmile icon in the upper-left corner of your screen, and a friendly reminder that you’re supporting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
You can change your charity of choice at any time or opt out altogether by using the regular Amazon.com website.
The AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of every eligible purchase to the IMS Museum. The Museum uses the funds to support daily operations and programming, such as the “Mario Andretti: ICON” exhibit presented by Shell V-Power Nitro+ Premium Gasoline, on display now through November 10.
For the latest IMS Museum news, plus more information on how to support the Museum via memberships, featured exhibits, IMS track tours and tax-deductible charitable giving, please visit www.indyracingmuseum.org .
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New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s Tripleheader Saturday (July 20) features three exciting races for fans to enjoy, with the highlight of the day at 4:00 p.m. when the NASCAR Xfinity Series takes on “The Magic Mile” with the newly-named ROXOR 200. The day also includes the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Eastern Propane & Oil 100 at 2:00 p.m. and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East United Site Services 70 at 6:45 p.m.

“We’re pleased to welcome Mahindra ROXOR to our July race weekend,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “Just like Mahindra ROXOR vehicles, racing in New England is ‘built for the long haul,’ as the ROXOR 200 will mark the 34th NASCAR Xfinity Series race here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.”

Mahindra has been building vehicles such as tractors, automobiles, airplanes, motorcycles and more for over 70 years, building 600,000 automotive vehicles annually, all designed to complement many different channels of specialized businesses including construction, community work, ranching, search and rescue and, of course, hardcore recreation.

“We are excited to partner with New Hampshire Motor Speedway as a title sponsor,” stated Richard Ansell, vice president of marketing of Mahindra ROXOR. “The audience aligns well with our marketing strategy for ROXOR and the NHMS program is a perfect extension to our overall racing program.”

Fans can check out the latest ROXOR models in action at The Flat Track during the Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel as they are used to prep the new 0.25-mile dirt track in between racing action. They’ll also be on display in the Fan Zone, located in the S2 lot, throughout race weekend in a 3,000-square-foot ROXOR display.

ROXOR’s sponsorship of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race nearly completes the entitlement sponsorship lineup for New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s July race weekend, which already includes the following:

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.

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 In honor of Talladega Superspeedway’s 50th anniversary event, NASCAR’s “Super” Superspeedway, which opened its doors in Alabama in 1969, announced today a special ticket package that includes a “$69” ticket for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event (Oct. 13) and a commemorative 1969 ‘Dega T-shirt.  

The $69 ticket and T-shirt package, which is offered for a limited time, gives fans the opportunity to experience the most competitive racing on the planet while decked out in official ‘Dega swag. To take advantage, fans can visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/1969 or call 855.518.RACE (7223). The 50th anniversary package includes the following:

  • One (1) Lincoln Grandstand Ticket (between the exit of Turn 4 and the entrance to pit road) for the 1000Bulbs.com 500, the second event in the Round of 12 in the series playoffs.
    • Anyone holding a Sunday ticket will also have access to the traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert featuring Alabama native and country artist Riley Green.
  • One (1) commemorative, one-of-a-kind 50th anniversary Talladega Superspeedway T-shirt.

Fans must present their ticket(s) and T-shirt Voucher(s) at the Main Ticket Office during regular race week operating hours in order to redeem their shirt. For fans who have already purchased a ticket to the 1000Bulbs.com 500 and would like to add the T-shirt to their existing order can call 855.518.RACE (7223) to purchase a T-shirt directly. This exclusive 50th anniversary T-shirt will not be sold onsite during race weekend or online at PitShopGear.com, fans must purchase directly from the track. It is available to package purchasers and existing ticket holders only.

The 1000Bulbs.com 500 will be part of the NASCAR Playoffs doubleheader weekend (Oct. 11-13) that will also feature the Sugarlands Shine 250 for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, a staple at the historic track since 2006. The Talladega tradition began on September 14, 1969, when the track – then known as Alabama International Motor Speedway – hosted its first NASCAR premier series event with Richard Brickhouse coming home the winner in a winged Dodge built for speed.

In addition to celebrating 50 Years of Speed, the culmination of Transformation – The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project presented by Graybar will occur this October and will allow fans to be immersed into the sport of NASCAR with the one-of-a-kind Talladega Garage Experience (TGE). It will feature “up-close” access, interactive attractions and enhanced amenities and will offer FREE Wi-Fi presented by Xtreme Concepts, Inc. Fans with a TGE admission will also be treated to incredible $4 or less Value-Priced Concessions (with the exception of the $9 Big One Meatball). For more information on Transformation, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/transformation.

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In one of the most improbable upsets in the history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, 20-year-old Justin Haley was declared the winner of the Coke Zero Sugar 400 Sunday at Daytona International Speedway when the race was halted after 127 laps of the scheduled 160 due to inclement weather.

Haley, having raced his No. 77 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet for Spire Motorsports into the top 10, assumed the lead during a red-flag period after a number of other front-running drivers pitted, thinking the race was going to be restarted. Haley’s team opted for him to stay on the track.

Worsening weather caused an extension of the red flag, with Haley atop the leaderboard. Approximately two hours later, the NASCAR Xfinity Series regular was announced as the winner, the youngest in event history. Haley is ineligible for a NASCAR Playoffs berth that normally would accompany a Monster Energy Series victory, due to his full-time status in the Xfinity Series.

Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron (No. 24 Axalta Patriotic Chevrolet) and Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Ally Chevrolet) finished second and third, respectively.

“This is absolutely a blessing,” said a relieved Haley after getting word of the victory. “The stars aligned. I didn’t think I’d ever get redemption from last year in Daytona.”

Haley’s surprise victory follows a runner-up finish Friday night in the Circle K Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola, an Xfinity Series race he nearly won last year, in what was his second career Xfinity Series start. That July night, Haley tried a dramatic last-lap move and scooted underneath Kyle Larson and Elliott Sadler at the finish line to seemingly pull off the victory. But Haley’s path caused his left-side tires to go below both yellow lines that separate the apron from the racing surface; that was deemed a violation and Haley was dropped to 18th in the final results.

“To come back and get redemption in the Cup Series is pretty cool,” Haley said after the nerve-racking wait for the final decision from NASCAR officials.

“You just don't know [what’s going to happen]. People keep asking you how you’re feeling. I’m like ‘well, I can’t do anything about it’. If we go racing, we go racing. If it rains out, we rain out. I can't do anything about it. At the end of the day, I was just waiting.”

The red-flag situation was caused by a 17-car incident on Lap 117 between Turns 1 and 2. Austin Dillon (No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet) and Clint Bowyer (No. 14 Mobil 1/Rush Truck Centers Ford) were running 1-2 when Bowyer tried an inside move. Dillon’s Chevrolet edged into the path of Bowyer’s Ford, triggering the trouble.

The race was divided into three stages of 50, 50 and 60 laps. Stage winners collect additional, valuable points that go toward the season-long standings for the Monster Energy Series championship.

Sunday’s polesitter Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford) is the reigning Monster Energy Series champion and also won the DAYTONA 500 in 2015, but came in Sunday looking to win the Coke Zero Sugar 400 for the first time. He got the pole position when inclement weather caused the cancellation of RaceTrac Qualifying on Friday, forcing the starting grid to be established by car owner point standings.

Logano was dominant throughout the first stage, leading three times for 35 laps. Among those 35 was the last lap, when Logano got past front-running Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford) in Turn 3.

Dillon, the 2018 DAYTONA 500 champion, took the second stage which carried a heightened sense of urgency for drivers running at or near the front. A threat of rain developed and with the completion of the second stage making the race “official,” drivers battled especially hard for the front – just in case there would be no third stage. Stage 2 had nine lead changes, with Dillon leading four times for 39 laps including the last three laps of the stage.

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Jason Romero got the victory he savored while battling with some tough competition, outfoxing Jeremy Doss in lapped traffic to win the second half of the NASCAR Late Model Twin 35s at All American Speedway on Saturday.  Another strong turnout of fans in Roseville witnessed a busy night that included the Cherokee Tires Big Rig Rumble, North State Modified Series, and two hotly contested Late Model features.
 
Romero’s win along with Michael Mitchell’s tough night narrows the points battle among them at the one-third mile asphalt oval as well.
 
The first Twin 35 started 16 of the 17 competitors on hand with an eight-car inversion lining up Romero and fast-timer Doss on the fourth row.  2018 Madera Late Model champion Jason Aguirre took the lead, sweeping past Rocklin’s Justin Marks, a former Daytona 500 starter.  Aguirre raced out to a five-car length advantage while Marks was eventually freight trained to the sixth spot. 
 
Granite Bay’s John Moore took over second from Galt’s Matt Wendt on lap nine with Doss passing them both by lap 13.  Rick Scribner topped at the top of turn three for a caution flag on that same lap.  When racing resumed, Doss went around the outside of Aguirre to take the lead.
 
Romero advanced to second just two laps later and they ran nose-to-tail over the final half of the event.  Doss won his third consecutive California Late Model race over Romero, Aguirre, Moore, and Wendt.
 
The second feature was a much more decisive victory by Romero.  Mitchell led the first five laps before he was drifted backwards.  14 year-old Jadan Walbridge of Portland, OR took the lead on lap six with Romero and Doss pulling up behind him.  Romero and Doss charged past him on lap ten.  M
 
itchell went backwards as far as eleventh while Romero built up a sizeable advantage over Doss.  The advantage waivered only slightly in lapped traffic during the non-stop event, with Romero earning his second victory of the year by five car lengths ahead of Doss.  Aguirre was third over a best career finish of fourth for Walbridge, with Moore making up the balance of the top-five.
 
In the North American Big Rig Racing Series, their Cherokee Truck Tires Rumble started off with a bang when Jaeger Berdahl wrecked hard in the heat race entering turn three.  The driver from Eckville, Alberta, Canada was uninjured.
 
The 30-lap feature started eight trucks and saw Victoria, British Columbia, Canada’s Glen Creed dominate en route to victory.  Non-stop action for the second position throughout the event saw Cole Wiesner of Calgary, Alberta break free from the pack but he ran out of laps to catch Creed.  Darren Berdahl won the battle for third in a narrow finish.
 
The North State Modified Series made their only appearance in Roseville for the 2019 season with a fast-paced 60 lap main event.  Kelseyville’s Donovan Cox won the Lucas Oil Dash for $100 and then led the field to green.  Cox led the opening lap before three-time champion Darin Knight used the outside line to lead lap two.  Roseville’s Terry Deal spun in turn two for a caution on lap four.  Points leader Cameron Austin of Santa Rosa used the yellow to sweep around Knight on the outside to lead lap five.
 
Knight and Jason Philpot of Sacramento raced side-by-side for several laps before a caution for Cox hitting the infield tires on the backstretch. The pair switched positions with Philpot now inside Knight, which Knight used to clear him for second.  Deal spun again with 14 to go which gave Knight a shot at Austin.  Austin proved too strong as he motored away for his first 2019 win ahead of Knight, fast-time qualifier Scott Winters, Darin Sullivan, and Philpot.
 
Byron Gonzales of Lincoln continued to enjoy success with his new crate engine, winning the 30 lap NASCAR Super Stock contest. 15 cars took the green flag with the father and son duo of Billy Ray and past track champ Erick Ray at the front.  Billy led the opening nine laps before Erick took over on the inside on lap ten.  Billy edged back into the lead before Erick and Andrew Peeler had contact exiting turn two, forcing a lap 12 caution and ending Peeler’s race.
 
Chris Lambert grabbed the lead on lap 18 with Gonzales advancing to second.  Gonzales went around the outside of Lambert to lead lap 21 after a restart and he never looked back over the final nine laps.  Lambert was second ahead of Erick Ray with Roseville’s Roy Smith running fourth in his 2019 debut.
 
The young drivers in the Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros impressed the large crowd with a back-and-forth race.  Fort Bragg’s Trey Daniels, age 10, drove fifth to first on the opening lap.  The only yellow flag came out on lap five for a spin in turn four.  When things resumed, Daniels held a narrow lead over Kenna Mitchell of Loomis. 
 
Kenna used a three-wide pass in lapped traffic to assume the lead on lap 12.  Daniels stayed glued to her rear bumper, reassuming the lead on lap 15 in turn one.  Daniels topped Mitchell by a nose in a drag race to the checkered flag while Linden’s Wyatt Sansom was third.
 
Roseville’s Ray Molina is still perfect in the F4 division in 2019, this time winning over an eight car field.  John Trunbull of Fair Oaks led early before Nevada’s Rich Innis anchored the field.  Innis lead was short lived as Molina tried the outside then crossed him over down the backstretch to lead lap six.  Molina, Matthew Fuhs, and Innis were the top-three finishers.
 
Brody Armtrout debuted a new car in the Jr. Late Model division with the 13 year-old driver winning both the dash and the 20 lap main event.  Armtrout topped 12-year olds Hailey Liles and Lane Anderson at the finish.
 
All American Speedway takes a week off before returning on July 20th for more NASCAR Home Tracks action plus another exciting Reibes Auto Parts Trailer Bash.
 
More information can be found on the track’s website www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com and by following the track on your favorite social media accounts. 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. 

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Continuing on with the 2019 race season, the momentum from last week’s race action produced fierce racing along with fiery tempers that likely could carry over in this week’s race action. Providing much of the great racing as well as the tempers were the Riverside Paper Pro Six’s who were back this week to do battle. ERA Real Estate Champ Karts were also on the race schedule in a heated up series points battle. Twin race action from the Old Skool Video Games Super Streets is always thrilling and welcoming back to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway, the Virginia Sprint Cars. Capping off the fun filled, family entertaining evening would be a dazzling firework display in salute of our nations Independence. Here’s a recap of the race action and how it all came down.

ERA Real Estate Champ Karts 20 Laps: Matthew Leach had the fast lap in Champ Kart qualifying by earning the series pole with his 22.951 second lap. Division points leader Aaron Leach would get the second starting position in row one as Jeffrey Johnson, Chris Bechtel and Garry Osborne made up qualifying’s best. The green flag was shown to the twenty one kart field and coming around to lead lap one would be the pole sitter Matthew Leach. Jeffrey Johnson bettered one spot in the same first lap to second followed by Aaron Leach in third. While the shuffling for the rest of the positions were still in play, caution took to the track setting up its first restart. Back to the green, race leader Matthew Leach, Jeffrey Johnson and Aaron Leach broke away from the rest of the field in a three car tandem. The second group of Jake Harberts, Danny Millard among others were all battling for spots side by side. But at the halfway, the leaders clearly were getting away and well ahead of the rest of the field. Late laps in the race and its was the top three, all nose to tail to settle the feature. Last lap, leader Matthew Leach would hold his line and could not be passed, Matthew Leach wins the Champ Kart feature by a margin of .080 seconds. Matthew Leach had this to say, “Everything is wonderful, we work on each other’s equipment, we push each other to work hard (speaking of brother Aaron Leach). Quite honestly, he was my saving grace, when he slipped into third, Jeffrey had nowhere to go but stay loyal. It just feels good to get the monkey off my back for two years”.

Race Results:

  1. #51 Matthew Leach; 20
  2. #30 Jeffrey Johnson; 20
  3. #45 Aaron Leach; 20
  4. #78 Jake Harberts; 20
  5. #10 Danny Millard; 20
  6. #24 Vaughan Crittenden; 20
  7. #16 Davey Millard; 20
  8. #29 Scott Allen; 20
  9. #39 Mattisen Morrill; 20
  10. #28 Garry Osborne; 20
  11. #3 Jeremiah Strandberg; 20
  12. #67 Chris Bechtel; 20
  13. #26 Robert Pellek; 20
  14. # 80 Jacob Harberts; 20
  15. #8 Curtis Martin; 20
  16. #97 Tim Waltrip; 19
  17. #17 Hunter Waltrip; 19
  18. #01 Jesse Call; 19
  19. #12 Adam Hopper; 18
  20. #15 Cheyenne Strandberg; 17

Old Skool Video Games Super Streets Twin 30’s: Renno Marchetti put his rocket on the pole with an 18.700 second lap. Landon Abbott earned the two spot on the grid just sixty six thousandths of a second off the pole setting lap. Gordon Weeks, Colby Vance and Dale Parro were also fast and made up the divisions five best. Green flag waved to the field and into turn one did the sixteen car grid go. Emerging out of turn two with the lead would be Renno Marchetti then quickly getting in line would be Landon Abbott in second. Colby Vance advanced a position to third when the races first caution occurred when Billy Newman had troubles. Back to the green, Marchetti with the advantage continues to lead and after a brief battle for second, Landon Abbott claims the spot. After another brief stoppage to the race, Marchetti continued to show the way but the best action was seen for fifth as Nick Sample had it and Dale Parro wanted it. While waiting for the spot to be settled, Marchetti the race leader had built a five car length lead. Halfway in the race was more of the same except Marchetti continued to distance himself from second place Landon Abbott when the third caution waved for Caitlyn Joyner. Final restart, Renno Marchetti once again bettered Colby Vance and Landon Abbott when the green flag waved. Final laps saw Dale Parro work his way to third but going on to win would be Renno Marchetti by a 2.085 second margin. Marchetti from Victory Lane, “Gotta save those tires and it’s a noticeable difference once they get hot. Just got to thank everyone for coming out, Bill Mullis for hosting us. Thank everybody who comes out and helps us with what we love to do”.

In the second Super Street feature, the mandatory NASCAR eight car invert puts race one winner Renno Marchetti starting third and on the pole would be Nick Sample. With the green in the air, Sample would lead lap one as outside row one Sean Calway was second. When the dust settled in the back of the field, Colby Vance, Bill Eaker and Gordon Weeks completed the early top five. Still in the early portions of the feature, tempers began to flare as Randy Akers among others were seen bunching up and surprisingly not wrecking. But then the races first caution when Billy Newman comes to a stop on the back stretch. Back to the green, Colby Vance from the outside takes the race lead when another caution occurred this time involving pole sitter Nick Sample. Ensuing restart saw the beating and banging continue and to no surprise, another race caution. After the brief caution just before the halfway, the races new leader would be Landon Abbott. Renno Marchetti and Colby Vance battled for second with Marchetti eventually getting the spot. Battle for fourth was undecided as Dale Parro and Gordon Weeks raced hard with Weeks getting position for the pass. After another caution and with only three laps to go, it would be a shootout for the win. Green would wave and this time, Landon Abbott was on point and pulls away by a margin of .506 seconds to collect the Super Street win.

Race Results Race 1:

  1. #01 Renno Marchetti; 30
  2. #70 Landon Abbott; 30
  3. #15 Dale Parro; 30
  4. #44 Colby Vance; 30
  5. #20 Gordon Weeks; 30
  6. #21 Randy Akers; 30
  7. #12 Sean Calway; 30
  8. #25 Nick Sample; 30
  9. #22 Bill Eaker; 30
  10. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  11. #11 Chris Roberts; 30
  12. #14 Tillman Heuer; 30
  13. #53 Zac Stongle; 29
  14. #48 Caitlyn Joyner; 19
  15. #30 Jonathan White; 17
  16. #54 Billy Newman; 4

Race Results Race #2

  1. #70 Landon Abbott; 30
  2. #01 Renno Marchetti; 30
  3. #15 Dale Parro; 30
  4. #44 Colby Vance; 30
  5. #20 Gordon Weeks; 30
  6. #12 Sean Calway; 30
  7. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  8. #21 Randy Akers; 30
  9. #22 Bill Eaker; 30
  10. #53 Zac Stongle; 30
  11. #14 Tillman Heuer; 30
  12. #30 Jonathan White; 13
  13. #11 Chris Roberts; 11
  14. #25 Nick Sample; 10
  15. #48 Caitlyn Joyner; 10
  16. #54 Billy Newman; 9

Riverside Paper Pro Six 30 Laps: Eric Schaffer claimed the Pro Six series pole with his 17.382 second effort. Travis Wall would score the shotgun starting spot on the front row as Jason Michaud, Bobby Hall and JB Sipe were the series best in Pro Six qualifying. Green flag started the feature and leading lap one by a nose would be Travis Wall. Suddenly, Jason Michaud comes to a stop against the turn one wall to bring out the caution. With the races first restart, Bobby Hall by a nose would lead lap two but back comes Travis Wall. Side by side, the battle for the lead continued with Travis Wall finally getting the spot. But then comes Eric Schaffer who wanted his turn at the lead as the beating and banging continued at the front. As anticipated, the racing was fierce, patience was at a premium and unfounded so far in the feature to the delight of the fans. Then suddenly, the races second caution in turn three when Jared Clarke, JB Sipe and Debbie Beisecker all crash hard. With the ensuing restart, just before the halfway saw more hard racing. Eric Schaffer, Travis Wall would go at it with Wall getting the credit of leading the lap but then Bobby Hall makes it three wide and takes over the race lead. The hard racing finally came to a boil as Eric Schaffer makes contact with the leader Bobby Hall who comes to a rest in turn three. With Schaffer getting the call to go to the rear for rough driving the race would experience another brief caution as JB Sipe cuts a tire down. Back to another restart and this time the race drama had settled down, Travis Wall would continue to lead. Just behind the race leader was Eric Schaffer and staying in the leader’s mirror. Now in the races longest green flag run, it’s a two horse show as Travis Wall and Eric Schaffer would decide the feature. Final lap in the Pro Six thriller, Travis Wall holds off the Schaffer’s charge and wins the event by .436 seconds. Wall had this to say, “The first nine laps were great, unfortunately we tore up some cars there. Gotta thank my mom, my dad for letting me do this”.

Unofficial Race Results:

  1. #44 Travis Wall; 30
  2. #22 Eric Schaffer; 30
  3. #21 Dashe McLaughlin; 30
  4. #29 Scott Allen; 30
  5. #14 JB Sipe; 29
  6. #28 Jared Clarke; 16
  7. #26 Bobby Hall; 12
  8. #4 Debbie Beisecker; 10
  9. #46 Jason Michaud; 1

Virginia Sprint Cars 25 Laps: Matt Mullins and Bill Rice put their machines on the front row which was determined by the earlier heat races. The field would be made up of nine competitors when the green flag flew and coming around to lead lap one was Bill Rice. But quickly on the move would be Jerald Harris as Rice had no choice but to let him go. On back it was Jack Rice, Matt Mullins and Daren Bolac were the early top five. But at the front and blistering through the field was race leader Jerald Harris. Running 14.5 second laps, not long before the leader encountered race traffic and would pick them off one by one. While eyes were on the leader, Mike Laraas worked his way to third in a good run but this race was all Harris as he would lap all but two cars to win the Virginia Sprint Cup feature. Jerald Harris in Victory Lane, “It was going pretty good, probably could have tightened it a shade more but a local guy told me that the track tightens as it rubbers down and gets cooler. It’s a pleasure to come down here, this is one of the biggest crowds I’ve raced in front of all season long”.

Race Results:

  1. #9 Jerald Harris; 25
  2. #32 Bill Rice; 25
  3. #77L Mike Leraas; 25
  4. #54 Matt Mullins; 24
  5. #90 Charlie Ware; 24
  6. #43 Chris Ware; 23
  7. #88 Erin Statler; 23
  8. #44 Daren Bolac; 23
  9. #77 Jake Rice; 20
  10. #5 Michael Keeton;

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