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“Richard Petty Motorsports has agreed to sell a majority interest to Maury Gallagher, owner of GMS Racing. Two charters are included in the agreement and will be operated during the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. This is a special moment for both organizations, as the Next Gen car allows a new chapter to be written.”
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Gateway Dirt is back on December 2-4 and the event has big news ahead of this weekend’s spectacle inside of the Dome at America’s Center. The Gateway Dirt Nationals has teamed up with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Team, Niece Motorsports, to present a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The winner of Saturday night’s Super Late Model feature will not only win the race’s $30,000 prize, but on top of that, one lucky driver will also be awarded the driver’s seat of a Niece Motorsports Chevrolet at Knoxville on June 18th, 2022, when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series makes its stop in Knoxville, Iowa.
The “WIN & YOU’RE IN” program offers a unique opportunity for some of the country’s best grassroots racers. Niece Motorsports takes great pride in being a team of “racers” and the “WIN & YOU’RE IN” program is a clear example of giving back to grassroots racing.
“So many of us at this organization cut our teeth in racing at dirt tracks,” said Niece Motorsports General Manager Cody Efaw. “I truly believe that these drivers are some of the most talented in the country, so we’re excited to give someone another platform to showcase their abilities.”
Gateway Dirt Nationals promoter Cody Sommer is well known for unique promotions and feels this is something that continues to set this event apart from the industry.
“When we sat down and put this together it really got me excited to think about it,” said Sommer. “Imagine if Tyler Carpenter would have won this in 2019; this opportunity for that grassroots-level racer is truly once in a lifetime and it just feels great to be a part of something like this for this year’s event.”
The event takes place Thursday, Dec. 2 through Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Dome at America’s Center in Downtown St. Louis, MO. Tickets are available at www.GatewayDirt.com and those not attending can stream it LIVE at www.FLORacing.com.
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MAVTV Motorsports Network is back this month with another exciting lineup for automotive enthusiasts. Subscribers will get to witness new season premieres, special broadcasting and the 12 Races of Christmas event. Kicking off the month with two season premieres starting Friday, December 3, The AMA Endurocross will begin at 6 p.m. Eastern time - featuring one of the wildest sports on two wheels. The extreme, off-road series combines motocross with the challenging obstacles of an enduro, all packed into the tight confines of a fan-friendly stadium. Following that, a new season of On the Edge will premiere at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time. This edgy, exciting program will expose viewers to a multitude of different motorsports - from Motorcycle Flat Track racing and Midget racing to Swamp Buggy Racing and Team Demolition Derby.
On Saturday, December 4, the motorsports network will start the 12 Races of Christmas special with five never before seen races from all across the globe. The Tour European Rally, FIM Enduro GP, Australian Superbike Championship, GB3 Championship and MX Junior Greece will be broadcasted back-to-back from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Eastern time.
“We are very excited to present our viewers with the 12 Races of Christmas event - featuring 12 never seen before races, from all over the world,” said John Duff, Head of Content - MAVTV Motorsports Network. “Our gift to you and yours, all the adrenaline filled action that one box can hold! Put your seat belts on, grab your racing loved ones, and tune it! You won’t want to miss this one.”
Week two will be underway Saturday, December 11 with three more back-to-back races to continue the Christmas special. Starting off at 9 a.m. Eastern time with Hi-Tec Drift Allstars - Australia’s unique and innovative take on drifting. Immediately followed by Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars which will feature the USA vs Australia Challenge. Closing out week two will be the GT Open.
12 Races of Christmas resumes with week three on Saturday, December 18 at 9 a.m. Eastern time with the F1 Silverstone Classic, followed by the EuroFormula and the FIM Sidecarcross - where subscribers will watch a driver and passenger work together to race as one. Finishing off with the Goodwood Speedweek Highlights - dynamically showcasing the motoring and motorsport heaven that all motoring fans have missed greatly during 2020.
The final week of December will feature the entire 12 Races of Christmas special, with each race from weeks one through three playing back-to-back. The event will air on Christmas Day, December 25 from 7 a.m. Eastern time to 7 p.m.
MAVTV is now available to more viewers than ever before. With a total of 220 providers across cable, satellite, telco and digital broadcast platforms - including AT&T U-verse, Charter/Spectrum, DIRECTV, Fios by Verizon, FuboTV, YouTube TV, Mediacom and many more. The country’s premier motorsports network is seen in more than 30-million households.
Race fans who don’t have MAVTV Motorsports Network should contact their local cable, satellite, or other subscription service provider to get details on how to add it to their channel lineup. A full list of providers, shows and scheduled broadcasts can be found by visiting www.MAVTV.com.
The full monthly broadcast schedule is available at https://www.mavtv.com/
Miguel Paludo will return to JR Motorsports for three NASCAR Xfinity Series road course events in 2022. Paludo, a seven-time champion and current defending winner of the Porsche Carrera Cup, will drive the No. 88 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet in the NXS races at Circuit of the Americas (March 26), Road America (July 2) and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course (July 30).
A native of Nova Prata, Brazil, Paludo will compete for JRM in a BRANDT-branded entry in NXS competition for the second straight year. The No. 88 expands BRANDT’s on-track presence to a pair of Chevrolets in the three events. Paludo will race alongside teammate and full-time NXS driver Justin Allgaier, who drives the No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet.
“We are back for 2022!” said Paludo during today’s announcement at the BRANDT do Brasil headquarters in Londrina, Brazil. “Last year proved to me that JRM has the best team in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and I can’t wait to get back to the track with this group, especially now that we will have the opportunity to practice and qualify this season. I am very excited to again represent BRANDT and Brazilian agriculture on three of America’s most exciting tracks.”
Additionally, next season will see the return of weekly practice sessions – which had been temporarily suspended in 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions – and of the fan-favorite No. 88 to the JRM stable for the first time since 2018. Paludo is set to join team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. behind the wheel of the No. 88 in 2022. Earnhardt Jr. is scheduled to drive at Martinsville Speedway (April 8).
“I can’t tell you how proud we are to have our brand on the iconic No. 88,” said Rick Brandt, CEO & President of BRANDT. “To race the same car number that Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. will drive—in front of our best customers and prospects from Brazil—is just humbling to say the least. I can’t wait to watch Miguel in the No. 88 and Justin (Allgaier) in the No. 7 battle it out and fight for wins in three events next year.”
Embarking on its seventh year of operation, BRANDT do Brasil has seen tremendous growth. With its headquarters in Londrina and manufacturing in Olimpia, BRANDT do Brasil offers a wide range of BRANDT’s proprietary technologies for crops as diverse as coffee, citrus, vegetables, sugar cane, soy and corn to retailers and growers across Brazil.
Paludo and BRANDT have found success at nearly every level, dating back to when Paludo first drove a BRANDT entry in a NASCAR Camping World Truck series event at Chicagoland Speedway in the fall of 2013. From there, the duo has gone on to earn five championships, 20 wins and 60 podiums in Porsche Carrera Cup Brasil competition.
Founded in Central Illinois, BRANDT is a fast-growing, family-owned company and a leader in global agriculture. Specializing in innovative products and services to help growers get maximum yield from their crops, BRANDT supplies customers in 49 states and more than 80 countries, including Brazil. The organization has also had a long, rich history in NASCAR, coming into the sport with Allgaier in 2011 before joining forces with JRM in 2016.
A $5,000 check is on the line as the Xtreme Series stars battle it out for 40 laps around the 3/8-mile oval. Pit gates open at 10am, grandstand gates at noon. Hot Laps are scheduled for a 1:30pm start time.
If you can’t be at the track, stream every lap live with a FAST PASS subscription to DIRTVision presented by Drydene.
Here are the drivers to watch and the storylines to follow this weekend…
79 IS FINE – With reigning champion Chris Madden not in contention for a third consecutive title this winter, the door is wide open for a new head to don the Xtreme Series crown. Leading the way through the first two races is none other than the current points leader, Ross Bailes.
The Clover, SC-native holds a three-point advantage over second-place drivers Carson Ferguson and Ben Watkins coming into I-75. With one Series victory already this year, Bailes’ best chance to win his second career regional Super Late Model championship is on the horizon.
Bailes has already done some homework on I-75, notching a fifth-place finish at the track in October. He’ll take the Billy Hicks-owned #79 to Tennessee on Saturday, searching for his first Super Late Model win in the state since 2019.
WELCOME TO THE LEAGUE – Super Late Model racing’s newest breakout has had himself quite a successful first few outings.
Piloting a Donald Bradsher-backed Longhorn Chassis, Carson Ferguson shined in his Super Late Model debut in the season opener at Lancaster with a fourth-place run from 15th on the starting grid. The next day, the 21-year-old from Lincolnton, NC, once again climbed to fourth and held it together through all 100 laps of the Blue Gray 100 at Cherokee Speedway, setting him second in the points standings.
After a $10,500 sweep in Georgia with his 604 Crate Late Model last weekend, Ferguson’s ready to get back behind the wheel of a Super on Saturday, chasing his first win with 850+ horses under the hood.
HELLO, SWEETWATER – The first-ever visit to I-75 marks the seventh different track the Xtreme Series has visited since its inception in 2019. The most recent track debut happened at the half-mile Lancaster Motor Speedway two weekends ago, where Ross Bailes scored the win in the season opener.
I-75 has hosted Super Late Model racing five times in 2021 with several different regional series. Many of the same drivers who took part in those events are projected to compete again against the Xtreme stars on Saturday.
DEPTH CHART – A host of regional and local talent is projected to make up Saturday’s roster, including perfect-attendance drivers Carder Miller, Cory Lawler, Gary Dillon, Daulton Wilson, Ethan Wilson, Tim Vance and David Yandle.
Ray Cook, Stacy Boles, Christian Hanger, Craig Greer, Steve Smith, Dakota Smith, David Payne, Eli Beets, David Crabtree and Colton Profitt have each made their presence known over the regular season and are expected to represent their locales for the final time at I-75 this season.
HOME GAME – When it comes to Super Late Models at I-75 in 2021, one man has consistently stood over the rest.
Corey Hedgecock, of Loudon, TN, has been nothing short of stellar at the venue this season with two wins and no finishes worse than fourth over five starts. His most recent triumph came last month in regional competition, where he led all 50 laps of the Tennessee Fall Nationals and bagged a grand total of $15,000 – the richest payday of his career.
The 29-year-old regional racer has one previous Xtreme Series start, which came on December 7, 2019, at Volunteer Speedway, where he finished ninth.
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Fans can visit Phoenix Raceway on Jan. 25, 2022, for a free first look at the new NASCAR Next Gen race cars in action. It’s the first day of a two-day test session for NASCAR Cup Series teams as they prepare to debut their new cars for the 2022 season.
A portion of the Phoenix Raceway grandstands will be open to fans from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (times subject to change). Parking and admission is free of charge, and food will be available for purchase.
“This is the perfect opportunity for fans to see the new Next Gen cars in action and experience our facility,” said Phoenix Raceway President Julie Giese. “On the heels of a sold-out NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race, we’re excited about the possibilities that combination presents for next year and beyond.”
NASCAR, its manufacturers and teams developed the Next Gen car to put the stock back into stock car racing. The new Toyota TRD Camrys, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1s and Ford Mustangs were designed to resemble the models available to fans in showrooms nationwide. Moreover, they utilize the latest technology to maximize performance, improve safety and increase connectivity to enrich the overall fan experience.
Fans are encouraged to visit www.PhoenixRaceway.com/NextGen for the latest information, and they can also secure their tickets for next year’s action at Phoenix Raceway. NASCAR will visit The Valley twice next season, beginning with the March 11-13 weekend highlighted by the Ruoff Mortgage 500 on Sunday, March 13. And then Nov. 4-6, NASCAR Championship Weekend returns to Phoenix Raceway with four championship races in three days.
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On Point Motorsports is excited to announce the driver for the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.
Tate Fogleman will pilot the No. 30 Fowl Life TV Toyota Tundra Pro. Fogleman, the 2021 Talladega Camping World Truck Series race winner is scheduled to race the full season with the Denver, N.C.-based team in 2022.
“I’m looking forward to being with On Point Motorsports,” said Fogleman. “I know everybody that works here is dedicated to racing just like I am. They’re willing to work hard and use their resources, and they’ve had success in the previous season. I’m hoping to build on that.”
Fogleman has found success in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series early on in his career as he took victory at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway this past October. He has 48 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts with one win, one top-five and two top-10 finishes.
Fogleman added, “I’m looking to improve throughout the season as a team and to knock off consistent top 10 finishes.”
Tate Fogleman is the son of Jay Fogleman, who competed in both NASCAR and the CARS Tour. The younger Fogleman raced with the CARS Super Late Model Tour before joining the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. During his CARS tenure, Tate Fogleman amassed one win, 13 top-five and 17 top-10 in 30 events.
Some of Tate’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, and boating. He’s currently a senior at High Point University with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Marketing.
Follow On Point Motorsports on our social media accounts to catch the latest updates with our driver Tate Fogleman.
The first race of the 2022 season takes the green flag at Daytona International Speedway on February 18th, 2022, at 7:30 PM (ET) live on FOX Sports 1.
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