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Kansas Speedway is stepping up to the plate to honor the championship-winning Kansas City Monarchs and the area’s rich baseball heritage ahead of Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300.

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick will serve as the Grand Marshal, while Kansas City Royals legend Frank White will be the Honorary Starter for the penultimate race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs’ Round of 8.

“Bob Kendrick and Frank White are both key leaders in the robust Kansas City baseball community,” said Pat Warren, president of Kansas Speedway. “It’s an honor to have them join with our racing community on Saturday to begin our doubleheader in style.”

As President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kendrick works tirelessly to preserve and celebrate the rich history of African-American baseball and its profound impact on the social advancement of America.  Through his leadership, the Museum and the Kansas City Monarchs have partnered to carry on the legendary Kansas City Monarchs name in the American Association of Professional Baseball. 

White, who coaches first base for the Monarchs, is one of the most beloved players in Kansas City Royals history. The eight-time Gold Glove winner and five-time American League All-Star played 18 seasons for the Royals and was a member of the franchise’s first World Series winner in 1985. Aside from his coaching duties, White is also prominent leader in the community serving as Jackson County Executive.

White will wave the green flag shortly after 2 p.m. on Saturday, when the NASCAR Xfinity Series begins the doubleheader day of racing action at Kansas Speedway. At 6 p.m., the ARCA Menards Series will conclude its season in the Reese’s 150, with a spectacular fireworks display set to light up the sky during the championship celebration.  

Tickets for Saturday’s doubleheader are available for as low as $40 and kids 12-under are free with a paid adult.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, following a concert by multiplatinum recording artist Mitchell Tenpenny, the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs’ Round of 8 continues in the Hollywood Casino 400. Fans are encouraged to secure their tickets now for both days by visiting

Kansas Speedway PR

On November 7th, Live Fast Motorsports and Pala Casino Resort and Spa join forces on NASCAR’S Championship Weekend.

Pala Casino Spa Resort is Southern California’s entertainment capital with live entertainment nightly, national headliner and tribute concerts, three state-of-the-art entertainment venues, as well as exciting Las-Vegas style slots and table games.

“We couldn’t be more proud to have Pala join Live Fast Motorsports on NASCAR’s Championship Weekend. Having a partner like Pala continue as a great sponsor of our sport is a huge honor for us and the entire industry. We can’t wait to see the #78 in the Pala colors out there for our final week of our first season in the NASCAR Cup Series,” Matt Tifft said of the partnership.

"It is very exciting to return as a car sponsor for the NASCAR Cup Series," said Coley McAvoy, spokesperson for Pala. "We are very pleased to be supporting the No. 78 car and team, Live Fast Motorsports."

Make sure while considering your vacation plans, to head to today and enjoy the world class entertainment offered!


The perks keep coming in for Mahoning Valley Speedway’s October 30 Fall Brawl.

Adding to the list of growing enticements will be a $50 bonus to each Sportsman Modified heat race winner courtesy of

Headed by noted racing photographer and Eastern Motorsport Press Association member Mike Jaworecki, is a comprehensive Northeast based motor racing website that provides extensive coverage to a broad spectrum of local, regional and national racing.

Jaworecki is known for his giving back to the racing community and is excited to be able to provide the Sportsman Modified drivers with this added bonus of $50 to each heat race winner. 

Sportsman Modifieds will be vying in a 40-lap/$1500-to-win feature. This will mark the largest payout as well as race distance for the class, now in its fourth year of existence.

And, as race day nears so too does the interest from not only the weekly Mahoning Sportsman Modified steadies but likewise from a number of invaders who are making plans to compete in the 40-lap event.

Set for Saturday, October 30 and starting at 2:00 pm the Fall Brawl is headlined by a 125 lap/$3000-to-win feature for the Modifieds. The race will also pay $1000 for 10th and $400 to take the green.

Also on the card are Street Stocks contesting in a 50-lap/$1200-to-win main, the Hobby Stocks battling for a $500 first place prize over a 40-lap distance and the Futures/Rookie Hobby Stocks racing in a 20-lap affair.

Stimulus add-ons are continuing to mound for the Fall Brawl. There is a Bonus Bucks Draw for Modified, Street Stock and Hobby Stock finishers of positions 2-5. Lap prize money is being collected and awarded for all divisions. Each Street Stock heat winner will collect $150 thanks to C&B Lawn Care & Landscaping of Kunkletown, Heat Wave Stoves LLC also of Kunkletown, Ripkey Racing and Stacey Brown. And for the Futures/Rookie Hobby Stocks the track will put up $100 per each car entered and will formulate the purse from the total number.

The speedway will play host to a Halloween Kids Candy Scramble at intermission.

For complete info on the Fall Brawl visit: or Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway.  


From January to Labor Day, five divisions of northeast DIRTcar racing saw drivers in each awarded points towards the $47,000 Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship based on their 16 best finishes.

The points system rewards drivers for racing at their home tracks every week plus, thanks to a common ruleset, encourages drivers to travel to other DIRTcar tracks and Series races to accrue more points and experience. 

This year, Matt Sheppard took the DIRTcar Big Block Modified Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship title, Mat Williamson won the DIRTcar 358 Modified championship Andrew Buff took DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds crown, Chad Jeseo won with the DIRTcar Pro Stocks, and Dante Mancuso is the first-ever DIRTcar 4 Cylinder champion. 

DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds

Only Matt Sheppard, from Waterloo, NY,  could insist he hasn’t had a “great” year while winning major championships like his record-setting eighth Super DIRTcar Series championship plus his seventh Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship for DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds (formerly Mr. DIRT). 

Sheppard’s Hoosier championship points run came with wins at Orange County Fair Speedway, Land of Legends Raceway, Ransomville Speedway, and Weedsport Speedway in both weekly and Series competition totaling 12 wins overall which netted him $5,000 for his title. 

Last year’s champion Stewart Friesen came up four points short. He picked up 10 DIRTcar Big Block Feature wins at six different tracks including Volusia Speedway Park, Can-Am Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Orange County Fair Speedway, Weedsport Speedway, and Land of Legends Raceway. 

Peter Britten has had one of the best years of his career. Britten finished third in Hoosier Championship points collecting four wins including a Series DIRTcar Series win at his home track Land of Legends Raceway. 

Check out the full DIRTcar Big Block Modified Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship points HERE. The top twenty in points shared from the over $18,000 in point monies.

DIRTcar 358 Modifieds

St. Catharines, ON driver Mat Williamson, is no stranger to Victory Lane but now he is starting to make championships look routine too. Williamson, who is fighting for a podium on the Super DIRTcar Series standings going into the NGK NTK World Finals, picked up this year’s DIRTcar 358 Modified Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship title worth $3,000.

This is Williamson’s third Hoosier championship in a row. Only this year’s third-place overall David Herbert has won three in a row and he made it four between 2014 and 2017. 

Williamson’s 11 wins came at six tracks: Ransomville Speedway, Brockville Ontario Speedway, Fulton Speedway, Brewerton Speedway, and Weedsport Speedway. 

Billy Dunn finished second in points but he also won the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series championship this year on the back of his herculean efforts to finish the race at Oswego Speedway in the Salute to the Troops 150. 

David Herbert represented the Quebec cause coming in third place in the Hoosier standings. Hebert won DIRTcar 358 Modified Features at Autodrome Granby, Le RPM Speedway, Autodrome Drummond, and Cornwall Motor Speedway. 

Check out the full points HERE. The top 20 in points will share from the over $14,000 cash point fund.

DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds

Andrew Buff has proven his ability to win championships at home and is taking the show on the road. Buff is this year’s DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship title winner collecting $1,000. The star DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series: East Region driver beat out both Cameron Tuttle from the West and Zach Sobotka in the Central Region by six points. Tuttle and Sobotka finished tied in the Hoosier standings with 906 points. 

Buff added his name to a list that includes Rocky Warner, Matt Sheppard, Chad Brachmann, and Chris Raabe. 

Traveling man Andrew Buff took wins at Lakeview Motor Speedway in South Carolina, Glen Ridge Motor Speedway, Fulton Speedway, and Albany-Saratoga Speedway. 

The final opportunity race for DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds comes up at the Drydene World Short Track Championship from Thursday, October 28 to Saturday, October 30, 2021 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. 

Check out the full DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship points HERE. The top 20 here will share from the $6,500 point fund. 

DIRTcar Pro Stocks 

Chad Jeseo, winner of the DIRTcar Pro Stock 50 at the 49th NAPA Super DIRT Week and overall DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Championship, ran away with the DIRTcar Pro Stock Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship in 2021. His 936 points came on the back of 10 wins. Rival Jason Meltz finished second with 886 points while Kevin Fetterly came in third with 844 points overall. 

This is Jeseo’s second DIRTcar Pro Stock Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship title which he will take home a $1,000 check at the annual awards banquet. His first came in 2012. 

Race fans can catch the DIRTcar Pro Stocks in action at this year’s Drydene World Short Track Championship (Thursday, October 28 - Saturday, October 30, 2021) at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. 

Check out the full DIRTcar Pro Stock Hoosier Racing Tire Championship points HERE. Like the DIRTcar Sportsman, the DIRTcar Pro Stocks also paid out the top 20 with a $6,500 total point fund. 

DIRTcar 4 Cylinders

Dante Mancuso motored his way to a title in the inaugural DIRTcar 4 Cylinder Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship. He piled up his 11-win season at Ransomville Speedway and Genesee Speedway. Brad Whiteside and Cole Susice finished second and third overall. Twenty-one drivers took part in the first season of DIRTcar sanctioned 4 Cylinder action. 

Mancuso will take home $500 for his first ever title and the top 10 in the points will share from the over $2,500 point fund that was established. 

Check out the full points HERE.

NEXT UP: Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship points chasing starts up in 2022 at the DIRTcar Nationals for the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds on February 14-19. The Big Blocks hit Volusia Speedway Park for a newly added Hot Lap session on Monday, February 14 before five straight nights of Feature action on The World’s Fastest Half-Mile all of which award valuable early-season Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship points.

Watch for more updates, schedule announcements, Features, and more at and on social media on Facebook and Twitter.

DIRTcar Series PR

Pre-race festivities for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Phoenix Raceway just added some more star power. NASCAR and Phoenix Raceway announced today that Emmy and Tony Award-winning performer Kristin Chenoweth will sing the National Anthem prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race on Nov. 7.

Chenoweth’s stirring performance in front of a sold-out crowd will follow a pre-race concert by multiplatinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley. 

“Kristin Chenoweth is one of the most gifted vocalists and performers of all-time,” said Phoenix Raceway President Julie Giese. “She not only will elevate the stature of our championship race, but she will also undoubtedly deliver a rendition of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ that we will remember for years to come.”

Chenoweth, a global superstar of both stage and screen, is no stranger to performing in front of sold-out crowds. She was the original Glinda the Good Witch in the hit Broadway musical “Wicked” and has delighted audiences from Carnegie Hall to Royal Albert Hall. She won an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in “Pushing Daisies” and won a Tony Award for her performance in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” She also delivered memorable performances in “Glee,” where she earned a People’s Choice Award nomination.

This holiday season, Chenoweth will delight fans with her new album on Concord Records, “Happiness Is … Christmas” and appear alongside Academy Award winner JK Simmons in the upcoming STX motion picture “National Champions.”

“It’s a tremendous honor to perform our National Anthem for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race,” said Chenoweth, who can currently be seen starring alongside Cecily Strong, Keegan-Michael Key and Ariana DeBose in AppleTV+’s musical comedy series “Schmigadoon.” “I can’t wait to experience the excitement at Phoenix Raceway and join together with the sold-out crowd to honor our nation.”

Although no tickets remain for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race, fans can still experience NASCAR Championship Weekend event on Friday and Saturday. A limited number of grandstand and FanShield Infield Experience tickets remain for those days, and fans are encouraged to get their tickets now before losing out on the opportunity.

The action begins Friday, Nov. 5, when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crowns its champion in the Lucas Oil 150. On Saturday, Nov. 6, Phoenix Raceway will host two championship events – the Arizona Lottery 100 (ARCA Menards Series West) and the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Race.  

And then, on Sunday, Nov. 7, the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race will be contested, airing live on NBC and Peacock.

Fans can purchase tickets for Friday and Saturday’s action at Phoenix Raceway at They can also secure their seats for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Phoenix Raceway by purchasing season tickets.

Phoenix Raceway PR

The Magic of Lights, the popular drive-through, family-friendly holiday lights extravaganza, will make its debut in South Florida at the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway, Nov. 19 through Jan. 1, 2022.


Magic of Lights will showcase a dazzling display of more than one million twinkling, sparkling lights and magical scenes, all viewed within the comfort and safety of the guest’s vehicle. Pre-sale tickets are on sale today by visiting For the past four years, Magic of Lights has been a huge hit for holiday fun at Daytona International Speedway, and will now call South Florida home as well.


Kids from ages one to 92 (and above) will be mesmerized with the colorful lights, holiday scenes and a cast of characters. Families, couples, friends, social and work groups can enjoy the happy holiday experience by taking advantage of special pre-sale, early bird discount pricing of $17 for standard vehicles through Nov. 2. After that, regular ticket prices include:

  • Advanced Pricing through Nov. 3: $17 per standard vehicle in advance or $30 at the gate weekdays (Monday through Thursday), or $35 on weekends (Friday through Sunday).
  • Advanced Pricing Prime Season from Nov. 3 - Dec. 9: $20 per standard vehicle in advance with $35 at the gate weekdays (Monday through Thursday), or $35 on weekends (Friday through Sunday).
  • Oversized vehicles such as limousines or vans for 15 passengers or more will be $40 per vehicle in advance, $50 per vehicle at the gate and $55 on weekend dates (Friday through Sunday).
  • Tour buses can be accommodated for $100.
  • Group rates are also available.


“The Magic of Lights will be an incredible addition to our already busy calendar here at Homestead-Miami Speedway,” said track president Al Garcia. “It will provide a wonderful new family holiday tradition for the local community here in South Florida. The venue is well suited for a drive through holiday light experience and will provide tons of family enjoyment.”


Magic of Lights, which will be a festive and winding drive-through on the grounds of the already colorful Homestead-Miami Speedway, will be open from 6-10 p.m. ET nightly. It will be 44 days of magical fun!


Guests will be able to enjoy all the spectacular displays, using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Tickets purchased online in advance can be used at any date, allowing guests the flexibility on when they choose to attend. The experiences will include featured displays like Prehistoric Christmas and Big Foot Monster Trucks. All are guaranteed to warm the heart and create special family memories across generations.


Buckle up the kids and enjoy the magic – The first Magic of Lights at Homestead-Miami Speedway!


Magic of Lights is produced by a team of family entertainment professionals at FunGuys Events, each with decades of international show experience at the highest level.


For information on Magic of Lights at Homestead-Miami Speedway, visit or call (866) 409-RACE (7223). Fans can keep up with up-to-date happenings at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Homestead-Miami Speedway makes its return to the NASCAR Playoffs in 2022 with a tripleheader on Oct. 22-23. The Baptist Health 200 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be a part of a Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022 NASCAR Playoffs doubleheader with the Contender Boats 250 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The weekend’s anchor event, Dixie Vodka 400, a NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race, is set for Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. It’s the first time in three years that Homestead-Miami Speedway has played host to NASCAR’s Playoffs.


Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) driver Brandon Jones will return to race full-time in 2022 behind the wheel of the No. 19 Toyota Supra.  Jeff Meendering will also return as his crew chief continuing the leadership, continuity and experience the team has built to be a top contender for the championship run next year.

Menards will also return as the primary sponsor and will expand its longtime support of Jones with a full season sponsorship for all 33 races in 2022.  Menards has sponsored Jones throughout his Xfinity Series career.

“We are excited about the opportunity to be a full-time sponsor for Brandon Jones in the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Jeff Abbott, Menards Marketing and Promotions Manager.  “Brandon has gained valuable experience through the years at many levels of racing, including winning in the ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR Truck Series and Xfinity Series and most recently by qualifying twice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs.  Brandon has proven himself time and again by winning races, competing for championships and being an outstanding ambassador for Menards and our valued racing partners.  We look forward to being a part of his continuing success in 2022.”

Jones just advanced to the Round of 8 in the 2021 Xfinity Series Playoffs after earning 11 top-five finishes and 17 top-10 finishes so far this season.  He continues his charge in the 2021 championship run and is focused on advancing and challenging for the championship in Phoenix.  

“Brandon provides a veteran driver presence in the Xfinity Series for us,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “He has advanced into the final eight of the NASCAR playoffs for the second consecutive year and now our focus is to make it into the next round with the opportunity to race for the championship in Phoenix. We’re excited to have him back next season with the opportunity to represent Menards every week.”

Currently in his fourth season with JGR, Jones has become the senior Xfinity Series driver for the organization.  The No. 19 team has shown improved consistency each season, with Jones earning a career-high 11 top-five finishes with three races remaining in the season.

“This has been a very strong season so far and I couldn’t be prouder of our 19 team,” stated Brandon Jones.  “It will be great to have Jeff Meendering back as my crew chief for the third consecutive year; his leadership is exactly what this team needs. I also realize how fortunate I am to have partners like Menards and Toyota; their support means the world to me. I couldn’t be more excited to have Menards return and more importantly, their support for the full season.  It’s huge.  I am thrilled to be back at Joe Gibbs Racing next season.  Right now, I remain focused on our championship run and making it to Phoenix this year for a shot at the Xfinity Series title.”


Artistic visionaries get ready to be a part of motorsports history! For the seventh consecutive year, fans will have the chance to vote on the iconic DAYTONA 500 Trioval Grass Design that will be showcased for the 64th Annual Great American Race on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022.


Voting is open now and runs through Saturday, Oct. 30. All Fans can visit to cast their vote for one of three imaginative designs and then are encouraged share their choice on Facebook and Twitter. Unveiling of the winning design will take place in January, 2022.


“The DAYTONA 500 Trioval Grass Design is an incredible platform that gives fans another ‘wow’ factor when they are here for the Great American Race,” said Speedway President Frank Kelleher. “It’s also another way that separates Daytona International Speedway from other sports venues. We are excited to get our fans back involved in its design. “We are also ready to get our fans back the race track to experience the pageantry of the DAYTONA 500, see NASCAR’s new ‘Next Gen’ car, and be a part of all of Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth.”


Tickets for the DAYTONA 500, NASCAR’s most prestigious event that will debut the Cup Series anticipated ‘Next Gen’ car in the first points race of 2022, are on sale now. Tickets start at $99. Those wishing to attend in person should make their plans early to secure the best seats and pricing. For ticket information for the DAYTONA 500, as well as all Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth events, log onto or call 1-800-PITSHOP. Extended-stay camping packages and premium opportunities, such as UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race admissions, are available.


The Next Gen car, a collaboration of the brightest engineering minds in racing and the automotive industry, is designed to give the drivers greater control. It will put an emphasis back on race strategies, team personnel and vehicle setups while returning the ‘stock car’ look to NASCAR. The cars are set to put on great racing for fans, incorporate relevant technology and look more like street version vehicles. NASCAR will conduct a two-day test session at Daytona’s 2.5-mile tri-oval on Jan. 11-12.  


Below is a tentative schedule (as of today) for the 2022 DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth:

  • Thursday, Feb. 17: Bluegreen Vacations Duel at DAYTONA qualifying races for the NASCAR Cup Series
  • Friday, Feb. 18: NextEra Energy 250 for the NASCAR Camping World Series
  • Saturday, Feb. 19: Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series & Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire for the ARCA Menards Series
  • Sunday, Feb. 20: DAYTONA 500 for the NASCAR Cup Series


Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest speedway news.



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