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Veteran racer Brody Roa of Garden Grove, California and the remainder of the USAC/CRA stars will get their final tune-up for the 25th Annual Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented By All Coast Construction when the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars return to Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday, October 23rd.  The race signifies the start of the home stretch and the final six races on the 2021 schedule. 

Roa, 30, comes into the race after a hard fought third-place finish at the Arizona Speedway on October 2nd.  That result gave the friendly driver 11-top five finishes in 15 USAC/CRA races thus far in 2021.  Perhaps more impressive than those numbers are the ones that Roa has racked up at Perris this year.  In the six races on the famous Riverside County half-mile oval, he has finished in the top five all but one time.  The one race he was not in the top five was the track’s sprint car season opener in April when a part failure sent him to the pits while he was in second.  Since then he has not finished out of the top five and he has recorded wins in the highly coveted “Salute to Indy” and the “California Racer’s Hall of Fame Night.”

Roa still sits second in the championship standings with six point paying races left on the schedule.  He is currently 62-points out of first.

After this weekend’s race, the BR Performance team will get one week off before returning for the final five races of the year.  Those races will take place within a span of just 10-days.  The first three will be the Oval Nationals at Perris on November 4th, 5th, and 6th.  The following week the 2021 campaign will come to a close at the Western World Championships at the Arizona Speedway on the 12th and 13th of November.

Fans will have a great chance to meet Roa at this Saturday’s on track autograph session/candy giveaway at intermission.  They can also visit with him in the pits after the final race of the night.  He will have team merchandise available in both places. 

Spectator gates will swing open at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and the first race will take the green flag at 7:00.  There will be plenty of tickets for everyone at the ticket window.  For fans who prefer to order advance tickets online, they can do so at the following link  Perris Auto Speedway is located on the freeway close Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris (92571).  The office phone number is (951) 940-0134 and the track website is

Fans who would like to purchase Brody Roa merchandise, but who cannot attend a race, can check out the online store that is packed with great items including t-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, beanies, baby onesies, plush blankets, jigsaw puzzles, stickers, notebooks, tote bags, wine tumblers, mugs, bandana pet collars and more.  To see the full line, please visit the following website

Roa and the team would like to thank the following for being part of the 91R’s 2021 campaign.  HD Industries, Biker Bruce Fischer, Inland Rigging, Burris Racing, Sander Engineering, ALR Virtual Services, Caltrol, Competition Suspension, K-1 Race Gear, Molecule, Rod End Supply, Baldwin Filters and Jambo BBQ Pits.  In addition, the veteran driver offers thanks to Fastenal, Coopers Propane, Total Lubricants, Marina Pools, TJM Oilfield Distribution, Certex, and Biker Bruce for sponsoring the #8M.

If you or your company would like to jump on board and receive recognition throughout the year, please give the two-time USAC champion racer a phone call or drop him a note at the contact information at the top of this release.  You can also contact him if you would like to put him in your car in a USAC National Series race when his west coast schedule permits.

To view Roa’s online portfolio and learn more about the team, please click on the following link  Fans can also check out the team website at and Facebook page  To keep up with May Motorsports, please check out and “like” its Facebook page.


The Manson Brothers Midnight Zombie Massacre, directed by Max Martini (Pacific Rim) and starring Randy Couture (The Expendables), DB Sweeney (The Cutting Edge), Adrian Pasdar (Near Dark), and Bas Rutten (Sinners and Saints), is available on-demand just in time for the scariest month of the year. The original film was written by former professional wrestlers Mike Carey and Chris Margetis who also play the notorious Manson Brothers.

With more and more women breaking barriers in male dominated sports including wrestling, race car driving and football, the filmmakers are proud to support and celebrate women who are shattering ceilings - and perceptions. Rising star NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver Natalie Decker is one of those trailblazers. Decker will be supporting the release of the film by wrapping the hood of number 23, her official racecar in film-themed attire.

The film tells the story of wrestling tag team, The Manson Brothers, now in their twilight years, who are relegated to smaller promotions and agree to a midnight cage match on Halloween. What they don’t know is the contest involves being trapped in the arena swarming with infected wrestlers and fans that are changing into blood thirsty zombies. Armed only with their wrestling skills and enchanted lucha libre masks, they must fight for their lives and ensure the virus is contained to prevent an all-out zombie massacre.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with Natalie Decker, said filmmakers Mike Carey and Chris Margetis. “We are both Girl Dads and one of us was raised by a single mother. This is our way of paying tribute to women, especially those who are on the rise in traditionally male-dominated professions.”

“I’m excited to support the arts, as I actually started out in theater at age three and would love to be more involved in film in the future,” said NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver Natalie Decker. “I loved this film and proud to help put the word out just in time for Halloween.”

City PR

Nashville Superspeedway (NSS) today announced it will serve as the host venue for the Halloween Drift and Autocross Party presented by Tennessee Drift and on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021.

The event will feature drifting on the NSS road course, autocross racing on the paddock, a car show, “Trunk or Treat,” a costume contest and more. Gates open to general spectators starting at 10 a.m. and admission (day of only) is $30 for adults; kids 12 and under are free.

Participants and spectators are encouraged to attend dressed in their favorite Halloween costume, with a prize going to the “best costume.” Other prizes to be awarded include “best in show” and “fan favorite” for car show participants, and the top spots in the autocross and drift contest will also be recognized.

Spectators attending the event can also purchase the opportunity to ride along with those participants in the driving portion of the day, courtesy of the BFGoodrich Share the Ride program. Tickets for this added experience will be available for purchase near the NSS Infield Media Center.

A full schedule of events and information for participant registration can be found at or “Events” at

Nashville Superspeedway, Music City’s home for NASCAR Cup Series racing and live entertainment, will again host the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, June 26, 2022. The NASCAR tripleheader race weekend will also feature the Tennessee Lottery 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, June 25 and the Rackley Roofing 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, June 24.

Keep track of Nashville Superspeedway’s latest news and updates at or via social media at, on Twitter at @nashvillesupers and Instagram @nashvillesuperspeedway. For questions about media relations, employment, or other inquiries, interested parties are encouraged to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Notes of Interest


 History at Kansas: In 19 starts, Almirola has seven top-10 finishes and has led 69 laps. 


●  2021: Almirola locked himself into the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs with his July 18 victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in LoudonHe led 46 laps around the flat, 1.058-mile oval en route to his third career NASCAR Cup Series win. After a year full of adversity and bad luck, the victory put the No. 10 team, which was 27th in the standings and facing a must-win situation if it was going to compete for this year’s championship, in prime position to earn one of the 16 coveted berths in the 10-race playoffs. Almirola’s award-winning YouTube series “Beyond the 10” captured his entire race day here.


●  This year marked Almirola’s fifth career playoff appearance and fourth in a row since joining SHR. While he didn’t advance beyond the Round of 16, he has set his sights on a top-10 points position after the checkered flag drops at the season finale Nov. 7 at Phoenix Raceway. Fans and media can watch the “Beyond the 10” episode of his playoff run on YouTube here.


●  Farmland, which has been bringing great tastes to tables since 1959, will adorn the No. 10 Ford Mustang with a special blue, white and green paint scheme. As part of the paint scheme, Farmland launched a huge prize package valued at $4,750. The prize package includes two tickets to the Kansas Cup Series race May 15, 2022, airfare and hotel accommodations, a rental car, BBQ catering for a tailgate, and an extra $400 after the race if Almirola wins. To enter, follow @FarmlandFoods and comment #Sweepstakesentry. 


●  Hy-Vee returns to the rear quarterpanels, decklid and bumper of the No. 10 Ford this weekend. Hy-Vee is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Its slogan, “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle,” expresses the foundation of the supermarket chain’s operating philosophy.


●  Career Stats: Almirola has career totals of three wins, two poles, 26 top-five finishes, 82 top-10s and 893 laps led in 385 NASCAR Cup Series starts.


●  Beyond the 10 YouTube Series: In 2021, Almirola continues to share his life beyond the No. 10 Ford with season three of his award-winning YouTube series. Fans and media can subscribe on YouTube to see Almirola’s personality on and off the track. Episodes have already featured life as a dad, a husband and an athlete, and it gives fans a unique perspective on what goes on in the life of a professional NASCAR driver. Fans can also follow Almirola’s social media channels: @Aric_Almirola on Twitter and Instagram, and @AricAlmirola on Facebook. Almirola’s latest Beyond the 10 episode gives a driver's perspective of the NASCAR Next Gen car.


●  Point standings: Almirola is currently 14th in the driver standings with 2,136 points. 


Aric Almirola, Driver of the No. 10 Farmland/Hy-Vee Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing


What goals do you have for the remaining three races of the season?


“We’re sitting 14th in the standings right now, so finishing here or a spot better would be better than last year and the year before. Overall, our goal is to have a few more clean races without any issues or bad luck. Last weekend at Texas, we didn’t really get to see what kind of speed we had after all the damage in the first stage. We were lucky to make it through the way we did, but we’re usually really good at Texas and didn’t get to show that. Kansas will provide some good redemption if we can run a clean race.”


What are your thoughts when you head to Kansas?


“I’ve always enjoyed Kansas. I know that I did have a really bad accident there, but in my mind I just view that as a bad accident. It just happened at a place. It just so happened to be at Kansas. It could have happened anywhere. I don’t really put that on Kansas and so, every time I’ve been back since then, it’s never really been a thought that’s crossed my mind. I actually enjoy going to Kansas. I have friends in Kansas City who I enjoy spending time with that makes it even more enjoyable to be there and, on top of that, I love the racetrack. The racetrack is a really fun racetrack to run at for me and I’ve had a lot of success there and had a lot of really good runs there.”


What do you think of this weekend’s Farmland/Hy-Vee paint scheme? 


“Everything about it just looks fresh. Love the colors. It should be bright on TV. I’m liking the red Hy-Vee on there, too. Let’s see if we can keep it as clean at the end of the race.” 



Midwest sprint and midget fans, drivers, and teams facing a winter of racing withdrawal have one last chance to enjoy their favorite sport in 2021 this Friday and Saturday as Gas City I-69 Speedway hosts its third annual “Fall Festival of Speed and Non-Wing Nationals” as its 2021 season finale.

Friday night’s races start at 7:30 p.m. and consist of non-wing 410 sprint cars; IRA Auto Meter Wisconsin wingLESS sprint cars; USAC Midwest Thunder regional midgets, and 600cc non-wing micros.

Saturday’s races have been moved up to start at 6 p.m. That show also features non-wing 410 sprint cars and IRA Auto Meter Wisconsin wingLESS sprint cars, which will be joined by UMP/IMCA-style modifieds, street stocks and hornets.

The pit gate opens at 3 p.m. on Friday, with the grandstands opening at 4:30 p.m. The drivers’ meeting is at 6:05 p.m.; hot laps/group qualifying is at 6:35 p.m., and the racing begins at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday the pit gate opens at 1:30 p.m. and the grandstands at 4 p.m. The drivers’ meeting is at 4:30 p.m.; hot laps/group qualifying is at 5 p.m., and the racing starts at 6 p.m.

The ticket prices are the same for both shows: adult general admission is $20; admission for students is $15, and kids 12 and under are free. A pit pass costs $35.

Both non-wing 410 sprint car features will pay $2,000 to win and $200 to start. The USAC Midwest Thunder drivers are racing for a $5,000 purse with $1,200 to win and bonuses for the top-three SpeeD2 and mini-sprints finishers. The non-wing micro feature will pay $300 to win and $50 to start.

The modified feature winner on Saturday will earn $800, while all starters will receive $110. The street stock feature pays $500 to win and $80 to start. The hornet feature pays $300 to win and $50 to start. It’s open to both front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive four-cylinder cars that don’t use racing tires.

For more information see the track website at Fans and competitors can also follow the track on Twitter: @GasCitySpeedway; Instagram: @GasCitySpeedway and Facebook: GasCitySpeedwayOnTheGas.

Gas City I-69 Speedway is located on State Road 22, approximately a half-mile west of I-69, exit 259. The quarter-mile dirt oval is about halfway between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, and attracts drivers and fans from all over the Midwest.

Owner, Restart Communications,

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Emerson Axsom qualified fourth and finished fourth in the Nolen Racing No. 4 Saturday night at Anderson Speedway in the fourth and final non-wing sprint car race of the season at the quarter-mile, high-banked asphalt oval.

The event was the sixth annual “Tony Elliott Classic,” named in memory of the former Nolen Racing driver who was tragically killed in a private airplane accident in 2015. The event was on Paint the Night Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Night, and it was presented by CB Fabricating, “The Herald Bulletin,” and Sherwin Williams.

It was the last race of the season for both the track and for the New Whiteland, Ind.-based Nolen Racing team, as well as the final points race for the Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Series, which sanctioned the 125-lap race.

Axsom, 17, of Franklin, Ind., duplicated his best finish of fourth, as he finished fourth and sixth in two other 125-lap races driving for Nolen Racing at Anderson Speedway this season. Once again the young star drove a yellow Beast chassis sponsored by KECO Coatings and powered by a Tranter-prepped Chevy V6 engine.

Axsom qualified fourth with a lap in 11.377 seconds. That was only 0.385 off the fastest qualifier and eventual winner, Tyler Roahrig. It was also better than the qualifying time recorded by the defending race winner, Bobby Santo III, who qualified fifth on a brisk autumn evening with temperatures in the low fifties.

The top eight cars were inverted for the start, however, so Santos was fourth and Axsom was fifth at the drop of the green. The invert put Kyle O’Gara on the pole, and he led the most laps.

Axsom dropped to sixth on lap two and seventh on lap three after the always hectic start, and he remained in seventh until lap 25, including when he set his fastest lap of the race on lap 12 and the sixth-fastest overall with a time of 11.626 seconds. On a restart on lap 25 after the first yellow for a minor spin by another competitor, Axsom regain sixth by passing Brian Gerster.

That put Axsom right behind Jerry Coons Jr., and he applied pressure to Coons for many laps as he continued to run in sixth place through lap 79.

He moved into fifth place when the second-place driver, Santos, had an incident with a car he was lapping and spun to bring out the second yellow on lap 80.

Axsom got fourth on a restart on lap 102 when Coons ran into problems in front of him.

Axsom remained in fourth until lap 118, when Santos got around him again to push him back to fifth. Santos passed Caleb Armstrong for third on lap 121, which put Armstrong right in front of Axsom.

With four laps to go Axsom made a nice pass to move by Armstrong, and he was fourth at the checkered.

Behind Roahrig at the checkered were O’Gara, Santos, Axsom and Armstrong. Axsom was only 0.136 of a second behind Santos at the checkered, and he was 0.816 of a second ahead of Armstrong.

Only eight of the 17 starters finished.

“I feel like we caught the invert wrong; it’s really hard to pass here,” Axsom said after the race. “I felt like we had a top-three car, but with my lack of experience we got fourth. But anytime we race is good, because it’s important track time.

“That was the most comfortable I’ve been in this car yet,” he reported. “The team really worked hard to tune the car to my liking. We’re getting more speed every time we hit the track. The car never really fell off. I had no real close calls either. Finishing was important, so we’ll take the fourth. I can’t thank the Nolen Racing team enough for all the hard work they put into the No. 4.”

Nolen Racing competed in six pavement sprint car races in 2021 with three drivers: Tanner Swanson, Shane Hollingsworth and Axsom. Its best finish was Swanson’s third in the Pay Less Little 500 at Anderson Speedway May 29.

Now the team will go over all its cars carefully over the winter and prepare for the 2022 season.

For more information see and follow the team on Facebook and Twitter.

 Nolan Racing PR

It’s October and, as usual this time of year, M&M’S has brought back its Halloween-themed No. 18 M&M’S Toyota for driver Kyle Busch during the next two NASCAR Cup Series races – this weekend at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City and the following weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway – during one of M&M’S busiest seasons.


Busch and his M&M’S-themed Halloween “costume” first head to this weekend’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas hoping for a win that would lock him into the Championship 4 at Phoenix Raceway Nov. 7. For his part, Kansas hasn’t been nearly as spooky over his last 14 races there as opposed to a vastly stark record in his first 13 starts at the 1.5-mile oval, during which he had eight finishes of 20th or worse.


The two-time Cup Series champion collected two top-five finishes in a row in the fall 2014 and 2015 Kansas races before he broke through for his first Cup Series win at there in May 2016. That’s when the surface finally started to wear and become more agreeable to Busch’s driving style. He now has 11 top-10 finishes in his last 13 starts there, a streak that at one point included five consecutive top-fives.


Even better news for Busch and the M&M’S Halloween team is they are the most recent Cup Series winners at the Midwest track in May as they scored their second career Kansas victory and first of two wins so far this season.


Sunday’s Cup Series race at Kansas marks the second race of the Round of 8 of this year’s playoffs. Busch’s stage win and eighth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth last weekend helped boost him to fourth in standings, eight points above the top-four cutline. Kyle Larson won last weekend’s race and is the first driver eligible for the Championship 4 at Phoenix. With a win at either of these next two events, Busch can join Larson at Phoenix for his shot to race for the title for the sixth time in his career.


So, as the Cup Series heads to the Heartland of America Sunday, Busch will aim to make it a 2021 sweep of both Kansas races and the championship implications that come with it. And with Halloween fast approaching, Busch and his No. 18 team would like nothing more than to take their colorful, Halloween-themed M&M’S “costume” to victory lane.



Michael McDowell and the NASCAR Cup Series are heading back to Kansas Speedway this weekend for their second and final appearance of the 2021 season.
McDowell brought home a respectable 13th-place run at Kansas earlier this year and now has his eyes set on capturing a new team and personal-best at the mile-and-a-half speedway by earning a Top-10 finish in his No. 34 Love's Travel Stops / Speedco Ford Mustang.
"Kansas was really good to us in the spring," explained McDowell. "Our mile-and-a-half program is something that we've been trying to make improvements on and I definitely feel like we're trending in the right direction."
Throughout his career, McDowell has recorded six Top-20 as well as two Top-15 finishes at Kansas Speedway and looks to break into the Top-10 category this Sunday.
"This past weekend at Texas, another mile-and-a-half race track, our No. 34 Love's Travel Stops / Speedco Ford Mustang was pretty fast, which is something that our entire team is really proud of because it's proof that what we're trying is working," said McDowell. "Unfortunately, the finish didn't necessarily show for it as we seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time during most of the on-track incidences on Sunday, which left us with a 17th-place finish."
McDowell continued by saying, "we definitely felt like we had a Top-10 race car at Texas, which makes me extremely excited about Kansas, because if we can bring that same type of speed this weekend, I'm confident that we can deliver a Top-10 result for our friends at Love's Travel Stops and Speedco."
The NASCAR Cup Series race from Kansas Speedway will air live this Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.


The excitement of Mahoning Valley Speedway’s season ending Fall Brawl continues to mount as race teams are gearing up for the big showdown at the paved ¼-mile Lehighton oval and rightfully so as the track has put together enticing payouts for those classes that will see action on Saturday, October 30.

Along with the handsome finishing payday spots there will be a number of incentives with the most recent coming in for the Street Stocks.

Thanks to C&B Lawn Care & Landscaping of Kunkletown, Heat Wave Stoves LLC also of Kunkletown, Ripkey Racing and Stacey Brown, each Street Stock heat race winner will pick up $150. Clearly not a bad way to start off your day.

$100 is coming from C&B Lawn Care and Landscaping, a full-service lawn-care company that maintains a straightforward and unique design /build philosophy towards their clients.

Another $100 is courtesy of Heat Wave Stoves LLC is an official dealer of Regency, D.S. Machinery and Keystoker pellet, wood and coal stoves plus they handle all propane needs.

Both are also prime sponsors on the Ripkey Racing who likewise is putting in $100. Ripkey Racing this year captured the 2021 division championship with TJ Gursky. Also on the potent three car team are Mark Martini and Randy Ahner Jr., who this past season accounted for a combined 13 heat wins including a division leading eight by Gursky and five feature victories.

Additionally coming on board is multi-talented veteran and 2017 Street Stock champion Stacey Brown who is sweetening the deal with an extra $50 to each prelim winner making 10-lap runs worth $150.

For those who qualify for the Street Stock portion of the Fall Brawl they will be battling in a $50-lap/$1200-to-win feature.

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 the Sportsman Modifieds running in a 40-lap/$1500 to win feature, the Hobby Stocks battling for a $500 first place prize in a 40-lap distance and the Futures/Rookie Hobby Stocks racing in a 20-lap contest.

There is a Bonus Bucks Draw for Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks finishers of positions 2-5. Lap prize money is also be collected and awarded for each division.

With this being Halloween weekend the speedway will play host to a Kids Candy Scramble at intermission.

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



Malicious Monster Truck Tour returns to All American Speedway presented by Roseville Toyota on October 23 for the A-All Mini Storage Monster Truck Bash! The action includes two shows in one day with the evening show featuring the season finale for the Riebes Auto Parts Trailer Bash as well.
Tickets for both the 2pm Matinee Show and the 7pm Evening Show are available now at Adult general admission tickets are $20 while kids ages two to 12 are just ten bucks! Kids under two are free!
Gates open one hour before showtime for the pre-race party on the front stretch, with autographs, candy, and monster truck rides. See Rock Star, California Kid, Identity Theft, Spitfire, and Power House compete in freestyle and racing competition. The fire breathing, car crushing dinosaur Megasaurus will also make his Roseville debut.
The littlest ghouls and goblins can come dressed in their Halloween best to win prizes in the kids costume contest.
Riebes Auto Parts Trailer Bash sees drivers collide with each other’s trailers as they go for the $1,000 prize. The first driver to complete 15-laps with their trailer still attached is the winner!
All American Speedway wants to thank @the Grounds for their support along with partners Roseville Toyota, Jaws Gear & Axle, JM Environmental, Sinister Diesel, Riebes Auto Parts, Berco Redwood, AAMCO Transmission & Total Car Care of Auburn, CA, Guaranteed Rate Affinity- James Clark, Realtor Kim White, and A-All Mini Storage for making this season possible. Without competitor support and local community partners, these events would not take place.


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