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Buddy Kofoid went from third to first in one corner on lap 48 of 55 and then went on to lead Christopher Bell and Cannon McIntosh to the finish line in Thursday night’s POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League’s Sooner State 55 feature at Port City Raceway.
Kofoid started the event from 19th position and charged to his 12th national midget feature win in 2021, but his first since winning at Fayette County on June 20.
While Kofoid took the checkers, it may have been McIntosh who had the drive of the race on his home track.
The 18-year-old Bixby, Oklahoma native, took the lead at the green flag and led the first six laps before getting caught up in an incident when lapped cars got together in front of him, leaving McIntosh nowhere to go as he was collected up in the incident. He was able to return, but would restart from the back of the 25-car field.
On the restart, Tanner Berryhill would take over the lead on lap seven, with Jake Neuman running second, followed by Ryan Timms. Further back, Bell, who reunited with Keith Kunz Motorsports for Thursday’s run, had climbed from 16th to sixth in eight laps. By lap 13, he had moved up to fifth and into fourth one lap later.
On lap 19, Timms, who was driving the CB Industries Toyota, slid Neuman for second and then closed on Berryhill, moving past him for the lead on lap 21. After a caution flag, Timms was penalized for falling out of line on the restart and was moved back to second. It didn’t take long for the 15-year-old to move back to the front, though, as he passed Berryhill on lap 23, only to have Berryhill make contact with him, bringing Timms to a stop.
As Timms was forced to restart from the back, Bell moved up to second and began to challenge Berryhill for the lead on lap 24. Further back, Kofoid had climbed up to fifth, while McIntosh had climbed back up to ninth.
Bell had closed to less than a tenth of a second behind Berryhill, while Kofoid took over the fourth spot on lap 30, then up to third by lap 33. The top three would maintain their positions through lap 48, while McIntosh moved in behind Kofoid on lap 41.
After another caution, the top three were running together as the race entered the final 10 laps, then with just eight circuits remaining, Kofoid would make the pass of the day, overtaking both Bell and Berryhill in the same corner as he dived below them for the point position.
As Kofoid took the lead, Bell passed Berryhill for second and stayed right on Kofoid as the two KKM teammates ran right together. As Bell challenged for the win, McIntosh would pass Berryhill for third with two laps remaining and that’s how it would finish as Kofoid was able to hold off Bell as they came across the finish line, with Bryant Wiedeman moving up to fourth to give Toyota the top-four finishers on the night.
With the fourth-place showing, Wiedeman stretched his championship lead over Brent Crews out to a formidable 280 points with four races remaining
POWRI moves on to Oklahoma City for a pair of races at I-44 Riverside Speedway in the Meents Memorial Friday and Saturday night.
Dover International Speedway’s role as a community champion against COVID-19 continues this weekend as the Monster Mile hosts a Race to End COVID event on Oct. 16-17.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, people ages 16 and older who get vaccinated have the chance to drive their own vehicle on the one-mile, high-banked, concrete oval with pre-registration.
Learn more information and register for the laps at www.racetoendcovid.org/event/dover-international-speedway/. Up to 800 drivers, with valid driver’s licenses, can take two laps behind the track’s pace car as part of the special opportunity.
The event is sponsored by Dover International Speedway, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) and the CDC Foundation. It is the second Race to End COVID event in which participants can take their personal vehicles for a drive on a NASCAR track. The first was held at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama on May 15.
All three types of COVID-19 vaccines – Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen – will be offered for first or second doses, as well as the additional doses and boosters now being recommended for some groups.
Dover International Speedway has been a home for COVID-19-related community events since the pandemic first hit American shores in the winter of 2020. The Monster Mile has hosted monthly Delaware Food Bank distribution events since March 2020, with more than 1 million pounds of food distributed to more than 18,000 families in need.
Also, more than 73,000 Delawareans were vaccinated on Speedway property between late February and May 1, 2021, during weekend drive-through events which were staffed by personnel from the following agencies: DPH, the Delaware National Guard, the Delaware Department of Transportation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Event participants who wish to drive the track alone must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license, car registration in their name, and vehicle insurance. Participants who are 16 or 17 years old with a valid driver’s license must have a parent or legal guardian in the vehicle to sign a minor release form.
The entrance to Dover International Speedway for this event will be via the Leipsic Road entrance.
Dover International Speedway’s 2022 race schedule includes:
- Friday, April 29: ARCA Menards Series East race
- Saturday, April 30: NASCAR Xfinity Series race
- Sunday, May 1: “Drydene 400” NASCAR Cup Series race
The “Drydene 400” is the Monster Mile’s 104th NASCAR Cup Series race. Dover International Speedway is one of only 10 tracks in the country to host 100 or more NASCAR Cup Series events.
Follow Speedway news and updates on DoverSpeedway.com and via social media at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway, or on Twitter and Instagram at @MonsterMile. For ticket information, call 800-441-RACE.
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SS GreenLight Racing (SSGLR) and sophomore NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Joe Graf Jr. confirmed today the signing of lifestyle brand apparel company MARKET as the primary marketing partner of the team’s No. 07 Chevrolet Camaro for Saturday afternoon’s Andy’s Frozen Custard 335k at Texas Motor Speedway.
The penultimate intermediate speedway event of the season signifies MARKET Racing’s first foray into the NASCAR word and with athlete driver Graf Jr.
“I’m thrilled about this partnership with MARKET,” said Graf Jr. who scored his first top-10 in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition two races ago at Talladega Superspeedway.
“MARKET has become a bold brand in their respective arena and now they are branching out to NASCAR, particularly the Xfinity Series with myself and SS GreenLight Racing and we’re excited to showcase some of their epic apparel.
“Because of the potential growth and reach we feel we can activate together; discussions are already underway for them to be a part of our team beyond Texas and for next season. This is a relationship that I feel will explode on so many levels and cater to a lot of NASCAR fans. The car looks fantastic and I’m ready for a strong weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.”
MARKET is a lifestyle brand that moves at the speed of the internet to mash up pop culture and streetwear in a powerful combination made deadly with collaborations with some of the industry’s biggest players.
Its limited-edition drops generate products and ideas that move from concept to sell-out in just a few hours by designing, producing and launching product in real-time from its DTLA atelier.
MARKET removes the barriers between good ideas and successful business by blurring the line between collaborators and customers. It helps creatives, dreamers and misfits bring their ideas to market, providing entry into the exclusive worlds of design and streetwear with education, resources and mentoring.
MARKET was founded by Mike Cherman, who got his professional start with a guerilla campaign that caught the attention of sneaker industry god Jeff Staple. Today, MARKET has attracted top collaborators like Converse, Puma, Lacoste and Cole Haan and celebrity fans that include Erykah Badu, YG, Jay-z and LeBron James.
"At MARKET, we're always trying to do the unexpected to reach and grow our community in truly unconventional and diverse ways,” said MARKET spokesperson Dillon Gerstung. “Partnering with Joe Graf Jr. to bring streetwear and MARKET to the diehard fans of NASCAR is an opportunity we immediately wanted to be a part of."
For more on Joe Graf Jr. visit JoeGrafRacing.com, like him on Facebook (Joe Graf Jr.), follow him on TikTok (@JoeGrafJr), (Twitter (@JoeGrafJr) and Instagram (@joegrafjr).
Visit marketmarketmarket.com to explore their full market of tops, bottoms and accessory products.
For more on SS GreenLight Racing, please like them on Facebook (SS GreenLight Racing) and follow them on Twitter (@SSGLR0717) and visit their website at SSGreenLight.com.
The Andy’s Frozen Custard 335k (200 laps | 300 miles) is the 30th of 33 NASCAR Xfinity Series races on the 2021 schedule. The 40-car field will take the green flag on Sat., Oct. 16, 2021, shortly after 3:00 p.m. ET with live coverage on NBC, the Performance Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.
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Multiplatinum entertainer Dierks Bentley to Perform Concert Prior to the Sold-Out NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Phoenix Raceway, Sunday, Nov. 7
Fans at Phoenix Raceway will be “living on feelgood standard time” before the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race on Sunday, Nov. 7. That’s because multiplatinum singer/songwriter and Phoenix native Dierks Bentley will perform a pre-race concert for the sold-out, standing-room-only crowd, a portion of which will be broadcast live during the NBC Countdown to Green pre-race show.
Bentley will take the stage at 11:40 a.m. and perform a 45-minute set that includes the chart-topping hits that have made him one of the most popular recording artists of his generation.
“Dierks Bentley’s journey from The Valley to superstardom is inspiring,” said Phoenix Raceway President Julie Giese. “We’re excited he is returning home to perform his music and amplify the feel-good, championship atmosphere our fans will generate at Phoenix Raceway.”
As a singer/songwriter, Bentley boasts championship credentials that make him the dominant voice of Country Music. He has 20 No. 1 singles on Country radio with more than 6.4 billion streams of his songs. His reputation as a live performer is also unmatched, as his current BEERS ON ME TOUR delights fans with music that mixes elements of modern country, classic country, bluegrass and rock.
All the while, Bentley maintains an unmistakable identity while constantly reinventing his sound – a powerful combination that has led to 14 Grammy Award nominations and countless recognition from the ACMs, CMAs and the Billboard Music Awards.
“I can’t wait to get back to my home state of Arizona and perform for all my NASCAR friends and fans,” Bentley said. “The energy at Phoenix Raceway is unmatched and I’m looking forward to sharing in that excitement.”
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, following the Dierks Bentley concert 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 www.phoenixraceway.com. They can also secure their seats for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Phoenix Raceway by purchasing season tickets.
Phoenix Raceway PR
This Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway you will see a new sponsor on Gase’s number 53 car, Branson’s Nantucket. Conveniently located between the beautiful waters of Table Rock Lake and the exciting Branson Entertainment District lies Branson's Nantucket, a resort that provides more than just a getaway but a memorable vacation experience!
With premium amenities, beautiful lake views, a tranquil atmosphere, and luxurious accommodations, guests are invited to seek a unique adventure here in the Ozarks, or escape the stresses of life and focus on relaxation.
For over a decade, Branson’s Nantucket has provided lakeside luxury and just recently unveiled their newest addition, the colorful, 10-story Tower Resort. The Tower is a member of RCI’s Elite Registry Collection which offers a higher standard for luxury, accommodations, and exclusive benefits.
Both Branson’s Nantucket and The Tower feature premium amenities, including two stunning pools, a movie theater, fitness center, game room, hot tubs, and more. Come enjoy a cocktail, delicious food, and a spectacular view, at the restaurant on the 10th story deck.
Branson’s Nantucket and The Tower Resort are part of the Lifetime Destinations’ family, a dynamic travel company which is currently developing other resorts and exciting attractions in Branson, Missouri, and beyond. Lifetime Destinations creates opportunities, experiences, and memories through exceptional hospitality that exceeds expectations to put people, and their loved ones, first.
“I am extremely excited to be teaming up with Branson’s Nantucket this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway,” said Gase. “This summer our family visited Branson for the weekend and it was by far one of the best family vacations we have had. We had a blast at the different go kart tracks, shows, zip lining, mini golf, lake activates, shops, water parks, alpine mountain coasters and we barely even scratched the service of the different things to do in Branson. Branson was also one of the cleanest and welcoming city’s I have ever been to. Our Family will be visiting for many years to come!”
See all that we have to offer here at BransonsNantucket.com.
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After more than four decades of racing around in circles, Tony Stewart has embarked on a straight and narrow path, albeit at more than 300 mph.
The championship-winning racecar driver who has successfully transitioned to being a championship-winning team owner is joining the NHRA in 2022. His eponymous team, Tony Stewart Racing (TSR), will field two fulltime entries – one in Top Fuel for nine-time event winner Leah Pruett and one in Funny Car for 39-time event winner Matt Hagan.
The manufacturer and the team’s technical alliance associate, along with corporate partners, will be announced at a later date.
“When I retired from fulltime driving I said it wasn’t the end, but the beginning of a new chapter. This is proof of that,” said Stewart, who also co-owns Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series with machine tool magnate Gene Haas.
“I appreciate all forms of racing and I’ve always been intrigued about drag racing and NHRA, in particular. Back in 2009 when Tony Schumacher and I were both representing the U.S. Army, I got to hang out with him and Don Schumacher at the U.S. Nationals. Tony ended up winning and after taking it all in, I was hooked. But it wasn’t until I met Leah and started going to races regularly, where I saw the strategy and the preparation firsthand, that I truly understood it.”
Stewart has been a regular at NHRA events since last year when he and Pruett began dating. They are now engaged, with the couple set to be married in November after the season finale in Pomona, California.
“Beginning with Don Schumacher, I’ve probably annoyed everyone in the paddock with all the questions I’ve asked, but the more I learned about drag racing, the less I wanted to just be a spectator,” Stewart said. “I want to be an integral part of it. And I don’t do things halfway. I go all in. But I’m smart enough to know that I don’t need to be a rookie owner and a rookie driver, so I made sure to get two of the best NHRA drivers in Leah and Matt. I’m going to lean on their experience so we can hit the ground running in 2022.”
TSR was formed in November 2000. Since its inaugural season in 2001, TSR has earned 27 owner championships – 14 in USAC, nine in the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series, and four in the All Star Circuit of Champions TQ Midgets. TSR will continue its sprint car program, which is headlined by 10-time WoO champion Donny Schatz. TSR’s NHRA and sprint car entries will operate out of its existing 25,000-square-foot facility in Brownsburg, Indiana. “I’m new to the NHRA, but I’m not new to motorsports,” Stewart said. “We have good infrastructure in place and we’re used to building things from the ground up. It makes success that much more rewarding.”
Pruett is currently in her 25th consecutive season competing in NHRA, which began in the series’ Jr. Drag Racing League as an 8-year-old. She won the 2010 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series championship in the Nostalgia Funny Car class and has spent the last eight years advancing her way through Top Fuel. However, the Redlands, California-native is not confined to NHRA’s top class. The 33-year-old Pruett has pulled double duty for a number of years by also competing fulltime in the NHRA Factory Stock Showdown, winning the title in 2018 for Don Schumacher Racing (DSR).
“I’m an NHRA lifer and nitro racing is my passion,” Pruett said. “Don Schumacher gave me an incredible chance when we teamed up back in 2016. I’ve learned a lot from him and he’s made me a better driver. He helped me take a massive step in my career and this opportunity with TSR affords another big step. I’m forever grateful to all the individuals who I’ve been able to work alongside with at DSR. Don’s mentoring has prepared me for this new endeavor in more ways than just on the track.”
Hagan is the three-time and reigning Funny Car champion (2011, 2014 and 2020). He joined DSR in 2009 and currently leads the point standings with only three races remaining. The 38-year-old from Christiansburg, Virginia, balances wrangling an 11,000-horsepower Funny Car down a 1,000-foot straightaway with wrangling cattle on his 3,200-acre farm.
“I got my start at 13 drag racing a four-wheeler. Went from that to sneaking cars off my dad’s lot and returning them with the transmissions nearly gone. I’ve loved going fast my whole life – from Pro Mod to finding where I thrive in the driver’s seat of a Funny Car,” Hagan said.
“Don Schumacher has been a huge chapter in my racing career. We’ve won a whole lot of trophies and multiple championships together over the years, and that’s because of the incredible team he’s placed around me and the opportunities that he’s given us to be successful.
“This next chapter with Tony Stewart is one I’m excited for. I’m ready to go racing. That’s what I’m here to do. I’m jumping into this new program with two feet and I’m confident in the package we’re bringing into the 2022 season with TSR. Let’s make some history.”
While Hagan’s future is set, he is intently focused on the present.
“Don Schumacher has been great to me and my goal this year is to deliver him another Funny Car championship,” Hagan said. “We’re in a dogfight and a lot can happen in three races. I want to go out on top.”
Sam Hunt Racing (SHR) announced today that 27-year-old Dylan Lupton will add two more races to his schedule in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) with Sam Hunt Racing in the No. 26 Toyota Supra.
In addition to his already scheduled races at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway last month and Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, Lupton will pilot the No. 26 machine at Kansas Speedway next weekend and the Xfinity Series season-finale at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway on Nov. 6, 2021.
“I am very thankful to add two more races with Sam Hunt Racing at Kansas and Phoenix,” said Lupton. “Even though our result in our first race together at Las Vegas wasn’t what we hoped, it was because of circumstances beyond our control.”
In his first Xfinity Series race since 2018, Lupton was a victim in a Lap 31-incident at Turn 1 at Las Vegas in the Alsco Uniforms 302, while running in the top-20 and turning lap times as fast as the top-six competitors.
“The Sam Hunt Racing team works hard, and they continue to bring fast race cars to the track every week,” added the former NASCAR Next alumnus. “It is our goal in our three remaining races together to go out there with a positive outlook and hope we can surprise some people with our finishes. I want nothing more than to end the season at Phoenix with a strong result and a great outlook on the 2022 season.”
Across NASCAR’s three national touring series divisions, Lupton, a native of Wilton, Calif. has made 54 career starts, including 36 in the Xfinity Series. Additionally, he has made four NASCAR Cup Series starts and 14 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts. His NASCAR career is highlighted with a career-best fifth-place finish at Kentucky Speedway in 2019.
Additionally, Lupton has made 33 career ARCA Menards Series West starts, scoring two wins, 14 top-five and 27 top-10 finishes and finished runner-up in the series championship standings in 2014.
Lupton has made NASCAR national series starts at the tracks remaining on his 2021 schedule. In Xfinity Series competition, Lupton has two starts at Texas, one at Kansas and three at Phoenix.
He also has a top-five finish in his most recent ARCA Menards Series premier start at Kansas last October finishing fourth after starting fifth for David Gilliland Racing.
“I’m extremely excited to add two more races to Dylan’s 2021 slate with us,” said team owner Sam Hunt. “We saw a lot of promise in his short stint at Vegas before getting caught up in the big wreck, and he showed us that he is capable of driving our cars forward with no practice and little seat time.
“We’re eager to get back to work with him and know he will get faster every lap he has. The team has some beautiful race cars prepped for the rest of the season and I have no doubts that Dylan might surprise some people with his speed.”
The Andy’s Frozen Custard 335 (200 laps | 300 miles) is the 30th of 33 NASCAR Xfinity Series races on the 2021 schedule. The 40-car field will take the green flag on Saturday, October 16, 2021, shortly after 3:00 p.m. ET with live coverage on NBC, the Performance Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.
Denny Hamlin – No. 11 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry Preview – Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway
No. 11 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry News and Notes:
- DENNY HAMLIN AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Denny Hamlin will make his 31st-career NASCAR Cup Series start at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday as the Round of 8 kicks off in the NASCAR Playoffs. Hamlin approaches the weekend with three previous wins at the 1.5-mile track. Hamlin is currently the only driver to have finished every playoff race in the top nine and looks to continue his streak of winning the first playoff race of each round (Darlington and Las Vegas). Hamlin currently sets seven points above the cutoff line as he enters the Round of 8.
- DRIVING WITH PRIDE: This will be Denny Hamlin’s first time behind the wheel of the bright red No. 11 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry. Hamlin and JGR teammate Daniel Hemric (NASCAR Xfinity Series) will both proudly represent the CRAFTSMAN brand on track this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
- #THANKAMAKER: October is fondly known as “Maker Month” at Stanley Black & Decker. This month and all year long, CRAFTSMAN invites you to Thank a Maker. At the race this weekend, there will be special components that amplify the company’s mission to empower Makers. Look out for custom CRAFTSMAN hats, Thank a Maker stickers and #ThankAMaker on the CRAFTSMAN Toyota’s.
- JGR AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: JGR has earned nine NASCAR Cup Series wins at Texas Motor Speedway, including Kyle Busch’s victory at the track last October. In 124 combined starts, the organization has tallied 34 top-five finishes, 58 top-10s and 2,189 laps led. Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, and Tony Stewart join Busch on the list of drivers who have taken JGR to victory lane at Texas.
- RACE INFO: The Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway begins at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 17, 2021. The race will be broadcast live on NBC, SiriusXM 90 and PRN Radio.
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Eight years ago, I retired as the NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway announcer after 45 years in the booth. The plan had been to retire from everything. At that time, Bruce and Theresa Rogers asked me to stick around as their PR person until they could find someone else to step into that position. Now, After 55 years of public relations, marketing and announcing work at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway, at age 79, it seems it is time to retire.
From the first day I walked through the front gate at Grandview, working for the Rogers family has been a wonderful experience. They helped me become better at what I do and I think I helped make Grandview Speedway become more successful. My wife Marilyn and I became very close with Bruce and Theresa Rogers. We traveled together and had homes in the Sunshine State that we enjoyed. It was like family.
Future plans, as many know, include writing a book about my 63 years of experiences in motorsports. It is more difficult than I thought it would be but the work goes on. I will continue to write columns for Area Auto Racing News, Lansdale, PA Reporter, Inside Track Motorsports News and PennSports.Live. I expect to continue to do PR work for Len Sammons Motorsports Productions which include indoor auto racing events and the PPB Motorsports Trade and Race Car Show. When time and energy allows, I will take on consultation with those needing help with sponsorship and PR work.
Thank goodness for a wonderful wife, Marilyn, who has been a driving and supportive force behind my efforts. One person in particular that has been very helpful with my Grandview work is Vicki Gehris. A huge thank you goes out to her. And I cannot forget to thank all of those great folks that I have worked with over those many years. I surely would not have been able to continue on for so many years without their help and support.
I wish the Rogers family and others involved with Grandview Speedway the very best. Thanks for allowing me to be part of it all. And thanks to those in the media who have been supportive of our efforts over the years.
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