Friday, May 20
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 The Transportation Safety Office (TSO) of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is partnering with the upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Portland International Raceway (PIR), the Pacific Office Automation 147, June 3-4.

 

The event will mark NASCAR’s first race in the Pacific Northwest in 22 years, and TSO’s Distracted Driving Program will be highlighted both days of the much-anticipated event in the Rose City. The program’s safety messaging will be featured prominently across the PIR venue, including on-site branding and digital reminders to help everyone get home safely.

 

“The Transportation Safety Office is so happy to be able to have this incredible partnership opportunity with the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway,” states Kelly Kapri, Program Manager for ODOT/DMV’s Distracted Driving Program. “We’re able to have such a unique reach across the event, reminding people that distracted driving is not only dangerous, but also against the law. We’re grateful to the organizers for helping TSO in our efforts to change cultural norms around distracted driving as part of our overall plan to improve driver behavior and save lives in Oregon.”

 

From running local PSAs, to billboards and geofencing, ODOT’s Transportation Safety Office touches the lives of Oregonians on the go. One of the most important safety measures for the 2022 program is bringing more awareness and education to the issues of distracted driving (i.e., using your phone or other electronic devices while driving). Distracted driving is a dangerous behavior for drivers, passengers, and non-occupants alike. Distraction is a specific type of inattention that occurs when drivers divert their attention from the driving task to focus on some other activity instead (per NHTSA).

 

“ODOT’s Transportation Safety Office has an important message for all drivers to ‘Park Your Phone’ while driving,” said Jerry Jensen, general manager of Green Savoree Portland, LLC, which owns and operates this NASCAR event at PIR. “It takes the NASCAR drivers’ complete concentration and attention to safely navigate Portland International Raceway and compete in the Pacific Office Automation 147. We ask that our race fans do the same when commuting to and from this great event in a couple of weeks.” 

 

As an official event partner, TSO will provide on-site fan engagement opportunities. The program is also supported by digital and social media messages, video signage on the racetrack, ticketing logos, event map branding and more throughout the venue.

 

Tickets to the 2022 Pacific Office Automation 147 are on sale now at nascarportland.com. Friday general admission is just $20, and Saturday’s price is $45. A 2-Day General Admission for both days is just $55. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. Single Day Grandstand seats are also available securing the best vantage points at PIR. 

 

For overnight visitors to the area, Travel Portland has organized a variety of local hotel accommodations and packages at special rates incorporating some of the most well known brands to unique boutique properties. The official host hotel of the weekend is the recently updated Holiday Inn Portland-Columbia Riverfront sitting in close proximity to PIR along the scenic Columbia River. Visit the “Travel Options” page of nascarportland.com to find out more on the accommodations and offers available.

 

Race fans are encouraged to discover all the natural wonders and events Portland has to offer by checking out TravelPortland.com. This NASCAR Xfinity Series weekend featuring the Pacific Office Automation 147 also happens during the renowned annual Portland Rose Festival featuring an array of civic events.

 

Stay up to speed on NASCAR’s visit to Portland on social media all year long by following #NASCARPortland or by signing up for the E-Club on the website.

 

PIR PR

When the Open Modified cars were last at Stafford Speedway for the NAPA Spring Sizzler®, hometown driver Woody Pitkat, who now calls Bellingham, MA home, looked like a contender until an on track issue after a restart sent him to the rear, eventually a mechanical issue eliminated him from the race and left him with a 24th place finish.  Pitkat and the #88 Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair team will be looking to rebound from that misfortune and once again be among the contenders to win the Call Before You Dig 81 this Friday night, May 20 at Stafford.

“I’m excited to come back to Stafford as good as we were with a brand new car,” said Pitkat.  “We learned a ton during the whole Sizzler® weekend and we ended up having a mechanical issue at the end of the race and you’d rather have something like that happen in a race other than “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring.”  We had something in the rear end let go and that caused a vibration but we figured that out and got everything fixed and the rear end is more bulletproof now than it was.  I was more disappointed after we made our pit stop that I got hit in the left front and the car wouldn’t turn so I had to stop on the track and get everything reset so we ended up going to the back of the field.  We’re ready to get back at it and hopefully we can unload just as good as we were and we can make some small adjustments.”

Pitkat will be bringing the same #88 car to the CBYD 81 that he ran in the Sizzler®.  Despite the car being brand new to the team and the team itself being new to working with each other, Pitkat showed plenty of speed before retiring from the race.

“I expected to be good just because of the fact that the team works so well together,” said Pitkat.  “We’ve put this crew together over the past couple years with Eddie Harvey and Doug Dunleavy bought the team.  I also brought some people over from the 6 car that I was driving for Stan Mertz and I figured everyone would work really well together.  We tested the car a few days prior to the Sizzler® and the car had a lot of speed right from the get go so that gave us a lot of confidence going to Stafford and I can only assume we’re going to get better and better.”

One variable that Pitkat and the CBYD 81 field will have to contend with will be the fact that the temperature will be somewhere in the vicinity of 20 to 30 degrees warmer than it was in April for the Sizzler®.  Pitkat is going to leave the setup decisions to his crew chief Cam McDermott but he expects to once again have a fast car and be a contender for the win.

“It’s going to be different with the temperature and then going from day to night,” said Pitkat.  “At the Sizzler we started in the day and then the race ended up starting in the dark where this time around we’ll be starting and finishing in the dark.  I’m not sure how much the temperature difference is going to affect the car, I’ll leave that to Cam [crew chief McDermott].”

One thing Pitkat is positive about is making his car better on the longer runs than he was at the Sizzler®, where he says his car suffered from being too good too early in the run.

“We had a good car at the Sizzler® but I think our issue was the car was too good a little too early,” said Pitkat.  “I don’t know if we had a shot to beat Matt [Hirshcman] or Ryan [Preece] but we definitely had a good top-5 car and maybe even a top-3 car.  We learned a lot about the car and we’ll be looking to contend for more wins.”

The 4th Annual CBYD 81 is scheduled for this Friday, May 20.  Stafford’s SK Modified®, Late Model, SK Light, Limited Late Model, and Street Stock divisions will join the Open Modifieds in feature action.  Tickets for the CBYD 81 are available now online at StaffordSpeedway.com/tickets and tickets will also be available for purchase at the admission gates.  Tickets for the CBYD 81 are $30.00 for adults, $10.00 for kids 6-14, and free for kids 5 & under.  Reserved seating is priced at $35.00 for all ages and pit passes are $45.00 with a valid 2022 Stafford Competition License and $50.00 without a Stafford license.  If you are unable to attend the event, tune into the live stream on FloRacing, the official streaming partner of Stafford Speedway.

For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.

Stafford Speedway PR

No. 02 Young’s Motorsports Team:
 
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Driver: Jesse Little

 

Primary Partner(s): Young’s Building Systems | Randco Industries Inc.

 

Manufacturer: Chevrolet Silverado RST

 

Crew Chief: Steven Dawson

 

2022 Driver Points Position: 25th

 

2022 Owner Points Position: 18th

 

Chassis Intel: YMS Chassis No. 012

 

Engine: Ilmor Racing Technologies 

 

Notes of Interest:

 

Little’s Back: This weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, Young’s Motorsports welcomes back Jesse Little as the driver of the No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado RST. Little returns to the organization for his sixth of 12 confirmed races aboard the team’s flagship entry.

 

Halfway Home: Considered the home track for Young’s Motorsports, Jesse Little is halfway through his 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series program with the veteran team.

 

Little kicked off his partial schedule with the Mooresville, N.C.-based team with an impressive sixth-place finish aboard the No. 02 Shriners Children's Hospitals Chevrolet Silverado RST after starting a season-high ninth in the season-opening race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February.

 

Overall, he has captured one top-10, three top-15s and holds an average finish of 17.2 entering the lone race of the 2022 Truck Series season from No Limits Texas.

 

Welcome Aboard: For the ninth Truck Series race of 2022, Young’s Motorsports welcomes Texas-based Young’s Building Systems and Randco Industries Inc. as the primary marketing partners on Little’s No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado RST for the SpeedyCash.com 220.

 

Back For More: For Texas, Young’s Motorsports and Jesse Little also welcome back Luxio as an associate marketing partner on the No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado RST.

 

Luxio joined the Young’s Motorsports team at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February.

 

Luxio was founded in 2021 with a mission to bring high-quality home goods to consumers all around the world at fair, affordable pricing. Luxio currently offers shipping to Canada, Mexico, United States of America and the United Kingdom.

 

Happy Anniversary: Earlier this month, Young’s Motorsports and Jesse Little celebrated the Shriners Children's® in helping to kick off its 100th Anniversary of providing life-changing care to children with the introduction of its new logo during the Dead On Tools 200.

 

Little and Shriners Children's are beginning a new campaign, commemorating the momentous occasion with a special paint scheme and die-cast depicting the 100th Anniversary logo.

 

The 2022 #givealittle campaign offers fans a chance to be a part of the occasion with a $250 donation which will not only give you the opportunity to virtually ride along with Jesse at a future race but you will receive a commemorative Shriner's Children's Young's Motorsports No. 02 Jesse Little die-cast truck.

 

The campaign trail continues with Little and the team this weekend at Texas in a smaller role.

 

Jesse Little Truck Series Texas Motor Speedway Track Stats: Friday night’s SpeedyCash.com 220 will mark Little’s seventh Truck Series start at the 1.5-mile speedway.

 

In his six previous efforts, he has earned a track-best of seventh after starting 10th in the 2018 JAG Metals 350 for his family-owned JJL Motorsports team.

 

He also hasn’t finished worse than 20th in his six starts between 2015 to 2019.

 

Additionally, Little also has four previous NASCAR Xfinity Series starts to his credit with a track-best of 14th after starting 20th in the 2020 My Bariatric Solutions 300.

 

Jesse Little Truck Series Speedway Stats: At NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tracks classified as a speedway, Little has made 29 starts throughout his career with five top-10 finishes, while also carrying an average finishing position of 18.0.

 

Kansas Speedway | Heart of America 200 Race Recap: In the most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, Little made his 39th career Truck Series start.

 

After starting the race 22nd aboard his No. 02 RANDCO Industries Chevrolet Silverado RST, Little and the team’s race efforts were hampered by an untimely caution which thwarted their race strategy. Little settled for 24th.

 

Calling the Shots: Guiding Little as crew chief of the No. 02 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado RST is crew chief Steven Dawson.

 

A long-time Young’s Motorsports employee, Dawson will serve as crew chief for just his 10th Truck Series race. The SpeedyCash.com 220 will be his first race as crew chief at the 1.5-mile oval.

 

Dawson, 34, is a native of Concord, N.C. 

 

Follow on Social Media: For more on Jesse Little, please like him on Facebook (Jesse Little Racing) and follow on Instagram (@JesseLittle97) and Twitter (@JesseLittle97).

 

For more on Young’s Motorsports, please visit YoungsMotorsports.com, like them on Facebook (Young’s Motorsports) and follow on Instagram (@youngsmotorsports) and Twitter (@youngsmtrsports). 

 

Jesse Little Pre-Race Quote:

 

On Texas Motor Speedway: "I've been looking forward to getting to the home track of Tyler, Becky, Randy and Youngs Motorsports all year long. I know how much this race means to them and I'm lucky to carry the Randco colors as we hope to deliver a strong run for all the family and friends in the area.

 

I enjoy the challenging characteristics of Texas and the guys and I have been working tirelessly on our 1.5-mile package for this event. It will be good to carry into the weekend what we have learned the last two weeks at similar-sized tracks and hopefully, only make it better."

No. 12 Young’s Motorsports Team:
 
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Driver: Spencer Boyd

 

Primary Partner(s): Montucky Cold Snacks

 

Manufacturer: Chevrolet Silverado RST

 

Crew Chief: Ryan “Pickle” London

 

2022 Driver Points Position: 22nd

 

2022 Owner Points Position: 27th

 

Chassis Intel: YMS Chassis No. 020

 

Engine: Ilmor Racing Technologies 

 

Notes of Interest:

 

Back To Familiar Territory: Fan favorite Spencer Boyd returns to Texas Motor Speedway settled in aboard his new Truck number and leadership eyeing his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of his career.

 

No. 128: This weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, Boyd will make his 128th career NASCAR start. Boyd has three starts in the NASCAR Cup Series, 50 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and will make his 75th start in Trucks when the green flag waves Friday night.    

 

The highlight of his NASCAR career is a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in October 2019 driving for Young’s Motorsports.

 

Welcome Aboard: This weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, Spencer Boyd and Young’s Motorsports welcome Montucky Cold Snacks as the primary marketing partner for the ninth race of the 2022 Truck Series season.

 

Refreshing light beer for rippers, pony riders, gator wranglers, and badass do-gooders.

 

Montucky Cold Snacks can currently be found in 24 states including many with NASCAR tracks like Georgia, Tennessee and Texas.

 

Crisp. Light. Sessionable. Snackable. Delish. Perfect for race day. Perfect for any day. 

 

Montucky Snackers visiting montuckycoldsnacks.com can use code SpencerSnacks15 for a 15% discount on swag and contributions to charities of Spencer’s choosing throughout the year. 

 

Spencer Boyd Truck Series Texas Motor Speedway Track Stats: Friday night’s SpeedyCash.com 220 will mark Boyd’s sixth start at the 1.5-mile speedway.

 

In his five previous efforts, he has earned a track-best of 11th after starting 17th in the 2019 Vankor 350 for Young’s Motorsports.

 

Spencer Boyd Truck Series Speedway Stats: At NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tracks classified as a speedway, Boyd has 44 starts throughout his career carrying an average finishing position of 23.9.

 

Kansas Speedway | Heart of America 200 Race Recap: In the most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway, Boyd made his 74th career Truck Series start.

 

After starting 30th for the 134-lap race, the handling of Boyd’s No. 12 Freedom Warranty Chevrolet Silverado RST hindered his on-track performance as the driver lacked the grip he needed to make a serious charge forward during the race.

 

Boyd, however, managed to stay out of trouble and collect a 31st place finish.

 

To The Point(s): Entering Texas, Boyd sits 22nd in the championship standings.

 

63 points separate Boyd from 15th in the championship standings currently held by Matt DiBenedetto with 15 races remaining this season.

 

129 points separate Boyd from 10th in the championship standings occupied by Matt Crafton.

 

Young’s Motorsports’ No. 12 team secures 27th in the Truck Series owner standings.

 

Chasing That W: Boyd is eyeing his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory for himself and Young’s Motorsports.

 

In 2019 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Boyd pulled an upset during the Truck Series Playoffs by winning the Sugarland Shines 250 at the 2.66-mile superspeedway edging Todd Gilliland by 0.027 seconds.

 

Truck Series Rundown: In five years of Truck Series competition, Boyd has 74 career Truck Series starts with one win, two top-five and three top-10 finishes and a championship best of 17th in 2019 and carries an average finish of 22.8.

 

Calling the Shots: Guiding Boyd as crew chief of the No. 12 Montucky Cold Snacks Chevrolet Silverado RST is veteran crew chief Ryan “Pickle” London.

 

He will crew chief his 54th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night. In his previous 53 races, he has one win, two top-five and four top-10 finishes to his resume.

 

This weekend marks his fourth race as crew chief at the track nestled in No Limits, Texas.

 

Follow on Social Media: For more on Spencer Boyd, please like him on Facebook (Spencer Boyd Racing) and follow him on Instagram (SpencerBoydpr) and Twitter (@SpencerBoyd).

 

For more on Young’s Motorsports, please visit  YoungsMotorsports.com, like them on Facebook (Young’s Motorsports) and follow on Instagram (youngsmotorsports) and Twitter (@youngsmtrsports). 

 

Spencer Boyd Pre-Race Quotes:

 

On Texas Motor Speedway: “Texas Motor Speedway is an awesome track and is the roots for Young’s Motorsports. We brought the horsepower with Montucky Cold Snacks and I am excited to race at one of my favorite mile and a half tracks.” 

No. 20 Young’s Motorsports Team:
 
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Driver: Garrett Smithley

 

Primary Partner(s): Trophy Tractor

 

Manufacturer: Chevrolet Silverado RST

 

Crew Chief: Andrew Abbott

 

2022 Driver Points Position: N|A

 

2022 Owner Points Position: 30th

 

Chassis Intel: YMS Chassis No. 017

 

Engine: Ilmor Racing Technologies 

 

Notes of Interest:

 

Welcome Back: This weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, Young’s Motorsports welcomes back veteran NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series driver Garrett Smithley to pilot the No. 20 Trophy Tractor Chevrolet Silverado RST for the first time this season.

 

Sponsor Intel: Smithley will pilot the No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado with support from Trophy Tractor.

 

Trophy Tractor sells and rents heavy equipment nationwide. Best known for their dependability, honesty and integrity.

 

They know their equipment and offer a buying and renting experience second-to-none in the industry. A brand new, state-of-the-art showroom and equipment yard is currently being built and will open later this year.

 

Garrett Smithley Truck Series Texas Motor Speedway Track Stats: Friday night’s SpeedyCash.com 220 will mark Smithley’s second Truck Series start at the 1.5-mile speedway.

 

In 2019, Smithley finished 15th after starting 25th in the No. 42 Sunwest Construction | Crown Exteriors Chevrolet Silverado fielded by Cook Finley Racing in the Vankor 350.

 

Additionally, Smithley has nine NASCAR Xfinity Series starts with a best finish of 17th in the 2019 edition of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300.

 

Four of his 73 NASCAR Cup Series starts have also occurred at Texas with a best run of 24th last October in the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500.

 

Garrett Smithley Truck Series Stats: From 2015 to 2020, Smithley has nine starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, highlighted by a career-best 14th place finish at Michigan International Speedway in August 2015 driving the No. 63 BRUH | SegPay Chevrolet Silverado for MB Motorsports.

 

In addition to MB Motorsports, Mills also has also made Truck Series starts for SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt, Cook Finley Racing and Niece Motorsports.

 

Texas will mark his inaugural debut with Young’s Motorsports.

 

Double Duty: In addition to Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, Smithley will also compete in the NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Open on Sunday night for Rick Ware Racing vying for one of three available positions in the race to compete in the Cup All-Star Race and a chance at a million-dollar race purse!

 

Kansas Speedway | Heart of America 200 Race Recap: In the most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway, Matt Mills returned to the organization for the third time this season and the 14th Truck Series race of his career.

 

After starting 28th for the 134-lap race, Bohn maintained a good pace in his No. 20 J.F. Electric Chevrolet Silverado RST but approaching Lap 100, he developed a mechanical issue that sent him to the garage.

 

The team later determined an axle issue would end their night early with a disappointing 34th place finish.

 

Calling the Shots: Guiding Smithley as crew chief of the No. 20 Trophy Tractor Chevrolet Silverado RST is veteran crew chief Andrew Abbott.

 

He will crew chief his 91st NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night.

 

In his previous 90 races, he has one pole, two top-five and seven top-10 finishes

to his resume.

 

This weekend marks his ninth race as crew chief at the track nestled in No Limits, Texas.

 

Follow on Social Media: For more on Garrett Smithley, please like him on Facebook (Official Garrett Smithley) and follow him on Instagram (@GarrettSmithley) and Twitter (@GarrettSmithley). 

 

For more on Young’s Motorsports, please visit  YoungsMotorsports.com, like them on Facebook (Young’s Motorsports) and follow on Instagram (youngsmotorsports) and Twitter (@youngsmtrsports).

 

 

Garrett Smithley Pre-Race Quote:

 

On Texas Motor Speedway: “I’m excited to get back to the track this weekend and especially excited to run double duty.

 

 

“I’ve known Tyler (Young, team principal) for a while now, so it will be fun to get to race for him at Texas. Super thankful for Trophy Tractor for making this weekend happen. It’s always fun to go racing with Jeff, Maxx and Louann at their home track!”

Race Information:

 

The SpeedyCash.com 220 (147 laps | 220.5 miles) is the ninth of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2022 schedule. Practice begins on Friday, May 20, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Qualifying will soon follow from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The 36-truck field will take the green flag later that night shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90. All times are local (CT).

Young's Motorsport PR

Western Pennsylvania’s Jennerstown Speedway, located in Jennerstown, Pa., has claimed the $50,000 prize as winner of the Advance My Track Challenge, a community engagement-based program led by Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts retailer and entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series (NAAPWS).

Jennerstown secured the most votes out of six NAAPWS tracks participating in the final round of voting. Opened in the late 1920s as a dirt oval, the speedway was paved in 1987. Officially measuring as a .522-mile track, Jennerstown hosts NAAPWS racing and other racing series from April to October on an annual basis. Jennerstown will be able to use their grand prize for capital facility enhancements and efforts to support the local community.    

 “Jennerstown is a true gem of the grassroots racing scene in Pennsylvania, and we’re proud to celebrate their team and community as winners of the Advance My Track Challenge,” said Jason McDonell, Advance’s executive vice president of merchandising, marketing and eCommerce. “Fans have supported racing at Jennerstown for generations and winning this challenge is a great example of their passion and dedication for their local track. We’ve enjoyed seeing how Advance My Track has been embraced by the racing community and we look forward to advancing grassroots racing in the years to come.”

Jennerstown will also host an Advance Auto Parts-themed night for race fans during an upcoming weekend of racing in 2022. As part of the Advance My Track Challenge, Advance awarded $15,000 to the track finishing with the second-most votes, Alaska Raceway Park in Palmer, Alaska. The track finishing in third, Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa, received $10,000. 

“It’s great to see a historic track such as Jennerstown win the Advance My Track Challenge in their return to the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series family,” said NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Development & Strategy Ben Kennedy. “We know Jennerstown will use this award to continue to elevate the track and grassroots racing within the community, and we appreciate Advance’s continued dedication to supporting these facilities. Additionally, we’re looking forward to Alaska Raceway Park and Adams County Speedway taking advantage of their opportunity to build upon their strong foundation in their regions.”

The Advance My Track Challenge began April 5, with 21 NAAPWS tracks across the United States and Canada represented in the program’s first round of voting. Fans voted up to three times daily in the first round, which concluded May 6. The six tracks receiving the most fan votes took part in the final round of voting, from May 9-13. More than 130,000 total votes were tallied during this year’s challenge. 

Advance promoted the program through its partnership with the Team Penske organization and its driver Ryan Blaney, a 7-time NASCAR Cup Series race winner. He raced the No. 12 Advance Auto Parts Ford Mustang with Advance My Track Challenge branding at the April 9 Martinsville Speedway race and on May 9 at Darlington Raceway. 

“First off, I’m excited for the team at Jennerstown,” said Blaney. “It’s a track that has meant a lot to my family. My grandfather raced there for many years, so it’s neat to see them win the Advance My Track Challenge. This is such an outstanding program, and I think it’s great what Advance is doing to support local race tracks. These tracks are all so important to their communities, and for local race fans, there’s no better value than visiting your local NASCAR track on a Saturday.”

Learn more about the drivers, teams and NASCAR’s local tracks that make up the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series by visiting the series page on NASCAR.com.  

AAP PR

Texas Motor Speedway is planning to roll out the red carpet for the stars of the sport competing in Sunday’s NASCAR All-Star Race but may need another for the glitzy list of celebrities taking part in the festivities.
 
The star-studded line-up features one of the biggest names in country music, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, world champion boxer, NHL All Star, state governor and a Medal of Honor recipient serving in dignitary roles for the 38th running of the NASCAR All-Star Race (7 p.m., TV: FS1, Radio: MRN, SiriusXM).
 
Blake Shelton will have a busy pre-race schedule that begins with the country music superstar performing a concert on the frontstretch stage beginning at 5:30 p.m. Shelton will then transition from musical performer to emcee as he joins NASCAR on FOX analyst and former Cup Series star Clint Bowyer to introduce the All Stars beginning at 6:30 p.m. from the same stage. He will then transition to the Grand Marshal role and deliver the famous command to the NASCAR All-Star field for the drivers to start their engines.
 
Texas Governor Greg Abbott will serve in the other primary dignitary role of Honorary Starter, where he will get the honor of waving the green flag from pit lane to officially get the NASCAR All-Star Race underway.
 
Marty Turco, a three-time NHL All-Star Game participant, has the envious position as the Official Pace Car Driver as the former Dallas Stars goaltender will lead the field to the green flag in the NASCAR All-Star Race Chevrolet Corvette.
 
The National Anthem will be sung by two-time ACM New Female Vocalist RaeLynn.
 
Legendary Dallas Cowboy and 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Drew Pearson will make comments to the NASCAR All-Star Race crowd on the pre-race stage as an Honorary Race Official. His appearance will be preceded by an appearance by members of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
 
Undefeated WBC Welterweight Champion Errol Spence Jr., will serve as an Honorary Race Official by presenting a championship belt in SpeedyCash.com Victory Lane to the NASCAR All-Star Race winner. Medal of Honor Recipient U.S. Army Master Sergeant Matthew Williams will serve as Grand Marshal for the NASCAR Open and then present a championship belt buckle to the NASCAR All-Star Race winner.
 
The Open, the race for the non-qualifiers to earn a starting position in the NASCAR All-Star Race, will have a group of returning soldiers representing the Welcome Home Patriots program as Grand Marshal.
 
The Open begins at 4:30 p.m. (TV: FS1, Radio: MRN, SiriusXM Radio).
 
Dignitaries for Sunday’s NASCAR All-Star Race:
  • Grand Marshal: Blake Shelton
  • Honorary Starter: Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
  • Official Pace Car Driver: Former Dallas Stars all-star goaltender Marty Turco.
  • Starting Line-Up Emcees: Country music superstar Blake Shelton, NASCAR on FOX analyst and former Cup Series star Clint Bowyer.
  • National Anthem: Country music artist RaeLynn.
·       The Open Grand Marshal: National Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Master Sgt. Matthew Williams.
  • God Bless America for The Open: Sarah Hobbs.
  • Honorary Race Officials: country-folk-Americana music artists Flatland Cavalry; The Day After Tomorrow actor Austin Nichols; American professional skateboarder Alana Smith.
 
Dignitaries for Saturday’s SRS Distribution 250 Xfinity Series race:
  • Grand Marshal: Kent Gardner, SRS Distribution Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer.
  • Honorary Starter: Jeremy Goldschmeding, SRS Distribution Chief Operating Officer.
·       National Anthem: Erin Kinsey, RECORDS Nashville recording artist from Rockwall, Texas.
  • Victory Lane Trophy Presenter: Dan Tinker, SRS Distribution President & Chief Executive Officer.
 
Dignitaries for Saturday’s SpeedyCash.com 220 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race:
  • Grand Marshal: Chase Miller, SpeedyCash District Manager.
  • Honorary Starter: Russ Ann Flores, Heights Finance Corporation Vice President of Operations.
  • Victory Lane Trophy Presenter: John Wulf, Curo Financial Technologies Corp. Director of Marketing Services.
 
 The SpeedyCash.com 220 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will be held Friday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. (FS1, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90, MRN, and 95.9 The Ranch) and the SRS Distribution 250 Xfinity Series race on Saturday, May 21, at 12:30 p.m. (FS1, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90, PRN, and 95.9 The Ranch). Both will be televised live on FS1 and aired locally on 95.9 The Ranch. The NASCAR Open will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 22 (FS1, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90, MRN, and 95.9 The Ranch) and the NASCAR All-Star Race at 7 p.m. (FS1, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90, MRN, and 95.9 The Ranch).
 
Country music superstar Blake Shelton will perform a live concert Sunday beginning at 5:30 p.m. as part of the NASCAR All-Star pre-race festivities.
 
TICKETS:
Tickets for this weekend’s NASCAR All-Star Race Weekend are on sale now at https://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/events/season-tickets/.
 
MORE INFO:
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Gaston Racing Enterprises, a full service parts dealer located in South Windsor, CT and online at gre6.com as well as on Facebook, has rejoined the Stafford Speedway contingency program for the 2022 season.  GRE6.com will provide a weekly $100 bonus to each SK Light Modified 2nd place finisher, bringing the 2nd place check each week up to $375.  Emily Gaston has taken over the day to day running of the business after her father Bill passed away shortly before the start of the 2022 racing season.

“I’m looking to continue supporting the SK Light division because that was one of Dad’s favorite divisions,” said Emily Gaston.  “He was a big fan of watching drivers move up from Wild Thing Karts to the SK Light division.  I grew up coming to the races at Stafford so I’m trying to continue Dad’s legacy and keep the word out there about the GRE6 store.  Stafford has been really good to us over the years and I’m committed to supporting Stafford.”

The $100 weekly bonus won’t be the only contribution to the SK Light field that Gaston will be making during the 2022 season.  Gaston will recognize the last 10 finishing cars of the SK Light Feature events with a $25 gift certificate commencing with the feature finish from May 13.

“In addition to the contingency bonus, I’m doing something from the store which is a $25 gift card to each of the last 10 finishers from each SK Light race,” said Gaston.  “The drivers who finish in the back usually don’t get any bonus money so hopefully this little bit extra will help those drivers finish what they started and keep on coming back to the track every week.  The last 10 cars that finish each race until the end of the season will all get a $25 gift certificate to GRE6.com and drivers will have until November 1, 2022 to use the in-store credits.  The Finish What You Started Bonus Winners will be posted on the GRE6 Facebook page.”

GRE6.com is the online store of Gaston Racing Enterprises and is your one stop shop for all your racing parts needs.  Visit gre6.com or visit GRE6 on Facebook to see what is in stock and to place an order.

The first SK Light race of the 2022 season saw Tyler Chapman take second place and last Friday night saw Tyler Barry take second place to claim the GRE6.com bonuses.  The 2021 season saw 12 different drivers score a second place finish with George Bessette, Jr. leading all drivers with 4.

The next GRE6.com bonus will be paid this Friday, May 20 as part of the CBYD Open 81 program.  The SK Lights will be joined by Stafford’s other 4 weekly divisions plus Open Modified cars.  Tickets for the CBYD 81 are available now online at StaffordSpeedway.com/tickets and tickets will also be available for purchase at the admission gates.  Tickets for the CBYD 81 are $30.00 for adults, $10.00 for kids 6-14, and free for kids 5 & under.  Reserved seating is priced at $35.00 for all ages and pit passes are $45.00 with a valid 2022 Stafford Competition License and $50.00 without a Stafford license. 

If you are unable to attend the event in person, tune into the live stream on FloRacing, the official streaming partner of Stafford Speedway.

For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.

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Riley Herbst Notes of Interest

 

•  Riley Herbst comes into Saturday’s SRS Distribution 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth riding a wave of front-running consistency. The driver of the No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) is on a five-race top-10 streak, punctuated by a season-best third-place finish in the Xfinity Series’ most recent race May 7 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. It was his eighth top-10 in the 11 races run this season – tying Herbst for the second-most top-10s this year with fellow Las Vegas-native Noah Gragson – and it has Herbst eighth in the championship standings, 54 points above the top-12 playoff cutline.

 

•  The Xfinity Series was off last weekend, but Herbst was still on. The 23-year-old competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. Herbst wheeled the No. 17 Monster Energy Ford F-150 for David Gilliland Racing (DGR) to a seventh-place starting spot and a 12th-place finish as he furthered his experience on intermediate-style ovals.

 

•  Prior to the Xfinity Series off weekend, racing worlds collided. Herbst, along with his NASCAR Cup Series teammates Chase Briscoe and Cole Custer, spent the day with Haas F1 Team drivers Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher. In a day of speed and fun on the Ford Performance Racing School road course at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, all the drivers were able to get behind the wheel and give rides to Haas Automation customers. F1 Digital released a video recap of the day on their social channels earlier this week.

 

•  The SRS Distribution 250 will mark Herbst’s 88th career Xfinity Series start and his fifth at Texas. Herbst’s best finish at Texas is a pair of 12th-place drives, both of which were earned last year in the series’ two stops at Texas.

 

•  SHR has one Xfinity Series win at Texas. Cole Custer delivered the victory in November 2018, beating Tyler Reddick by .162 of a second.

 

Riley Herbst, Driver of the No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang

 

There was no weekend off for you. While the rest of the Xfinity Series took a break, you were wheeling the No. 17 Monster Energy Ford F-150 for David Gilliland Racing (DGR) at Kansas. What did you learn by running that race?

“You learn a lot. I was able to drive that truck back at Daytona, and I think there’s a good bit that you can learn and carry over to the Xfinity Series. I’m thankful to DGR for giving me the opportunity to learn. No matter what, it’s more seat time and a way to gain more experience. I’m a big fan of Kansas, and it’s also an intermediate track, which we’ll run this weekend in Texas. While they’re different tracks, I can learn as a driver. In my career, I’ve had limited track time with practice and qualifying going away in 2020, so I’ll take what I can get.”

 

What are your expectations for Saturday’s race?

“We’re focused on ourselves, and that’s trying to get the No. 98 Monster Energy team to victory lane. Right now, we’re focused on trying to bring the best racecar to Texas and I’m focused on being the most prepared that I can be as a driver. Hopefully, we can lead some laps, run up front, and win some stages. Last year, we were decent there, but struggled to find speed. We’re gathering all of our notes, going to the simulator, and preparing for this race. The plan is to have a solid run at Texas and go for the win, but we’re also preparing for Charlotte next week, which is one of my favorite tracks.”

 

You’re sort of flying under the radar this year despite a strong start to the season with eight top-10s and being eighth in points. How are you feeling about the team’s performance so far as you’re currently on a five-race top-10 streak?

“The goal this season was always to be consistent. Momentum is everything. It was tough last year, and we knew that if we did what we were supposed to do, we would finish decently. We’re way more consistent, and being able to finish has been huge for this No. 98 Monster Energy team. It allows us to keep moving forward and progressing. Ultimately, we’re moving toward the goal of winning races.”

 

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CGS Imaging has extended its agreement as the entitlement sponsor of the CGS Imaging 4 Crown Championship, a series-within-the-series that celebrates the diversity of the ARCA Menards Series.

The races that will comprise the CGS Imaging 4 Crown championship will be May 27 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, August 19 at Watkins Glen International, August 21 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, and October 1 at Salem Speedway.

“CGS Imaging has been a valued partner for ARCA and the ARCA Menards Series for many years and we’re very pleased to have them return as the entitlement partner for the 4 Crown championship in 2022,” said ARCA Menards Series president Ron Drager. “The products we use from CGS Imaging range from contingency decals to trailer wraps to large-scale billboards and signage at the track. Chuck and Carol Stranc are race fans and they are true supporters of ARCA and everything we do.”

The partnership between ARCA and CGS Imaging has been beneficial to both parties.

“We started this partnership to make inroads in the motorsports world and we have done just that,” said Chuck Stranc, president of CGS Imaging. “We count many racing venues, racing teams, and sanctioning bodies as clients, and we have seen that number increase as our partnership with ARCA has grown. The ARCA Menards Series has a great mix of national venues and grassroots tracks, and we’re happy to again be the entitlement sponsor of the 4 Crown Championship that celebrates that diversity.”

The CGS Imaging 4 Crown Championship dates back to 1984 when future NASCAR Hall of Famer Davey Allison won the inaugural title. Since then, 25 other drivers have earned a 4 Crown championship, including series champions Lee Raymond, Tracy Leslie, Bob Keselowski, Bobby Bowsher, Bill Venturini, Tim Steele, Frank Kimmel, Bill Baird, Chris Buescher, Grant Enfinger, Chase Briscoe, Austin Theriault, Bret Holmes, and Ty Gibbs. 

Gibbs dominated the CGS Imaging 4 Crown in 2021, winning the first three races at Kansas Speedway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and Winchester Speedway. The only thing that prevented a Gibbs sweep was a second-place finish to Landen Lewis on the one-mile dirt oval at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.

The races at Kansas Speedway and Watkins Glen International will be televised live on FS1 and carried on select affiliates of the MRN Radio network nationwide, while the races at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and Salem Speedway will be televised live on MAVTV and streamed live on FloRacing.

For complete event information for all ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East, and ARCA Menards Series West races, including live timing & scoring throughout every on-track session, please visit ARCARacing.com.

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Wright on making his second start at Texas Motor Speedway: “I’m excited to get back to one of my favorite 1.5-mile tracks, especially with our new partner, America’s Auto Auction, onboard the No. 44 Chevrolet Silverado. The Niece Motorsports No. 44 team is looking to pair our speed with a well-executed race.”

Wright at Texas Motor Speedway: This weekend marks Kris Wright’s second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series appearance at the 1.5-mile oval track. The Wexford, Pa., – native has one start at the Texas Motor Speedway, with a 22nd-place finish on June 12, 2021.

On the Truck: Wright will run the America’s Auto Auction red, white, and blue Chevrolet Silverado Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway.

Last Time Out (Heart of America – Start: 21st / Finish: 32nd):  Wright finished in the 25th-place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Heart Of America 200 on Saturday, May 14, at the Kansas Speedway, located in Kansas City, Kan. Wright started in the 24th-place in the 35-truck field. At the end of Stage 1 on Lap 30 he was in the 26th-place. By the end of Stage 2 on Lap 60, Wright held the 26 th-place. On Lap 91, Wright was involved in an incident in Turn 2. Wright was scored as high as the 20th-place at the Kansas Speedway. 

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Just one week removed from a record setting night, Lincoln Speedway is ready to go again this Friday, May 20 for a full six division program. Vintage Racing of Illinois will be making their only visit to the track this season and will be joined by five other classes of racing.

Vintage Racing of Illinois has made several appearances at Lincoln Speedway, always putting on an exciting show with several drivers going for the win. The classic racecars bring back racing memories from years gone by. The series competes at multiple racetracks across the state.

Jose Parga, last year’s Lincoln Speedway point champion, leads this year’s Pro Late Model points by just four over 2020 champion, Brandon Eskew. Neither driver has found victory lane but both have been battling toward the front of the field. Blaise Baker, Rockett Bennett, and Cody Maguire round out the top five in standings entering Friday’s event. Dakota Ewing and Chase Osterhoff claimed the two feature wins.

56 different DIRTcar Modified drivers have already been on track this season and the point battle at the top is a heated one. Edinburg, IL’s Jared Thomas is off to a great start with three top ten finishes and is tied with Ashland, IL’s Brandon Roberts for the point lead. Former NASCAR racer, Kenny Wallace, is third in points just two markers behind. Last year’s champion, Ray Bollinger, and Allen Weisser complete the top five in points.

2021 champion, Mark McMahill leads this year’s Simplot DII Midget standings by just four over Springfield, IL’s Daltyn England. McMahill claimed one feature victory, while Chuck Walker claimed the other. Tyler Roth, Patruck Bruns, and Thomas Harris are among the top five in points. This weekend’s Simplot Front Row Challenge bonus is worth $200.

Chatham, IL’s Allan Harris and Brownstown, IL’s Billy Mason are locked in a tie for the point lead in the DIRTcar Hornet division. Harris claimed the win on April 22, while he finished third at the opener. Third place point man, Jeremy Reed, is third in points, while David Lauritson and Nick Johnson complete the top five.

Rounding out the action will be the DIRTcar Street Stocks. Cerro Gordo, IL’s Terry Reed and Blue Mound, IL’s Bobby Beiler have each claimed feature wins this season at the track. The division is a part time class at the track but historically have exciting races each time they compete at the ¼-mile dirt oval.

Pit gates open Friday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps are at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00 PM. Grandstand admission is $15, while kids 11 and under are free.

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