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Jack Wood started from the seventh starting position in Thursday Night’s UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics at Bristol Motor Speedway. Wood was running inside the top 10 when he got tapped from behind by eventual race winner Corey Heim and spun across the track. While Wood was sliding across the track, Dean Thompson’s truck plowed into the rear end of his truck, causing major damage and ending the No. 51 team’s night 13 laps into the 200-lap event.
Kaulig Racing announced today that Daniel Hemric is set to return to the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) to pilot the team’s No. 31 Camaro ZL1.
Hemric, the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) champion, is currently finishing his second, full-time NXS season with Kaulig Racing and currently competing for the 2023 championship. Hemric previously competed in the NCS full-time in 2019 with Richard Childress Racing, earning the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors that same year.
“This is a big day, and it means so much to my family and me,” said Hemric. “It’s truly special to have an opportunity to do something big with a group of people that want it just as bad as you. It takes heart, and each and every person at Kaulig Racing has it. I’m looking forward to finishing out this season strong and getting right back to work in the off season with everyone at Kaulig Racing.”
Hemric joined Kaulig Racing in 2022 to compete for back-to-back NXS titles and made select NCS starts for the team during the 2022 season. Across 47-total NCS starts, Hemric has earned one pole award, one top five, three top-10 finishes and led a total of 22 laps.
“They say that tough times don’t last, but tough people do,” said Chris Rice, president of Kaulig Racing. “That rings true with Daniel Hemric. Throughout all the ups and downs the past couple of years, Daniel continues to believe in the Kaulig Racing culture. Over the last few months, we have been asking ourselves, ‘What can make us a better race team?’ We truly believe Daniel can and will continue to make Kaulig Racing better as an organization.”
Hemric, the only previous NXS champion in the 2023 playoffs, maintains the qualities team owner, Matt Kaulig looks for in a driver both on and off the track. In 2019, Hemric and his wife, Kenzie, established the Daniel Hemric Be the Change Scholarship with the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation. This scholarship is awarded to a student from Cabarrus or Rowan County that qualifies for financial aid and has chosen a field of study in motorsports, welding, or mechanical engineering. In 2022, Kaulig Giving and Matt Kaulig increased the Hemric scholarship endowment, providing the opportunity to award a second scholarship to a student in need for the first time.
“Daniel’s grit and determination both on and off track are what make him such an integral part of our Kaulig Racing family,” said team owner, Matt Kaulig. “Daniel’s competitive edge is what drives him, and his focus on giving back is what grounds him. That’s what has earned him the respect and admiration from his peers at Kaulig Racing, and we will continue to grow with him.”
Hemric will continue to compete for the 2023 NXS championship, as the round of 12 kicks off at Bristol Motor Speedway. 2024 partnership information will be announced at a later date.
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Currey on Thursday’s Race at Bristol: “I’m proud of the way this team rebounded tonight,” said Bayley Currey. “Track position was so important because of how hard it was to pass, so starting at the rear of the field definitely left our work cut out for us. This whole Unishippers team never gave up and fought all race long. I think we had a better truck than 13th-place, but I’m proud of everyone’s effort.”
Race Recap: Curry and the No. 41 Unishippers team were forced to start shotgun on the field after a brake issue in practice forced the team to the garage for repairs. Unable to turn a qualifying lap due to the ongoing repairs, Currey started the 200-lap race at Bristol Motor Speedway in 36th-place. On a night where passing was tough and track position was king, Currey and the No. 41 team worked their way up to 13th before the night’s end.
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Alan on Thursday’s Race at Bristol: “I think we had a stronger truck than the results show,” said Lawless Alan. “It was just so tough to pass tonight. Track position was the name of the game. I’m proud of everyone for their hard work on our AUTOChargit Chevrolet. We’ll regroup and get ready for Talladega, where anything can happen.”
Race Recap: Alan qualified his No. 45 AUTOChargit Chevrolet in the 28th-position for Thursday night’s 200-Lap event at Bristol Motor Speedway. On a night where passing was difficult, Alan and team battled hard to get track position. Alan would ultimately end the day in 28th.
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Hocevar on Thursday’s Race at Bristol: “I’m proud of everyone at Niece Motorsports for building such a fast Worldwide Express Chevrolet,” said Carson Hocevar. “I think we had a better truck than fourth-place, but it was just so hard to pass out there tonight – the groove didn’t widen out as much as we’d hoped. Still, fourth is a good points day and it gives us a little cushion heading into Talladega.”
Race Recap: Hocevar and the No. 42 Worldwide Express team nearly claimed the pole on Thursday afternoon, ending up with a second-place starting position for the 200-lap race at Bristol Motor Speedway. On a night where track position proved to be king, Hocevar and team were able to maintain position toward the front of the field for the entirety of Thursday night’s race, collecting stage positions in the first and second stage and ultimately crossing the line in fourth.
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Hearn Industrial, an industrial services company with offices in southeast Michigan and Ontario, Canada, has reached an agreement with Toledo Speedway to become the entitlement sponsor of the ASA STARS National Tour Glass City 200.
The race, now known as the ASA Hearn Industrial Glass City 200, is scheduled for Saturday, September 16. In addition to the 200-lap super late model headliner, the track’s ARCA Salenbein Excavating Late Model Sportsman and ARCA Safety Kleen Factory Stock divisions will be in action as they compete in their season championship events.
The ASA Hearn Industrial Glass City 200 marks the return of the American Speed Association to Toledo Speedway for the first time since 2003. Previous ASA winners at Toledo Speedway include the late Rick Knotts, former Toledo Speedway regular and eventual NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series winners Joe Ruttman and Butch Miller, NASCAR Cup Series champion and NASCAR Hall of Fame member Rusty Wallace, multi-time Toledo Speedway winner and 1990 ASA champion Bob Senneker, and 1989 ASA rookie of the year Scott Hansen.
Both Senneker and Hansen will be in attendance; they will participate in the pre-race on-track driver autograph session and pre-race driver introductions. Senneker’s famed “No. 84 Bluebird” Camaro will also be on display.
The ASA Hearn Industrial Glass City 200 will continue the history of the race that dates to the inaugural running of the race in 1968, won by the winningest driver in ARCA-sanctioned late model competition Joy Fair. Other winners include Senneker, who won three times total in 1970, 1971, and 1977, Ruttman, Danny Byrd, John Anderson, Tim Ice, Tim Fever, Junior Hanley, Steve Sauve, Jack Landis, Brian Campbell, Dave Kuhlman, Harold Fair, Jr., Angie Grill, Terry Senneker, Dennis Strickland, Johnny VanDoorn, J.R. Roahrig, Bradley Reithmeyer, Tyler Roahrig, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series winners Tyler Ankrum and Carson Hocevar, Steve Needles, Cayden Lapcevich, Blake Rowe, Trevor Berry, and recently crowned ARCA Menards Series East champion William Sawalich.
Tickets for the ASA Hearn Industrial Glass City 200 are available online at ToledoSpeedway.com and at the gate on race day. The 200-lap main event will be streamed live on Racing America.
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Statement From Bristol Motor Speedway President and General Manager Jerry Caldwell Regarding Bristol Motor Speedway’s 2024 Spring Race
“As the motorsports world focuses on America's Night Race tomorrow, we are thrilled to announce Bristol Motor Speedway will host the return of the Food City 500 on the concrete high-banks of the World's Fastest Half Mile in the spring of 2024,” said Bristol Motor Speedway President and General Manager Jerry Caldwell. “We will revive a logo reminiscent of the first Food City 500s in the early ’90s and resurrect the track’s vintage trademark look and feel of the era. We’re looking forward to a great weekend of racing and what’s to come in 2024.”
NASCAR today announced that the NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 16, will now start at 6:30 p.m. ET – advancing one hour from the original 7:30 p.m. ET start time – due to forecasted inclement weather. The broadcast networks for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race remain unchanged – USA, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Green flag for the final race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 16 is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. ET.
For tickets to Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race, visit BristolMotorSpeedway.com. Bristol Motor Speedway parking lots will open at 11 a.m. ET. Grandstand gates will open at 1 p.m. ET and the NASCAR Cup Series garage will open at 2:30 p.m. ET.
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will head to the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on September 23-24 for the first time in the championship's history. The German racing team Bremotion is looking forward to its home race near Magdeburg and has signed a GT ace to compete in EuroNASCAR 2 alongside Tobias Dauenhauer, who will return to the wheel of the #99 Chevrolet Camaro in EuroNASCAR PRO: Dominique Schaak. The German recently completed a test in a EuroNASCAR car and is well prepared for his competitive debut in Europe's premier touring car series.
The 32-year-old currently lives in Magdeburg, a well-known city close to the new home of the NASCAR GP Germany at Oschersleben. A true NASCAR fan since childhood, Schaak is excited to make his EuroNASCAR debut and experience the Pure Racing character of the series, which is the only European championship sanctioned by both NASCAR and FIA. "NASCAR has always fascinated me," said the German. "This is still real racing. Driving a NASCAR car is a childhood dream come true. I have been racing since 1999, but I always dreamed of competing in a NASCAR race. In the past, that was not even possible in Europe.”
Despite his fascination with NASCAR racing, Schaak hasn't set any particular target for his first NWES race in September: "My goals are not big," he said. "I've only done ten test laps and the driving style is completely different from what I'm used to in a GT car. I want to have fun, continue to learn quickly and make a good impression at my home race with my limited experience in the car." As a professional race car driver, Schaak earns his money with racing, but he also offers driving safety training and instruction to all types of race drivers.
Since 1999, Schaak has driven a variety of different race cars around the world. He started in karting, moved on to touring cars and then discovered the world of GT and endurance racing. Away from the track, the 32-year-old describes himself as a "family man" who spends a lot of time in the "gym and with his close friends". "Determined, ambitious and sometimes too perfectionistic" are attributes that Schaak believes fit his character in the racing world. "I enjoy every second of the sport because you never know when this journey will end," he said. The German cited "consistency from endurance racing" as his greatest strength on the track.
Schaak does not have a racing background in his family as his father was a skydiver, but he hopes his daughter will follow in his footsteps in the future. The German discovered his passion for racing when he was eight years old. "It all started at the local karting center, but my father and I never missed a single Formula One race," said Schaak. "The only time I missed a race was when I was driving by myself. In that case, we recorded the races so we could watch them later. We also avoided watching TV or listening to the radio so as not to be informed about the results of the F1 race we missed.”
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series enters the crucial part of the season. The NASCAR GP Germany at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben will be the regular season finale after all drivers drop their two worst results from the ten races. The event will take place on September 23-24 and will be broadcast on EuroNASCAR's YouTube channel, Motorsport.tv and various TV services around the world.