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The “Race to Freedom” truck is back. Jordan Anderson Racing and A.E. Engine are thrilled to reveal the No. 3 “Race to Freedom II” Chevrolet Silverado that Anderson will drive in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series’ NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 on Friday, Oct. 30, at Martinsville Speedway.
Anderson, one of NASCAR’s most dynamic personalities and a rising star in the sport, will have U.S. LawShield, the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s #GUNVOTE voter registration project and GAT Marketing adorning Anderson’s vibrant black, white and red Chevrolet Silverado.
“Martinsville is a place where anyone can win if they make the right moves,” Anderson said. “You’ve got to be good at defending your position on the track. U.S. LawShield specializes in defending the rights of responsible gun owners across the country, so it’s a perfect fit to bring the ‘Gun Truck’ back this weekend. With the race being so close to election time, it’s going to be cool to drive a truck with #GUNVOTE on the hood. We are proud to partner with hard-working companies like GAT Marketing. Like me, they are in the fight to support our rights and protect our freedoms. They like to work hard and win big.”
With more than 80,000 fans across his engaging social media platforms, Anderson provides a fascinating level of access and delivers his sponsors millions of impressions every month from compelling social media content.
The “Race to Freedom II” truck allows all three partners to leverage their social media to expand the program’s online footprint. Each sponsor will be included in a comprehensive A.E. Engine content activation program including print, digital, YouTube and social media.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s #GUNVOTE project will adorn the No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado’s hood, while the U.S. LawShield logo will appear on the truck’s rear quarter panels. GAT Marketing can be found on the truck’s tailgate.
Live coverage of the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 will be on Fox Sports 1(FS1), and on the radio at Motor Racing Network, and SiriusXM Channel 90 at 8 p.m. ET.
“U.S. LawShield® is very pleased to continue our partnership with Jordan Anderson Racing as part of a sponsorship package and support for the NASCAR Truck Series. We have great respect for what Jordan Anderson Racing has accomplished building a team from the ground up, pursuing excellence, never giving up, and of course, driving the ‘Race to Freedom Truck’. We look forward to celebrating his success on the track.”
Larry Keane, Senior V.P. and General Counsel, National Shooting Sports Foundation:
“With the 2020 election right around the corner, the resources provided by GUNVOTE and promoted on Jordan’s #3 hood during the Martinsville race are more important than ever. Anyone who supports our constitutional freedoms should follow Jordan’s lead and visit GUNVOTE.org, then cast an informed GUNVOTE on or before Election Day.
“GUNVOTE is a comprehensive voter registration program that we are excited to have prominently featured on Jordan Anderson’s #3 hood at the Martinsville Raceway. Anderson is a longtime advocate for our right to keep and bear arms, and the GUNVOTE logo on his hood sends a strong message to NASCAR fans to make sure they are informed voters who are ready to GUNVOTE on or before Election Day.”
Charles Anderson, CEO and Founder, GAT Marketing:
“We are excited for the opportunity to co-sponsor Jordan and the 2nd amendment truck alongside industry icons like US LawShield and the NSSF. At GAT Marketing, we have seen firsthand how our conservative pro-gun message will be affected in the future if we don’t take action now. We need to bring greater awareness to the significance of each and every vote within this election cycle. #gunvote
I’ve been a longtime fan of NASCAR and have learned to appreciate the hard work that goes into their daily grind. Like Jordan, I too have a team that backs me and supports our shared goals for success. Part of our strength stems from our belief in this country and the American dream. It’s an honor to be a part of this Freedom truck and to work with organizations that support our rights. We are proud to be part of this effort to raise awareness and encourage everyone to VOTE on Election Day. #gunvote.”
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The excitement is building as it is now officially race week for the 36th running of the All American 400 presented by Freeman Webb, Big Machine Vodka, Sunoco Race Fuels and a great number of others. It all begins on Friday, October 30 with three straight action packed days at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, culminating with the 36th All American 400 on Sunday, November 1. Preliminary estimates show over 200 drivers heading toward the Music City, representing over 20 different states.
The weekend features a mix of local classes and traveling series, bringing in top notch drivers from all across the country. Friday’s festivities begin with Super Late Model and Pro Late Model practice at 12 noon, followed by a night of local division racing on the ¼-mile. Bandoleros, Street Stocks, Front Runners, Pure Stocks, Legends, and Limited Late Models will all race their final event of the season, crowning the champions for 2020.
Team Construction’s Halloween Saturday of racing and family fun, will see Late Model competitors take center stage at 5:30 for All American 400 qualifying. Following the all important single car qualifying runs, a racing program of Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks, Vores Compact Touring Series, and All American Showdowns for the Supers and the Pros will take to the 5/8-mile oval.
Sunday’s running of the All American 400 will bring together four top tier Super Late Model Series in addition to the JEGS/CRA All Stars Tour for the Pro Late Model portion of the event. At last glance, well over 30 drivers are set to compete for starting spots in each race. Green will drop at 1:00 on one of the biggest days in motorsports.
Adding to the fun of the weekend, will be all the great activities for families and kids, as part of the Team Construction Halloween Extravanganza. A pair of trunk or treats will be held with drivers giving out candy at 6:00 Friday night and 4:45 Saturday afternoon. Bikes will be given away in addition to a free TV giveaway. Race fans, kids and adults alike, are asked to wear their Halloween costumes to join in on the fun.
Plenty of tickets are available for each night of the race weekend. Fans can purchase them online at www.nashvillefairgroundsspeedway.racing or at the gates on raceday. A three day ticket is also available, saving fans $10 to see all of this weekend’s entertainment.
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Hendrick Motorsports has named Rudy Fugle as the crew chief for William Byron and the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE team for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. He will join the organization in mid-November.
The 36-year-old Fugle is one of the most successful crew chiefs at the NASCAR national series level. He has won two driver championships and five owner titles in the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series. As a crew chief for Kyle Busch Motorsports since 2013, he has recorded 28 truck victories, which tie him for the second-most in series history.
Fugle will replace current No. 24 crew chief Chad Knaus, who was recently named Hendrick Motorsports’ vice president of competition effective at the completion of the 2020 racing season.
“We’re pleased to welcome Rudy,” said Jeff Andrews, general manager of Hendrick Motorsports. “His teams have consistently performed at a championship level for many years. We believe he’s an excellent fit for our culture and will mesh extremely well with our other crew chiefs and competition personnel. In addition, Rudy and William have proven to be a successful combination with a high level of communication and trust in one another.”
A native of Livonia, New York, Fugle holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In 2006, he began his NASCAR career with Robert Yates Racing before joining Germain Racing in 2008. With KBM, he has won truck races with six different drivers: Byron, Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell, Erik Jones, Greg Biffle, and Noah Gragson.
“The opportunity to join Hendrick Motorsports is incredible for me and my family,” Fugle said. “The No. 24 has always been one of the premier teams in racing. We have the owner, the driver, the people and the resources to continue that tradition. William is a great talent, and we have a very strong working relationship. I’m confident in what this team can accomplish and look forward to the challenge of competing at the Cup level.”
In 2016, Fugle and then-rookie Byron won seven truck races in 23 starts. That season, the pair led 21% of all possible laps and earned the NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series owner championship. Byron, 22, is closing out a 2020 season in which he won his first career NASCAR Cup Series race (Daytona) and made his second consecutive playoff appearance.
“I’m excited to work with Rudy again,” Byron said. “We have a great team in place, and I know he will be the right leader to keep moving us forward. I’ve seen first-hand what he’s capable of, his competitive nature and the high standards he has. With Rudy, I believe we’ll have a chance to win every single time we go to the racetrack, which is what both of us expect.”
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Stockton’s Alex Panella and Watsonville’s Rickey Sanders put on a thrilling show over the closing laps to help finish off the season at Delta Speedway on Saturday. In the end it was Panella prevailing at the checkered flag to scoop up the $2,000 grand prize with the Super 600s at Turkey Bowl XX.
Raisin City, California’s Mitchell Moles performed a dominating drive to win the $2,000 feature for the Non-Wing division, while Hanford’s Dalton Parreira and Rancho Murieta’s Lucas Mauldin brought home $1,000 apiece by winning the Restricted and Junior Sprint main events respectively.
The box score will show Panella captured the Super 600 A-main from the pole however, it was anything but easy for the driver of the Panella Trucking No. 12 machine. “It was a great race at the end with Rickey Sanders and I’m pumped to be standing up here right now,” he commented in victory lane. “I really don’t know what to say. I just can’t believe we pulled it off. It’s awesome to win the Turkey Bowl and I want to thank all of our sponsors and everyone that helps us out.”
Panella had his way with things out front early in the 40-lapper but soon felt pressure in the form of Fresno’s Caden Steele, who ran the bottom side of the speedway to perfection. At one point Steele made a beautiful move to snag the lead in traffic, but a caution at that same time negated the pass. A well-prepared surface lent itself to some fantastic racing throughout the field with numerous sliders and bold moves taking place.
As the laps wound down Sanders picked off cars and moved in on Panella in heavy duty lapped traffic. The duo proceeded to trade the lead numerous times with close slide jobs in every corner. At the checkered it was Panella narrowly beating out Sanders for the breathtaking victory. Nikko Panella came home in third with B-main winner and 17th starter Jake Hagopian in fourth. Steele rounded out the top-five.
Opening night heat race wins for the Super 600s on Friday were claimed by Caeden Steele, Alex Panella and John Bordenave. Qualifying race wins went to Alex Panella, Nate Matherly and Caeden Steele. The Pole Shuffle went to Alex Panella.
The Non-Wing feature was all about Mitchell Moles who checked out from the field and worked lapped traffic like a magician. The Micro stud captured the 40-lap finale by over 6 seconds to win the Turkey Bowl for the second consecutive season. Behind him though, the action was hot and heavy with Fresno’s Tyler Smith coming out on top of an excellent battle with Madero Ranchos driver Dalton Hill to earn a runner up finish.
Hill crossed the stripe in third with Robbie Lewis and Brandon Carey completing the top-five. B-main wins during the night went to Katey Syra and Brody Petrie.
Non-Wing heat races on Friday were picked off by Robbie Lewis, Austin Stone, Joe Silva, Kyle Mentch and Tyler Smith. Qualifying races were claimed by Austin Stone, Mitchel Moles, Tyler Smith, Nikko Panella and Kyle Mentch. The Pole Shuffle was captured by Mitchel Moles. A total of 46 Non-Wing 600s competed at the Turkey Bowl.
The 30-lap Restricted main event was a back and forth duel that ended with Dalton Parreira bringing home the big triumph. Tracy’s Brandon Riveira had battled his way to the lead at the halfway point but encountered issues that left him parked in the infield towards the waning circuits. After that Parreira ran smooth and consistent laps to cross the Tyler Carey checkered for the win. Colin Kirby came home in second, followed by Arizona racer Corbin Rueschenberg in third, 16th starter Austin Wood in fourth and Broedy Graham in fifth.
Claiming Restricted heat races on opening night Friday were Dominic Carter, Destry Miller and Corbin Rueschenberg. Qualifying race victories were garnered by Teagan Moles, Colin Kirby and Dominic Carters. The Knock Out Race went to Reilee Phillips.
Delta Speedway track champion Lucas Mauldin picked up a closely contested Junior Sprint victory on Saturday night. Mauldin felt heat from Manteca’s Brody Rubio over the duration of the 25 lapper, in what was an entertaining feature. At the line the official margin of victory for Mauldin over Rubio read as 0.185 seconds. Tracy’s Kyle Fernandez earned the final spot on the podium with Pleasanton’s Kellan Harper and Bakersfield’s Blayden Graham completing the top-five.
Junior heat races on opening night Friday went to Kyle Fernandez, Brody Rubio, Lucas Mauldin and Jonathan Andrichuk.
Delta Speedway presented by Financial Center Credit Union thanks Interstate Truck Center, Lovotti Air, Van De Pol Petroleum, Kludt Oil, Hoosier Racing Tire, Starr Property Management, Performance Electronics, Genova Bakery, Bruno's Peppers, Motion Media, and Panella Trucking for their support.
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There will be a new face at the Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona on November 7th, as Alex Sedgwick takes a historic journey across the pond from Europe to compete in the ARCA Menards Series West race. The race will take place during NASCAR’s Championship weekend, crowning the champions of each series, a first for Phoenix Raceway.
Alex competed in the NASCAR Euro Series during the 2018 and 2019 seasons, and earlier this year was invited by NASCAR to attend the 62nd running of the Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway. After touring the garage, sitting on pit road watching practice on the wall, eating dinner and watching the truck race from the France family suite, to watching the Daytona 500 from the NASCAR suite above the start/finish line, Alex knew he wanted to become a NASCAR Cup Series driver, so planning began.
This will be Alex’s first race in the United States, the start of a long career in the sport. Alex plans on making a career in NASCAR, becoming the first full-time European driver in the history of the sport, and wanting to become only the second European ever to win at the highest levels of NASCAR. The last and only European driver to win in the NASCAR Cup Series was Mario Andretti 53 years ago when he won the Daytona 500 in 1967.
Alex plans to compete on select tracks in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the ARCA Menards Series races in 2021 and is already in talks with top teams. Many companies have started to take a look at this European driver coming to the United States. The first to ink a deal was Wiley X, a premium sunglass company that is no stranger to the sport of NASCAR. Wiley X has been outfitting top NASCAR drivers for over a decade in the sport, from past Cup Series like Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon (under their DVX brand) to current and more recent Champions like Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano.
Wiley X is a standard issue sunglass manufacturer for all U.S. Armed Forces and even for some of our allies’ elite forces, which makes perfect sense that Wiley X would welcome a European driver like Alex Sedgwick into their family. They’re also a preferred glass in the safety market or for weekend warriors who love to hunt, fish or pursue various other high velocity sports. Myles Freeman, Wiley X President of Sales and Co-Owner said, “We are very excited to support Alex Sedgwick as he enters the sport of NASCAR in the United States. We are very selective as to who we support and who represents our brand and we feel Alex will be a great addition to our already stellar roster.
Our goal is to help elevate him into the next wave of championship drivers. Ryan Johnston, President & CEO of InterPhase Entertainment who manages Alex Sedgwick said, “Alex is a unique and highly marketable driver. We had a strong feeling about Alex and the results have quickly proven as expected, Wiley X is one of many companies that have not only shown an interest in Alex, but are negotiating to be the next in line to sign agreements with Alex to support his rise in NASCAR here in the United States. We want to thank Myles and Wiley X for supporting Alex’s rise in the sport.”
Alex Sedgwick is extremely grateful for the early support the sport has shown. Alex said, “Having a brand on board that is not only the choice of NASCAR champions, but also NAVY SEALS and military heroes is an honor so early in my career. I’m incredibly grateful for the support, and excited to represent Wiley X not only on the track, but whenever the Sun is out!”
Wiley X is one of the leading manufacturers of protective eyewear in the world and the only premium sunglass brand whose entire sunwear line is ANSI Z87.1 and EN.166 rated. All sunwear models are certified as protective eyewear. For more information on Wiley X, you can
visit their website at www.wileyx.com or follow them at @wileyx on Facebook and Instagram. You can follow Alex Sedgwick’s every move by following him @alexsedgwick1 and on his website at www.alexsedgwickracing.com
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Gracie Trotter topped her Bill McAnally Racing teammates in ARCA Menards Series West action at Kern County Raceway Park on Sunday, with a top-five finish in the NAPA / ENEOS 125 Presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.
The 19-year-old series rookie drove her No. 99 ENEOS Toyota Camry to a fifth-place finish on the high-banked, half-mile oval to pick up her seventh top-five finish in 10 starts this season.
Two of her teammates finished eighth and ninth – with series point leader, Jesse Love, eighth in the No. 19 NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry and Gio Scelzi ninth in the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS/Curb Records Toyota Camry. BMR’s Holley Hollan was sidelined after contact with the wall in the No. 50 JBL/NAPA Filters/NAPA Belts & Hoses Toyota Camry and finished 15th.
Love won his fourth pole award of the season in qualifying and led the early laps – but had to battle back after a couple of incidents in the second half of the race. Contact from another car while racing for second sent him high in Turn 4 on Lap 80 and shuffled him back multiple positions. He later spun while trying to get to the inside of Trotter going into Turn 1 on Lap 105. He made a quick pit stop for adjustments and returned to battle back to finish eighth. It marked his first finish outside the top four this year.
Nevertheless, the 15-year-old series rookie retained his lead in the championship standings – with a 14-points advantage going into the season finale at Phoenix on Nov. 7.
Trotter started from the fifth spot and had a solid top-five performance all race. She remains third in the standings, 36 points out of first and 22 points back from second.
Scelzi – coming off his first career win less than 48 hours earlier at Roseville, California – started ninth on the grid. Although he made an early charge to sixth, he was not able to crack the top five and ended up coming home ninth. He is fourth in the standings – 40 points from first and just four points behind Trotter.
Hollan remains seventh in the standings.
As part of Sunday’s event, NGK VIP honorary crew members were in attendance.
- Smith started from the fifth position after a performance matrix based off his finishing position from the previous race, ranking in owner points standings and the ranking of the fastest lap he turned from the previous race at Kansas Speedway.
- The JBL Tundra quickly advanced to the third position on the opening lap but had fallen back to the sixth position battling a tight-handling Toyota when a one-truck accident brought the opening stanza to a close under caution on Lap 33.
- Veteran crew chief Danny Stockman ordered up a four-tire and fuel stop between stages. After exiting pit road ninth, Smith chose to line up on the bottom of the fifth row when Stage Two went green on Lap 40.
- Three laps later, he had maneuvered his way up to the sixth position when the field was slowed for the second time. For the ensuing restart he lined up on the bottom of the second row but got put in a bad aero position and would fall back to the sixth position.
- The JBL Tundra would finish the second stanza sixth.
- Smith reported that the JBL Tundra was "plowing tight" before hitting pit road for four fresh tires, a chassis adjustment and fuel between stages.
- The No. 51 Toyota lined up on the outside of the third row when the Final Stage went green on Lap 77. He was running in the fifth position when caution for fluid on the track put the team inside their pit window for making it to the end of the race.
- After getting four fresh tires and a full tank of fuel, Smith went to exit his stall but a truck that was further back in the scoring order was still getting service in front of him and he was unable to make his way around him. After having to get pushed back by the over-the-wall crew, Smith lost several spots. Knowing it would be close on making it to the end of the race on fuel, and already having to start near the tail of the lead-lap trucks, Stockman elected to top off with fuel again before the field went green.
- The talented teenager began making his way back through the field and was just outside the top 10 when he got hit in the quarter panel by another competitor and sent caroming rear first into the outside wall.
- The troubles compounded for the No. 51 team when a miscommunication on the subsequent pit stop saw Smith leave his pit stall before the over-the-wall crew had completed putting fresh tires on his Toyota.
- Shortly after leaving pit road, the left-rear tire fell off the truck and Smith was forced to carefully make his way back to the attention of his crew with three tires on. The team would lose a lap in the process and despite getting the truck back to being able to maintain speed, were never able to get back on the lead lap and would end the day with a 21st-place finish.