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No. 99 Good Sam Chevrolet driver Daniel Suárez will sport a special helmet Sunday when the NASCAR Cup Series battles for 500 laps on the flat, half-mile at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

The Monterrey, Mexico native is bringing a little of his home country to Southern Virginia as he celebrates Dia de los Muertos - the Mexican holiday associated with the Catholic celebrations of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.

The multi-day holiday held on Nov. 1-2 involves family and friends gathering to pray for and to remember friends and family members who have died.

Though it originated in Mexico, the holiday is now commonly celebrated worldwide, especially throughout Latin America.

A few years ago, Suárez had the helmet design created by Agustin Chavez, a Dallas-based artist who originally hails from Suárez’s hometown of Nuevo Leon. Locally, Chavez in known for his mural designs. The helmet is modeled after the calavera, or sugar skull, which are traditionally decorated with icing to be colorful and fun.

Suarez arrives in Martinsville after finishing 10th at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth on Oct. 17 and 15th at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. Only Martinsville and next weekend's title race at Phoenix are left on the 2021 schedule.

NBC will televise Sunday's Martinsville race at 3 p.m.

Trackhouse Racing PR

After seeing some early speed a week ago in Texas, Ryan Newman and the No. 6 Violet Defense Ford Mustang looked to improve upon their 31st place starting position at Kansas Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

Newman had worked his way inside the top-20 after the competition caution on lap 20 of the race, but a pit stop late in the stage would relegate Newman to a 29th place finish in stage one, one lap down. Over the next 80 laps, the No. 6 Violet Defense team would work their way up to 21st, but would fall another lap down with a caution-free stage two.

The team worked tirelessly during the day with a bevy of adjustments, but unfortunately the No. 6 would go for a spin with just under 50 laps remaining in the Hollywood Casino 400, putting him another lap down. Newman would complete the remainder of the race in 27th.

The No. 6 team is back next weekend at Martinsville Speedway, where short track action Sunday is set for 2 p.m. ET on NBC. It can also be heard on MRN and SiriusXM Channel 90.

RFR PR

David Gilliland Racing (DGR) announced today that 2021 Southern Super Series (SSS) champion Jake Garcia will join its driver development program. The 16-year-old driver will make his ARCA Menards Series West debut behind the wheel of the No. 45 Ford Fusion when the series visits Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway on November 6.

Garcia has spent the last three seasons racing Pro and Super Late Models across the southeast region. In 2019, he earned two wins and captured the Allen Turner Pro Late Model track championship at Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway. In his first ever attempt at the Snowball Derby that year, he finished second to become the youngest driver to earn a podium in the historic event. He progressed to Super Late Models in 2020 and finished second overall in SSS point standings to garner Rookie of the Year honors in addition to a trio of Pro Late Model victories at Montgomery (Ala.) Motor Speedway.

The Georgian has put together a career year so far in 2021. Through 32 races, he has amassed six wins, 17 top-fives and 24 top-10s between both classes of late models. In addition to clinching the SSS championship, Garcia collected the Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series championship as the Super Late Model Track Champion at Five Flags.

“It's an honor to be a part of David Gilliland Racing,” Garcia said. “I'm very excited to make my first ARCA start at Phoenix. It is a great opportunity and I'm confident we will have success."

“Jake has put together an impressive resume so far in his career,” said David Gilliland, co-owner of DGR. “He is a great kid who has had success in everything he has driven. I'm excited that his first career ARCA race will be for us and I can't wait to see how he does.”

The ARCA Menards Series West race at Phoenix Raceway will be streamed live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold at 3:00 p.m. ET on November 6. A tape-delayed broadcast will air on NBCSN on Thursday, November 11 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

You can follow along with Jake at www.JakeGarciaRacing.com and on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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fgrACCEL and Niece Motorsports jointly announced today that Sherfick Companies and Super DOPE Chiropractic have leaped aboard for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) rookie Chris Hacker’s debut at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway for the penultimate race of the 2021 season.

The Oct. 30 running of the United Rentals 200 will mark Hacker’s third career start in one of NASCAR’s national divisions, but also provide an opportunity to highlight two new partners Sherfick Companies and Super DOPE Chiropractic Inc. (SDC) in the Truck Series for one of their most anticipated races of the season.

Sherfick Companies is a family-owned real estate development and construction business with experience in commercial and residential construction and design.

Michael and Gabby Sherfick team up on the designs, while Gabby takes the lead on all the important finishes that attract clients and home buyers from all around the globe. She is also a licensed real estate agent who serves at the company’s forefront.

Martinsville will mark the Sherfick’s second investment in the sport of NASCAR. Earlier this year, the team was a partner in the NASCAR Cup Series with StarCom Racing and driver Quin Houff at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.

The historic Virginia short track will however be the debut in the sport for Super DOPE Chiropractic.

SDC is owned and operated by Dr. David Coberly (IG: @SuperDOPEChiro), a long-time race fan.

SDC is an Indianapolis-based Chiropractic business with one location downtown and one in Carmel with five additional locations in the works.

Like Michael Sherfick, Dr. Coberly is an Army veteran and is passionate about improving the lives of the community around him.

“It was a no-brainer when Mike approached me about sponsoring Chris and the Niece Motorsports truck,” offered Dr. Coberly. “Chris Hacker is a Noblesville native and opportunities like this do not come around often.”

Hacker is counting down the days to his return to the Truck Series.

“I am very thankful and humbled to represent Sherfick Companies and Super DOPE Chiropractic at Martinsville Speedway,” said Hacker. “It is great to see new companies who are enjoying the benefits of a partnership in NASCAR and eager to explore further opportunities.

“They could easily have chosen to continue to have a presence in the NASCAR Cup Series, but they have jumped aboard the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series train with myself and Niece Motorsports. I’m excited about wheeling the No. 45 Sherfick Companies | Super DOPE Chiropractic Chevrolet Silverado at a short track.”

With the Sherfick’s and Dr. Coberly both living in Noblesville and Hacker being a native of Noblesville – the pressure is on to perform for the hometown.

“Martinsville is a huge opportunity to represent two companies that are local to me back in Indiana, so of course I want to go to the track and put our No. 45 Sherfick Companies | Super DOPE Chiropractic Chevrolet Silverado in the top-10.

That race is never easy though. There are going to be a lot of drivers on different agendas, but we just need to stay focused on our plan and hope we are rewarded at the end with a great finish and some welcomed exposure.”

“We are no strangers to racing and with Niece Motorsports equipment, we feel Chris has a really good chance for a strong finish,” offered Michael Sherfick.

Dr. Coberly added, “Super DOPE Chiropractic is excited to be along for Chris Hacker’s journey in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. I look forward to a great race and even better finish on Saturday afternoon.

The penultimate race of the 2021 NCWTS will be Hacker’s second race with Mooresville, N.C.-based Niece Motorsports. Hacker made his debut for the organization at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway in September.

Hacker began racing when he was eight years old, and at age 13 became the youngest driver to win in the Champions Racing Association Late Model Series.

Last year, Hacker made his NASCAR debut in the ARCA Menards West Series at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway, where he earned a noteworthy top-15 finish.

Earlier this season, in the premier ARCA Menards Series, Hacker earned a 10th place finish at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

In addition to his ARCA starts, Hacker made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in August, in the No. 34 Reaume Brothers Racing entry.

For more on Chris Hacker, please like him on Facebook (Chris Hacker Motorsports), follow him on Twitter (@chrishacker_) and Instagram (@chris_hacker).

The United Rentals 200 (200 laps | 105.2 miles) is the 21st of 22 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2021 schedule. The 40-truck field will take the green flag on Sat., Oct. 30, 2021, shortly after 1:00 p.m. ET with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio NASCAR Channel 90.

Niece Motorsports PR

Chris Buescher battled for 400 miles of racing at Kansas Speedway Sunday afternoon, turning in a 12th-place finish to rebound as one of only 15 cars on the lead lap.

The No. 17 Fastenal Ford would line up where it finished a week ago in Texas in 21st. At the onset of the race, Buescher fell to the 25th position before a caution for weather occurred on lap 9. When the race resumed on lap 15, he used the remainder of the 80-lap stage to drive up to 14th.

During a caution-free stage two, the No. 17 team would work on the long-run speed of the car. Buescher managed to stay around the top-15 for the majority of the stage, but unfortunately would fall a lap down during the near 80-lap green flag cycle. The No. 17 would round out the second stage in the 16th position.

To begin stage three, Buescher would find himself racing for the lucky dog spot, which he would earn as the caution flew with under 50 laps remaining. Lining up 13th for the final restart, Buescher and the No. 17 Fastenal team would hold their own for a 12th-place finish at Kansas Speedway, his tenth finish inside the top-12 this season.

The No. 17 team is back next weekend at Martinsville Speedway, where short track action Sunday is set for 2 p.m. ET on NBC. It can also be heard on MRN and SiriusXM Channel 90.

RFR PR

29th-31st, Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway will come alive with one of the biggest short track racing weekends in the country. With over 200 of the best drivers headed to the Music City for ten different divisions of racing action, there will be plenty to keep fans on the edge of their seats this Halloween weekend around the 1/4 and 5/8-mile tracks. 
 
Before the weekend kicks off Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway will induct the Hall of Fame Class of 2021 on Wednesday, October 27th. Six new members will join a prestigious group of racers and organizers who have worked hard to transform Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway into what it is today, "America's Favorite Short Track." Also making an appearance this year will be Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway and NASCAR Hall of Fame member Darrell Waltrip. Waltrip, who was inducted into Nashville's Hall of Fame in 2002, won two championships at the Fairgrounds Speedway and has been a longtime supporter of racing in Nashville.
 
Ten divisions of racing will be on display for the weekend. The 1/4-mile championship including six divisions will run on Friday night kicking off the prestigious weekend at 6:30pm. Saturday will see US Tank All American 400 in Memory of Jillian Brown qualifying beginning early in the day at 5:30pm with four features following. Also included in Saturday's festivities will be a trunk or treat for the kids at 4:45pm. Sunday will conclude the weekend with grandstands opening early at 9:30am with an autograph session for drivers starting at 11:00am. The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Model All American 100 will begin racing at 1:00pm with the Super Late Model US Tank All American 300 to conclude the weekend.
 
Also included for the weekend, Kid Rock's Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock and Roll Steakhouse will be the official Honky Tonk for the US Tank All American 400 in Memory of Jillian Brown.
 
Nashville Fairgrounds PR

Spencer Boyd Racing announced today that Sparrow Dynamics will be the primary sponsor aboard the No. 52 Camaro of Jimmy Means Racing for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville Speedway on October 30.  Sparrow Dynamics adds yet another ‘Made in the USA’ company to Boyd’s list of patriotic sponsors.
 
Spencer Boyd commented on the partnership, “Sparrow’s Instagram profile says ‘Protecting Freedoms Through Innovative Arms Accessories’.  Most NASCAR fans know I love freedom so anyone protecting that is good in my book.”
 
Sparrow Dynamics manufactures unique AR parts and also compliant parts for firearms owners dealing with unconstitutional laws in restrictive states.  They dedicate much time and resources supporting pro second amendment groups and encourage others to do the same.  Visit their website www.sparrowdynamics.com to learn more.  For over 18 years the owners have understood the importance of constant improvement in all aspects of their work, but more importantly, the greater impact they can have outside of daily business. 
 
“We love that Spencer wears American Flag socks,” laughed Larry Livingston, Chief Engineer for Sparrow Dynamics.  “We wanted a partnership in a sport that exudes American pride and with an athlete that values freedom.  We are looking forward to supporting Spencer at Martinsville where there is freedom and nail-biting racing victories today, because of difficult and hard-fought victories of the past.”
 
Martinsville Speedway is the track where Spencer started his NASCAR career back in 2016.  He will be pulling double duty on Halloween weekend running both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in the No. 20 for Young’s Motorsports and the NASCAR Xfinity Series race for Jimmy Means Racing.  Spencer’s best finish at Martinsville across all series is 15th (twice) where he’ll be looking to improve upon in the Sparrow Dynamics No. 52 Camaro.
 
The NASCAR Xfinity Series race, Dead on Tools 250 at Martinsville Speedway, can be seen live on NBCSN or heard on the Motor Racing Network beginning at 6:00pm ET on Saturday, October 30.

Spencer Boyd Racing PR

This Halloween Weekend Jeremy Clements Racing will take to the Paperclip with a Zombie inspired hot rod with new sponsor Spartan Waste and co-sponsored with Fox Sports Spartanburg 1400. Also appearing for the first-time as associate sponsors will be RJ Rockers Brewery, Upstate Logistics, Arrowhead Design and Spin N Win. In the Dead On Tools 250 at Martinsville Speedway Saturday, October 30th.

“It’s hard to believe that the season is almost over, but I couldn’t be more excited to unveil this Zombie car from our new partners Spartan Waste! Mark Mullen and Mark Nelson and their team are really jacked up to be sponsoring their first Xfinity race and we can’t wait to get this car on track!” Clements stated. Plus having the great folks from Fox Sports Spartanburg back with us too helping us bring the Zombie Apocalypse to Martinsville on my favorite holiday Halloween!”  Clements said.

Joining Spartan Waste and Fox Sports Spartanburg as associate sponsors will be: Upstate Logistics, RJ Rockers, Arrowhead Design, Spin n Win, Driftless Glen, E3 Spark Plugs, Whitetail Smokeless, Chalew,  ELITE Towing & Recovery LLC Circle Body Shop, Mechanix Wear, Wix Filters, Carolina Driveline, Cometic and ZMAX.

JCR PR

58 Equipment Rental, one of the newer businesses in Halifax County, Virginia, is partnering with South Boston Speedway as the Official Equipment Rental Company of South Boston Speedway.

As the Official Equipment Rental Company of South Boston Speedway 58 Equipment Rental will provide needed equipment to South Boston Speedway for the speedway’s maintenance needs and to assist with event management needs.

“The team at 58 Equipment Rental is excited to partner with South Boston Speedway as their official equipment rental company,” said Ben Hilty, owner of 58 Equipment Rental.

“South Boston Speedway is a great asset to our community,” added Tim VanAernem, manager of equipment rental operations. “Everyone at 58 Equipment Rental is honored to begin our partnership with the speedway heading into its 65th anniversary season. Both South Boston Speedway and 58 Equipment Rental share a passion about this region and its people. That is why it thrills us to partner with the speedway as we grow our new business.”

Incoming South Boston Speedway General Manager Chase Brashears welcomes 58 Equipment Rental as it comes on board to join the South Boston Speedway family of partners.

“We are thrilled to welcome 58 Equipment Rental to the South Boston Speedway family,” Brashears remarked. “We are constantly needing different equipment to assist in maintaining our facility and for use during events. The group at 58 Equipment Rental is filling a much-needed void for our team, and we are very excited to have them on board and joining the South Boston Speedway family.” 

Additional information about 58 Equipment Rental and its services can be found on its Facebook page.

The 2022 season at South Boston Speedway will be a special one as “America’s Hometown Track” will be celebrating its 65th anniversary. A tentative 14-event schedule has been announced for the 2022 season, with the first event of the season set for Saturday, March 19.

Special events on the tentative 2022 season schedule include an event on April 2 for the SMART Modified Tour and the recently announced Sentara Healthcare American Sprint Car Weekend on April 29-30 featuring the first-ever races for 410-winged sprint cars at South Boston Speedway.

The track’s showcase 200-lap Late Model Stock Car race on July 2, the official celebration of the track’s 65th anniversary on August 6, and an event for the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour on October 22 featuring the series’ Late Model Stock Car and new Pro Late Model divisions are also among the special highlight events for the 2022 season.

The tentative 2022 South Boston Speedway schedule can be found on the speedway’s website, www.southbostonspeedway.com.

The latest news and information about South Boston Speedway can be found on the South Boston Speedway website and through the speedway’s social media channels.
 

SBS PR

Street Stock racers coming out to run in Mahoning Valley Speedway’s season finale Fall Brawl just got another good reason as to be part of the spectacular October 30 event.

Thanks to C&B Lawn Care & Landscaping of Kunkletown who kindly are adding $100 to the winner’s share of the 50-lap feature, first place will now pay $1300-to-win.

Located at HTY Rd in Kunkletown, C & B Lawn Care & Landscaping if a full-service lawn and garden company that provides complete amenities in landscaping, stone and hardscaping, spring and fall cleanup, excavating, planting and removal as well as snow and ice removal.

C & B is also part of the Ripkey Racing Team that includes 2021 class champion TJ Gursky along with teammates Mark Martini and Randy Ahner Jr.

C & B is also part of the Fall Brawl Street Stock heat race sponsors which will be awarding $100 to each preliminary winner.

The now $1300-to-win Street Stock feature is one of five divisions that will make up the Fall Brawl. Modifieds racers are running a 125-lap/$3000-to-win event that also pays $1000 for tenth and $400 to start. The Sportsman Modifieds will be racing for $1500-to-win in a 40-lap contest while the Hobby Stocks are preparing to battle in a 40-lap/$500-to-win main. Plus the Rookie/Futures will be racing in a 20-lap affair with $100 per car put up by the track which will then make up the purse.

Plenty of additional perks are in place including the Bonus Bucks Draw that rewards the 2-5 place feature finishers in the Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks with bonus money.

Lap sponsorship is also obtainable to anyone who desires to purchase a lap of their choice.

There will be an open practice for all classes on Friday evening, October 29 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. On Saturday, October 30 pit gates will open at 9:00 pm and breakfast will be available for early arriving crews. Racing action will get underway starting at 2:00 pm

For complete details of the weekend schedule please visit http://www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com/fall-brawl-2021.html

In the event of inclement weather the Fall Brawl schedule of events will move to the following weekend, November 5 and 6 with the same times in place.

MVS PR

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