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Richard Childress Racing at Road America ... Although Road America has been in operation since the 1950's and has challenged some of the world's best racers for over 60 years, the first modern day-era NASCAR Cup Series race at the 4-mile, 14-turn road course was in 2021. Tyler Reddick led the way for RCR with an eighth-place finish in the 62-lap event, with Austin Dillon earning a respectable 11th-place finish.

 

Xfinity Series at Road America … Richard Childress Racing has a successful history in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition at the 4.048-mile Wisconsin road course. The Welcome, N.C.-based team scored three consecutive victories with three different drivers - Brendan Gaughan (2014), Paul Menard (2015) and Michael McDowell (2016). Matt Tifft gave RCR its first pole at Road America when he grabbed the top starting spot in 2018. The team has 12 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in 31 starts at Road America. 

 

Introducing the Carolina Cowboys ... Driven by the same passion for performance that guides his race team, Richard Childress’ latest endeavor brings Professional Bull Riding to the Carolinas. The Carolina Cowboys represent Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in the PBR Team Series, an elite new league featuring the world’s top bull riders competing in games beginning in July 2022. The team is operated by Richard Childress Racing with 2018 Daytona 500 Champion Austin Dillon serving as General Manager. Don't miss the Carolina Cowboys inaugural "Cowboy Days" Home Stand September 9-11 at Wake Forest's Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Tickets are on sale at PBR.com and Ticketmaster.

 

Catch the Action ... The Henry 180 at Road America will be televised live on Saturday, July 2 beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on USA and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90. 

 

Follow Sunday’s Action at Nashville ... The Kwik Trip 250 at Road America will be televised live on Sunday, July 3 beginning at 3 p.m. ET on USA and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90. 

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This Week’s Dow Salutes Veterans Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Road America … Austin Dillon raced in the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series event at Road America in 2021, finishing 11th. He has made two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the track, earning one top-10 finish, and has also competed at Road America in the ARCA Menards Series and in the Trans Am Series.

 

Dow brings a science and engineering crew who is driven by limitless curiosity to the RCR Team … Austin Dillon and the RCR team are again supported by Dow’s materials science expertise and technologies this season. Backed by the power of data analysis and virtual modeling, Dow develops and manufactures high-performance components and materials custom-made for the No. 3 car. Dow and RCR’s partnership has expedited innovation and shortened testing time in the automotive industry by recreating in the lab one of the most extreme environments – the racetrack. After nine years of collaboration, Dow scientists and RCR engineers are continuing to work together to make the No. 3 car faster, safer and more precise. Stay up to date with Dow's exciting developments at www.dow.com/sports and follow us on Twitter @DowSports & @DowNewsroom.

 

By Seeking Together, We Can Solve Anything - Dow Salutes Veterans ... Dow’s solutions are reshaping our world. And at the heart of Dow’s solutions are their people. Their diversity is our strength. They reflect the world in which we do business and the communities in which we live. As a diverse community of approximately 37,000 employees worldwide, together we can solve anything. Nearly 1,900 U.S. Military Veterans will “ride” with Dillon this weekend thanks to a patriotic No. 3 Chevrolet featuring the names of U.S. Military Veterans and active-duty military members. This year’s No. 3 Dow Salutes Veterans Chevrolet features Dow’s commitment to the service and skills that veterans bring to the workforce with a special nod to Dow’s Veterans Resource Group (VETNET) and Military Degree Equivalency (MDE) program, which provides an opportunity for individuals with extensive military background to bring their broad scope of training and education, experience in leadership, and understanding of performing in high pressure situations into a successful career at Dow. 2022 marks the eighth consecutive year that Dow has partnered with RCR to honor U.S. Military veterans. The program began with just over 350 veterans in 2015 to nearly 1900 this year. This year’s program also highlights Dow’s relationship with Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization, and celebrates Dow's 125th anniversary.

 

AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:

What do you think the key to performing well at Road America will be?

“It’s one of those places where you have to have an average lap in order to have a good lap because there are so many chances to overdrive certain turns. You can lose a lot in one corner and gain a lot in another. You just have to put it all together. A little bit of racing the track goes on in these kinds of races. The restarts are going to be aggressive and wild. People will be going everywhere. I do expect some attrition in the race because there are some areas where you can wreck some stuff. Runoffs, grassy areas. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. I’m just looking forward to the challenge. It’s a challenging place.”

 

Do you think of yourself as a good road course racer?

“I’m getting there. I’m better than where I started, for sure. I’ve had some consistent finishes this year and last. I’m more comfortable, and that’s because we’ve been putting the work in by testing, racing in other series and using the simulator. We’ve been solid at road courses but there’s always room for improvement and I’m pumped for the challenge.”

 

You have a very special paint scheme this weekend. Can you tell me about it …

“The Dow Salutes Veterans car has been going on for eight years now. It started out with 350 names on the car, and I think we broke our record. We’re at nearly 1,900. It’s pretty awesome to see all of the veterans on the car from RCR, Dow and Team Rubicon. My buddy Tyler Rader, who used to be the gas man on my team, is on my car now. It’s cool just to see all of the connections to the military that we have across the board. Everyone is getting involved and it’s cool to see the spider web effect of names growing every year.”

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This Week’s 3CHI Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Road America … Tyler Reddick has one NASCAR Cup Series start at Road America, scoring an eighth-place finish in the 2021 event. He has two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the 4.048-mile track, highlighted by a third-place finish in 2019. This weekend, Reddick is also scheduled to compete in the No. 48 Big Machine Racing Chevrolet in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race.

 

Impressive Road Course Stats ... The driver of the 3CHI Chevrolet has made 11 starts on road courses in his Cup Series career and owns five top-10 finishes, highlighted by a second-place effort in 2021 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course. Reddick won his first Cup Series pole position in 2021 at Circuit of the Americas.

 

Happy Fourth of July! ... The No. 8 3CHI Chevrolet will carry a special paint scheme this weekend at Road America to honor America’s birthday. Check out the unveil video by clicking here.

 

3CHI Blazed the Trail for Another Industry First … 3CHI and Richard Childress Racing created another first with their partnership for the 2022 NASCAR season. 3CHI began with roots as a CBD producer and quickly became a pioneer in science-based hemp and cannabis innovation. The company was the first to commercially develop and market Delta 8 THC, and today, 3CHI is an industry leader with unsurpassed product quality and purity as verified by top independent labs and benchmark organizations. 3CHI products are sold in a majority of the United States, and the company produces and markets a variety of gummies, tinctures, lotions, edibles and vape products. All 3CHI products meet federal requirements for full legal compliance, with a commitment to promoting responsible adult use. See 3CHI.com for more information. 

 

TYLER REDDICK QUOTES:

Are you excited for this weekend's road course race?

“I’ve grown very fond of road course racing which was something I didn’t do a lot growing up. The time that I’ve put into getting better at it, I found rather quickly that it has become one of my favorite types of racetracks that we have on the schedule. It’s never a problem to memorize all those corners. Road America is one of my favorite tracks and I’m looking forward to it."

 

If you make a mistake in one corner, does that ruin the lap or can you make it up?

“If you miss one you mess up the whole lap. The mentality of trying to make it up is how you get into trouble. If you miss Turn 1 and try to make it up in Turn 3, you make it even worse and then you might even crash in Turn 5 or Canada Corner if you use that oval mentality of trying to make it up in the next corner. A place like Road America is a narrow, unforgiving racetrack so it doesn’t work there.” 

 

This Week’s Whelen Engineering Chevrolet Camaro SS at Nashville Superspeedway ... Sheldon Creed will make his first NASCAR Xfinity Series career start at Road America this weekend. In total, Creed has made four road course starts in the Xfinity Series. Creed finished 10th at Circuit of the Americas earlier in the year.

 

About Whelen ... Whelen Engineering is a family-owned company with a pioneering spirit and a passion to protect the lives of those who protect and serve others. The company mission is to provide industry-defining safety solutions around the world, while creating a community of problem-solvers who are inspired to push boundaries and continue our legacy of delivering ground-breaking innovation. As a global leader in the emergency warning industry, Whelen has been trusted to perform since 1952, when George Whelen III invented the first rotating aviation beacon. Whelen now encompasses two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Connecticut and New Hampshire with over 750,000 square feet of engineering and manufacturing space and the largest design staff in the industry. Every part of every Whelen product is proudly designed and manufactured in America. We embrace quality as our foundation, we celebrate innovative engineering in every product we produce.

 

Manufactured in America for 70 Years – We Never Left, and We’re Here to Stay … Whelen designs and manufactures reliable and powerful warning lights, white illumination lighting, sirens, controllers, and high-powered warning systems for Automotive and Mass Notification industries worldwide. Whelen products have been proudly designed and manufactured in America since 1952. With quality as the foundation, Whelen celebrates innovative engineering with every product made.

 

SHELDON CREED QUOTES:

You’re making your first Xfinity Series start at Road America this weekend, what are you looking forward to?

“I’m looking forward to Saturday’s race at Road America. I think it’s a really cool track and my team is due for a solid finish after the last few weeks. I was having a really strong run at Portland until an on-track incident took us out of the race so I’m ready to redeem myself on a road course. We’ve been working on the simulator a lot and I’ve been taking a lot of notes to help prepare for this weekend. If you have one bad lap, it can take you out of contention so it’s going to be really important to stay out of trouble, complete your laps and not miss a beat. Practice is pretty quick this weekend for the Xfinity Series so I’m hoping we can get some notes out of that to take to qualifying and the race.”

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This Week’s Bennett Transportation and Logistics Chevrolet Camaro SS at Road America ... Austin Hill will be making his first-ever NASCAR Xfinity Series start at Road America on Saturday. In total, Hill has made five road-course starts in his Xfinity Series career with two top-five finishes. His two top-five finishes came earlier this season at Circuit of the Americas (second) and Portland International Raceway (third). 

 

Patriotism is One of Bennett Transportation and Logistics Core Values … “We love and support our country, pledge our allegiance, and honor the service and sacrifice or our military service members who defend our country and protect our freedom." The patriotic scheme on display this weekend is a hat tip to that core value. During this Independence Day weekend, Bennett is proud to display the tagline "Driven by Freedom" on the No. 21 Chevrolet. It describes the reasons that truck drivers enjoy becoming a part of the company. With an extensive load board full of freight for drivers to choose from, hundreds of agents and dispatchers who they can choose to work with, “No Forced Dispatch” and “Fast Pay,” our drivers say that Bennett gives them the freedom to be as successful as they want to be. Bennett has “Hiring Veterans” as a part of the paint scheme this 4th of July to recognize the many Vets they already employ at Bennett and their desire to bring more Vets into their workforce. The work ethic, training and values of our nation's military Vets make them ideal truck drivers, office personnel and logistics professionals. 

  

About Bennett Family of Companies ... McDonough, Ga.-based Bennett Family of Companies is a woman-owned, Women’s Enterprise Business Council (WBENC) certified, diversified transportation and logistics company. Through its 12 affiliated operating companies, the Bennett Family of Companies delivers integrated transportation and supply chain management solutions worldwide. The company will use race experiences to recruit and retain hundreds of truck drivers for their organization in 2022. For more information, visit www.Drive4Bennett.com.

 

AUSTIN HILL QUOTES:

Are you looking forward to this weekend’s race at Road America?

“I’m pretty excited about road course racing now. It’s got a lot of lefts and a lot of rights and it’s a really long track - four miles. Practice is really short. It feels like we’re going to get about five laps in before we have to qualify. One way I’ve been preparing for since I realized how short practice will be is spending time on the simulator and iRacing. We’ve been so close at road courses this season. We’ve finished second at COTA and then we ran third at Portland. So, we finished on the podium the last two road courses. We’ve got to go get a win. I’m excited and I think we’re going to put on a really good show. We’re bringing a really good and new racecar to the track this weekend and we’re ready to get it done.”

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Shannon Babb won his first DIRTcar Summer Nationals Feature in 1999 at the dawn of his legendary racing career. Fast forward 23 years later, he now stands alone atop the mountain as the winningest driver in Hell Tour history.

 

It couldn’t have been more fitting for the four-time champion, breaking through for his 101st career Summer Nationals Feature win in front of his legion of fans, friends and family at Fayette County Speedway – the same place he won his first-ever Feature as a young up-and-comer.

 

Last year’s celebration of a milestone 100 Summer Nationals wins was sweet, but 101 means even more.

 

“It knocks it out of the park, really,” said Babb, of Moweaqua, IL. “It means a ton also because we’re right here at a favorite racetrack of mine. My wife and my girls are here tonight, my in-laws and everybody was here.”

 

A multi-decade veteran of the sport, Babb recalls the days of battling tooth-and-nail for every spot on the track, every win, and every championship against another on of Dirt Late Model racing’s all-time greats, Billy Moyer. With the win Thursday night, he now surpasses the six-time champ for most wins in tour history.

 

“It blows my mind thinking about all these races,” Babb said. “We might’ve won 101, but there’s probably been 500 of them that we didn’t win that we just got our asses beat at.”

 

To do it, Babb first had to go through Moyer’s son, Billy Moyer Jr., sneaking past the Batesville, AR-native on the bottom as he got caught-up in lapped traffic on Lap 14 of the 50-lap main event.

 

From there, Babb played strong defense the rest of the race, holding off players like Moyer, Tanner English and Brian Shirley through multiple restarts and lapped traffic.

 

“When I got to the lapped cars, the bottom of Turns 1-2 was really good and 3-4 was a little iffy,” Babb said. “You really just don’t know where to go, and I resorted to just staying on the gas, trying to bounce off the cushion and go forward as much as I could. Use the bank a little bit.”

 

His biggest challenge came on the final restart with three-to-go, when English got a great launch out of Turn 4 and nearly pulled even with Babb into Turn 1. But the Moweaqua Missile held strong on the top, ripping the lip around the quarter-mile to stay ahead of English’s Riggs Motorsports #81E and secure the victory.

 

“I thought it was a fantastic race,” Babb said. “Tanner, little Billy [Moyer Jr.] and them guys were all over me. We were just fortunate to get to the front early and be able to hold them off.”

 

English finished second, less than a second behind Babb at the line, while Bobby Pierce completed a remarkable drive from the tail after blowing a tire early to finish third. Trevor Gundaker matched his season-best finish with the Hell Tour in fourth; Moyer Jr. held onto fifth.

 

UP NEXT

 

The Summer Nationals returns to action Friday night at Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, KY, for another $10,000-to-win showdown. If you can’t be at the track, stream it live on DIRTVision.

 

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

 

Feature 50 Laps | 00:23:17.752

1. 18-Shannon Babb[5]; 2. 81E-Tanner English[4]; 3. 32-Bobby Pierce[11]; 4. 11T-Trevor Gundaker[3]; 5. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[2]; 6. 3S-Brian Shirley[7]; 7. 17X-Michael Kloos[10]; 8. 25-Jason Feger[19]; 9. 14G-Joe Godsey[12]; 10. F1-Payton Freeman[6]; 11. 15-Christian Hanger[21]; 12. 26M-Brent McKinnon[9]; 13. T4-Adam Tischauser[14]; 14. 30-Mark Voigt[15]; 15. 16-Rusty Griffaw[13]; 16. 23NZ-Mick Quin[17]; 17. 14R-Jeff Roth[22]; 18. 10-Daryn Klein[1]; 19. 14-Paul Kuper[16]; 20. 4D-Doug Tye[18]; 21. 10J-Jordan Bauer[8]; 22. 15F-Richard Frost[20]

 

HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT: Hoffman Tops Harrison at Fayette County for Ninth Win of Season

 

They met once already this season in DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Feature action, and Thursday night’s clash of Nick Hoffman and Mike Harrison at Fayette County Speedway was another one for the record books.

 

The two multi-time champions won their Heat Races and rolled to the track for the Feature on the front row. At the drop of the green, Hoffman got the jump into the lead and began playing defense against Harrison’s big run on the top.

 

Hoffman stuck mostly to the bottom lane in the 25-lap event, taking heed from the Late Model race before the Modified Feature.

 

“Just watching that Late Model Feature, I judge a lot of what I do off of what those guys end up doing,” Hoffman, of Mooresville, NC, said. “The Late Model race was won on the bottom, so I did the same.”

 

Though Harrison gave it everything the car had on the top, he was unable to catch Hoffman in the end. Hoffman cruised across the stripe for his 66th career Summit Modified victory and ninth of the season in 11 starts.

 

“I was more worried about Kelly Kovski and those Elite [Chassis] guys that could roll around the infield pretty well,” Hoffman said. “Kelly ended up third, Kyle [Steffens] ended up fourth, so it was a good night for us.”

 

UP NEXT

 

The Summit Modifieds return to action Friday night at Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, KY. If you can’t be at the track, stream all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

 

Feature 25 Laps | 00:11:09.356

1. 2-Nick Hoffman[2]; 2. 24H-Mike Harrison[1]; 3. 10K-Kelly Kovski[4]; 4. 8-Kyle Steffens[3]; 5. 87Z-Zeb Moake[9]; 6. 63-Bret Eilerman[11]; 7. 33S-Steve Stevenson[6]; 8. 7-Willie Gammill[7]; 9. 88-Chris Bolyard[10]; 10. 4M-Clint Martin[12]; 11. 26- Anthony Carter[13]; 12. 27-Keith Harre[14]; 13. 71-Rayce Baker[16]; 14. 51-Phil Bible[17]; 15. 36-Kenny Wallace[5]; 16. 0- Damian Kiefer[15]; 17. 21M-Willy Myers[8]

 

DIRTcar Series PR

On Sunday, July 17, David Andrews, center and co-captain for the New England Patriots, will get behind the wheel of the official Toyota Camry TRD pace car as he leads 40 of NASCAR’s best to the green flag for the Ambetter 301 NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS).

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my 30th birthday,” said 29-year-old Andrews whose birthday is July 10, just one week prior to the Ambetter 301. “I’m a big NASCAR fan, but I never dreamed of driving the pace car. Leading the field to green at ‘The Magic Mile’ is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel!”

 

Born in Johns Creek, Ga., six-foot-three-inch Andrews will enter his eighth season with the New England Patriots this year. The two-time Super Bowl champion has been named captain five times (2017-2021) after beginning his pro career as a rookie free agent in 2015. Andrews was the starting center for a top-10 offense in each of his first four seasons and was selected to the New England Patriots 2010s All-Decade Team at center.

 

In 2021, Andrews served as the starting center and was named co-captain for the fifth straight year. He served as the leader of the offensive line at Houston and Dallas as the only regular starter playing both games. Andrews served a major role in the team’s season-high 184 yards rushing versus Cleveland, who entered the game ranked third in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game with 84.8.

 

“I’ve enjoyed watching David lead his teammates to two Super Bowl victories, and now I can’t wait to see him lead the best drivers in the world to the green flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager for New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “We’re proud to put him behind the wheel of the official Toyota Camry TRD pace car and welcome him to ‘The Magic Mile’ on July 17.”

 

Patriots wide receiver and All-Pro punt returner Gunner Olszewski (July 2021), safety Patrick Chung (July 2018), offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (July 2017), offensive tackle Matt Light (September 2016), linebacker Rob Ninkovich (July 2015) and wide receiver Julian Edelman (July 2014) have all served as pace car drivers, making Andrews the seventh member of the New England Patriots to get behind the wheel of the official Toyota Camry TRD pace car for a NCS race at NHMS. Other notable pace car drivers include Boston Bruins forward Chris Wagner (July 2019), Richard Rawlings of Discovery Channel’s “Fast N’ Loud” (September 2017), Dave Matthews Band bassist Stefan Lessard (July 2016), Olympic triathlete Sarah True (September 2015) and Boston Bruins legend Brad Park (September 2014).

 

Tickets:

Fans can log on to NHMS.com for tickets and more information on the weekend’s lineup of action-packed racing. Tickets for Friday Night Dirt Duels Presented by New England Racing Fuel are just $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. Doubleheader Saturday tickets start at just $45 for adults while kids 12 and under are free. Sunday’s Ambetter 301 tickets start at just $59 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under.

 

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Trackhouse Racing owner Justin Marks makes his return to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) competition on Saturday, July 9 behind the wheel of the No. 41 Worldwide Express Chevrolet Silverado for Niece Motorsports in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 150 at Mid-Ohio. 

 “I’m glad I can help support Niece Motorsports and thrilled to be in the Worldwide Express colors. Their Silverados have been fast this year so we are going to Mid-Ohio this weekend with the mindset of not only having fun, but believing we will run well,” said Marks, who led a race-high 43 laps en route to his first career NASCAR victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the 2.4-mile road course on Aug. 13, 2016. “I know how fast Carson Hocevar was at the road course in Sonoma before he had to turn over the truck to Daniel [Suárez]. I expect he’ll be just as good on the road course at Mid-Ohio.” 

 “We continue to look for ways to support and deepen our relationships with Niece Motorsports in the NCWTS and Trackhouse Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS),” said Worldwide Express President Rob Rose. “Both are highly focused on excellence and winning, as we are in our business. This race highlights our ability to work collaboratively to advance the sport together as teams, drivers and major sponsors. Having Justin behind the wheel will be a great event for all of us.” 

 Making his first national series start since September 2018, Marks has 35 NXS, six NASCAR Cup Series and 38 NCWTS starts, the latter of which includes four top-10 finishes and a pair of pole awards (Texas Motor Speedway, 2008; Dover, 2011). 

 “The partnerships Niece Motorsports has formed with Worldwide Express and Trackhouse Racing have allowed us to explore new opportunities this year and we are excited to have Justin in our Worldwide Express Chevrolet at Mid-Ohio,” Niece Motorsports general manager Cody Efaw remarked. “Worldwide Express’ commitment to our race teams and NASCAR as a whole makes this all possible and we look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship.” 

 “Worldwide Express’ investment in our company is not taken lightly and we are fortunate to have a partner who is always looking to expand its presence,” said Niece Motorsports owner Al Niece. “The expansion to a fifth truck this season has brought our company a great deal of success and I am excited to have a fellow team owner in Justin get behind the wheel of one of our Chevrolets.” 

 The O’Reilly Auto Parts 150 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will be broadcast live on FS1 and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 9. 

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The Camping World SRX Series and its cast of auto racing superstars return to Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Saturday, July 9th for a huge night of racing action. SRX will be joined by the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour for the 10th Running of the Rackley Roofing Masters of the Pros 150 Pro Late Model race. 

 

Last year, NASCAR Cup Series Champion Chase Elliott found himself in Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway’s Winner’s Circle. This season, 13 Superstars from various disciplines of auto racing will compete in the SRX race at Nashville. From the NASCAR Cup Series; Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Michael Waltrip, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, and Greg Biffle. From IndyCar; Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, Tony Kanaan, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Paul Tracy, and Marco Andretti. From the short-tracks; Cole Williams. 

 

Williams is a two-time Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Late Model Champion. When he won his second Championship in 2016, he joined the likes of Darrell Waltrip, CooCoo Marlin, Sterling Marlin, Bobby Hamilton, Joe Buford, Chad Chaffin, and Mike Alexander as multi-time Late Model Track Champions at the historic Fairgrounds Speedway. Cole Williams earned his SRX ride by winning a fan vote in the spring.  

 

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*An electric crowd cheered on some of the best in mostorsports last year for the SRX Series and we expect more of the same this year.

 

*Full driver lineup includes Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Michael Waltrip, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, Tony Kanaan, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Paul Tracy, Marco Andretti, and Cole Williams. 

 

*The newly formed Camping World SRX Series is in its second season and is dedicated to bringing back grassroots racing with some of the greatest stars in the sport

 

*A new winner is guaranteed this year for the second visit of the Camping World SRX Series

 

*Local Pro-Late Model Champion Cole Williams will get the opportunity to test his skills against some of the best as he earned his ride into the big show Saturday night

 

*Williams will also compete in the Rackley's Masters of the Pros 150 giving him a chance to make history and win both the Pro Late Model and SRX race in the same night

 

Nashville Fairgrounds PR

Ty Dillon, No. 42 Allegiant Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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- Dillon at Road America: Ty Dillon has competed in one NASCAR Cup Series event at Road America, posting a 26th-place result while driving a limited schedule for Gaunt Brothers Racing one season ago. The 30-year-old has also participated in three NASCAR Xfinity Series races (2014-2016), completing 100% of the laps and earning two top-12 finishes.

Allegiant - Together We Fly™: Allegiant will serve as primary partner on Dillon's Chevrolet Camaro for Sunday's race at Road America. From America's favorite small cities to world-class destinations, Allegiant makes leisure travel affordable and convenient. With low-low fares, nonstop, all-jet service and premier travel partners, Allegiant provides a complete travel experience with great value and without all the hassle.

- Double Duty: To gain additional seat time for the Cup Series race, Dillon will drive the No. 6 Chevrolet for JD Motorsports during Saturday's Xfinity Series race at the Elkhart Lake road course. This will mark Dillon's first Xfinity Series start of 2022.

- Meet Dillon: On Sunday, July 3 at 11:15 a.m. local time, Dillon will be at the Chevrolet display in the Road America Fan Zone. Stop by to meet the No. 42 driver, ask questions, and receive an autograph.

About Allegiant: Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is an integrated travel company with an airline at its heart, focused on connecting customers with the people, places and experiences that matter most. Since 1999, Allegiant Air has linked travelers in small-to-medium cities to world-class vacation destinations with all-nonstop flights and industry-low average fares. Today, Allegiant's fleet serves communities across the nation, with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic roundtrip ticket. For more information, visit us at Allegiant.com.

- From the Drivers Seat: What are your thoughts heading into Road America? Will pulling double duty help you on the Cup side?

 

"At road courses, and especially this track that is over four miles, the more laps you can get to put yourself in a rhythm and get to know the track surface as much as possible is only going to help. And you give yourself the chance to run another race and have a shot at a win. I'm looking forward to the entire weekend. There is something about road course racing and NASCAR that makes me really happy and is a lot of fun for me personally."

What makes Road America a challenge? You ran the Cup Series race last season, so this will be your second year in a row at the track.

"Last year, I was able to run the race with Gaunt Brothers Racing and we didn't even have a crew chief for that race. It was just me and the car chief and we really just put enough together to give ourselves an opportunity. It wasn't a bad finish when you look at some of the cars that we beat. Road America is a challenge. It's a narrow track with a lot of different types of corners. There are three or four heavy braking corners, and then you have three or four flowy corners where you need to be able to use your momentum and be on the right line. It's very important to know where to place your car in the middle of these corners more than it is to being aggressive to getting out of the corners. It's a technique style track even though it's so big, which typically lends itself to being very fast."

 

Erik Jones, No. 43 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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- Jones at Road America: Teams will head to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin this weekend for the Kwik Trip 250 on Sunday, July 3, where Erik Jones will make his second-career Cup Series start at the 4.048-mile road course. Last season for the Cup Series debut at Road America, Jones scored a 19th-place finish. In his lone Xfinity Series race at the track, Jones has a 21st-place finish with five laps led.

- Aim High: The U.S. Air Force will serve as the primary partner for Jones and the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro team for Sunday's race at Road America. The brand-new dark green paint scheme, designed by Tech. Sgt. Andrew Brockman, was inspired by the famous B-29 Superfortress with glass up front and riveted panel design.

- Welcome General Charles Q. Brown, Jr.: This weekend the No. 43 team and Petty GMS will host Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., Chief of Staff of the Air Force, for Sunday’s race at Road America. As Chief, Gen. Brown serves as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipping of 689,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. As member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the general and other service chiefs function as military advisors to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council and the President. Gen. Brown was first commissioned in 1984 and has served a variety of positions and tours throughout his career.

In addition to attending Sunday’s race at Road America, Gen. Brown will take a lap around the track with Jones and take part in a DEP Enlistment Ceremony at the Pre-Race Stage prior to the start of Sunday’s event.

- USAF Sighting: Jones will be at the U.S. Air Force display on Sunday, July 2, 11:20 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. CT. Stop by to get an autograph and meet Jones before the start of Sunday’s race.

- Points Racing: With nine races left before the 2022 Cup Series playoffs start, Jones remains 16th in the point standings with one top-five, five top-10 and nine top-15 finishes.

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- From the Driver’s Seat: Talk about Road America and the challenges of the track.

“Road America is a tough track. The ‘kinks’ are the most high speed, on edge part of the race track that we go through, so you can gain and lose a lot of time there which makes it tougher than most. It’s a place where you feel like you are in a good place and then all of sudden you are sliding through the grass. I’ve done it before, I think we all have, but I don’t want to do it again.”

 

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Macon Speedway is ready to go for Saturday night’s 95Q/Dynagraphics Firecracker 40’s presented by Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Six divisions will race with special 40 lap races for the Decatur Building Trades Big 10 Pro Late Models and BillingsleyRewards.com Big 10 Modified. A fireworks display will light up the sky toward the end of the night.

Headlining the event will be a 40-lap feature event for the TOPLESS BillingsleyRewards.com Big 10 Modifieds. The class will be running for Macon, Big 10, and national points all while running without the roof of the cars in the annual topless event. The race will pay $800 to win and $125 to start. Macon Speedway and Big 10-point leader, Rodney Standerfer, of Sullivan, IL, leads the field of Mods into town. Austin Lynn, Guy Taylor, Alan Crowder, Jarrett Stryker, and Tim Luttrell are others to watch as they fend off a hungry field of challengers.

The Decatur Building Trades Big 10 Pro Late Models are also ready for a 40-lap event paying $800 to win and $125 to start. Much like the Modifieds, one driver leads the Macon and Big Ten standings. That driver is Warrensburg, IL’s Dakota Ewing. Ewing has claimed Big 10 wins at Lincoln and Macon and will be looking for his third Saturday. Jose Parga, Blaise Baker, Rockett Bennett, Colby Eller, Dalton Ewing, and Ryan Miller are others fighting for top spots.

The DIRTcar Pro Mod class has veteran Guy Taylor, of Springfield, IL, at the top of the standings. Taylor has won four of the seven features, while Kevin Crowder sits second in points. Zach Taylor, Maxx Emerson, and Matt Milner round out the top five in points, entering Saturday’s event.

The point battle in the 51 Bistro Street Stock division is extremely close, much like last week’s exciting finish in the feature race. Terry Reed leads the standings over Bobby Beiler by just two points. Beiler finished second last week by mere inches as he made a great run on the inside lane challenging Nick Macklin for the win. Another exciting finish might be in store for Saturday’s action. Saturday’s race will be the final tuneup for the Street Stocks before next Saturday’s Bruce Dulgar Classic.

Jeremy Reed leads the points in the DIRTcar Hornet division by 30 over Tristin Quinlan. Reed has won three of the eight features this season but has had a bad luck streak as of late. Following the pair are Billy Mason, Taryn Page, and Brady Reed.

Rounding out this Saturday’s racing will be the Micros by Bailey Chassis. A lot of familiar young drivers are at the top of the standings with Aarik Andruskevitch, John Barnard, Hayden Harvey, Daryn Stark, and Collin Shain among them. The five teenage drivers have been strong all season.

At or toward the end of the racing program, a firework display will be held to celebrate the Independence Day holiday.

Pit gates open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will take the green at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00 PM. Grandstand admission is $18, while kids 11 and under are free.

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AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Gold Fish Casino Slots Camaro ZL1

  • AJ Allmendinger has earned one top 10 and has an average finish of 23.1 across eight starts in the 2022 season
  • Allmendinger has one start at Road America in the NCS

 

“Road America has always been one of my favorite tracks. It’s challenging and unique, because there’s not a lot of tracks like it with the high speeds on the straightaways and heavy brake zones. There’s a ton of passing areas but also a lot of places for mistakes. It’s one of the few true road courses in the country. We’ve had speed at the road courses this year in both series, and winning in Xfinity series gives us confidence. We’ve been working hard to make our cars faster in both series. We just need to execute this weekend, which is extremely important at Road America."

 

- AJ Allmendinger on Road America

 

Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Camaro ZL1

 

  • Justin Haley has made one start at Road America in the NCS
  • He has earned one top five and eight top-15 finishes in 2022
  • Haley’s third-place finish at Darlington was Kaulig Racing’ first top-five not at a superspeedway or road course
  • Haley has led 20 laps in the 2022 season

 

“I love Road America. I’m excited to go to a place that I've had success at and ran well at in many series. I have some sports-car experience there, as well as success with Kaulig Racing in the Xfinity Series. We have had some great runs at the road courses so far this year, so I know it’s a place we have a chance to do really well at."

 

- Justin Haley on Road America

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  • Kaulig Racing has earned two wins, 11 top five and 26 top-10 finishes in the 2022 NXS season
  • The team has led 244 laps in the 2022 NXS season so far
  • Allmendinger: 196 laps            
  • Hemric: 48 laps
 

Landon Cassill, No. 10 Voyager Chevrolet

  • Landon Cassill has an average finish of 14.3 in 2022 in the NXS
  • Cassill has an average finish of 24.7 across three starts at Road America

 

"We’ve been so close to great success at both road courses this year in our No. 10 Voyager Chevy, and I’ve been working very hard on all of them to get better. All of us at Kaulig Racing are continuing to push into these road courses with a ton of optimism, so I’m looking forward to this weekend."

 

 

- Landon Cassill on Road America

 

Daniel Hemric, No. 11 AG1 Chevrolet

  • Daniel Hemric has an average finish of 15.0 in 2022 in the NXS
  • Hemric has earned two top-five finishes, has an average finish of 13.8 and has led 20 laps at road America across four starts

 

"I’m looking forward to road America. This is a place, like other road courses, our team has circled on our calendars. We haven’t had the raw, outright speed we need lately to contend. My teammate, AJ Allmendinger, has done a lot for Kaulig Racing’s road-course program. Hopefully Road America is one of those tracks where we can put ourselves into position to capitalize on our strengths."

 

- Daniel Hemric on Road America

 

 

AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet

 

  • AJ Allmendinger has a win in four-consecutive NXS seasons
  • Allmendinger has earned multiple wins in three-consecutive NXS seasons
  • Allmendinger has an average finish of 6.5, the best of any full-time NXS driver, in 2022
  • Allmendinger has 13 top-10 finishes, the most of any full-time NXS driver
  • Allmendinger has three top-five finishes at Road America and has an average finish of 7.8 across four starts at Road America
  • He has 60 laps led at Road America 

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Daniel Dye Racing and Mission Valley Super Oval are excited to announce that Daniel will compete in the Montana 200 on Saturday, July 16. NASCAR legend Mark Martin will serve as crew chief for Dye's No. 43 super late model, in a car owned by defending ARCA Menards Series West Champion crew chief Travis Sharpe.

"It's pretty special to have the chance to learn from and work with one of the greatest drivers of all time in NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin. I know Travis Sharpe will bring us a fast car, and Mark will keep us dialed in," commented Daniel Dye. "Mission Valley Super Oval is a track I had not seen until now but it looks like a really fun place to race, and I can't wait to get there."

The 31st Annual Montana 200 pays $10,000 to the winner and will attract some of short tracks biggest names. Mission Valley Super Oval is located in Polson, Montana, and is 3/8-mile in length.

"I'm really excited about teaming up with Daniel Dye and Travis Sharpe for the Montana 200," said 40-time NASCAR Cup winner Mark Martin. "I've had my eye on Daniel for a while, and believe we can be a contender for this prestigious event."

Race fans can enjoy two days of race action, including qualifying heats and support division features on Friday, with the Montana 200 on Saturday night. Teams will also practice on Thursday.

"I had no plans to do any ARCA races this year, but when Bill McAnnally called and asked me to work with Daniel at Portland, it was an easy yes," stated car owner Travis Sharpe. "I knew I had to work with Daniel again after how well we ran at Portland, so the fact that the stars lined up for us to do the biggest race of the year at my home track was just awesome. And we're all excited to have Mark Martin work with us for the Montana 200."

Tickets are available for purchase through the speedway website. Racing America will broadcast the event live for those that cannot attend in person.

"We're excited about Daniel Dye coming and competing in the Montana 200 at Mission Valley Super Oval," said track owner Tony Undem. "We've been working hard to get this historic event back to the prestige that it once was. This year's event has over 30 entries, and having drivers from across the nation at the caliber of Daniel competing against some of our great talent in the Northwest makes this a must-see event. Now that we're adding in to have one of the biggest names in racing, Mark Martin, as his crew chief, brings this to a whole new level."

Fans can learn more about Daniel Dye and keep up with his pursuit of the 2022 ARCA Menards Series title by following Daniel Dye Racing on Facebook, and @danieldye43 on Twitter and Instagram.

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The DIRTcar Summer National stars are set for their annual appearance at Lincoln Speedway this coming Sunday, July 3. The ¼-mile track, located at the Logan County Fairgrounds in Lincoln, IL, will play host to Super Late Models, Modifieds, and 305 Sprint Cars at the holiday weekend special.

Oakwood, IL driver, Bobby Pierce, leads the Summer National championship standings during the third week of action. Pierce, who has Lincoln Summer National wins in 2013 and 2018, has claimed three wins on the tour this season. Chatham, IL driver, Brian Shirley, who has won three Summer National races at Lincoln Speedway, is second in this year’s standings, trailing Pierce by 72. Shirley has found victory lane twice this season. Jason Feger, Ryan Unzicker, and May 12th Lincoln winner Dennis Erb, Jr. round out the top five in points as of Thursday, June 30.

The Summit Modified Nationals standings have a familiar face on top, as Mooresville, NC driver Nick Hoffman leads. Hoffman has been very dominant over the last couple of years, winning at a high percentage. This year, he started with the first seven wins before having issues to fall short the next two races. He did get back into victory lane at the Tuesday night race. Kyle Steffens, Kenny Wallace, Tyler Nicely, and Chase Allen complete the tour standings.

The Modifieds will be also racing for Lincoln Speedway local division points, where former champion Brandon Roberts holds onto the lead by 24 over last year’s champion, Ray Bollinger. Jared Thomas, Tim Luttrell, and Kenny Wallace round out the top five. The Modified racing at the track has been highly entertaining once again this year.

The 305 Sprints will round out Sunday evening’s card, racing for the second of two times this season. During the early season event, Emden, IL’s Ben Wagoner won the race with Robbie Standridge, Wayne Warner, Joe Jiannoni, and Jeff Wilke completing the top five.

Pit gates will open Sunday at 3:00, with grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing at 7:00 PM. Grandstand admission will be $30, while kids 11 and under are $5. An all-access pit pass is available for $40 which will give access to pits and stands.

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