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On the heels of a strong performance last Thursday night at Richmond (Va.) Raceway in the ToyotaCare 250, Austin Wayne Self and his AM Racing team head to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for another Thursday night showdown in the UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics.

And with the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series set to open their Playoffs in Thunder Valley, Self won’t have an opportunity to go for a championship title, but he does plan to make some noise of his own over the final two months of the season.

“I always look forward to Bristol, because it’s such a cool place to race,” said Self.

“Right now, I think our AM Racing team has some good momentum and even if we don’t have the all the finishes to show for it lately, we’ve had some really fast No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverados and I hope we can continue to showcase that at Bristol.”  

Self, 24, has four previous Truck Series starts at Bristol with back-to-back top-15 finishes in 2018 and 2019 respectively and is determined to up the ante in the UNOH 200 this year.

Hunting for their first top-10 finish of the season, Self says it’s their mission to execute that goal and Bristol is certainly a place where the goal can be accomplished.

“We’re hunting a top-10 finish this week, we want to get ourselves there,” added Self. “I think we can do it.

“The last two years – we’ve had rather good results at Bristol – all things considered. You can’t hide at Bristol. But I feel like I’ve become a better driver there with experience and track time.

“Certainly not having practice or qualifying can be a little of a hindrance, but it is the same boat for everyone, so we just have to take the challenge in stride. Bristol is one of those tracks where momentum and focus are key – while just making sure you have the grip in the truck to be able to capitalize on key passing moments.

“Staying out of trouble too is huge at Bristol. As we get closer and closer to the end of the season, the intensity ramps up and the stakes are high and that sometimes leads to a lot of action and Bristol is known to be a place where the action can hot and heavy.”

Even out of the Playoff picture, it’s still business as usual for the AM Racing team as Self expects the upward performance trend to continue to climb aboard his No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado from now until Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway in November.

“We’re a relatively small team, but sometimes David can beat the Goliath and at times we’ve been able to show that on track with our heart and passion of racing,” added Self. “We have a lot of people, including our partners who are devoted to our race team and focused on seeing our team succeed not only in 2020 but as we start to think ahead to 2021.”

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In 100 NGROTS races, the 2014 ARCA Menards Series Rookie of the Year has two top-fives (second at Daytona 2017, fifth at Michigan 2019) and seven top-10 finishes. The Texan maintains an average finish of 18.6 during his five years of competition.

The Austin, Texas native is nestled 17th in the championship standings with seven races remaining.

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The UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics (200 laps | 106.6 miles) is the 17th of 23 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2020 schedule. The 36-truck field will take the green flag on Thurs. Sept. 17, 2020, shortly after 7:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).

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The competitors in the Nut Up Pro Late Models and 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models will hope seven is a lucky number, as drivers jockey for coveted victories in round #7 of the MAVTV-televised divisions on Saturday night at Madera Speedway. An unpredictable round #6 for the Pro Late Models has changed the championship complexion, while the Jr. Late Models continue to follow Bradley Erickson. The Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros are also on tap for this competitor-only event.

Grandstands remain closed due to COVID-19 industry guidance, but Madera Speedway, Mission Foods, and Nut Up Industries will provide a free live stream. Race fans can tune in to Short Track TV on YouTube at 6pm Pacific for the coverage at
https://youtu.be/LskNr29ySxo 
 
Livermore’s Ryan Philpott, the 2007 Altamont Raceway Park champion and a winner in the Nut Up Pro Late Models in 2016, returned to victory lane after an adventurous final restart in round #6 of the series. Philpott emerged victorious after restarting fifth and avoiding the incident that unfolded in front of him. Philpott will look for a second consecutive win this Saturday with the MAVTV cameras and lights shining brightly on the veteran driver.
 
Buddy Shepherd of Bakersfield enters the 80-lap contest with a 48-point advantage in the championship over Philpott. He leads the series with 249 laps led and three victories. Ross Strmiska suffered a DNF in the last race which has placed him 62 points out of the lead. Blaine Rocha and Napa’s Dylan Zampa round out the top-five in the standings. Shelden Cooper leads a close battle for sixth ahead of 2019 Jr. Late Model champion Joey Iest and 2019 Nut Up Pro Late Model champion Austin Herzog. Glen Cook rounds out the top-ten.
 
The late September showing for the Pro LM has routinely been a deciding factor in the championship picture. In 2019, Zampa was out of the race by lap six to surrender nearly 30 points to eventual champion Herzog. Herzog saw his championship hopes fizzle in 2018 when he finished 15th in a late race scuffle, while eventual 2018 champion Matt Erickson won the race.
 
Phoenix’s Bradley Erickson has enjoyed a strong season in the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models. Erickson won his third event of the season in round six, joined by his fourth fast-time of the year. The fast-time was also a new track record, zipping around the one-third mile in 14.982 seconds. Erickson leads the series for drivers ages 10-16 years-old by 57 markers over round five winner Cole Brown of Ukiah. Jake Bollman of Huntington Beach, Kercie Jung of Bakersfield, and Brody Armtrout of Smartsville round out the top-five. Kabe McClenny leads Colorado’s Cassidy Hinds in the battle for sixth in the standings.
 
Erickson will look to add to his 213 laps led, just shy of the 302 laps that 2019 champion Iest led last year. The 70-lap feature starts with a 40-lap opening segment followed by a 30-lap sprint to the finish.
 
Jeffrey Erickson continues to be the class of the Bandolero competition, winning all six races this year. Bandolero rookies Caden Cordova and Joey Kennealy are just 18 points apart in their battle for second. Rebecca Dubie of Tracy has a nine-point advantage over Harley Kennealy in the Mini Cup division, winning five of the six races so far. The combined race-within-a-race sees the youngest drivers at Madera Speedway battle for 30-laps.
 
Activities get underway on Friday with practice. Pit gates open at 2:00pm with the track open from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
 
On Saturday, pit gates open at 11:30am with practice beginning at 1:30pm. Qualifying will be at 3:00pm with the Mini Cup and Bandolero heat races to follow. Opening ceremonies and live streaming coverage will begin at approx. 4:50pm.
 
For information about Madera Speedway, visit www.RaceMadera.com The 2020 season would not be possible without the support of Nut Up Industries, 51FIFTY LTM, Mission Foods, Race 2B Drug Free, Competition Carburetion, Hoosier Tires, and Sunoco Race Fuel.
 
Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Monday nights at 4:00pm Pacific with new 2020 episodes now airing. Round #3 of the Nut Up Pro Late Model Series airs on September 28th.

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The unimaginable continues as on Monday afternoon, Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian was forced to cancel the September 26th Glenn Howard Classic for the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series.  The cancelation is due to state and county mandates prohibiting fans in the grandstand due to the ongoing COVID crisis.

Sadly, the COVID crisis has wreaked havoc with the much anticipated 25th anniversary season of racing at the famous Riverside County half-mile clay oval.  To date, only the season opening event, Night of Destruction on March 7th, has taken place.  Every other scheduled race slated for the ambitious silver anniversary campaign has been canceled.

“When all of this started in March, the impact it would have on small businesses was unthinkable,” a frustrated Kazarian stated on Monday.  “Especially on Perris Auto Speedway and other small racetracks.”

The PAS is open for private and group practice sessions as well as for television, movie, and commercial shoots.  Anyone who is interested in renting the track for one of those sessions can send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kazarian and his entire staff urge everyone to do all they can to stay safe and healthy.  They look forward to seeing all the fans back at the track as soon as it is possible.

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Kevin Harvick will be part of a wild 500-lap race Saturday night at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

 

The driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) will be one among 40 competitors on the high-banked .533-mile oval. And with this being the final race in the Round of 16 in the NASCAR playoffs, four drivers will not advance to the next round.

 

Thankfully for Harvick, he has already guaranteed his spot in the Round of 12 via his Sept. 6 victory in the playoff opener at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. So while it may be wild around him, he won’t be as worried as those still fighting for a spot to advance in the playoffs.

 

Harvick has two wins, one pole, 12 top-five finishes, 19 top-10s and has led a total of 912 laps in his 39 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Bristol. His average start there is 16.5, his average finish is 13.8 and he has a lap-completion rate of 96.8 percent – 18,901 of the 19,527 laps available.

 

He has competed in 29 NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Bristol with five wins, 15 top-fives and 24 top-10 finishes with two pole positions. He has driven in five NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series events at Bristol and has one win and four top-10s. 

 

If Harvick gets to lap 274 at Bristol, he will pass the late Dale Earnhardt in NASCAR Cup Series laps completed. Harvick is 16th all-time in laps completed with 202,615 after Saturday’s race at Bristol.

He reached 200,000 laps completed on lap 222 of the July 19 race at Texas. Harvick is the leader among active drivers and could pass Earnhardt, who is 15th with 202,888, this week at Bristol.

 

Harvick is having a stellar year as he has led the points since March 8 after the race at Phoenix International Raceway. He has a series-high eight wins, 18 top-five finishes which are the third-most in his career, behind the 23 he had in 2015 and 2018. Harvick also has 23 top-10s, which continues his streak of more than 20 top-10s since the 2013 season. He has also led 1,190 laps, which is the fifth time in the last seven years he has accomplished that feat.

 

While Harvick won’t be part of the wildness this week, he’d love to get victory number nine – and more points.

 

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Hailie Deegan, No. 4 Monster Energy Ford Fusion
 
Hailie Deegan is looking forward to racing her No. 4 Monster Energy Ford Fusion in Thursday's Bush's Beans 200 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. She always enjoys racing at short tracks, and this high-banked concrete oval especially suits her driving style. The laps click off quickly, things happen fast and there is little time to figure out how to make the car handle well.
 
Deegan has three prior starts at Bristol in the former K&N Series East (now ARCA East). Her best finish came last fall driving for DGR-Crosley when she completed all the laps and finished ninth.
 
So far this year in 15 ARCA Menards Series starts, Deegan has earned three top-five, 13 top-10 finishes and led 85 laps. With five races to go in the season, she is still looking for her first win and is currently third in the driver point standings, 49 points out of first place and 47 points out of second.
 
The ARCA Menards Series Bush's Beans 200 from Bristol Motor Speedway will be run on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 9:30 p.m. ET. The race will be broadcast live on FS1. The 200-lap race will have two race breaks on, or near laps 75 and 150.
 
Deegan on Bristol: "Right now my goal is to win a race by the end of the season. My DGR-Crosley team has come a long way, especially on our short-track program. I have more experience on short tracks and I know what I need out of my car. One thing I have had to adjust to is that sometimes you need to go slower to be faster. When I was racing off-road trucks, to go faster you drove harder. Now my spotter (Eric Holmes) is always reminding me to back up my corners and not drive so hard in to get better laps times.
 
"Bristol is a track which awards aggressive drivers, which is why I run well there. It favors my driving style. It's easy to get totally lost on the corners because the laps go so fast. I always have to remind myself the wall is closer off one corner than the other end, which changes things up a little."
 
Taylor Gray, No. 17 Ford Performance Fusion
Taylor Gray will be making his first career start in any series at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on Thursday night in the No. 17 Ford Performance Fusion. Known as the "Last Great Coliseum," even walking down the steep concrete banking can be intimidating for drivers who have raced there many times. For a rookie it can be especially daunting, but 15-year-old Gray is up for the challenge.
 
In 12 ARCA Menards Series starts this season (including East and West starts), he has achieved seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. In the two races where he was not in the top 10, he finished 11th. Gray earned another top-five finish last Saturday at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway after finishing fifth in his fourth start there this year.
 
This race is twice as important for Gray since it not only counts for ARCA Menards Series points, but ARCA East as well. The East race at Bristol was originally scheduled in April, but due to the revised Covid-19 schedule, it is now part of the originally scheduled ARCA race. Gray is 11th in ARCA points, despite only competing in eight of 15 races. He jumped three spots to eighth in the East standings after his top five at Toledo. He has started three of the four races in that series.
 
The ARCA Menards Series Bush's Beans 200 from Bristol Motor Speedway will be run on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 9:30 p.m. ET. The race will be broadcast live on FS1. The 200-lap race will have two race breaks on, or near laps 75 and 150.
 
Gray on Bristol: "Bristol is kind of like Dover's little brother. It's just a really short Dover. It looks like a pretty cool place and I'm pretty excited to race there for the first time on Thursday. My driver coach, Brandon McReynolds, told me one thing to remember at Bristol is do not rush the gas off of turn four. These concrete tracks are also really hard on restarts. I was a perfect example of that in Dover. I completely screwed up in Dover and lit up the tires on the last restart there, which messed up my race. You really have to be on your game on the restarts."
 

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AMA Pro Racing proudly announced today an historic addition to its family of sponsors. As part of a landmark multi-year partnership, Progressive Insurance has been named Title Sponsor and Official Insurance Company of America’s premier motorcycle racing championship, American Flat Track.

“This exciting relationship between Progressive Insurance and the AFT series comes at a time when interest in the sport is growing fast,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “We are very happy to be working with America’s largest motorcycle insurance carrier and bringing their expertise to our fanbase.”

“As the #1 motorcycle insurer in the U.S., Progressive is passionate about motorcycling,” said Eric Doubler, Progressive’s Recreational Vehicle Business Leader. “We’ve been a long-standing supporter of the two-wheel community, with product offerings and sponsorship of motorcycle events, rallies and racing teams spanning over decades. This agreement marks our commitment to the sport during a key period of growth.”

The sponsorship includes a $50,000 year-end points fund, awarded to the top performing riders in the AFT SuperTwins presented by Vance & Hines, AFT Production Twins and AFT Singles divisions.

Next up, the Progressive American Flat Track series takes to the track at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas for the Roof Systems Dallas Half-Mile presented by Law Tigers doubleheader on September 25-26, 2020.

How to Watch Progressive American Flat Track

NBCSN and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold are the official homes for coverage of Progressive American Flat Track. The complete schedule for Progressive AFT on NBCSN can be viewed at http://www.americanflattrack.com/events-nbcsn/. TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold - the most-robust motorsports offering in the digital marketplace - is a cornerstone of Progressive AFT's digital strategy, providing live streaming coverage of every event and maintaining an active archive of all Progressive AFT content. 

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Tanner Gray, No. 15 Ford Performace F-150
 
Tanner Gray has never raced at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series (NGROTS) until this week, but he does have a few races under his firesuit belt at the half-mile oval. Gray has two prior starts in what was the NASCAR K&N East Series (now ARCA East) last year, resulting in two top-10 finishes. He was 10th in the spring race and improved to sixth in the fall race.
 
In 16 Truck Series races this season, Gray has two top-five, five top-10 finishes, has led four laps and sits 14th in the driver point standings. He finished 16th last week at Richmond (Va.) Raceway after using the same pit strategy as a majority of the field, waiting for a late-race caution that never came to take his last set of tires.
 
Although Gray does have experience at Bristol, he will have to make the transition from what it was like driving a car versus a truck. Being a short track, aerodynamics should not be as big of a factor as at other tracks, but he will likely spend the early laps adjusting his line and braking points.
 
The UNOH 200 from Bristol Motor Speedway will be run on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The race will be broadcast live on FS1. The 200-lap race will be broken into three segments with stage-ending cautions on laps 55 and 110.
 
Gray on Bristol: "I'm looking forward to going back to Bristol. I had fun racing there in the K&N race last year. I've spent time watching film of recent Truck Series races at Bristol and talking to my spotter, Kevin Hamlin, about different lines to try. Things happen really fast there, so you have to be on your toes every lap. The only time you get a chance to catch your breath is under caution, and the goal at Bristol is to not be the caution."
 
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Justin Grant remembers going a long way in his first visit to the Terre Haute Action Track in 2010.

In September of 2019, the Ione, Calif. native showed he’s come a long way in another aspect since his humbling introduction to the famed western Indiana half-mile nearly a decade earlier, winning the 20th running of the Jim Hurtubise Classic for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, which at the time was his first Sprint Car win of any kind at the track.

“In my first race here in 2010, I sailed it out of the park in turn one and I smashed a guy’s Buick or Plymouth, or something, whatever it was,” Grant recalled.  “I made it a long way out there too.  Terre Haute had my number for quite a while and it’s taken me nine years to finally get a win here, but we did it, and it feels really good.  At one point, it was probably my worst track on the tour.  To come here and win, it means a lot to me personally.”

Grant, a 2018 Sumar Classic Silver Crown winner at Terre Haute, won again with the USAC Sprints in the series’ most recent trip to Terre Haute in late July of 2020.  Grant had experienced the Hurtubise Classic top-five on just one other occasion prior to 2019, a 4th in 2017.  He enters this Friday’s race aiming to claw his way back into the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title hunt after leading the standings for much of the year.  Grant now sees himself in 5th coming into the week but is still just 79 points back.

The 2019 Jim Hurtubise Classic, however, presented him a topsy-turvy turn of events to begin his night.  Shortly after racing from 5th to 1st to win the first heat race, on his cooldown lap, Grant encountered trouble, without warning, that nearly spelled complete disaster.

“We had a left front radius rod come apart, and you can’t steer,” Grant explained.  “The axle rolls back and falls off the arm.  I lifted off of (turn) two, and halfway down the back stretch, it started squirrelling all around and I thought ‘Whoa, we got a problem here.’  I knew the front end was falling out, and when you get on the brakes, it just folds them up.  I was just trying to coast it to a stop; I got it whoa’d down pretty slow, then it dropped, and the frame rail dug in and it just turned me right into the inside wall.  Luckily, it just front-bumpered into it.  No harm, no foul.  We brought it back, put a bolt in it and we were ready for the feature.”

If the incident would’ve occurred one lap earlier, the outcome and the progression of the night could’ve been disastrously different.  However, on that particular night, in the first ever USAC National event held simultaneously on Friday the 13th and with a full moon hovering overhead, good fortune was on his side.

Other drivers expected to compete in this Friday’s 21st running of the Jim Hurtubise Classic who’ve also experienced good fortune in the event include past winners Chris Windom (2011-16-17), Brady Bacon (2014 & 18), Chase Stockon (2012) and Robert Ballou (2015).

Windom (Canton, Ill.) is second in the series’ point standings entering Friday’s event, just nine points out of the lead.  He’s tied with 1990’s inaugural event winner, Jack Hewitt, as a three-time Hurtubise Classic winner.  With one more, he’d become the all-time winningest driver of the event.  His five career Terre Haute USAC Sprint wins are tied with the namesake of the event, Jim Hurtubise, for sixth all-time.  Windom has procured six top-fives in his Hurtubise Classic career with three wins, plus a 2nd in 2015, a 3rd in 2018 and a 4th in 2019, the same night he also notched the fastest qualifying time.  He was also the victor of a mid-August MSCS Sprint race at Terre Haute.

Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) leads the point standings following his series-leading 5th win of the year last Saturday night at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.  A pursuant of a third USAC National Sprint Car title, Bacon’s Hurtubise Classic prowess shows four more top-ten results in addition to his two victories, a 2nd in 2013, a 7th in both 2016-17 and a 9th in 2015.

Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) has been behind the wheel of some of those spectacular moments at Terre Haute.  He’s been a fast qualifier for the Hurtubise Classic on three occasions in 2010-17-18.  The 2015 USAC National Sprint Car champ has also finished as the runner-up in the event three times in addition to his victory; he was 2nd in 2012-14-18 and also had top-five rides in 2010-11 where he finished 5th.

Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), along with Windom, are the only two drivers to win the Tony Hulman Classic, the Don Smith Classic and the Jim Hurtubise Classic USAC Sprint events at Terre Haute in their careers.  Stockon bagged a Hurtubise victory during late in the 2012 season.  He’s finished inside the top-ten of the Hurtubise Classic in eight consecutive seasons with a 4th in 2016, 5th in 2014, 6th in 2017, 7th twice in 2015 & 19, 8th in 2018 and 9th in 2013.  He was also the fastest qualifier in 2016.

Dave Darland has won nearly every single big event on the USAC calendar in his National Sprint Car Hall of Fame career.  Darland owns the record for most Hurtubise Classic feature starts, appearing in the A-Main lineup 15 times between 1992-2019.  The 1999 series champion has been oh-so-close to a victory in the event on numerous occasions, but has eluded his resume thus far, which includes a pair of USAC Sprint wins at Terre Haute in 1993 and 2014.  He finished runner-up in the “Hurtubise” in both 1998 & 2010, was 3rd in 1997 & 2015, 5th in 2012-13 among his six top-fives.  Darland also possesses a total of 12 top-tens in those 15 starts.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), who has had a resurgent year with victories in both USAC Silver Crown and National Sprint competition, owns three career top-ten finishes at the Hurtubise Classic with a 4th as his best in 2014 along with a 6th in 2018 and 7th in 2010.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) had three solid results last weekend with a trio of top-seven runs in three starts.  He was the runner-up to Grant in the 2019 Hurtubise Classic, which was his best career finish in the event.  He ran 5th in 2018 and was also 6th in 2015 and 10th in 2012.  He was the fastest qualifier for the “Hurtubise” in 2013.

Reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has climbed himself right back into the mix for the series title, trailing by just 40 points now in fourth.  A past Sumar Classic Silver Crown winner at Terre Haute in 2016, Leary has finished inside the top-five of each of the past two Hurtubise Classics, taking 4th in 2018 and 5th in 2019.  His string of top-tens in the event is five years running with an 8th in 2015, and 9th place results in 2016 and 2017.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) aims to make his first Hurtubise Classic start this Friday.  His first career Terre Haute appearance in late July was a successful venture, winning the semi-feature and finishing 7th in the feature.  Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) and Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas), likewise, are both Hurtubise Classic Rookies.  Hernandez won his heat and finished 10th in July’s Hulman Classic at Terre Haute.  Rogers leads the Rookie standings, however, by a 41-point margin entering the weekend’s events.

Meanwhile, Nick Bilbee (Indianapolis, Ind.) earned his best Hurtubise Classic run of 8th in 2019 while Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), 11th in points, is looking for his first top-ten performance in the event after a top-ten run last Saturday at Lincoln Park.

The event honors the late, great Jim Hurtubise, the 1993 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee who achieved what seemed nearly impossible, winning five consecutive USAC National Sprint Car feature events at Terre Haute between 1960 and 1962.

Hurtubise, of North Tonawanda, N.Y., stood the racing world on its ears in 1960 when he flirted with the 150 mph barrier at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  He was that year’s Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year.  National Championship wins for Hurtubise came at Sacramento, Calif., Langhorne, Pa. and Springfield, Ill. (twice), before suffering serious burns in an accident at Milwaukee, Wisc. in 1964.

He was the last driver to wheel a front-engine car at the Indianapolis 500 in 1968.  A spectacular Sprint Car racer, he won 14 USAC features and was also an accomplished stock car veteran.  He won the 1966 Atlanta 500 NASCAR Cup race.

Pits open for Friday’s Jim Hurtubise Classic at 3pm Eastern with grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. The Scott's Custom Colors DIRTcar Modifieds will also be in action.

Adult grandstand tickets are $25 while adult infield tickets are $15.  Kids 11 and under are free when accompanied by a parent.  Pit passes are $30 for members, $35 for non-members. Tickets are available online at www.usactickets.com  or at the gate on raceday.

You can watch Friday Hurtubise Classic LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-1,384, 2-Chris Windom-1,375, 3-Chase Stockon-1,351, 4-C.J. Leary-1,344, 5-Justin Grant-1,305, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,139, 7-Carson Short-1,061, 8-Dave Darland-979, 9-Kyle Cummins-969, 10-Logan Seavey-909. 

PAST JIM HURTUBISE CLASSIC WINNERS: 1990: Jack Hewitt, 1991: Jack Hewitt, 1992: Rusty McClure, 1993: Robbie Stanley, 1994: Tray House, 1995: Jack Hewitt, 1996: Kevin Thomas, 1997: J.J. Yeley, 1998: Tony Elliott, 1999: Tony Jones, 2010: Jon Stanbrough, 2011: Chris Windom, 2012: Chase Stockon, 2013: Jerry Coons, 2014: Brady Bacon, 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Chris Windom, 2017: Chris Windom, 2018: Brady Bacon, 2019: Justin Grant 

JIM HURTUBISE CLASSIC WINS:

  1. (3) Jack Hewitt (1990-91-95) & Chris Windom (2011-16-17)
  2. (2) Brady Bacon (2014-18)
  3. (1) Robert Ballou (2015), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2013), Tony Elliott (1998), Justin Grant (2019), Tray House (1994), Tony Jones (1999), Rusty McClure (1992), Jon Stanbrough (2010), Robbie Stanley (1993), Chase Stockon (2012), Kevin Thomas (1996) & J.J. Yeley (1997)

TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK USAC SPRINT CAR WINS: (164 Points Races & 1 Special Event)

8-Gary Bettenhausen & Jack Hewitt

6-Bubby Jones, Sheldon Kinser & J.J. Yeley

5-Jim Hurtubise, Levi Jones, Jon Stanbrough, Rich Vogler & Chris Windom

4-Bud Kaeding & Roger McCluskey

3-Don Branson, Steve Butler, Pancho Carter, Daron Clayton, Jerry Coons, Jr, Tyler Courtney, Jay Drake, Cary Faas, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Joe Saldana & Chase Stockon

2-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Rollie Beale, Tom Bigelow, Dave Darland, Justin Grant, Cory Kruseman, Johnny Rutherford, Dick Tobias, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Bruce Walkup & Greg Weld

1-Billy Cassella, Steve Chassey, Bryan Clauson, Mel Cornett, Larry Dickson, Ed Elisian, Tony Elliott, Aaron Farney, A.J. Foyt, Richard Griffin, Chuck Gurney, Tommy Hinnershitz, Tray House, Chet Johnson, Tony Jones, Doug Kalitta, Frankie Kerr, Steve Kinser, Eddie Leavitt, Andy Linden, Bobby Marshman, Charlie Masters, Rusty McClure, James McElreath, Jim McElreath, Jim McWithey, Jan Opperman, Terry Pletch, Larry Rice, Eddie Sachs, Sam Sessions, Ron Shuman, George Snider, Robbie Stanley, Brad Sweet, Kevin Thomas & Bobby Unser

Track Enterprises PR

Tickets are now available online for the October 4 and October 18 racing events at the Springfield Mile, in Springfield, IL. The October 4 event features the ARCA Menards Series as well as the DIRTcar Sportsman, while the October 18 event will see the USAC Silver Crown Series in action. Both events will be held on Sunday afternoons.

At this time, the events are scheduled to be general admission grandstands only. Access to the infield has not been permitted by the fairgrounds, but if things change, the tickets on sale will be interchangeable for grandstands or infield.

Capacity will be limited to 20% so tickets are first come first serve. Cost is $25 per ticket for ages 12 and older, while tickets for kids 11 and under are $10. Remaining unsold tickets will be available at the gates on raceday.

Detailed schedule information for each day will be released soon.

To purchase, visit the website at www.trackenterprises.com

Track Enterprises PR

After racing this summer at nearly a dozen tracks where he had not previously competed, Derek Kraus looks forward to finishing out the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season at venues where he has racing experience.

 

The 19-year-old series rookie with McAnally-Hilgemann Racing has raced at six of the seven tracks remaining on the truck series schedule.

 

The series heads to the first of those venues on Thursday at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway, where IncredibleBank will be featured as the primary sponsor on the MHR No. 19 Toyota Tundra.

 

Kraus has raced on the high-banked, half-mile Bristol track twice in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He finished sixth there last year and 24th in 2018. Both were 150-lap races.

 

Other events that will close out the series schedule are at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where Kraus has raced twice in the truck series; Kansas Speedway, where he ran a truck series doubleheader earlier this year; Texas Motor Speedway, where he competed in a truck race in July; Martinsville Speedway, a track where he raced last year while running a handful of truck races; and Phoenix Raceway, where he captured the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship last year and has raced in two truck races.

 

Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama is the only track on tap for the truck series where Kraus has not previously raced.

 

This year, Kraus competed at 11 tracks where he had not previously raced. Ten of those tracks featured events with no practice or qualifying, due to Covid-19 restrictions.

 

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