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After three straight years of near-miss disappointment, Scott Dixon finally closed the deal in the GMR Grand Prix.

Dixon benefited from a well-timed caution period near the midway point of the race and then drove away to dominate the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race Saturday on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, winning by an event-record 19.9469 seconds in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. It marked the first victory in this event for the five-time series champion Dixon, who had finished second in this race for the last three years.

Click Here: GMR Grand Prix Results

“So good to be racing here again at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” Dixon said. “We’ve had so many runner-up spots here on the road course. We got lucky. The strategy, the team just nailed it. We got lucky with that caution. But as soon as we got the balance right, the PNC Bank No. 9 just checked out.”

Dixon stayed perfect in the 2020 season, as he also won the season opener June 6 on the Texas Motor Speedway oval. Saturday’s result was the 48th career INDYCAR victory for Dixon, who is now just four wins behind Mario Andretti for No. 2 on the all-time series list.

Graham Rahal finished second in the No. 15 Fifth Third Bank Honda after making just two pit stops, one fewer than Dixon and the other contenders. Simon Pagenaud rebounded from a tough qualifying session Friday, jumping from a 20th starting spot to finish third in the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet.

Colton Herta finished fourth in the No. 88 Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Honda, while Rinus VeeKay bounced back from a tough debut last month at Texas to become the top-finishing rookie in the race, with a fifth-place result in the No. 21 Sonax Chevrolet.

Dixon earned his first victory at the Racing Capital of the World since he won the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in 2008. He jumped into contention Saturday when rookie Oliver Askew spun exiting Turn 14 and backed into the SAFER Barrier on Lap 36, triggering the only caution period of the 80-lap race. Askew was uninjured in the incident.

When the caution flew, pole sitter Will Power led Team Penske teammate Josef Newgarden by 3.6495 seconds. But Power, Newgarden and other leaders had only made one pit stop, while Dixon made his second pit stop on Lap 33, two laps before the caution.

So, when Power, Newgarden and Jack Harvey dove into the pits for their second stops under caution, that elevated Dixon in the running order. Rahal led on the restart, with Spencer Pigot and Dixon second and third, respectively.

Dixon got around Pigot and then passed Rahal in Turn 1 for the lead on Lap 48. After that, he lost the top spot only when making his third and final pit stop on Lap 55. Dixon took the lead for good on Lap 62 after the leaders cycled through their final stops.

Then Dixon inexorably pulled away from Rahal and the rest of the field in a tour de force, delivering Chip Ganassi Racing its 110th INDYCAR victory. Dixon also became the first driver besides Pagenaud and Power to win this event, as the Team Penske teammates each have three victories in the IMS road course race that made its debut in 2014.

The next NTT INDYCAR SERIES event is a doubleheader next weekend, the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Race 1 is Saturday, July 11 (5 p.m. ET, NBCSN), with Race 2 on Sunday, July 12 (12:30 p.m. NBC).

IndyCar PR

Familiar names paced the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series fields on the three-eighths-mile concrete oval, which saw Kres VanDyke score his third straight Late Model Stock win. The victory was his division-leading fourth of the season.

Kevin Canter in Mod 4 and Tony Dockery in Pure Street stayed undefeated on the season. Kyle Barnes won for the second time in Sportsman, although the fans were more intrigued by the conflict involving Derek Lane and Kirby Gobble behind him.

Kingsport drivers Keith Helton and Craig Phelps each scored a win in twin Pure 4 features.

VanDyke set the fast time in qualifying, his red No. 15 Chevrolet touring the track in 15.060 seconds (89.641 mph). An inversion of the top-six qualifiers, however, meant he had to battle his way to the front.

The Abingdon driver did just that, charging into second by lap 20. He moved early leader Ashton Higgins out of the way and then raced side by side with Wayne Hale for four laps before moving to the front on lap 31.

VanDyke led the rest of the 60-lap feature.

“I was running the high line on Wayne when Ashton moved up into my line so I gave him a little bump-and-run going for the lead,” he said. “Wayne got by me and that made it interesting. It was like chess. It’s pretty hard to play, but once you figure it out, it’s good.”

Hale finished runner-up in the No. 19 Toyota.

The Bluff City driver earlier created a gap between himself and Higgins after a spirited battle for the lead, and Hale didn’t have anything for VanDyke over the second half of the race.

“He could get through the corner better than we could,” he said. “We’ve got to go back and figure out why we were tight in the center of the corner. If we get this tightness out of it, we’ve got a rocketship, too, and we’re going to give him a run for his money.”

Higgins, a North Carolina driver, was third in the No. 9 Chevrolet. The former winner at Kingsport Speedway in the Southeast Super Trucks and Limited Late Model classes is still looking for his first Late Model Stock victory.

“That was a rough race, but it was fun,” Higgins said. “It’s been a long time since I had to race for anything that hard.”

Bryson Dennis in the white No. 15 Chevy made a last-lap pass on Chase Dixon in the No. 07 Chevy to finish fourth.

SPORTSMAN

Barnes passed Gobble for the lead on 19th circuit of the 30-lap race and led the rest of the way.

Lane and Gobble traded paint over the final couple of laps, Lane muscling his way past to take the runner-up spot. Both drivers continued to run into each other’s cars after the race.

“Last week, he ran over my brother and about put him in the wall,” Lane said. “He jumped the nose on me. It’s the white-flag lap and I’m going for it. Every time I get around him, I see him beating and banging on everybody.

“If that’s how he wants to race, that’s how we will race. It’s not a big deal.”

Gobble, who held onto third ahead of Rusty Clendenin, offered his version of what happened.

“I like to rub. I rubbed with the 00 car a little and that’s racing,” Gobble said. “That’s putting a show on for the fans. When you get hit hard enough to knock the tire off the wheel, I don’t know. We ain’t done and the year ain’t over.”

MOD 4

It took three attempts to start the race, which included an opening-lap crash in which Billy Duty’s No. 2 car found the hood on Dennis Arnold’s No. 71 machine.

Once the tumult settled, Canter jumped out front in the No. 3 Ford with the Dale Earnhardt paint scheme.

Canter led all 25 circuits, and Gobble finished behind him in the runner-up spot. Freddie Taylor Jr. posted a third-place finish and Chris Amburgey was fourth.

PURE STREET

Dockery passed Bruce Blessing for the lead on lap 11 of the Pure Street feature and set sail in his orange No. 05 Camaro.

Rob Austin charged past Blessing to finish second. Jay Swecker was the last driver on the scoreboard in fourth.

PURE 4

Helton led all 20 laps to win the first of two Pure 4 features. He held off a tough challenge from Billy Byington, who took second. Kenny Absher finished third and Bucky Smith fourth.

The second race proved to be much more eventful.

Byington passed Helton and Phelps in a three-way battle for the lead on lap 9. Three laps later, contact between Byington and Helton saw track officials park Helton for rough driving and send Byington to the back of the pack.

With those two eliminated, Phelps took over the top spot and drove to his first-ever Pure 4 victory. He held off David Trent, Larry Yeary and Jason Haribans over a couple of late restarts for the win.

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LATE MODEL STOCK CAR - (60 laps)

  1. Kres VanDyke #15
  2. Wayne Hale #19
  3. Ashton Higgins #9
  4. Bryson Dennis #15
  5. Chase Dixon #07
  6. Keith Helton #97
  7. Brad Housewright #88
  8. Allen Hawkins #14
  9. Robbie Henry #11
  10. Anthony Adams #18
  11. Rick Pannell #33
  12. Nik Williams #32
  13. Kyle Barnes #0
  14. Matt Smith #27
  15. Archie Adams #17
  16. Chris Tunnell #57

Did Not Start: Derrick Lancaster #25

SPORTSMAN (30 laps)

  1. Kyle Barnes #00
  2. Derek Lane #28
  3. Kirby Gobble #88
  4. Rusty Clendenin #27
  5. Kevin Wolfe #17
  6. Colby Higgins #99
  7. Alex Miller #37
  8. Chris Tunnell #6
  9. Austin Brooks #9
  10. Jenna Wagner #75
  11. Richard Adkins #73
  12. Kevin Darnell #4
  13. Paul Linkous #16

"HONDOCTOR AUTO CARE" PURE 4 - TWIN #1(20 laps)

  1. Keith Helton #9
  2. Billy Byington #11
  3. Kenny Absher #11
  4. Bucky Smith #99X
  5. William Hale #47
  6. Craig Phelps #00
  7. Jason Haribans #12
  8. David Trent #57
  9. Larry Yeary #42
  10. Lance Pratt #51
  11. Josh Collins #77
  12. Jon Pittman #38D
  13. Josh Trinkle #68
  14. Paul Stanley #40
  15. Kelly Francis #18
  16. Jeff Hess #48
  17. Austin Walters #28
  18. Tony Casteel #4
  19. Ronathan Boggs #26
  20. Steve Skeens #27S
  21. Tony Marshall #31
  22. Bruce Crumbley #33
  23. Joey Amburgey #17
  24. John Ketron #26

"HONDOCTOR AUTO CARE" PURE 4 - TWIN #2 (20 laps)

  1. Craig Phelps #00
  2. David Trent #57
  3. Larry Yeary #42
  4. Billy Byington #11
  5. Jason Haribans #12
  6. William Hale #47
  7. Bucky Smith #99X
  8. Josh Trinkle #68
  9. Josh Collins #77
  10. Lance Pratt #51
  11. Paul Stanley #40
  12. Tony Casteel #4
  13. Kelly Francis #18
  14. Austin Walters #28
  15. Steve Skeens #27S
  16. Ronathan Boggs #26
  17. Jeff Hess #48
  18. Tony Marshall #31
  19. Keith Helton #9
  20. Jon Pittman #38D
  21. Kenny Absher #11
  22. John Ketron #26
  23. Joey Amburgey #17

Did Not Start: Bruce Crumbley #33

MOD 4 (25 laps)

  1. Kevin Canter #3
  2. Kirby Gobble #08
  3. Freddie Taylor Jr. #16
  4. Chris Amburgey #17
  5. Billy Duty #2
  6. Jessie Amburgey #7
  7. Bobby Talbert #67
  8. Dennis Arnold #71

PURE STREET (25 laps)

  1. Tony Dockery #05
  2. Rob Austin #18
  3. Bruce Blessing #10
  4. Jay Swecker #77
  5. Jamie Meadows #11
  6. Penny Hurd #11
  7. Billy Walters #28

Did Not Start: Jeremy Draughn #7

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KPS PR

As one of 30 flagship brands in Tennessee that were selected by Governor Bill Lee’s Economic Recovery Group to participate in the recently announced TN Strong Mask Movement, Bristol Motor Speedway officials announced today that its masks will be available for purchase at all Food City locations in the Tri-Cities region as well as at the NASCAR All-Star Race.

The announcement was made by Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway and Steve Smith, President and CEO of Food City, during a news conference Saturday at Food City’s Volunteer Parkway location in Bristol. During the announcement, the official NASCAR All-Star Race Trophy and NASCAR All-Star Race Pace Car also were unveiled to local media members.

The NASCAR All-Star Race will be held for the first time in NASCAR history at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday night, July 15, starting at 7 p.m. The race will be broadcast on FS1, MRN and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

The CDC recently released new guidelines for public events and gatherings, strongly encouraging wearing masks to lower the risk of exposure and reduce the spread of COVID-19. During Tennessee’s recent reopening of its economy, facial coverings have become an important health accessory for everyone.

“Tennesseans have stepped up to do their part and keep their neighbors safe throughout this health crisis,” said Mark Ezell, Director of the Economic Recovery Group. “The more we can encourage masks and make them fun, the better we can mitigate the spread of the COVID-19. These businesses are the heart and soul of Tennessee, and we’re grateful to them for helping our citizens stay healthy and have a little fun sporting their favorite brands while they’re at it.”

In addition to Bristol Motor Speedway, some of the other Tennessee brands who are partnering in the program include East Tennessee State University, FedEx Express, Graceland, the Memphis Grizzlies, the Nashville Predators, the Tennessee Titans, University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt University.

“We are so appreciative of Governor Lee and Tourism Commissioner Ezell for including Bristol Motor Speedway in the TN Strong Mask Movement,” Caldwell said. “We are proud to partner with our longtime friends at Food City on this important community initiative and hope that all of our fans will show their passion and support for The Last Great Colosseum and the sport of NASCAR by wearing these face coverings. With the public’s cooperation in wearing masks while they are out in public places it will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and in turn fans will be able to continue to enjoy attending live sporting events. In addition, it will allow us to operate our facility in the safest manner possible as fans are permitted to return.”

The Bristol Motor Speedway TN Strong Masks will be available for purchase starting in mid-July. A portion of each mask sold will benefit Speedway Children’s Charities, which assists more than 100 child-based agencies in the Appalachian Highlands region. A wide variety of the TN Strong Masks are available for order by visiting Tennessee Economic Recovery Group website.

“We are proud to partner with Bristol Motor Speedway and make TN Strong Masks available to Food City customers throughout the Tri-Cities region,” Smith said. “It’s vital to wear masks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and we want to do our part to make them available. We’re pleased that the proceeds from the sale of the masks will go toward helping children in our area through the great work conducted by Speedway Children’s Charities.”

The NASCAR All-Star Race is in its 35th season and eligibility includes 2019 or 2020 Cup Series winners; previous All-Star Race winners; or former Cup Series champions. The action gets underway under the lights at BMS on Wednesday, July 15 with the NASCAR All-Star Open, a last-chance qualifier race for those drivers without a starting spot in the NASCAR All-Star Race. The two stage winners and the race winner of the NASCAR All-Star Open will advance into the NASCAR All-Star Race. The winner of the NASCAR All-Star Fan Vote, which is currently ongoing at NASCAR.com, also will earn a starting spot in the NASCAR All-Star Race. The Fan Vote closes at noon on Tuesday, July 14.

Live coverage of the NASCAR All-Star Open and NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway will be provided by FS1, MRN and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio starting at 7 p.m. (ET).

For ticket information, please visit www.bristolmotorspeedway.com/tickets/nascar-all-star-race.    

BMS PR

13 year-old Jade Avedisian of Clovis, CA will compete for $20,000 to win in tonight’s John Hinck Championship at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex in Missouri. Avedisian, the 2020 Sooner 600 Week champion and current National Open Wheel A-Class national points leader, drives the #14J Driven Chassis and has been competing throughout the Midwest in 2020.

Avedisian locked into the feature after finishing third in her A-Main on Friday night, competing against an outstanding 99 car turnout of drivers from across the nation.

In Friday’s competition, Avedisian started her heat race from ninth position but drove forward into fifth by lap six to ultimately finish fifth.

The performance placed her ninth on the starting grid for the 19-car, 12-lap qualifier race. Avedisian immediately moved forward, taking over seventh on lap three. She grabbed the fourth position on lap-11, solidly making her feature as the top-six transferred.

Heading into the second A-Main of the night, Avedisian lined up outside the fifth row for the 20-lap event. Racing against the top Outlaw and Super 600 competition in the country, Avedisian handled herself with veteran poise.

She methodically charged forward on the outside line, advancing into eighth on lap eight. She then quickly moved past one car per lap to run fourth by lap 13. The run to the front peaked with third place on lap 15, where she finished ahead of champion drivers such as Joe B. Miller.

She will start sixth in tonight’s championship feature, hoping to add to an outstanding previous 12 months in her career that has included victories at the Clay Cup, California Speedweek, Tulsa Shootout, and Mark Hagopian Memorial. She drives into tonight’s action looking for her first career Outlaw win and may do so in the highest paying event in the country.

Saturday’s John Hinck Championship sees action get started at 6pm local time with the feature event slated for approximately 11pm local time. Race fans can follow Avedisian’s night live on FastFourMedia.com where Kyler Shaw and his team will be broadcasting the entire night of racing live in Pay Per View.

Jade would like to thank her sponsors CMT, Cindy Texeira & Terrie, Xtreme Products, Driven Performance, Driven Performance Midwest, Hollan Family,  Impact Racing, Garlock Collision, Eric Wright, Sheesh!, Andy and Wanda Legate, 600cc Performance, Jake Hagopian, Lineman Motorsports , Harley Hollan Companies, HBE, Ashley Meyers, Sean Cornell, Advanced Water Systems, Cody Christensen, Cole Christensen, Lake Havasu Boating Community,  and Highline Clothing Co. for their support.

For information on sponsoring Jade Avedisian, contact her parents Kim & Ryan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (559) 313-3982.

Jade Avedisian PR

After knocking on the door of victory lane for the last month, Nolan Pope finally kicked in the door Friday evening at North Carolina’s Tri-County Motor Speedway.
 
In his first trip to the four-tenths-mile asphalt oval, Pope swept a pair of 45-lap late model stock car features aboard his No. 1 Lee Faulk Racing and Development entry for his first victories of the 2020 season.
 
“It feels so awesome to finally get it done,” said Pope, who has finished fourth and third in his last two CARS Late Model Stock Tour events. “We’ve been so close in the last month. I knew we were going to win sooner or later and we finally did it tonight. Not only that, but we swept both races. You can’t get any better than that.”
 
Racing against a stacked field of 22 cars, Pope started the first of the two features from seventh. He wasted little time working his way through the field, easily making his way to the race lead on his way to victory in the first 45-lap race.
 
Following a five-car invert for the second race, Pope again set off in pursuit of victory when the second feature took the green flag. Much like the first race, Pope worked his way to the front of the field to collect his second victory of the evening.
 
“This was my first time at Tri-County and I’m leaving with two trophies,” Pope said. “I can’t thank this Lee Faulk Racing and Development team enough. My crew chief Nick Hughes was awesome and he gave me a great car to drive tonight. This gives us a lot of momentum for the rest of the season.”
 
Pope’s crew chief, Nick Hughes, said Friday’s results were the result of a lot of hard work.
 
“We all worked hard for these victories, at the shop and here at the track,” Hughes said. “Nolan has really been putting in the work behind the wheel, so we knew it was only a matter of time before he won a race. We’re so proud of this young man and I’m proud of the work we put in at the shop to get us here.”
 
MPM PR

For the fourth night in a row, Lincoln Speedway was back at it for racing action at Logan County Fairgrounds. The July 3rd event featured not only racing but fireworks as well and neither disappointed.

The open competition Midgets were on hand for the first time in 2020. Drivers from six different states were represented, with Emerson Axsom of Franklin, IN leading the first six laps. On lap seven, St. Peters, MO driver Sam Johnson moved into the top spot to pace the field in the 20-lap event. The three car battle at the front of the field also included Central Illinois driver, Jake Neuman. The last ten laps of the race went without a caution flag and Johnson raced to the victory.  Axsom, Neuman, Mitchell Davis, and Kyle Simon completed the top five.

The show of the night arguably came in the 20-lap DIRTcar Modified feature event. 22 drivers lined up for the start, as another stellar field was on hand. Brian Diveley, former Big Ten Super Late Model champion, raced into the lead at the start but action was hot and heavy on his heels. By the end of lap two, Ray Bollinger, who had won the previous two features, took over the top spot. Bollinger was followed by Donovan Lodge and Diveley through the early stages of the race before Austin Lynn started his trek to the front. Lynn moved into third shortly before halfway and took over second right at the halfway mark. From that point on, it was a side-by-side battle for the holiday trophy. Bollinger ran the top, while Lynn ran the bottom for the final ten laps of the race, with Bollinger’s momentum keeping him slightly ahead. That is, until the final corner of the final lap when Lynn was able to clear him and come across the stripe as the winner. Following the Mason City, IL driver were Bollinger, Lodge, Brian Lynn, and Diveley.

The Pro Late Model race was another thriller, as 25 were pitside to start the night. 20 cars made it to the feature event with some of the best in DIRTcar Pro Late competition on hand. Dakota Ewing took the early lead, while Brandon Eskew took over on lap two. Eskew led until lap seven when Ewing took the top spot back. Ewing looked to be on his way to victory until a lap 17 caution bunched the field up for a final shootout. Ewing led lap 18 before Eskew got by on the bottomside. Ewing jumped the turn two cushion moments later, ending his chances as Eskew was followed by Jose Parga, Jake Little, Ewing, and Blaze Burwell at the line.

One of the largest DIRTcar Hornet fields in recent memory was on hand as 28 cars were in the pits. The field was narrowed down to 20 after the heats and b-main. A three car breakaway ensued with Erik Vanapeldoorn, Brady Reed, and Dallas Strauch out front. Vanapeldoorn led the points coming into the night but hadn’t claimed a feature victory. That changed, however, as the Clinton, IL driver raced to the checkered just ahead of his two challengers. Reed and Strauch were followed by David Lauritson and Nick Johnson.

The highly exciting race program was followed by an impressive firework display, lighting the night sky.

Racing will continue on Friday night, July 10 at Lincoln Speedway as Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Nutech Seed DII Midgets, and Hornets will be in action. Those who attended the July 3 program are asked to turn their wristbands in on July 10 for $3 off general admission, as a gift for attending back-to-back weeks.

Pit gates will open at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, pill draw will end at 5:50, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00. Grandstand admission will be $15 while kids 11 and under are free.

For more information, visit www.lincolnspeedwayil.com.

 

FEATURE RESULTS (Top 10’s)

 

Open Midgets

(1) 6 +5 Sam Johnson St Peters, MO 72 (2) 1 -1 Emerson Axsom Franklin, IN 15 (3) 3 - Jake Neuman New Berlin, IL 3N (4) 4 - Mitchell Davis Auburn, IL 56D (5) 5 - Kyle Simon Covington, OH 23S (6) 2 -4 Landon Simon Indianapolis, IN 2 (7) 8 +1 Austin O'Dell Rochester, IL 97 (8) 9 +1 Jeff Beasley Urbana, IL 83 (9) 10 +1 John Heitzman San Jose, IL 00 (10) (DNF) 7 -3 Luke Howard Overland Park, KS 2H

 

DIRTcar Modifieds

(1) 4 +3 Austin Lynn Mason City, IL 72A (2) 5 +3 Ray Bollinger Kewanee, IL 77 (3) 6 +3 Donovan Lodge Andover, IL 32L (4) 9 +5 Brian Lynn Mason City, IL 14 (5) 1 -4 Brian Diveley Springfield, IL 11D (6) 2 -4 Brandon Roberts Ashland, IL 35 (7) 10 +3 Derrick Carlson Murrayville, IL 37 (8) 13 +5 Mike Brooks Peoria, IL 3 (9) 16 +7 Dawson Cook Morton, IL 64 (10) 15 +5 Nick Neville Mackinaw, IL 555

 

DIRTcar Pro Late Models

(1) 2 +1 Brandon Eskew Ashland, IL 11E (2) 3 +1 Jose Parga New Berlin, IL 6P (3) 4 +1 Jake Little Springfield, IL 38J (4) 1 -3 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg, IL 25 (5) 6 +1 Blaze Burwell Mt Vernon, IL 44 (6) 9 +3 Ryan Little Springfield, IL 38L (7) 19 +12 Cody Maguire Carlinville, IL 32M (8) 18 +10 Colby Sheppard Williamsville, IL 27 (9) 8 -1 Devin McLean Mt Vernon, IL 33 (10) 5 -5 Roben Huffman Midland City, IL 33H

 

DIRTcar Hornets

(1) 1 - Erik Vanapeldoorn Clinton, IL E77 (2) 4 +2 Brady Reed Decatur, IL 32B (3) 3 - Dallas Strauch East Peoria, IL 24D (4) 12 +8 David Lauritson Normal, IL 15 (5) 6 +1 Nick Johnson Bartonville, IL 30J (6) 8 +2 Jeremy Hancock Peoria, IL 28J (7) 2 -5 Mike Eskew Springfield, IL 21 (8) 5 -3 Devin Burton Mansfield, IL 22D (9) 13 +4 Jimmy Dutlinger Hanna City, IL 28 (10) 11 +1 Billy Mason Brownstown, IL 357

Lincoln Speedway PR

Sam Mayer No. 21 Brogdon Family Foundation Chevrolet

START: 8th

FINISH: 2nd

POINTS: 10th

Notes & Quotes:—

- Sam Mayer qualified eighth for Friday night's Calypso 200. Mayer climbed to sixth in the opening laps and settled in for the first long run of the night, reporting his Brogdon Family Foundation Chevy was tight on the throttle. The first caution of the night came on the Lap 75 race break where the team pitted for two right side tires, fuel, a wedge and track bar adjustment.

- Mayer battled to gain the fourth position in the opening laps of the second run, making slight contact with the No. 17, but was able to continue with minimal damage. The 17-year-old took over the second position when the caution flew just past the halfway mark of the race. Crew chief Mardy Lindley brought Mayer down pit road during the second race break for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. Mayer made a run on the lead late in the race, but was unable to complete the pass and ultimately finished second.

"I had a ton of fun today. We were so close again! I have to keep believing that first ARCA win will come soon. Thanks to Malcolm Brogdon for partnering with us today. We'll keep our heads high and move on to the next one."

GMS Racing PR

Whether considering raw speed or history, it will take quite an effort to beat Will Power on Saturday in the GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

CLICK HERE: GMR Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Power earned the NTT P1 Award for winning the pole for the second NTT INDYCAR SERIES race of the 2020 season, setting the pace at 1 minute, 10.1779 seconds, 125.116 mph in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet on his final lap in the Firestone Fast Six. Qualifying took place in steamy conditions, with air temperatures in the low 90s on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course.

2014 NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Power drove to his 58th career pole, second best all time and just nine behind Mario Andretti’s record of 67. He also led the one practice session earlier in the day at 1:09.9487.

“We left nothing on the table in that lap in the Verizon Chevrolet,” Power said of qualifying. “I knew that (Jack) Harvey had a pretty good time up there, so we put our best set on for the last run, and I just gave it my all. Fortunately, it was enough.”

Not only does Power have pace on his side for the 80-lap race that starts at noon (ET, live on NBC) Saturday, he also has history for support. This was his fourth career pole in seven starts in this event, and he has won all three previous years he started from the pole, in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

Power’s scintillating, last-gasp pole dash was enough to knock a superb lap from Jack Harvey from the top of the charts. Harvey, who finished third in this event last year, ended up qualifying second at 1:10.3653 in the No. 60 AutoNation/Sirius XM Honda.

Colton Herta was third at 1:10.5197 in the No. 88 Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Honda, with Graham Rahal fourth at 1:10.5844 in the No. 15 Fifth Third Bank Honda.

Oliver Askew was the top-qualifying rookie, fifth at 1:10.8404 in the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. Reigning series champion Josef Newgarden rounded out the Firestone Fast Six, not posting a lap time after going off course in Turn 12 during his flying lap in the No. 1 XPEL Team Penske Chevrolet.

Five-time series champion Scott Dixon will start seventh in the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda after just missing a berth in the Firestone Fast Six by 57-thousandths of a second.

Three-time and reigning GMR Grand Prix winner Simon Pagenaud had a tough day, not making it out of the first round of qualifying in the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet. He will start 20th in the 26-car field.

IndyCar PR

Jesse is building upon his hot streak of solid finishes and last weekend brought home his Xfinity career top 10! "I am starting to get a really good feel for these cars. This place is no joke. It's very difficult, and if you would have told me I would get my first top 10 here I would have taken you up on that in a heartbeat," Jesse said after the race Sunday.

Changing directions this weekend, Xfinity heads to famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts the first ever NASCAR race on the IMS road course which is sure to add a lot of excitement to your Independence Day celebration.

This historic triple-header weekend for NASCAR and INDYCAR marks the first time since the return of racing that the filed will have the benefit of a couple practice sessions Friday to be able to set up their cars for the 14 left and right hand turns and to get acquainted with the layout of the course.

"The team and I have some great momentum going on right now," Jesse said. "We've knocked off three consecutive good finishes including our first top 10. This gives me great confidence going to a track this weekend that not only me but no one has ever been to. We're just gonna keep doing what we have been and take care of our equipment and run our own race. This will be my first road course since 2015 so it's certainly going to be important to approach it with the right mindset. "

Jesse is sitting in the 18th position in drivers standings, and only 13 points shy of the 15th spot. The playoff picture is very tight with only 49 points separating the 12th and 18th positions. As a team, JD Motorsports is also in the 18th position and the points battle is equally as close to reach the Top 15 in points.

There are several open races the remainder of the 2020 season where Jesse is looking to connect with additional partners. With the outstanding results last week, Jesse received a lot of TV time and mentions from the announcers. Now is the perfect time to join the team as we look forward to more great finishes and career highlights.

Check out the new hat in the Jesse Little Shop! It's the same one that Jesse was wearing in his post Pocono update. Because of the great feedback which was received from the Skuttle Tight car, check back soon as we will be adding Skuttle Tight Shirts, hats and Hero cards. Purchase anything from the store and Jesse will send you a free signed Skuttle Tight Hero card to sweeten the deal.

Get your questions ready for Jesse and tune in Saturday as he will be talking about the race and answering your questions on the Jesse Little Facebook page. Head over to the page now and give it a like and be notified when Jesse goes live.

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