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Matt DiBenedetto and the Wood Brothers team are headed to Michigan International Speedway with a black No. 21 Mustang adorned with a paint scheme honoring Ford’s auto technicians.

The NewFordTech.com paint scheme will be used in both ends of a double-header that kicks off Saturday afternoon and concludes Sunday afternoon.

The No. 21 Mustang has been used to honor technicians in the past at Michigan, but this year’s theme carries an extra significance given the efforts the company’s technicians have put in during the ongoing pandemic.

Demand for vehicle work has remained strong in the months since COVID-19 has swept across the country, which only emphasizes the deficit of automotive technicians needed vs. how many are in the field. Those interested in starting a new career in this field can go to NewFordTech.com, where Ford will help guide visitors find a starting point that matches their needs.  

High school students interested in becoming Ford or Lincoln automotive technicians have opportunities to continue their education at over 75 post-secondary training locations throughout the country, including the Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) program and Ford Accelerated Credentials Training (FACT) program.
  
NASCAR and its race teams also have had to adjust to pandemic times, thus the double-header at Michigan, which is part of a schedule shuffle intended to get all of the 36 scheduled Cup Series races run this season.

DiBenedetto said he’s looking forward to driving the black No. 21 NewFordTech.com Mustang in the twin 312-mile races, which will be the second time this season that the Cup Series has run back-to-back races at the same track. The first was at Pocono Raceway on June 27-28.

“I like the double-headers,” he said. “Pocono was pretty fun. You learn a lot the first day that you can apply to the second.”
 
It’s more fun for DiBenedetto because the No. 21 Mustang has been fast in recent weeks.
 
“I’m looking forward to continuing to have fast cars,” he said. “Michigan requires a different style of racing. You’re in the throttle a lot, almost wide open all the way around the track.”
  
One aspect that isn’t different, he said, is the importance of track position and of making the most of the opportunities presented by restarts, an area in which he and his spotter Doug Campbell have excelled this year.

“Restarts are really important,” DiBenedetto said. “If you get stuck in the wrong lane on a restart you can lose eight spots.
 
DiBenedetto said races at Michigan take on an added importance for him and the Wood Brothers because of the team’s decades-long association with Ford.

“It’s a really special race for us,” he said. “The Wood Brothers have always had a close relationship with Ford.”
 
DiBenedetto said he’s confident the weekend will be a good one for him, his team and his sponsor.
 
“There are lot of good things to look forward to,” he said. “I feel like we’re really hitting our stride.”
 
Saturday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 is set to get the green flag just after 4 p.m. Eastern Time, and Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 is set for a 4:30 p.m. start. Both races will be televised on NBCSN. 

WBR PR

Wood Brothers Racing and driver Matt DiBenedetto will say “thank you” to Ford’s auto technicians with a special paint scheme for the NASCAR Cup double-header this weekend at Michigan International Raceway.

Auto technicians have been more important than ever to Ford and Ford Service Engineering Operations (Ford SEO), who designed the scheme to recognize the efforts its technicians have put forth during this unprecedented time.

“Our auto technicians are the backbone of our service sector and they are doing a fantastic job in this ever-changing landscape of COVID-19,” said Jasmine Pendleton, Ford Customer Service Division Marketing Manager. “Technicians keep our Ford vehicles on the road, and we want to show we appreciate their efforts.”

It’s an important message as even in the face of unprecedented demand, there is a deficit in the number of people seeking jobs in the auto technician field.

“Auto technicians are more important than ever,” said Elizabeth Tarquinto, Technical Support Operations, Sales and Marketing Manager. “With so many people out of work, it’s the perfect time to let job seekers know that there are good jobs available now at Ford & Lincoln dealerships and Quick Lanes. To those looking for a career, we tell them we can meet you where you are. We have training programs for all skill levels.”

Those interested in starting a new career in this field can go to NewFordTech.com, where Ford will help guide visitors find a starting point that matches their needs. Adults looking to pursue this as a new career path are urged to contact their local Ford or Lincoln dealership to learn about current openings.

High school students interested in becoming Ford, Lincoln or Quick Lane automotive technicians have opportunities to continue their education at over 75 post-secondary training locations throughout the country, including the Ford  Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) program and Ford Accelerated Credentials Training (FACT) program. 

Information on the comprehensive programs Ford offers can be found at NewFordTech.com.

DiBenedetto, the Wood Brothers and the No. 21 NewFordTech.com Ford Mustang team compete in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at 4 p.m. ET Saturday and the Consumers Energy 400 at 4:30 p.m. ET Sunday. Both air on NBCSN.

Ford Performance PR

NASCAR today announced two competition procedure changes that it will implement ahead of the Playoffs in all three national series.

Starting with this weekend’s races at Michigan International Speedway, NASCAR will incorporate the ‘choose rule’ into the restart procedure for all national series races except those held on road courses and superspeedways (Daytona and Talladega). The rule made its NASCAR national series debut during the NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway last month. As drivers approach a designated spot on the track, they must commit to the inside or outside lane for the restart. The rule will add strategy and is especially important on those tracks that have a distinctly dominant lane on restarts; the drivers will have their choice of track position or the preferred lane as the race returns to green flag conditions.

In addition, beginning with the Daytona Road Course event, NASCAR will now use three competition-based performance metrics to determine the starting lineup – including the Busch Pole Award in the NASCAR Cup Series and the Cometic Gaskets Pole Award in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series – and pit selection order for each race, replacing the random draw procedure that has been in place for a majority of races since NASCAR’s return to racing at Darlington Raceway in May.

NASCAR will reward both season-long and single-race performance to determine the lineup and pit selection, using owner points position and the finish and fastest lap from the most recently completed race.

The metrics will be weighted and averaged to establish the starting order. Points position will be weighted at 35%; finishing position at 50%; fastest race lap at 15%.

When the Playoffs begin, Playoff cars will fill the top starting positions. For instance, in the Round of 16, the top 16 starting positions will be Playoff cars; in the Round of 12, the top 12 starting positions will be Playoff cars; and so on.

“Considering feedback from teams, drivers and fans, NASCAR has implemented these changes to enhance competition as we approach the Playoffs,” said Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition. “We received nothing but positive comments from the drivers on the choose rule following the All-Star Race, and felt it was an important addition to the restart procedure. The random draw has served us well during the return to racing, but it is important that starting lineups are based on performance as we approach the Playoffs. The entire industry is aligned on implementing a competition-based system to determine the starting lineup and pit selection order.”

NASCAR PR

After back-to-back races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Brainerd International Raceway earlier this month,  the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli drivers spent a weekend off before returning to race action for the double-header Trans Am weekend at Road America. (2019 Highlights)

Racing as part of the NASCAR Xfinity event, Trans Am will showcase two 25-lap (100-mile) contests on Saturday. The first will feature the Trans Am, Xtreme GT, SuperGT and GT classes, followed by the Muscle Car Challenge featuring the TA2® powered by AEM class. (Watch Live)

With a stable Trans Am rules package that delivers close racing, powerful machines that skip the driver aids and put the racing in the drivers hands, and a schedule that includes some of the most iconic race tracks on the continent, the TA2® powered by AEM class has become a popular choice for up-and-coming NASCAR talent. 


In effort to accelerate his racing career, reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion Sam Mayer debuted in Trans Am last season under the TeamSLR banner in select races. In the very competitive TA2® field, Mayer held his own against seasoned veterans and multi-class champions.

Fielding the No. 96 M1 Racecars Chevrolet Camaro, Mayer rejoins the TeamSLR crew running beside teammate Scott Lagasse Jr. TeamSLR, in partnership with Fields Racing, provides a competitive opportunity for drivers like Mayer to hone their road racing skills in top equipment combined with  proven road racing driving techniques in preparation to compete with the best in NASCAR.  With years of experience in NASCAR and Trans Am, Lagasse Jr. serves as the perfect mentor for the 17-year-old Mayer. 

“I am lucky to have the opportunity to race with Scott Lagasse and TeamSLR,” said Mayer. “Scott has taught me a lot about braking and the minute things that add up to make a better lap. The TA2® cars are a similar drive on road courses to the ARCA cars, and getting this extra seat time with a driver like Scott is invaluable.”

As a Wisconsin native, Mayer considers Road America his home track, even though he’s never competed on the legendary circuit. Pressed up against the fence line watching his dad, Scott Mayer, wheel laps around the legendary circuit, Mayer has several fond memories there, including his dad’s Grand-Am Rolex Series win in 2013. 

“The first time I ever watched my dad live was at Road America and he won (Grand-Am 2013),” Mayer recalled. “Road America is my dad’s favorite track. He told me to not underestimate The Kink.”

Another force driving young talent to TA2® is Mike Cope Race Cars. This season Mike Cope Race Cars partnered with championship-winning NASCAR team Joe Gibbs Racing. The Florida-based team will once again field a stable of cars filled with up-and-coming NASCAR stars including Ty Gibbs, Riley Herbst and Harrison Burton. 

Combining the prowess of a purpose-built racing platform, relevant manufacturer power plants and a rules package that focuses on excellent cost containment, the TA2® class represents an outstanding value platform in racing. With engines capable of lasting an entire season and cost control measures that allow drivers to fully focus on racing, not the financing of it, while showcasing their talents and skill.

“We firmly believe that the TA2® powered by AEM class is not only a tremendous value for the competitors, but it is also an outstanding platform from the competition side,” said Trans Am President John Clagett. “We’ve attracted a lot of different kinds of racers to this class, and it is a testament to the structure of the class that some of the next guard of NASCAR racers are coming here as part of their development.”

The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli field will participate in a test day on Thursday. Friday kicks off with a pair practice sessions in the morning, followed by split back-to-back qualifying sessions in the afternoon. 
 
The weekend ends with the TA/XGT/SGT/GT 100-mile feature starting at 8:00 a.m. Central, followed by TA2® powered by AEM Muscle Car Challenge starting at 2:15 p.m. Central. 

An exclusive opportunity for fans with the Trans Am by Pirelli Racing App will be available for the Road America weekend. Fans with the app will be able to choose from five different on-board cameras to watch the race from a driver’s perspective. (Download here)

For live timing and scoring, event photos and post-race recap videos visit GoTransAm.com. For live race updates follow @GoTransAm on Twitter.

NASCAR Driver

Trans Am Class Year

Ty Dillon

2014

Justin Haley

2015, 2016, 2018, 2019

Scott Heckert

2015, 2018

Joey McColm

2015

Matt Tifft

2017, 2018

Sheldon Creed

2017

Josh Bilicki

2017

Chase Briscoe

2018

Tyler Reddick

2018

Christopher Bell

2018, 2019

Ty Majeski

2018

Lawless Alan

2018, 2019

Brandon Jones

2018

Sam Mayer

2019, 2020

Derek Kraus

2019 West

Ty Gibbs

2019, 2020

Riley Herbst

2019, 2020

Harrison Burton 2020

Trans Am PR

In light of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s decision to conduct all 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge track activity without fans, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum will be closed on all “500” track activity days.
 
The days the IMS Museum will be closed are: Aug. 12-16 (practice and Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying days); and Aug. 21-23 (Miller Lite Carb Day, Legends Day presented by Firestone, and “500” Race Day, respectively). This includes the Museum’s corporate offices.
 
The Museum will welcome visitors during its normal hours, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET), on all other days, and “Kiss the Bricks” track tours will be available from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The Museum’s popular and in-depth Golf Cart Tours will not be available beginning Aug. 10 and will resume Aug. 26.
 
Two featured exhibits are on display at the IMS Museum: “Granatelli: Larger Than Life presented by O’Donovan & McCardel Wealth Management by Raymond James,” which opened Aug. 1 and runs through June 20, and “From the Vault presented by Bank of America,” which runs through March 21.
 
The IMS Museum is a public, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in the infield of the world-famous 2.5-mile IMS oval, requiring its closure in order to comply with the decision to not allow fans at IMS for the 2020 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
 
Like most museums and arts organizations, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted revenue and finances for the IMS Museum. Donations are always welcomed; the generosity of our members, corporate sponsors, visitors and donors make it possible for Museum staff to preserve and share the 111-year  history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its events, plus Indiana’s rich automotive heritage. At this time, your support is appreciated more than ever. To learn more about the many ways you can show your support – including memberships and our popular “Adopt-a-Car” program – please click here.
 
IMS PR
NASCAR racing in the fall at Texas Motor Speedway has become synonymous with exciting high-stakes playoffs competition, a tradition that increases two-fold October 25 when a single ticket will allow access to both the NASCAR Cup Series Texas 500 and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series SpeedyCash.com 400.
 
The doubleheader Sunday begins at 11 a.m. CT with the SpeedyCash.com 400 (FS1 and the Performance Racing Network), the fifth of seven races in the 2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series playoffs. It gives way to the weekend's final event, the Texas 500 (2:30 p.m. CT on NBCSN and PRN), which also stands to be the final act in Jimmie Johnson's record-setting career in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in No Limits, Texas. The seven-time Cup Series champion is a seven-time winner at TMS.
 
Meanwhile, Kevin Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team will attempt to accomplish a feat only Johnson has at Texas by winning the Texas 500 four consecutive times. Johnson did it from 2012-15. The Texas 500 is the middle race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs Round of 8. Gates open at 10:00 a.m.
 
The O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 (Saturday, Oct. 24 at 3:30 p.m. CT on NBCSN and PRN), the fifth of seven races of the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs, will be run as a non-spectator event. All three series will compete without practice or qualifying sessions and the starting lineups will be created by a draw system.
 
"We're honored to be able to provide our race fans with two NASCAR playoff races for just one ticket price," said Eddie Gossage, President and General Manager of Texas Motor Speedway. "Texas Motor Speedway is always a critical stop on the NASCAR playoffs schedule because a win here punches a team's ticket into the championship race just two weeks later. The Texas 500/SpeedyCash.com 400 doubleheader gives us a great opportunity to show our appreciation to our dedicated race fans as well as our commitment to again providing them with a safe environment to enjoy a great day of racing."
 
The July 19 NASCAR Cup Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway was the first major league sporting event in Texas open to spectators since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Texas Motor Speedway will continue its COVID-19 pandemic protocols, including: mobile ticketing; social distancing in the grandstands and concession lines; enhanced cleaning and sanitation in high-touch, high-traffic public areas; hand-sanitizer stations; limited guests in suites; and infield admission for race team and operational personnel only.
 
Click https://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/events/2020-event-return-guide/for a comprehensive list of answers to frequently asked questions about the Texas 500.
 
The SpeedyCash.com 400 was originally scheduled June 5 as part of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Genesys 300 weekend but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Texas Motor Speedway hosted a fall Gander Truck Series race from 1999-2018 before moving the race date to the summer INDYCAR event.
 
Tickets for the Oct. 25 Texas 500/SpeedyCash.com 400 doubleheader races are available starting at $48 at https://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/events/texas-500-nascar-race-weekend/. Tickets for kids 12 and under are just $10. Further details can be found on the Texas Motor Speedway website.
 
Keep track of all of Texas Motor Speedway's events by following on FacebookTwitter and INSTAGRAM. Keep up with all the latest news and information on the speedway website and the TMS mobile app.
 
TMS PR
ThorSport Racing has partnered with Bence Motor Sales to be on Johnny Sauter’s No.13 Vivitar Ford F-150 for the Aug. 7 race at Michigan International Speedway. 
 
“Bence Motor Sales, now celebrating its 75th year with Ford Motor Company in Kaladar, Ontario, Canada, is excited to be represented on the hood of Johnny Sauter’s Ford F-150 this coming Friday at Michigan,” said Joe Bence.
 
Bence Motor Sales is a third-generation family business that offers many automotive products and services to Kaladar area customers. From quality new and used Ford vehicles to trusted Ford car repair, original Ford auto parts, and auto financing. 
 
Sauter is set to make his 12th NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Michigan start where he went to victory lane in 2014. In addition to his win, he has recorded 63 laps led, three top-five, and four top-10 finishes on the two-mile tri-oval. 
 
With 10 races down in the 2020 season, Sauter has led 10 laps en route to three top-five and six top-10 finishes to go along with his pole award at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Feb. 21. 
 
Tune-in to all of the action from Michigan International Speedway this Friday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Additional coverage can be found via the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Channel 90.
 
ThorSport PR

Christopher Bell finished third to lead Toyota at the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Championship’s Eastern Midget Week feature at Action Track USA, Wednesday night. 

The NASCAR star returned to the seat of a midget car for the first time since the Chili Bowl Nationals with Tucker-Boat Motorsports (TBM). Starting from the seventh position, he eventually moved into the top three on lap 23 and remained there through the final seven laps.

Bell was one of three Toyota-powered drivers capturing a top-five finishing position on the night as Justin Grant placed fourth for Petry Motorsports and 17-year-old Cannon McIntosh rounded out the top-five.  The Keith Kunz Motorsports driver registered one of the most impressive drives of the night, charging from the 18th starting position into the top five.

Four more Toyota drivers earned top-10 showings with Chase Johnson in sixth, Buddy Kofoid, who ran as high as second, was seventh, Tanner Carrick eighth and Daison Pursley was tenth.

USAC point leader Chris Windom got caught up in a three-car incident just before the midway point of the race and would eventually place 13th. It was just the second time in 16 events that Windom has finished outside of the top-five. He continues to lead the championship race by 74 points over race winner Tyler Courtney.

USAC’s Eastern Midget Week heads to Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, New Jersey, for round two on Thursday night.  

 

Toyota USAC Action Track USA Results

Christopher Bell – 3rd

Justin Grant – 4th

Cannon McIntosh – 5th

Chase Johnson – 6th

Buddy Kofoid – 7th

Tanner Carrick – 8th

Daison Pursley – 10th

Chris Windom – 13th

Andrew Layser – 15th

Emerson Axsom – 16th

Dillon Welch – 17th

* Winner – Tyler Courtney (non-Toyota)

TRD PR

NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: FireKeepers Casino 400

The Place: Michigan International Speedway

The Date: Saturday, August 8

The Time: 4 p.m. ET

TV: NBCSN, 3:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 312 miles (156 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 40),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 85), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 156)

2019 Race Winner: Joey Logano

 

NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: Consumers Energy 400

The Place: Michigan International Speedway

The Date: Sunday, August 9

The Time: 4:30 p.m. ET

TV: NBCSN, 4 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 312 miles (156 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 40),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 85), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 156)

2019 Race Winner: Kevin Harvick

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: Henry 180

The Place: Road America

The Date: Saturday, August 8

The Time: 12 p.m. ET

TV: NBCSN, 11:30 a.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 182.16 miles (45 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 14),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 29), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 45)

2019 Race Winner: Christopher Bell

 

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series

Next Race: Henry Ford Health System 200

The Place: Michigan International Speedway

The Date: Friday, August 7

The Time: 6 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 5:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 200 miles (100 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 20),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 40), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 100)

2019 Race Winner: Austin Hill

 

NASCAR Cup Series

 

On Deck: A doubleheader Cup extravaganza at Michigan International Speedway

This weekend Michigan International Speedway will become just the second track in NASCAR Cup Series history to run a doubleheader at the same facility in consecutive days, joining Pocono Raceway (June 27-28, 2020). First up, is Saturday’s Firekeepers Casino 400 at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, followed by Sunday’s Consumer Energy 400 at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

The two Cup events this weekend at Michigan International Speedway will be mirror images of each other. Both races are 156 laps each (312 miles / 400 kilometers) and each race is broken up into three stages. The first stage for both races is 40 laps, the second stage is 45 laps and the final stage is 71 laps.

 

Michigan International Speedway has hosted 101 NASCAR Cup Series races dating back to inaugural event held on June 15, 1969. The first Cup event at Michigan was won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough driving the famous Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 (Mercury). 

 

In total the 101 NASCAR Cup Series races at Michigan International Speedway have produced 50 different poles winners and 38 different race winners. NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson holds the record for the most poles at Michigan International Speedway with 10 poles (1969, 1974 sweep, 1975, 1976, 1977 sweep, 1978 sweep and 1979). Joey Logano, the defending pole winner of the June Michigan race last season, leads all active drivers in poles at Michigan with four (2013, 2016 sweep and 2019); followed by Kurt Busch (2010, 2011 and 2018) with three.

 

NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the series in wins at Michigan as well with nine victories (1969, 1972 sweep, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976 sweep, 1978). Kurt Busch (2003, 2007, 2015), Matt Kenseth (2002, 2006, 2015), Joey Logano (2013, 2016, 2019) and Kevin Harvick (2010, 2018, 2019) lead all active series drivers in wins at Michigan with three victories each. Only two drivers in series history have recorded their first NASCAR Cup Series career win at Michigan International Speedway - NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett (August 18, 1991) and Kyle Larson (August 28, 2016). 

A total of 21 different organizations have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Michigan; eight of the 21 are active this weekend.

 

Roush Fenway Racing leads the series in wins at Michigan with 13 victories: Mark Martin (four), Greg Biffle (four), Carl Edwards (two), Matt Kenseth (two) and Kurt Busch (one). The Wood Brothers Racing organization has the second-most series wins at Michigan with 11 victories, including the inaugural race in 1969 – David Pearson (eight wins), Cale Yarborough (two) and Dale Jarrett (one).

 

The first starting position in the NASCAR Cup Serie races at Michigan is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (22) than any other starting position at Michigan International Speedway - 21 from the pole and one from the first starting position due to qualifying being cancelled – 1985 (Bill Elliott).  The most recent win from the pole at Michigan was June 2019 (Joey Logano). The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Michigan is 32nd, by NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin in the spring of 2009.  The deepest in the field that an active race winner has started at Michigan is 24th, by Kurt Busch in the June of 2015.

 

Manufacturers will compete for Michigan Heritage Trophy

The competition has always been fierce in the NASCAR Cup Series and when that stage shifts to the OEMs (Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota) backyard, the stakes become even greater.  This weekend at Michigan International Speedway the top-finishing OEM from the weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series events will be presented with the Michigan Heritage Trophy, which has been awarded to the winning manufacturer by the speedway since 2013.

 

In an effort to bring even greater awareness to the significance of the Heritage Trophy, this year the NASCAR Cup teams will be saluting their respective manufacturers during the course of both races, with each car featuring the decal of their manufacturer in the “contingency space,” which is located on left front-quarter panel of the car.  In addition, the hashtag #HeritageTrophy will be included on each car as well. 

 

OEM Cup Winners at Michigan Since 2013

Winning Manufacturer

Date of Michigan Win

Ford

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Ford

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Chevrolet

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Chevrolet

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Chevrolet

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Toyota

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Chevrolet

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Ford

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Chevrolet

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Chevrolet

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Ford

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Ford

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Ford

Monday, June 10, 2019

Ford

Sunday, August 11, 2019

The Heritage Trophy gives well-deserved bragging rights to the winning manufacturer of the Michigan race weekend.  For the 2020 historic doubleheader, an OEM must win one or both NASCAR Cup Series races at Michigan International Speedway. If one OEM sweeps both races, that OEM will be declared the winner of the Heritage Trophy. If different OEMs win on August 8 and 9, then the award will go to the OEM with the most points earned by top 10 finishers of both races. If there is a tie in the points totals, then the tie breaker would fall to a total of most laps led by OEM in both races.

 

“The Michigan Heritage Trophy is one of the more unique and coveted prizes in NASCAR,” said Michigan International Speedway President Rick Brenner.  “The competitive spirit at any race, especially at MIS, isn’t just confined to the drivers, and this trophy allows the winning manufacturer to boast about their accomplishment.  We are thrilled that the race teams have joined us this year in recognizing the prominence of this trophy to our sport and in the state of Michigan, and look forward to an amazing doubleheader of racing in the Cup Series this weekend.” 

 

Since 2013, Ford has won at Michigan seven times, Chevrolet has won six times and Toyota has won once. In addition, Ford has won the last four consecutive races at Michigan International Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series.

 

Playoff Bubble: Six spots left with six races to go

Time is dwindling for the NASCAR Cup Series competitors not locked into the Playoffs. Just six races remain in the regular season and with 10 winners this year, six spots are left to make the postseason.

 

New Hampshire was good to Stewart-Haas Racing’s Aric Almirola, who extended his points lead over the Playoff cutline by 11 markers, and is now 145 up, heading into the doubleheader weekend at Michigan. Almirola is the highest ranked driver without a win this season but has put up five top fives and 12 top 10s. This weekend could be an uphill battle for the Tampa, Florida native, Almirola has struggled at Michigan in the NASCAR Cup Series only posting one top-10 finish in 15 starts. He finished 17th in the June race and the 33rd in the August race last season.

 

Two drivers looking to rebound after losing ground in the points at New Hampshire are brothers Kyle and Kurt Busch. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch crashed early at New Hampshire, and that relegated him to a last-place finish – his third DNF of the season. As a result, he dropped a spot in driver standings and is now 94 points up on the Playoff cutoff. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kurt Busch also finished outside the top 10 last week at New Hampshire (17th) and his points cushion shrank by eight points, now 112 up on the postseason cutline. Both Busch brothers will be eager to get to Michigan this weekend as both are former winners at the 2-mile speedway. Kyle has made 30 series starts at Michigan posting one win (2011), seven top fives and 12 top 10s; including a streak of top 10s in the last six consecutive races at the track. And if you think that is impressive, Kurt has made 38 series starts at Michigan collecting three wins (2003, 2007, 2015), seven top fives and 14 top 10s. He finished runner up in the June Michigan race last season.

 

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Clint Bowyer increased his points cushion over 17th place Tyler Reddick by one point at New Hampshire and is now 43 points above the cutline. Bowyer’s 2020 season has produced two top fives and five top 10s. Heading into this weekend, Bowyer is probably cautiously optimistic. The Kansas native won at Michigan in 2018 and in 28 starts has 12 top-10 finishes, but last season was caught in multi-car incidents in both races resulting in back-to-back DNFs on the 2-mile track.

 

Wood Brothers Racing’s Matt DiBenedetto collected himself following his first DNF of the season at Kansas

2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Outlook

Rank

Driver

Wins

Points

Pts from Cutoff

1

Denny Hamlin

5

688

In On Wins

2

Kevin Harvick

4

803

3

Brad Keselowski

3

722

4

Joey Logano

2

653

5

Ryan Blaney

1

685

6

Chase Elliott

1

660

7

Martin Truex Jr.

1

648

8

Alex Bowman

1

561

9

Austin Dillon

1

466

10

Cole Custer

1

381

11

Aric Almirola

0

614

145

12

Kurt Busch

0

581

112

13

Kyle Busch

0

563

94

14

Clint Bowyer

0

512

43

15

Matt DiBenedetto

0

509

40

16

William Byron

0

484

15

17

Tyler Reddick

0

469

-15

18

Jimmie Johnson

0

459

-25

19

Erik Jones

0

453

-31

20

Michael McDowell

0

359

-125

21

Chris Buescher

0

357

-127

22

Bubba Wallace

0

356

-128

23

Christopher Bell

0

355

-129

24

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

0

345

-139

25

John H. Nemechek

0

326

-158

26

Ryan Newman

0

325

-159

27

Ty Dillon

0

292

-192

28

Matt Kenseth

0

274

-210

29

Corey LaJoie

0

251

-233

30

Ryan Preece

0

216

-268

two weeks ago, to rally to his sixth top-10 finish of the season last weekend at New Hampshire. The Californian continues to hold the 15th spot in the Playoff outlook, but the solid result at New Hampshire added five points to his points cushion total (+40) over the Playoff cutoff with six races remaining in the regular season. Looking to the 2-mile track nestled in the Irish Hills, DiBenedetto has made 10 series starts at Michigan posting his career-best finish at the track (20th) last August. He finished 21st in the June race as well. 

 

And for the second straight week, Hendrick Motorsport’s driver William Byron has clung to the 16th position in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff outlook – the final Playoff transfer spot on points. Byron’s six top 10s this year have him up 15 points on 17th place Tyler Reddick, but a winning driver over these next six races from outside the postseason cutline would bounce Byron out of the Playoffs. The young talent from North Carolina, Byron, has made four series starts at Michigan posting a track-best finish of eighth last August.   

 

Of the drivers outside the Playoff cutoff, this weekend’s doubleheader at Michigan is an ample opportunity to capitalize on the contenders ahead of them in the standings.

 

Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick in 17th in the driver standings, the first spot outside the Playoffs, will be making his series track debut this weekend at Michigan. But the two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion did grab the checkered flag in the Xfinity Series at the 2-mile speedway in 2019.

 

Hendrick Motorsport’s driver and seven-time series champion Jimmie Johnson is 18th in the driver standings 25 points behind his Hendrick teammate William Byron in 16th – the final Playoff transfer spot. In his final season of fulltime Cup competition, Johnson has been bleak in comparison to previous championship winning seasons, only putting up two top five and six top 10s thus far. But Johnson could turn his season around this weekend at Michigan, the veteran driver from California has made 36 series starts at Michigan posting one win (2014), five top fives and 13 top 10s.

 

Byron, Michigan native and Joe Gibbs Racing’s driver Erik Jones is still in the thick of the Playoff hunt just 31 points back from the postseason cutline with six races to go in the regular season. Jones has put up comparable numbers this season to his competitors posting five top fives and eight top 10s. But Jones has made six series starts at his home track posting just one top-five finish (third in 2017). 

 

Front Row Motorsport’s Michael McDowell is more than 100 points outside the Playoffs (-125) with six races remaining, which doesn’t make it impossible to get in to eh Playoffs on points, but it will be tough with the level of competition in the series. McDowell has posted two top 10s and a career-best average finish of 19.4 through 20 races this season to get to this spot in the standings. McDowell has made 12 series starts at Michigan in the NASCAR Cup Series posting a career-best finish of 22nd in the August race last season

 

Of the rest of the Playoff eligible drivers that are more than 100 points behind the Playoff cutline, two are former winners at Michigan International Speedway – Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth.

 

Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Newman is currently 26th in the driver standings 159 points behind William Byron in the 16th and final Playoff transfer spot. Newman has only made 17 starts this season due to being sidelined for three races from his accident in the season opening Daytona 500. Newman has made 37 series starts at Michigan posting two wins (2003, 2004), six top fives and 10 top 10s.

 

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Matt Kenseth replaced driver Kyle Larson in the No. 1 Chevrolet following the fourth race of the season, and since has posted one top five and two top 10s. Now Kenseth sits 28th in driver standings 210 points back from the Playoff cutoff. Though 210 points is not mathematically out of it, the mountain of points to make up is very steep in six races. But a win could solve all that and Michigan is one of Kenseth’s best tracks. In 38 starts at Michigan he has posted three wins (2002, 2006, 2015) 14 top fives and 20 top 10s.

 

NASCAR Cup Series, Etc.

Detroit’s 12-time Grammy winning artist Cece Winans to sing virtual National Anthem - The best-selling and most-awarded female gospel artist of all time, CeCe Winans, will sing the virtual National Anthem prior to the running of the NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 on Saturday, August 8 at 4:00 p.m. (NBCSN).

 

"I am so honored to perform the national anthem for the upcoming NASCAR race in my home state of Michigan,” Winans said. “I wish I could be there in person but be sure to tune-in, it’s going to be a great event!"

 

2019 American Idol winner Lain Hardy to also sing virtual National Anthem – The winner of the 17th season of American Idol in 2019, Laine Hardy will be performing the virtual National Anthem prior to the running of the NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, August 9.  The race will start at 4:30 pm and will be televised nationally on NBCSN.

 

“I can’t believe I’m getting to sing the National Anthem before a NASCAR race,” Hardy said.  “Although I can’t be there in person during this time, I’m definitely looking forward to future races and watching the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway. It’s going to be a great race!”

 

Playoff Points Adding Up Quickly – Brad Keselowski became the third driver this season to accumulate over 20 Playoff points with his win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Denny Hamlin leads the series in Playoff points this season with 29; followed by Kevin Harvick (22) and Brad Keselowski (21). What is interesting is Hamlin and Harvick reached their 20+ Playoff points through a majority of wins - Hamlin (five wins = 25 Playoff points) and Harvick (four wins = 20 Playoff points), but Keselowski’s have come at the hands of green & white checkered flags i.e. stage wins  - Keselowski (three win = 15 Playoff points + 6 stage wins = 21 Playoff points). Keselowski leads the series in stage wins this season with six. 

 

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series

 

Road Course Racing in Wisconsin

The NASCAR Xfinity Series is back in action after a weekend off and heads to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, for some exciting road course racing at Road America for the Henry 180 (12 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

 

Brandon Jones won in overtime at Kansas Speedway to go back-to-back at the track and steal the victory from Austin Cindric on the final lap.

 

The series will take on Road America, the 4.048-mile road course with 14 turns and 171 feet of elevation changes in one lap.

 

Road America has been home to 10 different winners in as many starts. Michael McDowell holds the qualifying record at the track at 110.377 mph from August 16, 2016.

 

Chevrolet holds the record for the most wins by a manufacturer with seven and Brendan Gaughan holds the record for the most top fives at the track (four). Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier have the most top 10s (five) and the most lead changes in a race at the track came in 2011 with 12. The most laps led by a race winner was 35 in 2010 and the fewest laps led by a race winner was one in 2011.

 

Saturday’s Henry 180 will be 182.16 miles and 45 laps. Stage 1 will end on Stage 14 and Stage 2 will end on Lap 29. Christopher Bell won last year’s race at the track, leading 10 laps and starting from the 12th position.

 

Last year, road course ace Cindric finished second followed by the 2019 Xfinity Series champion Tyler Reddick in third, Noah Gragson in fourth and Kaz Grala rounding out the top five.

 

Cindric is the highest-finishing driver entered this weekend, looking to add on his fourth win of the season.

 

Eyes on the Cutline: Playoff outlook heading to Road America

After a weekend break for the Xfinity Series, they’re back on track this weekend at a 4.048-mile road course.

 

With six drivers locked into the Playoffs with a win, spots seven through 12 are still up for grabs and the competition is getting crazier each week.

 

Ross Chastain holds the seventh spot in the driver Playoff standings as the first driver without a win. Justin Allgaier is right behind Chastain in eighth and Michael Annett is in ninth. Riley Herbst, a Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, is hanging on to the 10th spot while Ryan Sieg is sitting in 11th. Brandon Brown is holding onto the final Playoff spot.

 

Rank

Driver

Points

Race Wins

Stage Wins

Pts from Cutoff

1

Chase Briscoe

718

5

3

In On Wins

2

Austin Cindric

722

3

7

3

Noah Gragson

666

2

8

4

Harrison Burton #

587

2

0

5

Brandon Jones

500

2

2

6

Justin Haley

592

1

1

7

Ross Chastain

662

0

0

320

8

Justin Allgaier

586

0

7

244

9

Michael Annett

510

0

0

168

10

Riley Herbst #

410

0

0

68

11

Ryan Sieg

408

0

2

66

12

Brandon Brown

374

0

0

32

13

Jeremy Clements

342

0

0

-32

14

Myatt Snider #

325

0

0

-49

15

Alex Labbe

301

0

0

-73

 

Jeremy Clements has seen a lot of success in recent weeks, bumping himself up right below the cutline in 13th.

Myatt Snider, another rookie, is in 14th, 49 points back from the cutline and Alex Labbe is in 15th.

 

Noah Gragson has the most stage wins of any driver in the series with eight and his JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier and Team Penske’s Austin Cindric are tied with seven.

 

Hey, Rookies!

Sunoco Rookie of the Year

Rookies

Points

Harrison Burton

587

Riley Herbst

410

Jesse Little

301

Joe Graf Jr.

227

Myatt Snider

173

Kody Vanderwal

105

Harrison Burton finished third two weekends ago at Kansas Speedway, making him the highest-finishing rookie and awarding him the Rookie of the Race award. Burton has 12 rookie awards this season.

 

Riley Herbst was the second-highest finishing rookie at Kansas in ninth.

 

Luckily for Herbst, he is still holding onto his second-place ranking in the rookie standings.

 

Looking ahead to Road America, all of the rookies will be making their track debut. In comparing the results from the Indianapolis Road Course for the rookies, Snider was the highest finisher in 16th followed by Jesse Little in 18th.

 

Burton doesn’t have to worry about making his way into the Playoffs since he’s already won this season, but Herbst and Snider, who are still fighting for their spots, need a clean weekend at the road course.

 

Pit-road procedure update

This weekend’s stand-alone even for the Xfinity Series at Road America will have a modified version of pit-road procedures that were announced in January.

 

The new rules include that the field will be frozen at the time of caution. When pit road opens, all cars may pit and teams may add fuel OR change up to four tires.

 

Four tires and fuel would require two pit stops to complete a full pit cycle. Stage breaks will consist of a full pit cycle, which means two opportunities to pit to add fuel or change tires will pit road is open.

 

NASCAR is allowed to call a quickie yellow flag during non-stage breaks, giving drivers one opportunity to pit to add fuel OR change tires.

 

Fuel only may be added during green-flag stops, with pit stops for tire changes on green-flag stops only permitted by NASCAR as a result of a flat tire or damage.

 

There’s a minimum 60-second time limit for teams making green-flag stops and an 80-second maximum time for teams making yellow-flag stops. (The time is measured from yellow line to yellow line.)

 

If there is bad weather, teams will be permitted to change from dry-weather tires to wet tires under yellow- or green-flag conditions.

 

Various road course ringers, newbies set to run Road America

It’s not something new for a NASCAR Xfinity Series team to field specialists for road course races. This weekend’s race is no different.

 

IndyCar driver RC Enerson is set to make his Xfinity Series debut in the No. 7 SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet. Enerson has four career IndyCar starts, all at road course races and at his latest race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, he finished 17th. His career-best finish was at Watkins Glen International in 2016.

 

Jesse Iwuji, a NAVY officer and veteran of the ARCA Menards Series West, has made a handful of starts in the Gander Trucks but will make his Xfinity Series debut this weekend for MBM Motorsports in the No. 13. Iwuji’s Gander Trucks debut was also on a road course, finishing 25th at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2018.

 

NASCAR veteran Mike Wallace will return to the No. 0 JD Motorsports Chevrolet for the second time this season. He ran the Indianapolis Road Course, finishing 24th for the team and he will also run the Daytona Road Course the following weekend.

 

Andy Lally will pilot the No. 2 Our Motorsports Chevrolet at Road America and the Daytona Road Course, too. Lally, who is the 2011 Cup Series Rookie of the Year, has competed on various road course in the Xfinity Series. He has five top 10s in 11 starts and had best finish of fifth at Mid-Ohio in 2017. This weekend will be his first start since 2018.

 

Jade Buford will be in the No. 6 for JD Motorsports. Buford, an IMSA racer, finished 14th in his NASCAR debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. B.J. McLeod has been the main driver in the No. 6 this season.

 

Preston Pardus will join DGM Racing in the No. 36 Chevrolet this weekend. Pardus was the 2017 SCCA Spec Miata National Champion. He has made three Xfinity Series starts, all at road course races. At Indianapolis, he finished in the top 10 for the first time.

 

Scott Heckert will replace Vinnie Miller in the No. 78 B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet at Road America. Heckert has three ARCA East wins at road courses and six of his eight Xfinity Series tarts were on road courses. He got a career-best finish of 13th at Watkins Glen International last season.

 

AJ Allmendinger will also be back this weekend for Kaulig Racing. He has run a part-time schedule for the organization in 2020 and scored his first NASCAR oval win at Atlanta Motor Speedway in June. He also finished fourth at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series, Etc.

Iwuji to make Xfinity debut: LCDR Jesse Iwuji will make his Xfinity Series debut this weekend at Road America in the No. 13 MileMarker10 MBM Motorsports Chevrolet. Iwuji is the only current driver at the national level of NASCAR to have served his country. In July, he also earned a promotion in the US Navy moving from Lieutenant to Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy Reserves. Iwuji has made nine starts in the Gander Trucks over three years with a best finish of 17th in 2019 at Texas Motor Speedway.

 

Earl Bamber making debut: Two-time Le Mans 24 race winner Earl Bamber will be making his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut for Richard Childress Racing at the Daytona Road Course in the No. 21 Chevrolet. The team has partnered with KCMG for the event. Bamber has experience at the road course having scored four podiums in the Rolex 24 at the track. “I’ve dreamed about competing in NASCAR my entire life, so I am so thankful to Richard Childress, KCMG and everyone who has played a role in creating this opportunity for me,” Bamber said in a press release.

 

 

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series 

 

On the road to Michigan for Gander Trucks

The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series had a weekend break last weekend after a historic weekend at Kansas Speedway.

 

The Gander Trucks competed in their first ever doubleheader weekend at Kansas, where Matt Crafton snapped his winless streak and Austin Hill got his long-awaited first win of the season.

 

The series will head to Michigan International Speedway for a Friday evening race, the Henry Ford Health System 200 (6 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

 

Austin Hill won last season’s Gander Trucks race at Michigan starting from sixth-place.

 

Michigan International Speedway is a 2-mile track with 18 degrees of banking in corners, 12 degrees of banking on the frontstretch and five degrees of banking on the backstretch. The frontstretch is 3,600 feet long and the backstretch is 2,242 feet long.

 

Johnny Sauter holds the race record in a Toyota at 161.110 mph from August 18, 2014.

 

Greg Biffle, Travis Kvapil and Brett Moffitt have the most Gander Trucks wins at Michigan with two, Crafton has the most poles (three) and Kyle Busch has the most top fives (eight). Busch and Crafton are tied for the most top 10s (nine). Only one race has been won from the pole position and it was in 2007 by Kvapil.

 

Toyota has the most wins by a manufacturer at the track with eight. Jack Roush is the winningest truck owner with five.

 

Friday night’s race will be 200 miles and 100 laps. Stage 1 will end on Lap 20 and Stage 2 will end on Lap 40.

 

Triple Truck Challenge is back!

The Triple Truck Challenge is returning his year after a successful debut last season. This year, the program will start at the Daytona International Speedway road course at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 16.

 

The second race will take place at Dover International Speedway and the third race of the challenge will be at World Wide Technology Raceway at gateway on August 30.

 

This year’s rules will copy last season. The drivers will compete for cash prizes:

  • $50,000 bonus for the race winner of any of the three events
  • If a driver wins two of the three events, they’re awarded an extra $50,000, totaling $150,000
  • Win all three events and take home an additional $300,000 for a total of $500,000 in prize money.

 

Greg Biffle came out of retirement in 2019 to win the first Triple Truck Challenge event at Texas Motor Speedway for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Brett Moffitt won at Iowa Speedway and Ross Chastain won at Gateway.

 

“The Trip” was originally supposed to take place beginning April 18 at Richmond Raceway and continuing into May at Dover and Charlotte Motor Speedway, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic it was rescheduled.

 

Playoff picture after Kansas doubleheader

The doubleheader weekend at Kansas Speedway for the Gander Trucks put the Playoff picture into perspective for the series.

 

There were two new winners at Kansas in Matt Crafton and Austin Hill, claiming their spot in the Playoffs. Prior to that, there were only two drivers locked in – Grant Enfinger and Sheldon Creed. Now, there are only six spots left up for grabs.

 

Rank

Driver

Points

Race Wins

Playoff Pts

Pts from Cutoff

1

Grant Enfinger

320

2

11

In On Wins

2

Austin Hill

394

1

6

3

Matt Crafton

321

1

5

 

4

Sheldon Creed

319

1

8

 

5

Ben Rhodes

351

0

0

84

6

Christian Eckes #

344

0

0

77

7

Zane Smith #

344

0

3

77

8

Brett Moffitt

325

0

2

58

9

Derek Kraus #

294

0

0

27

10

Todd Gilliland

289

0

0

22

11

Tyler Ankrum

267

0

0

-22

12

Johnny Sauter

236

0

0

-53

13

Tanner Gray #

230

0

0

-59

14

Stewart Friesen

218

0

0

-71

15

Raphael Lessard #

217

0

0

-72

 

With 18 races in the books, former series champion Johnny Sauter is below the Playoff cutline after a tough few weekends. He currently sits in 12th, 53 points back from the final Playoff spot. Tyler Ankrum dropped below the cutline after Crafton and Hill secured their Playoff spots at Kansas and is now sitting in 11th.

 

GMS Racing adds Kris Wright to ARCA, Gander Trucks roster

GMS Racing announced this week that Kris Wright will run a partial schedule for the team in 2020, piloting the No. 21 Chevrolet in the ARCA Menards Series and the No. 24 Chevrolet in the Gander Trucks.

 

He will make his ARCA Menards Series debut with the team this weekend at Michigan International Speedway and will make his Gander Trucks debut on August 16 at the Daytona Road Course.

 

Wright made his ARCA West debut in June at the Utah Motorsports Campus doubleheader, finishing second and third in the two events. He also finished second in the LMP2 class in the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

 

Wright, who is 26 years old, won the IMSA Prototype Challenge Championship in 2018 and was the IMSA Prototype Challenge Rookie of the Year in 2017.

 

The ARCA Menards Series race at Michigan, the VizCom 200, will be on Sunday, August 9 at 1 p.m. ET on MAVTV and NBC Sports Gold TrackPass.

 

In a press release, Wright said, “I’m really excited to be making my first ARCA and NASCAR starts with GMS and Chevrolet. You always want to be doing it with the best team. I’m a Chevy guy from birth so it’s a dream come true.”

 

David Gravel making Gander Trucks debut

David Gravel made his stock car racing debut in the ARCA Menards Series season-opener at Daytona International Speedway in February and is set to make his Gander Trucks debut this Friday at Michigan International Speedway.

 

He was originally scheduled to make his debut at Eldora Speedway until the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the race for the year. He will now make the switch from dirt to asphalt in the No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet.

 

Gravel has 54 career World of Outlaw wins to his name and he was the 2019 Knoxville Nationals champion. The 28-year-old was the first driver since 1992 to collect a perfect 500 score at the Knoxville Nationals.

 

Gravel finished 12th at Daytona in the season-opener for the ARCA Menards Series after starting ninth.

 

ChevyGoods.com will be on board the No. 24 with Gravel.

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