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The intensity of Talladega Superspeedway’s already highly anticipated Oct. 3-4 NASCAR Playoffs weekend just ratcheted up a few notches.

Always playing a vital role in NASCAR’s Playoffs, the annual fall doubleheader, featuring the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, just expanded to a tripleheader over the course of two days as the NASCAR Xfinity Series will now be a part of the weekend. A spring staple at NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track since 1992, the NASCAR Xfinity race will be held in the fall for the first time in history. The news came as part of NASCAR’s announcement Thursday, unveiling the rest of the 2020 schedules for its top three national series.

A double-dose of action at Talladega Superspeedway’s 2.66-mile venue is set for Saturday, Oct. 3 with the Sugarlands Shine 250 for the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series at 12:00 p.m. CDT, followed by the newly added Xfinity Series race, a 300-miler, at 3:30 p.m. CDT. Sunday’s anchor event, the YellaWood 500 for the Cup Series, is scheduled to get the green flag at 1:00 p.m. CDT.

The Sugarlands Shine 250 will serve as the cutoff race in the Round of 10 for the Gander Trucks, reducing the field of eligible title contenders from 10 to eight. Both the YellaWood 500 and the newly scheduled Xfinity Series race will be the second of three events in each series’ Round of 12. The addition of the Xfinity Series race comes from a realignment from the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course event, originally set for May 30. Complete details on the tripleheader weekend, including fan attendance, are currently being finalized and will be announced in the near future.

The newly scheduled Oct. 3-4 weekend for Talladega Superspeedway includes:

  • Sat Oct. 3 – Sugarlands Shine 250 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series at 12:00 p.m. CDT (FS1); 94 laps
  • Sat, Oct. 3 - NASCAR Xfinity Series at 3:30 p.m. CDT (NBCSN); 113 laps (300 miles, 113 laps)
  • Sun, Oct. 4 – YellaWood 500 NASCAR Cup Series at 1:00 p.m. CDT (NBC); 188 laps

“We are thrilled to have the NASCAR Xfinity Series join our NASCAR Playoffs weekend,” said Talladega Superspeedway President Brian Crichton. “Over the years, the NASCAR Cup and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series in the fall have seen some of the most exciting racing and incredible finishes. The Xfinity Series, too, has been a pillar of so many memorable battles here, and now to have those drivers back for a playoff run, it’s going to get really fun. What a weekend!”

Close finishes have, indeed, been the norm at NASCAR’s biggest track, with all three series producing final record results of .002 second. Jimmie Johnson, who is in his last season as a full-time Cup driver, edged Clint Bowyer by inches in 2011 while Terry Labonte pulled off the feat in the Xfinity Series in 1999 with Kyle Busch turning the trick in the Gander Trucks in 2010.  

Driver Ryan Blaney is the defending champion of the YellaWood 500, and also the track’s latest Cup winner in June when he claimed the GEICO 500 prize, narrowly winning both races by just .007 second. Alabama native Grant Enfinger, who won Dega in 2016, has two Gander Trucks triumphs this year, and will be a favorite in the Sugarlands Shine 250. Justin Haley, currently fifth in the championship chase, won a thriller in the track’s NASCAR Xfinity race back in June, edging his teammate Ross Chastain.

NASCAR’s playoffs are scheduled to conclude at Phoenix Raceway with champions crowned in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series on Friday, Nov. 6, the Xfinity Series on Saturday, Nov. 7 and the NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday, Nov. 8. For the entire schedule, visit www.nascar.com.

TSS PR

NASCAR will return to Martinsville Speedway (Martinsville) for the penultimate races for all three national series on Oct. 30-Nov. 1. The Short Track will host the Xfinity 500 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race on Sunday, Nov. 1, NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff race on Saturday, Oct. 31, and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Playoff race on Friday, Oct. 30.

“It will be an historic weekend of racing as the penultimate races of the NASCAR season compete for the first-time in the 73-year history of Martinsville Speedway,” said Martinsville President Clay Campbell. “The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series’ first night race at Martinsville will add a new element to the on-track competition. We look forward to another history making weekend at The Short Track.”

Martinsville Speedway will host NASCAR’s penultimate playoff races for the first time. On Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. ET, the Xfinity 500 will set the field for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship while the Xfinity Series will get underway on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 4:30 p.m. ET. The Gander Trucks Playoff race will start the NASCAR Playoffs Weekend at The Short Track on Friday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. ET.

The entitlements for Xfinity Series and Gander Trucks races will be announced in the near future.

The fall NASCAR races at Martinsville will be televised nationally with the Cup Series and Xfinity Series on NBC and Gander Trucks on FS1. The races will also air on MRN and its network of nationwide affiliates, in addition to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Richmond Raceway PR

NASCAR will return to Richmond Raceway (Richmond) for three days of racing with all three national series on Sept. 10-12. America’s Premier Short Track will host the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race on Saturday, Sept. 12, Go Bowling NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Friday, Sept. 11, and expands with rescheduled ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race as the regular season finale on Thursday, Sept. 10 and additional Xfinity Series race on Saturday, Sept. 12.

“The return of NASCAR to Richmond Raceway is even bigger with the rescheduled NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series regular season finale and an additional NASCAR Xfinity Series race,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “We look forward to the sound of engines firing up for four races over three days as America’s Premier Short Track shines bright under the lights once again.”

The road to the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series championship will continue to lead through Richmond as the Action Track hosts the second race of the first round of the Playoffs for the ninth annual Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The fall NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond has run “under the lights” since 1991.

Richmond will host the Go Bowling 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Friday, Sept. 11 at 7:00 p.m. The additional Xfinity Series race will combine with the Cup Playoff race for a doubleheader on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 2:30 p.m. The additional Xfinity Series race was realigned from Michigan International Speedway. The entitlement for the race will be announced in the near future.

The Gander Trucks will conclude their regular season with a return to America’s Premier Short Track for the first time since 2005 in the ToyotaCare 250 on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 8:00 p.m. The originally scheduled Gander Trucks race in April was postponed on May 8, so this is the rescheduled spring race.

Richmond hosted the Gander Trucks for the first 11 years of the series from 1995-2005. The first Gander Trucks race at Richmond was a photo finish between Terry Labonte and Geoffrey Bodine on Sept. 7, 1995. Mike Skinner is a two-time winner at Richmond with wins in 1996 as well as the last Gander Trucks race in 2005.

The fall NASCAR races at Richmond will be televised nationally with the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series races on NBCSN and Gander Trucks on FS1. The races will also air on MRN and its network of nationwide affiliates, in addition to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Richmond Raceway PR

NASCAR will return to Darlington Raceway (Darlington) for an expanded two days of racing action on Sept. 5-6. The track Too Tough to Tame will host the famed Southern 500® NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race on Sunday, Sept. 6, Sports Clips Haircuts VFW 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, Sept. 5, and expands with the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series on Sunday, Sept. 6.

“NASCAR racing continues to grow at Darlington Raceway with the addition of the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series as part of throwback weekend,” said Darlington President Kerry Tharp. “After successfully hosting the sports’ return to competition in May, the track Too Tough to Tame will be ready for more of NASCAR’s best race experience.”

The Tradition Continues as Darlington’s award-winning throwback weekend celebrates “NASCAR’s Champions…Past, Present and Future” and “New Traditions…First Race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs” on Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 5-6. To learn more about the history of the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR at Darlington, click here.

The 71st running of the Southern 500® will start the Cup Playoffs for the first time on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 6:00 p.m. The Sports Clips Haircuts VFW 200 will showcase the fierce NASCAR Xfinity Series competition on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 12:30 p.m.

Prior to the Southern 500® the Gander Trucks will return to the Track Too Tough to Tame on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. The Gander Trucks last competed at Darlington from 2001-04 and 2010-11. The Gander Trucks race was realigned from Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. The entitlement for this race will be announced in the near future.

This year’s Darlington Car Hauler Parade and Southern 500® Parade have been canceled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both events are slated to return in advance of the 2021 Southern 500®.

All three NASCAR races at Darlington will be televised nationally with the Cup Series race on NBCSN, Xfinity Series race on NBC, and Gander Trucks on FS1. The races will also air on MRN and its network of nationwide affiliates, in addition to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Stay connected to Darlington Raceway on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and by downloading the Darlington Raceway mobile app for Apple or Android.

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NASCAR today announced the final installment of events in the revised 2020 schedule, including the full Playoffs schedule for all three national series.

In the NASCAR Cup Series, all 10 playoff venues and dates will remain intact from the original 2020 schedule, with the postseason kicking off at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, Sept. 6 (NBCSN, 6 p.m. ET) and culminating with the crowning of a champion for the first time at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday, Nov. 8 (NBC, 3 p.m. ET).

In the NASCAR Xfinity Series, one new venue, Talladega Superspeedway, has been added as the second race in the opening round of the playoffs on Saturday, Oct. 3 (NBCSN, 4:30 p.m. ET) while Bristol Motor Speedway moves to the regular season finale on Friday, Sept. 18 (NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET). The Playoffs will now begin at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 26 (NBCSN, 7:30 p.m. ET).

The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series will visit two new venues during the series’ playoff run – Kansas Speedway on Friday, Oct. 16 (FS1, 7 p.m. ET) and Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 25 (FS1, Noon ET), which is the new date for the race from Texas that was postponed on Friday, March 27. Bristol Motor Speedway will now serve as the Playoffs opener for the Gander Trucks on Thursday, Sept. 17 (FS1, 7:30 p.m. ET). Finally, the Gander Trucks will visit Richmond Raceway on Thursday, Sept. 10 (FS1, 8 p.m. ET) for the regular season finale – fulfilling the race that was originally scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 18.

NASCAR’s modified event procedures and protocols were designed in accordance with public health officials, medical experts and local, state and federal officials. NASCAR will determine if fans are allowed entrance to NASCAR events on a market-by-market basis, in accordance with local and state guidelines.

The final installment of the 2020 schedule is as follows (Note: Playoff opening races are in bold type.):

 

DATE

TRACK

SERIES

DISTANCE

NET

START (ET)

Sat, Sept. 5

Darlington

Xfinity

200 mi

NBC

     12:30 PM

Sun, Sept. 6

*Darlington

Gander Trucks

200 mi

FS1

     2:00 PM

Sun, Sept. 6

Darlington

Cup

501 mi

NBCSN

     6:00 PM

Thu, Sept. 10

Richmond

Gander Trucks

187 mi

FS1

     8:00 PM

Fri, Sept. 11

Richmond

Xfinity

187 mi

NBCSN

     7:00 PM

Sat Sept. 12

*Richmond

Xfinity

187 mi

NBCSN

     2:30 PM

Sat, Sept 12

Richmond

Cup

300 mi

NBCSN

     7:30 PM

Thu, Sept. 17

Bristol

Gander Trucks

107 mi

FS1

     7:30 PM

Thu, Sept. 17

Bristol

ARCA Menards

107 mi

FS1

     9:30 PM

Fri, Sept. 18

Bristol

Xfinity

160 mi

NBCSN

     7:00 PM

Sat, Sept. 19

Bristol

Cup

266 mi

NBCSN

     7:30 PM

Fri, Sept. 25

Las Vegas

Gander Trucks

201 mi

FS1

     9:00 PM

Sat, Sept. 26

Las Vegas

Xfinity

300 mi

NBCSN

     7:30 PM

Sun, Sept. 27

Las Vegas

Cup

400 mi

NBCSN

     7:00 PM

Sat, Oct. 3

Talladega

Gander Trucks

250 mi

FS1

     1:00 PM

Sat. Oct. 3

*Talladega

Xfinity

300 mi

NBCSN

     4:30 PM  

Sun, Oct. 4

Talladega

Cup

500 mi

NBC

     2:00 PM

Sat, Oct. 10

Charlotte Roval

Xfinity

155 mi

NBC

     3:30 PM

Sun, Oct. 11

Charlotte Roval

Cup

253 mi

NBC

     2:30 PM

Fri, Oct. 16

*Kansas

Gander Trucks

200 mi

FS1

     7:00 PM

Fri, Oct. 16

Kansas

ARCA Menards

150 mi

FS2

     10:00 PM

Sat, Oct. 17

Kansas

Xfinity

300 mi

NBCSN

     3:00 PM

Sun, Oct. 18

Kansas

Cup

400 mi

NBC

     2:30 PM

Sat. Oct. 24

Texas

Xfinity

300 mi

NBCSN

     4:30 PM

Sun, Oct. 25

Texas

Gander Trucks

220 mi

FS1

     Noon

Sun, Oct. 25

Texas

Cup

501 mi

NBCSN

     3:30 PM

Fri, Oct. 30

Martinsville

Gander Trucks

105 mi

FS1

     8:00 PM

Sat, Oct. 31

Martinsville

Xfinity

131 mi

NBC

     4:30 PM

Sun, Nov. 1

Martinsville

Cup

263 mi

NBC

     2:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 6

Phoenix

Gander Trucks

150 mi

FS1

     8:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 7

Phoenix

ARCA Menards West

100 mi

Trackpass

     2:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 7

Phoenix

Xfinity

200 mi

NBCSN

     5:00 PM

Sun, Nov. 8

Phoenix

Cup

312 mi

NBC

     3:00 PM

The NASCAR Cup Series continues with a pair of races this weekend, Saturday, Aug. 8 and Sunday, Aug. 9, at Michigan International Speedway. Saturday’s race will air live at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio while Sunday’s tilt will start at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

*The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series races at Darlington (Sept. 6) and Kansas (Oct. 16) have been realigned from Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and Eldora Speedway, respectively. The NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Richmond (Sept. 12) and Talladega (Oct. 3) have been realigned from Michigan and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, respectively.

Schedule times, dates and locations are subject to change.

NASCAR PR

Mahoning Valley Speedway is back in action this coming Saturday evening, August 8 starting at 6:00 pm with a full slate of stock car racing.

On the night’s program will be heats and features for Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pro 4s, Hobby Stocks and Rookie Hobby Stocks.

Heading up the race card will be Modified standings leader Lou Strohl who sits ahead of Earl Paules by 13 points. Both veterans will be aiming for their first class wins. Lurking closely behind is Josh Scherer, Kyle Strohl and rookie Sean Verwys.

The Sportsman Modifieds are back on track for only the third time due in part to the late start of the season. However, in the pair of features thus far there was great racing with Earl Paules and Lorin Arthofer II scoring wins. Each of those mains also saw others such as Jared Ahner and Randy Ahner Jr., making solid bids for the wins.

Not surprising is the closeness in points with the Street Stocks. Jon Moser is listed as the leader but by a scant two markers over Mark Martini and three over Mark Deysher. Meanwhile Eric Kocher and Randy Ahner Jr., are tied for fourth and sit only eight points back of Moser.

In the Pro 4s Cody Kohler is looking to make it four straight wins and stay perfect in 2020.

Taylor Schmidt has never raced a full season before but since running every race to date now finds himself leading in the Hobby Stock points. Schmidt has been runner-up twice and is hoping to better that by one spot as he seeks his career first win this Saturday night.

The Rookie Hobby Stock class continues to be a remarkable showcasing of up and coming talent. In six races to date there has yet to be a repeat winner and point leader Paul French Jr., is planning to add his name to that list. French has been very close of late, with a pair of seconds and a third in the past three features.

Adult grandstand $14, $2 discount for active military, students and seniors 65+. Must have valid ID. Children 10 & under are free

Pit gates open at 11:00 am. There will be early paid practice starting at noon priced at $25 per car. Pit admission is $25 members, $35 non-members. Driver sign-ins are from 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm. Heat races get underway at 6:00 pm.

Coming up Saturday, August 15 at 6:00 pm the Late Models are running a plus the East Coast TQ Midgets will be part of the line-up.

Race #4 of the Mahoning Valley Speedway Hall of Fame Series, the Marvin Bartholomew 85-lap Tribute, will be held on August 22.

The following week, Saturday, August 29, Mahoning Valley Speedway will host a milestone race as the 800th Modified feature since the track went asphalt in 1970 will be run.

Please log onto the official Mahoning Valley Speedway website at www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway and https://www.instagram.com/mahoningspeedway/ for updated info. Mahoning Valley Speedway is located on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Lehighton.

MVS PR

It’s been a long and winding road for the 2010 DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion.

 

Jason Feger, the Bloomington, Illinois-racer known as The Highside Hustler, has often been a regular of the Summer Nationals Late Model circuit. With his signature green/black colors and “rolling dice” motif decaled across his door panels, Feger’s been a household name in the DIRTcar Late Model ranks since his first starts in 2002 and takes pride in the self-made nature of his career.

 

No big corporate sponsorship, no ex-F1 pit crew. Just he and his wife Abby, his local partners and his team of hard-working individuals that help keep the #25 on the track, day-in and day-out.

 

“I love racing around here,” Feger said. “I feel like we’ve got the best area. I’m definitely proud to pretty much accomplish this all myself and the little backing and the few people that do help me. There’s not a lot of guys left out there like me that are kinda owner-operator/do-it-all-type guys.”

 

He and his team are scheduled to make the trip out to New Richmond, WI, to battle the stars and cars of the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series in this weekend’s 33rd annual USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway, Aug. 6-8. Feger was victorious in the FANS Fund Dash at the event in 2019 and will participate again this year. All three days can be streamed live, exclusively on DIRTVision presented by Drydene.

 

Currently, Feger sits third in Summer Nationals points, 178 points behind leader Brian Shirley. He and the team experienced some struggles early on, but it’s not over yet. Twelve races remain, beginning with the Phase II opener at The Bullring at RICO Fairgrounds on Monday, Aug. 10, and anything can happen.

 

“I think it’s going to be tough. I feel like I’ve already had too many bad nights. We had some electrical issues the first couple nights, so the car wasn’t running right. Me and [Shannon] Babb had a little contact at Spoon River that ended with me spinning out and going to the back. I’ve also had a couple flat tires, too,” he said.

 

While Feger’s chances for a second Summer Nationals championship in 2020 may seem distant right now, only 59 points separates he and Frank Heckenast Jr. for second. The team is also starting to rebound from their troubles early on, stringing together seven-straight top-10 finishes before the race at LaSalle on July 29, and have already secured themselves a spot on the all-time Summer Nationals highlight reel with their memorable win just a few weeks ago.

 

Feger and his loyal fanbase celebrated his 20th career Summer Nationals victory back on July 18 at Highland Speedway. Coming all the way from 16th, he kept it smooth and steady on the very bottom of the quarter mile and won with room to spare, taking the lead from Shannon Babb on Lap 41 and carrying it all the way home for a spectacular $10,000 payday that Feger Nation won’t soon forget.

 

“It still kinda blows my mind a little bit,” Feger recalls with a slight chuckle. “I sure didn’t think I was going to be able to win that race, especially starting that far back and [driving] on the bottom like that.

 

“I just kept everything together, kept my nose clean on the car and just kept picking ‘em off one-by-one. It seemed like the longer the race went, the better the car got. Everything just kinda came to me and I was able to pull it off.”

 

Over the years, Feger’s run a variety of different chassis and engine combinations. 2020 marks his second year behind the wheel of an MB Customs Race Car with Pro Power under the hood. He said it’s the substantial side-bite and traction in slick conditions that’s unique to the MB Customs that’s aided his ability to run the bottom.

 

“It’s been an adjustment driving for me too. I don’t always have to go run the top like I used to have to before, I felt like. The car’s probably better than the driver, I’ve just got to keep getting better. I feel like we’re making gains, so I’ve just got to keep up the momentum,” Feger said.

 

This season also marks the tenth anniversary of his Summer Nationals championship – one in which he beat out three-time DIRTcar Late Model national points champion, Dennis Erb Jr. One season prior, Feger topped Erb by just 31 points in the national standings to win his first DIRTcar Late Model championship, halting what would have otherwise been Erb’s third sweep in-a-row of the Late Model national points and Summer Nationals titles.

 

The two Illinoisans are often noted for being the DIY-types. They’re both owner-drivers, both take a great deal of pride in their work and understand that as owners, how the truck gets to the track each weekend falls on them.

 

“I think we’re pretty similar in a lot of ways,” Feger said of Erb. “My wife – she’s a big help. But ultimately, it all depends on yourself. You’re ultimately the one responsible for everything, so however you’ve got to get it done, you’ve got to get it done.”

 

In his championship-winning seasons, Feger has attributed much of his success to the dedication of his team.

 

“I had a really good pit crew; my brother [Austin] was with me and I had two or three other guys that came with us. We just had a really good team, and we all worked really hard. We were kinda young and didn’t really have anything to do in life other than go racing.”

 

Since then, it’s been all business for team 25. Several seasons on the trail of the Hell Tour have given he and his legions of fans plenty to cheer about and an entire closet full of black-and-green t-shirts to wear. For them, Feger couldn’t be more appreciative.

 

“I have to thank all of them for the support over the years,” he said. “Buying merchandise and just being there, whether it’s making us food, bringing us beer, hanging out or cheering us on. It’s awesome to have such a big fanbase and to make so many great friends over the years out of this.”

 

Don’t miss Feger & Co. in the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Phase II opener at The Bullring at RICO Fairgrounds on Aug. 10. Tune into DIRTVision presented by Drydene with your Fast Pass subscription to catch all the action.

 

DIRTcar Series PR

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and state and county mandates on crowd gatherings, the August 15th PASSCAR Stock Car Series/IMCA Modified race and the August 22nd USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series event have both been postponed.   

“It is getting old having to postpone racing events,” Kazarian said on Wednesday.  “Hopefully, conditions will get better soon, and we can get back to putting on races.  Everybody, including the drivers, officials, and fans are ready to go.  Until that time comes, we hope everyone remains safe so they can be here with us when racing returns.”

The March 7th season-opening Night of Destruction Presented by LKQ Pick Your Part, is the only racing event the track got in this year.  Every race since has been postponed by the COVID crisis.  Even though racing has been delayed since that date, the famous half-mile clay oval is still available for private testing and practice for all auto and motorcycle racing machines.  For more information or to make a reservation, please E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kazarian and his entire staff are urging everyone to please take all necessary steps to stay safe and healthy.  We look forward to seeing everyone back at the track as soon as it is possible.

PAS PR

Despite a late start due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Caraway Speedway owner Darren Hackett has released the complete schedule for the remainder of the 2020 season.  The 55th Anniversary Season at Caraway Speedway will feature 10 races, stretching from this Saturday night August 8th until the end of November. This year's schedule will also showcase several divisions from the PRA Tours, including the SMRS Modifieds, 602 Super Limiteds, and 602 Tour Modifieds.  Hackett is continuing to work with local health officials to allow limited fan attendance in the grandstands based on CDC social distancing guidelines. Trackside parking will be available with a 6-ft buffer between vehicles that will be clearly marked.  All participants will be required to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing.  Hand sanitizing stations will be available for the infield pits and trackside parking.    

"We know 2020 has been a season of uncertainties, so we wanted to get our schedule out as soon as possible to let our racers know they will have a place to race at Caraway," said PRA Tours President and Caraway Speedway owner, Darren Hackett.  "Last weekend we saw the excitement of all our racers and fans to be back at the track and we look forward to continuing that this Saturday night and for the rest of the year." 

This Saturday night, August 8th, will be Twin Night At The Races, featuring twin events for the Limited Late Model/Challengers, Mini Stock and U-Cars. On Saturday, August 22nd, the Late Model Stock division will make its only scheduled start of the season at Caraway with Twin 40 laps races.  The SMRS Tour Modifieds will make their first start of the season at Caraway Speedway on Saturday, August 29th for the 55th Anniversary Night at the Races.  The Bowman Gray Stadium Sportsman cars will compete four times this season at Caraway, including Stadium Invasion Night, when several Bowman Gray divisions will be competing.  The 2020 season will conclude with the Thanksgiving Shootout on Sunday, November 29th featuring a 75-lapper for the Limiteds/Challengers, 50 laps for Mini Stocks and Street Stocks, 25 laps for U-Cars, and an Enduro. 

PRA Tour dates for Super Late Models and Tour-Type Modifieds, along with the other tour divisions that are currently scheduled, will continue as previously announced, with possible additional dates and more information coming soon. The 18th Annual North-South Shootout is still planned for November 5-7 at Hickory Motor Speedway and will again feature the Tour-Type Modifieds, Super Late Models, 602 Tour and more. 

All the action gets under way this Saturday night, August 8th at Caraway Speedway with pits opening at 4 PM, qualifying at 6:50 PM and racing set to start at 8 PM for the Limiteds/Challengers, Mini Stock, and U-Cars. 

The PRA Tour is the exclusive sanctioning body for Tour-Type Modifieds, Super Late Model, and Limited Late Model racing in the United States, featuring the North-South Shootout at Hickory Motor Speedway as its premier event. For any information concerning the PRA Tour please contact Darren Hackett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information please go to pratours.com.  And, don’t forget to “Like” the PRA Tours on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PRATours to keep up with breaking news as it happens. 

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Set to tackle one of the fastest race tracks on the ARCA Menards Series circuit, newcomer Jason Kitzmiller hopes to take his debut weekend in the Irish Hills in stride and continue to impress with his third top-10 finish of the season in Sunday afternoon’s VizCom 200.

In his recent showing at Kansas Speedway, Kitzmiller and his CR7 Motorsports struggled with the setup with their No. 97 A.L.L. Construction Chevrolet but having been able to pick up the pieces from Kansas and regroup, the team led by NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series driver Codie Rohrbaugh is optimistic for Kitzmiller’s sixth career ARCA start of the year.

“I’ve been learning a lot about Michigan International Speedway, especially since we completed Kansas a couple weeks ago,” said Kitzmiller. “I’m excited to cross another new track off my list, but I also know that Michigan is a very demanding track when it comes to speed and finesse, so I plan to make the most of the opportunity on Sunday.”

With qualifying scraped because of COVID-19 protocols in place, Kitzmiller will have just a few laps in a group practice session to get acquainted with the two-mile oval. The rookie says its important to utilize that track time to its fullest even if it’s for a couple of laps.

The coronavirus pandemic has certainly thrown the traditional schedule out the window which has meant less track time for normal for Kitzmiller – but banking on the advice and guidance of Rohrbaugh, Kitzmiller is taking his same approach to Michigan as he has in his prior races – hoping that will lead to another solid rookie effort.

“2020 certainly hasn’t gone the way we had hoped it would when it comes to track time and getting those laps underneath me,” added Kitzmiller. “Still, every race we’ve competed in – we’ve tried to make the best of it and that’s the spirit that keeps us focused.

“Luckily, Michigan is a large track. If the handling isn’t the way we want it at the start, we should be able to keep our No. 97 A.L.L. Construction Chevrolet on the lead lap until the first break where we can make adjustments and then march forward.”

It will be a busy weekend for CR7 Motorsports. In addition to the VizCom 200, the team will also compete in Friday night’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Michigan 200 with Rohrbaugh aboard the No. 9 Chevrolet Silverado.

The team will continue to bring attention to Joshua Shirk.

On May 17, 2020, eight-year-old Joshua Shirk was kayaking with family in rural West Virginia.

While on the water, the kayak capsized and Shirk became trapped under the water in debris.

When family was finally able to pull him to safety, the young boy had no pulse. Quick work by medical workers at a local hospital were able to revive him but he remained in critical condition.

Shirk was later transported to WVU hospital in Morganton, West Virginia where he has made vast improvements but still needs the love, prayer and support of many.

Over the last five weeks, Shirk has been able to come off a breathing machine and has started intense physical rehabilitations with a focus on working his muscles and standing up with assistance. His progress lately has been exceptional, as his muscles continue to strengthen.

With prayer, love and support working, Rohrbaugh and Kitzmiller hope others will now pledge their support alongside his CR7 Motorsports team uniting strength in numbers and the power of prayer.

“Our mission continues to be really important to me,” said Rohrbaugh. “The prayers from everyone are working and I’m so happy that Joshua is making huge strides towards his recovery. I continue to plead when asking the NASCAR community to please support him by offering their thoughts and prayers to Josh and his family. It really means a lot to me.” Marketing partnership(s) opportunities are available for the No. 97 A.L.L. Construction Chevrolet and No. 9 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet for the 2020 ARCA Menards Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series seasons and beyond. Interested inquiries are encouraged to contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 304.257.8783.

The VizCom 200 (100 laps | 200 miles) is the 11th of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sun. Aug. 9, 2020 with a half-hour group practice session from 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 1:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (Eastern).

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