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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, Spencer Boyd, announced today that Credit MRI will be a primary sponsor for several races in 2021.  The credit repair company is well known for their “Fix Now, Pay Later” approach to helping people restore their credit score.
 
“I used to sell cars back in my part-time NASCAR days,” said Spencer Boyd.  “I would see many hard working people unable to get approved for a car because of simple strikes on their credit reports.  Credit MRI is helping those folks, without charging them upfront, navigate the confusing path of credit recovery.  Anything that helps hard-working Americans is high on my list!”
 
For more than a decade Credit MRI has delivered professional credit repair services with its industry first and only 30 DAY NO FEE GUARANTEE.  Simply put if they do not deliver results then you pay nothing.  Whether you are looking to purchase a home, car, RV, jet ski, motorcycle, or simply looking to improve your credit score to lower your current interest rates, Credit MRI is your one stop credit repair partner.
 
Credit MRI remarked on the partnership in a prepared statement, “We know NASCAR fans are hard-working Americans.  We wanted to partner with Spencer (Boyd) because he is well-known as the hardest working NASCAR driver out there.  He is a spokesperson for blue-collar workers and we want to be a part of his career.  Credit MRI is very much looking forward to being a part of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Spencer Boyd.”
 
The No. 20 Credit MRI Chevrolet Silverado with its neon green logo will make its debut at the world famous Daytona International Speedway Road Course.  Boyd, in his third year with Young’s Motorsports, finished 17th in the inaugural NASCAR race at Daytona’s Road Course in 2020.  Boyd remarked, “We went there last year having never run the RC, but I had a blast and look to improve on our finish with Credit MRI on board.”  Credit MRI will also be on board at Las Vegas and future races that will be announced at a later date.
 
To schedule a personal consultation with a credit repair expert call 888-566-9997 today!  www.creditmri.com

Spencer Boyd PR

Beard Motorsports has selected Noah Gragson to drive its No. 62 Chevrolet Camaro in the 63rd running of the Daytona 500 Feb. 14 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

 

Upon qualifying for The Great American Race, the event will mark Gragson’s NASCAR Cup Series debut, and it will come at the same venue where the 22-year-old racer from Las Vegas scored his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory. Gragson won the Xfinity Series’ 2020 season opener last February at Daytona for JR Motorsports.

 

The 2021 Daytona 500 will also serve as a passing of the torch from one Las Vegas driver to another. Brendan Gaughan, a Las Vegas native who made 17 NASCAR Cup Series starts in Beard Motorsports’ No. 62 Chevrolet, hand-picked Gragson to take over the No. 62 after retiring at the end of last season. Gaughan has known Gragson for all of his 22 years and has seen him rise from regional racing in the Southwest to national NASCAR touring series competition that will soon encompass the elite NASCAR Cup Series.

 

“I loved racing for the Beard Family and even though I’m retired, I’m honored to be a part of their team and I’m very protective of what they’ve built,” Gaughan said. “I’ve known Noah a long time and I know he’s a very good racecar driver who is ready to do some Cup racing.

 

“Just as importantly, he takes good care of his equipment and he’s there at the end of races. In his entire Xfinity Series career, he’s only had four DNFs. That’s important no matter who you’re racing for, but it’s especially important for Beard Motorsports.

 

“I’m proud to see Noah have this opportunity and proud to see another Las Vegas guy in the NASCAR Cup Series.”

 

Gragson comes into the 2021 Daytona 500 after a strong sophomore season in the Xfinity Series where he scored two wins, earned 17 top-five and 25 top-10 finishes, and led 622 laps.

 

“I’m excited and humbled to have this opportunity with Beard Motorsports,” Gragson said. “As a young racer from Las Vegas, I had always dreamt of racing in the Daytona 500. I’m very appreciative of the faith the Beard Family and Brendan have in me, and equally appreciative to JR Motorsports for allowing me to pull double duty and compete for them in the Xfinity Series and also Beard Motorsports while we’re down in Daytona.”

 

Beard Motorsports has proven to be the little team that could, a modern-day David competing against the Goliaths of the NASCAR Cup Series. Owned by Mark Beard Sr., president of Beard Motorsports and various family businesses,Beard Motorsports has taken a strategic approach to its racing endeavors, forming a technical partnership with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and running only the superspeedway races at Daytona and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. With cars constructed by RCR and powered by ECR-built engines, Beard Motorsports can race at the front, a fact proven by Gaugahn’s two top-10s in 2020 – seventh in the Daytona 500 and eighth in the Coke Zero Sugar 400, also at Daytona.

 

“Racing is our passion project,” said Beard, a former driver who made two Xfinity Series starts in the 1980s. “Even with Brendan’s retirement, we wanted to keep racing. We’ve accomplished a lot with the resources we have and we’re proud to give Noah the chance to chase his dream just like we chase ours.

 

“On top of that, racing has proven to be a very valuable asset for our companies, like Beard Oil Distributing. We’re very passionate about what we do, and the Daytona 500 is an excellent platform to show our customers the level of commitment we put into all of our work.” 

 

Gragson will be only the second driver to race for Beard Motorsports, but both Beard and Gaughan believe Gragson is ready for the opportunity.

 

“Noah is in a really great position,” Gaughan said. “He’ll be in his third year of Xfinity with a strong team in JR Motorsports and he’ll get to sample and understand what the Cup Series is about. Every time you strap into a racecar it’s an opportunity to learn, but it’s also supposed to be fun. He’ll be able to do both with Beard Motorsports.”

 

Before joining the Xfinity Series fulltime in 2019, Gragson competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2017 and 2018. He won twice and finished second in the 2018 championship.

 

Those Truck Series results were a continuation of the kind of talent Gragson showcased in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. In 2015 and 2016, Gragson raced in this developmental league, regionally split into two divisions – K&N Pro Series East and K&N Pro Series West. Gragson won six races between the two entities and narrowly missed out on the 2015 West title by a scant seven points.

 

“When you’re racing Late Models and trying to work your way up, the Daytona 500 seems pretty far away,” Gragson said. “To have it become a reality is something I don’t take lightly. I’m ready for this moment and I’m proud to have it.”

 

The Daytona 500 starts at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb., 14 with live coverage on FOX and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

Beard Motorsports PR

Finances have always played a key role in racing, especially for the weekly short-track racers. That is why South Boston Speedway officials have worked hard over the years to make racing more affordable for competitors, and, at the same time, keep the competition on a level playing field and make racing fun for the competitors.

Steps taken by South Boston Speedway over the past several seasons have made “America’s Hometown Track” one of the more affordable places to race.

“We have continuously sought out ways to make racing more affordable for our drivers and teams,” said Cathy Rice, the track’s general manager, “and we have been successful in finding ways to help cut costs for the competitors.”

In 2016, South Boston Speedway implemented a two-tire rule in the NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division, limiting teams to the purchase of two tires per event. In addition to saving teams money, the rule helped make lower-budget teams more competitive.

Along with that, the track increased its purse for competitors, guaranteeing $500 to start in the Late Model Stock Car Division. That move helps make it more financially possible for teams to move up to competition in the top-tier division and to cover costs.

South Boston Speedway officials made a major change in in the speedway’s 2021 Limited Sportsman Division rules package to eliminate bump stopping and coil binding. There will also be a new limit on the sway bar size with a new maximum of an inch and three-quarters. The last change sets a new four-inch minimum on the car’s ride height.

“These changes will not only help make racing in the Limited Sportsman Division more affordable, but they will also simplify things in the long run,” noted South Boston Speedway Race Director and Head Tech Official Jeff Bomar.

Engine rules that include multiple engine options have resulted in cost savings for competitors. South Boston Speedway also has a one-tire rule for its Limited Sportsman Division. The rule limiting Limited Sportsman Division teams to being able to buy only one new tire per race has helped teams cut costs considerably.

In addition, South Boston Speedway’s Limited Sportsman Division purse is higher than most other tracks. Competitors finishing in the Top 10 receive enough purse money to cover their tire cost.

Offering cost-cutting measures along with good purses, South Boston Speedway officials have made racing in the division more affordable and have kept racing in the division competitive.

Rocky Mount, Virginia resident Tony Housman competed in the Hornets Division at South Boston in 2019. He competed at Franklin County Speedway in 2020, starting in the track’s four-cylinder division, and later moving up to the Limited Sportsman Division. During a testing session at South Boston Speedway in December, Housman said the changes made to South Boston Speedway’s Limited Sportsman Division rules package led him to decide to compete

at South Boston Speedway in 2021.

“When I saw the rules, I said this is where we’re going to try to run,” Housman said.

“You don’t have to have $7,000 or $8,000 shocks and bump stops and everything under the sun to make it (the car) work. That’s the reason I decided to come here.”

The cost-cutting measures also extend into the track’s Pure Stock Division, which, like the Limited Sportsman Division, has a one-tire rule that limits teams to being able to purchase one new tire per event.

In addition, there will be no increase in prices at the competitors’ registration window in 2021.

“The weekly racers are the backbone of our sport,” Rice pointed out.

“It is important that we try to do what we can to help keep costs down for our competitors and keep racing affordable for them.”

Rules for South Boston Speedway’s Late Model Stock Car, Pure Stock and Hornets divisions will remain the same in 2021.The 2021 season rules are available on the South Boston Speedway website at www.southbostonspeedway.com

South Boston Speedway gift certificates are also available. Gift certificates from “America’s Hometown Track” may be purchased by calling the South Boston Speedway office at 1-434-572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540. The South Boston Speedway office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

SBS PR

Joe Gibbs Racing announced today that Reser’s Fine Foods will be the primary sponsor of Martin Truex Jr.’s Toyota Camry for four races and an associate partner on the No. 19 for the balance of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. Truex’s Camry will carry the Reser’s colors for races at Dover International Speedway (May 16), Pocono Raceway (June 27), New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July 18) and Watkins Glen International (August 8).

“I’m looking forward to having Reser’s join our team this year,” said Truex. “They have been an important partner at Joe Gibbs Racing for a long time and I’m excited to be able to continue that relationship. As I am learning, Reser’s is all about great food and good times. Our goal this year is to give them plenty to cheer about on race days.”

2021 marks the ninth season of the Reser’s-Joe Gibbs Racing relationship that began in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2013. The family-owned company is the leading provider of fresh refrigerated deli salads, side dishes, and prepared foods for the supermarket, club store, and food service industry. Since 1950, Reser’s has been a proud sponsor of good times at racetracks, picnics, BBQs, music festivals, and affordable family meals.

“Reser’s is proud to continue our relationship with Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Mark Reser, Reser’s Fine Foods CEO. “Martin Truex Jr. and his team will be great ambassadors for our foods that NASCAR fans enjoy on race day or any day.”

Reser’s joins Bass Pro Shops and Auto-Owners Insurance as primary partners on the No. 19 Camry for the 2021 season.

JGR PR

Bret Holmes Racing (BHR) announced today they will field a part-time entry in the ARCA Menards Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) with drivers Bret Holmes and Sam Mayer.
 
The Mooresville, N.C., -based team will continue to run the No. 23 Chevrolet SS in the ARCA Menards Series and is slated to run the No. 32 Chevrolet Silverado in the Truck Series. Shane Huffman will return as crew chief for both Holmes and Mayer this season.
 
“I’m really looking forward to this season with Bret (Holmes) and Sam (Mayer),” said Huffman. “We worked hard and learned a lot last season. That all paid off when we brought home the ARCA Menards Series championship. We will take all that and capitalize on it this year. I am so proud of this team and how much we’ve all grown over the last two seasons. By moving up to compete in the Truck Series, it shows how strong this team is. I’m honored to be part of this group and ready to get the season started with two very talented drivers.”
 
The 2020 season marked a memorable year for Holmes and the BHR team. The Holmes-Huffman duo captured the ARCA Menards Series championship on the strength of one victory, 14 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes. The Munford, Ala., native was also awarded the CGS Imaging Four Crown title for the second consecutive year.
 
“Words can’t describe how excited and grateful I am for this upcoming season,” said Holmes. “It has always been a dream of mine as a kid growing up to make it into the top-three divisions of racing. To get the chance to do just that with our own team and the same guys over the last few years, is just really neat. It’s great to see how far we’ve come.”
 
Holmes is scheduled to compete in multiple ARCA Menards Series events this season, beginning with the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway in February.  The Auburn University graduate will make his NCWTS debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March, followed by a handful of additional Truck Series races of which will be announced at a later date.
 
“It means a lot that Sam (Mayer) believes in BHR and to have him as a teammate this season,” said Holmes. “Our goal is to win races in both series between the two of us. I know Sam will bring a lot to this team. He’s another ARCA (Menards Series) champion. I’ve raced against him in the past; and he’s a great driver. It’s an honor to have him on board for the upcoming season.”
 
Mayer’s 2020 season unfolded in dominating fashion. The 17-year-old secured his second-consecutive ARCA Menards Series East championship. Mayer earned eight victories and 17 top-five finishes across ARCA and its East and West Series. Mayer also competed in six NCWTS events. He visited victory lane at Bristol Motor Speedway, earning his first-career series win and making him the second youngest winner in the history of the series. 
 
“I’m super excited for another great year of racing in the ARCA Menards Series,” said Mayer. “I know we have the chance to win every time we show up because these guys at BHR are so good at what they do. I’m also excited to continue my Truck Series career with BHR. They have some things to learn with getting into a new series, but I know that we will be in contention to win by the end of it.”
 
The Franklin, Wisc., native is slated to compete in six ARCA Menards Series events this season, beginning with Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in June. Mayer is also scheduled for five NCWTS races with BHR, including Richmond Raceway and Bristol Motor Speedway. At a later date, Sam’s full schedule will be available at www.sammayerracing.com.
 
“I can’t thank enough all the people who helped put this deal together,” said Mayer. There was a lot of hard work and many hours that went into making this all happen and it’s going to be worth it.”

BHR PR

For the third consecutive season, CURO Financial Technologies will partner with Front Row Motorsports. Their brands, Speedy Cash and Revolve Finance Online Banking will be highlighted on all three teams and drivers. Speedy Cash will be the primary sponsor of Sunoco Rookie-of-the-Year candidate, Anthony Alfredo during his first Daytona 500 on February 14 airing on FOX.

Speedy Cash or Revolve Finance Online Banking will also be the primary partner of Alfredo and the No. 38 team at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, the Talladega Superspeedway in April, the Daytona International Speedway in August and at the Kansas Speedway in October. Speedy Cash will be the primary partner during the All-Star race and the NASCAR Cup Series weekend in October at the Texas Motor Speedway. Speedy Cash is an official partner of Texas Motor Speedway and of their Victory Lane. Speedy Cash and Revolve Finance Online Banking will be a season-long associate partner of the No. 38 team.

In addition to their support of Alfredo, Speedy Cash will be the primary partner of Todd Gilliland and the No. 38 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team at the SpeedyCash.com 400 truck race at the Texas Motor Speedway in June. Speedy Cash will be a season-long associate partner of Gilliland and Michael McDowell and the No. 34 team. “Our company and our customers enjoy our partnership in the sport and with Front Row Motorsports,” said Don Gayhardt, CEO, CURO Financial Technologies. “This partnership helps us connect with our customers across the country. Speedy Cash will continue to be front and center as the brand our customers know and love, but this year we’re excited to introduce them to a new online banking brand, Revolve Finance. We are excited to see the progression of Anthony Alfredo and wish the best to Michael McDowell and Todd Gilliland this upcoming season.”

Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, CURO Financial Technologies offers a variety of convenient, easily accessible financial services, including installment loans, lines of credit, title loans and check cashing. The lender is also the exclusive provider of Revolve Finance Online Banking. For over 20 years, Speedy Cash has provided the latest and most innovative lending methods to its customers with services available in branches, online, over the phone and via mobile app.

“It’s just awesome to see Speedy Cash and Revolve Finance Online Banking support me in my first Daytona 500 and throughout my rookie season,” said Alfredo. “I want to thank them for their support, and I can’t wait to work with them this year.”

“I want nothing more than to get our Speedy Cash Ford F-150 into Speedy Cash Victory Lane at the Texas Motor Speedway this summer,” commented Gilliland. “They are stepping up for Front Row Motorsports and that includes our Truck program, too. We’re going to race for the championship and it’s awesome to have Speedy Cash with us.”

For more information about Speedy Cash and Revolve Finance Online Banking, visit SpeedyCash.com and RevolveFinance.com.
<FRM PR

Having to roll down a new car for his qualifying run after a massive flip during Tuesday’s Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champion, the new Spike Chassis seemed to be a perfect fit as California’s Rico Abreu rolled into Victory Lane for the sixth consecutive year on Wednesday’s Circle City Raceway Qualifying Night.
 
“This Keith Kunz Motorsports Team, they are so good at setting up a car to get better as the race goes on,” stated Rico. “It’s really rewarding to drive for such an unbelievable team.”
 
The 31st victory for car owner Keith Kunz, the No. 97 went unchallenged through the duration of the 30-lap affair with Rico rolling to the lead from the pole with Alex Bright in pursuit. Rolling the hub of the Tulsa Expo Raceway the first third of the A-Feature, slower traffic finally forced Abreu to adjust to the cushion.
 
Amassing a 2.906-second lead before the caution lights for Robert Dalby, who flipped in the second turn after contact from Parker Price-Miller, the field reverted to Lap 16 on the restart. Keeping the field at bay, Rico began quickly pulling away. Back into the traffic on Lap 24, Whelen Caution Lights greeted the field one final time.
 
Rolling back to speed, third running Brad Sweet set sights on second. Taking the position off the second turn, Bright answered the challenge by retaking the spot off the fourth turn.
 
Buried in the cushion of the Tulsa Expo Raceway, Rico Abreu rolled to a 3.588-second advantage at the finish. Alex Bright held on for second to lock into his third Chili Bowl Championship A-Feature. Up from ninth, Brad Sweet crossed third with Jake Neuman and Colby Copeland, making up the top five.
 
Gaining eight positions, Kevin Thomas, Jr. crossed sixth with Jake Swanson seventh. Daniel Robinson, Parker Price-Miller, and Giovanni Scelzi completed the top ten.
 
Circle City Raceway Qualifying Night saw 62 Drivers draw in.
 
Fatheadz Eyewear Heat Race wins went to Emerson Axsom, Parker Price-Miller, Brandon Waelti, Jake Neuman, Tyler Thomas, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Rico Abreu, and Alex Bright. C-Features went to Shawn Jackson and Jake Neal. Team Toyota Qualifiers were topped by Giovanni Scelzi, Colby Copeland, Parker Price-Miller, and Robert Dalby. Dave.com B-Features went to Sammy Swindell and Steven Shebester.
 
The World Wide Technology Raceway Flip Count made it to 29, with all drivers uninjured.
 
The 35th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire continues Thursday, January 14, 2021, with John Christner Trucking Qualifying Night. The River Spirit Expo Center opens at 9:00 A.M. with Hot Laps at 4:00 P.M. and Racing at 5:00 P.M. (CT). A limited number of Pit Passes will be available to the General Public.
 
Reminder to all who attend that masks are required while inside the River Spirit Expo Center.
 
Those who cannot make it can see the action live on http://www.floracing.com.
 
For continued updates on the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire, follow the event on Social Media (@cbnationals) and at http://www.chilibowl.com.
 
Results:
 
Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire
Tulsa Expo Raceway - Tulsa, Okla.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Circle City Raceway Qualifying Night
 
Car Count: 62
Event Count: 181
 
Fatheadz Heat Races: Top 40 in passing points advance to Qualifiers.
 
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 15A-Emerson Axsom[1]; 2. 7R-AJ Hopkins[2]; 3. 14F-Cameron Hagin[6]; 4. 91-Jeff Stasa[8]; 5. 70-Cade Cowles[4]; 6. 18L-Logan Scherb[5]; 7. 7JW-Jarrad Warhurst[3]; 8. 17M-Kala Keliinoi[7]
 
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 4A-Parker Price Miller[1]; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell[3]; 3. 55X-Jake Swanson[8]; 4. 2ND-Jeb Sessums[4]; 5. 75-Travis Berryhill[6]; 6. 7J-Shawn Jackson[2]; 7. 77J-John Klabunde[5]; 8. 50K-Kaeden Cornell[7]
 
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 3W-Brandon Waelti[2]; 2. 22X-Steven Shebester[1]; 3. 1R-Brad Sweet[5]; 4. 27W-Colby Copeland[8]; 5. 00-Karter Sarff[6]; 6. 35X-Tyler Robbins[3]; 7. 8K-Jake Neal[7]; 8. 1L-Cody Lampe[4]
 
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 3N-Jake Neuman[3]; 2. 45J-Shon Deskins[2]; 3. 19A-Chase Randall[7]; 4. 26R-Tristin Thomas[4]; 5. 71X-Brian Carber[6]; 6. 98C-Slater Helt[1]; 7. (DNF) 4R-Scott Towslee[5]; 8. (DNS) 6S-Tyler Slay
 
Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 91T-Tyler Thomas[2]; 2. 45M-Brett Moffitt[1]; 3. 79S-Landon Simon[3]; 4. 9E-Chase Elliott[6]; 5. 42-Shawn Mahaffey[4]; 6. 10-Santino Ferrucci[5]; 7. (DNS) 44C-Blake Carrier; 8. (DNS) 98M-Ricky McNamar
 
Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 47W-Kevin Thomas Jr[1]; 2. 84-Giovanni Scelzi[2]; 3. 4D-Robert Dalby[3]; 4. 81-Colten Cottle[6]; 5. 25K-Taylor Reimer[5]; 6. 34-KJ Snow[4]; 7. (DNS) 71J-Joe Weaver; 8. (DNS) 14C-Zack Morgan
 
Heat 7 (8 Laps): 1. 97-Rico Abreu[6]; 2. 57K-Daniel Robinson[4]; 3. 00S-Randy Sterling[5]; 4. 84J-Jesse Shapel[3]; 5. (DNF) 52C-Cody Karl[1]; 6. (DNF) 99K-Robert Carson[2]; 7. (DNF) 97A-Austin O'Dell[7]
 
Heat 8 (8 Laps): 1. 25X-Alex Bright[5]; 2. 37-Max Adams[1]; 3. 44S-Kameron Key[6]; 4. 5O-Chase Howard[3]; 5. 12H-David Raquenio[7]; 6. 00C-Ryan Newman[2]; 7. 8W-Troy Rutherford[4]
 
C-Features: Top 4 advance to corresponding B-Feature.
 
C Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 7J-Shawn Jackson[3]; 2. 00C-Ryan Newman[4]; 3. 18L-Logan Scherb[1]; 4. 98C-Slater Helt[6]; 5. 7JW-Jarrad Warhurst[8]; 6. 34-KJ Snow[2]; 7. 50K-Kaeden Cornell[9]; 8. 14C-Zack Morgan[11]; 9. 4R-Scott Towslee[7]; 10. 6S-Tyler Slay[10]
 
C Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 8K-Jake Neal[4]; 2. 10-Santino Ferrucci[1]; 3. 8W-Troy Rutherford[7]; 4. 77J-John Klabunde[6]; 5. 97A-Austin O'Dell[5]; 6. 17M-Kala Keliinoi[8]; 7. 44C-Blake Carrier[10]; 8. 35X-Tyler Robbins[2]; 9. (DNF) 99K-Robert Carson[3]; 10. (DNF) 1L-Cody Lampe[9]; 11. (DNS) 98M-Ricky McNamar
 
Team Toyota Qualifiers: Top 16 in combined passing points advance to the A-Feature.
 
Qualifier 1 (10 Laps): 1. 84-Giovanni Scelzi[1]; 2. 97-Rico Abreu[6]; 3. 19A-Chase Randall[2]; 4. 44S-Kameron Key[4]; 5. 3W-Brandon Waelti[5]; 6. 91-Jeff Stasa[3]; 7. 9E-Chase Elliott[7]; 8. 25K-Taylor Reimer[10]; 9. 12H-David Raquenio[8]; 10. (DNF) 5O-Chase Howard[9]
 
Qualifier 2 (10 Laps): 1. 27W-Colby Copeland[3]; 2. 25X-Alex Bright[6]; 3. 22X-Steven Shebester[1]; 4. 15A-Emerson Axsom[4]; 5. 91T-Tyler Thomas[5]; 6. 81-Colten Cottle[7]; 7. 75-Travis Berryhill[9]; 8. 2ND-Jeb Sessums[8]; 9. 70-Cade Cowles[10]; 10. 00S-Randy Sterling[2]
 
Qualifier 3 (10 Laps): 1. 4A-Parker Price Miller[4]; 2. 57K-Daniel Robinson[5]; 3. 55X-Jake Swanson[6]; 4. 1-Sammy Swindell[3]; 5. 79S-Landon Simon[7]; 6. 42-Shawn Mahaffey[10]; 7. 45M-Brett Moffitt[1]; 8. 7R-AJ Hopkins[2]; 9. 00-Karter Sarff[9]; 10. 26R-Tristin Thomas[8]
 
Qualifier 4 (10 Laps): 1. 4D-Robert Dalby[7]; 2. 1R-Brad Sweet[3]; 3. 3N-Jake Neuman[6]; 4. 47W-Kevin Thomas Jr[4]; 5. 71X-Brian Carber[9]; 6. 45J-Shon Deskins[2]; 7. 37-Max Adams[1]; 8. 14F-Cameron Hagin[5]; 9. 52C-Cody Karl[10]; 10. 84J-Jesse Shapel[8]
 
Dave.com B-Features: Top 4 advance to the A-Feature.
 
B Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 1-Sammy Swindell[1]; 2. 71X-Brian Carber[2]; 3. 37-Max Adams[7]; 4. 91-Jeff Stasa[3]; 5. 14F-Cameron Hagin[5]; 6. 26R-Tristin Thomas[12]; 7. 42-Shawn Mahaffey[4]; 8. 75-Travis Berryhill[6]; 9. 25K-Taylor Reimer[8]; 10. 00C-Ryan Newman[14]; 11. 18L-Logan Scherb[13]; 12. 98C-Slater Helt[15]; 13. 12H-David Raquenio[9]; 14. (DNF) 7J-Shawn Jackson[11]; 15. (DNF) 00-Karter Sarff[10]; 16. (DNS) 52C-Cody Karl
 
B Feature 2 (15 Laps): 1. 22X-Steven Shebester[1]; 2. 7R-AJ Hopkins[7]; 3. 81-Colten Cottle[3]; 4. 45M-Brett Moffitt[6]; 5. 45J-Shon Deskins[4]; 6. 79S-Landon Simon[2]; 7. 8K-Jake Neal[13]; 8. 9E-Chase Elliott[5]; 9. 2ND-Jeb Sessums[8]; 10. 10-Santino Ferrucci[14]; 11. 8W-Troy Rutherford[15]; 12. 77J-John Klabunde[16]; 13. 84J-Jesse Shapel[12]; 14. 00S-Randy Sterling[9]; 15. (DNF) 5O-Chase Howard[11]; 16. (DNF) 70-Cade Cowles[10]
 
A-Feature: Top 2 advance to Saturday's A-Feature.
 
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 97-Rico Abreu[1]; 2. 25X-Alex Bright[2]; 3. 1R-Brad Sweet[9]; 4. 3N-Jake Neuman[7]; 5. 27W-Colby Copeland[8]; 6. 47W-Kevin Thomas Jr[14]; 7. 55X-Jake Swanson[5]; 8. 57K-Daniel Robinson[6]; 9. 4A-Parker Price Miller[4]; 10. 84-Giovanni Scelzi[10]; 11. 1-Sammy Swindell[17]; 12. 71X-Brian Carber[19]; 13. 3W-Brandon Waelti[15]; 14. 15A-Emerson Axsom[13]; 15. 91T-Tyler Thomas[16]; 16. 81-Colten Cottle[22]; 17. 22X-Steven Shebester[18]; 18. 45M-Brett Moffitt[24]; 19. 37-Max Adams[21]; 20. 91-Jeff Stasa[23]; 21. (DNF) 4D-Robert Dalby[3]; 22. (DNF) 19A-Chase Randall[11]; 23. (DNF) 44S-Kameron Key[12]; 24. (DNF) 7R-AJ Hopkins[20]
 
Lap Leader(s): Rico Abreu 1-30
Hard Charger: Kevin Thomas, Jr. +8
 
Chili Bowl PR

Rico Abreu turned in a dominating performance in leading all 30 laps on the way to winning Wednesday’s Circle City Raceway Qualifying Night at the 35th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals. Alex Bright placed second, while Brad Sweet finished third as Toyota-powered drivers swept the podium.

The victory is the third straight for a Toyota driver in the first three nights of qualifying and marks the sixth preliminary feature win for Abreu in the last seven years. With the win, the two-time Chili Bowl champ will advance directly to Saturday’s A Main feature event.

Abreu and Bright led the field to the green flag with Abreu moving into the lead from the pole position, with Bright falling in behind him. The two Toyota drivers would hold those positions throughout the 30-lap event with Abreu quickly pulling away from the field. Within the first 10 laps, he would begin to lap the tail end of the field. The only thing that could slow him down on the way to the win was a handful of caution flags.

“Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM) has some phenomenal race cars,” said the victorious Abreu. “With Toyota’s support and the great guys that work at KKM behind the scenes with the late nights and the early mornings, that’s where the success comes from. I just tried to focus on minimizing my mistakes. The cushion could get really technical at times. I just tried to understand where the track was moving to. We had great rotation in my car tonight and that’s what allowed me to be able to move around when we got to traffic. I’m excited for Saturday. This is the best I’ve felt in this building. They’ve worked on their race cars to get them better and better.  These guys are hungry for a ‘Driller’.”

Bright also registered a stellar performance on the way to transferring to Saturday’s A Main, never dropping below second in the event. After fighting off an early challenge from Sweet, the Collegeville, Pennsylvania-native was able to pull out a comfortable advantage as a five-car battle went on behind him for third place.

“This is probably the best car I’ve ever been in coming to the Chili Bowl,” relayed Bright. “We didn’t get the win today, but that Ed Pink Toyota definitely made it easy on me in finishing second. I can’t thank everyone on this team enough. I’m looking forward to Saturday.”

Sweet, the reigning World of Outlaws champion, began the race in ninth, but quickly moved up through the field as the race ran green for the first 13 laps. He would eventually find himself battling with Jake Neuman, Colby Copeland, Kevin Thomas Jr. and Jake Swanson for the final spot on the podium with Sweet coming out on top.

Eight Toyotas advanced to the night’s A Main, with Gio Scelzi placing tenth, Brian Carber was 12th, Emerson Axsom finished 14th, Tyler Thomas came home in 15th and Robert Dalby was 21st after running in the top-five for much of th early going

This year’s Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals features more than 310 entries - each fighting for one of the 24 openings in Saturday night’s A Main.  Through the first three nights, Toyota drivers have secured five of the six direct transfers to Saturday’s feature event. Qualifying continues the next two nights with 10 Toyota-powered drivers expected to attempt to qualify on Thursday.

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While most of the NASCAR industry continues prep for the Daytona 500 and 2021 season coming up in just a month, Ryan Newman is set for his second-straight appearance at the Chili Bowl Nationals.

Midget car racing, after all, is where Newman – the now 20-year NASCAR veteran – got his start as a young racer. This week’s action from Tulsa, Oklahoma is known as the “Super Bowl of Midget Racing,” with more than 300 competitors on the entry list. Newman is one of a handful of drivers from the NASCAR ranks to make the trek West, in hopes of claiming the coveted trophy Saturday night.

“There’s a little bit of everything here, and that’s one of the things that makes it so special,” Newman said of the Chili Bowl. “One of the things that make it so special is the guys from the different ranks that show up here, and it’s amazing to know you’re one guy competing against all those guys from NASCAR, IndyCar, USAC and other ranks.”

The 1999 USAC Silver Crown Champion will drive the 00C as one of five entries for Clauson-Marshall Racing, a two-time National USAC Champion team. The 43-year-old also drove for the Indiana-based organization at the 2020 Chili Bowl.

“We had a good run a year ago and are excited to be back,” Newman said. “We have a great team and great sponsor this year with Driven2SaveLives. My car number will be 00C, which is in honor of a young man who lost his life and donated his organs. Driven2Save and the Indiana donor network are great partners of Clauson-Marshall Racing, and proud to run his name on the car. And the fact he saved five lives with his organ donation gives me chills, because here’s someone that raced ¼ midgets like I did and in the end he became a hero.”

Newman’s night of heat races and qualifying action is set for Wednesday. The top two finishers in the qualifying night’s feature event progress into Saturday’s main show, while the remainder of the entries from the respective qualifying night will attempt to race their way in through a series of additional races.

“It’s just fun to be here, and so many different people from so many different types of racing at an indoor venue on dirt, it’s awesome,” Newman added.

Among the list of entries along with Newman on Wednesday include fellow NASCAR drivers Chase Elliott and Brett Moffitt, and former Chili Bowl Champion Rico Abreu. Stay tuned to Roush Fenway on social media (@RoushFenway, @Roush6Team) for coverage throughout the week.

The Chili Bowl will be shown online on www.floracing.com through the qualifying events. Saturday’s final features will switch to the MAVTV Motorsports Network. For a complete listing of channels and to request MAVTV, log onto www.mavtv.com.

All official news regarding the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl National presented by General Tire can be found at www.chilibowl.com.

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Teenage standout Parker Retzlaff will embark on the next opportunity in his young Motorsports career by taking to the high banks of Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway during this weekend’s preseason ARCA Menards Series testing.

While Retzlaff, 17, is not eligible to compete in next month’s General Tire 200 at the “World Center of Racing”, the opportunity to tackle the 2.5-mile superspeedway for Fast Track Racing as part of the series’ Road to Daytona program, the teenager is prepared to embrace the experience with a goal of competing in the annual series’ opener in the future.

“I cannot tell you how excited I am for this weekend,” said Retzlaff.

“For any race car driver, the chance to turn laps at Daytona is not only very humbling but a dream come true. I cannot thank ARCA, Andy Hillenburg and Fast Track Racing enough for this unbelievable opportunity.”

Sharing the No. 10 Fast Track Racing Chevrolet with four other drivers will certainly limit his track time at Daytona this weekend, but that doesn’t bother the young driver.

“The opportunity to be coached by a respected owner and former ARCA champion driver Andy Hillenburg – and the chance to converse with the other drivers is all apart of the experience this weekend,” added Retzlaff.

“Sure, the track time is important, but it's striving to be a better driver and utilizing the resources around me to help. Hopefully, the test will be successful and I can use it as a stepping stone to come back in the future and prepare for the actual race.”

The two-day ARCA Menards Series preseason test officially kicks off the 2021 season and Retzlaff is excited about what’s ahead and intends on announcing his plans within the next few weeks.

“I believe that 2021 is shaping up to be a good year,” sounded Retzlaff. “I learned a lot last year, despite the pandemic. I will continue to grow as a driver, but I think the goals set forth this season are obtainable.

“A lot of people are investing time, effort and financially for me and I have to be sure to go out there and make sure I not only do my job but do it well and continue to take the steps up the racing ladder.”

For more on Parker Retzlaff, please visit parkerretzlaff.com, like him on Facebook (Parker Retzlaff Racing), Instagram (parkerRetzlaff) and follow him on Twitter (@Parker79p).

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