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It’s 65 miles from Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn to the Ford Motor Company’s worldwide headquarters in Dearborn. Clint Bowyer would walk every mile if he could hand deliver the speedway’s Heritage Trophy to Ford executives after sweeping Saturday’s and Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series races at the 2-mile oval.


“I know how important winning in their own backyard is to Ford because we’ve done it before at Michigan,” Bowyer said. “I’d love to hand that trophy to Mark Rushbrook (Ford Performance Motorsports’ global director) again this weekend, especially since it’s Michigan’s first doubleheader weekend.”


The Michigan Heritage Trophy, created in August 2013, is awarded to the winning manufacturer of each Michigan Cup race. Each manufacturer and the track donates $10,000 to a youth-related, STEM-related charity in Michigan. Since its inception, Ford and Chevrolet own six Michigan victories each while Toyota has one. The trophy will be awarded on a points system if different manufacturers win Saturday and Sunday.


The trophy, inspired by the NHL’s Stanley Cup trophy, is 3 feet tall, weighs about 30 pounds and features an original sculpture similar to the Greek goddess of victory, Nike. The original bronze artwork sits atop a wooden base, like the architecture of Detroit landmarks such as the Fisher Building and Guardian Building.


“I’ve been able to drive for every manufacturer in the Cup Series and know how much each one of them means to our sport,” said Bowyer, whose 10 career victories include two in Fords, three in Toyotas and five in Chevrolets. “We don’t race without our manufacturers and I know how much each takes pride in their results on the track, especially at Michigan.”


Bowyer fondly remembers winning the Heritage Trophy for Ford on June 10, 2018.


His No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion had just taken the lead during the break before the final stage of the race. Rain clouds out of the northeast drew closer, spitting a fine mist with most of the 39-car field suspecting the race wouldn’t last much longer.


Bowyer held the lead but only because his then-crew chief Mike Bugarewicz elected to take two tires while most of the field took four. It was up to Bowyer to hold the position just ahead of his Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Kevin Harvick, who had led 49 laps, more than any other driver.


“I looked in the mirror – everybody behind me is on four tires,” Bowyer said. “(I’m thinking that) I don’t know what you’re looking at, but there’s an army of people on pit road who saw the same forecast, same radar, they took four.”


The green flag waved and Bowyer drove as hard as he could for three-and-a-half laps. He edged just ahead of Harvick before the rain fell hard enough for NASCAR to end the race with 67 laps remaining, giving Bowyer his 10th career victory and second of the 2018 season. Then-teammate Kurt Busch’s was third to give SHR its first 1-2-3 finish.


Ford has swept all three races since Bowyer’s victory at Michigan.


He hopes for a repeat this weekend as he pilots the No. 14 DEKALB Ford in Michigan. DEKALB has been helping farmers ensure a future of performance with industry-leading corn seed products for more than 100 years.


“I grew up in farm country and saw firsthand the hard work that goes into growing crops and taking care of livestock,” said Bowyer. “Farming takes time, energy and incredible attention to detail. DEKALB understands all of that, and they know what farmers need to take care of their crops. It really is an honor to represent DEKALB.”


Bowyer operates a 650-acre farm in North Carolina and points out the similarities between farming and racing.


“Winning is more than a goal, it’s a state of mind,” he said. “Just ask any farmer or NASCAR driver pushing themselves. You are always trying to improve performance each and every season. Once you get a taste of success and winning, that mindset takes hold, it drives everything you do, shaping families and defining who you are. Winning has roots.”


Bowyer could use a victory Saturday or Sunday at Michigan. He arrives 12th in the season’s point standing after an 18th-place finish Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. He earned nine bonus points by finishing seventh and sixth in the first two stages before handling issues plagued his final stage.


Bowyer is 14th in the playoff standings with a 43-point cushion over the final transfer spot into the 16-driver playoff field. A win in either Michigan races secures a spot in NASCAR’s postseason, but a good run helps in padding his points cushion.


It will be a busy weekend with late-afternoon races both Saturday and Sunday in Michigan. And for Bowyer, if he wins both, a long hike to Dearborn on Monday.



Racing Point clinched the sixth and seventh positions during the last Styrian Grand Prix competition. However, the results remain provisional as stewards found Renault’s submitted protest against Racing Point valid. Renault cited a strong resemblance to last year’s winning car from Mercedes. It found Racing Point in breach of the following Articles of FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations of 2020:

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with regards to Racing Point’s front and rear brake ducts used on cars 11&18. A closer look also shows that the team had borrowed heavily from W10 for its 2020 car. The front wing, the aerodynamics, and the front wing were all similar to this Mercedes model.

In fact, the only striking difference between the two racing cars was the bright coat of pink.  The FIA Technical department has since been directed to impound the parts in preparation for a detailed analysis. The stewards gave an order for the collection of the Mercedes front and rear brake air ducts of the W10 and those used in 2019 for assessment.

Racing Point’s Response

Racing Point has since admitted the similarity but explains that they did it in compliance with the rules. Further, the team found it disappointing that Renault had launched such a complaint as it had cooperated with the FIA and answered questions regarding the origin of RP20’s design before the beginning of the season.

The team’s principal added that the car was a result of the significant investment made designing it, not its relationship with Mercedes. Racing Point’s team had finished seventh during last year’s competition but had stepped up its game this year with Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll finishing in the sixth and seventh positions, respectively; a feat that’s normally unachievable even when you are lucky on sites such as getluckycasino.com.

Why Racing Point Used Mercedes Design

Normally teams are allowed to purchase listed parts (a car’s monocoque and aerodynamic surfaces) from other teams, but the individual team should design the parts. Each team has exclusive rights to use the listed parts as long as it is competing in F1.

Note, F1 finds the brake ducts are an essential component of any car’s aerodynamic design. They are designed to increase the flow of air on the front wing adding speed, reducing drag, and increasing the downforce. That’s why modern F1 cars maneuver corners faster than regular commercial vehicles. The additional downforce generates up to 80% of the grip required to hold up a vehicle. F1 racing cars can also hold up centrifugal forces of up to 4G without sliding off the track.

Red Bull have set F1’s aerodynamic trend for the last decade. A common feature about Red Bull cars, is the presence of an aggressive rake (the angle at which the vehicle rests when viewed sideways). This unique design increases the air rushing under the car, reducing the pressure pulling the car to the track.

Many teams have used Red Bulls’ low rake design apart from Racing Point, which has been committed to a high-rake design since 2014. However, Racing Point had signed a deal with Mercedes to use their engine. This meant that the team had to share outboard suspension components and a gearbox designed around the low-rake design.

Attempts to reverse engineer the Red Bull concept to work with a Mercedes gearbox were getting increasingly frustrating, causing them to pursue a fresh design- the Mercedes philosophy. However, with only a short time and little experience in low-rake racing vehicles, Racing Point decided to borrow plenty of features from last year’s Mercedes car model.

Keep in mind; as long as Racing Point does not copy Mercedes intellectual property or aero data regarding W10’s bodywork, it is within its limits to adopt the design. It can also purchase the engine, 2019 outboard suspension and 2019-spec gearbox components, and the hydraulics from Mercedes. The result was a racing car that resembled Mercedes’ championship car.

What’s more, Racing Point had resolved to replace its wind tunnel with Mercedes’ facility in Brackley in a bid to align all the parts with the new low-rake concept. Previously, the team had been using Toyota’s wind tunnel, and this decision further reinforced the team’s decision to adopt the Mercedes design car.

Other Teams Using Similar Designs as Top Performers

Racing Point is not the only team with a racing car with a similar design as one of the top three. Alpha Tauri, for example, uses the same components as Red Bull, and Haas has borrowed several features from Ferrari.

The championship picture has begun to come into focus, while new faces continue to find their way to victory lane, as Delta Speedway presented by Financial Center Credit Union hits the halfway point of its 2020 season. Saturday’s action includes the fifth points race for the Super 600, Non-Wing, Restricted, and Jr. Sprint competitors at the 1/7th mile dirt oval in Stockton.

The speedway located at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds continues to be closed to spectators with COVID-19 guidelines in affect. All attendees must be attending with a race team, with each team limited to ten people per car. A COVID waiver is mandatory for everyone who enters the facility. More information can be found at www.DeltaSpeedwayStockton.com

Battling for the $1000 track championships has intensified across the board, but most notably in the Jr. Sprints division. The speedway’s youngest drivers are in a dead heat with 2019 champion Lucas Mauldin of Rancho Murieta and Oakdale’s Hayden Stepps tied atop the order. Each driver has won twice this season in the 20-lap main events. 2019 series runner-up Kyle Fernandez ranks third ahead of Brody Rubio and Kellan Harper. A guaranteed $200 will be rewarded to Saturday’s winner. 

The next youngest drivers at Delta Speedway race in the Restricted division. Fresno’s Mattix Salmon leads the way but faces pressure from Pleasanthill’s Colin Kirby. Kirby broke through for his first 25-lap Restricted victory two weeks ago and only trails Salmon by 17 markers. 

Brandon Riveira of Tracy sits only 20 points out of first place ahead of former Jr. Sprint champion Isabel Barnes of Brentwood. Reilee Phillips of Fresno rounds out a tightly wound top-five with only 25 points spread among them. These future stars of dirt racing battle for a minimum of $300 to win each Saturday night.

2019 Non-Wing and Super 600 track champion Caden Sarale of Stockton looks well on his way to challenging for a sweep in 2020 as well. On the Non-Wing side of the sport, Sarale has only one victory this year but a perfect four-for-four top-five finishes. That consistency has propelled the son of BCRA champion John Sarale to a 72-point lead over 2018 Non-Wing title holder Tj Smith of Fresno. 

Sage Bordenave has moved over to the wingless division and advanced to third in the standings. 2016 double track champion Brandon Carey of Ripon and Johnathan Henry round out the top-five. Oregon’s Austin Torgerson won his first Delta Non-Wing feature in the last round as well. Saturday’s Non-Wing feature pays $500 to win and will be for 30-laps.

Super 600 is a closer championship battle as the winged warriors prepare for their own $500 to win, 30-lap contest. Sarale leads by just 13 points over 2014 track champion and 2020 Treva Parks award winner Travis Labat of Livermore. Raio Salmon continues her streak of top-three points performances from third with Rickey Sanders emerging fourth after his breakthrough win a few weeks ago. 2018 champion Nikko Panella ranks fifth with a win on July 25th to his credit.

Pit gates open at noon with the driver’s meeting at 4:30 pm and hot laps to follow. Come hungry as Royce Farms will be serving up their legendary race track BBQ for this competitor-only event. 

For more information on Delta Speedway presented by Financial Center Credit Union, follow us online at www.deltaspeedwaystockton.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Delta Speedway presented by Financial Center Credit Union thanks Interstate Truck Center, Lovotti Air, Van De Pol Petroleum, Kludt Oil, Hoosier Racing Tire, Starr Property Management, Performance Electronics, Genova Bakery, Bruno's Peppers, Motion Media, and Panella Trucking for their support.

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As the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn for the 2-mile oval’s first-ever doubleheader weekend, Kyle Busch is looking for a little bit of the Luck of the Irish.


The driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Fudge Brownie Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) is looking to bounce back from some terrible luck last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, where a cut tire just 15 laps into the race resulted in contact with the outside wall to end his day prematurely.


The good news is that Busch will have not one, but two chances to turn his luck around this weekend. The series heads to the lightning-fast track situated in Michigan’s “Irish Hills” approximately 80 miles southwest of Detroit for Saturday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 and Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400.


While the area near the track is known as the Irish Hills, it’s not because of any Irish heritage. During the 19th century, that area of Michigan, located near U.S. 12 just about halfway between Detroit and Chicago, was a well-known stopping point during the five-day stagecoach trip between the two large Midwest cities. At the turn of the 20th century, the Irish Hills turned into an enjoyable tourist destination with its plush, green landscape and more than 30 lakes for vacationers and residents to enjoy in peace and quiet.


Busch scored his first Michigan Cup Series win in August 2011. Then the track was repaved prior to the 2012 season and, while he scored a solid fourth-place finish on the new surface in June 2013, he has not had the results to match his high standards since. However, his 2018 and 2019 stops on the Michigan circuit netted three top-five finishes and no finish worse than sixth, which has gotten Busch closer to what he looks for week in and week out at any track.


So, as Busch and the M&M’S Fudge Brownie team head to the Upper Midwest this weekend, they hope to find the Luck of the Irish (Hills) with two chances to make it to victory lane for the first time this season and the second time in his career in the Irish Hills of Michigan.



This weekend, Cole Custer, driver of the No. 41 HaasTooling.com/Jacob Construction Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) and his fellow NASCAR Cup Series competitors head to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn for a doubleheader at the 2-mile track. The world’s best stock car drivers are scheduled to complete over 600 miles combined Saturday and Sunday in the backyard of manufacturer Ford, which is located approximately 65 miles northeast of the track in Dearborn.


HaasTooling.com will share the No. 41 machine this weekend with Jacob Construction. Jacob adorned Custer’s Ford Mustang earlier this season at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Jacob is a multifaceted firm with a focus on construction, development, design and technology services. Jacob provides clients with a wide range of services in the design build and construction management sectors of the construction industry. In conjunction with these services, Jacob self performs structural concrete, architectural and structural precast erection.


So far this season, the Mustang has earned 11 wins for Ford. Custer and his SHR teammate Kevin Harvick have both earned wins for the Blue Oval this season. A win this weekend would be huge for Ford and SHR. Not only because it’s close to Ford headquarters, but this weekend’s events have a unique trophy. The Michigan Heritage Trophy was created in 2013 and is awarded to the winning manufacturer of each race.


Custer heads into this weekend coming off of an eighth-place finish in last Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Custer was able to work through a tight-handling Mustang and race his way up through the field. The top-10 finish marked his fourth top-10 in his last five starts. He was also the highest finishing rookie in the race.


The Ford driver has three starts in the Xfinity Series at Michigan. All three resulted in finishes of 12th or better, with a best of third earned in June 2018. In total, he has an average Michigan Xfinity starting position of 5.7 and an average finish of 8.3, along with 35 laps led.


In the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, Custer has one start at the Brooklyn track. In August of 2016, Custer started 18th and finished 22nd.


With Custer’s Cup Series July 12 win at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, he became one of 10 drivers who have won in each of NASCAR’s top three national series, as well as in ARCA and NASCAR’s developmental K&N Pro Series.


Team co-owner Gene Haas’ newest holding, Haas Tooling, was launched as a way for CNC machinists to purchase high quality cutting tools at great prices. Haas’ cutting tools are sold exclusively online at HaasTooling.com and shipped directly to end users. Beginning July 1, HaasTooling.com products became available nationally. The cutting tools available for purchase at HaasTooling.com are even more important during the current COVID-19 pandemic as CNC machines have become vital to producing personal protective equipment.


There are six races left in the regular season before the playoffs start Sept. 6 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, and Custer’s win at Kentucky earned him one of the coveted playoff spots. Harvick also owns a playoff spot after multiple wins this season.


In 70 starts at the Brooklyn track, SHR has four victories – Kurt Busch and Clint Bowyer each with one win, and Harvick with two. In total at Michigan, SHR has 17 top-fives, 28 top-10s and 512 laps led.


Haas Automation, founded by Haas in 1983, is America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools. The company manufactures a complete line of vertical and horizontal machining centers, turning centers and rotary tables and indexers. All Haas products are constructed in the company’s 1.1-million-square-foot manufacturing facility in Oxnard, California, and distributed through a worldwide network of Haas Factory Outlets.


Even though Custer had a trio of starts in the Cup Series in 2018, 2020 officially marks his Rookie of the Year campaign in NASCAR’s most prestigious series. He’s competing for rookie honors with notables Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick. The three have battled against each other in the Xfinity Series and are making the full-time transition to the Cup Series together. Custer is the first of the 2020 rookie class to earn a win this season.



Nemechek on Michigan:
"Michigan is a pretty unique track. It's kind of a blend of a superspeedway and a mile-and-a-half track. It's widened out a lot and it's pretty smooth, so you can run wide open to find clean air. It's going to be important like always to have as close a setup as possible going in so that you only have to make small adjustments during the race.
"We've got Death Wish Coffee back on our No. 38 Ford Mustang for the Saturday race this weekend. I'm confident that my Front Row Motorsports team will put together a fast race car at the shop so that we can go out and get a good result for our partners. It's been great having Death Wish with us for several races this season."

Both the Nut Up Pro Late Models and 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models continue their summer of MAVTV-televised racing with this Saturday’s fourth round of 2020 at Madera Speedway. After the season was delayed for over three months due to COVID-19, the nine-race campaign has been rescheduled for an every other week format. 

Teams have responded to the challenge with strong car counts in 2020. Those car counts are expected to continue in Saturday’s 80-lap event for the Pro Late Models and 70-lap event for the Jr. Late Models. Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros and Legends of the Pacific are also scheduled to be competing. 

Grandstands remain closed due to COVID-19 industry guidance, but Madera Speedway and Nut Up Industries will provide a free live stream. Race fans can tune in to Short Track TV on YouTube at 6pm Pacific for the coverage at https://youtu.be/9v-RlElQXmo

Phoenix, Arizona’s Bradley Erickson, age 14, has wrestled the points lead away in the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series after his first career victory on July 25th. Erickson leads Bakersfield’s Seth Wise by five points in the standings. He also leads the series in laps led, with 101 laps spent at the top of the large pack of drivers ages 10-16.

“Well it’s going to take some consistency (to win the championship),” Erickson said. “Of course we don’t want to have any bad finishes or any bad qualifying efforts. We’re going to try to win as many as we can. I am really confident after this first win that we can win some more races. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Wise ranks second in the championship on the strength of two wins, while Jadan Walbridge is third in the standings just 17 points out of first. Cole Brown’s trio of top-five finishes have boosted him to fourth. Bakersfield’s Kercie Jung equaled a best finish in the series for a female with a second place run on July 25th, moving the sophomore driver up to fifth in the standings. The Jr. Late Models compete for 70-laps with a break after lap 40 for adjustments and MAVTV interviews.

Bakersfield’s Buddy Shepherd has opened his drive for his third Nut Up Pro Late Model championship with two wins and a recent runner-up finish. Shepherd trailed 2018 Short Track Shootout champion Jeremy Doss across the finish line and will look to be one spot better this go around. 

Shepherd enjoys a strong 31 point lead over third-generation standout Ross Strmiska with Blaine Rocha a further 15 points back in third. 2007 Altamont Raceway Park champion Ryan Philpott is enjoying his best start to a Madera season from fourth in the points. 

Matt Erickson is Madera’s winningest Late Model driver but was kept out of victory lane throughout 2019. Erickson currently ranks fifth in the championship, aiming for his first Madera win since September 22, 2018. Defending series champion Austin Herzog is seventh in the standings while 2019 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model champion Joey Iest comes into the weekend from ninth. 

The Nut Up Pro Late Models will compete for 80-laps including a 50-lap opening segment before a break for TV time and car adjustments.

Jeffery Erickson has won all three Mini Cup vs. Bandolero features, and leads the Bandolero portion of the standings by 31 points over Joey Kennealy. Bakersfield’s Caden Cordova ranks third. Tracy’s Rebecca Dubie is a perfect three-for-three in the Mini Cup portion of the events and leads that championship over Harley Kennealy. 25 laps of competition are scheduled for the youngest drivers at Madera.

Legends of the Pacific were an addition to the program and always bring tight competition to the one-third mile oval. The event will pay $500 to win thanks to several series sponsors with the main event scheduled for 35-laps.

Activities get underway on Friday with practice. Pit gates open at 2:30pm with the track open from 5pm to 8:30pm (high side only from 8-8:30pm).

On Saturday, pit gates open at 11am with practice beginning at 1:00pm. Qualifying will be at 3:00pm with the Mini Cup, Bandolero, and Legends heat races to follow. Main events will begin at 5:15pm with live streaming coverage beginning at 6pm.

For information about Madera Speedway, visit www.RaceMadera.com The 2020 season would not be possible without the support of Nut Up Industries, 51FIFTY LTM, Race 2B Drug Free, Competition Carburetion, Hoosier Tires, and Sunoco Race Fuel.

Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Monday nights at 5pm and 6pm Pacific with new 2020 episodes now airing. Round #1 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series airs on August 17th.

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With one of the most notable events in the state set for Michigan International Speedway next weekend, it’s only appropriate that a Detroit native will play a key role to help get it underway.

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).  The race is one of four over the course of three days at MIS, the first of two Cup Series races on consecutive days.

"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!"

“Cece Winans is one of the top musical icons ever to come out of the Motor City and we are delighted she will join us in honoring our Country prior to the Firekeepers Casino 400,” said Michigan International Speedway President Rick Brenner.  “She has an extremely successful career in music, which along with automobiles and racing, is something for which Detroit has become synonymous.”

Winans is one of the most honored gospel artists in the industry. She has influenced a generation of gospel and secular vocalists over the course of her storied career and has long since cemented her status as one of the most accomplished and celebrated women in modern music history. Overall in her musical journey, she has won 12 Grammy Awards, 20 Dove Awards and seven Stellar Awards.  She has produced 11 albums and sold more than 17 million records worldwide. Winans has also been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Nashville Music City Walk of Fame, in addition to being named a Trailblazer of Soul by BMI and garnering multiple NAACP Image Awards, Soul Train Awards, Essence Awards, and more.


Expanding to six nights, the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Week powered by Smiley’s Racing Products will see events through Kansas, Oklahoma, and finally Arkansas with teams racing for $3,000 to win, $300 to start each night, along with their share of $10,000 Smiley’s Racing Products inventory.
Dividing the $10,00 at the end of the Sprint Week, the high point driver will get a gift card good for $3,000 in goods and services from Smiley’s Racing Products. Second will receive a card worth $2,500. Third gets $2,000. Fourth gets $1,500, and fifth gets $1,000.
The 2020 ASCS Sprint Week starts Tuesday, August 11, at Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kan.), then rolls to Caney Valley Speedway (Caney, Kan.) on Wednesday, August 12. Round three will hit 81-Speedway (Park City, Kan.) on Thursday, August 13, with Round four at Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, Okla.) on Friday, August 14. The fifth round of competition lands at I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, Ark.) on Saturday, August 15, with Diamond Park Speedway (Murfreesboro, Ark.) on Sunday, August 16.
The format will follow that of the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All-Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1. One difference from the All-Star format is A-Features during the ASCS Sprint Week will feature a 20-car field. There will be no Provisionals. Any non-transferring driver will get $100.
Other bonus money and contingencies will be announced as the week begins. All races will be streamed live on http://www.racinboys.com.
For other news, notes, and information on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the Regional Tours that make up the ASCS Nation in 2020, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com, follow on Facebook, on Instagram, and Twitter (@LucasOilASCS).

There are few people that would be more excited to race at South Boston Speedway this season than Jimmy Wade.

Wade, a Halifax, Virginia resident, is the elder statesman among South Boston Speedway’s Budweiser Pure Stock Division competitors. Now 74-years-old, Wade has been competing in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division for 14 years. He started racing at the age of 61 and carries that number on his Nissan 240 racecar.

Racing is all about fun for Wade, and it is an is outlet that keeps him active. His desire to race is as strong, maybe stronger now than it was when he started.

“I tried to give it up two years ago,” Wade explained.

“If everybody remembers, I made an announcement I was through. My son told my wife ‘if he quits racing, he is going to lay around on the couch and die, he needs something to do.’ He told his momma ‘tell him to race again, even if he doesn’t race all of the races.’ That’s all I needed to hear.”

Wade is a true competitor. Each time he straps himself into his car he gives it every bit of the effort he can.

“I don’t drive as hard as I used to, but I drive it as hard as I want to,” Wade said with a smile.

“I’m not running as good as I used to. It might be my reflexes, or the fact that I have to do all of my own work. Before, I had the guys at Riverview – the late Clark Daniels and all of them helping me. If I tore something up, I had three, four, or five guys helping during the week to fix it. Now if I tear something up, it was just me until Richard Montgomery came on board.”

Wade finished fifth in the Pure Stock Division point standings at South Boston Speedway last season, not a bad result in the highly competitive division.

“I don’t run well during any given race,” Wade explained, “but I’m consistent and I get a lot of points that way. I want to get up on the podium, and I want to win one.”

Wade came to South Boston Speedway’s late-July open practice with a new car in tow, a car he feels is a better car than the car he raced at South Boston Speedway last season.

“I bought this car already built,” Wade pointed out.

“I gave up on my building skills. I bought the car just before Christmas and Richard Montgomery and I have been fooling with it every few days. I had to do a lot to it because it was set up a lot differently from how I wanted it.

“I have a nicer motor in this car than I do in the other car,” he added.

Wade is serious about his racing effort and has a second car in the works.

“I had already made a deal to sell the other car,” Wade noted.

“I didn’t back out of that deal. I’ve got another car at the shop we’re working on. If I tear this one up during the year, I have a back-up. If I don’t tear this one up, I might sell the other one.”

Wade enjoys working on the cars almost as much as racing them.

“I go over there to the shop pretty often, even if I don’t stay but 30 minutes,” Wade said.

“If I have something major to do, I go get Richard. If it’s something simple like sanding down a spot or there is something I can do in an hour, I go and do it myself.”

Restrictions mandated by the Commonwealth of Virginia in its effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 have prevented South Boston Speedway from holding any racing events thus far this season. While he has missed racing on the .4-mile oval that is his home track, Wade has an optional avenue to having some fun.

“If nothing else, I’ll just rent the track and run by myself. If you’re out there by yourself there’s nobody passing you,” he said with a laugh.

South Boston Speedway is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for teams that wish to schedule test time.

For the latest news and announcements about South Boston Speedway please visit the speedway’s website at www.southbostonspeedway.com and the speedway’s social media outlets.


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