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One of Homestead-Miami Speedway’s most popular philanthropic events will be returning on Saturday, August 22, hosting “Give Back at the Track,” an event that gives guests the rare opportunity to drive around the 1.5-mile oval in their own, personal vehicle – and all for a good cause.

From 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., drivers can experience first-hand the picturesque setting of Homestead-Miami Speedway and its unique progressive banking as they run laps around the track that has seen so many historical moments in NASCAR annals. Guests can take their street-legal vehicles around the oval following behind the official Homestead-Miami Speedway pace car, a Ford Mustang Shelby. Three different packages are available, and participants can purchase as many as they would like.  Both credit cards and cash will be accepted.

3 laps:            $25

6 laps :           $45

10 laps:          $80

Proceeds from the event will benefit Homestead-Miami Speedway’s charitable outreach program, “Driving for a Cause,” a donor-advised fund of the NASCAR Foundation.

Guests who wish to participate should enter the infield through Gate 18, off Palm Drive. 

In addition, the following are guidelines that will be in place for the event:

·         All vehicles must be street-legal

·         A valid driver’s license must be presented to drive

·         Drivers younger than 18 must be accompanied by, and drive with, an adult

·         Everyone who enters the track will be subject to a COVID-19 screening process prior to entry

·         Face coverings will be required for the screening process and ticket purchase, but not to drive

·         Motorcycles are not permitted

·         For the safety of everyone who comes through the gates, all participants must remain in their vehicles at all times

Local car clubs are invited to attend the event for a group rate. Car clubs will receive a set amount of laps on the track. Please contact Clayton Juel at (305) 230-5209 or [email protected]com for more details.

For more information on Give Back at the Track, please visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com

Homestead Miami Speedway PR

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway today issued the following statement:

“It is with great regret that we announce the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Aug. 23 without fans. This tough decision was made following careful consideration and extensive consultation with state and city leadership.

“As dedicated as we were to running the race this year with 25 percent attendance at our large outdoor facility, even with meaningful and careful precautions implemented by the city and state, the COVID-19 trends in Marion County and Indiana have worsened. Since our June 26 announcement, the number of cases in Marion County has tripled while the positivity rate has doubled. We said from the beginning of the pandemic we would put the health and safety of our community first, and while hosting spectators at a limited capacity with our robust plan in place was appropriate in late June, it is not the right path forward based on the current environment.

“We encourage Hoosiers to continue making smart decisions and following the advice of our public health officials so we can help get Indiana back on track.

“Penske Corporation made a long-term investment to be the steward of this legendary facility. While we were very excited to showcase the investments and enhancements we have made in the guest experience, we know we have reached the right decision. As much as Roger Penske and everyone associated with the ‘500’ wanted to race with fans this year, we ultimately reached this conclusion in partnership with the state of Indiana and city of Indianapolis.

“Our commitment to the Speedway is unwavering, and we will continue to invest in the Racing Capital of the World. We encourage everyone to watch this year’s race on NBC, and we look forward to welcoming our loyal fans back to ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ on May 30th of 2021.”

Further Information from IMS

  • All on-track activity during the month of August, including practice and qualifications, will be closed to the general public.
  • Individuals who still have tickets to this year’s Indy 500 will be credited for the 2021 Indianapolis 500 and will retain their seniority and their originally assigned seats.
  • The first Indy 500 practice will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 12, with a full schedule available on IMS.com.
  • All of the action from IMS can be viewed via NBC Sports Gold, NBCSN or NBC. Visit IMS.com or INDYCAR.com for a comprehensive streaming and broadcast schedule.
  • The 104th Running of the Indy 500 will take place Sunday, Aug. 23, with national coverage beginning on NBC at 1 p.m. ET.
  • Local Central Indiana coverage of the race will be available on NBC affiliate WTHR.
  • Broadcast coverage of qualifications on Saturday, Aug. 15 begins on NBC at 3 p.m. ET.
  • Sunday, Aug. 16 broadcast coverage of Pole Day begins on NBC at 1 p.m.

IMS PR

Hailie Deegan, No. 4 Monster Energy Ford Fusion
 
Hailie Deegan will be making her first start at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Sunday. To prepare for the fast two-mile oval, she spent time on the Ford Performance simulator in Concord, N.C., earlier this week and received advice from NASCAR Cup Series veteran David Ragan.
 
So far this season in 10 ARCA Menards Series starts, Deegan has earned two top-five and eight top-10 finishes. She had the potential for another top-five finish Sunday at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway, but had to settle for sixth when rain ended the race after only 127 of 200 laps.
 
The DGR-Crosley team is taking the same Monster Energy Ford Fusion which Deegan raced at Kentucky Speedway last month. The car has a new front clip after an accident in that race.
 
The ARCA Menards Series VizCom 200 from Michigan International Speedway will be run on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 1 p.m. ET. The race will be broadcast live on MAVTV and streamed live on NBC Gold TrackPass. The 100-lap race will be broken into segments with competition breaks on laps 30 and 60.
 
Deegan on Michigan: "I spent some time on the Ford simulator practicing for Michigan to get a baseline since you don't know if you will be wide open there because I know they have done a couple things to the ARCA cars now. It's just kind of guessing how the setup will be, but we'll figure it out when we get there, although we won't have a ton of practice. We'll try to get a decent setup and get a good finish. Being consistent and not making mistakes is so important, along with the car's setup."
 
Anthony Alfredo, No. 17 Crosley Brands Ford Fusion
 
Anthony Alfredo returns to his former team for the ARCA Menards Series race on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. He will compete in the No. 17 Crosley Brands Ford Fusion for the 100-lap race. Alfredo raced for DGR-Crosley in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series for 13 races in 2019. He earned two top-10 finishes in the Truck Series before moving up to the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season, where he has scored one top-five and six top-10 finishes in 10 starts to date.
 
Michigan was one of the truck races Alfredo ran last year, so he is looking forward to going back to a track where he has prior experience. He had been running in the top five toward the end of the race until an accident took out all three DGR-Crosley trucks, including Alfredo, leaving him in 26th place.
 
Alfredo will race the same No. 17 Ford Fusion which Tanner Gray finished fifth in at Kansas Speedway in July.
 
The ARCA Menards Series VizCom 200 from Michigan International Speedway will be run on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 1 p.m. ET. The race will be broadcast live on MAVTV and streamed live on NBC Gold TrackPass. The 100-lap race will be broken into segments with competition breaks on laps 30 and 60.
 
Alfredo on Michigan: "We've been working on scheduling this race since the start of the season. Because of Covid-19, we weren't sure exactly when we would be able to do it, but fortunately Michigan fell right in between my biggest break from the Xfinity side of things, so I'm excited to go fill that gap. It's going to be nice to get the band back together racing with DGR-Crosley again and go have some fun at Michigan. I didn't get to work with Blake (Bainbridge, crew chief) last year, but I know him and most of the guys who will be on my team, so that helps with the chemistry. I'm glad I get to go to Michigan. It's a fun track and I was able to run a Truck Series race with them last year, so there is some consistency which will be helpful."
 
Thad Moffitt, No. 46 Richard Petty Performance Plus Motor Oil Ford Fusion
Thad Moffitt will make his first start at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Sunday. In 25 career ARCA Menards Series starts, he has never competed on the wide two-mile oval. Luckily he has plenty of people to ask for advice throughout the DGR-Crosley organization. His teammate this weekend, Anthony Alfredo, has a prior truck start there, as well as team co-owner David Gilliland who has 19 NASCAR Cup Series starts in the Irish Hills.
 
Moffitt has been preparing for the new track by practicing on iRacing frequently. He has also been preparing physically making sure he is hydrated and eating healthy before the afternoon race.
 
Moffitt will be driving the same No. 46 Richard Petty Performance Plus Oil Ford Fusion which he raced at Kansas Speedway in July where he finished 10th.
 
The ARCA Menards Series VizCom 200 from Michigan International Speedway will be run on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 1 p.m. ET. The race will be broadcast live on MAVTV and streamed live on NBC Gold TrackPass. The 100-lap race will be broken into segments with competition breaks on laps 30 and 60.
 
 
Moffitt on Michigan: "I've never raced at Michigan, but Tanner Gray told me the track gets really narrow off of turn two. It might have something to do with the frontstretch being curved and the backstretch being completely straight. I think we'll be able to run wide open, at least for a little while until we're in traffic, or something. The main thing I'm focusing on is a wide entry into both corners like I worked on at Toledo. If we can do that and I have to be able to trust my car a lot. Holding it wide open at 200 mph at Michigan is definitely going to be a first for me. I have enough confidence in my team and in myself that I think we'll be just fine."

DGR Crosley PR

The ARCA Menards Series West travels to the Pacific Northwest this week for back-to-back events at Evergreen Speedway in Washington and Douglas County Speedway in Oregon.

The series visits Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash., for the ENEOS / NAPA AUTO PARTS 100 on Friday afternoon – then heads approximately 375 miles south for the ENEOS / NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, Ore., on Saturday night.

Bill McAnally Racing has garnered multiple wins at the two tracks and the team’s lineup of talented young rookie drivers this year are aiming to continue that success this week.

Jesse Love, driver of the No. 19 NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry, has had a tremendous start to the season – scoring two wins and two runner-up finishes in four races. He leads the championship standings by 17 points. Gracie Trotter – coming off a career-best, third-place finish in the No. 99 ENEOS Toyota Camry – is third in the standings.

Giovanni Scelzi is sixth in points and Holley Hollan is eighth. Scelzi drives the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, while Hollan wheels the No. 50 JBL / NAPA Filters / NAPA Belts & Hoses Toyota Camry.

Friday’s event at Evergreen Speedway will mark the 60th series race hosted by the fairgrounds track, dating back to 1964. BMR has been to Victory Lane seven times at the .646-mile oval.

Saturday’s race is at a venue that could be considered as a home track to BMR. Bill McAnally and his promotional staff staged the 13 series events held at Douglas County Speedway since 2002. His race team won 10 of those races, including eight of the past nine.

BMR has special plans for sponsor guests who will be in attendance at the events. A group of guests from NAPA’s Distribution Center in Seattle will be provided a VIP experience at Evergreen Speedway. A group of guests from the NAPA Distribution Center in Portland, meanwhile, will receive VIP treatment at Douglas County Speedway, including garage access and dinner with the team.

An NGK VIP crew member will be honored at both races.

In addition, ENEOS, BBB Industries, NAPA Filters and Gates Corp., - who have been instrumental in their support of the races at Monroe and Roseburg – will have guests in attendance.

In keeping with state and county regulations, a limited number of fans will be allowed in attendance at Douglas County Speedway on Saturday.

Running two races in two days in the Pacific Northwest is nothing new to the ARCA Series West. The circuit, known then as the NASCAR Winston West Series, often featured back-to-back races at tracks in Washington and Oregon during the 1960s and ‘70s.

BMR PR

Derek Kraus and McAnally-Hilgemann Racing aim to keep their momentum rolling as the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series visits Michigan International Speedway on Friday for the 11th event of the year.

 

Kraus will be behind the wheel of MHR’s No. 19 NAPA AutoCare Toyota Tundra in the 100-lap race at the 2-mile track.

 

The 18-year-old from Stratford, Wis., has had an impressive start to his rookie season this year – completing more laps than any other driver through the first 10 races. He is ninth in the championship standings, 27 points above the cutoff for making the playoffs, and has a 10-point advantage over the 10th-place driver. He has two top-five and six top-10 finishes in the 10 starts.

 

Kraus is coming off a great weekend at Kansas, in which he scored strong finishes in both events of a doubleheader. He took fifth in the first race and seventh in the second race, less than 24 hours later. That performance was enough to boost him into the top 10 of the standings to ninth in points.

 

This will mark his first visit to the Michigan track.

 

Derek Kraus – Thoughts About Michigan Race

What do you think about your first race at Michigan International Speedway?

“This is another track that I have never been to. So, I’ll have to learn on the go, but I feel the guys will bring me a fast Toyota Tundra.”

 

How do you maintain the momentum that you have developed?

“We just have to keep running the way we have and finish well in the stages and at the end of these races.”

 

LFR PR

Due to the fast-approaching Tropical Storm Isaias and the forecast of high winds and heavy rain, Tuesday's scheduled USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget l Championship event at Grandview Speedway has been canceled.

The remainder of USAC's Eastern Midget Week is on as scheduled:

Wednesday, August 5: Action Track USA (Kutztown, PA)

Thursday, August 6: Bridgeport Speedway (Bridgeport, NJ)

Friday, August 7: Path Valley Speedway Park (Spring Run, PA)

Saturday, August 8: Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown, PA)

USAC PR

SkyView Partners, an investment banking and financing solutions firm dedicated exclusively to supporting the growth of independent and registered investment advisors, is proud to be the lead sponsor of the No. 44 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Tommy Joe Martins of Martins Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Road America located in Elkhart Lake, WI on Saturday, August 8th at 12:00 ET.  

NASCAR has taken extreme measures to ensure the safety of the drivers and participants. They have partnered closely with health officials and medical experts to tailor races that will follow specific guidelines and safety measures for competitors and the surrounding communities in which the events will be held.

In conjunction with Martins Motorsports, SkyView will be unveiling a “throwback” design for Tommy Joe’s car, representative of NASCAR in the late 1960s and 1970s.  “Our team has had a lot of fun developing the look and feel of the number 44 car by creating a very retro color scheme,” stated Scott Wetzel, JD, CEO of SkyView Partners. The design also coincides with the recent opening of SkyView’s new West Coast office in Los Angeles, California.

Tommy Joe Martins has competed at the national NASCAR series level since 2009.  Currently, he is in his fourth season competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, moving to the No. 44 Chevrolet Camaro for a full-time campaign with Martins Motorsports.

“I’ve been speaking a lot with Scott looking for another opportunity to get them on the racetrack with us, & Road America was the perfect spot,” stated Tommy Joe Martins. “It’s been such a blessing to get to know the people at SkyView this season, & this throwback car is without a doubt one of the coolest looking cars I’ve ever had to drive. Really looking forward to this weekend.” Stated Tommy Joe Martins.

SkyView’s backing of Martins this year marks their inaugural sponsorship of the NASCAR Xfinity Series. “We have enjoyed our partnership with Tommy Joe and Martins Motorsports immensely,” said Wetzel. “Tommy Joe embodies the type of spokesperson we are proud to be partnered with.”   

TJM PR

In choosing a paint scheme based on the Wood Brothers’ 1963 Ford Galaxie for the throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 6, the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team is honoring some of the team’s well-known accomplishments and one of its least-known – a Cup Series owners championship. And that fits perfectly with Darlington’s theme this year which is honoring series champions, past, present and future.

The original ’63 Galaxie, painted white on the top and red on the bottom, was the one driven to victory by Tiny Lund in the 1963 Daytona 500, one of NASCAR’s most memorable races. It also was driven by the late team founder Glenn Wood in his last win as a Cup driver, at Bowman Gray Stadium on July 13, 1963. Marvin Panch, who returned to the ’63 Galaxie after being severely burned in a sports car crash prior to the Daytona 500, also won in it, at North Wilkesboro on Sept. 29, 1963.

The rugged and versatile Ford, which was run on Superspeedways, road courses and quarter-mile short tracks, was the workhorse as the Wood Brothers won the 1963 car owner’s championship, the only Cup Series title in the Wood Brothers’ 70-year history in the sport.

In 1963, the driver’s title was won by Joe Weatherly, who ran 53 races driving for nine different owners, none of whom earned enough points to take the owners title. He won three races, scored 20 top-five and 35 top-10 finishes.

The Wood Brothers, who did not run a full schedule in that era, took the owners championship with 23 starts, scoring three wins, 16 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes. They used five different drivers – Wood, Lund, Panch, Dave MacDonald and Fred Lorenzen.

Lorenzen rolled the car in practice for its first race, at Riverside, Calif. After some at-track repairs, he drove it to a 22nd-place finish, leading eight laps before the engine expired. MacDonald drove it in the fall race at Riverside, leading a race-high 92 laps before finishing second to Darel Dieringer.

The championship trophy bears the name of the late Ray Lee Wood, brother of the team founder and a long-time crew member on the No 21 Ford.

Glenn Wood explained in a 2017 interview that his brother’s name on the trophy is an example of the team’s legendary frugal ways.

“You had to buy a different license for the driver and the car owner,” he said. “So instead of buying two in my name I put one in Ray Lee’s. I saved ten dollars by doing it, but ten dollars was a good bit of money back then.

 “It was my car, but it’s his name on the trophy.”
 
The original car was turned back in to Holman-Moody at the end of the 1963 season and exchanged for a new model, but the team has recreated the original car and has the replica on display at its museum in Stuart, Va.
 
Matt DiBenedetto, who would like to win the Woods their second Cup title and his first, said that like many in the sport he was unaware of the Woods’ 1963 championship before he heard about it during a recent visit to the museum in Stuart.
 
“It’s a pretty cool story,” DiBenedetto said. “Panch got hurt in a big crash then Tiny drove the car and won the Daytona 500. It’s a cool car with a lot of history that people either don’t know or don’t remember.”

WBR PR

“It’s with great sadness today that I announce the sale of the Leavine Family Racing team, assets and charter. Since 2011, Sharon and our entire family have enjoyed being a part of the NASCAR community with Matt DiLiberto joining the family as a co-owner in 2016. We will say goodbye at the conclusion of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season.

This decision has not been made lightly. Family has always been a part of the team’s name and this is how we view every member of our race team -- as our family. There is no good time to make this announcement, but doing it earlier allows our people to explore employment opportunities, for next season, to provide for their families. There will be opportunities with the new owners which was important to our decision.

This year has been challenging for not only our race team, but our industry, our country and the entire world. The pandemic has impacted our economy and unfortunately that’s just not something we are able to overcome in order to continue racing beyond this season.

Leavine Family Racing will continue to compete through the end of 2020, and we want to leave on a positive note – contending for top-finishes with Christopher Bell, Toyota, TRD, and all of our partners. Thank you to everyone for your support through this journey. Thank you to our partners and fans and most of all, thank you to everyone who has been part of the Leavine Family Racing family over the last decade.”

LFR PR

GMS Racing announced today ChevyGoods.com will spnosor the No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado piloted by David Gravel in Friday's NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series event at Michigan International Speedway.

The ChevyGoods.com website launched in February and offers a new home for customers to purchase official Chevrolet Accessories at winning prices.

"Making the switch from dirt to asphalt is going to be a challenge for me, but I'm ready for it," said Gravel. "I'm so thankful to be able to represent a brand like Chevrolet and to have Jeff (Gordon) and Mike (Beam, President of GMS Racing) believe in me and give me this opportunity. I'm looking forward to my first NASCAR start with ChevyGoods.com on board and I'm ready to go out there and compete."

Gravel has 54 career World of Outlaw feature wins to his name and was the 2019 Knoxville National Champion. The 28-year-old was the first driver since 1992 to collect a perfect 500 score at the Knoxville Nationals. He is also a two-time Williams Grove National Open winner, a two-time Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup winner and he locked himself into the 2019 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals A-Main in addition to numerous other accomplishments.

"It's very exciting to be a part of David Gravel's venture into NASCAR," said Mike Beam, president of GMS Racing. "We're blessed to be able to continue to grow our Chevrolet partnership with ChevyGoods.com"

The No. 24 ChevyGoods.com Silverado will make its debut at Michigan International Speedway on Friday, August 7 at 6pm ET on FS1 and MRN.

GMS Racing PR

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