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JR Motorsports and long-time partner BRANDT Professional Agriculture jointly announced today that Miguel Paludo, a Brazilian native and six-time Porsche Carrera Cup Champion, will drive the No. 8 BRANDT Chevrolet in three NASCAR Xfinity Series road course events in 2021. Paludo’s schedule begins with the second race of the season at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course (Feb. 20) and continues at Circuit of the Americas (May 22) and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (June 5).
Paludo and BRANDT have been a winning combination since 2013, when Paludo first drove a BRANDT-branded vehicle in a NASCAR Camping World Truck series event at Chicagoland Speedway. From there, the pair has gone on to earn four championships, 16 wins and 53 podiums in Porsche Carrera Cup Brasil competition. Today’s announcement also expands BRANDT’s presence in the NXS as Paludo will race alongside teammate and full-time NXS driver Justin Allgaier, who will drive the No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet. In five previous seasons with JRM, Allgaier and BRANDT have combined for 11 victories and have advanced to the Championship 4 four times.
“This is an amazing opportunity and it’s hard to put in words how grateful I am,” said Paludo. “Returning to compete in NASCAR has always been one of my top career goals. It has been remarkable to represent BRANDT Professional Agriculture in Brazil since 2015 competing and racing for championships in the Porsche Carrera Cup. And to now get the opportunity to race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series along with my teammate Justin Allgaier for BRANDT at JR Motorsports for three races is a dream that is coming true. I can’t wait to work with everyone on the No. 8 team and get ready for our first race on the road course at Daytona in a couple of weeks.”
BRANDT is one of the fastest-growing, family-owned companies in the United States and a leader in the global agriculture industry. Specializing in innovative products and services to help growers get the maximum return on their crops, BRANDT currently supplies customers in 48 states and more than 60 countries. The organization has also had a long, rich history in NASCAR, coming into the sport with Allgaier in 2011 prior to joining forces with JRM in 2016.
“We are thrilled to bring Miguel back to NASCAR racing as he has been instrumental in helping us grow our business in Brazil,” said Rick Brandt, president and CEO of BRANDT. “Overall, this initiative will enable us to entertain select Brazilian customers at some of NASCAR’s most iconic tracks where they’ll see one of their own take on the best in the world. This is going to be exciting.”
One of the main objectives for Paludo and the No. 8 BRANDT Chevrolet is to support the company’s burgeoning business in Brazil. In its sixth year of operation, BRANDT do Brasil has seen tremendous growth, serving retailers and growers across Brazil. With its headquarters in Londrina and manufacturing in Olimpia, BRANDT do Brasil offers a wide range of BRANDT’s proprietary technologies for crops as diverse as coffee, citrus, vegetables, sugar cane, soy and corn.
The initiative begins on the track, where Paludo has had plenty of NASCAR experience to call upon with 73 starts in the NCWTS, including three full-time seasons from 2011-2013, and a pair of NXS starts in 2012. All told, Paludo notched eight top fives and 25 top 10s in NCWTS competition, and twice finished inside the top 10 in the championship point standings.
Paludo will make his JRM debut in the No. 8 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. ET on FS1.
Kyle Larson took the lead from Thomas Meseraull on lap nine and went on to win Tuesday night’s Warren CAT Qualifying Night feature and advance to Saturday’s A Main feature event at the 35th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals with Meseraull placing second and Zach Daum coming home third. It marked Larson’s fourth consecutive preliminary night feature win.
With Cannon McIntosh winning on Monday night, Toyota-powered drivers have now won each of the week’s first two feature events and six of the last seven preliminary nights.
Starting from the pole position, Meseraull moved to the front quickly and led the first eight laps before Larson was able to master the low-side to take over the point position.
Shane Golobic would eventually move past Meseraull for second as the top three battled for much of the race in between frequent yellow flags. As the race hit the final laps, the leaders would enter lapped traffic nose-to-tail, but Golobic would get together with a lapped car bringing out another yellow as Meseraull moved into second and Daum climbing to third.
On the final restart, Meseraull closed on Larson’s tail, but didn’t have enough to pass him as Larson and Meseraull finished one-two to claim the two transfer positions directly into Saturday’s A Main.
Overall, eight Toyota-powered cars advanced to Tuesday’s A Main. After getting caught up in an incident during his qualifying race, Daison Pursley was forced to come up through the back of the B Main where he went from 11th to third. The 16-year-old followed that up by charging from 22nd to earn a ninth-place finish in A Main in his Chili Bowl debut.
Michael Faccinto would place 13th, followed by Jonathan Beason in 14th, Noah Harris was 15th and Tanner Carrick finished 18th to round out the Toyota contingent in the A Main.
Three-time Chili Bowl champion Christopher Bell captured the top spot in Tuesday’s Vacuworx International Race of Champions (VIROC). Bell overtook Tanner Thorson for the lead on lap 11 and led the final 15 laps on the way to the victory. It is his second straight VIROC title.
“It’s nice to win here again,” said Bell, who will run in Thursday’s preliminary event. “The track’s been really gnarly this week. We were able to go anywhere out there. Now we need to stay with the racetrack throughout the rest of the week.”
McIntosh would place second, Larson was third, with Daum and Justin Grant rounding out the top five in fourth and fifth.
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” feature event. Qualifying continues for each of the next three nights with 14 Toyota-powered drivers expected to attempt to qualify on Wednesday.
Championships will be awarded at the one-third mile asphalt oval @the Grounds for NASCAR Late Model, Modified, Super Stock, and F4 divisions, along with youth championships in Jr. Late Models and Mini Cup/Bandoleros. Drivers will compete for local, state, and national honors. NASCAR Late Model and Jr. Late Model teams will compete in eight events while the Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4s, and Mini Cup/Bando divisions will each have 11 rounds of competition.
All 2021 plans are contingent on state and local regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic and subject to change. Spectator information for the upcoming season will be announced when available from local and state health officials. Live streaming will continue through AllAmericanSpeedway.TV, produced by Short Track Live and affiliated with SPEED SPORT TV.
The nationally televised visit from the ARCA Menards Series West is scheduled for October 9, which will again be the championship night for the weekly divisions. All three traveling stock car series of the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour will visit Placer County on two occasions as well.
Special events planned include the BMR Drivers Academy, Trailer Bashes, UTV Racing, a Sprint Car exhibition, and the Malicious Monster Truck Tour.
The new Bill McAnally Racing Drivers Academy will anchor six nights of the season while also competing twice in private events. All American Speedway will be the site for a total of 16 Academy main events with races on both Friday and Saturday of each weekend. 14 drivers from across the country are expected to compete in 625 horsepower stock cars that share the same chassis components as ARCA and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
A variety of entertaining divisions will join the show throughout the year, pending fan attendance being allowed during the Pandemic. UTV Racing made a strong impression on the fans when they debuted in October 2019. Numerous drivers were slated to compete in 2020 before the UTV campaign was shelved due to the Pandemic. UTV races are tentatively scheduled for April 10, August 14, September 11, and October 23 in 2021.
The Trailer Bash continues to be a staple of All American Speedway with a four-event series planned for May 1, June 12, July 10, and October 23. October 23 will be a busy night of mayhem with the Malicious Monster Truck Tour, Trailer Bash, and UTV Racing sharing the billing over an afternoon matinee and an evening show.
For the first time, the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour will present three divisions of touring excitement when they compete on May 22 and September 18. The SPEARS Modifieds and SPEARS Pro Late Models will both be in action.
Rules and competition registration forms are available now for the 2021 season by visiting www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com
2021 ALL AMERICAN SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE:
(Tentative. Subject to change due to state and local regulations)
March 27 BMR Drivers Academy, NASCAR Late Model Twin, Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4s, Jr. Late Models, Mini Cup/Bando
April 10 BMR Drivers Academy, Modifieds Twins, Super Stocks, F4s, Mini Cup/Bando, UTV Racing (if fans)
April 24 BMR Drivers Academy (private event)
May 1 BMR Drivers Academy, Modifieds, Super Stocks Twins, F4s, Mini Cup/Bando, Trailer Bash (if fans)
May 15 BMR Drivers Academy, NASCAR Late Model Twin, Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4s, Jr. Late Models, Mini Cup/Bando
May 22 SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour, SPEARS Modifieds, SPEARS Pro Late Models
June 12 NASCAR Late Model Twin, Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4s, Jr. Late Models, Mini Cup/Bando, Trailer Bash
July 10 NASCAR Late Model Twin, Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4s, Jr. Late Models, Mini Cup/Bando, Trailer Bash
July 24 BMR Drivers Academy, NASCAR Late Model Twin, Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4s, Jr. Late Models, Mini Cup/Bando
August 14 NASCAR Modified and Super Stock Bash, F4s, Mini Cup/Bando, UTV Racing
August 28 NASCAR Late Model Twin, Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4s, Jr. Late Models, Mini Cup/Bando, Gunslinger Sprint Car Exhibition
September 11 NASCAR Late Model Twin, Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4s, Jr. Late Models, Mini Cup/Bando, UTV Racing
September 18 BMR Drivers Academy, SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour, SPEARS Modifieds, SPEARS Pro Late Models
October 2 BMR Drivers Academy (private event)
October 9 ARCA Menards Series West, CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT: NASCAR Late Model Twin, Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4s, Jr. Late Models, Mini Cup/Bando
October 23 Two Shows: Monster Trucks + Trailer Bash + UTV Racing
“We had a successful test at Charlotte Motor Speedway today and were able to validate some work we’ve done since our recent tests at Charlotte and Daytona. We wanted to return to Charlotte with Kurt (Busch) to collect direct comparisons of data and driver feedback. We’re happy with what we saw on the track today.” - John Probst, NASCAR Senior Vice President, Racing Innovation
“I was honored to get a call to come back and verify things from our last test. I haven’t been in our current car since then, so it’s good for me mentally to have that benchmark and be able to explain what the car is doing on the track. It’s great to see the progress from November to January and know that we’re headed in the right direction.” – Kurt Busch
DIRTVision is excited to present race fans with the new Platinum FAST PASS annual subscription, which includes the Knoxville Nationals and a plethora of live World of Outlaws and DIRTcar events.
For an annual price of just $299, fans will be able to access all World of Outlaws events – both Sprint Cars and Late Models – along with all Super DIRTcar Series events, the DIRTcar Summer Nationals and Summit Modified Nationals tours, the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series, weekly racing from Knoxville Raceway, Williams Grove Speedway and Attica Raceway Park, along with the biggest Sprint Car events in Australia.
With the Platinum FAST PASS exclusively, fans will be able to access the Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway live as part of the package.
“DIRTVision is thrilled to offer fans an annual plan that brings them the best dirt racing in the country year-round,” said Jim Chiappelli, DIRTVision general manager. “We’re continuing to enhance fans’ viewing experience in all areas this year, from the production side to fan engagement, and the annual subscription is one of many new and exciting ventures they can expect to see from DIRTVision in 2021.”
Fans will also see the continuation and growth of popular features, such as mesmerizing drone footage and in-depth coverage from pit reporters, which viewers will see on a full-time basis in 2021 for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models Series.
You can view the upcoming DIRTVision schedule and sign up for the new Platinum FAST PASS annual subscription now at DIRTVision.com.
DIRTcar Series PR
Three-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series national champion Jonathan Davenport will compete this year on BILSTEIN shocks.
Nicknamed Superman, the South Carolina driver secured a first-place finish Saturday during the first round of the 2021 Wild West Shootout in the No. 49 Double L Motorsports Longhorn Chassis equipped with BILSTEIN AS2-R shocks.
“We’re looking to win another Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series national championship, and our new BILSTEIN AS2-R shocks will give us a competitive edge,” said Davenport. “I’m just really glad how the car’s reacting to changes. It feels like it’s supposed to.”
Davenport, who’s been racing since 1991, lists winning the 2015, 2018 and 2019 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Championships and Crown Jewel races as his most memorable moments. He will take to the track again at the 2021 Speedweeks which kick off Jan. 25 at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Florida.
Winning features of the BILSTEIN AS2-R Series include:
Completely independent high and low speed adjustment. High speed control through preloaded cage for consistent adjustments and better range, and low speed control through needle and jet assembly for extra fine tunability
46mm base valve provides optimal flow and replenishment balance while allowing lower rod forces to be used
Components are billet machined anodized aluminum for precision tolerance and fit 3-way tuning: high/low compression on reservoir and adjustable main shaft Modular configuration for easy rebuild and repair
High performance rod guide seal pack that exceeds OE quality durability requirements, provides low shaft friction and withstands harsh racing
To learn more about the BILSTEIN AS2-R Series, or any other BILSTEIN products, visit https://www.bilstein.com/us/en/
Contender Boats to Serve as Entitlement Partner for Upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead-Miami Speedway and Contender Boats have been neighbors for more than 25 years and partners for the past 10. Now, the two Homestead landmarks have taken their relationship to another level.
Contender Boats, a Homestead-based premium boat manufacturer, signed a multi-year contract to serve as the entitlement partner for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 2021 race – the Contender Boats 300 - will be held on Saturday, February 27 and starts at 4:30 pm ET (FS1). This will mark the second straight year in which Contender has been the entitlement partner for an Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The doubleheader weekend culminates with the NASCAR Cup Series Dixie Vodka 400 on Sunday, February 28.
“Contender Boats not only is recognized as one of the leading boat manufacturers in Florida, but they have been a fixture here in Homestead for many years,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Al Garcia. “Our relationship with them dates back a decade, and we are excited that this entitlement will continue in 2021 and beyond. They have been providing excellence in premium boats for 35 years, and we congratulate them on reaching this special milestone.”
Hosting the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway is a tradition that goes all the way back to the initial opening of the track in 1995 when NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett won the inaugural Xfinity Series event on the last lap after leaders Kenny Wallace, Hermie Sadler and Larry Pearson crashed, vying for the lead going into turn three. The track held two NASCAR Xfinity Series races last year, won by Harrison Burton and Chase Briscoe.
“Contender Boats is proud to be returning as the title Sponsor of the NASCAR Xfinity series race for the 2021 season at the Homestead Miami Speedway,” said Joe Neber, President of Contender Boats, which will also serve as the ‘Official Boat Manufacturer of Homestead-Miami Speedway.’ “We’ve had a long standing history with NASCAR and couldn’t be more excited about the partnership. Some things just fit together. We are looking forward to another fantastic race season and wish all the drivers a successful year.”
The venue will host a limited number of fans for both the Contender Boats 300 and the Dixie Vodka 400. Fans seeking tickets, as well as learning all safety protocol guidelines for the weekend, can visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com or call 866-409-RACE (7223). Adult tickets start at just $35 for the Dixie Vodka 400 and $10 for kids 12 and younger. Kids get in free for the Contender Boats 300.
Homestead Miami Speedway PR
Wisconsin-based firearms manufacturer, Henry Repeating Arms, is announcing a continuation of their title sponsorship for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race held at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. This year's Henry 180 will see the green flag wave on July 3rd, followed by a NASCAR Cup Series race at the same track on July 4th. NBC will be televising the Henry 180 live at 1:30 PM (CT).
At both ends of a lengthy lightning delay, last year's event offered plenty of edge-of-your-seat racing with wet conditions that made the notoriously difficult road course even trickier for the budding stock car drivers. The Henry Repeating Arms #98 Ford Mustang, driven by Chase Briscoe, finished running in 3rd position. Drivers will be aiming for unique trophies for the 2021 race, with both the pole qualifying and race winners set to receive custom-built Henry 180 edition lever-action rifles.
"Returning to our home track in Wisconsin is something that we are very much looking forward to, and this year will be even more special since the races take place during the July 4th weekend," says Henry Repeating Arms President and owner, Anthony Imperato. "It's going to be a fun, patriotic weekend, and we can't wait to see our fans and make some new ones at the track."
"We're thrilled to welcome our friends at Henry Repeating Arms back for what is assuredly going to be another great race this year," said Road America President and General Manager, Mike Kertscher. "We couldn't ask for a better partner to share July 4th weekend with, and we look forward to bringing all of the excitement of a NASCAR doubleheader to our fans."
Full fan attendance is anticipated for the race, and tickets are now available by visiting www.roadamerica.com or by calling 800-365-7223. Anyone 16-years-old and under is FREE with a paying adult at the gate. The Henry 180 will take place rain or shine.
Henry firearms are purchased only through a licensed firearms dealer. For more information about Henry Repeating Arms and its products, visit henryusa.com or call 866-200-2354.
Henry Firearms PR
BJ McLeod Motorsports (BJMM) announced today the return of Mason Massey to it’s driver lineup for the 2021 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) season. Massey competed in 10 NXS events for the team in 2020.
Massey will make his season debut at his home track Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., on Saturday, March 20, 2021 in the EchoPark 250. He will also run at least 11 additional events throughout the 2021 NXS campaign. He will also run a part-time dirt late model schedule when not competing in the NXS.
“We’re thrilled to have Mason (Massey) return to our team,” said team owner BJ McLeod. “Mason showed a lot of promise last year and I think he will surprise people this season. He has a very diverse racing resume and has proven to be a very well rounded race car driver. It’ll be another fun year for our 99 team with Mason a part of the driver lineup.”
BJ McLeod Motorsports will once again field three full-time NXS entries in 2021. In addition, BJ and Jessica (McLeod) have partnered with Matt Tifft to form Live Fast Motorsports (LFM), operating under the charter that Tifft and McLeod obtained alongside Joe Falk. LFM will field the No. 78 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2021 with a strategic partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing.
“Last season was a dream come true,” said Mason Massey. “To be given the opportunity to compete at this level of stock car racing is something that I dreamed about for a long time, and to be given the opportunity to continue racing at this level is so special to me. BJ and Jessica (McLeod) have made an even larger commitment and investment into NASCAR racing this offseason with the purchase of the NASCAR Cup Series team with Matt Tifft. As a driver, this is awesome to see and even more awesome to be a part of. I can’t wait to get on-track at Atlanta (Motor Speedway) in a few weeks and get to work!”