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Performance-driven energy drink Adrenaline Shoc has joined Hendrick Motorsports as a sponsor of defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott and the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE team.
In 2021 and 2022, Adrenaline Shoc (A Shoc) will be showcased as a two-race primary sponsor and full-season associate sponsor of the 25-year-old Elliott. Launched in 2019, A Shoc’s preservative-free, plant-powered natural caffeine blend is available in 10 great tasting flavors. It is distributed across the United States by Keurig Dr. Pepper (NASDAQ: KDP), which is an investor in the brand.
“We are thrilled to join the Hendrick Motorsports family and honored to work with Chase and his team,” said Paul Nadel, chief executive officer of Adrenaline Shoc. “A Shoc is the performance energy drink for a new generation and the perfect partner for Hendrick Motorsports. As a three-time NASCAR Most Popular Driver winner and the reigning Cup Series champion, Chase certainly personifies what top performance is all about and how to reach your peak. We are excited to partner with him and the No. 9 team and know that we will have many victory laps together.”
In 2021, the No. 9 Adrenaline Shoc Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE will appear July 11 at Elliott’s home track of Atlanta Motor Speedway and in the Oct. 3 NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway.
“I’m very proud to welcome A Shoc to Hendrick Motorsports,” Elliott said. “It’s a great time to have a new partner come into the sport and especially to join the No. 9 team. Their excitement level is on par with mine, which is really cool to see. It’s a new brand that fits me really well and a relationship we can grow. I’m looking forward to our first race together at my home track in July.”
Last season, Elliott became the third-youngest driver in history to win a Cup Series title. At NASCAR’s top level, the Dawsonville, Georgia, native has already won 11 points-paying races and three consecutive Most Popular Driver awards. He has never missed the playoffs in his five full-time Cup seasons.
“It’s always a privilege to introduce a new partner,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “We’re pleased to have Adrenaline Shoc join the Hendrick Motorsports family and for them to be paired with NASCAR’s newest champion. Chase will be a tremendous representative for their growing brand, and I know his sights are set on another big season. Our entire team is looking forward to working together to build a successful program.”
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Kohler Generators, a leader in whole home backup generators and which operates underneath the umbrella of Kohler Co., has partnered with Roush Fenway Racing as an anchor partner making its debut on the No. 6 Ford with driver Ryan Newman on Feb. 14 at the famed Daytona 500. Kohler Generators will also serve as Newman’s primary partner for races at Atlanta (3/21), Darlington (5/9), Charlotte (5/30), Road America (7/4), Bristol (9/18), Talladega (10/3) and Martinsville (10/31).
“We are looking forward to getting back to Daytona this year, and bringing on Kohler Generators as the primary partner for our biggest race of the season is really exciting,” said Newman, who was seconds away from winning his second Daytona 500 last season. “KOHLER is one of the most trusted brands in the world and is a natural fit with Roush Fenway and the No. 6 team. We came very close to winning this race last season, so hopefully this year we can go to Daytona, finish the job and put that Kohler Generators Ford in victory lane at what is undoubtedly one of the grandest events in all of motorsports.”
Newman, the 2008 Daytona 500 Champion, enters his 20th full season in the NASCAR Cup Series, and third behind the wheel of Hall of Fame Owner Jack Roush’s iconic No. 6 entry. The 43-year-old veteran was seconds away from winning the 2020 edition of ‘The Great American Race,’ before a horrific crash at the finish line. Newman, who was hospitalized after the accident, was released less than 48 hours later and made a miraculous return to the track after having missed only three events.
Roush Fenway boasts a pair of wins at the Daytona 500, taking the celebrated checkered flag in 2009 and 2012, with the latter serving as Roush’s historic 300th NASCAR victory. Overall, RFR has won seven times at ‘The World Center of Racing’ in NASCAR’s premier series, most recently in the 2017 summer race.
"We are pleased to welcome Kohler to the Roush Fenway Family," said NASCAR Hall-of-Fame owner Jack Roush. "We share the same pursuit of high performance in both of our fields, and I cannot think of a better place to kick off the partnership than Daytona."
This will mark Newman’s 20th Daytona 500 start. In addition to scoring a seventh-place finish in his inaugural run in 2002, the South Bend, Indiana, native has finished in the top-10 six total times, including the victory in 2008. Overall, Newman enters the 2021 campaign with 263 career top-10s, 115 top-fives, 18 wins and 51 poles.
“Our partnership with Roush Fenway Racing and driver Ryan Newman provides new opportunities to showcase the leading-edge design, technology, and reliability of KOHLER Generators with passionate and loyal NASCAR fans. Jack Roush’s hall of fame career and championships speak to his hard-earned reputation of excellence,” said Brian Melka, Group President – Power at Kohler Co. “Bringing together Roush Fenway Racing and Kohler, along with a highly decorated competitor in Ryan Newman, is exciting and reinforces our shared commitment to power and technology, and an inner drive to always achieve the highest level of performance. We are thrilled to unveil the sleek blue Kohler Generators No. 6 car at the Daytona 500, as well as Road America which is less than 20 miles from our world headquarters in Kohler, Wisconsin.”
Daytona 500 qualifying is set for Wednesday, Feb. 10 to determine the front row for the 63rd running of ‘The Great American Race.’ The Duels – the twin 150 mile events that determine the remainder of the starting lineup – are slated for the following night, with the Daytona 500 to follow on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX.
Kyle Petty Charity Ride, Inc. today announced its decision to postpone its 26th Anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America presented by Cox Automotive for the second time due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Originally scheduled to take place May 2 – 8, 2020 and first postponed to May 1 – 7, 2021, the Ride will now be held April 30 – May 6, 2022. The Ride will still follow the same route and visit the same scheduled stops as previously announced.
“We talked through every ‘what if’ scenario and tried to come up with a way to safely execute the Ride this spring, but ultimately we don’t feel we could safely make that happen,” said Kyle Petty, former NASCAR driver, current NBC Sports racing analyst and founder of the Ride. “There is still so much uncertainty and risk with the pandemic, which is why we have decided to once again postpone the Ride, now to 2022. The health and safety of our Riders and the communities we visit is of the utmost importance to us and we simply cannot take that risk.”
“I hope that we will soon be in a much better place. I’m choosing to cling to that hope and now focus on making our 2022 Ride the best it can possibly be,” Petty continues. “The camaraderie of the riders, the beautiful scenery of our country and the mission to raise funds to send so many deserving kids to camp at Victory Junction is what the Ride is all about!”
Victory Junction – a camp dedicated to providing life-changing camping experiences for children with chronic and serious medical illnesses – has served as the Ride’s primary beneficiary since its establishment by Petty and his family in 2004 in honor of his late son, Adam.
For the latest information on the 26th Anniversary Ride, including its scheduled overnight stops, participating sponsors and more, please visit www.kylepettycharityride.com.
You can also stay up to date with Petty and the Ride on social media at the following accounts:
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/kpcharityride and www.facebook.com/kylepetty45
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/kpcharityride and www.instagram.com/kylepetty
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/kpcharityride and www.twitter.com/kylepetty
Cannon McIntosh took the lead on lap four and led the final 27 to win the 30-lap Cummins Qualifying Night and advance to Saturday’s A Main feature at the 35th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals.
The victory marks McIntosh’s second consecutive Chili Bowl preliminary night win in just his third Chili Bowl. Overall, the 18-year-old Bixby, Oklahoma-native has won eight national midget feature events. In addition, Toyota-powered drivers have now won 11 of the last 13 Chili Bowl qualifying night feature events.
Starting from the outside of the front row, McIntosh ran the high side of the track to close on pole-sitter Ryan Bernal, going around him on lap four to take the lead. He continued to run the high side for much of the race, consistently pulling out to comfortable margins over second-place Tyler Courtney. As the race began to wind down, McIntosh adapted to the changing track by running high through turns one and two, then moving low through three and four on the way to the victory.
While the top two maintained their positions for much of the event, behind them the action was hotly contested. Toyota driver Blake Hahn would prove to the biggest mover in the field. After starting 12th, Hahn climbed up to third and made a late run at Courtney for second just as a caution flag waved, halting his run. Hahn would eventually finish third.
“Bernal got a good jump on the first start and I was able to make a run at him through one and two, but wasn’t able to get past him in three and four, so I moved around a little bit and as the top started to get better, I was able to get around him on lap four,” said McIntosh. “We were able to stay up front the rest of the way. It was a challenge to win this one. Courtney was really good, so it was a fight to keep him behind me. It’s surreal to win two preliminary nights in a row. Growing up here and coming out to watch every year, I never thought I’d be in this position. I’m just thankful to be here and I have to thank Keith Kunz Motorsports and Toyota for the opportunity.”
Toyota drivers Chris Windom, David Gravel and Jacob Denney placing fourth, fifth and sixth. Denney’s finish was even more impressive considering he didn’t become eligible to participate in the event until this past Sunday when he turned 16.
Eight of 11 Toyota-powered cars advanced to Monday’s A Main. Trey Marcham placed ninth and Carson Macedo was tenth to give Toyota seven of the top-10 finishers. Gary Taylor rounded out the Toyota contingent with a 12th-place showing.
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 four nights with 11 more Toyota-powered drivers expected to attempt to qualify on Tuesday.
Longtime Southern California sprint car racing star Brody Roa will be making what is now an annual January journey to Tulsa, Oklahoma for this week’s 35th Annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. As always, the world’s biggest Midget race will take place on the Tulsa Expo Center Raceway inside the massive River Spirit Expo Center. In Tulsa, he will be competing along with more than 300-star drivers from all disciplines of racing. The action will begin with the first of five nights of heat races on Monday, January 11 and will culminate with the main events on Saturday, January 16.
For the third successive season, Roa, who will turn 30 on January 25th, will be driving the immaculate Iron Dome-Moonshine Motorsports #7M for Texan Kevin Ramey in Tulsa. The car will be the same Iron Dome chassis and Stanton Mopar engine that he drove at the Chili Bowl and Indiana Sprint Week in 2020.
Last week, Roa, who will be making his fourth straight start at the Chili Bowl, said, “After not getting in a lot of races due to all the cancelations on the west coast in 2020, I am eager to get back behind the wheel in Tulsa. It will feel great to get back in the cockpit. Especially at such a prestigious race like the Chili Bowl. On top of that, I get to drive for the same team as I have the past couple of years. The cars and the team are top notch. It is going to be fun.”
Like last year, Roa will be practicing on Monday the 11th and his preliminary race night will be on Friday the 15th. He will then be back on the track less than 24-hours later for the day-long finale.
In 2020, the Garden Grove, California resident started in the E-main at the finals. He transferred to the D-main where he ended up 13th. Two years ago, he advanced one race further to the C-Main.
Joining Roa as a teammate at the Chili Bowl for the first time will be Brownsburg, Indiana’s A.J. Hopkins.
Just before Christmas, new daddy Roa was a guest on San Diego’s “Racer Radio Show” with Dave Stall and he talked about the Chili Bowl. You can listen to the interview at the following link. http://www.perrisautospeedway.com/radio20/RACERRADIO201220.mp3
Fans who cannot attend the Chili Bowl can keep up with Roa and the other stars on all five preliminary nights and Saturday’s early mains on Flo Racing. Information on a Flo subscription is available at floracing.com. Following Flo’s coverage, Saturday’s C, B, and A mains will be shown live on MAVTV.
In addition to his season-long personal sponsors, HD Industries, Burris Racing, Biker Bruce Fisher, Norma Leonard, Molecule and K1 RaceGear, Roa would also like to thank Iron Dome Motorsports, Moonshine Motorsports, Jambo’s BBQ Pits, Race Jugs, Burkham Concrete, Precise Racing Products, Deaton’s Water Front Services, Industrial Instrument, Graham’s Wrecker Service, 380 Pawn, 777 Graphics, D&S Motorsports, Approach Marketing, Bell County Electrical Supply, Pro Tech Services, Express Car Wash of Texas, Mow Time, Texas Star Concrete, Abilene Powder Coating, Lil Mo’s Pizza, Sun Electric, Elliot’s Trailers, GPA Paper and Top Level Ink for being part of the Chili Bowl effort.
For anyone who is looking for a championship and main event winning driver for their car during the 2021 season, contact Roa at the phone number and E-mail in this release. He will be available to race on nights that do not conflict with the USAC/CRA schedule.
To view Roa’s online portfolio and learn more about the team, please click on the following link https://www.teamwithbrody.com/
Fans wishing to stay completely up to date with Brody Roa and the BR Performance squad can do so on the team’s website http://www.brodyroa.com/ and Facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/br91r/
A grand total of 86 Late Models filled the Volusia Speedway Park pit area last year for the Saturday night finale of the inaugural DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals.
This year promises to be even bigger with the addition of a fourth class into the mix, setting some DIRTcar Pro Late Model drivers up for a double duty weekend alongside the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models as they kick off their season at the event, running Jan. 14-16.
Others will be making their maiden voyage to the event, in hopes to capture the $10,000 top prize in Saturday night’s 30-lap finale. A night of practice on Wednesday will precede Thursday and Friday’s preliminary action; all three nights of racing will be broadcast live on DIRTVision. Get yourself a Fast Pass subscription today and be on the lookout for these drivers in the field to make some waves.
Here are the top storylines to follow at the Sunshine Nationals:
BRONSON EYES REPEAT – The inaugural Sunshine Nationals winner returns in 2021 to defend his DIRTcar Pro Late Model crown behind the wheel of his Racecar Engineering #40B. Last year, the Brandon, FL-native put together a complete weekend sweep, setting fast time in practice Wednesday night before winning all three Pro Late Model Features Thursday-Saturday and collecting $13,500 in first-place money for his efforts. After watching him take down headline Late Model names such as Michael Page, Randy Weaver and Max Blair in last year’s finale, Killer is the clear favorite heading into the 2nd annual event.
This year, with the addition of the World of Outlaws to the racing program, Bronson is expected to pull the double, racing in both classes while chasing after his second career Outlaws victory.
MAGIC MAN RETURNS – Another Floridian with a chance to make it happen in this year’s event is Mark Whitener. He’ll also be pulling double duty in his Pro Late Model and Super Late Model with the Outlaws, looking for his first career victory in the event. Magic Man had a decent showing in last year’s event with the Pro Late Models with a fourth-place finish in Saturday’s finale. He struggled Friday night, dropping out early after starting on the outside pole, but is ready for redemption this time around.
Whitener has had success in the past at Volusia, landing himself a spot in the World of Outlaws redraw in three of his six DIRTcar Nationals starts last year, following a fifth-place effort in the opening night of Late Model week with the DIRTcar Late Models.
NEW YEAR, NEW CAR – It was an up-and-down kind of event for Jake Knowles in 2020. While he missed the Feature on Thursday night and placed 20th after starting sixth on Saturday, Knowles did have a solid fourth-place run on Friday night that showed he knows how to get around Volusia.
The 35-year-old from Rome, GA, will be starting the year off behind the wheel of a Jason Welshan-owned Savage Chassis house car instead of his usual red/white #66 while his own Savage Chassis is being built. Knowles already has one weekend of competition on the car, finishing 17th in Sunday’s Ice Bowl event at Talladega Short Track.
MACK ATTACK – The younger of the McCarter brothers, whose father Mitch owns 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, TN, Mack McCarter comes into this weekend riding a big momentum swing from three consecutive Crate Late Model Feature wins in his last four starts. Mack swept the Crate competition at 411’s Leftover event in November, then went to Volunteer Speedway the next weekend and won the Crate portion of the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series Grinch 40. Look out for this young talent as he makes his debut in the Sunshine Nationals this weekend.
TURNAROUND TIME – Another double-duty pilot from the state of Florida, Hollywood Jeff Matthews is one of the more experienced drivers in the Late Model field. As a former UMP Modified regular, Matthews knows his way around Volusia just as well as anyone else and has shown that on several occasions; most recently picking up a Modified Showdown Feature win in November at Volusia’s Reutimann Memorial.
He did not have the Sunshine Nationals results he was looking for in 2020, with finishes of 16th, 17th and 23rd, but 2021 could be different as Matthews is coming off a year that included four Feature wins in his Late Model ventures.
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Stefan Parsons will return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2021, driving a multiple race schedule in the BJ McLeod Motorsports (BJMM) No. 99 entry. Parsons’ 2021 season will begin at the third race of the NXS Season in Homestead-Miami Speedway (Fla.) on Saturday, February 27th, 2021.
Returning as a primary sponsor for select races with Parsons to BJ McLeod Motorsports is Sokal Media Group (Sokal Digital). Those races, along with additional partners, will be announced in the coming weeks. With headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina, and offices stretching from up and down the east coast to Texas, Sokal is the area’s largest advertising agency focusing on automotive advertising. Sokal is dedicated to growing business for their clientele through multiple marketing and advertising services.
Another returning primary sponsor for select races with Parsons is Springrates Automotive Suspension. Last year, Springrates made their NXS debut with Parsons on board at Bristol Motor Speedway in the No. 78 Toyota Supra. Springrates specializes in high performance suspension including aftermarket coilovers, lowering springs, air ride, sway bars and more.
“I’m so excited to return to BJMM in 2021. We have some great partners onboard, including Mark Sokal and Sean Taylor who came on with us in the 2020 season,” Parsons said. “We’re really stepping up our program at BJMM and I can’t wait to show the results on the track! Looking to make my third year in the Xfinity Series the best one yet,” added Parsons.
“It’s really great to have Stefan driving for us again this year,” said team owner, BJ McLeod. “Stefan has been competing for BJ McLeod Motorsports for the past three years and he is a true asset to our team. Working with him on and off the track is something I’m looking forward to.”
Parsons, who competed across two NASCAR National Series in 2020, is no stranger to BJ McLeod Motorsports. Parsons joined the team in 2019 and that same year scored his career best finish (12th) with the team at Daytona International Speedway. In the 2020 season, Parsons ran for BJ McLeod Motorsports with nine starts in the NXS, and debuted a total of four new partners, including Sokal, Springrates, Rich Mar Florist, and RacingJobs.com
The 2021 NXS Season begins on February 13th at 5:00 p.m. ET live on FS1 and MRN at Daytona International Speedway.
RSS Racing is thrilled to announce it has joined the Ford racing team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Ryan Sieg will drive the #39 Ford Mustang for the full 33 race schedule with primary sponsor CMR Construction and Roofing. The team will be powered by Roush Yates engines.
After over 10 seasons with Chevrolet the team decided to make the switch this off season. “I would like to thank Chevrolet and ECR for a great run, but it was time for something new.” commented driver Ryan Sieg. “We are a small family owned race team so to have this opportunity to align ourselves with Roush Yates and Ford it is truly incredible.
Sieg and the RSS Racing team are coming off a career season where he recorded 7 top 5 finishes and ended the season in the top 10 in points. The season opening race for the XFINITY Series will be February 13th.
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