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Hailie Deegan, No. 1 Craftsman Ford F-150

  • Deegan is making her 20th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start on Friday evening at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • For the first time this season, Deegan will drive the red-and-black Craftsman branded Ford F-150.
  • The California native is making her second Truck Series start at the 1.5-mile track. In her first start at the Nevada track earlier this year in March, Deegan started 30th and finished 28th after receiving damage in a multi-truck accident a little over halfway through the event.
  • In last week's race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, the Ford driver started 23rd and finished 25th after her night was ended 12 laps prematurely due to an accident she was unable to avoid on the racing surface.
  • In addition to the 1.5-mile track in Las Vegas, Deegan has two starts at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track, located just outside the paved oval. In 2018, she started from the pole position and finished runner-up in the 102-lap event. In 2019, the young driver started eighth and led the final lap en route to earn her first of two K&N Pro Series West victories that season.
  • Veteran crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. has called the shots for 16 NCWTS events at Las Vegas, including two wins - Todd Bodine in September 2005 and Kyle Busch in March 2018. 
  • Click here for Deegan's career statistics.
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Click on the image to the left to check out Hailie Deegan's YouTube channel for her Bristol Motor Speedway recap.

 

 

 

 

Tanner Gray, No. 15 Ford Performance F-150

  • Gray makes his 19th start of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season and 45th of his career on Friday evening.
  • The Ford Performance driver is eager to return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 1.5-mile oval is the site of his second best finish of the season so far. In March, he guided the No. 15 F-150 from his 22nd-place starting position to a 12th-place finish.
  • The 22-year-old driver hasn't been able to find any luck so far this season. Last Thursday night at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, he was moving forward in the field when he suffered a flat left rear tire that sent him spinning into the outside wall. Unfortunately, the damage was too extensive to continue and he was credited with a 38th-place finish.
  • With Marcus Richmond having obligations in Martinsville, Chad Johnston will step in and call the race for Gray. Johnston has called 11 career races at Las Vegas with three top-fives and six top-10s.
  • Although Richmond won't be in Las Vegas, one interesting driver that Richmond has worked with at Las Vegas in the NCWTS is none other than Kevin Hamlin - the current spotter for the No. 15 team. The pair worked together on the No. 4 truck for Bobby Hamilton Racing in 2007.
  • Click here for Gray's career statistics.

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GMS Racing is proud to unveil a new partnership with Martin Auto Color and No. 24 driver Jack Wood at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this Friday night.

Martin Auto Color, based in San Fernando, California, is the largest PPG™ Paint Distributor in its home state, operating out of twenty four central locations as well as two distribution centers in Nevada. Many of the team's staff of representatives have over twenty years of expertise in the automotive finish industry.

Wood, who grew up in Northern California, will be competing in his first race out West in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, with the 1.5-mile oval in Las Vegas considered as his home track. The combination of a West Coast driver and sponsor is special to the twenty-one-year-old.

"I'm excited to welcome Martin Auto Color onboard our No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet at Las Vegas. They have made a big splash in the automotive industry on the West Coast, and it feels great to have the support of their leadership this weekend. I'm looking to deliver the entire Martin Auto Color group a solid finish under the lights in Sin City."

In August, GMS Racing announced that Jack Wood was returning to the organization for a full-time effort in 2022, as he was signed to compete in the No. 24 Silverado for the entire season. With four races left to run this year, Wood is gaining experience in preparation for his first full-time season.

Fans can watch the GMS Racing No. 24 Martin Auto Color Chevrolet Silverado hit the track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the Victoria's Voice Foundation 200 at 6:00 PM PT (9:00 PM ET). Be sure to follow Jack Wood on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the handle @DriverJackWood.

GMS PR

Although Michael McDowell and the No. 34 CarParts.com team may be out of the championship hunt, the team still has a lot to race for— which includes making history for Front Row Motorsports (FRM).
 
FRM has a season-best finish of 16th in 2016—the last season the organization competed in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. McDowell now wants to set a new high mark for FRM. The No. 34 team has been inside the top-20 in points all season, highlighted with five top-10 finishes, two top-five finishes, and a Daytona 500 championship. McDowell heads into Las Vegas 43 points out of 15th.
 
Supporting the end-of-season push will be CarParts.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTS) this Sunday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. CarParts.com will bring their familiar primary colors back to the No. 34. 
 
CarParts.com offers an easy-to-navigate, mobile-friendly shopping platform, connecting drivers with the parts they need to get from point A to point B with confidence. With over 1 million square feet of warehouse space, the company stocks a variety of collision, repair, maintenance, tool, and accessory products, including premium brands such as MOOG®
 
By constantly introducing design innovations that extend product life and simplify installation, MOOG® has earned its reputation as the chassis industry’s Problem Solver. The brand is committed to producing problem-solving suspension parts as well as award-winning technical support and training materials.
 
McDowell is proud to have CarParts.com on board to support his best season.
 
“We can’t do what we do without the support of all our partners, such as CarParts.com,” said McDowell. “We’ve had a great season, but it’s not over. There are seven more races left, and that means seven more opportunities to get better and break records at FRM. There’ve been many positives from this season and there’s still more to accomplish. We want to make history and we’re driven to have CarParts.com be a part of that.”
 
McDowell heads into the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a best finish of 17th last year.
 
“There is no taking away from the tremendous season that Michael and the Front Row Motorsports team have had,” said Houman Akhavan, Chief Marketing Officer at CarParts.com. “We’re proud of Michael and his success, and we admire his drive to make even more of an impact for himself and his team. It’s the same philosophy we have at CarParts.com—striving to deliver the best parts and experience for our fellow drivers.”
  
Sunday’s race will be televised live on NBCSN at 7:00 p.m. ET. For more information, visit CarParts.com.
 
FRM PR

Fans should act fast because the gettin’ is hot when it comes to Talladega Superspeedway’s prime real estate – the legendary infield. An extremely limited amount of Reserved Infield RV spots remain for the upcoming NASCAR Playoffs Tripleheader weekend, Oct. 2-3.

Fans are encouraged to call 1-877-Go2-DEGA to reserve their space or visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/camping. The on-track lineup for the weekend features all-important NASCAR Playoffs races, headlined the YellaWood 500 for the NASCAR Cup Series (Sunday, Oct. 3). Saturday’s (Oct. 2) lineup consists of the Sparks 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the Chevy Silverado 250 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The wide range of off-track activities will keep fans of all ages entertained, including the incredible access of the new Talladega Garage Experience.

Below are the reserved infield RV areas with remaining spots available:

  • GEICO Grounds Yellow RV – A prime area inside at the end of the Alabama Gang Superstretch, fans can catch all the action as drivers begin to peel onto the 33-degree banking into Turn 3.
  • GEICO Grounds Orange – Behind the famous Talladega Blvd., this is a great area for fans to view the drivers going at full song down the Alabama Gang Superstretch.
  • GEICO Grounds Green – These spots are in close proximity of Turns 3 & 4, where the competitors go 3- and 4-wide on the high banks.

    • In addition, the infamous infield has reserved areas available for cars and tents.

All infielders can purchase admissions to the immersive Talladega Garage Experience where they can be under the same roof as the race cars that are being prepped by the race teams throughout race weekend. Fans can also enjoy the incredible $4 or less value-priced concessions, FREE Wi-Fi, reserved area at Ruoff Victory Lane to witness the winner’s celebration, entertainment stage for local music, Driver Q&As and other interviews in Fr8Auctions Celebration Plaza, along with numerous social areas such as BIG BILL’S open-air club, Kids Zone, Game Zone, Tito’s Lemonade Lounge, and Clyde May’s Courtyard. With an admission, guests also have the chance to take part in Sunday pre-race ceremonies and Driver Introductions at the start/finish line.

The incredible social atmosphere of ’Dega’s infield is second-to-none for fans with featured events such as Friday Night’s first-ever “Ride the Lightning Rodeo,” as well as the traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert featuring country music artists’ Dustin Lynch and Tim Dugger .

For those campers who want to be on the outside of the track, Talladega Superspeedway has a number of outside reserved areas plus there are three free unreserved parking areas that only require a Sunday YellaWood 500 ticket for admission.  

The YellaWood 500 is set to get the green flag on Sunday at 1 p.m. CDT. Kids 12 and younger receive FREE admission on Saturday, and $50 off regular price grandstand and tower seats for Sunday’s YellaWood 500, starting as low as $15. For more information, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA/

Fans are encouraged to keep up with all the happenings at the biggest, baddest race track on the planet by following Talladega Superspeedway on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

TSS PR

Violet Defense – an Orlando-based germ-killing company with patented UV technology – has entered into a multi-year partnership with Roush Fenway Racing. As part of the deal that runs through the 2023 season, Violet Defense will serve as the primary partner for a combined four races in the remaining 2021 season on both Ryan Newman and Chris Buescher’s Ford Mustangs. For the 2022 and 2023 seasons, Violet Defense will continue to be featured on the No. 6 car for multiple races, and join Brad Keselowski as he makes his debut with Roush Fenway in the 2022 season.

As part of the partnership, Violet Defense will also be identifying opportunities to protect the Roush Fenway team with its UV disinfection technology, both at the track and at their headquarters operations in Concord, N.C.

“We are excited to be supporting the Roush Fenway team, both on and off the track,” said Terrance Berland, CEO of Violet Defense. “It is our goal to continue to find new and innovative ways to deploy our UV disinfection solutions to help keep the athletes and staff healthy and at the top of their game. And we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of Brad’s inaugural season with the team, and look forward to the energy around his arrival.”

The brand makes its debut during the Sept. 26 race weekend at Las Vegas on the No. 17 Ford for the first of two consecutive primary events, with the second being the high-speed race at Talladega Superspeedway a week later. Newman will carry the colors of Violet Defense for the first time at Texas on Oct. 17, and again a week later at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 24.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Violet Defense to the Roush Fenway family,” said Steve Newmark, President of Roush Fenway Racing. “Their expertise as a company is a perfect fit for us on the track and off, and their services are especially critical during times like these. Their messaging and branding will undoubtedly stand out at their upcoming races, and we look forward to working with their team this fall and for years to come.”

Buescher will make his 11th Cup start at Las Vegas where this spring he ran 14th. Overall in ‘Sin City,’ Hall of Fame owner Jack Roush has 16 wins including seven in the NASCAR Cup Series.

The annual fall event at Talladega will be packed full of action as Buescher is slated for his 13th start at the 2.66-mile Superspeedway, where last fall he crossed the line sixth. Roush Fenway has eight Talladega wins all-time, including five in the NCS with the most recent coming in 2017.

Texas Motor Speedway is the site of 18 wins for Jack Roush including nine in the Cup Series, and also the site of one of Newman’s 18 wins all-time. He went to victory lane back in 2003 in just his second Cup outing at the 1.5-mile track, and has three top-15s in his last four starts at the track.

Kansas wraps up Violet Defense’s four-race slate in the 2021 NASCAR Playoffs, a track where Roush has four Cup victories with three different drivers. It is also the place where Newman made his first-ever Cup start, and his start there this spring served as career No. 700, joining an elite list of only three active drivers with that feat. Newman also won at Kansas in 2003.

RFR PR

Notes of Interest

 

●  Subway® restaurants has joined with Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 team of Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to put its Eat Fresh Refresh™ on the fast track by becoming a primary sponsor of the championship-winning NASCAR Cup Series team. The world’s largest quick-service restaurant brand is leveraging the partnership to highlight Subway Delivery powered by DoorDash, which allows guests to order their Subway favorites via the Subway app or on Subway.com. Guests can earn and redeem Subway MyWay® Rewards points on Subway delivery orders as well. In conjunction with Harvick being in the NASCAR Playoffs, Subway ha a $0 Delivery fee on all Subway Delivery orders plus a 15 percent discount on a footlong for a limited time when using promo code KEVIN15. Subway will return as the primary sponsor of the No. 4 Ford Mustang for the Oct. 24 race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. Subway will also serve as a major associate sponsor of the No. 4 car Oct. 10 at the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway Roval, Oct. 17 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and Oct. 31 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

 

●  While the NASCAR Playoffs have been in existence since 2004, it wasn’t until 2014 that rounds were added, with three separate cuts whittling down the 16-driver field during the 10-race playoffs. After the first three playoff races, the four lowest drivers in points get eliminated. Then, after the next three races, only the top-eight drivers move on. Three more races follow, with only the top-four drivers advancing to the Championship 4 where they compete in a winner-take-all title match in the season finale. Harvick is in the midst of his 12th consecutive playoff appearance and his 15th overall. He has now advanced out of the Round of 16 in all eight editions of the current playoff format. Coming into this season, he had advanced all the way to the Round of 8 since 2014, and five times he’s competed in the Championship 4, winning the NASCAR Cup Series title in 2014.

 

●  Harvick comes into Las Vegas on a three-race top-10 streak, a run punctuated by a strong second-place drive last Saturday night at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway where he led three times for 71 laps. Before finishing second at Bristol, Harvick finished eighth Sept. 11 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway and fifth Sept. 4 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. Harvick has finished among the top-15 in the last nine races, a streak that began July 11 with an 11th-place result at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

 

●  Since joining SHR in 2014, Harvick has finished among the top-10 in seven of the 11 NASCAR Cup Series races contested at Las Vegas. In that span, Harvick has led 621 laps and won twice – March 2015 and March 2018

 

●  Harvick’s win at Las Vegas in March 2018 was his 100th career victory across NASCAR’s top-three national touring series – Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck. He has since scored 19 more Cup wins to bring his tally to 119 total victories – 58 in Cup, 47 in Xfinity and 14 in Truck. Only three other drivers in NASCAR history have surpassed 100 wins across NASCAR’s top-three series: Kyle Busch (222 wins), Richard Petty (200 wins) and David Pearson (106 wins).

 

●  Harvick has a total of 12 top-10s at Las Vegas, the most of any active NASCAR Cup Series driver. Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano are next best with 11 top-10s apiece.

 

●  Harvick has made 11 starts in the Xfinity Series at Las Vegas. He has two wins, six top-fives and seven top-10s. His first Xfinity Series win came in 2004 when he started 11th and led 14 laps. His second triumph came in 2010 when he started second and led 82 laps.

 

●  Harvick has made three Truck Series starts at Las Vegas, earning two top-10s with a best finish of eighth in 1997.

 

Kevin Harvick, Driver of the No. 4 Subway Delivery Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing

 

You’ve won at Las Vegas twice and have finished among the top-10 there seven times since joining SHR in 2014. What do you need to be quick at Las Vegas?

“Las Vegas has a lot of tire fall off, so it’ll be important to have a good-handling Subway Delivery Ford Mustang. It’s also a track where you’re constantly moving around trying to find the right grip.”

 

You advanced to the Round of 12 for the eighth straight time. What do you need to do in theses next three races to advance to the Round of 8?

“Right now, we’re just taking it one week at a time. That’s really the best way to go about it, and see where it all falls in the end.”

 

Does the intensity of the racing increase after each playoff round?

“For us, there’s no intensity dialed up. It’s exactly the same as it would be for the first race of the season, the second race, the third race. We try to approach things the same way, whether we’re running well or running badly, and whether or not it’s a cutoff race. You try to dot all the I’s and cross all the T’s and control all the things that you can control, perform at a high level and do the things that you know how to do, whether it’s me in the car or Rodney (Childers, crew chief) on the pit box or everybody around us, it just takes the execution of a complete race. Our team has done a great job of that all year. Obviously, our cars have not performed to the level that we’d have liked them to perform, but we’ve been getting the finishes that we have and keeping ourselves around. We just keep plugging away and keep trying to reach out and do what we can by getting good finishes and not making any mistakes. That’s really what it boils down to this time of year. It doesn’t matter how you get there, it just matters if you advance or you don’t advance, and a lot of times it comes by controlling the things that you can control.”

 

You were very consistent throughout the regular season and that has continued into the playoffs. How important is it to maintain that consistency?

“We’ve gone about this a number of different ways throughout the years. We’ve pointed our way through and we’ve won our way through when our backs were against the wall. You’ve got to take what each race will give you, and there’s no way you can force things. That’s where a lot of people get themselves in trouble – when they start trying to do things outside their comfort zone of where their car is that particular day. Some days you have what you have and you need to get that finish with your car, and if you do that, usually you finish better than probably you would have otherwise. Las Vegas is no different. We’ll just have to go out there and grind away and see where we end up.”

 

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With the changing of the seasons, comes the realization that the Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout is right around the corner. So close, as a matter of fact, that online entry opens at Midnight.
 
Happening December 29, 2021, through January 1, 2022, the annual “Mecca of Micros” will be preceded by load-in on Monday, December 27, 2021, with early parking begin at 7:00 A.M. (CT). As soon as the last trailer is set, all remaining teams will be allowed to begin moving in to unload their cars and equipment.
 
Check-in and Draw will coincide with Monday’s move-in with the draw opening at 9:00 A.M. (CT). Anyone not able to unload on Monday can finish up on Tuesday, December 28 from 8:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. (CT) with draw finishing up during that time.
 
Practice for all classes will begin after Noon on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, to allow racing to begin on Wednesday, December 29, 2021. Racing will continue daily like normal through Saturday, January 1, 2022. Exact times and running order will be posted once we are close to the event.
 
Early entries begin Tuesday, September 21, 2021, and run through Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at $100 per entry. Starting Thursday, December 2, 2021, the cost goes to $125 per entry with pre-event registration cut off on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. After that, teams will have to enter during check-in on Monday, December 27, 2021, with all entries ending on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at 11:00 A.M. (CT).
 
Entry forms will be sent out. Online entry will also be available as well as entry by phone at (918) 838-3777.
 
The 37th edition of the Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout will feature A-Class (Wing, Non-Wing, and Restricted), Outlaw (Wing and Non-Wing), and Junior Sprints. For all classes, RaceCeivers are mandatory. The frequency is 454.000.
 
Rules questions can be directed to Matt Ward, who is the director of competition for the Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout. Contact for Matt Ward includes Cell Phone at (918) 995-1650 or the office at (918) 838-3777.
Fans not able to attend the 37th annual Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout can see every lap of action on http://www.floracing.com.
 
The Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout takes place at the Tulsa Expo Raceway, located inside the SageNet Center in Tulsa, Okla. More information on the event will be released as the event draws closer. All official rules, event information, and dates are online at http://www.tulsashootout.com. Fans can also follow the Tulsa Shootout at https://www.facebook.com/TulsaShootout and on Twitter (@TulsaShootout).
 
Quick Reference:
 
Event: 37th annual Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout
Where: SageNet Center – Tulsa Expo Raceway 4145 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74114
Parking: December 27, 2021 (Finishing up December 28, 2021 before Noon)
Practice: December 28, 2021 after Noon.
Event Dates: December 29, 2021 – January 1, 2022
 
Discounted Early Entry ($100 per class entered): September 21, 2021 – December 1, 2021
Late Entry ($125 per class entered): December 2, 2021 – December 15, 2021
At Race Entry ($125 per class entered): December 27, 2021
Entries can be paid by Cash, Master Card, or Visa. No personal checks are accepted without prior approval. Entry includes Saturday Pit Pass.
 
Mail Entries To: Tulsa Shootout 1140 S. 83rd East Ave. Tulsa, OK 74112
Fax Entries To: (918) 836-5517
Call Entries To: (918) 838-3777
 
Entries will NOT be accepted via social media.
 
**Rules for the represented classes can be found at https://www.tulsashootout.com/classes. For any clarification on rules, contact Matt Ward at (918) 995-1650 or (918) 838-3777.
 
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2022 Class Lineup
 
Winged Outlaw
Non-Wing Outlaw
A-Class Winged
Stock Non-Wing
Restricted
Junior Sprints
 
Event Broadcast:
 
Live Online PPV: http://www.floracing.com
 
Tulsa Shootout Past Champions (Current Classes)
 
Winged Outlaw Keith Crawford (1990), Pete Frazier (1993), Pete Frazier (1994), Steve Frisell (1995), Chad Davenport (1996), Rick King (1997), Pete Frazier (1998), Lee Waldroop (1999), Paul Carbone (2000), Robert Richardson (2001), Dino Tomassi & Scotty Smith (2002), Bryan Clauson & Jacob Mosley (2003), Rodney Stealy (2004), Stan Yockey & Scotty Smith (2005) , Rodney Stealy (2006), Jerrod Wilson (2007), Brady Bacon (2008), Kevin Bayer (2009), Ryan Reeves (2010), Blake Hahn (2011), Heath Duinkerken (2012), Heath Duinkerken (2013), Frank Flud (2014), Michael Faccinto (2015), Brady Bacon (2016), Joe B. Miller (2017), Christopher Bell (2018), Ben Worth (2019), Emerson Axsom (2020), Mitchell Moles (2021)
 
Non-Wing Outlaw Blake Hahn (2011), Brock Lemley (2012), Chris Andrews (2013), Steven Shebester (2014), Trey Marcham (2015), Chris Andrews (2016), Tristan Guardino (2017). Jason McDougal (2018), Zeb Wise (2019), Brady Bacon (2020), Kris Carroll (2021)
 
Stock Non-Wing Wendy Shear (1990), Jeff Dodd (1994), Paul Herdon (1996), Brady Courtney (1997), Rick Mercer (1998), Chebon Bruner (1999), Matt Walton (2002), Donnie Crawford (2003), Ronnie James (2004), Donnie Crawford (2005), Andrew Peters & Donnie Crawford (2006), Donnie Ray Crawford (2007), Rodney Stealy (2008), Riley Adair (2009), Chris Andrews (2010), Koen Shaw (2011), Chris Cochran (2012), Michael Faccinto (2013), Frank Flud (2014), Trey Marcham (2015), Jonathan Beason (2016), Frank Flud (2017). Jason McDougal (2018), Kyle Spence (2019), Alex Bright (2020), Brian Carber (2021)
 
Restricted 'A' Class Jonathan Beason (2001), Josh Pickle (2002), Jay Hunt (2003), Jack Dover (2004), Dalton Cole (2005), Tyler Edwards (2006), Tanner Mullens (2007), Sean Thompson (2008), Trent Carter (2009), Darien Roberts (2010), Dalton Seigler (2011), Dahne Lynn McKay (2012), Dahne Lynn McKay (2013), Alex Panella (2014), Kaylee Bryson (2015), Noah Gass (2016), Grady Mercer (2017), Corey Day (2018), Shawn Mahaffey (2019), Jade Avedisian (2020), Jaxton Wiggs (2021)
 
Winged A-Class Willie Bewley (1988), Gary Edwards (1989), David Person (1991), Bubba Hunt (1992), Ryan McDonald (1993), Chris Crawford (1994), Kevin Bayer (1995), Jay Foote (1996), Darren Stewart (1997), Jerrod Wilson (1998), Shawn Wright (1999), Shawn Wright (2000), Brad Best (2002), Dex Eaton (2003), Brady Bacon (2004), Kevin Bayer (2005), Scott Sawyer & Jerrod Wilson (2006), Donnie Ray Crawford (2007), Jerrod Wilson (2008), Gary Taylor (2009), Donnie Ray Crawford (2010), Andrew Deal (2011), Kevin Bayer (2012), Chris Cochran (2013), Tucker Worth (2014), Giovanni Scelzi (2015), Miles Paulus (2016), Ayrton Gennetten (2017), Jason McDougal (2018), Jake Hagopian (2019), Kyle Spence (2020), Brian Carber (2021)
 
Junior Sprints Dustin Rhodes (2004), Mitch Faccinto (2005), Blake Hahn (2006), Drew Marshall (2007), Chance Morton (2008), Grady Chandler (2009), Josiah Ribeiro (2010), Josiah Ribeiro (2011), Kameron Beard (2012), Jadon Rogers (2013), Cannon McIntosh (2014), Nikko Panella (2015), Ryder Laplante (2016), Caeden Steele (2017), Ryan Timms (2018) , Austin Wood (2019), Jett Barnes (2020), Lucas Mauldin (2021)
 
ASCS PR

The exciting and drama-filled Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway was so popular with fans that it set a record in the online fan poll conducted by veteran NASCAR journalist Jeff Gluck of The Athletic that simply asks, "Was it a Good Race?" BMS now holds the top three spots in the poll.

Saturday night’s race energized fans with a thrilling finish that featured Kyle Larson racing past Kevin Harvick in the closing laps. Larson made his move to take the lead and pass Harvick with a slide job, and Harvick’s machine made contact with the bumper on Larson’s Chevy, but Larson was able to control it even though it got out of shape. Larson then pulled away to take the checkered flag. It was Larson’s first BMS victory and his sixth win of the season. Sparks also flew post-race as Harvick and Chase Elliott had an animated nose-to-nose discussion in the pit area after the two were not pleased with each other following several on-track skirmishes. The race also featured a couple of drivers, Alex Bowman and William Byron, who entered the race outside the top 12 but managed to race their way into the next round of the Playoffs with strong Bristol finishes.

More than 23,000 fans participated in the poll and a record 95.7 percent voted yes in the poll, that it was a good race. The race took over the No. 1 spot in the poll by moving past the 2020 Bristol Spring Race, which held firm at 94.9 percent. Another Bristol Motor Speedway race, the 2018 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, sits third on the list with a 94.8 percent vote. BMS has another race in the top 10 of the list, as the 2019 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race comes in at sixth overall with a 94.1 approval rating.

"We are so thankful to the thousands of fans who voted for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race in Jeff Gluck's popular 'Was it a Good Race' fan poll," said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager, Bristol Motor Speedway. "We are so proud to see Bristol races in the top three positions in that poll. We have been very blessed here to have many thrilling races throughout the decades and Saturday night’s race was one for the ages and will certainly always be remembered as one of the greats here at The Last Great Colosseum."

The 2020 Food City Supermarket Heroes 500, second on the list, was won by Brad Keselowski after he sprinted past Elliott and Joey Logano who tangled on track in the closing laps. The 2018 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, third on the list, has been called an ‘Instant Classic’ after Kurt Busch emerged to take the checkered flag after several different leaders appeared to have the race under control throughout the race. The 2019 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, which was won by Denny Hamlin after passing Matt DiBenedetto in the closing laps, is fourth on the Gluck ranking list, with a 94.1 percent approval rate.

Three more Bristol races rank in the top 40 of the Gluck fan poll. The 2018 Food City 500 ranks 29th with an approval rating of 87.9 percent, the 2017 Food City 500 is 33rd with a rating of 86.4, and the 2019 Food City 500 is 36th with a fan approval mark of 86.2 percent. You can see the full Jeff Gluck 'Was it a Good Race?' fan poll by clicking here.

The Jeff Gluck 'Was it a Good Race?' fan poll is conducted via the social media platform Twitter and was started in 2016. A Bristol Motor Speedway event has held the top spot now since August 19, 2018.

The next NASCAR Cup Series race scheduled for Bristol Motor Speedway is the Food City Dirt Race, to be held under the lights on Sunday April 17, 2022.

BMS PR

No. 99 Good Sam Chevrolet Driver Daniel Suárez always gets a strong cheer from the crowd during driver introductions before every NASCAR Cup Series race.

The Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway audience roared its approval when he wore a sombrero to honor National Hispanic Heritage month at driver introductions before Saturday night's race.

The response may be even louder before Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

That's because the 29-year-old native of Monterrey, Mexico will host about 200 local guests attending the race as part of his Daniel's Amigos program.

The guests from the Latino community will spend the day at the track enjoying a Mariachi band, an asada grill out, giveaways, fun photo opportunities and spending 45-minutes with Suárez before the race. The Daniel's Amigos will watch the Las Vegas race from an exclusive No. 99 cheering section.

With the strong backing of Coca-Cola and NASCAR, the Daniel's Amigos program began in 2019 as a way to bring new fans to NASCAR. After several events during the 2019, the program paused because of COVID in 2020. This is the first event in 2021 with more tentatively planned for 2022.

The program is a passion play for Suárez who has worked to create the best day possible for his guests. The only improvement left is to invite the Amigos to join he and his Trackhouse Racing teammates in victory lane after the race.

NBCSN will broadcast Sunday's race at 7 p.m. EDT

 

Daniel Suárez, Driver of the No. 99 Good Sam Chevrolet Camaro

What is Daniel's Amigos?

"Daniel's Amigos was just an idea. I always wanted to do something special for the Latinos, and was just trying to come up with ways to bring this community to the race track and give them a special, cool experience.

"After several conversations with Coca-Cola and NASCAR, we were able to make it happen in 2019 at Auto Club Speedway in California. The program just grew from there until COVID made us take a break. It has been a while since we have done it, but we are back Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"It has taken a lot of work by Coca-Cola and NASCAR to make this happen, but I am super excited about it."

What do you expect on Sunday with Daniel's Amigos?

"We are going to have a few hundred people in the infield of the race track in an open air space where they can have a good time. I am going to be there for 45 minutes, taking pictures, questions and answers and lots of fun. I want them to get to know me better and I want to get to know them. I want to show them how cool NASCAR really is."

Why is this program important?

"One of the great things I love about our sport is that it is very family oriented. Every time I get the opportunity to do one of these Daniel's Amigos events, I want to make them feel like they are at home so they will come back and support us every week at the track."

How cool would it be to win Sunday?

"Winning Sunday would be amazing. I would invite all 200 Daniel's Amigos to victory lane to help us celebrate."

Trackhouse PR

Taylor Gray, No. 17 Ford Performance Fusion

  • Taylor Gray makes his third start of the season with the ARCA Menards Series West on Thursday night in his first ever appearance at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • Most recently, Gray pulled double-duty at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the ARCA Menards Series. After a third-place finish in the ARCA race, the rookie charged from 35th to 12th in the truck race before contact with a spinning lapped truck ended his night on lap 156.
  • Through seven career ARCA West races, Gray has two wins, four top-fives and six top-10s with an average finish of 5.1.
  • There will be very little rest for the 16-year-old driver this weekend as immediately following the Star Nursery 150, he will board a red-eye flight out of Las Vegas to get back to the east coast in time for 2 p.m. ET practice in a DGR late model stock at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300.
  • Click here for Gray's career statistics.

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