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Ready to dive into the 32nd season of touring, the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series is set for a 48-night run in 2023 that will see the tour at 28 facilities across ten states.

 

Similar to the 2022 layout, the increase in car counts, and the ability for nearly all teams that started the season able to finish, series owner Terry Mattox will again keep that formula in play while adding new high-paying dates and focusing on weekend events.

 

“It’s the formula that built ASCS during the early 2000s, and it brought teams out that otherwise would have never considered running the National Tour,” commented Mattox of the 2022 season.

 

“When I was talking with teams at the end of the season, I got a lot of good feedback and suggestions on what they wanted to see schedule-wise, and one of those was keeping the races more focused on the weekends and limiting the number of mid-week events we run, and I feel like the 2023 schedule accomplishes that.”

 

With familiar favorites like the Devil’s Bowl, Creek County, Knoxville, Lucas Oil Speedway, and more dotting the schedule, the 2023 lineup will also see the addition of five new facilities.

 

First on the list of new stops is Rocket Raceway Park in Petty, Texas. On the lineup in 2022, tires and mother nature kept the series at bay. Shelby County Speedway in Harlan, Iowa, features a one-third-mile oval and would be the ninth Iowa oval to host the tour.

 

A highly requested track over the years is Rush County “Bullring” Speedway in La Crosse,

Kan. Living up the hype during URSS events over the year, the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series will rank among the largest events to roll into the five-sixteenths-mile oval.

 

Completely redone from its former Flint Creek Speedway days, the track that now sits in Colcord, Okla., is Arrowhead Speedway. Another track that was set to see action in 2022, the new owners pushed back the opening of the track in order to make sure the facility was ready. Paired with another new oval, the three-eighths-mile Longdale Speedway sits just the other side of Stillwater and will return to life in 2023 with several special events dotting their schedule.

 

With new tracks on the lineup, returning tracks cannot be overlooked.

 

Formerly Randolph County Raceway, the ultra-high-banked Missouri oval has a new lease on life and a new name; Moberly Motorsports Park. Last on the lineup in 2012, Dodge City Raceway Park returns with a pair of nights in July.

 

A couple of dates are still in the works as Mattox looks to secure a couple more venues in addition to dates marked at TBA. The 2023 season will again see a season-ending payout of $50,000 to the champion. Nightly payout and appearance money will stay the same for the 2023 season. Full payout for weekend events is available

at http://www.ascsracing.com.

 

Major events on the 2023 lineup include the Capital City Clash at Jackson Motor Speedway ($15,000 to win), the Mickey Walker Memorial ($5,000 to win), West Kansas Showdown at WaKeeney Speedway ($5,000 to win), Knoxville 360 Nationals ($15,000 to win), Hockett/McMillin Memorial ($10,000 to win), and the COMP Cams Short Track Nationals, which will have a venue announced soon. Other events will be announced as the season nears.

 

Terry Mattox will again be at the helm of the American Sprint Car Series. Questions on the tour can be directed at him by calling (918) 417-0624 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

The 2023 season will mark the 32nd year of competition for the American Sprint Car Series. Spearheaded by the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, the ASCS Nation includes Regional Tours that encompass both wing and non-wing competition.

 

When making it to the track is not an option, the series can be found on http://www.floracing.com, and is included in the platform’s $150 a year subscription plan.

 

For other news, notes, and information on any of the tours under the ASCS banner, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com, follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@LucasOilASCS).

 

2023 Lucas Oil ASCS Event Lineup:

 

Date – Track – City, State

 

3/17/2023-Devil's Bowl Speedway - Mesquite, TX

3/18/2023-Devil's Bowl Speedway - Mesquite, TX

3/31/2023-Jackson Motor Speedway - Byram, MS

 

4/1/2023-Jackson Motor Speedway - Byram, MS

4/7/2023-Super Bee Speedway - Chatham, LA

4/8/2023-Super Bee Speedway - Chatham, LA

4/21/2023-TBA

4/22/2023-Boothill Speedway - Greenwood, LA

 

5/12/2023-Moberly Motorsports Park - Moberly, MO

5/13/2023-Moberly Motorsports Park - Moberly, MO

5/19/2023-Tri City Speedway - Granite City, IL

5/20/2023-Tri City Speedway - Granite City, IL

5/26/2023-Lakeside Speedway - Kansas City, KS

5/27/2023-Lake Ozark Speedway - Eldon, MO

5/28/2023-Lake Ozark Speedway - Eldon, MO

 

6/2/2023-Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, OK

6/3/2023-Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, OK

6/16/2023-WaKeeney Speedway - WaKeeney, KS

6/17/2023-81 Speedway - Park City, KS

6/23/2023 - TBA

6/24/2023-Rocket Raceway Park - Petty, TX

6/30/2023-Boone County Raceway - Albion, NE

 

7/1/2023-Shelby County Speedway - Harlan, IA

7/7/2023-Dodge City Raceway Park - Dodge City, KS

7/8/2023-Dodge City Raceway Park - Dodge City, KS

7/14/2023-Thunderbird Speedway - Muskogee, OK

7/15/2023-Batesville Motor Speedway - Batesville, AR

7/21/2023-Rush County Speedway - La Crosse, KS

7/22/2023-81 Speedway - Park City, KS

 

8/3/2023-Knoxville Raceway - Knoxville, IA

8/4/2023-Knoxville Raceway - Knoxville, IA

8/5/2023-Knoxville Raceway - Knoxville, IA

8/25/2023-Lakeside Speedway - Kansas City, KS

8/26/2023-TBA

 

9/1/2023-Arrowhead Speedway - Colcord, OK

9/2/2023-Longdale Speedway - Longdale, OK

9/12/2023-Clay County Fair Speedway - Spencer, IA

9/14/2023-Lucas Oil Speedway - Wheatland, MO

9/15/2023-Lucas Oil Speedway - Wheatland, MO

9/16/2023-Lucas Oil Speedway - Wheatland, MO

9/22/2023-TBA

9/23/2023-TBA

 

10/6/2023-Short Track Nationals – Location TBA

10/7/2023- Short Track Nationals – Location TBA

10/13/2023-Devil's Bowl Speedway - Mesquite, TX

10/14/2023-Devil's Bowl Speedway - Mesquite, TX

10/27/2023-Lake Ozark Speedway - Eldon, MO

10/28/2023-Lake Ozark Speedway - Eldon, MO

 

*Subject to change without notice. Visit www.ascsracing.com for updates.

 

ASCS PR

Kaylee Bryson and Sam Pierce Racing team principals are pleased to announce an exclusive multi-year driver services and agency agreement with Kaylee Bryson.
 
The Muskogee, Okla. native will become the primary driver of Team SPR’s fleet of USAC Silver Crown cars and compete for the 2023 USAC championship and Rookie of the Year honors.
 
Bryson will also campaign Team SPR’s LSI Racing / Sam Pierce Chevrolet Camaro SS Trans Am TA2 series cars at select 2023 Trans Am events as scheduling allows.
 
The driver agency component of the agreement will allow for Kaylee to completely focus on driving, training and further developing her race craft without the distraction of sponsorship and driver placement negotiations as she progresses through testing and team placement for IndyCar or NASCAR platforms during the 2023 racing season and beyond.
 
The 21-year-old USAC Midget Car standout became the first protégé under SPR team principal Aaron Pierce’s AP Driver Development program during the 2022 racing season, showing impressive speed in multiple test sessions driving SPR Sprint and Midget Cars and Trans Am TA2 Camaros & SGT Corvettes.
 
Kaylee completed three USAC Silver Crown feature races with SPR in 2022 including her career-defining performance on the Springfield Mile in October - dominating the Bettenhausen 100 by qualifying on the front row, leading 72 laps and finishing fifth despite a broken rocker arm early in the race relegating her machine to seven cylinders.
 
In November, she charged to a fifth-place finish (from 11th) in her Winged Sprint Car debut at Citrus County (FL) Speedway producing two top-5 finishes in four completed feature races with Team SPR in 2022.
 
Bryson finished seventh in USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship points with 15 top-ten and five top-five feature finishes, including the best finish ever by woman with the series (2nd) in September at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway, driving for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports during the 2022 USAC season.
 
Kaylee heads to Florida after the PRI show for three days of testing at Sebring International Raceway in preparation for the 2023 Trans Am season opener in February. She will run the Sawyer Chassis house car at the Tulsa Shootout in late December and a Keith Kunz Midget entry at the Chili Bowl Nationals in January.
 
USAC PR
Thirteen dates. Thirteen events. Seven on pavement. Five on dirt. One yet to be announced.
 
That’s the modus operandi for the USAC Silver Crown  National Championship after the 2023 schedule was released on Thursday afternoon at the Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis.
 
 
THE RETURN OF THE HOOSIER HUNDRED
 
While the first event is slated for April 16 at a yet-to-be determined venue, the initial confirmed event on the schedule brings the series to Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park for the first of three dates on the .686-mile paved oval.
 
Leading off at IRP this season is the resurgence of the Hoosier Hundred, which will be held for the 66th time overall, but for the first time on pavement, on April 23, an event which will pay $25,000-to-win.
 
The series returns to IRP a month later on May 26 for the $10,000-to-win Carb Night Classic and again for the season finale on October 14 where a new series titlist will be crowned during Championship Saturday.
 
 
BACK ON THE HIGH BANKS & THE DIRT HALVES
 
For the first time in seven years, the champ cars return to the Belleville High Banks in Kansas in a fantastic doubleheader with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.
 
Speaking of the half-mile dirt ovals, there are three of a kind on the schedule with Belleville joined by the second series appearance at Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway on June 17 in a double with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.
 
The 41st running of the 4-Crown Nationals pits a USAC tripleheader at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway on September 22-23 featuring the Silver Crown series, plus the midgets and sprint cars along with the All Star Circuit of Champions.
 
 
PAVING THE WAY
 
Paved half-miles are prevalent throughout the season with Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway, Indiana’s Winchester Speedway and Ohio’s Toledo Speedway running in succession during the summer months. On June 23, it’s the Dairyland 100 at Madison, then it’s off to Winchester’s Rich Vogler Classic on July 20 and the Rollie Beale Classic on August 5 at Toledo.
 
 
DIRT MILE SEASON
 
It’s dirt mile season in the second half of the year as the Illinois’ two state fairs roll out the red carpet for the Silver Crown series on August 19 for the 60th running of the Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds’ Springfield Mile.
 
Illinois’ southernmost dirt mile belongs to the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds which will host the 69th edition of the Ted Horn 100 on September 3.
 
 
THE BIGGEST & THE FASTEST
 
On August 27, USAC Silver Crown racing makes its way back to the largest and fastest track on the series schedule – the 1.25-mile paved World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Ill.
 
 
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2023 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE
 
Apr 16: TBA
 
Apr 23: (P) (A) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Hoosier Hundred | $25,000-To-Win
 
May 19-20: (D) Belleville High Banks | Belleville, KS | $8,000-To-Win
 
May 26: (P) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Carb Night Classic | $10,000-To-Win
 
Jun 17: (D) Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA | $8,000-To-Win
 
Jun 23: (P) Madison International Speedway | Oregon, WI | Dairyland 100 | $8,000-To-Win
 
Jul 20: (P) Winchester Speedway | Winchester, IN | Rich Vogler Classic | $8,000-To-Win
 
Aug 5: (P) Toledo Speedway | Toledo, OH | Rollie Beale Classic | $8,000-To-Win
 
Aug 19: (D) Illinois State Fairgrounds | Springfield, IL | Bettenhausen 100 | $10,000-To-Win
 
Aug 27: (P) World Wide Technology Raceway | Madison, IL | $10,000-To-Win
 
Sep 2: (D) Du Quoin State Fairgrounds | Du Quoin, IL | Ted Horn 100 | $10,000-To-Win
 
Sep 22-23: (D) Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | $10,000-To-Win
 
Oct 14: (P) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | $10,000-To-Win
 
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(A) represents an event paying appearance points only
 
(P) represents a pavement track event
 
(D) represents a dirt track event
 
Race dates & payouts subject to change
 
USAC PR
The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship enters a new year in 2023 with a docket of more than 30 events on the calendar.
 
New to the slate in the coming year are a pair of events in Belleville, Kan. on May 19-20. After several years on the high banks, this time the midgets take on the Belleville Short Track at the North Central Kansas Fairgrounds for the first time ever for a pair of shows on back-to-back nights. Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex completes the tripleheader weekend on May 21.
 
Meanwhile, Illinois’ Macon Speedway returns to the schedule for the first time in six years on August 19. Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway opens it all up with back-to-back nights at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway for the Kokomo Grand Prix on April 21-22.
 
The 19th edition of USAC Indiana Midget Week feature seven races in eight nights at Tri-State Speedway on June 4, Circle City Raceway on June 5, Gas City I-69 Speedway on June 7, Lincoln Park Speedway on June 8, Bloomington Speedway on June 9, Lawrenceburg Speedway on June 10 and the finale at Kokomo Speedway on June 11.
 
The series makes its annual venture to Mid-America for four nights of action in three states during a July swing through Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway on July 11, Kansas’ Solomon Valley Raceway on July 12 and two-straight at Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway on July 14-15 with the latter event paying $10,000-to-win.
 
The Jason Leffler Memorial at Illinois’ Wayne County Speedway moves to the month of August on the 18th. A mega weekend on each side of the Indiana/Ohio border greets the series in late September. On the 21st, the series makes its return to Gas City for the James Dean Classic. The next two nights bring the series to the biggest and fastest venue on the schedule at Eldora Speedway on September 22-23 for 4-Crown Nationals moments.
 
Then it’s onto the California swing, which replicates the order of this past year’s western schedule with seven dates in the Golden State. First up is Bakersfield Speedway on November 14. From there, the series moves onto Placerville Speedway for the Hangtown 100, the finale of which pays a whopping $20,000-to-win.
 
Merced Speedway takes the wheel for two-straight nights on November 21-22, then the season concludes with a bang at with the 82nd running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura Raceway.
 
The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host the fifth running of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 at a yet to be determined dates.
 
 
2023 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
 
Apr 21: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Kokomo Grand Prix | $4,000-To-Win
 
Apr 22: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Kokomo Grand Prix | $5,000-To-Win
 
May 19: Belleville Short Track | Belleville, KS | $4,000-To-Win
 
May 20: Belleville Short Track | Belleville, KS | $6,000-To-Win
 
May 21: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex | Sweet Springs, MO | $6,000-To-Win
 
Jun 4: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $5,000-To-Win
 
Jun 5: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $4,000-To-Win
 
Jun 7: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $4,000-To-Win
 
Jun 8: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $4,000-To-Win
 
Jun 9: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $5,000-To-Win
 
Jun 10: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $5,000-To-Win
 
Jun 11: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $5,000-To-Win
 
Jul 11: Red Dirt Raceway | Meeker, OK | Tuesday Night Thunder | $4,000-To-Win
 
Jul 12: Solomon Valley Raceway | Beloit, KS | Chad McDaniel Memorial | $4,000-To-Win
 
Jul 14: Jefferson County Speedway | Fairbury, NE | Midwest Midget Championship | $4,000-To-Win
 
Jul 15: (F) Jefferson County Speedway | Fairbury, NE | Midwest Midget Championship | $10,000-To-Win
 
Aug 18: (F) Wayne County Speedway | Wayne City, IL | Jason Leffler Memorial | $5,000-To-Win
 
Aug 19: Macon Speedway | Macon, IL | $5,000-To-Win
 
Sep 3: Angell Park Speedway | Sun Prairie, WI | Firemen's Nationals | $5,000-To-Win
 
Sep 4: Angell Park Speedway | Sun Prairie, WI | $5,000-To-Win
 
Sep 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | James Dean Classic | $4,000-To-Win
 
Sep 22: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | $5,000-To-Win
 
Sep 23: (F) Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | $10,000-To-Win
 
Nov 14: Bakersfield Speedway | Bakersfield, CA | November Classic | $4,000-To-Win
 
Nov 16: (A) Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA | Hangtown 100 | $5,000-To-Win
 
Nov 17: (A) Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA | Hangtown 100 | $5,000-To-Win
 
Nov 18: (F) Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA | Hangtown 100 | $20,000-To-Win
 
Nov 21: Merced Speedway | Merced, CA | $4,000-To-Win
 
Nov 22: Merced Speedway | Merced, CA | $4,000-To-Win
 
Nov 25: Ventura Raceway | Ventura, CA | Turkey Night Grand Prix | $10,000
 
TBA: (F) The Dirt Track at IMS | Speedway, IN
 
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(F) represents an event paying feature points only
 
(A) represents an event paying appearance points only
 
Race dates & payouts subject to change
 
USAC PR

Penske Entertainment and The CW Network announced Dec. 8 they are joining forces with VICE Media Group for “100 Days to Indy,” a first-of-its-kind broadcast series about the road to the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, the world’s premier motorsports competition.

Produced by Penske Entertainment and VICE Media Group, the six-part series will take fans behind the scenes to chronicle the bold and brash personalities of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES as they begin the 2023 season and start their epic quest for racing’s greatest prize. “100 Days to Indy” will air on The CW Network in spring 2023.

"The Indy 500 is the most unique, exhilarating and engaging event on the planet,” Penske Entertainment President and CEO Mark Miles said. “It’s an unrivaled spectacle fueled by ambitious, fearless and captivating personalities. This series will give viewers an unprecedented front row seat as the racing season begins and the countdown to Indy accelerates. Ultimately, through the compelling creative lens and massive reach of both VICE and The CW, we will bring the world-class competition and drama of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES to a newer and more youthful audience.”

The 100-day window is benchmarked by drama, intrigue and fierce competition from the very first race of the season all the way to the checkered flag at the Indianapolis 500. For the winner, it is a life-changing experience, etching his or her name into the history books. This year, four-time Indy 500 winner and former “Dancing with the Stars” champion Helio Castroneves is eyeing a record fifth win but will face stiff competition from a rising generation of young talent all eyeing “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and its multimillion-dollar purse.

“100 Days to Indy” will showcase what it takes to compete at the highest levels and at the height of danger, while providing a window into the on- and off-track lives of some of the sport’s most engaging drivers.

“‘100 Days to Indy’ is a high-octane adventure grounded in emotional sports storytelling,” said Brad Schwartz, president, Entertainment, The CW Network. “Alongside our partners at VICE Media Group, Penske Entertainment and NTT INDYCAR SERIES, we have come together to deliver a series that will follow these champions of the racetrack and keep viewers on the edge of their seats.”

The compelling docuseries will be produced by multiple award-winning VICE World News, with Emmy Award-winning Patrick Dimon directing and Bryan Terry executive producing for VICE. The series will have a fast re-air on VICE TV and be supported across VICE’s global social media channels.

“VICE is honored to produce the first sports project with Nexstar and The CW since the acquisition and to bring this series through the checkered flag with everyone at the network,” said Morgan Hertzan, president, Global TV at VICE Media Group. “The team at the NTT INDYCAR SERIES has an incredible journey for the world to join, and VICE is looking forward to being in the driver's seat with them.”

IndyCar PR

Substantial payout increases for marquee events, an extended stay in the Sunshine State, a deep dive down south and a return to the Sprint Car Capital of the World highlight the 2023 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship schedule.
 
To date, there is a slate of 48 events across the board for the 68th year of the series between the months of February and October in 2023. Thirteen of the events pay a winner’s share of $10,000 or more and a pair of races feature a $20,000 top prize while one has boosted it’s crown jewel to $30,000-to-win for a night’s work.
 
The $30,000-to-win Sprint Car Smackdown XII at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway has doubled the winner’s take-home pay from 2022. The final night of “Smackdown” will take place on August 26 and features a lead-in of a pair of $6,000-to-win shows on August 24-25.
 
Two late season staples of the USAC National Sprint Car schedule offer increased stakes in the upcoming year with both boasting $20,000 winner’s shares. Those dates include the Haubstadt Hustler at Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway on September 16 and the Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway on October 7.
 
All USAC Indiana Sprint Week payouts have been bumped to $8,000-to-win for the 36th annual edition of the series in late July at Gas City I-69 Speedway on July 21, Kokomo Speedway on July 22, Lawrenceburg Speedway on July 23, Circle City Raceway on July 24, To Be Announced on July 26, Lincoln Park Speedway on July 27, Bloomington Speedway on July 28 and Tri-State Speedway on July 28.
 
 
FIVE NEW DEBUTS & MAJOR RETURNS
 
Five racetracks will make their debut on the USAC National Sprint Car schedule in 2023: Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park, Texas’s Rocket Raceway Park, Pennsylvania’s Action Track USA, Illinois’ Macon Speedway and Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway.
 
The season kicks off with an expanded docket in the state of Florida during the month of February. USAC makes its debut at Barberton’s Volusia Speedway Park for two non-points special events on February 13-14, followed by the first three points-paying events of the year at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park during Winter Dirt Games. Both the Volusia and Ocala finales will pay $10,000 to the feature winner.
 
USAC National Sprint Cars make a major return to Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway for the first time in three seasons during the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction weekend on June 2-3.
 
The Sprint Cars of USAC most recently paid a visit to the Lone Star State of Texas in 1985. In 2023, the series will tackle three events in successive nights, starting off with the series debut at Rocket Raceway Park on April 27 followed by two consecutive runs at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 28-29 with the latter event paying $10,000 to conquer.
 
The 1/5-mile bullring of Illinois’ Macon Speedway welcomes USAC’s Thunder and Lightning division for the first time ever on July 7-8, with the latter of the two dates paying another $10 grand-to-win.
 
The new season closes out with a bit of a different look at Meeker, Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway on October 27-28. The weekend double marks the USAC National Sprint Cars’ first foray to the aptly named 1/4-mile in the Sooner State with a $10,000 payday awaiting the second night winner.
 
Eastern Storm, a fixture on the USAC Sprint Car schedule since 2007, celebrates its 16th year of competition in 2023 with seven dates in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, starting at Grandview Speedway on June 13, Bridgeport Motorsports Park on June 14, Big Diamond Speedway on June 15, Williams Grove Speedway on June 16, Port Royal Speedway on June 17 and the series makes its first ever appearance at Action Track USA with an appearance points only event to cap off the busy weekend on June 18.
 
 
THE STAPLES OF THE SCHEDULE
 
No tracks has hosted more USAC National Sprint Car events than Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, which hosts the series three times in 2023 with each visit paying $10,000-to-win. The first of which brings the series to the half-mile dirt oval on May 5-6 for #LetsRaceTwo and once more for the 41st running of the 4-Crown Nationals on September 23.
 
The Bill Gardner Sprintacular at Putnamville, Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway has quickly become one of the most coveted races for a driver to capture. The race annually boasts the largest car counts of the year and is primed for two nights of action on consecutive evenings on June 30 and July 1 with the finale paying $10,000 to the winner.
 
The destination is Wisconsin for the official start of summer on June 24-25 with two dates in the Badger State at the newly renovated Wilmot Raceway on the 24th and at the legendary Angell Park Speedway on the 25th.
 
A slew of additional tradition-rich venues make up the bulk of the USAC National Sprint Car schedule in 2023, such as Lawrenceburg, which hosts the Midwest opener once more on April 1. Southern Indiana stalwart venues Bloomington and Tri-State welcome the series for a two-race two-step on April 14 and 15, respectively.
 
USAC Sprints hit Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. for a $10,000-to win show during the Week of Indy on May 25 and once more -late in the year on September 15, and less than a week later, it’s onto Gas City for the sixth installment of the James Dean Classic on September 21.
 
 
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2023 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
 
Feb 13: Volusia Speedway Park (SE) | Barberville, FL | $5,000-To-Win
 
Feb 14: Volusia Speedway Park (SE) | Barberville, FL | $10,000-To-Win
 
Feb 16: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $5,000-To-Win
 
Feb 17: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $5,000-To-Win
 
Feb 18: Bubba Raceway Park (F) | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $10,000-To-Win
 
Apr 1: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | $5,000-To-Win
 
Apr 14: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | $5,000-To-Win
 
Apr 15: Tri-State Speedway (M) | Haubstadt, IN | Spring Showdown | $5,000-To-Win
 
Apr 27: Rocket Raceway Park (E) | Petty, TX | $6,000-To-Win
 
Apr 28: Devil’s Bowl Speedway (E) | Mesquite, TX | $6,000-To-Win
 
Apr 29: Devil’s Bowl Speedway (E) | Mesquite, TX | $10,000-To-Win
 
May 5: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | #LetsRaceTwo | $10,000-To-Win
 
May 6: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | #LetsRaceTwo | $10,000-To-Win
 
May 24: TBA
 
May 25: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Week of Indy | $10,000-To-Win
 
Jun 2: Knoxville Raceway | Knoxville, IA | Corn Belt Clash | $6,000-To-Win
 
Jun 3: Knoxville Raceway | Knoxville, IA | Corn Belt Clash | $8,000-To-Win
 
Jun 13: Grandview Speedway | Bechtelsville, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000-To-Win
 
Jun 14: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ | Eastern Storm | $6,000-To-Win
 
Jun 15: Big Diamond Speedway | Pottsville, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000-To-Win
 
Jun 16: Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000-To-Win
 
Jun 17: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000-To-Win
 
Jun 18: Action Track USA (A) | Kutztown, PA | $6,000-To-Win
 
Jun 24: Wilmot Raceway | Wilmot, WI | $6,000-To-Win
 
Jun 25: Angell Park Speedway | Sun Prairie, WI | $6,000-To-Win
 
Jun 30: Lincoln Park Speedway (A) (M) | Putnamville, IN | Bill Gardner Sprintacular | $5,000-To-Win
 
Jul 1: Lincoln Park Speedway (M) | Putnamville, IN | Bill Gardner Sprintacular | $10,000-To-Win
 
Jul 7: Macon Speedway (A) | Macon, IL | $5,000-To-Win
 
Jul 8: Macon Speedway (A) | Macon, IL | $10,000-To-Win
 
Jul 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000-To-Win
 
Jul 22: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000-To-Win
 
Jul 23: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000-To-Win
 
Jul 24: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000-To-Win
 
Jul 26: TBA
 
Jul 27: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000-To-Win
 
Jul 28: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | Indiana Sprint Week / Sheldon Kinser Memorial | $8,000-To-Win
 
Jul 29: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000-To-Win
 
Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown | $6,000-To-Win
 
Aug 25: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown | $6,000-To-Win
 
Aug 26: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown | $30,000-To-Win
 
Sep 15: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | $5,000-To-Win
 
Sep 16: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Haubstadt Hustler | $20,000-To-Win
 
Sep 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | James Dean Classic | $5,000-To-Win
 
Sep 23: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | $10,000-To-Win
 
Oct 6: TBA
 
Oct 7: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Fall Nationals | $20,000-To-Win
 
Oct 27: Red Dirt Raceway | Meeker, OK | $6,000-To-Win
 
Oct 28: Red Dirt Raceway | Meeker, OK | $10,000-To-Win
 
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(SE) represents a non-points special event
 
(F) represents an event paying feature points only
 
(A) represents an event paying appearance points only
 
(M) represents an event co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series
 
(E) represents an event co-sanctioned by ASCS Elite Non-Wing
 
Race dates & payouts subject to change
 
USAC PR
Sam Hunt Racing (SHR) announces today that the team will field two full-time cars in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) in 2023. Kaz Grala will pilot the team’s No. 26 Toyota GR Supra, while the No. 24 Toyota GR Supra will be anchored by Connor Mosack, who will compete in 20 races starting at Phoenix Raceway in March.
 
“Timing and patience have been pivotal components of our growth process at SHR. Expanding to two full-time teams in 2023 brings an excitement level only matched by the responsibility and expectation to compete at a high level every week,” said Sam Hunt, owner of Sam Hunt Racing. “It goes without saying that having a full-time driver in the No. 26 for the first time is a blessing to our organization and an important component of our growth. Kaz is a highly talented and experienced driver and has strived for an opportunity like this for a long time. Having Connor anchor the No. 24 team is something we are also really looking forward to. He is a very talented young man and has every trait and characteristic I look for in a young driver. We’re heading into 2023 with confidence in both teams and drivers, and I’m excited to continue to build this program with each of them.”
 
For the first time in his career, Kaz Grala will compete in the NXS in a full-time capacity. He has 44 career NXS starts, collecting five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes over five years of competition. The 23-year-old has competed in all three NASCAR national touring series. He earned a top-10 finish in his NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) debut in 2020 and is the youngest driver to win in NASCAR’s history at Daytona International Speedway following his first win in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2017. Grala will pilot the No. 26 with Allen Hart continuing as the team’s crew chief for a second season.
 
“I've scratched and clawed for each opportunity over the past several seasons, and while it hasn't been easy, it's made me appreciate this sport and its difficulty more than I ever could have if things had been easy,” said Grala. “I feel like everything has finally come together at the perfect time in my life with the right team around me to start that next chapter in my career. I couldn't be more proud and hopeful heading into 2023 with Sam Hunt Racing with a chance to compete for a championship. I've worked my whole life to get to this point, and I intend to make the absolute most of it next year and beyond.”
 
Connor Mosack, who will start his 20-race campaign at Phoenix Raceway, will continue to build on his stock car racing career throughout 2023. The 2020 CARS Tour Rookie of the Year and race-winning, championship-contending driver in the Pirelli TransAm TA2 series made the move to NASCAR’s national touring series level in 2022, competing in two NCTS races and two NXS races, including a top-15 finish for Sam Hunt Racing at Watkins Glen International in August. In addition to his national touring series starts, Mosack competed in eight ARCA Menards Series races, securing four top-five and seven top-10 finishes. In his full-time effort in TransAm TA2 competition in 2022, he won at Watkins Glen International and received six pole positions and five podium finishes. 
 
“Being able to run 20 races in the Xfinity Series next year is a really big deal to me,” said Mosack. “Two years ago, I didn’t really know where I was going or how I was going to get there. Racing in this series is a big step toward where I want to go, and I’m excited it is with a team like Sam Hunt Racing. With SHR being a growing team, I know I can develop relationships with everyone involved and continue to learn from them. I’ve enjoyed getting to know Sam and trust that his team and values will help to develop me as a driver.”
 
Sam Hunt Racing adds Kris Bowen, former crew chief of the No. 02 NXS team, as the leader of the No. 24 team throughout the 2023 season. 
 
Partnership information, Mosack’s schedule, and the remainder of the team drivers for the No. 24 entry will be announced at a later date.
 
SHR PR

 Tickets for the 2023 Coke Zero Sugar 400, the last-chance, cutoff race for the NASAR Cup Series Playoffs, are on sale now.

 

The summer classic, which will showcase drivers vying to secure their spot in the final 10-race battle for the NASCAR Cup Series championship, is set for Saturday evening, August 26. The last three Coke Zero Sugar 400s have delivered in dramatic fashion.

 

This past August, in a “must-win” situation, Austin Dillon passed DAYTONA 500 Champion Austin Cindric with three laps to go and held on for the victory to secure the final spot in the premier series playoffs. Tyler Reddick brought home his beaten and battered Chevrolet fifth in the 2021 Coke Zero Sugar 400 to take the final playoffs while in 2020, in another “must win” scenario, William Byron muscled his way to his first career Cup Series win and a guaranteed spot in the playoffs.

 

Those wishing to attend the Coke Zero Sugar 400 in person should make their plans early to secure the best seats and pricing. Available online or by phone, tickets for the general public to the Coke Zero Sugar 400 start at $49 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and younger. For all ticket information on the Coke Zero Sugar 400, fans can log onto www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

 

“The pressure to win the Coke Zero Sugar 400 continues to be incredibly immense as many drivers have to stretch the limits to make it in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs,” said Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher. “Austin Dillon proved that again earlier this season. From the drop of the green flag until the pack comes through the trioval for the checkered flag, fans are constantly on their feet at the Coke Zero Sugar 400 with a level of excitement unlike anywhere else. We can’t wait for 2023.”   

 

Guests for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 will have the opportunity to experience the edge-of-your-seat excitement in a state-of-the-art motorsports facility with amenities that includes thousands of premium club seats, 40 escalators and 17 elevators, 60 luxury suites, social “neighborhoods” and three concourse levels that span the nearly mile-long frontstretch.

 

Extended-stay camping packages are available and include access to general admission seating for the Wawa 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Friday Night (Aug. 25). Tickets for Friday, multi-day packages, and UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race Access passes are also available.

 

The Coke Zero Sugar 400 will again feature NASCAR’s Next Gen car, which provided a host of competition records in 2022. The car put an emphasis on race strategies, team personnel and vehicle setups while returning the ‘stock car’ look to NASCAR.

 

Daytona International Speedway will open the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series with the 65th DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 19. Tickets are extremely limited so fans are encouraged to get their tickets now.

 

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest speedway news. For information on all events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

 

DIS PR

Western Midget Racing has revealed its 2023 schedule and championship format including a new venue and two championships to be contested. WMR will crown individual champions for both the Arizona region and the California region in the upcoming season. A series of four national races at Ventura Raceway will bring both regions together with points on the line in each series as well.

 

The California series encompasses six Friday and Saturday night weekend doubleheaders. The doubleheaders begin on March 31 at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif. and Saturday night April 1 at Marysville Raceway. WMR competes at Ocean in a total of seven events, including both nights of the prestigious Howard Kaeding Classic on July 14 and 15. The 13th annual classic includes a large field of winged sprint cars each night. Other NorCal stops include two races each at Marysville Raceway and Petaluma Speedway along with a single appearance at Antioch Speedway.

 

Arizona competitors open their season with a busy start, with races on February 4 and March 4 at Adobe Mountain Speedway in Glendale, Ariz. The series heads west on March 18 for its debut at Mohave Valley Raceway. A second Mohave stop is slated for September 30 as well. Adobe hosts the series on two more spring occasions before the summer break kicks in. The Arizona championship concludes on November 10 and 11 for the second annual Tribute to Billy Shuman, which expands into two complete nights of Midget action in 2023. The inaugural Shuman race attracted 20 midgets to the one-fifth mile bullring with the first B-Feature in WMR history.

 

Four “national” races will see both the California and Arizona regional championship competitors come together at Ventura Raceway, with dates to be announced. The first event will be in the late spring.

 

For more information on Western Midget Racing, visit them at www.WesternMidgetRacing.com or follow them on Facebook!

 

2023 WMR Schedule – Subject to Change

2.4 Adobe Mountain Speedway

3.4 Adobe Mountain Speedway

3.18 Mohave Valley Raceway

3.31 Ocean Speedway

4.1 Marysville Raceway

4.8 Adobe Mountain Speedway

5.6 Adobe Mountain Speedway

5.12 Ocean Speedway

5.13 Petaluma Speedway

6.9 Ocean Speedway

6.10 Antioch Speedway

7.14 & 15 Ocean Speedway *Howard Kaeding Classic*

7.28 Ocean Speedway

7.29 Petaluma Speedway

8.11 Ocean Speedway

8.12 Marysville Raceway

9.16 Adobe Mountain Speedway

9.30 Mohave Valley Raceway

11.10 & 11 Adobe Mountain Speedway *Tribute to Billy Shuman*

 

NOTE: 4 National dates for Ventura Raceway are TBA

WMR PR

Carson Hocevar will return to Niece Motorsports in 2023, piloting the No. 42 WWEX Racing Chevrolet Silverado for his third full-time season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS).
 
Hocevar, who has made the NCTS playoffs the past two seasons, will race with full-season support from the WWEX Racing program, which comprises Worldwide Express, Unishippers and GlobalTranz.
 
“Niece Motorsports feels like home, so I’m excited to come back and compete for a Championship in 2023,” said Hocevar. “I’m so thankful to Worldwide Express and their WWEX Racing program for stepping up to sponsor us for the whole season. I’ve enjoyed the partnership and really look forward to growing it next season. Our goal remains to bring Niece Motorsports, Al Niece and WWEX Racing wins and a championship in 2023.
 
“I’ve dreamed of racing in NASCAR since I was a little kid. To be preparing for my third full-time season in the Truck Series is surreal. Thanks to Al Niece and everyone at Niece Motorsports, Chevrolet, the Worldwide Express family of brands, Premier Security Solutions, GM Parts Now, and Scott’s Coins, Jewelry & Sports for getting me here. Their support means the world.”
 
After a strong rookie campaign in 2021, Hocevar continued to turn heads in his sophomore season. In 23 races, Hocevar tallied seven top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. In addition, the Michigan native earned two stage wins and led 282 laps. Hocevar put the Series on notice in June, earning the pole at Sonoma Raceway, a mere seven days after sustaining a broken ankle at World Wide Technology Raceway.
 
Hocevar’s abilities are not relegated to one type of track. The 19-year-old driver found the front of the field on dirt tracks, road courses, intermediate tracks, and short tracks.
 
While competitors have taken notice of Hocevar’s talent on the track, fans have taken notice of his fun and light-hearted personality off the track. Before climbing aboard his No. 42 Chevrolet on race weekends, Hocevar can often be spotted wearing unique hats.
 
“We are thrilled to have Carson return to Niece Motorsports next season and excited to expand our partnership with Worldwide Express,” said Niece Motorsports General Manager Cody Efaw. 
 
“Carson has proven time and time again what a tremendous talent he is, and we are glad that he’ll be back behind the wheel of our Chevrolets again next year. We couldn’t do this without great partners, so we are incredibly thankful to have full season support from Worldwide Express. We look forward to making them proud on and off the track.”
 
Logistics leaders Worldwide Express, Unishippers and GlobalTranz provide access to industry-leading small package, truckload and less-than-truckload shipping solutions and managed transportation services. Together, the three brands are the Official Logistics Partner of Niece Motorsports, Trackhouse Racing and NASCAR.
 
“Carson has quickly become one of the most-recognizable figures in the truck series – not only for his unique fashion choices, but for his on-track performance,” said Mike Grayson, Executive Vice President of the Worldwide Express family of brands.
 
“Our company is built on the concept that hard work breeds success. It’s why we couldn’t have picked a better partner than Niece Motorsports, who share the same driving philosophy. We’re excited to be back on the 42 this year as Carson and the Niece team set their sights on the Championship.”

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will kick off at Daytona International Speedway with the NextEra Energy 250 on Friday, February 17, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. ET, airing live on FS1, The Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Niece Motorsports PR

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