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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
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.
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
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
4/22/2023-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
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
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.
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.”
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 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.
“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.
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
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.
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