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Darlington Raceway and the State of South Carolina announce a partnership on the entitlement of the fall NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff race as part of the Darlington Raceway Labor Day Race Weekend presented by the South Carolina Education Lottery on Sept. 4-5. The official name of the Camping World Truck Series Playoff race on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 1:30 p.m. will be the In It To Win It 200.

“As we fully open our gates to race fans for the first time in two years for the Darlington Raceway Labor Day Race Weekend presented by the South Carolina Education Lottery, we are proud to partner with the State of South Carolina to offer vaccinations as part of our NASCAR Playoffs doubleheader on Sunday, Sept. 5,” said Darlington President Kerry Tharp. “We are grateful to S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster and his administration for their collaboration to open our gates to full capacity once again and offer race fans the opportunity to join South Carolina’s fight against COVID by getting vaccinated. We look forward to welcoming the best fans in motorsports back home to the track Too Tough To Tame for the NASCAR Playoffs on Labor Day Weekend.”

On Sunday, Sept. 5, there will be an on-site location for fans to get vaccinated throughout the day. Fans who register and get their first shot will be eligible to win NASCAR tickets, VIP experiences and other partner prizes including a Bandit Boat, Pit Boss Grills, Freshwater rods and reels, Dominos gift cards, Dead On Tools packages and more. Vaccinations will be available for fans from South Carolina and other states.

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, visit scdhec.gov/covid19. For information on where to get the vaccine in South Carolina, visit vaxlocator.dhec.sc.gov.

Darlington Raceway PR

Notes of Interest

 

● Coming off a rare, two-week hiatus while NASCAR television partner NBC and its family of networks has been immersed in coverage of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Cole Custer and the No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) are ready to get back to action as they head to Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling at The Glen.

 

● Sunday’s 90-lap race around the 2.45-mile, seven-turn road course will be Custer’s 62nd Cup Series start and his first at Watkins Glen. The annual August event during Custer’s Rookie of the Year campaign in 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While it will be his first Cup Series appearance at The Glen, Custer has raced there three times each in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series and K&N Pro Series East.

 

● In his three Watkins Glen starts in the Xfinity Series from 2017 through 2019, all in the No. 00 SHR Ford, Custer finished in the top-12 in all three, his best resulting in a sixth-place finish in 2018. He debuted with a 12th-place finish in 2017 and added a seventh-place finish in 2019.

 

● Custer’s three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races at The Glen included finishes of fifth from the pole and third from the inside-second-row starting spot in his two most recent visits in 2015 and 2016, respectively. He led 17 laps in the 2015 event.

 

● Sunday’s race marks Custer’s seventh points-paying Cup Series race on a road course. In his six previous points-paying Cup Series starts on road courses, Custer’s best was an impressive ninth-place run on the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway Roval last October. In February, he rallied for a 13th-place finish on the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway road course after dropping back as far as 24th while avoiding a multicar accident in the closing laps. In his most recent road-course outing, Custer finished 17th in the Cup Series’ inaugural race five weekends ago at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. In this year’s non-points Busch Clash on the Daytona road course, Custer drove deep into the top-10 on multiple occasions, but he fell three laps off the pace late in the race when he could not refire his Mustang after serving a self-imposed stop-and-go penalty for missing the backstraight chicane. He finished 20th.

 

● In his 11 road-course outings in the Xfinity Series from 2017 through 2019, Custer finished outside the top-10 just once with his fourth-place run at Road America in 2018 best of them all.

 

● Custer also has top-10s in all three of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series outings on road courses, all three occurring at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. His best was his most recent, a second-place run from the pole with a race-high 39 laps led in the No. 00 JR Motorsports entry in 2016. In addition to his three K&N Pro Series outings at The Glen, Custer has made three starts at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway with a best finish of fourth in 2019.

 

● Sunday’s race is the fifth of a ground-breaking seven NASCAR Cup Series races to be held on road courses in 2021 and the first of back-to-back road-course events. From 1988 to 2017, there were only two road courses on the schedule – Sonoma and Watkins Glen. The Charlotte Roval was added in 2018, giving the series three road-course venues. The initial 2021 schedule doubled that tally, with Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas, Road America, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, where the series will race next week, all being added. And when COVID-19 restrictions forced the cancellation of the series’ stop this year at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, the Daytona road course was put in its place.

 

● After his 14th-place finish three weekends ago at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, Custer arrives at Watkins Glen 28th in the driver standings.

 

● Returning to Custer’s No. 41 Ford Mustang for SHR is team co-owner Gene Haas’ newest holding, Haas Tooling, which was launched as a way for CNC machinists to purchase high-quality cutting tools at great prices. Haas cutting tools are sold exclusively online at HaasTooling.com and shipped directly to end users. HaasTooling.com products became available nationally last July, and the cutting tools available for purchase at HaasTooling.com have proven to be even more important during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as CNC machines have become vital to producing personal protective equipment. Haas Automation, founded by Haas in 1983, is America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools. The company manufactures a complete line of vertical and horizontal machining centers, turning centers and rotary tables and indexers. All Haas products are constructed in the company’s 1.1-million-square-foot manufacturing facility in Oxnard, California, and distributed through a worldwide network of Haas Factory Outlets.

 

● As announced during the annual Coca-Cola 600 Memorial Day weekend, Custer and the team encourage fans to join Wow Wow Classic Waffles in support of Feeding America®, the largest hunger relief organization in the United States with a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs. Fans are encouraged to text HUNGER to 50555 to make a $5 donation to Feeding America®, by visiting the Feeding America® donation page on Facebook, or the donation page via the Feeding America® website. Each $1 donated helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks.

 

TSC PR

Hitting on All Cylinders … Austin Hill enters the regular season finale at Watkins Glen International (WGI) firing on all cylinders coming off his first victory of the 2021 campaign. The driver of the No. 16 United Rentals Toyota Tundra became the winningest driver in HRE team history after tallying his seventh-career victory at Knoxville Raceway last month. Hill collected five playoff points for his first win on dirt and can start the playoffs as high as second, based on his performance in Saturday’s United Rentals 176. While there is no practice or qualifying on the NASCAR Camping World Trucks agenda this weekend, Hill will get a jumpstart on the competition by competing in the ARCA Menards Series race on Friday evening.
 
“Break on Through to the Other Side” … Hill and the United Rentals team finally broke through for their first victory of '21 and opened the door to victory lane, a feat they’re focused on accomplishing with greater regularity as the playoffs beckon.  The Winston, Ga. native has his sights set on the seven playoff points available on Saturday afternoon and would like to check another box on his Camping World Trucks resume: a road course win. His victory at Knoxville was not only his first on dirt, but his first on a short track, and a victory at “The Glen” would cap off a victory at every style track on the series’ calendar.
 
Season to Date … With 14 of 15 regular season events completed, Hill holds the third position in the championship standings, and is fourth on the provisional playoff grid. Hill’s win at Knoxville was his sixth top-five of the season and has totaled 11 top-10’s. The result continued to lower Hill’s average finish to 9.4 and is fourth among full-time drivers.
 
Chassis Selection … Crew chief Scott Zipadelli and the United Rentals team have prepared chassis No. 015 for the second time this season. Hill most recently piloted this Toyota Tundra to a ninth-place finish in wet conditions at Circuit of the Americas in May. The HRE squad built chassis No. 015 new for this season and is specifically designed for road course racing.  
 
Tune In … FOX Sports 1 has coverage of the United Rentals 176 from WGI on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. ET with NASCAR Raceday followed by the green flag at Noon ET. Stay connected with the No. 16 United Rentals team by following @Hattori_Racing on Twitter, @hattoriracing on Instagram, and Hattori Racing Enterprises on Facebook.  
 
Austin Hill Quote:
On making his first Camping World Trucks start at “The Glen” without practice and qualifying:
 
“I feel really strong about HRE as a group and my whole team. I feel very confident that we’re going to unload and be pretty close. On that side of it, I’m not too worried about it. We’re also going to run the ARCA race the day before, so that’s going to help me just kind of get a little seat time.”
 
“Our United Rentals team has always had a lot of confidence and the win at Knoxville only adds to it. We feel like we can win anywhere we go, and we proved that on dirt. All of us would like to win on a road course too, and it’d be really special since we haven’t gotten one yet, plus for everyone at United Rentals and all their customers. We’ll have a lot of folks at the track with us this weekend and can’t wait to see what we have on Saturday.” 
 
HRE PR
 

Taylor Gray, No. 17 Ripper Coffee Ford Fusion

  • Gray enters Watkins Glen International for his fifth straight ARCA Menards Series race in as many weeks. He will also make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut on Saturday afternoon.
  • The 16-year-old driver has never been to the 11-turn, 2.45 mile road course in New York.
  • Gray comes into this weekend with three career road course events under his belt all coming in 2020 with the ARCA and ARCA West series'. He finished fourth and 11th in West action at the Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele and fourth at the Daytona Road Course.
  • Chad Johnston has called 20 career Cup road course races (nine of them at Watkins Glen) with one win, three top-fives and eight top-10s. The win came at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway with Martin Truex, Jr. in 2013. Johnston and the No. 17 ARCA team will stay over to crew Gray's No. 17 truck on Saturday.
  • Click here for Gray's career statistics.
 

Thad Moffitt, No. 46 Clean Harbors Ford Fusion

  • When the green flag drops on Friday evening, it will be Moffitt's 13th start of the ARCA Menards Series season.
  • Although this will be the first time at Watkins Glen for the 20-year-old driver, he has one career start at the Daytona Road Course last year and finished third at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course back in June.
  • The North Carolina native earned his fifth top-five and 10th top-10 of the season with a fourth-place finish at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway last Saturday night. He earned K&N Filters Hard Charger honors for driving from 10th to fourth.
  • Moffitt will carry the Clean Harbors colors on his No. 46 Fusion this week in the aptly named Clean Harbors 100.
  • Click here for Moffitt's career statistics.
 

Riley Herbst, No. 54 Dixie Vodka Tony's Tea Ford Fusion

  • Riley Herbst joins DGR for the ARCA Menards Series race on Friday evening. He last drove for the team in February with the Truck Series at the Daytona Road Course and finished fifth.
  • The Las Vegas native has 51 career ARCA starts with two victories, 19 top-fives and 34 top-10s and one General Tire Pole Award.
  • Between ARCA, Trucks and the Xfinity Series, the 22 year old has 10 career starts on road courses with two top-fives and four top-10s.
  • The 41-lap race on Friday evening will allow Herbst to get his first laps around Watkins Glen prior to the Xfinity Series race on Saturday afternoon.
  • Click here for Herbst's career statistics.

DGR PR

No. 22 AM Racing Team:

Driver: Austin Wayne Self

Primary Partner(s): AIRBOX Air PurifierThe Safe Air Zone

Manufacturer: Chevrolet Silverado

Crew Chief: Ryan Salomon

Spotter: Tony Raines

2021 Driver Points Position: 15th | 2021 Owner Points Position: 16th

WISE Power 200 Starting Position: 16th (Based on event formula)

Chassis Intel: AMR Chassis No. 110; previously raced at Circuit of the Americas on May 22, 2021 (Start: 29th | Finish: 16th).

Engine: Ilmor Racing Technologies

Notes of Interest:

Returning To The Finger Lakes: For the first time since 2000, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will make left and right turns at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International for their third and final road course start of the 2021 NCWTS season.
 
The Truck Series was held each year at Watkins Glen from 1996 to 2000, with Greg Biffle winning the series' last race there in June of 2000. Road-course expert Ron Fellows won Watkins Glen's truck event in 1997 and 1999.
 
The event located in Schuyler County, is among the 16 national series’ tripleheader events in 2021.
 
Welcome Back: AIRBOX Air Purifier returns to AM Racing as the primary marketing partner for driver Austin Wayne Self in Saturday afternoon’s United Rentals 176 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.
 
AIRBOX Air Purifier prides themselves having the absolute best commercial grade air purifier on the market. It is categorically the best in every aspect, and it is built to last a lifetime.
 
True engineering controls solution based on a proven scientific technology to provide the desired indoor air quality you need. AIRBOX Air Purifier creates a Safe Air Plan to repopulate the business and create the safest possible environment for owners, employees, clients, students, visitors or just anyone who breathes air.
 
AIRBOX Air Purifier has partnered with the Statesville, N.C.-based team for five races between the 2020 and 2021 seasons respectively.
 
Welcome To The Team: This weekend at Watkins Glen, AM Racing welcomes The Safe Air Zone as an associate partner on Austin Wayne Self’s No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado.
 
The Safe Air Zone strives to help businesses and consumers create a safer and healthier clean air environment that mitigates the spread of airborne pathogens. Handcrafted in the USA, our air purifiers exceed national standards of indoor air quality by following CDC requirements for air ventilation utilizing Certified HEPA filters and incorporating proven antimicrobial technologies.
 
We start with the AIRBOX Air Purifier, a best-in-class product developed by clean-room technologists that is 100% hand-built by American craftsmen. 
 
It combines high-proficiency air filtration with clean-lined, modern design and style. We also support our business customers with marketing assets to help communicate your commitment to providing safe air to your clients and staff. 
 
Support includes branding kits personalized to your company and other content assets.
 
To learn more, visit thesafeairzone.com.
 
Texas Pride: Two Texas-based companies will also return as partners for Austin Wayne Self this weekend at Watkins Glen.   
 
The Statesville, N.C.-based team will sport the signage of GO TEXAN and AM Technical Solutions on the No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado for the 15th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race of the season.
 
GO TEXAN is a widely recognized brand. It represents a diverse collection of people, products and services that are genuinely Texan.  Whether it’s grown, sewn or served on a plate, more than 26 million Texans shop, travel and dine out in full support of Texas business and agriculture. 

Headquartered in Austin, TX, AM Technical Solutions (AMTS) was founded in 1994.

AM Technical Solutions is a Global Architecture, Engineering & Construction firm specializing in the high-tech markets. AMTS has managed over $20B of global capital projects for over 170 different customers in 24 countries and across five continents.

Double Duty: For the first time this season, Austin Wayne Self will have double driving responsibilities as he’ll pilot the No. 32 AIRBOX | Janitronics Chevrolet in Friday evening’s ARCA Menards Series race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

Another partner of AIRBOX, Janitronics has been around for nearly fifty years, working hard to clean for health. Your experts in cleaning have now partnered with the experts in Air Filtration, Airbox products from the Safe Air Zone, featuring certified HEPA Filtration. 

You mind your business, we’ll keep it clean.

Self will make his 50th ARCA Menards Series start on Friday, Aug. 6, and first since 2019. In four career ARCA road course events, Self-delivered three top-10 finishes and maintains a solid average finish of 11.8.

Career Year: Just past the halfway point of the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing are enjoying a banner year.
 
14 races into the season, the team has just two finishes of 23rd or worse and maintains an average finish of 17.9 entering the United 176.
 
He is mirroring his 2018 Truck Series season where he finished a career-best 12th in the championship standings maintaining an average finishing position of 17.0.

Austin Wayne Self Truck Watkins Glen Stats: Saturday afternoon’s United Rentals 176 at WGI will mark Self’s first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the 2.450-mile road course.
 
This weekend, however, will be his third road course race of the season. Earlier this season, Self-competed on the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Road Course and Circuit of the Americas (COTA) Road Course.
 
Austin Wayne Self Truck Series Road Course Stats: At NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tracks classified as a road course, Self has made seven starts throughout his career with one top-10 finish, while also carrying an average finishing position of 14.4.
 
Knoxville Raceway | Corn Belt 150 Race Recap: In the most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Knoxville Raceway, Austin Wayne Self-made his 121st NCWTS start.
 
Starting 21st for the second consecutive race, Self-contended for his third top-10 finish of the season before being swept into a massive late-race pileup ending his night 20 laps from the finish.

Self-finished 30th, the team’s worst finish of the 2021 season.
 
14 races complete, Self and his Statesville, N.C.-based AM Racing have two top-10s, five top-15s, nine top-20s and 12 top-23 finishes.
 
To The Point(s): Entering Watkins Glen, Self sits 15th in the championship standings with 280 points earned and a loss of one position following the Corn Belt 150.
 
Just 84 points separate Self from 10th in the championship standings currently held by Stewart Friesen and 171 points in the arrears from fifth locked by Zane Smith with eight races remaining this season.
 
In the race for a Playoff spot, Self is 71 points from the cutoff currently held by Chandler Smith and needs a win on Saturday afternoon to vault himself into the Playoff picture.
 
AM Racing also secures 16th in the NCWTS owner standings.
 
Calling the Shots: Ryan Salomon will continue to lead Austin Wayne Self and the AM Racing team this weekend at Watkins Glen.   
 
This weekend marks his 18th race as crew chief for Self and in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. During his tenure, he guided Self to an average finish of 17.0 during the 2020 and 2021 seasons, respectively.
 
Career Rundown: Since 2016, Self has competed in 121 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, delivering two top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. He finished a career-best 12th in the championship standings in 2018.
 
Spanning six years of Truck Series competition, he maintains an average finish of 18.5.
 
Did You Know? Austin Wayne Self and wife Jennifer have 16 chickens and a dog named Echo.

Lineup: In addition to AIRBOX Air Purifier, GO TEXAN and AM Technical Solutions continuing their roles as the primary marketing partner for Self in 2021, the AM Racing team will also receive support from Don’t mess with Texas, CForce Bottling Company, Flying Circle, and Kreuz Market.

Follow on Social Media: For more on Austin Wayne Self, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self), or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

For more on AM Racing, please visit AMRacingteam.com, like their Facebook page (AM Racing) or follow them on Twitter @AMRacingNASCAR.

Austin Wayne Self Pre-Race Quotes:

On Watkins Glen International: “It’s nice to get back in a truck after several weeks off. I’m pumped about getting back on a road course. I really enjoy road course racing and feel like I continue to improve as a road course driver with every race.

“Running the ARCA race on Friday evening will be a big help in getting familiar with the layout of Watkins Glen and hopefully we can carry the momentum of the ARCA race to the Truck race on Saturday afternoon.

“I also want to thank The Safe Air Zone and Janitronics for jumping on board this weekend at Watkins Glen. Hopefully, it’s a strong weekend start to finish.”

On Knoxville Raceway: “That was unfortunate. We had such a fast No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado, but the bottom lane really became king there in Stage 3 and it became just a matter of bumper trucks on the restarts and we found ourselves on the wrong end very late in the race.

“It’s a shame. Ryan (Salomon, crew chief) and everyone brought me a great truck and Brett (Moffitt) was doing great too before he had his issues. I’m proud of the effort by this AM Racing team even if we don’t have the results to show for it.

“On to Watkins Glen and our last shot at a Hail Mary to make the Playoffs.”

On 2021 Season: “This is it as far as the Playoffs are concerned. We will do what we can to put ourselves in a position to either contend for the win or even throw a Hail Mary to pull an upset.

“It is not going to be easy, but we won’t be going down without a fight.

“Even if we don’t make the Playoffs though, it’s been a strong season for the AM Racing team and we have a lot more to accomplish and prove before Phoenix in November.”

Social Spotlight:

To learn more about AIRBOX Air Purifier and what they offer, please visit airboxairpurifier.com.

Show your GO TEXAN pride: find Texas productsrestaurants or enroll your business in GO TEXAN.

Visit AM Technical Solutions online at amts.com.

For more information on Don’t Mess With Texas and how you can become involved in the program, visit dontmesswithtexas.org.

For more on Flying Circle, please visit flyingcirclegear.com, like them on Facebook (FlyingCircleGear) and follow them on Instagram (@flyingcirclegear) and Twitter (@flyingcircle_). Also, connect with Flying Circle on Pinterest and YouTube.

For additional information on CForce premium artesian water, please visit cforce.com.

For more on Kreuz Market, please visit kreuzmarket.com. like them on Facebook (KreuzMarketLockhart) and follow them on Twitter (@kreuzmarket).

Race Information:

The United Rentals 176 (72 laps | 176.4 miles) is the 15th of 22 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2021 schedule. The 40-truck field will take the green flag on Sat., Aug. 7, 2021, shortly after 12:00 p.m. ET with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio NASCAR Channel 90. 

 

AM Racing PR

Daytona International Speedway is known as The World Center of Racing, and true to its name, the iconic venue attracts fans from all over the globe. Afterall, it plays host to the DAYTONA 500, the Great American Race, the Coke Zero Sugar 400 (coming up Aug. 28), The Rolex 24, North America’s most prestigious sports car race, and a host of other international events. It is only natural that fans want to visit the hallowed grounds of the track’s trioval and road course.

 

Luckily for those fans, they can buy a ticket for a guided Tram Track Tour that will showcase the rich, Daytona racing legacy. The tours are already one of a kind, thanks to the facility they take place in, but that’s not all. Enter 65-year-old Mamie Pollock. The Daytona Track Tours employ some of the best, most knowledgeable tour guides in all entertainment, and just like the rest of them, Mamie’s high-spirited personality makes her a favorite of all those she meets.

 

A Speedway staffer since July of 2018, Mamie is from Lewistown, PA, and after retiring from the United Parcel Service in 2014, she and her husband decided they would prefer some warmer weather. First, they moved to Huntersville, NC but decided after a few years that it was still too cold. Finally, they settled on coming to Florida which led to Mamie getting a job as a tour guide at the speedway.

 

“My husband (Gary) had been ill since 2014 and we moved down here in July of 2018, and he started to get better,” said Mamie. “So, as he got better, I finally felt comfortable enough and I said ‘Gary, I feel like a prisoner of this house, and I have to get a job.’ It just so happened that my neighbor who lived beside us, Phil Truett, was a tour guide here at DIS. Gary said to me ‘you have to become a tour guide at Daytona International Speedway.’ So, I went online and applied. Phil told his boss that ‘this girl is the real thing.’ So low and behold, I got a call for an interview.”

 

Mamie’s hiring story does not end there. She made a successful first step, but the next obstacle was her in-person interview. Not a bashful bone in her body, the outgoing, fun-loving, well-spoken, avid talker who now knows the complete history of the Speedway got a call back – she got the job. Since then, Mamie, who always sports a straw hat, has become very popular with guests.

 

“The best thing about being a tour guide here at Daytona International Speedway is getting to meet people from all over the world and letting them know just how special this place is,” said Mamie. “I can be taking anywhere from 25-30 or so guests on a tour now that we are back to normalcy. And, I love meeting every one of them.

 

“You get to interact with the people a lot and that’s just wonderful. I try and interact with every person on the tours…to make some kind of connection. I just love it. I like telling people the story of this place, the brainchild of NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr.”

 

Mamie has been a lover of motorsports for a long time. Originally a fan of horse racing before becoming a  fan of cars and engines, Mamie likes to say, “it’s always been about horsepower.” The first race she attended happened to be at Daytona International Speedway, long before she had any connections to it, back in the late ‘80s. Mamie was amazed at her first NASCAR experience saying “when that race started, I know that I probably had everyone that was behind me mad because I must of stood up for the first 75 laps or so, because I was just in awe. I still am.”

 

“Mamie is one of the most unique personalities that I’ve ever encountered,” said Dave Tlstovic, Senior Manager, Guest and Tours Transportation for the Speedway. “Always with a smile, she is humorous and entertaining while sharing her vast knowledge of the Daytona Speedway. Mamie is an incredibly caring person as she takes exceptional care of our guests with extra needs. Her patience is exemplary as she guides guest from around the world and unveils the rich history of The World Center of Racing.”

 

Mamie is just one of the talented Track Tour guides at Daytona International Speedway. There are many others with equally fascinating stories and knowledge of the track that opened in 1959, and the sport of NASCAR. Thanks to these individuals, the Daytona International Speedway Track Tours are a hit with guests and will continue to be in the future.

 

It’s easy to take a Track Tour, and guests have two options to choose from - the Speedway Tour and the VIP Tour. The Speedway Tour is an hour-long experience that takes fans to multiple areas of interest on the track and inside the infield including the start/finish line, the 31-degree banking, Ruoff Mortgage Victory Lane, the Axalta Injector, and an incredible view of the 2.5-mile trioval from tower seating. In addition, there is a stop at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, filled with historical artifacts from all types of racing, including the actual car that Michael McDowell drove to victory in the 2021 DAYTONA 500 in February. Speedway Tours run daily and leave every 30 minutes beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the last tour of the day running at 3:00 p.m. These tours last about 60 minutes. Tickets for the Speedway Tour are $25 for adults, $20 for kids ages 5 to 12 and free for kids under 4.

 

The VIP Tour is 2.5 hours and has the same offerings as the Speedway Tour, but the VIP Tour also stops at the NASCAR Archives and Research Center and the Press Box. Both tours include a digital photo package. It runs every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00 p.m.  VIP Tour Tickets are $47 per person. Both types of tour tickets can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/tours/ or by calling 1-800-PIT-SHOP (1-800-748-7467).

 

Thanks to these talented tram drivers, the speedway tours are a success that leaves a positive impression on the fans, even when it is not race day.

 

Daytona International Speedway’s next NASCAR weekend, featuring the regular-season finale Coke Zero Sugar 400, is set for Aug. 27-28. The event will serve as the last-chance race to for a driver to make the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs on Saturday, Aug. 28. The Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola for the NASCAR Xfinity Series is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 27. For ticket information, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest speedway news.

 

DIS PR

The ninth round of the 2021 Micro Sprint championships at Stockton’s Delta Speedway is on tap for this Saturday night, with four divisions ready to race at the 1/7th mile dirt oval presented by Financial Center Credit Union.
 
Stockton’s Caden Sarale has moved to the top of the standings in both the Super 600 and Non-Wing divisions in search of the $1,000-to-win track championships. Sarale looks to cement his place as one of the most successful racers in the 35-year history of the speedway, working on his third consecutive sweep of each division’s title.
 
Some of the more successful champions in track history have included Rick DeCosta in AA Twin over the 1988 through 1992 seasons and Derek Overkamp who won the 250 championships during four consecutive seasons from 2010 to 2013. DeCosta won at least eight championships according to available records, which Sarale will equal in his career if he can wrap up his current title runs. With six races remaining however, the title picture in each class is far from complete.
 
Sarale enjoys a 55-point advantage in Non-Wing on the strength of two victories through eight races. Oregon’s Austin Torgerson and Tracy’s Brandon Riveira trail Sarale while still searching for their first triumphs of 2021. Austin’s younger brother Ashton ranks fourth with a single win followed by Springville’s Cameron Paul in fifth. Non-Wing competes for a 30-lap feature for $500-to-win.
 
The Super 600 championship is much closer, with Sarale six points ahead of four-time track champion Nikko Panella. Each of the Stockton-based drivers have earned one victory during the campaign. Fresno’s Caeden Steele has used three wins to place himself 19-points behind in third. Austin Torgerson and Stockton’s Alex Panella round out the top-five. Super 600 will also compete for 30-laps and $500-to-win.
 
Fresno’s Colton Key leads the Restricted class by a strong 49-point margin ahead of Visalia’s Jett Barnes. Sacramento’s Austin Wood, Castro Valley’s Andrew Smith, and round eight winner Isabel Barnes of Brentwood make up the top-five. Restricted will compete in a 25-lap feature for $300-to-win.
 
Five-time Jr. Sprints feature winner Brody Rubio of Manteca leads the youngest drivers at the speedway by 53-points heading into Saturday’s 20-lap feature. Hayden Stepps of Oakdale is the series’ most recent winner and sits in second overall. Levi Osborne of Millbrae, Josiah Vega of Antioch, and Vito Cancilla of Pleasant Hill make up the top-five.
 
Tickets are $10 for adults ages 13 and up, $5 for kids ages 6 to 12, seniors 55+, and military, and kids 5 and under are free! Pit Passes can also be pre-purchased by competitors for $20 or purchased at the gate. Pit gates open at noon with the driver’s meeting at 4:30 pm. Hot laps and qualifying will follow.
 
Delta Speedway Stockton thanks Financial Center Credit Union, Interstate Truck Center, Lovotti Air, 22 Metal Works, Van De Pol Petroleum, Kludt Oil, Starr Property Management, Solari’s Backhoe Service, PMP Chassis, Genova Bakery, Hoosier Tire, and Performance Electronics for their support of the 2021 season.
 
For more information on Delta Speedway presented by Financial Center Credit Union, follow us online at http://www.deltaspeedwaystockton.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Hailie Deegan, No. 1 Toter Ford F-150

  • Deegan is making her 16th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start in her first event at Watkins Glen International (WGI).
  • Deegan returns behind the wheel of the No. 1 Toter Ford F-150 after the NCWTS took a three-week break. During the hiatus, Deegan celebrated her 20th birthday and traveled to Jamaica for vacation. 
  • The California native will drive her first ever lap at Watkins Glen when the green flag drops on Saturday afternoon at the 2.45-mile road course. 
  • The NCWTS has completed two road course races so far this season - Daytona (Fla.) Road Course and Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Deegan scored a best finish of 14th between the two events.
  • In the most recent NCWTS race three weeks ago at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa, Deegan started fourth and finished 21st after contact during several late race cautions.
  • Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. a native of Lockport, New York, has called the shots for two Xfinity Series events at WGI. Hillman guided Brian Scott in 2015 and Brandon Jones in 2016, and garnered a best finish of sixth with Scott. The New York native has called one Cup Series race at the road course in 2014. Saturday’s event with Deegan will be Hillman's first time calling a NCWTS race at the New York track. 
  • Click here for Deegan's career statistics.
 

Tanner Gray, No. 15 Ford Performance F-150

  • Gray makes his 15th start of the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season at Watkins Glen International.
  • The Ford Performance driver has never raced at the 2.45-mile road course. He has three career road course starts in the NCWTS with a best finish of 15th at the Daytona (Fla.) Road Course.
  • The last time out in the No. 15 at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa, Gray was running inside the top-10 when he was caught up in a big wreck on lap 153 that ended his evening early.
  • Crew chief Marcus Richmond has been atop of the pit box for six road course events in his career with two top-five and three top-10 finishes. All six races were at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
  • Click here for Gray's career statistics.
 

Taylor Gray, No. 17 Ford Performance F-150

  • Taylor Gray will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Watkins Glen International (WGI) after his scheduled debut at Richmond (Va.) Raceway in April was delayed. This will be the first of five Truck races for the younger Gray. He is scheduled to compete at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison Ill., Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway.
  • The 16-year-old driver has raced the last four weeks with the ARCA Menards Series with four consecutive top-five finishes. He will take that momentum into a double duty weekend at WGI, where he will compete on Friday night with ARCA in the No. 17 Ripper Coffee Fusion before hopping in the No. 17 Ford Performance truck on Saturday afternoon.
  • Gray comes into this weekend with three career road course events under his belt, all coming in 2020 with the ARCA and ARCA West series'. He finished fourth and 11th in West action at the Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele and fourth at the Daytona (Fla.) Road Course.
  • Crew chief Chad Johnston has called 20 career road course races in his career with one win, three top-fives and eight top-10s. The win came at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway with Martin Truex, Jr. in 2013.
  • Click here for Gray's career statistics.

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StarCom Racing teams up with recurring partners, SungateKids and Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support along with a new 2021 partner, FARE, the largest private funder dedicated to Food Allergy Research & Education, at Watkins Glen on Sunday, August 8 for the Go Bowling at The Glen race. The blue, black and pink Chevy 00 will be piloted by Quin Houff who will make his Watkins Glen Cup race debut this year.

“I am very excited to get to Watkins Glen for the first time and I’m looking forward to racing with a cause,” said Houff. “We are continuing our important mission with SungateKids and Share, and we are happy to welcome FARE to the team as well.”

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Trackhouse Racing announced today that Ross Chastain will drive the organization's second NASCAR Cup Series entry starting in 2022 and revealed his car will be the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro.

Chastain will join the No. 99 Chevrolet Camaro driver Daniel Suárez when the first year Trackhouse organization expands into a two-car team in 2022.

In June, Trackhouse announced the acquisition of Chip Ganassi Racing’s NASCAR assets, a move that secured two full-time NASCAR Cup Series entries and cleared the path for expansion. 

Chastain, who currently drives for Ganassi, has been one of the sport’s hottest drivers the past three months. Trackhouse founder Justin Marks said he has been impressed with Chastain over the past couple of years.

“Ross is a young, aggressive driver that we believe has the talent to win races at the Cup Series level,” said Marks. “We think his personality and work ethic will fit perfectly with Daniel as we build our organization for the 2022 season and beyond.”

In his brief Cup career of 101 races, Chastain has driven for Premium Motorsports, Spire Motorsports, and Roush Fenway Racing before he was signed to a full-time ride driving the No. 42 Camaro with Chip Ganassi Racing in 2021. In 22 races this season, driving what is considered the best ride so far in his young career, Chastain has posted two top-five finishes, including a runner-up finish at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway, and seven top 10s. 

Before his Cup Series career, Chastain scored two career victories in the Xfinity series (Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2018 and Daytona International Speedway in 2019) and four wins in the Camping World Truck series.

Today’s announcement has Chastain focused on a bright future.

“This is another dream come true for me,” said Chastain. “Trackhouse is one of the most interesting organizations in the garage. The enthusiasm they bring off the track and the program they are building on the track is exciting. Working with Daniel and Justin, however I can, is my number one priority. I know that I can help build our Chevrolets to be as strong as possible.”

Chastain, 28, a native of Alva, Fla., earned the “Melon Man” nickname for his family’s history in the watermelon farming business. For eight generations his family has been farming watermelons, and Chastain continues to work on the family’s land when his schedule allows.

Chastain’s signature move after a race win is to spike a watermelon at the finish line and eat the biggest piece left.

Chastain began his racing career at the age of 12 at Punta Gorda Speedway in his home state of Florida, racing in the Fastkid division. At 14, he began racing adults in the Fastruck Series and raced Crate Late Models at age 16. During his short-track racing career he scored over 50 wins in feature events, including the 2011 World Series of Asphalt Limited Late Model class at New Smyrna Speedway, winning three of eight events in the series.

Trackhouse Racing, a division of Trackhouse Entertainment Group, was founded in 2020 by Marks, who established the company’s headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. In October of 2020, Trackhouse announced it would field the No. 99 in the NASCAR Cup Series with Suárez. Trackhouse Racing formed an operational alliance with legendary Richard Childress Racing and the team operates out of Welcome, North Carolina. In January of 2021, Trackhouse announced Armando Christian Perez (a.k.a. Pitbull) as a co-owner and transcendent ambassador.

Marks announced in June that his Nashville-based Trackhouse Entertainment Group had purchased Chip Ganassi Racing’s NASCAR operation. The transfer of all of Ganassi’s NASCAR assets to Trackhouse Racing will be completed immediately following the final NASCAR Cup Series race on Nov. 7, 2021.

Suárez has exceeded expectations for a first-year team posting a top-five and three top-10s in 22 races. He has led 74 laps.

“I am very happy with the selection of Ross as a teammate next year,” said Suárez. “He brings a lot to the table. I am looking forward to start working with him and making our two Trackhouse cars as fast as possible. I know we are going to win races.”

Suárez will continue to drive the No. 99 in 2022 while Chastain will take over the No. 1 that has visited victory lane 22 times in Cup racing history.

The first came when Lloyd Dane won at Portland (Ore.) Speedway in 1956. Jamie McMurray, Donnie Allison and Billy Wade each have four wins driving the No. 1. Kurt Busch has three wins including the most recent victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway in July. Steve Park owns two wins while Dane, Eddie Gray, Paul Lewis, David Pearson and Martin Truex Jr. each own one victory driving the No. 1.

Chastain plans to add his name to that list.

“The opportunity we have in front of us is almost hard to comprehend. But I know that our group is ready for the challenge of elevating ourselves to reach our goals” he said. “I honestly couldn’t be much happier than I am right now and expect that to carry on through next year and into the future. This is a great opportunity and I’m ready to keep working.”

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