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Jarrett, a leading provider of logistics, transportation, warehousing and fleet services, will partner with JR Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the third consecutive season in 2024, the team announced today. In addition, Jarrett will shift its presence to the No. 7 Chevrolet with driver Justin Allgaier after spending the last two seasons with JRM’s No. 8 team.
The Orrville, Ohio-based Jarrett, which celebrates its 25th anniversary next season, will have six primary races with Allgaier and the No. 7 team, the winningest driver-team combination in JRM history. Jarrett will have associate placement on the Chevrolet Camaro in the remaining events.
“It has been a blast getting to know Mike (Jarrett, founder, president and CEO) and his family during their time with JR Motorsports,” said Allgaier. “Mike is just as passionate about racing as he is about his company. I think we can do a lot for them in helping to create awareness around everything Jarrett has to offer.”
Jarrett is family-owned with a vision to be the best logistics company in the industry. Aimed at providing continuous improvement opportunities throughout clients’ supply chains, Jarrett focuses on enhancing operational efficiencies and ensuring seamless execution of end-to-end supply chains. Jarrett is known for world-class customer service, innovative technology and premier high-touch service
“We are thrilled to partner with JR Motorsports again this year,” said Mike Jarrett, founder, president and CEO of Jarrett. “Justin Allgaier and the No. 7 team embody integrity, teamwork and consistency, which are among Jarrett’s core values. We look forward to an exciting season and watching Justin capture the checkered flag!” said Mike Jarrett.
Allgaier brought home four wins in 2023 en route to a runner-up finish in the championship standings. His career totals include 23 NXS victories – 20 of which came with JRM - launching him to 11th on the all-time NXS win list.
Specific races for the No. 7 Jarrett Chevrolet will be announced at a later date.
Jarrett actively invites JR Motorsports fan engagement through its digital and social channels at www.goJARRETT .com, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn pages.
Multi-Platinum Recording Artist Riley Green to Perform Pre-Race Concert for EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix at COTA
Multi-platinum country-music superstar Riley Green will get Austin rocking with a Texas-sized pre-race concert before the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) on Sunday, March 24, 2024.
“My grandaddy was a huge fan of NASCAR and passed on his love for it to me,” said Green. ”He inspired my song 'Numbers On The Cars,' so I’m excited to get out to COTA and play before the big race. I’ll see y’all there!”
Green is scheduled to perform a 60-minute concert, pulling from his wide range of hits like “There Was This Girl,” “I Wish Grandpas Never Died” and “Georgia Time” in addition to his Top 20-and-climbing single, “Different ‘Round Here” (featuring Luke Combs) and other songs from his recently released second album, Ain’t My Last Rodeo. Following the concert, the green flag will fall on the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix as NASCAR makes a high-profile stop at one of the world’s premier road courses, Circuit of The Americas.
The pre-race concert, which will take place on the frontstretch infield of the 3.41-mile road course, is free for fans with an EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix ticket. Fans can upgrade with a Track Pass for stage-front access to the concert and NASCAR Cup Series driver introductions.
Raised on the sounds of traditional country, bluegrass and Southern gospel music, Green learned the spirit of songwriting and performing at a young age while spending time with his grandfather, Buford Green, who created the Golden Saw Music Hall in their hometown of Jacksonville, Ala. Prior to pursuing his passion in country music, the duck-hunting enthusiast who once played quarterback at Jacksonville State University worked with his family framing houses.
Green burst onto the scene with his 2018 debut album, Different ‘Round Here (BMLG Records), which included the two-time, Platinum-certified hit "I Wish Grandpas Never Died” and the Platinum-certified single “There Was This Girl.” The 2020 ACM Awards New Male Artist of the Year is currently on the road on his own headlining dates in addition to touring across North America on the Luke Combs World Tour with Lainey Wilson. For upcoming tour dates and more, visit RileyGreenMusic.com.
TICKETS: General admission adult tickets to the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix on Sunday, March 24, start at just $70. Kids 12 and under get in for just $10. Fans can upgrade their race-day experience with an additional Track Pass, including stage-front access for the Riley Green pre-race concert, driver introductions and more, for just $75. For tickets, upgrades, schedule information, camping and more, visit NASCARatCOTA.com.
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After Another Impressive Run in a 410 Sprint Car, Braden Chiaramonte Takes on Usac Midget Western Swing
After another stunning performance where he finished fifth in his second 410 sprint car start, teenage sensation Braden Chiaramonte is teaming up with noted West Coast car owner Matt Streeter for the USAC National Midgets Western Swing beginning Tuesday at the famous Bakersfield Speedway. The duo will follow Tuesday’s event with races Thursday and Friday at the Placerville Speedway, next Tuesday and Wednesday, November 21st and 22nd, at the Merced Speedway and Saturday, November 25th at the 82nd running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at the Ventura Raceway.
Chiaramonte, who lives in El Cajon, California, first teamed up with Streeter at the Bakersfield Speedway on April 16th, 2022. To the fans in the stands at the start of that night, the teen was just another name on the roster. That all changed in his first-ever USAC Midget heat race. After qualifying ninth, he started fourth in the hotly contested prelim. Using the outside line like a seasoned pro, he passed two cars in turn two on the first lap to move up to second. By the end of the first circuit, he had procured the lead and proceeded to move away from the pack. He led the race until lap seven when the defending series champion chased him down and got by. Chiaramonte finished second in that heat.
By the time the main came around that night, the track was shot after being pounded by five other divisions. Chiaramonte, who was 15 at the time, started the main in ninth. By lap eight, he steered Streeter’s #14 car up to fourth. A trip up to the wide line a few laps later saw him slip back and he ran from sixth to 10th the remainder of the way before crossing under the checkers 10th.
Chiaramonte made two more appearances in Streeter cars last year placing seventh at Ventura on May 21st and 10th at Merced on June 18th.
After the show at Bakersfield, Chiaramonte and Streeter will head north for two nights of racing this Friday and Saturday in the Hangtown 100 at the Placerville Speedway. After that, the team will be back in action next Tuesday and Wednesday, November 21st and 22nd, at the Merced Speedway. The season will wrap up with the 82nd running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway on November 25th.
Young Chiaramonte comes into the California swing after another impressive showing in a 410 sprint car at the Western World Championships at Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway. It was not only Chiaramonte’s second and third appearances in a 410 but it was the first time he had ever raced at Cocopah. Three weeks earlier he shocked the 410 world by qualifying third fastest and finishing fourth at Mohave. The trip to Cocopah proved to be even more impressive as it was against a larger and tougher field that included several National drivers.
Opening night of the Western World Championships saw Chiaramonte qualify 16th of the 33 cars on hand with a lap of 17.151. By the time he came onto the track for his 10-lap heat, the track was pretty much gone and had turned into a tire-eating monster. The teen initially steered the immaculate #73B into second and ended up placing fourth. That earned him a direct ticket into the A main event.
When Chiaramonte returned to the pits after the heat, there was oil everywhere on the car. As the crew poured over the engine to find out where the oil was coming from, they found that a bolt for the valve cover had stripped out. Unfortunately, the team did not have a helicoil to make the repairs and they were done for the night.
Saturday, with repairs made and with vastly improved track conditions, Chiaramonte cut .407 off of his qualifying time and ended up seventh fastest of the 28 sprint cars on hand. He again earned a direct ticket to the main event by placing fourth in his heat.
For the main, Chiaramonte started seventh. Early on, the youthful driver slipped back a few spots before he began steering his white and bright orange sprint car forward. Around the halfway point he was seventh. Soon thereafter he moved up to fifth and stayed there for the duration giving him two top five finishes in the first two 410 sprint car starts in his career.
Spectator gates at Bakersfield will open at 4:00 p.m. with racing at 6:00. Adult tickets are $20.00. Seniors 65 and over and military with proper ID get in for $18.00. Kids 6-12 are $10.00 and children 5 and under are free. Parking is free. The track is located at 5001 North Chester Ext. Ave., Bakersfield (93308). The track website is http://www.bakersfieldspeedway.com/ and the office phone number is (661) 393-3373.
Gates will open each day at 3:00 p.m. with racing at 6:00 at Placerville. As well as tickets being available at the track before the races, they are also available in advance at the following link online https://www.placervillespeedway.com/. The track is located at 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville, California. The office phone number is (530) 344-7592.
Chiaramonte would like to thank all his sponsors who have made his racing efforts possible. RTL Traffic Control, AM Ortega, Hyper Racing, Chop Design, Adams Motors, Hacienda Casa Blanca Fine Mexican Dining, Evil Plus Injection, King Racing Products, Tiner-Hirst Enterprises, and Keizer Wheels.
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Texas Motor Speedway and Speedway Children’s Charities are reviving a long-standing holiday tradition with the return of the Christmas tree-lighting ceremony as part of SCC’s annual grant ceremony and bike giveaway on Tues., Dec. 5, 2023.
A 42-foot white fir tree will be the centerpiece of this year’s event that will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. on the circle drive in front of the Speedway Club building. The tree giant tree arrived today at the speedway from Jones Forest Products, LLC in Grants Pass, Oregon.
This event is free open to the public but limited seating is first come, first served. Santa Claus will be on hand to join those gathered for hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, a spectacular fireworks display, and the lighting of the tree. At 6:30 p.m., Speedway Children's Charities-Texas will distribute grants to recipients representing non-profit organizations in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties. The event will conclude with a children’s bicycle giveaway sponsored by Fidelity Investments. Levy Restaurants will provide the cookies and hot chocolate.
“The Speedway Children’s Charities Tree Lighting ceremony became a Texas Motor Speedway tradition over the years so we’re thrilled to be able to host it once again for all to enjoy,” said Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter Executive Director Marissa Chaney. “This is also a very special night when we get to celebrate local agencies on the front lines and provide the funding required to continue serving the critical needs of North Texas children.”
Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas distributes grants each December to local nonprofit organizations and has provided more than $11.8 million since 1997.
In 2024, Speedway Children’s Charities Texas will hold race weekend events during the April 12-14 NASCAR Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 400 tripleheader that also includes the NASCAR Xfinity Series Andy’s Frozen Custard 300 and NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series SpeedyCash.com 250.
For more information at Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter or to donate, go to www.speedwaycharities.org/
The annual Gift of Light holiday light show returns to Texas Motor Speedway beginning Thanksgiving Night, Nov. 23 and runs every day through Jan. 7, 2024. Gift of Lights will be open Sunday through Thursday from 6-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6-10 p.m.
Event tickets and camping for Texas Motor Speedway's 2024 season are on sale now. Save up to 33 percent versus purchasing individual tickets, take advantage of interest-free monthly payments, get the best seat selection, and more.
The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered an appeal of a Safety penalty issued on Oct. 25, 2023 to driver Ryan Newman in the NASCAR Cup Series.
The penalty concerns the following sections of the 2023 NASCAR Rule Book: Section 8.3.2.A Driver Responsibilities; 22.214.171.124.A&F Driver Protective Clothing/Equipment. The penalty issued was a $10,000 fine.
Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are:
- That the Appellant violated the Rule(s) set forth in the Penalty Notice.
- That the Panel affirms and upholds the original Penalty assessed by NASCAR.
In reaching the above decision, the panel provided the following explanation: “We reached this conclusion because it was demonstrated that he didn’t wear the proper safety equipment during practice and qualifying. In the absence of a specific fine for the infraction, we listened to NASCAR’s description for how they arrived at the $10,000 penalty. However, the panel suggests NASCAR establish a policy that all safety violations have a published range.”
The Appeals Panel members for this hearing:
- Mr. Dixon Johnston
- Mr. Hunter Nickell
- Mr. Steve York
Big Game Motorsports and Gravel Win Big Events and Contend for World of Outlaws Title During Impressive Season
Big Game Motorsports produced a stellar season that was highlighted by more than a dozen feature victories and a runner-up result in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship standings.
David Gravel guided the team to 12 World of Outlaws wins - a series best - as well as a $50,000-to-win High Limit Sprint Car Series triumph.
"Big picture, it was a great year," he said. "We had a lot of car speed and we were able to challenge for a lot of wins. We ran up front in almost all of the big races. We had a charge at the Knoxville Nationals (from 22 nd to second) and our High Limit win was big stuff. Winning at Devil's Bowl during the last race there was meaningful. We dealt with three DNFs and felt we still gave ourselves a chance at the end of the year.
"I know we had a lot of things happen. There's about six nights we had some stuff happen to us that really hurt our performance. The 24th-place finish in blowing a tire at Jackson Motorplex and me crashing at U.S. 36 Raceway, which was my fault. And we had a part failure and finished at the back at Haubstadt. You have to learn from your mistakes and try to get better as a driver.
I was proud of us continuing to put our heads down and go to work."
The season began on a hot note as Gravel captured the first two and three of the first five World of Outlaws races - all at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. He was also victorious during Outlaws events at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.; at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D.; at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa; at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D.; at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis.; at BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pa.; at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, N.Y.; at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas; and at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C.
The team earned the biggest payout in sprint car racing history at the time and in World of Outlaws history on June 24 during the $250,000-to-win 2 nd annual BillionAuto.com Huset's High Bank Nationals presented by MENARDS at Huset's Speedway. The $50,000 High Limit victory occurred on Sept. 26 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa.
"We started off the year really, really good at Volusia," he said. "It was an awesome start. The Devil's Bowl win, being the final race ever at that track, and winning at Lernerville, beating Kyle (Larson) and Brad (Sweet) for $50,000 stand out. The Huset's High Bank Nationals in front of the Billion Automotive guys and at Tod's track, being the highest paid event in World of Outlaws history, was really, really cool. There were a lot of cool moments. And we had a lot of good seconds, too. I think we finished second 18 times.
"We were consistently up front. I know we were in the top five over 50 percent of the time. It's been a great year and we're definitely proud of what we're building and proud of the future."
This year marked the first time Gravel has led the World of Outlaws in victories. It also marked his third straight second-place finish in the championship standings and seventh podium in the last eight years.
The dozen World of Outlaws triumphs were the second most wins in a season for Gravel, who also posted his most top fives in a season. He led the series in heat race wins and podium results. Gravel ranked second in top 10s, in Quick Time Awards and in dash appearances.
The team will return to World of Outlaws full-time competition in 2024.
SEASON STATS -
80 races, 13 wins, 53 top fives, 68 top 10s, 76 top 15s, 76 top 20s
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HUSET'S SPEEDWAY -
Huset's Speedway is a dirt oval located in Brandon, S.D. The track opened in 1954 and has undergone a large renovation within the last few years, making it a premier destination for both marquee racing events and weekly programs. For more information, visit http://www.HusetsSpeedway.com
JACKSON MOTORPLEX -
Jackson Motorplex is a 4/10-mile dirt oval located in Jackson, Minn. It hosts special events from May through August, including races with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, Midwest Power Series, Midwest Sprint Touring Series and more. For more information, visit http://www.JacksonMotorplex.
TICKET LINK -
To purchase online tickets for events at either Huset's Speedway or at Jackson Motorplex, visit http://mpv.tickets.com/
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Derek Hagar reached new heights this season, winning a career-best 20 sprint car main events to accomplish a goal he dreamed of achieving.
"To have such a strong season and finish with 20 wins is pretty remarkable," he said. "It's going to be hard to top that. Not knowing what the year was going to be and we got a late start in the season, so to be able to get to that 20-win mark was unbelievable. Everything just lined out. The season started out phenomenally."
Hagar won his sprint car season opener for the first time since 2014 and followed by capturing each of his first nine races of the season. He was leading his 10 th feature when he was crashed by a fellow competitor he was attempting to put a lap down, snapping his career-best nine race winning streak.
It didn't take long for Hagar to return to Victory Lane, which was the theme of the season as he finished with the 20 triumphs in 31 sprint car starts. Additionally, Hagar was victorious with all four teams he drove for this season.
"If you look at it stats-wise, two of those owners I have a perfect win record," he said. "Both times we ran Paul Hart's car we won and in Chad Jones' car at the end of the year we won with that. I think we only lost one or two shows in the McCord Farms car. And in our personal car we won a lot of races. We aligned ourselves with good car owners so to be competitive with every car we got in was rewarding."
Hagar won the Grassroots Nationals, Fall Nationals and King of Memphis, but it was a Tezos All Star Circuit of Champions victory - his first ever - on July 26 at Benton Speedway in Benton, Mo., that stands out.
"The biggest win of the year was the All Star win," he said. "We weren't even supposed to be racing that weekend. It was a last-minute deal. I was just going to watch. To come out and be able to qualify second and have a good run in the heat race set us up. We moved forward in the dash and then we had a really good car and passed some really good drivers to pick up the feature win. I woke up the next morning and thought I was dreaming. It was a lot to take in and seemed too good to be true."
Hagar also swept the USCS Series Speedweek for six of his series-best nine victories.
"That was a pretty big deal," he said. "It'd never been done before. There were eight or nine drivers who could win every night."
Hagar also bookended his season with wins in his season opener and season finale for the first time.
"It was a dream season from start to finish," he said. "I want to thank everyone who is part of our team. I'm looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish next year."
SEASON STATS -
31 races, 20 wins, 27 top fives, 28 top 10s, 30 top 15s, 31 top 20s
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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - J&J Auto Racing
Located in McKenzie, Tenn., J&J Auto Racing has manufactured sprint car chassis and racing parts for more than 40 years. For more information, visit http://www.JandJAutoRacing.com .
"They've been in the family since J&J Auto Racing started building cars," Hagar said. "My stepdad's dad owned race cars back in the Riverside days. They are good, safe, dependable race cars and great people to deal with."
Hagar would like to thank Ameri-Panel, J&J Auto Racing, B & D Towing and Recovery, FK Rod Ends, Dynotech Performance Race Engines, A.M.P., Fragola Performance Systems, Administrative Consulting Services, Killer Coatings, Beazt Composites, Xtreme Race Graphics, Southern Collision Centre, AR Dyno Specialty, Jeff's Heating and Cooling, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Weld Wheels, DHR Suspension, Hinchman Racewear, Wix Filters, Valvoline, Ti64 and Builtwiser Wings for their continued support.
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Katie Hettinger Scores First Carolina Pro Late Model Series Win; Becomes First Female to Win in Carolina Pro Late Model Series History
Katie Hettinger scored another win this past Saturday at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway and earned another first in a career full of firsts.
When the 16-year-old racer from Dryden, Michigan, crossed the finish line in first place, .453 of a second ahead of runner-up Max Reaves in the Nov. 11 Cook Out 100, Hettinger had her first victory in the Carolina Pro Late Model Series and became the series’ first female winner.
The victory was Hettinger’s record-extending seventh career win at Hickory, the .363-mile oval known as the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars were she is the winningest female racer in the track’s 73-year history.
“Going into the race I knew I just had to be patient and smart,” said Hettinger, who clocked her fastest lap on the penultimate lap of the 100-lap feature. “I was able to get a good jump on the last restart and then I used all of the track going into (turn) one and all the way into (turn) three to get around a car on my outside. I just had to focus on my laps and hit my marks. My crew was talking me through those last few laps and we were able to bring it home.”
As Hettinger blazes her own racing trail with an eye on the upper divisions of NASCAR, she simultaneously serves as a pioneer, smashing glass ceilings and creating opportunities for others. When it comes to firsts, Hettinger has earned many since she began racing quarter midgets at age 5.
- Won the 2020 Champion Racing Association (CRA) Junior Late Model Series title to become the first and only female champion in CRA history.
- In the span of two weeks in September 2021, Hettinger became the youngest female race winner at Hickory when she won the 50-lap Limited Late Model feature Sept. 4 as part of the Bobby Isaac Memorial event. She then became Hickory’s youngest female Late Model race winner on Sept. 18 when she won the track’s 75-lap feature.
- Hettinger won four more Late Model races at Hickory in 2022 to become the track’s winningest female racer.
- Kicked off 2023 by winning on night seven of the acclaimed World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, becoming the first female to win a Pro Late Model feature during the World Series and the first driver from Michigan to win a Pro Late Model race.
“The Carolina Pro Late Model Series is a really good stepping-stone division before running the CARS Tour,” said Hettinger, who ran the full CARS Pro Late Model Tour this year. “It’s a good place to race, whether you’re male or female. I’m there to compete and win races, just like all the other guys.”
In June, fresh off her 16th birthday, Hettinger earned her driver’s license. Four months later, she secured rookie-of-the-year honors on the CARS Pro Late Model Tour by being one of the series’ most consistent drivers. She finished second in the championship standings and her 11 top-10 finishes tied that of series champion, Caden Kvapil.
“This win at Hickory was one I really needed,” Hettinger said. “We had a good, consistent season on the CARS Tour – had a bunch of second-place finishes, were pretty decent in qualifying, led the points for a good bit there during the summer – just couldn’t break through to get that win. But my Anthony Campi Racing team stayed with me all season long, and my guys there always gave me a really good car.
“Saturday was my first time driving a car with my new team and, hopefully, it showed a little preview of how next year will go.”
Hettinger will return to her family-run team, Hettinger Racing, in 2024, where a heavy slate of Pro Late Model and Late Model Stock races, across a variety of racing series, await.
“It’s definitely fun to be working with my dad and all the guys on the team,” Hettinger said. “Jason Stanley is my crew chief and he used to race Limited Late Model, so he’s a really good guy to work with because he knows so much and has a driver’s perspective. I feel like we understand each other really well, and this win at Hickory is proof of that.”
While plans are already in place for 2024, Hettinger isn’t done with 2023. She will be back in her race-winning No. 71 Chevrolet for the South Carolina 400 this Saturday at Florence Motor Speedway and again on Nov. 26 for the Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, North Carolina. Both races will host a who’s who of racing talent based off the early entry list for the South Carolina 400, which features NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr., and soon-to-be 2024 NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year title contender Josh Berry among a host of prominent Late Model champions and race winners.
“It’s a big deal on two fronts,” said Hettinger about the South Carolina 400 and Thanksgiving Classic. “There are guys who have a ton of experience who have obviously accomplished a lot, so you learn a lot just by being on the same track with them. And, of course, guys like Dale bring a ton of media exposure. It’s a good opportunity for short-track drivers to show their skills to a wider audience.”
The South Carolina 400 will be streamed live on FloRacing and sign up is HERE. FloRacing is also available on Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast and Apple TV. Streaming for the Thanksgiving Classic is in the midst of being finalized and once completed details will be available on Southern National’s website and Facebook page.
A tape-delayed broadcast of the Curb Records/Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers All American 400 Presented by US Tank & Cryogenic Equipment at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway will air on MAVTV Monday night, November 13 at 8:00pm ET as part of MAVTV’s All American Racing lineup.
The 2023 edition of the All American 400 featured exciting action from lap one to 300; from side-by-side racing, to several lead changes, to the youngest winner in the race’s storied history. The race saw 14 lead changes, with Super Late Model racing’s top drivers trading the point throughout the race
Other news from the ASA STARS National Tour and the world of Super Late Model racing.
Nasse Wins FL Governor’s Cup
In 2010, a then 15-year-old Stephen Nasse was passed by David Rogers with just three laps to go in his first Florida Governor’s Cup start at New Smyrna Speedway for the win. It was all for naught however, as he was disqualified in post-race tech for a body infraction.
13 years and 13 starts later, the Florida native finally checked off the marquee Super Late Model race in his home state by winning the Florida Governor’s Cup. After starting from the rear with a power steering issue, Nasse drove through the field twice and held off NASCAR Cup Series driver and Anthony Campi Racing teammate William Byron in the final laps before the Hendrick Motorsports driver fell out of the race with four to go after losing oil pressure.
Fellow Florida veterans Anthony Sergi and Jesse Dutilly rounded out the podium.
2024 ASA STARS National Tour Season Opener Announced
During pre-race ceremonies at the Florida Governor’s Cup on Sunday, it was announced that the second ASA STARS National Tour season will kick off at New Smyrna Speedway on Tuesday, February 13th during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing in the Clyde Hart Memorial.
The 2024 Clyde Hart Memorial will have the richest Super Late Model purse in New Smyrna history, paying $15,000 to win and $1,500 to start. The event honoring track founder Clyde Hart was first contested in 1999 during the summer, but was moved to the World Series in 2022 and opened the ASA Southern Super Series points season in 2023.
The Clyde Hart Memorial will be tri-sanctioned with the ASA Southern Super Series and the Sunbelt David Rogers Super Late Models as part of the World Series of Asphalt points battle.
For more information on the ASA Southern Super Series, please visit the series website at southernsuperseries.com. Follow the series on Facebook at Southern Super Series, on Twitter at @SoSuperSeries, and on Instagram at @officialsouthernsuperseries.
For more information on the ASA STARS National Tour, please visit the series website at starsnationaltour.com, or be sure to follow the series on social media (Facebook: ASA STARS National Tour | Twitter: @racewithstars | IG: @starsnational).
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As crews prepare to flip the switch on the 14th edition of Speedway Christmas presented by Atrium Health at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend, fans will be swept away by the magical ambiance of the grand holiday lights extravaganza. This year, the iconic speedway transforms into a winter wonderland for one of the biggest and most dazzling holiday lights displays in the country. Families, friends and Christmas enthusiasts from all corners will gather at America's Home of Racing for what has become an irresistible Christmas tradition. The enchanting spectacle kicks off this Friday and runs nightly until Jan. 7, 2024, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Here’s a look at this year’s Speedway Christmas, by the numbers:
5 million lights: Creating a spectacular display of Christmas magic, the speedway has adorned itself with an extra twinkle this holiday season, displaying a remarkable total of 5 million lights. With new displays and additional LEDs added, 2023 promises to be the biggest and brightest year yet.
Four miles: Draped in the festive spirit, the speedway is transformed with lights along the infield, tracing along the iconic speedway. From the grandstands to the concourse, Speedway Christmas guests embark on a magical journey through nearly four miles of illuminated enchantment, with the joyful melodies of Christmas-themed music creating a symphony of holiday wonder.
14: Guests travel from all across the region to visit Speedway Christmas. Last season, visitors from 14 states pre-purchased tickets to the show, including as far away as New York, Texas and Minnesota, proving once and for all that there’s no distance too far for those looking to enjoy the spirit of Christmas.
14: The number of original songs and holiday classics will fill the air as guests drive through the stunning displays, turning the experience into a synchronized show that perfectly captures the spirit of the holiday season. While driving through the displays, visitors can tune their radios to 101.3FM for a fully immersive experience.
50: Days the drive-thru show will be open between Nov. 17 and Jan. 7 (only closed on Christmas Eve). The infield Christmas village will be open every Thursday through Sunday night and the entire week of Christmas (except Christmas Eve), giving guests plenty of opportunities to schedule their night at the speedway.
360: Degrees of fun captured by the Speedway Christmas 360-camera, set up in Victory Lane to help guests capture the magic of the season. It’s an Instagram world and there’s no better way to commemorate a visit to Speedway Christmas.
600: Among the new displays installed for 2023, crews have hung 600 illuminated orbs along the newly designed concourse, which also features arched tunnels, elegant Christmas trees and larger-than-life space-themed holiday displays.
20,000: In partnership with a bevy of on-site food vendors, guests can savor a warm cup of hot chocolate as they gather around fire pits, roasting marshmallows and indulging in other festive treats. Visitors can enjoy a simmering cup of cocoa for half price, beginning on Dec. 1 when purchase a one-time, ten-dollar Charlotte Motor Speedway reusable travel cup. A dollar from every travel cup purchased will go to Speedway Children’s Charities Charlotte chapter to support local nonprofits. The delightful aromas and the comforting taste of Christmasy treats are just another way guests will create heartwarming memories.
180,000: Delicious hot, ready to order, mini donuts have become of Speedway Christmas staple. The famous Jack’s Treat Truck is returning to serve guests sweet treats throughout the show. Jack’s Treat Truck expects to sell around 180 thousand mini oily cakes, which if laid side-by-side, would stretch nearly 8.3 miles or close to double the length of the show. On top of these mini sweet-ring cakes, guests can also enjoy rich kettle corn, silky smooth ice cream, and toasted delicious smores.
6: Classic Christmas movies will be played on the speedway’s 16,000-square-foot HDTV throughout the show. Every Thursday through Sunday, the Queen City News Movie Nights transform the Christmas village into a festive drive-in, bringing holiday favorites like "The Grinch," "White Christmas," and "Home Alone" to life. Click here for a full schedule of movie nights.
80: Among the majestic displays, a towering 80-foot Christmas tree casting its radiant glow upon the infield stands as the grandest and most festive of them all.
Speedway Christmas presented by Atrium Health is open nightly from Nov. 17 to Jan. 7 (closed Christmas Eve), with tickets per vehicle starting at $35 Monday-Wednesday, when the Christmas Village is closed, and $45 Thursday-Sunday, when the Christmas Village is open. Guests can skip the lines and beat traffic with the Fast Pass Lane, accessible off of Morehead Road at entrance P. The Fast Pass Lane ensures a smooth ride at $75 per vehicle on Thursday-Sunday.
Get your tickets online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or grab them at the gate.