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RFK Advance | Sonoma

Tuesday, Jun 06

Sonoma Event Info:
Track Info:
Sonoma Raceway, 12-turn road course
Sunday, June 11
3:30 p.m. ET
NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)
Sonoma, California
110 laps, 300 miles, Stages: 25-30-55
PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90)

Weekend Schedule:
Saturday: 5 p.m. ET, Practice (FS2, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Saturday: 6 p.m. ET, Qualifying (FS2, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
3:30 p.m. ET, Race (FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Pace Laps:

  • The NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) heads to its second road course race of the season as Sonoma hosts the final race of the first half of the 2023 season.
  • Jack Roush has three wins in Sonoma with two in the Cup Series.


6 Team Info:
Crew Chief: Matt McCall
King’s Hawaiian

17 Team Info:
Crew Chief: Scott Graves
Fifth Third Bank

  • Fifth Third Bank will feature Soapy Joe’s car wash on the decklid as part of the Fueled by Fifth Third Program.
  • Soapy Joe’s is a locally owned family business with multiple locations serving San Diego County. Soapy Joe’s prides itself in its commitment to the environment, using advanced water reclamation systems, and earning the International Carwash Associations WaterSavers® designation. Over the past 12 years, Soapy Joe’s has donated more than $2M and 120,000 free washes, benefiting veterans, healthcare workers, schools, hospitals, firefighters, and more. The company’s innovation across technology, loyalty and experiential marketing helps them shine not only as a car wash, but as a brand of choice in San Diego. 

Keselowski at Sonoma
Starts: 12
Wins: --
Poles: --

  • Keselowski makes his 13th Cup start in Sonoma this weekend, where in 12 starts prior he has three top-10s and a 16.1 average finish.
  • His best-career finish at the 12-turn course came in 2017 when he ran third. Most recently he finished 10th a year ago, and he also finished 10th in the 2011 race, his second-ever at Sonoma.
  • Keselowski has three top-10 qualifying efforts with a best of ninth in 2021, and an average of 16.9


Buescher at Sonoma
Starts: 6
Wins: --
Poles: --

  • Buescher is in line for his seventh Cup start from Sonoma on Sunday, where he’s coming off his best career finish of second last season. He also has six-straight top-10s on road courses dating back to 2022. He finished sixth at the ROVAL last fall, ninth at Watkins Glen, 10th at the Indy Road Course, sixth at Road America, second at Sonoma, and most recently ninth in COTA.
  • In Sonoma, Buescher finished 12th in 2018, his best finish outside of the P2 result last season.
  • Buescher has three top-10 qualifying efforts – an average of 15.8 overall – with a best effort of third in 2022.
  • On road courses overall, Buescher has 27 starts with eight top-10s and three top-five results.


RFK Historically at Sonoma
Cup Wins: 2 (Mark Martin, 1997; Carl Edwards, 2014)

  • Looking for the Hat Trick in the ‘Golden State’: In 108 NCS starts at Sonoma, RFK has recorded two wins, 15 top-five finishes, 36 top-10 finishes and has led 281 laps. Former RFK driver Carl Edwards earned the organization’s most recent victory at the road course in 2014. 
  • Hasta La Vista Baby: RFK has left the California road course victorious on two occasions in the NCS with former drivers Mark Martin and Carl Edwards. Martin earned the victory in 1997 after starting from the pole and leading 69 laps, while Edwards started fourth and led 26 laps in the 2014 running of this event.
  • RFK on the Road: As an organization, RFK has made 246 starts on road courses in the Cup Series with five wins, 86 top-10s and 40 finishes inside the top five with a 17.5 average finish.


RFK Sonoma Wins

1997       Martin  Cup
1997       Ruttman Truck
2014       Edwards Cup

Last Time Out & Where They Stand
Gateway: Chris Buescher bounced back for a 12th-place finish at Gateway on Sunday, while Brad Keselowski endured mechanical troubles to unfortunately finish 28th.

Points Standings (6: 11th, 17: 13th): Keselowski sits 11th in points entering the weekend, while Buescher is 13th. A 10-point gap separates positions 9-12.


Todd Gilliland returns to the No. 51 Ford Mustang entry for Rick Ware Racing, this time with Premium E-Bikes as the primary sponsor at Sonoma Raceway this weekend.

Serial 1 is a US-based E-Bike brand inspired by the entrepreneurial vision of Harley-Davidson founders and the revolutionary impact of its first motorcycle, affectionately referred to as Serial Number One.

Also, joining Serial 1 this weekend as a major associate, is LIFE EV based out of Broward County, Florida. Life EV is involved in the design, manufacturing and commercialization of electric vehicles, with a primary focus on electric bicycles. OTC SYM: LFEV

Sonoma will be Gilliland’s third start with RWR this season, with the other two coming at Phoenix Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“This is great for the team to have involved at the NASCAR Cup Series level for a third race this year,” Gilliland said. “Their bikes are incredible, I just got one the other day, they are a blast to ride and their popularity is taking off.”

“This a good opportunity for RWR and myself to help further that awareness for Premium E-bikes with a solid race. Road course events are becoming more popular each year with our fan base.”

This is the first year has entered into a NASCAR partnership to promote their line of Premium E-bikes and nationwide dealer network.

“We are excited to extend our NASCAR partnership with Todd and RWR this weekend as further evidence of our commitment to NASCAR and its loyal fans,” said Dion Reif, Chief Operating Officer and Chairman of the Board for Serial 1. “Todd is having an amazing year and he needed a little help to complete the NASCAR schedule and we are honored Carl Rudebusch offered us the opportunity to partner with Todd and the RWR team at my home track.”

“Todd is definitely an up-and-coming talent and is looking forward to riding along with him to victory lane soon.”


The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series will host the AMOSIL USAC Non-Wing National Sprint Car Tour joined by the 358 NASCAR Modifieds in this always popular double-header event set for Tuesday night, June 13 at the Grandview Speedway.   This will mark the 16th Annual USAC Eastern Storm and the event is presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings.


The best non-wing sprint car stars will be in town to chase the $6,000 winner’s share  in the 40 lap Jesse Hockett Classic.   The 358 Modfieds are also on the program chasing a $3,000 to win payoff or $5,000 for a first time Thunder on the Hill Modified feature winner in the Pioneer Pole Building 30 lap main event.  


The star-filled cast of USAC non-wing drivers will include current National Series Point Leader Kyle Cummins, C.J. Leary, Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Justin Grant, Jake Swanson, Emerson Axsom, Mitchel Mole, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas Jr.,  Logan Seavey, Matt Westfall, Daison Pursley, Carson Garrett, Jadon Rodgers, Brandon Mattox, Briggs Danner, Alex Bright, Matt Mitchell, Charles Davis Jr., Shane Cottle and TMEZ to name a few.


The youthful and talented Logan Watt, who just recently scored his first Thunder on the Hill  win in a 602 Sportsman feature, has indicated that he will competed in the 358 Modifieds on Tuesday night, June 13.   Watt would like nothing more then to collect that PPB $2,000 first time Thunder Mod winner bonus and collect $5,000 for the win in the 30 lap feature.


Some additional bonus money is on the line from GT Radiators  of Ambler, PA.  GT Radiators has posted a $100 bonus for the Modified heat and consolation winners.  


On race night, Tuesday, June 13, Gates will open at 5 PM with race time set for 7:30 PM.


Advance tickets for the Tuesday, June 13 event are available by calling 443 513 4456.  Please speak clearly and provide your first and last name and the number of tickets you need. Tickets may be paid for and picked up at the WILL CALL window on race night.   Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 4:30 PM. Advance tickets orders can be processed up to the day before the race. We apologize, but advance tickets will NOT be available on race day.    Adult admission tickets are $30, children 6 to 11 are $10 and children 5 and under will be admitted free.   The Pit fee is $40 and a license is not required.


A talented  358 Modified roster is expected for this event.   The modifieds will qualify through a series of  GT Radiator qualifying events, leading up to the 30 lap PPB feature.   Likely contenders for the modifieds include Brett Kressley, Craig VonDohren,  Jeff Strunk, Billy Pauch Jr., Rick Laubach,  Duane Howard, Kevin and Brian Hirthler and Jared Umbenhauer just to name a few. 

Continued support of the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series is provided by NAPA Auto Parts, Levan Machine & Truck Equipment in Fleetwood, PA , Pioneer Pole Buildings,  HVAC Distributors and  Rich Mar Florist.   These sponsors play a key role in the on-going success of the Thunder Series.


Associate Sponsors  Levan Machine & Truck Equipment, Rich Mar Florist,  HVAC Distributors, Pioneer Pole Buildings, GT Radiators


Tuesday, June 13   7:30 PM

Pioneer Pole Buildings Night

USAC Non-Wing National Tour

The Eastern Storm Jesse Hockett Classic  40 laps

Plus 358 Modifieds*  PPB $2,000 first time Modified Winners Bonus


Tuesday, June 27  7:30 PM

HVAC Distributors Partners for Success Night

PA 410 Sprint Speed Week

The Hodnett Cup  $10,000 to win  35 laps

Plus 358 Modifieds*  PPB $2,000 first time Modified Winners Bonus


Tuesday, July 25 7:30 PM  (rain date: Wednesday, July 26 7:30 PM)

Levan Machine & Truck Equipment present:

    The Rich Mar Florist

High Limits 410 Sprints 40 laps

    $23,023 To Win

*NASCAR points


Grandview Speedway Contact Information   Track Phone:   610-754-7688

GPS USERS: 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505

Located less than a mile off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA


Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Phone: 443-513-4456 

Series Website:

Track Website:

Twitter/Instagram: @TOTHRACING


Thunder On The Hill PR

Race of Champions Modified Series competitors will be ready to go when the gates swing open for the 68th season of racing at Spencer Speedway in Williamson, N.Y., with the running of the “Fast 40”, which will pay the winner $4,000 for the short sprint race on Friday, June 9, 2023


The Race of Champions Modified Series will be joined by the Race of Champions Super Stock Series, the Rocket Performance Race of Champions 602 Modified Series along with the wild action of the Wilbert’s U-Pull It Four Cylinder and Wilbert’s U-Pull It Super Six Series. 


Jack Ely of Wall, N.J., is off to a fast start this season with the Series, racing at the front of the field in all three races to date. In the Series last race at Lorain Raceway Park in Ohio, Ely finished second to Matt Hirschman.


“This Series is so competitive and the Series motto of Every Lap Counts is very accurate,” stated Ely. “You have to be on your game when you unload and go from there. We are looking forward to Spencer this Friday night and making a run at the championship. Hopefully, we can remain consistent and continue to run at the front of the field when it counts.”

The Super Stock Series will race for 25-laps and $1,000-to-win. 

The “Food Truck Frenzy” featuring local food trucks and tastes from the area will also make its return with some unique additions. In addition to standard fare from the Ontario Volunteer Fire Department, there will be BBQ truck joining us as well as an Ice Cream truck along with the Williamson Apple Blossom Festival selling fried dough and more, along with the new addition of a popcorn truck . 

Advanced discount tickets will be available online as well as at Wilbert’s U-Pull It locations and Billy Whittaker Ford in Williamson, with tickets going on sale next Tuesday, May 31. Skip the lines by purchasing tickets on the Ticket Hoss App and pit passes available on the PitPay App.

The gates for the 68th Annual season opener will swing open for fans at 5:00pm with qualifying at 7:15pm. 

Where: Spencer Speedway, Williamson, N.Y.

When: Friday, June 9, 2022

Tickets: $27 General Admission; $22 Senior/Military (65-years and older. Military with proper identification); Children 15-10 years of age will be admitted for $17.  Children under the age of 10 will be admitted Free for this event.

Directions: The track is located just fifteen minutes east of Rochester, N.Y., at 3020 Route 104, Williamson, NY 14589

What: 68th Annual Season Opener; Race of Champions Modified Series, Race of Champions Super Stock Series, Rocket Performance Race of Champions 602 Series; Wilbert’s Four Cylinders and Wilbert’s Super Six Division.

More Information: 



The Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series competitors are set to open their season in Perry, N.Y., at “The Bullring” Wyoming County International Speedway on Sunday, June 11 when the track hosts a race on a Sunday afternoon.


The race time is in honor of a trip back to the Speedway’s past when weekly racing took place each Sunday on the competitive 1/3-mile oval.


Several competitors have their eyes on the prize or the 2023 Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series crown.


In 2022, Shawn Nye of Lancaster, N.Y., won the series championship. This year driver’s like Jake Lutz, Eddie Hawkins, young Andrew Lewis, Jr., and a host of others will have their eyes on the top prize.


“The Series is a competitive one,” stated Eddie Hawkins of Walworth, N.Y. “Wyoming County will be a challenge. It’s a tight track with multiple grooves. It seems like it has been a long off season, but we are ready to go. We’re looking forward to getting going at Wyoming and hoping we can put everything in place to become champions.”


The Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series will be joined by the Race of Champions Street Stock and Race of Champions FOAR SCORE Four Cylinder Dash Series. “The Bullring” Super Stocks will also be on the card for the Sunday, June 11 show.

The gates will open for fans at 12:00pm (Noon) with racing beginning on “The Bullring” at 2:00pm.

Where: “The Bullring” Wyoming County International Speedway, Perry, N.Y.

When: Sunday, June 11, 2023

Directions: The track is located just in Wyoming County, just minutes off route 20A at 35 Adrian Road, Perry, NY 14530 just a short drive from Buffalo, Rochester, Geneseo and the Southern Tier of New York.

What: The Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series “Bullring” Blast. Race of Champions Street Stock Series, Race of Champions FOAR SCORE Four Cylinder Dash Series.

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Accomplished road course racer Andy Lally will drive the No. 15 Camping World Ford Mustang for Rick Ware Racing in this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway. The partnership with Lally, RWR and Camping World encompasses him running all remaining road courses for the team this season.

Lally, who has made 40 previous Cup starts and was the series’ Rookie of the Year in 2011, is a five-time Rolex 24 champion and three-time IMSA Champion. He also holds Grand Am records for most wins, most podiums and top-five finishes.

“This is obviously an incredible opportunity and I am very thankful to Rick, RWR and Camping World for making this all come together in a very short amount of time,” Lally said. “So many of my chances to race in NASCAR have been one-race deals. With five races now, I get to really focus and embed myself with a team to develop a stronger communication and understanding of each other, as well as learning what the NextGen car likes on road courses.”

“This all came about because I wrote a note across my social media channels explaining I had an opportunity to return to the NASCAR Cup Series. I was thrilled when Marcus Lemonis, CEO and Chairman of Camping World, reached out and committed to all five road course races with Camping World as the primary sponsor. It blew my mind. I can’t thank Marcus and the Camping World family enough.”

This will be the first partnership between RWR, Lally and Camping World in NASCAR. There is an existing relationship with Camping World via RWR’s race-winning Top Fuel team, driven by Clay Millican, competing in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series.

“When we first talked to Andy about driving a few races with our team, I was very interested based on his impressive road course acumen,” said Rick Ware, team owner. “When Camping World wanted to partner with us for the rest of this year’s road course races, it was an easy decision. Our team is looking forward to getting it started this weekend.”


Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., scored his first victory in Race of Champions Modified Series competition this past Saturday night at Lorain Raceway Park in South Amherst, Ohio in the “Mr. Modified 75”, the Series first visit to the track. In Hirschman’s career, it was the 35th different track for him to record a win at and the 11th different state where he’s visited victory lane.

Hirschman had to earn the victory after starting 8th and tracking down Jack Ely. Hirschman and Ely of Wall Township, N.J., battled for the top spot for many laps until Hirschman finally slipped by on a late race restart with less than 15 laps to go.

“That was an exciting race for the fans,” offered Hirschman from victory lane, reflecting on his battle with Ely. “We had to work to get there. It is very competitive, as competitive as it’s ever been at the front and I didn’t know if we’d have a chance to get by Jack (Ely), he was running great. We had our chance and made it work. I need to thank all of my guys on this team and everyone for coming out tonight, this was a great day for many of us.”

Ely started 2nd and quickly jumped into the lead after the start out-dueling Zane Zeiner of Bath, Pa.

Ely and Zeiner paced the field until after the lap 50 mark when Hirschman slipped past Zeiner into 2nd. A late race caution on lap 61 setup one last double-file restart which provided Hirschman the ability to restart outside Ely. The duo battled for a few laps before Hirschman cleared Ely for the top spot.

Ely finished 2nd with Zeiner coming home 3rd after repairing the shifter during pace laps.

Earl Paules of Palmerton, Pa., ran a steady race to finish 4th and Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y., recorded his top-five of the season.

Ely, Hirschman and Austin Beers of Northampton, Pa., won the qualifying races. Hirschman posted the fastest lap in green-white-checker qualifying.

Full results from the “Mr. Modified 75” presented by BKH Custom Speed & Parts for the Race of Champions Modified Series can be found here; Race of Champions ( (


The Bloomsburg Fair Raceway gets back into the racing swing on Thursday, June 8 at 7:00 pm.

Joining the All-Pro SpeedSTRs, 602 Crate Modifieds and Slingshots will be the IMCA Modifieds and ARDC Midgets. The FWD 4-Cylinder Stocks have the night off.

The International Motorsport Contest Association, better known as IMCA, dates its history back to 1915 and is currently the oldest active auto racing sanctioning body in the United States.

On Thursday IMCA returns to Bloomsburg, making a third appearance at the 3/8 mile dirt oval. Former NASCAR racer David Stremme won the first outing in 2021 and also holds the track record for IMCA at 18.397-seconds. Last year saw Rodney Morgan scored the win.

The American Racing Drivers Club, ARDC, has its origins dating back to 1939. The time-honored race organization first came to Bloomsburg in 1947. That race was won by Mike Joseph and it was the first time Midget cars ran here.

ARDC competed 22 times on the historic ½-mile cinder track as a mainstay during the annual Fair races. Last year the group returned to Bloomsburg for the first time since 1987 and Kevin Woody, driving a car prepared by Steve Buckwalter, took the win.

Local star Johnny Heydenreich, who has four wins on the ½-mile oval, set the track mark on the current configuration at 18.013-seconds.

The All-Pro SpeedSTRs will be set for their fifth outing of the season. Thanks to his Twin-17 lap wins on May 11, Briggs Danner has moved into a tie in the current standings, pulling even with Steve Buckwalter at the top of the points heading into Thursday’s race meet. Buckwalter has been the mark of consistency thus far with top three finishes each time out including a win on Opening Night.

Danner, meanwhile, will be looking to add to his record of most Bloomsburg wins that presently stands at five.

12-year old Paulie Hartwig III, has been quite the surprise this season with the 602 Crate Modifieds. The young talent has a victory and is seated at the top of the points after three races run to date. He leads the way over veteran Mike Schane and local star Matt Yoder.

Andrew Turpin as had a stronghold with the Slingshots, taking three straight wins and he’ll took to continue his streak come Thursday. 

At intermission there will be a hay bailing contest taking place. The winner will receive a pair of tickets to the Brantley Gilbert concert on Friday, September 22 during this year’s 168th Annual Bloomsburg Fair. Participation for the hay bailing contest will be limited. 

Also the JuiceBox Division for kids that was planned has been rescheduled for June 29.

Pit gates will open at 4:30 pm, grandstands at 6:00 pm, hot laps at 6:15 pm and racing begins at 7:00 pm. Adult grandstand admission is $15, seniors/Military/students are $13, kids 6-12 are $5 and under 5 free.

The postponed May 4 program, which was to feature twin 17-lap mains for the 602 Crate Modifieds, has been rescheduled for Thursday, June 22.

For up to date news please visit the track’s website at, on Facebook at, Twitter at and Instagram at

Bloomsburg Fair Raceway PR

Evergreen Raceway is back in action this coming Sunday afternoon, June 11 and headlined by race #2 of the Evergreen Raceway/Mahoning Valley Speedway Duel Track Series featuring the Wire Guys 602 Crate Modifieds.

Also on the card will be the DW Machine & Fabricating Late Models, whom are running in a cone race, the Harry’s U-Pull-It Street Stocks, 4-Cylinder Stocks, the McNulty Funeral Home Novice’s and the Rotten and Forgotten Stocks.

The EVR/MVS DTS race number one took place at Mahoning Valley on April 22 with Broc Brown taking the win over Nick Baer, Paulie Hartwig III, Evan Rygielski and Jayden Harman.

Sunday’s event is being sponsored by Mountain Woodworking of Bath who will be adding $1000 as part of each race’s “Lucky Draw.” Following each DTS feature a random draw of five pills will be picked and each of the numbered pills will represent a finishing position and those spots will be awarded an additional $200 courtesy of that race’s sponsor.

Each DTS 602 Crate Modifieds feature will pay $1000 to win, $500 for second, $400 to third, $300 for fourth and fifth on back receiving $200.

A reminder that as per Evergreen rules only 10” wheels will be allowed and the maximum gear is 5.60. The overall weights based on track engine seals and clutch options must also be labeled on the hood of car.

There will be DTS Series points awarded plus regular home track points that will good towards the season championship at the respective tracks.

The Late Models will have their third race of the season. They opened with twin 25’s on May 21 with defending class champion Nick Ross and past champ Mike Sweeney splitting the wins.

After two races in the Street Stocks Mike Pollack, who won the season opener and is the reigning champion, sits on top of the point standings.

Veteran Jimmy Ayre, who is fresh off a win with the 4-Cylinder Stocks, heads into Sunday’s contest as the division point leader over former titlist Jay Kanor.

Tyler Skordensky scored his career first win with the Novice class back on May 7 and followed thay up with a third on May 21, giving him top billing in the points.

And in the Rotten and Forgotten group Chub Jensen and Dan Jensen are tied in points with Joe, Sam and Tom Jensen all very close behind.

Pit gates will open at 10:00 am and main grandstands at noon. Pits are $40 per person and $12 adult admission at the front gate. Kids 12 and under are free. Racing begins at 2:00 pm.

Evergreen Raceway is located on Mill Mountain Road in St. Johns, Butler Township. For up to date info please log onto the official track website at or on Facebook at

Coming up in two weeks, on Sunday June 18 will be the return of the Tour Type Modifieds, Street Stocks, Rotten and Forgotten Stocks plus Race #2 of the Evergreen Raceway/Mahoning Valley Speedway Duel Track Series for the 4-Cylinder Stocks/Hobby Stocks plus the JuiceBox Division.

Evergreen Speedway/MVS PR

Harrison Burton and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick came away from Sunday’s Enjoy Illinois 300 at World Wide Technology Raceway with a 23rd-place finish.

Burton started Sunday’s race from 14th place and moved up one spot in the early going before the race was stopped after just six laps due to lightning in the St. Louis area where the track is located. 

After a delay of nearly two hours, the green flag was displayed again, and Burton remained in the top 15 for the remainder of the first 45-lap Stage, ending that segment in 15th place.

Returning to the track after a stop for two fresh tires and fuel, the No. 21 Mustang was posted in 12th place for the restart. 

A long green flag run worked against the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team and Burton finished the second Stage in 24th place.
In the third and final segment of the race, he worked his way back into the top 20, then stayed out when the caution flag – and the red flag – flew for a wreck by Noah Gragson.
That moved him up to 15th place with just under 40 laps left to run. Burton stayed among the top 20 but was shuffled back after a restart with 15 of the scheduled 240 laps left to run.
When a late wreck set up an overtime finish, Burton pitted from 27thplace for fresh rubber and gained four spots over the final two laps to finish 23rd for his eighth top-25 finish in 15 races this season.
Next up for Burton and the Wood Brothers team is a trip to the road course at Sonoma Raceway for next Sunday’s 110-lap race on the 1.99-mile track.



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