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20-year-old Manteca, Calif. driver Eric Nascimento will make his second-career ARCA Menards Series West start on Saturday at Colorado National Speedway in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Colorado 150. The driver known to many as “Bubba” will drive the No. 4 Finishline Express Toyota Camry in a joint effort with Don Wood, Velocity Racing, and Bill McAnally Racing. The event will be broadcast live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold and tape-delayed on NBCSN as well.
Nascimento is the 2020 Stockton 99 Speedway Late Model champion and a winner in the MAVTV-televised Nut Up Pro Late Models at Madera Speedway in 2021. The Modesto Junior College student qualified seventh in his debut at Sonoma Raceway in June before ultimately finishing 14th. Nascimento is also a former winner in the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series at Madera Speedway. He participated in BMR Drivers Academy – a NASCAR Driver Development program – events at Thunderhill Raceway and Sonoma Raceway in May before his entry into ARCA competition in June.
The entry will carry additional support from RJs Paintshop and Skipco Welding & Industrial. Nascimento has traveled the 80 miles from Manteca to Loomis, Calif. daily over the last three weeks to help prepare the car for the event. Preparation has been aided by championship crew chief Ty Joiner, while his uncle Mike Nascimento will serve as the crew chief for the weekend’s race.
Drivers will have a practice and qualifying session from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Mountain Time. The NAPA AUTO PARTS Colorado 150 goes green at 8:05 p.m. Coverage can be viewed on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. Delayed television coverage will be available on NBCSN on Wednesday August 11 at 3 p.m. Eastern / 12 p.m. Pacific.
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Big Block Modified fans are in for a rare treat when the Super DIRTcar Series begins an important stretch of racing in August.
The Series will race two championship points paying 60-lap Features in one day on Aug. 4 at Land of Legends Raceway, including the makeup for the Liberty 100.
The event will kick off racing in August for the Series with the Aug. 3 date at Thunder Mountain Speedway being canceled due to a scheduling conflict. There will not be a makeup date for that event.
A storm postponed the original running of the Liberty 100 after Heat Races were complete. The remaining Last Chance Showdowns and 60-lap Feature will be completed before the regularly scheduled Aug. 4 Super DIRTcar program begins.
Peter Britten, the driver of the #21A Pepsi-sponsored Big Block, has had a strong first half of the season on the tour and is looking to capitalize with two big points races in one day in front of his home track fans.
“It would be amazing to get to Victory Lane in front of these fans,” Britten said. “It was a great start to get a win earlier in the year in the weekly deal. It was great for me personally and for Pepsi who came on board this year for my Canandaigua car and everyone else who has supported me for so long. I’ve always had a good following at Canandaigua. I’ve raced on and off there for quite a bit over the years.”
In eight starts, Britten rides sixth in the points standings. His consistent finishes, including two top-fives and five top-10s, have put him in a strong position going into the second half of the season.
Britten and his team have been road warriors over the years. They never miss a race on the tour plus running two weekly tracks. This year Britten’s decision to race at Canandaigua weekly has enabled him to race a little closer to home – Weedsport, NY – where his family can come see him race.
“If I could get a Series win here it would be huge,” Britten said with a grin.
Seven-time champion Matt Sheppard won the last 60-lap Series Features at Land of Legends. That took place during DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision in October 2020. Sheppard has multiple Feature wins in Canandaigua already this season as well.
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If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS or monthly FAST PASS subscription.
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Toni Breidinger, NASCAR’s First Female Arab-American Driver, Joins Venturini Motorsports with Triller Partnership
Scheduled to appear today on ABC’s Good Morning America during the GMA3: What You Need to Know Hour, the first Female Arab driver of NASCAR Toni Breidinger, has announced the move to Venturini Motorsports, a Toyota Racing Development team, for the remainder of 2021 ARCA Menards Series. Along with the headlines, Breidinger has signed a partnership with Triller, the globally popular AI-powered social media experience.
The partnership will kick off this weekend at the Calypso Lemonade 200 at Winchester Speedway, where Breidinger will drive No. 25 Triller Toyota Camry.
As part of a five race deal, Breidinger’s schedule will also include the two Illinois mile-dirt races at Springfield (August 22) and DuQuoin (September 5), as well as Kansas Speedway (October 23) and the ARCA Menards Series West race Phoenix Raceway (November 6).
“I am thankful for this partnership with Triller and for them to believe in female athletes and especially in motorsports. I am so excited to be back racing a Toyota Camry with Venturini Motorsports,” said Breidinger. “As a young female athlete who has diverse interests and wants to have young people get excited about the sport I love, Triller is the perfect match with me on the track. The mix of engaged socially conscious young people from around the world is the audience I want to connect with, and I think as we grow together all will learn, have fun and experience new events together.”
A perfect driver, “partnership match” indeed, Breidinger with nearly 2-million followers across her social media will use her influence and Triller to create the ultimate Multimedia Fan Engagement experience.
“Toni (Breidinger) is the perfect fit for an entry into NASCAR and all forms of racing for Triller,” said Bobby Sarnevesht, Chairman and Co-Owner of Triller. “She is a disruptive, smart, highly competitive, socially conscious and engaged athlete who our millions of followers are just starting to learn about. We look forward to helping to elevate her story and her platform and connect her with the stars who are already deeply involved in Triller, as well as giving our followers a first look into NASCAR and helping to grow the sport with a younger and very engaged and loyal audience.”
Breidinger, USAC’s all-time winningest female driver with 19 victories, makes her way back to the team she broke into the ranks of ARCA with, when she posted a career best 10th place finish in her series debut driving for Venturini Motorsports in 2018.
The No. 25 Toyota will also carry associate sponsorship from Hair Club. Hair Club is North America’s number one provider of hair loss solutions with nearly 120 locations nationwide.
The Calypso Lemonade 200 from Winchester Speedway on July 31 will broadcast live on MAVTV Motorsports Network starting at 8 p.m. ET with a live stream available on NBC Sports Gold’s TrackPass.
71-lap Lorin Arthofer Sr. Tribute this coming Saturday at Mahoning Valley Speedway.Extra $$ to Modified Dash Cash top three
This coming Saturday evening, July 31 at 7:00 pm Mahoning Valley Speedway proudly presents Race #4 of the John Blewett Inc., Mahoning Valley Speedway Hall of Fame Series (MVSHoFS) and the Lorin Arthofer Sr. Tribute 71-lapper for Modifieds.
Lorin Arthofer Sr., is the patriarch of the racing Arthofer family which stands as one of the most prominent in the annuals of eastern Pennsylvania short track asphalt racing as they account for a combined 138 feature wins and five championships.
The 71-lap Modified feature distance, which will be a cone race and pay $2500-to-win, reflects Arthofer’s signature car number throughout his career and a carried him to 18 victories between Mahoning Valley and Dorney Park Speedways.
“It is hard to put in words how honored I am that Mahoning Valley Speedway has considered me for a Hall of Fame tribute race,” said Arthofer.
“I am truly blessed and grateful. My wife Betty has also had an important part in all of this too and without her encouragement and sacrifice very little would have been achieved. She made sure the home fires kept burning while the boys and I spent countless hours in the garage building, fixing and preparing for the coming races.”
While heats, set by random draw, will help determine the starting feature grid, there is added incentives being offered as part of the preliminary action. The top two in each 12-lap heat will then go into a “Dash Cash” sponsored by Arthofer Towing and Transport of Bath and the first, second and third place finishers will each be awarded $500, $300 and $200 respectively. There will also be a check presentation sponsored by Himmer Graphics of Moscow.
And, if the Dash winner chooses to start at the rear of the main event field and then goes on to win there will be an additional $500 coming to them.
There are more contingencies also courtesy of Touch of Class Detailing & Power Washing LLC of Easton, Jones Racing Products of Ottsville, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse of Florida, NY, Sherwood Racing Wheels, Arthofer Racing and Touch of Class Detailing & Power Washing LLC of Easton
The Modifieds will be allotted four tires for this race.
Also on the card will be the Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks, which are also contesting in the MVSHoFS plus the Futures/Rookie Hobby Stocks.
After three of five MVSHoFS races Matt Hirschman, who won the first two events, leads the Modified points over most recent winner Austin Beers followed by Earl Paules, Brian DeFebo and Zane Zeiner.
Mark Deysher is tops on the Street Stocks with Randy Ahner Jr., Jon Moser, TJ Gursky and Mark Martini all in the top five.
The Hobby Stock HoF points show Justin Merkel at the top of the rankings over Devin Schmidt, Trisha Connolly, Corey Edelman and Cody Boehm.
In the event of inclement weather a rain date of Saturday, August 21 will be used.
Adult admission is $20. There is a $2 discount for active military, students and seniors 65+. Must have valid ID. Children 10 & under are free. Grandstands open at 5:00 pm and racing begins at 7:00 pm.
Please log onto the official track website , Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway or Twitter @MahoningSpeed for updated info and news. Mahoning Valley Speedway located on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Lehighton.
Eric Caudell drove the No. 7 Doug Design / Chickering Concrete Toyota to a 14th-place run on Saturday at Iowa Speedway, following a day filled with headaches and challenges, including an early spin in the Shore Lunch 150.
Practice was hampered by a few gremlins for the No. 7 CCM Racing team, including problems with the radio communications, the alternator, and damage sustained to the splitter once the No. 7 was able to make a few laps. Caudell was able to run a total of 19 laps during the session, winding up 17th on the speed charts with a time of 26.479 seconds at 118.962 mph
Up next was qualifying for the Shore Lunch 150. The No. 7 CCM racing crew was able to make the necessary repairs and adjustments to the car in between practice and qualifying. Caudell would go on to qualify 19th, with a lap time of 26.573 at 118.541 mph.
The green flag waved shortly after 8:00PM CT and Caudell was able to gain a couple of positions early. He reported the car was good but a little loose. This loose condition prompted a spin while passing another car on lap 19.
However, Caudell was able to keep the car out of the wall, and as all four tires were still up, crew chief Jeremy Petty opted to wait until the first scheduled break on lap 50 to come in to change tires.
During the scheduled caution period, Petty also made adjustments to improve the loose condition Caudell was battling on track.
Once back green, Caudell reported that he was still fighting a loose condition in the center and made some slight contact with the wall prior to the second scheduled caution of the night on lap 100.
Petty continued to adjust on the car during the ensuing stop as the pit crew changed four tires and fueled the car before the race resumed for the final stretch of the race.
Despite the issues during practice, the early spin, and continued challenges with handling throughout the night, the No. 7 CCM Racing team finished in the 14th position for the team’s third top-15 run of the 2021 season.
“Considering how many times the day went south, we did pretty good,” said Caudell. “That doesn’t supersede my intention to be in the top 10 and my competitive spirit wanted to be running up front … but I’m very happy with how we performed as a team, ‘cause it went south a bunch of times and we battled back and made the best of it we could.”
The 14th-place result was Caudell’s 16th career top-15 finish and second career top-15 run at Iowa Speedway.
Dorsett Automotive To Present Wednesday’s Don Smith Classic Indiana Sprint Week Brings USAC & Modifieds To Town
NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week is halfway complete and that means the stars of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars are heading to Western Indiana and the Terre Haute Action Track. On Wednesday, July 28, the gates swing open for the Dorsett Automotive Don Smith Classic at the historic dirt half-mile. Wednesday’s race will bring the best in open wheel racing with the Sprint Cars as well as the Scott’s Custom Colors DIRTcar Modifieds.
The event, which was named in honor of Don Smith, a longtime area businessman and great supporter of the sport of auto racing, also takes on the Dorsett Automotive name. Dorsett Automotive, a family, locally owned and operated dealership that has also been a racing supporter for many years.
The Terre Haute event is one of seven during the weeklong series. So far, the tour has made stops at Kokomo Speedway, Lawrenceburg Speedway, and Gas City I-69 Speedway. After a day off Tuesday, everything picks back up on Wednesday night in Terre Haute, followed by Lincoln Park Speedway, Bloomington Speedway, and Tri-State Speedway, Thursday-Saturday.
Sprint week action so far has seen Justin Grant claim the win at Kokomo, while Logan Seavey has taken the wins at Lawrenceburg and Gas City. Brady Bacon leads the Sprint Week standings, while Logan Seavey, Tanner Thorson, Kevin Thomas, Jr., and Jake Swanson complete the top five.
Overall this season, Brady Bacon also leads the national standings by 96 points over Justin Grant. Kevin Thomas, Jr., Robert Ballou, and C.J. Leary complete the top five. Last year’s Sprint Week event at Terre Haute brought a stout field of over 40 cars.
In addition to the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, the DIRTcar Modifieds will also be in action.
Pit gates on Wednesday, July 28, open at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps begin at 6:30 with racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $30, infield $15, and kids 11 and under are free.
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NASCAR’s ARCA Menards Series West heads to Colorado National Speedway this week for one of the most popular events on the schedule each year – the NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 on Saturday night.
NAPA AUTO PARTS plays a significant role as the title sponsor, providing support and hosting a big VIP hospitality area for the annual event. The Colorado race has been one of the largest NAPA motorsports activations in the country – bringing in more NAPA employees, customers and owners than any other motorsports event in any form.
Bill McAnally Racing has provided plenty for the NAPA contingent to cheer about – winning eight of 18 series races at Colorado, including five of the past seven. In 2017, the team swept the podium.
Jesse Love grabbed the pole and scored the victory for BMR last year at Colorado, on his way to winning the series title and becoming the youngest champion in series history, as well as the youngest champion in the history of any NASCAR national or touring series. The 16-year-old – who is currently fourth in this year’s championship standings, just two points out of the lead – drives the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry.
His rookie teammate, Cole Moore, finished 14th in his only race at Colorado – one of six series starts he made in 2016. Moore – who drives BMR’s No. 99 NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry – is third in the overall standings, just one point out of first, and is second in rookie points.
A third BMR entry at Colorado will feature Jolynn “Jo Jo” Wilkinson behind the wheel of the No. 19 Instacoat Premium Products Toyota Camry. The 17-year-old Hueytown, Alabama driver – a participant in the BMR Driver’s Academy this year – will be making her series debut.
The NAPA Distribution Center in Denver will have a large group of special guests attending Saturday’s race, with NAPA store owners, shop owners and top customers. They will receive a VIP experience – with hospitality, a driver meet-and-greet, a pit tour and guest crew members. Sponsor activation for this event also includes NAPA Power Premium Plus, Gates Industrial, NAPA Belts & Hoses and NGK – all of which helped build sales and promotion around the race.
All three BMR drivers are slated to arrive in the Denver area early and will visit local NAPA AUTO PARTS stores and NAPA AutoCare shops on Friday.
In addition to Love, other previous BMR winners in series competition at CNS include Hailie Deegan in 2019; Chris Eggleston in 2014, 2016 and 2017; Eric Holmes in 2008 and 2010; and Paulie Harraka in 2009.
Terry Dease finds success in competing in full season of NASCAR Late Model events at South Boston Speedway
The last time Terry Dease raced a full season at any speedway was four years ago. This season Dease is running the full schedule of NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division events at South Boston Speedway, and he is having a successful season.
The Oxford, North Carolina resident has posted a Top-Five finish and four Top-10 finishes in his 12 starts this season at “America’s Hometown Track.” That coupled with his overall consistency have him sitting in fifth place in the division point standings heading into the twin 50-lap NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division races that will headline the Davenport Energy Night event at “America’s Hometown Track” on Saturday night, August 7.
“We’re going to make a good end-of-the-season out of it,” Dease remarked when asked how he feels about his prospects of finishing in the top five of the track point standings at the end of the season. “Our goal coming into the season was to finish in the top-eight or Top-10 each race and we’ve pretty much done that when we haven’t been involved in wrecks. At the end of the year if we’re in the top five (in points), it would be good. We’re there right now, and we’re trying to stay there.”
On one hand, Dease says he is a little surprised to be in the top five in the South Boston Speedway point standings. Then again, he is not surprised.
“Being an “old school” team, yes, I’m a little surprised,” said Dease. “I’m going to quote Mike Looney – ‘I’m an outdoor behind-the-garage, behind-the-house kind of guy. We don’t have the resources for a pull-down rig. We don’t have a surface plate. The way the technology is now we are a little behind on the technology. We’re inching up on it. I’ve got guys behind me saying we’re going to get to the technology, that it’s just going to take a little time.”
On the other hand, with his 35 years of racing experience, Dease is not surprised to be in the thick of the chase for a top-five finish in the track point standings.
“We’ve done this a long time,” Dease pointed out. “It’s all about consistency, and we’ve been pretty consistent when we haven’t been caught up in wrecks.”
A factor that has helped Dease in the track point standings is that he has been able to accumulate a good number of passing points.
“I’ve gained a lot of passing points because I’ve passed a lot of cars this season,” he explained.
“I just cannot qualify well. I don’t know what it is. I can see the leaders but it’s so hard to get up there to them because I qualify so badly. We’re going to keep working on it. We’re going to figure it out.”
NASCAR racing returns to South Boston Speedway with Davenport Energy Night on Saturday night, August 7. The NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division and Limited Sportsman Division competitors will both be featured in twin races. Twin 50-lap races are slated for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division and twin 25-lap races are set for the Limited Sportsman Division.
A 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division will round out the night’s six-race card.
Registration and pit gates will open at 2 p.m. Practice will begin at 3:45 p.m. and grandstand gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Qualifying begins at 6 p.m. and the first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
Advance adult general admission tickets for the August 7 Davenport Energy Night event are priced at $10 each and may be purchased online on South Boston Speedway’s website, www.southbostonspeedway.com, through Friday night, August 6. Adult general admission tickets online and at the gate on race day are priced at $15 each. Kids ages 12 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Tickets purchased for the rained-out July 17 event will be honored at any one of South Boston Speedway’s three remaining regular-season events – August 7, August 21 and September 4. Individuals that purchased tickets online for the rained-out July 17 event have already received vouchers in their online ticket account for the amount of paid tickets they had.
Persons that purchased tickets over the phone or in person can stop by the speedway office to exchange those tickets or exchange them at the next event. The South Boston Speedway office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Updates and the latest news about South Boston Speedway’s racing events can be found on the South Boston Speedway website and through the speedway’s social media channels.