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Tickets for the 2021 NASCAR Championship Weekend at Phoenix Raceway go on sale to the general public tomorrow, January 27 at 9 a.m. MST. Set for November 5-7, this monumental event will be the second consecutive year that the Valley of the Sun will host the NASCAR season finale, and just as it was in 2020 for the first-ever championship weekend at Phoenix Raceway, four champions will be crowned over the three-day event. Tickets will be available online at PhoenixRaceway.com, by calling 866-408-RACE (7223), or by visiting the Phoenix Raceway ticket office during regular business hours.

“It’s an honor to once again be the host track for the NASCAR Championship Weekend,” said Phoenix Raceway President Julie Giese. “Hosting the championship for the first time in 2020 was an incredible experience, and the way our fans and the entire community rallied around the event was amazing to see. We’re excited to be bringing the championship back to the Valley of the Sun and once again showcase our community and the entire state of Arizona as the ultimate sport and entertainment destination to millions of viewers worldwide.”

The 2021 NASCAR Championship Weekend will kick off with the championship race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series under the lights on Friday, November 5. Saturday of championship weekend will again be a doubleheader, hosting championship events in the ARCA Menards Series West and the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The excitement will culminate on Sunday, November 7 when the sport’s biggest stars compete for the Bill France Cup in the NASCAR Cup Series championship race.

In addition to grandstand tickets, camping, INfield access and Legends hospitality at The Barn will also be available for purchase. For more information about the 2021 NASCAR Championship Weekend as well as the spring NASCAR event weekend, March 12-14, and other events at Phoenix Raceway, including Segway Tours and Track Laps for Charity, please visit PhoenixRaceway.com.

Phoenix Raceway PR

16-year-old Zach Telford of Middleton, Idaho has announced a partnership with Garcia Racing to compete in four SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour races in 2021. The eight-time NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly race winner in Idaho will venture south to compete in the SRL races at Stockton 99 Speedway and Roseville’s All American Speedway.

Telford competed for Garcia Racing in Mike Garcia’s #71 Fury Chassis with a tenth-place finish in a curfew-shortened race at Roseville in August. He also was one of 11 drivers chosen to test for the Bill McAnally Racing Drivers Academy in early January on All American Speedway’s one-third mile oval.

The pair of scheduled starts at Stockton 99 Speedway will be Telford’s first at the historic and challenging quarter-mile oval. Garcia Racing is conveniently based in Lodi, Calif. between both of these California short tracks.

“I am excited to get to work with Crew Chief Steve Teets, Mike Garcia, and the entire Garcia Racing team,” Telford said. “This is a great opportunity to make an impact on a prestigious series and I can’t wait for May 1 at Stockton!”

Garcia Racing has over 40 victories across the SPEARS Modifieds and Late Models including the 2011 Stockton 99 Speedway championship and the 2014 SPEARS Modified Series title.  The team also won the first two SPEARS Modifieds races of the 2019 season. Telford brings a robust career with over 50 career victories to the table. His resume includes triumphs across Super Late Models, Modifieds, and Legends, along with a pair of ARCA Menards Series West top-tens.

The SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour exploded in 2020 with record car counts despite the global Pandemic which challenged the entire racing industry. Races were streamed live to SpearsRacing.TV and televised on MAVTV for fans that could not attend in-person.

Plans for the 2021 season are still developing for Zach Telford Racing with multiple exciting opportunities on the table. These opportunities would not be possible without support from Precision Framing, JamesHardie, Builders FirstSource, Mendiola Custom Homes, Meridian Anti-Drug Coalition, Vista Montessori School, Project Filter, Conrad & Bishoff, Executive Lawn Care, Gibson Diesel Performance, The Car Store, BLG, Fully Promoted, Swift Springs, Cristiani Motorsports, TCR, Tri Star Racewear

Race fans can follow Zach Telford at www.ZachTelford.com He can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Zach Telford PR


After a historic debut season that set the high watermark in viewership for televised esports programming, the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series is set to return in 2021.

NASCAR and iRacing jointly announced today that a new-look Pro Invitational will see NASCAR Cup Series stars compete virtually in a 10-race schedule that will complement NASCAR’s real-life racing schedule, offering fans a new mid-week competition featuring NASCAR’s top drivers. FOX Sports, which helped NASCAR and iRacing set viewership records with the inaugural Pro Invitational last season, will broadcast the first five races of the series live in primetime on FS1. NBC Sports will air the final five races of the series, with its schedule and details to be announced at a later date.

With the NASCAR Cup Series set to visit new tracks and new markets in 2021, this year’s Pro Invitational will feature a mix of tracks designed primarily to preview the upcoming weekend’s “real life” race – a feature that will be particularly beneficial in giving fans an idea of what to expect as the real-life drivers take on challenging new circuits throughout the season.

“The success of our eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series was underscored by an industry-wide effort to entertain fans during the early months of the global pandemic,” said Tim Clark, NASCAR senior vice president and chief digital officer. “This year the Pro Invitational will return with a schedule of midweek races that will bridge the gap between our real-world races each weekend.”

"After last year's Pro Invitational success, we’re proud that our partners at NASCAR, FOX, and the race teams view the series as an integral part of their marketing and fan engagement strategies for 2021,” said Steve Myers, iRacing executive producer. “It’s even more fulfilling that the industry has rallied around our platform not only as the most authentic re-creation of the sport, but also a terrific tool to help grow NASCAR’s audience and generate revenue to strengthen the entire ecosystem.”

The first five mid-week events will air on FS1 on select Wednesday nights beginning March 24th, featuring an exciting mix of races that include Bristol Motor Speedway’s new dirt configuration, fan-favorites such as Talladega Superspeedway and Darlington Raceway, and Austin, Texas’ famed Circuit of the Americas’ facility. NBC Sports will pick up the second half of the 10-race season once the network’s broadcast window begins in June.

“FOX Sports embraced the eNASCAR iRacing Invitational Series in the spring as a way to keep race fans entertained, but we quickly realized it was a product and collaboration that we would continue to explore,” said FOX Sports Executive Producer, EVP/Head of Operations and Production Brad Zager. “The product is best-in-class, it delivers NASCAR to an even broader audience and, let’s face it, it’s a heckuva lot of fun.” 

Details around the fifth race in the FS1 window, plus further plans for the second half of the ’21 Pro Invitational schedule, will be announced at a later date.

For more information on the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, along with other esports initiatives, visit www.eNASCAR.com.

2021 eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series (First Five-Races)





Time (ET)


Wednesday, March 24

Bristol - Dirt


8-9:30 p.m.


Wednesday, April 21



7-8:30 p.m.


Wednesday, May 5



8-9:30 p.m.


Wednesday, May 19



7-8:30 p.m.


Wednesday, June 2



8-9:30 p.m.


After eight successful years as title sponsor of Big Block Modified racing’s biggest event — Super DIRT Week — NAPA Auto Parts is extending its partnership with a multi-year deal, which will include the 50th edition.

Entering its 49th year, NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week, Oct. 6-10, is Racing’s Biggest Party featuring the best drivers in the Northeast,  Mid-Atlantic, and Canada as they tackle the historic Steel Palace, Oswego Speedway. It’s an annual pilgrimage for thousands of race fans from across the United States and Canada and a true New York tradition.


“NAPA Auto Parts is thrilled to be a part of the history and legacy of Super DIRT Week,” said Ryan Nowitzke, general manager of NAPA Syracuse. “We look forward to seeing our dedicated, hard-working race fans from across the Northeast and Canada spend the week in Central New York at Oswego Speedway and surrounding racetracks. Nothing compares to the excitement and drama of Super DIRTcar Series racing at Super DIRT Week. It takes a lot of “NAPA Know How” to get to the top level of dirt racing.”

The greatest week in dirt racing features four premier DIRTcar series divisions including the Super DIRTcar Series. The show-stopping headliners bring the entire week to a crescendo with the running of the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 where the winner drives away with $50,000.

Three other premier DIRTcar divisions are on tap, as well. 


The DIRTcar 358 Modified Series always brings the crowd to its feet for the Salute the Troops 150 where rising stars and veteran aces clash at The Steel Palace. The Chevy Performance 75 features the DIRTcar Sportsman Series, which concludes an incredible week of racing on four different DIRTcar tracks.

The DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Wilkins RV 50 has become one of the most exciting races of the event as the Pro Stocks have moved fans to the edge of their seats, either at the track or at home on DIRTVision, with battles for the win coming down to the final lap year after year.


NAPA Auto Parts first partnered with DIRTcar Racing for Super DIRT Week in 2012 when stars like Matt Sheppard and Stewart Friesen began to emerge. By continuing the partnership through the 50th-anniversary edition NAPA firmly cements its place in Northeast racing history. 


NAPA Super DIRT Week was awarded the 2015 Newsmaker of the Year Award and the 2011 National Speedway Directory Outstanding Annual Short-Track Event.


Tickets and camping are already on sale for NAPA Super DIRT Week XLIX running Oct. 6-10. Oswego Speedway enters its fifth year as host and has proven the ideal facility and racetrack to hold Racing’s Biggest Party

Be sure to visit SuperDIRTWeek.com for news and updates on the 49th annual NAPA Super DIRT Week throughout the year, and follow on Twitter at @NAPASuperDIRTWeek.


DIRTcar Series PR

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Ty Gibbs will compete for the ARCA Menards Series Championship in 2021 and make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in the No. 54 Toyota Supra.

Gibbs, who captured an ARCA Menards Series-high six wins in 2020 despite running a partial schedule, will return to the No. 18 Toyota Camry to run the full schedule and compete for the championship. In addition to his six wins, Gibbs scored 12 top-five and 14 top-ten finishes in his 16 starts last season to help claim the organization’s first ARCA Menards Series Owner’s Championship. In addition, Gibbs also earned a win in six starts in the ARCA Menards East Series.

“We want to build on the success that our team had last season,” said JGR ARCA Menards Series crew chief Mark McFarland. “Ty works extremely hard to prepare each week and it’s exciting to have him behind the wheel for every race and the opportunity to go after our goal of winning that championship.”

In addition to competing in the ARCA Menards Series, Gibbs is slated to make his Xfinity Series debut driving the No. 54 Toyota Supra starting with the road course race in Daytona on February 20. Although his exact schedule in the Series is still being finalized, current plans qualify Gibbs to contend for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. He will be joined behind the wheel of the No. 54 Toyota Supra this season by veteran teammates Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Martin Truex Jr., all of whom are scheduled to run at least one race.

“I’m pumped to run the full season in the ARCA Menards Series,” said Ty Gibbs. “(Crew Chief) Mark (McFarland) has put together an amazing team that gives me a chance to be successful every week.

“I’m also really excited to have the opportunity to work with (crew chief) Chris Gayle to make my debut in the Xfinity Series,” added Gibbs. “I can’t imagine a better situation for me to learn and be able to compare notes, not only with my Series’ teammates like Brandon (Jones), Harrison (Burton) and Daniel (Hemric), but also veterans like Kyle, Denny and Martin who I will share the car with.”

A full schedule to include driver assignments for JGR’s No. 54 Xfinity Series entry will be announced at a later date.

“I’m looking forward to the upcoming season,” said Chris Gayle, who will serve as crew chief for the JGR No. 54 Xfinity Series entry in 2021. “Ty has already shown a great deal of talent with each step he has taken in his career and I think the opportunity to also learn from his veteran teammates will be a huge benefit to his development.”



On the heels of the network’s official launch in Australia, MAVTV Motorsports Network has announced its continued global expansion with Samsung TV Plus in the UK. Motorsports fans in the UK now have access to premium racing content, including Late Model Dirt Series, Pro Pulling, ASCS Sprint Car Series and OPTIMA’S Search for the Ultimate Street Car, as well as some of the most exciting and unique motorsports entertainment available anywhere.


Samsung TV Plus offers more than 85 channels covering news, sports, movies, entertainment and more in the UK. Pre-installed on all newer (2016-current models) Samsung Smart TVs, users can instantly watch Samsung TV Plus for free with just an internet connection - no download, additional device or subscription needed.

"Our global partnership with Samsung TV Plus continues to grow with this expansion into the United Kingdom,” said Ed Niemi, MAVTV Motorsports Network Senior Vice President. “MAVTV is excited to bring our premium motorsports content to the racing enthusiasts in the UK for free.”

MAVTV Motorsports Network’s global feed is a 24/7 channel dedicated to all motorsports featuring programming from Lucas Oil Studios. MAVTV Motorsports Network will cater to the rise in popularity of streaming entertainment and feature everything from race events to car build shows. Samsung Smart TV owners can begin watching the world’s top-tier racing series and other premium motorsports content exclusively on MAVTV Motorsports Network channel 4064 through Samsung TV Plus.


Spire Motorsports announced today Youtheory® will be the primary sponsor aboard the No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro with driver Corey LaJoie in the 63rd running of the Daytona 500.
The southern-California based manufacturer and lifestyle brand will promote its acclaimed
Ashwagandha dietary supplement which, when used over time, combats stress and provides numerous benefits for the body and brain. Ashwagandha (commonly called Indian Ginseng) is one of the most highly prized botanicals in the ancient Ayurvedic system of India. It is often described as an “adaptogen” because it helps the body successfully adapt to stressful conditions.
The Ashwagandha livery will be displayed across the hood, upper-rear quarter panels, deck lid, roof and TV panel of LaJoie’s No. 7 entry. Youtheory Ashwagandha has been clinically proven to reduce stress and anxiety naturally, while also providing mental clarity and focus.
"Corey LaJoie shares the same values as Youtheory and we’re proud to support him once again as he competes at the highest level of the sport," said Darren Rude, CEO of Youtheory. "As innovators in the health and wellness industry, Youtheory is excited to unveil the new Youtheory Ashwagandha No. 7 Chevrolet which will help educate NASCAR fans everywhere on this breakthrough product which is designed to ease stress, anxiety and provide clarity and mental focus.”

LaJoie finished eighth in last year’s Great American Race and earned a career-best sixth-place finish at The World Center of Racing in the 2019 Coke Zero Sugar 400. The Concord, N.C., native has logged nine total starts at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) on NASCAR’s senior circuit, including eight on the traditional 2.5-mile superspeedway and one on the daunting 3.61-mile road course.

“Youtheory played a key role in helping me continue my driving career as far back as 2016,” explained LaJoie. “It’s a privilege having them back on board for the best Cup opportunity I’ve ever had. I’m eternally grateful to Darren and Patty Rude for their continued support of my career. We’re going to give the Youtheory Ashwagandha No. 7 Camaro a heck of a run in the Daytona 500.”
The Concord, N.C., team co-owned by longtime NASCAR industry executives Jeff Dickerson and Thaddeus “T.J.” Puchyr announced in November that it inked the 29-year-old driver to a multi-year agreement to pilot the No. 7 machine. LaJoie will be flanked by teammate and 2010 Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray in the No. 77 Advent Health Chevy in the 2021 edition of the Great American Race.
The team earned its first win in NASCAR’s premier series in an upset of practically unprecedented proportions, when Justin Haley took the checkered flag at DIS on July 7, 2019.
“We’re thrilled that Youtheory has come aboard the No. 7 for the Daytona 500,” said Spire Motorsports co-owner T.J. Puchyr. “Corey has a long-standing relationship with Darren and Patty Rude and we’re grateful they’ve chosen to continue that relationship when he signed with Spire Motorsports. The car looks incredible and Corey does a great job on Superspeedways. We can’t wait to get to Daytona and see the Youtheory Ashwagandha Chevy in the Great American Race.” 
The 63rd running of the Daytona 500 will be televised live on FOX, Sunday, February 14 beginning at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The first of 36 races on the 2021 NCS schedule will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Spire Motorsports PR

Veteran Southern California racer Brody Roa opened his 2021 racing schedule with an appearance at the prestigious 35th Annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The “Pride of Garden Grove” contested his preliminary night on Thursday, January 14th, and the finale two nights later on the 16th.

Roa’s Chili Bowl effort did not get off to an awesome start when he drew pill #98 for his Thursday heat race.  That meant he would have to start last (eighth) in the heat.  Compounding the issue was the fact that early on, the tiny track was proving extremely hard to pass on.  When the checkered flew on the eight lapper, he advanced one spot to finish seventh.  That meant he had to go to one of the C mains where he started and finished third.  That was good enough to transfer to a B main.

Going into the B, Roa had only passed one car on the night.  That may not sound so great, but on the bright side, no cars had passed him!  Things looked harsh in the B as it was providing the toughest field he had yet to face on the night.  And he was starting inside the last row in 13th!  The friendly driver needed to get all the way to fourth the transfer to the night's A main.  Simply put, once the green flag flew, he was the show!  He sliced and diced his way past nine cars to finish fourth to earn his ticket into the main event.  For the A, he once again had to start in the back row in 24th and ended up finishing 20th

Roa’s name showed up in one of Saturday’s D mains and you guessed it, he was coming from near the back once again.  He started inside the eighth row in 16th and made some quick moves early on to advance all the way to 11th.  He got shuffled back a couple of spots and then had to take evasive action to avoid someone else’s mess.  That meant he would have to go to the back for the restart.  With everyone scrambling to get to the front in a short amount of time, somebody else’s mess cost Roa again and before he knew it, the checkers ended the race and his Chili Bowl effort with a 13th-place finish. 

Today, January 25th, Roa celebrated an incredibly special 30th birthday as it was his first-ever birthday as a father.  If you would like to send him birthday wishes, please do so on his Facebook page at the following link https://www.facebook.com/br91r.

In addition to his season-long personal sponsors, HD Industries, Burris Racing, Biker Bruce Fisher, Norma Leonard, Molecule and K1 RaceGear, Roa would also like to thank Iron Dome Motorsports, Moonshine Motorsports, Jambo’s BBQ Pits, Race Jugs, Burkham Concrete, Precise Racing Products, Deaton’s Water Front Services, Industrial Instrument, Graham’s Wrecker Service, 380 Pawn, 777 Graphics, D&S Motorsports, Approach Marketing, Bell County Electrical Supply, Pro Tech Services, Express Car Wash of Texas, Mow Time, Texas Star Concrete, Abilene Powder Coating, Lil Mo’s Pizza, Sun Electric, Elliot’s Trailers, GPA Paper and Top Level Ink for being part of the Chili Bowl effort.   

For anyone who is looking for a championship and main event winning driver for their car during the 2021 season, contact Roa at the phone number and E-mail in this release.  He will be available to race on nights that do not conflict with the USAC/CRA schedule.

To view Roa’s online portfolio and learn more about the team, please click on the following link https://www.teamwithbrody.com/

Fans wishing to stay completely up to date with Brody Roa and the BR Performance squad can do so on the team’s website http://www.brodyroa.com/ and Facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/br91r/


After a four-year hiatus from behind the wheel, Mario Gosselin, co-owner of DGM Racing, will step down from calling the shots atop the pit box and return to the driver’s seat in the NASCAR Xfinity Series 2021 season opener at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). Gosselin will pilot the No. 91 AP Sports Regimen™ Chevrolet fielded by DGM Racing. His car, owned by Madison Gosselin, will be one of four DGM Racing entries competing in the NASCAR Racing Experience 300.

“I’m living the dream,” says Gosselin, “I have worked with these drivers from behind the wall week in and week out for years, now I get the opportunity to have it come full circle and go out and have some fun on track with them! We joke about racing each other quite a bit and now it’s actually coming to fruition thanks to AP Sports Regimen™ and Caesar Bacarella.”

Gosselin is looking to outdo his best NASCAR Xfinity Series DIS finish of 15th. With DGM Racing notching two top-ten finishes at Daytona in 2020 his goal seems well within reach. Gosselin has not finalized plans to run the remainder of the 2021 Xfinity Series season but is open to the idea should funding become available.

AP Sports Regimen™ - quality products created for the modern athlete. Made to keep you IN YOUR PRIME throughout the day and to ensure ultimate comfort and effectiveness. Our products are designed with fitness enthusiasts in mind. We strive to bring you the best offerings to build and preserve muscle while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle that allows for PRIME performance. FOCUS + ENERGY + STRENGTH

For more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/DGMRacingFL/

DGM Racing PR

NASCAR officials announced the stage lengths for all three of its major touring series today, including each of the 2021 races scheduled at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The highly-anticipated Food City Dirt Race on Sunday, March 28 (3:30 p.m., FOX, PRN), the first dirt race for the NASCAR Cup Series in more than 50 years, will be divided into three stages for a 250-laps total. The first stage will be 75 laps, followed by another 75-lapper in stage two and what promises to be a thrilling 100-lap final stage on the temporary dirt surface at The Last Great Colosseum, which will feature 19-degree banking in the turns.

The Camping World Truck Series’ Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt (8 p.m., FS1, MRN), scheduled for Saturday March 27 under the lights, will be showcased in a 150-lap race that will be broken into stages of 40, 50 and 60 laps.  

All three of NASCAR’s major touring series will visit Thunder Valley in September and will compete on the traditional all-concrete half-mile track. The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (7:30 p.m., NBCSN and PRN) on Saturday night, Sept. 18, will once again serve as the Round of 16 elimination race in the Cup Series Playoffs and will be split up into stages of 125, 125 and 250 laps for a total of 500 laps.

The Food City 300 (7:30 p.m., NBCSN and PRN) on Friday night, Sept. 17, will serve as the regular season finale and will set the field for the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs. The three stages of the race will be 85, 85 and 130 laps.

The UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics (9 p.m., FS1 and MRN) on Thursday night, Sept. 16, will serve as the Camping World Truck Series’ first playoff elimination race in the Round of 10 with stages of 55, 55 and 90 laps.   

To make the event as safe as possible for all attendees, BMS is instituting procedures to reduce contact and crowd density as guests and competitors purchase tickets, enter the grounds, enjoy the event and depart the facility. Face coverings will be a required accessory in high-traffic areas inside and outside the stadium for all guests who attend. The “Mask Up” campaign is part of an important initiative by Bristol Motor Speedway that strongly encourages the public to wear face coverings, not only when they are visiting the Speedway, but also when they are out in the surrounding communities as well, and to follow all of the necessary protocols and guidelines to do their part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Founded in 1961, Bristol Motor Speedway is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2021 and will reflect on the great moments that have made the multi-use sports and entertainment destination one of the very best for creating wow moments and cherished memories for fans. Home to epic NASCAR races and other major motorsports events, as well as NFL and college football games, a wide variety of music concerts and other captivating events, Bristol Motor Speedway has shined in the spotlight on many occasions throughout the past six decades. The latest venture to host a return to NASCAR’s roots of dirt racing will certainly add to that legacy.

March 27, Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, 40/50/60 (150 laps)

March 28, Food City Dirt Race NASCAR Cup Series, 75/75/100 (250 laps)

Sept. 16, UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, 55/55/90 (200 laps)

Sept. 17, Food City 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series, 85/85/130 (300 laps)

Sept. 18, Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race NASCAR Cup Series, 125/125/250 (500 laps)

For ticket information, please visit www.bristolmotorspeedway.com or call the BMS Ticket Sales Center at (866) 415-4158.


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