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Race fans will be treated to beautiful weather, seven divisions of racing, Spectator Drags, and CEFCU Kids Club this coming Saturday, August 13 at Macon Speedway. The event will be a Melling Race Weekends Across America Tour, courtesy of Contingency Connection.
The evening’s special presentation will be at intermission when fans will get a chance to compete on track in the first edition of Spectator Drags this season. Macon Speedway officials are only accepting eight entries of those who would like to race their street legal vehicle on the racetrack in a bracket style tourney at intermission. There is no charge to compete and only a couple spots remain. To enter, call the office at 217-764-3000.
Taylorville, IL’s Colby Eller is now on top of the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model standings by 22 over Ryan Miller. Not far behind the two are Braden Johnson and Rockett Bennett, making for what could be an exciting four-man race for the championship. Guy Taylor raced with the class in an Eller car last week and claimed the Diane Bennett Memorial event.
Rodney Standerfer comes into Saturday’s event just 24 points ahead of Guy Taylor in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modified class. Standerfer has claimed three feature wins this year, while Taylor has two and third place pointman, Alan Crowder, has one. Tim Luttrell and Jarrett Stryker round out the current top five in points. Zach Taylor is in the mix as well, coming into the event in a virtual tie with Stryker for fifth.
Guy Taylor, barring any major issues, looks to be on his way to the DIRTcar Pro Modified championship, having a 90-point lead with nine feature wins. His nephew, Zach Taylor and Kevin Crowder are tied for second in points, while Maxx Emerson, coming off of a strong run, and the ever-improving Dean Holt complete the top five.
Cerro Gordo, IL driver Terry Reed has a commanding lead in the 51 Bistro Street Stock division standings, leading by 116 over Bobby Beiler. Reed has been a model of consistency all season, claiming 12 top fives in 14 starts. Beiler is coming off an impressive win last Saturday night in the Diane Bennett race. Nick Macklin, Jaret Duff, and Rudy Zaragoza round out the current top five.
Decatur, IL driver, Tristin Quinlan, holds the top spot in the DIRTcar Hornet class, leading by 28 over Brownstown, IL’s Billy Mason. Brady Reed has been the big winner in the class, claiming his sixth feature win of the season last week. Taryn Page and Jeremy Reed round out the top five.
The Micros by Bailey Chassis always seem to have tight battles when it comes to the championship race and this season looks to be the same. Sherman, IL driver John Barnard, and Riverton, IL’s Aarik Andruskevitch are separated by just four points.
The DIRTcar KidModz will round out the classes on this Saturday’s card. The KidModz will be making their only Macon Speedway appearance of the season, a series that competes at tracks all over the state for drivers between the ages of 8-16.
Pit gates will open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps are at 6:00, and racing is at 7:00 PM. Grandstand admission is $15, while kids 11 and under are free.
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AM Racing | NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Richmond Raceway | Worldwide Express 250 for Carrier Appreciation
No. 22 AM Racing Team:
Driver: Austin Wayne Self
Primary Partner(s): AM Technical Solutions | GO TEXAN
Manufacturer: Chevrolet Silverado RST
Crew Chief: Jamie Jones
Spotter: Tony Raines
2022 Driver Points Position: 24th | 2022 Owner Points Position: 22nd
Chassis Intel: AM Racing Chassis No. 116; previously raced at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park on Friday, July 29, 2022 (Start: 20th | Finish: 19th).
Engine: Ilmor Racing Technologies
Notes of Interest:
Back in the Saddle: Austin Wayne Self will drive the No. 22 AM Technical Solutions | GO TEXAN Chevrolet Silverado RST for his 14th race of the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.
Texas Proud: Two Texas-based companies will also return to the team this weekend and serve as major partners for Austin Wayne Self this weekend at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.
The Statesville, N.C.-based team will sport the signage of AM Technical Solutions and GO TEXAN on the No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado for the 18th of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season.
Headquartered in Austin, TX, AM Technical Solutions (AMTS) was founded in 1994.
AM Technical Solutions is a Global Architecture, Engineering & Construction firm specializing in the high-tech markets. AMTS has managed over $20B of global capital projects for over 170 different customers in 24 countries and across five continents.
GO TEXAN is a widely recognized brand. It represents a diverse collection of people, products and services that are genuinely Texan. Whether it’s grown, sewn or served on a plate, more than 26 million Texans shop, travel and dine out in full support of Texas business and agriculture.
Thank You For Your Continued Support: AIRBOX Air Purifier returns to AM Racing in 2022 and will serve as a major associate marketing partner for driver Austin Wayne Self in Saturday night’s Worldwide Express 250 for Carrier Appreciation.
AIRBOX Air Purifier prides itself on having the absolute best commercial-grade air purifier on the market. It is categorically the best in every aspect, and it is built to last a lifetime.
True engineering controls solution based on a proven scientific technology to provide the desired indoor air quality you need. AIRBOX Air Purifier creates a Safe Air Plan to repopulate the business and create the safest possible environment for owners, employees, clients, students, visitors, or just anyone who breathes air.
AIRBOX Air Purifier has partnered with the Statesville, N.C.-based team for six primary partnered races between the 2020 and 2021 seasons respectively.
News Coming Soon: AM Racing is building for its future and will make announcements soon regarding its path for the remainder of the 2022 and 2023 NASCAR seasons in the coming weeks.
Austin Wayne Self Truck Series Richmond Raceway Stats: Saturday night’s Worldwide Express 250 for Carrier Appreciation at Richmond Raceway will mark Self’s third start at the 0.875-mile short track.
In his previous two races at Richmond, Self has a best-track finish of 14th after starting 17th in the 2020 ToyotaCare 250.
He holds an average finish at Richmond of 16.5.
Austin Wayne Self Truck Series Short Track Stats: At NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tracks classified as a short track, Self has made 21 starts throughout his career with one top-10 finish and carries an average finishing position of 19.7.
To The Point(s): Entering Richmond, Self sits 24th in the championship standings.
Despite missing four races this season, 68 points keep Self from 20th in the championship standings secured by Parker Kligerman with nearly 70 percent of the 2022 Truck Series season complete.
120 points separate Self from 15th in the championship standings currently held by Chase Purdy with six races remaining this season.
AM Racing’s No. 22 team secures 22nd in the Truck Series owner standings.
Lucas Oil Raceway | TSport 200 Race Recap: In the most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, Self-made his 142nd career Truck Series start.
After qualifying a respectable 20th in his No. 22 AM Technical Solutions | GO TEXAN Chevrolet Silverado RST, Self challenged for a top-20 finish throughout the race and despite wrestling some handling woes throughout Stages 2 and 3, Self was able to bounce back and take advantage of a late race restart to muscle into the top-20 and take the checkered flag in 19th.
Calling the Shots: Veteran crew chief Jamie Jones will lead Austin Wayne Self and the AM Racing team this weekend as crew chief.
This weekend marks his 152nd race as crew chief in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series but the third race for Austin Wayne Self.
In his previous 151 races, Jones has two poles, two wins, 18 top-five and 42 top-10 finishes to his Truck Series resume.
Career Rundown: Since 2016, Self has competed in 142 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, delivering two top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. He finished a career-best 12th in the championship standings in 2018.
Spanning seven years of Truck Series competition, he maintains an average finish of 18.7.
Did You Know? Austin Wayne Self and wife Jennifer have 16 chickens and a dog named Echo.
Lineup: In addition to AM Technical Solutions and GO TEXAN continuing their roles as the primary marketing partner for Self in 2022, the AM Racing team will also receive support from, AIRBOX Air Purifier, Don’t mess with Texas, CForce Bottling Company, Flying Circle, Kreuz Market and JB Henderson Construction.
Follow on Social Media: For more on Austin Wayne Self, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.
For more on AM Racing, please visit AMRacingteam.com, like their Facebook page (AM Racing) or follow them on Twitter @AMRacingNASCAR.
Austin Wayne Self Pre-Race Quotes:
On Richmond Raceway: “I always look forward to competing at Richmond. It has relatively been a good track for us and I believe we can continue that pace on Saturday night.
“Richmond has shown that it can be a strategy track, so you must be aware – especially if you have a late race caution. Tires can be a huge difference and passing is premium.
“Hopefully we will have a good balance on our No. 22 AM Technical Solutions | GO TEXAN Chevrolet Silverado RST and we can contend for a top-10 finish or better this weekend.”
On 2022 Season: “I think the AM Racing team has shown incredible strength at times during the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. We started off the year with some solid results but went through a difficult stretch.
“Recently, I feel like we have picked up where we were at the beginning of the season and I think over the final six races of the year we can continue to showcase the speed in our trucks and deliver some finishes that will turn heads.”
Visit AM Technical Solutions online at amts.com.
Show your GO TEXAN pride: find Texas products, restaurants or enroll your business in GO TEXAN.
For more information on Don’t Mess With Texas and how you can become involved in the program, visit dontmesswithtexas.org.
To learn more about AIRBOX Air Purifier and what they offer, please visit airboxairpurifier.com.
For more on Flying Circle, please visit flyingcirclegear.com, like them on Facebook (FlyingCircleGear) and follow them on Instagram (@flyingcirclegear) and Twitter (@flyingcircle_). Also, connect with Flying Circle on Pinterest and YouTube.
For additional information on CForce premium artesian water, please visit cforce.com.
For more on Kreuz Market, please visit kreuzmarket.com. like them on Facebook (KreuzMarketLockhart) and follow them on Twitter (@kreuzmarket).
Visit JB Henderson Construction online at jbhenderson.com.
The Worldwide Express 250 for Carrier Appreciation (250 laps | 187.5 miles) is the 18th of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2022 schedule. Practice begins on Saturday, August 13, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Qualifying will follow immediately beginning at 3:30 p.m. The 36-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90. All times are local (ET).
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When the ARCA Menards Series West takes to the track for next Saturday’s NAPA Auto Parts ARCA West 150, it will mark the 1000th time in series history dating back to 1954 that the series has taken the green flag, and it will happen at a racetrack – Evergreen Speedway – that has played host to more West races than any other.
The big five-eighths mile will be hosting its 60th West race, and one of the series’ most storied teams will be looking to make history of its own. Sunrise Racing, owned by long-time team owners Bob and Maureen Bruncati, will be looking for its fourth consecutive win at the track. Derek Thorn won for the team in 2018, Trevor Huddleston won in 2019, and Blaine Perkins won in 2020.
The Sunrise team will have better than fair odds at making a run at its fourth consecutive series win at the track. Jake Drew, driving the team’s flagship No. 6 Ford in 2022, has won the last three series races – at Portland International Raceway, Sonoma Raceway, and Irwindale Speedway – and holds a dominant 45-point lead over Cole Moore as the season hits the championship stretch. Should Drew earn his fourth straight win, it will also be his team’s fourth straight at Evergreen and all but ensure he celebrates the series title at Pheonix Raceway in November.
“Some drivers would tell you going to a track you’ve never been to with a team that’s won the last three races there would put a lot of pressure on you, but it does nothing but give me a ton of added confidence,” Drew said. “I know my team is 100 percent behind me and I’ve done my homework. I have a buddy who races there with his girlfriend and they’ve given me a lot of advice. It’s a big, fast, flat track and it’s very abrasive. We’re going to have to save our stuff.”
Drew is on an incredible hot streak and it’s one he’s not ready to come to an end just yet.
“I am not planning on letting anyone else win one of these races this year,” he said. “I have been talking a lot with Bill Sedgwick and Ryan Partidge and they’ve both been a huge help to me everywhere we go. It would be a huge win for me and for Sunrise Racing to get the 1000th race in West Series history.”
The West Series’ history dates back to March 28, 1954 when it debuted as the Pacific Coast Late Model Division at Oakland Speedway, a race won by Indy 500 veteran Dick Rathmann. Since then, another 199 drivers have won the next 1,998 races and the series has launched dozens of drivers into successful careers in the upper levels of NASCAR racing.
One of those drivers, Chad Little, enjoyed a fruitful career in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and later the NASCAR Cup Series. Little won the 1987 West championship and then finished third in 1988 before turning his attention to the national series, a move that led to six career Xfinity Series wins and 217 starts in the Cup Series.
Little, now the Managing Director, Event Management and Officiating for NASCAR, won five times in his 33 career West starts. His first win came at Evergreen in a demanding 500-lap event that saw him beat Cup Series superstar Bill Elliott to the checkered by nearly a full lap.
“I was just a young kid then and I certainly didn’t appreciate it as much then as I do now,” Little recounted. “The cars were identical to Cup cars then. My brothers were the tire changers and my best friends were the tire carriers. We had the chance to race with the Cup teams a few times every year, but Evergreen was the one time they would truly be on our turf. I didn’t realize it then but beating a guy like Bill Elliott absolutely helped put me on track to make my first Cup start.”
Three of Little’s five career West wins came in the 500-lap marathons at Evergreen over a four-year span starting in 1986. The year he didn’t win, 1987, he finished third. Despite not winning the series’ most prestigious race, he did earn the series championship that year.
“It was no small feat to beat guys like Hershel McGriff, Bill Schmitt, and Jim Robinson,” he said. “It’s a huge accomplishment to have my name on the list of West champions and it’s been a huge point of pride of me and my family over the years.”
Another driver who started his ascension to stardom in the West Series is 2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick. The 1998 West champion, Harvick has gone on to win 59 Cup Series races, 47 races in the Xfinity Series, and 14 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Harvick recently won the Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway to secure a position in the playoffs as he pursues a second series title.
The NAPA Auto Parts ARCA West 150 is scheduled to go green at 11 pm ET/8 pm PT on Saturday, August 20. The race can be seen live on FloRacing; ARCARacing.com will have live timing & scoring information throughout the day’s events. Ticket information is available at EvergreenSpeedway.com.
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23XI Racing announced today that Bubba Wallace has signed a multi-year extension to remain with the team. Wallace joined 23XI in September of 2020 as the team’s inaugural driver, earning 23XI its first NASCAR Cup Series win at Talladega Superspeedway in 2021 and first pole award at Michigan International Speedway in 2022. Wallace, driver of the No. 23 Toyota Camry TRD, has played an integral role in the team’s growth and will continue to do so going forward.
In addition to his on-track accomplishments, Wallace has also been involved in various diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts to expand the NASCAR industry and fan base. Wallace has worked on initiatives such as the Dr Pepper 23XI Speed Institute Tuition Program, Embrace Home Loans’ Wider Path Home/23XI Racing Down Payment Assistance Grant and Bubba’s Block Party, which aims to bring the excitement of NASCAR to a younger, more diverse audience. Through his Live to be Different Foundation, Wallace also gives back to the community through back-to-school backpack drives in the Charlotte area and discussions with Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) students at racetracks across the country. Additionally, Wallace’s clothing design collaborations with both McDonald’s and Columbia Sportswear Company have brought NASCAR to a new audience.
“Bubba was a key part of the early stages of 23XI, and I am thrilled that he will continue with the team,” said 23XI Racing Co-Owner Denny Hamlin. “When we announced Bubba as our first driver the goal was to help him take his career to a higher level, and we have done just that. Bubba and the No. 23 team earned the organization our first win and first pole award, and with a career-best four consecutive top-10 finishes heading into Richmond this weekend, Bubba is continuing to get more competitive each week. We’re excited to see his growth as he and the team work toward achieving our goals.”
"It feels great to get this renewal done and to know I have a home at 23XI Racing,” said Wallace. "Thanks to M.J. and Denny for continuing to believe in me. We’ve come a long way together in less than two years and we’ve checked off some major goals along the way - including the team’s first win and first pole. We know we still have work to do, both on and off the race track, but I feel good about our team and the direction we’re heading."
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Thompson on Saturday night’s race at Richmond: “Our No. 40 team is excited to get to Richmond with Worldwide Express in its entitlement race this weekend. We’re confident we can get things turned around at another short track this week and we’re looking forward to making Worldwide Express and all of its carrier partners proud on Saturday night.”
Thompson at Lucas Oil Raceway: Thompson makes his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Richmond Raceway in Saturday night’s Worldwide Express 250.
On the Truck: Thompson’s No. 40 Worldwide Express Chevrolet Silverado will feature a new paint scheme Saturday night, displaying the logos of Worldwide Express’ carrier partners Southeastern Freight Lines, Yellow, XPO Logistics, TForce Freight, UPS, Estes, AAA Cooper Transportation, R&L Carriers, and Roadrunner. The Worldwide Express 250 for Carrier Appreciation logo will be prominently displayed on the bed top.
Last Time Out – TSport 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park (Start: 25th / Finish: 29th): “We brought a fast Worldwide Express Chevrolet Silverado to the track tonight, but a mechanical failure took away from a much stronger run than the result showed. We’ll continue to go to work these next two weeks to be ready for another short track test at Richmond.”
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Alan on Saturday night’s race at Richmond: “Our No. 45 team is looking forward to another short track on the schedule this week at Richmond. We brought a really strong AUTOChargit Chevrolet Silverado to IRP and had ourselves trending towards a top-15 finish before we were taken out late, but we’ll build off of those notes to put together a strong run at another new track for me.”
Alan at Richmond Raceway: Alan makes his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Richmond Raceway in Saturday night’s Worldwide Express 250.
On the Truck: Alan will pilot the No. 45 AUTOChargit Chevrolet Silverado Saturday night at Richmond.
Last Time Out – TSport 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park (Start: 22nd / Finish: 34th): “Our No. 45 AUTOChargit Chevrolet Silverado came on strong in Stage Two tonight as we made our way up through the field. Our pit strategy had us inside the top-five in the final laps of the stage, but unfortunately our night was cut short after getting turned which was out of our control. I’m proud of the effort from this team tonight and we’ll shift our focus to Richmond.”
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Chastain on Saturday night’s race at Richmond Raceway: “I learned a lot in my first race back with Niece Motorsports at Indianapolis Raceway Park and I’m ready to continue on this journey at Richmond this weekend. I’m looking forward to making more laps in the No. 44 Chevrolet Silverado with J.D.I Farms on board with us.”
Chastain at Richmond Raceway: Chastain makes his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at Richmond Raceway Saturday, marking his third career start in the Truck Series.
On the Truck: Chastain will pilot the No. 44 J.D.I. Farms Chevrolet Silverado Saturday night at Richmond Raceway with associate sponsorship from Melon 1, Browning and Sons, and Robinson Fresh.
Last Time Out – TSport 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park (Start: 30th / Finish: 30th): “It was great to be back behind the wheel of a Niece Motorsports Chevrolet and representing the growers from the Illiana Watermelon Association tonight. We battled a handling issue early on, but our No. 41 team went to work on our truck all night to keep us going.”
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Hocevar on Saturday night’s race at Richmond: “We’re looking forward to getting back on track and putting IRP behind us with a strong run at Richmond this weekend. Our No. 42 team has been putting in the work all week on our Worldwide Express Chevrolet Silverado and we have a lot of confidence in our short track program. It’s a great opportunity to represent Worldwide Express and all of its carrier partners that we have on board our Chevrolet this week and we’ll be sure to make them all proud Saturday night.
Hocevar at Richmond Raceway: Hocevar makes his third career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start Saturday night at Richmond Raceway. He ran to a 12th-place finish last season in his rookie year and finished 22nd in his Richmond debut on Sept. 10, 2020.
On the Truck: Hocevar’s No. 42 Worldwide Express Chevrolet Silverado will feature a new paint scheme Saturday night, displaying the logos of Worldwide Express’ carrier partners Southeastern Freight Lines, Yellow, XPO Logistics, TForce Freight, UPS, Estes, AAA Cooper Transportation, R&L Carriers, and Roadrunner. The Worldwide Express 250 for Carrier Appreciation logo will be prominently displayed on the bed top.
Last Time Out – TSport 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park (Start 7th / Finish 21st): “Our No. 42 Premier Security Solutions Chevrolet Silverado fired off really strong tonight to get us out front and lead laps early. Ultimately, it wasn’t the result we were hoping for to start our run in the Playoffs, but picking up stage points in the first two stages will go a long way for us as the Round of 10 progresses.”
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