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Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin was made available to media prior to the Richmond Raceway race this Saturday:
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry TRD, Joe Gibbs Racing
Has everything that can be learned about this race car been learned before we get into the Playoffs?
“I think we've learned quite a bit in the first you know, two thirds of the season or whatever the number might be, but I think certainly we know a lot more and certainly after we've gone through all these different track types. You know, we've seen trends from certain types of tracks. We've got a good understanding of it. But that doesn't necessarily mean that we can always kind of fix what we want to fix because of, you know, the rules and the tolerances being so tight.”
How concerned are you about Kurt Busch?
“I mean, it's concerning for sure. You know, mostly concerned for his health. And not really for the race team. Just, you know, we want to give him all the time he needs and, you know, this is proof that he's doing his doing right by his body and making sure he's back to 100%. I think that other drivers maybe in the past probably maybe would have just kind of been able to get some tests passed and gone out there and race but he wants to be 100% Because it's just, you know, no one race or season or whatever it might be as important as your overall health and long term.”
How does having Kimi Raikkonen in the Watkins Glen race change your approach to next week’s road course race?
“It doesn't change the dynamic of the race. I don't think you no unless it does. I mean, I think that you know, it's a a great opportunity for him and track house and whatnot. But as far as like, being a contender to like brace for the winner, I don't think that's a possibility. Just simply because it does take time just you know, you know, it's just do look at the people that have been successful in stock cars coming from an open wheel background. It takes a long time other than you got these anomalies like Tony Stewart and a few others want. Montoya took a little bit of time but it's just it's just really difficult because everyone has gotten so much better. And especially with the information, the data they've gotten nowadays, all those all the drivers that are in the field now have really stepped up dramatically. So I think it's a good thing for our sport to get some good publicity. But other than that, I'm not really sure that it changes dynamic of the race too much.”
Is there any concern that Kurt Busch may not come back and are you thinking ahead to 2023 contingency plans?
“I mean, we're always thinking about it. We're as forward thinking as you can possibly be as a race team. But you know, ultimately we are not and we can't rush current self but we always are. Trying to come up with contingency plans based off of any other scenario that might get thrown our way.”
Can you evaluate Ty Gibbs’ performance in the No. 45 Camry as a fill-in driver for Kurt Busch?
“I think he's done a good job for sure. I think that I think he certainly realizes this you know the difference between explaining and cup is a big old tall one. You know, these guys over here, don't mess around too much. And so it's, it's tough. And so, you know, Ty (Gibbs), I think he's done really good considering of what we've asked him to do and that's keep his nose clean, keep that 45 car in a good position. In the owner’s playoffs, you know, that's really important for us financially. So it's, it's important and he's really done a good job for us to do that. And then he took a fast car last week obviously made a mistake late in that race, but he took it and he maximized his day. So I think he did a really good job and certainly, we're happy with the job he's been doing for us thus far.”
Can you use a similar strategy for this race that you did from the spring with relation to number of pit stops and tire wear?
“Just depends whether the fall off is the same. You know, ultimately, computer programs are going to say, tell the true story and whether it's the right thing to do or not, but you've it's if the fall off is less this time, then two stops won't work because there'll be farther out. They won't drop off as far in the long run. It just kind of depends on what the how the race is playing out. With the strategy is who's up front when that's happening? All that is part of a program that makes it so hard for us to do with pen and paper nowadays, like we used to do. There's so many factors that play into it. Certainly there was a time where in that last stage if a caution comes at any point, either they would have been in big trouble or we would have been in big trouble. So it's kind of a double edged sword there. What's the right strategy? It just worked out the way it did didn't necessarily mean that the one stop strategy was the wrong one.”
Why does Richmond seem to favor veteran drivers over first-time winners?
“Just knowing what you need to feel here in practice versus what you race is something that knowledge certainly plays a factor in an experience plays a factor in I know specifically when I go out there today, I'm going to look for a certain type of field my car needs to work a certain way in the certain part of the corner for me to know that whether it's a race winning car or not. Those are things that you know younger guys would not next experience don't necessarily have but sometimes you have a young driver with an experienced team that gives them the foresight to look for those things. And that's where you see some of the young guys like Byron, even though he's not a rookie, by any means, you know, latches right on and is a contender for to win like he was in the spring.”
Would you want Kurt Busch to be in the race car for Daytona if he was cleared for that race?
“I mean, I'm not really sure what the protocols will be on that once he's cleared. Whether he continues to get waivers. Even if he is clear, I'm really not sure to be honest with you.”
What did you think about Bubba’s Block Party that was held in Richmond?
“We’re going to debrief as a team on it next Wednesday, but you know, being part of the NASCAR Diversity Council, I'm on that board as well. You know, that's something that they've been planning for quite a quite a long time and certainly, certainly something that we've had our hands in and I it sounds like that went really, really well. I know that it had to cap the amount of people that were coming at a certain amount, which is a very good thing that there was an increased interest there. It's all about just trying to broaden our audience in at this race track on television, everything and open up our sport to some that may not know anything about it. So anytime you can kind of mix you know, NASCAR racing, and pop culture. It's all really a good thing for us. And I think that we've see it week in week out in our stands nowadays, that our fans and our audiences more diverse than it's ever been.”
Is there emotion from you about racing at your home track in Richmond?
“It's a good question. I mean, I think that certainly I feel it from within when I run back here, I feel it a little bit harder than I do on any other type of racetrack because, like I've talked about it, I know what I really need to feel this track and it's very frustrating when I can't get my car to do those things. And so it's just part of it. So certainly, I would say I always feel more pressure coming to this race track in general. Martinsville is probably a very, very close number two, but it doesn't always mean you're going to have success even though you know what you need. Sometimes it depends on where your race teams at the time. There's a lot of factors that goes into it, but certainly the emotion is very high at a race track like this versus others.”
Is there anything you’re seeing with Bubba Wallace as to how or why he’s really progressed on the race track in recent weeks?
“Certainly we live and breathe it every day at 23X1, we see where he's progressed even though results. You know, typically, you guys have to hyper focus on 36 different drivers, right we focused on our two, so we know where they are getting better and whether or not and so we try to put those numbers and analytics in front of our drivers to see how they can improve in certain positions. And I think that certainly Bubba (Wallace) has taken a giant step and even though at the beginning of the year results, you know we honestly it's well documented that I said that we I felt we were holding Bubba back at the beginning of the year. With kind of mistakes on pit road. I think that we've gotten that better target. Joe Gibbs Racing has helped us get that better. And then on top of that he's continued to work on his game. Because ultimately, you know, it is sometimes convenient when you always have an out that you know, it's the pit crew or a certain part of the team is what's holding me back from performing. Well, you always have to be as professionally prepared for the moment that nothing else is holding you back and are you ready to step up to the plate when everything is going your way and your cars are fast pit crews great. You have to be ready for those moments. And I think that he continued to work even though publicly he didn't handle things the way I loved it, but he continued to put his nose down and continue to work on his craft. And that's what's showing up now.”
Is there truth to learning how to race up front?
“That's kind of why it's tough, you know, with kind of the emotions he showed last week and that, you know, he felt like he let the team down he should have won. It's hard to beat these guys each and every week and he is racing against a crop of drivers that he hasn't raced with the first handful of years in his career. So it is more difficult to execute and beat them and so nothing's a given you have to have all the pieces of the puzzle put together to win these races. The 14 (Kevin Harvick) proved that great. They've just been chipping away over the last month or so their performance has been getting better. And then bam, they had one good break with that caution and then they capitalize and so that's all of it that you had to put together. And, to their credit, they put themselves in position to do that they're running up front when that happens. So that's the things that you know, it's not always a given just because we have a fast car that you're going to win races. You still have to have it all and so that's why it's, you know, we view last week is certainly a success because it was, you know, like Loudon, one of the more, you know, put together weekends that the 23 cars had from top to bottom from practice, qualifying and race and so that's what we're hoping to see we've seen it twice now at least in the last couple of months. So those are all good trends that are heading our direction. And I believe that this is probably the Bubba Wallace that is here to stay for sure.”
Did the timing matter to announce Bubba Wallace re-signing with him coming off four consecutive top-10 finishes?
“Of course it matters for me. I want to win. I don't you know I'm heavily invested in the sport because I want to win and be competitive and build a top tier elite racing team. So if I didn't think Bubba (Wallace) had the capability of winning I doesn't matter about any other factors. I wouldn't be part of this team but he is part of this team because I believe he can win. I think that he's showing that he's racing our cars to full potential right now. And so that's all I can ask. You know, hopefully we just continue on this trend because it's certainly what I want to see and what I what I expected last year, but you know, it's probably was a little much to ask in year one, not only from him, but from our race team. These things take time you can't just you it doesn't matter how much money you can throw at this. You cannot just you know buy wins. You have to put the right people together. That's Joe's (Gibbs) slogan is dealing with people and that takes time to get all those things put together. And it's now starting to come together and I believe that of his contract and extension with us was definitely well warranted from what I've seen this season. Not just including the last four weeks.”
St. Louis’ OUTFRONT Media to sponsor Friday’s USAC Silver Crown Series race at WWTR during Bommarito Automotive Group 500 INDYCAR Weekend
OUTFRONT Media of St. Louis will sponsor the August 19 USAC Silver Crown Series race during the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 INDYCAR Weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois. The 80-lap, 100-mile USAC Silver Crown Series race will be called the OUTFRONT 100.
OUTFRONT provides unmatched media coverage of St. Louis and the metropolitan area, reaching consumers at all corners of the market, city and neighborhoods. Out-of-house displays (OOH) are perfectly positioned to capture target audiences across businesses big and small.
The USAC Silver Crown Series and its unique brand of grassroots, open-wheel excitement will make a triumphant return to WWTR after a five-year hiatus. Silver Crown cars are somewhat similar to Sprint Cars but are not considered as Sprint Cars. The incredible power-to-weight ratio – 800+ horsepower at a lightweight 1,650 lbs. – make them the fastest short track racers in the country.
Points leader and six-time USAC Silver Crown Series champion Kody Swanson is a favorite to win the OUTLOOK 100, coming off his sixth career victory at Toledo, Ohio. The California native has won more than 30 Silver Crown feature races but never has visited Domino’s Victory Lane at WWTR.
Third-generation driver Bobby Santos III is second in the USAC point standings and has won twice at WWTR, in 2013 and 2014. Santos III also holds the 80-lap Silver Crown record at WWTR – 49:46:000 at 120.563 miles per hour, set in 2014.
Spectator gates will open at 8 a.m. on August 19, with the first USAC Silver Crown Series practice set for 10 a.m. The OUTFRONT 100 is scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m., following NTT INDYCAR SERIES qualifying.
Tickets are available at the WWTR ticket office, by calling (618) 215-888, or online at wwtraceway.com.
BOMMARITO AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 500 PRESENTED BY AXALTA AND VALVOLINE WEEKEND
The NTT INDYCAR SERIES brings the world to the St. Louis-Metro East region. Truly an international series: America’s best drivers competing against men and women from New Zealand, Spain, Australia, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, Denmark, England, Canada and Switzerland. They are the cars and stars of the Indianapolis 500.
Bringing the St. Louis region to the world: Viewers from more than 200 countries will tune in to watch the Bommarito Automotive Group 500, the final oval track race on the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule.
Two of American motorsports’ most recognizable names of all time – Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt – remain active in the sport today as team owners.
The Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline has produced many memorable moments, including Takuma Sato’s thrilling win over Ed Carpenter – the closest finish in WWTR history (by 0.039 sec.) -- in 2019. Only one driver has won the Bommarito Automotive Group more than once: Josef Newgarden is a three-time victor.
Tickets and weekend experiences are available at the WWTR ticket office, by calling (618) 215-888, or online at wwtraceway.com.
BOMMARITO AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 500 WEEKEND SCHEDULE
Friday, August 19 – Coors Light Pole Night, USAC Silver Crown Series OUTFRONT 100
7:30 a.m. -- Parking lots open.
8 a.m. – Spectator gates open; Fan Walk open for paddock pass holders.
8 a.m. -- Indy Pro 2000 practice.
9 a.m. – INDYCAR garage and paddock opens for paddock pass holders.
9:15 a.m. -- Vintage Indy exhibition.
10 a.m. -- USAC Silver Crown Series practice.
10:45 a.m. -- Indy Pro 2000 practice.
12 p.m. -- NTT INDYCAR SERIES Bommarito Automotive Group 500 practice.
1 p.m. – Midway entertainment begins.
1:15 p.m. -- USAC Silver Crown Series practice.
2:10 p.m. -- Indy Lights Series practice.
3:15 p.m. -- NTT INDYCAR SERIES Bommarito Automotive Group 500 practice.
4:15 p.m. -- Coors Light Pole Night festivities begin.
4:30 p.m. -- USAC Silver Crown Series qualifying.
5:15 p.m. -- Indy Lights Series qualifying.
6:15 p.m. -- NTT INDYCAR SERIES Bommarito Automotive Group 500 qualifying.
7:50 p.m. -- Coors Light Pole Night qualifying awards.
8 p.m. -- USAC Silver Crown Series driver introductions.
8:30 p.m. -- USAC Silver Crown Series OUTFRONT 100 (80 laps, 100 miles).
11 p.m. – Track closed.
Saturday, August 20 – Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline
8 a.m. -- Parking lots open.
8:30 a.m. – Spectator gates open; Fan Walk open for paddock pass holders.
9 a.m. -- Vintage Indy exhibition.
9:45 a.m. -- Indy Pro 2000 practice.
10:15 a.m. – Midway entertainment begins.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Indy Lights driver autograph session (main stage on midway)
11:45 a.m. -- Indy Pro 2000 qualifying.
12 p.m. -- INDYCAR garage and paddock opens for paddock pass holders.
12-1 p.m. – SpeedFreaks Live! (main stage on midway) – INDYCAR drivers will participate 12-12:30 p.m. Indy Lights drivers will participate from 12:30-1 p.m.
12:30-1:30 p.m. – INDYCAR driver autograph session (main stage on midway).
1:15 p.m. -- Vintage Indy exhibition.
12:30-2 p.m. -- SpeedFreaks Live! Driver Interviews on midway stage.
2:15 p.m. -- Indy Pro 2000 Series race (45 laps).
3:15 p.m. -- Indy Lights Series race (75 laps).
4:45 p.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES Bommarito Automotive Group 500 driver introductions.
5 p.m. – Sixth annual NTT INDYCAR SERIES Bommarito Automotive Group 500 (260 laps).
7:45 p.m. -- Post-race track walk for fans and victory lane celebration (time approximate).
8 p.m. – Post-race concert on midway stage.
11 p.m. – Track closed.
Schedule subject to change.
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).
AM Racing PR
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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