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Buescher Still in Disbelief He Won the Tradition-Rich Bristol Night Race, the One He Said Was at the Top of His List
Chris Buescher is still pinching himself. He really can’t believe he just won America’s Night Race.
Buescher, who snapped a 222-race winless streak in the NASCAR Cup Series by taking the checkered flag in Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race, was beaming as he looked at the huge BMS trophy and held up his BMS Gladiator Sword on Bristol’s legendary rooftop Victory Lane.
There was no need to ask Buescher if he considers the Bristol Night Race as one of the sport’s crown jewels. For Buescher, it is THE Crown Jewel.
“This has been No. 1 on my list for a really long time,” Buescher said. “I actually love this racetrack. I’ll take this win over a Daytona 500, a Coke 600, this is my big race, right here.
“I don’t know if I believe this yet.”
The Texas driver held off Chase Elliott, William Byron and Christopher Bell to take the hard-earned victory, in a race that was the cut-off in the Round of 16. Buescher became the season’s 19th different winner and also was the third-straight non-playoff driver to win in the first round of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
He said for him, it has always been a love at first sight situation with Bristol Motor Speedway.
“This place has that special feel,” Buescher said. “The excitement I got walking through that tunnel yesterday and seeing concrete, clean concrete, was really big.
“It’s always special coming here. Fans were jacked up, and we had fantastic weather. Fans showed up in huge numbers, and it was great to see the fans packing the stands here at Bristol again. All that just adds to this being my favorite racetrack. And I’m not saying that because I’m sitting here at Bristol. I’ve got in trouble at a lot of different racetracks for saying that on their stages beforehand and gotten yelled at, but it’s the truth.
“This is the one, the one we’ve been looking forward to for a really long time, and it’s just a special place, unlike anywhere we go.”
Buescher’s team owner, Brad Keselowski, the 2011 Night Race winner who led two times for 109 laps Saturday and ultimately finished 13th, was very proud of his driver who pilots the No. 17 RFK machine.
“Chris deserves a lot of credit, this is not an easy race to win, it never has been,” Keselowski said. “The Bristol Night Race is a race that champions win.”
“This is a big moment for Chris and a big moment for our company to be able to win races like this,” Keselowski continued. “This is a different type of win. This is a legacy type of win. There’s some tracks that winning is always great, don’t get me wrong, but there’s some tracks that winning is just not as special as others. Bristol is right up there at the top of being special. This is a big moment for us.”
The 2023 Bass Pro Shops Night Race returns to Bristol Motor Speedway on Sept. 16, once again as an elimination race in the NASCAR Cup Series Round of 16 Playoffs. For more information, please visit www.bristolmotorspeedway.com or call 423-BRISTOL to speak to a BMS ticket sales representative.
- The traditional weekend schedule is on tap this weekend with practice and qualifying on deck for Saturday in group format, which will determine the starting lineup for Sunday.
Keselowski at Texas
- Keselowski makes his 27th regular-season Cup start at Texas this Sunday. In 26 starts he has 11 top-10s and a 16.4 average finish.
- He’s coming off three-straight top-10s at the track with a P4 finish last fall, and a sixth-place run and ninth-place finish in the two starts prior. His best career finish to date is second, which he’s done twice, in 2012, and again in 2015.
- Despite no wins in Fort Worth, Keselowski has led 654 laps at the 1.5-mile track, fourth-most of any track on the circuit in his Cup career.
- He carries an average starting position of 14th into the weekend with one pole (2015) and 16 starts inside the top-10.
- Keselowski has an additional 23 combined starts in the Xfinity and Truck Series at Texas with two NXS victories (2013, 2015).
Matt McCall at Texas
- Texas stands as McCall’s second-best track on the circuit with an average finish of 11.1 and eight top-10s in the Cup Series, behind only Michigan in both.
- Sunday marks his 14th Cup race atop the box at Texas. His teams have never finished outside the top-20 with four top-10s in the last five starts.
- His best career finish came in 2018 with Jamie McMurray as the No. 1 car finished third.
Keselowski on racing at Texas:
“While we’ve had a big week as a company, the work doesn’t stop in continuing the forward momentum, and it starts this week at Texas. We had decent speed there with both cars in the All-Star Race, and definitely feel like we have something to build from entering this weekend. We’re looking forward to the challenge in the ROUSHParts.com Ford.”
Last Time Out
Keselowski finished 13th in the Bristol Night Race after winning the opening stage and leading 109 laps in the Kohler Generators Ford.
On the Car
Keselowski will again carry the Roush Performance banner this weekend and run a scheme that highlights ROUSH Parts. The hood design on the No. 6 is meant to emulate a see-through design that creates an illusion of a ROUSH supercharger on the car.
RFK will participate in the Honor A Cancer Hero (HCH) Program this weekend at Texas, which benefits the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation (MTJF) and the NASCAR Foundation. Keselowski will carry the name of Cody Wulff on the driver side of his No. 6. A native of Gann Valley, South Dakota, Wulff was a big fan of Ford Motor Company, and was nominated by Jerrod Deitchler.
Natalie Decker’s Partnership With Diesel Beverages Approved by Nascar – Together They Will Be Truckin’ in Dega October 1, 2022
Natalie Decker is back and will be bringing a new partner to the NASCAR scene. Diesel Beverages has partnered with Decker for the Talladega Superspeedway 250 Camping World Truck Series.
Yes, you read that correctly, Truck Series!
Natalie Decker Reunites with Reaume Brother Racing and signs a one off NASCAR Truck race in the #43 Diesel Beverages Truck. “We have been working with Natalie for awhile now, and we are all really excited to have her drive our #43 truck at Talladega. She brings a lot of great energy to the track and shop, which is very contagious, and we are looking forward to giving her a great opportunity when she returns to the Truck Series come October. I am very confident in Natalie that she will do an awesome job at Talladega.” Stated owner Josh Reaume.
Natalie Decker is the highest finishing female in the NASCAR Truck Series with a p5 at Daytona under the Niece Motorsports team and ran a part time truck season with David Gilleland, so trucks aren’t new to Decker.
Natalie explains, “I am extremely excited to be back in the truck series, especially with RBR, I love working with Josh (Reaume) and the whole team, I always enjoy being at the shop and going to the track with them. It’s been over two years since I’ve been in the truck and I can’t wait to hit the track at Talladega. Diesel Beverages partnership means a lot to me, being born with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and living with a chronic illness it’s so important to put your health first. Diesel water has helped me recover faster from workouts and as well as long workdays. With Diesel Beverages on board we have an awesome opportunity to share with the NASCAR fans their revolutionary water and my ‘Thirst for more racing’ is totally being fulfilled by Diesel Water’s partnership! I know my fans will totally support them!”
Co-Founder and COO of Diesel Beverages, Natalie Mondine states, “We are beyond thrilled to be sponsoring Natalie Decker, she is such a talented and tenacious young woman. This is going to be a very exciting race for Nascar fans, and we are looking forward to cheering Natalie on! “
Catch the NASCAR Camping World Truck 250 Race October 1, 2022 12:30pm ET on: USA Network, MRN Radio, Sirusxm
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Decker Racing PR
After a two year hiatus the East Coast Indoor Racing Dirt Nationals will be returning to the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton NJ on February 24 and 25.
The event, which will feature the wingless 600 Micro Sprints, was not held in 2021 or 2022 due to COVID virus gathering restrictions.
In 2020, Jon Keller left fans speechless and wanting more as he ran the alphabet soup advancing from the E-Main to the A-Main event. The Salem, N.J. driver then started dead last in the 40 lap A-Main and captured the victory with a last lap pass. Keller prevailed over Kenny Miller, Billy Pauch Jr. and Erick Rudolph in a wild finish for the ages.
“Each year we held the event, the racing has gotten better and better culminating with the best race ever in 2020. We had all the momentum heading into 2021 and then the world shut down!” stated promoter Len Sammons.
“Bringing the event back has been my top priority and I am excited to see it return in 2023.”
Friday night will feature heat races and A-Main Qualifiers for all entries, with passing points earned for each race and position gained. On Saturday night, the top performers from Friday will be locked into the A-Main with the remaining competitors slotted into mains E through B with a chance to advance and lock themselves into the main event.
Ticket and entry information will be available in the coming weeks.
For more information visit the series website www.indoorracing.com.
Indoor Racing PR
When the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series comes to Stafford Speedway this Saturday, September 24 for the NAPA Fall Final, Chase Dowling, driver of the #9 Start/Finish Motorsports / S & S Asphalt Paving car, will be looking to return to his winning ways at Stafford. The 2021 season saw Dowling and the #9 team take back to back wins during the summer in open competition but 2022 has seen Dowling and the #9 team collect just one win thus far.
“We’ve been struggling to say the least this season,” said Dowling. “We had great success last year and we’ve had a curveball thrown at us with the car this year but we feel confident coming to Stafford for the NAPA Fall Final. I don’t want to go into too many details but we’ve had a lot of big problems that haven’t helped us at all this season.”
With only 2 races left in the 2022 Monaco Modified Tri-Track season, Dowling currently trails Matt Hirschman by only 10 points in the race for the championship. In an effort to help get his #9 back to being a winning car, Dowling and crew recently took part in a private test session at Stafford and that test has Dowling looking forward to the NAPA Fall Final. While Dowling is looking forward to the race, he is also wary of the 53 car entry list that he says will make the NAPA Fall Final the toughest race of the 2022 season.
“We worked on a few things when we tested the car at Stafford and I feel like we’re on the right track for the Fall Final,” said Dowling. “I think we’ll probably have the car pretty similar to how we finished our test and the key will be for us to make the right adjustments for the night. I feel like this race is going to be one of the toughest, if not the toughest, race in the northeast this season and there will be 15 or 20 cars that will be good and can win the race. That’s what is going to make this race so hard to win. Hopefully we can unload and be in the top-10 on the charts because if you’re outside the top-15, you’re going to be searching for a lot of speed and you won’t really know where you are with the car when the race starts.”
In addition to the Monaco Modified Tri-Track championship, Dowling has some extra motivation on his side as he wants to win the Stafford race for his car owner, Ben Dodge, who has missed the last several months fighting health issues.
“We’ve been having a rough season so I just want to have a good run for our team and obviously for Ben Dodge,” said Dowling. “Ben has stood by me through the lows of racing and he’s helped me with new opportunities. With the friendship we’ve developed both at the track and away from the track, Ben has been one of the best owners I’ve ever driven for and a win for Ben would mean everything to us. As well as Ben Dodge and Start/Finish Motorsports, I have to thank our other sponsors S & S Asphalt Paving, Call Before You Dig, Carrigan Heating and Air Conditioning, Billy the Kid, Airgas, Spectro Oils, LFR, Richards Corporation, and T.A.S. Country Homes.”
Another variable that Monaco teams will have to deal with is the change in temperature from the summer months to what is forecast to be a much cooler NAPA Fall Final. The change in weather could see teams scrambling to find a setup that allows them to run up front, but according to Dowling, teams that have experience at Stafford should be ready for an ever changing track.
“It seems like Stafford has been its own character and it’s been different every time we’ve gone there this season,” said Dowling. “The track has been kind of like a dirt track in that you don’t know what’s going to happen so you go with what you think will be good and fine tune on the car for the race. We’ve had a lot of stuff thrown at us this year so hopefully we won’t have any curveballs come our way. I think we’re going to be bringing a pretty good racecar to the Fall Final and hopefully we can have a good day, have a good pit stop, and focus and execute so that we can be there at the end of the race.”
The NAPA Fall Final is set for Saturday, September 24 and tickets are available now online at StaffordSpeedway.com/tickets and tickets will also be available for purchase at the admission gates. Tickets for the NAPA Fall Final are priced at $30.00 for adult general admission, $10.00 for children ages 6-14, children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult, and reserved seating is priced at $35.00 for all ages. Pit passes are $45.00 with a valid 2022 Stafford Competition License and $50.00 without a Stafford license. If you are unable to attend the event, tune into the live stream on FloRacing, the official streaming partner of Stafford Speedway.
For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.
Stafford Speedway PR
Brandonbilt Motorsports (BMS) announces today its newest partnership with CAT Trailer Sales as the primary sponsor of Brandon Brown’s No. 68 Chevrolet Camaro for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 24.
CAT Trailer Sales has been serving the residents of Central Arkansas since 2020. The family-owned and operated company strives to provide the best in customer service and top-quality products at an affordable price. CAT Trailer Sales supplies a wide range of trailers to suit any hauling needs, including utility, car haulers, dump trailers, gooseneck, enclosed cargo, and equipment trailers.
“Brandon Brown has proven that he is a talented driver” said Mike Bixler, Co-Owner of CAT Trailer Sales. “Just like we inspire our customers to keep pushing forward, we encourage and support Brandon to do the same in his career.”
Bixler continued by saying, “Our partnership with Brandonbilt Motorsports is a commitment – a commitment to never give up, no matter the hardships one may face. So, Brandon, work hard and stay focused. Chase your dreams, and chase that checkered flag!”
Brandon Brown heads to Texas Motor Speedway confident in his ability at the 1.5-mile quad oval. The Woodbridge, VA., native has a best finish of fifth in the Lonestar state.
“I am proud to partner with CAT Trailer Sales and introduce another family-owned business to NASCAR,” said Brown. “It’s important to surround yourself with positive, uplifting people during trying times, and the CAT (Trailer Sales) team has been just that. I am thankful for their support and encouragement, but most of all, for their belief in me.”
“I love the challenge that Texas (Motor Speedway) presents - it’s one of the fastest tracks on the schedule,” said Brown. “Hopefully, we can have a strong performance and put CAT Trailer Sales in Victory Lane for their first NASCAR race.”
The No. 68 CAT Trailer Sales Chevrolet Camaro will make its NASCAR Xfinity Series debut on Saturday, September 24 at the Texas Motor Speedway, with coverage airing live on USA Network at 3:30 p.m. ET.
For more information about CAT Trailer Sales, please visit www.cattrailersales.com.
Martin Truex Jr. – No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry TRD Preview – AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway
No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry TRD News and Notes
- TRUEX AT TEXAS: Martin Truex Jr. has posted five top-five finishes and 17 top-10s in NASCAR Cup Series competition at Texas Motor Speedway. His 17 top-10s at Texas are his most at a track he has yet to win at. Last fall at Texas, Truex finished 25th after being involved in a late-race accident. In May, he finished 14th in the NASCAR All-Star Race.
- BRISTOL RECAP: Truex finished 36th in last weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway after a power steering failure ended his night prematurely.
- BASS PRO SHOPS: A longtime supporter of Truex and NASCAR, Bass Pro Shops will be featured as the primary sponsor of the No. 19 Camry this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri. Today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more.
- JGR AT TEXAS: Joe Gibbs Racing owns nine NASCAR Cup Series wins at Texas Motor Speedway. In 128 combined starts at the 1.5-mile quad-oval, the organization has tallied 35 top-five finishes, 60 top-10s, five pole awards, and 2,212 laps led. Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, and Tony Stewart have all driven JGR entries to victory lane at Texas.
- TUNE IN: Coverage of this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway begins Sunday, September 25, at 3:30 p.m. ET on USA Network, PRN Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Martin Truex Jr., Driver of the No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry TRD
What do you expect going to Texas this weekend?
“I’m looking forward to the race. As a whole, I feel like the Toyotas have ran really well on these types of tracks, so if we can put a full race together, I have a lot of confidence in what we’re capable of.”
JD Motorsports is gearing up both for the final portion of this season and for a strong start in 2023.
With seven races remaining in the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule, JD Motorsports is gearing up both for the final portion of this season and for a strong start in 2023.
Races at Texas, Talladega, Charlotte, Las Vegas, Homestead, Martinsville and Phoenix remain on the ’22 schedule as the Gaffney, S.C. based JDM team completes another successful season in NASCAR’s No. 2 series.
“We’ve had strong cars all this season and some good finishes,” said team owner Johnny Davis. “We were especially excited about Bayley Currey’s 11th place finish at Bristol in the No. 4 Alka-Seltzer car. Bristol is one of the toughest tracks on the schedule. To finish every lap there is quite an achievement, and for one of our cars to come home 11th shows where this team is headed.”
Davis also announced that Houston, Texas driver Brennan Poole, who has raced in the Xfinity Series for four seasons, will drive JDM’s No. 6 Chevrolet this year in races at Texas, Homestead and Phoenix.
Davis said JD Motorsports is hard at work on plans for 2023, a season that will carry the Xfinity Series from Daytona Beach to Las Vegas to Chicago and beyond. The new July 1st Chicago Street Race adds another tantalizing sponsor opportunity for partners interested in joining the JDM effort.
Davis said JDM plans to return to a three-car team for 2023. Currey will return to the team’s No. 4 car, and JDM is seeking talented drivers and dedicated sponsor/partners to fill out its three-car stable for the new season.
“We’re very excited about how 2023 looks,” Davis said. “I’ve been around this series for a long time, and the schedule looks to be the best it’s ever been. We’re going to be all over the country with our cars, and we’re going to have some great opportunities for partners to come on board and race with us.”
“We’re always looking to put the best drivers together with the best partners so that we can keep this team running and racing at its highest level.”
Currey said the Bristol result is more evidence that JDM is on the right track.
“We don’t have the biggest team, but we have one of the most dedicated,” he said. “We ran so strong at Bristol, finishing ahead of some of the series’ most established teams and showed that we’re capable of more. I’m looking for strong teammates and dedicated partners to come on board and help us build on a strong foundation.”