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    Chase Elliott captured his second pole win of 2022 at Road America, recording a lap of 134.427 seconds, at 108.407 mph, in his No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Camaro ZL1.

·       This marks Elliott’s 11th career pole win in 239 races in NASCAR’s premier series.

·       Elliott’s pole win is the fourth for Chevrolet in 2022; and the bowtie brand’s 727th all-time in the NASCAR Cup Series.

 

TEAM CHEVY UNOFFICIAL QUALIFYING RESULTS:

POS.   DRIVER

1st      CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1

3rd      KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1

4th      TYLER REDDICK, NO. 8 3CHI CAMARO ZL1

8th      ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1

12th    ROSS CHASTAIN, NO. 1 ADVENTHEALTH CAMARO ZL1

17th    DANIEL SUAREZ, NO. 99 JOCKEY CAMARO ZL1

20th    AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 DOW SALUTES VETERANS CAMARO ZL1

21st    AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 16 GOLD FISH CASINO SLOTS CAMARO ZL1

26th    JOSH BILICKI, NO. 77 ZEIGLER AUTO GROUP CAMARO ZL1

27th    ERIK JONES, NO. 43 U.S. AIR FORCE CAMARO ZL1

29th    WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 RAPTORTOUGH.COM CAMARO ZL1

30th    TY DILLON, NO. 42 ALLEGIANT CAMARO ZL1

33rd    RICKY STENHOUSE JR., NO. 47 PICK’N SAVE / VELVEETA CAMARO ZL1

34th    JUSTIN HALEY, NO. 31 LEAFFILTER GUTTER PROTECTION CAMARO ZL1

35th    COREY LAJOIE, NO. 7 BUILT.COM CAMARO ZL1

 

TOP-FIVE UNOFFICIAL QUALIFYING RESULTS:

POS.  DRIVER

1st      Chase Elliott (Chevrolet)

2nd     Chase Briscoe (Ford)

3rd     Kyle Larson (Chevrolet)

4th     Tyler Reddick (Chevrolet)

5th      Austin Cindric (Ford)

 

USA Network will telecast the NASCAR Cup Series Kwik Trip 250 presented by JOCKEY Made in America live at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 3. Live coverage can also be found on the NBCSports Gold App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

 

 

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 – Pole Winner

“Hopefully the results are the same tomorrow as they were last year. That’s what’s important.

 

Just appreciate everybody at Hendrick Motorsports, from the engine shop to every department that has a hand in what we do to make our NAPA Chevy what it was today. We’ll try to go to work and see if we can get it driving like it needs to for tomorrow. I think it’s going to be really, really hard to pass, based on what I saw in practice. It would be nice to keep track position as long as we can. That’s always a tough thing at road courses, to manage that balance of what to do at what time.

 

We’ll see, but we’re looking forward to it, for sure.”

 

ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1 – Qualified 8th

“I think we are good. We kind of just have to wait and see, but a lot of things can happen at these road course races. There’s a lot of strategy involved. Our No. 48 Ally Chevy is a lot better than eighth, so we’re looking forward to it.” 

 

GM PR

While the top side of the banking held him up through much of the race, Bobby Pierce may have leaned most on his past experiences at Paducah International Raceway to score his fourth DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory of the season Friday night.

 

Until Friday, the Hell Tour hadn’t graced the high banks of the big 3/8-mile oval since June 28, 2013. That race was won by the one and only six-time champion and Dirt Late Model Hall-of-Famer Billy Moyer. Also in the field that night – a 16-year-old Bobby Pierce.

 

Though he finished fifth, the teenage racing sensation showed he was right on the cusp of breaking through to victory. Two nights later, he finally did break through, winning his first career Summer Nationals Feature in front of a home state Illinois crowd.

 

Nine years and forty-four tour victories later, Pierce still recalls the laps he made around the ultra-fast Paducah, and they might have just played a role in his journey to a dominant victory for $10,000 Friday night.

 

“I’ve always really liked this racetrack when I was younger; I just haven’t been able to come here in years,” Pierce said. “This was one I wanted to win pretty badly, probably more than any other on the tour, just because this place is so unique. Really, there’s nowhere like it.”

 

Pierce, the four-time Summer Nationals champion from Oakwood, IL, also has memories of racing at Paducah even before his Super Late Model career started.

 

“It definitely helped out that I was here in the past,” he said. “The first time I came here was in my Crate Late Model, and I was 12 or 13, I think. That’s pretty young for how big this place is.

 

“I remember going down the straightaways and having all day to think about my corner entrance because it felt like it took five days to get there with how long the straightaways are.”

 

He used those long straightaways to the fullest Friday night, stretching out his lead with ease once the race got going after a few early caution periods. Former tour regular Tanner English chased him throughout the 30-lap event, but never could keep pace with Pierce, ultimately settling for second.

 

After the first two yellows in the opening laps, only one final caution appeared just past the halfway mark. This erased Pierce’s three-plus-second lead and put English right on his bumper for the restart, which Pierce handled with ease, though there’s always the chance he doesn’t launch well.

 

“You always worry about that, especially going into Turn 1 here,” Pierce said. “With the line I was running, it’s a little bit strange. You go in there and it feels like you’re going 100 miles an hour and that wall is like a quick 90, and it was kinda slick up to it.”

 

UP NEXT

 

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals returns to action on July 2 for a $10,000-to-win Saturday night special at Clarksville Speedway. If you can’t be at the track, watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

 

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

 

Feature 30 Laps | 00:25:37.649

1. 32-Bobby Pierce[2]; 2. 81E-Tanner English[1]; 3. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[4]; 4. 15-Christian Hanger[7]; 5. 96T-Terry English[8]; 6. 3S-Brian Shirley[11]; 7. 25-Jason Feger[5]; 8. 212-Josh Putnam[14]; 9. 81JR-Jason Riggs[6]; 10. 18-Matt Cooper[12]; 11. 14G-Joe Godsey[17]; 12. 4D-Doug Tye[13]; 13. 30-Mark Voigt[9]; 14. 10-Ronnie Cooper[24]; 15. 31AUS-Paul Stubber[20]; 16. 38-Thomas Hunziker[18]; 17. 26M-Brent McKinnon[21]; 18. 81J-Jack Riggs[16]; 19. 23NZ-Mick Quin[10]; 20. 14R-Jeff Roth[15]; 21. F1-Payton Freeman[22]; 22. 99-Dylan Thompson[3]; 23. 22-Aaron Edwards[23]; 24. 15F-Richard Frost[19]

 

FIRST TIMER: Young Wins at Paducah for First Career Summit Modified Victory

 

As one of the top DIRTcar UMP Modified drivers in his region, Trent Young had never been to DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Victory Lane. Until now.

 

In his first time out with the tour this season, Young dominated the tour’s return to Paducah International Raceway Friday night for his first career Summit Modified trophy.

 

“For me, it is a pretty big win,” Young said. “We don’t run a lot of big shows anymore, just local stuff, mostly. I don’t get to race against a lot of the touring guys.

 

“I think we still can run with them. We’ve got a pretty good car.”

 

The Hopkinsville, KY, racer ran away from UMP Modified veterans Lucas Lee and Brian Shaw en route to victory in the 20-lap affair, leading every lap, even battling internal issues of his own throughout the program.

 

“We fought engine overheating issues most of the night,” Young said. “We were pretty hot in the Heat Race, so I figured it was gonna be the same for the Feature, and it was.”

 

UP NEXT

 

The DIRTcar Summit Modifieds return to action on July 2 for a Saturday night special at Clarksville Speedway. If you can’t be at the track, watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

 

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

 

Feature 20 Laps | 00:15:22.024

1. 10Y-Trent Young[2]; 2. 12L-Lucas Lee[3]; 3. 1S-Brian Shaw[4]; 4. 176-Scotty Owens[7]; 5. 2- Peyton Walker[5]; 6. 99-Teegan Embrey[8]; 7. 7D-Pete Sabatino[10]; 8. 00-troy gay[11]; 9. 7-Willie Gammill[9]; 10. 16-Todd Riley[6]; 11. (DNS) 8-Kyle Steffens

 

DIRTcar Series PR

Logan Williams and Matt McCarthy drove the Flowdynamics sprint cars to top 10 finishes in the 1st Annual Bubby Jones/Ray Scheetz Memorial at Perris Auto Speedway last Saturday night.  The duo now gets a six-week summer break before returning to action at the Santa Maria Raceway on August 6th.

One of the only things hotter than the temperature at Perris Auto Speedway on Saturday was the immaculate appearance of the Flowdynamics cars.  For those who thought they looked hot sitting in the pits, they were hotter once they hit the track as evidenced by Logan Williams’ second-fastest time in Woodlands Auto Display qualifying.  His lap of 16.491 was just a tick slower than the fastest qualifier of the night at 16.895.  McCarthy stopped the clocks at 17.351 which was the 11th quickest of the 20 cars on hand.

For the second time in a row, McCarthy, a father of two who lives in Riverside, California, and Yorba Linda’s Williams were matched up in the same heat. McCarthy started second in the 10-lapper and finished third.  Williams started and finished fifth.

In the 30-lap main event on the Riverside County half-mile clay oval, both Flowdynamics drivers moved forward from their original starting positions.  Williams, driving his black #5W, was coming from the inside of row four in seventh.  McCarthy, in his familiar silver #28M, was on the inside of the sixth row in 11th.   Williams never ran worse than fifth in the race and at one point was as high as third.  He crossed the checkers not far behind the top four cars in fifth.  McCarthy advanced forward three spots after starting 11th to finish in eighth. 

The teammates stayed in the top 10 in the USAC/CRA championship point standings.  Williams came out of the night still in fifth and is only 26-points out of fourth.  McCarthy is 10th and is only 16-points out of ninth.

The July 8th and 9th races at Keller Auto Speedway and the Stone Chevrolet, Buick, GMC Thunderbowl have been canceled due to tire shortages, fuel costs, and water use regulations in the Central Valley.     

McCarthy and Williams would like to thank the following sponsors for making the 2021 season possible. Flowdynamics Inc., JFK Design Build, Cal Therm Mechanical Insulators, CRC Component Repair Co., Encore Gas and Supply, Drink-Pac, and Benic Enterprises. If you or your company would like to come on board and join up with one of the fastest rising sprint car teams west of the Mississippi, please contact John McCarthy at 909 930-5522 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Flowdynamics PR

One of the most promising new Dirt Late Model organizations has joined MPM Marketing’s growing client list. 
 

Coltman Farms Racing, which is owned by Brett Coltman and fields a car for veteran dirt racer Kenny Collins, has signed with MPM Marketing to help bolster the growth of his operation from a promotional and online standpoint.
 

With dirt racing in general beginning to gain more popularity in the United States, Coltman knew that he needed a modern approach to finding success in the current racing environment and said that MPM’s relentless efforts to promote clients like Payton Freeman, who Coltman already sponsors, convinced him to reach out to founder Tonya McCallister. 
 

“This whole thing wouldn’t be possible without the success of Payton Freeman’s partnership with MPM,” Coltman said. “Seeing what MPM has already done for Payton and hearing how he speaks about [Tonya] is what made me want to come aboard. It’s great to be partnered with Tonya and I think we’re going to do great together.”
 

Coltman added that the timing of his team’s new alliance with MPM could not have been more ideal following several successful months with Collins behind the wheel.
 

Collins successfully qualified for the Thursday preliminary of the Colossal 100 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Dirt Track back on May 12. He also showed speed against the top Dirt Late Model operations at Eldora Speedway in June by setting the fastest time of his group during the Eldora Million.
 

Although Collins failed to qualify for the main event in the Eldora Million and the postponed Dirt Late Model Dream, he said those two events served a great measuring stick for where Coltman's program currently stands and believes the efficiency they have displayed will yield a victory very soon.
 

“We haven’t won yet, but we’ve been second, third and just about everywhere else,” Collins said. “There have been a couple of chances for us to win races, but everything has been going really smooth. Brett’s been very easy to work with and I’m happy with how things have been going so far.”
 

Exceeding expectations at Eldora has given Coltman and Collins more confidence heading into the second half of their 2022 schedule, which will see the team participate in a rigorous Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals Series schedule that begins on July 15 at Beckley Motorsports Park in West Virginia.
 

Collins said the goal with Coltman Farms Racing is still to gain experience so they can put together a more concentrated effort in 2023, but the early success they have enjoyed together so far this year has Collins optimistic that everything is ahead of schedule. 
 

“This is a testament to Brett giving us the right equipment,” Collins said. “In these types of races, you need to have cars and engines that are up to date. Brett has provided us high quality equipment and we’ve been building ourselves a notebook along the way, so we’re just going to grow and keep getting better.”
 

With a second car and a brand-new engine on the way, Collins has every reason to believe that Coltman Farms Racing will continue to excel on-track while simultaneously gaining more recognition through their relationship with MPM.
 

Like Collins, McCallister sees the potential that Coltman Farms Racing possesses against top-tier drivers like Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Overton and others, which is why she is determined to help the team capitalize on their current progress and expose their story to more dirt track fans.
 

“We are thrilled to have Coltman Farms Racing on board as a client,” McCallister said. “Brett continues to do so much in the racing industry and it’s easy to see why he’s so successful once you talk to him. His equipment is top notch and that showed at Eldora. With the talent that Kenny Collins has behind the wheel, I think this team will succeed for years to come.”
 

Having seen how McCallister has worked with others in the past, Coltman believes the possibilities are endless for him and Collins on and off the track now that MPM is on their side. 
 

“We’re really starting to get going,” Coltman said. “Many great things have been said about Tonya and the work she has done. I’ve had the chance to spend a little time with her and I think we’re going to gel very well, so I’m excited to see what her marketing can do.”

 

MPM PR

News and Notes: 

- Practice; After the completion of a 20-minute practice session on Friday afternoon, Myatt Snider would record a fast lap of 138.571 at 105.165 mph on Lap-1 of his 7-lap session making the No. 31 Shore Lunch Chevrolet Camaro SS 24th fastest of the 41 cars entered for Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Henry 180.

– Starting Position; Directly after practice teams would move into NXS qualifying to determine the starting order for Saturday afternoon’s Henry 180. In 2022, road course qualifying would consist of two rounds of group qualifying with the first round consisting of 15-minutes of two groups with the fastest five cars in each group moving onto the second round for a 10-minute session to determine the pole sitter. Snider would lay down a fast lap of 138.517 at 105.206 mph in Group A putting the No. 31 Shore Lunch Chevrolet Camaro 16th in the group at the end of the 15 minutes failing to transfer on to the fast-10. At the conclusion of qualifying Snider would fall into the 32nd starting position for Saturday’s Henry 180.

Road America StatsSaturday’s NXS Henry 180 will mark Snider’s third career NXS start at Road America. In 2020 during his NXS debut at Road America, Snider would be involved in a crash late in the race resulting in retiring four laps short of the finish and being credited with the 32nd position. The 2021 edition after moving to a new team would see Snider run strong all day, but would be involved with in an altercation with the No. 44 late in the race that would see him loose the lead pack and ultimately finish in the 23rd position. Last season at Road America JAR had Kaz Grala behind the wheel of the No. 31 after starting in the 7th position, Grala would run in the Top-15 the entire race before fading back in the final stage to finish in the 18th position.

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– Chassis; Jordan Anderson Racing Bommarito Autosport will bring Chassis No. 104 to Road America for Snider to compete with in the Henry 180. Chassis No. 104 last saw on track action for JAR two races ago at Portland International Raceway for the Pacific Automation 147, a race where Snider would have a career day leading 19 laps, capturing the JAR’s first Stage Win, running in the Top-5 for ¾ of the race enroute to a second-place finish. Prior to Portland, Chassis No. 104 last saw on track action for JAR back in March at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas for the Pit Boss 250 a race where Snider avoided trouble all day and was able to come home with a strong 6th place finish. In three races in the 2022, Chassis No. 104 holds an average finish of 4.0.  

JAR PR

Winning a dogfight of a race at Boone County Raceway, the debut event for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network at the high-banked Nebraska oval, went the way of Oklahoma's Matt Covington on Friday night.
 
Covington's first win of the 2022 season, the win is the 15th time the Missile Motorsports/A-Rock Material No. 95 has parked in Victory Lane with the National Tour and first in the state of Nebraska.
 
"This season has been up and down so far; I can't even describe how much we needed this win, especially for Matthew [Howard]. He works his butt off on this car. I feel like he's worked way harder than he even had to last year, only to not have the same kind of results, and that's tough," stated Covington. "We've had a couple podiums, but this is a major boost for us. Luckily, the injury to my ribs isn't hurting me in the car anymore. Not going to be doing pushups or bench press anytime soon, but I'm back to where I feel good in the car, and I feel like you could see that tonight."
 
Chasing the No. 36 of Jason Martin from the start, Covington began moving his line to encompass the cushion at either end of the three-eighths-mile oval. Working into traffic at the race's mid-point, Martin stuck the bottom with slower cars allowing Matt to close the gap. Down to car lengths on Lap 15, Martin went three wide with traffic, only to have the top clear for Covington through the third and fourth turns. With momentum off the fourth turn, the Covington took the point on Lap 16.
 
On the run to the lead, Matt said, "I sent it to the top, and it felt good, so I kind of maintained at first then started working on closing in on Jason [Martin], and once we got into traffic, I was able to get positioned and make the run, with a line that he wasn't working yet."
 
Vacating the hub, Jason began fighting back. Working all the way into the cushion as Covington cheated the top line, the fight for the lead was on with four laps to run. Pulling the trigger on the slide job, Martin shot back to the point, but the caution would come out before the lap could be completed.
 
Negating the pass, the point fell back to Matt Covington, who went unchallenged to a 0.501-second margin at the finish. Jason Martin in second was followed by Blake Hahn, who made the last second pass on Garet Williamson. The two were separated by 0.033-seconds at the line. Brandon Anderson completed the top five.
 
Wayne Johnson was sixth after a multi-lap showdown with Zach Blurton, who ended up seventh. Joey Danley eighth was followed by Seth Brahmer in ninth. Contact from Johnson on Lap 7 while battling for fifth, Tim Crawley was able to bounce back to complete the top ten.
 
The field of 28 broke down into four SCE Gaskets Heat Races, with wins earned by Brandon Anderson, Garet Williamson, Matt Covington, and Tim Crawley. The night's BMRS B-Feature went to Landon Crawley. The newly established track record belongs to Jason Martin at 14.556-seconds. No provisionals were needed.
 
The next event for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network is the Western Kansas Showdown at WaKeeney Speedway in WaKeeney, Kan., on Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3. Saturday at WaKeeney Speedway is $3,000 to win, $400 to start, and Sunday is $5,000 to win and $500 to start. Both nights open at 5:00 P.M., with racing at 8:00 P.M. (CDT). Hobby Stocks, Cruisers, and Compacts are also on the card.
 
Tickets per night are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth (11-14), and free for kids 10 and under. Saturday will feature Fireworks. WaKeeney Speedway is located at 100 N 13th St. in WaKeeney, Kan. Information on the track can be found at https://www.wakeeneyspeedway.net or by calling Terry Mattox at (918) 417-0624.
 
The 2022 season will mark the 31st year of competition for the American Sprint Car Series. Spearheaded by the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, the ASCS Nation includes Regional Tours that encompass both wing and non-wing competition.
 
For fans not able to attend, the series can be seen live on two platforms, with RaceOnTexas.com on FloRacing.com featuring National Tour events in tandem. Both are subscription-based sites. FloRacing.com is $20 per month, billed annually at $150 per year. RaceOnTexas.com All Access is $39.99 per month.
 
For other news, notes, and information on any of the tours under the ASCS banner, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com, follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@LucasOilASCS).
 
Race Results:
 
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
Boone County Raceway (Albion, Neb.)
Friday, July 1, 2022
 
Car Count: 28
 
The Driver's Project Group Qualifying
 
The Drivers Project Qualifying 1 (3 Laps): 1. 36-Jason Martin, 14.556[4]; 2. 187-Landon Crawley, 14.652[2]; 3. 55B-Brandon Anderson, 14.767[7]; 4. 45X-Kyler Johnson, 14.835[3]; 5. 10P-Dylan Postier, 14.843[1]; 6. 2J-Zach Blurton, 14.964[6]; 7. 91X-Adam Gullion, 15.055[5]
 
The Drivers Project Qualifying 2 (3 Laps): 1. 24-Garet Williamson, 14.999[2]; 2. 47-Brant O'Banion, 15.067[4]; 3. 10-Landon Britt, 15.430[5]; 4. 91-Brandon Stevenson, 15.603[1]; 5. 10J-Justin Jacobsma, 15.707[7]; 6. 36X-Rick Hansen, 16.163[3]; 7. 77B-Michael Bingham, 16.377[6]
 
The Drivers Project Qualifying 3 (3 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington, 14.754[3]; 2. 17B-Ryan Bickett, 15.340[4]; 3. 14-Joey Danley, 15.591[6]; 4. 1B-Cade Richards, 15.766[2]; 5. 57B-Boyd Peterson, 15.898[5]; 6. 10X-Lincoln Drewis, 15.947[7]; 7. 48-Taylor Forbes, 16.025[1]
 
The Drivers Project Qualifying 4 (3 Laps): 1. 23-Seth Bergman, 14.813[3]; 2. 52-Blake Hahn, 14.939[4]; 3. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 15.023[1]; 4. 1X-Tim Crawley, 15.255[5]; 5. 13V-Seth Brahmer, 15.414[6]; 6. 2-Dylan Opdahl, 15.693[2]; 7. 91K-Ryan Kitchen, 16.085[7]
 
SCE Gaskets Heat Races (Top 16 in combined points advance to the A-Feature)
 
SCE Gaskets Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 55B-Brandon Anderson[2]; 2. 36-Jason Martin[4]; 3. 2J-Zach Blurton[6]; 4. 45X-Kyler Johnson[1]; 5. 187-Landon Crawley[3]; 6. 91X-Adam Gullion[7]; 7. 10P-Dylan Postier[5]
 
SCE Gaskets Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 24-Garet Williamson[4]; 2. 10-Landon Britt[2]; 3. 91-Brandon Stevenson[1]; 4. 36X-Rick Hansen[6]; 5. 47-Brant O'Banion [3]; 6. 10J-Justin Jacobsma[5]; 7. 77B-Michael Bingham[7]
 
SCE Gaskets Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington[4]; 2. 14-Joey Danley[2]; 3. 17B-Ryan Bickett[3]; 4. 10X-Lincoln Drewis[6]; 5. 48-Taylor Forbes[7]; 6. 1B-Cade Richards[1]; 7. 57B-Boyd Peterson[5]
 
SCE Gaskets Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 1X-Tim Crawley[1]; 2. 2C-Wayne Johnson[2]; 3. 52-Blake Hahn[3]; 4. 23-Seth Bergman[4]; 5. 13V-Seth Brahmer[5]; 6. 2-Dylan Opdahl[6]; 7. 91K-Ryan Kitchen[7]
 
BMRS B-Feature (Top 6 advance to the A-Feature)
 
BMRS B-Main (12 Laps): 1. 187-Landon Crawley[1]; 2. 13V-Seth Brahmer[4]; 3. 45X-Kyler Johnson[3]; 4. 10P-Dylan Postier[11]; 5. 2-Dylan Opdahl[6]; 6. 91K-Ryan Kitchen[9]; 7. 91X-Adam Gullion[5]; 8. 57B-Boyd Peterson[12]; 9. 77B-Michael Bingham[10]; 10. 47-Brant O'Banion [2]; 11. 1B-Cade Richards[8]; 12. 10J-Justin Jacobsma[7]
 
A-Feature
 
A-Main (25 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington[4]; 2. 36-Jason Martin[2]; 3. 52-Blake Hahn[10]; 4. 24-Garet Williamson[3]; 5. 55B-Brandon Anderson[1]; 6. 2C-Wayne Johnson[7]; 7. 2J-Zach Blurton[6]; 8. 14-Joey Danley[9]; 9. 13V-Seth Brahmer[18]; 10. 1X-Tim Crawley[5]; 11. 10-Landon Britt[8]; 12. 45X-Kyler Johnson[19]; 13. 187-Landon Crawley[17]; 14. 17B-Ryan Bickett[11]; 15. 91-Brandon Stevenson[15]; 16. 10P-Dylan Postier[20]; 17. 48-Taylor Forbes[16]; 18. 2-Dylan Opdahl[21]; 19. 10X-Lincoln Drewis[13]; 20. 36X-Rick Hansen[14]; 21. 91K-Ryan Kitchen[22]; 22. 23-Seth Bergman[12]
 
Lap Leader(s): Jason Martin 1-15; Matt Covington 16-25
Hard Charger: Seth Brahmer +9
Quick Time: Jason Martin 14.556-seconds
High Point Driver: Matt Covington
Provisional(s): N/A
 
ASCS PR

Stafford Speedway hosted another round of Stafford Weekly Racing on Friday, July 1st with Open Modified cars on hand for the GAF Roofing Open 80.  David Arute scored his second win of the season in the SK Modified® feature, Andrew Molleur notched his first Late Model win of the season to end Adam Gray’s winning streak at 4 races, George Bessette, Jr. took down his first win of the season in the SK Light feature, Matt Clement was a first time winner in 2022 in the Limited Late Model feature, and Travis Downey was a career first time winner in the Street Stock feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Troy Talman led the field to the green flag but the caution came out before a lap could be completed for Joey Ternullo, Jr. who hit the backstretch wall.

Talman took the lead on the restart with Tyler Hines and Anthony Bello behind him.  David Arute and Teddy Hodgdon were side by side for fourth with Arute taking the position just before the caution flew again with 2 laps complete for Bryan Narducci and Ronnie Williams, who made contact with each other and ended up in the turn 3 wall.

Talman took the lead back under green with Hines in second.  Hines got loose on lap-4 which allowed Arute to take over second place with Hines getting back into line in third place.  Bello was fourth in line with Keith Rocco right behind him in fifth.  The caution came back out with 6 laps complete for Tyler Hines, who spun in the middle of turns 3+4.

Talman was back in front on the restart with Arute taking second after two laps of side by side racing with Hines.  Dana DiMatteo spun in the middle of turns 1+2 to bring the caution back out with 7 laps complete.

Talman held off a challenge from Arute to maintain the lead on the restart with Hines and Arute wheel to wheel for second behind Talman.  Arute got clear of Hines on lap-9 with Rocco in fourth and Todd Owen up to fifth.  Hines got loose in the corner and he fell back to 16th place.  Arute took the lead from Talman on lap-12 with a pass in turn 4.  Rocco took second from Talman on lap-13 and Talman got loose in turn 2 on lap-14 and he slid back to outside the top-10 before his car slowed off the pace.  The order with 17 laps complete was Arute, Rocco, Cory DiMatteo, Bello, and Marcello Rufrano making up the top-5 with Owen, Michael Gervais, Jr., Teddy Hodgdon, Dan Wesson, and Dylan Kopec rounding out the top-10.

Arute began to slowly stretch out his advantage over Rocco and with 10 laps to go the order was Arute, Rocco, Cory DiMatteo, Rufrano, Bello, Owen, Gervais, Wesson, Kopec, and Jon Puleo.  The caution came out with 33 laps complete for Curt Brainard, who spun in turn 2.

Arute took the lead after a lap of side by side racing with Rocco with Rocco slotting into second.  Rufrano moved up to third with Owen jumping up to fourth and Cory DiMatteo was fifth.  Cory DiMatteo and Wesson both spun in the middle of turns 3+4 to bring the caution out with 36 laps complete.

Arute took the back under green with Rufrano pulling alongside Rocco for second.   Rufrano took second on lap-37 and he brought Owen with him into third to drop Rocco back to fourth, just in front of Bello.  Arute led Rufrano and Owen to the checkered flag to pick up his second win of the 2022 season.  Rocco finished fourth with Bello rounding out the top-5.

In the 30-lap Late Model feature event, John Blake led the field to the green flag but Paul Varricchio, Jr. got into the wall coming out of turn 2 to bring the caution out before a lap could be completed. 

Michael benentt took the lead from Blake on the restart but hje got loose on lap-2 which allowed Blake to go back to the front of the pack.  Andrew Molleur took second with Kevin Gambacorta third, Michael Wray fourth and Adam Gray fifth with Bennett sliding back to sixth place.  Gray made a move to the inside of Wray to take fourth on lap-4 just before Bennett backed his car into the turn 1 wall  to bring the caution out with 4 laps complete.

Blake and Molleur went side by side for the lead back under green but the caution came out after only one more lap was able to be completed for a spin in the middle of turns 3+4 by Duane Noll.

Blake took the lead on the next restart with Molleur right behind him in second.  Gambacorta maintained third place with Gray fourth and Wray in fifth.  Gray continued his charge to the front by taking third place from Gambacorta on lap-9.  Wray took fourth from Gambacorta on lap-10 and Ryan Fearn was now side by side with Gambacorta for fifth place on lap-10.  Ryan Fearn took the spot on lap-11 with Wayne Coury, Jr. also getting by Gambacorta to move into sixth place.  Coury went by Ryan Fearn on lap-12 to take over fifth place while Molleur had gotten around Blake to take over the race lead with Gray still in third.

With 10 laps to go, Molleur had a comfortable lead over Gray, who was now in second, Blake, Wray, and Tom Fearn.  Gray couldn’t catch Molleur over the final laps as Molleur took down his first win of the 2022 season and ended Gray’s winning streak at four races.  Blake came home in third place with Tom Fearn and Wray rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap SK Light feature event, Bob Charland took the lead from Charlie McDougall at the start of the race with McDougall settling into second place.  Amanda West and Norm Sears were side by side for fourth place and Chris Matthews and Josh Carey were side by side for sixth place.  Matthews was on the charge in the early going as he took third from West on lap-4 and then made a move to take second from McDougall on lap-5.  Alexander Pearl spun in turn 4 and collected the cars of Cassandra Cole, Joey Ferrigno, Brett Casey, and Casey Vogt to bring the caution flag out with 7 laps complete.

Charland took the lead back under green with Tyler Barry shooting into second with Matthews third, West fourth, and Josh Carey in fifth.  Barry took the lead from Charland on lap-9 just before Charland’s car dropped off the pace and came to a stop in turn 2 to bring the caution back out with 9 laps complete.

Barry took the lead back under green with West in second.  West would lose second to George Bessette, Jr. on lap-12 with Carey up to fourth and Matthews in fifth.  Sears was now sixth in line followed by Meghan Fuller, McDougall, Brandon Michael, and Pearl.  Carey made a move to the inside of West to move into third place just before Tyler Chapman and McDougall spun in turn 4 with Chapman’s car collecting Hailey Desaulniers to bring the caution out with 17 laps complete and set up a three lap dash to the finish.

Bessette took the lead from Barry on the restart but the caution and red flags flew with 18 laps complete as Josh Carey got into the backstretch wall and ended up sliding down the backstretch on his roof with Pearl also spinning.

Bessette again took the lead on the restart with Barry slotting into second.  Barry made a run to the  outside of Bessette on the final lap with the two cars touching as they raced through turn 4 with Bessette leading Barry to the checkered flag to pick up his first win of the 2022 season.  Matthews finished third with West and Sears rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature event, Matt Clement took the early lead with Ari Jencik, Jeremy Lavoie, Jay Clement, and Matt Scappini lined up behind him.  Lavoie made a move to the inside of Ari Jencik on lap-5 to move into second while Devon Jencik got by Scappini to move into fifth place.

At the halfway point of the race, Matt Clement was still out front with Lavoie giving chase.  Devon Jencik worked his way up to third with Alexandra Fearn up to fourth and Scappini was fifth in line.  Lavoie was slowly reeling Matt Clement in and by lap-12 he was less than a car length behind Clement for the lead. 

The two lead cars deftly navigated lapped traffic over the closing laps and Lavoie was able to make a run coming out of turn 4 on the final lap, but he came up just a half car length short as Matt Clement took down his first win of the 2022 season.  Devon Jencik finished third with Fearn and Scappini rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap Street Stock feature event, Chris Danielczuk led the field to the green flag and he took the early lead with Marvin Minkler right behind him in second.  Kyle Johnson was third but he lost that position to Travis Downey on lap-2.  Minkler took the lead from Danielczuk on lap-3 with Downey moving up to second.  Bert Ouellette took third with Tyler Trott fourth and Adrien Paradis, III fifth as Danielczuk slid from the lead to outside the top-10. 

Downey was applying heavy pressure to Minkler for the lead and he was able to take the lead on lap-8.  Ouellette followed Downey by Minkler to move into second with Trott taking third, Paradis fourth, and Travis Hydar fifth as Minkler fell back to sixth place, just in front of Nickolas Hovey.

Hydar made a move to the inside of Paradis on lap-11 to move into fourth place while Ouellette was all over the back bumper of Downey in the fight for the race lead.  Joe Marek spun in the middle of turns 1+2 which collected the car of Pat Grady and brought the caution flag out with 14 laps complete.

Downey and Ouellette ran side by side for a lap on the restart before Downey got clear into the lead.  Trott was third in line with Hydar fourth and Paradis in fifth.  Trott and Hydar touched with Trott sliding into the outside lane and dropping to the rear of the field on lap-17.  Ouellette gave it all he had, but he couldn’t get close enough to make a move for the lead as Downey collected his first career win at Stafford.  Hydar finished third with Hovey and Paradis rounding out the top-5.

For more information contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at (860) 684-2783, or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.

Stafford Speedway PR

Open Modified cars returned to Stafford Motor Speedway for their fourth of five visits of the 2022 season on Friday, July 1st for the GAF Roofing Open 80.  Woody Pitkat dominated the race to take down his second consecutive open modified victory at Stafford after winning the Bud Light 80 last month.

Eric Goodale and Chase Dowling went wheel to wheel for 2 laps before Goodale got clear into the race lead.  Woody Pitkat worked his way around Dowling to move into second on lap-3 with Dowling settling into third place.  Marcello Rufrano was fourth followed by Ryan Preece and Cory DiMatteo.  Pitkat took the lead from Goodale on lap-6 while Preece was pressuring Rufrano for fourth place.

Goodale was applying heavy pressure to Pitkat for the lead and he nearly spun in turn 4 on nlap-14 but he was able to gather his car up and he only lost one position, falling back to third as Dowling moved into second.  With 25 laps completed, it was still Pitkat in the lead followed by Dowling, Goodale, Rufrano, and Preece.  Cory DiMatteo was sixth followed by Matt Galko, Anthony Nocella, Dana DiMatteo, and Ronnie Williams.

At the halfway point of the race, Pitkat was still in command with Dowling in second.  Goodale, Rufrano, and Preece made up the top-5 with Cory DiMatteo, Nocella, Galko, Dana DiMatteo, and Williams rounding out the top-10.  The caution came out with 44 laps complete for a spin coming out of turn 2 by Matt Gallo.  Under the caution the entire field with the exception of Tommy Barrett, Jr. came to pit road for tires and adjustments.   Goodale won the race off of pit road followed by Pitkat, Williams, Dowling, Ryan Newman, Galko, Nocella, and Dana DiMatteo.

Barrett led the field back to green but he only lasted on lap in front before Pitkat took the lead on lap-45.  Dowling moved up to second with Williams taking third and Goodale fourth as Barrett fell back to fifth.  Newman took fifth from Barrett on lap-48 and Barrett continued to slide backwards, falling outside the top-15.

Williams made a move around Dowling to move into second place on lap-55 while Pitkat continued to hold the race lead.  Goodale was still fourth with Dana DiMatteo up to fifth.  Dana DiMatteo worked his way past Goodale on lap-74 to move into fourth place while Dowling and Williams were both still trying to catch Pitkat for the race lead.

Pitkat led Williams and Dowling to the checkered flag to pick up his second consecutive open modified victory at Stafford Speedway.  Dana DiMatteo finished fourth with Goodale rounding out the top-5.

For more information contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at (860) 684-2783, or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.

Stafford Speedway PR

 

KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1, met with the media in advance of the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series doubleheader race weekend at Road America. Press Conference Transcript: 

 

KYLE, WALK US THROUGH YOUR QUALIFYING LAP TODAY IN THE NO. 17 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO SS THAT LANDED YOU THE POLE FOR TOMORROW’S NASCAR XFINITY SERIES RACE?

“It was good. The first run, my goal was to hit my marks and I didn’t do that. It was kind of good to do that because then I could back off of that a little bit and just know if I got through the corners OK, my car was going to be fast enough that I could have a shot at the pole. I didn’t expect to be that much faster than the field, but it felt really good.

 

I’m excited about tomorrow. My car felt amazing in race trim, as well. Hats off to the team for preparing a car for me to race this weekend and try to learn and better our efforts for Sunday. Definitely excited about it.”

 

YOU HAVEN’T COMPETED IN THE NASCAR XFINITY SERIES IN FOUR YEARS. WHAT’S IT LIKE BEING BACK IN A XFINITY CAR?

“Yeah, it was honestly surprising when I had read that it had been since I think 2018. It doesn’t feel that long ago.

 

I don’t know – the driving stuff is whatever. It’s just like the visuals of the tach and the gauges. It’s a different style of dash than what I was even used to when I was racing Xfinity for Ganassi. Just the little things like that are hard to adjust to at first. But once you’re out there, it all kind of becomes natural and it’s just another stock car at that point.”

 

HOW MUCH ATTENTION HAVE YOU PAID TO THIS SERIES OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS WITH THE NEW TALENT?

“I honestly probably haven’t paid enough attention, so I don’t really know how to answer that question. But I’m looking forward to competing with a lot of the young up-and-comers, as I’m sure they’re looking forward to compete with me also. It should be a lot of fun this weekend and for the couple of others I get to run the rest of the year.”

 

YOU’VE LED AT LEAST 19 LAPS ON THE CUP SIDE IN SEVEN OF THE LAST NINE RACES. DO YOU FEEL LIKE SOME OF THOSE HAVE KIND OF SLIPPED AWAY FROM YOU, AS FAR AS WINS? DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU GUYS ARE JUST A LITTLE BIT OFF? YOU FIND YOUR WAY UP FRONT AT SOME POINT DURING THE RACE.

“I don’t know. There were definitely a couple that we almost won that slipped away there late, like Kansas (Speedway) and Charlotte (Motor Speedway). But I feel like in both of those, we performed at a very great level and honestly a little bit better than what we should have; and that’s just a testament to our team and how strong we are.

 

As I’m sure everybody does, I feel like we’re really close to being good; leading even more laps and challenging for even more wins. The cars are developing each week. Everyone is refining their stuff, setups and getting better. We just have to keep working really hard.”

 

I ASSUME YOU WEREN’T EXPECTING A SEASON LIKE LAST YEAR BECAUSE THOSE JUST DON’T COME AROUND, BUT HAS IT BEEN FRUSTRATING AT ALL NOT TO BE AS DOMINATE? OR DOES THE FACT THAT NOBODY HAS BEEN REALLY DOMINATE THIS YEAR KIND OF MAKE UP FOR ANY POTENTIAL FRUSTRATION?

“I haven’t been frustrated yet. I think I understand that the season we had last year was hard to repeat, especially going into a season with a new car and all that. I’m sure if we were in last year’s car and I was sitting here with the same stats – yeah, I’d probably be frustrated. But I thinking having the understanding that we have a new car, pit stops and everything, that helps kind of forget about the success, I guess, of last year.

 

And two, I think nobody has been dominating. Pretty much everybody has been inconsistent at some point throughout a race every week. Just have to find some consistency and I feel like that’s where you’ll standout across the field.”

 

GIVEN HOW DIFFERENT THE CARS HAVE BECOME BETWEEN THESE TWO SERIES, WHAT DO YOU GAIN TOMORROW THAT’S GOING TO HELP?

“I don’t know yet until I get out there tomorrow. But I think for me, just getting more laps – figuring out your angles of what works and what doesn’t work; the shapes of the corners and stuff like that to try and go faster and be better. I imagine our braking points will be much deeper tomorrow. It seems like this year compared to last year’s car, the Cup cars can brake a lot deeper into the corners. That might take some getting used to at first.

 

I definitely think it doesn’t hurt to get more laps, especially on the same race track.”

 

WOULD YOU HAVE BEEN BETTER OFF DOING DOUBLE DUTY A YEAR AGO?

“I don’t know – who’s to say. I pick them because it just works out for my schedule. But I picked this one because I’ve only raced here twice. I don’t remember at all the race I ran here in 2013 and I don’t remember being fast. And then the Cup race last year, this was probably our worst road course we had of the season. So that’s why it was important for me to run this race and just try and learn something every lap.”

 

AFTER LAST WEEKEND’S RACE, YOU MADE THE REFERENCE OF NEEDING TO CLEAN UP A FEW THINGS. YOU HAVE KEVIN (MEENDERING) HERE WORKING WITH YOU ON THE XFINITY CAR, SO YOU GET HIM DOUBLE DUTY LIKE YOU THIS WEEKEND. WHAT DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU NEED TO CLEAN UP OR IF THERE’S ANYTHING IN TERMS OF WORKING WITH HIM AND HOW CAN THIS WEEKEND HELP TOWARDS THAT?

“I don’t know – I don’t remember those exact comments because I felt like everything went pretty smooth, as far as on my end on that. The radio stuff and all that was smooth. I don’t know – maybe I was talking about something else, I can’t remember (laughs).

 

But it is good. It was an unfortunate circumstance that Cliff (Daniels) is suspended for four weeks, but if it’s going to happen, it falls at a good time where I’m doing this race also with Kevin (Meendering). Just getting more familiar with him. I feel like I’m super easy to work with and I feel like I can work with anybody, so it’s not hard for me to adjust to different crew chiefs and stuff. I guess just being familiar with the tone of voice and stuff on the radio is important to me. I know the car is always going to be fast when we hit the track.

 

Cliff is Cliff and there’s nobody like him on a pit box, especially when he talks to you on the radio. I guess just getting familiar with that end of things.”

 

PEOPLE WILL LOOK AT THE LAST ROAD COURSE RACE AND SAY FOR AS STRONG AS YOU WERE AND SUCCESSFUL UNTIL THE WHEEL CAME OFF, THE EXPECTATION WOULD BE THAT IT WOULD CARRYOVER TO THIS PLACE. IS THERE MUCH FROM SONOMA (RACEWAY) THAT YOU CAN TAKE AND FEEL GOOD ABOUT GOING INTO THIS WEEKEND BASED ON HOW YOU DID AT SONOMA?

“It’s hard to say. Last year, we dominated Sonoma (Raceway) and we were extremely good, and we weren’t great here (Road America). I don’t know – I’m sure on the car side of things, there are things that they learned from it. I’ve raced a lot at Sonoma and I haven’t raced here much. And yes, the two don’t really compare, so it’s hard to judge off of Sonoma for this place.”

 

DOES IT SEEM PRETTY SEAMLESS BEING IN A HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS’ XFINITY CAR? IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE THEY’VE RACED IN THIS SERIES, SO I’M JUST CURIOUS WHAT THAT TRANSITION HAS BEEN LIKE?

“I don’t really know what all went into the logistics of fielding a Hendrick Motorsports car in the Xfinity Series. I know they probably had some help from JR Motorsports and stuff like that, but I don’t know the extent of it. I can only speak from my vantage point and everything has been smooth. I went and sat in the car once last week and it fit first try. I showed up today, sat in it again to make sure nothing changed, and it fit fine again. The radios worked fine. That’s the stuff that I worry about when I go to run a car that I haven’t ran before and everything has been smooth, so far.

 

I have no doubt that with the depth of talent that Hendrick Motorsports has, that it’s going to be performing at a high-level. It should be easy-going.”

 

I KNOW THAT WITH THE CAR NUMBER AND THE PAINT SCHEME, IT’S A TRIBUTE TO RICKY HENDRICK. YOU NEVER GOT TO MEET RICKY. WHEN YOU’RE DRIVING A CAR THAT CERTAINLY HAS SIGNIFICANCE TO THE TEAM AND THE OWNER, BUT YOU DON’T HAVE AS MUCH OF THAT RELATIONSHIP. HOW DO YOU FEEL? IS THERE ANY EXTRA WEIGHT ON YOUR SHOULDERS AND HOW DO YOU TRY TO LEARN A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT RICKY SINCE YOU NEVER GOT THE CHANCE TO MEET HIM?

“Yeah, that’s a good question. I never got the chance to meet Ricky (Hendrick), but I’ve heard a lot of stories. When we were on vacation last year, we watched that documentary that they came out with years back. So I could kind of learn a little bit about him, his family and Rick and Linda (Hendrick) even more watching that. That was good.

 

And then I think for me, having children myself makes me running this car much more important. I can’t imagine losing one of my children and what that would do to me. Talking to Rick on the phone a few different times, he’s so excited about seeing this paint scheme and number on the race track. I hope to see him here this weekend. I know he’s trying hard to get here and we have a good shot to win. I did tell him that it does add some more pressure to you driving this car because you know how special it is to their family and to Hendrick Motorsports as a whole.”

 

I WAS TALKING TO ONE OF YOUR CREW MEMBERS AND TEHRE ARE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WORKING ON THE CAR THIS WEEKEND THAT DID WORK WITH RICKY (HENDRICK). I WAS CURIOUS IF ANY OF THEM HAD MENTIONED THAT TO YOU YET.

“I hadn’t heard of that, but that’s really neat and I think that just adds to these races that we’re running with this car. It’s special for everybody at the race shop and anybody who’s ever had a relationship with Ricky (Hendrick) or worked at Hendrick Motorsports in the past.

 

I knew we were going to have this paint scheme because it’s Rick (Hendrick) and he’s flipping the bill for it. But when I heard that it was going to be that number and paying tribute to Ricky, I think it just made everybody really excited and it was just the perfect thing to do.”

 

THIS WEEK, IT CAME OUT THAT YOU HAVE BEEN NOMINATED FOR AN ESPYS FOR DRIVER OF THE YEAR AGAINST MAX VERSTAPPEN, ALEX PALOU AND STEVE TORRENCE. HOW COOL WAS THAT TO BE INCLUDED IN THAT GROUP AND BE UP FOR THAT HONOR?

“It’s a great honor. I know there has been a lot of NASCAR drivers to win the award, so my fingers are crossed that I can win that. That would definitely be one of the coolest awards. Just being nominated alone is a great honor. But if I was to win it and beat a F1 World Champion, as well as the other champions, that would be a great honor.

 

We’ll see. I hope. Max (Verstappen) had a great year, as well as everybody else. Hopefully they consider my dirt wins, as well; because if you factor in my dirt wins, then that would give me a better shot.”

 

GM PR

 Eddie Tafoya Jr’s impressive 2022 season continued to roll on Saturday night when he placed fourth in the USAC/CRA Bubby Jones/Ray Scheetz Memorial at Perris Auto Speedway.  The result gave him nine top 10 finishes and five top-fives in the first 12 races of the 2022 campaign.

Grueling heat greeted Tafoya and the other 19 teams on hand for the race that paid tribute to National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Bubby Jones and his longtime crew chief Ray Scheetz.  The only thing hotter than the temperature was the action on the track.  As has been the case throughout most of the 2022 season, Tafoya was in the thick of it from the start of qualifying until the checkered flag in the main event.

Coming off his first-ever Woodland Auto Display fast time award at the Ventura Raceway two weeks earlier, Tafoya again turned in a sterling effort in time trials. He was one of only three cars on hand to turn in a sub-17-second lap.  He did so with a run of 16.954.  That was the third-fastest time of the night. 

The Chino Hills, California racer started fifth in the six-car third heat and raced his way forward to finish second in the 10-lapper.

In the 30-lap finale, Tafoya and his popular #51T car started on the inside of the third row in fifth and he was in the same position when the first circuit ended.  In what turned out to be a see-saw battle from fourth to eighth throughout the race, Tafoya advanced one spot forward to fourth early in the going. However, by the time the race was 1/3 of the way over on lap 10, he had drifted back to 6th.  At the halfway point, he had slipped back one more position and was running 7th.

Things changed after the midway point when “Mr. Smooth” steered his way to 6th before the end of lap 17.  He was still there on lap 20, but he was not done and would move up two more spots in the “money laps.”  On a restart with only two laps to go, he was up to fifth.  He picked off one more car and was hot on the tail tanks of the top three as they crossed the finish line at the end of the race. 

Tafoya maintained his lofty fourth-place position in the championship standings.  He gained 15-points on the third-place driver and is only 39-points out of that spot going into the August 6th race at the reopening of the Santa Maria Raceway. 

The July 8th and 9th races at the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford and the Stone Chevrolet, Buick, GMC Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare have been canceled due to the tire shortage currently plaguing racing as well as high fuel costs.   

Tafoya and the #51T team would like to thank Specialty Fasteners, DRC Chassis, Ryder Racing Engines, Simpson Safety Products, Bell, Benic Enterprises, BR Motorsports, PSC Powder Coating, Magik Graphics, Gasper Transportation, Owen’s Insurance Services, and Weld Wheels for making the 2022 season possible.

If you or your company would like to be a part of the Specialty Fastener team’s 2022 season effort, please contact Eddie Tafoya Jr. via phone at (909) 393-3999 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. He will be happy to talk to you and lay out the team’s 2022 plans.

Fans can follow Tafoya on Instagram @eddietafoya51. The same contact point can be used to purchase his great-looking shirts via mail.

Eddie Tafoya PR

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