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Notes of Interest


●  History at Texas: In 22 NASCAR Cup Series starts on the 1.5-mile oval at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Almirola has one top-five finish, five top-10s, and has led 101 laps. Four of the five top-10s came in his first four starts with Stewart-Haas Racing.


●  Driver Standings: Almirola arrives at Texas 22nd in the driver standings.


●  Almirola’s career: In 453 career NASCAR Cup Series starts, Almirola has three wins, 28 top-five finishes, 93 top-10s, five poles, and has led 1,068 laps.


●  Last weekend at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Almirola ran in and around the top-15 for the majority of the race after a difficult qualifying effort of 26th. He finished 18th.


●  Smithfield has been a sponsor of Almirola’s for the entirety of his fulltime NASCAR Cup Series career – making it one of the longest-lasting partnerships in NASCAR. Smithfield is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. Its 63,000 team members are dedicated to producing “Good food. Responsibly.®” Smithfield is one of the world’s leading vertically integrated protein companies. The company has pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including its industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across its entire U.S. value chain by 2030. Smithfield believes in the power of protein to end food insecurity and has donated hundreds of millions of food servings to local communities.


●  Beyond the 10 YouTube Series:In 2023, Almirola is continuing to share his life beyond the No. 10 Ford with season five of his award-winning YouTube series. Fans and media can subscribe on YouTube to see Almirola’s personality on and off the track. Episodes have already featured life as a dad, a husband and an athlete, and the show gives fans a unique perspective on what goes on in the life of a professional NASCAR driver. Fans can also follow Almirola’s social media channels: @Aric_Almirola on Twitter and Instagram, and @AricAlmirola on Facebook. 


Aric Almirola, Driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:


Since joining Stewart-Haas Racing, you’ve won a pole and finished runner-up at Texas. Is this a track that fits your style?


“I just think our organization has found a lot of success figuring out Texas over the years and we had one of the fastest cars in 2019 and finished second to Kevin (Harvick), so we have been really successful as a team at Texas. With this NextGen car, it’s been a bit of a toss-up at the 1.5-mile tracks. Sometimes we hit on it and sometimes we don’t, so we just have to hope what we’re bringing to Texas this weekend is the right setup. I’m really confident there, so if we do unload well, I know we can race up front with the guys contending in the playoffs. Texas always has a huge celebration for the winner, so this would be a really cool track to add to the list and close out the season with a win.” 



This weekend, the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli heads to World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, to compete on the 1.6 mile-infield road course for the very first time. As the longest-running professional road racing series in North America with a rich history of visiting some of the continent’s most storied tracks, it’s rare that Trans Am competitors get to race on a circuit for the very first time. While the series raced on the same raced property in 1985, at what was then called the St. Louis International Raceway, the facility has been completely renovated and competitors will be racing on a road course circuit that was constructed in 1997.

For the Gateway SpeedTour, the TA/XGT/SGT/GT classes will be joined by the Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers TA2 Series for an exciting combination race on Saturday afternoon. Here are some Trans Am drivers’ thoughts on visiting World Wide Technology Raceway.

Chris Dyson, No. 16 GYM WEED Ford Mustang – TA

“It’s always nice to go to new tracks. I think for us, certainly, it’s rare for us to get a brand-new track on the schedule. World Wide Technology Raceway has done a great job promoting events in the past. I’ve obviously watched oval races there. They say the place is pretty technical and demanding. Generally, when you do these tracks that are [road courses inside ovals], you have to get a car that can stop, turn and go. I think the GYM WEED car is going to be great out there. It’s an important round in the championship; we’re getting down to the home stretch, so every race matters a little bit more for us. I’m hopeful that we’ll go out and get a great race in. I have full confidence that the guys will give me a fast racecar.”

Looking to pad his series point lead, the two-time Trans Am champion is aiming for his fourth race win of the year at WWTR. Almost as much as the wheel-to-wheel challenge from his direct rivals in the headline TA class, Dyson will need to take care as he laps mixed classes with his No. 16 GYM WEED Ford Mustang over the course of Saturday’s 100-mile sprint race. In total, 29 cars, including those in the slower TA2 class, are scheduled to take the green flag on the 1.6-mile circuit that combines much of the banked oval with a tight six-turn infield section.

“I’m going for the win for sure. But I’m also keeping in mind that old racing adage that to finish first, first you must finish. The TA2 class is super competitive, and those guys are going to be having a hard race among themselves, fighting for their own championships. We have raced on track with both TA and TA2 classes before, and it's always action-packed and filled with more than a share of dicey moments, especially as we navigate a very short lap like WWTR.  So, taking care in – and managing – the traffic will be at a great premium this weekend.

“Fortunately, between the optional test and regular practice sessions, we should have enough time to find the best balance. We are confident we have cured the electrical issue we had with our primary car two weeks ago at Watkins Glen, but for this weekend we will be bringing the spare car I used to finish second at the Glen. You need a car that can handle the G-loads on the banking but also can brake and put the power down well in the infield.  If we have a good result this weekend I think that puts us in a very good position for our third straight Trans Am championship.”

Rafa Matos, No. 88 3-Dimensional Services Group Ford Mustang – TA2

“It’s a completely new racetrack for everybody, so I’m pretty excited just to learn about the track. Obviously, it’s a [road course and oval combination], and it’s always fun to drive around those. The speeds on this style of track is usually pretty high, so we should expect some good action from the TA2 class. I’ve never been to St. Louis as well, so it’s a new place I’m going to get to know and learn some of the cultural things about the city. Overall, I’m looking forward to going.”

Ben Maier, No. 75 Silver Hare Racing/Gel Blaster Chevrolet Camaro – TA2

“I’m really looking forward to this year’s Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers TA2 Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway because it’s new and it’s just a really cool track to be racing at. It’s going to be a new experience for everyone, and especially for me, because I’m still learning the cars, and every track is new for me, basically. I think this will be a really fun track to race at.”

Connor Zilisch. No. 7 Silver Hare Racing Chevrolet Camaro – TA2

“I’m looking forward to going to World Wide Technology Raceway because I’ve watched a lot of races there in the past, whether it’s INDYCAR or NASCAR, recently. It looks like it provides pretty good racing on the oval, so to go there and compete on both an oval and a road course should be pretty cool.”

Nathan Herne, No. 29 CUBE 3/Berryman Ford Mustang – TA2

“I’m real excited for the next round at World Wide Technology Raceway. I got to spend a bit of time in Missouri racing dirt late models on the dirt track down there. I’ve met a lot of great people out there, so to get down to St. Louis and do some racing is going to be awesome fun. It’s an even playing field for everyone; no one’s been there before, so I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be an awesome weekend.”

The Trans Am Series will first hit the track at WWTR on Friday for testing and practice and will qualify and race on Saturday.

For tickets and information, please call WWTR at (618) 215-8888 or visit Follow @WWTRaceway on social media.


No. 18 Allstate Peterbilt Group Toyota GR Supra News and Notes:

  • SMITH AT TEXAS: Sammy Smith will run his first race at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS).  
  • BRISTOL RECAP: Smith and the No. 18 team put together a solid run on Friday night at Bristol to kick of the NXS Playoffs collecting a stage point and his 11th top-10 finish of the season. Smith’s run at Bristol put him five points above the NASCAR Playoffs cut line for the Round of Eight.  
  • ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Smith is eligible to compete for the 2023 NXS Sunoco Rookie of the Year (ROTY). The other drivers competing for the title are Chandler Smith, Parker Retzlaff, and Blaine Perkins. 
  • ARCA EAST CHAMPION x2: Smith defended his 2021 ARCA Menards Series East (AMSE) Championship in 2022 on the strength of five wins and a top-five finish in all of the AMSE races. He also won four ARCA Menards Series races and one ARCA Menards Series West race in 2022.   
  • ON THE PITBOX: Crew Chief Jeff Meendering will head up the No. 18 team during the 2023 season. He has visited Victory Lane eight times as a NXS crew chief, most recently with Smith at Phoenix in March 2023. His teams have collected 57 top-five finishes, 121 top-10 finishes, and 11 pole positions under his leadership. 
  • JGR AT TEXAS: : JGR has 113 NXS starts at Texas with 16 of those starts ending in Victory Lane. The last JGR NXS driver to win at Texas was John Hunter Nemechek in the 2021 fall race. The team has combined for 44 top-fives, 72 top-10’s, 10 pole awards, and 2,837 laps led. 
  • FOLLOW ALONG: Follow along for updates and a behind-the-scenes look at Smith’s 2023 NXS Seasons.  

Twitter: @SammySmithSS I Facebook: Sammy Smith Racing I Instagram:  @sammysmithss_ 

  • RACE INFO: The NXS Andy’s Frozen Custard 300 at Texas is scheduled for 3:30 PM EST on Saturday, September 23. The race will be broadcast on USA, PRN, Sirius XM and available to stream on the NBC Sports app. 


From the Driver’s Seat: 

Sammy Smith: “We got the Playoffs off to a good start at Bristol so I’m looking to carry that into Texas. This will be my first time on the track, so I’m doing all the preparation I can so that we can have a good run this weekend. The guys are working hard in the shop to bring a fast Allstate Peterbilt Group No. 18 Toyota GR Supra. As long as we go out and put together a complete weekend, I think we will be in good shape going into the ROVAL in a couple of weeks.” 


Sunday Race Info

Race: AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400

Date/Time: Sunday, September 24 / 3:30 p.m. ET

Distance: 267 laps / 400 miles

Track Length: 1.5 miles


Express Notes

Press Kit: Download the 2023 FedEx Racing press materials at, including bios for Denny Hamlin, Chris Gabehart and Joe Gibbs Racing leadership, program highlights and statistics.

Round of 16 Recap: During the first round of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, Hamlin ranked second in the points standings behind Kyle Larson. The Chesterfield, Virginia native earned an additional seven playoff points thanks to his victory at Bristol and two stage wins at Darlington.

Leading the Way: In three playoff races, Hamlin has led 382 laps, including 142 laps in last Saturday’s win at Bristol Motor Speedway. During the 26-race regular season, the No. 11 driver led 389 laps total.

Texas Notes: Denny Hamlin is a three-time NASCAR Cup Series winner at Texas Motor Speedway. In 32 career starts at the 1.5-mile track, he owns seven top-five finishes and 15 top-10s, including three consecutive top-10 results dating back to 2020. Last fall at Texas, Hamlin was running solidly inside the top five before being spun under caution during the final stage. The ensuing chain of events resulted in Hamlin losing his track position and having to make a late charge to earn a top-10 finish.

Gabehart Effect: Since being paired with crew chief Chris Gabehart at the start of the 2019 season, Hamlin leads the Cup Series with 20 victories, 77 top-five finishes, and 4,902 laps led. During their time working together, the duo has won at eight of the 10 playoff tracks, including a win at Texas Motor Speedway in March 2019.

Texas Tire Test: Hamlin and the FedEx Racing team participated in a two-day tire test at Texas Motor Speedway on July 11-12.

Hamlin Statistics

Track: Texas Motor Speedway

Races: 32

Wins: 3

Poles: 0

Top-5: 7

Top-10: 15

Laps Led: 292

Avg. Start: 12.8

Avg. Finish: 13.6


Hamlin Conversation – Texas

How do you approach this weekend and this round as a whole?

“Texas is an important race for everyone competing in the Round of 12 because you can’t count on being great at Talladega. You can be great and get taken out there. At the ROVAL, now that they’ve added the stage cautions, you could get taken out on a restart there, so you just never know. We tested a new tire at Texas this summer, so I feel like we should be pretty good there. Our mindset is that we want to get the work done early in this round and not be sweating points going into the ROVAL.”


No. 20 ROMCO Equipment Toyota GR Supra News and Notes

  • NEMECHEK AT TEXAS: John Hunter Nemechek owns victories at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. His Xfinity Series win came driving for Joe Gibbs Racing in October 2021 after leading 92 of 200 laps. That same year, Nemechek led 64 of 147 laps on the way to victory lane in the Truck Series race at the 1.5-mile track.
  • BRISTOL RECAP: Nemechek began his pursuit of the Xfinity Series championship with a solid third-place finish last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. After starting second, he finished fourth and sixth in the opening stages before ultimately claiming his third consecutive top-three result at the end of the night.
  • STOUT PERFORMANCE: In 16 starts this season on oval tracks two miles and less in distance, Nemechek’s performance has been phenomenal. He owns six wins, 12 top-five finishes, 16 top-10s, 905 laps led, a 6.1-average starting position and a 3.3-average finishing position in those 16 races.
  • BESHORE AT TEXAS: Crew chief Ben Beshore has enjoyed his own success during his time atop the pit box at Texas Motor Speedway. In four Xfinity Series starts, Beshore’s teams have scored a pair of wins (Kyle Busch in 2019 and Harrison Burton in 2020). In those four starts, his teams have posted three top-five finishes and four top-10s.
  • ROMCO EQUIPMENT: Nemechek’s No. 20 Toyota GR Supra will feature ROMCO Equipment as the primary sponsor for Saturday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway. The Dallas-based company serves the earthmoving, ground engaging and material handling markets by providing a full line of construction and mining equipment. ROMCO and Nemechek have a longstanding partnership dating back to 2017. The combo has proven to be a strong one with many highlights, including Nemechek’s Xfinity Series win for Joe Gibbs Racing at Texas Motor Speedway in October 2021.
  • JGR AT TEXAS: Joe Gibbs Racing has claimed 16 Xfinity Series victories at Texas Motor Speedway. In 113 combined starts at the track, the organization has tallied 44 top-five finishes, 72 top-10s, 10 pole awards, and 2,837 laps led. Christopher Bell, Harrison Burton, Kyle Busch, and Erik Jones join Nemechek on the list of drivers who have driven JGR entries to victory lane in Texas.
  • TUNE IN: Coverage of this weekend’s Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, September 23, at 3:30 p.m. ET on USA Network, PRN Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


John Hunter Nemechek, Driver of the No. 20 ROMCO Equipment Toyota GR Supra

What are your thoughts about racing at Texas?

“I definitely enjoy going to Texas. Being able to have a win there and a lot of great runs over the past couple years, not only in the Xfinity Series, but also the Truck Series, makes Texas a place that I look forward to going to every single year. Racing there forces you to adapt really fast. Turns 1 and 2 are so different from (turns) 3 and 4, so trying to get your car to work on both ends is pretty difficult. If you’re able to hit the balance, it’s a lot of fun. In the two times I’ve been there with JGR, we’ve had really good speed and obviously won two years ago, so I expect us to have a good shot this weekend.”


Notes of Interest


● Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), is set to make his third NASCAR Cup Series start at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth this Sunday.


● Briscoe’s best finish in two starts at Texas came in the first race of the Round of 12 of last year’s playoffs. Briscoe started 30th but powered his way to a fifth-place finish. The team struggled early in the race but used fuel strategy to its advantage to earn points and set up a run to the Round of 8.


● In the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Briscoe has two top-fives in five starts at Texas with a best finish of second in March 2020. He also competed in two NASCAR Truck Series races at the track, finishing second and fourth in the 2017 events, respectively.


14 Years Together: Rush Truck Centers returns to the No. 14 Ford Mustang this weekend at Texas as the company and SHR continue their 14-year partnership, with Rush Truck Centers serving as a primary sponsor for 11 of those years. All of SHR’s racecars travel from event to event in haulers from Rush Truck Centers, the premier service solutions provider to the commercial vehicle industry. And in October, SHR haulers will sport special mudflaps in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Now through the end of October, Rush Truck Centers is proud to offer limited-edition pink Breast Cancer Awareness mudflaps. And for every mudflap sold, $2 will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation by Rush Truck Centers and promotional marketing company Boundless.


● Rush Truck Centers is proud to employ 2,500 talented service technicians throughout the largest network of commercial truck and bus dealerships in North America, operating in 23 states and Ontario, Canada. At Rush Truck Centers, service technicians are the heartbeat of its dealerships, and the company is always looking to add the best and brightest technicians to its team. Service technicians interested in looking for the next step in their careers can find additional information and listings of open positions on the Rush Enterprises Technician Careers page. 


● Cummins joins Rush Truck Centers for this weekend’s race. Cummins Inc., is a global power technology leader that designs, manufactures, distributes and services a broad portfolio of power solutions. These solutions include advanced diesel, natural gas, hybrid, electric, fuel cell and other technologies. Cummins powers the future through innovations that make people’s lives better. From buses that transport kids to and from school, to the trucks that carry essentials, to construction, mining equipment, trains and ships, and critical backup power for places like data centers and hospitals, Cummins is doing it with the cleanest solutions available. Learn more at


Chase Briscoe, Driver of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:


What has been the toughest part of racing at Texas?

“We’ve really had a hard time finding the right balance. That’s something we deal with at a lot of the intermediate tracks, but Texas has been really tough. The track changed a lot with the changes that were made years ago and I think we just haven’t quite gotten it right with the NextGen.”


Last year the No. 14 team used fuel strategy to earn a top-five finish at Texas. Is that something you could do again to get yourself in position to finish inside the top-10?

“I think so. We are definitely in position to try something different from what the playoff guys are doing. Track position is big at the intermediate tracks. The race gets to a point where it’s going to be really hard to pass, so if we can get up there, we might be able to hold on to the spot on a long, green-flag run. But we really need to use these last few races to work on our playbook. We have so much to learn and figure out and, if we don’t use this time for that, it could put us behind for next season.”



Rackley W.A.R. has reached a decision to make a driver change for its No. 25 NASCAR Craftsman® Truck Series (NCTS) entry for the remaining three (3) events of the 2023 race season, including Talladega Superspeedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Phoenix Raceway.

The team, in its third year as a full-time NCTS team, sponsored by Rackley Roofing Co, Inc. and W.A.R. Shocks, will release further details of the transaction once they are finalized.

Rackley W.A.R. PR

  • BAYNE AT TEXAS: Trevor Bayne is set to make his third and final scheduled start of 2023 in the No. 19 Toyota GR Supra this weekend in the Andy’s Frozen Custard 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Texas is the site of Bayne’s first career NXS victory, which came back in 2011 in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. Saturday will mark his 10th career NXS start at the one-and-a-half mile tri-oval, where he has tallied his aforementioned win, one top-five, one top-10, an average finish of 16.3, and 25 laps led throughout his NXS career. Bayne also has 17 NCS starts at the track, where he’s led 16 laps and accumulated an average finish of 22.5.
  • BRISTOL RECAP: Bayne put on a quality showing last weekend in the He Gets Us Toyota GR Supra. After qualifying 12th, Bayne methodically worked his way into the top-five en route to a pair of fifth place finishes in both stages. Through strategy, Bayne and the No. 19 crew managed to get as high as second place during the final stage, but fresher tires proved invaluable as Bayne ultimately finished seventh on the night. The strong and consistent run moved the No. 19 up to fourth in the Owner’s Points standings with two races remaining in the Round of 12.
  • RACING FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP: The No. 19 continues their push for an Owner’s Championship this weekend in Texas, the second race in the NXS Round of 12. The collective effort from the seven different drivers to pilot the No. 19 this year has led the car to fourth in the standings heading into this weekend. Currently, the No. 19 has just an 18-point cushion over the cutoff line, making this weekend a crucial moment in the team’s championship journey. With Bayne, Myatt Snider, and Joe Graf Jr. slated to run the rest of the season, the fight for the owner’s championship is in their hands.
  • ON THE PITBOX: Bayne will work alongside storied NXS crew chief Jason Ratcliff, who sat atop the pit box of the No.18 Toyota GR Supra for Bayne last year and has led the charge for the No.19 throughout the 2023 season. The duo immediately clicked last season as they kicked off their rapport with a third place in Fontana and continued to impress with two runner-up performances in Nashville and Loudon. Out of all drivers with at least nine starts in 2022, Bayne posted the second-best average finish (8.0) under Ratcliff’s leadership. Ratcliff is in his 18th season under the JGR banner. He won the 2009 Xfinity Championship in tandem with Kyle Busch after an eight-win season. The championship-winning crew chief has 56 Xfinity wins, including three this year with Ryan Truex, Ty Gibbs, and Denny Hamlin. He also has 15 NCS wins as crew chief between two former JGR drivers – Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano. 
  • THE 19 IN 2023: The JGR No. 19 will have a rotating schedule of drivers throughout the 2023 season. Drivers who have raced the No. 19 as of Texas are Myatt Snider, Ty Gibbs, Connor Mosack, Ryan Truex, Denny Hamlin, Joe Graf Jr., and Bayne. With three wins on the year from Truex, Gibbs, and Hamlin, the group of drivers have carried the No. 19 Toyota GR Supra to fourth in the owners’ points standings.
  • JGR AT TEXAS: In 113 cumulative starts at Texas Motor Speedway, Joe Gibbs Racing has collected 16 NXS wins, with the most recent coming in 2021 with John Hunter Nemechek. Additionally, the team has combined for 44 top-fives, 72 top-10s, 2837 laps led, and 10 poles since their first NXS race at the track in 1998.
  • FOLLOW ALONG: Follow along for updates and a behind-the-scenes look at Bayne’s 2023 season: 

Twitter: @Tbayne6 Instagram: @Tbayne6 Facebook: Trevor Bayne


  • RACE INFO: The Andy’s Frozen Custard 300 at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for 3:30 PM EST on Saturday, September 23rd. The race will be broadcast on USA, PRN, SiriusXM and available to stream on the NBC Sports app.

Trevor Bayne, Driver of the No. 19 Interstate Batteries Toyota GR Supra

What’s your mindset going into this race as you join the Interstate Batteries family of drivers this weekend?

“It’s always exciting to race a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in their Xfinity program. I’ve won a couple of poles and led laps in those cars, so I’m going into the weekend knowing that we will have what we need to be successful. The Interstate Batteries car is legendary in our sport and it’s kind of surreal for me to say I’m getting to drive that car. It’s certainly an honor, and to be able to run that scheme at Texas – their home track – is even more special.”


AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400

Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)

Sunday, September 24 at 3:30 p.m. EDT on USA


  • Kaulig Racing has made two NCS starts at Texas Motor Speedway, earning a best finish of third in the 2022 Autotrader Echo Park Automotive 500 with Justin Haley.
  • So far in the 2023 NCS season, Kaulig Racing has earned three top fives, 10 top-10 finishes and led 40 laps.

AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Action Industries Camaro ZL1


  • AJ Allmendinger has made 20 NCS starts at Texas Motor Speedway, earning two top-10 finishes and has an average finish of 20.8.
  • Allmendinger finished seventh in the 2022 All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway.
  •  So far in the 2023 NCS season, Allmendinger has led 17 laps and earned two top five and five top-10 finishes. 




Texas is one of the more challenging mile and a half race tracks that we go to with both ends of the race track being completely different. I had a lot of fun in the All-Star race there last year. It’s a tough racetrack, probably one of the fastest we go to. I think we can go there and build off the speed we’ve had at mile and a half tracks this year. It’ll be a fun, hot, slick race and I am looking forward to the challenge."

- AJ Allmendinger on Texas Motor Speedway


Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Camaro ZL1

  • Justin Haley has made two NCS starts at Texas Motor Speedway, earning a third-place finish with Kaulig Racing in the 2022 Autotrader Echo Park Automotive 500.
  • So far in the 2023 NCS season, Haley has earned one top five and five top-10 finishes with a best qualifying effort of third.
  • Haley’s best finish of the season came from his runner-up finish in the first-ever race at the Chicago Street Course where he led 23 laps, the most he has led in a single race.
  • After completing the 2023 Coca-Cola 600 and Alsco Uniforms 300, Haley now holds the record for the most NASCAR National Series miles completed in a single day by any driver in NASCAR history.




"I really enjoy racing at Texas. Last year at this race, we earned one of our best finishes as a team after starting the race pretty far back. It has come to be one of my favorite mile-and-a-half tracks, so hopefully we have another good weekend there."


- Justin Haley on Texas Motor Speedway

Andy's Frozen Custard 300

Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS)

Saturday, September 23rd at 3:30 p.m. EDT on USA


  • Kaulig Racing has made 25 NXS starts at Texas Motor Speedway, earning two pole awards, two top five and 12 top-10 finishes with 134-laps led.
  • So far in the 2023 NXS season, Kaulig Racing has earned four wins, six pole awards, 19 top five and 43 top-10 finishes, leading a total of 586 laps.

Daniel Hemric, No. 10 Poppy Bank Chevrolet Camaro

  • Daniel Hemric has made eight NXS starts at Texas Motor Speedway and has earned three top five and four top-10 finishes. Hemric has also led 161 laps at Texas.
  • Hemric sits 12 points above the cutline in sixth with two races remaining in the NXS Playoffs Round of 12. He has earned six top five and 14 top-10 finishes so far in the 2023 season.



"Texas is going to be a warm one – probably one of our hotter races of the year. I am excited about what kind of racetrack and surface we will have, since it varies every time we go there. I am open minded with no expectations and look forward to doing what this group is capable of. I'm just going to try to execute and give ourselves the best option to go and have a good day.”



- Daniel Hemric on Texas Motor Speedway


Layne Riggs, No. 11 Infinity Communications Chevrolet Camaro



  • Layne Riggs will make his NXS debut at Texas Motor Speedway in Saturday's Andy's Frozen Custard 300.
  • Riggs has made six starts in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) and earned one top-five and two top-10 finishes.




"I am really looking forward to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend; a lot of firsts - first Xfinity start, first start at Texas, first start at a mile-and-a-half in an Xfinity car. I've been working hard in the simulator to prepare and fortunately Kaulig Racing has a lot of data to help guide me, as well as a couple of teammates who I can lean on for advice.


- Layne Riggs on Texas Motor Speedway



Chandler Smith, No. 16 Quick Tie Products Chevrolet Camaro


  • Chandler Smith will make his first start at Texas Motor Speedway in the NXS in the Andy's Frozen Custard 300.
  • Smith made three starts at Texas in the NCTS, scoring one top five and two top-10 results.
  • He sits 18 points above the cutline in fifth with two races remaining in the NXS Playoffs Round of 12. He's scored one win, six top five and 10 top-10 finishes in 2023.



"I know everyone likes to circle Bristol or the Roval as the two races that can catch you out in the Round of 12, but Texas is just as important to get right. Our intermediate package was really strong earlier in the season, and we've tried to get back to that point over the last couple months. If we can get out of there with some stage points and a solid finish, we'll be sitting nicely heading into Charlotte."



- Chandler Smith on Texas Motor Speedway

Kaulig Racing PR

Kody King is set for a tripleheader weekend at Dells Raceway Park.


King is set to compete on three consecutive nights at the 0.333-mile asphalt oval as part of the Dells Raceway Park Midwest Championship Showdown beginning Friday night, Sept. 22 and concluding Sunday afternoon, Sept. 24.


“This is going to be a really fun and exciting weekend,” said King. “You really can’t beat three consecutive nights of racing at one of the best short tracks in the state of Wisconsin.”


It all starts on Friday night, Sept. 22 when King joins the field for the UMA Pro Late Model event that headlines Dells Raceway Park Championship Night. Qualifying is slated for 5 p.m. CT, with racing beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT.


King will be back on track on Saturday, Sept. 23 when he rejoins the Big 8 Late Model Series field for the Dave Rottiger Memorial 68. King currently ranks seventh in the Big 8 Late Model Series standings. Qualifying Saturday is slated to begin at 3 p.m. CT, with racing scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. CT.


The weekend will conclude on Sunday, Sept. 24 with the running of the Icebreaker 100 featuring the Alive for 5 Super Late Model Series. King will once again drive the Pathfinder Chassis house car as he makes his second Super Late Model start against some of the Midwest’s top Super Late Model competitors. Qualifying begins at 12:30 p.m. CT, with racing to follow at 2 p.m. CT.


Fans unable to attend the Icebreaker 100 in person will be able to watch it live by visiting PitRow.TV.


“I’m really excited to make another Super Late Model start with the guys from Pathfinder Chassis,” said King, who finished seventh in his Super Late Model debut at Hawkeye Down Speedway earlier this year. “I’ve really got to thank Brett Coltman, everyone at Coltman Farms Racing, the folks at Corneiller Fireworks and the team at MPM Marketing for making this weekend possible. We’re going to run the Coltman Farms dirt late model scheme again because without them, we wouldn’t be able to do this.”



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