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On Sunday, July 17, David Andrews, center and co-captain for the New England Patriots, will get behind the wheel of the official Toyota Camry TRD pace car as he leads 40 of NASCAR’s best to the green flag for the Ambetter 301 NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS).

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my 30th birthday,” said 29-year-old Andrews whose birthday is July 10, just one week prior to the Ambetter 301. “I’m a big NASCAR fan, but I never dreamed of driving the pace car. Leading the field to green at ‘The Magic Mile’ is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel!”

 

Born in Johns Creek, Ga., six-foot-three-inch Andrews will enter his eighth season with the New England Patriots this year. The two-time Super Bowl champion has been named captain five times (2017-2021) after beginning his pro career as a rookie free agent in 2015. Andrews was the starting center for a top-10 offense in each of his first four seasons and was selected to the New England Patriots 2010s All-Decade Team at center.

 

In 2021, Andrews served as the starting center and was named co-captain for the fifth straight year. He served as the leader of the offensive line at Houston and Dallas as the only regular starter playing both games. Andrews served a major role in the team’s season-high 184 yards rushing versus Cleveland, who entered the game ranked third in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game with 84.8.

 

“I’ve enjoyed watching David lead his teammates to two Super Bowl victories, and now I can’t wait to see him lead the best drivers in the world to the green flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager for New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “We’re proud to put him behind the wheel of the official Toyota Camry TRD pace car and welcome him to ‘The Magic Mile’ on July 17.”

 

Patriots wide receiver and All-Pro punt returner Gunner Olszewski (July 2021), safety Patrick Chung (July 2018), offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (July 2017), offensive tackle Matt Light (September 2016), linebacker Rob Ninkovich (July 2015) and wide receiver Julian Edelman (July 2014) have all served as pace car drivers, making Andrews the seventh member of the New England Patriots to get behind the wheel of the official Toyota Camry TRD pace car for a NCS race at NHMS. Other notable pace car drivers include Boston Bruins forward Chris Wagner (July 2019), Richard Rawlings of Discovery Channel’s “Fast N’ Loud” (September 2017), Dave Matthews Band bassist Stefan Lessard (July 2016), Olympic triathlete Sarah True (September 2015) and Boston Bruins legend Brad Park (September 2014).

 

Tickets:

Fans can log on to NHMS.com for tickets and more information on the weekend’s lineup of action-packed racing. Tickets for Friday Night Dirt Duels Presented by New England Racing Fuel are just $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. Doubleheader Saturday tickets start at just $45 for adults while kids 12 and under are free. Sunday’s Ambetter 301 tickets start at just $59 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under.

 

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Trackhouse Racing owner Justin Marks makes his return to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) competition on Saturday, July 9 behind the wheel of the No. 41 Worldwide Express Chevrolet Silverado for Niece Motorsports in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 150 at Mid-Ohio. 

 “I’m glad I can help support Niece Motorsports and thrilled to be in the Worldwide Express colors. Their Silverados have been fast this year so we are going to Mid-Ohio this weekend with the mindset of not only having fun, but believing we will run well,” said Marks, who led a race-high 43 laps en route to his first career NASCAR victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the 2.4-mile road course on Aug. 13, 2016. “I know how fast Carson Hocevar was at the road course in Sonoma before he had to turn over the truck to Daniel [Suárez]. I expect he’ll be just as good on the road course at Mid-Ohio.” 

 “We continue to look for ways to support and deepen our relationships with Niece Motorsports in the NCWTS and Trackhouse Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS),” said Worldwide Express President Rob Rose. “Both are highly focused on excellence and winning, as we are in our business. This race highlights our ability to work collaboratively to advance the sport together as teams, drivers and major sponsors. Having Justin behind the wheel will be a great event for all of us.” 

 Making his first national series start since September 2018, Marks has 35 NXS, six NASCAR Cup Series and 38 NCWTS starts, the latter of which includes four top-10 finishes and a pair of pole awards (Texas Motor Speedway, 2008; Dover, 2011). 

 “The partnerships Niece Motorsports has formed with Worldwide Express and Trackhouse Racing have allowed us to explore new opportunities this year and we are excited to have Justin in our Worldwide Express Chevrolet at Mid-Ohio,” Niece Motorsports general manager Cody Efaw remarked. “Worldwide Express’ commitment to our race teams and NASCAR as a whole makes this all possible and we look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship.” 

 “Worldwide Express’ investment in our company is not taken lightly and we are fortunate to have a partner who is always looking to expand its presence,” said Niece Motorsports owner Al Niece. “The expansion to a fifth truck this season has brought our company a great deal of success and I am excited to have a fellow team owner in Justin get behind the wheel of one of our Chevrolets.” 

 The O’Reilly Auto Parts 150 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will be broadcast live on FS1 and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 9. 

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The Camping World SRX Series and its cast of auto racing superstars return to Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Saturday, July 9th for a huge night of racing action. SRX will be joined by the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour for the 10th Running of the Rackley Roofing Masters of the Pros 150 Pro Late Model race. 

 

Last year, NASCAR Cup Series Champion Chase Elliott found himself in Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway’s Winner’s Circle. This season, 13 Superstars from various disciplines of auto racing will compete in the SRX race at Nashville. From the NASCAR Cup Series; Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Michael Waltrip, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, and Greg Biffle. From IndyCar; Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, Tony Kanaan, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Paul Tracy, and Marco Andretti. From the short-tracks; Cole Williams. 

 

Williams is a two-time Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Late Model Champion. When he won his second Championship in 2016, he joined the likes of Darrell Waltrip, CooCoo Marlin, Sterling Marlin, Bobby Hamilton, Joe Buford, Chad Chaffin, and Mike Alexander as multi-time Late Model Track Champions at the historic Fairgrounds Speedway. Cole Williams earned his SRX ride by winning a fan vote in the spring.  

 

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*An electric crowd cheered on some of the best in mostorsports last year for the SRX Series and we expect more of the same this year.

 

*Full driver lineup includes Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Michael Waltrip, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, Tony Kanaan, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Paul Tracy, Marco Andretti, and Cole Williams. 

 

*The newly formed Camping World SRX Series is in its second season and is dedicated to bringing back grassroots racing with some of the greatest stars in the sport

 

*A new winner is guaranteed this year for the second visit of the Camping World SRX Series

 

*Local Pro-Late Model Champion Cole Williams will get the opportunity to test his skills against some of the best as he earned his ride into the big show Saturday night

 

*Williams will also compete in the Rackley's Masters of the Pros 150 giving him a chance to make history and win both the Pro Late Model and SRX race in the same night

 

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Ty Dillon, No. 42 Allegiant Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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- Dillon at Road America: Ty Dillon has competed in one NASCAR Cup Series event at Road America, posting a 26th-place result while driving a limited schedule for Gaunt Brothers Racing one season ago. The 30-year-old has also participated in three NASCAR Xfinity Series races (2014-2016), completing 100% of the laps and earning two top-12 finishes.

Allegiant - Together We Fly™: Allegiant will serve as primary partner on Dillon's Chevrolet Camaro for Sunday's race at Road America. From America's favorite small cities to world-class destinations, Allegiant makes leisure travel affordable and convenient. With low-low fares, nonstop, all-jet service and premier travel partners, Allegiant provides a complete travel experience with great value and without all the hassle.

- Double Duty: To gain additional seat time for the Cup Series race, Dillon will drive the No. 6 Chevrolet for JD Motorsports during Saturday's Xfinity Series race at the Elkhart Lake road course. This will mark Dillon's first Xfinity Series start of 2022.

- Meet Dillon: On Sunday, July 3 at 11:15 a.m. local time, Dillon will be at the Chevrolet display in the Road America Fan Zone. Stop by to meet the No. 42 driver, ask questions, and receive an autograph.

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- From the Drivers Seat: What are your thoughts heading into Road America? Will pulling double duty help you on the Cup side?

 

"At road courses, and especially this track that is over four miles, the more laps you can get to put yourself in a rhythm and get to know the track surface as much as possible is only going to help. And you give yourself the chance to run another race and have a shot at a win. I'm looking forward to the entire weekend. There is something about road course racing and NASCAR that makes me really happy and is a lot of fun for me personally."

What makes Road America a challenge? You ran the Cup Series race last season, so this will be your second year in a row at the track.

"Last year, I was able to run the race with Gaunt Brothers Racing and we didn't even have a crew chief for that race. It was just me and the car chief and we really just put enough together to give ourselves an opportunity. It wasn't a bad finish when you look at some of the cars that we beat. Road America is a challenge. It's a narrow track with a lot of different types of corners. There are three or four heavy braking corners, and then you have three or four flowy corners where you need to be able to use your momentum and be on the right line. It's very important to know where to place your car in the middle of these corners more than it is to being aggressive to getting out of the corners. It's a technique style track even though it's so big, which typically lends itself to being very fast."

 

Erik Jones, No. 43 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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- Jones at Road America: Teams will head to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin this weekend for the Kwik Trip 250 on Sunday, July 3, where Erik Jones will make his second-career Cup Series start at the 4.048-mile road course. Last season for the Cup Series debut at Road America, Jones scored a 19th-place finish. In his lone Xfinity Series race at the track, Jones has a 21st-place finish with five laps led.

- Aim High: The U.S. Air Force will serve as the primary partner for Jones and the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro team for Sunday's race at Road America. The brand-new dark green paint scheme, designed by Tech. Sgt. Andrew Brockman, was inspired by the famous B-29 Superfortress with glass up front and riveted panel design.

- Welcome General Charles Q. Brown, Jr.: This weekend the No. 43 team and Petty GMS will host Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., Chief of Staff of the Air Force, for Sunday’s race at Road America. As Chief, Gen. Brown serves as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipping of 689,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. As member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the general and other service chiefs function as military advisors to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council and the President. Gen. Brown was first commissioned in 1984 and has served a variety of positions and tours throughout his career.

In addition to attending Sunday’s race at Road America, Gen. Brown will take a lap around the track with Jones and take part in a DEP Enlistment Ceremony at the Pre-Race Stage prior to the start of Sunday’s event.

- USAF Sighting: Jones will be at the U.S. Air Force display on Sunday, July 2, 11:20 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. CT. Stop by to get an autograph and meet Jones before the start of Sunday’s race.

- Points Racing: With nine races left before the 2022 Cup Series playoffs start, Jones remains 16th in the point standings with one top-five, five top-10 and nine top-15 finishes.

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- From the Driver’s Seat: Talk about Road America and the challenges of the track.

“Road America is a tough track. The ‘kinks’ are the most high speed, on edge part of the race track that we go through, so you can gain and lose a lot of time there which makes it tougher than most. It’s a place where you feel like you are in a good place and then all of sudden you are sliding through the grass. I’ve done it before, I think we all have, but I don’t want to do it again.”

 

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Macon Speedway is ready to go for Saturday night’s 95Q/Dynagraphics Firecracker 40’s presented by Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Six divisions will race with special 40 lap races for the Decatur Building Trades Big 10 Pro Late Models and BillingsleyRewards.com Big 10 Modified. A fireworks display will light up the sky toward the end of the night.

Headlining the event will be a 40-lap feature event for the TOPLESS BillingsleyRewards.com Big 10 Modifieds. The class will be running for Macon, Big 10, and national points all while running without the roof of the cars in the annual topless event. The race will pay $800 to win and $125 to start. Macon Speedway and Big 10-point leader, Rodney Standerfer, of Sullivan, IL, leads the field of Mods into town. Austin Lynn, Guy Taylor, Alan Crowder, Jarrett Stryker, and Tim Luttrell are others to watch as they fend off a hungry field of challengers.

The Decatur Building Trades Big 10 Pro Late Models are also ready for a 40-lap event paying $800 to win and $125 to start. Much like the Modifieds, one driver leads the Macon and Big Ten standings. That driver is Warrensburg, IL’s Dakota Ewing. Ewing has claimed Big 10 wins at Lincoln and Macon and will be looking for his third Saturday. Jose Parga, Blaise Baker, Rockett Bennett, Colby Eller, Dalton Ewing, and Ryan Miller are others fighting for top spots.

The DIRTcar Pro Mod class has veteran Guy Taylor, of Springfield, IL, at the top of the standings. Taylor has won four of the seven features, while Kevin Crowder sits second in points. Zach Taylor, Maxx Emerson, and Matt Milner round out the top five in points, entering Saturday’s event.

The point battle in the 51 Bistro Street Stock division is extremely close, much like last week’s exciting finish in the feature race. Terry Reed leads the standings over Bobby Beiler by just two points. Beiler finished second last week by mere inches as he made a great run on the inside lane challenging Nick Macklin for the win. Another exciting finish might be in store for Saturday’s action. Saturday’s race will be the final tuneup for the Street Stocks before next Saturday’s Bruce Dulgar Classic.

Jeremy Reed leads the points in the DIRTcar Hornet division by 30 over Tristin Quinlan. Reed has won three of the eight features this season but has had a bad luck streak as of late. Following the pair are Billy Mason, Taryn Page, and Brady Reed.

Rounding out this Saturday’s racing will be the Micros by Bailey Chassis. A lot of familiar young drivers are at the top of the standings with Aarik Andruskevitch, John Barnard, Hayden Harvey, Daryn Stark, and Collin Shain among them. The five teenage drivers have been strong all season.

At or toward the end of the racing program, a firework display will be held to celebrate the Independence Day holiday.

Pit gates open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will take the green at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00 PM. Grandstand admission is $18, while kids 11 and under are free.

Macon Speedway PR

AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Gold Fish Casino Slots Camaro ZL1

  • AJ Allmendinger has earned one top 10 and has an average finish of 23.1 across eight starts in the 2022 season
  • Allmendinger has one start at Road America in the NCS

 

“Road America has always been one of my favorite tracks. It’s challenging and unique, because there’s not a lot of tracks like it with the high speeds on the straightaways and heavy brake zones. There’s a ton of passing areas but also a lot of places for mistakes. It’s one of the few true road courses in the country. We’ve had speed at the road courses this year in both series, and winning in Xfinity series gives us confidence. We’ve been working hard to make our cars faster in both series. We just need to execute this weekend, which is extremely important at Road America."

 

- AJ Allmendinger on Road America

 

Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Camaro ZL1

 

  • Justin Haley has made one start at Road America in the NCS
  • He has earned one top five and eight top-15 finishes in 2022
  • Haley’s third-place finish at Darlington was Kaulig Racing’ first top-five not at a superspeedway or road course
  • Haley has led 20 laps in the 2022 season

 

“I love Road America. I’m excited to go to a place that I've had success at and ran well at in many series. I have some sports-car experience there, as well as success with Kaulig Racing in the Xfinity Series. We have had some great runs at the road courses so far this year, so I know it’s a place we have a chance to do really well at."

 

- Justin Haley on Road America

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  • Kaulig Racing has earned two wins, 11 top five and 26 top-10 finishes in the 2022 NXS season
  • The team has led 244 laps in the 2022 NXS season so far
  • Allmendinger: 196 laps            
  • Hemric: 48 laps
 

Landon Cassill, No. 10 Voyager Chevrolet

  • Landon Cassill has an average finish of 14.3 in 2022 in the NXS
  • Cassill has an average finish of 24.7 across three starts at Road America

 

"We’ve been so close to great success at both road courses this year in our No. 10 Voyager Chevy, and I’ve been working very hard on all of them to get better. All of us at Kaulig Racing are continuing to push into these road courses with a ton of optimism, so I’m looking forward to this weekend."

 

 

- Landon Cassill on Road America

 

Daniel Hemric, No. 11 AG1 Chevrolet

  • Daniel Hemric has an average finish of 15.0 in 2022 in the NXS
  • Hemric has earned two top-five finishes, has an average finish of 13.8 and has led 20 laps at road America across four starts

 

"I’m looking forward to road America. This is a place, like other road courses, our team has circled on our calendars. We haven’t had the raw, outright speed we need lately to contend. My teammate, AJ Allmendinger, has done a lot for Kaulig Racing’s road-course program. Hopefully Road America is one of those tracks where we can put ourselves into position to capitalize on our strengths."

 

- Daniel Hemric on Road America

 

 

AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet

 

  • AJ Allmendinger has a win in four-consecutive NXS seasons
  • Allmendinger has earned multiple wins in three-consecutive NXS seasons
  • Allmendinger has an average finish of 6.5, the best of any full-time NXS driver, in 2022
  • Allmendinger has 13 top-10 finishes, the most of any full-time NXS driver
  • Allmendinger has three top-five finishes at Road America and has an average finish of 7.8 across four starts at Road America
  • He has 60 laps led at Road America 

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Daniel Dye Racing and Mission Valley Super Oval are excited to announce that Daniel will compete in the Montana 200 on Saturday, July 16. NASCAR legend Mark Martin will serve as crew chief for Dye's No. 43 super late model, in a car owned by defending ARCA Menards Series West Champion crew chief Travis Sharpe.

"It's pretty special to have the chance to learn from and work with one of the greatest drivers of all time in NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin. I know Travis Sharpe will bring us a fast car, and Mark will keep us dialed in," commented Daniel Dye. "Mission Valley Super Oval is a track I had not seen until now but it looks like a really fun place to race, and I can't wait to get there."

The 31st Annual Montana 200 pays $10,000 to the winner and will attract some of short tracks biggest names. Mission Valley Super Oval is located in Polson, Montana, and is 3/8-mile in length.

"I'm really excited about teaming up with Daniel Dye and Travis Sharpe for the Montana 200," said 40-time NASCAR Cup winner Mark Martin. "I've had my eye on Daniel for a while, and believe we can be a contender for this prestigious event."

Race fans can enjoy two days of race action, including qualifying heats and support division features on Friday, with the Montana 200 on Saturday night. Teams will also practice on Thursday.

"I had no plans to do any ARCA races this year, but when Bill McAnnally called and asked me to work with Daniel at Portland, it was an easy yes," stated car owner Travis Sharpe. "I knew I had to work with Daniel again after how well we ran at Portland, so the fact that the stars lined up for us to do the biggest race of the year at my home track was just awesome. And we're all excited to have Mark Martin work with us for the Montana 200."

Tickets are available for purchase through the speedway website. Racing America will broadcast the event live for those that cannot attend in person.

"We're excited about Daniel Dye coming and competing in the Montana 200 at Mission Valley Super Oval," said track owner Tony Undem. "We've been working hard to get this historic event back to the prestige that it once was. This year's event has over 30 entries, and having drivers from across the nation at the caliber of Daniel competing against some of our great talent in the Northwest makes this a must-see event. Now that we're adding in to have one of the biggest names in racing, Mark Martin, as his crew chief, brings this to a whole new level."

Fans can learn more about Daniel Dye and keep up with his pursuit of the 2022 ARCA Menards Series title by following Daniel Dye Racing on Facebook, and @danieldye43 on Twitter and Instagram.

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The DIRTcar Summer National stars are set for their annual appearance at Lincoln Speedway this coming Sunday, July 3. The ¼-mile track, located at the Logan County Fairgrounds in Lincoln, IL, will play host to Super Late Models, Modifieds, and 305 Sprint Cars at the holiday weekend special.

Oakwood, IL driver, Bobby Pierce, leads the Summer National championship standings during the third week of action. Pierce, who has Lincoln Summer National wins in 2013 and 2018, has claimed three wins on the tour this season. Chatham, IL driver, Brian Shirley, who has won three Summer National races at Lincoln Speedway, is second in this year’s standings, trailing Pierce by 72. Shirley has found victory lane twice this season. Jason Feger, Ryan Unzicker, and May 12th Lincoln winner Dennis Erb, Jr. round out the top five in points as of Thursday, June 30.

The Summit Modified Nationals standings have a familiar face on top, as Mooresville, NC driver Nick Hoffman leads. Hoffman has been very dominant over the last couple of years, winning at a high percentage. This year, he started with the first seven wins before having issues to fall short the next two races. He did get back into victory lane at the Tuesday night race. Kyle Steffens, Kenny Wallace, Tyler Nicely, and Chase Allen complete the tour standings.

The Modifieds will be also racing for Lincoln Speedway local division points, where former champion Brandon Roberts holds onto the lead by 24 over last year’s champion, Ray Bollinger. Jared Thomas, Tim Luttrell, and Kenny Wallace round out the top five. The Modified racing at the track has been highly entertaining once again this year.

The 305 Sprints will round out Sunday evening’s card, racing for the second of two times this season. During the early season event, Emden, IL’s Ben Wagoner won the race with Robbie Standridge, Wayne Warner, Joe Jiannoni, and Jeff Wilke completing the top five.

Pit gates will open Sunday at 3:00, with grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing at 7:00 PM. Grandstand admission will be $30, while kids 11 and under are $5. An all-access pit pass is available for $40 which will give access to pits and stands.

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Driving a brand new Eagle car that was completed just 48 hours before the event, Brody Roa used a late race pass to take a thrilling win in the inaugural USAC/CRA Series Bubby Jones/Ray Scheetz Memorial at Perris Auto Speedway last Saturday night.  The victory, which was his first of the year, came hot on the heels of his second-place finish two weeks earlier at the Ventura Raceway. 

On a day when the thermometer at the track hit 100 degrees, Roa and his crew unloaded the flashy, hard-to-miss brilliant green #91R.  The veteran driver from Garden Grove, California kicked off his night by setting the seventh fastest time in qualifying with a lap of 17.118.   

A third-place finish in his 10-lap heat combined with the seventh quick time meant that the worst position he could possibly start in the main would be seventh.  However, if one of the fastest six cars in qualifying did not finish in the top four in their heat, Roa could start on the pole.  That is just what happened.

Starting on the pole always sounds great.  However, down through the years, the pole at Perris has not been as generous to drivers as it has been at other tracks.  On this night, Roa did what few drivers have done at The PAS over the past 26 seasons.  He started on the pole and won the main event! 

The end of the last paragraph made it sound simple, but it was anything but that.  Roa had to work hard from lap one all the way to the end of the 30th circuit on the sizzling night.  The 31-year-old led the first lap before slipping back to second.  By lap 13, he drifted back to fourth and was nearly a half straight behind the leaders. 

At the halfway mark, Roa was back to third.  As the race progressed, he was closing in on the leaders, but time was slipping away fast.  He kept on the wide line and with dirt from his right rear ricocheting off the wall coming off turn two on lap 26, he drove back into second. 

On the 28th lap, three cars tangled in turn three bringing out a yellow flag and setting up a shootout for the win. Roa had been running the top.  But when the race restarted, he rushed to the bottom (explanation in his quote below).  The leader stayed on the top, and they were nearly dead even in the middle of turns one and two. However, the leader bobbled on the cushion coming off two and Roa jumped all over the opportunity presented to him and raced into the lead.

After retaking the lead, Roa went back to the top, but the race was not done yet.  The second and third-place drivers clawed their way back and the trio was nearly three abreast as they came off turn 4 and headed for the white flag.  Roa powered into turn one on the last lap and got a great drive off turn two to put the bow on his winning package.  When he crossed under the Steve Russell checkered flag, he had a two-car length advantage.

“Thanks to Tommy Malcolm (who led much of the race),” Roa said when he was interviewed by Chris Holt in front of the appreciative crowd.  “On the last restart (before the one with two to go) Matt (leader Matt Mitchell) and I went to the top and Tommy went trucking on by us on the bottom and checked out on us.  It took about eight laps for us to get back to him.  I knew if I slid Matt on the final restart or followed him (on the top), Tommy was going to drive by both of us.  I knew I had to go down there and at least block him to give us a shot off of two.  Then I saw Matt get into the cushion and I said, ‘come on hit that spot on the bottom, Brody,’ and I did.  That was a heckuva’ race.  I hope you guys enjoyed that.”

In 2022, Roa will race USAC/CRA, USAC National, and other select events, in his #91R BR Performance/HD Industries Eagle. He will also drive the #8M for May Motorsports in select USAC West Coast events. The 2019 USAC Southwest and 2017 USAC West Coast champion is always open to discussing other driving opportunities.

Roa and the team want to thank the following sponsors for making the 2022 season possible. HD Industries, Burris Racing, Sander Engineering, Inland Rigging, Caltrol, “Biker” Bruce Fischer, Competition Suspension, ALR Virtual Services, K-1 Race Gear, Molecule, Rod End Supply, Driven Racing Oil, Baldwin Filters, and NGK Spark Plugs. In addition, the veteran driver offers thanks to RDM Mechanics, Fastenal, Coopers Propane, Ten West Towing, Ten West Environmental, TJM Distribution, and Westco International for sponsoring the #8M he will pilot for Jayson May on 10 occasions in 2022.

If you or your company would like to jump on board and receive recognition as a team partner throughout the 2022 racing season, please give the two-time USAC champion racer a phone call or drop him a note at the contact information on the top of this release.

Fans can learn more about Roa and the team at https://www.brodyroa.com/. Fans can also check out the team news at Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/br91r/.

To keep up with May Motorsports, please check out and “like” its Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/MayMotorsports8M

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RACE #18 – ROAD AMERICA

A NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) and NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) doubleheader is on tap for the upcoming holiday weekend, with the series’ stars taking on the longest track in NASCAR: the 14-turn, 4.048-mile road course circuit of Road America. Coming off wins in both divisions last weekend, Chevrolet teams seek to carry the Bowtie brand’s momentum over to the left- and right-hand turns of the Wisconsin road course.

 

Road America made its return to the NASCAR Cup Series schedule in 2021, marking the first time the series made an appearance at the venue since its inaugural season in 1956. Chevrolet’s Chase Elliott added another tally on his road course win count in the series’ return to the circuit by showcasing his road course racing skills from a 34th starting spot and piloting his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to his seventh career road course victory in NASCAR’s premier series. Known as a road course favorite, the victory brought Elliott to third on the all-time NCS road course wins list, sitting behind NASCAR Hall of Famers Jeff Gordon (nine) and Tony Stewart (eight).

 

The NASCAR Xfinity Series made its Road America debut in 2010. In the series’ 12 races at the venue, Chevrolet has made its way to victory lane a manufacturer-leading seven times. Road course master AJ Allmendinger has gone two-for-two in road course wins this season, most recently at Portland International Raceway (June 4, 2022). The victory marked the Kaulig Racing driver’s third consecutive NXS road course win – a feat that ties the series’ record previously recorded by Terry Labonte.

 

ON A ROAD COURSE STREAK

Chevrolet has proven to be the one to beat in NASCAR Cup Series road racing competition. Heading into the race weekend, the Bowtie is riding a streak of eight-consecutive NCS road course victories… an accomplishment that started with Chase Elliott’s victory at Circuit of The Americas in March 2021. Most recently adding to the Chevrolet road course win list was Daniel Suarez, who recorded his first career win in NASCAR’s premier series at Sonoma Raceway earlier in June. 

 

VICTORIOUS IN MUSIC CITY

Some might have thought that an issue on pit road midway through the race might have taken the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet team out of contention, but a resurgence by Chase Elliott in the final stage proved otherwise. Taking the lead for the final time on lap 262, Elliott was out front when a late-race caution flew, with pit strategy coming into play. Crew Chief Alan Gustafson opted to take track position, keeping Elliott out front for a four-lap dash to the finish, with the No. 9 Camaro ZL1 taking the checkered flag first.

 

The win marked Elliott’s second of 2022, making the 26-year-old Georgia native just the fifth repeat winner thus far this season. Elliott’s victory was the ninth for Chevrolet in 17 points-paying races, giving the manufacturer a 66.7 win percentage heading into the Road America race weekend. 

 

CAMARO SS HITS DOUBLE DIGIT WINS

Returning from two consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Series off weeks, JR Motorsports’ Justin Allgaier kept the Chevrolet win streak alive at Nashville Superspeedway. In dominating fashion, Allgaier piloted his No. 7 Camaro SS to a sweep of the stage wins, leading a race-high 134 laps led en route to his second victory of 2022 and the 18th in his NXS career. Allgaier has now recorded multiple wins in the last three season; and five of the last six dating back to the 2017 season.

 

Allgaier’s victory marked the 10th win for the Camaro SS in 15 NASCAR Xfinity Series races this season. This also includes a seven-race win streak dating back to Noah Gragson’s win at Talladega Superspeedway in April. Allgaier led Chevrolet to four top-10 finishes, including his JR Motorsports teammate, Sam Mayer, in fifth; NXS rookie Austin Hill in eighth; and Brett Moffitt rounding out the top-10 in his No. 02 Our Motorsports Camaro SS.

 

NCS REGULAR SEASON: NINE-TO-GO

The NASCAR Cup Series is down to a single-digit count of races left in the series’ regular season, increasing the focus on the playoff standings. Following his Nashville Superspeedway triumph, 2020 NCS Champion Chase Elliott stayed atop the driver points standings for the 13th-consecutive week, extending his lead to a 30-point advantage over second-place Ross Chastain. Elliott also now sits at a three-way tie with Chevrolet drivers Ross Chastain and William Byron for the most playoff points accumulated thus far with 13.

 

In pursuit of defending its NASCAR Cup Series Manufacturer Championship title, Chevrolet continues to build its cushion as the leader in the manufacturer points standings with now 47 points. Sitting at nine wins on the season, Chevrolet has now more than double the amount of wins over its manufacturer competitors. The bowtie brand also continues to lead all manufacturers in top-fives (40), top-10s (77), laps led (2,375) and stage wins (16). 

ALLMENDINGER, CHEVROLET REMAINS ON TOP

While it might not have been the day he had hoped for, AJ Allmendinger remained in the lead of the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver points standings with a 25-point lead over second. Chevrolet drivers occupy five of the top-six spots in the driver standings, including Nashville Superspeedway race winner Justin Allgaier, who moved up the NXS playoff grid to third and 32 points out of the lead. Allgaier’s JR Motorsports teammates follow right behind him, with Noah Gragson, Josh Berry and Sam Mayer sitting in the fourth through sixth positions, respectively. Mayer remains in the first points-qualifying position in the standings, with his eighth top-five finish in the last 10 races building his playoff cutline cushion to 162 points.

 

Looking for its sixth-consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Series Manufacturer Championship title, Chevrolet continues to pull away in the manufacturer standing’s lead, now sitting at a 72-point lead over second. Eight drivers from four different Chevrolet teams have contributed to those points thus far. 

 

DOUBLE DUTY IN WISCONSIN

A handful of drivers will take on the 4.048-mile Wisconsin road course for both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series races, including four Chevrolet drivers:

 

·       2021 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kyle Larson will make his return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the first time since 2018, marking his 109th career start in the series. Larson will be piloting the No. 17 HendrickCars.com Camaro SS, an entry fielded by Hendrick Motorsports. The Chevrolet team will be returning to the series for the first time since 2009, with three races currently on the schedule for the No. 17 Camaro SS: Road America, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course and Watkins Glen International. Larson has 12 NXS wins on his resume, with his most recent coming in his last start in the series at Bristol Motor Speedway (August 2018). His interim Cup crew chief, Kevin Meendering, will also be pulling double duty this weekend handling the crew chief duties for Larson in both series.

 

 

 

 

·       Tyler Reddick will be piloting the No. 48 Big Machine Racing Camaro SS again this weekend, marking his fourth NASCAR Xfinity Series start of 2022. Reddick has 10 career NXS wins to his name, the most recent last month at Texas Motor Speedway when the 26-year-old Chevrolet driver delivered Big Machine Racing its first win in the series.

 

 

 

 

·       Ty Dillon will be making his first NASCAR Xfinity Series start of 2022 at Road America driving the No. 6 Camaro SS for JD Motorsports. In his 157-career NXS starts, Dillon has recorded one win, 34 top-five’s and 91 top-10’s.

 

·       Looking to go three-for-three in NASCAR Xfinity Series road course wins in 2022, AJ Allmendinger will also be taking his road course racing skills to the NASCAR Cup Series field on Sunday in the No. 16 Kaulig Racing Camaro ZL1. Allmendinger has two-career NCS wins, both of which were captured on road course circuits (Watkins Glen – 2014; Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course – 2021).

 

NCWTS ENDS EIGHT-RACE STRETCH

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) heads into an off-weekend following the conclusion of an eight-week run on the series’ 23-race schedule. The NCWTS kicked off the tripleheader race weekend at Nashville Superspeedway, where Niece Motorsports’ Carson Hocevar led the way for Chevrolet in the final running order in third, his fourth top-five finish of 2022. Joining Hocevar in the top-10 was Max Guitierrez, who piloted the No. 22 AM Racing Silverado RST to an eighth-place finish in just his second-career NCWTS start.

 

Only two races remain in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular season. Hocevar leads Chevrolet drivers in the NCWTS driver standings in the eighth-position and 75 points above the playoff cutline. While an unfortunate result for GMS Racing’s Grant Enfinger at Nashville, Enfinger remained in the ninth spot and 39 points above the playoff cutline.

 

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to competition at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course next Saturday, July 9, with the O’Reilly Auto Parts 150.

 

BOWTIE BULLETS

·       Chevrolet’s Chase Elliott is the defending winner at Road America, who drove his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to the win in the NASCAR Cup Series return to the track in 2021.

 

·       A road course favorite, Chase Elliott has recorded seven road course victories in his NASCAR Cup Series career; the most of all active NCS drivers. Elliott also ranks third on the NCS all-time road course wins list behind NASCAR Hall of Famers Jeff Gordon (nine wins) and Tony Stewart (eight wins). Elliott’s victories have been recorded at five different road courses, a record in series’ history.

 

·       Chevrolet has won the last eight-consecutive NASCAR Cup Series road course races, dating back to Chase Elliott’s win at Circuit of The Americas in May 2021.

 

·       Trackhouse Racing has gone two-for-two in NASCAR Cup Series road course wins this season, with Ross Chastain taking the win at Circuit of The Americas and Daniel Suarez’s win at Sonoma Raceway. Each victory also marked first-career NCS wins for both drivers.

 

·       Chase Elliott’s victory at Nashville Superspeedway was the ninth win for Chevrolet in 17 points-paying NASCAR Cup Series races, giving the bowtie brand a winning average of .667. Chevrolet also continues to lead in NCS top-fives (40), top-10s (77), laps led (2,375) and stage wins (16).

 

·       Seven Team Chevy drivers have combined 16 NASCAR Cup Series stage wins:

Tyler Reddick 2 - Fontana x2

Alex Bowman 1 - Las Vegas

Ross Chastain 3 - Las Vegas, Darlington, Charlotte

William Byron 3 – Phoenix, Atlanta, Talladega

Daniel Suarez 2 –  COTA, Charlotte

Chase Elliott 3 – Martinsville x2, Charlotte

Kyle Larson 2 – Bristol, Sonoma

 

·       Chase Elliott is now the fifth different repeat winner in the NASCAR Cup Series thus far. Other Chevrolet drivers on that elite list includes William Byron (Atlanta, Martinsville) and Ross Chastain (COTA, Talladega).

 

·       Chevrolet leads the driver points standing in both the NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Chase Elliott remains in the top position in the NCS standings for the 13th consecutive week with a 30-point lead over second; and AJ Allmendinger continues to lead the NXS standings by 25 points. Chevrolet also remains atop both the NCS and NXS manufacturer points standings.

 

·       With its 40 NASCAR Cup Series Manufacturer Championships, 33 NASCAR Cup Series Driver Championships, and 823 all-time NASCAR Cup Series wins, Chevrolet continues to hold the title of winningest brand in NASCAR.

 

FOR THE FANS

·       Fans can visit the Team Chevy Racing Display in the Fan Midway at Road America.

 

·       Fans can check out an assortment of Chevrolet vehicles including: Blazer RS, Equinox RS, Trailblazer ACTIV, Silverado 1500 LT Trailboss, Traverse High Country, Camaro 2SS Convertible, Silverado ZR2.

 

 

·       At the Chevrolet Display, fans can also view Kyle Larson’s No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 show car.

 

TEAM CHEVY QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSIONS AT THE DISPLAY:

Saturday, July 2

·       Myatt Snider: 10:30-10:45 a.m.

·       Justin Allgaier and Miguel Paludo: 10:45-11 a.m.

·       Josh Berry: 11-11:15 a.m.

·       Noah Gragson: 11:30-11:45 a.m.

 

Sunday, July 3

·       Tyler Reddick: 11-11:15 a.m. 

·       Ty Dillon: 11:15-11:30 a.m.

·       Daniel Suarez: 11:45 a.m.-noon

 

 

 

 

Chevrolet Display Hours of Operation:  

Friday, July 1: 9 a.m-4 p.m.

Saturday, July 2: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sunday, July 3: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

 

TUNE IN

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

 

USA Network will broadcast the NASCAR Xfinity Series Henry 180 at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 2. Live coverage can also be found on MRN, the NBCSports Gold App, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

 

QUOTABLE QUOTES

ROSS CHASTAIN, NO. 1 ADVENT HEALTH CAMARO ZL1

HOW ARE YOU GOING TO PREPARE FOR ROAD AMERICA?

"I never quite feel like I'm prepared enough. I'll wake up every day this week and try to be better and will get on the plane to Road America and still be looking at data. I'll look back at the race last year. Even though I won't feel prepared enough, I know we will have good cars with a chance to win another race."

 

DO YOU LIKE GOING TO ROAD AMERICA?

"I love going to Road America. I'm excited to get there and get on the track. Obviously, I'm a fan of road courses but I really enjoy Road America."

 

HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR A ROAD COURSE VERSUS AN OVAL TRACK?

"Actual preparation of the car for the road courses is so different from what it used to be since we take oval cars and race them on the road courses and vice versa. On the driver side, it’s something as simple as a visual board, chasing dots, reaction times, getting our eyes to look left and up. For ovals, we kind of look out of the top of our helmet and the banking. We are so conditioned to look left since we've been oval track racers most of our lives. Muscle memory for the right and getting our muscles and bodies to focus to the right because it's not as natural. It's kind of like writing your name with your non-dominate hand, it just doesn't come as natural."

 

KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1

LARSON ON PULLING DOUBLE DUTY AT ROAD AMERICA:

"There are some big differences between the Cup and Xfinity cars, like braking points and sequential shifting in the Cup car versus an H-pattern in the Xfinity car. But getting more track time is worth it while getting an additional race with Kevin (Meendering) calling the shots will help our communication."

 

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1

ELLIOTT ON HEADING BACK TO ROAD AMERICA:

"I’m excited to get back to Road America. I thought last year’s event was really good. For me, I was always partial to having the Fourth (of July) race at Daytona, but the crowd was really good and the energy was super high, and I think we need to have an energetic race on the Fourth. That’s a big weekend for our country. It’s a race inside our sport that I think is deserving of a lot of energy too, because we are a sport that’s going on this time of year and that needs to be a big event. I felt like the people up there welcomed us with open arms and brought a lot of energy. Anytime you have energy at the track, it makes it fun for everybody involved - whether you’re working inside the sport, you’re a driver, you’re another a fan there, it just makes for a better event, better environment. Last year, I felt was a great example of that. I hope that’s the case again this weekend. I hope the results are the same this weekend and everybody has a big time."

 

ALAN GUSTAFSON, CREW CHIEF, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1

GUSTAFSON ON WHAT MAKES ROAD AMERICA HARD TO PREPARE FOR:

"Road America is different. I love the track. It’s a great visual road course. Braking zones are the first thing that come to mind there, though. You need to be good in those. There’s some really big braking zones that are difficult. The car needs to be able to change direction well and have stability at the same time. You can’t swing the back to change directions. If you do that, then there’s more that the driver has to manage. There’s also the course intricacies that you have to prepare for. There’s a few tight 90 degree corners, the carousel, the kink – a high-speed left. That’s what makes it so difficult. There are so many styles of corners there that make it harder. I think stability in the braking zones and consistency out of the car are the biggest things to hone in on. You key in on one area and want the front tires to be responsive and follow his hands. If we can do that without the back sliding, then that’s ultimately the best thing. We’ll try to do that this weekend at Road America. I’m looking forward to the challenge."

 

WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 RAPTORTOUGH.COM CAMARO ZL1

BYRON ON HIS THOUGHTS FOR ROAD AMERICA THIS WEEKEND:

"I’m excited to head to Road America. I’ve always enjoyed racing there in both series. I feel like it’s one of my strongest road courses that we race at. I finished sixth there in the Xfinity Series in 2017 and, while the Cup race didn’t end the way we wanted, we had a strong run going there all day with a stage one win and a second-place finish in stage two. We have some notes to work off of for this year’s race but the Next Gen car adds an element of unknown still. We’ve really had to work on our road course package this year, and I think we’re starting to get in a better place after Sonoma (Raceway). We just have to keep it moving in the right direction and I think we have a good chance of doing that at Road America this weekend."

 

RUDY FUGLE, CREW CHIEF, NO. 24 RAPTORTOUGH.COM CAMARO ZL1

FUGLE ON PREPARING FOR ROAD AMERICA:

"Road America presents its own set of challenges compared to other road courses we run at. It’s the longest course we compete on and it’s also the heaviest-braking road course on the schedule. We don’t have a ton of notes heading into this race since last year was the first Cup Series race there. But we had a good race, and the No. 9 won, so we have a good starting point. Plus we’ve had two Next Gen road course races already this year. We have more notes going into this weekend than in the past especially since we’re using the same tire as we did at COTA (Circuit of The Americas). I think some trends will stay the same as well, including that you want to make sure you’re good in the braking zones but also you want to have more grip and drive off in the slower corners of the course. That gives you better lap times."

 

ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1

BOWMAN ON REBOUNDING FROM THE ALLY 400:

"It is always frustrating to not be able to finish a race – just hurts a little more when it’s the Ally 400. Our guys do a phenomenal job of forgetting a bad week and refocusing for a good week and I know we will do that this week for Road America. Greg (Ives, crew chief) will put together a game plan, our guys will build a fast No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and be ready for the green flag this Sunday."

 

GREG IVES, CREW CHIEF, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1

IVES ON HIS CONFIDENCE HEADING TO ANOTHER ROAD COURSE:

"Alex (Bowman) is working really hard on his end to make sure he is studying his notes, prepping for the weekend and leaving no stone unturned for road courses – Road America is no different. We didn’t get a chance to compete in Nashville, so the No. 48 team is focused on putting our best foot forward and bouncing back in a strong way at Road America. Our guys have put together a great No. 48 Ally Chevy and I am confident that we will run well this Sunday. Adding that we will pit in the opposite direction this weekend, our pit crews have also been putting in the time to get ready for an unusual set of circumstances. We just have to go out there and do our best at what we can control and be there at the end for a shot at winning."

 

DANIEL SUAREZ, NO. 99 JOCKEY CAMARO ZL1

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT SEEING ROAD AMERICA – A ROAD COURSE – ON THE SCHEDULE NEXT?   

"I would be lying to you if I told you I’m not extremely excited about every single road course because I believe that we can win in every single one of them. We have good cars. I have a very good team behind me. I feel like I’ve done a good job with the tools that have been given to me and it’s been fun. So, I’m really looking forward to it. I know it’s going to be a lot of fun for me; and hopefully we can have another strong shot.”

 

ARE YOU THE FAVORITE TO WIN AT ROAD AMERICA?

“Honestly, I don’t know. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter to me. I think at COTA, we we’re extremely strong. Our car broke early and we did what we had to do to finish the stage and survive. But in my opinion, we were very, very strong; even stronger than Sonoma. In Sonoma, we had a very good car. We did a very good job calling the race."

 

HAVE YOU STARTED THINKING ABOUT THE PLAYOFFS?

"Honestly, I haven’t thought about the Playoffs yet. We still have 2 ½ months before that. I feel like there is still a lot of things to be done before that. It feels good to know that we’re locked-in. But as a race car driver, at least for me, we know that being locked-in doesn’t mean a lot. For me, it means a lot when you have a lot of points in the bank – when you have more than a win, but also at least a few Playoff points. That’s when you start becoming a strong contender in the Playoff races. Hopefully we can get a couple more wins and some more Playoff points. That would be nice."

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