Wednesday, Feb 08
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Two-time ARCA Menards Series winner Gus Dean is returning to the potent Venturini Motorsports for a limited schedule this season beginning with the season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on February 18, 2023.

Dean, 28, returns to Concord, N.C.-based team after a four-race schedule which resulted in four top-five finishes highlighted with a track-best fifth-place finish at Daytona and a season-high fourth-place effort at Michigan International Speedway.

From February to August, the Bluffton, S.C. native had an average finish of 4.8.

A competitor in the ARCA Menards Series since 2016, the veteran racer returns to the “World Center of Racing” for a seventh time focused on delivering Venturini Motorsports their sixth consecutive ARCA triumph at the 2.5-mile superspeedway aboard the team’s flagship No. 25 Toyota Camry.

Dean scored his first career ARCA Menards Series victory in just his second start at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in 2016 but had been cursed at Daytona over a period of five previous races until he returned to the track on the ARCA scene in 2022 where he qualified second and recovered from being collected in a mid-race incident to collect his then 14th career ARCA top-five finish.

“I am pumped up about returning to Venturini Motorsports in 2023,” said Dean. “I am looking forward to building on the success we achieved last season and I strongly believe this season we can turn our success into checkered flags and get ourselves a win or two throughout the year.”

Last month, Dean said he wheeled the best superspeedway car of his career during the annual preseason ARCA testing at the iconic race track which saw the No. 25 Toyota Camry run one of the fastest laps of the weekend and give the Kevin Reed Jr.-led team momentum leaning into the first of 20 races on the 2023 schedule.

“I can’t begin to describe how fast our Toyota Camry was during the test last month,” added Dean. “It was really fast every single run. We just made it better and better throughout the two-day test and I left the track knowing it was the best superspeedway car I have ever had. I hope we are able to build on the success and our notes during the event weekend and I can keep the Venturini Motorsports’ streak alive at Daytona and capture my third but biggest win of my ARCA career.”

Venturini Motorsports’ Billy Venturini says having a veteran like Dean back in the team’s lineup this season is important.

“I feel really positive about Gus at Daytona,” said Venturini. “He is the most experienced of all the drivers on our roster. I feel like he can bring a veteran calmness to the team. Without a doubt, he should be able to contend for the win and improve the team as a whole with his leadership.

“Looking past Daytona, it’s just great to have him back. He will contend to win races beyond Daytona with us in 2023 and we look forward at that opportunity with him in our No. 25 Toyota Camry.”

Added Dean, “the Venturini Motorsports team really welcomed me with open arms last season and they continued to make me feel like I was a member of their family. That is important to me. Billy, Mr. Bill and Mrs. Cathy (Venturini) and the entire Venturini Motorsports team believe in me and my abilities and as a race car driver there is no better feeling than that.

“I am ready for Daytona and cannot wait to get there.”

In addition to Daytona, Dean will return to ARCA competition with Venturini Motorsports at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in April, Michigan International Speedway in August and Salem (Ind.) Speedway in September.

Additional ARCA races with Venturini Motorsports could be added as the season progresses.

Dean, a fan favorite is poised to have a busy 2023 season between ARCA, Late Models, Mud Truck Racing and a hopeful sporadic appearance or two in one of NASCAR’s National Series.

“With no championship on the line for me this season, it’s about having fun,” sounded Dean. “Whether that’s competing with Venturini Motorsports in ARCA, DLP Motorsports in Late Model competition or the other racing endeavors we have planned for this season. Of course, the urge to still compete full-time is there, but it takes marketing partners and a lot of financial commitment to make it happen.

“Until we can hopefully put ourselves back into that position again, we’ll take the path that has been laid out before me and make the most of it. Venturini Motorsports is going for an unprecedented sixth straight ARCA victory at Daytona and I want to be that driver that gets it done for them!”

Before Dean buckles in at Daytona, he will have a busy week leading up to the 2023 ARCA season opener, as he’ll also be competing at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in the highly contested World Series of Asphalt driving a Pro Late Model for DLP Motorsports.

“It means everything to us to have Gus represent DLP Motorsports,” said David “Buggy” Pletcher, owner of DLP Motorsports. “Not only is Gus a great person but he is a talented driver. It’s good to have a driver of his caliber with all the experience he has for the other younger drivers to bounce ideas and such off each other.

“We can definitely win with him down there. He has come a long way and is considered a veteran now. He will be an asset to us as a driver but also as a teammate for our other DLP Motorsports driver Gavan (Boschele). Hopefully, we have the right combination that will allow him to continue to show his abilities.”

For more on Gus Dean, visit GusDean.com, like him on Facebook (Gus Dean Racing) and follow him on Twitter (@GusDean).

Gus Dean PR

Front Row Motorsports announced this morning that Zane Smith will be competing in five NASCAR Cup Series races with Centene Corporation as a partner in the No. 38 Mustang. Smith, who is attempting to make next week’s Daytona 500 as a third FRM entry, spoke about this newest opportunity with members of the media.

 

ZANE SMITH, No. 38 Ambetter Health/Wellcare Ford Mustang – THOUGHTS ON TODAY’S ANNOUNCEMENT. “First off, I just want to say thank you to Front Row Motorsports and everyone involved that made this possible. Wellcare and Ambetter being welcomed into the, Obviously, Boot Barn being on for the Coke 600 and obviously all of the other partners through Front Row Motorsports. Without them, none of this would be possible. It’s exciting stuff. I expressed at the beginning of the year that I just wanted to race more and a few things were up in the air, but I knew that I wanted to go truck racing again next year and defend our title and, like I said, race as much as possible no matter what it’s in. These six, hopefully seven Cup races will do so. I’m excited for them.”

 

HOW MUCH WORK ARE YOU PUTTING INTO THESE SEVEN RACES IN TERMS OF SIMULATION TIME OR PREPARATION TIME WITH BEING IN THE CUP CAR? AND HOW MUCH ARE YOU GOING TO BE TAPPING INTO YOUR TEAMMATES? “There’s only so much simulation you can really do for Daytona. I plan on going actually this week, not so much for the track but to practice my launch for qualifying since that will be my first laps. Looking back, that Cup race I ran for RFK last year at Gateway – that 300 and something mile race – I feel like went so far for me, just comparing to other people’s situation that are going to be making their debut and their first lap will be qualifying. So, I at least have some laps and some experience. I don’t remember a ton of it, but I’ve at least driven a Cup car. That went a long way, but relying on teammates, obviously, Michael does a really good job, especially on the superspeedway racing. As we get closer to the 500, I’ll lean on him some on whatever there is to learn and you’ll just kind of learn things. My second lap will be in the Duels, so you’ll learn pretty quick there. Then my races are kind of scattered, Phoenix being soon after Daytona. It’ll be cool to kind of get that one going just because I enjoy Phoenix a lot and I feel that the group on this 38 Cup car is a good group and I plan on running some simulation stuff through everyone at Ford Performance and whatever time I get there is valuable, and so I’m ready for all of them.”

 

WHAT CAN YOU TAKE FROM THAT ONE RACE LAST YEAR INTO THIS SEASON? “Obviously just racing on Sunday. I’ll start out there. It’s something that every driver works for and hopefully gets the opportunity to do. I just felt like that was a really last-minute deal, obviously, but I really wanted to finish that race because I knew how much I’d learn if I was able to do so. Everyone in the Cup Series is good at everything. The guys that you don’t hear mentioned as much have multiple championships and multiple race wins and have been around in this sport for a long time. These guys are no joke, so just when you race around them you can mess up here and there and still get away with a thing or two in Trucks or Xfinity. On the Cup side, you have to be perfect and obviously the big things on the pie chart gone, so being perfect in all those small areas, whether it’s on pit road or certain things on restarts are huge and that’s the difference between first and 15th in the Cup Series. So, these races that I have I hope I can learn as much as I can and kind of just improve on all these little things that I’ll look for.”

 

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO FINALLY WIN THE TRUCK TITLE AND HAVE THAT PATCH ON YOUR UNIFORM? “It’s very cool. I just feel like it’s a massive weight off your shoulders. The people that win races stick around in this sport for a while. The ones that are able to capture championships stick around a little bit longer, so that’s at least how I’ve always thought before I won a championship and with that I feel like I just had a big weight on our shoulders. To finally capture that has just been huge. I just feel like I’m in a little bit of a different spot mentally, but I have the same group at Front Row Motorsports and pretty much every single guy, so that was a critical thing that I wanted to go defend our title. It’s just a great group that I have around me and I’m ready to defend it.”

 

THE TRUCKS HAVE RACED AT NORTH WILKESBORO A COUPLE OF TIMES. HAVE YOU WATCHED PAST RACES THERE AND IS THERE ANYTHING YOU’VE LEARNED? “No, I haven’t. I haven’t gotten into the film of North Wilkesboro yet. I’m obviously excited about it. It was pretty cool to see that late model show that they put on and see the amount of people that went there. I can’t imagine how it’s gonna be for the NASCAR weekend there. It’ll be exciting. I don’t know how the race will be, so that’s exciting. I feel like that will be a good place for us. My crew chief, Chris Lawson, is super excited for it, as am I, but all of my attention now is on the Daytona Duels and the Daytona Truck race and obviously paying attention to the Daytona 500 if we qualify.”

 

WHAT IS THE MINDSET GOING INTO THE DUELS, WHERE YOU HAVE TO POSSIBLY RACE YOUR WAY IN? “I guess it starts with me enjoying film and past notes and reaching out to people who have had success on this superspeedway racing. I feel like the trucks I don’t have to have so much film on that side of things. I feel like pretty much the things I’m studying on the Cup side will correlate to the truck side, so that helps things. I’ll be able to narrow that down. These are new cars for everyone, but the guys that ran last year have a full year of experience versus my one race. There’s only so much I can do in qualifying, but it is up to me in the Duels. It’ll be tough to qualify in on time. There are some really good cars that are trying to get in, so I feel like a lot of our attention right now is seeing how we can make our car race as good as possible. I’m all on board on that. I’ve re-watched the Duels a few times and they’re pretty unpredictable, especially I feel like this year they will be as well. Last year, pretty much every manufacturer kind of spreads out into their own group, so that’s how I hope it goes so I can stick around some other Fords and hopefully an FRM teammate is in one of mine. Another concern of mine is I hope I’m in the second Duel because I think I’ll be the last to qualify in the truck and I’ll pretty much have to sprint over to the Cup car to make it in time. It’ll be a busy week, for sure.”

 

WHAT’S THE BALANCE BETWEEN WANTING TO IMPRESS VERSUS NOT TRYING TO DO TOO MUCH WHEN YOU GET IN THE CUP CAR? “There’s definitely a fine line that you need to be smart about out there. You don’t want to be the guy wrecking all the time or wrecking other people, but you want to show what you’ve got. I try to measure that out the best I can, but I feel like it’ll be a fun time in these seven races. I feel like it’s a set of different racetracks and they’re all places that I like. It’ll be a fun time.”

 

DID YOU TELL YOURSELF AT GATEWAY LAST YEAR TO BE PATIENT AND BE SMART? “I really didn’t know how to go into that weekend filling in for Chris. I was super excited, but the car was already at Gateway. I had gotten fitted in his 600 car. It was crazy just how fast things were being put together. I was fortunate enough to have Brad pull me aside when I actually got to go meet Jack Roush. We were just in a small meeting and I’m sure people have heard the story of what Jack told me – that his money was on me not finishing with how hard these cars are to drive – so that was a real confidence-booster, but Brad gave me a really good tip in saying that there’s nothing for me to go out there and prove. I had already proved it by him calling me, so that went a long way for me. I approached that weekend just with wanting to get to the end of that thing and wanting to prove Jack wrong, but to listen to Brad. That’s what we did and I just kind of settled in for that first stage and I got the hang of it and started picking them off one by one. I don’t know how far I got up to – 13th or 14th – and then we had a great opportunity to do some strategy, but my crew chief and I were on the same page and decided to stick to the game plan and try to finish the thing and not try to get a few more spots. I had a ton of fun that weekend. It was just such a cool opportunity to race on Sunday. You’ll never forget your debut and I was happy with it.”

 

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO GET OUT OF THOSE SEVEN CUP RACES? “Just learn as much as I can. I don’t really have a set number. Obviously, we’re gonna run the best we can. I don’t know where that will be. I feel like we’ll know where we’re gonna stack up at Phoenix and I like how the people race on the Cup side. Everyone races really, really hard, but everything is just perfectly executed and it’s a lot of fun when, in a way, you can trust people around you and that a move you’re gonna make they’re not gonna wreck around you doing so. I’ll start out with my first one of just trying to learn as much as possible and hopefully get a really good finish.”

 

WHAT HAS CHANGED WITH ZANE SMITH ENTERING DAYTONA THIS YEAR VERSUS LAST? “I don’t know what the right word for it is, but probably I don’t want to say less pressure because I feel like, if anything, it’s more pressure trying to defend this title. I’m just ready to get racing. I feel like I’ve done so much talking about it and I’m just ready to get back going. Like I said, just with that championship being captured is a huge weight off my shoulders and I’m ready to get back going again and hopefully capturing some more wins.”

 

Ford Performance PR

A series that helps build future NASCAR stars will join forces with an organization that helps build future leaders in agriculture as the season-opening ARCA Menards Series race on Saturday, Feb. 18, will be entitled the BRANDT 200 Supporting Florida FFA, Daytona International Speedway announced today. 

The BRANDT 200 Supporting Florida FFA will be the opening race of an exciting double-header for fans at Daytona, followed by the Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race.

“BRANDT and the Florida FFA make for the perfect pairing with the ARCA Menards Series race at Daytona International Speedway,” said track president Frank Kelleher. “The youth of our sport get their start in this series, and the youth in agriculture get their start with the FFA. Our future is bright!”  

Florida FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students with leadership development, personal growth and career success through realistic, hands-on agricultural education. The experience is valuable to all students, regardless of whether they do or do not pursue agricultural careers.

“Florida FFA appreciates support from companies like BRANDT and Daytona International Speedway,” said Florida FFA Director of Development, Hilary Holley. “Support from business and industry fuel the advancement of opportunities for students enrolled in agricultural education and FFA in Florida. We are excited about this incredible partnership!”

BRANDT Professional Agriculture is a long-time NASCAR sponsor and is a fast-growing, family-owned company that is a leader in global agriculture. By taking care of its customers, near and far, BRANDT helps families, farms and communities ensure a safe, secure supply of fiber, fuel and food.

“We love the FFA. In fact, I have my Blue Jacket proudly displayed in my office,” said Rick Brandt, CEO and President of BRANDT. “Marry that passion with our passion for racing and the BRANDT 200 Supporting the FFA is a natural fit: It’s a full day of Daytona racing with ARCA and Xfinity, centered around agriculture. Throw in the fact that the driver of the #7 BRANDT Chevy, Justin Allgaier is a former ARCA champion, and this is a once in a lifetime event.” 

The ARCA Menards Series has long been a launching point for some of NASCAR’s brightest stars. Two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch won the ARCA season-opener at Daytona in 2004, and 2021 ARCA Menards Series champion Ty Gibbs will be making his DAYTONA 500 debut this year to kick off his NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year campaign.

In addition to the double-header of the BRANDT 200 Supporting Florida FFA and the Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner 300, fans will see plenty of additional action on track Saturday – all for one ticket. NASCAR Cup Series final practice will be the fans’ final opportunity to see the field before the 65th running of Sunday’s sold-out DAYTONA 500. And the field will be set for the Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner 300 with NASCAR Xfijnity Series qualifying.

Fans are encouraged to reserve their place in history during Speedweeks Presented by AdventHealth by logging onto DAYTONA500.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Additionally, fans can buy or sell reserved seats for the DAYTONA 500 by visiting SeatGeek, the Official Ticket Marketplace of NASCAR.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway via daytonainternationalspeedway.com, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as the NASCAR Tracks App, for the latest speedway news.

DIS PR

The launch of a new racing season is an occasion that unites us all.
 
It’s an event that presents us with a steady stream of furious action following months of wintertime doldrums in which we hibernated and waited.
 
The on-track action of USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship racing is a drama without comparison, punctuated by rhythms and movement that exhilarate the senses.
 
Unbounded by time, but by 30 laps from green to checkered flag that separate the fortunes between those who will experience the thrill of victory and those who will endure the agony of defeat.
 
The 2023 season begins in such fashion with a pair of non-points special events on back-to-back nights at Barberville, Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park on Monday, February 13 and Tuesday, February 14. Both nights feature events are 30 laps in length with the competitors vying for $5,000-to-win on Monday and $10,000-to-win on Tuesday.
 
Volusia, a longtime host of wintertime sprint car racing in the Sunshine State, welcomes USAC to its full-tilt half-mile dirt oval for the first time ever. However, several of the top contenders did compete at Volusia during two nights of Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Car activity in 2022.
 
C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has shifted to the BGE-Dougherty Motorsports team for 2023. The 2019 USAC National Sprint Car champ captured a victory on the first night at Volusia a year ago, leading the final 24 laps en route to the win, then followed up with a 5th a single night later.
 
Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), like Leary, has also experienced his share of success in Florida during February. He’s teamed up once again with the Chris Dyson Racing team with whom he won with at Volusia on night two in 2022.
 
The two past Volusia winners will join defending USAC National Sprint Car driving champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), who’ll attempt to become the first repeat series titlist since Brady Bacon in 2020-21. Grant returns to the fold under the TOPP Motorsports banner, which captured last season’s entrant crown.
 
Four-time USAC National Sprint Car titlist Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) will once again compete in all the points races for the venerable Hoffman Auto Racing / Dynamics, Inc. team. However, for Volusia’s non-points events, he’ll take the wheel of the Wedgewood Motorsports No. 98. Bacon experienced a mighty tumble on night one at Volusia last year but recovered to score a runner-up result the very next evening.
 
Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) ran inside the top-five on both nights at Volusia in 2022, lassoing a 5th and a 4th during the 2015 USAC champion’s two-night run. He can count himself among the past Florida winners in the field, having taken the season opener in Ocala during the 2016 campaign.
 
Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) finished last season with five podium results in his last seven feature starts to close things out. He was a substantial mover at Volusia in 2022, charging from his 16th starting position to tally an 8th. Meanwhile, Dustin Clark (Washington, Ind.), the 2019 USAC National Sprint Car top Rookie, earned a 9th at Volusia on night one.
 
Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) was among the USAC National Sprint Car circuit’s most successful Rookies in 2022, winning twice in spectacular fashion. His first career sprint car start without a wing came at Volusia last February where he finished 11th.
 
Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) and Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) all attained their first Volusia sprint car experiences this weekend last year. Seavey, the 2018 USAC National Midget champ, scored a best of 15th while one-time USAC Sprint Car winner Westfall notched an 18th and 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver Brandon Mattox collected 21st.
 
First-time Volusia participants include a talented crew of USAC National series feature winners. Perhaps the hottest driver to close out 2022 was Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) who aims for his first Florida win. Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) currently stands 10th all-time in career series wins with 39. Last season’s Rookie of the Year, Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), the 2022 series Rookie of the Year, won his first two career USAC Sprint Car features during Florida appearances.
 
Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) has now taken over the wheel of the Baldwin-Fox Racing No. 5 after chalking up his first USAC win last September. KO Motorsports will sport a three-car lineup for 14-time series winner Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) in addition to two-time series winner Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Rookie of the Year contender Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.).
 
Making their forays to Volusia for the event include USAC experienced veterans Steve Irwin (Fenton, Mich.), Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.), Landon Simon (Tipp City, Ohio), Englishman Tom Harris (Banbury, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom), USAC East Coast Sprint Car winner Joey Amantea (Mount Pocono, Pa.), Hunter Maddox (Bedford, Ind.) and late model/modified standout Brian Ruhlman (Clark Lake, Mich.).
 
Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, Calif.) is a past USAC CRA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year and is making the long haul from his Golden State home to compete in the Sunshine State. He’s joined by midget racing guru Kyle Jones (Kennedale, Texas) who will be making his USAC National Sprint Car debut along with RUSH Sprint Car Series victor John Mollick (Toronto, Ohio) and six-time 2022 winged 358 Sprint Car winner Cameron Smith (Spring Grove, Pa.).
 
 
EVENT DETAILS:
 
USAC racing at Volusia kicks off an entire week of National Sprint Car racing in the state of Florida, featuring five full racing events in a six-night span.
 
Volusia’s program presents a pair of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car non-points special events on Monday-Tuesday, February 13-14 along with the DIRTcar Late Models.
 
On both nights at Volusia, the pits open at 1pm Eastern with the drivers meeting at 4:30, grandstands opening at 5pm and engine heat at 5pm followed by qualifying and racing. Monday’s program pays $5,000-to-win with the Tuesday’s feature victor bringing home $10,000.
 
Single-day tickets for USAC at Volusia are $35 for general admission, $45 for premium reserved and $18 for child reserved. Advance ticket packages are available for purchase at https://dirtcarnationals.com/tickets/.
 
USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship’s inaugural appearance at Barberville, Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park on February 13-14 will be streamed live in its entirety on DIRTvision.
 
USAC’s agreement with FloRacing stipulates that all points-paying National events throughout the season are streamed live on FloRacing. However, with DIRTvision streaming Volusia’s Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals USAC events, both nights of competition for the series will be considered “special events” and will not pay points toward the season-long series championship.
 
The remainder USAC’s AMSOIL National Sprint Car, NOS Energy Drink National Midget and Silver Crown points-paying race schedule in 2023 will be streamed live on FloRacing, including the February 16-17-18 Winter Dirt Games at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park – the first points-paying events of the USAC National Sprint Car season.
 
 
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FLORIDA USAC NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS FEATURE WINS:
 
5-Damion Gardner
 
4-Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson & Justin Grant
 
3-Robert Ballou
 
2-Emerson Axsom, Tyler Courtney, Larry Dickson, Tracy Hines & Kevin Thomas Jr.
 
1-Dave Darland, Darren Hagen, C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull, Pat O’Connor, Hunter Schuerenberg, Chase Stockon, Bob Sweikert, Rich Vogler, Chuck Weyant & Chris Windom
 
 
FLORIDA USAC SPRINT NON-POINTS FEATURE WINS:
 
1-Dave Steele
 
USAC PR

Reaume Brothers Racing (RBR) and Mason Massey announced today that BRUNT Workwear will be the primary sponsor on the No. 33 Ford F-150 for four NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) events this season including the season opening NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., during Daytona 500 race weekend on Friday, February 17, 2023.

Last week, RBR announced that the team would exclusively field Ford F-150, in an effort to strengthen its relationship with Ford Performance. In addition, they announced that they had signed Georgia native and former Super Late Model standout to a multi-year agreement to drive the No. 33 Ford F-150 full-time in the NCTS.

BRUNT Workwear builds the tools you wear at a price you can afford. By selling directly to the consumer online they offer a premium work boot for a much lower price. To learn more about the company and its products visit www.BRUNTWorkwear.com.

“We’re so amped up to not only continue but expand our program with Mason (Massey), ” said BRUNT Workwear Founder & CEO, Eric Girouard. “Our company’s story and Mason’s story are very similar. We are building brick-by-brick and growing together. This season, we’re looking forward to expanding our partnership for the third season in a row. Our group is excited for the opportunity Mason has to compete full-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with Reaume Brothers Racing and believe that our brand lines up perfectly with not only Mason’s brand, but also with what Reaume Brothers Racing is building and hard-working, fast pickup trucks.”

In addition to the NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 17, 2023, BRUNT Workwear will also be the primary sponsor of the No. 33 Ford F-150 at the Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 8, 2023, the Rackley Roofing 200 at Nashville Superspeedway on Friday, June 23, 2023 and the CRC Brakleen 150 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, July 22, 2023.

“The team at BRUNT Workwear, led by Eric (Girouard) has become family to me,” said Mason Massey. “It’s been incredible to watch first hand the hard work pay off as the company grows. I’m thankful as they have grown, they have allowed me to grow with them. The opportunity that Reaume Brothers Racing and Ford Performance have given me wouldn’t be possible without great partners like BRUNT Workwear. The best part is, the products they sell are as good as advertised. It’s easy to represent a brand when you believe in the products and the people the way I do.”

Reaume Brothers Racing is entering its sixth season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series fielding the No. 33 and No. 34 Ford F-150’s entries. RBR is committed to building value by providing and creating a culture of competitiveness, performance, teamwork and family all while harnessing the power of its platform to inspire positive change in its community.

The 2023 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season kicks off with the NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona International Speedway located in Daytona Beach, Fla on Friday, February 17, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. live on FS1 and MRN.

RBR PR

After Speedweeks, if you are starving for sunshine and a little warmth to boot, Florida, with the ASA STARS National Tour, will be the place to do it.  

Series officials revealed today that the inaugural event for the national tour on Saturday, March 11, at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL will be the Sunshine State 200.  The 200 lap pavement Super Late Model race to kickoff a 10-race, six-state tour for the series in 2023.  

Tickets for the event are available online by visiting https://bit.ly/ASA5FlagsTixs.

The event also serves as the season opening race for the Blizzard Series (four-races) at Five Flags Speedway and the second points race for the ASA Southern Super Series.

"What better way to open the 20th year of our Blizzard Series than by collaborating with the ASA National Tour’s inaugural event,” said Tim Bryant, Promoter of Five Flags Speedway.  “Showcasing past history and introducing a new era in the Sunshine State 200 has some March electricity like we've never felt."

A logo for the inaugural event will be debuted soon.

Pavement Super Late Model teams are about to enjoy a little sunshine in another area of Florida, as the ASA Southern Super Series is set to open its championship season at New Smyrna Speedway on Valentines Day, Tuesday, February 14.

Super Late Model team owners who wish to participate in the 2023 and 2024 “Winners Circle” program will need to purchase an ASA Car Owner License. Eligibility for point fund monies and contingency awards also require car owners to be fully licensed.

Applications for teams, including drivers, are now available to download at www.asastarsnationaltour.com.  Those forms are available via a PDF document.  Teams will be required to complete the form and return as instructed on the application.  

Tickets are on sale now for the inaugural ASA National Tour event on Saturday, March 11 at Five Flags Speedway.  Please visit https://bit.ly/ASA5FlagsTixs to get yours today. 

For the full ASA STARS National Tour schedule, plus Super Late Model rules and other information, please visit the series website at www.asastarsnationaltour.com, and be sure to follow the series on social media (Facebook: STARS National Series | Twitter: @racewithstars | IG: @starsnational).

ASA STARS National Tour

The ASA STARS National Tour will debut in 2023 for Super Late Model racing in America.  Announced in October, many of the best drivers in America are expected to compete in the 10-race national tour with a minimum $100,000 point fund. The championship team will be guaranteed $25,000. 

The national series is made up of three races from each of the regional pavement Super Late Model Series under the Track Enterprises banner; the ASA CRA Super Series, the ASA Midwest Tour and the ASA Southern Super Series.  

A Winner’s Circle program will also be part of the ASA National Tour for licensed drivers/teams with perfect attendance.  The program details will be announced at a later date, but it will be in the same vein as ASA utilized in its heyday.

Track Enterprises, a Racing Promotions Company based in Illinois, will operate the ASA STARS National Tour.  It announced the acquisition of the CRA sanctioning body in January and followed that up with the purchase of the Midwest Tour in July. In October, Track Enterprises President, Bob Sargent announced a partnership with the Southern Super Series which set the table for the formation of the ASA STARS National Tour.

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Reigning NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion Zane Smith and Front Row Motorsports formally announce a new, multi-series partnership with Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, that includes both primary and associate sponsorship for the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) entries driven by Smith.

The partnership – which will feature Ambetter Health, a leading provider of health insurance offerings on the Health Insurance Marketplace, and Wellcare, which offers a wide range of Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (PDP) – starts at Daytona International Speedway in February when Smith attempts to qualify for his second career NCS start and first Daytona 500 aboard the No. 36 Wellcare Ford Mustang.

“I’m fortunate to have a great sponsor of Centene’s stature to step up and support me and Front Row Motorsports as I look to gain racing experience in the NASCAR Cup Series while at the same time defending the NASCAR Craftsman title,” said the 23-year-old Smith. “I’m excited to represent Ambetter Health and Wellcare as Centene continues to grow their involvement in NASCAR and their healthcare presence across the United States.”

As the cornerstone partner for Smith’s previously announced part-time 2023 NCS plans, Centene will be primary sponsor for five additional NCS races aboard the chartered No. 38 car at the following race tracks: Phoenix Raceway (March, Wellcare), Talladega Superspeedway (April, Wellcare), Sonoma Raceway (June, Wellcare), Texas Motor Speedway (September, Ambetter Health) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (October, Ambetter Health).

In addition to the six-race NCS primary car sponsorship, Centene will feature Ambetter Health as the primary sponsor of Smith’s NCTS No. 38 Ford 150 truck at Miami-Homestead Speedway on October 21. The comprehensive partnership also includes full season associate sponsorship on Smith’s No. 38 NCTS truck and on the No. 38 NCS car with driving duties split between Smith and Todd Gilliland. Smith is expected to race up to six of the 36 NCS points races in the No. 38 Ford.

“We want to welcome Centene Corporation to Front Row Motorsports,” said Bob Jenkins, owner, Front Row Motorsports. “This is an example of another well-respected and premier company to join our organization and the sport. Their support also allows us to move Zane up into the NASCAR Cup Series part-time and continue his growth while also helping us defend our NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship. We’re excited for the year ahead.”

St. Louis, Mo.-based Centene is not new to the sport of NASCAR. Centene is a healthcare partner of Speedway Motorsports (SMI) and serves as a race track sponsor across several SMI properties, plus as the race entitlement sponsor of the Ambetter Health 400 NCS race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March and the Ambetter Health 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July.

“We’re excited to partner with Front Row Motorsports and Zane Smith to build on our relationship with racing fans across the country,” said Sarah London, Chief Executive Officer, Centene Corporation. “Through this partnership, we have the opportunity to further connect with racing fans and educate them on our mission to transform the health of our local communities and ensure everyone is able to access high-quality, affordable healthcare.”

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The Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour is now formally a part of FloRacing’s burgeoning motorsports platform. For the 2023 season, all 19 race weeks split between the CARS Late Model Stock Car (LMSC) and Pro Late Model (PLM) divisions will be streamed live on FloRacing. Founded in 2006, FloSports was established with the goal of providing broader coverage for underserved sports. As FloSports grew during the 2010s, motorsports became a central focus for the company, particularly when it came to grassroots racing. In 2019, FloSports acquired DirtonDirt.com before purchasing Speed Shift TV the following year, acquiring over 400 races in the process.  

CARS Tour founder Jack McNelly knew that 2023 was a perfect time to partner up with FloRacing and utilize all their resources following an offseason of momentous change that included a new ownership group for the series consisting of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick and Justin Marks. McNelly said FloRacing displays immense professionalism when it comes to highlighting the overall appeal of short track racing. He is confident FloRacing will do the same with the CARS Tour and showcase the passion that has been prevalent in the series since day one.  

“We are excited to work with FloRacing this season,” McNelly said. “We feel this series has been elevated to a new level and it deserves more visibility, which is what Flo brings with their extensive audience capturing the best asphalt late model racing in the country.”

Multi-year deals with NASCAR, United States Auto Club (USAC), Tony Stewart’s Eldora and All Star Circuit of Champions, the Chili Bowl, MAVTV and NASCAR Champion Kyle Larson, amongst others, have cemented FloRacing as an essential destination for motorsports fans. 

Partnering with NASCAR only bolstered the company’s mission to amplify grassroots racing, as FloRacing currently provides live broadcasts for all three ARCA divisions, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Pinty’s Series and NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series.

Michael Rigsby, who serves as the vice president of motorsports through FloRacing’s parent company FloSports, said it’s imperative for short track racing to receive as much coverage as possible and is looking forward to introducing the exhilarating action of the CARS Tour to a larger audience.

“Last year we partnered with NASCAR Roots to really step up our short track pavement offering, and now we’ve taken another step by bringing the CARS Tour to the FloRacing airwaves,” Rigsby said. “From our perspective, the CARS Tour is the premier pavement late model touring series in the country, and we plan to build a robust production and content strategy around this partnership. We are beyond excited to work with the CARS Tour and help grow the sport further.”

Many drivers in the CARS Tour have already received recognition through FloRacing broadcasts, as the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown, which culminates in the prestigious ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway, always has healthy representation from the LMSC division.

The first chapter of the CARS Tour’s relationship with FloRacing will commence on March 11 when both divisions travel to Lucama, North Carolina for the season-opener at Southern National Motorsports Park.

For more information on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the CARS Pro Late Model Tour, visit www.carsracingtour.com. Be sure to stay active and social with the tour by liking “CARS Tour” on Facebook, following @CARSTour on Twitter and scrolling through photos on Instagram cars_tour. Additional series information can be obtained by calling the CARS Tour series office, located in Mooresville, NC, at 704.662.9212.

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Talladega Superspeedway welcomes a new name to fall playoff weekend, announcing today that Love’s RV Stops, an amenity offered by Love’s Travel Stops, will sponsor the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in late September.

 

The 250-lap race is officially titled the Love’s RV Stop 250, and will set the scene as drivers battle it out in the second contest of the Round of 8 in the playoffs later this year.

 

“We’re thrilled to welcome Love’s to the Talladega family,” said Talladega Superspeedway President Brian Crichton. “Playoff weekend is always a fantastic event here at the track. The intensity of Saturday’s truck race is what really gets the excitement going and keeps it rolling into Sunday.”

 

The Love’s RV Stop 250 will take place on Saturday, Sept. 30, and is part of a doubleheader weekend featuring the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Playoffs’ Round of 8, and the NASCAR Cup Series Yellawood 500 on Sunday, Oct. 1 – the second race in the Cup Series Playoffs Round of 12.

 

“Talladega draws one of the largest camping and RV audiences in the country, so we are excited to expand our partnership in NASCAR with the Love’s RV Stop 250,” said Dave Frankenfield, Vice President of Marketing at Love’s. “Our new RV Stops extend our highway hospitality to the RV customer providing convenience with hookups and amenities adjacent to our traditional travel stop.”

 

Love’s currently has a network of 27 RV locations, which account for more than 250 reservable overnight spaces. RV hookups located at Love’s Travel Stops offer a convenient place for overnight stays, and include Wi-fi, 30 and 50 amp hookups, travel stop amenities such as clean restrooms, food and drink offerings and showers. The company also recently started adding RV Stops located adjacent to Love’s Travel Stops for longer stays that include added amenities like fire pits, dog parks and recreational amenities. Travelers can reserve online at www.lovesrvstops.com

 

Pre-sale tickets for the fall races at Talladega Superspeedway are available now, but fans can also catch racing action at the famed Alabama track during the GEICO 500 weekend in April.

 

The upcoming tripleheader weekend features two back-to-back races on Saturday, April 22, with the ARCA Menards Series General Tire 200, followed by the NASCAR Xfinity Series Ag-Pro 300. Then, on Sunday, April 23, drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series challenge the iconic 33-degree banking in the GEICO 500.

 

For ticketing information and more details about upcoming events as well as the Fall playoff weekend, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com. Fans are also encouraged to keep up with all the happenings at the biggest, baddest racetrack on the planet following Talladega Superspeedway on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, as well as in the NASCAR Tracks App for the latest speedway news.

 

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The Mike’s Weather Page Hurricane Awareness Machine is set to take on the force known as Daytona on Saturday, February 18.

JD Motorsports proudly announced today their partnership with Mike’s Weather Page, Firman Power Equipment, OneSource Restoration (OSR), Victory Powerline Services  and Coastal Claims. These companies will sponsor Bayley Currey’s No. 4 Chevrolet entry in the Beef. It’s What for Dinner. 300 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 18.

This special season-opening paint scheme will prominently feature Mike’s Weather Page, Firman Power Equipment, OneSource Restoration (OSR), Victory Powerline Services and Coastal Claims. In addition, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) will have a decal on the car to bring attention to those impacted by hurricanes.

“I’m excited to be behind the wheel of the No. 4 Mike’s Weather Page Powered by Firman Power Equipment Chevrolet as we kick off the 2023 season,” said Currey. “I really respect what Mike and his team of partners do to keep us informed about Hurricanes.”

“It is also just so cool that he is such a huge NASCAR fan and it gives me added confidence knowing his 1 million plus social media followers will be cheering for the No. 4 car as well,” Currey added.

“I am so excited to bring together some great partners involved in the storm industry to build the Hurricane Awareness Machine for Daytona,” said Mike Boylan, founder of Mike’s Weather Page. “Helping inform people about potential storms and being there for them before, during, and after is our collective goal. Growing up in Florida and being a huge NASCAR fan my entire life, this is a wonderful opportunity to be part of!”

The Beef. It’s What for Dinner. 300 is live on FS1, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90) on Saturday, February 18 at 5 p.m. EST.

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