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One year ago, Ruben Garcia Jr. left Dover International Speedway feeling that a victory had slipped from his grasp.
After 125 laps on Saturday, Garcia received his redemption as he earned the checkered flag in the “Crosley 125,” the season finale of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
Garcia, driving the No. 6 Max Siegel Inc. Toyota, edged Brandon McReynolds by less than half a second to earn his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory of the season. Garcia won earlier this year at Memphis.
The 22-year-old from Mexico City posted an average speed of 99.206 mph in completing the 125-mile event in 1 hour, 15 minutes and 36 seconds.
Garcia led a race-best 71 laps in this event last year before an accident in the final laps ruined his finish.
“This is my favorite track that we visit,” said Garcia, who led a race-high 75 laps on Saturday. “I feel like we led every single lap here last year. It’s really cool to accomplish what we started last year. Finishing the season strong gives us momentum for next year.”
Garcia wasn’t the only driver doing a burnout on the frontstretch after the race as Tyler Ankrum celebrated his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season title with a smoke show of his own.
Ankrum, driving the No. 17 Modern Meat Company Toyota, had already secured the title before starting in the season finale. The 17-year-old California native ran in the top-5 for the majority of the race and led eight laps until a mishap on pit road led to an 11th-place finish, 13 laps behind Garcia.
“It’s not the race we wanted but definitely the season we wanted,” Ankrum said. “I was on my computer looking at the other drivers who have won the K&N Series title, and a lot of them are at the Cup level or Xfinity or Truck Series. The experiences we’ve had are amazing.”
In recent years, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champions have included Joey Logano (2007), Kyle Larson (2012) and William Byron (2015). Ankrum said he ran into many of his heroes in the garage area this weekend before the green flag dropped.
“Growing up in Southern California, you want to be like Jimmie Johnson,” Ankrum said. “Then, you’re walking in the garage and go ‘Oh, look, there’s Jimmie Johnson.’ It’s a great experience.”
Derek Kraus finished third on Saturday, followed by Sam Mayer in fourth and defending event and series champion Harrison Burton in fifth.
The “Crosley 125” included two designated red flag periods at 40-lap periods so teams could change tires and examine their vehicles. The race was originally scheduled for a Friday start before being postponed by rain.
One of the pre-race favorites, Todd Gilliland, led 40 early laps before a crash on Lap 50 ended his day and brought out one of the race’s five caution flags. Gilliland finished 14th.
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Wet weather has forced the postponement of the "Crosley 125" NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season finale race today in Dover, Del.
The "Crosley 125" will be held at 9 a.m. EDT on Saturday, Oct. 6.
Dover International Speedway grandstand gates will open at 8:45 a.m. EDT for all fans who hold tickets for the "Crosley 125" NASCAR K&N Pro Series East or the "Bar Harbor 200" presented by Sea Watch International NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff race.
After the "Crosley 125," ticket holders for the "Bar Harbor 200" presented by Sea Watch International will have priority for reserved seating. "Crosley 125" ticket holders can remain in the stands for all of Saturday's on-track action.
All other on-track activity for Saturday, Oct. 6 remains as scheduled.
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Running Under The Lights! Darlington Raceway To host 5K Presented By Academy Sports & Outdoors on November 905 Oct 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Darlington Raceway has hosted many forms of racing at its storied track for nearly 70 years. With that said, the track Too Tough To Tame is excited to announce a new and fun racing experience that will be the first of its kind.
On Friday, November 9, the track will be hosting the Darlington Raceway 5K presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. With a 6 p.m. start time, it will be the first 5K raced under the lights at the Lady in Black.
“We’re very excited to host the Darlington Raceway 5K Presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors under the lights at our historic track,” track President Kerry Tharp said. “This is a unique opportunity for these runners to be the first to race under the lights at a venue where many historic finishes have taken place. We encourage all runners to get signed up early for this event and have some fun running under the lights on Friday, November 9.”
Participants may pre-register online for the event for a fee of $25 per participant by visiting https://DarlingtonRaceway5K.itsyourrace.com/register/. Day-of registration will be $30 per person.
Packet pickup for the 5K will be available on Thursday, November 8, at the Academy Sports + Outdoors location at 120 Woody Jones Blvd, Florence, SC 29501, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. or on event day at the track beginning at 5 p.m.
The 5K course will start and end at the start-finish line of the race track. All participants will receive a t-shirt for their efforts.
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Talladega Superspeedway is excited to welcome back Fr8Auctions (Freight Auctions), an integrity-based auction that brings together a combination of the best buyers in the Southeast along with the highest quality merchandise, as it will serve as the entitlement sponsor for the Fr8Auctions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Playoff event on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Fr8Auctions, which served as the official sponsor of Fr8Auctions Qualifying for the GEICO 500 at Talladega this spring, is a business that partners with freight lines, distribution companies and consumer product-based businesses, helping them sell their excess, discontinued or damaged inventory. Fourteen years ago, Fr8Auctions founder and owner Marcus Barela set out to fill a niche for local truckers needing to sell unwanted cargo by coordinating a bi-monthly auction, and now the Atlanta, GA, based company has become the “go to” business solution for companies across America that need to refuel their supply chain and distribution capabilities.
“Talladega Superspeedway has provided Fr8Auctions the best return on investment in track marketing with the Fr8Auctions Qualifying sponsorship in the spring,” Barela said. “We are thrilled to partner again with Talladega for the Fr8Auctions 250!”
The Fr8Auctions 250, set for a noon (CDT) start, will play a pivotal part in the NCWTS Playoffs, which will serve as the final race in the Round of 8 where the field of eligible title contenders will be trimmed from eight to six at the checkered flag. The eight drivers are comprised of Alabama’s own Grant Enfinger (from Fairhope), Justin Haley, Johnny Sauter, Noah Gragson, Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes and Stewart Friesen. Part-time NCWTS driver Parker Kligerman, the defending Fr8Auctions 250 victor, hopes to be a spoiler in that event and become the first driver in history to win three NCWTS races at the legendary 2.66-mile venue.
Talladega Superspeedway’s doubleheader NASCAR Playoff weekend kicks off on Friday (Oct. 12) with qualifying for the Fr8Auctions 250 at 4:35 p.m. CDT. Saturday’s (Oct. 13) slate includes the running of the Fr8Auctions 250 at noon CDT followed by Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 at 3:35 p.m. CDT. Sunday (Oct.14) will showcase some of the world’s best drivers dueling it out in the 1000Bulbs.com 500, also a key playoff race in NASCAR’s premier series, at 1 p.m. CDT. In addition, Sunday ticket holders can enjoy access to the Saturday Night Infield Concert presented by Wind Creek Casino and Hotel, located in the famous infield, featuring country music artist Chris Janson.
For ticket information, fans can visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223).
Upon entering the gates of Talladega Superspeedway, the track radiates a surreal atmosphere fueled by tradition. From producing record-shattering speed to throwing the most epic party in NASCAR two weekends a year, Alabama’s famous racing complex is an epicenter for creating legendary moments that will live on for generations.
Perhaps no one understands this sacred quality better than last year’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Talladega 250 winner Parker Kligerman, who has literally stamped his name into the laurels of NASCAR’s largest tri-oval by sticking the checkered flag in the infield grass following his two career truck wins (his first one came in 2012) at the facility.
“Not everyone has that unique thing to them,” said Kligerman, who, with a win in the Saturday, Oct. 13 Talladega 250, could also hoist the Hammer & Anvil Trophy, a 30-inch and 50-plus pound artistic masterpiece given to the NCWTS winner. “I’m almost like honored in a lot of ways to have something that no one else has done.”
From sitting in the driver’s seat to being an NBC Sports broadcaster, the 28-year-old has already practically seen it all in a motorsports career defined by success, change and originality. He hopes to add another chapter to his fascinating story by becoming the first driver in history to win three NCWTS races at legendary Talladega Superspeedway; his two series victories are currently tied with Todd Bodine, Kyle Busch and Timothy Peters.
Kligerman, who competes part-time in the NCWTS, hopes to again play spoiler as the Talladega 250 is an elimination race in NASCAR’s Playoffs, which will cut the field of eight title contenders (Justin Haley, Grant Enfinger, Johnny Sauter, Noah Gragson, Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes and Stewart Friesen) to six when they cross the finish line for the final time.
The journey to NASCAR for Kligerman was unconventional in multiple aspects. The Westport, CT, native began his career driving karts, and after lots of hard work, he landed an ARCA ride in 2009. He capitalized on the opportunity, which then led to future stints in all three of NASCAR’s top touring series with a variety of teams, including rides with Red Horse Racing and Henderson Motorsports where he battled his way to Gatorade Victory Lane at Talladega.
While his experience on the track has been a roller coaster at times, he has always been a fan favorite because it’s important to him to stay connected with them. He remains active on multiple social platforms, and that helped NBC Sports make him an offer to become a broadcaster for a multitude of NASCAR events.
For Talladega’s weekend, however, it’s all about him being behind the wheel where he is most comfortable. With two victories and three top-five finishes in four truck series races, along with a sixth-place result in the Xfinity Series in 2013, he virtually has racing at the mammoth 2.66-mile track down to a science. He watches tape and builds out scenarios in his head about where he wants to be and who he wants to work with, especially in the last five laps.
“When I get put in that position with two laps to go and I’ve got to make a decision in a split second, I’ve already played it in my head 100 times, and so I’ll do it instinctively,” said Kligerman, who credits his bump drafting talent to the time he spent with Team Penske during the tandem drafting era when he would test being linked up with another car. “All of us that did tandem drafting got to experience a whole different type of drafting that only lasted a couple of years, and now it’s gone. And so I think for all of us that did that, we kind of have a leg up in understanding how far you can go.”
By being a devoted student to the sport who is always trying to learn more, Kligerman has been able to utilize his education to capture his two Talladega checkered flags, which he keeps along with all the rest of the checkered flags he has earned throughout his career because he says they symbolize the level of effort and significance needed to win at any level. With a victory this weekend at Talladega, Kligerman would add another checkered flag to his collection, and he feels excited to get back inside the car again to defend his Talladega 250 title.
“In terms of what it’s meant as a place, as a landmark, it’s cool for a kid from Connecticut to win at one of the most recognizable tracks in the world,” Kligerman said of the 33-degree banked venue. “The place is kind of a bastion of the South and a very historical place in terms of NASCAR and to know that when I go there, I’ve been successful and I’ve put on a show for the fans that come to that racetrack … that just really pumps me up because I think it’s cool to know that a place as historical as Talladega, I’ve added to the history of it in some respects and entertained the people that bought tickets.”
ISM Raceway today unveiled key elements of the new INfield experience as part of the ISM Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar. In addition to receiving a live look into the new Gatorade Victory Lane and post-race celebration, driver appearances and open-air interactive garage featuring their favorite teams and drivers, fans purchasing INfield access will enjoy a variety of elevated social gathering spots and food and beverage options.
“A key part of our effort to enhance the venue for fans includes great social gathering spots for them to enjoy the race,” said Scott Rovn, Vice President of Sales and Communications at ISM Raceway. “We’re excited for our fans to experience the new INfield during Opening Weekend in November.”
New amenities available to fans include:
- The Miller Lite Beer Garden, located inside the new turn 3 near the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Garages, will feature Miller Lite, the Official Domestic Beer of ISM Raceway, along with other MillerCoors brews. It will also offer mouthwatering menu items such as the pub burger and the Miller Lite Beer Brat.
- Brought to life by the Official Outdoor Cooling Provider for ISM Raceway, the Portacool Chill Zone is located inside the new front stretch. The Chill Zone will provide fans a great view of the racing action and a place to keep cool with Portacool portable evaporative coolers throughout the area. Fans will also be able to taste a variety of different bites at this location, including the monstrous 623 Nachos and a Turkey Bacon Swiss Melt with Tater Tots. The Chill Zone also features cotton candy for visitors with a sweet tooth.
- Modern Margarita Tequila Bar, the Official Margarita of ISM Raceway, is located behind Gatorade Victory Lane under the new leaderboard. It will feature the “2-Time ManGOrita,” a special frozen margarita created by Michael Waltrip, as well as other icy beverages, beer, wine and specialty cocktails. The location will also offer small bar snacks such as chips and roasted nuts. Modern Margarita will also debut the exclusive Modern Margarita Fish Taco which will be available at adjacent INfield food stands.
Fans can add an INfield wristband to their daily admission tickets for only $129 which will provide access during the entire Opening Weekend. Access can be purchased online at ISMRaceway.com, by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the ISM Raceway ticket office.
Over the years, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has had a large number of graduates move from their series into successful careers among the top three levels of NASCAR. Most believe this year will be no different, as the entry lists throughout the 2018 season have boasted many talented young drivers who have bright futures in racing. Fans will get to see plenty of that talent on track this weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway, in Indianapolis, as Saturday’s Shore Lunch 200 presented by Load Trail will have a long list of potential winners, led by Harrison Burton.
Harrison Burton, the son of retired NASCAR racer, Jeff Burton, has had what many would call a good career already, winning numerous Super Late Model races, five NASCAR K&N Series races and the 2017 championship, a championship during the World Series at New Smyrna, and two races with the ARCA Racing Series, Toledo in 2017 and Pocono this year. Burton also has two top five’s in just four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this season. The 17-year old, who will turn 18 on Tuesday, will also be competing with the NASCAR K&N Series at Dover on Friday night.
Californian, Sheldon Creed, looks to be on his way to the 2018 championship and has three wins this year. That said, none of the three wins came on one of ARCA’s typical short tracks. Creed has found victory lane at Michigan, Gateway, and Iowa. He does have some solid short track finishes, though, with top fives at Nashville, Salem, and Madison. Those finishes have propelled him into the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge lead. Creed is a well-versed driver, racing not only in ARCA but sports cars and off road trucks.
Second place point man and fellow Californian, Zane Smith, will definitely be one of the favorites Saturday night. Smith has the most wins on the series with four but has also had some bad luck which has put him 405 points behind Creed. Smith has wins at Nashville, Talladega, Toledo, and Pocono. Smith, who came onto the racing scene strong in 2015 when he won the Super Late Model World Series championship at New Smyrna, has a top five finish to his credit in his only NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start.
One driver to keep an eye on will be Wheeling, WV’s Travis Braden. Braden won at Lucas Oil Raceway in his first ever ARCA start in 2015 but hasn’t found victory lane since. This season is Braden’s first full run with the series. He has four top fives in 18 starts, but more impressively, three of those top fives came in the last four starts. The MatrixCare/Consonus Healthcare sponsored team is based in the Indianapolis area, so this race will be on their home turf.
Other young wheelmen to keep an eye on will be former Snowball Derby winner, Christian Eckes, Gibbs Racing driver Riley Herbst, and Chandler Smith, who has won two races in eight starts this year. Natalie Decker, Gus Dean, Sam Mayer, Thad Moffitt, Michael Self, Joe Graf, Jr., and Carson Hocevar are also drivers vying for the Shore Lunch 200 trophy.
Fans wishing to attend Saturday’s event can get discount advance sale tickets at Indianapolis area Menards locations for just $20 each. If not in the Indianapolis area, tickets are also available by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200 or by purchasing at the gate on raceday.
Pit gates open Saturday at 10:00 AM, grandstands open at 1:30 PM, Thunder Roadster practice is at 1:30, ARCA practice from 2:00-3:30, Thunder Roadster heats are at 3:45, ARCA General Tire pole qualifying is at 4:15, and the Thunder Roadster feature is at 5:00. An on track driver autograph session will be held from 5:30-6:30, leading up to the Shore Lunch 200 at 7:00.
Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, who was a part of the 2015 World Series team, will drive the pace car to lead the Hollywood Casino 400 field to the green flag on Sunday, Oct. 21.
“I look forward to having Alex at Kansas Speedway and as a part of the Hollywood Casino 400 race day festivities,” said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren. “Alex and his family have been a big part of Kansas City for years and I know our race fans will enjoy seeing him on race day.”
Gordon, who has patrolled left field for the Royals since 2007, has racked up the accolades over the years, including being named to the American League All-Star team in 2013, 2014 and 2015; winning the Rawlings AL Gold Glove in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017; winning the Rawlings AL Platinum Glove in 2014, being named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 and 2017, and won the Hutch Award in 2014. The Nebraska native, who attended the University of Nebraska, was drafted second overall in the 2005 Major League Baseball draft and currently sits fourth on the Royals all-time home run leaders list.
Gordon is the second Royals player to be named the honorary pace car driver, following former teammate Drew Butera, and he follows current Kansas City Chiefs player Anthony Sherman, who drove the pace car in May, and former Kansas City Chiefs player Derrick Johnson, who drove the pace car in May 2017.
All Kansas Speedway tickets are currently on sale by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or by logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com.
Kansas Speedway, a premier motorsports facility in the Midwest, hosts two NASCAR race weekends a year, in addition to hosting approximately 200 other events throughout the year. In the fall, the NASCAR playoffs return Oct. 20-21 with the NASCAR XFINITY Series Kansas Lottery 300 and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400. Also in the fall is the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards series finale. To purchase season or single day tickets, call 866.460.RACE (7223) or log onto www.kansaspeedway.com. A limited number of camping spots are available by calling Kansas Speedway’s Ticket Office.
General parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.
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From a pre-race love tap to a drama-filled last lap, Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 had it all. The first road-course playoff race in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history added to Charlotte Motor Speedway’s illustrious legacy of famous firsts, with Charlotte’s 17-turn, 2.28-mile ROVAL™ setting a unique backdrop for one of the most spectacular finishes in NASCAR history.
In looking back at an extraordinary first Cup Series race on the ROVAL™, consider the following memorable moments from Sunday’s instant classic:
THE PAIN AT THE CHICANE: Jimmie Johnson’s bid for his first victory since June 2017 seemed to be going well as Sunday’s race wound to a close. Johnson was in second place behind leader Martin Truex Jr., he had a seven-point cushion to advance in the playoffs and space back to third-place Ryan Blaney.
Johnson, a seven-time series champion known for his calculated moves, jumped to Truex’s side entering the frontstretch chicane on the final lap – but overshot the corner, spun backwards and tagged Truex’s car as Truex exited the last corner of the race. With both cars out of contention, Blaney swooped past to record an exhilarating victory.
SIGN, SIGN, EVERYWHERE A SIGN: Chris Buescher’s lap-70 accident was no welcome sight for JTG Daugherty Racing, but the incident left Buescher’s No. 37 car carrying a unique rear passenger. An EchoPark-branded wall sign affixed itself to Buescher’s car in his drive back to pit road.
Not long afterward, J.J. Yeley’s No. 23 Toyota became a “BO-plow” after a Bojangles’ sign stuck to his car’s nose during a spin. Yeley added to Bojangles’ activation by having the sign stay on his car for the entire drive to pit road.
THINGS THAT GO ‘BUMP’ IN THE DAY: Honorary Toyota Camry Pace Car Driver Sherry Pollex – an ovarian cancer survivor – got a bump from longtime boyfriend Martin Truex Jr. once pre-race pace laps got underway.
It was a touching gesture just moments before the start of the race.
WHEN FOLLOWING THE LEADER GOES WRONG: When race leader Brad Keselowski aggressively drove toward – and into – the TUMS Heartburn Turn on a restart with six laps to go, a series of front-running cars including Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch and William Byron followed him into the wall.
Byron and Busch were done for the day, but Larson’s afternoon adventures had only begun.
WHO’S IN, WHO’S OUT: Kyle Larson led a race-high 47 laps, but his championship hopes had all but evaporated after “The Big One” destroyed his right-front suspension. Larson kept on pushing, however, and was rewarded when Jeffrey Earnhardt’s last-turn spin from contact with Daniel Hemric gave Larson the point he needed to advance in the playoffs.
Aric Almirola faced similar drama, needing to roar past six cars in the final three laps to finish 19th and clinch the last spot in the second round.
PRE-RACE FESTIVITIES: Vocal powerhouse and “The Voice” winner Jordan Smith delivered a phenomenal rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a hulking C-17 from the North Carolina Air National Guard 145th Fighter Wing flew past spectators.
With the energy building to a frenzy, Carolina Panthers head coach and race grand marshal Ron Rivera kicked things up another notch prior to the green flag with a powerful command to start engines.
To purchase 2019 Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 tickets or to buy tickets to upcoming speedway events, fans can call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com
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