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StarCom Racing teams up with recurring partners, SungateKids and Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support along with a new 2021 partner, FARE, the largest private funder dedicated to Food Allergy Research & Education, at Watkins Glen on Sunday, August 8 for the Go Bowling at The Glen race. The blue, black and pink Chevy 00 will be piloted by Quin Houff who will make his Watkins Glen Cup race debut this year.

“I am very excited to get to Watkins Glen for the first time and I’m looking forward to racing with a cause,” said Houff. “We are continuing our important mission with SungateKids and Share, and we are happy to welcome FARE to the team as well.”

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Trackhouse Racing announced today that Ross Chastain will drive the organization's second NASCAR Cup Series entry starting in 2022 and revealed his car will be the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro.

Chastain will join the No. 99 Chevrolet Camaro driver Daniel Suárez when the first year Trackhouse organization expands into a two-car team in 2022.

In June, Trackhouse announced the acquisition of Chip Ganassi Racing’s NASCAR assets, a move that secured two full-time NASCAR Cup Series entries and cleared the path for expansion. 

Chastain, who currently drives for Ganassi, has been one of the sport’s hottest drivers the past three months. Trackhouse founder Justin Marks said he has been impressed with Chastain over the past couple of years.

“Ross is a young, aggressive driver that we believe has the talent to win races at the Cup Series level,” said Marks. “We think his personality and work ethic will fit perfectly with Daniel as we build our organization for the 2022 season and beyond.”

In his brief Cup career of 101 races, Chastain has driven for Premium Motorsports, Spire Motorsports, and Roush Fenway Racing before he was signed to a full-time ride driving the No. 42 Camaro with Chip Ganassi Racing in 2021. In 22 races this season, driving what is considered the best ride so far in his young career, Chastain has posted two top-five finishes, including a runner-up finish at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway, and seven top 10s. 

Before his Cup Series career, Chastain scored two career victories in the Xfinity series (Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2018 and Daytona International Speedway in 2019) and four wins in the Camping World Truck series.

Today’s announcement has Chastain focused on a bright future.

“This is another dream come true for me,” said Chastain. “Trackhouse is one of the most interesting organizations in the garage. The enthusiasm they bring off the track and the program they are building on the track is exciting. Working with Daniel and Justin, however I can, is my number one priority. I know that I can help build our Chevrolets to be as strong as possible.”

Chastain, 28, a native of Alva, Fla., earned the “Melon Man” nickname for his family’s history in the watermelon farming business. For eight generations his family has been farming watermelons, and Chastain continues to work on the family’s land when his schedule allows.

Chastain’s signature move after a race win is to spike a watermelon at the finish line and eat the biggest piece left.

Chastain began his racing career at the age of 12 at Punta Gorda Speedway in his home state of Florida, racing in the Fastkid division. At 14, he began racing adults in the Fastruck Series and raced Crate Late Models at age 16. During his short-track racing career he scored over 50 wins in feature events, including the 2011 World Series of Asphalt Limited Late Model class at New Smyrna Speedway, winning three of eight events in the series.

Trackhouse Racing, a division of Trackhouse Entertainment Group, was founded in 2020 by Marks, who established the company’s headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. In October of 2020, Trackhouse announced it would field the No. 99 in the NASCAR Cup Series with Suárez. Trackhouse Racing formed an operational alliance with legendary Richard Childress Racing and the team operates out of Welcome, North Carolina. In January of 2021, Trackhouse announced Armando Christian Perez (a.k.a. Pitbull) as a co-owner and transcendent ambassador.

Marks announced in June that his Nashville-based Trackhouse Entertainment Group had purchased Chip Ganassi Racing’s NASCAR operation. The transfer of all of Ganassi’s NASCAR assets to Trackhouse Racing will be completed immediately following the final NASCAR Cup Series race on Nov. 7, 2021.

Suárez has exceeded expectations for a first-year team posting a top-five and three top-10s in 22 races. He has led 74 laps.

“I am very happy with the selection of Ross as a teammate next year,” said Suárez. “He brings a lot to the table. I am looking forward to start working with him and making our two Trackhouse cars as fast as possible. I know we are going to win races.”

Suárez will continue to drive the No. 99 in 2022 while Chastain will take over the No. 1 that has visited victory lane 22 times in Cup racing history.

The first came when Lloyd Dane won at Portland (Ore.) Speedway in 1956. Jamie McMurray, Donnie Allison and Billy Wade each have four wins driving the No. 1. Kurt Busch has three wins including the most recent victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway in July. Steve Park owns two wins while Dane, Eddie Gray, Paul Lewis, David Pearson and Martin Truex Jr. each own one victory driving the No. 1.

Chastain plans to add his name to that list.

“The opportunity we have in front of us is almost hard to comprehend. But I know that our group is ready for the challenge of elevating ourselves to reach our goals” he said. “I honestly couldn’t be much happier than I am right now and expect that to carry on through next year and into the future. This is a great opportunity and I’m ready to keep working.”

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Jack Wood, No. 21 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet

Watkins Glen International Stats

- Jack Wood has no previous ARCA Menards Series starts on a road course.

 

2021 ARCA Menards Series Stats

- Starts: 6, Best start: 4th, Best finish: 4th, Laps led: 5, Avg finish: 12.8

Notes:

- Jack Wood returns to the seat of the No. 21 GMS Racing ARCA Chevrolet for the first time since Pocono Raceway in June after Daniel Dye took over the reigns in the series' last four races.

- Wood was promoted to the No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the remainder of the 2021 season, but returns to ARCA eyeing additional seat time ahead of this weekend's truck race at Watkins Glen.

-In six ARCA starts, Wood has a best career ARCA finish of 4th which came at Kansas Speedway in April. The rookie has a best career NCWTS finish of 11th which came at Nashville Superspeedway in June.

- Driver 21 will celebrate his 21st birthday on Saturday during the NCWTS race at the Glen.

- The No. 21 Chevrolet will return to its white and black paint scheme from the start of this season and will have backing from Chevy Accessories.

- The 41-lap, 100-mile ARCA Menards Series Clean Harbors 100 will air live on FS1, beginning at 6:00 PM ET.

 

Daniel Dye will return to the seat of the No. 21 GMS Racing ARCA entry at the Milwaukee Mile on August 29th.

 

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"I’m excited to go to my first road course race with my GMS Racing ARCA team. It will be a great way for me to get some laps around Watkins Glen before the drop of the green flag Saturday for the truck race as well. As long as we keep our nose clean and run a smart race I think we should have ourselves a solid run Friday."

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As the NASCAR Xfinity Series gears up for the final races of the regular season, Our Motorsports is pleased to announce a partnership with hardware manufacturer Dead On Tools. The Illinois-based company will serve as an associate sponsor for the No. 02 Chevrolet with driver Brett Moffitt beginning September 5th at Darlington along with the October 2nd race at Talladega. The Dead On brand will be showcased as the primary sponsor this fall for the Dead On Tools 250 at Martinsville Speedway

"We are very excited to establish a partnership with Dead On Tools," Owner Chris Our states. "Having been in construction my entire life I appreciate the value of well-made tools. We are proud to represent the Dead On Tools brand on the job site and at the race track!" 

Dead On Tools is one of the fastest-growing brands in the hardware and storage equipment industry today. In addition to the cornerstone line of hammers and other hand tools, innovative new tool belts have been a successful addition to the product line. Most recently, Dead On Tools has promoted the brand implementing the “Made To Live Out Loud" campaign. NASCAR was the obvious fit to showcase the Dead On Tools brand. 

"We are beyond excited to partner with the Our Motorsports organization for the Dead On Tools 250 at Martinsville Speedway." said Brian Ranallo, Marketing Manager, Dead On Tools. "Brett Moffitt and the No. 02 team are diligent and hardworking, just like our customers who use Dead On Tools products, so this collaboration aligned perfectly with our brand. We look forward to seeing the Dead On Tools No. 02 Chevy Camaro at Martinsville!" 

"It's pretty cool to represent Dead On Tools in their inaugural NASCAR race," said Moffitt. "I love short track racing at Martinsville and will be 'hammer down' for a good finish in their 

race!" 

The No.02 of Moffitt will battle for the famed grandfather clock at the Dead On Tools 250 under the lights at 6:00 PM ET at Martinsville Speedway on October 30th. 

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The Dale Jr. Foundation, in conjunction with The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, will present the inaugural ‘Let Hope Shine’ presented by Good Sam event to honor cancer fighters everywhere on Sept. 22 at Cornelius Road Park in Mooresville. The event brings family, friends and neighbors together for a special luminary lighting during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Sponsors and guests will have the opportunity to purchase a luminary dedication in honor of a loved one affected by cancer. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. will make appearances at the event, which begins at 6 p.m. EDT at the park. Food trucks, activities for kids and some Catwalk for a Cause kids in will be on hand for attendees to enjoy.

“We’re excited to partner with The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation to bring the community together to honor, celebrate and remember individuals and families affected by cancer.  ‘Let Hope Shine’ is about gathering families together to shine a light on hope. We encourage you to join us on Sept. 22,” said Regina Smith, director of The Dale Jr. Foundation.

Those interested in attending or supporting ‘Let Hope Shine’ can find further information at www.thedalejrfoundation.org, as well as purchase Luminary Tickets and event T-shirts.

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Racing fans at South Boston Speedway have watched a group young, talented NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division drivers make an impact at the .4-mile oval this season. Jacob Borst, Camden Gullie, Landon Pembelton and Carter Langley are all in the Top-10 in the track point standings.
 
Langley, 16, scored 11 wins in Limited Late Model competition before moving up to the Late Model Stock Car ranks. Among the four young drivers, Langley has the least amount of experience racing at South Boston Speedway. Despite having raced at “America’s Hometown Track” only once prior to this season, that coming in a Late Model race in 2018, he is in the thick of the chase for a top-five finish in the track point standings.
 
The Zebulon, North Carolina resident occupies seventh place in the point standings. However, he is only five points out of sixth place and 31 points out of fifth place entering the twin 50-lap NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division races headlining Saturday night’s Davenport Energy Night event at South Boston Speedway.
 
Langley has posted three Top-Five finishes and six Top-10 finishes in 11 starts, with a pair of fourth-place finishes being his best finishes this season. That is a solid effort for the young driver who was on the fence about racing at South Boston Speedway at the start of the season.
 
“I was really on the iffy side because I came here in 2018 and raced one race and it was hard on me,” Langley explained. “I really wasn’t in shape for it. I came to South Boston Speedway at the beginning of this year, and it was tough on me to begin with because a lot of tracks don’t have as much grip as this track does. It got even worse throughout the summer.
 
“I’ve been doing more conditioning,” continued Langley. “I’ve figured out now that racing isn’t just getting in the car and working on it at the shop and working on it at the racetrack. It’s about your mental and physical health too.”
 
Langley admits it took some time to adapt to racing at South Boston Speedway after having raced at several tracks including Southern National, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Dillon, South Carolina, Caraway Speedway, Ace Speedway and Carteret County Speedway, all of which are low-grip tracks.
 
“South Boston Speedway has the most grip of any track I have ever been to,” Langley pointed out. “It definitely wears you out more than other tracks, but it’s a lot more fun to drive than the rest of the tracks. South Boston Speedway doesn’t look too difficult, but it’s more difficult than people think it is. If you come here and race and are successful, I believe you can go anywhere and race and be successful.”
Langley says he feels good about what he has accomplished at South Boston Speedway thus far this season.
 
“I feel like this is a good year for us,” he remarked. “The best-of-the-best racers come to South Boston Speedway, and that’s what we wanted. We came here to South Boston at the start of the season with a knife to a gunfight. We really didn’t have enough motor and not enough car until the past two races. We recently got a new car, and I think it’s going to be really good.
 
“We really weren’t expecting much (at the start of the season),” he continued, “but now that we have this new car, I have better expectations for the rest of the season. The feel like the best part of the season is coming.”
 
When asked what he sees in his immediate future Langley says he envisions racing Late Model Stock Cars for the next couple of years.
 
“Maybe in the future, if I get good enough to do it, I would really like to have a Late Model race team and rent out rides,” Langley said. “I’ve still got a long way to go before I can do that. I really like Late Models and I really like working on these cars too. I’ve always liked short tracks. I feel like I could stay here (in Late Models) for the rest of my life if I wanted to.”
 
Saturday night’s Davenport Energy Night event at South Boston Speedway will feature the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors in twin 50-lap races. The six-race card also includes twin 25-lap races for the Limited Sportsman Division teams, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division.
 
Registration and pit gates will open at 2 p.m. Practice will begin at 3:45 p.m. and grandstand gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Qualifying begins at 6 p.m. and the first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
 
Advance adult general admission tickets for Saturday night’s Davenport Energy Night event are priced at $10 each and may be purchased online on South Boston Speedway’s website, www.southbostonspeedway.com, through Friday night, August 6. Adult general admission tickets online and at the gate on race day are priced at $15 each. Kids ages 12 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.
 
Tickets purchased for the rained-out July 17 event will be honored at any one of South Boston Speedway’s three remaining regular-season events – August 7, August 21 and September 4.
Individuals that purchased tickets online for the rained-out July 17 event have already received vouchers in their online ticket account for the amount of paid tickets they had.
Persons that purchased tickets over the phone or in person can stop by the speedway office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. to exchange those tickets or exchange them at the next event.
 
Updates and the latest news about South Boston Speedway’s racing events can be found on the South Boston Speedway website and through the speedway’s social media channels.

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Despite having a tough Saturday night, not finishing the feature race, Brett Kressley continues to lead the chase for the NASCAR T.P.Trailers Modified crown. In fact Kressley was able to increase his lead because challenger, defending champion Craig Von Dohren had an even tougher night. With six Saturdays to go in the point battle, part of the Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series, Kressley has 3637 points with five wins to his credit. Von Dohren has three wins and 3478 points. Jared Umbenhauer holds third in the standings with one win and 3199 tallies. Duane Howard sits in fourth with one win to his credit and 2903 counters. In fifth is 11 time champion Jeff Strunk with one win and 2784 points. Close to 50 racers have earned points in the 13 events run so far this season.

Kenny Gilmore had a tough night last Saturday but continues to set the pace in the T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman division with 2583 points and one feature win. Dylan Hoch is closing in on the leader with three wins and 2474 points. Shooting for a second straight title Brian Hirthler has a win to his credit and 2371 points. There have been 57 drivers earn points.

With just four features run in the 602 Sportsman Mini Series Ryan Grim, without a win, leads the standings having earned 849 points with consistent finishes. Glenn Strunk is second in the battle with 849 points and one win. Dylan Hoch is third in the point chase with two wins and 840 points. And there has been 52 drivers earning points in four feature races presented so far this season.

Competition will be keen this Saturday, August 7, when the Modifieds and Sportsman perform in a doubleheader that is expected to be action packed throughout the evening leading up to and including the 30-lap main event featuring 28 starters while the Sportsman race in a 25-lap main event that starts 26 cars. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters 11 and under are admitted free.

Meet & Greet will include Modified racers Jordan Henn and Glenn Owens along with Sportsman talents Nick Faust and Mike & Ryan Laise and newly retired racer Tom Miller.

Friday August 6th will feature the Outlaw Racing Series Enduro and Vintage Racing Series. Action gets the green at 7 p.m. Da Rev’s Meet & Greet will feature representatives from each division of racing starting at 5 p.m.

Coming up on Saturday August 14th the Forrest Rogers Memorial, named in honor of the man who planned and built Grandview Speedway with the help of son Bruce, will take place. The 50-lap Modified Classic will reward the winner with $10,000. And the Sportsman will be part of the doubleheader show. Meet & Greet will include Modified racer Kevin Hirthler along with Sportsman racers Brian Hirthler and Adrianna Deliponti plus young Jesse Hirthler. There will also be a Chapel on the Hill service at 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the first turn pavilion.

Adult admission is $30 while youngsters 6 thru 11 pay $10. Under 6 are admitted free.

Grandview Speedway PR

Bridget Burgess and BMI Racing headed east with the HMH Construction Chevrolet to Colorado National Speedway for round 4 of the ARCA Menards West.

Throughout the day, there was a weather watch with officials warning the teams there may be a change of schedule due to potential rain. Just as Bridget was getting into the car to start practice/qualifying the clouds opened and the rain started to fall. While there was hope that it would ease, unfortunately, it did not, and practice was cancelled with the race being moved up to a 7 pm start time.

The lineup was determined by owners’ points with Bridget starting 10th in the HMH Construction Chevrolet for the NAPA Auto Parts Colorado 150. A stacked field of 18 cars accelerated past the grandstand as the green flag dropped.

Due to the lack of practice ARCA had a planned competition caution at lap 25 to allow the teams to make any changes needed. Bridget chose to stay out commenting over the radio “the car feels good, no changes needed”.

Bridget continued working her lines for the rest of the race, working hard to hold her position at some points, as well as making gains and moving up to 7th during the race. The last 10 laps were a battle and Bridget did her best to hold on to the position but unfortunately couldn’t and finished the race in 9th, her 2nd top 10 of the year in the HMH Construction Chevrolet.

While Bridget was disappointed with her performance over the last 10 laps of the race, she felt it was a good learning experience, knowing what the weaknesses are that she needs to work on.

A replay of Saturday’s NAPA Auto Parts Colorado 150 will broadcast on NBCSN on Wednesday, Aug. 11, starting at 3 p.m. ET.

Bridget’s next race will be the ARCA Menards West will return to action on Aug. 21 with a 150-lap race at California’s Irwindale Speedway.

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Mahoning Valley Speedway rolls into the month of August with a six event show this coming Saturday. Race time is 7:00 pm.

            In action will be regular heat and feature programs for the Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Futures/Rookie Hobby Stocks and the East Coast TQ Midgets plus it will be ¼-Midget Night.

This weekend also marks just one month of point racing to go until division titles are decided with several tight division battles on the line.

            In the Modifieds a pair of past champions, Bobby Jones and Brian DeFebo, are 1-2 and keeping things close between them heading into stretch run of remaining regular season races.

            Nick Ross heads up the Late Model class by a few markers over veteran Lorin Arthofer II. Ross is in his first season at Mahoning and thus far has won four of six races including the last three in a row.

            In the Street Stock class Mark Martini has not won a feature yet but instead has capitalized on his consistency to remain atop the standings over four former champions including Jon Moser, TJ Gursky, Mark Deysher and Randy Ahner Jr.   

            Not surprising the Hobby Stock title chase is going to come down to the wire as Cody Boehm, Trisha Connolly, Travis Solomon and Taylor Schmidt are locked in a close battle.

            The East Coast TQ Midgets join the line-up on Saturday. The club sanctions affordable Modern and Vintage TQ Midget racing in the Northeast with TQ Midgets, 600 Micro Sprints and Xcel cars racing together on paved tracks in wingless competition.

            It will also be ¼-Midget Night II at the Speedway. All ¼-Midget racers along with their handler will be admitted for free. Their cars will be on display in front of the main ticket office and during intermission be given controlled laps around the track.

Adult admission is $14. There is a $2 discount for active military, students and seniors 65+. Must have valid ID. Children 10 & under are free. Grandstands open at 5:00 pm and racing begins at 7:00 pm.

Pit entrance fees are $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Early paid practice will be held from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Please log onto the official track website www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com, Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway or Twitter @MahoningSpeed for updated info and news. Mahoning Valley Speedway located on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Lehighton.

MVS PR

As the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Watkins Glen (N.Y.) for Sunday’s Go Bowling at the Glen, there’s more than one reason to welcome back NASCAR’s top series to Upstate New York.

 

The series will return to action Sunday after a two-week summer hiatus while its television partner, the NBC family of networks, has been immersed in coverage of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The historic road course at Watkins Glen will also host NASCAR for the first time in two years as last year’s scheduled race there was not held because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Sunday’s race on the 2.45-mile, seven-turn road course will be the fifth of seven road-course events on the schedule this season.

 

For Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 SNICKERS Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), Watkins Glen is one of his favorite road courses on the schedule, as he has brought home two victories, six top-five finishes, and 12 top-10s in 15 starts there.

 

After Busch’s inaugural Cup Series victory at The Glen in 2008, he nearly won for the second time in his 2011 and 2012 visits there before breaking through again in 2013. A third career victory Sunday in New York’s scenic Finger Lakes Region would continue to solidify Busch and the SNICKERS team as a contender each time the series comes to town.

 

As far as overall road-course proficiency, Busch is tied with David Pearson and Mark Martin with four Cup Series road-course wins apiece. That’s some pretty good company, already. But with a fifth road-course win, he could tie Darrell Waltrip, Tim Richmond and Dan Gurney on the road-course win list. The top three in all-time road-course wins in the Cup Series includes Chase Elliott and Jeff Gordon with seven apiece, while Tony Stewart is the all-time leader with nine wins.

 

So as Busch heads to Upstate New York for some road racing this weekend in his SNICKERS Camry, he would like nothing more than to welcome Watkins Glen back to the schedule with a third win there, which would be a timely victory with only four regular-season races remaining before the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs begin on Labor Day weekend.

 

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