Friday, Jul 01
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There is probably no team and driver more excited to go to Road America in Wisconsin this weekend than AdventHealth driver Ross Chastain and Trackhouse Racing.

Trackhouse has swept both road courses races so far this season - Chastain at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas on March 27 and Daniel Suárez at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway on June 12.

Chastain earned his road course win at COTA in a thrilling three-car battle in the closing laps to capture his first career Cup Series win.

"COTA was obviously career changing and life changing," said Chastain. "It's one thing to be fast and compete, but to actually win is whole other thing." The Alva, Florida native would like nothing more than to get the No. 1 AdventHealth livery to victory lane this season.

Trackhouse is going for three consecutive road course wins this weekend in Wisconsin. Chastain has one Cup Series start at 14-turn course with a seventh-place finish. The Chevrolet driver has five Xfinity Series start at Road America with two top-10 finishes.

With two wins so far this season, COTA and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on April 24, Chastain is currently second in the Playoff point standings with 556 points.

Chastain has eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 17 races this season, along with 426 laps led.

Sunday's Kwik Trip 250 presented by JOCKEY Made in America will be on USA Network at 3 p.m. ET.

 

Ross Chastain, Driver of the No. 1 AdventHealth Chevrolet

How are you going to prepare for Road America?

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

Do you like going to Road America?

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

How do you prepare for a road course versus an oval track?

 

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

Trackhouse Racing PR

Notes of Interest

 

●  The Road America 250 Sunday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, serves as the third of six road-course races on the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series schedule. The series’ first road-course race came on March 27 at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, where Kevin Harvick finished 11th. In the series’ most recent road-course race June 12 at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway, Harvick finished fourth. The three remaining road-course races after Road America are July 31 at the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Aug. 21 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, and Oct. 9 at the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway Roval.

 

●  Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Road America will mark just the third time NASCAR’s premier division has competed at Road America. Prior to last year’s race, it had been 65 years since the Cup Series first raced at the road course located 65 miles north of Milwaukee. The genesis of racing at Road America began in the early 1950s when sports cars raced on the streets in and around Elkhart Lake – until the Wisconsin state legislature banned racing on public roads. So, Clif Tufte, a civil engineer and racing enthusiast who was president of the Elkhart Sand and Gravel Company, went to work. He organized a group of local citizens and leaders of the Chicago region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and they collectively developed plans and sold stock to build a permanent road course. It helped that Tufte’s company just happened to own 525 acres of virgin land outside the Village of Elkhart Lake. Ground was broken for Road America in April of 1955 and the track’s first SCCA national race weekend was held on Sept. 10, 1955. At 4.048 miles in length and with 14 turns, the track is virtually the same today as it was when it was first laid out. The natural topography of the glacial Kettle Moraine area was utilized for the track, sweeping around rolling hills and plunging through ravines, making it one of the most challenging circuits in the world. The first Cup Series race at Road America was on Aug. 12, 1956. An estimated crowd of 10,000 braved terrible weather to watch the event, which was won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Tim Flock driving a Mercury for car owner Bill Stroppe. Flock led 17 of the race’s 63 laps, making just two pit stops en route to his victory. Flock won with an average speed of 73.858 mph and did it in 3 hours, 29 minutes and 50 seconds. It was his fourth victory of the 1956 season and he claimed it with a 17-second margin over second-place Billy Myers

 

●  The second NASCAR Cup Series race at Road America was much nicer. Full sun and warm temperatures created a festive atmosphere for last year’s Fourth of July race, which was won by Chase Elliott with an average speed of 86.271 mph in 2 hours, 54 minutes and 33 seconds. Harvick finished 27th as he fought an ill-handling racecar that was loose in the right-hand corners and tight in the left-handers.

 

●  Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing, has made a total of 51 NASCAR Cup Series starts on road courses. He has 21 starts at Sonoma, 20 at Watkins Glen, four at the Charlotte Roval, two on the road course at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, two at COTA, and one apiece at Road America and the road course at Indianapolis. He has scored two wins – Watkins Glen in 2006 and Sonoma in 2017 – along with 11 top-fives and 25 top-10s with 195 laps led.

 

●  When Harvick scored his first road-course victory at Watkins Glen in 2006, he had to beat his current team owner to do it. Tony Stewart – the “Stewart” in Stewart-Haas Racing – had won the past two NASCAR Cup Series races at the 2.45-mile, seven-turn road course and was poised to capture a third straight win as he was leading Harvick with four laps to go in the 90-lap race. But Harvick, who had already led once for 24 laps, passed Stewart on lap 87 as the two drag-raced down the frontstretch and into turn one. Harvick held onto the lead despite Stewart in his rearview mirror, earning a margin of victory of .892 of a second.

 

●  Harvick’s second career road-course win also had a connection to Stewart. When Harvick won at Sonoma in 2017, he gave Stewart-Haas Racing its second straight victory at the 1.99-mile, 10-turn road course. The winner in 2016? None other than Stewart. It ended up being his 49th and final NASCAR Cup Series victory as Stewart retired from NASCAR racing at the conclusion of the season.

 

●  Harvick’s last road-course win was his first in a Ford. When Harvick won at Sonoma in 2017, he became the 83rd different driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race behind the wheel of a Ford. Harvick has now won 23 Cup Series races with Ford, which makes him one of only 13 drivers to win 20 or more races with the manufacturer. He is currently tied with Rusty Wallace and Carl Edwards for 11th on the all-time Ford win list.

 

●  Harvick has four road-course wins outside of the NASCAR Cup Series. Two came in the NASCAR Xfinity Series – Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2007 and Watkins Glen in 2007 – and two were in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – Sonoma in 1998 and Sonoma in 2017. Harvick’s K&N Series win at Sonoma in 1998 was three years before his Cup Series debut on Feb. 26, 2001 at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham.

 

●  All of these statistics and anecdotes make Harvick the apple of one’s eye at road courses, which is fitting since the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion will race the No. 4 Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang at Road America. Busch Light Apple is a crisp, refreshing, apple-flavored lager with a touch of sweet on the front end and a clear, beer finish on the back end. It is available for a limited time only NATIONWIDE for its LAST YEAR EVER in 12-, 24- and 30-packs at a store near you.

 

Kevin Harvick, Driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang 

 

What were your overall thoughts last year racing at Road America?

“Being in that part of the country and seeing the way that the Cup Series was taken to by the fans, and seeing all the fans – I mean, they were hiding between the trees, campers, all over the place. It was definitely a lot of fun to see all the people, and just a neat place to be during that time of the year.”

 

At 4.048 miles in length, Road America makes for a long lap. How do you navigate it?

“I haven’t spent a lot of time at Road America, but the thing I did take away from last year is there are a lot of heavy braking zones. So, I think that’s still going to be the ticket to passing – making the time into the heavy braking zones and being able to out-brake somebody.”

 

You ran the NASCAR Xfinity Series race last year at Road America in addition to the NASCAR Cup Series race. How valuable was that time on Saturday to better prepare you for Sunday?

“Just being able to make laps and being able to memorize the racetrack is something that’s important. The more laps, the better, but the cars were quite a bit different, so some of it helped, some of it hurt.”

 

Because a lap is so long at Road America, pit strategy is a big factor, and your pit strategy can be undone by an untimely caution simply because there is so much real estate there for someone else to bring out a caution when you’re on pit road. Is Road America a race where your crew chief, Rodney Childers, truly is your co-pilot because he has a view of the race you don’t?

“They definitely have a better view, but I think stage racing has taken some of that out of play because you have to put tires on at the end of those stages because Road America does eat the tires up pretty good. It’s such a long lap that you have to think so far ahead, but the stages have definitely minimized the strategy that comes with it because of where the stage ends fall.”

 

Do we need actual stage breaks with full-course cautions on road courses?

“In my opinion, there should be no stage breaks. I think the stages should be rolling laps and when the stage ends, the stage ends, and you score points on that lap. But I think that the stages, and all the extra cautions, especially at a place like Road America, they just take away from the race.”

 

 

TSC PR

This week, GMS Racing announced that it would be welcoming veteran Crew Chief Jeff Hensley back on top of the pit box for the No. 23 Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet driven by Grant Enfinger in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

As one of the most respected crew chiefs in the garage, Jeff Hensley brings vast knowledge from a career spanning over 35 years in the sport. In total, Hensley has amassed 18 Truck Series wins and 11 Xfinity Series wins, and was the championship winning crew chief for the 1990 Xfinity Series season. He was previously with GMS Racing for two seasons in 2016 and 2021, serving as crew chief for drivers Spencer Gallagher, Chase Purdy, and AJ Allmendinger.

Hensley is optimistic about a change in scenery, stating "I am grateful for the opportunity to return to GMS Racing and reunite with Grant. We have great chemistry, and Grant is a driver that I have a lot of respect for on and off the racetrack. We have high hopes for the remainder of the 2022 season, and we have a team capable of contending for wins on a consistent basis. I look forward to showing our strength in these final eight races of the year."

Keen followers of the series will remember that this will not be the first pairing between the two. Hensley and Enfinger have worked well together in the past, as the duo won five races during a four season span from 2017-2020. Ironically, the last time these two personalities worked together, they made the final round of the playoffs and competed against three GMS Racing teams for the championship. That year in 2020, Enfinger earned his best points finish to date, finishing fourth in the overall standings.

Enfinger looks forward to working with a familiar face once again, stating “Jeff and I have had success together in the past, and I’m looking forward to having him back to call the shots for the remainder of the season on our Champion Power Equipment Chevy. We know each other well so we should be able to pick up where we left off a couple years ago.”

The newly reunited duo will make their first on track appearance at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 150 on Saturday, July 9th. Enfinger currently sits ninth in the NCWTS points standings in a season highlighted by three top-fives and seven top-10 finishes, and is eyeing his fourth playoffs appearance. The No. 23 GMS Racing team is positioned in eleventh in the team standings, and is actively pushing to make a run at making the owners' points playoffs with just two races left in the regular season.

GMS Racing PR

Atlanta singer and songwriter Blanco Brown got a taste of speed at Atlanta Motor Speedway Tuesday.

Brown took laps in Atlanta Motor Speedway's pace car in preparation for his duties as Honorary Pace Car driver for the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart on July 10.

"I'm so excited and it means so much because I grew up listening to cars go around this track, so to be able to drive the pace car is a blessing," said Brown.

Brown is no stranger to NASCAR at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He's been coming to races at AMS since he was a child and always enjoys time at the track.

"My first time being here at this track I was around 11 years old and I didn't know what to expect," recalled Brown. "Seeing it on TV and actually being in the stands is a whole other feeling. There's nothing else like it.

"I love it and now it just feels like home. NASCAR is a go-to for me."

Tickets to the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart weekend July 8-10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway are available online at www.AtlantaMotorSpeedway.com

AMS PR

USA Network begins its run as NBC Sports’ new cable home of the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series this weekend with live race coverage from Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., this Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3, beginning at 2 p.m. ET each day.

USA Network will be the exclusive home for 23 of the next 26 NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series races through September, visiting iconic tracks such as Atlanta Motor Speedway, Watkins Glen International, Darlington Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway.

Including practice and qualifying, as well as the NASCAR ARCA Menards Series and Whelen Modified Tour, USA Network will present nearly 200 hours of NASCAR coverage in 2022.

USA Network has been a top five cable entertainment brand for over 20 years and is widely available across cable, satellite and streaming providers, including:

  • AT&T U-verse HD: Channel 1125
  • Charter Spectrum HD: Channel 101
  • Comcast XFINITY TV HD:  Channel 823
  • Cox Contour HD: Channel 1028
  • DIRECTV HD: Channel 242
  • DISH Network HD: Channel 105
  • Verizon FiOS: Channel 550
  • Optimum: Channel 38

Channel listings may vary by market and could be updated by the provider to a different channel at any time.

USA Network is also available via most streaming services, including:

  • DirecTV Stream
  • fuboTV
  • Hulu + Live TV
  • Sling TV (Blue package)
  • Youtube TV

Earlier this year, USA Network became the cable home of premium NBC Sports events, which, in addition to NASCAR, includes coverage of the Premier League, INDYCAR, the Olympic Games, USGA and The R&A Golf Championships, horse racing, cycling and more.

As in years past, coverage airing on USA Network will also stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app via authentication.

Following are NBC Sports’ full 2022 NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series schedules:

NBC SPORTS 2022 NASCAR CUP SERIES SCHEDULE
Date Location Platform Time (ET)
Sunday, July 3 Road America USA 3 p.m.
Sunday, July 10 Atlanta USA 3 p.m.
Sunday, July 17 New Hampshire USA 3 p.m.
Sunday, July 24 Pocono USA 3 p.m.
Sunday, July 31 Indianapolis Road Course NBC 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 7 Michigan USA 3 p.m.
Sunday, August 14 Richmond USA 3 p.m.
Sunday, August 21 Watkins Glen USA 3 p.m.
Saturday, August 27 Daytona NBC, Peacock 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 4 Darlington USA 6 p.m.
Sunday, September 11 Kansas USA 3 p.m.
Saturday, September 17 Bristol USA 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 25 Texas USA 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 2 Talladega NBC 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 9 Charlotte ROVAL NBC 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 16 Las Vegas NBC 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 23 Homestead-Miami NBC 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 30 Martinsville NBC 2 p.m.
Sunday, November 6 Phoenix NBC, Peacock 3 p.m.

 

 

NBC SPORTS 2022 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES SCHEDULE
Date Location Platform Time (ET)
Saturday, July 2 Road America USA 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 9 Atlanta USA 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 16 New Hampshire USA 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 23 Pocono USA 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 30 Indianapolis Road Course NBC, Peacock 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 6 Michigan USA 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 20 Watkins Glen USA 3 p.m.
Friday, August 26 Daytona USA 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 3 Darlington USA 3 p.m.
Saturday, September 10 Kansas USA 3 p.m.
Friday, September 16 Bristol USA 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 24 Texas USA 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 1 Talladega USA 4 p.m.
Saturday, October 8 Charlotte ROVAL NBC, Peacock 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 15 Las Vegas NBC, Peacock 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 22 Homestead-Miami USA 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 29 Martinsville NBC, Peacock 3 p.m.
Saturday, November 5 Phoenix USA 6 p.m.

NBC Sports PR

No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota GR Supra News and Notes

  • ALREADY PLAYOFF BOUND: By winning the Las Vegas, Atlanta and Richmond NASCAR Xfinity Series races, Ty Gibbs has qualified for the Xfinity playoffs which will begin at Texas Motor Speedway on Sept. 24.
  • ROAD AMERICA: In 2021, Gibbs won the pole at Road America and led two laps, but a problem with the transmission caused him to finish 33rd
  • NEW RECORD: Gibbs is the youngest driver ever to reach seven victories in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at age 19 years 5 months and 29 days. The previous record was held by Joey Logano.
  • 2021: Gibbs completed in only 18 Xfinity races in 2021, but won four races and finished 13th in the Xfinity Series final driver point standings. That earned him the Xfinity Rookie of the Year award.
  • WHAT A DEBUT: In Gibbs’ Xfinity Series debut in February 2021 at the Daytona Road Course, he led 14 of the 56 laps en route to his first career Xfinity Series win. Gibbs became the youngest driver to win a Xfinity road course race at 18 years, 4 months, 16 days. The Charlotte, N.C., native also became the second-youngest winner in Xfinity Series history after Joey Logano who won in June 2008 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta when he was 18 years and 21 days old.
  • IN GOOD COMPANY: Gibbs is the sixth driver to win in his Xfinity Series debut, joining Dale Earnhardt, Joe Ruttman, Ricky Rudd, Terry Labonte and Kurt Busch. Those five drivers had already driven in the NASCAR Cup Series before racing in the Xfinity Series.
  • ARCA CHAMPIONS: Gibbs became the 2021 ARCA Menard Series Champions on the strength of 10 wins, plus one win each in ARCA West and ARCA East.
  • ATOP THE PIT BOX: Veteran crew chief Gayle will oversee the No. 54 team’s efforts in the 2022 season. Gale, who is from Little Rock, Arkansas, has led his drivers to two NASCAR Cup Series victories and 33 Xfinity Series wins. The list of drivers Gayle has visited victory lane with includes Gibbs, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Sam Hornish Jr., Erik Jones, Elliott Sadler, Christopher Bell and John Hunter Nemechek.
  • JGR AT ROAD AMERICA: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has competed in 36 races at Road America with two victories, eight top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. The team has two poles and has led 149 laps.
  • RACE INFO: The NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America is scheduled for 2:30 pm EDT on Saturday, July 2 and will be broadcast on USA, SiriusXM Channel 90 and MRN.

Ty Gibbs, Driver of the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota GR Supra

“It was good to get a top-five at Nashville, but now were ready for Road America. We had a good run there last year, but had a part failure late in the race. I enjoy road course racing and like Road America. I know Chris Gayle and the Monster Energy guys will bring me a good Toyota Supra.”

Chris Gayle, Crew Chief of the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota GR Supra

“Ty is a great road course racer and we’ll bring him a good Monster Energy Toyota GR Supra. Road America is tough because you have to have extra spotters and if you have any sort of issue, it’s a long way to pit road. But it’s a great course and we’re looking forward to getting up there and hopefully having success.”

JGR PR

Officials from Track Enterprises and the ARCA Midwest Tour announced today that they have reached an agreement allowing Track Enterprises to acquire the regional ARCA Midwest Tour Super Late Model series at the end of the 2022 season.

Bob Sargent, President of Track Enterprises, and Gregg McKarns of the AMTW released a joint statement regarding the transaction. The acquisition will see AMWT Series owners Gregg and Angie McKarns and officials continue to work with the series for the foreseeable future.

“As the asphalt Super Late Model landscape continues to change, we look forward to where the Track Enterprises team can take the Tour. This will allow Angie and I to still promote numerous Super Late Model events throughout the region, while streamlining other operational aspects involved in Super Late Model racing across the nation,” indicated McKarns.

In addition to the ARCA Midwest Tour, Gregg and Angie McKarns promote and operate Madison International Speedway in Oregon, WI, Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, WI, and the Oktoberfest Race Weekend at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway.

Established in 1985, Track Enterprises is a highly respected and successful motorsports marketing and event promotions company, hosting local, regional, and national events for parts of five decades. Headquartered in Macon, IL, Track Enterprises is involved in over 100 events annually. Sargent recently announced the acquisition of the Champion Racing Association, inclusive of the ARCA/CRA Super Series, JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour, and two additional regional grassroots racing series.

The CRA purchase announcement brought about speculation of a potential national tour for Super Late Models. Sargent once again alluded to that speculation.

“Gregg, Angie, and their staff have done a great job with the tour over the years. We are working for a consolidated future to better assist all the local and regional teams and look forward to exploring a national tour as well,” stated Sargent.

Track Enterprises promotes races featuring some of the nation’s most popular touring series, including the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA Menards Series, USAC, SRX, DIRTcar, UMP, World of Outlaws, POWRi Racing, and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Additionally, Track Enterprises manages racing promotions at Macon (IL) Speedway, Lincoln (IL) Speedway, and the Nashville (TN) Fairgrounds Speedway. 

Track Enterprises PR

Setting up for a three-night stretch through Nebraska and western Kansas, the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network will hit Boone County Raceway in Albion, Neb. on Friday, July 1, then WaKeeney Speedway in WaKeeney, Kan. on Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3.
 
A combined $12,000 to win across the three nights, Friday at Boone County Raceway offers teams $4,000 to win. Saturday at WaKeeney Speedway is $3,000 to win, and Sunday is $5,000 to win, and $500 to start. Friday and Saturday are $400 to start the A-Feature.
 
Event No. 29 in the state of Nebraska for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, Boone County Raceway will be the fourth track to host the National Tour. Previous events have been held at Eagle Raceway, I-80 Speedway, and Pawnee Speedway.
 
Friday, July 1 opens at 5:00 P.M. with racing at 8:00 P.M. (CDT). Other classes on the card include IMCA Late Models, ModLites, and MCSA. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for youth (12-18), and free for kids 11 and under. Boone County Raceway is located at 100 W Fairview St. in Albion, Neb. For more information on the track, call (402) 741-2451 or log onto http://www.boonecountyraceway.com.
 
Returning to WaKeeney Speedway in 2021 after a 23-year absence, Liberal, Kan. native, Jason Martin, scored a popular win to become the second driver to ever top the National Tour at the Kansas oval. Three visits in 1995, 1996, and 1998 all went to Garry lee Maier. Total visits to Kansas number 38 at 11 tracks.
 
Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3 both open at 5:00 P.M. with racing at 8:00 P.M. (CDT). Hobby Stocks, Cruisers, and Compacts are also on the card. Tickets per night are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth (11-14), and free for kids 10 and under. Saturday will feature Fireworks. WaKeeney Speedway is located at 100 N 13th St. in WaKeeney, Kan. Information on the track can be found at https://www.wakeeneyspeedway.net or by calling Terry Mattox at (918) 417-0624.
 
The 2022 season will mark the 31st year of competition for the American Sprint Car Series. Spearheaded by the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, the ASCS Nation includes Regional Tours that encompass both wing and non-wing competition.
 
For fans not able to attend, the series can be seen live on two platforms, with RaceOnTexas.com on FloRacing.com featuring National Tour events in tandem. Both are subscription-based sites. FloRacing.com is $20 per month, billed annually at $150 per year. RaceOnTexas.com All Access is $39.99 per month.
 
For other news, notes, and information on any of the tours under the ASCS banner, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com, follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@LucasOilASCS).
 
Quick Notes:
 
Who: Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series
Where: Boone Co. Raceway and WaKeeney Speedway
When: July 1, 2, and 3
 
Times and Other Info: (Boone County Raceway)
 
Pits: 4:00 P.M.
Gates: 5:00 P.M.
Draw: 5:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Driver’s Meeting: 6:15 P.M.
Hot Laps/Qualifying: 7:00 P.M.
Racing: 8:00 P.M.
Muffler: Open
RACEceiver: 454.000
 
Prices:
 
Pit Pass: $35
Tickets: $25 | Kids 11 and under: Free
 
Contact Info:
 
Address: 100 W Fairview St, Albion, NE 68620
Phone: (402) 741-2451
 
Times and Other Info (WaKeeney Speedway)
 
Pits: 4:00 P.M.
Gates: 5:00 P.M.
Draw: 5:45 P.M. – 6:15 P.M.
Driver’s Meeting: 6:30 P.M.
Hot Laps/Qualifying: 7:15 P.M.
Racing: 8:00 P.M.
Muffler: Open
RACEceiver: 454.000
 
Prices:
 
Tickets: $20
Youth (11-14): $10
Kids 10 & Under: Free
 
Track Contact Info:
 
Phone: (785) 743-2555 or (918) 417-0624
Address: 100 N 13th St, WaKeeney, KS 67672
 
ASCS Online:
 
American Sprint Car Series: http://www.ascsracing.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lucasoilascs [@lucasoilascs]
Instagram: LucasOilASCS
Broadcast: RaceOnTexas.com on FloRacing.com
Live-Scoring [Where Applicable]: MRP Live
 
2022 Race Winners: Wayne Johnson – 3 (3/18 – Devil's Bowl Speedway; 6/18 – Boothill Speedway, 6/25 - I-70 Motorsports Park); Derek Hagar – 2 (3/25 – I-30 Speedway; 6/17 – Texarkana 67 Speedway); Seth Bergman – 1 (3/19 – Devil's Bowl Speedway); Aaron Reutzel – 1 (3/26 – I-30 Speedway); Dylan Westbrook – 1 (5/28 – Lake Ozark Speedway); Sam Hafertepe, Jr. – 1 (5/29 – Thunderbird Speedway);
 
2022 Driver Points (Top 15): 1. Wayne Johnson 1,070; 2. Blake Hahn 1,013; 3. Garet Williamson 978; 4. Jason Martin 964; 5. Brandon Anderson 929; 6. Tim Crawley 923; 7. Matt Covington 894; 8. Landon Crawley 809; 9. Landon Britt 788; 10 Kyler Johnson 787; 11. Ryan Bickett 762; 12. Dylan Westbrook 729; 13. Dylan Postier 670; 14. Dylan Opdahl 628; 15. Ryan Timms 566;
 
ASCS National Tour Drivers:
 
1x - Tim Crawley (Benton, AR)**
2c - Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, OK)**
2d-Dylan Opdahl (Madison, SD) (R)
10 - Landon Britt (Atoka, TN) (R)
10p - Dylan Postier (Stillwater, OK) (R)
17b - Ryan Bickett (Romona, SD)
24 - Garet Williamson (Columbia, MO)
36 - Jason Martin (Liberal, KS) (R)
45x - Kyler Johnson (Quinter, KS) (R)
52 - Blake Hahn (Sapulpa, OK)**
55b - Brandon Anderson (Glenpool, OK) (R)
95 - Matt Covington (Glenpool, OK)
187 - Landon Crawley (Benton, AR) (R)
(R) Signifies Brodix National Rookie
** Signifies past ASCS National Champion.
 
ASCS PR
Two-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch and son Brexton Busch are confirmed to participate in the inaugural C. Bell’s Micro Mania micro sprint car event Sept. 21-24 at Li’l Texas Motor Speedway.
 
The winningest driver in Texas Motor Speedway history will put it all on the line at the newly converted 1/5-mile dirt oval in the week leading in to the NASCAR Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
 
The elder Busch competes in micro sprint racing when he can find time between his NASCAR responsibilities as both driver for Joe Gibbs Racing and owner of Kyle Busch Motorsports. Brexton, 7, began racing in 2020 and has racked up numerous victories in multiple types of race cars in North Carolina and multiple states, including a C-main win in the Tulsa (Okla.) Shootout this past January.
 
“Dirt racing with Brexton the last few years has been a really cool experience for our whole family and we’re always looking for new tracks to race at alongside the NASCAR schedule,” said Kyle Busch. “When Christopher approached us about the opportunity for both of us to participate in his event that’s being held right on property at Texas, we we’re all in. Christopher is very passionate about dirt racing and I’m sure with all of the effort that he’s putting into this event alongside the folks at Texas Motor Speedway that it will be an exciting one to be a part of for both the drivers and the fans.”
 
C. Bell’s Micro Mania begins with a full day of practice on Wednesday, Sept. 21, with qualifying races both Thursday and Friday (Sept. 22-23). Saturday evening’s schedule will consist of mains in both the Outlaw and Junior Sprint classes with the $10,000-to-win Outlaw A-main highlighting a total event purse of $50,440.
 
Micro sprints are smaller versions of full-sized non-wing sprint cars with side-mounted 640cc motorcycle engines that can generate 140 horsepower with similar chassis and body styles to the larger versions. Competition will take place in both the Outlaw and Junior Sprint classes.
 
The renovation of the 1/5-mile track, just outside the backstretch of the 1.5-mile asphalt oval, began immediately following the NASCAR All-Star Race weekend in late May with the removal of the asphalt. Upgrades will be a scoreboard, PA system, frontstretch wall/catch fence, caution light system along with a Lil’ Hoss screen, pit area amenities and a 3,500-seat temporary grandstand.
 
The facility renovation taking place through the vision of NASCAR Cup Series driver and Norman, Oklahoma native Christopher Bell, who considers Texas Motor Speedway his home track.
 
“I’m super excited about having Kyle and Brexton compete in C. Bell’s Micro Mania,” said Bell. “After driving for him for several years and talking over the years about dirt racing, it’s been really fun to follow Brexton’s young career through go karts and now into the Junior Sprints. Kyle is a world-class driver and I am thankful he gets to compete alongside Brexton.”
 
For more information on C. Bell’s MICRO MANIA, including the event format and registration, please visit www.powri.com. To purchase tickets, please go to www.texasmotorspeedway.com/events/c-bells-micro-mania/.
 
The NASCAR weekend will be highlighted by the NASCAR Xfinity Series Andy’s Frozen Custard 300 on Saturday, Sept. 24(2:30 p.m. CT on USA Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90, PRN, and 95.9 The Ranch), and the NASCAR Cup Series Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 on Sunday, Sept. 25 (2:30 p.m. CT on USA Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90, PRN, and 95.9 The Ranch).
 
TICKETS:
For ticket information for the September 23-25 NASCAR Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 weekend, please visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
 
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ADVANCE NOTES

Weekend Format

  • The weekend schedule in Wisconsin features practice returning to its normal slot mid-morning on Saturday, immediately followed by qualifying.

Keselowski at Road America

  • Keselowski finished 13th last season at Road America in the Cup Series’ debut.
  • Overall, he has 11 top-10 finishes on road courses in Cup with a 15.2 average finish.
  • In road course action this season, Keselowski has finishes of 14th (COTA) and 10th (Sonoma).

Matt McCall at Road America

  • McCall led Kurt Busch and the No. 1 team to a fourth-place run last season at Road America.
  • Overall on road courses, McCall has a 13.7 average finish with 11 results inside the top-10.

QUOTE WORTHY
Keselowski on racing at Road America:
“Road America is definitely one of our more unique tracks and one that’s challenging in so many ways. It can be fast, but it can also be slow, so finding the right balance in rhythm is key for our longest course on the circuit. Sonoma turned out to be pretty good for us, so our hope is that some of that momentum carries over to the weekend in our Kohler Generators Ford.”

Last Time Out

Keselowski was inside the top-10 late in the long race Sunday at Nashville before getting sent into the wall to finish 29th in the King’s Hawaiian Ford.

On the Car

Kohler returns for its seventh primary race this season. Kohler is the anchor partner for the No. 6 team throughout the 2022 campaign, and will be the primary in 14 races after initially joining the RFK partner family in 2021 with eight events on the No. 6 team.

Keselowski’s No. 6 this weekend will feature names of military heroes that include veterans, active military and military family members, as part of the Checkered Flag Foundation’s Tribute to Veterans Program. More than 135 names are displayed on the No. 6 for Road America, as the program has honored nearly 1,000 heroes since its inception four years ago. For more information on the Foundation and Tribute to Veterans, visit CheckeredFlagFoundation.org and visit them on social (@BCKFF on Twitter and Checkered Flag Foundation on Facebook and Instagram).

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