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Chase Elliott and the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Camaro ZL1 team scored their second win of 2022 at Nashville Superspeedway.
· The win is Elliott’s 15th-career victory in 238 NASCAR Cup Series starts.
· It also marks the sixth win of 2022 for Hendrick Motorsports; and the organization’s 286th all-time in NASCAR’s premier series.
· Elliott is now the fifth driver this season to become a repeat winner.
· Elliott’s triumph is the ninth of the season for the Camaro ZL1, more than double its manufacturer competitors.
· The winningest brand in NASCAR, Chevrolet now has 823 all-time NASCAR Cup Series victories.
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1, Race Winner Quick Quote:
WHAT WERE YOU THINKING WHEN THAT LAST CAUTION CAME OUT?
“I was figuring that it was coming, but was hoping not. Ryan (Blaney) gave me a great shove and I appreciate him doing me a solid there in getting us out front. Just so proud of our team because we kind of had a setback there about halfway and we were able to get our NAPA Chevy dialed back in and get back in the mix.
It was a long day, a fun day. Thank you guys so much for hanging out. Just so proud of our team. We have had a pretty rough month and month-and-a-half, so just nice to get going back in the right direction. Getting a win is always huge, but to do it in a really cool city like Nashville is even better. Looking forward to that guitar.”
HOW DID THIS CAR COME TO LIFE AFTER THE RAIN DELAY?
“We were able to work on it a little bit after the penalty and got it going a little better. My team just stuck with it. Thanks to everybody at Hendrick Motorsports. They have been working really hard over the winter and through the spring to keep up. The engines have been running great and obviously great support from Chevrolet. I look forward to getting home and seeing my family; seeing mom and dad and hopefully enjoy it this week. These things are hard to come by and you have to enjoy them. You never know when or if ever you will get another one. So, super thankful and looking forward to next week.”
Patience and adaptability defined the weekend experienced by Louis-Philippe Dumoulin and the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare team, during the NASCAR Pinty's Series' first ever visit to the ⅜ mile oval track at Eastboud International Speedway.
On Saturday morning (June 25), rain forced a schedule change, combining practice and qualifying into a one-hour late morning session and changing the race start time to Sunday, June 26, at 11 a.m. (local time - 9:30 a.m. EST). “Looking at the track on Saturday morning, the configuration of the walls surprised me. The regulations here appear not to be the same as at the other tracks, it seemed a little dangerous and I told myself to stay away from the walls.”
Starting 4th on the grid, based on the best times from the practice session, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin had a quick car for the race. “The car was handling very well at the start, as my crew had come up with great settings for the early part of the race as well as a good plan on what to change to also make it quick for the last part of the race and make the podium.” explains the three-time series champion.
Sixth on the restart after the halfway point, things went sour as Louis-Philippe Dumoulin “rubbed the wall a little bit between turns 2 and 3, which caused a right rear flat. As I entered turn 3, the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare car slid sideways. I tried to avoid the barrels that were positioned there, but without success, hit them hard and broke the rear suspension.”
This incident on lap 120 abruptly ended Louis-Philippe Dumoulin’s race. “The team will have a lot of damage to repair on the oval car when we get back to the shop. In the meantime, we are working hard on the street car to come back even stronger in Toronto,” concluded the driver of the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare car.
Practice and Qualifying
The #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare team had an unusual experience this weekend: racing at the easternmost tip of Canada. The drivers of the team rigs had to drive for over 25 hours and navigate the high seas on a ferry to get to Newfoundland.
The combined practice and qualifying session allowed Louis-Philippe Dumoulin to quickly come to grips with the oval track. “The Practice went well for us on the track that was unknown to most of the teams and that we all had to learn. It is fun to drive and I am sure that the race will be exciting. In terms of set-ups, we were conservative as we don't know how the track surface will change over the race distance with 22 cars dropping rubber and oil on it for 225 laps. My focus for the first half of the race will be to fine-tune the settings that should be applied to the suspension during the mid-race pit stop to improve the car for the final push.”
Next events: an 8-race sprint over the next two months (see results table for details)
After the Newfoundland and Labrador race, the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare team begins the most intense portion of the season: back in the shop, preparing the road course and oval cars for both the Toronto street course, the trio of oval races in Edmonton and Saskatoon, followed by the most important event of the year for Dumoulin Competition, the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières on the urban circuit, then the dirt oval race in Ohsweken, west of Toronto and the ICAR Mirabel reconfigured airport layout.
It was a first for the NASCAR Pinty's drivers on Sunday as the Canadian NASCAR series took to the track for the first time in Newfoundland-and-Labrador this past weekend.
Eastbound International Speedway hosted the first attempt at a race on Saturday, which was eventually postponed to Sunday due to rain. This new track did not suit Kevin Lacroix, who thought he would succeed there. The Saint-Eustache native finished in 7th position after a remarkable comeback at the beginning of the race.
"It's a fairly long oval, so our car was fast," explained the driver of the #74 Lacroix Tuning | ESR Performance Wheels | La Boulonnerie. With the qualifying session cancelled due to rain, the practice times were used to set the starting grid for the race.
"We were fast; I started from 6th position and worked my way up to third before the halfway point. I was faster than Lapcevich (Treyten), so I think we could have taken the second place."
However, Lacroix suffered significant problems with his steering as he clipped the outside wall. "The walls on this track are made differently than at other tracks. They are angled like the walls on the highway, so cars were climbing on them at the slightest contact."
After the incident, Lacroix began to lose ground. "It was a very long second half of the race!" With only a five-minute pause between the two segments, the Lacroix Motorsports crew could not fix his steering.
"It's a shame to finish this way, especially when thinking I could have finished second. I am now 10 points behind Camirand (Marc-Antoine). We've had our share of bad races, but our luck will pick up. Especially for the next four events; Toronto, Edmonton and Saskatoon twice, we are usually very fast there."
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Tell us about your weekend from start to finish.
“Solid weekend for our Sam Hunt Racing #26 Toyota GR Supra. We ran pretty decent in practice…made a lot of changes that we felt were in the right direction. I felt like we made some speed and that we made the right changes that we needed to to be good for the race and qualifying. I felt good about everything. We made a couple of more adjustments, went out for qualifying and was a little bit free, but we still put together a decent qualifying run. We started 11th in the race. We kept adjusting on it all day long and got a little too far out of the box, but Allen [Hart] and all of the guys dialed it back in and got it pretty solid right there. I think we just needed a little more speed to be a race-winning car. I’m really happy for all the guys at Sam Hunt Racing who put together a solid weekend like this. It was really great to have all of the ForeverLawn people come out — they had 70-something people here. It’s awesome to see their support for this program and what we’re doing on the racing side of things. All in all, a good weekend. We'll take the momentum from this, build on it and go get them in Atlanta.”
-- Jeffrey Earnhardt, Driver of the No. 26 ForeverLawn Toyota GR Supra
Race Winner: Justin Allgaier of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: Justin Allgaier of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner: Justin Allgaier of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Riley Herbst and the No. 98 Monster Energy team were strong out of the gate as the NASCAR Xfinity Series returned from a two-week break during Saturday’s Tennessee Lottery 250 at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway. After scoring his second career Xfinity Series Pole this morning with a lap of 156.665 mph, Herbst led the field to green for this afternoon’s 188-lap race. The Las Vegas native ran solidly in the top-10 for the first two stages, finishing third and fourth, respectively, and earning a total of 15 bonus points. Crew chief Richard Boswell made the call of the race when he brought Herbst to pit road for the final time during a lap-117 caution while half the field stayed out. Herbst restarted 17th and quickly and methodically worked his way into the top-10 by lap 140. The final 58 laps of the race went green, playing into the No. 98 Monster Energy team’s strategy as others were forced to pit for tires and fuel. Herbst was able to stay out and drive his way up to the third position, which he held all the way to the checkered flag. It was his fifth top-five and 10th top-10 of the season.
Riley Herbst, driver of the No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:
“Our Monster Energy Ford Mustang was good today. We got the pole and we wanted to lead some laps but, unfortunately, we didn’t lead any. We got quite a bit of stage points, which is what we needed. It’s just a good day for everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing, myself included. I’m proud of all these guys on the 98 team. If we just keep getting these runs, we’ll eventually get there and, if we just keep knocking on the door, eventually it will open.”
● Herbst’s pole was the second of his NASCAR Xfinity Series career. He won his first in May 2021 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
● Herbst third-place finish equaled his best result so far this season. He finished third May 7 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.
● Herbst finished third in Stage 1 to earn eight bonus points and fourth in Stage 2 to earn seven more bonus points.
● Justin Allgaier won the Tennessee Lottery 250 to score his 18th career Xfinity Series victory, his second of the season and his first at Nashville. His margin over second-place Trevor Bayne was 4.513 seconds.
● There were five caution periods for a total of 27 laps.
● Only 12 of the 38 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.
● AJ Allmendinger remains the championship leader after Nashville with a 25-point advantage over second-place Ty Gibbs.
The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the Henry 180 on July 2 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The race starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by USA and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Tony Stewart Edges Greg Biffle to Win Srx Event in Front of Packed House and National TV Audience at South Boston Speedway
Tony Stewart knows what it feels like to win a race at South Boston Speedway.
The former NASCAR champion won a USAC national midget series race at South Boston Speedway in 2002, topping Bobby East for the win.
Saturday night Stewart topped a field of legendary racing stars in the 100-lap feature race that headlined the SRX (Superstar Racing Experience) event at South Boston Speedway in front of a packed house of fans and a national television audience.
Stewart successfully fended off a challenge from fellow NASCAR star Greg Biffle, finishing .440-second ahead of Biffle to score his third career SRX series feature race win. NASCAR stars Bobby Labonte and Ryan Newman finished third and fourth respectively, with four-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, the winner of the series opener, rounding out the top five finishers.
“The USAC midget series was tough when I was here,” Stewart pointed out. “It was an honor to win that race. You look at the field of drivers we race with (in SRX), it’s the best of the best from different forms of motorsports. Anytime you can beat those guys there is a lot of pride in it.”
Stewart said he knew Biffle was behind him and trying to make a bid for the lead and the win.
“Greg is smart,” noted Stewart. “He knows how to run these long races. He knows how to take care of his tires. At the end when it counted the most, he was coming.”
Biffle said he did all he could to try to get to Stewart’s rear bumper.
“I wanted to try to make it exciting,” Biffle remarked. “I just couldn’t get there. Tony just took care of his stuff a little better. He just had a little better tire than I did. I was doing all I could, overdriving the corner.”
Labonte described his night as an “okay” night.
“I was probably a little better in the heat races,” Labonte said. “We made one adjustment and were too tight in the center (of the corner). It wouldn’t turn the center of the corner at all. Other than that, it was pretty good.”
Tony Kanaan, Ernie Francis Jr., Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, two-time NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series national champion and six-time South Boston Speedway NASCAR track champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia, Michael Waltrip and Paul Tracy rounded out the finishing order.
“It wasn’t the night we wanted,” Sellers remarked. “They (the SRX personnel) prepared me a really nice car. I think the sway bar was unhooked late in the race. In the heat race, I was kind of saving my tires. I said, ‘you know what, I think we’ve got something to race with.’ But, in the feature race, it just wasn’t there. Something just wasn’t quite right. It was a great experience.”
Tracy, Castroneves and Waltrip took the top three spots in the first heat race, with Sellers finishing seventh. Castroneves, Andretti and Newman claimed the top three spots in the second heat race. Sellers finished 10th in that heat race.
KYLE BARNES TAKES WIN IN BUDWEISER LIMITED SPORTSMAN DIVISION RACE
Kyle Barnes started on the pole, took the lead on the opening lap and scored a flag-to-flag victory in Saturday night’s 50-lap Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division race.
The win was Barnes’ fifth win in eight starts and was his sixth top-five finish of the season at the .4-mile oval.
Jason Myers of Hurt, Virginia finished second, 3.364 seconds behind Barnes, with Chris Donnelly of Montross, Virginia finishing third. Donnelly was the final driver to finish on the lead lap.
Adam Murray and Brian Obiedzenski of Franklinton, North Carolina rounded out the top five finishers.
NEXT RACE AT SOUTH BOSTON SPEEDWAY
South Boston Speedway will host its showcase NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division event, the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort on Saturday night, July 2.
A 200-lap race for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division race paying $10,000 to win, the first race in the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown series, headlines the July 2 Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort racing program.
The four-race program also includes a 50-lap race for the Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division, a 25-lap race for the Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division and a 20-lap race for the Virginia State Police HEAT Hornets Division.
South Boston Speedway will honor America by capping the night with one of the area’s most dazzling Fourth of July fireworks displays.
Advance tickets for the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort on Saturday night, July 2 are available for $15 each plus a $1.50 processing fee. The advance tickets may be purchased online on the South Boston Speedway website or by calling the speedway office. Tickets at the gate on race day will be $20 each.
Practice will start at 1:30 p.m., qualifying starts at 4:30 p.m., an autograph session will be held at 5:15 p.m. and the first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
The latest updates and news for both fans and competitors can be found on the speedway’s website, southbostonspeedway.com, and the track’s social media channels. Information may also be obtained by phoning the speedway at 434-572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540 during regular business hours.
Las Vegas’ Kyle Keller drove from tenth to win the Reverend Ron Spencer Red, White, and Blue Classic for the Lunkerdaddy Pro Late Models on Saturday night at Madera Speedway. The win in the fifth annual 80-lap race gives Keller possession of the points lead after five rounds of competition in 2022, televised on MAVTV.
Ethan Nascimento aimed for an iron man accomplishment as he signed up for triple duty, racing in the Lunkerdaddy Pro Late Models, 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models, and INEX Legends Tour races. With 100-degree temperatures, Nascimento started his bid with fast-times in qualifying for both Late Model classes and second quickest in the Legends.
The Pro Late Model redraw placed Nascimento fourth alongside incoming points leader Jadan Walbridge of Vancouver, Wash., behind a front row of pole sitter Matthew Meech and outside pole sitter Jason Aguirre.
Aguirre used the outside to take the opening lap lead while the first of many two-by-two formations for the third position developed. Nascimento used the outside in a duel with Walbridge to emerge third on lap 12. Rick Thompson retired to the pits on lap 16. Aguirre paced the action running the top line while Meech tried to make hay on the bottom. Nascimento battled Meech for second before a caution flew on lap 21 for Mike Hensley spinning in turn two.
Meech and Nascimento resumed their battle on the restart, with contact into turn three. Meech slid and was tagged by Walbridge. The incident brought out the caution on lap 22 and relegated both drivers to the rear of the field.
Aguirre picked the outside of Nascimento on the following restart. Nascimento used the inside to take the lead on lap 23. The two-by-two action for third continued with Shelden Cooper winning the position for the moment. Cooper then challenged Aguirre for second. Cooper made a maneuver to the inside of Aguirre in turn three which resulted in contact exiting turn four. They collided again in turn one on lap 33, then tangled in turn three on the same lap to eventually send Aguirre spinning and require a caution. Both were sent to the rear for their involvement.
Keller had driven up to third at that point, challenging Idaho’s Jacob Smith for second. Another yellow flag waved on lap 43. Nascimento narrowly held the lead on the following restart, using a slide job to slide in front of Keller to lead lap 44. Nascimento led Keller, Bakersfield’s Seth Wise, Smith, and 2021 Jr. Late Model champion Brody Armtrout into the race break for adjustments on lap 50.
The restart saw Nascimento pick the inside of Keller. Keller predicted a move to the lead during the MAVTV interviews at the break, then did just that - charging into the top spot on the exit of turn two. Nascimento tried to drive underneath him in turn four but they touched, sending Nascimento spinning and bringing out the caution flag.
Bakersfield’s Kercie Jung had earlier surrendered an eighth-place starting position during the initial pace laps and went to the back. She overcame that to drive into a battle for fifth with Armtout. The battle ended on lap 54 with Jung going up in sparks in turn three with heavy right-side damage.
When action resumed, Walbridge had worked through the pack to rank fifth in a battle with Aguirre and Washington’s Kasey Kleyn. Nascimento eventually entered the picture again as well after driving from the rear of the field himself.
Kyle Keller grabbed the Ron Spencer Classic victory over a career-best second place for Jacob Smith with Seth Wise rounding out the podium in third. Armtrout and Walbridge rounded out the top-five. Keller will take an unofficial eight-point advantage over Walbridge into the $5,000-to-win Summer Speedfest on July 30th!
Ethan Nascimento won the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model 70-lap feature for his first career win in the series for drivers ages 10-16 years old. Nascimento won qualifying but started fifth after the redraw. Points leader Robby Kennealy of Madera drew the pole and immediately led the field.
The pack lined up behind opening night winner Brody Moore of Colorado in a duel for second, but Moore held the position. Washington’s Kasey Kleyn spun Nascimento in turn three on lap nine, collecting Newport Beach’s Sean Hingorani in the process for a yellow flag.
10-year-old Vito Cancilla spun on the backstretch for the next caution on lap 27. On the restart, Loomis’ Kenna Mitchell dove inside Moore for the second position. They collided in turn one and spun up the race track, collecting Fort Bragg’s Lane Anderson and Hingorani. Hingorani and Mitchell were eliminated from the event with significant front end damage while a lengthy red flag followed
Kennealy led Nascimento, Kleyn, and rookies Joey Kennealy of Madera and Monty Tipton of Mill Valley into the lap 40 race break. Nascimento tried to take the lead on the outside on the restart, then eventually filed in line behind Kennealy on lap 43.
Kennealy and Nascimento set a strong pace, driving ahead to a sizeable advantage over Kleyn. Nascimento finally made his move in turn four to take the lead on lap 66. Kennealy attempted a crossover in turn two in lapped traffic to no avail. Ethan Nascimento won his first career 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model race over Kennealy, Kleyn, Joey Kennealy, and Brody Moore.
Robby Czub won a roller coaster of a 40-lap INEX Legends Tour race over a 16-car turnout. Czub led the first four laps before Cody Winchel had the lead on lap five. Brendan Ruzbarsky followed him into second on the outside as well.
Contact in turn two allowed Ruzbarsky to get the lead on lap 11. Winchel then used a restart to retake the lead on lap 13. A restart led to a multi-car crash and a red flag on lap 22. Madera’s Aiden Phillips got into Bakersfield’s Logan Chambers, the 2021 Bandolero track champion. The ensuing melee gathered up several other cars as well in turns one and two.
Winchel and Ruzbarsky raced hard for the lead on the restart. Contact on the exit of turn four spun Ruzbarsky, with Zach Sansom slamming the front stretch wall to avoid him. Winchel and Ruzbarsky both restarted at the back of the pack with Czub inheriting the lead. Czub led the final 18 circuits for victory with Ethan Nascimento finishing second. Reno’s Nick Halen, Ruzbarsky, and Winchel rounded out the top-five.
Kellen Keller of Las Vegas won the 15-lap INEX Bandolero feature for his second win of the season. Skyler Schoppe and Andrew Williams finished second and third.
Madera Speedway resumes on July 16 with a CLUB RACE featuring Madera Late Models, Madera Super Stocks, MST’s/Sedans, WCSC Mini Stock Invasion/Madera Mini Stocks, and Southwest Tour Truck Series
For more information about the Madera Speedway including how to advertise with a race team on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or call the race office at 209-356-1968.
The 2022 season would not be possible without the support of Lunkerdaddy Fishing Lures, 51FIFTY LTM, Mission Foods, 805 Beer, Race 2B Drug Free, Competition Carburetion, Hoosier Tires, and Sunoco Race Fuel.
Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Monday nights at 4:00pm Pacific and 7:00pm Eastern.
2022 MADERA MAVTV LATE MODEL SCHEDULE
March 5 - $5,000-to-win
May 21 – Military Tribute Night
June 25 – Reverend Ron Spencer Red, White Blue Classic
July 30 - $5,000-to-win
October 15 - $10,000-to-win Short Track Shootout
October 29 – Pumpkin Cup Open (Non-Points)
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